Arabian Horse Times December 2009

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Baske Afire

Consistently giving the gift of beauty and athleticism to his offspring. 48 WINNERS at U.S. and Canadian Nationals Contact us regarding LIMITED available breedings to all our stallions.


Banks Farm

Barbara Chur • East Aurora, NY • 716-652-9346 • Brian Murch, trainer 716-983-3099 Visit our website for breeding and sales information.

2008 Unanimous U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Jr. Horse • 2006 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Futurity

Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay, by MHR Nobility

WWW.CHRISHANPARK.COM Barn: 913.947.7001 • Cell: 612.723.0266 AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated • SCID clear

December 2009

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Rae-Dawn Arabians


2009 U.S. & Canadian National Leading Sires by Christy Egan


2009 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Stallions by Linda White, Colleen Scott and Mary Kirkman


2009 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colts by Linda White and Mary Kirkman


2010 Nationals Judges


Leaders Of The Times: WH York And Crimson Farms, LLC by Colleen Scott



2009 Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards—Final Nominations


The Arabian Horse In History—The Euphrates Expedition, Part I by Andrew K. Steen


2009 All Nations Cup, Aachen, Germany


Jon Joseph Cinelli—A Hero’s Story by Linda White


On The Cover:

Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady). See page 32.



2009 Arabian Horse Times Most Beautiful Baby Contest


Comments From The Editor


Times For Amateurs by Keri Schenter


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Handy Horse Tips by Lee Bolles


A Lifetime With Arabians—Ronteza, Part I by Sheila Varian


This Horse Show Gig Of Mine by Tom Theisen


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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Publisher Lara Ames Editor Kevin Ludden Contributing Writers Linda White Mary Kirkman Colleen Scott Advertising Account Executives Mike Villaseñor Kandi Menne John Diedrich Production Manager Jody Thompson Senior Designer Marketing Director Wayne Anderson Graphic Designers Tony Ferguson Tammi Stoffel Design Support Jan Hunter Editorial Coordinator Proofreader Charlene Deyle Office Manager Circulation Robin Matejcek Accounts Receivable Circulation Editorial Assistant Karen Fell © Copyright AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Articles or opinions published by the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times are not necessarily the expressed views of the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. is not responsible for the accuracy of advertising content or manipulation of images that are provided by the advertiser. ARABIAN HORSE TIMES (ISSN 0279-8125) Volume 40, No. 7, is published monthly by AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, Minnesota 56093. Periodical postage paid at Waseca, Minnesota 56093 and at additional entry offices. Single copies in U.S. and Canada $7.50. Subscription in U.S. $40 per year, $75 two years, $105 three years. Canada $65 one year, $125 two years, $170 three years, U.S. funds. Foreign Subscriptions: $95 one year, $185 two years, $280 three years, payable in advance, U.S. funds. Sorry, no refunds on subscription orders. For subscription and change of address, please send old address as printed on last label. Please allow four to six weeks for your first subscription to be shipped. Occasionally ARABIAN HORSE TIMES makes its mailing list available to other organizations. If you prefer not to receive these mailings, please write to ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, Editorial Offices, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093. The publisher is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographic materials. Printed in U.S.A. • POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093. For subscription information, call 1-800-AHTIMES (in the U.S.A.) or 507-835-3204 (for outside of the U.S.A.) Arabian Horse Times • 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093 • Tel: (507) 835-3204 • Fax: (507) 835-5138 1-800-AHTIMES •


Reflections Of The Future Our future is often reflected in our past, whether we care to realize it or not, and it is in the month of December that many of us look very hard at days gone by. As we consider the myriad of events and people who have populated the last 12 months, it’s good to think about the Arabian horses that are such positive contributions to our lives. For those of us fortunate enough to be involved with them, they really are a respite in the storm of daily living, and they deserve our gratitude just for being who they are. It is not just the horses who are such a source of happiness. Even though the last year has been marked by stress in nearly every aspect of our daily lives, it also has been known for friendships born in a devotion to Arabians. Surely, this applies both in this country and abroad. As the global economy and international relations make the news every night, I can’t help but think of how many friendships have developed between people from so many countries all over the world, simply because of a mutual admiration for Arabians. This year, more than ever, we at the Times have seen so many aspects of the Arabian world, from the razor-sharp competition at Nationals to the beloved cats, dogs, goats, you name it, in barns all over the country. In fact, we are always struck with how the Arabian horse offers so many levels of satisfaction to so many different people. Keeping that in mind, let us all do our part in the coming year to cherish and protect our Arabian horses. It is a duty we must embrace and pursue together as a community. The future of the Arabian breed depends upon it. To conclude, we wish to extend to everyone in our Arabian horse community the best tidings for a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

The Staff Of Arabian Horse Times

MARHAABAH *Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal

2009 U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR STALLION 2007 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION FUTURITY COLT The Marhaabah Legacy Group Chris Anckersen, Manager • • 864-647-7588

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Breeding excellence ... through our passion.


Cohiba Full brother to National Champion *JJ Magnums Diamond




Owned by: HARAS MAYED Fernando & Joaquin de Santibanes Buenos Aires, Argentina



Introducing a new star in Scottsdale with David Boggs

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This Christmas May the blessing of Joy abide within you... May the blessing of Peace rest upon you... May the blessing of Love flow out of you. David, Terry Anne, Courtney, Lyndsey, Emma & Jake Boggs


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Magnum Psyche x Ludy El Shahller, by Shahllenger

His r eturn t o t he U .S. begins a t Scot t sda le w ith Andy Sellma n.

2008 Scottsdale Champion Yearling Colt Mystica Arabians Jeff & Robyn McGlinn, Australia Todd Buckley • Andy Sellman • 715.425.9001


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Afire Bey V

Huckleberry Bey Autumn Fire

Baske Afire Mac Baske

Baskevich AH Meditation

*El Ghazi

RY Fire Ghazi RL Rah Fire

Aloes Elektra Le Fire Raha Melima

Maternal brother to National Champion IXL Noble Express. Region 12 Top Five English Pleasure Junior Horse Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated AEPA Enrolled Sire • SCID Clear

Rod & Jacqueline Thompson 1558 Muddy Creek Road, Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.388.0507 •




Nureddin Lalage

Allience+// A Love Song

Sires of Smoky Mountain Park.


Bay El Bey++

Huckleberry Bey++


Afire Bey V


Autumn Fire

*Elkana++ Huckleberry Bey

Balquenette V Balquena V


Bay El Bey++ Taffona Traditio


The Chief Justice

Sey Cherie

Justa Glow+/

Naborrs Lancer

Bint Galoria



Canadian National Reserve Champion Park U.S. National Top Ten Park U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Jr. Horse Multiple Regional Championships in Park

U.S. National Reserve Champion Park Canadian National Reserve Champion Park Region 15 Champion Pleasure Driving Multi-Regional Champion Park, Driving & English Pleasure Scottsdale Top Five Stallion Halter

Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated SCID Clear

Multi-U.S National Top Tens in Pleasure Driving (Including 2009) Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated AEPA Enrolled Sire • SCID Clear

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Ali Jamaal x Sonoma Lady Multi Program Nominated Sire

You are invited to visit National Champion Dakar El Jamaal at a Dakar Party during Scottsdale 2010 at O’Neill Arabians, Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 4:30-7:30 PM * Food - Refreshments - Music - Presentation of Sales Horses * BREEDING INCENTIVES TO DAKAR WILL BE OFFERED DURING THE SCOTTSDALE SEASON For more information or a private showing contact Rory O’Neill • 602-821-8220 • m 6055 E. Dynamite Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331 Owned by: The Dakar Kartel • Riverside, California For information contact: Doug Dahmen • 805-922-1470 •


Dakar Kartel LLC 15360 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92504 Walt & Dolores Lane | Doug Dahman 951-780-7553 | 805-922-1470 DAKAR STANDS AT: Intara Arabians - Santa Maria, CA 20 minutes North of Santa Ynez DECEMBER 20 09 | 17

In the Heart of the Action!







Stachowski Farm introduces a training and marketing center in conjunction with the 2010 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of location, a high volume of horse enthusiasts, an extremely talented training staff and the proven record of the Stachowski name. For more information, please contact us. 330-274-2494 E-mail: Jim Stachowski, cell: 330-603-2116 Peter Stachowski, cell: 330-620-0194 Sharon Blendinger ~ Jim Bowman


OFFERING FOR SALE AT STACHOWSKI FARM IN SCOTTSDALE ARABIANS SV JUSTAJOY (Hucks Heritage V x Justaara) 2000 Grey Mare. Broodmare/show horse supreme—excellent pedigree for breeding. Top Ten wins in country English open/amateur. FIRE BERRY BASKE (Baske Afire x Morgan Le Fay) 2005 Bay Gelding. Outstanding country English pleasure horse. Will be shown at Scottsdale.

SV Justajoy

Fire Berry Baske

Hometown Hero

SF Sticker Shoc

JB She Got Game

Toi Gigolo CRF



HOMETOWN HERO (Scrimmage x On Fyre) 2002 Bay Gelding. Bright, square moving, regional champion. National level junior/amateur horse.

HALF-ARABIANS SF STICKER SHOC (SF Specs Shocwave x Shes Real Bad) 2006 Chestnut Mare. 2009 National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian English Futurity. JB SHE GOT GAME (Baske Afire x My Magical Mood) 2004 Bay Mare. 2009 Region 14 Top Five English Pleasure Junior Horse. A national level English pleasure contender. TOI GIGOLO CRF (Matoi x Glamorize) 2003 Bay Gelding. Fancy moving, versatile gelding. Will make an excellent equitation and amateur or open country English horse. MARIOPALOOZA (Apollopalooza x Marjo) 2006 Bay Gelding. Big, handsome gelding. In full bridle, ready to go in English pleasure. Will be shown at Scottsdale. STRAPLESS (Baske Afire x Callaway’s Princess Eugenia) 2005 Chestnut Mare. Fancy, up-headed and aims to please—just started under saddle. Looks to be a national star.


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Arabian Horse Times Call and make YOUR plans TODAY!

1-800-248-4637 Mike Villase単or

Kandi Menne

John Diedrich

Conway Arabians offer:



(Krewe x Worthy Decision)

Multi Regional Champion and National Top Ten Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure Open and Amateur

NEW FOUND GLORY (Heir To Glory x Finest Delight)

Regional Champion National Top Ten H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse National Top Top H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39

Many other young, started prospects available!

Conway Arabians Contact Lori Conway • E-mail: • Tom Theisen, cell 404-304-9955 • Conway Arabians • 18080 Cty 2, Chatfield, MN 55923 • Barn: 507-867-0060 • Home: 507-867-2981 •

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(*Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA, by Versace)

Where Truth meets Passion ... SCOTTSDALE 2010





Proudly Owned & Bred By Patti & Mike Scheier Scottsdale, Arizona



Manager Robert Long

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n a i b a r A d e r b s a h n i Irw 2 in f o a ! l e l a s r o f s e r r ma o h t i t o N o b w il it l y ! l e s o t Priced . s l a o f t u o h t i w ! l a e d a e k a m d n a y a d Call to 7 9 9 4 7 6 3 503 Offering Arabian mares in foal for 2010 PF IM FLATTERED (Dark Harbor x Im Flattered, by Andreanov) 1995 Bay Mare, IFT Afire Bey V ~ $7,500 GOODIE TWO SHOES ( Baske Afire x Harghaza, by El Ghazi) 2003 Mare, IFT Hucks Connection V ~ $12,500 CATT (JA Magnificat x DG Serinett, by Serinask) 1987 - Donor mare available to good home

Rare offering, mares in foal to MHR Nobility Neveah (Matoi x Justice N Liberty, by MC Sir Hope) 2006 Grey Mare ~ $12,500 HF Luck Bea Lady (Baske Afire x Play Annies Song, dam of HF Mister Chips) 2004 Bay Mare ~ $12,500


Congratulations to Vicki Humphrey on the purchase of: Bombshell Beauty PF (Undulata’s Nutcracker x MWF Elzbieta) 2009 Half-Arabian Filly Undulata’s Chick Chat (Undulata’s Nutcracker x My Magical Mood ) 2009 Saddlebred Filly

Get the new sales dvd too! Don’t miss out on these great producing Saddlebred mares . make an offer! Saddlebred mares, in foal for 2010 SHE’S A HIGH ROLLER (High Rank x Replay’s Instant Love) 1989 ASH Chestnut Mare Full sister to World Champion Spring High BABY IM A STAR (Sultans Starmaker x Amber Minx) 1994 ASH Chestnut Mare IFT Baske Afire ATTACHE’S ROYAL SCANDAL (Attaches’s Royal Assets x Lady Machine) 2006 ASH Chestnut Mare IFT The Nobelest LADY MACHINE (The Mean Machine x She’s Superb, by Sultan’s Instant Replay) 1992 ASH Chestnut Mare, IFT SF Specs Shocwave ~ $7,500

Contact us for complete sales list. Irwin Schimmel • Phone: 360-256-9432 • Cell: 503-367-4997 • P.O. Box 814 • Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

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Watch for the Stars

Private Treaty Sale

Join us TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 16TH for a special event. Visit our website often for details and a complete listing of sale horses. 30 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Offering an exciting group of horses from: Battaglia Farms Kiesner Training Rooker Training Stables Stachowski Farm Cedar Ridge Arabians

Multi-National Champion

BRASS STAR Brass x CB Shining Star reference

National Top Ten TOP BRASS CRF Brass x Ferachask

2010 unborn foal Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage Full sibling to: Ames Charisma Ames Image Magnum Showcase CRF Xanthuss Divine Destinee GA

National Top Ten TOI DIVA CRF Matoi x Glamorize Half-Arabian

2009 Filly CARRIEANNE AMES Magnum Psyche x G Kallora

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A New Journey Begins! The Destination Remains The Same …


x Latoura Echo, by Echo Magnifficoo)

MULTI PROGRAM NOMINATED SIRE SCID Clear Shipped/Frozen semen available worldwide.

Limited Number of Lifetime Breeding Patronships Available Call for Details Today MARE AND FOAL PACKAGES AVAILABLE Pedigrees include Magnum Psyche, Padrons Psyche, ML Mostly Padron, *Sidi-Brahim Standing at:

STRANGER CREEK RANCH 19615 178th Street, Tonganoxie, KS 66086 Jerad Cooper • E-mail: • Cell: 913-706-4855 50 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

A Horse For A


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Owned by: THE ENCORE SELECT GROUP Standing at: Cedar Ridge Arabians Contact Mike Brennan, breeding manager 952-492-6590 •

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S p e c s S F


With his foals just entering the show ring SHOCWAVE is making history. He is the only English stallion to have his first two foals win at the National level.

Sired by leading sire of national winners, Afire Bey V and out of Stonehedge Farms' National Champion English Pleasure mare Spectra PR.

2004 U.S. National Champion Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse 2005 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure 2006 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure

Shocwave's first two foals are winning at the national level! SF STICKER SHOC (SF Specs Shocwave x Shes Real Bad) 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Futurity

SF AFTERSHOC (SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance) Unanimous 2009 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Performance Association Saddle Seat Pleasure Futurity

SF MAJOR SHOC (SF Specs Shocwave x SF La Reina)



SF NITRO SHOC (SF Specs Shocwave x Doubletrees Lady Of Intrigue)

SF UNDER THE INFLUENCE (SF Specs Shocwave x SF La Reina)

SF SIGNATURE EVENT (SF Specs Shocwave x Just On Ice)

SF SWEET INSPIRATION (SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance)

SF STONE WOODS N COOK (SF Specs Shocwave x Doubletrees Lady Of Intrigue)


Nominated sire: AHA Breeders Sweepstakes National Show Horse Arabian English Performance Futurity




S p e c s



No photos have been altered to enhance trot.

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Varian Arabians congratulates the 124 V NATIONAL WINNERS sired by stallions bred by N Varian Arabians or out of Varian bred mares. For over V 50 years, Varian has bred equally for Arabian type, 5 performance qualities, disposition and trainability. p With these goals in mind, Varian Arabians has enjoyed W a rich history of success. The T h Varian stallions all trace back to foundation sire Bay-Abi. Each stallion gives a different perspective, look, B aycapability to their get. aand nd aathletic th you IIff y ou aare re interested in breeding your mare to our stallions, please us so we can assist you in determining the best p lease ccontact o cross for your mare. Visit our website to read the history of Varian Arabians and learn why we are the #1 leading breeder of National winners. WWW.VARIANARABIANS.COM

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*Jullyen El Jamaal Shaikh Al Badi Ruminaja Ali Bint Magidaa Ali Jamaal El Magazo Heritage Memory Heritage Labelle Ali Jamaal Ludjin El Jamaal Lydira El Shaklan Jullye El Ludjin Bey Shah NV Justa Dream Mi Favorite Toi SCID Clear Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Scottsdale Signature Stallion Region XII Spotlight Stallion Minnesota Medallion Stallion AHBA Vegas Futurity Stallion

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE U.S. NATIONAL WINNERS BRED BY VARIAN ARABIANS! BIA IANS NS! NS! SAN CARLOS JULLYEN V (*Jullyen El Jamaal x Sweet Caroline V) Owned by Graycor Farms Inc National Champion Hunter Pleasure Futurity

PARADE V (Huckleberry Bey x Pavane V) Owned by Felix Camacho Reserve Champion Cutting Non-Pro

ANTHEM V (*Jullyen El Jamaal x Alyce Bey V) Owned by Mark & Jennifer Schouten Top Ten Western Pleasure AAOTR 18 – 35

BO JANGLES V (Sundance Kid V x Balquenette V) Owned by Jean Cathrae Reserve Champion English Show Hack

MONTICELLO V (*Jullyen El Jamaal x Mosquerade V) Owned by Setting Sun Stables LLC Top Ten Western Pleasure Futurity

MARIACHI KID V (Sundance Kid V x Marigold V) Owned by BV Arabians LLC Top Ten Western Pleasure AAOTR Maturity Top Ten Western Pleasure Junior Horse

RAMBLIN MISTER V (Desperado V x Rosa PASB) Owned by Brian & Melissa Crandall Reserve Champion Working Cow Horse AAOTR Top Ten Working Cow Horse JASMINE V (Desperado V x Jortalia V) Owned by Karen, Doug, Brooke & Nichole Pitassi Reserve Champion Western Pleasure AAOTR 36 – 54

ADELAIDA V (Sundance Kid V x Alyce Bey V) Owned by Lisa Ethell Top Ten Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-35 Top Ten Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 AUTUMN STORM V (Windstorm V x Autumn Fire) Owned by Richard & Sylvia Beahr Top Ten Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Western

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Maclintock V

Bravado Bey V

Bay El Bey Huckleberry Bey Taffona Desperado V Dar Daraksa Holly Bask

Bay-Abi Bay El Bey Naganka Huckleberry Bey Raffon Taffona Waneta

Bay-Abi Bay El Bey Naganka Marigold V Khemosabi Moska Baychatka

*Bask Ariston Amfibia Bachista V Wielki Szlem Bachantka Balalajka

SCID Clear Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire

SCID Clear Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire

Congratulations to Coalson Bey & Prise De Fer 2009 National Winners sired by Maclintock V

Congratulations to Kaptn Bravado, RS Drakkar Bey & This Ones For U — 2009 National Winners sired by Bravado Bey V



Bel Aire V

Audacious PS

Huckleberry Bey Afire Bey V Autumn Fire Baske Afire Baskevich Mac Baske AH Meditation

Bay El Bey Bey Shah Star Of Ofir Fame VF Raffon Raffoleta-Rose Leta Rose

Huckleberry Bey Camelot V Carrousel Bey V Balquelotta V Traditio Balquena V Balalesque

Eleuzis Hal Gazal Bufa Hal Flirtatious Ibn Antar Al-Ra Pentar Pensive

SCID Clear Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire SHN Stallion Colorado Breeders Cup Stallion

SCID Clear Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Minnesota Medallion Stallion SHN Stallion

A special congratulations to: ART DEKKO TT (Audacious PS x HC Amareea) Owned by Noel Bosse 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion

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Ruminaja Ali *Ali Jamaal Heritage Memory

National Champion Stallion • AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire • Iowa Gold Star Stallion

Jullyen El Jamaal Ludjin El Jamaal Jullye El Ludjin *NV Justa Dream

*Padron Padrons Psyche Kilika NW Shantelle Bey Shah+ NV Shanteuse GA Ryna

Trained by and Standing at: Dawson, IL 217.364.4354 Owned by Lynn Packer, Palos Heights, IL

Come Spin With Me Hesa Zee+/ x Miss Colonel Freckles 2007 Chestnut Half-Arabian Filly Pictured as a yearling Come Spin With Me is started under saddle, has her basics and wants to carry her head low. Dam was 1984 AQHYA High Point Cutting Champion. Fancy. National Champion Quality. Sweepstakes Nominated

Come Spin With Me

Hesa Zee+/

Eleanor’s Arabian Farm

Eleanor Hamilton, Owner Rogers, Minnesota Rod Matthiesen, Trainer Mark Coombs, Breeding Manager

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On the


*El Ghazi X*Ava by*Bandos

Pure Polish English Performance Stallion with no crosses to *Bask AHA Sweepstakes Nominated Sire AEPA Nominated Sire SCID clear

Marshall & Rae Paige Schwarz Owners Bill Bohl Farm Manager/Trainer

Stud Fees On The Mark: $2,000 * QH Manoleté: $1,500 * *Stud fee includes Sweepstakes Breeding Entry Nomination of unborn foal once mare is checked in foal at 100 days.



ANOLETÉ On The Mark x Matemira by Zodiac Matador+

AHA Sweepstakes Nominated Sire AEPA Nominated Sire SCID clear Combining two of the most potent English performance bloodlines, QH MANOLETÉ embodies the charisma, beauty, and athleticism of his breeding.

Transported semen available. For more information, contact Bill Bohl at 860-435-2571, or e-mail

QUARRY HILL FARM 345 Sharon Road, Lakeville, Connecticut, 06039 Phone: 860-435-2571 For more information, go to DECEMBER 20 09 | 65

W h e r e D r e a m s C om e Tr u e


Justafire dgl Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate

Sire of 2009 U.S. and Canadian National winners ... earning 4 Championships 3 Reserve Championships 11 Top Ten Titles Limited breedings available.


Beauty. Temperament. Quality. Thoughtful Breeding. Winning. With these goals in mind, renowned equestriennne and Arabian Horse Association judge Debby Holden founded Cornerstone Ranch. Debby not only has the know how, but she also owns just the right foundation sire to create a legacy of quality. Justafire DGL, one of the few Arabian sires Debbie and S Just Dream On

to ever consistently

produce champions in all divisions, is home at Cornerstone Ranch. Justafire’s get are all noted for their power, strength, elegance, and easy, effortless movement. The ranch is also home to the breathtakingly beautiful mare S Just Dream On (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream, by Justafire DGL). S Just Dream On is the culmination of Debby Holden’s 20 plus years of breeding Arabian horses of the highest quality. “Dream’s” dam, SJustadream, also bred by Debby, is the winningest Arabian mare in history. Do you dream of owning a sound, beautiful Arabian horse that can win in the show ring and be your gentle companion at home? Contact us today. CORNERSTONE RANCH ~ DEBBY HOLDEN ~ 2722 BAILEY RD ~ LEEDS, AL 35094 ~ 205 305-9386

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Again ... Scottsdale, Regionals, Canadian Nationals & U.S. Nationals

Leading All-Time Sire of National Winners


FOR YEARS IN A ROW ... #1 Breeder of Purebred English National Winners — Maroon Fire Arabians

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The 2009 U.S. And Canadian National Leading Sires by Christy Egan

This past year, more than ever, the leading sires are all about large numbers. Though quality and class are ever-present in the national winning offspring of top sires Afire Bey V, Marwan Al Shaqab and Baske Afire, the sheer number of their winners obviously makes a big difference. In the category for Purebred Halter, Marwan Al Shaqab had more than twice as many winning offspring as his nearest competitors, as did Afire Bey V in the Purebred Performance category and in the overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance category. Only in the Half-Arabian halter and performance divisions was there a serious challenge. It is obvious that Baske Afire is now in a serious duel with his own sire for dominance in the Half-Arabian division. Over the last 12 months he has been showing off with first place positions in Half-Arabian halter and in a rapidly growing number of Half-Arabian performance winners. Stallions making strong appearances in the halter listings this year included all-time great Magnum Psyche, Enzo, Falcon BHF and his son Denali BHF. Leading juvenile sires such as DA Valentino and Magnum Chall HVP made their presence known with strong numbers and very young offspring, while the late, great Versace was a dynamic presence across the board, showing a large and talented group of offspring in both halter and performance categories. In performance, multi-national champion Hucklebey Berry is still a significant second in the Purebred Performance, while great up-and-coming English sires like IXL Noble Express, Baske Afire, the late Apollopalooza and his sire, AA Apollo Bey, jockey for leading positions with 70 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

western performance sires like Sundance Kid V, Khadraj NA, C A Hermoso and Desperado V. In Half-Arabian Performance it is much the same, with the addition of Mamage, Krewe and Cytosk, though in this column the focus is solidly on English performance. The Leading Sire of the Year mantle lies firmly on Afire Bey V, and his statistics are showing no sign of weakness. In the overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance category he stands head and withers above the rest with almost 700 points, just about the total points of the next three horses on the list put together. Leading Purebred Halter Sire *Marwan Al Shaqab is clearly on the rise as a sire of champions. His number of national winners is not huge, but neither is the total of his registered offspring. Still, his numbers were double those of his nearest competitor, and his winners are up an astonishing 40 percent from 2008. Fifteen years younger than his famous sire, Baske Afire is chasing Afire Bey V’s record with shameless gusto. He is at the top of the chart in Half-Arabian Halter, dueling between first and second in Half-Arabian Performance, listed sixth in Purebred Performance and, most impressively, stands second in the overall Purebred and HalfArabian Halter and Performance category. What will the New Year bring? Perhaps an unexpected surge from a young sire or a sudden burst of extra activity from the offspring of an established superstar? There is only one ironclad guarantee: excitement, heart-stopping performances, and the best Arabian and Half-Arabian competition in the world.


Afire Bey V The 2009 National Championships proved to be another record-breaking opportunity for the sons and daughters of the Arabian breed’s Leading Sire of Champions, Afire Bey V. Of the 30 2009 Leading Sire lists compiled by Arabian Horse Times, Afire Bey V was at the top of 15 and second on six others. True, his name did not appear on the list of Top Ten Sires of Purebred Halter horses, but the national winnings of his get are so all-pervasive that he won the overall Leading Sire of Purebred and Half-Arabians, Halter and Performance by more than 370 points anyway. There were slightly fewer Afire Bey V horses competing in 2009 than there were in 2008, but it scarcely mattered. Between the Canadian and U.S. National Championship shows, they won a total of 25 national championships, 19 national reserve championships and 104 national top ten awards. There are so many winning Afire Bey V offspring at the national level that the best we can do in this space is highlight some of the most prominent.

brother to one of Afire Bey V’s first national champions, Afires Lullaby. Romeo Afire’s 6-year-old younger brother, Afireandbrimstone SCA, was 2009 U.S. National Top Ten in Country English Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over.

The Afire Bey V Half-Arabian offspring are every bit as impressive as the purebreds, and sometimes even flashier. Among this year’s superstars were SA Rapid Fire (x PF Lady Cameo), U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 and Half-Arabian Pleasure Driving AAOTD, and Adams Fire (x Ritida), National Champion in Canada and the U.S. in Half-Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over, and 2009 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39. The black 7-yearold gelding was also U.S National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure. Adams Fire now has 11 national championships and two reserves to his credit. Another great crowd favorite, Americanbeautie (x Kelly Le Brock) also took three national championships. At the U.S. she won Half-Arabian Country Among the purebreds, Afire Bey V English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54, and sons and daughters that took home Afire Bey V at Canada she trotted off with the more than one U.S. or Canadian roses in the Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure and rose blanket was Afires Reign (x Matoskette), National Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR 18-39. Champion in both Canada and the U.S. in English Americanbeautie closed 2009 with 25 national awards Pleasure AAOTR 18-39. Afires Vision, Afires Reign’s and 10 national championships. older full brother, was 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion in Pleasure Driving both open and amateur. Two of Afire Bey V’s most successful purebred offspring Irwin Schimmel’s MSU Afire Blazon (x Aieda) was were at the U.S. National Championships this year. At Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure Driving 17, Whiskey Glow (x Remy Cognac) was also the oldest AAOTD, Canadian National Reserve Champion Afire Bey V offspring to win at the biggest national Country Pleasure Driving, and U.S. National Reserve shows in 2009. The formidable bay gelding was 2009 Champion Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD. It U.S. National Reserve Champion Park Horse AAOTR, was the second year of showing at the national level and took a top ten in Native Costume AAOTR. These for Irwin’s f lashy chestnut gelding. Biggest winner new wins bring his lifetime totals to 72 national awards of them all this year was Springwater Farms’ Romeo (14 national championships and 10 reserves). Casablanca Afire (x Flames Lullaby), winner of the U.S. and Afire (x Caramel Candy) was 2009 U.S. National Top Canadian National Championships in Country Ten in English Show Hack, both open and amateur, and English Pleasure, the U.S. National Championship in took a 2009 Youth National Top Ten in Show Hack 13 Country English AAOTR 36-54, and the Canadian & Under last summer. That gave him a lifetime total of National Championship in Country English Pleasure 71 national awards (14 national championships and 10 AAOTR 40 & Over. Romeo Afire has won 10 national reserves). Casablanca Afire is 15. championships in the last three years, and is a full DECEMBER 20 09 | 71


2009 U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) 3. Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) 4. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 5. Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 6. Always A Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) 7. Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Pershahn El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

104 40 38 35 33 33 20 20 15 15 15 15

Winners 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 4. Pershahn El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA) 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Legacy Of Fame (Legacy Of Gold x Fames Elegance C) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

17 6 6 6 5 5 3 2 2 2 2

Purebred Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 3. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 6. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 7. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 8. Bravado Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Bachista V) 9. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA)

270 128 89 86 76 55 53 53 43 40 40

There were numerous mature Afire Bey V sons and daughters competing at the nationals, but there was also a top ten Half-Arabian Sweepstakes Yearling Colt/Gelding, JBK Catch The Phire (x EC Phirefly), and a National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Futurity Gelding, JS Heir Aphire (x Fe Phi Fo Fum). Actually, there was solid representation from nearly every Afire Bey V foal crop since 1992. The 58 competing horses were an average age of 8. There was a grand bunch of returning Afire Bey V national champion and top ten alumni, and taking their first “freshman” steps on the green shavings were 11 first-time national winners. Among the best of these newcomers was JS Thunder Bey (x SV Seranita), Canadian National Champion Country English Pleasure AATR 40 & Over; Heiress Afire (x Haniah), U.S. National Champion Country English Pleasure AAOTR 72 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 6. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 7. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 8. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) AM Good Oldboy (AM Sea Captain x AM Tis Beverlie) Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V) Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice)

29 14 11 10 9 8 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5

Maturity; and SF Nasdac (x Autumns Jewel), U.S. National Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity. You will note that Heiress Afire and SF Nasdac went one-two in the U.S. National Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity. In fact, this business of Afire Bey V get taking national champion and reserve in major classes has become something of a tradition over the last few years. At the U.S. National Championships, they took both sets of roses in Country English Pleasure, Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54, English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39, Pleasure Driving, and English Pleasure. Afires Heir (x Brassmis) won the U.S. National Championship in English Pleasure. It was the dynamic bay stallion’s third national championship, and the second year in a row that he’s won the open English. U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure went to Pheobe Afire (x Primroza), who also won Pleasure Driving and was top ten in Pleasure Driving AAOTD.


Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 4. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 5. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) 6. Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V) 7. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) 8. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) Legacy Of Fame (Legacy Of Gold x Fames Elegance C) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

56 44 36 31 30 23 20 15 15 15 15 15

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 4. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

6 5 5 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2

Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) 4. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 5. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) 6. C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) 7. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 8. Cologne (Cognac x MI Daiclare) 9. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai)

113 96 64 51 48 45 36 28 25 25

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) 4. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) 5. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) 6. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased

14 12 9 6 6 5 5 4 4 4

Overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 424 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 205 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 140 4. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 99 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 75 6. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) 73 7. Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased 63 8. Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V) 58 9. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 45 10. First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) 30

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased 6. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 7. Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V) 8. MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy)

At this point, the “Great American Arabian Novel” that is Afire Bey V’s life and breeding career is filled with chapters about sibling success in the show ring. The golden crosses with Afire Bey V are proven and consistent. Broodmares from *Bask sons have done well, particularly Zodiac Matador, whose daughters produced four national Afire Bey V winners this year, and The Chief Justice, whose ladies accounted for another four. Several Saddlebred mares have become

famous crosses for Afire Bey V. The Small Town Blues is well known for this cross and had three in this year’s lists, and Fe Phi Fo Fum also had three, including Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Saddle/Pleasure Mare AAOTH, Ignacia BPA; Canadian National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Futurity Gelding, JS Heir Aphire; and U.S. National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Stock/Hunter Mare AAOTH, JS Heiress Afire.

47 27 17 13 10 10 8 8 6 3

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2009 Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Always A Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) 4. Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 5. Couturier (Versace x Evening Intrigue) Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 7. Ames Charisma (Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage) Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) Rashid Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Striking Rhapsody)

48 39 28 25 20 20 20 18 15 15 15

Winners 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 4. Couturier (Versace x Evening Intrigue) 5. Ames Charisma (Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage) Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

7 6 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2

Purebred Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 3. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 4. C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) 5. Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra) 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 7. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 8. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 9. Neposzar (Maryk x Nanna) 10. LF Austin (Strike x Muscani)

174 69 60 58 56 54 53 51 50 49

At the end of 2008, adding together his purebred and Half-Arabian credentials, Afire Bey V had sired 549 champions (class A champions and reserves, regional and national winners), among them 267 national winners. These national winners have taken 1,536 national awards (1,148 in English divisions). His total national-winning offspring include 80 national champion horses and 53 national reserve champion horses that among them have accumulated 221 national championships and 154 national reserve championships. The national awards have been taken in halter, English pleasure, country English pleasure, country pleasure driving, pleasure driving, native costume, hunter pleasure, ladies side saddle, show hack and competitive trail. A stunning 78 percent of these wins were in English competition. Afire Bey V has been owned for 21 of his 25 years by Maroon Fire Arabians. He stands at Shea Stables, in St. Clair, Mich., and is managed by Tim and Marty Shea. Afire Bey V is the Leading All-Time Sire of Champions in the Arabian breed. 74 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 3. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 4. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

17 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4

Marwan Al Shaqab It certainly came as no surprise that Marwan Al Shaqab was the Leading Purebred Halter Sire at the end of 2009. The 2008 Leading Halter Sire of Purebred Winners at the U.S. Nationals, he served notice at the 2009 Scottsdale Show that the national top listing in the fall was not a f luke and that he was just getting warmed up. At the Scottsdale Show his sons and daughters won four championships, a reserve championship and 34 top ten titles. His 2006 sons virtually dominated the 3-year-old colt class there, taking champion, reserve and eight of the top ten placings. Even more surprising is the fact that many of the 2009 Marwan Al Shaqab national winners were not even at the 2009 Scottsdale Show. The 21 U.S. and Canadian National winners sired by Marwan Al Shaqab this year took home three national championships, four national reserve championships and 25 top ten awards, all in purebred halter competition.


Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V) 3. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) NDL Flashdance (Barbary x Forty Carats) 4. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 5. Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo)

31 26 20 20 18 15

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) Out Of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi)

3 2 2

Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 3. Soldat (Bey Shah x NV Espania) 4. SV Basksko (Bask x Skovette) 5. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) 6. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 7. Emkay Bakaro (Bamby x Bur-Kara) 8. RR Gar-Sun (Shergar x Garaona) 9. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 10. CWP Chances Are (Bey Shah x Brandie Alexandra) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased

66 63 53 49 46 43 40 35 34 33 33

Winners 1. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Soldat (Bey Shah x NV Espania) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased SV Basksko (Bask x Skovette) 3. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) LBA Lode Star (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia) Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)

5 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3

Overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 3. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 4. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 6. Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra) 7. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 8. Eternety (Sharem El Sheikh x Tomboy) 9. First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA)

268 123 109 82 77 69 65 45 41 41

Two of the national championships were in Canada. The first was won by Anna Marie BHF (x BHF Anna Tevkah) in the 2-Year-Old Filly Championship. Anna Marie BHF was a 2008 U.S. National Top Ten Sweepstakes Filly and a multi-regional champion. Reserve honors in that same class went to the Marwan Al Shaqab daughter PA Livia (x Larissa PASB). A third Marwan filly, Azalea LBA (x Amelia B), was a top ten in the 2-Year-Old Filly Championship. Azalea LBA was a 2008 U.S. National Top Ten Sweepstakes Filly. The other Canadian National Championship title went to DM Maggdal Shakkab (x Maggdalina) in the Gelding Halter Futurity. DM Maggdal Shakkab was top ten in

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 3. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 6. Out Of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) 7. Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra)

24 11 11 9 7 6 6 6 5 4

that class at the U.S. Nationals. Of course, the most impressive rose blanket of all went to Marwan Al Shaqab superstar Aria Impresario (x GC Echlectica) in the U.S. National Junior Stallion Championship. The stunning bay was also the 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt. The Scottsdale Supreme Champion and U.S. National Champion Sweepstakes Colt as a yearling, if Aria Impresario isn’t Marwan Al Shaqab’s most famous American son, he is certainly in the top three. Marhaabah (x Shalina El Jamaal) was the 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Junior Stallion, giving Marwan Al Shaqab a nice “one-two” punch in this prestigious class. Marhaabah was the 2007 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt. His dam, Shalina El Jamaal, was 2003 U.S. National

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2009 U.S. and Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 4. Always A Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) 5. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) 6. First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) 7. Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) 8. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 9. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 10. Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey)

152 74 58 48 48 40 38 38 33 30

Winners 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 4. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 5. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 7. Ames Charisma (Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage) Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) Couturier (Versace x Evening Intrigue) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) Pershahn El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA) Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

21 11 8 7 7 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3

Purebred Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 3. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 6. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 7. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 8. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 9. C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) 10. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm)

444 197 140 130 111 106 95 91 86 71

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 5. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 6. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 7. C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska) 8. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased

40 17 12 11 11 10 9 9 8 8 7

Champion Junior Mare. Also top ten in Junior Stallions were Marjestic WA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Miraga WA) and RHR Marcedes (x Ellegant Dream). RHR Marcedes was the 2008 Canadian National Champion Futurity Colt. Six of the top ten and the reserve national champion in the 2009 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt class were sired by Marwan Al Shaqab. These included OFW Mariachi (x OFW Balarina), Alijahandro (x Alija Cherie), WH Patriot (x WH Rosette), PS Andiamo (x Sidcerelys Echo), and MCA Prince Marwan (x MCA Eternal Secret). Both MCA Prince Marwan and PS Andiamo were top ten futurity colts at the Canadian Nationals as well.

Marwan Al Shaqab


The final national reserve championship title was won by Abha Palma (x Abha Ghazali) the 2009 U.S.


Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 4. Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) NDL Flashdance (Barbary x Forty Carats) Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) 6. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) 7. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) Legacy Of Fame (Legacy Of Gold x Fames Elegance C) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased Out Of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

87 54 51 49 49 30 30 30 20 15 15 15 15 15

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 4. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) Out Of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

7 5 5 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2

Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 4. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) 5. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) 6. C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 7. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 8. Soldat (Bey Shah x NV Espania) 9. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate)

179 121 94 82 78 73 73 70 63 61

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) 4. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 5. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased 6. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai)

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Overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 5. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 6. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) 7. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 8. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 9. Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased 10. Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V)

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National Reserve Champion Junior Mare. Her tail-female granddam is the world famous 1979 U.S. and Canadian National Champion Mare, *Abha Hamir. Top ten in the same Junior Mare class was NYN Sanaa Ya Imara (x NYN Imara Versace), a full sister to national champion NYN Hisani.

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 5. Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased 6. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 7. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Padrons Psyche(Padron x Kilika) 8. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) 9. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) 10. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V)

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Three Marwan youngsters took top ten awards in the purebred National Sweepstakes competition, including the grey yearling colt Baahir El Marwan (x HB Bessolea). Winner of the Yearling Senior Colt class at Scottsdale, Baahir El Marwan was last winter’s most envied youngster: the 2009 Scottsdale Junior Champion Colt.

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In the Yearling Filly Sweepstakes, Duchess of Marwan (x Amety B) was a noteworthy top ten. “Duchess” is a full sister to Princess of Marwan, 2008 U.S. National Champion Sweepstakes Filly; Angel of Marwan, 2008 Canadian Top Ten 2-Year-Old Jackpot Filly; Goddess of Marwan, 2006 U.S. National Champion Sweepstakes Filly; and closely related to the previously mentioned national winner Azalea LBA. The final top ten Sweepstakes winner was GC Asiana (x GCWhispering Echo). GS Asiana is bred and owned by Gerry Canda, breeder of Aria Impresario. The two great champions are full blood siblings out of full sisters by U.S. and Canadian National Champion Echo Magnifficoo. Final top tens at the 2009 national shows included Marchesi (x Bey Atheyna) in the U.S. National Futurity Geldings, and RHR Heir of Marwan (x LC Psychesheiress) in the Canadian National 2-Year-Old Colt class. Marwan Al Shaqab has 423 registered offspring, and all but two are purebreds. A 9-year-old, he is currently the youngest sire at the top of an Arabian Horse Times Leading Sire Listing. His oldest foal and first national winner is Abha Myra (x ZT Ludjkalba). A Scottsdale Reserve Champion Mare, 2006 U.S. National Reserve Champion Junior Mare, and 2008 Reserve Champion Mare at the All Nations Cup in Aachen, Abha Myra was a 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Mare. Although Marwan Al Shaqab appears to match well with a variety of different bloodlines, there are already several that stand out as premiere crosses. Multiple national winners have been produced with daughters of Echo Magnifficoo, Magnum Psyche, Padrons Psyche, Eternety, Ali Jamaal and several of his sons. Of Marwan Al Shaqab’s 21 national 2009 competitors, seven were returning and a remarkable 14 were brand new, first-time national winners. At the close of 2009, Marwan Al Shaqab is the sire of 49 national-winning offspring, up an astonishing 40 percent from last year’s totals. Can anyone guess what 2010 will bring for the offspring of this exceptional young international sire? Marwan Al Shaqab has been trained and shown by Michael Byatt throughout his career, and stands at Michael Byatt Arabians in Houston, Texas. He’s bred and owned by the Al Shaqab Stud, Doha, Qatar. 78 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Baske Afire Baske Afire offspring closed 2009 with the wins, victory passes and excitement that have become a hallmark for the get of this top-siring son of Afire Bey V. Of his competing sons and daughters, 31 were named national top tens, and the best eight took home 16 national and national reserve championships, as well as 50 national top ten awards. By the end of the show season, the group had accounted for national awards in country English pleasure, maturity, amateur, junior horse and open; English pleasure, futurity, amateur, junior rider and junior horse; pleasure driving open and amateur; country pleasure driving open and amateur; halter; and hunter pleasure, maturity, amateur and junior horse. Of the winners, the Half-Arabians outnumbered the purebreds better than two to one (21/10). Nearly 80 percent of the wins were in performance. Of the performance wins, only four (all hunter pleasure classes) were not in strictly English divisions. The top eight were also quick to pick up multiple awards. JB Hometown Hottie (x Petite Sweet) was twice National Champion in halter at the U.S. Nationals, in Half-Arabian Saddle/Pleasure Mares and HalfArabian Saddle/Pleasure Mares AAOTH. Baske Is A Genius (x Winning Asset) was U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Pleasure Driving and National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Pleasure Driving AAOTD. Baske Afire’s leading national winner, She Be Adiva KBS (x She Be Jammin) was 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion in both Half-Arabian Saddle/Pleasure Mares and Half-Arabian Saddle/ Pleasure Mares AAOTH. She Be Adiva KBS now has 24 national awards, including seven national championships and four reserves. All Revvved Up (x El Milagro’s California Capers) was Canadian National Reserve Champion in Half-Arabian Saddle/Pleasure Geldings, open and amateur. At the U.S. Nationals, he traded his headstall for a saddle and bridle and took a top ten in the Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure Amateur Maturity. CP Marquis (x CP Princess) won the Canadian National Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Championship and was a top ten at the U.S. Nationals in the Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Maturity and AAOTR 36-54. Canadian-bred and owned Mariachi WA (x Brooklyn Bey) made his owners, Edward and Laura Friesen of Wunderbar Arabians, proud in his performance debut at the 2009 Canadian Nationals. He left the


Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship with roses, and a few months later at the U.S. Nationals, he took reserve in the same class. Mariachi WA was a Canadian and U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt, and won the 3-year-old colt class at Scottsdale in 2007. The aptly-named RH Big Time (x Lakeview’s Savoir Faire) was both Canadian National Champion and U.S. National Reserve Champion in Half-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse. Finally, the superstar talent Sommelier (x CL Bay Love) was Canadian National Champion English Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under, National Reserve Champion JTR 17 & Under, and a Canadian top ten in the fiercely-competitive English Pleasure open. Sommelier was also a National and National Reserve Champion in the English Pleasure division at Youth Nationals in July.

Golden crosses with Baske Afire include a number of Saddlebred mares that have produced two national winners with the young sire: She Be Jammin, El Milagro’s California Capers, Wishes, The Small Town Blues and Endless Legacy. Petite Sweet now has three national winners sired by Baske Afire, two of them national champions, and the leading dam of the group this year is Precisely Poppy, with five national winners by Baske Afire. Three of them were Vin Diesel, Pop Rocks and Rated R, new additions in 2009.

The total number of Baske Afire winners continues to grow by leaps and bounds. At the end of 2009, he was the sire of 210 champions and reserves (101 purebreds and 109 Half-Arabians). Of these champions, 66 are now national winners (24 purebreds and 42 Half-Arabians), with 24 national championships, 30 national reserve championships and Baske Afire added 18 brand new 148 top ten awards. The Halfnational winners to his credits in Arabians, although about equal 2009, four purebreds and 14 Halfin number to the purebreds as Arabians. The purebreds were regards champions and reserves, Proficient Fire (x Pro Mahogany have double the number of Lady), 2009 Canadian National national winners and national Top Ten English Pleasure; Baske awards. This is almost certainly Allience (x Miss Allience), 2009 a result of the extraordinary U.S. National Top Ten English success of the Half-Arabian Pleasure Junior Horse; and Baske Baske Afire Baske Afire get in national Allience’s full sister, Mystifyer SF, halter competition. Whereas the Baske Afire purebred and Haute Little Number (x CP Madison), both 2009 national winners include five halter winners, the HalfU.S. National Top Tens in the English Pleasure Futurity. Arabian national winners include 22 winners in halter, The Half-Arabians included the previously-mentioned among them Baske Afire’s leading national winner, She Baske Is A Genius and JB Hometown Hottie, as well as Be Adiva KBS. JB Day Dreamer (Petite Sweet), Vin Diesel (x Precisely Poppy), Somthin Special (x Endless Legacy), Pop Rocks At 10, Baske Afire is the most talked-about young (x Precisely Poppy), Fire Away RJ (x Cara Me Away), Arabian performance sire in America. His ability to Shaken Rattlen Rollen (x Baby I’m A Star), All Revvved sire champion purebreds and Half-Arabians, halter Up (x El Milagro’s California Capers), Rockafella B ( and English performance contenders, has made him a x Wishes), Wears The Roses (x Spring Is In The Air), formidable leading sire and a likely challenger to his sire HCA Lynard Skynard (x Rhapsody By Blue), Chick throughout the next decade. Magnet (x Ring Girl), and Rated R (x Precisely Poppy). Among them in 2009, the group added 11 national Baske Afire is owned by and stands at Strawberry Banks championships, 12 reserves and 60 top ten awards to Farm, East Aurora, New York. ■ Baske Afire’s credentials as a sire.

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2009 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Stallions by Linda White, Colleen Scott and Mary Kirkman


he title of National Champion Stallion in the United States and Canada has long been one of the most coveted. No matter the location, the judges, the method of scoring—no matter the weather, the crowd, or the season so far—the simple fact is that the horses who win those titles are outstanding representatives of the breed. In some years, most if not all of the individuals showing are the sort that nearly any breeder would be proud to take home. The year 2009 was such a time. The buzz among the railbirds was that in Junior and Senior Stallions (and, most promising, in the futurity colts’ event as well), competition was deep. Following is a look at some of the qualified contenders who came home with the awards this year.



2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion Art Dekko TT (Audacious PS x HC Amareea), owned by Noel Bosse.

Art Dekko TT 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion (Audacious PS x HC Amareea) Owned by Tall Timber Arabians Olalla, Wash. When Jeff Schall led Art Dekko TT to his 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion title in Tulsa, some folks were wondering exactly where the handsome bay stallion had been hiding all these years. Shown lightly in Regions 4 and 5 on the West Coast and at the Scottsdale Show in 2008, he’d been flying under the radar. But when “Dek,” as he is affectionately called by owner Noel Bosse, stormed into the arena, he was under the radar no more. Schall explains how the stallion captured the reserve championship: “Dekko is a fantastic horse. He has incredible carriage, and such an exotic and extreme beauty. On top of all that, he can move,” he says. “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a horse with such beauty that also has such incredible motion.” Schall, who is excited about having the stallion now standing at Shada, says Art Dekko has also been quick to

let everyone know of his specific tastes. “We are always jumping through hoops at the farm to be sure we are doing things Dekko’s way. We have to be sure to hunt through and find him the best flake of hay, as he will nose through what we give him and let us know immediately if it is not to his liking. Aside from his demands for the best flakes, he’s a very good-hearted horse and really seems to be embracing the routine and consistency at the farm. There are some great things yet to come out of this horse.” It is not often one sees a relative newcomer in center ring with the U.S. National Reserve Championship trophy, standing next to the senior stallion responsible for the award. But that was the case at this year’s U.S. Nationals when owner Noel Bosse was front and center. But Bosse, although not necessarily known on the Arabian stage, isn’t really a newcomer. She has been in the breeding industry for more than three decades—dog breeding, that is. And not just any dogs; Noel has bred and ownerhandled world-class Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties), including the top-winning Sheltie female in breed history, with a record of 101 Bests of Breed, 50 Herding Group Firsts and 13 All-Breed Bests in Show. She bred and showed two ASSA (American Shetland Sheepdog Association) Nationals Best in Futurity winners, and has achieved many other impressive wins. She explains, “I

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did all the work myself and showed them on a shoestring. Being a graphic designer as my occupation, breeding was a form of creating a masterpiece. Because of my love of Arabians, I fashioned my Shelties after them. I tried to achieve beautiful detail of head, long, archy necks, and ground-covering motion, and topped it all off with a ‘hey, look at me!’ attitude and outline.” How did Noel the dog breeder end up as Noel the owner of one of the industry’s newest superstars? It all goes back more than half a century to when at age 8 she first bounced down a dirt road on a horse named “Grandma.” She remembers, “On our vacations in Estes Park, Colo., my folks couldn’t peel me off a horse. Then I saw my first Arabians at the Estes Show when I was 10, and I was hooked! My parents were tolerant of my horse fixation, so I took lessons and rode every chance I could.” At 31, Noel purchased her first Arabian and rode the Colorado mountain trails which had become her home after graduation. Because of a move she ultimately had to choose between the horses and the dogs. “I knew I could afford to breed and show the Shelties myself, so at the time, that’s what was best.” But Noel didn’t let her interest in Arabians fade. She subscribed to the Arabian publications, and began attending the U.S. Nationals in the late 1980s every time they were in Albuquerque. “I was becoming familiar with the different lines and looks—trying to figure out the direction in which I would like to go if and when the opportunity presented itself. Two of the stallions I was interested in were Audacious PS and Echo Magnifficoo.” Fast forward several years and ready for a change, Noel moved to the Puget Sound area in Washington, finding horse property with an indoor arena that would suit her needs. The time was finally right. In 2002, when the opportunity presented itself to purchase the mare HC Amareea (by Echo Magnifficoo), who was in foal to Audacious PS, Noel was intrigued with the pedigree. Art


Dekko TT was born the following February, and that was the start of a new adventure. From the beginning of this new rascal’s life, Noel thought she had something special. “He had a short dished head, big black expressive eyes, huge nostrils, tipped-in little ears, and his overall look and attitude were unique,” she says. “To watch him grow up and be a part of his life has been fascinating—along with a kind of trial and error. We have learned along the way with him. “Dek is a character. You can see the gears turning in his head, and when he looks at you with those big black eyes—you know you’ve been looked at. Dekko has always been fancy, he has such a fluid way of moving, neck arched, looking where he’s going with that flagpole tail straight up in the air! “At an Oregon show, I observed, undetected, Ken Davis schooling a horse and decided I would ask him if he would be interested in halter training Dek. Ken agreed, and with his guidance, the stallion has come into his own. “We have enlisted the superb handling of Steve Heathcott and Greg Hazlewood, with whom Dek has accomplished high level wins. Because I had always admired the Schalls, Ken gave Jeff a call and Dekko was received with open arms by the whole staff at Shada. The outcome of this union, in its infancy, has been unbelievable!” Noel is optimistic about the future as well. “We’re just taking it one step at a time. I’m very, very impressed with Dek’s first foals, so I’m anxious to see what the future holds for him as a breeding stallion. “With a great team like Melissa, who started and expertly conditioned Dekko, and Vanessa, Bryant and Roni, who deal with all the hours of hard work, highs and lows of caring for the horses, it makes a fantastic win like Dekko’s the sweetest icing on the cake! How could we not be proud of this unique and much-loved stallion!”


2009 U.S. National Top Ten Senior Stallion Shaddofax (Justafire DGL x R Colette), owned by Chestnuthill Arabians.

Shaddofax 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Senior Stallion (Justafire DGL x R Colette) Owned by Chestnuthill Arabians Gilbert, Penn. By common agreement, the stallion division at the 2009 U.S. Nationals was exceptionally strong. “I don’t know how many national champion and reserves were in that class being judged,” marvels Chestnuthill’s Joe Alberti. “It was a huge accomplishment for us to be top ten.” That is a modest statement for the 6-year-old Shaddofax, already the owner of three national titles (including that of 2008 Canadian National Reserve Champion Stallion) before he added a top ten in U.S. Senior Stallions in 2009. “He’s matured into a wonderful horse,” Alberti observes. “His head has dried out, and he’s a lot bigger than many people realize; he’s very leggy, but he’s so short-backed that he doesn’t give the appearance of being so tall. He is a wonderful horse to be around.” Shaddofax enjoyed a light show career this year, appearing only at U.S. Nationals and Scottsdale, where

he was reserve champion in the 6- and 7-year-old class despite battling a case of hives that nearly necessitated his leaving the arena. Alberti points out that the routinely high placings that Shaddofax accrues result directly from his quality. “He doesn’t have the biggest budget for advertising promotion, and he doesn’t have the biggest name handler, and yet he has been a consistent winner in those classes, and yet he has stood in front of numerous national champion stallions. I think that’s a huge testament to this horse physically. He is very hard to fault, and that’s why he excels on the scorecard; he’s good in all his parts separately, and they equal the whole correctly. He is just a great horse. He was a great horse when he was 6 months old and I saw him in the field at Rohara, and he has turned into everything I thought he would be.” Although Shaddoxfax has a light competition schedule, he has been showing for six years. How does he stay so fresh? “He’s a very smart horse,” Alberti says. “I know that’s a cliché, but he really is. He’s never been a horse that goes backwards. You teach him something, and whether it takes him a day or a week to get it, when he gets it, it’s there. You don’t need to revisit it. He only gets schooled for halter at a horse show, three or four days before his class; he has never gotten schooled

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at home since he was a baby. He just likes to get on the end of a lead and pop his tail and trot around and snort. But what’s funny is that he has that little bit of a fuse, and then he’s back to being his quiet self. On a day-to-day basis, Shaddofax is a very quiet, calm and unassuming horse.”

“His babies all have good attitudes and like to show,” the trainer continues. “It’s the same thing. They are good-thinking horses. When you shake some plastic at them, they will pop their tails and trot around and snort and blow, which is what we want them to do, because they’re Arabians.”

The year 2009 marked another milestone for Shaddoxfax: He sired his first national champion foal, a filly from his first crop who was top ten in halter at the Sport Horse Nationals. “That’s a great start,” Alberti says. “So far, every foal that has been shown has been a class A champion and a regional champion, and there have been two Scottsdale winners. He’s consistently siring horses that are going out there and doing their jobs and winning.”

There is also the aspect of athletic ability; Shaddofax routinely scores in the highest registers there. “He is what I want to breed and where I want this industry to go, as far as a beautiful athlete,” Alberti says. “Not a super-athletic horse that is pretty for that good a trot; he is an exceptionally pretty horse for any horse, and an exceptional moving horse for any horse.”

For 2010, Alberti reports that Shaddofax is slated for performance if his stud duties allow. “It’s very difficult with the fact that in Pennsylvania our shows tend to be in June and July,” he says, adding that this is breeding season for up-east horsemen because they try to avoid having winter foals. At the moment, however, the stallion looks “like a force to be reckoned with” in country pleasure, with English pleasure perhaps in the offing. “He’s got a lot of motion and size, and he’s breathtaking under saddle.” In addition to Shaddofax’s quality and athletic ability, Alberti values traits that illustrate the stallion’s innate common sense. “His stall is right on the main aisle of our barn, and he never calls out—unless his girls come in from the field. Then you hear him call, but he doesn’t bang his stall. He’s not an aggressive horse; he has great manners. And he’s a great hauler. He loves getting on the trailer. He drinks (if you gave him a bucket an hour, he’d drink it), and he eats more than everyone else. He gets off the trailer after 12 hours, blinks, and goes in his stall and eats. He’s a real easy horse to show—he knows how to come out and be happy doing his job.


Alberti says that plans call for Shaddofax to cover about 20 to 25 mares in 2010. “He has so many traits that can be beneficial with so many bloodlines. He has so many things that can really help this industry keep moving in a positive direction—his size, length of leg, athletic ability, his shortness of back and amazing neck, his beautiful face. I think that is the hallmark for a stallion; when they are consistent in what they will or will not do, you can breed them properly.”



2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ellegant Dream) Owned by Peter and Trish Kessler Don Manuel Farms Elkton, Fla. Peter and Trish Kessler saw 7-month-old RHR Marcedes at Midcrest Farm not long after they met 1992 U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallion Echo Magnifficoo, with whom they were most impressed. “RHR Marcedes, even at that young age, reminded me of Echo Magnifficoo,” begins Peter Kessler. “He was


2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion RHR Marcedes (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ellegant Dream), owned by Peter and Trish Kessler.

a really attractive weanling. We also have great respect for Stan Keeter, who manages Echo Magnifficoo and recommended RHR Marcedes to us. “I made a conscious decision to go into the Arabian horse business to the best of my ability,” Kessler explains. “Why Arabians?” he asks rhetorically. “I have diversified interests. I was looking for an investment that my young daughters would enjoy, so I bought some undeveloped acreage that had once been a Spanish land grant, and built a horse ranch on it. I then bought three mares, one of which was an Arabian. Looking over her registration papers, I saw that she was a WN Ultimate Star daughter. His name, and the other names in her pedigree, meant absolutely nothing to me—yet. “A short time later, I met Stan Keeter, with no idea of his affiliation with WN Ultimate Star. I discovered that Stan stood him at Midcrest Farm. I also found out that WN Ultimate Star was the 1996 U.S. National, Canadian National, and Scottsdale Champion Stallion. I had no conception of those titles’ prestige or significance, but I was intrigued, so I began to research Arabian horses. The more I learned, the more I became impassioned. I bought a *Padron daughter and an Echo Magnifficoo daughter from Stan, and Don Manuel Arabians came into being.”

Kessler adds that the farm’s romantic name refers to the fact that the land on which it stands was discovered and dedicated to Isabella, Queen of Spain, by 16th century Spanish explorer Don Manuel. Amazingly, after nearly 500 years, the Kesslers are only the property’s second owners (after Queen Isabella). They are also the only people of European ancestry who have lived on the property since the 16th century. The farm’s other inhabitants are the Kesslers’ 35 Arabians, one of whom is RHR Marcedes. He is as royal a personage in his own sphere of influence as was Queen Isabella. Among his exalted titles are 2008 Canadian National Champion Futurity Colt, 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion, and 2006 U.S. National Top Ten Breeders’ Sweepstakes Yearling Colt. Various Scottsdale, Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, regional and class A championships add credentials and credibility to this young stallion’s dossier. His life, to date, is one to which many aspire, but rarely achieve. “We are very elated about his progress, and could not be more excited and optimistic about his future,” says the stallion’s proud owner. “He will continue to be shown, marketed to the public, and bred. His pedigree and physical appearance point to his being a world-class sire,

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2009 Canadian National Champion Stallion Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo), owned by Stranger Creek Ranch, LLC.

but equine genetics can be unpredictable. Fortunately, RHR Marcedes’ foals are exemplary. They are extraordinary halter prospects. He gives them his long, shapely neck, his movement, tail carriage and charisma, all of which will stand them in good stead in the Arabian horse show world’s most elite company.

Odyssey SC

“Breeders are booking significant mares to him in 2010, and he already has foals in Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia,” Kessler continues. “We have retained an exceptional filly and Bill Bell has a Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction colt that are going to Scottsdale in 2010. The filly, DM Marcedes True Love, is out of GR Katalina, a Scottsdale, regional and class A winner and champion in 2003 and 2004. Also in February 2010, RHR Marcedes will participate for the first time in the Scottsdale Signature Stallion program, and we are looking forward to his 2010 foal crop. In the Arabian horse business, there is always something to look forward to!”

Ever since he saw Odyssey SC several years ago, Jerad Cooper has been on a quest: to buy the stallion. In fact, he says that had he known Odyssey SC was for sale when Duke Mendel of Gemini Acres acquired the stallion in 2007, he would have been standing in line right there with him. As happens in life, however, sometimes the best is saved for last—and Odyssey SC has finally come home to Stranger Creek Ranch and a partnership of owners that includes: Cooper and his, wife Christi; Tarrance and Jacqueline Floyd; and Perry and Juanita Peden. The team is excited about the opportunities the handsome 2009 Canadian National Champion brings not only to them, but also to the industry.

2009 Canadian National Champion Stallion (Versace x Latoura Echo) Owned by Stranger Creek Ranch LLC Tonganoxie, Kan.

When Cooper first saw Odyssey SC in person, he already owned one of the stallion’s offspring, the colt KA Odysseus (x Ellure A). Cooper could immediately see in Odyssey SC the same qualities that had attracted him to his young son: an extremely laid-back shoulder;



high-set, long neck; clean throatlatch; straight legs; and great level top line. Although Cooper would have to wait another four years after his initial sighting of the stallion to acquire him, it was well worth it. Just prior to the 2009 U.S. Nationals, Cooper and his partners were able to seal the deal. Handler Jerry Schall of Shada, who had shown the stallion to his Canadian National Champion title, prepped the stallion and presented him for the partnership at the show. “Having him at U.S. and showing him to a lot of different people, as well as introducing us as the new owners, was really an exciting time for all of us,” says Cooper. Both Schall brothers have been long-time admirers of the Rojo Arabians-bred stallion. In a previous Times article, Jerry said, “This is a horse that doesn’t even have to show. He’s a horse that can just stand there.” Going forward, Cooper hopes to continue building the Odyssey family Mendel began when he acquired the stallion in 2007. Wanting to create a venue for the stallion’s admirers and owners of his progeny, Mendel developed an Odyssey SC website filled with pictures of the stallion’s offspring in winner’s circles around the country. Now there are more than 200 horses making their sire proud in both the halter and performance arenas. Just a few of those on the Odyssey SC family website include: Jackee O (x Fames Lady Jane), the 2009 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Mare Stock/ Hunter AAOTH and Top Ten in open competition, as well as U.S. National Top Ten AAOTH; Successor AAL (x TF Psyches Angel), 2009 Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity Gelding, Canadian National Top Ten Gelding In-Hand AAOTH, and U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Gelding. Others include He Has Risen HF (x AP Duette), a Youth Nationals Champion and U.S. National Top Ten in the Half-Arabian halter ring; and Journey X (x Marissa Bey) and RD Jornada (x Shady Lady), high level titlists in halter and hunter pleasure.

been making a name for both himself and his sire. Born in 2004, he won the Region 10 Arabian Yearling Colts/ Geldings Championship and followed that up in 2007 with a Canadian National Top Ten Arabian Futurity Colt title. His offspring are just starting to come into their own, and Cooper is excited about their show ring potential. Calypso CA (KA Odysseus x Fantasy’s Storie) was shown to three separate titles in halter at the American Royal Horse Show in September. Another of KA Odysseus’ offspring, Pallas Athyne CA, will make her first show ring appearance at the 2010 Scottsdale Show. Cooper sees the trend of producing quality horses with the help of dedicated, interested and involved owners continuing as he and the Stranger Creek partners focus on building not only the Odyssey SC family, but also the family of investors, partners and friends who call Stranger Creek home. “We are striving to create an environment where people can come to learn, have fun, be a part of the excitement of owning a horse, and get the entire family involved,” he says. To that end, Cooper has taken some innovative approaches to encouraging horse ownership, including the creation of partnerships in horses that include such amenities as breedings, handling and riding lessons, reduced showing fees, and more. He is also dedicated to attracting new people to the breed, and participates in such events as EquiFest of Kansas, a horse fair held every February in Wichita, Kan. Going forward, the plans for Odyssey SC are to showcase the stallion and his offspring at such places as EquiFest and the Iowa Gold Star Show. In the meantime, Cooper has started the handsome stallion under saddle, is collecting him for the mares he’s been booked to, and looking forward to breeding some of the Stranger Creek mares to the sire he’s had his eye on for years. Is there another shot at a U.S. Senior Stallion title in his future? Cooper isn’t ruling it out. But in the meantime, he invites everyone to make an odyssey of their own to come see the magnificent bay stallion.

The colt that originally sparked and then solidified Cooper’s interest in Odyssey SC, KA Odysseus, has also

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2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion and Canadian National Top Ten Stallion EVG Gentry (Pershahn El Jamaal x Gisele), owned by Frank and Sara Chisholm.

EVG Gentry 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion and Canadian National Top Ten Stallion (Pershahn El Jamaal x Gisele) Owned by Frank and Sara Chisholm Palmetto Arabians Timmonsville, S.C. “He is probably the most imposing horse I have ever been around,” says Frank Chisholm, who bought EVG Gentry from his breeders, Evergreen Arabians, as a yearling. “That was in February 2006,” he explains. “Andrew Sellman showed him for Evergreen at Scottsdale as a yearling. Andy was preparing to relocate, and he liked this colt so much that he came to me at the show and asked me to take a look at him. The colt was tall and rangy, all long legs, and very juvenile—probably two or three years away from developing into a competitive show horse. Still, despite his gangly immaturity, there was a certain elegance about him that showed through. Andy and I talked about him, and figured he could be competitive by the time he was 3 or 4. He has not disappointed us. He is so big, and has so much presence and such a powerful persona that when he comes out of his stall, you automatically take a step back. He has that


same powerful presence and charisma in the show ring. People follow him back to the stalls after his classes, wanting to learn more about him. “He has tremendous length of leg, a good body and neck, a great head and face, and the tightest little ears. He is probably all of 16 hands tall, but he is very refined. He has not coarsened or gotten bulky in any way. Andy and I knew his sire and dam, and Ali Jamaal, and we knew he would be a ‘late bloomer,’ which was all right with me.” EVG Gentry’s sire, Pershahn El Jamaal, was 2004 U.S. and Canadian National Reserve Champion Junior Stallion. Two 2004 Scottsdale halter championships preceded the exotic bay stallion’s national victories. Ali Jamaal, EVG Gentry’s paternal grandsire, was a U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallion, imported to Brazil in 1986. Among his 503 registered foals are numerous well-known national and international champions. EVG Gentry has two crosses, one paternal and one maternal, to the legendary Bey Shah, 1980 U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion and a leading sire of champions and national champions. EVG Gentry’s dam, Gisele, is a daughter of Padrons Psyche, a son of *Padron, the 1982 U.S. National


Champion Stallion, 1981 Canadian National Champion Stallion, and sire and grandsire of a remarkable number of national champions and national champion producers. Also present in EVG Gentry’s pedigree are other distinguished champion sires and champion producers, many with national titles. “Late bloomer” or not, EVG Gentry was bred to be the show ring star he has become.

Marjestic WA

“But we almost didn’t show him as a 3-year-old,” admits Frank Chisholm, and adds, “At 5, he is finally where we thought he should be. He is such a long-legged horse; he has a good head, tight ears, a good neck, a nice eye—and he stamps himself on his foals. They all have tremendous length of leg, his great ears, and his ‘look.’”

“Our Millennium LOA daughter, Milleah’s, first two foals are 2009 national champions. PA Millan Always was 2009 U.S. National Champion Futurity Gelding, and PA Madrid Always was the 2009 Canadian National Champion 2-Year-Old Colt. Milleah’s third foal is PA Marcella, a beautiful, very tall yearling filly sired by EVG Gentry. Watch for her at Scottsdale in February 2010.

Marjestic WA began his career in a photograph. He was not the object of his owner’s careful search for a nationalcontending breeding stallion, however. He was just a picture that Lisa East of Brentwood, Tenn., ran across when looking for stock images of Arabians. East had been particularly affected by the death of Eight Belles at the 2008 Kentucky Derby, and when she remained tearfully glued to tribute videos a few weeks after the tragedy, her fiancé suggested that she needed to “get a handle on this horse thing.” In an effort to explain her connection to horses—and particularly to the Arabians she had ridden in her youth—she researched photos to show him the breed she always had dreamed of owning. In a slew of shots, one image kept returning to focus—a leggy bay colt in a field. And one day, as her cursor hovered, the name “Marjestic WA” appeared. She wasn’t really prepared to own a horse right then, and the last thing she needed was one who would grow up to be a stallion, but she found herself emailing the person connected to the picture, breeder Andrea Wadsworth of Anza, Calif. A few months later, after a lot of study and carefully considering her options, East purchased Marjestic WA.

“Her sire will also be going to Scottsdale in 2010,” Chisholm continues. “He is all stallion, all male. When he gets in the ring with other stallions, he really puffs up and shows himself off. We are very excited about his future, and believe his best days are ahead.”

“There have been only a handful of times in my life when I’ve felt something so strongly, and my intuition has never led me wrong,” she reflects. “All the other times turned out to be not just good, but great decisions, and I trusted that this one would as well.”

Chisholm breeds up to 15 mares a year. They include daughters of Afire Bey V, Sundance Kid V (whom Chisholm purchased in 2003), Jullyen El Jamaal, Versace, Versaces Gold and Justafire DGL. One, the Jullyen El Jamaal daughter Gai Jullyette, is out of 1991 U.S. and Canadian National Champion Mare Gaishea, by Bey Shah.

2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion (Marwan Al Shaqab x Miraga WA) Owned by Lisa East Arabians of Qiran Al Sa’dain LLC Brentwood, Tenn.

Marjestic WA entered training and traveled to U.S. Nationals in 2008, but because of the limited time to prepare, the decision was made to scratch him from his futurity class. He came out at Scottsdale 2009 and won

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2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion Marjestic WA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Miraga WA), owned by Lisa East.

a top ten, but East could tell as good as he was, he wasn’t even close to his potential, so she brought him home to Tennessee to let him grow up a little. It was a pleasant interlude for both of them. “I had a chance to get to know him,” she says. “On Saturdays, I would go watch him worked at liberty, and we would cheer really loud and that was how I learned what a performer he was. The louder the cheers, the more he would prance and work the rail, playfully rearing up, tossing his head, and I knew then that he had it in him to be not only an exciting show horse, but a real contender.” She explains how Marjestic’s temperament—sensitive and sweet-natured in the stall, full-to-bursting in the ring— fit with his show career. “I knew he couldn’t feel like that without someone to allow him his dignity,” she says, “certainly someone to lead him, train him and guide him, but someone who would work in partnership with him.” A few months later, she found what she considered Marjestic’s ideal match—Jeff Schall at Shada Arabians. She sent not only her stallion, but also a video clip of him performing for the Saturday contingent during his stay in Tennessee. “I said, ‘If you can bring the charisma we see at home out in the show ring, we’ll have a winner.’”


That was in May. If Marjestic was going to Nationals, he needed to qualify, so cautioning that he was “only about 30 percent” ready, Schall took him to a regional the third week in June. Ready or not, he was selected champion unanimously. “Marjestic is very proud—Arabian stallions just are,” East says. “He’ll perform for you because he wants to, but if you get heavy-handed with him, hurt his feelings or his dignity in any way, he’ll just go flat. Jeff understands that; he knows horses and he knows Marjestic.” In an interview, Schall confirms that observation. “A common thread amongst legendary stallions is a dynamic expression with an innate sense of purpose,” the trainer says. “Marjestic just seems to know that he is one of the elites. He is arrogant yet personable, confident yet humble, refined yet full of strength and power. Although new on the show scene, he absolutely exploded this year with Scottsdale, regional and national titles.” Schall also recognizes Marjestic WA’s physical attributes. “I feel he has a refinement that is rare for stallions. He possesses an airiness due to this refinement and his long legs. Another descriptive term for him is ‘balanced.’ And he is beautiful, with tons of expression!”


At U.S. Nationals, Marjestic WA proved that he belonged in the rarefied atmosphere of stallion halter. “The Junior Stallion class was the deepest class anyone can remember in years,” East says. “Each and every horse in that top ten could have been champion on a different day. That’s great news for the breed. Marjestic gave a fantastic show, and I was thrilled. People were able to see his quality and that intangible presence—and with 2009 being his debut year, he’s just starting to learn what it’s all about!” East and the Shada team look forward to the future with extreme anticipation as they await the stallion’s 2010 foals and his return to the national spotlight His pedigree indicates a potential for uncommon ability as a sire, and she cites more than just the well-known Marwan Al Shaqab sire line. “He is quite unique in having an unbelievable three champion-producing Aristocrat mares lined up in his tail female line, and even more in his pedigree. We are confident he will prove to be a strong breeder.” East offers that she is still in the learning stages of Arabians, and adds candidly, “I’m new to the scene and dependent on a trusted team of advisors—and my own gut.” But she is learning fast, and a childhood that included a lot of riding contributes a perspective when she envisions the foals she wants to breed. “I appreciate horses that maintain the versatility the breed is known for. You do want beautiful heads, as that is true to type, but you don’t want to sacrifice the overall conformation and soundness of the horse. Nor do you want to sacrifice the wonderful disposition for which Arabians have long been known, and I believe stallions should be no exception to that rule.” Expanding her fledgling program, she recently purchased Marjestic WA’s granddam, Meiata, to strengthen his influence in the future. “When she foals out, I’ll bring her home,” she says, and laughs that soon she will have to find her own horse property. “As happy as I am with my horses, I can’t be 100 percent happy until I can look out my window and see them, smell them and touch them.”

A lot has happened from that one photograph she ran across two years ago. “Sometimes I wonder exactly what I saw in it,” she says. “Of all the photos from that shoot, this one on the web wasn’t the best (its purpose was more to show conformation), but there was just something about him.” She recently heard from a woman who was present at his first shoot as a weanling, and when she inquired what her stallion was like in those days, the woman replied that in addition to his obvious physical attributes, “I remember that he just really loved himself.” East smiles. “Marjestic just has a presence about him. All the really good ones do.”

Maddox Van Ryad 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion (Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset) Jim and Sally Bedeker Gemini Acres Morris, Ill. When Sally and Jim Bedeker make up their minds to do something, they do it right. Whether it is their company, A & R Transport, or an 800-acre family farm in Illinois, or Gemini Acres, their Arabian breeding program—it is all done with the utmost in care, foresight and planning. Gemini Acres is now home to more than 60 Arabians and Half-Arabians, including some of the top mares and stallions in the industry today, including Maddox Van Ryad, who claimed not only four regional championship titles in 2009, but also a U.S. National Top Ten in the Junior Stallion class in Tulsa. So, how did the Bedekers—founder/owners of one of the largest and most successful providers of plastics transport in North America, and farmers of 800 acres—become the owners of such a special stallion? As in many cases, it all goes back to one horse. The couple’s foray into the

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2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion Maddox Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset), owned by Jim and Sally Bedeker.

Arabian horse world began with the purchase of Mi Lady Lov from War-Dal Arabians two decades ago. That purchase was followed by the acquisition of Mi Fantacee, who was in foal to Firelord. The colt Fire Danczer was born in 1990, raised by the couple, and became a show ring superstar under the tutelage of Wendy Potts. Like many other Arabian horse enthusiasts, the Bedekers were hooked, and it would only be a matter of time before they pursued their interest wholeheartedly. When the couple moved from California back to their native Illinois, they began breeding Arabians and Friesians. Sally knew that to be successful, she would need not only to work hard, but also to surround herself with knowledgeable people. She enlisted the help of the Midwest team, including David Boggs and Travis Rice. “We really trust and rely on David and Terry Anne, Travis Rice, and the rest of the people at Team Midwest to help us make decisions,” she said in a previous Arabian Horse Times article. “They really know their horses.” Team Midwest wouldn’t lead Jim and Sally astray, assisting them over the years in the purchases of such noteworthy mares as Goddess of Marwan, MM Magnum Butterfly, GA Clio Dulaine and True Desire LL. And when Maddox Van Ryad captured their attention, Boggs


and Rice went to work. “Maddox Van Ryad was touted as Ryad’s replacement for the Agropec Vanguarda breeding program,” says Rice, “so convincing them to sell took a lot of negotiations.” But Boggs was successful and the rest, as they say, is history. Maddox Van Ryad, already an unanimous Brazilian National Champion, joined the Gemini Acres’ stable in December 2006. The 2005 grey stallion has since captured championship titles at some of the United States’ most prestigious regional shows and the Buckeye. In 2009, he was named champion stallion at Regions 10, 12, 14 and 17. His top ten title at the U.S. Nationals in a highly competitive field was close to the reserve champion title, as just one point separated him from that contender. “I think Maddox Van Ryad is one of the premiere, up-and-coming stallions in the industry today,” says Rice. “He has a very promising future as a herd sire. He’s one of the most athletic stallions I’ve ever seen, and although he has a sweet disposition, he knows his job and is an incredible show horse when he hits that ring. We are all very excited about what is already on the ground by Maddox Van Ryad, and also about the babies that will be coming. Jim and Sally have bred him to their best mares, and we’ll see some exciting prospects in 2010.”


2009 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion Dakharo (Dakar El Jamaal x FOF Kharolina), owned by HRH Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz.

2009 Canadian National Reserve Champion Stallion FM Echota (Versace x Latoura Echo), owned by Beth and Thomas Vedder.

2009 U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica), owned by Sloan Family Impresario Holding.

2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Junior Stallion Marhaabah (Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal), owned by The Marhaabah Legacy Group.

2009 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion Mastermind M (Thee Masterpiece x JAL Salita), owned by Athala King.

2009 U.S. National Top Ten Senior Stallion LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana), owned by LD Pistal Partners LLC.

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2009 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colts by Linda White and Mary Kirkman


t’s that time of the year again when we can report on the coming generation of stallions. Savvy breeders watch the futurity colt classes at the U.S. and Canadian Nationals like wine masters checking their barrels: How did that yearling colt from two years ago mature? Is there someone we’ve never seen? Who looks like the next big coming influence? The news in a nutshell this year comes as no big surprise. From 20 placings, 17 colts won the awards (three appeared at both shows), and six were by Marwan Al Shaqab. A further three were by Marwan’s sire, Gazal Al Shaqab, so that a little more than half of the decorated futurity colts this year represent one sire line. But that is only the sire line; there were other pedigrees, through both sires and dams, on hand for broodmare owners trying to get a jump on the future. Here is a sampling of those who took home the titles.



Bey Ambition U.S. National Champion and Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) Owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell Rae-Dawn Arabians Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Last year, when Bey Ambition was named Canadian National Reserve Champion 2-Year-old Colt, Murray and Shirley Popplewell of Rae-Dawn Arabians in Saskatoon, Sask., were thrilled. So often American horses traveled north of the border to pick up trophies; that year, the Canadians started a revolution of reclaiming their ribbons. Then through the winter and spring, their bay stallion continued to mature, and in August, he was a solid reserve once again. It was just two months to Tulsa, and in that time, Bey Ambition continued to grow into himself, so that when he stormed into the ring at U.S. Nationals, he commanded the ring. This time, he went home the winner.

He recalls the pressure before the class, as they looked around at all the top colts they were up against, and says they relieved the tension with the thought, ‘Let’s go in and show to the crowd; they’re the ones that would be buying breedings, anyhow. Let’s just have a good time and be proud of the horse.’ Trainer Claudinei Machado later told them of what happened in the warm-up paddock: When he pulled the wrap off Bey Ambition, he felt the stallion’s presence growing, and by the time they headed for the ring, he just told his partner, “Okay, let’s go, I’ll follow.” The rest is history. “That is quite a thing for a small breeding farm like ourselves,” Popplewell observes. “Most of the credit goes to Lucy Whittier, who did the breeding, and Claudinei for the training.” By nature, the Popplewells tend toward humility—and loyalty. Many of the industry’s headline handlers offered to lead Bey Ambition, but they have long said that when they won their first national championship, they wanted it to be with Machado, their resident trainer. Popplewell explains simply, “We believe in him.”

“We’re proud to own such a special horse,” Bey Ambition, he Murray Popplewell feels, is legitimate. 2009 U.S. National Champion and Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity says. “We went “This horse is Colt Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by reserve champion at the special. He’s longMurray and Shirley Popplewell. Canadian Nationals, and necked, and has a very that’s a very nice honor clean throatlatch; that’s too. But going down to the U.S. this year, we felt that what stands out to me the most. He has good long legs this was likely one of the best futurity colt classes that and a ‘look-at-me’ attitude in the show ring—and yet, the U.S. has attracted in quite a few years—any other you bring him back in the barn, and it’s ‘how can I please day, any other time, it could have come out differently, you?’ To us, he’s all we ever wanted in a horse.” it was that great. We never want to underestimate the value of getting a top ten at U.S. Nationals; that is a very He considers the trajectory of their Arabian operation. big thing. For us to come out on top was very nice, but “We bred RD Fabreanna, who was a U.S. National at the same time, I just want to respect the quality of the Champion as a yearling, but we didn’t own her at the competition too. We had to give ourselves a pinch the time. Now we own a national champion, and the next next morning to make sure we weren’t dreaming.” thing we want is to breed and own a national champion at



the same time. I think Bey Ambition is a horse who can take us there.” The young stallion’s bloodlines back up those thoughts. “We bought him because he has a breeder’s pedigree,” Popplewell reports. “Bey Shah Lady is likely one of the most beautiful Bey Shah daughters there is, and his sire, Regal Actor JP, is a Brazilian national champion and very pretty. We feel that there are so many beautiful Marwan Al Shaqab and Padrons Psyche daughters that are going to have to be crossed with something different, and this guy complements a lot of those mares.” At the moment, plans call for Bey Ambition to take a year off from competition and focus on his breeding career. While he won’t be showing at Scottsdale, he will be presented to the horsemen and fans; recently, the Popplewells opened a Scottsdale division of Rae-Dawn Arabians, and the festivities of winter in the Valley of the Sun certainly will feature their star stallion. If all goes well, Bey Ambition will return to the ring as a 5-year-old in 2011. Right now, however, Murray Popplewell is most interested in the coming crop of foals. “We have 12 babies due in the spring to him,” he says. “That will be the real test. You can win all the trophies and brag all you want, but it’s going to come down to what he does in the breeding shed that counts.”

PS Andiamo U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt (Marwan Al Shaqab x Sidcerelys Echo) Owned by Don and Ellen Olvey Aradon Farms Branchville, Ala. It was pure chance that PS Andiamo started his national show career this year. Originally, plans called for Don and Ellen Olvey’s striking chestnut to grow up, begin


a career as a breeding stallion at their Aradon Farm, in Branchville, Ala., and perhaps enter the show ring later on. “I’m not one who wants to over-show,” explains Olvey, and notes that since Aradon is a full-service breeding and halter training facility, he has little desire to compete against their clients. So, the colt was bred to three mares as a 2-year-old, and looking at the three foals, Olvey was satisfied that he was on the right course. Then Les Sichini, who in addition to being the resident trainer at Aradon operates a commercial hauling business, mentioned that there was an empty stall on the van he was driving to Canada for other owners. What the heck, the Olveys smiled, let’s just put Andiamo in the ring and see what the judges say. Two weeks and a Canadian National Top Ten title later, Olvey received a phone call. It was Jeff Schall, offering to show PS Andiamo in the Futurity Colts class at Tulsa in October. “That was probably on a Thursday,” Olvey recalls. “I said, ‘He’ll be on the trailer Monday, headed your way.’ I figured if Jeff liked him that well, he must be a competitor.” At U.S. Nationals, only his second time in competition, PS Andiamo confirmed the quality he’d displayed in Regina, nailing another top ten as seventh in a very competitive class of 19. Just as important as his body and type, his owner emphasizes, is the young stallion’s temperament. “He has a great attitude. At U.S., he came out in the arena with his tail f lagged, and he was looking and saying, ‘Well, wonder where I am? I’ve never seen this place before.’” But that doesn’t overshadow the colt’s innate qualifications for the national show ring. “He’s extremely elegant, and he’s got a beautiful head—which, by the way, he’s passing on,” says Olvey. “All three of his babies have gorgeous heads and all three are regional-


quality babies. I think he’s going to be a sire, but of course it’s early to call that.” With a background that includes breeding performance champions, Olvey does not put all of his focus on the head. “I like a horse that can move,” he says. “Fortunately, Andiamo is a brilliant mover. I’m not saying that he’s an open English horse, but he’s a really nice mover and exciting to watch when he’s trotting. I just like a wellbalanced, overall good horse.”

Olvey expects them to complement Andiamo’s Marwan Al Shaqab/Echo Magnifficoo lines. The Marwan Al Shaqab influence was selected to add “pretty” to the Aradon program, Olvey explains, while the Echo Magnifficoo daughters are known as excellent producers. For Don Olvey, the quality and promise of PS Andiamo are particularly sweet. Now 73, he was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago. “I’ve never been one to give up, and I’m not giving up now,” he says. “I’m not sad about it, I’m not defeated about it; I wish it were different, but it is what it is. I’ll deal with it the best that I can.”

Plans for a 2010 show career for PS Andiamo have yet to be made; he will be presented at Scottsdale, Olvey In the Arabian says, but whether business for more or not he shows is than 20 years, he is still to be decided. particularly enjoying His breeding career it now. “I was remains most talked into showing important. Besides, amateur for the they already have first time ever this shows in mind for year,” he reports. At the PS Andiamo Region 12, he and babies, with all his Padrons Psyche three scheduled gelding were named for the Region 12 reserve champions; Spotlight classes, 2009 U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt PS Andiamo at Region 15, they and one on track (Marwan Al Shaqab x Sidcerelys Echo), owned by Don and Ellen Olvey. were champions—despite for Nationals. “She’s his undergoing chemo spectacular—and that’s treatments during both shows. At Nationals, his third show his first baby,” Olvey says proudly. “She’s going to make ever, he made top ten in a class of 28. “I just had a heck of a her mark. I’ve been doing this a long time, and I know a year! What I hope more than anything is that folks look out pretty good horse when I see one.” there and say, ‘There’s this old, 73-year-old man that’s not well, and he can get out there and do that, so why can’t I do Designing a breeding program for a hot young property that? I just have fun—at Nationals, I had a ball.” like PS Andiamo is proving to be a particular delight. The Olveys have a line-up of mares already selected: two Versace It has been a charmed road for the young stallion who was daughters, a Sanadik El Shaklan daughter, daughters from bred by Sheila and Peter Stewart and recommended to the Padrons Psyche, Dakar El Jamaal, and Mishaah, to start.



Olveys by Stan Keeter of Midcrest Arabians. He and his owners now look to his future, and the contributions he can make to the Arabian breed. Perhaps PS Andiamo’s name says it all: It is Italian for “Let’s go!”


Prince Marwan

(Marwan Al Shaqab x MCA Eternal Secret) 2009 U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt Owned by Gary and Debra Buxton Mountain Classic Arabians Eden, Utah

and the championship. She followed those wins with the 2003 Region 8 Yearling Filly Championship. Two years later, she won the Region 6 Champion Mare title, was undefeated in class A competition, and went on to become a 2005 U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Filly.” MCA Eternal Secret’s first foal, MCA Prince Marwan, is a combination of Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame, by Fame VF) and his dam, his owner suggests. “He is probably one of the most look-alike Marwan Al Shaqab sons, and he is a big, bold mover, like both his sire and dam. He has good size, good structure, and perfect legs. It is also unusual to see that degree of refinement in such a large stallion. His quality is worldclass. Being his breeder gives me great satisfaction. His first foals were born in 2009, so there is nothing recorded on the Arabian database, but I feel he has tremendous potential as a breeding horse. With his pedigree, he can be crossed or outcrossed almost any way, to mares of almost any bloodlines.”

When you ask Gary Buxton what makes MCA Prince Marwan special to him, the colt’s 2009 U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt titles are not the first things he mentions. Instead, he replies with no hesitation, “He represents What about his two generations temperament? of my breeding! “He is one of the We bred his dam, sweetest, calmest MCA Eternal horses I have ever Secret (Eternety x met,” Buxton Rohara Whispers, replies. “He was by Padrons Psyche). 2009 U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt MCA Prince Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x MCA Eternal Secret), owned by Gary Buxton. born and raised here Her pedigree on this farm. We did reads like Who’s foal imprinting, and he has been groomed and handled— Who, and I had a lot of fun with her. At Scottsdale in even by our 15 grandchildren—since he was a baby. You 2003, we won the Arabian Mare Amateur Owner class



can walk into his stall safely, because he will never nip, act ‘macho’ or become aggressive. “We saw him as a potential breeding stallion when we bought him,” Buxton continues. “Phenotypically, he is absolutely beautiful. Genotypically, he is a breeder’s dream.” That he is. MCA Prince Marwan’s sire, Marwan Al Shaqab, was 2003 and 2005 U.S. National Champion Arabian Junior Stallion. Marwan Al Shaqab’s paternal grandam, Little Liza Fame, was a champion western pleasure daughter of 1987 U.S. National Champion Stallion Fame VF, sire of champions and national champions. Fame VF’s dam, Raffoleta Rose, was sired by Raffon, holder of U.S. national championships in halter and English pleasure. Crosses to Bey Shah and Aza Destiny on his sire’s side do no harm, either. Both national or national reserve champions at halter, they outdistanced themselves as sires of champions and champion producers. MCA Prince Marwan’s dam, MCA Eternal Secret, owned by Karen and Andrew Wilson since 2007, has 2005 U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Filly titles to her credit, not to mention a 2003 Region 6 and a 2005 Region 8 Mare Championship, and those earlier-cited 2003 Scottsdale amateur mare halter wins with Gary Buxton, her breeder. Eternety, sire of MCA Eternal Secret, was named 1994 U.S. National Champion Stallion, 1993 National Reserve Champion Stallion in the U.S. and Canada, 1992 U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion, and 1991 U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt. Eternety’s arresting good looks and show ring brilliance earned him a sizeable fan club of loyal admirers. On MCA Prince Marwan’s dam’s side, crosses to unforgettable U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallions *Padron and Echo Magnifficoo, both extremely influential sires, only add to MCA Prince Marwan’s illustrious heritage. He reflects, in every way, Mountain Classic Arabians’ 15-year practice of breeding the best to the best.


Star Of Rashid (Rashid Van Ryad x VH Starlett) Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt Owned by Curtis, Tess and Cynthia Bailey Piotrowski Cynimar Farms Lenox Township, Mich. For Curtis, Tess and Cynthia Bailey Piotrowski, the homebred CF Star Of Rashid represents the latest example of what their breeding program can produce. The family has a history in Arabians: Cynthia (“Cindy”) grew up in the breed; Curt was introduced by his wife and is now the engine of their operation; and Tess—well, what else was Tess going to do, with two horse-crazy parents, than grow up to be a national champion exhibitor? Cynimar Farms is now 100head strong, with a clear presence in both halter and performance. Keith Krichke guides the halter horses (except when Curt is on the lead in amateur classes and the occasional open event), while the performance horses, purebred and Half-Arabian English pleasure candidates, are handled by Stackowski Farms. “We bred CF Star Of Rashid,” Curt says. At Scottsdale, he and Krichke had seen the stallion Rashid Van Ryad, and Krichke suggested the mating. Star Of Rashid, who finished third on the cards in the Canadian Futurity Colt class, would be the fourth foal from VH Starlett, who is by Solstice, out of a Strike daughter. One already had been a national top ten yearling. “VH Starlett has produced a couple of nice horses for us; her foal by DA Valentino will be going in the Signature Filly class at Scottsdale, and she had CF Star Magnolia, who just produced a foal by Denali BHF that is going into the Scottsdale Signature Auction Colts for Scottsdale. He’s going to be a star.”



The Canadian Nationals itself was a landmark experience for the Piotrowskis. Cynthia won HalfArabian Native Costume AOTR on WTC Show Me Manhattan; Tess won Half-Arabian English Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under on High Falutinn, and on Sommelier was champion in English Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under and reserve in JTR; Curt led CF Star Of Rashid to the national championship in Stallions AAOTH; and Krichke showed Rashid to the top ten in futurity colts. Curt Piotrowski considers Star Of Rashid’s futurity colts class in Canada. “I knew he was going to be a good, strong top ten, but he came right underneath the horse who was this year’s U.S. National Champion by five points,” he marvels. “When I saw the cards, I thought ‘wow.’” Piotrowski, who began showing in 2002 to such a string of championships that it has been his favorite pastime ever since, particularly enjoys working with CF Star Of Rashid. “I showed him open to qualify him for Keith,” he says. “He’s been very good for only 3 years old. He’s very calm in the stalls and with me schooling him. He’s still a stallion, but he knows me and it has been easy for me to handle him.”

to a couple of our national champion mares in 2010,” Piotrowski says. “Maybe Echo Magnolia and possibly Delilah BHF (this year’s Canadian National Champion Futurity Filly). We want to see how he produces. I expect good things. He is a full-bodied, he has a nice, hooky neck and a good eye. He’s good looking, and I think he will cross well with some of the mares that we have.” The Cynimar Farms breeding program typically produces 12 to 17 horses a year, and both halter and performance candidates are available for purchase. While many of the halter horses are already in the ring, the oldest performance prospects will be 4 years old in 2010 and are now getting started with Dan Whitt of Topline Arabians. “We slant how we breed toward what we are going for—halter or performance,” Piotrowski says. “But I breed also with athleticism in mind for my halter horses, and we are always looking for Arabian type.”

“We try to breed good horses,” agrees Cindy Piotrowski. “We consider what we breed and how the foals turn out, and we 2009 Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt CF Star Of Rashid constantly try to get better. (Rashid Van Ryad x VH Starlett), owned by Curtis, Tess and Cynthia Bailey Piotrowski. I just truly like a nice horse! CF Star Of Rashid is the quality of horse we’re trying to breed.” It is not just his physical quality that CF Star Of Rashid’s promise has sparked a pleasant impresses her, she smiles, and adds, “He has an air about conf lict for the family. They are standing him at stud, him; he just likes to show off.” but also offering him for sale. “We plan to breed him



2009 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt TF Royal Shahbaz (Falcon BHF x TH Maya Naufali), owned by Curtis Westley.

2009 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt Beijing BHF (Falcon BHF x Felisha BHF), owned by Battle Hill Farm.

2009 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt OFW Mariachi (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Balarina), owned by Harold and Darlene Orr.

2009 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt WH Patriot (Marwan Al Shaqab x WH Rosette), owned by Wendell Hansen.



2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica), owned by Sloan Family Impresario Holding.

2009 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt Gemini VII (Legacy Of Fame x Precious Legacy), owned by Rolyn and Judith Schmid.

2009 Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt Royal Conquistador (Gazal Al Shaqab x Desha Bey Alishah), owned by William Jackson Jr.

2009 Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt WA Raekwon (Gazal Al Shaqab x Symphony Ofdreams), owned by Heather Brady and Kirk Kimball.



2009 Canadian National Champion Futurity Colt Brixx IA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Bella Versace), owned by H B Arabians LLC. 2009 Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt Guinness (Brandon Bey JCA x Jewella), owned by Morning View Arabians LLC.

2009 Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt Alihandro IA (Enzo x LV Markelle), owned by Richard Dewalt.

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For your consideration ...

Aegypt x Megn Liberty Gold, by Silver Patriot

See her in action during the Scottsdale Show! Showing in: • Dressage Second and Third Level • Sport Horse In-Hand • Sport Horse Under Saddle

USEF Horse of the Year Half-Arabian Sport Horse for 2008 - 3rd Place This beautiful registered Half-Arabian mare is 15.3H and is Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes nominated as well as registered with the American Warmblood Society with Preferred Status. She has competed through Second Level Dressage and is schooling Third Level. She has a wonderful work ethic—She enjoys her work and has a wonderful attitude with a willingness to please her rider. She has a powerful, forward walk, comfortable and light trot, and powerful canter. She has been shown by an adult amateur and is suitable for a junior rider. For more information contact: Callahan Training Drew Callahan 6206 E Rockaway Hills • Cave Creek, Arizona 85331 602-677-9030 • •


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Service Auction ...

The Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction is open to everyone to participate. By purchasing a breeding at the 2010 Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction, the resulting foal is eligible to compete in the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction Champion Yearling class for big money in 2012.



JUSTIFY Magnum Psyche x S Justadream


MPA GIOVANNI Da Vinci FM x Glitzy


DS MAJOR AFIRE Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia


MAGNUM PSYCHE Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle


VITORIO TO DA Valentino x Sol Natique


SIR FAMES HBV Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF


IXL NOBLE EXPRESS MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi


BESSON CAROL Parys El Jamaal x Classic Krystall

10 MISHAAL HP Ansata Sinan x Mesoudah M

11 GR PSYCHES REY Padrons Psyche x Treat Me Special

12 SELKET MARQUE Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Khamala

13 ETERNETY Sharem El Sheikh x Tomboy

14 RHR MARCEDES Marwan Al Shaqab x Ellegant Dream

15 HEY HALLELUJAH Huckleberry Bey x Hallelujah Bask

16 KM BUGATTI Versace x Sanegors Lady D

17 DAKAR EL JAMAAL Ali Jamaal x Sonoma Lady

18 MARHAABAH Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal

19 HF MISTER CHIPS Bucharest V x Play Annies Song



21 SHOWKAYCE Fame VF x Kay

22 SF VERAZ Gazal Al Shaqab x Vernonica GA

23 PPROVIDENCE Echo Magnifficoo x Bey Amore

24 MARWAN AL MAGNIFFICOO Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo

25 PSYMADRE Padrons Psyche x Tomorrows Dream

26 STAR GHAZAL Gazal Al Shaqab x C Starlite Bey

27 PA MAGNANIMOUS Magnum Psyche x Memphis NA

28 MADDOX VAN RYAD Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset

29 AM GOOD OLDBOY AM Sea Captain x AM Tis Beverlie

30 VEGAS DPA EF Kingston x Angelina DPA

31 ADONIIS Baske Afire x Coladina

32 HP GUNS AND ROSES Magnum Chall HVP x ETC Cracklin Rosy

33 OUT OF CYTE Cytosk x Amandi

34 JAKE JAMAAL JCA Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One

35 SHAEL DREAM DESERT Ansata Shaamis x Elettra

36 JP OBSESSION Versace x Overlooks Jewel

37 D CAPRIO PA Magnum Chall HVP x Diva Girl

38 ECHCLUSIVE Echo Magnifficoo x JJ Ali Baska

LOT # STALLION LOT STALLION 39 A NOBLE CAUSE IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire

40 ARMANI FC Eternety x Aires Bey

41 AM POWER RAID AM Double Dream x HH Maid Marian

42 KREWE Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade

43 WC ALI GAZAL Gazal Al Shaqab x JE Ali Selene

44 DAKOTA FA Dakar El Jamaal x Rustirose

45 MAXIMUSS Magnum Psyche x SX-Sheba

46 MARIACHI WA Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey

47 LAMAN HVP Don El Chall x Padrons Love Song

48 MASQUERADE PA Armani FC x Cazsandra

49 IA AMBASSADOR Amunition x La Vida Loca

50 MASERATI WR Marwan Al Shaqab x Aristokayte

51 PCF VISION Marwan Al Shaqab x Veronica GA

52 ECCENTRIC VALENTINO DA Valentino x Amelia B

53 AMES CHARISMA Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage

54 JRA AZUL Gazal Al Shaqab x Airiya

55 PHALANX BPA Falcon BHF x TA Jihana Bey

56 FS RITZ Padrons Psyche x WA-Miss Shasty

57 A TEMPTATION Temper x A Love Song

LOT ## STALLION LOT STALLION 58 STIVAL Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal

59 MARJESTIC WA Marwan Al Shaqab x Miraga WA

60 VERTIGO CF Versace x Bint Alianna

61 FGA SANTIAGO BEY JK Amadeus x FGA Cameo Bey

62 COUTURIER Versace x Evening Intrigue

63 LC ARLINGTON Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady

64 JOYS CREATION Psytadel US x Silk Melody

65 SVS FORNAIO Khadraj NA x SVS Kouleysza

66 FALCON BHF Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF

67 ROL INTENCYTY Out Of Cyte x Intensive QCA

68 NOBLE PRIZE Noble Lord JP x Djazyra HCF

69 RA PSYCHE PATRIOT Padrons Psyche x RA Lalani

70 MAJOR JAMAAL Soho Carol x Maya El Jamaal

71 PERIGNON Marwan Al Shaqab x Psychic Karma

72 NATIONS PSY Padrons Psyche x Adivah

73 TF SIR PRIZE Noble Prize x Premonishahn

74 LA KARAT WH Justice x La Kalahari

75 SHER KHAN AC MCA Magnum Gold x SD Mimosaa Bey

76 THEE MASTERPIECE Padrons Psyche x Menescada

77 KHADRAJ NA Ponomarev x Khatreena NA

78 ML AFIRE DREAM Afire Bey V x DF Dream Weaver

79 JP PRINCE TUHOTMOS Kenz Noor x Briele

80 HI HELLO BOY Don El Chall x Greta Rach

81 TF ROYAL SHAHBAZ Falcon BHF x TH Maya Naufali


83 PSYTANIUM Padrons Psyche x NV Tiara Bey

84 PERSHAHN EL JAMAAL Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA

85 OUT TIL MIDNIGHT Out Of Cyte x VP Belladonna

86 CASANOVA PPA Marwan Al Shaqab x Carinosaa

87 HJ FAMOSO Magnum Psyche x Poetry SMF

88 EUPPHORIA Pprovidence x DA Hope

89 SHARIF EL SHAKLAN Sanadik El Shaklan x Amurath Saratoga

90 RAHERE Desperado x Rose Of Sarangani

91 VVALIANTE DA Valentino x Kkissthestars

92 BEY TALLON DKM Falcon BHF x Ritzque

93 MANCINI BEY SMF Brandon Bey JCA x Marrissah

94 PURE PSYCHE Padrons Psyche x Magnums-Anastasia

95 MONTICETO LN Justify x JD Allove Story

96 JULLYEN EL JAMAAL Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin

97 WH YORK Marwan Al Shaqab x WH Moneca Ren

98 KRUSAYDER Eternety x Lovins Khrush SSA

99 GUINNESS Brandon Bey JCA x Jewella

100 RSA TROUBLESOME Sirius Trouble x TF Psyches Angel

101 BEIJING BHF Falcon BHF x Felisha BHF

102 FARAMOND BPA Versace x JDM Famarra

103 SCAPA Mishaal HP x Erie Anna

104 STAARWAN Marwan Al Shaqab x C Starlite Bey

105 MONOGRAMM JD DS Major Afire x WCA Mon Cherie


107 GEORGIO AF Versace x Fortunes Ciara

108 FAUSTO CRH Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal

109 GEMINI VII Legacy Of Fame x Precious Legacy

110 MAZKARADE Dakar El Jamaal x Majalis

111 AFFIRMMED Magnum Psyche x Shimmering Star B

112 REGAL ACTOR JP Encore Ali x More Pretty JP

113 CYTOSK Mi Tosk x Cystyr

114 OM EL SHAHMAAN Sanadik El Shaklan x Om El Shaina

115 ZEFYR Sundance Kid V x Pattrice

116 VIVA VERSACE Versace x Seraph Alexandra

117 BAYWATCH V Sundance Kid V x Berryantka V

118 HUKAM MAJ Marwan Al Shaqab x Dinamaj

119 EVER AFTER NA Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA

120 BRANDON BEY JCA Versace x Hushahby Bey

121 KHABERET PGA Khadraj NA x RA Kela

122 LC PSYLENT KNIGHT Padrons Psyche x Fame Fatale

123 DREAM QUEST Ali Jamaal x Calypso Tessa

124 KORDELAS Monogramm x Kabala

125 PSYTATION EA Magnum Psyche x Truly Fame Miss

126 JIULIUSZ DE WIEC Debowiec x Jiullya El Jamaal

127 ITS SSHOW TIME Showkayce x Mystic Heirloom

128 BREMERVALE ANDRONICUS Desperado x Bremervale Rhapsody

129 EF KINGSTON Padrons Psyche x The Dreamspinner

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Psymadre x Lappes Mreekhie



Pershahn El Jamaal x Gisele


Dream Quest x YS Laureate

Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane


Justify x Liza Monelli



Sir Fames HBV x Crimson Sharem



Padrons Psyche x HS Mostly


Eden C x Emandoria

Marwan Al Shaqab x Starbright Bey Afire Bey V x Mac Baske


Almaden x Doll Padron



Magnum Psyche x GG Moire

Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher-Renea


Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey



Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Schara


155 EDEN C

Marwan Al Shaqab x Om El Shadina


Millennium LOA x Ellure A

Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW Enzo x Silken Sable


WH Justice x Anthea Moniscione



Fame VF x Armira

Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady


Gazal Al Shaqab x Bella Versace



Ararat x Emigrantka

Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica


Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair



WH Justice x Nadjana Bint Nadir

Versace x DA Love


Audacious PS x HC Amareea

Fame VF x Precious As Gold

The Scottsdale Signature Stallion Futurity Committee would like to thank Purina for sponsoring the auction dinner.

SCOTTSDALE SIGNATURE STALLION SERVICE BREEDING AGREEMENT TERMS Purchaser hereby agrees to be responsible for compliance with the requirements as set forth in the breeding contract attached hereto including, but not limited to health papers, vaccinations, normal mare care fees and miscellaneous charges listed below. Purchaser further agrees that a nonrefundable down payment of FIFTY PERCENT (50%) OF THE PURCHASE PRICE IS PAYABLE AT TIME OF SIGNING OF THIS CONTRACT; balance is payable to Arabian Horse Association of Arizona prior to time of service of mare or June 30, 2010, whichever date is earlier. Purchaser agrees to pay the bid price in full on this date, or on the terms provided in this contract and to execute a promissory note for the remaining balance due. It is further agreed that at time of full payment of the breeding fee, a certificate signed by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona will be forwarded to Purchaser and that the receipt must be presented on delivery of the mare to the stallion owner prior to breeding of the mare. In the event the stallion owner by reason of death or injury of the stallion is unable to fulfill this agreement, the breeding deposit will be refunded without interest, unless there is frozen semen available. If the stallion is sold, leased or relocated within the United States of America prior to the conclusion of the breeding season, the stallion owner shall be responsible to the Purchaser for increases of fees and costs in breeding to the stallion in excess of those fees set forth in the Stallion Owners Breeding Contract, including but not limited to boarding and foaling fees, etc., and/or the costs of shipping semen to be paid by original stallion owner. 148 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES



If the stallion is relocated outside of the United States of America, the breeding deposit may be refunded, without interest, to the Purchaser upon approval by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. It is further agreed that the breeding herein purchased is subject to the rules and regulations of the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction & Futurity sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, and that in the event Purchaser fails to comply with the terms and conditions of this sale or the rules and regulations of the Futurity, the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona may retain the down payment as liquidated damages and declare the contract void, or at its option, may without further notice sue for specific performance of contract. If Purchaser defaults in the payment of the balance due under the terms of this contract, stallion owner may complete the Purchaser’s performance of contract by payment of the balance, if any, due hereunder to the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, and shall then be entitled to utilize said breeding without any further obligation to Purchaser. Venue for any action respecting this Agreement shall be in Maricopa County, State of Arizona, County of Register’s Office of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona.


Haras Sahara presents

The Winners at 2009 Brazilian National Show

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Unanimous Jr Filly Championship 2009 Copa do Brasil Sahara Nabilah Sadeek Van Ryad x Sahara Della Nabila x El Nabila


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Unanimous Filly Championship 2009 Copa do Brasil Sahara Lyrica Sadeek Van Ryad x Natalie K x Echo Magnifficoo


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Unanimous Jr. Jr. Filly Championship 2009 Brazilian National Show Sahara Gallina JJ Senor Magnum x Glory HCF x Cajun Prince HCF


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Jr Colt Championship 2009 Brazilian National Show Mazarati LBA Mazkarade x Amelia B x Magnun Psyche


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Reserve Mare Championship Radisha Van Ryad Ryad El Jamaal x HE Prima Donna x Prichal


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Salim Mattar Office Phone 55 31 3247 7000 Stud Phone 55 31 3712 8001 Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Brazil



National Judges YOUTH NATIONALS Albuquerque, New Mexico July 24-31, 2010

CANADIAN NATIONALS Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada August 16-21, 2010

SPORT HORSE NATIONALS Nampa, Idaho September 21-25, 2010

U.S. NATIONALS Tulsa, Oklahoma October 22-30, 2010

English/Saddle Seat Equitation: John Ryan Karen Homer-Brown Chris Culbreth

Panel 1: Bill Melendez Van Jacobsen Gary Dearth

Hunter/Jumper: Marty Cohen Randy Nuemann

English: Corky Sutton Scott Brumfield Brian Ferguson

Western: Bill Hughes Jan Decker Kathy Callahan-Smith Hunt Seat Equitation/Working Hunter: Mike Nielson Jimmy Wofford Leo Conroy Hunter Pleasure/ Show Hack/ Showmanship: Cheryl Fletcher Patrick Newby Laura Doran Dressage: Beverly Rogers Paula Lacey

Panel 2: Nancy Harvey Lisa Jo White Ross Tarkington Working Western: Jan Perdue-Wilson Jim Hitt Margo Shallcross Dressage: Louise Koch Hunter/Jumper: Penny Carpenter

Sport Horse: John McQueen Peter Hansen Dressage: Marlene Schneider Brian Ross Jacqueline Lindberg Sandra Chohany Carriage Driving: Craig Kellogg Technical Del.: Bob Cooper

Western: Larry Lewis Mark Himmel Lisa Skalski Hunt/Show Hack: Lewis McKim Pam Zimmerman Lori Conway Working Western: Jeff Tracy Julie Fisher-Addante Myron Kraus Debra Cooper Judy Wright Cutting: Bobby Ingersoll Steve Norris Halter: Michael Damianos Scott Benjamin George Zybszewski Cory Soltau Bruce McCrea

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Leaders Of The Times: December Calendar Feature

WH York and Crimson Farms, LLC by Colleen Scott

WH York (Marwan Al Shaqab x WH Moneca Ren)

When one goes looking for a good breeding and halter show ring prospect, it is natural to rely on the keen eye and experience of long-time halter trainers such as Rich Simpkins. But although Simpkins has routinely uncovered youngsters that have gone on to fame, in the case of WH York (Marwan Al Shaqab x WH Moneca Ren), he’s giving all the credit to Steve Mackrell, who with his wife, Susanne, owns Crimson Farms in Buellton, Calif. “We were looking at horses at Wendell Hansen’s,” Simpkins recalls, “and Steve had wandered off and found a colt in another part of the barn. He was quite smitten


with him and asked to see him out of his stall—that’s how we ended up with WH York.” The Mackrells and Simpkins saw potential in the grey colt who was just a yearling when they spotted him in the early summer of 2007. “Even then, he was incredibly charismatic,” says Simpkins. “He was very bold and had great, high tail carriage and an air about him that made you watch him.” Even though the youngster was in a gangly stage, they could see the characteristics which had made his sire, Marwan Al Shaqab, famous—a beautiful neck, sculpted features and incredible Arabian type. They

WH YORK thought WH York would cross well with the Crimson Farms group of mares, and so the colt found himself on a trailer heading west.

Indeed, if his first foals are any indication, the young stallion is well on his way to securing his own future as a leading sire. “We’re really excited about his first foal crop,” says Simpkins. “He’s producing extreme necks, great type, really refined features and babies with incredible personalities. We have daughters of Padrons Psyche, Baske Afire, The Color Of Fame, Falcon BHF and *Erros here at the farm, representing a wide range of pedigrees. York is crossing well on all of them. His babies are proving to be very popular with visitors.”

The Mackrells and Simpkins didn’t waste any time launching the youngster’s show career. In July 2007, WH York was named Top Ten in the Arabian Yearling Colts/Geldings class at the Region 3 Championship Show. He followed that up with a top ten in that class from a field of 33 highly qualified contenders at the U.S. Nationals. In 2008, WH York was a standout in Scottsdale, capturing a Top Ten in the Arabian Stallion Breeding WH York 2 Years & Over class. At the Region 3 Championship Show, he was named Champion Simpkins can’t wait for the WH York youngsters Arabian 2-Year-Old, and in 2009, Reserve Champion. to make their show ring debut. One he is especially Simpkins says the show schedule will likely be extremely looking forward to is Manhattan CF, a colt out of the light in 2010 as they focus on WH York’s breeding career. Padrons Psyche daughter Psyches Kontessa. Plans call for him to be in the ring at the Scottsdale Show. The That WH York is earning show ring accolades 2010 breeding season will be a busy one, with many shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is a case of like father, outside mares already booked and worldwide interest in like son. If Marwan Al Shaqab’s show career is any the stallion. indication, WH York has a long and successful future ahead. His highly decorated sire has a list of incredible Owning and managing a stallion like WH York wasn’t accomplishments, including: always in Susanne Mackrell’s plans. “At times I am still taken aback by it all,” she says. “I started like many people do—I just loved horses, Arabian horses in 2009 Qatari National Champion Stallion • particular. All of this began with the purchase of two • 2008 World Champion Stallion and Nations Cup trail riding horses, and now today we own many breeding Champion stallions (the farm is also home to Desert Heat VF, The • 2005 U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion Color Of Fame, Allusion AOF, Vertigo CF and GR (unanimous) Marvel). Back then, I would have never imagined that. • 2003 U.S. National Champion Stallion (unanimous) 2002 World Champion Colt, Nations Cup Champion • “It is exciting to share WH York, his offspring and Colt and European Champion Colt the many other horses we breed with other people,” 2001 World Champion Colt and Qatari National • she continues. “We encourage visitors to the farm, Champion Colt which is in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, and we look forward to many years of great foals with WH Not only has Marwan Al Shaqab sealed his position in York and our broodmares.” the record books with this impressive list of wins, but his offspring are garnering him leading sire titles around the WH York is a Minnesota Medallion Stallion, Scottsdale world. All indications are that WH York will follow in Signature Stallion and is Sweepstakes nominated. ■ those footsteps.

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On the following pages, you will find the nominees for this year’s Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards. So, who is the best of the best this year? That is now up to you, because the 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards allows you the opportunity to choose the horses, the people, and more that ranked at the top in the Arabian horse community. Don’t miss your chance to be heard; go to today and start your final voting now!


Breeder Of The Year

Show Official Of The Year

• Battle Hill Farm • Maroon Fire Arabians • Rohara Arabians • Shea Stables • Tamar Arabians • Varian Arabians

• Cindy Clinton • Mike Frame • Van Jacobson • Judy Mitten • Kelly Reynolds • Juan Stuckey

Horseman Of The Year

Instructor Of The Year

• Rob Bick • David Boggs • Michael Byatt • Joel Kiesner • Gordon Potts • John Ryan

• Bob Battaglia • Ellen Beard • Rick Nab • Carole Stohlmann • Kellie Wendling • Lisa Jo White

Horsewoman Of The Year

Purebred Horse Of The Year

• Mary Jane Brown • Vicki Humphrey • Patience Prine-Carr • Caralyn Schroter • Mary Trowbridge • Sheila Varian

• Afires Heir • Aria Impresario • Baske Afire • DA Valentino • Magnum Psyche • Marwan Al Shaqab

Trainer Of The Year

Half-Arabian Horse Of The Year

• Vicki Humphrey • Joel Kiesner • Gordon Potts • John Rannenberg • Jeff Schall • Jim Stachowski

• Adams Fire • Ima Rock Star • Kohlminer • Revelation JF • SA Sophisticated Lady • Shutup And Dance

Adult Amateur Of The Year

Sire Of The Year

• Mike Beethe • Joe Frizzell • Katie Harvey • Lori Lawrence • Robin Porter • Carol Skeuse-Hart

• Afire Bey V • Baske Afire • Falcon BHF • Khadraj NA • Magnum Psyche • Marwan Al Shaqab

Youth Exhibitor Of The Year

Rising New Star Award (Trainer Under 30 Years Of Age)

• Allison Cederberg • Kristin Dearth • Macie Long • Jessica Medved • Alexis Muniz • Madison Stevens

• Dalton Budd • Jessica Clinton • Lynn Van Dyke • Jason Krohn • Jeff Lovejoy • Jennifer Schmitt DECEMBER 20 09 | 165

Best Team (Farm) Spirit Award

Half-Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year

• Argent Farms • Lowe Show Horses • Midwest • Rooker Training Stables • Shada, Inc. • Stachowski Farm

• Bombey CC • Broadway Beau • Chance To Jam • Everlastin Love • GWF Bourbon Street • Khardinal Sin

Purebred Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year

Purebred Halter Horse Of The Year

• Afires Heir • Casting Crowns DFA • Gotta Wear Shades • Mandalay Bay • Pheobe Afire • Romeo Afire

• Aria Impresario • Bey Ambition • Dulcinea BHF • Felisha BHF • Island Elegance • Valori TRF

Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year

Half-Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year

• Adams Fire • Americanbeautie • Revelation JF • SA Rapid Fire • SA Sophisticated Lady • Toi Slamtastic CRF

• Donatella Versace • Imagine Fame • JB Hometown Hottie • MM Magnum Butterfly • She Be Adiva KBS • Shutup And Dance

Purebred Sport Horse Of The Year Purebred Western Horse Of The Year • Alerro • Citizen Fame • JF Verrisk • Mariachi Kid V • Rodan LTD • Sunsational Kid

• Kruise • KV Once And Again • Majarres Halan Fujai • OKW Entrigue • Oration • Quick Silver Bey

Half-Arabian Sport Horse Of The Year Half-Arabian Western Horse Of The Year • Caliente Virtuoso • Ima Rock Star • Moondoggie • Sheza Loded Lady • Slow Gin Fizzz • Splash Of Fame

• ADF Scarlet OHara • Cartier • JM Mr Rocky Bey • Lord Of The Ring • Soleya • Starlord Rhythm

Purebred Hunter Horse Of The Year

Purebred Working Western Horse Of The Year

• American Idol • BF Vittorio • CP Marquis • IA Ambassador • KM Bugatti • MLC Denali

• Al-Marah Matt Dillon • Pretty Boi McCoy • Santanas Angelo • TA Giovanni • Vallejo Coralmoon • VLQ Friendly Fire


Half-Arabian Working Western Horse Of The Year

In 2009, what was your favorite advertisement featured in the Arabian Horse Times?

• BSF Gunsmoke • Chaos Reins • CR Boomerang • Dun Its Finest • HH Charmed N Color • Promise To Be Dunn

• Gold Star Futurity - July 2009 issue, Arabian Horse Times • JF Verrisk Advertisements, Jenn Trickey • Midwest - September 2009 A issue, Arabian Horse Times • Rooker Training Stables - September 2009 AA issue, Shawn Getty • Shada, Inc. - September 2009 AA issue, Arabian Horse Times • Strawberry Banks Farm Stallion Section August 2009 issue, Arabian Horse Times

Purebred Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume) • Afires Vision • EA Galaxy • JKF MacGregor • Pheobe Afire • RS Drakkar Bey • Whiskey Glow

In 2009, what was your favorite editorial story of the year in the Arabian Horse Times? • An Amateur Point Of View Articles by Russ Vento • In Memoriam: Good Thunder; September AA issue • Knowing Your Horse Articles by Tommy Garland • Leaders Of The Times: MPA Giovanni; September AA issue • The State Of Our Dis-Union by Dick Ames; October issue • Will We Have Halter In Two Years? Series, June-November issues

Half-Arabian Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume) • Capt Jack Sparrow • Forthe Loveof Thunder • Kohlminer • Rasels Storm Warning • SA Rapid Fire • SF Beyond The Glory

Photographer Of The Year (Type in Answer)

Since last year's Arabian Horse Times Readers' Choice awards, what has been your favorite front cover?

Show Of The Year (Type in Answer)

AHT October Cover

AHT September AA Cover

AHT September A Cover

AHT June Cover

AHT March Cover

AHT January Cover

January 2009 - Justify March 2009 - DA Valentino June 2009 - LLC Mobility September 2009 A - Baske Afire September 2009 AA - Marwan Al Magnifficoo October 2009 - Legacy Of Fame

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by Andrew K. Steen

The Euphrates Expedition, a little-known voyage in the early days of steam-powered travel, exempliďŹ ed the fantastic determination and courage that inspired so many daring explorations and seemingly impossible enterprises of the 19th century.


“There was a moaning of thunder in the distance and one by one fell the first raindrops; they were like the tears of God. The wind was like a charioteer in a chariot, and the horses, muscles straining, quivered in their traces; he lashed them furiously with his whip and they sprang forward with a rush and a whirl, and the morning air was rent with a long, shrill scream as though women in panic fled a danger there was no escaping.”—Somerset Maugham

The venture was an attempt by the British government to achieve a geopolitical goal and stop Russian expansion in the Near East, which the Duke of Wellington, then Prime Minister of England, and many others believed posed a threat to India and its immense commercial wealth. They had good reason to worry. Russian incursions into the Caucasus and its annexation of Georgia in 1801 were a prelude to its April 1828 invasion of the Ottoman-controlled Balkans. The Tsar’s armies also had advanced into eastern Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) as far as Erzurum, and occupied the region where one of the tributaries of the Euphrates flows. With the decisively-captured Adrianople (Edirne) situated only 150 miles from Constantinople, Sultan Mahmud II (r.1808–1839) was forced to sue for peace. It was a foregone conclusion that Russia eventually would set its eyes on the rest of Asia.

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A Passage To India A secondary goal was a direct consequence of England’s desire to find a shortcut from the Mediterranean to India so that English markets and industries could more easily obtain raw materials from their distant Asian colonies. Sea voyages by clipper ships around the Cape of Good Hope depended on the trade winds and took many months. In 1824, there had been great expectations that the speciallydesigned, 470-ton Enterprise, powered by both sails and two 60-horsepower steam engines, could cruise from England to India in fewer than 70 days. However, the ship exhausted its 35-day supply of coal and was forced to rely entirely on wind power. Having encountered many problems in its passage, the voyage dragged on for 113 days. At the behest of Lord Ellenborough, President of the Board of Control (which oversaw the East India Company), the duty of coming up with a viable


solution was assigned to Thomas Love Peacock (17851866), a company employee who also was a learned man, a respected satirist, and intimate friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Peacock found his options for a new route limited; although the dream of cutting a canal across the Isthmus of Sinai had been around since ancient times, the idea was thought impossible in the early 1800s. While in Egypt, Napoleon had considered the possibilities of digging a canal but was dissuaded by his engineers, who had erroneously measured a 30foot difference in the levels of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. It was feared that the Red Sea would flood into the Mediterranean with unforeseeable, possibly catastrophic, consequences. The most direct overland route was from Alexandria across northern Egypt and the Sinai Desert to the Red Sea. However, the next leg of the trip, the sea voyage from Suez to India, depended upon the seasonal winds and was plagued with uncertainties.



While in Egypt, Napoleon had considered the possibilities of digging a canal but was dissuaded by his engineers, who had erroneously measured a 30-foot difference in the levels of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. It was feared that the Red Sea would flood into the Mediterranean with unforeseeable, possibly catastrophic, consequences.

Apart from the notorious Arab pirates, its many uncharted reefs made nighttime navigation treacherous even for Arab dhows. Furthermore, there was neither coal nor firewood available near its shorelines to fuel the newly commissioned steampowered ships. Although there was a secondary route, it too was perilous and impracticable for the transit of the all-important Royal Mail and commercial goods. It involved sailing down the Nile to Luxor, then crossing the Nubian Desert by camelback to the Red Sea port of Kosseir (al-Quseir), from whence the reminder of the journey was made at sea. Peacock submitted a detailed memorandum, and after much deliberation, Ellenborough endorsed the proposal of “steam communication with India by the Red Sea” on July 28, 1829.

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The Great Desert Route Although Peacock advocated the use of a sea route, he doubted that the underpowered Enterprise could overcome the strong headwinds of the Red Sea. As an alternative, he proposed to use the ‘Great Desert Route’ and one of Mesopotamia’s two legendary rivers, which had served as a means of travel and commerce since the dawn of the Assyrian civilization. Alexander the Great had crossed the Euphrates at Rakka before proceeding beyond the Tigris to fight the epoch battle of Gaugamela. Centuries later, the Roman Emperor Trajan (who reigned from A.D. 98 to 117) led his army, supported by a fleet of boats, down the


Euphrates Valley as far a Babylon and later sailed on the Tigris to the Persian Gulf. Similarly, in A.D. 363, Emperor Julian constructed an armada of 1,000 vessels to transport his soldiers and supplies on the Euphrates, then along an ancient Saklawiya Canal to the Tigris, from whence he went all the way to the ancient Persian capital of Ctesiphon, south of presentday Baghdad. However, he failed to capture that city and was killed while retreating up the Tigris Valley. Later, between 1563 and 1600, various European merchants had sailed on keleks (wooden platforms mounted on inflated animal skins, used since Biblical times) down the Euphrates from Bir (Birecik) to


IN HISTORY Fallujah. Despite the fact that little was known about the regions of the river’s upper course, Peacock concluded that the idea seemed more plausible than the dangerous Red Sea route.

Chesney, a distinguished soldier-turned-visionary and relentless explorer, obsessed with an implausible dream.

Born on March 16, 1785, in Ballyveagh, County Down, Ireland, he was the Captain Francis son of Alexander Chesney, whose family had immigrated to South Rawdon Chesney The first attempt at surveying Carolina in 1772. During the the northern confines of the American Revolution, Alexander Tigris by James Taylor and had made the inopportune choice William Bowater ended in of fighting for the Crown. Captured tragedy. Yezidi1 bandits in by George Washington, he returned the Sinjar Hills attacked and to Ireland penniless following the war. murdered them on August 15, Fortunately, Lord Cornwallis, who had 1830. Consequently, the daring lost the Battle of Yorktown, remembered Francis Rawdon Chesney assignment of finding an alternative Chesney’s loyal service and offered the route to India fell to Captain Francis Rawdon soldier’s son a commission in the British Army. _____________________________ 1The Yezidi tribes that inhabited the confines of the Tigris River in Kurdistan were known as ‘the Devil worshipers,’ and described at length by Sir Henry Austen Layard in his 1851 book, Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon, With Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan, and the Desert.

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Despite the prevailing concern among experts that the idea was infeasible, Captain Chesney traveled to Egypt in April 1830 and made a painstaking evaluation of the 80-mile stretch of desert that separated the Mediterranean from Port Suez—and discovered that Napoleon’s engineers had been wrong. Nevertheless, after careful reflection, he concluded that Peacock’s proposed route through the Euphrates River Valley might be a more promising approach. (Ironically, it was on the basis of that Egyptian survey that the Frenchman Ferdinand de Lessep, developer of the Suez Canal, later heralded Chesney as “the father” of the canal.) Although it was believed that the Euphrates River was navigable for most of the year, few reliable specifics were known about its course, which flowed out of the Anatolian highlands, through the Sinjar Hills, and across the vast and untamed territory of Syria’s


so-called “Little Desert.” For 650 miles, it traversed a no-man’s land infested with hostile Roála and Ánazeh Bedouins. On December 10, 1830, dressed in Arab garb, Chesney departed Damascus, accompanied by a dragoman and a slave boy, to join a caravan bound for Baghdad. They journeyed across the Little Desert as far as the town of Annah. From there, they floated down the Euphrates on a kelek to the convergence of the two enormous rivers. During the first five days that he drifted downstream, Chesney took compass readings, made sketches and probed the river’s depth with a 10-foot pole. Each night he anchored the raft to mid-stream islands or on the riverbank. One morning he saw a lion drinking only 15 feet from the kelek. He raised his gun but did not fire, “as the people in the raft believed that the



drinking only 15 feet from

animal could spring on board between the flash of the pan and the discharge.” Later, Arab brigands fired upon them, but were easily repelled by his modern rifle. Upon reaching Hit, he boarded a faster riverboat which took him to Fallujah, where he hired a donkey and rode on to Baghdad.

the kelek. He raised his gun

Baghdad—The City Of The Dead

One morning he saw a lion

but did not fire, “as the people in the raft believed that the animal could spring on board between the flash of the pan and the discharge.”

In Baghdad, Chesney met Major Robert Taylor ( James’ brother) the ‘Resident’ of the East India Company. Without his dress uniform, he was unable to accompany Taylor to an official audience at the palace of Daoud Pasha, the Turkish Valy of the Baghdad Pashalik (province), whose boundless greed was as famous as his herd of Arabian broodmares, which were “too valuable for anyone to ride.” However, a private meeting with the Valy was arranged and Chesney reported that there was “little doubt that Daoud Pasha sincerely desires to see steam navigation established, because it would bring his cherished idol, money.” Predictably, in February 1831, Sultan Mahmud II finally became fed up with the corrupt governor and dispatched Ali Ridha Pasha and an army from

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Aleppo to replace him. Unfortunately, in September an epidemic of bubonic plague broke out in Baghdad and quickly spread throughout the Arabian peninsula, provoking widespread chaos and a complete collapse of law and order. Major Taylor evacuated his family and staff to Basra, while Baghdad was largely deserted by its population and became ‘a city of the dead.’ Matters grew worse when the waters of the Tigris flooded and washed away whole buildings, including part of Valy’s palace. His cherished broodmares were left unattended to wander through the streets and gallop off into the desert. Ali Ridha Pasha was unable to maintain control of his army or defend the city against the hoards of starving Bedouin marauders that camped outside the city’s gates, waiting to intercept


Unfortunately, in September an epidemic of bubonic plague broke out in Baghdad and quickly spread throughout the Arabian peninsula, provoking widespread chaos and a complete collapse of law and order.


IN HISTORY any food provisions. Forty-eight years later, Lady Anne Blunt observed that: “In 1831, one hundred thousand perished in the town.” Reportedly, half of the pilgrims to Mecca also died during that year’s Hajj because of the pestilence.

1833, when the Sultan agreed that Mohammed Ali and his son could maintain control of Palestine, Syria and the region of Cilicia.

Meanwhile, Chesney remained in Aleppo until March 1832, and having inspected the Euphrates at Bir and Rumkale, he rode on to Urfa, Under such abysmal circumstances, but found no guides willing to take Chesney was anxious to return to him to the ruined castle at Kalat Syria and reconnoiter the upper Jaber (Qal’at Ja’bar). Therefore, he stretch of the Euphrates from Bir departed Syria on his long overland to Annah. To avoid the deadly trek to Stamboul. Along the way, he epidemic, he rode to Aleppo inspected the Mediterranean ports through southwest Persia and across of Iskanderun and Latakia, then Anatolia; his 3,000-mile detour decided that a beach at the mouth of took eight months. the Orontes River, near the ancient Roman port of Seleucia, was the best In the interim, in October 1831, Sir Stratford Canning location to carry out his plan. He Egypt’s ruler Muhammad Ali had also took careful notes of the terrain sent his son, Ibrahim Pasha, to and optimistically wrote that “with a little preparation” conquer and occupy Syria and southeastern Turkey, the road from Seleucia could accommodate loaded much to the consternation of Mahmud II and the wagons to Aleppo. Sublime Porte (the open court of the Ottoman sultan). The Egyptian army’s offensive, which penetrated as far as Adana and Urfa, threatened the Arriving on horseback at Stamboul, he was received collapse of the entire Ottoman Empire. Its downfall by Sir Stratford Canning, who was temporarily was prevented by the intervention of the “great in charge of the British Embassy. (Later, as powers” of Europe. The crises finally ended in July ambassador, Canning would wield tremendous

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influence with the Sublime Porte and throughout the Near East as the trusted confidant and friend of Sultans Mahmud II and Abdulaziz.) On September 26, 1832, Chesney sailed with Canning on a Royal Navy frigate back to England. The Euphrates Expedition was seen as a means to achieve both of the British government’s goals. Whitehall hoped to forestall Russian expansion in the Middle East by establishing an armed flotilla of iron-hulled paddlewheel steamboats to patrol the Euphrates River Valley from the Sinjar Hills of Turkish Anatolia all the way to the Persian Gulf. In time, this also would provide a fast and secure means for passengers, the Royal Mail, and commercial trade to the port of Basra on the Persian Gulf, which the East India Company regarded as its “private lake.” The company’s gunboats patrolled the waters, and its factories at Bushehr, Persia, monopolized the date trade. Annually, hundreds of Arabian horses also were bought and shipped to India from the Montefik


Whitehall hoped to forestall Russian expansion in the Middle East by establishing an armed flotilla of ironhulled paddlewheel steamboats to patrol the Euphrates River Valley from the Sinjar Hills of Turkish Anatolia all the way to the Persian Gulf.


IN HISTORY and other Arab tribes that dwelt in the marshlands at the mouth of the two great rivers. Chesney proposed an expedition to prove that his shortcut was feasible. He testified before a select committee of the House of Commons, but downplayed the threat of the hostile Arab tribes, which were his greatest concern. His scheme soon gained widespread support from politicians, the Foreign Office and the London press. On August 4, 1834, £20,000 was allocated as the entire budget for the project.

The Patronage Of King William IV

in length, with a 19-foot berth and a draught of only three feet. Powered by two 25 horsepower engines, she was well fortified with a Congreve rocket launcher, two nine-pounder carronades and six onepounder swivel guns. Her arsenal was also equipped with a sizeable supply of rifles, muskets, pistols, swords and cutlasses. The Tigris measured 70 feet with a berth of 16 feet, and drew a mere 22 inches of water. She was powered by two 10-horsepower engines and was similarly armed. A large coal barge and a diving bell were also designed and built to facilitate the expedition. The English crews numbered 53 in all: one Commander, five naval officers, two physicians, two ship’s engineers, three military officers, 16 artillerymen, five sappers and miners, 16 seamen, one purser, one civilian surveyor and one individual who was described as a surgeon/geologist.

Chesney’s well-publicized scheme attracted the interest of King William IV, who granted his special patronage and commissioned him to make a more detailed survey in the northern part of Syria to determine the feasibility of establishing a steamer/ On February 10, 1835, the railway along the valley of George Canning set sail laden one of the two mighty rivers. with the two dissembled His final words to Chesney steamboats, the barge and were, “Remember, sir, that the diving bell, together with success of England depends on a skilled crew of riveters, commerce, and that yours is a boilermakers, carpenters and peaceful undertaking, provided King William IV of England. other specialized workers. with the means of opening At Cork she took on great trade. I do not desire war, but stores of tinned and fresh provisions, including if you should be molested, due support shall not be live cattle, sheep and flocks of fowl, then set sail wanting.” Consequently, the expedition, which was through four weeks of heavy gales, arriving at Malta funded by the British government and the East India 30 days later. There, Christian Rassam (an Arab Company, was commenced. native originally from Mosul) and 11 other Arabicspeaking interpreters were contracted. Chesney, who The next phase of the incredibly complicated had been commissioned with the temporary rank of enterprise was to build two specially designed “Colonel on a particular service for the duration of paddlewheel vessels, transport them dissembled to a the expedition,” sailed to Beirut on the British sloopSyrian port, then move them overland to the banks of-war HMS Columbine, while the remainder of the of the Euphrates, where they would be assembled and party embarked for the Syrian coast. ■ launched in the river. Especially designed for shallow waters, they were fabricated at the Laird shipyards See Part II in next month’s issue. at Birkenhead. The 179-ton Euphrates was 105 feet

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2009 All Nations Cup Aachen, Germany September 26-27, 2009 Photos by Irina Filsinger



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2009 All Nations Cup First Place Two-Year-Old Filly (A) & Champion (Gold) Filly FM Gloriaa (WH Justice x Psity Of Angels), bred by Mieke Sans, Belgium, and owned by Swatam Arabians, Belgium. 2009 All Nations Cup First Place 11 Years & Older Mare Emmona (Monogramm x Emilda), bred and owned by Michal贸w Stud, Poland.

2009 All Nations Cup First Place Yearling Filly (A) & Reserve Champion (Silver) Filly Khansa Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x Marihuana), bred and owned by Al Shaqab Stud, Qatar. 2009 All Nations Cup First Place Yearling Filly (B) Alma Al Tiglio (Ajman Moniscione x Amanda Al Tiglio), bred by Az. Agr. Tiglio Sauro Lodetti, Italy, and owned by Az. Agr. Buzzi, Italy.

2009 All Nations Cup Bronze Filly Najdah Al Zobair (Marwan Al Shaqab x JFN Bint Ludhan), bred and owned by Al Zobair Stud, United Arab Emirates.



2009 All Nations Cup First Place 7-10 Years Old Mare & Champion (Gold) Mare SA Misha Apal (A.S. Natsir Apal x Nyara JC), bred by Swatam Arabians, Belgium, and owned by Al Zobair Stud, United Arab Emirates. 2009 All Nations Cup First Place Two-Year-Old Filly (B) Baila De Djoon OS (Ajman Moniscione x Shak Shakira), bred by Osterhof Stud, Germany, and owned by Albidayer Stud, United Arab Emirates.

2009 All Nations Cup First Place 4-6 Years Old (Senior) Mare & Reserve Champion (Silver) Mare Emandoria (Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda), bred and owned by Michalów Stud, Poland. 2009 All Nations Cup First Place Three-Year-Old Filly GM Marwan Al Shakira (Marwan Al Shaqab x Octavia Of Rohan), bred by Michael Wilson, U.S.A., and owned by Naples Arabians, Sweden.

2009 All Nations Cup First Place 4-6 Years Old ( Junior) Mare & Bronze Mare CR Jasmeenah (WH Justice x Fforget-Me-Not), bred and owned by Carole Anne Ratcliff, Great Britain.

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2009 All Nations Cup First Place Stallion 7-10 Years Old & Champion Stallion (Gold) Al Lahab (Laheeb x The Vision HG), bred by Ariela Arabians, Israel, and owned by H. Friedmann, Germany.

2009 All Nations Cup First Place Stallion 4-6 Years Old & Reserve Champion (Silver) Stallion Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable), bred by Rhonda and Rhoda Coleal, U.S.A., and owned by Athbah Stud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2009 All Nations Cup First Place Stallion 11 Years And Older & Bronze Stallion Sandhiran (Sanadik El Shaklan x China Moon), bred by Doug Dahmen, U.S.A., and owned by AJA Arabians, Great Britain.



2009 All Nations Cup First Place 2-YearOld Colt and Champion (Gold) Colt Abha Qatar (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba), bred by Ses Planes, Spain, and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2009 All Nations Cup First Place 3-Year-Old Colt & Reserve Champion (Silver) Colt Stival (Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal), bred and owned by Michael Wilson, U.S.A.

2009 All Nations Cup First Place 1-Year-Old Colt and Bronze Colt Kahil Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl), bred and owned by Al Shaqab Stud, Qatar. â–

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Jon Joseph Cinelli

A Hero’s Story by Linda White

The “he” in Cinellis’ narrative is their son Jon Joseph, born October 11, 2001. Anne Cinelli is a horse trainer; so, from early infancy, her firstborn went with his mother to the barn every day. As he got older, horse shows, and the fun and excitement surrounding them, became increasingly appealing. He was a healthy, happy, sociable little boy.

“The first couple of days in November, my husband noticed that one of Jon’s eyes wasn’t tracking quite right. The next day, the school nurse called to tell us that the eye had rolled all the way inward. When we went to pick him up and saw the turned-in eye, we were mystified and very concerned. We saw three or four ophthalmologists, but the first CT scan only showed the front part of the orbit, where everything looked normal. We decided to get an MRI, just to be safe, but one of our area’s leading ophthalmologists told us, ‘Don’t even bother with an MRI. I can repair his eye surgically.’ We were skeptical. Whenever his head was upright, he had to tilt it back to get comfortable.

“As soon as we got to the show grounds, he would say, ‘I’m going to go find my friends,’ as he climbed out of the truck. Jon did all the fun stuff that little boys do,” his mother recalls fondly. “He liked riding bikes, and pretending to be a Power Ranger, or a super hero. He started kindergarten in September, 2007. He also loved Halloween, and he had a great time that year, trick-ortreating and having fun with the other kids.

“We went to the pediatric neurology clinic at the DENT Neurologic Institute in Amherst, N.Y., to follow up with an MRI. One snowy night, one of the institute’s pediatric neurologists had us wait, after hours, at his office while he drove in from another office. He showed us Jon’s MRI, and explained that his condition was ‘very serious.’ He didn’t say how serious, but he immediately ordered intravenous steroid therapy for him.” His parents then

Jon and Anne Cinelli never saw it coming. “He never complained of headaches. His pediatrician mentioned that during his pre-school wellness exam, he had complained of occasional double vision, but he checked out fine. “We weren’t thinking about a real illness,” says Anne Cinelli.



Jon Cinelli and his sister, Claire.

learned that the child’s inward-turned eye was caused by a rare, inoperable brainstem tumor. Survival expectations were from nine to 12 months. Nine to 12 months? thought Jon and Anne, their hearts tumbling into a bottomless pit. How would they crowd a lifetime into less than a year? “I will never forget standing over the pediatric neurologist’s desk, the day he told us that Jon had diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, a rare form of inoperable brainstem cancer for which there is no cure. That moment was so surreal, it felt like an out-of-body experience. I almost passed out. I had just returned from the 2007 Sport Horse Nationals, where the two training horses I took had won three top tens, and life was great. When we got the diagnosis, things became all too real.” Cinelli admitted to becoming so angry and despairing that she felt like running out into a field, screaming and throwing herself down on the ground. “It would be an understatement to say that our world suddenly turned upside down,” she continues. “This

was a parent’s worst nightmare, but Jon’s oncologist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, acted quickly. Jon immediately underwent nine weeks of daily radiation treatments and daily chemotherapy. He went to school in the mornings, and every day after school, we took him to the hospital for radiation treatments. The radiation shrank his tumor, giving us some encouragement; so, we made the most of what turned out to be a small window of time. We took the family to Disney World, we attended hockey and football games, and we did anything that might bring a smile to Jon’s face.” Jon finished his first six weeks of radiation in February, 2008, at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The radiation therapy shrank the tumor significantly, giving his parents a little optimism. The tumor’s response also gave the little boy another few months of life. Then, in June, 2008, the malignancy came back, much more aggressively than its first appearance. As the brainstem tumor grew, it created symptoms very similar to a

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The winner of the Jon Cinelli Perpetual Memorial trophy Kaitlyn Quillin at the Silver Spurs Riding Club’s 2009 Labor-Day Weekend horse show. stroke’s telltale effects. Symptoms now broadened into the loss of facial muscle control; a continually worsening, unsteady gait; and losing the use of his right arm. (Jon was right-handed.) He began to need help to climb stairs, and before long, he was in a wheelchair. His parents spent untold hours, researching clinical trials and networking with other parents of DIPG children. “We must try not to give up hope that Jon will be one of the 10% of kids who survive more than a year or two,” Anne told her mother and sisters. Jon went through numerous chemotherapies and drug combinations, and his parents took him to see oncologists at Duke University Medical Center’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, one of the country’s largest and most successful in the field. Doctors there explained that in the past 30 years, there had been no new treatments or breakthroughs for DIPG children. Jon’s parents were shattered. “When we returned home, we just kept plugging along, one day at a time,” says Cinelli, her voice hollow as she recites the painful sequence of events. “We had a speech therapist come in and a physical therapist, and he had home schooling. Between the cancer and the effects of the drugs, he became unrecognizable, but his bright little mind and his cognitive powers never dimmed. I kept asking myself, ‘Why our Jon? He’s such a great kid!’ When his cancer was initially diagnosed, we told each other we were going to beat it, but as we watched him deteriorate, I think we both became resigned. My husband was still guardedly optimistic, but whenever I would see other kids outside, playing, I would think, ‘He is never going to get to play soccer, and he will never kiss a girl … ’” “Most people think of a cancer patient as very thin and gaunt,” continues Cinelli, “but that was not what occurred


in Jon’s case. His doctors prescribed dexamethazone, a powerful steroid that helps keep brain tumor symptoms under control. Dexamethazone was entirely appropriate, but its side effects can be horrific: an insatiable appetite, weight gain, irritability, injuries that will not heal, awful fluid retention, and skin breakdown. Jon experienced each one. “Even though he became trapped in his own body, he kept his cognitive abilities right up to the end,” says his mother sadly. “Physically, he became helpless. He could no longer walk or speak, and he lost all control of his right arm. The day came when Jon could barely move his left arm enough to feed himself.”

The Enemy’s Profile Lung cancer has a survival rate of 80% if caught in the early stages. Breast cancer typically has an 80% to 90% survival rate if detected early. Even once-deadly leukemia has a 48% survival rate today, but some forms of cancer, like DIPG, are still untreatable. Fewer than 10% of children diagnosed with DIPG live longer than 18 months from the time the DIPG is detected.


The Cinelli family, left to right: Claire, Ann, Jon, and Kevin.

Symptoms worsen rapidly, because a DIPG tumor is aggressive and fast growing. Many times, by the time a child’s family seeks treatment, the young victim is left without options.

Brainstem glioma, in the form of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, is one of the most resistant to treatment of all cancers. Part of most treatments’ ineffectiveness lies with the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a real physiological process, a kind of watchdog mechanism that prevents the capillaries in the brain from absorbing and circulating blood, drugs, or most other potentially harmful substances. If blood or another substance cannot penetrate the protective (BBB) barrier, it cannot mix with the cerebrospinal fluid essential to the body’s central nervous system. Then, because blood-borne drugs that combat DIPG and other brain cancers cannot penetrate the BBB, they cannot affect tumors and other malignancies in any way. It affects young children, and it strikes without warning or mercy. Loss of balance, double vision and slurred speech only foreshadow what is to come. Unsuspecting family members often dismiss what appear to be anecdotal symptoms. Within hours or days, however, the child in question becomes paralyzed and unable to swallow. Severely reduced vision, loss of the ability to speak, and sometimes, loss of even the ability to breathe, soon follow.

An appalling number of affected children die within a year of being diagnosed. In the past 20 years, the number of children’s deaths from brain and spinal cord cancers has almost doubled. Since learning how little funding and research is being done for childhood cancers, Jon and Anne Cinelli have become very involved in helping with fundraisers and working to raise public awareness of DIPG. Anne Cinelli recently accepted a position as the New York chapter coordinator for the soon-to-be national charity, The Cure Starts Now. The Cure Starts Now Foundation fights for discovery of a cure for pediatric brainstem glioma and offers help for cancer survivors everywhere. This charity is raising money for researching childhood brain cancer, especially DIPG. Cinelli is planning a fall trail ride and barbecue next year, and possibly a wine tour, with all proceeds going to The Cure Starts Now. (

The Trophy This past September, the Silver Spurs Riding Club, a western New York group primarily made up of Arabian horse owners, approached the Cinellis about honoring their young son’s memory with a perpetual memorial trophy. The trophy would be awarded each year at the club’s annual Labor Day weekend horse show to the

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around the neighborhood, trick-or-treating. He had such a great time! Two weeks later, he was gone.”

high point under 10-year-old walk-trot winner. Concept became reality. The 2009 trophy winner was Jon’s horse show friend, 10-year-old Kaitlyn Quillin, up, on her purebred mare, 19-year-old BW Laura. “Our mothers were friends, so Jon and I would see each other and play at horse banquets and horse shows,” says Kaitlyn. “We became really good friends. He was so much fun! I never got to see him before he died, but when my mom told me about the trophy, I went to the show, wondering if I might be able to win it. When they called my number, I nearly cried. I’m really sad about Jon getting so sick and dying. I miss him.” Silver Spurs Riding Club member Wendy Reimers is a close family friend to the Cinellis. At 11, her daughter Ashley began working as Anne Cinelli’s show groom. Cinelli has coached and given her lessons for the past 11 years. “Jon’s illness was a horrendous ordeal for him and his family,” says Wendy Reimers, clearly affected. “As the cancer progressed, the toll it took was awful. His not even being able to speak was torture for him, because he was so personable and friendly. We tried to go see him several times a week, and we were there the day he died. Last year, we had a Halloween party for him, where he unveiled the Thomas the Tank Engine® costume his dad made to fit on his wheelchair. His dad wheeled him


Tina Ostertag, another family friend and Silver Spurs club member, came up with the idea of a perpetual memorial trophy to honor Jon Joseph. (His dad is Jon Nicholas Cinelli.) The trophy would be awarded annually, at the club’s Labor Day weekend show, to the winner of the walk-trot class for under 10-yearolds. Ostertag arranged for Montana Silversmiths to donate the statue, and she found a woodworker to make a base for it, with small spaces to add each year’s winning child’s name. “I was only a go-between between Tina and the Cinellis,” says Reimers, ducking recognition, “and I helped with Tonawanda’s town benefit. Jon’s family gave up everything to take care of him, and we were glad to be able to help them in some way.” “Jon-Jon was a dear little boy,” says his uncle, photographer Jon Blenker. “He was the absolute joy and light of our lives. We loved him very much, and we’re handling his loss the best we know how, but our family will never be the same without him. He was such a positive force, we were so proud of him, and he knew how to bring out the best in everyone he met. He was wise beyond his years. We thank God for all the wonderful images and amazing memories he gave us in such a short time.” The Cinelli family will be eternally indebted to their friends Tina Ostertag and Wendy Reimers, and to all the other Silver Spur Riding Club members for coming up with and bringing to fruition the concept of a perpetual memorial trophy. The family is understandably grateful to the town for their support, and for the benefit they put on to raise much-needed money to pay the family’s bills.


“When a horse trainer doesn’t work, there is no income,” Anne Cinelli points out, “but I really couldn’t work the last six months of Jon’s life. My husband didn’t work either, those last two months.” Jon Nicholas Cinelli, Anne’s husband, is a paramedic with the police department in Tonawanda, N.Y., where most of the people in this article live. Tonawanda, just north of Buffalo, is only a few miles from Niagara Falls and the Canadian border.

More Aid And Comfort “Our town, Tonawanda, had an amazing benefit for us,” Anne says, her voice wavering with emotion. “It was huge. Checks and notes kept coming in the mail. Someone even donated a big-screen television for Jon to enjoy, and we were able to pay off lots of bills. Friends gathered around to offer support, and townspeople, who were perfect strangers, would leave dinners on the front porch! “Things will never be the same, but these days, we really focus on Claire, who had her 6th birthday in September. She misses her brother terribly, but she deserves a happy family and a good life filled with hope. When Jon first became ill, she removed herself from everything and kept her distance. She kept pushing the unpleasant reality away. I don’t know how much of death and dying a child understands,” she admits, “but children tend to live in the moment. Now, Claire sleeps with some of Jon’s things and enjoys going with us to his gravesite. Even in the midst of an ongoing family nightmare, she never became angry or lashed out, because everyone around her continued to give her the attention she needed.”

Working Toward A Cure The Roswell Cancer Institute, where Jon Joseph Cinelli received his first radiation treatments, is in Buffalo, N.Y. The institution’s primary fundraising effort is the novel Roswell Rides, a series of bicycle rides of distances from three to 30 miles. Participants solicit pledges, with this year’s ride alone raising over $2.7 million! Another charity, St. Baldrick’s, is a national organization that raises millions for pediatric cancer research. Anne Cinelli helped run St. Baldrick’s Tonawanda campaign this year. The Cinellis have since donated the money left over from the Tonawanda benefit to The Cure Starts Now, to the Roswell Research Center, to the Women’s and Children’s

Hospital of Buffalo, and to several other charities involved in raising money for cancer research. Charities large and small, cited and not cited here, continue to strive for funding to support research. Each organization and its members are intensely committed to erasing cancer from the human blackboard. “Thanks to the Cinelli family’s generosity, we were able to fund vital research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital,” says The Cure Starts Now’s Brooke Desserich. “It warms my heart that Jon’s legacy lives on in this research and in the hope for a cure. Jon and Anne have now agreed to help run a chapter of The Cure Starts Now in New York to continue to fund research and to help families who have to follow the same road they did. I am certain that Jon is smiling down on their efforts, pleased that in his honor other kids will be helped. “Yet, I keep thinking about the things he will never experience,” his mother sighs. “As the time since his death grows longer and longer, I feel farther and farther away from him.” Jon Joseph Cinelli died on November 16, 2008, a month after his 7th birthday. Longtime friend and supporter Wendy Reimers helped the Cinelli family through the tragic ordeal. “We all enjoyed Jon so much! Everyone misses him terribly,” she states, shaking her head. “He changed our lives.” Cancer now kills more children between the ages of 3 and 14 than any other illness, and is responsible for one out of every four deaths in the United States. Each year, this country faces 1.2 million new cases of cancer, and this pernicious malady is now surpassed only by heart disease as the leading killer in the United States. The Cure Starts Now’s Brooke Desserich shares a morsel of speculation and hope common among health care professionals. “Many experts believe that the lessons we learn from fighting pediatric cancer may, in fact, provide us with the critical first step in winning the battle against all forms of cancer, both pediatric and adult,” she says. “The cure is just as important as it is elusive. We can cure cancer one person at a time, or we can focus on the cure—our ultimate victory over the disease. We believe that a cure for cancer will come from finding a cure for brainstem glioma. The fight begins today, and the cure starts now.” ■ DECEMBER 20 09 | 191

Times For Amateurs The Essence Of The Ride by Keri Schenter I thought I knew what I was going to write this month before I bothered to find a dictionary and look up the definition(s) of my subject of choice: to ride. While I wasn’t necessarily surprised by what I found, I was intrigued that what I thought I was going to discuss actually applied to many of the various definitions. (See sidebar) Anyway, the one thing I have been trying to take to heart more often than not as I’m preparing to head into a lesson or a class at a show is that I have to allow myself to “just ride!” True, the process of learning the intricacies of showing a western pleasure horse involves a whole new realm of riding and application of aids, but in the long run it boils down to the fact that you are just riding the horse to the best of your ability. So how has my outlook on riding as a whole changed over the years? I started riding when I was 10 years old and showing when I was 14, mostly at local, unrated events in everything from barrel racing and jumping to pleasure and equitation in all three seats. I have always subscribed to the old adage that in order to ride, you must do one thing and one thing only: keep one leg on each side of the horse. I showed in my first rated Arabian show after I graduated from college, and attended my first regional show nearly 10 years after that. In 2005 I rode at my first national show. So what, if anything, has changed? I remember my very first lesson clearly. I was taught to mount, and then the basics of what your seat and legs do, and then how to steer and stop. From the beginning, it was always about being conscious of the impact your body 192 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

language had on what you were asking the horse to do. So when I was taking my most recent lesson, struggling with balance and frame and where my horse’s rib cage and/or hip was, I couldn’t help but ask, “Why didn’t I learn this from the beginning?” Over the course of the last several years, I have often wondered why I felt like I was trying to un-learn my years in the saddle and trying to teach my body and brain the new things that made a pretty picture in the show ring. Why was I struggling with the most elemental of all tasks—riding? While riding does, in its most basic sense, boil down to your being carried by your horse in whatever direction and at what speed you choose, presenting a show horse almost becomes a form of living art. I began to learn and adapt my riding skills to a new set of rules, but then began to struggle with sticking to those rules. My indecisiveness and muddling around (confusing both my horse and my trainer for a time) finally came to a head when a friend of mine reminded me that riding always boils down to recognizing that your horse is going to be different every time you get on his back. No matter if you jump on bareback and go down the road for a trail ride, or are getting on to go in the ring for your final at Nationals, you have to be an intuitive and adaptable enough rider that you can work with the horse you have between your legs. Just because your horse was sharp and on the money during a schooling session the day before does not guarantee he’s going to be the same when you set your foot in the stirrup today. You, as the rider, have a job to do, and that is to get the best possible performance out of your horse. If you get on and feel that your horse is

Times For Amateurs distracted by something, you have to be able to address that distraction and get his focus back. If your horse feels tired when you get on, you have to immediately feel your way through his fatigue to figure out how best to nurse a good performance from him.

to go a long way toward accomplishing the basic goal of any ride—going where you want to go and having fun doing it. Always remember to play by the rules that you and your horse have been taught, and so long as you remember to adapt yourself to what is underneath you, your ride will become what you want it to be.

I know I’ve been told these things a million times I want to end this by using the example that made all of since I started riding, but it is because I have started to this really cement itself in my brain. Following months of understand them that I’ve chosen to discuss this with my schooling and lessons, I went to the barn to ride my horse peers. My approach to riding has changed through the a couple weeks ago and literally had to convince myself years, in the sense that I’ve morphed from a recreational that I “had it.” I’d been nailing lessons on school horses, rider through the ranks of various breeds and disciplines and I knew from the last time I had ridden my own horse to find myself learning to ride and show a western that we were really close to pleasure horse at the national “that feel.” I had convinced level. The basics themselves ō ˇ i v. rode (r d), rid·den (r d´n), rid·ing, rides myself that I was on the money, have not changed, but it’s v.intr. that all I had to do was get on the ability to understand and my horse and everything would apply the intricacies that have 1. To be carried or conveyed, as in a vehicle fall into place. That exuberance become paramount. What I or on horseback (in its most basic sense) and overconfidence fizzled have learned from that first 2. To move by way of an intangible force into tears about a half hour lesson through today have or impetus; move as if on water (Ah … into my ride, and I was utterly not necessarily been “wrong” western pleasure?) defeated. I couldn’t grasp why principles or techniques, 3. To seem to float (Yes! Western pleasure!) I wasn’t “getting it,” since I but I have to recognize and 4. To be sustained or supported on a pivot, had all my ducks in a row. A appreciate that the basics I axle, or other point (I see the point now) couple days and lessons later, first learned do apply today. 5. To be contingent; depend (Horse depends I finally realized the elements For example, using my leg on me to tell him what to do) I had been missing. I hadn’t and body to ask my horse 6. To continue without interference (Horse ridden; I’d simply gotten on to turn without application my horse and expected it all to of a neck rein definitely has depends on me to set him up and let him happen, and of course, for it all merit when I’m asking my do his job) to happen “like magic.” Oops. show horse to maintain his 7. To work or move from the proper place, So when I finally buckled down pace and balance around a especially on the body (Frame! Balance!) for the job to be done, and corner of the show ring. In began to think about riding that same respect, however, instead of hoping, things began to happen the way they the bad habits I’ve inadvertently taught myself, such were supposed to. I was able to adjust myself to my horse as slouching, depending too much on my reins and/or and his own commitment to each lesson, and get the best riding with contact on the reins, are things I have to be possible work—most of the time, anyway. careful of, since I’m trying to present a show horse. With a show horse, I need to be sitting up, sitting square, and Riding is an amazing thing. Always remember to keep maintaining his frame on “reasonable contact.” In today’s one leg on each side of the horse, yet always remember to western pleasure arena, you all know as well as I do that adapt yourself and your skills to what your horse is doing means a loose rein. and thinking underneath you. Never underestimate the power of your ability, but never overestimate the things Being able to trust yourself and your riding ability has a that aren’t going to happen without your asking for or lot to do with your ability to be successful, both in the working for them. In the end, those who have told me to arena and out. Even if you ride only for fun or show only “just ride” do have a point—and I hope none of us ever at local fun shows, what you are aware of and what you forget it. ■ have taught your body to do while mounted are going DECEMBER 0 09 | 193

A Leg Up Urinary Stones In Horses by Heather Smith Thomas Horses have fewer urinary problems than most other domestic animals. The most common urinary trouble in horses is the formation of urinary stones, called calculi. The stones can cause difficult urination, discomfort, and colic. Stones are usually formed from mineral salts found in urine, and they can occur in the kidney or, more commonly, in the bladder. They generally cause trouble only if they obstruct one of the urinary passages (out of the kidney or out of the bladder).

the urinary passages are not quite as large as they would be in the uncastrated horse. The mare’s urinary tract is much shorter and not so narrow, and less apt to become blocked by a urinary stone.

Symptoms of urinary calculi vary with the location of the stone. Stones often occur in the bladder, and if this happens, the animal will show signs of difficult urination, groaning and grunting, and sometimes mild to severe colic. The horse will take a stretching stance to urinate, but will keep the Variations in the mineral content of feeds or water can stance for a long time, perhaps influence the formation of stones. passing only small amounts of Phosphates in urine may solidify into “Urinary calculi are a urine. The mare with an obstructing one or more large, smooth, dense problem in male horses stone may dribble urine instead of stones, while calcium carbonate may more often than in females putting it out in a stream, and the harden into a number of smaller, because of the way the dribbling may scald and irritate the rougher stones of moderate hardness urinary tract is constructed. skin around her vagina and down that may be just granules. the hind legs. A stallion or gelding The urethra of the male is with a urinary blockage problem Normal horse urine contains mucomuch longer and narrower, will keep the penis extended and proteins that under certain conditions as well as curved.” constantly dribble urine. act as a “cement” for calcium carbonate crystals, and they clump Diagnosis can be made by your veterinarian with a together. High mineral content and an alkaline pH in urine rectal examination, revealing the full, distended bladder. can lead to stone formation. Urinary stones are generally Treatment usually consists of removing the obstruction, composed of calcium carbonate or phosphates. Calcium which can often be done by passing a catheter into the carbonate stones are rough and crystalline, yellow to brown urethra to clear it of the plug of mucus or a stone. But if in color. They occur most often in horses fed hay or pasture. the stone is up in the bladder, surgery will be necessary to The smoother, whiter phosphate stones are seen more often remove it. in horses fed a high phosphorus diet (grain). Small stones are usually passed with the urine and may not cause any Some types of feeds can make a horse more prone to problems. But larger ones may block the urinary tract and develop urinary calculi, but not all horses on these feeds create pain and difficulty in urination. have problems. Making sure the horse always has plenty of fresh, clean water can sometimes help prevent development Urinary calculi are a problem in male horses more often of stones; if the horse drinks an adequate amount of water, than in females because of the way the urinary tract is his urine won’t be so concentrated and the urinary salts constructed. The urethra of the male is much longer and will be less apt to precipitate out and form stones. Some narrower, as well as curved. There is a constriction where the horses don’t drink enough water under certain conditions penis passes out of the pelvic canal and curves downward. (as in very cold weather, or if their water supply freezes up, Obstructions may occur at any point in the urinary system, or if a water source has dirty or bad-tasting water), and the but most commonly are found at this most narrow part. horseman should make sure that adequate palatable water Geldings are slightly more likely to develop stones than is provided. ■ stallions, especially geldings castrated very young; sometimes 194 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Handy Horse Tips Getting Back On The Horse by Lee Bolles working with horses doesn’t mean we are without the same Any of us that have been around a while (we won’t say how human concerns as anyone else. Getting back on the horse long), and even some people that are new to horses, have that caused the incident can be especially disconcerting. experienced a bad fall. Some of those falls are a result of In the case of a horse that became frightened and was the horse spooking and taking off, which can be a very unstoppable, it is usually wise to go back to groundwork frightening experience. Other falls seem to happen for to reinforce the “whoa” button. In the case of a misstep or almost no reason. The horse takes a misstep or a sideways equipment failure, there generally isn’t a lot of groundwork step, and suddenly horse and rider part company. In some to go back to—except to develop more confidence on the cases, a piece of equipment such as a girth or stirrup leather part of the rider. fails and this results in a fall. No matter the circumstances, any fall serves to remind us just how Amateur riders can have an easily we can get hurt in the pursuit “Because misery loves especially difficult time getting of our equine careers or hobbies. company, talking with back on, in many cases because they someone else who has simply haven’t experienced as many In the best-case scenario, all that experienced a bad fall can falls as the professionals have. A is required is a little dusting off be comforting. I had a friend friend of mine who experienced a and the rider to get back on and bad fall decided to take his horse to proceed as if nothing happened. call me after a spill (because a three-day clinic when he was ready In the worst-case scenario, if an he knew I had experienced to get back in the saddle. Those injury results, the “getting back on” a similar incident) and ask, three days of intensive work, in part can take on a life of its own— “How long was it before you front of people he didn’t know, did sometimes with each passing day got back on? wonders to improve his confidence bringing more angst and concern as well as that of his horse. about one’s personal safety. I’ve had Remember, it is a two-way street. While the rider relies wrecks that have forced me to take a lot of time off—and on the horse to be a good citizen and respond to aides, the the sitting and waiting is a very anxiety-ridden time. horse relies on the rider to keep him out of harm’s way. A horse that senses the rider is on edge is going to have a hard How to cope? Everyone’s psyche is a little different time not responding to that tenseness. and every individual will have his or her own coping mechanism. But since I’ve lived it and have had friends who Another way to cope is to visualize the kind of quiet, calm have lived it, I thought I would share some of the things ride you want to have the next time you’re back in the that have worked for me. After all, no matter one’s age, all saddle. During recovery time, mental imaging, taking deep of us have something in common: We have some concern breaths and picturing that first time you’re on board again, for the well-being of our bodies. can go a long way to addressing potential nervousness. Because misery loves company, talking with someone One of the blessings and challenges of being a horse else who has experienced a bad fall can be comforting. enthusiast is that horses are unpredictable. While we do our I had a friend call me after a spill (because he knew I best to teach our equine companions to be “dead-broke,” had experienced a similar incident) and ask, “How long that is simply a near impossibility, and inevitably, even was it before you got back on?” We chatted a while and the most well-trained of horses will cause us to have an although we were both trainers, we were both willing accident. Handling it in our own personal way and moving to admit experiencing some trepidation the first time forward is the key. ■ we got back in the saddle. Just because we make a living DECEMBER 20 09 | 195

A Lifetime With Arabians Ronteza, Part I by Sheila Varian There have been many great horses at Varian Arabians, and some, especially our stallions, that have been particularly associated with the name Varian. But the first, the one that put me on the map, was a little bay mare named Ronteza.

old gelding by *Witez II. I really liked him, and he was right on a lot of counts, but I had it in mind that I wanted a 3-year-old to start and we preferred a mare we could eventually breed.

One of our next stops was in Porterville at Donald Jones’ ranch. Mr. Jones was a wonderful man, and he’d bred some very good horses. He had a small bay mare by *Witez II, 2 years old, that caught our interest. She was just nice, very cleanly-made, sort of unobtrusive—a solid color, with just a little bit of white on one foot and a tiny star. She was a year younger than I thought I wanted, but she had a dam named Ronna, who had been a successful hackamore horse. So I was really interested in the 2-year-old filly—not so much because of *Witez II, but because Ronna had been successfully shown Ronteza (*Witez II x Ronna, by Faronek). in the hackamore In the 1950s, by the well-known California was horseman Ora Rhodes, who also showed and trained coming into its own as a center of Arabian horse open reined cow horses. Mom and I went to lunch and breeding. Two of the better stallions were the Polish tried to decide what to do. The filly, Ronteza, was at the *Witez II and *Lotnik, who had been rescued by General top of our price range, which was $750. George Patton’s men at the end of World War II in the famous raid that reclaimed the Spanish Riding School’s After much debate, we went back to Donald Jones’ Lipizzaner broodmares. Once in American hands, *Witez ranch and bought Ronteza. She was the first horse II and *Lotnik were sent to the Kellogg Remount Station that I ever signed a check for, and I was so nervous in California, and *Witez II especially made his mark as that I wrote a deposit check for $4.50 rather than the a sire. Among the early horses my mother and I saw when appropriate $450. we went looking for stock horse candidates was a 4-yearRonteza was my second Arabian. My first was Farlotta, who was purchased at the age of 2 after an early life of neglect. She was the first horse I ever trained, finished and showed in a spade bit. I was just 15 when she came to me, and my neighbor, Syd Mary Spencer, was my teacher and mentor as Farlotta and I learned together. By the time Farlotta was 6, she was winning consistently in western pleasure competitions and starting to win in the stock horse classes (now reining). I was ready for a second stock horse/cow horse to start in training.


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Sheila Varian and Ronteza.

My mother and I hauled our new filly home, and there she was, a sweet little bay, unobtrusive, very quiet filly. In those early days, she lived in Farlotta’s shadow because Farlotta and I were so close. Farlotta was the personality horse. Our house in Halcyon, where I was raised, was on an acre of land with no fences (it still looks the same today). Farlotta, even though there were no fences, wouldn’t leave the yard unless I was riding her. I could come out of the house and call, “Farlotta, go to your house,” and she would gallop over

to her little corral, which I left open so that she could come and go. From the apricot tree, I would break off a short stick and throw it into the air, and she would run over and pick it up, and then toss the stick around and wait for me to throw it again. Farlotta expressed all that personality only around me, however. As far as she was concerned, I had been the one to save her from the mistreatment, so it was always me that she attended to. She was simply mine, and I was hers.

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A Lifetime With Arabians Nearly a year later, the neglect of Farlotta’s childhood lack of care and worming caught up with her. She died with her head in my lap after 24 long hours, and her 2-year-old buddy Ronteza, standing close by, watched. Both Ronteza and I went into a real depression. I was devastated, and I didn’t even notice her for about a month. Finally, I began to realize that she was just standing in her corral, dispirited. I didn’t love her like I loved Farlotta; Ronteza didn’t do all of the charming things that Farlotta had done. Ronteza’s tendency was to stand back and watch with eyes of wonder, but not to participate. When I turned her out in the yard as I had done with Farlotta, who would never leave home, Ronteza just quietly walked away. She didn’t come when called, didn’t run to her pen when I told her to; she was just there, just a little bay filly that watched but didn’t participate.

into view. For her, that was saying, “Please come, I need you.” Later still, when she was old, she would stand at the gate and give a low little huh-huh-huh-huh-huh that said she wanted me to come and do something. But at the time, Ronteza was just there. It took me time to recognize who she was. As I started trailering her out to Syd’s and began to move cattle with her, I began to get a sense of who she was, which was just a very serious, kind and sweet horse that didn’t beg for treats and didn’t come when called. She would have gotten the good citizenship award of a town because she was so conscientious. I suppose “conscientious” was Ronteza’s middle name.

Syd Spencer was a rancher and a genuine horsewoman in the old vaquero style of riding and training. It evolved in California, based Sheila Varian with the “conscientious” Ronteza. on the training of I don’t think you a horse through ever get over the the hackamore to the two-rein, and finally into a shanked tragedy of the death of horses you love. But there stood half-breed or spade bit. Much of this I had to pick up Ronteza, waiting, and so as she was nearing 3 years old, I on my own, as Syd wasn’t a show woman. But what a started to ride her. She didn’t do anything wrong; she didn’t horsewoman she was! As a teenager, to get comfortable shy, she never bucked. But yet, she didn’t do anything great. and quick using the bosal reins (the mecate, which are She was just a good little citizen. She didn’t smile when she reins made from a horse’s mane hair), rawhide reins and was ridden; she was willing, but not enthusiastic. At that bridle, I tied the two sets of reins to the end of my bed time, Ronteza didn’t nicker to me or show any great desire and practiced letting them slip and slide in and out of my to have me around. Later, when we had grown to be a team fingers, so that I could pick up the individual bosal rein and she was tied to the trailer at a show or in a box stall, or bridle rein easily, quickly and smoothly. No one told she would do her little low, throaty nicker when I came 198 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

A Lifetime With Arabians me or showed me how to handle the two sets of reins. I learned by practicing, sitting on my bed. I started riding Ronteza when I lived in the little town of Halcyon, a mile from the ocean. I had ridden Farlotta on Oceano Beach, and began riding Ronteza there too. It seems I rode a million miles on that beach in the fog and the cold. We wove out of trees and bushes working on reining, and galloping along the sides of roads, we practiced our slides. Even after we moved the three miles out to our Arroyo Grande ranch, it was many years before I had an arena. I had started to learn to work cattle on Farlotta, but Ronteza stepped up above and beyond. I remember being at Syd’s ranch, taking a herd of cattle from the mountains back down to the corrals, and this time, Syd was dropping off the heifers along the way and taking all the cows. I was pushing the cattle and as heifers dropped to the back, I would drop off two or three. Shortly, Ronteza was quietly dropping the heifers off without my suggestion. I could sit on her and love the feel of her quietly doing the job. I rode along admiring how very smart she was, and knew I was learning to love her for just who she was: my filly, the little bay good citizen. When Ronteza was 4, I started showing her in the hackamore classes in the Arabian shows. After winning a third in her first show, she was never again beaten in an Arabian competition. I stopped showing her in Arabian events and we moved on to open shows, where the California Reined Cow Horse Association offered hackamore and reined cow horse classes: the dry work of figure eights, spins and slides, and the cow work—one cow down a fence, to be headed both ways and then circled up. The entries were almost completely Quarter Horses, and although ladies’ classes were offered, I chose to ride in the open against the men. Ronteza and I had learned everything we knew about working cattle out on the ranch, so when we started working cattle in an arena, we both learned by going to competitions. She always stood back and watched and thought about it. And as Ronteza learned to show, so did I. At the time, the Santa Maria Fair had a lot of reined cow horse classes. One time, finishing up my work, I was circling a horned steer. The horse gallops up alongside the cow, pushes against the cow’s shoulder and forces it in a circle, showing control. Ronteza was very gutsy and that

time, galloping hard in the close quarters, with her head and shoulder forcing the cow into a circle, my rein hooked over the cow’s horn. That’s really the most dangerous part of the circling. If you don’t ride up far enough on a cow, its hip and belly can hit your horse’s front legs and knock your horse down; if you’re too far forward, the cow can cut back or go underneath your horse. I saw the cow’s horn between my rein and Ronteza. Without so much as a missed movement, Ronteza lifted her head and the rein went off over the cow’s horn and back where it should have been, and she went right on circling her cow. She could also run; maybe she stood only 14.2, but she was quick and fast. We showed against Quarter Horses, who were supposed to be much faster than Arabians—but no matter, she could run with any Quarter Horse to head cattle down a wall. I rode Ronteza in the hackamore through her fifth year, and she began to pay our way with her winnings. We were learning, she and I. At every horse show, I would slip over and watch the well-known trainers, sitting under the grandstand and peeking out when Don Dodge, Ray Hunt, Ray Hackworth, Johnny Brazil, Monty Roberts and Jimmy Williams were schooling. I would watch, but was too shy to talk. Another rider coming up at the time was Greg Ward, who in 1966 would be inducted into the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Hall of Fame and for many years has been considered the horseman’s horseman. He had gone to Cal Poly University at the same time I was getting my teaching degree, and later we became friends. He had a little Quarter Horse mare named Fillinic that established one of the finest (and still top) reined cow horse programs in the open world while I was slowly putting together Varian Arabians. Greg affectionately called Fillinic his “little Arabian” because she was hot, and Ronteza my “Quarter Horse,” since Ronteza stood quietly and held her tension inside. We would sit in the stands, watching the big name trainers winning and both think, ‘someday we’re not going to be getting third and fourths; we’re going to be winning these classes.’ Stress was certainly something I had to handle, as I would get very nervous before a class. With no idea what I was doing, except that I was compelled, I learned to focus. Now everybody works on focus, but in the 1950s, we didn’t even know what focus was—or I had never heard of it, anyway. But since with Ronteza and me it was the blind leading the blind, my method was to lie in bed DECEMBER 20 09 | 199

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Vaquero Training: Understanding The Terminology The Vaquero style of training dates to the 1700s, and is attributed to the early Spanish horsemen of California. Like every other method of training, it was once more harsh than it is now. Traditionally, it is a slow process that when done well results in a horse so finely trained and attuned to its rider that the term ‘you become one with your horse’ really applies. For those less familiar with vaquero training, following is a background.

The Equipment Hackamore: In traditional vaquero training, the horse may be started in a snaffle for a short time and then

go to the “jacuima” (hackamore). Hackamores are made of braided rawhide and come in different diameters. I start a horse with a 3/4 or 5/8 sized hackamore with a 10- to 11-inch inside-of-nose piece to insideof-heel-knot length, which is much shorter than a lot of the hackamores you see today in classes other than the reined cow horse classes. Mecate reins are used. Bosal: The bosal is similar to a hackamore, but fits under the bridle and is about 1/2-inch in diameter. Its use begins with the two-rein stage. The bridle and shanked bit is introduced with the bosal offering an alternative but familiar means of communication for the transition to the new bit. Mecate reins are attached to the bosal, while the bridle uses the rawhide reins. Mecate: Reins made of twisted mane hair which are used for both the hackamore and the two-rein, but in different sizes. With the bosal, the mecate reins are much lighter than the mecate reins used on the hackamore. Mecate reins are 22 feet in length, which gives you rein and length to lead you horse by.

Murietta V in the Hackamore.

Spade Bit: I like a shanked bit— usually a Santa Barbara cheek of

at night and ride a class in total quiet. At the show, I’d go to the arena and walk my figure eights and runs and slides, and where I would stand when I nodded for my cow. All of this I had to do alone, when no one was there, so I would get up in the dark and go to the arena and walk and imagine my class. At home, humming helped the rhythm of a work, so I hummed and closed my mind to other people around me when I was schooling. As time went on and I competed more, people—usually old-timers—would come up to me and say that I 200 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

moderate length—with a loose jaw that allows the shank to move back and forth softly, and a 5-inch mouth piece that includes a cricket for the horse to roll to keep his mouth moist. That bit can be either a half-breed (curb) or a spade bit, depending on which bit the horse likes best. A spade bit is not used for more control; it is used when a horse is completely comfortable with his training. When the reins are picked up, he senses what he will be asked to do. This is a comfortable, secure horse.

The Three-Phase Process The Hackamore. Depending on how much you work your horse, the hackamore phase can take a year or two or three years; the rule is to go slowly and easily, and just take the time you need. The hackamore is not a tool for arena training; it is a training method for riding out on long rides with occasional moments of use and then relaxing the horse to a long, loose rein again. The Two-Rein. In the two-rein, a set of mecate reins is attached to the bosal, and rawhide reins to the bit. From the shanked bit, rein chains run usually eight to 10 inches before attaching to the rawhide reins; this allows your horse to drink at creeks and water troughs without getting

had lovely hands or that I was doing a good job. I got encouragement from those people, although they weren’t close and I didn’t see them other than at occasional shows. It was important to me. I was thrilled that Jimmy Williams, who would later be inducted into not only the NRCHA Hall of Fame but also the AHSA Show Jumping Hall of Fame and every other Hall of Fame imaginable, came up to me at Monterey and said, “That’s a fine mare you’re riding, Sheila. Keep doing a good job.” I was thrilled that he even knew who I was.

A Lifetime With Arabians your reins wet. It also has to do with the balance of the bit. I start with a small, 3/8-inch bosal, 10 inches inside measurement, under a bridle, and use a shanked half-breed or low-port bit. Light mecate reins run to the bosal and rawhide reins to the bit. When you begin the two-rein phase, the horse is already well-trained in the hackamore and is being given time to become familiar with the shanked bit. At first, you use the bosal reins primarily, and just let the horse carry the bridle; over time, you shift focus to the bridle as the horse becomes more comfortable and balanced with it. The two-rein process generally lasts a year or more—but again, take however long it is necessary for the horse to become comfortable with the equipment and what you are asking.

“Straight up in the bridle” is how we describe a horse that is working comfortably in a curb or spade bit; the bosal no longer has mecate reins attached. Straight up in the bridle usually comes when the horse is about 6 or 7 years old, if you assume a year or two in each phase of training. By this time, the horse is fully trained. He is comfortable in his job and he has carried the bit for a year and a half, maybe two years, which has enabled his neck muscles to adjust to the set of his neck. He totally reins without help, and is comfortable and secure with whatever he is asked to do. He likes the cricket in the bit, which he rolls to keep his mouth moist. When I pick up my hands, it signals down the rawhide reins and rein chains, up the shank of the bit and through the loose jaw

Murietta V in the Two-Rein.

And so little Ronteza, when she was 5, started carrying the four-rein (or the two-rein, whichever you want to call it), and when she was 6, I put her into what they called a Mona Lisa shank bit, which had a copper-covered port. When she was 7, she went straight up in the spade bit. As we went from one step to the next, Ronteza, in her quiet, unobtrusive, thoughtful way was being noticed by the top trainers in the reined cow horse world. Neither of us knew what lay ahead, but I had my heart set on something special. ■

that something is coming—before the port ever makes a change in the horse’s mouth. And P.S., I like a silver engraved overlay on a bit with the port and inside shank rusted, because it is tastier to a horse than the hard finish of stainless steel. Why would you want to go to the trouble of vaquero training? Get on a horse who is straight up in the bridle and you’ll know. The time spent on this kind of work can turn a ride in a Model A into a cruise in a Rolls Royce. To learn more about the vaquero style of training, please check, where the Varian Boutique offers “The Vaquero Tradition: Hackamore, Two-Rein, Spade Bit with Sheila Varian at the Santa Ynez Historical Society,” in DVD or VHS format.

Lightly Bey V “Straight Up In The Bridle.” Sheila Varian, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., has bred, trained and shown Arabians for more than half a century. Now in its ninth generation, the Varian Arabians program is a dynasty of her bloodlines, with national champions in nearly every division. She has been a leading breeder at Scottsdale and the U.S. Nationals many times, and in 2008 received the USEF/Performance Horse Registry Leading Breeder Award, a selection made over all breeds. Sheila’s own record includes U.S. and Canadian National Championships in halter, English, park, stock horse, and western. She is a recognized authority in the equine industry as a whole, and was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2003. Her techniques for socializing and training horses are based on the “soft approach” of the legendary Tom Dorrance, with whom she was close friends from their introduction in the 1960s until his death in 2003. DECEMBER 20 09 | 201

This Horse Show Gig Of Mine Tom and Jerry by Tom Theisen Who is your favorite horse? That is a question that we horse trainers have tried to avoid answering since the beginning of our careers. If forced to answer, it’s generally the politically correct, “I love all my horses equally.” That all changed for me in the early spring of 1998; my answer from that day on is always the same: Jerry.

big, lofty stride. Kim had this big smile on her face, obviously the proud momma, and she asked me if I could start working with him. She didn’t have to ask me twice! The next day was the beginning of a wonderful lifelong relationship between horse and rider that I will never forget.

Jerry and I clicked immediately; it was something about the Great Ball Afire way that he looked (Afire Bey V x The at me that let me Small Town Blues) know he trusted aka “Jerry” came into and respected me at my life when Kim Kim Potts, Great Ball Afire (aka “Jerry”), and Tom Theisen. the same time. The Potts joined the team feeling was certainly at Venture Farms and mutual. Perhaps the fact that we were both tall and brought him with her. My earliest memories of Jerry are gangly made us relate to each other in a unique way. of when he was growing up in the pastures at Venture, Jerry was a gentle giant; Kim had spent many hours and what I most vividly remember is how gigantic he teaching him to respect her smaller stature and also to was. Jerry was not only a remarkably tall horse, but rather be aware of the size of his surroundings, such as the big boned as well. He was the first foal of the “golden crossties, wash racks, trailers, etc. Growing up outside, cross” which ultimately resulted in full siblings Gifted he was socialized around other horses, and had a ton of JG, Glow, Guided, Good As It Gets, Grant My Wish, self-esteem without being cocky. We never abused his and Guardian Angel—all of whom won major national trust, and for the rest of his life I could get him to relax titles in both halter and performance. Without knowing and accept anything new or exciting by simply uttering, any of that, we didn’t know what Jerry would do for a “You’re fine, it’s all right, good boy.” Those simple words living. Also, I have to admit, I thought he might make proved to be very powerful during all the tense moments a handsome hunter pleasure horse because of his size later in his life/career. and gentle nature. (I still think he would have.) That all changed when I happened to be walking past the roundWhen he was a 4-year-old, Kim decided to take Jerry pen one day and heard the excited voices of assistant to Canada to show him in the Half-Arabian Geldings trainer Louie Bonilla and Kim as they long lined this class. He won a top ten in that halter class, and I spent huge bay gelding with a naturally high carriage and a


This Horse Show Gig Of Mine the rest of the show just riding him and letting him get accustomed to all the sights and sounds of a big show. He handled it all so well that we started thinking that maybe, just maybe, he could be prepared and ready to show at U.S. Nationals. We took him to a couple of small local shows and handily got the points he needed to qualify. Off we went with no expectations. The 1998 U.S. Nationals were held at Louisville in the famous Freedom Hall, which could be pretty frightening for any young performance horse, particularly one who had been shown so little. In our first cut we just cruised around the arena with the flow of traffic, since my goal was to make this all a very positive experience for him. As it turned out, just cruising around put him somewhere right in the middle of the pack. We actually had a shot at a top ten! It was exciting for all of us, especially his new owner, Margaret Spensley. Those two had a great relationship, and it never got old watching Jerry and Margaret together, a 16.3-hand gelding gently dropping his head to say hello to his diminutive friend. When we started down that big ramp into the show arena for the finals, Jerry, for the first time in his young career, started to build and get bigger. We went into the class and had a blast, and came out with our first top ten! We entered 1999 feeling we were major contenders in the English pleasure junior horse division. Our first stop was Perry, Ga., for the Region 12 Show, which is known for its tough English division. We were elated when Jerry was named unanimous champion; it confirmed our belief in him as one of the great ones. He repeated that win at Region 9 and picked up a reserve championship at Region 14. We were proving ourselves as top contenders, and felt ready for Albuquerque. I don’t remember exactly where we sat on the cards after the first cut, but I remember feeling a little disappointed knowing that we were probably out of contention for one of the top prizes. I decided that I was going to ask him for everything he had, hoping he would give it to me. And he did! He entered the ring that day a middle-of-the-road top ten winner, but came out a U.S. National Reserve Champion—one of the most exciting and proud moments of my life. Blazin Fire, the champion that year, became a part of our lives soon thereafter. In 2000, The Brass Ring once again became home to me, and Jerry, of course, made the move too. He was stalled next to Blazin Fire; they became buddies, and

oftentimes were stalled next to each other at horse shows as well. A lot of that show season is a blur to me because of the accelerated pace of The Brass Ring. We brought a lot of horses to a lot of shows all around the country, but I showed Jerry only three times before our national competitions. He was Champion English Pleasure at the Oklahoma Centennial, Ohio Buckeye Reserve Champion, and once again, unanimous Region 9 Champion. At the Canadian Nationals, we ended up third in a hugely competitive class with Blazin Fire being named champion. At U.S. Nationals Gordon and I were both in the same boat, competing (and winning top tens) in the western class that was right before the Half-Arabian English class. We needed people to warm up Blaze and Jerry. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided to ask Vickey Bowman to warm up Jerry for me. I trusted her totally and knew she would warm him up in the quiet manner which he had grown accustomed to. Vickey did a wonderful job, and when I climbed up into that saddle I could feel he was more than ready to go. The electricity in the air was palpable, and Jerry was getting a little too excited as we turned the corner to head down the scary ramp into that formidable Freedom Hall arena. I instinctively reverted to the words he had grown to trust: “You’re fine, it’s all right, good boy.” I felt him immediately relax, and he entered the ring like a confident champion. Both Jerry and Blaze had won their respective sections, so the audience picked their individual favorite and both horses had tons of vocal support. It was apparent right away that the crowd really appreciated the show. Pass after pass, Jerry rose to the occasion and got bigger and bigger. So did Blaze. At the end of the class, Blazin Fire was named champion, and Jerry was named reserve champion, repeating their wins from the previous year in the junior horse division. I believed at that moment that Jerry and I would come back the following year as the ones to beat, but tragically, that opportunity never came to pass. We traveled to the 2001 Scottsdale Show, where we won the English pleasure gelding class unanimously and ended up reserve in the championship. Next up was the 2001 Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, where Jerry arrived with what appeared to be a mild case of shipping fever. We treated him and he quickly responded, and seemed to be back to his normal self in no time at all. It was in the

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This Horse Show Gig Of Mine Loading him onto that trailer was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. It was such a struggle for him to get up that ramp, and even though he was in incredible pain, he still trusted me enough to make that giant effort. I gave him some carrots as they were preparing to leave with him, and he still nickered and happily accepted them. He definitely still had a look in his eye that said not only did he want to live, but he was willing to fight for it. He made the long trip to Kentucky and began some very aggressive new therapies which initially seemed to be working. I went to see him as often as I could, and every single time he would nicker when he heard my voice and beg for his carrots. His body may have been failing him, but his spirit was not ready to let go. Margaret went above and beyond for the horse that had brought her so much joy. I was so very grateful that it was she who was making the decision to keep trying as long as he was willing to fight for his life. It was during the Region 14 show that year in Lexington that we “Jerry”, Tom Theisen, up, and owner Margaret Spensley got the call that Jerry after winning the 2000 U.S. National Half-Arabian was struggling.

championship class at that show that I knew something was terribly wrong; the judges called for a four horse workoff, which we were part of, and for the first time ever Jerry did not give me more when I asked for it. We ended up back in the lineup completely exhausted and out of breath. The vet was at the stalls waiting for him when he got back from that class, and it appeared he had heat exhaustion—again fairly mild, but enough to be of concern. We treated him, and once again he came around quickly. We all determined he was fine to make the trip back home to Texas.

A few days after getting home, I noticed that he seemed a little foot sore as I was leading him out to a paddock to play. He was always so stoic that it wasn’t readily apparent just how sore he was, but since the vet happened to be at the farm that day, I decided to have him checked out. The news was not good—not good at all. Jerry was trying to founder. We immediately began treatment but he became worse over the next two days, so we decided to haul him the 20 miles to the vet clinic, where he could be observed 24 hours English Pleasure Reserve Championship. a day. Gordon was the best I immediately drove to the clinic and saw what used to boss/friend ever, and would let me drive to the clinic be my gentle giant, this magnificent animal, now looking every day to spend time with Jerry while he was suffering feeble, weak, and unable to stand. When I went into his through this ordeal. It got to the point where he would stall there was no nicker, which broke my heart. I took just lie around all day because it hurt too much to stand, carrots and bit them into small pieces, trying to encourage but he would still nicker and gladly accept his favorite him to eat them. Yet he showed no interest; worst of all, treat of carrots from me. I would get down on the floor the look in his eye was that of someone who was ready to of his stall with him and talk to him for hours at a time. let go. He was too tired to fight anymore. Margaret got Margaret and I were constantly talking throughout all there the next morning and we went to see Jerry together of it, trying to be proactive and do whatever it took to for the last time. It was obvious to us that it was time, and save Jerry; he represented so much to both of us, and we we quickly decided to let him go that very day, no more both loved him as dearly as a family member. After a lot suffering. The last thing I did was the only thing I knew of research on Margaret’s part, the difficult decision was to do. I got down on the floor with him, petted him and made to ship Jerry to Kentucky, where we felt he could said, “You’re fine, it’s all right, good boy.” ■ get the best possible care.


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SEMINARS/CLINICS/SALES/ OPEN HOUSE/AWARDS APRIL 2010 April 24-25, 2010, Varian Arabians’ Spring Fling, Arroyo Grande, California. Contact: Varian Arabians: 805-489-5802;

REGIONAL SHOWS & CHAMPIONSHIPS APRIL 2010 April 4, 2010, Region 14 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 24, 2010, Region 9 50-Mile Endurance Championship, Decatur, Texas. Contact: Trish Dutton, 940-455-2849. April 22-25, 2010, Region 7 Championship Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538.

SHOWS JANUARY 2010 January 7-10, 2010, SAAHA 39th Annual Arabian Charity Show, Tucson, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. January 15-17, 2010, Houston All Arabian A and B Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Kayla Blankenship, 281-351-0772. January 17, 2010, Houston All Arabian Sport Horse Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Kayla Blankenship, 281-351-0772. January 23-24, 2010, Central Florida Arabian Winter Classic, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Contact: Nicholas Cindric, 386-760-3320. January 29-31, 2010, Sierra Empire, Pomona, California. Contact: Janie Fix, 520-803-9319. FEBRUARY February 11-21, 2010, Freedom Classic, Waco, Texas. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. February 6-7, 2010, The Arabian Jubilee, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. February 11-21, 2010, 55th Annual Scottsdale Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Judie Mitten, 602-978-1342. February 13-14, 2010, Dixie Gulf Open Dressage Show, Baker, Florida. Contact: Linda Lester, 904-862-6158.

MARCH March 5-7, 2010, SASHA Charity Horse Show, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Janie Hamilton, 214-478-0897. March 6-7, 2010, AHAF Spring Fling A and B, Tampa, Florida. Contact: John Gersch, 561-602-7122. March 11-14, 2010, Carousel Charity Horse Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. March 18-21, 2010, Cowtown Classic, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 19-21, 2010, Old Dominion Arabian Show A and B, Williamston, North Carolina. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-878-1447. March 20-21, 2010, Ocala 15th Annual Amateur Show, Ocala, Florida. Contact: Laureen Ford, 352-629-1427. March 26-28, 2010, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 26-28, 2010, MAHA All Arabian Spring Fling, Winona, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. March 26-28, 2010, Alabama All Arabian Show, Andalusia, Alabama. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. APRIL April 1-2, 2010, Arabian Springfest I A and B, Rantoul, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. April 2, 2010, Bluegrass Spring Festival, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 2-4, 2010, Fiesta Del Mar A and B Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. April 2-4, 2010, Deseret I and II, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. April 2-4, 2010, Western Carolinas Spring Show, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. April 3-4, 2010, Arabian Springfest II A and B, Rantoul, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. April 3-4, 2010, Bluegrass Classic, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 9-11, 2010, Arkansas Arabian Victory Challenge, Tezarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. April 9-11, 2010, Lone Star Classic, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Ann Lang, 512-452-1492. April 9-12, 2010, NW Heritage Spring Show A and B, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Sharon Brodie, 360-435-9227. April 15-18, 2010, AHBAO Spring Classic, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Beth Garvison, 503-655-0386. April 16-18, 2010, Heart Of Oklahoma Charity Show, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Contact: Kelly McFaul, 316-722-4013. April 20-21, 2010, ASHO4U, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538.

April 23-25, 2010, SD Spring Show A and B, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Contact: Heather Swanson, 605-743-2745. April 23-25, 2010, Border Bonanza A and B, Kansas City, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 23-25, 2010, OHAHA Springtime Show, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 23-25, 2010, Spring Arabian Classic, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. April 29-May 2, 2010, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Red Bluff, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. April 30-May 2, 2010, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. April 30-May 2, 2010, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. April 30-May 2, 2010, Mason Dixon Classic, Quentin, Pennsylvania. Contact: Marilyn Ackerman, 315-331-2034.

DISTANCE APRIL 2010 April 24, 2010, Texas Bluebonnet Classic 25-, 50- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Decatur Texas. Contact: Trish Dutton, 940-455-2849.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS January 24-29, 2010, Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival, Al Khalediah Farm, Tebrak, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Contact: 966-465-6422, ext. 415,;

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2455 Lake Cohoon Road Suffolk, VA 23434 Ph: 757-934-3566

2455 Lake Cohoon Road Suffolk, VA 23434 Ph: 757-934-3566

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Outback Odyssey

Saleem LDA

Odyssey SC x Stylish Aussi Colt ~ 5/21/09 ~ For Sale Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. and Canadian Futurities, Minnesota Fall Fest, Iowa Gold Star, Scottsdale Signature.

Thee Desperado x Minstris Petunia LDA Colt ~ 1/23/09 ~ For Sale Nominations: Egyptian Event Futurity.

Owned by: Dan & Louise DeRusseau Owned by: Marvin & Martha Johnson

LD Arabians

Johnson Arabian Ranch

179 Lois Lane Cedar Creek, TX 78612 Ph: 512-284-0402

5043 Hwy 53, Saginaw, MN 55779 Ph: 218-729-8645

Nations Golden Legacy

Maasai PVF

Nations Psy x Lahaina Moon Filly ~ 5/07/09 ~ For Sale Nominations: Scottsdale, Iowa, MAHB Auction/Medallion, U.S. & Canadian Futurities.

Maserati WR x Alora Gold NBW Colt ~ 5/12/09 ~ For Sale Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. and Canadian Futurities, Minnesota Fall Fest, Scottsdale Signature, Iowa Gold Star.

Owned by: Reagan Payne

Owned by: Nathan Hastad

Owned by: Punch & Ann Benson


LeFever Training Centre

Prairieview Farm

6301 14th Avenue South Richfield, MN 55423 Ph: 612-201-6260

1300 Hickory Drive Maple Plain, MN 55359 Ph: 612-325-7293

LC ZaďŹ ro QR Marc x LC Gigis Jewel Colt ~ 1/11/08 Nominations: Futurities.

10375 E. 273rd Street Elko, MN 55020 Ph: 612-719-5266


“Elvis” (name pending) Vegaz x Empress of Bask Colt ~ 7/15/09 Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes.

Ames Charisma x Alada Vanity Filly ~ 7/7/09 Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. and Canadian Futurities and Scottsdale.

Owned by: Nancy Hill

6D Ranch

Owned by: Jay Thompson

PO Box 163267 Austin, TX 78716 Ph: 512-797-3332 E-mail:

4400 Old Brook Trail Birmingham, AL 35243 Ph: 205-967-5002

Thompson Arabians


Terrifficoo (pending)


Audacious PS x Da Medea Colt ~ 4/14/09 Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. Futurity.

Ajman Moniscione x Torrifficoo Colt ~ 4/21/09 ~ For Sale

Botswana x MI Boomerangs Johara Filly ~ 7/7/09 ~ For Sale Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. Futurity, Pyramid Society Futurity.

Owned by: Peter & Sheila Stewart Owned by:

Equine Associates LLC

Quinn Woodard

1527 East 1st St. Pt Angeles, WA 98362 Ph: 360-808-0918

12601 Savannah Lane Remington, VA 22734 Ph: 540-280-6530

Owned by: Amy Austin

Cliffside Arabians 316 Sinking Creek Road Johnson City, TN 37601 Ph: 423-483-2178

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Prince Rylos FF Ajman Moniscione x Virtuosa MLR Colt ~ 5/14/09

Strikeing Shaklan x SW Breath of Spring Colt ~ 3/21/09 Nominations: U.S. National Futurities.

Owned by: Marlene Rieder

Foxbriar Arabian Farm

Owned by: Carmen Iturra Jenkins

3902 Hwy H Grovespring, MO 65662 Ph: 417-462-0001; 417-664-2299 E-mail:

Foxwood Farm Arabians 1565 Gills Chapel Rd. Nashville, TN 37091 Ph: 931-359-4966

TR Ali Intrigue

KM Mia Solano

KM Bettina

WDA Alii Amiir x Bashasha Sabah Colt ~ 6/11/09 ~ For Sale

KM Bugatti x Isabella De Jamaal Filly ~ For Sale Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. Futurity, Region 12 Spotlight.

KM Bugatti x Palomara Filly Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. Futurity, Region 12 Spotlight

Owned by: Betsy Huber & Susan Thompson

Owned by:

Owned by:

Twin Rivers Arabians

KM Stables, Inc.

KM Stables Inc.

5564 Newton Road Neodesha, KS 66757 Ph: 620-202-0468

3359 Jadewood Circle Tarpon Springs, FL 34688 Ph: 727-452-8015

3359 Jadewood Circle Tarpon Springs, FL 34688 Ph: 727-452-8015


Margaaux - (pending)

Adam (pending)

Marhaabah x Raachel Filly ~ 2009 ~ For Sale Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. Futurity, NorCal Futurity.

Eden C x S Just Dream On Colt ~ 4/16/09 Nominations: Breeders Sweeptakes, Scottsdale Signature Stallion, Region 12 Spotlight.

Owned by: Kelly Kenneally

Owned by: Debby Holden

Burgundy Oaks Farm

Cornerstone Ranch

4584 Heath Circle Rohnert Park, CA 94928 Ph: 707-548-7949

2722 Bailey Road Leeds, AL 35094 Ph: 205-305-9386

GH Markaine

Regent Caris

Emilee Rose ME

NYN Hisani x Enjoue Colt ~ 5/22/09 ~ For Sale Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, Scottsdale Signature Stallion.

Cairos x Halleberry Bey Filly ~ 5/23/09 Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, MAHB Medallion Stallion, Iowa Gold Star.

Eden C x KG Victoria Rose Filly ~ 3/16/09 ~ For Sale Nominations: Breeders Sweepstakes, U.S. and Canadian Futurities, Scottsdale Signature Stallion.

Greenhill Farms

Owned by: Doug and Kate Peterson

Michelle Edwards

25215 32nd Ave. Aldergrove, BC V4W 2A2 Canada Ph: 604-856-2287

Regent Arabians

P.O. Box 390954 Anza, CA 92539 Ph: 951-897-5725 E-mail:

Owned by: Frances Fischer

Owned by:

26125 Tucker Road Rogers, MN 55374 Ph: 763-428-4975

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Index Of Advertisers A Al-Marah Arabians ...............................129-131 Arabian Horse Association of Arizona..145-148 Arabian Horse Galleries ................................... 5 Arabian Horse Times’ Online Classifieds ....... 209 Arabian Horse Times’ Scottsdale 2010 ................. .........................................................20, 218, 219 Arabian Horse Times’ Subscription ................ 222 Arabian Horse Times’ Website ....................... 206 Arabians of Qiran Al Sa’Dain, LLC......... 84, 85 Aradon Farm ................................................ 119 B Battaglia Farms.................................... 224, IBC Bevan’s Arabians ................................... 138, 139 Bill Robinson Arabians ................................ 207 C Callahan Training ......................................... 144 Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc.................................. ........................................30, 31, 52, 53, 100-104 Chestnuthill Arabians ...........................132-137 ChriShan Park Arabians............................... 2, 3 Conway Arabians ........................................... 21 Cornerstone Ranch .................................. 66, 67 Cynimar Farms............................................. 118 D Dakar Kartel, LLC ................................... 16, 17 Dale Brown Performance Horses, LLC ... 126-128 Debbie Y. Canaday ....................................... 208 Deor Farms........................................... 106, 107 Des Fountain, Inc. ................................ 138, 139 E Eleanor’s Arabian Farm .................................. 63

Enchanted Acres, Inc...................................... 64 Episodes Farm ................................................ 80 Equine Image Center ............................... 24, 25 F Flying A Ranch .................................... 140, 141 Frierson Atkinson ......................................... 207 H Haras Mayed ............................................... 8, 9 Haras Sahara Arabian Horses ...............149-160 Heartland Ventures, LLC ............................. 208 Horse and Rider Portraits............................. 207 K K Bar K Arabians ................................. 140, 141 Kiesner Training ....................................... 22, 23 Krieger Equestrian Center ............................. 81 L LaSalle Harness Co. .................................... 208 Linear Rubber Products, Inc. ....................... 207 M Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. ...............68, 69, 208 Midwest...................................................... 8-11 Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders, Inc............. ...............................................................121-125 Mountain Classic Arabians .......................... 120 Mystica Arabians ...................................... 12, 13 O O’Neill Arabians....................................... 16, 17 P P & S Enterprises, Inc. ................................ 208 Palmetto Arabians, LLC .............................. BC

Pay-Jay Arabians .......................................... 208 Prestige Farms, LLC ................................ 28, 29 Q Quarry Hill Farm ........................................... 65 R R.O. Lervick Arabians ................................. 208 Rae-Dawn Arabians ...FC, 32, 1-16RD (33-48), 49 Randy Sullivan’s Training Center ................... 62 Reilich, Bill & Shirley .............................. 22, 23 S Scheier Farms ............................................ 26,27 Shada, Inc. .................84, 85, 119, 120, 142, 143 Shafer Arabians ........................................ 82, 83 Shea Stables.............................................. 68, 69 Show Season................................................. 207 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians .............. 14, 15 Stachowski Farm, Inc................................ 18, 19 Stone Creek Arabians................................... 209 Stonehedge Farms, LLC ...........................54-57 Stranger Creek Ranch .............................. 50. 51 Strawberry Banks Farm ............................IFC, 1 Sypolt Insurance Services, Inc. ..................... 209 T Terry Flanagan Realty .................................. 208 The Hat Lady ............................................... 207 The Marhaabah Legacy Group......................... 7 V Varian Arabians .................................58-61, 209 W Westridge Farms........................................... 105 Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ................... 207

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