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Contents April 2011 30

Cover Story: Vitorio TO by Jo Lauter

1 Oak Ridge Oak Ridge Arabians by Jo Lauter



The 2010 AHT Readers’ Choice Awards—Celebrating The Industry


2011 Scottsdale Show—Arabians From Around The World Descend On Scottsdale

by Colleen Scott

by Colleen Scott

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Working Western Division Continues To Spark Interest by Colleen Scott

Leaders Of The Times: Bey Ambition And Rae-Dawn Arabians

by Colleen Scott

Hippo-therapy: Making All The Difference

by Linda White

2011 Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes Show—A Preview

by Linda White


2011 Regional And National Judges


The Arabian Horse In History: William Gifford Palgrave, Breed Authority Or Desert Charlatan? Part I by Andrew K. Steen

130 142 145 148


150 152 154 156

On The COver:

Vitorio TO

(DA Valentino x Sol Natique), owned by Don and Janey Morse. See story on page 30.

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The Yahoo Chronicles—The Perfect Storm

by Sandee Andrews

Cyber Bullying

by Vicki Humphrey

In Memoriam: Bertram P. Husband M.D. (1917-2011)

by Linda White

DA Valentino (2003-2011)

by Linda White

The Color Of Fame (1993-2011)

by Linda White

Marquis De Cognac (1986-2011)

by Linda White

Desert Heat VF (1994-2011) by Linda White

Tshannon (1983-2011)

by Linda White


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Handy Horse Tips by Lee Bolles


Calendar Of Events


Index Of Advertisers

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Comments From The Editor Publisher Lara Ames Editor Kevin Ludden Contributing Writers Linda White Mary Kirkman Colleen Scott Advertising Account Executives Kandi Menne John Diedrich Production Manager Jody Thompson Senior Designer Marketing Director Wayne Anderson Graphic Designers Tony Ferguson Tammi Stoffel Lead Website Designer Jennifer Peña Editorial Coordinator Proofreader Charlene Deyle Office Manager Circulation Robin Matejcek Accounts Receivable Circulation Editorial Assistant Karen Fell Operations/Interactive Manager Barbara Lee

Taking Time To Reflect Spring is here, and it is time to leave winter behind and embrace the future. This year, however, I think that we should pause for a moment of reflection before we continue our march into the future. In the Arabian horse industry this past winter, we lost a lot of treasures, both human and equine. There were the headliners and the movers-and-shakers that we all heard about, and others who were not as high profile—the lifelong friends and companions whose significance was best known to those who loved them. My message for this month is that we should stop for a moment, give some thought to the people and horses who recently have passed away, and quietly contemplate what they meant to the Arabian breed and to us. As we all know, life moves quickly, and it is easy to miss the impact of a single person or horse. So, before 2011 gets away from us, I suggest we appreciate what we have in these beautiful horses and the friends we make who love them too. To be sure, we need to extend solace to those who are grieving for the ones we lost, but we also need to make their inspiration a part of our lives. The best tribute will be if we all get together and build on their contributions. It will make for a better tomorrow for everyone—human and equine—in our Arabian horse community.

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Kevin N. Ludden Editor P.S. For those following our series on Europe and the Middle East, we regret that scheduling prevented its appearance this month. It will be back in our May issue, so we hope you’ll stay tuned.

Ross McDonald Congratulates TRJ

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Versace x HC Magnifico Miss

Josh Shino and new owners John and Karen Sparks

Unanimous Champion Arabian Western Pleasure JOTR 14-17 Cactus Rose Ranch 9780 East Cactus Road • Scottsdale, AZ 85260 • Carolyn McDonald • Natalie Jones 602-826-1272 • E-mail: •

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"The epitome of a classic Arabian Stallion." — World Cup judge, Debora Watson

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A thundering welcome ... A spectacular return to Vegas!

Bronze Champion Senior Stallion Champion Stallion 12 Years And Older Proudly presented by Frank Sponle

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"In my opinion, Da Vinci exudes Arabian type." — Lisa Markley

For Breeding Information, contact:

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The greaT Da Vinci wins in Vegas! And salutes two special daughters ... Scottsdale Jr. Champion Filly Goddess Of Da Vinci and Vegas Champion Yearling Filly, Vicenta TO.

Goddess Of Da Vinci Da Vinci FM x Goddess Of Marwan


Da Vinci FM x DA Shahnia

Owned by: Gemini Acres Jim & Sally Bedeker, Morris, Illinois

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An Offer to Get You Moving! Book now to any SMP Sire for a lmited time stud fee of only $1,500!

+ Afire Bey V x Justa Glow+/, by The Chief Justice

All now standing at home at:

Rod & Jacqueline Thompson • Lenoir City, TN 865.388.0507 • Trainer Mike Miller • • cell 608.332.0701

Region 12 Spotlight Stallions Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated AEPA Enrolled Sires • SCID Clear

Baske Afire x RY Fire Ghazi, by El Ghazi

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ML Afire Dream x Fire Essense, by Pro-Fire


2011 Sales List




Premiere SCA

SHOW HORSES Arioch TRGR (Allience+// x LA Athena) 2006 chestnut gelding. Tremendous young English horse with great motion and the attitude to be an amateur horse. Showing this 2011 in English Pleasure Jr. Horse. $65,000 Premiere SCA (IXL Noble Express x Gai Fiera Prima by Gai Fiera Bey) 2005 grey gelding. National caliber country English for open or amateur. 2010 Scottsdale Top Ten. Now in harness! $35,000 PS A Chiefs Ransom (PS Afire Chief x PS Babylove by LBA Lode Star) 2005 bay gelding. Beautiful type, great frame and a fabulous attitude. Tremendous amateur or open country pleasure horse. Beautiful in harness as well. Ready to go. $30,000


Aequuity SMP

Chief Premonition SMP (PS Afire Chief x Read My Mind by VF Premonition) 2008 bay gelding. The Profire look really comes through on this one. Well under saddle and showing lots of potential to be a English pleasure horse. Quiet, willing mind with plenty of “go forward” motion. Great amateur prospect. $30,000 Chief Commotion SMP (PS Afire Chief x Fawela by Eukaliptus) 2007 grey gelding. Bridles high and tight with great motion! Already white with a dark mane and tail, this guy will stand out! Broke and ready to start in the double bridle. $15,000 Sun Nobelest SMP (The Nobelest x S A Pasafire by Afire Bey V) 2007 chestnut gelding. Tall, flashy, bright chestnut gelding with tons of white. Under saddle and ready to show as a Junior Horse in Hunter Pleasure or Sport Horse. $8,000 Afire And Flames SMP (Afire Bey V x ROL Cypress by Cytosk) 2010 chestnut colt. Full sibling in blood to National Champion ROL Firecracker and ROL Afire Lily. Flashy chestnut with plenty of white. Out of a double *Cytrus mare. $15,000

Baskghazelle SMP




Aequuity SMP (PS Afire Chief x Ameria Nokomis by Aequus) 2009 bay gelding. By a Reserve National Champion Park horse out of the daughter of a Multi-National Champion Park horse. This one is a good mover with quality, type, and substance. $5,000


Chief Exclaim SMP (PS Afire Chief x GC Madamolselle by High Pointe) 2009 grey filly. Good size, ample type and a ground covering stride. Should make an excellent hunter prospect. $5,000

MARES Tranquillity Bey (AA Apollo Bey x Gai Fiera Prima by Gai Fiera Bey) 2000 grey mare. A blast to ride with balanced motion and great drive off her hocks. Produced a trotty filly for us that we are retaining. Country/English/Broodmare. A 2010 Country English Pleasure ATR Champion. $20,000

Pretty Amazing

Simply Sinful (Afire Bey V x Mattemoiselle by Zodiac Matador) 2002 chestnut mare. The Matador look really shines through in this one. Trotty with tons of snort and blow! Produced a very nice filly for us. Well broke. Country/broodmare. Sells with breeding to any SMP Stallion! $10,000 Ameria Nokomis (Aequus+// x Nakkita by *Naturel) 1999 grey mare. A rare daughter of the great Multi-National Champion Park Stallion, Aequus+//. A pedigree full of motion! Sells with breeding to any SMP Stallion! Private Treaty SA Pasafire (Afire Bey V x Paastelle by *El Paso) 1999 chestnut mare. Big, beautiful daughter of Afire Bey V with a great mare line - passes on lots of size and substance. Has been a good producer and mother. Sells with a breeding to any SMP Stallion! $10,000 Rod & Jacqueline Thompson • Lenoir City, TN 865.388.0507 • Trainer Mike Miller • • cell 608.332.0701

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Congratulations to new owner Chris Johnson of Northwind Arabians.

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Why Legendary

BaskeAfire? Because ...

• Over One MilliOn DOllARS of Baske Afire get SOlD at Scottsdale 2011. • Sire of AePA Champions winning over $200,000. • 93 WinneRS at Scottsdale 2011 and U.S. nationals 2010. • A leADing SiRe at Scottsdale 2011 and U.S. nationals 2010. Create a legend of your own, contact us for breeding information and sales offerings of talented Baske Afire get.

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IXL Noble Express x Victoria Bay • 2010 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse

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D A K N C IELS A L B the first babies ...

2011 purebred filly • Black Daniels x Passion X, by Barbary Owned by R.O. Lervick Arabians

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s e i r o m e M g Creatin F o r o v e r 4 0 ye a r s dick and lollie ames and their daughter, lara, established cedar ridge arabians more than 40 years ago, from which they launched arabian and half-arabian breeding programs that would catapult the farm and its horses into the spotlight. Since then, year after year, cedar ridge’s purebred arabians and half-arabians win the most coveted titles at north america’s most prestigious national, regional and class “a” shows in both halter and performance competition.

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2010 AHT ReAdeRs' CHoiCe Rising sTAR — JessiCA ClinTon Vicki HumpHrey Training cenTer ~ canTon, ga ~ 770.740.8432 Trainers: Vicki HumpHrey • Jessica clinTon • asHley roberTs ~ 24 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Selling Champions ... an established tradition!











Congratulations to new owners ... EC ConquEst – Best of luck to new owner Richard Goodrow on the purchase of this fancy horse! Voodoo Child – Congratulations to agent John Rannenberg, Rohara Arabians and new owners Phil and Brooksley Sheehe. Congrats Brooksley, on your first championship ride! Jumping JaCk Flash – A big thank you and best of luck to Mike Whelihan and new owner Deborah Haug on the purchase of this Scottsdale winner for your new AAOTR mount.

FsF loadEd gun – Thanks to Chris Culbreth, agent, for new owner Pat Landay and daughter, Drue, who will debut "Guns" in Country English Pleasure JOTR. millady loa – Congrats to new owners Mark & Londa Hipp whose daughter Kayla will be riding this great mare to many championships! staaRdom – Congrats to new owners Bernie & Bonnie Iverson for their daughter Chloe and to agent Tish Kondas—this horse is destined for greatness in Open English as well as amateur!

ERa ghazmopolitan – Congrats to new owner Yvonne Metcalf. You will enjoy "Polly’s" winning ways!

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Share in a winning tradition ... ARABIANS AN ENCORE – ’02 Bay Gelding (Aploz+// x WS Fandango). Top contender for open or amateur country. Champion first time out. Region 15 Champion JOTR. CP AxIOm – ’06 Bay Stallion (Millennium LOA x True Mist) Scottsdale Top Ten Country Horse at his first show! Great Millennium disposition for a youth rider. BLAST AFIRE CA – “07 Grey Stallion (Baske Afire x CP Dansing Ghazi). Big, bold and beautiful. He would be a great addition to your breeding program! BTR JAKYRA – ’07 Bay Mare (IXL Aroundofaploz+/ x MC Hope Jambri+). 2011 Top Ten in the AEPA English Futurity in Scottsdale. This mare has a great mind with lots of talent!



DOUBLE OH SEvENN – '00 Chestnut Gelding (Hucklebey Berry x Mahoganyy). Perfect youth or AAOTR horse. Suitable for young or old! Many Top Tens in Country & Show Hack. HIGH SPEED CONNECTION – ’05 Bay Gelding (Hucks Connection V x Megha Hearrts). Great youth horse with the same trainable, happy disposition as his National Champion father! JSN NEW YORK STAR – ’07 Bay Gelding (Mamage x Ultra Afire). Bred to trot and Champion at his first show in Country Pleasure Junior Horse. LBF ANTHEm – '04 Bay Stallion (Afire Bey V x Matagal, by Zodiac Matador). Reserve Champion English Futurity. Amateur ready!



mESQUITE HEAT PF – ’07 Bay Gelding (Baske Afire x Cactus Rose JK, by Barbary). English prospect just started under saddle. He has the conformation to succeed, a great mind and a go-forward attitude! mOUN FIRE – ’05 Bay Mare (Afire Bey V x Mounlighting). Top Ten Futurity Filly. Shows country pleasure and ready to win in JOTR or AOTR divisions. HALF-ARABIANS A NOBLE GESTURE – '03 Chestnut Gelding (MHR Nobility x Sultan's Captive Lady). A winner in the English division. 2009 Top Ten. Ready for a youth or adult. APOLLOS STARLIGHT – ’02 Bay Mare (AA Apollo Bey x Callaway’s Light The Way). English pleasure ready! 2009 Top Ten JOTR and Regional Reserve Champion in Open to Adams Fire. Seasoned and ready to win!



BF APOLLOS mAvERICK – '08 Grey Gelding (AA Apollo Bey x Callaway's Annie Laurie). Full brother to National Champion Apollos Cary Grant. Just started under saddle and showing great potential like his brother. BUNKER BUSTER – ’02 Bay Gelding (Apollopalooza x UF Supreme Surprise). National Champion H/A Pleasure Driving, multiple Reserve National Champion, multiple Regional Champion and Scottsdale winner in Amateur English & Driving. Added Costume wins in 2010. CHIHULY – ’04 Chestnut Gelding (Baske Afire x UF Starfire’s Salute). Region 9 Champion Country Pleasure Open. Extreme neck and great hocks! COPS N ROBBERS – '99 Chestnut Gelding (Nicklebey Berry x Sultan’s Lobelia). Best equitation horse ever! Also wins in Country Pleasure, Costume and Show Hack. Multiple Regional and National wins. Great amateur mount in any age division!


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FENDI – ’00 Bay Mare (Enter The Night x Karedin Kameo). Beautiful Hunter motion. A great mover with lots of quality. Regional winner in Open & Amateur! Ready to take any adult or youth to the top!



Champions and future champions for your consideration. HALF-ARABIANS GEORGE W BASKE – ’05 Bay Gelding (Baske Afire x Blushing Virtue). Beautiful Country Pleasure motion with upright neck. Bred to be an awesome show horse. HL COPPERFIELD – ’03 Chestnut Gelding (HL Spellcaster x HCF Pocketful of Starlike). Beautiful Country English horse. 2008 Reserve National Champion Country Pleasure. Ready for amateur or youth.



JCP NORTHERN FIRE – '03 Bay Gelding (Baske Afire x Northern Reflection). Top Ten Amateur English and Top Ten Junior English. "Flare" has tons of motion. Big and fancy! MARY MARY – ’08 Bay Mare (Baske Afire x Our Red BMW LLC). Very fancy English prospect. Well along in lines and started under saddle. MEI WAY LOA – ’00 Chestnut Mare (Meistermind x Sultan’s Daybreak). Canadian National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Open, National Champion UPHA, Youth National Reserve Champion Equitation. Seasoned Equitation and Country mount. RA SONOFAPREACHRMAN – ’05 Chestnut Gelding (Revival x Afire Love VF). Spectacular son of Revival! Buckeye Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse, Canadian National Reserve Champion at 4 years old. 2010 U.S. National Top Ten AAOTR Maturity. SHAKEN RATTLEN ROLLEN – ’04 Chestnut Gelding (Baske Afire x Baby I’m A Star). National Champion Pleasure Driving AOTD in 2010. Top Ten in 2009 in English Jr. Horse. Ideal mount to take an amateur or youth to the winner’s circle under saddle or in harness!



SPOTACULAR CYTE ROF – ’99 Chestnut Mare (Cytosk+++/ x Hot Spot+/). 7x National Champion Show Hack, Country, Side Saddle, and now, Driving. THE ONE EYE LOVE – ’01 Bay Gelding (Edukt x I Hear Voices). Beautiful Country Pleasure and Show Hack. Multiple Regional Champion Amateur and Open. “Jack” is a great amateur horse for any level rider! Also would make a great equitation mount. THE SITUATION – ’07 Chestnut Gelding (Sir William Robert x Afire Love VF). 2010 U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Futurity. Very fun, young horse with a show horse attitude!







Canton, Ga ~ 770.740.8432 trainers: ViCki HumpHrey Jessica clinton • ashley RobeRts VHtC@ViCkiHumpHrey.Com THE ONE EYE LOVE

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Cover Story:

Vitorio to

Portrait Of A Champion by Jo Lauter Sometimes, when a passionate dream is held long enough in the heart––when planning, dedication and perseverance pay off––the goal is at last attained. The art of horse breeding requires an excessive degree––and the prodigious combining––of each of these elements … the most essential of which may well be the passion.

especially excited about what these two boys will give us when each is crossed with the daughters of the other.” “Since we started our love affair with the Arabian horse, I’ve wanted to find a special stallion,” Don tells us, “a really exciting horse with all-around potential. For me, there are four factors that all need to be present for a stallion to fit this bill. First, he has to have a great pedigree. Second, he needs the quality and the charisma to be a National and International Champion. Third, he must have the gentle disposition that makes me love the Arabian horse. And fourth, he’s got to have everything it takes to be a world-class breeding sire. By the Grace of God, Vitorio TO seems to have it all!

Vitorio TO is the realization of more than one heart-held dream. He represents the ultimate achievement of 30 years of one exceptional horse breeding program, and the supreme hope for the future of another. Heir apparent to a legacy of such excellence and promise as The heritage from which to challenge the Vitorio TO comes is imagination, Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) with Ed and Maureen Horton. one of unquestionable Vitorio TO, like his excellence. His pedigree is the sort of road map to stardom sire––the six-time National Champion DA Valentino––has that––when all the genetic materials mingle just right–– been perfect from the moment he drew his first breath at can make history … in the show ring and in the breeding Ed and Maureen Horton’s Thirteen Oaks Arabians where barn. He is a son of the remarkable, record-holding show he was bred and born. Before he was a year old, Vitorio stallion, DA Valentino, who, before his untimely and TO, found his way into the hearts of Don and Janey too early death, was just beginning to make his mark as Morse and soon the awesome colt became a treasured an important breeding stallion. Also, Vitorio’s dam, Sol member of their Oak Ridge Arabians family of fine horses. Natique, is an exceptional representative of her primarily Polish and Crabbet pedigree. “I love Vitorio TO dearly,” Janey says, “and I’m enjoying everything about him. He is such a magnificent addition to It’s impossible to look at Vitorio TO’s pedigree without our program and complements Fausto. It is such a blessing recognizing the intense prepotency he carries for the to have these outstanding stallions at Oak Ridge, and I’m 30 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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A Few Thoughts From David Boggs …

“When we’re blessed to spend a lifetime with Arabian horses, there are those “special ones” that capture us in a way that is hard to explain. Valentino was one of those ‘special ones’ for me. And now his son Vitorio, almost a replica of his sire, has begun his journey and offers healing and new found joy to my heart saddened by the passing of his dad. “I’m excited because breeders from all over the world–– beginning here at home in the USA––have lined up some of their finest mares to breed to him. Right now, semen is being shipped to the State Studs in Poland. In the next few weeks, shipments are planned to Australia, Europe and South America––an auspicious start for a magnificent colt. Terry Anne and I feel truly blessed to be a part of this colt’s life and to share the excitement with our great friends, Don and Janey Morse.”

Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)

characteristics of extremely long, flexible necks and the exquisite Arabian type that comes only with huge, dark eyes. On the topside, for necks, we see (especially) DA Valentino, Echo Magnifficoo, *Aladdinn, *Bask, and the Real McCoy––the latter two are also noted for the huge eyes they possessed and always passed on. On the mare’s side, *Salon, and his paternal half-brother, *Naborr, were progenitors of both long necks and giant eyes. Not only does Vitorio TO carry this genetic material, he is the physical embodiment of all that it implies. In fact, his first foals are early indications that these attributes will breed on through him. Needless to say, there is more to this young stallion than a long neck and big eyes. In addition, he carries and exhibits the size and the balance and the charisma and the motion that have already––at just 3 years of age––helped him to earn three International Championships … one in the United States, one in Canada and one in Brazil––all under the tutelage of David Boggs.

A Certain Destiny Because horse breeding is an art, and because every great breeding stallion must come from an excellent program, we asked Vitorio TO’s breeders, Maureen and Ed Horton, to share their thoughts on this colt and his mom. Here is what Maureen had to say:

“We have to put Vitorio TO at the top in our 30+ years of breeding. He is exactly what we aim for as we select the stallions for our mares every spring. “Before Vitorio TO, we had bred his dam, Sol Natique, to some very nice stallions, but she just hadn’t produced what we were looking for. The foals were all beautiful, but we were still pushing for that special one. We looked to DA Valentino––along with Sol Natique ––to put that great foal on the ground. And together, they did just that.” With a fabulous foundation behind him and a brilliant future ahead of him, Vitorio TO will continue his show career––and he’ll stand beside Don and Janey’s beloved Fausto CRH and Vegas DPA, poised to make history as a breeding sire with the Morses’ world-class mares at Oak Ridge Arabians. n For more quotes and details please visit Vitorio to’s website: A PR IL 2011 | 31

Welcome to Oak Ridge Arabians

Created in the image of his ancestors.

DA Valentino x Sol Natique, by Solstice

On April 8, 2011 our hearts stopped when we heard the cries that the Arabian horse world had lost multi-National Champion and extraordinary sire, DA Valentino — a stallion whose greatness truly reached the stars and who will forever be missed and never forgotten. It is our extreme honor to own sons and daughters of the incredible Valentino and a privilege to share a wonderful friendship with two people who loved him more than anyone could, his owners, Danny and Mo Grossman. We dedicate this brochure to Valentino's memory and to his remarkable legacy that no man, nor the hands of time can change. With love . . . Don and Janey Morse 2 Oak Ridge | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Oak Ridge aRabians a L i t t L e s L i c e O f H e av e n . . . In the rolling, oak studded hills of northern Illinois, a place of blessed tranquility stands firm, an oasis for the Morse family, their friends and horses. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful Arabian horses––and the humans who love them––Oak Ridge Arabians represents all that is lasting in a world that often appears only transient and unstable. At the heart of this enterprise are the substance and the character of its people, Don and Janey Morse, their children, grandchildren, and all others with whom they have surrounded themselves. Add to this the wonderful team that cares for their precious horses––Erin Shaw, Arturo Apodaca, Todd Hershey and Jacob Keltner––and you have a formula that works. The solid foundation for all of this is made up of the simple Midwestern values of faith and family, gratitude, friendship and generosity. Among Don and Janey’s greatest joys is the fact that their family is being drawn ever closer together by their shared life with and love of the horses. Two of their children have homes on the farm while two of their grandchildren, Taylor and Matthew, work there. And all the youngsters are learning the kind of unselfish sense of responsibility that only comes from growing up in the company of animals that require the consideration of their human companions for sustenance.

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It has been said that to have a friend, you must be a friend. Don and Janey, whose hearts and arms are always open, epitomize the truth of this statement. Each will tell you that the people they have met through the horses are easily as important to them as are the animals. “There is no substitute in life,” Janey says, “for the friendships we’ve made since we joined this community of horse lovers. We struggled like everyone does in the beginning, trying to make the right choices. That’s one of the areas where our true friends have been the most help. We’ve learned so very much––of course, from David Boggs, our dear friend and mentor, who has lived and breathed Arabian horses throughout his life––but also from friends and breeders throughout the world.”

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In her customary humility, Janey attributes the rapid and positive evolution of Oak Ridge Arabians in its first eight years to . . . well, the Grace of God. “We’ve been blessed with the wherewithal to purchase great horses––including our stallions, *Fausto crh, Vegas dpa and Vitorio to, and so many wonderful mares that we acquired for breeding to our own boys and to some of the breed’s other special stallions. Today, Don and Janey are seeing the early fruits of their own breeding efforts and are looking forward to all that Oak Ridge Arabians will mean to the breed throughout the years that lie ahead, on their journey . . . and beyond. We invite you to enjoy a visual feast on the pages that follow. Please also be sure to visit us at for more details and to share in the ongoing adventures of this extended family of great horses and the people who love them.

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Three-Time National Champion ... United StateS national Champion

Canadian national Champion “When David Boggs approached me about showing a yearling colt at the 2009 U.S. Nationals, I agreed to look at the colt. When I saw Vitorio, my first thought was, WOW, this is going to be a great breeding horse, and I immediately purchased breedings. My second thought was that he was going to be National Champion. 2009 was an incredibly deep year for Yearling Colts. We weren’t the favorites, but I told all my friends that Vitorio would win––it seemed to be his destiny. And he proved me right! Equally as important, judging from his first foals, he is going to be a great breeding horse. Jamie and I can’t wait to see our first foal by Vitorio!” — Steve Heathcott 4 Oak Ridge | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Before The Age Of Three! Brazilian national Champion

"When we’re blessed to spend a lifetime with Arabian horses, there are those “special ones” that capture us in a way that is hard to explain. Valentino was one of those “special ones” for me. And now his son Vitorio, almost a replica of his sire, has begun his journey and offers healing and new found joy to my heart saddened by the passing of his dad. I’m excited because breeders from all over the world–––– beginning here at home in the USA––have lined up some of their finest mares to breed to him. Right now, semen is being shipped to the State Studs in Poland. In the next few weeks, shipments are planned to Australia, Europe and South America––an auspicious start for a magnificent colt. Terry Anne and I feel truly blessed to be a part of this colt’s life and to share the excitement with our great friends, Don and Janey Morse." — David Boggs "Thank you to Team Midwest, all of our friends in Brazil and a special thanks to Rinaldo, Adriana and everyone at Longuini Horse Training." A pr il 2011 | Oak Ridge 5

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The Ladies

The very heart of every fine horse breeding enterprise is its mare herd. This is a truth known and shared down through the ages by people involved with all breeds and all types of horse. The best and most successful breeders build their entire programs on a foundation of mares . . . not just beauties, but also great producers. Don and Janey Morse––though they love and honor their wonderful stallions––understand the intrinsic value of their mares. As a result, they have collected a mare herd that they hope will be the solid foundation from which Oak Ridge Arabians will make an important contribution to the Arabian breed for generations.

Already, the horses of Oak Ridge Arabians are having a worldwide impact. Among the great mares (in portrait above) that have found their way from ORA into important breeding programs around the world are: JJ La Estrella now in Iran, GAA Millenia in France, HP Martina in Belgium, and LL Albufera in Australia. Don and Janey experienced the joy of breeding in an extrodinary moment in Scottsdale this year when their filly, Shes Still Jammin (Monogramm jd x She Be Adiva kbs, by Baske Afire) was named Supreme Champion Half-Arabian of the show. Almost in unison, they said “This is the best feeling of all.” And it was—to breed a Supreme Champion by your own stallion out of one of your favorite mares!

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The Ladies

Partners, AJ & Denise Marino with Janey Morse after Anna Marie's Canadian National Championship win in 2009.

AnnA MArie BHF Marwan Al Shaqab x BHF Anna Tevkah, by Bey Shah+ 2008 Scottsdale Yearling Reserve Signature Champion Filly 2009 Canadian National Champion Two-Year-Old Filly 2010 Three-way-tie for Canadian National Champion Three-Year-Old Filly ET with Vitorio to due 2012 ET under way with Vegas dpa for 2012.


Rahere x Dyna HCF, by Don el Chall 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Sweepstakes Filly 2009 Scottsdale Champion Yearling Filly 2010 Scottsdale Champion Two-Year-Old Filly 2010 Scottsdale Junior Champion Filly 2009 Region 12 Champion Yearling Breeders Sweepstakes Filly ET with Vitorio to due 2012, ET's with Fausto CRH and Vegas dpa under way for 2010.

Raherra is preparing for the 2011 U.S. National Futurity Filly class

Janey with Raherra's 2010 Scottsdale Junior Filly Championship trophy.

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Lady JeaneTTe,

named for Janey's mother, Jeanette *JJ Senor Magnum x LL Albufera, by Bey Shahdow TGS In foal to Vegas dpa due 5/11.

Lorena eL Madan

Borsalino K x Bryelle NA, by *El Shaklan ET with Vitorio to due 2012.

dona ChaLL hCF

Don el Chall x Hallini RMC, by *Almaden II In foal to Magnum Psyche due 2012.

TM Mona Lisa Da Vinci FM x CR Lilly, by Magnum Psyche


Bey Shah+ x Lightning Flash, by Ponomarev Breeding to Magnum Psyche for 2012.


*Fausto CRH x Cerenephantasy, by SH Phantom Echo In foal to Vitorio to due 2012. A pr il 2011 | Oak Ridge 9

The Ladies

Taka Shan JD

Falcon BHF x Virginia C, by *Aladdinn Breeding to Rahere for 2012.

LaThifa hEM

HSE Dalakhani (by *El Nabilia B) x Badiia, by *Belmont In foal to Vitorio to due 5/11.

STar of JuSTicE ora

WH Justice x Star of Gaishea 2011 filly

STar of GaiShEa

*WN Ultimate Star x Gaishea, by Bey Shah+ Breeding to Falcon BHF for 2012. 10 Oak Ridge | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

LC AthinA

*JJ Senor Magnum x AF Ruana, by *Delmar Supreme Champion of Argentina In foal to Vitorio to due 2012.

tALyshAn rB

*Cajun Prince HCF x Alyshah Nouvelle RB, by ZT Shah Ibn Nouvelle In foal to Vitorio to due 2012.

JJ FAntAsiA Magnum Psyche x GiGi Jubask, by GG Jabask Supreme Champion of Argentina In foal to Khadraj NA due 5/11.

PsyLoette PA

Padrons Psyche x Hal G Tiffanee, by HH Heritage In foal to Vegas dpa due 5/11.

PAdrons FAntAsiA

*Padron x WN Boneata, by *GG Samir In foal to Vitorio to due 5/11. A pr il 2011 | Oak Ridge 11

Vegas dpa is a classic modern day stallion that carries the blood of the best Domestic, Polish, and Egyptian individuals available to modern day Arabian breeders. He has powerful genetics for long necks, smoothness of body, tractability and extreme Arabian type on both sides of his pedigree. His sire, ef Kingston, (by Padrons Psyche) is a maternal half-brother to Magic Dream cahr. His dam, Angelina dpa, is a beautiful champion daughter of U.S. and Canadian National Champion Futurity Colt, ea Echstravagant––himself a son of the great Triple Crown winning progenitor of gorgeous necks and shoulders, Echo Magnifficoo. ea Echstravagant’s dam, Mariaah, is a ¾ Egyptian mare that represents the most beautiful and important horses of that lineage.

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LUxor orA

Vegas dpa x HP Martina, by ST Synbad 2011 Scottsdale Champion Yearling Gelding 2011 Scottsdale Reserve Grand Champion Junior Gelding

2008 Region 14 Champion Yearling Colt 2008 Buckeye Champion Yearling Colt and Junior Champion Stallion 2010 Region 14 Champion Arabian Stallion 2010 Scottsdale Champion Stallion ATH 2011 Scottsdale Reserve Champion Four-Year-Old Stallion United States National Top Ten Champion Stallion (in the top three) Las Vegas Breeders Cup Top Five (2010 and 2011) EF Kingston x Angelina DPA, by EA Echstravagant

Vegas is close to my perfect horse. He has a beautiful head and eye, plus all of the important conformational qualities … as well as a wonderful disposition. He’s also a terrific show horse and along the way has helped me in the show ring. But the thing that makes me happiest is that he is giving us great babies.” — Don Morse III A pr il 2011 | Oak Ridge 13

Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal, by *Almaden II

“Fausto is a beautiful, balanced horse with no mistakes (faults) . . . I like this horse very much. I tried to buy him––and very close to doing this––when Mr. Boggs came along and bought him for Don and Janey. Fausto is excellent in halter and as a performance horse, but even better, he is a great breeding stallion — I remember his pedigree and for breeding, I really like *Aladdinn on his mother’s side.” — Fernando de Santibanes, Haras Mayed, owner of Magnum Psyche

Josh Shino riding Fausto to his Unanimous Champion win, Scottsdale 2011.

Carolyn MacDonald on Fausto.

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Natalie Jones proudly carrying the United States flag on New Year's Eve at Midwest.

fausTo amirah JD

*Fausto CRH x Magnum Perfecta, by Magnum Psyche

fausTa Bella ora

*Fausto CRH x *Talyshan RB, by *Cajun Prince HCF

TwisTaforTune JB

*Fausto CRH x Twistafate JB, by AC Eternaly Yours

The Fausto Stars “i have had the pleasure of working with *fausto for the last year. Besides being an incredibly beautiful horse to look at, his trainability is amazing. This year at the scottsdale show, *fausto was named unanimous champion in the western pleasure JTr 14-17 with my son Josh. he then went into the halter arena and was third in his age group. later the same day he had a gathering of people stop by to see him and gave some “pony rides” to the very small children. following this he carried the Canadian flag for the opening ceremonies. This is the wonderful mind of *fausto—kind, willing and extremely loving. “we have two of his offspring in training, Phantom JD and Twistafortune, who are equally as beautiful, kind and trainable as is their dad. we could not be more pleased with *fausto and his foals and we love working with Don and Janey morse.” —Carolyn McDonald

im aDiva Too ora

*Fausto CRH x She Be Adiva KBS, by Baske Afire

fausTella ora

*Fausto CRH x SH Sebella, by PF To The Max

PhanTom JD

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Thank you Team Midwest ... Our thanks go to everyone who is part of Team Midwest—our family, friends, the incredible people who train and care for our horses, photographers and videographers who jump through hoops to provide us with the best photos and videos, the writers and editors who make these brochures a work of art, the veterinarians who are always there to heal and help our horses, and those at home who keep things going while we are away. You all know who you are— always remember how much you are appreciated and that we care! – Don & Janey

Oak Ridge Arabians Don anD Janey Morse ~ Freeport, IllInoIs ~ phone: 815-238-3405 e-MaIl: InFo@oakrIDgearabIans.coM ~ www.oakrIDgearabIans.coM ~ www.MIDwestarabIan.coM 16 Oak Ridge | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

The 2010 Arabian Horse Times

Readers’ Choice Awards

Celebrating The Industry Story by Colleen Scott Photos by Lori and Victor Ricigliano


his year’s Scottsdale Show was kicked off in grand style on Thursday, April 17, when Arabian Horse Times hosted its second annual Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration at the beautiful Monterra, at WestWorld. Both equine and human honorees were recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry throughout the past year (2010). “The evening was a fun night before a long show,” says Melissa Holmes of Show Season, one of the evening’s sponsors. “What made it special was to be able to share in the excitement with all of our wonderful clients that won. Show Season feels it is important to give back and support the Arabian community.”

The Awards

in november, Arabian horse enthusiasts were invited to nominate their favorites for AHT’s readers’ Choice Awards, and then in December and January, to vote for them. The categories reflected a diverse number of specialties and honorees, from every division of the show ring to several of the support activities. The winners usually represent a who’s who in all aspects of the Arabian show world.

shutup And Dance, recognized as Half-Arabian Halter Horse of the Year, was also a voters’ favorite. Although he passed away last september, the “king of the ring” is still revered for his unparalleled, five-page show record, which includes 19 national championships (U.s., Canadian and Youth), five national reserve championships and four top tens. He also received a number of national show Horse registry titles.

For instance, in the Judge of The Year category, voters selected lori Conway. “i am so honored to achieve this award,” she says. “i was excited to be nominated alongside brian, Corky, scott and Van. not only are they really good judges, they are my friends. “i love to judge horse shows,” she continues. “i enjoy everything that comes with the job—it’s fun! i thank the show committees that hired me, the exhibitors that came to show, the ringmasters, stewards and announcers that help me do my job. it takes a lot of people to make a great show.” Fittingly, this year’s show of The Year award was captured by the scottsdale show. president of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona Jay Allen says the team works hard to put on a great show every year. “it is an honor to have the people in our industry that breed, show and market these beautiful Arabians vote scottsdale the best show,” he says. “our board of directors and staff work tirelessly to keep this show the great experience that it is. We listen to our exhibitors and do our very best to give them what they want. After all, if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have a show. A great big thank you to all of you that support us. We all love this breed, and it is up to all of us to keep it alive!” before his untimely death on April 8, DA Valentino received one last accolade when he was named sire of The Year by voters. The handsome and charismatic stallion was undefeated in the breeding stallion classes during his career, and held five U.s. national championship titles, one Canadian national title and two scottsdale championship titles. To date, the much loved stallion, owned by Dan and maureen Grossman, has 218 registered sons and daughters.

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Andrew Sellman with Claire and Margaret Larson. RD Fabreanna – Purebred Halter Horse

April Visel, Lela Reynolds and Taryl Pearson The Yahoo Chronicles – Favorite Editorial Story

Jim Lowe, Shawn Rooker and Stuart Vesty. Rooker Training Stable – Favorite Advertisement

Celebrating the industry

April Visel Favorite AHT Cover – January—Justify, owned by DST Arabians

Karl and Roxann Hart Breeder Of The Year

Jessica Clinton Rising New Star

Cynthia Burkman Horsewoman Of The Year

Josh Quintus and Robin Porter. Caliente Virtuoso – H/A Western Horse

Katharyn Hart Vallejo Cylebrity – Purebred Working Western Horse

Joel Kiesner, accepting for Bill and Shirley Reilich. Afires Heir – Purebred Saddle Seat Horse

Robert Miller accepting for Vickey Bowman. CR Dudley Dun Right – H/A Working Western Horse

John Diedrich with Sheila Schall. Shada, Inc. – Best Team (Farm) Spirit

Jim Stachowski Horseman Of The Year

Katie Burr Adult Amateur

Brian Murch and Barbara Chur. Exxpectations – Purebred Specialty Horse

Lori Conway Judge Of The Year

Emma and Terry Anne Boggs. Shutup And Dance – H/A Halter Horse

Brooke Marie Jarvis Youth Exhibitor

Alisha Kinney and Kayli Fortun. Money Plays – H/A Hunter Horse

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Celebrating the industry

The Auction

in addition to having the opportunity to gather with fellow horsemen and women to celebrate the achievements of the previous year, the event gave everyone an opportunity to support the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. many trainers, photographers and artists made generous contributions, resulting in a successful online auction prior to the event and live sale. items included prints from photographers Jeff Janson, Howard schatzberg, April Visel, Darryl larson, stuart Vesty, Tex Kam and rick osteen. Tommy Garland and siemon stables offered training, while Andy sellman, mary Trowbridge, Caralyn schroter and rob bick donated training clinics. The Hat lady, shary Akers, lois skeeles and lynn maderich generously contributed artwork. All told, the online auction generated more than $8,000 for the Fund. During the live auction, sally bedeker of Gemini Acres led the bidding and came home with a Jill mcKinney bronze, a knit mink poncho, and a gold and diamond pendant. Annette stevens purchased a trail ride with the Yahoos, barbara Chur put her name on the rights to show He be showy DFA at Youth nationals, and Amanda purdin purchased the highly-sought-after breeding to Undulata’s nutcracker. The total raised from the two auctions combined was $36,000 for the Fund. mary Trowbridge, a member of the Fund’s board of directors, says Arabian Horse Times has been at the forefront of leading support for the Fund, resulting in even more interest from others.

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The Horsemen’s Distress Fund

“There’s a little bit of a misconception out there that the Horsemen’s Distress Fund, because it was started under the auspices of the Arabian professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association (ApAHA), only is available to professional horsemen,” says mary Trowbridge. “That is not the case. The fund has always been intended to be very broad-based, industry-wide, and be available to trainers, riders, breeders—anyone who needs assistance during a time of unexpected crisis.” The fund is a separate 501 (c) 3 organization from the ApAHA and is managed by an independent board of directors, including Trowbridge, mary Jane brown, stan morey, Van Jacobsen and the reverend G.T. schramm. While many fund-raising events and drives have been conducted in the past for specific individuals, Trowbridge says the readers’ Choice Awards was the first event to raise funds for the overall Distress Fund. she describes the event as being one that not only provided fellowship, but also an opportunity to give back to the entire Arabian horse community. “The Times’ embracing the Distress Fund and hosting this event has really taken the fund to the next level,” says Trowbridge. “Whether someone gives $5 or $5,000 or donates an hour or a day, it is all important,” she says. “it is a gift to be able to give back to the Arabian community, and this is an incredible opportunity and celebration.” According to Trowbridge, more than $400,000 has been distributed by the Horsemen’s Distress Fund over the past six years.

Dorothy Stream, who was recognized at the Readers’ Choice Awards for her many contributions to the breed.

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Celebrating the industry

The Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 Four years ago, Arabian Horse Times instituted the readers’ Choice Awards as a way to recognize excellence in the Arabian horse industry. The program is unique in that it provides a venue in which to recognize the horses, riders and trainers, as well as other integral parts of the industry, such as advertising, photography, show management and team spirit. The readers’ Choice Awards also is unique in that it allows everyone an opportunity to vote. readers of Arabian Horse Times magazine or website can not only nominate their favorite people and horses, but they can also vote for them. no membership or subscription is required—all it takes is a love for the Arabian horse. Have a favorite in a category discussed here? be sure to watch for the call for nominations in october and cast your vote.

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Mike and Julie Ferrara Photographer Of The Year

Jay Allen, Carole O’Connor, Janice McCrea Wight and Taryl Pearson Scottsdale – Show Of The Year

2010 AHT Readers’ Choice Award Winners

Favorite Advertisement Of The Year rooker Training stable, sept. AA 3D ad, designed by shawn Getty-lowe Favorite Editorial Story Of The Year “The Yahoo Chronicles—The Dunes,” october, by sandee Andrews, melissa Feather, Jen miller, sophie pegrum, and April Visel Favorite AHT Front Cover January—Justify, owned by DsT Arabians, photo by April Visel Photographer Of The Year mike Ferrara Show Of The Year scottsdale Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse show Judge Of The Year lori Conway Ringmaster Of The Year mike Frame Announcer Of The Year Carrol lee Hyde Instructor Of The Year lisa Jo White Best Team (Farm) Spirit Award shada, inc. Racehorse Of The Year sand Witchh, owned by Guy neivens Purebred Sport Horse Of The Year o lordy, owned by VWV Venture, inc. Half-Arabian Sport Horse Of The Year lord of The ring, owned by shuster Arabians Purebred Working Western Horse Of The Year Vallejo Cylebrity, owned by Katharyn Hart Half-Arabian Working Western Horse Of The Year Cr Dudley Dun right, owned by Vickey bowman 60 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Purebred Specialty Horse Of The Year exxpectations, owned by strawberry banks Farm Half-Arabian Specialty Horse Of The Year papa rhazi, owned by brie reiter Purebred Hunter Horse Of the Year Km bugatti, owned by Km stables, inc. Half-Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year money plays, owned by Alisha and Adele Kinney Purebred Western Horse Of The Year WC laredo, owned by Winding Creek Arabians Half-Arabian Western Horse Of The Year Caliente Virtuoso, owned by robin porter Purebred Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year Afires Heir, owned by William and shirley reilich Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year sA sophisticated lady, owned by mike and Jessica medved Purebred Halter Horse Of The Year rD Fabreanna, owned by Claire and margaret larson Half-Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year shutup And Dance, owned by Terry Anne boggs Rising New Star Award (Trainer Under 30 Years Of Age) Jessica Clinton Youth Exhibitor Of The Year brooke marie Jarvis Adult Amateur Of The Year Katie burr Horsewoman Of The Year Cynthia burkman Horseman Of The Year Jim stachowski Breeder Of The Year rohara Arabians Sire Of The Year DA Valentino, owned by Dan and maureen Grossman ■


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Celebrating the 12th & 13th National Championship title for the offspring of the irreplaceable, treasured dam Cytrina!

Pictured wth Audrey Hart


Kathie & Audrey Hart 55615 East 260 Road, Afton, Oklahoma 74331 918 633 3535 •

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Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice 2010 Horsewoman Of The Year

“With talented horses, loyal clients and committed staff, comes great opportunities. Thanks to all of you who have offered them to me. My sincere thanks to the readers of the Arabian Horse Times for your acknowledgement and enthusiasm. I applaud you as well, for your consistent support and love of the Araban horse!” ~ Cynthia

Pictured aboard Apollos Cary Grant+/ Owned by Fortun Arabians 2460 Hwy 135, Los Alamos, CA 93440 Farm: 805.344.1100 • Cell: 805.350.0342 stine photo

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ReadeRs' ChoiCe hoRseman of The YeaR

Words cannot express my deep appreciation for winning the Readers' Choice Horseman Of The Year Award. I gratefully thank all of the people who so kindly voted for me. However, I am keenly aware that this distinguished award is a team effort. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge and also thank my incredible clients, staff, and family. Lastly, I never take for granted the amazing talent and superior performances of the horses I am privileged to train and show. Sincerely, James Stachowski

StachowSki Farm, inc. Mantua, OhiO 330.274.2494 www.StachOwSki.cOM

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2010 AHT Readers’ Choice Judge Of The Year Award Winner

Lori Conway

Conway Arabians

“Honesty, integrity, knowledge, dedication, and keeping it all fun are the hallmarks of Lori’s personality. I know how seriously Lori takes her judging responsibilities, and I saw how much this recognition from the Arabian Show community meant to her. We are all very proud of her.” ~ Peter Conway 18080 Cty 2, Chatfield, MN 55923 •

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Rohara Arabians

Photo - USEF Archives / Geoff Bugbee

ReadeRs' ChoiCe BReedeR of The YeaR

It is with great appreciation to those that voted for Rohara for this prestigious award. Being voted Breeder Of The Year is extremely special to both myself and Karl. Thank you to the Arabian Horse Times for hosting the Readers' Choice Awards. It is such a wonderful evening. This is a terrific way to see friends and start Scottsdale! — Roxann Hart

Rohara Arabians

K arl & r oxann H art ~ 352.591.4661 P.o. B ox 110, o range l aKe , F lorida 32681 www .R ohaRa . com

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National Champion

Falcon BHF x GF Simply Magic

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Thank you to the readers of the Arabian Horse Times for selecting RD Fabreanna as their choice for Purebred Halter horse of the year!

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R e a d e R s ' C h o i C e s p e C i a lt y h o R s e o f t h e y e a R

x x p e c tat i o n s

We would like to thank you all so much for selecting Exxpectations as Specialty Horse Of The Year. He is a wonderful young horse who enjoys his job while taking great care of me as an amateur! Also, it is extra special to have bred Exxpectations, as well as having bred his sire, A Temptation, and his grandsire, Tempter! We look forward to presenting him to you in the show ring again soon! Barbara Chur and trainer, Brian Murch

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2010 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN WeSterN pleaSUre 2010 aht readerS’ ChoiCe WeSterN pleaSUre horSe of the Year aWard WiNNer

Standing at: White Rock Farms Kathy & Stanley White Jr. 940-240-1004

Watch for WC Laredo in 2011 Western Pleasure with Stanley White Jr.

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2011 ScottSdale Show—

Arabians From Around The World Descend On

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Scottsdale Story by Colleen SCott

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o one was surprised when Arabian Horse Times readers selected the

scottsdale All-Arabian Horse show

as its 2010 show of the Year. After all,

what’s not to like about scottsdale? it’s been the Arabian horse world’s winter

escape ever since it started in 1955. When

the show’s officials picked up their award at the readers’ Choice party on February 17,

this year’s scottsdale was already underway, and for the following 10 days, it proved all over again why it is always a contender for that best-of-the-best recognition.

The 2011 scottsdale show, which featured 2,262 horses competing in 785 classes, truly showcased the breed’s versatility. Classes are run continuously in six

arenas around the show grounds, and

include every discipline from halter, the

english divisions and western in its many incarnations, to costume, show jumping,

reining, driving, hunter and more, for all

equine genders, professionals and amateurs and of all ages.

All of that adds up to the hallmark of scottsdale, which is the depth of its

competition in every discipline. “i thought the quality of horses in all divisions was

at an all-time high,” says Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (AHAA) Vicepresident Janice mcCrea-Wight.

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Judge Debbie reid, mcDonald, pa.,

who officiated at the show for the first time, concurs. “The quality of horses

was exceptional,” she says, “and i was

very impressed with the quality of show

management as well. it was a phenomenal experience in all aspects.”

While it is a natural conclusion that the best horses in the U.s. and Canada can

be found at scottsdale, the show is also

fast becoming a must for the international competitors. This year’s theme, “Arabian Horses From Around the World,” was

demonstrated in the ring, on the rail and

in the stands. “They really did come from everywhere!” says mcCrea-Wight.

The international f lavor of the event

played out in competition, with the show’s

champion mare owned in Uruguay and the champion stallion in mexico, the reserve champion filly from Australia, and the

reserve champion stallion bred in spain and now owned by a saudi prince.

To fully understand why scottsdale draws thousands of horses, tens of thousands

of spectators, and is continually named

as one of the most popular events in the

country, one has to experience it personally. However, we’ll try to hit a few of the highlights for you here.

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New International Classes never content to rest on their laurels,

AHAA board members are continually

thinking of ways to enhance the scottsdale show experience. This year, one of the biggest additions was two sessions of “international” in-hand competition, which used a five judge panel and a

similar scoring system to that employed at the Arabian breeders World Cup in las

Vegas. included were classes for Yearling Fillies, 2-Year-old Fillies, Junior mares

and senior mares, Yearling Colts, 2-Year-

old Colts, Junior stallions and senior

stallions. The new events gave people a

chance to show their horses in a different way. Held in the equidome with seating on the f loor and special lighting, they were well-received by spectators and

competitors. “We didn’t really know what to expect,” concedes AHAA president

Jay Allen. “We thought we’d get 70 to 75

entries, but never imagined we would have 175, more than double.”

“We’re always trying to think of something new and fresh to add to the show,” says Taryl pearson, the show’s executive

Director. “The international classes allowed people who like that way of showing to

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compete here.” echoing Allen about the

unexpected popularity of the new division, she continues, “We had to add an entire

session to accommodate everyone.” based

on the participation in this year’s classes, organizers plan to keep them on the schedule going forward.

Scottsdale Special Feature Favorites one of the events added to the scottsdale

show several years ago that continues to be a favorite is the Arabian & Half-Arabian reining Futurity. With big prize money,

it has proven a hit not only with Arabian

owners, but also with those who compete on the open reining circuit.

“The scottsdale Arabian & Half-Arabian reining Futurity Classic has not only created an exceptional place to show

our reiners in deep competition and win

money, but it has created a better market for these horses,” says Abby Jensen,

owner and breeder of the Half-Arabian

winner, who collected $36,000. “The folks involved in the (Arabian reining Horse) Association have worked hard to draw

new people to this sport and include the

amateurs by adding the non-pro futurity. All of these actions help support the market and keep it growing.”

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The popular Celebrity slide was held

again this year, pairing trainers from other disciplines with reining trainers, making

a fun-filled evening all the way around.

With a fashion show by iron Horse Jeans, a

performance by country singer brian mullins,

and top trainers paired with reining coaches,

the stage was set for some friendly but heated competition.

brian murch, who was matched with larae

Fletcher powell, wore the blond ponytail

first made famous by Vicki Humphrey at last year’s Celebrity slide. other teams

included michael byatt and Crystal mcnutt, John rannenberg and Kim Diercks, Wendy potts and Tyson randle, sheila Varian and

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russ brown, and mary Trowbridge and

brian Welman. in the end, michael byatt

claimed the trophy with a beautiful go. All participants received a belt buckle.

“The stands were completely packed,” says Arabian reining Horse Association board member phyllis lamalfa. “it was just a

fun evening all the way around. everyone seemed to enjoy it.”

Just as the reining futurities, with their

generous payout of cash prizes, have played a role in jumpstarting the growth of that

sport, the english performance Association saddle seat pleasure Futurity is enhancing

the english division. This year, the futurity offered $100,000 in cash awards, with the winner taking $30,000.

Arguably, any horse even competing at the scottsdale show is of such caliber as to be considered at the top of his or her game,

making it extremely difficult to highlight just a few. but one of the most popular

performances this year allowed the Arabian horse to simply perform alone. The liberty class is always a spectator favorite, and this year at scottsdale was no exception. on

the final saturday, the stands were full for the platinum performance $5,000 liberty

Championship, where winner maddox Van ryad earned a perfect score of 150 points.

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“The quality of horses was exceptional,” said Judge Debbie Reid, “and I was very impressed with the quality of show management as well. It was a phenomenal experience in all aspects.”

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Changes Introduced To The Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction one of scottsdale’s marquis events is its

signature stallion Auction, which this year

was moved from the equidome to brett’s

barn in order to give trainers and exhibitors

more time to work in the arena. “We looked at hotels and other venues,” says mcCrea-

Wight, “and it just seemed it would be best to keep the event onsite because everybody is already there and excited.”

The decision proved to be a good one, as

more than 700 people packed the elegantlydecorated brett’s barn. participating

stallions were presented via video, with

bidding on breedings ultimately raising more than $510,000. in the classes for

qualifying program offspring, more than

$630,000 in prize money was distributed. “i think these futurity programs are great assets to the industry because they help

breeders make thoughtful decisions, and then reward them with substantial prize money,” says Jessica Walter maldonado,

whose parents, Tom and earleen Walter,

purchased the winner of the sss english

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pleasure Futurity as a yearling in

partnership with two other couples. “With 2010 and 2011 combined, we won about

$25,000 in scottsdale signature english classes alone, which is a great return on investment for any breeder!”

Setting Sights On Next Year no one stays at the top without work, and the scottsdale show is no exception. The Arabian Horse Association of scottsdale

board is already working on plans for next year. “We are really very grateful that

people come out and support this show,” says Jay Allen. “We try to be responsive to what exhibitors want and are always working to add excitement.” ■

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nyone who witnessed the excitement of the full stands at the scottsdale Celebrity slide knows that reining is an element of the working western division that is here to stay. it wasn’t just the Celebrity slide that drew numerous spectators—it was also the reining classes, as well as the working cow and cutting classes. Added money over the past few years in the form of the scottsdale reining Futurity has guaranteed that the stakes are high. not only has the working western division become a must for both exhibitors and competitors at the scottsdale show, but it is also popping up in other parts of the country. elise Ulmer (daughter of trainer Don Ulmer and current trainer of outside horses at ranches of Cherry Creek) has organized The Ultimate Futurity (TUF). in its second year, the Futurity was created in an attempt to increase interest in Arabian and Half-Arabian stock horses. According to the organization’s website, www., “The dream of TUF is to see the popularity of Arabian stock horses grow. There is no reason why the Arabian cannot be as popular as the American Quarter Horse. We hope that this Futurity will open the gate and allow people to experience and fall in love with the Arabian breed.”

The Futurity is already scheduled for two shows, with a third one in the works. The first will be in Lincoln, neb., may 13-15, and the second in nampa, idaho, at the region 4 Championship show. Details are being solidified for another show in Colorado in the fall, according to Ulmer. she says the new venues give people less expensive options than some of the other shows and also offer the chance to win significant money. so what makes the working western division so appealing? To find out, we asked some of the most active reining trainers, exhibitors and owners around the country.

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Brian Welman Training Center Hastings, Minn. Brian Welman it has been more than 25 years since brian Welman earned his first nrHA world title. Although he has spent most of those years predominantly with the more traditional reining horses (Quarter Horses, Paints and Appaloosas), Welman also showed an Arabian in the early days at the U.s. nationals. He came back on the Arabian scene at the 2006 scottsdale show, riding for Dick Ames of Cedar ridge Arabians. in that first year, Welman and minding Ps And Qs earned a third place in the reining Futurity’s purebred division. He followed that up with a championship win on the mare the next year, along with a third aboard Tr Texas T in the Half-Arabian event. in 2008, he won the purebred division again with Fyre in The skye and the Half-Arabian with Tr Texas T, and in 2009, with Tr reindance, he came back in purebreds to finish in a tie for reserve. in the 2010 purebred division, he captured the reserve championship with slide n style and was third with Tr reindance. besides winning substantial purses in the scottsdale Futurity, Welman has also been successful capturing nrHA prize money. He is the first to agree that the funds available to Arabians have dramatically increased the numbers participating in reining. Along with the increase in quantity has come an increase in quality, he says. “maybe in the early 1980s and before, Arabian reiners were more the horses that couldn’t make it as pleasure horses,” he observed in a previous Times article. “To me, they’ve gotten a lot stronger and have a better shape now (they used to be kind of gangly). The classes used to be more of a stopping contest, which it still is, but there is more finesse and style in it now. The circles and spins are judged a little more and you get more credit for them if you do them well. before, it was more about who could slide the farthest.”

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In addition to the added prize money, Welman credits the judging system with generating interest in the reining division. The competition, where each movement receives a score, requires five judges, with high and low scores discarded. This transparency in judging levels the playing field and allows competitors an opportunity to compete against themselves as well as others. While the field has grown with the addition of prize money and a general liking for the evaluation system by competitors, the breeding industry has benefitted as well. “I think more people are breeding for reiners,” he said in an earlier Times article. “With Dick’s program, we’re trying to breed futurity champions to futurity champions and hoping that will produce. You don’t know unless you try it, but that’s what the reining horse industry in general

has done—bred horses that are doing well to horses that have done something in the pen or are producing horses that are. That’s how you try to make your sport stronger and more effective.” Although Welman subscribes to the theory of breeding proven stock to proven stock, he also cautions that in the end, the breeding doesn’t really matter. “A good reiner has to be goodminded,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what the horse looks like or what its breeding is. “We are starting to see some of the horses coming up now that were bred a few years ago when the Futurity first got started,” he adds. “These things take time to develop and I think we will continue seeing a lot of new blood coming into the sport. It doesn’t happen overnight.” A PR IL 2011 | 99

Working Western and english horses, and we still do. but the judging of reining is different. it’s like golf. everyone starts with the same score and every movement is assigned a plus or minus. it is hard to play any games with that kind of a system.” Ames attributes the appeal of the division partly to the transparency in judging, but also to the simplicity of watching. “‘ring classes’ are very hard for people to understand sometimes because they are based on judge’s opinions,” he says of the traditional group competitions seen in other divisions, and adds that newcomers can more easily understand the reining. “it is like jumping. The horse that knocks the pole down isn’t going to do as well as the horse that doesn’t. in reining, the horse that slides the farthest is going to score higher on that movement.”

When Dick Ames, Tom redmond and Joe betten put their heads and resources together several years ago, the scottsdale reining Futurity was born. To date, it has done exactly what its creators intended: it has boosted participation and excitement in the reining division.

Aside from the judging and ease of watching and understanding reining, Ames also says the class is exciting, adding even more to its appeal. “it is just a fun and exciting class to ride in or watch,” he says. That is easily verified by the full stands at the Futurity and the Celebrity slide in scottsdale. regarding the type of horse he is breeding for the division, Ames concurs with Welman that the mind is the most important. “You’ve got to have a horse that is going to keep his composure,” he says. “As for build, it is kind of the reverse of an english horse. You don’t want a high neck set. You’ve got to have more of a stock horse build, with really strong hindquarters so the horse can handle all the turning and sliding.”

“We’ve had horses a long time,” says Dick Ames, Cedar ridge Arabians. “We’ve had halter horses

The one reining horse he would love to own? Cr Dudley Dun right, who robert miller has

Cedar Ridge Arabians Jordan, Minn. Dick Ames

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successfully shown to a number of accolades, he replies. The stunning Half-Arabian Palomino is known for his beautiful mane and tail as well as his talent. “I figured he would just give me the horse,” quips Ames. “I’m old and I’ve been a really nice guy all these years, it’s the least he could do.” Miller apparently saw things differently, because he wouldn’t part with CR Dudley Dun Right even when Ames offered a significant sum of money for the horse. “That horse is the one you dream about riding,” Ames says. Keep dreaming! Eleanor’s Arabian Farm Rogers, Minn. Eleanor Hamilton There are few people in the world recognized by their first names. In the entertainment world, there’s Madonna. In golf, there’s Tiger. In

football, there’s Peyton. And in Arabian reining, there’s Eleanor. A long-time proponent (she’s been riding and raising reining horses since 1988) and multiterm president of the Arabian Reining Horse Association, Eleanor Hamilton is a one-woman cheerleading squad for Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horses. When trainer Rod Matthiesen came to Eleanor’s Arabian Farm in 1988, she was already breeding Arabians and she continued on the same path. “When we got Hesa Zee in 1995, we had something that could really improve what we were doing,” she recalls. “We added several good, older Quarter Horse mares to our broodmare herd. They all had good dispositions, because disposition is the thing I look at first. Hesa Zee A PR IL 2011 | 101

Working Western has a terrific temperament that he passes on, and i want to breed a horse I can show, and that another woman or kid can show. i don’t want an ill-tempered, unpredictable horse in my barn.” Like many competitors who have added the working western division to their show schedules, Hamilton says she had grown tired of riding in a circle. “This is more exciting than other classes, and you don’t have to keep buying expensive equipment and riding outfits to compete. That helps with expenses. nobody cares or even notices your saddle or what you’re wearing. it’s your score that matters.” Hamilton hasn’t completely abandoned the arena classes, and still competes in western pleasure on occasion. but like Ames, she believes the working western classes generate a different kind of excitement, one easily understood by the neophytes that might be watching from the stands. “First of all, the classes have so much more crowd appeal, because there is so much action. This is especially true at shows like scottsdale, where all kinds of non-horse people are in the audience. The classes are exciting! There is so much more to see! in other classes, non-horse people have no idea what the judges are looking for. All the horses look alike to them.

“our classes are much more audience-friendly,” she continues. “With one horse working at a time, they can see and understand whether somebody does a great job or if they go off pattern. They also can identify with the exhibitors. ‘Look at that old gent!’ they say. ‘He’s having fun. i could do that.’” Hamilton has no plans to slow down anytime soon. she’s continuing her successful breeding program and plans to show several snaffle bit horses this year. in fact, she’s one of many planning to participate in The Ultimate Futurity in Lincoln. “i’m excited,” she says. “it gives us another new place to go show.” McNamara Performance Horses Forest Lake, Minn. Meg McNamara When meg mcnamara, mcnamara Performance Horses, got the working western bug, she was just a youth rider in stock seat (as it was then called). in the nearly 20 years that have passed since then, she’s done everything from western pleasure to barrel racing, and now has settled on reining. “i had always watched reining at the shows, watched videos on YouTube, and it always interested me,” she says. “i loved the speed of barrel racing, and when i gave that up, wanted to find something that would be just as exciting.” mcnamara did just that, and since 2004 has devoted her time and energy to reining. she has been successful on both the open and Arabian circuits. she and her mother, Jackie, own sheza Fire-Cracker, who was 2008 U.s. national reserve Champion in the Arabian reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under, with brian Welman aboard. The following year, meg showed the mare to a third place in scottsdale in the

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amateur owner class. She also won the Rookie Derby on her two years ago. At the 2010 Scottsdale Show, Meg won the Half-Arabian Non-Pro Rookie and Non-Pro Limited championship titles aboard Bullwynkle. “The reiners are just so elegant in their movements,” she says when asked what about the sport appeals to her besides the speed.

Pam Rose has been riding reiners since she started showing as a youth more than two decades ago. After she captured both the U.S. National and Canadian National Championships in Arabian Reining Horse Adult Amateur Owner to Ride in 2005, she relinquished her amateur status and turned professional in order to be able to train with husband, Hoyt Rose. “That was my goal,” she

Although Sheza FireCracker has been retired due to an injury, Meg says the mare has a forever home with the McNamara family. “She will never be sold. I do really love her.” Sheza Fire-Cracker is busy producing mounts for future use—she had a colt by Hollywood Dun It last year and is now in foal to TA Khalil.

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says. “i wanted to win those championships.” she did in grand style aboard Zee The Gem, who is now a walk/jog horse for the rose youngsters.

opportunity to go back and try to beat that score, even if it is just by a half point. it is really an addictive sport.”

since starting out those 20-plus years ago, rose has seen quite a bit of change in the industry. “reining has definitely evolved into a specialty over the past five to 10 years,” she says. “As an industry we’re really starting to breed now to get these horses and they are proving to be just as good as the Quarter Horses and Paints.

Although the couple doesn’t breed themselves, they are always on the lookout for amateurappropriate horses. “There is definitely a good market for horses that have ‘been there, done that,’” she says.

“i love reining because you’re competing against a score, versus going into a pleasure class and being with 10 or 15 horses at one time,” she adds. That is what she believes makes reining appealing to the amateurs riding at P&H Horse & Cattle Co. “The amateur riders really like having a score. They get the first one, and then they have the 104 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Vallejo III Ranch LLC Afton, Okla. Kathie and Audrey Hart Kathie Hart’s Vallejo Cylebrity was voted this year’s Arabian Horse Times readers’ Choice Working Western Horse of The Year—and for good reason. His accomplishments this past year alone include two U.s. national Championships

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in Working Cow (one with Audrey Hart in the amateur and the other with Bob Hart). But those aren’t the handy gelding’s only championship titles. He started his successful national show career in 2006 with a U.S. National Top Ten in Arabian Working Cow Junior Horse, and followed that with wins in the 2007 Futurity, and the 2008 and 2009 adult amateur owner classes. Add his 2010 accolades, and he might just start nipping at the heels of the alltime leading working cow horse, his full sister, Vallejo Coralmoon. Both are by Rohara Moon Storm and out of the mare Cytrina. Kathie Hart first started showing in the working cow division in 1979. Her debut was at a show in Scottsdale on a 14.1-hand gelding, El Wicu Lagrimas, who was bred by Ruth Simms. “He had been a ranch horse his entire life,” explains Hart. “He didn’t even start showing until he was 17 years old. He loved working cattle for a living at home and he loved doing it at the shows.” That passion for working cows garnered the pair a championship at that first show. “I was on cloud nine,” she recalls. “At the time, it was a very popular thing to do and there were a lot of people from California there. That I could go in there and win on a 17-year-old 14.1 gelding was really something.”

What makes a good working cow horse? According to Hart, they need a Type A personality, a lot of heart, athleticism and smarts. “You can’t handle a horse too much in a working cow class,” she says. “You have to let them do their job. They have to be a little bit gritty to do that job well.”

Having a passion for the job is something Hart says is critical to a horse’s success in the working cow pen. Vallejo Cylebrity shows that same kind of love for working cows that his sister and El Wicu Lagrimas did. “I truly believe that whatever your horse enjoys doing, you’re going to enjoy doing,” she says. “On the other hand, if the horse doesn’t enjoy its job, you’re not going to enjoy riding it.”

As for the future, Hart says she is thinking about transitioning to reining. “I’m trying it. I am still in the stage where I don’t know what I’m doing!” Regardless, it is a sure bet the Arabian industry will still see the Hart family in the working western division, Kathie says. “Audrey has now developed the same kind of enthusiasm for working cow.” n A PR IL 2011 | 105

Standing At Stud

Whiz Van Winkle


(Topsail Whiz, AQHA x My Way Oakie, AQHA)

2010 World show qualifier, open and amateur 2010 Congress Champion in senior reining 2010 Congress Top Ten in amateur reining Multi-Morrison Bronze winner Multiple saddle winner Nominated to all major futurities

2008 Regional Champion Junior Reining and NAAC Champion Open. In 2010 he earned a ROM in Amateur and Open. Winnings to date are over $25,000. Opening breeding fee: $1,000 Shipped semen available

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Leaders Of The Times: April Calendar Feature

Bey Ambition And

Rae-Dawn Arabians by Colleen Scott

Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shah’s Lady)

When Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shah’s Lady) was on the cover of the December issue of Arabian Horse Times, owners Shirley and murray Popplewell, RaeDawn Arabians of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, were anxiously looking forward to the Scottsdale Show. not only would Bey Ambition be returning to the ring, but many of his offspring would be introduced for the first time. Their anticipation proved to be more than warranted as the handsome stallion walked away with the title of 2011 Scottsdale Arabian Classic 5-Year-old Champion—unanimously. 108 | A R A Bi A n HoR Se T i meS

Confirming his ability not only to be in the winner’s circle himself, but also to sire sons and daughters worthy of trophies, Bey Ambition’s progeny also brought home multiple awards. The very first of his get to enter the show ring, RD Habanero (x nW Siena Psyche), set the tone when he was named unanimous Junior Champion Colt AAoTH. He was also a top ten in the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Yearling Colts class, along with RD Dynamo (x TF Falcons imprint). RD Dynamo was also top ten in the Yearling Colts class, while RD Alotta Ambition (x HL infactuation) captured the Scottsdale

Signature Stallion Yearling Auction Reserve Championship, and RD Splash Of Ambition (x Splash Of Gold) was named to the top ten in the Half-Arabian Yearling Geldings class. They were joined by RD Dukessa (x Enchanteress), who claimed a Yearling Fillies Top Ten AAOTH, and RD Kardero (x SA Magic Karma), who was named to the top ten in the Yearling Geldings class. “We are so excited about these yearlings,” says Murray Popplewell. “We thought we had some really special foals to show the rest of the Arabian horse community. Having their specialness validated by the judging panel is really the icing on the cake.” Besides enhancing their own trophy collection courtesy of Bey Ambition and his offspring, the Popplewells were happy to congratulate the new owners of RD Alotta Ambition (Pam Bauerlein and Pam Halbrook) and RD Splash Of Ambition (Barrie Padgham). According to Murray, there is more interest now in Bey Ambition than ever before, as those that saw him in Scottsdale were captivated by the stallion. That the highly decorated Bey Ambition would capture the 5-Year-Old Stallion title at Scottsdale wasn’t completely unexpected. His sire, Regal Actor JP, was a Brazilian National Champion Colt, and his dam, Bey Shah’s Lady, was a U.S. National Top Ten Yearling and Futurity Filly. He has followed in the successful show ring footsteps of his parents, with a long list of impressive wins to his credit. Bey Ambition was first introduced to the Arabian horse community at the 2008 Las Vegas World Cup Show, where the Popplewells purchased him from breeder Lucy Whittier. Although it was the young colt’s first show ring experience, he didn’t disappoint, capturing the 2-Year-Old Junior Champion Stallion title. He followed that up with two reserves in Canada, and then in October 2009, wowed the Tulsa crowd with his incredible presence, netting yet another national title. As much as Bey Ambition has proven himself in the show ring, it is more than those third-party accolades that have the Popplewells excited about him. He represents what they are trying to achieve in their breeding program: the complete package. Besides his show ring presence, natural Arabian type and beauty, Bey Ambition has a personality that makes him a pleasure to work with. He is willing, trainable and eager to please. Murray reports that thus far, his progeny are the same.

Bey Ambition, after winning the 2011 Scottsdale Arabian Classic 5-Year-Old Stallion Championship.

With Arabians like these increasingly filling the Rae-Dawn stalls in both Saskatoon and Scottsdale, the Popplewells are excited about presenting their horses in a new way. After attending many crowded barn aisle presentations, Murray became convinced there had to be a better way. Recalling how spectacular collector cars looked when spotlighted at a Barrett Jackson auction, he decided that showing under the lights would be a great enhancement to the presentation of Arabian horses. “We understand and realize this is not a new concept to the Scottsdale Show,” he says. “But it is a new presentation way to us.” The Rae-Dawn Scottsdale facility now boasts a new reception building, complete with an office, lounge, presentation area, a breeding lab and a catering kitchen coupled with a barbeque kitchen. The rubberized floor in the presentation lounge allows the horses to be exhibited any time day or night, and if it rains, the show goes on right next to the fireplace lounge. Buying horses should be fun, Murray says. Why not enjoy it? The couple intends to do just that, and is off to a roaring start based on the results from the Scottsdale Show. This year, their headline stallion will continue with handler Claudinei Machado (who led him to all but one of his victories), next appearing at the Canadian Nationals and finally, appearing again in Tulsa. “Murray and I have enjoyed the positive experience Claudinei has led us through, and we appreciate the support that the whole Arabian industry has given us,” says Shirley Popplewell. “We look forward to continuing to share Bey Ambition and his offspring with other Arabian horse enthusiasts from around the globe.” n A PR IL 2011 | 109



Making All The Difference by Linda White

“There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.” —Lord Palmerston

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Hippo-tHerapy The medical community now recognizes the value of equine-assisted therapy (hippo-therapy) as an effective healing approach. They have discovered that children and adults, compromised by long lists of ailments and issues, respond favorably to interaction with horses. If you ask Rae Ann Bartz, owner of Equine Connections, in Olivia, Minn., what her goal is for the coming year, she doesn’t hesitate. “I would like to see a walk/trot class at a local Arabian show next year for the kinds of people I work with—people whose lives are changed through their interaction with Arabian horses,” says the veteran horsewoman who now runs an equine-assisted psychotherapy program. “This year we did a demonstration at a local Arabian show, in which a young student showed the audience what she has learned to do with a horse. When she led the horse in, got on, and demonstrated a number of exercises to build her core muscles, balance and confidence with Booqinn (the Arabian she rides), there was not a dry eye. The crowd came to their feet with a standing ovation as she “I’m just the rode sideways waving to them, then dismounted and led the horse out of The horses the ring.

hoping that horseback riding would strengthen her muscles and improve her balance. That has happened, but along with those advances, her speech, manual dexterity and confidence have advanced significantly. She struggles with each new task, but she has never refused to do anything we have asked of her. “To help her build her dexterity with her hands, I took a snap off an old lead rope, sent it home in her pocket one day and asked her to practice with it. When she came out the next week, she was able to fasten the crossties using either hand! Her right side was very weak at first, but now she uses both hands to groom, pick hooves, and all the other things we take for granted. “After she rides, she leads Booqinn around the arena, and he is so good with her! When she stumbles, he actually lifts his head so the lead rope tightens, helping her regain her balance. The old horse even takes shorter strides to match hers, so that he won’t step on her. It’s pretty amazing to watch facilitator. them together!”

are what

Bartz has been using Arabian horses as therapy for people who make the difference.” have social and behavioral issues, “From the instant she got near him, and perhaps problems at school; this great old guy knew this was —Rae Ann Bartz adults and children with varying someone who needed his protection degrees of autism; abused children; and full attention. He never moved a and some with physical limitations. muscle,” Bartz says. She has an Associate’s degree in Equine Science (called Light Horse Management when she “He is owned by some clients of mine who have generously earned it) from the University of Minnesota and additional allowed me to use him for this work,” she continues. “He Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association was a great show horse, and still is shown by their 8-year(EAGALA) seminar training, but most of her knowledge old son. However, the 24-year-old gelding has Cushing’s and effectiveness are intuitive, rather than learned. She has disease (Type 2 diabetes in humans). I treat him with a been doing what has become her life’s work for nine years. vitamin and mineral supplement, and pergolide. Her compassion and understanding complement her role as a different kind of health care provider. That is the horse’s story, but “not a dry eye” and “standing ovation” imply something out-of-the-ordinary about “I had an abused 13-year-old girl who came to the program the girl. What was so compelling about her that made with behavioral and social problems, and had just shut her audience respond as it did? “She is an extraordinary down,” she offers. “Her unexpressed anger was affecting student,” her instructor replies. “A malignant brain tumor, her physically, emotionally and socially, to the degree that removed when she was 3 years old, left her with speech she was afraid even to say much. She had been through troubles, hearing loss, poor eyesight, difficulty walking, traditional therapy with a psychiatrist and a psychologist, weakened core muscles, poor motor skills and other but neither approach had had much effect. physical challenges. She joined the hippo-therapy program

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“As it happened, i had an Arabian mare that also had been abused. Like the girl, she had all kinds of trust issues. i first had the girl try to catch the mare in the arena. We got the girl to walk and the horse to walk with her, with no halter. They would stop, turn around and walk together. The girl would sit down in the sand, and the mare would come up and put her head down to the girl to be petted. she would wave her hand at her and chase her away. “When the girl’s stepfather died, more anger issues came rushing forward and the mare wouldn’t go near her. When the mare finally came up and put her head down, the girl kicked sand in the mare’s face! The mare reared up on her hind legs and just stood there, not moving. When she came down, she ran circles around us. i asked the girl, ‘Why did you kick sand in the horse’s face, after you had gained her trust?’ “The girl fell apart then, sobbing about having no friends and so forth. When she finally quit crying, she approached

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the mare, who had been standing there watching us. she now allowed the girl to stroke her because, of course, the mare could sense her emotional pain, and recognized that the anger, not really directed at her, had now been released. “i put the same mare with another woman, one who had difficulty getting along with her colleagues at work. At her first session, the mare wouldn’t let her catch her, so the woman tried cornering her and chasing her. it only got worse and the reaction of the mare caused the woman to ask herself, ‘am i too aggressive with people?’ she would have to relax and change her thinking. When she did, the mare came up to her, let her halter her and stood quietly. she then was able to use this lesson from a horse to improve her relationships at work. Horses, and especially Arabian horses, are so intuitive that it’s almost scary. The mare was a tall, bay Alada baskin daughter who passed away a few years ago. That was a tremendous loss to me and to the program. she had such an incredible sense of human emotions. i miss her greatly.”

Hippo-tHerapy She recalls another incidence of breakthrough communication between horse and human. “A severely autistic 12-year-old boy came to me who was nonverbal and had learned to be threatening, to try to intimidate people. He would have huge emotional outbursts; he was a real challenge. I started him on foot with ground exercises. He progressed to going over obstacles and to running, all of which were brand new to him and helped boost his self-esteem. He came here off and on for a couple of years, during which he went from not doing anything by himself to expressing himself verbally, and to identifying and using horse grooming tools correctly. “One day I wanted him to ride. His brother helped me get him on and off the horse. After that he really began to express himself. He would hug the horse, and he became increasingly verbal and engaged, both with the horse and with other people. As his verbal skills improved, he became a lot of fun. Once we spent the whole day talking about the Easter bunny! He became stronger, and got so he could pick up each one of the horse’s four feet. He improved dramatically, and his family and I were very optimistic.

on the couch and ask, ‘I wonder why that is happening?’ He loved animals, and he told me he wanted to have a dog. I shared that with his mother, but much to my dismay, she didn’t want a dog in the house. What I try to do is not always perfect. A dog would have been such a great companion for him and would have let him experience unconditional love.” Rae Ann Bartz is dedicated to making positive changes in people’s lives. She has learned that such changes can be immediate, or that they may unfold over a period of months or years. Many times they occur when you least expect them. As her work continues, she is increasingly convinced that Arabian horses’ intelligence, their intuitive knowingness, and the built-in, mutual horse-and-human attraction that has partnered the two species for thousands of years, make Arabians ideal candidates for hippotherapy. And hippo-therapy’s increasing recognition as an important tool for healing damaged children and adults only confirms what Bartz has known all along. In this venue and so many others, Arabian horses are the catalyst that makes all the difference. n

“Then they changed his medications, and had to institutionalize him.” As of the writing of this article, the boy has returned to the program after a four-year absence. Bartz expresses her delight. “He is doing wonderfully, and it is so hopeful to see him still drawn to the horses.” Equine Connections is located on 12.5 acres. The barn there has an indoor arena, where most of her interaction with individuals, groups, and sometimes with families, takes place. “One day a young boy came here who had been having serious trouble getting along in school, and had been suspended,” she remembers. “As I worked with him, I sensed there was more to his story than just school. I asked his mother if we could have a family session with his two older brothers and their father. I observed them with the horses, and the horses told me a lot. When we were finished, the father told me how much he had learned about his family in just one hour. They understood each other much better. “After working with the boy for the summer his mother told me, ‘I can’t believe how he has changed!’ And he had. If there was a problem at school, he would come home, sit

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2011 Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes Show—A Preview May 26 to May 29, 2011 by Linda White “The Buckeye is a place you want to be,” says Dave Daugherty. “This is one show you don’t want to miss.” Daugherty is President of the Ohio Half-Arabian Horse Association (OHAHA), a member of the Canadian

him a Bit O’ Bask gelding. That was 19 years ago, and Daugherty, a police officer in civilian life, has never looked back. The horses are not all he enjoys about the show, however. “Whether you show Arabians and

National Show Commission and a former Region 14 Director, so he has a better-than-average understanding of the Arabian show ring. He calls Columbus, Ohio’s Buckeye “the Scottsdale of the Midwest.” Its exceptional horses, highly-respected judges, good schedule, great footing, and “all for one and one for all” character contribute to its stature and popularity, he says, but those assets barely scratch the surface.

Half-Arabians for recreation or as a livelihood, another element that makes the Buckeye so special is that it creates the opportunity to see horse show friends from all over the country, all in one place,” he says. “Spending time with people who have such a common passion is really wonderful.”

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For most of his life, trainer Joe Reser, of Setting Sun Stables in Wakarusa, Ind., has experienced firsthand the Arabian horse world’s sense of community and stewardship. He was 14 years old the first time he came to

the Buckeye. That was 25 years ago, so his vantage point, like Daugherty’s, takes in a lot of scenery. “The Buckeye is a measuring stick for how competitive your horse will be at regionals and Nationals,” he says. The Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes long ago earned its sobriquet of “the horse show where national champions are made.” Exceptional Arabian, Half-Arabian and National Show Horse winners tend to ascend from their win photo poses in the 1918-vintage coliseum to join the rarefied ranks of national and international titleholders. Reser also remembers an earlier, less intense environment, where show ring achievements and recreation vied for top seed in Arabian horse exhibitors’ hearts. “I really like the rearranged class schedule they brought out last year,” he continues, “and I appreciate that the show is on time, with nice breathers between sessions, rather than class after class, long into the night, with no breaks. There is so much to do at the Buckeye! Our clients enjoy the show, not only for the competition itself, but because the long weekend has lots of related, fun activities going on. And fun is what we’re selling.” First-time attendees and veterans alike get a hit of the show’s distinctive atmosphere when they come through the gates. The old fairgrounds seem to resonate with the history-making events, horses and people that have excelled there. At the same time, renovation and improvements have been the rule at the 7,000-seat multi-purpose coliseum, where most Buckeye classes are held. Two upgrades—new bathrooms and a fresh coat of paint—will greet 2011 Buckeye visitors. Another asset at the show is its manager, Cindy Clinton, whose effectiveness is widely acknowledged. Dave Daugherty cites an example. “The Ohio Expo no longer handles providing the footing,” he says. “Cindy’s crew takes care of it entirely—and we had not one complaint about the footing last year.” Such an admittedly unusual occurrence is a measure of Clinton’s expertise. She has managed the U.S. National Show, the National Show Horse Finals and many other horse shows large and small. Asked what is new and exciting at the Buckeye this year, her particular enthusiasm for the show is apparent. “Exciting? We have the Arabian English Performance Association (AEPA) Yearling In-Hand English Futurity

class again this year,” she says, “and the Buckeye Sweepstakes Extravaganza Classes for junior horses.” The Extravaganza’s unique protocol, in which entry “slots” are sold, limits the number of junior horses who participate, and demand continues to increase appreciably. “We buy a slot every year, for ourselves and for our customers,” volunteers Joe Reser. “We like the program very much, and really appreciate the added incentive programs the Buckeye has embraced. Our customers regard the money classes as very positive additions that only add to the thrill and excitement.” One-of-a-kind crystal platters, created by master cutter/designer Aidan Scully and donated by Crystal Traditions, Tiffin, Ohio, compound the thrill for winners. The Buckeye also hosts the prestigious National Show Horse District 1 Championships, and this year, $10,400 in prize money will be awarded among the 13 NSH classes scheduled. (Speaking of attractive incentives, last year’s debut of the AEPA’s Buckeye In-Hand Yearling Class offered winnings per class of up to $30,000.) And there is more. “This also will be the third year for the increasingly popular Amateur Owner Challenge classes,” continues Clinton, “and people can depend on their favorites: the Progressive Dinner Party, Bounce House, aisle parties, barn parties, and any other excuses we can come up with to have fun!” The Buckeye’s Progressive Dinner Party is one of the horse show’s most popular offerings. This fun-filled moveable feast brings horse show folk together annually in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere where the only competition is for the Most Delicious Buffet crown. “Something else new we are offering this year is a Champion of the Buckeye award in specific classes, available to horses that were champion or reserve in the same class at the OHAHA Spring Show,” Clinton offers. “We are trying to encourage growth in our area’s shows, and hoping to encourage more local people to come to the Buckeye.” There are so many reasons to like the Buckeye that Dave Daugherty reiterates the event’s foremost attraction. “If you want to know where your horse stands on a national level,” he says, “come to the Buckeye.” n

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Regional Judges REGION 7

REGION 1 June 1-5, 2011 Del Mar, Calif.

Donnie Bullock – All classes Buck Grass – All classes Judy Kibler – All classes Beverly (BJ) LeMaster – Working Western Vicky Stashuk-Matisi – Dressage and Sport Horse


June 15-25, 2011 Santa Barbara, Calif. Scott Benjamin – All classes Elizabeth Bentley – All classes John Power – All classes Bruce Bates – Working Western Ida Anderson Norris – Dressage Patti Felker-Breiner – Sport Horse D. Mike Moran – Hunter/Jumper


July 12-16, 2011 Reno, Nev.

Cheryl Fletcher – All classes John Rannenberg – All classes Brian Scoggins – All classes REGION 4

June 19-25, 2011 Nampa, Idaho

Donnie Bullock – All classes Chris Culbreth – All classes and Cathy Vincent

Working Western – All classes


July 6-10, 2011 Monroe, Wash. Jim Hitt – All classes David Garrett – All classes Lori Schroder-Ross – All classes


June 24-16, 2011 Rapid City, S.D. Buck Grass – All classes Judy Kibler – All classes Leon Matthias – All classes James Halligan – Cutting


April 28-May 1, 2011 Scottsdale, Ariz. Duane Esser – All classes


Cathleen Murphy Wright – All classes Lori Schroder-Ross – All classes Deborah Johnson – Working Western Mike Neilsen – Hunter/Jumper/Sport Horse Natalie Lamping – Dressage

June 28-July 3, 2011 Lexington, Ky. Kelly Elm – All classes Terry Holmes – All classes Brian Scoggins – All classes, Reining and Trail Melissa Ash – Dressage Davida Bierbrauer – Sport Horse Steve Holm – Carriage Driving



June 7-11, 2011 Denver, Colo. Mike Budd – All classes Michael Damianos – All classes John Ryan – All classes


June 15-18, 2011 Ft. Worth, Texas Kelly Elm – All classes Robert Purtee – All classes Lisa Jo White – All classes Connie Cole O’Brien – Working Western Kelly Graham – Cutting

REGION 10 June 9-12, 2011 St. Paul, Minn.

Scott Benjamin – All classes Mary Jane Brown – All classes Mary Trowbridge – All classes REGION 11 July 7-10, 2011 Springfield, Ill.

Van Jacobsen – All classes Jody LaSalle – All classes Jack Thomas – All classes REGION 12 May 3-7, 2011 Perry, Ga.

David Garrett – All classes Deborah Johnson – All classes John Lambert – All classes Joan Humphrey – Dressage Diane Morgan-Stasiak – Sport Horse REGION 13 June 23-26, 2011 Indianapolis, Ind.

Brian Ferguson – All classes John Lambert – All classes Laurie Martin – All classes

July 6-10, 2011 Lexington, Va.

Mike Baker – All classes Charles Mangan – All classes Dr. Kenneth Price – All classes Carole Stohlmann – All classes Sandi Chohany – Sport Horse and Dressage Pamela Wooding – Sport Horse and Dressage Walter ( Jimmy) Lee – Sport Horse/Working Hunter/Jumper


July 20-23, 2011 Syracuse, N.Y. Jim Hitt – All classes

Deborah Johnson – All classes Steve Lieblang – All classes Todd Karn – Sport Horse Megan MacCallum – Sport Horse/Working


Scott Peterson – Sport Horse and Dressage REGION 17

August 2-6, 2011 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada Laura Doran – All classes and Reining Steve Lieblang – All classes and Trail Lisa Jo White – All classes Sue Hawes – Sport Horse and Working Hunter/Jumper Isabel Reinertson – Dressage


July 25-30, 2011 London, Ontario, Canada Terri Delbridge – All classes Eric Wolfe – All classes Lori Conway – All classes Elaine Potter – Sport Horse and Dressage


National Judges

YOUTH NATIONALS July 23-30, 2011 Albuquerque, New Mexico English/Saddle Seat—

Martha Murdock John Rannenberg Richard Wright


Kelly Alcorn Jeff Lee Deb Witty

Hunt Seat/Working Hunter—

Archibald Cox Dale Pederson TBA

Hunter Pleasure/Show Hack/Showmanship—

Jeremy Harper Janet Henderson Kevin Jochens


August 15-20, 2011 Brandon, Manitoba Panels 1 & 2—

Chris Bickford Ted Carson Connie Cole O’Brien Brian Scoggins Mitch Sperte Judy Warner

Kelly Elm Jim Paden Lori Schroder-Ross

Renee Baker Linda Hitt Leon Matthias

Terry Johnson Laurie Martin Joyce Thomas

Working Western—


Alastair Buchanan Hunter/Jumper—

Meg Schulman


Joan Darnell Charlotte Trentelman


October 21-29, 2011 Tulsa, Oklahoma English—


September 28-October 2, 2011 Lexington, Kentucky Hunter/Jumper—

Linda Allen Mike Rosser Sport Horse—

Jayne Ayers (DB) Diane Morgan-Stasiak (HB) Dressage—

Fran Dearing Janet “Dolly” Hannon Sue Madden Mandas Anita Owen


Deborah Johnson Judy Kibler Robert Purtee

Hunter Pleasure/Show Hack

Working Western—

Mike Baker Joanne Crockett Sid Griffith Allen Mitchels Terry Wegener Cutting —

Steve Miles Willie Richardson Halter—

Richard Adams David Garrett Terry Holmes Paul Kostial Kathy Murphy-Wright Alternate—

Philip Hatfield

Carriage Driving—

Karen Homer-Brown

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ArAbiAn horse In History

WIllIAm GIfford PAlGrAve

Breed Authority Or Desert Charlatan? P A r t


by Andrew K. Steen

“nejed is the true birthplace of the Arabian steed, the primal type, the authentic model. This at any rate i hear, and thus, so far at least as my experience goes, it appears to me; although i am aware that distinguished authorities maintain another view.� With that declaration, William Gifford Palgrave set the stage for a debate that has lasted nearly 150 years.

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Since the 1860s, many authors and breed authorities have cited palgrave’s tremendously popular Narrative of a Years Journey Through Central and Eastern Arabia (1862-63) and affirmed that he was one of the most knowledgeable experts ever to write about the Arabian horse. His descriptions of the so-called Nejdean horse had sweeping repercussions on the way that 19th century Europeans regarded the exotic horses of the Orient. palgrave’s writings induced many accomplished equestrians, including Carlo Guarmani, Col. lewis pelly, and roger Upton, as well as lady Anne and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, to journey into the desert hinterlands in search of his “unique breed of Arabian steeds.”

like all famous individuals, palgrave has his fair share of detractors and disbelievers. indeed, some of his harshest critics regard his often-quoted statements about the Nejdean steeds as little more than pretentious balderdash penned to enhance the readability, and above all the sales, of his famous book. in this article, we will delve into palgrave’s interesting but problematic past and scrutinize his familiar and surprisingly concise remarks about Arabian horses. in the process, perhaps we can determine if his views and opinions were well-founded and truthful, or merely finelyhoned literary invention.

Thrilling Incidents

irrespective of which camp one falls into, few who have read palgrave’s book would dispute that “Giffy,” as he liked to be called, was a William Gifford Palgrave remarkable man. He holds the distinction of being By the beginning of the 20th century, palgrave’s the first European in history to cross the Arabian descriptions had pervaded European equine peninsula diagonally from the northwest to southeast. literature. Captain Azpeitia de Moros, in his 1915 He was also the first non-Arab to visit both riyadh classic book En Busca del Caballo Árabe (In Search of and Hail. Following his daring camelback ride across the Arabian Horse), underscored how “There are no the largely unexplored high-plateau of Central Arabia, zoologists or hippologists authors that write about palgrave became an overnight celebrity. the Arabian horse without mentioning the Nedjed as the center of production of the prototype of this The London Times regarded his Narrative as “one breed. … His testimony has been used by pietrement, of the most interesting and romantic books of by Sansón, by Smimonóff and Moerder, as it has travel that ever delighted the public.” Even 25 years by another hundred French, English and russian after his momentous journey, his action-packed authors to affirm that in that region, there exists, the adventures were still fresh in the collective memory privileged breed in question.” of his many readers. When The Athenaeum published his obituary in 1888, it summarized Giffy’s The same is true of American breed historians. audacious exploits in these words: Beginning with Spencer Borden in 1885, down to the present day, numerous authors have employed palgrave’s “The courage with which he proceeded to riad statements in their books and magazine articles to (riyadh), the Capitol of Neged the center of Wahabee embellish their texts or reinforce their arguments. power and fanaticism, … the skill with which he

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baffled his foes, the flight from riad; the shipwreck on the coast of muscat, in the sea of oman—all these and many more thrilling incidents have made the two volumes in which they are described among the most popular books on travel of the day.” Although many prestigious newspapers considered Palgrave’s book to be one of the great classics of its genre, several 19th century scholars viewed the work with skepticism and considered him a charlatan. To arrive at the truth, it behooves us to touch upon the geopolitical panorama of the mid-east during the second half of the 19th century. We will also take a glance at Giffy Palgrave’s rather curious personal history and relate how, from early adulthood, his life was characterized by a series of false starts.

A Class Apart William Gifford Palgrave was born on January 24, 1826, at Westminster. He had an urbane and bourgeois upbringing and was literally “a class apart” from all of the other 19th century explorers of Arabia. He was the second son of elizabeth Turner and sir Francis Palgrave, the founder of the Public record office, who although Jewish had adopted his motherin-law’s maiden name when he married. Young William was educated at the Charterhouse, where he won the gold medal for classical verse, before going on to study at oxford’s Trinity College and earning still greater scholastic honors. in January of 1847, immediately after graduating from university, Giffy was commissioned as a subaltern (soldier) in the east indian Company’s 8th bombay native Foot regiment. During the two-month voyage around the Cape of Good Hope from england to india, he caught his first glimpse of Arabia from the deck of his steamship, which docked at Aden, Yemen. However, military life failed to fulfill Palgrave’s expectations. He abandoned his army career two years after his arrival to bombay, converted to Catholicism, and joined the society of Jesus. Following four years at the Jesuit College of madras and three more years in rome, he was sent to the Lebanon, where he adopted his father’s original surname Cohen, which in

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Hebrew means “priest.” Uncertain of his loyalties, his beliefs, and evidentially even himself, in yet another volte-face, Palgrave changed his name a second time to Father michael sohail. During his years in Lebanon, he became fluent in Arabian and accumulated a vast amount of knowledge about eastern lore and Arabian geography and history.

The Infamous Massacre Palgrave’s first political involvement occurred at sidon in the Lebanon, following the infamous Christian massacre. in may of 1860, the maronite Christians and Druze factions fell into violent disagreement over the enactment of a law which required all religious denominations to pay equal taxes and perform military service. The new regulations provoked widespread public discontent amidst the Druzes majorities of mount Lebanon, who began rioting. When sultan Abdul Aziz (r. 1861-1876) in Constantinople did not intervene, a bloody slaughter ensued which caused the death of more than 15,000 Christians and uprooted another 100,000, who were forced to f lee as refugees. it was only thanks to the efforts of Algerian exile Abd el-Kader that some 12,000 Christians residing in Damascus were not annihilated. Druze losses were minimal. Despite having narrowly escaped being killed, Palgrave never took up arms. instead, he used the military training he had acquired while in india to help organize the defenses at the town of Zahla. in the end, French peacekeeping forces were dispatched by Louis napoleon iii to reestablish order. Like most of the Christian survivors, Giffy regarded the intervention of the French emperor as his deliverance. Following the bloodbath, Palgrave embarked on a lecture tour in ireland to raise money for the Lebanese Christians. Later he traveled to Paris, where he was received at the imperial Court. shortly thereafter, with the acquiescence of his Vatican superiors, Giffy became a spy and secret agent for napoleon iii.

Vainglorious Schemes Louis napoleon iii (1808-1874), who had seized the reins of French power in 1851 following a coup d’état, was the third son of Queen Hortense and King Louis bonaparte, who had been placed on the throne of

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Holland by his brother, Napoleon Bonaparte. Much like his famous namesake, Napoleon iii’s ambitions knew no bounds. He dreamed of following in his uncle’s footsteps and establishing his own empire. Among his many vainglorious aspirations was a deep-seated craving to rule Egypt, which due to corrupt and inept government had fallen into dire economic disarray.

war with one or more of the other so-called “Great powers” of Europe—because for decades, England, Austria and russia also had set their respective eyes on parts of the Ottoman territories and the rich spoils that would be theirs upon the inevitable disintegration of the Sultan’s empire, which had long been regarded as the “Sick Man of the Orient.”

As farfetched as the idea seems, Napoleon iii dispatched Giffy palgrave to Cairo to ascertain if Mohammed Ali’s son Mohamed Said (who ruled Egypt from 1854 until 1863) would be amenable to ceding control of his country to France! Not surprisingly, the outlandish overture was rejected.

However, at that point none of the Great powers had shown much interest in the vast interior of the Arabian peninsula, which was nominally controlled by the Sultan’s Sublime porte (as the Ottoman government was called). Consequently, Central Arabia became the next object of Napoleon iii’s avaricious ambitions. However, both the Najd and its largest city Hail, were terra incognito and nearly completely unknown. Moreover, reliable information about Amir Talal ibn rashid, his government and the strength of his fanatical Wahhabie armies was nonexistent.

The Sick Man Of The Orient At the time, the Ottoman Empire was also immersed in an enormous political and financial crisis. its treasury was bankrupt and many of its far-flung territories were either in open revolt or on the brink of anarchy. The unstable situation presented a tempting opportunity for imperialistic expansion. Therefore, before returning to paris, eager-to-please Giffy palgrave concocted a detailed plan for a French invasion of Syria in the hope that his idol would greet it with approval. However, not even Napoleon iii was sufficiently foolhardy to become embroiled in such a reckless scheme, which would have provoked a major

Terra Incognito

Only one European, the Finnish explorer George Augustus Wallin, had previously ventured into those distant arid confines; he had been there in 1845 and 1848, but many changes had taken place in the ensuing 14 years. Similarly, the environs of the oasis city of riyadh, which lay several hundred miles to the southeast, had been described only by Captain George Foster Sadleir, who had ridden across the

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sterile wilderness in hot pursuit of ibrahim Pasha and his conquering egyptian army during the summer of 1819. (For more detail, see the september 2010 issues of Arabian Horse Times). That was more than 40 years before Palgrave’s time.

Medicine Men The opportunity for a man like Palgrave to embark upon a dangerous secret mission on behalf of his idol napoleon iii was irresistible. Giffy eagerly accepted the challenge of riding into the almost entirely unexplored sea of shifting sands to ascertain what the geopolitical, military and economic prospects might be. True to his vacillating personality, throughout the journey he assumed the name of saleem Abou mohmoud el-eys. His traveling companion was a

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recently-ordained Greek priest named Geraigiri, who dubbed himself barakat after the legendary bedouin hero. Assuming the guise of syrian physicians from Damascus, the two men “dressed like ordinary middle-classed travelers from inner syria” and loaded their camels with “enough medicines to kill or cure half the sick men in Arabia.” on June 16, 1862, they departed the town of maan, which was the last bastion of civilization, and in the company of three cameleers they ventured forth into great unknown. The party rode southeast toward the Wadi sirham, following roughly the same route that Wallin had traversed 14 years before. After seven days of hard marches, which began before dawn and lasted until well after sunset, the small

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who were riding to Hail to give their allegiance to Amir Talal ibn rashid. in the blazing summer heat, they rode impetuously into the Great Nafud Desert. Just like his predecessor George Wallin, palgrave soon found himself in what he described as a “vast sea of fire,” consisting of steep, undulating red sand dunes, each roughly 300 feet high, which were displaced in a north to south direction. Occasionally they came upon faint camel tracks in the sweltering sands, but more often than not, there were no hoof prints to follow. Ascending each dune at an oblique angle, they struggled knee-deep in sand to the high crest, then trudged down the abrupt leeward side. palgrave wrote, “it proved worse than aught imagined.” He likened the horrifying panorama to the scenes of hell described in Dante’s Divine Commedia. To complicate matters, in the middle of nowhere some of the Sherarats made it known that they intended to kill and plunder the two travelers. palgrave took their threats in stride, and after a few days, others in the party convinced the would-be assassins to abandon their plans.

cavalcade entered the territories that were ruled by Amir Talal ibn rashid. At the secluded palm-grove oasis of Jawf, they met the Wahhabie Sheikh Ghafil el-Habub, who was the head of one of the town’s leading families. They remained in his company for two weeks. Throughout his Narrative, palgrave’s musings about the nomads are frequently negative, if not derisive: “The Bedouin does not fight for his house he has none, nor for his country, that is anywhere: nor for his honor, he has never heard of it: he aims and cares for none. His only object in war is plunder and grazing space.”

The Flames Of Hell On July 18, Giffy and his Greek companion joined about a dozen minor sheikhs of the Sherarat tribe

Having traversed about 60 miles of infernal sand dunes, at length they spotted two isolated pyramidshaped mountains, which Wallin had called the peaks of Aalem. palgrave wrote that “(t)hey stand out like islands ... Their roots must be in the rocky base over which this upper layer of sand is strewn like the seawater over its bed.” The deeper they penetrated into the Nafud, the more desolate it became. The sterile, sun-baked horizons seemed endless, but eventually the party reached the oasis of Jubbah, and after another three hard marches they arrived at the edge of an expansive, windswept plain, and in the distance saw a “town of walls and buildings (which) shone yellow in the evening sun.”

Hail And Ibn Rashid it was the oasis city of Hail, where they met and became the houseguests of Amir Talal ibn rashid. About the desert potentate’s leadership abilities palgrave wrote, “The young sovereign possessed, in fact, all that Arabs ideas require to insure good

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government and lasting popularity.” He added, “i know few equal in the true art of government of Talal.”

Their height also is much more varied; some of them attain sixteen hands, others are down to fourteen.”

However, Giffy’s views on the inhabitants that dwelled throughout the region were far more disparaging. “The central province of nejd, the genuine Wahhabi country, is to the rest of Arabia a sort of lion’s den, on which few venture and fewer return … ” he wrote. “its mountains, once the fastness of robbers and assassins, are at the present day equally or even more formidable as the strongholds of fanatics who consider everyone save themselves as infidel or a heretic, and who regard the slaughter of an infidel or a heretic as a duty, at least a merit.”

Riding To Riyadh

several hours each day, the two men practiced their medical quackery by treating the ailing and never lacked for patients. Whenever in doubt, Palgrave prescribed only a mixture of cinnamon water and sugar, and noted that “the small boys thinking that if this be medicine, they will do their best to stay ill every day.”

Horses Of The Jebal Shammar About the horses at Hail and those in the confines of the imposing mountains towards the south, Palgrave related how it was “(u)nnecessary to say that i had often met with and after a fashion studied horses throughout this journey. … At Hā’yel (Hail) and in Djebl shomer (Jebal shammar) i found very good examples of what is commonly called the Arab horse; a fine breed, and from among which purchases are made every now and then by european princes, peers, and commoners, often at astonishing prices. These are for the most part the produce of a mare from Djebel shomer or its neighborhood, and a nejdean stallion, sometimes the reserves; but never, it would seem (although here i am, of course, open to correction by the ‘logic of facts’), thorough nejdee on both sides. With all their excellencies, these horses are less systematically elegant, nor do i remember having ever seen one among them free from some weak point; perhaps a little heaviness in the shoulder, perhaps a slight falling off in the rump, perhaps a shelly or a contracted hoof, or too small an eye.

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Palgrave and Geraigiri joined another small caravan and rode towards riyadh. Along the way they were attacked, but sent their poorly-armed adversaries away. “A few shots guiltless of bloodshed were fired for form’s sake on either side,” he recounted, “till at last our assailants disappeared.” Following an elaborate series of encounters and intrigues, they arrived at riyadh, where they remained for five weeks and met with Amir Faisal ibn saoud on numerous occasions. During that time, Giffy had ample opportunity to observe and record almost every aspect of the region’s inhabitants, commerce, laws and culture. it was in Faisal’s stables that Palgrave made most of his observations about the “unique breed of Arabian steeds,” which he insisted dwelled exclusively within the confines of the nejed Desert.

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The Genuine Steeds About those horses palgrave contended, “The genuine Nejdean breed, so far as i have hitherto found, is to be met only in Nejd itself; nor are these animals common even there; none but chiefs or individuals of considerable wealth and rank possess them. Nor are they ever sold, at least so all declare; and when i asked how then one could be acquired, ‘by war, by legacy, or by free gift,’ was the answer. in the last manner alone is there a possibility of an isolated specimen leaving Nejed, but even that is seldom; and when policy requires a present to Egypt, persia, or Constantinople (a circumstance of which i witnessed two instances and heard of others), mares are never sent, and the poorest stallions, though deserving to pass elsewhere for real beauties, are picked out for the purpose.” in the same chapter he observed that, “Nejdee horses are especially esteemed for great speed and endurance of fatigue; indeed, in this later quality none come up to them. To pass twenty-four hours

on the road without drink and without f lagging is certainly something; but to keep up the same abstinence and labour conjoined under the burning Arabian sky for forty-eight hours at a stretch is, i believe, peculiar to the animal of this breed.” After elaborating upon their swiftness and endurance, Giffy praised the Nejdean steed’s dexterity. “i often mounted them at the invitation of their owners, and without a saddle, rein, or stirrup set them off at full gallop, wheeled them round, brought them up in mid career at a dead halt, and that without the least difficulty or the smallest want of correspondence between the horse’s movements and my own will; the rider on their back really feels himself the man-half of a centaur, not a distinct being.” ■

Next moNth: more on the life of William Gifford Palgrave, and his experiences with Arabian horses in the deserts of the 19th century middle east.

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The Yahoo Chronicles

The Perfect storm

Story by Sandee Andrews • Photos by scott Andrews, Toni sullivan, and April Visel

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Escape with us ‌ to Dreamland ‌ Last week, the sweltering heat was overwhelming in Southern California. Wednesday proved to be the most hellish day of all, with temperatures averaging around 110 and humidity seemingly close to 100 percent. We thought this would be perfect weather to take our horses swimming in a lake.

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A plan was made to visit Lake elsinore—the largest, natural freshwater lake in southern California. We had heard through friends that the lake rangers didn’t mind horses, and the Yahoos never mind lake rangers, so it seemed like everything was going to work out just dandy! it was so hot that April had stopped several times along the way at service stations to run water over the horses’ necks and backs with the coin-operated water tank. melissa, Toni and i were sponging our horses off at every available opportunity.

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The PerfecT STorm

When we arrived after our three-hour trailer ride, it was already 109. The air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I actually wanted to put my horse back in the trailer and go home. It was just miserable. Instead, we walked for what seemed about a mile in the sticky mess to the lake. None of us had ever actually gone swimming with our horses before, and we didn’t know how they would take to the water. They have all at one time or another crossed shallow rivers and streams, but this was a lake. It was large. There was no “other side” to get to.

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We were going in and not coming out. Would the horses follow us in? We were all so hot already and hoped it would go easy, as there were no shade trees—no escape from the oppressive heat. A little to our surprise, “Tommy,” “nate” and “Tiara” walked right in. “bennie” is always up for what April asks him to do, so we knew he would trust that she wouldn’t mislead him, but “sammie (aka The bastard)” wasn’t having any of it. it’s all part of why we love sammie. my own experience was wonderful. once i got Tommy in up to his knees, he just continued to follow me deeper and deeper. i walked him over to where he couldn’t touch the ground anymore. His body became buoyant for the first time, and his legs automatically started to swim. He swam

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The PerfecT STorm

around in a small circle and then back at me to touch the ground. He was not afraid. He was proud of himself! I was so pleased with him. He was brave. While in the water, he would stand and look out over the water as if surveying whether anything lurked beneath it. He would take the lead out as far as he could go and swim all on his own, then would swim back to me, where he could touch the bottom again. It was awesome. He really loved swimming. Bennie and Tiara must have finally told Sammie that the water was fine, and Sammie finally came into the lake. It was so fun watching our horses play and interact with each other. It is so very rewarding as horsemen to see your equine friends trust that this is all about fun, and to give into instinct for a bit. We were proud of them, and we were so happy they got in, mostly because we, too, were all so hot.

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We frolicked, splashed, and swam around merrily—great friends and good fun—along with our small herd of horses. Watching them play with the water and with each other was so joyful for us. We spent the afternoon laughing at their antics. Getting on the horses in the lake would prove to be another challenge. They were wet and slippery; we were soaked and waterlogged. our multiple attempts to jump up brought loads of laughter to everyone! once on, melissa decided it would be great fun to try water horseracing! bareback, barefoot, halters with leads tied to the sides—we were suddenly 15 again!

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The PerfecT STorm

Riding horses in deep water has a unique feeling to it that is hard to explain. It’s almost like you’re trying to ride ‌ well, a seahorse! Their bodies undulate from front to back. Every time the horse moves forward, he takes a giant leap with his front end, his back almost perpendicular to the water for a split second until he levels out again. In those seconds, there is a lot of mane grabbed onto and held tightly! All of a sudden it was dark and the water turned glassy. Abruptly and without warning, the air grew still. A hush fell upon us. The water was like silk. We turned around and looked at each other, wondering what was happening. We remarked almost inaudibly how dreamlike and strange it all

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had become. We enjoyed the oddity for the very essence of its presence. in the distant mountains, we saw flashes of lightning brighten up the sky. For a split second i wondered what would happen if the lake was struck. A moody storm was looming. We looked off into the distance and saw what we thought was dust. We realized quickly by the smell that it wasn’t dust. something very close to us was on fire. The air was thick with heat, electricity from the lightening, and now the smell of burning

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brush. The water stayed still all the while. The horses were quiet and looked around but did not appear to be distressed. Shortly thereafter, we heard emergency sirens, but still couldn’t see anything. As far as we knew, the fire was right on top of the banks of the lake. It sure seemed like it. We knew we would be okay in the water; so, we stayed where we were. As loud as the shrill of the sirens were, they were quickly eclipsed by the huge thunderhead that had now rolled in. A monsoon blew in. The wind grew strong and whipped our hair around. The crashing

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of the clouds was deafening; although we were standing right next to each other in chest-deep water, we couldn’t hear our own thoughts. Just then, the sky ripped open and massive amounts of rain came pouring down on us. The thunder was like the pounding of a million horses’ hooves galloping through the heavens above us, a tribute to all of the Arabian horse legends that have gone before us. How lucky we were to be right here, right now!

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The PerfecT STorm

It was loud. The air was fresh. It was a dream. Then, like most dreams, as quickly as it was here, it was gone. The wind died down, the fire was out, and the skies were bright blue again. Our “Perfect Storm” was over, but our real dreams never ended. They pave our way to our future and open doors of opportunity. Dream big, and dream true. Dream Free! We invite you to ride an Arabian horse with us. Be a Yahoo! Escape with us to your own “Dreamland.”

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Guest Editorial by Vicki Humphrey

Cyber bullying my first experience with bullying was in first grade. A new girl came to school. she was shy and awkward, and she brought cupcakes for lunch every day. We told her that we were the playground patrol and that we charged to use the swings and sliding board. one cupcake. she paid us. Then she told the teacher. i was 6 years old, and i was a bully. my teacher took us into the hallway. she explained to us the hardships the new student was facing: an ill father who had no job, a mother struggling to make ends meet, living in a homeless shelter that packed a cupcake in her lunch everyday. she had moved so many times she had no friends and didn’t know how to make them. The teacher explained—in the way you teach 6-year-olds, by educating them—that we were preying on her lack of confidence and being bullies. i cried all day over how thoughtless and selfish i had been. even at 6 years old i had (briefly!) enjoyed the power i had over

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another person, and spent the rest of that year making it up to that child until we became fast friends. Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t stop in first grade and, gone unchecked, it becomes more vicious and demeaning as the bullies become adolescents and then adults. With the advances in technology, a new form of bullying has been on the increase—cyber bullying. Cyber bullying has become a serious problem with teens as communication over the internet and cell phone texting have become the popular means of contact. Facebook™ and Formspring™ have provided a medium that allows bullies to hide behind the laptop monitor and perhaps gain a braver stance than they might have in a person-to-person confrontation.

Cyber bullying

As an instructor in the Arabian community of students who have been on both ends of this deplorable behavior, I feel that it is time to reeducate and remind our youth that bullying—whether it is in person or via the written word—is emotional abuse. It is the easy way out. It is much more difficult to work things out and solve your problems by managing your emotions and talking through issues. Bullying, name calling, belittling others or threatening violent actions are poor replacements for the social skills our youth need to develop to become mature adults. We need to teach our children these necessary skills. Statistics show that more than 45 percent of our youth admit to being bullied, an epidemic number. Bullying is traumatic for the targeted children. It is extremely hard on their self-esteem and confidence level. It often results in withdrawal, depression, and in severe circumstances, suicide. Along with educating our youth, I think we need to demand a culture of accountability. As parents, as instructors, and as members of the Arabian community, we need to hold our youth to higher standards.

When I was a riding student, my teachers used to demand that my behavior was within the realm of “acceptable” at all times, not only in the show ring. They assured me that I was being judged not only in the show ring, but in the stands, on the rail and in the restaurant after the show. While none of those sites have any bearing on a rider’s performance in the show ring, or his or her placings, those riders outside the ring still represent our Arabian community. And yes, as Arabian judges, we can ask our riders to maintain the same level of excellence they strive for in the ring, outside the ring as well. We have an amazing group of young riders in the Arabian horse world. I personally would like to call on them to set an example for the rest of the teens in this country, and to demand from their peers a mature and positive means of confronting and working through disagreements and social issues. Making parents and teachers aware of an issue that can go unnoticed beneath the privacy of online chatting and texting is one step. But the real success of eliminating this bad behavior will come from our youth themselves. n

(Note: After my note on Facebook™ of March 7 concerning cyber bullying, I received 34 responses from children thanking me for bringing up a subject that had been hard to talk about with their parents and had been an issue in their lives. I had two heartfelt apologies from girls who had been bullying another rider online, who told me how badly they felt and how foolish they had been, not fully being aware of the consequences. Adults responded as well with stories of the abuse they dealt with in their youth and from their peers. After reading the responses, I became even more acutely aware of the fact that cyber bullying needs to be addressed— not tolerated and deleted.)

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Bertram P. HusBand m.d.

In Memoriam:

Bertram P. Husband m.d. (1917-2011) by Linda White A wise, kind man has left our midst—dr. Bert Husband. He loved his family, he loved people, and he was passionate about caring for not only his patients, but countless others whose lives intersected his own. He was a devoted steward of the living creatures with whom we share this planet, most particularly, its Arabian horses. devotion to his family pervaded his life. This included both the family into which he was born, and the one created when he married beautiful, red-haired Ruth Eatough, whom he met in Winnipeg, manitoba, in 1948. He took great pleasure in all the activities that included his wife and their three sons, each of whom he taught to embrace his well grounded, “the-glass-is-half-full” approach to life. “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” the tune that became the Husband family’s trademark song, reflected his optimistic outlook. Bertram Perry Husband was born July 28, 1917, in Wawota, Saskatchewan, where he grew up on his family’s farm. A perennial student and animal husbandry man at heart, his interest in making informed choices about breeding fine quality livestock led him to join Future Farmers of Canada in high school. His post-secondary education came at Regina Normal School, from which he graduated with teaching credentials and went on to become a school principal. He met every challenge eagerly: pre-med studies at the University of manitoba came next. In Winnipeg he also met Ruth Eatough, who became the love of his life.

When pre-med studies were completed, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, which later became the University of California, Irvine’s medical school. In June 1948, he launched two important undertakings: his last year of medical school, and marriage to Ruth, with whom he returned to Los Angeles. His and Ruth’s loving union, undimmed, lasted three months shy of 63 years. When he was officially a board-certified general surgeon and medical practitioner, Husband began a general family practice. Four years later his young family moved to Whittier, Calif., where he practiced medicine, a commitment that endured for more than 50 years. Next to humans, horses were Bert Husband’s favorite species. As a medical student he read about them avidly, and dreamed of one day having an Arabian horse of his own. In 1949, shortly after he graduated from medical school, he took Ruth to the W. K. Kellogg Ranch (now Cal Poly, Pomona) to see the Kellogg Arabian horses’ Sunday show. Although that day’s performance marked the first time young dr. Husband laid eyes on a living Arabian horse, the experience kindled a lifetime partnership with the breed and with Arabian horse people. Bertram Husband would become a breeder of fine Arabian horses. His youthful experiences raising, competing with and judging livestock prepared the Saskatchewan farm boy for selecting, breeding and raising horses, but nothing could have prepared him for the iconic stature the A PR IL 2011 | 145

Bertram P. HusBand m.d. Husbands and their horses would reach in the Arabian horse world. In 1960, Husband bought a Shetland pony mare, ostensibly for his children—but the livestock breeder in him couldn’t resist the temptation: in 1962 he bred her to one of Cal Poly’s Arabian stallions and registered his first Half-Arabian, Haifa Sandeeko, the following spring. He also bought a purebred gelding, Nafrap, from Jeff Wonnell. Nafrap became one of the three Arabians Husband would ride in the Rose Parade (the others were Carinosa and Jurneeka). In 1963, an Arabian mare whose produce would become the stuff of legend joined the Husband herd. A star in her own right, Jurneeka was a 1963 U.S. National Top Ten mare and she became the 1964 U.S. National Reserve Champion in English and Western Pleasure. She also won Canadian National Top Ten mare honors twice. In the days before the Canadian Nationals offered national performance championships, the lovely bay mare captured both the western title and a reserve championship in English pleasure there. If we measured famous horses by the number of people who idolized them, Khemosabi, by far the best known of Jurneeka’s five champion offspring, would be right up there with man O’War, Secretariat and Walter Farley’s mythical Black Stallion. Khemosabi’s achievements as show ring superstar and sire were no myth. He won U.S. and Canadian national championships in halter and western pleasure, and more than 300 of his 1,200 offspring won championships and national titles. That amounts to 25 percent, an almost unheard-of achievement for a sire in any breed. 146 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I mES

dr. Bert again had made the right call. Khemosabi and his exploits elevated him to legendary status in his own time, and that luster rubbed off on the Husbands. Khemosabi was foaled at their modest Whittier, Calif., ranch, they raised him, and in 1968, his breeder led the colorful, charismatic bay stallion to his first blue ribbon. Bert and Ruth Husband raised some outstanding human offspring too. They had three sons: B. Paul Husband J.d., Richard William Husband Ph. d., and Robert Perry Husband m.d. Education was one of Husband’s top priorities, prompting him and his wife to see that each son had the opportunity to fulfill his dreams and aspirations. Paul, the eldest, graduated from Occidental College, and went on to earn a J.d. at UCLA. Today he is a practicing equine, tax and entertainment attorney and a published equine journalist. middle son dr. Richard W. Husband earned Bachelors’ and masters’ degrees at Whittier College and a doctorate in education from La Verne University. dick Husband ultimately became a high school principal, as his father had been, and remains a California school district director. Robert, the couple’s youngest son, graduated from California State University, Fullerton, earned his d.O. degree from the College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of the Pacific, and became a board certified emergency room physician and partner at San diego medical Center/Kaiser Foundation Hospital. “dad searched long and hard for his next Arabian mare,” Paul, the eldest, says. “He looked at about 300 before he selected Carinosa from breeder John Rogers.” Bred to Khemosabi and Baskhemo, Carinosa offered a succession

Bertram P. HusBand m.d. of national winners who went on to make their names as breeding horses. dr. Husband’s continuing service to the Arabian breed enriched his life and filled it with possibilities. He was an active Arabian Horse Association of Southern California member, and at one time served as that club’s president. For many years he was a fixture at Santa Barbara’s old Earl Warren Show Grounds, and attending physician at the club’s several yearly Arabian shows. He attended the World Arabian Horse Organization’s organizational meeting and was a dedicated WAHO member, was a trustee of the original Arabian Horse Trust, and served as IAHA Region 1 director. did this humble man ever realize how much the Arabian horse community admired him, and treasured his contributions to the breed? Probably not, but his sister Lavina’s boy, Perry Perkins, adored his Uncle Bert from earliest childhood. Perkins expressed his high esteem, love and respect in a letter he sent his dear uncle several months ago. “I want to thank you for being my lifetime role model,” the letter began. “my first remembered moment of you was when I was three years old. We were in the garage at your parents (my grandparents’) farm, and you were changing a flat tire. You tried to teach me how to wink. (I tried hard, but the best I could do was to hold my hand over one eye, and bat the other one at you.) “The next time I recall spending time with you, you had stopped in denver to see us on your way back to medical school. That evening, when you and I took out the trash, you showed me a picture of Aunt Ruth, your new fiancée. You were so happy! At your wedding, the ushers seated us in the front row, and after the vows, as you and Aunt Ruth headed back down the aisle, Aunt Ruth smiled at me! (I was nine.) The next year, when we came to Los Angeles

for your graduation, Aunt Ruth took us to the beach. She wore a big straw hat that day, because she knew her fair skin would burn, and sunburn would be a dead giveaway when she returned to work later. … “You were always there for me, Uncle Bert,” Perkins’ letter continued. “On April 10, 1957, you delivered my son, Jay, and on April 10, 1959, you delivered my daughter, Cindy. Several years later you offered to put me through medical school, for which I will always thank you, but as I saw it then, my more immediate job was to work to support my wife and new son. In 1980 the council and advice you gave me following a divorce sustained me during the three years I was single. I have shared your wise council with probably 75 different friends who have had to travel that same, rough road. “I have always felt much closer to you and Aunt Ruth than to my own parents,” he admitted. “Whenever I was uncertain about something, your wisdom was my greatest resource. When I decided to increase my involvement with the Arabian horses that brought you so much joy, your knowledge and experience were invaluable. For 40 years I have been telling people that everything I know about Arabians I learned from my Uncle Bert.” dr. Bert followed the Husband family’s devout Church of Christ faith and served as an elder in the church for more than 35 years. After retiring from his medical practice he began a new career as a hospital chaplain, where he served until he was past 90. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his three sons and their wives, 12 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. His dedicated stewardship of every thing and every one he loved will resound long after his earthly departure. n A PR IL 2011 | 147

DA Valentino (2003 - 2011) by Linda White We crowned him with many crowns. He broke show ring records right and left, winning six national championships along the way. He became history’s most decorated Arabian halter stallion in only 14 outings. millions of dollars have been exchanged in buying and selling his offspring, but just as he was becoming a sire for the ages, DA Valentino died. And yet, while he is no longer among us—at least not in the physical sense—the extraordinary stallion will never really cease to exist. in fact, so much do his 218 registered progeny mirror their sire’s good looks and unique character that his influence should be easily identifiable for several generations. Dr. Dan and maureen Grossman purchased DA Valentino from his breeders, Dolorosa Arabians, as a yearling. “our favorite horses have always found us,” says maureen Grossman. “That was true of DA Valentino. one August day, a video arrived from David boggs concerning a 15-month-old colt he thought would interest us. We looked at the tape and instantly fell in love with DA Valentino, and the rest is a fast and furious history of his winning national championship after national championship. on each occasion he was shown, when he entered the ring, the competition seemed to vanish. “We have never been so enamored of a horse,” she adds. “our love and pride for this beautiful horse have always been immense. He left us such great memories that have filled our hearts with joy.” DA Valentino was Arabian Horse Times’ march 2011 cover star. The accompanying article reflected his owners’ high hopes for the stallion that had given them glimpses of greatness, even as a yearling. He had won six national championship trophies, and the young purebred and Half-Arabian DA Valentino offspring they had seen all replicated his most soughtafter qualities. several already had won national halter honors, and his performance prospects soon would be debuting under saddle and in harness. The Grossmans were elated. 148 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

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“He’s one of the most decorated show horses in the history of the breed, and now he’s going on to be a sire of renown,” Grossman said in early March. “He’s getting into the class of a Magnum psyche or a Marwan Al Shaqab. i know those are big names to throw out, but look at the facts. And he just turned 8. The things that he’s doing and the wonderful babies that he’s creating already are kind of mind-boggling.” Everyone’s dreams could have ended the day he died, but they have not and will not. DA Valentino’s young progeny are fulfilling the most fervent wish lists. Since 2009, when they first appeared onstage, DA Valentino’s sons and daughters have been accounting for impressive achievements, both in the show ring and in sales. in 2009 his babies were selected Scottsdale Junior Champion Filly, Scottsdale Signature Champion 2-YearOld Colt, and Scottsdale Signature Auction Champion Yearling Filly, and several added class firsts and top tens. More significantly, his 2009 Scottsdale contenders initiated a trend that continues. At Scottsdale in 2010 and 2011, several top ten listings offered not just one DA Valentino youngster, but two, three or more. DA Valentino’s early impact gained increasing momentum. His 2-year-old son Onitnelav was named 2010 Scottsdale Junior Champion Colt, while another, Cavalli, was selected 2010 Scottsdale Champion Yearling Colt. Cavalli then was tied reserve for the junior award. This year the 3-year-old Onitnelav returned to capture another title in his age group, while another DA Valentino youngster, Valerio, placed among that group’s top ten. The now 2-year-old Cavalli took top honors in his age group, and Baciano, also by DA Valentino, won his 2011 Scottsdale 3- and 4-Year-Old Colts AOTH class.

This year, DA Valentino fillies dominated their open and AOTH divisions. Andrew Sellman led Always Valentine Mi, a 2009 model, to the 2011 Scottsdale reserve Champion Junior Filly ribbon, while Kharisma M and her amateur handler, A.J. Marino, exited the ring with the Scottsdale Yearling Filly Championship AOTH. Yearling filly OFW Ana won her section, and the Half-Arabian Ebony By Valentino, shown by her junior handler, came away with an almost unheard-of five Scottsdale wins and a reserve. “Even greater than DA Valentino’s intrinsic quality was his ability to pass on this excellence to his offspring,” says David Boggs. “The awesome regularity with which he accomplished this earned him numerous leading sire awards long before his time.” Boggs had spotted DA Valentino as a precocious yearling and recommended him to the Grossmans. He showed the stallion to all of his wins except the 2004 region 12 Junior Champion Colt title, when rob Bick was on the lead. “Valentino was truly universally loved and admired,” Boggs continues. “He had an almost perfect balance of supreme type and conformation. And most notably, he possessed one of the best shoulders and necks of any horse this breed has ever known. in the show ring, DA Valentino proved time after time that he was an absolute 20, 20, 20, with one more 20 thrown in for good measure. No superlatives can adequately express the depth of love and respect i will always hold in my heart for this great stallion. i will forever be grateful to Danny and Maureen Grossman for allowing DA Valentino (as they had Bey Shah) to be all he was capable of being.” “We are confident that his amazing foals will carry his unbelievable greatness forward,” notes Maureen Grossman. “He will shine on!” n A pr il 2011 | 149

The Color Of Fame (1993 - 2011) by Linda White This arrestingly handsome, bay-and-white American saddlebred stallion’s story is easily romanticized, but no hype is necessary. The facts alone are remarkable. bred by Connie Duff, Princeton, minn., The Color of Fame belonged to six subsequent owners, and spent the last years of his life at Crimson Farms in buellton, Calif., under the ownership of susanne mackrell. mackrell purchased him in February 2009 from serŕ-raa Arabians. He sired 54 purebred American saddlebreds, but he rose to stardom with the success of his Half-Arabians—and did he ever! He remained the leading sire of U.s. and Canadian national, regional and scottsdale Half-Arabian halter champions for eight consecutive years, an almost unheard-of feat for any stallion. “He had been in good health, good spirits, and there were no signs of anything being wrong,” susanne mackrell responded to the many inquiries coming in about the stallion’s death. “He was being led down the barn aisle when he unexpectedly went down. our vet happened to be here and was able to get to Color quickly, but there was nothing that could be done. We chose not to do an autopsy, but it is our vet’s opinion that he suffered a sudden heart attack or aneurysm. “He touched the lives of many,” she said, “but none so much as ours. He will always hold a very special place in our hearts.”

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John Turner, who owns Serŕ-raa Arabians with partner rhonda Baptiste, bought The Color Of Fame in 2004 and sold him to Susanne Mackrell in 2009. Turner felt much the same way about the horse. “He was bigger than life,” he said. “The first time i saw him in real life, i could not see over his withers. (i am six feet tall.) He was a gentle giant, and a loving environment and careful handling allowed him to continue as a sire of outstanding Half-Arabians. Eighty-five percent of his Half-Arabian offspring were champions! He was my friend and my life for five years. There will never be another The Color Of Fame.” The Color Of Fame was foaled April 21, 1993. His spots came from the top side of his pedigree, which was thick with spotted American Saddlebreds. His sire, Colour Me Hot, was a bay-and-white tobiano who got his color from both his sire and dam. Colour Me Hot was by black-and-white Hot August Nite, and out of Stormy

April Sky, who was a bay-and-white daughter of The Sky Hawk, a son of CH Sky Watch and the chestnut-andwhite tobiano, CH Ninotchka. Breeders found they could count on The Color Of Fame’s genetic strength; most of his progeny bore their parent’s high quality and his tobiano coat color, in chestnut-, bay- or black-and-white combinations. The Color Of Fame’s dam, Baroness reverie, was the solid-colored outcross that probably gave her son his unusual prepotency, or hybrid vigor. Baroness reverie was a chestnut, with mostly chestnut ancestors. Her pedigree was unexceptional at first glance, but some of the breed’s most famous aristocrats (CH Wing Commander, Supreme Sultan, Baron de Bastrop, and Stonewall King) were present, albeit three and four generations removed. Clearly, the combination worked. The Color Of Fame’s influence on the Half-Arabian population was—and should be for several years to come—profound. n

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Marquis De Cognac (1986 - 2011) by Linda White (many longtime Arabian horse devotees remember seeing marquis De Cognac (Cognac x Galexcia, by *Perkal) for the first time at the 1989 ohio buckeye sweepstakes, where he appeared in park with trainer bob Phillips in the irons. “What a beautiful, talented colt!” was the universal reaction. He was beautiful and talented, and he fairly radiated fine quality, attributes which grew more marked as he matured. He was still elegant when he died on April 11, 2011. Complications resulting from Cushing’s disease (Type 2 diabetes) took the old aristocrat just 16 days short of his 25th birthday. “He was the stuff dreams are made of,” says Larry bruno, who bought marquis De Cognac from his breeders in 1991. “i lost my friend today,” he adds sadly. “i can’t explain what this horse has meant to me. i have many photos of him and his offspring displayed in my jewelry store; they always make my customers marvel.” marquis De Cognac was born and raised at nirvana Arabians, in moreland Hills, ohio, until bruno happened to see the pearl grey park horse during the first buckeye he attended. That was also the horse’s first buckeye appearance, the jeweler learned later. bruno talks about that experience. “The 1989 buckeye was the first big show i ever went to,” he says. “i watched the park horse class, and i wanted one! Two years later, i heard that marquis De Cognac, a park horse i had seen and loved that day at the buckeye, might be for sale. i went from mercer, Penn., the home of my Platinum Arabians, to nirvana Arabians. i bought him and sent him to bob Phillips to train. bob showed him open for three years, and then taught me to ride him. That was one of the most difficult things

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i have ever done. Keeping a horse with that much power under control in the show ring was hard to do—at least, for me. “But Marquis De Cognac always looked after me. When i rode and won with him at the Buckeye that year, it was my first time in the show ring. We had a couple of near-mishaps during the class, so standing in the lineup, i figured we had no chance of winning. When they called our number for first place, i was astonished and thrilled beyond anything i had ever experienced! “That horse did so much for me,” he says wonderingly. “i wanted to share my experience because it’s one that few people ever get a chance to enjoy. i am so lucky to have had that special ride, on a horse who was a U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten park Champion both open and amateur. He sired national champions and introduced me to many wonderful friends i still have.” Marquis De Cognac sired 65 registered foals, almost half of which are Half-Arabians. His son JM Marquis Spirit,

a Half-Arabian bred by Dr. Frank and Myra Holzer, is one of the winningest Half-Arabians of all time. “i was lucky to have a horse like that in my life,” Bruno says. “Bob phillips always loved his mind and heart, and he was very trainable, as were his get.” Marquis De Cognac was bred to be a champion athlete. His sire, Cognac (*Bask x *Gdynia, by Comet), was the 1977 Canadian National Champion and U.S. National Top Ten in park. Cognac went on to be the 1978 Scottsdale Champion in park as well. Marquis De Cognac’s maternal grandsire, *perkal, was imported from Janow podlaski in 1974 by leon rubin. With Bob Battaglia, *perkal became a many-time park and formal driving champion for Ver-Tan Stallions owners Sal and Jan Vergopia. He was also a prepotent sire of athletes who bred on their excellence, and Galexcia, dam of Marquis De Cognac, was clearly one of those. n

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Desert Heat VF (1994 - 2011) by Linda White

Desert Heat VF (Fame VF x mCA matilda bay, by Huckleberry bey) earned 11 U.s. and Canadian national titles from 1995 through 2007, an achievement rarely approached by the most distinguished Arabian stallions—or for that matter, by a stallion of any breed. This included four national halter championships, the first earned as a yearling; three reserve national championships; a Pacific slope Championship; and four U.s. or Canadian national top tens. in the ring or out, his was a bright chestnut presence whose vitality and intense personality made him irresistible. His robust physique and piercinglyknowing expression vied for attention with a short, well-defined face, obvious quality and tiny, almost translucent ears. All his life, beginning with his earliest show ring appearances at regions 2 and 3 in 1995 (named a regional Top Five Yearling at both) and ending with his final 2007 U.s. national Top Ten senior stallion award in 2007, Arabian horse lovers everywhere surrendered their hearts and imaginations to the compelling chestnut stallion.

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Bob and pat radmacher, breeders of Fame VF, and their friends robert and Carol Charpentier bred and owned Desert Heat VF in partnership, because they were fairly confident that MCA Matilda Bay would produce something special by Fame VF. They were right; the results could not have been more gratifying! in 2000, a group of breeders formed The Heat Alliance and purchased Desert Heat VF, and two years later his earliest offspring began to win national honors. The Heat Alliance sold him in 2007 to Crimson Farms llC owners Steve and Susanne Mackrell, who would become his final stewards. The couple bought the then 13-yearold patriarch in April of that year and returned him to competition, where he sailed through what would be his last show ring triumphs. Desert Heat VF then joined other headliners on Crimson Farm llC’s hand-picked stallion roster. He continued

to sire halter and performance champions at the Buellton, Calif., ranch, but to everyone’s devastation, in midApril 2011, he and another farm icon, the American Saddlebred The Color Of Fame, passed away within a few days of each other. Should any speculation arise, Susanne Mackrell notes on the current Crimson Farms website that neither death was even remotely connected to the other. Desert Heat VF’s 127 offspring registered to date include three Half-Arabians, the 2008 foal red Hot Affair CF, and the 2009 youngsters Countdown To Fame CF and Torrid Affair CF. All three were bred by Crimson Farms. His 124 purebred progeny have accumulated significant show ring honors, and are proving valuable to Arabian breeding programs from California to Connecticut. Desert Heat VF will be sorely missed, but will live on through his descendants. n

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Tshannon (1983 - 2011) by Linda White Tshannon (ivanhoe Tsultan x Chantell, by Ali Lazí) was an unforgettable show ring performer whose talent, quality and gameness made her a formidable competitor in any company. Her story began when nelson and Anne miller bought her dam, Chantell, their first and only Arabian horse in February of 1982. They shipped her to Karl and roxann Hart’s rohara Arabians, at the time located in miami, Fla., and had her bred to ivanhoe Tsultan, who was just beginning to make his mark as a sire. Four months later, the millers sold Chantell to Kate stanton, who was the owner of record in may 1983, when the mare foaled a bay filly. The pair moved north with rohara when it was relocated to orange Lake, Fla., in late summer, and the following year, the Harts purchased the filly, who was named Tshannon. she would have several more owners over the years, but Tshannon spent her life at rohara. When trainer John rannenberg came to the farm, she was one of his first projects. He will never forget her. “Tshannon was 2 back in 1985, when i came here,” he begins. “she was an important horse for me—my first national champion. i started her and showed her—in-hand, in harness and under saddle. she had such a great, long life! she produced eight foals and i knew them all. she did some good things to her offspring that i hadn’t thought about in years. They were all nice, but none of them had a show career like hers.” but then, not many horses do have a show career like Tshannon’s. in her first forays in the ring, she earned ribbons in mare halter at 156 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes


Scottsdale and shows in Georgia and the Carolinas, and by November 1986, was ready for a performance career that would significantly boost ivanhoe Tsultan’s identity as a sire of performance and halter champions. in the summer of 1987, she won the Buckeye title for pleasure driving junior horses and the region 14 pleasure Driving Championship, and in the fall, added a U.S. National Top Ten in pleasure Driving. in 1988, rannenberg’s overachieving protégée moved on to Scottsdale championships in pleasure driving and informal combination, followed by the informal combination or pleasure driving championships at regions 12, 14 and 15. Then Tshannon won the Canadian National pleasure Driving Championship and a top ten in informal Combination, followed by the U.S. National reserve Championship in pleasure Driving. A 1989 U.S. National Top Ten in English pleasure preceded the 1990 U.S. National Championship in informal Combination. After that, her career in English pleasure was hard to fault: from 1987 through 1993, the illustrious mare cut a wide swath through the Arabian horse show field of dreams. “in her day, she was the leading English mare in the country,” observes roxann Hart. “She was quite

something. One of the things i remember about her was her guts; you pointed her at something and asked her to do it, and she did it. She was a very, very special horse to her sire, to John, to me and to the farm.” “Tshannon was one of those horses who would test you,” rannenberg recalls. “She was the engine; i was just the organizer. But as much as she was fun, she was a challenge. She was all about going forward—happy as long as she was trotting (at light speed). There was no running out of gas the second way of the ring! She was a thrill to ride, and that kind of heart and mind and temperament is getting harder and harder to find. Tshannon had a big heart—and she was strong. She was always ready to go, and typical of the ivanhoe Tsultans, she was durable. You never had to worry about keeping her sound. “Tshannon was rohara’s last ivanhoe Tsultan daughter,” he adds. “There are no more.” in 1999, the Harts repurchased Tshannon, so that the stellar mare was assured of living out her days at her lifelong home. n

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Equine Infectious Anemia In Horses, Part II How It Affects Horses, And Can We Eliminate It? by Heather smith Thomas “swamp fever” in horses has been around a long time. it tends to persist in warmer areas of the country, where biting flies are active for most of the year. r. Frank Cook, Ph.D., Assistant research Professor at the University of Kentucky’s maxwell Gluck equine research Center, says that when a horse becomes infected, the disease course for eiA can be quite variable. “At its worst, we see animals develop severe symptoms, including fever and changes in the blood. The platelets crash. one of the symptoms of this disease is that it knocks out the platelets. The viral infection inhibits their production and also results in their destruction by the immune system. if the number of platelets drops below a certain level, the horse’s blood will not clot.” The horse may rapidly bleed to death from even a small wound, since there is no way to stop the bleeding. Yet this same virus may cause absolutely no disease symptoms in a different individual. each horse has a different response or sensitivity to this virus. “We don’t understand why some horses are relatively unaffected, while others exhibit very severe disease,” says Cook. This is similar to the individual differences in how horses are affected by West nile Virus or humans with HiV. some individuals seem to control it while others do not. “in humans, this variability seems to be linked in some way to the major histocompatibility complex (mHC),” he says. “This diverse series of proteins, also called human leucocyte (or transportation) antigens (HLA), are involved in the presentation of antigens from foreign organisms to the immune system. Depending on the HLA genes they possess, some individuals seem to be more effective at the presentation of HiV proteins than others. We don’t know if a similar mechanism operates in the horse. “The clinical course is very variable with eiA,” he continues. “Usually if we see disease, the horse has fever, accompanied by dramatic reduction in platelets. many 158 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

horses will recover from this acute phase, but there are a few that cannot (and they die). At the other extreme are a few horses that don’t show any signs of disease. in the middle are the horses that have fever and a reduction in platelet levels, but recover.” Those horses then appear normal. They still have the virus in their bodies and can occasionally transmit it to other horses, or might have another bout of disease if stress or some other factor enables the virus to overcome the immune system again. “if a horse goes from the acute phase to the chronic phase, it then goes through multiple fever episodes,” says Cook. “This is when we see anemia developing, and a wasting syndrome similar to what we see with HiV in people. This may persist for a year or two. eventually, if the horse survives this, it enters what we call the ‘inapparent carrier phase.’ The horse’s immune system has learned to control the virus and appears to be able to control it, perhaps for many years—sometimes the lifetime of the horse. it would be very difficult to tell by looking at the horse that it is sick.” This is the scenario in which most new cases are found in this country when the horses are tested. These horses are not physically sick, but come up positive. once a horse has entered this phase, it appears clinically normal and has very low levels of the virus. “The virus is replicating, killing macrophage cells, and the immune system is fighting back and killing the virus,” he explains. “And it’s a constant war, but the virus is kept at very low levels, to where it doesn’t produce overt disease signs.” most horses in this country that have eiA are encountered in this inapparent carrier phase because they have never been tested. most of these horses are located in what some people call the “hot zone,” which is the region around the Gulf Coast and up the mississippi river. “These are areas where biting flies persist the longest through the year,

A Leg Up with the longest vector season,” Cook says. “This is where we tend to find most of the new cases—in Mississippi, louisiana, Florida, etc., in untested populations.” On rare occasion, EiA is passed from an infected mare to her foal. “The incidence of mare-to-foal transmission in utero is very low,” he says. “We think this would only happen if the mare has a clinical episode while she is pregnant.” During the acute phase of EiA, when the virus is at high levels in the blood (viremia), this could occur. There are also cases in which the foal picks up antibodies against the virus via the infected mare’s colostrum. “There have been incidences of this in feral animals on government land in Utah,” Cook notes. “A number of these horses were found positive in the late 1990s. The mares were put down, but the foals were transported to Oklahoma State University. The foals were all initially antibody positive, through maternal transfer of antibodies. But once that maternal antibody level declined, the foals all became negative.” These foals did not have the actual infection and did not have the virus.

“Most horses in this country that have EIA are encountered in this inapparent carrier phase because they have never been tested. Most of these horses are located in what some people call the “hot zone,” which is the region around the Gulf Coast and up the Mississippi River.”

Since maternal-fetal transmission is rare (unless the mare becomes clinically ill during pregnancy), you could probably breed an infected mare and have an uninfected foal. “You would obviously have to keep the foal in isolation until the maternal antibody level drops, and you could then test it to be absolutely certain the foal was negative,” says Cook. “Breeding an infected mare would not be something you’d want to do, however, unless she was from a rare and valuable bloodline.”

Questions About Eliminating EIA The Coggins test and the more recent USDA-approved, EliSA-based assays are very effective in determining

whether a horse harbors the EiA virus. regulations requiring a negative Coggins or EliSA test before a horse can be moved to another state or to a show, sale or racetrack have helped keep EiA from spreading. Horses usually must be tested every six to 12 months, depending on where they are being taken. This testing and the rules requiring testing have been in effect for the past three decades, and the number of positive horses today is very low. “The regulatory program in the U.S. has been very effective in reducing the incidence of EiA,” Cook says. “The horses that are tested, however, tend to be the horses that are tested frequently because they are traveling. Some horse are never tested, especially the ones that never leave their farm. Those represent most of the new cases that we discover. There was a situation in Montana in 2010 when some horses that had remained on a certain ranch for many years were then sold and tested—and found to be positive.” This was a surprise because no one suspected those horses to have EiA. The horses had been infected for a very long time and the owners were not aware of it. But when tested prior to moving them, these horses were found to be antibody-positive. There are areas in the U.S. where EiA persists in certain populations of horses, but it is not known how many horses are actually infected. “Unless the states were to say that every horse has to be tested, there will remain this reservoir of untested individuals that carry EiA,” Cook says. Some people within the horse industry wonder if eventually we should move toward trying to eliminate this disease in the U.S., but it is difficult to know whether this will actually happen. it is not a simple issue. “There are similar debates in italy at the moment,” he says. “The italians used to test their horses and they had a very comprehensive testing program. That program was abandoned in the early 1990s in favor of a system that just tested stallions at stud and any horse for export.” in some parts of italy, horses, mules and donkeys still perform the basic work of transportation and farming. “These animals are essentially untested,” Cook says. “After an outbreak of EiA in 2006, the italian government decided to test everything. When they started testing they found some animals, particularly mules, which were positive. Then the question arose as to what to do with those animals. One view is to euthanize them and get rid of the disease. But these are working animals, trained to do their various jobs.” it would be a hardship for their owners to lose them. A pr il 2011 | 159

A Leg Up “Also the animal rights people are asking why these animals should be killed, because they are normal and healthy,” he adds. “It’s not an easy question. There are many levels to this debate other than just scientific arguments or disease control arguments. There are many subtle levels and factors involving animal welfare and other issues. “If you quarantine these animals or keep the infected animals together in a group, the chances of transmission are low. After the research looking at how far horseflies will travel to find a new host, a quarantine zone of 200 yards or 200 meters has been developed, which will pretty much ensure that a horse fly that bites an infected horse will not

“The Coggins test and the more recent USDA-approved, ELISA-based assays are very effective in determining whether a horse harbors the EIA virus. Regulations requiring a negative Coggins or ELISA test before a horse can be moved to another state or to a show, sale or racetrack have helped keep EIA from spreading.”

find another host. The flies don’t like to travel that far. The fly’s preference would be about a maximum of 50 yards, so the regulatory authorities assumed that if they doubled this and then doubled it again, they would be safe.” The flies would tend to stay within the quarantined group. “If you know that the horses, donkeys or mules are infected and you don’t do anything foolish, like using an infected instrument on another animal, the EIA virus is very unlikely to transmit, he says. “In Brazil, where they’ve had problems with large numbers of horses infected, they have adopted a segregation approach—with a policy of keeping infected animals together. The theory is that if you keep them together, and segregated from other horses, once the infected horses have lived their natural life the disease will be gone—if you don’t breed them and keep the herd going.” The debate over control/eradication is scientific, emotional and political. In theory, this disease could be eradicated in the U.S. At this point, it is extremely well-controlled in this country. There is a very low number of positives, compared with the millions of horses tested annually. “There are 2 to 2.5 million tests performed each year in the U.S.,” says Cook, “and the positive rate is less than .01 percent.” 160 | A R A BI A n HOR SE T I mES

Only about 40 horses tested positive last year. But there is also a large number of horses that are not being tested. There is a residual population in which there may be a lot more inapparent carriers. Whether we decide to test these or not, or try to euthanize or quarantine those that test positive, are big issues. Some people’s livelihoods may be at stake if they are using their animals in agriculture. Even on a ranch, the horses may be crucial for working cattle. You might keep them isolated from other horses, but you would need to have some younger horses coming on (either breeding the horses or bringing new ones into the herd), and the disease might continue for several generations of horses. “The problem is bigger in Eastern Europe, such as in countries like Romania, where horses are still a major source of power,” says Cook. “The debate in Europe is very complex. I collaborate with a group in Italy, and the politics there are becoming very intense over what to do with these horses. “The problem now in Europe is that if a country is in the European Union, there is free movement of all animals across borders. Basically they can be moved freely without being tested. This is a tremendous problem because new cases are cropping up in France, Britain, Germany and several other countries. “They do have means to check and test the horses,” he says, “but because of the politics and the way the European Union is set up for free trade, you could load a horse on a trailer in Italy and take it to Ireland or any other country within that Union. There are essentially no borders between countries within the European Union if you are moving things, and this policy applies to everything from washing machines to livestock. There is a lot of debate over whether they should reinstate control for EIA. There is no biosecurity, so the incidences of some diseases are increasing.” Bluetongue in sheep has been expanding in southern and Eastern Europe for the past decade and has recently reached some of the northwestern European countries. Outbreaks of deadly African Horse Sickness occasionally occur in Spain. “This free movement policy, coupled with potential climate changes and shifting distribution in certain insect vector populations, opens up a lot of problems for the future,” Cook says. This is different from our situation in the U.S., where we have mandatory testing before a horse can cross state lines or go to a show, but it serves as an example to think about in terms of controlling EIA. n

Handy Horse Tips Back To Basics by Lee Bolles

I know we revisit what may seem like basic information in this column sometimes, but the longer I work around horses, the more I am reminded of how important the basics are and how they provide a strong, or in some cases, not so strong, foundation for everything else. So, today, we are going to talk about the importance of teaching a horse to lead properly. By properly, I mean obediently, in his own space and beside the handler. The ideal position for a horse to be in when being led is about two feet from your body, with his nose just at your elbow. Let him get too close to your side and you might get stepped on if he suddenly jumps. Let him get too far out in front of you, and he might spin around unexpectedly or decide to take off and drag you with him. Let him get too far behind, and you have no control. When leading a horse, the most ideal way to hold the lead rope for maximum control is in two places— approximately six inches under the horse’s chin with your left hand and in the middle of the rope with your right hand. You want to leave about three feet of slack at your side. (This assumes you are leading the horse from the left side, which is traditional; however, it is helpful to teach your horse to lead from both directions.) This position gives you the most control. Should the horse attempt to bolt, you’ll have the ability to pull more firmly with the hand under his chin. Should he get away from that hand, you can let out the slack and allow the horse to circle around you, keeping control but giving yourself enough space between you and the horse.

To get your horse to the point at which he will lead quietly and obediently, start with a set of stock gates if you have them. Lead the horse in and out of the gates. If the horse is hesitant, gradually move him away from his comfort zone. I had a call the other day from someone whose horse refused to be led outside the barn. I suggested she put a path of shavings down on the ground as a way to get the horse from the barn to the arena, because the horse was accustomed to shavings in its stall.

“When leading a horse, the most ideal way to hold the lead rope for maximum control is in two places—approximately six inches under the horse’s chin with your left hand and in the middle of the rope with your right hand. As you work with your horse on leading, try to introduce him to as many new things, new routes and new places as possible. Help him learn what is expected of him when he is at the end of a lead rope (just as you have an expectation of him under saddle). Working early on obedient and safe leading will save you trouble down the road. A well-trained horse confident in his handler will happily stay at your side on the show grounds, the trail or anywhere else your travels take you. n

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SeminarS/clinicS/SaleS/ Open houSe/awardS April 30-May 1, 2011, Varian Arabians’ Spring Fling, Arroyo Grande, California. Contact: Sheila Varian, 805-489-5802. August 5-7, 2011, Varian Arabians’ Summer Jubilee, Arroyo Grande, California. Contact: Sheila Varian, 805-489-5802.

Regional championShipS

April April 28-May 1, 2011, Region 7 Championship, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Lollie Ames, 952-492-6590. MAy May 3-7, 2011, Region 12 Championship, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 217-563-2487. May 12-15, 2011, Pacific Slope Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 29, 2011, Region 1 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Del Mar, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. June June 2-5, 2011, Region 1 Championship, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 2-5, 2011, Region 5 Sport Horse Qualifier and Championship, Auburn, Washington. Contact: Sharon Brodie, 360-435-9227. June 2-5, 2011, Region 11 Dressage, Hunter/ Jumper, Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 4, 2011, Western Canadian Breeders Championship, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Sproule, 306-752-4240. June 5, 2011, Region 12 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Conyers, Georgia. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. June 7-11, 2011, Region 8 Championship, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. 162 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

June 9-12, 2011, Region 10 Championship, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 10-12, 2011, Region 6 Sport Horse Qualifier and Offsite Championship, Nisku, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. June 15-18, 2011, Region 9 Championship, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. June 16-19, 2011, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 17-18, 2011, Region 2 Sport Horse Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 17-18, 2011, Region 8 Sport Horse Pre-Show and Offsite Championship, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 19-25, 2011, Region 4 Championship, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 23-25, 2011, Region 2 Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 23-26, 2011, Region 13 Championship, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 24-26, 2011, Region 6 Championship, Rapid City, South Dakota. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420. June 25-26, 2011, Region 3 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Kelly Denison, 530-666-1363. June 25-26, 2011, Region 10 Sport Horse/ Dressage Offsite Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. June 30-July 3, 2011, Region 14 Championship, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. July July 2-3, 2011, Region 4 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Jennifer Milburn, 541-231-7247. July 6-10, 2011, Region 5 Championship, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. July 6-10, 2011, Region 15 Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 217-563-2487. July 7-10, 2011, Region 11 Championship, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. July 12-16, 2011, Region 3 Championship, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 14-17, 2011, Region 9 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Waco, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. July 20-23, 2011, Region 16 Championship, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536.

July 26, 2011, Eastern Canadian Breeders Championship, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Crystal Green, 705-440-9456. July 28-30, 2011, Region 18 Championship, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Crystal Green, 705-440-9456. August August 2-6, 2011, Region 17 Pre-Show and Championship, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. August 5-7, 2011, East Coast Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. septeMber september 9-11, 2011, Pacific Slope Dressage/ Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101.


April April 26-27, 2011, ASHO4U, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Lollie Ames, 952-492-6590. April 28-May 1, 2011, Michigan All Arabian Show, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. April 29-May 1, 2011, Daffodil Arab Spring Show A and B, Puyallup, Washington. Contact: Linsey O’Donnell, 253-988-4265. April 29-May 1, 2011, Colorado Classic, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307. April 29-May 1, 2011, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. April 29-May 1, 2011, Mason Dixon Classic, Quentin, Pennsylvania. Contact: Marilyn Ackerman, 315-945-5398. April 29-May 1, 2011, CRAA Spring Derby Sport Horse Show, Northampton, Massachusetts. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-878-1447. April 30-May 1, 2011, SD Spring One Day Show I and II, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Contact: Heather Swanson, 605-743-2745. April 30-May 1, 2011, Milestone Spring Show, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Smith-Ehrlick, 905-854-0762. MAy May 5-8, 2011, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 5-8, 2011, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Velma Boodt, 918-284-7505. May 6-8, 2011, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Red Bluff, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 6-8, 2011, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698.

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May 6-8, 2011, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. May 12-15, 2011, AHASFV 48th Annual Arabian Horse Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 12-15, 2011, Zia Classic Horse Show A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 12-15, 2011, Great Plains Arab Classic A and B, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. May 12-15, 2011, AHABC Classic A and B, Langley, British Colombia, Canada. Contact: Marla Patterson, 604-574-3785. May 13-15, 2011, Treasure Valley Classic, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 13-15, 2011, CAHC Spring Show A and B, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. May 13-15, 2011, ARK Arab Victory Challenge A and B, Texarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. May 13-15, 2011, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753. May 13-15, 2011, SAHIBA Arab Spring Show, Frankfort, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 13-15, 2011, Hudson Valley Arabian, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. May 14, 2011, AHAEC Pro Am One Day Show, Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Crystal Green, 705-440-9456. May 14-15, 2011, Region 10 Youth Round Up, Winona, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 19-22, 2011, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. May 19-22, 2011, AHACO Arabian Horse Show, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Betty Engleman, 360-425-7798. May 19-22, 2011, Alamo Arabian Fiesta, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 19-22, 2011, NYS Horse Breeders Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-695-1332. May 19-22, 2011, Parkland Spring Show I and II, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. May 20, 2011, NJHAHA Hunter Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 20-22, 2011, NJHAHA Arab A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 21-22, 2011, KAHS Sunflower One Day Show I and II, Valley Center, Kansas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683.

May 21-22, 2011, Northern Minnesota Arabian Horse Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: 320-352-3718. May 21-22, 2011, Old Dominion Summer Fun Show, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Janet Beehler, 804-478-5711. May 22, 2011, AHA Indiana Spring Classic One Day Show, Rochester, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066. May 22, 2011, Indiana All Arab One Day Show, Danville, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. May 25-30, 2011, Larimer Co. Spring Charity A and B Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307. May 26-29, 2011, Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 27-29, 2011, SCHAA Arabian Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. May 27-29, 2011, IEAHC Memorial Day Classic A and B, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 27-29, 2011, Montana Arabian Show A and B, Billings, Montana. Contact: Becky Mcallister, 406-861-4929. May 27-29, 2011, The Badger Classic, West Allis, Wisconsin. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 27-29, 2011, Spindletop Spring Arab Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 27-29, 2011, AHC of CT Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. May 28-29, 2011, Comstock AHA Desert Spring A and B, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Shannon Johnson, 775-750-0237. May 28-29, 2011, Iowa Arab Memorial Day Show A and B, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. June June 1-2, 2011, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 1-5, 2011, Illinois/Arab, Inc. All Arabian Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 3, 2011, Icebreaker I, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Contact: Erin Frischke, 306-725-4425. June 3-5, 2011, Showtime 2011, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. June 3-5, 2011, GAHA Summer Classic, Conyers, Georgia. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. June 3-5, 2011, NC PAHA Show A and B, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. June 3-5, 2011, Virginia Arabian Horse Show A and B, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745.

June 4, 2011, Tulip Arabian One Day Show, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Theo Hunter, 613-989-3096. June 4-5, 2011, Indianhead Arabian Horse Show, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. June 5, 2011, Bluegrass Summer Arab Sport Horse Challenge, Louisville, Kentucky. Contact: Krystina Firth, 859-684-6952. June 5, 2011, Tulip Arabian Dressage/Sport Horse Show, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Theo Hunter, 613-989-3096. June 6-11, 2011, Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: The Pyramid Society, 859-231-0771. June 8, 2011, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 9-12, 2011, WA Midsummer Classic A and B, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Betty Engleman, 360-425-7798. June 10, 2011, Aurora/Region 5 Concurrent Show A and B, Nisku, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. June 10-12, 2011, Aurora Summer Show, Nisku, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. June 10-12, 2011, AHAEC Summer Sizzler A and B, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Crystal Green, 705-440-9456. June 11-12, 2011, Medallion I and II All Arabian, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 11-12, 2011, Eastern Classic, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. June 14-18, 2011, Midwest Charity, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Cheryl Rangel, 847-537-4743. June 15-16, 2011, Region 2 Sport Horse PreShow, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 16-17, 2011, Shenandoah Valley Classic A and B, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 16-19, 2011, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 17-18, 2011, Region 12 Youth Jamboree, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Robert Obermiller, 828-674-1758. June 17-19, 2011, Red Deer Classic A and B, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Aldona Tracey, 780-986-6731. June 18-19, 2011, Island Classics Show A and B, Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. Contact: Wendy Don, 250-722-0162. June 18-19, 2011, AHANM Training Show, Expo, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: June 18-19, 2011, NJHAHA Classic A and B, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. A PR IL 2011 | 163

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June 18-19, 2011, Shenandoah Valley Championship A and B, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 18-19, 2011, Sunrise Summer Classic, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact: Lesley Ahman, 506-832-7912. June 19-21, 2011, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 21-22, 2011, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 22, 2011, Region 13 Pre-Show A and B, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 23, 2011, Region 6 Pre-Show, Rapid City, South Dakota. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420. June 23-24, 2011, Pacific Coast Arabian Sport Horse Classic, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Kelly Wilson, 530-383-4935. June 24-25, 2011, WDHA Dressage and Sport Horse Show, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 24-26, 2011, Finger Lakes Arab Summer Festival, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. June 25-26, 2011, Saskatchewan Prairie Pride, Saskatoon, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Sproule, 306-752-4240. June 28-29, 2011, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 30-July2, 2011, AHANE 57th Arabian Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. July July 1-2, 2011, Arabians In Motion Sport Horse Classic, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Jenniefer Milburn, 541-231-7247. July 1-3, 2011, Flagstaff All Arab Show, Flagstaff, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. July 1-3, 2011, Pennsylvania Arab Games, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. July 1-3, 2011, Wild Rose Horse Show, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. July 2-3, 2011, CAHC Estes Park Show, Estes Park, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. July 2-3, 2011, Milestone Summer Show, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Smith-Ehrlick, 905-854-0762. July 7-10, 2011, MSU Summer Showcase, East Lansing, Canada. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. July 8-10, 2011, Great Arabian Get Together, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. 164 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

July 9-10, 2011, Sport Horse Summer Fun, Tucson, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. July 9-10, 2011, Atlantic Canada Arab Horse Show, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact: Lesley Ahman, 506-832-7912. July 10, 2011, Summertime Celebration, Longmont, Colorado. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307. July 10-12, 2011, Region 3 Last Chance Show, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 15-17, 2011, BCHAA Summer Dogwood, Cloverdale, British Colombia, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Brodie, 604-940-1167. July 16-17, 2011, OVAHA Summer Sizzler I and II, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Matt Herder, 210-896-0296. July 20, 2011, Region 16 Hunter/Jumper Qualifier, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. July 27, 2011, Region 18 Last Chance Show, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Crystal Green, 705-440-9456. July 28-30, 2011, AAHABC Junior & Amateur Show, Langley, British Colombia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. July 29-30, 2011, AAHABC Junior & Amateur Show, Langley, British Colombia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. July 30-31, 2011, Great Lakes AHA Classic A and B Show, Norway, Michigan. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. August August 3-4, 2011, Eastern Arabian Horse Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. August 5-7, 2011, WAHA August Show, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. August 6-7, 2011, Daffodil Arabian Summer Show, Puyallup, Washington. Contact: Linsey O’Donnell, 253-988-4265. August 10-12, 2011, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, Missouri. Contact: Lenard Davenport, 417-888-0686. August 12, 2011, Gold Coast Classic, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. August 13, 2011, Lancaster Super Show I One Day Show, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. August 13-14, 2011, Gold Coast Amateur Show, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. August 14, 2011, Lancaster Super Show II One Day Show, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. August 18-21, 2011, AHAM Summer Show, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Sara Ressler, 248-922-0148.

August 19-21, 2011, Erie County Fair, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Sally Dunn, 561-784-4632. August 21, 2011, Bottom Dollar One Day Show, Quentin, Pennsylania. Contact: Jennette Aubert, 610-751-3700. August 24-27, 2011, North American Arabian Horse Show Association (NAAHSA) World Championship Horse Show, Lexington, Virginia. August 26-28, 2011, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Roxanne Hood, 831-637-8510. August 26-28, 2011, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mark Goodrich, 651-288-4314. september september 1-4, 2011, AHABC Annual Fall Frolic, Langley, British Colombia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. september 2-4, 2011, AHASC Fall Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. september 2-4, 2011, Fall Arabian Classic A and B Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. september 2-5, 2011, WMAHA Fall Classic, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. september 3-4, 2011, OHAHA Fall Show, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. september 3-4, 2011, Arabian Adventure NJ Series, Augusta, New Jersey. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. september 3-4, 2011, Silver Spur All Arab, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. september 3-5, 2011, Iowa Fall Classic, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. september 7-10, 2011, Autumn Classic Arab Show, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. september 9-11, 2011, ABU All Arabian, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. september 10-11, 2011, AHBAN Fall Show A and B, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Gary Tachoires, 775-852-3011. september 16-18, 2011, Colorado Fall Charity, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307. september 17-18, 2011, Indiana Arabian ProAm Show, Rochester, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066. september 17-18, 2011, Pennsylvania NW Summer Classic, New Castle, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. september 22-24, 2011, National Show Horse Finals, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039.

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September 22-25, 2011, Eastern States Exposition II, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Carol Keller, 413-205-5016. September 23-25, 2011, CAHC Fall Show, Castle Rock, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. September 29-30, 2011, Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Velma Boodt, 918-284-7505. September 30-October 2, 2011, Diablo Fall Fling, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631.

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May 15, 2011, Verda Bare Bones 30- and 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Sharon, Vermont. Contact: Ruth Ferland, 603-675-6833. May 21, 2011, Run For The Border 50-Mile Endurance Ride, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Contact: Lynn Reichert, 320-597-3312. May 21-22, 2011, NATRC RG 2 Benefit 50-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, San Juan Capistrano, California. Contact: Margie Insko, 760-789-1977. May 21-22, 2011, Run For The Border 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Contact: Lynn Reichert, 320-597-3312. May 21-22, 2011, OCTRA Spring 50- and 75Mile Endurance Ride, Milbrook, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Cathy Mezenberg, 519-787-1416. May 27-29, 2011, John Zink Competitive Trail Ride (A), Skitook, Oklahoma. Contact: Art Byrd, 918-363-7747. June June 4, 2011, NASTR 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Dayton, Nevada. Contact: Connie Creech, 775-882-6591. June 11, 2011, Region 15 55- and 100-Mile Endurance Championship, Orkney Springs, Virginia. Contact: Jenny Jones, 540-338-6472. June 11-12, 2011, White River Summer 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Whitecloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. June 17, 2011, Southeast MN 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Elizabeth Witucki, 507-269-2164. June 17, 2011, Region 10 Endurance Championship, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Elizabeth Witucki, 507-269-2164. June 18, 2011, Region 10 Competitive Trail Championship, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Elizabeth Witucki, 507-269-2164. June 18, 2011, Southeast MN 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Elizabeth Witucki, 507-269-2164. July July 2-3, 2011, Moulton Creek 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Pritchard, British Colombia, Canada. Contact: Terry Boscher, 250-577-3558. July 8-9, 2011, Endure For The Cure, 50- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Washington, Illinois. Contact: Christopher Power, 217-648-2974. July 8-10, 2011, Endure For The Cure, 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Washington, Illinois. Contact: Christopher Power, 217-648-2974. July 9, 2011, Mosquito Run 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Rogers, Minnesota. Contact: Lynn Reichert, 320-597-3312. July 10, 2011, Mosquito Run 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Rogers, Minnesota. Contact: Lynn Reichert, 320-597-3312.

July 23, 2011, Zumbro Bottoms Boogie 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Theilman, Minnesota. Contact: Beth Lecy, 507-951-6409. July 23-24, 2011, Zumbro Bottoms Boogie 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Theilman, Minnesota. Contact: Beth Lecy, 507-951-6409. July 29, 2011, North American Young Riders 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Janice Stevens, 406-784-2469. auguSt august 7-10, 2011, Shore To Shore 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Oscoda, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. august 7-13, 2011, Shore To Shore 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Oscoda, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. august 27-28, 2011, Abi Khan Challenge 50Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Waynesville, Ohio. Contact: Mickie Newnam, 937-232-9256. SepteMber September 3-5, 2011, White River Fall 50- and 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Whitecloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. September 8-10, 2011, Big South Fork 50-, 55- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Oneida, Tennessee. Contact: Eric Rueter, 865-986-5966. September 17, 2011, Virginia City 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Virginia City, Nevada. Contact: Connie Creech, 775-882-6591. September 17, 2011, Tin Cup Springs 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Luther, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. September 24, 2011, Run For The Ridge 60- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Fairfax, Minnesota. Contact: Dana Maass, 507-426-8385. September 24-25, 2011, Run For The Ridge 25- and 35-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Fairfax, Minnesota. Contact: Dana Maass, 507-426-8385. September 29-October 1, 2011, Alabama Yellowhammer Pioneer 50-, 55- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Heflin, Alabama. Contact: Tamra Schoech, 770-554-1545.

NatiOnalS eventS

July 23-30, 2011, Youth Nationals, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. august 15-20, 2011, Canadian Nationals, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. September 27-October 2, 2011, Sport Horse Nationals, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. October 21-29, 2011, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500.

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