Arabian Horse Times Vol. 42, No. 8

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Contents Volume 42, No. 8 42

57th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show—A Sunlit Spectacular by Linda White


Diamond Hill Arabians—Hucks Connection V by Mary Kirkman

4 TuTTo ArAbi

Arabian Horse Times Magazine ... Over 41 Years Of Excellence

66 TuTTo ArAbi

Is English Pleasure For Export? by Mary Kirkman

82 TuTTo ArAbi


1st Milano International Show And Egyptian Event by Urszula Leczycka

101 TuTTo ArAbi 2011 World Championships In Paris—New Stars, Old Leaders by Urszula Leczycka

138 TuTTo ArAbi Arabian Horse Times ... A Magazine For The Ages 232

Leaders Of The Times—Gitar MF by Christa Beeler


In Memoriam: Don Morse Jr. (1941-2011) by Linda White


Lost Treasure by Faye Ahneman-Redenske


Trainer Confidential—Tales From The Equestrian Underbelly by Mary Trowbridge


Zimmeron PGN (1996-2011) by Linda White



tutto arabi

On The COver:

Hucks Connection V (Hucks Premier V x Crystal Lace), owned by Diamond hill Arabians. See cover story on page 49.

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2011 Arabian Horse Times Most Beautiful Baby Contest Winner: Shahlana RRX by Kara Larson


Comments From The Editor


An Amateur Lifestyle by Kara Larson


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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

. 816-651-7424 . E



. 816-547-0602 .


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

Comments From The Editor

If you are one who reads every word of Arabian Horse Times, you will have noticed by now that as of this month, we are no longer identifying our editions by month and year. The small type beneath the magazine’s title now reads “Volume 42, No. 8,”rather than January 2012. That’s a small change in style, but a big one in our ability to bring you information in a more timely way. Today, the flow of information is ongoing. Past practices dictated a schedule by month; the future tells us that we can give you more efficient service if we increase our flexibility in this ever-changing media environment. Don’t worry—you will still receive a full year of Arabian Horse Times—we’ll just be pacing it with more precision. Change is exciting, and at the Times, our goal is to be your best source of information in the Arabian horse community.

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Preferred Ford Grand Haven, MI

Add your name to the list of horsemen who are driving vehicles from Preferred Ford Ron and Laura Armstrong Larry Beachum Dan Bergren Matt Bergren Morgan Bergren Shelly Bergren Courtney Boggs David Boggs Lindsey Boggs Terry Anne Boggs Barbara Chur

Joe Betten

John Diedrich Lynn Van Dyke Richard Eshlaman Kayla Hooker Elka and Arron Johnson J.T. Keller Keith and Maureen Krichke Rob Langlois Dave Marleau Walter Mishek Joe and Cathy Monroe


Brian Murch Cathy Murphy Mike Neal Rory O’Neill Gordon Potts Alcides Rodrigues Jim Stachowski Peter Stachowski Jody Strand Ken and Donna Topp Cathy Vincent

Tony Bergren

616-842-0600 • cell: 231-286-6085 Volume 42, No. 8 | 7

s ' r a e Y w e N MIDWEST

Farm Tour Success ...

This year’s Farm Tours

were a phenomenal success. Each farm included in the tour had record-breaking attendance as local and foreign Arabian horse lovers, and new interest seeking an equine introduction, joined major players of the Arabian horse world from around the country. The excitement and energy of the week culminated spectacularly with the elegance and showmanship of Team Midwest & Legends Cadillac, unveiling the 2012 White Diamond Collection of new cars and Arabian horses. Guests arriving that evening at the beautiful Midwest facility on Cactus Road in Scottsdale, Arizona, were personally greeted by David and Terry Anne and the entire Boggs family, to see trees beautifully lit with twinkling Christmas lights, a catered dinner and open bar, and the famous raised stage designed specifically for the majestic Arabian horses presented at Midwest yearly. Guests gathered around the traditional bonfires to partake in the breathtaking presentation and have an opportunity to meet the equine celebrities up close and personal.

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Midwest displayed forty magnificent horses,

culminating with their incomparable stallion line-up and some of the most noted stars in the Arabian industry,

including the king of the breed himself, Magnum Psyche. A major highlight of the event was the first look at newly imported Polish National Champion, *Pogrom, sired by QR Marc and out of the famous Polish “P” line mare, Petla. *Pogrom sold more than forty breeding rights during the evening's event. The finale was a collection of National Champions on stage together: LD Pistal, Aria Impresario and Vitorio, who dominated the stage with their incredible presence as did the beautiful Scottsdale champion Valentino son, Onitnelav, and the gorgeous son of WH Justice, *Justimagine Joy, recently sold to Rodrigo and Alejandra Noguera of Bogota, Colombia. With more than six hundred people in attendance, the Midwest celebration was the perfect place to gather for the Healing Hearts Benefit Auction. Thanks largely to the enthusiasm generated by Midwest’s passionate showmanship, the auction raised more than $30,000 for Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge.

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ML Afire Dream x Fire Essense, by Pro-Fire

Unanimous U.S. National Champion Arabian English Pleasure Futurity Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated AEPA Enrolled Sire Region 12 Spotlight Stallion

2011 Filly . The Renaissance x Natalie D

owned by Stuart Vesty

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A Masterpiece never goes out of style!

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

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IT'S ALL THAT WE HOPED FOR—AND THEN SOME! The Nutcracker and Arabian cross hits the show ring ...

The first Half-Arabian foal sired by Nutcracker out of Ames Deja Vu 2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Futurity with Jim Stachowski for Kim Jarvis NUTCRACKER SWEET PF

Yearling colt sired by Nutcracker out of champion Patina Afire Competing at Scottsdale in halter with Terry Holmes for Milagro Arabians THRILLIN N CHILLIN MA

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#1 Sire of World Champions

Standing at WilloWbank bank Farm 502-722-8073 SimpSonville, kentucky

CH Carmac x Christmas In New York ERB

S wa n S o n & J a m p S a , LLC Kris swanson & DaviD Jampsa

For breeding inFormation: david JampSa ~ 502-500-7008 Volume 42, No. 8 | 15

U.S. National Champion H/A Western Pleasure Futurity Proudly owned by Stonegate Arabians LLC Barb Sink-Krusenstjerna Waukee, Iowa • 515-371-7407

Trained by Jody Strand (319) 393-4816 •

Smokin Jose Cuervo x Imtu Kool+/

Please inquire on national level young prospects by DA Valentino, Khadraj NA, Anthem V & Eccentric Valentino 16 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

“Last year we had a great group of horses at Scottsdale and this year’s group is even better. It is the finest group of sale horses we have ever assembled!” ScottSdale iS the place to be in February. the place to be in ScottSdale iS StachowSki FarmS! Jim and Peter Stachowski have spent extensive time and effort traveling the country looking for top show horses and are very excited about their discoveries. These horses come from many top bloodlines and represent the future of the Arabian breed. This is a beautiful time of the year in Arizona—come out and experience these magnificent horses. Please make an appointment to come see these top show horses starting at $5,000.

JIM STACHOWSKI: 330-603-2116 Peter StacHOwSki: 330-620-0194

STACHOWSKI FARM, INC Mantua, OH • ScOttSdale, aZ • San MarcOS, ca INFO@STACHOWSKI.COM Volume 42, No. 8 | 17







Purebred english Pleasure

Purebred Country english Pleasure



(Baske Afire x HH Zodiahana) 2003 Bay Gelding ExtRAoRdin HEiR

(Baske Afire x Desert Dessire) 2007 Bay Gelding MJM fAntASY AfiRE

(Afires Heir x Gwyneth D) 2007 Bay Gelding MiSStAfiREbEY

(Baske Afire x Bogatynia) 2007 Bay Mare nobLE HUntER

(Afire Bey V x EE Miss Barbary) 2009 Bay Mare dAntE AfiRE

(IXL Noble Express x Hidee Afire) 2006 Black Gelding ALL tHAt JAzz Wf

(Afire Bey V x DA Desireeble) 2009 Chestnut Stallion WizE bEYbE

(Baske Afire x Clasix Melody) 2003 Bay Gelding MiztER tEctonicS vA

(Afire Bey V x Wize Berry)2008 Bay Gelding SHoKAKAn

(Triften x Miz Margeaux V) 2008 Bay Gelding KYSS SMA

(SF Specs Shocwave x Ghazis Gogo Girl) 2009 Bay Stallion bRAvE MA

(Baske Afire x HH Zodiahana) 2006 Bay Gelding MJM AfiRE cRAcKER

(Baske Afire x Love Is Alive) 2008 Chestnut Stallion LigHting StRiKES

(Baske Afire x Bogatynia) 2008 Bay Gelding WoodY HAYES

(Baske Afire x Schantillie Lace) 2009 Bay Stallion AiR of tEMPtAtion

(Baske Afire x Pristene) 2006 Grey Gelding cL SWEEt EScAPE

(A Temptation x HF Spring Air) 2005 Grey Stallion EMERALd v

(Baske Afire x CP Cameo) 2008 Bay Mare notoRioUS AfiRE

(Afire Bey V x Eula) 2005 Bay Mare

(Afire Bey V x LBC Noble Spirit) 2008 Chestnut Gelding

bEL AiRE v

n tRigUE bMA

(Baske Afire x Balquelotta V) 2003 Bay Stallion MAn AboUt vEgAz vA

(Vegaz x Moonbeam DGL) 2009 Bay Stallion A tEMPting gRAcE

(A Temptation x CTC Felicity) 2007 Chestnut Mare

(Triften x Flair WB) 2007 Bay Gelding arabian hunter Pleasure HoLLiStER

(Justafire DGL x Alicias Rain) 2004 Bay Gelding MARc ME fAMoUS

(QR Marc x Kilena) 2008 Chestnut Stallion

ViSit our webSite for complete sales list and videos • WWW.staCHoWsKi.CoM 18 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes


SHEEZ A HOTTIE SSP Half-arabian EnglisH PlEasUrE /ParK






(Baske Afire x Pinekrest Delta Force) 2007 Bay Mare

Bugzy Malone

(Majesteit x Luv Potion) 2004 Bay Gelding


(Baske Afire x Irish Expression) 2007 Chestnut Gelding

PanTS on FIRe

(Baske Afire x Ring Girl) 2006 Bay Gelding


(Triften x CF In A Rare Mood) 2008 Bay Mare


(Baske Afire x Shes Real Bad) 2008 Bay Gelding


(Baske Afire x Precisely Poppy) 2007 Bay Gelding

laToIya BF

(Matoi x Movie Maker) 2004 Bay Mare


(Toi Trouble x Fantasy Talk) 2001 Chestnut Mare

My CHeMICal RoManCe

(Baske Afire x Believer’s Eighties Lady) 2006 Chestnut Mare

HIgHlIgHTS By gHaz

(Avatar El Ghazi x Walterway’s Highlight Material) 2006 Bay Gelding

BoRn Ta BoogIe

(Apaladin x The Country Rose) 1999 Bay Gelding

MoDeRn englISH ln

(IXL Noble Express x Quali Phi Time) 2005 Chestnut Gelding

MS KaT Ballou

(King’s Kat x Pro Baska) 2000 Bay Mare Mean MaCHIne PF (Baske Afire x Lady Machine) 2008 Chestnut Gelding

Tl MagIC PRanCeR

(Majesteit x Elucktra) 2003 Grey Gelding / Equitation HoT WHeelz gM

(Unquestionablyhot x Beaulieu’s Tapestry) 2001 Chestnut Gelding


(Afire Bey V x A Lady At Heart) 2008 Bay Gelding

SHeez a HoTTIe SSP

(Afire Bey V x Harlem’s Twinkle) 2007 Bay Mare

unSToPaBle Ma

(Baske Afire x Halstead’s Polka Dot) 2008 Bay Mare

PaF HollyWooD ToI

(Matoi x NM Beverly Hills) 2003 Bay Gelding


(Baske Afire x LA Bella Mafia) 2008 Bay Mare

STa TouCH oF noBIlITy

Half-arabian CoUntry EnglisH PlEasUrE SPeCIal DelIVeRy SMa

(MHR Nobility x Spirit Of York) 2004 Chestnut Mare VITo ValenTIno

(Baske Afire x Tuscany) 2007 Chestnut Gelding-

(Baske Afire x Irish Expression) 2009 Chestnut Gelding

DReaM oF loVe

PoKeR FaCe loa

(HF Mister Chips+ x Laced With Love) 2008 Chestnut Gelding JJ SPeCIal eDITIon

(Baske Afire x Spartan’s Silk Stockings) 2007 Bay Mare JB'S DanCIng In THe DaRK

(Baske Afire x My Magical Mood) 2007 Bay Gelding

(Baske Afire x Endless Legacy) 2005 Chestnut Gelding


ITS gooD ToBe BaD

(Baske Afire x La Bella Mafia) 2007 Bay Gelding

(Hucksbar x Shes Real Bad) 2008 Chestnut Gelding

Half-arabian HUntEr

HouSe oF BlueS

(Baske Afire x The Small Town Blues) 2006 Chestnut Gelding / Equitation


(Baske Afire x Aladdins Tapestry) 2009 Bay Gelding

RH glaDIaToR

(Mamage x Lakeview’s Savoir Faire) 2003 Chestnut Gelding aFIReS CoMIn Ca

VF TayloRS Toy

(Aramor's Jubalaya x VF Elegant Miss) 2001 Bay Gelding

(Afire Bey V x Comin Attcha) 2006 Bay Mare

STACHOWSKI FARM, INC • MANTuA, OH • SCOTTSdAle, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA 330-274-2494 • JIM STACHOWSKI: 330-603-2116 • PeTeR STACHOWSKI: 330-620-0194

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S p e c s

SHOCWAVE Afire Bey V x Spectra PR

Unanimous 2004 U.S. National champion Arabian english Pleasure Junior horse 2005 & 2006 U.S. National reserve champion Arabian english Pleasure

Big Trotting National Champion ... producing Big Trotting National Winners!

For Breeding and SaleS inFormation, contact: Jack or alicia Pace Stonehedge FarmS, LLc metamora, michigan Ph: 810-441-1065 or 248-240-2124

SF Sticker Shoc

(SF Specs Shocwave x Shes Real Bad) 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Futurity 2011 U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Junior Horse and AAOTR 40 & Over

SF AFterShoc

Standing at StachowSki Farm, inc. Jim & Peter StachowSki mantua, ohio Ph: 330-274-2494

(SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance) Unanimous 2009 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Performance Association Saddle Seat Pleasure Futurity 2010 U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse

SheS So BAd

(SF Specs Shocwave x Shes Real Bad) U.S. National Top Ten H/A English Jr. Horse 20 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

thUNder StUck Lr

(SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking) National Champion Country English Futurity


(SF Specs Shocwave x Mz Kitty) National Champion English Futurity

Photography by Darryl Larson Designed by mickĂŠandoliver

Oula Aljassimya will proudly represent Aljassimya Farm at the 2012 Scottsdale Show with Mr. Sandro Pinha. By Marwan al Shaqab x El Sanadika Volume 42, No. 8 | 21

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2011 U.S. N atiONal W iNNerS

Baske Afire 8 N atiONal C hampiONShipS 7 N atiONal r eServe C hampiONShipS 71 N atiONal t Op t eN a WardS Strawberry Banks Farm 22 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

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Beautifully s peaking e nglish

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A Temptation Hey Hallelujah

6-t iMe n ational & r eserve C haMpion

6-t iMe n ational C haMpion

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Offering breeding specials for Baske Afire, A Temptation and Hey Hallelujah. Select individuals for sale ~ visit our website for videos and details.

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Proven performance horse ...


6-Time National Champion



Twist Of Fait

REA My Allience



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Wasted Nights

RA Alliza

Breedings available

Allience - 27 years and going strong.

*Aladdinn x A Love Song, by *Bask AHA Breeders Sweepstakes, AEPA Enrolled Sire, NSH Nominated Sire, Show Horse Alliance Sire, Renai Foundation Sire, Renai Futurity Sire, SCID Clear

Nancy Shafer, Gregg and Lotta Shafer 5865 Oak Hill Drive W. Farmington, OH 44491 E-mail: 330.847.0776 For breeding information call: 330.274.2039 ~ 440.724.2497

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English is Our styl tylE E

Accepting Select OutSide HOrSeS FOr trAining.

Contact Leah Boyd 515-520-7604 or John Golladay 847-668-3538 •

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HISTORICAL STALLIONS ... 2011 U.S. ~ Canadian ~ Youth ~ Sport Horse

33 National Champions • 27 National



All-Time Leading Sire of National Winners

Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire, by *Bask 30 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Continuing to set the highest standards! Reserve Champions •158 National Top Ten Winners sired by Afire Bey V and IXL Noble Express

We have extremely talented get of Afire Bey V and IXL Noble Express ready to take you to the Nationals winners circle. MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi, by El Ghazi

Maroon Fire Arabians ~ Dave & Gail Liniger • Standing at Shea Stables ~ 810.329.6392

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Shea Stables NOBLE BACCARAT (IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire) 2009 Bay Stallion

NIGHT OF AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Her Nobility) 2009 Bay Gelding

CHARDONNAY DGL (A Temptation x Chamorrita Afire) 2008 Grey Mare

CHEYENE DGL (Brave And Noble x Chamorrita Afire) 2009 Bay Gelding

GINO AFIRE (Afire Bey V x HL Glitter NGold) 2008 Bay Gelding

NOBLE FANTOM (IXL Noble Express x Foxy Afire) 2009 Bay Gelding

ERIKA AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Ebony & Pearls) 2008 Half-Arabian Bay Mare

JULIAN DGL (Afires Heir x Noble Jenna) 2008 Bay Gelding to: Maroon Fire Arabians ~ Dave & Gail Liniger • Contact: Shea Stables ~ Tim & Marty Shea • 810.329.6392 32 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

2004 Stallion Multi-titled Champion Add color and size to your breeding program

16 Hands Proudly Owned By: Mina & David Cox Berthoud, Colorado For more information contact: At Stud and Trained By: Kathy Shorten Stables 970.219.2550

Goldtree Flamboyant x Equinox Courabelle Š2012 Mina & David Cox • Photos by Cody Payton Volume 42, No. 8 | 33

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n o i t o M t , r y a t e u a e H d B ree an or 2012! g f i t d I e n P e're back I W

Owned by Merrilee Lyons Standing at ADANDY FARM Greenwood, Delaware Cathy Vincent ~ 302.236.6665 cell 302.349.5116 ~

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National Reserve Champion Afire Bey V x Kaz Baskteena

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Mystic Sands Arabians “In Pursuit Of Perfection” 2012 Sales List

Year Name



Sire x Dam (Dam’s Sire x Dam)



MS Truly Fair Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



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



MS Chama In foal to Vitorio TO



MS Khampulsion x MS Casita (Barisznikov x MS Ciara)



MS Kharumba In foal to Vitorio TO



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



MS Tamara Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



Barisznikov x MS Tess (Monopolii x Tomorrows Dream)



MS Delite Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



MS Firedevil x MS Dachia (Barisznikov x Dream Dancer)



MS Serenitie Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



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



MS Bianka Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



Barisznikov x MS Balinta (*Bask x Bandy)



MS Bahemia Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



MS Santana x MS Bahia (*Bask x Bandy)



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



MS Firedevil x MS Dachia (Barisznikov x Dream Dancer)

$3,500 $5,500


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


MS Khampulsion x MS Casita (Barisznikov x MS Ciara)



MS Sahara Sells with a breeding to Vitorio TO



MS Exceptional




MS Celeyne



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Continuing the Pursuit of Perfection In Scottsdale 2012 With



(DA Valentino x MS Khandi)

Yearling colts with Midwest

Mystic Sands Arabians

13901 Bagley Street West Olive, Michigan 49460

MI Phone: 616-399-2109 AZ Phone: 480-502-6711 (in Ariz. until May 1, 2012) Volume 42, No. 8 | 37

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Paul Glans

General sales Manager cell: 480.861.7412 Scottsdale, AZ

Legends Cadillac

is proud to sponsor the 2011 AHT Readers’ Choice Awards 40 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

A special thank you ... Celebrating a lifetime of enjoyment with our horses and nearly 27 years with the Cadillac Industry, I am very aware of the roles that friendship and commitment have played in my life and career. My friends and clients in the Arabian horse community have shown me such incredible loyalty. Indeed, I consider this to be ... one of the greatest measures of my success. As a family we are sincerely grateful.

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Annual Scottsdale Ar abian Horse Show

—A Sunlit Spectacular

February 16-26, 2012

by Linda White The scottsdale Arabian Horse show grows and changes faster than journalists can write about it. The innovations, improvements and great new ideas fall into place almost daily, and those changes seem to grow more dazzling every year. no wonder the scottsdale show has become the largest equine event of its kind in the world, with more than 2,400 horses coming to town to compete for more than $1 million in prize money. And if that isn’t enough, some 250,000 people from 50 countries come to Arizona’s Valley of the sun to participate, spectate, buy and sell horses, make new friends, and have even more fun than they ever imagined. Year after year, all the numbers steadily increase. in this uneasy era when most horse shows are cautiously picking their way across economic minefields, the scottsdale Arabian Horse show is prospering. What accounts for this show’s continuing success?

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ScottSdale—a Sunlit Spectacular

The Guiding Light(s) Arabian Horse Association of Arizona President Jay Allen offers some insight into the phenomenon. “I would have to attribute much of the show’s continuing success to our Board of Directors’ foresight and progressive, out-of-thebox thinking,” he says. “Their eyes are on the future of the Arabian breed. We constantly tweak and improve what we offer; we want people to participate.” Participate, they do. Visitors to the show’s website will note that each day’s offerings include something for everyone. While it is debatable whether spectators or exhibitors, and which age groups within those respective constituencies, enjoy themselves more, the show schedule includes something fun unrelated to competition every day. There is a youth party the night before the show begins; Friday, Feb. 17, will be Family Night; and the first Saturday’s schedule includes an ice cream social. Sunday, Feb. 19, and the following Saturday, Feb. 25, offer Paint-A-Pony ceramic horse painting, free to the first 200 children; Monday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 26, will feature stick horse decorating. Children from 5 to 95 can have a great time with any or all of the foregoing activities. And, as is the show’s custom, barn tours and educational seminars will be sprinkled throughout the week.

The Young And The Restless The AHAA has a large youth club. Josh Shino, who has grown up with Arabians, was drawn to the youth club as he observed all the young people helping out at AHAA’s various shows and events. “I wanted to become more involved,” he says. “We have activities at our monthly meetings, and at the show we sell rose garland sponsorships. Taryl (Pearson, AHAA Executive Director) tells us what people to contact. We also sell rose garland sponsorships at the AHAA’s other shows. It’s a great way to meet people and make new friends. It’s fun!”

AHA-sanctioned. We have had such great participation all these years using the comparative system, and our halter classes are big and grow bigger every year. We call them ‘Scottsdale Classic’ halter classes.”

The Bold And The Beautiful Incentive programs like the Scottsdale Signature Stallion (SSS) program increase the value of breeders’ foals because they are eligible to win thousands of dollars every year for several years. This builds breeders’ confidence, increases the value of stud fees, and of the mares that are carrying SSS foals. “The Board is proactive about encouraging mare owners to breed again,” Allen says. “They have worked really hard to grow and improve the program. This year we will have a brand new Scottsdale Signature auction site that will be a lot of fun for everyone. Last year it was held on the WestWorld grounds at Brett’s Barn, but this year’s auction site will definitely be an upgrade. People will really like it!” Former AHAA President Janice Wight chairs the SSS committee. “We’re really excited about the auction,” she agrees. “It has its own new pavilion that is just being constructed. We will have a lot more room; there are even sky boxes. This year you can watch the auction online and bid over the phone, and we have 166 stallions whose services will be auctioned. Our Signature committee meets frequently, and committee members are always on the lookout for new, exciting, up-and-coming sires to add to the SSS program. This is the best group I have ever worked with in more than 30 years’ involvement with the show. I think the committee accounts for much of this program’s success.

As The World Turns “Our international classes were a huge hit last year,” states Jay Allen. “People really enjoyed them. We have two international judges and those classes will be judged international-style using the Las Vegas score card. The halter classes at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show are not Volume 42, No. 8 | 43

ScottSdale—a Sunlit Spectacular in 2006 identical classes with prize money were added for purebred Arabians. in 2010 a non-Pro Futurity for 4- and 5-year-old horses was added, and next came an nrHA-sanctioned reining Futurity Classic for purebreds and Half-Arabians with $150,000 in prize money. Then, by popular demand, the ArHA added an nrHAsanctioned Limited Futurity for riders with fewer than five national titles and a non-Pro Derby for amateur riders with older horses. more details are available on the ArHA website,

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“We attract a huge percentage of the foals born each year,” she continues, “because of all we offer: rewards, cash prizes, prestige and international visibility, any one of which raises the value of those foals. The various states’ futurities, like the iowa Gold star or minnesota medallion stallion futurity programs, are very important for our breed. The scottsdale signature program flows right into those others.”

Another World The Arabian and Half-Arabian reining Futurity is another of scottsdale’s innovative incentive offerings. This scorching success debuted at scottsdale in 2005 as the Half-Arabian reining Futurity. interest skyrocketed, so

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The late Tom Chauncey, one of scottsdale’s most famous Arabian horse breeders, helped organize and stage the first scottsdale Arabian Horse shows. An original member of AHAA, he recalled in an interview during his lifetime that the initial event, held in 1955 on the Arizona biltmore Hotel’s well-manicured grounds, saw 50 horses competing. That ambitious undertaking, he said, was almost entirely a volunteer effort. Volunteerism is still one of the show’s key elements. “everyone volunteers for the love of the horse—we couldn’t do it without them,” says Tom Chauncey’s daughter, sharon Chauncey-siar, now AHAA Treasurer. she has attended the show every one of its 57 years. “We have more than 200 volunteers altogether, staffing many of our services and activities. This allows us to reduce expenses in a number of areas. most of our prices— entries, for instance—are the same as they were 20 years ago. We have absorbed many costs, including judges’ salaries and other expenses, but we haven’t passed those costs on to exhibitors. instead, we’ve made cuts in other areas that won’t diminish our service to exhibitors. For

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“Most of our prices—entries, for instance—are the same as they were 20 years ago. We have absorbed many costs, including judges’ salaries and other expenses, but we haven’t passed those costs on to exhibitors.”

example, our corporate sponsors and patrons traditionally have been in two separate tents. This year they all will be in one tent. This will allow the two groups to get to know each other, and will eliminate the cost of a second tent. “We are expanding Tent 2 by 16 feet to create more room for our commercial exhibitors, and we will be moving the food vendors’ stalls that were always behind that tent to locations throughout the show grounds. This will make it more convenient for exhibitors, trainers and their customers and staff to get something to eat or drink without tramping clear across the grounds.” These changes and reconfigurations will mean more convenience for exhibitors, and the savings they create will mean more money for the official charities. The show’s yearly fundraising efforts have meant millions of dollars to local and national charities. This year’s charitable contributions again will be divided among Cox Charities,

the March of Dimes, the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, and Phoenix Crisis Nurseries. “Volunteers from each official charity also help out during the show,” adds Chauncey-Siar. Debbie Fleming, Annette Scott, and Leslie Paradise are the volunteers who head this year’s barn tours and educational offerings. “The round pen demonstrations and ‘behind the scenes’ barn tours have been a tremendous success for more than a decade,” says Fleming. “Be sure to take part in a barn tour at the show this year. You will see what it takes to get the horses ready for competition, and be able to meet some of the industry’s top competitors. “Last year our barn tours started out small—our first group numbered about 50. Well, word got around, the tours became a big hit, and we all worked together to really inform and entertain our audiences. For last year’s

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Spectators and horse people alike can find their heart’s desire among the 200-plus commercial exhibitors’ wares and services.

final tour, we had more than 150 people!” The round pen demonstrations’ clinicians will be the same as last year’s. bob Leary, head coach and founder of Arizona state University’s Western equestrian team, will present “Four Aids To Train A Horse,” in which he will teach riders how best to use the four natural aids to train a horse to give the intended responses. This will help boost the riders’ confidence and develop skills to become safer, more competent equestrians.

arrest procedures, and will be presenting a demonstration of their techniques. West brown is the instructor.

“essential elements of Horsemanship” with Lee smith has proven to be a popular educational offering. “regardless of your discipline,” smith tells riders, “i can help you raise your level of performance by focusing on the partnership of horse and rider, working together in harmony.” smith offers insight, skill and tools to help a rider enjoy his or her horse while developing horsemanship skills through feel, timing, balance, and a greater understanding of equine psychology.

Demonstrations of an exciting new identification technique are guaranteed to attract attention. The eyeD™ iris scan Technology for Horses has been developed to eliminate

The scottsdale Police’s mounted Unit (sPmU) currently has eight horses, five full-time riders, and five riders in reserve. because of the dangerous situations the mounted patrol officers and their mounts may experience on the street, they are trained to be able to handle an array of obstacles and

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“sport Horse basics” features longtime professional horse trainer Philipp Kast, who specializes in the dressage and sport horse disciplines. This demo focuses on sport horse class rules. Kast discusses each sport horse class’s specifications, including proper tack, what the judges are looking for, and how to prepare a horse for various classes.

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the need for branding, tattooing, or relying on markings to identify an animal. Because no two individual animals’ irises are alike, eyeD™ is the most accurate equine identification method available—more accurate, even, than a human fingerprint—and can be attached to health certificates, Coggins tests, and interstate movement certificates.

The Shopping Network As show-goers stroll through acres of anything and everything equine, they can understand why the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has become famous for what the AHAA calls its Shopping Expo. Spectators and horse people alike can find their heart’s desire among the 200-plus commercial exhibitors’ wares and services. Oneof-a-kind sculpture, jewelry, and artwork both fun and fine share space with practical and impractical footwear, hats and clothing. Insurance providers adjoin saddle, tack and equipment purveyors, while fencing, automatic insects-be-gone spray systems salespeople complement real estate agents and gift shop proprietors. The Expo runs the full 10 days of the extravaganza. Speaking of shopping, mare owners pull out their metaphorical shopping carts every year as they prepare to inspect the stallions available on the global marketplace’s glittering shelves. They deliberate over pedigrees and

temperaments, and check out each stallion’s physical appearance as they weigh and compare their options. Which sire or sires would be the best crosses for the mares they have in mind? What about prices? Will this stud fee be a better value for the money than that one over there? Dollar for dollar, which stallion service would best fulfill their needs? The Scottsdale Signature Stallion program has created a sire supermarket unprecedented in breed history. Each year’s SSS auction allows people to bid on services to the world’s most successful, highly-esteemed stallions. Every mare owner dreams about breeding that one, over-therainbow foal, but how often do their dreams come true? The Scottsdale Signature Stallion program attracts more and more participants every year because it dramatically increases each breeder’s likelihood of success. And as participation grows, so do the incentives. The SSS total payback for 2012 will be a stunning $590,598.41. “We think people will be thrilled and delighted, not only with the Scottsdale Signature program’s improvements, but also with the other exciting changes we have made to the show this year,” says AHAA President Jay Allen. “We are telling everybody to come on down. It will be quite a party!” n

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by Mary Kirkman


he key to Hucks Connection V is that he is “the versatile Arabian”—in the modern sense. No, he doesn’t show in every division of the ring; those days are past for most Arabians now. Instead, he is a national champion performance horse in open and amateur, he is beautiful and typey, and his career as a sire of Arabians and Half-Arabians is taking off. He has a disposition that makes friends wherever he goes (in fact, his personality could inspire a children’s book), and he accepts training with aplomb. He even satisfies the diverse requirements of his owners at Diamond Hill Arabians. For Jacques “Jack” Lapointe, he is an absorbing business and marketing project; for Ann Lapointe, his foals are like her grandchildren, and for their daughter Lisa Giovanniello, he is a megaexciting partner in the amateur show ring. His trainer, Vicki Humphrey, lists him among her most satisfying rides in professional competition. So, theoretically, he has no more fields to conquer. But that’s the thing about Hucks Connection V: point him at a goal, and he is always up for the challenge.

At The Trot Lisa Giovanniello can tell you what it feels like, seeing the world through a pair of alert dark ears, feeling the kind of propulsion that can belt you right out of a flat saddle if you don’t have the legs and balance to keep your seat. If you’re not distracted with finding your position on the rail or keeping an eye on the competition across the ring, it’s the sort of thing that can make you grin like a child with a new toy.

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“He su-u-re can wave his legs.”

“I had never ridden anything like him,” Giovanniello says of the first time she got on Hucks Connection V. “He doesn’t look that intimidating when he’s standing in the cross-ties, and he’s truly safe—but you wouldn’t want to ask him to trot if you didn’t know how to ride. The power that I felt that day was unbelievable.” In the open division, the stallion can reach for even more, for an “nth” degree of overdrive in his top gear. The resulting picture is what old horsemen used to mean when, in dry, sage voices, they would say of a good horse, “He su-u-re can wave his legs.”

In cold, hard facts, Hucks Connection V is one of the best English pleasure contenders in the Arabian breed today. In the U.S. and Canada, he has won five national or national reserve championships in English pleasure and informal combination, the open titles with Vicki Humphrey and the amateur with Lisa Giovanniello. And last year, he threw in a Liberty performance that dazzled the crowd at Scottsdale and netted him the highest score in the history of the show’s Liberty competition. What sets him apart from his contemporaries is that when his talent is added to his Varian heritage and his disposition, he represents extraordinary opportunity as a breeding stallion.

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“I was looking for a trotting horse,” Sheila Varian says simply, recalling her thoughts when she planned the mating of the Serinask daughter Crystal Lace to her stallion Hucks Premier V, a son of Huckleberry Bey. The pedigree she created fairly bristles with English pleasure talent; as a sire, Huckleberry Bey dominated English pleasure in his time, and Crystal Lace brought her own strong influence to the mix. A daughter of a three-time national champion in the discipline, she was a Canadian National Champion in amateur English pleasure and is still remembered for her elegance. That elegance was an important part of the bargain, because the ability to trot was not all that was on Varian’s mind. “There is beauty all over his pedigree,” she points out. She has bred her own horses for their looks as well as their athletic ability, and Hucks Connection V also offers a cross to Khemosabi, whose excellent type won him the title of U.S. National Champion Stallion in 1973. In addition, Hucks Connection V’s tail female is from Lewisfield Arabians, a well-respected mid-century breeding program. “Those horses were known to be beautiful,” Varian notes. “They were really quality horses throughout, magnificently beautiful horses.” The looks were apparent from birth, and the ability declared itself early on. “He was a very talented horse from the first time we rode him,” she says. “He could trot from the very beginning.” He came up through

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Varian’s slow stages of training and development, and by the time he moved to Vicki Humphrey Training Centre, under the ownership of Diamond Hill Arabians, he was ready to hit full stride.

It’s All In The Family The story of Hucks Connection V is inextricably woven through families—the equine family that produced him and the human family which owns him, shows him and plots his future as a breeding stallion. He is an adventure, the Lapointes smile, because he is more than they initially anticipated when they purchased him from Varian in 2006. Jack Lapointe had loved horses from his youth in Canada, and fell in love with grey Arabians when he rode one, by chance, at a public riding stable (the little ex-polo pony was head and shoulders smarter than his stablemates). So when Lisa, at age 11, said she wanted

a horse of her own, he and Ann replied, “Sure. An Arabian.” It was the early 1980s; their daughter’s first was Dawson Loradel, who not only started her in the show ring, but also started her mother in horses. When Lisa graduated to the national champion amateur park horse Proud Canadian, Ann learned to ride and began breeding Dawson Loradel. It was the beginning of what would be Diamond Hill Arabians. As with many families, the time came when Lisa had to get on with life—college, marriage and a family— and the Lapointes’ show experiences drew to a close. However, Jack and Ann kept and cared for the horses, and when Lisa moved to North Carolina in the late 1990s, she found a way to have a career and Arabians at the same time. Her parents moved south as well, and the stage was set for them to take up where they had left off. A chance meeting with a friend who showed horses led Lisa to Vicki Humphrey in 2005, and it was not long before she was back in competition, scoring in country English pleasure amateur with Indigo Moun. That did it. Pretty soon Jack Lapointe told Vicki Humphrey to find them a filly that they could breed later on; there was one at Varian Arabians which had attracted his attention. “You don’t need a broodmare,” Humphrey told him. “You need Hucks Connection V.” Humphrey had been watching Hucks Connection V since she had seen him at Scottsdale earlier that year, but Varian hadn’t been keen on selling. Now, Humphrey thought, the stallion would make a great amateur horse for Giovanniello and satisfy the Lapointes’ growing desire to breed horses again. Lisa, too, remembered the stallion, and she agreed on the broader context of the stallion’s role in their lives. Her mother was a born nurturer and loved having foals around, and her father, who was in the process of selling his business and “semi-retiring,” might appreciate a new project. So Humphrey and Giovanniello headed to California to meet Hucks Connection V. Although he answered their requirements, there was one last consideration. Did they really want to embark on standing a stallion? While it was clear to everyone that the flashy black-bay would make a great show partner for Lisa, it took Ann Lapointe’s input to confirm his breeding career. “It’s very cruel to keep a horse a stallion if you are not going

to use him for what God created him for,” she told her husband. And with that, they began adding faces to their fledgling band of broodmares.

“Our philosophy is to breed motion to motion.”

“Picture Jack Lapointe sitting behind his desk in his home office, on the phone all day long, often talking horses—because that’s what he does,” says Giovanniello. “He spent a lot of time getting to understand breeding and what is a good fit with this horse. He talks to the professionals all the time about the mares we should be putting in our broodmare band.” When Lapointe targets a certain mare, he is not afraid to say, “What do I have to do to get her?” Then all options are on the table. Some are purchased and some leased, sent back in foal to their owners. Whatever works, Lapointe shrugs. It’s the quality that counts. “Our philosophy is to breed motion to motion,” he adds. “If you want to have an English horse, breed an English stallion to an English mare.” Currently, Diamond Hill maintains a dozen mares—six Arabians, five Saddlebreds and one Dutch Harness Horse/Saddlebred cross. The bloodlines reflect classic English talent: two purebreds are Baske Afire daughters (one the dam of Princess Of Baske, unanimous 2011 U.S. National Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse), one is by Afire Bey V, one is by El Ghazi, and another is by Justafire. Hucks Connection V’s book does not include just Diamond Hill mares; Sheila Varian continues to breed to him, other top English breeders have signed on, and a selection of South African horsemen have endorsed him as well, citing his talent and his ability to work well

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with both amateurs and professionals. For all that, the Lapointes admit that selling breedings, while a welcome addition to their operation, is not their first priority. “Our main focus has been on breeding our own broodmares and seeing the foals we’re getting,” says Lisa Giovanniello, “and I have to say that this last year, we have really hit it. We have some of the most incredible foals.”

Fillies And Colts— The Next Gener ation Hucks Connection V bred his first mares at the age of 4, and by the time he came east in late 2006, he had 14 foals on the ground. It was enough to demonstrate his potential, as even with limited exposure, that early crop offered a U.S. National Top Ten in country English pleasure. The Lapointes began breeding to their stallion in 2007, and this year, the first 3-year-olds will be sent to Vicki Humphrey for training. Already, Jack Lapointe is identifying the bloodline crosses that appear to nick well with Hucks Connection V. “The Afire Bey Vs have been outstanding,” he reports. “We have three babies who will knock your socks off. We also have several Bask Afire mares in foal to Huck; we have no proof yet, but we believe in that cross.” MHR Nobility appears to have promise as well. His daughter SMS Forever, the dam of Vegaz, produced an outstanding filly by Hucks Connection V who unfortunately was lost at an early age.

HC Boisterous+ (Hucks Connection V x Balquenette V) U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Maturity

HigH speed ConneCtion (Hucks Connection V x Megha Hearrts) Scottsdale Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse

An increasingly important dimension of the breeding program is the HalfArabians. “From the very beginning Vicki has said, ‘Breed your stallion to some Saddlebred mares; you won’t believe what you will get,’” says Giovanniello. “So my father started to investigate the Saddlebred. He knows a lot about purebred Arabian breeding because that’s what they’ve always been passionate about, but understanding the bloodlines of the Saddlebred and what might be a good fit for his stallion has been something he’s had to take on as a job.” It was a job Lapointe relished. Prominent in the broodmare band are daughters of the celebrated Saddlebred sires CH Will Shriver and Worthy Son, many of whom already have nationally-decorated Half-Arabian

offspring to their credit. The mare attracting the most attention lately has been Risa, the Dutch Harness Horse/Saddlebred cross. “She has put one of the most stunning foals on the ground that I have ever seen,” Lisa Giovanniello says of the filly they have named Hucks Wild Patricia. “I would put her up against anything.” “She is an extremely good example of what we’re trying to produce,” Ann Lapointe nods. “A goodminded filly with a very beautiful body—straight legs, and a lot of correctness.” She elaborates on their attention to Half-Arabians. “The show circuit is looking for good-minded, large, well-moving horses,” she says, “and the combination of our Saddlebred mares with Huck is proving to be a very good cross.” While Jack manages the business side of Diamond Hill Arabians and Lisa represents the farm in the ring, Ann is the authority at home with the mares and foals. “I have more responsibility than everyone else put together!” she quips. That is only half a joke; her husband and daughter may have the more high profile roles at Diamond Hill, but it is up to her to make sure that each individual arrives for training at the age of 3 with the best possible preparation for life. “We start the babies on the ground,” she says. “That’s my job. I teach them manners. I teach them to be good horses.” She is in the barn for every foaling, and starts imprint training in the earliest accelerated learning period. As the foals grow up, they are handled every day, consistently, so that by the time they leave to begin their careers with Humphrey, they are easy to work with and experienced with the learning process.

Jack Lapointe would agree; he can hardly wait until April, when Hucks Connection V foals out of Princess Of Baske (by Baske Afire) and her dam, Berry Fancee (by Hucklebey Berry), are due.

“He has that Huckleberry Bey impish, funny delight in himself.”

Mr. Personality Today, show ring audiences are attracted by Hucks Connection V’s over-level trot, but it usually is his jaunty enthusiasm that keeps their eyes riveted. That hell-and-gone enjoyment of himself dates to his earliest days at Varian Arabians. “He has an attitude of cheeriness and simply delights in his own athletic ability to play and dance,” says Sheila Varian. “And yet, when he’s asked to work, he goes directly to work. He’s always made everyone smile.” Liberty, she relates, has long been high on his list. “When you turn him out—I always used the music ‘Macho Man’—he reared, he leaped, he jumped. I’ve got a whole series of pictures of him practically

“They are similar in temperament to the Hucklebey Berrys, with the personality, the brightness and the great big eyes,” observes Humphrey of the stallion’s foals. She has several growing up at the training center. “Huck’s Connection V is not by HBB, but he has a similar pedigree. That seems like it is going to be a really special cross as we go forward.”

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“He is the engine who could.”

standing on his head with joy. And then we’d put a saddle on him, and he’d just march with that same happy eagerness. He’s just like an enthusiastic child who delights in his own abilities without ever having a naughty bone in his body. He has that Huckleberry Bey impish, funny delight in himself. Of all the Huckleberry Beys, he had it more than any.”

“He is the engine who could,” Vicki Humphrey offers. “He’s an overachiever; he has so much enthusiasm for life in general. You know how a horse will cock his head from side to side? He prances out of his stall every day and just cocks his head from side to side. Absolutely mannered—you just climb on and go ride. He is excited about everything that happens. He can’t wait to go to work, he can’t wait to do what you ask him to do. He’s happy—happy, happy, happy all the time.

On The Horizon “This year is our year,” Jack Lapointe reflects. “We will have babies coming out from our own breeding program. And next year, Lisa will start showing the Huck babies.” They look forward to retaining some of the Hucks Connection mares, both purebred and Half-Arabian, to breed in their program. Others will be sold, along with a selection of broodmares and foals by other sires they use; they understand the importance of building Diamond Hill’s reputation as a source of bloodstock, both for the show ring and in breeding operations across the country. Even though they took several years off from showing at one time, the Lapointes’ history in Arabians argues that their interest and experience have been long term. Jack owned Arabians as far back as the late 1970s, and the family still cares for the first foal they ever ushered into the world. (She is 28 now.) Proud Canadian was in their barn until his death at the age of 26, and the gelding DH Karisma, now 21, has been Ann’s all his life and now teaches Lisa’s children to ride. Hucks Connection V is part of their evolution.

“Luckily, you can breed him at 9 a.m., show him at 10, and he knows the difference,” she adds. “You put the saddle on and he just carries on. With some horses you can’t do that, but he doesn’t have any problems.”

“I fell in love with Hucks Connection the day I met him,” says Ann Lapointe. “He had a softness to him when I walked into his stall. I told him, someday he would come home with me and I would love him forever. ‘As long as I am alive, you will have a big pasture and some mares to be with,’ I said. I believe he understood my thoughts, that I would take care of him. I meant it and I still mean it, and when he retires, he will come home and be with me. I love him.”

The key for the breeding program, notes Ann Lapointe, is that Hucks Connection V not only has a sunny disposition, but also passes it on to his foals. They are known for their confidence and their affinity for people. “These guys have their daddy’s disposition,” she says. “Vicki told us, ‘Your horse is going to have a very positive impact on the Arabian breed; they are wonderful-minded and they want to work and perform.’ We had only bred a couple before we realized that too.”

But it is early yet for Hucks Connection V, and those days remain ahead. At 13, he is just beginning to write his story. Part of it will be each year’s new collection of foals, the ones who parade across their North Carolina pastures, heads held high on little skyscraper necks, swaggering a bit as they go. At the trot, their hocks fold up like accordions and their spindly, pipe stem front legs reach for level. Just as their sire’s do. ■

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Sharing A Heritage Of Excellence— Vicki & Jessica, The Arabian breed and your many customers and friends are honored to have you both in our lives. You have provided numerous great champions in the show ring and, more importantly, have given us the opportunity to be part of your family and realize the true value of the Arabian horse. Vicki, you continue to amaze us with your passion, dedication, and love. You are eternally young in heart and spirit. Jessica, your talent, smile and energy are a mirror to your mother's. Thank you for following in her footsteps. Your mother/daughter championships at the 2011 U.S. Nationals in the Country English Pleasure Junior and Open classes demonstrate that your talents, values, devotion, and love will be generously shared by all of us in the Arabian breed for many years to come. Even though the trophies, accolades, and ribbons are wonderful, we recognize that the people who make the most difference in our lives are quite simply those who care the most. In the Arabian breed, Vicki and Jessica, you have done that for all of us.

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A Noble Cause x MC Bellasera


A Noble Cause x Julietta Ames


A Noble Cause x Fantasy Watch


DS Major Afire x Marliera


Sir Marwan CRF x Marcilla


Baske Afire x Gunning For Roses


MPA Giovanni x Ames Mirage


Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage


Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage


Brass x Afire Inmy Eyes


Mister Montana NIC x Jaborrs Lita

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Be it breeding, starting your youngsters, or prepping for the 2012 show ring...

Pat & Mary Trowbridge • Trainer Lindsey Knight • Matt Conway • 236 Henry Sanford Rd, Bridgewater, CT 06752 • 860.354.8926

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a collaboration!

international relations: cooperation among entities of different countries in pursuit of the same goal, i.e., 2012 collaboration between Arabian Horse Times and Tutto Arabi to bring you the best and the brightest of horses, people and events in the worldwide Arabian community. The following is a special section of AHT editorial features and advertisers that will be included in the March issue of Tutto Arabi magazine. Watch for further collaborative projects between Arabian Horse Times and Tutto Arabi in future issues. 72 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

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National Champion Eccentric Valentino

w w w. A r g e n t Fa r m s . c o m Andrew Sellman River Falls, Wisconsin, USA Office 715.425.9001 • Cell 715.760.2466

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DA Valentino x Satin Chall LL


2009 U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly 2009 Scottsdale Jr. Champion Filly


Proudly owned by Claire & Margaret Larson Tea, South Dakota

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Arabian Horse Times would like to welcome its Tutto Arabi readers to this first joint edition of our magazines. Together, we span

much of the Arabian community, and we hope that by adding more in-depth exposure to each other’s readerships, we will expand everyone’s marketplace.

We believe that there are breeders of Arabian horses all over the

world with something to offer, so increased communication and knowledge of each other’s experiences are important to the growth of the Arabian horse in the future. But it can be challenging for owners to sort out the horses and people in their home countries who best fit their programs—so figuring out potentially positive business relationships, or even just friendships, abroad can be doubly difficult. We’d like to make it easier for everyone, both

the larger farms who already enjoy international reputations and the smaller operations who nevertheless produce top-class horses capable of winning in global competition. Right now, world news is chaotic; however, one undeniable fact is that when Arabian horse people get to know each other, they

can shut out all the divisiveness and relax in their mutual love for their horses. Everyone wants to see the Arabian horse succeed, and our view is that the best place to begin is with the basics: getting to know each other and each other’s horses better. The world is a small place, but the business can be big. The only thing Arabian horse people need are introductions.

Lara Ames, Publisher Arabian Horse Times

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DA Valentino x Amelia B, by Magnum Psyche AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Frozen Semen Available Worldwide!

2011 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN StallioN 4 & 5 Year old 2011 U.S. NatioNal reServe ChampioN SeNior StallioN 2010 CaNadiaN NatioNal ChampioN FUtUritY Colt Owned by Fazenda Floresta, LLC Standing at Guzzo / Rivero Arabians Worldwide, LLC For information contact Rodolfo Guzzo • Brazil: +55 (19) 8139 9739, USA: +1 (619) 200 6464 • 6 Tu t to A r A b i | A R A Bi A n HoR Se T i meS

Eden C x Sempre, by Versace AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Minnesota Medallion Stallion SCID Clear

Frozen Semen Available Worldwide!

2011 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN Colt 2-Year-o old 2010 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN BreederS SweepStakeS YearliNg Colt 2010 laS VegaS world CUp SUpreme ChampioN

Owned by Fazenda Floresta, LLC Standing at Guzzo / Rivero Arabians Worldwide, LLC For information contact Rodolfo Guzzo • Brazil: +55 (19) 8139 9739, USA: +1 (619) 200 6464 • JA N uA Ry 2012 | tu t to A r A b i 7

Laheeb x The Vision, by Thee Desperado

Frozen Semen Available Worldwide!

I mported S traIght e gyptIan S tallIon Owned by Fazenda Floresta, LLC Standing at Guzzo / Rivero Arabians Worldwide, LLC For information contact Rodolfo Guzzo • Brazil: +55 (19) 8139 9739, USA: +1 (619) 200 6464 • 8 Tu t to A r A b i | A R A Bi A n HoR Se T i meS

(Aria Impresario x RD Fabreanna)

NAA W orld C hAmpioN J uNior C olt

Frozen Semen Available Worldwide!

Owned by Fazenda Floresta, LLC Standing at Guzzo / Rivero Arabians Worldwide, LLC For information contact Rodolfo Guzzo • Brazil: +55 (19) 8139 9739, USA: +1 (619) 200 6464 • JA n uA Ry 2012 | tu t to A r A b i 9

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the international influence of


roxann and Karl hart with Qr Marc aPaha Breeder of the Year aht readers' choice Breeder of the Year uSef Breeder of the Year of all Breeds

for 44 years, rohara has been a source of foundation arabians for breeding farms around the world. in addition to its renowned breeding program, it is also known for its nationals-level training operation and its marketing expertise. the farm has presented national champion arabians and half-arabians in halter and performance at the u.S., canadian and Sport horse nationals. rohara also has exported some of the finest breeding stock to 20 foreign countries: Brazil, canada, colombia, costa rica, Dubai, ecuador, england, france, Guatemala, italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Mexico, nicaragua, Panama, Saudi arabia, South africa, Sweden, trinidad, and Venezuela. its horses win often in foreign shows rings and have been named national or national reserve champion in their new countries. they also have achieved significant success in breeding programs throughout the world. rohara takes pride in offering national- and regional-quality halter horses, excellent and versatile performance horses, and world-class breeding stock.

Thank you to the national and international buyers that purchased 32 horses during 2011.

We invite you to visit Rohara Arabians ... You will

discover that it is rare to find such a large group of incredible horses residing at just one farm.

RohaRa aRabians Karl & Roxann Hart . P.O. Box 110 . Orange Lake, Florida 32681 . USA . (352) 591-4661 .

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Marwan Al Shaqab x Lily Marlaina, by Thee Infidel

2006 Stallion • Frozen semen • EU frozen semen available owned by R. Kirk Landon & Rohara Arabians 12 Tut to A r Abi | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

U.S. National Top Ten Stallion

Region 15 Champion Stallion A leading 2011 juvenile sire AHT Most Classic Winner



Majik Of Marwan x WH Esdee, by Diammond Jim 2010 Stallion • Available at private treaty owned by R. Kirk Landon

P.O. Box 110 . Orange Lake, Florida 32681 . USA (352) 591-4661 .


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S partan



El Nabila B x MSU Secret Vows, by Concensus

2008 Stallion • Frozen semen • EU frozen semen available owned by R. Kirk Landon & Rohara Arabians 14 Tut to A r Abi | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

U.S. National Top Ten Stallion Scottsdale Reserve Champion

Region 12 Champion Stallion

Magnu m

Mister Canadian National Champion Stallion AAOTH U.S. National Top Ten Stallion

Scottsdale Champion Stallion AAOTH

Region 15 Champion Stallion Open & AOTH

Magnum Chall HVP x Pretty Tricky, by Padrons Psyche

2004 Stallion • owned by Robert Janecki

Showing at ScottSdale in 8 and over StallionS with Joe alberti P.O. Box 110 . Orange Lake, Florida 32681 . USA (352) 591-4661 .

Rohara A r A b i A n s

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marketing world-wide

The Arabian horse has been a lifelong passion for internationally acclaimed horseman, David Boggs, and his greatest joy is sharing that passion with his family and friends. “The Arabian horse has enriched my life in countless ways, most significantly, through my family. My father and mother shared their love of the horses with my siblings and me, and now I am able to share that same love with my own family. Terry Anne and I are fortunate and blessed that our four children all enjoy the horses. The special friends and employees that make up Team Midwest, like us, are all committed to the exciting adventures we share together, all because of the Arabian horse.” David Boggs’ heartfelt desire has become his life’s work. Over the past 30 years, he has traveled the world from Paris, France to Pewaukee, Wisconsin; from Dubai City, Dubai to Des Moines, Iowa; from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santa Ynez, California. David has visited every continent where Arabian horses live. Along the way, he has met members of royal families, rulers of nations, aristocrats, titans of industry, movie stars and rock stars. However, his favorite people are the small breeders who love the Arabian horse—breeders, trainers, grooms, those who own horses and those who dream of the possibilities, especially the children. David Boggs’ passion for the Arabian horse is the key to the success of their Mega Center—Midwest Training and Breeding Stations, in Elk River, Minnesota, and the Marketing Centre in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is this passion that created his vision that sustains his commitment decade after decade to search out and find, acquire, and showcase the crème de la crème of the breed. Thirty years of experience and more than $90,000,000 in equine market purchases and sales has trained David’s eye to see what others miss— potential. His ability to see beyond the immediate, and visualize the possibility, is not a skill, it is a gift. David’s vision of the ideal Arabian horse has evolved over the years of hands-on breeding and marketing of Arabian horses. Throughout his career, he has seen and evaluated thousands of Arabian horses. His goal has always been to find horses that come the closest to his ideal—horses whose beauty, carriage, and attitude take his breath away. And bring these horses into the Midwest Program.

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Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle

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loved world-wide


Fernando & Joaquin de SantibaneS buenoS aireS, argentina Ja n ua ry 2012 | TuT To A r Abi 19


National Champion United

S tat e S



Destiny Called ...

Vitoria LM - 2011 Filly Vitorio TO x LM Olivia

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

Vitoriana ORA - 2011 Filly Vitorio TO x Lathifa HEM

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Oak RidgE aRabians

DA Valentino x Sol Natique, by Solstice

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Proudly owned by the Sloan, Vara and roizner FamilieS

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Scot t sdale 2012

Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica, by Echo Magnifficoo

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6 Ld



National Champion

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Magnum Psyche x Halana, by Hal Gibby

A n I n t e r n At I o n A l H e r o

Haras Los PaLmares

Punta del este, uruguay www .H aras l os P almares . com . uy Ja n ua ry 2012 | TuT To A r Abi 25

Polish NatioNal ChamPioN

QR Marc

Swete Dreams POGROM 2009 stallion Visbaden Petla Petra 26 Tut to A r Abi | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Anaza El Farid Kajora Fame VF Katahza Ali Jamaal Magic Dream CAHR The Dreamspinner Kouros Kouream De Ment Rawhides Amenda

Gazal Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab Little Liza Fame

Naftalin Presnia Pepton Pestka

Topal Nepriadwa Nabeg Parana Bandos Pemba Probat Pentoda

Bred by Stadnina Koni Jan贸w Podlaski, Poland

Midwest and the sloan faMily thank the breeders who have endorsed our confidence by purchasing breedings. *Stadnina Koni Jan贸w Podlaski *Rohara Arabians *Cedar Ridge Arabians *North Arabians *Marino Arabians *Joy Horses *Midcrest Farms *Cindy Fleming *Judy Faust *Pam Halbrook *Pam Bauerlein *Leslie Harpur *Don Peeler *Rebecca Tinsley *Don Olvey *Royal Arabians *Christine Jamar *Janice Wight *Arabians International *Misheks Arabians *Gary & Holly McDonald *Russ McDonald *Milt & LeeAnn Davis *Darrell Coker *Peter & Sheila Stewart *Tony Bergren *Ken & Donna Topp *Ed & Lara Friesen *Robert Traveller *Stephanie Poole *Marlene Rieder *Kris Bartle *denotes multiple breedings Ja n ua ry 2012 | TuT To A r Abi 27


Mirror Mirror on the Wall ... “UNBELIEVABLE! Onitnelav-valentinO—He is the mirror image of his sire. It is with great hope that this journey leads us all to a new level of understanding as Onitnelav brings forth the genetic potential of lost treasure DA Valentino. He is living proof of his sire’s greatness. Valentino left us to soon, but Onitnelav will bear the torch for his father. The likeness is truly something to behold. It is fitting that this young prodigy, who was conceived in the presence of his sire, have the opportunity to reunite with someone who can continue the legacy justifiably. Again, thank you David Boggs, for receiving Onitnelav with such respect. With your guiding hands, he will make his father proud as he too, rises to his rightful throne of greatness, and one day the question will be asked, ‘Mirror Mirror on the wall, whose the fairest of them all?’ It’s not fairy tales. It is reality. Onit has returned home.” — P. S . 28 Tut to A r Abi | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes


Onitnela DA Valentino x Royal Ghazallah, by Marwan Al Shaqab Ja n ua ry 2012 | TuT To A r Abi 29

From the shores of Uruguay ... to the Scottsdale desert ...


I nternatIonal C hampIon S tallIon

usta Magnum See him at Midwest

Magnum Psyche x S Justatinkerbell, by Justafire dgl

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2009 UrUgUayan Champion 2008 Brazilian national Champion

Experience the excitement of the get of Justa Magnum.

HLP Faraon Justa Magnum x Mars Simbayeva

2011 Colt Justa Magnum x Alexia Four

Haras Los PaLmares



este, uruguay

2011 Filly Justa Magnum x Aquir Janera

Haras DoN PIero FabIaNa aND FraNco Vara

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Haras Los PaLmares

Punta del este, uruguay www .H aras l os P almares . com . uy

2011 ArAbiAn breeder FinAls Gold ChAmpion WeAnlinG Colt

Vegas dpa x Raherra, by Rahere

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t h g i l n o o M * HDT

Shining with the beSt international bloodlineS. Gazal al Shaqab

PaDrOnS PSyche

Marwan al Shaqab Marwan al Shaqab

little liza FaMe hDt Prince OF Marwan luDjin el jaMaal


PrinceSS criStine FiOna VF

PaDrOn PaDrOnS PSyche KiliKa iMann FaMe VF POetryinMOtiOn VF eMOtiOn VF FaMe VF 34 Tut to A r Abi | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Midwest welcoMes ...

Uruguayan National Champion Junior Filly


Haras Los PaLmares

Punta del este, uruguay www .H aras l os P almares . com . uy

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ENZO By Padrons Psyche Out of RD Bey Shahmpane Owned by Enzo Ltd. vesty photo

STIVAL By *Gazal Al Shaqab Out of Paloma De Jamaal Owned by Peri Tilghman gigi photo

EDEN C By Enzo Out of Silken Sable Owned by Bellinger Arabians visel photo

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MPA GIOVANNI By Da Vinci FM Out of Glitzy Owned by Jerland Farms vesty photo

*PERSHAHN EL JAMAAL By Ali Jamaal Out of Perfectshahn SRA Owned by Evergreen Arabians vesty photo

ESCAPE IBN NAVARRONE-D By AS Sinans Pacha Out of Navarrone "P" Owned by Ajman Stud vesty photo

GREG & NANCY GALLÚN 1977 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 805.693.0083 WWW.GALLUNFARMS.COM Ja n ua ry 2012 | Tu T To A r A b i 37

The highest scoring horse EVER at the U.S. National Championships.

Stival x NW Siena Psyche

Las Vegas World Cup Unanimous Supreme Champion Yearling Colt Scottsdale Junior Champion Colt

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Abdulrahman al Mansour, Director • Alexandra Newman, Manager P.O. Box 22133, Doha, Qatar • Tel: +974-4490-3074 • +974-4490-3075 • Fax: +974-4471-9169 • Mobile: +974-5584-2213 For future breedings contact Gallún Farms • Phone 805.693.0083 • Ja n ua ry 2012 | Tu T To A r A b i 39

Taking Scottsdale 2012 By Storm with Keith Krichke



Psyche (Magnum Psyche x Crown Victoria)

Full brother to Multi-National Champion and Dam of Champions.

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Š Suzanne 2011

Scottsdale Classic 8 Years and Older Stallions For information, contact:

Bred and Owned by:

Keith Krichke

Dune Drift Arabians Kelley Ramsey Valparaiso, Indiana

Training cenTer

farm 269-649-1282 • cell 269-217-5530 JA n uA ry 2012 | tu t to A r A b i 41

Achieving Greatness One Foal At A Time



(ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF)

Abrakadabra RH (ROL Intencyty x Miss Starbuxx)

2011 ScottSdale ReSeRve champion 2-YeaR-old colt Sold and Exported to Chile by Krichke. 42 Tu t to A r A b i | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

2011 U.S. national champion YeaRling FillY 2011 UnanimoUS U.S. national champion JUnioR maRe Sold to Freeland Farms by Krichke.

Triad RH

(ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF)

Scottsdale 3-Year-Old Colts with Keith Krichke Bred and Owned by:

For information, contact:

Robin Hood Farms

Robin & Drago Kragulj office 708-235-8912 • cell 847-514-6753

Keith Krichke

Training cenTer

farm 269-649-1282 • cell 269-217-5530 JA n uA ry 2012 | tu t to A r A b i 43


ichael Byatt Arab ians

Michael Byatt Arabians is one of the most successful show and breeding farms for Arabian horses in the world. From the stallions that reside with us, to the show horses that depart in our vans, the influence of Michael Byatt Arabians has left no part of the globe untouched. From South Africa to Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and all of North and South America, one will hear the name of a Michael Byatt horse and immediately realize the significance.

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7716 Red BiRd Road, New Ulm, Texas 78950 PhoNe: 797-357-2614 . Fax: 979-357-2613 w w w .M i c h a e l B yat t a r a B i a n s . c o M

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Presenting one of the most exotic sons of *Marwan Al Shaqab in the world. ZT Marwteyn is a horse of extreme type, excellent topline, long legs, beautiful eyes and long shapely neck.



ar wteyn

2007 Bay Stallion He will be available by both fresh and frozen semen in 2012.

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Marwan al Shaqab x ZT ludjTeyna

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Congratulations to Halsdon arabians on the purchase of the exotic filly



l fab ia

kiab ara



ar wteyn

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ZT MarwTeyn x ZT LudbecTra

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Glo r i a A pa l

(Psytadel x SA Misha Apal)

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vesty photo

little photo

visel photo

Home to

Sienna Apal

(Justify x SA Misha Apal)

S J usta dream

(Justafire DGL x Acquaintance)

little photo

Astounddi ng Beaut y (Justify x JJ Astounding Echo)


David & Tammy Corning and Sienna Snell P.O. Box 12689, Olympia, WA 98508-2689 • 360-866-8138 • Ja n ua ry 2012 | Tu T To A r A b i 51

“We are a small breeding farm, but it doesn’t mean that small breeding farms can’t produce some of the highest quality in the world,” says Ron Armstrong of Armstrong Arabians in Newaygo, Mich. “It can happen and it does happen.”

laur a & ron armStrong

The facts support his statement. Ron and Laura Armstrong had been breeding Arabians for just a few years when they hit the ball out of the park with True Desire LL, a Scottsdale Champion Junior Filly and U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling who was sold to Mystica Arabians in Australia and went on to become an international titlist. From the same foal crop came Sweet Caroline LL, who when exported to Ajman Stud won at the Abu Dhabi International Championships for two consecutive years. She now is known as the dam of AJ Siyadah, a 2010 filly who spent last year collecting trophies across the Middle East. And there have been others, a steady stream of high-quality foals attuned to showing primarily in halter, but qualified to have other jobs as well. What has been unusual about the Armstrongs is their approach to breeding Arabians. Even in the face of glamorous stallions with global reputations, their priority lies with their mares. “We love not only the tail female line, but we love mares who reliably breed their tail female characteristics through,” says Ron Armstrong. “Then we like to see what a stallion has produced well with. You really want to find a stallion who is going to improve one or two characteristics in your mare—and that’s all you should expect, really—without devaluing the qualities she already has. That is more difficult than people might think.”

true DeSire ll

“We try to see what the stallion has produced,” Laura nods, “although we have taken our chances on some of the younger stallions, because now we know the strengths of our mares.” Sweet Caroline ll Inquires can be e-mailed to 52 Tu t to A r A b i | A R A bI A N HoR SE T I MES

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by Mary Kirkman

One wellspring of the Armstrongs’ success has been the mare Serenata Eljamaal, a daughter of Parys El Jamaal from a JK Amadeus mare whose tail female includes the acclaimed broodmare sires GG Samir and Bluesprucetanzeer. Purchased right after she placed 11th in the U.S. National Championship for Yearling Fillies, Serenata went on to impress her new owners by winning the Canadian National Championship in 2-Year-Old Fillies and then adding U.S. and Canadian National Top Tens in Futurity Fillies. But beyond her obvious quality and potential, it was her disposition that attracted them. “For me, a horse has to have a really good personality,” Laura explains. That is an integral part of their breeding program. “We dream for the whole package and hope we get it.” It was Serenata Eljamaal who was responsible for True Desire LL, as well as a succession of others, including Cobra LRA, a Marwan Al Shaqab son who is on the market simply because it is not the Armstrongs’ intention to stand and promote breeding stallions. Attracting attention now are Ultimate Desire LRA (a full sister to True Desire LL), who just turned 3 and is with Keith Krichke to prepare for the international class at Scottsdale; the 2-year-old Spades LRA, a riveting

black son of DA Valentino who, like Cobra, is available for purchase (in the meantime, he is slated to compete at Scottsdale with Terry Holmes); and the incandescent Orchid El Jamaal LRA, a yearling filly by Ajman Moniscione. She is with Terry Holmes, and scheduled to come out at the Las Vegas World Cup. In little more than 10 years, Ron and Laura Armstrong have bred horses that have made names for themselves not only in the United States, but also in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Their band of broodmares now numbers eight in production, daughters of Parys El Jamaal, Besson Carol, DS Major Afire, GG Samir, Afire Bey V, and Ames Charisma. “I just like a pretty horse,” says Laura Armstrong when considering the bottom line of their breeding program. “I love a horse with big eyes, and good legs and feet.” The good legs and feet are likely part of the reason when Armstrong horses, usually already halter winners, are sold into the performance ranks, they are able to win in their new careers too. Ron Armstrong voices the key to their outlook. “The one principle I have is that winning has absolutely nothing to do with breeding,” he says. “But breeding has everything to do with winning.”

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Arabian horses are a universal common denominator for people who love and breed them, and as horsemen travel from one country to another, some divisions of the show ring are reassuringly familiar. Although personal preferences may vary from one area to another, no one has any trouble understanding the basics of a halter class. Endurance is easily recognizable, as is racing. Even western, which originated with the American cowboy, is well-known worldwide now, although the finer points of various classes may take a bit of study for newcomers to the discipline. One division of the American show ring, however, remains a specialty of the United States and Canada: only recently has English pleasure begun to spark interest on the global scene. For this initial collaboration with Tutto Arabi, Arabian Horse Times decided to explore what English pleasure has to offer Arabian aficionados abroad. Does it have a role to play outside of North America? To answer that question, we asked more: do English pleasure-bred horses have value for breeding programs primarily oriented to halter? Might English pleasure classes, which already are appearing in South Africa, find a place in European and Middle Eastern shows? And what advice would help interested foreign breeders benefit from the influence of English division horses? For answers, we went to a selection of top English pleasure breeders and trainers. We began with a basic question: why do people like English pleasure horses? Trainer and breeder Joel Kiesner of Kiesner Training, in Louisville, Tenn., who has won five out of the past six U.S. National championships in English pleasure, sees the appeal in a broad context. “Every culture has some sort of dance or sophisticated movement such as ballet,” he says. “Those of us who appreciate horses generally appreciate the wonderful athletic, elegant movements that [English] performance horses are capable of.” “The Arabian English horse is the aristocrat of all riding horses,” offers Peter Conway of Conway Arabians in Chatfield, Minn. “That’s the history of it; that’s why people are drawn to them. They want to ride high-headed, high-necked horses with great tail carriage and animation because of that whole sense of the regal and aristocratic carriage of the horses.” “What attracts most people to the Arabian breed is the combination of their beauty, their athleticism and their attitude,” says national champion trainer and breeder Tom Moore, who is with Cedar Ridge Arabians in Jordan, Minn. “While halter is the epitome of the beautiful aspect of the Arabian, I think English is the epitome of its athleticism. But I also believe that anytime we concentrate on one discipline, without really trying to combine them, we lose something—if we focus on just the performance, we lose some of the beauty, and if we focus only on the beauty, we lose some of the athleticism and maybe some of the disposition too.” Melanie Murch of Barbara Chur’s Strawberry Banks Farm in East Aurora, N.Y., cautions that a combination of all the elements of type is key. “You just can’t breed over and over again for one particular thing, because you run the risk of losing other desirable attributes,” she says. “Our stallions, because they exude refined beauty along with that athletic ability, might greatly enrich the European market.” “When I think of the global market, the ideal that comes to my mind is the horse that you would see in a Schreyer painting,” says Mike Miller, trainer at Smoky Mountain Park Arabians in Lenoir City, Tenn. “That classic Arabian horse is beautiful and typey—but maybe not as extreme as you

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are seeing in the global market, particularly the European market, today. [The Schreyer horse] is an up-necked horse, it has high carriage, it bends its legs, pulls its hocks up under its body, it’s bred to be an athlete and it looks like it could go somewhere. I think some of the horses that are being bred for the international market are beautiful, but to me, we’ve lost some hind-limb structure and some carriage. I think some of that extreme type could be improved with some upright carriage, a shorter back, and a different hind leg structure.” At the same time, he adds, he feels that the international-type horses have attributes to offer English pleasure breeders. National champion trainer Mary Trowbridge, located less than two hours from New York City in Bridgewater, Conn., has experienced significant traffic from foreign visitors. She sees a blend of characteristics as essential. “We don’t do main ring halter very much here, but these horses could; they’re put together correctly and they have beautiful faces and good necks,” she says. “Two years ago, a gentleman from Argentina came, a longtime Arabian horse breeder. We showed him Triften, a nine-time national champion English pleasure horse, and maybe five of his offspring. [The visitor] later told me that he had been afraid of what he was going to see when he came to a trainer’s farm, but he was so appreciative of the type and power and strength of those horses. Triften doesn’t always produce an English pleasure horse by any standard, but he always improves the quality of his foals—they are distinctly Arabian horses, and they are powerful front and back.” Do Americans need to do more to explain to the world how rewarding English pleasure can be? Yes, say most of the respondents—especially if they want horsemen from abroad to understand how English pleasure horses can contribute to other breeding programs. “There would be an educational process involved, because what we do is a different form of competition from what is done in other countries,” says trainer and breeder Carmelle Rooker of Rooker Training Stable in Fenton, Mich. She and Trowbridge are the only two women ever to win the U.S. National Championship in park, the most extreme class in the English division. “We would like to help other breeders understand what our horses are about, and do it in such a way that they could appreciate the part of the business that we’re in and incorporate it into their breeding program. I think high-trotting horses can blend well with what other countries are doing.”

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Across the board, our specialists observed with the prevalence of halter in the Arabian world, the greatest contribution English pleasure-oriented Arabians could make on the global breeding scene is their athleticism. Rooker offers the Middle East as an example of where athleticism already is highly valued, as seen in the appreciation for endurance riding. “They already have beautiful horses that are athletic,” she says, “and I think English horses could be an excellent addition into what’s already there.” It is important to point out, Mike Miller says, that English talent is not just a matter of training; it is bred-in. “We train them and maybe shoe them to do a specific job,” he says, “but before they do that, as 2-year-olds bouncing around in the pasture, they’re up-headed, athletic horses who pull their hocks up under their body and bend their knees a little—not as much as when they’re shod for it, but it’s there.” “Whether or not someone in Europe would decide to train English pleasure horses as we train them is not the point,” he says. “The point is: as a breeder, does that bloodline— or does that horse—have something that breeders can use in their programs that would bring them closer to their ideal Arabian?” The bloodlines provide only an influence, not a guarantee that all foals will automatically be geared to English classes, says Trowbridge—and that is key for horsemen who are interested in improving their bloodstock, not totally reorienting their programs. “English bloodlines don’t always produce English pleasure horses,” she notes. “No bloodline always produces what the breeder is aiming for; the law of averages is against that. But if you have extreme athletes, you have extreme attributes to cross to produce a better individual.” Melanie Murch agrees. “If you have something you want to add into your program, it has to be a large concentration of what you want to achieve in the end,” she says. “Our horses, for instance, are generations upon generations of quality, athletic animals. You can’t have a stallion with just one little aspect of that if you are really going to enrich a program where it is needed.” So, is more athleticism a benefit to everybody? “Absolutely,” says Joel Kiesner. “Is an athletic horse beautiful to look at? Almost always, in all walks of life, whether it is an athletic human being, dog, cat—they’re generally nice to look at. I

think people just need to be exposed to it. You can turn an Arabian horse loose and if it flags its tail and runs across the ground stiff-legged, it is still beautiful. There’s nothing wrong with that. But if you take one that flags its tail, lifts its head high in the air and moves all four legs and its entire body with a gymnastic flair, it will take your breath away.” And he adds that there is a curious fact about the modern English pleasure horses—indeed, many performance horses—in America. “You can’t forget that our best English horses came out of Poland’s racehorse program,” he says. “Can [the migration] go backwards? I’ll bet it can.” What, specifically, can English-bred horses offer on the world stage? Roxann Hart of Rohara Arabians in Orange Lake, Fla., cites the role of the neck in conformation. “I don’t care if it’s for western, dressage or English, you have to have the proper neck set—the neck sitting on top of the shoulders and coming out properly—to go in any discipline,” she says. “It would be even better if you have a beautiful head at the end of that gorgeous neck, and there is no reason it can’t be done. You can have the beautiful head and the motion. It’s just taking the Arabian horse to another level.” Conway Arabians’ Lori Conway, well-known as a trainer, breeder and judge, ticks off a list of desirable characteristics on tap in English horses. “They will add athleticism, motion, movement and high tail carriage and long, highset necks,” she says. “They are regal; they’re hot; they’re animated. A lot of those characteristics are what [Europeans and Middle Eastern horsemen] look for in their halter horses. An English horse might help them go in that direction. There is a good chance that they could elevate the neck and get a little better shoulder—take that horizontal frame and turn it into a vertical frame. There is no guarantee that it would do that, but it’s certainly possible.”

Look at her shoulders and neck, and see how she carries them naturally. If those are areas that could be improved with an English-type horse, then I would go in that direction.” “It’s the same thing as if they wanted a halter horse—they’d want to know their bloodlines,” Lori Conway offers. “There are bloodlines that produce English horses. At Conway Arabians, we have those bloodlines.” From there, she says, it would be helpful for breeders new to the discipline to know what to look for in a good English horse. “The way we raise our Arabians often makes them stronger and better than at some of the other farms. They are raised outdoors, in the hills, so their bones are strong, their tendons are good, and they have better balance (when we start them, they already have their balance; they know how to gallop up and down hills). And we don’t keep anything with a bad attitude.” To this point, the discussion has revolved around the use of English horses in breeding programs and the contributions they could make. What about the classes? Could they play a role in shows abroad as well? Roxann Hart considers the issue. “I think perhaps people want to see a different venue, as well as the halter, in the same show,” she says. “True, aficionados of halter love it, but there is nothing more exciting than an English pleasure class. Many people do not choose to compete at the upper level in halter, but they take great pride in riding and training their own horses. People always want to win; if you have a new class, people will want to win, and once those classes are put in initially, they will start to fill.”

Any instructions on how a horseman with a halteroriented mare might proceed in selecting an English pleasure-bred stallion? “I think that all of the disciplines are athletic in their own right,” Tom Moore prefaces his remarks, “but the carriage is different, and when you are adding in the English horse, then you are looking for a more upright, lofty carriage to the horse. [To begin], I’d look at the mare’s type. Look first at her rear end and how she moves. How much impulsion does she carry off her hocks? What is her weight distribution?

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That, she says, would benefit many shows. “Some of the shows in Europe that offer only halter classes are not large and could use more participation. This would give another avenue for the horses, from a breeding standpoint, and add more interest for the spectators. Half-Arabians might play a role in this as well.” She cites the way the Belgian Nationals boosted numbers and offered more variety for the audience when it added Half-Arabians. “That would be a good marketing tool and would broaden our base for sales. And it would make the breeders more aware that the horses they’re breeding have to be not only beautiful, but also have ‘form to function.’”

Second Sight (Afires Vision x Silver Fantasy PV) 2011 U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Horse.

Whether in shows or at home, Mary Trowbridge observes that the sheer delight of riding an English horse has a role to play in any Arabian community. “One of the things English pleasure horses provide and one of things people are drawn to is an adrenaline rush,” she says. “Whether they actually ride or not (you may not want to ride, but these days a lot more people do because a lot more people are wanting to experience their horses one-on-one), I think that for horses to survive everywhere, that’s going to be the deal. We must realize that we need to bring people into this breed through the horses’ usability and riding ability. Without athletic ability, they can’t be ridden. Good athletic ability makes a horse easier to ride, not the other way around. Extreme work ethic and that athletic ability make the English pleasure horse.” In the end, this can all be reduced to good horsemanship— and marketability. “If [people in other countries] want to develop horses they can market to us, they are going to have to breed more athletic ability into the beauty they have so that it is marketable in our country,” she says. “And it’s the same in reverse. Ultimately we’ve all got to find a place for the horses that we’re breeding.” She points out that now is the first time in history that man has not been dependent on horses for transportation, 70 Tu t to A r A b i | A r A BI A N HOr SE T I MES

and that puts horses at risk. There is no longer a built-in demand for them or a population with a natural knowledge and appreciation of them. “We have to develop ongoing aficionados for our product,” she says, “and usually that happens through riding and lesson programs and introducing people to the Arabian horse. That’s the base of our pyramid. A certain percentage of them, as they always have, will become horse owners and showmen and breeders; that’s never been any different. The difference now is that there is no other marketplace for the horses. “You have to look 20 years ahead, especially when you are breeding horses,” she adds. “Irresponsible breeding happens when you’re breeding for the moment, instead of for three decades ahead, which is how long these horses can live.” Mike Miller also sees a better recognition of the various disciplines, including English pleasure, as integral to strengthening the Arabian breed worldwide. “I realize that there are lots of ways to use a horse and lots of ways to be athletic, and high trotting is not the only means of athleticism,” he says. “But at some point, we—not as ‘American breeders,’ but as ‘Arabian breeders’ as a whole— have to get back to where we embrace both athletic horses and beautiful horses, and try to put them together into one animal.” n

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A r A b i A n H o r s e T i m e s ... A m A g A z i n e F o r T H e A g e s From 1970 until present day, Arabian Horse Times has steadily emerged into the world’s most highly respected, widely circulated Arabian horse magazine. The glossy magazine attracts advertisers from six of the world’s seven continents, and what came to be the finest editorial team in the business supports readers’ interests with articles and special features that educate, inform, and entertain Arabian Horse Times fans everywhere. Today, the magazine is circulated in more than 60 countries. Cedar Ridge Arabians in Jordan, Minn., near Minneapolis, is a faithful advertiser and supporter of longstanding. Dick and Lollie Ames with daughter Lara, who own Cedar Ridge, have been relying on the Arabian Horse Times since its beginning. Over the years, the Cedar Ridge breeding program and resulting show string grew the farm into the industry leadership role it has long occupied. An able, experienced businesswoman, she manages Cedar Ridge’s increasingly complex Arabian horse operation, but longed to expand her horizons. Owning and managing an Arabian horse magazine appealed to her Arabian horse-loving businesswoman’s every instinct. Research into every aspect of the magazine’s history gave Lara, a wellinformed, realistic insight into its growth, success and strong economic potential. With her family’s full support, she purchased Arabian Horse Times from then owner Walter Mishek. Over three years later, the magazine continues to fulfill her expectations. Arabian Horse Times has evolved into the unimpeachable resource its sales, editorial and production staff, and its new management, always knew it could be.

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If you knew the Arabian industry in 1970, you have to stretch your imagination to transform it into 2012. Owning, breeding and showing Arabian horses in the United States shifted into high gear after World War II, but it can safely be said that the breed’s highs, lows and headlines occurred mostly after 1970, when Arabian Horse Times was founded. Arabian Horse Times didn’t cause all that action, but it did happen to be on the scene right when the Arabian horse in the United States went from boutique hobby to multi-milliondollar equine business. 138 Tu t to A r A b i | A R A bI A n HOR Se T I MeS

Part of the story is in the numbers. By 1970, there were approximately 61,000 Arabians registered in the U.S. Two years later, that figure had hit 100,000, and by 1980 it had doubled. Eight years later, it had doubled again, with 400,000 Arabians registered in the U.S. since the Registry was founded (as the Arabian Horse Club of America) in 1908. And the human side of the equation? In 1970, the International Arabian Horse Association, forerunner to AHA, was made up of 15,000 members, most of them belonging to one of 102 member organizations. IAHA reported income of $600,000, and employed a staff of 15. By the late 1990s, its constituency had risen to 24,000, in more than 175 organizations. At the end of 2011, AHA’s membership numbers are more than 27,000 and lists a staff of more than 40.

Gene LaCroix riding *Bask.

An Arabian horse owner in 1970 surveyed an industry that was very different from today. The U.S. Nationals was just 12 years old, and included stallion, mare, and gelding halter, along with English pleasure, western pleasure, park, pleasure driving, formal driving, combination, stock horse, native costume and amateur competition in park and western pleasure. If you wanted to show a Half-Arabian, though, you had to wait another year; the first five classes for Half-Arabians were added in 1971. Some of today’s most popular divisions were just good ideas in the early 1970s. Hunter pleasure, for instance, made the cut in 1976 and dressage in 1979. And there were no “junior champion” stallion and mare halter classes; in the 1970s and 1980s, it was more relevant to consider the outsized entry lists and how many cuts one had to work through to reach the halter finals. If amateurs wanted to show in halter, they had to face the professionals, because the amateur halter division was still just a gleam in someone’s eye and would be for years. In performance, amateur classes proliferated through the divisions as the 1970s went on, and if you were a juvenile rider, that is where you showed too, because there were no junior exhibitor classes in the beginning. Western pleasure, for example, didn’t feature them until 1980. The Youth Nationals did not make the calendar until 1993. Not surprisingly, the successful show horses were different back then as well. Crabbet-based “domestic” Arabians were by far the most numerous in competition, but the imports of the 1950s and 1960s were coming on strong. *Bask had accomplished his national championships in stallion halter and park in the mid-1960s, and at the opening of the 1970s, his get were beginning their phenomenal sweep of the

Howard Kale Jr. and *Muscat.

Khemosabi and Dr. Burt Husband.

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Dr. Eugene LaCroix with actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Entertainer and Arabian horse breeder Wayne Newton with actress Brooke Shields.

show ring. Accompanying the success of the *Bask sons and daughters was the rise of Lasma Arabians; while other breeding programs may have ultimately had more impact on the breed, no other has enjoyed the show ring dominance of Lasma. So prolific were its titles that in 1970 at the U.S. National Championships, the tricolors decorating Lasma’s stalls included those for the national champion mare and her reserve, the reserve national champion stallion, the English pleasure national champion and reserve, the park champion, and the reserve champion in pleasure driving horse. Five years later, the farm accounted for four out of the five major U.S. National Championship titles—stallions, mares, English pleasure, and park. Only western pleasure, which went to Khemosabi that year, eluded it. Such occurrences were not uncommon throughout the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s. The trainers of that era also were required to be adept at a variety of skills. They were expected to school in all disciplines, and appeared in both halter and performance. The LaCroix brothers, Bob Battaglia, Bob Hart Sr., Stanley White Sr., Don DeLongpré, Bruce Howard, Tom McNair, Gene Reichardt and all the other big names of the day led halter horses and were front-and-center in English, western and driving. It was not until the late 1970s/ early 1980s, and the advent of

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Arabian horse lover and actor, the late Patrick Swayze.

two blonde halter handlers from Minnesota—David and Bob Boggs—that the trend toward specialization for trainers began. Over the years, with the escalating level of equine talent, the horses began focusing on specific competitions as well. Before that, it was not unusual to see one horse win national championships both in halter and performance. Another development in recent decades has been the explosive growth of Arabian racing in the U.S. It had been expanding steadily since 1959, largely due to the efforts of owner/breeder Dr. Sam Harrison, but the decade of the 1980s saw it take off, and it has continued to develop ever since. In 1987, the Arabian Jockey Club was chartered, and that same year, the first Darley Awards for Arabian racing excellence were presented. For years, Wall Street personality Louis Rukeyser lent his caché to the sport as emcee of its gala awards dinner. Across the board starting in 1970 to now, there has been multiple changes in pricing, sales, training methods, rules, judging, pedigrees, and conformation. And the Arabian breed has continued to evolve. Now, in the 21st century, there is more change to come. The only certainty is that the breed will continue to attract a significant number of its owners through sheer devotion to the Arabian horse.

T h e e v o l u T i o n o f A M A g A z i n e When Arabian Horse Times began, it was—in a word— primitive. The sophisticated art design that characterizes it today was still in its future, and there was limited editorial. It began life as erratic type on flimsy newsprint paper, and was focused on advertising (its name, for the first month, was Arabian Horse Advertiser). “Every ad was drawn by hand with pen and pencil,” recalled AHT’s first employee, former Gainey trainer Wayne Thompson, in a 2000 interview. “Owner Walter Mishek and I sized every picture and made the headlines out … and I’m a one-finger typist.” “For the headlines, we started out with a little strip printer,” Mishek added. “That was a little box that you would put a piece of film in with your type, get it centered for the letter— say, ‘A’—and then pull it back to where the ‘L’ was and center that, then expose it. You did that for each one of the letters until you got the headline set, and then you would have to put it in the developer, time it, put it in the fixer, then in water— and then pray it didn’t turn out black so you didn’t have to start all over.” To say that it was time-consuming doesn’t begin to cover the story. As the magazine grew through the 1970s and 1980s, it steadily improved its graphics capabilities and invested in the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology. But the mechanics of its assembly, while far advanced from those early days, remained complicated and labor intensive. Then, as the 20th century was drawing to a close, the whole process changed seemingly overnight. Suddenly, instead of rooms of equipment, a designer needed only the computer on his or her desk. Separations were a thing of the past, as digital images, delivered from photographers via email rather than FedEx®, dropped neatly into the artists’ designs. At the stroke of a key, pictures and copy could be moved from here to there, sized up or down, and faded, or intensified to achieve optimum effect. And when everything was finalized, forms were shot off to printers over the internet; it was no longer necessary to patronize a printer within driving distance. The net result? It made everything easier, but it also increased the work load exponentially. More time? More can get done.

July 1970 - first issue of the Arabian Horse Advertiser.

February 1972 - Arabian Horse Times color cover featuring Hi Fashion Imperial.

1974 - Arabian Horse Times publishes the first “theme” issue — Ferzon.

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Magazines—all magazines—reflect the cultural, social and economic climates that surround them. They come and go as tastes and interests change, making timing an important key to success and longevity. In 1970, when Arabian Horse Times debuted, it reflected a strong re-focusing on spending the discretionary dollar. The American public’s interest in Arabian horses was growing, often to the degree that people were making changes in their lives around their passion, the Arabian horse.

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As founder Walter Mishek saw things, the new magazine would fill a definite need. It would offer readers an accessible, down-to-earth approach to the breed he loved. Arabian horse enthusiasts of all ages and economic circumstances embraced the magazine immediately. Arabian Horse Times readership ranged from highly placed professional trainers and their staffs, and breeders

I n d e x A Al Shahania Stud ..............................38, 39 Arabian Horse Times Subscriptions 128, 129 Argent Farms ....................................... 2, 3 Armstrong Arabians ..........................52-55 Avalon Crest Arabians ......................... 132 B Bisch Training LLC ............................... 80 C Conway Arabians ..............................72, 73 D Dakar Kartel .....................................78, 79 Dazzo Arabians LLC ............................. 80 Deor Farms .......................................64, 65 DST Arabians ...................................50, 51 Dune Drift Arabians .........................40, 41 F Fazenda Floresta, LLC .........FC Tutto, 6-9 G Gallún Farms, Inc..............................36-39 Gemini Acres Equine.........144, IBC Tutto Guzzo/RiveroArabians Worldwide, LLC ...............................6-9

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and exhibitors of every magnitude, to backyard amateur and youth riders avid to learn more about the horse that so beguiled them. As breakthroughs in every facet of life snowball past us, faster and faster, we recognize that the impossible has been accomplished so often, in virtually every area of life, that we have lost count. One resource has remained constant, however, attuned to readers’ every need. Arabian Horse Times magazine continues to inform, educate, entertain, and, sometimes, inspire its readership with a degree of excellence that resonates faithfully. n

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H Haras Los Palmares....22-25, 30, 31, 34, 35 Haras Mayed .....................................18, 19 J Janecki, Robert ....................................... 15 Jerland Farms ..............................BC Tutto Jesse Saldana Training Center .......136, 137 K Kiesner Training ................................76, 77 Krichke Training Center ...................40-43 L Landon, R. Kirk ................................12-14 M Michael Byatt Arabians.....................44-49 Midwest Training Centre ..................16-35 Morning View Arabians......................... 56 Mulawa Arabian Stud ............ IFC Tutto, 1 O Oak Ridge Arabians .............. 20, 21, 32, 33 P Precision Arabians .........................136, 137

R Rae-Dawn Arabians ............................... 10 Reilich, Bill & Shirley .......................76, 77 Robin Hood Farms ...........................42, 43 Rohara Arabians ................................11-15 Rooker Training Stable .....................74, 75 Royal Arabians ..................................57-61 Royal Bloodstock Arabians ...............28, 29 S Scheier Farms ................................130, 131 Schneiders ............................................ 143 Strawberry Banks Farm .......................... 71 T Ted Carson @ Butler Farms Training Center, Inc. ...................130, 132 Terry Holmes Arabian Corp. ................. 54 V Varian Arabians .................................62, 63 W Wunderbar Arabians .....................133-135 81

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This elegant equestrian retreat is available for purchase. Located in the heart of Scottsdale’s famed “Rio Verde,” the retreat offers panoramic views, spellbinding sunrises and sunsets - luxury you deserve.

A true gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, handsome Alder cabinets, Viking stainless steel appliances, and a gas cooktop for the genuine chef in you.

Take a look at the kitchen and comfortable breakfast area! The room beyond the breakfast room in this photograph is the solarium which is shown in greater detail below.

Bask in the warmth of this beautiful solarium with a book or just to relax. Its walls of windows look out to your guests at the patio and pool area.

Talk about entertaining! This 24’ by 56’ family room is the place for it! A bar and games area allows plenty of room to host a Super Bowl party and can be closed off from the rest of the house for privacy.

The formal dining area currently accommodates 8 comfortably, with room for more.

Do you need to focus on a project or meet business clients while you work from home? A beautiful private office is waiting for you.

A very private sitting room makes the master suite the perfect place to reflect on the day ahead.

Are you in need of a place to work on your favorite craft, set up computer printers or have a place to work on your project? We have the perfect room for all to enjoy their hobbies.

A spacious formal living room allows one to relax and socialize with family and friends. Note the hickory hardwood flooring throughout the home.

Relax in comfort in the beautifully appointed master bedroom suite.

Located off the foyer you will find this stunning sitting room that is perfect for playing the piano or curling up with a good book while enjoying the fireplace.

First class equestrian facilities!

Below is an 8-stall clean-air barn and guest lounge overlooking an irrigated paddock. There are additional paddocks, a 2-stall barn and hot walkers.

The guest lounge consists of a very large bedroom (shown right), full kitchen, fireplace, huge covered entertaining patio and views of the Verde Valley and Four Peaks to the east. Sit and watch your beautiful horses in the irrigated paddock just outside your door.

The covered patio is big enough to use for dances if you wish.

Play a little tennis or basketball? Here you go! And while you are playing, you can keep an eye on the youngsters in this fantastic playground!

Three additional paddocks with a view of Four Peaks in the background. All are irrigated and a quick walk to and from the hot walkers.

At the 8-stall clean-air barn, there are wash racks out the doors on the left and an office at the far end of the aisle.

They don’t eat much, but they keep the party going! Located poolside each and every day.

How about this for hot walkers! Quite an atmosphere for exercise and a large 2-stall barn for stallions or isolation stalls.

A remarkable equestrian estate!

An electronically controlled entry gate for privacy. Several bronze sculptures are situated around the property–here are a few.

The epitome of a ‘man garage’! Plenty of room for storing tractors, wagons, recreational vehicles and anything you need to keep out of the weather.

Your own fruit orchard–it doesn’t get fresher than this!

Just a little yard art! You will find beautiful pieces all over the property.

If you have been promised a rose garden, then we can deliver! Enjoy the smell of fresh roses right out your door.

An aerial view of the barn/guest lounge and paddock area. Note the beautiful lagoon and ramada. Great picnic area as well!

The adjacent 10 acres can be purchased if you desire even more acreage!

This plot of land is adjacent to the offered property and can be acquired if one desires more acreage for a covered arena, mare motel, or other expansion. It is currently utilized as an entertainment site for personal enjoyment. The theme is of an old Western town and includes a BBQ and dance areas, jail, general store and saloon.

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600 sq. ft. housekeeping quarters upstairs 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths on main floor 3 brick fireplaces throughout the house 6,000 sq. ft. of patio space All wood shutters throughout All interior doors and wood trim are crafted from alder Vista security system Surround sound system Hi-speed internet capability Central vacuum system Gas Heat and Air Conditioning System is provided by Zonex Commander Plus Intercom Wireless central lighting control Unattached 3+ car garage

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• Lounge/guest house is 1,800 sq. ft with alder cabinets, granite countertops, Viking stainless steel appliances, stone fireplace, knotty pine beams and interior with attached patio of 2,600 sq. ft. • Computerized watering system for paddocks and landscaping • Enclosed well room with 7,800 gallon holding tank • 8 Barn stalls (12 x 12) with automatic watering system plus a tack room, feed storage, laundry room, grooming station and washing stalls • 2 Hot walkers • Separate 2 stall barn located near the hot walkers • Irrigated Paddocks • Large pond with fountain, fantastic Gazebo and many sculptures around the property. All landscaping and pastures are equipped with a computerized watering system to maintain a lush, green environment. • All buildings are constructed with Custom built brick.

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This offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale and/or withdrawal by owner. All figures and measurements are approximate and deemed to be from reliable sources but are not warranted. It is the Buyers responsibility to do their due diligence in the acquisition of this property.

2010 U.S. National Top Ten Western Pleasure Junior Horse 2011 Region 16 Champion Western Pleasure Open (Jullyen El Jamaal x MFA Cominguproses, by Fame VF)

Available For Stud SCID Clear Standing at: Rock Ledge Arabians Contact Chris Hall for breeding information 480-495-6555 Proudly owned by: Sheila Curley Volume 42, No. 8 | 229

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Leaders Of The Times: January Calendar Feature

Gitar MF by Christa Beeler

If you are looking for a stallion to breed to your mare, Gitar MF (Afire Bey V x Gitara PASB) is a good bet for ribbons and roses in the future. “We’ve seen some incredibly talented offspring come from breeding Polish mares, El Ghazi daughters, and AA Apollo Bey daughters,” states Cathy Vincent, the owner of Adandy Farm, Greenwood, Del., where Gitar MF stands. Passing on his high neck, laidback shoulders, and powerful hind end to his offspring has helped make all of this success possible. His babies have also inherited some of the other traits that attracted Vincent to Gitar MF over 10 years ago. When she first spotted Gitar MF, his type and correctness were evident. However, it was the many other intangible qualities that wooed her. His show ring presence and charisma, solid work ethic, eagerness to please, and inner strength were indescribable. (It was Gitar’s inner strength that served him well when in 2006 he made a complete recovery from colic surgery and a subsequent staph infection in late 2006-2007. “He weathered the storm of his surgery really well and looks better than ever,” says Vincent.) During the 2011 show season Gitar MF had several English and country English pleasure winners in the show ring, not to mention all of his amazing winners from the past. “Gitar’s foals have his ability, presence and type, but they also have that extra special something that makes them stand above the rest. His foals are also very trainable with easy temperaments and a willingness to work; that’s something you can’t buy,” Vincent states. 232 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Gitar MF (Afire Bey V x Gitara PASB)

Vibrato G (x Starlite Flite) 2011 U.S. National Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Reserve Champion 2011 East Coast Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion and Country English Pleasure Horse ATR Champion Independence G (x Starlite Flite) 2011 East Coast Country English Pleasure Open Champion Pretentious CA (x Precocious AF) 2011 East Coast English Pleasure Champion 2011 East Coast English Pleasure AOTR Champion

Gitar MF

Left: Vibrato G (x Starlite Flite), right: Independence G (x Starlite Flite).

Left: Pretentious CA (x Precocious AF), center: Scarlet O Butler (x AF Ellenai), right: Electric Gitar (x MS Scarlet Ohuck).

Scarlet O Butler (x AF Ellenai) 2011 U.S. National Country English Pleasure Horse Top Ten 2011 Youth National English Pleasure Horse JTR Top Ten 2011 Youth National English Pleasure JOTR Top Ten 2011 Region 14 English Pleasure JTR Champion 2005 U.S. National English Pleasure AOTR Champion with Oma Hodges

horse, who is owned by Wendy and Arielle Fisher. Also, look for Gibson Gitar (x Ghazimia) in the English pleasure junior horse division, owned by Rebecca Thomas, and Air Guitar AF (x AE Town Token), a very talented, Half-Arabian, 3-year-old that is looking to hit the ring at U.S. Nationals in the English futurity.

JAS Gibson (x Matadora) 2011 Sport Horse National Gelding In Hand Reserve Champion, owned by Jim Hay and shown by Martha Murdock

In the halter division, the exciting, Half-Arabian, 2-yearold She Be A Rockstar (x Callaway’s Epiphany) will be shown by Phillip Wolfe. New to the show ring and owned by Alayna Mala is AF EddieVanHalen (x Young and Hot), who will be shown by Phillip Wolfe as well in the HalfArabian yearling sweepstakes classes.

The 2012 show season is going to be an exciting one for Adandy Farm. Electric Gitar (x MS Scarlet Ohuck), owned by Kristin Harkins, is still winning the ribbons in the Half-Arabian country English pleasure division, and they will be debuting Opinionated AF (x AE Town Token) in Half-Arabian country English pleasure junior

“Every day we have with Gitar is a blessed day, because it’s a miracle he lived through his colic surgery and infection several years back,” says Vincent. “To see his legacy in all of his amazing progeny, who are winning in the show ring, and also in his breathtakingly beautiful offspring still on the farm is truly a dream realized.” n Volume 42, No. 8 | 233

In Memoriam:

Don Morse Jr. (1941-2011) by Linda White On December 15, 2011, the Arabian horse community lost one of its most avid sportsmen when Don Morse Jr. passed away. Don and Janey, his wife of more than 38 years, owned Oak Ridge Arabians in Freeport, Ill. A family man and philanthropist who was devoted to his religious faith, he was known for his friendships and he mentored many people in his varied roles in life. Don was born on July 9, 1941, to Donald L. and Joyce Morse in Freeport, Ill. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1959 and attended the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus until the death of his father. Leaving the university, he joined his mother in the management of Morse Electric, the company his parents founded in 1944. Through Don’s vision and hard work, the business grew from a $2 million company with six employees to an organization of 500 with revenues of more than $100 million and operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. According to the Freeport Journal Standard, Morse “donated to many organizations in the area—too many to count. The wind turbine technician school at Highland Community College may not have been possible without the help of Morse. The Open Bible gymnasium was a result of the Morse family’s generosity. Even the lights set in the ground to light up the Red Cross in Freeport were donated by Morse. Throughout the city, there are many examples of his generosity.” 234 | A R A BI A n HOR SE T I MES

Don and Janey, who were married on April 27, 1973, were drawn to Arabian horses nearly 15 years ago when their good friends, Riley and Mary Meyers, took them to the Scottsdale Show the year that FS Ritz was champion stallion (1997). In January 2003, they purchased their first Arabian, JJ Matador, by Magnum Psyche. Three years later they opened Oak Ridge Arabians, in Freeport, to better manage and continue their business of breeding Arabian horses. Today, two of their four children and their spouses have homes on property adjacent to the farm, and granddaughter Taylor and grandson Matthew Strohecker work there part time when not in school. “Don Morse was a giant of a man,” says David Boggs, who met the Morses in Scottsdale in 1997. “He filled a room with his physical presence, his huge heart, generous spirit, humor and love of the Arabian horse. At Scottsdale that first year he and Janey attended, I think it was the beauty and loving character of the Arabian horse that captured their hearts; it wasn’t long before they bought their first Arabian horse, from us. “Don’s passion for the breed grew quickly! He studied pedigrees, bloodlines and conformation, and was constantly asking questions. Over the years, Don and Janey collected a wonderful group of mares and stallions, traveling to Brazil, Argentina and Europe, and attending

Don Morse, Jr.

Don and Janey Morse pictured with multi National Champion Vitorio TO.

many of the world’s largest, most prestigious shows—the Salon du Cheval, for example. They formed a partnership with Dan and Maureen Grossman and purchased the yearling Vitorio TO, a son of the Grossmans’ stallion, DA Valentino. Don and Janey bought full interest in Vitorio a year later. At the 2011 U.S. National Championships we had so much fun and so much laughter. I never dreamed it would be our last show together. Don Morse was larger than life. I have never met another man quite like him.” “If you knew Don or had the opportunity to be in his presence, you know what a light he was to this world,” adds Terry Ann Boggs, David’s wife. “The fact that hundreds of people waited in line for two hours to pay their respects to him speaks volumes to me.” As Boggs indicated, the Oak Ridge Arabian horses are as unforgettable as was their owner. In addition to multiple national champion Vitorio TO, the stallions Fausto CRH (by Magnum Psyche), Vegas DPA (an EA Echstravagant grandson), and Giovanni Chall MTC (by Don El Chall and co-owned with Midwest Station II), also stand at Oak Ridge. Counterpoint to those luminaries is a broodmare band featuring daughters of Marwan Al Shaqab, Bey Shah, FS Ritz, Justafire DGL, Baske Afire, WN Ultimate Star,

Padrons Psyche, Magnum Psyche, Falcon BHF, Ames Charisma and other leading sires. Several national-winning Half-Arabians share the Oak Ridge colors as well. Don Morse Jr. is survived by his wife Janey, and their four children: Donald L. Morse III, Lori Morse Mantua and Scott Schindlbeck, all of Freeport, and daughter Kristin Morse, of Jensen Beach, Fla. Also surviving are his brother, David Morse, sister Joy Fritz, and seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in his name be sent to Malcolm Eaton Enterprises of Freeport, Ill., one of his favorite charities, or to the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, another favorite. In the article “Morse Was Larger Than Life,” which ran in the Freeport Journal Standard on December 17, 2011, writer Dave Manley addressed what made Don Morse who he was personally and professionally. “Morse Group president Lou Rotello said that the quality that made Morse so successful was his ability to be fair,” wrote Manley, “whether that be with his employees or clients, Rotello said that Morse was always willing to listen and do what was right. ‘He was like a father and a mentor— fair, kind and considerate,’ Rotello said. ‘He loved to have fun, but was serious in business.’” n Volume 42, No. 8 | 235

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by Faye Ahneman-Rudsenske

ention buried treasure chests and most people’s eyes will light up thinking of the gold fortune within. Mention a treasure chest to Sheri Fischer and her eyes light up for a different reason. It won’t be from the reflection of gold. It will be from the reflection of a 30-year-old, nearly forgotten, Arabian gelding. Fischer, who operates the nonprofit Fischer Equine Lameness Foundation, has owned and shown horses for 35 years. She rehabilitates many horses at her facility, most of whom were slated for euthanasia due to severe lameness issues. Getting a call from someone wanting to donate an old, debilitated and lame animal isn’t unusual. Sometimes, even, the horses are younger, many with impeccable lineage and incredible modern pedigrees. And sometimes, the “treasure” within is craftily hidden. Seven years ago, just such a call came in. A horse needed a new home.

“When I arrived at the farm, the horse was wearing an illfitting western saddle and bridle with the reins tied to the lowest rail on the fence,” Fischer remembers. “He was a small, flea-bitten grey gelding—skinny and sad looking. I immediately removed the saddle and bridle and hopped on bareback using only the halter and lead rope. I took him for a spin around the property, and despite his condition, Gamero had a spring to his step and behaved quite well. “They told me he was half Arabian and half Quarter Horse. Although he looked purebred, I didn’t argue, and we made arrangements to bring him home. He was supposed to be 17 years old and registered Half-Arabian, although they had not received his papers when they bought him.” It was very apparent when Gamero arrived at the Fischer farm that he was depressed and exhibited little appetite. Their veterinarian soon discovered that his teeth were in Volume 42, No. 8 | 237

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terrible condition, but there was very little with which to work. After a few good meals of soaked hay cubes and soaked rolled oats, the gelding perked up and became a favorite mount for one of Fischer’s twins. The pair started competing at open shows, and he also packed her around the state parks.

one hot summer afternoon, as Fischer and her daughters were bathing the horses in preparation for an open horse show, she noticed a different coat pattern on the right side of Gamero’s neck under his mane. she immediately shaved the strip and the scars from the old brand became visible, but were difficult to decipher. “i rubbed baby oil over the spot and the marks appeared,” she says. “i was so excited! i felt as if i had found a sunken treasure chest! “i called a nearby neighbor who had raised Arabians for over 40 years. she invited me to look at a booklet she had that could decipher the Arabic symbols on Gamero’s neck. i can hardly put into words how exciting and fun it was to try to figure out Gamero’s registration number. i copied the symbols down and pulled out the old tattered pamphlet and deciphered the symbols into numbers. my heart was pounding with excitement as i called AHA to find out Gamero’s history. Gamero was a purebred—a son of the famed Gamaar (niga x Gay-rose, by Ferzon). He was not the ‘young’ 17-year-old horse i thought i purchased either. He was a 23-year-old!”

Gamero’s pedigree contained many of the greats that made the Arabian horse breed what it is today—from *Witez ii to double *raseyn to *raffles, Azraff, Ferzon, image and skorage, to name a few. He was as royally bred as the old pedigrees could get. His paperwork also indicated that since 1985, he had been registered to mary Anne Grimmell’s daughter. Grimmell (now deceased) was a highly respected show steward, AHA/ Pinto judge, former iAHA president and Pinto Judges Hall of Fame inductee. in a telephone conversation, she told Fischer that Gamero was bred by nick and marcy ries of Hastings, minn., and had been purchased by the Grimmells for their daughter as a 2-year-old stallion. “many years later, when her daughter needed to attend college, they sold Gamero for tuition money,” Fischer reveals. “As i visited with mary Anne on the phone, she also told how she had promoted the sport horse in-hand classes and had helped get them added to the national class roster.”

The conversation with Grimmell sparked Fischer’s interest in sport horse in-hand classes. “since i keep all of my horses barefoot, they have big, strong, natural-moving gaits,” she says. “i decided to try my luck and just needed to find a trainer that could help us. i found a gentleman, and we set up a time for weekly lessons for us to learn the pattern. Luckily, bill wasn’t just any horse person; i discovered that he was a well-known trainer and judge! bill solynges was awesome! He is one of the most knowledgeable sport horse experts in the country. “Contrary to what some may think, the sport horse in-hand classes are not just about ‘leading’ the horse around a triangle,” she adds. “The horse must move around the triangle as if it is being ridden and must carry itself in a specific frame—up in the bridle, collected and moving forward with impulsion. “The first horse show of the year was a class A show. i was trying to promote my young purebred gelding, but we brought Gamero to the show as well, thinking my young horse would beat him and get an extra point. After all, Gamero was 29 years old—far past his prime. How wrong i was! When

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Gamero ran the triangle, he had perfect form, with long strides and incredible impulsion. He beat my young horse and all the other horses in the class—soundly, might I add! Gamero had gone to his first rated Arabian horse show at the age of 29 and won a blue ribbon! The following spring, we returned to the same show and signed him up for the open in-hand class. At the ripe old age of 30, Gamero won again!” Now with an eye on the regionals, Fischer decided that if the weather cooperated for the seven hour trailer ride to the show, she would take him. As the regional show approached, the weather obliged and Gamero settled in like a veteran on their arrival. “There were many nice horses in his class,” credits Fischer. “Gamero had a good run and we hoped for the best. After we were done showing, we returned to the barn to wait for the verdict. As the announcer called out the champion, then the reserve champion, my heart started pounding. ‘Grandpa’ Gamero pulled off a regional top five at the age of 30!

3. Good dental care and the ability of the owner to properly feed the horse if they have compromised teeth. Many old horses have bad teeth or become smooth mouthed and cannot eat. They lose both weight and muscle tone and simply do not thrive. “Another key to keeping an older horse useable and healthy is to provide them with food that they can actually eat and supplies them with all of the vitamins and minerals that they need in a bio-available form, like the HS-35. “An older horse also needs individual attention and human interaction,” she says. “And don’t forget lots of TLC! After all, you never know when or where you might find your own senior treasure!” n

Although I have owned and shown horses for 35 years, that top five ribbon was the sweetest!”

“Gamero is in excellent condition with lots of vim and vigor,” says Fischer. “He also gives riding lessons to three of the local neighbor kids several times per week.” She is clear on what enables Gamero to be so active at his advanced age. “I attribute his longevity and health to his genes, nutrition and current environment,” she says. “Gamero lives with another ‘grandpa’ horse that is also in his 30s. Because of their teeth, both horses have graduated to soaked hay pellets and soaked rolled oats with the horse supplement HS-35. They live outside 24/7 with a run-in shed and are barefoot. “Old horses stay usable for three main reasons: 1. Proper trimming to keep the joints in correct alignment to support the shearing/stress forces to be in the right place upon weight bearing. This encourages arthritis to stay away. 2. Proper exercise and keeping the horses outside as much as possible. Volume 42, No. 8 | 239



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Equestrian Und e r be l ly Story by Mary Trowbridge • Photos by Mike Harrigan

Recipe For Success: Starting A Lesson Program Evolution is assured; survival is not mandatory. Things change constantly throughout time, and our Arabian horse world is no exception. Since I entered this business professionally in 1978, it has morphed from a breeder and spectator marketplace of “Living Works of Art,” selling specific bloodlines for breeding, showing and attracting new horse owners into the fold as tax write offs, to a participant’s venue, where virtually every horse that we sell today is purchased to enrich someone’s life through hands-on involvement with its new partner. As with anything, it can be good or bad, depending on how you decide to deal with it. From my personal perspective, I’m much happier today to share my world with Arabian horse owners who share my love for the animal, as well as my concern for its welfare. Today, the people that are involved are here almost exclusively due to their love for the Arabian horse. Even if they are brand new and have little to no experience with horses, they have decided to embark on an educational journey for the love of the horse. They have a commitment to both the lifestyle and the horse that will become a treasured member of the family, just as Arabians were thousands of years ago to the Bedouins in the desert. With all of these changes, marketing the Arabian horse has had to morph as well. Especially today, as we are embarking 240 | A r A BI A n HOr SE T I MES

on the first century in thousands of years where human beings have not depended upon the horse for their survival, we are in entirely new territory. One of the most frightening examples I’ve seen of this in the last decade came a couple of years ago around Christmastime, when AT&T featured a short-lived advertisement where two pre-teen girls were comparing their Christmas presents. The luckiest kid got a new cell phone for Christmas; the kid on the bottom end of the totem pole got a pony tied to a dog house. That really identified the coming challenge for me—I still have bad dreams about it, and that commercial continues to have a huge influence on our marketing, both within the breed but especially beyond our borders. The simple fact is that in order to promote an ongoing market for our services and horses, we have to continue to introduce non-horse people to the lifechanging value that comes with horse participation, specifically Arabian horses. And the very best way to build that market is by incorporating a lesson program into our existing Arabian horse business. In our case, of course, it is a training barn, but it can also be done and correspond easily with a breeding business of any size. Building a successful lesson program requires the same components as any other business; it will only be as good as the people who run it. Think about the components that make you appreciate and support other businesses, such as your doctor’s office, your work-out instructors, or your golf pro. You want

Trainer ConfidenTial knowledgeable people whom you trust, timeliness, follow up, and an optimistic, can-do, enthusiastic attitude. Remember that the very first time you connect with a potential lesson client, you may be talking to your next national champion horse owner, or national champion horse breeder, or whatever the pinnacle of success for your own horse endeavors may be. An enthusiastic welcome and first impression is even more important when someone walks onto your property than it is when you walk into a store. To start off, you just need one quiet, safe, kind lesson horse. We started with one for about eight months; today we have 10 horses (11 when we can catch the one mare that lives outside) who work multiple times per week, sometimes twice a day. We have found that our best lesson horses are our retired show horses that have seen a lot of the world and are comfortable with their jobs. It’s also a nice marketing strategy that is part of what distinguishes us from the competition. Our description of our lesson horses reads, “Our equine school-masters are primarily highly decorated, retired show horses from our nationally competitive Arabian and Half-Arabian show string.” It lends a slight whiff of something special in comparison to what many local lesson programs offer, and helps to distinguish us right off the bat from our competition—something that is important for you to identify and capitalize on consistently. While any breed is acceptable to use in a lesson program, we utilize all Arabians and Half-Arabians, because it suits our purposes to promote what we want to eventually sell. It’s important to dismiss early on the myth that Arabian horses are just highly strung, flighty show horses, and to show potential horse owners the intelligent, interactive and life changing horses that they are. Exhibiting a consistently high level of horsemanship, professionalism and safety is crucial. As with anything, there are all levels of professionalism in the lesson marketplace. I have always been of the opinion that Arabian horse trainers are, as a group, some of the most articulate, well rounded horsemen there are, and it is important to show that side of our abilities to the public. Don’t think that because they are new to horses, they won’t be able to recognize the depth of your knowledge and expertise. Remember that you are selling a product—in this case, the instructor is the product and must have safetyconscious horsemanship talent, and also be able to get people engaged and excited about coming back week after week. At first, horse trainers who don’t have much experience in instruction may find it easier said than done to teach lower Volume 42, No. 8 | 241

Trainer ConfidenTial may need or want to be the lesson giver, in a busy training environment of any level, you will have to maximize your time. Booking appointments, introductory tours and introduction to the lesson horses, as well as basic safety protocol around the barn and helping the lesson clients get ready to ride, can be assigned to your most gregarious and responsible employee.

level riders and beginners’ lessons. Knowing how to teach and develop riders is a lot like learning to develop horses. While most horse trainers will find it easy to teach an intermediate rider (one who can walk, trot and canter), teaching a beginner requires a different skill set. It’s the same concept as riders who know how to ride a broke, finished horse, but are unfamiliar starting a young horse, or vice versa—both are doable, but you may initially find your comfort level surprisingly stretched. Continuing education is key. Take the time to investigate and be familiar with safety protocols, especially helmet fitting (all lesson riders at our farm are required to wear helmets). Continue to investigate different techniques for teaching basic skills like diagonals, posting, identifying leads, and empathy with the horse. Most importantly for beginner riders, do not hesitate to start and keep them on a longe line until you are assured that they are in control and comfortable. Do some research. Look in your area and see what other barns are offering and providing and for what prices. You have to know what your market will bear, so to speak. There is no shame in taking lessons at other barns, especially those in other breeds and disciplines. See what you like, what you don’t like, and embrace the opportunity to expand your own education in order to become a better teacher and trainer. You will eventually find like-minded professionals who will not only increase your own knowledge and training expertise, but who will gain new appreciation for the Arabian horse through you. As you begin to incorporate a lesson program into your training barn, it’s not necessary to hire a separate instructor initially, but you definitely should have one key person within your existing staff that is responsible for managing the program. While you 242 | A R A BI A n HOR SE T I MES

In our case, while our program was started before Lindsey Knight joined us, she came on board with the understanding that half of her responsibility was going to be in developing our lesson curriculum and growing the program, which she has done in spectacular fashion. Today, there are three of us teaching approximately 30 to 40 lessons per week, which encompasses both show and lesson clients. We took our time and let our third instructor, Michele Lomba, find us. She joined us part time while going through the Equine Program at Post University, and shared our enthusiasm for bringing new people in; today, she is not only in charge of starting our beginning riders, but also invaluable in developing lesson clients who are headed toward the show ring. As of this writing, more than half of our training, showing and breeding clientele are people that have come to us through the lesson program. Develop a protocol for booking appointments and billing practices, and make sure everyone understands it and follows it. A difficulty for us has been that our office is far from the work area of the farm, so we had phone calls being taken at the wash rack, and emails for appointments coming in via computer correspondence that every once in a while wouldn’t make it into the hand-entered desk calendar that we were using. Recently, Lindsey forced us (I’m beginning to hate new tricks, especially when it comes to technology, so I’m apparently becoming an old dog) to go to Google Calendar for our bookings. It’s been a good change, as we’ve linked our phones to the program and can now access and book from anyplace on the farm. Be creative about your fee schedule. Offer introductory lessons at a lower fee, or with a money-back guarantee if the client is not satisfied, and offer packages at a discount. Offering ancillary services like workshops, outside clinicians, and youth camps and summer day camps help bring in new business and solidify the business you already have. Have horses available for lease, and organize opportunities for lesson clients to visit horse shows. In order for people to spend the money, you have to sell “more than just lessons”; you have to sell the lifestyle, the social scene, and the community. The results are well worth it, and I promise you will get back more than you give as you see how much joy and satisfaction you bring to people new to the breed. The enthusiasm and excitement that all the new members of the Arabian world bring through our doors each time they arrive are a breath of fresh air that constantly reminds and rewards us.

Trainer ConfidenTial When you are beginning your advertising and are identifying your target market, most people automatically think of lesson programs as being about kids. That’s certainly one part of it, but adults between 35 and 60 have the most disposable income and are often the most motivated to ride regularly. They also last longer. Children can be a terminal marketplace if you don’t get their parents hooked too, since college is looming on the horizon, along with a lot of competing social interests, responsibilities and sports. We put on at least one open house per year to introduce local area people to the farm and attract lesson clients. Our annual event is our Christmas Open House, which this year had its 17th birthday. It is a very easy event to organize, and in total, with advertising, costs less than $750 to put on. We advertise once or twice in a local newspaper or higherend seasonal magazine, and each year solicit one of the area newspapers to come out and do a story on the farm, the horses, and the programs that we offer. We built a portable fence that goes up easily and quickly to split the arena, and we go to Costco and buy four big platters of Christmas cookies and virtually all of their carrots. Then it’s just a matter of putting up some decorations, cleaning up the barn the day before, and we’re ready to roll. We advertise our Christmas Open House as free to the public from 12 to 4 p.m. on a December Saturday prior to the holiday. At 2 p.m., we present approximately 10 horses at liberty while we talk about the Arabian breed, the different things they are good at, and what our specialties at the farm are. The presentation lasts from 20 to 30 minutes, and then we bring down a nicely-fatigued, elderly lesson mount to be Santa, and every child is invited to have his or her picture taken on an Arabian horse. It’s a great day for us all and the horses love it. Over the years, we’ve sold horses in all price ranges, and brought countless new members of our Arabian family into the barn and the Arabian world at large. Once you have found a few people who really click with your personality and program, referrals will be your biggest source of advertising. In that respect, it’s important that your website be

fairly current and interactive for people to go to first. Another advertising piece that has been crucial for us is an inexpensive but professionally done tri-fold pamphlet that is geared toward introducing the public to Arabian horses and outlining our School of Horsemanship programs. We put these at local restaurants, delis, and quaint rural stores and inns, and have had tremendous success with it. For a while, we placed a lowcost slide show with our local movie theater to play prior to the movie’s beginning. Christine Ryan told me that she got a tremendous amount of traffic by simply putting a sign that said “Riding Lessons” under the farm sign at her previous location in Massachusetts. Once you’ve started your program, you’ll find more and more creative ways to advertise and promote it; the biggest thing to do, as with anything, is simply start! Lastly, and most importantly, make sure to familiarize yourself with your state’s liability laws surrounding equestrian sports and double check with your insurance provider that you are covered. Search online or consult an attorney about drawing up a waiver for people to sign prior to riding, and use your waiver as an opportunity to discuss each person’s experience level and to have a conversation to make sure that they are people you feel comfortable working with. Be consistent and demanding about safety-first issues, and be sure that you are comfortable that the people whom you are instructing are like-minded. Don’t be afraid to encourage them to look elsewhere if you aren’t comfortable that you are going to be symbiotic. It will save you all time and energy in the long run. I can honestly tell you that you will not find anything much easier to do in the horse business these days than hook people on the Arabian horse. It is singularly the most rewarding part of our business to see the joy and life-changing enrichment that these horses bring to people who previously didn’t know they existed, and it is a constantly renewable source of energy for us. Your program can be as big or as small as you want it to be, but at the end of the day, life outside our own goldfish bowl will be rewarding for you as well as the breed. I guarantee it! n Volume 42, No. 8 | 243

An Amateur Lifestyle 2012—A New Year Means A New Show Season by K ara Even though the adult division allows for an extension of the show season past the usual summer competition of my youth, college still manages to get in the way of my horse life more than I would hope. From August to December, my time spent at the barn is drastically cut, leaving only weekends open for the hobby of all hobbies—riding my horses. When a fall show finally arises, I’m sure that every college kid can identify with me when I say that getting out of class for horse shows is really not an enjoyable process for anyone involved. My professors and I pretend that every day I will be absent from class can be easily made up, and I actively downplay the nonrefundable quizzes and lecture material.

L arson getting back into “show shape” for both girl and horse, and this year was no different.

After a tough semester of never-ending homework assignments, countless quizzes, and a grueling finals week, I arrived in the barn to find that my two geldings, Will and Taco, and my mare, Sahara, were as eager to see me as I was to see them. (Their excitement was slightly less apparent than my own until they realized I was packing an extensive collection of apples and carrots to make up for my past absences. Nonetheless, it is always one of the best feelings to be reunited with my horses.) There is nothing better than knowing that I will be able to see them for an entire month over break! I cheerily swung open each of their stall doors, smiling as their ears In the end, all of the make-up work, extra effort, and perked forward at the rustle of the bag and my desire to missed lectures become irrelevant the second I arrive at win them over with treats and the show grounds. A weight is affection. My oldest boy, Will, lifted from my shoulders as I is still recovering from a torn take in the sweet smell of the check ligament, but I was able oh-so-familiar hay, shavings, “Soon, the show season will to walk and trot, which allowed dirt, fly spray, Show Sheen®— be upon us, and it is our job as us to practice all the show hack the things that create the walking gaits and even work unmistakable scent of a horse owners, riders, and trainers to on our side saddle trot. The big show. From the practice rides set goals, treat our beautiful man, Taco, has spent his winter at the beginning, to tearing Arabians with love and respect, since U.S. Nationals bullying down the curtains at the end, and most of all, have fun!” the pastures, yet conversely, a horse show will always be being too afraid of certain gates worth everything I missed in to pass through on his own. my reality-based life. I always The young 5-year-old mare, leave the show wishing for just Sahara, who could pass for a 2-year-old with her dainty one more day, but I know that still wouldn’t be enough. I and refined conformation, is also preparing for show suppose if my entire life was one big horse show, I might season. I’ve ridden her only a handful of times, but her get sick of it after a while, right? Well, that’s what they attitude and talent show promise for the year ahead. keep telling me. However, I can’t imagine that would be the case with me. But, as we all know, life does, in fact, With these three talented horses, I look forward to a new exist before and after every horse show, and for me, as show season. And in light of my anticipation and outlook the first semester of my senior year of college came to of the season, I’ve decided to establish a few realistic goals an end this past December, so did the off-season for my for my horses and myself. I’ve never been one to truly horses and for myself. Ever since I started college a few stick to—or, let’s face it, set—New Year’s resolutions; years ago, Christmas break has marked the beginning of 244 | A r A BI A N Hor SE T I MES

however, I think that “horse-themed resolutions” might be more plausible, achievable entities. In the year of 2012, I resolve to treat my horses with TLC. To avoid confusion, this abbreviation is not referring to the cliché of “tender loving care,” but instead to something that will keep me focused on what’s important when I’m riding this year. My own version of TLC refers to Timing, Loyalty and Confidence.

nervous mess is something that simply cannot be taught. Experience and poise facilitate confidence, and when I think of the great trainers that I really admire, one thing they all share is their confidence. As they ride or set up their horse, their face glows with confidence; they have a quiet air of complete control and ease that I will always strive for when I ride. In 2012, through my helpful TLC, I hope to master what it takes to ride my horses well, with consistency, and with a smile.

As I’ve grown as a rider and horsewoman, I’ve Before I get too far come to realize just how ahead of myself with the important timing is in upcoming show season, I gaining control and trust have to take a step back in my horses. I can’t tell Kara Larson and realize that I still have you how many times I’ve months to prepare and a whole semester of school to heard my trainer say “timing is everything,” and I think practice and show around. To my horses, who will soon I’m finally to the point with my English horses that I begin a more strenuous training regime: I will see you in understand what each of them needs. But this control no time! and understanding didn’t just pop up overnight. Hours of practice, show experience, and a grasp of what my horse A new year means a new show season—ah, I can needs in a rider allowed me to understand timing better, practically smell the fresh optimism for horse-filled and this year, I will continue to work on this skill. months ahead. Although I’ve been showing since I was 8 years old, a new show season will never inspire anything The ‘L’ in my resolution, Loyalty, is just as important as less than pure joy. With Scottsdale just a month away, timing, I assure you. Differing from the golden retriever the horse show season of 2012 is just about to power axiom of loyalty, this loyalty between horse and rider out of the starting gate. Horses around the country are, is more about dedication and a mutual trust that must figuratively speaking, being led into their respected be gained and maintained. We all know the expression gates as trainers and riders itch with anticipation for the “trusty steed,” and through unabridged loyalty to your challenging, yet short-lived, race before them. Soon, the horse’s spirit, consistent cues, and an overall reassurance, show season will be upon us, and it is our job as owners, your steed will be as close to “trusty” as “equinely” riders, and trainers to set goals, treat our beautiful possible. In 2012, I hope to make loyalty the name of the Arabians with love and respect, and most of all, have fun! game between my horses and myself. Let’s not dwell on the past seasons, whether glorious and winning or disappointing and unsuccessful; the past is In the last letter, C, confidence comes into play. I’ve the past, and the time has come for a new season to take always thought that this skill has its greatest benefits in precedence. Every season brings a fresh start, a clean the showmanship of a horse. Being able to keep cool under slate, a new beginning of sorts—it’s only appropriate that pressure, maneuver around crowds in big classes, and we treat it as such. n be the “guiding light” for your horse when he may be a

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by Linda White

The Arabian horse community has lost one of its most popular show ring performers. Three-time national champion western pleasure horse Zimmeron PGN died on December 10, 2011. The handsome bay stallion’s athletic prowess was often rewarded by national honors, the most recent of which was the 2006 U.S. National Championship in Western Pleasure. Earlier he had earned his 2001 U.S. and Canadian National Championships in Western Pleasure Junior Horses and numerous U.S. and Canadian National Top Tens. “I loved him,” admits trainer Rick Gault, who was in the saddle for the wins. “I will never forget him. He made my career and made the farm. Winning the 2006 U.S. National Championship with him was one of those special moments in time—a moment as close to perfect as I ever had. Everything just came together, and I was so proud of him. That experience was beyond belief for all of us. “He never cheated on me, never tried to take control of the ride, and I could trust him. He knew his job, and he made everything in my life—and in my career—a lot simpler. I can never repay him for all he did, and for all he meant to me and to all of us.” A foal of 1996, Zimmeron PGN (Shah Azim x Mimis Memory, by Kaiyoum) was bred by noted breeder Christine Krauch of Paragon Arabians (PGN stands for Paragon). Zimmeron PGN’s dam’s sire, kindly, wise Kaiyoum, also stood at Paragon, then in Santa Ynez, Calif., for a time. Kaiyoum’s daughters rank among the Arabian breed’s most distinguished producers. Zimmeron PGN, or “Zim” to his many admirers, earned a Canadian Top Ten in the amateur division as well, showing with Dr. Karen Veronneau, who owned him with her husband Gary. 246 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

“Rick saw him at the 2000 U.S. Nationals, catch-ridden by Jody Strand for his owner, Valerie Schall, and was very impressed,” Veronneau recalls. “I had been showing my Half-Arabian mare successfully, but when we realized that I would need a national-caliber purebred western superstar to go much further, Rick thought Zimmeron PGN might be the perfect horse. He was. I rode him and we got along well. But it was Rick with whom he had the real connection. He carried me around just fine, but for Rick, he really performed. The bond between them was magical! “He changed our lives forever,” she continues. “I had seen my first Arabians when I was a student at Meredith Manor, and always admired their beauty and intelligence. I had enjoyed showing my Half-Arabian mare as an amateur, but Zimmeron PGN catapulted us into the Arabian horse world with success far beyond our wildest dreams. He changed what was just a hobby into our way of life, into a passion with him as the focus. We will always cherish the years we had with him.” The Veronneaus have four Zimmeron PGN offspring out of Mon Amie Amour, the Half-Arabian mentioned above, with whom Karen won top tens at the U.S. and Canadian Nationals under Rick Gault’s guidance and tutelage. In 2008 the Veronneaus sold Zimmeron PGN to Mark and Jennifer Schouten, who owned him at the time of his death. “We wanted to breed the ultimate western horse,” Schouten says. “We saw Zimmeron PGN win his 2006 U.S. National Championship in Louisville. When we met the stallion and discovered his phenomenal temperament, we started breeding to him. In November 2008, we got the opportunity to buy him, and we never hesitated. We have two Zimmeron PGN fillies we bred before we bought him. Our coming 4-yearold, MJ C The Zimplicity (x GFI City Girl, by Khemosabi) is with Rick Gault, being started under saddle. MJ Sheer Zimbition (x Sheer Jullyen V, by Jullyen El Jamaal), now coming 3, is a gorgeous chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail.” In 2011 Schouten showed Zimmeron PGN in the amateur divisions at Scottsdale and the Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes. Reliable temperament and an excellent work ethic are as heritable as beauty, athleticism and Arabian type. Zimmeron PGN had all three in spades, and he passed them on to his 16 registered purebred offspring and nine registered Half-Arabian daughters and sons. n

A Leg Up

Stem Cell Therapy For Treating Laminitis by Heather Smith Thomas Stem cell therapy for treating equine injuries has been in use for about a decade, with success reported in treating tendon and ligament injuries. The newest thing some veterinarians are working on is the use of stem cells for laminitis. This condition is one of the most challenging and frustrating for veterinarians to deal with because often the outcome is disappointing. Horses with laminitis are usually in great pain, and the future health of the hoof is at risk. All too often a horse with severe laminitis ultimately is euthanized.

be quite as strong as the original laminae,” he says. “Horses heal with wide variations; some are almost normal and some remain crippled, with many cases somewhere in between. “The most important thing in treating laminitis is to stabilize the foot and prevent or stop the bone from moving. We add various types of support with shoeing techniques, but in spite of what we are able to do with shoeing, we don’t have much influence on the type of tissue that heals back.”

One of the topics of discussion at the second annual Stem cells offer the ability to influence the tissue that conference of the North American Veterinary heals the damaged laminae. “With tendon or ligament Regenerative Medicine Association (June 2-4, 2011, injuries, depending on the in Lexington, Ky.) was the severity of damage, they heal use of stem cell treatment for with a lot of scar tissue—which relieving pain and encouraging “Stem cells offer the ability to is not biomechanically as new hoof growth in horses influence the tissue that heals strong,” Morrison explains. with chronic laminitis. the damaged laminae.” “It’s just the body’s way of quickly stabilizing or repairing At this time, however, there a damaged area. It’s more like has been very little research a patch, and has nowhere near the same biomechanical (or clinical trials) done to determine the best treatment property as the original tissue. It’s less elastic and may not protocols. Some veterinarians are trying stem cell therapy be as strong.” in conjunction with cold therapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, nutrition changes, surgery, therapeutic The same thing occurs with damaged laminae when a shoeing and other methods, and some of them feel that horse founders. “It heals with scar tissue that is less elastic the stem cell injections are making a big difference. and not nearly as strong,” he says. “The horse’s foot is never as stable as it was before. This is probably the reason Scott Morrison D.V.M., a podiatrist at Rood and Riddle a foundered horse has chronic pain and abscesses, due to (Lexington, Ky.), has been using stem cells for about a the chronic instability. year and a half to treat chronic laminitis. “Historically, laminitic cases have healed with varying degrees of “We started using stem cell therapy in some of our worst stability, due to multiple reasons,” he says. “One is the chronic laminitic cases, in hopes they would heal with amount of damage they suffered initially. For instance, stronger, more functional laminae. In the foot, there are when a horse founders, there may be infection and severe, primary and secondary laminae. The laminae are just irreversible damage to the pedal bone.” folds and folds of tissue, designed to increase the surface area of attachment—similar to a Velcro® attachment. The Another factor in chronic laminitis is the poor quality more folds of Velcro® you put on something, the harder it of tissue after the damaged laminae heal. “It may not

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A Leg Up is to pull it apart.” In horses with chronic laminitis, when that area heals, there are not as many folds of laminae and there is much less surface area for attachment. It more readily pulls apart. Laminitis is a disease that affects multiple types of tissue, including the laminae. “This is the main tissue we worry about, but other tissues are also involved, including the sole corium—the tissue that produces the sole,” he says. “Also, the blood vessels and bone are damaged, and need to repair. Theoretically, stem cells can become any type of tissue, and can help these repair. “We’ve done some clinical trials with stem cells and have done 15 cases so far, using stem cells on the sinkers— cases in which the entire bone has dropped down in the foot (the most severe form of laminitis), rather than just rotated,” he continues. “We have had much better success with sinkers, using stem cell therapy, along with shoeing, hoof casts and other techniques available to stabilize the bone. Those are the primary treatment, and then we add stem cells. “We use allogeneic stem cells, meaning cells from another (donor) horse. We’ve collected umbilical cord blood from newborn foals, for instance. We isolate, harvest and grow stem cells from that blood. We also collect cells from the horse we are treating, harvesting it from bone marrow in the sternum. But these stem cells (from the horse itself) can take four to six weeks to grow in the lab. When treating laminitis you want to get a big dose of cells into that foot as soon as possible, so four to six weeks might be too long to wait. So in these cases we use an allogeneic dose initially, and then give the horse a dose of his own cells at the next treatment, which is about four to six weeks later.” Usually two to four treatments are given, at monthly intervals. “Before using stem cells, our success with sinkers was very low,” Morrison says. “About 18 percent recovered, using all of our methods of shoeing, casting, surgery, etc. Now, out of the 15 horses we’ve given stem cells, we’ve had a more than 80 percent success rate. Granted, this is just a small number of horses, but it’s very encouraging. “There are many things we still don’t know about treating laminitis, but we know we are having more success with stem cells. We don’t know exactly how those cells are working, such as the ones we are putting 248 | A R A BI A N HoR Se T I MeS

into the foot. Are they actually becoming new tissue or did they stimulate healing in some other way, such as chemical mediators influencing the type of tissue that grows back? We need to do a lot more study to see if these cells are becoming part of the tissue or just influencing healing by some other mechanism. “We also need to do histology on the feet we put stem cells into, and compare them to histology on other horses’ severely laminitic feet that were not treated,” he says. “We could see what the laminae look like, to see if in fact they are healing back with true, better laminae folds (the primary and secondary laminae). We need to back up our findings with histological examinations, so this is what we plan to do next, with laminar biopsies.” Morrison feels stem cells are a very promising new tool to treat some of the worst cases. He also wants to see how some of these cases do over the long term. Right now it has been less than two years on some of the earliest cases. People are interested in whether the healing will be adequate and long-term, so that recovered horses might be able to have a breeding career, even if they are not sound enough to compete in high-stress athletic sports. Will a recovered stallion be able to breed mares? Will a mare be able to carry a foal and not suffer pain or further damage to the feet when carrying the extra weight during pregnancy? Morrison plans to start breeding some of these animals this spring, to test how they hold up after recovery. “Stem cells are not a magic bullet, and will not cure every horse with severe laminitis,” he cautions. “The individuals that present with severe separations and infections will still be a challenge; stem cells are not going to stabilize the pedal bone. We’ll still need a mechanical solution for that. Stem cells will merely help in the repair phase of the disease, as the tissue replaces itself—once the aftermath of all the damage is done. Stem cells will help with the clean-up, repair and rebuilding. “Stem cells may also help in the acute phase,” he adds, “since they have some anti-inflammatory properties, but currently we are just looking at how they help rebuild some of the damaged tissue in chronic cases.” This is an exciting project, because foundered feet can be very frustrating at that stage. He observes that when you have spent several months treating a foundered horse, it is very discouraging to find

A Leg Up out that the tissue that has been created to replace the damaged laminae is dysfunctional and rubbery. “You’ve spent all that time and money stabilizing the coffin bone, only to have a very compromised foot in the end,” Morrison says. “You never know what kind of tissue you will end up with many months later. You may spend half a year before you realize that the quality of tissue isn’t adequate and the foot will never be stable.” It is hoped that stem cells can help with this aspect of healing. Most chronic laminitic cases do not heal back to normal. “When you radiograph them, there is a large distance between the coffin bone and the hoof wall,” he says. “We call this distance (between the bone and the wall) the horn-laminar (HL) zone. This gives an idea about how much separation there is and how much scar tissue is there. We’ve noted in several of the cases we treated with stem cells early, they heal back with a very tight, narrow HL zone, which looks more like a normal foot on radiographs, rather than a typical chronic laminitic case. It heals back with nicer laminae quality. We also do biopsies to evaluate that tissue, but radiographically it looks more normal.

heal an injury. “I think this will become a large part of how we treat certain things in the future,” Morrison says. “Otherwise, you have to collect the stem cells from the horse at the time of injury (or laminitis) and it will take four to six weeks or longer before they can be used to treat the problem. “Some stem cells grow more slowly than others, and some don’t grow well at all,” he continues. “If you have a good dose of frozen stem cells, ready whenever you might need them, this would save a lot of time and might also be more effective. Younger horses have a better source of stem cells than older animals. Sometimes with an old horse, if you collect stem cells from that individual, they don’t grow very well.” With use of stem cells, there is a more rapid growth of hoof wall.

Morrison outlines the procedure. “The way we put them into the foot is generally with a regional limb perfusion. We put a tourniquet around the fetlock area (to temporarily help keep the blood in that area) and put a catheter into one of the affected veins or arteries of the foot. Then we inject the stem cells “Stem cells are not a magic into that artery or vein, leaving the tourniquet on for about 20 bullet, and will not cure every to 30 minutes to perfuse the horse with severe laminitis.” vasculature of the foot with stem cells.”

“We have had severe cases that sloughed off three-quarters of the foot, and were not growing any tissue back, and we used stem cells on those. They started growing back a nice, healthy foot, and a couple cases grew a whole new foot. These are cases that I am sure we would have had to put down, if we hadn’t used the stem cells.”

It is clear that stem cells are an option that some people will want to try. “It will cost about $2,000 to harvest and use stem cells, so the more valuable horses will be the most likely candidates,” Morrison says. “When a valuable foal is born, we encourage people to collect blood from the umbilical cord and store it (frozen) in the lab. Then if that foal becomes a racehorse or some other high-level athlete, those stem cells will always be available. If the horse ever suffers a ligament injury or laminitis, we have a dose of stem cells already on hand, ready to use.” If a person has a good mare and paid an expensive stud fee, this will be good insurance for that foal—having the ability to use its own stem cells at some future date to help

Some veterinarians inject the stem cells into the coronary band, putting multiple injections around the coronary band. “We prefer to do the regional perfusion,” he says, “to get stem cells into all areas of the foot (up under the sole, into the bone, etc.) and not just the coronary band.” There are many ways to do stem cell therapy, he points out, and adds, “We can harvest various sources and stages of stem cells.” Stem cells are often harvested from fat. Mesenchymal stem cells can be harvested from bone marrow or umbilical cord blood. Currently these are the only three sources being used clinically, but stem cells have also been collected from other sources, including fetal blood and amniotic fluid. “The stem cell treatment is exciting,” Morrison says. “We’ve had very good success treating foot injuries and laminitis, ligament and tendon injuries. Our efforts with laminitis have been very encouraging.” n Volume 42, No. 8 | 249

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SeminarS/CliniCS/SaleS/ Open HOuSe/awardS

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

RegiOnal CHampiOnSHipS

April 24-29, 2012, Region 7 Championship Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Howard Shenk, 800-892-0682. May 8-12, 2012, Region 12 Championship Show, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Lynn DanielGlover, 478-955-3030. May 10-11, 2012, Pacific Slope Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 31-June 3, 2012, Region 1 Championship Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 5-9, 2012, Region 8 Championship Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 13-16, 2012, Region 9 Championship Show, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Margo Shallcross, 830-980-5072. June 14-17, 2012, Region 10 Championship Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-17, 2012, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 15-16, 2012, Region 12 Youth Jamboree, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. June 19-23, 2012, Region 4 Championship Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Cindy Reid, 805-610-9079. June 20-24, 2012, Region 13 Championship Show, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Janice Decker, 317-861-4814. 250 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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

SHOwS JANuAry January 27-29, 2012, Sierra Empire, Pomona, California. Contact: Janie Fix, 520-508-4063. FebruAry February 3-5, 2012, Jubilee Of Breeds, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. February 5, 2012, AHANM One Day Show and All-Breed Training Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6832; February 16-26, 2012, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: AAHA, 480-515-1500.

MArch March 2-4, 2012, SASHA Charity Horse Show, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Janie Hamilton, 214-478-0897. March 4, 2012, AHANM All-Breed Training Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6832; March 15-18, 2012, 41st Annual Carousel Charity, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. March 15-18, 2012, Cowtown Classic, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 16-18, 2012, Missouri All Arabian Show, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. March 17-18, 2012, Ocala 17th Annual Amateur Show, Ocala, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. March 23-25, 2012, Rancho CA Spring Show A & B, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 23-25, 2012, Alabama All Arabian Show, Andalusia, Alabama. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. March 23-25, 2012, Spring Arabian Classic A, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Janet Beehler, 804-586-1647. March 29-30, 2012, Magnolia Classic A, Gonzales, Louisiana. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. March 30-April 1, 2012, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 30-April 1, 2012, Deseret A & B Show, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. March 30-April 1, 2012, WCAHA – Heritage AHA Spring A and B Show, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. March 31-April 1, 2012, Beat The Heat All Arab Show, Queen Creek, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372.

April April 6-8, 2012, NCAHA/ODAHA All Arabian Regional Anad B Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. April 12-15, 2012, 63rd Annual Arabian and Half-Arabian A and B Show, Rancho Murieta, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. April 13-15, 2012, Lone Star Classic, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Ann Lang, 512-452-1492. April 19-22, 2012, Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Scott Bailey, 480-471-1715.

Calendar Of Events

April 20-22, 2012, Annual Magnolia Spring Classic, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. April 20-22, 2012, OHAHA Springtime A and B Show, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 21-22, 2012, Iowa Spring Show A, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. April 26-29, 2012, Daffodil All Arab Spring A and B Show, Payallup, Washington. Contact: Lisa Gardner, 253-843-2748. April 27-29, 2012, Border Bonanza A and B, Kansas City, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 27-29, 2012, Mason Dixon Classic, Quentin, Pennsylvania. Contact: Marilyn Ackerman, 315-945-5398. April 27-29, 2012, CRAA Spring Derby Sport Horse Show, Northampton, Massachusetts. Contact: Pamela Turner, 607-739-3341. MAy May 3-6, 2012, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Velma Boodt, 918-284-7505. May 4-6, 2012, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Red Bluff, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 4-6, 2012, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. May 4-6, 2012, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 4-6, 2012, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. May 10-13, 2012, AHASFV 49th Annual Arabian Horse Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 10-13, 2012, AHABC Classic A and B Show, Rancho Murieta. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. May 10-13, 2012, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 10-13, 2012, Great Plains Arabian Classic B Show, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. May 10-13, 2012, Zia Classic A and B Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 11-13, 2012, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-253-4937. May 17-20, 2012, Alamo Arabian Fiesta, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745.

May 18, 2012, NJ HAHA Hunter Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 18-20, 2012, ARK Arab Victory Challenge A and B, Texarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. May 19-20, 2012, Northern Minnesota Arab Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Debbie Raszler, 701-725-4692. May 19-20, 2012, NJ HAHA A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 20, 2012, AHA Indiana Spring Classic One-Day Show, Rochester, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066. May 24-27, 2012, Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Cindy Clinton, 937-962-4336. May 25-27, 2012, Spindletop Spring Arab Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 25-27, 2012, The Badger Classic, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-253-4937. May 25-27, 2012, Arabian Horse Club of CT, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 26-28, 2012, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B Show, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. May 30-31, 2012, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June June 2-3, 2012, NC PAHA A and B Show, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. June 4-9, 2012, Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Anna Bishop, 859-231-0771. June 9-10, 2012, Medallion I and II, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 13, 2012, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-15, 2012, Shenandoah Valley Classic A and B Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 14-17, 2012, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 15, 2012, NJ HAHA Classic Hunter Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 16-17, 2012, NJ HAHA Classic A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 16-17, 2012, Shenandoah Valley Championship A and B Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745.

June 17-18, 2012, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 20, 2012, Region 13 Pre-Show, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 20-21, 2012, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 22-24, 2012, Finger Lakes Arab Summer Festival, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. June 23-24, 2012, Region 10 Sport Horse/ Dressage Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 27, 2012, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 28-30, 2012, AHANE 58th Annual Arabian Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645.

EndurancE/ CompEtitivE trail ridE

January 27-29, 2012, Sierra Empire Trail Ride, Pomona, California. Contact: Janie Fix, 520-508-4063. April 13-14, 2012, Spring Fling at Sand Hills 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Cheraw, South Carolina. Contact: Vickie Stine, 803-222-0401. May 5, 2012, Biltmore Challenge 50-, 75-, and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531.

NAtionAls events

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

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The 2011 Arabian Horse Times’ Most Beautiful Baby Contest Winner:

Shahlana RRX by Kara Larson

The 17th Annual Beautiful Baby Contest consisted of a field of nearly 30 young colts and fillies, but it all came down to just one when Shahlana RRX, a special bay filly, stole the spotlight and took home the title of winner. Every entry was exceptional, but the photo of Shahlana RRX reflected an undeniably Arabian look and beauty that netted her the prize. The photo was taken when the filly was just 1-weekold, but it is clear that with a face like that, featuring eyes so bright and a dish so prominent, she holds great promise for the future as both a show horse and broodmare. The breeder and owner of Shahlana RRX, Donald “Jack” Reyes of Minneapolis, Minn., couldn’t be happier with his promising youngster. “I’ve always thought that having a good mare is half the battle, and in my farm full of mares, KW Bay Supressa has really proven herself as a quality producer,” Reyes says. “It was more chance than anything that this breeding came about, but I have really found a good match between KW Bay Supressa and the imported stallion Joys Creation. I plan to breed Supressa back to him in the future, and I look forward to future crosses between the two.” Reyes selected Joys Creation based on a couple of suggestions, but it was the one from photographer Christina Rousseau, who had taken pictures of the stallion the summer before, that convinced him to go through with the breeding. When Shahlana RRX arrived, his veterinarian called to say what every breeder dreams of hearing. “[He] said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to come see this filly; you’ve really got

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something special here,’” Reyes recalls. “I couldn’t wait to see what the filly was like. It’s been such an exciting journey from day one.” In terms of Shahlana’s personality, Reyes offers that the filly, who is now in training with Jerry Schall at Shada Inc., truly is a special horse. “It seems that she is able to take everything in stride,” he says. “She is very gentle in the stall and even laid back at times. When it comes to work, though, she really turns it on. She’s got that Bey Shah ‘snort and blow,’ and calls for full attention with her tail over back as she whinnies around the arena. She definitely likes to think that she is the belle of the ball.” For a beautiful and auspicious filly like Shahlana RRX, the next step is a vital one. Reyes plans to develop a solid start to her show career at Shada and also put together an effectual marketing strategy. “She doesn’t exactly fit into my normal plan,” he says. “I prefer to be the one who breeds the horse good enough to show, and then steps back when it comes to showing. However, Shahlana calls for something more from me.”

2011 Beautiful BaBy Contest winner shahlana rrX, Bred and owned By donald “JaCk” reyes.

Even though the filly is causing Reyes to take on a different role than he is accustomed to, he couldn’t be more thrilled with the prospect of the bay filly’s future. “It’s always been my goal to just breed the best I can with what I have, and this time, I really hit the nail on the head,” he says. “We expect great things from her and I look forward to seeing what she can do both in the show ring and as a broodmare in the future.” n

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Index Of Advertisers


Adandy Farm............................................................................ 34, 35, 252 AHT Facebook ....................................................... 127Tutto Arabi (201) AHT Readers’ Choice Awards ................................ 100Tutto Arabi (174) AHT Scottsdale ...................................................................................255 AHT Subscriptions ..................................128, 129Tutto Arabi (202, 203) AHT World Cup .................................................................................254 AHT Youth Nationals..........................................................................257 .......................................................... 81Tutto Arabi (155) Al Shahania Stud .........................................38, 39Tutto Arabi (112, 113) Aljassimya Farm .....................................................................................21 Argent Farms .......................................................2, 3Tutto Arabi (76, 77) Armstrong Arabians ..................................... 52-55Tutto Arabi (126-129) Avalon Crest Arabians ............................................ 132Tutto Arabi (206)


Battaglia Farms ....................................................................260, IBC, BC Bergren, Tony ...........................................................................................7 Betten, Joe ................................................................................................7 Bisch Training LLC .................................................. 80Tutto Arabi (154)


Cedar Ridge Arabians .......................................................... 28, 29, 68, 69 Conway Arabians .........................................72, 73Tutto Arabi (146, 147)


Dakar Kartel ................................................78, 79Tutto Arabi (152, 153) Dazzo Arabians LLC ................................................ 80Tutto Arabi (154) Deor Farms ..................................................64, 65Tutto Arabi (138, 139) Diamond Hill Arabians........................................................................ FC DST Arabians ..............................................50, 51Tutto Arabi (124, 125) Dune Drift Arabians ....................................40, 41Tutto Arabi (114, 115)

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Fazenda Floresta, LLC ...... FC Tutto Arabi (73), 6-9Tutto Arabi (80-83) Frierson’s ...............................................................................................252


Gallún Farms, Inc......................................... 36-39Tutto Arabi (110-113) Gemini Acres Equine........144Tutto Arabi (218), IBC Tutto Arabi (219) Glans, Paul ....................................................................................... 40, 41 Guzzo/RiveroArabians Worldwide, LLC ............ 6-9Tutto Arabi (80-83)


Haras Los Palmares......................................... 22-25Tutto Arabi (96-99), .................30, 31Tutto Arabi (104, 105), 34, 35Tutto Arabi (108, 109) Haras Mayed ....................................................18, 19Tutto Arabi (92, 93) Hegg, Mrs. Mickey...............................................................................252

M Maroon Fire Arabians .............................................................. 30-32, 252 Mastro’s ..................................................................................................67 Michael Byatt Arabians................................ 44-49Tutto Arabi (118-123) Midwest Saddleseat Consignment .........................................................48 Midwest Training Centre ......................8-11, 16-35Tutto Arabi (90-109) Morning View Arabians............................................ 56Tutto Arabi (130) Mulawa Arabian Stud ............... IFC Tutto Arabi (74), 1Tutto Arabi (75) Mystic Sands Arabians ..................................................................... 36, 37

O Oak Ridge Arabians .....................20, 21Tutto Arabi (94, 95), 32, 33Tutto Arabi (106, 107)

P Pay-Jay Arabians ..................................................................................252 Pet Pizzaz .............................................................................................253 Precision Arabians ....................................136, 137Tutto Arabi (210, 211)

Q Quarry Hill Farm .................................................................................253

R R.O. Lervick Arabians .........................................................................252 Rae-Dawn Arabians .................................... IFC, 1-3, 10Tutto Arabi (84) Reilich, Bill & Shirley ..................................76, 77Tutto Arabi (150, 151) Robin Hood Farms ......................................42, 43Tutto Arabi (116, 117) Rock Ledge Arabians ...........................................................................229 Rohara Arabians ............................................... 11-15Tutto Arabi (85-89) Rooker Training Stable .................... 38, 39, 74, 75Tutto Arabi (148, 149) Royal Arabians ............................................. 57-61Tutto Arabi (132-135) Royal Bloodstock Arabians ..........................28, 29Tutto Arabi (102, 103)

S Sarata Arabians ............................................................................ 230, 231 Scheier Farms ...........................................130, 131Tutto Arabi (205, 205) Schneiders ............................................................... 143Tutto Arabi (217) Shafer Arabians ................................................................................ 26, 27 Shea Stables...................................................................................... 30-32 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians ...................................................... 12, 13 Stachowski Farm, Inc. ...................................................................... 17-20 Stonegate Arabians, LLC .......................................................................16 Stonehedge Farms, LLC ........................................................................20 Strands Arabians ....................................................................................16 Strawberry Banks Farm ..................................22-25, 71Tutto Arabi (145) Swanson & Jampsa LLC.................................................................. 14, 15



Ted Carson @ Butler Farms Training Center, Inc............................. 130-132Tutto Arabi (204-206) Terry Holmes Arabian Corp. .................................... 54Tutto Arabi (128) The Hat Lady ......................................................................................253 Trowbridges Ltd. .............................................................................. 70-71



Janecki, Robert ............................................................ 15Tutto Arabi (89) Jerland Farms ..........................................................BC Tutto Arabi (220) Jesse Saldana Training Center ..................136, 137Tutto Arabi (210, 211) Kathy Shorten Stables ............................................................................33 Kern Realty & Rentals .........................................................................252 Kiesner Training ...........................................76, 77Tutto Arabi (150, 151) Krichke Training Center .............................. 40-43Tutto Arabi (114-117)


Landon, R. Kirk ............................................... 12-14Tutto Arabi (86-88) Liberty Meadows Training Center ...........................................................5

Varian Arabians ............................................62, 63Tutto Arabi (136, 137) Vicki Humphrey Training Center .................................................... 57-66

W Whispering Pines Arabians..... 1-8Whispering Pines Arabians (221-228) Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc............................................................253 Willowbank Farm .............................................................................14,15 Windwalker Enterprises, LLC .............................................260, IBC, BC Wunderbar Arabians ................................ 133-135Tutto Arabi (207-209) Volume 42, No. 8 | 259

2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse with Shawn Rooker

MHR Nobility x AlyAskA bey V Stud fee: $1,500 ~ For breeding information, contact: BATTAGLIA FARMS ~ Scottsdale, Arizona ~ 480-585-9112 WIndWALkeR enTeRpRISeS LLC~ Karen & Olivia Stull, ScOttSdale, arizOna

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