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Presenting The Personalities—Shirley and Murray Popplewell by Mary Kirkman

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A Dream Realized, A Journey Completed In Honor Of Melinda Glenn Lear by Colleen Scott

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Haras Sahara—The Construction Of A Dream by Mary Kirkman

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New AHA Judges & Stewards Commissioner Stan Morey Takes Time To Address A Few Questions by Colleen Scott

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The 2009 Brazilian National Championships

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FA El Shawan—An Investment In The Future by Mary Kirkman

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To Geld Or Not To Geld by Joe Alberti

1 Haras Dos Faveiros Haras Dos Faveiros—A Celebration Of Beauty by Mary Kirkman

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The 2009 Salon du Cheval World Championships

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2009 Iowa Gold Star Futurity by Christy Egan

3 Spotlight Stallions The 2010 Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Auction And Futurity 204

What Do Dick Ames And Tiger Woods Have In Common? by Ray LaCroix

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Leaders Of The Times—DS Major Afire by Colleen Scott

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

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In Memoriam: *Aladdinn (1975-2010) by Christy Egan

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Comments From The Editor

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

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Handy Horse Tips by Lee Bolles

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A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas

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Calendar Of Events

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Looking Ahead

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Index Of Advertisers


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Learning & Yearning One of the things my parents drilled into me, from the time I was old enough to comprehend the nuances of basic communication, was that learning never stops. Now, I don’t mean the interpretation of daily stimuli that bombards our consciousness each and every day. I am referring to the conscious engagement of our brain to assimilate information and gain knowledge from the process. Too often I find myself bogged down in the day-to-day slugfest of life, and I forget to stay “engaged” beyond the confines of my office. I get up, take a shower, drink coffee, drive my little buddy to school, and then I head to the office. After work I go home, eat dinner, play some sports, do homework, play videogames, make a lunch, then fall into bed next to my amazing woman and a smelly, 13-year-old Golden Retriever. It is then, while drifting off to sleep, that I wonder what did I learn that was really “worthwhile” today. Surely it was not that a 9-year-old is better than me in video hockey or that my dog really enjoys waking me up at three in the morning to go outside and talk to the rabbit sitting quietly in the bushes. It is the easiest thing in the world to succumb to moving from one end of the day to the other at such a rate that you wake up a week, a month, a year later and wonder where the time has gone. To me, an answer to this is to learn something—something new, interesting and totally unrequired. It doesn’t have to be anything big; it just has to “engage” me. It occurs to me that people with Arabian horses have a secret weapon. Arabian horses are very different animals. What could be more thought-provoking and fascinating than a look at life through their eyes? Imagine what we could learn. Yearning for something special in each day is nature’s way of making sure we don’t waste our time here, that we stay engaged. Here is a suggestion: If you don’t already do this, next time you are with your Arabian horse, try seeing things through his eyes. What you see will be an endless learning experience.

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MARHAALAH (Marhaabah x Foxbriar Ms Priss) Bay 2009 Colt. Handsome and charismatic. Dam is a Fame VF+ granddaughter.

R SOUTHSTAR MAGIC (RHR Marcedes x R Bellazar) Chestnut 2009 Filly. A show stopper! Dam is by Versace out of a Bey Shah daughter.

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MAAHDALLION (Marhaabah x Tareefa Jamaal) Grey 2008 Colt. East Coast Jr. Champion Colt. Dam is a *Dakar El Jamaal daughter out of an Imperial Imdal+ granddaughter. EA SABIR (Marhaabah x Versassy) Bay 2007 Colt. Multi Regional Champion Colt. Canadian National Top Ten. Dam is by Versace out of a Desperado V daughter.

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FYRE FO (Eden C x Chumani) Chestnut 2009 Colt. Show quality son of U.S. National Champion Eden C. Dam is a Focus Fanali daughter. DIAMONTI (MCA Magnum Gold x KA Bey Psyarah) Bay 2009 Colt. Exciting show and breeding prospect. Dam is by Padrons Psyche out of a Bey Shah daughter.

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Boisvert: A Sweet Sense Of Anticipation by Mary Kirkman For actors, the longest day is the one before opening night. At Boisvert Farms, in Baton Rouge, La., that is how it feels this year. Advance notice of the extraordinary potential of their breeding program has been leaking out for a year and a half, ever since Sparkafire BF blew through the 2008 U.S. National Half-Arabian English Pleasure Futurity with a unanimous win that had everyone asking for more. In 2009, he came back in the HalfArabian English Pleasure Junior Championship to confirm that all that excitement the previous year had not been anyone’s imagination; when he went home, the tri-color and the trophy were his.

What may not be so well known—beyond a cadre of English Pleasure devotees—is that there is a band of young talent at Boisvert just waiting in the wings to debut this year in the futurities, and the depth of their ability is hard to overrate.


Sparkafire BF and Joel Gangi.

A Capsule History

observers began to warn of powerhouse ability on the way.

Boisvert Farms is a family affair. Amanda Purdin is the front-and-center representative of the operation on the show circuit, and head of its day to day activities. Father Scott Purdin has masterminded the genetics of the breeding program, while enjoying that his daughter is becoming more and more deeply involved in it. Mother Suzanne ("Susan") Turner is, by everyone’s account, the steadying presence that balances all the aspects of the farm, while everyone else specializes in one or another activity; she moves naturally from care of the foals to the occasional jaunt through the show ring with one of her daughter’s old show horses.

The arc of the Boisvert story began back in the late 1990s, when Scott Purdin, an internationallyrecognized breeder of koi fish, became intrigued with the idea of breeding Arabians for the English division. With his background in the genetics of mating fish to a high standard, it was inevitable that he would find his own role in what was then the family’s hobby. Even at a young age, Amanda joined her father, making her first contribution to the venture by identifying the multi-national champion Allionce as the kind of horse they should pursue. Over time, as Scott studied pedigrees (starting with Allionce’s) and discussed individuals with trainer and longtime breeder Joel Gangi, a small broodmare herd was assembled.

The farm has been on the Arabian scene for more than a dozen years, ever since Amanda was a young amateur rider. They have routinely fielded competitive horses, collecting their share of national championships, but it has been only since they refined their own breeding program that astute

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From the beginning, it was apparent that Scott’s genetic expertise gave him a head start at horse breeding. One of the farm’s earliest foals, the 2002


filly Alada Attitude BF, debuted with a U.S. National Reserve Championship in the 3-year-old futurity, and the next year won three national championships and a reserve in English Pleasure competition. The Purdins did not breed many horses; with only two or three born a year, they proceeded slowly, examining their results critically—in Scott’s case, dispassionately. “It’s easy to say now that this worked and that worked,” Scott says. “But I remember all the years we worked on this that it didn’t work.” The ones which didn’t specifically fit their English Pleasure program—even though they usually were very good individuals—were sold or placed. A good example is Allegience BF, who went on to become a national champion hunter. In those early years, the family maintained about five broodmares, all reflecting classic old Polish and Polish-cross English pleasure bloodlines, liberally infused with *Bask, who 30 years after his death

continues to resonate with English success. Two of their foundation mares, Lumenesse and Adagia (Medalion x JCRNE Yabaskka, by *Bask), were full sisters to Equitie, dam of Allionce. Two had damlines with stellar records: RY Azma, a Medalion daughter, was out of the *Bask daughter Ambra, a U.S. and Canadian National Champion in park; Davida JF (Alada Baskin x CW Basquelle, by Medalion) descended from Basquelle, U.S. National Reserve Champion in English pleasure and halter. And Love of Wisdom (Wisdom x Khema, by Khemosabi), was an excellent show mare until an injury closed her career. A look at the stallions the Boisvert program has patronized reveals horses with beauty and heavyduty trot in their blood; Alada Baskin’s beauty and MHR Nobility’s trot were early favorites, joined more recently by A Temptation, Allience, and in horses purchased, SF Specs Shocwave. Then, in 2005, a colt arrived who made it apparent that he was going to be their first resident stallion: a son of MHR Nobility, out

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Nobilistic

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of Love of Wisdom. Joel Gangi called him the most beautiful MHR Nobility son he’d seen. They named him Nobilistic BF, waited for him to grow up, and when he was a 2-year-old, bred him to a handful of mares. The patience and study appears to have paid off, as the young Nobilistic get passed initial scrutiny and are on track for a training program. “We’re really at a point where we can evaluate Nobilistic’s babies and his ability to perform,” says Susan Turner. “Our Half-Arabians are a no-brainer. They’ve already proven themselves. Now it’s the time for the purebreds; that’s what we’re all the most interested in, and certainly what Scott’s all about.” With Nobilistic’s oldest foals more than a year away from competition, the force behind all the anticipation is the first foal crop of significant number—more than just one or two—to represent the Boisvert philosophy. And since each year’s foal crop, no matter its size, has improved over its predecessors, it appears that from now on, there will be a platoon of Boisvert English horses hitting the show ring every year. The patience that has characterized the Purdins’ approach since the start is now starting to wear thin. All indications are that their choices over the years have paid off so astoundingly well that they can’t help but be excited. But only time will tell—and time, for all its ability to fly, is moving very slowly.

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Starbucks BF

Get Rhythmn BF

The Team On Deck The excitement at Boisvert centers principally around a handful of 3-year-olds—in particular, two purebreds and two Half-Arabians. Both Rhein Standish, who starts the 2-year-olds in long lines and under saddle, and Joel Gangi, who polishes them for the show ring, are enthusiastic about the youngsters. The purebreds are a pair of fillies. A Ttraction (A Temptation x RY Azma) is a bay whirlwind. “We call her ‘Fergie,’” Joel says. “She’s big, she has lots of motion, and she’s beautiful. I think she’s going to step up and own a piece of the 3-year-old futurity this year.” The other is the chestnut Alada Action BF (Alada Baskin x Lumenesse), who according to Rhein exhibits as much talent as her full sibling, Alada Attitude BF. At this stage, the Half-Arabians, both geldings, are the talk of the barn. Starbucks BF is by Afire Bey V and out of Haute Chocolate, while Get Rhythmn BF is by an Afire Bey V son, and out of Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck, dam of Sparkafire BF.

At the moment, Get Rhythmn BF is the most advanced. “He’s going to blow everybody away,” Joel predicts. “He’s one of the most incredible horses I’ve ever been associated with—and Starbucks will push Get Rhythmn. Get Rhythmn will be one of the serious contenders if he doesn’t get hurt or have something go wrong before U.S. Nationals. He falls in the category with Sparkafire BF, Revelation JF, Adams Fire—horses like that.” “Get Rhythmn is amazing,” Rhein Standish nods. “He’s already broke to ride. Both he and Starbucks are so far ahead of the horses that we trained a few years ago.” The 4- and 5-year-old divisions are likewise divided between purebred and Half-Arabian. Afire Phantom BF, who won the Scottsdale Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR Championship as a 4-year-old and was third in the 2009 U.S. Nationals Maturity with Amanda, on hand, along with Sparkafire BF, who also is now 5. This year, he will be showing with Amanda.

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SF Miss Mitzy

The junior English contingent is led by Nobilistic BF, who last year won his section at U.S. Nationals, but was bothered by an old breeding injury in the finals. Another candidate is SF Miss Mitzy, also a member of Amanda’s string for 2010. Alada Attitude BF is expected to come back with Amanda, but with 11 national titles on her record, she is not a new face on the show string. “Next year, there will be 12 3-year-olds,” Amanda says, and brightens visibly at the thought of all the show opportunities. “Amanda’s show string of horses they’ve produced is really going to come together this year at U.S.,” Joel says, and skips through a list: Sparky, Annie, Nemo and Miss Mitzy—which, translated, reads Sparkafire BF, Afire Phantom BF, Nobilistic BF, and SF Miss Mitzy. “Then if A Ttraction, Get Rhythmn BF, and Starbucks have the impact that I believe they will at U.S. Nationals, this farm will completely come together. And the following year, the babies coming out will be even better. This group of 3-year-olds is our best yet, and the 2-year-olds I just saw are just as good if not better than this group.”

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Afire Phantom BF

Stallion Power: NOBILISTIC BF, ET AL. The longer term news at Boisvert is the work that Nobilistic BF is doing. With two foal crops on the ground, he is satisfying even Scott Purdin’s demanding standards. “Nemo has done an outstanding job,” Joel Gangi affirms. “He has produced enough babies that we know his strong points and his weaknesses, and we know the kind of mares we need to cross with him.” “He’s a very successful stallion,” Scott Purdin says, “maybe not yet in terms of the world, but in what he’s putting on the ground. You can see that in the babies. A stallion is supposed to do something really positive, and he does—he puts powerful rear ends on them. They are powerful, strong horses with great attitude. They like to trot; they’re quick to move.” From Purdin’s point of view, the most important aspect of Nobilistic BF is that he has delivered individuals with the qualities that ensure they can breed on to the next generation. With that in mind, Scott and Amanda are already considering complementary bloodlines.


Nearly everyone at Boisvert says that the arrival of a possible next step in their program had an element of fate to it. Amanda, who had just returned from Scottsdale singing the praises of a horse owned by Nick and Juliet Carden of Leesburg, Ga., received a completely unrelated letter from Nick Carden, alerting her to a yearling colt they had available. “I just saw an article on Boisvert,” it read, “and I think we follow the same path in our breeding program.” A visit to Georgia told Amanda, Scott and Joel that GSF Rizing Son—“Tommy” to his friends— needed to live in Louisiana. GSF Rizing Son is by Apollopalooza, out of PWA Tusea, a Barbary granddaughter. In a five-generational pedigree, he carries two crosses to Bay El Bey and two to *Bask. “His dam line is really strong too,” Joel points out. “His granddam is Guinevere, and she was a very, very strong old mare. That’s a lot of where Tommy gets his strength. He’s got some characteristics that if he grows up and keeps them, he could be very promising.” “He’s a very special colt,” Amanda says. “I think he’s going to be a great cross to either mares that don’t cross to Nobilistic or to Nobilistic daughters.” In the meantime, he will grow up into his own show career, and he probably will be bred to a selection of mares as a 2-year-old this year to see how he produces. Since the capabilities of the broodmares are well known, the Boisvert team reasons, a crop of foals will tell them a lot about GSF Rizing Son’s potential as a sire. The colt came with an added benefit: The Purdins breed not only for Arabian type and physical ability, but also for temperament (those who don’t train or have a bad attitude are removed from the program). Tommy qualified as a pleasant companion, which, they feel, will reinforce Nemo’s personable demeanor. In addition to GSF Rizing Son, another youngster is being groomed for stallion duty at Boisvert. The 2-year-old Dominus BF (“Duke”) is a half-brother to Nobilistic BF. By MHR Nobility, out of Davida JF, by Alada Baskin, he was bred at Boisvert and has been considered for the breeding ranks since his youngest days. With their coming career at stud in mind, both colts, as Nobilistic BF was before them, are given special attention, handled daily and worked with every day, to make sure that their pleasant personas strengthen as they grow up. Now 5, Nobilisitic has been known to share snacks with Amanda and enjoy just hanging out with her, and at this stage of the game, Tommy and Duke do as well.

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Boisvert Equine Academy It is not just the increasingly beautiful tapestry of bloodlines that is the framework for Boisvert’s accomplishments. Equally important is the training that goes into their show ring careers; that is as carefully planned as their pedigrees. “We set up training like school,” says Scott Purdin. “They can do only so much at each time. It’s very logical, very methodical.” Flexible enough that it can’t be called regimented, the program defines the foals’ education. They are turned out to grow up, then brought in for about two months at a time to learn a series of prescribed lessons. Those who progress swiftly reach their goals and are turned back out before the end of the two months. Those who don’t learn quickly proceed at their own pace; if that means they return to the field when the time is up and start again during their next term, that is not a problem. The program is designed not only to keep learning fresh and fun for the horses, but also to make sure that the precocious ones don’t progress so fast that they burn out. “When we started teaching the horses the fundamentals and then turning them back out, I thought I’d have to be doing a lot of re-training,” admits Rhein Standish. “But that’s not how it works. We turn them out and let them be horses again, and when they come back in, they’ve retained what they learned. They’re better than when I last touched them. They don’t forget; they’re very intelligent.” That stage of their training builds on the foundation already established by Jan Longman during the colts and fillies’ early life. From the time they are babies, she works on halter-breaking and socializing them, gearing them toward a partnership with humans and conditioning them to understand the attention they are given. That preparation pays off when they enter training with

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Alada Attitude BF and Joel Gangi. Rhein in their second year. He develops the mannerly youngsters into the candidates for the show training Joel will take forward.

Rhein. “It might not come out as a 3-year-old, but that’s not a big deal. They take their time, but we’ve found that in the end they all blossom.”

“When you get them in from Jan, you’re not dealing with wild horses,” Rhein says. “You are getting calm, rational, intelligent horses. You can ask them to do things, and they do them easily.” He shakes his head in wonder. “I’m already working with a 2-year-old in long lines and some are kind of scary, they’re so good. I have to keep reminding myself, ‘no, I can’t break them to ride yet.’”

Every few weeks, the Boisvert team meets to discuss where each horse is and plan its course for the coming months.

Despite the high incidence of talent, not every foal learns at the speed of light. “If a horse is going slow, it’s still going to go out again at the end of two months,” says

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As the colts and fillies move through their training, Scott, who maintains that his role is all in the planning and his payoff comes when the foal hits the ground, admits to loving to watch their training. His koi farm is adjacent to the horse farm, so it is easy for him to be there. “I love to see them go in the round pen,” he says. “They confirm a lot to you; you can really see the genetics of it then. Some


DA Tremor and Susan Turner. really perk up their ears and get set and just love it, and others can’t care less. To me that says they shouldn’t be going in the ring. It’s attitude usually, not physical ability. But if they don’t want to do it, we just find them another job.” “When I first started here, Sparkafire was doing so much, so fast,” Rhein reflects. “But now I’m getting so many that do that, it’s really exciting. Sparkafire was not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next year, we’ll have 12 3-year-olds, and they’re looking very special too. “It kind of stresses the importance of being right from the get-go,” he continues. “Start the horse right as a baby, teach it what is right and what’s wrong, and then build on that. It’s so important.” To that end, temperament and attitude are an important part of the Boisvert breeding objectives. “We don’t like to have tough ones,” Scott Purdin says succinctly. “We like them to move well and be hot, but they learn quickly to

be manageable and they have a good temperament for that. No one wants to be around a tough horse.” “Our main goal is to produce beautiful, athletic animals,” says Joel Gangi. “It’s the Arabian horse that I love. I’ve always been told by my peers and my friends that if you have a great horse and it goes lame, if it’s an Arabian and it’s beautiful, you can still enjoy walking by the pasture and looking at it. You have to have that beauty.” A recognition of that fact is what ensures that the Boisvert horses who do not demonstrate the desire to go on in their training, or who have abilities other than in the English division, are still candidates for other professions. Amanda Purdin has inherited her father’s ability to visualize a goal and is learning to achieve it both genetically and in the training barn—but she, more than anyone, devotes time to preparing horses that don’t work in the Boisvert program for useful, happy lives elsewhere. Those individuals are becoming increasingly rare, however.

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A Year's Evolution

Over the past three years magazine advertising, with photographs of Boisvert youngsters in their different stages of growth, has documented the farm’s progression. The year 2009 brought a few changes in what had been an otherwise pretty serene development. Amanda, whose life had been geared around managing the farm, showing horses and going to college, graduated from LSU in December. Now her life is equally full; she just doesn’t have to drive around frantically to satisfy all the demands. “It took a while for it to hit me,” she smiles. “I never had the couple of weeks to just kick back on a couch. My graduation was in the middle of our photo shoot for this article. I went straight from a graduation party to Joel’s, put on saddle suit, and took the photo for the cover.” With Nobilistic BF coming home to Louisiana for the breeding season (he had previously been handled at Colorado State), Amanda, Rhein and Kayce Crouch, who will handle the breeding work, spent a week in Colorado for the university’s famous short course in equine reproduction. The addition of stallion care and breeding services opens an entirely new dimension to the Boisvert operation. For Susan Turner, 2010 means a return to more active participation at the farm. Health problems interrupted her schedule last year, as did a recurrent injury to her driving horse. With that behind them, she looks forward joining her daughter in the show ring. And with 14 foals on the way, her commitment to knowing all the babies personally will account for more time than ever. Another ongoing project is landscaping the farm. She and Scott purchase surrounding land whenever it comes on the market, and they make it a priority to plant trees—something that comes naturally to Susan, a landscape architect, who specializes in historic preservation. So the relative calm before the storm that will be U.S. Nationals in October will not be so calm after all in the West Baton Rouge parish

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of Louisiana. With the classes of foals on the way, it may never be calm again. “We all look at this differently,” Scott Purdin observes. “For me, the most important time is when the foal is born. That’s when I see if I got what I wanted. Joel looks at it in terms of horses going into the ring, usually in the futurity and as 4- and 5-year-olds— horses that can compete in English pleasure and park. Amanda, I think, sees it more as an amateur rider. For her, the horses are of more interest as they come along, and of course, she rides them a little longer than Joel does. And she looks at them a little more in terms of personality.”

Susan sees it all in terms of her family—of watching Amanda in the show ring, of Scott’s fascination, and the ongoing enjoyment they all share. While everyone else eyes Scottsdale and Nationals, Susan confesses a love of the smaller shows and regionals. They’re less stressful, and the people they see there are old friends. As in the breeding program, training regimen and show agenda, the personal side of Boisvert, then, has all bases covered. But that doesn’t change the fact that everything will intensify this year. It is what the Purdin family and Joel Gangi have been working toward for more than a dozen years, and there are only a few months left to go.

Multi-National Champion Alada Attitude BF and Amanda Purdin.

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Presenting The Personalities

Shirley and Murray Popplewell by Mary Kirkman

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t is a well-known scenario in Arabians: People who own successful, high-profile horses often got into the breed when their children successfully lobbied to have a horse “like the Black Stallion.� Then, as the children grew up and moved away, the parents found themselves with the time and money to enjoy the horses that were left behind.

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SHIRLEY AND MURRAY POPPLEWELL

It didn’t work that way with Shirley and Murray Popplewell of Rae-Dawn Arabians in Saskatoon, Sask., Canada, and Scottsdale, Ariz. They waited until their two daughters were busy with jam-packed teenage schedules to reward themselves with a couple of pleasure horses—or so they thought. They chose Arabians, and now their children, grown up and with families of their own, just shake their heads and smile at their parents’ internationally-known equine operation. “I’d wanted a horse ever since we’d been married, but we didn’t have any place to put it,” says Shirley, who was raised on a farm that always included a family horse. So, they purchased an Arabian gelding and a Half-Arabian mare in 1997, and since the horses required tack and supplies, they headed off to the corner tack shop. And that was when an urge for casual recreation became the first step into a consuming passion. “The owner of the tack shop had show Arabians, and he invited us to come out and see his horses,” Murray explains. “One Sunday afternoon we did that, and we were blown away by the Arabian show horse. He just happened to have a couple of mares for sale, so after a few trips back to the farm, we purchased them. And a couple of days after our purchase, one of the mares foaled.”

the U.S. champion stallion and breed our mares to it.” He chuckles at their naiveté. “We thought that whatever we produced would be champion quality, and we’d sell the babies for big money. It just didn’t work that way.” They may have been optimists, but they weren’t lazy. They started attending horse shows and studying pedigrees. Their first trip to the Scottsdale Show left them awestruck; it was all they could do to catalog as much information and advice they could solicit. Then they went home, made their decisions, and bred horses. “It was a matter of continually upgrading the mares,” Murray says of their course over the years. “That is the key, as we see it: Upgrade with offspring that is better quality, or purchase better quality. Your foals keep getting better and better. When you look at the icons of the industry, you wonder if you will ever get there—but they’re doing the same thing. They’re bettering something that was better to begin with.”

“We were just excited that we now had a foal,” Shirley recalls. “I’d never had the chance to foal out a mare and didn’t know anything about it, so it was exciting.” On another visit to their new friend’s farm, she also noticed a pretty yearling gelding—and soon he came home with them as well. They had started out looking for a couple of riding horses, and now they were feeding six. Murray takes up the story. “We decided that we’d find

Murray Popplewell at 1 1/2 years old.

Now, a little more than a decade after it was founded, Rae-Dawn Arabians (named after their two daughters, Amanda Raelene and Juanita Dawn), is one of the industry’s fastest-rising sources of competitive bloodstock. Who They Are: Shirley And Murray The concept of teamwork— like the ability to work hard— is fundamental to both Shirley and Murray Popplewell. Both grew up in Saskatchewan, she on a farm in Imperial, he first in a small town and then in Saskatoon. They met through Shirley’s brother, became best friends, and in 1973 decided to marry. “I thought Murray was a cool guy,” Shirley says. “He was fun, he had an incredible sense of humor, everybody

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liked him, and he was very well respected. He’s a thinker; he thought things through. He has a settling effect on anybody. He has common sense.” Murray’s ability to analyze circumstance and risk was never more apparent than in his career. A graduate of Saskatchewan Institute of Technology as a mechanical engineering technologist, he jointed a manufacturing operation, and within a few years was managing it. When the owner sold the business, he and two partners scraped together the funds to buy it. He ticks through an abbreviated history of Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg. Partnership: “We hired engineers and made up catalogs of parts, repaired and rebuilt mining equipment, designed and manufactured new mining equipment, and have grown the company to a worldwide, multimillion dollar enterprise. After a few years the opportunity arose for Shirley and me to buy the company, so we’re now the partners and we have 160 employees.” The effort proved challenging on more than just a business level. “I went to my dad and told him that I was going into business for myself, and he discouraged me,” Murray recalls. “He said, ‘Just work for someone; work hard and you’ll get what you want. There is more to life than just worrying about business.’”

Shirley and Murray Popplewell on their wedding day.

Although he went his own way, he did not disagree with his father. “We have always said that family is more important than the business and money isn’t everything,” he says. “You really should have values in life, and that’s very good sound doctrine. But you can have that and still be in business. You just have to remember that you run the business and if you allow your business to run you, it will mean more than everything else. If you stay in charge, you can have both.” Even so, he admits now that over the years, he and Shirley sometimes found it hard to maintain the balance. Five years after they were married, having logged some quality couple time and worked up to the idea of being parents, they had their first child. Immediately, they realized that life as they knew it was a thing of the past. “We weren’t going to let it change us,” Murray says wryly. “Well, it changed us on the way home from the hospital! We needed to pick up some baby supplies, and instead of

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Murray Popplewell owns the Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg. Partnership in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


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both of us going into the pharmacy, I had to stay in the car with the baby and Shirley went in.” Change had arrived. “I supported him in business and what he was doing,” Shirley says of those days, “but there were long days when the girls were little, when Murray was working 18 hour days. I look back and realize it was well worth it, because it taught me a lot in just persevering through the times that established him and his business. “And they weren’t hard times,” she quickly qualifies, “just long days and most Saturdays raising two little girls when you’re wondering ‘oh, man, is there never going to be some time that we can have together?’” She smiles. “Now his business can support the horses. If it hadn’t been for him sticking with that, we wouldn’t be where we are today.” From Saskatoon To Scottsdale Once they decided that their interest in horses encompassed more than just a couple of pleasure mounts, Shirley and Murray assembled a band of broodmares, selected stallions, and Shirley especially became educated in mare care, foaling out, and the raising of young horses. They also turned their 80-acre property, just half a mile outside of Saskatoon, into an equine facility.

situation and then put the pretty with it later. It seems to be coming.” To complement their mares, they had focused on a mix of some of the top stallions in the country, including: Magic Dream, Baywatch V, Falcon BHF, Odyssey SC, Versace, Magnum Chall HVP, Pyro Thyme SA, QR Marc, DA Valentino and DS Major Afire. In 2002, they first tasted national success as owners when TF Falconsimprint was named Canadian National Top Ten 2-Year-Old Filly. From there, they maintained their annual presence at the national level with other titlists, and in 2007, racked up their first championship as breeders with a filly they had sold to Claire and Margaret Larson—RD Fabreanna, by Falcon BHF and out of the Magic Dream daughter GF Simply Magic. RD Fabreanna was named U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly. “I was watching the show and I didn’t think being the breeder was any big deal,” Murray admits. “But everybody was congratulating us. We didn’t do anything! We just bred the stallion to the mare, and we did it because we thought it would be a good combination. But it was a nice feeling, no doubt about it.”

In time, the operation grew to the point that it made sense to look for a resident trainer. In “We started with Crabbet and Shirley Popplewell spending time with her beloved Arabians. Scottsdale one year, they met some *Bask bloodlines,” Murray a young Brazilian horseman named Claudinei Machado, reports. “When we bought our first broodmare, we who was helping Greg Gallún at the show. Machado’s narrowed our choice between two 2-year-old fillies, and quiet, patient technique, and the way his horses responded we chose one because of her movement. That has always with trust and confidence, impressed them. They been important to us. We bred to stallions that have convinced him to change climates and join them on what big trots. Pretty is, I think, one of the easiest things to was turning out to be a very exciting enterprise. create on the Arabian horse, but the conformation— the laid-back shoulder, the hind end that can come “I love Claudinei’s style,” Murray says. “We’re out to underneath, and the hock movement—are very difficult. prove that there is life after halter, and that our horses can We started with trying to get that into a broodmare

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do halter and not be forced into a mold to do it—they’re going to love to do it. He has that approach, and he is a tremendous horseman. He’s got likely the best timing I’ve seen in the industry, and we are so thankful that he has come to Canada.” Success had been knocking at their door; now it seemed to be pounding, as increasing numbers of Rae-Dawn homebreds were trotting into the show ring. At about this time, Murray Popplewell voiced a desire not often heard at up-and-coming Arabian operations, where the most critical factor is often the collection of national titles. Despite numerous offers from headline trainers, he returned the loyalty that Machado demonstrated to them: “We want to win a national championship,” he said. “But we want to do it with our trainer. He is the one who develops these horses. He deserves the opportunity.”

recall, it all happened very quickly. Bey Ambition was the kind of horse that made people want to get out their checkbooks. The youngster confirmed their appraisal by winning the title of Arabian Breeders World Cup Junior Champion Stallion 2-Year-Old and nailing top five in the Junior Champion Supreme Stallion competition. Then, in the summer, he built on his record by being named Canadian National Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Colt. By the end of the year, 2008 had proven an important milestone for Rae-Dawn Arabians. Not only had Murray and Shirley acquired a new stallion, but as autumn advanced toward the holidays, they were shuttling between the pristine beauty of their home farm in Saskatoon and a new five-acre facility in Scottsdale too. With their trainer, their stallion and the growing market for their foals, it was time for a more permanent presence in the winter oasis for Arabian horses.

So, when Rae-Dawn was ready to make a serious run at national halter titles, the Popplewells did it with Claudinei Machado. “He’d worked very hard all Amazingly, the ride his life, and he’d had they were on never national champions in Shirley Popplewell with one of her young foals. slowed down; there Brazil, but I wanted was even more to come in 2009. After repeating his him to win here,” Murray says. “I wanted to feel that Canadian National Reserve Championship, this time for we’d struggled and struggled, and we’d made it (a 3-year-olds, Bey Ambition roared into Tulsa like a hot rookie doesn’t walk in and win the PGA).” There wind. And this year, he made his owners’ dream come were many in the industry who felt that such an true. On Thursday afternoon, October 29, he was named accomplishment was not possible; the Popplewells the U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt, showing with wanted to prove that wrong. Claudinei Machado, whose classy, gentle style has proven the perfect complement to the young Arabians of Shirley By the spring of 2008, when Shirley and Murray arrived and Murray’s grand adventure. in Las Vegas for the World Cup Show, the name of RaeDawn Arabians was becoming familiar in both Canada The Essence of Rae-Dawn Arabians and the United States. Because they had used an array of Shirley and Murray Popplewell will say that there is top sires for their program, they were not exactly in the nothing quite like winning a national championship—but market for a stallion of their own as they scanned the entries—but that is what they found. Claudinei alerted they will also be the first to put it in perspective. It is them to a 2-year-old colt named Bey Ambition; owned the icing on the cake of hard work, and it is undeniably and bred by Lucy Whittier, he was by Regal Actor JP, a potent marketing tool. But for them, the deepest out of Bey Shahs Lady, by Bey Shah. From there, they satisfaction is in the life they’ve chosen with Arabians.

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When asked “How important is winning at higher levels?” Shirley replies, “I’ll be dead honest with you. When we’re foaling the mares out in the spring, whether a foal turns out to be a champion in the show ring or a champion in someone’s heart (a good companion), I’ll never be disappointed.” The first priority for the Popplewells is to balance the concept of creating premier Arabian show contenders with making sure their foals are suited for any life they might lead. Shirley, who foals out and fits the youngsters for life, is especially cognizant of the horses’ future, whether or not that includes the show ring. “When I’m doing any of the work with them, it’s how much confidence and trust the horse will establish in me and how much I can establish in it from a very young age,” she says. “Of course, that starts when they are a few hours old. When I put the halter on a foal for the first time at a few days old, and when I get it to pick its feet up, I want a nice, quiet, confident horse that will trust me no matter where it is.”

says. “When the gelding we bought as a yearling got to be 3 years old, I decided I wanted to start him under saddle myself. I started into the Parelli program, and I learnt so much. I’m still learning; I never stop learning. If you have the horses’ trust and confidence, they’ll do anything. That’s what really helped me understand horses, how they think and why they do what they do, and what I cause them to do. It helped me to understand what role I play in that, and how to change myself to get the results I want.” One reason Shirley takes such care with the horses is that Rae-Dawn is long past the stage of being able to keep every horse they breed. “We can’t keep them all,” she says. “But we do try to find good owners. They have to go out and be used by people. Whether they go in the show ring, or are a saddle horse or a companion to another horse, I try to keep in touch with everyone we sell horses to.”

Her attachment to their horses is such that even in the dead of winter, when temperatures in Scottsdale are stratospherically more pleasant than in Saskatoon, Shirley would just as soon be at home with her foals as representing the operation in the Valley of the Sun. “I put home behind me and have The result has been that fun once I get there,” she when visitors see the Murray Popplewell, a proud Canadian. says. “But Murray’s the one Rae-Dawn youngsters in who has to make the reservations.” Saskatoon or Scottsdale, the reaction is frequently, “Wow, your horses all see you coming and their heads come over It’s a comfortable division of labor, and one that sketches the fence. They stand there and let you pet them.” the success of the Popplewell partnership: The gregarious Murray is in charge of the marketing end of Rae“That’s something we try to work into them,” Shirley Dawn—as he was the dynamic force behind the family’s says, “that when they see us coming, it’s a good thing. business—while Shirley, who loves hands-on work with We don’t want to be something they run from because it the horses, provides the support on the home front, as she means restraint or something bad to a horse (we have to did years ago with their children. remember, they don’t think like we do). We would like them to want to come to us with a feeling that they want “We’ve had tons of fun,” Shirley smiles. “We worked to be near us.” hard. We worked for everything that we’ve developed and put on our place. We thoroughly enjoy working Shirley is the first to admit that although she always has together—we’ll wallpaper together, paint together, clean loved horses, she had very little experience with them stalls together, groom horses together. We definitely got before she and Murray got into Arabians. When she to where we are now by working together and enjoying became an owner, she set out to educate herself. “I’ll give each other’s company while we did it.” ■ a plug to the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program,” she

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A Dream Realized, A Journey Completed In Honor Of Melinda Glenn Lear June 8, 1951 – December 16, 2009 by Colleen Scott

Melinda Glenn Lear and her husband, Greg Nelson.

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Once in a lifetime, a writer is presented with the gift of telling a story so compelling and rich in its characters that the telling is at once challenging, enlightening and humbling. Far greater writers than I have struggled in the telling—their worst fear is not in the incorrect reporting of a small detail, but in not sharing the heart and soul of the story, and thereby missing the point entirely. Such is the case with the story of Melinda Lear. I never knew Melinda, only through conversations with her friends and beloved husband, Greg Nelson. But I have tried to capture her story, and in the process, grown to appreciate my own husband, family, friends, trainer, horses and pursuit of equestrian excellence just a little more. And I’ve committed to be just a little more thankful, a little more gracious and a lot more dedicated to my own dreams … and those on the sidelines helping me accomplish them. To Greg, thank you for sharing Melinda’s story with me. I hope you find this attempt at capturing her spirit an honor to her memory. To Melinda’s dear friends, thank you for being open and giving me a glimpse into what it was like to know and love this remarkable woman. I know her spirit lives on in all of you and the rest of us will see it shine. You are what kept Melinda and her dream alive. May you find comfort in this tribute to Melinda and her dream, finally realized.

The Journey Begins Born in Phoenix, Ariz., Melinda, her parents and two older brothers moved to Salem, Ore., in 1953 where she remained for the rest of her life. Not unlike many horse enthusiasts, Melinda loved horses from an early age. Alas, born to parents of more modest means than what is generally required for horse-keeping, Melinda was unable to purchase her first horse until after she graduated from college and was able to support it herself. And so the journey began with an Appaloosa mare named Debbie, purchased in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Unbeknownst to Melinda, that single purchase would be the launching pad to a lifelong and passionate pursuit of equestrian endeavors. In 1985, while boarding her Appaloosa horses (the original one had quickly become two, as so often happens with horses), Melinda met Greg Nelson at the boarding facility. A recreational rider himself, he was already a lover of the Arabian breed. “I had worked for about nine months for Valhalla Arabians in Spokane, Wash., as a caretaker in 1981 – 1982 before returning to graduate school.” Greg had also worked on a Quarter Horse ranch in Troy, Idaho. With his brother a practicing veterinarian, an interest in horses ran in the Nelson family. It was a perfect match.

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As Greg explains and as isn’t uncommon among horse enthusiasts, Melinda loved nothing better than participating in activities with her horses: competing, trail riding, or hanging out in the barn and swapping tales with fellow riders and horse folk. Melinda and Greg married in 1989 and one could say Arabian horses were part of the package. “Melinda got into Arabians after she met me,” Greg says. “My brother and I had purchased a mare from Valhalla, Statessa (Statuss x Corsun Silverbryn). It was her offspring, Mulraj (x Damascus Messiah), that Melinda showed to a Western Pleasure Championship title at Region 4 in 1993.”

to the horses at Liz Alward’s Summerwind Farm, where she would purchase Citrine (Robby x First Class Bluey) and later, Pardonn My French (Robby x French Vanilaa). But that purchase proved to be complicated. “Melinda became kind of a hoarder over time,” says Greg. “I had told her that if she was going to get another horse, she needed to sell one, but they were like family to her.” Melinda saw Pardonn My French just after she was born, and had to have her. So she bought her, unbeknownst to Greg, and enlisted long-time friend and trainer Cathy Stauffer to “hide” the filly. “I figured it out after about three months,” shares Greg, laughing at the memory. “It was one of those spousal things.”

Besides showing in western pleasure with the handsome chestnut gelding, Melinda also showed Mulraj in trail. Liz couldn’t have She competed in been happier that hunter pleasure with several of her Statessa and in other Summerwind disciplines with the Farm offspring many other Arabians found homes and Half-Arabians with Melinda. (In she owned over the addition to Citrine years. There was and Pardonn My Danzante (Gamilito French, Greg also x LL Duchess), purchased Orofino who excelled in Gold, a full sibling country English and to Citrine.) Says driving; Khuriosity Liz, “I’d watched (Khemosabi x Melinda and Mulraj winning the Western Pleasure Championship at Region 4. Melinda with her Curious Shamrock), other horses,” says Liz. “You can tell when people are a Half-Arabian mare in the winner’s circle in everything good horse owners.” from Sport Horse in-hand to trail to western pleasure; SA Holy Smoke (GA-Serafey x Nursery Rhyme), a gelding Journey, Interrupted that excelled in those same divisions; and NV Hawk (Bey Shah x Windborne Minuet), who excelled in Sport Horse With a barn full of horses and a full-time job, Melinda stallion in-hand and western pleasure. rarely slowed down. In fact, when she noticed mild Melinda did much of her own work with the horses, taking problems, she attributed them to the aging process. lessons from various trainers over the years and sending According to Greg, she complained of sore shoulders, various horses in for tune-ups. She took particular delight a stiff neck and of occasional dizziness. Friend Joyce in watching young horses develop and found herself drawn Brenneman recalls that Melinda began making

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uncharacteristic mistakes. In one specific case, she says Melinda had not tightened the girth on her stallion NV Hawk. “She went to get on and the saddle slid completely under his belly,” she says. In a remarkable display of the stallion/owner bond, NV Hawk simply stood there, waiting for his owner to right the situation. There were other instances in which Joyce noticed behavior uncharacteristic of the long-time horsewoman. “She would seem just a little confused and would forget things,” says Joyce. “The most incredible thing throughout was to watch how that stallion took care of her. He so took care of her that last year.” Although Melinda underwent an MRI, because it was not a contrast MRI, nothing was detected. Not long after that, she showed signs similar to that of a stroke and a full battery of tests were ordered. In May, 1997, she was diagnosed with a large meningioma (mass) in her brainstem. Melinda and Danzante in country English pleasure.

Not one to shy away from knowledge and the subsequent heartache such knowledge might bring, Melinda and Greg researched the likely outcomes. “Knowing the odds were against her, Melinda courageously opted for surgery at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in July of 2007 and an opportunity to live, albeit with serious, permanent impairment.” Unfortunately, the surgery was lengthy and caused a great deal of swelling of the brain. But in the early days following surgery, Greg and others remained hopeful, even training some of her young stock to drive so that Melinda would have a driving horse. But it was not to be. Melinda’s surgery left her a quadriplegic confined to a ventilator. Strength In The Face Of Adversity

Melinda with Khitty.

Early on in their marriage, Greg got a taste of Melinda’s strength and determination. “I think when SA Holy Smoke was 3 or 4, Melinda was riding him at the Salem Saddle Club. Something got him wound-up and he reared and went over with her. It was ugly, and he fell on her and fractured her femur. They had to put a titanium rod in her femur and screw a few things together above her knee. Anyway, she didn’t complain, even though it had to have been painful. She went back to work after about a week, and as soon as she was able, made me build

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a ramp that she could scramble up so she could get on Danny and continue riding,” he says. “I think it speaks volumes to her passion and her connection to her horses.” That same spirit served Melinda well, first as she faced the unknown of her surgery. As her close friend Joyce recalls, “She went into the surgery with a very positive attitude. She was a very positive person, very dignified. She knew she might come out of surgery with a disability, but she wasn’t afraid of having a disability.”

Long-time friend Peggy Weems says her friendship with Melinda and Greg taught her to be more appreciative. “Both she and Greg had amazing attitudes,” she says. “She was always interested in knowing what was going on with everyone else. Being around them certainly made you appreciate everything you can do—ride your horse, spend time with your friends, just enjoy life,” she says. In order to spend as much time with Melinda as possible, Greg decreased his hours at work to part-time, working every other day and spending the alternate days with Melinda in her foster home with specialized caregivers. (The foster home was 90 minutes away).“It was a little hard to balance because of work, eight horses and 50 acres,” he says.

Then as the weeks went on following surgery and it became apparent she would not regain any movement below her What astounds neck, Melinda many was would have Greg’s to call upon commitment that inner to keeping strength again Melinda’s and again. She horses going, would also rely in spite on her sheer of all the determination complications. (maybe to see “He could her dream to have just sold fruition?) as all of them,” she battled not Pardonn My French and Deb Witty, says Joyce, only with the 2009 U.S. National Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Campions. “but he knew it would break her heart.” As for Greg, he acceptance of her condition, but also with the countless shrugs off such admiration. “I tell everyone they made a infections that ravaged her body over the next two commitment to their partner. This is part of it. Melinda and one-half years, which is not uncommon for people loved seeing the horses’ progress through videos and with quadriplegia. She met those challenges head-on, pictures. It kept her going.” with Greg’s support and her deep and genuine interest in others. “Melinda never complained,” recalls Cathy. At Last, The Roses “She was so active before, and then not able to do what she loved. But she was always so happy to see everyone At the 2009 U.S. National Championship Show, the when we went to visit,” she says. performance judging panels named just a handful “Melinda was truly an inspiration to me.” of unanimous champions. One of those unanimous

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champions was in the Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Championship, where Pardonn My French and Deb Witty claimed the title in a highly competitive field of 25 contenders. After more than two decades of being involved with Arabian horses, Melinda Lear had her much sought-after, much dreamed about, much coveted National Champion rose blanket. Although Deb and Pardonn My French (nicknamed ‘Patty’ by Melinda) had gone into the Semi-Final/Final in a good position, having been first, first and third in the preliminary section, as any horseperson knows, every class is a new class, and every day is a new day. Getting a championship ride out of the young mare, especially an unanimous one, would be a feat of monumental proportions. Deb, herself, had never earned a U.S. National Championship title. In retrospect, and although she says she is not a particularly religious person, Deb is convinced: “There was somebody else riding with me that day.” Though Deb trained Pardonn My French and rode her to the victory, she doesn’t claim it as hers. “It was meant to be for Melinda,” she says. “I feel very fortunate that I was able to help her realize her dream.” As was everyone else, Greg was astounded with the unanimous victory. “It was an incredible thrill. But I had to balance that high with a lot of sadness. It made my heart heavy that she couldn’t be there with us and experience firsthand what she had worked for all those years.” Nearly 2,000 miles away, Melinda would hear the news about her beloved Patty and be photographed with her bounty days later, her face a reflection of the joy she felt at her baby’s achievement. Less than a week later, Melinda developed a massive infection and was admitted to the hospital, spending two weeks there, the first six days in the intensive care unit. The infection would prove to be resistant to antibiotics, and Melinda went back to the foster home for the remainder of her days.

Greg shared the news of her condition on Facebook: “Melinda has endured much over the past two and onehalf years, and shown unimaginable and remarkable strength, courage and grace while confronting her infirmities. But, her body is tired, and the infections no longer controllable. She has returned ‘home’ to rest, and to seek much deserved peace and serenity as she transitions into the final stage of the cycle of life.” What is truly remarkable about Melinda’s story is that she did not give up, nor did Greg, even with insurmountable odds. It was one owner, one horse, one trainer, one dream—and ultimately, one unanimous U.S. National Championship title. While Melinda’s body may have been broken long before the 2009 U.S. National Championship Show, her spirit was not. It was her strength and commitment that served as the foundation for Greg, Deb and everyone else involved in Pardonn My French’s victory. Who knows, perhaps the “someone else” Deb felt riding with her that day was, in fact, Melinda. On December 16, with her husband by her side, Melinda serenely succumbed to complications associated with quadriplegia. Greg f irmly believes she held onto life for the two-plus years she did in order to realize her dream. He says, “In retrospect, given that the massive infections manifested themselves about a week after Patty’s championship, I think that she willed herself and her body through to what was her ultimate goal—a national championship for one of her horses.” No service was held at the time of Melinda’s death. But Greg promises: “A remembrance and celebration of life is planned for a time Melinda would most appreciate … spring/summer when the daylight hours are long, the sun is bright, and the f lowers in bloom.” ■

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Haras Sahara The construction of a dream

by MARY KIRKMAN photos by LORI RICIGLIANO, ROGÉRIO, FRANCISCO MILTON e ANDRÉ SHIRM

Salim Mattar Of Haras Sahara

Salim Mattar do Haras Sahara

Salim Mattar is a passionate man—about everything he does. His business? He built Localiza from a fleet of six used Volkswagens to one of more than 75,000 vehicles in nine South American countries that generate $2.4 billion in annual sales. His Arabian venture, Haras Sahara? In 2009, representatives of his breeding program took home five Brazilian national championships or reserves. His stud farm offers three top-flight stallions and an ever-growing band of mares selected especially for their contribution to his dream of the perfect Arabian.

Salim Mattar é um homem apaixonado por tudo o que faz. Seu negócio? Ele construiu a Localiza a partir de seis fuscas usados e financiados. Hoje tem uma frota de 75.000 carros e cerca de 500 agencias em nove países da América do Sul, gerando $2.4 bilhões anuais em vendas. E sobre o seu hobby, o Haras Sahara? Em 2009, cavalos de seu programa de criação levaram para casa cinco campeonatos brasileiros ou reservados. Seu haras possui três garanhões de ponta e um plantel de éguas selecionadas especialmente para contribuir com o seu sonho do cavalo árabe perfeito.

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The Haras Sahara main gate welcomes visitors to this serene haven in the traditional and historic Minas Gerais State. A entrada principal do Haras Sahara dá as boas-vindas a esta ilha de beleza na tradicional Minas Gerais, um estado repleto de história do Brasil.

His family and friends? He loves being with his daughters Tatiana, Sarah and Sophia; despite the long hours Localiza demands, he makes sure there are evenings, weekends and vacations to enjoy with the people he loves. The house at the stud farm was planned to accommodate family and visiting friends. And his joyous good sportsmanship at horse shows is well known; he loves to win, but is just as happy when his friends do.

Sua família e amigos? Ele adora estar com suas filhas Tatiana, Sarah e Sophia. Apesar das longas horas que a Localiza exige, ele se programa para que haja noites, fins de semana e férias para curtir com as pessoas que ama. A casa do haras foi projetada para acomodar toda a família e receber os numerosos amigos. O seu bom humor e espírito esportivo nas exposições é bem conhecido, ele adora vencer mas também fica muito feliz com as vitórias de seus amigos.

For Mattar, that compelling approach to life is a part of his heritage, along with a definition of success that encompasses not only achievement, but the quality of a job done and the ultimate fulfillment it brings. When he maintains that it is his employees who have made the difference in the rise of Localiza, he is not engaging in public relations. “I tell them, 'if this is not enjoyable, why are we doing it?'” he says. “We spend all day working—it should not be drudgery. We all know we have to make money because otherwise, we will not have jobs, but within that framework, we must feel good about what we are doing.” It is that outlook that allows for his 14hour workdays (typically, he is in the office at 7:30 a.m. and returns home at 9:30 in the evening). On weekends he heads to Haras Sahara, about 30 miles north of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, in Brazil.

Para Mattar, essa abordagem de força pela vida é parte de sua herança, juntamente com a definição de sucesso que abrange não só as realizações, mas a qualidade de um trabalho bem feito e a realização final que ele proporciona. Quando ele diz que são seus funcionários que fizeram a diferença na ascensão da Localiza, não é um mero discurso. E mais, ele diz aos seus colaboradores que é tão importante buscar resultados quanto se divertir durante o trabalho. Para ele o objetivo empresarial é ganhar dinheiro com seu negócio, mas propiciando as pessoas se divertirem. É esse panorama que possibilita seus dias de 14 horas de trabalho (usualmente ele pode ser encontrado em seu escritório de 7h30 da manhã às 21h30). Nos fins de semana, está sempre no Haras Sahara, cuidando prazerosamente de seu plantel.

The roots of Salim Mattar's uniquely-focused energy can be found in his grandfather and his father. His grandfather, a native of the area that is now called Lebanon, suffered under the religious persecution and moved to Brazil in the early years of the 20th century. Beginning with just $6 in his pocket, the newly-arrived immigrant built a comfortable life as entrepreneur. Mattar, who grew up spending time with his grandfather, became aware from a young age of what one person can accomplish in life, and at the same time, how to pursue his goals without losing sight of what he considers the real wealth of

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As raízes de sua energia singular podem ser encontradas em seu avô paterno e em seu pai. Seu avô natural da área que agora recebe o nome de Líbano, sofreu com a perseguição religiosa e mudou-se para o Brasil no inicio do século 20. Com apenas $6 em seu bolso, o imigrante recém chegado iniciou sua vida empresarial como mascate, tornando-se em poucos anos um negociante de muito sucesso. Mattar, que cresceu convivendo muito com seu avô conscientizou-se desde cedo sobre o que uma pessoa pode realizar e, ao mesmo tempo, como perseguir suas metas sem perder de vista o que ele considera a verdadeira riqueza da vida – a família, os amigos e


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life—family, friends and satisfying experiences. Then his father died in an accident at the early age of 47, which enforced the realization that time must never be taken for granted.

as experiências prazerosas. Seu pai faleceu em um acidente com apenas 47 anos, o que reforçou a percepção de que o tempo não é algo que se tem por certo.

“This must have marked my life,” he observes. “My philosophy is to live my life intensely—live intensely every day, live each day as if it was the last.” Because that could sound like a cliché, he seeks to explain. “You must live as if you are a rich man—not necessarily in money, but in life. You have a family, you have friends. You live fully; you don't live in a shell, which is what so many people do when they believe everything in their life is limited. You must try to achieve all that you can.”

“Isso deve ter marcado a minha vida,” ele observa. “Minha filosofia é viver intensamente a vida–como se cada dia fosse o último.” Como isso pode soar como um clichê, ele explica: “o homem não deve ter objetivo de morrer rico, mas sim de viver como rico, curtindo a família, os amigos, seu lazer e, porque não, se divertir também no trabalho?”

Mattar's life has demonstrated his philosophy. His professional success began as a dream. “I was an errand boy, 17 years old, when I went to pay a bill at a car rental company,” he relates. “That day I decided my future: 'I will open a business like this someday!'” At the university, he elected to study business administration, a move he says was key to his accomplishments. At the age of 23, he was ready to found his own company. “I had no money,” he admits. “All six VW Beetles used were purchased on credit.” Today, Localiza's cars are offered through almost 500 agencies in Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Equator, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

A vida de Mattar tem demonstrado sua filosofia. Seu sucesso profissional começou como um sonho. “Eu era um mensageiro, com 17 anos, quando fui pagar uma conta numa empresa de aluguel de carros,” ele relata. “Naquele dia, eu decidi o meu futuro: 'Vou abrir um negócio como esse algum dia!” Na universidade, ele optou por estudar administração de empresas, uma decisão que ele diz ter sido importante para alcançar as suas realizações. Aos 23 anos, ele iniciou seu próprio negócio. “Eu não tinha dinheiro,” diz. “Todos os seis fuscas usados foram comprados a crédito.” Hoje, a Localiza tem uma rede de agências no Brasil, Bolívia, Chile, Colômbia, Equador, Peru, Paraguai, Uruguai e Argentina. “Eu adoro trabalhar,” dá de ombros. “Adoro o que faço.”

“I enjoy working,” he shrugs. “I love what I do.”

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Salim Mattar's attraction to horses far predates his involvement in Arabians, but in the beginning, his love was simply for the animals themselves. “When I was very young, maybe 9 or 10 years old, I liked to spend my vacation at my uncle's farm,” he says. “They had many horses, and I and my cousin spent a lot of time riding the horses—my uncle used to say that we were tiring the animals. Sometimes we took halters and a jug full of salt, and other times we had only the belt that was holding our pants on; that was enough for us to go to the pastures and ride the horses without my uncle's authorization. It was wonderful to ride free in the fields and forests, to cross small rivers and to rest in the fresh shadows of leafy trees. I fell off a lot of times and arrived home all skinned up, but the next day, there I was again stealing a horse from the pasture for a ride.” He smiles at the memories. “The most difficult thing was to get up on the horse. I had to seek a hill or a fence to serve as a support to step up.”

O fascínio de Mattar por cavalos o levou a se envolver com o cavalo árabe, mas, no início, seu amor era apenas pelos animais em si. “Quando eu era muito jovem, talvez aos nove ou 10 anos, gostava de passar minhas férias na fazenda dos meus tios.” diz. “Eles tinham muitos cavalos e eu e meu primo passávamos muito tempo cavalgando – meu tio costumava dizer que nós estávamos cansando demais os animais. Às vezes, levávamos cordas e uma cuia cheia de sal; outras vezes, usávamos apenas o cinto que segurava as nossas calças. Era o suficiente para desfrutarmos o prazer de montar os cavalos sem a permissão do meu tio. Era maravilhoso cavalgar livre nos campos e matas, atravessar riachos e descansar à sombra fresca das árvores. Eu caí do cavalo muitas vezes e chegava em casa todo ralado, mas, no dia seguinte, lá estava eu de novo pegando um cavalo escondido no pasto para cavalgar.” Ele sorri com as recordações. “A coisa mais difícil era subir no cavalo. Eu precisava de um cupim ou cerca que servisse de apoio.”

It was not surprising, then, that years later, he occasionally paged through horse magazines—and the inevitable happened. “I saw a picture of a wonderful and slender white horse,” he recalls, “He had a lot of class; he seemed proud and confident. In fact, he caught my attention so much that I found myself delighting in that wonderful image for a few minutes. At that moment, I decided that when I had the time and the money, I would breed Arabian horses. A long time later, I found out that the horse in the photo was Gai Parada.”

Não era de admirar que, anos mais tarde, ele ocasionalmente folheasse revistas de cavalos – e o inevitável aconteceu. “Eu vi uma foto de um belo e esguio cavalo tordilho,” lembra-se. “Ele tinha muita classe, parecia orgulhoso e seguro. Na verdade, chamou tanto a minha atenção que eu fiquei maravilhado com aquela imagem. Naquele instante, eu decidi que, quando tivesse tempo e dinheiro, criaria cavalos árabes. Muitos anos depois, eu descobri que o cavalo da foto era Gai Parada.”

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In 1992, he had the money to raise Arabians, but he was still short on time. Even so, he began attending auctions and buying horses. “Nagib Audi, the largest Brazilian breeder, had about 600 horses at his stud farm in São Paulo state, and I bought many horses in his auctions,” Mattar recalls. “It was fascinating to see that enormous stud farm, with breeding stock of first quality and wonderful stallions like El Shaklan, Hal Gibby and Ponomarev.”

Em 1992, já tinha o dinheiro para criar os cavalos, mas ainda lhe faltava o tempo. Mesmo assim, ele começou a frequentar leilões e a comprar cavalos. “Nagib Audi, o maior criador brasileiro, tinha cerca de 600 cavalos em sua fazenda de criação no estado de São Paulo, e eu comprei muitos cavalos em seus leilões,” recorda Mattar. “Era fascinante ver aquele haras enorme, com animais de qualidade e maravilhosos garanhões como El Shaklan, Hal Gibby e Ponomarev.”

He was supported in the effort by his then-wife, Adriana. “Adriana motivated me,” he says. “She always gave me support. Sometimes, at the auctions, she encouraged me to buy good horses—and she stimulated me to continue to buy good horses. She encouraged me to buy a good farm, and to build a varied and comprehensive stud farm. She always had very good taste, and she also liked horses very much. She inspired me, and she always said 'if you like it, buy it or you might be sorry later.' I owe her all this. We broke up some time ago, but she always asks me about the horses and keeps encouraging me to be a great breeder.”

Ele contava, à época, com o apoio de sua então esposa Adriana. “Adriana me motivou muito,” diz. “Ela sempre me deu apoio. Às vezes, nos leilões, ela me incentivava a comprar bons cavalos – e me estimulava a continuar a dar lances. Incentivou-me a comprar uma boa fazenda e a construir um haras para criação de cavalos árabes. Sempre teve bom gosto e também gostava muito de cavalos. Ela me inspirava e sempre dizia: 'Se gostar, compre, ou poderá arrepender-se mais tarde.” Devo a ela tudo isso. “Nós nos separamos há algum tempo, mas ela sempre me pergunta sobre os cavalos e continua a me incentivar.”

His friend Guilherme Resende was also an early advocate. “He helped me to choose the farm that I bought, and he was responsible for its construction. He has been one of my great supporters.”

Seu amigo Guilherme Resende também foi um grande incentivador. “Ele me acompanhou na escolha da fazenda que comprei e foi responsável pelo projeto e sua construção. É um dos amigos que tem me dado muito apoio.”

At Audi's farm, Mattar met another key player in the creation of Haras Sahara when he and breeder Luciano Cury struck up a friendship that has lasted to this day. “We had absolute empathy,” he says. “Luciano became one of my best friends. He helped me with the selection of mares for the beginning of my breeding program—so at each auction, there I was, buying horses.”

Na fazenda de Nagib Audi, Mattar conheceu outro personagemchave na criação do Haras Sahara, Luciano Cury, com quem começou uma amizade duradoura. “Temos empatia absoluta,” diz. “Luciano tornou-se um de meus melhores amigos. Ele me ajudou na seleção das éguas para o início do meu programa de criação. Então, naquela época, em cada leilão de liquidação do haras de Nagib Audi, lá estava eu comprando cavalos.”

A beautiful landscape enhanced by the royal palms that elegantly line the roads of Haras Sahara. A bela paisagem valorizada pelas palmeiras que, com elegância, contornam os caminhos do Haras Sahara.

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*Denali BHF A son of U.S. National Champion Falcon BHF, out of the Brazilian National Champion Mare NV Ali Bey. NV ALi Bey is a beautiful daughter of U.S. and Canadian National Champion Ali Jamaal, and out of a Bey Shah daughter. Filho do Campe達o Nacional Falcon BHF e da Campe達 Nacional NV Ali Bey. NV Ali Bey 辿 uma bela filha do Campe達o Nacional de Ali Jamaal e de uma filha de Bey Shah.

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It was not always simple. Sometimes the prices soared, and Mattar lost his confidence. Now he shakes his head at the lessons he has learned since then. “At the time I didn't know that the cheapest thing is to buy a good animal, although it might be very expensive.”

Nem sempre foi simples. Às vezes, os preços iam às alturas e Mattar desistia. Agora, ele balança a cabeça com as lições que aprendeu desde então. “Na época, eu ainda não sabia que é mais barato comprar um cavalo caro do que criá-lo.” Sorri.

“Paquito Carrasco, one of three main Arabian horses breeders in the ’80s that brought to Brazil a dozen important mares, and Rinaldo Longuini, of Longuini Training Center, were instrumental in the development of Haras Sahara,” Mattar says. “They are both my trusted advisers.”

Paquito Carrasco, criador de cavalos árabes desde os anos 80 e Rinaldo Longuini, do Longuini Trainning Center, são atualmente as pessoas que mais têm contribuído com a melhoria do plantel Sahara. São as pessoas de confiança de Mattar.

Over the years, Mattar assembled a breeding program. “I have selected wonderful mares with different blood types, sired by famous stallions and from well-known maternal lines,” he says. “In the

selection of mares, I have taken into account movement, a long neck and a well-defined throat, an excellent top line, a wide croup, a good head, big black eyes—in short, the type and the attitude of the Arabian horse. That is not much different from what other breeders look for. But one thing you realize as a breeder is that we will never have the horse of our dreams, which has exactly all that we wish for and call a 'perfect Arabian horse.' The challenge is to continue to try to create that horse.” Two mares have been especially important in his program. “Brazilian National Champion Miss Prishasa AMR (Von Herte Pretty Boy x Khemoshahza) and Radisha Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x HE Prima Donna) are two of the most important foundation broodmares at Haras Sahara,” he says, “and they have been producing offspring who will be competing in Brazilian exhibitions.”

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Ao longo dos anos, Mattar montou um programa de reprodução. “Eu selecionei belas éguas com diferentes tipos sanguíneos, crias de famosos garanhões e de linhagens maternas bem conhecidas,” diz ele. “Na seleção de éguas, levei em conta o movimento, pescoço

longo e garganta bem definida, excelente linha alta, garupa larga, boa cabeça, olhos pretos grandes – em suma, o tipo e a atitude do cavalo árabe. Isso não é muito diferente do que os demais criadores procuram. Porém, uma coisa que você percebe como criador é que nunca teremos o cavalo dos nossos sonhos, que é tudo o que desejamos e chamamos de 'cavalo árabe perfeito'. O desafio é continuar tentando criar esse cavalo.” Duas éguas foram especialmente importantes em seu programa. A “Campeã Brasileira Nacional Miss Prishasa AMR (Von Herte Pretty Boy x Khemoshahza) e Radisha Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x HE Prima Donna) são duas das mais importantes matrizes do Haras Sahara,” ele diz, “e elas estão produzindo excelentes animais que estarão competindo nas exposições brasileiras.”


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*Ansata Najdi (Ansata Iemhotep x PWA Asherah, by *Ansata Halim Shah)

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Early on, Mattar's primary stallion was the handsome grey Ponomarev, whose double-Salon pedigree offered a strong representation of Russian and Polish heritage; the broodmare herd remains home to a selection of the stallion's daughters. Ponomarev died in 1995, however, and the stallion barn now hosts Sadeek Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Warsóvia), the straight Egyptian Ansata Najdi (Ansata Iemhotep x PWA Asherah), and the most recent acquisition, Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey, by Ali Jamaal). Asked about employing particular breeding systems and techniques in achieving his ideal Arabian horse, Mattar responds that he prefers to focus more on the individuals being used than any particular practice. “Even though I have stallions as outstanding as Sadeek Van Ryad and Ansata Najdi, and now Denali BHF, I use semen from important studs such as Gazal Al Shaqab, WH Justice, Ajman Monscine, Valentino, Da Vinci, Ryad El Jamaal, Magnum Psyche, Legacy of Fame, Magnum Chall and others. I have selected the right mares for my stallions, but I also experiment with others, searching for the best mating and result. That is what makes it so interesting breeding horses—experimenting! Then you must wait 11 months to see the result, and repeat the cross a few times before deciding whether it is right. That is part of our endless search for results.” Mattar understands the unique challenge of breeding fine Arabians. “It is very difficult to get it right the first time,” he points out. “However, we never give a mare more than three chances to the same stallion. I believe that by using different studs, I will be able to have maximum results from my mares. Today, I am convinced that my stallion Sadeek Van Ryad is the best-producing son of the famous Ryad El Jamaal.”

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De início, o primeiro garanhão de Mattar foi o belo tordilho Ponomarev, cujo pedigree de duas vezes Salon foi um grande representante da herança russa e polonesa. Ponomarev morreu em 1995. Suas filhas ainda permanecem no haras como reprodutoras de cabeceira. Mas, agora, o espaço do garanhão Ponomarev é ocupado por Sadeek Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Warsóvia), o egípcio Ansata Najdi (Ansata Iemhotep x PWA Asherah) e a mais recente aquisição do Haras Sahara, Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey, por Ali Jamaal). Questionado sobre empregar sistemas e técnicas particulares de criação para alcançar o seu cavalo árabe ideal, Mattar responde que prefere ter o seu foco mais nos indivíduos que estão sendo usados do que qualquer outra prática em particular. “Embora eu tenha garanhões de destaque como Sadeek Van Ryad e Ansata Najdi, e agora Denali BHF, eu uso sêmen de criações importantes, como Gazal Al Shaqab, WH Justice, Ajman Monscine, Valentino, Da Vinci, Ryad El Jamaal, Magnum Psyche, Legacy of Fame, Magnum Chall e outros. Eu selecionei as éguas certas para os meus garanhões, mas também faço experimentos com outros, buscando pelo melhor acasalamento e resultado. É isso que torna tão interessante a criação de cavalos – experimentar! Então, você deve esperar 11 meses para ver o resultado, e repetir o cruzamento algumas vezes antes de decidir se está certo. Isso faz parte da nossa incessante busca por bons resultados.” Mattar compreende o desafio único de criar bons cavalos árabes. “É muito difícil acertar de primeira,” ele ressalta. “Contudo, nunca damos mais de três chances a uma égua com o mesmo garanhão. Eu acredito que, usando diferentes garanhões, eu poderei colher os máximos resultados com minhas éguas. Hoje, estou convencido de que o meu garanhão Sadeek Van Ryad é o melhor filho em reprodução do famoso Ryad El Jamaal.”


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Surrounded by the beauty of native plants from the heart of Brazil, the lake at Haras Sahara follows the flow of nature in the warm climate that prevails throughout the year. Cercado pela beleza natural das matas rasteiras nativas no coração do Brasil, o lago do Haras Sahara acompanha o fluxo da natureza e o clima quente que predomina na região durante todo o ano.

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The 9-year-old chestnut Sadeek Van Ryad offers a pedigree of extreme beauty, mixed with longstanding ability. His sire, Ryad El Jamaal, represents the power-packed sire line of Ali Jamaal, with its intriguing blend of Egyptian and domestic American blood. Sadeek's dam, meanwhile, offers a Polish heritage that includes a complementary dash of Russian blood and a tail female that traces to Wenera, whose beauty and excellent conformation made her the highest-selling mare at the 1983 Polish auction. Before last year's Brazilian Nationals, he checked off a list of crosses he has found particularly successful with Sadeek Van Ryad. “With daughters of Ponomarev, Borsalino K and Don El Chall, respectively, we have had such results as Sahara Dahma, Sahara Lyrica, Sahara Latifa and Sahara Layla. All these fillies are competing in the Nacional Brasileira. I have also been having success breeding my mares to other stallions: Majid Sahara (Magnum Chall x Miss Prishasa AMR), Sahara Magnah (Power Word x Sahara Magnifica), and Sahara Gallina (JJ Senor Magnum x Glory HCF) will all compete in the Nacional Brasileira as well. Breeding daughters of RSD Dark Victory and Exceladdinn to Sadeek Van Ryad has also been very productive.” Ansata Najdi, who was bred at the worldfamous Ansata Arabian Stud, arrived in Brazil in late 2008. The 11-year-old grey stallion had been sold as a yearling to Italy, and although he had sired few foals there, his trademark 'Ansata look' promised exceptional quality. Haras Sahara partnered with Fábio Diniz 's Haras Vanguarda, to import him to Brazil, where his first Brazilian foals were born in late 2009. Already, it is apparent that they reflect their sire's features of refinement, long neck, strong conformation and enviable movement.

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O alazão de nove anos Sadeek Van Ryad apresenta um pedigree de extrema beleza, misturado à sua capacidade de reprodução. Seu genitor, Ryad El Jamaal, representa a qualidade da criação da linhagem do Ali Jamaal, com sua intrigante mistura de sangue doméstico egípcio e árabe. A mãe de Sadeek, por sua vez, oferece o patrimônio genético polonês que inclui um traço complementar de sangue russo e uma linha baixa que vai à Wenera, cuja beleza e excelente conformação fizeram dela a égua de maior valor de venda no leilão polonês de 1983. Antes do Campeonato Brasileiro do ano passado, ele conferiu uma lista de cruzamentos, que achou particularmente bem sucedida com Sadeek Van Ryad. “Com filhas do Ponomarev, Borsalino K e Don El Chall, respectivamente, tivemos resultados tais como a Sahara Dahma, Sahara Lyrica, Sahara Latifa e Sahara Layla. Todas essas filhas estão competindo na Nacional Brasileira. Ele também tem tido sucesso cruzando suas éguas com outros garanhões. Majid Sahara (Magnum Chall x Miss Prishasa AMR), Sahara Magnah (Power Word x Sahara Magnifica), e Sahara Gallina (JJ Senor Magnum x Glory HCF) irão todas competir também na Nacional Brasileira. Os cruzamentos de Sadeek Van Ryad em filhas de RSD Dark Victory e Exceladdinn também têm sido muito produtivos.” Ansata Najdi, criação do famoso Ansata Arabian Stud, chegou ao Brasil no final de 2008. O garanhão tordilho de 11 anos havia sido vendido para a Itália com apenas um ano de idade e, embora tivesse poucos produtos por lá, sua marca registrada 'tipo Ansata' prometia qualidade excepcional. O Haras Sahara fez parceria com o Haras Vanguarda, do criador Fábio Diniz, para importá-lo ao Brasil, onde, no final de 2009, nasceram os seus primeiros potros. Ficou demonstrado que eles refletem suas características de criação como refinamento, pescoço longo, conformação forte e movimentação invejável.

Sahara Lyrica (Sadeek van Ryad x Natalie K, by Echo Magnifficoo). Unanimous 2009 Brazil Cup Champion Filly Sahara Nabilla (Sadeek van Ryad x Sahara Della Nabilla, by *El Nabila B). Unanimous 2009 Brazil Cup Champion Junior Filly Sahara Gallina (JJ Senor Magnum x Glory HCF, by *Cajun Prince HCF). Unanimous 2009 Brazilian National Champion Junior Junior Filly


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The Haras Training Center architecture contributes to the stalls' remaining airy and clean, and allows room for each horse to be handled safely and comfortably. A arquitetura do Centro de Treinamento do Haras contribui para que a รกrea das cocheiras fique arejada e impecรกvel, permitindo que cada cavalo seja tratado com conforto nos amplos espaรงos projetados.

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Ansata Najdi's bloodlines (Ansata Iemhotep x PWA Asherah, by Ansata Halim Shah) are classic Ansata: The name of the highlyrefined Egyptian stallion Nazeer appears 20 times in his pedigree. Ansata Iemhotep, 1996 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt and 2003 Egyptian Event unanimous Supreme Champion, was initially exported by Sheikh Al Qassimi, of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and then sold to Australia in 2008. On the distaff, Ansata Najdi's dam, PWA Asherah, was leased to Germany in the 1980s, where she produced many of the horses responsible for the success of Egyptian-blooded horses in Europe and the Middle East. The latest addition to the Haras Sahara stallion barn is Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey, by Ali Jamaal), U.S. National Top Ten and Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt. Coming 10 years old, Denali BHF already possesses a record of incredible potential; he is the sire of 2009 U.S. National Champion Junior Mare Dulcinea BHF, 2009 Canadian National Champion Futurity Filly Delilah BHF, and 2009 Canadian National Top Ten Desiree BHF.

A linhagem sanguínea de Ansata Najdi (Ansata Iemhotep x PWA Asherah, por Ansata Halim Shah) é o Ansata clássico: O nome do altamente refinado garanhão egípcio Nazeer aparece 20 vezes em seu pedigree. Ansata Iemhotep, Campeão Nacional Americano Top Ten Futurity de 1996 e Campeão Supremo unânime do Evento Egípcio de 2003 foi exportado inicialmente pelo Sheikh Al Qassimi, de Sharjah, nos Emirados Árabes Unidos e então vendido para a Austrália em 2008. Do lado feminino, a mãe de Ansata Najdi, PWA Asherah, foi arrendada para a Alemanha na década de 1980, onde produziu muitos dos cavalos responsáveis pelo sucesso do sangue egípcio na Europa e Oriente Médio. A mais recente adição ao estábulo do Haras Sahara é o garanhão Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey, por Ali Jamaal), Top Ten Nacional Americano e Reservado Campeão Futurity Colt Canadense. Chegando aos dez anos de idade, Denali BHF já detém um recorde de incrível potencial: é o pai da campeã Nacional Americana Égua Júnior 2009 Dulcinea BHF, Campeã Nacional Canadense 2009, Filha de Futuro (Futurity Filly) Delilah BHF e Nacional Canadense Dez Mais (Top Ten) de 2009 Desiree BHF.

At last November's Brazilian Nationals, the Haras Sahara contingent was front and center, with an array of contenders Na última Nacional Brasileira, o plantel do Haras Sahara foi frente e demonstrating the wisdom of the current breeding program. The centro, com uma linha de competidores que demonstraram a farm seemed to have a lock on the sabedoria do programa atual de filly division: The Sadeek Van reprodução. O haras parecia ter Ryad daughters Sahara Nabilah uma trava com segredo na divisão and Sahara Lyrica were named, de potrancas: as filhas do Sadeek The stud has been designed also to provide an enjoyable respectively, Unanimous Junior Van Ryad, Sahara Nabilah e Sahara experience for family and visitors, without losing focus on the Champion Filly and Unanimous Lyrica, foram classificadas, functionality of the structures while the native forest has been Champion Filly, while Sahara respectivamente, como Unâmine preserved in its most interesting points. Gallina won Unanimous Junior Campeã Potranca Júnior e O Haras foi projetado também para proporcionar momentos Junior Champion Filly. Mazarati Unâmine Campeã Potranca, agradáveis para a família e os visitantes, sem perder o foco na LBA nailed down the Junior Colt enquanto Sahara Gallina venceu funcionalidade das estruturas, enquanto a mata nativa foi Championship, and Radisha Van como Campeã Potranca Júnior preservada nos seus pontos mais interessantes. Ry a d w a s n a m e d R e s e r v e J ú n i o r, t a m b é m u n â m i n e . Champion Mare. M a z a r a t i L B A f a t u ro u o Campeonato Potro Junior e Mattar is the first to realize that Radisha Van Ryad foi Reservada such success did not come easily; beyond the normal learning curve Campeã Égua. Mattar é o primeiro a perceber que tal sucesso não of an Arabian breeder, he also suffered the same sorrows that afflict veio de maneira fácil. Além da curva de aprendizado normal de um anyone in a business that concerns animals. For a while, after the criador de cavalo árabe, ele também sofreu as mesmas agruras que loss of Ponomarev, he even lost the taste for breeding horses. “For afligem qualquer pessoa num negócio que trata de animais. Por um three years I went to my stud, but did not watch the horses. Since my momento, após a perda de Ponomarev ele chegou a perder o gosto stallion had died, I had no motivation,” he says. “Then I just por criar cavalos. “Por três anos, ia ao meu haras, mas não observava realized that I needed to go ahead. I looked for another stallion, os cavalos porque estava desanimado devido à morte do meu because I liked to breed Arabian horses.” garanhão,” diz ele. “Então, percebi que precisava ir adiante. Procurei por outro garanhão porque gostava de criar cavalos árabes.” In 1998, Mattar returned to Arabians with the purchase of 50 percent of the young national champion Exceptionn, who proved Em 1998, Mattar retornou ao cavalo árabe com a compra de 50% do especially successful as a sire of endurance horses. But once back in jovem campeão nacional Exceptionn, que provou ser especialmente the business, Mattar found himself redefining his own goals, and bem sucedido como reprodutor de cavalos resistentes. Mas, uma vez increasingly, he discovered that his interest in breeding for show de volta à criação de cavalos árabes, Mattar decidiu redefinir suas ring exhibition had grown from a casual sideline to a primary próprias metas e descobriu cada vez mais que o seu interesse na commitment. With that objective in mind, he turned a critical eye criação para participar de exposições passou de algo secundário para on his herd and was rigorous in the evaluation of his program. um compromisso fundamental. Com esse objetivo em mente, ele Crosses that did not work well for show competition were not lançou um olhar crítico em seus animais e foi rigoroso na avaliação repeated, and mares were purchased specifically for the stallions he de seu programa. Os cruzamentos que não funcionavam bem para wished to use. competições não foram repetidos e novas éguas foram compradas

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“I needed to buy the best mares in Brazil, so my focus was to buy mares, rather than to buy contenders in exhibitions as I had before,” he explains of that time. Over the next few years, the attention to bloodstock paid off, the show quality of his homebred horses improved, and a 'Haras Sahara look' emerged that more fairly represented the program's potential. Now, Mattar says, he can set his sights once again on participation in the show ring. From a total herd of approximately 200 horses, a selection be maintained as yeararound show contenders in Brazil. Coupled with the success of the Haras Sahara colts and fillies at the 2009 Brazilian Nationals, that front-and-center representation will is expected to expand the farm’s profile considerably. “Now I am breeding with much motivation,” he smiles. Now I will need to sell my products, for it will not be possible for me to carry on being a collector.” He jokes, “There is a limit to my pastures and stables!” The reality that a breeding program is a long-term venture is not lost on Mattar. Like any true horseman, he is always looking for the next foal crop. “The horse of your dreams is the perfect horse, and it is impossible to reach that,” he emphasizes. “If we reach the almost-perfect horse, our intention is to have a horse better than that. I'm always looking for the better horse—and the target is always just a little ahead. When I think I reach it, the target changes, because I become more demanding of what I want to produce. You are never satisfied; you are always looking for a little more than you have. This is the best part of breeding Arabian horses.”

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especificamente para os garanhões que ele desejava usar. “Eu precisava de boas reprodutoras, então, o meu foco era o de comprar novas matrizes ao invés de comprar produtos em competição nas exposições, como eu fizera antes,” explica daquela época. Nos anos que se seguiram, a atenção ao padrão sanguíneo compensou. A qualidade de seus cavalos participando em exposições melhorou e um 'padrão visual do Haras Sahara' surgiu representando, de maneira mais razoável, o potencial do programa. Agora, Mattar diz que pode focar mais uma vez a participação em exposições. De um plantel com o total de cerca de 200 animais, alguns serão escolhidos para competir nas exposições em todo o Brasil. Satisfeito com o sucesso dos potros e potrancas do Haras Sahara na Nacional Brasileira de 2009, esta excelente representação nas exposições trouxe uma motivação considerável de ampliação do perfil do haras. “Estou criando com mais motivação,” sorri. “Agora, precisarei vender os meus produtos, pois não será possível que eu continue a ser um colecionador”, brinca. Há um limite para meus pastos e cocheira!” Na realidade um programa de criação é um empreendimento de longo prazo. Como qualquer criador que lida com cavalos, ele está sempre buscando melhora a próxima safra de potros. “O cavalo dos meus sonhos é o animal perfeito, e isso é impossível de se atingir,” enfatiza. “Se alcançarmos o cavalo quase perfeito, a nossa intenção é ter um cavalo melhor que esse. Estou sempre buscando um cavalo melhor – e o objetivo está logo adiante. Quando eu penso que o atingi, o alvo muda, pois eu me torno mais exigente quanto ao que eu quero produzir. Você nunca está satisfeito, sempre procurando por um pouco mais do que pode ter. Essa é a melhor parte da criação do cavalo árabe.”


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Into The Future

Rumo ao Futuro

As a respected businessman at the national level in Brazil, Salim Mattar is proud of his country and its future. “Brazil is a developing country,” he observes. “This recent crisis has shown us the fundamentals of the Brazilian economy. Vast territory, natural resources, diversified industrial sector, a stable currency and low inflation, a major producer of grain and food, diversified export products, a solid financial system, 190 million consumers, a high

Como respeitado homem de negócios no cenário nacional brasileiro, Salim Mattar tem orgulho de seu país e de seu futuro. “O Brasil é um país em desenvolvimento,” observa. Esta crise recente mostrou a nós os fundamentos da economia brasileira. Vasto território, recursos naturais, setor industrial diversificado, uma moeda estável e inflação baixa, um grande produtor de grãos e alimentos, produtos diversificados para exportação, um sistema

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reputation for management, high international reserves, and now pre-salt (vast undersea oil fields in Brazilian waters)—and it goes on. I believe that a place among the world's major countries is reserved for Brazil!” That pride and hope extend also to the Arabian horse business in Brazil. He likes that Arabians fit so easily in the country's culture. “Brazilians enjoy horses,” he smiles. “It was natural for Brazil to have a herd of Arabian horses. I believe that the Brazilian Arabian is now one of the best. The mares that we have are fantastic. We have Brazilian breeders who became iconic within the Arabian breed, such as Lenita Perroy, who is responsible for the breeding program based on the fantastic Ali Jamaal. The Brazilian Arabian horse has type,

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financeiro sólido, 190 milhões de consumidores, alta reputação para administração, grande volume de reservas internacionais, e, agora, o pré-sal—e por aí vai. Acredito que está reservado para o Brasil um lugar entre os maiores países do mundo!” Esse orgulho e a esperança se estendem também aos negócios com cavalos árabes no Brasil. Ele gostaria que os cavalos árabes fossem mais integrados à cultura do país. “O brasileiro adora cavalos,” sorri. “Seria natural o Brasil ter um plantel de cavalos árabes. Acredito que o cavalo árabe brasileiro é atualmente um dos melhores. As matrizes que temos são fantásticas. Temos criadores brasileiros que se tornaram ícones na criação do cavalo árabe, como a Lenita Perroy, responsável pelo programa


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movement, neck and topline, and is now improving, seeking a more refined head. Brazil will always be a major producer and exporter of top quality Arabian horses.” One of Mattar's greatest delights is sharing the farm and the horses with his daughters and friends. Time at Haras Sahara is spent not just with the Arabians, but with the people who make up his life. Although his daughters are at an age where their primary concerns are in other areas, they all love the horses and enjoy being at the farm. A sizeable house lends to comfortable entertainment that attracts everyone's friends. Tatiana, 20, and Sarah, 18, attended high school in Switzerland and both speak four languages. They now study business administration, while 17-year-old Sophia completes high school. She too went to

de criação que tem como pilar o fantástico Ali Jamaal. O cavalo árabe brasileiro tem tipo, movimentação, pescoço e top line e está melhorando agora, buscando uma cabeça mais refinada. O Brasil sempre será um grande produtor e exportador de cavalos árabes de altíssima qualidade.” Um dos maiores prazeres de Mattar é compartilhar o haras e seus cavalos com suas filhas e amigos. Seu tempo no Haras Sahara é desfrutado não apenas com os cavalos árabes, mas com as pessoas que fazem parte da sua vida. Embora as suas filhas estejam numa idade em que os seus primeiros interesses estão em outras áreas, todas adoram os cavalos e gostam de ficar no haras. Tatiana, 20, e Sarah, 18, fizeram o colegial na Suíça e as duas falam quatro idiomas.

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With an exceptional energy, Salim celebrates the daily joy of being able to reconcile his love for his three daughters, his family, his company and Haras Sahara. He seeks to be ever present in the most important of his many activities. The friends he conquered, and who gave him the necessary support for his rise as a great breeder in Latin America, are part of his daily life. Com uma energia excepcional, Salim celebra diariamente a alegria de poder conciliar sua paixão pelas três filhas, sua família, sua empresa e pelo Haras Sahara. Ele procura estar sempre presente nos momentos mais importantes de suas múltiplas atividades. Os amigos que conquistou no meio e que deram suporte necessário para sua ascensão como um dos criadores de destaque na América Latina são parte de seu convívio constante.

school in Switzerland, but returned to Brazil to complete that phase of her education. “I think none of them will become a breeder and continue my program,” Mattar says resignedly. But given the allure of Arabians, there is always hope. “Let's see if any of them will become more interested in Arabian horses in the future.” In the meantime, he shares with them his passion for life. It is his philosophy, and his Arabian horses are a part of it: “Living intensely with my daughters, having good friends, traveling to delightful places, eating well, reading good books, watching good movies, listening to music, laughing a lot, always smiling—enjoying this wonderful gift that life is!”

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Atualmente, estudam administração de empresas, enquanto Sophia, de 17 anos, conclui o colégio. Ela também frequentou a escola na Suíça, mas regressou ao Brasil para concluir essa fase de seus estudos. “Acho que nenhuma delas irá se tornar criadora nem continuará o meu programa,” diz Mattar conformado. Mas, dado o encanto do cavalo árabe, sempre há esperança. “Vamos ver se alguma delas irá se interessar mais pelos cavalos árabes no futuro.” Enquanto isso, ele compartilha com elas a sua paixão pela vida. É a sua filosofia e o cavalo árabe faz parte dela: “Viver intensamente com as minhas filhas, ter bons amigos, viajar para lugares prazerosos, assistir a bons filmes, ouvir música, rir bastante, sorrir sempre – apreciar esse maravilhoso presente que é a vida!”


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Salim Mattar is a dear friend with a wonderful eye for the Arabian horse. His program at Haras Sahara is one that is growing more powerful every breeding and show season. I love the fact that he has a keen sense for a multitude of powerful bloodlines and uses them to their best potential. – Travis Rice

Salim Mattar é um amigo querido e tem olhos de águia para o cavalo árabe. Seu programa no Haras Sahara apresenta um crescimento mais forte a cada geração de animais e temporada de exposições. Adoro o fato de que ele tem um sexto sentido para uma variedade de linhagens e as utiliza no seu maior potencial. – Travis Rice

Salim is an extremely clever businessman, and very young to have achieved all his success. He has built a beautiful farm, located near Belo Horizonte, where he receives his friends and clients in a royal way. Along the years he has acquired a group of beautiful mares, and every year has had a crop of foals that have done extremely well in the shows. As a person and as a breeder, he is very respected by all the members of the Arabian horse community in Brazil. He is still building up his breeding program, acquiring some new international stallions. He is a good friend of mine, and I enjoy his company very much. – Lenita Perroy

Salim is a self-made man of great integrity. Because he is so devoted and passionate to whatever he does—with untiring effort—he is always a great success. This is true for Salim as a great owner and breeder of Arabian horses. His haras is unquestionably one of the most spectacular in the world. His horses rival any of those in the entire Arabian industry. A visit to Haras Sahara is a must—and the opportunity to know Salim as a friend is a true privilege. – Walter Mishek

Salim é um negociante extremamente inteligente e muito jovem alcançou todo este seu sucesso. Construiu uma bela fazenda, localizada perto de Belo Horizonte, onde ele recebe os seus amigos e clientes com pompa e circunstância. Com o passar dos anos, ele adquiriu um conjunto de belas éguas e, todos os anos tem uma safra de potros que se vêm saindo muito bem nas exposições. Como pessoa e criador, ele é muito respeitado por todos os membros da comunidade do cavalo árabe no Brasil. Ele ainda está desenvolvendo o seu programa de criação, adquirindo alguns novos garanhões internacionais. Ele é um bom amigo meu e eu gosto muito de sua companhia. – Lenita Perroy Salim subiu na vida por seus próprios méritos e grande integridade. Por sua paixão tão grande em tudo o que faz – com esforço inesgotável – ele é sempre um grande sucesso. Isso é verdade para Salim como grande proprietário e criador de cavalos árabes. O seu haras é, inquestionavelmente, um dos mais espetaculares do mundo. Seus cavalos rivalizam com quaisquer outros de toda a indústria do cavalo árabe. Uma visita ao Haras Sahara é imperdível—uma oportunidade de conhecer Salim como amigo é um verdadeiro privilégio. - Walter Mishek

Typical Brazilian trees draw it’s colours sorrounding Haras Sahara landscape. Árvores típicas do cerrado desenham suas cores na paisagem que envolve o Haras Sahara.

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Salim Mattar, is a successful, self-made entrepreneur. He is very active and friendly. When he started his interest in the Arabian horse breed, he studied and started with care, and built a very precious team of horses that now is one of the most important that I know of. – Paolo Levy

Salim Mattar é um empreendedor bem sucedido que se fez por si. É muito ativo e amigo. Quando começou a se interessar pela criação do cavalo árabe, estudou e começou com cuidado, montando um precioso plantel de cavalos que é um dos mais importantes que conheço. – Paolo Levy

Haras Sahara and Salim are one of the great breeders of Brazil. I admire his determination to breed only the best! I attended his production auction in Brazil and can testify that this man does it first class all the way. A nicer and kinder person you will not find. I have enjoyed our friendship and business together, and look for to many great years ahead. – David Boggs

O Haras Sahara e Salim estão entre os maiores criadores do Brasil. Eu admiro sua determinação de criar apenas o que há de melhor! Eu compareci ao seu leilão de produção no Brasil e posso dar testemunho de que esse homem faz tudo de primeira classe do início ao fim. Você não irá encontrar uma pessoa mais gentil e agradável. Estou adorando a nossa amizade e os negócios em conjunto e estou ansioso pelos muitos anos ainda à nossa frente. – David Boggs

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*Mazarati LBA (Mazkarade x Amelia B, by Magnun Psyche). Jr. Colt Championship 2009 Brazilian National Show

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I would need all the pages of this magazine and much more to tell all the wonderful stories that I have with Salim. I met him in 1992 for the first time, on the occasion of the Nagib Audi sale, when Salim bought his first horses. He was bidding against the best Brazilian and worldwide breeders in a very serious way. Over the 11 Audi auctions, where Nagib was selling 500 horses, Salim purchased 58, and he asked if they could stay at Nagib's Santa Gertrudis farm. Finally, when the auctions were over, Nagib asked Salim to move the horses to his own farm—and Salim surprisingly answered that he had no farm to take those animals to. I

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Eu precisaria de todas as páginas dessa revista e muito mais para contar todas as histórias maravilhosas que tenho com Salim. Eu o encontrei pela primeira vez em 1992, por ocasião da liquidação do plantel de Nagib Audi, quando Salim adquiriu seus primeiros cavalos. Ele estava dando lances competindo com os melhores criadores brasileiros e mundiais de modo muito sério. Ao longo dos 11 leilões de Audi, onde Nagib estava vendendo 500 cavalos, Salim adquiriu 58, e perguntou se os animais poderiam ficar na fazenda Santa Gertrudis, de Nagib. Finalmente, ao final dos leilões, Nagib pediu a Salim que mudasse os cavalos para a sua própria fazenda—e Salim respondeu, para sua surpresa, que ele não tinha uma fazenda para onde levar os animais. Eu precisei alugar uma fazenda imediatamente e tive de reorganizá-la como criatório para abrigar os cavalos e o (repentino) programa de criação. Em menos de um ano, Salim comprou uma fazenda nas proximidades de Belo Horizonte, capital de Minas Gerais, onde ele mora, e transformou aquela terra em um dos mais belos haras brasileiros de criação de cavalos árabes.


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had to rent a farm at once to house those animals, and I had to organize it as a stud for a new (and sudden) breeding program. In less than a year, Salim purchased a farm in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, where he lives, and transformed that land into one of the most beautiful Brazilian Arabian horse breeding farms. Salim is a very tough and very organized man, with a desire for beauty, modernity and efficiency in everything he does. But the quality I admire the most in this man is his loyalty, generosity and seriousness in everything he does, especially with his friendships. It is a great honor for me to say, “I am a friend of Salim Mattar.” – Luciano Cury

I'd been invited by Salim to visit the Sahara Stud in October 1999. We saw all its structures and horses. At that time, I asked to present a foal he had bred, Sahara Abdullah, at the Nationals. He told me that he would send the foal with the condition that I was the one to present it. We shook hands, and it was the beginning of a serious and respectful partner and friendship. I gave him my sincere opinion on his horses at that time, and we decided that the breeding program needed to move in a new direction. Salim agreed, and began the reformulation of its program. It's been almost 10 years, and a few years ago we started to “reap the fruits” of that decision with some mares bought for showing and after that for breeding, such as Miss Prishaza AMR, Radisha Van Ryad and Helga Sams, among others. And now we are successfully breeding, as may be seen with such horses as Sahara Gallina, who was named 2009 Brazilian National Champion Junior Filly unanimously. I respect and admire Salim both personally and professionally. Salim, congratulations and thank you very much for the success we are achieving. - Rinaldo Longuini and Family

Salim é um homem muito rigoroso e organizado, com um desejo pelo belo, moderno e eficiente em tudo o que faz. Porém, a qualidade que eu mais admiro nesse homem é a sua lealdade, generosidade e seriedade nas coisas que faz, em especial, com suas amizades. É uma grande honra eu dizer: “Sou amigo de Salim Mattar.” - Luciano Cury

Salim me convidou para visitar o Haras Sahara em outubro de 1999. Eu vi toda a fantástica estrutura do haras e seu plantel com excelentes matrizes. Naquela época eu pedi a ele que me permitisse apresentar o seu potro Sahara Abdullah na Nacional. Ele me disse que enviaria o potro com a condição de que fosse eu quem apresentaria o animal. Demos um aperto de mão e esse foi o início de uma amizade e parceria séria e respeitosa. Dei a ele minha opinião sincera sobre esse cavalo na época e nós decidimos que o programa de criação deveria tomar uma nova direção. Salim concordou e iniciou a reformulação do programa. Após 10 anos começamos a colher os frutos daquela decisão com algumas éguas compradas para exposições. Foram comprados animais de alta qualidade para a criação como a Miss Prishasa AMR, Radisha Van Ryad e Helga Sams, entre outras. Estamos obtendo sucesso com esta criação, como pode ser visto com cavalos como Sahara Gallina Campeã, que recebeu o título Potranca Campeã Nacional Brasileira Júnior de 2009, por unanimidade. Tenho respeito e admiração por Salim tanto pessoal quanto profissionalmente. Salim, parabéns e muito obrigado a você pelo sucesso que estamos alcançando. - Rinaldo Longuini e Família

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Honey Psyche (Magnum Psyche x Butterfly Par , by Galisteo)

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Contact Haras Sahara through Salim Mattar Office Phone 55 31 3247 7000 Stud Phone 55 31 3712 8101 info@harassahara.com www.harassahara.com Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Brazil


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New AHA Judges & Stewards Commissioner

Stan Morey Takes Time To Address A Few Questions Compiled by Colleen Scott

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Long-time Arabian horse enthusiast R. Stanton Morey, Edmond, Okla., began in his new position as Arabian Horse Association (AHA) Judges and Stewards Commissioner on November 16, 2009. We caught up with Morey recently and asked him a few questions about his new role at AHA and plans for the near future.

Your new position comes with a lot of controversy and challenges. What made you want to pursue the role of Judges and Stewards Commissioner?

and gave a presentation to the folks in Region 9 at their Regional horse fest. The first show I’ll travel to will be the Scottsdale Show in February.

I believe in the Arabian horse. Arabians and HalfArabians have a lot to offer a lot of people. I personally owe this horse a great deal—Arabians have afforded me the opportunity to do something I truly enjoy for a living, and I have a great deal of appreciation and gratitude for the breed. I am happy to repay the breed with my time and energy. I also believe in the judging process and believe that judges have a responsibility to this breed and the people that exhibit these horses. Taking the position as Judges and Stewards Commissioner is a way for me to serve a great horse breed.

In the press release issued by AHA, you were quoted as saying: “I know there is a lot of work to do.” What is that work, and have you been able to put plans in place yet to tackle it?

In a previous interview, you indicated your intent to travel around the country to various shows. Have you been able to do this yet? If so, where have you been and what have you learned from that experience? Since coming on board in November, I have done some traveling, but not yet to any shows. I went to the AHA Convention in Reno, the USEF Annual Meeting in Louisville; I got a chance to talk with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) in Oklahoma City

There were four projects I wanted to be sure to focus on immediately—most have already been addressed. First, I wanted my office to be more involved in the judges’ selection process, which occurs every January. Second, the Education and Evaluation Committee along with the U.S. Show Commission were able to make some planning and procedural changes to the U.S. National halter classes. Next, I wanted to be sure that the Judges and Stewards office worked diligently to understand and be a part of the AHA budgeting process. I feel good about the progress in this area—I am now included as senior management and work closely with the senior directors to stay in tune with the entire budgetary process. Lastly, I want to update the educational materials that come out of this office so that our judges have fresh, up-to-date materials to reference. I have a lot of ideas about how to do this, but haven’t yet implemented them.

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In the two months since you’ve accepted this position, has there been anything that has surprised you? I can’t say that anything has really surprised me, but I will say that I am really impressed by the willingness of all Arabian judges and exhibitors to talk about their ideas and concerns for this horse. Active dialogue is important in any organization. If you could gather a group of exhibitors, what would you tell them about working with the judges and stewards? What can exhibitors do to improve or contribute to the process? 1. I would encourage exhibitors to attend the exhibitor and judges school that takes place in December. The school is especially designed for both judges and exhibitors. 2. Read and understand the rules by which judges and stewards have to operate. 3. Do not be afraid to ask questions. While it isn’t always appropriate to speak with the judge during a show, the Judges and Stewards Office is open Monday through Friday to help answer questions.

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If you could gather a group of trainers in a room, what would you tell them about working with judges and stewards? The first thing I would do is remind them of the mission of the judges and stewards. Judges and stewards are there to do the best by the Arabian horse. A trainer’s mission should be similar. Again, I would also tell the trainers to attend the exhibitor and judges school in December. The knowledge gained at that school is absolutely valuable. As an exhibitor, I personally would like to see more interaction between judges and exhibitors. Can you think of a way to facilitate that and not have it interfere with the running of a show? If at all possible, exhibitors should volunteer to help with a show. Hopefully, this would help them understand the pressures the judge feels and his/her responsibilities to all the exhibitors. The logistics of running the show, including organizing the judge’s travel itinerary, rarely allows time for a judge to answer questions after the show. Since it isn’t appropriate to speak with a judge while you’re showing, exhibitors are again encouraged to contact my office with


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questions after the show. If we can’t put the exhibitor in touch with a judge directly, we can certainly try to help answer the question ourselves.

and evaluate the judges and stewards. While I’m here, this office will be more interactive overall with judges, stewards and exhibitors.

There are some who complain about conflicts of interest between judges and exhibitors, and one of those conflicts concerns the amount of time not being long enough when business transactions occur between a judge and exhibitor. How would you address this conflict of interest issue?

We hear a lot of talk about the number of registrations being down in the Arabian breed. How does what you are going to do impact how the breed is enjoyed and perceived?

I would address it very carefully. I understand that some complain that the time period is too short, but we must abide by the rule that is currently in place. The best time to address an issue of conflict of interest is before it ever occurs. Anytime a judge, steward or exhibitor anticipates that a conflict of interest may arise in the future, they are encouraged to notify my office so that we can help handle the situation before the show. What specific goals do you hope to accomplish in 2010? I hope to raise the level of awareness for all exhibitors, judges and stewards about this office and its duties. I hope to be more visible and attend numerous shows to monitor

It is true that registrations are down for our breed, as well as every other breed organization. I hope that by instilling confidence in our breed’s judging process—in making sure that Arabian judges are well prepared, well educated and fair—Arabian owners, future owners and our industry-wide counterparts will be reassured that showing Arabians is a good experience. What are you most looking forward to in the coming years in your new role? I genuinely enjoy talking with and learning more about the judging process. I am always looking for and listening to different ways to evaluate the Arabian horse through the judging process. Again, all of us judges and stewards want the best for this horse. ■

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The 2009 Brazilian National Arabian Horse Show Ribeir達o Preto, Brazil ~ November 19-22, 2009 photos by Rogerio Santos

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2009 BRAZILIAN NATIONALS

Right: Brazilian National Champion Mare RHR GGISELE (Echo Magnifficoo x LC Psychesheiress), owned by Haras Das Paineiras.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Mare RADISHA VAN RYAD (Ryad El Jamaal x HE Prima Donna), owned by Haras Sahara.

Above: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Mare MARWANA HBV (Marwan Al Shaqab x WH Nashahna), owned by Haras Das Paineiras.

Left: Brazilian National Champion Young Mare MARWAN CRISTAL RCA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Crysstell), owned by Haras Das Paineiras.

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Right: Brazilian National Champion Filly ENJELICAA F (Enzo x Anjelicoo), owned by Haras Vale Do Luar.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Filly ALITA PSY (Padrons Psyche x Alitafame), owned by Haras El Madan.

Right: Brazilian National Champion Young Filly SHERRIZE D’PSCORE (Pscore x Hall Victory IN), owned by Haras JM.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Filly HLP DARKYNA FAME (Legacy Of Fame x Arkyna HCF), owned by Haras Los Palmares.

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2009 BRAZILIAN NATIONALS

Right: Brazilian National Champion Junior Filly PRISTYNE DE JYLBERT ( Jylbert De Wiec x Perseya El Jamaal), owned by Guzzo Arabian Training.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Filly ENZOS ROSE PA (Enzo x Tiaraa Rose), owned by Haras Martona and Haras Stigmatas.

Left: Brazilian National Champion Junior Junior Filly SAHARA GALLINA ( JJ Senor Magnum x Glory HCF), owned by Haras Sahara.

Above: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Junior Filly BELISSIMA EL RYAD AK (Ryad El Jamaal x VIP Lady JP), owned by Haras Aga Khan.

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Right: Brazilian National Champion Stallion FORM CARILLON (Laddin BA x AF Jade), owned by Haras Vale Formoso.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Stallion VOLTAIRE RACH (Pavel RACH x Vaal RACH), owned by Haras Ilha Da Chapada.

Right: Brazilian National Champion Young Stallion FA EL SHAWAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Foxbriar Shakita), owned by Guzzo Arabian Training.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Stallion MATISSE FM (Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Promise Kept), owned by Haras Stigmatas.

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2009 BRAZILIAN NATIONALS

Right: Brazilian National Champion Colt HK KEAV POWER (Power World JQ x HK La Rosa Laswan), owned by Guzzo Arabian Training.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Colt EL TINO (DA Valentino x Imprimista CF), owned by Haras Stigmatas.

Right: Brazilian National Champion Young Colt VULCANO HVP (Nuzyr HCF x Lady Psyche HVP), owned by Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Colt ETERNITY HVP (Ryad El Jamaal x Taamara HVP), owned by Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltda.

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Right: Brazilian National Champion Junior Colt MAZARATI LBA (Mazkarade x Amelia B), owned by Haras Sahara.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Colt BACANO EL LEGACY (Legacy Of Fame x Michelle HVP), owned by Haras Santa Marta.

Right: Brazilian National Champion Junior Junior Colt EL SHAKHYR (FA El Shawan x Madinah Van Ryad), owned by Haras Canaa.

Below: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Junior Colt PRINCE EL SHAWAN JQ (FA El Shawan x Belly World JQ), owned by Haras Dos Faveiros.

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Brazilian National Champion English Pleasure Open and Senior Horse RFI SINGULAR SHIRAZ (Shiraz El Jamaal x Singular Sensation), owned by Santo Antonio Da Bela Vista.

Brazilian National Champion Pleasure Driving Senior Horse and Exhibitor HAFATI SYCLONE BEY (Keystone Bey V x Hafati Baskelle), owned by Liuti Silva. Also Champion English Pleasure Exhibitor and Young Rider.

Left: Brazilian National Champion Western Pleasure Senior Horse, Exhibitor, Masculine and Jr. Jr. Rider EL SHADAY GV (Muscaffa x Nag Hal Dash), owned by Haras Morab.

Right: Brazilian National Champion Hunter Pleasure Young Horse PARIGI VAN RYAD (Ryad El Jamaal x Amfibia Van Gokart), owned by Jose Antonio Jacovas.

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Georginho Naoum and Family.

Pedro Amaral and Rodrigo Lorenzi.

Umberto and Iraciara Florezi.

Herber Viana and sons.

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Paquito Carrasco and Family.

Maisa and JosĂŠ Alves.

Jaime Pinheiro and Carlos Roizner.

The Leopoldino Family.

The Carlos and Jacqueline Menezes Family.


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Stella & Jairo Queiroz Jorge and Marisa Villas Boas.

Stephen Ralston and Phil Del Pozzo.

Abel Leopoldino and JP Martins.

Greg Gallún

Laucidio Coelho and Elias Zahram.

Luciano Cury and Travis Rice.

Christiane Packwitz, Carlos Roizner, and Andre Cruz.

Eduardo Caio and Family.

Tersio Miranda and daughter.

Steve Heathcott

Murilo Kammer and Umberto Bonini.

João and Elisa Sorvilo. ■

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HARAS VILA DOS PINHEIROS JAIME PINHEIRO

HARAS CANAÃ ABEL TERRUGI LEOPOLDINO AND FAMILY

HARAS DOS FAVEIROS JAIRO QUEIROZ JORGE AND FAMILY

CASA BRANCA AGROPASTORIL PAULO DE CASTRO MARQUES AND FAMILY


AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE by Mary Kirkman


hen the partners in the El Shawan Group h purchased the hot young stallion FA El pu Shawan, it was a business decision. All Sha Sh a experienced breeders, they had studied his expe ex per pedigree pedi pe digr gree e and looked at videotapes of him, but none had seen him in person; there was no opportunity for the visceral gut reaction that is so common to a charismatic Arabian. For some, the decision was encouraged by their faith in Rodolfo Guzzo, who had spotted what was then a 9-month-old colt at Scottsdale, and Bolivar Figueiredo, who had joined Guzzo in putting together the venture. The Group’s reactions after FA El Shawan arrived in Brazil, began winning titles, and in 2009, put babies in the show ring who were collecting silver as well, was a different matter—they had the right to fall in love. But in the beginning, nearly four years ago, it was FA El Shawan’s sheer quality and potential that sold them. This is the story of a business partnership that shows every sign of turning into an important contribution to the Arabian breed. Scottsdale, 2006. Yearling colts were in the ring, and Rodolfo Guzzo, standing on the rail, was intrigued by the black-bay youngster at the end of Keith Krichke’s lead. “I saw him come in the gate with a beautiful trot,” Guzzo recalls. “The movement was amazing.” He also recalls the frustration of having no program at the time, no way of knowing who the colt was; at last he got a listing, scanned through the numbers, and found that the handsome bay was FA El Shawan, a Marwan Al Shaqab son, bred by Marlene A. Rieder. He headed for Krichke’s barn and asked to see the colt trot again. Although he was tired, FA El Shawan set off down the barn aisle, head up, knees popping, game and fancy. Guzzo asked for a price.

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iith everything else going on at the time, putting together a group tto o buy the colt did not get done, and Guzzo returned to Brazil. But on n home, he showed a video and pedigree to consultant and former once train trainer Bolivar Figueiredo. Figueiredo’s reaction was enthusiastic; he, too, thought FA El Shawan was worth pursuing. Working together, they invited four established breeders in forming a partnership that imported the colt to Brazil; each believed that the colt would make a positive contribution to his own breeding program, and that there would be a market for his services among the country’s other Arabian breeders. After an early reorganization, the El Shawan Group included Casa Branca Agropastoril’s Paulo de Castro Marques; Haras Canaã’s Abel Terrugi Leopoldino and his family; Haras dos Faveiros’ Jairo Queiroz Jorge; and Haras Vila dos Pinheiros’ Jaime Pinheiro. Guzzo and Figueiredo were charged with management of the young stallion, who in the months between Scottsdale and his move to Brazil in July, had grown taller and even more impressive. “This horse has perfect conformation,” Figueiredo says. “He has an incredible body—a short back, which we need now, and at the same time, a good neck. He has special legs, very correct. With all this, he can move very, very nicely. And he is a beautiful show horse. When he goes to the arena for the show, he acts like ‘I am the king.’ I think he wants to be a star.” Looking back, the members of the El Shawan Group remember their objectives when they came together. “I was looking for a new sire to bring to my stud that I knew would be an impressive individual, and would be able to breed that quality on,” says Paulo de Castro Marques. “When I saw Shawan, I was sure I had made the right choice.” Jairo Jorge is succinct: “The pedigree and conformation, the beauty, the movement.” In particular as well, he had been on the lookout for an infusion of Egyptian-based beauty, and FA El Shawan satisfied that requirement. “At that time, 2005-2006, we were mating our mares, whose pedigrees were predominantly Egyptian, to two of the leading stallions in our country, which were Nuzyr HCF and Power World JQ,” recalls Abel Terrugi Leopoldino. “The promising foals from these crosses led us to think about buying a colt that could complement them. The lineage of Marwan Al Shaqab, besides being an innovation in this country, offered a way of establishing further Arabian type, emphasizing attitude and movement without losing the harmony of the body and legs. FA El Shawan, at that time a colt, fulfilled these expectations.” Jaime Pinheiro too was looking for Marwan Al Shaqab blood. “El Shawan has received Marwan’s best qualities, and beyond that, he has an exceptional show presentation. All these reasons had an effect on our decision to purchase him.”

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El Shakhyr (x Madinah Van Ryad, by Ryad El Jamaal)

“He looks a lot like his father,” agrees Rodolfo Guzzo. “Shawan is a beautiful horse, and he shows beautifully, with neck and expression. He’s very well balanced, and that’s what I like about him—the conformation, the body, the movement. His movement is powerful, and he really uses the knees and the back legs; he’s not just bouncing around.” Now, having seen the FA El Shawan babies, he adds, “But I think that because he has lots of pretty in the pedigree, the babies are better than he is himself.” In the Brazilian show ring, FA El Shawan immediately made his presence known. In four years, he has been named a national champion three times—as 2006 Brazilian National Champion Junior Colt, 2007 Brazilian National Champion Colt, and 2009 Brazilian National Champion Young Stallion (in 2008, he was out of competition to satisfy breeding commitments). By the time he won his latest title, however, his first foals were in the show ring, and they were stealing the spotlight. Four FA El Shawan yearlings were on hand for the Brazilian Nationals in 2009, all headliners. The Junior Junior Colt class was a clean sweep: Bred by Haras Canaã and Haras das Paineiras, El Shakhyr (x Madinah Van Ryad, by Ryad El Jamaal) was the unanimous Brazilian National Champion Junior Junior Colt, and Prince El Shawan JQ (x Belly World JQ, by World Series) nailed the reserve title, showing for Haras dos Faveiros. Since the Nationals, El Shakhyr’s ownership has expanded to include Bolivar Figueiredo and Reinaldo Rocha Leão.

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Prince El Shawan JQ (x Belly World JQ, by World Series)

The other two FA El Shawan representatives at the Brazilian Nationals were fillies. Shawala GAT JQ (x Hamala AL, by Plus Aladdin JP), bred by Jairo Jorge and Rodolfo Guzzo, was first place in her class, and Cinderella HVP (x Magnum Rose HVP, by Magnum Psyche), bred by Haras Vila dos Pinheiros, was top ten in hers. According to the partners, those youngsters are only the beginning. In addition to Prince El Shawan, Jairo Jorge has others. “I have three outstanding fillies by El Shawan,” he says, “out of three different mares who are sired by Power World JQ, World Series, and El Nabila B.” “We’re still in the very beginning,” comments Paulo de Castro Marques, “but we have two wonderful fillies, one from Salawat NA (Ponomarev x MS Silka, by Muscat) and the other from Sovereign Almond JP ( Jahd El Jamaal x Lima Bella Donna, by Bawana Lima). In March, three more foals will be born, and we have high expectations, since it has been proven that FA El Shawan is a superior producer.” “We haven’t shown many colts yet,” says Jaime Pinheiro. “Most of them will begin this year, and we have high expectations.” The debuts lend credence to the market value of FA El Shawan, which could be extrapolated from the price of a one-fifth ownership share which was publically auctioned in 2008. Jaime Pinheiro, interested in increasing his holding, purchased the share for $180,000, which put FA El Shawan’s value at nearly $1 million.


Shawala GAT JQ (x Hamala AL, by Plus Aladdin JP)

Cinderella HVP (x Magnum Rose HVP, by Magnum Psyche)

By the partnership agreement, 20 breedings are available to the public annually, so even with the partners’ mares, FA El Shawan’s production seldom tops 80 foals per year.

“He is a spectacular individual,” Jaime Pinheiro says flatly, “and he is very consistent in passing on his strongest features to his sons and daughters.”

Of the 20 marketed breedings, Bolivar Figueiredo notes, “We sell out every year. We sell not only to Brazil, but to Argentina, Uruguay, now Australia, some in the U.S.— worldwide.”

“In my opinion, type and movement and beautiful heads are what El Shawan passes on best to his progeny,” Paulo de Castro Marques says.

He adds that they have particularly strong representation in Uruguay. “We have a great person there, Olivia Strausch, who takes care of the El Shawan Group’s clients. Some of the breeders from Uruguay who use El Shawan are Laetitia D’Arenberg, Heber Viana and Carlos Roizner.” What does FA El Shawan do that makes him so marketable? “He sires foals that have very correct conformation,” he says. “And he puts his movement on all his babies. He’s a very typey horse, with big eyes, and he has an especially good muzzle on a very typey head. You can see the beauty on all his foals. Breeders feel they are looking at a good horse, and he’s producing this kind of foal.” Abel Terrugi Leopoldino, who bred the unanimous national champion El Shakhyr, agrees. “Among some of the qualities FA El Shawan invariably passes on to his get are extreme heads with delicate noses; large and expressive eyes; thin throats in swan-necks; and noble stance, show attitude, balance and harmony.”

Jairo Jorge agrees, but adds: “He is strong to pass on beauty and movement—and charisma.” In addition, FA El Shawan offers an intriguing mix of bloodlines that for all its familiarity—the Marwan Al Shaqab side and the dam’s sireline, which includes El Shaklan and Bey Shah—is also very different from much of what is seen in the market today. His dam, Foxbriar Shakita, offers a line of old British blood and a hefty infusion of Russian and Egyptian names, some stellar. The overall effect is to confirm all the beauty so apparent in FA El Shawan. The market for the stallion’s foals opened strong. “The first baby of El Shawan was sold at 7 days old,” Rodolfo Guzzo reports. “Andy Sellman bought the filly. She was just exquisite; I sent a picture to him and he bought her for a substantial price. Then he came to Brazil to see the program.” With only 44 foals on the ground, the oldest only yearlings, not many have left Brazil,” observes Bolivar

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FA El Shawan, 2009 Brazilian National Champion

Figueiredo. “But the prices have been all in the five- to six-figure range.” The partners are encouraged by what they see. “Our first foals will be ready for showing in 2010,” Paulo de Castro Marques says. “But we brought trainers and breeders from Brazil to see the foals at our farm, and everyone was very impressed with the quality.” Abel Terrugi Leopoldino watches each of his closely. “While our foals are still young, we can highlight a few especially promising ones: Two from Maynah (Nuzyr HCF x Mayara Al Kariim, by PVA Kariim); two fillies from Ana Juliana Rach ( Juliano x Alaskka, by *Aladdinn); a colt from Nuzyrma Dinn SA (Nuzyr HCF x Hafati Grace, by RSD Dark Victory); and a filly from Sovereign Cove JP (Laddin BA x Halenna NA, by El Shaklan). “As far as success, I would point out El Shakhyr, who was crowned 2009 Junior National Champion unanimously,” he continues, “and I’m particularly high on Festywa ALSA (x Festyna SA, by Nuzyr HCF), who will launch her campaign in the show ring in 2010.”

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“We have two horses who won many shows in Brazil,” reports Jaime Pinheiro. “They are Flashy of Shawan (a colt from Magnolya HVP, by Magnum Chall HVP), and Shawana HVP (a filly out of Chammur, by Don El Chall).” With each breeder attuned to his own program, the range of bloodlines being used with FA El Shawan offers an early glimpse of promising crosses. Jaime Pinheiro is currently focusing on two particular lines. “We work with mares from the Bey Shah and Magnum Psyche bloodlines,” he says. “Our mares are diverse and composed of all strains and types,” Paulo de Castro Marques says. “We have daughters of *Aladdinn, Almaden, Don El Chall, Don Giovanni, Cajun Prince HCF, Laddin BA, Nuzyr HCF, Power World JQ, Enzo, Magnum Psyche, Ponomarev, Magnum Chall HVP and many other important sires. There are not many foals born yet from El Shawan, but they are individuals of extreme elegance and beauty.”


“Haras Canaã never relinquishes Arabian type in the stud,” Abel Terrugi Leopoldino comments. “In the 1980s and ’90s, we imported various pure Egyptian animals, such as BSA Aliya, PVA Kariim and others. A few years ago, we ended the exclusivity of the pure Egyptian program and added other bloodlines, mainly due to the lack of superior genetic material in our country. So our mares offer pedigrees with such Egyptians as *Ansata Ibn Halima and *Morafic, combined with the alreadymentioned Nuzyr HCF, Power World JQ, and some more acquisitions. They are animals of extreme elegance and beauty, combined with excellent movement.” Shawana HVP (x Chammur, by Don El Chall)

"At the Brazilian Nationals in 2009, the best horse at the show was an FA El Shawan baby." —Sandro Pinha

Flashy of Shawan (x Magnolya HVP, by Magnum Chall HVP)

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Main stable at Haras Vila dos Pinheiros.

“For me, the story starts with Marlene Rieder. Marlene, who is a really good, small breeder—she thinks about it a lot, she studies a lot—bred her mare to ZT Shakfantasy, and that breeding produced a mare who, when she became breeding age, was bred to Marwan Al Shaqab. That, in turn, produced FA El Shawan, so I think so much credit goes to Marlene for thinking these things through over so many years, and trying to breed a horse that will move forward into another generation. She’s done that with El Shawan. “I saw FA El Shawan as a yearling when Keith Krichke showed him at Scottsdale, and I thought he was absolutely beautiful. I’ve kept up with him through his years in Brazil, through his national championships and now with his foals winning national championships. He was a spectacular colt, bred to be a breeding horse as well as a show horse, and I congratulate everyone involved for doing such a great job with this beautiful horse.” —Michael Byatt Shiva El Shawan (x Shiva Rach, by Republyc)

Others pay more attention to the phenotypic influence a mare brings to the cross. “I am looking for mares who have a long neck, pretty face and long legs,” says Jairo Jorge, and adds, “with different bloodlines.” “I prefer a mare with a length of neck and a pretty face,” says Rodolfo Guzzo. “El Shawan puts on a lot of leg and movement, and he really refines the muzzle.” The bloodlines are not as critical, in his opinion. “The first year that El Shawan get were entered at the Nationals, we showed four babies and they won four titles. They were all from different kinds of mares.” A further boost for the El Shawan Group—and breeders who choose to use him as a sire—is that Rodolfo Guzzo and Bolivar Figueiredo not only manage the stallion and his show and breeding commitments, but also offer specialized marketing support. Both have maintained a

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high profile in the Arabian horse industry in Brazil and on an international basis for years. Bolivar Figueiredo comes from a family with deep roots in the Brazilian Arabian industry; in 1969, his uncle was one of the earliest breeders to import Arabians to the country, so he has observed the development of the breed for most of his life. He acquired his first Arabian in 1982, and opened his own horse business in 1990. In 1991, he became the first Brazilian trainer to score at the U.S. Nationals when he showed the *Aladdinn daughter Piroette to a top ten in mare halter, leading for Paulo de Castro Marques, one of the owners of FA El Shawan. He also has worked in the U.S., spending a year at Bru-MarBa and Midwest. In 1998, the focus of Figueiredo’s training operation followed a natural evolution into the care and management


Casa Branca Agropastoril

Fabiana Marques with one of their champion western pleasure horses.

Bella FWM (x Salawat NA, by Ponomarev) Victoria FWM (x Sovereign Almond JP, by Jahd El Jamaal)

of clients’ horses, and he increasingly turned his attention to working as a successful bloodstock agent and breeding consultant. He conceived and managed the partnership which owned Nuzyr HCF, twice Brazilian National Reserve Champion Stallion and sire of two National Champions in Brazil, Nular HCF and Vulcano HVP. Figueiredo is an international judge, with the Arabian Nationals in Australia, Argentina, Ecuador and Paraguay on his resume. “Bolivar is a really nice person to work with,” says Rodolfo Guzzo. “He’s competent in everything he does. I’ve known him for years, and I trust him.” In the El Shawan Group, Figueiredo deals primarily with the contracts and the business, while Guzzo takes care of the stallion’s care, show and breeding schedule. They collaborate on marketing efforts.

Rodolfo Guzzo has been on the international Arabian horse scene for more than 25 years. Ten years ago, he opened Guzzo Training Center, which is co-managed by his cousin, Leopoldo Coutinho, and his wife Maris. The Center is home to an average of 75 to 80 horses, but that number can swell to more than 100 during breeding season. In addition to his reputation as a top-class trainer and showman—as well as Brazil and the United States, his schedule routinely includes Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Canada and South Africa, and occasionally Australia and Dubai—Guzzo is no stranger to stallion management. He has been associated with such standouts as Padrons Psyche, and has worked before in partnerships, most recently in RFI Maktub (whom he managed in partnership with Coutinho), and Ever After NA. He cites the strength of his team at the Training Center for his success, and is the first to mention that his professional life has been strengthened in the United States by his involvement with

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Bob and Dixie North, of North Arabians. He is part of their North International Training Center in Scottsdale. The friendly, open demeanor found in Bolivar Figueiredo is equally apparent in Rodolfo Guzzo and at Guzzo Training Center, which is especially helpful when marketing horses and breedings, and establishing a solid support for FA El Shawan among breeders and clients. “We love to have people at the farm,” says Guzzo. “We love to show the babies, we love everything about this business. We love to show horses the way it is supposed to be done. You need to love Arabians as horses, not just as a business. People who visit us and know us know we do that.”

Festywa ALSA (x Festyna SA, by Nuzyr HCF)

“FA El Shawan was just a yearling when I had him, but he was beautiful, and you could tell that he would grow up to be very elegant. He was a very high-energy colt; when he came out, it wasn’t a matter of your having to pose him into a great pose—his carriage was just absolutely fantastic. I had no doubt that he was capable of being a national champion here in the States.” —Keith Krichke

Figueiredo describes the support services he and Guzzo offer to the El Shawan partners and their clients. “It starts when we try to help the breeders to choose the right mares,” he says. “We go to the clients’ farm to see the mares and determine which mares will be best for El Shawan. Now we know better than we did before because we’ve had more babies born. And after, when the baby is born, we go again to the clients’ farms to see the babies. We do that every two or three months, to see how they are growing up.”

Broodmares of Casa Branca Agropastoril

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Haras dos Faveiros

Both Figueiredo and Guzzo maintain contacts around the world to facilitate marketing as the FA El Shawan foals come into the marketplace in greater numbers. Jairo Jorge particularly appreciates the evaluations for the show ring. “The support that Rodolfo and Bolivar have given partners, visiting the farms to select colts and fillies to show, has been invaluable,” he says. “They do this for the members of the El Shawan Group’s foals and for the foals of those who bought breedings,” Paulo de Castro Marques emphasizes. “We, the partners of El Shawan Group, feel very comfortable with the dedication of these two professionals. They take care of everything, and the management could not be in better hands. They have my permission to do whatever it takes for the best of the El Shawan Group, and I am very happy with the results.” “Rodolfo and Bolivar are part of the Family Shawan,” Abel Terrugi Leopoldino nods. “Moreover, the group was born through them. Both complement each other in bringing us the assurance of excellent results in the show ring, and a strong and reputable relationship with the Arabian horse community.” What is in the future for FA El Shawan? Success has come so hard and fast, and at such a young age, that the partners are trying to maintain a balance as the stallion comes into his own.

Shawala GAT JQ

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“When FA El Shawan was born, he was completely different from any foal that we had ever had. His skin was almost transparent, with just a fine layer of hair. His body was ultra-refined and delicate, much like that of a porcelain doll. And he possessed the most awesome upright neck that was completely vertical. He emitted quality right from the start. Foxbriar Arabians would like to congratulate the FA El Shawan Group for believing in him, and we look forward to our El Shawan foal due this year.” —Marlene and George Rieder, Foxbriar Arabians, breeders of FA El Shawan

Bolivar Figueirdo and Rodolfo Guzzo say that an appearance in the United States probably will be on FA El Shawan’s horizon at some point. “We think he could do a good job there,” Figueiredo says. “It’s not easy, though, he is a young stallion, and we don’t have a lot of frozen semen yet.” “No doubt we want to do this,” agrees Paulo de Castro Marques, but he, like the others, is cognizant of demand in Brazil. “Right now, we have many mares of members and owners who purchased breedings by El Shawan.” Next year—2011? Perhaps.

Gazal Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab Little Liza Fame

Anaza El Farid Kajora Fame VF Katahza

FA EL SHAWAN ZTShakfantasy Foxbriar Shakita Selket Mirror

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El Shaklan RH Light Fantasy Furno Khamal Preferred Time

“The plan will be to take him to the U.S. and sell breeding packages, but not this year,” Guzzo agrees, and addresses the market at home. “In Brazil, we will continue to sell 20 breedings because there is a great demand. This year we will have older babies, and we will understand him better as a sire.” Four years ago this Scottsdale, the story of FA El Shawan as he is now, began when Rodolfo Guzzo asked Keith Krichke for a price. Now, on the basis of his own show record and the resounding response to the entry of his foals into the show ring, FA El Shawan is earning


his place in the hierarchy of stallions. His owners, who may have purchased him with the exacting standards of businessmen, are now shamelessly his admirers.

characteristics. “I’d like to say that I’m glad to be a part of this partnership! It has provided excellent business, and that helps us to reach our breeding goals.”

Paulo de Castro Marques is enthusiastic about El Shawan’s future. “We are confident that in the coming years, the quality of our production at Casa Branca Agropastoril will improve even more dramatically, based on the small sample we have of his progeny. We hope to share with all breeders this momentum, and make some of the fine El Shawan colts and fillies available to discerning breeders.”

“Having El Shawan means having the opportunity to reap the best rewards of the Arabian horse,” says Abel Terrugi Leopoldino. “And then we can make them available to the most discerning judges and breeders.

Jairo Jorge, whose record at Haras dos Faveiros indicates that he is uncommonly savvy about the quality of breeding stallions, is clear. “I am confident that El Shawan is going to be one of the better producing stallions in Brazil,” he says. “We intend to keep using him with our best mares,” says Jaime Pinheiro, adding that what impresses him most is FA El Shawan’s ability to pass on his most desirable

“I think a stallion should be like a rare wine that besides being generated from the finest varieties and traditions, transforms itself with the contact with the atmosphere, exceeding the bounds of reason,” he continues. “So it is with FA El Shawan; besides his impeccable pedigree, conformation and progeny, his presence and charisma make us continue to dream.” “Come to Brazil!” smiles Paulo de Castro Marques. “Get to know this magnificent stallion and his beautiful offspring!”

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Mahadin AL (x Nuzyrma Dinn SA, by Nuzyr HCF)

Shahilla AL (x Sovereign Cove JP, by Laddin BA)

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Riyan

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(Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady)

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To Geld Or Not To Geld? by Joe Alberti A topic that I think always bears thought is whether or not to geld a colt. We hear often that not enough stallions are gelded, and in the past, there have even been incentive programs to encourage owners to geld more males. Geldings have many jobs in the horse industry, while stallions have a limited choice and had better be good at what they do. Today, making the right decision is more important than ever for two reasons: the good of the breed and the bad economy. The good of the breed. I think we’d all agree that we need to breed to the highest-quality stallions we can. Yes, we all complain that thanks to transported semen, mares’ owners breed too much to the same ones, and I don’t disagree with that. It is imperative that we provide opportunities for young stallions and a variety of bloodlines, but none of that means we shouldn’t be insisting on sires that meet rigorous criteria before they are used to breed on. The diff icult economy. This economic climate more than ever demands that our horses have a market, and it is much easier for a gelding to find a job than it is for a mediocre stallion. So, although it is tempting to dream of owning the next superstar stallion, in my opinion, we all need to understand what it really takes to be a nationally-competitive halter or performance horse (which is how one attracts mares) and a breeding stallion. How do you decide whether a stallion would make a sire? For starters, he needs to have at least three traits that you would want to reproduce. If he doesn’t have three traits that set him apart from the everyday good horse, then he is not stallion quality. After that, you have to recognize your own desires and abilities. For all the good transported semen has done for this breed, it has not been great for the small breeder; mare owners can select any big name they want. Even if you don’t stand the stallion yourself, promoting him is a full-time job. Is all that work worth it to you? When figuring out if there are three positive traits your stallion should be able to pass on, it is necessary to look in three separate areas as well: how he represents his pedigree, his conformation, and temperament. Since there are several Arabian bloodlines, it is not that important what pedigree a stallion has. The important 134 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

thing is that he reflects it. If he doesn’t reflect the pedigree’s positives, there is no reason why we should be reproducing it. There are several questions you can ask to get a picture of a stallion’s qualifications. Does he exhibit extreme Arabian type? Does he look like an Arabian at a moment’s glance? Is he extremely athletic? Does he have an extreme neck? An exotic face? What qualities do I like so much that I want to see them passed on? Make your decisions based on your horse as he is naturally, not posed for the show ring. Look at the overall horse standing in his stall, not when someone is shaking a bag at him and saying, “Look at how cool he looks!” Or check him out in the ring, when he’s relaxing on the rail before standing up for the judges. He should look statuesque even then. And be honest with yourself: We all want Arabian characteristics, but good conformation is good conformation. The horse’s body should consist of three equal and balanced circles. It also is important to remember that even with the current specialization in breeding, performance horses still need to be beautiful and halter horses need to be athletic. Sound conformation is necessary for the horse’s sake, no matter what his role in life; a conformation fault is not just someone’s preference. For example, when you have a croup that tilts up to the tail—as is being seen increasingly in the ring—that means the horse’s back legs are too long, set too far out behind, and his hocks are too high. It may look fancy when he trots into the ring, but when you go to ride him, it will be a train wreck. The hardest point to analyze is a stallion’s “quality.” By this I mean all the parts have to equal the whole. That doesn’t always happen, even when every part excels on the scorecard. That is not a scorecard complaint; I’m simply saying it is not just a good shoulder, neck, throat, etc., but how they all tie together and flow into the wither and the front legs. There are so many things to consider. For a lot of people, the neck becomes the throatlatch and how it is set, and the shoulder becomes just an angulation—and that’s all they look at for that category. It is certainly a challenge for judges. Take legs and feet. If you have a horse whose front legs are set a little too far underneath the body, do you fault it in legs and feet or neck and shoulder? Are the legs not set properly


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because the shoulder angle is not proper? You want that horse to have a leg in all four corners. Many people start judging legs from the knees down. That is not the whole story. In my opinion, we have gotten away from a clear understanding of Arabian conformation. We are breeding very angular, straight aspects of the horse, which I think are giving people a false sense of what an Arabian (and a stallion) is supposed be. To me, an Arabian should be curvy; it should have that phenomenal arc to its neck, and its neck should flow into its shoulder, its back into its loin and its loin into its croup. It is supposed to be an even progression—all the time, not just when the horse is in the pose. That is a place to start when choosing a young stallion for stud duty. Does he satisfy those requirements? If you’re not sure of what you’re seeing, a great place to start is with a rulebook. Read it and look at the pictures. We have very spelled-out rules, with major and minor faults cited. Then be very critical when looking at your stallion. The next question to ask is, does he look like a stallion at a glance? He should be beautiful, but masculine. In my opinion, we’ve lost a little of that lately, breeding stallions with less breadth in the chest and width in the neck. I’m not saying I want a fat-necked horse; we just need to remember that a stallion is supposed to have a heavier neck than a mare or gelding because of its testosterone. Through the years, Arabians have gotten better and better. Because our standards have risen in both halter and performance, we probably won’t often see horses that compete in both, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have successful halter horses capable of some athletic performance. That is important for stallions who will be siring the Arabians of the future, and we need to look at them objectively. A stallion doesn’t have to trot like an English horse, but he should be a true moving horse that can put his hind leg in the middle of his body and use his shoulder when he picks up his front legs. It is a lot to think about when deciding whether or not a horse should be gelded. But no one has to make that decision all at once. Growing young stallions change; you should be constantly evaluating them. It probably doesn’t pay to do that from day to day, since some horses look better one day than others, but year to year works. (“Is his back getting low, his neck too heavy? Are his legs getting thick? Is he getting rough over the croup?”) By his 6-year-old year, in most cases, what you’ve got is what you’ve got. That allows time for getting better and working through plateaus, but calls for a decision before the natural effects of aging kick in. If a stallion at 17 has a thick neck and his back has gone

a little, that’s hardly a reason to geld it or not breed to it. That’s just age. If you genuinely think your horse deserves to be a breeding stallion and you’ve been breeding him, you have a final check to make. There comes a point at which you have to look at his babies and ask, is this working? The horse may have the characteristics to be a stallion and have three extreme features, but if he isn’t passing them on, then he needs to be a gelding. Remember: It’s a lonely life for a stallion. They can’t go out with anyone else; so, they’re probably happier as geldings. It is not surprising that many of us, once we have it in mind to use a stallion for breeding, have a hard time letting go of the idea. After people have been honest about a stallion’s potential to sire for the show ring, when they can’t answer “yes” in all the necessary categories, I sometimes hear, “But maybe he’ll make a good sire for endurance horses.” Endurance horses are wonderful representatives of the breed, and just because they are different from show horses does not mean they don’t have extraordinarily high standards. The disciplines that do not compete in the show ring are not dumping grounds for failed show sires. On the other hand, if the stallion is a solidly good Arabian, it is possible that he can make a contribution there—but absolutely, he had better have outstanding athletic conformation. If you’re trying to breed a horse that will go 100 miles in the Tevis Cup, you must have sound conformation. Without that, weaknesses are going to start showing up by mile 25. It requires a whole lot more than just straight legs and good feet; there must be good shoulders, with the proper angulation, an excellent hip and hind leg, the desired neck-set and length of back—in short, a whole array of factors must be taken into account. That is an education in itself. You might have noticed that I haven’t yet mentioned the critical consideration of a stallion’s temperament. That is a topic that I will discuss in the future. ■ Joe Alberti is the owner/trainer at Chestnuthill Arabians in Gilbert, Pa., where he manages Canadian National Reserve Champion and multi-U.S. National Top Ten Stallion Shaddofax. A lifelong horseman, Alberti trains a show string of about 40 horses at the regional and national level, and supervises the care of broodmares at the farm. His program is based on an understanding of each horse’s heritage, experience, physical abilities and mental requirements. FEBRUARY 2010 | 135


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r. Jairo Queiroz Jorge selected an enduring name for his family’s ranch about 400 miles northeast of São Paulo. Haras dos Faveiros (pronounced “Fah-vay-ros”) celebrates the land’s faveiro trees, spreading giants capable of living hundreds of years, sheltering untold wildlife in their lush foliage. Their contribution to life and the environment, he notes, is even more lasting than their beauty. That name proved especially appropriate when Jorge, a cardiologist by profession, embarked on a program of breeding Arabians in the mid-1980s. It was a fortunate venture from the start: The first mare he purchased, AF Donana, gave him the mega-sire Don El Chall on the first match he selected for her. Then a few years later, the addition of the U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt World Series added to the arsenal in the stud barn, and over the next two decades, the ranch ascended the ranks of the Brazilian Arabian horse industry and joined the world market. With the homebred Power World JQ, the influence of Dr. Jorge’s breeding program is ever-widening. At more than 1,500 acres, Haras dos Faveiros is home to about 100 horses and 1,000 Nelore cattle, and welcomes about 45 Arabian foals annually. A staff of five operates the equine division, directed by Dr. Jorge and his oldest son, Iran. The show horses are sent out to Guzzo Training Center for schooling and competition. When Jorge took over the family’s farming and cattle operation in the early 1970s, the horses on the property were native to Brazil. As a doctor with a three-year commitment in São Paulo at the time, as a post graduate cardiologist, he had no experience with the ranching business. Over time, however, he developed an expertise and greatly improved the properties; by 1986, he was open to new pursuits when his friend, breeder Orestes Prata Tibery, introduced him to Arabians.

Dr. Jairo Jorge Rodolfo Guzzo, and Rodolfo Guzzo Jr.

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Don El Chall

“The first time I saw an Arabian mare, I fell in love,” Jorge says simply. “The beauty, her face, neck, movement— everything. I asked how I could start to breed this type of horse.” He began by attending sales, and at an auction at Dr. Faria’s Haras Fortaleza, he purchased AF Donana, who was in foal to the *El Paso son Sahibi. “The price was so high at that time,” he recalls. “She was the first one in the auction. I saved money just to buy one mare, and when I bought this mare, I became so excited that I couldn’t sleep all night. Very early in the morning, I went back to the auction place just to see my mare and embrace her—give her a big hug and kiss.” When AF Donana foaled a colt the following year—her first, and the first one born at Haras dos Faveiros—Jorge immediately summoned Prata. The youngster was of superior quality, was it not? His friend’s enthusiasm matched his own. After much deliberation, Jorge decided that AF Donana’s next engagement should be to the stallion Prichal. The mare was by the *Bask grandson AF Vasco, out of JT Amazon, by *Eter; Prichal’s Russian mix of Aswan, Salon and Priboj offered a counterpoint of exotic type for the athleticism of her Polish heritage and her dash of American domestic blood. The resulting foal validated his judgment. On September 4, 1988, Don El Chall was born at Haras dos Faveiros. Over the next 20 years, his breathtaking sons and daughters would catapult the stud to the forefront of the Arabian industry worldwide. “Then I started to learn more and more about the Arabian horses, attending the shows and meeting people,” Jorge

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says of the time. “I started to breed and evolve the Arabian horse.” To his delight, his eldest son was interested in the new venture and became involved as well. The ranch came into its own over the next few years. Don El Chall was the first of the breeding program to hit the show ring, exhibited by Rodolfo Guzzo, who at the time was at Jurupoca Training Center, with Sandro Pinha as his assistant. The stallion scored a series of show championships and ranked in the top ten at the Brazilian Nationals, but by then, his get were drawing rave reviews that eclipsed his involvement in shows. “I was invited by Polé Levy to syndicate Don El Chall,” Jorge recalls. “I thought it was a great idea to give a chance to many breeders to use him on their mares.” The syndication of Don El Chall gave Dr. Jorge the opportunity to turn his attention to another stallion, a second step in his budding program. He had purchased the *Bask son AF Tabask, out of the elegant Wind Charm, a daughter of Fire Wind (by *Bask). But that was not enough. In 1989, he went to the U.S. on a shopping expedition with Orestes Prata, and the two settled on World Series through Johnny Downing from Ventura Farm. Prata purchased the young stallion, then sold halfinterest to Jorge. When Prata later closed his Arabian business, Jorge purchased full ownership. In 1990, World Series was sent back to the U.S., and showing with Greg Gallún, was named U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt. At that time, Jorge and Orestes returned to the U.S. and visited several breeding operations. On the list were David Murdock’s Ventura Farm, in the Los Angeles area; Bethesda, in Santa Ynez;


*Aladdinn Strike Gwyndalyn World Series *Bask Lovesong By Bask Gabryelle POWER WORLD JQ Ibn El Mareekh *Anaza Maruf *Nazarat Noble Illusion JP Eyesight JP Image Parossa JP *ZT Shah Bint Parosaa

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and Midwest, in Minnesota. They took pictures wherever they went, recording their impressions of such icons as U.S. National Champion Mares *Penycillina and *Elkana, and got to know owners, breeders and trainers at every stop. By the time they left, Jorge had purchased the Elkana daughter Elysja, by Wizjon, and Posnika, a *Bandos daughter from the multi-U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Mare Poznan. Poznika remains at Haras dos Faveiros today.

Dream World

“Jairo, without question, is one of the best breeders of the Arabian horse I have ever met. He bred Don El Chall, who has had such an impact on the Arabian industry worldwide; if you say ‘Don El Chall’ anywhere, everybody knows who he was. And then he went on and bred Power World JQ, who has been the breeding stallion in Brazil for the last five years. His talent for breeding goes beyond the stallions. The mares, the fillies—the whole breeding program is pretty impressive. To go to Brazil and see the Power World babies is amazing. You have to see them for yourself.” —Sandro Pinha

By the time he added World Series to his breeding program, Dr. Jorge’s fundamentals were apparent. He preferred a judicious blend of *Bask and Polish blood with selected infusions of proven American domestic lines. By Strike, out of Lovesong, by Bask, World Series included the popular *Aladdinn and the reliable *Bask, with a tail female that was predominantly Gainey and Crabbet.

“At that time, the Polish breeding programs were the most important around the world,” Jorge observes. “They were the horses who had the good movement, the longer neck and angled action, the laid-back shoulder. It did not seem as important then that their faces were not especially extreme.” In his program, lovely heads were encouraged by the repeated introduction of beautiful domestic horses or the occasional Egyptian resource in the Polish pedigrees. The name of the game was the consistency of the bloodlines he chose. During his time at Haras dos Faveiros, which lasted until his death in 2001, World Series sired two particularly

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outstanding sons, multi-national champion Power World JQ and Dream World, 1993 Brazilian National Champion Colt and Golden Colt. Both horses, along with an array of World Series mares who went on to produce national champions, have been instrumental in the growth of the Haras dos Faveiros program. Additionally, Dr. Jorge wove in a sampling of Ali Jamaal blood (notably through Lethyf El Jamaal and Bali El Jamaal), and through the years, continued the use of Don El Chall’s sire, Prichal, as well.

Although he was learning quickly and had scored a remarkable success early on, Dr. Jorge avoided the temptation of believing that he was the industry’s next expert. Instead, as he honed his breeding acumen, he assembled a knowledgeable team of support. José Paulo do Nascimento was with him from the beginning, first as assistant manager of the breeding program and today as farm manager. Next came adviser Leopoldo Coutinho, a cousin of Rodolfo Guzzo, whose professional association with the farm began more than 15 years ago and has evolved into a close friendship. An agricultural engineer by training, Coutinho serves as a breeding consultant and counsel on marketing and promotions. And over the years, Iran Floresani Jorge has exerted increasing influence. “He knows the Arabian horse very well,” Jorge says of his son. “He also has worked with Rodolfo many times, and trains and shows Arabian horses very well. He is my right hand at the farm. He loves the Arabian horse.”


“Brazil is known for having produced horses of quality and for the talent of the Brazilian breeders. Not many are able to produce stallions that become influential all over the country; one who can is Jairo Queiroz Jorge. He has been breeding excellent horses for many years and has produced many show winners, some of whom have been exported with outstanding international success. Jairo has bred not one, but two stallions that are today considered great sires. He is respected as one of the very best breeders in Brazil.” —Lenita Perroy, Haras Meia Lua

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Power World JQ

Power World JQ Power World JQ With the second generation of his breeding program in place, Dr. Jorge began searching for the next important name, and he found it in the classic Haras dos Faveiros cross—World Series on a Don El Chall mare. “I wanted to enhance World Series’ refinement and produce longer legs,” he says, his rationale in the match that produced Power World JQ. “So I decided to cross him with an Egyptian mare, and I chose Noble Illusion JP, who had been given to me as gift by J.P. Martins. She is by Anaza Maruf, but she is not a Straight Egyptian mare; she has 25 percent Gainey blood, domestic American.” It was as if history was repeating itself. “When Power World was born, I looked at him and thought, ‘oh, my gosh!’ He really was an Arabian horse—so beautiful, with long legs, a long neck—oh my god, that’s my horse. Then I called Leopoldo and was so excited—I was saying, ‘Come see him! A wonderful colt has just been born!’” Power World JQ was blazing from the start. Foaled January 24, 2001, he came out in the show ring as a yearling and won everything he entered, finishing the season as the unanimous Brazilian National Champion Colt. In 2004, he was named Brazilian National Champion Young Stallion. “The first time Rodolfo took him to the show, he was junior champion,” Jorge remembers. “He never got reserve until his last year. He was always first.”

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More importantly, his sons and daughters immediately hit the winners’ circle as well. “The first crop of babies we showed, we got champion and reserve,” says Rodolfo Guzzo. “Jairo was best breeder and exhibitor, and Power World won Get of Sire. That was the beginning of Power World JQ, and it was amazing.” “I was so excited and happy,” admits Jorge. “I knew I had found my stallion. From the first four foals that were born, we had produced three national champions.” It was the first time he was honored as the top breeder at the Brazilian Nationals, a title he would repeat in 2007. Power World JQ also would win Get of Sire again. In all five years of his stud career to date, Power World JQ has sired multiple Brazilian national champions. One colt, Cesar Schmidt de Oliveira’s HK Keav Power, and a filly, Luciano Cury’s Seduction HBV, have racked up the highest scores in the Breeders Cup as well. And all those honors only begin the stallion’s record. Increasingly, his get are being sold abroad, where the list of international titles is growing. “Two different breeders, different mares, different foals,” Jorge notes of the Breeders Cup champions. That is a point of pride for him: Power World JQ’s success is coming in a broad wave; Haras dos Faveiros produces its share, but the widespread positive response to the stallion has ensured a diversity of breeders, bloodlines, mares and foals. The marketing performance of the Power World JQ get even in a turbulent economy also tells the story—at the


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2008 Brazilian Nationals, only two horses were sold—and they were both Power World JQ daughters. Dr. Jorge often is asked to identify the best mares to cross with Power World JQ. So far, the most outstanding record belongs to a mare he bred—Elkada Sahibi (Sahibi x AF Entocada, by Belfast), the dam of Treasure World, Miss El Power JQ, Brisa El Power JQ and Sophie El Power JQ. She is undeniably the queen of Haras dos Faveiros. But in answer to the question, both Dr. Jorge and Rodolfo Guzzo, who has trained many of the stallion’s offspring, reply that Power World JQ’s consistency with a variety of bloodlines is an important part of his value. “Our clients have used a lot of different types of mares,” Guzzo says. “They all got the same great conformation, with fine, long necks and beautiful faces, and they also got the movement.” “He will not interfere with a beautiful mare, and he will improve on one who has less to offer,” Dr. Jorge elaborates. “For both, he offers his own conformational excellence and a history of siring type. He is like his grandsire, Strike, in that respect. He throws a lot of fillies and mares with beautiful faces. That comes from the pedigree.” Rodolfo Guzzo adds that the Power World JQ foals have the added benefit not only of show ring qualifications, but also of the ability to exhibit. “They have a lot of aptitude,” he says, and adds that Miss El Power JQ is a good example. “We got her about two months before the Nationals, and she went unanimous national champion. They are easy to train; they have a lot of neck, and they trot and move. They are charismatic.”

Miss El Power JQ

“When I first started hearing about Miss El Power JQ, everybody that saw her kept saying, ‘this is a filly that you have to see.’ I flew to Brazil and back in one day and made my decision that quickly: Everyone’s commercial about her was well warranted. She was absolutely beautiful—very feminine, long-legged, very spirited and charismatic. I bought her for Al Shaqab, knowing that she would be a wonderful horse not only to win shows with, but to breed to Marwan or Gazal in the future. At her very first competition in Europe, she was Junior Champion at the fabulous show in Menton, and from there, she was champion in several shows and culminated the year by being Champion Filly at the Dubai Cup. She fit everybody’s needs; she’s a wonderful personality, and she has tremendous movement. We think she will be an outstanding broodmare for Al Shaqab.” —Michael Byatt

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Brisa El Power JQ

“Haras dos Faveiros is one of the leading Arabian breeding farms in Brazil. This is to a large extent due to the beautiful Brazilian National Champion Stallion Power World JQ. He is a stallion that takes your breath away, and his prodigy are characterized as horses that can and do win at the most prestigious shows in the world. Jairo is a person of unique qualities, with a true love for the Arabian horse. We are proud to call him a friend.” —Bob and Dixie North

Victorya FHP

As the number of Power World JQ colts and fillies in the show ring increases, so too does their marketability on an international scale. Guzzo reels off a list of horses who have been exported for impressive prices both by Haras dos Faveiros and several other breeders. “Miss El Power JQ was sold to Saudi Arabia (Al Shaqab Stud) through Michael Byatt, and before that she was sold to Jeff Sloan, in partnership with Bob and Dixie North in the U.S. She won several championships, one of them the Dubai Cup, the richest prize in the Arabian horse world. Brisa El Power JQ was also sold to the Norths and won a Canadian National Championship. Sophie El Power JQ was sold to Italy, where she was National Reserve Champion Filly. “Several clients bred and sold Power World babies,” he continues. “Claudio and Nancy Hirsch sold Siegerin NY to Belgium, Sidney Muniz marketed Victorya FHP through Andy Sellman to the U.S., and Mauricio Sad sold Bahir MFS to the U.S. They had all won at the Nationals and they were very successful in the sales. And the only thing about them that was the same was their sire; they came from all different types of mares.” The prices for those horses, it is reported, ranged from $125,000 to $600,000 at the yearling stage.

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Dr. Jorge considers the unique attractions—beyond the physical and mental abilities—of his stallion. “Every time I go to a breeder to evaluate a horse, I look for a balance of conformational attributes with the beauty,” he says. “It’s very hard to get both; sometimes you get one thing but not another. Every time you see a Power World baby, you get the body, you get the pretty, they move, they are show horses, they love to show. They are easy to work with and to condition. He gives a balance of all those attributes.”


“The Arabian horse has introduced me to countless wonderful people in all parts of the world. There are few more wonderful, however, than Jairo. He’s a kind-hearted, intelligent man who is constantly looking ahead toward perfecting his already incredible breeding program. Power World JQ, the chief sire at Haras dos Faveiros, is a very regal horse. I have seen several high-end Power World offspring, and assure you that he is one of the finest young stallions in the world today.” —Andy Sellman Jolie El Power

Karim El Power JQ

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The Guiding Force Behind Haras Dos Faveiros: Dr. Jairo Queiroz Jorge ny understanding of the phenomenal rise and quality of the Arabians of Haras dos Faveiros must include a recognition of its owner. He is, if anything, a man whose full talents are not appreciated within the first few minutes of his acquaintance. He has the personal pride to want to make his own decisions about his breeding program—but from the beginning has not hesitated to ask for advice and opinions. He is a horseman—and an accomplished and well-known physician. He has known great success in life, and great tragedy. As of 2010, at the age of 65, he has been married to his wife Stella for 38 years, and is the father of three children: Iran, the oldest; Daniele, who is married to an American and lives in San Diego; and the youngest, Gustavo, who is a graduate in Business Administration. Jairo Queiroz Jorge knew from an early age that he wanted to be a doctor, and almost from the beginning, cardiology was the focus of his higher education. Early in his career, he was at the famous Hospital das Clinicas in São Paulo when he was tapped to join the staff known worldwide because it was the first to perform a heart transplant in Latin America. In addition to that honor, he was invited to go to the United States to study a new clinical procedure in heart surgery in San Diego.

Guzzo. The two met more than 20 years ago, when Don El Chall was just a youngster. His first thoughts, however, are not about Jorge the horseman, although he does discuss that later. He describes a doctor who was by his side in the operating room for six-and-a-half hours simply because his surgery was complicated and he asked for the support. And as a friend who watched over his father’s health for more than six years, never asking for or receiving payment.

If it sounds like a charmed life, it was—until 1973. Then, as he was living his dream, preparing for an exciting assignment, his father and brother were killed in an airplane accident. In addition to dealing with his personal grief, he had to shoulder the responsibility of the family’s farming and cattle business; his devastated mother, with no experience there, asked her remaining son to supervise it. In a brief few weeks before he left for his assignment, and later from his residence in São Paulo, Jorge took on management of the agricultural and cattle business. It has been his ever since. “I didn’t know anything about horses or cattle—nothing,” he says today. “But I started to learn.”

“He is like my brother,” Guzzo says simply.

What is Jairo Jorge like, not as a horse breeder, but as a person? “It’s very easy to say personal things about Jairo, because he is an incredible person, with a big heart,” says Rodolfo

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Today, Jorge counts both Guzzo and Leopoldo Coutinho as mentors, and says they fuel his drive to produce everimproving generations of horses. Breeding The Haras Dos Faveiros Arabian On a warm Brazilian summer day, Dr. Jairo Jorge sat down to discuss his breeding practices. Looking at the past and into the future, he was asked, is there such a thing as an ideal Arabian at Haras dos Faveiros? “I have in my mind the Arabian horse that I like,” he replies. “I have bred the Arabian horse that I love. For me, the perfect Arabian horse is one that has a sweet face, a long neck—an arched neck—and a laid-back shoulder, a short back and a flat croup. There should be a good projection of the tail, and it should be carried high.


It should be a strong horse, with long legs, and he needs to move elegantly. Power World gives me this horse many times. “For me, the pedigree—the genotype—is very, very important. The first thing I do is study the pedigree of four or five generations. It’s important because the genetics of breeding are not easy—a horse’s genetics offer several chances to produce different individuals from the same cross. If the pedigree is strong, with good horses phenotypically for four or five generations, I will consider it for my breeding program. Next I look at the conformation of the mare. I want to see that she is well-balanced; that’s very important, because then I can choose the right stallion for that mare.”

the only way to sell your horses,” he says. “The show ring is where you get the best prices for your horses. I think if you want to buy a mare to start a breeding program, then you don’t need to look for a show horse. You’re looking for a mare who will be the mother of the next national champion, not the national champion itself.” He shrugs and chuckles. “But showing is important. It is the American way to sell horses!” With his record of producing horses that demand purchase, it appears that Dr. Jairo Queiroz Jorge will be around the show rings of Brazil—and the world—for a long time. Power World JQ, like Don El Chall and World Series before him, will keep Haras dos Faveiros there.

At this stage of the Haras dos Faveiros story, Jorge is considering the nuances of the individual horses he is creating. “I’m looking to refine,” he says. “I have fixed the necks, the shoulders, and the legs of many of the mares, and now I want to improve the refinement. I’m looking for an Egyptian stallion to use in the cross with my mares, but not as a final product—just to create mares to use with Power World.” An important step toward that end will be the addition of FA El Shawan to the breeding program. Part of a consortium of owners, Jorge is impressed with the potential of the Marwan Al Shaqab son whose pedigree is predominantly Egyptian, but also includes the beautiful 1982 U.S. National Champion Mare Kajora. Scanning through the list of national champions that have emerged from the Haras dos Faveiros program, it is fair to ask: How important is showing? “It’s important because it’s

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BRAZILIAN NATIONAL/RESERVE CHAMPIONS BY POWER WORLD JQ RAFIK MORAB, out of AF Vendeta, by AF Positano. National Reserve Champion Colt at Side/2004, bred and owned by Benedito Morato.

Miss El Power JQ

DON EL POWER JQ, out of Guadalupe Chall JQ, by Don El Chall. 2005 National Champion Junior Colt, 2006 National Reserve Champion Colt, and 2008 National Reserve Champion Young Stallion. Already the sire of a very typey filly, with three more to come. Brisa El Power JQ, out of Elkada Sahibi, by Sahibi. 2005 National Reserve Champion Young Junior Filly. After being exported to the U.S., she became 2007 Canadian National Champion 2-Year-Old Filly. Owned by the Robert L. and Dixie L. North Family Trust. EXTREME EL POWER JQ, out of Treasure World, by World Series. 2005 National Reserve Champion Young Junior Colt.

Rafik Morab

BAHIR MFS, out of Bhonytha ATA, by Don El Chall. 2007 National Champion Young Junior Colt, bred and owned by Mauricio Sad. Sold and exported to Wolf Springs Ranch, U.S.A. MISS EL POWER JQ, out of Elkada Sahibi, by Sahibi. 2007 National Champion Young Junior Filly. Bred by Dr. Jairo Queiroz Jorge, and owned by Jeff Sloan and North Arabians. Resold to Al Shaqab Stud, she was Champion Filly in Menton, England, and Qatar, winning the Dubai Golden Circuit in 2008. KARIM EL POWER JQ, out of Kuala Balih JQ, by CG Balih El Jamaal. 2007 National Champion Young Colt. To date, he has sired four foals, one of them spectacular. He has 10 mares in foal to him for 2010, and there is excitment for what is about to come!

Nissan El Power JQ

“Haras dos Faveiros’ breeding program is one of those great examples that should be remembered and used as an inspiration forever. I have great respect for this program, and I know that the words which define its success are ‘criteria’ and ‘passion.’ The results are there to show it! It has produced many, many horses that have influenced the Brazilian breeding programs, not to mention worldwide Arabian breeding, where the best example is the great Power World JQ. He is without any doubt one of the most influential sires today, even at his young age.” —Cesar Schmidt de Oliveira, Haras Katu

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VICTORYA FHP, out of Lettice FHP, by AF Don Giovani. 2008 National Champion Young Junior Filly. Bred and owned by Sidney Muniz. Sold and exported to Tangle Ridge Farm, U.S.A. HK KEAV POWER, out of HK La Rosa Laswan, by HE Laswan. 2009 National Champion Colt. Bred by Cesar Schmidt de Oliveira and owned by The Keav Power Group. Also won 2007 Breeder’s Cup Premium Cup. Producing very good babies.


BRAZILIAN NATIONALS CLASS WINNERS BY POWER WORLD JQ SOPHIE EL POWER JQ, out of Elkada Sahibi, by Sahibi. 2006 Unanimous First Place Young Junior Filly. Sold to Franco Tripodi and exported to Italy, she was 2009 Italian National Reserve Champion Filly and Junior Champion Filly in Cittá di Castelo, the second most important show in Italy. NISSAN EL POWER JQ, out of Ryella NA, by El Shaklan. 2006 Unanimous First Place Young Colt; 2008 and 2009 National Top Ten Young Stallion. Champion Stallion at the prestigious Interestadual Show. We have five mares in foal to him.

TM Jamili

TS TIFFANY, out of Perfect Chall HBV, by Don El Chall. 2007 First Place Young Junior Filly, bred and owned by Toni Salloum. SIEGERIN NY, out of Desiree HBR, by Ali Bey Shah HBR. 2008 First Place Young Junior Filly, bred and owned by Claudio and Nancy Hirsch. Sold to Bernard Joye and exported to Belgium. BRAZILIAN SHOW WINNERS: TM JAMILI, out of TM First Lady, by El Nabila B. Avare International Show Junior Champion Filly. Bred by Jose Orlando Teixeira Jr., and owned by Pedro Amaral.

Filly - Power World JQ x Magnums Rose HVP

SEDUCTION HBV, out of Ryadika HBV, by Ryad El Jamaal. Won the Premium Cup of Brazilian Breeder’s Cup. The Premium Cup is won by the horse with the highest score of the show.

“I am delighted to say that I have Jairo Queiroz Jorge from Haras dos Faveiros as a very good friend. Jairo and his lovely wife Stella are the kind of people that you really want to be close to—very nice, easygoing, and the most important part: they have a big heart! In the past 20 years, Jairo has made his breeding program a reference in the Brazilian scene. He is the breeder of Don El Chall, Power World JQ and Miss El Power JQ, just to mention a few. The level of genetic power and consistency that he brought for our consideration is not to be overlooked. I would like to invite all Arabian horse lovers to take a closer look at this gentleman’s breeding program.” —Fabio Amorosino, Haras Serondella

Extreme El Power JQ

Bahir MFS

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“As a trainer, Jairo is spectacular because I can go to his farm every year and pick up—I know— two or three national champions. His breeding program is amazing; he knows what he wants to do. He loves neck and movement, but he tries to make ‘pretty’ as well, and I think he is doing it very well; he is very successful. He makes my life very easy as a trainer. But he is more than a great breeder. He is a great person and a great friend.” —Rodolfo Guzzo, Guzzo Training Center Guzzo Arabian Training • Rodolfo Guzzo 619-200-6464 (USA) • 55-19 7805 4906 (Brazil) info@guzzoat.com

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2009 Egyptian Event World Class Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Avila Arabians Susan Snyder 536 N. Flagship Dr. Salem, SC 29676 864-944-0611 snyderhausii@aol.com

Standing at: Chattooga Ridge Arabians Chris and Paula Anckersen 427 Damascus Church Rd. 2009 Eastern Arabian Horse Show Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Long Creek, SC 29658 Junior Reserve Champion Stallion 864-647-7588 Reserve Grand Champion Stallion anckersen@aol.com 2009 WCAHA Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Champion Sport Horse In-Hand

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The 2009 Salon du Cheval World Championship Paris, France ~ December 4-6, 2009 Photos by Irina Filsinger

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2009 SALON DU CHEVAL

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2009 SALON DU CHEVAL

Above and right: Champion Mare KWESTURA (Monogramm x Kwesta), bred by Michal贸w Stud of Poland, and owned by Sheikh Ammar Bint Humaid Al-Nuaimi.

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2009 SALON DU CHEVAL

Left and below: Champion Filly NAJDAH AL ZOBAIR (Marwan Al Shaqab x JFN Bint Ludhan), bred and owned by Al Zobair Stud of the United Arab Emirates.

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2009 SALON DU CHEVAL

Above and right: Champion Stallion ROYAL COLOURS (True Colours x Xtreme Wonder), bred by Sherry Mathew Zischaur of the United States, and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud of the United Arab Emirates.

Left and above: Reserve Champion Stallion AL LAHAB (Laheeb x The Vision), bred by Ariely Uri of Israel, and owned by Inge Friedmann of Germany.

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2009 SALON DU CHEVAL

Right and below: Champion Colt ABHA QATAR (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludikalba), bred by Marieta Salas of Spain, and owned by HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Fahd Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

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2009 IOWA GOLD STAR FUTURITY by Christy Egan There were more than a few of us shaking our heads and wondering, seriously, how the team that turned Des Moines into a party town were ever going to top the 2008 Iowa Gold Star Futurity Show. The show had been growing steadily an astounding 70% per year since 2005. The show themes, beginning in 2007 with the Fabulous Fifties, have been the wildest horse show success story since show sheen and hoof black. In 2008 the Gold Star theme was Pirates and a lot of people dressed up and came to the Stallion Service Auction to have a fabulous time. Never mind that. Seriously … it was NOTHING compared to 2009. The 2009 theme was the Wild, Wild West and there was something for everyone, every minute of every day. Show Managers Russ and Kelly Reynolds thoroughly understand the limitations of Des Moines, Iowa. Their solution involves keeping spectators and exhibitors on the Des Moines County Fairgrounds and they do it better than anybody. Wild West cowboys, Indians and Buffalo Bill himself, roamed the Fairground’s streets from dawn till dusk. Every time the show ring action stopped, it started up in the barns and outside rings. There were free breakfasts and lunches; barn parties and horse entertainment everywhere. Friday night at the beginning of the Stallion Service Auction, Tommy Garland stole the show when he rode into the second floor Marriott Ballroom and rescued a dance hall girl from bandits. Saturday night a stagecoach and four-horse hitch started the show with a wild chase and outlaw shoot-out in center ring. After a few exciting classes, additional entertainment appeared in the form of Mexican Charros in full dress with their “dancing” horses. These horsemen were a big hit with the crowds, as were the Free Style Reining riders that closed the evening performance. For a quick look at the show and some highlights, check the video show recap on the Gold Star website at www.goldstarfuturity.com.

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Gold Star Futurity In a year when everything was down, from the national economy and the job market to horse show attendance, entries and futurity money, the Iowa Gold Star Futurity topped its 2008 record by about $10,000, an astonishing accomplishment and a credit to the show and its amazing growth and energy. Just look at the figures … 2005 ~ 96 entries Stallion Service Auction ~ $109,500 2007 ~ 189 entries Stallion Service Auction ~ $360,600 2009 ~ 340 entries Stallion Service Auction ~ $441,750 Perhaps even more importantly, their Futurity nominations have gone from 61 in 2003 to 563 in 2008, and at this point they are on track to have approximately 700 nominations for the 2010 season. In 2009, the Iowa Gold Star Futurity Champion Auction Filly and Colt took home … $24,000 EACH!! In 2010, the Champion Filly and Colt will take home OVER … $28,000 EACH!!!

NOW FOR THE BIG NEWS FLASH … The 2010 Iowa Gold Star Futurity is over Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through the 4th. This year’s theme is THE ROARING TWENTIES!!! Gangsters and Gun Molls; Flappers and G-Men; Big Al and Baby Face … Prohibition, the Charleston, Gambling and Speak-Easies! There’ll be antique cars from the era; Chicago bank robberies and getaways with Bonnie and Clyde. Could it possibly be MORE FUN, MORE EXCITING and MORE SPECTACULAR than the 2009 Iowa Gold Star Futurity????

DON’T YOU WANT TO BE THERE TO FIND OUT???? There’s simply no other Arabian horse show like it anywhere. Heck, there’s no other HORSE SHOW like it ANYWHERE! For information contact Russ Reynolds at (641) 425-6202 or (641) 425-3396 www.goldstarfuturity.com www.iowagoldstarfuturity.blogspot.com krnarabians@iowaconnect.com

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HOW DO THEY DO IT??

Futurity, local Class A shows near Iowa, and are considering a booth at Scottsdale in the future.

This is the question everyone is asking. How is the Iowa Gold Star Futurity creating this growth, and standing out as a shining example of great success to Arabian horse shows and exhibitors?

They invite the media in all its forms, treat them graciously, give them carte blanche, and don’t provide a monopoly to anyone. It’s a free-for-all and it works remarkably well for both the show and the exhibitors.

If you ask the show’s dynamic management team, Russ and Kelly Reynolds, they will tell you that their focus is simple: Treat everyone who attends and participates as a special, valued customer and make sure the participants and spectators have an incredible amount of FUN. It sounds easy, but it takes extraordinary dedication and a lot of hard work. For instance, the show makes every effort to have someone there to help you when you arrive with your horses. Whether you have one horse or thirty, your bedding is waiting for you and you don’t have to wait to get your questions answered. If you have a problem, they are ready and pleased to solve it. Just as important as this “catering” to every good customer’s needs is the TONE the Reynolds set at the show for both staff and exhibitors. People meet and greet you with a smile. Barns are open for visitors to see, meet and touch the horses. Because the management goes to great lengths to guarantee that the tone of the show is upbeat, exciting and happy, it reflects on everyone, literally. We all want to be where we’re welcome and people appreciate and take good care of us. Those who attend the Iowa Gold Star once, keep coming back for the fun, the pleasure, the crowds, and the outstanding prize money. Is it really a mystery why the show keeps growing and growing? Advertising and promotion is critically important when you want outside attendance, something sadly nonexistent at most Arabian horse shows. The Iowa Gold Star Futurity uses local radio, e-mail blasts, electronic billboards, and Arabian magazines. They take a Gold Star booth to Regionial shows, the Medallion Stallion

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Kelly Reynolds’ huge Gold Star website: www.goldstarfuturity.com and Gold Star Blog have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Exhibitors and Gold Star fans can follow the step-by-step planning, including great personal stories, LOTS of pictures, day-by-day updates with stallion additions, and the whole scoop on the parties and events as they are being organized. Russ and Kelly are first to stand up and give credit to their hardworking Gold Star Committee: Kim and Lon Matthias, Mike and Barb Jacobs, Christa Beeler, Laurie Persson, Jill Rittmer, and special thanks to Jeff and Dawn Labertew who even after moving across the country, still are an integral part of the group. They also send out a hearty thanks to the many, MANY show volunteers that make the show possible. Without them, an event like this would not be possible. Meanwhile, their workers and fans are equally quick to point out that the show owes its heart and soul to these two lively, out-of-the-box, superstars in the world of Arabian horse showing. ■


2009 Iowa Gold Star Futurity Show

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Results provided by the Iowa Gold Star Futurity. Most Classic Head - Champion: ARIA ELITA (Sire: Justify), Ex: Bob Boggs, O: Ken and Tracy White.

Purebred Halter Arabian Yearling Fillies - Champion: UNBRIDLED LOVE (Sire: Magnum Chall HVP), Ex: David Boggs, O: Midwest Station II, Inc; Reserve Champion: DM VALENCEA (Sire: DA Valentino), Ex: Rinaldo Longuini, O: Dan and Maureen Grossman; Top Five: BRIANNA (Sire: Legacy of Fame), Ex: Greg Hazlewood, O: Oak Ridge Arabians; LA ROSA FAME GL (Sire: Legacy of Fame), Ex: Mike Neal, O: Susan Glendenning; FAUSTIANA (Sire: Fausto CRH), Ex: Jerry Schall, O: Steve and Darla Miles. Arabian Auction Yearlings Fillies ATH - Champion: LA ROSA FAME GL (Sire: Legacy of Fame), Ex: Donald Camacho Jr, O: Susan Glendenning; Reserve Champion: DM VALENCEA (Sire: DA Valentino), Ex: Bruno Guiraldelli, O: Dan and Maureen Grossman; Top Five: SYMPHONY OF LOVE (Sire: El Nabila B), Ex: Jocelyn Hazlewood, O: Sally Bedeker; MAJOR BELLA VA (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Terry Boggs, O: Bella Partnership; SIENNA APAL (Sire: Justify), Ex: Angela Larson, O: DST Arabians.

Arabian Auction Yearling Filly ATH Champion LA ROSA FAME GL (Sire: Legacy of Fame), shown by Donald Camacho Jr for owner Susan Glendenning.

Arabian Filly 2-Year-Olds - Champion: MISS GIOVANNA (Sire: MPA Giovanni), Ex: Mike Neal, O: Duane and Patricia Deikman; Reserve Champion: PROCELAIN J (Sire: MPA Giovanni), Ex: Andy Sellman, O: Indira Van Handel and Larry Jerome; Top Five: DIVINE DESTINEE GA (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Greg Hazlewood, O: Sally Bedeker; GLAMOROUS SF (Sire: Georgio AF), Ex: Ricardo Rivero, O: Richard and Tammy Anderson; JJ ANGEL EYES (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Steven Heathcott, O: Russ and Kelly Reynolds. Arabian Filly 3-Year-Olds - Champion: BRULE PA (Sire: Magnum Chall HVP), Ex: Andy Sellman, O: Charles and Erin Hansen; Reserve Champion: CEST LE VIE (Sire: FS Ritz), Ex: Julian Michael Newell, O: Glenna Gruppen; Top Five: LM OLIVIA (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Lon and Leon Matthias; THEE BROCADE (Sire: Shafe Psuede), Ex: Shelley Button, O: Shelley Button; JADAA BEY (Sire: Nigas Reflection), Ex: Kathleen Grief, O: Jill Rittmer. Arabian Yearling Colts/Geldings - Champion: V VALIANTE (Sire: DA Valentino), Ex: David Boggs, O: Shellbird; Reserve Champion: STAR THYME LLC (Sire: Pyro Thyme SA), Ex: Andy Sellman, O: Stuart and Sue Larson; Top Five: MAGNUM QUEST BFA (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Alcides Rodrigues, O: Patty Feola; VALERIO (Sire: DA Valentino), Ex: Jerry Schall, O: Steve and Darla Miles; GIOVALLI XX (Sire: MPA Giovanni), Ex: Larry Schopf, O: Larry Schopf. Arabian Auction Yearling Colts/Geldings ATH - Champion: STTARDOM (Sire: Justify), Ex: Austin Boggs, O: DST Arabians; Reserve Champion: RIGHTEOUS BHF (Sire: Falcon BHF), Ex: Kristin Hamway, O: Keith and Maureen Krichke; Top Five: DA CAPRIO (Sire: DaVinci FM), Ex: Anthony Marino, O: Roger and Stephanie McMahon; ADAM RTA (Sire: Sir Fames HBV), Ex: Stuart Vesty, O: Red Tail Arabians; ARMANO CF (Sire: Armani FC), Ex: Michael Browning, O: Jack and Jeanie Hardcastle.

Arabian Auction Yearling Colt/Gelding ATH Champion STTARDOM (Sire: Justify), shown by Austin Boggs for owner DST Arabians.

Arabian Colt 2-Year-Olds - Champion: ECCENTRIC VALENTINO (Sire: DA Valentino), Ex: Rinaldo Longuini, O: Roger and Stephanie McMahon; Reserve Champion: MMONSIGNOR (Sire: Justify), Ex: Jerry Schall, O: Wil-O-Mar Arabians; Top Five: PHANTOM JD (Sire: Fausto CRH), Ex: Greg Hazlewood, O: Oak Ridge Arabians; JA DESTINATION (Sire: Nations PSY), Ex: Alcides Rodrigues, O: Frank and Jody Puleo; MYSTIFYRE EN (Sire: Pyro Thyme SA), Ex: Mike Neal, O: Gail and El Roy Nerness. Arabian Colt 3-Year-Olds - Champion: PSYCHEDD (FS Ritz), Ex: Jordan Simmons, O: Al and Glenna Gruppen; Reserve Champion: TWO DOLLAR PISTAL (Sire: LD Pistal), Ex: Al Gruppen, O: Lisa Berry; Top Five: RR CASSANOVA (Sire: Odyssey SC), Ex: Blake Skole, O: Roy and Patricia Gardner; NBW OPUS GOLD (Sire: MCA Magnum Gold), Ex: Michael Freund, O: Richard and Patricia Wahl. Arabian Gelding 2-Year-Olds - Champion: SIR HAMPTON AC (Sire: Sir Fames HBV), Ex: Jerry Schall, O: Michael Bills; Reserve Champion: WTA ARMAND (Sire: Armani FC), Ex: David Bilgrien, O: Willow Tree Arabians; Top Five: MIKADO J (Sire: MPA Giovanni), Ex: Jordan Simmons, O: Lawrence Jerome; EPIC LL

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Anthony Steiner; DM BEAUZONA (Sire: Carawal Zon Sahib), Ex: Gary Paine, O: Gary Paine. Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR - Champion: MILLENIUM MIRACLE (Sire: El Ghazi), Ex: Amy Kubli, O: Gary Paine; Reserve Champion: MONICA NA (Sire: Monarcc), Ex: Jim Carr, O: Jim and Bonnie Carr; Top Five: JJ MAGATO (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Erin Runde, O: Erin Runde; LUCKY STRIKE GRA (Sire: RSA Troublesome), Ex: Cindy Steiner, O: Anthony Steiner; DM BEAUZONA (Sire: Carawal Zon Sahib), Ex: Gary Paine, O: Gary Paine.

HA/AA Auction Yearling Filly Saddle Type ATH Champion MISS MINI MAG (Sire: Magnum Psyche), shown by Austin Boggs for owners Jerome and Betty Aldrich.

Arabian Western Pleasure Open - Champion: REMINGTON MAGNUM (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Jody Strand, O: Terry and Deb Strub; Reserve Champion: PRUSSIAN SUNDANCE CFT (Sire: Sundance Kid V), Ex: Pam Rose, O: Ashley Corbin; Top Five: FIRST CYTATION (Sire: First Cyte), Ex: Sarah Parapovich, O: Laura Gute; BR KHASABI BEY (Sire: Beyonn), Ex: Jennifer Schmitt, O: Sylvia Beahr; HEZA RISING STAR (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Rod Matthieson, O: Eleanor Hamilton. Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse 5 & Under ATR Champion: SUNSATIONAL KID (Sire: Sundance Kid V), Ex: Joe Frizzell, O: Joe and Debbie Frizzell; Reserve Champion: FOREMOST MPA (Sire: ML Mostly Padron), Ex: Sharon Stathopoulos, O: Sharon Stathopoulos; Top Five: HEIR TO MAGNUM (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Misty Steingrabe, O: Shelly Smith; HJ FAMOSO (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Jill Mohr, O: Loren and JoEllen Erickson; GJR HERITAGE OF FAME (Sire: Legacy of Fame), Ex: Taylor Disch, O: LLC Heritage Arabians. Arabian Western Pleasure AATR - Champion: SUNSATIONAL KID (Sire: Sundance Kid V), Ex: Joe Frizzell, O: Joe and Debbie Frizzell; Reserve Champion: FOREMOST MPA (Sire: ML Mostly Padron), Ex: Sharon Stathopoulos, O: Sharon Stathopoulos; Top Five: HJ FAMOSO (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Jill Ann Mohr, O: Loren and JoEllen Erickson; QUEEN OF DENIAL (Sire: R Last Star), Ex: Misty Steingrabe, O: Misty Steingrabe; TWENTY FOUR KHARAT J (Sire: Khadraj NA), Ex: Pam Mares, O: Pam Mares.

(Sire: Magnum Chall HVP), Ex: Gilberto Valdez, O: Linda Lane; JJ DREAM MAKER (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Anthony Steiner, O: Sylvia Beahr.

Arabian Western Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR - Champion: HEIR TO MAGNUM (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Misty Steingrabe, O: Shelly Smith; Reserve Champion: JJ MAGNUM BAY (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Nina Ung, O: Lon and Leon Matthias; Top Five: PRUSSIAN SUNDANCE CFT (Sire: Sundance Kid V), Ex: Ashley Corbin, O: Ashley Corbin; MOSTLY CHROME (Sire: ML Mostly Padron), Ex: Christa Beeler, O: Christa Beeler; MR INCREDIBLE (Sire: LM Boardwalk), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Lon Matthias.

Arabian Gelding 3-Year-Olds - Champion: SUCCESSOR AAL (Sire: Odyssey SC), Ex: Mike Neal, O: Debbie and David Treadwell; Reserve Champion: EXEMPLAR BMF (Sire: Odyssey SC), Ex: Daniel Bergren, O: Patrick Davis; Top Five: AMNESTEY (Sire: Justify), Ex: Austin Boggs, O: Janene and Bob Boggs; LM AVATAR (Sire: R Last Star), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Lon and Leon Matthias; TRULY MAGNUM C (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Anthony Steiner, O: Cindy Steiner.

Arabian Western Pleasure JTR - Champion: MOMENTUM NA (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Sylvia Rogan, O: TBBG LLC; Reserve Champion: REMINGTON MAGNUM (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Robyn Costello, O: Terry and Deb Strub; Top Five: GL SHAHZERADO BEY (Sire: Bey Hawkeye), Ex: Dani Adams, O: Dani Adams; QUEEN OF DENIAL (Sire: R Last Star), Ex: Channel Hall, O: Misty Steingrabe; JA SHADY LADY (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Natalie Amato, O: Roger Berkland and Terry Amato.

Liberty - Champion: SHE BE ADIVA (Sire: Baske Afire), Ex: Travis Rice, O: Oak Ridge Arabians.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open - Champion: DL PADPARADSHAH (Sire: LM Boardwalk), Ex: Kelly Teigen, O: Kelly Teigen; Reserve Champion: SAS HIGH EXXPECTATION (Sire: Exxpectation), Ex: Jennifer Schmitt, O: Gary Shanks; Top Five: ATLANTIS SC (Sire: Odyssey SC), Ex: Sarah Parapovich, O: Christine Rickart; PRUSSIAN SUNDANCE CFT (Sire: Sundance Kid V), Ex: Pamela Rose, O: Ashley Corbin; TOI RISTON (Sire: Matoi), Ex: Sylvia Rogan, O: Liz, Sylvia and Elli Rogan.

HA/AA Auction Yearling Filly Stock Type ATH Champion MI BELLA ROSE (Sire: DA Valentino), shown by Angela Larson for owners Claire Larson and Greg Jacobs.

Purebred Performance Arabian Country English Pleasure Open - Champion: MILLENIUM MIRACLE (Sire: El Ghazi), Ex: Amy Kubli, O: Gary Paine; Reserve Champion: MONICA NA (Sire: Monarcc), Ex: Jim Carr, O: Jim and Bonnie Carr; Top Five: JJ MAGATO (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Erin Runde, O: Erin Runde; LUCKY STRIKE GRA (Sire: RSA Troublesome), Ex: Cindy Steiner, O:

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Arabian Hunter Pleasure Jr Horse 5 & Under ATR - Champion: CONCERTO IN E MAJOR (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Jill Ann


Gold Star Futurity

Mohr, O: ACL Partnership; Reserve Champion: SAS HIGH EXXPECTATION (Sire: Exxpectation ), Ex: Carolyn Shanks, O: Gary Shanks; Top Five: SURRENDER MY WILL (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Katja Weidrich, O: Katja Weidrich; TANGO PVF (Sire: Affirmmed), Ex: Anique Weber, O: Ann Bensen; MAJOR ASSET (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Kelly Dzurick, O: Michael and Andreen Millard. Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR - Champion: DL PADPARADSHAH (Sire: LM Boardwalk), Ex: Kelly Teigen, O: Kelly Teigen; Reserve Champion: CONCERTO IN E MAJOR (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Jill Ann Mohr, O: ACL Partnership; Top Five: SURRENDER MY WILL (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Katja Weidrich, O: Katja Weidrich; MAJOR ASSET (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Kelly Dzurick, O: Michael and Andreen Millard; ATLANTIS SC (Sire: Odyssey SC), Ex: Christine Rickart, O: Christine Rickart. Arabian Hunter Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR - Champion: REMINGTON MAGNUM (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Annette Hoefer, O: Terry and Deb Strub; Reserve Champion: CONCERTO IN E MAJOR (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Jill Ann Mohr, O: ACL Partnership; Top Five: EH CLOYE (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Rebecca Haubenschild, O: Curtis Hough and Heather Haubenschild; MAJOR ASSET (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Kelly Dzurick, O: Michael and Andreen Millard; SURRENDER MY WILL (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Katja Weidrich, O: Katja Weidrich. Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR - Champion: REMINGTON MAGNUM (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Robyn Costello, O: Terry and Deb Strub; Reserve Champion: TOI RISTON (Sire: Matoi), Ex: Sylvia Rogan, O: Liz, Sylvia and Elli Rogan; Top Five: SAS HIGH EXXPECTATION (Sire: Exxpectation), Ex: Carolyn Shanks, O: Gary Shanks; DR MAJOR IMPACT (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Sarah Brinkman, O: Dale Henriksen; MACCHIATO (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Lauren Christen, O: Denise Sickels. Arabian Native Costume Open - Champion: MILLENIUM MIRACLE (Sire: El Ghazi), Ex: Amy Kubli, O: Gary Paine; Reserve Champion: JJ MAGATO (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Erin Runde, O: Erin Runde; Top Five: DM BEAUZONA (Sire: Carawal Zon Sahib), Ex: Gary Paine, O: Gary Paine; MON BEY PACO (Sire: Aquilo SSB), Ex: Donna Burch, O: Dana Jordan. Arabian Reining Open - Champion: EAF PEPPER (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Rod Matthieson, O: Jane McKinnon; Reserve Champion: MILLENIUM ECLIPSE (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Rod Matthieson, O: Eleanor Hamilton; Top Five: SF BEYBEE BOOMER (Sire: Beyonn), Ex: Heath Herndon, O: Janna Eiberger; SHEZA ROYAL PAYNE (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Hoyt Rose, O: Eleanor Hamilton; SHEZA VELVET ROSE (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Hoyt Rose, O: Eleanor Hamilton. Arabian Reining ATR - Champion: SHEZA ROYAL PAYNE (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Brooke Matthieson, O: Eleanor Hamilton; Reserve Champion: SHEZA VELVET ROSE (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Brooke

Matthieson, O: Eleanor Hamilton; Top Five: OFW KRUSADE (Sire: RSD Dark Victory), Ex: Natalie Amato, O: Roger Berkland and Terry Amato.

Half-Arabian Halter HA/AA Yearling Fillies (Saddle Type) - Champion: FASHIONISTA SF (Sire: Georgio AF), Ex: Ricardo Rivero, O: Danielle and Tamara Anderson; Reserve Champion: STLA DANCIN WITH THE STARS (Sire: Mariachi WA), Ex: Rinaldo Longuini, O: Terry Boggs; Top Five: FASHION MAJOR CFS (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Mike Neal, O: Carol Seidman; MISS MINI MAG (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Fernando Poli, O: Jerome and Betty Aldrich; DR MY DREAM DATE (Sire: The Color Of Fame), Ex: Ann Brinkman, O: Dale Henriksen. HA/AA Fillies Yearling (Stock Type) - Champion: GOLDIE FAWN (Sire: Fausto CRH), Ex: Greg Hazlewood, O: Terry Boggs; Reserve Champion: PKH JAZZEE JEWEL (Sire: Georgio AF), Ex: Mikayla Hartl, O: Paul and Kathy Hartl; Top Five: MAIDJA ASTAR (Sire: LM Boardwalk), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Lon Matthias; PLAIN COWGIRL (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Sydney Porter, O: Kim and Lon Matthias; SHAHSTA LA VISTA (Sire: Stetson Bey), Ex: Ashley Green, O: Ashley Green. HA/AA Auction Yearling Fillies ATH (Saddle Type) - Champion: MISS MINI MAG (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Austin Boggs, O: Jerome and Betty Aldrich; Reserve Champion: FASHIONISTA SF (Sire: Georgio AF), Ex: Danielle Anderson, O: Danielle and Tamara Anderson; Top Five: MY CHINNA DOLL (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Bonnie Matthias; DR MY DREAM DATE (Sire: The Color of Fame), Ex: Ann Brinkman, O: Dale Henriksen; PKH SPRINGTIME DELITE (Sire: IM Spotts Illustrated), Ex: Paul Hartl, O: Paul and Kathy Hartl. HA/AA Auction Yearling Fillies ATH (Stock Type) - Champion: MI BELLA ROSE (Sire: DA Valentino), Ex: Angela Larson, O: Claire Larson and Greg Jacobs; Reserve Champion: GOLDIE FAWN (Sire: Fausto CRH), Ex: Terry Boggs, O: Terry Boggs; Top Five: MAIDJA ASTAR (Sire: LM Boardwalk), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Lon Matthias; PKH JAZZEE JEWEL (Sire: Georgio AF), Ex: Paul Hartl, O: Paul and Kathy Hartl; SHAHSTA LA VISTA (Sire: Stetson Bey), Ex: Ashley Green, O: Ashley and Joel Green. HA/AA Filly 2-Year-Olds - Champion: SAF FAMOUS LA BELLA (Sire: Famous Echo SCA), Ex: Anthony Steiner, O: Mitch and Char Siddell; Reserve Champion: CADILLAC COWGIRL (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Kim and Lon Matthias; Top Five: PKH SPOTTS KHERIZMA (Sire: IM Spotts Illustrated), Ex: Paul Hartl, O: Paul and Kathy Hartl; SNICKERS XTREME (Sire: TF Xtreme), Ex: Lynnae Bigler, O: Julie Duffney Begalke; BR BEYONN THE SKY (Sire: Beyonn), Ex: Jill Rittmer, O: Jill Rittmer. HA/AA Filly 3-Year-Olds - Champion: MM MAGNUM BUTTERFLY (Sire: Magnum Psyche), Ex: Rinaldo Longuini, O:

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HA/AA Auction Colts/Geldings ATH (Saddle Type) - Champion: LOVES R MONTI HTA (Sire: Armani FC), Ex: Daniel Bergren, O: Francine Duerig; Reserve Champion: MARC OF CHALL REA (Sire: Magnum Chall HVP), Ex: Donna Simmons, O: John and Donna Simmons; Top Five: PKH ELIGAH FAME (Sire: IM Spotts Illustrated), Ex: Paul Hartl, O: Paul and Kathy Hartl. HA/AA Auction Colts/Geldings ATH (Stock Type) - Champion: GET UP AND GLO (Sire: OFW Krusade), Ex: Debbie Treadwell, O: Kim Dolan; Reserve Champion: PADRON DUN IT (Sire: LM Boardwalk), Ex: R. Myron Engeman, O: R. Myron Engeman; Top Five: SOLAR POWER IWF (Sire: Psyncopation), Ex: Daniel Bergren, O: Dana Jordan; SHORT CIRCUIT (Sire: Major Shock), Ex: Michael Browning, O: Jack and Jeanie Hardcastle; DSD STARBUCKS (Sire: Streaks Pale Rider), Ex: Debra Duick, O: Debra Duick.

HA/AA Auction Colt/Gelding Saddle Type ATH Champion LOVES R MONTI HTA (Sire: Armani FC), shown by Daniel Bergren for owner Francine Duerig.

HA/AA Gelding 2-Year-Olds - Champion: FAMES WILDCARD PA (Sire: The Color of Fame), Ex: Austin Miller, O: Christine Rickart; Reserve Champion: SS LOUIE BLUE EYE (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: John Deidrich, O: Susan Skow; Top Five: CASH IN THE BUCKS (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Kim and Lon Matthias; PKH SPOTTS ROMEO (Sire: IM Spotts Illustrated), Ex: Paul Hartl, O: Paul and Kathy Hartl; MISTER MO GEM (Sire: Momentum NA), Ex: Justin Wallace, O: Linda Brown. HA/AA Gelding 3-Year-Olds - Champion: WTA FREEDOMS SPIRIT (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Dave Bilgrien, O: Margaret and Rebecca Kalsow; Reserve Champion: PURE COLOR (Sire: The Color of Fame), Ex: Jerry Schall, O: Jill Marie Kujawa; Top Five: PRIME DESIGN SA (Sire: The Color of Fame), Ex: Sara Brinkman, O: Ann Brinkman; MAGA BUCKS (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Kim and Lon Matthias; JAS SHOWDOWN (Sire: Remington Magnum), Ex: Sara Huizinga, O: Jennifer Schmitt.

Half-Arabian Performance

HA/AA Auction Colt/Gelding Stock Type ATH Champion GET UP AND GLO (Sire: OFW Krusade), shown by Debbie Treadwell for owner Kim Dolan. Sally Bedeker; Reserve Champion: GA CLIO DULAINE (Sire: Baske Afire), Ex: Greg Hazlewood, O: Sally Bedeker; Top Five: COLOR ME AN ANGEL (Sire: The Color of Fame), Ex: Jerry Schall, O: Debbie and David Treadwell; CCF RSTARS IRISH ROSE (Sire: R Last Star), Ex: Jill Rittmer, O: Phil and Noelle Patton; MARILYN MANROAN (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Kim and Lon Matthias. HA/AA Yearling Colts/Geldings (Saddle Type) - Champion: RUDOLPH VALENTINO MDA (Sire: DA Valentino), Ex: Greg Hazlewood, O: Theresa Hook Barton; Reserve Champion: LOVES R MONTI HTA (Sire: Armani FC), Ex: Mike Neal, O: Francine Duerig; Top Five: MAJOR GRAND SLAM (Sire: DS Major Afire), Ex: Daniel Bergren, O: ACL Partnership; MARC OF CHALL REA (Sire: Magnum Chall HVP), Ex: Debbie Shelton, O: John and Donna Simmons; SAF HOWIE MANDEL (Sire: The Color Of Fame), Ex: Anthony Steiner, O: Jennie Siddell. HA/AA Yearling Colts/Geldings (Stock Type) - Champion: SOLAR POWER IWF (Sire: Psyncopation), Ex: Daniel Bergren, O: Dana Jordan; Reserve Champion: GET UP AND GLO (Sire: OFW Krusade), Ex: Mike Neal, O: Kim Dolan; Top Five: PADRON DUN IT (Sire: LM Boardwalk), Ex: Debbie Shelton, O: R. Myron Engeman; DSD INVEST IN GOLD (Sire: Streaks Pale Rider), Ex: DJ Heffernan, O: Debra Duick; SHORT CIRCUIT (Sire: Major Shock), Ex: Michael Browning, O: Jack and Jeanie Hardcastle.

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HA/AA Country English Pleasure Open - Champion: BELAFIRE (Sire: Baske Afire), Ex: Trace Moffitt, O: Kelly Frye; Reserve Champion: STREET ESCALADE (Sire: Street Fair), Ex: Alan Clanton, O: Ray and Linda Chapman; Top Five: ACTION PACKED (Sire: Zodiac Matador), Ex: Paige Ross, O: Saqqara Arabians; MASTER SHOWMAN (Sire: Baron De Bastrop), Ex: Angela Balduchi, O: Lisa Balduchi. HA/AA Country English Pleasure ATR - Champion: BELAFIRE (Sire: Baske Afire), Ex: Kelly Frye, O: Kelly Frye; Reserve Champion: ACTION PACKED (Sire: Zodiac Matador), Ex: Paige Ross, O: Michael Jacobs; Top Five: WRECKIN KREWE (Sire: J Krewe), Ex: Kayla Livengood, O: Kayla Livengood; IWF MARDI GRAS (Sire: Inspirations Choir Boy), Ex: Dana Jordan, O: Dana Jordan; MASTER SHOWMAN (Sire: Baron De Bastrop), Ex: Angela Balduchi, O: Lisa Balduchi. HA/AA Western Pleasure Open - Champion: DREAM A LIL DREAM (Sire: Fire N Ice), Ex: Jody Strand, O: Perry and Suzanne Perkins; Reserve Champion: GUSTENUFF COLOR (Sire: The Color of Fame), Ex: Sarah Parapovich, O: Janelle Then; Top Five: VICTORIOSA (Sire: CA Hermoso), Ex: Jennifer Schmitt, O: Annette Hoefer; PKH TOUCH OF FAME (Sire: The Color of Fame), Ex: Anissa Weber, O: Anissa Weber; BR KHEMO KHOWGIRL (Sire: Rho Sabee), Ex: Sylvia Beahr, O: Gail Brown. HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse 5 & Under Champion: DUNN DEAL (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Kim and Lon Matthias; Reserve Champion: PSYNCERLYMISSISSIPPIGIRL (Sire: Psyncere), Ex: Kris Lamb, O: Kris Lamb; Top Five: AMBER JULES WLF (Sire: LK Jules Diamond), Ex: Tonya Grefe, O: Penny Gute; CMS SUPER BRICK (Sire: Crown Musc), Ex: Brooke Matthieson, O: Eleanor Hamilton; MAGA BUCKS (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Nina Ung, O: Kim and Lon Matthias.


Gold Star Futurity

HA/AA Western Pleasure AATR - Champion: VICTORIOSA (Sire: CA Hermoso), Ex: Annette Hoefer, O: Annette Hoefer; Reserve Champion: GUSTENUFF COLOR (Sire: The Color Of Fame), Ex: Janelle Then, O: Janelle Then; Top Five: DUNN DEAL (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Lon Matthias, O: Kim and Lon Matthias; PSYNCERLYMISISIPIGIRL (Sire: Psyncere), Ex: Kris Lamb, O: Kris Lamb; ITSA ALL ABOUT ME (Sire: Crimson N Smoke), Ex: Alex Inman, O: Pamela Inman.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR - Champion: VICTORIOSA (Sire: CA Hermoso), Ex: Annette Hoefer, O: Annette Hoefer; Reserve Champion: ZA INTIMIDATING SPOTZ (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Tonya Grefe, O: Tonya Grefe; Top Five: IMMAGERY (Sire: Spotacular Fame), Ex: Ashley Then, O: Janelle Then; PAINTED ROSE BLOSSOM (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Tessa Olson, O: Tessa Olson; CHEROKEY RAVEN ASAAD (Sire: Spirit Of Cherokey), Ex: Nina Ung, O: Lon and Leon Matthias.

HA/AA Western Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR - Champion: JAS SHOWDOWN (Sire: Remington Magnum), Jill Ann Mohr, O: Jennifer Schmitt; Reserve Champion: AMBER JULES WLF (Sire: LK Jules Diamond), Ex: Tonya Grefe, O: Penny Gute; Top Five: SWEET VIOLETS J (Sire: MPA Giovanni), Ex: Indira Van Handel, O: Lawrence Jerome; MAGA BUCKS (Sire: Magnum Theory), Ex: Nina Ung, O: Kim and Lon Matthias; EUREKA ROYALE (Sire: Goldmount Royal Design), Ex: Page Adams, O: Page Adams.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure JTR - Champion: DR ALOVEN FAME (Sire: The Color Of Fame), Ex: Sarah Brinkman, O: Dale Henriksen; Reserve Champion: PKH SUMMERTIME (Sire: IM Spotts Illustrated), Ex: Robyn Costello, O: Jody Strand; Top Five: WV STAR THYME (Sire: Pyro Thyme), Ex: Taylor Duke, O: Carole Schueler; DR PURE ALLURE (Sire: The Color Of Fame), Ex: Paige Ross, O: Dale Henriksen; FAMES INTIMIDATOR (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Dani Adams, O: Dani Adams.

HA/AA Western Pleasure JTR - Champion: FAMES INTIMIDATOR (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Dani Adams, O: Dani Adams; Reserve Champion: PKH DAKOTA (Sire: PKH Halima Padron), Ex: Megan Dominik, O: R. Myron Engeman; Top Five: EUREKA ROYALE (Sire: Goldmount Royal Design), Ex: Page Adams, O: Page Adams.

HA/AA Native Costume Open - Champion: MASTER SHOWMAN (Sire: Baron De Bastrop), Ex: Angela Balduchi, O: Lisa Balduchi; Reserve Champion: IWF MARDI GRAS (Sire: Psyncopation), Ex: Dana Jordan, O: Dana Jordan; Top Five: WC DIAMOND DREAMS (Sire: Renaissance), Ex: Janna Eiberger, O: Janna Eiberger.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Open - Champion: WV STAR THYME (Sire: Pyro Thyme SA), Ex: Katie Beck, O: Carole Schueler; Reserve Champion: VICTORIOSA (Sire: CA Hermoso), Ex: Jennifer Schmitt, O: Annette Hoefer; Top Five: DR ALOVEN FAME (Sire: The Color Of Fame), Ex: Sarah Brinkman, O: Dale Henriksen; PAINTED ROSE BLOSSOM (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Tessa Olson, O: Tessa Olson; WC DIAMOND DREAMS (Sire: Renaissance), Ex: Trace Moffitt, O: Janna Eiberger. HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse 5 & Under ATR - Champion: PAINTED ROSE BLOSSOM (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Tessa Olson, O: Tessa Olson; Reserve Champion: IMMAGERY (Sire: Spotacular Fame), Ex: Ashley Then, O: Janelle Then; Top Five: PSYNCERLYMISISIPIGIRL (Sire: Psyncere), Ex: Kris Lamb, O: Kris Lamb; PKH SUMMERTIME (Sire: IM Spotts Illustrated), Ex: Codi Strand, O: Jody Strand; WV STAR THYME (Sire: Pyro Thyme), Ex: Taylor Duke, O: Carole Schueler. HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AATR - Champion: PKH SUMMERTIME (Sire: IM Spotts Illustrated), Ex: Codi Strand, O: Jody Strand; Reserve Champion: IMMAGERY (Sire: Spotacular Fame), Ex: Ashley Then, O: Janelle Then; Top Five: ZA INTIMIDATING SPOTZ (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Tonya Grefe, O: Tonya Grefe; PAINTED ROSE BLOSSOM (Sire: SS Painted Intimidator), Ex: Tessa Olson, O: Tessa Olson; DR PURE ALLURE (Sire: The Color Of Fame), Ex: Ann Brinkman, O: Dale Henriksen.

HA/AA Reining Open - Champion: MISS HESA BAR (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Rod Matthieson, O: Jane McKinnon; Reserve Champion: SHEZA COWBOY TOO (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Gary Ferguson, O: Eleanor Hamilton; Top Five: KACEES HIDDEN AGENDA (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Rod Matthieson, O: Jane McKinnon; ZEE MELODY JAC (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Stacey Busswitz, O: Julie Monson. HA/AA Reining ATR - Champion: CMS LITTLE SIERRA (Sire: Crown Musc), Ex: Brooke Matthieson, O: Eleanor Hamilton; Reserve Champion: MIZ CONGENIALITY (Sire: Hesa Zee), Ex: Stephen Waldhoff, O: Stephen Waldhoff.

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Versace x Sanegors Lady D

The Bridge is Complete... and History is Made! 2009 U.S. National Champion Stallion AOTH 2009 U.S National Res. Champion Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse

Bugatti is the Youngest stallion ever to win Championships in halter & performance at the U.S. National show the same year!!

A promising asset to the bloodlines of future champions

Owned by: Kristi Waters-Scarfia Clearwater, Florida kwaters2@tampabay.rr.com www.kmst ablesinc.com

Multi Program Nominated SCID clear & CA Negative

Mike Wilson Cell (352) 267-5550 Peri Tilghman (407) 402-2116 WilsonTrainingC@aol.com www.wilsontrainingcenter.com


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The Th T he National Nattiion Na Nat onal al C Champion hampiio ha on S So Son on of National Champions *Marwan Al Shaqab & Shalina El Jamaal

Sire of

EA SABIR 2008 & 2009 Spotlight Futurity Champion Colt Owned by John & Luanne Ellison

2010 Fee $2,500 Incentives Available SCID & CA Clear The Marhaabah Legacy Group Chris Anckersen, Manager 864-647-7588 • anckersen@aol.com www.Marhaabah.com

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PA

NATIONAL CHAMPION

Magnum Psyche x Memphis NA, by Fame VF

AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Scottsdale Signature Stallion Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Iowa Gold Star Stallion SHN Payback Program SCID and CA Clear 2010 Breeding Fee Incentive $750 booking fee with balance of $1,250 to be paid at time of foaling. Stallion owner will pay mare nomination fee for either Scottsdale Signature or Region 12 Spotlight Futurity (mare owner’s option).

PA Magnanimous Daughters

Miss Magnanimous EWA

Magnarita SDA

out of an *Aladdinn/GG Jabask bred mare Multiple Regional Champion Mare Scottsdale Top Ten Mare

out of a Bey Shah daughter U.S. National Top Ten Yearling Filly Scottsdale Top Ten Mare Regional winner in halter

FOR BREEDING IN INFORMATION CONTACT: ERIC WOLFE ~ P.O. Box 1223 • APOPKA, FL 32704 407-880-4600 ~ 407-880-4625 fax • E m a i l : w o l f e a r a b s @ a o l . c o m • w w w. e r i c w o l f e a r a b i a n s .com Inquiries Welcome FEBRUARY 2010 | S POTLIGHT S TA LLIONS 9


Palmetto Stallions ... Topping the National Leading Sire charts!

Sire of National Champions:

PA Madrid Always

PA Millan Always

*Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V

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The 2009 Leading living sire of National Champions in Arabian Hunt Seat & Western Pleasure

Sunsational Kid

VJ Berryance

Mariachi Kid V

Melody V

Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V, by Ali Jamaal

Owned by Palmetto Arabians Frank & Sara Chisholm of Timmonsville, SC For breeding information contact Farm Manager, Melissa Bradshaw at 843.346.5874 • email: palmettoarabians@aol.com

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Refinement Redefined

Unanimous U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion

SA Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW Multi-program nominated sire

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*Marwan El Shaqab x HB Bessolea

Proudly owned by The Baahir Group

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Tied First on the charts for

All-Time Leading Western Pleasure Horse

The winningest National Western Pleasure Horse Open & Junior horse 1997 ~ 2007 Shah Azim x Mimis Memory, by Kaiyoum

+/ +/ *Jullyen El Jamaal x Alyce Bey V, by Huckleberry Bey

Proudly owned by Mark & Jennifer Schouten of Cave Creek, AZ info@mjclassicarabians.com • 480.720.8932 • www.MJClassicArabians.com For breeding information contact

Rick Gault Training 2703 Spencer Road, Archdale, NC 27263 336.861.5644 • rickgault@northstate.net www.RickGaultTraining.com

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REGION 12 SPOTLIGHT STALLION SEMPER AMORE TO Semper Fie x In Love, by Padrons Psyche

2006 Scottsdale Supreme Champion 2006 Scottsdale Unanimous Champion Junior Colt *Sir Fames HBV x Crimson Sharem SCID clear • Scottsdale Signature Stallion Region 12 Spotlight Stallion • Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Proudly bred & owned by

THIRTEEN OAKS ARABIANS Ed & Maureen Horton, 512 Bowman Creek Road, Blountville, TN 37617 E-mail: TOArabians@aol.com • www.ThirteenOaks.com For breeding information call 423.323.4905

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2 0 0 8 U . S . N AT I O N A L C H A M P I O N W E S T E R N P L E A S U R E J R . H O R S E

Beauty & talent

harmonize!

*Jullyen El Jamaal x MFA ComingUpRoses, by Fame VF AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Region 12 Spotlight Stallion SCID Clear

sanford

Standing at RBC Show Horses Smithfield, NC • 919.202.8384

Jeb & Dianne Sanford • 9587 O'Bannons Mill Rd., Boston, VA 22713 Tel 540-547-9340 • Fax 540-547-9343 • diannesanford@mac.com www.northernlightsarabians.com FEBRUARY 2010 | S POTLIGHT S TA LLIONS 17


The perfect blend that sires beauty AND talent.

BFA Halter & Western Pleasure Champion

U.S. & Canadian National Top Ten Western Pleasure Jr. Horse with Caralyn Schroter ML Mostly Padron x La Femmefatale DF Mosaic Sinsation Mosaic BFA x Kaz Bravada 2008 filly

Owned by Desert Image Arabians Teresa Craig • Gibsonville, NC • 336.449.9087 Standing at RBC Show Horses Smithfield, NC 919.202.8384 • RBCshowhorses.com Mosaic Serenade Mosaic BFA x Festival BHF 2008 filly


Put your breeding program in motion ...

2009 U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION ENGLISH PLEASURE FUTURITY WITH JOEL KIESNER

MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire • Region 12 Spotlight Stallion • AEPA Nominate Sire Hennessey Arabian Partners LLC • www.HennesseyArabians.com For introductory breedings contact Joel Kiesner, 865.556.0413 • www.KiesnerTraining.com or George Z, 352.857.3384, georgeztraining1@aol.com FEBRUARY 2010 | S POTLIGHT S TA LLIONS 19


Padrons Psyche x Peaches N Fame

NATIONAL CHAMPION AND MULTI TOP TEN WINNER IN HALTER AND WESTERN PLEASURE.

~MULTI PROGRAM NOMINATED SIRE ~ FROZEN AND SHIPPED SEMEN AVAILABLE ~ SCID CLEAR ~ STUD FEE $1,500

www.DALEBROWNINC.com 478-290-2784 mobile

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


Aabsolut (Princip x Amarilla PR)

Trainability & Consistency Singinghearts Farm Rogersville, MO www.singingheartsfarm.com singingheartsfm@aol.com 417-753-7750

Aalexsei SF

Aafanazi SF

2005 Grey Gelding Sport Horse In-Hand Champion Watch for Aalexsei at the 2010 Scottsdale Reining Futurity Ridden by Troy Murrell.

2005 Bay Stallion In training with Wilson Training Center.

Aantonina SF

2009 Scottsdale Champion Limited Open Reining Futurity 2009 Scottsdale Top Ten Open Reining Futurity 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Reining Futurity Come cheer Aantonina on at the 2010 Scottsdale Reining Futurity. In training with Twoslidin Performance Horses. Ridden by Jennifer Murrell. FEBRUARY 2010 | S POTLIGHT S TA LLIONS 21


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Erte

JCA

(*Gazal Al Shaqab x *Egzonera)

Sweepstakes Nominated • Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Owners: Gulfwinds Farm Bob and Dolly Younger 9995 Holosberry Road Pensacola, FL 32534 850.476.3396 djyounger@bellsouth.net

Standing at: Thomas Stables, Inc. 16 Arabian Pvt Drive Hartselle, AL 35640 256.773.5948 jackthomas@bellsouth.net

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Sire of Numerous Major Winners

6 U.S. National Champion & Reserve Winners 11 U.S. National Top Ten Winners NOMINATED SIRE AHA Breeders Sweepstakes MN Medallion Stallion Scottsdale Signature Stallion National Show Horse Iowa Gold Star Stallion Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Silver Sire Breeders SCID Clear

Freedom Ranch Jennifer Patterson Glenbrook, Nevada

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I was in the neighborhood (as I am at this time every January) and decided to stop by Tiger’s place and hang out for a while. As I passed through the security stand, I couldn’t help but notice that the procedures seemed to have been beefed up considerably. Little known to most of my friends, Tiger and I are really quite close, and it was a snap to breeze through and find my way to his house.

What Do Dick Ames And Tiger Woods Have In Common? by Ray LaCroix

I rang the doorbell and one of his amazingly attractive assistants answered and showed me to the media room. Tiger stood as I entered, welcomed me, and invited me to grab a beer and sit down. As I sat, sipping a cold one, the conversation between Tiger and I gravitated, naturally, to the subject of Dick Ames. The conversation went, as I recall, something like this: Tiger: “What’s up with Dick? I’m hearing some rumblings on the street.” Me: “Really? Like what?” Tiger: “Word is out that he is going to personally compete in the AEPA $100,000 English Pleasure Futurity at Scottsdale. He says he needs some of that money, and he’s going to take matters into his own hands. Actually, there’s more. Get this! I’ve heard from the … ” At that moment, interrupting Tiger, was a loud knock on the front door followed by some harsh words from several of the attractive assistants. The shouting continued and was directed towards the large male visitor who, at that moment, pushed past the girls, and was quickly striding towards Tiger and myself with some papers tightly held in his outstretched hand, which he waved derisively at Tiger. Never let it be said that Tiger isn’t an athlete, because he was up and sprinting out of that room faster than Michael Phelps can delete YouTube® videos. As he left, however, he took an envelope from his jacket pocket and threw it at me saying, “Make sure you get this to the Times and see to it that they print it!” I am compelled to share with you the contents of that envelope, and I swear that the following are Tiger’s own words.

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ARABIAN ENGLISH PERFORMANCE ASSOCIATION

Memo from Tiger: It has been brought to my attention that there are some Arabian horse aficionados that still don’t understand the format and the reasons for the format of the AEPA $100,000 Futurity English Pleasure Class. Well, let’s back up and understand just what is the AEPA and what they are trying to do? The Arabian English Performance Association (AEPA) is a group of people interested in putting fun and profitability back into their favorite purebred Arabian pastime, English saddle seat classes. This includes delineating the purebred Englishstyle Arabian horse, and fostering growth for this particular style of Arabian horse. By providing different styles of classes to highlight the phrase, “English Pleasure Arabian,” and awarding mountains of cash to the winners, the AEPA group hopes to spur the Arabian public into more participation within this division. “What styles of classes,” you ask? There are three distinct classes. The very first to debut four years ago is the $100,000 Purebred Arabian English Pleasure Futurity. This class is provided for 4-year-old purebred Arabians. (All AEPA classes require that the sires of the entrants be nominated and participants in the futurity program.) The second class instituted is the $30,000 Buckeye In-Hand Purebred Arabian Yearling class for those horses exemplifying Arabian English-style conformation. The third class is the AEPA Purebred Arabian Maturity class, which is available for horses 5 to 7 years old and must be exhibited by an amateur rider. So, you see, this is such a clever plan of attack. First, pay huge money to the best young English horses out there, creating a demand for this type of young horse. Second, devise specific criteria for what “excellent Arabian Englishstyle conformation” is, and reward the best yearlings (that have been bred to satisfy the growing demand for Futurity English Pleasure class entrants) with still more money. And last, but certainly not least, open up a section of the program to all amateur riders who want to participate in the fun and $$$$$! The only real glitch in the plan, given the historically capricious nature of our judging process, was how to ensure

that the “ best horses” won. A $100,000 is a pile of cash, and repeat participation would be dependent on the public’s perception of the fairness of the judging. Joel Kiesner, a member of the AEPA board of directors, tackled the problem head on and developed an entirely new scoring system that compared each participant to a “standard,” or written description of exactly what, as in the case of the English Futurity class, an excellent English pleasure horse was supposed to look like. In order to apply this system, the class format was also changed so that the first elimination is an individually scored round of pattern work. The pattern class, held in this manner, gives each judge adequate time to apply the scoring system to each individual horse, ensuring that objective decisions are reached. Each judge is also held accountable, because each horse’s scores are announced before the next contestant begins the pattern. In the case of the In-Hand Yearling class, criteria of the ideal conformation of the English-style Arabian is established, and each horse is again compared to a standard and numerically scored in six different categories. The scoring system, itself, is very educational and can be found in the English Pleasure Manifesto which is featured on the AEPA website. In addition to the scoring system, the manifesto includes the written standard and some history to provide the context of how the English pleasure class has developed and changed over the years. The AEPA website is a veritable treasure trove of useful information, making it the easiest thing ever to participate in the richest futurity payout in the history of the Arabian breed. I, Tiger, personally endorse (geez, I hope they accept my endorsement) the AEPA and their efforts to help the English division attract more participants by creating fun and profitable venues in which to compete.

Who knew? Quite a nice explanation of what the AEPA is all about, coming from Tiger, a master of golf and a master of managing difficult situations. Oh, and what do Dick Ames and Tiger Woods have in common? Not much ... really. I made most of that stuff up. ■

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Leaders Of The Times: February Calendar Feature

DS Major Afire by Colleen Scott

DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia)

To appreciate the appeal of DS Major Afire as a sire, one just has to examine the impressive list of winning get he already has on the ground. DS Major Afire progeny have collectively won: • • • •

6 U.S. National Championships and Reserve Championships 11 U.S. National Top Tens 65 Regional Championships and Reserve Championships 38 Regional Top Fives

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have become household names. For example, Major Love Affair (x HL Infactuation) was the 2008 U.S. National Arabian Senior Mare Breeding 6 & Over Champion. She was led to that victory by Keith Krichke, and the mare’s owner, Don Camacho Jr., was at the lead when she captured the Reserve Championship title at the 2006 U.S. Nationals in the Arabian Mare Breeding AAOTH class out of a field of 31. “DS Major Afire is a really nice moving horse,” says Camacho. “I think his babies, including Major Love Affair, have picked that up from him. They’ve also picked up his attitude,” he says. Camacho has owned the mare for eight years and describes her as always willing to do her job, giving 120%. Besides having a great work ethic, she’s proven


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her ability to produce very marketable foals, with one of her colts selling for a near record-breaking price at the Scottsdale Show last year.

own mettle on numerous occasions, as a U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt, Scottsdale Reserve Champion and a Regional Top Five Stallion.

“He adds a lot to a horse,” says trainer Mike Neal, who has managed the stallion for the last 10 years. “He is very charismatic, has a nice short back, and a high neck-set. He has crossed really well on a variety of horses.”

Patterson, who has only owned the stallion since November, 2007, was first smitten with DS Major Afire when she watched a videotape of him as a 2-yearold. “My breath was taken away by his movement. His natural ability as a 2-year-old, without any training, just sent shivers up my spine.” She finally saw the stallion in person at a Scottsdale Show, and was even more taken. “His head had really matured and gotten more beautiful,” she recalls.

One of DS Major Afire’s fillies that could be the next “major” star is WR St Pauli Girl (x ATA Psyches Psong), a beautiful, bay mare. This Minnesota Fall Festival Champion Auction Filly was also Top Ten Scottsdale Yearling Filly, open and amateur. Over the years, DS Major Afire has ranked high on the U.S. National Leading Sires lists in both Leading Halter Sires of Purebred Winners by points and by number of winning get. He also made those charts at the Scottsdale Show. Considering many of the other sires on these charts have considerable more than DS Major Afire’s 234 progeny, this is an amazing accomplishment. While many of DS Major Afire’s offspring have been victorious in the halter arena, there are a number making a name for their sire in the performance ring, as current owner Jennifer Patterson had always hoped for her breeding program. Patterson, a breeder since 1995 when a trip to buy one horse found her hauling home three, strives to produce horses that are not only beautiful, but also athletic. “I want them to be able to fulfill their destiny as horses. They have to be able to perform, and not just in the halter ring.” WV Major Major (x SH Mstarlite) is one example. A national and regional title holder in HA/AA Gelding In-Hand Stock/Hunter, he is now making his way up the ranks in the hunter pleasure division with regional awards as both an open and junior horse. Major League EN (x Anisette) has also proven himself in both arenas on a national and regional level. That DS Major Afire’s offspring are able to succeed in both arenas doesn’t come as a surprise to either Neal or Patterson. First, there is his pedigree. By the famous performance sire, Afire Bey V, and out of the mare SS Magnolia (dam of National Champion Echo Magnificoo), DS Major Afire has all the pedigree requirements to produce multi-tasking progeny. The stallion proved his

Interested in purchasing him, Patterson missed out the first time around, but not when he came up for sale in 2007. “I was heartbroken the first time, but when he came up for sale again, my dream came true.” Having just two breeding seasons, she has bred him to several of her own mares, and now owns a 2-year-old and three yearlings. “They are incredibly beautiful and athletic,” she says. Patterson is excited about watching them grow up and looking forward to their careers as potential breeding and performance prospects. One of the weanlings is out of a Dutch Warmblood mare, and Patterson is particularly excited about her prospects. “We knew when we made the decision to breed him to this mare it was going to be a major mistake or major brilliance. We got major brilliance!” In the next month she’ll be welcoming another DS Major Afire baby out of her Padrons Psyche daughter. Pedigree, movement, a solid history in the show ring himself, does DS Major Afire let it go to his head? Not at all, according to Patterson. “He is calm, quiet and actually a little on the goofy side,” she says. “One of his favorite things is to have his tongue massaged. However, once he hits the show ring, he looks at the audience, kind of saying to them, ‘Hey, look at me!’” Neal and Patterson plan to bring the stallion out for one last hurrah, either at U.S. Nationals or the Scottsdale Show. Yet, there won’t be any retirement to Patterson’s relaxing, green pastures in Carson City, Nev. “I always say I own him on paper, but he is really Mike’s horse,” she says. “He’s been with Mike since he was 2, and their lifelong love affair is very obvious. There is no way I would move him.” ■ FEBRUARY 2010 | 207


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Over the past two months, we have recounted the story of an 1830s British expedition in the Middle East headed by Captain Francis Rawdon Chesney. Its object was to discover a land route from the Mediterranean to India via the Euphrates River Valley, thus providing an alternate trade route between Britain and its largest colony, as well as countering Russian interest in the area. We resume the account as the Chesney steamboats Tigris and Euphrates, having been transported across hundreds of miles of diďŹƒcult terrain by caravan and reassembled, proceed down the Euphrates River. With the worst of their journey behind them, the members of the expedition are not far from the conclusion of their exploration when disaster strikes.

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AT SUNRISE ON MAY 21, 1836, Captain Francis Rawdon Chesney, aboard the steamship Tigris, ordered his men to cast off, and in company with their sister ship, they resumed their voyage down the Euphrates River. During the morning all went well, but at 1:20 p.m. the clouds of a spring storm gathered overhead and the air became dense with humidity. Quickly, the sky blackened with a menace that was made worse by whirling desert sands that spiraled into funnel-shaped maelstroms. “The sky assumed an appearance such as we had never before witnessed, and which was awful and terrific to the extreme,” Chesney later wrote of the event. “A dense black arch enveloped the whole horizon, and the space beneath the arch was filled with a body of dust of brownish, orange color whirling around, and at the same time advancing at us with a fearful rapidity … At this moment the hurricane came on us—a warm, dry wind, laden with fragrance of the aromatic plants of the wilderness, followed a few moments later by a tremendous blast of wind with some rain in large drops. The crash broke upon us like a boom of artillery, and the hurricane seemed as if bent upon hurling both steamers at once to the bottom of the foaming river.” It was a tornado! Chesney perceived the danger to his expedition; he ordered both ships to head for shore, hoping to ride out the unusually violent blast. In the chaos, however, the Tigris hit the bank so hard that it bounced off, preventing its crew from securing it. Instead, she spun back into the stream, nearly colliding with the oncoming Euphrates. The Euphrates dodged away by reversing her paddlewheels at full steam, but the maneuver sent her plowing four feet into the shoreline. Despite the difficulty, several members of the Euphrates crew scrambled ashore and sank an anchor into the earth. But the fear aboard the ship was palpable; Dr. Johann Wilhelm Heifer and his wife, Pauline des Granges, who had joined the

expedition to study the geology and natural history of the surrounding countryside, clung to a mast, but were terrified to hear a voice scream that water was leaking into the stern cabin. Heifer left his wife on deck and managed to get below, where he discovered an open porthole that was admitting a rush of water. He slammed his back against it and propped his feet against a nearby wall to force the window back into place. Then he scrambled back up on deck, where the wind was at full gale; waves arced up over the ship, and through the driving storm, he became aware that the Euphrates River was teeming over its bank. And through the cyclone, with the sun barely visible behind the lowering clouds, he saw the Tigris heave to one side and slip away beneath the surface of the river. Despite the amazing violence, the tornado was over almost as quickly as it had begun. It had crossed the river directly in the steamboats’ path, and from there it blew out over the desert. The sun again blazed, almost surreal after the darkness. Dr. Heifer and a party of men from the Euphrates hurried up

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An image of Chesney's original map.

the riverbank to the point opposite where they had last seen the Tigris. Incredibly, they found Captain Chesney, who had been washed from the deck of his ship when the water reached waist height. His drenched Bible also had survived the tragedy, and lay by his side. Twenty of the 37 crew members aboard the Tigris were not so lucky, and had vanished without a trace. Later several bodies were discovered downriver, along with crates and casks of various supplies. The victims were Lt. Robert Cockburn, the expedition’s mapmaker; John Struthers, the engineer from the Laird shipyards; Yusf Sadr, an interpreter from Aleppo; all five gunners; a sapper; a Maltese cook; five seamen; and five Arab workers. The following day, the surviving members of the expedition voted to complete the survey of the river, and on May 24, the Euphrates got up steam and went on with her journey.

Attack Of The Beni Hikayim The remainder of the Euphrates’ voyage was uneventful, except for an incident above El Khidr. The Beni Hikayim (an offshoot from the Shia tribe, owing their allegiance to the Montefik) fired upon a party of Chesney’s woodcutters and wounded several

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men. Chesney immediately ordered the boilers to be fired up, then passed an anxious half-hour as the Arabs conducted a war dance. In the interim, he sent Seyid Ali ashore to propose a mutual apology and a truce, but the Arabs replied with insults and ordered the steamer to go away. Instead, to their amazement, the Euphrates headed upstream. The Beni Hikayim opened fire from the thick tamarisk groves that grew along the waters edge. William Francis Ainsworth, a surgeon and geologist who was a volunteer on the expedition, later recorded that while he and a seaman were shifting a swivel gun into position, a bullet passed between them. In response to the attack, Chesney ordered a nine-pounder loaded with grapeshot and fired back into the trees. Several discharges killed three Arabs and wounded others. Meanwhile, a fort on the opposite side of the river also began firing at the vessel. The Euphrates responded with a Congreve rocket and several mortar shells. When all was quiet, the steamer resumed its descent downriver. Chesney regretted the incident, but would not allow the Arab assault to go unpunished. The following day, at the Montefiks’ riverside encampment, he apologized to the sheikh. Ainsworth recorded that “the chieftain only laughed at the matter, and said that he did not know before that the Beni Hikayim were so warlike.”

Chesney’s Shattered Dream The Euphrates, having completed it survey and charted the river’s course, arrived at Basra on June 18. The audacious expedition which had seemed so promising was for all practical purposes over. Chesney’s dream of establishing a useful land route to India was, in the opinion of the day, a failure. He was blamed for his lack of results, even though events beyond his control had prevented his success. Shortly after news about the catastrophe reached London, the British government announced that an Euphrates river service was impractical. Because of the project’s excessive cost (which totaled £43,197) and a lack of public interest, orders were issued for its personnel to pack up and return home. The members of the expedition departed by a variety of sea or


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overland routes, and the later exploits of most of them make very exciting reading. Ironically, following the loss of its sister ship, once the Euphrates entered the river’s tranquil waters along the southern plains of Iraq, there were no further major obstacles. Chesney’s example later was followed by private entrepreneurs more astute than the English government, and eventually commercial steamship service was established on both the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. Thanks to his vision, Great Britain obtained its initial inf luence in the region, which led to the construction of a railroad along much of the same route that the Euphrates Expedition had pioneered.

The Long Ride Home Returning home, the strong-minded Chesney chose the “Great Desert Route” and rode the 958 miles from Basra to Damascus in only 22 days. It was not until 30 years later that he completed his official report, and then only at the expressed wish of Queen Victoria. The only recognition of his efforts was a gold medal from the Royal Geographic Society for his contribution to the scientific and geographical knowledge of Western Asia. Nevertheless, with the same determination that he had demonstrated throughout his life, Chesney eventually rose through the ranks and became a major general. He died at Packolet, England, in 1872, his only battlefield service having been the brief skirmish fought against the Beni Hikayim. ■

T HE GHOST AND LADY ANNE Lady Anne Blunt related a strange incident which occurred near Deyr Ez Zor during her famous 1877 journey to the Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates: “As we were sitting by the River we were accosted by an ancient mariner, a venerable looking man, with a long white beard, and the remains of a green turban on his head. He greeted us gravely, but in a rather singular fashion, with the words, ‘Starboard, port, goddam,’ and went on to explain that he knew our language, having served in Colonel Chesney’s expedition forty years before. He asked with much feeling after various officers then employed on the survey, and appeared touched at the news that his commander was still alive. He went to the bank of the river, as we thought, to wash like the others, so that our conversation with him was interrupted, and when we looked for him again he had disappeared. Whether he was the ghost of one of those drowned in the hurricane of 1836, or, as is more likely, had swam across the river without our noticing it, I cannot say, but his disappearance struck us as mysterious.”

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In Memoriam:

*Aladdinn

(February 13, 1975 — January 11, 2010) by Christy Egan When the great Khemosabi passed away at the age of 34 in March of 2001, *Aladdinn became the leading, living sire in the Arabian breed. Earlier this month, *Aladdinn too, slipped into legend, on a cold, January night just a month shy of his own 35th birthday. Bred in Sweden by Erik Erlandsson, *Aladdinn was a son of Nureddin, a Witraz son and a paternal half-brother to *Bask, Bandola and Celebes. Erlandsson had rescued a number of noteworthy Polish Arabian breeding stallions from circuses following World War II. Among them were the great Polish stallions Nureddin and Fortel. *Aladdinn’s dam, Lalage, was sired by Gerwazy, also the sire of John Rodgers’ magnificent performance champion *Karadjordje. In 1978, at the tender age of 3, *Aladdinn became the Swedish National Champion Stallion, receiving the highest points ever awarded to the winner of that title. Imported that same year by the LaCroix family, he became one of the greatest of the Lasma sires, second only to *Bask, in a barn literally filled with legendary Arabian horses. A few months after he arrived in America he made his first public appearance at the 1979 Scottsdale Show where he was named Stallion Champion. He followed that win with a trip to the U.S. Nationals where he became the 1979 U.S. National Champion Stallion. Undefeated in the show ring, *Aladdinn was the first Swedish National Champion to be named U.S. National Champion. He was promptly retired to stud and syndicated in early 1980. Over the next 20 years *Aladdinn was the sire of 1,213 registered foals, most of them conceived during a time when shipped semen was not an option and live cover was the normal procedure. Pure Polish in pedigree, with bloodlines that indicated he should sire high performance horses, *Aladdinn began his career as a sire of great halter horses and, though the final record indicates otherwise, many trainers and breeders still consider him to be a “halter” sire. One of his first great show horse sons, AAF Kaset, U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallion in 1984, created this perception, and it was reinforced by his sons Strike, 1985 U.S. National

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Champion Stallion; Alada Baskin, 1986 and 1990 U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion; Almaden, 1988 U.S. National Champion Stallion, and Exceladdinn, 1986 Canadian National Champion and 1989 U.S. National Champion Stallion. *Aladdinn was also the sire of two national champion mares: SS Follow Me, 1986 U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly and 1990 U.S. National Champion Mare, and the 1986 Canadian National Champion Futurity Filly Ombra Rose. *Aladdinn was the only national champion halter stallion to sire four national champion halter stallions and has literally hundreds of champions and national winners to his credit. He sired 26 national and reserve national champions, 14 in halter and 12 in performance, including national champions in park, formal driving, English pleasure, country English pleasure, western pleasure, hunter pleasure, and dressage. His best national champion show horse offspring is Allience, a seven-time U.S. and Canadian National and Reserve National Champion. Allience is owned by Shafer Arabians and is in excellent health at the age of 25 and still standing at public stud in Ohio. *Aladdinn’s diversity as a sire was indisputable. Scanning the credentials of his several hundred champions, virtually all of the disciplines are noted, from pleasure to jumping; park to working cow; dressage to racing. *Aladdinn fulfilled the American Arabian breeder’s dream, an honest sire of champions in both halter and performance—the ideal combination of athletic ability and beauty. In 1997 *Aladdinn came to live at The Taylor Ranch in Provo, Utah. Rick Taylor became the *Aladdinn Syndicate Manager and *Aladdinn became the Taylor’s senior stallion and “star” resident. *Aladdinn’s superb conformation provided him with unparalleled soundness and good health until just weeks before his death. He has been buried on the Taylor Ranch next to his contemporaries, the great Russian Arabian stallions, *Muscat and *Nariadni. He was a last icon of a golden, bygone era in American Arabian horse breeding, a true Legend in our time. ■


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*Aladdinn (Nureddin x Lalage).

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A Lifetime With Arabians Ronteza, Part III by Sheila Varian When we last saw Ronteza in part II of her story (see January 2010, page 271), it was a Friday night in October 1961, and she and I had just won the Light Weight class for reined cow horses at the Cow Palace. As I mentioned then, that competition at the Cow Palace’s Grand National Rodeo was the granddaddy of events for reined cow horses in those days. No Arabian and no woman had won it at the time Ronteza and I topped the Light Weight division, so we were breathing pretty rarefied air. Now we had only the $1,000 championship stake to go. That would come on Sunday afternoon, when the top three Light Weight and the top three Heavy Weight horses faced off for the championship, so I had a day and a half to walk aimlessly around the show grounds. As usual, I always avoided passing by the window where the handtooled Bill Maloy trophy saddle waited. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the talk all over the Cow Palace and San Francisco was about Ronteza. Our story was covered on San Francisco television that night, but the tiny hotel room where my mother and I were staying didn’t have a TV. It is very doubtful we would have watched anyway. Waiting for Sunday, we were simply trying to stay warm, and didn’t realize what was going on in the outside world. I was single-minded on what was coming, and my mother was at my side, quietly supportive.

Sunday in San Francisco dawned typically cold and damp. I fed Ronteza, cleaned her stall, and led her outside so that she could loosen up and breathe some cold, damp fresh air (while I shivered beside her). We walked for about an hour.

Ronteza at the Cow Palace, 1961. We were riding for the Reined Cow Horse Championship.

At specified hours during the day, the rodeo’s different disciplines were assigned time to work in a very small outside arena. I rode Ronteza out there, and as I had done at home, gave her head and we just trotted around and around in the little square, which was about 75 feet wide and long. The other trainers were warming up their horses, spinning and loping or working on problems. Ronteza and I just trotted, she wearing her spade bit. Then 214 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

as now, when I finish a horse in a spade or half-breed bit—I mean a horse that is completely finished—I do not go back to a hackamore or a different training bit. Once the horse is solid in a spade or shanked curb bit, they’ve spent several years in preparation, and when they are as good as I can get them, then I ride in the bit that they like and work best in.

Then the morning dragged on. In some ways I wanted the afternoon to come and in some ways I was filled with anxiety that no matter what I did, the afternoon would eventually arrive. Finally two o’clock came, and announcements blared over the stabling area calling for the Grand Entry to get ready; that would begin the last session of the last day of the 1961 show. I saddled


A Lifetime With Arabians slowly, murmured my nursery rhymes, and brushed Ronteza’s starting-to-winter coat until we had just 20 minutes before riding to the gate. Ronteza and I had worked for five years to get to this cold day in October. Heart pounding, I led her through the busy Cow Palace hallway for the last time, slipping through the hundreds of Grand Entry horses, the bull and bronc riders with their batwing chaps, the ropers swinging their ropes on big, stout Quarter Horses, and the cowboys pushing bucking horses and bulls down the ramp behind us and into the arena chutes— everyone moving, stretching, laughing and talking. In that chaos, Ronteza and I stepped back against the wall, still and quiet and breathless. Years later, my dear old friend Greg Ward, who has since become known in the Quarter Horse world as the horseman’s horseman, told me, “You were cool as ice, Sheila.” Little did he know, if I had got off Ronteza at that time, I would have collapsed.

On the Sunday afternoon of the championship, there was no steer that could get by Ronteza.

Then the judge, Dick Deller, handed out a new set of instructions. As the winner of the Light Weight class, I was slated to go in first; the gate swung open for me the third and final time, and Ronteza and I trotted into the blinding brilliance of the celebrated Cow Palace arena. Every seat filled, the cheering crowd took her to their hearts for every reason: She was not a Quarter Horse,

she was ridden by a girl, she had fallen while working her cow in the Light Weight class, and even with the fall the judge had placed her first. She had become everybody’s Cinderella horse. But if the crowd was deafening, Ronteza and I never heard. I’ve been told those 10,000 people had eyes only for the bay Arabian and the blond girl. Could be, I just don’t recall. The run was a replay of the two before. The feeling of perfection was so intense, I remember thinking I could have asked Ronteza to make her first run to the top of the auditorium seats and she would have done it easily. Her mouth felt as soft as cutting warm butter with a knife—just as Little Horse’s mouth had felt when rancher and cavalry veterinarian Doc Spencer had said, “Sheila, saddle Little Horse and help Sid gather the cattle.” That was the first time in my life I had picked up the reins and felt the mouth of a true spade bit horse. Now I was riding one, a spade bit horse I had trained myself—a horse that in her lifetime no one else had ridden. We had done what we had done by ourselves. For better or for worse, good or bad, Ronteza had learned from me and I had learned from her. When I led imperceptibly with my shoulder, Ronteza knew the direction we were going to start our figure eight. All I had to do was sit right in the middle of her, and at a turn of my head so subtle that it couldn’t be seen, Ronteza would follow my lead. When I thought about making a round circle, Ronteza read my thoughts through my body. Our figure eight lead changes were so smooth you could barely see them. When we made our run to the end of the arena for the first stop, she burned full out the entire way. Her stop was caught in a photograph by George Axt that for many years was considered the classic bridle horse slide, with the horse’s mouth closed, the line of her body straight, everything in balance, her front legs walking as she slid hard to a stop. Ronteza was precise and exact and smooth and solid and true, my little bay mare with the heart of gold. At the end of our figure eights, runs, slides and spins, all the conditioning—the miles of trotting that I had done with her—was paying off. Breathing hard but still strong FEBRUARY 2010 | 215


A Lifetime With Arabians and not out of wind, we trotted back to the end of the arena, where I nodded to accept our steer. Again, with a new steer, Ronteza boxed it on the end of the arena with firm, strong efforts that showed she could hold a cow on that back fence (or any back fence in the world). Again, for the third time, we let our cow slide over to the wall for its escape to freedom and our demonstration of a true and finely-trained reined cow horse’s control. And for the third time, she slid in front of her cow and twice pushed it back up the wall. We were ready to do our final wrapup. Without a moment’s hesitation or insecurity from the fall two nights before, Ronteza, head down and pushing hard, shoved her cow into a circle to the left and then to the right. Then Judge Dick Deller waved his arm and the whistle blew, and five years of dreaming and imagining and work were complete. From the 60-plus original entries, six of us were left on Sunday afternoon. Each ran a dry pattern, then called for a cow and put in every effort they had left. We all

In the championship at the Cow Palace: the classic George Axt shot of Ronteza’s sliding stop.

made a run for the honor of “Winning the World,” as the championship at the Cow Palace was affectionately called. After all these years, I can’t recall exactly who the other finalists were, other than Johnny Brazil, because he had won the Heavy Weight division, but they were all legendary. I had sort of worshipped them from afar and hadn’t got to know them personally yet, so the names have faded in my mind over time. Or maybe it is just that I remember only the exhaustion. 216 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

All of us were tired, but the men had shown in the Cow Palace before so they knew the procedure. We stood in a line as a red carpet was rolled out into the arena and the announcer blared an introduction of the officials. A crowd of people carrying ribbons, a blanket, and trophies gathered for the presentation—and someone carried out the beautiful Bill Maloy saddle that I had so carefully avoided walking by for four days. And finally, after a hushed moment, the announcer called out my number—Ronteza’s number—to the excitement of all 10,000 cheering people: Champion of the Reined Cow Horse Championship! We had “Won the World,” my little Arabian mare and I. Ronteza, who had ignored the bumping and pushing of the over-populated back gate, the blazing-bright lights of the arena, and the roaring crowd the three times she had followed the dry pattern perfectly and then worked her cow, who had been unfazed through the fall—who had done it all single-mindedly—was finally as emotionally spent as I. She stood timidly as the flashing cameras recorded a first for the Reined Cow Horse Championship at the Cow Palace. Ronteza, who was willing to give her life to head a cow, looked at that huge trophy and the people holding it proudly for the photo—and finally was a trembling, frightened filly, out of her element of dust and dirt and cows. The spotlight was not something either of us had trained for. We had trained alone, together, just the two of us. When I was confused about what to ask of her, I got off and sat on a stump or a log until I could figure it out. Everything had always been alone and quiet, and now, suddenly, we were surrounded by people, noise and lights. My mind was blank. I couldn’t have told you my name. A picture of us from that moment shows Ronteza leaning away, her eyes rolling, as the officials walked toward her with all of the winnings. As we left the arena, we were met by a sea of people who had rushed down out of the stands to pet Ronteza and touch me, and we were asked to stand for more pictures. Now I laugh when I look at those photos, which show a little, winter-coated, emotionally-spent Arabian mare, with this shell-shocked person on her back. I could see my mother far away, but the world at the moment seemed a dream.


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To Ronteza, the championship trophy was frightening. The cattle, she understood.

Eventually we were able to move away, down the hallway to the stabling area, and I led Ronteza to her stall, pulled off the saddle, and lay down in her stall to rest. An hour or so later, my mom and I loaded up the trophies, the blanket and my new Bill Maloy saddle, and drove quietly home. We had been in the city a long time; I had to be ready to teach school the next day. After the show, it was traditional (however, unknown to me) that Mr. Dana, a big supporter of reined cow horses, put on a party for all the cow horse people. Of course, the winners always would go. I had no idea, so by the time the party for the winner of the Reined Cow Horse Championship was in full swing, my mother and I, with tired little Ronteza in the trailer, were heading south down the highway to Arroyo Grande. I had accomplished what I had come for, but I couldn’t feel the pleasure yet. We just needed to reach the comfort and quiet of home. I would show Ronteza again. There was still Salinas waiting, but in 1961, there was only one Cow Palace. There, Ronteza had proved what she was made of. Through the years, Ronteza would be appreciated and spoken of with admiration by the trainers I was too shy to talk to during that cold October week. Bobby Ingersoll, who was inducted into the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame, included Ronteza—the only Arabian—in his beautiful coffee-table book The Legendary California Hackamore and Stock Horse. And Johnny Brazil, another NRCHA Hall of Famer, used to say, “The only horse I couldn’t beat was that little bay Arab mare of Sheila Varian’s.” Ronteza gave Arabian

Outside the arena, Ronteza and I stood for more photographs. We were both simply worn out.

horses a boost in the reined cow horse world I have always loved. For some time, Ronteza and I were well known mainly in the open reined cow horse world. That is a world I still frequent, although I’m no longer traveling the reined cow horse circuit; I am riding on ranches with my Varian-bred horses, as well as doing seminars using my ranch horses and demonstrations on training using the hackamore through the two-rein to straight up in the bridle. To this day, when I’m around the Quarter Horse world, I always run into someone who tells me, “I was at the Cow Palace when your Arab mare won the championship. What a great little mare!” She was, indeed. ■ Next month: Honored by the trainers who had competed against her, Ronteza retires to her role as the dam of national champions. Sheila Varian, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., has bred, trained and shown Arabians for more than half a century. Now in its ninth generation, the Varian Arabians program is a dynasty of her bloodlines, with national champions in nearly every division. She has been a leading breeder at Scottsdale and the U.S. Nationals many times, and in 2008 received the USEF/Performance Horse Registry Leading Breeder Award, a selection made over all breeds. Sheila’s own record includes U.S. and Canadian National Championships in halter, English, park, stock horse, and western. She is a recognized authority in the equine industry as a whole, and was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2003. Her techniques for socializing and training horses are based on the “soft approach” of the legendary Tom Dorrance, with whom she was close friends from their introduction in the 1960s until his death in 2003. For more information on Varian Arabians, and its April Spring Fling and August Summer Jubilee weekends, please go to www.varianarabians.com.

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Handy Horse Tips Be Safe On The Road by Lee Bolles Part of the reason I love attending the big shows like U.S. Nationals is that I always learn something. That is one of the greatest things about working with horses and people. This year was no exception, and I’ll share some of those things I learned in later months. However, I thought I would first tell you about what I learned from our rig breaking down on the way home from Tulsa. There are more than 1,000 miles between Tulsa, Okla., and Tucson, Ariz. A little over the halfway point, near Albuquerque, N.M., the transmission went out in my client’s truck. Luckily, we were close enough to an exit and able to safely get out of harm’s way. And thank goodness for cell phones! As you can well imagine, it saved us a lot

“My suggestion, based on this experience, is to always be prepared for the unexpected.” of time. The first call we made was to the local trailer dealer, hoping he had a rig available to come pick up the horse trailer, because we wanted to get the horses to a safe and comfortable place as quickly as possible. Although a policeman did come by, he wasn’t much help, as he didn’t understand the kind of environment the horses needed— quiet, safe, access to food and water, etc. We came up with the idea of contacting the state fairgrounds, and they accommodated our request to overnight there. It was dark by this time, and I don’t like to put horses in stalls that I haven’t checked out personally or are unfamiliar to the horses. So, we opted to put the horses back in the trailer

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after walking them around a bit. Donna and I then stayed in the dressing room to be sure they were safe. It was a long, cold night. When we learned the truck would be four days in the repair shop, it was time to look at some other options. It was good fortune that our daughter lives in the area and could make accommodations for us (and the horses) at her small ranch for a few days. We got to enjoy a nice visit, everyone eventually got home safely, and my client ended up with a new transmission. My suggestion, based on this experience, is to always be prepared for the unexpected. We weren’t really prepared—just lucky. If you are going to be traveling, spend 30 minutes before you leave locating veterinarian practices on your route. It will be handy if there is an emergency that requires health care, but it is also handy because veterinarians often know of places you might layover if necessary. Also, locate truck and trailer dealerships so you’ll have those numbers handy. (We were able to get the phone number we needed off the side of the trailer.) Finally, look up the numbers of fellow horsemen in the communities on your route. They are likely to be able to lend a hand or at least refer you to the right people. Be sure to carry emergency flares, blankets (for the humans), extra water, flashlights and batteries in case you do have to spend the night roughing it. Having spare tires, fuses and jumper cables is also important. Anyone who has traveled with horses has a story or two about being stuck somewhere. A little preparation ahead of time can make it less dangerous. ■


A Leg Up Frostbite In Horses by Heather Smith Thomas Frostbite is not as common in horses as it is in humans, or even in cattle. Horses have a tremendous cardiovascular system and also have some special adaptations during cold weather that enable them to stand for hours in deep snow without freezing their feet. Cid Hayden D.V.M. (equine veterinarian in Salmon, Idaho) says that we see a lot more frozen ears, tails and feet in calves than in foals mainly because horses are seasonal breeders, and most foals aren’t born until the milder weather of spring or summer. “In order to have foals born in the middle of winter, you have to go to extreme lengths to manage those mares—with artificial lighting, etc.—to breed them that early,” he says. “Anyone that goes to that effort will generally make sure those foals are born in a barn, with a 24-hour watch on them. Because of this, we rarely see a foal with frostbite. “I have seen some horses, however, that may have suffered a little frostbite in their feet when it was 30 below zero for a week or two and they were standing in six inches of snow. Those were horses that had no shelter. The way we dealt with those was to find a more sheltered area (such as in some trees) and scrape all the snow away, piling straw on the ground. If they can stand under trees and have some protection for their feet, they will do fine.” In general, however, horses usually do well outdoors even in severe weather. “Horses tend to move around more than cattle, and also tend to seek shelter during a storm,” Hayden explains. They also stay on their feet more

than cattle do (they aren’t lying around most of the day, chewing the cud), and are less vulnerable to being chilled by lying on frozen ground. “Signs of frostbite include tissue with no sensation (the animal wouldn’t be able to feel a pin prick), loss of flexibility of the skin, and then it turns black,” Hayden says. “Of course, on a horse you can’t see the blackness unless it’s on an area of pink skin. It usually occurs on extremities, like ears, tail and feet. The skin then becomes hard and stiff, and eventually sloughs away.”

“In general, however, horses usually do well outdoors even in severe weather. “Horses tend to move around more than cattle, and also tend to seek shelter during a storm,” Hayden explains.” With the dead and dying tissues, the horse is at risk for infection. “If someone brings me a horse with signs of frostbite,” Hayden says, “I would immediately start that animal on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.” Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce the pain and inflammation, and the antibiotics help prevent infection. ■

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

REGIONAL SHOWS & CHAMPIONSHIPS APRIL April 4, 2010, Region 14 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 15, 2010, Region 15 Competitive Trail Championship, Unionville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Kim Colket, 610-933-7074. April 22-25, 2010, Region 7 Championship Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538 April 24, 2010, Region 9 50-Mile Endurance Championship, Decatur, Texas. Contact: Trish Dutton, 940-455-2849. MAY May 3-8, 2010, Region 12 Championship, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 217-563-2487. May 7-8, 2010, Region 7 Competitive Trail Championship, Sonoita, Arizona. Contact: Marilou Mann, 520-762-0554. May 13-16, 2010, Pacific Slope Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 13-16, 2010, Western Canadian Breeders Championship, Lansing, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. May 23, 2010, Region 16 Endurance Championship, Escoheag, Rhode Island. Contact: Cheryl Mastele, 860-349-1200. JUNE June 2-3, 2010, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 3-6, 2010, Region 1 Championship, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072.

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June 3-6, 2010, Region 5 Sport Horse Qualifier and Offsite Championship, Auburn, Washington. Contact: Sharon Brodie, 360-435-9227. June 3-6, 2010, Region 11 Dressage, Hunter/ Jumper, Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. June 5, 2010, Eastern Canadian Breeders Championship, Bethany, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Cathy Webb, 705-748-2225. June 6, 2010, Region 12 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Conyers, Georgia. Contact: John Gersch, 561-602-7122. June 8-12, 2010, Region 8 Championship, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 8-12, 2010, Region 9 Championship, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. June 9, 2010, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 10-13, 2010, Region 10 Championship, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 18, 2010, Region 10 Endurance Championship, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9936. June 19, 2010, Region 10 Competitive Trail Championship, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9936. June 19-20, 2010, Region 12 Youth Jamboree, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: John Gersch, 561-602-7122. June 19-20, 2010, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact:Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 21-22, 2010, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 22-26, 2010, Region 4 Championship, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 23, 2010, Region 13 Pre-Show A and B, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 24, 2010, Region 6 Pre-Show, Rapid City, South Dakota. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420. June 24-27, 2010, Region 13 Championship, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 25-27, 2010, Region 6 Championship, Rapid City, South Dakota. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420. June 26-27, 2010, Region 10 Sport Horse/ Dressage Offsite Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 29-30, 2010, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114.

SHOWS FEBRUARY February 11-21, 2010, 55th Annual Scottsdale Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Judie Mitten, 602-978-1342. February 13-14, 2010, Dixie Gulf Open Dressage Show, Baker, Florida. Contact: Linda Lester, 904-862-6158. MARCH March 5-7, 2010, Spring Fever Show I and II, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. March 5-7, 2010, SASHA Charity Horse Show, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Janie Hamilton, 214-478-0897. March 5-7, 2010, Missouri All Arabian Show, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. March 6-7, 2010, AHAF Spring Fling A and B, Tampa, Florida. Contact: John Gersch, 561-602-7122. March 11-14, 2010, Carousel Charity Horse Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. March 18-21, 2010, Cowtown Classic, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 19-21, 2010, Old Dominion Arabian Show A and B, Williamston, North Carolina. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-878-1447. March 20-21, 2010, Ocala 15th Annual Amateur Show, Ocala, Florida. Contact: Laureen Ford, 352-629-1427. March 26-28, 2010, Rancho CA Spring Show A and B, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. March 26-28, 2010, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 26-28, 2010, KAHS Sunflower Show A and B, Valley Center, Kansas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 26-28, 2010, MAHA All Arabian Spring Fling, Winona, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. March 26-28, 2010, Alabama All Arabian Show, Andalusia, Alabama. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. APRIL April 1-2, 2010, Arabian Springfest I A and B, Rantoul, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-4663320. April 1-4, 2010, Magnolia Classic A and B, Gonzales, Louisiana. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. April 1-4, 2010, AAHABC Hot To Trot Show, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726.


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April 2, 2010, Bluegrass Spring Festival, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 2-4, 2010, Fiesta Del Mar A and B Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. April 2-4, 2010, Deseret I and II, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. April 2-4, 2010, Western Carolinas Spring Show, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. April 3-4, 2010, Arabian Springfest II A and B, Rantoul, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. April 3-4, 2010, Bluegrass Classic, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 3-4, 2010, The Arabian Celebration, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. April 8-11, 2010, NW Heritage Spring Show A and B, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Sharon Brodie, 360-435-9227. April 8-11, 2010, Golden Stirrup Classic A and B, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Contact: John Gersch, 561-602-7122. April 9-11, 2010, Arkansas Arabian Victory Challenge, Tezarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. April 9-11, 2010, Lone Star Classic, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Ann Lang, 512-452-1492. April 9-11, 2010, Annual NCAHA All Arabian Horse Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. April 15-18, 2010, AHBAO Spring Classic, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Beth Garvison, 503-655-0386. April 16-18, 2010, Heart Of Oklahoma Charity Show, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Contact: Kelly McFaul, 316-722-4013. April 16-18, 2010, Indiana All Arabian Horse Show, Cloverdale, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. April 16-18, 2010, Annual Magnolia Spring Classic A and B, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. April 20-21, 2010, ASHO4U, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. April 23-25, 2010, Arabians In Motion At The Hood, Boring, Oregon. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. April 23-25, 2010, SD Spring Show A and B, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Contact: Heather Swanson, 605-743-2745. April 23-25, 2010, Border Bonanza A and B, Kansas City, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 23-25, 2010, OHAHA Springtime Show, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114.

April 23-25, 2010, Spring Arabian Classic, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. April 23-25, 2010, Daffodil Arabian Spring Show A and B, Puyallup, Washington. Contact: Lisa Gardner, 253-843-2748. April 29-May 2, 2010, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Red Bluff, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. April 30-May 2, 2010, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. April 30-May 2, 2010, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. April 30-May 2, 2010, Mason Dixon Classic, Quentin, Pennsylvania. Contact: Marilyn Ackerman, 315-331-2034. April 30-May 2, 2010, CRAA Spring Derby Sport Horse Show, Northampton, Massachusetts. Contact: Debbi Thomas, 860-526-9526. MAY May 6-9, 2010, AHANC 61st Annual Arabian Horse Show A and B, Rancho Murieta, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 6-9, 2010, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Deborah Snydal Hinds, 360-457-5399. May 6-9, 2010, Zia Classic A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 7-9, 2010, CAHC Spring Show A and B, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. May 7-9, 2010, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Art Byrd, 918-363-7747. May 7-9, 2010, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. May 8-9, 2010, SW PAHA Spring All Arabian Show, Harlansburg, Pennsylvania. Contact: Lorelei Wyman, 802-244-1602. May 13-16, 2010, AHASFV 47th Annual Arabian Horse Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 13-16, 2010, Alamo Arabian Fiesta, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 13-16, 2010, AHABC Classic, Lansing, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Marla Patterson, 604-574-3785. May 14-16, 2010, Treasure Valley Classic, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 14-16, 2010, Great Plains Arabian Classic A and B, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995.

May 14-16, 2010, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-253-4937. May 14-16, 2010, SAHIBA Arab Spring Show, Versailles, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger,937-434-6114. May 14-16, 2010, Hudson Valley Arabian show, Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. May 20-23, 2010, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. May 20-23, 2010, AHACO Arabian Horse Show, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Betty Engleman, 360-425-7798. May 21-22, 2010, Double The Fun Arabian Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Debbie Raszler, 701-725-4692. May 21-23, 2010, NJHAHA All Arabian I and II, Allentown, New York. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 22-23, 2010, Northern Minnesota Arabian Horse Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Debbie Raszler, 701-725-4692. May 22-23, 2010, Old Dominion Summer Fun Show, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Ona Maria Morgan Jenkins, 804-590-2802. May 27-30, 2010, Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 28-30, 2010, IEAHC Memorial Day Classic A and B, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 28-30, 2010, Montana Arab Show A and B, Billings, Montana. Contact: Becky Mcallister, 406-861-4929. May 28-30, 2010, Spindletop Spring Arabian Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 28-30, 2010, AHC Of CT Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. May 29-30, 2010, Comstock AHA Desert Spring Show A and B, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Shannon Johnson, 775-750-0237. JUNE June 2-6, 2010, Illinois/Arab Inc. All Arabian Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. June 4-6, 2010, GAHA Summer Classic A and B, Conyers, Georgia. Contact: John Gersch, 561-602-7122. June 4-6, 2010, Showtime 2010, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. June 4-6, 2010, NC PAHA Show A and B, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. June 4-6, 2010, Virginia Arabian Horse Show, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745.

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June 5-6, 2010, Indianhead Arabian Horse Show, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. June 5-6, 2010, GG Thunder Dressage and Sport Horse Show, SpringďŹ eld, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 5-6, 2010, Zone 9 Arabian A and B, Bethany, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Cathy Webb, 705-748-2225. June 11-13, 2010, WA Midsummer Classic A and B, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Betty Engleman, 360-425-7798. June 12-13, 2010, Medallion I and II All Arabian Show, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 12-13, 2010, Eastern Classic, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. June 17-18, 2010, Shenandoah Valley Classic A and B, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 18-20, 2010, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 19, 2010, Golden Gate Arabian Dressage, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Sue Plasman, 530-695-0509. June 19-20, 2010, Shenandoah Valley Championship A and B, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 19-20, 2010, Island Classics Arabian Horse Show, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Wendy Don, 250-722-0162. June 19-20, 2010, Sunrise Summer Classic Horse Show, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact: Lesley Ahman, 506-832-7912. June 24-27, 2010, Summer Spectacular I and II, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. June 25-26, 2010, WDHA Dressage and Sport Horse Show, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 25-27, 2010, Finger Lakes Arabian Summer Festival, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536.

DISTANCE FEBRUARY February 13-15, 2010, Eastern Mojave Scenic Pioneer 50- and 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Baker California. Contact: Dian Woodward, 435-719-4033. February 27, 2010, Blazing Saddles 25-, 50-, and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Laurel, Mississippi. Contact: Terry Price, 601-605-6079. MARCH March 4, 2010, Fun In The Sun I 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Williston, Florida. Contact: Valerie Kanavy, 540-933-6131.

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March 5, 2010, Fun In The Sun II 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Williston, Florida. Contact: Valerie Kanavy, 540-933-6131. March 5-7, 2010, Old Pueblo Pioneer 50- and 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Sonoita, Arizona. Contact: Dian Woodward, 435-719-4033. March 6, 2010, Fun In The Sun III 55-, 75- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Williston, Florida. Contact: Valerie Kanavy, 540-933-6131. March 20, 2010, Spring Fling At The Sand Hills 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Patrick, South Carolina. Contact: Vickie Stine, 803-222-0401. APRIL April 17, 2010, Foxcatcher 25- and 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Elkton, Maryland. Contact: Louisa Emerick, 410-398-7234. April 24, 2010, Texas Bluebonnet Classic 25-, 50- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Decatur Texas. Contact: Trish Dutton, 940-455-2849 April 25, 2010, Cheshire 26-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Unionville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Kim Colket, 610-933-7074. MAY May 1, 2010, Biltmore Challenge 50-, 75- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. May 5-9, 2010, Mt. Carmel XP I, II, III, IV and V 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah. Contact: Dian Woodward, 435-719-4033. May 7-8, 2010, SAAHA Las Cienega 25- and 35-Mile Competitive Trail Championship, Sonoita, Arizona. Contact: Marilou Mann, 520-762-0554. JUNE June 18, 2010, Southeast MN 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9936. June 19, 2010, Southeast MN 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9936. June 19-20, 2010, Prairie Smoke I and II 30-, 50-, and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Bismark, North Dakota. Contact: Debbie Kolegraf, 701-258-6347.

NATIONAL EVENTS July 24-31, 2010, Youth Nationals, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. August 16-21, 2010, Canadian Nationals, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. September 21-25, 2010, Sport Horse Nationals, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. October 22-30, 2010, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS February 10-12, 2010, Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Show, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Contact: 971-26269222,eahs@eahs.org; www.eahs.org February 17-18, 2010, Kuwait National Championships, Kuwait. Contact: 965-24713532; www.baitalarab-ku.com March 11-13, 2010, 11th Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival, Sharjah Equestrian Centre, Sharjah, UAE. Contact: 971-65311155, frsan@emirates.net.ae; www.forsanuae.org.ae March 17-21, 2010, Australian National Arabian Championships, Horsley Park, New South Wales, Australia. Contact: Jenny Nixon, 61-2-4577-536, receipts@ahsa.asn.au; www.ahsa.asn.au/championships March 18-20, 2010, Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, Dubai, UAE. Contact: Ziad Galadari, 971-43086807, gasal.obaidalla@diahc.ae; www.diahc.ae March 20-21, 2010, National Chilean Show. Contact: M. Trinidad Del Campo, tdelcampo@achcca.cl April 7-8, 2010, Al Mohamadia 3rd Arabian Horse Championship, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Contact: 966-14082886, kaahc@yahoo.com April 8-10, 2010, Egyptian National Arabian Horse Championship, Sakkara Country Club, Giza, Egypt. Contact: Hadayek Al Ahram, 202-3376-7366, razik@link.net June 19-20, 2010, Mediterranean Championships, Menton, France. Contact: Christianne Chazel, 33-674-513448, chazel.c@wanadoo.fr; www.mentonarabianhorseshow.com August 6-8, 2010, 32nd Polish National Championship Show, Janow Podlaski Stud. Contact: 48-22-8606539, astojanowska@anr.gov.pl September 24-26, 2010, All Nations Cup and German National Show, Aachen, Germany. Contact: VZAP, 49-5113881180, info@vzap.org; www.vzap.org October 21-24, 2010, El Zahraa National C Show and 13th International Championships, El Zahraa, Egypt. Contact: Ahmed Hamza, 20222983733, info@elzahraa-stud.org; www.elzahraa-stud.org December 4-5, 2010, Chilean Breeders Cup. Contact: M. Trinidad Del Campo, tdelcampo@achcca.cl December 10-12, 2010, World Championships, Paris, Nord Villepinte. Contact: Alice Wermus, alice.wermus@comexposium.com December 16-18, 2010, 7th Sharjah National Arabian Horse Festival, Sharjah, UAE. Contact: 971-65311155, frsan@emirates.net.ae; www.forsanuae.org.ae *Go to www.arabianessence.com or www.ecaho.org, for additional international shows and information.


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LOOKING AHEAD MAY 2010 TRAINERS FEATURE AND DIRECTORY Trainers, get a chance to speak your mind on current issues and get a listing in the Arabian Horse Times Trainers Directory. The virtual Who’s Who of trainers in the Arabian industry.

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Index Of Advertisers A Arabian Horse Galleries ................................... 5 Arabian Horse Times’ Online Auction ........... 225 Arabian Horse Times’ Subscription ...................... ................................................29Spotlight (197) Arabian Horse Times’ Trainers Directory ....... 226 Arabian Horse Times’ Youth Nationals ........... 227 Aradon Farm ........................... 16Spolight (184) Argent Farms, LLC ............................................ ....... IFC, 1, 12Spotlight, 13Spotlight (180, 181) Aria International .....................2Spotlight (170) Avila Arabians .............................................. 153 B Boisvert Farms, LLC .......... FC, 16Boisvert (48) C Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc..16, 17, 30, 31, 56, 57 Chattooga Ridge Arabians, Inc................. 7, 153 Cornerstone Ranch ................25Spotlight (193) D Dale Brown Performance Horses, LLC ............. ................................................20Spotlight (188) Desert Image Arabians ...........18Spotlight (186) DressageTrainingOnline.com ......................... 29 E Enchanted Acres, Inc...................................... 32 Eric Wolfe Arabians .................9Spotlight (177) F FA El Shawan Group .... 16FA El Shawan (120) Faulkner’s Saddlery, LLC ............................. 224 Frierson Atkinson ......................................... 223 G Gallún Farms, Inc. ........................................ BC Garrett Training Concepts ............................. 28 Grandeur Arabians ......................................... 64 Greenhill Arabian Equiplex ...28Spotlight (196) Gulfwinds Farm .....................23Spotlight (191) Guzzo Arabian Training..................................... ........... 16FA El Shawan (120), 16Faveiros (152)

H Haras Canaã .................. 16FA El Shawan (120) Haras Casa Branca ........ 16FA El Shawan (120) Haras dos Faveiros.............................................. ........... 16FA El Shawan (120), 16Faveiros (152) Haras JM ...............................................121-128 Haras Sahara ............................................ 88, 89 Haras Vale Formoso ..................................... 129 Haras Vanguarda ...................................130-133 Haras Vila dos Pinheiros ....16FA El Shawan (120) Heartland Ventures, LLC ............................. 224 Hennessey Arabian Partners, LLC ..................... ................................................19Spotlight (187) Horse and Rider Portraits............................. 223 I International Training Center ...............122-125 Iowa Gold Star Futurity ............................... 203 J Jade Creek Arabians ..................................... 2, 3 Jerland Farms ............................................... BC K Kiesner Training .....................19Spotlight (187) KM Stables, Inc. ............... 168, 1Spotlight (169) L Live Oak Arabians, Inc............................. 22, 23 M Markelle Arabian Stud .............2Spotlight (170) Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. .......................... 223 Midwest....................................... 8-11, 130-133 Mike Neal Arabian Center, LLC ....................... ................................................24Spotlight (192) MJ Classic Arabians ...............14Spotlight (182) N Neshem Farms.......................................... 10, 11 Northern Lights Arabians ......17Spotlight (185) O Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes Show .................. 49 Osterhof Stud ............................................... BC

P P & S Enterprises, Inc. ................................. 223 Palmetto Arabians .............................................. ....................10Spotlight, 11Spotlight (178, 179) Pay-Jay Arabians .......................................... 224 Prestige Farms, LLC ................................ 20, 21 R R.O. Lervick Arabians ................................. 224 Rae-Dawn Arabians ................................. 14, 15 RBC Show Horses ............................................. ..................17Spotlight (185), 18Spotlight (186) Rick Gault Training................14Spotlight (182) S Shada, Inc. ............................... 16Spolight (184) Silver Star Arabians ................22Spotlight (190) Singinghearts Farm ................21Spotlight (189) Smoky Mountain Park Arabians .............. 12, 13 Southwest Farm Services .............................. 223 Stachowski Farm ...................................... 18, 19 Stone Creek Arabians................................... 223 Stranger Creek Ranch, LLC .............................. ................... 30-32Spotlight (198-200), 201, 202 Strawberry Banks Farm ............................ 24, 25 Swanson & Jampsa, LLC .................... 232, IBC T The Encore Select Group ......................... 26, 27 The Hat Lady ............................................... 224 The Marhaabah Legacy Group......................... ................................................ 8Spotlight (176) Thirteen Oaks Arabians ..........15Spotlight (183) Thomas Stables, Inc. ...............23Spotlight (191) W Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ................... 223 Willowbank Farm ........................231, 232, IBC Wilson Training Center ..................................... .................................. 128, 168, 1Spotlight (169) Y YE Arabians ................................................... 28

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