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2013 U.S. Nationals—

The Grand Finale Of The Arabian Show Season by KARA LARSON

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t the 47th annual U.S. Nationals, new ideas, premier horses, exciting classes, and growing support turned the show into a positive and unique event. Standing as one of the biggest and certainly one of the most important Arabian shows of the year, U.S. Nationals delivered on past promises and future potential as the best of the Arabian show industry came together in Tulsa at the end of October. With numbers reaching nearly 2,000 horses, the show brought together Arabian horses, trainers, amateurs, owners, and breeders from all around the world to appreciate and compete for a national championship. With this high prize on the line, everyone brought their top show string, their game face, and most importantly, an excitement and anticipation unique to this end of the year “last chance” horse show. Show Chairman Bill Hughes offers his take on what made this year’s U.S. a step in the right direction for the show. “I think my main takeaway was that it was an excellent show. I can’t understate the fact that I think it just had a whole different feel to it. It’s becoming more of an event, rather than just a horse show. We’re a positive group and we’ve got some good people on our side. This year, the professionals worked hard, the decorations were great, and the new backdrop in Ford Arena really sped up the presentations while still offering a wonderful place to showcase those horses and their wins.” Bill continues, “There were a lot of things that the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund people did that helped. We had an event on Wednesday night where we showcased private treaty horses and we had stallion stations and I’ll tell you, it was packed. People had a nice party and I understand that a lot of horses were sold. We also had the new feature of ranch sorting and we expect about 20 teams ended up with, I think, 46 or 47, which is very exciting.” As these new events and many more changes broke the show out of its mold, the Arabian horse remained at the core of the show’s concern while the people worked hard and played hard. And as positivity and an upbeat attitude spread throughout the Tulsa fairgrounds, a new chapter began in the grand novel of the Arabian horse. So, in an attempt to summarize the magnificent marathon that is U.S. Nationals, the upcoming pages chronicle the defining moments of the show, the perspective of a few judges, the charitable efforts of the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, and a few wins that made this year’s U.S. a truly special one.

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Another major breeder of today, Frank Chisholm of Palmetto Arabians, offers his take on breeding in reference to U.S. Nationals. “We think of U.S. as our litmus test to measure how well our breeding program is doing. If you’ve got horses that are going to nationals and performing well, it’s really a good indicator of how successful your breeding decisions are and whether you have a good breeding stallion. Based on how things went this year, we’re pretty pleased with where we are.” Of his favorite win of Sundance Kid V’s get, this honor awarded to the Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity champion PA Lillith (Possesion PGA x Lily Dancer V) with Stanley White III up, Frank states, “Lily Dancer V is one of Sundance’s daughters and Lillith was one of our favorites coming up. So, at the show this year, we went over to congratulate Stanley and the owners, and Stanley informed us that it was the first national championship of his career. I was stunned to hear that because I’ve seen him in the winner’s circle so many times, and Stanley and Stanley White Jr. have always been really big supporters of ours, so it meant an awful lot to us that Stanley had won his first national championship on one of our horses.”

Stanley White III and PA Lillith.

BACK TO THE BEGINNING Before we jump into the coverage of this finale event, one influential group of Arabian horse enthusiasts must be offered the gratitude they have afforded themselves. Without our loyal breeders, who continue to bring new life into our industry year after year, our beloved Arabian horse, our memories, and our U.S. Nationals would become an unrealized and unfulfilled dream. So, as we extend a big thank you for their grand visions of creating the next great horse, we too revel in the knowledge and love they have for the Arabian horse. As for the breeders responsible for making the 2013 U.S. Nationals a reality, the top five Leading Overall Sires for the show were Afire Bey V, owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, Baske Afire, owned by Strawberry Banks Farm, Versace (deceased), formerly owned by Rojo Arabians, DA Valentino (deceased), formerly owned by Stone Ridge Arabians, and Mamage, owned by Beth Jupp. Your efforts are much appreciated by all involved with the Arabian horse! 98 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Katie Garland and ROL Divine Style.


U.S. Nationals One of the recent additions to the U.S. Nationals is the $100,000 AEPA Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity class. This year’s class, full of amazing 4-year-old Arabian English horses, was one of the most exciting and impressive classes of the show. The top two horses were the same two who took home champion and reserve in last year’s Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity, Heirs Noble Love and Joel Kiesner, and ROL Divine Style and Katie Garland. As we focus in

“You Had To Be There” MOMENTS OF THE SHOW

If you happened to see a grinning man walking around the Tulsa fairgrounds wearing his filly’s national championship ribbon in the collar of his sweater, you may already know the story of champion yearling filly Donna Molta Bella SRA. Dan Grossman was certainly proud of the filly he and his wife, Maureen, bred and raised. A deserving and surprised couple, the Grossmans had a vision just over a year ago to breed Valentino and a Falcon daughter named RD Fabreanna. And this came in the form of an embryo purchase to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

on Katie and “Duke,” the dynamic pair was quite a sight both in and after the class had finished. As Katie stood on her 4-year-old English horse’s back in the middle of Ford Truck Arena after being called Reserve National Champion, their trust in one another took center stage. Katie shares, “Going reserve national champion is such an honor and doing it on the same horse two years in a row in one of the biggest classes in the show is truly a dream come day for six weeks leading up to the show, David would send a new video or text report. Her pedigree is royal with her sire, 6-time national champion DA Valentino, and her dam RD Fabreanna, also a national champion. Obviously, the breeding was very outstanding, but as all breeders know, that alone does not ensure greatness. She is the total package and then some!”

In reference to the amazing win, Dan shares, “I was thrilled. Thrilled maybe isn’t the right word. I was ecstatic that we had finally bred a horse that produced a national champion. And the best part is that St. Jude’s Hospital benefitted out of it.” Grossman adds, “To brag, yes I’m going to brag, she had the highest score a female has ever had at the U.S. Nationals—391.5. So, to be honest, we couldn’t sleep that night! We were just on Cloud 9.” Maureen adds, “The thrill of seeing her win two national championships as a yearling was absolutely awesome. She was special from day one with a beauty and perfect conformation that just kept getting better. We have had lots of horses shown by David Boggs at nationals, but he had never communicated as frequently and as enthusiastically prior to this nationals as he did about Donna Molta Bella SRA. Every other

Dan and Maureen Grossman with Ed and Marie Horton at the Valentino Book Signing at the AHT booth.

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Morgan Kelly and MM Sabe.

Jessica Medved and SA Sophsticated Lady.

true. It has always been my dream ever since I was a little girl to show and train English horses and now I can say I’m truly living the dream! Every time I show this horse, it is the best feeling in the world. As soon as I hit the arena, a smile comes on my face and I can’t stop! Duke gives me 150 percent every time we show and we leave it all out there.”

a national championship can say that it isn’t an easy thing to do in any regard. It takes a lot of time and dedication to come out on top of all of the great competitors. With Sabe and I, it only feels more special since I have won national championships with him as a 13 & under rider, 14-17, and now as an adult in 18-39.”

The versatility of our Arabian horse is certainly something to boast about, and especially at the premier level, we have wonderful examples of this range of talent. For Morgan Kelly, her horse MM Sabe exemplifies what the Arabian horse is capable of in and out of the show ring. With Morgan, Sabe was Champion Arabian English Show Hack AAOTR, Reserve Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD, and Top Ten Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English AAOTR. Additionally, with trainer Larry Hoffman, Sabe took home Champion Arabian English Show Hack Open and Reserve Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Open. On his show, Morgan offers, “He was a pretty busy boy at the show, but he loves it! I feel that he is so pretty and makes whatever he does look so effortless. He also genuinely has a great time showing and was getting kind of bored with only doing country, so adding show hack and driving gave him something new to learn and keep it fresh.”

In Tulsa, the Half-Arabian Park Championship fills up the seats in Ford Truck Arena, puts a smile on everyone’s face, and showcases some of the most talented horses in the U.S. and beyond. After Jessica Medved took home the amateur park championship with SA Sophisticated Lady, she was set to head into the show ring with the big boys for a chance to win the open championship. Jessica shares what it’s like to ride the special and well-known mare. “Sophisticated Lady is a blast to ride. She is a true show horse. When she gets into the ring, I can just feel that she loves it. Sophie has a huge heart, and will give everything she has when she performing. Sophie is also very sassy, very high energy, and sometimes just does what she wants! She keeps me on my toes.”

Morgan’s family purchased Sabe 10 years ago, so these wins add to their special journey together as a truly dynamic horse and rider pair. “It is hard to pick a favorite class with Sabe because I always enjoy it, but driving would have to be my favorite from this year. It was our first year driving and going reserve our first time out was amazing!” Morgan adds, “I think that anyone who has won 100 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

And in the unbelievable and well-deserved outcome of the class, Jessica shares, “Winning the Half-Arabian Open Park as an amateur was unreal! I never thought that it would happen. We gave it everything we had—it was probably one of our best rides ever. There was a lot of emotion when they called us champion, bringing it to five national championships in the open for Sophie! The competition could not have been better. There is no greater feeling than trotting out of the ring with the crowd cheering and winning a unanimous national championship on a once-in-a-lifetime horse!”


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Pawel Kozikowski, David Boggs and Marek Trela.

A SUPREME STALLION: *POGROM He won Scottsdale. He won Vegas. He won Nationals. Polish stallion *Pogrom finished his 2013 season in the U.S. undefeated and is leaving a great legacy behind as he heads home to Poland. Marek Trela of Janów Podlaski State Stud in Poland, shares his appreciation of this special stallion. “This stallion is very important for us and after his wins in Scottsdale and Las Vegas, he was for sure one of the favorites to bring home the U.S. National title, which made the whole thing even more stressful for me. Ultimately, David had a great show and Pogrom showed a, not only perfect standup, but also great movement. His points from the class were the highest in U.S. Nationals history, so we hoped for good results in the finals.” Trela adds, “Pogrom’s victories in the USA have made him well known in the Arabian horse scene and everyone is now awaiting future shows, and watching his offspring and hopefully, their successes. Pogrom’s trilogy in the USA was possible due to the very professional promotion, training, conditioning, and showing by David Boggs and the great staff of Midwest Training Centre. For me, the last two years are filled with many great moments, big emotions, and new friends; all because of our big bay boy Pogrom.”

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Katherine Kirby and CP Shenanigan.

KATHERINE KIRBY Up-and-coming amateur Katherine Kirby proved her show ring prowess as she took home three national championships in some of the toughest amateur classes of the show. Her powerful Arabians, especially CP Shenanigan, have already shown much promise, and for Katherine, it’s a dream come true. On her amazing success at this year’s Nationals, Katherine shares, “I showed our junior horse ROL Lets Dance for the first time ever at U.S. Nationals in the Arabian country English pleasure 19-39 class. It was only about a month before nationals that we decided to enter her in the class, and with the combination of Ashley Robert’s training and Dance’s willing heart, we won amongst a sea of beautiful horses. I was filled with so many emotions because she truly gave me all she had and she’s only five. I also showed CP Shenanigan in the English pleasure maturity and the English pleasure amateur division, which were on the same day. It was such a short amount of time between classes, so I was a little worried, but my trainer Jim Stachowski knew he could do it. To win both of them unanimously was a true reflection of “Shane’s” stamina and talent. It was definitely a nationals to remember!”

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A MOMENTOUS MARE: HONEY’S DELIGHT RB The 4 & 5 Year Old Mare class was one of the most competitive classes of the show and Honey’s Delight RB came out victorious. Up against successful mares like Valori TRF and JJ La Baronesa, Honey’s Delight RB and Greg Gallún took the class with a stunning performance. On the experience leading up to this win, Greg shares, “We were only able to take her to Region 3 to qualify her for U.S. Nationals and to be honest, she was in suspect condition due to arriving just weeks before from Brazil. We all had an interesting perspective going in because we knew of the fantastic depth of the horses that were going to be there; not only in her age division, but in all ages—there were some really formidable mares to go up against. So, with Honey, we knew she had great potential, but we went with the goal of having fun and doing the best we could.” With all this in mind, the emotion behind Honey Delight’s win was heightened and even more impressive. Her win became that of a mare whose future was promising; her big moment coming much sooner than anyone had anticipated. And Honey didn’t stop there. As she was crowned the title of U.S. National Champion Mare, friends and family poured into the arena, shouting and smiling with genuine joy—a contagious sight. In a field of wonderful mares, Greg offers, “We were ecstatic with how she was received as a relatively unknown mare in the United States. She got great marks from the judges in a great class as we were respectful of the quality that was there. It was humbling; I mean that was a beautiful class. We were fortunate to end up in the top spot.”   For Greg and the ownership, it wasn’t necessarily a question of if Honey’s Delight would be a National Champion Mare, but when. So in her amazing U.S. Nationals debut, she simply realized her goal earlier than anticipated. Honey’s journey to the championship, however, started long before her regional qualification. For owners and partners, Jeff Sloan, Rich Sloan, and Neil Braverman, Honey is truly a special horse. Jeff Sloan shares, “I’ve been aware of Honey’s Delight for a little over a year, tracking her career since she was 2012 National Champion Mare in Brazil. And, of course, I saw both of her daughters go junior national champion filly at the same time in a record-setting competition, also in Brazil. I even remember when Guzzo posted a photo of her on Facebook© in her national championship class in Brazil, and I remember


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feeling that this mare was really something special. When I heard that she might be available, I jumped on it—I remember the moment clearly. It was a very quick decision for us. We’re very thankful that Guzzo brought her to our attention and gave us the opportunity to own her.” Part owner, Braverman, was thrilled with the win as well, adding, “I was surprised—everybody was surprised that Honey was embraced so quickly, and it was truly a special time for me. I knew this was a great mare and we could expect great things, including national titles with her, but we just didn’t expect all of this success in such a short period of time—obviously we’re thrilled.”

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Inside The Halter Division one of this year’s Halter Panel Judges, Joe Polo, offers some insight into the halter realm of the 2013 U.s. nationals. A respected judge and stand-up guy, Joe was happy to share what it is really like to judge the most important show of the year. AHT: Have you judged U.s. nationals before? JP: This was my first time.   AHT: Did it meet your expectations?   JP: it did. The quality of the horses was supreme, the management was excellent, and stan morey really kept tabs on how we were doing to make sure everything was running smoothly regarding the judges. i want to give stan accolades for being a great asset in the judging community and in overseeing the judging system in which we’re currently operating. AHT: since it was your first time judging, what did you think made it different from the other shows that you’ve judged?   JP: For me, it was the historical part—it’s the U.s. nationals. There’s just so much history, and it was such an honor to judge it.   AHT: Did you feel more pressure because it was U.s. nationals? JP: There wasn’t as much pressure as there was a building anxiety. i wanted to get to Tulsa and get started; the anticipation of being able to judge it was exciting.  AHT: Do you prefer judging halter to other disciplines? JP: i love it all. of course, i showed halter, so i truly enjoy that, but on the performance side of it, there are just so many great horses to see. At nationals, we had the opportunity to watch just a few performance classes and there was such a high quality of horses. We didn’t get to see a whole lot, but the little bit we did see was just incredible.  

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AHT: The iPad system seemed to work well this year. JP: Yeah, the iPads helped. We had one situation on Thursday night that created a few challenges, but the exhibitors, the judges, and everybody else made the best of the situation. With the points system the way it is, the iPads certainly make it a bit more efficient.   AHT: Talk about the amateur halter versus the professional handlers at the show.  JP: There were definitely some great amateur horses. in particular, there was a gelding from Florida that showed with rohara—just a wonderful horse that won quite a bit. There were so many good amateurs that did an excellent job.  However, i must say, that i think it really became evident to me, that after judging nationals this year, i would rethink the process of judging the amateurs using the point system. i think we should keep the point system for the open, but maybe go back to the comparative for the amateurs. AHT: Do you have anything else that you want to address about the show? JP: i would like to say that whether you agreed or disagreed with my assessment, in the end, the best horses rose to the top of the classes and each horse had an honest assessment.  


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TrAiner DAviD Boggs With 21 national championships, David calls this year’s U.s. nationals “the show of a lifetime. There’s no doubt that all of these were special; when you win a national championship, it is so dear to your heart because this is not an easy feat. This is the olympics for the games that we play. it is a dream come true, i am pinching myself every day and thanking God every day.” David begins with the Polish treasure, *Pogrom. “one of the most significant wins was with *Pogrom. He completed the third jewel of his triple crown here in the United states; he was never beaten. it is just an amazing journey. it was very special to have this horse in the United states and to win with the breeders and the owners from Poland made it very memorable. He is a fabulous, fabulous horse, and of course, a show horse, but my seven year old son Jake can lunge and groom him; he is as sweet as can be.” Considering another very special and internationally owned stallion, *Hariry Al shaqab, David relishes in the

promise and potential of this winning Arabian. “Another dynamic show horse is Hariry from Al shaqab in Qatar. A son of marwan Al shaqab, he was Unanimous national Champion Junior Colt. He is one of the most beautiful Arabians i have ever seen in my life. i believe he will become the replacement for marwan in many people’s eyes. He is stunning, just a portrait of classic beauty, perfect balance, type, athleticism; he had the crowd on their feet for his unanimous national champion victory. i am excited to go forward with him as we aim towards Las Vegas and the future of this great horse.” other big wins included sultan orA in the Arabian 2-Year-old Colt class, Kharisma m in the Arabian Futurity Filly class, and so many more. Grateful of every opportunity to expand the success of midwest Training Centre, David would like to acknowledge every win at the show as the incredible gifts they are. And for every special moment shared with each owner and amateur, he thanks his midwest family.

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Arabian stallion Adult 4 & over Champion POGROM (Qr marc x Petla), shown by David boggs for owner JanÓw Podlaski state stud Farm.

Arabian Colt (1-3 Years) Champion HARIRY AL SHAQAB (marwan Al shaqab x White silkk), shown by David boggs for owner Al shaqab member Qatar Foundation.

Arabian stallion 8 & over Champion MARHAABAH (marwan Al shaqab x shalina el Jamaal), shown by Andrew sellman for owner The marhaabah Legacy Group.

Arabian stallion 6-7 Champion FSF DAKAROS ENCHANTER (Dakharo x enchantingly shai), shown by Chris Anckersen for owner Ann riles.

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Arabian stallion 4-5 Champion POGROM (Qr marc x Petla), shown by David boggs for owner JanÓw Podlaski state stud Farm.

Arabian 3-Year-old Colt Champion HARIRY AL SHAQAB (marwan Al shaqab x White silkk), shown by David boggs for owner Al shaqab member Qatar Foundation.

Arabian 2-Year-old Colt Champion SULTAN ORA (Vegas DPA x raherra), shown by David boggs for owners Carlos and Christiane roizner.

Arabian Yearling Colt Champion TRUSE (Trussardi x Juliah b), shown by Austin boggs for owners robert and Janene boggs.

Arabian Futurity Colt Champion POLIDORO FC (DA Valentino x Abha Palma), shown by michael byatt for owners stuart and sue Larsen.

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Arabian mare 4 & over Champion HONEY’S DELIGHT RB ( JJ senor magnum x Honeymoon FHP), shown by Greg Gallún for owner masterpiece Arabian Partners LLC.

“I always love the U.S. Nationals. It is the finale for the year and this year was certainly a top quality show with great quality horses—getting a top ten really means something. Our eight horses all placed in the top ten, and we had two reserve champions in there as well. Breeding-wise, a Bey Ambition baby, went reserve champion in the futurity western in a really tough class. We continue to aim for the performance market as Bey Ambition’s babies are four years old now, so stay tuned!”

—Murray Popplewell, rae-Dawn Arabians

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Arabian Filly (1-3 Years) Champion DONNA MOLTA BELLA SRA (DA Valentino x rD Fabreanna), shown by David boggs for owners Dan and maureen Grossman.


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Arabian 3-Year-old Filly Champion RASIKA (Aria impresario x marrissah), shown by Ted Carson for owner neverland Arabians LLC.

Arabian 2-Year-old Filly Champion BADIAA AL SHAHANIA (marwan Al shaqab x majalis), shown by michael byatt for owner Al shahania stud.

Arabian Yearling Filly Champion DONNA MOLTA BELLA SRA (DA Valentino x rD Fabreanna), shown by David boggs for owners Dan and maureen Grossman.

Arabian Futurity Filly Champion KHARISMA M (DA Valentino x Kharmel br), shown by David boggs for owners Anthony marino sr. and Anthony marino Jr.

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Arabian Gelding Adult 4 & over Champion DC BENEDICT (besson Carol x Z LooK), shown by Andrew sellman for owner rica mendel.

Arabian Gelding (1-3 Years) Champion OCTAVIUS NA (ever After nA x Psylk obsession), shown by rodolfo Guzzo for owner michael bills.

Arabian Gelding 8 & over Champion DC BENEDICT (besson Carol x Jusst one Look), shown by Andrew sellman for owner rica mendel.

Arabian Gelding 6-7 Champion FIDENZIO (enzo x Wn infinity), shown by Greg GallĂşn for owners Diane and Jennifer Lavallee.

Arabian Gelding 4-5 Champion ALLESIO (besson Carol x mFA Annies song), shown by David botha for owner michael byatt.

Arabian 3-Year-old Gelding Champion BLACK OPZZ (Aria impresario x miss enzo Jb), shown by Jeff schall for owner shuster Arabians LLC.

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Arabian 2-Year-old Gelding Champion SHAQS LEGACY MH (maserati Wr x Legacys Treasure), shown by owner Jeff schall.

Arabian Yearling Gelding Champion OCTAVIUS NA (ever After nA x Psylk obsession), shown by rodolfo Guzzo for owner michael bills.

Arabian Futurity Gelding Champion CONVICTION CA (sF Veraz x Denalia), shown by Ted Carson for owners Kentley and W. Kent Dean.

Arabian Gelding AAoTH Champion FIDENZIO (enzo x Wn infinity), shown by owner Jennifer Lavallee.

“For us at Al Shaqab, Hariry represents our goal of breeding a worthy successor to both Marwan Al Shaqab and Gazal Al Shaqab, Hariry’s sire and grandsire. With Gazal a 2005 U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion, and Marwan a 2003 and 2005 U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion—unanimous on both occasions—Hariry’s win, a second national title in consecutive years, couldn’t be more gratifying.”

—Mohammed Al sulaiti, Manager at Al shaqab

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Inside The English Division The English panel at U.S. Nationals gets to choose the winners of some of the most exciting classes of the horse show. And for trainer and judge, Mike Miller, the show lived up to this proposed excitement in the talented and athletic horses that filled Ford Truck Arena.

warm-up times keep getting shorter and shorter! In the class, I thought she came in really good and our first direction was great. I felt she got a bit strong the second direction, but what a great horse!”

AHT: Was this your first time judging at U.S. Nationals? MM: Yes, this was my first time judging a national show, let alone U.S.! It was an honor and a thrill to judge such a wonderful group of horses. In many cases, there were more wonderful horses than placings available.   AHT: What was your favorite class/part of the show? MM: My favorite part of the show was the junior horse and futurity classes, both purebred and Half-Arabian. I love to see the fresh, talented young horses, and this year there were some great ones.   AHT: What did you think of the competition from your perspective in center ring? MM: Overall, the quality of horses and level of presentation was incredible. Our panel made a real effort to differentiate between the divisions and I feel we were able to find beautiful, top quality horses that performed within the class specifications for each division.

TRAINER JOEL KIESNER Two recent additions to U.S. Nationals are the Arabian English Pleasure Association’s English Saddle Seat Futurity classes which award $100,000 and $50,000 for purebreds and Half-Arabians, respectively. AEPA Member Joel Kiesner shares, “I get so proud of our breed and our English horses when I watch these classes. They really showcase our English horses in such a neat, different, interesting and exciting way. I think it’s great. For the second year in a row, they might be some of the best classes of the show.”

TRAINER SHAN WILSON One of the classes you simply cannot afford to miss at U.S. Nationals is the Arabian English Pleasure on Saturday night. And this year’s champion was a mare so beautiful and talented that few could deny her winning performance. Here is what Shan Wilson had to say about Expressly Bella: “Well first of all, she is beautiful and I feel privileged to train her. One of the things I really like about Bella is that she knows her job and gives 100%. You don’t have to push her at all. Sometimes she can be a little strong, but I much prefer that over a horse being a little lazy. I think that Bella tries so hard that we keep reminding ourselves to not mess with her too much. Our

With a pattern in the first “cut” of the class and just rail work in the final, the system of the class is very unique and lends itself an exciting and beneficial advantage for many breeders and prospective owners. “We’re thrilled with the results of it. When you watch that four-year-old class, you know those horses are ready, they’re trained, and well, they’re beautiful. It really shows the range of English horses that we’re currently breeding. There is a good representation of a lot of different lines and you look at those horses trotting in of all different bloodlines and you see some really remarkable horses; I mean, remarkable horses. We’re obviously thrilled for the class, and think it’s really exciting for the breed, too.”

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U.S. Nationals And when Joel gets asked why U.S. Nationals is such an important show, he simply replies with, “Come on, really?” But soon, he follows up with, “It’s the only place they give out those silver trophies, and because of that, it means a lot. And it’s the end of the year; it’s your last crack at whatever it is you’re wanting to do. At U.S. Nationals, it’s everybody—everybody shows up. There’s not one horse that’s missing and you know that it’s going to be the best of the best and I just love that. To me, nationals is like climbing Mount Everest every year. It’s my biggest challenge and it’s a lot of work, but I love it.” 

Splashdown WB and Joel Gangi.

“The most meaningful win for me was the Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity Championship on Splashdown WB. Walter and Barbara, owners of Splashdown, are my oldest clients. They have been breeding horses for about 25 years and although they have won reserve national champion with their get several times, this was their first U.S. national championship. It was truly a very special win.”

GREAT EXXPECTATIONS: A PUREBRED CHAMPIONSHIP The Arabian park championship is one of the must-see classes at U.S. Nationals. A class with past winners like Matoi, Apollopalooza, Aequus, and so many more greats, it is a class with historical significance and excitement. This year’s winner, Exxpectations, ridden by Strawberry Banks trainer Brian Murch, was a true vision. Murch shares, “He was just—great. I haven’t actually ridden that horse under

—Joel Gangi

Taking the whole U.S. Nationals into consideration, Joel had several big moments on some very big horses. For the second time, Joel and his wife, Ashton, were first and second in the country junior horse. Also, in the purebred AEPA class, they finished first and third. “For that class, horses leave one at a time according their order. So, when we were standing there and there was only three horses left, it was great fun and super exciting; she did such an awesome job and it’s just fun to see and be a part of.” Two more big wins came on VJ Royal Heir and Emperors Fire, the latter being earned through a legendary work-off between Joel on Emperor and Jim Stachowski on Nutcracker Sweet PF. Joel shares, “The work-offs, they’re nerve-wracking, but I’ve been on both sides of it. The scales can tip your way or the other, and they tipped my way this time, so that was great. You can’t ever reproduce the amount of adrenaline and excitement that you get when you find out that they’re about to call you out again for the work-off. It’s just incredible. It raises the game, for sure.”

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saddle since he was a three-year-old when I showed him in the purebred English futurities. Since then, I have driven him for the last four years. But this past winter, I decided I was going to ride him a little bit again. He felt great and had improved in his suspension and his stride, so I decided that park was maybe going to be a good class for him.” As a former country English pleasure and driving horse, winning national championships in the latter, Brian brought Exxpectations to two other shows this past show season as a park horse before continuing on to U.S.

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Nationals for a shot at the national championship. On the winning ride, Brian shares, “I think he got better as the class went on. When we reversed, he got better, and then, in the final trot, he was probably the best he’d ever been. He is really fun because he’s good with his ears, he wears a pretty tail, and he’s got a great cadence about him.” Owned and bred by Barbara Chur of Strawberry Banks, she bought the mother from Empress Arabians and he’s sired by the great A Temptation, so Brian is proud to call Exxpectations “home-grown.” Over the years, Brian has been privy to a fortunate connection to A Temptation English horses, “I’ve been fortunate to ride several and they all have been really nice. With Exxpectations, he’s just one of those that has such a presence about him—like his dad. He’s just a blast to ride, and you don’t have to go 90 miles an hour. He seems to find the speed that’s good for him and he totally enjoys what he does; just a happy horse. He’s also got an incredible attitude. He can be as quiet as any horse, but yet, when it comes time to work or to show, he has so much expression and he’s got some snort to him, which needless to say, you’ve got to have!”

Besides this significant win in the park, Brian is very proud of the rest of the success Strawberry Banks enjoyed at the horse show as well. “One other big win came with Princess of Bask who I won the pleasure driving with. She’s a great horse—another one that likes her job. Horses are fun when they’re athletic, but it’s even more fun when they’re pretty like that. Barb was also reserve champion with her in the amateur driving class. It was a fun horse show because we took eight horses and they were all at least top ten. Additionally, they were all horses sired by our stallions and the majority of them were horses that we bred, so that was really exciting.” TRAINER GORDON POTTS Showing at U.S. Nationals inspires anticipation, excitement, and in the quiver of the reins, nerves. But for Gordon Potts, there are ways to make this high pressure show more palatable and enjoyable in the midst of amazing competition. “Whether it’s purebred or Half-Arabian, the quality level of horses, the horsemanship, and the training was incredibly high at this year’s U.S. Nationals. And every year it gets tougher. You may do well all year, but at

LORI LAWRENCE As one of the top English amateurs in the Arabian show industry, Lori Lawrence had an unforgettable U.S. Nationals, bringing home 4 National Championships, 1 Reserve and 1 Top Ten. On her favorite moment of the show… This is really hard to answer, because each win was special for a different reason! To have Eves Fire step up and win National Champion with me in the 40 and over a second time in two years in an amazing class, and then to watch Nicole capture a unanimous win with her younger brother Emperors Fire was very, very special. Then there was Nabasken Afire, a true legend in my eyes before he ever belonged to us. It was such a deep class, with so many young stars, and I decided to ride my veteran for just the pure joy and privilege of being astride such an outstanding animal. When they called out his number for champion, I was overtaken with emotion. The tide of emotion only built when I coaxed Joel into riding his final victory lap, evoking a standing ovation and many tear filled eyes.  On family… As a family, our horses have always been part of who we are. Carey and I had horses before we had our kids! As a family, it is indescribably special to share, observe, and participate every step of the way, from babies to wearing the roses at U.S. Nationals—it doesn’t get any better!

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Americanbeautie and Gordon Potts.

Nationals, anything can happen. Everybody is there and they are primed and ready. Plus, the weather is different. Very rarely do we show in a cold environment and it changes the horses. And we can’t leave out the pressure of the show ring—believe me, those horses feel that. It’s like someone performing in a play or giving a presentation, and the animal senses the elevated stress. There is that added degree of pressure, so when you add these things together, it makes a difference. So many people go to nationals and it’s difficult because of these changes.” Gordon continues, “So, one of the things we try to do all year long, both as a professional and with our amateurs, is try to make everything consistent. When the preparation is the same, the people and the horses are more comfortable with what they’re doing. So when the pressure does get dialed up, or the weather changes, or whatever might happen, they have that foundation to fall back on.” And once the nerves pass, Gordon believes that the joy of showing and truly enjoying this unique hobby can take center stage. He offers, “In any type of equestrian endeavor in terms of showing, the ultimate goal is to get to the point where you’re comfortable and you can actually go into your class and enjoy it. That’s the way it is with Americanbeautie for me—I know her well and I look forward to showing her and it never gets old. She’s such a special individual and I have confidence in her and I know what she’s going to do, so I just go out there and I enjoy it. There are times I win and there are times I don’t, and that has its own pressure when you have a horse that has won as much as she has, but by the same token, I always look at it as I would rather be showing her than showing someone else.”

SF Aftershoc and Vicki Humphrey.

“U.S. Nationals was a defining moment in the breeding department for VHTC and LA Flynn. SF Aftershoc is an English pleasure producer, as well as performance horse. His pedigree, most notably the double Promotion, is unparalleled in the English gene department. We were thrilled to see his first three foals shown under saddle win two national championships and one reserve in the two classes shown, fulfilling all our expectations!” —Vicki Humphrey, Vicki Humphrey Training Center U.S. Nationals Coverage continued on page 144 Volume 44, No. 7 | 131


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2013 U.S. Nationals Show Results

Arabian Performance

AePA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian saddle seat Futurity Champion HEIRS NOBLE LOVE (Afires Heir x noble Aphroditie), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner T. Karlton Jackson.

Arabian english Pleasure Champion EXPRESSLY BELLA (iXL noble express x Colorado sage), ridden by shan Wilson for owner Karen mahan.

Arabian english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion VJ ROYAL HEIR (Afires Heir x mA Ghazta Trot), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner Kelli Aguirre.

Arabian english Pleasure AAoTr 40 & over Champion NABASKEN AFIRE (Afire bey V x nabaaska), ridden by Lori Lawrence, owner of starline Arabians LLC.

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Arabian english Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion CP SHENANIGAN (Anza Padron x CP Dance Card), ridden by owner Katherine Kirby.

Arabian english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion CP SHENANIGAN (Anza Padron x CP Dance Card), ridden by owner Katherine Kirby.

Arabian english Pleasure Futurity Champion AFIRE N FLAMES CB (baske Afire x Ghreta), ridden by owner Cynthia burkman.

Arabian Country english Pleasure Champion BONFIRE ROF (baske Afire x sing For Joy), ridden by Vicki Humphrey for owner Lee Ann Flynn.

Arabian Country english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion AFIRES STYLE (Afire bey V x LbC nobelinda), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner i Ask LLC.

Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion AFIREANDBRIMSTONE SCA (Afire bey V x Flames Lullaby), ridden by owner susan Knipe. Volume 44, no. 7 | 145


Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion BRIMSTONE B (Afire bey V x Jr Claudette), ridden by owner Lester martin.

Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion CEY HEY (Hey Hallelujah x CP shiraz), ridden by owner Gabrielle sitomer. 146 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion ROL LETS DANCE (Afire bey V x singularcylection), ridden by Katherine Kirby for owner steve Kirby.

Arabian Country english Pleasure Futurity Champion SPLASHDOWN WB (mamage x sofabulious Wb), ridden by Joel Gangi for owner W b Arabians.


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Arabian Country english Pleasure select AATr Champion CSP HENNESSY (Ds mick Jagger x mHr martinna), ridden by owner brian Galbraith.

Arabian Park Horse Champion EXXPECTATIONS (A Temptation x eA Candy Girl), ridden by brian murch for owner strawberry banks Farm.

Arabian Park Horse AAoTr Champion GSF AMBIENZE (Apollopalooza x PWA Tusea), ridden by owner Juliet Carden.

Arabian Pleasure Driving Champion PRINCESS OF BASKE (baske Afire x berry Fancee), driven by brian murch for owner strawberry banks Farm.

Arabian Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion EXPRESSLY BELLA (iXL noble express x Colorado sage), driven by mallory mahan for owner Karen mahan.

Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Champion DANCE TONIGHT (scrimmage x Dancing rain X), driven by Joel Kiesner for owner Janet stevenson. Volume 44, no. 7 | 147


Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion CP TRIPLE SPEC (sF specs shocwave x beaujaleis), driven by Carrie Fritz, owner of shamrock Farms LLC

Arabian Ladies side saddle english Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.

Arabian Ladies side saddle english AAoTr Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.

Arabian Ladies side saddle Western Champion AMAZING EDITION (Amazing Fame V x mCA Cherish), ridden by michele betten for owner Joe betten.

Arabian Ladies side saddle Western AAoTr Champion KJR LEXINGTON (Kar elfire x sylkin), ridden by owner Hannah beall.

Arabian Western Pleasure Champion ZEFYR (sundance Kid V x Pattrice), ridden by Jody strand for owners Laura Koch and bert sanders.

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Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion KHOSMOPOLITAN MD (Khadraj nA x Luck Wood Have it), ridden by Jody strand for owner David Teigen.

Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion MEGGA STARR (besson Carol x Ar belle starr), ridden by Claude Joerg for owner Paperchase Farm.

Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion VERTIGO CF (Versace x bint Alianna), ridden by owner Gail Grubb.

Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion VALLEJO MOON BEAM (rohara moon storm x Vallejo buckle Up), ridden by owner Audrey Hart.

Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion MAN INTHE MOON DL (rohara moon storm x safires Wild rose), ridden by owner Diana Friesz. Volume 44, no. 7 | 149


Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Champion PA LILLITH (Possesion PGA x Lily Dancer V), ridden by stanley White iii for owner miriam Pockrus.

Arabian Western Pleasure select AATr Champion MAN INTHE MOON DL (rohara moon storm x safires Wild rose), ridden by owner Diana Friesz.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Champion TS HERMOSO GIRL (C A Hermoso x bJ outragous Girl), ridden by Wendy Potts for owner Kim snodgrass.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Champion DA SOVEREIGN (sundance Kid V x DA Faith), ridden by elizabeth bentley for owner ii b Farms.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion JOH CASSIS (bastgne x Ps Camille), ridden by owner Thomas Hansen.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure 36-54 AAoTr Champion JULLYANNA ( Jullyen el Jamaal x Adelaida V), ridden by owner Lisa ethell.

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Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion DA SOVEREIGN (sundance Kid V x DA Faith), ridden by brook bentley for owner ii b Farms.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity Champion HS EDGE OF EDEN (eden C x Kouray), ridden by Cynthia burkman for owner High star Farms LLC.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure select AATr Champion FANFARE WF (Desert Heat VF x WF Fantazzia), ridden by Dana bechtel for owners Debra and mark Helmick.

Arabian english show Hack Champion MM SABE (Desperado V x sabriina), ridden by Larry Hoffman for owners morgan and Cynthia Kelly.

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Arabian mounted native Costume Champion TURN IT UP (baske Afire x morgan Le Fay), ridden by Julie Daniel for owner Ashley Abraham.

Arabian mounted native Costume AAoTr Champion BRILLIANT LEE (Apollopalooza x Vivacious Leigh), ridden by owner Caitlin stayduhar.

Arabian reining Horse Champion NOBLES TOP GUN (Vaguely noble x sH sharloni), ridden by nathan Kent for owner David Kent.

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Arabian reining Junior Horse and reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under Champion AM REIGNING STAR (Am Good oldboy x Am Lady Delaine), ridden by Crystal mcnutt for owners Joe and Debbie Frizzell.


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Arabian reining Horse AAoTr Champion LD TSUNAMI (oH Kornerstone x in bens image), ridden by Katie Harvey, owner of KGb Texas marketing/Public relations, inc.

Arabian reining Primetime non-Pro AAoTr Champion CR KOJACQUE (Cr Kiyev x Cr Fulluv magique), ridden by owner edward Koehler.

Arabian reining intermediate non-Pro AAoTr Champion TA GALLIPOLI (Kordelas x Gloria AHsb), ridden by owner Jennifer Hardy.

Arabian reining Limited non-Pro AAoTr Champion TA HERMES (Kordelas x Hulanka PAsb), ridden by owner shannon o’neal.

2Arabian reining rookie non-Pro AAoTr Champion BELIZARBI (esmet Arbi x Aer belizama), ridden by Dan Vokoun for owner buckshot Farms.

Arabian Trail Horse Champion ABIUNCE (Abiento x TL Glory sunshine), ridden by Lou roper for owners Whitney and elaine richardson. Volume 44, no. 7 | 153


Arabian Trail Junior Horse and Trail Horse Futurity Champion CA AFLAME OF FIRE (Flame ison x shez mi Toi), ridden by Lou roper for owners James and Joanne Callan.

Arabian Trail Horse AAoTr Champion RVR AUTHENTIKHEMO (Khemosabi x Authenticgorgious), ridden by owner margaret Lucas.

Arabian english Trail Horse Champion BAHIMS THUNDER (midnight bahim x AJ raquimoniet), ridden by Dawn Leonard for owner Katie White.

Arabian reined Cow Horse Champion TR ZEE MEGAFIRE (Zee mega bucks x Afire of Gold), ridden by Jamie Peters for owner Traci moseley.

Arabian reined Cow Horse ATr Champion PRECURSOR (Cable Cowboy x Pretty Gal), ridden by owner nicole belleau.

Arabian Working Cow Horse Champion CIMMARRON SUNRISE (Cimmarron bey x Hawaiian Dancer), ridden by Kathy braden for owners Larry and Penny nace.

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Arabian Working Cow Junior Horse Champion KORDELAS NAHLAH (Kordelas x bintzaris rosa), ridden by matthew Howell for owner Linda Anne Helo.

Arabian Working Cow Horse AAoTr Champion KHEMO KOPY (Khemonada x Tiffany GF), ridden by owner Kelly Harmon.

Arabian Cutting Champion KHEMANDERS BREEZEE (Khemander Kody x Zee Winstar), ridden by Tommy Wayne West for owner michelle Chouteau.

Arabian Cutting Junior Horse and Cutting Futurity Champion KODYS KOPPER FLAME (Khemander Kody x Cinnamonn bay), ridden by John Garland for owner Deni Grissette.

Arabian Cutting non-Pro Champion VG TSATINE (broadway Tstar x Lads Amelia), ridden by Toni Trego for owner Vango Arabians.

Arabian Cutting novice Horse Champion ZEE KATS MEOW (Xenophonn x Kat Afari), ridden by Wesley Larkin for owner madelena Camacho-Larkin. Volume 44, no. 7 | 155


Inside The Western Division Trainer Jody STrand in Jody strand’s second year with Zefyr in the Arabian western pleasure division, everything seemed to be falling into place leading up to the 2013 U.s. nationals. “everybody loves him and they always have—he’s a popular horse, and just remarkable. He’s got so much quality and is so good-gaited, but this year, they didn’t post the cards because of the Calcutta in the championship, so not knowing exactly where we stood made for an interesting twist in the final.” Zefyr also made an appearance in the Wednesday night sales and stallion Presentation where he showed off his famous hand gallop and left everyone in the stands in awe of his beauty. “i think a lot of people saw him during that stallion presentation and he really made a stir. The next few days, people were coming up to me saying, “oh my goodness,” and “He is absolutely wonderful,” so i think that that really started people talking about him. He also sold for the most money at the Calcutta, so everybody was

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very positive about him and i was just hoping he would go into the final and give me the ride that i needed.” And when it came time to show in the final, Jody shares, “He was good in his cut, but he was spectacular in the final. so, at the point when i lined up, i felt really good about it and couldn’t have been happier and been more proud of him. He had a couple transitions from the gallop down to the lope that were really, really good; he just felt like the crowd favorite and it ended up that he was, as we took home the viewer’s choice ribbon! everybody was rooting for him, so that certainly made me feel good.” but with this support and love for Zefyr comes something that isn’t often considered in these high-stake situations— pressure and expectations. “i told my wife i don’t think i have ever shown a horse where i felt as much pressure as i did showing him; just because of everything leading up to that, but then he probably gave me one of the better rides i have ever had in my career, so it was incredibly worth it.”


U.S. Nationals As Zefyr’s name was called out for unanimous champion, Jody won his first Arabian open Western Pleasure Championship—something that was definitely on his bucket list. “Honestly, i was really pleased and proud of the performance and enough so that no matter what happened, i was really proud of him. but when i won, i was thrilled to death. And to do it unanimously and with such a good ride—it was perfect. it was one of those times where i was so excited about the performance and that he stepped up and won it was just an adventure; the whole thing quite surreal.” it is important to note that on the day Jody won this championship with Zefyr, he had already won one championship and one reserve just a few hours prior. “it was actually the show of my career. i showed in three classes that day, i was reserve in the Half-Arabian Junior Horse, saturday morning; saturday afternoon i won the Arabian Junior Horse, and then saturday night i won the open, so out of three classes i was champion in two of them. i definitely went to bed that night going “Wow.” it was quite a day.” KaTie Harvey and Ld TSunami This pair took home the top prize in the Arabian reining Horse AAoTr Championship, a win that Katie sees as a perfect finish to a very special journey. Katie shares, “This was the first year that i was in the AAoTr-only class, competing against so many amateurs that i have a tremendous amount of respect for. Tsunami or “Cutter” is a special horse that has also been our 9-year-old son’s walk/jog horse this year. The fact that he was able to care for our son in those classes and then turned around to take me to a national championship in such a competitive division was extremely rewarding.” A true horseman always sees room for improvement, and Katie is no exception as she offers, “i was happy with our national championship performance, of course, but my last run could have been stronger. i think that nerves got to me a little bit and i rushed things. but anytime you win something like this, you can’t help but be thrilled. Gordon Potts has done a fantastic job with Cutter this year and i am so appreciative of his dedication as well as the help of Tyson randle. Together, they have helped me improve my riding and ensure my horses are the best they can be.” Along with her trainers, Katie has a crew behind her that shared in the joy of her win. “it

meant a lot to have the support of the team in my barn and just as special, the support and encouragement of so many of my friends in the reining divisions. it’s a unique community. everyone knows what it is like being out in the pen all by yourself, and i find the camaraderie very welcoming and i appreciate the friendships that have grown out of it.” This win being her second amateur national championship in reining, Katie was also awarded the Half-Arabian intermediate reining championship last year on Hollywood spin Doctor. but ultimately, Katie realizes there are things far more important than the ribbon you take home. “even more than titles, i focus on working to continuously improve my performance in the pen and my scores. The rest will take care of itself. That’s the beauty of reining. everyone walks into the pen with the same score. What you do with that is up to you. i’ve had to learn a lot on how to present my horse and still have a ton left to learn.”  reining is a division on the growing end of the industry. it is also a division that showcases the unique versatility of the Arabian horse. Considering what she thinks of its progress at U.s. this year, Katies adds, “i think the reining division is making huge strides. With the move from age divisions to experience-based leveling, i think we are encouraging more people to get involved and to be successful showing on all levels.”  U.S. Nationals Coverage continued on page 164. Volume 44, no. 7 | 157


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2013 U.S. Nationals Show Results

Half-Arabian Halter

HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure 4 & over Champion EBONY BY VALENTINO (DA Valentino x CF mamies night out), shown by michael byatt for owner sally bedeker.

HA/AA mare stock/Hunter 4 & over Champion VEYONCE (Versace x moonrose Delight), shown by Andrew sellman for owners Jay Krusenstjerna and barbara sink-Krusenstjerna.

HA/AA Filly (1-3 Years) and 3-Year-old Filly Champion SHES STILL JAMMIN (monogramm JD x she be Adiva Kbs), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owner midwest station ii, inc.

HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure 7 & over Champion JB HOMETOWN HOTTIE (baske Afire x Petite sweet), shown by rodolfo Guzzo for owners J. Perry and suzanne Perkins.

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HA/AA mare stock/Hunter 7 & over Champion VEYONCE (Versace x moonrose Delight), shown by Andrew sellman for owners Jay Krusenstjerna and barbara sink-Krusenstjerna.

HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure 4-6 Champion EBONY BY VALENTINO (DA Valentino x CF mamies night out), shown by michael byatt for owner sally bedeker.

HA/AA mare stock/Hunter 4-6 Champion TCR EXOTICA (Versace x TCr shes Got Leggz), shown by owner Pat mcGinnis.

HA/AA 2-Year-old Filly Champion BENI TG (DA Valentino x rohara mademoiselle), shown by rinaldo Longuini for owners Todd and Glena Weegens.

ROXANN HART Rohara Arabians certainly had a good show at this year’s U.S. Nationals, bringing home 10 National and Reserve National Championships and more than 30 Top Ten awards. “Shaddo Magniphied, shown by Joe Alberti, was just fabulous. He won three national championships—the futurity, amateur, and open—and he’s only three years old.” Other impressive wins came with Half-Arabian gelding Maghnus Z,

who won two championships and one reserve, and Net Worth LOA, who won the Half-Arabian Show Hack with John Rannenberg. On this year’s National quality, Roxann offers, “I do think that the quality of the horses is increasing, both in the halter and performance arenas, and we should all pat ourselves on the back for that. Both venues are getting stronger and better—great quality overall.”

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HA/AA Yearling Filly Champion BPA VENUS (sF Veraz x bPA Daisy Dukes), shown by Jerry schall for owners Linda Pawlowski and roger Perry.

HA/AA Futurity Filly Champion SHES STILL JAMMIN (monogramm JD x she be Adiva Kbs), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owner midwest station ii, inc.

HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure AAoTH Champion JB HOMETOWN HOTTIE (baske Afire x Petite sweet), shown by owner J. Perry Perkins.

HA/AA mare stock/Hunter AAoTH Champion VEYONCE (Versace x moonrose Delight), shown by owner Jay Krusenstjerna.

HA/AA Gelding saddle/Pleasure 4 & over Champion VSH DOMINIC (majesteit x o Katie), shown by Andrew sellman for owner Texie Lowery.

HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter 4 & over Champion MAGHNUS Z (magnum Chall HVP x The sweet rose), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owners maddy and Jay Winer.

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“After 45 years, I was able to fulfill my dream of showing in and winning the H/A Mare Saddle/Pleasure AAOTH at the age of 75. Physical ails had me considering cancelling my class, but after visiting a chiropractor, I decided to go ahead. At the moment that I took a hold of Hottie, I wasn’t even sure I would be able to run. Hottie and I took off and she was amazing! She stayed right with me, even as I was gimping into the arena, and she showed like the champion she is!” —Perry Perkins, National Champion with JB Hometown Hottie

HA/AA Colt/Gelding (1-3 years) Champion SHADDO MAGNIPHIED (shaddofax x ZA magnumoiselle mTC), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owner Amelia Hruban.

HA/AA Gelding saddle/Pleasure 7 & over Champion VSH DOMINIC (majesteit x o Katie), shown by Andrew sellman for owner Texie Lowery.

HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter 7 & over Champion HOTROD HEWEY (bucharest V x Lorraine o’Lee), shown by James michael neal for owner Andrea mcGowan.

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HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter 4-6 Champion MAGHNUS Z (magnum Chall HVP x The sweet rose), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owners maddy and Jay Winer.

HA/AA 3-Year-old Gelding Champion SHADDO MAGNIPHIED (shaddofax x ZA magnumoiselle mTC), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owner Amelia Hruban.

HA/AA 2-Year-old Gelding Champion THE GODFATHER ORA (Vitorio To x sH sebella), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owners richard and Justine Goodrow.

HA/AA Yearling Colt/Gelding Champion THE BIG BOPPER ORA (Vitorio To x she be Adiva Kbs), shown by Alcides rodrigues for owner oak ridge Arabians.

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HA/AA Gelding saddle/Pleasure AAoTH Champion VSH DOMINIC (majesteit x o Katie), shown by Kiayn Lowery for owner Texie Lowery.

HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter AAoTH Champion SHADDO MAGNIPHIED (shaddofax x ZA magnumoiselle mTC), shown by owner Amelia Hruban.

LARRY JEROME “What brings me back to U.S. Nationals every year is simply the fact that I love horses. I’ve been a horse nut since my mother read my first Walter Farley book to me. They have been my passion forever. I get very excited about my breeding program— I want my horses to be athletic and beautiful.  I want people to want to own them. I’m always out there looking to improve and trying to create the next great horse. At a show like U.S. Nationals, it’s thrilling for me to watch horses win and compete, whether I’ve bred them, they are sired by our stallions, or connected to our breeding program; it’s an adrenalin rush for me. It’s also the thrill of going there and seeing all the people that I really only get to see a few times a year. We’re very close friends, even though we don’t talk to one another on a daily basis—the horse business builds these relationships. It’s that exuberance, that enthusiasm that you feel when you see somebody sitting across the way that’s your friend and your competitor, but you still love them. We come because of the horses, but it’s all the other things that go along with it—the opportunities, the doors that are opened, the people that you meet that really make this business special.”

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Inside The Hunt And Show Hack Division Hunt and show Hack Panel judge Juli GoderLarson shares her opinions on the 2013 U.s. nationals from the pivotal perspective of center ring; a far more influential position than where spectators sit on the rail. if you’ve ever wondered what a judge has on their mind at U.s. nationals, read on. AHT: What did you think of the competition, generally speaking? JGL: The competition was very deep and amazing—such beautiful horses. The Arabian body and motion lends itself more toward the hunter division, so we’ve got so many wonderful horses to select from. it was just great. AHT: Have you judged U.s. nationals before? JGL: This was my fourth time judging nationals. AHT: What is it like judging the U.s. nationals? Do you get nervous? JGL: Judging at U.s. nationals means that you really have to pay attention to detail. You know what’s on the line for these people—it’s a big investment for them to come, it’s the culmination of a year’s work for people, things like that. so, it’s a lot of responsibility in center ring. AHT: since you’re a trainer as well, do you feel like you have a better or more experienced eye because of that? JGL: As a trainer, my job is evaluating horses all the time, so in some ways that helps me as a judge. i am able to making decisions quickly because i have a trained eye and constantly evaluate my own horses. TrAiner Wendy PoTTs As one of the top hunter trainers in the country, Wendy Potts of Freewill Farm compliments the judging this year at U.s. nationals, talks about her gratifying wins at the show, and hits on a minor superstition of her own. With two national championships and two reserves of her own this year, Wendy enjoyed winning both the purebred and Half-

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Arabian hunter pleasure classes in the same year for the first time in her career. Her amateurs also enjoyed many wins in the incredibly competitive hunter division. As Wendy considers what it took to get to this point, she insists that she is never about to take a national championship or even a good ride for granted. “i don’t take anything for granted, ever,” she shares. “in fact, i’m super superstitious. i won’t let anyone write a horse’s name next to a cut they haven’t made yet on the schedule. And if someone does, i make them take it off. i’m really lucky to be able to do what i love and be able to have all these really, really nice horses. U.s. nationals is the culmination of so much and nothing is a given.” You might be thinking, what does Wendy Potts have to be superstitious about? Her success and wins are the products of hard work and good horses—something she has established over the years. “A national championship is always gratifying. maybe in a different way than it used to be, like when i was younger. i think when you’re trying to establish yourself in the beginning, being in the industry and especially being female, it means a lot to keep your faith up there and do well. And i think now that i’ve been doing it a long time, it’s really special because i have a lot of clients that i’ve had for a really long time. The fact that i’m still picking good horses for them and they’re still doing as well as i am, is particularly gratifying. so, winning those roses truly never gets old; it never gets less exciting. i’m always seriously over the moon happy to make my cuts!”


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2013 U.S. Nationals Show Results

Half-Arabian Performance

AePA HA/AA Halcon Furniture $50,000 saddle seat Futurity Champion A THOUSAND STARS (baske Afire x Kalarama’s Celeste), ridden by James stachowski for owner Kimberly Jarvis.

HA/AA english Pleasure Champion TOI SLAMTASTIC CRF (matoi x Fantasy Watch), ridden by John Golladay for owners Janice and Laura morton.

HA/AA english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion EMPERORS FIRE (Afire bey V x ritida), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner starline Arabians LLC.

HA/AA english Pleasure AAoTr 40 & over Champion EVES FIRE (Afire bey V x ritida), ridden by Lori Lawrence, owner of starline Arabians LLC.

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HA/AA english Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion CF JIMMY NEUTRON (baske Afire x she’s A mystery), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.

HA/AA english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion EMPERORS FIRE (Afire bey V x ritida), ridden by nicole Lawrence for owner starline Arabians LLC.

HA/AA english Pleasure Futurity Champion DAVINCI REFLECTION WA (sF Aftershoc x The Davinci Code), ridden by James stachowski for owner Whispers Acres, inc.

HA/AA Country english Pleasure Champion STARBUCKS BF (Afire bey V x Haute Chocolate), ridden by Joel Gangi for owner boisvert Farms LLC.

HA/AA Country english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS (VCP magnifire x Twin Cities), ridden by shawn rooker for owner mary Catherine snodgrass.

HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion S JUSTA FLASH ( Justafire DGL x Lorece), ridden by Deborah Holden for owner Cornerstone ranch LLC.

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HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion KF LORD OF THE DANCE (KF mark’s majesty x river Dance nA), ridden by mike beethe for owner Alexandra Vinck.

HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion SAL MINEO BF (mamage x Clover Hill’s blazing Luck), ridden by Amanda Purdin standish for owner boisvert Farms LLC.

HA/AA Country english Pleasure select AATr Champion PRINCE JAMES SF (baske Afire x Captivating style), ridden by owner Jamie Costanzo.

HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr 19-35 Champion THE TRASHMAN (Allience x Petra C), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.

HA/AA Country english Pleasure Futurity Champion CAPTIVATING SHOC WA (sF Aftershoc x Captivating style), ridden by James stachowski for owner Whispers Acres, inc.

HA/AA Park Horse Champion SA SOPHISTICATED LADY (Ae excel x Cathedral bells), ridden by owner Jessica medved. Volume 44, no. 7 | 179


HA/AA Park Horse AAoTr Champion SA SOPHISTICATED LADY (Ae excel x Cathedral bells), ridden by owner Jessica medved.

HA/AA Pleasure Driving Champion BUGZY MALONE (majesteit x Luv Potion), driven by Craig Willett for owner A & m Arabians LLC.

HA/AA Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion PAPA RHAZI (el Ghazi x mama Jazz), driven by owner beth Jupp.

HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving Champion AMERICANBEAUTIE (Afire bey V x Kelly Le brock), driven by Gordon Potts for owner shamrock Farms LLC.

HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion THE TRASHMAN (Allience x Petra C), driven by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.

HA/AA Ladies side saddle english Champion SF BLONDE AMBITION (Cologne x my Formal Lady), ridden by Christy Higman Clements for owner malou Corrigan-Perricone.

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HA/AA Ladies side saddle english AAoTr Champion ALL DOLLED UP EA (Hucklebey berry x Dutch Dolley), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.

HA/AA Ladies side saddle Western Champion CAPT JACK SPARROW PGA (starof Fame V x Peppys Dainty Queen), ridden by Danielle stock for owner remington monroe equine LLC.

HA/AA Ladies side saddle Western AAoTr Champion HHF RADIOACTIVE (Chubasco x syn sera Lee), ridden by owner Justine Ameye.

HA/AA Western Pleasure Champion LETS GET LODED (LbA Lode star x Aura spring), ridden by brett becker for owner sally Leonardini.

HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion ZIPINUPASTORM (rohara moon storm x Zippo Pine bubble), ridden by bob Hart Jr for owner Chris schmidt.

HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion THE BLACK PEARL G (ima Fancy scotch bar x Fa-stara), ridden by owner Peggy splawn. Volume 44, no. 7 | 181


HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion SHEZA LODED LADY (LbA Lode star x Aura spring), ridden by owner Jamie Leonardini Gotelli.

HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr 19-35 Champion SHEZA RISING STARR (TA rising starr x Lenas Kachina), ridden by owner rebecca Fulkerson.

HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion TAMAR CHIARO DI LUNA (mais shah x Tamar Lady sunshine), ridden by Amy Peterson for owner Troy Peterson.

HA/AA Western Pleasure Futurity Champion ROCKED AND RELOADED (Poco Van star Two x Candy Girl V), ridden by Joe reser for owners michael and Debbie Knapic.

HA/AA Western Pleasure select AATr Champion STLA C IM FONDAU (C our Zeus x Dr Fonda Color), ridden by owner Diane Franklin. 182 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Champion VIVIENNE LR (Knight invader x KJ Déjà Vu), ridden by Wendy Potts for owner north by northwest LLC.


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HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Champion EDWARD CULLEN ( Jr maximilian x Undulata’s High Fashion), ridden by marggie rushlow-roberts for owner mary Gallagher Kuras.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion FSF DUDLEY (oKW Firecracker x Vanity’s summer bouquet), ridden by Jeanne Lampe for owner Jessica Lampe.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion VSH LOLLIPOP (majesteit x DW emirs Deelite), ridden by owner sharon Fant-True.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 19-35 Champion SS JACK DANIELS (standing room only x Jordanelle), ridden by owner shea Urgitus.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion MAYBELLINE CA (noble Way x Abeline), ridden by rachel schieffelbein for owner Conway Arabians, inc.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Futurity Champion HE BE A BADAZZ ( JrA Azul x she be noble), ridden by nestor Gonzalez for owner Fortun Arabians LLC. Volume 44, no. 7 | 183


HA/AA Hunter Pleasure select AATr Champion EDWARD CULLEN ( Jr maximilian x Undulata’s High Fashion), ridden by owner mary Gallagher Kuras.

HA/AA english show Hack Champion NET WORTH LOA (Krewe x Worthy Decision), ridden by John rannenberg for owner Linda musso.

HA/AA english show Hack AAoTr Champion ALL DOLLED UP EA (Hucklebey berry x Dutch Dolley), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.

HA/AA mounted native Costume Champion PRINCE LOA (Krewe x sultan’s Final Dawn), ridden by michelle Pease-Paulsen for owner L. David Pease.

HA/AA mounted native Costume AAoTr Champion SECOND SIGHT (Afires Vision x silver Fantasy PV), ridden by owner elizabeth Ann Pizzonia.

HA/AA reining Horse Champion PAULIS EUROPENA (Pauli o Lena x Francheskaa), ridden by Tyson randle for owner michelle Deroche.

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HA/AA reining Junior Horse and reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under Champion GONE N DUNIT RA (brennas Golden Dunit x marliera), ridden by Crystal mcnutt for owner richard Ames.

HA/AA reining Horse AAoTr and Primetime nonPro AAoTr Champion CR DUDLEY DUN RIGHT (Hollywood Dun it x bay Zalla), ridden by robert miller for owner Zelda Conley.

HA/AA reining intermediate and Limited non-Pro AAoTr Champion SH COOL DUDE (buenos Partee Dude x noble Duchess), ridden by owner Diane Comeau.

HA/AA reining rookie non-Pro AAoTr Champion HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD (Hollywood White x Tikis song), ridden by owner Christina Fahrenholz.

HA/AA Trail Horse Champion ALADA PROMISE (Alada baskin x Promise To be Dunn), ridden by mike Haus for owners ed and Yvette DePriest.

HA/AA Trail Horse Junior Horse and Trail Horse Futurity Champion TECQUILA SUNRISE (easy otie Whiz x Comanche rose), ridden by Lou roper for owner Karen Gavin.

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HA/AA Trail Horse AAoTr Champion SH DOCS BUCKAROO (bardon Docs mocha x Kdar Holliwanna), ridden by megan Callan for owners James and Joanne Callan.

HA/AA english Trail Horse Champion SH DOCS BUCKAROO (bardon Docs mocha x Kdar Holliwanna), ridden by Lou roper for owners James and Joanne Callan.

HA/AA reined Cow Horse Champion SMART LITTLE KHEMO (Wr Lena x Khemo Khitten), ridden by Jamie Peters for owner Traci moseley.

HA/AA reined Cow Horse ATr Champion CHEX MY MEMORY (ima Peppy Chex x CF memory), ridden by madelena Camacho-Larkin for owner Andy Camacho.

HA/AA Working Cow Horse Champion COCO POLENE (shahcolate bey mA x Hema), ridden by Andy Camacho for owner madelena Camacho-Larkin.

HA/AA Working Cow Junior Horse and Futurity Champion SIN DERELLA WP (Trick r Treat x rockys Filly), ridden by owner Andy Camacho.

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U.S. Nationals KATie BUrr Coming home with 5 national championships in the divisions of show hack, driving, side saddle, country pleasure, and english pleasure, Katie burr experienced a U.s. nationals for the record books. “This year’s nationals had extremely deep competition, so to be named national champion in 5 out of the 7 classes i showed in was a huge achievement for myself as an amateur as well as extremely humbling. it takes a wonderful team of people and horses to have success at such a competitive show.” HA/AA Working Cow Horse AoTr Champion COCO POLENE (shahcolate bey mA x Hema), ridden by owner madelena Camacho-Larkin.

As the breeder of many fine english horses that Katie herself shows, burrline Arabians showcased The Trashman and spenderella this year in Tulsa. on the subject of riding horses she is responsible for breeding, Katie offers, “it’s very rewarding breeding and showing a horse that i have been a part of from the start, particularly when they are successful in the show ring. i find that breeding my own show horses is very fulfilling because it is something that i created with qualities that i have in mind to make a great show horse. i try to breed horses that i would ultimately like to show and that carry qualities i find important in a show horse. sometimes that doesn’t always work out, but when it does, it’s very exciting as a breeder.”

HA/AA Cutting Champion WILL HE BOOGY (Faantastiko x sterlings Gold Lace), with Jeffrey Wilms, up, and HA/AA Cutting non-Pro Champion with owner robyn meyer.

HA/AA Cutting novice Horse Champion LJB SHOOTING STAR (Lenas Jewel bars x Zee Winstar), ridden by Tommy Wayne West for owner michelle Chouteau.

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