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Contents Volume 42, No. 9 32

Boisvert Farms—Talent, Character And A Long-Term View Of The Future by Mary Kirkman


Arabian Reining Horse Association And Scottsdale 2012—Singin’ In The Rein by Linda White


RBC Show Horses, LLC


The 2011 Brazilian National Arabian Horse Show

28 A.E.P.A.

Arabian English Performance Association—Exciting New Developments by Linda White


170 February 2012

Leaders Of The Times—Shael Dream Desert by Christa Beeler

Canadian Arabian Horse News - 1



The Fifth Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Farm Tour December 29, 2011 - January 1, 2012 by Mary Kirkman


Adrienne Hancock-Leong—Long Road To Recovery by Linda White


The Arabian Horse Celebration—From The Past To The Future by Bob Battaglia

12 C.A.H.N.

News And Information From The Registry

14 C.A.H.N.

Challenge And Reward: President’s Message by Tex Kam


16 C.A.H.N.

Scottsdale: By the Numbers A Fun Look At The World’s Largest Arabian Horse Show

18 C.A.H.N.

International Arabians: A Report By Scott Benjamin

24 C.A.H.N.

Feature Story—International Champion Marquis CAHR

29 C.A.H.N.

Canadian Breeder Profiles: Melody Oak Arabians

32 C.A.H.N.

Spotlight: 20 Questions With Christy Egan From Results

38 C.A.H.N.

Bey Ambition: 2011 Canadian National Champion Stallion

40 C.A.H.N.

2011 Masterfeeds Breeders’ Cup Winners: Westelm Farms

42 C.A.H.N.

Barn News & Miscellaneous

49 C.A.H.N.

On The Web: Arabian Flashlights


Trainer Confidential—Tales From The Equestrian Underbelly by Mary Trowbridge


Comments From The Editor


An Amateur Lifestyle by Kara Larson


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Calendar Of Events

On The COver:


Looking Ahead

GSF Rizing Son


Index Of Advertisers

(Apollopalooza x PWA Tusea), owned by Boisvert Farms. See cover story on page 32.

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SeaSoned Show horSeS Simply ElEgant Sp (AA Apollo Bey x Applegate's Lucky Gold) 2002 Bay Half-Arabian Mare • 2007 Canadian National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39. 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 U.S. National Top Ten HalfArabian English Pleasure 40+. 2009 Youth National Top Ten Half-Arabian English Pleasure JOTR and JTR 13 & Under. She's a superstar! Motivated seller. Sweepstakes. $55,000

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FSF look at mE (OKW Firecracker x Diamond Bouquet) 2003 Chestnut Half-Arabian Gelding • 16 hands tall and has already been shown successfully by an amateur. He will make an excellent amateur country and show hack horse. $17,500 VSH amEricaSSwEEtHEart (Majesteit x Encore Souffle) • 2004 Grey HalfArabian Mare. U.S. National Top Ten Country Junior Horse, 2x U.S. National Top Ten winner in Country Amateur, 2011 U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure 18-39. This mare has established herself as a national winner in adult amateur country and English; she is now ready to make your youth rider a National Champion. $60,000 rH Big timE (Baske Afire x Lakeview’s Savoir Faire) 2005 Chestnut Half-Arabian Gelding • 2009/2010 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse. 2010 U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse, and Reserve in 2009. 2011 Region 11 Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Amateur. An absolute superstar! Private Treaty Simply aFirE (Afire Bey V x Simply The Best, by Amurath Baikal) 2003 Bay Arabian Mare • 2011 U.S. National Champion Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18-35, Top Ten Open. 2011 Region 11 and Buckeye Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AOTR. Her record speaks for itself. Private Treaty FFirEman (Khaffire x Sweet Flame) 2002 Bay Arabian Gelding • Already a proven winner—Reserve National Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure 13 & Under at Youth Nationals. Successful with an amateur the last two seasons. As extreme a neck on a purebred as you have ever seen. $30,000

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Sa Star Bandit (Mastark x Bandita DG L+/) 2005 Bay Arabian Gelding • 2011 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54, 2nd place in his section. Shown a handful of times and was top ten his first time out. 15 hands tall. $30,000 JSn mr Big (Aploz+// x Alykadabra MTA) 2007 Bay Arabian Gelding • Just getting started, has all the makings of a superstar amateur country English horse. Flashy, four whites with extremely round motion, and is ready to show at Scottsdale. $30,000 awEStrucc+/ (Exxclaim x Starstrucc) 2004 Chestnut Arabian Gelding • 2010 U.S. National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 36-54. 15 Regional championships and reserves in hunter pleasure open and amateur. He is only 8 years old. Will be a National Champion kid's horse. $35,000 amBEr SappHirE (Safire x Ambra Fire, by Pro-Fire) 1997 Chestnut Arabian Mare • Multi-Champion western pleasure open and amateur. Proven broodmare, ready to show or breed. $10,000 ProSPectS truE BluE SuE (Mamage x One For The Roses) 2009 Chestnut Half-Arabian Mare • Just started in the lines and shows extreme promise as a country English pleasure horse. $15,000

AmBer SAppHire

md tSunami (SF Specs Shocwave x Amberr Fyre) 2009 Chestnut Arabian Gelding • This 3-year-old gelding has been in training just 60 days and will be a contender in the 2012 English Futurity in Tulsa. Great neck, tons of quality. $30,000 cracklE cHip loa (HF Mister Chips+ x LO Cracklin Rosie) 2009 Chestnut Arabian Gelding • By National Champion English horse HF Mister Chips and out of a Barbary daughter. Looks to be a contender in the 2012 English Pleasure Futurity. Motivated seller. $15,000

SA StAr BAndit

ultimatE SHocwaVE (SF Specs Shocwave x Ames Starlight) 2008 Bay Arabian Gelding • This 15 hand gelding will be shown in hunter pleasure junior horse at Scottsdale, and is also entered in the Scottsdale Signature Stallion junior hunter. Amateur ready and priced to sell. $20,000 ViVa laS VEgaz (Vegaz x Vivacious CW, by JM Bodacious Bey+) 2009 Chestnut Arabian Mare • She’s the real deal! Soft necked, great hind leg and tons of motion. Definite contender for the 2012 English Futurity! $30,000

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Publisher Lara Ames Editor Kevin Ludden Contributing Writers Linda White Mary Kirkman Advertising Account Executive John Diedrich Sales & Marketing Eric Mendrysa Production Manager Jody Thompson Senior Designer Marketing Director Wayne Anderson Graphic Designer Tony Ferguson Lead Website Designer Jennifer Peña Website Designer Leah Matzke Editorial Coordinator Proofreader Charlene Deyle Production Assistant Christa Ferguson Office Manager Robin Matejcek Accounts Receivable Editorial Assistant Karen Fell Operations/Interactive Manager Barbara Lee © Copyright AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Articles or opinions published by the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times are not necessarily the expressed views of the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times is not responsible for the accuracy of advertising content or manipulation of images that are provided by the advertiser. ARABIAN HORSE TIMES (ISSN 0279-8125) Volume 42, No. 9, February 2012, is published monthly by AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, Minnesota 56093. Periodical postage paid at Waseca, Minnesota 56093 and at additional entry offices. Single copies in U.S. and Canada $7.50. Subscription in U.S. $40 per year, $65 two years, $90 three years. Canada $65 one year, $125 two years, $170 three years, U.S. funds. Foreign Subscriptions: $95 one year, $185 two years, $280 three years, payable in advance, U.S. funds. Sorry, no refunds on subscription orders. For subscription and change of address, please send old address as printed on last label. Please allow four to six weeks for your first subscription to be shipped. Occasionally ARABIAN HORSE TIMES makes its mailing list available to other organizations. If you prefer not to receive these mailings, please write to ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, Editorial Offices, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093. The publisher is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographic materials. Printed in U.S.A. • POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, P.O. Box 15816, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5816. For subscription information, call 1-855-240-4637 (in the U.S.A.) or 507-835-3204 (for outside of the U.S.A.) Arabian Horse Times • P.O. Box 15816, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5816 • Tel: (507) 835-3204 • Fax: (507) 835-5138 1-800-AHTIMES •


Comments From The Editor

To be sure, our Arabian horse community is diverse. There are the high-end show horses and their owners who travel all over the world. There are the down-home contenders who enjoy local shows and dream of one day taking a shot at regionals. Also, not everyone shows. Thousands of people love Arabians for trail riding, while others just want to breed horses. Considering all that, I had to wonder: is there ever a place that we all come together? After a little thought I came up with two places actually. One that comes easily to my mind at this time of year is our Readers’ Choice Awards. That’s where “the people” speak. To vote for the Readers’ Choice Awards, you don’t have to be a member of any organization, you don’t have to subscribe to the Times, you don’t have to do anything except love Arabian horses and take the time to send in your vote. Your opinion carries just as much weight as anyone else’s in the breed. When we total up the results, the Awards reflect the Arabian community’s choice for annual “bests.” The other is the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund (AHDF). People in the Arabian breed, I’ve found, have a great capacity for giving and caring. Sadly, misfortune can strike anyone, in any discipline, at any level, and a great number of us rally to provide support. Tragedy isn’t anything anyone really wants to think about, but we all support the AHDF so that when bad things happen, we have a common positive response. These two examples express both ends of the spectrum, the good and the bad, in our shared experience. I’m proud of our community, because both examples reflect what is one of the Arabian breed’s greatest assets—us.

Kevin N. Ludden Editor

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Sire x Dam (Dam’s Sire x Dam)



MS Truly Fair Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



Magnum Psyche x Tomorrows Dream (*Aladdinn x Basks Delight)



MS Chama In foal to Vitorio TO



MS Khampulsion x MS Casita (Barisznikov x MS Ciara)



MS Kharumba In foal to Vitorio TO



Magnum Chall HVP x MS Khandi (Barisznikov x MS Kalie)



MS Tamara Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



Barisznikov x MS Tess (Monopolii x Tomorrows Dream)



MS Delite Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



MS Firedevil x MS Dachia (Barisznikov x Dream Dancer)



MS Serenitie Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



MS Firedevil x MS Siesta (MS Santana x MS Safari)



MS Bianka Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



Barisznikov x MS Balinta (*Bask x Bandy)



MS Bahemia Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



MS Santana x MS Bahia (*Bask x Bandy)



MS Demie In foal to Ali El Din - Full brother to Ali Jamaal



MS Firedevil x MS Dachia (Barisznikov x Dream Dancer)

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MS Brocado x E W Salsa (*Essaul x EW Sabaska) MS Khampulsion x MS Exclusive (Barisznikov x Excelsjia)


MS Khampulsion x MS Casita (Barisznikov x MS Ciara)



MS Sahara Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



MS Exceptional




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CR JASMEENAH has safely arrived at Michael Byatt Arabians, USA She is the 2011 Unanimous World Champion Mare

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If there is one word that describes Boisvert Farms LLC, in Baton Rouge, La., it is “thorough.” The 100horse operation began by accident (the time-tested story of the little girl who wanted to ride, and her family’s resulting commitment to the Arabian breed), but once Scott Purdin, his wife, Susan Turner, and their daughter Amanda realized that horses were a real part of their life, the attention they paid to perfecting the venture reached every detail. It has taken years; another descriptive term in the Boisvert story would be “patience.” Every year has revealed a new refinement to the farm, the breeding program, the training regimen and the horses.



Boisvert Farms Talent, Character and a Long-Term View Of the Future. by Mary Kirkman

Scott, Susan & Amanda Purdin and Rhein Standish Stella, Barney and Maggie


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Nobilistic BF

In a sense, Boisvert Farms grew up with Amanda Purdin. In

of view—has proven to be very useful. For Scott, breeding

the beginning, it was just a barn on a tract of land next to

Arabians has been similar to breeding koi; the concept of

Scott Purdin’s internationally-respected koi breeding facility.

conformation and beauty, and how they are achieved, is

Amanda’s show horses, a string which expanded through the

the same, and through the years, Joel Gangi has supplied

years, lived 40 minutes away with trainer Joel Gangi. But year

the necessary background in Arabians. For Amanda, the

by year, the enterprise grew. In 1999, the family welcomed its

requirements for breeding a good horse include the classic

first foal; in 2005, Nobilistic BF, the first homebred stallion for

Arabian characteristics of type and ability, but as a rider,

its breeding program was foaled, and in 2009, they acquired

she finds trainability and a good temperament indispensable

a second stallion, GSF Rizing Son. And over those years,

as well.

a select band of broodmares was assembled and Amanda Purdin became a formidable junior rider. Somehow, college

“When I talk to Amanda and Rhein about horses, they talk

was wedged into her schedule along with practice time, riding

specifically about getting performance horses easier to train,

lessons and farm business. By the time she graduated, Boisvert

work and ride,” observes Scott. “They are trying to fine-tune

Farms, with two stallions and a host of foals marching toward

the breeding program so that not only do you have beautiful

the show ring, was firmly in the Purdin family’s future. Now,

horses who can trot, but they are trainable. They’re trainable

there are three Nobilistic BF foal crops on the ground, the farm

early, and they enjoy it.”

has been newly redesigned, Rhein Standish works horses, and Joel Gangi commutes from his own training center every day.

Over the past couple of years, he says, Amanda, Rhein and

The joint, as they might say an hour away in New Orleans,

Joel have identified nicks which yield the best combinations

is jumpin’.

of attributes—the ones with not only the looks and physical ability, but the temperaments to train well. Consequently, some

It’s In the Blood

crosses have been eliminated and others instituted, which Scott

The Boisvert undertaking has been no small effort. The focus

admits sometimes frustrates him, as in his mind he is always

from the beginning has been to create English pleasure horses,

trying to mine the possibilities of particularly promising

and the unique blend of breeding approaches at the farm—

bloodlines. But he respects the input of those who handle the

Scott’s cerebral vision and Amanda’s practical, rider’s point

horses, and he agrees on the importance of temperament.

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“We want all of our horses to be well-behaved,” he says.

(he or she is a quick learner, or a little slower, or this

“That’s very important. We work extremely hard on all

one likes one thing and that one doesn’t). Frequently,

of the horses so that they enjoy being around people and

the youngsters are walked patiently around the farm

they like to be worked with. That’s true whether they

and through the busy training barn, so that they gain

trot high or are just beautiful to be around.”

confidence and learn not to be afraid of situations which will make up their life in years to come.

From Schooling To The Show ring The attention to trainability begins early. Even though

Ryan Pope takes over for the 2-year-old year, gently

some won’t make the farm’s show string or are suited

initiating the youngsters’ training, starting them in long

for divisions other than English pleasure, every one is

lines, teaching them to longe and breaking them to

raised with the same goal of being fit for a job. Rhein

saddle. When the colts and fillies hit 3, they are passed

and Amanda, in particular, are with the horses from the

on to the training barn, where they begin learning the

time they are born, monitoring the foals from day one.

skills that will put them in the show ring.

Basically, the program is like a school. Amy Igoe is in

“It’s so much fun when I get a horse and it has so much

charge of the foals’ first year. While they grow up in

respect for humans,” says Rhein. “Learning is easier

the pasture, they come in periodically for rudimentary

for them because of the background we are providing.

lessons such as being led with a halter. She also

When they get to you and already know how to longe,

provides a steady stream of information about each one

you are one step ahead. You take them to the round pen,

Rhein Standish with Dolce Vida BF (A Temptation x Davida JF)

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Poker Face BF (Nobilistic BF x Silent Heart) Offered For Sale

Amora BF (Nobilistic BF x RY Azma)

put them on the wall and put a surcingle on them. It’s not like

it has been a breeze. I think it’s all about confidence. These

you are trying to put a surcingle on and teach them to longe at

horses are so secure in what they’re doing that they know

the same time; they already are extremely confident with one

they are doing it right. A confident horse is the best thing you

step, and that gives them the ability to focus on the next step.

can have.”

They already have all the building blocks in place.” The highlight of this year, everyone says, is that Nobilistic The system also has proven to be a time-saver that allows a

BF’s foals will be entering competition, and a few of his fillies

significant number of horses to be trained without rushing or

are now old enough to be crossed with GSF Rizing Son.

shortchanging anyone. “The Nobilistic babies are very level-headed,” Rhein notes. “All the 3-year-olds this year are doing great,” Rhein reports.

“They’re even-tempered. They don’t get flustered. I think

“They’re dead broke, so now we’re just putting them together,

it’s a little bit easier to train them; when you’re teaching

teaching them how to really bridle, and getting them strong.”

them something new, if horses get hot and excited and aren’t extremely confident, they get frustrated easily. I don’t find

Another benefit to the system is that all the early handling

that the ‘Nemo’ babies have been doing that. They turn on, but

reveals which horses accept training easily (most of the

they also have the even temperament that you need. He has

Nobilistic BF foals do, they were happy to discover) and

brought that asset to the table.”

which have a hotter nature that requires a slightly different schedule. “We let them get their energy and excitement out,

“They’re good-natured babies,” Joel Gangi agrees. “They’re

and then start working them,” says Rhein. “It’s pretty much

athletic and they’re beautiful. As a breeding horse, he is

common sense.

producing extreme type, lengthening necks and putting them upright over their shoulders, giving them great carriage. They

“With any horse, you can always have a bump in the road

have good front motion, but their hind end motion is extreme.

every now and then,” he concedes, “but for the most part,

He is fulfilling everything they were expecting from him.”

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Rizing Son


GSF Rizing Son, known as “Tommy”

to his friends, has everyone on the edge of excitement this year. They all agree that he is an outstanding individual— but as the horse chosen to complement Nobilistic BF, he was unproven. Joel Gangi, after examining the young stallion’s first foals, now scoffs at that

notion. “By the looks of his first babies, his ability as a sire has been proven!” he says. The agenda in 2011 was geared toward making GSF Rizing Son comfortable with breeding and being in training, a demanding life for a young stallion. “Nemo is so easy to handle as far as breeding goes,” Scott says. “We’d like Tommy to be the same way, a sweet stallion that anyone can handle and it’s no big deal. They like to start their stallions early, so that the stallions know what they’re doing and they’re no trouble. He’ll be breeding a lot more this year, and we’ll be able to see what he does.”

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DA Tremor (Allionce x Afection MSC)

The BoisverT show sTring of 2012 Another big attraction for the farm this year will be the show ring, as everyone watches the development of the horses. The veterans are familiar: national champions Sparkafire BF and DA Tremor are slated to come back, as are U.S. National Reserve Champions Nobilistic BF and Starbucks BF, and the promising GSF Rizing Son, who was top ten in the English Pleasure Futurity at Tulsa. Joel will be riding the snazzy young mare A Ttraction BF, by A Temptation. The most interest, however, is in the youngsters by Nobilistic BF who will be debuting in competition. There will be several, but the ones generating the most buzz are the 3-year-olds Girl Next Door BF, Megatropolis BF and Nobil Possession (all Half-Arabians), the purebred Vida Noblis BF, and the 4-year-old Half-Arabian Pistol Pete BF. Megatropolis BF is a half-brother to Sparkafire BF and Afire Phantom, who between them own six national championships, and Pistol Pete BF and Nobil Possession are full brothers a year apart. No one will be pushing the young ones, but Joel Gangi is confident in their abilities. “I think they’ll easily hold their own on the national level,” he says. Currently, the farm’s 2012 schedule includes Scottsdale, Regions 9 and 12, the Arabian Horse Celebration and the Canadian and U.S. National Shows.

Sparkafire BF (Afire Bey V x Clover Hill's Blazing Luck)

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Nobil Possession (Nobilistic BF x Callaway's Prize Possession) Offered For Sale

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Megatropolis BF (Nobilistic BF x Clover Hill's Blazing Luck)

Beattitude BF (Nobilistic BF x Alada Attitude BF)

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Vida Noblis BF (Nobilistic BF x Davida JF) Offered For Sale

Pistol Pete BF (Nobilistic BF x Callaway's Prize Possession) Offered For Sale

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F It All StArtS At Home At the same time that breeding, training and showing have been consuming the schedule, the farm itself has been redesigned for efficiency and beauty. The last step, beginning in late 2011, was the placement of roads and completion of landscaping, the province of Susan Turner, a landscape architect by profession. “When we built our first barn, I don’t think we ever anticipated having people in any real way coming to see horses,” she muses, looking out over the panorama that now is Boisvert Farms. “We never imagined having enough horses—we just didn’t think! What we have been doing this past year is going back and having a more orderly master-plan. We have a main entrance for both the koi and the horse farm, but it will go more directly to the horses. Visitors will go straight to the new main barn, which is a much better introduction to the place. It had grown very incrementally. Now it feels a little more designed and planned, and it will work a lot more efficiently.” The facility accommodates not only convenience, but Louisiana’s extreme weather as well. The work arena, which is covered but not enclosed due to the summer heat, is provided with natural windbreaks to alleviate rain and winter winds. Connected by a short passage is the barn, which also takes weather into account. “It can be totally closed up,” Susan Turner says, “and it has very, very high ceilings so that it is wonderfully pleasant in the summer time.” Each member of the Boisvert family has a clearly-defined role. Amanda is responsible for running the farm, a full-time occupation which also includes working horses and conferring

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with her father, Rhein and Joel on breeding decisions. Joel and Rhein handle the training, as well as advising on practical matters, and Scott is oriented principally toward the breeding. “I never live in the ‘now,’” he says. “Once these horses get to 3 and go to a show, I’m really not as interested in them as I am when I can conceive them in my head. I’m thinking about 3 or 4 years from now, what we’d like to be seeing come out.” And Susan, after her supervision of the farm’s landscape design, will return to her longtime role of keeping up with the horses, being a horse show mom and working at her budding career in the show ring. There, she offers a facet of the operation that the others don’t. Rhein, Joel and Amanda are all serious competitors; Susan enters the ring just because she enjoys driving her horse, DA Tremor. She is competitive in many areas of her life, she allows, and when it comes to Amanda and the others showing, she is their passionate advocate—but for herself, she just loves being there. Regional shows, with three or four other buggies, are about her limit; the idea of a crowded and cut-throat Nationals class is not on her radar. “I’m trying to get my staff in my own business independent enough for me to go out and enjoy a little bit more what we have been working so hard to achieve,” she says. “Like, maybe taking half a day a week to have a riding lesson and watch the horses be worked, something like that.”

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F Natalie Woods BF (Mamage x Clover Hill's Blazing Luck)

For all the focus on high-end English horses, the farm has developed into a comfortable resource for buyers at any level—from the most exciting Saturday night class to the horse lover who, like Susan, just enjoys the partnership with a horse. In any breeding program, they point out, the horses excel at different levels and in different pursuits, and they will be happy to offer prospects across the board. “It was funny at last year’s Nationals,” says Joel Gangi. “Amanda said to me, ‘You know, I really don’t care what the industry thinks—I love my horses and I think they’re really good.’ That’s not a quote, but it’s pretty much what she told me. I think that expresses the direction the farm wants to go.” It is not, he says, all about “next year when the Nobilistic foals are in the ring” or “when Nemo fillies have been bred to Tommy.” In many ways, the farm’s goals have already been met. “It is producing good show horses. Their desire has always been to show horses; breeding was more Scott’s forté, and Amanda has stepped into it. The farm has completely Marlon Brando BF (Mamage x Clover Hill's Blazing Luck) Offered For Sale

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Amavida BF (Allience x Davida JF)

Beattitude BF (Nobilistic BF x Alada Attitude BF)

come together now. The babies have grown up, they have a show string and they’re extremely successful, and they’re producing them themselves. They’ve basically accomplished their goal, and now the goal is to continue doing that and get better—keep finding crosses of Arabian horses that work and keep improving their stock.” As the farm matures into its own, so has Amanda. On April 21, she and Rhein Standish will be married—a date as carefully selected as were the bloodlines and horses that make up the Boisvert program. “Scottsdale will be over, and the last baby is due March 17,” she smiles. “When she was growing up, we didn’t support her only because she competed and won,” Scott Purdin reflects. “We supported her because she competed and lost, and still loved the horses and loved doing

Alada Brees BF (Alada Baskin x Lumenesse)

it. Now she is doing what she loves, and it’s exciting to watch. The more you have people who love what they’re doing, love people and love horses—and love sharing all that—the better it is for the industry.” n

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Arabian Reining Horse Association And Scottsdale 2012

Singin’ In The Rein by Linda White

When the audience saw all those cowboys and cowgirls, ridin’ and slidin’ and spinnin’ and winnin’ on their Arabians and Half-Arabians, they were spellbound. It was obvious to everybody in the stands and on the rail that these riders and their horses were having a blast. Word got around fast. This was one to watch. That is what happened at Scottsdale in 2005. The next year, when the Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) added identical classes with identical prize monies for purebred Arabians, the public really began to catch on. A good reining horse became a valuable commodity as more and more people turned their attention to the sport. Reining looked like so much fun, and it looked like you didn’t have to be 19 (or just have stepped out of the pages of Vogue or Gentleman’s Quarterly) to succeed. The under-20s, the elderly, the primeof-lifers and men and women of a certain age all found the attraction irresistible. They still do. Participation and entries continue to zoom upward. “Reining is fun,” ARHA President Eleanor Hamilton assures everyone who asks. Hamilton is one of the ARHA’s most successful amateur exhibitors. “It’s addictive,” she confesses. “Once you experience a good stop, you won’t be satisfied until you get another one.” After a successful few years, the ARHA added a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) sanctioned Reining Futurity Classic with $150,000 in payback. Then they created a NRHA-sanctioned Limited Futurity for riders who had earned fewer than five national titles;

and a Non-Pro Derby for amateur riders with 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses. “Participation has been almost overwhelming,” Hamilton continues. “In 2011 we had almost 800 entries; which meant that nearly 800 horses came into the arena, one at a time. That created unbelievable visibility and exposure, and the classes definitely added to the spectators’ entertainment.” A little mental calculation confirms that last year’s 800-entry count made reining one of the largest segments of the 2011 Scottsdale Show. “And beginning last year, Arena 5 is dedicated entirely to reining. This is so important because an arena of our own means that we don’t have to worry about continual changes in the arena’s footing that would make it unsuitable for reining.” She cites driving horses or halter horses that need specific surfaces to help them perform at their best. Reining horses achieve maximum performance on a different surface. “Footing can make or break any horse’s performance,” Hamilton acknowledges. Interest in reining races along at rocket speed. More and more enthusiasts of all ages are enthralled by the ARHA’s NRHA-sanctioned Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining Futurity Classics, the Celebrity Slide, and the reined cow horse division, which was newly minted in 2011. Classes offered keep pace with interest. There are also Arabian Horse Association reining seat medal classes and reining seat equitation, both divided into JTR 13 and Under and 14-17. The youth reining will receive additional prizes, sponsored by the ARHA youth group. Reining’s growth dazzles Arabian Horse Association Of Arizona (AHAA) President Jay Allen and AHAA’s Board of Directors. “We’re always looking for exciting new ways to add to exhibitors’ enjoyment and to increase our already huge number of spectators,” he tells us. “The Arabian Reining Horse Assn.’s forward thinking has created a whole new opportunity for amateur and professional Arabian enthusiasts to compete for some of the highest payouts in the Arabian horse industry.” High payout incentive programs are not new to the Arabian show horse world, but the ARHA’s Scottsdale offerings really


Singin’ in The Rein add to the concept’s credibility. In 2011 Half-Arabian Reining Futurity winners netted more than $80,000, and the purebred Arabian Reining Futurity paid out approximately $50,000. That’s over $130,000. The ARHA is the sport’s gatekeeper. When reining took off, members were thrilled and delighted, but not surprised. The breeders, amateur owners, professionals and other enthusiasts that sustain this exciting discipline breathe easier every year because participation and interest continue to climb to the heavens two and three rungs at a time. The Non-Pro Derby for 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses debuted in 2009. The next year a Non-Pro Futurity was introduced for 4- and 5-year-old horses, also shown in snaffles by nonprofessionals riding two-handed. The list of reining classes and participants seems to grow longer from one show to the next. Reining is a true phenomenon. Arabian loyalists can only shake their heads. Never before in this breed’s history has a single performance division attracted so many followers so fast! Phyllis La Malfa is the NRHA’s Scottsdale liaison that oversees the action. La Malfa tells us that the ARHA’s youth and adult members will be selling raffle tickets during the show with a portion of the proceeds going to their activities and the balance into the futurity. For the third year, Eleanor’s Arabians will be donating a young reining prospect well started by Eleanor’s Arabians’ trainer Gary Ferguson. “The young mare who was raffled in 2010, our first year, has gone on to win Class ‘A’ and Regional honors for her new owners,” La Malfa tells us. The Celebrity Slide is a phenomenon within a phenomenon. Last year Michael Byatt won the Celebrity Reining Classic. Trainer Crystal McNutt coached Byatt to his triumph. (In many quarters, just finishing the pattern is a small victory in itself.) “This year’s Celebrity Slide teams will be Crystal McNutt and JT Keller; Gordon Potts and Brad Hill; Tyson Randle

and Stuart Vesty; Greg Harris and Shannon Beethe; John O’Hara and Rob Bick; and Russ Brown and Keith Krichke,” LaMalfa explains. “The 2012 Non-Pro Derby will be its own class this year. It will be held the last Sunday of the show,” she continues. “We will be seeing Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity Classic classes in the open, non-pro (amateur) and limited divisions. “Each year we have a ‘draw party’ where finalists who will be going forward pick numbered chips that will determine the order in which they compete. Both the purebred and HalfArabian finalists will be drawing the numbered chips, which we randomly scatter on a table. The draw party will be held on Thursday night on the deck off the reining office. “We’re also excited about the new seating arrangements for all the reining enthusiasts who come to the ring to watch the classes. The reining arena now has two sets of bleachers, as well as the reining office deck. There will be plenty of places to sit. “Our largest arena sponsor this year is Wells Fargo Advisors, so Arena 5 will become the Wells Fargo Advisors Arena. Markel Insurance again has stepped up to be a reining sponsor, and they will be sponsoring reining events all year long. Smart Pak, another of this year’s reining sponsors, will be our host for the draw party. And last but not least, Bingham Tractor has donated a tractor for dragging the arena this year.” The Arabian community has embraced what is often called the most spectator-friendly discipline in the Arabian horse performance catalogue. Even the most uninformed, nonhorse spectator can watch, identify and cheer for the horses that perform well. They can get excited, root for the ones they like best, and feel like they have participated in the class in some small way. The Arabian and Half-Arabian reining division at Scottsdale is up near the head of the line in the miraculous successes department. Visit the ARHA website for more information. n

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Western Carolinas AHA announces its All-Star Stallion Futurity Auction Bidding is underway on an outstanding line-up of stallions.

All proceeds benefit WCAHA’s annual Futurity program, which has rewarded amateur exhibitors showing weanlings and yearlings, to the tune of well over $150,000 in the last six years. Go to to place your bid. Pay with your credit card via PayPal. Auction closes April 3, 2012.


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Ali Mutazz (Imperial Baarez x Moniet Fernazz) Al-Marah Fight Fair (AM Double Dream x AM Fairly Fresh) Always A Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) Amir Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Luz De Fe) Baskghazi (Baske Afire x RY Fire Ghazi) Beaunafide Bey (NV Beau Bey x Off Main Street) Bellaire IA (Padrons Psyche x Bella Versace) Boomerang NA (Padrons Psyche x Bint Forteyna) Botswana (Thee Desperado x The Minuet) Citationn (Afire Bey V x Kaz Baskteena, by AA Apollo Bey) CJ Flash+/ (Padrons Psyche x Peaches N Fame) CL Solmate (Solstice x MSU Beloved) CP Ambition (TC Miyake x AA Ambrosia) CS Khasanova (Khemosabi++++// x Khamalia) DA Josiah (Bey Shah x PA Ultimate Charm, {Cognac x Ultimate Choice}) Darkhans Mystic Art (Blacklord Darkhan x MFAX Precious Art (Nat’l Show Horse))

DCA Exxodus (PR Alexx x Khemosana) First Flyte (First Cyte x My Raven) FSF Dakaros Enchanter (Dakharo x Enchantingly Shai) Gitar MF (Afire Bey V x Gitara) Golden Essence++/ (Klassic Shaklan x SA Patrushka) Goldmount Royal Design (Goldmount Royal Command x Beautiful Uptown’s Fascination)

HG Esquire+ (WF Khemo Bey x Zakarria) H Mobility H (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) Hucks Connection V+// (Hucks Premier V x Crystal Lace) Hy Wynds (HG Esquire+ x Ty Lillie Bey) Imperial Phinaali (Imperial Baarez x Imperial Karree) KA Odysseus (Odyssey SC x Ellure A) KM Bugatti (Versace x Sanegors Lady D) Koweta Deacon (AM Gypsy Village x Divine-Promise, by *Marsianin) Kruise+// (Desperado V x Kherida)

Legacys Renoir+ (Legacy of Fame x SC Psavannah) Marhaabah (Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal) Marjestic WA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Miraga WA) Marzzan (Marwan Al Shaqab x F O Rhiannon) ML Mostly Padron (Padrons Psyche x HS Mostly) Mirage V+++// (Desperado V x Misti V) Momentum NA (Magnum Psyche x Mona Lisa V) Navajo Moun+++/ (Afire Bey V x Mounlighting) NYN Hisani (Marwan Al Shaqab x NYN Imara Versace) Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo, by Echo Magnifficoo) PS Afire Chief (Afire Bey V x Justa Glow+/) RA Hot Every Nite (ASB) (Hot August Nite x Love Struck Baby) Razcal Bey (Bravado Bey V x CA Rufflesnlace) Renaissanse (Ali Jamaal x Carismor) Scapa (Mishaal HP x Erie Anna) Semper Fie (Sir Fames HBV x Crimson Sharem) Seventh Son V (Huckleberry Bey x Sweet Sanadika V) SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) Shaddofax (Justafire DGL x R Colette, by Padrons Psyche) SHF Southern Whiz (Gazesel x HV Baroness) Sir Magni Feke+// (JA Magnificat++ x Sirah Bey) SS Tesla (Echclusive x Platinum Psylouette) Star Ghazal (Gazal Al Shaqab x C Starlite Bey, by Ray Dor Echo) TF Sir Prize (Noble Prize x Premonishahn) The Firelord (Afire Bey V x Barbarys Jubilee) The Knights Reflection (ASB) (Black Knight on Broadway x Lifetime Revival)

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Caralyn Schroter on Scarlett Lace.

RBC Show Horses The Synergy Of Success Rob Bick and DA Chill Factor.


Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter, of RBC Show Horses in Smithfield, N.C., are unusual. In an age of specialization, they are—to use the old Arabian term—versatile. At the 2011 U.S. Nationals, they and their clients logged top tens or better in six disciplines, from English to western to hunter, halter and more. “We don’t do cows and we don’t do jumps,” Bick observes dryly, but hastily adds that he wouldn’t mind doing them and he loves watching the reiners and jumpers. It’s just that the setup for that kind of training is a whole other issue, and their schedule is full enough as it is.

The focus of their barn, located about half an hour from Raleigh (and a world away from where either of them started out), is amateurs. That means either matching up amateur combinations and training both horse and rider, or starting and preparing horses bred by their clients for eventual sale to amateurs. It is that skill—the ability to gauge the abilities of a horse and a rider, and then teach and fine-tune both—that their clients say makes them special at what they do. Across the board, asked what they think Bick and Schroter do best, the clients reply, “Teach. Communicate. Interact. Care.” Beyond that, they add, the whiz-bang joy of the barn is how much fun it is and how close the family of customers is. (And, on occasion, how loony Rob can be. “Anyone who doesn’t know Rob has missed out on a wicked sense of humor,” says Nan Harley, who has ridden with them for more than a decade.) Almost everyone has a story to tell, something funny or inspiring or wise or sweet, and almost everyone has been with the barn long-term. So what makes Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter tick these days? Neither one is big on blowing his or her own horn, but asked to discuss the business of training and what it’s all about, they’re front and center. “Rob and I are a team,” Caralyn Schroter says, “but just because we’re together 24/7 doesn’t mean we think alike or do things exactly the same. You get two perspectives for the price of one.” There are 58 horses currently in residence at RBC, and horses and riders are assigned by where they seem to fit best, changing whenever the situation warrants. Whoever has whom, Bick and Schroter are each other’s best advisors, so everyone gets the benefit of both. “They each have their strong suits,” client Angela Stanley allows. “I think he’s a little stronger in English and she’s a little stronger in western and hunter, but I’ve seen them on plenty of both. You can take any horse to them and they can train it.” 2 RBC | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

There is general agreement as well that Bick may be the best basic-skills instructor, while Schroter is hard to beat at developing the polish and finesse necessary for top level amateurs to deliver winning performances. On one point of training, however, they are 100 percent in agreement—and it is this technique that clients cite most often. They teach their clients not just to compete in the show ring, but to ride (or drive or manage) their horses. “They make sure you understand that they’re not just telling you to do something; they want you to understand how to do it yourself,” Jordan Williamson Cline says. Her parents, Dolorosa Arabians’ DeCarol and Jan Williamson, were responsible for Schroter and Bick’s move to North Carolina in the 1990s, and she has known her trainers since she was 9. “They tell you what to do, why you’re doing it and what reaction to look for. It’s not just ‘do this, do that,’ and you don’t really know what you’re doing. They take the time to teach you, and you can apply it to the horse.” “Not all people want to learn that way,” Bick says, “but the clients that we seem to get along with the best do. If we didn’t show up at the show ring, they could still go around the ring and be thinking about riding and showing their horse. I think it’s more interesting for them.” Understanding the process is key to the whole experience, he believes. And it has an added benefit: recognizing your performance for what it is allows you to feel good even when the highest ribbons don’t come your way, he says, just as it can keep you humble on the days when the judges give you a gift. It keeps everything grounded, and gentles the roller coaster of emotions that goes with winning and losing. As well as putting clients and their show horses into the ring, Schroter and Bick also start and train young candidates. Bick admits to a longtime fascination with breeding, and says that he and Schroter would do more of it themselves if they had the time and space. They are a resource for clients planning breedings, however, and many make use of it—particularly the couple’s experience working with a variety of bloodlines and the observations they have logged in decades of watching horses show. They are equally available to help in designing management, care and nutrition programs for their customers’ farms. Frank Chisholm, who has been with them for 10 years, makes use of the range of their knowledge.

“One of the things I like best about Caralyn and Rob is that they share their knowledge. It’s not just that they’ve got your horse ready to go and you ride; they teach you how to get your horse ready to go. You’re a part of the process. I have learned so much from them—when I started there, I actually thought I knew how to ride! Amazingly, the things that I didn’t know way outnumbered the things that I did. They have never stopped teaching me. “Another important thing is that both of them have an awesome sense of humor. I like to joke around and have a good time, and riding with them has been such a good personal experience. They’re great people to be around. They’re friends.” ~Nan Harley

“I have known Rob and Caralyn for 10 years. I came to them in 2001 as a junior rider when they were at Dolorosa. Under their guidance, my “backyard” horse became a regional winner! In 2002, I came home with two championships and a reserve.” ~Lindsay Adams


Below, pictured left to right: Rob Bick on Mattaroyale in her first class as a 3-year-old; Rob and Caralyn in 1993 with National Reserve Champion Diamond Bask; Caralyn Schroter aboard MS Manhattan in Canada.

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Chisholm owns Palmetto Arabians, in Timmonsville, S.C. He and his wife Sara don’t just love Arabians; they stand stallions, breed, and sell horses as a business. The ones destined for competition go to RBC Show Horses to be developed for marketing. “I don’t have a lot of interest in putting a great deal of money in a horse that we can’t show at a national level,” Chisholm says. “I tell them that upfront, and they are very good about saying ‘this horse is going to be a nice horse for someone, but we don’t think it’s going to be good enough to show on a national level.’ I have no problem with that.” He is, in fact, happy to stop the cash drain, reroute the horse, and send a more suitable candidate for schooling. “They also don’t start a horse with a preconceived idea of what the horse wants to do,” he adds. “They aren’t trying to put a square peg in a round hole. They train a horse in the discipline that it does the best in, and that way we get a sounder horse and a horse with a better attitude, because it’s not being forced into something that it’s uncomfortable with.” “A lot of people tell you what their horse is,” Bick notes. “To me, you should have that horse tell you what he is. You can’t make him something he isn’t. He’s born to do something. You just have to allow him to do it. “For the breeders that we have, I like to think that our training is creating value in a horse to help market it,” he continues. “If it’s a young horse that is getting started from scratch, we hope that every month, we are adding some value, and that goes right on up to the point where we get him the best he can be. Each individual horse; that’s the point, that each individual horse gets

to be the best he can be. Whether he gets to be a national champion, who knows, but hopefully he is rising to the occasion at the level he can do best.” This year marks Rob Bick’s 30th as a professional horse trainer; Schroter is chasing that milestone as well, but she isn’t there yet. They have been working together since 1993, married all but two of those years. Clearly, they both love what they do, but what they like best reveals the unique difference of their personalities. Schroter, an often-understated Canadian, is a realist. By everyone’s estimation—including Bick’s—she is the business brain of the outfit, while he is the more mercurial artist. “I like the relationship with the horse best,” Schroter says. One favorite that comes quickly to mind is Nan Harley’s now-retired CBS Top Dog, who accumulated eight national championships and reserves under Schroter’s direction. “That was one of the best experiences and best outcomes. That horse was with me for about nine years, and the trust that I had with the owner was great. She allowed me to treat him as if he was my own.” There have been others as well, including the young Live Wire WP, now with Jordan Cline. And then there are some of the horses in the barn that she just plain enjoys being around, whether or not she is responsible for their training. Rob’s answer invokes a broad perspective. “The next 15 years will be the best, I think,” he grins, and then amends the answer. “I actually think that the high point of my career has been being able to buy our own farm, and then really looking forward to continued

“I have been involved with horses now for more than forty wonderful years. It was the love of the Arabian horse that brought Rob Bick and myself together.

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“For decades we made our way to the show grounds to work and display these wonderful animals. With plans of attempting to build one of the more successful training facilities, my eye was always open for trainers that stood out among their peers. I told Rob and Caralyn one time that I thought they were going to file stalking charges against me. I was amazed at their work ethic, the relations— especially with kids—between them and their clients, and the diversity of disciplines of training that Rob Bick demonstrated. What I suspected then I now know as a simple fact, having worked closely together for more than fifteen years, Rob Bick is the greatest all-around horseman that I have ever known or met. Rob is such a wonderful person and he is my very close friend.” ~Dr. DeCarol Williamson


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“Rob has an exceptional gift for training a horse for its particular rider. His ability to see the needs of the rider and manage those needs through the training of his horses is quite remarkable. Rob Bick is truly a cut above when it comes to horsemanship. I feel lucky to have him as my teacher. Being a part of RBC Show Horses, I have never felt pressure to focus on the win and go after a win, but only encouraged to play to my strengths and the strengths of my horses. It’s so refreshing to be a part of a barn that focuses on the passion of horsemanship and the true journey that it takes to succeed. I can’t thank Rob and Caralyn enough for taking such wonderful care of my horses and our family. RBC Show Horses is a true team, and I feel so lucky to be a part of that team.” ~Katie Burr

“They do an absolutely fantastic job for us. Before we even send a horse to them, they are down to my farm eight or 10 times a year, checking on young horses. If we have questions on trimming hooves or nutrition, anything like that, they help us. They gave us a program of what they want us to do on these horses (having them at a certain level as far as handling and longeing and things like that), so that when the horses get there, they can get tack on them as quickly as possible and start working with them. And then they have input on how those babies worked for them under saddle, what they did well, etc. So their involvement with us sometimes starts before we breed a horse, and on a sale horse, goes all the way through to the time of its sale as a 3-, 4- or 5-year-old. “Our goal is to send our best horses to Rob and Caralyn and get them to a point where they are ready to show on a national level. I can pick up the phone at any time to talk to them about something, and they are only two hours away if I need to see them. They’ve been a tremendous asset for us. They’re great people.” ~ Frank Chisholm

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“I wasn’t a very good rider at all when I began, so I’ve come quite far—thank goodness—and it’s been thanks to them. I remember my first show with Rob and Caralyn; talking about it recently, I said, “I don’t know how I made it around the arena, hanging on like that,” and they were like, “Yeah, we didn’t either!” They’ve definitely gotten me to where I am now. A big part of that has been their patience and their versatility.” ~ Maggie Barker

“I started with Rob and Caralyn when I was 9, in 2004. I had a horse named ETF Hitman, and he wouldn’t canter (I was in walk and trot at the time, but I wanted to canter). So we went to them for help, but I still couldn’t get him to canter because my legs were so short; they wouldn’t even reach past the saddle. So Rob said, “Okay, well, let me help you,” and ran and jumped over Hitman’s butt, got in the saddle with me and said, “Now, we’re going to canter.” And we did. That was my first lesson with Rob, and I’ve been hooked ever since. We went to Youth Nationals that year and won three national championships—something I never expected!” ~Abby Gay

those next years. It’s just really all coming together.” He means it—although every one of his clients would say that Schroter and Bick have had it together pretty well for a long time now. “What’s nice is that we have fantastic clients,” Bick reflects. “They all are having fun and they want to be here. We’re pretty upfront with them and fairly blunt. If their horses aren’t good, then you tell them. You don’t want their expectations to be higher than their horses can reach. We try to figure out what their goals are and hopefully we’re all on the same page. To have some success with it, you have to have a good owner with a good horse, a good trainer, a good farrier and a good veterinarian. The whole thing has to fall into place to be competitive at this.

Pictured left: Beyberry Fire with a huge hug from Rob’s mom. Right: May Dancer V.

“We’re a show barn,” he points out. “RBC Show Horses. We train horses to show and those who come want to compete at the shows. There’s a little pressure; they put pressure on themselves and we put pressure on ourselves to win, but you have to realize: if they have good horses and they do a good job, they are going to win. They will rise to the occasion and win, although sometimes it doesn’t take a blue ribbon to win. Sometimes it’s just going out and having the ride that you’ve dreamed of having.” At the end of the day, as with many barns where instructing humans is as important as training horses, success at RBC rests on the trainers’ capacity for perceiving what is needed but often not expressed, and delivering it in a way that is useful. One gauge of Schroter and Bick’s ability with horses is in their show record; that might cover their success with people too, but the real indicator is their client relationships. “I grew up with them through my teenage years,” says Maggie Barker, one of the youth riders in the barn. “They’re like my other family now. I think I skipped prom one year to spend a week with them! I’ve gotten to know them, their personalities, in and out of the barn. They’re great role models—they taught me a lot life lessons, not just riding.” For Bick and Schroter, RBC Show Horses is more than a job. It’s a life, he says. “It’s a dream come true, actually, because we’re doing what we’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always put in a good strong half-a-day, every day,” he deadpans. “You know, about 7 to 7. It’s easy to do; you’re out there with the horses. How bad is that?”

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“George and I consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have found two very talented trainers and friends. Our initial selection 12 years ago was based upon a good friend’s recommendation, having observed at several horse shows on how they schooled and treated their horses, and the fact that we wanted trainers who were diverse in all disciplines. We have never regretted our choice and enjoy our RBC family. “You couldn’t find two more hardworking and honest individuals. We feel confident in the care of our horses, and in their assessments and recommendations in all aspects of our relationship. They have taught me so much about horsemanship and helped me to achieve my own personal goals.” ~Debbie Attwood CBS Bahznia

Rob and Caralyn at the APAHA Awards.

“When I came to Rob and Caralyn’s, I was coming back from taking a couple of years off from horses. Several people told me to go with them; their barn was close to my business in North Carolina, so I called and asked if they had a family horse that my kids and I could ride. They did, and that is how we bought TL Magic Prancer, who took my daughter Harper into her first leadline class with Caralyn. Later, when Magic came to California to be nearer to me, I saw just how exquisitely he was trained. I have a feeling that our story isn’t over. I wish they and their clients the best of luck and a wonderful show season!” ~ Angela Stanley

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“I was getting ready to ride through the gate for my finals class and Caralyn asked me, ‘What are you going to do in there?’ I said ‘Win.’ She shot me the look and those of you who know Caralyn can visualize it. Then she repeated slower, ‘What are you going to do in there?’ Somehow, like the kid in a Christmas story sitting on Santa's lap, I went speechless, but then as she was walking away from me, it all came back and I called out to her, ‘bridle my horse, keep my arms wide, sit back, stay off the wall, and don't break gait.’ She stopped, turned around and said she would be happy if I did just the first three. I rode through the gate with those five things in my head and hoping to make her proud. Then, Chance McDaniel gave me some advice, which I used during my ride, and I believe I got reserve because I listened. I jogged into the lineup thanking my team in my head, even before I knew the results. It really is all about the team at RBC.” ~ Tami Noftz


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Debbie Attwood There is a “first” for everything ...

Our first Top Ten in Halter.

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Brazilian Nationals

Text and photos by Rogério Santos

A Blend Of Old And New The 30th Annual Brazilian National Arabian Show, which took place in Indaiatuba (São Paulo state), November 16-20, 2011, showed that Brazilian breeders are taking advantage of their country’s good financial situation: they continue to refresh and upgrade their bloodstock by importing highly-regarded Arabians from Europe and the United States. The show also reflected the benefits of breeding the new imports to Brazilian broodmares and sires, and confirmed the quality of bloodlines developed over the past 30 years with impressive titles.

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ABCCA Board Of Directors and 2011 Brazilian Nationals Judges. Team A: Allan Preston, Australia; Josh Quintus and Joseph Polo, U.S.A.; Leonardo Pinheiro Machado and Reinaldo da Rocha Leão, Brazil. Team B: Luiz Eduardo Moreira Caio and Paulo Zandavalli, Brazil; Michael Byatt and Susan Martin, U.S.A.; William Oppen, Argentina.

The biggest innovation seen at this Nationals was the use of two judging teams of five members each, which acted alternately in the 15 championships. The number of judges provoked some controversy that will be evaluated over the coming year. That was just one of the topics generating discussion at the show. Another was the scoring method; Brazilians have not adhered to the scoring system that is used by the most important competitions worldwide, opting instead for the comparison system. That also will be considered this year. And finally, people were talking about the IntArah Auctions, held during Nationals week, highly successful events that were broadcast live via the Internet. The biggest stories of the show, however, were the horses. Following is a study of the top winners at the 2011 Brazilian Nationals, and the sire lines from which they came. In a large percentage of the horses, the dam lines were fully as credentialed as the sires, but that focus will be saved for another time. The Champion Senior Stallion, **matisse Fm, and the Champion Senior mare, *Fashionata NA, are from the same sire, marwan Al Shaqab. The line of marwan, his sire, Gazal Al Shaqab, and his son *FA El Shawan was second only to the Aladdinn line in production of champions and reserve champions at this Nationals. Between the three of them—Gazal, marwan and Shawan—there were six winners, three of them born in Brazil and three imported.

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LEFT: Brazilian National Champion Stallion MATISSE FM (Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Promise Kept), shown by Rinaldo Longuini for owner Carlos Menezes. BELOW: Brazilian National Reserve Champion Stallion LUMIAR IBN BALZAC (Lumiar Balzac x Jade Nyhl), shown by Greg Gallún for owners Antonio Carlos and Fabio Amorosino.

This lineage started in Brazil in 2006 when *FA El Shawan and the now-national champion *Fashionata NA were imported. Today there are 183 foals registered in the Brazilian Stud Book, with 163 born in Brazil. In just five years, 21 have won national champion and reserve titles. Unanimous Champion Stallion *matisse Fm was imported by Carlos and Jackie menezes’ Haras Stigmatas in 2009. That year, he was tied for National Champion Young Stallion with *FA El Shawan, who became the champion after a tiebreak. *matisse Fm would win the title in 2010 and *FA El Shawan would become the National Champion Stallion. National Champion mare *Fashionata NA, imported by Tamer and Izabel Hajel of Haras Francajel, was also National reserve Champion Filly in 2007. The reserve Champion mare, *Shariba, a daughter of Gazal Al Shaqab, arrived in Brazil in 2011, imported by Leandro Aguiar’s Haras Cruzeiro. The other three champions in this line are offspring of *FA El Shawan that belong to a syndicate formed by Harases Canaa, Faveiros, Casa Branca and Vila dos Pinheiros. *FA El Shawan, a Las Vegas World Cup Champion, was four

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Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Stallion VAALENTE (DA Valentino x Amelia B), shown by Sandro Pinha for owner Salim Mattar.

Brazilian National Champion Young Stallion HDB SIHR IBN MASSAI (Massai Ibn Marenga x Mayana), shown by Djair de Souza for owner Leandro Aguiar.

Brazilian National Reserve Champion Colt GABRIEL BFA (Eden C x Angel Ize BFA), shown by Greg Gallún for owners Haras Boa Vista, Vila dos Pinheiros, dos Faveiros, Namahê and Bahamas.

Brazilian National Champion Colt JAZEER DE WIEC (Debowiec x Josephine El Jamaal), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Lenita Perroy.

times a Brazilian National Champion ( Junior Colt, Colt, Young Stallion and Stallion). The stallion, who had his first foal crop registered in 2009, already has nine national champion sons and daughters. This year, they were National Champion Junior Jr. Filly Tawany HVP; National reserve Champion Junior Jr. Colt HDF Lugano; and National reserve Champion Junior Colt Vortex. The National Champion Junior Jr. Filly, Tawany HVP, was bred at Jaime and Noelia Pinheiro’s Vila dos Pinheiros. The National reserve Champion Junior Jr. Colt, HDF Lugano, came from the new Haras das Faias, owned by rodrigo Faias, who debuted at this Nationals with horses of his own breeding. Vortex, reserve National Champion Junior Colt, was 104 | A r A BI A N Hor SE T I mES

bred in Brazil by robert and Dixie North and purchased by Luciana Fasano of Fazenda Floresta. The highlight of the show, however, was of the sire line of Aladdinn, which had the highest number of champions and reserves at this Nationals, totaling eight. Three representatives of his line were responsible for the 2011 champions—Power World JQ and his sons Karim El Power JQ and HK Keav Power; Nuzyr HCF, through his son Vulcano HVP; and Legacy of Fame, through Legacy of Gold.

Power World JQ. HK Keav Power, only 5 years old and

with just 24 registered foals, is already considered one of the most promising sires in Brazil. Unanimous Champion Young

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Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Colt SAHARA DA VINCI (Da Vinci FM x Anna Marie BHF), shown by Sandro Pinha for owner Salim Mattar.

Brazilian National Champion Young Colt MOZART EL KEAV (HK Keav Power x Maihara El Lethyf ), shown by Djair de Souza for owner Benedito Morato.

Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Colt VORTEX (FA El Shawan x Bohnytha ATA), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Luciana Fasano.

Filly FT Havanna El Keav, and reserve Champion Pure Seduction VCm are both his daughters. In this case, it must be mentioned that their dam lines are nearly identical: FT Havanna El Keav’s dam is out of the same mare that produced Pure Seduction VCm. HK Keav Power was also the sire of mozart El Keav, unanimous Champion Young Colt. mozart El Keav was bred and exhibited by Benedito morato, of Haras morab. Also a son of Power World JQ, Karim El Power JQ was responsible for the Champion Junior Female Tammy El Karim JQ. Power World JQ, Karim and Tammy were bred by Jairo Queiroz, of Haras dos Faveiros.

Brazilian National Champion Junior Colt EL JAHEZ WH ( Jiuliusz de Wiec x Chili Pepper V), shown by Djair de Souza for owner Lenita Perroy.

From Power World JQ also came La Fortunata, bred by rogério Santos. She was unanimously voted National Champion Best Head.

Nuzyr HCF. From the lineage of AF Don Giovani, a grandson

of Aladdinn through *Alad, we have Nuzyr HCF, whose son Vulcano HVP was the sire of the reserve Champion Junior Filly Alyssa Crystal rLC, bred at rodrigo Lorenzi’s Haras das Paineiras.

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Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Junior Colt HDF LUGANO (Fa El Shawan x Ardant Carol), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Rodrigo Faias.

Brazilian National Champion Junior Junior Colt STIG HIGHLANDER (El Tino x Edyta E), shown by Chiquinho Rego for owner Carlos Menezes.

Brazilian National Reserve Champion Mare SHARIBA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Thee Rahiba), shown by Djair de Souza for owner Leandro Aguiar.

Brazilian National Champion Mare FASHIONATA NA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Hafati Futurista), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owners Tamer and Izabel Hajel.

belonging to Leandro Aguiar. The Champion Filly Yasmin HWm was bred by Eduardo Fasoli of Haras Westmeister, and the reserve Champion Young mare, *HLP Darkyna Fame, by Carlos and Christiane roizner of Haras Los Palmares, Uruguay.

*Luxemere Baroness, a Falcon BHF daughter, was a U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten mare before she was named Champion Young mare in Brazil. She was imported by Humberto and Julia Florezi’s Haras De Al Hoscan, a well-known breeding program in Brazil for over 30 years.

one of the most traditional sire lines in Brazil is the one from Bey Shah. At this Nationals, it registered six champions and four reserves, primary from four sources: rSD Dark Victory, who was at stud in Brazil during the 1990s before being re-exported to the United States; Fame VF, through his grandsons Da Vinci Fm and DA Valentino, and Valentino’s son *El Tino; *Style SrA, imported in the late 1990s by Haras Jm; and Falcon BHF.

reserve Champion Stallion Lumiar Ibn Balzac, owned by Antonio Carlos and Fabio Amorosino of Haras Serondela, is a son of rSD Dark Victory and a full brother to Scottsdale Champion Lumiar Amadeus. reserve Champion Young Stallion *Vaalente, owned by Salim mattar of Haras Sahara, is a son of DA Valentino who arrived in Brazil in 2010. The unanimous Champion Junior Colt Stig Highlander was bred and shown by Haras

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Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Mare HLP DARKYNA FAME (Legacy Of Fame x Arkyna HCF), shown by Djair de Souza for owner Leandro Aguiar.

Brazilian National Champion Young Mare LUXEMERE BARONESS (Falcon BHF x Heiress Cometera), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Leandro Aguiar.

Brazilian National Reserve Champion Filly GHS MARY ROSE (WH Justice x Bajah Badiya), shown by Djair de Souza for owner Leandro Aguiar.

Stigmatas. He is the son of Brazilian National Champion Junior Colt *El Tino. The unanimous reserve Champion Young Colt *Sahara Da Vinci, who is by the U.S.-based Da Vinci Fm, was bought at the side of his dam, U.S. National reserve Champion mare Anna marie BHF, and is owned by Haras Sahara. Two national champions at the 2011 show came from the line of monogramm, through his son Debowiec and that stallion’s son Jiuliusz de Wiec. Both were from Lenita Perroy’s Haras meia Lua, which imported Debowiec from Poland. From Debowiec came Jazeer De Wiec, unanimous National Champion Colt, while Jiuliusz de Wiec was the sire of the unanimous Champion Junior Colt, *El Jahez WH.

Brazilian National Champion Filly YASMIN HWM (Legacy Of Fame x Dollysia HCF), shown by Sandro Pinha for owner Leandro Aguiar.

Two sons of the russian stallion Kumir were imported briefly to Brazil in the 1990s, but they left behind few representatives in the breeding programs. Last year, Leandro Aguiar leased a young stallion of that line, HDB Sihr Ibn massai, from Italy. HDB Sihr Ibn massai, already National Champion Colt in Germany and Bronze medalist at the European Championships, was named National Champion Young Stallion in Brazil. The sire line of Padrons Psyche that for nine years has developed great champions at the Brazilian Nationals, had two reserve champions this year, the reserve Champion Colt *Gabriel BFA and reserve Champion Filly *GHS mary rose. *Gabriel BFA, a son of Eden C, was imported Volume 42, No. 9 | 107

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Brazilian National Reserve Champion Young Filly PURE SEDUCTION VCM (HK Keav Power x Hafati Isadora), shown by Sandro Pinha for owners Valdir and Carla Massari.

Brazilian National Champion Young Filly FT HAVANNA EL KEAV (HK Keav Power x Hillary VCM), shown by Djair de Souza for owner Leandro Aguiar.

Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Filly FT SOFIA EL BOGART (Bogart El Perseus x Sultana CMC), shown by Marcos for owner Flavia Maria Ramalho Torres.

Brazilian National Champion Junior Filly TAMMY EL KARIM JQ (Karim El Power x AF Tita), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Jairo Queiroz.

by Haras Boa Vista’s Luciano Cury, who assembled a syndicate in his support. The reserve Champion Filly, *GHS mary rose, also was reserve Champion in her class at the Austrian International Exposition. By WH Justice, she was bred in Germany and imported to Brazil by Haras Cruzeiro. As it has happened since 1988, the line of *Ali Jamaal won important titles at the Brazilian Nationals. This year,

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through his grandson Bogart El Perseus, he contributed the reserve Champion Junior Filly FT Sofia El Bogart, and from grandson ryad El Jamaal, came Liberty National Champion radames ryad HVP. Sofia is from the program of Haras Quatro Estações, owner of Bogart El Perseus, while radames ryad HVP is owned by Haras Black river, a breeder of the 1990s that is now returning to the ring. At this time, radames ryad HVP is one of the country’s most decorated horses in English Pleasure.

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Brazilian National Reserve Champion Junior Junior Filly ALYSSA CRYSTAL RLC (Vulcano HVP x Marwan Cristalrca), shown by Chiquinho Rego for owner Abel Leopoldino.

Brazilian National Champion Junior Junior Filly TAWANY HVP (FA El Shawan x Tasmin HVP), shown by Greg Gallún for owner Jaime Pinheiro.

Most Classic Head Winner LA FORTUNATA (Power World JQ x Fai Murana), shown by Zezé Rodrigues for owner Paulo de Castro Marques.

Brazilian National Champion Liberty RADAMES RYAD HVP (Ryad El Jamaal x Rohara Antiquebey), shown by Zezé Rodrigues for owner Agropec Jawar Ltda.

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Larry Jerome and Salim Mattar.

Todd Buckley, Jeff McGlinn, Travis Rice, Dr. Nelson Pinto Moreira and Ryan Walker.

Melissa and Terry Holmes.

Eduardo Gama and Dr. Camila Cordeiro.

Kassis Sabag and daughter Elizabeth.

Fernando Poli, Sandro Pinha and Bob North.

Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Pinheiro

Christine Jamar

Zico Guardia, Leandro Aguiar and AndrĂŠ Cruz. Greg Knowles and Walter Mishek.

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Khalid Al Sayed and Abdulaziz Al Barghashi.

Kimmi Hamilton and Ricardo Rivero.

The Umberto Bonini Family.

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Lori Ricigliano, Luciana Fasano, Dick Adams and Susan Rosseau.

Joaquin de Santibanes, Walter Mishek and Luiz Rocco.

Renee Dela Maza, Lady Gina Pelham, Sandra Grisolia and Mari Acosta.

Humbertinho Florezi and daughter.

George Naoum, Alfredo Hasbun and Nicolas Hasbun.

Pepe Villar, Joaquin de Santibaness, Gustavo Sadjoo and Carlos Roizner.

Rodrigo Lorenzi de Castro, Murilo Kammer and Vico Rocco.

Claudio and Nancy Hirsch.

Juan Montero, Sergio Vergara and M. Bulnes.

AndrĂŠ Cruz, Ana Carolina and children.

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José Alves Filho congratulates Carlos Menezes, owner of National Champion Stallion *Matisse FM.

A Conversation With José Alves Filho,

President Of ABCCA

In July 2011, Jose Alves Filho assumed the presidency of the Associação Brasileira dos Criadores do Cavalo Árabe, the governing agency and registry for Arabian horses in Brazil. As the leading breeder of Arabians in Brazil for the past eight years, and of the Brazilian Nationals for five, Alves is highly-qualified for the position. He and his wife, maisa, have been breeding Arabian horses since 1989; at their Haras Jm in monte mor, they maintain about 300 Arabians. outside the horse industry, he is one of the country’s leading Coca-Cola bottlers. Early this year, Alves sat down to discuss the 2011 Brazilian National Show, its innovations and what he hopes to see in the future for the Arabian breed in Brazil. “This year [2011] was a special celebration,” he noted before delving into the specifics of the show. “It was the 30th year for Nationals, so the Association presented trophies of appreciation to people in Brazil and from around the world who have been helpful over those years.

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Throughout the show, we had presentations to dignitaries, acknowledging their help.” He reported that the 2011 show attracted about 400 purebred Arabians, including the Breeders Cup and performance horses, and there were another 450 horses in the jumping and endurance divisions. The final total of approximately 900 horses at the show reflected an increase of about 10 percent over the previous year. A new division was being created in the ABCCA, to accommodate jumping, endurance and all sports activities, he added, which would create new markets for Arabians. The 2011 Brazilian Nationals was noteworthy not only for its top class competition, but also for the changes it introduced. Some were welcomed, and some sparked debate among horsemen. The first modification at the show came when it was combined with the Breeders Cup Show, which traditionally

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The Brazilian Nationals' Endurance Field.

had been conducted on the day before the Nationals began. For the first time, the Breeders Cup was limited to horses which have been trained on the farms and not at professional training stables, providing exposure and marketing opportunities for many horses. Its classes were interspersed among the Nationals classes, lengthening that show by one day. “The Breeders Cup show recognizes that training can be expensive,” Alves explained. “So it is for people who cannot afford to send many horses to training centers. many breeders have very good horses, and while they can’t put all of them with professional trainers, they would like to have the opportunity to show their horses to the foreign visitors who come for the Brazilian Nationals. With this, they have the opportunity to prepare the best horses they have and show them to the Brazilian Nationals crowd.” In the future, he said, that opportunity can boost the quality of the horses shown at the Breeders Cup. “We hope that in coming years, we will have a high level of horses not only at the Brazilian Nationals, but also at the Breeders Cup. our breeders have many horses, and they will

have many opportunities to show them to the Brazilian Nationals crowd.” In 2012, the Breeders Cup competition again will be interspersed with the Brazilian Nationals classes. “But there will be changes as to which classes are on which days,” Alves said. “We want to improve the scheduling and make it more attractive for everyone.” The highest-profile innovation at the show was the use of two teams of five judges each, which officiated in alternate classes. “We felt that the judges would be more comfortable if they did not have to judge all day,” Alves said. “If they did not get tired, the judging could be more precise.” While the judges’ decisions apparently were well-received, the system will not be pursued in 2012, as officials reported that they were willing to judge all the classes. An array of innovations at the Nationals, Alves observed, were designed to increase the show’s appeal to a wider audience, particularly targeting women, children and families. The ABCCA has inaugurated a Women’s Directory, headed up by mrs. Cristiane ruiz Durante Volume 42, No. 9 | 113

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Guardia, which will be more involved in the show in the future and will be responsible for youth activities and the social scene. one of the popular new events at the Nationals was a fashion show for children under 12, which put 40 children on the red carpet to the delight of their audience. In 2011, ABCCA has inaugurated a Youth’s Directory, headed up by miss Daniela Amaral. She is leading the future leaders and directors of the ABCCA. “We understand that we have an obligation to the children because they are the future,” Alves said. “Arabian horse breeding is a family experience here. Breeders love their horses like their children, and they want to continue through generations. We want the horses—and the Association—to have a relationship with whole families. 114 | A r A BI A N Hor SE T I mES

Families are important and are the future of ABCCA and the breeders.” Another event added to the show to broaden its appeal was the Egg and Spoon class. “Some of what we did was based on what we’d seen in America,” Alves said, “like the Egg and Spoon classes—fun classes.” But he added dryly that next year’s scheduling would not place the Egg and Spoon between the national championship finals for mares and stallions, when the interest of the spectators was focused— very intently—on the serious competition in the ring. The 2011 Brazilian Nationals also featured a groundbreaking sale, the IntArah Dream Embryo Auction, on November 18. Plans were developed by ABCCA

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Vice President International Luciano Cury, working with Zerlotti Equine, which harvested the embryos on offer—35 “dream crosses” (top international stallions and mares). “We built the sale facility and had videos on a big screen,” Alves said. “And afterward, there was a fully complimentary dinner. The production and presentation were of the caliber suitable for that level of auction. There were very few no sales, the average price was more than $40,000, and embryos were sold to breeders worldwide. The Association thanks IntArah very much for the exceptional job they did.”

pen Paddock Sale, which was a private treaty opportunity where breeders There was also an open of Brazilian Arabians could present their horses during the Brazilian Nationals. “That too had very good success,” Alves said. “more than 15 horses were sold, and some breedings. The average was about $35,000, and there again, the buyers were not only Brazilian, but international as well.” What changes are anticipated for this year’s Brazilian Nationals? “In 2012, November 10 to 18, we are going to start the Nationals on monday or Tuesday in order for visitors and breeders to have more time to rest,” Alves said, “and we will go through Sunday. We now start at 9 a.m.; this year we may start later, to be more comfortable. And other than at the finals on Saturday and Sunday, there will be no show at night.” He commented also that the number of classes will be expanded. “We understand that we need to have more championships, as they do in America,” he said. The show, he said in closing, is only part of the Nationals week experience. The other parts are the warmth and hospitality of the Brazilian horsemen and the quality of their horses. During show week, so that there are no conflicts with important classes or other farms, breeders book time on the Association’s schedule to host open houses, which are well-attended. The days on either side of the show, however, are free for horsemen to schedule tours at their discretion, and many of them host their international visitors then. “The show is located close to a lot of major breeders,” Alves said, “so visitors can see the farms prior to, after and sometimes during the show. We are very laid back; we enjoy our visitors as we do our family. And if international visitors want to see tourist spots, they have only to contact ABCCA and for a few days after the show, the Association will organize trips to see the country as well as the horse farms. “We invite everyone from other countries to join us,” he concluded. “We want to know you, to exchange experiences, and to make the Brazilian Nationals the most important show in South America. n Volume 42, No. 9 | 115

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Petronella sra Bey Shah x Regal World Class

InternatIonal ChampIon Sold to north arabIanS - USa

Vasnni El Lethyf Lethyf El Jamaal x AF Vendeta

InternatIonal ChampIon Sold to mIShekS arabIanS - USa now owned by myStICa arabIanS - aUStralIa

Grizama hcf Gris El Jamaal x Yorana HCF

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Apollopalooza x Starkhana

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A Noble cause x Toi Jabaska

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Proximus cA

sF specs shocwave

Reference sire

Matoi x Play Girl Msc

El Ghazi x Ava

sHF Encore

Apollopalooza x sMs Forever Bay

VcP Magnifire

Afire Bey V x RY Fire Ghazi

MHR Nobility x Fanicja

Tc Miyake

Zodiac Matador x Miss cognac

VJ Justaberry Bey


sF specs shocwave x MZ Kitty

The Renaissance

ML Afire Dream x Fire Essense

VJ Royal Heir

Justafire DGL x Berrymerri Bey V

Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot

cH call Me Ringo

Nutcracker’s Nirvana

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2011 Scottsdale A.E.P.A. Futurity ribbonS were hung, PArtiES were thrown and

$100,000 in prize money was paid!

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Celebrating the future of English Pleasure

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AEPA—Exciting nEw DEvEloPmEnts

Peter Conway, AEPA President..

“The AEPA ups the ante every year. Their latest strategic move will come this October, when the $100,000 AEPA Saddle Seat Futurity class for purebreds will be transferred from Scottsdale to the U.S. Nationals and will include national championship trophies and ribbons.”

“Envision a future that has new owners enthusiastically breeding, buying, and showing Arabian English horses,” proclaims the Arabian English Performance Association (AEPA)’s Internet homepage. “Huge prize money will generate publicity, add interest, and attract new participants. The judging will be transparent, the results traceable. Most importantly, people will brag about our wonderful Arabian horses and the exciting things they do with them.” The group of Arabian trainers, breeders and exhibitors who envisioned the concept unveiled the AEPA program at Scottsdale in 2007. They believed that the show’s prestige, size and center stage position in the Arabian horse industry would attract participants. Sure enough, interest in the AEPA’s $100,000 Saddle Seat Futurity was immediate; this was the most prize money ever offered in an Arabian class.

Since then, the AEPA has seen consistent growth. Its English performance class for 4-year-old Arabians is an unarguable success; every year, more top-class horses trot through the in-gate, thrill audiences and convince doubters to enroll their best young performers. One reason is that the judging is transparent—accountability is a big factor in this equation. The AEPA ups the ante every year. Their latest strategic move will come this October, when the $100,000 AEPA Saddle Seat Futurity class for purebreds will be transferred from Scottsdale to the U.S. Nationals and will include national championship trophies and ribbons. AEPA President Peter Conway’s enthusiasm for the move is contagious. “We are making this change for two reasons,” he says. “Firstly, because Tulsa is more central logistically than Scottsdale, which is a long

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“It will be a great thing for 4-year-old Half-Arabians because it recognizes the tremendous presence they have become in our marketplace and show ring,” Murch concurs. “This is an added bonus for everybody.” way for eastern exhibitors. This will allow many more people to participate. Secondly, everybody wants to win big. Holding the class at U.S. Nationals will give people a shot at winning not only the $100,000, but put them in position to take home a national championship trophy and all the prestige, increased value and credibility associated with that title.” AEPA Board Member Brian Murch brings up several other considerations that further cement the location’s advantages. “Moving the class to late October will mean that the 4-year-old entries are almost eight months older than they would be at Scottsdale,” he says. “We all love the Scottsdale Show, but because Arabians mature more slowly than other breeds, getting them competition-ready by mid-February can be a deterrent. That change alone should help the class grow.” Conway reveals another advance: the introduction of a dynamic new class. “This will add to the excitement at the 2012 U.S. Nationals—a $50,000 class for 4-year-old Half-Arabians,” he says. “This will be the same class as the AEPA’s futurity for 4-year-old

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Brian Murch, AEPA Board Member.

purebreds. Both classes will benefit from the prestige and high visibility the national show creates.” “Half-Arabians will be a wonderful addition,” AEPA Board Member Johnny Ryan says. “The AEPA has been considering this class for quite awhile. Now it can move forward. Bringing two classes of this magnitude to the U.S. Nationals will be an opportunity for more people to participate, which will grow both classes and will help increase the value of breeders and exhibitors’ purebreds and HalfArabians. We hope that these classes will encourage people to start breeding again.” “It will be a great thing for 4-year-old HalfArabians because it recognizes the tremendous presence they have become in our marketplace and show ring,” Murch concurs. “This is an added bonus for everybody.” Conway reveals a further innovation, scheduled to take place during Scottsdale Show week, that will allow breeders who are thinking about nominating

AEpA—E Exciting nEw DEvElopmEnts

Johnny Ryan, AEPA Board Member.

“Entries will be judged using a scoring system that rates each individual on a scale of one to 10, with one being the lowest score and 10 the highest. Judges will evaluate and score each young entry in six categories: front motion, rear motion, carriage, Arabian English conformation, legs and feet, and Arabian English type and expression.”

a mare in 2012 to buy an AEPA-enrolled stallion’s service. “To help fund this class, 15 Arabian stallions’ services will be auctioned off at the Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards dinner,” he says. “The dinner and auction will be held on Thursday, February 16, at the Monterra in WestWorld. We will sell five lots, each containing a group of three Arabian stallions’ services. The sixth lot will be a breeding to Undulata’s Nutcracker, a respected American Saddlebred stallion whose get have won more than 32 world’s championships and world’s grand championships. “These stallions represent the best of the best,” he continues. “They are the premier Arabian English sires in North America. Each winning bidder will have his choice among the three stallions in that lot. Eighty percent of this auction’s proceeds will go to the AEPA’s Half-Arabian English Futurity class at U.S. Nationals, and 20 percent will go to the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund.

“We will have our online stallion service auction March 5-12, as usual,” he adds, “so Arabian stallion owners will want to enroll their sires before then. All other non-Arabian stallion owners that would like to have their horse’s offspring eligible to compete in the AEPA classes at U.S. Nationals will want to enroll their stallions before then as well.” Longtime exhibitor Lori Lawrence, who rides with Joel Kiesner, chairs the AEPA sponsorship committee for the new Half-Arabian class. “Corporate sponsorship for 35 percent of the $50,000 payout for the Half-Arabian class is Halcon Furniture,” she says. “I’m working on getting a second corporate sponsor, and have been speaking with four major Saddlebred owners and breeders. I have had a 100 percent positive reaction from everyone with whom I’ve spoken. They are super-excited about the idea and about the AEPA. We are moving fast—in a big way.”

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“I have had a 100 percent positive reaction from everyone with whom I’ve spoken. They are super-excited about the idea and about the AEPA. We are moving fast—in a big way.” Lori Lawrence, Chairman of the AEPA Sponsorship Committee.

“You bet we are,” Murch says. “We are into our sixth year, and the program is standing on its own. If people will take the time to read the manifesto on the AEPA website and take a good look at the score card we use, they will see what we want to accomplish. Evaluating 4-year-old English horses and yearling English prospects has a lot to offer. The money and prestige the APEA classes make available are pretty extraordinary, now or anytime.” The AEPA English Yearling In-Hand Class is another attractive forum for evaluating potential English prospects, again with hefty paybacks. This class is held each year at the Buckeye Sweepstakes in Columbus, Ohio. Its annual purse, based on entry numbers, averages $20,000. (Entries have varied from year to year, but not by much.) Every yearling

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must have been sired by an AEPA-enrolled stallion for the breeding year that resulted in that yearling, and must be out of a nominated mare. Entries will be judged using a scoring system that rates each individual on a scale of one to 10, with one being the lowest score and 10 the highest. Judges will evaluate and score each young entry in six categories: front motion, rear motion, carriage, Arabian English conformation, legs and feet, and Arabian English type and expression. As the AEPA’s founders had hoped, increasing numbers of people are intrigued by the program’s possibilities—for example, the chance it represents to add significantly to their English prospects’ value and marketability. Opportunity is the name of this game. n

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It takes a plan ... to maintain the highest standards! 24 years ago when Afire Bey V arrived at Shea Stables, Dave & Gail Liniger put a plan in place for his breeding and management. Since then, we have learned what Afire Bey V consistently produces, and are able to advise breeders on what type of mare to breed for best results. With the addition of IXL Noble Express to the Maroon Fire program, we have found the perfect outcross for Afire Bey V daughters. His get are proving themselves in the show ring ... just as planned! Setting A RecoRd in 2011—

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Leaders Of The Times: February Calendar Feature

Shael Dream Desert by Christa Beeler

Shael Dream Desert (Ansata Shaamis x Elettra).

In 2008, Richard and Deanna Freeland of Freeland Farms, LLC, in Fort Wayne, Ind., were shopping for a stallion when they saw Shael Dream Desert for the first time. “I was looking for something completely unique,” says Richard, “something that makes you stand up and take notice. I saw that in Shael.” The gleaming grey Shael paints an elegant picture of a proud Arabian stallion—and added to the beauty long associated with Egyptian bloodlines, he also offers a cadenced trot that speaks of the performance heritage in his sire’s pedigree. For the Freelands, already known internationally as discerning breeders of Egyptian Arabians, he was a natural fit. 164 | A R A BI A N HoR SE T I mES

A foal of 2001, Shael Dream Desert was bred by Beatrice and Barbara Bigotti in Italy and exported to Brazil when he was 2. His sire is the Egyptian-bred Ansata Shaamis (Ansata Halim Shah x AK Faressa), who was a reserve champion in halter as a 2-year-old before his export to Italy in 1997. Shaamis’ dam, AK Faressa, traces to one of the most famous straight Egyptian Arabian performance (and halter) horses of the 20th century, *Sakr. In the 1970s, Gleannloch Farm’s beloved grey stallion always put on breathtaking shows at the U.S. Nationals; he was named U.S. National Reserve Champion Park Horse in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and from 1976 through 1979, he was U.S. National Champion in Native Costume. In 1978, he threw in the Canadian National Championship in Park as well.

Shael Dream DeSert Do Cavalo Arabe, Imperium VCM was Champion Junior Colt, while Israel VCM was Reserve Champion Junior Colt. And Bruma Bahamas was Junior Champion Filly at the 2007 International Do Cavalo Arabe and the National Exposition in Brazil before winning her 2-Year-Old Filly class at the 2008 Scottsdale Show. More recently, she was a 2011 Top Three Mare at Region 2.

Shael’s dam, Elettra, is Russian-bred with a strong Egyptian influence through Aswan. In 1996, Elettra was Champion Filly at the Reggio Emilia International Show and Reserve Champion at the Chitta Di Caastello International Show. That year, she won her class at the Italian National Championships in Rome. She was Champion Filly at the Biella International Show in 1997, and two years later was Top Five at the European Championships in Verona. She is the daughter of the distinguished international champion and sire, Hadidi. Hadidi provides another reference to Gleannloch Farms, which was one of America’s most influential importers of bloodstock from Egypt. He was purchased as a 2-yearold by an overseas bidder at Gleannloch’s Final Legacy Sale—its dispersal—in 1992, and was the most expensive horse sold that day, at $60,000. It was a remarkable amount of money, considering the recession of the early 1990s. Shipped to Italy, he became the Italian National Champion in 1994 and 1997. At the age of 7, he made his presence known at the American Egyptian Event by winning the titles of World Class Stallion and Supreme Champion, the show’s highest honor. At Aachen in 2001, he was named All Nations Cup Champion Stallion, and in 2004, Egyptian Event Reserve Champion Stallion. When the Freelands purchased Shael Dream Desert, the stallion was already siring offspring that were winning ribbons in the United States and around the world. In Brazil, alone, he racked up a string of impressive wins. In 2005, Prichael Dream JM was Junior Champion Colt at both the Copa Do Brazil and the Super Copa Do Brazil. and Pretty Dream JM was 2006 Reserve Champion Filly at the Super Copa Do Brazil. At the International

In May 2010, the Freelands made the decision to move Shael Dream Desert to Jadem Arabians in Balen, Belgium, where he stands today. His foals are known for their friendly nature and appear to inherit their big dark eyes, beautiful trot and vertical necks from their sire. Their ability to show off when they hit the ring gives them a distinction that serves them well in front of the judges. As a sire, Shael Dream Desert holds his own in international competition. His 2007 filly FT Shaella, owned by Dubai Arabian Stud, has won extensively, claiming the 2010 titles of World Champion Mare in Germany and France, Champion Junior Mare at the Dubai International, and Reserve Champion Mare in Ajman and Menton, France. In 2011, she was named Silver Champion Senior Mare in Dubai. His 2008 filly Felicia RLC, owned by Ajman Stud, had fun in the sun at the 2010 Scottsdale Show, where she won the unanimous title of Champion 2-Year-Old Filly, and then again in Las Vegas, where she was named Reserve Champion Junior Filly. Shael’s 2010 filly Mahaya LNJ, owned by Linjawi Arabians, was the 2011 Region 7 Reserve Champion Yearling Filly and a Top Ten in the Yearling Filly class at the Las Vegas World Cup before going on to U.S. National Top Tens in the Yearling Filly and Arabian Filly Breeding classes. The excitement continues for Freeland Farms, LLC, this year as they look forward to Keith Krichke’s showing their colt Prince Shael FF at the 2012 Scottsdale Show. “We’re particularly excited about this colt, who’s out of a Padrons Psyche daughter (Psyches Premira),” says Pam Jump, breeding manager at Freeland Farms. “He’s just breathtaking. We have had great luck breeding Polish, Georgio AF and *Padron daughters as well. We realize from the last two years of breeding to Shael that we picked the right stallion.” n Volume 42, No. 9 | 165

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H n a i b a r A e l a d s t t o c S

by Mary Kirkman

PA Beijilena at Arabian Expressions.

Above: David Booth, Mike Wood, Suzanne Sarphie, Roper Curtiss, Bob Battaglia, David Lowe and Matthew Thomas.

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Since 2007, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Farm Tour has earned its place on the New Year’s calendar for horse enthusiasts in the Valley of the Sun. This year was typical of the growth it has seen in its brief history—crowds thronged from one operation to the next. With the exception of its opening session, which offered only an afternoon and an evening stop, there were three farms scheduled each day (a total of 11), with three more available by appointment. The operations presented their best stallions, show horses and foals to appreciative crowds that lined their arenas, and many welcomed their guests with refreshments. There is no charge for admission, but sponsor requested that visitors make a donation to Healing Hearts Animal

Above: Airborne at Arabian Expressions. Left: North Arabians’ Mike McNally with his best accomplishment.

-January ber 29, 2011


1, 2012

Rescue & Refuge, a no-kill facility that rescues and cares for neglected, abandoned, and abused animals. The atmosphere was festive throughout the tour, attendees reported, with the mood upbeat and positive about the future of the Arabian horse. A sense of excellence began early on, one observer remarked, particularly when the Battaglia Farms stop on Thursday evening featured a display of national trophies won by Bob Battaglia over his four-decade career. By the time the tour ended on Sunday night at Midwest, visitors had seen a consistent standard of fine horses through the succession of stops. On the tour were Culbreth Equine Training and Management LLC, Battaglia Farms, Terry Holmes Arabians, McDonald Arabians, Rae-Dawn Arabians, Crystal McNutt Performance Horses, Arabian Expressions, Aria Arabians/Pomeroy Arabians, Stonewall Farm Arabians, Guzzo-Rivero Arabian Training, North

Right: Bob Battaglia with his first U.S. National Championship trophy, won by Featurette in English Pleasure.

Trainer Shannon Beethe’s daughter Ava at Battaglia Farms.

Carol Steppe of Day Dream Arabians, filmmaker Yousef Linjawi, and Mindy Peters of Mindy Peters Arabians.

Bottom: David Lowe and Suzanne Sarphie. David’s family owned such greats as *Aramus, *Tuhotmos, and *Farazdac.

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GC Merpsydita greets April Visel and friend. The WH Justice son AG Justin Bey.

estimate put approximately 600 visitors at his farm. “It starts getting people excited about the show, and it’s put together in such a way that it’s getting more and more people.” In addition to being the tour’s Friday evening feature, Rae-Dawn was the site of a promotional visit by a local television station the preceding week.

Arabians, and Midwest Arabians. Athala Arabians, Amurath Arabians and Lori Martin Show Horses were open by appointment.

“The tour is very in-depth,” he notes. “We have some of the top trainers in the U.S. in Scottsdale, and we had foreign visitors from all over. We even had people that we met at Starbucks® show up here and get enthusiastic about the beauty of the Arabian horse.” Those acquaintances are anticipating Rae-Dawn’s next open house, on February 24, and are already recruiting friends to attend.

“We believe the tour is a wonderful idea,” says Murray Popplewell of Rae-Dawn Arabians. He adds that one

“That’s what it takes!” Popplewell says. “That’s the kind of interest this thing generates. It’s not having the same

Selket Marque at Stonewall Farms.

Top: Phyllis La Malfa, Greg Pishko and Taryl O’Shea.

Above: João Rodriguez of PCF Arabians and Claudinei Machado of Rae-Dawn Arabians. Left: Cat McKenna and Brittany Zaharopoulos with auction items from the Healing Hearts Auction.

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Top: Jiuliusz de Wiec. Ever After NA at North Arabians.

Bottom: Enzos Diva IA and Ricardo Rivero at Guzzo/Rivero.

party for the same people—this is getting new people involved in the industry.” Throughout the four days, the Healing Hearts Animal Rescue & Refuge conducted a benefit auction that included breedings to select stallions, artwork, an heirloom halter set, and a catered dinner for six. After Sunday night’s closing auction and raffle, the organization reported that the 2011 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Farm Tour had raised more than $31,000 in support of the animals. n

Left: Rough Justice at Aria/Pomeroy Farms. Bottom: RD Alotta Ambition with owner Pam Bauerlein and Jason Tackett at Midwest Arabians.

Bottom: Gary and Holly McDonald.

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“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they simply make the most of everything they have.”—Unknown T

raumatic brain injury is a life-changing insult to the central nervous system. A Tbi often creates devastating short- and longterm damage, and naturally, we never see it coming. Adrienne Hancock-Leong was an unlikely victim, but on August 10, 2011, she suffered massive brain injuries in a riding accident at her stonehurst riding Club in Louisville, Ky. Her daughter, natacha Lesburgueres, was working in another barn when an alarmed groom raced in to announce that her mother was lying unconscious in the farm’s huge, all-weather covered arena.

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Lesburgueres headed for the arena, where she found the horse her mother had been riding standing over her prostrate body.


could see a fallen rider from a distance, lying there motionless,” she says, “but my immediate thought was that it couldn’t be Adrienne, because she almost never comes off a horse. i managed to call 911 and steven [Leong, Adrienne’s husband of eight years], and we waited with her until the ambulance arrived.”

The EMTs put Hancock-Leong into the ambulance and,

sirens blaring, rushed her to the University of Louisville Hospital, which has one of the nation’s foremost trauma centers. Doctors there performed a surgery to remove the worst portion of Hancock-Leong’s damaged brain, including a portion of her temporal lobe, and transferred her to the intensive care unit in a profound coma. The deep coma lasted two weeks. She remained in the ICU for five weeks; sometime around week three, her eyelids began to flutter.


y the fifth week,” says Steven Leong, “she was staying awake for longer periods, and her heart rate would increase whenever she heard familiar voices.”


eong sits at his wife’s bedside, holding her hand and tenderly stroking her cheek from time to time. Her eyes leave his, reluctantly, only when she turns her head to respond to questions. From time to time she looks at a small, crane-mounted television on her other side, her lips moving silently. She is reading the “Jeopardy!” game board.


fter five weeks in the ICU, Hancock-Leong was transferred to the hospital’s neurology floor, where doctors continued to treat the swelling in her brain and other issues. Next stop was the Pathways Brain Injury Program at Louisville’s Christopher East health care facility, where she began intensive physical, speech and occupational therapy. She made visible progress as she slowly regained her ability to swallow small amounts of liquids and soft food, and to speak. Holding her head up for a few seconds without assistance became an important benchmark. She continues to work on improving her swallowing, but a feeding tube is still a fact of life. Recreational therapy has been added to the treatment regimen five days a week.


horses are involved, but she appears to enjoy the

“‘Jeopardy!’ has played a big part in her

regaining her ability to read,” Leong notes. “Sometimes she watches the news channels and reads the information crawls as they cross the screen.” It is easy to see that his wife enjoys watching the cable TV.


months after the accident, as we stand in her room at the health care facility, we are encouraged to see a second hopeful marker in Hancock-Leong’s recovery. The walls around the room are filled with hundreds of colorful wellwishers’ cards. The room is bright and cheerful, and bears little resemblance to the grim hospital room stereotype some might picture. The patient is warm and comfortable.

“I really like the room,” she says softly, aware of our scrutiny.

Above: Adrienne Hancock-Leong and Steven Leong at their wedding. Below: Adrienne Hancock-Leong with her daughter Natacha Lesburgueres.

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recreational therapy anyway,” her husband says, smiling at his wife.

Hancock-Leong has a long road ahead. she still is unable

surgery in mid-January and then return to rehab,” he continues. “However, she was readmitted to the hospital at the beginning of January. she had the scheduled brain surgery early, during which the doctors inserted a shunt to carry fluids away from her brain and relieve the pressure. They also replaced the skull flap they had removed with a prosthetic flap because the flap they removed was too badly damaged to repair.”

to sit, stand or walk. she speaks in barely audible whispers, occasionally raising her voice slightly to make an observation or respond to a question. she appears frail, and has trouble with time orientation, her family says. Her hair has grown out no more than a quarter of an inch since her most recent brain surgery, but her beautiful face’s bone structure is undamaged. Also undamaged are her huge eyes, irresistibly vivid with her returning awareness. Her body may be almost motionless, but her eyes are very lively, moving constantly, missing nothing. They seem to stop moving only when she looks lovingly at her husband and daughter.

The periods of hospitalization continued. Hancock-Leong

Like a stroke victim, she lost all use of her body’s left

“The original plan was for her to have a second brain

remained in the hospital for a week following that second brain surgery. she then returned to Pathways to continue her rehabilitation and recovery, but has been in and out of the hospital most of January to address her brain’s continued swelling despite the shunt, and to control the pneumonia that so often occurs when patients are bedridden. Those issues were being addressed at the time of our late January visit.


atacha Lesburgueres stands at the foot of her mother’s hospital-style adjustable bed. The back is cranked up a little so that Hancock-Leong can interact with her visitors more easily. “We’re hoping Adrienne will recover enough to go to Frazier rehab for the ‘finishing touches’ on her recovery,” says Lesburgueres, “but that will depend on how much progress she makes here before her insurance runs out. our hope is to generate enough financial support to be able to cover the cost of her expenses for rehab beyond insurance.”

side when she arrived at University of Louisville’s trauma center, and a portion of her damaged right frontal lobe was removed. A brace, similar to the kind carpal tunnel sufferers wear, encloses her left wrist, and a specialized hand brace keeps the fingers on that hand outstretched. Physical therapists are working to train a different part of her brain to keep the hand from clenching into a fist and to regain the use of the left side of her body.

The Arabian horse community has been monitoring and

encouraging her recovery from the day her accident was reported. Hancock-Leong is loved and respected, not only by the families of stonehurst’s more than 100 riding students, but also by fans and admirers of all ages, from California to the east Coast. For more than three decades she has bred, trained and shown Arabians and Half-Arabians to national honors. A consummate teacher of horses and humans, she has even trained polo ponies and instructed riders who have succeeded at that demanding sport. Her students have won dozens of national championships in saddle and hunt seat equitation, as well as titles in various hunter, dressage and sport horse divisions, particularly those for junior and amateur riders.

“Adrienne opened stonehurst riding Club in 1983,” her daughter offers.

Adrienne Hancock-Leong with her student Katie Pelphrey and national Champion srC Phoenix rising.

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“Since the accident, I have been managing the farm, which means overseeing all aspects of the business, including training and teaching. Steven and his mother spend hours with Adrienne every day, and other friends have stepped up to help, too.”


they have. Region 14 members have contributed financially and Region 14 Director, friend and client Frank Gaddie has kept the Arabian horse community up-to-date on Adrienne’s situation with weekly Internet postings.


has been a huge presence in Region 14 for a long time,” says Cindy Clinton, well-known horse show manager. “She has probably coached more kids in Region 14 than anyone else has. And she didn’t just give lessons; she taught them responsibility and how to care for their horses. Her students usually prepare their own horses at shows as part of the learning program. I have watched many young people grow up who started with Adrienne. They are the better for having known her. And she doesn’t just bring a couple of riders to support our shows. She brings a whole tribe!

“Her daughter Natacha is a perfect example of what a great

influence Adrienne has been. I am so proud of Natacha’s taking full responsibility for her mother’s business, and for staying strong during this tragic time in their lives. I hope Adrienne, Natacha and Steven know how much everyone really does care.”


linton is right: everyone does care. Rooker Training Stable, in Fenton, Mich., and Rushlow’s Arabian Farms, in Romulus, Mich., hosted a fundraising bake and bracelet sale that reflected their concern, and the Arabian

Horsemen’s Distress Fund is staunchly behind HancockLeong. Another effort is the Arabian Horseman’s Helmet Alliance, an organization her friends and former clients Karen and Sarah Martin established to raise awareness of helmet safety and to help support Hancock-Leong’s recovery. The group created a helmet lapel pin with the letter “A” for Adrienne, and at the 2011 Sport Horse Nationals, promoted the cause at a booth donated by the Arabian Horse Association. The group plans to appear at other shows and events, and makes further information available on its Facebook® page and on eBay®.

“We have a number of other groups and people to thank,

too,” Lesburgueres continues. “Kentucky Horse Supply offered a consignment sale, and the Kentucky Arabian Horse Association hosted a silent auction at their general meeting in November. One woman who has taken lessons for the last 13 years regularly waters the house plants and feeds the koi. We could not have made it without this kind of support, and are thankful for everything people have done and continue to do to help Adrienne recover and keep her dream alive. ”

Lesburgueres adds that the AHA staff and other concerned

friends and colleagues have sent her mother enough get-well cards to fill two large shopping bags. “And people have sent her beautiful blankets, and original drawings, and blue ribbons they have won,” she says.

Lesburgueres steps into her mother’s line of sight. “Adrienne

has helped my dreams come true. I miss her presence at the farm and her wisdom and guidance every day! This is a difficult situation, but it has been my honor to manage the business she created. We all hope that someday she can return to riding, training and teaching, but whatever the outcome, I’m just thankful that I can still talk to her, that she recognizes and loves me, and that she understands how much I love her.” Above: Helmet lapel pins sold by the Arabian Horseman’s Helmet Alliance. Left: Adrienne Hancock-Leong


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Celebration From THe PasT To THe FuTure by Bob Battaglia The other day, looking at my schedule for the year, I realized that as soon as the Scottsdale Show is over, it will be 205 days before the Arabian Horse Celebration begins. That is not exactly a week or two, but it is not long either. So far, every month of our planning has seen growth, sometimes large and sometimes small, but always a steady progression forward.

take a quick walk down memory lane before coming back to present developments.

This month, I’m happy to report that Wayne Newton, who for much of his life has been well known for his Arabian horse involvement, will be the breed’s ambassador at the Celebration. This brings us full circle: Wayne was also the number one ambassador for Arabian horses years ago, when the first Arabian Horse Fair was held. Who better to express the joys of owning, riding, breeding and showing Arabians?

The first Arabian Horse Fair, put on by IAHA (now AHA), was held in Louisville, Ky., in 1974. It was a showcase for the horses, designed to introduce the Arabian to the general public through education, exposure, excitement, you name it. Like the Celebration, it featured a show, an array of seminars and demonstrations, a Stallion Row, and vendors of all kinds, offering everything from supplies for horsemen to gifts for horse lovers. Wayne Newton, singer/actor John Davidson and other celebrities who were involved in Arabians gave generously of their time, making personal appearances, performing on horseback in center ring, and speaking of their love for the breed.

As I think about the link between the Celebration and the Fairs, which were in my opinion (and that of many others) the most effective promotional tool the breed ever had, I realize that many of our new owners don’t really know what they were. So let me

There was, as I recall, kind of a carnival atmosphere about the Fairs. They attracted an eclectic group of people from all over the country, Arabian owners of various economic levels and a wide range of the general public. Everyone was excited to see

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the horses, the public because they were so beautiful and the horsemen because they wanted to check out the stallions and show horses. And of course, owners, breeders and trainers wanted to spend time with their peers from other areas. At the time, there was a lot of importation going on, and everyone was anxious to see the latest horses from Poland, Egypt and Spain. (Russia was still closed to us then.) Everyone enjoyed being able to sit down and talk about their breeding programs. On the educational front, there were clinics for the horsemen and demonstrations and seminars for the general public. The beauty of the Arabian was emphasized, along with its romantic history—as I recall, the mystique of the Arabian mares sleeping in the tent with the sheikhs was recounted, among others, to newcomers’ delight. People learned about what the Arabian horse is, where it came from, and how to get involved in horses. The main focus was bringing people into the breed. (An added benefit for the Celebration is that those who become intrigued with Arabians at the show and want to learn more have a resource in the Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park.) We do not fool ourselves that the Celebration, or even the Fair, would be a silver bullet to attract people to the breed. The world has changed since the 1970s; there were no cell phones or personal computers back then, absorbing people’s time as they are now. People were more involved with their families and their children, and they were trying to keep everyone together. Many of them did that through involvement in Arabian horses. It may be harder to compete with other leisure activities these days, but those who are in Arabians can testify that the horses are still just as capable of bringing families together as they ever were. It is a message we have to get across, and that is what the Celebration is about. In some ways, the Celebration will be different from the Fairs. For one thing, it will not shift location as the Fairs did. And at the Fairs’ seminars, we actually had people come out of the audience

“When you focus on the attributes of the Arabian horse that drew us all in to begin with, you have real building blocks for the future, and that is our aim with the Celebration.” to participate with the horses. I don’t know if we can do that the first year, but as the Celebration grows, I’d like to be able to involve more people hands-on in the demonstrations. In fact, if all goes well, I’d like to see a future that includes owners bringing their horses in for clinics with instructors and knowledgeable people who have been in the business for a long time. But that’s getting ahead of things for now. One indelible memory of the Arabian Horse Fairs is how much fun they were. Some of our shows now, as wonderful as they are, have become marathons. People don’t have time to socialize—and this is a very social industry. This is what the Celebration will try to recreate. We want an atmosphere and scheduling that allows time to mix and mingle, to have fun and meet new people. So, we’re off and running this year. And on that note, let me repeat something I have noted in earlier updates. Our opening party, scheduled for Tuesday night, September 18, will be held in the paddock at Churchill Downs. The world-famous track is located just a few minutes from the fairgrounds, and even when the racehorses aren’t there, it is inspiring. We’re inviting everyone to dress up as if it were Derby Day—which means, ladies, start your shopping! The Arabian Horse Fairs are a thing of the past. But what stands out in my mind is that all these years later, people who attended them remember them for how good they were. When you focus on the attributes of the Arabian horse that drew us all in to begin with, you have real building blocks for the future, and that is our aim with the Celebration. Please, please, please get involved in the future of the Arabian horse. Join us in any way you can! n

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Winter 2012 • Stallion Issue • Volume 50, No. 1


News and Information from the Registry


Challenge and Reward: President’s Message by Tex Kam


Scottsdale: By the Numbers A fun look at the world’s largest Arabian horse show.


International Arabians: A Report by Scott Benjamin



International Champion MARQUIS CAHR 29

Canadian Breeder Profiles: Melody Oak Arabians


Spotlight: 20 Questions with Christy Egan from Results


Bey Ambition: 2011 Canadian National Champion Stallion


2011 Masterfeeds Breeders’ Cup Winners: Westelm Farms


Barn News & Miscellaneous News from Rideaufield Farm; ER Invictus; CCF Infiniti and Alice Draper; Incyte and Michelle Dixon; Im No Angel and Linda Klarner


On the Web: Arabian Flashlights

On the Cover Marquis CAHR (*Marwan Al Shaqab x Rohara Magnifica) World Champion Stallion, Paris 2011 Owned by Al Khalediah Stables Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Canadian Arabian Horse News c/o the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry #113-37 Athabascan Ave, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada T8A 4H3 phone: 780-416-4990 fax: 780-416-4860 website: The Official Publication of the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry ExEcutivE Editor Nicole Toren, Sherwood Park AB Managing Editor Christina Weese, Saskatoon SK phone: (306) 931-7187 email: SalES aSSociatE Amanda Ubell, Unity SK phone: (306) 228-4517 email: caHr PrESidEnt Tex Kam, Edmonton AB phone: (780) 977-8003 email: PubliSHEr Canadian Arabian Horse Registry PrintEr Arabian Horse Times WEbSitE Publication Mail Agreement # 40011861 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: CAHR, #113-37 Athabascan Ave, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4H3 The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher, editors, or CAHR directors.

Canadian Arabian Horse Registry Board of Directors

NEWS in the EAST


The Canadian Arabian News is excited to announce that Sheri Roberts has signed on as a News liaison for Ontario and Eastern Canada. Sheri is the Communications Director for AHAEC and we look forward to many contributions from her in the future. Sheri can be reached at sroberts@ or at (613) 813-3808.

Tex Kam, President Edmonton AB (780) 977-8003 Hilda Markis, Vice President 352 Morrison Rd, Kingsbury QC (819) 826-2145 Robert Sproule, Secretary/Treasurer 41 Newport Drive, Sherwood Park AB T8A 5V8 (780) 467-2062 DirectOrs at Large Greg Lymer RR2, Blackstock ON L0B 1B0 (705) 277-9082 Jill Barton 733 Maple Rd, Odessa ON T0M 0S0 (613) 386-3195 Marcia Friesen, Past Pres, CPAR Chair Box 302, Oakville MB R0H 0Y0 (204) 267-2411 Bob Wasylyk Box 984, Porcupine Plain SK S0E 1H0 (306) 278-3134 Mike Steenhart Box 208, Crossfield AB T0M 0S0 (403) 946-5292 Bill Lee 1545 Reservoir Rd, Penticton BC V2A 8T3 (250) 492-6908

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Notice of Fee Changes The CAHR has updated some of our fees for 2012. Most registrations will see an increase of $5.00. Other fees that have been updated include: imports, exports and trademarks. Transfers, DNA typing and most other fees will remain the same as in 2011. To view the updated price schedule, visit our Fees page online at

Help for SR Horse Training In early January, a devastating prairie fire wiped out Gord & Sandy Hester’s riding arena, paddocks, and pasture. Thanks to strong community support and advance warning, all animals including fifty-five horses were rescued in time. Anyone wishing to help can make a donation via the CIBC branch or Vet Clinic in Fort MacLeod, AB. Tax deductible donations earmarked for the Hesters can also be made through the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund.

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Challenge & Reward 2011 was an interesting year, but we pulled through and made it happen. by tex kAm

OnCe AgAin, I sincerely hope this New Year has brought you all health and prosperity. With 2011 now in the record books, we can certainly say the challenges encountered made for interesting times in Canada this past year. The CAHR offices dealt with staff downsizing and a new AHA registration system, the Western Canadian Breeders show was cancelled at the last minute, and the Royal Red departed from its long-time home in Regina, Saskatchewan. How did the “ARABIAN HORSE NATION” respond? Well, let me tell you. The CAHR office worked in step with AHA’s staff throughout the latter half of 2011 to get through trying times, and finished the year with close to normal processing turnaround. The staff at the office dealt with nothing less than a total overhaul of the entire system – new computer programs, new digitizing tablets, new accounting procedures, new certificates, you name it. For over a year, the Carrot River Valley Club of Saskatchewan had planned for a banner Western Breeders Show in June 2011, only to have to cancel one week before the show due to a virulent strain of EHV-1. You can’t keep a good show down, so within weeks the Calgary Arabian Club was able to reorganize the WCB for Olds, Alberta, and it was a financial success due in large part to the volunteers, sponsors and members of both the Calgary and Carrot River Clubs. Due to a breakdown in complex lease negotiations for the Regina show grounds, the AHA moved the Royal Red to Brandon, MB on very short notice in the spring of 2011. With much trepidation, we set off to Brandon, only to be more than pleasantly surprised by what a great job AHA, the community of Brandon and the Canadian National Show Commission had accomplished in such short order. Our hats are off to everyone on the National Show Commission, and we send a special “WAY TO GO, EH!” to our Canadian commission members Gerald McDonald, Tony Caughell and Allan Erhlick. Overcoming obstacles while still forging ahead was a herculean task in 2011, but I think we know to 14

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expect nothing less from our “Arabian Horse Nation.” With memberships, registrations and breedCAHR President Tex Kam with Gazal Al Shaqab ing continuing to decline, efforts to find new ways to drive revenue continue. A reduction in staff, subletting part of our premises and a new direction for the magazine all help drive the bottom line. We are in the last five years of having our office complex completely paid for. The magazine will now be published twice a year. After a successful five-year run that focused on expanding our reach within Canada, and taking into consideration the changes happening in the publishing world, we decided to try something a little different. Thanks to our friends at the Arabian Horse Times, the 2012 issues of the Canadian Arabian News will be published in their entirety within the Times. CAHR members will still have their own copies of the News mailed out, but our advertisers can enjoy ten times the exposure worldwide through this joint venture with AHT. Our thanks to AHT publisher Lara Ames and sales manager John Diedrich for making this possible. Lastly, don’t miss a single word of the Marquis CAHR/Al Khalediah feature article in this issue – a coupe for the magazine and for Canada. Here is story of small breeders in Ontario raising a colt who became World Champion at the Salon Du Cheval in Paris in December 2011, under the guidance and ownership of Al Khalediah Stables’ HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Tebrak, Saudi Arabia. Dreams are made of this story. Until next time my friends, I remain surrounded by everything Arabian.

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- Scottsdale -- February 16-26, 2012 -

11 days in February at an average of 21ºC.

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(About 70ºF for the metrically challenged.) No wonder Canadians love Scottsdale.

250,000 total attendance 55,240 saturday attendance 3,650 show exhibitors 400 volunteers

That’s 48,000 more people than the population of Saskatoon, SK. Just slightly less than the population of Fredricton, NB.

If each exhibitor showed for exactly one second, it would take one hour and fifty seconds to run the show.

Volunteer is the registered name of a Straight Egyptian gelding, by Zedann out of Imperial Volare, born in 1995.

The world’s largest Arabian horse show “shows off” some impressive numbers.

3000 Stalls 2100 Horses 700 Classes



Years of Showing

If you do the math, that’s 900 stalls devoted to tack, feed and grooming supplies.

Over 11 days, they’ll produce over a million pounds of manure.


Riding Disciplines


The official number of classes is “over 700”. We counted 683 individual classes, not including A/B splits, second go ‘rounds, and elimination classes. There’s a lot of those.

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- International Report -

become an essential part of our annual schedule, many have also born witness to the leading show horses succeeding on the world stage today.

Who could have imagined, even ten years ago, that we would be planning our calendars to align with events in such exotic locales as Sharjah, Araxa, Al Jadida or Punta del Este?

Scott Benjamin with AJA Anjelo. Photo: Jen Miller, Horsefly Films

International Arabians Breeders are becoming very aware of shows and trends in the international market. by sCOtt benjAmin As A ResuLt of my worldwide exposure to the Arabian horse, I am often asked a litany of questions along the line of What exactly is ‘European type’? What does the American market want? Are there any good horses in Australia? and What are the Arabs doing with all those horse they bought? The list is literally endless. These fervent inquiries essentially boil down to two topics of interest: one, What is going on in the rest of the world? and two, What kind of Arabians are making a difference? I am happy to report that amazing things are going on all over the world. The Arabian horse is thriving in the region of its origin; great horses of exceptional type, quality and abil18

ity are being carefully bred nearly everywhere. Endurance is gaining respect and admiration for the breed within international equestrian sport circles, and Arabian breeders and enthusiasts are popping up in diverse places all across the globe. This common bond—the love of the Arabian— makes the world an incredibly small and intimate place. Who could have imagined, even ten years ago, that we would be planning our calendars to align with events in such exotic locales as Sharjah, Araxa, Al Jadida or Punta del Este? Places most of us would willingly admit we had never heard of, much less be able to pinpoint on a map. Not only have these and other unusual destinations

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The global exposure that we now enjoy has led to several positive outcomes. ‘Type’ in the Arabian horse is converging towards the ideal, balancing the best attributes of all the local preferences – be it the extreme stretch of the American Arabian, the exotic beauty of the European Arabian, or the harmonious utility of the Australian Arabian – into the best of all worlds. Never before have so many horses from all over the globe found more consistent success in the elite show rings worldwide. Horses bred in Europe, the Middle East and the Gulf are dominating the North & South American show scene, while conversely horses with a more distinct American appeal are earning respect and championships amongst the ECAHO-affiliated countries. South Africa can boast of winners in Aachen and at Scottsdale; the further influence of those horses enhances breeding programs from Belgium to Western Australia. Speaking of Australia, the Arabian continues to thrive and expand in its second largest marketplace, with leading stud farms gaining well-earned admiration for their horses in every major market worldwide. Regional types and differences exist nonetheless. In general, the North and South American population of Arabian horses is full of longer necks and more stretch, while


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the greater exotic type and beauty is found more frequently amongst the breeding programs of Europe and the Middle East/Gulf. Australian and South African Arabians, by and large, still possess uncommonly good skeletons, excellent limbs and reliable athletic ability, traits present in their common foundation stock: the substantial and athletically inclined British Arabian of old Crabbet origin. This continued diversity of “type” is of direct benefit to all of us; variation is essential for allowing the best breeders to skillfully create our next generation of excellence with insight and inspiration. It is true that the Arabian that reflects local tastes will tend to succeed in the show rings of their home countries. However, the trend is moving towards a more universal type of Arabian finding success throughout the world. This universal ideal – a high quality, balanced, well conformed,

intelligent and athletic horse of both exceptional beauty and utility – is the aim of every enlightened and savvy breeder, as we work to ensure the integrity and prosperity of the Arabian breed for the 21st century and beyond.

Horses of exceptional type and utility are making a comeback worldwide. As for those Arabian horses making a difference in the world today, horses of exceptional type and utility are making a comeback worldwide. Exotic type has long been the single most important attribute amongst connoisseurs of Straight Egyptians, many of whom have had a significant impact on the breeding programs of Europe and the Middle East/Gulf. This exotic type, an absolute requirement


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for success at the elite international level, is now frequently and refreshingly expressed in horses of exceptional balance, structurally correct conformation and impressive athletic ability. Universally applied and accepted scoring systems, which demand accountability for a broad range of attributes, are largely responsible for this convergence of ideals. It now takes a horse with strengths in ALL areas to achieve pre-eminence on the grand stage – having just a pretty head, or a powerfully animated trot is, thankfully, no longer enough. Those breeders who have remained faithful to this balanced ideal are enjoying tremendous success. On a final note, it does us all tremendous good to move out of our comfort zone and experience the Arabian in a novel environment. There are an infinite number of experiences to be enjoyed, insights to be discerned and revelations to discover. These moments help us all gain greater understanding of the horse we love and the world we share. Opportunities abound and infinite possibilities await. Let the Arabian horse continue to be your guide… Scott Benjamin’s Arabian horse journey started on a farm in the American Midwest. His professional pursuits as an animal scientist, equine consultant and judge have taken him to places far beyond his wildest dreams. Along the way he has had the opportunity to discover and enjoy the Arabian horse in over twenty-five countries and on all six continents upon which horses and humans thrive. “I find myself in perpetual learning mode,” says Scott. “I never cease to be amazed at the variety of life, ideology, and natural wonder encountered on all our inhabited continents. I am reminded each day that the world is better place because of this horse we adore —better for making us all more aware, more accepting and more connected with each other, our cultures and beliefs and all the things we hold most dear.”

Our most sincere congratulations to the esteemed HRH Prince Khaled Bin

Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on Marquis’ prestigious 2011 World Champion Senior Stallion win. We are so proud of Marquis’ many accomplishments and applaud you for all the success that you have achieved with him.

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*Marwan al Shaqab x rohara Magnifica Proudly bred by

Melody Oak Arabians Dr. Graham & Sandra Powell and Family phone (613) 839-1664 email


Marquessa Del Sol mo *beSSon carol x rohara Magnifica (echo Magnifficoo)

Jabar Tresor

In May 2012, two foals by World Champion Stallion

*gazal al Shaqab x hello aMerica (*enchanter Magic)

Escape Ibn Navarrone D are expected at Melody Oak Arabians. We anxiously await the birth of the foals from Marquis’ exceptionally beautiful maternal sister Marquessa Del Sol, and the exotic Jabar Tresor.

Our greatest thanks to Mr. Michael Byatt, whose vision and passion for the Arabian breed has been such an inspiration, and without whom none of this would have been possible. Our most heartfelt gratitude for all of your guidance and friendship over the years.

Above: Marquis CAHR competes in Paris in 2010. Left: Marquis CAHR wins the 2011 World Championships in Paris, France, for owners Al Khalediah Farm and HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Al Khalediah Farm, located in Tebrak, Saudi Arabia, is known around the world in Arabian horse circles as the owners of famous horses such as U.S. National Champion Stallion *Dakharo, World Champion Stallion Bannderos, and the stunning European show filly sensation *Ghazalat Al Khalediah.


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- Cover Story -

TO sOme, it would seem unfathomable for a small Canadian breeding program to produce a World Champion Stallion at the Salon Du Cheval in Paris. It is arguably the highest honour achievable in our industry. But, as the Powell family can attest, it apparently can be done! Some might call it luck, but to quote the Roman Philosopher Seneca, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” While perhaps not a surprise, it seems the formula for success is a well thought out breeding plan, mentorship and guidance by a leading industry expert, and the forethought and belief in a horse brought by an admiring owner. The triumvirate that produced Marquis CAHR is made up of Suzanne Winch (who, with her parents Dr. Graham and Sandra Powell, bred Marquis), her mentor and respected Arabian trainer Michael Byatt of Houston, Texas, and the industry-leading Al Khalediah breeding program in Tebrak, Saudi Arabia, under the direction of His Royal Highness Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The events that lead the Canadian-bred Marquis to the title of Gold Champion Senior Stallion in Paris this past December 2011 began several years ago. In 2003, Suzanne’s husband Kevin purchased Rohara Magnifica (Echo Magnifficoo x *Savannah DSA), a former Brazilian National Champion, as a wedding gift for Suzanne. The Powells leased Rohara Magnifica for her 2004 foal, and placed their trust in Suzanne to choose a

suitable stallion. Suzanne had taken a keen interest in one of Michael Byatt’s recent imports from Qatar – the incomparable *Marwan Al Shaqab. At the time, *Marwan Al Shaqab was an unknown entity. “When we chose to breed to Marwan,” says Suzanne, “he had just been imported to the U.S. I saw a casual video of him that my friend Robert Cass shared with me and I thought, my gosh, I’ve never seen a horse like that! I don’t think it took a rocket scientist to put those two together,” she jokes. When the exotic chestnut colt was born, the family’s expectations were more than fulfilled. “When Marquis was born he was incredible, but he was also very different,” says Suzanne. “I remember telling Michael that he looked very European. He had a flamboyance about him. We sent a video to Michael and he decided to take Marquis on, which was the catalyst to Marquis’ success.” “Marquis was a very sweet baby,” adds Suzanne, “very friendly and charismatic. He would come running across the pasture whenever my mother called him. And he was always a showman.” Michael Byatt concurs. “Other than being a very beautiful horse, the one trait that really defined Marquis was his charisma and how he thought of himself,” says Michael. “He has a very big ego and that played wonderfully in the arena.” “We intended to show Marquis at Scottsdale,” explains Suzanne, “but he sold before he got there. He was immediately exported to France, showed in

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Left HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, founder of Al Khalediah Stables and patron of the Al Khalediah Festival. Right The spectacular closing ceremonies from this year’s Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival, held January 23-27th. The Festival can be watched via live streaming over the internet through

“The Al Khalediah facility is amazing as is the show. I use the word AMAZING for that is really an apt word. The facility itself is great, but the land, other animals, landscaping…everything…the lushness of it out in the middle of the desert…AMAZING.” – Michael Byatt

HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Al Khalediah’s owner, creator and mastermind, HRH Prince Khaled, is the vision behind the formation, design and management of Al Khalediah Stables. The stables, however, are just one of HRH’s many diverse interests. HRH Prince Khaled is the eldest son of the late Prince Sultan, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a graduate of the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, of the U.S. Army Command General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, of the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey. HRH Prince Khaled spent twenty-five years in the armed services of his country and is known for his role as the commander of the joint Arab forces in the first Gulf War. HRH’s philanthropic pursuits and foundations are widely known and admired. He established the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of ocean ecology, and directs the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, an award recognizing scientists working for the sustainable availability of potable water, which his father founded. HRH also oversees the Khobaib Al Reem Wildlife Reserve which houses nearly 1000 animals and was created in an effort to assist in the preservation of several rare or endangered species.


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Menton, and won as a yearling. It just skyrocketed from there.” The yearling Marquis had caught the eye of Mr. Mutlaq Bin Mushref, the General Manager at Al Khalediah Stables in Saudi Arabia. He brought Marquis to the attention of Prince Khaled and the rest, as they say, is history. Onlookers at the Mediterranean Championships in Menton commented on the exceptional presence and style that the young colt exuded. The curious and fiery chestnut won the crowd with his exceptional movement and abundant confidence, while his overall quality and type scored top points with the judges. With Byatt at the lead, Marquis won his maiden class with incredible flair. Despite numerous appearances in the show ring over the past six years, Marquis’ energy and charisma has never soured. At the 2011 World Championships, Marquis entered the ring with his trademark selfassurance. He lives for the audience and revels in the energy surrounding him. In top competition, partnered with the talented Frank Spönle, Marquis electrified the arena and brought home the most prestigious of wins for Al Khalediah. At only eight years of age Marquis has made his mark as one of the most successful international Arabian show horses in history. However, like any great show horse,

there is equal expectation that he should go on to be a successful sire as well. Though much of his time has been devoted to competition, Marquis is already showing his impact in the next generation. Beginning her show career in 2011, Al Khalediah Farms’ Mayssa Al Khalediah has amassed a number of wins including Most Classic Head and Yearling Filly winner at the 2011 Mediterranean Championships. Also in 2011, the dark chestnut 2009 colt Fakhr Al Khalediah was awarded champion honors in the deep Two-Year-Old colt class at the Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championship. Both individuals are examples of the calibre of foal that Marquis has produced thus far. The next few years will certainly be exciting as more get begin to represent him in various arenas across the globe. The future seems increasingly bright for this superlative Canadian-bred colt who wears his red coat and white markings with patriotic pride. He is a star among a celestial grouping of enviable show horses for Al Khalediah Farms, a consistent reminder of the influence that Michael Byatt`s foresight has had on the Arabian breed, and, quite simply, a dream come true for a small, family run Canadian farm determined to breed the best they could, with dramatic results. Marquis CAHR may well be Canada`s most dynamic contribution to the international Arabian horse show industry.

Al Khalediah Festival The staging of an Arabian Horse Festival has been a vision of His Royal Highness, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for some years and now, with its inaugural event which took place in January 2008, the dream has come to fruition. - From The Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival is acknowledged to be an extravaganza of the Arabian Horse unlike any other in the Arabian peninsula, and indeed in the world. Intended to promote the beauty, nobility, courage and stamina of the Arabian horse, and to celebrate the importance and significance of the Arabian horse as part of the nation’s history, the Festival combines events in endurance, flat racing, and halter showmanship. The festival kicks off with an FEI/CEI** 120km Endurance ride, The Prince Khaled‘s Cup Endurance Challenge, for purebred Arabians six years and older. The second day sees competition in Thoroughbred-style flat racing, again for purebred Arabians, at the incredibly beautiful private Al Khalediah racetrack, built in 2004 to world-class standards. (Pictures can be seen at The last three days play host to an ECAHO A-rated show featuring internationally acclaimed purebred Arabian horses. The show also features classes which showcase desertbred Saudi Arabian horses. Canadian arabian Horse news • winter 2012


MARQUIS’ SHOW RECORD Under the ownership and guidance of Al Khalediah Stables, Marquis has shown throughout Europe and the Middle East with a list of accomplishments that is nothing short of spectacular. To date Marquis has attained, amongst others, the titles of: Senior Male Gold Champion World Arabian Horse Championships Paris, France, 2011

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Marquis cahr as a young foal.

Senior Male Silver Champion All Nations Cup, Aachen,Germany, 2011

Photos: Suzanne Winch

Champion Supreme Stallions Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship, Menton, 2011 Senior Male Gold Champion Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship, Menton, 2011 Champion Stallion United Kingdom International Arabian Horse Show, Towerlands, England, 2010 Senior Male Champion Sharjah International Show, 2008 Class Winner Colts 3 years old World Championship, Paris, 2007 Champion Junior Males Menton International Show, 2007 Champion Junior Male Dubai International Show, 2007 Champion Junior Males Sharja International Show, 2007 Champion Junior Male U.K.I.A.H.S. Towerlands, 2007

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Rohara Magnifica Photo (right) by Suzanne Winch

Champion Junior Males Elran Cup, Borgloon, Belgium, 2007 Champion Junior Colts Menton International Show, 2006 Champion Junior Colts 3rd Dubai International Show, UAE, 2006 Champion Junior Colts Sharjah International Show, 2006 Champion Junior Colts Austrian International, Wels, 2006 Champion Junior Colts Elran Cup, Borgloon, Belgium, 2005


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Photo (left) by Gleb Esman

- Canadian Breeders Spotlight -

Melody Oak Arabians Founded in 1992 by Dr. Graham & Sandra Powell of Kanata, Ontario, this boutique breeding program epitomizes “small but mighty”. Melody Oak Arabians began in 1992 when Dr. Graham and Sandra Powell of Kanata, Ontario decided to start a small Arabian breeding program. Sandra, a second generation horsewoman, had seen success in endurance as a teenager and had passed her passion for Arabians on to her daughter Suzanne. Melody Oaks beginnings, however, were an educational rollercoaster. With promises of ‘instant success’ they were persuaded to purchase a package of mares and breedings that the family ultimately was not happy with. Luckily, instead of giving up, Dr. and Mrs. Powell put their trust in their daughter’s vision. “At that point,” says Suzanne, “we started investing in horses that I had been researching and was really in love with.” “One of the most important things I’ve ever done was introduce myself to Michael Byatt,” Suzanne recalls. “We saw him sitting rail-side at Canadian Nationals and my father urged me to go and speak to him. I had this little photo album of our horses, and Michael took time out to sit and go through it with me.” Suzanne eventually followed up with a visit to Michael Byatt Arabians in New Ulm, Texas. She found it an enlightening experience. “I’ve visited farms where you weren’t even allowed in the barn; all you were allowed to see was the horse in a hard stance in the presentation ring. “Visiting Michael Byatt Arabians is different. You can visit with the mares and stallions in their pastures. I think that’s why we were drawn to the program, besides the incredible quality of the horses there – you can see everything and make a really well informed decision. “The horses at the farm have this

magical beauty about them, a natural beauty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Besson Carol with his ears clipped. Every time I visit I am truly inspired.” As is always the case with a boutique breeding program, acquiring one or two great mares can make all the difference. In 2003, they acquired Rohara Magnifica in foal to Besson Carol. The colt, Majesstic, was shown and marketed by Michael Byatt and went on to win a U.S. National Reserve Championship in the yearling sweepstakes for new owners Orrion Farms. Melody Oak also saw the arrival of a filly that year, Alisson MO (Besson Carol x Alia Jamaal). Alisson went on to win a U.S. National Top Ten in junior mares and was later sold to Al Shaqab Farm in Qatar. Rohara Magnifica also produced a 2006 chestnut filly by *Besson Carol, Marquessa Del Sol MO, who has been retained by Melody Oak as a broodmare. In 2007 Rohara Magnifica and her in-utero foal, a full brother to Marquis, were sold to Al Khalediah Stables. “We sold her for the same reason we sold Marquis,” says Suzanne. “We wanted her to go to a farm where her foals could be properly campaigned, and it was important that we knew she would be treated like the princess she is. We’re honored that Al Khalediah chose her for their breeding program.” 2012 will mark an exciting year for Melody Oak Arabians. Marquessa Del Sol MO and Jabar Tresor (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Hello America) are both in foal to *Escape Ibn Navarrone D. Suzanne and her husband Kevin continue to help with the farm while raising their two young children, and are excited to be breeding their own mare, a *Dakar El Jamaal daughter, to *ZT Marwteyn for a 2013 foal.

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Sandra and Dr. Graham Powell with The Agitator (*Aladdinn x *Cometera)

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20 Questions with Christy Egan 1 Describe a bit about what you do –

5 What was the inspiration to

I started as a writer. I added photography because I learned that if you take pictures and write, magazines will send you places, to cover shows and such. That branched into advertising, so I became an ad designer. Eventually I learned the most important thing was to be able to sell all of that, so I became a salesman. And then I created businesses, and then I was doomed!

When I first met Jim (a printer by trade), I was divorced from my trainer ex-husband, and had two little kids to support. Jim thought we should try starting a business, and he said, “What’s one thing that you wish was different when you were showing?” and I said, “Well, it’s always hard to figure out how you did compared to everyone else in the class.” So, we thought we would print the results, and we realized we needed advertisers who wanted to reach the people who wanted to read the results. Nobody else had ever done anything like that before. We had to figure it out as we went along.

a “job description” if you will.

“Creating Results was like getting on a small horse, then one morning waking up and discovering you’re on a 30ft tall dragon.” 2 What’s the best part of your job?

I love the writing and I love the research – I think I’m a historian most of all; maybe in another life I’d have been a librarian.

3 What’s the worst part of your job?

Stress. I think probably the pressure and the stress that I put on myself, because I know that I’m wholly responsible for the sales that drive the business.

4 How did you first get involved with Arabian horses?

You know, I’ve probably interviewed five or six hundred people in my life for various magazines. 90% of the people I’ve asked that question to, or maybe better, said they read Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books when they were little. And I did too. Eventually I found Arabian Horse World and started reading Norm Dunn’s articles – he ran the horse unit at Cal Poly – and I ended up going to school there. Then I married one of the horse trainers at Cal Poly and we took a job training horses in Wisconsin.


start Results?

6 Describe a typical “Results” day

Christy Egan and her husband Jim are two very familiar faces in the Arabian horse show world. Since 1988 “RESULTS” has served as the ‘daily news’ publication at major events such as Scottsdale, the Egyptian

during a horse show.

Event, and Youth, Canadian,

I get up around 5am and do some writing. Jim leaves around 6am and makes a trip to the printers to pick up the fresh Results. We meet at the show grounds around 7:30am, unload the boxes and start distributing. At a show like Scottsdale, that’s a big job. Towards the end of the show we have two issues a day, so we distribute twice a day as well. We try to catch some sleep in the afternoon. I post a daily article and photos on the Results website. Jim comes back to the show grounds during the last class and gets the placings from the show office. I finish the last-minute ads, he types in the results, and we send the files to the printers at 2am. They print overnight and it starts all over again.

and U.S. Nationals.

7 Favourite Arabian stallion of all time?

national levels.

This is a difficult question... it depends on the day. Maybe Ruminaja Ali – I think I was the only person to ever ride him. I spent a lot of time with him up until he was 4 years old. He won the stallion futurity at U.S. Nationals in 1979; he beat Huckleberry Bey that year.

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11 Favourite place to travel for work?

Scottsdale. For a horseman, I don’t know if there’s anything better than standing on the Wendell in the morning sunshine and watching the halter horses come in.

12 Favourite place to travel for

vacation? Hawaii. Truly paradise.

13 Name one place you want to visit that you haven’t been to yet.

Just one? I have a starter list of about twenty! Belize, St. Petersburg, Spain. And of course, all of us want to get on a horse in Jordan, and ride from Wadi Rum to Petra, like Lawrence of Arabia. Don’t we all?

14 What’s the best advice anyone has given you?

8 Favourite Arabian mare of all time? “Heritage Desiree (El Magato x Al Marah Countess Sparkle). She had the soul of a saint.” When she won National Champion Mare at Canada in 1975, we were beside ourselves. Afterwards I went into her stall, sat down, and leaned up against her legs. She leaned over and put her head in my glass and drank my champagne, that’s the kind of horse she was. The epitome of the sweet, kind Arabian mare. She won U.S. Nationals that year as well.

9 Favourite horse that you’ve personally trained, handled, or worked with? My nemesis when I was training was Ivanhoe Tsultan – I used to get on him first thing in the morning, just to get it over with, because he was such a handful. He was a lot of horse. He was the kind of horse that you would say, if the world ended, he is the horse I want to be mounted on. I really loved him because he taught me so much. The difficult ones challenge you to work hard and come up with the right answers.

15 Favourite movie?

I love the movies. I love screenplay writing, and have taken several courses, so it’s hard to pick a favourite. Les Enfants du Paradis, a famous movie they did in France in 1945. Chinatown, with Jack Nicholson. Casablanca always makes me cry. The Red Shoes. I was delighted to read that’s one of Martin Scorsese’s favourite films.

”Harry Cooper was announcing, and he said, ‘Gentlemen, show your horses,’ – and I looked at him, and he looked at me, and he said – ‘and ladies.’ “ One of the most memorable horses I ever saw in the ring was *Prowizja (Ego). I saw her in Albuquerque with Gene LaCroix. She’s the dam of four national champion sons, and she was better than any of them. She was unbelievable under saddle – probably one of the greatest moving horses I have ever seen. She was so ahead of her time, she would be spectacular in the ring even today. She literally invented park horses. Profire and Promotion – her sons are in a lot of today’s major action pedigrees.

Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather is one I read over and over. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince. My tastes drift toward philosophy, prose and poetry very quickly.

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horse show?

Probably when I showed KA Gazette to her Top Ten in the Open Mare halter. I was the only woman in the ring; it was pretty extraordinary for the time.

16 Favourite book? “Well, I won’t say the Lord of the Rings, although I’ve read it probably two hundred times.”

Wish you Could Sell and Show like the Big Guys?

10 What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

Live in the moment, never take yourself too seriously, and remember that ‘nobody gets in to see the wizard’ – not nobody, not nohow.

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18 How do you think the show ring has

20 What’s one thing you’re looking

“I’m not even sure you could explain how much the show ring has changed.”

Vacation! And I’m very excited about Arabian Horse Global, because I’m working on programming. It’s a throwback to an old love of mine, which is radio and television. I see a lot of things that can be done that are new and innovative.


When I started, everyone was a breeder – they called the Arabian the breeder’s breed. You’d talk to someone on the phone, and they would say, ‘We had the best filly we’ve ever had this spring, she’s a real keeper.’ And those mares were not for sale at any price. Somewhere around 1979, there was a sea change –people started saying, ‘We’ve got the best filly we’ve ever bred, and she’s going to make me a million dollars.’ American breeders built the breeding program in South America with our irreplaceable bloodstock. There was a time when there were horses that were not for sale. It didn’t matter what price was offered, because you were a breeder, and you can’t replace the really great broodmares. To me, that was very indicative of our culture in the later part of the 20th century, that we sold out in a lot of ways.

19 About Arabian Horse Global – what kind of effect is this kind of technology having for horse trainers and for fans?

Sometimes we hear the opinion that you don’t want people watching online, because then they won’t come to the actual show. But really, the Regional shows have such low numbers for attendance that anything we can do in terms of exposure is a benefit.

forward to in 2012?

I was at the track at Delaware Park doing a story a few years ago on Arabian racing. Racehorse trainers are notoriously tough to interview, but suddenly I had this inspiration. I asked each of the trainers to show me their favourite horse that they had in training. These guys would bring the horse out, and it was like showing off their best girl. It was so special, so cool, to watch them talk about these horses and turn into big softies. It worked with every one of them. Finally I got to Ron Martino – this great tough guy who chews on his stogie – who is the trainer of an Arabian racehorse named Thoroughbred, a Darley Horse of the Year. I walked into the stall with this horse, and my mouth fell open. I have never seen such a beautifully conformed Arabian horse. He was just spectacularly beautiful –handsome, not a pretty Arabian, but wow, one of the most beautiful bodies on an Arabian horse I have ever seen. I was in love; I didn’t want to leave his stall.

“After all these years, when you can still step into a stall and fall in love – you just This is the brave new world – Facebook, want to cry. It’s good for your Twitter, and social media. heart, to fall in love once in a “My opinions on a lot of things while.” have changed phenomenally in the last 12 months, on how we can use it and how many people can be reached.” The numbers of people that tune in and watch is really amazing. We had over 1.5 million page hits during the U.S. Nationals. Technology is a freight train going through your station at 100 miles an hour – you either have to get on it, or it’s going to blow right by you.

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- 2011 Canadian National Champion Stallion -

BEY AMBITION Rae-Dawn Arabians has 18 foals by Bey Ambition hitting the ring in Scottsdale at the 2012 show. Be sure to watch for them! 2011 Foals RD Ambianna RD Annabelle Lee RD Bravatti RD Caprice RD Dasanni RD Falconess RD Hi-Definition RD Kiara RD Magic Moments RD Mikarta RD Modella RD Oleander RD Safira RD Texcello Bey 2010 Foals RD Dynamo RD Habanero RD Kardero RD Shantar


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- 2011 Canadian National Champion Stallion -

2011 Canadian National Champion Stallion

Brandon, Manitoba

The first Canadian Nationals

Murray Popplewell and Claudinei Machado

in Brandon, Manitoba will forever be remembered as the moment Arabian halter classes turned into an arena sport. Excitement had been building all week long – spectators and competitors alike were waving their flags (U.S. and Canadian), cheering on favourites, and pouring into the rings to toast the champions. So when it came down to the final class of the show, the National Champion Stallion, excitement was running high. Rae-Dawn Arabians’ Murray Popplewell and trainer Claudinei Machado knew they had a shot at the title, but after watching Bey Ambition go Reserve twice in Canada as a twoand three-year-old they approached the situation with guarded optimism. Shirley was not able to be in Brandon that night; she was back home in Saskatoon celebrating the arrival of a new grandchild (as everyone knows, Shirley is the one who oversees the foaling at Rae-Dawn) and was watching via the live internet feed. The arena in Brandon was full of halter fans brandishing Bey Ambition mini-flags; he was undeniably the

“home crowd” favourite. Already a National Champion in Tulsa, he won the highly touted 3-year-old U.S. National Champion futurity colt class in 2009, defeating frontrunner Aria Impressario thanks in part to a brilliant entrance by trainer Claudinei Machado. The performance in Tulsa, still talked about in training circles today, is now emulated by many trainers. In a competitive class it became clear early on that the much talked about Marwan Al Magnifficoo, under Australian ownership and expertly handled by Jeff Schall, would provide formidable competition for Bey and Claudinei. When the final score announced Bey Ambition as Champion, the arena erupted in cheers and the ring flooded with Canadian fans carrying the flag. After photos were taken, an ‘honor guard’ formed a gauntlet for the top two stallions to exit through. It was a moment that spoke to the strong feelings of camaraderie between competitors and spectators that had developed over the course of the show. And watching Bey Ambition go National Champion Stallion was the icing on the cake.

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- 2011 Masterfeed’s Breeders Cup -

Breeders’ Cup Winners, Westelm Farm The 2011 Masterfeeds Breeders’ Cup was presented to Eldon & Beverly Krause at the Western Canadian

Left to right: Todd Ehret (trainer), Alligance WF (owned by Cathy Brandt), Eldon & Bev Krause (owner), Flames Miss Delite WF, Robin Hopkinson (handler), Allegacy WF ++++//, Faye White (owner). Missing from pic: Wanda Leubner, trainer of Flames Miss Delte WF, and AOTH Michael Krause.

Breeders’ Show, in Olds, Alberta on September 9th.

Right: Lauren, Bev & Eldon Krause Photo: A. Ubell Far right: Mike Krause and Miss USA

It’s rare these days to come across a breeding operation run from a traditional prairie family farm. Westelm Farm is just such a place, with three generations living and working on a mixed grain, cattle, and dairy farm in central Alberta. They also breed a few Arabian horses, just for good measure. The keystone to Westelm Farm’s show ring success was the 1993 purchase of a half-Arabian mare, Miss USA (Ga-Serafey x Miss Joyful ASHA), bred by Chris Bickford. Miss USA has been a stellar producer, with all five of her foals (three by Allionce+/) earning National accolades of one kind or another – a combined total of 17 National Championships, 14 Reserves, and 49 Top Tens. 40

“We’ve more or less just had a few good horses and had fun with them,” says Bev. “Our interests lay in performance, yet we’ve also had some good halter horses come out of it.” “To win the Breeders Cup was a surprise and we are very grateful for the people that have bought our horses, and are continuing to show them and love them. It’s such a reward, to see the new owners enjoying them and doing well. When I sell a horse, that’s the most important thing – to make sure it’s a good match.” “And of course, one of the highlights throughout the years has been the good friends that we have made through the years of showing. We just love the Arabian

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community, the people in it, the camaraderie.” Bev and Eldon have also been blessed to work with two of Canada’s top trainers, just a short drive from their farm – first with Todd Ehret of Todd Ehret Equine (whose first National win was on Allegacy WF++++// (Miss USA x Allionce+/)), and with Wanda Leubner of Aspen Park, whom they’ve trained with for nearly twenty years now. The Masterfeeds Breeders Cup is presented annually at the Western Canadian Breeders Championships, to the breeder who has accumulated the most points with the top three horses from their breeding program at the show. Masterfeeds has generously sponsored a $1000 cash prize along with the trophy.

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- Barn News & Miscellaneous -

ER Invictus 2011 Western Canadian Breeders Champion Stallion “When we bred my Egyptian stallion Ravenwood Jaleel to the Spanish mare Kaela, we were expecting to have a very good foal. We ended up with an outstanding colt who has turned into an exceptional stallion,” says Beverly Tokar. Colorado RF

News from Rideaufield Farms Janie Greenberg and Terry Ekdahl of Rideaufield Farms in Merrickville, ON never dreamed 2011 would be the year it was.... After years of watching her horses succeed first in the halter arena and then more recently in the performance arena, Janie was persuaded to get off the trails and try her hand in the show ring as a rider! The rest, to coin a phrase, is history... Earl Grey++/ carried Janie to the titles of Region 16 and 18 Champion (unanimous at 18) Hunter Pleasure Select Rider – and then to our amazement, they were named US National Top Ten in the same division – needless to say, a dream year. And as though that were not enough, we were thrilled to see the offshoots of our breeding program coming up with Nationals ribbons: Simply Afire (x Afire Bey V) 2011 US National Champion Country English Pleasure AOTR 18-35 and Top Ten in the Open division. She is the daughter of our beautiful Simply The Best who is a full sister to Earl Grey++/; And also a National Champion in Canada, The Xceptshanell Rose++/, an Xceptshahn half-Arabian daughter, ridden by Kailan Clark, owner Lise Clark; WC Ciao Bella+/ US Reserve National Champion Mare at Youth Nationals, by our Xceptshahn, owned by Holly Dillin; Colorado RF, by Xceptshahn, multi Top Ten in Canada ridden by Kailan Clark.

ER Invictus is heavily Nazeer-bred, with four direct lines through his sire to Nazeer. His dam, sired by Retador (*Barich de Washoe), is 100% Spanish. Beverly and her daughter Janice, breeders of ER Invictus, say that he has taken them on an amazing journey. His show record includes a Canadian National Reserve Championship, a U.S. Nationals Top Ten, two Unanimous Egyptian Event Championships, two World Cup Top Fives, two Western Canada Breeders Champi-

onships, three Scottsdale Top Tens and numerous Regional and Class A wins in Canada and the US. ER Invictus and his 2010 colt ER Victor are currently in training with Gary McDonald and can be seen at the McDonald Arabians’ stalls during the 2012 Scottsdale show.

Region 18 Champion Stallion Maddox Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset) Owned by Jim & Sally Bedeker Gemini Acres Equine

Region 17 Champion Stallion Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) Owned by Murray & Shirley Popplewell Rae-Dawn Arabians

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- Barn News -

A Year to Remember CCF Integriti+// and Alice Draper notched up a stunning seven Championships and two Reserves at last year’s Sport Horse Nationals. Alice Draper of Erin, Ontario and CCF Integriti+// (Infiniti Z x Kaboran Senora) have proven that hard work pays off, in a performance that is sure to be remembered for years to come. At the 2011 Sport Horse Nationals, the pair won the very tough Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle class as well as Arabian Hunter Hack AAOTR; Arabian Dressage Training Level AAOTR and ATR; Arabian Dressage First Level AAOTR, ATR and Open. Reserve Championships were picked up in Sport Horse Under Saddle ATR and Arabian Hunter Hack ATR. The highest dressage score of the show, 75.2% in Training Level ATR, was earned by this magnificent team and was a highlight in a string of exceptional performances. “I am most proud of the fact that it truly was a Canadian accomplishment,” says Alice. “CCF Integriti+// is Canadian-bred, Canadian trained and shown. I think it merits noting that I have access to world class, super-talented Canadian coaches here too... Cheryl Smith-Ehrlick for Hunter/Jumper and Elaine Ward for Dressage.” CCF Integriti+//, bred by Coyote Creek Farm of Arthur, ON, had the most wins of any purebred at Sport Horse Nationals and vaulted his sire, Infiniti Z, to the

Alice Draper and CCF Integriti+// Photo: Renee Fukumoto,

top of the Leading Sires of Sport Horse Performance Winners for the show (Arabian Horse World, Jan. 23, 2012). On top of these accomplishments, CCF Integriti+// has been chosen as Equine Canada’s Arabian Horse of the Year thanks to their incredible success. Equine Canada will present them with the Breed Sport Award in a ceremony February 3rd in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration! - By Sheri Roberts

...the biggest change I noticed was the number of entries for the driving classes. This event created a large audience interest and exhibited many awesome drivers. I anticipate that we’ll see driving events grow substantially in popularity in the not-so-distant future. - Kevin Johnson, 2011 Sport Horse Nationals

Incyte+++// and Michelle Dixon Congratulations to Incyte+++// (Out of Cyte x Sedona Arizona) and owner Michelle Dixon on accomplishing a Legion of Merit, Legion of Supreme Merit, and Legion of Excellence, all in the 2011 show season! Highlights include seven Top Tens at Canadian Nationals, a Region 17 Championship in Training Level Dressage ATR, Res Ch Training Level Open, Res Champion HA/AA Working Hunter ATR and five Top Fives in Sport Horse Under Saddle and In Hand. Michelle shares her passion for dressage with her partner and friend. “We both love the sport and I love the people and friends I have met while showing in the Arabian circuit,” she says. Incyte+++// will be celebrating his achievements at the Arabian Classic horse show in May in Langley, BC.


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Im No Angel+ and Linda Klarner

Im No Angel+ with Linda Klarner and Allan Ehrlick

For the record, you don’t have to be an angel to succeed, you just need someone to love and believe in you. Im No Angel+ (GT Mahogany Gold x Jyst My Imagination), or ‘Sable,’ as she is known around the barn, earned her Legion of Honor this past summer and was presented with the award by Allan Ehrlick. Coincidentally Mr. Ehrlick was key in earning the points the mare required to earn the award. Im No Angel+ was bred by Dan & Lara Cross. She started her show career in Sport Horse In Hand, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunter Over Fences and Hunter Hack classes, ridden by Allan Ehrlick, in which she excelled. With new owner Linda Klarner, she began a new career as an OCTRA long distance mount. The pair successfully completed 267 kms in their first year, “enjoying every inch of it,” as Linda says. At eight years old Sable has clearly found her ‘special someone’. Here’s to a full hay net, a full water bucket, and geldings to boss around. - By Sheri Roberts

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- What’s On the Web -

It’s a well-known secret that Arabian breeders interested in the European and Middle East show scene use the Arabian Flashlights website to keep themselves up to date. In 2011 alone, Arabian Flashlights’ Irina Filsinger covered sixteen international shows including the World Championships in Paris, the European Championships in Verona, Italy, the All Nations’ Cup in Aachen, Menton, Wels, Sharjah, and the Al Khalediah Festival in Saudi Arabia, to name just a few. Irina was born into an Arabian horse breeder’s family. Her father, the late Dr. Erwin Filsinger, was one of the early breeders in Germany and very first with Straight Egyptian lines. He began breeding in the mid-50’s, and in 1962 began to concentrate on Straight Egyptians. Filsinger Arabians ( is a Straight Egyptian breeding program continued by Irina’s brother, Frank Filsinger, and is the home of the famous Malikah bloodline. “Fascination and passion are keywords for me in my work,” says Irina, “and to see the beauty, catching it in reality from not only a photographer’s but also from a breeder’s heart.” Visit >

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Equestrian Und e r be l ly Story by mary Trowbridge

Through The Looking Glass Welcome, new Arabian horse friend! This column is for you—the interested, wide-eyed you, who has just walked through the front gates of our wonderful scottsdale AllArabian Horse show. You are here possibly for the very first time to find out what this Arabian horse business, that you’ve seen so well advertised, is all about. Thank you for taking the opportunity to come explore what is going on here—the very fact that your subconscious said to you, “Hmm—these horses look cool, wonder what that’s all about,” means that you’ve got an affinity for what the Arabian horse offers. i’m also writing this because, thanks to my own experience a few years ago of bringing some new folks to the show (rather than coming the way i usually do, as an exhibitor and trainer), i’ve had a unique view of our universe from outside the looking glass. Thanks to that experience, i am more aware than ever of how some of the things that those of us in the trenches take for granted may look to someone like you. To be sure, my peers and i tend to get a little overfocused at horse shows. We are not a professionally 230 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

mentored marketing force, my fellow Arabian horsemen and i, and we can easily get caught up in our own reality and forget to think about the perception that is conveyed to folks who are brand new to our world. if you find yourself not immediately greeted by a trainer or owner this week, keep in mind that it is probably a product of the stress of one of the largest shows on our calendar. You may be sure that if we could stop to think, we would be very pleased that you are here, and if you met us in our barn next week, we would greet you with great pleasure. However, there is no getting around the fact that sometimes we are focusing solely on what we work 12 months out of the year to achieve—a win at one of the most important shows of our year. Your first stop, after making it through the fantastic vendor tent as you entered, is probably going to be the equidome to see what it is actually happening. The program and the ring announcer will give you some insight into what the various classes are, and i won’t try to anticipate your questions about the different disciplines, since there will be plenty of time to learn about that.

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I’m going to try and touch on the things that may first strike you as, well, odd. The start of each class will be heralded by a small herd of people stampeding through your midst to a spot next to the rail. If you happen to have secured a seat in the boxes along the rail, please don’t be insulted as we dash by you to issue a cacophony of commands and advice to the people that are competing in the ring. They’re not as scared as they look; they are concentrating. So are we “rail crouchers,” and we’re not (usually) as upset as we appear. We’re just really invested in our horses and riders and are sure that the burden of success or failure lies in our brief commands as they pass our spot on the rail. Notice that the noise and intensity of the rail coaching is going to increase in direct proportion to the energy level of the class. Western classes invoke a softer, more relaxed tone of voice to combat rider tension; one of the most endearing and simultaneously annoying traits of the Arabian horse is their sensitivity and intuition, a trait that makes them intensely aware of the slightest tensing of a rider’s muscles. In the faster paced classes, such as the English pleasure and park classes, you will notice the delivery of the coaching speed up to match the miles per hour the horses are traveling (along with the intensity of those of us coaching). If anyone whoops and screams in your ear, forgive us. We don’t mean to deafen you; we’re just caught up in the moment. The best way to dull the noise is to join us. Pick a horse that excites you and join in the vocal encouragement when it passes by a judge. The horses and riders love it, and it’s cathartic as well; give it a try.

are just trying to help the rider before a judge becomes aware of it and penalizes our team member. Just for fun, keep an eye on the judges in center ring and check out how often that chorus leads them to a discovery that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

“If you find yourself not immediately greeted by a trainer or owner this week, keep in mind that it is probably a product of the stress of one of the largest shows on our calendar.”

Regardless of the division, once the class is asked to lope or canter, you may notice a more universal animation level from people shouting, “No,” to their riders. In spite of how it appears, this is not a slowmotion precedent to a devastating crash. It is simply the universal declaration for a wrong “lead;” at the canter, a three-beat gait, the horse’s inside front leg must be traveling in front of the outside front leg. Regardless of the look on our face and the angst in our tone, we will not be eating the hapless exhibitor between two sesame seed buns with some sauce at the end of the class. We

The sun and the smell of cinnamon buns will soon draw you to the top of the hill outside the Equidome. Your eye will be drawn to the lavish set-ups that have transformed otherwise mundane tin barns into a home for the twoplus weeks that we’re here. These oases are also designed as a promotional area to welcome new and old friends alike. (Please note that we consider you a friend as soon as you walked onto the grounds.) At times you may walk into a set-up and not be immediately greeted, or you may see a “Barn Closed” sign across an aisle leading back to what you really came to see, the horses. The horses actually do get tired from the many people that come through, and our preparations for competition back in that working area can be intensive and time consuming. However, that Volume 42, No. 9 | 231

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from folks up in the front of our aisles if you are interested in our horses. our world is no different than if you were buying a boat for the first time; you would walk into a retail area and begin to ask questions. so, speak up. remember what i said earlier, we’re a little caught up in our own goldfish bowl, and we do have a lot of things on our mind this week. We may not recognize you as a fellow Arabian horse lover right away, but once we wake up from our stupor, there is nothing we would rather do than talk about our horses.

“To really understand why we are here and what we are doing, simply look into the faces of the people who are in repose with their horse, whether standing in the lineup after a class is completed, walking around the grounds, or sitting on them at a quiet moment with a congenial hand laid against neck or back.” doesn’t excuse us from being non-welcoming when you walk into our aisle. if you aren’t immediately welcomed, it’s not personal. it is simply that we have, momentarily, lost sight of how important your arrival into our midst is. i’ve a little secret for you here; every single person on the show grounds has been a newcomer to this breed just as you may be now. (it just might have been so long ago that we’ve forgotten.) Don’t be afraid to ask questions 232 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Questions that are apt to get the interactive ball rolling might include what discipline the horses in this particular barn perform in or an explanation about what that discipline entails. Also, if you’re not familiar with our show ring, you may wish to know the age and experience level of the people that ride at the farm. Yet, the best one of all is, “Can you explain to me why i’m so drawn to these horses?” once you’re involved in a conversation, a question that will almost always get you to a hands-on horse interaction is the question, “i’ve heard that Arabians are flighty and hard to be around. That can’t be true, can it?” This usually is just the invitation we are waiting for to introduce you to a very interactive and happy-to-see-you Arabian horse.

once you’ve turned from the barns to view the rings between Wendell and the equidome, you will encounter another part of showing horses— the warm-up and ready rings for contestants waiting to enter the arena. Here you will witness a great deal more emotional investment from the coaches as we prepare to send our riders into the ring. be sure to keep in mind that the slightly glassy-eyed look on our faces and the strained tone of voice, occasionally slightly elevated, are simply a manifestation of how

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very much we care about the riders and horses and families who have invested their hopes and dreams into our hands.

“If you look beyond an action that may seem unusual to you at first glance, I promise you will see people who are in tune and in love with their equine companions and who are tremendously grateful for the horses that have brought them on this journey.”

At first glance, it is a confusing sight. Horses go in all directions, accompanied by more noise and confusion. If you spend any time leaning up against the work-pen fence, sooner or later you will see horse and rider interactions that will be quite different from what you’ve seen once they go through the gate. Training a show horse is a little like teaching a linebacker ballroom dancing. They are thousand plus pound animals who we ask to perform dance routines with a human partner that must look effortless and easily guided, and, believe it or not, sometimes they may not be interested in dancing that day. As the wafting smells of burgers and hot-dogs and the sounds of cheers and whistles draw you to the halter arenas, the next unusual sight you may find is the entrance into the halter classes. You will see large plastic bags there being inflated to full capacity as the horses prepare to go through the gate. To start with, let me assure you that the sound of snorting, the tail over the back, and the high animation is known as Arabian presence. It is one of our major breed traits and demonstrates the horse’s excitement and brave nature, not the fear that your first impression might lead you to suspect. It was one of the attributes that made our horses so valuable to the warring Bedouins of the Arabian’s past, as they stuck terror into the hearts of lesser-mounted foes when they raced into battle. We love that sight and sound, and our horses are born to produce it. These horses are very, very good at communicating their emotions. If you see an

Arabian that is truly frightened, trust me, you will know it. The snorting and blowing ones are not it. To really understand why we are here and what we are doing, simply look into the faces of the people who are in repose with their horse, whether standing in the lineup after a class is completed, walking around the grounds, or sitting on them at a quiet moment with a congenial hand laid against neck or back. If you look beyond an action that may seem unusual to you at first glance, I promise you will see people who are in tune and in love with their equine companions and who are tremendously grateful for the horses that have brought them on this journey. I hope you will find that welcome here this week, and I assure you we all are happy you are here. However, if need be, please give us a second chance to make that good first impression. I promise you that we welcome you to join us in this Arabian community. It is unlike any other in the world, and if this great breed has drawn you here, then you are destined to be with them. n

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An Amateur Lifestyle Jumping The Rail At Scottsdale by Kara In my third week back to the all-too-familiar tedium of my school schedule, I find myself once again away from my prized horses. My smooth leather saddle has been replaced by the cold plastic seat of a classroom desk, and my relaxing afternoons spent at the barn have switched over to hurried walks across campus to various classrooms. Although my day-to-day life does not revolve around horses at the moment, I still have the upcoming show season on the mind. The first shows of the year are upon us, and for me, I will always associate the start of the season with Scottsdale. In order to rekindle some old memories and attempt to get a feel for the show again, I managed to rummage up some VHS tapes for a few of my classes at Scottsdale. That’s right—VHS tapes. That means that the last time I participated in the show, the video company hadn’t switched to DVDs yet. At this discovery, I realized just how long it’s been since I showed at Scottsdale. After my first Scottsdale in 2000, I was able to show the next four years until basketball took precedence. High school and then college basketball required a huge time commitment, and sadly, Scottsdale, among other shows, got the axe. As my collegiate career will soon (not nearly soon 234 | A r A BI A n Hor Se T I MeS

Larson enough) come to an end, I hope that Scottsdale will make it back on my show schedule in the near future. But until then, being able to come down to watch the show, see my grandparents, and catch up with my horse show family for a few days will suffice. Because even when the weather is miserable—cold and rainy all day, with gray skies and mud in every corner of WestWorld—I would still rather be in Scottsdale during the show than my cold South Dakota home. There’s something about the show that is simply irresistible. I attribute it to the fond memories, the excellent competition, and the air of nostalgia the show holds for me. Although Scottsdale has grown to become a very special show for my family and me, there was a time when it was very unfamiliar territory. During my VHS search party, I came across several tapes of interest, one of which was from my very first Scottsdale. As a wide-eyed 9-year-old, this was the year that I won my first Scottsdale championship in Purebred Hunter Pleasure 13 & Under on my first horse, Justin Kitabask. This win was easily “Justi’s” highpoint as a show horse, and it’s something I will never forget.

Kara Larson and Justin Kitabask in Scottsdale, 2000.

As I watched the slightly blurry video of the horses trotting around with ease and sensibility, I searched

An Amateur Lifestyle I had won and let out huge for how I remember us looking shouts and cheers for Justi and as a team. The black sky showed me. I, however, didn’t catch on as a stark contrast against the so quickly. As I scanned down white tent and bright lights of the line of my competitors to the Equidome, which had a see if anyone else in the top ten beautiful “sunset” mural at the was also from my home state, entrance/exit gait. Horse after the announcer finally eased my horse trotted in, but I recognized worries by calling out my number old “trusty Justi” and myself and name. On the video, I could instantly. Justi is a deep bay with see my face turn to astonishment two hind socks and a small star, as I gave Justi a huge pat on the and he moved with a, well, let’s neck, and with a smile of surprise call it charming gait. I wore a and pure joy, I trotted him over to light brown, checkered jacket the sunset mural to receive his first that I was still growing into, and and last Scottsdale championship my bulky black helmet bobbed ribbon. My trainer, Deb, ran a bit with every stride. I wore out in excitement, and soon my tall boots even though I hadn’t parents and grandparents followed. turned 10 yet. I wasn’t about to (My grandma actually jumped the be the only kid in 13 and under rail to make it down in time for without tall boots. Justi, who “Every horse show, every the picture!) It was my parents’ is now a handsome 23-year-old lesson and every moment first victory picture too, and their pasture pet at my parents’ home spent with my horses delight for their little girl and her in South Dakota, was 12 years first horse was easily perceived— younger in this class, and I must has not only inspired my even through an old VHS tape. say, he looked sprightly and own personal love for the able-bodied. The class was soon Arabian horse, but it has As I watched the screen, I saw called into the lineup, and I was, also brought me closer to the faces of a family so shaped of course, one of the last ones to by the promise and beauty of pull in—a habit that proved to the ones I love most.” the Arabian horse. Every horse stick with me. I was announced show, every lesson and every top ten, and as I watched Justi moment spent with my horses has demonstrate the slowest walk I’ve not only inspired my own personal love for the Arabian ever seen, I saw my powerless legs nudging and kicking horse, but it has also brought me closer to the ones I the stubborn horse all the way over to the picture area. love most. Without the love and support of my family, I I couldn’t help but smile at the familiar scene. Being wouldn’t have the opportunity to show Arabians, let alone incredibly lazy and laid-back was, and still is, Justi’s experience what it feels like to ride out of the arena as a calling card. champion. Watching my first championship at Scottsdale reminded me of that, and honestly, I think it’s something Eventually we managed to trot down to the opposite that should never be overlooked. I was able to once again end of the arena, where we waited for the reserve and experience every emotion I felt on that fated night, but champion to be called. Watching now, my eyes were the only difference now is that in 12 years of growth and glued to the screen to see what would be the first big understanding, I can see that this class ended up being so moment in my show career. I couldn’t help but feel much more than a rose garland and plaque to take home anxious for my 9-year-old self. The reserve was called, to South Dakota. It was the beginning of a beautiful and with anticipation building, the announcer said those journey of wins, losses, and everything in between. And magic words: “It’s been a great day for South Dakota!” I owe it all to the love of a close-knit family who’d be And with this proclamation, an entire section of people, willing to jump the rail for me if it came down to it. n who I soon found out were my friends and family, knew Volume 42, No. 9 | 235


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Fungal Skin Diseases In Horses by Heather Smith Thomas Skin diseases in horses are caused by many different things, including fungi. These tiny, primitive organisms are hardier than bacteria or viruses, and can survive and multiply in a wider range of temperature and environments. Some are parasites, causing skin lesions on humans and animals, multiplying by sending out microscopic spores. The spores can live in the environment a long time.

anti-bacterial. If you don’t know exactly what you are dealing with, this is a good choice because it covers both types of pathogens. Or you can use Nizoral® shampoo, which is a human version of the ketoconazole shampoo. If you are worried about ringworm, this shampoo can now be purchased over the counter without a prescription, and you can bathe the horse with this.


“Another thing that people use for ringworm is lime sulfur dip,” she continues. “Lime sulfur smells bad, like rotten eggs, but Rosanna Marsella, Diplomate American College of is one of the best anti-fungal medications. It should be left on Veterinary Dermatology, D.V.M. (Universita’ degli Studi the horse. Basically, you sponge it on and let it dry. If you have Di Milano) and Professor at the University of Florida, says a white horse, however, it leaves the horse temporarily yellow. that when most people think of fungal infections, they Thus, it is not as cosmetically pleasing as using a shampoo.” think of ringworm. “Ringworm is actually over-diagnosed,” she observes. “Frequently the Most horses that are losing problem is something else, “Ringworm is a superficial fungal hair and have scabby, scaly such as a bacterial infection. skin do not have ringworm, It may be a dermatophilus infection, but there are other, more however. “The vast majority (rainrot) or a staphylococcus serious fungal infections that are of these lesions are actually a infection. Just because the subcutaneous and deeper.” bacterial infection,” Marsella horse has scabby, scaly skin, says. “Sometimes you don’t the owner may interpret this as know which it is, so if you use the combination product, it will a fungal infection and treat it as a fungal infection. address both types of infections. This product is very safe, and you are covering both bases. If it is truly ringworm, you must “The reality is that ringworm is mainly a disease of young also be concerned about transmission to other horses and to horses, older horses, or individuals that have metabolic people—not sharing the same brushes and tack.” disease or a compromised immune system or some other predisposing cause. The majority of healthy horses don’t get Girth itch can also be spread by use of the same saddle, but ringworm infection, even if these fungi are present in the what most people refer to as girth itch is actually a staph environment, due to the ability of the immune system to folliculitis. “Staphylococcus is present on the skin as part fight the initial exposure.” of the natural flora, but if the skin is rubbed by an abrasive cinch or girth and becomes raw, it can create an infection,” “If there is a question about the actual cause of the skin she explains. “With a little trauma and friction, and moisture problem,” she adds, “we can pluck some hair and put it on from sweat, Staphylococcus tends to proliferate. The same a DTM (Dermatophyte Test Medium) plate and culture it. is true when horses get a little crusting on their back, due to Then we can treat it appropriately.” rubbing from a saddle pad. It’s a folliculitis—a proliferation of Staphylococcus, due to microtrauma and moisture. Topical anti-fungal medications will generally clear up ringworm. “If people want to use a topical product, they “One thing horse owners can keep available is benzoyl should not use iodine,” Marsella says. “There are several peroxide shampoo. In summer the horses sweat and veterinary combination products which contain ketoconazole, stay moist, or it rains daily, and this type of infection is which is an anti-fungal drug, and chlorhexidine, which is Volume 42, No. 9 | 237

A Leg Up common. Benzoyl peroxide is what people with acne use. It’s antibacterial and there are preparations for animals as well. The concentration that’s used for humans is actually too harsh for horses and dogs, however. You can’t use human products for these conditions, which is interesting, because we usually expect just the opposite. For a horse, you need a product that’s not more than 2.5 percent to 3 percent, and most of the human products are 5 percent to 10 percent. Horse owners need to be aware of this, but if they use a benzoyl peroxide shampoo it will take care of rainrot (dermatophilus) and Staphylococcus— all the secondary itchy, scratchy skin problems you get during wet seasons and summers with flies, allergies, etc.”


Ringworm is a superficial fungal infection, but there are other, more serious fungal infections that are subcutaneous and deeper. Pythiosis is one of the worst. It is also called swamp cancer, and is mainly a problem in the southeastern U.S. in warm, wet climates. “If horses are exposed to standing water containing organic material, they may be at risk,” says Marsella. “Here in Florida, this is often the case after a hurricane, where there are many fallen trees. Pythium is a plant parasite, but has the ability to establish infection in mammals if there is broken skin. We see this type of infection in states like Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and sometimes in Georgia, South Carolina, etc.” This disease causes intense itching. “The lesions start under the skin, so you are not dealing with hair loss, scabs, etc., like ringworm,” she says. “Instead there are nodular, proliferative draining lesions. It looks a little like the swellings from Habronema (tiny worms that are spread into skin wounds by flies) and summer sores. This would be one of the differentials in diagnosis. If a horse gets proliferative, itchy lesions in the summer, and you de-worm the horse with ivermectin and it doesn’t clear up, this might be pythiosis. It can also be diagnosed with a biopsy. “Habronema summer sores are a combination of the fly larvae and the hypersensitivity. Besides the ivermectin treatment, we may also use a little bit of steroid to relieve the swelling, inflammation and itching. But before steroids are used, we have to make sure it is truly habronema, because steroids would be contra-indicated for a fungal infection. Thus, you really need a biopsy. “Pythiosis is typically seen on the horse’s legs because the animal has been standing in water,” she says. “There are 238 | A R A BI A n HoR Se T I MeS

draining lesions that include hard, coral-like masses which are made up of hyphae in the tissues.” Pythiosis is a disease that sometimes affects humans and can also affect dogs. “There is a reason why it is called swamp cancer, because it does act like cancer,” Marsella explains. “The best treatment is surgical removal of the lesions. Clinicians have tried topical therapy, but it’s not as effective. “The challenge with Pythium is that it’s not a typical fungus and it does not have ergostorol as part of its cell membrane, like other fungi have. The majority of medications that we utilize to treat fungal infections target ergostorol. So an organism that doesn’t have ergostorol is not easily killed by these medications, because of the composition of the cell wall. This is why medical therapy is a challenge and we have to rely primarily on surgery. “There is a vaccine that can be used, not for prevention but for treatment,” she says. “The issue with Pythium is not just the organism, but also the kind of immune response that is built against it. Individuals that get pythiosis are those that are incapable of building an effective immune response. The immune response is more of a cell-mediated lymphocytic response. So the purpose of the vaccine is in attempting to shift the immune response to a more productive one. It works best if used immediately after diagnosis—the sooner, the better. If you can use the vaccine within a few weeks after the development of lesions, you have highest success. If the lesions are several months old, the vaccine doesn’t work very well. “If you live in an area where Pythium is a problem, don’t wait,” she emphasizes. “If it can be addressed quickly, there’s more chance for success.” Prevention basically involves keeping horses dry, where they are not standing in water. Leonel Mendoza, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program, Department of Microbiology, Michigan State University), was instrumental in creating the pythiosis vaccine. He comments that the disease was originally considered rare in the United States. “About 20 years ago, we started seeing cases, especially in the Gulf Coast states,” he says, “and now we see thousands of cases annually in the southern part of the U.S. and some cases as far north as Wisconsin. “This organism likes warm weather. If the summer is really hot and rainy, we generally see more cases of pythiosis. The fungus lives in the ground and loves water. It is one of the water molds, and lives in swampy areas. It goes through its

A Leg Up entire life cycle in water, and produces spores with flagella that swim in the water. When it comes in contact with skin, if there is an opening in the skin, the spores will produce a hyphea (small tube) which can penetrate under the skin and cause infection.” A horse may get this disease when wading in water. Not all horses exposed to this pathogen become infected. “We don’t know why,” Mendoza says. “If you have 10 horses wading in the swamp, maybe one will be infected. Some may be in a part of the swamp where there aren’t many spores swimming. Or, certain horses may have a defect in their immune response that we can’t detect, and are more vulnerable to this infection. There are many theories about how and why certain horses become infected.” Treatment has been difficult. “People have been using antifungal drugs with varied results,” Mendoza reports. “If you went through all the cases, you’d find that it only works in about 5 percent of cases—so we know pythiosis doesn’t respond very well to anti-fungal drugs. If your horse has this type of infection, he will probably die with it, unless treated with immunotherapy.

and get the fungus in your skin, it can establish a subcutaneous infection. This creates nodules that may rupture and drain. The infection follows the lymphatic system. It goes from your hand (or an animal’s leg) along the line of the lymphatics and may end up as a systemic infection. “Horses can get sporotrichosis, just as dogs and cats do,” she continues. “This is a zoonotic disease, similar to ringworm, in that humans and other animals can get it. If you are dealing with an animal that has nodules and draining tracts, you should wear gloves until you know exactly what it is. If you have any little cuts or scrapes on your hands, you could get it, too. “This fungus lives in the environment and needs a port of entry to cause infection in animals and humans, such as contamination of a wound,” she adds. “The fungus is inoculated directly into the skin and is able to establish infection.

“It is easily diagnosed by cytology or a biopsy. Or, we can do special stains to look for the organism, or we can culture it. Sporothrix is a dimorphic fungus, which means it can exist “There are a lot of other “Pythium immunotherapy in two different forms, depending fungal infections, including stimulates the immune response to on the temperature. The form in subcutaneous infections like act against the pathogen—enabling the tissue is different from the the horse’s body to fight it,” he sporotrichosis and some other form in the environment. This continues. “It puts the immune is one of the criteria used for opportunistic infections.” system into better shape (stronger) diagnosis. In the tissue we find and then the immune system the yeast form. itself can defeat the pathogen. A company in Texas called Pan American Veterinary Laboratories makes the vaccine. If “Cats typically have a lot of the organism in the exudate a horse can be treated with this vaccine within the first two (draining material),” Marsella says, “but horses don’t have as weeks of infection, he has a 100 percent chance for cure. After much. It can be even more risk for humans who touch the that, immunotherapy works in about 70 percent of cases. This exudates and draining tracts on cats. is why an early diagnosis is very important.” “Other fungal infections are similarly opportunistic in that Another treatment, which is more invasive, is surgical removal they live in the environment and are inoculated via wound of the growths. “Surgery only works in the very early stages of contamination and establish infection. Typically it’s just a the infection,” Mendoza says. “If the growth has become huge, single nodule, and not like sporotrichosis that travels along it won’t work.” the lymph vessels.” Other Fungal Infections “There are a lot of other fungal infections, including subcutaneous infections like sporotrichosis and some other opportunistic infections,” says Marsella. “Humans, cats and dogs also get sporotrichosis, which causes nodules and draining tracts. In humans it often occurs in people who deal with roses; if you prick your finger on thorny bushes or roses,

Treatment for sporotrichosis would be systemic anti-fungal medication. “Luckily Sporothrix is not like Pythium (which is resistant to anti-fungal drugs),” Marsella says. “We do have drugs that work for Sporothrix and some of the other opportunists. These are similar to drugs that are used in humans, and are given orally for a course of several weeks. It takes time to completely clear the infection.” n Volume 42, No. 9 | 239

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

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April 24-29, 2012, Region 7 Championship Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Howard Shenk, 800-892-0682. May 8-12, 2012, Region 12 Championship Show, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Lynn Daniel-Glover, 478-955-3030. May 10-11, 2012, Pacific Slope Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 31-June 3, 2012, Region 1 Championship Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 5-9, 2012, Region 8 Championship Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 13-16, 2012, Region 9 Championship Show, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Margo Shallcross, 830-980-5072. June 14-17, 2012, Region 10 Championship Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-17, 2012, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 15-16, 2012, Region 12 Youth Jamboree, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. June 19-23, 2012, Region 4 Championship Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Cindy Reid, 805-610-9079. June 20-24, 2012, Region 13 Championship Show, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Janice Decker, 317-861-4814. 240 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

June 22-24, 2012, Region 2 Championship Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Jeff Reichman, 805-300-3153. June 22-24, 2012, Region 6 Championship Show, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420. June 28-July 1, 2012, Region 14 Championship Show, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Cynthia Clinton, 937-962-4336. July 4-8, 2012, Region 15 Championship Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Martin Kleiner, 717-507-5474. July 5-8, 2012, Region 11 Championship Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. July 6-15, 2012, Region 5 Championship Show, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Hough, 253-847-8842. July 8-14, 2012, Region 3 Championship Show, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 11-14, 2012, Region 16 Championship Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. July 16-21, 2012, Region 18 Championship Show, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-657-6133. July 31-August 4, 2012, Region 17 Championship Show, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538.

SHOwS FebruAry February 16-26, 2012, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: AAHA, 480-515-1500. MArch March 2-4, 2012, SASHA Charity Horse Show, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Janie Hamilton, 214-478-0897. March 4, 2012, AHANM All-Breed Training Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6832; March 15-18, 2012, 41st Annual Carousel Charity, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. March 15-18, 2012, Cowtown Classic, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 16-18, 2012, Missouri All Arabian Show, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. March 17-18, 2012, Ocala 17th Annual Amateur Show, Ocala, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. March 23-25, 2012, Rancho CA Spring Show A & B, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631.

March 23-25, 2012, Alabama All Arabian Show, Andalusia, Alabama. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. March 23-25, 2012, Spring Arabian Classic A, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Janet Beehler, 804-586-1647. March 29-30, 2012, Magnolia Classic A, Gonzales, Louisiana. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. March 30-April 1, 2012, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 30-April 1, 2012, Deseret A & B Show, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. March 30-April 1, 2012, WCAHA – Heritage AHA Spring A and B Show, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. March 31-April 1, 2012, Beat The Heat All Arab Show, Queen Creek, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. April April 6-8, 2012, NCAHA/ODAHA All Arabian Regional A and B Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. April 12-15, 2012, AHANC 63rd Annual Arabian and Half-Arabian A and B Show, Rancho Murieta, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. April 13-15, 2012, Lone Star Classic, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Ann Lang, 512-452-1492. April 19-22, 2012, Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Scott Bailey, 480-471-1715. April 20-22, 2012, Annual Magnolia Spring Classic, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. April 20-22, 2012, OHAHA Springtime A and B Show, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 21-22, 2012, Iowa Spring Show A, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. April 26-29, 2012, Daffodil All Arab Spring A and B Show, Payallup, Washington. Contact: Lisa Gardner, 253-843-2748. April 27-29, 2012, Border Bonanza A and B, Kansas City, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 27-29, 2012, Mason Dixon Classic, Quentin, Pennsylvania. Contact: Marilyn Ackerman, 315-945-5398. April 27-29, 2012, CRAA Spring Derby Sport Horse Show, Northampton, Massachusetts. Contact: Pamela Turner, 607-739-3341.

Calendar Of Events

May May 3-6, 2012, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Velma Boodt, 918-284-7505. May 4-6, 2012, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Red Bluff, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 4-6, 2012, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. May 4-6, 2012, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 4-6, 2012, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. May 9-13, 2012, AHANM Zia Classic Show (A/HA/American Saddlebred), Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 10-13, 2012, AHASFV 49th Annual Arabian Horse Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 10-13, 2012, AHABC Classic A and B Show, Rancho Murieta. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. May 10-13, 2012, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 10-13, 2012, Great Plains Arabian Classic B Show, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. May 11-13, 2012, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-253-4937. May 17-20, 2012, Alamo Arabian Fiesta, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 18, 2012, NJ HAHA Hunter Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 18-20, 2012, ARK Arab Victory Challenge A and B, Texarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. May 19-20, 2012, Northern Minnesota Arab Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Debbie Raszler, 701-725-4692. May 19-20, 2012, NJ HAHA A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 20, 2012, AHA Indiana Spring Classic One-Day Show, Rochester, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066. May 24-27, 2012, Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Cindy Clinton, 937-962-4336. May 25-27, 2012, Spindletop Spring Arab Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 25-27, 2012, The Badger Classic, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-253-4937.

May 25-27, 2012, Arabian Horse Club of CT, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 26-28, 2012, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B Show, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. May 30-31, 2012, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June June 2-3, 2012, NC PAHA A and B Show, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. June 4-9, 2012, Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Anna Bishop, 859-231-0771. June 9-10, 2012, Medallion I and II, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 13, 2012, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-15, 2012, Shenandoah Valley Classic A and B Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 14-17, 2012, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 15, 2012, NJ HAHA Classic Hunter Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 16-17, 2012, NJ HAHA Classic A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 16-17, 2012, Shenandoah Valley Championship A and B Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 17, 2012, AHANM All-Breed Training Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6832. June 17-18, 2012, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 20, 2012, Region 13 Pre-Show, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 20-21, 2012, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 22-24, 2012, Finger Lakes Arab Summer Festival, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. June 23-24, 2012, Region 10 Sport Horse/ Dressage Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 27, 2012, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 28-30, 2012, AHANE 58th Annual Arabian Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645.

EndurancE/ CompEtitivE trail ridE

april 13-14, 2012, Spring Fling at Sand Hills 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Cheraw, South Carolina. Contact: Vickie Stine, 803-222-0401. May 5, 2012, Biltmore Challenge 50-, 75-, and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531.

Nationals events

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

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Visit for a calendar view of these dates. Corrections: In the January 2012 issue on editorial page 68 of the Tutto Arabi section, it was incorrectly stated that the only two women to have won the U.S. National Championship in Park are Mary Trowbridge and Carmelle Rooker. In fact, Vicki Humphrey also has won that title, with her 2011 victory aboard Hawk Haven Farms’ Mandalay Bay. In the December 2011 issue on page 108 of the APAHA Arabian Horseman’s Awards editorial piece, APAHA ensures, “Since the inception of the APAHA Horseman’s awards, every vote that has been cast has been verified as an eligible voter and only one vote per membership number has been tabulated.”

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