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The Transformation Of The Arabian Peninsula: Birthplace Of The Arabian Horse by Theresa Cardamone

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Kahil Al Shaqab—The Third Dynasty

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The Magic Of Mozn

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Paris 2015 … The City Of Light Burns Ever Bright

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Women Around The World: Dawn Martin

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Resident Trainers Of The Middle East: Barry Shepherd

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Brazilian Nationals 2015

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Presenting The Personalities: Hendrik Mens

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Giacomo Capacci Arabians—A Celebration Of Ten

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The Global Perspective: Rebecca Wenden

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FROM THE PUBLISHER Dear Fellow Arabian Enthusiasts, I am a lucky man. I can count myself as one of the few that is truly living his dream. About a year ago, an idea began to germinate within me that, in collaboration with Arabian Horse Times Publisher Lara Ames, has now come to fruition with the establishment of this brand new publication, Arabian Horse Times Abroad. As someone who has been intrigued with the globalization of the world on every level, I have followed with keen interest the steady migration of superior horses from America and Europe back to their roots in the Middle East over the last 15 years. While running The Jeff Wallace Company, I studied the breeding programs and their focused bloodlines from the periphery of the industry, poring through the websites that transported me far from my desk in America, and were a huge asset in keeping me current with the breed. Through the many phone calls that ensued, I began to make many new friends. Owner / CEO Lara Ames Publisher Jeff Wallace AHT Abroad Representative Mieke Opsteyn AHT Abroad Designers Elisa Grassi Gregor Aymar Associate Director of International Relations Theresa Cardamone Production Manager Jody Thompson Senior Designer Marketing Director Wayne Anderson Editorial Coordinator/Proofreader Charlene Deyle AHT Advertising Account Executive Tony Bergren Multimedia Director and Photojournalist Riyan Rivero

Over the last two years as Creative Director of Arabian Horse Times, I yearned to expand our coverage in the international arena to promote a deeper understanding among horsemen around the globe. I proposed to Lara that we take Arabian Horse Times “On the Road” on an exploratory Summer Tour, which was an incredible success. The welcome that I received warms my heart still. The fantastic people, superior shows, and great horses that I met, led me to vow that I would find a way to give back to them, provide more for them. Through Arabian Horse Times Abroad, I am keeping that promise. Lara’s support and encouragement were and are simply amazing. She gave me a free rein to create this new avenue that will further our mission. Since Arabian Horse Times is based in and focused on America, this new publication will be focused on Europe and the Middle East, although neither magazine will be exclusive of the other. Most issues will be published to coincide with major shows, beginning with the launch of this inaugural issue in Dubai, featuring the horses and people of the Middle East. Next up will be the Menton issue in June, followed by a July edition that will feature the summer shows. In August, the spotlight will be on international breeders and in September, Arabian Horse Times Abroad will grace the tables of Aachen. Our final edition in 2016 will be unveiled in Paris in November. Each issue will include an abundance of amazing and diverse editorial. While other breed magazines might shy away from so much, we embrace it as a means to give back to the industry as a whole and, of course, to our supporters and general readership. We feel our helping to bring the opportunity of

Contributing Writer Anne Stratton

increased knowledge through intelligent and artful interviews, stories, and special focus pieces is so

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Sales Assistant Rachel Ginter Accounts Receivable Deb Trebesch © Copyright AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Articles or opinions published by the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times are not necessarily the expressed views of the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times is not responsible for the accuracy of advertising content or manipulation of images that are provided by the advertiser.

important—not just pages and pages of advertisements. Content will be written by staff writer Theresa designers will be supplemented by outside design talent. Please share in the freshness of this idea and get excited with us as we make a now global Arabian breed better and better, step by step. Please contact Mieke Opsteyn in Belgium, +32 475 28 71 65, mieke@ahtimes.com, and/or myself, +1 323 547 4116, jeff@ahtimes.com, to reserve your advertising space now. Welcome Abroad!

Jeff Wallace Publisher

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It’s gratifying to look around and see so many familiar faces and new ones. That’s a pleasing welcome to an event I know is going to be great. The world of Arabian Horses is an exciting field to work all together, and we’ll continue to meet and bring inspired people in event like this, to ensure the development and the promotion of Arabian Horse all over the world... Irina Stigler.

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A Promise Fulfilled

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2015 BRAZILIAN NATIONAL SUPREME GOLD CHAMPION JUNIOR FILLY by Mario Braga It is every breeder’s dream to see a promising, great colt with a royal pedigree live up to its highest expectations and become a world quality sire. However, more often than not, the reality differs.

of Fazenda e Haras Floresta in São Paulo, Brazil, Luciana Fasano is no stranger to the winner’s circle. The farm is also home to some other impressive National Champions including Eccentric Valentino, LLC Fasario and the straight Egyptian Al Hadiyah AA.

History shows that it is almost impossible to have it all in one piece, without any “ifs” on the side. Time proves to be ruthless with those who cannot endure its many tests, for only the very few are destined to the top.

At the 2015 Brazilian Nationals, notably one of the toughest show arenas in the world, AAS Elishahh’s offspring proved their sire’s ability by collecting a number of champion titles. Their wins include National Gold Champion Junior Filly with FHJ Vania, bred and owned by Haras Jacovas, and National Bronze Champion Filly with Only Serondella, bred and owned by Haras Serondella, among others.

Some wise breeders might even say that after their homework is properly completed, all one has left to do is to wait and hope for fortune’s visit.

This is the story of a young bay stallion that has crossed the narrow bridge that separates greatness from the rest and has done it all: from winning multiple champion titles, including U.S. National Champion twice; and displaying a truly extraordinary pedigree, to having a global appeal in terms of type and, most importantly, become a sire of national champions. His name is AAS Elishahh.

In terms of lineage, AAS Elishahh represents the fifth consecutive generation of national champion stallions that include his sire Eden C, his grandsire Enzo, his great grandsire Padrons Psyche and his great great grandsire Padron. The maternal heritage is equally impressive since his mother is by the renowned stallion Versace out of one of Ali Jamaal’s finest daughters, Tulle el Jamaal, herself a U.S. Reserve National Champion Mare.

Though relatively new to Arabian horses, Luciana Fasano’s keen eye for quality proved to be right when she made the decision to purchase the handsome AAS Elishahh early on in his life. Owner

The future looks bright for AAS Elishahh. He will be standing in Europe for the breeding season in 2016 at Jadem Arabians in Belgium, thus fulfilling his promise on a truly global scale.

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Perfectly Presented

A M IDW ES T PRODUC TION by T heresa

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As David Boggs took the podium, the attentive guests basked in their seats in the desert sunshine, eager for the show to begin. His well-chosen words made all feel both welcome and well informed, an indication that he had plenty of experience at being the consummate host. Over the years, Boggs has crafted the Midwest Arabian presentation into such an amazing event that it is the “must see” stop on nearly every visitor’s checklist. That popularity was vividly illustrated during the annual Arabian Farm Tours that attracted throngs of Arabian enthusiasts to Scottsdale from all over the world on the first weekend of the year. More than 40 years ago, a young David began coming to Scottsdale, where he learned the art of marketing the Arabian horse from the brilliant giants of that era. Lasma Arabians, under the keen leadership of Gene LaCroix, Jr., was poised to spearhead the transformation of the Arabian business from a loosely networked, largely “gentleman’s farm” business model, into a thriving international industry. Over the next decade, Scottsdale became the hub of the Arabian hierarchy in America, with prominent breeding and training farms building extravagant centers to stage sales and promotional events that drew enthusiasts from all over the world. And David Boggs was there to ride the crest of that tsunami-like wave, soaking in each experience until he could “hang ten” with the best of them. It was a near-mythical time of lavish, celebrity-rich audiences and record-breaking auction prices. Through his close connections with Scottsdale legend Tom Chauncey, David had a ringside seat and a backstage pass that provided opportunities for him to absorb every detail of what it took to create and maintain such a fertile environment to showcase the Arabian horse. He could take advantage of unique moments, such as the spontaneous offer by Howie Kale that allowed David the direct experience of presenting the magnificent Russian-bred Muscat in a beautifully landscaped setting, to a throng of avid fans, and could feel the wisdom of bringing out the superstars in addition to the sale horses. He noted the skyrocketing market for

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horses bred outside of America and the passion of international breeders who came to Scottsdale to supplement their breeding programs. David filed away each valuable lesson and began to adapt them to his own burgeoning business at Midwest Training Centre in Minnesota. Today, Scottsdale continues to thrive as the magnet for domestic breeders, with an

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increased, tractor-beam pull that now draws many international entities to establish satellite farms in Arizona. Still riding the crest of the wave thirty years later, David Boggs now has Midwest Training and Breeding Centres in both his home state and on Cactus Road in Scottsdale. His barns are full of the finest horses bred by the finest breeders from all corners of the world: Brazil and Belgium, Argentina and Australia, Saudi Arabia and Sharjah, Israel and Qatar, the United States of America ... and the list goes on. His success is a testament to his ability to assimilate all of what he has learned over the years and apply it with precision. Complimentary to the leadership of David Boggs, the continuity of success at Midwest is in large part due to the longevity of many of the key employees there. Most of them have worked at Midwest for long periods of time; some have even raised families during their tenures. That kind of stability in the ranks is a testament to the way that his staff and his clients feel about David and the level of respect and support they receive from him in return. They match his own dedication, tenacity, and passion for the Arabian horse. Together, they have provided a determined, focused, and united front that has ridden the highs and lows that are a part of this industry. That culture of stability translates into a well-seasoned team that knows exactly how to work behind the scenes to make an extremely complex event seem effortless to the audience. The Lasma Sales Center was state of the art in the 1980’s, and the auctions that took place there were true spectacles. The horses could be shown to their best advantage on a stage that stretched across the theatre either in-hand, under saddle, or at liberty. At Midwest, Boggs constructed the presentation area to provide the optimum staging, with an elevated “runway� where the horses could move freely, and a ground-level track that gave visitors the opportunity to be up close and personal with horses that many of them had been following from afar. Being able to touch a great horse or offer a carrot to an equine hero is the kind of special touch that may mean the difference when it comes to moving forward with a potential client.

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Correspondent Ally Nelson conducted interviews with some of the visitors, creating a true “red carpet” feel that added to the fun. Everyone was treated to a delicious luncheon, with the perfect music piped into the area. The air crackled with the cheery flames of the fire pit at the edge of the crowd. Nothing was left to chance. The presentation opened with young Jake Boggs leading his adorable miniature mare and foal. The tiny piebald beauties delighted the audience and set the mood for the next two hours. An overwhelming parade of world famous mares provided eye candy for all and included the reigning United States National Champion Mare, RH Triana. The exotically elegant “Black Swan” wowed the crowd with her poised and powerful perfection. Equally beautiful was the “White Swan” from Poland, Perfirka, who won the Gold Champion Mare crown at the 2015 Arabian National Breeder Finals with David Boggs for Cedar Ridge Arabians as the first step in her blossoming American show career. For

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the crowd, the effect was as powerful as that of seeing NH Love Potion or Penicylina on the Lasma stage. The mares provided an opening battery of horsepower that left the visitors hyped up and ready to see what came next. In homage to what David had learned from the past, the order of presentation was carefully planned to start with a bang and then build to a closing crescendo. Guests were not disappointed when it was the stallions’ turn to dazzle them. They were delighted to see the elegantly refined 2008 U.S. National Champion Stallion LD Pistal, who had been out of the public eye for several years. His near perfect silhouette belies his 16 years of age. In contrast, 2014 U.S. National Champion Yearling Colt Conquest BR represented the younger generation with aplomb. Recent import Baha AA is an extremely typey international champion bred in Israel by Ariela Arabians. He has caused quite a stir due to his exotic beauty, and won a host of new fans. It takes a true maestro to bring a presentation of the depth and scope offered that sunny winter’s day to an earth-shattering climax. David Boggs decided to close the show with the first American public appearance of the hottest stallion on Earth, the multi-World Champion Kahil Al Shaqab. He is one of many irreplaceable horses entrusted to Midwest by Al Shaqab Stud, now the breeder of four generations of World Champions. Arguably their best, Kahil has come to the United States under the exclusive management of Midwest. The sight of David and Kahil is sure to become as iconic a memory for the Arabian public as that of a curly haired young Boggs with his beloved Padron. Suffice to say, as a closing act, Kahil Al Shaqab was a smash!

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The whole event was a shining example of well over 30 years of astonishing marketing success conducted with a committed, laser focus that is still going strong. It was a testament to the hard work it takes to accomplish things in life, whether on stage or behind the scenes of “the beautiful event of the day.� It was an assimilation of the wisdom and inspiration of the past with the advantages and opportunities of the present. It was a model of excellence that savvy horsemen are adapting the world over to improve the Arabian experience for all on a global level.

David Boggs and *Kahil Al Shaqab

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the New Generation A CELEBRATION OF

FARAH AL SHAQAB (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x SWF Valencia) 2013 Filly

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HALIMAS JADDANI (Jadaan Al Shaqab x Halimas Suddani) 2013 straight Egyptian filly Bred by Forest Hill Stud Owned by Al Shaqab

Jadaan Al Shaqab Fahroud Al Shaqab

TIBRAH AL SHAQAB (Farhoud Al Shaqab x Twom Hiddiyya) 2012 straight Egyptian mare

BURZA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Bursa) 2013 Filly Bred by Janow Podlaski State Stud Owned by Al Shaqab

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the New Generation A CELEBRATION OF

JJ DOMYLA (Faraa Al Shaqab x JJ Dominique) 2013 filly Bred by Haras Mayed. Owned by Al Shaqab

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Fadi Al Shaqab AL FARIDA AL SHAQAB (Fadi Al Shaqab x Alyesha Al Nasser) 2013 Filly

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MASROURA AL SHAQAB (Wadee Al Shaqab x Shahirat Al Shaqab) 2014 Filly

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Three generations: Ali Saroukh, three daughters and a grandson

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Over the past 25 years, we have created generations of Arabian horse families that are successful all over the world in multiple disciplines. Quality, beauty, and ahtleticism, coupled with great minds are the goals of our breeding program. We cherish the unique traits that the Straight Egyptian Arabian embodies and being a part of the centuries old breeding continuum; it is our legacy to perpetuate this “Breed within the Breed�.

Haalani SMF

Bint Bint Sayo & Sheikh Sayeed SMF

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Three generations: Majestic Noble SMF, a son, grandson & granddaughter

Through selective breeding, we have created a herd of Straight Egyptian stallions and mares that consistently produce superior quality, type, and the traits we value. We proudly offer breeders the opportunity to share in our success. This is your chance to own a piece of history and build upon this foundation for your own success.

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Thriving In A Globalized Industry by JEFF WALLACE and THERESA CARDAMONE

We sat down with Midwest Training and Breeding Stations founder David Boggs to find out what has kept Midwest on the cutting edge of the Arabian Market for decades.

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For over 30 years, Midwest Training and Breeding Stations have set the pace for marketing the world’s finest Arabian horses. According to Midwest founder David Boggs, the formula is simple. “Surround yourself with the very best horses, prepare and condition them in the very best way, and give people a reason to come visit Midwest,” he professes. There are two crucial and constant elements to his continued success. First, high quality horses are the basic ingredients that never change. Second, the celebrated atmosphere of family, fellowship, and fun that truly identifies Team Midwest is carefully cultivated in ways that can nurture some clients for decades while still drawing in fresh new faces. Boggs explains, “We’ve always had presentations of our horses and open houses where people feel welcome. They bring true passion for the horses and are excited and proud to be part of the breed and to be sharing the experience. That puts the pressure on us to fulfill their expectations when they see their first Midwest horse …, we deliver the quality that we promise.” And deliver they do. Horses at Midwest are hand picked, one by one, from every corner of the globe. “We negotiate, sometimes very strongly and diligently, just to acquire them, to gather them together here

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The recent Midwest event on the annual Scottsdale Farm Tour is the perfect example of their successful style of marketing. The 650 visitors were all treated as special guests, enjoyed lunch, and were shown 40 of the most spectacular horses on earth in just under two hours. More than 50 business cards left by enthusiastic potential clients will be used to diligently follow up to provide further information and set up appointments to meet the horses up close and personal. Discerning each person’s unique needs is crucial as some may be breeders collecting certain pedigrees, while some want to buy a show horse just for fun. At Midwest, managing the follow-up means individual personal contact from Boggs or his assistant Nate White whenever there is an inquiry. Most of the prospective and existing clients are totally un-like-minded people from all different businesses, ages, and facets of life. The only passion that they share, their common bond, is their love of Arabian horses and how much they enjoy them. “Most people have ‘real jobs’ and purchase horses with disposable income,” David explained. “When they are around the horses, they love to enjoy the atmosphere, the fun, and the fellowship of Midwest. I would say for 80% of our clients, that’s why they’re in it, for that fellowship and fun and the lifestyle it offers them, and for 20% it’s the showing. Horse shows are nerve-wracking, there’s a lot of stress, and it’s a very competitive environment. It’s really nice to get back to the farm, put your blue jeans on, and just hang out together and enjoy the horses with friends.” The thrill of competition gives way to a convivial atmosphere of satisfaction. “We like to do things with the families, BBQs, afternoon socials, and bonfires in the evening. We present horses under the lights. These things are just for fun and people enjoy them together. We go through 100 pounds of carrots every week, because for most Midwest owners, it’s a hands-on thing. Continuing the education, discussing pedigrees, discussing the future plans for their horse, and enjoying it all over a coffee or a cocktail makes it something fun. It’s a relaxing atmosphere.” Midwest manages to maintain the strong in-person camaraderie that people are drawn to while embracing change by increasing access to their sales list to qualified buyers in the global market. Boggs considers

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technology to be a great blessing to the marketing of the Arabian horse. Today, a high percentage of the horses that Midwest sells are marketed online, to foreign buyers in particular. They can look at a horse’s videos, vet reports, radiographs, and other documents upon request, online. Increased access seems to be helping the industry as a whole and continues to shape the breed. “The European/Middle East market is becoming bigger and bigger each year and the style of horse we love in the United States is closer now to the style of horse they love in Europe,” he related. “It’s really become a global enterprise where we’re sharing horses from different countries. Take for example, a horse like *Kahil Al Shaqab, who was a World Champion Stallion in Paris, stood for breeding in Europe, and has just arrived at Midwest. He is now in the U.S. market and is very popular. Or the noted *Hariry Al Shaqab who won every major title there was to win at the United States Nationals, Scottsdale, and Las Vegas World Cup before he went back to Europe and was recently named the World Champion Stallion in Paris. A globalized industry makes it easier to share horses and share bloodlines.”

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Maintaining the Midwest website is critical to keep information current for all. But Midwest also believes in the power of print in journals like Arabian Horse Times. To David, exposure is critical. “We update our website and ads all the time so that the industry, the local community, and the world know that we have fine animals available for sale. Sometimes a horse is there for a day and it sells, and there are some that have been here a year and have not sold. So, I don’t think there’s a crystal ball.” According to David, the easiest horses to market are the best up-and-coming yearling fillies and colts in the months leading up to the Scottsdale and Las Vegas World Cup shows. The classes swell to 60-100 fillies vying for the prestigious win and in some cases, great prize money in the Signature and Auction programs. This opens the door to a hot secondary market of the very finest yearlings, many of which are sold on speculation. “They may sell one, or two, or three times prior to the gate opening, so the market for those young babies is always strong,” David says. Hence the never-ending search for the next great offering. “When it gets to late summer or fall, we’re already traveling the globe lining up the Scottsdale yearlings” he continues. “Currently at Midwest, we probably have 20 to 25 spectacular individuals of various bloodlines of that age.” There are many factors at play that determine how long it will take to prepare each horse for sale. Because the horses arrive in various degrees of condition, each timeline is variable. And the price will be set based upon the horse in ultimate condition. The biggest single factor in determining value of any horse is quality. Boggs explains, “A high quality horse always attracts interest. If you want to ask a reasonable price, you have to have that horse in top condition and it has to learn how to be presented. It takes time to condition and prepare. You don’t put a house on the market without first grooming the landscaping or giving it a paint job. The horse, too, will have to be prepared for marketing.” Another huge submarket for Midwest has always included the management of breeding stallions. Whether marketing multi-million dollar superstars like *Padron, Bey Shah+, Fame VF, Magnum Psyche,

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DA Valentino, *Pogrom, and Baahir El Marwan, or marketing huge amounts of breeding income from today’s giants: *Kahil Al Shaqab, * Baha AA, *Hariry Al Shaqab, Vitorio TO, Aria Impresario, and Conquest BR, great breeding stallions are great for business. Boggs and his team take his position as breeder very seriously. “I think that Midwest is probably the largest breeding station in the world today,” he remarked. “If you add up the satellites and the frozen semen stations for marketing semen abroad, as well as what we breed and ship out of the United States here, Midwest is high on the list. This is a really wonderful thing and a great opportunity for the stallions. Before Vitorio TO went to Michalów State Stud in Poland, he had the opportunity to breed one hundred and fifty plus mares here in the United States, and then at the State Stud Farm in Poland, he had the opportunity to cover many of the most beautiful Polish mares at Michalów over the last two years. This has given Vitorio a tremendous boost now, returning to the Unites States and going into the 2016-breeding season.” Easy shipment of semen makes the stallions more valuable, because they are more accessible to people in all corners of the world. David thinks that it is necessary to shine a bigger spotlight on junior stallions and colts that need to be given a chance. “The senior stallions and top-producing stallions sell A HT A BROA D

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many, many, more breeding’s, making them even more valuable,” Boggs explains. “Sometimes it’s hard for a young colt to get his foot in the door. We give specials and introductory fees that are extremely reasonable, sometimes to the very, very best stallions. I remember when Magnum Psyche was a yearling; His introductory fee was $1,500 to allow more breeders an opportunity to use him. Now, his $10,000 breeding fee is one of the highest in the industry. Because his fee is higher, the number of mares bred is fewer, but he’s earned that status. At 20 years old, instead of breeding huge volumes, he’s breeding very special and select mares like World Champion Kwestura … he’s going to breed some of the top mares throughout the world.” David and his team at Midwest remain vigilant about orchestrating what comes next in their marketing strategy. The incredible success and spread of the top sire lines Midwest has promoted prompts them to look for a next step. David’s beloved *Padron founded an entire dynasty whose blood is so prevalent; it appears in a huge percentage of today’s pedigrees. For Boggs, that is cause for the next adventure, finding the perfect outcross. “We are excited about *Kahil Al Shaqab and also *Baha AA, both of whom are a complete outcross with no Padron blood, and it makes them extremely popular. *Kahil has six crosses to the immortal *Bask. It’s such an honor, and you feel the presence of his grandsires

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THE THIRD DYNASTY By Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

There are few Arabian stallions who can be said to have “founded a dynasty” of their own. Fewer still are those who can take the already great legacy of their foundation and elevate it to new dynastic heights in the span of a single generation. World Champion Kahil Al Shaqab is among the rarest of the rare … a stallion that is creating a Third Dynasty, which is on a trajectory to equal those of his legendary forefathers.

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Kahil’s dynasty builds on that of his grandsire, 2001 World Champion Stallion Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora, by Kaborr) the first in a now impressive list of world champions bred by Al ShaqabMember of Qatar Foundation. Gazal’s influence as a sire stretches around the globe, creating the First Dynasty for Al Shaqab. Kahil Al Shaqab’s sire, Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame, by Fame VF) was the 2001 World Champion Yearling Colt the same year that his own sire Gazal Al Shaqab won the stallion championship. The generations were already interweaving in a stunning tapestry of excellence. Marwan Al Shaqab added the 2002 World Champion Junior Colt award to his record, then brought home his third world championship in 2008 when he was named World Champion Stallion. At the same show, Marwan gave notice that his own dynasty was now taking root, by earning the Leading Sire award for the second year in a row. Marwan continued that string of World Championship Leading Sire honors for an incredible eight straight years. Kahil Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl, by Mishaah) exemplifies the finest qualities of the Al Shaqab Arabian. Foaled in 2008, the dynamic bay has it all … near-perfect phenotype and the ability to both reproduce and even out produce himself in creating an unprecedented Third Dynasty for Al Shaqab. Named World Gold Champion Junior Colt in Paris in 2011 and World Gold Champion Stallion in 2014, Kahil Al Shaqab has already achieved the remarkable feat of siring at least one world champion for each of the last three years, against the finest competitors on the planet. They include the 2015 World Gold Champion Junior Stallion Morion (x Mesalina, by Ekstern) bred by Michalów State Stud, Poland,

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and on lease to Al Thumama Stud. Morion was the clear winner in a very competitive field, splendidly shown by Tom Oben, with five of the eight international judges placing him as their top selection. Morion had served notice the previous year, when he shared the spotlight with his sire while winning the 2014 World Silver Champion Yearling Colt title in Paris. Morion was Polish National Champion Junior Colt earlier in the 2014 season. Kahil Al Shaqab also shared the 2014 Parisian show ring spotlight with his breathtaking daughter Pustynia Kahila (x Pustynna Malwa, by Ekstern), bred and owned by Michalów State Stud, who was named World Gold Champion Yearling Filly. For Kahil, that triumph endorsed the earlier selection of his daughter Minwah (x LC Primavera, by Padrons Psyche),bred by Mohammed Al Sulaiti and owned by Aljassimya Stud, as 2013 World Gold Champion Yearling Filly. With a powerful family dynasty reminiscent of those found at the State Stud Farms in Poland, the maternal side of Kahil Al Shaqab’s pedigree has the genetic power to balance the nearly overwhelming quality of the male line. Those Polish families, like this one, are built on the strength of the dam line and its ability to support the contributions of the sire. Kahil Al Shaqab’s full siblings, Wadee Al Shaqab and Sultanat Al Shaqab are further proof of the prepotency of their bloodlines. Sultanat Al Shaqab recently won the title of 2015 World Silver Champion Yearling Filly, after previously earning the gold championship for yearling fillies in Menton, where her exquisite half-sister D Shireen (x Magic Mon Amour, by Windsprees Mirage) bred and owned by Dubai Stud, was the Silver Champion Yearling Filly. Sultanat began the year by winning the Gold Champion Yearling Filly honors at the Qatar International show by unanimous decision of the judges. Kahil’s brother Wadee Al Shaqab has earned many honors, including 2012 World Gold Champion Colt, 2012 Menton Gold Champion Colt and 2014 Qatar International Gold Champion Stallion. Kahil Al Shaqab spent the 2012 and 2013 breeding seasons on lease to Poland, breeding the finest mares of Janów Podlaski and Michalów. The Polish breeding programs rarely lease outside stallions. It is a testament to their confidence in Kahil Al Shaqab’s quality and ability as a sire that they bred so many of their finest mares to him. The foals that he sired in Poland will undoubtedly continue to add to the breeding program there for generations to come, planting the roots of Kahil Al Shaqab’s Third Dynasty

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firmly in Polish soil. The get of Kahil are often solid, dark bays with very little white, or silvery greys, who have the near prefect conformation and exuberant nature of their sire. Kahil Al Shaqab has seven crosses to *Bask++, including the jet-black *Bask++ daughter Balaquina through her black daughter OFW Balarina on his maternal dam line. He has crossed exceptionally well with mares descended from Monogramm, another stallion selected by the Poles and used to great effect. In particular, the daughters of Ekstern (Monogramm x Ernestyna, by *Piechur) have created a beautiful blend with Kahil, as proven by his World Champion offspring. Kahil has sired many other exceptional beauties such as 2015 European Gold Champion Yearling Filly Adelita (x Altamira, by Ekstern) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski. Kahil has also produced excellent foals with daughters of Ganges (Monogramm x Goronna, by *Fanatyk). Among the finest is Janów Podlaski’s 2014 Polish National Champion Junior Filly Al Jazeera (x Alhasa, by Ganges), who entranced the judges and crowd alike with her grace and charm. Al Jazeera continued to add to her honors with the 2015 Bialka Spring Show Gold Champion Junior Mare title and the 2015 Al Khalediah European Horse Festival Gold Champion Junior Mare award. The Kahil Al Shaqab son Paris (x Palmeta, by Ecaho) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski, was the 2015 European Bronze Champion Colt after being named the Gold Champion Junior Colt at the Bialka Spring Show and the 2015 Polish National Junior Champion Stallion. Such success as a sire is no accident. The team at Al Shaqab has spent the better part of two decades learning how to preserve the qualities that they prize in their horses. They have gotten to know the breeding philosophies of the most prominent stud farms in the world during extensive touring. Breeding and Show Manager Mohammed Al Sulaiti, Breeding Advisor/Straight Egyptian Specialist Abdullah Al Kuwari, Head of Business Operations Broderick Levens and the Al Shaqab team, hold a holistic view of the Arabian horse that tips the scale in their favor when compared to breeders worldwide. Not only are they concerned about

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the traits which can be visually measured against the breed standard, they are concerned with the intangible elements that separate world-class horses from the rest of the herd. The classic beauty that they possess is equally balanced with intelligence, kindness, trainability, and presence … that indefinable sense of self that cannot be trained into any horse. Kahil Al Shaqab breeds true to his heritage, which extends back through the studbooks of many nations including Brazil and the U.S., Egypt and Poland, Russia and England, all the way to the original desert horse first developed centuries ago by the Bedouins of Arabia and the Middle East. Kahil Al Shaqab continues his legacy with David Boggs and Team Midwest at Midwest Training and Breeding Stations

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in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kahil’s incredible show record and his emergence as a significant sire of champions have stimulated tremendous interest in him from American breeders, as well as from entities existing all over the globe. Kahil’s popularity was fanned by his first major win in 2009 as the Austrian International Gold Champion Colt in Wels by unanimous vote while a yearling. He has garnered legions of fans along the way. The following year, Kahil was the 2010 Qatar International Gold Champion Colt, adding a Silver Champion Colt title at the 2010 All Nations Cup in Aachen. Kahil Al Shaqab’s rare ability to completely captivate an audience is due in large part to his spirited presence. When Kahil enters the ring, he demands the undivided attention of every onlooker. His classic silhouette and fiery nature are tempered by his abundant intelligence and joy of life.

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His energy infects every audience, who in turn support him with exuberant enthusiasm. In some ways, Kahil Al Shaqab is an ambassador for the Al Shaqab vision of the Arabian ideal. As a three-year old, in 2011 Kahil was unstoppable as he began to grow into his full potential as a show horse. He was the Gold Champion Colt at the Al Khalediah International Arabian Horse Festival, the Qatar International Arabian Championships, and the Mediterranean & Arab Countries Championships in Menton, before his spectacular wins at the 2011 World Championships in Paris. Not only was Kahil Al Shaqab the World Gold Champion Junior Colt, he also won awards for Best Head and Highest Scoring Horse of the show. His 2014 World Gold Champion Stallion title rounded out Kahil’s international show record to date and elevated him into the very top percentage of the illustrious group who have achieved that honor. As Kahil Al Shaqab bounds out of the footsteps of his kingly ancestors and into the spotlights of Scottsdale, he will add another dimension of accomplishment to his blooming Third Dynasty not only for the benefit of Al Shaqab, but for the many Arabian breeders and enthusiasts all over the world who have enjoyed following him on his wild ride of success, just as they followed Marwan Al Shaqab and Gazal Al Shaqab before him. The torch has been passed, but the ride is far from over. With Kahil Al Shaqab, David Boggs and Scottsdale on the horizon, the fun has just begun.

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AL JAZEERA

PUSTYNA KAHILA

MORION

(Kahil Al Shaqab x Alhasa) 2013 Filly 2014 Polish National Junior Champion Filly Bred & owned by Janow Podlaski State Stud

(Kahil Al Shaqab x Pustyna Malwa) 2013 Filly 2015 Polish National Gold Junior Champion Filly 2015 All Nations Cup Bronze Junior Champion Filly 2014 World Gold Champion Yearling Filly Bred & owned by Michalow State Stud

(Kahil Al Shaqab x Mesalina) 2013 Colt 2015 World Gold Champion Colt 2015 All Nations Cup Gold Junior Champion Colt 2015 Bialka Spring Show Junior Champion Colt and Best in Show 2014 World Silver Champion Yearling Colt 2014 Polish National Junior Champion Colt Bred & owned by Michalow State Stud

Sire of International Champions Owned and Bred by: Al Shaqab – Member of Qatar Foundation

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2015 FILLY

AL ANOOD AL SHAQAB

(Kahil Al Shaqab & and owned by Al Shaqab

(Kahil Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ) 2012 filly Bred & owned by Al Shaqab

ZENAT AL SHAQAB (Kahil Al Shaqab x ZT Maghan) 2012 Filly 2013 PSAIAHF Gold Champion Yearling Filly Bred & owned by Al Shaqab



MINWAH (Kahil Al Shaqab x LC Primavera) 2012 Filly 2013 World Gold Champion Yearling Filly 2013 Menton Gold Champion Yearling Filly Bred by Mohammed Al Sulaiti and owned by Aljassimya Stud

GHALIB AL SHAQAB (Kahil Al Shaqab x Gazala Al Shaqab) 2012 Colt 2013 PSAIAHF Gold Champion Yearling Colt Bred & owned by Al Shaqab

S TANDING AT M IDWEST T RAINING A ND B REEDING S TATIONS F ROZEN S EMEN A VAILABLE W ORLD -W IDE

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

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Falah *

AL SHAQAB (Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph Just Emotion)

2015 U n i t e d S tat e S n at i o n a l C h a m p i o n 2-Y e a r - o l d C o lt 2015 r e g i o n 3 U n a n i m oUS C h a m p i o n 2-Y e a r - o l d C o lt 2015 S Co t t S da l e r e S e rv e g r a n d C h a m p i o n J U n i o r C o lt 2015 S Co t t S da l e C h a m p i o n 2-Y e a r - o l d C o lt

Special breeding incentives available during the show. Owned and Bred by: AL SHAQAB Member of Qatar Foundation www.alshaqab.com pseterra@qf.org.qa

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Leen *

AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lubna Al Shaqab)

2015 U n i t e d S tat e S r e S e rv e n at i o n a l C h a m p i o n F i l lY 2015 a r a b i a n n at i o n a l b r e e d e r F i n a l S gol d C h a m p i o n J U n i o r F i l lY 2015 r e g i o n 3 C h a m p i o n J U n i o r F i l lY 2015 S Co t t S da l e gol d C h a m p i o n i n t e r n at i o n a l J U n i o r F i l lY 2014 U n i t e d S tat e S n at i o n a l r e S e rv e C h a m p i o n Y e a r l i n g F i l lY

Owned and Bred by: AL SHAQAB Member of Qatar Foundation www.alshaqab.com pseterra@qf.org.qa

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Marsal *

AL SHAQAB

(Marwan Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ )

2015 r e g i o n 1 U n a n i m o US C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n 2015 r e g i o n 3 U n a n i m o US C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n 2014 r e g i o n 3 C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n

Special breeding incentives available during the show. Owned and Bred by: AL SHAQAB Member of Qatar Foundation www.alshaqab.com pseterra@qf.org.qa

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Nimer *

AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x RHR Vallacontessa)

2015 a r a b i a n n at i o n a l b r e e d e r F i n a l S C h a m p i o n 3 -Y e a r - o l d C o lt 2015 r e g i o n 3 r e S e rv e C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n 2014 a r a b i a n n at i o n a l b r e e d e r F i n a l S C h a m p i o n J U n i o r C o lt 2014 r e g i o n 3 C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n

Special breeding incentives available during the show. Owned by: AL SHAQAB Member of Qatar Foundation www.alshaqab.com pseterra@qf.org.qa

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(Al Ayad x Baraaqa AA)

I s r a e l I N at I o N a l J u N I o r C h a m p I o N C o lt s e N I o r C h a m p I o N s ta l l I o N - B e r l I N , G e r m a N y e G y p t I a N e v e N t e u ro p e s e N I o r C h a m p I o N s ta l l I o N e G y p t I a N e v e N t usa u N a N I mous C h a m p I o N s e N I o r s ta l l I o N

NJ ARABIAN HORSE VENTURES, LLC Birmingham, Michigan Part of the www.ariaarabians.com

collection

Managed by JEFF SLOAN jeff@ariaarabians.com

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(Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica)

m u lt I -N at I o N a l C h a m p I o N 2-tI m e s Co t t s da l e su pr e m e Ch a m pIoN h a lt e r h o r s e

THE IMPRESARIO PARTNERS Birmingham, Michigan Part of the www.ariaarabians.com

collection

Managed by JEFF SLOAN jeff@ariaarabians.com

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(ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF)

2015 u N I t e d s tat e s N at I o N a l C h a m p I o N m a r e 2015 a r a B I a N B r e e d e r s Wo r l d C u p G o l d s u p r e m e C h a m p I o N m a r e 2012 a r a B I a N B r e e d e r s Wo r l d C u p G o l d s u p r e m e C h a m p I o N J u N I o r m a r e 2012 s Co t t s da l e a r a B I a N C l a s s I C J u N I o r C h a m p I o N F I l ly

TRIANA HOLDINGS, LLC Birmingham, Michigan www.ariaarabians.com

Part of the

collection

Managed by JEFF SLOAN jeff@ariaarabians.com

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Delight

HONEY'S

RB

(JJ Senor Magnum x Honeymoon FHP)

u N I t e d s tat e s N at I o N a l Ch a m pIoN m a r e B r a z I l I a N N at I o N a l Ch a m pIoN m a r e

ARIA PRESTIGE HOLDINGS, LLC Birmingham, Michigan Part of the www.ariaarabians.com

collection

Managed by JEFF SLOAN and NEIL BRAVERMAN jeff@ariaarabians.com

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Aphrodite

ARIA

(Aria Impresario x Honey’s Delight RB)

IMPRESARIO HOLDINGS, LLC Birmingham, Michigan Part of the www.ariaarabians.com

collection

Managed by JEFF SLOAN jeff@ariaarabians.com

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Sofiyaa

AA

(Al Ayal AA x Saniyyah RCA)

Owned and bred by ARIELA ARABIANS On Lease to ARIA COLLECTION www.ariaarabians.com Part of the

collection

Managed by JEFF SLOAN jeff@ariaarabians.com

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*aj

Portofino

(Vervaldee x Magic Jamilla, by Ansata Shaamis)

Ajma n St ud

IS PROU D TO SH A R E ON E OF H IS T R E A SU R ES W I T H T H E A M ER IC A N BR EEDER S.

STA N DI NG AT M I DW EST FOR T H E 2016 BR EEDI NG SE A SON.

Contact David Boggs or Nate White david@midwestarabian.com nate@midwestarabian.com

AJMAN STUD United Arab Emirates www.ajmanstud.com

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A-JERICHO (A Jakarta x Destiny VF)

U n i t e d S tat e S n at i o n a l R e S e Rv e C h a m p i o n a h Ba Wo R l d C U p S i lv e R S U p R e m e C h a m p i o n S Co t t S da l e S i g n at U R e S ta l l i o n C h a m p i o n

Angel S tar Esprit OF

JERICHO

(A Jericho x Lady Aria ORA) 2015 Filly

Owned by THE ABEL FAMILY Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

OF JERICHO

(A Jericho x Lady Jeanette) 2015 Filly

Nominated AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Silver Sire Breeders, AHBA World Cup Scottsdale Signature Stallion SCID, CA, LFS Clear

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OF JERICHO

(A Jericho x Gai Daphne) 2015 Filly

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Colt

(A Jericho x Adivah, by Bey Shah+) 2016 Colt

Filly (A Jericho x Anna Marie BHF) 2016 Filly

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A-JERICHO (A Jakarta x Destiny VF)

Owned by THE ABEL FAMILY Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

Nominated AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Silver Sire Breeders, AHBA World Cup Scottsdale Signature Stallion SCID, CA, LFS Clear

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Mareq

Owned by: STONE RIDGE ARABIANS Dan and Maureen Grossman Bloomington, Indiana

MA (QR Marc x Temptation T)

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PinRose k

SRA

Owned and Bred by: STONE RIDGE ARABIANS Dan and Maureen Grossman Bloomington, Indiana

(Baahir El Marwan x DM Valencea)

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back in the USA

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THE CHAMPION, THE TRAVELLING AMBASSADOR, THE SIRE ...

2011 UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT 2011 UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHAMPION FUTURITY COLT 2010 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT 2010 BRAZILIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION JUNIOR COLT 2009 UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHAMPION YEARLING COLT 2011 AHT READERS’ CHOICE HALTER HORSE OF THE YEAR


ANGEL OF VITORIO ORA

(Vitorio TO x Star Of Justice ORA) 2015 Filly 2015 Arabian Breeder Finals Bronze Champion Weanling Filly

PRINCESS RAHERRA ORA (Vitorio TO x Raherra) 2014 Filly

2015 Arabian Breeder Finals Reserve Champion SSS Yearling Filly ATH 2014 2014 Arabian Breeder Finals Silver Champion Weanling Filly

THE BIG BOPPER ORA

(Vitorio TO x She Be Adiva KBS) 2012 H/A Gelding 2015 2015 2015 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 2013

U.S. National Top Ten H/A Hunter Pleasure Futurity Scottsdale Champion H/A 3 & 4 Year-Old Gelding Scottsdale Reserve Champion H/A Senior Gelding Scottsdale Champion H/A Supreme Classic Scottsdale Champion H/A Junior Gelding Scottsdale Champion H/A Gelding JTH U.S. National Champion H/A Gelding 3 & Under U.S. National Champion H/A 2-Year-Old Gelding U.S. National Champion H/A Yearling Colt/Gelding Scottsdale Champion H/A Classic Gelding AAOTH


... The Sire

VEYRON ORA

(Vitorio TO x Luxemere Jizette, by KM Bugatti) 2014 Colt 2015 Arabian Breeder Finals Gold Champion Junior Colt 2015 Silver Sire Champion Auction Colt 2015 Region 3 Unanimous Champion Yearling Sweepstakes Colt

DON VITORIO ORA (Vitorio TO x Almanara DT) 2012 Colt

"Watching and being a part of the journey of a young horse that I deeply admire go through all the stages of growth in a near perfect way, is a rarity and quite something to behold for me and all of Team Midwest; not to mention, for a client that I deeply love and admire like Janey Morse and her family. To have been a part of the planning to see Vitorio set sail to stand two seasons inside the famed Michalów State Stud in Poland and cover many of the world's finest Arabian mares makes this great young stallion a once-in-alifetime horse, to say the least. With arms open wide, we welcome Vitorio home!” — David Boggs

MC VULCAN (Vitorio TO x Lovins Khrush SSA) 2013 Gelding 2015 Arabian Breeder Finals Silver Champion Junior 2015 Scottsdale Signature Stallion Gold Champion 2-Year-Old 2015 Scottsdale Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old 2014 Arabian Breeder Finals Silver Champion Junior 2014 Arabian Breeder Finals Champion Yearling 2014 Scottsdale Signature Stallion Reserve Champion Yearling 2013 Arabian Breeder Finals Gold Champion Weanling

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DA Valentino x Sol Natique, by Solstice

OWNED BY

OAK RIDGE ARABIANS Freeport, Illinois www.OakRidgeArabians.com

www.Vitorioto.com

For breeding information, contact: info@midwestarabian.com David Boggs • 612.328.8312 Nate White • 563.663.7383 Judi Anderson • 612.328.1057

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AnnaMarie

BHF

(Marwan Al Shaqab x BHF Anna Tevkah)

U n i t e d S tat e S n at i o n a l C h a m p i o n m a r e a aot h C a n a d i a n n at i o n a l C h a m p i o n two -Y e a r - o l d F i l lY J aC k p o t

Co-owned: MARINO ARABIANS Birmingham, Alabama

Co-owned: OAK RIDGE ARABIANS Freeport, Illinois

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Amore

VITORIOS

(Vitorio TO x MP Danza)

2014 a r a b i a n b r e e d e r S wo r l d C U p Gol d C h a m p i o n Y e a r l i n G F i l lY at h S Co t t S da l e C h a m p i o n S i G n at U r e F i l lY

Owned by: MARINO ARABIANS Birmingham, Alabama

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(Pogrom x JJ Symphony, by Baske Afire)

2015 U n i t e d S tat e S n at i o n a l to p te n Y e a r l i n G C o lt 2015 S Co t t S da l e S i G n at U r e to p te n Y e a r l i n G C o lt OFFER I NG T H IS BE AU T I FU L COLT S i r e d b Y U n i t e d S tat e S tr i p l e C row n w i n n e r *POGROM . Contact us today about an exciting opportunity to own this promising young colt. Contact David Boggs or Nate White david@midwestarabian.com nate@midwestarabian.com

Owned by: MARINO ARABIANS Birmingham, Alabama

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(Gazal Al Shaqab x Perforacja)

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2015 A r A b i A n n At i o n A l b r e e d e r F i n A l s Gol d C h A m p i o n m A r e

Expecting a 2016 foal by QR Marc !

THE AMES FAMILY Jordan, Minnesota www.cedar-ridge.com

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Bella

WIEZA

(*Pogrom x *Wieza Mocy)

THE AMES FAMILY Jordan, Minnesota www.cedar-ridge.com

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Hermes

MA

(*Hariry Al Shaqab x Legacys Treasure)

Owned by: MILESTONE ARABIANS Steve and Darla Miles | Basehor, KS www.milestonearabians.com

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Harjeet

MA

(*Hariry Al Shaqab x Alia Psyche IA)

Owned and Bred by: MILESTONE ARABIANS Steve and Darla Miles | Basehor, KS www.milestonearabians.com

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Al Baydaa ARIA

(Ajman Moniscione x RA Empressa BAPS)

Congratulations

M r . A h M e d e l TA l Aw y

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Owned by AL BAYDAA STUD Egypt

Special Thanks

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PRIVILEGE ARABIANS Raphael Curti www.PrivilegeArabian.com

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Rahere

(Desperado x Rose of Sarangani)

U n i t e d S tat e S n at i o n a l to p te n W e S t e r n p l e a S U r e o p e n r egion 7 C h a m pion We S t e r n p l e a SU r e r e g i o n 1 U n a n i m o US C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n S Co t t S da l e C h a m p i o n 3 -Y e a r - o l d C o lt S Co t t S da l e U n a n i m o US C h a m p i o n J U n i o r C o lt Owned by: SECURITY WEST CORPORATION Alexander Chrys and Janice McCrea Wight Scottsdale, Arizona

Impor ted from Australia.

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Sapphire

RAH

(Rahere x Magnums Dark Angel)

Owned by: JANICE MCCREA WIGHT Scottsdale, Arizona

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Promessaa

(*Pogrom x ZT Macja)

2015 U n i t e d S tat e S n at i o n a l to p te n Y e a r l i n g F i l lY 2015 r e g i o n 3 C h a m p i o n Y e a r l i n g F i l lY

Owned by: HARAS SANTA MARTA Jorge Selume Santiago, Chile

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TeamWork has made our dream Work! At Midwest we firmly believe in the values of a TEAM. Everyone involved here at Midwest, from the stable hands to the head trainers and management, is a valuable part of that, that TEAM here, means family. With family, sometimes the simplest things go unsaid, so it is with great sincerity that I want to say from the bottom of my heart, Thank You, to my very loyal staff. Nate White, Alcides and Margaux Rodrigues, Dagmar Gordiano, Judi Anderson, Frank Morisset, Belinda Larson, Sammy and Maria Ojeda, Sean and Elyse Murphy, Kyle Edsall, Colton Jacobs, Ally Nelson and all of those who have a part in Midwest, your dedication is unmatched and I appreciate each and every one of you. Your countless hours and tireless effort is what makes the Dream of Midwest come true. My Deepest Thanks, —David

Where Champions are made! www.midwestarabian.com

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Scottsdale 9707 E. Cactus Road, is a perfect place to gather, and to enjoy the spirit and the love of the Arabian horse. Midwest awaits your visit. —David Boggs

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MIDW EST T R A INING & BR EEDING STATIONS Elk River, Minnesota ~ Scottsdale, Arizona David Boggs, cell: 612-328-8312 ~ david@midwestarabian.com Nate White, cell: 563-663-7383 ~ nate@midwestarabian.com Judi Anderson, cell: 612-328-1057 ~ judi@midwestarabian.com

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European Amateur Cup & Aljassimya Amateur Challenge The Arabian horse has been popular throughout Europe for centuries. Early importations of desert horses by European royalty and aristocrats were all the rage in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However today, the Arabian horse is not just for royalty. Everyone can enjoy these beautiful, kind, intelligent, and athletic horses. Recently, a group of devoted Arabian horse owners came together to create the European Amateur Cup – a one of a kind event in Europe.

TEXT & DESIGN: BETH ELLEN HUNZIKER PHOTOS: JAN KHAN, EMMA MAXWELL, MICHELLE KELLY

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Every successful sport must provide a high level of professionalism. However, on the other side, for every one professional, 10 to 20 amateurs must be enjoying it as a leisure activity. If this would not be, then how could you expect to fill up a football stadium? In our Arabian horse industry, especially the halter world, those numbers are not in balance! Aljassimya Farm is dedicated to assist in trying to get those numbers back in balance. This will result in an extra market for those horses that are not competitive in the highest leagues of the show ring. Furthermore, we try to give young people the chance to start somewhere and build themselves up over time in a less competitive way and maybe find the experience and passion to become a professional.� Bart Van Buggenhout

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A Fun & Rewarding New Concept

According to the President of the European AmaAma teur Cup Show Organization Team, Rob Rens, “The main goal is to offer a platform for all Arabian horse owners in Europe to come together, meet people with the same interest, and enjoy their horses together. We created the Amateur Cup to meet the request of many to have a show with fair rules and fair competition on an entry level with non-professional handlers. Horses are shown in hand and in performance classes. The promotion of the universal use of an Arabian horse, as a pet, family member, friend, show horse, ridden companion

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is very important to all of us. We hope to be able to show the versatility of these horses and their kind nature to all participants, sponsors, and visitors.” It was a positive idea and worth trying. Rens continues, “The Amateur Cup started in 2014 and the first event was held in April. Then, in 2015, we had three Amateur Cup shows: the European Amateur Cup Spring Edition in April, the Emerald Cup in July, and the European Amateur Cup Fall Edition in September. The number of participants at these shows confirms that the interest in amateur shows is growing rapidly.


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“Amateurs are an important part of the market that should not be ignored, yet their contributions had been overlooked for way too long. After all, they are the foundation of the breed and, certainly in Europe, there are far more amateur breeders than big professional stud farms. Stijn Schyvens, one of the organizers of the European Amateur Cup, had worked for Bart Van Buggenhout, the Manager of Aljassimya Farm, owned by Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani, so from the beginning there was a direct link between Aljassimya Farm and the European Amateur Cup. “We were very honored that Aljassimya Farm and Sheikh Jassim showed an immediate interest in supporting the Amateur Cup. Bart Van Buggenhout, who represents Sheikh Jassim, agreed that our program could add an extra exciting element to the European show scene and bring back the atmosphere and enthusiasm that could be found at shows

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in the past. They recognize the value of amateurs for our breed and so they created the Aljassimya Amateur Challenge, a program that supports the Amateur Cup and rewards amateur handlers. The Amateur Challenge has brought a lot of attention to the program. “In 2015, Aljassimya Farm sponsored the first Amateur Challenge at our Amateur Cup shows. They generously offered our participants the possibility to win tickets to the Arabian Horse World Championships in Paris through the merits of their efforts at the shows. There were a limited number of tickets to win and so at every show, the top five or ten “best handlers” became eligible, based on their results at that particular show. This created extra excitement for our amateurs and was a huge bonus to the enjoyment they had competing with their horses.”

Amateur Cup Official Information

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“I work as a groom with Arabian horses at Jadem Arabians for Christine Jamar. This year, I participated at the European Amateur Cup for Arabian Horses in Lier. I had no idea I won a ticket to Paris. When Bart Beckers told me I had won, I couldn’t believe it! The European Amateur Cup is such a great thing to experience! We should support it in every way we can. It brings people closer to their horses and each other. There is such a relaxed atmosphere at the show. It’s just you, your horse, and your friends enjoying each others’ company and having fun!! That’s what it’s all about.

“I would like to say“Thank You” to everyone involved with organizing these great Amateur Shows and to encourage them to keep it up! It’s such a great initiative. I hope more and more people will see it and will join the group of amateur handlers!” Joyce Rosowski

Novice Handlers: The term Novice means non-professional, inexperienced handlers who have never won either: Three times Best Novice in show, a Class Winner in Amateur classes, a Class Winner in Overqualified or any show including a C-show or higher. A novice handler who has won Best in Show three times is promoted to the level of Amateur classes or Overqualified classes. Amateur Handlers: These are non-professional handlers with some show experience, who have not received payment from a third party to show horses. Handlers who have won titles in a C-show are considered Amateur handlers. Winners in high level shows are considered professional and excluded from participation. Owners who have an ECAHO permit and only have shown their own horses can participate in Amateur Classes.

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Overqualified Handlers: These are handlers who have had several wins already in the amateur shows. Every handler starts at the Novice level, more or less, then by wins collects points and grows though the three levels over the years they are showing. Overqualified Classes are open to all Amateur handlers. The European Amateur Cup also follows the ECAHO Entry Restrictions for horses. Again, the point is to create an opportunity for amateurs to participate in a fair competition and a fun experience with their Arabian horses. All of these rules and regulations can be found in the ECAHO Blue Book, which is available on the their website, as well as the European Amateur Cup website under the title of “Downloads.”

Rob Rens explained how the Amateur Cup Classes are judged, which is different from Open or Professional Classes. “Our Amateur Cup shows are officially recognized by ECAHO and so they are judged on the same basis as the regular European shows and are all judged by ECAHO-listed judges. The biggest difference with other shows is the fact that our judges give seven points instead of the regular five points. In addition to the normal points for type, head and neck, body and topline, legs and movement, we’ve added two extra categories: harmony and presentation. The point for harmony is based on the relation between handler and horse: is there mutual respect, how gentle is the handler, etc. Presentation includes the technical part: is the stand-up performed well, does the handler walk on a straight line with the horse, is there a fluent trot without excessive

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“The EAC is a great idea. The generous support of AJF will inspire others to join us and help us to create a completely new circuit in Europe. Already after these few shows in Belgium, some of the amateurs have been approached by professionals to join their teams, whether as a groom or assistant-trainer. This is good progress and hopefully, we will be able to “create” new professional handlers with a good mentality towards our beloved breed. The future looks promising. Thumbs up!” Ronny Vosch & Marleen Geysen

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circling, etc. We hope that by adding these points we will encourage our amateur handlers to work even more with their horses and we want to make it clear that just having a pretty horse will not be sufficient to win.”

Sharing Our Passion for Arabian Horses

The European Amateur Cup is primarily a platform for competition. However, it is so much more for those who participate. All their hours of taking lessons, working with their horses, practicing, grooming, planning and dreaming creates a bond unlike any other. For some, it is a very special way to spend quality time with their family and to embrace the saying, “The family who plays together, stays together.” For others, participating in the European Amateur Cup is the beginning of a new dream for their life and for a very lucky group of amateurs it also provided a thrilling surprise and the experience of a lifetime.

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In November of 2015, a group of over 50 people were the guests of Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Aljassimya Farm, who provided a trip to Paris and the 2015 Arabian Horse World Championships. Aljassimya Farm Manager, Bart Van Buggenhout, organized and managed every detail of the trip for the winners of the European Amateur Challenge. The people were all picked up in a luxury coach and whisked away for a weekend of fun, excitement, and glorious Arabian horses. Everyone in the group received a “swag bag� full of fun items, as well as a gorgeous personalized white team jacket. When they arrived in Paris, they were treated to first class accommodations at the beautiful Mercure Hotel, which was just a short coach ride

to the show grounds. Although the travel time was relatively short, it gave members of the group a chance to visit and get to know each other better and to share their experiences with their horses and the Amateur Cup. As the group arrived at the show each day, they enjoyed wonderful hospitality at the Aljassimya Farm booth. Then, they all made their way to their reserved seats in the main arena to see the best Arabian horses in the world compete and to witness history in the making. The grand finale came on Sunday, after the high drama of the championship classes where the judges selected their Gold, Silver, and Bronze Champions. The show may have ended, but the excitement continued as the Amateur Chal-

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This Page: Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Bart Van Buggenhout of Aljassimya Farm Facing Page: Amateur Handlers: 1) Monica Van Duyvenbode and Jannes Prins 2) Lore and Bart Beckers 3) Remco Vander Vliet and Dorien Van Damme 4) Ronny and Merleen Vosch 5) Bart Van Buggenhout and Ted Carson 6) Liesbet D’Joos and Teresa Van Nes

lenge group gathered at the Aljassimya booth one last time. It was time to draw the Grand Prize – a trip to visit Aljassimya Farm in Santa Ynez, California. Sheikh Jassim was there to personally assist in drawing the winning numbers. The lucky winners include: Lore Beckers, Jannes Prins, Michèle Boelen, Ronny Vosch, Liesbet D’joos and Remco Vander Vliet. Their cheers of delight could be heard throughout the exhibition hall. For many of the amateurs attending the Salon du Cheval for the Arabian World Championships it was a dream come true and for the winners of the California trip, it is an opportunity of a lifetime. After countless congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Sheikh Jassim and his Aljassimya team, the group boarded their luxury coach for the ride back to Belgium, their homes, and their beloved Arabian horses.

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When a dream of a lifetime is fulfilled, what comes next? We create new dreams, find new horses, make new friends, and set new goals. What are the plans for the European Amateur Cup and the Amateur Challenge in 2016? Bart Van Buggenhout explained the efforts that are already underway to grow and improve the EAC and Aljassimya Amateur Challenge. “We now have created a Show Board of Directors. They worked together to formulate a plan and to make a consensus for one standardized set of rules and guidelines, and to bring the concept for Amateur competition to more shows throughout Europe. This information, along with a proposal

for sponsorships, which include ribbons, trophies and standardized advertising packages, was sent to selected show organizers. The results were very positive. The 2016 show season promises to be very exciting; now there will be shows in Belgium, Holland and Germany that will also include Amateur Cup Classes and that will be included in the Aljassimya Amateur Challenge. In addition, we are also working to add classes in Amateur Trail In Hand and Performance classes in Western, Hunter and Classic disciplines. So now there will be something for everyone, on every level, to enjoy. �We are happy to see that interest in the Amateur Cup is growing and this year the Challenge will be even bigger. The basic conditions will remain the

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“I showed the purebred Arabian Gelding, Postar (Om El Bellisimo x Pomerania) at the 2015 Emerald Cup in Brecht. We won the Open Gelding Class and became Best in Show Amateur. I also won the ticket to Paris at this show. I enjoyed the group in Paris a lot. The atmosphere was very relaxed and nice. The highlight of the weekend was seeing the championship classes of the show, when all the best horses came back into the show ring. I would like to thank Aljassimya Farm for their efforts for putting it all together.”

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Marwen Ben Nasr

“The sponsors of the Amateur Challenge, Aljassimya Farm, certainly deserve a big thumbs up because supporting a nonprofit event is not an obvious way to help to grow the breed. In the future, I believe this will create a new market for the smaller breeders, also it makes it easier to get horses sold to people who are interested in participating in shows and with Arabian horses.”

Jurgen Lievrouw, Sixtus Arabians

“In 2015, I showed a mare, owned by Flaxman Arabians, named Redwood Lodge Odessa Estopa (Om el Abadan x Malikah Estopa). I am very proud that I won the mare class with her and I also won the trip to Paris at the show in Brecht. We had a nice group in the bus and a lot of fun. I spent a lot of time with my friend Koen Hennekens and his friend Jerom van der Griend. We enjoyed sitting in the grandstand at the show ring; waving flags, and cheering when the Aljassimya horses entered.

“The EAC has really enhanced my experience with my horse. The connection between me and my horse got so much stronger. It was so special to see how much she trusted me at the show and how she really wanted to do her best. I think the program has influenced the Arabian horse community in Europe a lot. It gives people like us, who are not long yet in the Arabian world, or are small breeders, the opportunity to participate at a show that is less expensive than the other shows. It’s also so nice that we get feedback from the jury after showing our horse, so we can really learn from the experience. I think this is a super good organization and I hope it’s the start of a lot of shows like this.

This was the first time we went to the World Championships and it was a great experience. Everything was organized so very well and we got to know the group much better. Throughout the whole weekend, there was a very nice ‘connection’ between our group. It was an unforgettable time! The best moment in Paris was the ticket selection, when we met Sheikh Jassim. I really want to thank Aljassimya for this great opportunity.” Maaike Vanderhaegen & Ruben Van de Moortele, Al Sharif Stables

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“I was born and raised at our farm called Flaxman Arabians. I participated in amateur classes in 2014, and in 2015, I participated at the Emerald Trophy Amateur Cup in Brecht. I won the trip to Paris with my yearling colt Fa Mikhail. I was very happy and excited that I was allowed to go to Paris. The trip and the group were very nice. The whole atmosphere was amazing. I enjoyed it very much. One of the best parts was cheering for Jalal Aljassimya and for Om el Aisha Aljassimya when Giacomo trotted them into the class.

I still want to continue to learn to be a better handler in the future and the EAC gives me the opportunity to do so between my friends and not in a group of professionals. It gives a bit more excitement and more competitors at different shows. It is a very good initiative with good thinking behind all the classes. I am looking forward to starting again in 2016. Also, I want to be on the bus again!!!”

“I have had lessons in show training from our resident trainer, Peter Wilms, and I want to improve my skills more and more. The program is a positive thing and I think it will attract new talent into this world of showing. The Novice class is a very positive thing for newcomers to start in. It is fantastic now that they are setting up a whole tour in Europe to participate in EAC in different countries.”

Niels Wilms

Koen Hennekens

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European Amateur Challenge winners of the trip to visit Aljassimya Farm in beautiful Santa Ynez, California

same and amateur handlers will be able to earn points in different experience levels at each show, based on their ranking in each class. We are working to encourage amateurs by rewarding their efforts with their horses. Through this program, there is a welcoming place to begin. In the Novice category there is absolutely no pressure on them – only a fun opportunity to compete with their horse. If they are successful in showing their horse and earn a limit of 80 points, then they advance to the level of Experienced Amateur and so on. Also, if a handler takes a break from the program, for a season or two, they can come back at a later time and begin again. Handlers can fluctuate between categories and every year, the handlers will be re-established within a category. Once again, the people who have earned the most points at the end of the show season will be awarded with tickets to the

World Championships, sponsored by Sheikh Jassim and Aljassimya Farm. “We are also working in other areas to improve the program. We will be upgrading the website to become more useful by expanding the information it offers such as a listing all of the participants and showing their rankings and the points they have earned. This is in development now and more information will follow soon. We invite everyone to visit the website for detailed information, as well as news and updates. We encourage everyone to learn more about the European Amateur Cup, the Aljassimya Amateur Challenge, and to join us in sharing our passion for the Arabian horse.” Visit w w w. e u r o p e a n a m a t e u r c u p . e u for information and to experience the fun and excitement of the 2015 European Challenge sponsored by Aljassimya Farm.

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By Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Individuals and isolated events have often been the catalyst for far-reaching effects that completely altered the course of human history. In the annals of the Arabian horse, the real change agents are those who have shaped the face of the breed through their ideas and actions. No one will deny the importance of the moment when Dr. Eugene LaCroix first saw Bask in Poland or when Daniel Gainey laid eyes on Ferzon at the side of his dam. Judith Forbis journeying to Egypt to begin her Ansata collection and Tom McNair’s elegant promotion of Morafic and his exquisite daughters were moments that changed the direction of the Arabian industry.

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Kaborr x Edjora

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Ferzon & Gai Parada

Morafic & Tom McNair

To become a Master at any craft, first one must become a student. Michael Byatt has a thirst for knowledge beyond the typical. He is an astute man who strives for excellence in all areas of life, including his lifelong passion for Arabian horses. The first stage of development as a breeder or a trainer is the establishment of a base of knowledge, drawn from the masters of that field. The Master teachers who most inspired Michael were among the most creative and innovative thinkers the breed has ever seen. Consequently they were also among the most successful. He absorbed as much as he could from the experiences of his many incredible teachers. The depth of talent in the horsemen and breeders of that era was unsurpassed, all contributing to the wealth of knowledge he was banking toward his future. The year was 1994. And 1994 would be the year that Michael was able to take the magic learned from the Masters and mix it with his own creativity, experiences, and inspiration in a moment that would profoundly affect the Arabian market, show ring honors, and even the physical look of Arabians in modern breeding programs all over the world. Michael Byatt had selected a group of foundation mares for Al Shaqab Stud, at that time directed by Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani. Sheikh Hamad had been hired and empowered by his patron, HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, to create a nucleus of breeding stock that would be used to preserve and improve the Arabian horse, a cultural treasure. The horses Byatt chose were an auspicious group, including the incomparable 1982 U.S. National Champion Mare Kajora, who was open at the time. continued ...

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It was then that fate played a

OFW Magic Wan. With his

hand, allowing Michael Byatt

dedication as a breeder and

the opportunity to alter the

his skill as a trainer, Michael

course of Arabian horse history.

Byatt is a true horseman who

Kajora was cycling and had to

understands everything it

be bred. Michael and noted

takes to create a champion.

horsewoman Eileen Verdieck advised Sheikh Hamad that

Michael’s superior eye and

the beautiful straight Egyptian

knowledge of bloodlines

stallion he had admired, Anaza

developed along with his

El Farid, would be the perfect

talent. He came up in an era

choice for Kajora. It was from

of extraordinary horsemen

this collaborative effort that

and horses. As the horses of

Gazal Al Shaqab emerged to

that era began to age and be

create a male dynasty of world

replaced by the next genera-

and national champions the

Box Office x Bint Jabar

likes of which has never before

tions, Michael Byatt emerged with a new “make and shape”

been seen. So dominant is the sire line that Gazal founded,

of the Arabian horse; a balanced horse with a harmonious

it has changed the phenotype of the winning Arabian show

build. Length of leg, back, and neck were in balance, and Ara-

horse worldwide, and appears in the pedigree of almost every

bian breed type was evident in increasingly sculptured heads

modern champion.

and splendid silhouettes. Gazal Al Shaqab was created as an homage to both the aesthetic and the athletic.

Michael Byatt has always believed in beauty and balance when it comes to horses. From the time he was a teenager,

Over the years, various sire lines have been dominant and

Michael was in love with the Arabian horse and began to

then receded as a new line came into play. Very few sire lines

make his mark as a competitive horseman. From the thousands

have been able to survive whatever surprises life threw their

of trainers that have shown Arabian horses in America, only

way, be it war, recession or changing trends. However, the line

a very few have won the “Trainer’s Triple Crown.” Michael is

founded by Nazeer not only survived, it has thrived. Nazeer

one of those few, having guided Silfaun to the U.S. National

is prominent in nearly every modern Arabian pedigree, both

Champion Western Pleasure title, JA Rave Review to U.S.

straight Egyptian and those of other strains. It happened

National Champion English Pleasure honors and many U.S.

because he was a prolific progenitor of Arabian type, the trait

National halter champions to their wins, including Gazal Al

paramount in the standards of the breed. It happened because

Shaqab’s magnificent son, Marwan Al Shaqab and his son

he sired a slew of sons all over Europe and into America who continued ...

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were able to pass that trait and other highly desirable traits on Michael & Marwan Al Shaqab

to such a degree; many of them founded their own dynamic branches of the line. From Morafic to Anasata Ibn Halima, Aswan to Ghazal, Hadban Enzahi to Ramses Fayek, the impact has been staggering as the bloodline has taken root all over the globe. Any single one of those sons has been able to establish what one would think of as the entire legacy. No one could predict that there would be a stallion born whose legacy would eclipse those fixtures of the breed. Yet, then came Gazal Al Shaqab, whose brilliant “make and shape” shows, to an almost utter perfection, the influence of Michael Byatt. Gazal is the total sum of the parts of his lineage, a physical, living pedigree that can be seen in his carriage, his motion, his elegant neck and his gorgeous head. According to Byatt, that transparency of pedigree, being able to see the ancestors’ traits reproduced in the living horse, is the true sign of a stallion’s potential to breed on. The sire line of Gazal Al Shaqab, has blanketed the world over the last ten years, running rampant over the competition. In another decade, it may very well be that with one look over the shoulder there will be no competitor in sight.

Already laden with world and national champions, the Gazal sire line boasts a deep arsenal of stallion power that has continued to build unabated. Without question, Marwan Al Shaqab mounts the most serious challenge to his sire for his position on this planet. He is assuredly the Horse of the Century in everyone’s minds to such a degree, it goes without saying. This should come as no surprise, since Marwan signaled his acceptance of the mantle of heir-apparent when he was named 2001 World Champion Junior Stallion while his father Gazal Al Shaqab won the 2001 World Champion Senior Stallion honors. For a staggering seven straight years, Marwan Al Shaqab was named the Leading Sire at the World Championships in Paris, an honor now held by his own son, QR Marc.

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Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba

Michael Byatt’s influence and abilities as a breeder can be seen at farms and in show arenas all over the world, with many of the horses that he has had a hand in breeding earning the coveted title of World Champion. A decade ago, Sheikh Hamad and Michael added to the collection of mares at Al Shaqab Stud with a sensational group that included the gems OFW Mishaahl and White Silkk. From those two mares were produced not one, not two, but three Junior or Senior World Champions; the full brothers Kahil Al Shaqab and Wadee Al Shaqab, and the majestic Hariry Al Shaqab, all sons of Marwan Al Shaqab. Due to the magic of shipped semen, embryo transfer, and the relative ease of international equine travel, Marwan has been used heavily all over the globe. Consequently, he is in the pedigrees of a huge percentage of winning, contemporary show horses, with countless champion offspring and many seasons of production ahead of him. What makes the Gazal Al Shaqab sire line so very special is its rare ability to create both a dynamic male line and a group of daughters who can carry forward their sire’s finest qualities. They are equally important as male line progenitors and as the sires of future broodmares. While on lease to Poland, Gazal Al Shaqab sired some of the most beautiful mares ever produced at Janow Podlaski or Michalow State Studs, which is an incredible achievement. World Champions Pianissima and Emandoria are two notable examples. With contributions on both sides, Gazal Al Shaqab’s name appears in a huge percentage of Arabian pedigrees, just as legendary sires Nazeer, Skowronek, Bask, and other greats are also seen.

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Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda

Michael Byatt’s influence has had a multi-generational impact time and time again. He facilitated the sale to South African Willie Brown of the Padrons Psyche daughter OFW Psylhouette, who was in foal to Marwan Al Shaqab upon Michael’s recommendation. The breeding was repeated the following year, resulting in the dazzling Eks Alihandro, who later earned the titles of unanimous Menton, All Nations Cup, and World Champion. Michael bought the lovely Marwan Al Shaqab daughter Abha Myra from Marieta Salas and later sold her to Orrion Farms for whom he showed her to a U.S. Reserve National Champion Junior Filly title. Only the magnificent World Champion Pianissima placed above her. As the co-breeder of Abha Myra’s 2008 foal, Michael had suggested crossing the mare with Besson Carol, a stallion that he knew very well. Michael owned Besson and had shown him to numerous major titles including U.S. and Canadian Reserve National Champion and unanimous Scottsdale Champion Stallion. Michael had also shown Besson Carol’s sire Parys El Jamaal to his own U.S. National Champion Stallion honors. continued ...

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He is confident and capable, with as good a grasp on human nature as he has on breeding horses. In short, Michael Byatt is as complete a package as the horses that he knows and loves so well. When Michael led the Marwan Al Shaqab son OFW Magic Wan to victory as the 2015 United States National Champion Stallion, the win represented the third Gazal generation OFW Magic Wan & Michael Byatt in Tulsa, 2015

that he has shown to the highest honors. Magic Wan was a reproduction of the incredible traits and qualities that were

The result of that cross was the gorgeous World Champion

instilled in Gazal Al Shaqab, honed to an even finer degree

Stallion Fadi Al Shaqab. In an incredible exhibition of

of excellence. More importantly, in a startling show of

continuity and continued excellence, Michael was at the

genetic power, Magic Wan shared the spotlight with not

end of the lead of the horses behind the horse, this time

one, but two offspring who also earned 2015 U.S.

Fadi Al Shaqab.

National Championships!

Michael purchased the Besson Carol daughter HB Bessolea

The dynamically exciting National Champion Yearling Colt

for longtime client Susan Taylor. Bred to Marwan Al Shaqab,

Magic Mystery Z was the image of his sire and a huge favorite

she produced an amazing set of full brothers. Baanderos was

of the crowd, while the beautiful Makayah earned her title

both a World Champion Junior Colt and World Champion

of U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly with a grace and

Senior Stallion. His brother, Baahir El Marwan, became

charm all her own. These two represent the fourth generation

a U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion. Michael had

of Gazal that have been nurtured to their full potential by

started the show careers of both of these great champions as

Michael Byatt and are a perfect example of the power of

yearlings. U.S. Reserve National Champion Futurity Filly and

Gazal to influence both sides of the pedigree with equal

Scottsdale Grand Champion Mare, GC Echlectica, a beau-

amounts of glory.

tifully structured mare, was bred to Marwan Al Shaqab. The result was the triple United States National Champion Aria

It was with this result in mind, the continued development of

Impresario, another example of the multi-generational vision

generation after generation of increasingly fabulous Arabian

that Michael Byatt shares with the world.

horses, that Michael and Sheikh Hamad’s original breeding decisions were made. That dynamic blueprint has proven to

The accomplishments of the 2015 show season demonstrated

be the foundation for three more world-class generations. It

the potency of the seeds that were planted by Michael Byatt

is the formula for successful breeding programs all over the

and Sheikh Hamad, which continue to dictate the winning

world. It is why Michael Byatt is considered to be one of the

line up in show after show in America and beyond. It was the

architects of today’s modern Arabian horse.

culmination of many years and collaborations with a wide variety of dedicated breeders, and speaks to Michael’s ability to work across breed strains, cultures and personalities. Michael is a man with a tremendous depth of infectious charisma, who easily pulls people to him, learners and master teachers alike.

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Gazal Al Shaqab Ă— Lara El Ludjin

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Moatasim Al Salhiyah x ZT Mathal

The year 2015 opened brilliantly for Michael Byatt and his MBA team at the Scottsdale International Breeders Classic in February. Michael led Hanaya Stud’s gorgeous El Khaled to the Straight Egyptian Stallion Championship. A rare son of Ansata Sinan who descends from Nazeer through Morafic and The Egyptian Prince, El Khaled had previously been named 2011 Gold Champion Stallion at the Frankfurt Egyptian Cup and 2010 European Egyptian Event Gold Champion Colt. Nayla Hayek, who has been breeding Arabians at her Hanaya Stud for forty years, teamed up with Byatt again to sweep the senior titles with a win by ZT Aaminah in the Straight Egyptian Mare Championship, her triumphant show debut. The striking bay daughter of Moatasim Al Salhiyah and ZT Mathal was beautifully shown by Byatt, and will most certainly garner many more victories in the future for Nayla Hayek’s Hanaya Stud. continued ...

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Ansata Sinan x Shahirs Abriel

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WH Justice x Djasira Princess Psytadel

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The Scottsdale season continued to unfold with significant victories for Michael Byatt Arabians and its clients. Michael showed the exquisite Aj Djamilja to the Scottsdale International Breeders Champion Mare title for the Ajman Stud of Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman. A mare of ethereal beauty and elegance, she has two strong crosses to Padrons Psyche, first through her sire WH Justice and also through her dam, Djasira Princess Psytadel. Many of Michael’s charges used their Scottsdale class wins as a platform for national and international honors later in the year. GC Le Marais parlayed her strong showing in Scottsdale into a 2015 Canadian National Championship. Abha Qalams won her class at the Scottsdale Classic, catapulting her to a Silver Championship in Las Vegas and a Silver World Championship in Paris; and Scottsdale Classic winner Magic Mystery Z rode his triumph all the way to a United States National Yearling Colt Championship, but not before he, too, “beat the house” in Las Vegas. Held in April, the Arabian Breeders World Cup was the first opportunity for Magic Mystery Z to build on his Scottsdale success, and he did so in glorious fashion, with a much talked-about victory that ultimately led to his National Championship in Tulsa. Owned by Dr. Mario Zerlotti, the son of OFW Magic Wan and Marys Diva set the crowd into a tizzy with his spectacular, electric presence, near perfect conformation and incredible show attitude. Abha Qalams used the same springboard, cashing in on her Scottsdale win by earning the Las Vegas Silver Champion Mare title for the Al Shahania Stud of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. Their standard-bearing “Golden One,” Barzan Al Shahania, previously represented Al Shahania in Las Vegas. A grandson of Gazal Al Shaqab, Barzan won the Arabian Breeders World Cup Supreme Junior Champion Stallion honors in 2012 and was a U.S. National Champion Junior Colt in 2011 and U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt in 2013. continued ...

Stival × NW Siena Psyche

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The roots of the enduring friendship and association of Michael Byatt and Sheikh Hamad stretch back to 1993, when they teamed to win the Supreme Champion Stallion title with Sabiell at the first Egyptian Event. Fast forward to June 2015, and Michael was once again leading horses to victory at the Egyptian Event USA for Sheikh Hamad, now the director of the historic Al Rayyan Stud. Rayyana Al Aliya, by beloved World Champion Ashhal Al Rayyan and from the Al Adeed Al Shaqab daughter Asrar Al Rayyan, waltzed away with the Egyptian Event USA Gold Champion Mare honors. In doing so, she brought the Byatt/Sheikh Hamad partnership full circle from their early beginnings. Al Rayyan and Byatt made a repeat trip to the winner’s circle when he led Nawaal Al Rayyan (Ansata Sokar x Nadrah Al Rayyan) to the Gold Champion Filly title, with stablemate and paternal half-sister Sahla Al Rayyan (Ansata Sokar x Sundos Al Rayyan) bringing home the Bronze Champion Filly title. It was a terrific outcome for the mares of Al Rayyan, and a sweetly satisfying show for both Michael Byatt and Sheikh Hamad.

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Ansata Sokar x Nadrah Al Rayyan

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By Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Hannah Byatt has been accompanying her father, world-renowned horseman Michael Byatt, to Paris for many years. The City of Light is truly in her blood. Hannah kindly agreed to share some of her thoughts with us on the occasion of her twenty-first birthday. “I first visited Paris when I was about 13,” she said, “on the way to the Menton horse show. I believe my dad won the Filly Championship with Miss El Power JQ at Menton that year. There are so many things I love about Paris—the flea market, the fashion, and this restaurant, Le Gran Venise, which is my favorite.” Hannah is an accomplished tennis player who can visualize herself as a college professor in the future, although she remains wide-open to all opportunities. She credits her parents for exposing her to many wonderful things, and her father for his generous nature. “I am still ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ in some ways,” Hannah continued. “And my dad is a really great gift giver. He is very thoughtful about it and takes the time to make each gift meaningful. Here I am, turning 21 in Paris! I’ve always idolized my brother, and he went to Las Vegas for his 21st, so I thought I would do the same. I am so happy that I am spending it here in Paris instead!” Friends and family describe Hannah as a “dynamic, glamorous, funny, team-playing Glamazon” who equally enjoys a gift box from Hermes, Chanel or Dominos. With a fascination for Versailles and Marie Antoinette, Hannah has always been captivated with French culture and is, of course, a great fan of Paris. “I can imagine myself living in Paris one day,” Hannah mused. “With the love of my life … my cat, Donald!”

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Michael Byatt Arabians did not stop at victories on the distaff side. MBA trainer Austin Colangelo showed the 2015 Egyptian Event Gold Champion Stallion Phaaros to his popular win. By ZT Faa’iq and out of Bint Atallah, Phaaros is owned by the international partnership of Alfala Stud (Saudi Arabia) and Alfabia Stud (Italy), who also happen to own the Silver Champion Stallion, Sabeh Al Salhiyah (Ansata Nile Echo x Mareeka). With the gratifying outcome of the Egyptian Event under their belt, the Michael Byatt Arabians team geared up for a championship season that would prove to be a stunning success. continued ...

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The 2015 Canadian Nationals yielded a rich haul for MBA and their jubilant clientele. Polidoro FC claimed the Canadian National Champion Stallion title for his delighted owner/breeders, Stuart and Sue Larsen of Falcon Crest Arabians. Polidoro is a son of six-time National Champion DA Valentino and the spectacular World Champion Abha Palma, a Marwan Al Shaqab daughter bred by Marieta Salas of Spain. Polidoro FC had previously garnered the titles of 2014 U.S. ational Champion Stallion 4-5 Years, 2013 U.S. National Futurity Colt and 2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt, amassing an enviable show record at such a young age. continued ...

DA Valentino x Abha Palma

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Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica

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Marwan Al Shaqab x HED Caramba

The fiery GC Le Marais took Canada by storm, an unstoppable force on her way to winning the 2015 Canadian National Champion Mare crown for Al Shahania Stud. By the incomparable Marwan Al Shaqab and out of GC Echlectica, GC Le Marais gave a mind-blowing performance, peaking at the perfect moment under the careful guidance of MBA. Al Shahania and Michael connected for yet another Gold Championship with a Marwan offspring, this time the Canadian National Champion Yearling Colt honor won by Heyman Al Shahania, whose dam is HED Caramba, the 2006 Canadian National Champion Two-Year Old Filly and multiple-Scottsdale Champion. The ownership team of Michael Byatt Arabians and Joey Canda won the Canadian National Champion Yearling Filly title with Del Adora, who boasts a double-Marwan pedigree. Her sire is the Marwan Al Shaqab son ZT Marwteyn and her dam is the Marwan granddaughter, GC Seasons of Love, by Aria Impresario.

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There is nothing quite like the U.S. National Championships. For Michael Byatt, the memories of victories past united with the present to create a perfect storm of magical moments. In 1997, Parys El Jamaal and Michael emerged with the United States National Reserve Champion Stallion title for owners Ray and Nora Tatum. Parys fulfilled every expectation as a show horse and as a sire. His daughter, 2001 Canadian National Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Serenata El Jamaal produced over twenty foals, including 2007 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Filly True Desire LL; while another Parys daughter, 2003 U.S. National Champion Junior Mare Shalina El Jamaal was the the dam of Marhaabah, the 2013 United States National Champion 8 & Over and Reserve National Champion Senior Stallion. Parys El Jamaal continues to have a strong presence in the modern show ring. At the 2015 World Championships in Paris, Aj Azzam completed his Triple Crown yearling season with a Gold Champion Yearling Colt win. In doing so, he provided a striking example of the value of the Marwan Al Shaqab daughters, as his dam Ysadora is the result of Marwan Al Shaqab crossed on a Parys El Jamaal mare. continued ...

Ali Jamaal × FF Pavielle

Parys El Jamaal × Shahlina

Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal

Parys El Jamaal × MP Serenata

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Parys El Jamaal Ă— Classic Krystall

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Besson Carol × Abha Myra

vesty photo

One of Parys El Jamaal’s most important contributions to the breed was siring 2001 U.S. and Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt and multiple Scottsdale Champion, Besson Carol. A great favorite at Michael Byatt Arabians, Besson Carol has sired his own impressive list of enduring champions including 2013 Gold World Champion Stallion Fadi Al Shaqab, Scottsdale Champion and Canadian Top Ten Majolicaa and her sister Majalina. Besson Carol’s get continue to pile on wins, as evidenced by his son Megga Starr’s U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure Select AATR title in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2015.

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Besson Carol × AR Belle Starr

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Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude

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OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva

Jubilant owners, veteran horsemen, and Arabian enthusiasts of all kinds crowded the Michael Byatt Arabians stable area after the United States National Championship Finals in Tulsa, Oklahoma in October. OFW Magic Wan had just won the title of 2015 United States National Champion Stallion for Haras Sahara of Brazil, and the celebration was truly heartfelt. Magic Wan is the perfect channel for the genetic power of his sire Marwan Al Shaqab. Out of the Magnum Psyche mare Magna Prelude, OFW Magic Wan is a double-Bask and double-Bey Shah conduit of greatness, combining outstanding motion and classic Arabian type. He served notice that the title was to be his with previous wins as the 2010 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt and 2008 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt. Magic Wan also served notice that he was a sire to be reckoned with.

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Even more impressive than his own 2015 win is the fact that OFW Magic Wan sired two other U.S. National Champions in the same year that he earned his title. His son Magic Mystery Z was an unstoppable force in earning the U.S. National Champion Yearling Colt title for Dr. Mario Zerlotti, while Magic Wan’s daughter Makayah was named U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly. Makayah’s dam, Maria El Besson, is by Besson Carol. It was a tremendous achievement for the stallion, his offspring and the MBA team. The improbable odds of one man showing a stallion and his son and his daughter to United States National Championships in the same year are eclipsed by the fact that in this case, those horses represented the third and fourth consecutive generations that Michael had shown to their titles.

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All roads may lead to Rome, but in the opinion of Arabian horse enthusiasts, the most important ones lead to Paris. There each November, the finest Arabians on the planet compete for the coveted title of 2015 World Champion at the Salon du Cheval. Abha Qalams followed her earlier triumphs in Scottsdale and Las Vegas with a breathtaking performance that earned her the title of Silver World Champion Mare for Al Shahania Stud in a field stacked with other World and National Champions. By the WH Justice son Alfabia Damascus, Abha Qalams is out of the Marwan Al Shaqab daughter, Abha Mudira. continued ...

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OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson

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Ajman Moniscione Ă— DL Marielle

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Al Shahania also won the Bronze World Championship with Luigi on the lead of Tom Oben. Luigi is a crowd-pleasing colt with magnetic presence; a great representative of his sire, Kanz Albidayer. He previously won the European Silver Champion Yearling Colt title, with a Bronze win at the All Nations Cup and Gold Championships at Vichy and the Tulip Cup. Kanz Albidayer stands at Michael Byatt Arabians and is owned by the Albidayer Stud. He is a multiple-international Gold Champion by Ajman Moniscione and the Marwan Al Shaqab daughter DL Marielle. Her dam line traces directly to Belbowrie Baskana, uniquely the only product of a straight Egyptian mare bred to the legendary Polish stallion, Bask. continued ...

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Psytadel x Majidah Bint Pacha

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Albidayer Stud had much to celebrate in Paris, with the achingly lovely Mozn Albidayer winning the Bronze World Champion Yearling Filly title, with Barry Shepherd on the lead. Sired by Al Zobair Stud’s SMA Magic One, and out of the gorgeous National Champion Mattaharii, Mozn had given notice that she was something special when she was named the 2015 Silver Champion Yearling Filly at the All Nations Cup in Aachen.

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In a powerful showing as one of the top breeding stallions in the world, Albidayer’s exquisitely beautiful Marajj sired both the Gold World Champion Junior Mare D Shahla and the Gold World Champion Senior Mare, Salwa Al Zobair. Marajj is one of Marwan Al Shaqab’s most captivating sons, who began his show career with a 2005 unanimous championship in Scottsdale and continued to gather many wins, including the 2007 World Champion Junior Colt title. D Shahla is out of the beloved World and All Nations Cup Gold Champion, FT Shaella, who has emerged as an outstanding producer after a stellar show career. The Dubai Stud contingent was overjoyed with the win. Adding to Marajj’s credentials was the incredibly beautiful Salwa Al Zobair, who won over the entire audience with her feminine grace and cadenced power. Her dam, Esklawa, is by the legendary Eukaliptus. It was a one-two punch that had the entire Arabian world taking a long look at the amazing sire that Marajj has shown himself to be. continued ...

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Marajj x FT Shaella

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Marwan Al Shaqab x RGA Kouress

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As 2015 wound to a close, Michael Byatt made a final international trip, this time to Doha for the 2015 Qatar National Championships. In a fitting end to the story of his amazing year, Michael was in Qatar to show horses for Al Rayyan Stud and Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani. Ending the year in a blaze of glory, Michael led Menouah Al Rayyan to the title of Qatar National Gold Champion Filly and Darine Al Rayyan to the title of Qatar National Gold Champion Mare. In a nod to the past and a testament to the present, Al Rayyan’s late and dearly missed head sire Ashhal Al Rayyan is the sire of Darine Al Rayyan and the broodmare sire of Menouah, making them ž sisters. It was a powerful replay of the accomplishments that Sheikh Hamad and Michael enjoyed so long ago, are still enjoying today, and will continue to enjoy well into the future.

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Fares Al Rayyan x Bint Mesoudah

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Owner

Horse

Page

AJMAN STUD Ajman, United Arab Emirates www.AjmanStud.com

Aj Djamilja

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ALBIDAYER STUD Sharjah, United Arab Emirates www.AlBidayerStud.com

Kanz Albidayer Mozn Albidayer Marajj

32 35 37

ALFALA STUD Alamariyah, Saudi Arabia www.AlfalaStud.com ALFABIA STUD Cherasco, Italy www.AlfabiaStud.com

Phaaros

19

AL RAYYAN STUD Doha, Qatar

Rayyana Al Aliya Nawaal Al Rayyan Darine Al Rayyan Menouah Al Rayyan

16 17 38 39

AL SHAHANIA STUD Doha, Qatar www.AlShahaniaStud.com

Barzan Al Shahania GC Le Marais Heyman Al Shahania Abha Qalams Luigi

15 22 23 31 33

AL ZOBAIR STUD Sharjah, United Arab Emirates www.AlZobairStud.com

SMA Magic One

34

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS West Ulm, Texas, USA www.MichaelByatt.com

Besson Carol

27

MICHAEL BYATT & JOEY CANDA West Ulm, Texas, USA www.MichaelByatt.com

Del Adora

23

MICHAEL BYATT & PSYNERGY ENT DEVELOPMENTS West Ulm, Texas USA www.MichaelByatt.com

Makayah

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M A NAGER OF A LBIDAY ER ST U D, SH A RJA H - UA E with Jeff Wallace

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Who was the first Arabian horse you ever laid eyes on and what was the experience like? I went to watch an Arabian horse show in Milwaukee when I was young. There isn’t one specific horse that I can recall, but I remember thinking how beautiful they were and how many different things they could do. I found it funny how the handlers looked twisting their bodies around like contortionists trying to get a horse to stick its neck out.

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What does your dream horse look like? A Karen Kasper bronze. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? It has filled my life with joy and opportunities. There is almost nothing better than walking into a barn in the evening when it’s quiet, and you can smell the hay and grain and hear the horses happily munching, or see a group of mares and foals in a paddock and watch the foals play

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together. So many people are stuck in an office and don’t get to experience these things on a daily basis! I have met amazing people and travelled the world.    Who have your mentors been in the Arabian horse business? Eileen Verdieck and Michael Byatt. Those two have taught me everything I know about training halter horses, gave me the chance to work in all facets of the industry, and the opportunity to travel the world and work in many interesting places. I met Michael at my first job at Karho, and then also ended up with him at Sandspur. I was working in his office at the time and showing Saddlebreds on the weekends for a friend. One day he was short staffed and asked me to come help get

horses ready for him to school. I remember watching him, and wondering what he was doing and why, because I never really ‘got’ the halter showing thing.   One day I summoned the courage to ask, why he did just this and why did just that. At first the vein in his forehead popped out (anyone who has worked for him will understand what this means), but I told him I was just trying to learn. He started to explain to me his process, and which reaction he was trying to get. I continued to help prepare the horses for him, and just watch how he would proceed from one step to another, sometimes working on just one thing or several at a time. I watched him take horses that had been shown for years and were completely sour and miserable, and

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turn them into horses that wanted to work for him. The key is ‘wanted.’  He made them want to do it rather than forcing them.   I recall one time at U.S. Nationals where an owner came up and remarked to me that they had never seen their mare come to the front of a stall at a show and stick her head out with her ears up. She had been showing for 10 years, had been through all the major trainers, and they said she would always stand at the back of the stall. They were amazed at how happy she was. He is such a naturally talented horseman, with incredible timing. After he became partners with Eileen Verdieck, she gave me the opportunity to really put to use what I had been learning. She sent me to her overseas clients to prepare horses and train them for her to show, and in the time I wasn’t overseas, I would come back and train

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her horses for the Egyptian Event. We worked together quite successfully, and it was a huge learning experience as well. She sent me to Al Shaqab first, and it was there that I trained horses like Gazal, Al Adeed and Marwan as weanlings for their first shows. I always knew they were quite special, but at the time, I had no idea how special and “game changing” those three would become! Do you prefer the desert or the ocean? Ocean. If you could resurrect any two horses, who would they be and why? JA Rave Review, because he was just simply the best; in every way. He was so smart and sweet and beautiful and talented and funny —just a very special soul. He embodied everything an Arabian horse should be. People in the U.S. will know him as he was one of the most successful Arabian performance horses ever. He

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was a gelding, so didn’t contribute anything to the breed per se, but I loved him dearly. I was with him for the first few years of what ended up to be an amazingly long and successful career full of national championships. I think I would choose Padron as the second one, for his long lasting influence on the breed which continues to this day. He was at Sandspur when I worked there, and although I was working in the office at the time, I was so impressed by his style, beauty and athletic ability. He has contributed not only winning halter horses, but performance horses as well. If you loved the gelding Rave Review and you rode Saddlebreds, you must also have loved Imperator? Who didn’t love Imperator? He had the most amazing slow gait. I saw him go World Grand Champion once and also was in Freedom Hall the night of one

What do you feel lies beneath the magic of Marajj? He was the first Marwan foal to really come to the forefront and kick off the whole Marwan craze, especially in the U.S. He is such a lovely and balanced horse, and although he is a Marwan son, he produces his own look, which is completely different and is very consistent. He has been a great show horse from the start, but I think what amazes people when they meet him is how sweet and kind he is, because what they have seen in the ring is the horse that he has become because of what he thought the trainers wanted from him. He looks like a complete fireball, but when it’s done, he comes back down to earth and wants a scratch or a carrot. For example, in the UAE he had a cat. A typical barn cat that would spend the afternoon in his box or lying on the wall or in the window, where they would watch the show jumpers work in the evenings in the arena opposite

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DAWN of the most incredible 5-gaited stakes that ever was … his showdown with Skywatch. Skywatch won and Imperator was reserve. They were both such naturally talented and exciting horses to watch. Name a handful of Arabian mares alive today that make you weak in the knees. Emandoria, AJ Sawahi, Najdah Alzobair, Panarea by Palawan, Thee Vision and Mozn Albidayer (I know she isn’t a mare, but she is amazing). Without thinking for more than five seconds, why have Mattaharii and DL Marielle become such treasured breeding stock? They both produced champions for us.

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MARTIN to our stables. The cat would wind herself around his legs, and he would gently rub her with his muzzle. People would come to see him and tell me I was wrong when I would tell them this was Marajj. They couldn’t believe it. They expected some crazy stallion, and instead this is what they saw—a naturally beautiful and solidly built stallion who hadn’t had any special conditioning in the past few years, with fine skin, a gleaming coat, and completely clean legs even at his age and with his years of work, just walking over for some attention. Up close, they also seem to be surprised at just how pretty his face really is and how beautiful his eyes are. At our open house this year, rather than bringing him in and letting him trot around and rear and do his show deal (which

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then it comes back in. I should probably not admit this, but I have some dresses or jackets that I bought ages ago. When I’m stuck for clothes for a show, I search through and find something. I still get compliments on them, so I guess that’s good! In fact, the other night I tried one on that I bought when I was 21. I used to wear it a lot, but haven’t in many years. I may make it to Paris this year; we will see … What is your favorite part about foaling out mares? The look in a mare’s eyes when she reaches around to touch her foal for the first time.

Dawn and Safi Al Shaqab (Safir x Poema) in Qatar, 2001, with Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani from Al Shaqab Stud.

was what people expected) we presented him ridden, without a bit or reins, and he bowed at the end to thank everyone for coming. The people just loved it! He just wants to please ... and his foals are the same way. They have very easy temperaments. Also, nowadays when you visit farms, you can go to 100 barns all over the world and without exception, every single one of them will have a batch of mares in foal (or foals by) exactly the same stallion. The one that happens to be “hot” that year. And, of course, a percentage of those foals will work out, but they aren’t unique anymore. Sheikh Mohammed had the opportunity to do that with Marajj, and oversell breedings, but he chose not to, and when the breedings got backed up, he just closed the book on Marajj and brought him to the UAE. So although the “masses” cannot see a ring overloaded with Marajj foals in Europe or the U.S., the few people who got the early breedings (and who are purchasing breedings now) are having foals that they really treasure, especially the fillies.   What two characteristics do you like most about the Arabian horse? Big, beautiful eyes, and their curiosity. You wear really beautiful clothing. Do you prefer buying online or in the stores? Stores. I can’t trust the fit of online stuff. Although, if I find something that fits really well and I really like it, I will wear it for a while then keep it in my closet. It goes out of style …

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You seem to be a woman who creates long lasting relationships in the Arabian horse breed. Why do you think that is? I try to be fair and honest and work hard. What is your favorite horse destination to travel to? Paris (show destination), Santa Ynez for the whole horse experience. Scottsdale is amazing and special, but I prefer the way the horses can be kept in Santa Ynez. What makes you happy? Pretty sunset, great glass of red wine, good company, a field full of foals playing. What is your greatest life achievement so far? TBD. What do you think sets Albidayer Stud apart; what makes it unique? Many Middle Eastern (or new) farms are trying to earn instant success in the show ring either through political influence, or through mass production of foals knowing that a small percentage will work out, not caring what happens to the rest. We spend a lot of time trying to select the right stallion for each mare. Of course, not all work out, but we have a reason to do each breeding beyond which stallion seems to be “in vogue” at the time and breeding every single mare to those one or two stallions. And Sheikh Mohammed is very strong in his conviction to do things properly, so when we achieve a win, we know it has been earned honestly and fairly, not because of pressure or through financial influence. For me, this is what sets Albidayer apart. What do you know as a result of living in the Middle East for several years that you would not have known if you hadn’t gone there? How good a shwarma tastes at 2 am after a long night out.

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When you were a little girl, what did you dream of doing with your life when you grew up? Working with horses and traveling. I had absolutely no plan as to how this would happen, since the horse business was not as global and varied as it is now, so those two things normally would not have gone together. But as fate would have it, here I am.

and I have had others work for me. I have a complete understanding of every point of view and how each person might be feeling as I have probably been there at one point in my life.

You seem very considerate of other people on your team. What makes you that way and why? I have been involved in every aspect of the horse business. I have been a groom and slept in stalls at horse shows, ridden to those shows in the trailer, or driven the truck that took the horses to the show. I have foaled out mares and fed orphan foals every few hours all night long. I have been a secretary in the office and helped organize auctions. I have trained, ridden, driven and shown in various disciplines. I have worked for others,

At this point in your life, if for some reason you were to leave the Arabian business, what would you do? I would love to cruise the Mediterranean on a huge yacht, being served champagne by handsome men and stopping at various ports and wandering the cities. We can all dream, right?

What is one thing people may not know about you? My natural hair color is light blonde.

How long before you got back on the ship? Ha! I guess that depends on who I met along the way!

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The new worldwide publication focused on the European and Middle Eastern Show and Breeding scene. ISSUE 2 to arrive in June 2016, for distribution at the Menton Show. For further information, please contact: Mr. Jeff Wallace - Jeff@ahtimes.com / +323 5474116 Ms. Mieke Opsteyn - mieke@ahtimes.com / +32 475287165 www.AHTIMES.com A HT A BROA D

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by Theresa Cardamone with Jeff Wallace The development of the Arabian horse in Brazil has had a profound effect on the evolution of the contemporary Arabian horse. The exceptional stallions that dedicated Brazilian breeders have gathered from all over seem to have flourished there, producing subsequent generations of sons and daughters genetically charged to reproduce the finest qualities of their heritage. International breeders capitalized on the splendid results by importing Brazilian breeding to their own countries. In a testament to the superb quality of Arabian horses being produced in Brazil today, the stunning 2014 Brazilian National Champion Stallion El Tino was the talk of the show again this year, this

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time due to his amazing success as a sire. By six-time National Champion DA Valentino, El Tino’s offspring won two national championships and three national reserve championships from the eight divisions offered in a very impressive showing! Winners were selected by an international judging panel composed of Scott Brumfield (USA), Leslie Connor (USA), Rodrigo Foz Forte (Brazil), Luiz Antonio Rocco (Brazil), and Irina Stigler (Russia). National titles were awarded in four male and four female divisions; Junior Junior Champion Filly and Colt (6 to 12mo.), Junior Champion Filly and Colt (12 to 18mo.), Champion Filly and Colt (18 to 36 mo.), and Champion Mare and Stallion (36 mos. and older).

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The youngest Brazilian National Champions were both foals of 2015, with HDF Baronesa (HDF Lugano x Xandu El Perseus) winning the Champion Junior Junior Filly honors. Another HDF Lugano offspring to earn a well-deserved title was his son HDF Tareef, who was named Reserve Champion in the slightly older Junior Colt division. Rancho Arabco had a very big show, in large part due to the previously mentioned El Tino. They won the Junior Junior Colt title with Dominus Arabco (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan) and the Reserve Champion Junior Junior Filly honors with his full sister, Shiva Arabco. They also won the Reserve Champion Mare title with the exquisite Tina El Madan (El Tino x Grace LM), one of her sire’s finest daughters to date. Also representing El Tino were his son Falak FK, who was named the Champion Junior Colt and his paternal sister KissMe El Madan, who won the Reserve National Champion Filly title. In a poignant moment, legendary Brazilian breeder Jamil Saliba was posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement award in a stirring ceremony. The breeder of scores of national champions in both halter and performance, Jamil Saliba was a strong supporter of Arabian racing from its onset. His passion for Arabian horses lives on through his sons Paulo and Ricardo and the breeding program at Rach Stud. As if to prove the ongoing excellence of the horses produced there, Imhotep Rach (RHR Marcedes x Isis Rach) won the Reserve Champion Junior Junior Colt title. Rach Stud was also honored with awards in Most Classic Head and Produce of Dam in a genuine tribute to Jamil Saliba’s continuing impact on the breed in Brazil.

National Champion Aladdinn. Sweet Satisfaction’s dam RA Nefertiti (Produce of Dam Champion), also produced her full brother Gran Osiris, the Reserve Champion Colt. The exquisite choice for National Champion Mare, FT Havanna El Keav, is also a daughter of HK Keav Power, who continues to carry on his legacy as a truly significant sire. FT Havanna El Keav’s dam Hillary VCM is a Magnum Psyche daughter who carries two crosses to the legendary Khemosabi. The Champion Filly and Champion Colt titles were won by two-year olds Miúcha El Shawan JQ, a daughter of FA El Shawan and Guama El Power JQ, and HP Ali, a son of HP Shakir TE and HP Miranda. The stallion championship is always eagerly awaited, and this year was no exception. The crowd roared its approval when Wandan El Madan was led to the Brazilian National Champion Stallion title. Wandan is by the phenomenal sire and 2015 United States National Champion Stallion OFW Magic Wan, himself a son of the Sire of the Century, Marwan Al Shaqab. Only three years old, Wandan El Madan shared the spotlight with the nine-year old Marwan Al Shaqab son Matisse FM, who was named the Reserve National Champion Stallion. It was a fitting climax to a memorable event that effectively showcased the excellence of the Brazilian Arabian horse.

Champion Junior Filly FHJ Vania is by the elegant 2-time United States National Champion AAS Elishahh, a perfect example of how Brazilian breeding is desired in programs around the world. Elishahh is currently standing at Jadem Arabians in Belgium. FHJ Vania had to be on the top of her game in order to win, due to the deep quality in the class, and she came through beautifully. The Reserve Champion Junior Filly Sweet Satisfaction is a daughter of Brazilian National Champion HK Keav Power, whose grandsire World Series was a U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt sired by U.S. National Champion Strike, himself a son of U.S.

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Gold Champion Stallion WANDAN EL MADAN (OFW Magic Wan x Sahara Gallina), owned by Haras El Madan & Haras FK.

Silver Champion Stallion MATISSE FM (Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Promise Kept), owned by Haras Stigmatas.

Bronze Champion Stallion BANDIT SRA (DA Valentino x LL Albufera), owned by Fazenda Caranda.

STALLION CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: WANDAN EL MADAN (OFW Magic Wan x Sahara Gallina) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: FK Agrop E Com Animais Vivos L Silver Champion: MATISSE FM (Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Promise Kept) Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Tom and Cathy Wright, O: Haras Stigmatas Bronze Champion: BANDIT SRA (DA Valentino x LL Albufera) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Dan and Maureen Grossman, O: Fazenda Caranda

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COLT CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: HP ALI (HP Shakir TE x HP Miranda) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Agricola Y Haras Panquehue ltd, O: Jose Miguel Bulnes Concha Silver Champion: GRAN OSIRIS (HK Keav Power x RA Nefertiti) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Humberto Florezi Filho, O: De Al Hoscan Bronze Champion: FT PIETRO (LLC Fasario x FT Pietra) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Flavia Maria Ramalho Torres, O: Rancho Quatro Estacoes

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Gold Champion Colt HP ALI (HP Shakir TE x HP Miranda), owned by Jose Miguel Bulnes Concha.

Gold Champion Jr. Colt FALAK FK (El Tino x Fogosa HAB), owned by FK Agrop E Com Animais Vivos L.

Gold Champion Jr. Jr. Colt DOMINUS ARABCO (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan), owned by Rancho Arabco.

JR COLT CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: FALAK FK (El Tino x Fogosa HAB) B/O: FK Agrop E Com Animais Vivos L Silver Champion: HDF TAREEF (HDF Lugano x Mag Shall Londrina) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B/O: Rodrigo Da Silva Faias, Haras Das Faias Bronze Champion: MALCON LM (Vitorio TO x Ukrania LM) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Lucio Miranda, O: Haras Paiquere

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JR JR COLT CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: DOMINUS ARABCO (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Sylvio Barbosa Neto, O: Rancho Arabco Silver Champion: IMHOTEP RACH (RHR Marcedes x Isis Rach) Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Rach Stud Agropecuaria Ltda, O: Ilha Da Chapada Bronze Champion: ZAHIR EL MADAN (El Tino x Pure Seduction VCM) Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: El Madan

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Gold Champion Mare FT HAVANNA EL KEAV (HK Keav Power x Hillary VCM), owned by Leandro De Aguiar.

Silver Champion Mare TINA EL MADAN (El Tino x Grace LM), owned by Rancho Arabco.

Bronze Champion Mare QUEEN AYDA FWM (FA El Shawan x TN Mariani), owned by Lone Star.

MARE CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: FT HAVANNA EL KEAV (HK Keav Power x Hillary VCM), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Flavia Maria Ramalho Torres, O: Leandro De Aguiar Silver Champion: TINA EL MADAN (El Tino x Grace LM) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: Rancho Arabco Bronze Champion: QUEEN AYDA FWM (FA El Shawan x TN Mariani) Ex: ZR Training Center, B: Casa Branca Agro-Pastoril Ltda, O: Lone Star

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FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: MIUCHA EL SHAWAN JQ (FA El Shawan x Guama El Power JQ), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Jairo Queiroz Jorge, O: Jeff Sloan Silver Champion: KISSME EL MADAN (El Tino x Rose Of Versace JG), Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: Haras El Madan Bronze Champion: ONLY SERONDELLA (AAS Elishahh x Jelabie Serondella), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Fabio Alberto Amorosino, O: Haras Serondella

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Gold Champion Filly MIUCHA EL SHAWAN JQ (FA El Shawan x Guama El Power JQ), owned by Jeff Sloan.

Gold Champion Jr. Filly FHJ VANIA (AAS Elishahh x Galena Van Ryad), owned by Haras Jacovas.

Gold Champion Jr. Jr. Filly HDF BARONESA (HDF Lugano x Xandu El Perseus), owned by Haras Das Faias. Get of Sire Champion PSCORE (Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Jose Alves Filho.

JR FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: FHJ VANIA (AAS Elishahh x Galena Van Ryad), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Jose Antonio Jacovas, Owner: Jacovas Silver Champion: SWEET SATISFACTION (HK Keav Power x RA Nefertiti), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Humberto Florezi Filho, O: De Al Hoscan Bronze Champion: KHYKI HEC (HK Keav Power x Khyara HEC), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Florivaldo De Carvalho, O: Estancia California

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JR JR FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: HDF BARONESA (HDF Lugano x Xandu El Perseus), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Rodrigo Da Silva Faias, O: Haras Das Faias Silver Champion: SHIVA ARABCO (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Sylvio Barbosa Neto, O: Rancho Arabco Bronze Champion: SPECIAL DREAM HVP (Thee Apprentice x Tawany HVP), Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B/O: Agropec Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltd

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PRESENTING THE PERSONALITIES

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t the risk of sounding cliché, Hendrik, tell us your first experience with the Arabian horse; when that was, where that was, and what it was like for you. We always had riding horses with my dad, so I have been around them for a long time. But with Arabians, it was around 2000 when my mom and her husband bought two purely for riding. One day I tagged along to see them at Juan Murillo Training Center in Belgium. I was struck with the charisma and beauty of the Arabian horse and the way they were handled and taken care of. A few weeks later, we went to visit a show in Belgium, I believe it was the Elran Cup. When I saw the horses enter the ring and do their thing— and the excitement of the crowds when their horses entered—I knew I wanted to be a part of that. I just fell in love with them. It seems that Belgium has exploded onto the global Arabian scene within the last decade or so. Is this something you would agree with? If yes, why do you think this has happened? I believe it has been a bit longer than that. From way before I was involved with Arabians, there were high quality horses in Belgium. Not always the biggest breeders, but it seemed to me they carefully selected their mares and imported very influential stallions, which paid off and which we can still see the impact from today. It was that, combined with so many successful trainers and a great location in Europe to travel to all the shows from. There are many great breeders in Belgium, as well as many great horses they have bred. Tell me a handful of the great Belgian horses that really stand out for you and why. It’s hard for me to answer that—imagine if I forget someone … I don’t want to insult anyone! But on a personal level, a mare like Misha Apal … who does not like that?! For me, she is one of my all time favorites. The impact that Psytadel has had on the breed, and the way his daughters produce is impressive. I never had the chance to see Saskia, but what an impact she had. Young stallions like Emerald J and SMF Magic One are also doing well at the shows and in the breeding barn. The mare Navarrone P and her offspring are winning as well. They are proven

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success that started years ago and is still very much alive today. And there are many more … I could keep naming for a while. Tell us a little bit about your first few work experiences in the Arabian horse world. My first job was helping out on the weekends at Juan’s Murillo Training Center. He was a true horseman and I learned the so important basics from him. Then I spent a few months in Qatar with Bart van Buggenhout, learning about training, breeding, and foaling. He has so much experience and loves to share it (Even after I came to Qatar permanently, I still called him all the time for advice). I then spent two years on my own running a small farm in Belgium for the Oostervink family. It was a great experience, for the first time running it on my own, which I learned a lot from. Tell us when you arrived at Al Nasser Stud and how this job came about for you. I started working for Al Nasser Stud in the spring of 2005, after working for the Oostervink family prior to that. They gave me the opportunity to go to Qatar and learn from Bart van Buggenhout, who was the manager at Al Rayyan Farm at the time. I spent a few months there in 2002 and 2003. I returned to Belgium to continue my job, but always felt that I would return to Qatar. I had a great experience and made good friends during the time I was there. When the previous manager at Al Nasser had to move on to other things, Bart called me up and asked if I was interested in taking over at Al Nasser as their manager. I was a bit nervous at the time, uncertain if I had enough experience and if I would be able to leave my family, but I did say yes. In the ten years that have passed, I have never regretted that decision. Tell the readership a little bit about Al Nasser Stud and what it stands for, its foundation and how it came to be. What were some high points in its unfolding over the years? Sheikh Nawaf started the farm in the early nineties. He imported Egyptian mares from Imperial Stud and later a few from Morocco, as well as a few non-straights, mainly Dyn Aliyah. These horses make the foundation of

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Hendrik and girlfriend Malene Larsen, trainer at Al Nasser Stud. Al Nasser. We had many successes over the years in the show ring and the breeding barn. I believe our strength with non-straight is the heavy mix of Egyptian blended with modern stallions. With the Egyptians, I believe a strong base with the Imperial horses and classic Mahzeer daughters we had later, mixed with the bloodlines of the stallions of other Qatari farms and created a unique look. Sheikh Nawaf always followed his own ideas, and that resulted in what we are now. Tell us a little bit about the success Al Nasser Stud has experienced with two or three of their amazing dam lines. Talk a little bit about each of those dam lines and why you feel they are as powerful as they are. What “wow” characteristics seem to belong to each of these female lines? The most successful offspring in the shows come from Aliah Al Nasser. The two most prominent Egyptian lines are the ones from Bint Saida Al Nasser and Imperial Madanah.

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From Aliah Al Nasser, apart from being a national champion herself, she produced multiple champion offspring, including multi-champion Monther Al Nasser, ultra typey Marwa Al Nasser and her full sister Bdour Al Nasser; champion producer Remal Al Nasser, Rihab, Masrata, and Aleysha Al Nasser, the mother of multi-champion mare Anood Al Nasser. She and her daughters produce quality foal after quality foal. They are always very refined, with nice arched necks and clean throatlatches—truly Arabian looking. Also, Bint Saida the Reserve World Champion Mare along with many other titles, has quite a big family here. Her daughter Amira Al Nasser did an especially great job; we have a beautiful Al Adeed filly which is 4th generation Al Nasser breeding. Again, they are very refined with nice length of neck and great attitude. If you saw Saida in a presentation here at the farm, it’s a sight you would not forget;

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she is so full of herself. The Imperial Madanah family is a little different; more classic looking, bigger, and solid with more power. Madanah herself was a mare with such amazing expression—large black eyes, and the gentlest character—winning the Most Beautiful Head award every time she showed. She is a mare that is sorely missed here. It is interesting that Ali Jamaal, Muscat, and Menes lie at the root of one of your most famous dam lines. Do you see any characteristics from those stallions in the generations from that line today, or has the Egyptian influence taken over? I think you can definitely see the influence they had. Aliah looks to me very much like a classic bay Ali Jamaal-bred mare, and her daughters from mixed stallions look mostly like her, where her daughters with Egyptian stallions have more Egyptian looking features. But I must say that, mixed with the Egyptian stallions, it has created a look of its own. I don’t think either one overpowers the other, but it’s more a nice blend of those lines. But for sure, it does not hurt to have those amazing stallions in the pedigree. Where would you like to see things with Al Nasser Stud five years from now? We would like, of course,

to keep improving every generation of foals. There is no such thing as the perfect horse, but we keep trying to come as close as we can to what we believe that is, and keep working hard on creating that Al Nasser look. Also, contributing to the Arabian horse world in a positive manner for the good of the horse. Being successful in the show ring with our homebred horses gives us a great feeling that we’re on the right path in our program. What does your dream horse look like? I am working daily with my dream horses! I am very grateful I can work every day with these amazing animals that bring so much joy to my life. If you could resurrect any two horses, who would they be and why? First of all, I would bring back Imperial Madanah. This mare could have contributed so much more to Al Nasser, and just because she was such a gentle character and all around great horse. And second, I would like a healthy young Imperial Mahzeer. I just adore his daughters. Because of some issues, he could not breed for many years. In these few years, he left some amazing producing mares—so classic looking. He could have had a more serious impact that would have benefited all of Qatar and their Egyptian

Dawn Martin, Malene Larsen, Hendrik Mens, Gold Champion Yearling Colt Amaar Al Nasser and Glenn & Cathy Schoukens.

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breeding. On top of that, he was a great horse to have around. Do you like the desert or the ocean? I like an ocean in the desert—makes the perfect beach! What makes you happy? The life I am living now, surrounded by the horses and the people I love. I am in a good place in my life and ready for the challenges that lay ahead. It must be strengthening to you to have Malene and her vast history with the Arabian horse alongside you at Al Nasser Stud. Can you speak a little about that? Well, it makes my job a lot easier! She is a great horse lady and takes care of the training of the horses and teaches the staff. She has a very gentle approach towards horses and people. I also value her input on breeding and we discuss what to do or what not to do, which is always nice to have a second opinion. Malene and her family are breeding some top quality Arabians in Denmark at Northwest Arabians. She sure brings in the experience, and it’s not so difficult working together with your best friend. It’s a great team, and I could not imagine it differently. I look forward to our future together.

What is your favorite Arabian horse destination to travel to? Personally for me, it’s Belgium, because then I can go and see the horses we have with Schoukens Training Center and visit some friends and family at the same time. But it’s not only horse-related; there are many places I would still love to visit. Throughout your career in the Arabian industry, who have been mentors and role models for you? There are many people I have respect for, but surely Bart van Buggenhout has always been a great friend and mentor. I have learned so much from him on how to manage a farm. He has so much experience to give and I was lucky enough to have him close by for many years and call him a friend. Glenn Jacobs, as well, is a great friend. We can discuss breeding and horses for many hours. He has a great eye for quality and I have lots of respect for his opinion. We help each other when we need it, and that’s a nice feeling. I have also worked together with Glenn Schoukens since I started here at Al Nasser, and we are a great team. He helps me a lot with different situations, and I respect his input a lot. We have become great friends over the years. There are so many other people I would like to mention, but you will not have

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A Celebration of Ten By Jeff Wallace

As the clock struck ten in the lobby of the charming Hotel San Michele in Cortona, Italy, a Who’s Who of Arabian breeders and enthusiasts began to spill out the door and into the quaint streets. The inherent beauty of the town, so typically Italian, is warm and welcoming, and a perfect representation of the local way of life. We had gathered in the hotel, a restored 15th century palace, in preparation for our visit to the nearby breeding and training center founded ten years ago by Tuscan native Giacomo Capacci, a young man that we have all come to greatly admire. As we made the short ten-kilometer pilgrimage, our anticipation mounted. We knew we were about to see a battery of stallions that have been and continue to be a game changing collection of some of the finest Arabian horseflesh the world has ever seen or experienced. The horse culture of Tuscany dates back well over three thousand years, to when the Etruscan civilization flourished there for nearly a millennium, ten years before and ten years after. Their horses were renowned for their speed, as proven in international races, and for their courage and agility in battle, as proven by the Romans, who selected Etruscan steeds to mount the Roman cavalry before eventually assimilating or eradicating nearly all traces of the Etruscan people. Much of the evidence of their once-thriving cities remains buried beneath the rich, Tuscan soil. Rooted in its Etruscan foundations, Cortona, is once again home to some of the finest horses in the world, which can now be found in the fields and stables of Giacomo omo Ca Capacci Arabians. Here, the pastures are dotted with some of the most prized Arabian mares of top breeders from all around the world. They are the mothers and grandmothers of national and world champions or hold those prestigious titles themselves. They are priceless producers; literally holding within them what are sure to be among the next generation of Gold champions. The stallion barn houses a “la corrente” collection of many of the finest stallions on Earth. The potent combination of stellar care and an unbeatable stallion battery has drawn the world’s leading broodmares to Tuscany like a powerful magnet, resulting in a visiting herd of nearly incalculable value.

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Ten minutes after setting out from Cortona, we reassembled on the grounds of Giacomo Capacci Arabians. We thought we knew what to expect when the barn doors opened for the highly anticipated stallion presentation, but none of us was truly prepared for the dazzling display that we were treated to. In an almost unbelievable parade of one legendary horse after another, ten World Champions emerged, one more beautiful than the next, and most of whom were led to their titles by Giacomo Capacci. 2003 World Champion Stallion Al Adeed Al Shaqab, 2013 Gold World Champion Stallion Fadi Al Shaqab, 2001 World Champion Stallion Gazal Al Shaqab, 2014 Gold World Champion Senior Stallion Kahil Al Shaqab, 2001 and 2002 World Champion Colt and 2008 World Champion Senior Stallion Marwan Al Shaqab, 2012 World Champion Junior Colt Wadee Al Shaqab, 2013 Bronze World Champion Junior Colt Sultan Al Shaqab and the undefeated contender for this year’s world title, Hariry Al Shaqab all represented a single owner, the renowned Al Shaqab-Member of Qatar Foundation. That is a whole lot of stallion power and breeding potential to be entrusted to one man and located on a single site. Also on display was Eks Alihandro, the spectacular 2013 World Junior Champion bred by Willie Brown of South Africa and owned by Athbah Stud. This son of Marwan Al Shaqab hails from one of the strongest dam lines in European breeding,. Only five years old, Alihandro has already produced world-caliber offspring who are racking up titles of their own. Athbah manager Ward Bemong could have chosen anyone to escort this great steed through his illustrious career, but it is Giacomo who has earned his nod. Rounding out the roster of ten World titleholders was 2009 Reserve World Champion Colt Maharaja HDM, a gorgeous son of the spectacular World Champion Marajj and the elegant 2002 World Senior Champion Mare ZT Sharuby. To have been immersed within the space of an hour in so much of the breed’s finest horseflesh was to be witness to an historic moment within our breed. It is magical moments like that which are so rare, and so long remembered. Why is it that breeders are willing to entrust Giacomo Capacci with their horses, and therefore with their futures? After all, ten years is a relatively short span of time. One answer to that question may be that as the Arabian breed has globalized, Giacomo has stayed in complete sync with that process. It leads me to wonder, did Giacomo’s strong connection to his core allow him to globalize naturally alongside the breed, without direct intention? His is a true global enterprise, with a client base that spreads to the far corners of the world. Giacomo designed each of the structures that serve the farm, of which I believe there may be ten! The facility boasts a state of the art breeding department and a long track record of successful outcomes, whether they are via the natural process, shipped semen or embryo transfer. It is the perfect compliment to Capacci’s thriving training department that consistently delivers championships to his delighted clients. Giacomo’s staff reminds me of a big extended family. There is a group of handsome young men, deeply tanned and athletic, who care for the horses with a brotherly camaraderie that resonates with the horses and the visitors. It is clear that they are capably managed by a man not much their senior. Every one of the talented staff are real experts in their field, who Giacomo has empowered to ensure that every horse is happy, healthy, and receiving the finest services possible. But he does not do it alone. Longtime girlfriend and business partner Michelle Bergsma plays a significant role in the operation of Giacomo Capacci Arabians, and is a fiercely loyal advocate for Giacomo and their business. She is smart and savvy, and is involved in every aspect of the work. While she prefers to operate behind the scenes, she is aware of every detail of the operation, and is never afraid to speak her mind or offer her guidance. Michelle and Giacomo compliment each other perfectly. I am of the mind that what you experience with people in one regard often equates to what you can expect from them in other areas. Once you get a real sense of a person, it is easy to connect the dots and assume that you have seen a glimpse of their true character. Giacomo reveals himself by his incredible hospitality. He has a way of making each and

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every visitor feel special and catered to. One of his favorite ways to do that is to play host to a home-cooked meal. Giacomo is a passionate and talented chef, who loves to entertain his guests at his long dining table, accompanied by ten chairs. His culinary skills are as excellent as his horsemanship, and on the day that I was there, he served up a delicious plate of prosciutto and melon along with fabulous pasta tossed with sautéed zucchini. It was fresh, and delicious, and tasted of Italy. Ten feet away from the rest of us, a house cat perched at the end of the table, his tail curling in a contented arc. He never took his eyes off of us, using all of his nine lives, if only he had ten! Sharing the bounty of Tuscany with his guests is a particular pleasure that further connects Giacomo to his visitors. To my mind, it is an example of the way that he holistically connects on many other levels as well. Giacomo Capacci entered the world of horses naturally, coming from a family that included a grandfather who raised Arabian horses. After completing his college degree in chemistry, Giacomo surrendered to the desire to make his living doing the one thing that seemed to feed his personal passion, training Arabian horses. He soon realized that he was able to straddle the bridge between training, breeding and marketing, making him as versatile a horseman as the versatile Arabians that he loves. Despite the fact that the Arabian business is highly competitive, Giacomo is well respected by fellow exhibitors. He aligns himself with great, passionate people and is widely seen as a good person by others. In fact, it is hard to find anyone who has a bad word to say about him. Bart Van Buggenhout, who manages Aljassimya Stud employed Giacomo’s talents in 2013, Giacomo showed the bay beauty Minwah to the World Gold Junior Champion filly honors for Sheikh Jassim, and recently flew from Italy to New York City to handle Aljassimya’s yearling colt entry in the inaugural Arabian U.S. Open in Central Park Horse Show. Giacomo did not disappoint, masterfully showing Jamal Aljassimya to the Gold Champion Yearling Colt title. Giacomo has a quiet, polite demeanor that makes him extremely approachable, although he is wildly talented and dedicated to his craft. His personal integrity, impeccable work ethic and unique ability to communicate easily with the horses that he handles are his recipe for success in the show ring. When Giacomo’s horses enter the arena, he manages to stay out of the focus of the judges, letting their eyes follow the horse without interruption. His horses stand alertly before the judges, seemingly eager to do their best for him. It is a formula for success that has seen Giacomo lead at least one World Champion at the Salon du Cheval in Paris over the last past years which has made him a World Champion himself. All of the senses come alive at Giacomo Capacci Arabians. The taste of delicious food, the sound of precocious foals whinnying in the fields, the feel of the sleek coats of the show horses, the smell of the hay in the barn, and the sight of so many magnificent horses in a landscape that is almost too perfect to believe makes it difficult to assimilate everything at once. There is so much richness to take in during the visit, people need a way to absorb it all as they get ready to depart. For me, that buffer comes when I get in my car and head down the road. Just down the street from Giacomo’s, there is a gorgeous field of sunflowers that stretches as far as the eye can see. And across the street is the charming Italian espresso bar that is his favorite eatery, his hip, typical Italian lunch spot, where he is a favored local to the proprietors. It is there that I can sit in that local hang out, gaze at the sunflowers, have a cup of coffee, and digest all that I have just seen and heard at Giacomo’s place. I think about how the early days of his success have turned into weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into ten years. Now, just as a straight of tens can come in a great run of cards, there is every reason to believe that time will always be on his side.

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Presents the Most Unique STALLION COLLECTION ON EARTH! QUALITY WILL NEVER BE OUT OF FASHION... QUALITY IS THE WAY TO BE REMEMBERED...

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Gazal Al Shaqab

GAZAL AL SHAQAB (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) bay stallion

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Marwan Al Shaqab

MARWAN AL SHAQAB (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) bay stallion

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

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Al Adeed Al Shaqab AL ADEED AL SHAQAB (Ansata Halim Shah x Sundar Alisayyah) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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Farhoud Al Shaqab

FARHOUD AL SHAQAB (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Johara Al Shaqab) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

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Wadee Al Shaqab

WADEE AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) bay stallion

Kahil Al Shaqab

KAHIL AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) bay stallion

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Fadi Al Shaqab

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

FADI AL SHAQAB (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) bay stallion

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Hariry Al Shaqab

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

HARIRY AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk) grey stallion

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Sultan Al Shaqab

SULTAN AL SHAQAB (Amir Al Shaqab x Abha Al Shaqab) grey stallion

Hadidy Al Shaqab

HADIDY AL SHAQAB (Gazal Al Shaqab x White Silkk) grey stallion

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Shamekh Al Danat

SHAMEKH AL DANAT (Ajmal El Kout x Ajmal Sherifa) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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Cavalli

CAVALLI (DA Valentino x Aspyn) chestnut stallion

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EKS Mansour

EKS MANSOUR (EKS Alihandro x EKS Phateena) grey colt

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Jamil Al Rayyan

JAMIL AL RAYYAN (Ansata Hejazi x Danah Al Rayyan) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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ZT FAA’IQ (Anaza El Farid x ZT Jamdusah) bay stallion

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AJA Angelo

AJA ANGELO (WH Justice x AJA Aaisha) grey stallion

Nadir Dello Jato

NADIR DELLO JATO (Shanghai E.A. x GS Futura) grey colt

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LC Prince Magnum

LC PRINCE MAGNUM (Magnum Psyche x Ludy El Shahller HMR ) chestnut stallion

Maharaja HDM

MAHARAJA HDM (Marajj x Miss Yahsminah Elamal) bay stallion

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Frasera Dubai

FRASERA DUBAI (Phaaros x Frasera Mashara) Straight Egyptian chestnut stallion

Al Ghazali AA

AL GHAZALI AA (Gazal Al Shaqab x The Vision HG) bay stallion

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TF Colours Salaadine Khazar TF COLOURS (Royal Colours x Nuk Serondella) bay stallion

SALAADIN KHAZAR (Emir Khazar x Salaamah Bint Iman) Straight Egyptian black stallion

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EKS AMIR (EKS Alihandro x EKS Lady Dauphine) bay colt

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EKS Alihandro

EKS ALIHANDRO (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) bay stallion

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Sabea Al Sahraa

SABEA AL SAHRAA (Koronec x Nouf Al Thalitha) bay stallion

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Vitorino DC

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Celebrating a dream come true! By Beth Ellen Hunziker Imagine if you can a vision of the most lush, beautiful and abundant land possible. Imagine that place filled with exquisite Arabian horses - stallions, mares and foals prancing for the sheer joy of the life they enjoy. Giacomo Capacci, one of the most respected and successful Arabian horsemen in the world, has brought that imaginary vision to life. Even at his youthful age, Giacomo has accomplished more than many people twice his years and it all began with his dream to live and work with Arabian horses. On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, Giacomo Capacci welcomed an intimate group of international guests to his beautiful farm in Cortona, Italy to celebrate his victories at the recent Menton Arabian Horse Championships and the ten-year anniversary of his business, Giacomo Capacci Arabians. Breeders and owners, royal representatives, publishers, artists and writers; many of the most influential people of the Arabian horse community from around the world gathered to celebrate with Giacomo Capacci and his team. As guests arrived and saw the elegant dĂŠcor and exciting part party atmosphere, they felt they were about to witness something very special; something truly spectacular was about to happen. The air was full of excitement and anticipation. The guests mingled and enjoyed the festive tents, white linens, colorful flowers, sparkling crystal and delicious refreshments. The elegant atmosphere was warm and inviting - it was the epitome of Italian hospitality. Giacomo and his team had magically created a lavish fantasy scene - like something from a movie, a play or a novel - it was the perfect setting to present a group of horses no one could imagine - not even in their dreams. The spectacular Arabian horses that call Giacomo Capacci Arabians their home represent the finest breeding programs in the world. Among the star-studded stallions are legends of the breed and their heirs. Most important of all, the stallions who reside at GCA offer uncompromising quality, as well as proven abilities to sire champions and champion producers. To say that among the stallions at GCA are the most important sires of this generation is an extremely bold statement. However, it is true - and, it was substantiated by a presentation that has never been seen before, and will very likely never be witnessed again.

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Giacomo, Michelle and their team warmly welcomed their guests, and then, with perfect precision and timing, the most amazing presentation of horses began. It was like an orchestrated concert. The horses were brought out by groups of families so everyone could see and understand the evolution of the generations these champions were producing. Each horse brought out added to the awe-inspiring experience. National champions, international champions - champions from Menton, the Na Nations Cup and the World Championships of Paris - it was clear to all that the horses at Giacomo Cappaci were the crème de la crème, the finest of the breed. Again, at just the right time, a short break was announced in order to welcome a special guest of honor for the grand finale - Andrea Bocelli, the international mega m superstar and dearly beloved Italian tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Andrea shares a passion for horses and when a beautiful Arabian foal was brought to him to touch, genuine joy illuminated his face. Andrea moved his hands all over the foal - face, neck, shoulders - even its back. The foal behaved very well, standing and allowing Andrea’s gentle touch. The love was clear for all to see. The emotion of the moment was overwhelming - but there was more - the spectacular finale. The title of World Champion at the Salon du Cheval is the highest possible award for an Arabian horse; very few will ever achieve this stature. The honor of this prestigious title sets them above all others and forever earns them a place in history. They are revered as the very best of the best. Now, the guests of Giacomo Cappaci had the unrivaled privilege to stand in the presence and to witness greatness as never before. In the glorious golden moments of dusk, in the beautiful Tuscan twilight, an epic experience unfolded as the eight World Champions at Giacomo Capacci were brought out. One by one, they were presented, until they stood as a glorious group, each one an extraordinary example of the incomparable beauty, auty, grace and aut nobility of the Arabian breed…

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ZT Sharuby (ZT Sharello x ZT Bint Ruby) 2002 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Shaqab. Minwah (Kahil Al Shaqab x LC Primavera) 2013 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Jassimya Farm. Wadee Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2012 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab. EKS Alihandro (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) 2013 Unanimous Gold World Champion, owned by Athbah Stud. Kahil Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2014 and 2011 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab. Fadi Al Shaqab (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) 2013 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2008, 2002 and 2001 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 2001 World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab Everyone felt the raw power of these majestic animals as they vied for the guests’ attention and admiration. The magic of the historic moment inspired spontaneous applause from the people as they crowded to get a closer look. Words such as, “stunning, unbelievable, amazing, impossible and unforgettable,” were murmured, while cameras flashed like the paparazzi at a Cannes red carpet film debut. But of course, why not? These are the celebrities, the royalty of the Arabian breed! Like all good things, the presentation of the world champions came to an end. One by one, they left, until the great one, Gazal Al Shaqab, the progenitor of many of these World Champions remained. Gazal deserved the spotlight for himself - even for a moment - before he too was led back to the peace and quiet of his stable. The presentation was completed, but the celebration continued with lively spirits, a five-star dining experience, great music and more conversation. The guests lingered until long after the delicious dinner, talking about the spectacle they had witnessed. It seemed they didn’t want the evening to ever end. Everyone - the horses, visitors and clients - all enjoyed the good vibes, the fun and the relaxed atmosphere that Giacomo, Michelle and the staff created for this unforgettable celebration commemorating the Ten Year Anniversary of Giacomo Capacci Arabians - and a dream come true.

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A Ajman Stud .............................................FC, 1, 5-16, 114, 115 Al Baydaa Stud...........................................................136, 137 Al Danat Stud .....................................................................280 Al Nasser Stud ................................................................18, 19 Al Rashediah Stud ..............................................................283 Al Shahania Stud ................................................................282 Al Shaqab ............................... 52-55, 82-85, 92-101, 276-279 Al Thumama Stud ..........................................................64, 65 Albaydaa.............................................................................284 Albidayer Stud.................................................................... BC Aljassimya Farm ....................................................... 312, IBC Almshalia Arabian Horse Stud ...........................................290 Arabian U.S. Open, Central Park, NY ...............................262 Aria Collection LLC................................................... 112, 113 Aria Prestige Holdings LLC .......................................108, 109 Ariela Arabians ....................................... 34, 35, 112, 113, 286 Athbah Stud ................................................................288, 289 Atyab Stud .......................................................................... 281 B Berlin Arabian Horse Cup..................................................299 C Cedar Ridge Arabians ................................................ 130-133 Central Equine Reproduction.............................................249 D Dubai Arabian Horse Stud ............................................. 42-49 F Fazenda Floresta ............................................................32, 33 Frank Sponle Training ............................................... 260, 261 G Giacomo Cappaci Arabians........................................ 263-298 H Haras FK ............................................................................ 241 Haras Santa Marta ..............................................................140

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I Ilse Seynhaeve, Equine Reproduction & Embryo Center....72 Impresario Holdings................................................... 110, 111 J Jadem Arabians ..............................................................32, 33 M Marino Arabians ........................................................ 127-129 Midwest ........................................................... 30, 31, 73-144 Milad Equine Center ..................................................226, 227 Milestone Arabians ....................................................134, 135 Mystica Arabians ...............................................................285 N NJ Arabian Horse Ventures LLC ...............................102, 103 O Oak Ridge Arabians ....................................................122-127 Obi Training Center ...........................................................145 P Privilege Arabians ......................................................136, 137 R Rohara Arabians ......................................................... 300, 301 S Schoukens Training Center ............................................ 20, 21 Security West Corporation .........................................138, 139 Shazim Stud .......................................................................287 Silver Maple Farm .........................................................56, 57 St. Petersbourg International Cup ........................................17 Stigler Stud ............................................................................3 Stone Ridge Arabians................................................. 120, 121 Swaenepoel, James ...................................................228, 229 T Ted Carson ................................................................. 260, 261 The Abel Family..........................................................116-119 The Impresario Partners .............................................104, 105 Triana Holdings, LLC ................................................106, 107 Tulip Cup – Holland...........................................................225

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On top of the world! We are celebrating our three Unanimous Gold Champion Stallions at Scottsdale 2016. Monther Al Nasser in the Egyptian Heritage, Al Ayal AA in the Straight Egyptian and Equator in the International classes. All three stallions were chosen to breed us our next generation of foals. 2016 Filly by Monther Al Nasser A HT A BROA D

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