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Issue 2 • Volume 46, No. 9A 1OFW Magic Wan Cover Story: OFW Magic Wan by Anne Stratton



A Judge’s Perspective: John Rannenberg


Afire Bey V: Royally Bred … Loyally Raised by Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone


Afire Bey V: The Perfect Storm by Christy Egan


Region 12 Spotlight Futurity by Riyan Rivero


The 2015 Brazilian Nationals by Theresa Cardamone with Jeff Wallace


Haras Vila dos Pinheiros: A Trademark For Champions by Mario Braga


Meet The Personalities: Rudolfo Guzzo by Riyan Rivero


The 2015 World Arabian Horse Championships In Paris — The City Of Light Burns Ever Bright by Theresa Cardamone


Giacomo Capacci Arabians—A Celebration Of Ten by Jeff Wallace


Comments From The Publisher


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


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Meet The Faces Surrounding AHT: Theresa Cardamone


Touch Of Style: Julie Patton


The Santa Ynez Gelding Futurity by Emma Maxwell


Leaders Of The Times: Jerland Farms by Anne Stratton


Arabian Reining At Scottsdale 2016 by Sue Adams


The 2016 Scottsdale Arabian Reining Competition by Sue Adams


Reining Pro Crystal McNutt … Friends And Family Tip Their Hat In Tribute by Catherine Cole Ferandelli

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Scottsdale I don’t mind admitting that this is my favorite horse show of the year. I have to smile; for those of us who live in cold climates (it can be 20 below in a Minnesota winter!), of course, a horse show in a sunny desert in February is a favorite. For horse people, though, the weather is only background. For us, there is just about nothing better than sitting outside on a pretty day and watching the youngsters enter the arena for the first time. We see all the hope and promise that each of them has, and we marvel that most years, the quality is so high that some horses who would easily win at home are only contenders, not top contenders, here. That’s one reason that a top ten at Scottsdale is a prestigious addition to any horse’s record, let alone a championship or reserve. It is also such a charge for those of us in Arabians to see the crowds of people who come out to the show. People are everywhere, and while many of them are there just to enjoy the atmosphere and the pretty horses, not to buy or compete, it is still so invigorating to all of us to feel the hum of electricity that a big audience generates. Scottsdale has one other important function that I appreciate, and the truth is, I might appreciate it more than anything else. As a breeder, it is critical that I keep up with what bloodlines are producing currently and what crosses most impress me. Here, at the beginning of the season, there is no better place to do that. We see the new stallions and the old, what their new foals look and move like, how their older ones are maturing, and how the performance horses are developing. If you are making your season’s breeding plans, there is no better preparation than visiting farms to see prospective stallions in person, but these days, that can be difficult, with everyone’s busy schedules. The next best thing to do is devote your time at Scottsdale to looking at horses. It’s an education. There is a lot of energy at Scottsdale and it is all for the Arabian horse. I love it.

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A Promise Fulfilled

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Vania FHJ

(AAS Elishahh x Galena Van Ryad)

2015 BRAZILIAN NATIONAL SUPREME GOLD CHAMPION JUNIOR FILLY by Mario Braga It is every breeder’s dream to see a promising, great colt with a royal pedigree live up to its highest expectations and become a world quality sire. However, more often than not, the reality differs.

of Fazenda e Haras Floresta in São Paulo, Brazil, Luciana Fasano is no stranger to the winner’s circle. The farm is also home to some other impressive National Champions including Eccentric Valentino, LLC Fasario and the straight Egyptian Al Hadiyah AA.

History shows that it is almost impossible to have it all in one piece, without any “ifs” on the side. Time proves to be ruthless with those who cannot endure its many tests, for only the very few are destined to the top.

At the 2015 Brazilian Nationals, notably one of the toughest show arenas in the world, AAS Elishahh’s offspring proved their sire’s ability by collecting a number of champion titles. Their wins include National Gold Champion Junior Filly with FHJ Vania, bred and owned by Haras Jacovas, and National Bronze Champion Filly with Only Serondella, bred and owned by Haras Serondella, among others.

Some wise breeders might even say that after their homework is properly completed, all one has left to do is to wait and hope for fortune’s visit.

This is the story of a young bay stallion that has crossed the narrow bridge that separates greatness from the rest and has done it all: from winning multiple champion titles, including U.S. National Champion twice; and displaying a truly extraordinary pedigree, to having a global appeal in terms of type and, most importantly, become a sire of national champions. His name is AAS Elishahh.

In terms of lineage, AAS Elishahh represents the fifth consecutive generation of national champion stallions that include his sire Eden C, his grandsire Enzo, his great grandsire Padrons Psyche and his great great grandsire Padron. The maternal heritage is equally impressive since his mother is by the renowned stallion Versace out of one of Ali Jamaal’s finest daughters, Tulle el Jamaal, herself a U.S. Reserve National Champion Mare.

Though relatively new to Arabian horses, Luciana Fasano’s keen eye for quality proved to be right when she made the decision to purchase the handsome AAS Elishahh early on in his life. Owner

The future looks bright for AAS Elishahh. He will be standing in Europe for the breeding season in 2016 at Jadem Arabians in Belgium, thus fulfilling his promise on a truly global scale.

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The 10th Annual Arabian Breeders World Cup Show

The Arabian Breeders World Cup returns to the glitzy Las Vegas Strip for the tenth consecutive year. The ABWC show annually delivers exquisite gala dinners, world class auctions, celebrity visitations and Las Vegas style live entertainment. In addition, the AHBA board of directors and show committee work tirelessly to promote, celebrate and honor the members of the Arabian horse community and the horses that have shaped the Arabian breed at each event. To be certain, The Arabian Breeders World Cup is not the ordinary horse show experience. The tenth anniversary event of this spectacular Arabian horse extravaganza is the must-attend event of 2016. Visit our website for more information on this year’s event, including the judges, prize list, schedule, gala event and more!

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Cover Story:

by ANNE STRATTON The facts are there in black and white. Or perhaps more appropriately, in the brilliant blue, red and yellow signature of a national championship. On Saturday, October 31, 2015, OFW Magic Wan was named U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion—and amazingly, that was only one element in his story at Tulsa. That morning, his son Magic Mystery Z had earned the title of U.S. National Champion Yearling Colt by vote of all five judges, and just a day earlier, his daughter Makayah had been named U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly. For owners Salim and Rafaela Mattar, it was an interlude out of time and space. It also was the confirmation of Salim Mattar’s judgment five years earlier when he had traveled from Brazil to the United States in search of an exceptional colt with sire potential (“to produce my dream,” he said at the time). With veterinarian Mario Zerlotti, he crisscrossed the country, looking at top candidates, but in the end, he found the one he wanted less than three hours away from Zerlotti’s operation in Texas: Magic Wan, then a 3-year-old at Michael Byatt Arabians. A few months later Mattar sent him out for a U.S. National Championship in Futurity Colts, and then simply gave him time to mature and explore his abilities as a sire. This October, the world took another look. And everyone liked what they saw.

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“You just knew he was special, right from the beginning ... and he knew he was special.� ~ Doug Leadley

Breeder Dolly Orr, Mario Zerlotti, and Salim and Rafaela Mattar, with OFW Magic Wan at the 2015 U.S. National Championships.

OFW Magic Wan’s life has been a mix of nonstop action and quiet, steady growth, in the early days punctuated by euphoric highs and harrowing scares. By the time he was 3 years old, he had won a U.S. National Championship (Futurity Colts) and Reserve (Yearling Colts); a Scottsdale Championship (3-Year-Old Colts) and the Reserve Senior Stallion Championship; and two titles at the AHBA World Cup (3-Year-Old Colt Champion and Silver Champion Junior Colt). He also had cheated death twice. The truth is, the story of this year’s reigning national champion stallion came within a hair’s breadth of not happening on two occasions. Bred at Harold and Dolly Orr’s Orrion Farms in Ellensburg, Wash., Magic Wan came into the world satisfying high expectations. “His dam had a gorgeous head,” Dolly Orr says, explaining why she, her husband Harold, and their farm manager, Doug Leadley, chose Marwan Al Shaqab for their Magnum Psyche daughter, Magna Prelude. “We thought that Marwan would set her shoulder a little higher, and it worked.” “You just knew he was special, right from the beginning,” nods Leadley, “and he knew he was special.” So, in the fall of 2007, when a violent night storm turned their side of the Cascade Mountains into a wind tunnel, Dolly Orr’s first stop when it got light was the weanling pasture. From a distance, she could tell that the news was not good: its gate had been blown off its hinges, and only one bedraggled soul inhabited the big enclosure that was home to eight. “Please let it be Magic Wan,” she remembers praying. But it wasn’t. It would be nearly noon before they learned that their prize youngster and six of his friends were 17 miles away, deep in a national forest, huddling trembling and exhausted at the edge of 50-foot cliff. Fortunately, a neighbor of the Orrs who knew they raised Arabians spotted the little band of foals while he was out deer hunting and took action. One youngster already had fallen over the drop (he landed in a tamarack tree, where he lodged until ranchers could haul him out with a sling made of saddle girths). By the time the weanlings arrived home, Magic Wan was so fatigued that he had to be helped from the trailer. Continued ...

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Bretta UB ~ 2012 Filly OFW Magic Wan x HB Bessolea Owner Umberto Bonini

But like a cat with nine lives, he bounced back. Leadley, who taught him his basic lessons, found that the colt caught on quickly and retained what he learned. He would be a natural for the show ring, and Michael Byatt, invited to look at him, agreed. “He had a little bit of an edge and he definitely was extremely proud of himself,” Leadley remembers. “If you’ve ever seen Marwan in person, he commands your attention. Magic Wan has that same demeanor.” Barely three months later, OFW Magic Wan accompanied Byatt into the ring at Scottsdale, his little plume tail flagged, and landed a reserve in his colt class. That was the beginning of a year that culminated at the U.S. Nationals, where in spite of a travel injury that put his show in question (he was on stall rest, only hand walking, until the last moment), he scored a reserve championship. His next year was a tall order for a 2-year-old. Leased to Al Shaqab, Magic Wan flew 7,000 miles to Qatar. There he was named Champion Colt at the Emir’s Cup before returning home to prepare for Scottsdale. In February, his march continued, as Magic Wan won the Scottsdale 3-Year-Old Colt Championship and came away with the title of Reserve Champion Senior Stallion. And then, again, he escaped a close brush with catastrophe. Harold Orr had been ill for some time, and Dolly, realizing that he would not live much longer, determined to bring their favorite colt home for her husband to enjoy. No one, however, had planned on black ice; Magic Wan’s trailer hit a patch of it, skidded, and rolled. The rig was totaled and the horses in the trailer might have been lost, or at best badly injured. But once more, miraculously, the colt and his traveling companions stepped out shaken but unscathed, and he arrived home in time for a final reunion with Harold Orr.

Mirella Z ~ 2015 Filly OFW Magic Wan x RHR Eccentress

Looking back, Dolly Orr reflects that perhaps Magic Wan’s mishaps, scary as they were, and his world travels contributed to the keep-calm-and-carry-on certainty that is so much a part of his personality. And that spring corroborated her theory: a month after the accident, OFW Magic Wan stepped into the ring in Las Vegas, won Junior Stallions and then was named AHBA World Cup Silver Champion Junior Stallion. That summer, he met Salim Mattar.

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Gazal Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab Little Liza Fame Magnum Psyche Magna Prelude Porcelyn

Anaza El Farid Kajora Fame VF Katahza Padrons Psyche A Fancy Miracle Bey Shah GA Porta

“The minute he walks in the arena, he’s just a step above. He’s very sound and he just takes your breath away. When he stands up, the party’s over.” ~ Gary Kehl

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Breeders of Honey’s Delight RB ~ Adriana & Alessandra Espindola B De Moura, Haras das Cascatas, Brazil

2013 Filly ~ OFW Magic Wan x Sabah El Kair RB

“We think that it is easy to say that OFW Magic Wan is one of the most important sons of Marwan Al Shaqab. Thank you to Salim Mattar for the opportunity you gave us, which allowed us to breed our mare to produce Magic Mon Amour RB. We see in Mon Amour great qualities of Magic Wan. She is an extremely feminine filly, with a lot of charisma and beauty. Together with her father OFW Magic Wan and her aristocrat mother Sabah El Kair RB, we are assured of a promising future both in shows and in reproduction! We will debut her in the Brazilian show ring in the first half of 2016 with Dagmar Gordiano.” ~ Adriana and Alessandra Espindola B De Moura, Haras das Cascatas, Brazil

A self-made man with a heritage of entrepreneurship, Salim Mattar approached his Arabian horse operation at Haras Sahara with two goals. As a lifelong horse lover, he had become interested in Arabians when he was intrigued by a photograph of multi-U.S. National Champion Gai-Parada, so one constant is that he always has pursued the highest quality horses. He sought the best advice available and developed his own eye for an Arabian, purchasing his first mares more than 20 years ago. Since then, he has taken his time, redefining his program as his tastes matured and changed. Of equal importance was that he enjoyed both the horses and the people he met in the industry—his hospitality and genuine pleasure in his fellow breeders is well known. When he acquired OFW Magic Wan, he was exploring a carefully-curated variety of bloodlines at his stud in Belo Horizonte, and he allowed his new American stallion to remain with Mario Zerlotti at Zerlotti Genetics in Pleasanton, Texas, half an hour south of San Antonio. Zerlotti had been aware of the stallion since his 2008 yearling show at Scottsdale, and an ardent fan since the day at Byatt’s that he and Mattar saw him stand up (“We went crazy about the horse,” he remembers with a smile). Handling him at home, he fell in love with Magic Wan. “I really love him, his personality, how he stands, his heart, his charisma, the huge eyes he passes on—everything,” Zerlotti says unabashedly. “It’s been almost six years now, and every day, we like him more and more.” Magic Wan has not been bred heavily, but he has been bred intelligently, and over the years, breeders have responded with appreciation. “All his babies are ‘Magic Wan babies’ in the way they look, with the eye, the shoulder,” says Mario Zerlotti. “The nicest thing is that while the foals are pretty, if you wait, when they turn 3 and 4 years old, there is a big difference—he sires horses that can win as adults. His foals get better and better as they age.” Continued ...

2015 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion with Michael Byatt

Michael Byatt, who showed both Magic Mystery Z and Makayah at the U.S. Nationals, agrees. “He breeds such well-made, solid horses, of great integrity. Like him, they have a real pop and a buzz about them. And they’re pretty.” He sees the genesis of Magic Wan’s ability in the stallion’s pedigree (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude, by Magnum Psyche). “The Magnum Psyche on the bottom side of the pedigree came through to where there is an absolute perfect blend of the elements of Marwan, with all that hook and bend and stretch (really, really good conformation), and the beautiful influence from Magnum. That’s what Magic Wan sires.” And there is more in the family tree. In addition to Marwan Al Shaqab and Magnum Psyche, there is an infusion of Bey Shah, one of the 20th century’s leading sources of beauty, and the rock-solid conformation and athleticism of the *Bask son, Port Bask. Magna Prelude herself was a U.S. National Top Ten Junior Mare, and in her tail female line is Ga’Zi, who once sired the Canadian National Champion and Reserve Stallion and Champion and Reserve Mare in the same year. By 2013, as Magic Wan’s breeding career was escalating, he returned to the ring. At Scottsdale, he won the title in 6-and 7-Year-Old Stallions, and then nailed reserve in the Scottsdale Senior Stallion Championship. Two years later, he was off to Tulsa, where he added the U.S. National Championship in Senior Stallions, one of the most prestigious titles in the world. Salim Mattar could not have been more pleased. “Twenty-fifteen was definitely Magic Wan’s year!” he smiles. “And there are many more to come.” Continued ...

2012 Mare - OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson Owners Michael Byatt & Psynergy

“Makayah is a beautiful horse all around ... She just got more exceptional as she got older. One of my favorite things about her is that she is a ‘first step’ horse. The minute she takes her first step, she is very high headed, high tailed and energetic—a very positive thinking horse. She’s always been like that.” ~ Michael Byatt Ar abian Horse Times | 8 | ofw Magic Wan

Salim & Rafaela Mattar

“Salim Mattar has been one of my closest friends for many years. A successful and admired businessman and a dedicated family man, Salim has a passion for his horses and his Haras Sahara. This passion has led him to the desire of having a world class breeding program. Over the last few years, dozens of horses have gone to new pastures. Only the very best remained. To keep them company, some absolutely fantastic mares were acquired. Haras Sahara is now home to a fabulous group of mares, with fillies of the same class waiting for their turn. “The evidence of Haras Sahara’s success is the victory of its homebred foals two years in a row at the coveted Breeders Cup. And the evolution does not stop. This season the farm will have the first foals out of world famous mares like Marcaaysa FA and WW Indih, and of its homebred stars like Sahara Daghirah and Sahara Adeeba.” ~ Murilo Kammer Ar abian Horse Times | 9 | ofw Magic Wan

2012 Mare ~ OFW Magic Wan x RHR Vallacontessa

“When we first saw RHR Bellacontessa at Greg Knowles’s, we could feel at first sight the potential she had. But as the little breeding program Dalia Arabians is, it was a big decision to purchase a young filly in the U.S. that we would have to import to Europe. We had to be sure! So we wanted to take some time and think conscientiously about it. During our trip in the U.S., we had the chance to visit Zerlotti Genetics in Texas, and we had the pleasure to see OFW Magic Wan there. He impressed us so much with his correctness, balance, charisma and beautiful eyes, that during our flight back to Scottsdale, we decided that RHR Bellacontessa had to be ours.” ~ Antonia Bautista, Dalia Arabians, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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OFW Magic Wan’s breeding potential was apparent from his first foal crop, which arrived at Orrion Farms in 2011 and yielded national titlists, but it was quickly confirmed as he went forward at Zerlotti Genetics. Some of the breeders who patronized him in his first seasons there were longtime Zerlotti clients who realized the opportunity he presented. RHR Adora B ~ 2015 Filly OFW Magic Wan x Amora B Owner Running Horse Ranch

Stephanie and Roger McMahon were early successful breeders to Marwan Al Shaqab (in one of the most stellar matches in the industry, their mare Amety B produced Goddess Of Marwan, Princess Of Marwan and Beauty Of Marwan), and they also were among the first to sign on for OFW Magic Wan. Right out of the gate, their mare Nostalggia produced RHR Cashmere, who scored as Supreme Bronze Champion Filly at the AHBA World Cup Show, and recently, their RHR Bellacontessa, sold to Dalia Arabians in Mallorca, was named National Champion Filly of Spain. “When you went in Bellacontessa’s stall, she would come right up to you,” recalls Stephanie McMahon. “She just wanted to be loved and hugged. But all you had to do was shake a little something at her and she went to instant ‘blow smoke.’ It didn’t take much. I believe that’s a trait; we’ve seen it time and time again with our Magic Wan babies. It’s so easy for them.” She reserves special commendation for the stallion. “As he’s gotten older, I just see more and more beauty in his maturity,” she says. “We feel like if we are going to find a second golden cross, he will be it.” Continued ...

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Gary Kehl purchased his first Magic Wan foal, the filly OFW Rihanna, when she was a yearling and watched her score a U.S. National Top Ten in Yearling Fillies two weeks later. Two years later, she would return to win the U.S. National Reserve Championship in 3-Year-Old Fillies. He’s bred to the stallion ever since, and has four foals coming in 2016. Two are from the dam of Magic Mystery Z, whom he purchased last spring on the strength of the already-evident quality he saw in the colt. “Magic Wan gives not only beauty but a lot of neck,” Kehl says. “Not just a long neck, but one that comes out of the chest just right and has a natural curve to it. That’s what you get with him, along with a beautiful head and short, typy ears.” And then there were the two standouts at U.S. Nationals, Makayah and Magic Mystery Z. Continued ...

Gigi Grasso photo

2011 Mare ~ OFW Magic Wan x Hafati Julianna Owner Gary Kehl

“Magic Wan gives not only beauty, but a lot of neck. Not just a l ong neck, but one that comes out of the chest just right and has a natural curve to it. That’s what you get with him, along with a beautiful head and short, typy ears.” ~ Gary Kehl

2014 Colt ~ OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva Owner Zerlotti Genetics

“OFW Magic Wan, the U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion, was able to bring home his second U.S. National title this past year, and it was a big one! Along with winning his title as National Champion, he was also the sire of two incredible champions, his daughter Makayah and his amazing son Magic Mystery Z, which I had the pleasure and the honor of breeding. As a breeder of Arabian horses for more than 36 years, I have witnessed the importance and the certainty that OFW Magic Wan is bringing to the Arabian horse world, and I am confident that with his solid and consistent producing of offspring, he will leave a legacy in the history of the world of Arabian horses.� ~ Luciano Cury

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“I first saw Magic Wan at Michael Byatt’s in 2010 when I visited with Salim Mattar. He struck me as a true representative of his sire, exhibiting the characteristics that made Marwan Al Shaqab a star of incomparable status in our breed. Additionally, Magic Wan has some great qualities of his own. A really short face with gorgeous eyes that he consistently passes to his offspring, a great character and the willingness to show, have made him one of the most remarkable show horses in these days.” ~ Murilo Kammer

Makayah 2012 Mare ~ OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson Owners Michael Byatt & Psynergy

“Makayah is a beautiful horse all around,” observes Michael Byatt, who co-owns her with Psynergy Enterprise Developments. “She thinks beautifully, she loves herself, she’s a very enthusiastic horse, and she’s physically beautiful. Magic Wan produced a very Marwan-y look, as he often does: a beautiful, high-set-on, long, bendy neck, gorgeous throatlatch, and a refined, chiseled, bony face—a lot of stretch and bend and throatlatch—that in the filly are added to a double Jamaal pedigree.” Those aren’t the only attributes. “She just got more exceptional as she got older,” he says. “One of my favorite things about her is that she is a ‘first step’ horse. The minute she takes her first step, she is very high headed, high tailed and energetic—a very positive thinking horse. She’s always been like that.”

2015 Las Vegas World Cup Supreme Gold Champion Magic Mystery Z with Michael Byatt

Plans now call for Makayah, who is in foal (and was at the Nationals) to Kanz Albidayer for a April 2016 foal, to take at least a year off to be a broodmare.

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2012 Stallion - OFW Magic Wan x Sahara Gallina Owners Haras El Madan & Haras FK

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Zerlotti Genetics’s Magic Mystery Z, who was bred by Luciano Cury, was, like his sire, outstanding from birth. His pedigree reflects an interesting departure from typical American breeding: his dam, Marys Diva, offers a near-complete array of outcross Brazilian blood, with the exception of the tail female, which reflects Ali Jamaal, Bey Shah, and a line of old Egyptian blood. The result has been a colt of startling beauty and type. In February 2015, Magic Mystery ventured into the show ring at Scottsdale, finishing at the top of his class, and then went on to become the Gold Supreme Champion Yearling Colt at the AHBA World Cup in Las Vegas. At Nationals that fall, he sparkled in his championship. Mario Zerlotti sums up the colt’s quality when he speaks of his future. “Magic Wan is the king here,” he says. “When we saw Magic Mystery Z, I said, ‘I think we have the prince here now.’” And then there were the 2015 international triumphs. At the Spanish Nationals, RHR Bellacontessa scored as Gold Champion Filly, and in Brazil, the National Champion Stallion was Wandan El Madan. An interesting twist in the Wandan story is that his owner, Haras El Madan, purchased him as an embryo from Salim Mattar—clearly banking on his future. The result was that they rocketed straight to a national championship. Continued ...

“OFW Magic Wan is proving that not only is he an extraordinary halter horse, but also, he is a sire of exceptionally high-quality offspring. He was at the top of my card in the Senior Stallion Championship that he won at the U.S. Nationals, as was his gorgeous son, Magic Mystery Z, who won the Yearling Colt Championship. His exquisite daughter, Makayah, was my highest scoring filly in the National Futurity Filly Championship, which she won. It was not until after the show that I was made aware that these two beauties are both sired by OFW Magic Wan! “Then, three weeks later, I judged a wonderful stallion at the Brazilian Nationals named Wandan El Madan. He was my choice for Gold Champion Senior Stallion, and so I was very happy when he won the title. Again, it was not until after the show that I learned that he, too, is sired by OFW Magic Wan. In retrospect, I can now see many similarities between father and son. “And so, I am quite pleased that a horse I selected to win a very fine class of stallions at the U.S. Nationals is more than living up to his potential as a top breeding horse, as evidenced by these three outstanding individuals!” –Leslie Connor

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For more than a decade, the Arabian horse community has been aware of Zerlotti Genetics as a state-of-the-art equine reproduction facility. Located in Pleasanton, Texas, about 35 miles south of San Antonio, it has been best known for its cutting edge expertise in embryo transfer procedures, but in reality, its scope is far broader. Using the most advanced techniques available, it addresses all aspects of breeding—and just as importantly, also specializes in top quality stallion and mare management. Many clients, both domestic and international, elect to maintain their mares at the farm year-round. Zerlotti Genetics was founded by Brazilian-born veterinarian Mario Zerlotti in 2003. At 1,000 acres, the farm is home to more than 500 horses, the majority of them donor and recipient mares, and their foals, in the embryo transfer program. The expansive acreage is by design: it allows the horses to enjoy turnout in a relaxed environment that supports a high quality of life and optimal reproduction. Zerlotti Genetics also represents well-known sires and maintains a limited number at the facility as well, OFW Magic Wan the most famous. With the exception of the few months preceding a show effort, he is at the farm year-round. And he is a staff favorite.

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“All his babies are ‘Magic Wan babies’ in the way they look, with the eye, the shoulder. The nicest thing is that while the foals are pretty, if you wait, when they turn 3 and 4 years old, there is a big difference—he sires horses that can win as adults. His foals get better and better as they age.” ~ Mario Zerlotti

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OFW Magic Wan’s credentials, at this stage of the game, are clear. But who is the individual behind the titles and the accomplished sons and daughters? “He’s a stallion—he knows he’s the boss in the barn,” smiles Mario Zerlotti. “But he’s very gentle; he’s not aggressive at all. He’s very macho and masculine, but he won’t attack you, bite or kick. He’s always ready to show. When we take him out of the stall, he’s always happy and carries himself well all the time.” “He acts like an animal in charge,” nods Byatt, who had Magic Wan for much of his first three years, but now keeps him only for the two or three months prior to a show. “He is very forward. He’s very macho, very sure of himself; if he sees something intriguing, he’ll run to it rather than away from it. He’ll come to the front of the stall to see everything that is happening because he wants to be in the middle of things. He’s always been a very ‘on top of it’ kind of horse. He’s very enthusiastic. He just has a very effervescent attitude about everything.” Continued ...

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“I told Peter (Cameron) that I thought he would love everything about Magic Wan because he is beautiful, he’s well-made, he’s masculine and he’s a great thinker. Peter said he could tell all of those things by the picture, and he wanted me to know that Magic Wan stood out to him. He said, ‘I just love to look at that horse.’” ~ Michael Byatt with the Honorable Peter Cameron

And he plays. Boy, does he play, Zerlotti reports, especially if you go in his stall. That has been his habit since his long-ago days in Washington, according to Doug Leadley. Play, Zerlotti says, means that Magic Wan likes to stick his tongue out for a human to grab. He’ll wait by his stall door to engage the attention of passersby for a game of tongue, and he can keep it up for as long as his (old or new) friend will stay with him. But take him out to stand up, and he’s all business—at home or at a show. “The minute he walks in the arena, he’s just a step above,” says Gary Kehl. “He’s very sound and he just takes your breath away. When he stands up, the party’s over.” It is easy to believe that OFW Magic Wan has it all. Perhaps the ultimate compliment came from legendary horse show judge Peter Cameron, now retired, who called Michael Byatt in January after seeing an advertising spread on the stallion. “‘I wish I’d still been judging, to be able to judge a horse that looks like that,’” Byatt recalls Cameron saying. “‘Is he that good?’” Byatt’s voice still resonates with appreciation when he tells the story; it was a solid gold endorsement from the most respected judge in the Arabian horse community. “I told Peter that I thought he would love everything about Magic Wan,” he says, “because he is beautiful, he’s well-made, he’s masculine and he’s a great thinker. Peter said he could tell all of those things by the picture, and he wanted me to know that Magic Wan stood out to him. He said, ‘I just love to look at that horse.’” Salim and Rafaela Mattar know the feeling. “Watching a son and daughter of Magic Wan become national champions at the same show [he did] was beyond emotional,” says Mattar. “We couldn’t hold back the tears when we heard the announcement of Magic Mystery Z as unanimous National Champion Yearling Colt. It was like watching a grandchild succeed. It was one of the most special days in my life as an Arabian breeder.”

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“There is no way to walk in the barn and not stop by Magic Wan’s stall. Those big, beautiful eyes stare at you every time. I can stay hours just looking at him. In addition to his beauty, and all he passes to his offspring, I can tell he is a focused horse. He knows when it is time for business. His disposition is beyond what you expect from a stallion, and he never lets us down. It can be in a video or photo shoot, in the show ring or at home during breeding time; he is always ready!” ~ Chelly Zerlotti

Proudly owned by HARAS SAHARA Salim & Rafaela Mattar Brazil Standing at ZERLOTTI GENETICS 743 Witten Road, Pleasanton, TX 78064 Tel: 830-569-8913 Proudlybre dby ORRION FARMS Harold & Dolly Orr Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude Multi-Program Nominated Sire | SCID & CA Clear Produced by Arabian Horse Times Design by Jenn Trickey

AL SHAHANIA STUD RHR Cashmere 11 __________________________________________________________ DALIA ARABIANS RHR Bellacontessa 10 __________________________________________________________ GARY KEHL OFW Rihanna 12 __________________________________________________________ HARAS DAS CASCATAS Magic Mon Amour RB 6 __________________________________________________________ HARAS EL MADAN & HARAS FK Wandan El Madan 16 __________________________________________________________ HARAS SAHARA 9 OFW Magic Wan 1-3, 5, 7, 14, 20, 21, 22, 24 __________________________________________________________ MICHAEL BYATT & PSYNERGY Makayah 8, 15 __________________________________________________________ ORRION FARMS 3 OFW Magic Wan 1-3, 5, 7, 14, 20, 21, 22, 24 OFW Rihanna 12 __________________________________________________________ RUNNING HORSE RANCH RHR Bellacontessa 10 RHR Adora B 11 RHR Cashmere 11 __________________________________________________________ UMBERTO BONINI Bretta UB 4 __________________________________________________________ ZERLOTTI GENETICS 18, 19 Mirella Z 4 Magic Mystery Z 13, 15

Proudly owned by Haras Sahara, Salim & Rafaela Mattar, Brazil Standing at Zerlotti Genetics, 743 Witten Road, Pleasanton, TX 78064, Tel: 830-569-8913




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Share with us how long you have you been in the Arabian horse business and an Arabian horse judge.

Is there a show that you have never judged, but have always wanted too?

I started riding horses when I was 6 years old and was introduced to Arabians when I was 15. At 18, I became a professional trainer and have held my judges card for 16 years.

This year I will be judging Scottsdale in February for the first time and I’m very excited! I first competed there in 1979 and have not missed a year competing since. To have the opportunity to stand in center ring and see the best horses in the world compete will be both an honor and a thrill.

You are one of few horsemen that show in both halter and performance (Western, Hunt, English). How does this help you when judging these divisions? Being a well-rounded horseman and one that competes in multiple divisions does help me as a judge. I’ve had the opportunity to train and show a wide variety of disciplines. It’s allowed me to develop my craft and truly understand the mechanics and importance of each. To be a good judge, one must possess knowledge, integrity and be confident in making their decisions. Does one show stand out to you as a favorite to judge? I’ve had the honor of judging many great shows in numerous countries and have witnessed some amazing performances. Youth Nationals is a favorite; we have some very smart, talented and dedicated young horsemen that will ensure our longevity as a breed. And just recently, I had the honor and privilege of judging the 24th Annual Challenged Rider Horse Show in Weirsdale, FL. I had an idea of what I was about to experience, but was totally blown away, and frankly a bit emotional, as to what I witnessed. The range of “challenge” varied greatly from slight to severe mental and emotional, to different degrees of physical handicapped riders. All were thrilled to receive a ribbon, no matter the placing, with the biggest smiles and excitement over what they had just achieved. I left feeling completely humbled and grateful for all the things I take for granted.

You will be judging halter at the Scottsdale Show, which uses the comparative system vs. the score card. Is there one system you prefer to use? When many of us began judging, we were taught to judge halter horses with the comparative system. It takes time to develop your skills in evaluating conformation, making choices and decisions, along with good bookkeeping skills to allow one to be clear and efficient. Then the scorecard came along and we were asked to give a numerical score that represents the different parts of the horse with a computer doing the sorting and placing process. Once again, it takes time to develop your numerical system to be consistent and confident in your assessment of correct conformation and type. I feel the score card does tell a story from the judge and allows everyone to really understand how that judge sees that individual. Is one better than the other? That still remains to be a hot topic of discussion. For me the comparative system seems the most natural.

“...just recently, I had the honor and privilege of judging the 24th Annual Challenged Rider Horse Show in Weirsdale, FL. I had an idea of what I was about to experience, but was totally blown away, and frankly a bit emotional, as to what I witnessed.”

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“This year I will be judging Scottsdale in February for the first time and I’m very excited! I first competed there in 1979 and have not missed a year competing since. To have the opportunity to stand in center ring and see the best horses in the world compete will be both an honor and a thrill.” The style of halter horse has changed tremendously over the years in the U.S. To you, what is the ideal breeding horse? Sure, the halter horse styles have changed over the years, but I think as a whole, Arabian breeders are very passionate and dedicated to creating beautiful, sound and useful horses. The reality is yes, the Arabian is the most versatile breed, but we have created a very specialized horse. Years ago the same horse might compete in three or four divisions at the same show. Today, our horses show in one or two, generally speaking. We as a breed have raised the bar so high in training and competition, that it has become very difficult to do multiple disciplines. In regard to halter horses, my ideal breeding horse is one that exudes Arabian type. Type is way more than pretty face, however, it’s the combination of the Arabian characteristics that make up the correct balance and structure along with the beauty, scope, refinement, carriage, and athleticism. When you hear the words ‘form to function,’ what does this mean to you and particularly to an Arabian that is competing in halter? Form to function is understanding good and correct conformation and the possibilities of what that animal might be useful for. Starting from the ground up, back to front, determining how this horse is designed and is its conformation going to allow him to excel as an athlete and as a top halter horse.  Recognizing and understanding conformational faults and defects and their ramifications is just as important. Example, club feet, off-set cannon bones, low set, short, under slung necks, long backs, weak loins etc.

How important to you is the loose lead walk? In halter classes, most horses sort themselves out at the loose lead walk. It’s one of the few times in a class where the judge can see the horse for what he truly is at a natural and relaxed gait. Most other times, a good handler who knows his horse works very hard to showcase its best features, or in some cases, tries to conceal the less fortunate ones. With that said, I do understand it’s a “horse show” and I’ve made my living showing horses. As a judge it’s my job and responsibility to find and award the best horse on that given day. If I feel a handler is interfering with the process of the loose lead walk, I will simply ask the handler to please relax and lower his hand and the contact on the horses lead as they pass by me.  If the handler refuses to follow my request, I will take that action into consideration when I make my decision and placements. When doing your final walk-through at the end to mark your card, how do you use this time? The final walk-through is when I’m doing a last overview of the class and checking my notes and placements before I mark my card. There could be some instances where I have several horses that are somewhat tied and I need to compare to reach my final decision. It’s important to be organized and be able to make your choices and mark your cards in a timely manner.

“Horse showing is not for the faint of heart, there’s always going to be ups and downs. Horses have good days and bad days just like us. There’s so many factors that are involved in having a successful show and it’s important to do everything in your power so your horse is prepared and ready to compete to the best of its ability.”

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JOHN RANNENBERG For an owner that is competing at Scottsdale for the first time, what advice could you give them in case the outcome is not what they had projected? Horse showing is not for the faint of heart, there’s always going to be ups and downs. Horses have good days and bad days just like us. There’s so many factors that are involved in having a successful show and it’s important to do everything in your power so your horse is prepared and ready to compete to the best of its ability. If it doesn’t go well, learn from what happened and try to make it more successful the next time. The journey and experience is really what it’s all about. When everything falls into place as it should and you come out victorious, there’s no other high like it. Do you evaluate younger halter horses different than an aged one? For me, the evaluation process is similar when judging young horses and older ones. They seldom compete together so again, I’m trying to find the best individual in the class. Things that are different between the two are development, substance, balance, maturity, conditioning, level of training etc. When you say to someone that a horse has good halter movement, what does that mean? Good movement or a high score in movement doesn’t necessarily mean that the horse will make a good English pleasure horse. In halter there’s a huge variety of movement styles, and horses that have more of a lower type movement can still score well. Ask yourself, does the horse engage from the hindquarters and propel himself from the rear? Does he have the ability to have a round and ground covering trot with length of stride and a softness that is beautiful to watch? Horses that are stiff in their hocks, have poor flexion, and lack drive from the rear along with short, quick and choppy movement up front should be penalized. There is concern in regards to shanking in the halter arena; what are your thoughts on this?

As trainers we’ve been warned and advised that we as a breed are being watched. It’s important that our “perception” of horsemanship is not tarnished by improper handling. There is a difference of proper discipline if a horse becomes unruly and needs to be corrected. As judges, it’s our responsibility to not allow or tolerate aggressive handling in the arena in order to get the “show” or “hard standup.” Judges need to take charge of the show arena; if they feel someone is pushing the limit, stop the class and say something to the handler. Unfortunately, we are at a point that we will need to penalize accordingly and make it clear that this is not acceptable. And extreme show clipping and oil being used on a horse ... what do you prefer to see when a horse is presented to you? I think where the idea of extreme show clipping has evolved is from wanting to achieve the look of summer time when horses naturally shed a lot of the facial hair around the eyes and muzzle area. The skin is black and with the use of oils you can really highlight the features and get a dramatic look. Because we have rules regarding balding, we as a breed have made clipping an art form. People spend hours clipping and blending the hair to get that extreme contrast, but the trick is to make it look natural. Seeing a horse that looks like he dipped his nose in a bucket of black paint to me is offensive. The over use of oil where it’s running off the horse’s face or body, in my opinion, is not attractive. Think of it as a woman putting on her makeup to bring out her good features and skin tone that also complements her style. Show grooming starts at home with proper diet, exercise and daily grooming. My suggestion is, if you are going to “extreme clip” your horse, practice at home and see what looks best for your horse. Clip a couple of days before the event and allow it to soften a bit. Some hair will start to grow back and you can always touch up and blend the hair before your class.

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Royally Bred … Loyally Raised by Jeff Wallace and Tjeresa Cardamone The training barn at Shea Stables is always a hub of activity, filled with horses full of promise and people who shape them into performers who consistently win at the highest possible level. Holding court among them for over 25 years was a majestic bay stallion, his keen eyes always betraying an interest that belied his regal calm. Known as much for his kind intelligence as he was for his beauty and talent, the power of Afire Bey V’s magnetic presence drew anyone who entered the barn right to his stall. He was the highlight of every visit, having earned that spotlight by developing into the most accomplished sire the Arabian breed has ever seen. With offspring earning well over 2,500 national titles and thousands more garnered by his grand-get, he was the number one sire in the Arabian breed for 16 consecutive years, leading across all disciplines, and a 2-time Readers Choice Overall Sire. Afire Bey V was so far out in front of his nearest competitors that the title was seldom in question. Often his own sons have been his closest competition as his progeny have stocked the stables of nearly every leading performance trainer for many years. In truth, it would be surprising if there were a horse in the Shea’s champion-filled barn that did not have the blood of Afire Bey V running through its veins. Ever since he arrived as a young prospect sent by legendary breeder Sheila Varian, Afire Bey V made his home in Michigan with trainer/managers Tim and Marty Shea and new owners Gail and Dave Liniger, of Maroon Fire Arabians. He was the catalyst for the enduring, collaborative business relationship between

the two couples that flourishes to this day. Theirs is the perfect example that proves the theory; good horses are not simply born that way, their success depends upon the humans into whose hands they fall. Fortunately for Afire Bey V and the Arabian breed, his raw talent, abilities, and tremendous potential could not have found more fertile ground in which to germinate. His story is one of a loyal team of four people who never wavered throughout his long life, providing the horse with the knowledgeable management and promotional support that took his natural gifts and talents and shaped him into a legend. By his royal breeding, anyone could predict that the son of the legendary Huckleberry Bey and the Bask daughter Autumn Fire had the genetic potential to be a superstar sire of English horses. Huckleberry Bey had earned United States National Reserve Championships both as a Futurity Colt and as an English Pleasure horse before becoming the sire and grandsire of many national champions. He was so famous, the Breyer Company created a model of him to represent Arabian horses to the general public. Huckleberry Bey’s bloodlines allowed him to channel the finest qualities of his sire, Bay El Bey, who was a Canadian National Champion Stallion and twice U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion and his dam Taffona, an exquisite daughter of the brilliant sire, Raffon. A tremendously versatile show horse, Raffon was named U.S. National Champion English Pleasure horse after winning the U.S. National Champion Stallion title several years earlier.

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Dave and Gail Liniger, Tim Shea, Allen Zeller, Sheila Varian and Marty Shea with Afire Bey V.

“As his breeder and the hills of home where he spent his youth, our memories and grief for Afire Bey V are one-of-a-kind and very personal,” says Sheila Varian, Varian Arabians. “He was a great son from a large family of exceptional brothers and sisters, sired by Huckleberry Bey out of the wonderful *Bask++ daughter, Autumn Fire. Like his siblings he grew up running on Colt Hill, playing with others his age. He is a fourth generation Varian Arabian. We are proud of his life, his accomplishments and his legacy. His history and heritage and that of Varian Arabians are one and the same.” Afire Bey V’s pedigree is packed with powerhouse performance horses. His dam Autumn Fire was arguably the best producing daughter of Bask, the legendary United States National Champion Stallion and U.S. National Champion Park Horse, and one of the greatest sires the breed has ever seen. She produced nine foals who grew up to be national winners including U.S. National Champion English Pleasure horses August Bey V and Alyaska Bey V, and additional U.S. Reserve National Champions Autumn Blaze V and

Ambush V. Autumn Fire’s daughters have produced a staggering number of champions between them. Her dam, Sparklingburgundy, provided an additional influx of “trot,” being a Park horse in her own right, and was a daughter of one of the foundation sires of American breeding, the fabulous Fadjur. In many ways, Afire Bey V is a true representation of the “American bred” Arabian, his pedigree a melting pot of bloodlines springing from importations from Europe and the Middle East that began nearly 100 years ago.

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Even with such a powder keg of potential, it took the right combination of ownership and management to guide Afire Bey V’s career as it skyrocketed him to the top of the list as the premiere sire in the history of the Arabian breed. Sold to someone else who did not have an equal level of experience, dedication, and resources, the same genetically charged individual might have had an insignificant impact on the breed. After all, no horse can do it all by himself. Instead, because of the four talented and resourceful people who devoted themselves to his success, Afire Bey V was given the opportunity to fulfill his destiny. This was a team who knew what to do, and how best to support and promote Afire Bey V in ways that were tasteful and extremely consistent. As just one example, he was featured on the back cover of a prominent breed journal every month for over 20 years! The trickledown effect of that loyalty made him among the most recognized of all stallions and contributed to his unprecedented success as a sire. Afire Bey V has been the life’s blood of the English performance division for so long, it is hard to remember a time when he was not. One year, seven of the eight National Champions and Reserves in the major English performance classes were his direct get! It is impossible to calculate the dollar value of the hundreds of National Champions that spring from him, or the impact he has made on the Arabian horse economy. Dave and Gail Liniger have a wealth of corporate knowledge between them, having developed the ReMax Real Estate Corporation into one of the leading realty firms in the world. They utilized their decades of experience to provide the leadership and business acumen that melded perfectly with the Sheas’ extensive horse experience. Dave dove into the study of pedigrees and developed an amazing eye and intuition for knowing a great horse. The Linigers have become astute breeders, twice taking home the APAHA Breeder of the Year award. They have also won that prestigious title in association with the Sheas. The Liniger/Shea team was also the recipient of the coveted 2012 USEF Pegasus Award for Breeders of the Year. Tim and Marty Shea have been breeding and training Arabian horses since the 1960’s and have also won

the APAHA Breeder of the Year award themselves. Tim is one of the most talented and respected English performance trainers on the planet, as evidenced by the hundreds of National Championships that have been won by horses in his barn. Marty’s savvy and incredible instincts provide a perfect balance, and contribute in no small way to the overwhelming success they have enjoyed for so long. Between them, the Liniger/Sheas have bred over 50 National Champions or Reserves, a mind-boggling number. Marty Shea elaborated on the depth of the relationship between the Sheas and the Linigers, “We are not only business associates, we are friends. We are truly friends. We’ve been around each other and in business with each other since around 1988. That’s when we first got started and then it just evolved into a very mutual respect for one another.” Dave Liniger uses the same skills of leadership that have made his Remax Realty one of the top real estate companies in the world in all of his enterprises, including Arabian horses. “He hires experts and lets them either sink or swim,” Marty explained. However, he always provides support and resources to ensure the best chance for success, be it professional development opportunities for Remax agents or funding a breeding program. “The Linigers have been the clients from heaven,” Marty expounded. “Dave Liniger has a sense of good things, period. He buys good dogs, he buys good horses, he buys good cars; he just has a sense of quality. They do not micro-manage. They supplied the great mares and the stallions, they added all the ingredients and they let us do the mix. We needed to guide them along with what we knew; that’s what they trusted us with.” Nearly 30 years later, trust remains the foundation of their beautiful ongoing relationship. To the Linigers, Afire Bey V was a family horse. Whether eating carrots from Gail’s hand or taking Dave or another member of the family out for a ride, he was the entire package of talent, beauty and brains. As Marty described, “That’s the crux of the Maroon Fire/Shea Stables breeding program, disposition. He personified that. He had a majesty and quietness about himself. He

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was a sensitive and sensible horse, not a foolish horse.” The Maroon Fire/Shea team managed his care to keep him both physically and mentally healthy throughout his long life. “Afire Bey V was ridden nearly every day by Tim’s assistant trainer Alan Zeller,” Marty continued. “Ann Hernandez, our breeding manager, also handled Afire Bey V and did a great job with him. Both of those people loved the horse tremendously and took pride in the fact that they were around him.” Afire Bey V’s extensive legacy is full of extraordinary horses. “One of Mr. Liniger’s favorites is Foxy Afire. He absolutely loves her; she is a beautiful, beautiful mare. That is a mare that stands out in his mind and personifies beauty. I would say Afires Heir is probably my favorite and one of the most successful,” Marty confided. “That particular horse happens to be one that Tim and I bred, but there are many other outstanding horses.” Afires Heir had an unprecedented show career, placing first on each and every judge’s card every single time shown, including an unbelievable four unanimous United States National Championships in English Pleasure. His dam, Brassmis, is one of the few purebred mares to have produced national champions

in performance and also in halter, as exemplified by her daughter, U.S. and Canadian National Champion Afire Storrm. Brassmis is also the center of one of Marty’s favorite memories. “She came from Cedar Ridge Arabians, the Ames family. They had an auction; it was on a Sunday because I was in church. And I said to my sister, ‘excuse me a minute, I’ve got something I’ve got to do.’ And she said, ‘what are you talking about?’ And I said, ‘I’ve got to go bid on a horse!’ So I bought her over the phone; it was Brassmis!” Marty finishes the story with a twinkle in her eye, “Almost every foal she’s had has been top ten or better.” The Maroon Fire/Shea magic cross to date has been breeding Afire Bey V daughters to their “junior stallion,” eighteen-year old IXL Noble Express, who was sired by six-time U.S. National Champion Park Horse or Reserve, MHR Nobility. Noble Express is another exceptional stallion purchased by the Linigers; he was 2006 National Champion Park Horse and 2007 Top Ten Stallion in halter, finishing third on the judges’ cards. The Sheas have a two-year-old sired by Noble Express out of a full sister to Afires Heir that is kindling a good deal of excitement. And there is another two-year-old

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colt owned by the Linigers, Justice Afire, who is by Afire Bey V and out of a Noble Express daughter. “Kind of the flip side of the pedigree that we’re real high on,” Marty stated.

to take four or five mares and breed them out of your program, and don’t think about that first cross, but think about how you can use the results back in what you’re doing. And we are going to start doing some of that.”

If there is a downside to Afire Bey V’s domination as a sire, it is that it has become difficult to find a pedigree in the English genre that does not contain his blood. “I think that everyone who is producing English performance horses is searching for that next cross, and that’s something that Mr. Liniger is bent on finding,” she continued. “He is eager to get that next step. Even though we lost Afire Bey V, Mr. Liniger is enthusiastic, he is eager to keep going and doing new things.” And just how do you go about finding that next step? “That is the question!” Marty laughed. “We are putting out feelers and seriously looking at pedigrees that people are sending us. My dear friend Sheila Varian says you need

Because of Afire Bey V’s total dominance as a sire, many breeders are facing a similar dilemma in having horses who boast his potent blood. “We are not the only ones in this boat,” Marty states. “The whole English performance community is in the same situation. Jeff Wallace has steered me towards Poland. The State Studs are breeding mostly towards the market horse, the pretty halter horse, and they have stopped breeding that dynamic racehorse that produced horses like Bask. But there are farms in Poland that are going back to breeding the old style of Polish Arabian. We’re hoping we’ll make a trip to Poland and see what we can shake out of the bushes.”

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The Perfect Storm by Christy Egan

Afire Bey V departed from this world four months after his thirtieth birthday, late in the fall. It was almost a month after the 2015 U.S. National Championships where 49 of his sons and daughters competed, winning 94 national awards. His life and his legacy are so extraordinary, and encompass so much change and success in the industry, and so many lives, both human and equine, that it is impossible to imagine another horse will match him. Not in our lifetime. The events, people and details that made up Afire Bey V could be called … The Perfect Storm. Afire Bey V had one of life’s rare beginnings. He was bred by Sheila Varian and born at her ranch in California, where he spent the first years of his idyllic colthood enjoying green pastures and careful handling via the legendary Varian Way. He also embodied the perfect Arabian English pedigree of our time, with Huckleberry Bey for a sire and the *Bask++ daughter, Autumn Fire for a dam. At three he was sent east to Michigan for training with Tim and Marty Shea. There, between 1989 and 1993, he was shown in English pleasure and in park (for which he was awarded a U.S. National Top Ten). In the fall of his four-year-old year, Tim trotted Afire Bey V out of the barn and down the lane for Dave and Gail Liniger of RE/MAX™ Realty International and Maroon Fire Arabians. The stallion danced through the red and yellow leaves, tail up, delighted to be outside on a crisp, fall day. For Dave and Gail, it was love at first sight.

“Gail and I looked at over 50 stallions during the six month period before we got to Afire Bey V,” says Dave. “Part of what we wanted was the right personality. Gail was handicapped from an airplane crash at the time and needed assistance walking. A kind and gentle heart came first for us. Afire Bey V had that heart. Yet, when you put a saddle on him and brought him into the ring, he came alive, puffed up; became aggressive. The point is, he was both beautiful and charismatic … in a word, magic!” The Linigers went to their mentors and asked them what mares would cross best with Afire Bey V. Like his grandsire *Bask++, Afire Bey V was handsome with a magnificent neck and carriage, as well as good gaits, and, like *Bask++, he needed a stronger hip. So the Linigers and their advisors set about putting together a broodmare band for the stallion. “We read a lot of magazines,” laughs Dave. “We went to ALL of the shows. By the end of a year we had 15 to 20 mares, the beginning of our broodmare band.” The Maroon Fire Arabians’ fledgling breeding program worked. About 80% of the foals from the first crops were “homeruns.” There were no real failures; nothing that didn’t work, and the best ones were very special. Outside of the immediate Liniger group of mentor horsemen: Tim and Marty Shea, Sheila Varian, Don DeLongpre and Gordon Potts, one of the first Arabian trainers to spot Afire Bey V and understand his potential was Joel Kiesner. “The first time I saw him was at Scottsdale in 1992,” Joel says. “I was standing on the

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AFIRE BEY V - STATISTICS Afire Bey V was the Leading Sire in the Arabian breed in so many ways for so many years. With 1,359 registered offspring as of the end of 2015, he has been the leading sire of Arabian offspring. He is the sire of 572 purebred champions and 190 Half-Arabian champions. Of these horses, 375 have gone on to make a mark in national competition at the Youth, Canadian, Sport Horse and U.S. National Championships. Afire Bey V is currently the sire of 144 national champion and 73 reserve national champion offspring. Together these horses have won 736 national and reserve national championships and 2,234 national top ten awards. All of these numbers constitute records. Just thinking about the number of rose blankets that entails and the ribbons … it’s scarcely imaginable. Afire Bey V offspring first appeared at the U.S. National Championships in 1995, when he was ten. That year Afire Lullaby was National Champion Country Pleasure Driving and Can Can Dancer was National Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse. Within a few short years, Afire Bey V began to show up as a leading sire at the national shows and has continued to top the lists as leading sire of Performance or Performance and Halter combined every year following to date. At the 2015 U.S. Nationals, his offspring won 12 national championships, 12 reserve national championships and 70 national top ten awards. Leading the way was one of his best Half-Arabian daughters, Americanbeautie+// who garnered two national championships and reserves, making her all-time record 74 national wins, 23 national championships and 9 reserves. That record places her up there with Afire Bey V’s all-time best: Whiskey Glow+// (78 national awards, 15 national championships and 11 reserves) and Casablanca Afire+// (78 national awards, 14 national championships and 11 reserves). Among the mares that have crossed particularly well with Afire Bey V are the daughters of numerous great *Bask++ sons. These include The Chief Justice, Zodiac Matador, Cognac, Promotion and Bask Flame. Barbary (Bay El Bey) and Pask (*El Paso) daughters have been among his finest crosses. When bred to daughters of noted halter sires like *Aladdinn and Padrons Psyche, Afire Bey V has produced outstanding national winning halter horses. There are also several Saddlebred and Dutch Harness mares that have bred consistently well with Afire Bey V. Of them, of course, The Small Town Blues, with her 14 champions and 12 national winners (11 of them national champions and/or reserves) stands tall. Dutch Harness Mare Ritida is also a spectacular example, especially since this year at U.S. Nationals, five of her seven national winners sired by Afire Bey V placed national champion and/or reserve in their classes. Her top son, Adams Fire, now has 14 national championships to his credit. The Afire Bey record stands alone. No stallion in our time, standing at public to a group of mares numbering 500 or more, has a better percentage of champions to number of get. His is 56%. His percentage of offspring that have won their national awards in English competition is 85%, with the balance of winning percentages split almost evenly between Halter (7%) and other performance classes (8%). Afire Bey V was the Leading All-Time Sire of Champions, National Winners and Offspring in the Arabian breed. As his good friend and lifelong trainer Tim Shea said of him, “For 27 years he lived in the first stall to the left of the door. Every morning I still look up, expecting to see him. He didn’t owe anything to anybody.”

stats by Christy Egan

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rail and here was this dramatically different bay stallion. He was beautiful, big and tall, with a long, round neck. I instantly thought to myself, ‘This horse is going to change the breed.’ When I was growing up, anybody who could get their hands on a *Bask++ horse was turned into an instant ‘somebody.’ They rode on the ‘coattails’ of that great horse. Afire Bey V was my generation’s *Bask++.” Kiesner got his chance and soon began training Afire Bey V sons and daughters, quickly realizing there was something different about these horses. “Some of the trainers that worked the pure Polish Arabians in the show rings of the 60’s and 70’s would get tough with them. Afire Bey V horses have large personalities. They are very intelligent; very sensitive. Physically they are perfectly suited for their job. They can be praised and rewarded or just as easily insulted. The Afire Bey V horses did not respond well to roughness and constant reprimand and consequently they taught horsemen how to be kinder, more thoughtful trainers. You have to keep these horses happy and have respect for them, if you want to succeed with them. I personally owe Afire Bey V and the Sheas a great deal. I would not be where I am today without them.” One of the extraordinary things about the Afire Bey V horses and certainly one of the keys to their ultimate success was their ability to work with a broad range of riders. Dennis Wigren, trainer and manager at R.O. Lervick Arabians, has worked with over a dozen Afire Bey V horses including national champions ROL Firecracker+// and ROL Lets Dance+. “Afire Bey V horses put me on the map in the Arabian English division,” Dennis admits. “I like the way they are real show horses, their expression and how they hit the ring like ‘stars!’ There’s so much quality to them. Many of them won as four-year-olds with amateurs up, while they were still junior horses, and every single one I had, eventually became a great amateur horse.” Most all of the biggest English trainers in the business today find it easy to pay homage to Afire Bey V. “The credit for a large majority of our winning show string and our success goes to Afire Bey V,” says Jim Stachowski of Stachowski Farms. “There have been so many of them for us … literally champion after champion. They show enormous quality and big, performance motion in the show ring.

They have a certain look about them that you can’t miss and they are consistent, which gives them an edge and makes them big time national winners.” Trainer John Ryan agrees. “So much of my career has been influenced by the Afire Bey V horses. I am not sure where I would be today without him. Afire Bey V horses have a near perfect blend of attitude and athletic ability. They are built to do their job and they are very giving horses.” John rode Defying Gravity RGS+// and Afireandbrimstone SCA to national championships. “Just stay out of their way and let them excel,” suggests John. “Let them do what they enjoy. Let them be who they are. There are few unnecessary miles with these horses.” Of all these trainers the last word must go to Tim Shea, since he was the first to ride and train Afire Bey V, and, with his wife, Marty, is the critical management piece of the Afire Bey V success puzzle. “Afire Bey V had that fabulous neck and a wonderful softness from his poll right through to his hocks,” says Tim. “*Bask++ had a huge influence on our English Arabian horses but there was no *Bask son that really took over after he died. At the time we all thought there would be another pure Polish stallion that would step up, but it didn’t happen. It wasn’t the answer. Afire Bey V was.” There is much conversation about the Liniger’s marketing of Afire Bey V. In 60 years, no one in the Arabian industry ever promoted a horse as consistently or for as many years as the Maroon Fire Arabians and Shea Stables team promoted Afire Bey V. Their advertising and marketing program flourished and endured for 27 years. Much has been made of the importance of the advertising and promotion afforded Afire Bey V, but the man who paid for and instigated all of it, Dave Liniger, relegates it to simply a powerful and important detail. “You can’t sell an empty box,” Dave notes. “If you have an average horse and promote him the way we did Afire Bey V, you’ll get nothing from it. The proof is in the progeny. The fact that he was marvelous, coupled with the promotion, commanded the attention of the entire Arabian industry.” Eventually almost all of creating and implementing the Afire Bey V marketing fell to Marty Shea. Those who came to the Shea Stables in search of Afire Bey V

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offspring frequently praise Marty’s ability to discover the right horse for rider and owner. There was also the complete management end of the business, which also fell to Tim and Marty Shea. Liniger is full of praise for the Sheas and the admiration is mutual. “The Linigers are the perfect owners and clients,” Marty says. “They have let us make decisions and trusted our judgement. They never micromanage with us and we work hard every day to be worthy of that trust and confidence.” There is undoubtedly a certain amount of headshaking among those in the horse industry over the Shea’s three-decade relationship with the Linigers. Some call it incredibly good luck that the Sheas were able to discover and keep the Linigers. “How amazing,” they say to Tim and Marty, “that you found someone like Dave and Gail and have kept them interested in the horses for 30 years.” Dave would probably reply that it was he who was lucky to find people he could trust with his horses and his business like the Sheas. As for keeping him in the business, if you ask Dave Liniger what other passions in his life have kept his attention like the horses, he would answer, “Everything.” Whether it’s Nascar racing, big game hunting, scuba diving or Arabian horses, he is a man who stays the course, no matter how tough the road, if he cares about what he’s doing. If you ask what he saw when he looked at Arabian horses, he answers, “Peace.” He will tell you stories about mares and babies in the green pastures of summer and the contrast between the “real life” of the horses and the demanding 18-hour days of creating RE/MAX™ International. “There’s also the fascination

and challenge of being a breeder,” Dave says. “Did I select the right mare? What is the stallion going to bring to the breeding? If it doesn’t work, do I try it again or go in another direction? I started out as an Arabian horse breeder by talking to Sheila Varian. She is brilliant. I spent hours asking her questions at every opportunity. I did that for years and I’m sure she must have thought I was crazy. For the most part, my mentors in the business were the Sheas, Don DeLongpre and Sheila, with their many years of experience. I eventually trusted Tim and Marty Shea with all of the management for our breeding operation and I still trust them today … implicitly.” The big question is, will the legacy of Afire Bey V fade away or continue at Shea Stables and Maroon Fire Arabians? There is really no doubt. There are 1,000 frozen straws of Afire Bey V semen to consider, exceptional young colts and fillies that combine the bloodlines of Afire Bey V and his stablemate, IXL Noble Express+, to show and to breed. The continuing story, like the legacy of Afire Bey V, shows no sign of slowing; no lack of ongoing enthusiasm and energy. It is obvious that there were four great pillars supporting the success of Afire Bey V and his momentous legacy: Bloodstock, Management, Promotion and Marketing and Longevity. Afire Bey V, his contribution to the breed and his great record, would not have been possible without Tim and Marty Shea, who would not have been possible without Dave and Gail Liniger, who would not have had this incredible success story without Afire Bey V. It was, and is, a great collaboration. A Perfect Storm. ■

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When you think of Afire Bey V, what is the first thing you think of? I had the pleasure of meeting Afire Bey V a handful of times, and was always struck by an undeniable “it” factor that he exuded even well into his older years. I always knew I was in the presence of a “great one”. Through his kids I have an ever deeper insight into who he was. All of his offspring share the same characteristics of intelligence, beauty, athleticism and trainability, and are true “show horses” when they hit the arena. My family is thankful that we have been able to share in this great horse’s legacy, now and moving into the future. —Lori Lawrence Beauty, athleticism, and a great neck. Afire Bey V’s get have that neck, the flexibility in the poll, and the incredible shoulders and movement. Afire Bey definitely left his mark on the breed—beautiful strengths that should carry on for generations. —Lorie Henderson The first thing I think of is how grateful I am to the Linigers and to the Sheas for setting such an outstanding example and standard of excellence with their breeding program based on Afire Bey V. My first stud, PS Afire Chief was an Afire Bey V son raised by a small breeder in Atlanta. In addition, both my remaining stallions, Baskghazi and The Renaissance are Afire Bey V’s grandsons. A good many of my mares also are by Afire Bey V or are his grand get. At Smoky Mountain Park Arabians, I have bred the Afire Bey daughters to my Afire Bey V son and grandsons with excellent results. We are getting athletic size, quality, soaring necks and trot. For this reason, and others, I am grateful for Afire Bey V, the Linigers and Sheas, for their contribution to the SMP breeding program. —Jacque Thompson

When I think of Afire Bey V, I think of how blessed we are to have ROL Divine Style. Afire Bey V passed on his intelligence, beauty and performance talent to one of his youngest producing studs. He sired many Arabian champions and national champions and we are fortunate to have one of his finest. There is no doubt, that Afire Bey V is one of the most admired and beloved Arabian horses. We will indeed miss him. —Nancy De Lisi Neck, throat latch and presence. —Brian Murch All the babies we have had by Afire Bey V over the years have had a big trot, a big heart and a willing attitude to go forward! He will be greatly missed in our breeding program. —Roger and Linda Lervick The first thing that comes to mind: How many great daughters Afire Bey V has produced to carry on his lineage. Being fortunate to have one of the best of all time, not only in the show ring, but in the breeding barn producing national champion quality offspring, no matter which stallion she has been bred to. Thank you Afire Bey V for my Rumina Afire! Without you, we wouldn’t be able to carry the torch for our breed into the future. —Steve Lazzarini Afire Bey V is a true blessing to the Arabian breed. Classic beauty, style and grace, with a heart as big as his legacy. —Tracy Kujawa, Angel Heart Farm

The best performance sire since *Bask. —Barbara Chur

The Linigers and Marty & I, would like to thank everyone who bred their good mares to Afire Bey V and to all of you who have trained and shown his offspring. Without you, none of this would have ever happened—you believed in him as much as we did. Afire Bey V was a game changer, not only for us, but also for the whole Arabian industry. There are very few, and he truly was. His record as a sire is unequaled in any breed of livestock. So, with heavy hearts we mourn his absence, but we look forward with great anticipation, to ours and yours continued participation in his legacy. He was in every sense, a class act. We will miss him—always.

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Afire Bey V x IXL Miss Firefly, by MHR Nobility

The first Divine foals arrived in 2015 and many more are coming in 2016 from a list of prominent breeders, including: Tim and Marty Shea, R.O. Lervick Arabians, Cedar Ridge Arabians, and Gene and Erin LaCroix. Reserve a breeding in his limited book to create something “Divine.”


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In Memory of Afire Bey V Not since *Bask, has there been a stallion who has raised the bar so much for so many of us in the Arabian breed. Afire Bey V is a treasure lost to us now, but his legacy will live on in his children’s children. We at Adandy Farm, are so blessed with three of his sons— a National Champion and two Reserve National Champions. They are like fine jewels in the tapestry of the life of Afire Bey V.



Afire Bey V x Gitara

Afire Bey V x KAZ Baskteena


THE FIRELORD Afire Bey V x Barbarys Jubilee


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A tribute to his great sire ...


Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate, by The Chief Justice Breeders Sweepstakes nominated

S Justa Flash (Justafire DGL x Lorece)


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omentous losses compounded by the reality that these stallions, as father and son, shared enormous success in the same years. Afire Bey V proved to be the greatest performance sire since *Bask. His success as a sire spanned 25 years, while Baske Afire’s was developed in a short 13-year span. Their statistical success was astonishingly close when you consider the 12-year gap between their breeding years. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Baske Afire and Afire Bey V, and will be forever perplexed by the untimely death of these legendary super sires within a month of one another. Their path to a rich afterlife through the success of their sons and daughters is imminent. I am grateful for my time with Baske Afire. He will be alive in my heart for as long as I live.

—Barbara Chur

Baske Afire Strawberry Banks Farm

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AEPA Enrolled Sire • Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire MN Medallion Stallion • SCID Clear

Proudly owned by Bill & Shirley Reilich Standing at Kiesner Training • 865.984.5245


5x National Champion & Reserve

National Champion

National Reserve Champion

To experience the spirit of Afire Bey V in our horses, is not only an incredible thrill, but an extraordinary honor. His contribution to the Arabian horse goes unrivaled.

Afire Bey V x Ritida

Afire Bey V x Noblemis

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17x National Champion & Reserve

8x National Champion & Reserve

10x National Champion & Reserve

12x National Champion & Reserve

5x National Champion & Reserve

National Reserve Champion

National Champion

Lori, Carey & Nicole Lawrence Rancho Santa Fe, CA Phone: 858-756-4387 • • Trained by Kiesner Training, Louisville, TN

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THE AFIRE BEY V LEGACY LIVES ON AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN PARK ARABIANS Thank you, Dave and Gail Liniger, Tim and Marty Shea and most of all ... Thank You Afire Bey V!

Bay El Bey Huckleberry Bey Taffona AFIRE BEY V *Bask Autumn Fire Sparklingburgundy Baske Afire *Bask Baskevich Daalda Panama Mac Baske Meridian AH Meditation Algona

Celebes Aloes Algoa El Ghazi Bandos Elektra Ellora RY Fire Ghazi *Bask Le Fire Susecion RL Rah Fire Rahalima Raha Melima Delta-C Mehana

U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Scottsdale Signature Stallion WCAHA All Star Futurity AEPA Enrolled Sire

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2015 U.S. National Champion BLOCK BUSTER PF (Baskghazi x Afires Quintina, by Afire Bey V) winning the Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse with Jessica Clinton DeSoto, as breeder Irwin Schimmel and other enthusiasts look on.

2015 U.S. National Champion SUPREME SENSATION SMP (Baskghazi x A Love Supreme, by Apaladin), winning The $100,000 AEPA Four-Year-Old Futurity with Jim Stachowski, as breeder Jacque Thompson and other enthusiasts look on.

BETSI ROSS (Baskghazi x Tizi Melu, by Afire Bey V), ridden by Ashley Roberts. Owned by Don Nitz.

Lenoir City, TN

Rod & Jacqueline Thompson For Information Call 865-816-2406

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Bay El Bey Huckleberry Bey Taffona AFIRE BEY V *Bask Autumn Fire Sparklingburgundy ML Afire Dream Nureddin *Aladdinn Lalage DF Dream Weaver Bask Clasix Clasix Dream Waiferme

Witraz *Bask Balalajka Pro-Fire Ego *Prowizja Prowarda Fire Essense Bay-Abi Mikado *Naganka BRA Quintessence Don Espada Quintina Montina U.S. National Champion Arabian English Pleasure Futurity U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Scottsdale Champion Arabian English Pleasure Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Scottsdale Signature Stallion WCAHA All Star Futurity • AEPA Enrolled Sire

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INGENUE SMP (The Renaissance x Tranquillity Bey, by AA Apollo Bey) 2015 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity. Ridden by Cortney Schafer Downey

ESSENCE OF FIRE SMP (The Renaissance x Escada SCA, by Afire Bey V) 2015 Top Ten AEPA Arabian Horse Times Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity. Ridden by Cortney Schafer Downey

THE COMMANDER SMP (The Renaissance x Pretty Amazing, by A Temptation) Arabian Stallion

CLAIRVOYANT SMP (The Renaissance x Read My Mind, by VF Premonition) Arabian Mare Lenoir City, TN

Rod & Jacqueline Thompson For Information Call 865-816-2406

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Waiting in the wings ...


BASKGHAZILLIONHEIR SMP (Baskghazi x On Tulsa Time) Half-Arabian Gelding. Now in training with Stachowski Farm ATLAS SMP (Baskghazi x PS Alympia, by Afire Bey V) Arabian Stallion

NEGLIGEE SMP (Baskghazi x Night Slippers) Half-Arabian Filly

CATCHING FIRE SMP (Baskghazi x Being Watched) Half-Arabian Gelding

BASKADONIS SMP (Baskghazi x HF Ariana, by HF Mister Chips) Arabian Gelding

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The Mares ...

TEMPANI SMP (A Temptation x PS Alympia, by Afire Bey V) U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity ESCADA SCA (Afire Bey V x Sable SMA, by JJ Saber) U.S. National Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR

BASKGHAZELLE SMP (Baskghazi x Read My Mind, by VP Premonition) BASKE AFIRE REVUE SMP (Bask Afire x El Ghazis Prevue, by El Ghazi) 3/4 sibling to Baskghazi Bred to The Renaissance for 2016 Foal

Lenoir City, TN

Rod & Jacqueline Thompson For Information Call 865-816-2406

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Afire BeyV x HL Justaspyce

Dr. Joseph Kinnarney & Bradley Marlow Greensboro, North Carolina

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Afire Bey V x Just Alluring

to Gail & David Liniger wtih Marty & Tim Shea for the incredible collection of the industry’s greatest show horses of all time. Because of you, Afire Bey V had the opportunity to make history.

Afire BeyV x LBC Nobelinda

14 National Championships and Reserve Championships

Scottsdale & U.S. National Champion

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“Walking into the barn every day, we are reminded of his greatness. It is truly a privilege to be inspired by him daily.� ~ Steve & Diana Lazzarini

Afire BeyV x HL Raisa

Steve Lazzarini 760-219-5292 Diana Lazzarini 760-625-5522

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Fire Lily



Afire Bey V has played an important part in our show program. We have been fortunate to own 3 wonderful get; including, National Champion ROL Lets Dance and National Top Ten winner ROL Pure Asset.

2 National Championships 1 Reserve National Championship and 11 Top Tens in Country English Pleasure and English Pleasure Afire Bey V x Singularcylection, by Cytosk 2006 Mare ~ Bred by R.O. Lervick Arabians


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AFIRE BEY V INFLUENCE AT R.O. LERVICK ARABIANS ... In 2000 we chose to do an embryo transfer on our Junior English mare Singularcylection. The result was ROL Firecracker. After his success we opted to breed this mare back to Afire Bey V exclusively. Those offspring have won 17 National or Reserve National Championships and numerous Top Tens. Afire Bey V will always be an indispensable part of The R.O. Lervick breeding program. ROL PURE ASSET+ Afire Bey V x Singularcylection, by Cytosk

ROL DIAMONDS AFIRE Afire Bey V x Singularcylection, by Cytosk

ROL LETS DANCE+ Afire Bey V x Singularcylection, by Cytosk

ROL FIRECRACKER+// Afire Bey V x Singularcylection, by Cytosk


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Dear Dave & Gail and Tim & Marty, We would like to thank you for sharing Afire Bey V with the Arabian horse industry. He set the standard for the breed in so many ways. Your partnership together on Afire Bey V was admired by so many. There are not many horses, owners or trainers, that can say they had an association that you all have had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Dick, Lollie and Lara Debbie Fuentes photo

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Afire Inmy Eyes Afire Bey V x Angyl Eyes, by Bay El Bey

One of Cedar Ridge’s top producing mares. Her offspring have been national winners and gone on to be great producers, including Ames Mirage and Ames Deja Vu.

Ames Lora Afire Bey V x G Kallora, by El Ghazi

Two-Time Canadian National Champion Multi-Champion in Country English Pleasure


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“I have been a fan of Afire Bey V since I saw him in the show ring, and am so proud to own three of his sons.”

(Afire Bey V x FF Windsong Bey, by Barbary+++)

Canadian National Champion STANDING AT STUD Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Kentucky Breeders Nominated Sire SCID Clear Shipped Semen

Fuel Afire

photo by Viktoria Monroe

Afire Me Up (Afire Bey V x Noble Essence, by IXL Noble Express+) Junior Stallion 2016 AEPA contender (Afire Bey V x Flame Dancer, by Barbary+++)

Multi-Regional/Show Champion Buckeye Champion Bred by Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. photo by Viktoria Monroe

Owned and bred by Lorie Henderson 509 Spin Pointe Rd, Fisherville, KY 40023 • 502-477-1018

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Afire Bey V was a true legend and one of our all-time favorites who has left an indelible mark on the Arabian breed.

We are so thankful to be part of the Afire Bey V legacy through his outstanding son, Prodigy Afire+/ (x Promises Kept, by Barbary+++). We have had the privilege of sharing our lives with “Scooter” for the past 7+ years. He has made our dreams come true with three National Championships and eight Top Tens in three age divisions with just a few trips to Nationals. He’s a very special horse who has taken good care of our girls for many years now. Kudos to Maroon Fire Arabians, for breeding such a wonderful horse. Special thanks to Chase Harvill, for the excellent job he’s done with Scooter over the years, and to Jessica Belt and the entire CHTC team for keeping Scooter happy and healthy. We are looking forward to our first Scottsdale show this year, representing Afire Bey V all the way! —Jennifer, Kurt, Julia and Mallory Junker


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Afire Bey V x Matoskette, by Zodiac Matador

English • Park • Driving • Informal Combination


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BRASS GLAMOR SHOT Brass x Glamorize

BRASS STAR Brass x CB Shining Star Schatzberg photo

TOI FABULOUS CRF Matoi x Fantasy Watch Schatzberg photo

GV BEY PHANTOM Huckleberry Bey x PHP Micha Rappora Javan photo

REGAL BASQUE La Basque x Gai Gazelle Javan photo

BBASKTEZZ Bask-tez x Aladdinns Laura Javan photo

NOBLE BEY CRF A Noble Cause x Olympia Bey

NOBLE SUPREME CRF A Noble Cause x Toi Jabaska

AMES QUEEN Brass x Harlem Queen Schatzberg photo

TOI SLAMTASTIC CRF Matoi x Fantasy Watch Ferrara photo

PRINCE OF AMES Baske Afire x Toi Jabaska Ferrara photo

TOI SUPREME CRF Matoi x Alpha Phi

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AMES SYMBOLIC Brass x Deserey

WIEZA BELLA Pogrom x Wieza Mocy Javan photo

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November 19th-23rd, 2015

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by Theresa Cardamone with Jeff Wallace The development of the Arabian horse in Brazil has had a profound effect on the evolution of the contemporary Arabian horse. The exceptional stallions that dedicated Brazilian breeders have gathered from all over seem to have flourished there, producing subsequent generations of sons and daughters genetically charged to reproduce the finest qualities of their heritage. International breeders capitalized on the splendid results by importing Brazilian breeding to their own countries. In a testament to the superb quality of Arabian horses being produced in Brazil today, the stunning 2014 Brazilian National Champion Stallion El Tino was the talk of the show again this year, this

time due to his amazing success as a sire. By six-time National Champion DA Valentino, El Tino’s offspring won two national championships and three national reserve championships from the eight divisions offered in a very impressive showing! Winners were selected by an international judging panel composed of Scott Brumfield (USA), Leslie Connor (USA), Rodrigo Foz Forte (Brazil), Luiz Antonio Rocco (Brazil), and Irina Stigler (Russia). National titles were awarded in four male and four female divisions; Junior Junior Champion Filly and Colt (6 to 12mo.), Junior Champion Filly and Colt (12 to 18mo.), Champion Filly and Colt (18 to 36 mo.), and Champion Mare and Stallion (36 mos. and older).

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The youngest Brazilian National Champions were both foals of 2015, with HDF Baronesa (HDF Lugano x Xandu El Perseus) winning the Champion Junior Junior Filly honors. Another HDF Lugano offspring to earn a well-deserved title was his son HDF Tareef, who was named Reserve Champion in the slightly older Junior Colt division. Rancho Arabco had a very big show, in large part due to the previously mentioned El Tino. They won the Junior Junior Colt title with Dominus Arabco (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan) and the Reserve Champion Junior Junior Filly honors with his full sister, Shiva Arabco. They also won the Reserve Champion Mare title with the exquisite Tina El Madan (El Tino x Grace LM), one of her sire’s finest daughters to date. Also representing El Tino were his son Falak FK, who was named the Champion Junior Colt and his paternal sister KissMe El Madan, who won the Reserve National Champion Filly title. In a poignant moment, legendary Brazilian breeder Jamil Saliba was posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement award in a stirring ceremony. The breeder of scores of national champions in both halter and performance, Jamil Saliba was a strong supporter of Arabian racing from its onset. His passion for Arabian horses lives on through his sons Paulo and Ricardo and the breeding program at Rach Stud. As if to prove the ongoing excellence of the horses produced there, Imhotep Rach (RHR Marcedes x Isis Rach) won the Reserve Champion Junior Junior Colt title. Rach Stud was also honored with awards in Most Classic Head and Produce of Dam in a genuine tribute to Jamil Saliba’s continuing impact on the breed in Brazil.

National Champion Aladdinn. Sweet Satisfaction’s dam RA Nefertiti (Produce of Dam Champion), also produced her full brother Gran Osiris, the Reserve Champion Colt. The exquisite choice for National Champion Mare, FT Havanna El Keav, is also a daughter of HK Keav Power, who continues to carry on his legacy as a truly significant sire. FT Havanna El Keav’s dam Hillary VCM is a Magnum Psyche daughter who carries two crosses to the legendary Khemosabi. The Champion Filly and Champion Colt titles were won by two-year olds Miúcha El Shawan JQ, a daughter of FA El Shawan and Guama El Power JQ, and HP Ali, a son of HP Shakir TE and HP Miranda. The stallion championship is always eagerly awaited, and this year was no exception. The crowd roared its approval when Wandan El Madan was led to the Brazilian National Champion Stallion title. Wandan is by the phenomenal sire and 2015 United States National Champion Stallion OFW Magic Wan, himself a son of the Sire of the Century, Marwan Al Shaqab. Only three years old, Wandan El Madan shared the spotlight with the nine-year old Marwan Al Shaqab son Matisse FM, who was named the Reserve National Champion Stallion. It was a fitting climax to a memorable event that effectively showcased the excellence of the Brazilian Arabian horse.

Champion Junior Filly FHJ Vania is by the elegant 2-time United States National Champion AAS Elishahh, a perfect example of how Brazilian breeding is desired in programs around the world. Elishahh is currently standing at Jadem Arabians in Belgium. FHJ Vania had to be on the top of her game in order to win, due to the deep quality in the class, and she came through beautifully. The Reserve Champion Junior Filly Sweet Satisfaction is a daughter of Brazilian National Champion HK Keav Power, whose grandsire World Series was a U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt sired by U.S. National Champion Strike, himself a son of U.S.

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Gold Champion Stallion WANDAN EL MADAN (OFW Magic Wan x Sahara Gallina), owned by Haras El Madan & Haras FK.

Silver Champion Stallion MATISSE FM (Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Promise Kept), owned by Haras Stigmatas.

Bronze Champion Stallion BANDIT SRA (DA Valentino x LL Albufera), owned by Fazenda Caranda.

STALLION CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: WANDAN EL MADAN (OFW Magic Wan x Sahara Gallina) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: FK Agrop E Com Animais Vivos L Silver Champion: MATISSE FM (Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Promise Kept) Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Tom and Cathy Wright, O: Haras Stigmatas Bronze Champion: BANDIT SRA (DA Valentino x LL Albufera) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Dan and Maureen Grossman, O: Fazenda Caranda

COLT CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: HP ALI (HP Shakir TE x HP Miranda) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Agricola Y Haras Panquehue ltd, O: Jose Miguel Bulnes Concha Silver Champion: GRAN OSIRIS (HK Keav Power x RA Nefertiti) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Humberto Florezi Filho, O: De Al Hoscan Bronze Champion: FT PIETRO (LLC Fasario x FT Pietra) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Flavia Maria Ramalho Torres, O: Rancho Quatro Estacoes

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Gold Champion Colt HP ALI (HP Shakir TE x HP Miranda), owned by Jose Miguel Bulnes Concha.

Gold Champion Jr. Colt FALAK FK (El Tino x Fogosa HAB), owned by FK Agrop E Com Animais Vivos L.

Gold Champion Jr. Jr. Colt DOMINUS ARABCO (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan), owned by Rancho Arabco.

JR COLT CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: FALAK FK (El Tino x Fogosa HAB) B/O: FK Agrop E Com Animais Vivos L Silver Champion: HDF TAREEF (HDF Lugano x Mag Shall Londrina) Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B/O: Rodrigo Da Silva Faias, Haras Das Faias Bronze Champion: MALCON LM (Vitorio TO x Ukrania LM) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Lucio Miranda, O: Haras Paiquere

JR JR COLT CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: DOMINUS ARABCO (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Sylvio Barbosa Neto, O: Rancho Arabco Silver Champion: IMHOTEP RACH (RHR Marcedes x Isis Rach) Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Rach Stud Agropecuaria Ltda, O: Ilha Da Chapada Bronze Champion: ZAHIR EL MADAN (El Tino x Pure Seduction VCM) Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: El Madan

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Gold Champion Mare FT HAVANNA EL KEAV (HK Keav Power x Hillary VCM), owned by Leandro De Aguiar.

Silver Champion Mare TINA EL MADAN (El Tino x Grace LM), owned by Rancho Arabco.

Bronze Champion Mare QUEEN AYDA FWM (FA El Shawan x TN Mariani), owned by Lone Star.

MARE CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: FT HAVANNA EL KEAV (HK Keav Power x Hillary VCM), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Flavia Maria Ramalho Torres, O: Leandro De Aguiar Silver Champion: TINA EL MADAN (El Tino x Grace LM) Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: Rancho Arabco Bronze Champion: QUEEN AYDA FWM (FA El Shawan x TN Mariani) Ex: ZR Training Center, B: Casa Branca Agro-Pastoril Ltda, O: Lone Star

FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: MIUCHA EL SHAWAN JQ (FA El Shawan x Guama El Power JQ), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Jairo Queiroz Jorge, O: Jeff Sloan Silver Champion: KISSME EL MADAN (El Tino x Rose Of Versace JG), Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B: Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, O: Haras El Madan Bronze Champion: ONLY SERONDELLA (AAS Elishahh x Jelabie Serondella), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Fabio Alberto Amorosino, O: Haras Serondella

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Gold Champion Filly MIUCHA EL SHAWAN JQ (FA El Shawan x Guama El Power JQ), owned by Jeff Sloan.

Gold Champion Jr. Filly FHJ VANIA (AAS Elishahh x Galena Van Ryad), owned by Haras Jacovas.

Gold Champion Jr. Jr. Filly HDF BARONESA (HDF Lugano x Xandu El Perseus), owned by Haras Das Faias. Get of Sire Champion PSCORE (Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Jose Alves Filho.

JR FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: FHJ VANIA (AAS Elishahh x Galena Van Ryad), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Jose Antonio Jacovas, Owner: Jacovas Silver Champion: SWEET SATISFACTION (HK Keav Power x RA Nefertiti), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Humberto Florezi Filho, O: De Al Hoscan Bronze Champion: KHYKI HEC (HK Keav Power x Khyara HEC), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Florivaldo De Carvalho, O: Estancia California

JR JR FILLY CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Champion: HDF BARONESA (HDF Lugano x Xandu El Perseus), Ex: Longuini Horse Training, B: Rodrigo Da Silva Faias, O: Haras Das Faias Silver Champion: SHIVA ARABCO (El Tino x Shavanna El Madan), Ex: Dejair Halter Training, B: Sylvio Barbosa Neto, O: Rancho Arabco Bronze Champion: SPECIAL DREAM HVP (Thee Apprentice x Tawany HVP), Ex: Chiquinho Rego Arabian Training Center, B/O: Agropec Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltd

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Haras Vila dos Pinheiros

A Trademark For Champions by MARIO BRAGA


he year 2015 once more saw the success of Haras Vila dos Pinheiros confirmed as one of the world’s premier breeding farms by being awarded Best Halter Breeder of the Year by The Brazilian Arabian Horse Association (ABCCA).

Magnum Chall HVP and Vulcano HVP are both a second generation of HVP breeding, both of them out of mares also born at the farm, the Brazilian Aristocrats Tamaara HVP and Lady Psyche HVP respectively.

Started by Jaime Pinheiro in 1990, their program is famous for producing exceptional horses and have been collecting an impressive amount of victories in many countries.

The first to gain international attention was the refined grey Laman HVP. Born in 1997, he was first exported to Magic Arabians in Austria. A son of Don el Chall and out of the exotic Padrons Love Song, Laman HVP gathered many ribbons in several countries in Europe, as well as the UAE and USA, before returning to South America and claiming the national title in Brazil.

Haras Vila dos Pinheiros has the distinction of breeding the 2005, 2008 and 2012 Brazilian National Champion Stallions: Magnum Chall HVP (also a U.S and Canadian National Champion and Scottsdale Champion); Laman HVP (also named Austrian National Champion), and Vulcano HVP. All became sires of many international champions.

Nevertheless, it was with the great Magnum Chall HVP that a permanent global projection was established. After being exported to the U.S., Magnum Chall HVP won all the major halter

Tawany HVP (FA El Shawan x Tasmin HVP) BRSB 46428 ~ DOB: January 10, 2011

SPecial Dream HVP (Thee Apprentice x Tawany HVP) BRSB 49632-55 ~ DOB: April 14, 2015

championships in North America, including Scottsdale, U.S. and Canadian Nationals, as well as the Brazilian Nationals, between 2003 and 2005. He was the first stallion ever to achieve such a feat. As a producer, he reached the highest possible standard by being named leading sire of champions in many countries, including the U.S. and his homeland, Brazil, a position he shared with his sire, the amazing Magnum Psyche, for several years. Also the result of sound breeding decisions at Haras Vilos dos Pineheiros is the famous chestnut stallion Vulcano HVP (Nuzyr HCF x Lady Psyche HVP, by Padrons Psyche), owned by the Vulcano Partners.

Last but not least, the grey Burman HVP (AF Don Giovani x WA Bey Shamnazona, by Bey Shah) also deserves special mention, earning the title of National Champion Stallion in Argentina, after being exported. There, he sired the multi-national Champion *JR Burmagny, who is now an important part of the broodmare band at Vila dos Pinheiros. As of 2006, the farm has also integrated the notable FA El Shawan syndicate. FA El Shawan, a multi- Brazilian National Champion who sadly was prematurely deceased, became one of the most important sons of the great Marwan Al Shaqab.

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(Ajman Moniscione x Naima El Shams) BRSB 46138 ~ DOB: May 25, 2008


(ThefinalJudgemet x Madeira) BRSB 46110 ~ DOB: June 28, 2000

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(Falcon BHF x CR Simply Magic) BRSB 47995-92 ~ DOB: May 2, 2006 U.S. National Champion and the dam of U.S. National Champions: LCC Fabrizio, LLC Fasario and Donna Molta Bella SRA, who was also named Las Vegas Breeders World Cup Gold Champion Filly and World Junior Champion Filly.

ValenTine HVP

(DA Valentino x Angel of Marwan) BRSB 47196 ~ DOB: April 5, 2012

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(Marwan Al Shaqab x Amety B) BRSB 44927 ~ DOB: January 5, 2006 History was made when FA El Shawan won all four major titles a stallion can win in Brazil: National Champion Junior Colt (2006), National Champion Colt (2007), National Champion Young Stallion (2009), and National Champion Senior Stallion (2010). He then conquered the U.S. by winning the coveted Gold Champion Stallion title at the Las Vegas Breeders World Cup show and his age group class at the U.S. Nationals. Some of his many international champions include the Brazilian National Champions El Shakhyr and Lugano HDF, as well as the famous Gold Junior Champion stallion at the prestigious international shows in Dubai and Menton, FA El Rasheem Shawan’s full sister and multi-champion mare, Alma HVP, belongs to Vila’s unique broodmare band, sharing the pastures with notables such as Tamaara HVP, Lady Psyche HVP, JR Burmagny, HB Bessolea and RD Fabreanna, to name a few. They are selectively bred to the finest stallions available all over the world. The amazing demand at the embryo auctions promoted by Jaime Pinheiro is a confirmation of the great results of the farm’s breeding philosophies. A well deserved recognition for over 25 years of hard work and careful selections . Indeed, an overwhelming success achieved by the horses bearing the HVP trademark, bred and sold by Haras Vila dos Pinheiros all over the world.

Owned by: Jaime Pinheiro

Haras Vila dos Pinheiros Indaiatuba - Sâo Paulo - Brazil Phone Number/ Whattsapp: + 55 11 99389 9109 E-mail: Website:

DA Valentino x Imprimista CF

DOMINUS ARABCO 2015 Brazilian National Gold Champion Jr. Jr. Colt Owner Rancho Arabco SHIVA ARABCO 2015 Brazilian National Silver Champion Jr. Jr. Filly Owner GS Arabians ZAHIR EL MADAN 2015 Brazilian National Bronze Champion Jr. Jr. Colt Owner Haras El Madan FALAK FK 2015 Brazilian National Gold Champion Jr. Colt Owner Haras FK KISSME EL MADAN 2015 Brazilian National Silver Champion Filly Owner Haras El Madan TINA EL MADAN 2015 Brazilian National Silver Champion Mare Owner NJ Arabian Horse Ventures LLC TITANIUM LM 2015 Brazilian National 4th Place Jr. Jr. Colt Championship Owner Tercio Miranda FT SAEED 2015 Brazilian National 4th Place Colt Championship Owner Flavia Torres

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El Tino x Shavanna El Madan Owner GS Arabians

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El Tino x Shavanna El Madan Owner/Breeder Rancho Arabco

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Rodolfo Guzzo by Riyan Rivero

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When Rodolfo Guzzo laid his eyes on an Arabian horse for the first time, he did not wonder “if ” he would be involved with Arabian horses, he wondered ‘how fast’ he could make it happen. Rodolfo’s family had been involved with horses his entire life. They primarily raised and cared for Mangalarga Paulista, a horse breed native to Brazil. “When I was 15, my father took me to an AllBreed Horse show. I saw a chestnut mare that took my breath away because she was so different than any horse I had ever seen.

Mangalarga Paulista

I told my father that I HAD to see the others of this breed. It was then that my father was introduced to Paulo Levy and


I was introduced to the Arabian stallion *Lyphard. Everything changed for me in that moment. I still get goosebumps when I remember seeing him for the first time. In that moment, my life was changed.” Rodolfo’s passion for the Arabian horse grew stronger every day, as did his quest for more knowledge. In school, Rodolfo was very involved in sports. As is the case for many, his desire to excel in sports superseded his book studies. His attendance to horse shows nearly every weekend helped Rodolfo identify an important link between horse competition and sports; hard work,

“Hard work, dedication and commitment make all the difference between success and failure.”

dedication and commitment make ALL the difference between success and failure.

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When asked which horse he first found himself emotionally connected to, Rodolfo responded, “There were a few, but my first National Champion, Shaklans Padron NA was the first truly impactful experience I had with an Arabian. David Boggs had purchased the 7-month-old colt for a client, but was not able to come to the show to present him. I worked for Nagib Audi’s Haras Santa Gertrudes at the time and was told I had to do this, and that I had to win. I remember feeling as though I was thrown in shark-infested waters, because in my mind, I was too young. The pressure was intense.�

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FA El Shawan, 2010

As special as that memory was, Rodolfo reflects that the horse that remains in his heart, as “the most special” is FA El Shawan. “I worked closely with Bolívar Figueiredo to create a partnership to purchase him as a young colt. He was a star from the beginning and excelled in every way, even after his untimely passing. His legacy continues through his foals who are achieving international acclaim in competitions all over the world. There are so many more horses that have meant a lot to me. I represented Padrons Psyche in Brazil before Robert and Dixie North owned him. He has remained a very important horse for me.”

Padrons Psyche

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“I am deeply affected by moments and have experienced growth in my career as a result. For example, everything changed in my life and career when I saw Ali Jamaal for the first time.” Similar to his experience when first seeing an Arabian horse, Rodolfo recalls thinking that he had never seen an Arabian like Ali Jamaal. “My eye for a horse and how I evaluated all horses dramatically changed Ali Jamaal

that day. I was accustomed to the Spanish style of horses. They were beautiful horses, but a bit ‘heavier’ in structure compared to Ali Jamaal. I was determined from that day forward, to incorporate this

“My eye for a horse and how I evaluated all horses dramatically changed the day I first saw Ali Jamaal.”

‘look’ of the U.S. National Champion Ali Jamaal in my program.” “Sometimes I think about how fast everything happened in my career. I have been very lucky and feel as though everything happens for a reason, but really, it was so fast. To have won a national championship after just 2 years working with Arabian horses was unheard of. To then travel to the United States where I so quickly experienced success in the show ring all over the country was exciting and exhilarating, but crazy fast!”

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On a personal note, Rodolfo expressed his gratitude for how he was received by his friends in the United States. “I will be eternally grateful for the support, direction and opportunities presented to me by Robert and Dixie North. They and my peers have treated me with respect and I am so thankful for that.” After sharing his appreciation for the way he has been treated here, Rodolfo paused and began to speak of his emotional connection to the United States. His expression was soft and gentle and tears filled his eyes as he began to express what happens to him when he hears the National Anthem. “I don’t fully understand it myself, but I feel as though I was destined to be here. It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember, to live in this country that I have so much respect for. I made great sacrifices to move my business and my life from Brazil and it was hard, but worth it. I feel home here.”

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Those who know and have worked closely with Rodolfo will attest to his superior level of horsemanship skills. He has a deep understanding of proper diet, hoof care and varying levels of work routines to present horses at their highest potential. “I had three important mentors that engrained the phrase ‘a horse’s quality begins in their feet’; my father, Ricardo Suma and Caetano Fabrini. They taught me to take “Ricardo Suma taught me so much about caring for horses.”

care of their feet first, so that I would have a better horse in the end.”

Before pursuing his career as a horse trainer, Rodolfo dreamt of becoming a veterinarian. He traveled to farms with his family friend, veterinarian Ricardo Suma. “He taught me so much about caring for horses. I believe I learned more from the experiences I shared with Ricardo than I ever would have in school. I think this passion I felt for veterinary medicine is why I now do everything in my power to help people from Brazil who pursue their quest to become veterinarians.”

Natalia, Giovanni, Rodolfo and Rodolfinho

“The truth is, I am very shy.” When asked what would most surprise people about who he is, Rodolfo responded, “I think that people who don’t know me see me as very serious and possibly angry. The truth is, I am very shy. I am also a family man and a man of faith. I love to be with my family!” Some may be surprised to learn that Rodolfo and Natalia are driven by a desire to help, encourage and support others as they pursue their hopes and dreams. They are both giving, kind and gentle spirits who genuinely care about the needs and feelings of those closest to them.

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“I am an emotional person. I am often moved to tears when I win classes because I have put so much into that moment, and have a deep commitment to succeed as a sign of respect for the people that work for me. They are passionate and driven and I owe it to them to do my best when I enter the ring. I am very proud of the teams I have built over the years and the success that many of them have experienced. I respect and understand that I would not be where I am today without each and every one of them as individuals.”

Rodolfo’s greatest hope for his two sons, Rodolfinho and Giovanni, is that they will learn from him to respect life and to be strong no matter what life has in store for them. “I want them to love what they do, and to be able to tell the people closest to them that they love them.” In a moment of vulnerability, Rodolfo shared, “I worked a lot while Rodolfinho was young. I wasn’t there for him as much as I would have liked. I am very blessed to have this second chance, so-to-speak, with Gio. I want to be an everyday part of his life and watch him grow.”

Pictured below: Rodolfo, Rodolfinho and Giovanni

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A Celebration of Ten By Jeff Wallace

As the clock struck ten in the lobby of the charming Hotel San Michele in Cortona, Italy, a Who’s Who of Arabian breeders and enthusiasts began to spill out the door and into the quaint streets. The inherent beauty of the town, so typically Italian, is warm and welcoming, and a perfect representation of the local way of life. We had gathered in the hotel, a restored 15th century palace, in preparation for our visit to the nearby breeding and training center founded ten years ago by Tuscan native Giacomo Capacci, a young man that we have all come to greatly admire. As we made the short ten-kilometer pilgrimage, our anticipation mounted. We knew we were about to see a battery of stallions that have been and continue to be a game changing collection of some of the finest Arabian horseflesh the world has ever seen or experienced. The horse culture of Tuscany dates back well over three thousand years, to when the Etruscan civilization flourished there for nearly a millennium, ten years before and ten years after. Their horses were renowned for their speed, as proven in international races, and for their courage and agility in battle, as proven by the Romans, who selected Etruscan steeds to mount the Roman cavalry before eventually assimilating or eradicating nearly all traces of the Etruscan people. Much of the evidence of their once-thriving cities remains buried beneath the rich, Tuscan soil. Rooted in its Etruscan foundations, Cortona, is once again home to some of the finest horses in the world, which can now be found in the fields and stables of Giacomo omo Ca Capacci Arabians. Here, the pastures are dotted with some of the most prized Arabian mares of top breeders from all around the world. They are the mothers and grandmothers of national and world champions or hold those prestigious titles themselves. They are priceless producers; literally holding within them what are sure to be among the next generation of Gold champions. The stallion barn houses a “la corrente” collection of many of the finest stallions on Earth. The potent combination of stellar care and an unbeatable stallion battery has drawn the world’s leading broodmares to Tuscany like a powerful magnet, resulting in a visiting herd of nearly incalculable value.

Ten minutes after setting out from Cortona, we reassembled on the grounds of Giacomo Capacci Arabians. We thought we knew what to expect when the barn doors opened for the highly anticipated stallion presentation, but none of us was truly prepared for the dazzling display that we were treated to. In an almost unbelievable parade of one legendary horse after another, ten World Champions emerged, one more beautiful than the next, and most of whom were led to their titles by Giacomo Capacci. 2003 World Champion Stallion Al Adeed Al Shaqab, 2013 Gold World Champion Stallion Fadi Al Shaqab, 2001 World Champion Stallion Gazal Al Shaqab, 2014 Gold World Champion Senior Stallion Kahil Al Shaqab, 2001 and 2002 World Champion Colt and 2008 World Champion Senior Stallion Marwan Al Shaqab, 2012 World Champion Junior Colt Wadee Al Shaqab, 2013 Bronze World Champion Junior Colt Sultan Al Shaqab and the undefeated contender for this year’s world title, Hariry Al Shaqab all represented a single owner, the renowned Al Shaqab-Member of Qatar Foundation. That is a whole lot of stallion power and breeding potential to be entrusted to one man and located on a single site. Also on display was Eks Alihandro, the spectacular 2013 World Junior Champion bred by Willie Brown of South Africa and owned by Athbah Stud. This son of Marwan Al Shaqab hails from one of the strongest dam lines in European breeding,. Only five years old, Alihandro has already produced world-caliber offspring who are racking up titles of their own. Athbah manager Ward Bemong could have chosen anyone to escort this great steed through his illustrious career, but it is Giacomo who has earned his nod. Rounding out the roster of ten World titleholders was 2009 Reserve World Champion Colt Maharaja HDM, a gorgeous son of the spectacular World Champion Marajj and the elegant 2002 World Senior Champion Mare ZT Sharuby. To have been immersed within the space of an hour in so much of the breed’s finest horseflesh was to be witness to an historic moment within our breed. It is magical moments like that which are so rare, and so long remembered. Why is it that breeders are willing to entrust Giacomo Capacci with their horses, and therefore with their futures? After all, ten years is a relatively short span of time. One answer to that question may be that as the Arabian breed has globalized, Giacomo has stayed in complete sync with that process. It leads me to wonder, did Giacomo’s strong connection to his core allow him to globalize naturally alongside the breed, without direct intention? His is a true global enterprise, with a client base that spreads to the far corners of the world. Giacomo designed each of the structures that serve the farm, of which I believe there may be ten! The facility boasts a state of the art breeding department and a long track record of successful outcomes, whether they are via the natural process, shipped semen or embryo transfer. It is the perfect compliment to Capacci’s thriving training department that consistently delivers championships to his delighted clients. Giacomo’s staff reminds me of a big extended family. There is a group of handsome young men, deeply tanned and athletic, who care for the horses with a brotherly camaraderie that resonates with the horses and the visitors. It is clear that they are capably managed by a man not much their senior. Every one of the talented staff are real experts in their field, who Giacomo has empowered to ensure that every horse is happy, healthy, and receiving the finest services possible. But he does not do it alone. Longtime girlfriend and business partner Michelle Bergsma plays a significant role in the operation of Giacomo Capacci Arabians, and is a fiercely loyal advocate for Giacomo and their business. She is smart and savvy, and is involved in every aspect of the work. While she prefers to operate behind the scenes, she is aware of every detail of the operation, and is never afraid to speak her mind or offer her guidance. Michelle and Giacomo compliment each other perfectly. I am of the mind that what you experience with people in one regard often equates to what you can expect from them in other areas. Once you get a real sense of a person, it is easy to connect the dots and assume that you have seen a glimpse of their true character. Giacomo reveals himself by his incredible hospitality. He has a way of making each and

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every visitor feel special and catered to. One of his favorite ways to do that is to play host to a home-cooked meal. Giacomo is a passionate and talented chef, who loves to entertain his guests at his long dining table, accompanied by ten chairs. His culinary skills are as excellent as his horsemanship, and on the day that I was there, he served up a delicious plate of prosciutto and melon along with fabulous pasta tossed with sautéed zucchini. It was fresh, and delicious, and tasted of Italy. Ten feet away from the rest of us, a house cat perched at the end of the table, his tail curling in a contented arc. He never took his eyes off of us, using all of his nine lives, if only he had ten! Sharing the bounty of Tuscany with his guests is a particular pleasure that further connects Giacomo to his visitors. To my mind, it is an example of the way that he holistically connects on many other levels as well. Giacomo Capacci entered the world of horses naturally, coming from a family that included a grandfather who raised Arabian horses. After completing his college degree in chemistry, Giacomo surrendered to the desire to make his living doing the one thing that seemed to feed his personal passion, training Arabian horses. He soon realized that he was able to straddle the bridge between training, breeding and marketing, making him as versatile a horseman as the versatile Arabians that he loves. Despite the fact that the Arabian business is highly competitive, Giacomo is well respected by fellow exhibitors. He aligns himself with great, passionate people and is widely seen as a good person by others. In fact, it is hard to find anyone who has a bad word to say about him. Bart Van Buggenhout, who manages Aljassimya Stud employed Giacomo’s talents in 2013, Giacomo showed the bay beauty Minwah to the World Gold Junior Champion filly honors for Sheikh Jassim, and recently flew from Italy to New York City to handle Aljassimya’s yearling colt entry in the inaugural Arabian U.S. Open in Central Park Horse Show. Giacomo did not disappoint, masterfully showing Jamal Aljassimya to the Gold Champion Yearling Colt title. Giacomo has a quiet, polite demeanor that makes him extremely approachable, although he is wildly talented and dedicated to his craft. His personal integrity, impeccable work ethic and unique ability to communicate easily with the horses that he handles are his recipe for success in the show ring. When Giacomo’s horses enter the arena, he manages to stay out of the focus of the judges, letting their eyes follow the horse without interruption. His horses stand alertly before the judges, seemingly eager to do their best for him. It is a formula for success that has seen Giacomo lead at least one World Champion at the Salon du Cheval in Paris over the last past years which has made him a World Champion himself. All of the senses come alive at Giacomo Capacci Arabians. The taste of delicious food, the sound of precocious foals whinnying in the fields, the feel of the sleek coats of the show horses, the smell of the hay in the barn, and the sight of so many magnificent horses in a landscape that is almost too perfect to believe makes it difficult to assimilate everything at once. There is so much richness to take in during the visit, people need a way to absorb it all as they get ready to depart. For me, that buffer comes when I get in my car and head down the road. Just down the street from Giacomo’s, there is a gorgeous field of sunflowers that stretches as far as the eye can see. And across the street is the charming Italian espresso bar that is his favorite eatery, his hip, typical Italian lunch spot, where he is a favored local to the proprietors. It is there that I can sit in that local hang out, gaze at the sunflowers, have a cup of coffee, and digest all that I have just seen and heard at Giacomo’s place. I think about how the early days of his success have turned into weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into ten years. Now, just as a straight of tens can come in a great run of cards, there is every reason to believe that time will always be on his side.

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Gazal Al Shaqab

GAZAL AL SHAQAB (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) bay stallion

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Marwan Al Shaqab

MARWAN AL SHAQAB (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) bay stallion

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

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Al Adeed Al Shaqab AL ADEED AL SHAQAB (Ansata Halim Shah x Sundar Alisayyah) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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Farhoud Al Shaqab

FARHOUD AL SHAQAB (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Johara Al Shaqab) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

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Wadee Al Shaqab

WADEE AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) bay stallion

Kahil Al Shaqab

KAHIL AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) bay stallion

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Fadi Al Shaqab

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

FADI AL SHAQAB (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) bay stallion

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Hariry Al Shaqab

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

HARIRY AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk) grey stallion

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Sultan Al Shaqab

SULTAN AL SHAQAB (Amir Al Shaqab x Abha Al Shaqab) grey stallion

Hadidy Al Shaqab

HADIDY AL SHAQAB (Gazal Al Shaqab x White Silkk) grey stallion

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Shamekh Al Danat

SHAMEKH AL DANAT (Ajmal El Kout x Ajmal Sherifa) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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CAVALLI (DA Valentino x Aspyn) chestnut stallion

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EKS Mansour

EKS MANSOUR (EKS Alihandro x EKS Phateena) grey colt

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Jamil Al Rayyan

JAMIL AL RAYYAN (Ansata Hejazi x Danah Al Rayyan) Straight Egyptian grey stallion


ZT FAA’IQ (Anaza El Farid x ZT Jamdusah) bay stallion

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AJA Angelo

AJA ANGELO (WH Justice x AJA Aaisha) grey stallion

Nadir Dello Jato

NADIR DELLO JATO (Shanghai E.A. x GS Futura) grey colt

LC Prince Magnum

LC PRINCE MAGNUM (Magnum Psyche x Ludy El Shahller HMR ) chestnut stallion

Maharaja HDM

MAHARAJA HDM (Marajj x Miss Yahsminah Elamal) bay stallion

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Frasera Dubai

FRASERA DUBAI (Phaaros x Frasera Mashara) Straight Egyptian chestnut stallion

Al Ghazali AA

AL GHAZALI AA (Gazal Al Shaqab x The Vision HG) bay stallion


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TF Colours Salaadine Khazar TF COLOURS (Royal Colours x Nuk Serondella) bay stallion

SALAADIN KHAZAR (Emir Khazar x Salaamah Bint Iman) Straight Egyptian black stallion

EKS Amir

EKS AMIR (EKS Alihandro x EKS Lady Dauphine) bay colt

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EKS Alihandro

EKS ALIHANDRO (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) bay stallion

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Sabea Al Sahraa

SABEA AL SAHRAA (Koronec x Nouf Al Thalitha) bay stallion

Vitorino DC

VITORINO DC (Vitorio TO x Kharalisa BPA) chestnut colt

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El Thay Majdy

EL THAY MAJDY (Teymur B x El Thay Magidaa) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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Celebrating a dream come true! By Beth Ellen Hunziker Imagine if you can a vision of the most lush, beautiful and abundant land possible. Imagine that place filled with exquisite Arabian horses - stallions, mares and foals prancing for the sheer joy of the life they enjoy. Giacomo Capacci, one of the most respected and successful Arabian horsemen in the world, has brought that imaginary vision to life. Even at his youthful age, Giacomo has accomplished more than many people twice his years and it all began with his dream to live and work with Arabian horses. On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, Giacomo Capacci welcomed an intimate group of international guests to his beautiful farm in Cortona, Italy to celebrate his victories at the recent Menton Arabian Horse Championships and the ten-year anniversary of his business, Giacomo Capacci Arabians. Breeders and owners, royal representatives, publishers, artists and writers; many of the most influential people of the Arabian horse community from around the world gathered to celebrate with Giacomo Capacci and his team. As guests arrived and saw the elegant dĂŠcor and exciting part party atmosphere, they felt they were about to witness something very special; something truly spectacular was about to happen. The air was full of excitement and anticipation. The guests mingled and enjoyed the festive tents, white linens, colorful flowers, sparkling crystal and delicious refreshments. The elegant atmosphere was warm and inviting - it was the epitome of Italian hospitality. Giacomo and his team had magically created a lavish fantasy scene - like something from a movie, a play or a novel - it was the perfect setting to present a group of horses no one could imagine - not even in their dreams. The spectacular Arabian horses that call Giacomo Capacci Arabians their home represent the finest breeding programs in the world. Among the star-studded stallions are legends of the breed and their heirs. Most important of all, the stallions who reside at GCA offer uncompromising quality, as well as proven abilities to sire champions and champion producers. To say that among the stallions at GCA are the most important sires of this generation is an extremely bold statement. However, it is true - and, it was substantiated by a presentation that has never been seen before, and will very likely never be witnessed again.

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Giacomo, Michelle and their team warmly welcomed their guests, and then, with perfect precision and timing, the most amazing presentation of horses began. It was like an orchestrated concert. The horses were brought out by groups of families so everyone could see and understand the evolution of the generations these champions were producing. Each horse brought out added to the awe-inspiring experience. National champions, international champions - champions from Menton, the Na Nations Cup and the World Championships of Paris - it was clear to all that the horses at Giacomo Cappaci were the crème de la crème, the finest of the breed. Again, at just the right time, a short break was announced in order to welcome a special guest of honor for the grand finale - Andrea Bocelli, the international mega m superstar and dearly beloved Italian tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Andrea shares a passion for horses and when a beautiful Arabian foal was brought to him to touch, genuine joy illuminated his face. Andrea moved his hands all over the foal - face, neck, shoulders - even its back. The foal behaved very well, standing and allowing Andrea’s gentle touch. The love was clear for all to see. The emotion of the moment was overwhelming - but there was more - the spectacular finale. The title of World Champion at the Salon du Cheval is the highest possible award for an Arabian horse; very few will ever achieve this stature. The honor of this prestigious title sets them above all others and forever earns them a place in history. They are revered as the very best of the best. Now, the guests of Giacomo Cappaci had the unrivaled privilege to stand in the presence and to witness greatness as never before. In the glorious golden moments of dusk, in the beautiful Tuscan twilight, an epic experience unfolded as the eight World Champions at Giacomo Capacci were brought out. One by one, they were presented, until they stood as a glorious group, each one an extraordinary example of the incomparable beauty, auty, grace and aut nobility of the Arabian breed…

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ZT Sharuby (ZT Sharello x ZT Bint Ruby) 2002 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Shaqab. Minwah (Kahil Al Shaqab x LC Primavera) 2013 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Jassimya Farm. Wadee Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2012 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab. EKS Alihandro (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) 2013 Unanimous Gold World Champion, owned by Athbah Stud. Kahil Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2014 and 2011 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab. Fadi Al Shaqab (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) 2013 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2008, 2002 and 2001 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 2001 World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab Everyone felt the raw power of these majestic animals as they vied for the guests’ attention and admiration. The magic of the historic moment inspired spontaneous applause from the people as they crowded to get a closer look. Words such as, “stunning, unbelievable, amazing, impossible and unforgettable,” were murmured, while cameras flashed like the paparazzi at a Cannes red carpet film debut. But of course, why not? These are the celebrities, the royalty of the Arabian breed! Like all good things, the presentation of the world champions came to an end. One by one, they left, until the great one, Gazal Al Shaqab, the progenitor of many of these World Champions remained. Gazal deserved the spotlight for himself - even for a moment - before he too was led back to the peace and quiet of his stable. The presentation was completed, but the celebration continued with lively spirits, a five-star dining experience, great music and more conversation. The guests lingered until long after the delicious dinner, talking about the spectacle they had witnessed. It seemed they didn’t want the evening to ever end. Everyone - the horses, visitors and clients - all enjoyed the good vibes, the fun and the relaxed atmosphere that Giacomo, Michelle and the staff created for this unforgettable celebration commemorating the Ten Year Anniversary of Giacomo Capacci Arabians - and a dream come true.

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Arabian Horse Times - Vol 46 No 9A  
Arabian Horse Times - Vol 46 No 9A  

FEB 2016