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An Incredible Community … Within the pages of Experience Arabian Horses, you will always find stories and photos of the myriad ways you can get involved with these incredible animals. Something that often goes unspoken, however, is the incredible sense of community that you will find surrounding them from the moment you meet your first horse and family. Perhaps because it is such a versatile breed, one that can do just about anything you can think of to do with a horse, the Arabian also attracts an incredibly versatile group of personalities, intellects, and interests. People from all walks of life, all economic brackets, and many different countries, languages and interests, are immediately brought together once they discover a common interest in Arabian horses. Pictured left: PA Kid Khan (KK) of Palmetto Arabians, Timmonsville, SC. Above and on the cover: Captivating Shoc WA (Cappy)with owner Lauren Adamek-Gibbons and Alexis Myrback
We are people who like to share, who get happy over the happiness of others. We are people that know the true value of friendship, family, and an active lifestyle; a people who are deeply grateful for the incredible gifts that these horses and the people they collect bring to our lives; and we are passionate about sharing them with others. We are a community that stands beside each other through good times and bad, support each other during times of trouble, celebrate with each other during times of success, and work together for the future of these incredible horses that have changed our lives and brought us together. We all invite you to come visit our community and the horses that own us. Check out our Lesson Program finder at https://experiencearabianhorses.com/farm-finder/ today, and know that you will be welcomed into a community that you and your family will not believe!
Mary Trowbridge Mary Trowbridge, Editor
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The Arabian Horse... A World Ambassador Arabian Farms Of The Southeast A Ride With Incredible Heart One Arabian Gelding... A Lifetime Of Lessons Learned
On the Cover: Captivating Shoc WA (Cappy) with owner Lauren Adamek-Gibbons Photo by Darryl Larson
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by MARY TROWBRIDGE
An ambassador is someone or something that connects people from a variety of different areas, viewpoints, and religions by fostering a common experience or understanding of each other, regardless of language. For centuries, in fact well before the birth of Christ, the Arabian horse has been an ambassador that has, and continues to, bring different religions and races of people together through an appreciation of all they can give to mankind. The Arabian horse was primarily a war-time partner to the ever-moving Bedouins, as were horses in general in most societies in early times. Raids were only successful when the attack came with surprise, speed, and the assurance of the fastest escape. Mares were considered the best mounts for raiding partners, as they would not nicker to the enemy’s horses, warning of an approach, as the males would. Additionally, they exhibited (and continue to) great courage and fearlessness in battle, and an incredible loyalty to their owners. Many legends still are told of Arabian horses carrying wounded warriors vast distances back to their families, and never turning tail in battle. Those same Bedouins could also be as hospitable as they were warlike. When a desert traveler touched their tent pole, they were obligated to provide for this “guest”, his entourage, and animals for up to three days without request for payment. A welcome guest would find his mare’s bridle hung from the center pole of his hosts’ tent to indicate his status. In this way, tribes that were often at war would meet, and with great hospitality, break bread and share stories of their bravest and fastest horses. The “Asil”, or pure strain, Arabian horse was closely guarded from the outside world until six centuries after the birth of Christ. Upon the rise of the Prophet Mohammad and the birth of Islam in 600 A.D., the Arabian warriors left their desert on their Arabian horses to spread the word of their Prophet. Mounted on horses that had evolved into a swift, elegant and magnificent war horse, they shook the civilized world. The Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean countries as far west as Spain and as far east as China, discovered the value of these new, faster and more efficient vehicles, the Arabian horse. The Christians of the West headed East on their own reciprocal Crusades between 1099 A.D. and 1249 A.D. A passion for the strength of the Arabian horse and obtaining them for their own needs took 4 | 2021 | SE Experience
second place only to their passion to spread the Christian religion. They returned from the East with Arabian horses obtained from battle, as well as through diplomatic trading and gifts. In 1522, another major infusion of Arabians horses into Europe occurred when the Ottoman Turks sent 300,000 horsemen into Hungary mounted on pure blooded Arabians. Seven long years later, the horse with unheard-of endurance carried the Ottomans through the city gates of Vienna, where they were stopped by the Polish and Hungarian armies, who captured the horses from the defeated Ottoman Cavalry. The Arabian horses were split up between the two countries, who used them to revolutionize their own calvaries. Throughout the next 400 years, countries throughout Europe, including Spain, Prussia, Russia, Hungary, Poland, England, Germany and Egypt, established state-owned stud farms that incorporated the sought-after and rare Arabian horses and their attributes into a completely new type of war horse. The highly prized Arabian horses were unparalleled diplomatic gifts during this time. Notable recipients of the gift of a prized Arabian horse included George Washington, whose gift from the Sultan of Morocco of a white Arabian stallion, Blueskin (so named for his unusual underlying black skin that is a hallmark of the breed), was a favored mount due to his ability to carry Washington’s large frame (6’+) many miles at high speeds, and for his courage during battle. Napoleon Bonaparte’s Arabian stallion, Marengo, was small, only 14+ hands, but still famous for his reliability, strength and courage, and was wounded eight times during his military career before being captured by the English at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Other United States Presidents during this period were also gifted with Arabian horses from middle Eastern rulers; in 1840, President Martin Van Buren received two Arabians from the Sultan of Oman, and in 1877 President Ulysses S. Grant was given an Arabian stallion named Leopard by Abdul Hamid II, the Sultan of Turkey. Between 1683 and 1730, three Arabian stallions were imported to England and founded the Thoroughbred breed, from with all modern Thoroughbreds can be traced to today. In 1878, the Arabian horse continued to foster dialogue and friendships between countries when Lady Ann Blunt, granddaughter of the noted poet, Lord Byron, became the first European woman to cross the Arabian desert on horseback in
search of breeding stock to begin her own English stud farm alongside her husband, Wilfred Blunt, whose passion was Middle Eastern politics. Their friendship and trade with the Bedouin horse breeders played a large part in fostering improved relationships between the English and the Arabic countries. The Arabian horse made its first major appearance in America in 1893, when over 40 horses were imported from what is today Syria for the World Fair in Chicago. Almost 30 remained by the end of the fair, and were purchased by interested breeders, who subsequently traveled back to the Bedouins in 1906 to import more horses. Another wave of imports came in the 1920s and 30s when horses were bought and imported, still during a time when they had to make the long and perilous journey to their new home on the open sea over months of ship-board travel. During both World War I and II, the Arabian state stud farms throughout Europe were targeted, as the warring countries still sought the Arabian blood to invigorate their cavalries. In particular, Poland was caught in an ongoing war for its lands and goods between Germany to the east and Russia to the west. During both wars, the stud farms in Poland were ransacked, their horses stolen and taken away by armies from both countries. After World War I, only 25 broodmares from what was initially over 500, remained alive in Poland.
The two World Wars thankfully saw the beginning of the end of horses being used as instruments of warfare, and the always versatile Arabian horse was up to transitioning to a new job. Today, over one million registered Arabian horses can be found in over 60 countries throughout the world, with over half of those in the United States. The innate versatility of the Arabian horse has allowed it to stand out in what has become a specialized world, allowing Arabian aficionados to find a loyal, interactive and athletic partner for virtually any endeavor one can think of to do with a horse. Perhaps the breeds’ greatest distinction, however, comes directly from its unequaled, centuries-long tradition of interacting closely with mankind. Honed from times when the horses were safeguarded in the tents with the families of the Bedouins, through centuries as loyal mounts for soldiers, the Arabian has developed an unprecedented ability to connect with their human partners. Arabians as therapeutic assistants connect instinctively with people with learning and life disabilities and are sought after for both equine assisted learning and therapeutic programs. Still revered by both Christian and Muslim communities, the breed continues to bring together, through a shared passion of the horse, people of all walks of life as a true Animal Ambassador to the World. ■ SE Experience | 2021 | 5
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2 1. Angel Heart Farm 2. Dale Brown Performance Horses 3. Garlands Ltd 4. Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding 5. Kiesner Training 6. Palmetto Arabians 7. Peri Lee Show Horses 8. RBC Show Horses 9. Rick Gault Training 10. Talaria Farms 11. Ted Carson Training 12. Vicki Humphrey Training Center
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A purebred Arabian mare at sunrise. Pictured at Hennessey Arabians in Ocala, Florida, by April Visel.
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The exhilaration and thrill of a horse race is shared by all who stand at the rail, feeling the thunderous hoofbeats as the pack battles for the finish line. That same exhilaration is felt in another race involving horses for the courageous kids of Angel Heart Farm in College Grove, TN. There is just as much thrill, heart and battling, but this ride’s finish line is a much different experience. Suffering from illnesses including all forms of cancer, brain tumors, heart and liver issues, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis and other life-threatening illnesses, these kids and their families at Angel Heart cherish every minute of their horse time, giving them a break from their normal days of hospitals, tests and treatments. Angel Heart Farm (AHF) is the only program of its kind, and for over 20 years, has helped families across the Southeast with equine therapy and support free of charge. Through their connection with our amazingly kind horses, all family members experience their own slice of true joy, nature and fresh air away from hospital beds, needles and stress. Through the incredible heart of our supporters, AHF can continue to support these courageous kids and give strength to their families when they need it most. Meet a few of our Arabian friends in the program and their champion riders, as they celebrate what makes their hearts race with love!
Jockey Wardrobe created by Laurie Kern and the Littlest Jockey Equine Grooming Beth Ann and Nathan Salamy, Copper Hill Arabians Photos: Hannah Draughan Photography Art Direction and Styling: Tracy Kujawa
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Knight Life, also known as “KL,” is a Half-Arabian/ Saddlebred gelding and former show horse. At 20 years old, Knight Life is our biggest crew member. Once a multi-National Champion Arabian hunter pleasure horse, he now wears an even bigger set of roses with all he does for kids like Ollie. An emergency visit in 2018 set the Brown Family’s world upside down. Their cute, 15-month-old wild child, Ollie, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyo-sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. This type of cancer has limited research and limited treatment options available to precious children like Ollie. The pain was so extreme, little Ollie spent most of his time at Tri-Star Children’s Hospital in Nashville, hooked up to morphine, then had to be weaned off this powerful drug with the aid of Methadone. For two years, this spunky little toddler endured chemotherapy, surgeries, radiation sessions, proton therapy, multiple sedations, scans, procedures, blood draws, medications that no one can pronounce; all in long-term isolation, and he has defied the odds, declared in remission in March 2020. Ollie’s journey has been anything but easy, but he is a brave, tough superhero kind-of-kid. He is a true inspiration and his sheer determination and zest for life makes him a force to be reckoned with!
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Many of our kiddos have watched “Nash”, born at the farm, grow up to be a sweet and loving therapy horse. His registered name is “Itz All About Me”, but to Nash, “it is all about them.” His heart is as big as he is, and he loves the tiniest children. Nash competes with his kids in leadline and walk/trot classes in local shows and he is a huge part of so many lives. Finn Sawyer was an avocado-loving, energetic, and intelligent little boy who loved playing with friends and doing all the other childhood things that little boys do, but in 2016, he was diagnosed with a tumor in his bladder/ prostate, which turned out to be a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. After 43 weeks of chemotherapy, coupled with 28 days of radiation, Finn finished his primary treatment, but through a rollercoaster of events in his battle, Finn needed to begin yet another 35-week long relapse chemotherapy regimen aimed at targeting any cellular-level cancer cells left over in his body.
Brandi Lee, Dan, Everett, Gavin with “Nash” and Finn Schafran
Finn’s cancer returned, and in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 2, 2018, Finn finished his race and went home to be with Jesus. He fought the good fight and finished the race. Finn’s loving brothers, Gavin and Everett, continue to ride at Angel Heart Farm where they too can have some valuable fresh air and an ever-loving horse connection.
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Angel Heart Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses equine assisted therapy to serve children and their families facing chronic and life-threatening illness in conjunction with their medical treatments. Thanks to annual annuities, grants, and in-kind contributions, AHF solely depends on the generosity of donors to offer our program at no cost to families. Angel Heart Farm is located at 4844 Byrd Lane, College Grove, TN, 37046 For more information go to: www.angelheartfarm.com
Annie is one of the prettiest and kindest horses ever! She loves her dual roles as a show horse and therapy horse. Annie competes in Arabian hunter pleasure, walk/trot and leadline. She is our “little red diva” and gets noticed everywhere she goes! Little Lennon Kimsey is the true definition of cowboy tough. Diagnosed with very high-risk B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the young age of three, Lennon’s family’s world was turned upside down. This strong warrior spent weeks in the hospital after being diagnosed, and being away from his best friend and big sister, Marley, was the toughest part. Weekly chemo treatments, blood draws and a host of procedures rarely gets Lennon down, and his positive attitude remains. Lennon hopes to be a hockey player when he grows up. Also, a natural rider, Lennon loves his pony, Rocky, and big sister Marley and Mama Kelly are riding as well. Needing to continue long term maintenance chemo for two more years, there are few as tough as our cowboy jockey, Lennon! Three other Arabians, not pictured, who love serving families at Angel Heart Farm are Fly Me To The Moon, TA Fellini and Khuryia. 18 | 2021 | SE Experience
Brittany Desiderio and her Half-Arabian, Douceurr++++// competing at World Equestrian Center, Ocala. Photo by Andrew Ryback.
A purebred Arabian mare at sunrise. Pictured at Hennessey Arabians in Ocala, Florida, by April Visel.
Situated in the rolling hills of Louisville, Tennessee lies one of the premier breeding and training centers of the Arabian horse industry, Kiesner Training. Home to the training duo of Joel and Ashton Kiesner, the facility hosts over 40 years of training and instructing experience and countless national and regional championships in all manner of English performance events, as well as the top stallions in the industry. Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Knoxville, Kiesner Training’s location caters to the tastes of every individual, from elite dining experiences and accommodations, to true southern living. In addition to the appeals of city happenings, riders can experience the exquisite resort Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain, stationed only 35 minutes away from the farm. As well as hosting the finest accommodations, Kiesner Training is as accessible as it gets from both car and plane, located near the intersection of Interstate 40 and 75, and only a 10-minute drive from the quaint McGhee Tyson Airport, the premier airport serving East Tennessee. Upon arrival to the facility, the unique presence of the Arabian horse is immediately felt, with mares and foals greeting visitors through the stone wall driveway and up to the four spacious buildings housing more than 100 horses on the property. Kiesner Training also maintains 12 pastures accumulating over 70 acres, an outdoor riding track overlooking the property, two indoor bullpens, a hotwalker, a breeding lab, and medical and physical therapy bays. The farm additions ensure the utmost quality is met for our equine residents, as well as peace of mind for clients of the superior quality of life their horses experience.
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The thrill of the Arabian horse begins on the ground, greeting you with perked ears and inquisitive eyes, ready to form a bond filled with emotion and competition. Getting in the saddle, riders feel the power of the horse’s strong yet refined legs, with their high-stepping knees peeking over their shoulders, and can begin to envision the journey of their partnership over the top of their high arching head and neck. The exhilaration of their rhythmic gate entrances riders, making them eager for their next lesson with their new partner. Kiesner Training caters to all manner of individuals, from those who are established within the Arabian horse industry and already have years of experience riding, to those who are just now looking to get into the game. Joel and Ashton have a supreme intuition of the perfect horse and rider pairing for every level of rider and will not cease searching for the perfect addition to your life as well. The unmatched team comradery and support system found at Kiesner Training welcomes and encourages new individuals into the barn and creates a fun and competitive experience in the show ring like no other. Kiesner Training proudly creates fond moments and memories that occur along the patient and understanding journey of taking each horse and rider duo to their fullest potential, which makes itself apparent in the barn’s show record. Among their dedication to training and showing, the breeding expertise implemented into years of foal crops has already shaped the direction of the industry. We encourage all to the farm to experience for themselves the passion and dedication to the Arabian horse Team Kiesner radiates, and welcome you to begin your journey with your own Arabian companion.
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It was so simple … offer up an opportunity to kids who are crazy over animals and something good was bound to come from it. Enter Hope Ellis-Ashburn, whose introduction to a spunky Arabian gelding at the age of sixteen, led her to write, “Always Hope: How Dairy Cows and Arabian Horses Inspired Grit in a Young Girl’s Life.”
The highlight of my 4-H Club experience was the opportunity to enter the 1987 4-H/ Middle Tennessee Arabian Horse Association (MTAHA) Gelding Give-Away Contest. One of the contest’s entry requirements was to submit an essay, “Why an Arabian Gelding Is the Horse to Own.” As a result of earning second place in the contest, I was awarded a oneyear lease on a purebred Arabian gelding who positively changed the course of everything. Faax El Din (Fakher El Hamal x Kimbrook Kameo by Al-Marah Count Rascal) was a flea-bitten grey and he stood just 14.2hh with shoes on. To anyone else, my prize may not have been described as desirable. After all, he was not of fashionable breeding and was 11 years old and only green broke. I called him “Faax” (Fox) and from the moment I met him, he spoke directly to my heart. I was just sixteen years old when Faax came into my life but already I had experience working with and had owned other breeds of horses.
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While there was nothing wrong with any of those breeds, I loved and cherished them all, there was just something that stood out about Faax and the Arabian breed that I had not experienced anywhere else. After a short time with him, I knew that I would never want to own any other breed of horse. A connection had sparked between us almost immediately that only continued to grow over what became our lifetime together. Sixteen can be a bold and fearless time in a young girl’s life and although my new gelding was still very green, right away I hopped onto his bare back and rode him around the pastures of my family’s farm with only a halter and a lead rope. Faax seemed to sense that I trusted him and never once gave me any inclination to do otherwise. However, my job for our year together included much more than bare back rides in the pasture. Per the contest rules, I was to prepare him to compete in a Class A Arabian horse show. Most every weekend, to practice for the experience, we competed in shows of a somewhat smaller scale. Although our primary focus was the hunter division, his versatility was on full display when we also worked on dressage training and once even competed in a Western pleasure class. But most importantly we had fun, racing all corners up the hills and across the wide-open spaces that comprised my family’s farm. We flew over logs, fences, and irrigation pipes with swift water flowing through them. His very presence became a calming comfort when other areas of my life didn’t go according to plan. All the while we were developing the unshakeable bond that defined our relationship. At the end of our year together, Faax went back to his owners but our connection didn’t end there. With a year of training under his belt, he was now ready for a show career at a more advanced level. Placed with a trainer I was nevertheless allowed to visit him and accompany him to shows as a spectator. He excelled both in jumping and dressage and became one of the highest-ranked Arabian sport horses in the country. Eventually, he came back into my life permanently, first on a long-term lease and later as his owner of record. We glided easily into an idyllic time of trail rides and competing in dressage shows and jumper classes along with celebrating milestone birthdays. Spending a lifetime with a horse as I did with Faax is most about the everyday peace and joy that comes as a result of building a bond with an animal that grows incrementally each day until you reach a stage where you are deeply a part of one another. When that stage is reached, you
realize the gift that is yours and you nurture it. His place was with me and mine with him. It’s also about defining moments when you realize the enormity of what you are building. One moment when I first began to realize what we were developing happened early in our relationship when Faax ran through a concealed wire fence. Sensing the danger, we were in, without panicking he stopped and stood stock-still allowing me, with shaking hands and tear-stained face, to free us from the wire. Another time he put his fear aside to board a ferry boat to cross a river. Our trust ran both ways. He provided the first horseback ride of my young daughter’s life. Faax may not have been able to speak in words but that didn’t mean we didn’t communicate. Everything we needed to know about each other passed easily between us. His impact on my life is impossible to calculate. Had I never met him I would not be the person I am today. Of the many life lessons he taught, I learned from Faax that good riders guide their horses to accept their leadership and trust in their decisions. He also taught me never to ask more of a horse than he can give. Most importantly, I learned what is possible to develop in a relationship between horse and human. From the way I work with horses, to every aspect of my life today, he truly changed me for the better.■
While some of us are born with a sense of agency over our lives, some acquire it at a later age, and others, never acquire it at all. I was born knowing that I was in charge of my own destiny. My stories are equal parts sad, humorous, and everything in between. For example, my father taught me how to drive a tractor at age three. At age thirteen, he taught me how to artificially inseminate cows. Once, we almost lost a farm hand in our manure pit. Always Hope, is my coming-of-age story grounded in the rural life, dairy cows, and one amazing Arabian horse. Available for purchase on Amazon COMING SOON: Nothing about Bill and Joanne Gutknecht’s history indicated that they would one day breed an Arabian national champion. He was ex-military and, among several careers, owned and operated a pet boarding and cemetery business. She worked in a clipper-manufacturing factory. Neither came from a rural background. Instead, both bred, trained, and showed German Shepherd dogs. The saga of Kimbrook Arabians features an unlikely couple from the Midwest who not only founded a small breeding program during the Golden Age of the Arabian horse but also bred a number of champions. Kimbrook’s influence has continued for over 50 years, and descendants of the farm’s foundation stock can still be found throughout the United States.
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Ace, the Wonder Horse, showing true heart, first by wowing the crowd at a championship horse show, then entertaining the nonprofit group BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) at the farm.
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Located in beautiful Bristol, Tennessee, just off Highway 421 which crosses South Holston Lake on a road known as “The Snake,” just driving to Garlands Ltd. is an experience in itself. Winding through National Forest and adorned by bikers, one will find the trout and fly fishing in the area is unreal. The Bristol Motor Speedway is within 20 minutes and the town of Bristol itself has great hotels and restaurants. Visiting Garlands can truly be a vacation for the whole family, and their crew is so welcoming. Located on 200 acres with 40 stalls, a covered round pen and a beautiful indoor arena, one can expect a laid back, family atmosphere. It is an atmosphere of inclusivity that Tommy and Erica’s clients have come to appreciate; each supportive of one another. All levels of involvement are welcome. Don’t own a horse? Don’t worry! Everybody has to start somewhere, and some people aren’t ready to own a horse yet. Starting with a good solid foundation in good horsemanship practices sets people up for becoming great riders in the future and it helps to have barn mates cheer each other on. Garlands welcomes everyone with open arms, even if you don’t want to ride but you love to be around horses (they’ll let ya’ clean stalls)! Horses are very nurturing for people to be around; it doesn’t matter if you’re hanging with them in the stalls or competing at shows. Whatever you want to do with them, the Garland team can help: lessons, leasing, showing, or finding the right horse for you. Whatever level customers need to start at, they can take you to where you want to finish. Tommy grew up around all kinds of horses, but because Arabian horses were smaller, and he was the smallest in his family, they were a good fit. “But over time,” he shares, “between falling in love with their personality, it just became about ‘pretty.’ Arabian horses are some of the prettiest, in my opinion, and if you’re going to ride a horse, ride a pretty one.” When asked about his favorite at the farm, that answer needed little consideration. “That’s easy,” says Tommy, “’Ace The Wonder Horse.’ Holding Aces is one of the most interesting horses I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He is curious, brave, willing and expressive. We instantly hit it off and when we had the amazing honor of a ride-off (tiebreaker) at the Scottsdale show in the open Western Pleasure class in 2018 and won, it was in that moment that everyone else saw what I’ve always seen and known about this horse. He’s so special and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to get to know him and help bring out his best and give him an enjoyable experience while working together.” It isn’t difficult, however, to list many more who fit that description at Garlands. Last year when the non-profit group BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) hosted an event at their barn, the kids were thrilled by the horses. “It was one of my best days,” reminisces Tommy. “Everyone seemed brightened by the horses, and I get to witness that thrill and joy over and over again as a horse trainer. It’s one of the best aspects of the job. A lot of people don’t seem to think horses have souls and experience the same emotions that we do, but they have good and bad days just like us and I think it’s one of the most interesting things about working with horses.” For more information on Garlands Ltd., follow them on Facebook or log on to: www.TommyGarland.com
To know them is to love them, and Tommy promises, “Once you let this beautiful horse into your life, you will learn something from them every day.”
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Good-Natured, Quick To Learn, And Willing To Please Any Age Of Rider The Arabian horse is one of the most versatile horses on earth. They excel at whatever you ask of them; whether you see yourself on a leisure trail, as a competitive rider, or as just their loyal friend. Arabian horses will capture your heart.
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Be it English pleasure, park or informal combination, this Arabian demonstrates animated, English balanced motion with a desire to go forward with impulsion from the rear, expressed in long, lofty strides that eat up the arena beneath their feet as they flow over the ground. All gaits are performed with willingness and obvious ease, cadence, balance and smoothness. These fine horses combine their athleticism with grace and style typical of the Arabian horse. is considered ‘classical training’ Dressage Dressage because it uses gymnastic exercises—a series of movements and figures—which have been studied and developed for centuries. When done systematically and correctly, the exercises will cause the horse to be soft and supple on both sides and to respond willingly and obediently. He moves freely forward with pure gaits and an even tempo.
From the time of nomads, Arabians have been the choice for prevailing in the harshest, most inhospitable conditions. Able to cross vast distances with minimal rest, food and water, their makeup has served them well--dense bone, economic body size and weight, long shoulder, deep heart girth and huge nostrils that allow for maximum air intake. Their well-constructed feet and legs are durable, and their bravery and acute intelligence are prized. They are able to carry their riders over thousands of miles, the dominating choice today when competing against other breeds.
skillfully maneuver their horses through various gaits Driving Drivers performed with fluid motion that is brilliant and eye appealing. The beautiful combination of an Arabian horse and elegant fine harness equipment makes this discipline a crowd favorite. the precision of dressage and the brilliance Show Hack Combining of the Arabian horse itself, this discipline has its roots in classical movements of the collected and extended gait, the hand gallop, the halt and the reinback. All movements are natural, which amply demonstrates the Arabians’ pride, elegance and versatility.
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This Arabian requires manners, performance ability, and quality and conformation suitable for a hunter. On the flat or over fences, a hunter covers the ground easily with a long, low, efficient stride that could accommodate an all-day ride.
Jumping On a high spirited, alert, athletic, bold and willing Arabian with the talent for jumping, you’ll love this sport. Popular around the world, the jumping horse is forward thinking and moving with a confident heart and attitude.
a breeding class, each horse is judged on its Halter Essentially correctness of conformation, its movement, or “way of going,” and their Arabian Type: the breed’s unique characteristics and desirable qualities which they pass on to offspring. The halter horse is shown “in-hand” individually, and posed to display their positive traits.
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Racing is in the heart and soul of every Arabian horse. With its own long history of racing, the athleticism, speed and beauty of this desert horse made it the perfect choice. Keeping this in mind, Arabian racing today makes perfect sense. Considered the original race horse, when English breeders wanted to add speed and endurance to their horses, they turned to the Arabian. The result? The Thoroughbred.
This Arabian is calm, willing, has an obedient attitude with smooth, soft gaits and is happy and content to do its job. They are ideal for sitting in a saddle all day.
it for pure pleasure Trail Beor show, Arabians are skillful, eye appealing and confident. When properly trained, they move over obstacles without hesitation and are safe and a pleasurable ride.
This style highlights the agility and willingness of these horses to be guided by their riders, demonstrating difficult movements necessary in working cattle. The rider controls each maneuver of quick spins, straight sliding stops and lead changes.
in performance, manners, Sport Horse Evaluated conformation and suitability as a working sport horse, they push from behind, travel uphill, exhibit good length of stride and move with straight, rhythmic, balanced gaits. Conformation is evaluated in terms of potential trainability, potential performance and predisposition to soundness. of those Native Costume Representative used by ancient Bedouins when they charged across the desert, climbing the sands to engage their enemy in battle, the beauty of the Arabian horse and the colorful heritage of the costumes make this one of the most exciting and popular disciplines.
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When two incredibly talented horsemen join forces, the sky’s the limit on what can be achieved! Couple that with the Arabian horse—a breed unlike any other—and those who seek both, leads to a recipe for greatness and all it can offer. Their facility has it all: a 20-acre farm with two barns that consist of 32 stalls with numerous turn out paddocks and grand pastures in addition to a 70’ round pen, Eurosizer hot walker, 100 x 200 covered area with state-ofthe-art GGT footing. They offer everything from lessons for beginners, to polishing the most nationally competitive riders.
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Visiting Ocala? John and Christy recommend you check out their favorite hot spots, Ivy House On The Square & Mark’s Prime Steak House.
Don’t have a horse … yet, but want to see what it is all about? They’ve got you covered through lesson horses, and sometimes offer a lease opportunity when available. All levels of involvement, from 6 years old to mature adults with various levels of experience and goals are welcome. Someone could come, take an hour lesson, or be trained to compete regionally and nationally. It is this breed of choice … the Arabian … that allows for so many limitless opportunities. Beyond being the most beautiful, they are versatile, athletic and talented. Two such examples at the farm are matriarchs, Hucks Marissa and Forthe Loveof Thunder. Between these two, they represent true ambassadors of the breed, garnering many national titles, and who now enjoy retirement as they wish. Amazing experiences had by others with the Arabian horse have been witnessed by both horsemen, everything from surprising a child with their first horse, to children with disabilities being able to ride and thrive from that experience. These are the unforgettable moments that anyone familiar with the breed lives for, and what Christy and John promise you will find when their happy horses greet you at the gate. Spending time with Arabians teaches trust and patience, but also the thrill of the ride! It is unlike any other relationship you’ll have, as you work together to achieve your goals. For more information, follow them on Facebook or log on to www.chctrainingmiami.com.
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Sorrento, Florida Anyone wanting to come experience the Arabian horse is welcome at Wilson Training & Bloodstock LLC any time. Their goal? Making your journey a dream come true no matter how big or small that dream/goal is! A full-service Arabian and Half-Arabian horse training center for over 20 years, Michael Wilson specializes in the breeding/In-Hand divisions, as well as some performance. With over 50 horses in their care, the management of client breeding horses is a major part of what they do as well, standing stallions and foaling mares on the property. Wilson’s hosts and represents Arabian type with world-wide appeal. “The majority of our customers are breeders, many from all over the USA but several from places like Ecuador and Qatar to name a few,” shares Michael. “They utilize us to manage, train, promote, show and market their stock at a worldclass level.” Like most, when they are introduced to the Arabian breed, it is a forgone conclusion that you will become hooked. “It’s never been a choice for me,” Michael says, “it happened when I met and bought my first Arabian as a teenager and ever since, the Arabian horse has been in my life and 100% my life’s work.” And seeing the Arabian breed take hold of others has been one of Michael’s favorite moments. “Being part of our customers achieving their goals as breeders after years and years of trial and error, joy and tears, makes me very happy and proud of what we do,” he states. “This year at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, several horses we had do well were three and four generations of our customers’ breeding programs. To see this unfold over the years, and personally be the hands on those horses as they succeed for their owners, is a great honor.” What can one expect when visiting Wilson Training & Bloodstock? Forty acres of beautiful Arabian horse heaven! Amongst the sunshine, one will find mares and foals, training and conditioning of show ring stars, and performance horses working under saddle. “These horses are always teaching me something,” says Michael. “Never has there been a dull moment with this incredibly intelligent breed! Arabians demand patience and innovative thinking, but the rewards are amazing when they give back to us with all their heart!”
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While in the area visiting Wilson Training and Bloodstock, Mike recommends you check out the area Theme Parks in Orlando. For more information, follow on Facebook at Wilson Training Center and Bloodstock or visit www.wilsontrainingcenter.com
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Elizabeth Pizzonia & her team at Ocala Equestrian Academy are no strangers to Arabian horses. And because of them, neither are the hundreds of students who mount up each week at “OEA!” Ocala, Florida, is one of the most populated horse counties in the country; home to just about every breed you can think of. What lines every stall of Ocala Equestrian Academy are not Quarter Horses or Thoroughbreds ... but Arabians. Every lesson horse is an Arabian or Half-Arabian. Why? “There is no other breed I would consider,” says instructor/owner Elizabeth Pizzonia. With over 30 years’ experience, amassing over 30 U.S. National Championships throughout her career as a youth, amateur and professional trainer, Pizzonia shares, “When a person begins their experience with horses, it’s our job to have it be safe, fulfilling and fun! Many people have ‘fallen upon’ an Arabian horse by accident. There was one in their trail ride, or a friend of a friend had one. Our clients are well informed from the get-go that we choose to use Arabians in our lesson programs, then the horses basically explain why for themselves.” The OEA holds seasonal camps, group and private lessons, clinics and workshops; all for the opportunity to share the experience of the magical Arabian horse with those of all ages. OEA understands the great value in bringing new people to them ... and giving them the best experience they can. That’s the simple philosophy.
Elizabeth in center ring aboard Reserve National Champion Park Horse HS Liberty, and at home with a junior rider at one of the OEA’s many local horse shows.
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Choosing The Right Lesson Program By Elizabeth Pizzonia, owner of Ocala Equestrian Academy Photography by Lluvia Sommer “How do I find the right place to begin taking lessons?” It is the most important question when beginning your journey with the Arabian horse. Unfortunately, there is not one answer that makes a place the right choice, but a combination of things. This guide will help you make the best choice in reaching your personal equine goals and dreams. First, you must establish your personal goals within the horse world. Ask yourself,
Are you looking to become a master showman or enjoy the horse in a recreational fashion? Whatever your equine direction is, choose a facility that will help you reach your goals with a structured plan to guide the way.
The Instructor. A friendly, welcoming environment is key. Learning to ride is an enjoyable adventure and you want to make sure you are encouraged in your riding process. Make sure that there are opportunities for you to advance your skills which is very important to your success as a rider. Take the time to observe lessons. Is the instructor attentive to his/ her students? Listen to the teaching style. Instructors have many ways of teaching; make sure that the instructor you are considering teaches in a way you can resonate with. Often, a good riding instructor will have positive references/referrals and credentials. With any successful riding program, it is critical to teach new riders from the ground up. Remember, horses are not soccer balls that you can just stick in the corner until you are ready to play with it again. To become a successful horseman/ horsewoman, it is essential you learn how to completely care for your horse. Riders should learn the skills to properly care for their lesson horse, from feeding, cleaning and grooming, to tacking, sportsmanship and much more. Look for a program that will teach you these important skills.
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Tour the facility. Something very important to every new rider is what kind of facility is offering riding lessons. Is this a professional equine facility promoting lessons? Set up a tour of the facilities you are considering. Look around and ask yourself, is this a safe and professional environment for lessons? Make sure there is a set arena for lessons, NOT an open field or poorly fenced area. Make sure lessons are done in a safely enclosed riding arena. A beginner rider will not advance properly or safely in wide open spaces that are not enclosed. A facility with a covered arena is a plus so inclement weather doesn’t cause unnecessary cancellations.
Check the surroundings. Check the surroundings of the designated riding areas. You don’t want to see obstacles in the way (i.e. tractor equipment scattered around the arenas, rakes and brooms not properly stored, hoses laying around). These are important to the safety of your riding experience.
Ask what types of lessons are offered. Are group and private lessons available? Private lessons are great for one-on-one learning. Group lessons are a fun way to ride with others and learn new skills with multiple horses in the arena. Talk with your potential instructor and see what he/she suggests for you. If you choose a group lesson, make sure you are in a group of riders with similar riding experience. It is very frustrating for new riders to try and keep up with experienced riders in a group lesson. Ask how long the lessons are and the amount of time you are actually in the saddle. Is grooming, tacking and untacking part of the lesson?
Cost and inclusions. Riding horses is a commitment, be sure to talk with the instructor on lesson pricing. Ask if there are packages or discounts available. Check to make sure you know what’s included in your lesson package. Many facilities accept credit cards or similar forms of payment, however, be sure to discuss what type of payment is preferred and when you need to pay for your lessons.
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Ask to see the lesson horses You will also want to request a viewing of the lesson horses and ask how many are actively used in the program. It is extremely important to see that these horses are well taken care of. Do they look healthy and well groomed? Watch the horses used in lessons. A horse that is happy and bright will put forth a quality lesson, but a horse that is unhappy and sour will deliver a poor performance. It is so important to take care of these horses. They are the true TEACHERS and their well-being is very important.
Get started today! These are just a few tips to help you find the right place to begin your equine journey. Ultimately, you want to feel confident and comfortable as a new rider and expand your skills. Every second you spend with your new equine friend is creating a bond that has no limits. Enjoy the ride!
For more information on OEA ... Located at the beautiful Tamarian Farms, owned by Tami Fratis & Jim Thomas. Contact Elizabeth Pizzonia, Riding Instructor/Owner Phone: +1(352)-817-8020 | Email: Ocalaride@gmail.com 4335 NW 110th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482 | www.ocalaeq.com 38 | 2021 | SE Experience
An Ambassador & Her Arabian Alana Hasman is a 10-year-old rider at the Ocala Equestrian Academy. What sets Alana apart from the other horse-crazy kids, belly-laughing around the barn, is her diagnosis of Limb Girdle Muscular dystrophy type 2i (LGMD). LGMD2i is a form of MD which refers to a group of conditions that cause weakness and wasting of the muscles in the shoulders and hips. “What the horses have given Alana is amazing,” says her mom, Anna. “She is supposed to wear support-type boots, yet she doesn’t, as riding dramatically has improved her legs. It has increased her core strength and stamina immensely ... not to mention her confidence! Before riding, she tried gymnastics and dance. but she couldn’t advance. Riding horses has leveled the playing field for her. “She has taken a few tumbles falling off a horse before, but she dusts herself off and gets back on. Liz says when you fall off you get the “Cowgirl” award, and she loves that because the other riders encourage her by telling her it’s ok! She gets back on and goes again! Riding horses has given her freedom she doesn’t get anywhere else.” Alana enjoys working with the other riders at the barn and is treated equally. She helps clean grooming areas, grooms horses and keeps those laughs going with the other riders. So ... when Alana is at the farm, she IS one of the other kids. The CureLGMD2i Foundation has appointed her as their new Junior Ambassador. Oh, and one day, intends to be a Top Ten Finalist at Youth Nationals!
Quality time for Alana and her mom.
Alana Hasman and her purebred gelding Broadway Show+/ (Showkayce x Baskhemos Joy)
Dwane Hankins | Reddick, Florida Colonial Downs Training Center is a top marketing, training and breeding facility located in Marion county, the horse capital of the U.S. A leader in marketing, 90% of the horses trained are amateur owned or leased. For those wanting professional show training, Dwane takes the experienced rider to new heights in competition, maximizing their full potential. Clients own from one horse up to eight and come from all levels of income. Colonial Downs is committed to providing pricing that makes it economical for everyone and having fun is priority one. When asked why Arabians are the breed of choice, Dwane says, “There is no other that is more versatile and willing to do so many jobs! They are just the very best.” He is unable to pick just one that leads as the shining example and represents the breed best, as many at his barn fit the description of being an excellent ambassador of the breed. His favorite moments are during teaching sessions when everything comes together for a rider and they just “get it.”
Colonial Downs Training Center offers a professional and clean setting to experience Arabian horses, resulting in a great visit every time. Not only does the breed teach responsibility, but pride in a job well done and a sense of good living. Anyone involved in the breed will tell you that to know one is to gain your best friend. Follow on Facebook at Colonial Downs Training Center and see directory information on pages 98-99. 40 | 2021 | SE Experience
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Everyone knows about the magical kingdom in Central Florida where happy animals greet you at the gate, wishes are granted daily, and “ears” are a paramount part of the experience! Of course, we are speaking of Hennessey Arabians! A scenic car ride from either the Orlando, Tampa or Gainesville airports will bring you to Frank and Carol Hennessey’s breeding dream realized with the help of their manager, George Z. The farm’s commitment to the Arabian horse exists to nurture, cultivate, honor, respect and share these amazing creatures with the world. Since 2007, the 93-acre farm in Ocala, Florida continues to be a haven where the Arabian mares of the farm— along with their foals—dictate the environment in which they live. Their mantra is “Quality is for Everyone,” and their goal, to provide the world with the highest quality Arabians horses available anywhere in the world today. “We never believed the Arabian horse could make such a difference in our lives, but is has.” notes Frank, “Of all our commitments, nothing provides us with more pleasure than being on the
farm. We spend as much time as possible in the barn, taking mares to and from pastures, evaluating babies, and spoiling all of the horses with a great deal of affection, love, carrots and apples. Because they give us so much in return, it is impossible for us to contain our enthusiasm. As a result, we maintain an open-door policy and allow visitors from all over the world to come and discover what has changed our lives. We also share our enthusiasm in our support to others.” Now that they have built their “haven for horses” in Ocala, Florida, the surrounding community of Marion County is also benefiting from their arrival. The Community Foundations serves as the hub of the wheel for other charitable organizations and benefactors, working to serve as a bolster to new and already existing philanthropic efforts. Frank’s involvement in the community was recognized by Ocala Magazine who selected him as person of the year in 2011. Just 10 minutes down the road from the new World Equestrian Center, the farm loves visitors and has plenty of them. You don’t need to own a horse of your own to enjoy their herd. The farm plays host to many with two airbnb. com dwellings on the property allowing a stay that will literally put you right in the barn! If it sounds like partnering up with a breeder of champions all around the world would be out of touch but think again. Hennessey Arabians offers several ways to enjoy Arabian horses with “part-ownership” programs that will give you an opportunity to share in the joy of breeding, showing and selling with minimal investment and maximum enjoyment.
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For more information on Hennessey Arabians, follow them on Facebook or log on to: www.HennesseyArabians.com
If you are interested in beginning your own breeding farm, they’ll assist you every step of the way with help and guidance at no cost to you. Plan a visit to the farm. They love to share their horses, their landscape, and of course, their wine with people who love animals. It is their commitment to the Arabian horse to share them with everyone they meet!
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By Candace Fitzgerald Photos by Maven Photo + Film
Welcome to World Equestrian Center – Ocala! We are delighted to have you as our guest. We’ve created this fun guide to help you navigate the venue, see the sights and enjoy the best we have to offer.
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THE EQUESTRIAN HOTEL
TheEquestrian Hotel f eatures248 stylishly-appointedroomsandsuitesoverlookingthe open-airgrandstadium where guestscan enjoy w orld-classequestriancompetition just outside their window. Guests at The Equestrian Hotel enjoy fabulous shopping, a relaxing day at the spa, strolling the promenade or dining al fresco at the Yellow Pony on our raised terrace overlooking the Grand Arena. The Equestrian Hotel is the stunning centerpiece of the World Equestrian Center – Ocala venue, just minutes from the arenas, exposition centers and competition rings and sports fields.
SGT. RECKLESS STATUE
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THE GRAND STADIUM
Built to standards of international competition, the Grand Stadium is located in the plaza, lying just below the raised terrace of The Equestrian Hotel. With elegant terrace seating and covered seating flanking the ring, all guests will have an exceptional view of the action in the grand stadium. The Jumbotrons at each side of the ring and a phenomenal sound system contribute to an atmosphere of world-class competition.
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WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER CHAPEL
Attend a service or spend time in quiet contemplation at the beautiful World Equestrian Center Chapel. Experience the serenity of the sanctuary and take a stroll through the lovely gardens that surround the chapel. Visit the whimsical giant topiaries nearby including Winnie the Pooh, his friend Eeyore, an elephant family and a friendly dragon.
INDOOR ARENAS 1-4
There are four magnificent 262’ × 550’ climate-controlled indoor arenas at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, ensuring that competition can be held no matter the weather. All four indoor arenas feature custom-blended GGT footing, stadium seating and massive high definition Jumbotrons. These indoor arenas surround the grand outdoor arena on three sides.
JUMPER VILLAGE There are 22 outdoor rings at World Equestrian Center, including rings especially designed for show jumping. Each ring has a dedicated warm up, with shade pavilions for horses, grooms and spectators.
HUNTERLAND The magnificent derby stadium plays host to elegant hunter and jumper competition with seating for 8,000. Lighted for special nighttime events, the stadium provides spectators with the right atmosphere to enjoy top equestrian competition.
STABLES Our equine guests have their own elegant accommodations at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. Climate controlled stabling features special equine mattresses in spacious stalls. We have capacity for 2,200 horses in more than 20 barns. Turnout is essential to equine health, so we have installed 250 paddocks for horses to enjoy during their leisure time.
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The World Equestrian Center has a myriad of dining options from rich Italian food, to amazing Mexican fare and a whimsical candy store that will delight your inner child and a sumptuous French patisserie.
Ralph’s Burger & Sandwich Shop
The rich green décor connects to the Roberts family’s history and business, R+L Carriers. The name “Ralph” comes from Mr. Roberts’ first name. An all American cuisine designed to be grab-n-go for those wanting to enjoy a shady spot on the showgrounds, or for those seeking to dine in and enjoy handmade burgers while taking in views of the large stadium.
Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria
The Italian restaurant is an ode to Mrs. Roberts’ mom, Viola, and her aunt (Viola’s sister) lovingly called Dot. Viola had a passion for cooking and owned her own restaurant. The goal was to embrace a warm family atmosphere and what better way to do this than with sumptuous Italian food?
Miss Tilly’s Lollipops
The candy store is a fun whimsical place full of quirky animals throughout the building. The bulldog, Miss. Tilly, was a family pet who loved to play dress up. The bright colors and fun décor is inviting for all kids and kids at heart to come check out the unique sweets and treats we have to offer.
Filo’s Mexican Cantina
Named for Filo, a 150 year old Galapagos tortoise who has been a part of the Roberts family for many years, Filo is a family favorite because he is so unique, he’s extremely friendly and loves food. The vibrant graffiti decor is fun and lively and mirrors the beloved tortoise’s personality.
Emma was Mrs. Roberts’ grandmother who loved baking. Emma’s home was almost like a bakery in itself because she always had homemade cookies and cakes whenever anyone came over. The bakery is a tribute to this beloved family member who started “The Roberts Sweet Tooth” and their love for all desserts.
RV PARK WITH GAS STATION
WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER COMMISSARY, GAS STATION, LAUNDROMAT & RV PARK
World Equestrian Center – Ocala features a lovely RV Park with more than 300 slips with full hookup, water and power services. Next to the RV Park are several convenient services designed to enhance your stay. The Commissary features grab and go food, a deli, groceries and a Starbucks. A card-operated laundromat is right next door. Our World Equestrian Center gas station was designed to accommodate large vehicles like trucks and trailers and is a convenient place to gas up for our guests. For more information on World Equestrian Center, Ocala ~ https://worldequestriancenter.com/ocala-fl/
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my child grew up with horses, they understand the value of money. Every
dollar can be translated into whether they can pursue and care for their passion in life. Purchasing non-necessities during lean times can mean the difference between feed and good care, or neglect and starvation. Popular pursuits, clothes and the mall are a distant last behind providing for the horse who is their friend and companion and who depends on them for their survival. Because my child grew up with horses, they have learned to learn on their own. They have had teachers that cannot speak, nor write, nor communicate beyond body language and reactions. They have had to learn to “read” their surroundings for both safe and unsafe objects, to look for hazards where others might only see a pretty meadow. They have learned to judge people as they judge horses. They look beyond appearances and trappings to see what is within.
my child grew up with horses, they have learned to recognize people for what
they are, just as they have learned to understand their horse’s motivations. Everyone that competes fairly is a winner. They know that those who will cheat in the show-ring will also cheat in every other aspect of their life and are not to be trusted. Because my child grew up with horses, they have self-esteem and an engaging personality. They can talk to anyone they meet with confidence, because they have to express themselves to their horse with more than words. Because my child grew up with horses, they know about compromise and understanding. They know the satisfaction of controlling and teaching a 1,000-pound animal that will yield willingly to their gentle touch and ignore the more forceful and inept handling of those stronger than they are. They hold themselves with poise and professionalism in the company of those far older than themselves.
my child grew up with horses, they have learned to plan ahead. They know
that choices made today can affect what happens five years down the road. They know that you cannot care for and protect those you care about without savings and planning to fall back on. They know the value of land and buildings, and that caring for your vehicle can mean the difference between easy travel or being stranded on the side of the road with a four-horse trailer on a hot day. When I look at what they have learned and what it will help them become, I can honestly say that I haven’t “wasted” a penny on providing them with horses. I only wish that all children had the same opportunities to learn these lessons from horses before setting out on the road to adulthood. ~Anonymous~
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Another bright gem in the Arabian horse crown within Ocala is Victoria Arabians LLC. Owned by Dr. Michelle Watson and Dr. Cliff McCurdy, this medium-sized breeding farm sits on approximately 80 acres of lush rolling pastures, surrounded by wooden fences, forest and stately oak trees. The farm is approximately 30 minutes from Gainesville (GNV) Regional Airport and approximately 1.5 hours from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). 56 | 2021 | SE Experience
For more information on Victorian Arabians, follow them on Facebook or log on to: www.VictoriaArabians.com
Specializing in breeding purebred and Half-Arabian English pleasure performance horses, their goal of achieving beautiful and functional horses has led them to repeatedly breed National champion horses at all levels – Open, Amateur and Youth – and has put them on the leading owner and breeder lists of several nationally acclaimed award programs such as the AEPA and Region 12 Spotlight Futurity. Their regular sales of young, talented horses, as well as embryos out of their top producing mares has provided years of enjoyment to outside owners and breeders alike. Both Watson and McCurdy are very passionate about the Arabian horse and are dedicated to the breed. “Arabians are a beautiful, extremely intelligent and athletic breed,” says Watson. “We love sharing them with others and, therefore, offer specialized internships here at the farm so that interns can get hands-on experience with breeding, foaling and handling young horses.” One such ambassador of the breed is Madam Motion VA. “’Maddie’ touches the soul of those that are around her,” Watson shares. “Last year was her first year off the farm and showing as a 4-year-old. At her first show with me riding, she was unanimous Champion in the country English pleasure. She was all game, and is the sweetest mare, putting her entire heart into everything she does. She loves people and her job … she is the epitome of an Arabian show horse.” It is the moments that others experience with VA horses that keep Dr. Watson and Dr. McCurdy motivated to share their passion. “Our horses have provided numerous owners with National and Regional championship honors,” states Watson. “It is also so heart-warming to watch our wonderful horses touch the lives of numerous patients dealing with cancer that have come to our farm for peace and serenity. It is amazing how the Arabian horse offers such healing therapy to humans in difficult times. They are just as kind and passionate as we are.” Watson elaborates further, “Working with Arabian horses has allowed us to meet so many other passionate and caring people. The horses bring so many people together: owners, trainers, breeders and spectators. We have traveled all over the world with other Arabian breeders and friends that we have met through the horses visiting other farms, enjoying shows and meeting countless others that love the breed. Over the past few years, we have partnered with Showtime Training Stable to train and market our horses, and they have done a fantastic job. They now stand our beautiful and extremely talented young stallion, Moonlight Heir VA by Afires Heir and out of Moonbeam DGL.” If looking for a new challenge in life beyond the ordinary with rewards beyond description, look no further than the intelligent, breathtaking, tractable and extraordinary Arabian horse at Victoria Arabians. SE Experience | 2021 | 57
Wanderlust Arabians is a small breeding operation focused on producing performance horses that can also be competitive in the halter arena. Other services include mare leases, embryos, partial or full leases of horses in training and sales of both youngsters and horses under saddle, offering many different levels of involvement and/or commitment. Ann was born and raised with Arabian horses. Her father saw a picture of a grey Arabian stallion in a book when he was a young boy and vowed to one day own one. That dream was fulfilled when he, along with Ann’s maternal grandfather, purchased a yearling colt, Abu Ben Shannon, at a sale in 1958. Ann has horses today that include lines from the first foal born on her parents’ ranch. The Arabian horse offers everything a person looks for in a horse: versatility, a great work ethic, extreme intelligence and people oriented. Compatriot, aka “CP,” a direct descendant of her family’s first colt, Abu, epitomizes all of this at Wanderlust. A 2020 USEF Horse Of The Year, he currently is in dressage training and talented enough to compete at the top level.
To learn more about Wanderlust Arabians, visit their website at www.wanderlustarabians.com While visiting the farm, Ann suggests you try some local Ocala hot spots: Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant Salted Brick at Ocala Preserve.
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These positive traits are the standard in Arabian horses. Ann shares how her mare Nofoolyn, CP’s dam (mother), persuaded others to join the breed. While stationed with her husband (USAF) in VA, Ann had a group of riding buddies at the farm where she was boarding. Ann shares, “I was just starting Nofoolyn under saddle, and every one of those women told me that my mare changed their minds about Arabians, as she was so level-headed and an exceptional trail horse for such a young mare. And I never rode her in a bit; only in a rope hackamore from my first ride on her to her last. She now happily enjoys her retirement on the farm.”
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Learning responsibility as a young girl, as it was her job to feed the horses growing up, Ann was taught that the needs of the horses always come before her own. In return, horses taught her unconditional love and have seen her through some very rough times. She recognizes a sense of spirituality that comes from being in the presence of such magnificent animals. This has carried on in her own small operation, leading to happy, healthy horses of all ages, from mares in foal and youngsters growing up, to retired seniors. A visit to Wanderlust Arabians will find you in the presence of and enjoying beautiful, versatile and intelligent horses. It’s a great first step! SE Experience | 2021 | 59
Kathy Ziegler photo
Kathy Ziegler photo
Arabian Horse Farms Support The Ocala Horse Alliance and Marion County Public Schools Black Stallion Reading Project
Pictured: David O’ Connor. Olympic Gold Medalist in Eventing, Lauren Barwick, Gold Medalist in Para Dressage, Abby Fuller, legendary female jockey and Ayla Spry, owner of the black stallion, Sham. Arabian Farm School Partners: John P. Rannenberg Training, Hennessey Arabians & Rosie Moreno Jones
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The Black Stallion Reading Project, a cooperative effort between the Ocala Horse Alliance (OHA) and Marion County Public Schools, kicked off a five-year partnership aimed at harnessing horsepower to encourage fourth-grade students to read, set goals, achieve, and become aware of job and career opportunities in the equestrian industry. The program links schools and horse farms and provides rewards and incentives for students to achieve their personal best. During the five-year program, each participating fourth grader will receive a copy of The Black Stallion and the opportunity to experience a horse up-close and personal through local horse farms. For some, this will be their first encounter; for others, this could be their only encounter.
1. A Black Stallion Book for Every Student and Teacher to Keep Each book will have an inspirational bookplate and name of donor. 2. Student Journals Fourth-grade students receive a Black Stallion Journal with special cover. 3. Ask and Expert Program for Teachers If a teacher has a question about horses or a question a student asked and they do not have the answer, the OHA Teacher Ask an Expert Email will respond to questions. 4. Classroom ‘Tack Box’ There are several references in The Black Stallion to horse-related items that may be unfamiliar to many teachers and students. A Tack Box will be provided for each school with many of these items along with Visual Vocabulary laminated picture cards. 5. ‘Saddlebag of Books’ to School Libraries As part of the Farm to School Partners program, each elementary school will receive annually a ‘Saddlebag of Books’ for their school library. These books, selected by the Elementary Education Department, will include reference books on horses to assist students learn about horses and encourage additional reading. 6. Farm to School Partners Program The Farm to School Partners Program is designed to create meaningful linkages between our students and our horse farms. Total cost of the program is $500 annually which covers the cost of one classroom of books and the Saddlebag of Books. In the future, we hope to expand upon this valuable linkage to include classroom speakers from the partner farm to the classroom. 7. The Brag Tag Program We will be partnering with a variety of breeds and discipline shows/events to create a custom Brag Tag on the breed or discipline. We will offer an educational opportunity for families and students at the show/event where students can earn their Brag Tag on that specific breed, discipline or equestrian activity. 8. Incentives for Students Incentives and recognition of students who make an extra effort is critical. Horseshoes and small awards will be a major part of the project. 9. The Online Guide to Horses in Marion County We anticipate that there will be interest in riding and attending horse events in Marion County. The OHA is developing an online Guide to Horses in Marion County. 10. Career Videos A goal of the BSRP is to introduce career options for students. Although only in fourth grade, it is important to plant seeds of what is possible as well as options for careers and jobs especially those careers and jobs to which a student may not have exposure. The BSRP will produce a series of career possibility videos. 11. Soft Skills Videos In support of the BSRP curriculum, videos will be developed throughout the project on the identified soft skills for the Marion County Public Schools; perseverance, dependability, reliability, leadership, communication, teamwork, work ethic and positive attitude. 12. Virtual Tours Virtual tours of major equine facilities and companies will be developed. These tours will be done with focus on vocabulary development, career connections and ties to Marion County.
For more information on this program contact: Ellie Trueman, Ocala Horse Alliance President OcalaHorseAlliance@aol.com
Chestnuthill Arabians is situated in the heart of the horse capitol of the world, Ocala, Florida. The sunshine and breezy barn provides yearround outdoor training, and the Olympic sized covered arena shades the horses and people during those hot summer days. There are ample turnouts and several round pens, and the Eurosizer is a new feature that the staff and horses love. The ability to jog and cool several horses at once makes the workflow at Chestnuthill Arabians seamless. The farm specializes in several Arabian disciplines: Halter, Hunter, English and Performance Halter. Lessons are also available, with an events schedule that consists of local and National horse shows, symposiums and awareness programs. It is a full-service training and breeding facility owned and operated by renowned trainer Joe Alberti with the help of Assistant Trainer Stefanie Simonsen, along with its newly created riding program, Ocala Stirrups, led by Jody Gray Everton.
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The Ocala Stirrups riding program is created for the horse enthusiast in all of us. Whether you’re looking to get in the saddle for the very first time or brush up on your skills before entering the competition ring of the highest level, Joe Alberti and the team behind Chestnuthill Arabians prides themselves in offering an environment for everyone who loves the Arabian horse. With that, whatever level of participation your schedule allows, the farm will work with you. “When we acquired our first Arabian horse decades ago,” says Joe, “my newfound passion for horses hit me like a ton of bricks! The Arabian breed has such a rich history, interwoven with humans for countless centuries. Arabian horses are so fancy, and flighty, yet intelligent, kind and calm. In the desert, these horses lived in the tent with their human families. What other breed of horse can attest to this?”
For more information on Chestnuthill Arabians, follow them on Facebook or log on to: www.chestnuthillarabians.com
The stalls are lined with Arabian horses, all with their own stories. A good ambassador from Chestnuthill would be multi-National Champion Pharaoh CRF. This fancy, bold guy puts on a big show every time he has an audience, and he never disappoints. He has all the snort and blow a magical Arabian stallion should have, and yet wants to crawl in your pocket for hugs and pets. “He’s a blast to take new places!” Joe proudly shares. Chestnuthill Arabians exhibits the crowning glory of a 24/7 obsession for Joe. “Horses create patience, and patience creates rich rewards in its journey. Over the years, this journey has given me great fortune to show multiple purebred and HalfArabian horses to the winner’s circle multiple times and over multiple years.” Easily reached from Orlando and Tampa airports, and a short drive from the World Equestrian Center, the farm was thoughtfully created with lush pastures, dozens of large, luxurious stalls and a breeding lab (the farm does its own collection and shipping). “We love visitors too, so please make an appointment to stop by the farm,” invites Joe. “We have an ‘open gate’ policy at all times. Our staff loves the horses and each horse has their own ‘person’ that grooms and works with them daily. Chestnuthill Arabians is more a horse haven than a number on a stall.” SE Experience | 2021 | 63
The Designer Breed! By Mary Trowbridge
An interesting component about the Arabian breed is that it offers people an opportunity to own, enjoy and exhibit both purebred Arabian horses and HalfArabians as well. For hundreds of years, horsemen around the world recognized that the purebred Arabian blood was an excellent horse to combine into other breeds. Hundreds, if not thousands, of years spent breeding for specific traits such as intelligence, endurance, and athletic ability created a horse that could contribute those traits to other breeds and disciplines. Especially the cavalries in the 1800s and first half of the 1900s, who coveted the Arabian, as the larger war horses were converting into smaller, faster more nimble mounts during the end of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, Arabians cross wonderfully with virtually every other breed of horse, especially those who are good at one specific job. A few of the most popular crosses are the Arabian with Saddlebreds, which creates the high necked, high spirited English style horses that evolved from the “fancy” horses that people saved for Sundays in the park when they would show off their finest animals, and with Quarter Horses, when extreme ability for working western, reining and working cow horses is needed. Half-Arabians also acquire a keener connection with people, a more instinctive and sensitive intuition, and a bit of the Arabian type and beauty along with the more extreme specific discipline abilities of specialty breeds. Arabian horse shows include separate classes for both purebred and Half-Arabians, allowing people more opportunities to show and enjoy their discipline of choice. Equally valuable, are the Half-Arabians who make lovely trail and family horses, as do their purebred counterparts, simply because of the intense human bond that is an Arabian breed hallmark.
Obsidian Knight++++// Arabian/Friesian
Vermiculus Arabian/Thoroughbred RGT Mercury Rising Arabian/American Saddlebred
Blaze of Glory SVA Arabian/American Saddlebred Eros Toi Revelation+ Arabian/Hackney
Hollywood Bad Boy GP+ Arabian/American Quarter Horse
Eva ABC Arabian/Appaloosa
Maghnus Z++++ Arabian/American Saddlebred
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Family is usually defined in genetic terms, be it human or horse. That said, the Gault family—making up two and four legged friends—begs to differ. Ask anyone around this North Carolina property, and they will tell you that the Rick Gault Training (RGT) family may not be blood, but they are all family. RGT is a national level Arabian horse training operation fused with a culture of warm community. Located just four miles from I-85 and 30 minutes from the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, this nearly 50-acre, full-service facility is now in its 20th year, and boasts a custom designed operation turning out national champion bloodstock who consistently achieve national championship honors in all disciplines, both in open divisions and with its spirited, supportive amateur clientele. The site includes a main barn that houses 21 stalls, a fully-insulated lighted indoor arena, a 60′ round pen, a comfortable client lounge, a separate employee quarters, and office. The main barn also houses grooming areas, wash racks and tack rooms. There is also a 100’ x 200’ outdoor arena and an additional 24 stalls in three barns. The extra acreage surrounding the barns is home to the many mares and foals. With their combined experience, trainers Rick Gault and Meg Daughton Gwyn take pride in their success, and work hard to ensure that the entire horse experience is enjoyable and fun. They encourage and welcome visitors to stop by, see the horses and tour the facility. 66 | 2021 | SE Experience
Arabian horses have such in-depth personalities, and the farm loves to share that with the world. An example of one of their Arabian horse breed ambassadors is Laura Gault’s purebred stallion Chablis WA. Sure, he’s been named National Champion several times, but that doesn’t go to his head. This white, majestic horse is kind as the day is long, ready to do his job each time he steps out of his stall. A really intelligent breed, Arabian horses have confidence when treated well, and Chablis demonstrates that over and over. He’s a true celebrity in the barn and a favorite for newcomers. Virtue, hard work and “rolling with the ups and downs” are constants at Gault Training. Virtue is exampled by a program that always puts first the horses’ and riders’ unique character, talents and needs. Every horse and rider is evaluated and paired to the best of their abilities. A Gault show horse is a horse that enters and leaves the show pen with a bright, happy expression. They’re doing what they do best and enjoy it. Their clients appreciate this—it is a big piece of what makes the Gault Training barn an allegiant community. Meg Daughton Gwyn, Assistant Trainer at Gault Training, knows the barn’s versatility firsthand, “Rick taught me that there are no shortcuts to training a great horse,” she proclaims. “We start with the fundamentals of dressage, a basic start for all our young horses. Timing and patience are key. The horses all nicker when they see people. And equally important is the longevity of our horses. It’s telling to see the teenaged horses healthy, happy and still
showing at top levels of competition.” Meg continues, “We also have a top-notch breeding program. Yes, we are known for our western horses, but turn out some great English horses and hunters too.” Most Saturdays at Gault Training are described as a weekly “family reunion.” Lunch is brought in, clients old and new come to ride. Invariably, visitors who don’t own horses yet come to visit, and enjoy a kindred congregation of Arabian horse lovers.
Did you know? Archdale as an outskirt of High Point, North Carolina, is the furniture capital of the world. Coming this way to shop? Stop by the farm and you just might choose something more receiving than a couch to sit on! Also while in the area, stop by the Magnolia Blue Restaurant on Main Street in High Point for some shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles! For more information on Rick Gault Training, follow them on Facebook or log on to: www.RickGaultTraining.com
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Nestled at the perfect midway point, between the North Carolina corn and tobacco fields, and the Smithfield urban area, home to outlet malls and restaurants, this 14-acre, 55-stall Arabian horse training facility represents the accumulative experience and success of one of the top training teams in the country, led by Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter. Just a half hour from Raleigh and the airport, the farm is located where Interstates 40 and 95 cross. According to Rob, “We can easily go North, South, and West. We are only about a mile off Hwy. 70, which also connects to 40 and 95 with a new bypass through there. We are very easy to get to.” The farm itself, is a perfect, peaceful setting for training horses and riders. The barn is supplemented by a covered, enclosed riding arena, as well as a bull pen, walker and turnouts. “We are where the agriculture – farmland – begins, but if you go another two miles from us, you enjoy the convenience of restaurants and motels.” Close to town, but rural, too, Rob and Caralyn are greeted by six or eight deer in the driveway every night. Recognized as Nationally accomplished and successful individuals, their teamwork makes them doubly formidable in the show ring. RBC runs the full gambit in experiencing Arabian horses. Beginner to seasoned competitors, this farm welcomes newcomers to participate at any level and excels at really finding the custom fit for individual personalities. Whether you are a timid, first timer, or a thrill seeking adrenaline junkie, the team at RBC will find you the right horse and expose you to the right environment to learn on it. The relationship between horse and rider is heavily respected here. It is important to the entire staff to nurture that. After all, when you leave the barn after your day with an Arabian horse, it is that you take with you for the rest of your week.
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For more information on RBC Show Horses follow them on facebook or log on to: www.RBCShowHorses.com
The team at RBC work hard to bring each individual to its potential. As Caralyn puts it, “Our best is the least we can do.” “When a horse first arrives,” Rob explains, “we try to get an idea of what the expectations of the owner are. We then evaluate the horse to see if that horse can meet those expectations, so that we’re not completely out of balance with what the horse can do and what the owner thinks it can do.” Rob continues, “If it all seems workable, we start bringing the horse along as quickly as it can progress, and let the horse tell us how fast it can progress to that goal. We take each horse as an individual and make it the best that it can be.” Rob and Caralyn take special pride in the care the horses receive. “Because we have 55 stalls and no more, we feel like we can do quality work and give each horse a lot of personal time. Every horse gets out of its stall six days a week, whether that time is spent with conditioning exercises, training exercises, or turn-out time – they all get personal attention. We take no shortcuts on feed, bedding, or anything regarding the care of the horses. They get the best of everything.” Rob Bick, Caralyn Schroter, and RBC Show Horses represent the pride of ownership, a commitment to the care and education of clients and their horses, and the unique advantages of a strong, versatile team. Where one is good, two are definitely better! Home in Smithfield, North Carolina, RBC Show Horses is a place where people and horses can enjoy learning together; achieving their goals while gaining friendships and support along the way to success! SE Experience | 2021 | 69
Brittney Desiderio and her Half-Arabian, Douceurr++++// competing at World Equestrian Center, Ocala. Photo by Andrew Ryback.
A purebred Arabian mare at sunrise. Pictured at Hennessey Arabians in Ocala, Florida, by April Visel.
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What brought you to the decision to start riding? When I was 5 years old, my father gave me a Shetland pony for Christmas, fueling my love for horses; but when he died when I was 16, I put aside any passion that I had for them. Fast forward ~40 years, four kids, and a great career as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and I found myself helping a girlfriend look at horses for herself. The next thing I knew, I had purchased a draft horse weanling, a Quarter Horse to ride, and my husband decided he wanted a horse as well. Pretty soon we had one of every breed (literally) and built our “barndeminium” on 33 acres in Lumber Bridge, NC. We bred my husband’s Appaloosa mare to the Arabian Gianni Versailles, a Versace son, creating a successful line of Half-Arabian Sport Horses. Then we began breeding purebred Arabians and slowly transitioned the farm over to Arabians and Half-Arabians. So, I restarted riding at ~50. After bariatric surgery to lose weight, a total knee replacement, and carpel tunnel surgery on both hands, here I am at almost 62, prepping to show in western pleasure on Psylent Encore, a beautiful mare that I bred and had trained at RBC Show Horses in Smithfield, NC. What would you tell someone who is older to encourage them to start riding? Just do it! If you think you have a passion for horses, then explore the options out there. I equate having horses to being in the nursing profession … there are so many different options and things to do with horses that can bring you great pleasure and allow you some stress release from the insanity that sometimes surrounds your life. It is also “your time” if you have raised a family; take some time to do what you want and have some self-care activities. The physicality and calories burned working with and riding horses means you can have your cake and eat it too! How does riding compare to other hobbies you’ve had? I would say that riding has somewhat overtaken some of my other hobbies, such as my cooking hobby of making homemade jams and flavored goat cheese spreads year-round. Our farm boards horses and we have junior riders that like to compete, so six months of the year we stay busy prepping for shows and/or attending shows. In the wintertime when things slow down, I take up my other hobbies such as crochet or counted cross stitch as I scheme and plot for the next breeding or show season. Riding brings out my competitive side, but it’s not all about me—I gain pleasure in seeing young people learn and grow into successful riders. What would be the first step of someone who wants to begin riding, but has no horses of their own or a place to keep them? Find a farm that gives lessons and will let you lease a horse to ride or lesson on. People place “ISO” (in search of/wanted) posts on Facebook horse pages and one can tour a farm and see if you like the “vibe” it gives off. I recommend this to anyone who is remotely interested in riding. Riding can be relatively inexpensive by using a leased horse that comes with its own equipment, plus the cost of a helmet and a good pair of boots to protect your feet. Then if you find that you really have a passion for horses, that’s when you consider buying. Can one get involved with Arabians other than riding? Absolutely! My husband did not have horses until I started riding. He can sit on a horse but really has no desire to ride for show. That said, he has done a great job showing my horse Psylent Encore at halter and won his first national top ten when he was 57. I did not start out riding to show. I tried Sport Horse In-Hand at 54 and had my success that way, earning national championships, reserves and top tens with our purebred and Half-Arabian colts and fillies. We have lots of fun working with the babies that we have bred and educating people about the breed. Why Arabians? We literally did start with one of every breed: Draft, Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Paint, Saddlebred … and were given an Arabian weanling colt with the opportunity to have him trained to show halter. That, in addition to breeding the Appaloosa mare to produce our Half-Arabian crosses really helped us narrow our farm focus down to Arabians and HalfArabians. The breed is incredibly smart and personable; they really read the people around them and respond accordingly. They are inquisitive and sensitive to things that are going on around them, and they are not a dull, plod-along breed. They notice when I change the lawn ornaments or flags by the barn! We don’t breed “hot” Arabs; we like the people friendly, people pleasing ones.
Photos by Horseplay Photography
Want to spend time on the farm and experience horses? The Lawrences offer a Hipcamp (Hipcamp.com) to do so. https://www.hipcamp.com/north-carolina/legacy-farmsleisure-area/legacy-farms-leisure-area
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Peri Tilghman | Oxford, North Carolina
Just over a half hour’s drive from the bustling capital and tourist city of Raleigh, North Carolina, one can find Peri Lee Show Horses in the quaint and picturesque town of Oxford; a full service, training, show, lesson and marketing facility; from the very first ride to all the way … National competition. Whether just hanging out at the barn and pleasure riding if that is your preference or working towards competing to the highest levels of competition, Peri’s barn offers it all and welcomes everyone, including those who do not own their own horse. Lesson horses and full and partial leases are available. Peri was lucky enough to be introduced to Arabians early on and her adoration for them has continued over the years. “Aside from being beautiful, they are incredibly smart, talented and versatile,” she says. “The Arabian is a horse you can truly build a relationship with. They push you to become better … a better rider and a better human.” For more informaiton visit us online at www.perileeshowhorses.com
They are a life changing experience, anyone will tell you who has had the honor of being in an Arabian horse’s presence. “Every day I get to witness these horses interacting with their people,” Peri shares, “and not one person leaves the barn without a smile on their face.” Anyone who visits will be welcomed with open arms, happy horses and a great experience! And what have Arabian horses taught Peri? “Well, everything! So much of who I am can be attributed to growing up with and being involved with horses. From loyalty to humility to patience to perseverance, it all came from them!”
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Residential equestrian community and polo club in Aiken, South Carolina. Cottage style bungalows, custom homes, horse friendly estates and homesites. The Stables, a full service, 24-stall, multi-discipline boarding barn with jumping arena, dressage arena and individual turnout. 888-4NB-POLO | newbridgepolo.com | #newbridgelife
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Ted Carson, of Ted Carson Training Center has traveled the globe showing Arabian horses in-hand for owners and breeders in arenas the likes of Paris, Dubai and Brazil. He’s not only a presenter, but also an honorable international judge in those accredited competitions as well. He and his wife Brandi have even thoughtfully bred many of those horses. The satisfaction and thrill to be on the line of such an animal is certainly the reward of the hard work, preparation and conditioning that takes place at home, long before the event begins. And that’s “all good” for this team … literally. Just a 40-minute drive from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport or two and a half from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport lies the scenic dream, made reality by the Carson family at their training center in the small town and rural charm of Allgood, Alabama.
The 65-stall facility, sitting on 252 trail lined, wooded acres is a laid back, centered and calm environment for both breeding and show horses. The family’s clientele has evolved into many passionate horse breeders who enjoy the comradery and competition of the show world while taking pride in their individual programs presented on the regional, national and even international stage with Ted Carson Training. “Of course, every owner is thrilled to be the big winner on any day,” Ted explains, “but when they breed the horse, sometimes even a 2nd or 3rd generation, it is awesome. We spend hours, days or even months discussing with our clients the different possibilities in breeding decisions, so when the resulting foal two years later is everything they hoped for and more? Boom! It feels allgood!” The farms stands anywhere between 6-12 breeding stallions at any time, servicing breeders domestically and internationally, while also enjoying 10-15 foals born each year. “It keeps everything dynamic and inspiring, along with simply beautiful at the same time,” Brandi says, who primarily takes care of the breeding at the farm, while the show team is on the road. TC is proud to stand these world-renowned sires including one of the breed’s celebrities, KM Bugatti. “He is who we would call one of our great Arabian horse ambassadors.” says Ted “Aside from contributing some of the most successful show horses of all time, he’s proud, kind, smart and fantastic to be around! He is what an Arabian horse should be!” Visitors to the farm who don’t have a horse … yet, are always welcome to the farm to simply get up close to an Arabian. They are encouraged to put their hands on one and really look into their eyes. You do not have to be a breeder to enjoy the group at Allgood. They are happy to introduce you to the Arabian horse with a serene walk through their forest, hugs on a foal, or spectate a photoshoot; then see what goes from there! For more information on Ted Carson Arabians, follow them on Facebook or log on to: www.TedCarson.com
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FOCUS ON YOUR PASSION:
Mom, Army wife, crazy horse girl, and full-time creative spirit, Hannah Draughan’s journey to photography occurred by happy accident, and she found her passion and the career she was meant to follow.
Tell us about how you were introduced to the Arabian horse. My first pony was a Half-Arabian, half-Shetland pony named Kid that had a body too big for his pony legs, the cutest little Arabian head, and possessed all the stubbornness that ponies often do! Kid taught me to ride, and we started showing in walk-trot classes at the local horse club when I was 9. Soon I started reading The Black Stallion series and knew there was no other breed I would ever be interested in owning! My parents surprised me with my own black Arabian, VW Desert Knight, for my 16th birthday and the rest is history! I was in love with the Arabian horse for a lifetime!
How did it come about that you chose photography/videography as your equine career? I stumbled into equine photography by happy accident. I had been a freelance graphic designer for about five years before starting my business in 2014 as a graphic designer and marketing resource for equine related businesses. As the business evolved, I started doing a little photography on the side and began having more and more requests for equine photography, so I decided to take the plunge and never looked back! Now most of my business is photography driven and I absolutely love my job and the amazing people I get to meet along the road.
What do you love most about photographing the Arabian horse? Arabians are a naturally photogenic breed. Their expressiveness creates an engaging and visually stunning photograph that just draws you in. I love that Arabians have such a loyal connection with their owners and presenting an owner with photographs that capture their Arabian’s pride, beauty, and essence is a beautiful moment!
How did you develop your business? I grew up in central Illinois showing horses, so when I began my business, I had an amazing network and support group of horse owners. Once I started to establish Hannah Draughan Photography, it really grew rapidly! Word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool, and I am so grateful to those individuals and organizations who took a chance on a young photographer during those first horse shows and equine portrait sessions in Illinois. I never knew that I wanted to be a photographer, but sometimes your path in life just finds you and you realize that this is what you were meant to do.
What has been your favorite subject matter to photograph as it relates to the Arabian horse (i.e. shows, senior photos, Christmas cards, etc?) Why?
I absolutely love photographing horse shows. It is enjoyable watching my horse show family from center ring, and capturing those winning smiles and tears of joy from all the hard work poured into their horse is priceless. However, I have to admit that equine portrait work has my heart! I thrive on creating fine art for people’s homes and capturing their horse’s personality in a photo. These are the large images printed on high quality canvas, metal or acrylic that people love to display, and are often conversation starters in their home! After all, who wouldn’t love all their artwork in their home to be of their own horses?
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Hannah Draughan Photography specializes in Horse Shows, Equestrian, Weddings, and Portraits.
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PERSONAL … What do you enjoy doing when not working?
Is there a setting you dream of documenting an Arabian horse in? Someday, I would love to go on a European photo tour and photograph some amazing Arabians with
the landscape and architecture that you just don’t see in the U.S. That
My husband, Andrew, and my
would be a dream come true!
6-year-old daughter, Sydney,
Do you have any particular stories that no one would believe when shooting?
love to hike as a family! We also love traveling, camping,
cooking out and anything
Once, I drove to a Quarter Horse show at Gordyville USA
that allows us to enjoy the
(the premier horse show arena in the Midwest and host to some of
outdoors. Sydney is also taking
the largest breed shows in the United States) to scout the location
an interest in riding, so we
because I was scheduled to photograph another horse show at the
love our days spent at the barn
facility in a few weeks. When I walked in and asked where the photographer’s booth was set up, the show manager immediately said that their photographer was unable to make it to the show and asked if I would drive home, grab my gear and photograph the show! They loved the show photos so much that they asked me to photograph their entire series of Illinois Quarter Horse Association shows for several years until I relocated to Alabama. I will never forget being hired on the spot like that! And I made some great friends and memories while photographing that circuit.
To anyone unfamiliar with the Arabian horse, what should they know the most about them?
Arabians can be stubborn, feisty, and often outsmart their people, however, you will not find a breed that is more loyal, beautiful and trusting with their owners. They are extremely
What is your ideal vacation destination? We love visiting our favorite vacation spot in Estes Park, Colorado, for gorgeous views and mountain hiking. We also love camping at Gulf Shores, Alabama, for some beach time and visiting Disney World! We dream of traveling to Hawaii and New Zealand for the amazing scenery in the (hopefully) not so distant future.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 15 years? I hope to continue to establish my business in Alabama, after relocating from Illinois in 2020. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of the equestrian community in the South and continue traveling throughout the country to photograph our amazing clients and their horses. I always look for ways to improve my craft and develop my creative portrait work for fine art sessions. I’d love to be able to photograph and sell equine fine art in a high-end gallery one day!
versatile and can be ultra-successful in almost any discipline that you apply them to. Arabian owners fall so deeply in love with the breed, that they often will never own another breed of horse—a true testament to the bond and partnership that is shared between an Arabian horse and rider.
I also work with some phenomenal non-profit organizations such as Angel Heart Farm in Nashville and Operation Horses & Heroes. I’d love to continue to use my photography and design work to give back and support amazing organizations like these!
Hannah and her family currently reside in North Alabama, just outside of Huntsville. She owns and shows a Half-Arabian sport horse mare, MNF Bristol Bey+; a hunter pleasure purebred Arabian gelding, Turiaf RCA; and retired western pleasure gelding, VW Desert Knight. www.hannahdraughan.com SE Experience | 2021 | 79
Newnan, Georgia We welcome you to Talaria Farms in Newnan, Georgia! While visiting our farm, we hope to share the beauty and joy of the legendary Arabian horse and our knowledge of their history, lineage, versatility and kindness. As we tour the barns, you will see a uniquely “open” design of the stalls, where all horses have a view of the central arena and can hear and see each other in a close-to-natural herd-like existence. We offer to both Talaria-owned horses and our client horses, elite, spa-like amenities, including exercise areas and an equine swimming pool (which enables exercise without undue stress and provides therapy when needed)! We also offer plenty of pasture time, and low-stress comfort for the breeding animals, babies, and those horses in worldwide competition, that need a little time to “unwind.” Educational activities are available, along with other fun celebrations (clinics, seminars, open houses, farm fairs), which take place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Founded by Allison Mehta and her husband, the late Curtis Westley, the name “Talaria” (borrowed from Greek mythology) means “graceful and swift,” a beautiful description of the Arabian horse with which the farm is associated. We choose to dedicate our lives to the Arabian horse, because there is no other breed like them and their ability to connect to the human being, build bonds, establish trust, and give you their heart, no matter what the task. It is this passion we hope to share with all newcomers as well.
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Written by Missy Snyder | From original post on AHA’s Arabian Horse Connection, 7/5/2019
Never giving up on finding her dream horse, Missy found and set out on her own to achieve all she could with her unique partner Khonstellation ABC+++//, aka “Spotty”. Her perseverance paid off. In her own words, Missy shares her journey of finding, training and accomplishing great success with her beloved HalfArabian horse.
“When I was very young, I saw a spotted horse for the first time in a children’s book. I was in love. A few years later, one of my fondest memories was meeting my mother’s new Arabian, SCF Royal Silver. He was an energetic, grey (soon to turn flea-bitten) 3-year-old, and I remember how I was in awe of him from the moment I touched him. As many children do, I wanted a pony of my own, only I wanted an Arabian… with spots. Mom and I would chat about dapples and flecks of color on Arabians as I flipped through her Arabian magazines, but I wanted a leopard patterned Arabian, and they ‘just didn’t come that way.’ “I soon began taking riding lessons on Arabians at a nearby farm, and I was hooked on the breed. At home, my mom’s dream horse, Royal, was like a big brother to me. He taught me early on how brilliant, eager, fun, versatile and loving Arabians are. My mother rode, but never showed him, and he was her constant companion for 29 years. “And then in 2014, on Mother’s Day weekend, I finally met him. He was a loud, leopard Half-Arabian yearling, and I simply could not believe how amazing he was. I drove all the way home from Kentucky so excited… I finally found my spotted Arabian. I named him Khonstellation ABC and call him Indi or Spotty at home. “Now, I will be honest. I had big plans, but the truth is I am an elementary school teacher with bigger dreams than paychecks. I wanted to bring this horse to his potential and be a rock star team, but I had to be realistic. I couldn’t afford a fancy trainer at a fancy barn with fancy tack and a fancy rig. Every penny of my horse passion comes from my own personal bank account. Being an AOTS (Amateur Owner, Trained and Shown), I knew I was going to have to work really hard with an untrained youngster with whatever help I could afford, and that is what I did. This required going in to work extra early so that I could drive almost an hour each afternoon to work with him. It required spending weekends at the barn instead of going to festivals and parties with friends in the huge city where I live. It was, and still is, a massive commitment. I learned all I could and took baby steps with him. I refused to use any harsh training tools to speed up
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the process and took my time carefully working with him to gain strength, balance and confidence. We spent months ponying off my older Arabian and long-lining for miles through trails and fields. Some days it was elating. Some days it was exhausting. There were moments of pure frustration and also fear of messing him up. But through the
Arabian Horse Association multi-champion. He holds
support of my wonderful friends and family, I kept going. I took lessons when I could,
Championships in the open Hunter/Jumper show world,
spent five to six days a week at the barn and finally introduced him to the show world
was club Reserve Champion in combined training,
in-hand. Eventually after backing him and training him myself, we started showing
and holds several USEF Horse of the Year awards as
well. He recently earned his Legion of Supreme Merit from AHA. He has never worn shoes. And he just
“Since Spotty is a family member and not just a show horse, in his best interest, we
only show at a handful of shows per year. We have also been to the beach, ridden miles of trail rides, schooled cross-country and enjoyed swimming in the lake in
“Showing AOTS is the most rewarding thing I have ever
the summer. However, with so little show experience, his accomplishments so far
done, but while I am proud of the work, my horse is the
have astounded me. To date, he has earned two National Championships and 18
one who gave me my dream that was way too big to say
Regional Championships. He was Region 12 high point winner, Arabian Sport Horse
out loud. Khonstellation ABC+++// owes me absolutely
Alliance year-end Reserve Champion, Bronze Milestone award winner, and a Georgia
nothing, and I owe him everything.”■
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Rentz, Georgia In this fast paced, digitized age, it has become extremely difficult for children (as well as adults) to develop a sense of feel, wonder and connection to the natural world. Dale Brown Performance Horses has focused their business around getting back to the basics of living. Their riding program will not only give you the skills needed to make you knowledgeable around magnificent Arabian horses but will set you up for success to navigate in the arena of life. Owner, Dale Brown, is the fourth generation in a long line of successful horsemen. Raised in the equine culture, he has been training and showing Arabians for over 25 years. His services include training/showing, marketing and consultation services for the Arabian and Half-Arabian enthusiast. Dale and his students have garnered over 50 prestigious National honors in the Open, Amateur and Youth divisions; as well as countless Regional and Class A championships across multiple disciplines. Dale takes great pride in forming a young horse as well as rehabilitating an older, more savvy show horse, and has the exceptional capability of matching the perfect horse to the right owner.
In addition, Dale Brown Performance Horses offers a riding program focused on complete horsemanship education for all ages and levels of riders. Emphasis is placed on safety, education and technique. Lessons and the horses used, are matched to your riding ability, and given by professional horse trainers with years of experience. All tack and grooming supplies are provided but heeled boots must be worn by the rider, and a helmet may be worn at the rider/guardian’s discretion. For more information visit us online at www.dalebrowninc.com
If your family, church or school group is looking to gain knowledge on the equine breed Dale offers a ‘Get To Know A Horse’ class, to learn about basic safety, grooming, tack and equine care. Through these beautiful equine companions, fortitude, patience, diligence, stewardship, and respect is developed. Experiencing the thrill of connecting with another living creature is irreplaceable. Come and experience it for yourself!
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It’s a well-known fact that horses improve physical and mental health, and some of the best come from the Arabian breed. Alpha Equestrian Center in Woodstock, GA is the home of Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding and is a Premier PATH Accredited Center. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Heaven’s Gait’s mission is to provide emotional, physical and social benefits for children and adults with special needs such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Developmental Delay and other therapeutic needs. Experience spoke with Heaven’s Gait Farm Manager Amy Glick, on why Arabians fit the bill so well.
What makes Arabians/Half-Arabians suitable for children and adults with special needs? Our breed is suitable for therapeutic mounts due to their: SIZE. Many Arabians are on the smaller size, allowing for riders to have less of a reach. TEMPERAMENT. An important factor when deciding if a horse will work in a therapeutic riding program. Arabians are known for their generally good temperaments. TRAINABILITY. This lends Arabians to being ideal for a therapy program.
What do people with special needs gain from being around the Arabian horse? A tight, trusting bond is formed between the therapy rider and their mount. Arabian horses are known for their outstanding personalities, making it easy for the rider to trust and rely on their horse.
Both Butterfly and Lumiar (with his dog pal), sense their purpose and befriend all who meet them.
Please share with us some details about your two Half-Arabians such as their names, barn names, personalities and favorite treats. Why were they chosen to represent heaven’s gait? We currently use a beautiful Half-Arabian (half Welsh pony) named Butterfly. This little mare is the most even tempered, calm, and consistent horse in the program. Her outstanding personality pretty much guarantees what we will get from her every day. She’s snow white and very typey, as well as on the small side, which works for many of the younger riders. After every ride, Butterfly is spoiled with treats of all kinds … she likes them all! We are very excited to be incorporating a purebred Arabian mare “Lumiar” into our therapy program. Owned by the Lively family, she’s a beautiful flea-bitten grey mare by the famous Arabian stallion Lumiar Amadeus. She should be a perfect fit as she is great with all ages and riding abilities.
Do you have a special story to share of a horse and rider that stands out for you? Kelly Rickard, the director of the therapeutic program and owner of Alpha Equestrian Center where Heaven’s Gait calls home, recalls a particular rider that was very fearful of stairs and the ramp used to mount. With diligent work, the rider was able to maneuver the stairs to the ramp (and the ramp itself) but was afraid to swing his leg over the back of the horse. He practiced karate kicks, and that enabled him to overcome his fear when mounting. Six months later, he was riding independently!
Personally, why are you an advocate for the Arabian breed over others? Having been involved with the Arabian breed for over 30 years, I look forward to being able to incorporate our breed into the therapy program at Heaven’s Gait. I think the versatility of the Arabian, as well as their demeanor and consistency, makes them the ideal candidate for therapy horses!
For someone new and interested in getting involved with the Arabian horse, what advice could you share to get them started? Arabian horses are one of the most beautiful things on earth. There’s nothing quite like one, snorting and blowing, prancing about with its tail over its back. What makes them so special is the fact that they are able to look like this one moment, and then be suitable for riding in a variety of divisions with people of all ages, including pthose with special needs. Their inclusion in Heaven’s Gait’s therapy program is proof that the Arabian horse is suitable for many different purposes, illustrating their diversity and versatility.
The young girl in the blue helmet has brain cancer and was unable to walk at the time, but with help of Cruiser, riding the pony should stimulate her nerves and assist her in walking once again. During the making of this issue, after riding for only two months, she walked into the barn on her own with the help of a walker.
ALPHA EQUESTRIAN CENTER 2471 East Cherokee Drive | Woodstock, GA 30188 Contact Kelly Rickard | 770-656-5764 | firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/hgtrinc | http://www.hgtrinc.com
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Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and 40 miles from Atlanta, Vicki Humphrey’s Training Center (VHTC) is a full-service training and breeding operation where Arabians, Half-Arabians, Saddlebreds and Friesians fill the barns. VHTC is also home to The Atlanta Riding Club (ARC), a program open to the public, to riders who do not own their own horses but want to learn to ride. The ARC also provides additional lessons for riders who own show horses but want extra practice. Clients range from beginner lesson riders up to those who compete at the top level of competition, the U.S. Nationals, and all have one thing in common, the love of the Arabian horse. Some are beginners, some are breeders, some come to cheer on their children, and some come to cheer on their parents. They have chosen the Arabian horse for many reasons. They have a personality that is sensitive, kind and responsive at a softer and higher level than many breeds, and they are charismatic and beautiful, with tiny ears, a chiseled head, and high tail. Bey Berry Love is an excellent example of this at the farm, a 7-time National Champion in English and Costume, he is kind with a good-natured soul. VHTC’s doors are always open for visitors to stop by and tour the show and baby barns, and you won’t be disappointed. The list is long, the lessons that an Arabian can teach just about anyone, but especially children. They teach many life lessons beyond equestrian skills that are invaluable. Along with courage, perseverance and patience, they build their self-esteem and confidence. They learn too, about camaraderie, working toward goals with a team, failure, success, and dealing with both. All are important qualities for living the best life while creating a bond with Nature’s most beautiful gift. For more information visit www.vickihumphreytrainingcenter.com
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Palmetto Arabians sits on 80 acres in Timmonsville, SC, approximately two hours from the Charlotte International Airport, and historic, Charleston, SC. Owned by Frank and Sara Chisholm, this working breeding facility stands six stallions, 15 broodmares and 30 prospects ranging in age from weanling to 2 years of age with their primary discipline focus being Western Pleasure. Frank shares their goal, “to breed not only beautiful Arabians, but great minded ones that you want to live with, as they crave human interaction. Nothing fills us more than walking the pastures with newcomers to the breed, and showing them the love they have for us.” A shining example of that perfect Arabian on the farm is May Dancer V, the matriarch of Palmetto. “She was the easy choice,” shares Breeding Manager, Sarah O’Brien. “From the moment you meet her, you just want to hug her and give her carrots! I can’t tell you how many children have crawled all over top of her in her stall—she is just the kindest and sweetest mare.” For more information on Palmetto Arabians, follow them on Facebook or log on to: www.PalmettoArabians.com
And the Chisholms breed a lot of those. Awarded multiple Breeder of the Year Awards by their peers, they were inducted into the Hall of Fame just so others might attain the same goal. “We focus on breeding performance horses. Horses that are conformed well, can easily, and therefore happily, carry a rider,” says Frank, “but it is the icing on the cake when they are beautiful enough to compete in-hand as well. Thoughtful and responsible breeding is so important. The life-span of an Arabian horse can be over 30 years, so breeding one that has purpose for a good life is paramount.” They measure their success by those who enjoy their horses. “Whether it is winning a ribbon, trail riding, or simply just bringing pure happiness to a family,” says Sarah, “that’s what brings us joy.” A visit to Palmetto Arabians is to have an emotional experience. The stunning farm offers one a visual foundation of their program—mares out in the pasture grazing—from the moment you pull in. Walking the fields of the young horses and babies is everyone’s most favorite. “We socialize these guys a lot,” Sarah states, “so the moment you walk in the gate, they know you are there to see them.”
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To know an Arabian horse is to be tutored in patience, but once you’ve established their trust, your life will become more thrilling and filled with kindness and love.
May Dancer V with her foal in 2020 and winning a National Championship in 2004.
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Written by Adrienna Hunsberger, Esq. Photos by Cecillia B Photography
Meet Dr. Mitch Lowrey, DVM and Ms. Kelly MacQueen, Esq who
Together they reside at their equine facility located along the
currently work to provide unique options for meeting the needs of
I-95 corridor just 45 miles inland from Hilton Head Island,
the equestrian community. Dr. Mitch and Kelly live and breathe
horses and are gleaming examples of taking two passions and intertwining both into unique and rewarding career paths. Kelly has owned Arabians and Half-Arabians her entire life and
BEGINNINGS & COMMITMENT TO EQUINE CARE
has successfully competed in a number of disciplines at the
Dr. Mitch’s love, respect, and connection to horses was cultivated at
regional and national level. Recently, Kelly has shown her Half-
an early age in Kansas by his mother, a Native American who was part
Arabian gelding, Lightning McQueen, in the country English
of the Pawnee tribe. Dr. Mitch’s fondness for horses led him to choose
pleasure division and her Half-Arabian mare, Little Tabby Cat, in
a career in equine veterinarian medicine. He began his professional
the reining division. Currently, her Hanoverian mare is in foal to
studies at Oklahoma State University as an undergrad in their animal
the Arabian stallion TS Virtuoso.
science program. After obtaining his undergrad degree, Dr. Mitch’s pride in his country led him to respond to the call to serve in the
Mitch’s love for the Arabian breed came later in his life, when he
United States Marine Corps, where he spent eight years as an Infantry
met Kelly and her Arabs. His riding background was primarily with
officer. Upon leaving the service, Dr. Mitch went back to his pursuit
Quarter Horses, roping and cutting, but now that he’s lived with
of working with horses and entered Oklahoma State University’s
and cared for Arabians, he’s hooked.
veterinary medicine program.
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Dr. Mitch’s perseverance, hard work, and dedication was put to the test early on in hisprofessional career. During his summer internship, just prior to his senior year of vet school, Dr. Mitch was involved in a serious car accident that left him in a coma for several months, brought him close to death’s door, and led to further serious medical complications during his hospital stay and rehabilitation. Kelly attributes this difficult time and experience to being reflective of the type of vet Dr. Mitch is, stating, “Mitch’s personal experiences with being in such severe pain for such a long period of time absolutely gives him a greater connection and a special sense of the pain his patients are experiencing. I truly believe this traumatic experience, and his recovery and rehabilitation from it, has provided Mitch with a unique foundation to how he approaches his cases.” After obtaining his doctorate in veterinary medicine and expanding his knowledge, insight, and exposure to specific lameness issues, Dr. Mitch moved to South Carolina and founded his veterinary practice, Equine Sports Medicine & Chiropractic Care. The focus of his practice is on providing treatment
ORIGINS AND PATH TO THE EQUINE LEGAL FIELD
and prevention of specific lameness issues, as well as ensuring
Kelly grew up as a “crazy horse girl” in Michigan, where she began
the overall well-being and maintenance of performance horses.
riding horses at the age of eight. Kelly’s very first horse was a retired
Expanding on his prowess in equine sports medicine, lameness,
Arabian park horse named Romirzaz. Kelly was instantly hooked, and
and biomechanics, Dr. Mitch is also a certified member of the
has been involved with Arabians ever since, even taking on the job of
International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology, is certified
groom in high school during the summers and learning from many
in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy, and is also certified in
national-level trainers. Unlike Dr. Mitch, Kelly did not always know
that working within the equine community was her destiny.
Kelly with her Hanoverian mare, who just gave birth to a filly by purebred Arabian stallion TS Virtuoso. Below: Mitch & Kelly with their Half-Arabian, Lightning McQueen. Upon becoming a member of the South Carolina bar, Kelly opened MacQueen Equine Law and has since expanded her licensure reach to serve clients in the states of Arizona and Georgia. Through her background and many years as a horse rider, horse owner, competitor, equine facility owner, and veterinary practice owner, Kelly offers a unique and understanding perspective to her clients and to the approach she takes to the practice of equine law.
SERVING THE EQUINE COMMUNITY
Dr. Mitch and Kelly are truly a powerhouse After obtaining her bachelor’s
equine team, running their equine facility
degree in criminal justice from
together and helping the other out in their
Michigan State University,
respective practices. Kelly takes a very hands-on
Kelly’s professional career began
approach to her position as manager for the
in Savannah, Georgia where
veterinary practice by not only assisting with the
she spent 10 years working in
care of the horses at their farm that are patients
the criminal court system. It
of Dr. Mitch, but you will still periodically find
was during this time that Kelly
Kelly out on the road working farms calls with
met Dr. Mitch and their love
of horses connected them on a deep and personal level.
Kelly shares, “It helps me stay connected to the equestrian community in a real, tangible,
Kelly would spend her days working her job as a probation officer and her
and meaningful way. His clients enjoy picking my brain on potential legal
nights and weekends would be spent running farm calls and emergencies
issues, and sometimes I’ll set up some additional time to speak with them
with Dr. Mitch. She attributes this work with Dr. Mitch to be the turning
privately for a consultation.”
point for her career choice. Kelly recalled, “I learned more about horses and the horse industry during the first two weeks of riding on calls with
In turn, Dr. Mitch’s expertise has become a great asset to Kelly and her
Mitch than I had during my 20 years of horse ownership.” This work had
legal clients. With her clients’ express permission, Kelly is able to consult
such an impact on Kelly that she left her job as a probation officer to work
with Dr. Mitch for his perspective of a particular matter. Having this initial
full time with Dr. Mitch on the road running farm calls.
input, especially in cases involving pre-purchase exams, sale disputes, veterinary malpractice matters, as well as in cases involving illness and
After several years of working with Dr. Mitch, Kelly saw firsthand the
injury, goes a long way in helping Kelly formulate case strategy, determine
unique needs of the equine community and felt a calling to expand her
the merits of the case up front, formulate alternative causation theories,
legal background into an attorney to specifically meet these legal needs.
and provide a cost benefit analysis determination to her clients.
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Additionally, Kelly explains that ambulatory vets have a great insight into issues and changes in the equine industry and really have a finger on the pulse of the horse community. Dr. Mitch has a wide range of clientele, which includes FEI riders, breeders, sellers, judges, equine facility owners, appraisers, show sponsors, trainers of all disciplines, as well as pleasure riders and individual horse owners. This is in addition to his large network of equine veterinarian colleagues from all over the U.S. and abroad. Kelly feels fortunate for her ability to tap into all of these connections through Dr. Mitch, which provides a hugely unique benefit to her clientele that they are unlikely to get elsewhere.
FARM AND ITS FUTURE In 2015, Kelly and Dr. Mitch purchased and began renovating their farm, a 35-stall equestrian facility located in the Low Country of South Carolina. Dr. Mitch and Kelly offer a variety of services at their farm. Their facility offers a place where equine athletes can vacation, rest, recover, or rehabilitate while receiving wellness, therapeutic, and veterinary services that are tailored individually for each horse. Their facility also serves as a location for haul-in appointments for clients that are outside of Dr. Mitch’s normal travel range or for clients interested in receiving private veterinary care. Dr. Mitch and Kelly hope to expand by becoming a one-stop-shop for equine sales to occur, by providing a place where every aspect of the sale can take place, thus easing concerns over complex equine sales transactions. From providing a neutral location at their facility for the potential buyer to have a thorough trial period with the horse, to Dr. Mitch handling the prepurchase exam to ensure the buyer has sufficient information relating to the health and soundness of the horse, this enables the buyer to make an informed decision. Finally, once an agreement has been made, the “closing” would take place right at the farm through Kelly, allowing the entire process, from start to finish, to be smooth, reliable, legally sound, clear, concise and straight forward. Ultimately, it is Dr. Mitch and Kelly’s goal to continue combining their expertise and passion for horses and provide diverse and forward-thinking services to the equine community.■
Kelly with Half-Arabian mare, Little Tabby Cat, that she shows in the Reining division.
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Choose your background paper Be it a solid color, textured paper or even a painted scene of your own imagined landscape, start your image with a color to contrast your pretty pasture pal.
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create your Pasture Pal Using water soluble paint, pick out the color of your little pasture pal. Apply it to your child’s feet, and have them step on your background paper. Try not to move!
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Grab your markers Once your footsteps are dry, add ears, eyes, nostrils and some white face markings. Use some dark paint for a mane and forelock.
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Personalize Try scraps of yarn or a tassel to make the mane and/or forelocks. Glue on some ribbons or bows! Add some flowers or a sun, clouds ... go crazy! Most importantly, don’t forget your artist’s name and date!
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This is VA Travicello, aka “Stewy.” Stewy can often be seen around town in Ocala, Florida, doing his duty as part of the Ocala Chamber of Commerce’s “Equine Envoys,” teaching the younger generations about the importance of horses. Stewy is pictured on the next page on duty at the Marion Theater. To learn more about Stewy and to visit him in person, contact the Ocala Equestrian Academy. 96 | 2021 | SE Experience
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