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6-Time National Champion Stallion

Magnum Psyche x Halana

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An International Hero

Loved and enjoyed by his owners ...

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Announcing the importation of National Champion


usta Magnum Magnum Psyche x S Justatinkerbell

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2011 Colt Justa Magnum x Alexia Four

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2011 Filly Justa Magnum x Aquir Janera

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Contents December 2011 33

Fazenda Floresta—Celebrating The Brazilian Nationals by Lori Ricigliano


2011 Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards—Final Nominations


2011 U.S. & Canadian National Leading Sires


2011 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Stallions And Colts by Mary Kirkman and Linda White



The Arabian Celebration by Bob Battaglia


Leaders Of The Times—Odyssey SC by Christa Beeler

97 - 1 CRA Cedar Ridge Arabians—Breeding For The Future by Mary Kirkman


The 20th Annual APAHA Horseman’s Awards by Mary Kirkman


Lillie’s Story by Linda White


Trainer Confidential—Tales From The Equestrian Underbelly by Mary Trowbridge


Hucklebey Berry (1984-2011) by Linda White


On The COver:

AAS-Elishahh (Eden C x Sempre), owned by Fazenda Floresta LLC. See cover story on page 33.

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Comments From The Editor


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

We will be in Scottsdale for the entire month of February, selling these and many other Show Horses.

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Over the past 12 years, Liberty Meadows has marketed millions of dollars worth of Arabian and Half–Arabian show horses. Why? Because they are: • National Champion Caliber • Accurately Represented • Appropriately Priced • Honestly Marketed For additional information, or to make an appointment for a showing, contact: Ryan StRand

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Publisher Lara Ames Editor Kevin Ludden Contributing Writers Linda White Mary Kirkman Colleen Scott Advertising Account Executive John Diedrich Corporate Sales Karen Michels Production Manager Jody Thompson Senior Designer Marketing Director Wayne Anderson Graphic Designer Tony Ferguson Lead Website Designer Jennifer Peña Website Designer Leah Matzke Editorial Coordinator Proofreader Charlene Deyle Production Assistant Christa Ferguson Office Manager Circulation Robin Matejcek Accounts Receivable Circulation Editorial Assistant Karen Fell

Comments From The Editor Happy New Year The year of 2011 is almost behind us, and 2012 has yet to start. All over the world, horsemen are preparing for a new calendar year filled with shows, trail rides, clinics, open houses, etc. And as 24/7 as owning a horse can be, let me say that putting out a magazine about Arabian horses and the people who love them is almost as busy. To be perfectly honest, as we too enjoy our only opportunity of the year to catch our collective breath, we are busy planning for 2012. We want to be sure to bring you the stories you want to see, and capture the events and emotions of a life with Arabian horses. If you have suggestions of what you would like to see in the magazine or the e-newletter, please drop me a line ( We can’t get to everything (yet), but we are committed to building, year by year. For all of us at Arabian Horse Times, I wish you and yours the joy of the holiday season.

Operations/Interactive Manager Barbara Lee © Copyright AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Articles or opinions published by the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times are not necessarily the expressed views of the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times is not responsible for the accuracy of advertising content or manipulation of images that are provided by the advertiser. ARABIAN HORSE TIMES (ISSN 0279-8125) Volume 42, No. 7, is published monthly by AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, Minnesota 56093. Periodical postage paid at Waseca, Minnesota 56093 and at additional entry offices. Single copies in U.S. and Canada $7.50. Subscription in U.S. $40 per year, $65 two years, $90 three years. Canada $65 one year, $125 two years, $170 three years, U.S. funds. Foreign Subscriptions: $95 one year, $185 two years, $280 three years, payable in advance, U.S. funds. Sorry, no refunds on subscription orders. For subscription and change of address, please send old address as printed on last label. Please allow four to six weeks for your first subscription to be shipped. Occasionally ARABIAN HORSE TIMES makes its mailing list available to other organizations. If you prefer not to receive these mailings, please write to ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, Editorial Offices, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093. The publisher is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographic materials. Printed in U.S.A. • POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093. For subscription information, call 1-800-AHTIMES (in the U.S.A.) or 507-835-3204 (for outside of the U.S.A.) Arabian Horse Times • 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093 • Tel: (507) 835-3204 • Fax: (507) 835-5138 1-800-AHTIMES •


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A g re at s h ow ho rs e . . . a g re at s ire

H u c k l e b e y B e r ry June 1984 - November 2011

HBB has been a great influence in the National winners sired by Strawberry Banks stallions. We are privileged to have several of his grandget in our show string including: National Champion Exxpectations National Champion Princess Of Baske Enrico, Enchanted Melodie Elegant Touch, Earth Wynd And Fire Encredible and Entrancing Truly a loss to Empress Arabians, the Arabian breed and to the lovers of a great stallion. —Barbara Chur

Strawberry Banks Farm

East aurora, NEw York •

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ince 1946, the C. Jarvis Agency has been providing complete insurance protection for family, farm, ranch, and livestock investments. Says owner, Kim Jarvis: “We consider knowledge and expertise of all facets of the equine and animal industries crucial elements in our ability to provide proper service to our clients. Our commitment to professional service is our NUMBER ONE goal here at C. Jarvis Insurance Agency. Our entire staff is extremely knowledgeable relative to all facets of the equine business.” The C. Jarvis Insurance Agency strives to provide the very best coverage available today for the horses and the people who own them. Specializing in policies that cover the sort of “out of ordinary” risks or “special requirements” that have become a necessity in this contemporary equine industry, C. Jarvis also offers all of the normal forms of coverage. The company’s standard Equine Policy covers Mortality, including Theft and Ground Transit throughout the United States and Canada. Optional Endorsements are available, but not limited to include: Major Medical, Surgical, Loss of Use, Stallion Permanent Disability and 12 Month Extension. Special coverage for breeding investments are also available. Unborn Foal, Mare Breeding Suitability and Frozen Semen endorsements offer protection for your valuable breeding bloodstock.

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Victoria Principle M - 2011 Filly Vitorio TO x Diamond Of Versace

Vitoriana orA - 2011 Filly Vitorio TO x Lathifa HEM

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Baske Afire x RY Fire Ghazi, by El Ghazi U.S. Natonal Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure • Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated • AEPA Enrolled Sire

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SMP 2011 colt . Baskghazi x HF Ariana

Rod & Jacqueline Thompson • Lenoir City, TN • 865.388.0507 Trainer Mike Miller • • cell 608.332.0701 Visit us on the web at:

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Purebred english Pleasure

SKYWALKER SMA (Baske Afire x HH Zodiahana) 2003 Bay Gelding ExtRAoRdin HEiR (Afires Heir x Gwyneth D) 2007 Bay Gelding MiSStAfiREbEY (Afire Bey V x EE Miss Barbary) 2009 Bay Mare dAntE AfiRE (Afire Bey V x DA Desireeble) 2009 Chestnut Stallion WizE bEYbE (Afire Bey V x Wize Berry)2008 Bay Gelding SHoKAKAn (SF Specs Shocwave x Ghazis Gogo Girl) 2009 Bay Stallion

nobLE HUntER (IXL Noble Express x Hidee Afire) 2006 Black Gelding ALL tHAt JAzz Wf (Baske Afire x Clasix Melody) 2003 Bay Gelding MiztER tECtoniCS vA (Triften x Miz Margeaux V) 2008 Bay Gelding KYSS SMA (Baske Afire x HH Zodiahana) 2006 Bay Gelding MJM AfiRE CRACKER (Baske Afire x Bogatynia) 2008 Bay Gelding A tEMpting gRACE (A Temptation x CTC Felicity) 2007 Chestnut Mare arabian hunter Pleasure

bRAvE (Baske Afire x Love Is Alive) 2008 Chestnut Stallion

HoLLiStER (Justafire DGL x Alicias Rain) 2004 Bay Gelding

LigHting StRiKES (Baske Afire x Schantillie Lace) 2009 Bay Stallion

tAYLoR’S toi (IXL Noble Express x Hidee Afire) 2006 Black Gelding

Purebred Country english Pleasure

half-arabian english Pleasure /ParK

HA MACSAMiLLion AfiRE (Baske Afire x Desert Dessire) 2007 Bay Gelding

bUgzY MALonE (Majesteit x Luv Potion) 2004 Bay Gelding

MJM fAntASY AfiRE (Baske Afire x Bogatynia) 2007 Bay Mare

pAntS on fiRE (Baske Afire x Ring Girl) 2006 Bay Gelding

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BuGzy MaLone

Pants on fire

Latoiya Bf


House of BLues

MjM aMerican GirL

AFIRE CATCHER (Baske afire x shes real Bad) 2008 Bay Gelding

EXPREssIon oF BAskE (Baske afire x irish expression) 2007 chestnut Gelding

LAToIyA BF (Matoi x Movie Maker) 2004 Bay Mare

MJM AMERICAn gIRL (Baske afire x La Bella Mafia) 2008 Bay Mare

“DoTTIE” (Baske afire x Halstead’s Polka Dot) 2008 Bay Mare

sPEnDERELLA (triften x cf in a rare Mood) 2008 Bay Mare

My CHEMICAL RoMAnCE (Baske afire x Believer’s eighties Lady) 2006 chestnut Mare

LUDICRIs (Baske afire x Precisely Poppy) 2007 Bay Gelding

PRInCE JAMEs sF (Baske afire x captivating style) 2006 Bay Gelding

PRoMMEnADE (toi trouble x fantasy talk) 2001 chestnut Mare

sPECIAL DELIvERy sMA (Baske afire x irish expression) 2009 chestnut Gelding

HIgHLIgHTs By gHAz (avatar el Ghazi x Walterway’s Highlight Material) 2006 Bay Gelding

BoRn TA BoogIE (apaladin x the country rose) 1999 Bay Gelding

MoDERn EngLIsH Ln (iXL noble express x Quali Phi time) 2005 chestnut Gelding

JB HELTER skELTER (Baske afire x My Magical Mood) 2007 Bay Gelding

TL MAgIC PRAnCER (Majesteit x elucktra) 2003 Grey Gelding

JB CAT sCRATCH FEvER (Baske afire x La Bella Mafia) 2007 Bay Gelding

PAF HoLLywooD ToI (Matoi x nM Beverly Hills) 2003 Bay Gelding

Half-arabian Country EnglisH PlEasurE

sTA ToUCH oF noBILITy (MHr nobility x spirit of york) 2004 chestnut Mare

PokER FACE LoA (Hf Mister chips+ x Laced With Love) 2008 chestnut Gelding JJ sPECIAL EDITIon (Baske afire x endless Legacy) 2005 chestnut Gelding

vITo vALEnTIno (Baske afire x tuscany) 2007 chestnut GeldingDREAM oF LovE (Baske afire x spartan’s silk stockings) 2007 Bay Mare

ITs gooD ToBE BAD (Hucksbar x shes real Bad) 2008 chestnut Gelding

Half-arabian HuntEr

HoUsE oF BLUEs (Baske afire x the small town Blues) 2006 chestnut Gelding

CURTIs LoEw (Baske afire x aladdins tapestry) 2009 Bay Gelding


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1. BL Heir Supreme Out of Harghaza by El Ghazi U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Jr. Horse Owned By Trisha Phelan, Iron Horse Farms Shown By Christine Johnson 2. Heirielle Out of Shes the Ritz by AA Apollo Bey U.S. National Top Ten English Pl AAOTR Maturity Owned by Starline Arabians LLC Shown by Nicole Lawrence 3. VJ Royal Heir Out of MA Ghazta Trot by El Ghazi U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Futurity Owned by Kelli Aguirre Shown by Tish Kondas 4. GSF Exclusive Out of Noble Empress by IXL Noble Express+ U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Futurity Owned by Helen Lacey Reed Shown by James Stachowski

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5. No Regrets LA Out of Harghazi Fire CMF by El Ghazi Owned by John & Lynda Lambert 2007 gelding


6. Heir Force One Out of EA Leather N Lace+/ by AA Apollo Bey Owned by Dick Kiesner & Roger Smith 2008 gelding

Breed to the sire of today’s most promising young superstars! Afire Bey V x Brassmis by Brass AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire • Minnesota Medallion Stallion, 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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Congratulations 2011 National Winners Sired by


LLIENCE+// 6-Time National Champion


ALL STAAR U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Park Horse U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Park Horse AAOTR ALLEMAR Sport Horse National Top Ten A/HA/AA Dressage Prix St. Georges Sport Horse National Top Ten A/HA/AA Dressage Intermediate 1 Sport Horse National Top Ten A/HA/AA Dressage Prix St. Georges ATR

RA Alliza

REA My Allience

REA MY ALLIENCE U.S. National Champion H/A Park Horse U.S. National Top Ten H/A Park Horse AAOTR Canadian National Champion H/A Park Horse Canadian National Top Ten H/A Park Horse AOTR RELIENCE Youth National Top Ten H/A Hunter Seat Equitation Walk/Trot 10 & Under

BLACK PRIMO Youth National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure JOTR 14-17

SA MONTE CARLO Youth National Top Ten Arabian English Show Hack JOTR 17 & Under

BRAINSTORM U.S. National Top Ten H/A Park Horse

THE BEAMER Youth National Top Ten H/A Hunter Seat Equitation JTR 14-17

DOMINIENCE Youth National Champion Arabian Side Saddle English JTR 17 & Under Youth National Top Ten Arabian English Show Hack JTR 13 & Under

THE TRASHMAN U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18-35 U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure Junior Horse

JKF MACGREGOR U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Show Hack AAOTR

TR MOONSHADOW Canadian National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Canadian National Top Ten Arabian Mounted Native Costume Canadian National Top Ten Arabian Mounted Native Costume AOTR Canadian National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR 40 & Over

KS FIREDANCER Youth National Top Ten Arabian Country Pleasure Driving JTD 17 & Under MY ALLIBI Canadian National Top Ten H/A Park Horse Canadian National Top Ten H/A Park Horse AOTR RA ALLIZA U.S. National Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure Junior Horse

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TWIST OF FAIT Youth National Champion Arabian English Pleasure JOTR 13 & Under Youth National Top Ten Arabian Park Horse JTR 17 & Under Youth National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure JTR 13 & Under Youth National Top Ten Arabian English Show Hack JTR 13 & Under

Twist Of Fait

Wasted Nights

WASTED NIGHTS U.S. National Champion H/A Gelding In-Hand Saddle/Pl AAOTH U.S. National Champion H/A Gelding In-Hand Saddle Pleasure 4-6 U.S. National Top Ten H/A Gelding Adult Saddle Pleasure 4 & Over WILD RIDE Canadian National Top Ten H/A Mounted Native Costume Canadian National Top Ten H/A Mounted Native Costume AOTR Canadian National Top Ten H/A English Show Hack AAOTR

*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

Breedings available

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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✴A record setting 2011 ...

33 National Champions 27 National Reserve Champions 158 National Top Ten Winners sired by Afire Bey V and IXL Noble Express


MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi, by El Ghazi

Congratulations to the 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. 22 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes



All-Time Leading Sire of National Winners


Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire, by *Bask

Maroon Fire Arabians ~ Dave & Gail Liniger Contact: Shea Stables ~ Tim & Marty Shea 810.329.6392 to: For pictures and videos of sale horses. DECEm bEr 2011 | 23

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Close to the Arabian Horse Show. Near perfection. See why TripAdvisor readers ranked this stylish all-suites boutique hotel as one of Scottsdale’s best. Enjoy the wonderful new Gainey Suite Dreams Bed, elegant marble baths, free WiFi and HDTV. Complimentary full hot breakfast buffet and evening reception with hot & cold appetizers, beer, wine & soft drinks daily. Relax in the heated pool and whirlpool, and work out in the well-equipped fitness center. Explore a collection of great restaurants and shops next door, pamper yourself at The Spa, or tee it up at some of the best courses in the Valley of the Sun!

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20655 Sutherland Dam Rd. Ramona, CA 92065


2011 marked the completion and release of honoring the great Padrons Psyche in a 160-page memoir.

Dixie & Robert North

2011 was an eventful year for North Arabians, It has us feeling blessed with the opportunties we’ve been given across the globe, the friends we have made along the way, and the new experiences we have enjoyed as a result of the Arabian horse. Thank you to those who have welcomed our horses into their hearts, their countries and their world renowned breeding programs. We are happy to have back home our horses who have traveled the globe and are thrilled with those who are leaving our gates to start new journeys of their own with new owners. We are proud to share with the world, the passion of Arabian horses and feel positive about its future to come. Happy New Year!

SIR FAMES HBV Congratulations to Jose Alves of Brazil, on the purchase of this incredible sire. We wish you the best of luck with him as you incorporate him into your world renowned breeding program. We anxiously await your first foal crop, and are excited to see how he will complement your beautiful mares.

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EXPECTING IN 2012 January 2012 Ever After NA x JFN Captive Love (by Padrons Psyche) Ever After NA x EA Moneila Psyche (by Padrons Psyche) February 2012 El Chall WR x Margarita Psy (by Padrons Psyche) Padrons Psyche x WA Marlaina Lee (by Bey Shah) El Chall WR x Entaicyng NA (by Aicyng) March 2012 El Chall WR x JFN Captive Love (by Padrons Psyche) Ever After NA x Psylk Obsession (by Odyssey SC) April 2012 Ever After NA x Donna Fantastikah RB (by Don El Chall ) Ever After NA x Promises Psy (by Padrons Psyche) Ever After NA x Breanna Psy (by Padrons Psyche) May 2012 WH Justice x JFN Captive Love (by Padrons Psyche) Ever After NA x EA Gypsy Echo (by Echo Magnifficoo) Ever After NA x Kays Psylouttee (by Padrons Psyche) Robert & Dixie North Ramona, California office 760.789.3208 cell 619.992.9832

Ever After NA x JA Psilk N Lace (by Padrons Psyche) El Chall WR x Psyche Nova (by Padrons Psyche)

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Beyonce ~ 2011 Filly Out of Breanna Psy, by Padrons Psyche

Everlasting Romance ~ 2011 bay filly out of Godiva LL Bred and owned by Don Manuel Arabians LLC

Frozen semen available in Europe & Brazil


The stallions of North Arabians are CA & SCID clear and: Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Scottsdale Signature Stallions Minnesota Medallion Stallions AHBA Futurity Stallions Silver Sire Enrolled Iowa Gold Star Stallions 28 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Frozen semen available in Europe

Imperious NA ~ 2011 Colt Out of Promises Psy, by Padrons Psyche

El Monaco ~ 2011 Colt Out of First Pprovidence, by Pprovidence

Berneir photos


Robert & Dixie North 20655 Sutherland Dam Rd., Ramona, CA 92065 Breeding Manager Mike McNally 760.789.3208 Robert North 619.992.9832


Exceeding All

expectations ... The Sire

(*Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA)

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Veruschka TCA

Juell Al Veraz XX

(SF Veraz x Beautiful Juell V)

(SF Veraz x Fate BFA)

Regional Champion C olt U.S. National Top Ten Colt

Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Top Ten Yearling Filly Spotlight Stallion Futurity Reserve Champion Yearling Filly

Conviction CA

(SF Veraz x Denalia) U.S. National Champion Yearling Gelding and Grand National Champion Gelding 3 and Under

Standing at Butler Farms Training Center, Inc. 910-866-4000

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Scottsdale Hotels Welcome

Arabian Horse Show Guests for 2012!

Holiday Inn Express 480-596-6559 scottsdalenort

Hampton Suites Scottsdale 480-348-9280

Inn at Pima 480-948-3800

Hampton Inn Scottsdale 480-443-3233

Sleep Inn Scottsdale 480-998-9211

Complimentary shuttle service provided by all hotels to Westworld daily! 32 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Celebrating The Brazilian Nationals Fazenda Floresta

by Lori Ricigliano

Brazil Contact: Paola Dias Ph: +55 (11) 7800-1935 - Nextel: 55*99*97919

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Eden C x Sempre, by Versace AHA breeders Sweepstakes Nominated minnesota medallion Stallion ScID clear

2011 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN Colt 2-Year-old 2010 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN BreederS SweepStakeS YearliNg Colt 2010 laS VegaS world CUp SUpreme ChampioN Owned by Fazenda Floresta, LLc For information contact Rodolfo Guzzo • Brazil: +55 (19) 8139 9739, USA: +1 (619) 200 6464 • Decem ber 2011 | 35

DA Valentino x Amelia B, by Magnum Psyche AHA breeders Sweepstakes Nominated

2011 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN StallioN 4 & 5 Year old 2011 U.S. NatioNal reSerVe ChampioN SeNior StallioN 2010 CaNadiaN NatioNal ChampioN FUtUritY Colt Owned by Fazenda Floresta, LLc For information contact Rodolfo Guzzo • Brazil: +55 (19) 8139 9739, USA: +1 (619) 200 6464 • Decem ber 2011 | 37

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P B romise of Proven


Laheeb x The Vision, by Thee Desperado

I mported S traIght e gyptIan S tallIon Owned by Fazenda Floresta, LLC For information contact Rodolfo Guzzo • Brazil: +55 (19) 8139 9739, USA: +1 (619) 200 6464 • Decem BeR 2011 | 39

azenda Floresta can be summed up with a simple word: hospitality. At the beautiful Fazenda Floresta, Luciana Fasano prides herself on her determination to offer the most comfortable stay possible for her guests. The name Fazenda Floresta translates into english as “forest farm,” for the many pine tree forests that surround its tropical beauty. Located in itu, a country retreat outside the city of são Paulo, the historic 150-year-old estate proves that the art of fine dining and entertaining is alive and well. For this year’s brazilian nationals, held in the city of

indaiatuba, Luciana invited 12 guests from around the world to stay at Fazenda Floresta and enjoy its beautiful ambiance—and for many of them, the trip became an incredible memory. Luciana’s attention to the smallest detail was apparent from the beginning. As the guests arrived, they were greeted with colorful flower bouquets in their individually-decorated rooms. note cards were on each room’s bedside table. The bed linens were handmade, and would be turned down each evening, with custom chocolates left on each pillow.

Decorating & Hospitalit y

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Exclusive Fazenda Floresta logo chocolates by SARA ACCIOLY CHOCOLATIÈRE.

nationals at FazenDa was a Fun week! The first day finished off with the evening meal—a culinary delight and an extravaganza of vibrant color. Fazenda Floresta employs an attentive staff and wonderful chefs from the local area. each course was elegantly presented with hand-crafted napkin rings and porcelain plates designed by Luciana and hand-produced by local artisans. Delightful fresh salads, flavorful entrees and the most decadent of desserts were offered. This was just a taste of what would come at each meal, including daily afternoon teas when the entire farm stopped to enjoy coffee, tea and sweet banana or tangerine cakes. evening meals consisted of homemade delights and traditional brazilian fare such as the delicious meats of a churrascaria. There were always desserts such as a creamy coconut flan or a passion fruit and raspberry mousse, so flavorful that they were irresistible. All of these meals were based on the local economy: Luciana believes in purchasing food from neighboring farmers and artwork and crafts from the local artists. She is also reestablishing coffee fields to support the industry that her farm pioneered years ago, and offering these jobs to the local population.

We had the pleasure of having Joaquin de SantibaĂąes for dinner.

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luciana get ting reaDy to cHeer on Vortex at Brazilian nationals. 42 | A R A Bi A n HoR Se T i meS

When the horse show began, a van transported guests to the brazilian Nationals (some attended every class, while others enjoyed the poolside sun). Special lunch and dinner “Get-Together Parties” at the farm highlighted each day of the show, and more invited guests arrived for farm tours, lively conversation and delicious meals. Arabian horse breeders from around the world were encouraged to enjoy the retreat and discuss their ideas and breeding programs with Luciana. One of their evening guests was Joaquin de Santibañes, son of Fernando de Santibañes, owner of magnum Psyche. On that night especially, stories flowed deep into the evening. Soon, the day arrived when Fazenda Floresta’s young stallion Vortex, shown by trainer rodolfo Guzzo, was to compete at the show. To prepare everyone to cheer loudly, Luciana offered a special luncheon at the farm. She created little Arabian horse pound cakes in Vortex’s honor, and she undertook their “final grooming,” adding big eyes before she “showed” them to the appreciative guests. before anyone could take a bite, Luciana asked her guest, 2011 U.S. Nationals judge Dick Adams, to “judge” the entries—and it was the first time he ever tied a class all champions!

Judging of the Arabian horse pound cakes—tough decision!

Adding “Big Eyes” to the Arabian horses during final grooming!

Pistachio mousse, mascarpone cream & dark chocolate sauce with Arabian horse Pound Cake.

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For the nationals class, the group donned matching yellow Vortex polo shirts and left to cheer on Fazenda Floresta’s stallion. soon after Luciana arrived at the show, she was invited by the brazilian magazine Veja to a photo shoot at the stables, as she was being featured as one of the special Arabian breeders of brazil. Veja magazine, similar to Time magazine in the United states, had just featured Fazenda Floresta and were continuing the story with the journey of Vortex in the show ring. As everyone waited anxiously for Vortex’s class, Fazenda Floresta’s sponsored youth soccer team arrived to cheer for the young stallion. To be eligible for the team, which is charged with encouraging sportsmanship and personal improvement, local boys must maintain a minimum “b” average in school and attend weekly practices at the farm’s soccer field. Finally, it was time for Vortex, an elegant colt by el shawan and out of a Don el chall daughter, to show. The crowd cheered loudly and the Fazenda Floresta soccer team led the chant with “Vortex! Vortex!” And after a beautiful standup, Vortex was awarded the title of brazilian national reserve champion colt.

GettinG the trophy

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preparing For tHe Big party

Fazenda Floresta thanks all the employees for everything they have done to create this beautiful party.

As the brazilian Nationals drew to a close, it was time for the final party at Fazenda Floresta. As a tribute to the American Thanksgiving holiday, Luciana planned a traditional turkey dinner with a brazilian gourmet twist, and invited were all of the Fazenda Floresta guests and many others who had attended the brazilian Nationals. Arriving visitors were treated to a tour of the farm that included the beautiful stable being completed, featuring Luciana’s office and its huge GiclÊe photos of her beloved stallions. Decem ber 2011 | 45

party Decorations On the tables, flowers and linens were in national colors—red, white and blue for American-themed tables and yellow and green for Brazilian. Tying everything together were the sterling silver Fazenda Floresta Arabian horse logo napkin holders designed by Luciana and sculpted by noted brazilian artist Auri borsatto. many people from the Arabian horse community, as well as Herculando Passos, mayor of Itu, and his wife, rita, attended Fazenda Floresta’s celebration of the Arabian Horse brazilian Nationals party. Luciana said that it was her greatest joy to have the pleasure of entertaining so many guests. As a special surprise, after the main meal had been enjoyed, Luciana led the many guests into the dining room of the main house, where an amazing presentation of custom decorated sweets and desserts awaited. Little chocolates with horses on them, brazilian flag sweets and American flag cookies were popular choices, along with jars of sweet sauces which featured photos of Luciana’s stallions AAS-elishahh, eccentric Valentino and Al Hadiyah AA on the lids. Small boxes tied with elegant red ribbons and containing special Fazenda Floresta chocolates were valued mementos of the occasion. The next day, the guests of Fazenda Floresta gathered by the pool to enjoy the sunshine and contemplate the visit that was drawing to a close. As some enjoyed the water, others walked in the many gardens and a lucky few took a spirited horseback ride through the countryside on Luciana’s horses. Luciana’s hospitality made the brazilian Nationals especially sweet this year because of the many friendships it created. Fazenda Floresta is becoming well known worldwide as a respite from the outside world, where beautiful Arabian horses can be enjoyed with style and comfort. Next year’s party is already being planned! ■

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Luciana and artist Auri Borsatto.

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A National Champion Siring National Champions Multi-Program Nominated Sire


In tencyty (Out Of Cyte x Intensive QCA)

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2011 U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly Unanimous National Champion Junior Mare 3 & Under Watch for Triad RH by ROL Intencyty at Scottsdale in Three-Year-Old Colts with Keith Krichke Robin Hood Farms Robin & Drago Kragulj 1149 Central Ave. University Park, IL 60466 Office 708-235-8912 • Cell 847-514-6753 • DECEm bEr 2011 | 55



We are anxiously awaiting Apalo's first foal crop in 2012 and invite your inquiries.

Justify x Gloria Apal Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Region 12 Spotlight Stallion • SCID & CA Clear

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2012 stud fee $1,500 • Standing at Belvedere Farm of Cedartown, Georgia Contact Belvedere Trainer Tara Carpio 706.402.9258 • 770-597-0121 •




Two Time Scottsdale Reserve Champion, Four Time Regional Champion (Two Unanimous) & Two Time National Top Ten Hunter Pleasure Egyptian Event Reserve Champion Stallion Halter Regional Top Five Stallion Halter

Alixir x Arabella MCA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire • SCID & CA Clear 2012 stud fee $1,500 • Standing at Belvedere Farm of Cedartown, Georgia Contact Tara Carpio 706.402.9258 • Owned and bred by Meadow Creek Arabians, Tom and Gail Chasteen DECEm bEr 2011 | 57

Contact Belvedere Trainer Tara Carpio 706.402.9258 •

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1. GSF INSATIABLE (IXL Noble Express x PWA Tusea) 2006 bay Arabian mare. Extremely pretty and athletic. Maternal sister to GSF Poetry In Motion, 2009 National Reserve Champion English Pleasure and maternal sister to 2011 U.S. National Champion GSF Ambienze. Ready to show. Sweepstakes nominated. 2. IM TEMPTED (Tempter x Vamus) 2003 grey Arabian gelding. Already a Top Ten in the English Pleasure Futurity and multiple class A winner, this square-moving gelding is sure to take his next rider to the top in the country English pleasure division. His dam is a National champion pleasure driving horse, and his sire is also the sire of National champion, A Temptation. Sweepstakes nominated.


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3. STORMIN NORMAN W (Matoi x MC Jabaskolee) 1996 grey Arabian gelding. Multi-National and regional winner in English pleasure, country pleasure and native costume. Stormin Norman is an excellent horse for a beginner that wants a seasoned show horse that is extremely competitive. He is very safe and knows his job. He would make an excellent junior or amateur mount. He is a full sibling to National champion English pleasure mare, Toi Jabaska. Sweepstakes nominated. 4. THE ONE I LOVE (*Edukt x I Hear Voices) 2001 bay Half-Arabian gelding. A beautiful country English and show hack horse with proven titles at the regional and National level. He is amateur and junior friendly, but can also compete in the open arena. His long neck and extremely strong hocks are all a part of what make his silhouette eye-catching. He has been trained in pattern work and would also make the perfect partner for any equitation rider. He was 2009 Region 12 Champion Show Hack Open and 2009 Region 15 Champion Show Hack Open and Amateur with a Top Five in country English AAOTR 18-39 and 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Show Hack Open. Sweepstakes nominated. 5. FSF MAR KHARO (Marhaabah x FSF Princess Marie) 2007 bay Arabian gelding. Sired by National champion Marhaabah and out of FSF Princess Marie, a beautiful daughter of international champion Dakharo. Nominated for Region XII Spotlight performance classes. Region 12 Top Ten Yearling Colt and has multiple Class A halter wins. Has 20 months professional training for western pleasure. Ready to show. Sweepstakes nominated.



6. MAAHDALLION (Maarhabah x Tareefa Jamaal) 2008 grey Arabian gelding. A very tall gelding standing 15.2 hands with great scope and presence. Multiple Class A Champion, Regional Champion, Scottsdale Top Ten, 2011 Youth National Top Ten Gelding JTH, 2011 U.S. National Top Ten (3rd) Futurity Gelding and Top Ten Open Gelding. Maahdallion has been started under saddle and is ready to take the performance arena by storm. Sweepstakes nominated. 7. BELLA LUNA BF (*Besson Carol x *Luna Van Ryad) 2010 grey Arabian filly. An extremely well-bred filly that was a regional top ten yearling sweepstakes filly in 2011. She is a beautiful mover that is ready to show and will later be an outstanding broodmare. Sweepstakes nominated. 8. MIZTER MAZKARADE BF (Mazkarade x Bint Forteyna) 2010 bay Arabian colt. 2011 Regional Top Five Yearling Colt. A pedigree that combines Ali Jamaal and Bey Shah make this colt a star. His dam is a full sibling to the National champion mares Shahteyna and Bey Teyna. Sweepstakes nominated.

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2011 Arabian Horse Times

Banquet Monterra at WestWorld, Scottsdale, AZ Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:00–7:30 P.M. Social Hour • 7:30 P.M. Dinner Followed by the presentation of Awards Ticket Price: $55 per person • Reserved Table Price: $500 (10 seats)

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Seating is limited.

First-come, first-served basis.

For More Information On The Readers’ Choice Awards Banquet Call 1-800-248-4637 or e-mail: A portion of the proceeds from the AHT Readers’ Choice Awards Banquet will be donated to the Horsemen’s Distress Fund.

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Who was the best this year? Arabian Horse Times offers you an opportunity to decide. Voice your opinion—name the horses, the professionals, the amateurs and more that epitomized the best in the Arabian horse community of 2011. Don’t miss your chance to be heard. Go to and cast your votes today! Final voting ends February 3, 2012.

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In 2011, what was your

Favorite Advertisement featured in the AHT?

Argent Farms, September A, designed by Jenn Trickey

Lowe Show Horse Centre, September AA, designed by Shawn Getty-Lowe Midwest, September A, designed by AHT Rohara Arabians, September AA, designed by Brandy Johnson

Shada, Inc., September AA, designed by AHT

In 2011, what was your

Favorite Editorial Story

of the year in AHT?

The Yahoo Chronicles—California Dreamin’ by Sandee Andrews, February Trainer Confidential—Tales From The Equestrian Underbelly: Pat’s Story by Mary Trowbridge, July

The Thrill Of A National Championship by Kara Larson, August Fazenda Floresta & Luciana Fasano by McKay Stirland, July

2011 Youth Nationals by Kara Larson and designed by AHT, October

In 2011, what was your

Favorite AHT Front Cover?

February—GSF Rizing Son, owned by Boisvert Farms and photographed by Mike Ferrara

March—DA Valentino, owned by Dan & Maureen Grossman and photographed by Stuart Vesty

July—Al Hadiyah AA, owned by Fazenda Floresta and photographed by Shira. August—Voodoo Child, owned by Brooksley Sheehe and photographed by Brandy Johnson September A—Star Of Marwan, owned by Mystica Arabians and photographed by Stuart Vesty

Favorite AHT Calendar Month Of The Year March—PCF Vision, owned by Sam & Laura Peacemaker and photographed by Elise Peacemaker

April—Bey Ambition, owned by Rae-Dawn Arabians and photographed by April Visel

June—Marjestic WA, owned by Lisa K. East, Arabians of Qiran Al Sa’dain, LLC and photographed by April Visel August—The Grand Dams Of Strawberry Banks Farm, owned by Barbara Chur and photographed by Stuart Vesty November—Da Vinci FM, owned by Gemini Acres and photographed by Victor Ricigliano

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Photographer Of The Year Mike Ferrara

Brandy Johnson Darryl Larson Stuart Vesty April Visel

Show Of The Year

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Youth Nationals

Canadian Nationals Iowa Gold Star U.S. Nationals

Judge Of The Year Terry Holmes

Judy Delongprè-Kibler Mitch Sperte

Corky Sutton

Lisa Jo White

Instructor Of The Year Shannon Beethe

Julie Daniel-Adams Rick Nab

Carole Stohlman Lisa Jo White

Best Team (Farm) Spirit Award Hesten Park Midwest

Shada, Inc.

Rooker Training Stable Springwater Farms

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A/HA/AA Sport Horse

Of The Year

Ivory Shaddara, owned by ivory Arabians, inc. Khalena Royale, owned by sarah and Hillary booth

O Lordy, owned by VWV Venture, inc.

One More Round, owned by bill Doughty Oration, owned by stephanie and ricci Desiderio

Purebred Working Western Horse Of The Year

Im The Real Deal, owned by Audrey Zinke Just N Style, owned by Timothy Anderson LD Tsunami, owned by Wolf springs ranches, inc. Navaho Joe BPF, owned by michelle Pease-Paulsen

VLQ Friendly Fire, owned by Allison mostowich

Half-Arabian Working Western Horse Of The Year CR Dudley Dun Right, owned by Vickey bowman Delwoods Jude, owned by Katharyn and Audrey Hart

Hollywood Blockbuster, owned by olivia Pakula

HH Charmed N Color, owned by Kim niven TR Skid Mark, owned by KGb Texas marketing/Public relations, inc.

Purebred Specialty Horse Half-Arabian Hunter Of The Year (Driving, Show Horse Of The Year

Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume) Ability Bey, owned by Lori Foster

Expressamo, owned by The Martin L. Sherman Jr. Family Trust MM Sabe, owned by Cynthia and Morgan Kelly MWF Benedykt, owned by Fortun Arabians LLC

ROL Trade Cycret, owned by Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc.

Half-Arabian Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume)

All Dolled Up EA, owned by Burrline LLC Chance To Jam, owned by Ashley Toye Glory Got Game, owned by Conway Arabians, Inc.

MA Poker Chips, owned by Jessica Ferranti Prince LOA, owned by L. David Pease

Purebred Hunter Horse Of The Year

Cielo E, owned by Ashley Toye Court Marshall PA, owned by Jackie and Olivia Pakula

Cylent Lightning CCA, owned by David and Kathryn Morrison

Chance To Jam, owned by Ashley Toye Everlastin Love, owned by Phillip and Brooksley Sheehe Money Plays, owned by Alisha and Adele Kinney Vivienne LR, owned by North By Northwest LLC

WD Noble Ladd, owned by Audrey Zinke

Purebred Western Horse Of The Year

Alerro, owned by Jerry Newman

Onyx A, owned by Richard, Gail and Anne Whitaker Monticello V, owned by Setting Sun Stables, LLC

SC Don Julio, owned by Mayree Nolan Zefyr, owned by Chaos Arabians LLC

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 Capt Jack Sparrow PGA, owned by Remington Monroe Equine LLC

Lets Get Loded, owned by Sally Leonardini The Girl Nexxt Door, owned by Shamrock Farms

GJR Shameful, owned by Matthew and Jody Hoffman

O Lordy, owned by VWV Venture, Inc.

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Purebred Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year

Bonfire ROF, owned by Lee Ann Flynn Defying Gravity RGS, owned by Cheryl Doran Mandalay Bay, owned by Hawk Haven Farms LLC

Pheobe Afire, owned by Kimberly Jarvis Starr Llight, owned by Tom and elizabeth moore

Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year ERA Moonlite Serenade, owned by norma and John Diver

CF Jimmy Neutron, owned by burrline LLC Papa Rhazi, owned by beth Jupp Polkapalooza, owned by starline Arabians LLC

Second Sight, owned by Windwalker enterprises LLC

Purebred Halter Horse

Of The Year

Bey Ambition, owned by murray and shirley Popplewell

AAS-Elishahh, owned by Luciana Fasano LD Pistal, owned by Carlos and Christiane roizner

Star Of Marwan, owned by mystica Arabians Vitorio TO, owned by oak ridge Arabians

Half-Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year

Ebony By Valentino, owned by sally bedeker Ima Cool Cat CB, owned by elaine Finney Mai Oh Mai, owned by Jessie szymanski Mi Bella Rosa, owned by Angela Larson

Shes Still Jammin, owned by Jeff mcAlpin

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

Austin Boggs

Leah Beth Boyd Abe Cotton

Johnathan Ramsay

Western Trainer Of The Year Brett Becker

Tommy Garland J.T. Keller

Gordon Potts Josh Quintus

Saddle Seat Trainer Of The Year

Vicki Humphrey Joel Kiesner

Tish Kondas

Shawn Rooker

Jim Stachowski

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Working Western Trainer Of The Year

Youth Exhibitor Of The Year Chloe Holmes

Michael Damianos

Jackie Pakula

Greg Harris

Josh Shino

LaRae Fletcher-Powell

Anna Redmond

Crystal McNutt

Holland Stevens

Tyson Randle

Halter Trainer Of The Year

Adult Amateur Of The Year Mike Beethe

Joe Alberti

Lori Foster

Rodolfo Guzzo

Michelle Pease-Paulsen

David Boggs

Marikate Matthews

Sandro Pinha

Amanda Purdin

Andrew Sellman

Show Hack/Hunter Trainer Of The Year Cynthia Burkman Wendy Potts Sally Randle

Tom Theisen

Kimberly VerHage

Versatile Trainer Of The Year Rob Bick

Cynthia Burkman Larry Hoffman Gordon Potts

John Rannenberg

Breeder Of The Year Pegasus Arabians Rohara Arabians

Rooker Training Stable Shea Stables

Varian Arabians

Sire Of The Year

Afire Bey V, owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.

Baske Afire, owned by Strawberry Banks Farm DA Valentino (deceased), owned by Dan and Maureen Grossman Khadraj NA, owned by Lawrence Jerome and Indira Van Handel

Mamage, owned by Beth Jupp and The Jupp Family Trust

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Copper Hills equestrian Center Would like to Congratulate our national CHampions

ee XTReme HeaT+ and laura Smith

OSO SmOkin and Tiffany Royer

priscilla Cluff, Trainer

COppeR HillS equeSTRian CenTeR priscilla Cluff and kim england, Trainers 5156 W 12600 S Herriman, uT 84096 801-234-0295 priscilla cell 68 | a R a bi a n HOR Se T i meS


Breeding and Training Horses In Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, English Pleasure, Reining and Halter.

2011 Black Daniels Filly

2011 Mi Kanarina Filly

Thats Amore GRK

GK Crown La Karisma

Magnum Gran Tourisimo

2011 Black or Black/Bay Arabian Filly

(Black Daniels x MWF Bonita)

(Magnum Chall HVP x CWNorthern Lights)

2011 Bay Arabian Colt

2008 Chestnut Arabian Gelding. Halter and well-started Hunter Pleasure. Sweepstakes.

2011 Bay Arabian Colt

Codys Last Fancie GRK (Chief Dakota Bar x GK Sofancie) 2008 Grey Half-Arabian Tobiano Gelding. Well-started Western Pleasure.

( Jullyen El Jamaal x CW Striking Beauty) ( Jullyen El Jamaal x CW Northern Lights)

2011 Bay Half-Arabian Filly

Zefyr Kid GRK (Zefyr x Kortney Kid) 2008 Chestnut Half-Arabian Mare. Halter and well-started Western Pleasure. Sweepstakes.

(Prince - paint stallion x Mi Kanarina)

Expecting 2012 foals by: Stival, Sundance Kid V, Black Daniels, La Karat, Prince (Paint Stallion) GK Crown La Karisma (Chief Dakota Bar x Crown Kapricka) 2006 Chestnut Half-Arabian Tobiano Mare. Reining. She has the attitude and ability to take a youth or amateur all the way! GK Dakota Lights (Chief Dakota Bar x CWNorthern Lights) 2007 Bay Tobiano Half-Arabian Gelding. Western Pleasure. Big and athletic. Nite Chall GRK (Magnum Chall HVP x CS Nite Fever) 2007 Chestnut Half-Arabian Mare. Hunter Pleasure. Sweepstakes.

Nobelistica GRK (The Nobelest x CS Nite Fever) 2009 Chestnut Half-Arabian Filly. English Pleasure prospect. Thats Amore GRK (Amarii x CW Strikingbeauty) 2010 Chestnut Arabian Colt. Halter. Big and stretchy with a lot of charisma. Black Jack GRK (Amarii x MWF Bonita) 2010 Bay Arabian Colt. Halter and English Pleasure prospect. Saturday Nite Afire (Baske Afire x CS Nite Fever) 2010 Chestnut Half-Arabian Gelding. Halter and English Pleasure prospect.

Magnum Sofistica GRK (Magnum Chall HVP x Crown Kapricka) 2008 Chestnut Arabian Mare. Halter and well-started Western Pleasure. Sweepstakes.

Magnum Maserati GRK (Magnum Chall HVP x Mi Kanarina) 2008 Chestnut Arabian Gelding. Halter and well-started Hunter Pleasure or Western Pleasure. Sweepstakes.

Magnum Majestica GRK (Magnum Psyche x Crown Kapricka) 2010 Bay Arabian Filly. Halter prospect. Billie The Kid GRK (Sundance Kid V x Just To Fool You) 2010 Black Half-Arabian Filly. Halter and Western Pleasure prospect.



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2011 Leading SireS

2011 U.S. and Canadian Nationals

U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 4. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 5. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 7. Stival (Gazal al Shaqab x Paloma de Jamaal) 8. Always A Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) WH Justice (Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher Renea)

137 116 112 76 66 46 43 25 25 25 25 25

Winners 1. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased 15 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 13 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 13 3. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 6 Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 6 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5 5. Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) 4 6. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) 3 Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) 3 Pyro Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW) 3 Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) 3 Stival (Gazal al Shaqab x Paloma de Jamaal) 3

Purebred Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 4. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 5. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) 6. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 7. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 8. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 9. AM Good Oldboy (AM Sea Captain x AM Tis Beverlie) 10. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 70 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

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Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 4. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 5. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) 6. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 7. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 8. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra)

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2011 Leading SireS

The following charts are ranked both on number of winners (get) 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. A versatile horse may win in a number of different classes. Thus, a purebred stallion represented by just one son or daughter with several wins is included in the points chart, but only once in number of winners. In the Half-Arabian charts, Half-Arabian winners were all the purebred sire requires to make the list. To make the overall charts, the sire needed to have points in both halter and performance with purebred and/or Half-Arabian winners. Only championship classes were considered.

Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 5. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams) 6. JRA Azul (Gazal Al Shaqab x Airiya) 7. MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy) 8. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song)

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Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 4. JRA Azul (Gazal Al Shaqab x Airiya) Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) Majik Of Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lily Marlaina) QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

7 5 3 3 3 2 2 2 2

Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) 4. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 5. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) 6. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) 7. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 8. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 9. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) LBA Lode Star (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia)

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Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) 4. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 5. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 6. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) El Ghazi (Aloes x Elektra) IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) LBA Lode Star (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia)

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Purebred Halter and Performance Points 1. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 2. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased 3. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 6. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) 7. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 8. Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice) 9. Besson Carol (Parys El Jamaal x Classic Ktrystall) Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

164 142 125 89 86 66 55 40 35 35

Winners 1. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 2. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased 3. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 6. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 7. Besson Carol (Parys El Jamaal x Classic Krystall) Pershahn El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Perfectshahn SRA) Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice) Pyro Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW) Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

19 16 15 12 8 7 7 5 5 5 5 5

Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 5. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) 6. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 7. Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) 8. CWP Chances Are (Bey Shah x Brandie Alexandra) 9. SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) 10. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar)

272 86 71 53 51 46 41 28 20 18

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 4. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) 6. SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) 7. Bask Elect (Bask x Ima Electric) Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) Desert Heat VF (Fame VF x MCA Matilda Bay) ML Mostly Padron (Padrons Psyche x HS Mostly) Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) OKW Firecracker (Hucklebey Berry x Lite My Fire)

36 9 6 5 5 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2

Overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 6. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 7. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 8. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 9. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) 10. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) 72 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

419 229 185 181 175 129 125 101 89 71 71

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased 5. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 6. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 7. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) 8. Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) 9. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane)

54 22 21 21 19 15 12 10 9 8

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Baske Afire

Afire Bey V

Magnum Psyche

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DA Valentino

Padrons Psyche

Sundance Kid V


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2011 Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 2. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 3. Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) 4. First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 5. Pyro Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW) 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 7. LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) Sshameless (Fame VF x Armira) The Pioneer V (Desperado V x Pavane V)

38 33 31 30 30 25 23 20 20 20 20

Winners 1. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 2. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) 3. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) GH Venture (Bey Shah x QF Nobelesse) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana) Monogramm (Negatraz x Monogramma) Pyro Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW) The Pioneer V (Desperado V x Pavane V) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

4 4 4 3 3 2 2 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. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 4. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 5. Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska) 6. Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra) 7. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 8. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased 9. GH Venture (Bey Shah x QF Nobelesse) 10. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane)

209 135 111 93 92 90 85 76 71 66

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 3. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask) 4. Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska) Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 5. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 6. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) GH Venture (Bey Shah x QF Nobelesse) Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) Psymadre (Padrons Psyche x Tomorrows Dream)

12 8 7 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4

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Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Akhademy (Soldat x Padomac Hilane) 3. CWP Chances Are (Bey Shah x Brandie Alexandra) DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) 4. Georgio AF (Versace x Fortunes Ciara) 5. MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra) PW Freed’m (Concorde Gezan x Vazra) 6. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy) Out Of Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) Syringa Najah (Barich De Washoe x Syringa Drift) Zodiac Matador (Bask x RO Fanciray)

64 30 20 20 18 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15

Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) Out Of Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower)

3 2 2 2

Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 4. Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) 5. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 6. D A Napitov (Napitok x Sun Lady) 7. Exxpectation (BJD Excalibur x CHF Highlight) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 8. RR Gar-sun (Shergar x Garaona) 9. SV Basksko (Bask x Skovette)

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106 79 78 75 66 63 56 56 55 53

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) D A Napitov (Napitok x Sun Lady) Exxpectation (BJD Excalibur x CHF Highlight) Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) 3. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) LBA Lode Star (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia) Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra) Out Of Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) SV Basksko (Bask x Skovette) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

8 8 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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Purebred Halter and Performance Points 1. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 2. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 3. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 4. GH Venture (Bey Shah x QF Nobelesse) 5. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 6. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) 7. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 8. The Pioneer V (Desperado V x Pavane V) 9. Safire (Bask x Caridina) 10. First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) Psymadre (Padrons Psyche x Tomorrows Dream)

134 115 98 86 78 76 74 58 51 50 50

Winners 1. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 2. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 4. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 5. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) GH Venture (Bey Shah x QF Nobelesse) Psymadre (Padrons Psyche x Tomorrows Dream)

8 7 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 4

Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 4. Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) 5. CWP Chances Are (Bey Shah x Brandie Alexandra) 6. MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra) 7. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) Starof Fame V (Fame VF x Sweet Illusion V) 8. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 9. PW Freed’m (Concorde Gezan x Vazra)

130 121 93 89 58 54 50 50 48 46

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) Out Of Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) 3. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) JM Mystairs Fire (Century Mystair x Caseys Cachet) Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra)

8 8 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3

Overall Purebred and Half-Arabian Halter and Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 3. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 6. GH Venture (Bey Shah x QF Nobelesse) Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) 7. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 8. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 9. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane)

330 190 170 158 125 104 104 98 78 76

Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) 20 2. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) 13 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased 10 4. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) 9 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 8 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) 8 6. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) 7 7. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) 6 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) 6 8. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) 5 GH Venture (Bey Shah x QF Nobelesse) 5 Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) 5 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 5 MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra) 5 Out Of Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) 5 Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) 5 Decem ber 2011 | 77

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2011 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Stallions And Colts by Mary Kirkman and Linda White For breeders, an annual delight at year’s end is the review of award-

winning stallions and colts, representing a diverse choice of bloodlines, available to their mares. With the number of classes on the schedule at

the U.S. and Canadian Nationals, there are many to examine. Here is a

selection to get the ball rolling—some from longtime breeders and some

from relative newcomers, some representing large breeding programs and some from smaller farms. They all have one characteristic in common:

they ref lect stellar bloodlines, enviable conformation, and quality. They all have something to offer for the future.

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2011 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Stallions Canadian National Arabian Senior Stallions— Champion:

Bey AmBitioN (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell


mARwAN Al mAgNiffiCoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo), owned by David Zouch Ross

top ten:

Hf el JAlAl (HF Ares x HF Maymouna), owned by Jan Alexander ReA el KAReAm (PVA Kariim x REA Nisrs Angel), owned by David Myers empReS (Monogramm x Empressa), owned by Prue Critchley

U.S. National Arabian Senior Stallions Adult 4 & over— Champion:

lD piStAl (Magnum Psyche x Halana), owned by Carlos and Christiane Roizner


eCCeNtRiC VAleNtiNo (DA Valentino x Amelia B), owned by FAS Investment LLP

top ten:

SHADDofAx (Justafire DGL x R Colette), owned by Chestnut Hill Arabians JA URBiNo (Alfabia Damascus x JA Ultima), owned by David Zouch Ross pStRAtegy (Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Sam Peacemaker Bey AmBitioN (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell fA el SHAwAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Foxbriar Shakita), owned by FA El Shawan Group

U.S. National Arabian Stallions 8 & over— Champion:

lD piStAl (Magnum Psyche x Halana), owned by Carlos and Christiane Roizner


SHADDofAx (Justafire DGL x R Colette), owned by Chestnut Hill Arabians

top ten:

tf SiR pRize (Noble Prize x Premonishahn), owned by Dimitri and Barbara Delgado SSHAmeleSS (Fame VF x Armira), owned by Lisa Shover

U.S. National Arabian Stallions 6-7— Champion:

fA el SHAwAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Foxbriar Shakita), owned by FA El Shawan Group


mADDox VAN RyAD (Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset), owned by Sally Bedeker

top ten:

eVg geNtRy (Pershahn El Jamaal x Gisele), owned by James Frank and Sara Chisholm pStRAtegy (Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Sam Peacemaker

U.S. National Arabian Stallions 4-5— Champion:

eCCeNtRiC VAleNtiNo (DA Valentino x Amelia B), owned by FAS Investment LLP


Bey AmBitioN (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell

top ten:

JA URBiNo (Alfabia Damascus x JA Ultima), owned by David Zouch Ross tRiompHe m (Laheeb IASB x Prism Candiegramm), owned by Clare Hall ReA el KAReAm (PVA Kariim x REA Nisrs Angel), owned by David Myers SKoRoNeeK iA (Ecaho x BA Famous Lace), owned by Richard Dewalt peRigNoN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Psychic Karma), owned by Jose Alves Filho SiRpRemACy Dp (TF Sir Prize x Cicadia), owned by Dimitri and Vasiliki Delgado mAJiK of mARwAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lily Marlaina), owned by R. K. Landon Trust 5/30/08 and Rohara Arabians LLC tRiBUte tHyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Diamond Tribute), owned by Jason Tackett

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Stallions From the standouts that took home titles in the stallion division, we offer a renowned veteran, a credentialed 4-year-old with a gilt-edged record, and a precocious youngster who is holding his own with the big boys. While they all reside right here in the U.S.A., their ownership represents the world: Canada, Brazil and Uruguay, by way of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady, by Bey Shah) Owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell RAe-DAwn ARABiAnS Saskatoon, Sask., and Scottsdale, Ariz. Trained by Claudinei Machado

Five-year-old bey Ambition is no stranger to the national spotlight. He started attracting attention as the 2008 Canadian National reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and Futurity Colt, and people are still talking about his thrilling win in the U.S. National Championship Futurity Colts class a year later. Now a mature stallion, he remains on track: named Canadian National Champion Stallion in August, he added the U.S. National reserve Championship for Stallions 4-5 and a U.S. National Top Ten in Senior Stallions 4 and Over in October. Still, talk to his owners, murray and Shirley Popplewell, and all those ribbons are not first on their minds. “What we believed when we bought him is coming true,” says murray Popplewell, “and that is that he is a sire.”

bey Ambition’s first foal crop hit the rings in 2011, and the results tell the story. At Scottsdale this year, six youngsters accounted for eight titles—including a reserve championship in Scottsdale Signature Auction Fillies (rD Alotta Ambition) and some eye-catching unanimous awards. (rD Habanero in his yearling class and as Scottsdale Champion Junior Colt AAOTH.) At the Las Vegas World Cup, where two of the fillies scored top tens, rD Habanero was reserve in his yearling colt class, just one point off a win. rD Dynamo, a top ten yearling colt at Scottsdale, was top ten at U.S. Nationals, and others scored on through the year as well. The foals like to show, Popplewell notes. “That’s how bey Ambition is; when it comes to the show ring, he likes to present himself and the babies are very much the same. They are eager to learn, easy to handle, and they have a nice show attitude. Claudinei encourages that.” He adds that the second year’s crop, perhaps even more exciting, is being prepared for Scottsdale now. “We’re happy with the way bey Ambition has produced,” he says. “If there is one word to describe what most impresses us about him, it is that he is a sire. He is likely one of the most complete horses in the industry today, a genuine, solid horse— as a prominent trainer told us, he’s a horseman’s horse.”

LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana, by Hal Gibby) Owned by Carlos and Christiane Roizner-Packwitz HARAS LoS PALMAReS Punta del Este, Uruguay Trained by David Boggs


A great deal has been written about LD Pistal in his lifetime. He has been thrilling audiences since 2003, when he made his first show ring appearance at Scottsdale. That summer and fall, the honors of Canadian National reserve Champion Futurity Colt and U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt followed. Then came the 2004 Canadian National Champion Junior Stallion crown and a U.S. National Top Ten in the same division, a title he repeated the following year at U.S. Nationals. In 2006, to no one’s surprise, LD Pistal was named the U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion. He won that title again in 2008, and over the years, added a handful of top tens in both the DECEm bEr 2011 | 83

Top Ten ColTs & sTallions their sire’s long, shapely, refined neck—as well as many other of his best characteristics.” After FAs investment LLC purchased the willowy bay colt, he was named 2011 U.s. national Champion stallion 4-5 and 2011 U.s. national reserve Champion senior stallion 4 and over. but this was not eccentric Valentino’s first time in the national spotlight. His earlier titles include 2010 Canadian national Champion Futurity Colt; 2009 Canadian national reserve Champion 2-Year-old Colt; and 2008 U.s. national Top Ten breeders sweepstakes Yearling Colt.


U.s. and Canada. but this year, 2011, came the summit of LD Pistal’s dizzyingly successful rise to fame and glory. He became the U.s. national Champion stallion 8 and over and the U.s. national Champion senior stallion 4 and over.

“He will stay with rodolfo Guzzo,” says Fasano. “Fabricio Abreu, who has worked for a number of important farms, is now with rodolfo, and will be caring for him and readying him for shows. Fabricio is a valuable resource for me and my horses. eccentric Valentino, like AAs-elishahh, has a very kind, calm disposition. He is not quite as sweet as AAs elishahh, but he is very dependable and well-mannered, even when there are mares around. When i spend time in scottsdale, i want to get to know both stallions better—and have them get to know me—and to become closer to them.” because eccentric Valentino was bred as a 2-year-old, his first foal was born in 2010. His second crop of three fillies was foaled in 2011, and more foals are expected in 2012.

Famous now for all time, LD Pistal also gained his popular Dayton, minn., breeders, Al and marian Corrow, a place in Arabian horse history. The Corrows, who owned the horse until 2006, have been around the Arabian scene a good while, but LD Pistal is their crowning achievement. “beauty is as beauty does” may be a cliché, but in LD Pistal’s case, nothing could be more accurate. Carlos and Christiane roizner-Packwitz bought him on september 30, 2011, and three weeks later, he fulfilled their highest expectations.

Eccentric Valentino (DA Valentino x Amelia B, by Magnum Psyche) Owned by FAS InVEStmEnt LLC Scottsdale, Ariz. Trained by Rodolfo Guzzo

FAs investment LLC is a company held by Luciana Fasano of Fazenda Floresta in são Paulo, brazil. Fasano first saw eccentric Valentino, a foal of 2007, in Arizona in December 2010. “i went to see David boggs, who showed him to me,” she remembers. “The minute i saw him, i fell in love with him! He has tremendous qualities and his neck is amazing. i have seen two of his foals, and they both have 84 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes


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2011 U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Colts U.S. National Arabian Junior Colts (1-3 Years)— Champion: reserve: top ten:

BArzAN Al ShAhANiA (Stival x NW Siena Psyche), owned by Al Shahania Stud Vitorio to (DA Valentino x Sol Natique), owned by Oak Ridge Arabians Sir MArwAN CrF (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ames Mirage), owned by Cedar Ridge Farm AAS-EliShAhh (Eden C x Sempre), owned by Luciana Fasano MoMENtUM wr (Stival x ATA Psyches Psong), owned by Regan and Renae Rohl

U.S. National Arabian 3-Year-old Colts— Champion: reserve: top ten:

Vitorio to (DA Valentino x Sol Natique), owned by Oak Ridge Arabians El ChAll wr (Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair), owned by Robert and Dixie North Family Trust rohArA AriA SpArtAN (El Nabila B x MSU Secret Vows), owned by R. K. Landon Trust 5/30/08 and Rohara Arabians LLC ztANgo (Renaissanse x Amulet VCF), owned by Brent and Jane Earles MArC ME FAMoUS (QR Marc x Kilena), owned by Patsy Shewach and Shannon Gowey hF El JAlAl (HF Ares x HF Maymouna), owned by Jan Alexander oNitNElAV (DA Valentino x Royal Ghazallah), owned by William Jackson Jr.

U.S. National Arabian 2-Year-old Colts— Champion: reserve: top ten:

AAS-EliShAhh (Eden C x Sempre), owned by Luciana Fasano Sir MArwAN CrF (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ames Mirage), owned by Cedar Ridge Farm rD thYME zoNE (Pyro Thyme SA x Mi Morena), owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell Sir KEMptoN AC (Sir Fames HBV x TF Psynergy), owned by Andrew and Christine Steffens wr CrowN roYAlE (Magnum Psyche x Major Love Affair), owned by Jennifer Patterson gr KhAMElot (GR Kharmello x Amerikan Style IA), owned by Cynthia Waterworth lEMANz (Enzo x Daliaa B), owned by Lemanz Group LLC rohArA CrowN priNCE (Da Vinci FM x DD Crown Jewel), owned by Matthew Murray MAASAi pVF (Maserati WR x Alora Gold NBW), owned by Donald and Ann Benson lr MArhqUEE (Marhaabah x LR Psyren), owned by Lynne Rowlett

U.S. National Arabian Futurity Colts— Champion: reserve: top ten:

Vitorio to (DA Valentino x Sol Natique), owned by Oak Ridge Arabians El ChAll wr (Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair), owned by Robert and Dixie North Family Trust MAJEStiCo (Marwan Al Shaqab x La Vida Lloca), owned by Nancy Seward DA proDigY (Versace x DA Love), owned by Dolorosa Arabians Ltd. pSAx (Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Evangelin Miller SpitFYrE VF (TF Psymreekhe x Red Flame BRSB), owned by Mike Steenhart BAAhir El MArwAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea), owned by The Baahir Group DM rohArA DoN MANUEl (Versace x Echos Patina), owned by R. K. Landon Trust 5/30/08 and Rohara Arabians LLC ArMir (Arbiteur x WN Déjà vu), owned by Armir Partners LLC VVAliANtE (DA Valentino x Kkissthestars), owned by Sally Bedeker

Canadian National Arabian Futurity Colts— Champion: reserve: top ten:

MAJEStiCo (Marwan Al Shaqab x La Vida Lloca), owned by Nancy Seward SpitFYrE VF (TF Psymreekhe x Red Flame BRSB), owned by Mike Steenhart pSAx (Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Evangelin Miller VAlErio (DA Valentino x Bey Amore), owned by Steve and Darla Miles FAMoSo wA (Mariachi WA x Famess N Parys WA), owned by Edward and Laura Friesen Etro pA (Enzo x Emandoria), owned by Pomeroy Arabians Int. and Langstroth & Co. Ltd. ChABliS wA (Magnum Chall HVP x Tatiana WA), owned by Edward and Laura Friesen tr MErCUrY (Marwan Al Shaqab x TR Nastassia), owned by Rickie and Paula Taylor DECEm bEr 2011 | 85

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Colts Scanning the roster of Nationals-winning colts could be dangerous for the gambler; it is here that one handicaps the history-making sires of the future. The trouble is that this year, so many of the titlists are so well-qualif ied that the discerning breeder might feel there is no downside risk; it is simply a matter of personal preference. Even so, there is so much to prefer. We offer an intriguing selection to tickle the horseman’s interest.

Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique, by Solstice) Owned by Oak Ridge aRabians Freeport, Ill. Trained by David Boggs

For Janey and Don morse of oak ridge Arabians, Vitorio To has always been more than just a very popular stallion they own. As a son of DA Valentino, the youngster was at first a joint venture with their friends Dan and maureen Grossman, and then, after the morses purchased full interest, a mutual enjoyment they all shared. And Vitorio To has been an on-going success story; he has accounted for five national championships in a nearly flawless career that began in 2009, when he was named U.s. national Champion breeders sweepstakes Yearling Colt. The following year, he added the titles of Canadian national Champion 2-Year-Colt and brazilian national Champion Junior Colt. This year, he collected two more, as U.s. national Champion Futurity Colt and 3-Year-old Colt. And for good measure, he also was U.s. national reserve Champion Junior Colt 1-3. That record of wins did make for more pressure, the late Don morse acknowledged in an interview shortly before he passed away. “When you’ve won that many times, people are watching to see if he can do it again,” he said. “You have a lot more to lose than you do to gain. i think this year as a 3-year-old was the most exciting, probably because the competition was so great. it makes it that much sweeter.” morse was looking forward to 2012, the first year that there would be Vitorio foals old enough to show. “We haven’t been in the horse business as long as some people have,” he said, “so we still have a lot of new things happening to us, and this will be exciting.” in fact, he added, it was Vitorio’s potential as a sire that had led to their purchasing him from his breeders, Thirteen oaks Arabians, in January 2009. “i’d told David boggs that if he came across a horse who he thought would make a really good stallion, to give me a call,” morse said. “i liked his bloodlines. Personally, i believe that what makes a great stallion—what makes people want to 86 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes


breed to him—is, number one, bloodlines, and then they look at his national champion wins. And then, thirdly, they look at the foals and if they like them, they want to breed. of those three tests, he’s passed two. He has the bloodlines and the wins, and we’re hearing from people who have weanlings that they’re pretty good.” He added that disposition, too, was important in a stallion, and he recalled an illustration of Vitorio To’s temperament. “it was at the brazilian nationals,” he said. “We were waiting for the judges to call, and one of the other horses got tangled up with Vitorio. Vitorio got loose, and went to the end of the ring, where people were eating and drinking, maybe 10 or 15 tables. He walked right up among the tables and stood there and looked at people, as if he’d come to the party, until someone reached out and took a hold of his lead. He’s a very

Top Ten ColTs & sTallions nice horse, very kind. He loves to be petted, and you couldn’t ask for a better personality.” “When it was all said and done, when the hype turned into ‘the gate is open,’ when it was his time to perform—destiny called,” says David boggs. “And Vitorio answered. For me personally, it has been a thrill of a lifetime, an unimaginable five national champion victory passes for Vitorio and me. To present him for such fine people as Don and Janey morse has been an experience of great pride and joy. To own him must be a dream that somehow found reality.”

AAS-Elishahh (Eden C x Sempre, by Versace) Owned by Luciana Fasano FAzEndA FLorEStA São Paulo, Brazil Trained by Rodolfo Guzzo

Luciana Fasano bought AAS-Elishahh a week before the 2010 U.S. National Championship Show. “I gave rodolfo Guzzo the task of finding me a champion American stallion,” says the brazilian breeder who also maintains Italian citizenship. “AAS-Elishahh was at michael byatt’s and when rodolfo saw him, he called and sent me a video right away. When I saw the video I got such a strong positive feeling. I knew I had to have him, and I bought him the next day. His balance, his equilibrium, is his signature. The other qualities that appealed to me were his tremendous expression and refinement.” Judges have liked him, too. AAS-Elishahh was 2010 U.S. National Champion breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt, and his next appearance on the national stage netted him the 2011 U.S. National Championship for 2-Year-Old Colts. “There has been a lot of interest in him,” adds Fasano, who does not keep broodmares. (“I have one, and recently sold the other,” she concedes.) “my interest is in stallions. I would like to own the world’s six finest Arabian stallions. We are starting to sell AAS-Elishahh breedings, and are being very selective about the mares he breeds. There are so many great modern breeders, like Lenita Perroy and others that I admire. I hope to work together with them in partnerships to ensure that AASElishahh breeds only the highest quality mares.” Fasano describes AAS-Elishahh as being very sweet and calm, except when it is time to show. “He has such good character,” offers this kind lady, who adores her young stallion. She plans


to spend four months in Scottsdale beginning in December. This will allow her to spend time with AAS-Elishahh, who knows her and is very affectionate with her, she says proudly. because his pedigree is filled with well-tempered antecedents, his excellent disposition appears to be inherited. “He has won twice at U.S. Nationals, he won this year in Las Vegas, and my dream is to have him win in Paris at the Salon du Cheval, to become a world champion,” she says. AASElishahh’s first foal crop is expected in 2012.

Sir Marwan CrF (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ames Mirage, by Brass) Owned by CEdAr ridgE FArM Jordan, Minn. Trained by Andy Sellman

Had everything gone according to plan, U.S. National reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Sir marwan CrF would never have been born. The breeding to marwan Al Shaqab that Cedar ridge’s Lollie Ames bought was for G Kallora, not Ames mirage, Sir marwan’s dam. but G Kallora preferred DECEm bEr 2011 | 87

Top Ten ColTs & sTallions reserve at the U.s. nationals in what sellman calls “a really wonderful class of colts.” “He’s kind of exotic,” Ames muses. “or at least, he is to me. i can’t help loving him. i would have to say that he is my favorite halter horse, and Ames mirage is a favorite, too. she is really my horse. i love halter. We always breed a few mares for halter.” At the moment, long-range plans for sir marwan CrF are open; Cedar ridge is known for selling horses, and nothing has been ruled out for the colt. For now, however, interest is centered on watching his development. “We’re looking forward to showing him as a 3-year-old,” says Andy sellman.

El Chall WR (Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair, by DS Major Afire) Owned by Bob and Dixie North NoRth ARABiANs Ramona, Calif. U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN JUNIOR COLT U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION 2-YEAR-OLD COLT sir Marwan CRF (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ames Mirage)

her stallions in person, and despite two seasons of effort, was unimpressed with transported semen. Ames finally gave up and made one last request of marwan’s managers at michael byatt Arabians: Could she substitute another mare and try again? “i’m very grateful to michael and to robert Cass,” she says, “because they didn’t have to say yes.” They did, however, and promptly upon insemination, Ames mirage, one of Cedar ridge’s marquis broodmares, got in foal. The next spring, sir marwan CrF arrived. He was an instant sensation at the farm, and to date, he has never been anything less. “They were rewarded for their diligence and patience,” says michael byatt, “because this wonderful colt is kind of a balance of what they wanted. He looks just like you would expect him to, with his sire and dam.” Trainer Andy sellman agrees, pointing out that sir marwan CrF is particularly strong in the ways most characteristic of both marwan and Ames mirage’s sire, brass—large, expressive eyes and a beautiful neck, shoulder and poll. it was clear that sir marwan had a future, so he was entrusted to sellman for training. so far, the charismatic bay has logged titles as region 10 Champion Colt, north American Arabian World Champion 2-Year-old Colt and 88 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Trained by Sandro Pinha

“We bought el Chall Wr primarily to complement ever After nA and sir Fames HbV,” says bob north, “and he has exceeded our expectations as a show horse.” el Chall Wr began early. As a yearling, he was named scottsdale reserve Champion Junior Colt, then followed up at the Las Vegas World Cup as Champion Yearling Colt in his age group and supreme reserve Champion Junior stallion. The following year he was the show’s supreme Champion Junior stallion, before departing to spend the season on the european circuit, showing with belgian-based trainer Glen schoukens. At the salon du Cheval in november 2010, he capped an award-winning record there with the title of “most exciting Junior Horse.” back in the United states this year, he picked up a regional championship before going on to Tulsa, where he was named U.s. national reserve Champion Futurity Colt and 3-Yearold Colt, showing with sandro Pinha. north comments that plans now call for el Chall Wr to devote most of his 4-year-old year to his stud career. His following in europe, where he is represented by schoukens Training Center, remains strong, and it is time for him to broaden his contribution at home. He will appear in scottsdale for the popular new Year’s farm tour, but will return to the California facility for breeding duties, which begin in the third week of January.

Top Ten ColTs & sTallions Colts, they knew the satisfaction not only of owning a fine horse, but of having bred one as well. It was not an unexpected success; in the past 18 months, they had seen him score as a U.S. National Top Ten breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt, region 1 Champion Yearling Colt, region 3 Champion Colt and High Point Horse, and Arabian breeder Finals Champion 2-Year-Old Colt. It has been a promising start to his career. Christine and Andrew Steffens were introduced to Arabians 25 years ago, but it was not until 1999 that they purchased their first horse. They spent the intervening time studying Arabians, reading magazines and visiting farms. Complimented on their intelligent restraint, Christine Steffens laughs that what they saw was simply beyond their budget at the time. but Andrew had always loved horses and it was not long before she did too, so they were resolute. “Once you’ve seen an Arabian, I think you’re done,” she says simply. They now own a collection of mares, enjoy breeding, and have horses in training with Shada, Ted Carson and Sandro Pinha, who has had Sir Kempton AC since the colt was 8 months old. U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION 3-YEAR-OLD COLT U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION FUTURITY COLT el Chall Wr (Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair)

“He’s very correct, with a great body and an amazing shoulder and neck—a very high quality colt,” says Pinha.

In early 2009, when Sandro Pinha alerted bob and Dixie North to El Chall Wr, they had not yet even begun to search for a stallion to follow Padrons Psyche, whom they had sold to belgium. One look at the flashy grey, though, and they figured it would be hard to find one with as much potential. Since then, bob North says, their choice has been validated. “His head is maturing out beautifully, and he has that long, beautiful neck and huge trot. He gets all of that from both major Love Affair and magnum Chall HVP, and with Afire bey V in his pedigree, that trot is really nice. He’s a pleasant colt, and even though he’s doing a lot of breeding, he is easy to handle. I think he has a great future.”

Sir Kempton AC (Sir Fames HBV x TF Psynergy, by Padrons Psyche) Owned by Andrew and Christine Steffens AvAlon CreSt ArAbiAnS Holbrook, N.Y. Trained by Sandro Pinha

When Christine and Andy Steffens watched their Sir Kempton AC take a U.S. National Top Ten in 2-Year-Old

U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN 2-YEAR-OLD COLT Sir Kempton AC (Sir Fames HBV x TF Psynergy)

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Top Ten ColTs & sTallions “And he’s a sweet horse to work with around the barn. He’s easy to school, but when he gets in the ring, he really turns it on. He’s a show horse.” The steffens’ selection of sir Fames HbV for TF Psynergy, one of their favorite mares, was reasoned. “sir Fames has very beautiful structure and that’s what we were going for in our mares,” Christine says. “This one is a Padrons Psyche mare, and we’d bred our other Psyche mare to sir Fames and had a very nice colt that also won at scottsdale.” For the past five years, the steffenses, who live in new York, have kept their horses on a 20-acre farm in Kempton, Penn., (the source of sir Kempton’s name). “my husband is a ladies’ man,” Christine steffens jokes. “We love the mares—we’re all about the mares.” For that reason, sir Kempton AC is available for purchase; they prefer not to get involved in the level of promotion the promising colt would deserve in launching a career at stud. “He is a great show horse and he has the potential to win all the way, but more than that, i think he’s quality enough to be a breeding stallion,” says steffens. “You can see it in his show results: Under different judges, he’s always done very well. He’s just starting. He’s only going to get better now.”

Psax (Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady, by Bey Shah) Owned by Evangelin Miller Sarata arabianS Wilton, Calif. Trained by Mike Neal

“i got Psax on April 10, 2011,” says trainer mike neal. “He’s a tall, stretchy, elegant colt, and very refined, even at 15.2. He has a lot of snort and blow when you ask him, and his disposition is incredible—he is absolutely the best-minded colt you could ever want. He is green-broke under saddle, and is maturing beautifully. As a 5- and 6-year-old he will be amazing!” Psax was a 2011 U.s. and Canadian national Top Ten Futurity Colt with neal. Psax’s owner, evangelin miller, bought him in 2009 as a yearling from his breeder, Lucy Whittier. miller and her late son Ken, who passed away in 2001, first got involved with Arabians in the late 1980s. A retired attorney, she met Whittier about the time she and Ken bought their first Arabian at brumarba Arabians from noted breeders bruce Clark and Gerry Alexander. Arabian horses quickly became 90 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes


part of their lives. When miller lost her stallion in 2008, she went to Lucy Whittier’s to look for a replacement—and found Psax, a half-brother to the multi-champion bey Ambition. “i have five lovely mares in foal to him for 2012. Among them are a monogramm daughter (not mine), an Alada baskin daughter, and a beautiful filly out of a millennium LoA daughter,” says miller. “i plan to re-breed my Half-Arabian baske Afire daughter to Psax next spring. That mare gave me a beautiful Psax filly, Psax Fifth Avenue, who will be going to scottsdale in February with Jason Daniels. she will be the one to watch; she absolutely thrills me! “breeders tend to brag about their own horses, but i’m not the only one who finds her exceptional,” she continues. “everyone who has seen Psax Fifth Avenue has remarked on how special she is. it may sound like an exaggeration, but she is so extraordinary that she almost has an aura. We are excited to see how well the judges like her.” Psax Fifth Avenue’s sire brings the number of sarata Arabians to 21. Trainer David Taasaas helps miller with the 20 she keeps at the Wilton, Calif., ranch she shares with her husband, Ken. The day we called, she was out in the barn cleaning stalls.

Top Ten ColTs & sTallions “Psax and our other Arabians have become very important to me,” she says. “I retired from my law practice in 2006, when I was 76; I am now 81, and still enjoy riding and showing very much. This past October 1st, which was my late son’s birthday, I rode a client’s gelding, Thee Advocate, at a local show to a reserve championship in western pleasure, riders 50 years old and older.”

Armir (Arbiteur x WN Déjà Vu, by GG Samir) Owned by Armir PArtners Blackfoot, Idaho Shown by Steve Heathcott

“His is a Cinderella story,” begins Suzanne Acevedo of Acevedo Arabians, referring to 2011 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt Armir. Acevedo manages Armir Partners LLC. “We found him online out of Kansas, bought him sight unseen, and brought him to Idaho two years ago. The minute he stepped out of the trailer, I knew we had done the right thing. His only other show ring appearance was at the 2010 Treasure Valley Classic, a local show, where he won the stallion class and was named 2010 Champion Stallion. His next experience was at the U. S. Nationals in Tulsa. Steve Heathcott catch-showed him—and Armir scored only two points behind the reserve national champion. “He is so beautiful,” she continues. “He has one registered foal to date, and I have seen four more, two fillies and two colts. They all have his long, shapely neck, well laid-back shoulder, beautiful, expressive face and exotic Arabian type. Armir never comes out of his stall without having his tail up over his back. When I dropped him off at Sandro Pinha’s last Saturday, people couldn’t take their eyes off him. Sandro sold a couple of breedings to him the next day!” Armir’s heritage is golden; he represents two long-respected breeding programs, those of Lucy Whittier and Wayne Newton. “He embodies both,” says Acevedo. “And he is essentially an outcross for many mares because he has no magnum Psyche, and only has crosses to *Padron, bey Shah and *Ali Jamaal very remotely, far back in his pedigree, on his sire’s side. He still looks like an adolescent, which is fine with me, because he will only become more beautiful and more compelling as he ages.” The young stallion probably wasn’t completely ready to compete at the national level this year, she says, as Heathcott had stood him up “only once or twice” before his competition.


However, his youth and unfamiliarity with the show ring offered the benefit of making him fresh and brilliant during the class. Acevedo and her husband, Dan, have a 40-acre facility in Idaho and have just purchased property in Scottsdale. “We have bought a breeding facility at 94th Street and Cactus that has 16 stalls,” she says. “We will be moving horses there shortly. We have collected 10 mares, all daughters of nationally renowned champions, especially for Armir. We have daughters of Padrons Psyche, Versace, besson Carol, monogramm and others, and are looking forward to what they will produce with Armir.” Acevedo is a lifelong horsewoman who has won national honors in performance, and honors at Scottsdale and regionally in halter. She and her husband have owned and campaigned several national champion Half-Arabian performance horses as well. “We accidentally ended up with a halter horse,” she admits, “but I feel so proud of Armir. People are excited about him, and so are we. Lucy Whittier fell in love with him when she saw him, and bred bey Shahs Lady to him for 2012. ‘I expect something amazing,’ she told us. What a great honor!” n DECEm bEr 2011 | 91

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The Arabian

Celebration by Bob Battaglia Those of you who have been following the development of the Arabian Horse Celebration Championship Show, scheduled for September 19-22, 2012, probably already know that the show is gaining momentum as each month passes, but here is a recap. We are now within a year of the inaugural event, and I see a marked increase in serious response. We’re receiving signed contracts not only for Stallion Row, which generated early participation because it is the first stallion row in decades, but also for skyboxes, vendor spaces, and "We are now Benefactor packages.

I’m happy to report that two of the areas that we are seeing draw the most interest are Stallion Row, where people will be able to see stallions from across the country and talk to their owners, and our seminars, which will offer educational opportunities to horsemen and the general public alike. Because the seminars and demonstrations are scheduled for Thursday and Friday afternoons, when there will be no horse show classes, the public is expected to take advantage of the chance to learn more about Arabians and to see and touch within a year the horses.

of the inaugural event, and

One of the most gratifying aspects That brings me to one of the of working on the Celebration is most important developments I see a marked increase in the emergence of new ideas for lately, and that is our Benefactor promoting the Arabian horse. Program. All shows have a serious response." We have several ideas on deck for system of sponsorships, available attracting the general public, but the in graduated levels, and the one which excites me most is our plan for involving kids—the Celebration is no different. However, in our first year, we are future of any horse breed. We will be offering local schools especially concerned that everyone who wants to help finance a challenge to bring students to the show: The school which the show can be involved in one way or another, so we are brings the most students will win a couple of $2,000 scholarships offering not only Sponsorships, but also a special program for their students. We have retired teachers and principals, as for what we call Benefactors. These are like founding well as other volunteers, who have committed to contacting the memberships; they recognize our most generous supporters. schools and working with them to facilitate the visits. In addition to a list of amenities and promotional aid, our Benefactors will have the opportunity to go to the head of And finally, a show is not all work and no play, no matter how the line in such areas as stall placement, skybox preference, enjoyable the “work” may be. Cocktail parties are planned for and so on. For more information on both Benefactor every day, and plans are shaping up for a special opening gala packages and Sponsorships, please check out our website, to be held at Churchill Downs on Tuesday evening. It’ll be listed at the end of this article, or call Lollie Ames at exciting to be back in Louisville—back in Freedom Hall, to 612-718-7631 or myself at 480-585-9112. be precise—so why not see one of its other famous landmarks while we’re there? Another development is that we have signed our six judges, and we expect to announce their names on the website and in For more information about the Arabian Horse Celebration, magazines in January. Many more details of the show, such as please go to n prize lists, should be ready around that time too.

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Odyssey SC by Christa Beeler

Sometimes getting your foot into the Arabian horse industry can be difficult. Exploring bloodlines, what type of horse to buy and where to keep it in training can make your head spin. The partners of Stranger Creek Ranch Investment Group have made it easy with one-stop shopping which has brought several new people into the Arabian breed. The partners, all new to Arabians in the last seven years, own shares of the Minnesota Medallion Hall of Fame stallion Odyssey SC. With his upright frame, beautiful neck, hooky ears and massive hip, he is not a hard sell.

Perry and Shelby Williams of Kaw Valley Arabians and Deb Hodge of Rain Dancer Arabians. Here’s how it works: Each person or farm has a number of personal breedings and ownership shares available to them for use or to sell to their clients. This allows each farm to operate separately to produce their own income, and together for most expenses. The partners are horsemen first and investors second, allowing all of them to participate in horse conditioning, grooming, training and showing, enjoying each step in the process while supporting each other.

The current Odyssey Family consists of Perry and Juanita Peden, Jerad and Christi Cooper of Cooper Arabians,

“Having a partnership set up like this allows average people that love horses a chance to be introduced to all our Arabian breed has to offer. Including the breeding, showing, futurity programs and an opportunity to make your own income with the farm,” said Jerad Cooper, owner of Cooper Arabians who started the Stranger Creek Ranch Investment Group along with his wife Christi. Deb Hodge, the newest partner, fell in love at first sight with Odyssey. “He’s such an affectionate horse in the stall when you’re grooming him, but when it comes time to show he knows what his job is. He loves the audience watching him show and the applause. I’m looking forward to my first crop of babies this next year and can’t wait to get to work with them.” “Odyssey SC has produced very well with Padrons Psyche daughters in the past. We have sold many of them overseas. We also have a cross with a Fausto daughter that went top ten at the Brazilian Nationals and we are very excited to get her home to show. We are just now starting to cross him with some very exotic Egyptian mares and can’t wait to see what we get,” Cooper said. One of the best things to come out of the partnership was a colt named KA Odysseus. There is lots of excitement around this stallion. He has an upright neck, short typey head, good hip, and broad shoulders coupled with the snort and blow that the partners like to see. “Odysseus has


Odyssey sC

KA Odysseus (Odyssey SC x Ellure A)

Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo)

very dominant genes and throws all his best aspects. We want people to be able to come, breed their mares and know that they are going to get a baby that will improve upon the mares’ genes. We want to produce a higher level of horse in every baby, continuing to improve the Arabian breed overall,” Cooper said. Choosing to breed to Odyssey SC or KA Odysseus can really pay off. The stallions are both entered in all the futurities, and they encourage people who are breeding to enroll their babies as well. You can find lots of offspring showing at Scottsdale, Region 12, Region 3 Silver Sire, Western Carolinas, Minnesota Medallion and the Iowa Gold Star Futurity.

Pallas Athyne CA (KA Odysseus x Madonna K)

“It’s nice to breed a quality horse, show at the futurities and win some money, it makes it worth doing,” said Tarrance Floyd who won $18,279 in the Yearling Filly Auction Class in 2010 at the MN Futurity with partner Deb Hodge. Show season 2012 is going to be very exciting for Stranger Creek Ranch. Both stallions will be under saddle, Odyssey SC showing in western pleasure and KA Odysseus showing in reining and western pleasure. They will also head to Scottsdale to see all their babies show. Cooper sincerely expressed, “This is more than just horses to us. It’s about friends, fellowship and all the things we can accomplish together.” n

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For the Love of the Arabian!


ears ago in the United States Arabian

horse industry, there were several longtime breeding farms which developed their own distinctive looks and raised horses that could compete in classes that spanned the

cedar ridge arabians breeding for the future ... respecting the heritage.

show ring. But times changed, and most of those programs ended as knowledgeable breeders died and their children did not take up the cause. The industry changed as well; it is now virtually impossible for an

by Mary Kirkman

individual Arabian to compete successfully in several disciplines at the highest level, and breeders rarely try to accomplish their own “look� in their horses. They just try to produce horses who will win in their fields of endeavor.

With 40 years of history, Cedar Ridge Arabians is cast in the old mode of breeding Arabians as a lifelong pursuit, but at the same time, it recognizes what is necessary to stay on top today. Owned by Dick and Lollie Ames, the farm has an impressive record. From the 455 Arabians and 193 HalfArabians bred at the picturesque facility in Jordan, Minn., more than 200 are champions, with 116 of the championships earned at the national level. Through November 2011, Ames purebreds have won 26 national championships, 32 reserve national championships and 230 top tens, while their Half-Arabians have accounted for 41 national championships, 28 reserves and 257 top tens. They have won titles in all major divisions, but particularly in the English disciplines (English pleasure, country English pleasure, park, show hack, driving, saddle seat equitation, and hunter pleasure), reining, trail, and halter. Even a cursory list of Cedar Ridge champions summons show ring memories for nearly any enthusiast: Ames Symbolic and SG Brass Prince, early national champions by the Cedar Ridge stallion Brass; Ames Cassanova, who won national championships and reserves as an open and amateur horse in pleasure, driving and halter; Brass Star, who won his first national championship in the English Pleasure Futurity and his most recent as U.S. and Canadian National Reserve Champion in English Pleasure; Toi Jabaska, a Matoi daughter who retired in 2006 with 10 national championships earned under the Ames banner. As a broodmare, she has already produced national champions Nyte Of Temptation, Toi Money and RJ Ames, national reserve champion Prince Of Ames, and a host of national top tens. From the reign of Brass through the stewardship of Matoi, the program moves seamlessly from generation to generation. And those have been just the headline stallions; plenty of others, and countless mares whose pedigrees have fit the picture, have made their contributions. Ask professional horsemen how one farm has developed a record like that and the replies vary. There is the choice of purebreds or Half-Arabians, the suitability for open, amateur and junior, and the range of disciplines supported. But two answers in particular emerge: the Ames family’s experience in the industry and the size of their program.

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“They know horses, first of all,” says reining trainer Crystal McNutt. “They know it’s competitive out there, so they’re breeding great broodmares to great sires and then they’re putting them in the right hands.

Ames Symbolic Brass x Deserey

SG Brass Prince Brass x Rose Of USA

Matoi Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai

Toi Jabaska Matoi x MC Jabaskolee

Nyte Of Temptation A Temptation x Toi Jabaska

RJ Ames Brass x Toi Jabaska

Toi Money Pension x Toi Jabaska

Prince Of Ames Baske Afire x Toi Jabaska

The bloodlines in their breeding program are proven. And they’re able to breed a lot of horses, which is nice, so you get a lot of chances to see what’s going to work.” That ability to shortcut the long process of finding the best nicks by working with a sizeable number of mares a year is often cited. Cedar Ridge’s Breeding Manager Mike Brennan nods in agreement. In addition to the farm’s roster of stallions, he says, which includes Matoi and the younger A Noble Cause, the farm is able to patronize an array of others and use the best crosses. The process supports the various divisions the Ameses breed for. “One of the things I think is important is that when they breed for English, they are breeding top English mares to top English stallions, and it’s the same with the reining and halter,” observes Andy Sellman, who specializes in halter, but appreciates performance horses as well. “They have more English breeding horses than they do halter breeding horses, but nonetheless, they have some very significant halter breeding mares. They strive always to DECEmbEr 2011 | Cedar Ridge Arabians 3

cross them the best that they can, and they hope to get the best foal they can for that discipline. They’re intelligent to do it that way, rather than to breed a big-time English horse to a big-time halter horse and get something in between that isn’t quite good enough for either division.” He adds that he knows firsthand that the practice works, because he shows a prime example: Sir Marwan CRF, out of one of the farm’s top halter broodmares, Ames Mirage, who is by Brass and out of an Afire Bey V daughter. “For Ames Mirage, they chose Marwan Al Shaqab and they ended up with a really outstanding colt that has done very well,” he says. “He has some great features from Brass, who was an awesome breeding horse—he had amazing eyes and an incredible quality of neck, shoulder and poll, and Marwan also is strong in that category, so this colt is a wonderful combination of the two horses. He was U.S. National Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in a really wonderful class of colts. That was his biggest title to date, and he was only two points behind the national champion, who is a really phenomenal horse.” English specialist Jim Stachowski recalls the Half-Arabian Brass Glamor Shot, a favorite of his from the Cedar Ridge program. “We bought him for 6D Ranch after his national championship,” he says of the gelding who was 2004 U.S. National Champion in Country English Pleasure Junior Horse and would go on to a Youth National Championship, and a U.S. National Reserve Championship and Top Ten. “He was a great show horse and a good example of their breeding program. He had the overall picture and package that I like for the show ring—he had neck, he had motion, and he had quality. And he was black, so you couldn’t miss him. We bought him because we liked him and he had a good pedigree in both the sire and dam lines.” Most recently, Stachowski saw Prince Of Ames, a Toi Jabaska son by Baske Afire that one of his clients purchased from Cedar Ridge, collect the 2011 U.S. National Championship in Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18-35. Currently, what most intrigues him from the Cedar Ridge breeding program are the Matoi horses. “Matoi was one of the greatest park horses out there,” he says. “I will always go anywhere that there is a Matoi daughter or a Matoi Half-Arabian for sale. I’ll always look at them because not only are they good show horses, they are good breeding horses.

A Noble Cause IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire

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Cedar Ridge raises very, very good show horses, and they’ve always had a good breeding program—they’ve always had horses that are of interest to us, especially in English pleasure and country English pleasure.” Beyond ability in the show ring, the professionals say, the Cedar Ridge horses also are valued as good partners for amateurs and juniors. “The horses that I have picked up from them have been very trainable,” Crystal McNutt says. “I have a huge amateur and youth program, and I’ve been lucky to get some of those horses from Cedar Ridge; they’ve been a good fit for my program.” Bob Battaglia, whose four-decade career has qualified him for the title of “dean of the Arabian English performance trainers,” sees the same ability in the English disciplines. “They have bred horses that have been great in all divisions, really,” he says. “You can’t put any limit on any of it; whatever the horses are is what they’re going to be—open, amateur, English, halter and so on.


“When you’re breeding horses, you have to look for all of the factors,” he says. “Over the years, Cedar Ridge has consistently bred horses that are pretty, have motion, are trainable and are easy to deal with. I think they actually have some of the best—and I’ve had enough of them to know.” Reining trainer Tyson Randle is favorably impressed with his Cedar Ridge connection, Just N Style. “This has been the first Cedar Ridge horse that I’ve had and been able to take through a whole show season,” he says, “and I really like him.” In October, Just N Style picked up two U.S. National Championships, winning in both the Reining Futurity and Reining Junior Horses. “Just N Style—and I have to think all the others that are bred the way I know they’re breeding—has what I look for in an Arabian reining horse, and that’s a good mind. They have to be quiet. Arabians sometimes don’t have the physical characteristics to do the reining naturally, but if they’re good-minded and quiet, they will allow me to show them how to do some of the stuff they physically maybe can’t do.”

Ames Mirage Brass x Afire Inmy Eyes






1. Sir Marwan CRF ~ Marwan Al Shaqab x Ames Mirage 2. Ames Charisma ~ Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage 3. Olympiaa ~ Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage 4. Xanthuss ~ Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage 5. Ames Celebration ~ Matoi x Ames Mirage 6. Marietta Ames ~ Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage DECEmbEr 2011 | Cedar Ridge Arabians 5

Just N Style Black N Style x Bint Myraa

people to know they are Arabians. We want the phenotype—the big, dark eye, the chiseled head, the nice, laidback shoulder and short back, etc. That’s the first evaluation we do. I’ve had times I’ve called Lollie in the middle of the night and said, ‘You’ve got to come see this baby; you’ve hit a home run here!’ That knowledge, combined with his evaluation of the youngsters’ personalities, is his contribution when the time comes to select which horses move on to the training barn at age 3. “That’s where I can say, ‘Don’t let that one fool you. When you get that one in to work with him, he’ll be a whole different horse.’” Randle, who knows his way around the Arabian reining scene, says that the majority of his expertise is with Half-Arabians, where his background in Quarter Horses is valuable. There, he’s impressed with the quality of the Quarter Horse stallions chosen for the Arabian mares in the Cedar Ridge breeding program. “They’ve been breeding to a handful of horses I really like,” he says. “I would like those bloodlines in any pedigree.” Bottom line, “It’s a program that does a good job,” Randle says. “If I have a client in the reining program that says ‘let’s go find one,’ Cedar Ridge will be one of my first phone calls.” So, how does Cedar Ridge turn out horses that attract support in so many areas of the show ring? Dick and Lollie Ames are handson, but there is a strong team in place. Breeding decisions are usually made by members of the Ames family in consultation with the farm’s trainers and input from breeding manager of 10 years, Mike Brennan. Brennan is the one most acquainted with the stallions, mares and foals on a day-today basis and can furnish background on temperament and early glimpses of physical ability. A good reflection of the Cedar Ridge outlook, he is personally involved with the horses and clearly fond of them personally, but he keeps in mind that the farm’s overall mission is business, and his foremost pursuit every day is equine health care. When the foals arrive, he provides not only care, but the start of ongoing assessment. “We are continually evaluating the offspring up until they’re coming to be 3 year olds,” he says, “and we cull the herd along the way. In performance, our primary division is English, but there is nothing wrong with that good western horse or hunt horse, so we’ll market them.” He is particularly useful in monitoring the youngsters. “Some of them just sell you on their personality from the day they are born,” he says, and he ticks through some of their priorities. “We want

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One of the dangers of a breeding program with Cedar Ridge’s standing is that often it is subject to stereotypes. Primarily performance, and no place to go for halter? Hardly. The list of halter champions at all levels of the show ring has been consistently high in the program for years—perhaps surprisingly so, given the farm’s reputation for English power. All English and no western? The reining trainers especially would beg to differ. And how about price tags—given the number of national champions, too high for the rank-and-file? “They have a lot of high-powered horses, but don’t be afraid to go there and look for your amateur,” says Crystal McNutt. “Not everyone is going to buy a $100,000 yearling. They will have those, but you can also shop there and feel comfortable not being overwhelmed with prices and things that you can’t even touch. They’re making really nice horses, good-minded and athletic.” “The Ameses are thought of or stereotyped as performance people,” says Andy Sellman. “They have great passion for performance horses. (I actually do, too.) They love English horses and have some phenomenal ones, but they also love halter and love reining and love western—they love all things Arabian. If halter people don’t go by and see what they’re doing, I think they would be missing an opportunity.” Halter showman David Boggs, who has observed the Cedar Ridge breeding program since its early days, sees the broad context when considering Cedar Ridge’s role in the industry. “Living the dream— and making it possible for so many others,” he says. “The Ames family and Cedar Ridge are an amazingly tireless and dedicated family that not only have reached the pinnacle of success in our breed, but have brought many others along that journey with them. From my childhood days as a boy in love with Arabian horses, I watched and listened as Dick Ames, my father and fellow Minnesota breeders formed and established the Minnesota Breeders Association and at the same time laid the foundation for the future and direction of our breed.”

Afire Inmy Eyes Afire Bey V x Angyl Eyes

Ames Fire Devil Brass x Afire Inmy Eyes

G Kallora El Ghazi x Kajora

2011 Colt Brass x Afire Inmy Eyes

Like many others who have known the Ameses over the past 40 years, Boggs has a hard time differentiating between the family’s commitment to the breed and the enterprise that is Cedar Ridge. “The Ameses’ contributions to the horse, and to young people in every aspect of life whether it be horses, sports, business or simply much needed advice in achieving life’s goals have been an inspiration for all of us to emulate,” he says. “Quite simply, they are the best!” “They always were my friends,” says Andy Sellman simply. He began showing for them at the Minnesota Fall Festival when he was 12, spent summers working there while in college, trained for them, and handled their horses even after he’d moved on to develop his career. Their devotion to Arabians, he reflects, is indicative of their character. “One of the things that stands out to me is that they have remained very committed to me and our friendship. They’ve been committed to their breeding program too and remained loyal to that. They’ve had the means to go out and buy whatever is hot, but rather than do that, they have stuck with their roots. They would much prefer to breed a champion than to go out and buy one, and that’s something I have great respect for.”

Ames Jasmine DS Major Afire x G Kallora

Ames Lora Afire Bey V x G Kallora

Michael Byatt reaches much of the same conclusion, but arrives from the other end of the time spectrum. “I didn’t know them that well until this week,” he says, having just spent several days with the family at the Salon du Cheval. Before that, he says, he had known them “only in the peripheral way you know people at horse shows.” “Listening to them talk about their experience in Arabian horses really was such an enlightening thing about the Ameses. It’s not only their patience in breeding horses, but they have great taste, they have a vision of what they want to do, they are aesthetics people, and they have the desire to create an athletic horse. The whole family rides and the fact that they are in tune with beauty, I think, has made them really interesting breeders. “It’s wonderful that they could afford it, that they had the patience, that they had the desire and the taste, because through that, they were able to create their vision and bring it to where it is today. That’s been my take-away moment from the Ameses. I really appreciate their passion, their humanity and that they have dedicated resources, and more importantly, time. They’ve stuck with it and they’ve had an idea of what they wanted to do. As a result, the Ames name is significant.” ■

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HorsemAn’s AwArds by Mary Kirkman

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Horseman’s Awards In its two decades of history, the APAHA Arabian Horseman’s Awards program has been known for many attributes. One of its hallmarks has been that its organizers have been unafraid of change. Now, at its 20th anniversary, it is evolving further— reinvigorating its impressive resumé with new technology, new affiliates, and new recognitions to maintain its standing as the industry’s “Oscars.” To gain a perspective on the Horseman’s Awards’ evolution, a brief scan of its history is helpful. Founded by the old Arabian Horse Trust in 1991 to great acclaim, the program faced its first major challenge 10 years into its existence, when the Trust was disbanded. There were no Awards in 2000, but in that year, the members of the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association recognized its value and re-launched the project in 2001. bob battaglia and cindy DeNapoli spearheaded the effort and have remained at the helm ever since. Over the past decade, the emphasis has been on satisfying the program’s core mission, fine-tuning it and updating it to fit with developments in the industry, such as the growth of the amateur and junior exhibitor divisions. This year, the Awards are expanding again, both in what they have to offer and in the team that organizes and stages the presentation ceremonies. Amateur rider Katie Harvey, Vice President of the APAHA, has come aboard as chair of the Awards committee, and the synergy of new thoughts and innovative ideas has everyone enthused. battaglia, DeNapoli, and Holli Gallún, who joined on a limited basis in 2002 and pitched in full force in 2006, round out the nucleus of managers for the program. Laura Paul, formerly with AHA and the brains behind the program’s information technology, remains

in place as well. Paul, DeNapoli notes, was the one who facilitated online nomination and voting for the Awards, and extending voting privileges to all members of AHA, not just those in APAHA. That alone extended the program’s reach and credibility, she says, and is the basis for further opportunities this year with new partners and technology. Harvey sees her role as lightening the load for battaglia and DeNapoli, and offering a fresh viewpoint for taking the Awards into the future. “As with any program that has been successful for this amount of time, there comes a point when a new perspective is the spark that reignites the energy and enthusiasm for all involved,” she says. On deck for 2011 are, among other things, the infusion of technology, a new nomination process, and a Hall of Fame—another level of recognition for those win-again horsemen perpetually at the top of their divisions. Where previous nominations were open to all members of APAHA, a committee now has been established that must meet certain standards in identifying candidates for the award. “We brought together a committee of people that are both APAHA board members and non-board members,” says Harvey, “and that represent a broad geographic spectrum and a broad spectrum of knowledge of all the different areas of the show ring and show pen. Their job is to set forth the best possible nominees, based on show records, commitment to the breed, promotion of the breed, involvement in the breed, history in the breed—those types of things.” Over the years, the most noticeable differences in the awards themselves have been the addition or combination December 2011 | 107

Horseman’s Awards of categories to recognize not only amateurs and youth, but also those people not otherwise honored, such as breeders, officials, friends of the breed, and longtime horse people no longer showing. This year will offer a new dimension of excellence: the Hall of Fame, which will be open to horsemen and women who have won a category three times or more. While providing special acknowledgment of their skills, it also will preclude an individual’s continuously winning in one division. Twenty-five people will be inducted into the Hall of Fame to inaugurate it, but Harvey cautions that the numbers will drop in the future for the simple reason that not that many horsemen win a category three times. once a member of the Hall of Fame is inducted in a given category, he or she may not be nominated again in that venue, but is eligible for induction in others. “This will encourage someone to participate not just from a show perspective, but also to round out their career with service, promotion, and a continued involvement in the breed beyond their category,” says Harvey. “And amateurs can be inducted into the Hall of Fame and still be eligible for Amateur of the Year or Horseman or Horsewoman of the Year. Juniors can go in too.” A further limit to Hall of Fame induction and Horseman/women recognition is that beginning with the 2011 awards, anyone who wins a category for two consecutive years will be prohibited from nomination the third year. They may return to be considered the following year, but building the momentum for a clean sweep over three years will no longer be possible. members of the Hall of Fame will be given special lapel pins to distinguish them from the Horseman and Horsewoman of the Year award recipients, and each will receive a medal. 108 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

“People who excel should be honored in a separate venue,” says bob battaglia of the new awards structure, “and the APAHA is a great place to recognize those who excel in the horse business with their support of the breed in more than just the show ring.” online participation in the awards for the 2011 show year will be expanded as well. For the first time, APAHA is ensuring that all votes are verified, and only one vote per membership number will be counted. Another new convenience is that both sponsorships and Awards Dinner tickets may be paid for online. “We’d better stress that there will be a limited number of tickets this year because of the size of the ballroom,” Cindy Denapoli points out. “And adding 25 members of the Hall of Fame potentially increases attendance by at least 60 people. i think we will sell out this year. We recommend that people who want to attend make their reservations early.” The dinner is scheduled for sunday, February 26, 2012, at the scottsdale marriott at mcDowell mountains. As the team enters the critical months of nominations, voting and awards presentations, everyone agrees that one constant in the process that is much appreciated is the Awards program’s impressive array of longtime supporters. “We have people who have sponsored us year after year, and have not wavered in their support,” battaglia says. “They felt that this was their Academy Awards, and most of them are still on board, which is amazing. i am so pleased that over the last 11 years we’ve been doing it, people have supported it with open arms, because it’s such an important venue for the Arabian horse community.”

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Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Stan & Kitty White

Strawberry Banks Farm

Boisvert Farms

Horseman Of The Year

Breeder of the Year

Rob Bick Greg Gallún Johnny Ryan Gordon Potts Josh Quintus

Boisvert Farms LLC Cedar Ridge Arabians Jerland Farms R.O. Lervick Arabians Strawberry Banks Farm


Royal Arabians

Horsewoman Of The Year

Amateur Of The Year

Mary Jane Brown Crystal McNutt Christine Ryan Caralyn Schroter Lisa Jo White

Mike Beethe Katie Burr Katie Harvey Amanda Purdin Irwin Schimmel Cathy Vecsey

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Distinguished Service Award Karen Homer Brown Irwin Schimmel Howard Shenk Juan Stuckey Mary Trowbridge

IIB Farms

Professional Instructor Greg Harris Troy Peterson Carole Stohlman Kellie Wendling Lisa Jo White

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DeRegnaucourt, Ltd.

Long Meadow Arabians

Rising Star

Working Western Trainer

Jessica Clinton John Golladay Lindsey Knight Johnathan Ramsay Stephanie Sage Jennifer Schmitt

Michael Damianos Gary Ferguson John Garland John O’Hara Eddie Ralston Tyson Randle

Platinum Performance

Springwater Farms

Halter Trainer

Hunter/Show Hack Trainer

Rob Bick Rodolfo Guzzo Keith Krichke Claudinei Machado Jeff Schall Frank Sponle

Cynthia Burkman Cheryl Fletcher Larry Hoffman Sally Randle Caralyn Schroter Tom Theisen

Frierson’s Custom Riding Apparel

Argent Farms

English/Saddle Seat Trainer

Amateur Halter

Rob Bick Leah Beth Boyd Chad Judy Shawn Rooker Johnny Ryan Jim Stachowski

Elaine Finney Van Jacobsen Anthony C. Marino Jr. Murray Popplewell Jason Shuster Jason Tackett

Show Season

Crescent Creek Farm

Western Trainer

Amateur English

Brett Becker J.T. Keller Sarah Paripovich Gordon Potts Joe Reser Stanley White III

Mike Beethe Katie Burr Carrie Fritz Katie Harvey Tess Piotrowski Amanda Purdin

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Shamrock Farms


Amateur Hunter/Show Hack

Junior English

Becky Bond Michelle Pease-Paulsen Katie Russell Andrew Smith Ashley Lauren Toye Sheryl Yochum

Sarah Delisi Chloe Holmes Grant Krohn Jessica Medved Koy Moody Sara Beth Womble

The Brass Ring

Radon, Inc.

Amateur Western

Junior Hunter/Show Hack

Joe Frizzell Jaime Leonardini-Gotelli Gail Grubb Janice Lorick Devin Miller Nicole Pitassi

Hannah Noelle Bell Leah Perczak Anna Redmond Amelia Stroud Christian Svennes McKenna Streed

Wolf Springs Ranch

Rooker Training Stable

Audrey Hart Madelena Camacho-Larkin Kim Niven Lauren Bailey Pollard Kevin Rosenbaum Margaret E. Lucas

Logan Chisholm Jacque Pence Colby Powell Anna Redmond Eva Redmond Kaitlin White

Cedar Ridge Arabians

Burrline, LLC

Amateur Working Western

Junior Western

Junior Halter

Junior Working Western

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LiLLie’s story

he english language is full of ugly words—vulgar, profane, obscene, sickening—but the one that stops us with a thud is the “c” word. cancer. ancer. When cancer touches our lives, even remotely, the child within us feels helpless and overwhelmed. Lillie brown and her family were blindsided when then 13-year-old Lillie was diagnosed with bone cancer nearly 19 months ago. As family members try to move forward hopefully, they still have not truly regained their balance. “We go in [late November] for more x-rays,” Heather brown, Lillie’s mother, said last month, outlining her daughter’s immediate future. “They will tell us whether or not her leg bone and the prosthesis are ‘marrying’ and the bone is growing into the prosthetic. If everything looks good, that will mean she can start rehabilitation, after a year and a half on crutches, to begin walking again—and getting back to doing the things she loved, including riding ‘mo,’ o,’ her Arabian gelding.” For Lillie, this is a rerun of what happened earlier this year. Her first prosthesis failed because chemo had weakened her bone, preventing it from growing into the prosthetic. but let’s go back to the beginning. Lillie brown, now 15, lives in West Jordan, Utah, a Salt Lake city suburb of more than 100,000 people, with her parents and two siblings, her brother Ashton, 19, and sister Vivien, 10 years old. Nearly two years ago, Lillie’s left knee began to bother her. “She had mildly complained for a few weeks, but she was really training intensely for the upcoming show season,” recalls her mother. “We had been leasing a HalfArabian gelding for her to show, but he was injured getting out of a trailer at Lillie’s first show. After much prayer, and faith that we were doing the right thing (even though it wiped out our savings), we bought her a purebred Arabian gelding of her own, Windborne maestro (Alada baskin x bagics Lil Audrey, by mi bagic), for christmas 2009. mo, as we call him, already had a winning show record in hunter and western pleasure and halter, and Lillie was determined to succeed with him herself. “‘This is what I’m supposed to do with my life,’ she told us,” says brown. “She would like to have Arabian horses become her life’s work. And she has so much natural ability, as everyone, including her instructor, caitlin Dillman, has always told us. Lillie had been riding only two weeks when people began to marvel at what a good seat she had. For her to admit that anything hurt her was unusual, and she continued to ride anyway. After two weeks with no relief from her discomfort, we took her to an orthopedist that had helped Ashton when he injured his knee playing soccer. The doctor suggested that her muscles probably hadn’t kept up with her bone growth, which he said was not unusual for teenagers.” December 2011 | 113

LiLLie’s story However, the regimen of ibuprofen, ice and a brace that the doctor prescribed didn’t take care of the problem. Lillie had been such an active teenager, riding and participating in school sports, that her parents began to wonder if the increasing pain might be not from rapid bone growth, but from some sports injury or something she was doing unconsciously when she rode. Lillie takes up the narrative. “one day, on a class trip to Washington, D.C., i left my brace at the hotel and my knee and leg really swelled.” she iced it thoroughly, but it remained a problem, and following a riding lesson when she got home, the pain became so acute that it was apparent she needed to see her orthopedist. He referred her to a bone specialist. “What he didn’t tell us was that the ‘bone specialist’ was an orthopedic oncologist,” interjects her mother. “He took x-rays and told us it was a tumor, probably osteosarcoma. He then took a biopsy, but he never said ‘cancer.’” Two days later, the head of oncology at Primary Children’s medical Center in salt Lake City called to tell them that the tumor was osteosarcoma, which spreads quickly, especially to the lungs. He also told them it could be fatal. “our son Ashton came home from college that day,” brown remembers. “before he went into the house i caught him to tell him a specialist had discovered that a tumor in Lillie’s leg was causing all the pain. Ashton looked at me and said, ‘so it’s cancer.’ i had been burying my suspicions, and that was the first time anybody actually said the word. i lost it completely. Ashton put his arms around me and held me while i sobbed and sobbed.” They got the call on may 12, 2010. over the next few weeks, they would learn a lot about osteosarcoma—especially that it commonly develops during adolescents’ period of rapid growth as they mature into adults. “it is the most common malignant bone tumor in youth,” brown says. “The average age at diagnosis is 15.” Lillie, a willowy five feet, eight inches and almost 14, was a perfect candidate.

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“They started the chemotherapy six days later,” brown continues. “At first Lillie’s dad tried to convince himself that Lillie’s tumor was only a calcium deposit. Having survived cancer (melanoma) himself without chemotherapy, he found the doctors’ aggressive approach hard to accept. And Lillie was surprised when i told her that the tumor she had was cancer. she asked, ‘really?’

LiLLie’s story “I explained that she would be getting chemotherapy, which meant she would be given drugs that could make her sick, but I didn’t tell her much else. I guess I thought that if she didn’t know about all the possible side effects, she wouldn’t have them. The next day, Lillie asked her brother if chemo was the thing that made your hair fall out. I hadn’t had the courage to tell her that part. Lillie treasured her long red hair. It was the first thing people noticed about her, and it was her crowning glory.” On August 18, 2010, Lillie began an aggressive regimen of in-patient chemotherapy that kept her in the hospital for most of each month. When she was home, she was too ill or weak even to consider riding. And Lillie’s waist-length red hair fell out. “In addition to losing her beautiful hair, she had every immediate side effect from the chemicals that a child could have,” her mother states sadly. “Needless to say, riding and showing mo was out of the question, at least for the rest of the season.” After three months of chemotherapy, Lillie’s oncologists removed the tumor, as well as a portion of the young equestrian’s left leg, and created a prosthetic to replace what they had removed. From mid-thigh to mid-shin, there is only a titanium steel prosthetic. more bad news followed when they learned that the chemotherapy had been far less successful than her doctors had hoped. Lillie’s tumor’s necrosis (death) was only 50 percent, instead of the 90 percent or higher doctors had told them was optimal for the patient’s survival. Lillie tried to return to school on crutches, but was so ill that she lasted only an hour. “So I missed ninth grade entirely,” she says. Her chemotherapy treatments extended from may 2010 until April 2011. Through all of this, mo has been trained and kept show ring ready at Vista Farms, in West Jordan, awaiting Lillie’s return. caitlin Dillman, who trains, instructs riders and shows out of Vista, has taken it upon herself to assume the bay gelding’s care and training. She put him on a diet, works him daily, and keeps him in show shape for when his young mistress is strong enough to ride again. The Utah Arabian Horse club also pitched in to help. Jody Tuft organized a silent auction for Lillie’s benefit at the 2011 Utah Arabian Horse club Spring Show, which was held at the Salt Lake county equestrian center, in South Jordan, Utah, in April. Tuft has owned and shown Arabians for more than 20 years. “I had seen a presentation to Lillie at a previous horse show,” she explains. “I was so impressed with her grace and beauty that I felt the need to help her. I decided to have a silent auction to help pay for her medical treatment. The auction yielded nearly $4,000.” December 2011 | 115

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“That was so wonderful! It went straight to pay for some much-needed blood transfusions that our insurance wouldn’t cover,” says Heather Brown. “We were so grateful for every penny; I was truly amazed and gratified by people’s generosity. Many of them didn’t even know Lillie, but were so touched by her story that they were willing to help.” Also at the Spring Show, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in which someone had enrolled Lillie, granted her wish. In early May 2011, when her chemotherapy was finished, she and her family left on an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy. “We flew into and came back home from Rome,” she says. “We spent three days there, three days in Florence and three days in Pisa. Everything was amazing! We also went to the Vatican, but during that tour my crutches hit a wet floor, slipped out from under me, and I fell.” The pain was so intense that she spent the rest of the trip in a wheelchair. And after she got home, her prosthesis failed. In September 2011 Lillie returned to the hospital, where oncologists removed the old prosthesis and put in a new one, also taking off another six inches from her femur. When they placed the new prosthetic into the weakened bone, her femur fractured. She has been unable to put any weight on the leg since. “School was up in the air at that point, because I really did not want to go to school in a wheelchair,” says Lillie. “I just wanted to go to school like a normal person, and not have to depend on other people to push me around. I went for 10 days, just to meet my teachers and classmates. So far, I am doing the same schoolwork they are because the work gets dropped off here every Monday and picked up every Friday. I’m enjoying my home-schooling, but I would really like to get back to just being like everyone else.” She reflects on the difference her cancer has made in her life. “This has really made me view things differently,” she says. “I don’t take anything for granted. Like walking, for example. I guess my biggest challenge has been the whole experience. Having a good sense of humor has really helped.” On Wednesday, November 9, after further examinations, Lillie had a bone scan to make sure that the cancer had not returned. It showed no evidence that the disease had returned, but the scans will continue every three months for the next two years; every six months for five more years; and yearly for the rest of her life. “Osteosarcoma can come back at any time,” says Heather Brown, “so we need to be vigilant, should we have to fight it again.” 116 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

LiLLie’s story cancer is an expensive illness, and paying for it all has been difficult for the browns. In addition, mrs. brown, who is a professional photographer, has been unable to work enough to cover mortgage payments because she cares for Lillie. And that is not all. “Our insurance policy was supposed to cover nearly 100 percent of Lillie’s medical expenses after her initial diagnostic testing and the large deductible we paid,” she explains. “but the insurance company has categorically denied almost all of our claims over the last 18 months since Lillie’s diagnosis. every single bill was denied the first time it was presented. We started getting calls from the hospital while we were in the hospital, asking how we planned to pay our bill—which was growing into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Despite my insisting that the hospital re-bill the insurance company again and again, and even making copies of our insurance policy so the hospital could see exactly what it was supposed to pay, the insurance company—and the hospital’s legal department, which is in litigation appeals with them—have made it clear that insurers refuse to pay anything diagnostic. That includes all of her scans, which are so essential to monitoring her disease. Nor are they willing to pay for most of her blood and platelet transfusions necessary over the 18 months, and none of her emergency room visits, even though they were all related to her cancer. Now we are getting calls from collection agencies threatening that if we don’t pay up, our credit will be ruined.” Under those circumstances, the browns are especially grateful for all the help Lillie’s fellow horsemen have offered. Twice, the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund has provided assistance. This brings the story up to November 30. These latest x-rays indicate that there still has been no change since the second prosthetic implant. The chemotherapy and resulting osteoporosis appear to have damaged what remains of her femur; it is not growing around the second prosthetic, just as it failed to grow around the first one. The oncologist has been checking the surgical implant in six-week increments, and told Lillie and her mother that he will x-ray the leg again in another six weeks and in six more after that. The results will determine when and if Lillie will be able to start rehabilitation. Walking and riding have become the wheelchair-bound 15-year-old’s highest priorities. “I am anxious to get back to a normal life,” she offers, clearly eager to return to all the things she has missed so much. Topping the list is getting herself and mo fine-tuned and ready to compete at the Sport Horse Nationals in boise, Idaho, next year. n December 2011 | 117


Tales Fr om The

Equestrian Unde r be l ly


Build It And

They Will Come

The A PA H A A . C . T. S .

C l a s s A S ho w Pr op o s a l by mary Trowbridge

Build & Adapt There’s a great old cliché that says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” You aren’t going to find a professional today who won’t admit that times are currently tough, but one thing i can attest to is that the underbelly of the equestrian world, my fellow Arabian horsemen, are The Tough. i know, i know, there’s plenty to both love and hate. but at the end of the day, if you want to meet the people that are the most passionate about the Arabian horse, the people that have the most to lose if life surrounding our horses changes, meet an Arabian horse trainer. i hate to say this, since i’m sure it’s going to generate some e-mails, but we ain’t in it for the money, folks. no one is more invested in making this work than we are. Another cool thing about the professional horse world is that we don’t have to reinvent 118 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

the wheel to keep our own wheel moving forward. each breed’s direction is a little different, so the wheel may need to be tweaked, but in general, as painful as it is for us pros to admit, we didn’t invent this thing we call horse training and showing. Just like lovin’, it was around long before we came along. What is right for another breed, if slightly redirected, can be great for us too. in that vein, all-around great horseman and tough guy rob bick recently started looking at the saddlebred Academy lesson and tournament program that has been such a success for that breed. They developed their program and incorporated it into their businesses and shows for the following reason:

Mary Trowbridge

“The American saddlebred Horse Association Academy Awards program encourages and recognizes juveniles and adults participating in academy classes at horse shows throughout the country. Academy classes create an opportunity for beginning saddle seat riders to develop and

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fine-tune their horsemanship skills, sportsmanship, and appreciation for the American Saddlebred. “An Academy class is any class offered at a local tournament in which two or more stables are participating, or any class at an open show that is designated ‘academy.’ Participants compete on horses designated as school horses, or horses that are regularly used in riding lesson program instruction. Acceptable riding attire is jodhpurs or dark pants, boots and dress shirt or a sweatshirt bearing the stable’s logo. Riding suits are unacceptable, and hard hats are optional.” At first glance, one might think that we could just adopt their Academy program into our own breed, and in fact some shows have tried in the last few years, but the wheel was not tweaked enough to We want to accommodate several get some new crucial points, and eyes and bodies the classes have not yet taken off. into our barns,

show rings

One of the biggest and spectator components behind the success of the stands at Academy program Ar abian shows. has been that horses of any breed may be shown in the Saddlebred’s Academy classes, as long as they are from a lesson program. To the best of my knowledge, when these types of Academy classes have been offered so far at Arabian Class A shows, they have been open to Arabian and Half-Arabian horses only. The simple fact is that this, yet again, has left us showing our great horses only to ourselves. We must give participants that have not yet experienced an Arabian horse a reason to come to our horse shows. Our Arabian horses are a versatile breed that encompasses all seats of riding. The Saddlebred Academy program focuses almost exclusively on saddle seat riding; the suggested ACT (Arabian Community Tournament) classes incorporate classes and opportunities for hunt seat and western seat, as well as saddle seat, in order for it to be right for our Arabian community.

It’s a point of fact that more than 50 percent of new Arabian horse owners are second-time horse owners, or what some call “step up” horse owners, who have found the Arabian horse after having owned another breed or cross-breed. In order for these proposed ACT classes to be able to fill and immediately bring new owners and riders and showmen to our Arabian horse shows, it will be crucial that any horse of any breed, or no breed, be able to be shown in these classes. While many Arabian trainers and farms around the country have begun riding lesson programs, (more about how to do that will be next month’s Underbelly), the simple fact is that we don’t currently have an existing “core” of constituents to automatically fill these classes when we add them. We are going to have to make it as easy, affordable and as attractive as possible for riders on other breeds of horses to come and experience an Arabian horse show for a day. My money is on our horses to promote themselves—we’ve just got to invite some other players into our pen. There are several crucial points that Bick and APAHA hope horse show committees and managers will understand. These are non-recognized, non-sanctioned classes. These are suggested classes only, in that every individual show can combine or split them according to their own demographics— the only thing to We must give keep in mind is participants that we need to that have not give riders enough yet experienced incentive to come, which means at an Ar abian least two classes horse a reason per rider.

to come to our horse shows.

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We at APAHA pledge our support to help Class A shows around the country get these classes filled and sponsored through outreach to our peers, and through them, to all-breed lesson programs in each individual area. These classes are not meant to replace existing AHA-sanctioned classes, such as Walk/Trot for 10 and Under, that qualify riders for regional and national classes, or 6 and Under Leadline, that is focused solely on the young children. After looking at all of the above, rob took the time to sit down, consider the differences that we need to incorporate, and came up with the following amendments to the saddlebred’s Academy riding program, which we are all hoping our Class A show folks will add to their class lists for the coming 2012 season.

Intr oduction To APAHA Arabian Communit y Tourna ment Shows, Or ACTS. in an effort to promote growth at the base of people interested in participating in the showing of Arabian horses, we propose a program to be installed at the Class A level horse shows. This program, while similar to the Academy program, is meant to incorporate more of the versatility of styles of riding that the Arabian horse can provide, by offering not only saddle seat but hunt seat and stock seat classes as well.


The purpose of this division is to introduce potential new owners to the joys of showing and riding Arabian horses by giving beginning riders of any breed an opportunity to gain experience by offering beginner classes at our Arabian Class A horse shows. 120 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes


riders are encouraged to be in a professionally operated lesson program and to be a member of AHA, with neither being required. riding suits and chaps are not allowed. riding pants, jodhpurs, breeches or colored jeans are considered appropriate. A neatly fitted shirt or top is suggested. A riding helmet is also mandatory for riders 10 and under and suggested for all ages. Appropriate footwear with a small heel is mandatory. riders are not allowed to cross enter into any non-academy riding classes, and are ineligible to compete in ACT classes once they have shown in a full riding suit or in a Class A Arabian horse show.


Horses are encouraged to be lesson horses of any breed and should display the characteristics of such, but it is not mandatory that they are utilized in a professional lesson—all horses are welcome, as long as they display good manners and a quiet disposition. A cut-back saddle for saddle seat, western saddle for stock seat, and hunt saddle for hunt seat are to be used. Work bridles and bits, including snaff les, are allowed, and running martingales are permitted and encouraged. However, tie down martingales are not allowed. Any horse or rider that is deemed unsafe or is not abiding by these rules may be eliminated by the horse show management. APAHA ACTs entries are to follow horse show rules but are not AHA or UseF sanctioned classes. show grooming is permitted, but not necessary as horses are not to be judged.


All ACTs classes are to be judged on the ability of the rider to control and show their horse to its best advantage, and upon the riding skills of the rider. each class should be judged on the rider’s basic equitation and horsemanship skills suited to the class discipline, with emphasis placed on the rider’s ability to control the horse at all times, identify correct diagonals and leads promptly, and to control their horse’s rate in a consistent manner. riders should convey the impression of good posture, balance, and effective control while commanding proper speed of gaits and show ring placement. Headers are allowed in the line

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up in all walk/trot classes. Horses are not to be judged, only the rider’s ability to control themselves and their horses and present themselves to their best advantage.

Proposed Introductory Class List Of Acts Classes For Existing Class A Shows:

Leadline Walk/Trot: Open to all ages. Riders in this class may not cross enter into any other ACT class, but the horses may. This class is meant to be an introductory experience for any age rider to safely get those first few horse show classes under their belt. Hunt Seat Walk/Trot Equitation Western Walk/Trot Equitation Saddle Seat Walk/Trot Equitation Walk/Trot Equitation Championship All Seats Hunt Seat Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation Saddle Seat Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation Western Seat Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation Championship All Seats Walk/Trot Horsemanship Pleasure for All Seats Walk/Trot/Canter Horsemanship Pleasure All Seats Horsemanship Pleasure is meant to differ from the equitation class in that it is judged more on the rider’s ability to display their horse to its best advantage, communicating to the judge through their horsemanship and riding abilities that the horse is a pleasure to ride and can be guided and set up to show to its best advantage. Horses can cross enter in any ACT classes, but riders may not cross enter between the Leadline Walk/Trot, the Walk/Trot Equitation, or the Walk/Trot/Canter classes. In an effort to encourage family participation and the opportunity for people to come to our Arabian shows for just one day, management is encouraged to hold these classes within one or two sessions on a weekend day. As well, as these are unsanctioned classes, they could conceivably even hold these classes in another ring besides the main one if ring scheduling is an issue, and utilize a volunteer judge from among the exhibitors showing in the rated classes if time constraints for the rated judge become tight. Again, since these classes are unsanctioned, a judge’s commentary or oral reasons could be employed and encouraged, meant to encourage

and educate the riders in each division. If management finds that some classes don’t fill, seats can be combined with few time restrictions except those necessary as a courtesy to exhibitors. Hopefully, the day will come quickly where these nine introductory ACT classes will require fleshing out. Mr. Bick and a few of his trusty cohorts, myself included, along with Christine Ryan, Deborah Johnson, Lisa Jo White, and the rest of the APAHA board, are pledging to Class A Show managers throughout the country that if you will build this, we will come. We’re committed to calling, cajoling, and supporting the effort, both economically and through outreach to our peers across the country to help fill these It’s a point of classes this year, fact that more if we are given than 50 percent the venue. We of new Ar abian want to get some new eyes and horse owners bodies into our are secondbarns, show rings and spectator time horse stands at Arabian owners, or shows. Our what some call sincerest hope is that this article “step up” horse is in time for owners, who clubs and Show have found Managers around the country to the Ar abian still implement horse after these classes for having owned the up-coming another breed show season. If you have or cross-breed. questions or would like to talk further about it, Rob is the guy to call on this one—his cell is 910-279-5289. Give us a call and let us know how we can help. Sometimes we forget that our lives with Arabian horses are truly “A Field Of Dreams.” If we build it, they will come. We are committed to bringing them—let’s all build this together, so that our horses have the chance to do what they are really best at: selling themselves. n DECEMBER 2011 | 121

In Memoriam:

HUCkLEBEY BERRY (1984 - 2011) by Linda White It’s a good bet that anyone who ever saw Hucklebey Berry perform carries with him or her an indelible image of a bright chestnut stallion with four white stockings and a beautiful face, looking through the bridle and wearing himself like a king. A king, he was. His starstudded show ring career made him the stuff of legend. His subsequent renown as a sire of Arabians and Half-Arabians who won national championship after national championship only added to the luster. The frosting on the cake, says Marla Ruscitto, who showed him to his last show ring victory, the 2000 U.S. National Championship in English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39, was his good natured, kind temperament. It was a quality he passed to his progeny. Ruscitto was 12 years old when she met Hucklebey Berry, the summer she stayed with Gene and Erin LaCroix to fine-tune her riding skills for that year’s Youth Nationals. HBB, as he was most often called, and MHR Nobility were standing at stud with the LaCroixes, who were then in Whitefish, Montana. The young girl learned to collect and handle the two stallions.


“MHR Nobility was good to handle, but I fell in love with HBB,” she admits. “Gerry and Babs Maddoux, who had owned him since 1988, had no interest whatever in selling him. When my parents (Empress Arabians owners Lou and Carol Ruscitto) came to Montana to visit me, they too got to meet HBB. They immediately fell in love with him, as I had, and respected and admired him tremendously.” It was 1995, and LaCroix was preparing Hucklebey Berry to try for a fourth U.S. National Championship in English Pleasure. The stallion’s record was already outstanding: he had won U.S. National Championships in 1989 and 1991 with Tim Shea, along with a U.S. National Reserve Championship in 1990, and LaCroix had ridden him to a third U.S. National Championship in 1993. All three of the national championships were unanimous. “My dad called Gerry Maddoux to ask about buying HBB,” Ruscitto continues. “Dad and Gerry met in Albuquerque and came to an agreement. I couldn’t believe it! Gerry told Dad he knew how much I loved the horse, how well I got along with him, and that he knew HBB

would have the finest care a horse could have with us. Gene and HBB won a 1995 U.S. National Top Ten in English Pleasure. That was his last show ring appearance until five years later, when he won the 2000 U.S. National English Pleasure Championship AAOTR 18-39 with me.” Hucklebey Berry was foaled June 2, 1984, at the venerable Mekeel Arabian Ranch in Temecula, Calif. He was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Leland E. Mekeel and Linda Mekeel Madsen, and sired by Huckleberry Bey (Bay El Bey x Taffona, by Raffon); his dam was Miz Bask (*Bask x Hanida, by Hanad). The Mekeels had bred his dam, his second and third dams, and he was descended on the tail-female from bloodstock made famous by early American Arabian breeders Hingham Stock Farm, Homer Davenport, W.R. Brown and Gen. J. M. Dickinson. Hucklebey Berry’s final public appearance at the U.S. Nationals came in Louisville in 2002, when he and trainer Bob Battaglia carried the flag at the opening ceremonies. After the show, the stallion returned to Empress Arabians, in Venetia, Pa., where he lived the remainder of his life. He sired 489 registered progeny, 98 of which were Half-Arabians, and one an Anglo-Arabian. Twenty-five of his progeny earned national championships, and many of them were multi-national champions. Thirteen of those 25 were bred by Empress Arabians. His list of national reserve champions and top ten winners is prodigious as well. Altogether, Hucklebey Berry’s offspring have won 144 national championships, 153 reserve national championships and 728 top ten titles. “His three winningest offspring are JDM Rain Dance, who earned 12 national championships and seven reserves; Bey Berry Love, who earned eight national championships; and EA Mybey Berry, who had seven national championships,” continues Ruscitto. “All Dolled Up EA had five national championships and 11 reserves, and Roxbury had a national championship and six reserves. “I had ridden horses to national championships before,” she adds, “but when I showed him to the 2000 U.S. National Championship in English Pleasure AAOTR, that ride was so special. Winning was just the bonus; he was the oldest horse in the class that night, and I was the youngest rider. When he went by on the rail, people would get up and just start screaming! I have never experienced anything like it, before or since. He was the king.

“The quality that I will always remember most was his intelligence. Toward the end of his life, he became reluctant to lie down. He was afraid that he might not be able to get back up, but at her clinic, Cindy Jackson D.V.M. taught him how to lie down so that he could get back up again easily without help. After a time or two, he knew exactly what she wanted him to do; he figured it out. Cindy is one of the foremost equine veterinary practitioners today, and she has dealt with hundreds of horses. She told us about HBB, ‘He is by far the smartest horse I have ever worked with.’” Hucklebey Berry died on November 15, 2011. His son Mister Matrix, who added another national championship to his accolades in 2011, is now in his sire’s stall—but he has big shoes to fill. There will never be another Hucklebey Berry. n

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A Leg Up

Rhodococcus Equi Infections In Foals—Part II by Heather Smith Thomas Prevention and Treatment One of the most devastating and difficult-to-treat diseases in foals is caused by Rhodococcus bacteria that can survive in the soil on a farm, affecting each new crop of foals. Tracy Norman, V.M.D., M.S., B.A., Diplomate ACVIM (Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Internal Medicine, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences), says Rhodococcus generally causes pneumonia in foals approximately 3 weeks old up until 6 months old. “This disease includes a broad range of signs,” says Norman, “and many foals don’t show any clinical signs until they are really quite sick.” Lais R. Costa D.M.V., M.S., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVIM Large Animal and ABVP Equine (Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine, Tufts University), says some of the signs are not very clear. A foal can become very ill before you realize it. For this reason, some owners routinely screen their foals.

associated plasma, you don’t know whether the foal is at risk,” says Costa. “A cultured sample from soil or from feces might not contain the type of R. equi that can cause disease, but if you do a tracheal wash on a foal and get R. equi that are proliferating in the lungs, this is the virulent form of the bacteria.” “One method of screening foals is to perform complete blood counts,” says Norman. “We look to see if the total white blood cell count increases to fight the infection. Another indicator of inflammation that we can measure is called fibrinogen. If this goes up, this might mean the foal is infected. But even these tests aren’t perfect, because some foals can have a normal white blood count and a normal fibrinogen level and still be sick with Rhodococcus.” There are always foals that don’t follow the classic mold. “What we suggest is monitoring foals with thoracic (chest) ultrasound,” she continues. “If there is an abscess or lesion forming at the edge of the lung, we can see it with ultrasound. Basically, we screen foals at two-week intervals with ultrasound. Some of the big breeding facilities have farm veterinarians who go through all the foals every two weeks and quickly scan their chests. A veterinarian can train farm foal is when you personnel to set up the machine this disease, the and do these ultrasounds.”

Screening Foals The healthier a foal is when you start to treat for this disease, the better its chance for survival. Thus it is important to detect cases early, before the foal is seriously ill. “If horse breeders have experienced cases of Rhodococcus on their farm “The healthier a before, one thing they can do start to treat for is screen foals before they are better its chance for survival. Thus showing any signs of illness,” it is important to detect cases early, says Norman.

before the foal

Blood tests have been tried, checking for antibodies, but these tests are not reliable because Rhodococcus is present in the environment, and most horses have been exposed and have antibodies against this type of bacteria. “And if you run a culture and find the bacteria, without identifying whether or not they carry the virulence-


With this type of screening, changes in a foal usually can is seriously ill.” be detected. This screening appears to be a way to detect the early stages of the disease in most of the affected foals, but lesions deeper in the lung may be missed. Screening requires close monitoring. “If a foal has just one small lesion, treatment may not be needed at that time, but the foal must be checked again in a week or

A Leg Up two,” says Norman. “Once the lesions get to a certain size or number, then that foal would be treated with antibiotics, even if the foal isn’t showing any signs (such as fever, cough, or breathing hard).” In this way, treatment can be started early in the disease process, with more chance to save the foal.

symptoms,” she continues. “With the more severely ill foals that are not nursing, we put them on IV fluids and sometimes even IV nutrition. We may also put them on intranasal oxygen, anti-inflammatories, and if the weather is hot, they often benefit from being in an air-conditioned stall. Basic supportive care is crucial, but the key treatment—whether the foal is severely affected or not—is use of macrolide antibiotics.”

“It’s a big investment to screen the foals, but it’s more devastating when you have a foal that is severely ill, and Costa says that treatment for Rhodococcus tends to be a ends up on antibiotics for months and in intensive care long-term thing—for several weeks—in order to clear at an equine hospital. This can be very costly, and even up the infection. “Some of the drugs also have side so, we can’t save them all. By the time some of them effects including diarrhea show signs they are sick, and fever,” she points out. they may be too far gone to “Rhodococcus bacteria can be There are also precautions treat successfully. It can be that need to be taken when heartbreaking when the foal endemic on a farm and it is hard to foals are on antibiotics. was observed the day before prevent. Mares and foals can shed the and looked totally normal, organism. Farms with lots of horses “The macrolides can and now its legs are splayed and traffic in and out are more likely to negatively affect the foal’s out and it can’t breathe. have foals with this disease.” ability to regulate body These foals can change temperature,” says Norman. really quickly, regarding how “In hot weather, these foals good or bad they look. should not be turned out in the heat of the day. They may rapidly overheat and may get heat stroke, which “Early intervention is important, and any foal showing can be fatal. We advise keeping these foals inside, in even subtle signs of illness should be evaluated by a front of a fan. If they are healthy enough to be turned veterinarian,” says Norman. “An ounce of prevention out, they should only be turned out in the evening is worth a pound of cure.” It is better to have the when it’s not so hot.” veterinarian check the foal and find out it has some other, less dangerous problem, than to wait and then Prevention discover it is too late to save the foal. Rhodococcus bacteria can be endemic on a farm and it is hard to prevent. Mares and foals can shed Treatment the organism. Farms with lots of horses and traffic “The mainstay of any treatment plan is to put the foal in and out are more likely to have foals with this on the appropriate type of antibiotic,” Norman says. disease. If a mare picks up the bacteria at a breeding “Rhodococcus avoids being killed by many antibiotics farm, her foal may get the disease because she’ll shed because it lives inside the cells, where only a few specific bacteria for a while even though she herself will not antibiotics can penetrate. The macrolide family of get sick. Adult horses rarely become ill—because antibiotics are very effective at treating Rhodococcus they have developed immunity—but they can shed infections in foals because they concentrate in the the bacteria, resulting in exposure and possible cells. Currently, erythromycin, azithromycin and infection of foals. clarithromycin are the ones most commonly used against Rhodococcus, and sometimes paired with a second One advantage of using cooled, shipped semen (in antibiotic called rifampin, which is also very good at breeds that allow artificial insemination) is that penetrating tissues. mares don’t have to be sent to another farm to be bred. They can stay at home and avoid being exposed “Antibiotic therapy is the cornerstone of treatment to diseases that might be present on another farm. whether the foal is very sick or just has lesions and no

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A Leg Up There is a hyperimmune plasma available that some people use as a preventive measure. “It won’t completely prevent this disease in a herd of foals, and is not 100 percent prevention, but it may help reduce the number of foals with Rhodococcus or the severity of the disease,” says Norman. It is cheaper to give transfusions of plasma than to treat foals that get sick. The effectiveness of hyperimmune plasma in preventing R. equi pneumonia is controversial, according to Costa. “There are studies that show it decreased the incidence of cases,” she says, “but since it is given preventatively (before the foals get sick), you don’t know if it really worked—because you don’t know if it was going to be a bad year or not. You might use it and since no foals got sick, you think the hyperimmune plasma worked. But it may have been just a better year. “It’s really difficult to be certain, with the natural disease (as opposed to a research trial), whether the hyperimmune plasma does or does not work for prevention. Some studies show it did protect the foals, and some studies show it didn’t. But if people have a problem on their farm, they may prefer to use a liter of plasma for possible prevention.” Due to the cost of antibiotics, how long they must be used and their side effects, the use of hyper-immune plasma to try to prevent infection is attractive to many owners. “If you have several valuable foals, you could spend $200 to $300 per foal to try to prevent it, and perhaps not be faced with thousands of dollars for treatment,” says Costa. “The horse owner or farm manager should discuss this with their veterinarian.” Certain farms tend to have an issue with this disease year after year. “It’s hard to say why, and research is being done to try to sort these things out,” says Norman. “A large epidemiological study showed that having many foaling mares on a farm, and many mares and foals coming and going, are risk factors. Those are the farms that tend to have foals with Rhodococcus. “The backyard breeder that has only one or two foals per year is much less likely to experience this disease, even


with a more relaxed management style,” she adds. “The small breeder is less likely to have Rhodococcus than someone with a large population of mares and foals, and horses shipping in and out.” Having grass cover in paddocks is helpful. When the dirt is exposed and wind blows the dust around, this may be a factor in producing more cases of the disease. “On dry, windy years, there seem to be more cases, though I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence to support this,” Norman says. “But having a good, healthy grass cover in your pasture, and not having the pastures overgrazed, may be somewhat protective.” n

Possible Vaccine? A group of researchers at Texas A&M is investigating the possibility of a vaccine for R. equi. There is no vaccine for this disease at present. “Vaccinating the dam ahead of foaling, to try to give the foal antibodies via colostrum, has not turned out to be very successful,” says Costa. “We don’t know why. Perhaps it’s because protection against this disease is ultimately not an antibody-mediated protection. It is actually a cell-mediated protection. The T cells are what clear the infection. We don’t know exactly what makes an individual foal susceptible and another individual not susceptible to this disease. It seems to be a balance between antibodies to a specific area (antigen) of the bacteria during the very narrow window of time in which the animal is exposed, and the T cells that actually kill the bacteria while the bacteria are within the cells; the T cells don’t allow the macrophages (infected by the bacteria) to stay around very long.”

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December 28-January 1, 2012, Arabhorse Farm Tours, Scottsdale, Arizona. February 16, 2012, AHT Readers’ Choice Awards, Scottsdale, Arizona. April 28-29, 2012, Varian Arabians Spring Fling, Arroyo Grande, California. Contact: Sheila Varian, 805-489-5802. November 14-18, 2012, AHA Convention, Denver, Colorado. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500.

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April 24-29, 2012, Region 7 Championship Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Howard Shenk, 800-892-0682. May 8-12, 2012, Region 12 Championship Show, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Lynn Daniel-Glover, 478-955-3030. May 30-June 3, 2012, Region 1 Championship Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 5-12, 2012, Region 8 Championship Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 13-16, 2012, Region 9 Championship Show, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Margo Shallcross, 830-980-5072. June 14-17, 2012, Region 10 Championship Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 17-23, 2012, Region 4 Championship Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Cindy Reid, 805-610-9079. June 20-24, 2012, Region 13 Championship Show, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Janice Decker, 317-861-4814. June 20-30, 2012, Region 2 Championship Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Jeff Reichman, 805-300-3153. June 22-24, 2012, Region 6 Championship Show, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420.

June 27-July 1, 2012, Region 14 Championship Show, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Cynthia Clinton, 937-962-4336. July 4-8, 2012, Region 15 Championship Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Martin Kleiner, 717-507-5474. July 5-8, 2012, Region 11 Championship Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. July 6-15, 2012, Region 5 Championship Show, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Hough, 253-847-8842. July 8-14, 2012, Region 3 Championship Show, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 11-14, 2012, Region 16 Championship Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. July 16-21, 2012, Region 18 Championship Show, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-657-6133. July 31-August 4, 2012, Region 17 Championship Show, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538.

SHOwS JANuAry January 13-15, 2012, Houston All Arab A & B Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Kayla Roca, 832-971-0991. January 13-15, 2012, Houston All Arab Sport Horse Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Kayla Roca, 832-971-0991. January 27-29, 2012, Sierra Empire, Pomona, California. Contact: Janie Fix, 520-508-4063. FebruAry February 16-26, 2012, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: AAHA, 480-515-1500. MArch 2012 March 2-4, 2012, SASHA Charity Horse Show, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Janie Hamilton, 214-478-0897. March 15-18, 2012, 41st Annual Carousel Charity, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372.

March 15-18, 2012, Cowtown Classic, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 16-18, 2012, Missouri All Arabian Show, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. March 17-18, 2012, Ocala 17th Annual Amateur Show, Ocala, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. March 23-25, 2012, Rancho CA Spring Show A & B, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 30-April 1, 2012, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 30-April 1, 2012, Deseret A & B Show, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. March 31-April 1, 2012, Beat The Heat All Arab Show, Queen Creek, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372.

enduranCe/ COmpetitive trail ride

January 27-29, 2012, Sierra Empire Trail Ride, Pomona, California. Contact: Janie Fix, 520-508-4063. .

NAtioNAls eveNts

July 21-28, 2012, Youth Nationals, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. August 20-25, 2012, Canadian Nationals, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. september 25-30, 2012, Sport Horse Nationals, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. october 19-27, 2012, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500.

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