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www.BelovedsFarm.com | Patricia M. Dempsey | 352-430-3456

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We present our Team for Paris 2017 with Pride. info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com

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Design by: mickĂŠandoliver Photo by: Nawaf Al Johani

Gold @ Menton Looking forward to her second appearance in Europe after a golden start in Menton. Presented by Giacomo Capacci. by SMA Magic One ex Baraka MP by Alfabia Ajib info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com

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JASMEENAH ALJASSIMYA Design by: mickĂŠandoliver Photo by: Nawaf Al Johani

Imagine the Ideal There is no more to say except be sure to see her in Paris 2017 with Giacomo Capacci. by Al Ayal AA ex CR Jasmeenah by WH Justice info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com

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Design by: mickĂŠandoliver Photo by: Gigi Grasso

Gold @ Scottsdale! Expect a dramatic performance from our superb homebred WH Justice daughter, making her European debut in Paris with Giacomo Capacci. by WH Justice ex Toscana PGA by Khadraj NA info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com A HT Abroad

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MAYSAH ALJASSIMYA Photo by: Gigi Grasso Design by: mickĂŠandoliver

Five times 20! Experience the extraordinary Maysah Aljassimya again in Paris, setting the record straight. Paris Junior Fillies with Giacomo Capacci. By Monther Al Nasser ex Marwans Elygance by Marwan Al Shaqab info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com A HT Abroad

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Design by: mickĂŠandoliver Photo by: Gigi Grasso

Gold @ Chantilly! Lighting up the ring wherever he goes in 2017 our beautiful WH Justice son competes again in Paris Junior Colts with Giacomo Capacci. by WH Justice ex Om E Euphoria by Sanadik El Shaklan info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com A HT Abroad

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Photo by: Gigi Grasso Design by: mickĂŠandoliver

Gold @ Chantilly! and 2016 World Silver Champion, this very complete homebred two year old colt will be carrying our colours in the Paris Junior Colts with Giacomo Capacci. by WH Justice - ex Annaiss by Ansata Nile Echo info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com A HT Abroad

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Introducing the son Of Menton 2017 Gold Champions Wadee Al Shaqab and Shirin By Aisha. Making his debut in Paris Yearling Colts with Giacomo Capacci. by Wadee Al Shaqab ex Shirin by Aisha by WH Justice info@aljassimyafarm.com | www.aljassimyafarm.com A HT Abroad

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Comments From The Publisher


Al Nasser Stud: Anood Al Nasser—Winning Family Affair


Cover Story: Aljassimya Farms’ Paris Collection by Theresa Cardamone


Trainers Forum


Life Through The Lens Of Gigi Grasso by Elisa Grassi & Beth Ellen Hunziker


Integrity and Commitment—The Hallmarks Of Beloveds Farm by Theresa Cardamone


Historical Perspectives: Rodania, Part IV—A Tale Of The Female by Theresa Cardamone & Susanne Bösche


Farewell To Dr. Nasr Marei by Katharina Burkhardt


Ansata Bint Bukra, Part 2—Visual Arts by Susanne Bösche


Ansata Hejazi: Securing The Kingdom—”The King and his Sons” by Susanne Bösche with Bart Van Buggenhout


Schoukens Training Center—Milestones & Success by Beth Ellen Hunziker


An Interview With Mario Matt with Jeff Wallace


The Fate Of Halter, Part II


Into The Future—How Exotic Should An Arabian Horse Head Be? by Mary Kirkman


Remembering The Legendary Sire … Padrons Psyche by Beth Ellen Hunziker


Regional Feature: A Tour Through The Rich And Unique by Susanne Bösche with Theresa Cardamone


Paris … The Magic Moments


Inside The Aljassimya Amateur Challenge by Theresa Cardamone


Leaving A Positive Impression: 2017 Arabian U.S. Open In Central Park by Theresa Cardamone


All Nations Cup Festival—An Entertainment-Filled Show by Susanne Bösche


The Arabian National Breeder Finals and Silver Sire Futurity by Laurelle Anderson


2017 Straight Egyptian World Championship—Bigger Than Life by Susanne Bösche


European Championship—Love Is In The Air by Susanne Bösche


2017 U.S. National Halter Championship


LD Pistal—The Culmination Of An Incredible Career by Beth Ellen Hunziker


Index of Advertisers


Jasmeenah Aljassimya (Al Ayal AA x CR Jasmeenah), owned by Aljassimya Farm.

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WINTER 2017 As the trees continue to shed their autumn leaves in a kaleidoscope of color, the attention of the Arabian horse world is drawn to Paris and the Salon du Cheval, home to the Arabian World Championships. The finest horses gather in Paris in late November, having earned their right to vie for the highest honors through trial by competition. It is a place where kings and queens of the breed are crowned. Paris is also a place of solidarity, where people from many nations and cultures gather—brought together by their love of the Arabian horse.

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As the publisher of AHT Abroad and Arabian Horse Times, I feel an obligation to support the Arabian horse and the people that surround it in positive ways. For me, it is a calling. None of us needs to be convinced of the unique characteristics of our breed—especially their affinity to people. We appreciate the attributes which have stamped the Arabian horse throughout its evolution—the high set tail, strong back and legs, tremendous stamina, beautiful head. It is, however, our responsibility to safeguard our breed through continually reevaluating its development. As part of that process, I also feel an obligation to touch on subjects that may be controversial in order to support the Arabian horse community and the horse that we love. The attention the breed has received in the media of late has led to some negative attitudes and reactions. Any perceived problems must be addressed in a transparent way, with an eye to forming solutions that will clarify any misconceptions the public may have. It is our common concern, and we must all come together to address it, just as we come together in Paris to celebrate our love for the Arabian horse.

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ASSILAH AL SHAHANIA S.M.A Magic One x Nadira Of Rohan

2017 World Championships Yearling FillY illY Contender 2017 Deauville Unanimous Gold Champion Yearling Filly

Presented by Tom Oben - Obi Training Center for Al Shahania Stud.


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Celebrating the legacy of the Arabian horse Exciting show ring competition Endurance ride Art & archeology exhibition Educational Seminar Entertainment and cultural activities

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Since their first major purchase in 2010, Aljassimya Farm has developed a world-class collection of Arabian horses, with the breeding program under the care of 100 Oaks Ranch LLC in the Santa Ynez Valley in California, USA. Years of detailed study, astute purchases and collaborative leases resulted in a foundation which captured H.E. Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s image of the ideal Arabian horse. With the intention of continuing to raise the bar on quality even higher with his homebreds, he made clever deals that brought some of the world’s greatest breeding stallions to Aljassimya Farm on lease.

Sheikh Jassim accepting the 2017 Arabian Breeders Cup award.

The Arabian horse community has now begun to see just how successful the results of those breeding efforts have been. In a splendid showing in Las Vegas last spring, the uniform excellence of the Aljassimya horses resulted in the coveted 2017 Arabian Breeders Cup being awarded to Aljassimya Farm. It is fitting that Sheikh Jassim and the entire Aljassimya Farm team have decided to complete the year at the ultimate event on the Arabian horse calendar, the Arabian World Championships in Paris. They are bringing a strong contingent of entries—most of which are homebred—that will be presented by renowned Italian horseman and showman Giacomo Cappaci.

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The yearling contingent of the Aljassimya Farm show string includes this issue’s cover girl, Jasmeenah Aljassimya, a grey yearling daughter of Dubai International Gold Champion, Egyptian Event Europe Gold Champion and Scottsdale International Egyptian Breeders Classic Champion, Al Ayal AA. Jasmeenah is from his first American foal crop, sired while on lease to Aljassimya Farm. Jasmeenah is named for her exquisite dam, the Platinum World Champion Mare CR Jasmeenah, a daughter of WH Justice. It is foals like this that prompted the recall of Al Ayal AA for a further 2018 season on lease from

Jasmeenah Aljassimya

Sweira Aljassimya

his breeders Ariela Arabians. Also competing for the World Champion Yearling Filly honors is the smoothly elegant bay Sweira Aljassimya, (SMA Magic One x Baraka MP, by Alfabia Ajib), whose only prior appearance in Europe resulted in her being named Gold Champion Yearling Filly at Menton in a sensational class. As evidence of her all-around excellence, Sweira scored perfect “20’s” for both type and movement. Vying for the World Champion Yearling Colt crown, Figaro has a pedigree popping with current champions. His sire, Wadee Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl)—full brother to World Champion Kahil Al Shaqab—proved that he was getting nothing but better with age when he augmented his own 2012 Gold World Champion Junior Stallion title with the 2017

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Gold Champion Senior Stallion honors at Menton. Figaro’s dam, Shirin by Aisha (WH Justice x Aisha by Missouri) did the same, when she added the 2017 Menton Gold Champion Senior Mare and Best-in-Show Female titles to her burgeoning coffers that include a Bronze World Championship as a filly.

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Maysah Aljassimya is by 2016 Scottsdale International Egyptian Heritage Champion Stallion Monther Al Nasser—a son of Ansata Hejazi—and from the Marwan Al Shaqab mare RA Marwans Elygance. Maysah will be competing for the World Champion Junior Female title after clinching the Bronze Champion Junior Filly award at the 2017 Arabian Breeders World Cup. Juhaina Aljassimya is by WH Justice and out of the great producer Toscana PGA, by Khadraj NA, and will also compete for World Champion Junior Female honors. Juhaina previously won the title of 2017 Scottsdale International Champion Two-Year-Old Filly against the best fillies in North America. Meanwhile, the Gold World Junior Male Championship will be the target of her halfbrother Jaal Aljassimya (WH Justice x Annaiss, by Ansata Nile Echo), who looks to add that prestigious honor to his already-impressive 2016 Silver World Champion Yearling Colt title. With both parents being champion producers, it is no surprise that Jaal forecast his big win last year with a previous Juhaina Aljassimya Silver in Menton and Gold in Chantilly. Also carrying the banner for Aljassimya Farm is Nadeem El Arab, foaled in 2014. He is another son of WH Justice who will vie for the junior title and was bred by Om El Arab from their great producer, Om El Euphoria, by Sanadik El Shaklan. Nadeem was the 2017 Gold Champion Stallion at the prestigious Chantilly show earlier this year, after starting his show career with an amateur in the much humbler setting of the Santa Ynez Foal Festival in 2015.

Maysah Aljassimya

Jaal Aljassimya

Lastly, Aljassimya will be applauding Michałow State Stud’s magnificent Equator (QR Marc x Ekliptyka, by Ekstern) as he returns to Europe. Equator has spent two very successful years on lease to Aljassimya Farm in California, where he was bred to some of the farm’s finest mares in addition to serving a full book. Already a European Gold Champion Stallion, Scottsdale International Classic Gold Champion Stallion and 2016 ABWC Gold Champion Stallion, Equator has also earned Silver and Bronze World Championships, along with many other honors, including 2016 U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion. He will be presented in Paris by talented Belgian showman Glenn Schoukens. As the end of November approaches and all eyes turn to Paris, the finest Arabian horses in the world will vie for six Gold, six Silver, and six Bronze World Champion awards. One after the other, the Aljassimya horses will enter the ring, each one capable of earning the top prize in their division. Only time will tell how many of them will add their Parisian laurels to the trophy room at Aljassimya Farm. n

Nadeem El Arab

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That Withstands the Test of Time For Breeders of Today & For Future Generations

SULTANAH AL ARJA (A Jericho x PA Perdita to Ali Jamaal) owned by Al Arja Stud, Kuwait

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A Jakarta x Destiny VF

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“He is Following in the Footsteps of Our Breed’s Greatest Sires, While Creating His Own Type of Beauty.”




Sire of National Champions



National Champion & Reserve National Champion


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*ALI JAMAAL Three-Time National Champion


BEY SHAH+ Reserve National Champion

GAI CHARDONNAY PSYMADRE Reserve National Champion

LAPPES MREEKHIE ALADA BASKIN Twice Reserve National Champion


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Reserve National Champion






~ Roxann Hart ~ RUMINAJA ALI National Champion


*NV JUSTA DREAM BAY EL BEY++ National Champion




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Siring Classic Beauty

To Withstand The Test of Time

Owned by Allan & Jean Abel • Standing at Rohara Arabians Office: +1. (352) 591–4661 • Roxann Hart: (352) 266-6445 • John Rannenberg: (352) 266-6446 Email: rohara@windstream.net • Fax: (352) 591-1683

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BELOVED GRACIOUS LADY (Bey Ambition x AP Sheez Sassy) & Patricia Dempsey

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Cover Story

Breeding and raising horses is a labor of love that Pat Dempsey has embraced for most of her life. Today,


she is widely known in the Arabian horse industry as the owner of Beloveds Farm in Lady Lake, Florida. Even though she is a small breeder in terms of

“Nobody else in my family was into horses, we raised beef cattle,”

number of horses, for the past two years, Pat has been the leading

Pat chuckles. “So, until I could buy my own—this was when

U.S. owner of halter winners at our national championships.

I was about seven or eight—I’d ride the lead cow! In fact, the

She is also a strong supporter of the Arabian horse in the open

cow’s name was ‘Theresa’! That’s why I had a really good seat

marketplace, having twice broken world records to secure special

by the time I was nine and could buy my first registered

horses for her program. What most people do not know is that

Saddlebred mare for $200. When I later qualified for the

Pat has gotten to where she is today from humble beginnings,

Olympics in dressage and stadium jumping, everything was held

using her determination, pluck and passion to build her future.

in Europe and everyone had to have a ‘guru’ if they rode in those fields. So, when someone asked me who my guru was, I would say, ‘Theresa,’ and they would pretend to know who that was.”

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Pat rapidly parlayed her meager investment into a consistent source of income that funded her future, including her college education through two Masters—one in Business Administration and one in Public Administration. “I’ve been breeding horses since I was nine,” Pat relays. “I bred about ten foals from that Saddlebred mare, which I trained, showed and sold. I didn’t have a trailer, so to get her bred, I would ride my mare the eight miles across the river to the Saddlebred farm, take the saddle off, we’d breed her, and I’d ride her back to our farm in Ohio.”

Pat’s notoriety grew as she became the rider of choice for some of the leading barns in the area. “I couldn’t afford a really good horse and wanted to keep my amateur status, so I rode for other people so they could sell their horses for big money. I’d never had a lesson or anything … except from riding Theresa! And every time I would show in a class, I would whup all the wealthy kids and the horse would be sold. People paid a lot of money for them, back then … $100,000—that’s like $1.5 million now.” Patricia Dempsey aboard her first Saddlebred mare, Bourbon’s Rhapsody Truly Super.

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Beloveds Farm located in beautiful Lady Lakes, Florida.

From an early age, Pat Dempsey has demonstrated the grit and

Pat utilized her education to foster an extremely successful

determination it takes to build her life into what it is today.

life in the business world and she runs Beloveds Farm and her

She has also proven that she is game for just about any

seven businesses with the same attention to detail; creating an

challenge. “I was at a show where a friend from high school

atmosphere of trust while setting the bar to a very high standard.

was also competing,” Pat remarks. “I didn’t jump or anything, I

Her horses are raised with love and respect, an attitude

rode flat saddle—3-gaited and 5-gaited—but he had a big, white

reflected by each member of the farm team, and received back

jumper named Snow King. I think he was about 17 hands. They

by the horses themselves. Pat foals out her mares herself, and

had just won a class over about 60 other horses, and he dared me

when she decides to test her horses in competition, they are

to ride Snow King in his next class. So, he gave me his jacket

placed in the hands of horsemen who have similar ideas and

and hard hat—I had my own britches on—and I went in to show

humane practices. Honesty and integrity are the foundation

Snow King. And I’ll tell you what,” Pat remembers, “when I saw

of the culture that Pat has established, and are necessary

that first jump of five feet coming, I was shit-scared, I couldn’t

ingredients for anyone who hopes to handle Beloveds’ horses.

even look! I didn’t even have a clue about the pattern. We won

The well-being of the animals is always of paramount

over 47 horses as I recall, but it was only because Snow King

importance, which has led to happy, well-adjusted horses

knew where to go. I didn’t show jumpers for a while again,

who are eager to perform and win.

until I got a little more experience!”

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2017 has been an extraordinary year for Beloveds Farm. Pat has

born, a trio of phenomenal chestnut colts who will be making

been very pleased to see the emergence of her young stallion

their show debuts sometime next year. They are as correct and

Beloved One NA—a Canadian National Champion and U.S.

elegant as their full-sisters, with plenty of attitude and presence.

Reserve National Champion Junior Stallion as a 2-year old—as an exceptional sire. With only five foals on the ground, his

Beloveds Farm had an avalanche of additional regional winners

two 2016 progeny are already visiting the winner’s circle on a

this summer. Beloved Joy to Behold, another daughter of the

regular basis, both of them winning Regional championships.

excellent producer Rohara MarcAlyssa, was the unanimous

Beloveds One Blessing, out of Rohara MarcAlyssa, by QR Marc,

Region 12 Champion Two-Year Old Filly. Previously, Joy had

was impressive in winning the Region 12 Champion Yearling

journeyed north to win the 2016 Canadian National Champion

Sweepstakes Filly title. Her stand-up was picture perfect: she

Yearling Filly honors. Not to be outshone, Beloved Call to

could have been a model horse, with her dark coat polished to

Glory, a gorgeous son of Gazal Al Shaqab and JP Extreme

an impossible shine, her smooth muscles flexing beneath

Obsession, was named the Region 15 Champion Three-Year

paper-thin skin.

Old Colt. The Region 15 Two-Year-Old Filly Championship was unanimously awarded to the incredibly beautiful Beloved

Another daughter of Beloved One, Beloveds Earth Angel, was

Gracious Lady, who had won the unanimous yearling filly title

named both the unanimous Region 15 Champion Yearling Filly

the previous year. By Bey Ambition and out of the Bey Shah

and the unanimous Region 15 Champion Yearling Sweepstakes

daughter AP Sheez Sassy, Gracious Lady is a throwback to the

Filly. A product of U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Mare

tall, regal, athletic and animated halter champions of earlier

Magnums Angel JD, Earth Angel put on a show-stopping

years. She is so correct in every way, that she was the highest

performance that impressed the audience as much as it did the

scoring yearling filly at the 2016 U.S. Nationals by a whopping

judging panel. This year, three more Beloved One foals were

3.5 points over her nearest competitor.

Multi-National Champion Beloved One NA+ with Ted Carson.

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Beloveds Marc One, sired by Multi-National Champion Beloved One NA+ and out of Rohara MarcAlyssa.

Beloveds Behold, sired by Multi-National Champion Beloved One NA+ and out of Multi-National Champion Valori TRF+.

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2017 Region 15 Champion Beloved Call To Glory, sired by Gazal Al Shaqab and out of JP Extreme Obsession.

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It is plain to see that Pat’s recipe for success is working now,

Having reemerged over the past four years as a leading owner

just as it has worked for her in the past. Her eye for quality and

and breeder, Pat shocked the Arabian public once again with her

instincts as a breeder are as sharp now as they were in 1980,

$1.55 million auction purchase of Om El Erodite last February,

when she was seeking to add to her original foundation mare

a world-record for an Arabian yearling filly. Her commitment to

band. In a foreshadowing of things to come, she purchased U.S.

the welfare of the Arabian horse in general, and that ethereal

National Champion Mare WN Mi Kerida+ at a world record

filly in particular, prompted her bold move and endorsed her

price for an Arabian mare sold at auction. Pat established herself

strong support for the breed. And yet, concerns about the

over the next 38 years as a breeder of note and enthusiastic

integrity of the industry—which includes the organizations that

supporter of the Arabian horse. But for Pat, the state of the

control most of the rated shows in North America—have arisen

industry at that time became intolerable. She was disillusioned

again. Beloveds Farm felt the impact directly when the 2016

over the blatant cosmetic alterations that were being performed

U.S. National Show Committee created confusion about the

on Arabian show horses, and the failure of the judges and

adjudication of Class 971, the Arabian Yearling Sweepstakes

stewards of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) to hold the

Filly Championship, by informing exhibitors that the winner

owners and trainers accountable for their actions. With a heavy

of the class had been determined under the official Arabian

heart, and in spite of her

Scoring System, only to

emotional and financial

reverse course and announce

investment, Pat Dempsey

there would be further

made the decision to leave

judging under the

the business and was out of

comparative system. This

the mix for a bit more

resulted in a reversal of

than a decade.

Beloved Gracious Lady’s previously tallied 394.5-point win—which was a margin of three and a half points more than any other filly.

World Cup Supreme Gold Champion Yearling Filly Om El Erodite.

Pat’s position is that AHA’s rules required use of the Arabian Scoring System for judging the yearling filly class. Three mandatory AHA rules require as much: AHA COMP 607 states: “When adjudicating all Breeding/Gelding In-Hand classes … judges will use the ‘Arabian Scoring System.’” AHA COMP 609.4 states: “When adjudicating all Breeding/In-Hand classes, judges will use the ‘Arabian Scoring System.’” Finally, AHA COMP 705.1 states: “The Arabian Scoring System must be used for all Breeding/Gelding In-Hand classes.” The only rule that authorizes comparative judging is limited to junior and senior breeding championships— not yearling sweepstakes classes. In short, it is Pat’s view that the Show Commission’s initial determination—that the winner of the yearling filly class was to be determined under the Arabian Scoring System—was correct, and the Commission’s decision to determine the winner of the class under comparative judging was in violation of AHA’s rules.

Pat Dempsey believes in looking forward and prevailing in each moment. She and her legal team did everything they could to illuminate the infractions that had taken place, expecting a timely, appropriate and

Beloved Gracious Lady Bey Ambition x AP Sheez Sassy

responsible resolution. However, when the issues concerning the Yearling Filly class were pointed out to the AHA President, the Show Commission and the USEF steward prior to the re-judging of Class 971, their response was, “File a protest!” which was exactly what many of the other exhibitors implored Pat to do in asking her to “be their voice,” so that’s exactly what Pat did.

AP Sheez Sassy, by Bey Shah, dam of Beloved Gracious Lady.

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All USEF administrative protocol

Pat’s protest—Class 971— was judged

was respectfully followed and an

at the 2016 U.S. Nationals.

appeal was heard at USEF offices in Lexington, Ky., last April. While

The proposed changes represent

the Hearing Committee rejected

such sweeping revisions to the rules

every single one of AHA’s arguments

currently in effect, that it has been

about its own rules, and while the

submitted as an “extraordinary”

Hearing Committee questioned the

resolution. While the proposed new

Show Commission’s motivations and

rules appear to authorize the proce-

chastised the Show Commission for

dures used at the 2016 U.S. Nation-

how the matter was handled, the Hearing Committee dismissed

als, they do not; they simply were not the rules in effect in 2016.

Pat’s protest! It was an outcome that seemed pre-ordained.

Obviously, if the rules authorized this judging procedure in 2016,

Following the USEF denial of her protest dismissal, and con-

there would be no need to make these rule changes in Novem-

sidering the contents of the 300-page Hearing Transcript, there

ber 2017. The fact that AHA has now apparently determined

was basis for further action within the New York court system,

that it needs to change the rules to conduct the U.S. Nationals in

and Pat has filed an additional protest. In the meantime, it has

that manner, is further evidence that AHA and its Show Com-

become known that AHA will be considering proposed rule

mission violated the rules that were in effect during the 2016

changes at the upcoming AHA Convention in mid-November

U.S. Nationals.

that, if enacted, would remove the mandatory language requiring use of the Arabian Scoring System in all three rules cited above!

There is an ongoing public discussion about the declining numbers of purebred Arabians being bred in the United States.

For example, the language in COMP 607.1 would change from,

People wonder why, when the product is the most versatile,

“when adjudicating All Breeding/Gelding In-Hand Classes…

beautiful and useful breed in the world, the market is not

judges will use the ‘Arabian Scoring System’” to “when

growing. Here is a case in point. The powers that be within the

adjudicating Breeding/In-Hand Classes judges may utilize the

Arabian breed have caused Pat to reexamine the idea of bringing

‘Arabian Scoring System,’” making it optional. The proposed

any more Arabian horses into the world. “I have not bred any

amendments would also add new language to COMP 609.4

of my mares this year and may never breed them again,” Pat

authorizing use of the Arabian Scoring System “in the

proclaims. “I have sold breedings to my stallions and will continue

qualifying sections” followed by a “final comparative”

to do so. We are inundated with offers from around the world

– a procedure that did not exist for Class 971 in the 2016

for Beloved One’s services, and have high demand for the horses

Handbook. And yet, this was how the class at issue in

that I’ve bred. I will keep my show horses with Ted Carson and

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BELOVED GRACIOUS LADY 2016 United States National Champion Yearling Sweepstakes Filly with Ted Carson

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will continue to support Ted and Brandi in the future. I got out

stocking up on their rest and beauty sleep as they get ready

of the industry once before because of the surgical alterations

for their next adventure. And what an adventure that will be!

to the horses, NOW we have to ‘surgically eliminate’ all the

In November, the girls will fly across the Atlantic to compete

factors that could cause the industry to cease to exist.” Pat

against the finest fillies on the planet in the ultimate event of

has also elected not to enter any of her qualified horses in

the year, the Arabian World Championships in Paris. Under

this year’s national championships. It is a bold statement,

Ted Carson’s expert guidance, Erodite will be vying for the title

which speaks to the ideals of integrity and transparency

of World Champion Yearling Filly, with Gracie going after the

that Pat embraces.

World Champion Junior Mare title, complete with a doting entourage to cheer them on. It will be a fitting climax to a spectacular year for Beloveds Farm and the Carsons!

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civilization to exist?” In the same way, she is questioning the reason for AHA and USEF to exist if they do not function according to their own mandated rules and responsibilities.

UPDATE! As this story was going to print on September 18, 2017, Beloveds Farm prevailed.

One can only wonder whether the USEF is exhibiting administrative arrogance by even considering raising membership dues and drug testing fees on already impoverished equine competitions while failing to adhere

Beloved Gracious Lady is the USEF and AHA acclaimed 2016 United States National Champion Yearling Sweepstakes Filly!

to their own mandates and obligations.

Until AHA officials are required to operate the U.S. Nationals in accordance with the organization’s rules, Pat’s horses will go elsewhere for gold and glory. So, while other people’s horses make their way to Tulsa for the U.S. Nationals, Beloved Gracious Lady and her stablemate, Om El Erodite, will be

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Nasr with Farid Albadeia. Photo by Gabriele Boiselle.

Farewell To Dr. Nasr Marei by Katharina Burkhardt


“You are no longer where you were, but you are everywhere we are.�

ometimes the world seems to stand still; October 17th, 2017, was one of these days. The Arabian horse world received the terrible news that one of its icons had passed away at just 75 years old. Dr. Nasr Marei was known around the world as an incredible horse breeder, an honest judge and a remarkable photographer. Above all, he was a gentleman with a splendid personality. He left an imprint on the hearts of anyone who got within touch of him. Arabian horses were his passion and his life. Nasr never tired of sharing his huge knowledge; listening to his wise words while sitting under the palm trees of his famous Albadeia Stud in Cairo was an experience none will ever forget. Nasr always said his infatuation with the Arabian horse started when he was a child, with photos showing a little Nasr sitting on an Arabian mare which his grandfather purchased back in the 1940`s. In 1935 his grandfather purchased two Arabian fillies from the Royal Agricultural A HT Abroad

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Society of Egypt and started Marei Stud. Under Nasr’s father, Dr. Sayed Marei, the stud grew and was later renamed Albadeia Stud. Nasr himself, first obtained his Ph.D. in the U.S. and returned to Egypt to follow his career in business and as a professor. He never ceased loving Arabian horses, and in 1990, a new era of the Albadeia breeding program began when Nasr took over the lead to carry on the famous stud farm’s legacy. Dr. Nasr Marei brought its breeding program to new heights and international success. While the Albadeia horses always had a special look and concentrated gene pool, Nasr carefully chose Gelgelah Albadeia, the first World Champion born in Egypt, bred by Dr. Nasr Marei. straight Egyptian stallions from all over the world to add to his breeding program to improve the existing There is so much more to say about this wonderful man, but qualities of the stud. Stallions like Laheeb and Simeon Sharav joined unfortunately, there is never enough time on earth to spend with the the homebred superstars, such as Magd Albadeia, Farid Albadeia and people you love, and no one is ever prepared for that final goodbye. Haytham Albadeia. Nasr’s horses garnered multiple national and international championships in Egypt, Europe and the world. Outstanding horses of his breeding program have been exported to 17 countries, and he bred the first World Champion born in Egypt, the unforgettable Gelgelah Albadeia. In 2015, Albadeia stud celebrated its 80th birthday; an achievement that is even more special under the political changes in Egypt throughout this time.

When I think of Nasr, I think about the love he spread … with his smile when he played with his wonderful dogs, Buddy, Tie and Carlos; or with his joy of swimming with his Labradors and Retrievers and, of course, with the kind and loving way he interacted with his horses. The sparkle in his eye when he talked about his passion; but most of all, I think about how much he meant to so many people in the world. We all lost a divine soul and a great gentleman. He will live on in the impact he had on our lives and in the spirit of his wonderful horses. We love you dearly, Nasr, now and for always.

In addition to leading the Albadeia breeding program, Dr. Nasr Marei has always been an ambassador for the Arabian horse breed throughout the world. Along with his brother, Hassan, he was the founder of The Egyptian Association, a member of the Executive Committee of ECAHO, and a life member of WAHO and the Pyramid Society. He judged more than 300 horse shows and used to say, “I travelled to five continents all year round to experience horses everywhere. I visited places I never thought I would visit. I made friends in every country I travelled to, gaining and exchanging knowledge all the time. That’s my passion and that’s what I love to do.” Nasr’s eye for beauty was not only focused on the Arabian horse alone, however. He was an amazing photographer in different fields; his pictures of people and countries are striking and full of emotion. He produced two books, the Albadeia Studbook and The Arabian Horse of Egypt, published by the University of Cairo, and he even worked with an Egyptian director to produce the spectacular film “Hilm”. A HT Abroad

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An Interview With...


Tell us in a few words what your childhood was like. Were horses a part of it? Wintertime was all about skiing, of course, but in the summer, I spent most of my time with my grandfather in the mountains taking care of cows. Since I was a little child, I always loved horses. Our family never had one, but our neighbour did, where I rode. Is there anyone else in your family that loves horses? Or are you a solo act, in that respect? My youngest brother, who is also a skier in the World Cup and just won his first race last season, also gets more and more interested in the Arabian horse, so maybe we will get another breeder. And, of course, my girlfriend Andrea, is sharing the same passion as me. You retired from skiing last year. Tell us what it’s like to be a young man winning an Olympic gold medal, and retiring from that world so early. Has it allowed you to devote more time and energy to your Arabian horses? Was that part of the goal? I knew at the last Olympics, it would be my last. Winning the Gold medal is indescribable, and to win the biggest title in sports on my last chance was just amazing—I was so happy. All of my hard work paid off. Of course, after retiring, I have much more time for the horses. I´m riding almost every day and training my horses myself. It´s so much fun when you see the progress every week.

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Who is the first Arabian horse that you ever saw? I don´t remember who the horse was, but it was in Verona. I went there for the horse fair and by chance, the European Championship was being held at the same time. There I saw my first Arabian horse, but in Liberty. I was so fascinated by these horses and I was caught from that moment on. That’s why I think it’s so important to have shows at big fairs with other breeds, so people can see them (in liberty), and know that the Arabian horse is the only horse who can show off like this. It will fascinate new people. Also, they should see that the Arabian is a fantastic riding horse!

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Mario and Andrea with MM Esplendida

Treating horses humanely, with their well-being at heart, is the highest priority for you. I learned as a child from my grandfather, to treat animals with respect. It’s self-evident, that if you have animals, you need to be there for them 365 days a year, taking care of them. Animal welfare is the most important, and that’s not standing in a stall 24 hours a day. They need to go outside every day and live in herds to have a social life. It is the same for our show horses also. Only then are they happy and balanced. The competition is getting stronger and stronger; I believe a happy, balanced horse can make the difference! Tell us about your farm. The older I get, the more I appreciate where we live. I travelled almost the whole world, but it’s always wonderful to come back home. We are lucky to live here in the Austrian Alps, to have the horses around our house and these beautiful mountains around us with one of the best ski resorts in the world. Bring us up to date on some of your spectacular horses, such as the glorious WH Justice daughter, M.M. Niyama; M.M Esplendida; and M.M Esperado, by RFI Farid. Any others to watch for? M.M. Jabari by EKS Alihandro and out of M.M. Julietta (by Monther al Nasser), now a 2-year-old colt, was European Gold Champion last year, and will soon travel to Brazil to Lenita Perroy’s Haras Meia Lua, for two years and breed her precious mares.M.M.

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Mario and Andrea receiving a trophy for MM Niyama, Best European Private-bred and Owned Horse of 2016 at the All Nations Cup.

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Escada and M.M. Fabrizio, a multi-champion and class winner in Paris; Jamaalianne, an El Picon daughter and grandmother of M.M. Jabari, 2016 European Gold Champion; the Perseus el Jamaal daughter, Nautis el Perseus, mother of M.M. Niyama (by Justice), 2016 European Gold Champion Junior Filly and now in foal to Rasheem for 2018; and M.M. Nevio (by Lorenzo el Bri), a European Bronze Championship winner. If you could breed any historical mare and stallion of the past in a fantasy breeding, who would it be and why? I mostly respect and honour all these successful horses from the past, but I only focus on the future. Anything else would mean to stand still or step backwards. Let‘s go to Haras Meia Lua for a minute. Lenita is a spectacular example of a globally successful breeder. And Ali Jamaal was birthed during a time when everything was straight and pure, yet he was the perfect blend of Nazeer on Skowronek and has outlasted many that were popular during that time. Would you agree that it is the blending of great bloodlines that produce the best Arabian horse? What has the blood of Ali Jamaal and his descendants given to your program? Have you ever considered a straight Egyptian stallion for your program? For me, Lenita is one of the best breeders for the last 30+ years. What she did with Ali Jamaal is spectacular. The Jamaal daughters have such a unique look, with big black eyes and small sharp ears. And this look I got also, with some horses to my program. I really try hard to keep it, because I think eyes and ears are very important on an Arabian horse. In every country, one of the best show horses is carrying the blood of Ali Jamaal. And yes, I have used straight Egyptian stallions; this year we got a very nice filly by F Shamaal. We’ve used Monther al Nasser—who is not straight, but has a lot of Egyptian blood—with great success

both feet on the ground. In sports, you learn this very quickly. When you are successful and winning races, everybody wants to be around you, but when you are not at the top, you are alone and nobody cares. You have to get out it on your own nobody; will help you. So, I think it’s good to celebrate and party when there is success, but then focus again and do your work. In skiing, it was back to hard training and races, and in horse breeding, choosing the right stallions for your mares by travelling to see and compete with the best horses in the world and make the right decisions. It seems to me that you prefer to show horses that you’ve bred, more than showing horses that you buy. Is that true? Actually, we didn’t buy many horses. Last year I found a very nice Dominic filly at Las Rosas in Uruguay. Actually, I didn’t go there to buy a horse, but then I saw this filly and I really liked her. She had many points I liked to integrate into my breeding, so decided to buy her. We‘ll see how she does in the future. Before Cecilia, it was 10 years ago I bought my last horse. My goal was always to try to breed good horses for the show, not to buy them. It takes more time, of course, but to choose interesting broodmares and then try to breed the show horses ourselves; this is our goal. n

Why did you choose to live with Rhodesian Ridgebacks? What it is you like about this particular breed of dog? They are the most amazing dogs. They put a smile on my face almost all day. I take them for running, hiking, whatever … and then they just want to cuddle with us on the couch. Are the triumphant highs and low lows more extreme in the world of competitive skiing, or Arabian horse breeding? I think it’s similar. I’m a person who always stands with

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Into The Future by Mary Kirkman

Fu disc osure I don t breed Arabian horses I don t have a vested interest in what constitutes the idea Arabian head type other than to be respectfu of the ru ebook s standards and G adys Brown Edwards idea The aim here is on y to offer interesting thoughts on the issue


n mid-October, several publications in the U.K. ran a story featuring a photograph and video of an Arabian colt with an exotically dished face. Within days, the debate on social media was lively: was the face too extreme?

This is the not first time (nor, likely, will it be the last) that the question of what constitutes a beautiful Arabian head has been raised. “How much is too much” has been heard for more than 30 years, at least since Arn-Ett Perlane, who sported a noticeably more “dishy” face than was common at the time, earned the title of 1983 U.S. National Champion Stallion. Concerns fall into two distinct categories: health and type. Health: can a severely concave face impair breathing, and therefore, the usefulness of the horse? Type: is the head pretty? Is it typey? Ultimately, this will be a personal decision for owners, breeders and judges, but one basic concept that everyone agrees on is that it has to adhere to the definition of Arabian type. The bottom line? Extreme faces are probably not a big problem now, but when any one trait is overemphasized, it has the potential to become one in the future.

Health. “Simple physics will tell you that decreasing the diameter of a pipe reduces the flow [of air],” one experienced horseman points out. “Air, water, whatever.” That’s hard to dispute, but it’s also hard to document that there have been significant problems. If there has been even one veterinary study done on the subject, it is remarkably difficult to find. (That may not be hard to understand; as a breed, the Arabian is not huge, and as a problem, this one is not widespread. Not only would research funds be hard to raise, but also, owners and breeders might not want to call attention to afflicted horses.) “I have found no evidence—no report—of compromised breathing,” says Dr. Wayne McIlwraith. A member of the Veterinary Record ’s ed editorial tor a board board, he was asked to comment for the story that ran in n the Da y Ma McI wra th s credent a s are ste ar (an a phabet soup of med ca t t es fo ows h s name he founded Co orado State s Orthopaed c

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Research Center, and he’s worked with horses worldwide in practice as well as academia). “We commonly see left laryngeal hemiplegia and soft palate displacement in Thoroughbred racehorses, but nasal obstruction is an uncommon condition in Thoroughbred racehorses as well as Arabians, and I’ve never seen it in association with congenital conformation of the face. Some people have also related the curvature of the face in the Arabian being associated with larger sinuses which would not be a problem either.” Like most veterinarians, he deals in documented fact, so the lack of tangible proof of nasal obstruction due to conformation in Arabians is important; no one says it can’t happen, but so far, it hasn’t to any extent. What about the rumors that have been heard for years about certain horses with exceptionally exotic faces having been affected? Firsthand observation has been elusive. Perlane? “When he showed, he was in perfect physical condition,” observes trainer and judge Greg Gallún. “He couldn’t have been in that shape without having to exercise.” (Gallún did not handle Arn-Ett Perlane, and reports that he has yet to see an Arabian whose breathing is compromised by its head shape.) Speculation on some other high-profile individuals who have been the subject of rumor is disputed by those involved with them. Estarda, born at Michalow in 1990, who possessed what was called the “most beautiful head in the world”? “Indeed, the profile of Estarda’s head would make people turn heads even today,” says Anna Stojanowska, formerlyy Ch former Chief ef Arab Arabian an Horse Spec Specialist a st of Po Poland’s and s Agr Agricultural cu tura Property Agency Agency, wh which ch oversaw the state studs studs. “[That] does not mean however that she was degenerated or had prob ems w th norma v ng ” The beaut fu wor d champ on SHF Pear e Mae owned by Sh r ey Watts? Roxann Hart knew the mare ear y n her career and conf rms that Pear e Mae s resp ratory performance was hea thy The perenn a “20-for-head score” P an ss ma? Sto anowska aga n “[She was] cons dered an unsurpassed dea a so due to her extraord nar y exot c head But P an ss ma was a so a correct horse w th exce ent movement and good hea th ” Be oved Farm s Om E Erod te? “I wou d ove to r de Erod te when she grows up ” sm es Om E Arab s Jan na Merz “Who wou dn t want to put a br d e on that? She s go ng to be huge and beaut fu and she certa n y had no breath ng ssues I ve been do ng th s for my ent re fe and we ve never had a horse here that ever had any breath ng prob ems ” A of that sa d every breeder nterv ewed for th s art c e both off the record and on emphas zed the need for respons b e breed ng and f de ty to type wh ch a ms for soundness Do breath ng prob ems (other than those resu t ng from d sease or d saster e n ury) ex st? Hart nods that yes she has seen an Arab an mare w th a very d shed face whose resp rat on cou d be heard after wa k ng on y a few steps Roxann adds that she wou d not use a horse ke that n her breed ng program “I be eve n freaks ” she c ar f es “I be eve n someth ng that s wonderfu and outstand ng—[but on y] as ong as t s hea thy and doesn t mp nge on our standard for the breed n any way ”

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She cites another consideration in ensuring sound respiration. “I think that the branches need to be wide on the bottom of the horse’s skull, because that is also very important to airway passage. You should always be able to put a good, medium-sized fist between those branches. It’s not just the [passage beneath the dish] that controls the air intake.” Greg Gallún adds a further aspect to the exotic face issue. “When I see an exotic-headed horse, the first thing I check is the bite, because a lot of them are monkey-mouthed, and that’s a huge flaw,” he says. “A horse with a moderate to minor overbite can survive, but a horse with a monkey-mouth will have a tough time in the wild.” Nearly everyone agrees that the best protection is responsible breeding. “I’ve always felt that the phenotype, what you see in front of you, represents the dominant traits of that horse,” Hart explains. “You need to go to the genotype to see what is behind that. Yes, that can come through in future generations, but to me, while the genotype is somewhat recessive in what you are going to produce, it is like a good, healthy backup for the traits that are desirable to you.” On a positive note: one reason that highly-exotic faces on foals are not as worrisome as some might expect is that the vast majority of horses mature out of it. “I have seen a lot of the extreme headed babies that don’t maintain it as they grow up,” says Bruce McCrea, who in nearly four decades of experience has observed many Arabians, and as an

international judge, is familiar with breeding trends globally. “Most will still have pretty heads, but they tend to lose some of the ‘freakiness’ as yearlings.” Every other breeder interviewed agreed with him.

So, troub So troublee in n the future? Theoret Theoretically, ca y it’s t s poss possible, b e iff breath breathing ng impairment mpa rment due to fac facial a structure iss conf confirmed rmed in n a s gn f cant number of horses At that po nt a sc ent f c study of causes probab y wou d be conducted because the s tuat on wou d be documented (the d scuss ons no onger specu at ve) Perhaps a more mportant danger s that breeders too ntent on heads w ose type e sewhere “Regard ess of how str ct the se ect on for phenotyp c tra ts has become (such as a short d shed head w th a w de forehead or a ong swan- ke neck) breeders remember that the Arab an horse s not a porce a n f gure but an an ma w th good movement and huge stam na ” Sto anowska emphas zes “A great part of Arab an horses not f nd ng the r dest ny at shows are successfu n rac ng endurance or n recreat on ” “If they have a the other attr butes that fu f type [an exot c head] s f ne ” Ga ún ref ects “but f t s ust one extreme po nt that separates that horse out what good s t? I can t rea y say f we re go ng too far but I th nk that be ng respons b e n breed ng shou d a ways be the number one pr or ty By that I mean breed ng correct horses that fu f the spec f cat ons as the ru ebook mp es ” Type The ru ebook sets the cr ter a for type but nd v dua breeders nterpret them No matter what however n terms of show horses t rema ns up to the udges n compet t on to reward t pub c y McCrea adm ts that ook ng back the “pretty heads” of h s youth don t match today s standards “Now hav ng spent near y 25 years around the European and M dd e East shows and po nt systems I know a very very pretty head s a

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must,” he says. “You are not going to win the big shows without one! I don’t think there is a ‘too much is too much,’ but I do have a few strong opinions about pretty heads and judging that I would like to mention. “One, a pretty head is much more than a pronounced jibbah or extreme dish. They must also have big, pretty eyes (white around the eyes is a personal pet peeve); good eye sockets; good bone structure; pretty, well set, proportionate ears; and a fine muzzle with big nostrils. For me they have to be pretty special to be a 20. “Two, the category is still ‘head and neck’ in most European shows. Therefore, the neck must be considered. Even if they meet all the previously mentioned head requirements, they still have to have a reasonably good, well-shaped neck to get a 20.” He also cites a negative consequence of the addiction to “pretty, extreme heads.” “We have been producing a lot of very bad bodies! I would like to see our breeders and judges being more critical of bad bodies and bad legs.” Is the Arabian show ring seeing more “exotic” heads than ever before? Yes, according to the international judges interviewed. “There’s a very simple reason,” Gallún says. “In most shows around the world where a scoring system is used, when you have a beautiful-headed horse, it will score high in not one category, but two, head and type. A lot of judges udges (who I w will ca call m misinformed) s nformed) w will p place ace a horse h high gh in n type who has a beaut beautiful fu head—but that iss on onlyy one part of type Carr age f neness of sk n correct bone ta carr age a short back a a d-back shou der a are too ” The Future Ga ún put the brakes on undue worry In terms of reproduc ng extreme ooks h s dec s on-mak ng process doesn t eap at f rst ook “The on y t me I get exc ted about a baby s when I know the mother and father and have seen fu s b ngs ” he says “If t s pretty as a baby that s great but ta k to me when t s 3 ” “I ve never seen an Arab an that had troub e breath ng and we breed some of the typ est horses n the wor d ” says Jan na Merz “However I do th nk there are some horses that my mother had a word for she ca ed them end products The very very very extreme horses are often end products [Espec a y f they] don t have parents that ooked ke that t does not necessar y mean that they w produce horses w th that k nd of face ” She offers an ntr gu ng observat on Her partner an anthropo og st/archeo og st to d her about the oryxes of Nam b a and how the area around the r muzz es s s m ar to that of Arab an horses t fac tates breath ng n a hot c mate “So maybe [what we re ta k ng about] s exact y the oppos te ” she muses “It may he p w th a r ntake ” Just food for thought In the end t a comes back to r gorous y respons b e breed ng Veter nar an Laura Harr s nc udes many Arab ans n her pract ce and has seen severa exot c foa s She has yet to observe a breath ng prob em that d d not as Dr McI wra th noted resu t from d sease or n ury But she caut oned “ Never and a ways are terms that pract ca y never are used n veter nary med c ne ” Why s th s ssue so mportant? Jan na Merz had the best quote “You can t r de a pretty head ” she says “but you can a ways want to r de a horse w th a pretty head ”

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Remembering The Legendary Sire ‌

Padrons Psyche

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Somewhere in time’s own space There must be some sweet pastured place Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow Some paradise where horses go, For by the love that guides my pen I know great horses live again. ~ Stanley Harrison

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Padrons Psyche … close your eyes and picture him. What do you remember? Is it his brilliant, iridescent copper colored coat; his beautifully curved, tight little ears; his wise, expressive eyes; his beautiful face; his proudly arched neck; his powerful shoulders or strong hips; his four white socks, his flying tail, his floating trot and dancer-like movements; his noble bearing and commanding presence, or the unique, black, perfect heart-shaped mark on his left hind hip. All will be remembered and held dear as long as we live, for Padrons Psyche will be remembered as one of the greatest Arabian stallions of the breed—forever. Some may be more prejudiced than others—Arabian horses will do that to you, but most will agree that Padrons Psyche is one of the Arabian horse breed’s greatest stallions of all time. If you were to ask people to name their top five greatest stallions, their answer would probably depend on their own experience and perspectives, and include various criteria, such as show ring accomplishments, number of offspring, number of champion offspring, influence on the breed nationally or internationally, or all of these factors. Let’s be clear, Padrons Psyche was not perfect, no creature great or small is. However, he succeeded in achieving breeding greatness, world recognition, and an influence on the Arabian breed that will be eternal.

In May of 1989, the Webers took Psyche to a small show in Sauk Centre, Minn. Rhea Weber Larson showed Psyche where he was named class winner and Junior Champion Colt. Gene Reichardt was also at the show and was impressed with Psyche. Calling Walter Mishek of Misheks Arabians in Waseca, Minn., Reichardt advised him to buy the colt. Giving his consent, Reichardt made the Webers an offer and they accepted. Psyche was loaded onto the trailer and he began his journey into Arabian horse history. The moment Padrons Psyche arrived, Walter Mishek thought he was the most incredible colt he had ever seen. Psyche’s extraordinary beauty inspired Walter to formulate a plan to ensure that this special colt would fulfill his destiny of becoming a leading sire of the breed. In February of 1990, Walter took Psyche to Scottsdale; not for the big all-Arabian horse show, but to the very elite Padron Futurity. Psyche won the Padron Look-Alike Contest and captured the attention of many important breeders. As a result of his presentation at that event, and Walter’s relentless efforts, Padrons Psyche bred over 20 mares that year, at only two years old.

Padrons Psyche’s story was shaped by the people in his life and is as unique as he was. It is full of surprises and unexpected circumstances, losses and gains, faith and hope, fear and courage, and above all, love. Psyche experienced a chain of events throughout his life that often appeared to be coincidence, but perhaps his Maker directed his life and watched over him. He brought people into Psyche’s life that would ultimately guide the stallion to his destiny of greatness and in the end, provide a place of peace where he could rest and enjoy just being a horse. Padrons Psyche was born on Sunday, May 28th, 1988. His dam was the Tamerlan daughter, Kilika, owned by small breeders Ernie and Marlys Weber, and their daughter Rhea Weber Larson, of Er-Mar Arabians, Verndale, Minn. They had bought Kilika at a sale in Scottsdale, Ariz., a few months earlier, primarily because she was in foal to National Champion Stallion Padron. When Kilika foaled, the Webers were impressed by her colt’s resemblance to his sire in looks and character, so they named him Padrons Psyche.

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Lyle Bertch of Zahara Bloodstock, Inc. and Larry Lengacher of Four Star Arabians, Inc. in Woodburn, Ind., became the proud new owners of Padrons Psyche in April 1991. Their goal was for Psyche to win the title of U.S. National Champion Stallion. In the meantime, Psyche took care of the breeding side of business and successfully settled an additional 20 mares. When October finally arrived, Padrons Psyche earned his place in the history books as the youngest U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion. Following that historic accomplishment, Psyche’s owners focused solely on his breeding career. His 1992 foal crop again, showed exceptional quality; two of his sons born that year were later named National Champion Stallions.

Psyche’s first foals were born in 1991. Among them were a future U.S. National Champion Mare, an International Champion Mare, a Brazilian Champion Stallion and multiple Regional Champion Mares and Stallions. Word of his foals spread quickly. David Boggs approached Walter and asked if he would consider an offer for Psyche. The answer was a tentative, “maybe.” A short time later, David brought Walter an offer, and although reluctant, agreed to the deal.

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In January of 1994, Psyche began a new chapter in life with Joe and Cathy Zehr of La Cabreah Arabians in Fort Wayne, Ind. (recorded with the Arabian Horse Registry as Futuro, Inc.). The Zehrs goal for Psyche was ambitious; to take him global, and they succeeded. In November of 1995, Psyche made his first international appearance at the European Championships in Belgium where he received a standing ovation. The event was a defining moment for Psyche’s career. During his time with the Zehrs (19941999), Psyche sired over 500 offspring, many of which became national and international champions.

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His next chapter began in 2000, with Dixie and Robert North becoming a part of Psyche’s history. The Norths stood Psyche at Midwest Training Centre for the 2000/2001 breeding seasons while they built a new facility just for him—North Arabians in Ramona, Calif. Psyche enjoyed the beautiful, relaxing atmosphere of the quiet breeding farm where he was treated like a king; a king of hearts, to Dixie. In December of 2008, while Robert and Dixie attended the World Championships at the Salon du Cheval in Paris, France, noted Arabian horse breeder, Christine Jamar, commented to the Norths how wonderful it would be for Europeans to have the opportunity to breed to Psyche, expanding his international influence. It was a heart wrenching decision, but they chose to do what they believed was Psyche’s destiny. Belgian businessman and entrepreneur Paul Gheysens, purchased Psyche and placed him into the care of Christine Jamaar’s Jadem Arabians. Psyche drew visitors from around the world to Christine’s fairytale farm. However, Psyche was already 20 years old and, he was feeling it. Paul made

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the decision to move Psyche to Schoukens Training Center (STC), just a few minutes from his own farm, Knocke Arabians. STC would become Psyche’s forever farm and place of retirement—he was home. At STC, Psyche enjoyed a leisurely life. He lived with his two little “wives” who occupied the stall next to his. They were inseparable. While at STC, Psyche also had a very special friend in Monika Dobrun, who Psyche loved almost as much as she loved him. Psyche was treated with the respect his superstar status demanded, but he was also allowed to just be a horse, rolling in his lush green field, enjoying his grain and lots of carrots. Most of all, Psyche was loved, and he knew it. He felt it and was happy, just as it should be. Padrons Psyche passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Fulfilling all of his caretakers’ beliefs of becoming a U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion and a Leading Sire of the Arabian horse breed, he sired Scottsdale, Regional, National and International Champions, and champion producers. Psyche’s incredible qualities and his unique traits were so strong, they can be seen in generations

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of his offspring. His descendants are too many, too significant; their names could fill an entire book. Padrons Psyche will be remembered as one of the most influential stallions in the history of the breed, not only because he was a mega superstar sire, but for how he touched people’s lives and their hearts. Close your eyes … envision him. Consider all he did and all he gave. Consider how he influenced your own life. Padrons Psyche truly made this world a better place. Those of us who loved Padrons Psyche will remember him as long as we have a breath. The world will remember him, through his descendants, forever. n

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“Padrons Psyche has a deep influence on our breeding program at Congressional Farms. We own and stand his son, Boomerang NA (x Bint Forteyna), who has sired many special foals for us. Many of our broodmares are related to Psyche through Boomerang and the Enzo son, Hermez E, including Psynnamon Rose, a direct daughter of Psyche. As a sire, I believe Padrons Psyche was the best ever for consistently producing offspring with very special faces, beautiful eyes and his trademark small, curved ears. We are committed to carrying on Psyche’s legacy through our stallion Boomerang and his offspring.” ~ Buddy Salisbury, Congressional Farms

“At Classicala Farms, my goal is to breed beautiful, athletic Arabian horses, and Padrons Psyche has contributed tremendously to our success. I have mares of various bloodlines; I especially love my Om el Arab bred mares and have crossed them with Psyche—the results exactly what I had hoped for. In my opinion, Psyche daughters are phenomenal producers; they consistently produce the qualities I value: Arabian type, good conformation, substance, versatility, athletic ability and good minds. I know it’s a lot to ask for, but Psyche and his daughters always come through for me. He was a great sire and his family will always be a part of my family.” ~ A.K. Burkhart, Classicala Farms

“Padrons Psyche has been a part of our breeding program from the start. He consistently contributes traits that are important to us: beauty, conformation, movement, good minds and incredible charisma. His foals are pretty enough to win in the biggest halter competitions in the world, and athletic enough to have very successful performance careers. Psyche was an international sire; people everywhere appreciated him for his exceptional qualities and for his ability to pass them on to his foals with unmatched consistency. Psyche’s influence remains strong, just look at the champions of the show ring today, many are related to Psyche. We love Padrons Psyche, his offspring here at our farm and around the world.” ~ Andrew and Christine Steffens, Avalon Crest Arabians

“Although we are rather new to Arabian horses, we were fortunate to start off with the Padrons Psyche son, Rodan LTD. People talk about the Arabian’s versatility and Rodan’s show record proves it. He was a U.S. National Top Ten and Regional Champion in Halter, Hunter Pleasure Open and Amateur, as well as a National Champion and Regional Champion in Western Pleasure Open and Amateur. Even more impressive, Rodan is siring amazing babies. His f illy, Moonstruck DA, out of Verily PCF (Magnum Chall HVP x Veronica GA, by Versace), was the Scottsdale Signature Gold Champion Filly. We can’t believe our luck with Rodan LTD and we know we owe much of our success to his sire, Padrons Psyche.” ~ Vicki and Sam Dazzo, Dazzo Arabians

“We bred to Padrons Psyche f ive times and got f ive wonderful f illies. Some of our best foundation mares came from Focus Farm. We bred our mare Chumani (Focus Fanali x Ali Jakheema) to the Psyche grandson Eden C, which produced the mare Minx F O. We bred her to Hariry Al Shaqab, which produced a spectacular chestnut colt who is a total throwback to Psyche. Every Psyche foal we produced had beauty, balance, structure and a certain look; you see it in their ears, in their expressive eyes and in their charisma—it’s all Psyche. He enjoyed life and Psyche sure made life more beautiful for us.” ~ Joy Gildersleeve, Five Oaks Farm

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The Influence of Padrons Psyche … Distinguishable for Generations.

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“The moment I first saw Padrons Psyche, my heart, mind, and soul told me he was the special one – a once in a lifetime gift from God. Psyche was blessed with the God-given genetics that only the great ones have. It became my goal to make him not only a leading sire, but more importantly, a legend of our breed. “Beyond his accomplishments as a legendary sire and famous show horse, Psyche truly is an inspiration. He proved to the world that small breeders from obscure Northern Minnesota – or any place in the world – can breed a legend and influence the history of the breed. If you believe in your dreams, follow them with knowledge, fortitude, patience, and conviction. Even if you are a small breeder, you can create the next legend – the next Psyche, the next Padron, or Magnum Psyche, Khemosabi, Bey Shah, or Ali Jamaal to name a few. Each and every one of these legendary sires, and many others, came from small breeders. Please let Psyche’s story inspire you to create a new legend – a legend that will also be great, irreplaceable, unforgettable, cherished by you and the entire world. “Padrons Psyche was a horse that came from humble beginnings, yet achieved true greatness. I will be forever grateful that I was a small part of his story. My efforts with Psyche were inspired by my love for the Arabian horse, but it was God’s own hand that guided Psyche to his divine destiny.” Walter R. Mishek, Misheks Arabians

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(*Padron x Kilika) May 28, 1988 - September 9, 2017 Photo taken as a yearling at Misheks Arabians in Waseca, Minnesota

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The strongest memory I hold in my heart for Padrons Psyche is how deeply loved

he was. Throughout his life, Psyche was surrounded by people who believed in him, who supported him, and who did everything in their power to help him achieve

his destiny of greatness. Psyche inspired this kind of love and devotion because of

his extraordinary beauty, aristocratic bearing, and because standing in his presence, you knew he truly was one of the greatest stallions in the history of the breed.

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The moment I first saw Psyche, he was prancing along at his mother’s side when she came to Midwest to be bred back to his sire, *Padron. Even as a foal, Psyche was extraordinary—all legs and tail, and that face—I knew he was special. When I learned the following year, that my good friend, Walter Mishek, had bought Psyche, I was happy for him and exited for Psyche, because I knew Walter would give him every opportunity to succeed. Everyone was crazy for him at his big debut at the *Padron Futurity in Scottsdale where he won the *Padron-Look-Alike contest. Walter and I both believed deeply in Psyche and when his first foals arrived, we were convinced of his breeding potential … they were spectacular. Several of his first foals became national champions and I was fortunate enough to show some of them, including JBK Mystic Fawn, to their U.S. National Championship victories. Padrons Psyche was one of the most exciting young stallions of the breed and there was a tremendous interest in him. I negotiated the purchase of Psyche for Lyle Bertch of Zahara Arabians and later that year, showed Psyche in Estes Park, Colo., and then onto his U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion victory for Lyle and his partner, Larry Lenegcher of Four Star Arabians. I will never forget running with Psyche through the fog into Tingley Collesium for the stallion finals in Albuquerque. It was one of the proudest moments of my career. I don’t often say that a horse I showed should have won a class, I always defer to the judges’ decisions, but I truly believe that night Psyche was the winner. The fact that he went on to become the leading sire of the breed was his vindication. I believe I was drawn to Psyche because he was the best son of *Padron; my soulmate and the inspiration of my life with Arabian horses. Showing Psyche and having him at Midwest were glorious days. I remember how special it was presenting Psyche along with his sire *Padron at one of our famous New Year’s Eve parties. It was magical. I didn’t think anything would ever match the excitement and enthusiasm of those days. And then, came Psyche’s prodigal son, Magnum Psyche; he created a whole new dimension and raised the bar for the breed. His beauty and quality are mesmerizing. I had the honor to show Magnum to all six of his national and international championship titles. He too, became one of the most decorated Arabian stallions of all time and the leading sire of the breed. Magnum continued as his father and grandfather did, creating another dynasty through his descendants, including the giants Magnum Chall HVP, WH Justice, Ajman Moniscione, Shanghai EA, Excalibur EA, and their offspring. The list of Psyche offspring I was blessed to present to their Scottsdale, National, and International Championship titles is amazing. Many of my proudest moments with the horses are connected to Psyche and his family. When I learned that Psyche would again become available for purchase, Johnny Downing and I were able to negotiate the purchase for our good friends Dixie and Robert North. That was the beginning of great things for North Arabians with Dixie and Bob building their new farm just for Psyche. I don’t know of anyone who truly loved Psyche more than Dixie North, and she did her very best to provide a loving home for him with lots of great mares for him to enjoy.

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Psyche’s influence on the breed is global and it is eternal. Wherever there are Arabian horses, you will find one of his family. Psyche also influenced many people; he touched our lives, he brought us together, he gave us so much it cannot be counted. He was a blessing to all of us. I believe that as long as I live, that Psyche’s family will be a part of my family. We are inseparable. I will always be grateful for Padrons Psyche, and he will have a place in my heart forever. —David Boggs | 185 | Winter 2017




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Inside The

Aljassimya Amateur Challenge by Theresa Cardamone


n order for the Arabian horse industry to flourish, the next generation of horsemen must be carefully cultivated. Since 2014, the Aljassimya Amateur Challenge has provided a progressive platform for European amateurs to gain skill and experience in showing Arabian horses, both in-hand and under saddle, in a fun and fair setting. Among other incentives, the top amateurs each year are treated to a trip to the Arabian World Championships in Paris. We checked in with a diverse cross-section of the 2017 winners to get their impressions of the program.

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Most have been involved with horses since childhood. Lore Beckers grew up with Arabians, René Bertelsen and Stefanie Bovens became associated with the breed within the last ten years. Claudia Mertens boasts a 35-year history of involvement, purchasing her first Arabian 24 years ago. By his own description, Jannes Prins was a vaulting “fanatic” as a kid, vaulting being a type of gymnastics on horseback. Arabians entered his life in 2003 through his girlfriend, Monica, whose family raises them and shows them in western. After winning the Experienced Halter competition, Koen Hennekens is poised to begin his career as a well-regarded professional Arabian horse trainer, but to hear him tell it, such an outcome was highly unlikely. “My grandpa had a lot of Arabian horses when I was little, but I didn’t really like horses,” Koen confides. “I was pretty scared of them. But over time, I started liking them more. At around age 14, I really started getting into horses and doing a lot of things with them. And I’m very proud of that, because it’s not that easy. I know for myself, being scared as a little boy and now competing with horses, I would never have believed it was possible, but anything is.”

Lore Beckers Claudia Mertens entered the Challenge because she likes to show her horses under saddle. Her success is a reminder to always follow your heart. In 2017, Claudia was the top amateur in both the Hunter Pleasure and Western Pleasure divisions. “I think it’s important to work with your Arabian horse,” says Claudia. “They are smart and willing to please. The Challenge gave us the opportunity to exhibit our Arabians at big shows without having to compete against the professionals. I’m proud of my boy, and want to let people see how beautiful an Arabian under saddle can be.” René and Stefanie entered for fun and experience, while Jannes used the Challenge as his re-entry into riding and showing after a ten-year hiatus. He finished second in both the Ridden Trail and Western Pleasure categories, winning a ticket to Paris for the effort. For Novice Halter winner Lore Beckers, entering the Challenge was a natural progression. “By attending the shows for several years, my interest in showing our horses grew more and more,” explains Lore. “That’s why I entered the Amateur Challenge as the youngest competitor in the Novice classes in the beginning of 2015.” Lore’s strategy involved long-term goal setting. “At the end of 2014, I started taking handler lessons,” relates Lore. “I learned how to

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train, clip, school and otherwise present our horses myself. I could always count on the help of several professional trainers and handlers in guiding me, to whom I owe my sincere gratitude. Of course, the love for these horses and their trust in me let me grow a lot, too.” Both René and Koen went for runs, long walks or cycled to stay fit and sharp for the Challenge. Koen credits Peter Willis with teaching him how to school a halter horse and Stefanie is grateful to Johanna Ullstrom above all others for her help and support. Jannes thanks his trainer, Paulette Zorn, for her guidance which led to his ticket to Paris. Claudia, on the other hand, reports that she used only her usual training methods ... along with a few herbs for her nerves! Jannes Prins

The Aljassimya Amateur Challenge gives aspiring professionals a leg up by providing a supportive environment for growth. “You’re allowed to make mistakes as an amateur, but you are not allowed to make a mistake as a professional,” Koen reminds us. “If you look at professional horse trainers, not a lot of young guys are doing it. The Amateur Challenge provides a way for young people to build a future.” Jannes and René appreciate the opportunity to show their horses on a level playing field; or with those who are otherwise too shy, or too nervous to share the ring with the pros. Stefanie Bovens, who earned second place in the In-Hand Trail division, likes the diversity offered within the Challenge. “I like that participants can do different things,” she enthuses. “They can learn from showing in-hand, doing trail, or riding. It gives all people a chance to start from zero and build up together, either with their own horse or a borrowed one.” Lore and Claudia appreciate the Challenge for the deepened connection it nurtures between horse and human and for the spotlight it shines on the Arabian breed. “This is an opportunity for small breeders to experience the feeling of being in the show ring, to present their own horse all by themselves,” Lore explains. “It is also an opportunity to get to know your horse better, to bond and communicate; and it is all about the fun! It is a way to show that Arabian horses are the best ‘family horses’ you can

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wish for—even with children—to show they aren’t those ‘crazy Arabs.’” Claudia agrees. “The The Challenge is important because most Arabian horses are sold to amateurs,” she counsels. “There There are a lot of beautiful Arabian horses in the backyards of Arabian horse lovers who do not have the skills, money or guts to show. The Challenge gives us amateurs the opportunity to participate in big Arabian shows. It’s also good to let people see how diverse the Arabian horse is.” What are the future plans of our sample of Aljassimya Amateur Challenge winners? Amateur Halter winner René Bertelsen will continue to breed 1-2 foals per year, taking some of them on to shows. Jannes Prins hopes to show one of the van Duyvenbode family’s horses at the Aljassimya Amateur Cup next year. Lore plans to keep improving her skill, but is interested in pursuing a different equine career path. “I don’t have ambitions to become a professional trainer or handler,” she states. “I want to keep it as a hobby. Since I was 9 years old, I’ve dreamt of becoming a vet, and I’m getting—stepby-step—closer to realizing this dream.” Koen Hennekens

Koen Hennekens is enriching his knowledge base by attending a horse management school in the Netherlands. “They teach you everything about horses,” says Koen. “You can become a vet, or start your own training barn; it’s very important to know what to give if a horse is sick. Or, if a horse is sold to Saudi Arabia, for example, you have to know how to do the transfer. This school gives you all of those important skills.” Stefanie Bovens has her sights set on a professional career as a trainer. “My plan is to keep learning about showing horses and what you can learn from them,”” Stefanie says. “I have the best teacher, Johanna Ullstrom, who teaches me something new every day. I will keep doing Trail-in-Hand and hopefully, ride at the Challenge in the future.” Perhaps Claudia Mertens sums up her “future plan” best, in language that crosses all barriers—amateur and professional. “I have ridden horses since I was six,” she muses, “so, that’s 44 years now. My Arabian horses are my life, my oxygen, my everything. I think I will ride, enjoy and cherish them until my last breath.”

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Leaving A Positive Impression: THE 2017 ARABIAN U.S. OPEN IN CENTRAL PARK



he Arabian U.S. Open in Central Park is like no other horse show, being set in the middle of New York City, the home to over 8-and-a-half million people. At its heart lies the nearly 900 acres of lush, native landscape that make up one of the world’s most visited and beloved parks. Held in a converted ice rink near the southeast corner of the Park where 5th Avenue meets Central Park South (59th Street), the venue is embraced by the glittering skyscrapers of Manhattan. The Pierre, the Sherry Netherland and the Plaza hotels, along with other iconic buildings, embrace the site—a picturesque hollow rimmed by massive boulders and watchful trees—which has been transformed into a world class horse show arena. Organized as the opening night event of the annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show, the third edition of the Arabian U.S. Open was generously sponsored by Qatar Airways for the first time. Flight attendants wearing the company’s classic uniforms represented the company with style as they participated in the presentation of awards to the winning entries. The pairing of sponsor to show is the perfect union, as many prominent modern breeders are located in Qatar, a major force in the worldwide Arabian market over the last 20 years. Additionally, the family histories of many Qatari A HT Abroad

stretch back to the days of their tribal ancestors, who evolved sideby-side with the indigenous horses of the Arabian Peninsula. This unique show brings incredible examples of our breed to both the extended equine community, who take the stage later in the week, and the general public, in the heart of the greatest city in the world. Only 50 horses can be stabled in the Park at one time, which limits the quantity of entries, but does nothing to impede the quality. The temporary barns are located on a ballfield convenient to one of the few roads crossing Central Park, which facilitates moving the horses on and off the grounds efficiently. The stable area is some distance from the arena, creating a unique opportunity for the public to see the horses close up as they share the walkways across the Park. As always, more than a few people were seeing and touching Arabians for the first time, which is a part of the primary mission of the event. “I grew up riding bareback on my uncle’s horses during family visits upstate, but I’ve never seen an Arabian before!” exclaims Rose Camarini, a native New Yorker, who stumbled upon the scene while enjoying the Park. She had just gotten a sweet nuzzle from one of the curious horses who was being led through the Park | 274 | Winter 2017

on his way to perform. Rose confides that she has harbored an obsession with the breed ever since she read Marguerite Henry’s classic King of the Wind, the story of Sham—the Godolphin Arabian—one of the foundation sires for the Thoroughbred breed. “I forgot how fascinating they are,” Rose adds. “It was impressive to see the famous dished face that I’d read about in real life. Arabians really are the most beautiful of all the horses.” The show is an opportunity to bring the Arabian breed to a much wider audience. As is clear from Rose’s testimony, some of the defining attributes of the breed—the chiseled head, the high-set tail—are the things that are remembered. Often, it is the fascination with a single trait that leads the way to a more complete appreciation for the breed, and opens the door to new Arabian aficionados. At the same time, the overall horse and its ability to perform at the highest levels of nearly every equestrian discipline can be an equally potent enticement. The Arabian U.S. Open showcases the Arabian horse both in-hand and under saddle, giving the audience a chance to glimpse the versatility that the horses are known for. Five internationally acclaimed judges took to center ring to judge a marvelous contingent of horses on a beautiful late-summer night: Leslie Connor (USA), Claudia Darius (Germany), Jaroslav Lacina (Czech Republic), Richard Petty (USA), and Graham Smith (Australia). The show management worked hand-inhand with Rolex and the Central Park team to create a stunning setting, with Project Coordinator Michelle Kelly and the rest of the management seeing to every detail. The field of entries included many national and international champions, who were competing more on behalf of the breed than as individual farms or exhibitors. The team spirit obvious in the barn area added to the camaraderie that comes from working towards a common goal—promotion of the Arabian horse. One of the most popular parts of the evening is after the final class, when anyone in the area is invited into the arena for a champagne toast. Spectators could meet, greet, and rub on a loving gelding and speak to the exhibitors and officials. This year, they also got to rub on the champions, when both the Gold Champion Stallion, Baha AA, and the Gold Champion Mare, RH Triana, joined the party. Both horses are owned by partnership groups managed by Jeff Sloan, who flew the two in from Scottsdale, Ariz., for the show. They attracted a flock of admiring fans, who were gently greeted by the horses, who had been fully animated in the show ring not long before.

the trainer. It reminded me of a lion tamer with his whip. All of the horses were beautiful and I appreciated the announcer giving a little background on what was expected in each class, although I would love to have known even more before watching. It gave me some understanding of what was happening when the judges made their placings.” Sue may have been a first-time show-goer, but she had a pretty good eye—she successfully selected two Gold and two Silver champions! Rose and Sue are examples of how the outreach effort to expand the horizons of the breed through the Arabian U.S. Open are working. Rose is planning to revisit her dreams of becoming a horse owner. Sue is interested in creating an opportunity for students of the School of Professional studies—who cover a vast array of careers in both undergraduate and graduate programs— to be in the stands next year … exposing another 30-40 young adults to the grandeur of the Arabian horse. And so it goes … the seeds are planted for another generation of new Arabian horse enthusiasts. With the Arabian U.S. Open in Central Park as an example, the way is paved for more of this kind of intimate event that does so much to promote the Arabian horse. n

Sue Wais is the Director of Student Life at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. Although she, like Rose, had ridden a relative’s horses as a kid, she was attending her first horse show and seeing Arabians for the first time as well. When asked for her first impressions of the breed, Sue confided that she was both fascinated and disappointed; fascinated with the alert, happy expressions that were evident in the performance horses and disappointed in what she described as the “wild animal behavior” that she saw in the breeding classes. To Sue, the horses shown under saddle seemed to love working with their riders as a team. She didn’t get the same impression of the halter horses. “The teamwork between the horses and riders was great to see,” Sue comments. “They stepped with such animated precision in the country English class and were so relaxed in the western. But the horses in the breeding classes were so wild, less connected to A HT Abroad

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Show Results

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Senior Stallion Halter Gold Champion BAHA AA (Al Ayad x Baraaqa AA), shown by Andrew Sellman for owner Baha Partners LLC.

Junior Mare Halter Gold Champion GENEVA CS (SF Veraz x Gevalia CA), shown by Ted Carson for owners Jeff and Sybil Collins & James and Kay Smith Collins

Junior Stallion Halter Gold Champion BAAHIR JAWHAR (Baahir El Marwan x Jewel Of Marwan H), shown by Ted Carson for owners Chloe and Al Cox.

Senior Mare Halter Gold Champion RH TRIANA (ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Triana Holding LLC.

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Country English Pleasure Pro/Am Gold Champion HARRY TROTTER (Afire Bey V x LBC Nobelinda), ridden by John Ryan and owner Melissa Fry.

Hunter Pleasure Pro/Am Gold Champion PA MAYHEM (Possesion PGA x BP Meditation Bey), ridden by Caralyn Schroter and Brooke Hines for owner Debra Hines.

Native Costume Gold Champion EQ ESCALADE (Bucharest V x Allurience CG), ridden by Brooke Fuchs for owners Dr. James Blevins and Kimberly Butler.

Western Pleasure Pro/Am Gold Champion PA KID KHAN (Sundance Kid V x Kharrea PGA), ridden by Rob Bick and Janie Heslep Frank for owner Palmetto Arabians LLC.

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All Nations Cup


—An Entertainment-Filled Show

by SUSANNE BÖSCHE | Photos by ALESSIO AZZALI AND AHA The charisma of the All Nations Cup Festival is nonnegotiable. Whoever loves quality entertainment travels to Aachen, enjoying a festival with magnificent horses on stage; where stallions—like volcanoes—get ready to blow, and beautiful mares spread their wings. After four days of full entertainment and even more highlights than last year, where to begin? Let’s start where the future begins, the Arabian Futurity Europe Cup. The Futurities opened the ANC Festival with a team of six internationally renowned and experienced breeders or stud managers assessing the participants: Olivia Strauch, Rebecca Wenden, Hendrik Mens, Gerard Paty and Dawn Martin. In addition, the public had the ability to vote via the internet. “We have decided not to use judges from the ECAHO list,” says organizer Gregor Aymar. “A lot do not breed anymore, and we want active and experienced breeders who judge with no political aims.” In 2016, Reinhard Sax generously sponsored the German National Championship, himself a dedicated breeder

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of Arabian horses since 1988. Sax covered all the costs for entry fees and boxes for the 70 or so horses that participated, 25 percent more than the year before. This year, Al Muawd Stud of Saudi-Arabia, sponsored all entries. Forty-one horses signed up, with the audience wondering where all the German horses have gone, but as always, the numbers did not bring into question the quality of the individuals. As if she had known, Hannelore Bourdeaux wore a golden vest for her bay daughter of Fadi Al Shaqab, Bourhani Fadissima, when she took the title of Gold Champion Junior Filly. The 2-year-old filly, also the high score of the show, is out of the Psyrasic daughter AB Bellissima, offering two lines to the unforgettable Padrons Psyche who passed away in September. Reinhard Sax celebrated a double success in the Junior Colts Championship. Lamandro, by EKS Alihandro and out of Lamana, by Laman HVP, received unanimous Gold while his stablemate, Mahil Al Marenga, by Kahil Al

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Shaqab, went away with the Silver. The chestnut Lamandro received the highest score of all males. The 2-year-old colt traces back through Miriam II out of Merana, and to the wonderful Kilimandscharo daughter Neschi, a family consistently producing champion after champion. Straight Egyptian-bred Laheeb dominated the Senior Championship Stallions and Mares. Both the Gold and Silver Champion Senior Mare were sired by a Laheeb son and out of famous The Vision HG. While Gold winner Sorella El Hadiyah is by Al Hadiyah AA, Silver winning Alia Lahab RSA is a daughter of ANC and World Champion Stallion Al Lahab. BB Jawhar Al Than, a double Padrons Psyche, won Gold Champion Senior Stallion, but Silver Champion F Tayyar Ibn Al Lahab is a paternal grandson of Laheeb and so is El Ninjo, who achieved Bronze. In the current economic climate, events and charities sometimes find it hard to pull in funds, both from donors and sponsors, as charitable donations and sponsorships are one of the first things people cut. However, perhaps the ANC Festival organizers used their close relations to some global players of the Arabian horse scene, and managed to organize the European Breeders Trust and ANC Festival Charity Gala on Friday evening at the Pullman Quellenhof Hotel. In the festive setting, videos showed what good was done with the charity money from last year. “We are very grateful for the support of Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, who made a generous donation,” says Gregor

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Aymar, “an embryo by champion producer FA El Rasheem and 2015 Las Vegas Breeders World Cup Gold Supreme Champion Junior Mare, Elle Flamenca by Ajman Moniscione, was sold at auction. Over and above, the stud donated two more breeding rights to FA El Rasheem.” This was a sensational offer and an exclusive opportunity, unique for Arabian horse breeders, as such a precious embryo is seldom available to the public, and prospective buyers paid handsomely. The two breeding rights were sold for more than 40.000 Euro, while Mr. Bassam Al Saqran, owner of Al Saqran Stud, UAE, bought the embryo for 80.000 Euro, but gave it back. The auction started again and gained another 50.000 Euro; the results almost tripling the amount of 2016. Again, the net profit of the evening was donated to local charity organizations in Aachen. A new addition to the ANC Festival was the European Breeders Select Sale (EBSS) with 15 wisely selected lots, including breeding and embryo rights and show or breeding horses. The EBSS is just one project of the newly founded European Breeders Trust, a shareholder company which was established to help its shareholders improve their own breeding programs and to represent the interests of European breeders. “We recently received our certificate of registration and the ANC Festival was the first chance to sell shares,” explains Sven Schick, Management Board.

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As the ANC unfolded, many fascinating and unique memorable moments were created. In addition to a laser show, fireworks and the championships on Sunday, several special awards were given. The reigning World Champion Yearling Filly, D Ajayeb, garnered Female Highest Points Winner and Silver Champion Junior Filly, bested only by the fabulous U.S. National Champion Junior Mare, Mozn Albidayer. Excalibur EA achieved Male Highest Points Winner, highest score of the show with 94.72 points in his age class, and the award for Best Movement, along with being named Gold Champion Senior Stallion. From a breeder’s point of view, siring ability is far more important than show ribbons, and Excalibur EA produced convincing results. His daughter, LR Era De Excalibur, was named Gold Champion Yearling Filly, while his son, Alexanderr, who won the Most Classic Head Award, also received Gold Champion Junior Colt. “The interest was great; we conversed with breeders from all over Europe, especially from Scandinavia.” At the same time, the premiere of the EBSS Auction was prepared. With the senior classes ending early on Saturday afternoon, the re-construction of the arena begins immediately. In addition to the usual VIP area, additional seating was built halfway down, plus a stage in front of a big screen. “We had around 70 registered bidders and so many enrollments, that we could not place everybody in the arena,” Sven Schick says. Curious people who arrived too late could not even find a place in the grandstand. After British tenor Paul Potts performed the famous aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, “Nessun dorma” (Italian for ‘none shall sleep’), all eyes were wide open for the spectacle that began with FA El Rasheem presented to the amazed audience during the auction offering of the embryo with Elle Flamenca. Al Saqran Stud also donated an embryo by FA El Rasheem out of their World Champion Mare Donna Molta Bella. “This brand-new project is a good idea,” says Bassam Al Saqran. “I am always happy to help and happiness grows when it is shared. So, I shared this precious embryo with European breeders.” It turned out to be the high-seller at 230.000 Euro. Altogether, 10 out of 15 lots were sold for more than 850.000 Euro.

While taking a brief break from the electrifying atmosphere in the arena, a dark bay stallion passed by. His forehead, crowned by a small star, and delicate ears pricked watching everything attentively while he arched his wonderful neck, I realized it was the incomparable Gazal Al Shaqab! Recalling the time when he garnered his rosettes at this place, the 22-year-old stallion returned this time to accept graciously, his Lifetime Achievement Award. Al Shaqab Stud availed themselves of the opportunity, and generously donated a breeding to the world-famous Marwan Al Shaqab. De Catherey Arabians in France, purchased it for 30.000 Euro. Another Lifetime Award was awarded posthumously to Ignacy Jaworowsky (1924-2004), the unforgotten director laureate of Polish State Stud Michalów. It was thanks to him that the name Michalów became a brand and gained worldwide fame. The audience was moved and carefully listened to Ignacy’s daughters, Dorota Janiszewska and Agnieszka Rozwadowska, who expressed not only their gratitude, but their criticism of the present Polish government and its policy. It was again, an All Nations Cup filled with pure entertainment, exuberant feelings, a sensational atmosphere, and a new initiative to create positive influences on the European market. n

“With this successful premiere,” Sven Schick says, “we now can concentrate on our next project. Thanks to the generous support of Al Shaqab, Al Saqran Stud and the RFI Partnership, we will offer five breedings each to excellent sires in a Breeding Lottery in Paris during the World Championships.”

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2017 All Nations Cup September 22-24 • Aachen, Germany


Gold: EXCALIBUR EA (Shanghai EA x Essence Of Marwan EA), B: Equus Arabians (ESP), O: Al Saqran Stud (KWT) Silver: EMERALD J (QR Marc x Emandora), B/O: Jadem Arabians (BEL) Bronze: MORION (Kahil Al Shaqab x Mesalina), B/O: Michalow Stud (POL); Lessee: Al Thumama Stud


Gold: ALEXXANDERR (Excalibur EA x AR Most Irresistible), B: Frances Butler and Brandi Carsen (USA), O: Alsayed Stud (KSA) Silver: AJ AZZAM (AJ Mardan x Ysadora), B/O: Ajman Stud (UAE) Bronze: IZAN AL CAPE (Shanghai EA x Wioletta EA), B/O: Al Cape Arabians (ESP)


Gold: HL EL GANADOR (HP Shakir TE x Lonco Bay Maria), B: Familia Duch Matthei (CHL), O: Hanaya Stud (CH) Silver: RD HARENAADO (Hariry Al Shaqab x DM Endless Romance), B: Murray and Shirley Popplewell (USA), O: Al Saqran Stud (KWT) Bronze: D SHALLAL (FA El Rasheem x D Shahla), B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (UAE) A HT Abroad


Gold: ANOOD AL NASSER (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Aleysha Al Nasser), B/O: Al Nasser Stud (QAT) Silver: BINT HAZY AL KHALEDIAH (El Palacio VO x Hazy El Khalediah), B: Al Khalediah Stables (KSA), O: Alorasia Arabian Horse Stud (KSA) Bronze: EKSPULSJA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Elandra), B: Michalow Stud (POL), O: Halsdon Arabians (GBR)


Gold: MOZN ALBIDAYER (S.M.A.Magic One x Mattaharii), B/O: Albidayer Stud (UAE) Silver: D AJAYEB (RFI Farid x Lady Veronika), B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (UAE) Bronze: LOULOU AL NASSER (RFI Farid x Rihab Al Nasser), B/O: Al Nasser Stud (QAT)


Gold: LR ERA DE EXCALIBUR (Excalibur EA x Expected Beauty RP), B: Las Rosas Estancia S.R.L. (URY), O: Alsayed Stud and Estancia Las Rosa (KSA) Silver: D MUMAYYAZAH (FA El Rasheem x M Randy), B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (UAE) Bronze: SERANZA (Kanz Albidayer x Evening Serenade), B: Michael Byatt (USA), O: Mohammad Sheikh Sulliman (ISR) | 282 | Winter 2017

German Nationals Championship SENIOR STALLIONS

Gold: BB JAWHAR EL THAN (Enzo x FA Jada), B: E.W.Th. Bakker-Berendsen, O: Karin Zeevenhoven Silver: F TAYYAR IBN AL LAHAB (Al Lahab x F Tahani Bint Shamaal), B/O: Araberzucht Im Lunzenof Bronze: EL NINJO (Emiliusz x Claudiaa), B: Swatam Arabians, O: FA Arabians


Gold: LAMANDRO (EKS Alihandro x Lamana), B/O: Sax Arabians Silver: MAHIL AL MARENGA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Miss Marrenga), B/O: Sax Arabians Bronze: MURANAS ADL (Muranas Jassehr x Muranas Azeezah), B/O: Murana Stud


Gold: SORELLA EL HADIYAH (Al Hadiyah AA x Scala El Jamaal), B: La Movida Arabians, O: EOS Arabians Silver: ALIA LAHAB RSA (Al Lahab x Alia Valentino), B: Michael & Leslie Nord, O: Ralf Heckenbücker Bronze: ANGEL AFRIKHAN QUEEN (F Afrikhan Shah x Angel Aziza), B: Jeanine Van Oosterwijk, O: Amurath Stud


Gold: BOURHANI FADISSIMA (Fadi Al Shaqab x AB Bellisima), B/O: Bourhani Arabians Silver: MALALA (Meshan Ibn Kubinec x Marni), B/O: Sax Arabians Bronze: INSPIRED NAHILA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Inspired Nadeshda), B/O: Inspired Stud


Gold: INSPIRED ASCOT (Ajman Moniscione x Inspired Nadeshda), B/O: Inspired Stud Silver: EOS ADORABLE (S.M.A. Magic One x Amalia Serondella), B/O: EOS Arabians Bronze: BS KARANI (BS Karanji x EK Nathice), B/O: Sprave Arabians

Futurity Europe COLT FOALS Gold: MONCINO DD (Fayad Al Fayyad), B: Dirk Dejonckheere, O: DD Arabians (BE) Silver: JUSTIFY K.A. (QR Marc x Jolfa De Nautiac), B: Mr. & Mrs. Gheysens, O: Knocke Arabians (BE) Bronze: MAGIC APAL-S (S.M.A. Magic One x RA Anila Apal), B/O: Sixtus Arabians (BE) 4th: EMERALD JONES (Emerald J x V Exotic Enchantress), B/O: Mr. & Mrs. E J Jones (GBR) 5th: TRESOR ENZINO (Wadee Al Shaqab x Etiopia El Aziz), B/O: D’Onza Domenico (ITA)


Gold: PEARL EDEN K.A. (QR Marc x Prisma), B: Mr. & Mrs. Gheysens, O: Knocke Arabians (BE) Silver: SHEIKA (S.M.A. Magic One x Violetta), B/O: Mr. Hans Serroels (BE) Bronze: FM MARCY (QR Marc x FM Pippaa), B/O: Mrs. Mieke Sans (BE) 4th: TZ LOUIZAH (El Palacio VO x Khimara), B/O: Aznag Z & Tosseyn T (BE)

5th: EOS ADORABLE (S.M.A. Magic On x Amalia Serondella), B: K. Hampe-Klingebiel, O: EOS Arabians (DE)


Gold: SHEIKJA AL JUMAN (RFI Farid x PF Panama), B: B.M. Arabian Stud, O: Jasim Al Mesbah & Mohammad Alawadhi (KW) Silver: GHAALYIA (S.M.A. Magic One x Gezaana), B/O: Mrs. Kennedy Julie (GBR) Bronze: AASER ATHBAH (Fadi Al Shaqab x Star Of Marwan), B/O: Athbah Stud (KSA) 4th: ERALDA (Emerald J x Enezja), B: Falborek Arabians, O: Al Shiraa Arabians (UAE) 5th: DA ARIYANA (EKS Alihandro x DA Miss Justice), B/O: Cornelia Kolnberger (AT)

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The 2017 Arabian National Breeder Finals


Story and Photos by Laurelle Anderson

he final days of September set the stage for the annual Arabian National Breeder Finals (ANBF) Show on September 27-30, 2017, and as Show Manager Taryl O’Shea reports, “This show just keeps getting better and better.”

One of the hallmark features of the Breeder Finals, is the practice of inviting the breeder of the winning horse into center ring for recognition of their achievement. This is done at the end of select classes, with owners and exhibitors, as well as farm representatives, pouring into center ring with smiles and laughter, often bringing newcomers and friends who are now also caught up in the thrill of victory, all joining in the winning celebration. These treasured moments are a reflection of this dedicated community and the heartfelt goodwill they offer to one another when they come together to celebrate their best.

The ANBF focuses on the purebred Arabian and breeders who tirelessly commit to breed their best. Therefore, it is a destination for both large and small breeders, by providing a focused opportunity to present their premium stock while competing in halter. Unique to this show, additional recognition is extended specifically to the breeder of those horses achieving top honors in select classes for their outstanding accomplishments at this show. The class line-up includes Amateur Owner classes, Egyptian Heritage and Straight Egyptian classes; Breeder Finals Futurity, Breeders Club Championships and the ANBF Breeder Finals classes. Six judges from around the world make up the prestigious judging panel to complement the competition. The ANBF has achieved a staunch reputation of bringing together some of the finest Arabian bloodlines available today.

Saturday evening brings the show to a close with the presentation of the coveted Arabian National Breeder Finals High Point Breeders Trophy. This award is presented annually to the breeder who achieves the greatest success with their horses shown, and this year, Pegasus Arabians was once again the recognized recipient of this prestigious award.

While the timeline for this show follows closely on the heels of Aachen and just weeks before U.S. Nationals, everyone seems to excitedly gear up for the adventure. Widely acknowledged by many as a ‘must attend’ show, it has further garnered the reputation of being one of the ‘funnest’ shows to attend each year. Showtime begins daily at 1:00 PM, allowing owners and attendees to enjoy a relaxing morning, or time to visit other local farm presentations, possibly even explore business opportunities. By early afternoon, the Equidome begins to fill. Anticipation of how the evening will unfold seems to cling invitingly to the intimate atmosphere. Farm cabanas are tastefully staged on one side of the ring with their respective inviting and festive themes. This is where friends and clients will comfortably relax and mingle with fellow avid enthusiasts to cheer on their treasured favorites. A regal red carpet is warmly highlighted with soft white overhead lighting and leads past the cabanas while equally delivering visitors to a broad array of vendors with products that parallel such a show. The layout encourages intermingling, catching up with old friends and cheering along with your peers. There is a fellowship represented here that is genuinely authentic, tastefully presented yet casual and comfortable, very reminiscent of the shows from yesteryear … yet with all the appeal of the modern Arabian show horse. A HT Abroad

There is little doubt that many of the memories and moments that often claim the most precious of victories, are frequently revealed within the scope of this show, and already there is great anticipation for what the next year may bring. Yet one thing is certain; this community is steadfast in their commitment to continually deliver an exciting show, thereby providing an opportunity for all of us to celebrate outstanding Arabian horses and their breeders.


Champion: GS NEAPALOTAN RCF (Apalo x Martini Thyme RTA), bred by Jack & Elizabeth Milam/Perry Payson and presented by Alcides Rodrigues for owner Lara Ames. Reserve: GRAND PROMISE NA (Grand Commandd x Promises Psy), O: Jeffrey Frahm, B: Robert & Dixie North Family Trust

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Arabian National Breeder Finals Results

Senior Stallions

Senior Mares

Champion: VITORIO TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique), bred by Thirteen Oaks Arabians and presented by David Boggs for owner Oak Ridge Arabians. Reserve: SIR CHARMED FF (SF Sir Real x Bremervale Charmed), O: Helen Hardwick, B: Future Farms 3rd: CAPTAIN AMERIKA PA (Grand Commandd x Miss Amerika), O/B: Pegasus Arabians

Junior Colts

Champion: ROYAL ASAD (El Tino x Lumiar Ethna), bred by Michel Alberto Morelato and presented by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Cindy McGown Reserve: MAGIC MIKE PA (S.M.A.Magic One x Miss Amerika), O/B: Pegasus Arabians 3rd: EVEREST SA (Ever After NA x Que Serah Serah), O/B: Peter Kurzhals

Champion: QUEEN AYDA FWM (*FA El Shawan x TN Mariani), bred by Casa Branca Agro-Pastoril Ltda. and presented by David Boggs for owner Stephen Poore. Reserve: ARIA QATARS ANGEL (Abha Qatar x BHF Dark Angel), O: Quintessa Partners LLC, B: Desert Horse Partners LLC 3rd: TALEED EL QARDABIYAH (Magnum Psyche x Jamaara FA), O: Debra Mitchell, B: Judy and Bill Faust

Junior Fillies

Champion: SRA SUSANNE (QR Marc x Valori TRF), presented by David Boggs for owner and breeder Maureen Grossman. Reserve: SANGRIA PA (Hariry Al Shaqab x Perfection PA), O/B: Pegasus Arabians 3rd: AMIRA JF (S.M.A.Magic One x FS Dixie Rose), O: Jeffrey Frahm, B: Dolce Cavallo LLC or Sandhu Arabians

Weanling Fillies

Weanling Colts/Geldings

Champion: KHALIF AF (Kahil Al Shaqab x Aria Elita), bred by Ken and JoAnne White and presented by Pat McGinnis for owner Arabian Horse Futures. Reserve: AGUSTO GA (D Angelo x DD Crown Jewel), O: James Bedeker, B: Gemini Equine LLC 3rd: MELCHOR SH (Shangrila Baltazar x RD Tora), O: Roxana Zambrano, B: Nelson De Oliveira Prata Pinto Moreira A HT Abroad

Champion: ROYAL APONA (Royal Invictus x Phaedra PR), presented by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner and breeder Cindy McGown. Reserve: SAFFRON PA (Cadance PA x Cayanne PA), O/B: Pegasus Arabians 3rd: MS IMPRESSA (Kanz Al Bidayer x Gi Gi Gazal), O/B: Mounir A. Shatila Trust 4/17/04

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2017 Silver Sire Futurity Results Auction YeArling colts/geldings

Champion: MARINO V (Vitorio TO x Amber Aice), O: Marino Arabians Reserve: GRANDD ILLUSION NA (Grand Commandd x Margarita Psy), O: Robert & Dixie North Family Trust Top Five: RCF TYRION (Apalo x Miss Besson), O: Regency Cove Farms MC INCANTATION (PA Gazsi x MC Real Enchantment), O: Abin Adi Arabians BEYLIUS EA (Alkeynos EA x Wizteria Bey), O: Esperanza Arabians LLC

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Champion: RD AVONNYA (Spitfyre VF x Alanna), O: Rae-Dawn Arabians Reserve: JERICHOS COVER GIRL (A Jericho x Anna Marie BHF), O: Marino Arabians Top Five: FH JEMINA (Eminence PS x FH Jadore), O: John Vosburgh VALKYRIE ORA (Vitorio TO x Star of Justice ORA), O: Kurdistan Arabian Stud LLC HAPPILY EVERAFTER LRA (Ever After NA x Ultimate Desire LRA), O: Armstrong Arabians

open YeArling colts/geldings

Champion: MR DANTE (Vitorio TO x Star of Justice ORA), O: Kurdistan Arabian Stud LLC Reserve: ROYAL MARCARIO (QR Marc x Royal Samra H), O: Royal Arabians Top Five: MC INCANTATION (PA Gazsi x MC Real Enchantment), O: Abin Adi Arabians RKGG SEZANS EMINENCE (Eminence PS x Aviara Rose), O: RKGG Arabians GRAND CUVEE MLA (Grand Commandd x Donna Fantasia NA), O: Marlin Arabians

open YeArling Fillies

Champion: ROYAL FARAHH (Fara Al Shaqab x Maggie Mae PGA), O: Royal Arabians Reserve: MAGIC MOMENT ORA (Magic Magnifique x Chantilly Lace ORA), O: Oak Ridge Arabians Top Five: JAZZLA CME (Hariry Al Shaqab x Jazella FA), O: CME Arabian Equities ROYAL PALLAS (Royal Emanuel x Royal Pershana), O: Royal Arabians

2 & 3 YeAr old colts/geldings

Champion: VEYRON ORA (Vitorio TO x Luxemere Jizette), O: Oak Ridge Arabians Reserve: GRAND PROMISE NA (Grand Commandd x Promises Psy), O: Jeffrey Frahm Top Five: MC VITICUS (Vitorio TO x WF Sirius Grace), O: Rod or Sandra Owens ROYAL BAHEEM (Baahir El Marwan x Jumeriah Rose SWF), O: Royal Arabians ROYAL KAVANT (Kavalle MI x Royal Samara H), O: Royal Arabians

2 & 3 YeAr old Fillies

Champion: JAZSEDA DONA (Hariry Al Shaqab x Jazella FA), O: William R. & Catherine Nan Bensyl Trust Reserve: SRIACHA PA (Cadance PA x Perfection PA), O: Pegasus Arabians Top Five: RAH SAPPHIRE (Rahere x Magnums Dark Angel), O: Security West Corp ANGEL OF JERICHO (A Jericho x Lady Aria ORA), O: Kurdistan Arabian Stud LLC YCA TOTALLY PSYCHED (ML Mostly Padron x TLA Silver Star), O: Randy Larson A HT Abroad

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Show Highlights ... “The Arabian Breeders National Finals is a show that Walt I thoroughly enjoy. It’s a combination of old friends, new farms and newly discovered talent. The organizers of this show really do a great job. The farm cabanas are inviting, and there is lots of food, merriment and support. I am a bit biased when I say that the most exciting part of show was watching our yearling fillies compete in the ATH Futurity. It was a large class with 17 outstanding yearlings. We were so pleased that both of our fillies achieved top ten awards with our own Esperanza-bred Miya EA winning the championship. The futurity check was an added bonus!” - JeAnnette lAne, esperAnzA A ArAbiAns “The Arabian National Breeder Finals show is, in my opinion, the most fun show of the year. My clients prefer it over all other shows we go to, because they feel respected and wanted by the show committee and volunteers. Of course, the ANBF caters to halter and small breeders, which I feel are the backbone of the Arabian industry and who may not feel as appreciated at some of the other shows. When I ask our clients what they think of the Finals, they always say they had a great time and the environment fosters advancing the small breeder and promoting the Arabian community.” - trAvis A Avis HAnsen, trAvis A Avis trAining center “When I think about my highlight of this show, I think about my long journey back from a near fatal stroke and the long road back from a lengthy hospital stay, where after a long-induced coma, the doctors allowed me to “wake up and return to consciousness. John was with me day and night, only taking time away long enough to feed our two cats and pay bills, then would return to my bedside. I had very rough separation anxiety, so often he would sleep on the floor of the hospital, so I could hold his hand. After returning home, I had to deal with vision and cognitive issues. My first shot at returning to “normal” was when I announced that: 1). I would drive again; and 2). I would once again show our horses. Last year I showed our mare, KBT Kharra Mocha, so I technically, “checked the box”. However, I wasn’t nearly healthy enough to do very well. This year, Greg Knowles tested the water with me, and asked if I wanted to show our other mare, Taleed. I was beyond thrilled with the possibility. Al Gruppen, once again, worked with me to help prepare us for competing at the Breeder Finals. This year, I have my vision back and practiced running every day (something I know a lot about, from practicing my whole life, because my father was a world record-holding track star who challenged my eight brothers and sisters and me, to run “around the block” each summer afternoon). In any event, I had this opportunity to show an experienced champion mare, so if I didn’t fall down, everyone counted on Taleed to again present her beautiful qualities. The rest is history and now recorded in the books. All my prayers of thanks for healing, for the opportunity, and most of all, for the world class preparation, led to this win. With tears in my eyes, I again give thanks. - deb conrAdY dY-MitcHell dY “The Arabian National Breeder Finals is one of my favorite shows to attend. The atmosphere is unlike any other show here in the U.S.! All the details that are put into making the show enjoyable and a great experience for the patrons are amazing. This year was a great year! I showed multiple horses and I had a blast every time I was in the ring. Our weanling filly, Karissa MA, was a dream to show. I was blown away by her confidence and beauty. A huge highlight of the show for me is definitely the atmosphere. Everyone comes together and has a great time, and there’s always tons of fun pictures and great quality horses. It is just a fantastic show to be a part of !” - WHitneY Y Miles, Milestone ArAbiAns “One of the best shows of the year! The Breeder Finals show committee does an outstanding job of picking judges from all around the world, as well as making the show fun, and breeders and trainers all bring their best horses to compete, which always makes the show even more exciting! The highlight of the show was very personal … it was the “happy” tears that filled my mom’s eyes while she was watching me present one of my fillies. It’s been a tough year for her, so making her proud made me feel great. - lisA is MArkleY, lisA is MArkleY Y ArAbiAns A HT Abroad

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World Championship —BIGGER THAN LIFE by SUSANNE BÖSCHE | Photos by ALESSIO AZZALI Every corner of western civilization has been touched by Leonardo da Vinci’s inventive genius and artistic creativity. Italy’s second most populous city and the capital of Lombardy, Milan, is a focal point. Located on the outskirts of town, Leonardo’s “Horse That Never Was” is the largest equestrian monument in the world—bigger than life. Designed for the Sforza family, the original was destroyed in 1499. American artist Charles Dent, reconstructed from da Vinci’s drawings, the giant horse in 1999. For people who admire the Italian Renaissance, as well as horses, Milan became a must-see-destination in midOctober, when the fashion and convention capital hosted the Straight Egyptian World Championship. An elegant VIP area was available for sponsors and their guests to socialize while enjoying the horses. Italian Arabian horse artist Paola Marinangeli, finally met some of her social media contacts in person. “I met nice people from the U.S. Pyramid Society, as well as the famous breeder Marion Richmond,” says Paola. “Judy Guess, with her amazing knowledge and experience, honored me by sitting for the whole show at my table. I also had the joy of meeting German breeders Achim Dirnhofer and Bettina von Kameke, President of the Pyramid Society Europe.” Straight Egyptian farms from the Middle East met fewer participants from Europe than in years past, but entrants at this world championship were met with exceptional quality nonetheless.

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Al Rayyan Farm celebrated a one-two-success in the Senior Mare Championship with two of their ethereal grey pearls, garnering unanimous Gold with Menouah Al Rayyan, and Silver with Junah Al Rayyan. Italian Angelo Guggino is the proud breeder and owner of Bronze winning Maggy. Though all three mares are from different dam lines, they are heavily influenced by the blood of Ansata Bint Bukra, which can be found in nearly all medal winners of the show. All medal winning Yearling Filly winners trace back to Europe with Sheika Al Fala and Mehairja Al Rayyan, again achieving Gold and Silver, repeating their European Egyptian Event (EEE) wins in Germany earlier this year. Alfala Stud’s Sheika Al Fala is out of Guasimo Maysuna, bred by Guasimo Stud, Italy. Mehairja Al Rayyan is a maternal granddaughter of NK Nahla and traces back to the unforgettable Nashua of Nagels Katharinenhof. Neji Iel Zaihra by Shams Sharav, achieved Bronze, much to the delight of her happy Belgium owners Josy and Kristel of Nesj Arabians. Neji Iel Zaihra’s dam is the lovely Ayat AA, a granddaughter of the influential The Vision HG. The DF Malik Jamil daughter AB Faridah garnered Gold Champion Junior Filly for her proud breeder and owner, Abhaa Arabians, KSA, with Issan Rayyana of Issan Stud, Morocco, achieving Silver. Owner of Issan Stud, Mostafa Benlafkhi, also happily accepted the Silver Champion Senior Stallion title for his fine Ansata Sinan son, Al Fayed. Bronze Junior Filly honors went to proud owner, Podere Delle Bellezze SRL’s OR Marjuana. Al Rowdha Stud’s Hilal Al Waab won Gold Champion Junior Colt over Al Babtain Stud’s Abhaa Harran. Hilal Al Waab, a Sinan Al Rayyan son, is out of multi-champion mare Sharuby HP and therefore, a full brother to the striking bay Shaheen Al Waab. Bronze again, went to an Italian owned horse, Vincenzo Pellegrini’s Sameh Al Rayyan son, SM Bariq.

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On Friday before the show, Vincenzo Pellegrini took the opportunity to invite friends, breeders and Arabian horse enthusiasts to his new farm Assa Stud, near Venice. It was a delightful day garnished with fine straight Egyptians, among them the senior sire, Majiid EQ, a maternal grandson of the famous Bint Magidaa. “It was nice to meet old friends, make new ones, and exchange opinions with other breeders, while at the show and Assa Stud’s Open House,” tells Bettina von Kameke. “Further, I am very happy that we gained around 12 Italian straight Egyptian breeders as new members of the Pyramid Society Europe. The classes were most impressive, especially the senior stallions—it was an exciting competition.” And it was El Farida Stud’s Adham Saqr, who won Gold Champion Senior Stallion again, after achieving “Best in Show Male” at the EEE; one more accomplishment on the already long list of titles won by the Imperial Madori son out of Ameera Saqr, who traces back to the precious Babson foundation mare Bint Bint Sabbah. Bronze winner Asayel Rashiq, by Frasera Mashar, was bred in Italy and is proudly owned by Asayel Stud. His dam, P.S.E. Rasheekah, is by reigning Platinum World Champion Royal Colours and represents Imperial bloodlines in tail female. Those seeking peace and relaxation after so much excitement probably found it in the main sights of Milan—the newly renovated Museo del Duomo or Santa Maria delle Grazie, one of the most popular churches and home of the globally famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, “The Last Supper”. Wherever one looked, God’s creations were front and center throughout Italy. n

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Gold Champion Senior Stallion ADHAM SAQR (Imperial Madori x Ameera Saqr), owned by El Farida Stud.

Gold Champion Senior Mare MENOUAH AL RAYYAN (Fares Al Rayyan x Bint Mesoudah M HP), owned by Al Rayyan Farm.

Gold Champion Junior Colt HILALA AL WAAB (Sinan Al Rayyan x Sharuby HP), owned by Al Rowdha Stud.

Gold Champion Junior Filly AB FARIDAH (DF Malik Jamil x Bint Farid Nile Moon), owned by Abhaa Arabians.

Gold Champion Yearling Filly SHEIKA AL FALA ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Maysuna Guasimo), owned by Alfala Stud. A HT Abroad

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World Championship October 14 - 15 • Vermezzo, Italy

SENIOR STALLIONS Gold: ADHAM SAQR (Imperial Madori x Ameera Saqr), B: Sakr Arabians, O: El Farida Stud (EG) Silver: AL FAYED (Ansata Sinan x Zahir Kalila), B/O: Issan Stud (MA) Bronze: ASAYEL RASHIQ (Frasera Mashar x P.S.E. Rasheekah), B: Az Agr Il Palazzotto, O: Asayel Stud (KWT) ************************** SENIOR MARES Gold: MENOUAH AL RAYYAN (Fares Al Rayyan x Bint Mesoudah M HP), B/O: Al Rayyan Farm (QA) Silver: JUNAL AL RAYYAN (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Jamila Al Rayyan), B/O: Al Rayyan Farm (QA) Bronze: MAGGY (Arridaios Al Qusir x Maresha Al Kidir), B/O: Guggino Angelo (IT) ********************** JUNIOR COLTS Gold: HILALA AL WAAB (Sinan Al Rayyan x Sharuby HP), B: Al Waab Stud, O: Al Rowdha Stud (QA) Silver: ABHAA HARRAN (Ajmal Farid x Noelya), B: Soud Bin Abdulkareem Al Babtin, O: Al Babtain Stud (KWT) Bronze: SM BARIQ (Sameh Al Rayyan x Shawq Al Nasser), B: Salman Bin Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al Damel, O: Assa Egyptian Arabians (IT) **************************** JUNIOR FILLIES Gold: AB FARIDAH (DF Malik Jamil x Bint Farid Nile Moon), B/O: Abhaa Arabians (KWT) Silver: ISSAN RAYYANA (Rayyan Al Naif x SL Rashida), B/O: Issan Stud (MA) Bronze: OR MARJUANA (Frasera Mashar x OR Magnolia), B: Scanzi Faustino, O: Podere Delle Bellezze SRL (IT) ********************** YEARLING FILLIES Gold: SHEIKA AL FALA ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Maysuna Guasimo), B/O: Alfala Stud (KSA) Silver: MEHAIRJA AL RAYYAN (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Nashua Al Rayyan), B/O: Al Rayyan Farm (QAT) Bronze: NEJI IEL ZAIHRA (Shams Sharav x Ayat AA), B/O: Nesj El Zaihra (BE)

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European Championships October 28-29 ~ Verona, Italy

Love Is In The Air by Susanne BÖsche

photos by Alessio Azzali


erona is Italy’s beautiful medieval gem where all roads lead to the greatest love story ever told: Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s play made Verona a household word. The House of Juliet, a tiny, admittedly romantic courtyard, is a spectacle in itself, with tourists from all over the world posing on the almost believable balcony and taking snapshots of each other rubbing Juliet’s bronze, hoping to get lucky in love. This year, the European Championship was held in Verona, in conjunction with the FieraCavalli, the second-biggest horse fair in Europe. The FieraCavalli was the spot where more than 400 years after Shakespeare wrote his play, Verona witnessed another love story— with a happy ending. It was the moment when breeder and owner, Jennifer Dhombre, threw her arms around her colt’s neck and proudly accepted the trophy for European Gold Champion Junior Colt. The young and already intercontinental champion, Wortex Kalliste, was back in the ring once again. From the very beginning, Jennifer believed in the cross of Shanghai EA with her beloved Marwan Al Shaqab daughter Mirwanah Kalliste, who was not only a champion winner herself, but close

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to her breeder’s heart. Being a three-quarter brother to famous Excalibur EA (Shanghai EA x Essence of Marwan, by Marwan Al Shaqab), the 3-year-old stallion is currently on lease to Shgair Stud and managed by Christine Jamar. Jennifer’s expectations were surely very high for Wortex, and they were fulfilled completely. “Wortex has already made my dreams come true when he accomplished silver medals at the World Breeders Cup in Las Vegas and at the U.S. Arabian Open in New York in 2016,” says Jennifer. “Winning European Gold Championship with Wortex and Frederik van Sas on the lead, exactly ten years after winning the Senior title with my stallion BS Specific, left me speechless. We proved that France is the home of excellent breeders.” Judge Tom Husebye from Norway, who was invited to judge at the European Championship for the first time, said the average quality was quite high, which was reflected in the points. “It is always an honor to be invited to such an important event and it was a pleasure to work with Sylvie Eberhardt, Ali Shaarawi, Marco Pittaluga, Josy Everars and Gideon Reisel.” About the general quality, Tom says, “I think the quality of the Senior Mare classes tends to be the highest

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at most shows, and this was also the case in Verona. But, it was very nice to see the excellent quality also, in the junior divisions, especially in the filly classes. “Horses with diversity in type were presented to the judges’ team, which was especially pleasing. The Arabian horse comes in different types with a little bit different hallmark to them, and all variations are valid within the breed standard. This was evident in the Senior Mare championships where we saw a fantastic group of beautiful mares; all of them receiving high points in the classes. There were several exquisite mares I would love to take home with me.” Another exciting moment was the announcement of the European Gold Champion Junior Filly, DA Alihandra. Frank Spönle had already shown this EKS Alihandro daughter to many victories. “She never lets us down,” says Frank’s wife, Elisa Grassi, praising the winner. “And she is one of the most beautiful fillies around today.” The judges recognized that too; five out of six had DA Alihandra on their judging card. Indeed, DA Alihandra is a beautiful composition of her ancestors, representing the colors of the Austrian flag. Her breeder and owner, Diamond Arabians’ Cornelia Kolnberger, received a lot of tempting offers for this filly, which represents three generations of her thoughtful breeding. Another important achievement for Cornelia at the show was European Bronze Champion Yearling Filly DA Ariyana, a full sister to DA Alihandra. Cornelia Kolnberger is ambitious for DA Alihandra, “Her next stop will be Paris. As a small breeder, I don’t expect us to have a great chance, but DA Alihandra deserves a try.” The championship resulted in more reasons for Elisa Grassi to smile. AJ Mardan is a young but already proven sire and among Elisa’s four-legged loves. In Verona, he sired both the European Gold Champion Yearling Filly AJ Norah, and Colt, AJ Radman; two chestnuts just like their sire and maternal grandsire, Ajman Moniscione, but out of different dam lines. While AJ Radman traces back to the Egyptian-bred Thee Rahiba, AJ Norah’s dam line represents the strong Russian blood of Natalia, a double granddaughter of Balaton. With a big smile, handler Paolo Capecci raised the trophy for European Gold Champion Senior Mare, for the ethereal Nesj El Markhisa. The glistening grey Marwan Al Shaqab daughter was bred by Everars - van der Broek and is owned by Al Khair Arabians. Another Gold medal for Nesj El Markhisa, who previously achieved Gold and Best in Show in Milan and Pietrasanta. The Senior Mare Championship was a close call in a tough competition. Michalow Stud accepted Silver for Pustynia Kahila, by Kahil Al Shaqab and out of the stellar producer Pustynna Malwa, by Ekstern. Michalow also bred Bronze-winning Ekspulsja, a lovely grey Gazal Al Shaqab daughter out of Elandra, proudly owned by Halsdon Arabians. There is no love story without a fight—Shakespeare taught us this. Regarding the European Championship, the Senior Stallion Championship made the day very exciting. One could sense the love for the horses, but also the electrifying atmosphere of the challenging decision everybody faced. In the end, Paolo Capecci led the winner, Excalibur EA; named after the legendary sword, which was worth a king. Ascending A HT Abroad

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the European throne, Excalibur EA took his second gem on the way to another Triple Crown, cementing his legendary status. The 6-year-old stallion already accomplished 2014 European Triple Crown Junior Champion and is the reigning All Nations Cup Gold Champion Senior Stallion. Bred by Spanish Albert Sorroca, Excalibur EA is owned by Al Saqran Farm. La Movida Arabians bred and owned Silver winner Lawrence El Gazal, a grey marvelously bred from Gazal Al Shaqab and Lara El Ludjin. From the same sire line comes the Bronze winner, but this time in bay. Mansour Al Jalawiyah, owned by Al Salam Stud, KSA, traces back to Gazal Al Shaqab through the impressive Emerald J. As it is often the case, the stallion classes were smaller in numbers, but offer plenty in power, presence and character. “Again, we saw different types in the ring, but the quality was high in this group as well,” comments Tom Husebye. “It was very nice to see a lot of horses moving with freedom, power and balance, as we often complain about our horses do not move properly anymore. At this show, a lot of them did, and its especially rewarding for any judge to present a 20 to a horse that really moves, as it is one of the most important breed characteristics.” Whilst many shows through the season had a hard time attracing an audience, this was not the case in Verona. “The FieraCavalli attracts thousands of visitors every day and quite a few of these find their way to the showgrounds, for many are new to the Arabian breed,” says Tom Husebye. It gives the show a certain atmosphere and “flair” that is quite special and adds to the fun. Not often do you see a full grandstand at qualifying classes in the morning. ANICA, the organizer, is always positive and constructive towards the judges and has a team of very competent staff in most positions to ensure that the show rolls on. However, on a “what could be better” note, I would love to see a split of the head and neck category and iPad technology in the ring. Both have been tested at many shows for a while now, and should be possible to integrate at this level.” Beside the European Championship and the FieraCavalli, time was found for everyone to stroll through Verona where one can find themselves surrounded by love stories—maybe a natural high that comes from living in such a joyful and connected place. Remarkably, although Shakespeare set several plays in and around Verona, he never actually visited the city. He missed a treat! n

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Senior Stallions

Gold: EXCALIBUR EA (Shanghai EA x Essence of Marwan EA), B: Sorroca Albert, O: Al Saqran Stud Silver: LAWRENCE EL GAZAL (Gazal Al Shaqab x Lara El Ludjin), B/O: La Movida Arabians Bronze: MANSOUR AL JALAWIYAH (Emerald J x Gypsy Love NA), B: HH Pr. Turki Bin Fahad Bin Mashari Bin Jalawi, O: Al Salam Stud and HH Bin Fahad Al Saud

Senior Mares

Gold: NESJ EL MARKHISA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Nesj El Khisaya), B: Everars Van Der Broek, O: Al Khair Arabians Silver: PUSTYNIA KAHILA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Pustynna Malwa), B/O: Stadnina Koni Michalow Bronze: EKSPULSJA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Elandra), B: Stadnina Koni Michalow, O: Halsdon Arabians A HT Abroad

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Junior Colts

Gold: WORTEX KALLISTE (Shanghai EA x Marwanah Kalliste), B/O: Kalliste Arabians; Lesee: Shgair Stud Silver: FUERTE (Shanghai EA x Frymuszka), B: Jan Dobrzynski, O: Sami Bin Mohammed Ben Saad Bronze: CYCLONE OS (RFI Farid x Inspired Najla), B/O: Osterhof Stud

Junior Fillies

Gold: DA ALIHANDRA (EKS Alihandro x DA Miss Justice), B/O: Diamond Arabians Silver: OBAYANA KA (Espressivo x Odalis De Nautiac), B: Paul Gheysens, O: Cristiano Vito Bronze: MELODY J (Emerald J x Maya J), B: Jadem Arabians, O: Al Jassim Stud, S. Sowaidi A HT Abroad

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Yearling Colts

Gold: AJ RADMAN (Aj Mardan x Aj Rahifa), B/O: Ajman Stud Silver: MADAGASKAR J (Excalibur EA x Mississipi J), B: Jadem Arabians, O: Al Osool Stud Bronze: EMPEROR K.A. (QR Marc x Exposita K.A.), B/O: Knocke Arabians

Yearling Fillies

Gold: AJ NORAH (Aj Mardan x Inspired Najla), B/O: Ajman Stud Silver: NEMESI REGALIS (SA Faez Simbad x Nashira by Chawy NA), B/O: RE Pietro Bronze: DA ARIYANA (EKS Alihandro x DA Miss Justice), B/O: Diamond Arabians A HT Abroad

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2017 United StateS nationalS October 20-28 | Tulsa, Oklahoma

Arabian Senior Stallion Champion

HARIRY AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk), shown by Michael Byatt for owner/breeder Al Shaqab – Member Qatar Foundation.

Arabian Senior Mare Champion

QUEEN AYDA FWM (FA El Shawan x TN Mariani), shown by David Boggs for owner Orrion Farms LLC. Bred by Casa Branca Agro-Pastoril Ltds.

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Arabian Junior Colt Champion

SM AZRAFF (Faraa Al Shaqab x LC Psychesfinesse), shown by David Boggs, for owners/breeders Mr. George and Debbie Stuart Milne.

Arabian Junior Filly Champion MAKAYAH (OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson), shown by Michael Byatt for Orrion Farms LLC. Bred by Michael Byatt.

Photos by Schatzberg Photography

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Arabian Futurity Colt Champion

EXXALT (Excalibur EA x Vesperra), shown by Ted Carson for owners/breeders Francis Butler, Jeff & Sybil Collins and James & Kay Smith

Arabian FuturityFilly Champion

UNFORGETTABLE J (MPA Giovanni x RH Triana), shown by Michael Byatt for owner/breeder Lawrence Jerome.

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Arabian Yearling Colt Breeder Sweepstakes Champion

FYRE ME UP (Spitfyre VF x Fawnette), shown by Austin Colangelo for owner/breeder Donna Wright.

Arabian Yearling Filly Breeders Sweepstakes Champion LULU MARAJJ (Marajj x Silhouette FF), shown by Sandro Pinha for owner Orrion Farms LLC. Bred by M A Shatila.

Photos by Schatzberg Photography

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia The first International Straight Egyptian Arabian Horse show in Saudi Arabia

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The Culmination Of An Incredible Career by Beth Ellen Hunziker

2017 U.S. NatioNal N Nal ChampioN StallioN aaoth N Nal breeder FiNal N S Gold ChampioN StallioN - 2012 CaNadia Nal N Nadia N NatioNal N Nal ChampioN 8 & over StallioN 2016 arabiaN NatioNal 2011 U.S. NatioNal N Nal GraNd ChampioN SeNior StallioN - 2011 U.S. NatioNal N Nal ChampioN 8 aNd over StallioN 2011 SCottSdale SUpreme ChampioN arabiaN halter horSe - 2011 SCottSdale GraNd ChampioN SeNior StallioN 2008 U.S. NatioNal N Nal ChampioN SeNior StallioN - 2006 U.S. NatioNal N Nal ChampioN SeNior StallioN 2004 CaNadia N Nadia N NatioNal N Nal ChampioN JUNior Colt - 2003 CaNadia N Nadia N NatioNal N Nal reServe ChampioN FUtUrity Colt


t the 2017 U.S. Arabian Horse Nationals, the crème de la crème of the breed competed for one of the most prestigious honors in the country. Among the champions was a veteran of the show ring and a special young woman. Their story is about love, loyalty and dreams coming true.

It all began at the dawn of the new millennium, when a star was born, an Arabian stallion whose origin was a small town in rural Minnesota, but whose name would become known throughout the world. LD Pistal, by Magnum Psyche, was foaled on May 20, 2000. His breeders, Allen and Marian Corrow of Lawndale Arabians, bred and owned his dam, Canadian National Champion Mare, Halana. They also bred LD Halston (Padrons Psyche x Halana), who was exported to Brazil where he was later named National Champion. When the LD Pistal Partners, LLC purchased the stallion in March of 2006, Pistal had already earned the titles of Canadian National Champion Junior Stallion and Reserve Champion Futurity Colt. Just seven months later, in October of 2006, LD Pistal was named U.S. National Champion Stallion. From the very start of his career, there was an undeniable connection between LD Pistal and David, just as there had been between David and Pistal’s great grandsire *Padron, his grandsire Padrons Psyche; and his sire, Magnum. You can see—almost feel—the close bond between the horse and the man inside the show ring or relaxing at the farm. In total, LD Pistal earned seven United States and Canadian National Championship titles, as well as international titles in Brazil and Israel. In May of 2017, LD Pistal began a new chapter in his life when Steve and Darla Miles of Milestone Arabians in Basehor, Kansas purchased him. Steve and Darla have bred and owned Arabian horses for over 20 years and it seemed they were destined to be a part of Pistal’s life. The Miles are very active members of the Arabian community and their daughter, Whitney, has a deep love for the horses. A special bond was soon formed between Whitney and Pistal; they just clicked. In May, they went to their first show together where they won the Region I AAOTH Halter Championship. In August, Whitney, received the gift of a lifetime when her parents presented her with full ownership of LD Pistal. No young woman could have been more thrilled or grateful. The team showed again and they were awarded the Arabian National Breeder Finals AAOTH Halter Championship; the prelude to the culmination of this champion’s career. Planning to show LD Pistal in Tulsa, it was decided that it would be his last dance and Whitney Miles would be his partner. Once again, LD Pistal showed everyone what it means to be a true champion and gave a thrilling performance. Pistal and Whitney were named 2017 U.S. National AAOTH Halter Champions. On Saturday night, during the final championships, LD Pistal was honored with a standing ovation as he entered the show arena one last time with Whitney at the lead. It was an extremely touching and emotional moment. Watching the gleaming, powerful stallion led by the diminutive young woman, they were one heart … one soul. It was the perfect ending to a thrilling career. But his story does not end there… The next day, Pistal arrived at Milestone Arabians. As he stepped off the trailer, he looked out over his new surroundings and let out a call to the other horses, announcing his arrival. It seemed that LD Pistal, the consummate champion, knew he had arrived at his forever home. Now that’s a happy ending. A HT Abroad

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“LD Pistal’s story is one of humble beginnings with the Corrows, a family full of hope and faith, who loved him from the moment he was born. Pistal truly loves life and all humans that have surrounded him. He always tries to please everyone—as hard as any horse, of any breed, has ever strived for before him. The giant heart of this stallion can only be compared with the likes of American equine heroes such as Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Phar Lap or Ruffian. Pistal made every handler that ever had the honor to present him, appear as if they were the best in their field. In fact, it was all him, always loving the challenge they presented to him, because he has the heart and mind of a true champion. Pistal’s greatest days lay ahead. His life’s reward is that he is now with another family who will love him unconditionally and respect and care for him like the king he truly is. Thank you, Steve, Darla and Whitney Miles, for this gift to him. LD Pistal, thank you for blessing our family throughout these many years. We look forward to visiting and seeing you in the beautiful, lush green pastures you now call home at Milestone Arabians. God bless and keep you… We will always love you!” —David, Courtney, Lyndsey, Emma and Jake Boggs

“We feel so blessed to have National Champion Stallion LD Pistal spend the rest of his days at our farm. Pistal clearly touched so many hearts and lives around the world in a very special way; to know him is to love him. Pistal and Whitney have an amazing bond; sometimes it seems as though they have their own language. He is such a kind, lovable character, especially for a stallion. “We will give him the best care possible and he will be treated like the king he is. This opportunity is both our honor and our pleasure. LD Pistal will have the run of Milestone Arabians and he will be given all the love and respect he deserves, just as the Corrow family had hoped for him!” —Steve, Darla and Whitney Miles A HT Abroad

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(PA Gazsi x Simsimiya, by Mazkarade)

SPECIAL THANKS to Sandro Pinha, Gil Valdez and Jordan Simons.

2017 ARABIAN NATIONAL BREEDER FINALS CHAMPION S cottSdale S ignature S ire & S ilver S ire



Walt & Jeannette Lane | 15360 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92504 Ranch: 951-780-7553 | Walt Cell: 951-906-5252 | Jeannette Cell: 951-310-1604 E-mail: bjkingca@att.net | www.esperanzaarabians.com ARABIANS INTERNATIONAL, LLC Cave Creek, Arizona Sandro Pinha | 480-226-0001 Sandro@sandropinha.com www.arabiansinternational.com A HT Abroad

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Gil Valdez 480.226.7357

Sandro Pinha 480.226.0001

Sally Townley 972.213.6831


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Hariry Al Shaqab x Perfection PA Owned & bred by PEGASUS ARABIANS Berlin Heights, OH & Scottsdale, AZ (P) 419.541.1102 | dwikel@pegasusvans.com www.PegasusArabians.com

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Marajj x Silhouette FF Owned by ORRION FARMS Manager Doug Leadley (P) 602.550.8536 | doug@orrionfarms.com www.OrrionFarms.com Bred by Deno Shatila

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Grand Commandd x Promises PSY

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Vitorio TO x Rohara Mademoiselle Owned by Jeffrey Frahm | Springfield, MO

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Vitorio TO x Three Times Alady FF Owned & bred by Suzanne & Perry Perkins | Santa Barbara, CA (P) 805.895.2138 | Suzanne@suzanneperkins.com

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Vitorio TO x JB Hometown Hottie+// Owned & bred by Suzanne & Perry Perkins | Santa Barbara, CA (P) 805.895.2138 | Suzanne@suzanneperkins.com

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El Tino x Shavanna El Madan

Owned by SHANGRILA ARABIANS Pedro Gonzalez & Roxana Zambrano | Chile Bred by Rancho Arabco

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Truest x IA Ana Vida

Owned & bred by ILERCIL ARABIANS Alp Ilercil & Darcy Davis | Scottsdale, AZ

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Cavalli x Fadila PCF Owned & bred by PEGASUS ARABIANS Berlin Heights, OH & Scottsdale, AZ (P) 419.541.1102 | dwikel@pegasusvans.com www.PegasusArabians.com

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Soul Of Gazal SF x MA Sonata

Owned & bred by G R E E N PA S T U R E S A R A B I A N S Roland & Dorothy Williams and Colleen Cozzetto | Reddick, FL

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PA Gazsi x Simsimiya

Alkeynos EA x Wizteria Bey

Owned & bred by ESPERANZA ARABIANS Walt & Jeannette Lane | Riverside, CA Walt Cell: 951.906.5252 | Jeannette Cell: 951.310.1604 Ranch: 951.780.7553 | bjkingca@att.net www.EsperanzaArabians.com

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2017 Arabian National Breeder Finals

GOLD CHAMPION Purebred Weanling Colt


(Kahil Al Shaqab x Aria Elita) Bred & Owned By Arabian Horse Futures | www.arabianhorsefutures.com

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by Evie Tubbs Sweeney

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razil’s vibrant urban epicenter of São Paulo is to South America what Paris is to Europe. The creative energy, vibrant arts scene,

bustling urban tension, and hustling financial districts are home to some of the most progressive minds in the southern hemisphere. Marcos Tinoco and his family are one of São Paulo’s ten million residents who proudly call it home. But every weekend, the family looks forward to their 200-kilometer trek to the small countryside town of Itatinga, where traffic noise is replaced by soothing nature sounds; where concrete jungles are traded for wide open, sunlight-filled spaces. It is paradise. Their paradise. Haras Dharamsala, a 600-acre “piece of heaven,” was purchased by Marcos’ father 35 years ago as a weekend retreat for his family, and future generations to enjoy. It is truly a family expression of love, as his father planted every tree and built every building on the property. “It is a simply magical place for me and my family,” said Marcos. Years have passed since its initial days as an active dairy program for the Tinoco family. Marcos and his family—lovers of all animals—continued with the agricultural component, but brought in an element of living art, Marcos being a lover of all art, when the family began breeding Arabian horses. It has been a journey of undying enthusiasm and passion for the highest standards. And today, Haras Dharamsala is one of the most profound Arabian breeding programs not only in South America, but unequivocally, around the world.

Photos from Left to Right: The house at Haras Dharamsala; The Tinoco Family (Ana Carolina, Maria Victoria, Roberto, Marcos and mother, Anamaria); A spectacular view of the 600-acre farm.

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“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you want to become.� | Steve Jobs

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The Haras Dharamsala Story With frequent visits to the farm each weekend, it was seemingly

Simultaneously, he sought out the prudent mentorship of respected

only a matter of time when horses would enter the picture. Their

breeders around the world, such as Dr. Nigel, Chen Kedar, and

journey started out in the hunter/jumper world, purchasing quality

perhaps most of all, master breeder Lenita Perroy, whom Marcos

horses from several of the area’s respected equine auctions.

credits as their inspiration to become breeders.

However, it wasn’t until they attended the all-breed Hippus

When a sharp decline in the business made good stock available,

Auction in São Paulo that they would first encounter an Arabian

Marcos recognized the opportunity and acquired the Muscat

horse, thereby changing their lives forever.

daughter, Baressa, who became their program’s foundation mare, and later gave them the exquisite Ali Jamaal son, Ivory RT.

“We were enchanted with an Arabian stallion named Hamadan FA,” recalled Marcos. “Looking back, purchasing a stallion for our

An exceptional broodmare band had now been formed that

first chapter was the most mistaken way to begin. But his beauty

primarily reflected the bloodlines of Ali Jamaal, Ludjin El Jamaal

and charisma won us over.”

and Bey Shah.

And their love affair with the Arabian horse began. A larger-thanlife journey of epic magnitudes was about to commence. But it did not start smoothly. In fact, it was a difficult time to enter into the Arabian horse industry in Brazil. Stratospheric prices made it challenging to purchase quality mares in both America and Brazil. And like so many others, Marcos struggled in his journey for many years, purchasing horses of inferior quality for excessive prices. In spite of the wearisome experiences, Marcos never stopped learning; he never lost his passion. Slowly and methodically, through inspiration from horses like El Shaklan, Padron, Amber Satin, Penicylina, and his favorite, Muscat, Marcos began to form his own ideals for what an Arabian horse should be.

Ivory RT, sired by Ali Jamaal, Out of Haras Dharamsala’s foundation mare, Baressa (by Muscat).

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Haras Dharamsala Makes History The investment of building the broodmare band were happen-

Amazingly—and perhaps to his own sur-

ing in an orderly way, with the primary objective of assembling

prise—the journey of Haras Dharamsala was

a world-class herd that was instantly recognizable for its quality.

still unfolding. During a search to further

For Marcos, it was only natural to begin a search for a stallion that

diversify the broodmare band with the arrival

would complement these mares, in blood and in quality.

of Veraz, Marcos was introduced to yet another ground-shaking

In 2015—a landmark moment in Marcos’ life—he would

world-class stallion: Da Vinci FM.

knowingly take his program to a truly global level, igniting in “I was extremely impressed when I

him and his family a vision for what could be.

saw him,” Marcos recalls. “I got Marcos found himself at the feet of the one and only SF Veraz,

the same feeling as when I first

unarguably one of the leading sons of the Great Gazal who

saw Veraz … that feeling of

demonstrates such a breathtaking level of type, presence and

‘must have.’ And once I have

genetic potency, that he has taken the world by storm. And on

this feeling, that’s it. Oh,

September 16, 2015, in a moment of historic poignancy, SF Veraz

how my wife dislikes

was acquired by Haras Dharamsala … a move that

this feeling!”

not only made history for the great breeding stallion, but also sent a bold statement about the leadership and direction of Haras Dharamsala, now playing on the world stage. “This horse is going to change the history of the Arabian horse in Brazil,” Marcos coolly states. “To the same level as El Shaklan and Ali Jamaal, I believe SF Veraz is at the same level of importance for the future of Brazilian breeding.”

Top: Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) Bottom: SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA, by Versace)

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PALAWAN (Padrons Ghibli | Petreena), dam of the

Kamil Al Cape (Shanghai EA x Tressor of Marwan EA, by Marwan Al Shaqab)

unforgettable Panarea by Palawan; imported from Europe.

BARAAQA AA (Laheeb | Al Baraqai AA), the straight Egyptian broodmare extraordinaire, bred by master breeder Chen Kedar, and mother of the exquisite stallion, Baha AA.

ZAHARA EL MARWAN by Marwan Al Shaqab and out of the incomparable Zagrobla, who has already given them two exceptional foals by SF Veraz that will debut in show rings next year.

CHAMMYRA EL RYAD (Ryad El Jamaal | Chammur), Brazilian National Champion Filly.

JULLYE AL GAZAL XX (SF Veraz | Beautiful Juell V), an exquisite Scottsdale Junior Champion Mare who brings in added lines of Ali Jamaal and will be competing in the Brazilian Nationals next year.

RYWANNA another beautiful daughter of Ryad El Jamaal and out of Marwan Cristal RCA, who is herself the 2016 Brazilian Da Vinci, along with the beautiful mare, DD Crown Jewel (Magnum Psyche | Crown Victoria), were added to the rousing and growing herd of Haras Dharamsala.

National Champion Bronze Mare and will be returning to the show ring next year.

QYETTE MRT (Nyhl El Jamaal | BF Beyonette), a homebred

With two global superstars now standing at the farm in breathtaking fashion, it was nearly unsurpassable when the announce-

black beauty, who has already given two exceptional fillies by SF Veraz that will be shown in 2018.

ment was made in Spring 2016 that the dazzling Kamil Al Cape

VALLERINA SRA, a daughter of DA Valentino, and

(Shanghai EA | Tressor of Marwan EA), would be joining their

therefore, the same blood as Da Vinci FM, purchased to cross with

impressive stallion roster as the program’s European representative.

SF Veraz, and will be representing Haras Dharamsala in show rings next year.

And yet, even more breathtaking was the fact that the royalty lied not just in the stallions arriving to the farm, but an around-theworld adventure led a glorious and unsurpassed group of royal mares to Haras Dharamsala at the same time. The list is nothing short of remarkable:

GAILLYE, the incredible daughter of Jullyen El Jamaal and out of the U.S. National Champion mare Gaishea, by Bey Shah. Gaillye represents the same lines as Jullye Al Gazal, thereby doubling up on that precious coupling.

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“Veraz is an extremely correct stallion of rare beauty and with an enormous capacity as a progenitor...�

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An Embracing of Diversity Much has been made about the historic “buying spree” of

If the young foals resulting from these crosses are any indica-

Marcos Tinoco. The important stallions and the breathtaking mares

tion, Marcos is not only right … he has hit the bull’s eye, creating an

brought to Haras Dharamsala have certainly caused a global stir

evolved definition of beauty and balance in the modern Arabian horse.

not having gone unnoticed.


But there is a fascinating underling to the entire endeavor that suggests a greater story at play. In a world where phenotypes and styles ebb and flow, rotating in and out of time, mass breeding toward a certain look in herd-like mentalities, the horses chosen for Haras Dharamsala are perhaps one of the most eclectic, diversified and courageously bold breeding programs in some time. Its lines represent old and new, historic and modern, American/ Brazilian/ European; a creative inclusivity honoring a vast palate of beautiful bloodlines: Marwan Al Shaqab, Ali Jamaal, Bey Shah, Gainey lines, Varian lines, Egyptian lines, Padron, WH Justice, Laheeb, GG Samir, Al Ayad, Versace, Gazal Al Shaqab, and more. Like a timeless patchwork quilt, Haras Dharamsala stands for the whole Arabian horse. And in doing so, it just might be responsible for progressing the global ideals of the Arabian horse in fresh, new archetypes.

He is a towering example of soulful masculinity, astonishing beauty, and noble presence, with a heritage that precedes him and defines his future concurrently. Though not widely shown (he was named 2015 Scottsdale International Egyptian Heritage Gold Champion Stallion as a 9-year-old), SV Veraz’s legacy would lay in the breeding shed, where he quickly sired (and continues to sire) national champion sons and daughters, including the achingly beautiful Jullye El Al Gazal XX, who is now an important part of the Haras Dharamsala broodmare herd. SF Veraz accomplished a nearly impossible feat: to achieve international acclaim as a breeding stallion with very little show ring experience. That feat is only possible with individuals who have such haunting qualities that they leave an indelible mark on every person they encounter. “Veraz is an extremely correct stallion of rare beauty and with

For those who were lucky enough to breed mares to SF Veraz and Da Vinci FM prior to their Brazilian arrival, it is a privilege that will likely not be seen again, as the stallions are now closed to outside mares not at Haras Dharamsala, whose progeny will be like objects of art valued for their quality and exclusivity.

an enormous capacity as a progenitor,” Marcos remarks. “His sire, Gazal, and his dam, U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly Veronica GA, are both exceptional individuals who have handed Veraz the ability to reproduce his most important qualities: incredible bodies, beautiful heads, outstanding eyes and athletic quality. I know exactly what to expect from his products, and now he is

“I am a breeder of proven and exceptional maternal lines,” said Marcos, “but I seek to breed and create an animal stamped with ‘the Haras Dharamsala look,’ as other respected programs such as Om El Arab, Lenita Perroy, Chen Kedar, Dr. Nigel and others have done. To achieve this goal, I need to open my range of stallions … thus the investments in Veraz and Da Vinci, and soon Kamil Al Cape as well. I do not know why, but I can see perfection resulting from Veraz and Da Vinci. We will soon know if I am right.”

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having the opportunity to cover specially selected mares for him … mares that are national and international champions. I believe he will do incredible work for our breed. The quality of his first generation in Brazil is stupendous, far exceeding my highest expectations. And the world will also see it next year in the show ring.” SF Veraz’s undeniable siring giftedness is only truly understood when considering parallel to his sire, Gazal Al Shaqab. Gazal gifted the world with two things: the embodiment of the now-cemented

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Egyptian/Polish cross, which has become the phenotype standard for today’s Arabian halter horse; and, perhaps more obviously, a handful of epic progeny that shot him to the top of the chart as a leading sire of the 21st century … most notably, Marwan Al Shaqab and SF Veraz. The powerhouse siring abilities of both Marwan and SF Veraz beg the question, is it possible that the genetic potency of this line only gets stronger with each generation? Herein lies the true gifts of SF Veraz as a multi-generational sire, with a legacy still being written.

DA VINCI FM Just as it is necessary to reflect on Gazal to fully understand the legacy of SF Veraz, it is equally necessary to consider Versace in order to understand the impact of his son, Da Vinci FM. Versace’s influence on the global halter arena is nearly unparalleled. He reenergized breeders’ thinking—much like Bey Shah did before him— resulting in not one, but two generations of individuals profoundly influencing the next chapter of the Arabian halter horse. Versace is widely considered the culminating standard of breed phenotype in the 90s, igniting the world’s obsession for type, which continues to this day. Interestingly, Versace represents a combination of historic lines represented elsewhere in the Haras Dharamsala program: that of the unequaled Bey Shah combined with the glorious and sensual curves of El Shaklan. The potency behind these two horses is incontestable, resulting in a handful of proven producers. His foremost producing sons include an elite group of three legacy stallions: the late DA Valentino, the late Vervaldee, and Da Vinci FM. Da Vinci is the last of a generation. And yet, even at eighteen years old, he is still crafting his ongoing story, in which his best days are to come.

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Da Vinci FM

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The Beautiful Viewpoint of Haras Dharamsala “Not many people come along in this business with the passion

committed to constant learning and not being dissuaded by bumps

that Marcos has,” said Jeff Wallace, international consultant.

in the journey.

The Haras Dharamsala story is layered with fresh perspective. First,

Whatever the source of its burgeoning, successful empire, Haras

the foundational element behind all of it is family. Creating

Dharamsala stands as an emerging leader, not as a standard-setter

memories, providing the opportunity for their children to not only

for the horses it is creating, but also for the philosophy on which it

love and care for animals, but to appreciate beauty and understand

stands on behalf of the Arabian horse.

our role to preserve and protect it. For Marcos and Anamaria, married now twenty-five years, and their four children, Ana

It truly is about the journey. And when the journey parallels this

Carolina (studying at university in Paris), Maria Victoria and

magnificent ancient creature, the joy and satisfaction discovered

Roberto (both studying at university in São Paulo), and youngest

offers adventures unknown down roads less traveled.

son Marcos (in high school), Arabian horses enhance the journey of life … and life together.

In this case, it leads to the picturesque Brazilian countryside known as Haras Dharamsala.

Perhaps it is this perspective, rooted in family, that is blessing this vibrant program. Or, perhaps it is the balanced approach of Haras Dharamsala that honors the past while continually looking

Evie Tubbs Sweeney, owner of EvieInc Marketing Agency, is a 15-year mar-

forward. Even more, it could be the dynamic combination of

keting & communications veteran in the Arabian horse industry. She resides in

someone who is passionate and intuitive, coupled with the mindset

Santa Ynez, CA with her husband, Bob, and two-year-old son, Henry.

Rua Dr Melo Alves , 640 9.andar São Paulo / SP 01417-010 Brasil

Marcos Tinoco marcostinoco@ymail.com 55 11 99488-2209

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Abel, Allan & Jean ............................................................................. 60-64 Ajmal Arabian Stud ........................................................................ 112, 113 Ajman Stud......................................................................................... 11-16 Al A’ala Arabians ...................................................................36 Italy (230) Al Hambra Arabians ............................................. 54-55 Austria (248, 249) Al Nasser Stud.........................................................................17-19, 37-40 Al Rashediah Stud .............................................................. 34, 35, 110, 111 Al Salhia Stud .................................................................................117-119 Al Sayed Stud ........................................................................................... 21 Al Shahania Stud ................................................................................32, 33 Al Shaqab ...............................................................................................325 Al Thumama Stud .............................................................................. 23-25 Albaydaa Stud ................................................................................342, 343 Albidayer Stud ..............................................................................344, IBC Alfabia Stud ............................................................. 40-41 Italy (234, 235) Aljassimya Farm ............................................................ FC, 3-10, 109, BC Arabian Horse Futures ...........................................................................326 Arabians International .................................................................... 311-324 Aretusa Arabians ....................................................................27 Italy (221) Ariela Arabians...............................................................................122, 123 Asharqia Arabian Horse Festival..............................................36, 124, 302 Assa Egyptian Arabians ........................................... 52-53 Italy (246, 247) Avalon Crest Arabians ............................................................................192

Giacomo Capacci Arabians ........................................................34, 35, 109 Green Pastures Arabians ........................................................................323 Groane Stud ............................................................. 44-45 Italy (238, 239)


Bautista Vich Stud ..................................................24-25 Spain (218, 219) Becker Stables................................................................................188, 189 Beloveds Farm ...............................................IFC, 1, 1-16Beloved (65-80) BM Arabians ..........................................................................38 Italy (232)


Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc. ........................................................... 146, 147 Chattooga Ridge Arabians ..................................................................... 181 Classicala Farm .............................................................................. 190, 191 Congressional Farms......................................................................186, 187


Dazzo Equine, LLC .......................................................................188, 189 De Cartherey Arabians .......................................... 12-15 France (206-209) Del Vacchio Arabians.............................................................26 Italy (220) Diamond Arabians ............................................... 56-57 Austria (250, 251)


Elegantica Training Center ....................................................37 Italy (231) EMAJ Arabian Stud .......................157-160, 62-65 Switzerland (256-259) Equus Arabians .......................................................22-23 Spain (216, 217) Esperanza Arabians, LLC ..............................................................324, 310 Estancia Las Rosas................................................................... 21, 340, 341

F Five Oaks Farm...................................................................................... 181 Florio Arabians ........................................................ 30-31 Italy (224, 225) Fontanella Magic Arabians Team ............................ 34-35 Italy (228, 229) Frahm, Jeffrey ................................................................................314, 315 Frank SpĂśnle Show Training .....................................................................2 A HT Abroad


Hanaya Stud .......................................26-29, 66-69 Switzerland (260-263) Haras Dharamsala .......................................................................... 327-338


II Moniscione Stud ................................................................51 Italy (245) Ilercil Arabians....................................................................................... 321


Jacobs, Glenn & Greseldis ............................................................. 114, 115


Kalliste Arabians ................................................... 16-19 France (210-213) Kyrie Arabians .......................................................................................150


Le Soleil Stud........................................................... 42-43 Italy (236, 237) Luca Oberti Arabians .............................................. 48-49 Italy (242, 243)


Marino Arabians ....................................................................................148 Mario Matt Arabians .............................................58-61 Austria (252-255) Midwest Arabians .......................................................... 133-151, 184, 185 Milestone Arabians ........................................................................144, 145 Milne, Mr. George & Debbie Stuart .............................................. 140, 141 Misheks Arabians...........................................................................182, 183 MPE Arabians .......................................................... 32-33 Italy (226, 227)


Nejd Arabians .......................................................... 46-47 Italy (240, 241) NK Katharinenhof ......................................................................... 120, 121


Oak Ridge Arabians ....................................................................... 136-139 Orrion Farms .......................................................... 142, 143, 303-307, 313


Pegasus Arabians ...........................................................................312, 322 Perkins, Suzanne & Perry .............................................................. 316-319 Privilege SFQ Belgium .................................................................. 110, 111


Rohara Arabians................................................................................. 60-64 Royal Cavalry Of Oman, The ................................... 6-9 France (200-203) Russell, Katie & Joe...............................................................................149


Schoukens Training Center ................................................ 30, 31, 125-132 Shah Arabians .......................................................10-11 France (204, 205) Shangrila Arabians .................................................................................320 Shazin Stud ............................................................................39 Italy (233) Simeon Stud ...........................................................................................116 Southern Chariot Stud........................................................................ 30, 31


Tchaata Arabians ...................................................20-21 France (214, 215) Tripodi Arabians ...................................................... 28-29 Italy (222, 223)


Victor Arabians ......................................................................50 Italy (244) | 339 | Winter 2017

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