Arabian Horse Times December 2010

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2010 National Champion Arabian Pleasure Driving Open & AAOTD

First foal crop now in lines! See his foals at

5-Time National Champion Pleasure Driving, English Pleasure, Park & Informal Combination AFIRE BEY V X MATOSKETTE Stud fee: $1,500 ~ For breeding information, contact: BATTAGLIA FARMS ~ Scottsdale, Arizona ~ 480-585-9112 Showgirl SKF Vegaz x Starr Llight

Royal Flush SKF Vegaz x Hillcroft Princess Royal

CSP Vincent Vega Vegaz x Vanity’s Gal

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Multi-National Champion

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Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay, by MHR Nobility AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated • SCID clear MN Medallion Stallion • AEPA Enrolled Sire Contact Chris Wilson: cell 612.723.0266 Proudly Owned by Ken & Susan Knipe

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Magnum Psyche WH Justice Alfabia Damascus April Carol Besson Carol JA Ultima

Vona Sher-Renea Parys El Jamaal BA Niketa Parys El Jamaal Classic Krystall

Ultimate High WN Ultimate Star JA High Society


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Rich in pedigree ... ... divine in Aura

Proudly owned by David Zouch Ross Australia

For breeding information contact Andy Sellman River Falls, Wisconsin voice 715.425.9001 mobile 715.760.2466

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Contents December 2010 42

Cover Story: Bey Ambition by Mary Kirkman

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2010 U.S. & Canadian National Leading Sires


2010 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Stallions


2010 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colts


2010 Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards: Final Nominations


40 Years Of Arabian Horse Times: A Mirror For The Ages by Linda White


Leaders Of The Times—Odyssey SC by Colleen Scott



Endurance: 100 Miles In One Day With A Sound Horse … And A Dream by Linda White


The Evolution Of An Arabian Horsewoman—Mary Trowbridge by Mary Kirkman


The Arabian Horse In History: Lady Hester Stanhope, Indomitable Spirit, Part II by Andrew K. Steen


In Memoriam: Marjorie F.W. Tone (1915 - 2010) by Linda White


In Memoriam: Harry Cooper (1937 - 2010) by Linda White


In Memoriam: Mary Anne Grimmell (1926 - 2010) by Mary Kirkman



Second Editions Debut (1993 - 2010) by Mary Kirkman


Knowing Your Horse by Tommy Garland


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Handy Horse Tips by Lee Bolles


Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Murray & Shirley Popplewell.



Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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Comments From The Editor Publisher Lara Ames

Giving Trumps Receiving

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The Holiday Season is meant to be a time of reconciliation, reflection, hope, and peace. So, it is this time of the year that we most associate with the concept of giving—a time when we feel compelled to accentuate the blessings in our own lives by helping others. I am a strong advocate in the concept of giving, and my charitable contributions to society are as varied as my interests. As it pertains to the Arabian horse community, there is one group that can always use our assistance. I am referring to the Horsemen’s Distress Fund (HDF). As I have often stated in the past, Arabian Horse Times is not only about the horses. We are also about the people who love this breed. That is why we are a firm supporter of the HDF and why our Readers’ Choice Awards banquet held during the Scottsdale Show benefits their organization. Thus, when charitable feelings start to gnaw at you, why don’t you think about donating a few dollars to the HDF? You can purchase a ticket to the 2010 Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards banquet, or if you’re not going to be in Scottsdale, why not just send $2 to $5 to the Fund? If even 500 people did that, it would raise from $1,000 to $2,500—and most people wouldn’t even miss that small amount out of their wallets (one cup of coffee at Starbucks or lunch at McDonald’s). Can you even imagine? More than 25,000 people are members of AHA and even more are actively involved in Arabians right now; what if even a third of them sent in $2 each? $16,000. Half? $25,000. Remember, the Horsemen’s Distress Fund does not just support professional trainers; it is available to just about all Arabian horse people. To conclude, everyone here at Arabian Horse Times wishes you the most heartfelt wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Kevin N. Ludden Editor

U.S. National Champion

*Marwan Al SShaqab *M haqab b & Sh Shalina alina l El JJamaal amaaal

At just six years of age, Marhaabah has bred mares in prestigious breeding programs in ten countries around the world. Thank you to these respected breeders for choosing Marhaabah for their finest mares.

(x *Marwan Al Shaqab daughter) Owned by Tara Collins-Beck

The Marhaabah Legacy Group • Chris Anckersen, Manager 864-647-7588 • •

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Makes International Claim 8 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES




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2010 Brazilian National Champion Colt presented by David Boggs






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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

U.S. National Top Ten Purebred English Pleasure 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 • cell: 865.388.0507 1558 Muddy Creek Road, Lenoir City, TN 37772 Trainer Mike Miller • 608.332.0701 • 14 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES


Sires of Smoky Mountain Park ...

Afire Bey V

Huckleberry Bey Autumn Fire

ML Afire Dream DF Dream Weaver

Huckleberry Bey++


Afire Bey V



Autumn Fire


Clasix Dream Pro-Fire

*Bask *Prowizja

Fire Essense BRA Quintessence



The Chief Justice

Sey Cherie

Justa Glow+/

Naborrs Lancer

Bint Galoria


Quintina U.S. National Champion Purebred English Pleasure Futurity Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated AEPA Enrolled Sire • SCID Clear

Bay El Bey++

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 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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Nominated for 2010 USEF Horse of the Year!

“Afires Heir is the greatest English pleasure horse of all time; having won four consecutive Unanimous U.S. National Championships and having been first on every judges card throughout his show career. ~ Tim Shea




with Joel Kiesner



Afire Bey V x Brassmis by Brass AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire AEPA Enrolled Sire • SCID Clear Trained by and standing at Kiesner Training • 865.984.5245 Proudly owned by Bill & Shirley Reilich

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100% of the horses shown sired by Afires Heir were Top Ten or better at this year’s U.S. Nationals!


1/3 of the Top Ten in this year’s Arabian English Pleasure Futurity were sired by Afires Heir.


"... I've had the opportunity to start two Half-Arabian prospects by Afires Heir. Both have extremely long, upright necks, excellent motion, and above all, PERFECT TRAINING ATTITUDES. I'm very enthusiastic about training future Afires Heir offspring." ~ Ryan Strand






The Sire Left Page: 1. Heirielle Out of Shes The Ritz by AA Apollo Bey Proudly owned by Starline Arabians LLC 2010 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure Futurity 2. Elle Heir Out of AF Ellenai by Medall Proudly owned by Martha Scott Knight 2010 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Futurity 3. Extraordin Heir Out of Gwyneth D by Apaladin++ Proudly owned by Jeffrey S Beane 2010 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Futurity


4. BL Heir Supreme Out of Harghaza by El Ghazi Proudly owned by Trisha Phelan and Olivia Phelan 2010 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Jr. Horse Right Page: 5. Julietta Ames Out of Toi Jabaska+// by Matoi Proudly owned by Cedar Ridge Farm 6. Sweet Airianna D Out of Sweet Bravada V by Bravado Bey V Proudly owned by Martha Shea 8.


7. Bel Heir LR Out of JKF Wistful by Hucks Heritage V Proudly owned by Bill and Nancy Blakenship 8. Aregal Heir TRGR Out of LA Athena by Huckleberry Bey++ Proudly owned by Trigger Arabians LLC 9. 2010 Bay Colt Out of American Exxpress by IXL Noble Express+ Proudly owned by Tara Porter

Afire Bey V x Brassmis by Brass AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire AEPA Enrolled Sire • SCID Clear Trained by and standing at Kiesner Training at 865.984.5245 Proudly owned by Bill & Shirley Reilich

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6-Time National Champion



25 Years young ... Still going strong! CONGRATULATIONS TO 2010 NATIONAL WINNERS 2010 Sport Horse Nationals Alasting Love VF ~ National Champion & Multi-Top Ten CL Allicazam ~ Multi-Top Ten Envitation Only ~ Multi-Top Ten 2010 Youth Nationals Dominence ~ National Top Ten TR Moon Shadow ~ National Top Ten 2010 Canadian Nationals The Trashman ~ Reserve National Champion TR Moonshadow ~ National Champion Twist Of Fait ~ National Champion Wild Ride ~ National Reserve Champion & Multi-Top Ten 2010 U.S. Nationals Alicia CA ~ National Champion & Multi-Top Ten All Staar ~ Multi-National Top Ten Ballience V ~ National Top Ten JKF MacGregor ~ National Top Ten REA My Allience ~ National Top Ten The Trashman ~ National Reserve Champion & Top Ten


Breedings available *Aladdinn x A Love Song, by *Bask AHA Breeders Sweepstakes, AEPA Enrolled Sire, NSH Nominated Sire, Show Horse Alliance Sire, Renai Foundation Sire, Renai Futurity Sire SCID Clear

Nancy Shafer, Gregg and Lotta Shafer 5865 Oak Hill Drive W. Farmington, OH 44491 E-mail: 330.847.0776 For breeding information call: 330.274.2039 ~ 440.724.2497

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are pleased to present for your consideration arabian stallions and their offspring who are the product of a life long dedication to the arabian horse. if you would like to find out how these

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breeding program, we invite you to give us a call.

island elegance Canadian Nat’l Champion Mare Sired by Couturier


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versace x evening ingrigue Continuing the Versace Tradition

bask afire x brooklyn bey Siring beautiful, elegant foals competitive in halter and performance.

famoso wa Sired by Mariachi WA

Ed & Laura Friesen Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada phone: 306-220-8157 • email: DECEMBER 2010 | 23

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Accepting horses for training, evaluation and sales at our facilities in Scottsdale & Ohio. SALE HORSES AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE SHOWINGS IN SCOTTSDALE BE SURE TO ATTEND OUR OPEN BARN AND PRESENTATIONS DURING THE SHOW. AT SANDSPUR RANCH ~ 93RD STREET & CACTUS Brilliant performers are our mark of excellence.


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A Sire Of Global Expectations...

(*Gazal GA) ((**Ga Gaza zal Al zal Al Shaqab SSha haq qab x Veronica qa Vero roniica ca G A) A)

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Owned by Scheier Farms Mike & Patti Scheier • Scottsdale, Arizona Robert Long, Manager: 602-920-6782

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to all the buyers and agents that purchased horses from Prestige Farms in 2010. ADMIRE THE FIRE Baske Afire x Admiral's Lotus Blossom North By Northwest LLC, Houston, TX ALL OR NUTTIN PF Undulata's Nutcracker x Afires Quintina Kelli E Aguirre, Jupiter, FL ATOMIC FIREBALL PF Baske Afire x Baby Ima Star Lisa Oster, Langley, BC ATTACHE'S ROYAL SCANDAL Attache's Royal Assets x Lady Machine Wally Goertz, Armstong, BC BABY IM A STAR Sultans Starmaker x Amber Minx Todd Hickerson, Dixon, CA ETERNAL FIRE PF Afire Bey V x MWF Elzbieta Mike & Joyce Micallef, Redlands, CA HARGHAZI FIRE CMF El Ghazi x RL Rah Fire Cedar Ridge Arabians, Jordan, MN HEIRBORNE EXPRESS PF (Afires Heir X Miz Marguerita V) Kiesner Training LADY MACHINE The Mean Machine x She's Superb Cedar Ridge Arabians, Jordan, MN LANAKILA BEY BERRY Hucklebey Berry x EC Aloha Vicki Humphrey, Canton, GA NOBEL INSTINCT PF The Nobelest x Harghazi Fire CMF Cortese Arabians, Middleville, MI PERI HEIRESS Periaptor x Pro Mahagony Lady Jolene Johnson, Woodland, WA PUCKER UP PF Baske Afire x Miz Marguerita V Mike & Joyce Micallef, Redlands, CA QUINTESSENTIAL FIRE PF Baskghazi x Afires Quintina Rod & Jacque Thompson, Lenoir City, TN ROL FANTACY AFIRE Baske Afire x IXL Miss Firefly Diamond Hill Arabians, Waxhaw, NC SHE'S A HIGH ROLLER High Rank x Replay's Instant Love Cedar Ridge Arabians, Jordan, MN STREET ROD PF Baske Afire x Petite Sweet Kimberly McLaughlin, Arlington, WA TORNADO WARNING PF Sir William Robert x Erinne Elizabeth Tyler, Elberton, GA YES SIR THAT’S MY BABY Sir William Robert x Empress of Bask Wally Goertz, Armstong, BC



P R O S P E C T S AVA I L A B L E Come try them out! ESPIONAGE PF Mamage x Empress of Bask, Chestnut, Arabian, Gelding, 2/25/07 RED HOTT MAMA Mamage x Ames Déjà Vu, Chestnut, Arabian, Mare, 3/3/07 PISTOLERO PF Baske Afire x VTM Pistachia, Bay, Arabian, Colt, 4/3/07 MD BELLAMESA MHR Nobility x MC Bellasera, Chestnut, Arabian, Mare, 4/8/07 DCISIONS DCISIONS PF Baske Afire x Justice N Liberty, Grey, Arabian, Mare, 3/12/08 CABRIOLET PF Baske Afire x Miz Margeurita X, Bay, Arabian, Gelding, 4/13/08 HEAT WAVE PF SF Specs Shocwave x Afires Quintina, Chestnut, Arabian, Mare, 5/7/08 CATT BURGLER JDM Raindance x Catt, Chestnut, Arabian, Gelding, 6/8/08 HIGH SOCIETY FLING Baske Afire x Spring High, Bay, H/A, Mare, 5/30/06 CANT CONTROLLER PF Baske Afire x Shes A High Roller, Chestnut, H/A, Mare, 4/1/07 AFIRE ON WALLSTREET PF Baske Afire x Baby Ima Star, Chestnut, H/A, Gelding, 2/26/08 ROCK N ROLLER PF Baske Afire x She’s A High Roller, Bay, H/A, Gelding, 4/24/08 MEAN MACHINE PF Baske Afire x Lady Machine, Chestnut, H/A, Gelding, 5/1/08 CENTERFOLD SUE PF Baske Afire x Sue Ebony, Bay, H/A, Mare, 5/17/08 HOT RODDER PF Baske Afire x A Lady At Heart, Bay, H/A, Gelding, 5/28/08 WYZE CRACKER PF Undulata’s Nutcracker x Bint Bokara, Bay, H/A, Gelding, 6/17/08 SURE FIRE REDEMPTION Afire Bey V x A Lady At Heart, Bay, H/A, Gelding, 6/20/08

Also, offering a select group of bred mares, in foal for 2011. Call for complete sales list and DVD ... better yet, come see them in person!

Irwin Schimmel • 360-256-9432 • Cell: 503-367-4997 P.O. Box 814, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

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proven talented ready to ride & win! CEDAR RIDGE SALES OFFERINGS

Ames Admiral Hucklebey Berry x MC Jakita 2001 Arabian Gelding Multi-National Champion

Brass Star Brass x CB Shining Star 2000 Arabian Gelding Multi-National Champion

Ames Celebration Matoi x Ames Mirage 2006 Arabian Gelding National Reserve Champion

The Ames Family ~ Jordan, MN ~ 952-492-6590 Trainers: Leah Beth Boyd ~ John Golladay ~ Eric Krichten For sales information, contact: Leah Beth at 515-520-7604


Red Hot Chili Stepper Brush Fire V x My Proud Mary 2007 Half-Arabian Mare

CRF Intoxicating Matoi x Glamorize 2006 Half-Arabian Mare National Top Ten

Elle Yes Baske Afire x Showtime's Daddy Girl 2003 Half-Arabian Mare National Reserve Champion

Stravinsky X Barbary x Eldisar Ballerina 1996 Arabian Gelding National Reserve Champion

EZ Polkatrot Ariberry Bey V x Halstead's Polka Dot 2002 Half-Arabian Gelding Champion

Miss Newyork Fire BFV Brush Fire V x My Proud Mary 2006 Half-Arabian Mare NSH Halter Champion

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BREEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. through Pine Crest Arabians & Zerlotti Equine

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Mario Zerlotti 830.569.8913

Ron and Judy Schmid 715.634.2626

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Cover Story

Bey Ambition by Mary Kirkman For serious breeders, one of the most exciting aspects of the show ring is watching standout young stallions mature to full potential. Certainly, no individual will be scrutinized more closely than the 2009 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Bey Ambition, who took 2010 off to launch his breeding career and, in general, grow up. The question in everyone’s mind is, how does one improve on the form which, as a youngster, netted him two national championships, two national reserves, and a win at the World Cup?

autumn of last year, trotted into the Pavilion ring at Tulsa as if he owned it. It proved a popular win; the colt’s good looks and his obvious enjoyment of the competition were eye-catching. He also had something else, something highly valued at Rae-Dawn: a willing, trainable, tractable personality. For the Popplewells, the whole package is important—not just the show ring appearance.

Bey Ambition, by Brazilian National Champion Colt Regal Actor JP, and out of Bey Shahs Lady, a U.S. National Top Ten Yearling and Futurity Filly, burst on the scene at the 2008 Las Vegas World Cup Show, where the Popplewells purchased him from breeder Lucy Whittier. There, in his first show ring experience, he was named 2-Year-Old Junior Champion Stallion. He followed up with two reserves in Canada, and then in the

For Rae-Dawn, as important as the stallion himself at Scottsdale are the seven yearlings who will introduce his potential as a sire to interested breeders. “It’s a very good group of foals,” Murray says conservatively. “Our excitement builds around our auction filly, RD Alotta Ambition; she’s out of HL Infactuation, who’s a greatproducing mare—she’s the dam of Major Love Affair, 2008 U.S. National Champion Mare.”

“He has matured,” Murray Popplewell says of Bey Ambition’s development over the past year. “I guess you could say he’s filled out, The question, say but it’s more than owners Murray that. He still has and Shirley his great show Popplewell, ring attitude, but of Rae-Dawn he’s made the Arabians, will transition from be answered at colt to stallion.” It Scottsdale when is more than just Bey Ambition physical maturity, returns to the ring. Popplewell As a 5-year-old, Murray and Shirley Popplewell, Claudinei Machado and indicates; it is the a full-fledged Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady). whole stallion stallion with the persona. Bey Ambition, an exciting young representative macho fire to prove it, he will be accompanied by a of beauty and type, now has the presence of a force to be selection of foals from his first crop, all showing with reckoned with. The Popplewells look forward to the 2011 Claudinei Machado, who has led the colt in all but one of show season with pleasure. his shows.



Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady).

Another prospective star is RD Dynamo, a bay colt that Popplewell says is just like Bey Ambition, but even prettier as a baby than his sire was at that stage. Out of TF Falconsimprint, by Falcon BHF, the colt has already stirred comment among those who have seen him. HL Infactuation, a U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Mare, and TF Falconsimprint, a Canadian National Top Ten Filly, are indicative of the level of many of the mares being bred to Bey Ambition. “He had 14 foals this year,” Murray Popplewell says, “and a lot of them are out of national champions.” With Arabians like these increasingly filling the Rae-Dawn stalls in Saskatoon and Scottsdale, the Popplewells also are addressing how the horses will be presented to the public. After enduring crowded barn aisle stand-ups—particularly when inclement weather plays a role—Murray gave thought to an ideal situation. He remembered how spectacular collector cars looked when spotlighted at a Barrett Jackson auction, and decided that showing under the lights would suit Arabian presentations. “We understand and realize that it is not new to the Scottsdale Show,” he says, “but it is a new presentation way to us.” In fact, as of this month, viewing Arabians at Rae-Dawn will be more engaging than ever. “We are in the process of finishing a new reception building on the back of our Scottsdale property,” he reports. “It will have an office, a lounge, a presentation area, a breeding lab, and a catering kitchen coupled to a barbeque kitchen. The rubberized floor in the presentation lounge allows the horses to be presented any time of the day or night, and if it rains, the show goes on right next to the fireplace lounge.”

Buying horses should be fun, Murray offers. Why not enjoy it? With Bey Ambition and his sons and daughters coming online, the Popplewells expect to enjoy selling as well, and look forward to supporting the breeders and owners of those foals. This year, their headline stallion will be “doing the circuit,” beginning with Scottsdale and progressing through the couple’s home show, the Canadian Nationals, before heading on to Tulsa. “Murray and I have enjoyed this positive experience that Claudinei has led us through, and we appreciate the support that the whole Arabian industry has given us,” says Shirley Popplewell. “We would like to say ‘thanks’ to all, and hope we can give back to the industry a small contribution of appreciation. We look forward to the future.” ■

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by leading sire

baske afire

6 Championships 6 Reserve Championships 49 Top Tens Awards CF Jimmy Neutron


HCA Lynard Skynard

Lady Ava Isabela

Shaken Rattlen Rollen

JB Hometown Hottie - 2 Championships

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EXXPECTATIONS (A Temptation x EA Candy Girl) National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving




sir ed by A Temptation Baske Afire Hey Hallelujah

7 Championships 8 Reserve Championships 56 Top Ten Awards

EMANNUEL (Hey Hallelujah x Ericca) National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure

ROL FIRE MIST (Baske Afire x Firelite DGL) National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Jr. Horse For breeding and sales information, contact:

Strawberry Banks Farm 716.652.9346 ~ East Aurora, New York ~ DECEMBER 2010 | 47

13th consecutive year

Leading Sire at U.S. Nationals


Moving up the charts arts fourth overall leading sire nce. third in purebred performance.

Congratulations to thee owners, trainers and breeders for making it all possible. We have extremely talented get of Afire Bey V and IXL Noble Express ready to take you to the Nationals winners circle. At prices reflecting today's economy. Maroon Fire Arabians ~ Dave & Gail Liniger Contact: Shea Stables ~ Tim & Marty Shea ~ 810.329.6392 DECEMBER 2010 | 49

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Owned by: THE ENCORE SELECT GROUP Contact Cedar Ridge Arabians to book your breeding for 2011 Mike Brennan, breeding manager 952-492-6590 •

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*Jull yen elJa maal & Varian Purchased in 2002 from leading Brazilian breeder Lenita Perroy, *Jullyen El Jamaal has proven himself as a highly successful sire with many of his offspring winning in today’s competitive arena.

Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin

CA & SCID Clear, Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Scottsdale Signature Stallion, Region XII Spotlight Stallion Minnesota Medallion Stallion, AHBA Vegas Futurity Stallion

*Jullyen El Jamaal is recognized as the top siring son of Ali Jamaal in number of National winners sired. (Arlene Magid research)



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Ruminaja Ali x Heritage Memory

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Ludjin El Jamaal x NV Justa Dream


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Maclintock M aclintock V

Bel B el A Aire ire V

Desperado V x Marigold V

Baske Afire x Balquelotta V

CA & SCID Clear, Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire

CA & SCID Clear, Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire SHN Stallion, Colorado Breeders Cup Stallion





Varian Arabians wants to congratulate all the owners and trainers of horses from here that won so many National Championships, Reserves and Top Tens at the 2010 U.S. Nationals. We are thrilled to say the least, and it seems to us an appropriate time to suggest that everyone look at the young horses we are offering now. The quality of this group suggests future National winners that will continue to keep Varian Arabians being named the leading breeding farm of national champions.

Watch for Audacious at Scottsdale in Stallion Halter 8 & Over — at 18 years of age.

Varian horses excel as open and amateur owner horses in every division, from halter to English, western, working western, trail, dressage, sport horse, endurance, as well as outstanding pleasure riding horses. Our lovely group of well started young horses will fit all of the divisions. We pride ourselves in the care, handling and training of the horses we offer. Just ask anyone that has purchased a horse from us.


Audacious PS Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious CA & SCID Clear, Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Scottsdale Signature Stallion, Minnesota Medallion Stallion, SHN Stallion


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The 2010 U.S. And Canadian National Leading Sires The following charts are ranked both on number of winners and on a point system. The purebred halter and performance sires are assigned points as follows: Top Ten: 5 pts.; Reserve Champion: 8 pts.; and Champion: 10 pts. In the performance charts, a versatile horse may win in a number of dierent classes. Thus, a purebred stallion represented by just one son or daughter is included in the performance


point system rankings, but not in the chart ranking sires by number of performance winners. In the HalfArabian charts, Half-Arabian winners were all the purebred sire requires to make the list. To make the purebred and Half-Arabian overall sire chart, each sire needed winners in both halter and performance with purebred and/or Half-Arabian winners. Only championship classes were considered.


2010 U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. Legacy Of Fame (Legacy Of Gold x Fames Elegance C) 3. Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) 4. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) 5. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) 6. Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) Pershahn El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA) 7. Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) 8. Gai Monarch (Gai Parada x Gaishea) MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

59 38 33 30 25 20 20 18 15 15 15

Winners 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) 3. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) Legacy Of Fame (Legacy Of Gold x Fames Elegance C) 4. Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) Pershahn El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Amazing Fame V (Fame VF x Amazing Grace V) Ames Charisma (Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage) Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice)

9 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 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. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 4. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 7. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) 8. Neposzar (Maryk x Nanna) 9. Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) 10. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased

254 144 114 101 89 84 58 53 48 46

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) 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 6. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) 7. Neposzar (Maryk x Nanna) 8. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 9. Kordelas (Monogramm x Kabala) Triften (Matrifik x Tender Mercies)

28 16 15 12 12 11 10 8 7 5 5

Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) 5. Showkayce (Fame VF x Kay) 6. Pprovidence (Echo Magnifficoo x Bey Amore) Psymadre (Padrons Psyche x Tomorrows Dream) 7. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 8. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) Regal Basque (LA Basque x Gay Gazelle) Versaces Gold (Versace x Fortune in Gold)

33 33 25 23 20 16 15 15 13 10 10 10

Winners 1. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Pprovidence (Echo Magnifficoo x Bey Amore) Psymadre (Padrons Psyche x Tomorrows Dream)

4 3 3 2 2 2

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2010 U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 4. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) 5. C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 6. Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF), deceased 7. Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) 8. Alada Baskin (Aladdinn x Launa Basketu) Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) VJ Tamaras Fame (Fame VF x Tamaraberri Bey V)

177 137 83 61 43 43 38 35 33 33 33 33

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 4. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) 5. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 6. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) 7. LBA Lode Star (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia) Rohara Moon Storm (Moonstone Bey V x Rohara Tsultress)

23 17 9 8 6 5 5 4 4

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. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 6. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) 7. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) 8. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 9. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

434 311 132 129 94 68 65 51 46 46

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. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 6. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) 7. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) 8. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 9. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 10. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice)

49 41 19 15 13 12 9 7 6 5 5

2010 Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 2. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) 4. Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) 5. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 6. Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice) 7. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 8. First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) 9. Always A Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) 10. Dakar El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Sonoma Lady)


71 51 40 33 30 23 20 18 16 15

Winners 1. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) 3. Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) 4. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice) 5. Always A Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) Fausto CRH (Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal) Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

8 8 5 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2


Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) Bred by Varian Arabians Owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Overall Leading Sire: U.S. and Canada Purebred Performance, points and winners U.S. Half-Arabian Halter, points (tie) U.S. Overall Purebred and H/A Halter & Performance, points and winners Canada Half-Arabian Performance, points and winners

Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) Bred by Double Diamond Ranch Owned by Strawberry Banks Farm Overall Leading Sire: U.S. Half-Arabian Halter, points (tie) U.S. Half-Arabian Performance, points and winners Canada Half-Arabian Halter, points and winners Canada Overall Purebred and H/A Halter & Performance, winners

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Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) Bred by Al Shaqab Farm Owned by Al Shaqab Stud Overall Leading Sire: U.S. Purebred Halter, points and winners Canada Purebred Halter, winners (tie)

Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) Bred by J. Lancaster Havice and Lisa Herndon Havice Owned by Haras Mayed Overall Leading Sire: Canada Purebred Halter, points and winners (tie)



Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold) Bred and owned by Rojo Arabians Overall Leading Sire: U.S. and Canada (tie) Half-Arabian Halter, winners

Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) Bred by McPherson Family Trust Owned by Paul Gheysens Overall Leading Sire: Canada Overall Purebred and H/A Halter & Performance, points

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2010 Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 3. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 6. Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska) Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 7. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 8. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 9. Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra)

151 101 87 86 77 71 71 69 66 59

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

12 8 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 4

Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) NDL Flashdance (Barbary x Forty Carats) 3. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) Showkayce (Fame VF x Kay) 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Posh (Pascha x Cenfire) Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

28 20 20 18 18 13 10 10

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

2 2

Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. BA Bey Elation (Huckleberry Bey x Eletta V) GH Ventures Legacy (GH Venture x FF WLovenotion) 3. VJ Tamaras Fame (Fame VF x Tamaraberri Bey V) 4. Exxpectation (BJD Excalibur x CHF Highlight) 5. L Paso (El Paso x Wind Sonja) 6. D A Napitov (Napitok x Sun Lady) Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) 7. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) 8. Soldat (Bey Shah x NV Espania)

89 60 60 51 48 46 45 45 41 40

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased D A Napitov (Napitok x Sun Lady) Exxpectation (BJD Excalibur x CHF Highlight) Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) Infenitee (MHR Port Zar x Ga-Maara) Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) Soldat (Bey Shah x NV Espania)

7 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 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. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 6. GH Ventures Legacy (GH Venture x FF WLovenotion) 7. Triften (Matrifik x Tender Mercies) 8. Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice) 9. Bask Elect (Bask x Ima Electric) First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower)


117 109 99 81 79 68 63 43 38 38

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 5. Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice) 6. Bask Elect (Bask x Ima Electric) Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) Triften (Matrifik x Tender Mercies)

11 10 8 8 6 5 4 4 4 4 4

In Loving Memory ...

Dandy Natural C A M PA R I




"Nat" brought great joy to so many ... including a chance for artist Robert Rauschenberg to fulfill a dream of riding a white stallion on the beach. Nat surprised Robert by traveling to Florida for his birthday.

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Featuring the Offspring of ~







A Sample of the Offering ~

The Black Dalia LOA

Allisons Ace O Spades

A Temptress RMJ

Bond Girl LOA

Down and Dirty LOA

Kalimba LOA Jamaican Jackpot LOA Jewel’s Diamond Rose (ASHA)

Fantasy Girl LOA

Breakaway LOA

Project Runway LOA Diamond Chips LOA

Sultans Showdown LOA Millaya LOA O My Martini LOA Santanas Chips LOA

Annie Up LOA

Phil and Laura Witter, Owners Alvaro Garcia Almanza, Manager-Trainer Justin McManus, Assistant Trainer


2010 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Stallions Every year at the Canadian and U.S. Nationals, Arabian horse enthusiasts anxiously await the results of the junior and senior stallion classes to see how returning favorites compare against any newcomers. This year was no exception. All the classes were hotly contested, and we were given an opportunity to see some of the country’s best stallions side by side.




Tribute Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Diamond Tribute)

Bred by June and Tom Yahola, Tribute Thyme SA is a 2007 bay that was shown to his wins by Steve Heathcott. Purchased by Richard Hensley of Piedmont, Okla., in April 2008, Tribute Thyme SA was this year’s Region 11 Champion Stallion.


El Nabila B (Kubinec x 218 Elf Layla Walayla B)

Sandro Pinha handled the handsome chestnut stallion for Geoffrey Teeter of San Francisco, Calif., at the U.S. Nationals. The 14-year-old was bred by the Balbona Stud Farm in Hungary and traveled from Hungary to Brazil in 2002, then Brazil to the U.S. in 2006. He was purchased by Teeter in May, 2010. In addition to his championship title in the senior stallion class at the U.S. Nationals, El Nabila B claimed the Region 12 Championship title this year.

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Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable)

Greg Gallún was at the lead when Eden C claimed the Junior Stallion Champion title at this year’s U.S. Nationals for owner Dona Bellinger of Paonia, Colo. The young stallion is no stranger to the winner’s circle, as he was the 2006 U.S. National Champion Yearling Colt, 2008 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt, and the 2009 Region 1 Champion.


EKS Bey Al Gazal (Marwan Al Shaqab x Starbright Bey)

Led by Michael Byatt to the Reserve title, EKS Bey Al Gazal is a 2004 bay stallion owned by Mystica Arabians of Australia. He was also the 2008 U.S. National Junior Stallion Reserve Champion.




Pyro Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW)

Bred by June and Tom Yahola, Pyro Thyme SA is no stranger to the winner’s circle. His show record is lengthy and includes an unanimous championship title at the 2007 U.S. Nationals in the Senior Stallion class, the 2005 Scottsdale Supreme Championship title and the 2003 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt title. Shown to the win by Andrew Sellman, Pyro Thyme SA is owned by Claire and Margaret Larson of Tea, S.D.


Om El Al Azeem (Al Lahab GASB x Om El Beneera)

The Reserve Champion title went to Om El Al Azeem with Andrew Sellman at the lead for owner Om El Arab International, Santa Ynez, Calif. The 2006 grey stallion was also the Region 2 Reserve Champion in the amateur to handle class this year.

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Art Dekko TT (Audacious PS x HC Amareea)

Jeff Schall led Art Dekko TT to his Top Ten title on behalf of owner Noel Bosse of Olalla, Wash. The stallion, who has multiple Region 4 and 5 titles, was the Senior Stallion Reserve Champion at the 2009 U.S. Nationals.


Hun (Gazal Al Shaqab x Hula)

The 2003, grey stallion was bred by the Bialka State Stud Farm in Poland and imported to the U.S. in 2005. Hun was led to the Top Ten by Greg GallĂşn for The Hun Partnership, Santa Ynez, Calif. The stallion also has Region 1, 2 and 3 titles to his credit.




Legacys Renoir (Legacy Of Fame x SC Psavannah)

Led to the Top Ten by Erik Haff for owners Janet De Acevedo and Ian MacDonald of Brook Park, Minn., Legacys Renoir is a 2002 chestnut stallion. He was also Champion in the amateur to handle class at this year’s U.S. Nationals. Additional accolades include a number of wins in Regions 6 and 10, as well as a Top Ten at the 2005 Canadian Nationals in the Futurity Colt class.


ML Mostly Padron (Padrons Psyche x HS Mostly)

Ted Carson handled ML Mostly Padron on behalf of the ML Mostly Padron Syndicate, White Oak, N.C. The stallion has a number of other titles to his credit, including: a 2002 U.S. National Top Ten in the Arabian Yearling Colt Breeders Sweepstakes class; a 2005 Reserve Champion title in the Junior Stallion class at Canadian Nationals; and a Top Ten at the 2006 U.S. Nationals in the Junior Stallion class.

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LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana)

Shown by David Boggs for owner Felix Cantu, LD Pistal is a 2000 chestnut stallion with a long list of trips to the winner’s circle. Bred by Allen and Marian Corrow, he was the 2006 and 2008 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion, and was also the Region 7 Champion Stallion this year. As a junior stallion, he was twice in the U.S. National Top Ten (2004 and 2005).


Mister Magnum (Magnum Chall HVP x Pretty Tricky)

Owned by Michelle Amrick, St. Marys, Pa., Mister Magnum was shown to his title by Joseph Alberti. Bred by Sandro Pinha and purchased by Amrick in September, 2008, the 2004 chestnut stallion was East Coast Champion in both amateur and open in 2009, Top Ten at the U.S. Nationals in amateur the same year, and Region 15 Champion in both open and amateur this year. In addition to his Canadian National Top Ten this year, Mister Magnum also claimed a Top Ten at the U.S. Nationals in the amateur to handle class.




SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA)

Shown by Ted Carson for owner and breeder Patti Scheier of Scottsdale, Ariz., SF Veraz is a 2006, bay stallion whose accomplishments also include the 2010 Scottsdale Champion title in the Arabian Stallion 4-Year-Old Class. SF Veraz was also the Region 16 Champion Stallion this year.


TF Royal Shahbaz (Falcon BHF x TH Maya Naufali)

Michael Wilson led this junior stallion to his Top Ten on behalf of owner Curtis Westley of Atlanta, Ga. A 2006, grey stallion, he was also Top Ten at the 2009 U.S. Nationals in the Arabian Futurity Colt class.


Faraa Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x GW Natorious Star)

Michael Byatt led this junior stallion to the Top Ten for owner Al Shaqab Stud, Qatar. The 2007 bay stallion also captured the Region 9 championship title this year. â–

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Brinkman Arabian Stables Welcomes U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt AriesBFA (Versace x MC Psynammon, by Psymadre)

SCID Clear Minnesota Breeders Medallion Stallion Glenn and Susan Brinkman • Pierre, South Dakota Home: 605-224-0255 • Ranch: 605-224-0773 •


Also Standing National Champion


Alada Legacy

(Legacy Of Gold x Alada Roses)

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2010 U.S. & Canadian

National Top Ten Futurity Colts The best place to look for the stallions of tomorrow is in the colt classes of today. Savvy breeders start checking out the new kids on the block as early as their yearling classes, but by the time the youngsters enter futurity competition in their 3-year-old year, interest hits fever pitch. This year was no different. There was a lot of eye candy in the Futurity Colt classes at both the U.S. and Canadian Nationals—and undoubtedly, as time goes on, some of them will become superstars.


OFW Magic Wan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude)

In a bittersweet victory, OFW Magic Wan claimed the championship title for thenowners Darlene Orr and the late Harold Orr of Ellensburg, Wash. Michael Byatt led the handsome youngster to the title. OFW Magic Wan was also the 2008 U.S. National Reserve Champion in the Yearling Colt/ Gelding Breeders Sweepstakes Class. He was subsequently purchased by Salim Mattar of Haras Sahara in Brazil.




Eccentric Valentino (DA Valentino x Amelia B)

Led to the championship by David Boggs for owner Felix Cantu, Rogers, Minn., Eccentric Valentino also counts among his wins a top ten in 2008 at the U.S. Nationals in the Yearling Colt/Gelding Breeders Sweepstakes and a 2009 Canadian National Reserve Championship in the Two-YearOld Colts class. He was bred by Beverly Halquist and purchased by Cantu in January 2010.


PCF Vision (Marwan Al Shaqab x Veronica GA)

A 2007 bay, PCF Vision is owned by Sam Peacemaker of Spokane, Wash., and was shown to his reserve titles by Joao Rodrigues.

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GH Maryn (NYN Hisani x Enjoue)

Shown by Jeff Schall for owners Edward and Sarah Truitt, Loomis, Calif., the chestnut GH Maryn was also in the top ten at the 2008 U.S. Nationals in the Yearling Colt/Gelding Breeders Sweepstakes and in the top ten at the 2009 Canadian Nationals in the Two-Year-Old Colts class.


Ali Amman (Gazal Al Shaqab x Alia Jamaal)

Led to the top ten by handler Keith Krichke, Ali Amman was also Reserve Champion at Region 14 in the stallion class this year. In 2009, he was Reserve Champion in the Region 13 Two-YearOld class. He is owned and was bred by Allen Kirkendall, Trafalgar, Ind.




Aries BFA (Versace x MC Psynammon)

O WNED BY G LENN AND S UE B RINKMAN B RINKMAN A RABIAN S TABLES P IERRE, S.D. Christmas came early to Glenn and Sue Brinkman this year in the form of a chestnut colt by Versace and out of the Psymadre daughter MC Psynammon. “We had seen a video of him,” recalls Glenn. “He was being offered at the Addis sale in September and my wife really thought he was going to be a bit more than what we needed to spend, so she was disappointed.” But Glenn had other things in mind. “I like to get my shopping done early,” he says. “So I bought him and said ‘Merry Christmas.’” In all seriousness, it wasn’t just the idea of completing his holiday shopping early that led Glenn to his decision. “We were looking for an outcross for our TR Alada Legacy and TR Alada Heat mares, and we thought a Versace son would be a great complement,” he says. Although he purchased the colt in September, the couple would not get acquainted with Aries BFA until U.S. Nationals. They first saw him in his stall, still covered in blankets. When he entered the class two days later, the Brinkmans knew they had made the right decision. “He put on a show, making his presence known in that arena,” recalls Glenn. With Ted Carson at the lead, the two captured a U.S. National Top Ten in a highly competitive field of futurity colts. Besides his recent U.S. title, Aries BFA was in the top four at Region 15 this year. In 2008, he was Region 16 Champion Yearling Colt and in the top ten at U.S. Nationals in the Yearling class. While Glenn’s decision has clearly been validated by the young stallion’s show ring performance, it has also been validated at home. “We brought Aries home after U.S. Nationals and he has been a joy to have around the farm,” says Glenn. “He has nothing but women grooming and handling him, so you could say he is really a ‘ladies man.’ He is really good natured.” Started under saddle, Aries BFA is showing great promise, according to Glenn, who adds, “He has great

motion and looks to be well-suited for the English division.” In addition to being started under saddle, Aries BFA will be busy next year as a sire, as Glenn has plans to breed him to 22 TR Alada Legacy daughters. “Aries will bring size and motion, while the Legacy daughters have great beauty and good legs,” he says. “I’m looking forward to seeing those babies on the ground.” Glenn, who has bred everything from Appaloosas to Thoroughbreds, says Arabians have always been his favorite. Brinkman Arabian Stables was started in 1964, off for a brief hiatus from 1990 until 2003, and has been back in full operation since then. “We had been missing our Arabians,” he says. “So, I thought we’d just get two or three. Now we have 70.” Those 70 are like family. “The reason Arabians are my favorite is that they get very attached to me and I get attached to them,” he says. “They tend to build a very personal relationship with you and that is what is the most rewarding.” Along with the others at the farm, Aries BFA has already made his way into their hearts as well. “He has already become one of the family.” DECEMBER 2010 | 79



FSF Dakaros Enchanter (Dakharo x Enchantingly Shai)

A multiple titlist at Regions 12 and 15, the bay FSF Dakaros Enchanter was led to his top ten award by Greg GallĂşn for owner/ breeder Ann Riles of Douglasville, Ga.


OFW Shahgal (Gazal Al Shaqab x GA Honisuckl Rose)

Led to the top ten by Sandro Pinha, this bay colt was also Reserve Champion in the Region 13 Stallion class this year. He is owned by Freeland Farms LLC, Fort Wayne, Ind.




Perignon (Marwan Al Shaqab x Psychic Karma)

Bred and owned by Michael Byatt and Luis Miguel Muzquiz of Houston, Texas, Perignon was also the 2009 Scottsdale Champion Two-Year-Old Colt April 16 – December 31.


VA Thomas Crowne (Sir Fames HBV x Champaine N Roses)

Shown to the top ten by Joe Alberti for owner Kimberly Boyles, Havre De Grace, Md., VA Thomas Crowne also holds titles from Regions 14, 15 and 16. He was Champion Two-Year-Old Colt at the 2009 Region 16 Championships.

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WC Ali Gazal (Gazal Al Shaqab x JE Ali Selene)

O WNED AND BRED BY H OLLY D ILLIN WESTERN C ROSS A RABIANS & P INTOS WEATHERFORD , TEXAS Holly Dillin is a bit modest in her praise for WC Ali Gazal (Gazal Al Shaqab x JE Ali Selene, by Ali Jamaal). After all, she bred and raised the striking colt that impressed the U.S. Nationals judging panel enough to land in an impressive fourth place position in the Futurity class. “I try not to be ‘barn blind,’” Holly explains. “Of course I’m excited about him, and have been since he was born. But I like to get the opinions of others too.” She wouldn’t be disappointed as two top breeders and halter trainers gave her glowing feedback about the colt when he was just a youngster. That was all the validation she needed. “He is really something special and having other respected individuals confirm that means a lot,” she says. That WC Ali Gazal would turn out to be an incredible colt doesn’t come as a surprise if one looks at his pedigree. His sire, Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora, by Kaborr), is a champion in his own right, capturing the 2005 U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion title as well as the World Championship and Middle East titles the same year. He has sired countless international and national champions, many of whom have gone on to become top sires and producers in their own right, most notably Marwan Al Shaqab. WC Ali Gazal’s dam, JE Ali Selene, is by Ali Jamaal, a household name in the Arabian industry. “JE Ali Selene is my best producer,” says Holly. “When I made the decision to breed her to Gazal Al Shaqab, she already had many wonderful babies on the ground and I thought the cross would make an incredible foal. I liked the type and rear end movement Gazal was putting on his offspring and knew what she was producing. I thought combining those two prestigious horse families would give me something very special, and it did.” WC Ali Gazal inherited the best of his father’s type, style and charisma. His dam contributed size, motion and a kind


disposition, according to Holly. Not only is WC Ali Gazal kind, but also quite playful. “You can turn him out with a soccer ball and he’ll play soccer with himself or kick it to you,” she says. “If you put an empty feed bag in the arena with him, he’ll carry it around in his mouth. He’s a very sweet horse with an incredible teenage-type personality. He’s very curious, and wants to play and have fun.” That personality, combined with his type and correctness, has garnered WC Ali Gazal not only his most recent title in the futurity class at the U.S. Nationals, but also a top ten in 2008 as a yearling and the Region 9 Reserve Championship the same year. Besides winning in the show ring, he has begun his career as a sire, with seven offspring on the ground this year and many to come in 2011. “His first foal crop is really, really good,” says Holly. “In every case, he improved on the mare. All his babies have incredible chiseled heads that are wide between their eyes. I’m very excited to get them in the show ring next year.” The upcoming year will also be busy for WC Ali Gazal, as his book includes breedings to Padrons Psyche, Bey Shah and Desperado V daughters, just to name a few. He will also be making his debut in the performance arena as a western horse. Already started under saddle, Holly predicts he will be a force to be reckoned with in the show ring. “He is just incredible and soft, with a beautiful look about him. I think he’ll do really well.



ABD Jake Of Diamonds (Jake Jamaal JCA x Bey El Jamaal)

Shown by Shada Inc. for then-owners Gerald and Heidi Bauer of Ramsey, Minn., ABD Jake Of Diamonds was also named to the top ten in the Futurity Geldings class at the U.S. Nationals. (No photo available.)


LC Adagio (AA Sabotaj x LC Sinfonia)

Shown by Shada Inc. for owner Lady Georgina Pelham of Haras La Catalina, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, LC Adagio is a bay who was also named to the Top Three at the 2010 Region 10 Championship Show this year.


Kalahari (Gazal Al Shaqab x Kirscha)

A bay colt bred and owned by Tex Kam of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Kalahari was shown to his top ten title by Claudinei Machado. Kalahari was also this year’s Region 17 Champion. As a yearling, he was Region 17 Top Four in the Yearling Colts/Geldings Class.


RS Hollywood (Odyssey SC x Psyches Melody C)

Led to the top ten by Bill Coy for owner Grace Petty, Merriam, Kan., RS Hollywood also made his debut under saddle this year as a hunter pleasure junior horse in both the open and adult amateur divisions. ■

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Padrons Psyche x Peaches N Fame



Owned by: Ankrom Arabians Peter & Kristi Ankrom Rentz, GA

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Bay El Bey Huckleberry Bey Taffona Afire Bey V *Bask Autumn Fire Sparklingburgundy

DS MAJOR AFIRE *AN Malik AN Magno CC Montessa S S Magnolia *Soufian SS Soufianna Annaborr

Nominated Sire: AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Scottsdale Signature Stallion MN Medallion Stallion National Show Horse Iowa Gold Star Region 12 Spotlight Stallion SCID Clear

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA DS Major Afire x CR Berry Brandy

WR ST PAULI GIRL DS Major Afire x ATA Psyches Psong

2010 Scottsdale Signature Stallion Reserve Champion English Pleasure Futurity

2008 Minnesota Fall Festival Champion Auction Filly • Winner of $28,832

AMES JASMINE DS Major Afire x G Kallora

DIXIE CHICK PVF DS Major Afire x Candelita SF

RA IM A MAJORFIRE DS Major Afire x RA Loke Lani

MAJOR PRECISION DS Major Afire x HL Infactuation

MAJOR ROYALTY GA DS Major Afire x Queen Versace

REVEILLE W DS Major Afire x Psyches Princess

U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly

2008 Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt


2007 Minnesota Fall Festival Champion Filly

2008 Region 7 Champion Stock/Hunter Gelding

2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Gelding AAOTH

2006 Scottsdale, Canadian, and U.S. National Champion Stallion AOTH


Major Love A ffair DS Major Afire x HL Infactuation

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Coming to Scottsdale ‘2011’ In foal for 2011 with daughters of Aladdinn, Ariston, Baske Afire, Khadraj NA, Millennium LOA, Psyundance SP, Simeon Shai Limited bookings available for 2011.


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U.S. National Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Ridden by: Sally Randle Owned by: Sharon Fant-True

Emele RTA U.S. National Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure Futurity Ridden by: Sally Randle Owned by: Alexus Mattingly

Tribute Thyme SA Canadian National Champion Stallion Shown by: Steve Heathcott Owned by: The Hensley & Messerli Families

Awestrucc+ Unanimous U.S. National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 Owned by: Sharon Fant-True RH

Big Time

Canadian National Champion H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse Owned by: Sharon Fant-True



Unanimous U.S. National Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over and Reserve Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure Maturity Owned by: Sharon Fant-True

Simply Elegant SP U.S. National Top Ten H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Owned by: Jensen Arabians



U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure 18-35 Owned by: Jennifer Woodward &


Surfs Up

U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure Owned by: Red Tail Arabians

Shirley Gassen


Red Hot

U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country

Cotton Candyz U.S. National Top Ten H/A English Pleasure Owned by: Renee Kramer 94 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Pleasure Driving AOTD and Top Ten H/A Country Pleasure Driving Owned by: Brian Galbraith

Adelita RTA U.S. National Top Ten H/A Hunter Pleasure Maturity U.S. National Top Ten H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-35 U.S. National Top Ten H/A Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Owned by: Alexus Mattingly

2011 Scottsdale Sales Opportunities窶年ational Quality Show Horses At Midwest Friendly Prices! From February 1st, we will be in Scottsdale with a select group of talented, young horses and a few seasoned show horses.

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... there were five major Championship classes. Three of the Champions were bred by Roger and Linda Lervick: Black Daniels, 2010 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse; ROL Firecracker, 2010 U.S. National Champion Country English Peasure and ROL Trade Cycret, 2010 U.S. National Champion Ladies Side Saddle English. In total, RO Lervick Arabians-bred horses won three national championships, a reserve and 11 national Top Ten awards at this year’s U.S. National Show!


from the top ... Black Daniels and Jim Stachowski ROL Trade Cycret and Shannon Beethe ROL Firecracker and Ashton Kiesner

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Service Auction ...

The Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction is open to everyone to participate. By purchasing a breeding at the 2011 Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction, the resulting foal is eligible to compete in the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction Champion Yearling class for big money in 2013.



MAGNUM CHALL HVP Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP


EVER AFTER NA Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA


PCF VISION Marwan Al Shaqab x Veronica GA


BEIJING BHF Falcon BHF x Felisha BHF


ENZO Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane


MARWAN AL MAGNIFFICOO Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo


OFW MAGIC WAN Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude


MAGNUM PSYCHE Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle


MPA GIOVANNI Da Vinci FM x Glitzy

10 RAHERE Desperado x Rose Of Sarangani

11 VITORIO TO DA Valentino x Sol Natique

12 BESSON CAROL Parys El Jamaal x Classic Krystall

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

14 ECAHO Pepton x Etruria

15 EL NABILA B Kubinec x 218 Elf Layla Walayla B

16 HF MISTER CHIPS Bucharest V x Play Annies Song

17 MUSCAT Salon x Malpia

18 TRUSSARDI Stival x Precious As Gold

19 PSYMADRE Padrons Psyche x Tomorrows Dream

20 DA VINCI FM Versace x Full Moon Astar



21 SHOWKAYCE Fame VF x Kay

22 COUTURIER Versace x Evening Intrigue

23 TF ROYAL SHAHBAZ Falcon BHF x TH Maya Naufali

24 BREMERVALE ANDRONICUS Desperado x Bremervale Rhapsody

25 ML MOSTLY PADRON Padrons Psyche x HS Mostly

26 CYTOSK Mi Tosk x Cystyr

27 ADONIIS Baske Afire x Coladina

28 JOYS CREATION Psytadel US x Silk Melody

29 HANG TIME AA Apollo Bey x Ariaelle

30 BAAHIR EL MARWAN Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea

31 SF VERAZ Gazal Al Shaqab x Vernonica GA

32 DS MAJOR AFIRE Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia

33 EUPPHORIA Pprovidence x DA Hope

34 GR PSYCHES REY Padrons Psyche x Treat Me Special

35 PERSHAHN EL JAMAAL Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA

36 KREWE Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade

37 ETRO PA Enzo x Emandoria

38 FREEDOM PA Magnum Chall HVP x Bey Unforgettable

39 A NOBLE CAUSE IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire

40 JULLYEN EL JAMAAL Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin


41 GEMINI VII Legacy Of Fame x Precious Legacy

42 GEORGIO AF Versace x Fortunes Ciara

43 HDC EL CACIQUE Ecaho x Om El Tahari

44 HI HELLO BOY Don El Chall x Greta Rach

45 PSTRATEGY Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady

46 IXL NOBLE EXPRESS MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi

47 MARJESTIC WA Marwan Al Shaqab x Miraga WA

48 JRA AZUL Gazal Al Shaqab x Airiya

49 KA ODYSSEUS Odyssesy SC x Ellure A

50 AJMAN MONISCIONE WH Justice x Anthea Moniscione

51 ARMIR Arbiteur x WN Deja Vu

52 KORDELAS Monogramm x Kabala

53 MAXIMUSS Magnum Psyche x SX-Sheba

54 AM BEN DREAM Dreamazon x Tsea Note

55 A JAKARTA Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Schara

56 HEY HALLELUJAH Huckleberry Bey x Hallelujah Bask

57 MALAYSIA (AMIR MARWAN) Shakir El Marwan x Maraysia

58 CAJUN PRINCE HFC Almaden x Doll Padron

59 ROL INTENCYTY Out Of Cyte x Intensive QCA

60 EL CHALL WR Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair


61 BELLAGIO J MPA Giovanni x Jer-Koko

62 MADDOX VAN RYAD Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset

63 ABRAKADABRA RH ROL Intencyty x Miss Starbuxx

64 STAARWAN Marwan Al Shaqab x C Starlite Bey

65 OM EL SHAHMAAN Sanadik El Shaklan x Om El Shaina

66 PSYTATION EA Magnum Psyche x Truly Fame Miss

67 BRANDON BEY JCA Versace x Hushahby Bey

68 SW EL MARWAN Marwan Al Shaqab x Fantastica HVP

69 VVALIANTE DA Valentino x Kkissthestars

70 FALCON BHF Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF

71 THEE MASTERPIECE Padrons Psyche x Menescada

72 ML AFIRE DREAM Afire Bey V x DF Dream Weaver

73 MMONSIGNOR Justify x Liza Monelli

74 NOBLE PRIZE Noble Lord JP x Djazyra HCF

75 RHR MARCEDES Marwan Al Shaqab x Ellegant Dream

76 GUINNESS Brandon Bey JCA x Jewella

77 VENETIAN Versace x Basks Maria

78 MOON OF JULLYEN V Jullyen El Jamaal x Misti V

79 MARC ME FAMOUS QR Marc x Kilena

80 ART DEKKO TT Audacious PS x HC Amareea

81 LA KARAT WH Justice x La Kalahari

82 HUKAM MAJ Marwan Al Shaqab x Dinamaj

83 MAZKARADE Dakar El Jamaal x Majalis

84 SSHAMELESS Fame VF x Armira

85 OM EL BESHAAN Om El Shahmaan x Om El Benedict


86 MARIACHI WA Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey

87 AM GOOD OLDBOY AM Sea Captain x AM Tis Beverlie

88 THE SINGLETON Thee Desperado x Alia Riyala

89 SHF ENCORE Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay

90 TF PSYMREEKHE Psymadre x Lappes Mreekhie

91 ALWAYS A JULLYEN V Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V

92 HDC IBN GAZALALSHAQAB Gazal Al Shaqab x Emiria

93 NYN HISANI Marwan Al Shaqab x NYN Imara Versace

94 JACOB JCA Jake Jamaal JCA x Star Van Ryad

95 SIR FAMES HBV Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF

96 SF SPECS SHOCWAVE Afire Bey V x Spectra PR

97 PSYTANIUM Padrons Psyche x NV Tiara Bey

98 TF SIR PRIZE Noble Prize x Premonishahn

99 NEVADA TBA Millennium LOA x Adivah

100 STIVAL Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal

101 SHARIF EL SHAKLAN Sanadik El Shaklan x Amurath Saratoga

102 JP OBSESSION Versace x Overlooks Jewel

103 VIVA VERSACE Versace x Seraph Alexandra

104 SELKET MARQUE Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Khamala

105 SF SIR REAL Sir Fames HBV x Veronica GA

106 A TEMPTATION Temper x A Love Song

107 CRAVE FF Mash x Bremervale Charm

108 ECHCLUSIVE Echo Magnifficoo x JJ Ali Baska

109 RSA TROUBLESOME Sirius Trouble x TF Psyches Angel

110 AMES CHARISMA Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage


111 OM EL AL AZEEM Al Lahab GASB x Om El Beneera

112 BASES LOADED JCA Magnum Psyche x Jacline Jamal JCA

113 OUT TIL MIDNIGHT Out Of Cyte x VP Belladonna

114 AL NAKEEL Al Lahab GASB x SWF Desert Rose

115 ODYSSEY SC Versace x Latoura Echo

116 ITS SSHOW TIME Showkayce x Mystic Heirloom

117 SIR MARWAN CRF Marwan Al Shaqab x Ames Mirage

118 DAKAR EL JAMAAL Ali Jamaal x Sonoma Lady

119 IA AMBASSADOR Amunition x La Vida Loca

120 BASKE AFIRE Afire Bey V x Mac Baske

121 SEMPER FIE Sir Fames HBV x Crimson Sharem

122 INFENITEE MHR Port Zar x Ga-Maara

123 LC ARLINGTON Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady

124 AM POWER RAID AM Double Dream x HH Maid Marian

125 FS RITZ Padrons Psyche x WA-Miss Shasty

126 ZEFYR Sundance Kid V x Pattrice

127 VICTORIOUS LD DA Valentino x Queen Adiamonds

128 JP PRINCE TUHOTMOS Kenz Noor x Briele

129 TRISTDEN Pprovidence x Exquisita

130 BRIXX IA Gazal Al Shaqab x Bella Versace

131 ADAMO JJ Senor Magnum x TF Psynergy

132 MA SHADOW EL SHER El Sher-Mann x Calyenna El Jamaal

133 KHABERET PGA Khadraj NA x RA Kela

134 JAIPUR EL PERSEUS Perseus El Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin

135 AUDACIOUS PS Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious

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Cytosk x Amandi


Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica



Bey Shah x Bint Miss Fire

138 MASQUERADE PA Armani FC x Cazsandra



EF Kingston x Angelina DPA


140 PYRO THYME SA Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW


Falcon BHF x TA Jihana Bey




143 JA URBINO Alfabia Damascus x JA Ultima




Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal


170 SHAEL DREAM DESERT Ansata Shaamis x Elettra



BB Thee Renegade x Shaia

Versace x DA Love


Marwan Al Shaqab x Carinosaa




Fame VF x Precious As Gold

174 EDEN C

Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal


Eternety x Lovins Khrush SSA

Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady

Marwan Al Shaqab x CJ Psymphony


Echo Magnifficoo x Bey Amore

Magnum Psyche x S Justadream

Eternety x Aires Bey


Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey

Regal Actor JP x Genevieve C



Regal Actor JP x NV Alieshah

DA Valentino x Aspyn

Baywatch V x Rohara Padrona


DA Valentino x Bey Amore

Ansata Sinan x Mesoudah M

Padrons Psyche x Magnums-Anastasia


Mishaal HP x Erie Anna

WH Justice x Nadjana Bint Nadir



Gazal Al Shaqab x JE Ali Selene

Aryes El Ludjin x Anais El Bri

Enzo x Silken Sable


Magnum Psyche x Poetry SMF

Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba


DA Valentino x NBW Angels Kiss


Hucks Premier V x Crystal Lace


Marwan Al Shaqab x Aristokayte

Regal Actor JP x Genevieve C 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, 2011, 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. 100 | 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.


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2010 Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards— Final Nominations To determine who is going to be named the best of the best this year, Arabian Horse Times allows you the opportunity to choose the horses, people, and more that ranked at the top in our Arabian horse community. Don’t miss this chance to be heard. Go to to cast your vote today. Voting ends January 31, 2011!


2 0 1 0 A H T R EAD E RS ’ C HOIC E AWARD S Favorite advertisement featured in the 2010 AHT • Argent Farms, Sept. AA,

Favorite 2010 AHT front cover

designed by Jenn Trickey

• January—Justify,

• Midwest’s Iowa Gold Star, July,

owned by DST Arabians and

designed by AHT

photographed by April Visel

• Rooker Training Stable, Sept. AA 3D ad, designed by Shawn Getty-Lowe

• Shada, Inc., Sept. AA,

• May—Magnum Psyche, owned by Haras Mayed and

designed by AHT

photographed by Javan

• Strawberry Banks Farm, Sept. A,

• June—Vegaz,

designed by AHT

owned by Kenneth and Susan Knipe and

by Mary Kirkman, June

• The Evolution Of An Arabian Horseman—John Rannenberg,

photographed by April Visel

• September A—ROL Fire Mist, owned by Strawberry Banks Farm and photographed by Stuart Vesty

• October—Legacy Of Fame, owned by Georgina Pelham

Photographer Of The Year

by Mary Kirkman, August

• Jolene Bertrand

• The Evolution Of An Arabian Horseman—Gordon Potts,

• Mike Ferrara

by Mary Kirkman, September AA

• Howard Schatzberg

• The Yahoo Chronicles—The Dunes,

• Stuart Vesty • April Visel AHT September A Cover

AHT June Cover

AHT May Cover

AHT January Cover

by Jen Miller, Sandee Andrews, Sophie Pegrum, Melissa Feather and April Visel, October

AHT October Cover

Favorite editorial story of the year in AHT • Paul Heiman—Impossible Dreams Come True, by Linda White, September AA • The Evolution Of An Arabian Horseman—Michael Byatt,

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2 0 1 0 A H T R EAD E RS ’ C HOIC E AWARD S Show Of The Year • Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas • Iowa Gold Star • Scottsdale Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show • U.S. Nationals • Youth Nationals Judge Of The Year • Scott Brumfield • Lori Conway • Van Jacobsen • Bill Melendez • Corky Sutton

Best Team (Farm) Spirit Award • ChriShan Park Arabians • Kiesner Training • Midwest • Shada, Inc. • The Brass Ring Racehorse Of The Year • Fryvolous, owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan

• Grilla, owned by Bill Waldron • Pantana, owned by Onsala Arabians • Sand Witchh, owned by Guy Neivens • TM Super Bird, owned by Teutsch and Hammad Partnership

Ringmaster Of The Year • Mike Frame • Van Jacobsen • Derek Jones • Lisa Robinson • Juan Stuckey Announcer Of The Year • Craig Christiansen • Peter Fenton • Carrol Lee Hyde • Di Langmuir • Tony Shubert Instructor Of The Year • Jim Lowe • Rick Nab • Carole Stohlman • Kellie Wendling • Lisa Jo White 106 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Purebred Sport Horse Of The Year • KB Omega Fahim, owned by Elaine Kerrigan

• Little Red Khorvette, owned by Jennifer and Kenneth Roberts • O Lordy, owned by VWV Venture, Inc. • Oration, owned by Stephanie and Ricci Desiderio • TLA Ali Oop, owned by Katherine and Susan Pfeil

Half-Arabian Sport Horse Of The Year • Baltic Star, owned by Barbara Foster • Cartier, owned by Brittany Desiderio • KB Jull Fahim, owned by Chris Bailey • Lord Of The Ring, owned by Shuster Arabians

• Soleya, owned by Lisa Denise Chovin

2 0 1 0 A H T R EAD E RS ’ C HOIC E AWARD S Purebred Working Western Horse Of The Year • AQR Catalyst, owned by Paige Anne Montgomery

Half-Arabian Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume) • Alasting Inpression, owned by

• Comanche Rose, owned by

Michelle Barrett

The Brass Ring, Inc. • LD Tsunami, owned by Debra Smith • Vallejo Cylebrity, owned by Katharyn Hart • VLQ Friendly Fire, owned by Allison Mostowich

• Capt Jack Sparrow PGA, owned by

Half-Arabian Working Western Horse Of The Year • CR Dudley Dun Right, owned by Vickey Bowman • Hey Hollywood, owned by Sam Collins • Im Destinees Hobby, owned by Amanda Golestani • Paulis Europena, owned by Michelle DeRoche • Rootin Tootin Cowboy, owned by Olivia Pakula

Purebred Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume) • Afires Vision, owned by Windwalker Enterprises LLC • Exxpectations, owned by Strawberry Banks Farm • JDM Rain Dance, owned by Lori and Chelsea Cantero • MWF Benedykt, owned by Fortun Arabians LLC

• Whiskey Glow, owned by Ann and Chelsea Knoop

Remington Monroe Equine LLC • Chance To Jam, owned by Ashley Toye

• Dreame Maker, owned by Ariel and Jessica Medved • Papa Rhazi, owned by Brie Reiter

Purebred Hunter Horse Of The Year • Allegience BF, owned by Kathryn Knebel • DL Padparadshah, owned by Kelly Teigen • KM Bugatti, owned by KM Stables, Inc. • Sting SMA, owned by JoAnne Grossman • VJ Berryance, owned by Mari, Anna and Leah Perczak

Half-Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year • Aflair CF, owned by Remington Monroe Equine LLC • Chance To Jam, owned by Ashley Toye • Money Plays, owned by Alisha and Adele Kinney • Stop Th Presses, owned by Douglas and Jerry Smith

• VSH Lollipop, owned by Sharon Fant-True

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2 0 1 0 A H T R EAD E RS ’ C HOIC E AWARD S Purebred Western Horse Of The Year • Alerro, owned by Jerry Newman • Dancin To Victory, owned by

Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year • CF Jimmy Neutron, owned by

Barbara Lynn Hunt • Khontroversy PGA, owned by Lori and Chelsea Cantero • Melody V, owned by Megan and Valerie Brown

Burrline LLC • Lady Ava Isabela, owned by Kimberly Jarvis • Polkapalooza, owned by Starline Arabians LLC • SA Sophisticated Lady, owned by Mike and Jessica Medved

• WC Laredo, owned by Winding Creek Arabians

• Second Sight, owned by Half-Arabian Western Horse Of The Year • Caliente Virtuoso, owned by Robin Porter

• Call Me Awesome, owned by Dennis and Linda Clark Limited Family Partnership • Moondoggie, owned by Kim Jenker • One Knight Stand, owned by Sally Conrad Beyer • Slow Gin Fizzz, owned by Lori and Chelsea Cantero

Purebred Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year • Afires Heir, owned by William and Shirley Reilich • Black Daniels, owned by Bryan and JoAnne Grossman • Gotta Wear Shades, owned by Robin Porter • Mandalay Bay, owned by Hawk Haven Farms LLC

• Vegaz, owned by Kenneth and Susan Knipe


Windwalker Enterprises LLC

Purebred Halter Horse Of The Year • AAS-Elishahh, owned by Luciana Fasano

• Eden C, owned by Dona Bellinger • PCF Vision, owned by Sam Peacemaker • RD Fabreanna, owned by Claire and Margaret Larson • Vvaliante, owned by Sally Bedeker

Half-Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year • He Be Showy DFA, owned by Linda Lane and Acevedo Arabians • Ima Cool Cat CB, owned by Elaine Finney • JB Hometown Hottie, owned by Michael Bills • KA Roundabout Midnite, owned by Robert & Dixie North Family Trust • Shutup And Dance, owned by Terry Anne Boggs


Rising New Star Award (Trainer Under 30 Years Of Age) • Dalton Budd • Jessica Clinton • Jason Krohn • Jeffrey Lovejoy • Stephanie Sage

Horseman Of The Year

Youth Exhibitor Of The Year • Chloe Holmes • Brooke Marie Jarvis • Jessica Medved • Anna Redmond • Madison Stevens

Breeder Of The Year

Adult Amateur Of The Year • Katie Burr • Kayli Fortun • Lori Lawrence • Robin Porter • Amanda Purdin Horsewoman Of The Year • Cynthia Burkman • Roxann Hart • Vicki Humphrey • Ashton Kiesner • Mary Trowbridge

• Rob Bick • Joel Kiesner • Gordon Potts • Andrew Sellman • Jim Stachowski

• Boisvert Farms • R O Lervick Arabians • Rohara Arabians • Tim and Marty Shea • Varian Arabians Sire Of The Year • Afire Bey V, owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.

• Baske Afire, owned by Strawberry Banks Farm

• DA Valentino, owned by Dan and Maureen Grossman

• Magnum Chall HVP, owned by Leslie Lurken

• Marwan Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab Stud

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A Mirror For The Ages

40Years of Arabian Horse Times

Everybody has a story, but sometimes, those stories take our breath away. Here is one that will. The 1980 Canadian

by Linda White

Nationals, held that year in Toronto, featured a presentation of the Arabian stallion Cass OlĂŠ, who had just starred in the hit film, The Black Stallion.


“Cass Olé was one of the Arabian breed’s best ambassadors,” wrote Arabian horse historian, consultant and pedigree authority Arlene Magid in a February 2008 article posted online. “His beauty and presence caused him to be selected to play ‘The Black’ in the 1979 fi lm, and to reprise his role in The Black Stallion Returns (in 1983). Many people who first fell in love with Arabians did so because of Cass Olé.” Cass Olé’s owner, San Antonio heart surgeon Leo Cuello, also brought his daughter, Francesca, to Toronto in 1980. The doctor had bought Cass Olé from breeder Gerald Donoghue in 1972; Walter “Chappy” Chapman trained the young stallion and Francesca began showing him as a junior rider. She campaigned him to five U.S. National titles, including the 1975 U.S. National Championship in Western Pleasure AOTR, a 1976 U.S National Reserve Championship in Ladies’ Side Saddle, as well as 1975 and 1976 U.S. National Top Tens in English Pleasure AOTR. This time, however, the 19-year-old girl came into the ring in a wheelchair. All but her left hand was paralyzed from near-fatal head injuries she had sustained three years earlier, when the truck she was driving blew a tire, rolled over three times and landed in a ditch. Judy Von Duyke was announcing in center ring at Canadian Nationals that year. She vividly recalls the moment. “They brought her into the ring in a wheelchair, lifted her out and put her up on the horse,” Von Duyke says, her voice brimming with emotion. “Cass Olé, to his eternal credit, stood statuestill while they put her on, and then packed her around the ring so carefully; he was a real trooper. That presentation was probably the most moving, poignant scene any of us had ever experienced.” As

Cass Olé

further testament to the young girl’s courage, despite a four-week coma, grievous head injuries and paralysis, Francesca Cuello returned to high school in a wheelchair three months after the accident, graduated the next year with honors, and went on to attend Trinity University despite the challenges. This story is only one of thousands, many of which have appeared in the pages of the Arabian Horse Times in the past 40 years. Obviously—and unfortunately—we can’t reprint them all. To mention just a few, we wrote about John Wheeler and Cliff Busekist, his right-hand man at the mill and at U.S. Nationals; Wayne Hipsley; Michael Brown ; and Carl Yenser (who was a “spook” for the CIA). There was Casey Brantner, John and Mary Ann Grimmell, Carol and Walter “Chappy” Chapman, Lee Caldwell, Gordon Shea, racing legend Kon Tiki, and Boots Kubela and his wife, Robbie (later widowed, Robbie Kubela married John Rogers, of *Serafi x fame). And the list goes on.

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A Mirror For The Ages Then came the great park mare, *Prowizja and her four stallion sons, all sired by *Bask: Ibn Prowizja, Cometego, Pro-Fire and Promotion. Marian and Leo Knight of Lafayette, La., bred Ibn Prowizja, Cometego, and *Prowizja’s gelded son, Provardo, and Mrs. Knight bought Pro-Fire from Lasma, which bred him. Tom and Roxann and Karl Hart Lanella Gray, their son Sky, made a difference, as did Janice Garrard and the *Bask son Gdansk (x *Gdynia, by Comet), Caravan Arabians’ Barbara Spring and the *Bask son Fire Wind (x Lakshmi, by Rapture); and Frank and Silvia Rust with their world-class producers, the Halali mares. Arlene, Hal and Gary Clay bred the *Bask son Ariston (x tt Faydelle Scho *Amfibia, by Sedziwoj), and Borg-Warner heiress Denise Borg bought Ariston from the Clays’ Del Camino Ranch as a yearling. Borg raised many champions with an “Aristo” or “Four Winds” prefi x before their names, out of her choice broodmare band.

Edie Lehman


Rohara Arabians, the home of U.S. National Champion

Mare Rohara Tsultress and her famous sire, Ivanhoe Tsultan, is a name familiar to Arabian Horse Times readers, as are Karl and Roxann Hart—and Rohara’s dozens of national titleholders who came after Rohara Tsultress. Rick Moser, later of Colonial Wood, trained and showed Rohara’s earlier stars; next came John Rannenberg, who continues to train and show the farm’s and clients’ horses to national victories. Roxann Hart keeps winning national championships in the AOTH divisions, and Karl Hart, an attorney, has served diligently and for decades as a regional director and member or chair of various boards. We will mention their friend and ours, longtime Arabian and Half-Arabian supporter Faydelle Schott, who bought lovely Rohara Tsatusque, and has owned dozens (literally) of other big-time champions in her more than half a century with Arabian horses; Edie Lehman, whose good-thinking wonder horse, Demaciado, was but one of her many champion trainees; Serenity Farm and Hanna-Luise “Hansi” Heck, who imported the great *Serenity Sonbolah from Cairo’s Egyptian Agricultural Organization; and photogenic Rinconada Arabians in Algodones, N.M., where Nabiel and dear old *Ibn Hafiza spent some time. Dr. Burt and Sheri Melton, their two sons, two pygmy goats, and the ranch were the subjects of a February 1984 article, and Nabiel was that month’s Arabian Horse Times cover star. Nabiel’s liver chestnut son, RA Jahim, went on to Texas, where he sired many a champion at the Rogers family’s Kehilan Arabians in Fort Worth. Farther north dwelled Kent, Ohio’s Joyce, T.P. and Lexie Long, who owned and showed the winning Tornado son, Supreme, and other nationalwinning *Bask kids and grandkids, all trained by Debbie Bailey, daughter of noted trainer and judge Bonnie Bailey, who was the subject of a “Times Remembered” article.

Back in the day, Tom McNair, Times columnist— and for many years, one of the industry’s top trainers—also delighted audiences with some spectacular performances by Gleannloch’s straight Egyptian Arabians and later, with clients’ horses. One of these was Tammen, the late actor Patrick Swayze and wife, Lisa Niemi’s straight Egyptian son of Abenhetep (*Ibn Hafi za x *Omnia, by Alaa El Din). We’re sure that Patrick Swayze and Tammen, inseparable in life, are together again, in a land that knows no parting, as a familiar country ballad suggests. Another frequent mention in past issues was silver-haired Arabian judge Peter Cameron, whose learned decisions were never, or hardly ever, questioned. From 1974 through 1980, the St. Catherine’s, Ontario, horseman was the world’s highest rated Arabian horse judge. He was every show committee’s number one choice until he retired a few years ago. His memories, and his memory, are encyclopedic. For instance, in a recent conversation with a group of admirers, Cameron recalled that at the 1973 U.S. Arabian National Championships, when he selected Khemosabi that year’s U.S. National Champion Stallion, “His coat was so shiny, you could see yourself in it!” We also seem to remember that he (Peter Cameron, not Khemosabi) won the no-holdsbarred egg-and-spoon competition at the first and only Star World Show. This seldommentioned Scottsdale gala was held in several enormous, drafty, connected tents, replete with uncomfortable seating and an elaborate indoor water fountain that kept changing colors. Port-apotties, set up a couple steps from the tent’s main entrance, definitely robbed the evening of some of its glamour and mystery.

If you picked up an Arabian horse magazine during the 1970s, chances are there was a Friendship Farms ad on the inside front cover, or maybe the back cover, with eye-catching artists’ renderings of the stallions Geym (*Raffles x Rageyma, by *Mirage) and Tom McNair *Nizzam (Rissam x Nezma, by Rafeef). Friendship Farms belonged to John Deere heiress Patricia “Tish” Hewitt and her husband, William, who was John Deere’s CEO from 1955 to 1982. The Hewitts bought Geym from Roger Selby in 1942; they imported Tammen and Patrick Sway ze. *Nizzam from Crabbet Park in 1961 with Lewisfield’s owner, James F. Lewis Jr. Ah, Lewisfield! It was the birthplace of more than 300 Arabians of distinguished English lineage, most of whom had “Lewisfield” before their names. They were born during the 1960s,

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A Mirror For The Ages 1970s and early 1980s. Lewis Jr. registered the last horse he bred, Tera Colleen (Terazon x Brdsmr Snowflake, by Lewisfield Amigo), in March 1982. Lewisfield was a resource for wonderful athletes. Eric Wolfe trained and showed a Lewisfield horse to a national park title early in his career, and no one who was there will ever forget the park class at the 1977 U.S. Nationals, when a big, powerful grey stallion, trotting like the ground was hot, burst through the in-gate, ridden by a fresh-faced kid named Peter Witte, who looked like he was about 12 years old. The horse looked vaguely familiar because he was Lewisfield Nizzof (*Nizzam x Freni, by *Raffles), and he had already been 1975 U.S. National Formal Combination Champion and 1976 U.S. National Formal Driving Champion, both with Peter Witte, who had opened his own public stable in New Hampshire in 1972. itte. of and Peter W In 1977, Lewisfield Lewisfield Nizz Nizzof added the U.S. National Park Championship to his record. He belonged to Dr. Robert Hennessy. Lewis had purchased *Nizzam, his sire, from Friendship Farm in 1968, when the stallion was 25. “Forty years is a lot of time, not only for the Arabian Horse Times, but also for the Arabian horse industry,” observes Cindy Clinton, who is a familiar face in the industry. She has been variously


involved, most often as manager, with this country’s most prestigious Arabian and National Show Horse shows—on the show commission of the U.S. Nationals; as current and longtime Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes and National Show Horse District One Championship Show Manager; and for years, managing the Region 14 Championships and National Show Horse Finals. Arabian Horse Times has featured coverage of those horse shows and hundreds of others since the publication’s earliest days. Some faded quickly, like the aforementioned Star World concept of the early 1980s; others, like the Minnesota Fall Festival, the Egyptian Event, Youth Nationals, Sport Horse Nationals and a long list of other events, quickly burgeoned into show season favorites. Forty years of monthly issues reflect how much our horse shows have changed. Advertising, marketing and promoting Arabian horses, almost unheard-of on any real scale in 1970, gradually gained momentum until, by the early to mid-1980s, page after page shouted that a whole new game, advertising Arabian horses, was reaching dizzying heights. Today, Arabian Horse Times readers enjoy, but take for granted, sophisticated, cutting-edge advertising and promotion that so far outstrip earlier decades’ loftiest efforts that comparison is almost laughable. One successful promotional effort has gotten Arabian Horse Times coverage since the very beginning. The National Show Horse Registry, established in August 1981, was Gene LaCroix’s brainchild, created to expand the opportunities for the increasingly popular Arabian/American Saddlebred cross. The registry immediately attracted interest and enthusiasm and grew accordingly, but registration eligibility was

limited. The 2010 NSH Finals offered more than $150,000—which is not exactly chicken feed, but that amount should soon sprout wings. The NSH Registry has (finally!) opened NSH eligibility to all HalfArabian crosses! The LaCroix brothers, Gene and Raymond, were among the show ring’s brightest lights, beginning in the 1960s. Older brother Gene, passionately committed to the breed and the sport, got a lot of the glory. That was inevitable, considering the amazing, consistently spectacular succession of Arabian and Half-Arabian performers he trained and showed to national championships in half a dozen divisions. An array of former Lasma assistant trainers can be counted among today’s most successful Arabian industry professionals.

Gene LaCroix aboard Zod

iac Matador.

Younger brother Raymond, equally passionate but perhaps less noticeably intense at first glance, trained and showed a similarly unforgettable string of purebred and Half-Arabian superstars, most of them of *Bask lineage, to national titles. At Lasma’s Scottsdale facility, Raymond could be seen hard at work, jogging or riding a training horse, whether the clock said 6:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. Their father, the esteemed Dr. Eugene LaCroix, has departed this earth, but both Gene and Ray and their mother, Mary Jean LaCroix, remain lifelong members of the Arabian horse community. Hundreds more breeders, trainers and exhibitors, influential farms, and influential horses immediately fall into step with the parade moving across our mental movie screens. Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Skeggs’ Locust Farms, with its imported Polish stallions and heavenly broodmares, was orchestrated by trainer Lee Bolles, previously and later farm manager at AlMarah Arabians. The Jack Tone Ranch, developed in 1848 just outside Stockton, Calif., by the original

Ray LaCroix and Mafier.

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A Mirror For The Ages John Tone and long headed by stallion Fadjur, a foal of 1952, was especially influential in the 1960s and 1970s. The Arabian community recently lost Marjory “Marge” Tone, but Fadjur remains influential to this day, perhaps most notably through his daughter Jurneeka, dam of Khemosabi. The best-known straight Egyptian breeders and importers are probably Doug and Margaret Marshall of Gleannloch Farms in Barksdale, Texas; Barbara Griffin of Imperial Egyptian Stud in Maryland; Don and Judith Forbis’ Ansata Don Forbis. Arabians in Mena, Judith and the late Ark.; Wisconsin’s Bill and Pat Trapp of Arabest Arabians; the Willis Flicks’ Glen Glade program; Bob and Christine Fauls’ Chapel Farms; and several hundred others who share in the spoils at the annual Egyptian Event at the Kentucky Horse Park. Egyptian and Egyptian-related Arabians have garnered national titles as long as there have been national championship shows. So have Spanish and Spanish-related mares and stallions. Spain has one of the world’s oldest studbooks of record, and Spanish bloodlines are loaded with individuals whose importance to the breed cannot be overstated. The list of straight Spanish national and world champions is long, but three highly visible Spanish Arabians come to mind immediately: sires *Barich De Washoe and *AN Malik, and *Abha Hamir, Marietta Salas’ gorgeous U.S. National Champion Mare. *Barich De Washoe (Zurich x Aldebaran II, by Malvito) was imported from Spain in utero by Steen Ranches in 1965. In 1972 he went to Bruce Clark and Jerry Alexander at Bru-Mar-Ba Arabians, where 118 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

his breeding career really took off. He sired 469 foals, many of whom became champions and national winners, and sires and dams of champions. *Barich De Washoe daughters became valuable capital long before their sire’s 1991 death.

*Barich De Washoe

*AN Malik (Galero x Ispahan, by Alhabac) became the pride of Jay and Dorothy Stream’s Greengate Farm in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the day he stepped off the truck in 1972. At Greengate, where he spent the rest of his life, he sired 430 offspring. One of those was 1990 Canadian National Champion Dorothy & Jay Strea m with *AN Malik. Stallion Top Contender (x Rho-Sabba, by Khemosabi), who also owned three U.S. National Top Ten Stallion titles, and had regional, Scottsdale and Buckeye halter and pleasure driving championships to his credit for his breeder, Bud Adams. Bud Adams and his wife, Louise, were well-known breeders, first in New Mexico and then in Scottsdale, where Chuck Kibler was their trainer for many years. Stallion Bask Flame (*Bask x Mudira, by *El Mudir) was their other headline sire. They bought his dam, carrying Bask Flame, in March of 1978. Janice

Garrard had imported Mudira’s sire, *El Mudir (Wielki Szlem x Munira, by Kaszmir), who became a U.S. National park horse champion. New York breeders Leon and Doris Rubin imported race sire *Sambor at 4 in 1969, and Loudon, Tenn., Arabian racing proponent Dr. Sam Harrison bought *Sambor’s son Samtyr (x *Tryncza, by Trypolis) from the Rubins as a yearling. Samtyr’s progeny would break Arabian race records throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and Arabian Horse Times would be there to write about them. At Delaware Park, Florida’s Tampa Bay Downs and Pompano Park, Phoenix’s Turf Paradise, California’s Los Alamitos and Bay Meadows, and other tracks in the U.S. and Canada, Arabian racings fans were welcomed from coast to coast. In publishing, as in every other human endeavor, reliability is the ingredient most elemental to success. In providers, staff, the target market, subcontractors, advertising executives, transportation services, and the kid in the mailroom, dependability is the fi rst requisite. If they aren’t dependable, let somebody else discover what a headache they are. Arabian Horse Times could depend on Sales Manager Stan Wayne, who played a major role in the magazine’s early success. Magazine founder Walter Mishek had heard of Wayne, a well-known Arabian horse breeder in the five-state area. “He had also turned his employer, Les Hendricksen’s small drug supply business into a large, successful company,” Mishek says. “I was looking for someone who could help me expand our advertising sales, so Dad and I called him, and followed up with an interview. When we told Stan what we needed, he said, ‘No problem,’ and we formed an alliance. “Stan Wayne was a very good teacher, and I learned a lot from him. Dan Gainey Sr. and Stan Wayne are the two people who taught me everything I know about sales,” Mishek continues. “Stan liked people, and he had a unique way of making them feel comfortable. He was

a good listener, and could pick up on their needs, and how best to fulfi ll them. He was a history buff, and knew the history of the Arabian breed in North America, how the business had developed here, and he Samy tr could accurately predict people’s needs based on their backgrounds and personalities. He was very intuitive. Stan had served in World War II, so he had learned, from military life, about selfdiscipline, about order, and about working as a team member of something larger. He had a real sense about accomplishing the magazine’s goals and developing a strong client base—which we did together. “When his health dictated that it was time for him to retire, he did, but he never lost his profound love of Arabian horses, or his passion as a breeder. He still had a few Arabians at his Albert Lea farm when he passed away several years ago. Stan was somebody you could count on.” “One thing we have been able to count on over the last 40 years is the Arabian Horse Times,” Cindy Clinton observed in a recent conversation. “We need publications that showcase our breed to others, and the Times is a beautiful magazine, with page after page of beautiful horses, and high quality editorial. The publication has benefitted from consistency, also. It hasn’t changed hands over and over, and it has a knowledgeable staff, who are involved with our industry on a daily basis. The Arabian Horse Times has maintained a first-class, quality magazine that continues to do a great job of keeping up with our industry.” ■ DECEMBER 2010 | 119

Leaders Of The Times: December Calendar Feature

Odyssey SC by Colleen Scott Jerad Cooper and his wife, Christi, have a vision to create new opportunities for involvement in the Arabian horse industry. That vision has led to some creative and highly successful partnerships recently, including the joint ownership of Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo, by Echo Magnifficoo).

home to Stranger Creek Ranch and a partnership of owners that included the Coopers, Tarrance and Jacqueline Floyd, and Perry and Juanita Peden. The team is excited about the opportunities the handsome 2009 Canadian National Champion Stallion brings not only to them, but also to the industry.

“Bringing new Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo, by Echo Magnifficoo). people into the When Cooper first saw Odyssey SC in person, he and Arabian horse world is part of our goal at Stranger Creek Christi were already part owners of one of the stallion’s Ranch,” says Cooper. “So many people are simply never offspring, the colt KA Odysseus (x Ellure A). Other exposed to this wonderful breed. But once they are, they partners in KA Odysseus are Perry and Juanita Peden, are hooked for life.” Tarrance and Jacqueline Floyd, Deborah Hodge and new owners Perry and Shelby Williams. Cooper could Cooper’s commitment to bringing new people into the immediately see in Odyssey SC the same qualities that industry included offering a unique arrangement with had attracted him to his young son: an extremely laid-back investors in Odyssey SC. Each shareholder would receive shoulder; high-set, long neck; clean throatlatch; straight four breedings annually, along with free training for the legs and great level top line. stallion’s offspring. That’s right, free training. Cooper plans to extend the deal throughout 2011 with the limited With some 243 registered offspring on the ground, Odyssey number of Odyssey SC partnerships still available. “It is SC has been proving himself as the sire of both in-hand unique,” he says. “Yet, what better way to ensure Odyssey’s and performance superstars. Jackee O (x Fames Lady Jane) offspring reach their full potential?” has multiple Half-Arabian regional, Canadian National and U.S. National titles in both halter and western pleasure; Since spotting the 11-year-old bay stallion several years ago, RD Jornada (x Shady Lady) is a multiple regional winner Cooper had been on a quest to purchase him. As happens both in-hand and in hunter pleasure; He Has Risen HF (x in life, however, sometimes the best is saved for last—it AP Duette) is a Scottsdale and Youth Nationals Champion wasn’t until October 2009 that Odyssey SC finally came



in the Half-Arabian halter ring, and RD Odessa Bey (x RD Starletta Fame) has multiple regional, Scottsdale and Canadian National titles in hunter pleasure. Odyssey SC clearly has established himself as a sire that produces not only beautiful but also talented and athletic horses. One of those in particular—the colt that originally sparked and then solidified Cooper’s interest in Odyssey SC—has begun creating a legacy of his own. KA Odysseus was born in 2004 and as a yearling won the Region 10 Yearling Colts/Geldings Championship, then followed up in 2007 with a Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt title. Last year, his offspring began making a splash in the show ring, with the 2009 filly Pallas Athyne CA (x Madonna K) being named Top Five at the Arabian Breeders World Cup and the Region 10 Championships. She capped off the show season with the MAHB Auction Filly ATH Yearling title, bringing home a hefty $18,279. Her full sister, Odelia CA, is headed to Scottsdale to prepare for the 2011 show.

In the meantime, back home in Tonganoxie, Kansas, Cooper and the Stranger Creek Ranch family continue to focus on building an entire industry one new owner at a time, as he and fellow Odyssey SC and KA Odysseus owners not only expand Odyssey’s following, but also invite newcomers to the breed. They’ll be headed to EquiFest in Wichita, Kansas, in February with both stallions. “These events are a great way to introduce new people to the breed,” says Cooper. “Many of them, although they’ve been around other breeds of horses, haven’t been around Arabians.” Going forward, the plans for Odyssey SC are to re-introduce him to the halter arena. As for KA Odysseus, he’ll be making his debut in western pleasure this year. Cooper and his partners invite everyone to make an odyssey of their own to come see the magnificent bay stallion and his offspring. ■

Jerad Cooper and Odyssey SC.

Perry and Shelby Williams with KA Odysseus.

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Showing her heart with every step

Over 60 National Championships and Reserves


Proudly owned and loved by Beth Harrison, trained and endeared by Shan Wilson ~ treasured by us all! DECEMBER 2010 | 123

Honey was the ultimate show horse. She was easy to train, easy to keep sound, never put an ear back, and gave 200% every time she went through the gate. She made me look good. We lit her up before I showed her as a 3-year-old at National Show Horse Finals, and she stayed lit up for 12 years. There will never be another horse like Honey. — Shan Wilson

When she came across the pasture, she never hit the ground. She just kind of floated on top. My mom and I both had the exact same feeling—it was instantaneous. We looked at each other, and there was no question. We fell in love with her. — Beth Harrison

This mare represents so much. The Harrisons had shown horses successfully for a lot of years and then their true blessing came. Honey gave her all every time. She inspired Shan to keep giving his all. She made every rider better. Truly a once in a lifetime horse. — Chris Wilson

Honey 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002

The memories we shared together with "Honey Bunches" will be cherished in our hearts forever. She played such a significant role in creating the bond that we now have for life! With love and deep gratitude for all that she gave us. — Christena & Ashleigh Ferran

After hearing about the loss of "Honey," our family talked about our 20-plus years of showing and watching Arabians and Half-Arabians. Who would we list as the greatest horse we've seen? Honey. Some things are so striking in their uniqueness that the term "greatness" fits only them. We are fortunate we were able to watch and play with a great horse. — Tom, Erleen, Jessica, & Stephanie Walter


Honey is a huge part of some of my most cherished memories. She gave her all every moment of every ride, and she was fortunate enough to be trained and shown by wonderful people who appreciated her every step of the journey. — Kelly Wendling

No horse could want better owners than the Harrisons— they are supportive, energetic, and most of all, loving ... the best owners for the greatest mare! — Lindsay O'Reilly French

I am so sad to hear about Honey passing. I loved watching her in the show ring. I never saw her with an ear back. She set the bar very high. It was an honor to judge her, and an honor to help Stephanie Walter ride her in Eq. She had so much beauty and personality that made her one of the breeds very best ever. — Lori Ross

andFriends • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007

The chills and goosebumps that Honey brought to me each time she entered the ring will never leave me. She will always have a special place in my heart. She is an inspiration both in and out of the ring. — Emily Shippee

She was incredible—a once in a lifetime horse. She set the bar and a new standard within the Arabian horse industry. I'm happy that I was able to witness many of her National Championships. — Shawn Stachowski

It didn't matter when you saw Honey—whether it was getting ponied on the golf cart, entering the show ring or jogging in the buggy, she was a sight to behold and made you smile at her attitude and work ethic. She was one in a million. — Lori Conway

She was so beautiful and amazing to watch. As a judge, it was an honor and a thrill when she came through that gate. She IS an inspiration. — Duane Esser

What made everyone love Honey was her talent, but what gave me goosebumps was the amount of heart she showed every time she trotted in the gate. — Elise Worman

18 U.S., Youth and Canadian National Championships, 4 Reserve National Championships and 42 NSHF National Championships - Winning over $71,000. DECEMBER 2010 | 125

"We just call her Honey!"

She was mesmerizing to watch. I always tried to have a tissue handy for her classes because her powerful and dynamic but still very elegant and graceful way of moving always brought tears to my eyes. Always. And I love how much she was loved, by the Harrisons, by Shan, by everybody. Honey made a huge impact on everyone who watched her go, and as a result, a huge impact on the breed. I feel so blessed to have been part of her cheering section. — Sandy Boyd


Honey was a once in a lifetime horse. When she entered the show ring, you knew you were seeing something special. We have many thrilling memories with both Beth and Shan in the irons. One of the most special evenings ever for us was in 1998 at Louisville, when Shan and Honey won the Half-Arabian English Pleasure Open and two classes later Chris and Marteen won the Purebred English Open. We will always cherish the memories of Honey we share with the Harrison family. — Jim & Jeannie Wilson

For me, Honey was it. Every time she burst through the in-gate, she was an inspiration, She and Beth were truly something special. They both wore their hearts on their sleeves for every ride, giving it all they had and more. Beth's heartfelt, joyful tears at every announcement of a “Honey” win (they won the Half-Arabian English Pleasure 18-39 FIVE TIMES) brought tears to those watching, especially to those who knew them well. There has never been and may never be a more perfect pair than Beth and Honey. — Leah Beth Boyd

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Endurance: 100 Miles In One Day With A Sound Horse ... And A Dream by Linda White

Endurance riders are a special breed. Their passion and utter devotion to their horses and their sport can be joyful, exuberant and inspiring, or sometimes, poignant and heartrending. One September day, sitting in the barn aisle in the mid-afternoon warmth, we spoke with U. S. Endurance Team Chef d’ Equipe Becky Hart, her 5-member team and several others who were part of, or there to help, the U.S. contingent at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). Ms. Hart, her riders, and their horses were in Kentucky for the huge event, the largest ever of its kind, being held at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25 through October 10, 2010. This was September 20, and the team was in the last stages of readying themselves and their mounts for the grueling, 100-mile ride that would take place the next weekend. For the first time in the event’s history, endurance was one of the eight disciplines that would compete at the WEG for their world championships.



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Hart introduced her team’s five finalists. They were thrilled and excited to be there, and determined that their team would perform well. The 2010 team consisted of Lindsay Graham, Ellyn Rapp, Heather Reynolds, Dr. Margaret Sleeper, and Janice Worthington. Alternate was Deborah Reich, and Lindsay Graham was the team’s individual rider. Each woman was an accomplished, compassionate and knowledgeable horsewomen, eligible for any number of adjectives synonymous with “dedicated.” The 90-minute interview turned out to be one of those extraordinary life experiences that slide permanently into the memory’s “forever” pew. The women’s stories were amazing. Each rider had a dazzling list of accomplishments, not only in North America, but also in countries all over the world ... and all with purebred, Anglo- or Half-Arabian horses. Like most extreme athletes in every sport, each endurance horse had a story, as well. For example, Heather Reynolds won the Tevis Cup on a horse she found at the slaughterhouse—a horse that was almost certainly a purebred Arabian. She was its last chance, she told us. “Horses that are unpredictable or otherwise hard to get along with are discarded,” she explained. “They, along with animals who have demonstrated convincingly that they are dangerous, eventually wind up at slaughterhouses and killer auctions.” Ah, but Reynolds’s story proves that once in awhile, love and luck join hands. Somebody savvy recognizes an unquenchable spark in a doomed animal. The horse is saved, and once mutual trust is established, the rescuer discovers that this prospect loves endurance. Why is that? It might be because “discipline” is not really the operative word in the endurance milieu. This is something horses can enjoy! Reynolds and her rescue, who turned out to be purebred Master Motion (Crystal N Motion x Autumn Splendor, by Amakko), won not only the Tevis Cup, but also that year’s ride’s best conditioning award. Other teammates shared stories of discards they had re-educated, soothed and restored to usefulness as endurance horses. Reich volunteered that just being there for the pre-ride had been really thrilling. “I was third at the 2009 endurance test event, but at the Kentucky Horse Park this year, it was pouring rain 40 percent of the time.” The selection committee had designated her 2010 team’s alternate rider. Her last ride prior to the WEG was the Biltmore, in which she placed second. In the 2010 Alltech FEI WEG pre-ride,



the U.S. team members earned two individual medals, everybody came away with silver medals, Dr. Meg Sleeper won a gold medal, and one of the team’s horses took the coveted Best Conditioning award.

but one of our top 10 riders’ horses is a purebred Arabian. An Anglo-Arab mare is the only exception.” “Endurance is a calling,” Deborah Reich stated, with the certainty of one who has been called. She got a spotted pony when she was 10, bought her first horse with money from baby-sitting, and was doing low-level eventing on an Anglo-Arab by the time she got to college. “For endurance, any good, sound, right-minded horse will do,” she told us. “You don’t need special stock, and there is no special equipment to buy. We use Abetta saddles and breast collars made by Taylor’s Tack. Abetta is a lightweight, synthetic material,” she explained parenthetically. “Some riders ride in Sharon Saare Saddles, a type of saddle named for the woman who makes them.

Chef d’Equipe Hart set up the program for training the endurance team’s riders, horses and crew. Hart is well suited for the task in that she has won just about every endurance title there is, and has ridden roughly 20,000 competitive miles since 1974. “I have won the Tevis Cup twice, been an FEI champion and gold medalist, and have won three world championships in endurance,” she told us. “Italy was my very first world championship, and I came in 12th. When we flew the horses over, we had never flown our horses anyplace before. (Basically, whoever paid went.) I won my first world “Endurance is a championship in 1988 in Front wonderful thing—a Royal, Virginia, with RO Grand Sultan (Sultan El Shiko x EZ family sport. You don’t Shariene, by Grand Prix); in have to have a lot of 1990 the WEG in Sweden; and in 1992, I won in Barcelona, money, and you can Spain. My horse, RO Grand compete with any breed Sultan, competed in six world championships, completed five, of horse. Kids can start won three, and took a fifth place to ride as early as 5, and and best condition.

“Endurance is a wonderful thing—a family sport. You don’t have to have a lot of money, and you can compete with any breed of horse. Kids can start to ride as early as 5, and all the family members can take part, even if they don’t ride.”

A prime example of family involvement is Susie Seiberg, who “crews” for daughter, team member Lindsay Graham, from Napa, Calif. When Graham all the family members was 7, her father began taking his “Today, the USEF endurance rules can take part, even if small daughter to Thoroughbred specify that riders earn ranking races at local racetracks like Bay points based on how well they they don’t ride.” Meadows and Golden Gate do at specific endurance races. Fields. The little girl’s delight and The top 35 in ranking points are fascination for the horses soon got invited to attend one selection her a rented horse and riding lessons. She steadily advanced trial. They have their choice of any one of the three trials until, sure enough, in September, 2010, she held across the country. Then, any of the riders who was with a family member, her mother, at the World attend a selection trial are eligible to come to the final Equestrian Games. ride, held in Danville, Ill. The trials are not races; instead the riders are told at what speed to ride.” Team member Ellyn Rapp, DVM’s mother was involved with horses, saw that her daughter went to horse camps, Vonita Bowers at USEF keeps track of points earned, and took her to Chicago for lessons with riding instructor including those earned by the 45 to 50 top riders who Louise Reidel. “It was she who mentored us,” Rapp braved the trials in the last two years. explained.” I grew up showing in eventing, western stock seat and English hunt seat. I attended the Kirkwood “Each team starts with 10 riders,” explained Hart. “Then (Iowa) Equestrian Center and from there, went on to the panel re-evaluates them and selects, from the 10, the University of Pennsylvania to vet school. I brought two five finalists who will be competing, plus an alternate. All

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horses here: Berjo Smokey, who is a purebred Arabian, and one other.”

their training long before they ever compete,” offered head coach and Chef d’Equipe Becky Hart.

Team member Jan Worthington, who mentored several of the women over the years, neither looked nor acted her 70 years. Like so many older-er-that is, seasoned athletes, she is a senior only on the outside. On the inside, she is still a vibrant, ambitious young contender. She has won both the AHAsanctioned 100-mile and 50-mile endurance championships riding two different Arabians. Add to that, for starters, two FEI gold medals and a silver medal. She has competed in endurance in six countries: Malaysia, Spain, Portugal, the UAE, Canada and the United States. If her success seems like no big deal, try to imagine yourself at 70, still fit, fearless, and armed with the determination to compete in a 100-miles-in-one-day race against the clock, on horseback. Now, imagine doing that in front of 507,000 people.

Final Five team member Ellyn Rapp has spent 10 years in the Middle East, where she has ridden in President’s Cup races in Abu Dhabi (UAE), in a ride near Madrid, Spain; in Qatar and in Dubai. She has won the President’s Cup twice; one of those times in Qatar, where she now lives. SA Belshazzar, a horse she sometimes competes on, is sired by a Shagya stallion. Out of a *Farazdac daughter, he is a registered Half-Arabian owned by his breeder, Daunna Sellers. (Note: The Shagya breed, the result of crossing native Hungarian mares with purebred Arabian stallions from the deserts of North Africa, was first developed in the 18th century at Bàbolna, Hungary’s Imperial Stud. Shagyas are larger and heavier than purebred Arabians, but retain many Arabian characteristics.)

When we asked about mentors and role models, team members responded easily, with several listing as many as eight. There was one exception. Six years ago Deborah Reich bought Rohat El Hamal, a gelded, 1987 Gwasz El Ajzaa son, from his Connecticut breeder, Carol Thompson. When we asked Reich to talk about anyone who might have mentored her, she replied, only half kidding, that her mentor was her horse, Rohat El Hamal.

In light of the post-9/11 climate of fear and mistrust, and current confusion and hostility engendered by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we wondered how Rapp and her fellows are generally treated in North Africa.

We next asked the team why they chose to compete on Arabians and Half-Arabians. “Why Arabians?” Worthington mused. “Because after 80 miles, they’re still fresh and eager. They have a lean, economic structure, light muscle and dense, hard bone that can bear weight. Arabians have more red blood cells than other breeds, which produces more oxygen, and that gets to the muscle tissue faster. Mentally, any successful endurance horse has to be ‘rate-able;’ that is, to be able to go at whatever speed we ask of them. Arabians accept and respond to that demand very well.” Races of any kind can be most stressful for horses and riders at the start. In endurance competition there may be 110 horses getting into position. It’s noisy, and other countries’ teams will gallop past competing teams en masse, trying to intimidate riders and upset horses … but the U.S. team’s riders assure us that their well-schooled Arabians aren’t fazed by horses galloping past them, or by sirens, traffic noises, car engine backfires, or other unusual sights or sounds. “We introduce them to these things as part of

“They treat us so well that we have no complaints,” she reassured us with an immediate, genuine smile. “In the UAE (United Arab Emirates), for example, they are always very welcoming and gracious with us and our crew, and clearly have no problem with our coming over there.” In the world of the Arabian horse, regardless of faith, culture or station, are we still one people? Such enthusiastic international participation in the World Equestrian Games was surely an indication of the fellowship and amnesty that seem to surround most equine endeavors. As a matter of fact, the United Arab Emirates’ endurance team finished first. This meant that each team member was awarded a gold medal in a ceremony in the main stadium. The UAE’s riders had finished third, sixth and seventh individually. Each team’s time total was the sum of each team member’s individual finish time. The UAE’s 23:53:36 was almost 55 minutes faster than France’s, the second place finisher and silver medal winner with a total time of 24:49:46. Germany won third place and the bronze medal, their first time ever to win a World Equestrian Games’ medal in the endurance division. Those medals, like all the others won at the 16-day event, immediately became treasured family keepsakes, accorded all the prestige and reverence befitting a Super Bowl ring, an Oscar, or a Pulitzer Prize.

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Dr. Margaret (Meg) Sleeper is a veterinary cardiologist from Frenchtown, N.J. She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She treats all species, and not all are warm-blooded, nor are they all mammals. “I have treated a snake and a parrot,” she admitted. Sleeper went on her first competitive ride, a 50-miler, at 16, and has competed in the United States and Canada, in Germany, Malaysia, Dubai, Argentina, Chile, in the UAE (four times) and she won the Arabian Horse Association’s 100-miles-in-one-day national endurance championship. She listed as her mentor a human cardiologist, Dr. David Harmon Knight, who taught at the University of Pennsylvania. A world-class athlete in several venues, Knight suffered a fatal heart attack at 65, as he was training for a 100-mile bike race.


Sleeper breeds and trains her own horses, most of which are Crabbet/Polish crosses. She bred the horse she brought to the WEG, Syrocco Harmony. She also bred his sire, Syrocco Troubador, a 2004 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Competitive Trail Champion whose 925 competitive miles were in rides sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) and/or AHA. He gained that total, nearly 1,000 miles, in 19 starts, with 16 finishes. With that kind of gameness and talent in his genetic makeup, small wonder Syrocco Harmony was the horse his breeder brought to the games. Lindsay Graham was selected the team’s individual rider on Monk, an unregistered purebred Arabian. At the 2009 AERC National Championships, Monk, who is owned by Chris Martin of Penn Valley, Calif., took the Best Conditioning award. Graham earned her veterinary


medical degree at U.C. Davis, one of North America’s finest vet schools.

horses, while Duncan Peters’ role was solely as a selection committee member.

Phoenix Affair, a horse Graham’s mother bred, broke the track record at Sacramento in the three years he raced with trainer Debbie Barnes. A friend suggested endurance as a second career for him, and that proved to be his perfect niche. Phoenix Affair became the oldest horse ever to finish the Tevis Cup. Graham grew up with horses, and began showing in dressage at 13; so, competing in endurance races was not too dramatic a departure.

As late afternoon’s lengthening shadows and perceptibly cooler air told us it was time to turn off the tape recorder and end the interview, we noticed that the team members sitting to our left had their heads together, whispering. They apparently agreed on whatever they had been discussing, leaned back in their chairs and handed the article a perfect sign-off. Endurance racing advocates and participants are not always as single-minded and serious as they may appear.

Team finalist Heather Reynolds from San Jose, Calif., launched her endurance career in 1988, but by the time she was 4, she was begging to get onto a horse’s back. The horse she rode in the 2010 Alltech FEI WEG, Ssamiam (Sam Tiki x Kyla Tiki, by Kontiki), was bred by Alan and Deb Mihaloff Kirshner at Cre–Run Farms. His pedigree is full of world-class racing stars, and his own accomplishments on the track are notable. (Lifetime earnings were $21,508 in 18 starts.) Ssamiam’s endurance career to date is brief, but his fastest endurance racing times are impressive: 4:54 for 50 miles; 7:07 for 75 miles; and 9:57 for 100 miles. Reynolds and her husband, Jeremy, also a successful endurance racing trainer and competitor (and a farrier), have both competed successfully on the international endurance circuit. In February, 2010, Jeremy Reynolds and Ellyn Rapp represented the USEF in the Abu Dhabi Al Wathba President’s Cup, held in Abu Dhabi (UAE.) Rapp rode SA Belshazzar, the grey Half-Arabian/Shagya gelding she brought to the 2010 WEG. The 2010 WEG’s team veterinarian was Jim Bryant, DVM, and Todd Holbrook, DVM, was his assistant. Dressage specialist Duncan Peters, DVM, was this year’s out-ofdiscipline equine veterinarian. The five selectors included Alexandra North, Roger Yohe, Dr. Ann Stuart, Linda Howard and Cathy Downs. Veterinarians Bryant and Holbrook were on hand the day of the ride to help with the

Going over some particularly rough terrain, they told me, a nameless lady’s horse stumbled badly and the lady went off, losing her composure—and her glasses—in the process. Not wanting to waste precious race time hunting around for them in the undergrowth, she unfastened her bra, whipped it off and hung it on a tree branch overhanging the spill site. Now, when she came back looking for her spectacles, she would easily find the spot where she fell. Ingenuity, like dedication, has many faces. How did the U.S. team finish? Vonita Bowers of USEF has those answers. “The U.S. team finished one rider of the five who competed,” she explained. “Deborah Reich finished in 18th place. Jan Worthington’s horse, Golden Lightning, threw a shoe. The shoe was replaced, but came off again, and by then the horse was a little unsound, so she dropped out. Heather Reynolds completed the course in 4th place, but unfortunately, her horse had a muscle cramp while in the final vet check, and was not passed. “This was certainly not the finish we hoped for,” she added. Perhaps not, but tremendous effort and preparation went into the U.S. team’s participation. Winning is wonderful, but although we hate to acknowledge it, the best we can do is, in fact, the best we can do. And “best” can vary. The best we can do today may not be as good as we did two days ago, but tomorrow’s best may surpass anything we have ever done before. This was only one endurance race. There will be others. ■

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The Evolution Of An Arabian Horsewoman

Mary Trowbridge by Mary Kirkman n

When Mary Trowbridge won the 1991 U.S. National Championship in Park with Red Tape, the winner’s owner grabbed the microphone from roving announcer Don McCann and blurted, “They told me a woman couldn’t do it! Thank you, Mary.”

Trowbridge was in her early 30s at the time. She had been working her way up as a professional for more than a decade, learning from talented horsemen and assembling a barn of loyal clients. She knew a glass ceiling when she bounced off one, and finally shattering it—as only the second woman ever to win the park championship—was sweet. She still treasures her tape of the moment when announcer Bill Carrington responded in his trademark Tennessee drawl, “Well, whoever told you that didn’t know, now, did they?” Now, Trowbridge smiles, the leading young women trainers are barely aware that such prejudice existed. That is good news, one supposes, but head-spinning when she remembers the challenges of not-so-long-ago. Mary Trowbridge came up through the ranks, starting with no money and little instruction and progressing through national championships until she was finally training for one of the legends of the breed. When she looks at the industry now, she has a unique perspective that has never employed rose-colored glasses, despite her naturally optimistic personality. Today, increasingly, she is turning all the force of her experience toward understanding and shaping the future of the Arabian horse in America.


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Born Mary Harrigan, Trowbridge may have been something of a misfit in her family in those early years, but the strength of its influence on her is clear. Her parents and her older siblings were involved in journalism, and although she never seriously eyed a career in the press, she absorbed their sense of purpose and an unflinching editorial eye. Every four years, they were all in the eye of the hurricane that accompanied the country’s earliest presidential primary, and the issues of the day were on her doorstep.

people could “disagree without being disagreeable.” Not only did journalism demand examining all sides of an issue, but the debate was more civil as well.

“I grew up as far north in New Hampshire as you can get without speaking French,” she says wryly. “We were about seven miles from the first primary in the country, so we got them all before they were anybody, and they were desperate for attention.”

“The deal was that I could have a horse as soon as I was old enough to carry a water bucket,” she recalls. “I solved that by saving up pennies and going down to the hardware store and buying the smallest bucket I could find.”

Her father, Fred Harrigan, was a probate court judge who owned the weekly Colebrook News and Sentinel, and her mother, Esther Harrigan, was first a schoolteacher and then a stay-at-home mom. When Mary, the youngest, was 7 or 8, Mrs. Harrigan learned the publishing business and took on managing the company’s financial accounts. They lived on a farm, but that, according to Mary, is a misnomer. “My brother has it now and he runs it as a working farm,” she says, “but not a farm ‘in the ground.’ Up there, it’s basically soft wood, rock, mud, gravel and black flies.” It does, however, support sheep and horses, and when she was growing up, a few horses. The newspaper, too, remains in family hands. When her parents retired, her brother John assumed its leadership, and recently passed it on to his daughter. So, the image of the small, fiercely-independent New England paper remains intact. The emphasis was on independent. On the one hand, a long relationship with the senior Bush family began when Fred Harrigan was covering George H. W. Bush during a campaign and they discovered that the Bushes had a dog named Fred, while the Harrigans had a dog named George. And there are stories from the other side of the aisle as well: her sister served as press secretary for Edmund Muskie in his 1972 run for the presidency. Various newspaper affiliations abounded; her brothers worked for the Manchester Union Leader, the New Hampshire Sunday News and the Los Angeles Times, while her sister moved on to Time and Newsday. The lesson Mary takes from it was that in those days,


Trowbridge grew up virtually as an only child. Her brothers and sister, teenagers when she was born, were off to Princeton and Harvard (on scholarship) and points beyond, destinations that she frankly admits were never on her horizon. She had more immediate ambitions from the beginning. She wanted a horse.

There was no money to buy her a horse, however, so she solicited locally for a free one. “Finally someone over in Milan called up and said, ‘I have a horse for you and he’s old enough to vote, so he should be safe.’ Of course, that was when the voting age was 21, and nobody thought to ask, ‘how long has he been voting?’ He was just a fossil. But he was free and he was mine.” He was also patently unsafe, but she learned fast how to hang on. His name was Ahab The Arab, and his name was possibly the most Arabian thing about him. “He’d run away with me every single day until I got old enough and wily enough to replace things—curb chains, leather lip straps on Pelham bridles, something with a little more bite to it,” she says. That was her first experience of a concept that is now like a mantra for her: “Evolution is assured, survival is not mandatory. It was survive or die.” Ahab The Arab makes a good story now, though. “He was not only a runaway, but he was feeble,” she notes. “In the winter, the snow banks would be really high, and I remember that when he ran along the gravel roads on the way home, it was like a bobsled run. We had borium on him, but that didn’t keep the knees from buckling! It was always safe enough because he would skid around the corners against the snow banks.” Riding lessons were few and far between, but Trowbridge improved her riding ability and even showed Rab for several years. She also learned early skills as an instructor. “My mother was my first amateur rider,” she recalls.

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“She and I grew up together. I was her last child; she had me late in life, in her mid-40s, at a time when women didn’t have late children. She was unusual. In an era when all women did was bring up the family and stay at home—and then once the kids were brought up, play bridge in the afternoon and drink gin—my mother was the only one in her set who wanted to do outdoor sports. She wanted to learn how to ride. And there was no one to teach her except a recalcitrant teenager.” The difference between then and now amazes her. “Today we’ve gone so far ahead, advancing the cause of any adult that wants to live out their dream, as well as women who want respect in the world place,” she says. “My mother loved to ride, and had to work so hard back then to be accepted because she embraced that passion. When she died, we had her saddle and pictures of her driving her horse on top of her casket, and people thought we and she were all just crazy.” Looking back, she realizes that horses were a real link between her childhood and her present. “Part of our business is mentoring young kids now,” she says, “and over the years I’ve had lots of parents bring their kid in and the first thing they ask me is, ‘what can horses do for my child?’ I have a tremendous amount of respect for horses and a real passion for them because I wasn’t a very nice teenager, and the horses saved my life. I grew up as the weird kid in a small class, and the only thing I had to do was something that nobody else did except for my mother—in a small and intensely critical northern New England town. People up there are fabulous when the chips are down, but if the chips aren’t down, their pastime is judging you by what you are doing and how you are doing it, and it’s never positive.” Although money was tight, she and her mother showed their horses, earning enough cash at one event to finance the gasoline to go to the next one (on prize funding that might be a collection of five-dollar awards for third or fourth places). If an overnight was required, they slept in their trailer or an empty horse stall, but they both loved the circuit. Mrs. Harrigan often said to Mary about their equine activities, “Blessed be not quite enough.” Over the years, Trowbridge came to value that assessment: early on, she learned to be focused and creative, habits that would be invaluable later.


High school graduation forced Trowbridge to take a serious look at her future, but she wasn’t sure that her addiction to horses translated into a professional career. “So I went to college at Plymouth State University,” she says, “and I made it about eight months without a horse and said, ‘okay, that’s it; I have to bring a horse down. I don’t like these people well enough.’ You have to remember, my goal in life in my high school yearbook was to work with animals and learn how to get along with people.” Then she took it a step further, and over spring break of her sophomore year, signed on to help out at Sir William Farm in Hillsdale, N.Y. Bill Bohl, now manager at Quarry Hill Farm, was the longtime and highlyrespected manager/trainer. What began as a two-week assignment stretched to eight years, the first four at Sir William, under the ownership of Leon and Doris Rubin, and then into its years as Bridlewood Arabians, under Bohl’s ownership. That launched her career. She laughs that she still hasn’t figured out what she wants to be when she grows up, but then adds reflectively, “I haven’t found anything else I want to do more.” From Bohl, she learned what she describes as the ABCs of horsemanship. “Bill’s influence was the best,” she says. “He’s a brilliant, intuitive horseman.” Actually, she adds, he was more than that. “If it weren’t for Bill having given me the immense opportunity to grow and expand that he did, I would never have become a horse trainer. There were many, many girls in the industry working for much higher profile farms with, frankly, much more talented horses than the straight Polish *Etiw and *Sambor offspring that we had, who never progressed into trainers because they were not allowed an opportunity during those glass-ceiling days.” Bohl had learned from Bob Hart Sr., and like that older generation, taught more by example than instruction. “He would just say, ‘you’re doing good, keep going,’” Mary remembers. She also remembers her first “project horse” at Sir William, a colt who was known around the barn as Hotdog. “When I got a halter and lead rope on him, he ran right through a shed,” she says. “He wasn’t hurt, but it was like a cartoon—there was a horse silhouette cut out of

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the shed. I got so frustrated with him because he was a nut, but he could trot!” Hotdog was coming 3 at the time, a mottled grey shedding out his chestnut hair, and he had lost pigment around his eyes and nostrils, so he had a face like a reverse of the Joker in Batman comics. But with Bohl’s tutelage and Hotdog’s challenge, Trowbridge learned perseverance and routine, the stepby-step horsemanship that has been her foundation ever since, and a reliable basis for everything she has since learned from other horsemen. She credits Bohl also with instilling a real appreciation for the people who come in and out of her barn. “You never know when you’re going to meet someone again,” she says. “He treats everyone with respect. If there is a word that describes Bill Bohl, it is ‘gentleman.’” A year and a half after she went to Sir William, just as her professional commitment was developing, change came to her personal life when she met a young cattleman named Pat Trowbridge. (The area around Hillsdale was home to many of the country’s top Angus farms, and Mary notes that the ratio of four horse girls to “20 or 30 cow jocks” did not go unappreciated in equine ranks.) “We will be married 30 years this coming June,” she says. “Describe Pat? In a nutshell: over his desk is a sign that says, ‘To save time, let’s just assume I know everything.’ The annoying part is that he usually does!” Then she gets serious. “I don’t know how anybody does a business like this alone. The truth is, there’s not a person out there that knows both of us that won’t tell you that I’m a lucky, lucky dog to have him, and that I actually think that he’s about the smartest guy I’ve ever met.” She shrugs that yeah, she knows, that’s gooey. So what. It’s true. During the early years, Pat managed several major cattle farms, and because the Angus cattle and Arabian horse industries have paralleled each other in some respects, his experience has provided unique insight into the couple’s horse operation. Over the years that they both worked for other people, they also learned more about how they wanted to do business when they were on their own. After those developmental years, she finds it mildly amusing how quickly young horsemen today expect to


start hauling down ribbons. Like others of her generation, she went through several years (eight, she recalls) in the beginning without bringing home an award from Nationals, hanging on simply by hard work. “I had clients that believed in me,” she says, and cites others whose kind words at critical junctures proved invaluable. “There were people like Gil Chavez and Chuck Siemon and Jim Fisher and Tim Shea, who would walk by and say, ‘I know you didn’t get a prize, but you’re doing good.’ That was enough to get me to the next spring. Harry Cooper was a huge one; God bless him, he didn’t know me from Adam at the time. He just knew that I was working for Bill Bohl so I must be kind of okay, because Bill is one of the best guys in the universe. Harry would watch me ride out of the ring without a prize at Buckeye, and he’d just say, ‘Mary Trowbridge, you had a nice ride,’ and that would be enough for me—just people giving you that ‘come on, girl, keep on keeping on.’” And then everything came together, ironically—and poignantly—right after she lost her parents. Two weeks after Fred Harrigan died, she and Pat went into business for themselves. Six weeks later, with just four horses, no stall drapes, no flowers, no frills, she went to the U.S. Nationals and won the park championship with Red Tape. Appropriately, Tim Shea was a part of the triumph. Early in her career, Bill Bohl had arranged for her to spend Januarys with Shea, his former assistant, to further her education, and Shea had become a mentor. “Tim was always there at crucial times when I needed him,” she reflects. One of those times was Red Tape’s 1991 U.S. Nationals. “We weren’t at the top of the pile in the semis. Red Tape was a finals-type horse; we didn’t know it at the time, but he had moon blindness, so he hated a crowd. I remember going and sitting on Tim’s tack trunk in the morning, and when he came in, he said, ‘Do you need a hand?’ And I said, ‘Yep!’ and he was right there. That was very special, because that year, Tim showed Hucklebey Berry to an unanimous win, I showed Red Tape to an unanimous win, and Bill was judging.” Even so, many of the top men trainers still referred to her as “that girl.” “They’re all friends of mine now,” she laughs, “but back then, you had to be pretty hardheaded when you rode through the gate against them or they’d eat you for lunch.”

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Another turning point came three years later when she and Pat rented the farm which is their home now from Broadway producer Mike Nichols. Nichols, one of the industry’s premier breeders, was in the process of dispersing his herd; he had sent a few young horses to Trowbridge, who at the time was located in Winsted, Conn., to train for sale. Within a year, he sent the last few mares there as well, and one, Rio Rita, produced a Desperado foal who was so beautiful that he renewed Nichols’ interest in breeding Arabians. It was an interest that would last for another dozen years, and when Mary and Pat began looking for another farm to lease, Nichols offered his Bridgewater, Conn., property. “We had fun,” Mary says simply of the time Nichols remained a client. “He was a great guy to work with; we learned a lot and had a very important life friendship that so far has transcended anything business could put in its way.” When Nichols finally dispersed his horses in 2004, she and Pat were able to put together a deal to buy the farm. Through the years, a list of formidable contenders accompanied Mary Trowbridge and her growing stable of amateurs to awards. They couldn’t all be listed, so she settles for a few of the best known. After Red Tape, one headliner was Emperor Hadrian, a Nichols-bred HalfArabian owned by George and Susan Schramm. “I was pretty proud of him,” she says. The son of El Ghazi and Northern Empress logged U.S. National Championships in Half-Arabian English Pleasure and the English Pleasure Futurity, a national reserve championship in junior English and three national reserve championships in Half-Arabian English Pleasure Amateur. “He’s a pretty great horse that went on for three different owners to be successful for all of us. “Bluebeard NA was the same way,” she continues. “He won the U.S. National Championship in Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse, then the amateur and then the open championship, after being bred and foaled here. Firefly NA was another—won the English Pleasure Futurity, and then went on and was a national reserve champion amateur horse. She was very successful for an older amateur.


“What made it so special was that we bred them here at the farm, as well as shaped their careers for a variety of owners. Some of our clients, like Mike, loved to breed great ones, and many others are interested in owning, developing and showing them on.” It is a kind of synergy, she adds, that remains a goal. In her view, breeding decisions are a joint affair. “I give everybody my best input and then ultimately, as a breeder or an owner, if it’s not something that excites you and that you feel responsible for, then it’s not worth doing. Then it becomes a passive investment and frankly, too easy to throw the buck on the trainer. My job is to work with people to the best of my ability and give them as much feedback and information as I can.” Hers was a quiet progression through the ranks over the years, and now, as Trowbridges Ltd. carves out its place in the industry of the future, that sort of sustained, consistent growth is just how Mary Trowbridge likes it. “You may not be as glamorous as others, or as famous or sought-after, but if you do your job and keep on keeping on, the wheel will roll,” she says. “It may not be as shiny and it might not go as fast, but longevity is a big deal to me. Especially now.”


At a time when nearly everyone is discussing how to improve the breed, Mary Trowbridge is one of a growing cadre of Arabian horsemen who are beginning to think out of the box when examining the future. Competition for people’s discretionary funds in today’s society is too intense, they point out, for individual breeds to go it alone easily, so they address the Arabian’s place in the horse world. “The equine industry as a whole is challenged,” she points out. “It’s not just the Arabian industry. We’re in the 21st century. For the first time, we have a generation of people growing up the majority of whom (in the U.S.) have had no close affinity to equines. We have spent the last 10 or 15 years saying ‘look at us versus the Quarter Horse, the Saddlebred, the Thoroughbred.’ I think there has never been a time when the equine industry has needed to unite more than it does now; we should be thinking about the

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end of breed-specific events, and realizing the strengths that we can all play off of together as we compete with other recreational hobbies for people’s leisure dollars. We need to recognize the fact that the Arabian is going to draw its own type of personality, just as a Quarter Horse is going to draw its own type of personality—and we need to allow those personalities to co-exist, just as we see in dog shows. There is a horse out there for every personality and type, and people need horses in their lives.” That involvement in horses, Arabians in particular, is still a formidable draw to the general public is evident, she says; one only has to look at the massive shift in the show ring over the past 15 years, as amateur and junior exhibitor classes have filled the schedules. “I know that horses are going to stay an integral part of people’s lives,” she offers. “They are the only animal that willingly has hooked their future and survival on humans, even more so than dogs and cats.” The trick now, she says, is to figure out what has to change for the breed to survive and grow. “A lot of us are in panic mode right now because our situation is changing,” she concedes. “This is a real situation of ‘survival is not mandatory, but evolution is assured.’” One challenge, she indicates, is in recognizing that the show ring may not always be the center of the action for the breed of the future—although it will almost certainly still be there and still be important. But what will draw the most new people in? How will they prioritize what they do with their horses? And how can some of that translate to supporting the shows too? “I don’t quite know the answer to that,” Trowbridge admits candidly, “but that’s why we’ve changed our business. While we still aim at the pinnacle of competition with a large number of our barn, we also have made a very conscious decision to embrace the starting market as well. Our motto now is, ‘From start to finish, we’re here for the people that want to do it right.’ This to me encompasses the concept that we all begin our journeys somewhere, whether you are talking about your first riding lesson at 4 or 40, or your horse’s first bitting rig introduction at 2, or your first foal or first horse or first show horse or first national champion.


“Of course, we’re still aiming at the top awards,” she clarifies, “and while we’re never one of the farms that hangs up gardens of roses (partly because we’ve always shown fewer numbers than most in order to give as much value to each client as possible), we still have hung up a tricolor at our National events every year since Pat and I have been in business together. Just because people are just starting out in this business, it doesn’t mean that they don’t want or deserve the opportunity to start out right, correctly, so that their journey with this breed is one that begins and ends with positive and professional customer service and training. But certainly, for us, a national championship is not the only measure of success that we live by.” As part of that philosophy, Pat and Mary Trowbridge and their staff have been aggressively pursuing the leisure riding market since they moved to the farm 17 years ago, and for the past seven or eight years have been increasing their lesson program. Now, Mary says, 50 to 70 percent of their client base is new to the Arabian industry, and most are new to the equine industry. The rewards have been noticeable. “It’s about what horses bring to your life,” she says, “and let me tell you, these people are all Arabian horse people and will be for the rest of their lives.” Perhaps it is that daily awareness of the Arabians’ allure that keeps her calm when looking at the future. That today’s discussions of the years to come can get as heated as they do is disturbing to her. “Why can’t we agree to disagree? We can be passionate about what we are about without its being an insult to those who don’t agree with us. We have to be able to hear about each other’s areas of importance and expertise and respect that. It’s very similar to the political world we live in; in our own Arabian world, if we don’t start to appreciate each other’s differences and embrace them instead of thinking everyone has to be the same, we’re in trouble. We’ll wind up having a few people who will spend a ton of money and many more who say, ‘you know what, that’s not for me, I’m going elsewhere.’ That’s a real shame. That doesn’t do the Arabian horse any good. “Sometimes we seem to forget about the positive,” she reflects. “We are so much like our horses; we flip our tail over our backs and snort and blow and take off in

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a million different directions, but at the same time, ultimately, we’re really thoughtful, sensitive people who are really versatile. And we’re very talented and we have a real ability to step to the forefront. “I see that momentum starting,” she continues. “I don’t have a crystal ball, but I see the momentum changing for the Arabian community right now. I look at what Martha (Murdock) did at the World Equestrian Games—that was huge. We were on a world stage, and I mean a world stage, with people from all over the world. And Mrs. Tankersley, with the museum and everything she did to support the Arabian presence at the WEG. There were WEG banners on light poles all over Lexington and right next to all of them were banners for the Gift of the Desert Arabian exhibit—in the absolute hub of the horse industry. It got huge publicity, and then you got out to the Horse Park and saw Arabian horses competing in endurance with the sheiks riding them … ” She can go on, listing all the publicity and positive feedback that emerged from the Arabian presence at the World Equestrian Games. It’s time, she says, for Arabian breed professionals to take more of a part in these mass-market promotions, both in large public arenas and at home. “I see a cycle of possibility where we can bring about a whole new appreciation for the Arabian horse, but our outreach is going to have to be industry-wide. It can’t just be the one or two or 10 of us who are reaching out communally now. We need to think about where we want to be in 25 years, and it has to be outside of our circle.” Trowbridge has seen firsthand the benefits of homebased promotion. “We started doing one event a year, an annual Christmas open house that is free to the public,” she says. “We never advertised it in the breed magazines; we weren’t targeting existing Arabian aficionados or even existing horse owners at this particular event. We advertised it in the upscale area magazines and put it on the event calendars. We have coffee and hot chocolate, we set up a little display area in the arena, and we have carrots for the horses and cookies for the kids. We have open barn for an hour, and at the end we play music and turn loose about 10 horses and I talk about Arabians. Then we bring out one or two horses wearing Santa hats and poinsettia garlands, and we put every kid


on them who wants to have their picture taken on an Arabian horse. Now we have people email us in August and September for the dates because they want to bring the family. People are happy as soon as they touch the doorknob—and we sell horses through it.” At their latest open house, December 11, 2010, a crowd of 250 to 300 was on hand, and on the following Monday morning, she was responding to those who had expressed interest in owning an Arabian. It has been the same with other programs they have run at the farm over the years. “Everybody has to do that kind of thing, and if they don’t realize it by now, I don’t know what to tell them,” she concludes. “People say ‘you’re in a good area’ or ‘you’re set up to do that.’ But there is discretionary income everywhere, and if you’re not in a great economic area, then your expenses are not as high as mine, so you don’t have to charge as much for your services. It all equals out in opportunity. There are potential Arabian enthusiasts everywhere, and if anyone needs a recipe for how to do what we’ve been doing here, I’ll give it to them. I call it a recipe for renewal.”


Perhaps one reason Mary Trowbridge focuses so steadily on a positive future for the Arabian industry is that she feels the horses have given her so much; charting a course for the future is part of giving back to the breed. She is already known for her work in founding the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, and her ongoing role in its administration. Participation at the WEG, Equine Affaires and the like is all part of that scenario. “I know why the cowboys want a great horse,” she observes. “It will take you where you want to go. Arabians have taken me all over the world, and I’ve met great people, across all economic and social levels.” Memories flood in easily, many based on the people she has come to know through horses. There were the unforgettable grooms in South Africa: although they are now equal as citizens, she found it apparent that they had lived underprivileged lives—but their gentleness and horsemanship created a common understanding and

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TOP, LEFT: Pat and Mary Trowbridge with her Arabian Professional & Amateur Horseman’s Association (APAHA) Horsewoman Of The Year Award in 2004. TOP, RIGHT: Mary Trowbridge speaking at the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards Banquet in 2006. MIDDLE: Members of the APAHA, left to right: Carole Stohlmann, Kathie Hart, Michele Betten, Mary Trowbridge, Mary Jane Brown, and Liz Bentley. BOTTOM: Mary Trowbridge, representing the Horsemen’s Distress Fund, with Publisher Lara Ames at the Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards Banquet in 2010.



appreciation. She can still feel their pride in their horses, and the miracle of their mutual feelings. And then there were the gauchos she met in a remote camp at Gina Pelham’s Haras La Catalina in Argentina (“if I disappear, it will be to learn real horsemanship from those guys”) … and the birthday dinner that Marion Richmond cooked for her in Australia … and the warm friendships that blossomed after her first trip to Poland—all the kindred spirits, courtesy of the Arabian horse. And the many unsung heroes everywhere who are, she says, so passionate about their horses. Looking back at her nearly 30 years as a professional in the Arabian breed, Mary Trowbridge demurs when asked to cite a particular highlight of her life. “If there is any one thing that brings a smile, it is that Pat and I can own this place,” she says. “We take a tremendous amount of pride in it. It’s in a beautiful area, although it’s not really a beautiful property. It has been made beautiful by the passion of a lot of people, including Mike Nichols and Don DeLongpré when they were here, and now Pat and me and the people who work for us and the people we work for. We think of ourselves as the hub of a wheel with spokes that come out of it, and although they’re all different, they all want to go in the same direction.” Some of her satisfaction is the knowledge that other than $15,000 she received in an inheritance, she and Pat have earned everything themselves. “We’ve never had backers,” she says, and adds dryly, “or, as Pat would say, our backers are our backs.” Another point of pride is the farm’s unbroken lifespan of more than 40 years of breeding Arabian horses, a rare achievement in this age. “It has so much history,” Mary says. “Sometime I want to put up brass plates on the stalls and paddocks with the names of the famous horses who have lived there. I’ll have to get Don DeLongpré and Richard Petty to tell where so many of them were— Barbary, *Enoss, *Fantazja, *Elkana and *Elkin, *Eter and others from the Nichols and Nichols-DeLongpré years. And then since we’ve been here, there’s been Red Tape, Santa Fe Style, Emperor Hadrian, Bluebeard NA and scores of others. They’ve all called this home.”


In addition to approximately 40 show horses, the farm now hosts three stallions—Triften, Burning Springs and A Major Fire—and a selection of broodmares. The human family includes, in addition to Mary and Pat, Michele Lomba, assistant office manager, instructor, and barn manager; co-trainer Lindsey Knight; and Matt Conway, who assists Mary and backs up Pat Trowbridge. “Another thing I learned from Bill Bohl is how important it is for me to pay it forward to other aspiring trainers,” Trowbridge says. “The most notable to me is my best friend and training partner now, Lindsey Knight. She used to be a youth rider for us, and today after a formal college education culminating in a degree in psychology and several apprenticeships and training jobs on her own, she has joined us back at the farm as a fellow trainer and the architect of our lesson program. She’s one of the most dynamic young horsemen I’ve ever met (notice I don’t dissect that between male and female), and the responsibility for the continuation of this farm is thankfully shared with us by Lindsey, Matt and Michele.” Despite the dedication of a lifetime, Trowbridge admits that for a long time, she sometimes wondered about her career—not because she didn’t like what she did, but because when she looked at the serious issues her journalistic family took on, she wondered if somewhere along the line, she had shirked some responsibility. “Before mother died, I apologized to her for not doing something more worthwhile with my life,” she says. Esther Harrigan’s answer was golden. “She looked at me and said, ‘You’re bringing people happiness with what you do, and there is nothing better to do than that.’” Every year, when Trowbridges Ltd. is an annual stop on a day trip of United Nations diplomatic families who visit Bridgewater, Mary is reminded of the real value of what she does. Again and again, she sees the response of people to her horses, but it is always new, always impressive. “If the world wanted to adopt an ambassador animal,” she says, “they would adopt the Arabian horse.” ■

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Indomitable Spirit P A R T



by Andrew K. Steen

In Part I of Lady Hester Stanhope, we followed this larger-than-life British figure from her early life in Kent as the daughter of a remote, dogmatic father, to her experience in London’s social and political circles as the niece of Prime Minister Sir William Pitt. Her forthright character and inclination for politics having alienated support in England, Stanhope was left to herself after her uncle’s death. In 1810, she departed to explore the Middle East, where her initial travels were in the company of the young Englishman Michael Bruce. Part 2 opens as Stanhope, Bruce and company were asked to leave Constantinople after Stanhope attempted to insert herself into political issues.




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Lady Hester and Bruce first moved to Brussa then decided to travel to Alexandria. While at sea, their ship sprang a leak and sank with Hester’s dog and all of her worldly possessions except General Sir John Moore’s bloodstained gauntlet, a keepsake of her past infatuation. Miraculously, they were saved from the stormy seas and ended up on a small rock islet near Rhodes. Following the precarious ordeal which had nearly cost them their lives, Hester bought the only clothing available, the traditional attire of the Turks. Thereafter, she wore only Oriental costumes.

The Queen Of The Desert

Mohammed Ali’s Egypt

Hester rode at the head of an impressive caravan that included a bodyguard of 40 Bedouins and 39 camels (22 carrying tents and provisions, eight laden only with water-skins, and nine transporting corn to feed the horses). Upon her arrival at the ancient capital of Queen Zenobia, the local inhabitants and her heavilybribed, ragtag Bedouin escort staged a mock ceremony and proclaimed Hester as their queen. Because of the lavish gifts that she bestowed upon nearly everyone of importance, no one seems to have questioned her selfordained coronation.

Hester arrived at Usbekieh Palace in May of 1812. Clad in the costume of a Tunisian Bey, she looked magnificent in her purple and gold pantaloons, with a turban and girdle made of extravagant cashmere. Believing that Pitt’s niece might enhance his goodwill with the English government, Mohammed Ali overwhelmed her with honors, including a military review of his troops, where he presented her with a splendid Arabian charger. Little did the Egyptian Viceroy suspect that a few years later he would be writing to the King of England asking him to pay Hester’s debts or that she would become one of his most formidable enemies. After sailing down the Nile and climbing the pyramids, Hester’s party moved on and visited various historic sites in the Holy Land. In Jerusalem she met Elfy Bey, the sole survivor of the gruesome 1811 massacre that Mohammed Ali had arranged to eliminate the Mameluke Beys at the Cairo Citadel. 154 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Hester Stanhope is the European most often associated with Palmyra (ancient Tadmor). When Burckhardt met her at the Spanish monastery of Nazareth, she was no doubt envious that he had stolen her thunder by arriving at the ruins of Palmyra before her. Although she had no interest in ancient ruins, on March 30, 1813, she departed Damascus on a fiery grey Arabian stallion that she had been given by the Turkish pasha of that city.

Upon her return to civilization, Hester wrote to a friend and proudly boasted, “I have been crowned Queen of the Desert under the triumphal arch at Palmyra. … Nothing ever succeeded better than this journey, dangerous as it was. All pay homage. If I please, I can now go to Mecca alone; I have nothing to fear. I shall soon have as many names as Apollo. I am the sun, the stars, the pearl, the lion, the light from heaven, and the Queen.”


IN HISTORY Mar Elias In The Lebanon In 1814, the rundown convent of Mar Elias became Hester’s first permanent home in Lebanon. Earlier that year, while at the seaport of Latakia, she had contracted the plague and suffered violent inflammations of her brain. Thereafter, her existence was fraught with bizarre delusions and bouts of eccentricity. Amongst many other dubious adventures, she embarked on a costly and unsuccessful treasure hunt at Ascalon (Herod’s birthplace), then insisted that the British government pick up the tab. Emir Beshir, the clever and ruthless ruler of the Druses, had at first welcomed Hester and the lavish gifts that she bestowed upon him, all of which were paid for from the funds that Bruce’s father provided. However, later the Emir grew jealous of Hester’s power and influence, and moved heaven and earth to rid her from the Lebanon, going so far as to have peasants murdered and their mutilated bodies dumped at the portals of her fortress-like haven.

Hester’s Arabian Steeds During her travels, Hester had read the ancient Metta (a book of the occult), which prophesied, “The Messiah shall ride a horse born saddled.” While she resided at Mars Elias, an Arabian mare that she had been given produced a filly which (with the aid of a vivid imagination) fit that description. In 1819, the young French horse dealer (and author of Voyage en Syrie et dans le desert) Louis Damoiseau accompanied Baron de Portes to Syria on an Arabian horse buying expedition for the French government. Having heard of Damoiseau’s skills as a veterinarian, Hester invited him for a visit because one of her horses was ill. Reportedly, the Frenchman felt honored to receive the invitation from “The Queen of Palmyra.”

brought it back to France, where it became the pride of the stud of the Duchesse d’Angoulême.” Elsewhere, she related how “Twelve Arab chargers still champed in her stables, not to count the two sacred mares, Laila and Loulou, who each had their own groom and private paddock. Laila was the ‘horse born saddled’ and Loulou was a milk-white mare, whose beauty entitled her to be ridden by the Messiah’s bride. No one was suffered to mount them under penalty of being dismissed from her Ladyship’s service, and if any servant or villager dared to look at them, he was severely beaten. Only a few favored travelers were allowed to see these mares in their stable, and this permission was never granted until Hester had proven that their stars were favorable.”

The Pearl Of The Orient In The Arab Horse in Europe, Erika Schiele provided more details about her horses. “Lady Hester had owned an Arab mare whose pedigree was supposed to go back to the time of Solomon, and who was universally known as ‘The Pearl of the Orient.’ She was covered by one of the most famous stallions in all Arabia, belonging to the Emir Bechir, a prince of the Druze sect. When a beautiful filly was born of this mating in 1818, Lady Hester summoned soothsayers and Turkish astrologers to cast a horoscope of the foal. They prophesied that Nichab should never carry any common rider, unless she had first been ridden by the mightiest warrior on earth. This could only mean Napoleon, whose star, however, had now set for ever. Lady Hester lost interest in the filly and handed her over to De Portes.”

After having been acquired by the Duchess of Angoulême for 16,000 francs, Nichab proved impossible to ride, so she was sold to the Pompadour State breeding farm. It was there that Hester Stanhope Emir Beshir made her only recorded contribution to the breed: Nichab produced seven purebred fillies and one colt by the imported Arabian sires Antar, Massaoud According to Haslip, Damoiseau “was greatly struck by and Bedouin. Five of Nichab’s daughters (Balsora, the beauty of the horse which had been presented to Célésyrie, Dalila, Fortunée and Gamba) joined the her by the Emir Naser. She showed him the mare which broodmare band and greatly contributed to the quality of she had intended sending to Napoleon, but which was foals produced at Pompadour. eventually given to his chief, the Baron de Portes, who

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Sheiele also asserted that “Nichab enchanted all her visitors by her beauty and sweet temperament, which she retained until the end of her days.” She quoted Eugene Gayot, the great French hippologist, about how Nichab’s “quality and power somehow triumphed over time. She was like some memorable monument of bygone times, still fair and lively.” Perhaps Hester’s soothsayers had been right. According to Sheiele, “in all her twenty-eight years she never once tolerated a rider on her back.”

Count Waclaw Rzewuski Amongst the most colorful individuals that journeyed to meet Hester was Polish Count Waclaw Rzewuski during his 1817-1822 horse-buying expedition to Arabia. They seem to have hit it off very well. In the appendix of his unpublished manuscript, Sur les cheveaux orientaux et provenants des races orientales, Rzewuski included several lengthy letters that he wrote in French which overflow with his admiration for Lady Hester.

James Silk Buckingham James Silk Buckingham, who had crossed paths with Burckhardt in Egypt, also pandered to Lady Hester in his massive and insipid tour-book, Travels Among the Arab Tribes Inhabiting the Countries East of Syria and Palestine (which contains only scant mention of Arabian horses in all of its 670 pages). Gushing about Hester’s horses, he wrote, “The fondness for beautiful horses, which this lady passionately enjoyed by the possession of a small stud of Arabs, of the purest and most celebrated races; and on these she occasionally took such exercise only as her health required.”

The Final Years At Djoun The last 18 years (1821-1839) that Hester spent at her dilapidated mountaintop monastery, Djoun, make gloomy reading. One must bear in mind that she became increasingly obsessed with spiritualism, and her self-created mythical existence tainted her perspectives to a substantial degree. Although Lamartine and others contended that Hester was in full command of her faculties, one deduces that as she grew older, at some point Hester crossed the fine line that separates eccentricity from insanity. Therefore, instead of dwelling upon the many unhappy facets of Hester’s final years, we will focus upon her Arabian horses and the more congenial observations of the last two Europeans that briefly drifted into her curious domain.


Alexander Kinglake Alexander Kinglake, the London lawyer/traveler, wrote the splendid book Eothen (Greek for “from the early dawn” or “from the East”), which is widely regarded as the most eloquent collection of satirical essays ever written about the people of the Orient. Prior to his journey to Dar Djoum in the autumn of 1835, he related his boyhood recollection of Hester Stanhope in these words: “I know that her name was almost as familiar to me in my childhood as the name of Robinson Crusoe; both were associated with the spirit of adventure, but whilst the imagined life of the cast-away mariner never failed to seem glaringly real, the true story of the Englishwoman ruling over Arabs always sounded to me like a fable.” It was in Beirut that Kinglake began hearing about Lady Hester. “Now, wherever I went I was met by the name so familiar in sound, and yet so full of mystery from the vague, fairy-tale sort of idea which it brought to my mind. I heard it, too, connected with fresh wonders, for it was said that the woman was now acknowledged as an inspired being by the people of the mountains, and it was even hinted with horror that she claimed to be more than a prophet.” With tongue-in-cheek, Kinglake acknowledged that Lady Hester was “the queen of the desert, who dwelt in tents, and reigned over wandering Arabs.” He then related an anecdote about how “She adverted more than once to the period of her lost sway amongst the Arabs, and mentioned some of the circumstances that aided her in obtaining influence with the wondering tribes. The Bedouin, so often engaged in irregular warfare, strains his eyes to the horizon in search of a coming enemy just as habitually as the sailor keeps his ‘bright lookout’ for a strange sail. In the absence of telescopes a far reaching sight is highly valued, and Lady Hester possessed this quality to an extraordinary degree. She told me that on one occasion, when there was good reason to expect a hostile attack, great excitement was felt in the camp by the report of a far-seeing Arab, who declared that he could just distinguish some moving objects upon the very farthest point within the reach of his eyes. Lady Hester was consulted, and she instantly assured her comrades in arms that there were indeed a number of horses within sight, but they were without riders; the assertion proved to be correct, and from that


IN HISTORY time forth her superiority over all others in respect of far sight remained undisputed.” Then, with his typical unbridled irony, Kinglake expressed his qualms about her manifest eccentricity. “Lady Hester talked to me long and earnestly on the subject of religion, announcing that the Messiah was yet to come. She strived to impress me with the vanity and the falseness of all European creeds, as well as with a sense of her own spiritual greatness: throughout her conversation upon these high topics she carefully insinuated, without actually asserting, her heavenly rank. … (N)ow that her earthly kingdom had passed away she strove for spiritual power, and impiously dared, as it was said, to boast some mystic union with the very God of very God.”

Accustom for long years to receive the homage of visitors favored with an audience, they behaved like two elderly princesses obliged to grant a boring interview.”

Nothing Sacred

Having foreseen her death the day before, Hester died “in rags and sordidness among her squalling cats” on June 23, 1839. The next day an American missionary, W. M. Thompson, and the British Consul in Beirut arrived at the dilapidated castle at Djoun. A crypt was opened and the remains of a houseguest who had died many years before were removed. Reverend Thomson provided this account of Stanhope’s rather strange funeral: “Lady Hester Stanhope’s body, in a plain box, was carried by her servants to the grave, followed by a mixed company, with torches and lanterns to enable them to thread their way through the Perhaps most revealing was how Hester winding alleys of the garden. I took the characterized Ibrahim Pasha. “Lady wrong path and wandered for some time Hester said that he was a bold, bad man, in the mass of these labyrinths. When, and was possessed of some of those at length, I entered the arbour, the first common and wicked magical arts upon Prince Püeckler-Muskau thing I saw were the bones in a ghastly which she looked down with so much heap, with the head on top having a light taper stuck contempt. She said, for instance, that Ibrahim’s life was in either eye-socket.” He added that it was a “hideous, charmed against balls and steel, and that after a battle he grinning spectacle. It was difficult to proceed with the loosened the folds of his shawl and shook out the bullets service, under circumstances so novel and bewildering.” like dust.”

Prince Püeckler-Muskau In 1838, the last dignitary to visit Djoum was the dashing German Prince Hermann Püeckler-Muskau, who arrived while Hester was awaiting the coming of the Messiah, for whose entry into Jerusalem she always kept an Arabian mare in waiting. About Hester’s “Messiah mares,” Püeckler recorded how “one is known to carry a mark on the back which in fact does look very like the outline of an Oriental saddle. Both live in sequestered and luxurious stables, with different apartments for summer and winter, gardens and a roomy courtyard. The whole is always under lock and key, and guarded by two Negro slaves. Twice every day the two mares are walked out into a walled enclosure of turf, quite spacious. When I first went to see them with Count Tattenbach, we found them loose, standing in their garden under an awning, which was embroidered.

The following day Thompson and the Consul explored the castle and its 35 rooms. “They were filled with trash, one had forty or fifty oil jars of French manufacture—old, empty, and dusty. Another was crammed with Arab saddles, moth-eaten, tattered, and torn. They had belonged to her mounted guard. Nothing much of value was found anywhere.” The sacred mares, grown old and worthless, were sold shortly thereafter at auction for a small sum. Thus, the life of an extraordinary woman ended on a sad and melancholy note. Had Hester been born a man, she might well have become England’s prime minister. Had she remained in England, the chances are good that she would have grown old and become a typical English spinster of the day. Instead, Lady Hester Stanhope sought her destiny in the Orient, where she created the power, adventure and glory that had eluded her in her native land. ■

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In Memoriam:

Marjorie F.W. Tone (1915-2010) by Linda White

which dreams are made. She called him “the Fadjur became the 1960 Fabulous Fadjur,” and and 1968 U.S. National that he was. Marge Tone Reserve Champion bought her five daughters Stallion, was four times the a pony with money she Pacific Coast Champion saved from selling chickens Stallion, and added four and eggs. Then came other national top ten the Tone family’s first honors to his long list of Arabian: the mare FerMarjorie Tone winner’s circle moments. Natta (Fertif x Vans Natta, by Alla Amarward), followed In Hoofprints In Time, published in 1966, author George not long after by Hi-Natta, a full sister, younger by a year. R. Russell noted that, “By February of 1963, Marjory The family took Hi-Natta to a show at San Francisco’s wrote proudly, his get had won 201 blue ribbons and 53 Cow Palace one year, where she won a ribbon, but more championships, and only the year before, his son Ibn significantly, time would tell, Marge and the girls got to Fadjur won nine championships at 11 Arabian shows.” Just meet pioneer Arabian breeders Frank and Helen McCoy as Marge and her family gave Fadjur the opportunity to at the show. realize his fullest potential, Fadjur and his success made the Tone family and the Jack Tone Ranch household words. The Chino, Calif., couple augmented their herd with the important producer Bint Sahara, bought from “Being around Granny at a horse show or event was like Spokane, Wash., breeder Harry Linden in 1951, in foal hanging out with a movie star!” said a grandchild who to Fadheilan (*Fadl x Kasztelanka, by Koheilan I). When often accompanied his grandmother to those affairs. Marge and her daughters later visited the McCoy ranch, “People just could not resist her quiet charm and charisma.” they fell in love with Bint Sahara’s 1952 foal, a bright bay Her service to the Arabian breed and its people was colt named Fadjur. considerable. In 1958, Marge was elected President of the Arabian Horse Association of Northern California When they returned home to Stockton, they could talk (AHANC). She was the first Region 3 Director—and of nothing else. Finally, at his daughters’ insistence, Jack the first woman director in IAHA history! In that post, Tone bought the exotic colt from Frank McCoy for $600 she represented Arabian horse owners throughout all of and presented him to his wife as a 1953 birthday gift. northern California and Nevada. Her esteem and high The joy, pride and national acclaim Fadjur would bring profile continued to grow. the Tone family as a show horse and sire was the stuff of



Throughout Fadjur’s life and long afterward, the Jack Tone Ranch remained right up there on California’s list of equine attractions, and Marge was a tireless hostess and guide. Her self-esteem was innate, but her love of and fascination with Arabian horses was imprinted on her from earliest childhood. Her father, Loren Woodworth, a fine horseman, had often regaled his small daughter with thrilling tales of Arabian horses. The impressionable child grew up hoping one day to see those creatures. They were wonderfully brave and impossibly beautiful, her father had told her. Her dreams began to come true, in the fullest sense, when Fadjur increasingly proved Loren Woodworth right. Today, as yesterday, a visit to the fine old northern California ranch is an unforgettable experience. The ranch was established by the first John “Jack” Tone, who arrived in the area in 1848 to prospect not long after gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill. Marjory’s family, too, had been in the region a long time. Her paternal grandparents had been one of the first couples married at Sutter’s Fort. Alonzo Woodworth, Loren’s father, guided pioneer emigrants across the prairie to California. Even after he lost a hand, he earned his living driving Wells Fargo’s stagecoaches. His granddaughter Marjory inherited his courage and irrepressible spirit. She was born Feb. 19, 1915, in Dos Palos, Calif., and developed an ironclad work ethic as a middle child, helping her mother cook for their large family and

minding her younger brothers and sisters. Her bravery became legendary as she grew into adulthood. Her daughters often confirmed that assertion with a favorite story. It seemed that one summer day at the family’s summer cabin someone yelled, “Snake!” Her children and grandchildren never ceased to marvel at how quickly their mother or grandmother took charge, expertly chopping off the rattlesnake’s head with her shovel as she carefully shielded the astonished children and curious, eager dogs from danger. Marjory Frances Woodworth met the love of her life, John Harold Tone, called “Bud” or “Jack” by his friends, when she umpired a baseball game between her brothers’ team and Jack’s. For the beautiful young woman and the handsome young man on the Tone team, it was love at first sight. When she came to the ranch as Jack Tone’s bride on Sept. 5, 1932, she embraced the property and its culture. The place’s long history complemented her family’s, kindling an unquenchable enthusiasm that would burn strongly throughout her long life. She and Jack “Bud” Tone were married more than 75 years. Marge Tone passed away peacefully at home on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, 2010, the beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and, remarkably, great-great grandmother to the generations that succeeded her. Rosary and Memorial Mass were celebrated on Nov. 17, 2010, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Stockton, Calif., where she and Jack Tone were married in 1932. ■

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Harry Cooper (1937-2010) by Linda White Harry Cooper grew up in Indianapolis, Ind., where he graduated from high school in 1955. He then attended Indiana University, in Bloomington, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing in 1959. The next year he married Sue Spivey, a lifelong horsewoman whose English performance training skills would take her and horses she trained to more than a dozen national awards, as well as to enviable state, class A and regional titles. It didn’t take the young man long to get hooked on the horses that were his wife’s passion,

Sometimes a sight, sound or experience engraves itself into our cerebral workings, never to be forgotten, even in an absentminded moment.

Sometimes a sight, sound or experience engraves itself into our cerebral workings, never to be forgotten, even in an absent-minded moment. Harry Cooper’s beautifully modulated, almost musical voice will be forever associated with Arabian horse shows, auctions, open houses and other events. His finely tuned verbal skills—his assured, clear delivery; his knowledgeable, subtly seductive narrative; and his always well-timed ad lib—made any event more memorable and significant. For almost 40 years, he cast his charming, powerful spell over Arabian horse audiences and exhibitors from coast to coast. Having Harry Cooper announce your name became a status symbol among exhibitors, breeders, trainers and horse buyers at hundreds, probably thousands, of events featuring Arabian horses.


and for the next 25 years, until Sue Cooper retired from training, he helped her manage the operation of their horse farm and training stable. After Sue retired, the couple launched Seehorse Video with their son Scott, and continued to travel to shows all over the country. Seehorse has become one of the Arabian business’s most popular sources of high quality videos. Harry and Sue Cooper’s first exposure to Arabian horses came early in their marriage through Half-Arabians, a breed segment to which the couple remained loyal through the next five decades. Harry served two terms as Indiana Half-Arabian Club President, four years as chairman of the Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Registry Board, and two years as an IAHA (now AHA) director. He also served on various IAHA committees, managed the Arabian Horse Fair and was vice-chair of the U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show.

HARRY COOPER Cooper began announcing horse shows in 1973, and soon had more work offered him than he could possibly accept. His mellifluous voice and knack of making the audience feel important, that they were an essential part of the action, only heightened his professional appeal. In addition to as many as 25 shows a year, he announced seminars, clinics, and open houses, and at some points, more than two dozen auctions annually. His elegant, entertaining delivery was a trademark of high ticket sales in Scottsdale, California, Texas, Kentucky and several other venues from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. In 2000, the effects of emphysema forced Cooper’s retirement. Ten years later, on Monday, Nov. 22, surrounded by his loved ones and close friends, he lost his battle with the disease. He is survived by his wife, Sue, and son, Scott, and mourned by admirers in every facet of the Arabian horse community. Just as everyone celebrates his voice and his style, they also remember his gentle humor: Harry’s unfailing ability to lighten the unexpected mishaps

For almost 40 years, he cast his charming, powerful spell over Arabian horse audiences and exhibitors from coast to coast.

and undignified moments that characterize any event involving horses and humans were part of his legend. He was, in no small measure, the voice of the Arabian show horse and horse show world. Funeral services were held at the Hartley Funeral Home in Cicero, Ind. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Harry’s memory to Salem Children’s Home, Flanagan, Ill., or to the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, 236 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, Conn. 06752, telephone (806) 488-7074. As remembrances come in, Mary Trowbridge, on behalf of the APAHA, will forward the names of donors to the family. To donate online, go to and click on the “How You Can Help” page. ■

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Mary Anne Grimmell (1926-2010) by Mary Kirkman Mary Anne Grimmell of Elk River, Minn., was best known for her service as president of the International Arabian Horse Association from 1996 through 1998. Those who knew her, however, would point out that her real legacy was one of clearthinking integrity, with a healthy dose of humor. In nearly 50 years in Arabians, she defined the principle of selfless leadership.

directing the male employees, an unusual practice in the 1930s.

Grimmell graduated from high school at the age of 15, and when she was of age, went to nursing school at the University of Minnesota, then worked as a registered nurse. She married Dr. John Grimmell in 1952, a union that would last until the mid-1980s. In 1962, the couple became involved in horses, first with Pintos and then with Arabians and Half-Arabians at their GB Arabian Grimmell was born October 13, Farm near Elk River, Minn. Their 1926, in Kimball, Minn., one of attraction to Arabians was born with three daughters of William and Mary Anne Grimmell the stallion Gawad, in whom they Emma Leppa, who ran a 350-acre purchased an interest initially to cross on their Pintos. dairy farm. Early on, she demonstrated that she was not However, they were smitten; as soon as they could afford only unusually bright (she began school at the age of 4), it, they began acquiring purebred mares. Their program but also devoted to animals. By the time she was 8, she eventually topped out at 75 resident horses, which yielded had learned the pedigrees of the family’s more than 60 the national champion Half-Arabian Jardana and seven Guernsey cattle by heart, and her interest in the herd International Pinto Champions. paled next to her love for horses. Her father provided her with a good-looking black mare to ride, with the In 1970, a Half-Arabian Pinto colt from the Grimmell stricture that she would have to “grow into” the horse. operation was selected for the advertising campaign Long before Mr. Leppa was aware of it, his daughter introducing the Ford Pinto car. In a 2009 article for was in the saddle, spending every free moment with her, Grimmell wrote of the experience, new companion. “We spent three intense days filming an adorable colt who was a real talent. AHA has a copy of that film In later years, Grimmell would cite two aspects of her clip in their library and the colt was a huge success. He childhood as most important in the development of her was also completely spoiled by the time the film crew character. One was growing up in the country, and the packed up their cameras and returned to New York. It other was her parents’ distinctive approach to life at that did not matter how far out in the pasture ‘Henerey’ and time. William Leppa was committed to helping others; his mother were, if he saw someone in the yard he would he served on a civic board that brought electricity to rural come running with his poor mother chasing behind him. areas of Minnesota in the 1930s, and appointed to the … ‘Henerey’ was named International Champion Pinto board of education, organized a bus system that enabled pleasure-type stallion as a three year old, was a beautiful farm children to attend high school (at the time, the typical driving horse, and finished his career as a beloved family practice was for them to quit after the eighth grade to help trail horse in Palm Springs, California. Don’t we all wish in agricultural work). While her father was involved in such a pleasant life for the horses we raise?” these pursuits, Grimmell’s mother managed the farm, even 162 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

MARY ANNE GRIMMELL In the late 1960s, both Mary Anne and John Grimmell became involved in the administrative side of the horse business. The governing organizations were not as involved as they are today, she explained, with the result that many people showing horses did not know or understand the rules. Both she and her husband felt it was important that regulations be clarified and enforced. In 1969, she obtained her credential as a steward, and in 1974, added her judge’s card. That was unintentional, she later related; she had signed up for the Judges Seminar simply to learn more—but not allowed to audit, she was required to participate and to take the examination at its conclusion. She and Phil Hatfield attained the highest scores in the group, and her judging career was launched. In 1979, Dr. John Grimmell was elected president of IAHA, and for the following year, Mary Anne Grimmell observed the time-consuming and comprehensive nature of the job. When she was subsequently elected her region’s director, she knew what she was getting into. Despite 12 years of experience as a director and on the Executive Committee, however, she encountered opposition when she had progressed to the first vice presidency, the last step before becoming president. In 1995, when the nominating committee did not put her on the slate, constituents nominated her from the floor and she was elected. She succeeded to the presidency when President Jon Oostermeyer died in office, and in 1996, was elected to another term in her own right. As president of IAHA, Grimmell was known for her willingness to take on difficult issues with a calm, forthright honesty, and a style that focused on solutions, rather than placing blame. One of the concerns she addressed was the treatment of horses, then as now a controversial topic. “Somebody has to be looking after the horse itself, and I think that’s our responsibility,” she commented in a 1997 AHT article. “I know that people who own and show these horses have been very concerned about the welfare of the animals. I think International has to stand very firmly up front saying that we want these horses to be shown in a dignified way. We want them to be show horses, but we want to be proud of the way they’re shown, and of our stewardship of the horses.” While she was genuinely modest about her accomplishments, Grimmell was aware that being effective in the position of IAHA president took the self-esteem to know that she could get the job done.

“At the point that I am now, if you change anything, you wouldn’t be who you are,” she observed in the AHT article. “You know that you made dumb mistakes, but so did everyone else.” And as for the mistakes, she added, “You accept them. Everybody that’s important to you accepts you for what you are.” “MAG (as we affectionately called her) was absolutely the finest person I have ever known and I feel so honored to have had such a close friendship,” says Grimmell’s friend, California breeder Lorry Wagner, who served with her at AHA. “Her integrity, honesty and dedication to the Arabian horse were of the highest caliber. She and I shared so much during our years of friendship, including traveling around the world together in support of the Arabian horse. I will miss her terribly for the rest of my life, as will many of her friends, including the Arabian horse breed.” During the 1990s, Grimmell also expanded the international aspect of her Arabian involvement. Invited to judge Argentina’s National Championships, she also toured the farms and met horsemen, and as a guest of WAHO, she traveled to the Middle East. In later life, Grimmell was honored for her service to the horse industry. The USEF named her to its Roll of Distinguished Officials in 2006, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Arabian Horse Association Judges Hall of Fame. In 2009, she was elected to the Pinto Horse Association Judges Hall of Fame. In the article, her response to the honors was typical: “What a humbling series of events,” she wrote. Outside the horse industry, Grimmell was celebrated as well. She had volunteered as a nurse for years in school districts, and she served with the Rivers Of Hope, a domestic abuse advocacy agency in Elk River. In 2002, she received the Kathryn Young Richards Distinguished Service Award. Mary Anne Grimmell died on November 30 in Minneapolis. She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Brodnax; four children, Jeffrey Cantrell of Cave Creek, Ariz.; Gregory Grimmell of Cottage Grove, Minn.; Derek Grimmell of Clinton, Iowa; and Laura Jackson of Elk River, Minn.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to Derek Grimmell, Ph.D., 1523 South Bluff Blvd., Clinton, IA 52732. ■ DECEMBER 2010 | 163

Second Editions Debut (1993-2010) by Mary Kirkman Beth Harrison (now Beth Harrison Runyan) and her mother, Judith, as a yearling in 1994. She was owned by the Harrison family for the rest of her life; when Judith Harrison died in 2005, her husband, Gordon (“Gary”), became Beth’s partner.

Second Editions Debut with Beth Harrison, up.

Second Editions Debut (Regal Basque x Vanity’s Gal), probably the winningest Half-Arabian English pleasure horse of all time, died December 13, 2010, at ChriShan Park in Springfield, Mo. In her 12-year show career, she compiled a record that included 16 U.S., Canadian and Youth National Championships, with titles in open, amateur and junior exhibitor English pleasure and pleasure driving. In addition, she accounted for four national reserve championships and five top tens, and in her later years accompanied a junior exhibitor to a Youth National Reserve Championship in saddle seat equitation. At the National Show Horse Finals, her record was equally as impressive: there, she won 42 national championships and more than $71,000 in prize money. Known as “Honey” around the barn, Second Editions Debut was bred by Kathleen Ernst, and purchased by 164 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Harrison recalls the day she and her mother first met Second Editions Debut. “When she came across the pasture, she never hit the ground,” she says. “She just kind of floated on top. My mom and I both had the exact same feeling—it was instantaneous. We looked at each other, and there was no question. We fell in love with her.” The Harrisons sent their new purchase to Shan Wilson at ChriShan Park, where she would be trained for the rest of her career. Wilson remembers that even in her earliest training, Honey was all about doing things right; the slightest correction was logged and obeyed. “You’d teach her how to do something and she’d do it over and over,” Harrison nods. “Once she got it, you just had to let her do it. You went along for the ride.” Over the years, Wilson rode her in her open classes, while an array of Harrison family members and friends were her amateur and juvenile exhibitors. Usually Beth was in the irons for the Half-Arabian English pleasure amateur titles, while her sister, Jennifer Kerby, often was the whip for the pleasure driving awards. In later years, Jennifer’s daughters Taylor and Lindsey showed the mare in junior exhibitor competition, along with ChriShan Park clients


and friends Ashleigh Ferran and Stephanie Walter. All of them came home with top ribbons. “She took us all to multiple national championships, and that was our dream,” says Harrison. “She fulfilled it for all of us.” Second Editions Debut first attracted national attention with a 1996 win at the National Show Horse Finals as a 3-year-old. It was an evening competition that Wilson remembers clearly. “Before the class, we took her back behind the barns, sort of in the dark, to a gravel road,” he says. “My brother Chris threw some gravel up on the tin roof, and she just squatted down and raised her head up and poked her ears forward. Then when we went into the arena, it was pretty loud with people cheering, and she just really got lit up. She stayed lit up for about 12 years—every time she showed, she went in with that type of intensity.” He admits that in the beginning, he didn’t necessarily see the potential that the Harrisons had in the filly, but about two and a half months into training, when he put shoes on her, he changed his mind. He called them and said, “You might have something here.” That would prove to be an understatement. Second Editions Debut was so accomplished that he can’t cite one particular win as her best. A more lasting memory is that years into her career, people were dropping by to say, “She looks better now than she ever did. How does she do that?” “I can’t take the credit for that,” Wilson says. “She was just that good. She wasn’t good just one way of the ring; she was good both ways of the ring. It wasn’t like she was good in the final, but not as good in the prelim—she was always good. Maybe sometimes she was a little better than others, but she was always good.” Both he and Harrison observe that the key to accompanying Honey in the show ring was knowing how to stay out of her way. “She loved when the gate opened,” Harrison says. “Before a class, when I’d be on her, she’d just stand there and shake, she was so ready to go in and knock people’s socks off. I wish I could say that it had anything to do with me, but it was all her.” Shan Wilson observes that for all the accolades Honey earned for him, possibly her greatest contributions to his life were more personal. “I don’t remember the exact timeline, but I was flirting with the idea of buying the farm I own today,” he says. “I think I had just won with

Mamage, and then she came along and took the HalfArabian English division by storm. And that was when I starting really thinking, ‘I can do this.’” He realized that the success he was enjoying was real enough to count on. “I would say that she gave me the confidence to buy the farm.” He smiles that Honey might even have given his wife the confidence in his future to marry him. For Beth Harrison, Second Editions Debut was lifechanging. “I grew up showing horses, and I’ve had some very good ones,” she says. “My sister and I used to watch great horses in the show ring—the *Sakrs and the Countess Vanessas—and we’d cry, they were so good. I’d wonder, what would it be like to ride that horse, to show it? What would it be like to own one of those once-in-a-lifetime horses? With Honey, I realized from the beginning, I am that person with the once-in-alifetime horse. We didn’t sell her because we knew what she was. She was our once-in-a-lifetime horse, and we were very grateful to have had her.” Second Editions Debut reflected a pedigree made to order for what she became. Her sire was Regal Basque, a son of La Basque, Canadian National Reserve Champion in both English pleasure and halter. La Basque, himself, was a son of national champions in his sire, *Bask, and his dam, U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare Habina. As importantly, Regal Basque was out of Gay Gazelle, who offered a mix of Gainey and Crabbet heritage. When his bloodlines were combined with those of the American Saddlebred mare Vanity’s Gal—whose heritage recalls some of the stars of that breed—the result was a virtual trotting machine of uncommon beauty. Over time, Second Editions Debut turned the same luminous, alabaster grey as her sire, and one observer commented that his name suited her very well. She was, in addition to being amazingly talented, “regal.” In the days since Honey’s death, Beth Harrison has learned to live with the tears. “She was the time and the ride of my life,” she says. “There are so few things you can be sure of in this world, but I do believe she was just supposed to be ours and supposed to be with Shan. It has helped that so many people have reached out to let us know how much she mattered to them—there have been people I don’t even know, people I’ve never met, even people who’ve never seen her in person. I’ve been blown away. She touched so many people.” ■ DECEMBER 2010 | 165

Knowing Your Horse Fitting The Bosal by Tommy Garland For several months, we’ve been going through a step-by-step process of training your horse to be soft and responsive, and ultimately, to work in the bosal. By now, he should be wearing the bumper cup and draw reins as training aids, and be able to lope and jog easily in circles from both the inside and indirect reins, as well as on the straightaway. Now it is time to add the bosal. The bosal is made out of rawhide. It has to have a rawhide core, not a metal one as the bumper cup does. In fact, the bosal can’t include anything metal, because that is illegal. The core is covered in braided leather; usually I’ll use a 16-plait. The number of plaits refers to the number of braids, and a higher number means a finer braid. You don’t want to use anything less than 12, because it’s just too cheap, but you can go as high as you want if you want to spend more money. On average, you’ll do fine with 12 to 16 plaits. The core will determine how flimsy or stiff your bosal is. Personally, I like them to be a little stiffer, but I do have some softer ones because some horses are very sensitive, and if they get touchy with the pressure of the bosal, the softer one has a little give to it. Typically, however, you want one a little stiffer. You can feel all of this when you buy your bosal— and I can’t stress enough: while you don’t have to buy an expensive one, don’t buy a cheap one either. That’s the worst thing you can do. On average, a pretty good bosal should cost about $200 to $300 without the headstall and reins. The bosals I use are 5/8-inch or 3/4-inch in diameter. If I have a horse that is a little duller


in his face, not as responsive, I’ll use the larger size, the 3/4. If I have one that is pretty soft and listens better, I’ll use the 5/8. Usually the mares will ride in a 5/8, while with the studs I have to use a 3/4. That’s not to say I haven’t had studs that ride fine in a 5/8, though. It all depends on the horse’s personality. The noseband of a bosal comes in two shapes. For one type, the inside of the noseband that goes against the face is flat, while on the other type, the noseband is round. If you use the round one on a sensitive horse, it will rub a tender spot more quickly than the flat-sided variety will. The flat ones will lie against the nose a little better, so you won’t get as much rub—but your horse might not be as sensitive in it, because the point of pressure is wider on the flat one than the round one, where just the hard point of the rounded band is against the face. With the bosal, I use the mecate reins, which can be made of either horsehair or parachute cord. These days, nearly everyone is using the parachute cord (rope-type) reins. The horsehair is a little pricklier on the horse’s neck and in your hands, while the ones made from mane hair are a little softer than those consisting of tail hair. There is a certain way that mecate reins are attached so that they are on correctly, and unfortunately, there is no way I can really describe it clearly enough here for someone who is doing it for the first time. That is one reason I made and sell a DVD that details, step by step, how to tie the mecate on the bosal. I’m sure there are other ways to do it, but this is what works for me. If you have any questions, please check my website for the DVD.

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You should fit the bosal to your horse with the mecate reins attached to the bosal. You should be able to stick at least one finger between the face and the bosal, so that it is a little loose. (See photo 1.) You don’t want it so tight that there is no give. If the bosal is too tight around the horse’s nose and you move it even an eighth of an inch, it’s going to apply pressure too quickly. It’s going to give you no leeway at all. But you don’t want it so loose that you’re having to pull six inches before it ever does anything. You also don’t want it to be too big for the horse’s nose. (See photo 2.) The shape of the bosal is very important to its function. (See photo 3.) When I first purchase a bosal, it is straight. I use string to tie it into a curved shape; when I’m not using it, I attach the string to the front of the nose piece, squeeze the bosal together, and tie the other end of the string around the knot end. I first used this shape bosal on SF Georgia, my first U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure Junior Horse. The shape gives you leverage. When you pick up on the bosal, the front will pull down on the nose and the back will lift, which causes a scissor action. That’s what teaches the horse to roll his nose over. When the bosal is straight, it affords you no leverage; it is a direct pull

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Knowing Your Horse on the horse’s nose, and with the way an Arabian sets his head and brings his nose back, the knot on the end of the straight bosal will hit him in the chest. (See photo 4.) When you put the bosal on to adjust where the front of it lays, take your fingers and slowly squeeze at the horse’s nostrils. Keep working your fingers up from the horse’s nostrils and you’ll feel an indentation above each nostril, and as you go a little higher—to where the bones come together at the top of the nostril—you’ll feel it all come right to where it meets the skull. You want the bosal to lay right above this point. (See photo 5.) If it is on properly, the bosal will have about 3/4 of an inch to an inch of play before it hits the jaw bone. A bosal that is fit improperly (photo 6) could hang too low, and when pressure is applied, could push into the nasal cavity and affect the horse’s breathing.

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Here is something to watch for: you’ll find that because of the way young Arabians are made, the bosal will hit the bone under the chin more than the side of the face. There is muscle on the side of the face, but on young Arabians, sometimes the bosal will catch on the tooth bumps on the bottom of the jaw, and the horse will have a tendency to get rubs there. (See photo 7.)

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Knowing Your Horse That is going to happen no matter what you do, how well you ride and how easy you are with your horse. Some horses have more sensitive skin and the braided rawhide will rub that spot, and when you are first starting, the horse isn’t used to it. Think of it as similar to when a person with an office job starts working with his hands. He will get blisters at first, and then he will develop a callus and won’t get blisters anymore. Your horse will get little rubs. When that happens with a horse of mine, I might work him for a week, and when he gets little rubs, I’ll give him a week off to let him heal up. Then we will go back and do it again. I’m careful not to let him get too sore, and over a period of time, he will develop a callus to protect him. This happens especially with young horses, who are pushing their face and doing other things they won’t do later when they are more experienced.

On my junior horses, I want a little loose rein, but not a huge, draped rein. When a junior horse is going, it should be light, soft and happy. That should be your number one goal. To get the huge, draped rein, somewhere you have to intimidate the horse, to make him stay back and stay away from it. So, somewhere you mess up their motion, their movement, because when they’re scared to touch it, they will get their body tight, their shoulders will lock up, they’ll get hoppy on their front or hind end, and they won’t lope true and soft. (At least, that is my opinion; other people may think about it differently.) I want my horse to be soft, his ears up, and I don’t want to see his tail swishing a terrible amount. Every now and then, he’s going to swish it when you ask for a lead or something, and that is okay, but I don’t want to see it swishing and looking mad. I want to see him soft, happy, loping forward, round, jogging forward, and that is more important than a huge drape to me. We can get the drape later, when the horse is older and more experienced in the bridle. The bosal is made to be ridden with light contact—you can have a little jiggle in the reins, loose, and that’s okay, but if it’s draped to his knees, somewhere you’ve done something to make that horse scared to touch it.

“When a junior horse is going, it should be light, soft and happy. That should be your number one goal.”

Now put your hand at the knot end of it, move it and watch how it works. Within an inch or an inch-and-a-half of movement, it should start to catch hold of the jawbone. At the bottom—at the horse’s jawbone—again, it should have some wiggle to it. There should be a little play there, maybe about a quarter of an inch on each side, so that it will wiggle. That way, when you take hold of it, it catches, and when you release, it releases. Horses learn through the release of pressure; if you take it, and when they are in the proper position, you release it and leave them alone, pretty soon they learn, “Right there I never get touched; I’ll just stay here.” That’s how you get them to be more relaxed and flowing and happy.

Everybody has their own way of doing it. Some guys will bump the horse a little harder than others. I hardly ever bump them. I do a ton of circles, having them give off the inside rein and the indirect rein—jiggle, jiggle, release. Jiggle, jiggle, release. Then when they get really soft that way, I’ll go on the straightaway—jiggle, jiggle, release.

Now you have the bosal on and you have it adjusted right. If you’re standing beside your horse, you should be able to touch that knot and jiggle the bosal, and nine times out of 10, if you go through everything you’ve taught him, he will be putting his head back and listening readily. He should already understand it. ■ Tommy Garland of Powhatan, Va., is a second-generation horseman with experience in a variety of breeds. Since 1985, he has specialized in Arabians, and won numerous U.S., Brazilian, and Canadian National Championships in western and hunter pleasure, with both purebreds and Half-Arabians. He is also known for his expertise with amateurs, and is one of the most popular clinicians in the equine industry, where his teaching is based on confidence, patience and respect. More information may be found at

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A Leg Up White Line Disease by Heather Smith Thomas White line disease is the common term for a progressive infection and subsequent separation of the hoof wall, with the wall coming loose from the foot. This problem usually starts at the bottom of the foot and travels upward as this area becomes hollowed out. Scott E. Morrison, D.V.M. (Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Ky.) is a farrier as well as a veterinarian, and works on many hoof problems. He describes white line disease as a fungal infection of the white line that moves upward inside the hoof. The technical term for this disease is onychomycosis, which means fungal infection of the fingernail, in humans—a very similar condition.


“If there is a flare or hoof distortion, the white line may be stretched and a small fissure or opening may occur,” he says. “The fungus can invade those fissures in the white line and set up shop. The hoof wall has three layers, the stratum externum, the stratum medium, and stratum internum, and the fungi usually attack the inner portion of the stratum medium—the thick, pigmented part.” The bottom portion of this layer can be seen as the white line between hoof wall and sole when you pick up the bare foot. “The fungus becomes established there and digests the horn tissue of the stratum medium,” he continues. “Other areas can also be attacked if the fungus gets started in a toe crack or quarter crack, or in some old nail tracks.” Any hole or break that goes through the outer wall can allow fungi to enter.

About a dozen years ago Burney Chapman, a farrier who did a lot of research on founder, turned his attention to white “The severity of white line line disease. He took biopsies “The severity of white line disease can range from small of hundreds of affected feet and disease can range from small cavities in the white line on then looked at those samples in cavities in the white line on the bottom of the foot—that the lab to try to determine the you can see on the ground causative pathogen. He found the bottom of the foot—that surface—to large hollow areas at least 50 different bacteria you can see on the ground that extend all the way up to and fungi in those biopsies, but surface—to large hollow areas the coronary band. Sometimes discovered that there were three that extend all the way up to you won’t see a cavity if the types of fungal spores that were fungi entered through a small present in every biopsy—and the coronary band.” pinpoint opening higher in made the assumption that these the wall. Then you may have a fungi were what were breaking hollow area in the hoof wall, with little or no sign at the down the hoof. These are fungi that eat away the softer, ground surface. Or you may just have a small tract at the middle layer of the hoof wall. ground surface and a huge cavity higher up the wall. If it only invades the middle layer of the hoof wall, you’ll hear “The fungus is an opportunistic pathogen, which means a hollow sound when the hoof is tapped. One of the old the tissue must be somewhat damaged already in order for terms for this condition was hollow hoof.” this fungus to invade,” explains Morrison. “A typical way for this to happen is for the fungus to become established This condition has a wide range in severity. “A lot of in an old abscess tract, or an area where the white line is horses have mild cases that can be completely trimmed stretched or flared due to a dish in the toe of the foot.” A out when you reset their shoes,” Morrison says. “Those foot that is out of balance and under additional stress can little pockets can be trimmed away. But it is important be at risk.


A Leg Up for farriers to realize that the cavities that are too large to trim completely out will need some kind of topical medical treatment to kill the fungus.” There may be secondary complications, depending on how much wall is damaged. “Some horses may actually have a displacement of the coffin bone if a lot of the inner hoof wall is damaged,” he says. “The foot loses some of the attachment that binds the coffin bone to the hoof wall. It looks like laminitis, but is not. With laminitis, the laminae fail and the bone drops, but with white line disease the hoof wall attachment between two layers of the hoof wall fails. On radiographs it looks like laminitis, since the bone will actually move or displace, depending on where the wall damage is. The bone may rotate (with the front dropping down), or may sink to one side or the other at the quarter.

chlorine dioxide. Thus, the best way to deal with white line disease is to trim it out and then treat the surrounding tissue with a chlorine dioxide foot soak or a topical gel that has chlorine dioxide in it.” If the hoof wall attachments have been damaged to where the coffin bone moves, the horse may need special shoeing for support. “This may range from frog support with a heart bar shoe to a wall cast in a severe case,” he says. “The latter consists of a small fiberglass cast around the whole hoof wall, to help stabilize the foot. The severity depends on how unstable the foot becomes and how much wall damage exists.” When you remove all of the damaged hoof wall, you have to find a way to support the foot, but without covering up any of the areas that need to be left open to the air. Sealing in any of the fungal spores will give them the opportunity to proliferate again.

“We’ve had cases that were so severe, the horse had to be put down,” he adds. “We’ve had coffin bones drop so much they detach from the hoof wall and “The best way to treat penetrate the sole. Thus, it is very white line disease is to trim important to catch it early.”

If the problem is caught early, it is not as difficult to treat. “When the farrier finds it early, most cases can be treated and managed fairly easily,” says Morrison. “It’s the out all the diseased tissue. ones that go too long that get a lot Treatment Trimming away the entire of instability and wall damage, and The best way to treat white line damaged hoof wall gets rid are difficult to treat. Sometimes disease is to trim out all the of most of the fungus.” you have to trim away so much of diseased tissue. Trimming away the wall that there’s nothing to nail the entire damaged hoof wall gets to, nothing for attaching a shoe. rid of most of the fungus. Then a Some of those horses have to stay in boots for a while, or a topical medication can be applied to kill whatever fungi wall cast, to protect the foot, until they grow more hoof.” are left. It is crucial to first trim away all infected portions of the wall, because no medication by itself will penetrate If you suspect white line disease, it is important to work deeply enough to kill all the fungal spores. with your veterinarian and farrier, especially if it is a bad case that may need a lot of debridement. The farrier should In earlier years, many different medications have been not be trying to cut away tissues near the inner, sensitive tried and some have been more successful than others parts of the foot, and at the same time, the veterinarian in halting white line disease. One of the things used will need to rely on the expertise of the farrier for creating in the past was Merthiolate, which often helped, but is a good type of hoof support for that particular case. not used much anymore because it contains mercury. Gentian violet (found in products like Thrushbuster®) is “A mild case can be treated by trimming it out and also beneficial. packing the area with a chlorine dioxide gel, or using a soaking solution to get rid of it,” he says. “A mild case can “A study at Cornell a few years ago looked at different also be killed with other products like copper sulfate. I things that could be used for killing the fungus,” says don’t like using iodine inside the hoof wall because it tends Morrison. “The most effective things are products that to damage the proteins of the hoof horn.” Iodine is harsh contain chlorine dioxide. There are several products on and may cause too much drying and flaking, making the market for treating white line disease that utilize

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A Leg Up it chalky and more susceptible to additional infection. It is better to use copper sulfide or a chlorine dioxide product on the white line if you suspect the beginning of a problem.

Risks For White Line Disease Some horses seem more predisposed to this condition than others. “This may be due to the hoof being out of balance—perhaps a conformational fault that causes the horse to load the foot abnormally,” says Morrison. “Some horses tend to get white line disease repeatedly, so once we get the problem cleared up, I usually recommend to owners that they soak the feet in chlorine dioxide every couple months or so to make sure the horse won’t get it again. Some horses will get it again if you don’t stay on top of it.

Most of the severe cases he sees are in horses that spend a lot of time in stalls. “Some people feel that being out in wet fields is a risk, but it seems like the worst cases occur in horses kept in stalls,” he says. “I’m not sure why, but the risk doesn’t seem to be so much environmental (like wet conditions), but more in horses that have a lot of hoof capsule defects and flares. If a horse has a lot of toe, the feet often become dished. The hoof wall is designed to be worn away as fast as it grows—continuously produced and continuously worn away. The longer the hoof capsule just sits there without being worn away or trimmed, the more vulnerable it is to fungal infections.” Long-footed horses, or any horse that develops flares and hoof capsule defects, are thus more vulnerable. In the unbalanced hoof there is more stress on the white line, stretching it and creating openings for the pathogens to enter.

“We also see white line disease a lot in laminitis horses because “If you suspect white they don’t grow much toe very quickly,” he says. “The wall isn’t line disease, it is being replaced with fresh, strong important to work with horn in a timely manner; the old your veterinarian and horn just sits there and becomes farrier, especially if it is a exposed to fungal infections. Also, horses with laminitis tend to have There are actually several different bad case that may need a dished, turned-up toe and a species of fungi that can cause white a lot of debridement.” stretched white line. There is not a line disease, that have the ability to healthy, tight junction between the break down the protein structure of outer hoof wall and the sole. There are a lot of fissures the hoof wall. These opportunistic pathogens also can be and separations, so these feet more readily get white line transmitted from one horse to another on farriers’ tools, or disease because this makes a perfect environment for the even transmitted to human fingernails. “I had a fingernail fungus to become established.” infection a few years ago that I think I got from a horse I was working on with white line disease,” Morrison says. The key to prevention is to keep the feet well balanced, If you have a damaged fingernail or one that has pulled so that there is a tight white line junction and no flares. away, and you are handling a hoof with white line disease, Early detection is also crucial. “White line disease you probably could get an infection unless you wash your has a characteristic appearance, with white, crumbly, hands after working with the horse. chalky material,” says Morrison. “Some people, if they see a black, slimy appearance at the white line, will call Farriers who are trimming or treating a horse with white that white line disease, but a black ooze is usually due line disease should disinfect their tools between horses. to a bacterial infection rather than fungal. This is an “There may be a high population of the fungus in an important distinction to make.” A bacterial infection affected hoof, and if you work on another horse or nail would be treated differently. ■ a shoe to its foot, these pathogens could be spread by your tools,” Morrison cautions. “When I work on a horse with white line disease, I usually wipe my tools with a Heather Smith Thomas raises horses and cattle on her family disinfectant or heat them with a propane torch to kill any ranch in Salmon, Idaho. A prolific writer, her articles on equine pathogens. Metal tools can be safely heated hot enough to care issues and horses and cattle farming have been featured national magazines, and she is the author of several books. kill the fungi.” “The fungus that causes white line disease is everywhere,” he explains. “It’s in the soil, in wood, all over the horse’s environment. The best preventative is just to keep the foot balanced and strong, and catch any signs of infection early.”


Handy Horse Tips Knowing Your Limitations by Lee Bolles

One of the keys to staying safe around horses is knowing your limitations. In some cases, a person’s age might dictate the challenges he or she wants to face. In other cases, it might be a person’s experience or physical abilities. Whatever the case, knowing when you can handle a situation and when you can’t will help your horse training and riding experiences be safe and positive.

decided it might be wise to get one of the younger, more agile trainers out there to work with this particular horse.

The young fellow we sent the horse to is very patient, and he has managed to get the horse to stand still and accept the saddle over the past couple of months. However, it has taken a lot of time and finesse on his part. If “Thus, it is important to know this problem had not been Recently, I had a fellow what you feel comfortable doing, handled correctly (or we did not recognize that it was horseman bring over a and don’t let pride interfere with best to send the young horse project. This young horse keeping yourself, your horse, and to someone else), it would had apparently experienced have continued to be a bomb something truly frightening. everyone around you safe.” waiting to explode. I have Every time the saddle got the utmost confidence that this horse will be a very good in place and cinched, you could count to three and he’d citizen down the road. take off like a bolt of lightning. He was absolutely panicstricken, and my friend was at his wit’s end trying to teach the horse to be saddled. I worked with the young I’ve had two calls this week from women who have fallen off their horses and need help. They both realize horse, but got the same response. We considered tying that building the horse/rider confidence level back to a him, but we were afraid it would end in a catastrophe. comfortable level is going to take outside assistance. Thus, it is important to know what you feel comfortable doing, Neither of us would be considered youthful anymore, and and don’t let pride interfere with keeping yourself, your along with that comes multiple aches and pains on a daily horse, and everyone around you safe. ■ basis. I sure wasn’t interested in adding to those. We both

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MARCH March 4-6, 2011, SASHA Charity Horse Show, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Janie Hamilton, 214-478-0897. March 17-20, 2011, Cowtown Classic, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 18-20, 2011, Missouri All Arabian, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. March 19-20, 2011, Ocala 16th Annual Amateur Show, Ocala, Florida. Contact: John Gersch, 561-602-7122. March 25-27, 2011, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 31-April 3, 2011, NW Heritage Spring Show A and B, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Sharon Brodie, 360-435-9227. March 31-April 3, 2011, Magnolia Classic A and B, Gonzales, Louisiana. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. APRIL April 1-3, 2011, Fiesta Del Mar A and B, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. April 1-3, 2011, Deseret A and B, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. April 2-3, 2011, Beat The Heat All Arab, Queen Creek, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. April 8-10, 2011, Lone Star Classic, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Ann Lang, 512-452-1492. April 8-10, 2011, NCAHA/ODAHA All Arab A Concurrent Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-878-1447. April 15-17, 2011, Annual Magnolia Spring Classic, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. April 22-24, 2011, Arabians In Motion At The Hood, Boring, Oregon. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. April 22-24, 2011, Border Bonanza A and B, Kansas City, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683.

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FEBRUARY 2011 Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Brochure Be a part of what promises to be one of the country’s largest futurities, hosted by one of the country’s largest regions.

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Index Of Advertisers A Addis Equine Auctions ..........................64, 65 Ankrom Arabians ....................................... 85 Arabian Horse Association of Arizona . 97-100 Arabian Horse Times Farm Brochures .......... 127 Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards ... 110 Arabian Horse Times Scottsdale..... 179, 184, 185 Arabian Horse Times Subscription............... 188 Argent Farms ........................................... 2, 3 Argyle Arabians L.P. .............................26, 27 B Battaglia Farms ......................... 190-192, IBC Bob Jorgensen Training ............................ 178 Brinkman Arabian Stables .....................74, 75 Burak Partners ........................................... 90 Butler Farms Training Center, Inc..........34, 35 C Cedar Ridge Arabians.............. 5, 38, 39, 50, 51 Chrishan Park......................................IFC, 1 Collins-Beck, Tara .......................................7 Cornerstone Ranch .................................... 63 D Dale Brown Performance Horses, LLC ....... 85 Diamond Hill Arabians ............................ 178 E Eagen, Kevin. .......................................... 176 Egyptian Sales ......................................... 178 Enchanted Acres. ..................................... 175 F Faulkner’s Saddlery, LLC ......................... 177 Five Diamond Ranch, LLC ...................... 122 Formula 3 Equine ...................................... 93 Freedom Ranch, LLC ............................ 86-89

Frierson Atkinson .................................... 178 Furioso Bloodstock .................................... 91 G Grossman, Bryan & Joanne ........................ 28 H Haras La Catalina .................................40, 41 Harris Arabians ......................................... 30 Heartland Ventures, LLC. ........................ 176 Hegg, Mickey .......................................... 175 K Kiesner Training ................................... 16-19 L Liberty Meadows ..................................94, 95 Live Oak Arabians ................................64, 65 Lowe Show Horse Centre .................. 102, 103 Lyday Farms .........................................90, 91 M Mario Zerlotti Equine ...........................40, 41 Markel Insurance Company ..................... 101 Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc..............48, 49, 175 Midwest .................................................8-11 Midwest Station I .................................... BC Mike Neal Arabian Center, LLC ............ 86-89 Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders, Inc. ........ ........................................................ 180, 181 O Oak Ridge Arabians ................................8-11 P P & S Enterprises, Inc. ............................. 176 Pay-Jay Arabians ...................................... 178 Phara Farm .............................................. 111 Pine Crest Arabians ..............................40, 41 Prestige Farms, LLC .............................36, 37

R R.O. Lervick Arabians ........................ 96, 175 Rae-Dawn Arabians ....................... FC, 12, 13 Ranch of Cherry Creek............................. 175 Reilich, Bill & Shirley ........................... 16-19 Ross, David Zouch ................................... 2, 3 S Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic ..................... 33 Sarata Arabians .......................................... 92 Scheier Farms .......................................34, 35 Shady Knoll Farm ................................IFC, 1 Shafer Arabians.....................................20, 21 Shea Stables..........................................48, 49 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians ............14, 15 Southwest Farm Services ................... 122, 176 Stachowski Farm................................... 24-32 Stone Manor Farm ..................................... 32 Stonehedge Farms, LLC ............................. 29 Strawberry Banks Farm ......................... 44-47 Sypolt Insurance Services, Inc. ................. 177 T The Encore Select Group .......................50, 51 The Hat Lady.. ......................................... 175 The Marhaabah Legacy Group ......................7 Thompson, Rod & Jacqueline ................14, 15 Tom Blakemore Arabians .................. 190, 191 V Varian Arabians..................................... 52-55 W Western Cross Ranch ................................. 84 Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ............... 175 Windabrae Farm ........................................ 31 WindRiver Fence ..................................... 177 Windwalker Enterprises, LLC ..........192, IBC Wunderbar Arabians .............................22, 23

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C o n g ra t u l a t i o n s . . .

RD NEVASKA (Nevada TBA x RD Jada Bey) 2010 ABWC Silver Supreme Champion Gelding 2010 Scottsdale Junior Champion Gelding

SYMMETRY TBA (Nevada TBA x Psygnet TBA) 2009 Arabian Colt ~ an exciting performance prospect Inquiries invited

TOM BLAKEMORE ARABIANS ~ TOM BLAKEMORE, FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA ~ e-mail: Stud fee: $1,500 ~ For breeding information, contact: BATTAGLIA FARMS ~ Scottsdale, Arizona ~ 480-585-9112

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Making his show ring debut in Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse at Scottsdale with Shawn Rooker

MHR NOBILITY X ALYASKA BEY V Stud fee: $1,500 ~ For breeding information, contact: BATTAGLIA FARMS ~ Scottsdale, Arizona ~ 480-585-9112 WINDWALKER ENTERPRISES LLC~ KAREN & OLIVIA STULL, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

2010 National Champion Arabian Pleasure Driving Open & AAOTD

First foal crop now in lines! See his foals at

5-Time National Champion Pleasure Driving, English Pleasure, Park & Informal Combination AFIRE BEY V X MATOSKETTE Stud fee: $1,500 ~ For breeding information, contact: BATTAGLIA FARMS ~ Scottsdale, Arizona ~ 480-585-9112 Showgirl SKF Vegaz x Starr Llight

Royal Flush SKF Vegaz x Hillcroft Princess Royal

CSP Vincent Vega Vegaz x Vanity’s Gal

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