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The Joys Of Summer Around The World by Theresa Cardamone

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Cover Story: A Modern Day Pharaoh … Pharaoh HBV by Jeff Wallace

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Mozn Albidayer: The Perfect Blend For The Modern Arabian by Mario Braga

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The European Amateur Cup—A New Concept For The Future by Emma Maxwell

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The Work Of Art That Is Darine Al Rayyan by Jeff Wallace

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Jadem Arabians: Foal Showers Bring May Flowers ... Lots Of Passionate Enthusiasts Too with Jeff Wallace

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Aljassimya: An Open House To Remember by Dr. Nasr Marei

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A Day In The Life Of ... Muhammad Shahid Ismail by Jeff Wallace

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Endurance: From Pony Express To Modern Day by Margot Chazel

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Endurance Update: Summer 2016 by Margot Chazel

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Erwin Escher (February 28, 1959 – May 13, 2016)

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A Tersk Troika: Three Bountiful Bays by Theresa Cardamone

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Father/Son Teams: Balaton And Kubinec, Part I by Susanne Bösche

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For Sigi … For Poland … For the Future by Janina Merz

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Sigi’s Tree by Janina Merz

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Sax Arabians Open House 2016 by Jeff Wallace

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The 2016 Darey Awards In Hollywood—New Heights by Evie Tubbs Sweeney

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The Ismer Family—Balancing Tradition Alongside Modern Demands An Interview With Dr. Nils Ismer by Susanne Bösche

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La Movida Open House by Doug Dahmen

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Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship

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Promises Of Tomorrow by Jeff Wallace

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A Class Of Its Own—Gelding Halter In Europe by Gregor Aymar

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The Calvet Collection at Shamilah Arabians– Blast From The Past by Susanne Bösche

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Belladonna AT—A Filly For The Ages by Dana Al-Meslemani

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AJ Mardan by Jeff Wallace

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FROM THE PUBLISHER All around the world, the Arabian horse and all that love them celebrate summer. It is a very unique time on our calendars that is like no other time of the year. Whether in America or Abroad, it is a time of:

Owner / CEO Lara Ames Publisher Jeff Wallace AHT Abroad Representative Mieke Opsteyn AHT Abroad Designers Elisa Grassi Gregor Aymar Contributing Designers Glenn Jacobs Arabian Essence Cat Mckenna Production Manager Jody Thompson AHTimes Designers Wayne Anderson Tony Ferguson Melissa Pasicznyk Editorial Coordinator/Proofreader Charlene Deyle AHT Advertising Account Executive Tony Bergren Multimedia Director and Photojournalist Riyan Rivero Contributing Writers Susanne Bösche Emma Maxwell Gregor Aymar Theresa Cardamone Mario Braga Doug Dahmen Heinz Stockle Dana Al Meslemani Nasr Marei Margot Chazel Janina Merz Sales Assistant Rachel Ginter

~ Levity and enjoyment, of shedding our serious skin and cutting loose with abandonment ~ Picnics in grassy glades with our trail horses tied nearby, patiently waiting ~ Walking through lush fields of green, peppered with flowers ~ Kids splashing in ponds and lakes all around the world ~ Riding double on the beach in cutoff jeans, your friend’s arms around your waist ~ Great Italian food eaten al fresco at a sidewalk trattoria ~ Sitting still in the shade, lulled by the summer heat ~ Watching the new foals cavorting in their pastures Summer is also a time of: ~ Great Regional shows in America, the prelude to the U.S. Nationals ~ The European summer show circuit, with its exotic venues ~ Endurance rides that test the mettle of horses and their humans ~ Making plans to attend the World Championships in Paris ~ Reuniting with friends from all over the globe ~ Auctions and private treaty sales ~ Finalizing breeding decisions for the upcoming year We are delighted that you chose to join with us as we celebrate Summer in the pages of Arabian Horse Times Abroad. So kick back, put your feet up, and enjoy! Welcome Abroad!

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A CELEBRATION OF

© Nawaf Al Johani

the New Generation WADEE AL SHAQAB

pseterra@qf.org.qa www.AlShaqab.com

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(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2010 Stallion 2012 Gold World Champion

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MIZNAH AL SHAQAB

(Wadee Al Shaqab x Magheeda Al Shaqab) 2014 Filly

REMAL AL SHAQAB

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(Wadee Al Shaqab x Pilar) 2014 Filly

MARMAR AL SHAQAB

(Wadee Al Shaqab x Magheeda Al Shaqab) 2015 Filly

MASROURA AL SHAQAB

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(Wadee Al Shaqab x Shahirat Al Shaqab) 2014 Filly

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A CELEBRATION OF

the New Generation AL ADEED AL SHAQAB

(Ansata Halim Shah x Sundar Alisayyah) 1995 Straight Egyptian Stallion 2003 World Champion

FARAH AL SHAQAB

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(Al Adeed Al Shaqab x SWF Valencia) 2013 Filly 2016 Menton Silver Champion

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MEDAN AL SHAQAB

(Farhoud Al Shaqab x Abha Myra) 2014 Colt 2016 Qatar International Gold Champion Yearling

FARHOUD AL SHAQAB

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(Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Johara Al Shaqab) 2008 Straight Egyptian Stallion 2016 Qatar International Straight Egyptian Gold Champion

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(Ashhal Al Rayyan x Torfa Al Shaqab by Al Adeed Al Shaqab) 2006 Straight Egyptian Stallion 2011 Qatar International Straight Egyptian Gold Champion

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(Jadaan Al Shaqab x Halimas Desert Temptation) 2013 Straight Egyptian Filly Bred by Forest Hill Stud. Owned by Al Shaqab


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The Perfect Blend For The Modern Arabian

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by MARIO BRAGA

When the white beauty Mozn Albidayer left the arena in Las Vegas last April as the show’s Gold Champion Junior Filly, a certain feeling of closure came to the surface. A true daughter of the desert, she has now claimed the hearts and minds of every crowd that came to witness her presence on three different continents. As fate would have it, that magical crowning night took place once more in a desert, but this time in a faraway land. Several roads lead to Padron in the pedigree of Mozn Albidayer.

To look at her feminine face and observe her elegant, yet powerful trot is to revere the hard work of so many craftsmen from different places and times. Through her creation, they achieved the fulfillment of their dreams by turning a conceptual ideal of beauty into a work of living art. Though unique in her own right, it is possible to point out the notable traits of her majestic ancestors just by gazing at her. They include the amazing World Champion Filly Saskia RJ, the U.S. National Champions Belindaa and her daughter, Mozn’s mother, Mattaharii, and the typey World Champion Ansata Sinan. She also reflects her grandsires: Magnum Chall HVP, a champion on multiple continents, and Psytadel, a worldwide acclaimed sire by the incomparable Padrons Psyche, who is out of the matriarch supreme, Bint Bey Shah. Furthermore, you can see the influence of the great Magnum Psyche, the heritage of Mishahh, who is also the grandsire of the amazing Kahil Al Shaqab, and the refinement of Don El Chall. Somehow, when you look at Mozn, they are all there.

Maternal grandsire, Magnum Chall HVP, Canadian and U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion.

Bred and owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi of Albidayer Stud, Sharjah, UAE, Mozn was foaled in 2014. She is the successful result of crossing the U.S. National Champion import Mattaharii to the beautiful and upcoming phenomenal stallion SMA Magic One, who is owned by Al Zobair Stud, also in Sharjah. Type and structure were blended in perfect measure, the outcome of careful planning by the Albidayer team, led by accomplished horsewoman and farm manager, Dawn Martin, and the talented Barry Shepherd as their trainer. He has masterfully shown the filly to her early wins before her recent campaign in the USA with Michael Byatt Arabians. Though still very young, Mozn Albidayer has collected an impressive amount of victories, always facing very deep competition. Those wins include Gold Medal Yearling Filly in Dubai, Ajman, and at the All Nations Cup, not to mention her bronze medal at the Salon du Cheval, her win in Scottsdale earlier this year, and her ultimate triumph in Las Vegas. Though her show career seems to be just beginning, it is almost too tempting not to speculate about Mozn’s future as a broodmare since Albidayer Stud is also home of the great World Champion Marajj. He made history at last year’s Salon du Cheval by siring both the Senior Gold World Champion Mare Salwa Al Zobair, and the Junior Gold World Champion Mare D Shahla. He is also the sire of the 2016 Scottsdale Junior Champion colt Rajj Z. Time will tell … Mozn Albidayer … a celebration of beauty that knows no boundaries. A moment in time where past, present, and future become one.

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SMA Magic One, an extremely popular young breeding stallion and sire of Mozn Albidayer.


The European Amateur CupEXCITING CONCEPT FOR THE

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Arabian horse shows have been experiencing two very different trajectories according to which level they cater for in the last decade. The high end shows have stabilized at a fixed number of horses—not a massive number, but of a very great quality—with ever growing sponsorship. Meanwhile, the lower tiers of the showing pyramid have been in steady decline in terms of entry numbers, so that while there is undoubtedly a greater number of horses of this quality on the ground, they are not coming to shows. Without an outlet for competition that suits them and is fun for the owner, they have no market. This is the depressing reality of the middle market Arabian.

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Much of this is a response to the rise of professional showing. Amateurs feel they get a raw deal showing against ‘faces,’ and whether this is perceived bias or real (the answer lies somewhere in-between), showing is not growing. The potential side effects of professional halter handling have also pushed the Arabian into a ghetto in relation to the horse world at large, whose response to some of the more embarrassingly ‘animated’ performances supplied at top level lies somewhere between bemusement and horror. ‘Normal’ horse owners, and a substantial number of those already involved with Arabians, are more impressed by a horse that simply stands still without agitation and can trot in a straight line as the rulebook indicates they should.

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The European Amateur Cup

Therefore, there is currently a genuine need and desire for a new dynamic for Arabian horse shows, a gap in the market for providing a fun and fair competition that is sensitive to horse welfare and showcases the special relationship between the Arabian horse and people. A competition that welcomes newcomers and gives them a space to grow and expand their skills, and which in the end, deepens their appreciation for Arabian horse breeding. Alas, this goal has been more easily talked about than achieved. Many false starts have been chalked up on the amateur show front, with exhibitors happy to complain about shows as they are, but not willing to actually attend new shows in numbers great enough for them to succeed and continue from year to year.

Judges: Jose Ramon Irigoyen, Joanna Maxwell and Marianne Tengstedt

This may all be about to change in 2016. The European Amateur Shows Organization (EACSO) was started in 2014 by Rob Rens and Stijn Schyvens in Belgium, and currently has two other board members: Bart Beckers and Ilse Verbruggen. Having listened to exhibitors around Belgium of all sizes for many years and watched the relative success or not of the amateur shows in existence, they sat down to write a set of rules and develop a new judging system they thought might address all of the issues surrounding amateur showing. Their first standalone amateur show run in Lille, in 2014, by Bart Beckers and Stijn Schyvens, attracted 32 entries. This year, 113 horses were entered, earning the show the status of being the fastest growing show in Europe! Rob Rens, current chairman of EACSO discussed his thoughts about this, “EACSO can be very proud to be the first in Europe, not to just organize a standalone amateur show, but to get trainers involved to support the amateur handlers, and keep it growing. The main difference with all the efforts made before, we think, is the long term vision, the protection of the novices, and the openness towards the more experienced. We try to have close contact with the participants and to take their reactions into account, as well as meetings with trainers that support the handlers and other show organizers. This way the adjusted rulebook was born.�

Luca Kummer, Stefanie Bovens & Rebecka Uggeldahl

The sponsorship program for the Aljassimya Farm Amateur Challenge has also given the amateur shows a perfectly timed boost with their attractive prizes. The inaugural Challenge in 2015 covered three shows in Belgium and took the top twenty amateur handlers and the partner of their choice on a trip to the World Championships hosted by Aljassimya Farm. While at the Salon du Cheval, a prize draw gave a further five handlers and their partners a ticket to California and a hosted tour of the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Ynez Foal Festival. This year, the Challenge has expanded to include seven amateur shows in Belgium, Germany and Holland, all run on an identical format with the EACSO rules. Handlers gain points at each show which will be added up at the end of the season. The final high scoring handlers from all participating shows will send a large group to the 2016 Salon Du Cheval, and in 2017, a small group to California. Hopefully, the program can be rolled out to include more countries in the future. A HT A BROA D

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“I found the show very well organized; the organizers doing their best at all times to create a good atmosphere. I was impressed with the number of horses and I found the quality was very good.” Marianne Tengstedtt

Amateur Cup Championships

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L-R: Amateur Stallion Winners: Primeval Kossack & Tjery Den Hartog, Western Pleasure Novice Winner: Kas Jack, and Gelding Novice Winner: FA Dubai.

For this year’s Lille Spring show, three judges officiated: Joanna Maxwell, Jose Ramon Irigoyen from Spain, and Marianne Tengstedt, who noted, “I found the show very well organized; the organizers doing their best at all times to create a good atmosphere. I was impressed with the number of horses and I found the quality very good.” Both Joanna Maxwell and Johanna Ullstrom agreed that the upper quality of the horses was as good as any C International show and indeed, the class winning colt Psencio, here, was Silver Champion at the Tulip Cup “B” show the following weekend. However, it also allowed other levels of horses to compete, by reweighting the points system and providing other classes. Several features of the show have boosted enthusiasm. Firstly, that there are three separate layers of competition which create a pyramid of qualifying layers: Novice, Amateur and Experienced Amateur. These levels are divided by the previous experience of both horse and handler, and handlers will move up the pyramid as they gain wins and experience. This allows the widest possible range of amateurs to take part in the arena without feeling out of their depth. The second secret of the show’s success is a new judging system which expands from the traditional five-topic system of marking out of 20 for: Type, Head and Neck, Body and Topline, Legs, and Movement, to include two further categories, also scored out of 20: Harmony of Horse and Handler, and Presentation Accuracy. Says Bart Beckers, “We implemented the judging system last year. By adding a point for harmony and presentation, we want to make clear that having a pretty horse is not enough. We want to stimulate our hanA HT A BROA D

dlers to work with their horses and try to improve themselves every single time.” Christine Jamar of Jadem Arabians in Belgium, no stranger to shows at the highest level, also exhibited some youngsters here and commented that, “I like this point system, as it gives a reward for the relationship between handler and horse. Arabian horses like people, and they deserve to be treated very well by their handlers. In the Amateur Cup, I could find the nice relationship that is hard to see in the professional shows.” The show also offers a space for established breeders to show horses direct from their farm and develop the skills of homegrown handlers. Indeed, all three overall champions came from well known European breeders. The Novice Champion was Belazalia (Gazal Al Shaqab x Bellanda), shown by Isaac Duran from Lutetia Arabians in France. Lutetia Arabians were also owner/breeders of the Classic Pleasure winner Elwinia by Ganges, ridden by head groom Indiana Sanson Laine. The Amateur Champion Dorsenia (Kabsztad x Dombra) from Flaxman Arabians in Holland, was shown by Koen Hennekens, the son of breeder, judge and show organizer, Helen Hennekens. Koen showed three other winners from Flaxman Arabians on that day and is currently leading the table for points towards the Aljassimya Farm Amateur Challenge. The Experienced Amateur Champion was Marakech J (Emerald J x JA Ultima), owned and bred by Christine Jamar, and shown by Joyce Rosowski, one of three handlers who came with her horses to the show, all of whom work at her stud. Says Christine, “They were all very serious about the new chal-

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L-R: Awards & trophies, Novice Classic Pleasure Winners: Elwinia & Indiana Sanson Laine, Stallion Novice Winners: Khoran’h & Kelly Huysmans.

lenge. Frederick Van Sas took the time to teach them and they all worked hard on the lessons at the end of the day before going home. For sure, they will train more horses to participate, as they want to improve themselves. To me, the Amateur Cup looks to be a very positive new idea.”

“And our “second year students” that started practicing with us last year, will show our younger, inexperienced horses, to have a little more of a challenge. We don’t specifically work on the “winning combinations,” but rather the combinations that will educate each handler in the best possible way.”

The stallion winner, Primeval Kossack, was shown by 17 year old Tjery Den Hartog, son of Robbie, of long famous Kossack Stud in Holland, who says, “We enjoyed the show very much, a much better atmosphere between people than at the big shows; it was more relaxed and you see people coming to a show you will never see at a normal big show. The way the horses were competing was very surprising, more relaxed and with so much better movements. The total impression was for me, a view back at the time from my youth where shows were fun!”

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The light hand was remarked upon by all, especially in the effect it had on movement. Everybody present commented on the improvement in movement that was seen compared to the big shows, with horses trotting with rhythm and lightness. As noted by Johanna Ullstrom, “Most horses were very well presented with neat standups, and above all, we saw far more movement than at most modern shows. Something to learn here. We didn’t see fear or stress in the presentations, and suddenly we saw lots of movement. Don’t we love it when horses move?” Joanna Maxwell also noticed this with her scorecard, saying, “What a pleasure it was to be able to give so many 20’s for genuine good movement. And a relief not to have to keep leaping out of the way of the horse, as the handler swirls it around scattering the judges as happens at larger shows!” A further new addition to the show day was the trail class, both in-hand and under saddle. Trail classes are really a test of

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The European Amateur Cup

1st Junior Fillies Amateur: Etna J & Pawel Kokocinski

1st Yearling Colts Exp. Amateur: Psencio & Maja Bonde

Senior Mare & Champion Amateur Winners: Dorsenia & Koen Hennekens

the handler’s training of the horse. It prepares the horses for all sorts of obstacles he might meet in real life: to look where he is stepping and to negotiate obstacles with obedience and balance. The competitors have to walk over a bridge and dif different arrangements of poles on the ground; open a gate and back into a narrow space. Points are awarded for obedience and accuracy and the class is a great opportunity for people to win a competition based on the amount of time they put in to training their horse. No less than 20 horses tried this class for the very first time and again, there was a very positive feedback for this class summed up by Marianne Tengstedt, “This class gives the opportunity to the owner of the horse to teach young horses more comfort, self-confidence and attention. It is also an opportunity for all horses to participate in more than one thing at a show.” Riding classes in three divisions were offered, but with a lower turnout than some of the halter classes, as ridden Arabians in Europe still have a long way to catch up with the enthusiasm that occurs in the U.S., or even Britain, which usually has over 50 percent ridden entries at C level shows. Yet, riding is essential to market the Arabian to the horse world at large, and by offering a range of classes, it is hoped that this can expand. A HT A BROA D

The feel-good vibe of the show was no accident and Bart Beckers and Stijn Schyvens made it clear that this was one of the main aims of EACSO, the European Amateur Show Organization, “We’re always striving for a relaxed atmosphere where everybody helps each other. We hope we can keep inspiring and supporting Arabian horse enthusiasts, owners and breeders from all over Europe. It is our goal to bring back the fun in showing and to give everyone the opportunity to compete in a fair way, to learn and have a good time with his/her horse. We’re happy to see that other show organizers feel the same way and that more and more amateur shows are being held. We sincerely hope that we can keep inspiring people, and that the amateur scene in Europe keeps growing as exponentially as it does right now.” The aim was definitely achieved in the opinion of the Den Hartog family. A second generation Arabian breeder himself, Robbie and his son, Tjery, say, “It is very good that the European show scene is activating these shows on an amateur level, as all horses who are bred worldwide need to find an owner and a place. No matter if it’s a show in-hand, under saddle, or trail, owners need to have fun with their horses; that’s the main reason to activate this initiative.”

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Aljassimya: An Open House To Remember photos & story by DR. NASR MAREI

After judging the first Arabian U.S. Open at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show in NYC last September, I was invited by my very dear friend of more than 25 years, Bart Van Buggenhout, to come and visit Aljassimya Farm in Santa Ynez, Calif. In April 2016, after judging the AHBA World Cup in Las Vegas, I immediately accepted, because there were two other breeding programs in the area that I wanted to visit also—Silver Maple and Om El Arab. Both Henry and Christie Metz, and the late Sigi Siller had in the past repeatedly invited me to come and visit, but never got around to do so. Later on, the Metzs were extremely generous in offering I stay with them in their beautiful home and would take me to the open houses hosted by both Om El Arab and Aljassimya; a great opportunity that I could not miss. I already had some background on the breeding philosophies of these three breeders. While Om El Arab and Silver Maple were two established breeding programs decades old, Aljassimya was relatively new. I saw many of their stunning horses while judging several shows the past couple of years, but I really wanted to see their foundation horses and discover for myself the real story behind their swift success. I knew that Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the owner and founder of Aljassimya, was a very keen breeder, while Bart was a well-seasoned farm manger who had great experience and background. This incredible teaming up had to succeed.

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The open house at Aljassimya was attended by dozens of horse enthusiasts. The farm with the rolling hills and scattered paddocks and trees in front of a mountain backdrop were beautiful. Bart explained that there were future plans for different phases of expansion. His team was well trained and gentle in handling their horses, and the horses shown and seen in their stalls were in impeccable condition. I was aware that Sh. Jassim favored WH Justice and that he used him in his breeding program. Bart shared with me that Sh. Jassim, while attending international shows would favor some of the participating horses and invariably they were sired by WH Justice. Two of my favorite young mares as well, are the WH Justice daughters RP Miss Surprise and CR Jasmeenah. The latter was World Champion in Paris 2011 and then went on to win the U.S. National Champion mare title in Tulsa, Okla. in 2012. Aljassimya also has the stunning Justice daughter, KAS Katara. WH Justice was leased by Aljassimya Farm to use on their mares and to many leased mares from Om El Arab, ending with an outstanding 120 foals; several fillies of which were selected to be the future foundation for Aljassimya’s breeding program. Also, a few sons where retained for consideration as future breeding stallions.

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To further diversify and expand the gene pool of his program, the champion stallion Monther Al Nasser was acquired to add more classic type on the Justice daughters. Being an Ansata Hejazi son, he has much of the desired Egyptian look. Monther Al Nasser brings to the U.S., the finest of Egyptian bloodlines enriched by Ansata Halim Shah and, of course, all tracing back to the unrivaled Nazeer.

Al Ayal AA

Monther Al Nasser did not disappoint. He has produced several remarkable foals from WH Justice daughters already for Aljassimya, and by doing so, met the expectations of Sh. Jassim. His success prompted the farm to continue into this direction, i.e. breeding WH Justice mares to other carefully selected stallions, one being the lease of the stunning Al Ayal AA. This stallion is one of the most outstanding Egyptian stallions that I have ever seen. Truly remarkable and complete, he already has foals on the ground at Aljassimya that prove once again, that the breeding philosophies of Aljassimya is working and cruising in the right direction. It was the first time that I had seen Al Ayal, and I was in awe. Most of the time, the photos one sees for a horse are better than the real thing, but in Al Ayal’s case, the photos didn’t do him justice. He is a stunning stallion—the epitome of an Egyptian horse.

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A more recent perfect addition is the lease of the incredible Equator. I have judged this stallion in many shows in the past in Europe, and was in love with him since day one. He had just won the Senior Stallion championship at the World Cup in Las Vegas a few days earlier where I had judged. Just before that, I saw him at the World Championships in Paris in 2015. He won the silver champion title and was very close to winning the gold. He is a true representative of the modern Polish Arabian looks: very typey, balanced, short coupled and a great mover with an upright neck and perfect shoulder. Of course, his sire and grandsire are stallions who have had an impact on the world of the Arabian horse as well. Aljassimya plans to use him again, on Justice daughters. We will have to eagerly wait a year, to see his get out of the mares of Aljassimya.

Sh. Jassim is a true breeder. He does not buy a horse to just go and win with in major shows. He created a foundation from which he can and actually did, breed champion and show winners. The breeding philosophy is quite clear to me. Creating foundation mares from the breeder’s favorite bloodline and then outcrossing them to diverse stallions with different backgrounds. Breeding, as we all know, is a long term commitment. Sh. Jassim, Bart and their team, are doing a great job and have established welldefined ideas and specific goals to achieve. From what I saw, I do not think that it will take long for Aljassimya to step into history for being a landmark breeder like the many legendary programs preceding it.

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Well, I’m finally doing it ... this “blogging” thing. Writing has always been hard for me. Looking at that big, white, blank screen with the keyboard cursor flashing at me, waiting for my thoughts. But since my mom passed, I have a lot on my heart. And so I’m going to try this “blogging” thing, because Om El Arab is a family all around the world. This next chapter is a journey I do not want to do alone. So I hope you join me as I attempt to put my thoughts into words on everything “Om El Arab”... horses, travels, Luca (!) and life in this next chapter. Here goes ... My mom loved foaling season. She loved the promise of the future that each foal brought. In the early years, she foaled most of the foals herself. Once I came of age, I took over that responsibility and would call her once the baby was born. She would rush into the barn, an apple in hand, and would eat her apple while she admired the new baby and praised its mother for her efforts. Once she’d eaten it to its core, she would give the rest to the mare. The apple was her tradition. I watched her munch on an apple, foal after foal, for many years. More recently, foaling out the mares has been passed on to my right (and left) hand, Yvonne. She has been taking care of our precious mares and their babies for years now and does it with so much love (she must have been a relative in another life)! As a payment for Om El Bellissimo’s lease to Janów Podlaski in Poland, we were allowed to pick a Bellissimo daughter from the two foal crops that Bellissimo left behind. Dr. Marek Trela told my mom to take her time and to watch the fillies grow up a bit before making her final decision. She went to Poland two years in a row to assess the fillies. On her second trip she fell in love with a bay filly called Alamina. Pawel trotted her in-hand for Sigi, and the filly moved like she was floating on a cloud. My mom hid her enthusiasm behind a poker face, because she only had the 3rd choice in fillies. She couldn’t believe it when Dr. Trela picked two other fillies and she was able to choose Alamina. For the first time in over 25 years, we were bringing a new mare line to Om El Arab, a Polish mare that happened to have Estopa in her pedigree five times, as well through her sire Om El Bellissimo. Alamina arrived at Om El Arab as a 2-year-old filly and immediately fit right in. She is smart, beautiful and oh so sweet. It was my mother’s dream to breed Alamina to Om El Al Azeem and we bred her in 2015 as a 3 year old. It was a bittersweet moment when Yvonne sent me a text message on May 18 in the early evening that Alamina had just foaled a beautiful grey filly. It was just 8 days after my Mom’s passing and I rushed in to the barn (I wish now that I would have brought an apple) to see the most beautiful little vision in the foaling stall. A gorgeous grey filly that embodied so many emotions: recent loss; Sigi and Poland, yet so much hope for the future. I couldn’t help but think that she was here for Sigi, for Poland and for the future.

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Pictured above: Alamina, Luca and Yvonne Van Stiphout. Janina Merz is the owner and manager of Om El Arab, one of the world’s foremost breeding programs for Arabian horses. She lives on the farm in Santa Ynez, CA with son, Luca Merz-Bass, and partner Bryon Bass. “Perspectives” is a platform for her thoughts on her horses, travels, Luca and a life in transition.

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My mother often pushed me to do things that I found uncomfortable. I could name so many examples. She sent me to Colorado State University many years ago to learn to collect stallions, inseminate mares and freeze semen, and two weeks later as breeding season hit, I was in charge of shipping our stallions’ cooled semen around the country and breeding all of our mares. Not long after, frozen semen followed and not too long after that, ultrasounding ovaries and embryo transfers. She just always thought I could do something, and so then I did it, or had to, and often with little or no training. That doesn’t mean I did it willingly, often I grudgingly did what she asked, but I have to say in almost every case, it was for the best and I grew from it personally and/or our business improved.

She used to stop at her favorite tree, a giant oak tree, and lay her hands on it and close her eyes. She would tell me that the tree was powerful and gave her strength. I would usually just wait for her to finish with her tree, and then when she was done I would walk up ahead and stop periodically so she could catch up as we headed up the mountain. It is very steep and I didn’t really know how tough it must have been for her until many years later when I would hoist my pregnant, healthy self up that hill. I cannot even imagine how she did it.

We modified our walk in the last two years and didn’t go up the big hill. The trail was too rough for the stroller so we bypassed the big mountain and my mom didn’t get to her tree very often. Again, she This is a bit how I felt when my good friend, Evie, said, “Janina, walked every day that she could. The second bout of cancer was I think you should write a blog.” “Really! Like when?” is what I different than the first. This time her lung was affected, most likely thought to myself. So a few nights ago, I sat down for a few minutes from the radiation that she had gotten the first time, and it made to share the story of Alamina’s little filly, and all of those wonderful walking very difficult, yet she put one step in front of the other memories of my mom flooded out of me and onto the page. I went every day that she could do it. The last time we walked together was to bed that night for the first time since I lost my mom without in November. I remember that beautiful day like it was yesterday. pain in my heart. Evie was right, writing is cathartic, so I think I must continue for now! My friend, Ann, is visiting me right now. She is training for a trekking trip and I started hiking with her. Yesterday I went to see my My mom had a walk that she did nearly every day. It is a giant loop mother’s tree for the first time. I walked up to it, laid my hands on that goes from her doorstep, down to our barn, through the creek it and closed my eyes. I have NEVER felt such powerful energy bed and up a gorgeous mountain trail, where we have 360 degree in my life. I wish I could ask my mom if what she used to feel was views of the Santa Ynez Valley and then back down through our what I’m feeling now. It must be, and it must be why she was able barn and back up to her house. She did that walk for years and also to make it up that mountain when she was sick to see the beautiful religiously through her first cancer treatment 10 years ago. It didn’t view. matter if she had terrible side effects from the chemo, the radiation or the surgery, she would put one step in front of the other and walk I want to thank Evie for pushing me to get out of my comfort zone. her walk up that mountain. It was then that I noticed for the first And I want to thank my sweet mom for still guiding me now, and time my mom’s unbelievable mental strength. She believed in mind showing me how to put one step in front of the other to conquer over body and proved it more recently again and again. the mountain.

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Janina Merz is the owner and manager of Om El Arab, one of the world’s foremost breeding programs for Arabian horses. She lives on the farm in Santa Ynez, CA with son, Luca Merz-Bass, and partner Bryon Bass. “Perspectives” is a platform for her thoughts on her horses, travels, Luca and a life in transition.


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T he 2016 D arl e y a warDs I n h ol ly wooD —New Heights by Evie Tubbs Sweeney

If Arabian racing is a lifestyle, the Darley Awards are its yacht party. And what better place to have a three-day extravaganza than Hollywood, whose entertainment excellence exudes from every street corner, every sip of velvet wine, every star on Hollywood Boulevard, every sparkling pink sunset. With a massive rebirth to Arabian racing in the United States—already huge in Europe and the Middle East—thanks in large part to supporters like HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed, the sport is reaching new heights, and this year’s Darley Awards proved it. The weekend of April 1st-3rd began with the Darley Awards ceremony, a black-tie affaire at the historic Dolby Theatre, which hosted the Academy Awards just four weeks prior and was preparing to host the finale of American Idol one week later. A noexpense-spared red carpet experience awaited nearly 1,000 Darley guests amidst crowds of onlookers, gawking in amazement at the festivities and global audience representing virtually every continent, drawn together by Arabian horse racing. A total of thirty nominees were put forward by the Arabian Racing Cup voting committee, and in the Dolby Theatre, ten were crowned 2015 Darley Champions: Darley Champion 3-Year-Old Colt: Easter Man Darley Champion 3-Year-Old Filly: Jewell AA Darley Champion 4-Year-Old Colt: Paddys Day Darley Champion 4-Year-Old Filly: RB Frynch Broad Darley Champion Older Horse: So Big Is Better Darley Champion Older Mare: DC Willys Song Darley Jockey of the Year: Kelsi Purcell Darley Trainer of the Year: Lynn Ashby Darley Owner of the Year: Joe & Betty Gillis Darley Breeder of the Year: Joe & Betty Gillis Darley Horse Of The Year: Paddys Day A HT A BROA D

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DARLEY AWARDS Racing in the name of Quarter Moon Ranch LLC, Paddys Day was trained by Scott Powell and ridden by Kelsi Purcell. The bay colt won the $150,000 HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Triple Jewel, in addition to 8 out of 11 starts (7 stakes races), and 2015 earnings of over $124,000. He was bred in Texas by Jane Teutsch, and is planned to assume an active 2016 campaign as well. The activities continued with a new addition to the Darley weekend, The $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park, the historic racetrack that has seen the likes of Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Man-O-War, Zenyatta, and many others, and is widely considered the West Coast powerhouse of Thoroughbred racing. Darley Award guests received star treatment in the track’s Chandelier Room, as they enjoyed food, drinks, music, and an exciting day of racing that ended with the featured Arabian race to wrap up the card. And what an ending it was! Recently crowned Horse of the Year Paddys Day dueled with longshot Thess is Awesome (42-1) on a dramatic homestretch duel where Thess is Awesome pulled away and won by a head. The crowds loved it, and showed it in their betting activity, as the race handled over $700,000.00, making it one of the best-handled races of the day. So impressed were the management of Santa Anita with the whole affair—the race, the horses, the people, and the betting handle—that they brought the entire executive management team to the Darley Award Gala Dinner on Sunday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Also in attendance were Thoroughbred racing royalty who came to support this newfound relationship between Arabian racing and Santa Anita Park, including, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith (jockey to Zenyatta), Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza (jockey to California Chrome and American Pharoah), and Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale. Keith Brackpool, Chairman of Santa Anita Park, even bought two breedings in the Arabian Racing Cup Live Stallion Auction that evening. “We sincerely haven’t had this much fun in a very long time,” said Brackpool as he addressed the audience that evening. He then proceeded to present a California State Senate Letter of Commendation in honor of the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes at Santa Anita. It was a pivotal moment for Arabian racing in the United States, and one that cannot be overestimated. Between the generous support of those like HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, partnerships with tracks like Santa Anita Park, and growing awareness and participation from individuals in the epicenter of the racing community, the 2016 Darley Awards in Hollywood will go down as being a pivotal year in the massive expanse of Arabian racing, and in the highest fashion possible, of course! n

 Evie Tubbs Sweeney is owner of Evie Inc. Social & Digital Media ((www.EvieInc.net) for the Arabian horse industry, and is a longtime enthusiast of Arabian racing. She resides in Santa Ynez, CA.

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Most unique Stallion Collection on Earth Gazal Al Shaqab

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Open House

Three decades of effort, accomplishment and love of the Arabian horse Text by DOUG DAHMEN

La Movida’s 2016 Open House brought into focus three decades of effort, accomplishment and very evident love of the Arabian horse. Having known Ferdinand and Gerlinde for 25 years, and it is no surprise to me that La Movida has become, in my opinion, one of the truly great breeding establishments in the world.

The very predominant presence and blending of the great stallions Ali Jamaal and El Shaklan is easily recognizable. The further use of Al Hadiyyah, WH Justice, Gazal Al Shaqab, Marwan Al Shaqab, El Perfecto, and now Maktub, has produced some of the very best examples of these sires.

Regine El Jyar

Jyar Meia Lua x Rihanna El Hadiyah © Ferdinand Huemer

Anyone who knows Ferdinand realizes he is a brilliant, energetic, creative and artistic man. His passion and quest to breed Arabians has resulted in what is now recognizable as a «La Movida» Arabian. Ferdinand›s acquisition, breeding, and selection have insured a consistency of type and structure even in the differing bloodlines used.

The show ring has never been Ferdinand›s measure of his own success. His personal requirements exceed it. In fact, most of La Movida’s horses have never been to a show and it is likely that most in the future never will either.

© Ferdinand Huemer

© Jeff Wallace

So, in order to see the results being achieved in Krenglbach, the good students of the Arabian horse will need to visit La Movida.

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RFI Maktub x Jiullya El Jamaal

Mara El Jyar

Jyar Meia Lua x ZT Marwdusa

Regine El Jyar

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Rihanna El Hadiyah

Al Hadiyah AA x Reza El Bri

Sadunga El Marwteyn ZT Marwteyn x LM Sadunga

Lilyh El Justice

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WH Justice x Lara El Ludjin

Donna El Maktub

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RFI Maktub x Pandora El Jamaal

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Mediterranean &Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship June 4-5, 2016 •Menton, France Photos by Jan Kan and Arabian Horse Times

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SENIOR STALLIONS

Gold Champion EKS ALIHANDRO

(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) B: Elkasun Arabians (KSA) O: Athbah Stud (KSA)

Silver Bronze

SHANGHAI EA (WH Justice x Salymah) B: Equus Arabians (ES) O: Ajman Stud (AE)

IM BAYARD CATHARE (Padrons Immage x Shamilah Bagheera) B: Roques Richard (FR) O: Royal Cavalry of Oman (OM)

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JUNIOR COLTS

Gold Champion

GALLARDO J (Emerald J x Gomera J) B: Jadem Arabians (BE) O: Ajman Stud (AE)

Silver Bronze

LUIGI (Kanz Albidayer x Lolita) B: D. Saelens (BE) O: Al Shahania Stud (QA)

GHAZWAN ALJASSIMYA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Athina El Jamaal) B/O: Aljassimya Farm (QA)

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YEARLING COLTS

Gold Champion

D SERAJ (FA El Rasheem x Ladi Veronika) B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE)

Silver Bronze

JAAL ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Annaiss) B/O: Aljassimya Farm (QA)

CYCLONE OS (RFI Farid x Inspired Najla) B/O: Gestut Osterhof (DE)

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SENIOR MARES

Gold Champion

ALJANA OS (Ajman Moniscione x Mikaella Pin) B: Gestut Osterhof (DE) O: Albaydaa Farm (EG)

Silver Bronze

WADAD ZAMANI (Laheeb x Zena Al Buraq) B: Al Kasabi Osman (IL) O: Hanaya Arabians (CH)

GHAZALAH ALAALYA (Monticeto LN x JMF Jezell) B: The Primavere Partnership (US) O: Al Aalya Stud (KSA)

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JUNIOR FILLIES

Gold Champion

ELLE FLAMENCA (Ajman Moniscione x Allamara MA) B: Markelle Arabians (US) O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE)

Silver Bronze

FARAH AL SHAQAB (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x SWF Valencia) B/O: Al Shaqab Stud (QA)

MAI ALJASSIMYA (FA El Rasheem x RP Miss Surprise) B/O: Aljassimya Farm (QA)

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YEARLING FILLIES

Gold Champion

D AJAYEB (RFI Farid x Ladi Veronika) B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE)

Silver Bronze

HDM MARIA APAL (RFI Farid x WW Imania-Apal) B: Mertens Eleonore (BE), O: Ajman Stud (AE)

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D JAWAHHER (FA El Rasheem x D Noor) B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE)

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Male Best in Show Female Best in Show

EKS ALIHANDRO (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) B: Elkasun Arabians (KSA), O: Athbah Stud (KSA)

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D AJAYEB (RFI Farid x Ladi Veronika) B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE)

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Belladonna

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A FILLY FOR THE AGES

by Dana Al-Meslemani

Belladonna AT (Wadee Al Shaqab x Om El Bellatrix) was born the night I arrived in Los Angeles, a few days before I was set to make my first trip to see the stunning Santa Ynez Valley where I would meet up with Sigi Siller (may she rest in peace) and Janina Merz, the breeders of Belladonna AT’s dam. At that point, I had only seen a couple of photos of Belladonna AT, but I was so excited to tell Sigi and Janina about her, because I just knew she was special! That’s why Hilke and I did not hesitate with naming her Belladonna, which means “beautiful woman” in Italian. She was a beautiful foal, but what is even more impressive is that she was beautiful in every stage

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of her growth. I kept waiting for her to go through that awkward pimples-and-braces phase (we all know what that stage of our lives is like) but she just blooms with every passing moment, mashallah. What is beauty without brains? She is intelligent and has the personality of my beloved golden retriever. She is extremely willing and kind, and this sweet filly will nuzzle up to you and show you unwavering affection.  Belladonna AT gave us our first gold medal at the Qatar International Arabian Horse Show, and as a Qatari stud farm, we could not have been any prouder! The fact that she was a

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homebred filly, made that moment taste even sweeter. This “beautiful woman” is not beautiful by chance (although luck does have a lot to do with it), her outer allure is supported by an equally attractive pedigree. I first laid eyes on Wadee Al Shaqab during a trip to Al Shaqab Stud in early 2014. After seeing him and some of his foals, I was immediately convinced of using him during that breeding season. I got a better look at him at that year’s Qatar International Arabian Horse Show, and the moment I saw him enter the arena, I had the thought of breeding him with Om El Bellatrix. A little bit over a year later, a little Belladonna was born!  Om El Bellatrix is linebred to the legendary mare Estopa, and therefore, gave Belladonna AT four crosses to her. Two of those stem from her distinguished son El Shaklan. The others come from her daughters Om El Shaina and Om El Beneera, the latter of which is found in Belladonna AT’s tail-female line. Om El Bellatrix’s pedigree is also sprinkled with Egyptian blood, not just from Shaker El Masri and Hadban Enzahi, but also

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through BB Thee Renegade, who contributes the blood of the celebrated stallion Thee Desperado, as well as the American Triple Crown winner and World Champion Stallion, Simeon Shai. On the other side of Belladonna AT’s pedigree, through Wadee Al Shaqab, is another splash of Egyptian breeding by way of Gazal Al Shaqab’s sire, Anaza El Farid. Wadee Al Shaqab bestows upon Belladonna AT a linebreeding of the famed Polish stallion Bask (nine crosses) and his distinguished grandson, Bey Shah (three crosses). This amalgamation and union of Arabian Spanish, Egyptian and Polish blood is what created Belladonna AT (with a spritz of pixie dust, of course).  Belladonna AT has left her home country of Qatar and is currently living at Obi Training Center in Belgium. Although I miss seeing her at the farm on a regular basis, I cannot wait to see her in the show rings of Europe. She has already done Al Thumama Stud so proud, so whatever else she manages to accomplish (whether it is in the show ring or breeding barn) will just be icing on the cake! 

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A Abel Family, The ....................................................................................................................................74, 75 Ajman Stud .........................................................................................................................................170-IBC Al Baydaa Stud.........................................................................................................................................FC-7 Al Nasser Stud ........................................................................................................................................12, 13 Al Rayyan ...............................................................................................................................................52, 53 Al Sayed Stud .................................................................................................................................................9 Al Shaqab ............................................................................................................................................... 16-19 Al Thumama Stud ........................................................................................................................... 41-45, BC Alfabia Stud..................................................................................................................................................56 Aljassimya Farm .......................................................................................................................................... 11 Athbah Stud ............................................................................................................................................ 81-85 C Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc. ....................................................................................................................76, 77 Coleal Arabian Horse Farm ...................................................................................................................86, 87 G Giacomo Capacci Arabians ..................................................................................................... 81-85, 111-120 H Hanaya Arabian Stud ..................................................................................................................14, 15, 47-51 Henrike Hormann Photography-Design ......................................................................................................88 J Jacobs, Glenn & Greseldis ..................................................................................................................... 20, 21 Jadem Arabians ......................................................................................................................................22, 23 L Le Soleil Stud...............................................................................................................................................46 M Midwest Training Centre & Breeding Station ....................................................................... 74, 75, 143-150 N NAHF Arab Horse Show 2016 ..................................................................................................................142 P Privilege Arabians ................................................................................................................. IFC-5, 140, 141 S Sax Arabians – Germany ...................................................................................................................106, 107 Schoukens Training Center ............................................................................................................................9 T The Arabian Horse Global Network ......................................................................................................78, 79

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