Experience Arabian Horses, Issue #10 - published with Arabian Horse Times

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CONTENTS Cover Story: Dr. Marta Wasiak


Arabian Community Coming Together During COVID


Arabian Ambassador Ocala


The Big Picture, Mosaic Wall


My Boy


The Good To Be Found There’s not much question that 2020 has been a difficult year for us all, and there are certainly plenty of descriptive adjectives available that all have a place! But one of the best realizations anyone can reach in their lifetime is that there is good to be found everywhere, even in the midst of the worst possible situations. And nowhere is there more good to be found than when one is blessed to be in the presence of the Arabian horse. At a time when the COVID-19 crisis made us all feel so limited, the horses continued to keep horizons bright and dreams alive. When most of the competition season for our equine athletes was at best, severely abbreviated and for many, dissolved completely, the horses themselves became the driving factor that kept their humans moving forward day to day towards a goal when they would be able to spend time with them again, just to feel a warm muzzle on a cheek during a visit to the barn or hear the muffled whinny when they recognize their human’s voice headed towards their stall. Arabian horses are truly amazing creatures who, I believe, were put on this earth specifically to find people whose world needs brightened and dreams lightened, and they are spectacularly good at finding them if just given the slightest opportunity. Throughout the lockdown, our pasture fence that abuts the small country road we live on became a much busier thoroughfare then normal as people began finding our horses, visiting with them from their cars or while walking or biking, and then sharing their secret with friends. We continue to produce this magazine to share the world of Arabian horses, hoping you will find something within these pages that draws you to find an Arabian to brighten your life and enliven your dreams. Truly, your road will never look the same to you again!

Mary Trowbridge Mary Trowbridge, Editor

Cover Story: By Jenn Trickey

THE DREAM The 1941 classic children’s novel The Black Stallion, written by Walter Farley, tells the story of a young boy and an Arabian stallion. Shipwrecked on a deserted island, he befriends the wild and magical creature and the two go on a thrilling journey which has entertained the dreams of children for decades. One of those dreamers went on a journey of their own with another black stallion; but a bit unlike the North African inception of Alec Ramsey’s story, this one began in socialist Poland. Dr. Marta Wasiak, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatric specialist in Ocala, Florida. She currently practices at The Vines Hospital in Ocala and The Lake City VA Medical Center. She grew up in Warsaw with a love of horses and a dream of someday owning one of her own. Poland has a 200-year tradition of breeding the world’s most renowned Arabian horses, and Marta was a huge fan. “I was not able to ride, yet I wanted to learn so badly,” Marta remembers. “As a teenager, I made my way to the Warsaw Racetrack, and they helped me learn. Starting daily at 5:00 am, I rode just about anything they would let me, but if I had the choice between an Arabian or Thoroughbred, I always chose an Arabian. They were softer, kinder; I simply connected better with them. They took care of me.”

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Enter the black stallion … 1979. Bred and belonging to the famous Michlów State Stud farm, Amur (Banzaj x Arkona, by Branibor) was the perfect horse to Marta. Huge eyes, tight ears, with a neck that could bend with ease at just the softest of touch to his reins, the image of that single horse shaped the following decades of her life. “After going to medical school and becoming a doctor in Poland, I came to the U.S. in 1992. I had to take the exams in English, and after passing them, I got into my psychiatry residency training at SUNY Syracuse. I looked for any ‘Arabian horse connection’ that would give me some kind of familiarity of home.” As luck would have it, Dunromin Arabians, a farm of worldwide prominence and a major force in the Polish Arabian breeding industry of the 80s and 90s was not too far away. They focused on the bloodlines Marta had studied and admired at the Polish stud farms.

1979, Marta and Amur.

2014, Marta and Finetta competing at the Region 12 Horse Show, Perry, GA.

Determined to own and breed Arabian horses in the states, Marta traveled back to Poland for a mare and came back with a stallion. Unfortunately, Edyp (Ecaho x Emancypacja) was infertile, but he did introduce Marta to the show arena. “He taught me a lot!” Marta smiles. “When I felt too confident, he would humble me! I took him to the Scottsdale Horse show, and with hail and puddles of water in the warm-up arena, he taught me tenacity to say the least. I was determined to get into the ring, and I did. I got third place! One that I will never forget.” Still on a mission to breed her perfect horse, Marta frequented Dunromin Arabians who housed one of her favorites. The chosen mare was Eskadonna. “I was helping at the stud farm in the 90s and saw Mrs. Fisher purchase her mother with her in utero in 1992. I remember feeling at the time, Mrs. Fisher was the luckiest person on earth. Almost ten years later, I never dreamed I could own this mare, but they agreed! My dream of breeding a horse was manifesting before my eyes and Eskadonna ultimately lead to the inception of my own farm, Misty Woods Arabians.

THREE STEPS FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK The next few years were challenging and Marrta learned the difficult lessons of the heart. “The first baby I bred, unfortunately, died. I was very sad and heartbroken, however, maybe the tenacity learned from my days at the racetrack kept me trying. My husband, Babu, was so supportive. He wouldn’t let me quit because he knew how passionate I was. I’m so thankful for that. We kept at it and went on to have several beautiful foals out of Eskadonna, two we still have today; Esmeraldaa MW and Esabellaa MW. “In introducing my husband to the Polish Arabian horses I grew up in love with, we traveled together to Poland in 2006 when we purchased a mare named Estelka from their annual auction. With yet another heartbreak, she never made it to the U.S., as she passed away prior to her transport.” Over time, living in the horse haven of Ocala, Florida, Marta was the proud owner of several horses, but again returned to Poland in 2009 to the acclaimed Pride of Poland Sale. She fell in love with Finetta, a 5-year-old grey mare. “She had exquisite movement, a big body, and beautiful eyes.” Marta recalls, “I was so thrilled to be the winning bidder and bring her home to Florida.” Finetta was later named U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare 8 & Over and became the loving mother of several foals for Marta and her husband, all of which reflect the same traits that drew her to the mare to begin with. Now breeding was becoming more fun! Ar abian Horse Times | 3 | ENV ISION #10

Above: Marta (seated) and her husband, Dr. Babu Rankupalli, with Kendyl Modrich at the 2019 Scottsdale Horse Show. Marta and Amur at the racetrack in Poland, 1979.

FROM DREAM TO REALITY With her original love, Amur, from the Warsaw Racetrack, always in her mind, Marta still craved owning her own black horse. “My friend and I were in Tulsa attending the U.S. National Championships when she introduced me to an incredible western pleasure stallion named Kharismatic PGA+// who was competing with Brett Becker of Grass Valley, CA. He was of different bloodlines than I was used to, but I was so enamored by him, I bought a breeding. He reminded me of Aloes (father of the famous stallion El Ghazi), a traditional style Kuhailan breeding. He had a calm, kind demeanor with huge, velvet eyes. Brett and his wife Marjie were so helpful and really took the time to help me select the right mare for him. The Beckers had a lovely National Champion Hunter Pleasure mare named Ladys Dance+//. I fell Khohinoor MW at 6 weeks old. in love with her, but they said they would never sell her. So, the next best thing was to buy an embryo from her. I had never done this before, and these horses were all the way in California, but the thought of crossing this extraordinary pair was something I just couldn’t shake.” On April 18, 2014 at 4:00 a.m. in California, Marta received a call from Brett, “Marta, it’s a colt! A black colt!”

Khohinoor MW 2020

Six weeks later, Marta and her husband flew to California for the first time and she was introduced to her black stallion, Khohinoor MW. Named after “Kohinoor,” one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing 105.6 carats and part of the British Crown Jewels, the mere sight of this foal was compensation for all the heartbreaks along the way. “It’s been such an emotional journey getting to him,” shares Marta, “and now, even though he remains in California, my favorite part of the week are my updates from Brett and Marjie about his training and progression. I have videos of him that I watch at least three times a day! Of course, I would love for him to be with me in Florida, but the care and development he gets from the folks at Beckers is incredible. I think he correlates the lady with purple hair as the treat lady. I wear a lot of perfume too, so I think he recognizes me from that.” And if that’s not enough, Khohinoor MW has exceeded every bit of his majesty in the show ring. “To have something you imagined in your head for years and years leave the U.S. National Championship Western Pleasure Futurity class with a top ten neck sash, is the best feeling in the world!” says Marta. “Then to follow that up being crowned Unanimous Canadian National Champion Western Pleasure Jr. Horse and earn two more U.S. National top tens … indescribable!” The black Arabian stallion so fittingly named after a precious gem will return to the show ring with Brett in the Open Western Pleasure division in 2020, and from there, his future foals will continue his story for a woman who from persistence and determination, grew from a horse crazy kid in Poland to a breeder of her perfect horse at a farm 9,300 miles away and who saw the brilliance in Arabian horses all along.

“Khohinoor has an amazing attitude and it’s easy to see why. His mother, Ladys Dance+//, we bred, raised and trained to multiple National Championships and she was always incredibly easy. Khohinoor’s father, multi-National Champion Kharismatic PGA+//, has been with us since he was three years old and has been an exceptional show and breeding horse. We are confident that Khohinoor will follow in his parents’ footsteps.” ~ Marjie Becker

Kharismatic PGA+//

Lady’s Dance+//

KHOHINOOR MW ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Canadian National Unanimous Champion Western Pleasure Jr. Horse Scottsdale Reserve Champion Western Pleasure Jr. Horse U.S. National Top Ten Western Pleasure Jr. Horse U.S. National Top Ten AWPA Western Pleasure Futurity Scottsdale Signature Champion Western Pleasure Maturity ATR U.S. National Top Ten Western Pleasure Futurity Shown and trained by Becker Stables

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A Testimonial from Late in Life Rider

Beverly Hayden

What brought you to the decision to start riding? In 2016, my brother threw me a surprise 50th birthday party, and within the group of people celebrating with us were a few of our closest, horse loving friends from ‘back in the day’, the 70s and 80s. Not only was it a special time reuniting with them, but it also reignited my love of the horses, and a desire to show again rose to the forefront of my mind and heart. Upon receipt of that darn AARP application which soon followed, I knew I should wait no longer.

What would you tell someone who is older to encourage them to start riding? Since becoming involved in showing again, I have gained many new friends, and one in particular is approaching 70 and riding his English horses on a successful National level. No matter on what level one wants to get involved, you can never be too old, and as I did with knees not as strong as they used to be, have no concern. Riders, including trainers, are now using step stools to get on these big, beautiful creatures. How have you found riding enhances your life and life skills? What do you love most about it? Not being one who traveled much and especially not by myself, that first trip, alone, to the Atlanta airport to go view horses on the Kiesner sales list was greatly intimidating, not to mention riding for the first time in 30 years; but with perseverance I went, and am pleased upon my arrival home, that I conquered obstacles huge to me. Just the other day I found it comical that my confidence helped a kind soul navigate that same Atlanta airport. As for what I love most, well, I am an animal lover at heart with “horse” being one of my first words spoken, so to have them in my life again is soul soothing. This time I wanted to experience the thrill of showing the English horse, and it has been exhilarating.

What are some of the obstacles you’ve encountered, starting this sport later in life? The decision to get involved in showing again was a family decision and as with others families in our age group, I am sure this extracurricular activity must be balanced with running our businesses while caring for older family members at home; thus, coordinating those responsibilities along with traveling out of state to the barn to ride, as well as to the shows, has been the biggest challenge.

How does riding compare to other hobbies you’ve had? I met my husband out on the driving range 28 years ago, and what a great sport it is requiring calculation, coordination and timing, while experiencing the great outdoors. However, golf and its environment, as great as it is, simply can’t compare to the relationship one develops with such an exciting animal, including the sounds and potpourri of a barn and its residents.

Anything else you’d like to share with folks new to Arabian horses? The Arabian’s versatility is remarkable. Whatever your passion, an Arabian will take you wherever you want to go.

What would be the first step of someone who wants to begin riding, but has no horses of their own or a place to keep them? How have you handled that? One can tell a great deal about the quality of a group simply by the information shared on their website and by referrals, too, of course. Once some due diligence has been exercised, a visit to the top options would be necessary. I spent many an hour viewing videos of past National classes, and subsequently knowing many of them from 30 years ago, visited the websites of those who had sparked my interest in the way their horses were presented. With our hands overflowing here at home, it was an easy decision to leave the horses in the highly capable hands at Kiesners.

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showing, I believe it would be a treat to compete in driving, and otherwise, know there are great organizations within the Arabian industry to get involved. Time just hasn’t allowed that to happen.

Why Arabians and not another breed? We became involved with Arabians in the late 70s at the suggestion of Bill Stearns, Susan Morey’s father, who was a fellow councilman with my father. He told my dad, “Get that girl a horse. It will give her great responsibility and keep her out of trouble.” Oddly enough, we recently found a 60s Arabian sales catalog which our parents picked up on a visit to our local fairgrounds before my brother and I were born. Apparently, being involved with the Arabians was inevitable.

To the rumor that Arabians are “crazy,” what do you say? Crazy? While I believe there can always be an exception to the rule, the Arabian is smart, hardworking and kind, all the while possessing a most beautiful spirit. I couldn’t be more grateful to have them back in my life. Ar abian Horse Times | 9 | ENV ISION #10

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Brennan and Ocala met several years ago when Amanda Borduin (cousin and horse trainer) invited the family out to the Scottsdale All Arabian Horse Show, and both instantly became best buddies. Ocala’s previous owner, Shannon Pullifrone, said that Ocala picks some humans to be a part of her favorite circle and Brennan was one of the lucky ones. Last summer, Ocala lost her right eye about the same time Brennan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, and then he lost his right leg. Brennan shares, “Ocala and I share the loss of a body part. We both lost a part of us, but we both kept going. We didn’t let it take us down or stop us from living. I learned from Ocala that just

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because we look different, doesn’t mean we are different inside. Ocala is her same sweet self. I have always loved Ocala because she is so sweet, laid back, and beautiful. She is the perfect Arabian horse. “I think Ocala adjusted to losing her eye by using her hearing more. She probably trusted humans and other horses to lead her in safe places. When I first saw her after her accident, she was moving her head around a lot, maybe trying to see everything with her one good eye. Now, she is relaxed and more confident with being in her surroundings. I feel like I was the same way. At first, I didn’t want anyone to see me or take pictures of me. I was nervous for how people would react. Now, it doesn’t bother me for people to see me this way. I have no hair and I am missing a leg, but it’s who I am now. “I think Ocala could help others by realizing that life goes on after trials and you just deal with it. Just because you lose a body part, doesn’t mean you are different. Looks don’t mean anything, it’s what’s inside. Ocala is still the same. I would like other people to see me as just Brennan, the same as I always have been. I want others to learn not to stare, point or be mean. I don’t care if people tease me in a fun way. My family and I make jokes and laugh about my bald head and missing a leg. Brennan’s mom remembers, “After Brennan woke up from his amputation surgery, we moved the sheet covering his legs and we both cried and grieved together for one minute only, and he has been fine emotionally ever since. That’s amazing to me. I would probably still be crying if I lost my leg. He just accepted it and moved on. He started talking about how he could have his motorcycle altered to be able to ride it or how funny it would feel to ice skate with a prosthesis. Brennan is amazing!” “I know I am going to beat this cancer,” states Brennan, “because I have God, and my family and friends that help me. I think Ocala had similar human kindness that helped her through her accident and recovery. We need the support of others. We can’t do it alone.” Ar abian Horse Times | 13 | ENV ISION #10

I have been fortunate in my life to train some exceptional horses, and Ocala is a beautiful and unflappable mare that never turns down the opportunity to exceed expectations when faced with a challenge. She is one of the few horses I’ve ridden that actually attempts to go in the show arena gate while we are still warming up. Most horses gravitate back toward the barn when they are out … Ocala gravitates to the in-gate. Ocala has a way of transforming people into a more confident version of themselves. She knows just how to give them a gentle nuzzle or hard nudge to step up their own performance. My 4-year-old nephew, Weston Shay Gall, attended his first show with Ocala in September this year. He can be a bit reserved around new people, but with the magic that is Ocala, he was high fiving, waving at the audience, and even winking at the judge! I see a similar light come on inside my cousin Brennan when he visits with Ocala. His smile and laugh are music to my soul—Ocala brings that out in him. When he gives her an apple, she shares a little apple sauce back on him! She knows just how to give him the right amount of attention to bring him out of his shell. Ocala was a great show horse. She used to be in training with me to do double duty with brother and sister team, Chase and Olivia Pullifrone. They won numerous championships and top tens at Scottsdale, Regionals and Youth Nationals. And she continues to exceed expectations outside the show arena. She has adapted to her new job of teaching Weston to love, ride, and care for horses with grace and enthusiasm, and she seems to be entertained by his boisterous antics. Last week when he visited, he came blasting around the corner of the barn and galloped up to her with a bright blue balloon in hand. Many horses are frightened of balloons, but Ocala didn’t spook, she seemed delighted he thought to bring her a gift of her favorite color! I am grateful and fortunate to be Ocala’s new owner and I am honored and delighted to include her as an important part of my family. I have always loved horses; it’s a true privilege to share my knowledge and love of the horse with others. Ocala is a special mare and an excellent ambassador for the Arabian breed.

~ Amanda Borduin

TA Ocala+/ 2005 Chestnut Mare Kordelas x Oronka

There’s no question that 2020 has been a tough year for us all. And just as the pandemic was beginning its assault on the world, one of the most stalwart supporters of the Arabian horse community was almost taken by a massive heart attack on March 10th. Edmond, Oklahoma native, Stan Morey, has devoted his life to supporting and improving the Arabian horse industry, first as a highly respected professional horse trainer, before transitioning to the job of Judges and Stewards Commissioner and acting Executive Vice President of the Arabian Horse Association. Stricken unexpectedly, Stan was near death and on a respirator for days. However, his years of giving to others gave back to him when Shea Weir, a member of Oklahoma City’s Integrist Baptist Hospital’s cardiac care unit showed up at the Edmond ER shortly after his arrival. Shea’s sister, Meg, was a riding student and client of Stan’s throughout her Youth riding career, and the entire Weir family continues to be close to the Morey family to this day. Stan was moved to the OKC hospital where, against the odds, he came out his coma and went off the respirator. Fast forward several months later, when Stan was considered recovered enough to return for a “standard” heart stent procedure, Shea was again on hand. As he came out of surgery and was in recovery, he unexpectedly coded again, and Shea and the cardiac team brought him back yet again. In thanks to the Oklahoma community and the Integrist Baptist Hospital, this large mosaic print was made during the Youth and Mid-Summer Arabian Horse Nationals, from photos submitted by the participants at the OKC show in July, and has been presented to the hospital as a sincere thank you to all who played such an integral part in bringing our friend home to us all.

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A Testimonial from Late in Life Rider

Catherine White

What brought you to the decision to start riding? I’m a NYC girl who fell in love with horses in upstate NY. I rode for many years at various places, but never really learned how to ride properly. I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 2007 and in 2015, at the age of 70, retired and was looking for something enjoyable to do. My hobby of photography was perfect for photographing horses which led me to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. It was a perfect match; I fell head over saddle with the Arabian horse! What would you tell someone who is older to encourage them to start riding? Age is just a number. Learning to ride safely is certainly possible and rewarding. It’s like dancing with a really big partner. It is great for your Late in life rider... mental, physical and spiritual health. Horses are healing and the Arabian horse is a kind and loving partner smart enough to teach you what you need to know.

How have you found riding enhances your life and life skills? What do you love most about it? I am healthier mentally and physically, and I am happy to have found such an enjoyable pastime.

What are some of the obstacles you’ve encountered, starting this sport later in life? People or trainers have looked at my age and discounted or underestimated me. I have been searching for a way to enjoy being around horses and learn to ride safely, and I’ve been told I‘ll get hurt. My response always is, “Well, isn’t that why you’re supposed to teach me?”

How does riding compare to other hobbies you’ve had? My other hobbies are photography and gardening. They are exciting and rewarding but no way close to my relationship with horses. Horses take you to a whole other level of JOY. The relationship with a horse or many horses, is uplifting, inspiring and healing.

Anything else you’d like to share with folks new to Arabian horses? Arabians are some of the smartest horses on the planet. They love and express that love to all around them. They communicate and interact with other beings around them, they love children and know how to be gentle with older people, and they have a beauty and grace about them that is unmistakable.

What would be the first step of someone who wants to begin riding, but has no horses of their own or a place to keep them? How have you handled that? I found the perfect place just last year. I witnessed the most amazing lesson on Arabian horses at HoofbeatZ USA when I went to their Arabian Horse Tour in Scottsdale. At HoofbeatZ, you don’t need anything to start learning to ride. They provide all the equipment you will need. They have the horses, the helmets, the unique riding saddles for beginners, and most importantly, they concentrate on SAFETY on the ground first. The instructors work at your level of knowledge, teaching you to find your balance physically, mentally and spiritually. You learn to speak the horses’ herd language, read their body language and gain confidence in handling the horse properly. You learn to develop the muscles needed to carry yourself safely and with confidence. Horses are treated as partners. Each journey is unique.

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Have you gotten involved with Arabians other than riding? I have photographed Arabians for free at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show every year since 2015, and I bought a colt and found an Arabian barn manager with years of experience to help me raise him. Now a gelding, I’ve had four years at this Arabian barn teach me so much; to feed, to groom, to love—except the ability to ride. After searching and finding HoofbeatZ, the staff encouraged me to reach beyond my age and fear. They’ve taught me to understand how to handle horses and speak their language. In the 10 months as a student of HoofbeatZ, I have come a very long way in my ability to safely ride and handle a horse. My health and strength have improved, and my posture is better than ever. My Arabian horse is now my partner on the ground. I am working on the relationship and my ability to ride him safely, but in the interim, I ride HoofbeatZ-teaching horses until I improve as a rider.

Why Arabians and not another breed? I have found Arabians to be super smart, exceptionally kind and loving. I love all horses, but the Arabian takes my breath away with their beauty and intelligence.

To the rumor that Arabians are “crazy,” what do you say? Yes, Arabians are crazy … CRAZY SMART! They are thinking horses. If you watch them long enough, you can see them thinking and figuring out and solving problems. They are very versatile in what tasks they can learn and they are gentle with children and older adults. They are athletic for more advanced riders and forgiving of mistakes. They are not pasture ornaments; they love having a job and at times baffle their human. I have seen them open gates, turn on faucets for water, face danger to protect a loved one, help a depressed person find joy again, and give a person that shine of happiness whether they are 4 years or 75. The Arabians I have known and loved have changed my life forever. I no longer look to ageing gracefully with aches and pains and lonely times, trying to find meaning in what’s in store at 75, but joyfully and mindfully excited for another day. Each journey is different. Riding horses as an older person is different for each of us. It helps me find my courage and strength, face my fears, live each day joyfully, and beat the stereotypical view that to age is to face sadness, loneliness, sickness, or someone else’s view of what my life should be like at 75.

“Our vision is to go above and beyond just riding lessons. The HoofbeatZ USA program develops confident, empathetic, well-educated horsemen capable of excelling in any future horse-related discipline. We achieve this goal through the use of our patented, structured program that educates horse enthusiasts on the ground as well as in the saddle. Students are immersed in true horsemanship skills and learn how to communicate in a language innate to horses.” ~ www.hoofbeatz.com

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Together we learned what it meant to be responsible, courageous, confident, and above all, kind.

I remember him toddling around in his little “Gruffalo” coat back then, so small and unafraid. His blond hair looked so much like hay, I used to scout his wispy hair for anything to munch on and he would squeal with delight. It used to startle me, his outbursts of pure delight. I soon realized, however, just how happy he was and embraced his shrieks of joy. His little face was the highlight of my week and as time travelled on, I watched him grow, and grow, and grow. He went from just a teeny one to so much more, so quickly. My boy. I remember him sitting on my back for the first time, so excited to just take a step. He had waited so long for his sister to give him his turn with me. When he finally got the chance, his petite hands clung to my coat and he buried his pale eyelashes into my pinto fur. In no time, he was begging me to canter. Oh, he was so excited. My little girl had already grown and we both knew it was my responsibility to make her baby brother feel confident and safe—like I had done for her when she was small. She entrusted me with guiding him along, with helping him become the boy he was supposed to be, and she passed the reins to him.

Story by Amalia Perry

How I loved his little giggles with every bounce of my trot. His endless laughter matched my whinnies and we made the greatest of all teams. But as we both matured in years, he became so unsure and I worried that I wasn’t there for him in the way that he needed. He grew afraid rather than sure and confident. He grew tense rather than relaxed and content. I watched as my boy became so distant. Time raced by and the years passed on; he was still my boy, but no longer carried the bright laughter that used to whisper across my ears. My days grew slow and cold without his warmth. I watched as his eyes faded grey and with them, mine did too. It has been told that horses are a mirror image of their people—it’s true; we reflect back what our riders show, and I knew my boy was hurting. Although I knew I couldn’t change the struggles my boy was facing, I knew I could be by his side every step of the way; my hoof would always be planted next to his boot. I learned to nuzzle away his insecurities and made my back his sanctuary away from the outside world. My fur became his blanket from the chill. I finally witnessed his insecurities drift away and my heart pounded with the joy of realizing my cheerful boy was returning to me. I hadn’t let him down.

About the author ... Amalia Perry has been involved with the Arabian horse since the age of three when her grandfather and mother introduced her to her first mare. She immediately fell in love and has been riding and showing ever since. Having just graduated from the youth division this past summer, she is excited to compete against adults. Her other great love is creative writing.

As much as I tried to be there for my boy, he knew I needed him as well. Without him, I wouldn’t be the horse I am. I need my boy in my life, otherwise I would just be an old retired show horse with nothing to look forward to. All the kids I have taught have brought me bliss. I need them as much as they need me. Together we learned what it meant to be responsible, courageous, confident, and above all, kind. My boy and I learned just how powerful kindness could be. His kindness to me gave me all the strength I could ever have needed to teach him valuable lessons and my kindness in return gave him the courage to push forward through difficult times. I learned through my boy that what we had together was so much more than sport—we had learned to face the world together—all its pain and joy, no matter. We had learned what love is. Ar abian Horse Times | 23 | ENV ISION #10

Following in the footsteps of her mom, a published children’s author and artist, Amalia is studying to be a writer and is currently a sophomore at the University of Iowa as a student in the renowned Writers’ Workshop. She cannot wait for what the future holds in the writing world and looks forward to the day she publishes her first novel.

Good-Natured, Quick To Learn, And Willing To Please Any Age Of Rider The Arabian horse is one of the most versatile horses on earth. They pretty much excel at whatever you ask of them. Whether you see yourself as a leisure trail or competitive rider, or love them just because, the Arabian horse will capture your heart.

it English pleasure, park or informal combination, this Arabian demonstrates animated, English Bebalanced motion with a desire to go forward with impulsion from the rear, expressed in long,

lofty strides that eat up the arena beneath their feet as they flow over the ground. All gaits are performed with willingness and obvious ease, cadence, balance and smoothness. These fine horses combine their athleticism with grace and style typical of the Arabian horse.

is considered ‘classical training’ Dressage Dressage because it uses gymnastic exercises—a

series of movements and figures—which have been studied and developed for centuries. When done systematically and correctly, the exercises will cause the horse to be soft and supple on both sides and to respond willingly and obediently. He moves freely forward with pure gaits and an even tempo.


From the time of nomads, Arabians have been the choice for prevailing in the harshest, most inhospitable conditions. Able to cross vast distances with minimal rest, food and water, their makeup has served them well--dense bone, economic body size and weight, long shoulder, deep heart girth and huge nostrils that allow for maximum air intake. Their well-constructed feet and legs are durable, and their bravery and acute intelligence are prized. They are able to carry their riders over thousands of miles, the dominating choice today when competing against other breeds. skillfully maneuver their horses through various gaits Driving Drivers performed with fluid motion that is brilliant and eye appealing. The beautiful combination of an Arabian horse and elegant fine harness equipment makes this discipline a crowd favorite.

the precision of dressage and the brilliance Show Hack Combining of the Arabian horse itself, this discipline has its roots in classical movements of the collected and extended gait, the hand gallop, the halt and the reinback. All movements are natural, which amply demonstrates the Arabians’ pride, elegance and versatility.

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This Arabian requires manners, performance ability, and quality and conformation suitable for a hunter. On the flat or over fences, a hunter covers the ground easily with a long, low, efficient stride that could accommodate an all-day ride.

Jumping On a high spirited, alert, athletic, bold and willing Arabian with the talent for jumping, you’ll love this sport. Popular around the world, the jumping horse is forward thinking and moving with a confident heart and attitude.

a breeding class, each horse is judged on its Halter Essentially correctness of conformation, its movement, or “way of

going” and their Arabian Type; the breed’s unique characteristics and desirable qualities to which pass on to offspring. The halter horse is shown “in-hand” individually and posed to displays their positive traits.


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Racing is in the heart and soul of every Arabian horse. With its own long history of racing, the athleticism, speed and beauty of this desert horse made it the perfect choice. Keeping this in mind, Arabian racing today makes perfect sense. Considered the original race horse, when English breeders wanted to add speed and endurance to their horses, they turned to the Arabian. The result? The Thoroughbred.

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This Arabian is calm, willing, has an obedient attitude with smooth, soft gaits and is happy and content to do its job. They are ideal for sitting in a saddle all day.

it for pure Trail Bepleasure or show,

Arabians are skillful, eye appealing and confident. When properly trained, they move over obstacles without hesitation and are safe and a pleasurable ride.

Working Western

This style highlights the agility and willingness of these horses to be guided by their riders, demonstrating difficult movements necessary in working cattle. The rider controls each maneuver of quick spins, straight sliding stops and lead changes.

in performance, manners, Sport Horse Evaluated conformation, suitability as a working

sport horse. They push from behind, travel uphill, exhibit good length of stride and move with straight, rhythmic, balanced gaits. Conformation is evaluated in terms of potential trainability, potential performance and predisposition to soundness.

of those Native Costume Representative used by ancient Bedouins

when they charged across the desert, climbing the sands to engage their enemy in battle, the beauty of the Arabian horse and the colorful heritage of the costumes make this one of the most exciting and popular disciplines. Ar abian Horse Times | 27 | ENV ISION #10

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The forgotten art of silent communication. Patience and perseverence.

Control of their anxiety and fears.

Independence, intuition, and trust in oneself.

That there is always a shoulder to cry on. Discipline and responsibility.

How to be a gentle but consistent leader.

How to ground oneself in a chaotic world.

Pride in getting both dirty and polished up.

To fail, fall, and get up to try again.

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