Arabian Horse Times July 2010

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40th Anniversary July 2010




National Champion

Junior Mares with Andy Sellman

All that a national champion should look like ...

Falcon BHF x GF Simply Magic

2010 Scottsdale Champion Yearling Filly (jr.) Region 10 Champion Yearling Filly



When beauty becomes intoxicating ... National jackpot Yearling Fillies with andy sellman

~ Sired by Pyro Thyme SA

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July 2010

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40 Years Of Arabian Horse Times by Linda White and Mary Kirkman


Cover Story: Mystic Angel WRR & Whiterock Ranch LLC by Colleen Scott



Western Pleasure—The Greenhorns & Pros by Colleen Scott and Linda White


2010 Canadian Nationals Preview—Resplendent In Royal Red by Linda White


Presenting The Personalities—Ed and Laura Friesen by Mary Kirkman


Leaders Of The Times—*Fausto CRH and The Oak Ridge Arabians Breeding Program by Colleen Scott

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2010 Arabian Horse Times Most Classic Contest Amateur Access—Finding Your Posture by Jeff Lovejoy


The Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries Opens At The Kentucky Horse Park by Mary Kirkman

50 Gold Star Putting On The Ritz—Iowa Gold Star Futurity by Christy Egan


Advances In Equine Reproductive Science And Technology— Now Measured In Light Years, Part III by Linda White


Arabian Horse Photographers In Focus—Tex Kam by Mary Kirkman



On The Cover: Mystic Angel WRR (Versace x Mystic Rose BHF), owned by Whiterock Ranch LLC.


The 2010 Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes & NSHR District One Championships—The Place To Make Memories by Colleen Scott


Comments From The Publisher


Knowing Your Horse by Tommy Garland


Times For Amateurs by Keri Schenter


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Handy Horse Tips by Lee Bolles


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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Comments From The

Publisher Publisher Lara Ames Editor Kevin Ludden Contributing Writers Linda White Mary Kirkman Colleen Scott Advertising Account Executives Kandi Menne John Diedrich Production Manager Jody Thompson Senior Designer Marketing Director Wayne Anderson Graphic Designers Tony Ferguson Tammi Stoffel Design Support Jan Hunter Editorial Coordinator Proofreader Charlene Deyle Office Manager Circulation Robin Matejcek Accounts Receivable Circulation Editorial Assistant Karen Fell Director of Interactive Bill Konkol © Copyright AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Articles or opinions published by the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times are not necessarily the expressed views of the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. is not responsible for the accuracy of advertising content or manipulation of images that are provided by the advertiser. ARABIAN HORSE TIMES (ISSN 0279-8125) Volume 41, No. 2, is published monthly by AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, Minnesota 56093. Periodical postage paid at Waseca, Minnesota 56093 and at additional entry offices. Single copies in U.S. and Canada $7.50. Subscription in U.S. $40 per year, $75 two years, $105 three years. Canada $65 one year, $125 two years, $170 three years, U.S. funds. Foreign Subscriptions: $95 one year, $185 two years, $280 three years, payable in advance, U.S. funds. Sorry, no refunds on subscription orders. For subscription and change of address, please send old address as printed on last label. Please allow four to six weeks for your first subscription to be shipped. Occasionally ARABIAN HORSE TIMES makes its mailing list available to other organizations. If you prefer not to receive these mailings, please write to ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, Editorial Offices, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093. The publisher is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographic materials. Printed in U.S.A. • POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093. For subscription information, call 1-800-AHTIMES (in the U.S.A.) or 507-835-3204 (for outside of the U.S.A.) Arabian Horse Times • 299 Johnson Ave., Suite 150, Waseca, MN 56093 • Tel: (507) 835-3204 • Fax: (507) 835-5138 1-800-AHTIMES •


A Ruby Of A Celebration—40 Years Of Arabian Horse Times! Arabian Horse Times begins celebrating its 40th Anniversary this month, and I want to start with a special “Thank you!” to Walter R. Mishek, past owner of the magazine. Walter was the individual with the vision—the vision to create a publication without equal to showcase the beauty and versatility of the Arabian horse. Four decades on, his vision remains alive and well, nurtured by a dedicated staff and myself, who share his love for the horses and people in our Arabian horse community. Also, a “Thank you!” to the most special people in the world of Arabian Horse Times—our readers, subscribers, and advertisers. Where would we be without all of you? You are the Times. Your continued input and support has transformed this one-time newsprint flyer into the glossy publication we know and love today. In its history, Arabian Horse Times has covered such an array of events and issues that I am constantly amazed. We have explored the incredible world of the Arabian horse, be it in the backyard, the show ring, or continents away, and the individuals that are important to its constant development. My goal, with your support, is to keep that up for another 40 years at least. As we head off to the Youth Nationals, we are entering a very special time of the year. You’ve heard it often, but it’s true. Our young riders, like our young horses, are our future. But as we all know, you build a better future when you know your past, so for the next six months, Arabian Horse Times will be bringing you stories, memories and insights into the 40 years we have been on the scene. We hope you enjoy it, and that it serves as a foundation for renewed confidence in the future.

Lara Ames Lara Ames Publisher

U.S. National Champion

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Beaut iful horses... cherished by breeders around the World!

Pahaaranii x Encore Ali daughter Owned by Henrike Hoermann, Germany Hoermann Photo

The Marhaabah Legacy Group • Chris Anckersen, Manager • 864-647-7588 • •

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… by the busloads! A hundred years from now… It won’t matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of horse I rode. … but the world may be different because we were important in the life of a child. 8 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Midwest Training Centre introduced the Arabian horse to busloads of future Arabian lovers on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18th and 19th. With the helpful coordination of teacher Janine Ahrens, the farm hosted their annual field trip for the kindergarten children of the Otsego and Twin Lakes Public Schools along with their teachers and parents. This “handson” event provided education, entertainment

and a busload of fun with some 300 children visiting the farm during the two days. The ultimate field trip opened in the arena with David and Terry Anne greeting their young guests. The youngest showman at Midwest, Master Jake Boggs, charmed the young crowd with his presentation of the ever-present Trigger, his mini-palomino. These two are an opening act guaranteed to warm up any crowd. David told the story of the origin of the Arabian horse and told the children about all the day-to-day activity that takes place at the horse farm named Midwest. He might have been a little upstaged by the show-stealing foals, however, as the beautiful babies brought squeals of delight from the entire attendance.

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As you’ll note from the photos, Team Midwest even “mounted up” for a little riding demonstration. Get ready Grand Nationals, National Finals Rodeo, Dressage Championships—or who knows—this group looks pretty sharp ... From the arena the group split into three groups for a rotation through each of three activities. One section began with a barn walk with Terry Anne Boggs and informational tour, while the second section began “hands-on grooming” with the farm’s Sicilian donkey herd time. Standing only 28-38 inches tall at the withers, these stoic little guys are always favorites with youngsters. The third section enjoyed a “make up session” of face painting to inspire their imaginations and offer great photo opts. As would be expected, the kids had a host of questions about how things are done in a horse barn. They asked about the things around the horses necks (throat latch sweats) and wanted to know about feeding and how one gets those coats


so shiny. Some children in the group had been around horses, others were touching an Arabian horse for the first time. “This was a great opportunity for our family to give back to the Elk River community,” says David. “Terry Anne and I had a great time with the kids and their parents and teachers. We enjoy an opportunity to show the kids just what it is that makes the Arabian so special to us and give them that chance to spend time here on the farm. It was a special event for us as well as our visitors and we’re honored to have been invited to host the field trip.” Two hours later, happy, smiling, painted faces had ridden beautiful miniature ponies, played with Arabian foals and learned all about Arabian horse farms. No doubt most of them boarded the buses; with farm brochures in hand to leave determined that they, too, would one day own Arabian horses.

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Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated AEPA Enrolled Sire • SCID Clear

2009 Filly • Quintessential Fire • Baskghazi x Afires Quintina Trained and standing at Showtime Training Center Contact Tish Kondas at 770.252.3300 • cell: 678.427.0595 Proudly owned by Smoky Mountain Park Arabians Rod & Jacqueline Thompson • cell: 865-388-0507 Trainer Mike Miller


Baske Afire

Afire Bey V Mac Baske *El Ghazi

RY Fire Ghazi

RL Rah Fire

Huckleberry Bey Autumn Fire Baskevich AH Meditation Aloes Elektra Le Fire Raha Melima

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Excitement in the Northwest! ... AND WE’VE CAPTURED IT ON OUR


Heirborne Express PF Afires Heir x Miz Marguerita V

All Or Nuttin PF Undulata’s Nutcracker x Afires Quintina

Atomic Fireball PF Baske Afire x Baby Ima Star

Flirtacious Fire PF Afire Bey V x PF Im Flattered

Eternal Fire PF Afire Bey V x MWF Elzbieta


Presenting our 2010 foals CATTATONIC SHOC PF SF Specs Shocwave x Catt (JA Magnificat X DG Serinett) Bay Arabian Colt GOOD TIME GIRL PF Hucks Connection V x Goodie Two Shoes (Baske Afire X Harghaza) Bay Arabian Filly ETERNAL FIRE PF Afire Bey V x MWF Elzbieta (Barbary X Evening Breeze) Bay Arabian Filly FLIRTACIOUS FIRE PF Afire Bey V x PF Im Flattered (Dark Harbor X Pure Flattery) Bay Arabian Filly GREAT AND NOBLE PF MHR Nobility x HF Luck Bea Lady (Baske Afire X Play Annie Song) Chestnut Arabian Colt HEIRBORNE EXPRESS PF Afires Heir x Miz Marguerita V (El Ghazi X Miz Margeaux V) Bay Arabian Colt HEIROGANCE PF Afires Heir x VTM Pistachia (MHR Nobility X RY Fire Ghazi) Bay Arabian Colt NOBLE VISION PF MHR Nobility x Neveah W (Matoi X Justice N Liberty) Chestnut Arabian Filly TOMMY BAHAMA PF Vegas x A Blessing (Afire Bey V X Mac Baske) Bay Arabian Colt ALL OR NUTTIN PF Undulata’s Nutcracker x Afires Quintina (National Champion English Pleasure AOTR) Chestnut Half-Arabian Filly ATOMIC FIREBALL PF Baske Afire x Baby Ima Star Chestnut Half-Arabian Colt, full-brother to Shaken Rattlen Rollen HIGH AND TEIT PF Majesteit x Made You Look (full sister to MWF Benedykt) Bay Half-Arabian Colt

Offering Arabian and Half-Arabian prospects and 2010 foals. Call for complete sales list and DVD ... better yet, come see them in person!

Irwin Schimmel 360-256-9432 • Cell: 503-367-4997 P.O. Box 814, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

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Stachowski Farm Sales Offerings!










CAN BE SEEN AT YOUTH NATIONALS PUREBREDS COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE SV JUSTAJOY (Hucks Heritage V x Justaara) 2000 Grey Mare. Broodmare/show horse supreme. Excellent pedigree for breeding. Top wins in country open/amateur and country driving.

MOMENTUM LOA (Millennium LOA x Baleek) 2002 Bay Gelding. Top Ten country English pleasure horse. Excellent adult amateur or youth horse. BB NOBLE HEIR (MHR Nobility x Barbary Dancer) 2000 Chestnut Gelding. Outstanding country English pleasure horse for the youth or adult amateur rider. Reserve Champion country English pleasure JTR at 2010 Buckeye Show.

AFIRES VICTOR (Afire Bey V x Vallejo Victorie) 2006 Chestnut Gelding. Good minded enough for amateur with open potential. Scottsdale Reserve Champion country English pleasure junior horse. HALTER DELILAH BHF (Denali BHF x BHF Savannah) 2006 Chestnut Mare. 2007 Region 13 Champion Yearling Filly, 2007 National Top Ten Yearling Filly (3rd), 2008 Canadian National Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Filly, and 2009 Canadian National Champion Futurity Filly. She was also 2010 Region 13 Champion Arabian Mare AOTH. ENGLISH INDEPENDENCE DAY HS (Afire Bey V x Noble Fashion) 2003 Bay Gelding. Fancy English pleasure horse—suitable for the amateur rider. Regions 13 and 14 Top Five English pleasure JOTR.

SOMMELIER (Baske Afire x CL Bay Love) 2003 Bay Stallion. 2009 Youth National Champion English Pleasure JOTR and Reserve Champion English Pleasure JTR. Not only is he winning in the show ring, he also has outstanding foals on the ground.

GALA DE BASKE (Baske Afire x Gala De Cognac) 2005 Chestnut Mare. Flashy, fancy moving English horse. Will make an excellent amateur horse. National level. HALF-ARABIANS COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE FUNKY WHITE BOY (AA Apollo Bey x CF Delightful Encounter) 1999 Grey Gelding. Buckeye Sweepstakes Champion Saddle Seat Equitation and Region 15 Champion Saddle Seat Medal Class. This horse is a great equitation horse and also a winner in country English pleasure.

MARIOPALOOZA (Apollopalooza x Marjo) 2006 Bay Gelding. Big, handsome gelding. Would make an excellent equitation or amateur horse. Regions 13 and 14 Top Five Country English Pleasure Junior Horse. HUNTER HORALDO WH (Horal x PF Fancy That) 2005 Black Gelding. Excellent amateur/junior hunter horse. Region 14 Top Five Junior Horse. MOUNTED NATIVE COSTUME WTC SHOW ME MANHATTAN (DBA Excitation x Manhatta Hari) 2002 Bay Gelding. 2010 Region 13 Champion Mounted Native Costume and 2008 U.S. National Champion Mounted Native Costume. This horse is also a winner in country pleasure driving and country English pleasure.


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MD AQUARIUS (Aequus x Classically Yours) 2000 bay mare. One of the most thrilling park horses in the Arabian breed. Ready to take an amateur to a national championship. ENGLISH

EMPEROR OF ANZA (Anza Padron x Empress Of Bask) 2006 chestnut stallion. By a national champion English pleasure horse and out of a national champion English pleasure and pleasure driving horse, this colt has all the talent to be a national English pleasure horse himself and the breeding to be a great sire. COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE SF BITTERSWEET (Afire Bey V x SF Sweet Elegance) 2003 chestnut mare. A beautiful mare with a pedigree to match, she will make an excellent broodmare or country English pleasure horse.

ROXBURY (Hucklebey Berry x Parting Glance) 1999 bay gelding. 2008 National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Driving and 2007 National Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure AOTR. Great minded and suitable for any rider. This horse has a big career ahead of him. MERCY ME CC (Baske Afire x Sienna Tera) 2005 Bay Mare. This outstanding mare will be a contender at the U.S. Nationals. DA BOMBAY SAFIRE (Triften+/ x FM Tanzanite) 2006 Grey Gelding. Is suitable for the junior or adult amateur rider.

LOVESTRUCK WF (Baske Afire x CL Bay Love) 2005 Chestnut Mare. This mare is an outstanding country English pleasure horse and will be shown at the U.S. nationals. Her pedigree suggests she will be an excellent broodmare.


HALF-ARABIANS ENGLISH SF STICKER SHOC (SF Specs Shocwave x She’s Real Bad) 2006 chestnut mare. National English pleasure potential. Well started. 2009 National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Futurity.

ROCK SOLID (Promotion x Stage Fright) 1995 bay gelding. Numerous national top ten wins. Region 14 Champion Pleasure Driving AOTD and English Pleasure AOTR. Youth, adult amateur or open. Also drives.

CMJ HOT MONICA (Monaco x Hot Flashez TSA) 2003 bay tobiano mare. Beautiful, flashy, extremely talented mare. 2008 U.S. National Top Ten HalfArabian English Pleasure Junior Horse. Ready to continue her career!

SA REIGN OF FIRE (Afire Bey V x PF Lady Cameo) 2006 Bay Gelding. Full brother to multi-national winner SA Rapid Fire and following in his brother’s footsteps.

GOOMBAY SMASH (AA Apollo Bey x Out Trot ‘Em) 2002 Bay Gelding. 2010 Scottsdale Reserve Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure and 2009 Reserve Champion. Region 14 Half-Arabian Park Open and AOTR—this horse will be a national winner in the amateur park division. COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE JJ SPECIAL EDITION (Baske Afire x Endless Legacy) 2005 chestnut gelding. Beautiful country English pleasure horse. FIRE AWAY RJ (Baske Afire x Cara Me Away) 2004 Bay Gelding. 2009 U.S. National Top Ten Country Pleasure Junior Horse. 2010 Region 13 Champion Open and Region 14 Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure. Also an outstanding amateur/equitation horse. FS NOBLE DANCER (IXL Noble Express x Highpoint’s Dirty Dancer) 2005 bay mare. Three months under saddle and will be a national caliber country English pleasure horse. Very suitable for the amateur rider. J ULY 2010 | 17

IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire 18 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

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Joel Kiesner, open

Lara Ames, amateur


English Pleasure 2010 Ohio Buckeye Champion English Pleasure Open and Amateur

The Ames Family ~ Jordan, MN 952-492-6590 ~

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Owned by: THE ENCORE SELECT GROUP Standing at: Cedar Ridge Arabians Contact Mike Brennan, breeding manager 952-492-6590 •

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2010 Region X Reserve Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Jr. Horse with Tom Theisen

2010 Region X Champion Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure Jr. Horse with Tom Theisen 2010 Region X Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure AOTR 18-39 with Anna Conway-Zaffke

2010 Region VI Unanimous Champion Half-Arabiann English Show Hack with Tom Theisen 2010 Region X Champion Half-Arabian English Show Hack ATR with Anna Conway-Zaffke

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2010 Region X Unanimous Champion Half-Arabian Ladies Side Saddle 2010 Region X Champion Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR 18-39 with Rachel Enns



2010 Region X Unanimous Champion Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure 2010 Region X with Tom Theisen Champion Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure AOTR 18-39 with Rachel Conway-Schieffelbein

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Rooker Training Stable Offerings ... Addis Auction Summer Consignment Auction Shelbyville, TN August 5-7, 2010 2-Year-Old Half-Arabians

MAGNIDOODLE - Gelding (VCP Magnifire x The Lady Rose)

EDWARD CULLEN - Gelding (JR Maximilian x Undalata’s High Fashion)

2-Year-Old Purebreds

GSF AVEC MOI - Filly (VCP Magnifire x Noble Empress)

GSF TOUCHE - Filly (A Noble Cause x HH Angel Berri)

GSF DANTIEN - Colt (MHR Nobility x Primoza Afire) MAXXWELL SMART - Gelding (JR Maximilian x Bey Melodye)

JJ MANDALAY BAY - Filly (Baske Afire x Evangelique) GSF EXCLUSIVE - Filly (Afires Heir x Noble Empress) TYLIE MALIBU - Filly (AA Apollo Bey x English Lace BMB)


GSF LANTANA - Filly (VCP Magnifire x Ateusi)

3-Year-Old Half-Arabian GSF FOR REAL - Gelding ( VCP Magnifire x Ginger’s Dance)

(not pictured) MAGNUM MILLENIA GSF STRATOVARIUS - Colt (SF Specs Shocwave x Mi Barbie Doll) For more information: n: Shawn: 810-348-7155 55 Carmelle: 810-241-9246 46 Barn: 810 629-6169 69 m Facebook Rooker Training Stable ble m 24 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

(Magnum Psyche x Laa Dee Daa) 1999 Mare


November, 17TH to 21ST

Helvetia Riding Center - Indaiatuba - São Paulo - Brazil

Auction: November, 20TH - Saturday Judges André Roberto Moreira Caio - Brazil Fábio Alberto Amorosino - Brazil Gianmarco Aragno - Italy Robert Boggs - USA Bill Melendez - USA phone: (55 11) 3674-1744 / fax: (55 11) 3674-1749 / email: J ULY 2010 | 25

The traditional show at a new place. The Helvetia Riding Center is located 20 minutes from Campinas, 45 minutes from the capital, Sao Paulo, and 5 minutes from Viracopos International Airport. Hotels and several tour options for visitors, including shopping malls, outlets, amusement and water parks such as Hopi Hari and Wet’n Wild are close by.


Brazilian breeders invite you to enjoy.





Reservation Center: KVT TOURS 55 11 2137-0303 - e-mail: - J ULY 2010 | 27

2009 Brazilian National Reserve Champion Mare

Radisha Van Ryad Ryad El Jamaal x HE Prima Donna by Prichal

Salim Mattar Office Phone 55 31 3247 7000 Stud Phone 55 31 3712 8101 Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Brazil US contact Mรกrio Zerlotti Oficce Phone 1 830 569 8913


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MargaretMarinho MONDODESIGN


vesty photos

Jody & Janice Strand • Jen Schmitt • Toddville, Iowa • farm: (319) 393-4816 • cell: (319) 360-5997

Shebe Sunsational Sunsational Kid x PKH Summertime Offered for sale by Strand’s Arabian Stable

Multi-National Champion

Sundance Kid V x Mane Street

A bright spot for today’s breeders! His first foals are on the ground and are everything we’ve hoped for!


2010 Region 11 Unanimous Champion

Owned by Joe and Debbie Frizzell Ames, Iowa For information contact Jody Strand 3625 Alice Rd., Toddville, IA 52341 (319) 393-4816 •

Western Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over with Joe Frizzell

Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated • Iowa Gold Star Nominated • SCID Clear J ULY 2010 | 33

Scottsdale Champion Signature Western U.S. National Top Ten Western Pleasure Maturity U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt


JJ First Date

HJ Famoso x Date With An Angel Half sister to Multi-National Champion Victoriosa

Magnum Psyche x Poetry SMF, by Fame VF Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Iowa Gold Star, Minnesota Medallion Stallion Scottsdale Signature Stallion • SCID Clear

Loren and JoEllen Erickson & Jill Mohr Durant, IA • (563) 299-1845


For your consideration

C A Hermoso+++/ x Citation Of Merit

Hunter Pleasure

with Jen Schmitt AAOTR 18-39 with Jill Mohr

2009 U.S National Top Ten Loren and JoEllen Erickson & Jill Mohr Durant, IA Full brother to C A Ultimo C A Hermano & C A Elegante

For your consideration

MD Heir Tofame x Broadway Bey B

Western Pleasure

Junior Horse with Jody Strand AAOTR Maturity with Jill Mohr

Loren and JoEllen Erickson & Jill Mohr Durant, IA

For information contact Jody Strand at (319) 393-4816.

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2010 Region 11 Reserve Champion & Scottsdale Top Ten

Versace x Lost-N-Found

Hunter Pleasure

Junior Horse with Jen Schmitt AAOTR with Jeanne Black AAOTR Maturity with Casey Desantis Robert & Jeanne Black Charleston, SC


2010 Region 11 Reserve Champion & Scottsdale Top Ten (3rd)

Versace x Moonrose Delight

H/A Western Pleasure Junior Horse with Jody Strand Laura Koch Warner Robins, GA

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Photo by Janice Strand

2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion Western Pleasure Maturity AAOTR

Magnum Psyche x FA Jada

Western Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 with Jill Mohr Jill Mohr Cherry Valley, IL

For your consideration (319) 393-4816


2x National Reserve Champion & 2010 Region 11 Reserve Champion


Fire An Ice x Crystal Blue Persuasion

H/A Western Pleasure with Jody Strand

Perry & Suzanne Perkins Fantasy Farms Santa Barbara, CA

For your consideration (319) 393-4816

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2010 Region 10 Unanimous Champion & Scottsdale Top Ten

Exxpectation x Satin Gigi

Hunter Pleasure

JOTR & JTR with Carolyn Shanks Junior Horse AAOTR Maturity Candy & Gary Shanks Bettendorf, IA


For your consideration.

Neposzar x LW Gradyna

Hunter Pleasure

AAOTR 40 & Over with Cindy Smith

2010 Region 10 2x Champion 2009 Region 11 Champion Cindy Smith Hanna City, IL For information contact Jody Strand at (319) 393-4816.

Padrons Psyche x RA Lalani Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated, Scottsdale Signature Stallion • SCID Clear For sale or breeding information contact Jody Strand at (319) 393-4816.

This 2x U.S. National Top Ten halter winner is now undersaddle and offered for your consideration. Susie Smithey Brown, Psynsational Arabians Wingo, KY • J ULY 2010 | 41

For your consideration

RSD Dark Victory x OFW Shahnille, by Magnum Psyche Michael & Susan Fort Neola, IA For breeding or sale information contact Jody Strand at (319) 393-4816.


GR Psyches Rey x Alesia

Western Pleasure Junor Horse with Jen Schmitt

2010 Region 10 Reserve Champion Scottdale Top Five Signature Beth & Dennis Grubba, Custer, WI

Special Thanks to Don & Janey Morse for making this winning team possible.

RSD Dark Victory x NNF Odalisca

Western Pleasure

JOTR & JTR with Marc St. Andrews

2010 Region 11 Reserve Champion & 2x Top Five Marc St. Andrews Cedar Rapids, IA

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Providing today’s winners with the winning edge from the get-go. 1-800-226-8039 Pictured: Marc St. Andrews & Hisam Eleil WN Junior Rider at Strand’s Arabian Stables

“Safe ChoiceTM has worked out great on our farm. It allows us to feed one product to our broodmares, weanlings, yearlings, and show horses. The horses stay level headed and with the addition of EmpowerTM for select horses, they maintain their weight really well on the long hauls. If you have questions on Nutrena Feed or are interested in learning how it works on our farm, give me a call! Thank you, Nutrena®, for an excellent nutrition program.” ~ Jody Strand


Saturday, Sept. 4th 12:00 - 4:00pm Rain or Shine PUREBRED ARABIAN PERFORMANCE HORSES

OPEN HOUSE 2010 Especialley QH Tallulah’s Dam

Schedule of Events 12 Noon Open Barns 1:00 pm Barbecue Lunch 2:00 pm Presentation of Horses

QH Tallulah 2010 Buckeye Country English Champion with Jim Stachowski

Quarry Hill Stallions On The Mark QH Manoleté On The Mark Pure Polish performance stallion

Peter Stachowski and SF Specs Shocwave

Four fillies

Marshall & Rae Paige Schwarz Owners

Bill Bohl Farm Manager/ Trainer

Bob Churton Trainer

345 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT 06039 860-435-2571 For More Information:

2010 Foals & Yearlings by Afire Bey V Baske Afire Hey Hallelujah IXL Noble Express Matoi And On The Mark Yearlings, Young prospects under saddle Sale horses & more! 3:00 pm SPECIAL GUEST & PRESENTER PETER STACHOWSKI Stachowski Farm, Inc. Mantua, Ohio

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40Years of Arabian Horse Times by Linda White and Mary Kirkman

This month, Arabian Horse Times celebrates its 40th anniversary. For the next six months, we’ll be taking a look at the industry and the magazine over that period. It’s been a challenging time, but for many who love Arabian horses, a rewarding one. We invite our readers to join in—let us know your special memories, the highlights of your involvement in Arabians. In coming issues, we’ll include as many of those individual moments as we can.

To start the ball rolling, let’s set the stage. It is the summer of 1970, and the Arabian horse fever is sizzling in the show world …


July 1970 - first issue of the

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Arabian Horse Advertiser.

Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate! Dance To The Music! It could have happened anywhere, but it took place in a small Midwestern town. Setting the events in Waseca, Minn., where they actually occurred, is logical, but the modest locale seems to lend the events the bucolic character of a black-and-white movie. Our narrative begins in the early 1950s in this quintessential small Midwestern town. Growing up there, Walter Mishek, the school teacher’s son, was fascinated by horses. His parents recognized the futility of arguing and bought him and his younger sister their own horses; Walter’s was a palomino he rode everywhere. In time a Half-Arabian replaced the palomino, and the young teen identified his dream: when he he grew up, he would build a career around the animal that would become his lifelong passion, the Arabian horse. After graduating from college, Mishek returned to Waseca, armed with a business degree, and an idea for an Arabian horse publication. He put together a rudimentary shop in the space above the family garage, and launched a little newsprint tabloid. The paper, consisting mostly of “for sale” ads, caught on quickly. Mishek had learned that there was a healthy interest in Arabian horses in Minnesota, sparked in 1939 when Josten’s president Daniel C. Gainey’s employees gave him a beautiful Arabian colt at their annual banquet. Within a year, the consummate salesman and savvy business executive created Gainey Fountainhead Arabians in Owatonna, and the Arabian spark burst into a flame. Owatonna, just 13 miles east of Waseca, is a short drive, so Mishek was soon visiting Gainey’s Arabian

farm regularly. The two became friends. Dan Gainey recognized Mishek’s sincere interest, and helped add to the young man’s knowledge. The little tabloid was outgrowing the space above the garage, so Mishek hired Wayne Thompson to help with the blossoming publication. One employee became two, and then three, and before long, Mishek and his staff could say goodbye to the garage behind the house on East Elm Avenue. They never looked back. Arabian Horse Times immediately became a powerful new resource that the Arabian becam horse community wholeheartedly embraced. ho From 1970 until the summer of 2008, Arabian Horse Times steadily emerged into the world’s most highly respected, widely circulated Arabian horse magazine. The gglossy magazine attracted advertisers from six the world’s seven continents, and what came to of th be the finest editorial team in the business supported readers’ interests with articles and special features that educated, informed and entertained 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 tabloid, above-thegarage days. Over the years, the Cedar Ridge breeding program and resulting show string grew the farm into the industry leadership role it has long occupied. National championship followed national championship in performance and halter. Dick Ames and Lara, both gifted riders, became two of the most familiar faces in the amateur and youth winner’s circles at North America’s most prestigious shows. As an adult, Lara continued her

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aht timeline national championship-winning ways without missing a beat. An able, experienced businesswoman as well, 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 38-year history gave Ms. Ames and her parents a well-informed, realistic insight into its growth, success and strong economic potential. With her family’s full support, she purchased Arabian Horse Times. Two years later, the magazine continues to fulfill everyone’s 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. What A Difference A Day Makes—Or, In This Case, 40 Years In The Arabian Breed If you knew the Arabian industry in 1970, you have to stretch your imagination to transform it into 2010. 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. AHT 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-million-dollar equine business. 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


National trophies.

was founded (as the Arabian Horse Club of America) in 1908. Now that number is edging toward 650,000. 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 2010, AHA’s membership numbers more than 29,000; it lists a staff of more than 40, and reports an annual income of $10,600,000 (FYE 2009). The Scottsdale Show, then as now a season favorite, also tracked the rise, fall and rise again of the industry over the past 40 years. In 1971, it listed 547 horses from 23 states and Canada, and attracted 20,000 spectators. By 1985, at the height of the Arabian craze in the U.S., Scottsdale found stalls for an incredible 2,460 horses. Following the 1986 tax reforms, even it felt the bite of the breed’s reduced economics, but by 2000, it had rebounded to 1,878 horses. And in 2010, with 2,236 horses on the grounds and spectators numbering 250,000, it was the picture of good health. The four decades from 1970 through 2010 were more than just numbers, however. 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.

February 1972 - Arabian Horse Times color

1974 - Arabian Horse Times publishes

cover featuring Hi Fashion Imperial.

the first “theme” issue — Ferzon.

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. 3. 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 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 tri-colors 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 closest ones to an “specializing” were those who trained in working western or dressage; most of them were not often seen aboard, for example, English pleasure or park mounts.) The LaCroix brothers, Bob Battaglia, Bob Hart Sr., Stanley White Sr., Don DeLongpré, S Bruce Howard, Tom McNair, Gene Reichardt Bru 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 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

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years, Wall Street personality Louis Rukeyser lent his caché to the sport as emcee of its gala awards dinner. After the 1986 tax reforms, the Arabian industry, like every other breed or discipline, had to retrench. Numbers and revenue evaporated—sometimes to the detriment of the breed, and sometimes in ways that restored sanity and balance. By the 1990s, Arabians were on an upward trajectory again, and in the second half of its life, Arabian Horse Times witnessed the progress that culminated in today’s Arabian industry. Across the board, there has been more 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. From Hand-Set Type To Digital Miracles— The Magazine Must Go Out 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. “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


and “The Arabian Horse - Poland’s National Treasure.”

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. For a slick, four-color publication, extensive and costly pre-production equipment ate up office space with light tables, drum scanners and separation equipment. Each photograph had to be separated into transparencies for the four or five primary colors in its makeup, and type was run out in great blocks, from which designers cut-andpasted layouts in a process called keylining. And that was all before hefty “forms” of four, eight and 16 pages were put together and sent off to printers. 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, intensified, or otherwise manipulated to achieve optimum effect. And when everything was okayed, 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.

2006 - AHT hosts the “Afire Bey V” book signing and bronze unveiling party at the U.S. Nationals. 2005 - AHT publishes first hardbound n Roll Let’s Rock

“Youth Yearbook.”

Equine Science and Technology— Racing Along At Lightning Speed Arabian horses probably bewitched us when we were kids, so when it comes to our animals, most of us still wear our hearts on our sleeves. We breed and care for them because we love them, but truthfully, we expect something from them in return. While we understand that we cannot expect them to love us back, we do want to ride, drive, race, or employ them, for there is no better companion or teaching aid than a kind, intelligent Arabian horse. They are beautiful to look at, too. When we got our first horses, we soon discovered that preserving their health, happiness and athletic ability would require some educating and information-gathering on our part. Fortunately, for the last 40 years, equine information-seekers have had Arabian Horse Times to rely on for finding the answers they sought.

1970, Varian, like every other Arabian horse breeder, was limited to breeding her stallions by natural service. Artificial insemination was something dairy and beef cattle breeders did, but breeding horses by artificial insemination was still unproven and unknown. Breeders questioned whether it would even work, but if it did, it would increase the number of mares a stallion could breed in a season. It might catch on. The Arabian Horse Registry approved artificial insemination in 1977, and A/I did d catch on. Arabian horse breeders soon realized that this far safer, more accuratelyre recorded breeding method would drastically reduce the stallion and mare injuries inherent in natural service.

Within a few months of launch, the new magazine was reporting amazing advances in parasite control, equine nutrition, hoof and leg care, grooming, training and equine reproduction technology. Keeping up with the stream of information challenged even the most astute reader. Many readers know that Arabian Horse Times has always been published by horse owners and staffed with horse lovers, some of whom have a horse or two at home, but the Times team struggled with the unfamiliar information just like everybody else.

In 1970, veterinarians wormed horses with thiabendazole paste, which is a goat, sheep th and cattle wormer (and decent fungicide) and with toxic organophosphates, depending on the parasites they were after. Tube worming was a distasteful, widely used procedure not unlike the dreaded endoscopy humans undergo. The process involved inserting the tube in the horse’s nostril and feeding it down into the animal’s stomach. Occasionally the tube, and the lethal chemicals it contained, accidentally got fed into the horse’s lung, with fatal consequences. Since those days, internal parasite control has become big business. The same corporations that make human pharmaceuticals also manufacture veterinary pharmaceuticals. Parasitologists have identified most of the nasty little buggers, and come up with specific, lethal cocktails that work well when used according to the directions on the box.

“It was a time of innocence for many of us,” said breeder Sheila Varian, reminiscing about 1970 in the July 1995 Arabian Horse Times. “My mother’s poodle dog earned more in stud fees than Bay-Abi did.” In

In 1970, when a broodmare stopped getting pregnant and producing live foals, that was pretty much the end of her breeding career. Depending on her soundness, she might become a riding horse or a pasture ornament. There was

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July 2008 - Lara Ames purchases the Arabian Horse Times.

aht timeline no such thing as extracting her embryo and implanting it in another mare with a healthy uterus. How far-fetched! Embryo transfer was barely out of the laboratory trial stage in 1970, but the concept was very intriguing. Breeders speculated about its potential. Equine vets were anxious to try out the procedure in their own practices. The revolution that had begun with artificial insemination began to snowball. Increasingly astounding science and technology came into widespread use, went hurtling off the “yesterday” platform, and raced away into the future. The Arabian Horse Registry approved embryo transfer in 1986. E/T soon became a familiar alternative, perfectly tailored for mare owners who wanted their successful show mares’ careers to continue uninterrupted. It also gave a second chance to valuable mares that could still produce eggs to be fertilized and harvested, but could no longer carry and produce live foals. Transported semen, approved in 1991, virtually eliminated having to ship mares, often with vulnerable young foals at foot, to the stallions. Stallions’ semen could now be put into an Equitainer® in its liquid cooled state, shipped to the mare owner counter-to-counter, retrieved, inseminated, and presto! Conception rates were somewhat lower, but that has improved. A few stallion owners expressed upset over the reduction in revenues for outside mare board, but overall, the new protocol saved mare and stallion owners countless headaches, risks and time. It also opened up several other exciting possibilities. Mares could now be bred to stallions formerly inaccessible to them, in other countries. Best of all, semen could be frozen and stored indefinitely. Semen


from a highly regarded stallion, long deceased, could go to a special mare, and she (or her surrogate) could produce a cross that was impossible a few years earlier. See recent issues of the Arabian Horse Times for a series of articles that reveal, in some detail, new techniques and advanced discoveries developed in the last few years. What was once science fiction is now hard fact. Forty Years And More To Come 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. Sports Illustrated is a perfect example. Publisher Henry Luce started Sports Illustrated in August, 1954, at the precise moment when spectator sports (football, baseball and basketball, for starters) were about to burst into popular culture with hurricane force. There has been no other phenomenon like it, before or since. Luce had great instincts. He saw a need and filled it. In 1970, when Arabian Horse Time 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.

2010 - AHT hosts its first Readers’ Choice Awards banquet.

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 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. â–

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July Cover Story:

Mystic Angel & Whiterock Ranch LLC by Colleen Scott

hat Katrina and Dan Whitenack of Whiterock Ranch LLC have been able to achieve in the five short years they’ve been involved in the Arabian horse industry is nothing short of mystical—really. It all began with Katrina’s multiple trips to the Scottsdale Show with friends; however, it wasn’t until 2005 that the couple bought their first Arabian. Now, with a 21-stall barn, and 12 horses plus this year’s foal crop, they are into the Arabian industry beyond what Dan ever imagined. “It is all her fault,” he says, referring to his wife. “However,” he professes, “when I get into something, I don’t do it halfway.” What the Whitenacks have been able to accomplish in five short years is mind-boggling. Their trophy room boasts five National Championships and four Reserve National Championships. First there was Donatella Versace, the lovely Half-Arabian mare by Versace and out of the Phi Slama Jama daughter VF Campus Queen. She earned three of her multiple U.S. National titles while under Whitenack ownership. Next there were Reserve National Champion Junior Mare Broken Promises PGA, National Champion Half-Arabian Mare AOTH Arose Is Arose, and her full sister, U.S. National Reserve Champion Angelina Versace. Then came


Mystic Rose BHF, by the living legend Padrons Psyche out of Brazilian National Champion NV Ali Bey. Bred by Battle Hill Farm and purchased by Dan and Katrina in February, 2008, she won the Canadian National Championship Arabian Futurity Filly title and the Reserve Championship title at U.S. Nationals that same year. She is the mare the Whitenacks are using as the cornerstone on which to build their breeding program. One of her 2010 foals, Mystic Angel WRR, by Versace, is more than Dan and Katrina could have ever hoped for, and looks every inch a champion, even at the tender age of 6 weeks (when the cover shot was taken). “I’ve seen a lot of babies,” says trainer Keith Krichke, who has worked with Dan and Katrina since their foray into Arabian horses began. “She gave me an indescribable feeling in my gut as soon as I saw her. I have had that feeling only a few times before, and those foals grew up to be actually life changing. Mystic Angel is all quality with a million dollar pedigree thrown in for good measure,” he says. Besides her swan neck, gorgeous face, and the attitude of a champion, Mystic Angel has the pedigree behind her that seems to predict great things. She is out of the Whitenacks’ National Champion Mystic Rose BHF and by the legendary

sire Versace, who has taken his place in history as a sire of highly-prized, proven breeding stock and remains a leading sire of National Champions, even after his untimely passing in 2008. In addition to the lovely Mystic Angel WRR, Mystic Rose BHF also had an amazing filly by the exciting Falcon BHF son Beijing BHF this year. The Whitenacks and Krichke can’t wait for the rest of the Arabian horse community to see them both at Scottsdale. While Mystic Rose BHF and her offspring are their pride and joy at the moment, they are also excited about Danielle BHF (Denali BHF x Felisha BHF), a full sister to National and Scottsdale Champion Dulcinea BHF. They predict Danielle BHF will be following in the footsteps of Mystic Rose BHF, as she vies for national titles in the futurity fillies class this year. “We are just incredibly excited about the opportunities that are ahead of us,” says Dan. Clearly on the right track based on the youngster gracing the Arabian Horse Times cover this month, the Whitenacks want “everything” from their breeding program. “We want the beautiful face, long neck, great front and hind end,” says Dan. “We want it all.” ■

“She gave me an indescribable feeling in my gut as soon as I saw her. I have had that feeling only a few times before, and those foals grew up to be actually life changing. Mystic Angel is all quality with a million dollar pedigree thrown in for good measure,” says trainer Keith Krichke.

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Denali BHF x Felisha BHF De

U.S. & Canadian National Futurity Filly contender with Keith Krichke

Full ll Sister i To Dulcinea l i BHF, Scottsdale Champion and U.S. National Champion Mare

Owned by: WHITEROCK RANCH, LLC ◆ Dan & Katrina Whitenack Spencerville, Indiana ◆ 260-710-2825 ◆ ◆

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Ruminaja Ali Anaza El Farid Bint Deenaa Gazal Al Shaqab Kaborr+++ Kajora *Edjora++

Ali Amman Ruminaja Ali Ali Jamaal Heritage Memory Alia Jamaal Bey Shah+ Shahdorable TW Forteyna

Canadian National Stallion contender with Keith Krichke U.S. National Futurity Colt contender with Keith Krichke

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National Top Ten Filly

Denali BHF x Franchesca BHF

U.S. National Champion Mare AOTH contender with Jessie Szymanski Owned by: JESSIE SZYMANSKI

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RA Ignite x DA Patience

U.S. National Champion Junior Mare contender with Keith Krichke Owned by: JESSIE SZYMANSKI

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2010 Scottsdale Champion Senior Yearling Colt

Enzo x Olivia D

U.S. National Champion Yearling Colt contender with Keith Krichke

Bred & Owned by: TWIN X ARABIANS Larry Schopf ◆ Madison, WI

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EVG Gentry x GA Bey Aneversare

Canadian National Champion Two-Year-Old Colt contender with Keith Krichke Region 13 Reserve Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Bred and owned by: GRAND ARABIAN FARM

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Baywatch V x Rohara Padrona

Canadian National Champion Two-Year-Old Gelding contender with Krichke Training Center Region 13 Champion Two-Year-Old Gelding

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Fausto CRH x EV Annie Oakley

Canadian National Champion Two-Year-Old Gelding contender with Keith Krichke Region 14 Champion Two-Year-Old Gelding Owned By: CAPTIVE WINDS ARABIANS Susan Clegg ◆

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Jullyen El Jamaal x Aladdins Tapestry

U.S. & Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Futurity Gelding contender with Keith Krichke 2010 Scottsdale Champion Half-Arabian Stock/Hunter Type Gelding Bred & owned by: SUGAR HILL FARM LLC Betsy Kubiak ◆ Victor, New York

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Western Pleasure —the greenhorns & pros by Colleen Scott and Linda White

Sometime, watch a western pleasure class, amateur or open, at any horse show, and you’re likely to be amazed. How do those riders manage to get their horses around the ring at their various paces, while they seem to be doing nothing? Those talented riders seem to sit perfectly still, holding their heads high, with confidence … and barely moving. What’s their secret? We asked a few well-known trainers how they help their amateurs achieve the “look.” This is what they shared with us.

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Linda Brown

Tommy Garland

Prairie Gem Stables Omaha, Neb.

Garland’s Training Center Powhatan, Va.

Achieving an effortlesslooking performance in the show ring comes from time in the saddle, according to Linda Brown of Prairie Gem Stables. “The rider must spend the necessary time learning to ride very skillfully. They have to learn how to be quiet with their bodies and hands, to know how the horse was trained, to move with the horse, and, through training and dedication, to have developed a relationship with the horse,” she explains.

Tommy Garland sees that the biggest challenge to his western pleasure riders is nerves. “They let their nerves get the best of them sometimes,” he says. Coupling that with less time in the saddle as he would like them to have, it can be hard to produce that winning western pleasure look. His solution: a little CPR, his trademark, which stands for confidence, patience and respect. Garland’s CPR Horsemanship has taken him outside the Arabian breed into the world of mainstream equine endeavors. This includes his own RFDTV show and competing in the “Road to the Horse” Colt Starting Competition.

“The hardest things to teach,” adds Brown, “are letting go of the horse’s mouth, keeping their shoulders and hips square, and sitting still, to get that smooth, effortless look.” Brown suggests that also showing in the other divisions can make western pleasure seem more difficult. “The western pleasure horses have to be so steady, and so fluid, and they have to move slowly. We teach the rider to be calm and steady, and to show a rock-solid look, probably more than riders do in the English and hunter disciplines. Western riders must sit very quietly, and move gracefully, with the horse, accenting the horse’s calm, slow rate of speed. In the English styles, the rider sometimes can get away with more movement, except, of course, in equitation,” she adds. Making the ride look seamless, while effectively cueing your horse, is part of the equation, according to Brown. “You have to have a great, polished horse that is perfectly groomed. You want to be wearing a knockout outfit. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it must fit beautifully, be a color or colors that complement your horse, and it should have plenty of bling.” She laughs. “A skilled, confident rider completes the look—and to top off the picture, you’ll need a well-shaped hat!”


Garland helps his amateur riders deal with their nerves at home, where he provides them with as much riding time as possible, to help build their confidence. “I try to get them as much saddle time as possible, including warming up their own horses at the smaller shows,” he shares. “They’ve got to be able to deal with the challenges that may come up during a class. The rider who knows he or she can deal with any problem will be far more confident in the show ring. Garland helps his riders learn how to deal with potential problems by introducing unfamiliar objects at home. Says Natalie Hunt, who has been riding with Garland for three years, “Tommy’s ring looks like a gymnasium. There are wood platforms, signs, pylons, numerous balls and jump standards with pool noodles sticking out of them.” Hunt says doing exercises with these various objects helps de-sensitize the horse and build its confidence. “When I go into the ring” she states, “I know my horse and I can move anywhere, with ease.” Besides building his amateur riders’ confidence with more time in the saddle, both at home and at shows, Garland



focuses on breaking things down to their simplest terms, and on repetition. “Every little thing a rider learns to deal with will help. Continually working at something, or repetition, helps too,” he explains. Garland feels that giving his riders as much confidence as possible, before they go into the show ring, gives them a chance to succeed in what has become an extremely competitive division. Anything else this master horseman does to help his riders gain a competitive edge? “I’ll make a fool of myself before a class, or bring up something funny that happened in the past, to take their minds off what they are about to do, even for a minute or two.” Hunt explains that because of the work they do at home, Garland doesn’t have to add much at shows. “There is not a lot Tommy needs to tell me right before the class. The horse and I are well-prepared. Tommy is very patient. He works with us quietly, keeping everything very low-key. This helps the horse and me stay relaxed, too. Before I go into the ring, Tommy always tells me to have fun. That helps, too.”

Rick Gault Rick Gault Training Archdale, N.C. In a western pleasure class, the riders make it look so effortless. How does trainer Rick Gault help them achieve that look? “If you ask any western rider, they will tell you that it is not easy,” he replies. “It takes hours and hours of work to master the subtle cues that are a ‘must’ to make a great western horse and rider. The hardest thing for western riders to learn is to trust their horses—to trust that the horse will do its job. If the rider can get a good level of confidence in his horse, the horse will feel it and will show at his or her best.”

There are obvious and subtle differences between coaching someone to show in the western pleasure division, and coaching someone to show English, saddle seat or in forward (hunt) seat classes. We wonder what those differences are, aware that Gault coaches very successful amateur riders in all three seats. “Other than being a different discipline, with the differences that go with each discipline,” he states, “showing your horse in any of the three divisions is really very similar. I tell my riders to be ring smart, and to go out there and have fun!” Training and showing horses to national performance championships gives Gault a unique perspective on today’s show ring. Doesn’t it seem that the competition and quality, in the western division especially, are growing dramatically? Is that a fair assessment? Is it getting harder and harder to be successful? If that is the case, what is changing? “Yes, I do think it is getting more difficult,” he replies thoughtfully. “Why? It’s because we are breeding very athletic horses today—horses that have greater ability. Also, western training is getting better and better, because there are a lot of talented trainers out there.” Then what does an amateur rider have to do to become and to remain competitive? “Just keep riding,” is Gault’s solution. “You and your horse have to become a team, and it takes lots of time in the saddle to achieve a winning partnership.”

Rod Mat t hiesen Eleanor’s Arabians Rogers, Minn. Rod Matthiesen has been training western horses since he was 13. He grew up with Quarter Horses and Appaloosas, began riding a neighbor’s Arabians as a teenager, and started training Arabians when he was 30. That was 27 years ago. He came to work for Eleanor Hamilton, who owns Eleanor’s Arabians,

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in 1988, and he has been turning out national champions in western pleasure and reining for Hamilton and Eleanor’s Arabians clients, ever since. Western pleasure looks so effortless. The rider is sitting there quietly, not doing anything, yet is getting the horse around the ring perfectly. How does he or she accomplish that? “The cues have become very subtle,” he answers. “The horse tunes into the rider, and they work together. It is a fallacy that it is effortless. It takes hard work at any discipline, and, first and foremost, it takes patience in both horse and rider. The horse has to be trainable, and that is not about bloodlines. As a rule, it is matching the horse and the rider. “The first time I put a rider on a horse, it’s a guess. I have to work with them, and put them on horses that are different types, mentally, before I see what kind of horse they get along with best. As a rule of thumb, I rate horses’ dominance levels from one to 10. One is a horse that is scared of everything. Nine to 10 are too aggressive. Based on the rider’s experience, the ones I rate five to eight are the best for my amateur riders. “That rating system has evolved for me over the years,” he explains. “I have added to it through my experience with amateur riders on various horses. Everybody wants to ride a pretty horse … but pretty is as pretty does. Eighty percent of the time, people who come here start out with the horse that came with them. At some point, they want to move up. That is when I help them select a horse they can get along with, and that has more ability to do the job they expect it to do. “One of the hardest things for amateurs to learn is that it’s not about reaction-reaction. It’s about action-reaction. Most often, the rider just reacts to the horse’s actions. The rider needs to learn to initiate the action, not just react to what the horse does. Another thing: it’s not about speed; it’s about perfection. People who have ridden only Arabians tend to be quick to do everything, because Arabians respond so quickly. The rider needs to slow down and do things perfectly, not quickly. Mattheisen specializes in coaching western riders. “If it doesn’t have a saddle horn, I’m not interested” he chuckles. “People who have ridden with other coaches


may have learned things, or developed habits that are hard to correct. Older riders find that some physical things are harder to do, but in the end, it’s how much the rider wants to learn. I like to work with Eleanor (Hamilton) because she’s always willing to try something new, to take a risk. The rider that is highly motivated will get it done.”

Jody Strand Strand’s Arabian Stables Toddville, Iowa Like others we spoke with, Jody Strand sees many of his amateur riders battle with nerves. “Nobody rides very well when they are overanxious,” he says. “Especially when something is new or if they just want to win so badly, it becomes difficult to overcome those nerves. But the more they can relax, the better they will ride and then the more they will win and the more confidence they will have.” The cycle ultimately results in more confidence which produces more winning rides. Take Jill Ann Mohr, Rockford, Ill., who has been riding with Strand for more than two decades. With many national, regional and other prestigious titles under her belt, she says it took her some time to win the battle over her show ring nerves. When Mohr first started riding with Strand, that level of competition was a completely new experience for her. “One of the things that really helps me is that Jody never puts pressure on anyone. He always tells me, ‘It should be fun, if it’s not fun, you shouldn’t be doing it.’” Strand says he makes a conscious effort to create a lowkey, relaxed environment, even at home, using mistakes, as opportunities. “If we make mistakes, we try to learn something from our mistakes and move on,” he says.



Besides keeping the environment conducive to being relaxed, which allows his riders to be confident and effective in the saddle, he makes sure his riders know how to fix things gracefully once they do hit the show ring. He also has them work at home with the same equipment they’ll be using for showing. As for the pre-ring warm-up? Strand does his best to keep his riders in that relaxed state of mind. Mohr recalls one of his directives as: “Jill, just pretend you are on the couch flipping the remote.” One of the other things Strand has been known to tell his riders before entering the ring are: “Hey, the judges aren’t going to be shooting at you in there, don’t look so serious.” Watch Mohr, Joe Frizzell or any of Strand’s clients ride and one of the most striking things about them is that regardless of what is happening in the class, they are looking up, something Strand is emphatic about. “First, you’re going to look more confident,” he says. “You’re also going to look around the arena and actually see that other people might be having trouble—that you aren’t the only one.” Another advantage to looking up? “You’re going to be able to focus on getting really good ring position and avoiding possible wrecks, because you’re going to see them before you are on top of them,” he says. “Sometimes half the arena will be open and nobody knows because they are all looking down at their horses’ polls.” According to Mohr, Strand also helps her navigate through the highly competitive western pleasure classes by never allowing her to quit riding. “I may have thought the first way was terrible, and I’ll ride by Jody, and he always says, ‘Don’t quit riding.’ Sure enough, that advice has paid off for Mohr, who says she has won classes following what she considers to be mediocre starts. That, combined with hard work at home and Strand’s laidback attitude is what she attributes to her success. “Jody never gets wound up,” she says. Mohr’s mother, JoEllen Erickson, who has watched many of Strand’s clients over the years and owns Arabians herself, says she has heard this mantra from him: “Have fun, do your best, and the rest will come to you.”

Randy Sullivan Randy Sullivan’s Training Center Dawson, Ill. Making his riders look calm, cool and collected is just part of what creates the picture of an effortless western pleasure ride in the show ring says Randy Sullivan. “The biggest thing with my western pleasure riders is to make them appear very confident and comfortable.” Creating that overall look is something Sullivan works on at home. A big part of his riders’ show ring demeanor comes from Randy’s personality. He is calm himself; he is never one to raise his voice, or make a rider feel intimidated when he has trouble getting the hang of something. The result is that once they are in the show ring, his riders think, “I can do this, I’ve been over this a million times with Randy.” Besides having a confident attitude, which comes from time in the saddle, both at home and in the show ring, being able to master timing is one of the most crucial things to success in the western pleasure division he says. “The rider has to understand when to ask the horse to collect up and when to release, when to ask again. I believe this is one of the hardest things to teach, because timing comes from feeling the horse’s stride underneath of you.” Other ways Sullivan coaches his western pleasure riders so they stand out in the ring include having attire that complements the horse and having an look of confidence and control so the whole overall picture looks effortless. Also, good ring position is key to creating that impression. Sullivan helps his riders master ring position by working on it at home. “We have a really big outdoor pen, and we ride out there as much as possible,” he says. “When a rider can make that horse travel in a straight line, right down the middle of that pen, without dropping their shoulders in or hips out, they are going to be able to ride down the middle of the show ring and present a good picture to the judges,” he says.

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While he acknowledges that every division has nuances and specific challenges, Sullivan says the western pleasure division might be more difficult to master for some amateur riders. “In western pleasure our horses need to have forward motion, but also rate, plus go around the arena on a soft drape, without sacrificing the horse’s frame or movement. I think incorporating all those things into one package takes a lot of skill,” he says.

always tell my riders that it is very difficult to make it look easy. It is all about practicing until it becomes second nature. Theisen, a leading trainer who specializes in performance, has a number of amateurs. Teaching is one of his gifts, so he excels at coaching riders who go on to win championships in all three seats: saddle seat, stock seat and forward (hunt) seat. What is the hardest thing for an amateur rider to learn?

With all the specific, detailed instructions and practice at home, Sullivan maintains one of the most important factors is simply to have fun. “They’ve got to be having fun, both at home and at the shows,” he says. “They also need to have the confidence to ride down the middle of the show ring and present a good picture to the judges.”

“The hardest thing for most riders to learn is timing. It is something that is almost impossible to teach and is only attained through practice. Once my riders trust their timing, and trust the training they and their horse have had, he or she will enter the ring visibly confident.

Tom Theisen Conway Arabians, Inc. Chatfield, Minn. Responding to a spectator’s familiar query about why western pleasure always looks so effortless, Theisen notes, “A well-trained, finished western pleasure horse will appear to be carrying himself in a perfect frame. The reality is that the rider’s cues have become so finely tuned that it looks like the rider is just a passenger. In fact, the rider is communicating with the horse every step of the way, using subtle leg, hand and vocal cues. A finished horse will even respond to the slight shifting of one’s weight. “My job,” he continues, “after teaching the horse these cues, is to teach the rider all the buttons, and when and how to push them. It is all about timing and practice. I


“I don’t know that there is much difference between coaching to show in different disciplines,” he continues. “Because each one requires a high level of concentration, I believe that 90 percent of your ride and presentation are mental. I expect my riders to come into the show ring looking like they mean business. I expect them to show the judges that they really do know how to ride their horses!” It seems as if the quality and competition, especially in the western division, is really going up. Does Theisen agree? “Oh, most definitely,” he replies. “The competition and the horses get better every year; it is the nature of the beast. Anyone who pays attention to the winning horse and rider combos really needs to understand what is winning out there today. That kind of competitive attitude will keep each division growing—and getting tougher—every year. Theisen has some sound advice for the aspiring amateur rider. “Be honest with yourself about your horse and your abilities,” he asserts. “Never settle for second best; always strive to improve your skills. Also, keep in mind that your show horses need to be upgraded once in awhile, if you want to keep up with today’s constantly improving competition.” ■

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Gem of the Prairie Th is year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian National Championships. It also marks the 22nd year that Regina, Saskatchewan, has hosted the extravaganza. Even without the usual test runs, headquartering the show in the ever-changing prairie city was such an obvious move that no one had misgivings, or was surprised. Exhibitors and show officials, alike, were too relieved that shuffl ing the show back and forth across the continent would end, at least for the time being. Canada’s official, national championship show had been relocated again and again, among 29 of Canada’s largest cities. Then fi nally, at long last, several show committee members suggested that Regina, a.k.a. the Queen City and Saskatchewan’s Prairie Jewel, might be the ideal location. The Arabian community held its collective breath … but to the delight of all, the new venue was a perfect fit. After their fi rst national show there, as far as North America’s Arabian horse community was concerned, the show could remain in Regina indefi nitely. That was in 1988. Today, Canadian National Show Commission members and their constituency proudly point to the fact that this event is the second jewel in the Arabian Triple Crown. February’s Scottsdale Arabian Show is the fi rst jewel, and the U.S. National Championship Show, held in October of each year, is the third jewel in the rarely achieved, universally esteemed designation.



Geographically, Saskatchewan lies in the middle of the east-west corridor—accessible for both Canadian and U.S. exhibitors from ocean to ocean. What is more, Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital, offers horse show visitors many welcome amenities. The most particular international exhibitors have shown that they are well satisfied with the show’s permanent headquarters, and that they look forward to returning, year after year. Regina was incorporated in 1903, two years before Saskatchewan became a province. By 1905, the newly designated province’s economy consisted solely of agriculture, and specifically, wheat farming. Those early prairie wheat growers were careful about how they plowed and rotated their crops—renewing and conserving the rich, precious topsoil that carpeted their fields, once the floor of a vast, inland sea. No seemingly endless, 10-year prairie dust bowl darkened their skies. These days, Saskatchewan farmers provide Canada with 54% of its annual wheat crop. In 2008, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, now part of Viterra, Inc., reported an eye-popping fi rst quarter profit of $41.7 million, in U.S. dollars. That figure was up $33.76 million U.S., from the previous year. In the strictest sense, horses are still in the provincial economic pie’s agricultural wedge. The Canadian Nationals, Regina’s secondlargest event, technically still an agricultural performer, brings the city in excess of $16 million annually. Money and power still grease the wheels, and profitable agricultural endeavor notwithstanding, Regina today is far removed from the tiny prairie outpost she was a century earlier. “Regina is a beautiful oasis on the prairies with more than 350,000 hand-planted trees,” burbles the city’s web page. “There are many attractions and events that take place all year in Regina, for residents and tourists alike.” (Restating the obvious never hurts, we suppose.)

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Hold The Show Where? One of Regina’s busiest locations is Evraz Place, formerly Regina Exhibition Park, a popular destination for locals and visitors from around the world. Evraz Place has been the site, since 1988, of the Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championships. The sprawling facility’s management constantly adds upgrades, to meet the giant Arabian horse show’s needs. Evraz Place, named for corporate sponsor Evraz Regina Steel, is conveniently close to Regina International Airport, and equally handy to downtown and outlying areas. Continually modernizing and upgrading the facility also contributes a refreshing $66 million to Regina’s coffers each year. Much of this comes directly from its hosting everything from the WHL’s Regina Pats hockey games and rock concerts, to state-wide cultural and agricultural celebrations. Evraz Place is a busy operation, by any measure. Ongoing modernization efforts can be an expensive proposition, but in the last two years Evraz Place has added six new multi-purpose arenas, upping the facility’s over one million square feet of indoor space, among all its multi-purpose buildings. Management recently spent $1.2 million on replacing existing seating, $4.1 million on additional seating, and new air conditioning and dehumidifying systems. The Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship team sees its increasingly specific demands quietly being met.



Canadian National Show Commission Vice-Chair Allan Ehrlick is looking forward to moving into the newly renovated and expanded facility. Additional stabling and two newly enlarged warm-up rings will benefit both exhibitors and their horses. An unavoidable reality is that when resettling a huge, complex production like this one into a new venue, some strategic elements will need a second look. Ehrlick addresses the resolution of one problematic issue—commercial exhibitors complaints after last year’s show that business was almost non-existent at their sparsely-trafficked new location. “We have moved the commercial exhibits to the area right by the show office,” says Ehrlick, who discovered long ago that good publicity is absolutely essential to success, while negative publicity can be fatal. “Their new, much higher visibility and easier accessibility should guarantee that our commercial exhibitors will do far more business this year, and in the future.” More foot traffic translates into more paying customers, simply because exposure is still the first step in any sale. (Note: Exposure, inquiry, product inspection and closure, or sale, in that order, remains the key sales strategy every business student learns the first day in class. A product or service can be anything, tangible or intangible, but the four-step process remains the same.) “We are very pleased with the newness of everything,” Ehrlick continues. “It is really gratifying to have management’s full cooperation. They told us, ‘We will do this,’ and ‘We will do that.’ And they actually did it! It wasn’t all talk; they came through. When we went there in April for a site visit, all the promised improvements had become fact, not fiction.” The land under Evraz Place has been an exhibition site for a long time. By the 1800s, Saskatchewan’s indigenous people were mainly Assiniboine and Cree. In 1884, the Assiniboia Agricultural Association was established. The newly-minted organization’s first fair was a 2-day event, held in 1886, two years after the railway arrived, and the growing farming community was christened Regina, a respectful nod to H.R.H. Queen Victoria. In 1895, fair organizers recognized a nearby 102-acre property’s commercial potential, and relocated to what is now Evraz Place.

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Rings And Recessions Everybody has heard, “You can please all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, etc.,” but seldom is the old chestnut more accurate than when it is applied to a horse show. Every horse show committee on earth knows that something always needs fixing. A number of exhibitors and trainers have expressed their hope for larger show rings in the primary exhibition buildings. They really should be bigger if the horses are to perform at their best, complainers insisted. “Don’t be talking to me about small arenas!” counters Ehrlick, a former professional hockey player and Olympic athlete, half-joking. “Tulsa has the smallest hockey arena I ever played in!” Ehrlick is one of the leading amateur exhibitors in AHA history, so he knows all about the pitfalls, real or imagined, that can surround a horse show. He and his fellow show officials are in unanimous agreement that the show rings in question are perfectly adequate, pointing out that they are the same size or even a bit larger than the show rings at every previous facility where the Canadian Nationals has been held. Ehrlick and the other trusted veterans on the 2010 Canadian National Show Commission have many years of experience at pulling off large, complex, multi-dimensional horse shows. Show Commission Chair Gerald McDonald has fielded the slings and arrows that come with his position for a commendable 15 years. Vice-Chair Ehrlick has



been at his post for 16 years, and this is the 14th time Stabling Manager Tony Caughell has served the show’s exhibitors, their horses, and their support teams. He has served them well because he knows that stabling is an unrecognized, yet critical, element of any show. Poor stable accommodations can break the most experienced exhibitor’s spirit, and with his spirit, his competitive edge. “Gerald, Tony and I have worked together so long,” notes Ehrlick. “We are close, even outside horse shows. Dave Daugherty has become a valuable commission member in the last two years, and Karol Read is our ‘den mother.’ This show is a 12-month project; it isn’t something we throw together in a couple of weeks. I like to think of us as good people, doing good things. “There are challenges, certainly. One of those is always the economy, no question there. At one point the Canadian dollar was worth 65 cents on the U.S. dollar. Will the present economy affect the Canadian exhibitors’ entry numbers? That is always a big question mark. Our dollar values are about par with U.S. dollar values at the moment. Saskatchewan has never had a recession, but the number of exhibitors we get from the United States ref lects the health of the U.S. economy. Still, the only thing that has truly accounted for a recent entries reduction was the vesicular stomatitis outbreak in 2009. We budgeted for 700 entries this year, but I will be very surprised if we don’t exceed that number. This year our numbers have held, and our Patron numbers are up.” The City of Regina is proactive in supporting this horse show in a variety of ways. The Royal Red Host Committee joins the City of Regina in extending exhibitors its warm, welcoming hospitality. The coffee and sweet rolls Royal Red volunteers bring out daily helps sustain early-morning class participants and fans, and a friendly annual appreciation reception celebrates the horse show’s importance to the Regina

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community. Special mini-events, horse- and city-related give-away items for adults and children, and an attractive admission packet, tailored for the general public, are among the Host Committee’s many strategies aimed at boosting horse show attendance and encouraging local and imported Arabian horse show attendees to explore the unique city. Ken McDougall now heads the Royal Red Host Committee. Its former head, Bill Hutchinson, MLA, stepped down from the organization following a prestigious provincial appointment in November, 2007. (Those letters after his name signify Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.) Each year, as exhibitors’ confidence and loyalty grow, Canadian Nationals becomes increasingly prestigious and quality-fi lled. Slated for 2010 are 174 classes, in the satisfyingly wide variety of disciplines and divisions that are a Canadian Nationals tradition. Superior judging panels are another hallmark. Th is year, Panel 1 includes: Californian Bill Melendez, Van Jacobsen from Minnesota, and long-time New Mexico trainer/exhibitor and breeder Gary Dearth. Panel 2 consists of Nancy Harvey from California, Lisa Jo White from Illinois, and Ross Tarkington, who lives in McKinney, Texas. Judging dressage will be Louise Koch, another California resident; and working western judges for 2010 are Jan Perdue-Wilson from Cave Creek, Ariz., Colorado’s own Jim Hitt, and Margo Shallcross, who hails from Bulverde, Texas. Halter classes will be judged by five judges, selected from the six available judges in Panels 1 and 2. Judging selections will be posted, and the show commission reserves the right to change or substitute any judge.



Ah, Be A Sport! Trainers and exhibitors will be pleased to learn that new this year are eight additional amateur performance classes and five new inhand classes for sport horses. Allan Ehrlick is pleased about the new offerings, and is particularly optimistic about the sport horse in-hand classes. “An Arabian or Half-Arabian sport horse is a different kind of horse,” he tells his listeners, emphasizing every word. “He is one that is suitable to become a dressage horse or a hunter over fences, or in some instances, a carriage driving horse. He is not, for example, a discarded country English pleasure horse somebody has tried to resuscitate.” Ehrlick is very pleased that these classes, like sport horse performance classes, are steadily gaining popularity. “Those classes are huge, everywhere. The in-hand classes were the largest classes at Sport Horse Nationals. If the sport horse in-hand classes do well here this year, we may add amateur sport horse classes; that would be the logical next step. “We have also added Select Rider classes for individuals who have never won a top ten at a national show. The Select classes are for exhibitors, not horses, on their way up,” he clarifies. “As we say about our sport horse classes, these are not classes for people who didn’t make it in some other division. They have to qualify at the Regional or local level to compete at nationals. We hope that the Select Rider classes will open up more opportunities for exhibitors of all ages to become involved. Our goal is to keep Canadian Nationals a relaxed, family show everyone loves to attend.” Ehrlick adds that people constantly tell him how much fun they have in Regina, and that Canadian Nationals is their favorite show. We encourage readers who have never attended Canadian Nationals in Regina to take the initiative. Make your travel arrangements tomorrow, or the next business day, if that’s your situation. Be sure all your animals’ and your own travel documents are properly executed and up-to-date, because expired paperwork cuts no ice with the folks at the border. Dot every “i” and cross every “t” and your trip will be an unforgettable adventure—possibly the trip of a lifetime. Don’t delay! Discover for yourself why Canadian Nationals is everybody’s favorite horse show. ■

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Canadian Nationals SHF ENCORE Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay Owned by Encore Select Group LLC Shown by Tom Moore Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse Arabian Park Horse

ELLE YES Baske Afire x Showtime's Daddy's Girl Owned by Liz and Tom Moore Shown by Liz Moore HA/AA English Pleasure AAOTR 40 and Over Shown by Tom Moore HA/AA English Pleasure

CW KNOXVILLE RUSH Navajo Moun x Shetaxa Bay Owned by Terry and Cheryl Wright Shown by Liz Moore Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 40 and Over Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR 40 and Over Shown by Emily Moore Arabian Country English Pleasure JOTR 17 and Under Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR 17 and Under

AMES LORA Afire Bey V x G Kallora Owned and shown by Laura Morton Arabian Country English Pleasure JOTR 17 and Under Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR 17 and Under

BP KLASSIQUE BEY Fairview Klassique x BP Meditation Bey Owned by Terry A Boggs Shown by Terry A Boggs Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AOTD Shown by Courtney Boggs Arabian Show Hack JTR 17 and Under

BRIGHT GHAZET El Ghazi x Bright Fire Owned and shown by Robyn Johnson HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving HA/AA Country English Pleasure Select AATR


AMES ADMIRAL Hucklebey Berry x MC Jakita Owned and shown by Toni Dolby Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 40 and Over Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR 40 and Over BERRY BLESSED Phi Slama Jama x Berry Fancee Owned and shown by Angel Trebesch HA/AA Country English Pleasure JTR 17 and Under HA/AA Country English Pleasure JOTR 17 and Under

RJ AMES Brass x Toi Jabaska Owned by Cedar Ridge Farm Shown by Lara Ames Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18 - 39 Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR 18 - 39

TOP BRASS CRF Brass x Ferachask Owned by Cedar Ridge Farm Shown by Dick Ames Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AOTD


Cedar Ridge Arabians The Ames Family ~ Jordan, MN ~ 952-492-6590 ~

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Presenting The Personalities

Ed and Laura Friesen by Mary Kirkman “They’re genuine,” says Joel Kiesner of his clients from north of the border, Ed and Laura Friesen. “They’re the kind of people who do things a step back from everybody else—they’re not shameless self-promoters. They’re substance, not style. They’re the real thing.” That’s the sort of thing many people say about Ed and Laura Friesen of Wunderbar Arabians in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Currently, their highest-profile horse is Mariachi WA, 2009 Canadian National Champion and U.S. National Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure Junior Horse, but their roots in the business go back to the 1960s, and there have been many blue-chip names since then. However, it is not just the horses they’ve bred that have attracted attention to Ed and Laura Friesen; in a world of noise and fanfare, they are simply people who do things right, quietly and competently, and always have.

His memories of the period focus more on the love of horses he shared with his father. “I learned a lot from my dad,” he says. “He loved to drive horses and used them as a means of transportation. Today, there are very few people that you can walk up to and say ‘hitch up a horse with the harness,’ and they could actually function. They wouldn’t know which end to start with. Things like that, and how to break a horse and drive and so on, were handed down to me.” When Ed was 11, a 4-H club was started in the area, and he and his older brother, Alvin, participated. In warm weather, he recalls, they rode their horses 10 miles into town to practice for shows in a dry hockey rink, where their 4-H leader would call the gaits and give them pointers. Then they would ride home, put their horses up as the clock neared midnight, and get up early the next morning to work or go to school.

Ed Friesen was born in Saskatoon and grew up on his parents’ farm about 30 miles northeast of the city. A Mennonite, he was introduced to work early, starting in the field with a tractor at the age of 7. “My parents weren’t mean,” he qualifies hastily. That was just standard practice; on a full-service farm, there was a lot to do.

Arabians came into the picture in the mid-1960s, when the family took its annual vacation. On their way to Banff, in the Canadian Rockies, they passed through Calgary and were attracted by a billboard for the Canadian National Arabian Horse Show. “Dad wanted to go for one session,” Ed reports. “We ended up staying the

Ed Friesen’s dad, Jake, with his farm’s work horses (1937).

Ed Friesen at a very young age and his dad driving a team of horses.



Left: Ed Friesen’s father would have his young son help him break horses. Above: Ed Friesen (top row, third from left) with fellow 4-H members.

whole week, and he bought a filly from Chic Miller, a prominent breeder from Olds, Alberta.” That was the start of an Arabian addiction that now is stretching into the fourth generation of Friesens. “I remember being in class, looking out the window, and I was showing horses while the teacher was talking about some point of history,” he says. “My mind was always away, drifting toward the horses, even in the classroom— which wasn’t a good thing, but it was the way I was.” At 14, he got a shot at the show ring. “If I really liked something, my dad gave me the opportunity to do it,” he says. “Whether he thought I could do it as well as someone else or as well as he could wasn’t the point. He wanted me to try.” Ed was a natural at showing a horse—and even as a teenager, that eventually included the family’s stallion, Wildwood Kochar. “I remember being at shows where there were big discussions as to whether a stallion could be shown by someone so young—was it even legal? Was that in the rulebook? I never really did find the answer for that, but I always did show the horse. “I think there was more chance for the ordinary person showing their own horse then, and having more of an even playing field at a higher level than they have today,” he adds. “That’s one reason there was so much more participation in those days.” By 1971, he was in rarefied company and holding his own. In a halter class leading a Ferzon daughter his father had purchased from Dan Gainey, Ed defeated Lasma’s

Ed winning aboard Wildwood Kochar, a multiple champion in park, English and halter.

Gene LaCroix with the *Bask daughter Gwyndalyn. “I look back now and realize I beat Gene LaCroix and Gwyndalyn,” he says now. “Wow, I didn’t realize what had happened.” The Friesens’ Arabians, however, were well-bred and competitive. Ed’s father had visited the top farms in the United States and Canada as he assembled the herd that would provide the basis for Wunderbar Arabians today. “At that time, he could have bought any horse from John Rodgers for about $5,000,” Ed smiles, still a little amazed at the memory. “It was the same at LaCroixes’, any *Bask daughter for about $5,000. Dan Gainey was the highestpriced. In about 1970, Dad bought a $10,000 filly from him. The neighbors thought he’d gone off his rocker because he’d paid that much for a 9-month-old filly.” J ULY 2010 | 101


Ed and Laura Friesen competing together in a Get of Sire class with two entries for their stallion Wildwood Kochar.

her introduction to Arabians; from the time she was 11 until she was 15, Laura and her best pal Alana hung out at Dorothy Smith’s barn, working with horses and meeting the diverse array of people that Smith, a well-connected piano teacher, knew.

While Ed enjoyed a great deal of success in the halter ring, performance did not come as easily, largely because he was on his own. “We would go to a horse show and I would go home and try to figure out how they trained the horses to move like that,” he recalls. “I was totally intrigued by the English horses, and how they would trot that well and collect up the way they do. I tried to figure out what they did; I’d go riding out in a stubble field in the middle of nowhere and be out till 11 or 12 at night—but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t figure it out. Once (don’t laugh) I actually broke down and cried, I wanted it so badly.” Eventually, as he kept at it, he saw progress, and within a few years, he was competing against professional trainers in performance as well as halter. He recalls riding Wildwood Kochar in park at the Canadian Nationals against such national champions as Wayne Newton’s *Derwisz and *Meczet, showing with Ron Palelek. Around the time that Ed finished high school in 1969, his parents semi-retired, sold the farm and moved closer to Saskatoon. It was here that Laura entered the picture. Born in Saskatoon, Laura grew up on its outskirts, one of six children born to a locomotive foreman and a registered nurse. From the moment she arrived, she was in love with animals. “My mother, who is now 92, says I dragged home every cat in the neighborhood, saying it was lost (not all of them were).” Her special loves were dogs and horses, however, preferences that have remained with her to this day— although the barns at Wunderbar are well-stocked with cats, all of them neutered and vaccinated. She grew up in pony club, absorbing the encyclopedic education it offered and learning hunt seat riding. A nearby neighbor provided 102 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Despite its idyllic flavor, it was not a particularly relaxing time for Laura: she worked with the horses, played nearly every sport her school offered, took dance lessons, and studied diligently—her parents had made it clear that bad grades would have radically altered her lifestyle. “It was a pretty strict background,” she observes now. “My parents were not wealthy at all, and they did their best to make ends meet. They always provided for us, but money was tight, and I imagine my mom and dad went hungry a few nights so that the six of us were looked after.” Then Dorothy Smith took a job in another city. But before she left Saskatoon, she drove Laura and Alana to Wunderbar Arabians and set them up with jobs grooming and exercising horses. Laura and Ed had met at a horse association meeting the year before, when she was 14 and he 17, but they had had little contact since then. When they met again, there was no providential spark of electricity; he thought only that she loved horses and she figured that he was pretty annoying. She had good reason. He had a special flair for practical jokes. There was the time that Ed and brother Alvin invited her to ride a horse named Little Breeze. Laura was a pretty good horsewoman and capable of sticking to a saddle as if she were glued to it, but she didn’t reckon on Little Breeze’s deceptive docility. The sight of Ed and Alvin, propped on the fence and watching her every move, might have been a clue, but she didn’t notice. And then Little Breeze levitated off the ground, slithered around in the air, and dumped Laura in the sand of the arena. “She’s never done that before!” they informed her. That was just a few minutes before Little Breeze repeated her achievement going the other way of the ring. By that time, Laura had learned. It didn’t happen again. Or the time Ed and a friend tied her up, threw the rope over a barn rafter, and left her dangling until Alvin came



photo of the Friesen family during a showing at Wunderbar Arabians. Pictured in the photo are: Ed’s father and mother, Jake and Helena, Ed, Laura, Stephanie, Jeff and Maegan. CENTER: Ed Friesen and daughter Stephanie riding Paradd. RIGHT: The Friesens’ daughter Maegan showing in a open class at 10 years of age.

to her rescue. “Ed is very, very quiet and kind of shy, but he’s really naughty,” Laura says dryly. “After we had married and we went to his high school reunion, the girls told me they’d thought for sure he’d end up in jail or in trouble somewhere because he was always into things. And he was so quiet, you didn’t expect it. Ed is also a very, very, kind person—he’s just very naughty. It’s an odd combination. He’s such a very giving person. Sometimes I’m in the barn 24 hours a day, and he’s out there too, helping me.” They married in 1976. Both attended college, but Laura, who originally intended to become a veterinarian, took a couple of years off to work for Air Canada (her tenure extended to 28 years). When Ed graduated in 1969, he took a job as a courier, but his skills at training and showing Arabians turned his horsemanship into almost a second career. He rose before dawn to complete his barn chores before work, then returned to school horses, some for other people, after dinner. It was not long before they began their own breeding program. They mated the Friesens’ Wildwood Kochar with the Gainey mare Gai Ferzon Dream. The stallion had racked up an impressive record in the 1970s and 1980s. At a show of more than 600 horses, he was champion, most classic, champion in English pleasure and park; he also won the get of sire, and several of his offspring were junior champions. “He was so much better than I deserved to be riding and handling,” Ed says. “He taught me so many things.” The resulting foal was a filly that they named Precious Me. She went on to be Canadian National Reserve

Champion Futurity Mare in 1978 and later Canadian Breeders Champion Mare, showing with Gene Reichardt. Nearly 15 years later, the Friesens’ belief in Precious Me hit its peak when they sold her to a breeder in Germany. Before the sale was concluded, Laura, on a visit to Germany, fell in love with the Balaton son Kubinec. She had Precious Me bred to Kubinec, even though it appeared likely that they would not own the foal. In the end, everyone was delighted: the foal was Koronec, who swept the stallion classes in Europe before being sold to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in Saudi Arabia. “He was the most winning stallion in Europe during his first two years,” notes Laura, who followed Koronec’s career with pride. “Everyone kept saying Precious Me was Americanbred, but really, she was Canadian-bred.” During the 1980s, Laura was in Europe often. In fact, she was nearly everywhere often. She continued her work at the airline, represented Saskatchewan in the ladies’ singles division of national badminton competition, served as a Large R AHSA judge, and was a mother. She and Ed had three children; Stephanie arrived in 1981, Jeffrey in 1984, and Maegan in 1986. She also bred German Shepherds for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). “I’ve always been into dog training,” Laura says. “When I was young, I had one who would answer the phone for me.” Her first professional venture began in 1983, when she acquired a female named Beata. “She was a really good dog, with a good working mind, good elbows, good hips—structurally correct, what J ULY 2010 | 103


a good German Shepherd should be,” Laura recalls. “Although I got her from a breeder in Wisconsin, most of her lines were from Germany. I began raising dogs and placing them, and one of the first I placed was with an RCMP officer.” The Mountie recognized what good minds her dogs had, and recommended that she contact the RCMP about placing youngsters in law enforcement. It was not easy, Laura recalls; unlike in the U.S. at the time, RCMP dogs could not specialize as searchers, trackers or protection dogs. They had to be proficient at all three, and they had to have good hips and elbows. Nevertheless, it was not long before the RCMP was coming to her.

“Beata came up with horrible food allergies,” Laura relates. “I wouldn’t believe the vets, because I’d been feeding her the same food for four years. So, I started researching nutrition for canines, and it was true. Once I weaned her off the food and cleaned out her system, her allergies stopped immediately.”

However, it was not all pleasant. She will never forget one day in September, 1996, when she answered the phone to find out that one of her dogs had died in the line of duty. A crazed robber had turned on Chip and his Mountie partner with a knife, and the brave Shepherd gave his life to Maegan Friesen with her mother’s protect his master. The German Shephard sire, Karat. RCMP flew Laura and Chip’s sire, Karat, to the memorial service in Hope, British Columbia. “They closed down everything that day,” she recalls, “and all the service dogs were there. The officer didn’t know I was coming, and when he saw Chip’s father—Chip was a dead ringer for Karat—he broke down.”

She found, however, that some of the best food is made in the U.S. Perfect, she reasoned. They would start a pet supply store and focus on canine and feline nutrition. Now, there are four stores in the Critters Health Pet Food Store chain, and four years ago, their son Jeff joined them in the business.

Although she gave up breeding and training for police service many years ago, Laura still has a German Shepherd female, which she plans to breed to a retired RCMP dog. All of the puppies have been sold already, and there is a waiting list. While Laura covered a variety of bases in the 1980s, Ed focused closer to home. He went back into the horse industry full time when he opened a tack shop, which kept him busy well into the 1990s. By that time, however, changes were in the air. Laura was thinking of developing a business that could be their retirement occupation, and it was Beata who gave her the start.


What amazed her was that beyond identifying that Beata had allergies, the veterinarians were unable to help her. “Most vets do not get an education in canine nutrition,” she says. “Unless they specialize in it, they can’t help you. And there is no government control on what a company can list on the bag.”

They are all quick to point out that Critters Health Pet Food Store does not market live animals. “When people come in looking for pets, we advise them to see what is at SPCA or New Hope Dog Rescue,” Ed says. “We donate pet food to these organizations so the animals can be kept alive until they can find a good home.” They also educate their customers on the best foods for their pets. “Our inventory has to meet certain standards,” Ed continues. “For instance, we don’t stock rawhide. As most people know, if a dog swallows a piece of rawhide, it can expand to three or four times its size and create a blockage. If a customer hasn’t been in our store before, we try to find out as much as possible about their pet, age, dietary issues, what they are feeding, and how they can feed them better. They don’t have to buy from us, but we hope they learn what to look for in pet food ingredients.” And Laura, who originally was envisioning a retirement pastime? She found one, but it wasn’t the shop. As far back as her trips to Germany, she had been interested in learning about reproduction, and had studied with some respected individuals, most notably specialist Dr. Roxy Bell. In the mid-1980s, when she realized that she had a knack with broodmares—particularly with lavaging the uterus, which Bell advocated for successful insemination—she pursued her training. Word got


around about her success with the Wunderbar mares, and she found herself headlong in another business. “People began asking for help, and in a matter of three years, it’d snowballed to where I bred 45 outside mares.”

met Laura, Ed and Maegan a few years ago,” says veterinarian Cindi LaCroix. “I was impressed with the level of care and commitment the entire family had to their horses. Maegan quickly had my respect. For such a young woman, she has an extensive command of veterinary knowledge … she researches, questions, and uses deductive reasoning to make decisions which are thoughtful and sound—she is delightful to work with.”

Now Laura Friesen collects and ships semen for eight stallions in a variety of breeds, and appreciates them all, even if Arabians are her favorites. She has definite views about certain aspects of Arabian breeding. “I have really strong feelings on embryos and how the Arabian horse industry has gone,” she says. “I’m dead set against five or six embryos. Embryos should be for the purpose of, for instance, getting a foal from an older mare. And when we have Arabian mares being euthanized because people can’t afford to care for them, I believe we should almost insist that the recipient mare in an embryo transfer be an Arabian. The Arabian gets its disposition from its mother! “I think it is so important A rule saying that an Arabian mare that we want to live with should carry the foal would take these horses, enjoy them care of a lot of our mares that are being put to sleep. The welfare of 365 days a year. We don’t the Arabian should be paramount, have to live with them; we and if we’re not going to do it as an want to.” industry, then who is?” For Ed and Laura Friesen, despite the success of their businesses and their horses, it is the innate nature of their children that gives them the most satisfaction. “All of our children have a nice way with animals,” Laura notes. Although Jeff pursued sports—even now, at 24, he represents Saskatchewan in the Premier League’s national soccer competition—both girls rode as children. While Stephanie’s contribution to the future of Wunderbar is now her son Bailey (the fourth generation to be at home on an Arabian), it is Maegan who is currently working in the industry, albeit as an amateur. The youngest Friesen manages the farm for her parents. In 2006, she brought out Wunderbar representatives in the performance ring, the first time the farm had been seen there in years. To her parents’ pleasure, industry professionals have noticed the up-and-coming young horsewoman. “I

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Maegan and Mariachi together, and Maegan has clearly been watching her parents,” agrees Joel Kiesner. “She’s learned a lot from them, and she’s a natural horsewoman.” By anyone’s standards, Ed and Laura Friesen have been successful in Arabians—and it appears that their influence, through Maegan and Bailey, will extend well into the future.

“It was a dream I always had,” says Ed. “I’ve always had this passion for horses that can compete not only in halter, but in performance. The passion has been to breed horses that will be nationally recognized in any country, although I know you’re never going to please everyone. I don’t think anybody ever has because we all have different opinions of what a perfect Arabian is.” What gratifies them now is that sitting in the stands, they hear others comment, “That looks like a Wunderbar horse.” It brings back memories of Dan Gainey, of the great old breeding programs of the past and their signature looks. They also like to hear from owners that their horses have good minds. “If they are miserable to be around, who wants to have them?” Ed wonders rhetorically. “Their mind has to be there, as well as the conformation, type and the athletic ability and trainability. I think it is so important that we want to live with these horses, enjoy them 365 days a year. We don’t have to live with them; we want to.” ■ J ULY 2010 | 105

Leaders Of The Times: July Calendar Feature

*Fausto CRH

And The Oak Ridge Arabians Breeding Program by Colleen Scott What does it take If anyone had doubts to begin as a stallion that the stallion *Fausto that is shown in-hand, CRH (Magnum Psyche and then become a x FHF Xantal) was on performance horse his way to becoming that also has a busy an Arabian industry breeding schedule? favorite—capable of Along with the being shown in halter looks and ability and in performance, and required for the hotly being able to produce competitive western incredible offspring— pleasure division, it there are no doubts also takes a special anymore. Carolyn temperament, one McDonald of Cactus that Fausto has Rose Ranch, Scottsdale, displayed from his Ariz., has been early days and what managing the handsome attracted Janey and stallion’s performance Don Morse to the career this year and has stallion. The couple nothing but praise for was first struck with the Magnum Psyche his incredibly correct, look-alike. “*Fausto has typey look, one that been amazing to have had been rewarded around here,” she says. with an unanimous “He has a wonderful championship title attitude, is outrageously at the prestigious pretty and very athletic. Interstadual Show *Fausto is a unique *Fausto CRH (Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal) in Brazil. Following western horse because that victory, Don and Janey purchased *Fausto. Shortly he has an incredible work ethic and stands out in the thereafter, *Fausto was named the unanimous Brazilian ring. Also, he is well-behaved and a lot of fun to ride,” she National Champion Colt and then came to the United adds. Not only has McDonald been showing the stallion States, his new home soil. Not long after his arrival, to success, but her son, Josh Shino, has as well. “Josh is 14 he made his presence known, winning the stallion and has shown him twice now,” continues McDonald. “He championship titles at both the Ohio Buckeye and is looking forward to showing him at Youth Nationals. Region 12. Now, under saddle for less than two years and *Fausto has the look, the attitude, the athleticism and just 7 years of age, he has been placing consistently this beauty to be a national winner. We would really like to show season in western pleasure with both McDonald thank *Fausto CRH’s owners, Don and Janey Morse, for all and Shino. their help and support in allowing us to work with him.” 106 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES


states Boggs. “You see As if that weren’t the beauty, the type, the enough, Fausto CRH is great symmetry that also becoming known have been trademarks in winner’s circles of those stallions on around the United the *Fausto colts and States and abroad as fillies. They are very a sire of victorious well-balanced with youngsters. His lovely correct conformation.” daughter Faustiana (x Cerenephantasy) was As good as *Fausto and Top Ten in Scottsdale, his babies are, the couple Region 13 Two-Yearhas not put all their Old Filly Champion, proverbial eggs into one and Top Five at Region basket; they have added 7. Phantom JD (x two very special colts to Crystal Bey TGS), a *Fausto CRH with trainer Randy Anderson. their breeding program: handsome grey stallion, Vitorio TO, 2009 U.S. National Champion Arabian was an Arabian Two-Year-Old Colt Top Ten winner at Yearling Breeders Sweepstakes Colt, and Vegas DPA, the 2009 Canadian National Championships and is also in whose show career continues to excel with his recent win performance training at Cactus Rose Ranch with Natalie at Region 14. Jones. She has nothing but praise for the youngster. “Just like his father, he is extremely talented and has a The Arabian horse journey continues to be a family affair wonderful disposition,” Jones says. “*Fausto is a wonderful, with their son Don Morse III now involved in Oak Ridge kind horse; if Phantom is any indication of how his babies Arabians with buying, selling, breeding and showing. In are going to be to train, I am extremely excited to have the fact, he is the one who showed Im Adiva Too ORA to opportunity to work with them.” her title at the Scottsdale Show. Granddaughter Taylor and grandson Matthew are still working in the barn doing Im Adiva Too ORA (x She Be Adiva KBS), a favorite chores and grooming/exercising horses in what is now of the Morses, was Champion in the Half-Arabian truly a family business. “It is a rare thing to find something Breeding Stock/Hunter Type Yearling Fillies AAOTH you can be so passionate about and share with others you class and Reserve Champion in the open class at the love—no matter what their age. Our family is blessed to Scottsdale Show this year. She was also unanimous be able to share this experience,” says Janey. champion at Region 7. Twistafortune JB (x Twistafate JB) was named Region 13 Champion in the Arabian Stallion The victories, the new foals, the family experience, Breeding Two Years & Over class. CW Faustomajik *Fausto’s new career in the performance arena … it is all Lugano (x EV Annie Oakley) was named the Region 14 very meaningful to Don and Janey. Yet, what they really Gelding Champion. The list goes on, and hopes are high love is how much others appreciate their beloved *Fausto that many more of his 45 progeny will make their way to and how much they enjoy his playful antics. True to the spotlight. tradition, at the Scottsdale Show, when Don entered the stallion’s stall, *Fausto immediately took hold of his ball Each year, the Morses have been thrilled with *Fausto cap and threw it to the ground. To all his visitors’ delight, CRH’s foal crop, especially what he has produced when every time Don put the cap back on his head, *Fausto did paired with the mares they’ve carefully selected to build the same thing. The two have played this horse version of their Oak Ridge Arabians breeding program. “fetch” since becoming partners. “We wanted a stallion that was not only correct, typey and capable of passing on those Friend and mentor David Boggs has been impressed traits to his offspring, but we also wanted a stallion that with *Fausto’s foal crops, as each one seems to be better loved people as much as we loved him,” says Janey. “We than the one before. “You can really see the stamp and got that stallion in our *Fausto.” ■ heritage of Magnum and *Padron on the *Fausto babies,” J ULY 2010 | 107


Arabian HorseTimes

2009 W IN NER :

OM EL BESHAAN What a view! The 2009 Arabian Horse Times Most Classic Contest Winner Om El Beshaan (Om El Shahmaan x Om El Benedict), owned by Jon and Mindy Peters of El Capitan Ranch, Santa Barbara, Calif., reflects the unforgettable type that defines the Arabian horse. “He has so much presence!” enthuses Mindy. “He loves to show and is always snorting, flagging his tail, and playing to the crowd.” And with so many famous ancestors in his pedigree, she adds, there is no mystery about why he attracts admirers wherever he goes. Now fast forward to 2010—view the following pages, and you be the judge—who do you select as this year’s winner of AHT’s Most Classic Contest? Check back in the August issue of the Times. Were you right?


Marhaabahs Melody

HU Sheikh Imaan

AZ Princess Imaana

Marhaabah x Sohos Honey Serenade

Imaann (by Simeon Shai) x Niema Nile (by Shaikh Al Badi)

HU Sheikh Imaan x DE Zaharas Foxy

5/27/2008 • Mare Owned by: Susan D. Snyder

Avila Arabians 536 N. Flagship Dr. Salem, SC 29676 Ph: 864-944-0611

1/11/2001 • Stallion Standing At Stud Owned by: Dax & Dana Cornelius

Azpin Arabians San Diego, California Ph: 801-644-6492 Fax: 760-787-9767

4/8/2009 • Filly Owned by: Dax & Dana Cornelius

Azpin Arabians San Diego, California Ph: 801-644-6492 Fax: 760-787-9767



SunGod Reflection

Marajj x MS Sophia

SF Valentino x Khountess Khelley

Golden Reflection x Sun God Heiress

5/29/2008 • Stallion Owned by: Tim & Margaret Ezell

El Doron Arabians Star, Idaho Ph/Fax: 208-286-9152

4/03/1999 • Stallion Standing At Stud

1975-1994 • Stallion Bred & owned in his lifetime by:

Owned by: Miss Gisele Roman

Annette Weber

Gisele Roman Stables

Phara Farm

494 West Hermosa Place Palm Springs, CA 92262 Ph: 917-846-7986

Box 123 Wallace, CA 95254 Ph/Fax: 209-763-5221

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The Sun Prince Eclipse Of The Sun x Rose Of Fadl 5/11/1994 • Stallion Owned by: Annette Weber

Phara Farm Box 123 Wallace, CA 95254 Ph/Fax: 209-763-5221

Miss Burgundy Sun

Sstars Wishcometru

Burgundy Sun x BGM Sabrina 7/22/1996 • Mare

Thee Infidel x CB Shahadah

Owned by: Mrs. Virginia Nesle

3/8/2002 • Mare Sells with a breeding to Alixir

Ocala, Florida Owned by: Diana Osborn & Keith Ritter

Phara Farm

Shooting Star Ranch

Box 123 Wallace, CA 95254 Ph/Fax: 209-763-5221

Cedar Creek Lake, TX 78612 Ph: 214-587-1523

Majestic Sun

Sun Diamonds

JHR Messauds Amir

Eclipse Of The Sun x Lewisfield Sunny

Majestic Sun x Golden Fantaci

EH Ibn Tuhotmos x JHR Bint Messaoud

Owned by: Gaye A. Myers

Owned by: Gaye A. Myers

Sunh-kyst Arabians P.O. Box 59 Lowell, VT 05847 Ph: 802-744-6472 E-mail:


Sunh-kyst Arabians P.O. Box 59 Lowell, VT 05847 Ph: 802-744-6472 E-mail:

4/15/1996 • Stallion Standing At Stud Owned by: Jodi Tuft

Valley Horse Center 4203 Rio Dixon Rd / Hwy 113 Dixon, CA 95620 Ph: 707-688-1741


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Madi, It takes time to make your mark, but little by little, over the course of eight passionate years, you have made a mark with some of the most glorious rides. "Unimaginably Beautiful" We will forever be touched by the emotions of those moments, and we will hold the memories for our life time. The moments of those years will serve you well in your life... Remember them all... reflect on the challenge... respond with the graceful strength that tells all, that you are a Champion. Our Love Forever and Always, Mom and Dad

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National Champion

Capt Jack Sparrow PGA+

(Starof Fame V x Peppys Dainty Queen)

JOTR & JTR 14-17

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Holland, A funny thing happened on the way to the barn and it's all very exciting! An extraordinarily talented young rider emerged. "Distinctively Halsey" Life becomes all that you make of it. All you have to do is dream and in that dream, you will find a vast deep pool that lies within you ... to work hard and smart, toward that dream and then to shine ... succeed ... and to win.


Love and happiness to you, forever more, Mom and Dad

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Amateur Access Finding Your Posture by Jeff Lovejoy The 2010 show season is already more than half way over ... hard to believe. I have watched many of the amateur riders competing this year, and some I have worked with on a daily basis. It always intrigues me to “take inventory” on common issues that I see a lot of the riders encountering. One that I have noticed is a lack of correct posture. Posture, to me, is much more than just sitting up straight. We generally associate the term with just that—a straight spine. However, when on a horse, there is a great deal more happening with the body, and thus the term posture refers to the total body position. Let us examine the elements of the body that are most utilized in achieving correct posture. When teaching the fundamentals of equitation, regardless of the discipline, I always establish the notion that in order to achieve correct posture, the rider should view himself as a building. What I mean is that just as a building requires a solid foundation in order to remain steadfast, so too does the rider need a solid “foundation” to remain balanced, stable, and upright on a horse. This foundation for the rider literally starts from the foot up. The foot in the stirrup is where any good riding position begins. There are two primary components that deserve attention here: the ball of the foot and the ankle joint. There are several things happening when the foot is placed in the stirrup. First, when placed on the ball of the foot, the stirrup acts as a platform, and actually becomes a tool for the rider. When pressure from the rider’s leg is channeled into the ball of the foot and into that stirrup, a solid connection has been established, much like the connection we make with the ground when standing. Now, considering a horse and its motion, we experience many different movements underneath us when riding—updown, side to side, back and forth, etc. Because of this, the riders must be able to absorb the shock of that motion. Here is where the importance of the ankle comes into play. Assuming that a solid connection has been made with the stirrup, we can look at the length of the arch of the foot to the heel, in conjunction with a supple and flexible ankle,


as a cushioning mechanism. By pressing against the stirrup while maintaining a soft ankle, the leg acquires an elasticity, causing it to be both usable and supportive. The best way to achieve the feel of this solid connection in the stirrup and the flexible, shock absorbing ankle is to stand in your stirrups while on your horse at a standstill. Now raise all the way onto your tip toes. It is at this point that you can feel just how much weight is resting on the ball of your foot and your stirrup. From here, while still standing on your toes and without sitting back down, allow your ankle to soften and let your weight melt down your leg and through your heel until you feel a good stretch in your calf muscle. Relax the leg. Lightly sit back down in the saddle and take a moment to feel what is happening from your ankle down. Do this exercise several times; even try it while walking. Memorize this feeling. To reiterate, this is the foundation a rider needs in order to remain balanced, stable and upright. As you have discovered this foundation, chances are you may have noticed tightening through your knee and thigh against the horse. This brings us to the next part of the “building structure.” The pressure applied in the knee and thigh by pressing them into the horse provides incredible support and stability. This pressure will vary a great deal from saddle seat to hunt seat and western, but the fact remains that the knee and thigh contribute to an incredibly secure rider. When you have begun to incorporate your upper leg, you will soon understand how it acts as a support structure for your upper body. To digress slightly, I would like to move back down the leg, to the mid-calf. If you are a hunt seat or western rider, you probably read the last few sentences and thought, ‘wait a minute—aren’t I supposed to be squeezing with my calf too?’ Well, to some extent, yes. But step away from the thought of your leg acting as a support and look at it as an aid, or a tool for riding. Generally speaking, the calf and lower leg are reserved for pressing a horse forward, as an accelerator of sorts. To go along with this, there is a greater amount of strength when pressing the knees and thighs together than there is when pressing your lower legs together. So, consider using your leg when riding by isolating the different parts

AMATEUR ACCESS of it. Knee and thigh provide support, lower leg and calf provide push and go-forward. The next area of focus, and one that I notice is an area of major misconception, is the seat. Many riders would tell you that the majority of their security evolves from their seat in the saddle. This could not be further from the truth. In fact if you were to use only the seat, and release all pressure and use of your foot, knee and thigh, you would either fall flat on your seat or get no reaction from the horse. The seat to me is an aid, just as the calf and lower leg are. When utilized correctly, a rider can use it as a tool to control the speed of the horse either by tilting forward or by sitting back. The seat is a direct line of communication to the horse, and should be treated as such. Again, consider your foundation. The majority of your effort should be placed in your foot, ankle, and upper leg. Coming back to the exercise previously mentioned: after standing in your stirrups, finding that base, and sitting down again, you should have noticed that your seat actually

“When teaching the fundamentals of equitation, regardless of the discipline, I always establish the notion that in order to achieve correct posture, the rider should view himself as a building.” felt very light in the saddle. This is due in part to the fact that you have created such an engagement of your lower extremities that your weight has literally gone down away from you seat. Seat placement is also a key factor in building correct posture. If you analyze the anatomy of this region, there are two primary bone structures that can come in contact with the saddle. One is the seat bones, which are the points of the femur, and the other is the tail bone. It has been my experience that many riders have a difficult time identifying where exactly they are sitting and which bone structure should be used. To know the feeling of your seat bones, sit on a hard chair or stool. Begin to sit as straight as possible, and simultaneously arch your lower back slightly. In doing this you will begin to feel two points of contact where your thigh meets your seat, one on each side. Just as I mentioned with the use of the knee and thigh, the seat placement will vary somewhat from discipline to discipline, but in general you should aim to bear the

weight of your seat on the seat bone in order to maintain an alignment from hip to heel. When you allow your tail bone to touch the saddle, this position is thrown off and you will be sitting behind the leg, not over it. Now to the part of the rider’s body that speaks the loudest when it comes to posture—the torso. This is a very complex area, so to more clearly explain how the torso is used, I am going to focus on three primary areas: the abdominals, the back, and the chest and shoulders (as one unit). Before going on, think again about the analogy used earlier. In order for a building to remain steadfast and upright, a solid foundation must be established. It is very simple to elevate the spine and sit straight. Anyone can do it. The difficulty arises when it comes to maintaining this straight spine. Assuming that the foundation has been set, let us now focus on the upper body and building it up from that foundation. Take a deep breath. Really fill your lungs as much as you can with air, and then hold for a couple of seconds. Feel what is happening here, and, OK ... go ahead and exhale. Do this several times. What you will notice is, first, a lift in the spine; second, an expansion of the chest and shoulders; and third, an inner pull of the abdominals. When taking these deep breaths, you are activating your abdominals and drawing them in toward your spine, creating a strong core. Additionally, you are giving your lower back a slight arch, creating shock absorbing flexibility, much like you did in your ankle. Try the exercise one more time, this time while taking regular breaths, and really memorize this feeling. Feel the lift and expansion occurring in your rib cage and across your shoulders. This can be done at all gaits when the horse is in motion. This is an excellent exercise to be practiced while warming up at all gaits. It illustrates to you where you have been with your posture and where you should be. Even try it in conjunction with the previous exercise of standing in your stirrups. You will see that when done all at once, you are stretching your body open and engaging it. This is correct posture. When it comes to specific body positions relative to your discipline or disciplines, discuss this at length with your trainer. What I have described are the core attributes of posture. It is safe to say that each trainer looks for certain methods of sitting on a horse, and rightfully so. But give these notions and exercises a try. Be mindful and precise about engaging yourself more while on your horse, and take the time to notice how it helps you. I guarantee you will notice a difference. ■ J ULY 2010 | 123

The Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries Opens At The Kentucky Horse Park Story by Mary Kirkman • Photos by Christy Egan


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It was blazingly hot at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, June 12. The tent set up next to the International Museum of the Horse for the opening ceremonies of the Al-Marah Arabian Galleries was nearly suffocating, but that didn’t stop the crowd which made it standing-room-only. The packed house, their numbers swelled by the Egyptian Event that made the landmark event especially convenient for many enthusiasts, was ready to have a good time. And inside the Galleries, where guests gathered for tours and a festive cocktail party, air-conditioning made the enjoyable experience even more heavenly. Scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., the program began when Purebred Arabian Trust chairman and co-chair of the Galleries project Bob Fauls turned over ownership of the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, a new wing of the International Museum of the Horse, to special guest Stephen L. Beshear, Governor of Kentucky. Live-feed, online video carried the action to many who were unable to attend, including Bazy Tankersley, whose generous funding and donation of her collection of artifacts led to the Galleries’ bearing her ranch’s name. She watched from her home in Tucson, Ariz. The opening of the Galleries was significantly timed, as it came just three months before the Kentucky Horse Park hosts the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The WEG, September 15 through October 10, 2010, is one of the largest equine gatherings in the world, and its attendance is projected at more than 300,000 individuals from around the globe. Also celebrating the opening of the Galleries was the International Museum of the Horse’s first blockbuster exhibit in seven years, “A Gift from the Desert: The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse,” on view from May 29 through October 15. It was not open on Saturday night, however, as all eyes were on the new Galleries wing. Stephen L. Beshear, the Governor of Kentucky.

As much fun as the cocktail reception was, the hit of the program was a tour of the new facility. For the evening, guides accompanied the tour groups and volunteers staffed key locations along the route to explain some of the innovative features. Guests entered on the second floor, in an atmospheric replication of a desert cave. A multi-media fantasy, its shifting images and lighting create an intriguing ambience of history, complete with the sound of blowing sands and whispers in Arabic. For Bob Fauls, the entrance is particularly significant. “It sets the tone for the museum,” he says. “It helps you understand that this horse didn’t start with our last purchase or our last foal. We are stewards for the Arabian horse. If you tied a knot in a string a mile long, that knot probably represents our lifetime’s impact over the Arabian horse. Realizing that puts a pretty heavy responsibility on us all, individually and collectively, to make sure we take care of the Arabian horse.” As visitors emerge from “the cave,” startlingly realistic Karen Kasper statues of a silverwhite Arabian and his Bedouin master invite them on. A simulated Bedouin tent, with



more Kasper statues—this time a mare and foal—illustrates that the horses lived inside with their humans. In the background, a Bedouin voice speaks of his nomadic life with Arabians. Not far away is the first of a series of “Discovery Oases,” designed for children but equally appealing to adults. Visitors are given a magnetic card which they carry throughout their tour. At the first kiosk, they choose the horse they want to own from an array of suggestions; each of the choices comes with a brief description of its color, attributes and pedigree. Once the visitor clicks “accept” to his or her choice, it’s time to pick a name, and then they are off on their journey. At each Discovery Oasis from there on, they have only to insert their card and their imaginary horse will personalize their visit in the ensuing exhibits. Another Oasis illustrates the journey of the Arabian horse from the Middle East across northern Africa, up through the Iberian peninsula and into Europe. Accompanying the route across the map are exhibits representing the forces which drove the migration: wars, conquests, exotic products, and more (with samples of some materials, so that the lesson is valuable not just for the passage of the horse but also for the world history it recounts). From there, specialized exhibits take the guest to the major state studs of Poland, Hungary, Russia, France, Spain, Germany and England, before leading to the history of the Arabian in the United States. Here, photographs and mementoes of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair exhibition, which resulted in the first substantial dissemination of purebred Arabians into the American equine community, lead to studies of the Arabian Horse Club of America and the early breeding programs.

Right: The statues by the artist Karen Kasper.

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The lower floor features more exhibits: “Arabians of the Stars Theater” offers clips of movie stars and famous horses, while the Black Stallion experience uses the Black Stallion literacy project to introduce today’s children to the horse which delighted their parents and grandparents. Designated areas relate to many of the horses that influenced the breed in the United States, and in a large, separate room, there is a changing exhibit which will feature the art and artifacts of the old Arabian Horse Trust and Arabian Horse Owners Foundation collections. Finally, lining the wall near the exit, there is a section of panels listing contributors to the museum. “All of those panels that recognize contributions are temporary,” Bob Fauls cautions. “In one year or less, they will be transcribed onto a glass plate and diamondetched so that they will be there for people to see forever.” He admits that on June 12, when he had to be on duty at the reception, he wished he could have been observing the reactions of visitors when they entered the Galleries for the first time. “My wife was there greeting the people, and she echoed the comments I heard later,” he says. “We heard, ‘We didn’t expect it would be that dynamic.’ Longtime Arabian horse owner Alan Kirshner said, ‘It blew my socks off!’ That was the intent from the very beginning. We wanted it to be a wow experience.” Admission to the opening ceremonies and cocktail reception required a minimum donation of $100, with special VIP passes available for $250. Following Saturday evening’s festivities, the Galleries remained closed to the public on Sunday, when special tours were available for Arabian horse people at the park for the Egyptian Event. On Monday, the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries opened to all visitors.



The Response Two weeks after the opening ceremonies, Bob Fauls got his wish to observe guests on their first tour of the Galleries. In Lexington for the final walk-through with contractors and staff, he also accompanied a family visiting the Kentucky Horse Park as they explored the exhibits. “I watched the children take cards and put them on the oasis displays, create horses, and learn about characteristics of the Arabian horse,” he says. “They sat in the tent and passed their hand over the coffee urn and heard the Arab voice explain the stories (the Arabs conveyed those stories by word of mouth rather than by writing them down, and that is how history was preserved). At the end, I asked their impression, and they said, ‘It’s way cool!’ “We wanted to make sure that 8- to 14-year-olds found it to be an interesting experience,” he continues. “We were pretty confident that Arabian owners would find something they could identify with, but if there are going to be one million people coming through every year, 95 percent-plus are going to be people who don’t own Arabians and probably don’t know much about them—and what they do know is probably wrong. We wanted to at least arm them with appropriate information, and because we’re business folks, we wanted it to be built properly and to survive time.” The media used in telling the Arabian horse’s story will change in coming years, he acknowledges, but the equipment chosen is state of the art and designed to extend as far as possible into the future. “We want children to be able to touch the mare and foal, get their picture taken, sit on chairs in the tent, press the buttons, watch the horse on the Tevis Cup ride, hear that heartbeat, the gut sound, the breathing of the horse—all of those things are unique. Taken individually, they might not be important, but collectively, they produce the ‘way cool!’ and ‘it blew my socks off!’

Left to right: Bob Fauls of the Purebred Arabian Trust, John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, and Steve Beshear, Governor of the State of Kentucky.

“The museum is not there for five years or 10 or 25,” he observes. “It will outlive all of us, and that’s the way we created it. We didn’t plan it to build it and walk away. We planned with a permanent funding mechanism and a responsibility to take care of it forever, and we put it in a setting where it would become a destination. There are already busloads of kids coming in to sit at the Black Stallion exhibit, read those books and watch little clips about Walter Farley’s creation.” In the future, after the Commonwealth of Kentucky takes over maintenance of the Galleries, the Purebred Arabian Trust will continue to serve as consultants. “We have the right to continue to hold events within the Museum, whether social or fundraising,” Fauls notes. “There is nothing we have to do, but we’ll want to keep the museum fresh. We built the changing gallery exactly for that purpose. In another three or four months, many of the exhibits there will leave and be replaced by items from the Arabian Horse Trust that have been locked away since 2001—paintings, sculptures, etc. We’ll probably have some sort of social event in which we will auction some that were gifts not for display, to raise more money for refreshment of galleries in the future.”

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How And Why The Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries Came To The Kentucky Horse Park In the mid-1970s, Thoroughbred luminary John Gaines had an idea that it would be nice to have one central horse-related theme park, a place where people from all over the world come to see and interact with horses. And what better place than Kentucky? So, the venerable old Walnut Hall Stud, a tract of land steeped in Standardbred tradition, was donated for the purpose and the Kentucky Horse Park was founded. One of its early executive directors was Lee Cholak, long a fixture in the Arabian horse breed. Over the years, however, there was little to recognize of Arabians in the abundance of horses at the park. Sure, they were introduced in the daily Parade of Breeds, and there was even a popular native costume rider. But even the grave of *Bask, moved there in the mid-1980s, was modest. Finally, in 1997, LaCroix Farms donated the life-sized bronze of *Bask by Edwin Bogucki, which commanded the lobby of the International Museum of the Horse. Visitors couldn’t miss the Arabian. But as the oldest breed, the foundation for nearly every other breed, wasn’t there more to be done?

Renowned American sculptor Edwin Bogucki with his life-sized bronze of *Bask.


The Purebred Arabian Trust, a nonprofit formed in 2002 to promote the preservation and use of the Arabian horse, thought so. The organization was looking for a place to house and display Arabian art and artifacts with real potential to reach the public. When Howard Pike, who co-chaired its new galleries committee with Bob Fauls, visited the Kentucky Horse Park on other business in 2005, he realized that the facility was the most appropriate location they could find. Situated on more than 1,200 acres, it annually hosts in excess of 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows. More than 30 national and regional equine organizations are headquartered on its grounds. The Arabians, as ancestors of many of the breeds represented there, were a natural fit, and


John Nicholson, executive director of the park, was interested in adding them to the roster. It was decided that a wing would be added to the park’s centerpiece International Museum of the Horse, which had been developed to tell the story of mankind’s relationship with horses. Ground was broken for the new Arabian Horse Galleries on April 7, 2008. In attendance for this initial step was Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear; she and the governor were supportive throughout the process, as was Nicholson and the International Museum of the Horse’s director, Bill Cooke. It was a $10 million project, the first addition to the International Museum since its opening in 1978. The Purebred Arabian Trust did its homework, researching and consulting with museum and exhibition space designers to determine the best ways to reach its target audience: first, the general public, with particular emphasis on young people; and second, Arabian enthusiasts who would enjoy learning more about their horses. The Galleries, designed in a modern interpretation of the Horse Park’s trademark architecture, offered two stories and 8,000 square feet of exhibit space. The construction phase was completed in July, 2009; in October, the “storyline” and exhibits were begun, and by the spring of 2010, the project was nearly done. Although the Galleries officially were presented to the Commonwealth of Kentucky on June 12, in fact the actual change of hands is scheduled to take place at the end of the summer. Late in June, a final walk-through of the facility was conducted, noting all the minor tasks to be finished. When everything on what Bob Fauls calls “the punch list” is completed, the state will take over. “We just want to make sure that the product that we turn over to them is nothing they have to do anything for, other than to keep it clean and maintain it from that point on,” says Fauls.

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A Gift From The Desert by Linda White

The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games has given Arabian horse folk the once-ina-lifetime opportunity to be thrilled by a collection of 408 rare artifacts, gathered from 20 countries. On Thursday evening, June 12, a standing room only crowd turned out at the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse (IMH) for a viewing of “A Gift from the Desert: The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse” which was scheduled especially for them. The exhibit opened to the public on May 29th. The evening was hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Agriculture. The IMH’s Cynthia Culbertson gave guests a brief summary of what they would be seeing, and thanked everyone who had supported the historic exhibition. The $2.4 million project, sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, brings to the public a collection of unusual artifacts seldom seen in this museum and art gallery. It follows two spectacular exhibits selected earlier by IMH Director Bill Cooke, “Imperial China: The Art of the Horse in Chinese History” (2000) and “All The Queen’s Horses” (2003). Each of the three presentations’ unique elements will be recalled by everyone who saw them, for the rest of their lives. Despite the evening’s near-record high temperatures, local and Kentucky state officials joined trainers and exhibitors from the Egyptian Event under the caterer’s tent for the “A Gift from the Desert” reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wilted guests, shoulder-to-shoulder in the stifling heat, took longing looks at the IMH’s new Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, the first addition in the facility’s 32-year history. Guests waited patiently in long lines, eager to sample the classy repast their hosts, the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, provided to whet their appetites for the exhibition to follow. After they had enjoyed the tasty spread, guests gathered, abuzz with anticipation, around the museum’s closed glass doors, and then streamed into a lobby dominated by a life-size bronze of *Bask. The stirring sculpture is the work of world-renowned artist and sculptor Edwin Bogucki. Tearing themselves away from *Bask’s bronze likeness, they hurried through the lobby, went down the stairs, and walked into the gallery below, eager to see what surely would be a spectacular exhibition. They were not disappointed. “Dazzled” and “overcome” would be more appropriate descriptions of this group’s first look at the treasures that lay before them. A color DVD, strategically facing the entry door, was the first thing anyone saw as they entered the gallery. The Darryl Larson creation’s mellow voiceover offered a bit of Arabian horse history, with panoramic desert vistas showing stallions and mares in a more relaxed, natural state than they are usually portrayed in most North American productions. In the DVD’s final scene, a magnificent white stallion poses, snorts and prances as the voiceover says quietly, “I am a gift of the desert.” As guests moved from exhibit to exhibit, enthralled by everything they saw, they found that each display, large or small, had an accompanying audio or written explanation, which added considerably to their understanding. This usually sophisticated, urbane company moved slowly from display to display, curiosity and almost childlike awe clearly evident on every face. Ancient Sumerian, Hittite and Islamic artifacts filled the walls and the strategically placed glass cases that had been custom-built for the rare artifacts each contained. One especially compelling



item was a large, enameled black standard, perhaps 24 inches long and 10 inches high. Archaeologists found the unusual object, meant to be carried aloft on a pole, placed above a male skeleton’s shoulder, thus announcing his station in life. He had been a royal personage’s standard bearer. Blue lapis-and-shell mosaic covered the length of one side. Across the blue mosaic, three continuous rows of tiny, exquisitely detailed figures were carved on shell in high relief. Gorgeous mushrafs, or manuscripts, some written as early as the eighth century, were illuminated with designs and tiny vignettes in shimmering gold, green red and liquid turquoise. The first group, consisting of four rare mushrafs, came from the King Abdulaziz Public Library, a popular academic resource established in 1995 to further horsemanship and equestrian studies. The second group of manuscripts, on loan from the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, was related to hippiatrics, or the study of horses. The original Abba Pasha Manuscript was there, displayed amid other imperial manuscripts that had been written over many years. These were bound in durable Persian leather, with rice husk paper placed between the pages to prevent the illustrators’ colors from running together. Three large, decorated blown-glass decanters, each with its stopper intact, had been miraculously undamaged over the centuries. Groupings of saddles, bits, bridles and harness, were displayed together according to vintage. Among the most interesting pieces were chamfrons, pieces of protective armor that fitted over war horses’ heads and faces, crafted of hammered iron, alloyed with a dab of carbon so that they would hold a sharper edge. The chamfrons drew considerable attention, and the wistful admiration of every would-be armored knight present that evening. The “A Gift from the Desert” experience was loaded with history, unusual beauty, and glimpses of a culture as old as time. What a treat! ■

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Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle

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Versace x DA Love

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Versace Vers sacce x Full Ful Fu ullll M Moon oon As A Asta Astar staar

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Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher-Renea

Sire of World, European, All Nations Cup, Middle East, International and National Champions


Leading Sire ... Globally!

AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion

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Ryad el Jamaal Ali Jamaal x Roxana ElShaklan


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Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal


Phantom JD (*Fausto CRH x *Crystal Bey TGS) Canadian National Top Ten • 2009 Region 13 Champion 2009 Iowa Gold Star Reserve Champion In performance training with Natalie Jones of Cactus Rose.

*Faustiana ( *Fausto CRH x Cerenephantasy) Region 13 Champion Filly

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Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset

AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion



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IOWA GOLD STAR STALLION Beretta (JJ Bellagio x Summer Dream)

Arabella (JJ Bellagio x MWF Urszula)


Bellagio Magnum Psyche x *Joyeuse NY




AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star






Pistal Magnum Psyche x Halana J ULY 2010 | MIDWEST • 25


AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion




Vegas EF Kingston x Angelina DPA




A M E R I C A , S TA N D I N G



AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion



*Cajun Prince


Almaden x Doll Padron








valiante DA Valentino x KkissTheStars

AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion



J ULY 2010 | MIDWEST • 31

Eccentric alentino DA Valentino x Amelia B


AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion







Marwan Al Shaqab x Ellegant Dream, by Magic Dream CAHR AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion MN Medallion Stallion 34 • MIDWEST | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Region 12 Spotlight Stallion SCID and CA Clear


DM Ermenegildo (RHR Marcedes x Bonne Chance TBA)

DM Louisa (RHR Marcedes x TC Padron Batiste)

DM Modena (RHR Marcedes x Onzza Di Style JM)


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Ex otic *Jullyen Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Schara



AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star Scottsdale Signature Stallion Silver Star Stallion




Full brother to National Champion Ames Charisma ...

Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage


Iowa Gold Star




*Giovanni Chall MTC

Don El Chall x Albrynah HCF

AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Iowa Gold Star



2010 REGION 14 UNANIMOUS CHAMPION YEARLING S W E E P S T A K E S C O LT (Awarded the highest score of the show)


ictorious DA Valentino x Queen Adiamonds, by Magnum Psyche

Iowa Gold Star



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Arabian Auction Fillies Yearlings ATH presented by Janey Morse Arabian Fillies Yearlings Open


Mona Lisa Da Vinci FM x CR Lilly


Half-Arabian Auction Fillies Yearlings ATH presented by Janey Morse Half-Arabian Fillies Yearlings Open

Region 7 Unanimous Champion Scottsdale Champion

Im Adiva Too ORA

*Fausto CRH x She Be Adiva KBS

J ULY 2010 | MIDWEST • 43

Arabian A rabian A Auction Fillies Yearlings ATH presented pre by AJ Marino Arabia Fillies Yearlings Open Arabian


Valla itoria DA Valentino x HL Infactuation





Magnum Psyche x JJ Dominique

Arabian Fillies Two-Year-Olds presented by David Boggs


J ULY 2010 | MIDWEST • 47


Arabian Auction Colts/Geldings Yearlings ATH presented by AJ Marino Arabian Colts/Geldings Yearlings Open

Fausto Bey Fausto CRH x GL Hawkeye BayBey



Dear Friends and Loyal Supporters,


We want to warmly welcome you to the Iowa Gold Star Futurity, proudly named d 2009 HORSE SHOW OF THE YEAR by the Arabian Horse Times. Let us introduce ourselves. We are Kim Matthias of Matthias Arabians in Norwalk, Iowa and Jill Rittmer of Creekridge Equine Services in Toddville, Iowa — Co-Chairmen of the Iowa Gold Star Futurity. For those of you who haven’t met us yet, we have dedicated ourselves to breeding, training, showing and supporting the Arabian horse breed throughout the United States for 50+ collective years. The Iowa Gold Star Futurity is one of the fastest growing futurities in the nation and is an invaluable resource because it gives the Midwest access to some of the finest stallions from around the world. A non-profit organization, the Iowa Gold Star Futurity is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the Arabian horse breed. The 2010 Iowa Gold Star is shaping up to be another fabulous event complete with a surprising line-up of entertainment and activities. You won’t want to miss a minute! The theme this year is “Celebrating the Roaring 20’s”, so don’t be surprised when you see a gangster or two, or a big cheese at the local speakeasy. It’s going to be a swanky event — sure to be considered the cat’s pajamas. Baby, this is no baloney, we’re going to be dolled-up and rolling out the red carpet. You’ll want to be there! You will find all you need to know on our website at Look for the prizebook, entry & nomination forms, hotel accommodations, Stallion Services listing, vendors and much more! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Russ and Kelly Reynolds for their inspiration in helping to create one of the greatest shows in the Arabian industry! And a very special heartfelt “thank you” to the members of the Iowa Gold Star Committee that have come together to support this spectacular event. The efforts by these individuals allow us to share the passion of these great horses. Also, a huge, warm “thank you” to all of the trainers and exhibitors for helping to make the show what it is today! To the stallion owners who participate in this growing futurity, if not for you, none of this would be possible. We can’t thank you all enough for sharing the premier bloodlines that make this the highly desired futurity it is today. Thank you all! Any questions about the Iowa Gold Star Futurity can be directed to:

Photo by Jacy Rittmer

Jill Rittmer (Gigi) - 319-329-8356 Kim Matthias (Candy) - 515-202-2154


See you all there,

Kim & Jill

Jill Rittmer

J ULY 2010 | GOLD STAR • 49

Putting On The Ritz

Iowa Gold Star Futurity by Christy Egan

There were more than a few of us shaking our heads and wondering, seriously, how the team that turned Des Moines into a party town were ever going to top the 2008 Iowa Gold Star Futurity Show. The show had been growing steadily an astounding 70% per year since 2005. The show themes, beginning in 2007 with the Fabulous Fifties, have been the wildest horse show success story since show sheen and hoof black. In 2008 the Gold Star theme was Pirates and a lot of people dressed up and came to the Stallion Service Auction to have a fabulous time. However … it was NOTHING compared to 2009. The 2009 theme was the Wild, Wild West and there was something for everyone, every minute of every day. The Gold Star show managers thoroughly understand the limitations of Des Moines, Iowa. Their solution involves keeping spectators and exhibitors on the Iowa State Fairgrounds and they do it better than anybody. Wild West cowboys, Indians and Buffalo Bill himself roamed the Fairground’s streets from dawn till dusk. Every time the show ring action stopped, it started up in the barns and outside rings. There were free breakfasts and lunches; barn parties and horse entertainment everywhere. Friday night at the beginning of the Stallion Service Auction, Tommy Garland stole the show when he rode into the second floor


Marriott Ballroom and rescued a dance hall girl from bandits. Saturday night a stagecoach and four-horse hitch started the show with a wild chase and outlaw shoot-out in center ring. After a few exciting classes, additional entertainment appeared in the form of Mexican Charros in full dress with their “dancing” horses. These horsemen were a big hit with the crowds, as were the Free Style Reining riders that closed the evening performance. In a year when everything was down, from the national economy and the job market to horse show attendance, entries and futurity money, the Iowa Gold Star Futurity topped its 2008 record by about $10,000.00, an astonishing accomplishment and a credit to the show and its amazing growth and energy. Just look at the figures … 2005 ~ 96 entries Stallion Service Auction ~ $109,500.00 2007 ~ 189 entries Stallion Service Auction ~ $360,600.00 2009 ~ 320 entries Stallion Service Auction ~ $441,750.00 Perhaps even more importantly, their Futurity nominations have gone from 61 in 2003 to 563 in 2008, and at this point they are on track to have approximately 700 nominations for the 2010 season.

In 2009, the Iowa Gold Star Futurity Champion Auction Filly and Colt took home … $24,000.00 EACH!! In 2010, the Champion Filly and Colt will take home an estimated … $28,000.00+ EACH!!! NOW FOR THE BIG NEWS FLASH … The 2010 Iowa Gold Star Futurity is over Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through the 6th. Th is year’s theme is CELEBRATING THE ROARING 20’s!!! Gangsters and Gun Molls; Flappers and G-Men; Big Al and Baby Face … Prohibition, the Charleston, gambling and Speakeasies! There’ll be antique cars from the era, Chicago bank robberies and getaways with Bonnie and Clyde. Could it possibly be MORE FUN, MORE EXCITING and MORE SPECTACULAR than the 2009 Iowa Gold Star Futurity???? DON’T YOU WANT TO BE THERE TO FIND OUT???? Heck, there’s simply no other Arabian HORSE SHOW like it ANYWHERE. For Information contact Jill Rittmer (Gigi) - 319-329-8356 Kim Matthias (Candy) - 515-202-2154

J ULY 2010 | GOLD STAR • 51

2010 Iowa Gold Star Futurity Show Schedule SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

THURSDAY, Sept. 2nd CAPONE CAKES & COFFEE—7:00 a.m. *SPONSOR: Purina / H & S Feed / Matthias Arabians Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

Classes start at 8:00 a.m. !!! 301 HA/AA Geldings Three-Years-Old 302 Arabian Fillies Yearlings, Semi Finals (Sec A & Sec B) 303 Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR BREAK - TBA

COTTON CLUB CABARET *SPONSOR: Prairie Gem Stables - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn 304 HA/AA Native Costume Open 305 Arabian Colts/Geldings Yearlings, Semi Finals (Sec A & Sec B) 306 HA/AA Geldings Two-Years-Old 307 Arabian Western Pleasure AATR

ROARING 20’s BARN BASH Progressive Barn Party— 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (time subject to change) FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! Check out the Auction Stallions at their stalls!

OPENING CEREMONIES—6:00 p.m. 308 309 310 311 312 313

HA/AA Western Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR Most Classic Head—WINNER TAKES ALL Arabian Geldings Three-Years-Old HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AATR Liberty—WINNER TAKES ALL (open to all nominated Gold Star horses & Gold Star Stallions) Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse 5 & Under ATR Hunt Saddle Winner

CAPONE CAKES & COFFEE 7:00 a.m. - Thursday SPONSORS:

Purina, H & S Feed & Matthias Arabians Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn


Progressive Barn Party Thursday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! Check out the Auction Stallions at their stalls!

Lindy Swing Fling Immediately after Thursday evening classes FEATURING: Music of “The Killer Hayseeds” Food - Drink - Dancing and

Amazing Stallion Presentation SPONSOR: Midwest Station II Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

LINDY SWING FLING—immediately after evening classes *SPONSOR: Midwest Training Centre - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn *Live Band “The Killer Hayseeds” - Midwest Stallion Presentation Food - Drinks - Dancing

FRIDAY, Sept. 3rd BONNIE & CLYDE BREAKFAST—7 a.m. - 8 a.m. SPONSOR: Strand’s Arabian Stables - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

BONNIE & CLYDE BREAKFAST 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. - Friday SPONSOR: Strand’s Arabian Stables Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

Classes start at 8:00 a.m. 314 HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR 315 HA/AA AUCTION Fillies, Yearlings ATH (STOCK TYPE) 316 Arabian Hunter Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR 317 HA/AA AUCTION Fillies, Yearlings ATH (SADDLE TYPE) 318 Arabian Colts Two-Years-Old 319 HA/AA AUCTION Colts/Geldings, Yearlings ATH (SADDLE TYPE) 320 HA/AA Western Pleasure Open 321 HA/AA Fillies Three-Years-Old 322 HA/AA AUCTION Colts/Geldings, Yearlings ATH (STOCK TYPE) 323 HA/AA Fillies Two-Years-Old 324 Arabian Western Pleasure Maiden Horse ATR BREAK - TBA THE CHARLESTON CHEW (during first break) *SPONSOR: Randy Sullivan Training Center - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn 52 • GOLD STAR | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

THE CHARLESTON CHEW During first break on Friday SPONSOR: RANDY SULLIVAN Training Center Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

FRIDAY AFTERNOON 325 326 327 328

HA/AA Country English Pleasure ATR Arabian AUCTION Colts/Geldings, Yearlings ATH Arabian Native Costume Open Arabian AUCTION Fillies, Yearlings ATH

GANGSTER GALA Stallion Service Auction Friday Evening—5 p.m.

FRIDAY EVENING GANGSTER GALA STALLION SERVICE AUCTION 5 p.m. Cocktail Hour, 6 p.m. Dinner — Auction to follow

Marriott Hotel—Downtown Des Moines Willie Farrell

*Live Band “The Killer Hayseeds” Location: Marriott Hotel—Downtown Des Moines


SATURDAY, Sept. 4th

Performing Friday Night During Dinner

FLAPPER JACK BREAKFAST—8 a.m.-9 a.m. *SPONSOR: Preferred Automotive Collection / Joe Betten - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn **Reining classes will be run in outdoor covered arena simultaneously with classes in Pavilion. Classes start at 9:00 a.m. Outdoor Covered Arena - TBA 329 HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Open 351 Arabian Reining Open 352 Arabian Reining ATR 330 Arabian Fillies Three-Years-Old 331 Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR 353 HA/AA Reining Open 332 Arabian Fillies Two-Years-Old 354 HA/AA Reining ATR (**Reining classes open to Gold Star Stallions) 333 Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 334 HA/AA Colts/Geldings, Yearlings Stock Type FINAL 335 HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse 5 & Under ATR 336 HA/AA Colts/Geldings, Yearlings Saddle Type FINAL BREAK - TBA

Selling over 100 BREEDINGS Both Purebred and Half-Arabian breedings will be sold. Half-Arabian Breedings will sell on ONLINE AUCTION FREE DINNER will be served to all who

are seated. No Admission Fee. Call 515-202-2154 or 319-395-7749 for sponsorship and table reservations.

FLAPPER JACK BREAKFAST 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Saturday SPONSOR: Preferred Automotive Collection Joe Betten Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

BABY FACE BRUNCH (during first break) *SPONSOR: Lucky & Raegen Lurken/Magnum Chall HVP - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

SEMINAR - Alternative Medicine For Horses: A Holistic Approach (beginning of afternoon session) *SPONSOR: The Pyramid Society - Location: Cattle Sales Arena

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347

Arabian Western Pleasure Open HA/AA Fillies, Yearlings Stock Type FINAL HA/AA Hunter Pleasure JTR HA/AA Fillies, Yearlings Saddle Type FINAL Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse 5 & Under ATR Western Saddle Winner Arabian Geldings Two-Years-Old Arabian Western Pleasure JTR Arabian Colts Three-Years-Old HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse 5 & Under ATR HA/AA Country English Pleasure Open HA/AA Western Pleasure JTR

BOOTLEGGER BASH—4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. *SPONSOR: Arabian Horse Times - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn *Live Band “Crossroads”, The Workin’ Man’s Band

SATURDAY EVENING Classes start at 6:00 p.m. 348 305 349 350 302

Arabian Country English Pleasure Open Arabian Colts/Geldings Yearlings - SEMI FINAL/FINAL Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open HA/AA Western Pleasure AATR Arabian Fillies Yearling - SEMI FINAL/FINAL

BURLESQUE BENDER (Held immediately after Evening classes are over)

BABY FACE BRUNCH During first break on Saturday

SPONSOR: Lucky & Raegen Lurken & Magnum Chall HVP Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

BOOTLEGGER BASH 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday SPONSOR:

ARABIAN HORSE TIMES Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

Burlesque Bender After Saturday Evening classes *SPONSOR:

TRIPLE D PRODUCTIONS Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn

*SPONSOR: Triple D Productions - Location: South Annex of the Cattle Barn *Live Band “Crossroads”, The Workin’ Man’s Band J ULY 2010 | GOLD STAR • 53

Iowa Fall Classic SUNDAY, Sept. 5th Reining classes start at 9:00 a.m.—2nd Arena 68 69 70 71 72 73 123

Arabian Reining Open Arabian Reining ATR HA/AA Reining Open HA/AA Reining ATR Arabian Reining AOTR AHA Reining Seat Medal JTR 17 & Under TBA

Classes start at 8:00 a.m.—Pavilion 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Hunter Seat Equitation Not to Jump 17 & Under Arabian Western Pleasure Open TBA HA/AA Hunter Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under HA/AA Western Pleasure Ladies & Gentlemen To Ride Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse TBA Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18 & Over Adult Walk/Trot Western Pleasure 18 & Over HA/AA Country English Pleasure JTR 17 & Under HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse HA/AA Western Pleasure Limit Horse HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18 & Over Arabian Country English Pleasure Open Western Seat Equitation 17 & Under Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR Select HA/AA Yearling Colts/Geldings HA/AA Geldings In-Hand ATH HA/AA Yearling Fillies HA/AA Mares Breeding ATH

SUNDAY AFTERNOON Start Time TBA—Pavilion 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 45A 46 46A

Walk/Trot English/Country/Hunter Pleasure 10 & Under Arabian Western Pleasure ATR Select Arabian Hunter Pleasure Ladies & Gentlemen To Ride Walk/Trot Saddle/Hunt Seat Equitation 10 & Under TBA Arabian Country English Pleasure AOTR HA/AA Hunter Pleasure JTR 17 & Under Arabian Western Pleasure Ladies & Gentlemen To Ride HA/AA Country English Pleasure Open HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AATR 18 & Over HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse TBA Arabian Western Pleasure JTR 17 & Under HA/AA English Pleasure Ladies & Gentlemen To Ride HA/AA Western Pleasure AAOTR 18 & Over Arabian Hunter Pleasure Limit Horse HA/AA Western Pleasure JTR 17 & Under Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Open Western Horsemanship 17 & Under Arabian Western Pleasure Limit Horse Arabian Yearling Fillies Arabian Mares Breeding Two Years & Over Arabian Mares Breeding ATH Arabian Yearling Colts/Geldings Arabian Geldings Two & Over AAOTH Arabian Geldings In-Hand ATH Arabian Geldings Two & Over

SUNDAY EVENING Start Time TBA—Pavilion 47 48 49

Stick Horse Class (Any Age - Rider or Steed) TBA HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle Open


50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open TBA Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR Select Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 17 & Under Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse HA/AA Country English Pleasure AOTR HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Open HA/AA Western Pleasure Open Arabian Western Pleasure AATR 18 - 39 Arabian English Pleasure Ladies & Gentlemen To Ride Saddle Seat Equitation 17 & Under Adult Walk/Trot Pleasure 18 & Over ATR Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over HA/AA Mounted Native Costume Open AHA Saddle Seat Medal JTR 17 & Under TBA HA/AA Country English Pleasure ATR Select

MONDAY, Sept. 6th Classes start at 8:00 a.m.—Pavilion 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

Arabian English Pleasure ATR Arabian Western Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under Arabian Country English Pleasure Ladies & Gentleman To Ride HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Ladies & Gentlemen To Ride Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 18 - 39 HA/AA Hunter Pleasure ATR Select AHA Hunter Seat Not to Jump Medal JTR 17 & Under HA/AA Western Pleasure AATR 18 & Over Walk/Trot Youth Pleasure 11 - 17 Any Seat HA/AA Western Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under HA/AA Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Arabian Western Pleasure AATR 40 & Over Arabian Hunter Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Limit Horse HA/AA Country English Pleasure AATR HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Limit Horse Arabian Mounted Native Costume Open Walk/Trot Western Seat Equitation 10 & Under TBA Walk/Trot Western Pleasure 10 & Under HA/AA Country English Pleasure Ladies & Gentleman To Ride Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 18 & Over HA/AA Western Pleasure ATR Select HA/AA English Pleasure ATR Adult Walk/Trot Pleasure 18 & Over Any Seat Western Horsemanship Medal

All classes that need to be split will be run as separate classes with prize money and Regional/ National qualifications going to both.

MONDAY AFTERNOON Start Time TBA—Pavilion 100 Lead Line 6 & Under (No Stallions) 101 TBA 102 UPHA Saddle Seat Equitation 17 & Under 103 TBA 104 TBA 105 Arabian Western Pleasure ATR Championship 106 HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Open Championship 107 Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR Championship 108 HA/AA Western Pleasure Open Championship 109 HA/AA Hunter Pleasure ATR Championship 110 Arabian Country English Pleasure Open Championship 111 HA/AA Western Pleasure ATR Championship 112 Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open Championship 113 HA/AA Country English Pleasure ATR Championship 114 Arabian Western Pleasure Open Championship 115 Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR Championship 116 HA/AA Country English Pleasure Open Championship 117-122 TBA




Mustang Moon Creations

Bra Lady Essential Bodywear

Pam’s Custom Riding Apparel

Corky Sutton

Right Turn Feeds

Crystal Cowgirl

Salem Children’s Home

Exiss Trailers

Sunshine Horses Designs


Tracy Kelsey Photography

Lakes Wear

Judith Wagner

L & M Playground Tack

Whispering Pines Embroidery

Mi Casa

WWW Livestock Equipment

J ULY 2010 | GOLD STAR • 55

PUREBRED Stallion Breeding Auction A Noble Cause (IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire) Justtice (Justify x Afire Storrm) A-Jakarta (Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Schara) KA Odysseus (Odyssey SC x Ellure A) Al-Marah Matt Dillon (AM Good Oldboy x Al-Marah Dorer) KM Bugatti (Versace x Sanegors Lady D) Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) LC Adagio (AA Sabotaj x LC Sinfonia) Armani FC (Eternety x Aires Bey) LC Axis (Regal Actor JP x NV Alieshah) Art Dekko TT (Audacious PS x HC Amareea) LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana) Autumn Storm V (Wind Storm V x Autumn Fire) Legacy Of Fame (Legacy of Gold x Fames Elegance C) Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) Maddox Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset) Bellagio J (MPA Giovanni x Jer-Koko) Mag K Nite (Magnum Psyche x TF Subroukapsyche) Bellaire IA (Padrons Psyche x Bella Versace) Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) BF Renaissance (Bey Shah x BF Gaffi Siloette) Mais Shah (Bey Shah x Benevolance) Blac Knight (Thee Desperado x Bint Nourah) Marc Me Famous (QR Marc x Kilena) Brandon Bey JCA (Versace x Hushahby Bey) Marwan Al Magnifficoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo) Brixx IA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Bella Versace) Masquerade PA (Armani FC x Cazsandra) Cajun Prince HCF (Almaden x Doll Padron) Mmonsignor (Justify x Liza Monelli) Carnegie D (Besson Carol x Calamity Fame V) Momentum NA (Magnum Psyche x Mona Lisa ) Casanova PPA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Carinosaa) Monarcc (Monogramm x Amenety) Cavalli (DA Valentino x Aspyn) Monogramm JD (DS Major Afire x WCA Mon herie) CL Solmate (Solstice x MSU Beloved) MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy) DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) Nations PSY (Padrons Psyche x Adivah) Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) Neposzar (Maryk x Nanna) Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) NW Heritage Jullyen (Jullyen El Jamaal x NW Shantelle) DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) Eccentric Valentino (DA Valentino x Amelia B) OFW Shahgal (Gazal Al Shaqab x GA Honisuckl Rose) *Fausto CRH (Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal) PA Hi-Noon (Magnum Psyche x MA Unique) Freedom PA (Magnum Chall HVP x Bey Unforgettable) PA Scimitar (Magnum Psyche x MA Unique) FS Ritz (Padrons Psyche x WA-Miss Shasty) Psitiguy (Psytadel US x JBK Mysteria) Gemini VII (Legacy Of Fame x Precious Legacy) PVA Sahir (Desperado V x Morigo) Georgio AF (Versace x Fortunes Ciara) Radaar Love (Shahir IASB x Semply Irazistabl) GH Maryn (NYN Hisani x Enjoue) RA Karwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Karalisa) *Giovanni Chall (Don El Chall x Albrynah HCF) Rahere (Desperado x Rose Of Sarangani) Gitar MF (Afire Bey V x Gitara PASB) Regal Actor JP (Ancore Ali x More Pretty JP) Hesa Zee (Xenophonn x Somthing Special) Remington Magnum (Magnum Psyche x Khasmir) HJ Famoso (Magnum Psyche x Poetry SMF) RHR Marcedes (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ellegant Dream) J Krewe (Krewe x Bask Memory) Rodeo Road (August Bey V x Mane Street) Jake Jamaal JCA (Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) JJ Bellagio (Magnum Psyche x Joyeuse NY) Ryad El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Roxana Elshaklan) JJ Elbronz (Magnum Psyche x Pequita Liah GV) SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) JJ Senor Magnum (Magnum Psyche x Shah Maali) Shael Dream Desert (Ansata Shaamis x Elettra) Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) *Stallion Lists subject to change. 56 • GOLD STAR | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES


Sunsational Kid (Sundance Kid V x Mane Street) Tamar Visionary (Neposzar x Balanai) Trussardi (Stival x Precious As Gold) Vegas DPA (EF Kingston x Angelina DPA) Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)

Victorious LD (DA Valentino x Queen Adiamonds)s) Vvaliante (DA Valentino x Kkissthestars) WH Justice (Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher-Renea) Xanthuss (Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage) Zefyr (Sundance Kid V x Pattrice)

PARTBRED Stallion Breeding Auction A Noble Cause (IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire) A-Jakarta (Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Schara) Autumn Storm V (Wind Storm V x Autumn Fire) BF Renaissance (Bey Shah x BF Gaffi Siloette) Brandon Bey JCA (Versace x Hushahby Bey) Cajun Prince HCF (Almaden x Doll Padron) DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) Eccentric Valentino (DA Valentino x Amelia B) *Fausto CRH (Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal) Georgio AF (Versace x Fortunes Ciara) *Giovanni Chall (Don El Chall x Albrynah HCF) HJ Famoso (Magnum Psyche x Poetry SMF) J Krewe (Krewe x Bask Memory) Jake Jamaal JCA (Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) JJ Bellagio (Magnum Psyche x Joyeuse NY) JJ Elbronz (Magnum Psyche x Pequita Liah GV) Judge Jack Zans (Zans Lightning Bug x Judge Me Precious) Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) Justtice (Justify x Afire Storrm) KM Bugatti (Versace x Sanegors Lady D) LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana) Little Sorrel Peppy (Peppy San Badger x Skeeto Bar) LM Boardwalk (Padron x RK Forever Amber)

Maddox Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset) Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) Magnum Theory (Magnum Psyche x LM Sweet Revenge) Mais Shah (Bey Shah x Benevolance) Momentum NA (Magnum Psyche x Mona Lisa V) Monarcc (Monogramm x Amenety) Monogramm JD (DS Major Afire x WCA Mon Cherie) Neposzar (Maryk x Nanna) NW Heritage Jullyen (Jullyen El Jamaal x NW Shantelle) PA Hi-Noon (Magnum Psyche x MA Unique) Payback Ghostly Image (AM Ghost Ship x Shalimar Greygida) Remington Magnum (Magnum Psyche x Khasmir) RHR Marcedes (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ellegant Dream) Rodeo Road (August Bey V x Mane Street) SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) SS Painted Intimidator (The Color of Fame x Falcon Misty Dawn) Sunsational Kid (Sundance Kid V x Mane Street) Tamar Visionary (Neposzar x Balanai) Vegas DPA (EF Kingston x Angelina DPA) Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) Victorious LD (DA Valentino x Queen Adiamonds) Vvaliante (DA Valentino x Kkissthestars) Xanthuss (Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage) Zefyr (Sundance Kid V x Pattrice)



**Breeding winners from this auction will breed mares in 2011, resulting in foals born in 2012 to show in the 2013 Partbred Auction class. Bidding is open NOW and will continue through 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2010. Bids will also be taken at the show, Sept 2-6, 2010 at our booth in the North Annex of the Cattle Barn. If anyone has any questions or would like to place a bid, - Link coming soon please call 319-395-7749 or e-mail:

J ULY 2010 | GOLD STAR • 57



Uncle Bob’s Tack


Nymeyers at Tanglewood

Templeton Rye

Arabian Horse Times

AKS Farms


Judith Wagner

The Pyramid Society

PATRON SPONSORS: Midwest Station II Oak Ridge Farms - Fausto CRH, Giovanni Chall, Monogramm JD, Cajun Prince HCF

Lucky & Raegen Lurken - Magnum Chall HVP Midwest Station I

Matthias Arabians - LM Boardwalk, Magnum Theory Mike Neal Arabian Center - DS Major Afire, Zyfr Avalon Crest- Casanova PPA Gemini Acres - Da Vinci FM, Maddox Van Ryad,

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Advances In Equine Reproductive Science And Technology Now Measured in Light Years Part 111 by Linda White This month concludes our exploration of cutting-edge veterinary advances in the field of equine reproduction. We continue with many of the veterinarians who advised us in the last segment, including James W. Bailey D.V.M., of Royal Vista Southwest in Purcell, Okla.; Elaine M. Carnevale, D.V.M. and Ph.D., of Colorado State University; Robert R. Foss, D.V.M., of Equine Medical Services in Columbia, Mo.; and Vasiliki “Vickie” Meisenburg, D.V.M., of Equigen (Equine Reproductive Center) in Archer, Fla. This time, we also consulted Jack Farmer, who with his wife, Kim, runs Santolina Farm/Equine Cryogenic Service in Cave Creek, Ariz. All are working with the innovative techniques that are pushing the envelope in equine reproduction today.

time frame could be compared to flushing the donor mare sixand-a-half days after ovulation. One study suggests that successful vitrification depends greatly on the embryo’s size and grade of maturation. Embryos are washed through a series of three different concentrations of cryoprotectant vitrification media and then quickly placed into a straw that is immediately heat-sealed. The embryo-filled straw is held in the super-cold liquid nitrogen vapor for one minute, and then plunged into the liquid nitrogen itself, where all molecular activity ceases. The embryo can safely remain, unchanged, in the liquid nitrogen almost indefinitely.

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, to vitrify something is to make it like glass. In this super-quick freezing process, equine embryos become like glass—brittle and transparent. “This method has the same restrictions as with regular freezing,” explains Dr. Carnevale. “In both methods, the embryo has to go through the process of immersion in cryoprotective solutions, but vitrification involves very rapid freezing, which is much more user-friendly. Embryos are then stored in liquid nitrogen, and can be stored in liquid nitrogen for generations.”

Dr. Bailey, who has a senior Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association steer roping finalist’s credentials on his resumé, is the first to say that practicing equine veterinary medicine has made for an exciting 33 years. The embryo vitrification procedure, although still rarely used, is part of that excitement. “In the vitrification process, the water is removed by osmosis,” he explains. (Osmosis is a process whereby a fluid passes through a membrane thin enough to be penetrated until there is an equal concentration of fluid on both sides of the membrane. Then it is passed through a cryoprotectant, or agent to protect against freezing/thawing.) “When the prepared embryo is cooled in liquid nitrogen vapor, and then suspended in liquid nitrogen, it becomes cold enough that all molecular activity stops immediately. No changes can possibly occur. When the embryo reaches the recipient, it is carefully thawed in a water bath for a few seconds and rehydrated with an extender. Ideally, the embryo is transferred into the recipient mare within five minutes.”

To be vitrified successfully, an equine embryo must be at a very specific growth stage; collecting embryos at six to six-and-a-half days after ovulation has proven the ideal age for vitrification. This

Recognizing that equine embryos are especially fragile, the haste in which the procedure is completed is tempered by great care, delicacy and attention to detail. “We have frozen some

In June, we discussed Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), in which a single sperm is selected to be injected directly into an egg to fertilize it. Here we move on to state-of-the-art techniques that focus on freezing embryos—and more.

Embryo Vitrification


ADVANCES IN EQUINE REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY embryos, using embryo vitrification,” Dr. Meisenburg offers. “The vitrification procedure is much easier, much quicker, and much gentler to the embryo than the older protocol, because it is so quick. You need to have really good eyesight and a steady hand, and it takes no time at all. We thaw the embryos by the book; the thawing takes eight minutes, and the embryo is put into the mare.” Warming the embryo is as critical as the vitrification process. Close monitoring of the embryo within the straw is essential. “Thawing an embryo, where the timing is critical, is another advantage of embryo vitrification,” says Dr. Foss. “With this process, there is already cryoprotectant in the sealed straw. The embryo goes through three progressive baths of cryoprotectants; its having been frozen and stored in cryoprotectant gives it a better chance, long term.” Dr. Bailey expresses doubts about the widespread use of the embryo vitrification process, however. “Of the 800 embryos we received and transferred this season, only 15 were vitrified embryos. The procedure is more for storage than anything. Embryo vitrification can be useful when you want to catch up a mare for an earlier foaling date. You can leave her open after she has a late foal, but still get an embryo out of her to use the next January or February, and produce an early foal. “We see it used a very small percentage of the time. Shipping a frozen embryo is more difficult than shipping a fresh embryo, because of all the additional variables the freezing adds. At Royal Vista Southwest, we like to get fresh embryos that are shipped counter-to-counter, so we can get our hands on them within 12 hours and into the recipient mares right away. Embryos can survive up to and beyond 12 hours, but surviving 24 hours is the exception rather than the rule, and after three days, nobody makes it. “With fresh embryos, which are mostly what comes in here, we get an 82 percent pregnancy rate,” he says. “Only 75 percent of the vitrified embryos result in pregnancies. (Racing) people want a foal that is born in January, February or early March, at the latest, because of all the age-specific races.” Jack Farmer, of Santolina Farm/Equine Cryogenic Service, has been an equine breeding technician for more than 30 years, and has bred national-winning Arabians and Quarter Horses. He has had good success in embryo freezing with the older, slower cooling-to-freezing method requiring high-tech freezing equipment. “I use the Planer Controlled Rate Freezer MRV560,” he states. “The first embryo vitrification kits take from one to two minutes, to now 10 minutes for the newer kits. I can see why the 10-minute procedure is better, but that is still too fast for me. One important factor in all this is the osmolality change in the media fluid, as compared to the fluid in the uterus.” (Osmolality is a measure of the hydration status of a fluid, measured in mOsm

H2O. The osmolality of some substances, like blood and cell membranes, is sensitive to changes in pressure during hydration and dehydration.) “In the mare’s uterus, the normal osmolality is roughly 300 to 330 mOsm. When we flush an embryo and put it in a holding medium, the osmolality of the holding medium is in that range. However, when we fully freeze an embryo, the osmolality of the freeze media can go up to as high as 2,000 to 3,000 mOsm. This can cause an osmotic shock, which can damage the embryo very quickly. In my opinion, 30 minutes is the minimum time it takes to dehydrate the embryo with the least toxicity, based on my experience with dehydration times. “And, the smaller the embryo, the thinner the membrane,” he adds. “This makes it easier to dehydrate and rehydrate. To reduce the osmolality from 2,000 to 300 mOsm requires holding the embryo in a cryoprotectant medium, diluting the medium in a petri dish. The catch-22 is that some cryoprotectant media can be toxic. How fast you can dehydrate and rehydrate embryos still seems to be a variable for the larger equine embryos. Needless to say, you need to exercise the utmost care and caution during any embryo freezing procedure. “A lot of people are doing embryo vitrification freezing with kits, but thawing the embryo is the other half of the equation. Very few people have thawed vitrified embryos successfully to get a foal. I still use my slow freezer process, with success in two out of three instances. In 2011 I hope to add two more to the Arabian Horse Registry’s foals produced from frozen embryos. Embryo freezing is the wave of the future, so I am promoting it to clients and veterinarians. I have trained three vets to freeze embryos. Healthy embryos can be shipped to be frozen, something I am working on now. I am busy in the summer and fall, getting embryos from those ‘impossible’ mares and freezing them, to possibly transfer next spring for futurity prospects.”

Shipping Is Key Shipping embryos involves a touchy, highly sensitive protocol. The fresh embryo is put into a holding solution that goes into a five millileter snap-top container. That container is then sealed. The five millileter container is put into a 50 millileter centrifuge, which safely insulates the embryo. That larger container is then put into an Equitainer® and shipped by same-day, counter-to-counter service. The recipient, alerted to its arrival time, is at the airport to retrieve the Equitainer® with its precious cargo. “We do not ship embryos, but we receive embryos from all over the country,” says Dr. Bailey. “We like to get them into our hands in under 12 hours. Even with the highest, most careful packing and shipping, embryos rarely remain viable for 24 hours. That is the exception, rather than the rule. Only once in a blue moon does one make it beyond 24 hours, and after three days, you can forget it.” J ULY 2010 | 221


On The Receiving End Every fall, as early as September and October, Dr. Bailey and his Royal Vista team begin preparing 750 to 800 recipient mares to be used in February. “The key to embryo transfer’s success is preparation of recipient mares,” he explains. “It is so important for those mares to be healthy, happy and unstressed. Their importance is undervalued. We vaccinate them, float their teeth, attend to foot care, put them in a pleasant living environment, and closely manage their diets. Those things help optimize the health and well-being that are so essential for the job ahead. “We do 800 to 900 embryo transfers a year, and the key to our success is having suitable recipient mares. We have recipient mares ranging from 4-year-olds to 15. Our donor mares range in age from 2 to 28,” he laughs. “We get everything, from old mares that can’t carry an embryo past 14 days, to good-producing mares from whom we take multiple embryos. We have one client mare that had produced six foals by the time she was 17. With embryo transfer, she has produced 24 foals in the last four years! “Why should mares like that carry their own foals when that shortens their productive lives? An older mare with a foal on her has much more difficulty conceiving, so she won’t be producing two foals in a row every year,” continues Bailey. “If more owners recognized that fact, they would do embryo transfers with her to multiple sires, to find out her best crosses. Many owners don’t realize how much damage carrying a foal and giving birth does to a mare—especially an older mare. Our surrogate mares only carry a foal every other year because of screening. Whether they come in new, or we get them back from clients late in the summer, after their foals are weaned, they are thoroughly screened in every aspect of their health and fertility. With our careful screening, we have many fewer embryos lost (a five to six percent pregnancy loss). In the general horse population, 10 to 12 percent of pregnant mares bred won’t produce a live foal. “I reserve the bigger, roomier surrogate mares for the bigger breeds. I have 15 draft and draft cross mares, and 100 bigger mares, with plenty of body, no abnormalities, and good cycling patterns for the larger Quarter Horse and Warmblood donors. The smaller recipient mares I use for the smaller, more refined donor mares, like the Arabians. I try to match up the morphology of the recipient and donor mares, so that the foals will be about the same foaling size they would have been, had their biological mothers carried them.” Bailey adds that preparing Royal Vista’s recipient mares each year for the embryo transfers that await them costs upwards of $500,000. “Every day we check on how many mares have ovulated. This is labor-intensive work; we check 230 to 250 mares before lunch.” In addition to Dr. Bailey, the staff at Royal Vista Southwest includes two other veterinarians, four lab technicians, a farm manager, and three more staff who handle foaling duties. 222 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

“We have a standard daily routine,” Bailey explains. “All ultrasounds, embryo flushing and embryo transfers are done by veterinarians. All of our record keeping is digital, with triple backups, and all our recipient mares have computerized chips implanted. We examine each recipient when the ET embryo is at 11 days old. That embryo age can vary; if the embryo was six days old when it was implanted, it will only be five more days until we check whether the recipient mare’s progesterone level is adequate. If it is not, we add Regu-Mate®, as needed. “Regu-Mate® is an analog; that is, it is a synthetic chemical that has the same effects in the body as does progesterone. It isn’t progesterone; it has a synthetic or chemical composition, which means that if a mare has been given Regu-Mate®, we can still check her progesterone level. Regu-Mate® doesn’t compete with the progesterone. The reading we get will reflect that.”

Embryo Transfer: Cost-Effective Or Over-The-Top? No matter which procedure is used, embryo transfer is rarely inexpensive—for either the owners footing the bill or the veterinarians providing the service. Factors other than interest or expertise play into a clinic’s decision to offer some new techniques. “Colorado State University has always been a leader in embryo transfer, and has a master’s program that deals with freezing fertilized embryos,” Dr. Bailey says, and cites Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) as an example of one that does not yet pencil out for his organization. “We do not do ICSI here. The equipment it requires is too expensive to be commercially viable for us. I believe that at this juncture, ICSI is best left in the hands of universities.” Jack Farmer too addresses those hefty ICSI startup costs. “To get a foal, you harvest an oocyte from a mare’s ovary. When you get an oocyte, you look at it (manipulate it) with an inverted microscope that has micro-manipulators. Those microscopes cost from $70,000 to $120,000, depending on quality and design. Using the inverted microscope setup, the technician holds the egg in place and punctures a hole in the egg membrane— through which he or she will introduce a live spermatozoon into the egg. Conception should occur. The next step is still a trick. The embryo has to be incubated—grown in vitro for four or five days, to see it grow, at which time the embryo is put into the recipient mare’s oviduct. There, you lose track of the embryo, which is now the size of a dot on this page, or smaller. In about 10 days to two weeks, depending on your ultrasound equipment, the growing vesicle can be seen and tracked for growth until the 25th day, when a heartbeat can be seen. Only then do you stop holding your breath. “The ICSI procedure is a very biotechnical one that is only performed by the very best veterinarians in the country,” Farmer

ADVANCES IN EQUINE REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY says. “The average cost to the mare owner is about $20,000 and up. In the cattle industry, the next generation ICSI procedure does not require the embryo manipulation microscope. This generation is still being perfected, but is almost commonly used for cattle. In the cattle industry today, high quality genetic ICSI cow embryos are being shipped to cattle breeders in the Micro Q computerized biological shipping container. Cattle breeders (e.g., their vets) then transfer the embryos into their own cow recipients there on the ranch. “Another time when it’s easy to lose the embryo is after it has become a delicate, dehydrated sphere, or clear, like glass, from vitrification. You have to load it into a straw before you lose it. The first vitrification kits took two minutes, start to finish. The latest kit is a 10-minute kit, which may appeal to more people. ICSI has been performed in humans for quite some time, and the people who have the equipment also have the skill to use it. Storing frozen embryos is almost standard with human beings as a way to have young fertilized eggs to implant later into the donor or a surrogate mother. “In the cattle industry, ICSI is more commercially feasible than in the horse industry, because the much higher numbers there make it more cost-effective for both beef and dairy cattle breeders’ purposes,” continues Farmer. “ICSI is cost-effective in dairy cattle because breeders are always striving to get more milk volume and better quality milk production. In beef cattle, the ICSI protocol helps breeders increase metabolism genetics, or weight gain per day. This is the most important factor, so you could say that ICSI helps produce more beef, faster. “The ICSI procedure and other ART (Advanced Reproduction techniques) equine procedures are driven by the human and bovine (cattle) industries,” he adds. “One of the most important factors in all ART procedures is the media we use. We have much better media today for holding sperm and embryos than we did, even five years ago. Work is continuing in the equine private industry and at a number of universities, like Colorado State and Texas A&M.”

The Rewards Jack Farmer has had significant luck with problem and barren mares. “Veterinarians often refer problem mares to me because of the time investment necessary to correct or modify a problem mare’s condition, to get a foal one way or another,” he says. “I have found that problem mares seem to ovulate better in the fall. This may be Mother Nature’s way of ensuring that the foal will not be born in harsh, wintry weather conditions. Many older mares have problems with spring and summer heat, and do better when the heat lets up. Such was the case with that mare I harvested an oocyte from in September 2004. She had what

I believe to be the first purebred Arabian foal produced by a frozen embryo to be registered (two years later) with AHA.” According to AHA’s Debbie Fuentes, a second purebred foal produced by a frozen embryo has since been registered. “Those are the only two I am aware of,” Fuentes said in May of this year. Farmer has thawed two client embryos this year for 2011 foals. He is hopeful that these will become the third and fourth Arabian frozen embryo foals AHA registers. “Problem mares are all individuals, with different, interesting histories and conditions,” he says. “Two so-called ‘barren’ mares came in that could not hold a viable embryo past 30 days, and my wife found a 22-year-old mare—a national champion country English mare—who could not carry a foal. I’m probably one of the last guys who go the distance, flushing the oviduct with 20 liters before I give up on finding an embryo. There are four to six liters in a normal flush, but in mares like those, you probably won’t get anything in the first 10 liters. Another consideration is that the eggs these old girls’ ovaries are growing are as old as they are. The ovary selects which egg, but all the eggs in there have been there since the mare was born. They are dependent on the mare’s health and breeding status. “But there is method to my madness,” he allows. “I have banked and sold embryos out of the 22-year-old, who is an MHR Nobility daughter. I sold her Afire Bey V filly as an embryo, and I have her two SF Specs Shocwave frozen embryos. One of those and an A Temptation embryo we harvested in March 2008 were sold, either frozen or thawed. We now have 35 frozen embryos stored, 18 of which belong to clients. Clearly, a profound sense of their responsibility as stewards of the animals within their purview is a common thread linking these equine reproduction professionals. Dr. Meisenburg, for example, expresses her concern for every horse she manages. “We sell the recipient mares to our clients, who take them home, and bring them back after the fact,” she states. “We would rather get them back and re-use them every two years, or place them in good homes, where they can become ‘pasture pets.’ I vaccinate them at their new owners’ every year for free. We would never sell a recipient mare at a cheap auction, where she could go to slaughter, or to someplace where she might be abused or neglected.” Technological advances and scientific breakthroughs are thrilling, but so are the limitless dedication and obvious excitement surrounding these professionals’ every effort. Dr. Meisenburg explains. “This is the best job in the world. I know that every time I see an embryo, it feels like Christmas. It feels the same way when we get a viable embryo, and ultimately, a live foal from a sub-fertile or ‘impossible’ mare. This isn’t just what I do; it’s who I am—and there is no retiring from that.” ■ J ULY 2010 | 223

Knowing Your Horse The Indirect Rein by Tommy Garland

teaching him how to be soft. That rein becomes your gas pedal and “When you have your your brake. As you start taking horse light in the bridle the bridle away from him, pulling on the rein, that will slow him and soft in your hands, down more, making him collect. you’ll start incorporating When you release, that allows him your indirect rein.” to go forward. Anytime he starts feeling that indirect rein, he’s When you have your horse light in the bridle and soft in going to start learning that it means for him to collect up and slow down even more. Release, and that means he your hands, you’ll start incorporating your indirect rein. can free up and go forward. You will repeat this exercise Let’s say you are using your left rein to pull your horse’s head around and make him turn to the left. Now take going to the right, where your left hand becomes your your right hand, and as the horse’s neck is bent, start to indirect rein. Start jogging those circles again and again. feel the horse’s mouth in your hand and pull on the rein, When you think you’ve jogged 500 circles and you think you’re really good, jog 500 more. Then you’ll be really tugging on it gently. When you do that, you’ll see the good. With your indirect rein, get that horse to where horse start moving his chin in as you have his head bent he’s able to touch his shoulder with the point of his around. Ideally, you want his chin to touch the point of chin, and as he gets better at it, it will take less and less his shoulder as he jogs. Don’t be in a hurry; this may take pressure from you; you will be able to start moving your a little time. fingers. I tell people to think of milking a cow; milk the reins, feel the rein and pull it in, get him to give his nose As he learns to give to that offset rein—the outside rein, and release. your indirect rein—you are creating more collection, Last month, we discussed getting your horse lighter in the snaffle. That worked into teaching your horse to collect his body, and this time, we’ll explore that further, repeating some of last month’s lessons. Once again, you will be using a training fork for this work.


Knowing Your Horse Now you’ve got your horse really soft from left to right. That’s important, because a lot of people have problems getting vertical flexion. That means that when they go straight ahead, they lose the nose; the horse wants to push and root out. The horse is so used to someone laterally flexing them off one rein, they don’t understand the indirect rein. He’ll get the idea because you keep changing directions, and every time you get the horse to the center and his head is straight ahead, he’s giving his head to you, rolling his nose and going to the other side. Now you start making your circles bigger and not as tight, changing directions not as abruptly, so that it’s more like you are going in a straight line. As he gets better and better, you do your circles, go in a straight line, and then ask for a circle. Then go in a straight line again. Then ask for a circle the other way. Just keep changing it up. As he gets softer up in his neck, you’ll find that you use less leg.

it is too late to avoid a problem. It gives you a reference point that you keep yourself focused; think of the track your horse is in as it goes around jogging; you want to stay right in that track. The more you practice this, the more your body will mentally take over and your legs and hands will start making the horse stay in that track. This lesson gives people a reference point of how to stay focused, because a horse learns through repetition and the more you can do it exactly the same way, the quicker he will learn it. Just remember, if you do the procedure one way one time and another way another time, he’s going to get confused. You want to make it very black and white. That’s why when you’re doing those little circles, you want to do hundreds of them because the more you do it, the softer your horse will get.

Now your horse is vertically giving to you better and being soft in your hands. When your horse is in the correct position, your training When you are doing this, your horse fork is just hanging there. You should know to jog forward with a don’t want the training fork to cluck. His neck and head should be “This lesson gives be pulling your horse’s head into so soft that he wants to give his nose people a reference position; you want your horse to you, and all you have to do is ask. point of how to stay to know how to put his head in You might bump your calves on him focused, because a position by what you’ve done a little and cluck to him to go up horse learns through with the circles and what you’re but you’re not having to constantly repetition and the more asking him to do with your hands. squeeze. If you are constantly That training fork only comes squeezing a horse to the bridle, his you can do it exactly into play now if he lifts his head stride is going to quicken and he’s the same way, the out of position, so remember the not going to slow down and be real quicker he will learn it.” imaginary box you pictured in relaxed, because you’re always asking front of the horse’s head when we him to go forward. began this sequence of training. The horse should always be aiming for that box; at first Now we’ve asked him to bend left and right and jog he’ll be way out of the box, but as you practice more bigger circles, and when I say jog a circle, I mean a and more, you—and he—will be more precise and he’ll circle, not something that looks like an egg. If you have be closer to it. It will take less pulling, your hands will a problem with the shape of your pattern, put cones at do less, and everything will be lighter in that box. Now every quarter of a circle so that as your horse gets softer, your horse is really soft in the snaffle. ■ you’re going to jog through those cones. As you go through one set of cones, that allows you to look at the next set. When you get close to that set, you should be Tommy Garland, of Powhatan, Va., is a second-generation looking at the next one. That teaches you to look ahead, horseman, with experience in a variety of breeds. Since 1985, he so that if you are in a ring showing, you will get better at has specialized in Arabians, and won numerous U.S., Brazilian, looking at traffic, seeing where there are good places to and Canadian National Championships in western and hunter be, if there is a wreck getting ready to happen in front of pleasure, with both purebreds and Half-Arabians. He is also you or if somebody’s having a problem ahead of you. It known for his expertise with amateurs, and is one of the most popular clinicians in the equine industry, where his teaching is is especially helpful if you are used to looking down and based on confidence, patience and respect. concentrating on your horse, so that when you look up J ULY 2010 | 225

Times For Amateurs “It’s Not Fair!” by Keri Schenter

Common Complaints From The Amateur Ring It’s hard for me to imagine that I have been riding and showing Arabians on the Regional level for more than 10 years and at the National level for nearly six. It seems like only yesterday I was spending hours paging through magazines and dreaming about being able to someday be out there “with the big guys.” Retrospectively, I can appreciate how far I’ve come; yet, I struggle like so many of my peers to do even better. With the 2010 Regional season winding down and Nationals (Canada, Sport Horse, and U.S.) right around the corner, I continue to glean tidbits of information from my fellow horse show fanatics. It’s been a very interesting summer, and Arabian Horse Association’s (AHA) announcement of limiting Select Amateurs to only the Select classes at Nationals is only the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of complaints I hear more often than not. Some of the most common include: 1. It’s not fair that amateurs showing junior horses in a bosal have a competitive advantage over those who are riding older horses in a bridle. 2. It’s not fair that amateurs who don’t have a maturity horse at U.S. Nationals only have one class in which to ride. 3. It’s not fair that riders who have been training professionally for any number of years can declare amateur status and show against “true” amateurs. 4. It’s not fair that amateurs who are newer to the industry have to compete against riders who have won numerous national championships. 5. It’s not fair that amateurs who work full time, do much of their own training, and have limited budgets have to compete against riders who can afford to keep horses in training full time. Most of these are complaints that we (and I use the term “we” to refer to amateur exhibitors such as myself, who, I believe, represent the vast majority of amateur exhibitors) hear a lot, but in reality we can’t do very much about them. 226 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

Let’s take a look at each and see if we can offer suggestions that may help all of us understand why things are the way they are. Maybe, if we can give “the powers that be” something to chew on, they can make changes that will benefit the majority. First, do amateurs riding junior horses in a bosal have a competitive advantage over those riding in a bridle? I’ve presented this question to a number of professionals, and the answer is typically, “Yes, but … ” While riding in a bosal is certainly a skill that is learned and acquired, the fact remains that riders have two hands on the reins. Riding a western horse in a bridle is—unquestionably—one of the most difficult things to master in every sense. Today’s bridled western pleasure horse is expected to go on a “reasonably” loose rein, at a measured pace, and appear to be in complete control. It can be done, and I have no qualms about saying that a rider who has been successful in mastering that skill can be as competitive—if not more so—than a rider on a junior horse who has mastered the bosal. So, I would venture to say that yes, if push comes to shove, the horse using a bosal probably has a slim competitive advantage over the bridled horse in the amateur ring. This issue, very simply, segues into the second issue: amateurs who don’t have a maturity horse only have one class in which to ride at U.S. Nationals. This certainly applies to western bridled horses, but also to English, country and hunter horses who have aged out of junior horse/maturity classes. One of the grumbles that came out of the “discussion” over Select Riders being limited to one class was that it still left amateur exhibitors, who were on junior horses, two opportunities to show in maturity and amateur age classes. How is that fair? This is where I would hope AHA would take a step back from the direction it seems to be going and look again at how

Times For Amateurs to best serve its greatest contingent of exhibitors. The obvious solution to the maturity issue would be to limit maturity horses to only that class, as Select Riders are limited to their class. A suggestion I’ve heard tossed around, but apparently has not gotten much press, would be to offer amateur junior horse classes and amateur senior horse classes that were split into age divisions. This would put the horses using the bosal in the ring with their peers, and bridle horses with theirs. It offers all riders the same number of classes. The next three issues are, indeed, tenuous. Professionals who turn amateur is nothing any of us can control, so long as the persons making the transition do so according to the rules. No, it isn’t fair that we have to compete against someone who up until a year or two previously was training professionally. However, that is one of those breaks of the game we have to learn to accept. Look at it this way—there is no license or test a professional has to take or pass to call him/herself a professional horse trainer. As there are gifted professionals who are great riders and handlers, there are trainers who are not as gifted. In that same respect, there are a number of amateur exhibitors who have over the years dominated the winner’s circle because they are truly gifted and exceptional riders/handlers. These gifted riders and handlers could be very successful professionals but have chosen to retain their amateur status. So, while it can be discouraging when you see a former professional enter the amateur ranks, try not to be disheartened. It is absolutely nothing any of us have control over, and just one of those things we have to accept. In that same line of thought, it doesn’t seem fair that we have to compete against horses and riders who have won any number of national championships. That was the catalyst behind the idea of the Select Amateur division, which has become enormously successful. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of amateur exhibitors who are no longer eligible for the Select division, there is a huge chasm that separates an initial taste of success from winning that blanket of roses. There is no doubt we’re riding good horses and have established a training program (either with a trainer or without) that makes us good enough to compete at Nationals. Yet, how do you then leap from good enough for national competition to rising above the rest to earn a ribbon at Nationals? Amateur classes are typically 30-50 horses per age split (depending on discipline), and only 10 of those are going to bring home a ribbon. Our comprehension of who makes up the winners is somewhat slanted by the fact that so often we see the same horses/riders winning those top tens year after year. What have they done “differently” to win those top tens? Why are they always in the ribbons, and why do we feel left out?

Thus, we lead into the final issue. I grumbled about the void between “wealthy” versus “average” amateurs for many years and advocated methods to level the playing field. At some point, however, I began to realize that I was looking at “leveling” the playing field in entirely the wrong way. Horse showing, regardless of the breed or discipline, is not based on how wealthy an owner/exhibitor is. Hunters compete according to their experience and ability. As the horses move through the green divisions, the fences get bigger. The amateur classes are split by age, and for those just starting out, there are smaller fences in separate divisions. The jumpers are much the same way, with horses moving up in the ranks as they show talent and ability to jump bigger fences. The hunter/jumper industry is just one example, but the same problems exist. Is it fair that “Jane Average Doe” with her one horse has to compete against the daughter of a multi-billionaire and her string of Olympic-caliber horses? It may not be fair, but if “Jane Average Doe’s” horse doesn’t knock any of the fences down and goes faster than the other, she’s going to win. The bottom line is that horse shows are not necessarily “fair” by their very nature. Show committees select and hire judges who they pay to decide—in that judge’s personal opinion—who the best horse is in a given class/division. How can one man’s (or woman’s) opinion be considered fair? It absolutely cannot be; yet, we choose to compete because we can and are supposed to be doing it for fun. Pleasure classes, by their very nature, are purely subjective when it comes to whether or not the judge likes your horse versus the one he knows has already won a national championship. Maybe, just maybe, Mr. National Champion horse has an off day, or his rider gets a case of nerves and lets him make mistakes. Remember, nobody wins all the time, and it’s the one who the judge likes the best at the moment he/she fills out his/ her card that is going to win the ribbon in the end. I certainly believe that there are things AHA can change to accommodate more riders in the grand scheme of national competition, and it doesn’t seem unreasonable to suggest separating those exhibitors on junior horses from the rest. If we allow ourselves to be intimidated or discouraged by riders who have more money than we do, or win more than us, we’re in the game for the wrong reason. It is supposed to be about the ride, not the ribbon. Always remember there are going to be a lot of blue ribbons and championship titles you win that you may not deserve. Also, there will be a number of times you walk away with nothing when you may have done your absolute best. Love your horse for who he is, and embrace the experience of just being lucky enough to be there. Maybe, someday, there will be more opportunities in the national arena for amateur exhibitors, but in the meantime let us have fun with the chances we have. ■ J ULY 2010 | 227

A Leg Up Looking at EPM, Part I Diagnostic Tests and Treatments by Heather Smith Thomas

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is one of the most common causes of neurological problems in horses. The one-celled protozoa that cause this disease invade the brain and spinal cord and affect nerves that control the horse’s movements.

atrophy. If the parasite attacks the brain, which happens less commonly, signs may include depression, blindness, behavioral changes, seizures, and cranial nerve paralysis (affecting facial muscles, hindering ability to chew or swallow, producing a tilting of the head, and atrophy of various head muscles).

The Disease In Horses Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Assistant “Diagnosis is often based on Professor at the University of California-Davis, says clinical signs, but this can EPM was probably the be difficult because other most important neurological neurologic disorders and disease in horses in North wobbler horses can show America until West Nile appeared. “There are some similar signs. Laboratory tests regional differences, but about are generally utilized to help 10 percent of our neurological make sure the horse actually case load here is diagnosed as EPM,” says Pusterla. has EPM after ruling out other “We are also recognizing a Sarcocystis neurona is found nervous system diseases.” second organism that causes in North, Central and South it. Neospora hughesi has been America, and commonly recognized for many years but was thought to be just a parasitizes several hosts including the cowbird, raccoon, disease of the western part of the U.S. We know now that cat, skunk, armadillo, sea otter and opossum. The horse it is more widespread.” is an accidental host that may pick up the parasite when eating feed contaminated with feces from an animal shedding oocysts. The most common mode of infection Diagnostic Tests in horses is consumption of feed contaminated with opossum feces. Diagnosis is often based on clinical signs, but this can be difficult because other neurologic disorders and wobbler If the parasite manages to get past the horse’s natural horses can show similar signs. Laboratory tests are defenses and invade the brain or spinal cord, the horse generally utilized to help make sure the horse actually has shows signs of EPM. If the parasite attacks the spinal EPM after ruling out other nervous system diseases. cord, primary signs are ataxia (inability to control muscle movements), stumbling and incoordination with a Currently there are several tests available—the Western weak and wobbly gait, multi-limb lameness and muscle blot test, the ELISA test, the PCR test, and most The first description of EPM was published in 1970. It took several more years for researchers to begin shedding light on some of the mysteries of this debilitating disease. Most EPM cases seen in horses are caused by the protozoan Sarcocystis neurona, though some cases are caused by a different protozoan called Neospora hughesi.


A Leg Up recently, the IFAT test. The Western blot test has been available the longest. “It is qualitative and gives a positive or negative result,” says Pusterla. This test checks for antibodies. It can show that a horse has been exposed to Sarcocystis neurona and has developed antibodies—but a positive result does not mean that the horse has an active infection. Many horses come into contact with this parasite, develop antibodies, and never get EPM. In addition to its use in diagnosing EPM, the western blot test can help in ruling out other neurological diseases.

horse is showing neurologic signs, the higher the antibody titer is, the more likely you are dealing with EPM.”

The ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test is quantitative, measuring the level of antibodies in the horse. Titers above a certain level indicate not only exposure to Sarcocystis neurona, but possible active infection, if the horse is also showing clinical signs.

“We’ve had a few instances in which the sample sent in had undetectable antibodies in blood but high levels of antibodies in the cerebrospinal fluid. We would have missed them if we hadn’t tested the CSF. If the diagnostic work doesn’t match the clinical impression, you need to pursue it farther, rather than just ruling out EPM because the test was negative. If you still suspect the horse might have EPM, it’s worthwhile to check by doing a spinal tap, which mainly helps rule out other diseases that can be tested via the CSF.”

Spinal taps are thus still used in diagnosis. “If we find high titers in a neurologic horse, giving us a high probability of disease (80 to 90 percent probability),” he says, “there is not much benefit in also doing a spinal tap. But if we get low titers, with probability of disease between 30 to 60 percent, then it is worthwhile to do the spinal tap.

Daniel K. Howe, PhD, of the Gluck Equine Research Center, helped develop the ELISA tests in 2005, based on specific Sarcocystis neurona proteins (antigens). “We have also done this for Neospora hughesi,” he says. “These assays seem to be very accurate in terms of sensitivity At this point, however, there is no foolproof test for and specificity for detecting antibodies against these two EPM, since any of the tests may sometimes show a false parasites in a horse, whether in serum or cerebrospinal positive. The lab at UC-Davis offers both the Western fluid. By making a comparison between the amount of blot and IFAT tests at the same antibody present in the serum and time, which can help, but there is the amount present in the spinal still a need for better tests. Sharon fluid, you can assess with some “At this point in time, Witonsky, DVM, PhD, Dipl. confidence whether the horse has however, the best ACVIM, Associate Professor, an active infection in the central foundation for diagnosis Virginia-Maryland Regional nervous system.” He is presently College of Veterinary Medicine, working on a new ELISA test, using is still a very thorough is part of a group doing research a blend of surface antigens. neurological exam,” on the equine immune system’s says Amy Johnson, response to infection, trying to The PCR (polymerase chain DVM, of New Bolton better define what is happening reaction) test can identify DNA with immune responses in the fragments of S. neurona in the Center, University of horses that develop EPM. horse’s cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Pennsylvania.” A veterinarian may order this test, A diagnostic test is being developed using a sample of CSF, to confirm using new technology involving a gene chip that has the diagnosis after other tests have shown positive results. many bacteria, protozoa and viruses on it. According to Steve Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood and Riddle The most recently developed IFAT (indirect Equine Hospital, Lexington, Ky., there is some thought immunofluorescent antibody tests) can check for both about using this test to diagnose neurological conditions organisms that cause EPM. “These two tests were caused by herpes viruses, encephalitides, etc., and some developed and validated at UC-Davis,” says Pusterla. researchers would like to develop this test for EPM. “With a mathematical model the researchers have also This may open a new diagnostic testing model for all determined probability of the disease based on the titer neurologic diseases, according to Reed. (antibody level in serum and in cerebrospinal fluid). If the

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A Leg Up “At this point in time, however, the best foundation for diagnosis is still a very thorough neurological exam,” says Amy Johnson, DVM, of New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. “EPM gets blamed for a lot of things, in terms of poor performance, lameness, or other diseases that have other explanations. I encourage horse owners to get their veterinarian involved early in the process and make sure the horse has neurologic signs before deciding that the horse has EPM and starting treatment.” There are many things besides EPM that can cause a horse to be a little off, or lame, and there are also many ways EPM can affect horses, making diagnosis very challenging at times.

Treatment Some horse owners and veterinarians, frustrated with the diagnostic challenges, simply treat a suspicious horse (with clinical signs) for EPM and monitor the horse’s response. If it improves, they figure the horse had EPM.

“Another thing this group experimented with was mixing DMSO with ponazuril. They formulated their own ponazuril, but this is the active ingredient in Marquis®. They mixed it with DMSO and found the “Some horse owners and absorption was much better veterinarians, frustrated with than when ponazuril was the diagnostic challenges, given alone. This might also inf luence treatment protocol simply treat a suspicious in the future. DMSO is horse (with clinical signs) for very good at carrying many EPM and monitor the horse’s drugs through physiologic barriers.” response. If it improves, they

figure the horse had EPM.”

Several medications are now available to treat this disease. For many years there were no FDA approved drugs for EPM and veterinarians used compounded drugs that were effective in killing or inhibiting the protozoa. These drugs included ponazuril, diclazuril, nitazoxanide and pyrimethamine-sulfadiazine. Ponazuril was the first approved drug, marketed as Marquis®. The pyrimethamine-sulfadiazine combination also gained FDA approval (marketed as ReBalance™), but the company that made it went out of business. Currently it is being used as a compounded medication. Johnson says there have been some new developments in treatment options. “Some of the research was done earlier, but a group in Illinois recently looked at giving a loading dose of ponazuril (the active ingredient in Marquis®) at the beginning of treatment, to increase spinal f luid levels of the drug more quickly,” she says. “Veterinarians have been doing this in the field, and anecdotally it seems to help,” she continues. “There


hasn’t been any published clinical research on this; the project in Illinois was a pharmacokinetic study. They weren’t treating clinically affected horses. They were just administering the drug to normal horses to measure the blood and spinal f luid levels obtained. They found that cerebrospinal f luid levels increase to steady-state levels after just one day with the loading dose, whereas a typical maintenance dose took 10 or 11 days to reach the same steady-state levels in the CSF.

There will also be another formulation of diclazuril (a drug similar to ponazuril) available soon in a pelleted form that could be mixed with the horse’s feed. “This formulation already has FDA approval, but hasn’t been put into a commercial product yet,” Johnson says. Rob MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, University of Florida, published an article in 2006 in which he suggested that if EPM cases can be treated earlier in the disease process, their overall prognosis for full recovery is better. If a horse owner is suspicious that a lameness or incoordination problem might be EPM, the owner should have the horse assessed and tested. Dr. Reed, of Rood and Riddle, says many horses make a seemingly good response to treatment but still have muscle loss. “This can have a huge negative impact on their career,” he observes. “A Thoroughbred racehorse, for instance, even if he is healthy again—if he’s lost half his gluteal muscles, he won’t be able to compete again at top level.” ■

Handy Horse Tips The Impact of A Horse’s Environment by Lee Bolles It is a question even asked about human beings: Is it nature or nurture? Do people inherit their habits and personality traits or are they learned behaviors? What about in the case of a horse? I’ve studied more horses than I have humans, and in the case of the horse, I can say I believe it is a little bit of both.

This translated to differences when starting these young horses. The pasture horses were still likely to attempt to run, whereas those raised on the ranch were pretty halfhearted about it.

When weaning foals in the past, I’ve done it a little differently by removing the mares from the foals instead of vice versa. With all the babies and mares in one While a horse is always going to have the most basic of pasture, we would slowly take the mares away from the instincts, fight or flight, there are many other behaviors babies until just one mare remained—the babysitter. She we see in horses that come about as a result of the happened to be a mare with sore environment they are in from the feet. It was fascinating to watch day they are born. Many of us have that pasture on a windy day when seen the influence a mare can have the babies got excited and wanted on her foal. A calm, quiet, sensible “There are many other to run. Since their leader didn’t mare is a great one to teach the kind behaviors horses learn run, they didn’t either … at least of habits we generally want in our from one another, not for long. horses—calm, quiet and sensible. including cribbing, On the other hand, a mare that is There are many other behaviors very skittish and flighty is most weaving, stall pacing, horses learn from one another, likely going to influence her foal to and kicking.” including cribbing, weaving, stall be the same way. In those cases, it pacing, and kicking. If a particular is best to keep the mare in as quiet horse is difficult to catch, he’ll a situation as possible and wean the likely make his pasture mates the same way. When it foal as quickly as you can. comes to these types of behaviors, whether they are in the barn or the pasture, it is preferable to manage them Something I noticed many years ago while working at as soon as possible before you have an entire barn full of The Hat Ranch was that the young horses we kept on horses with undesirable traits. A cribbing strap might fix acres and acres of grazing land learned to “run.” If even a cribbing problem, just as a kicking strap might hinder just one in the herd saw something or heard something a kicking issue. Stall pacing and weaving might be a sign that rang the alarm bell, the entire herd started running of boredom, which stall toys or more turn-out time might until they got tired or weren’t frightened anymore. On the fix. Putting a hard to catch horse alone in a small area other hand, those youngsters we kept close on the ranch, might help make him more willing to be caught. The itself, and fed daily were far less likely to run—partly most important thing is to remove the horse instigating because they didn’t have as much space. They would shift the undesirable behaviors and try to fix the problem around, maybe run the fence a bit, but they never really before it spreads. ■ were able to dig in and take off like our grazing horses.

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Arabian Horse Photographers In Focus

Tex Kam by Mary Kirkman



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The first thing you notice about Tex Kam is his enthusiasm. He is passionate about Arabians, and he has been around long enough and endured enough reversal of equine fortune to be certifiably beyond the starryeyed newcomer phase. He is well aware that breeding horses is not a game, that unwise stewardship can lead to financial trouble, that not every horse is perfect and not every breeding yields a national champion. But he loves Arabians anyway, and most of his life has centered on them. The aspect that doesn’t—his part-time career as an environmental consultant—is carefully calibrated as a source of income and a worthwhile cause. Another frequent reaction he hears upon acquaintance is “Tex Kam? Is that name for real?” Yes, it is. His father was a cowboy at heart and named Tex—the last of eight children, seven of whom have “ordinary” names—after Tex Ritter, a western star of the 1950s. “Kam” is an immigration official’s version of the German “Kamm;” these days, however, the family shares a telephone book page almost solely with Chinese transplants. “I hated the name Tex when I was growing up,” Kam admits. “It made me self-conscious because it was different. Now I like it—people don’t have any trouble remembering it.” The truth is, few people would have trouble remembering him no matter what his name is. His curious blend of fervent energy and the laid-back reserve common to many Canadians is part of his character. “Canadians, I think, are a pretty understated people,” he says by way of explanation. “I come to the U.S., and when the national anthem is played, you can feel the patriotism coming out of your pores. That doesn’t happen in Canada. It doesn’t make either country any less patriotic; it’s just how we are. It’s an inner thing.” Tex Kam’s career in Arabians began early. He shared a love of horses with his father, who owned and ran a barber shop but nursed dreams of the cowboy life. The family owned Quarter Horses, but the senior Kam had always wanted an Arabian, and he purchased a weanling

for $600 when his son was a child. “My parents had eight kids to feed,” Tex observes now. “Buying horses, especially for my mother, was not a priority. I think she would like to have brained my dad and me with a rolling pin that day!” But through the years, Mrs. Kam always supported their projects, even as she cautioned, “Horses are a rich man’s game, Tex. Maybe you should think of something else.” (“There are days I think I should have followed her advice,” he admits now. “But there are a lot of days that I think there was no other way I could have lived than what I’m doing today.”) It was not long before the Kams were out of Quarter Horses and into Arabians. Barely a teenager, Tex went to work for neighbor Larry Cannan as much to gain experience as to earn cash. He became fascinated with Cannan’s pure Polish bloodstock, which, he says, was clearly superior to what his family owned. He read every magazine he could get his hands on, and in 1981, attended his first Canadian Nationals, held that year in Edmonton. “Bey Shah was there, and *Padron,” he recalls. “It was the first time I saw that quality of horse, and I thought, ‘Wow, I have to be here.’” Over the next few years he gained enough knowledge to persuade his parents to get into the Arabian business seriously. They mortgaged the farm to buy an *Aladdinn son, and Tex began buying and selling horses, developing a system he uses to this day: he studied bloodlines, photographs and records, and found mares who had fallen through the cracks of the high-dollar industry and were not being used. Usually, he was able to acquire them for reasonable prices, and many he resold at a profit. Before he was old enough for college, he had made more than $60,000. His activities led to a hard lesson. “The horses were rolling in; it was the height of everything in the Arabian business,” he says. “I got myself in debt up to my ears, and then the tax laws changed. I woke up one morning with a pasture full of horses that I had paper on that was worth nothing.” A second lesson followed quickly when, in the process of trying to sell or place the horses, he did business with

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Black Daniels—an up-and-coming English Pleasure star owned by Bryan and Joanne Grossman of Edmonton, Alberta.



an unscrupulous horse trader who pulled every trick in the book and left him with nothing. In the meantime, his father died, and the family had to sell a portion of the farm to pay off the horse-related debt. The only solace came when he picked up a copy of an industry publication and read that the man who had swindled him had gone to prison when two Arabian owners took him to court. “I was on the floor, laughing so hard that tears were coming down my face,” he reports. “What goes around, comes around. My money was gone, but I still have that article to this day.”

“I asked Bob if I could take pictures,” he recalls, “and he said no, they had Jerry Sparagowski coming in. Then he went to Nationals.”

It was time, he realized, to get his life back on track, and it was at this point that photography entered the picture for the first time. Living in Edmonton, just trying to get by, he worked briefly for Bob Bradburn at Pinnacle Arabians, then home of the superstars Zodiac Matador, Scarlet Lace, Mark IV Coronation, and Basks Last Love.

Despite his initial success with the camera, it didn’t occur to him to pursue photography as a profession. “Most of my passions are the kind that leave you penniless, like a starving artist,” he observes ruefully. But part of Tex Kam’s charm is that he refuses to give up those passions; he finds a way to make them fit.

Here Tex grins. “To this day, Bob doesn’t know that while he was at Nationals, the grooms and I had a photo shoot.” The images he captured—barn door shots, with black backgrounds, of Scarlet Lace and Zodiac Matador— hooked him forever on photography. “To me, they were great, I was like, ‘Wow, look at that, how many people get to shoot Scarlet Lace?’”

Scarlet O Butler with Tanique Plaxen, National winning English pleasure mare and granddaughter of my foundation mare *Gitara PASB.

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At the time, he turned to earning an income. He learned the environmental cleanup business from the ground up, starting with driving a truck and cleaning up hazardous waste sites, and then moving into the marketing end of the business. After nearly 20 years in the growing field, he opened his own business as a consultant. When he speaks of his experiences, his words offer an interesting accompaniment to the news of major ecological disasters that proliferate today’s news. His work exposes the dangers of the all-too-frequent waste dumps that eat away at everyone’s environment. “We were called in to a site where somebody was storing 150 drums of hazardous waste in their backyard,” he recalls of one incident. “And they had five kids in the house! It was in the city; the guy didn’t know what he was doing. It takes only one liter of waste oil to pollute one million liters of drinking water, and each one of those 45-gallon drums was 205 liters. So, if it had been dumped down the sewer, it would have been a huge danger.” For a few years, it seemed that he had established a life for himself beyond Arabian horses. Then, as he recalls, he “made the mistake” of going to Scottsdale in 1996 for a vacation. “It was totally the wrong thing to do,” he grins. “I was back in it like that.” (He snaps his fingers.) This time, he vowed, he would do it right. He resumed his old practice of searching out quality individuals with reasonable price tags, and in the wake of the mid-80s market crash, he found spectacular horses, mostly older mares, just standing around. His technique was to inquire, and if the owner didn’t want to sell, he just kept up calling, writing, and later, emailing. “And I always had to buy on terms,” he qualifies. “I don’t think there’s Bey Ambition—U.S. National Champion Futurity Stallion, owned by Rae Dawn Arabians of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

one who wouldn’t give me a reference. I’d pay off one, and go on to the next one. The youngest I ever bought was 17. Sometimes I got them bred, sometimes not.” Among those he collected were two out of his three all-time favorite horses: Colonial Wood’s stallion, Medalion, whom he leased from Paul Wood in the later years of Medalion’s life, and the lovely Polish mare *Gitara, dam of Gitar MF. He loved *Elkana too, but knew there was not enough money in the world to get her from Aude Espourteille. Because money always was in short supply, Tex learned to do all the collection and insemination himself, leaving the ultrasounding and the palpating to the veterinarians. And he got out his camera as well; ever since the 1980s, when he hadn’t been able to afford a professional photographer, he had shot all his own pictures. Again, he studied the leading photographers’ techniques and experimented on his own to perfect his technique. “Then around 2000, I looked at the stuff I was doing and thought, ‘You know what, this stuff is good enough for a magazine,’” he says. “I didn’t know how this stuff worked; I just packaged up a big brown envelope and sent it to Walter Mishek with a note that said, ‘Feel free to use anything you want.’” Mishek responded by asking him to shoot at the Nationals, photographing people in the stands and over the rail, but Tex demurred. “I didn’t have the guts,” he says frankly. “I didn’t think I was ready.” He replied that he would shoot the pictures and Arabian Horse Times could purchase what it needed. By that time, he was contributing photographs to Canadian Arabian Horse News, the official publication of the Canadian Arabian Registry. Finally, he had improved Shy Gayfeen, owned by Cori Wilson of Kelowna, B.C., is the most winning Straight Egyptian stallion in the world.


Rising futurity filly contender RA Nefertiti with Greg Knowles for owners Warren and Jan Fertig of Red Deer, Alberta. National Champion Allionce, managed by The Todd Ehret Family, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

The first Canadian-bred National Champion mare in history—Island Elegance with Jody Pringle, owned by Don and Ruth James of British Columbia.

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I was walking around Manhattan a couple years ago and stumbled upon my favorite talk show host shooting hoops with Lebron James during David Letterman’s taping of his late night show.


Wayne Newton.


his skills enough that tentatively, after each edition had been published, he began sending proofs to prospective clients. He remains grateful for the support he received at the time, citing especially Maria Ferrer Murdock, who advised him, “I come from a performing family and can see talent in your work; you need to have more confidence in your abilities;” Donna Hentges, owner of U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallion First Cyte, who also purchased photos and counseled, “You need to step up your game and get more serious about what you do;” and Bill Melendez, who booked what Kam calls his first “big-time” photo shoot. “My knees were knocking,” he recalls of the session at Ventura Farms. “I’d heard the stories from the other photographers who shot the big farms of the day, who told me ‘You either get the shot, or you’re gone.’ I’m thinking, ‘You’re on Broadway now, so you’d better hit the high notes.’ When I got back in the car after it was over, I was drenched in sweat.” But he’d gotten the pictures. “I had to face the pressure of it,” he continues candidly. “That’s about when I met Jerry Sparagowski, and he told me—I’ve always remembered this—‘if you can’t shoot under pressure, you’re in the wrong business.’ So I started getting a little more aggressive.” As time went on, there would be more supportive relationships, some of which turned into friendships— Cathy Vincent at Adandy, he notes, and Murray and Shirley Popplewell, among others. He even took on the ultimate pressure of shooting at an important horse show, a regional event in Canada, from center ring rather than over the rail. “I want my name out more,” he explains. He also added another responsibility to his collection of occupations. When the Canadian Registry cancelled its magazine in a 2006 cost-cutting maneuver, he decided to run for the Registry’s board of directors. On a platform that included restoring the magazine, he was elected. “Canada is 3,500 miles wide,” he says. “That magazine is one of the things that unites us all in the Arabian horses.” He surveyed his constituency, asking if they would pay $20 more to have the magazine again, and was answered with a resounding yes. Membership on the board eventually led to his being elected its president. “My vision for the Canadian Registry was different from

what some of the other directors felt when I came on board,” he concedes. “Many believed that the Registry was only for registering horses (AHA runs our shows). I want to take us to a new place. Technology is changing so much, we have to get with the times or we’ll get left behind. We’re the second largest Arabian registry in the world, and I’d like to see us take our rightful place on the world stage. Protecting and registering Arabians in Canada is our first priority, but I feel that just behind, ever-so-slightly, is the promotion of the Canadian Arabian horse.” A new registry website has been developed, as well as another one for the magazine which features Canadian archives, and the Registry is now on Facebook® and Twitter.™ “Not everyone agrees with me,” he says, “but many of the directors do, and to the others, I just say, ‘Let me try to improve things. You had an opportunity. Please let me try.’” Any discussion with him about the magazine reveals that bringing it back is one of his fondest achievements. Before becoming president of the registry, he served as its communications director for four years, and when he reinstituted the News in 2008, he oversaw its classy, updated design, and posted it on the web, refuting critics of the free access by pointing out that it was important to boost their readership. Canadian Arabian Horse News, he marvels, has been a fixture on the Arabian scene since 1960, except for its year-and-a-half suspension; it is for him, as it was for his predecessors, a labor of love. Most of the work done on it has been performed by volunteers who simply cared that there be one publication by and for Canadian Arabian horsemen. “Due to Canada’s small Arabian horse population, we are realistic that our main mission with the magazine isn’t to make money,” Tex says. “But we strive to either break even or come close to it.” Publishing, he learned, is a timeconsuming job. He takes no salary for his contributions, but he hasn’t the slightest doubt that the work he is doing is worthwhile. The Tex Kam that now functions in several businesses, but who wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to horses, is only part of the story. There is the personal, non-equine side as well. He and his significant other, Elizabeth Stratulat, just broke up last year after 20 years; he’s not sure where that segment of his life is heading, but

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he is eternally grateful for the two little girls who are Stratulat’s grandchildren by a first marriage. They are his grandchildren too, he says, even if they aren’t related by blood. “They are the highlight of my life. I’ve been with them since they were born, and you couldn’t have a closer bond.” It is, after all, a familiar premise for him. He was adopted as a baby by his parents. “I could not have asked for a better deal,” he reflects. “We didn’t have a lot of money, but we sure weren’t lacking in love. Just because the blood that’s running through your veins isn’t the same, doesn’t mean much. It’s where your heart is that counts.” At this stage of his life, Tex Kam is coming to know the various aspects of his personality, and he is comfortable with what he sees. He accepts that he is not cut out for just one career, and he likes the change of pace that being a photographer, an environmental consultant, a horse breeder and a registry president offers. And in the past few years, he has seen personal interests emerge as well. His photography, once reserved for just the horses, now encompasses several other subjects as well—some of which offer insight into himself.

These photos are of the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. Keep in mind, these shots were taken a year later and the garbage hasn’t been cleared from the streets.


“I’m very drawn to really gritty cities,” he says. “New York, the south side of Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans—people think I’m nuts.” He mentions that he was in New Orleans for his 40th birthday, just a few months before he and the rest of the world sat glued to the television, watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “By the third day, I’m seeing people dying on the overpass because they couldn’t get water,” he says, his voice still hollow. “The richest country in the world, and they couldn’t get water to them.” So, on the one-year anniversary of Katrina, when he found himself in Houston, he knew he had to stop in the Crescent City on the way home. After a cursory visit to Bourbon Street, he strolled down River Walk, the esplanade usually teeming with tourists from cruise ships. It was deserted. He yearned to go to the Lower Ninth Ward, but hesitated because he didn’t want to offend whoever was left there by gawking. Then he struck up a conversation with a woman from the Visitors’ Bureau. “Go to the Lower Ninth,” she told him. “You have to go down there and see it and tell the world that nothing is being done.” So he did, careful to be respectful of


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the residents left in the broken, desolate area. The photographs are haunting. The lighter, quixotic side of Tex Kam is expressed in his devotion to the Boston Red Sox—a completely unexpected loyalty because he did not grow up a baseball fan. “I watched it a little,” he shrugs of his original level of involvement. “Then in 1986, I was watching the playoffs. The Red Sox, who were huge underdogs, were playing the Mets in the World Series, and they were up three games to two and they blew it in extra innings! A guy named Bill Buckner let a ball go between his legs and roll down the first base line, and after that, it was all over. They lost the next game too. It was out of the blue—I felt like someone had ripped my heart out, and I’d never even been to Boston! I don’t even know why; they were such a sad-sack lot, I guess I felt like somebody needed to cheer for them.” Cheer for them he did, through their lackluster 1990s and into the new century, when new owners suddenly began bidding against the Yankees for top players. “All of the sudden, we had a contender,” he smiles. It was time for


him to see them in person. “We went to Yankee Stadium first, and it was awe-inspiring. And then we went to Fenway, and there’s no place on earth I’ve been that’s like that when it’s full. It can be magical in there!” He’s there often enough now that a longtime season ticket holder routinely offers him close-up seats for better shots of the field. He also follows the team on the road; in October 2004, for what has been described as “the biggest comeback in professional sport history,” Tex was at the final four games of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. “After trailing by three games, they defeated the mighty Yankees in their own stadium,” he says. “Grown men (Yankee fans) were crying—they couldn’t believe the Yankees could be beat.” After defeating the Yankees so handily, it was almost anticlimactic, he says, when the Red Sox, after 86 winless years, defeated the Cardinals in four straight games. Then in 2007, he was leaving Albuquerque after the U.S. Nationals when he realized that his beloved Sox were playing the final game of the Series in Denver. “I thought,


Red Sox relief pitcher, Mike Timlin, spraying the Red Sox faithfull at the conclusion of the 2007 World Series in Denver.

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‘I can’t miss this,’ changed my ticket and flew to Denver— got there an hour before the game, bought a ticket from a scalper, and saw them win again.” He marvels at the privilege. “There were people who’d cheered for their whole life for the Red Sox, waited their whole life and never saw them win like this. And I got to see it twice.”

that he just can’t choose among his myriad of interests? “Part of it is just getting life’s lessons in your head, getting your confidence,” he nods. “Because of my passions, I’ve probably foregone a lot of things that I should have by this age. But I love doing what I do—I’m a thoroughly free spirit.”

Now 45, Tex Kam still wonders occasionally if he’ll ever settle down to just one career, like everybody else. “I haven’t figured out yet what I want to do when I grow up,” he reflects. Maybe those early, devastating business experiences still cast a faint uncertainty … or is it really

There is another important consideration as well. “Over the years, I’ve met successful people in various industries, and really, when you get to know some of them, they’re not nice people,” he says. “If you have to be a jackass to be successful, I guess I’ll die poor.”

Janow Clock Tower Barn. This structure has become synonymous with Polish Arabians throughout the world.



Granddaughters Emily (left) and Hanna (right). As you can see, I have begun the brainwashing with the Red Sox shirt!

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Recently, not a day goes by where I have not come to the conclusion that my parents were right ... I didn’t know it all! As I’ve aged and matured these past few years, the old golden rule of “treating others as you would wish to be treated” keeps ringing in my ears. Starting out in this business many years ago (which now includes over 30 years of breeding Arabians and

15 years photographing them) was daunting and

Arabian Horse Times Magazine of Minnesota—Owners and Staff (Past and Present) with special mention to the following: Walter Mishek John Diedrich Mike Villaseñor Wayne Anderson For your support, help and guidance these past 14 years.

Todd and Jolene Bertrand professional photographers from Minnesota—for taking me under your wing and offering help and advice in a sometimes ultra-competitive business.

intimidating, and I just want to thank some key people who have exemplified that “Old Golden Rule” in the way they have treated me. These people have been instrumental in my progress as a photographer in the field of Arabian horses, and a simple thanks is sometimes not enough!

Thanks to my family for putting up with my crazy pursuits of these horses around North America and the globe all these years. This business has allowed me to travel and meet people that most would envy! It has been a very unconventional lifestyle that I wouldn’t change for a minute.

Bill Melendez of California—Thank you, Bill, for giving me my first big-time photo shoot at Ventura Farms—my knees were knocking, but I kept on shooting! Jerry Sparagowski, Oklahoma—for your friendship and letting me pick your brain whenever we get together. When I first started working, I told you that I preferred to work freelance so the pressure was less. In no uncertain terms, you told me, “If you can’t work under pressure, you’ll never cut it in this business.” You were right ... THANKS for the no-nonsense advice.

Donna Hentges of Minnesota, owner of National Champion Stallion First Cyte and Maria Ferrer Murdock of California, owner of *San Jose Javiera—for your words of encouragement many years ago and for helping inspire confidence in my own abilities that I doubted at times.

Cathy Vincent, Rob Langlois and the clients of Adandy Farm, Maryland—for your trust in me to shoot your Nationals competitors these past few years culminating with some of the best performance shots I have captured.

The Todd Ehret Family and its customers of Wetaskiwin, Alberta—for allowing me into the fold to shoot some of the most winning show horses of all time.

... And especially to Murray and Shirley Popplewell, Claudinei Machado, Guto Penteado, and all the staff of Rae Dawn Arabians. Rae Dawn has been a great supporter of the “local guy” and all things Canadian at a time in their development when they really had their choice from a field of well-known professionals. I feel that through your support, my skill level has grown in parallel to the success of Rae Dawn through our mutual collaboration and respect. As I look back these past years, the chance to photograph U.S. National Champion Filly RD Fabreanna, World Cup Winning Filly RD Marcienna, and now U.S. National Champion Bey Ambition has been humbling and exciting, all at the same time. Your support has been immeasurable, and to see all your hard work rewarded this past year or so has inspired me and other fans of the Arabian breed.

And last, but certainly not least, all my customers, I want to thank both large and small, everywhere I travel—you may not all be mentioned by name but ... THANK YOU! Your patronage and hospitality does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.


2010 Buckeye SweepstakesExtravaganza Winners!

Gala De Baske

Dancin To Victory

Arabian English Pleasure Extravaganza Winner Owned by Michelle & Scott Harris, Shown by Jim Stachowski

Arabian Western Pleasure Extravaganza Winner Owned by Barbara Lynn Hunt, Shown by Tommy Garland

The Girl Nexxt Door

ERA Thrillicious

Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Extravaganza Winner Owned by Shamrock Farm LLC, Shown by Gordon Potts

Half-Arabian English Pleasure Extravaganza Winner Owned by Robin Porter, Shown by Shawn Rooker

Congratulations 2010 Buckeye Extravaganza Winners! The Buckeye Sweepstakes Extravaganza Program has offered approximately $100,000 in prize money in 2009/2010. You must be a slot owner to participate, so make sure you buy your slot for next year! Contact Cindy Clinton for more information! SHOW MANAGER: Cindy Clinton (937) 962-4336

SHOW CHAIRMAN: Roger Proffit (740) 967-7258

SHOW SECRETARY: Jean Hedger (937) 434-6114

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The 2010 Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes & NSHR District One Championships

The Place to Make

Memories by Colleen Scott If there’s any Arabian Show out there destined to make memories, it is the annual Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes & NSHR District One Championship. Held over Memorial Day weekend at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus since 1963, this show has everything—star-studded competition, stellar and innovative show management, and an exciting atmosphere.

The Competition The Buckeye has long billed itself as the show “where National Champions are made,” and rightly so. One just needs to examine past winners and compare them to the U.S., Canadian and Youth Nationals champions. No doubt this year’s class winners may also find themselves in the national spotlight down the road. Is it intimidating to show against that caliber of horses? Ryan Strand of Liberty Meadows Training Center doesn’t think so. In fact, having taken a group of clients for the second year in a row, he finds the competition helps motivate and excite his customers, preparing them for future competition. “I think the Buckeye provides a good test for your horses early in the year,” he says. Judge Chris Culbreth, who officiated at the Buckeye for the first time this year, was impressed with the caliber of competition at the show. “Every division was well-attended. Some classes were over 30 deep. Although every division was highly competitive, the depth of the country English division blew me away. These classes, as well as many others, offered the chance to see many past national champions at their best,” he says. Exhibitor Katie Harvey of San Antonio, Texas, showed at the Buckeye for the fifth time and calls this year’s show “by far the best.” “I believe we brought about 20 horses from The Brass Ring,” she says, “and everyone in our barn commented numerous times how great the quality was this year and how it was an exciting place to be.” 252 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

It’s not just the caliber of horses that make the Buckeye an exciting place to compete or spectate; it’s also the sheer numbers. While some Class A shows are struggling to top 100 horses, the 2010 Buckeye had more than 500. So, class sizes were comparable with what an exhibitor might find at a regional or even national show. The Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR class, which had 35 entries, was split into two sections. It wasn’t uncommon to see classes of 15 to 20 horses, with the Half-Arabian Ladies Side Saddle competition, not typically a large class, even boasting 15 entries.

Exciting Extras Everyone knows that competitive amateurs and a lot of good quality horses make for an exciting show, but there are even more extra special reasons to show at the Ohio Buckeye. This year, the footing also took center stage. What, the footing? Clinton explains. “The footing has been an ongoing problem. So, we did it ourselves, and we finally got it right. We always bring in the footing for the main arena, Cooper Arena, and the work ring. We also have to pay to bring it in and out. This year, we were fortunate enough to have a tractor donated by Green & Son Equipment out of Mt. Sterling. We used a Kiser™ drag, and we had our own person, Chad Kuhlwein, doing the drag work. I have found if you have someone who cares about what they are doing you will get a much better result.” Clinton says the amateur prize money was also greater this year than it ever has been. Another exciting addition to the show is the recently added Buckeye Extravaganza classes, which offer paybacks of significant amounts to slot holders in junior horse classes. Added in 2009, the program has been very successful. This year’s winners took home not only significant dollars, $30,000 divided between the champion, reserve and top five, but also beautiful championship crystal platters exclusively designed by


Aidan Scully, Master Irish Cutter and Designer at Crystal Traditions in Tiffin, Ohio. Each award takes approximately 36 hours to design, cut and finish by Mr. Scully. Exclusively at the Ohio Buckeye is the chance to enjoy the Arabian English Performance Association (AEPA) Arabian English Futurity for Yearlings. In this class, yearlings are judged based on their potential as an English performance prospect. With 17 entries, the competition was tight at this year’s show. In the end, Noble Baccarat (IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire) was victorious. He is owned by Maroon Fire Arabians and was led by Tim Shea. Besides the excitement of winning the class, Shea was particularly enthused about the number of participants. “I’m sure that was the biggest in-hand class of the show,” he says. “Even at the regional level you aren’t seeing as many horses competing in-hand, and at the Buckeye you had a 17-horse yearling class.” Peter Conway and Lori Conway of Conway Arabians bred and own both the Reserve Champion Cha Ching CA (Noble Way x MS Money Penny GA) and third place yearling, B Sharp CA (Noble Way x Glorious Melody). Much like Shea, not only was he excited about the placing of his yearlings in the class, but also about having the ability to see so many quality English prospects in one place. “As a breeder, I can see how my prospects compare to others.

I would have to travel all over the country to see that otherwise,” he says. Besides the excitement of the high-caliber horses, competitive amateur riders and big prize money classes, there are even more activities strictly designed for fun. There is the Progressive Barn Party, traditionally held on Friday between the afternoon and evening sessions. After eating the variety of foods provided by each of the farms, exhibitors have always enjoyed a number of sumptuous desserts, with this year being no exception. Although Show Manager Cindy Clinton didn’t have the opportunity to sample any of the desserts herself, she did say the Strawberry Banks strawberry shortcake is always a favorite. The local band DTZ performed with exhibitor, doctor and father Mike Knapic showing his rocker side in a special guest appearance. Says Clinton, “I don’t know where he found the energy to be jumping all over the stage that night.” Another popular attraction, especially for the kids, was the Bounce House. Anyone with a child knows how difficult it can be to keep he or she entertained throughout an entire show weekend, and a Bounce House does the trick! J ULY 2010 | 253


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Arabian Stallion and 3- & 4-Year-Old Stallion Champion DE BEER (Marwan Al Shaqab x Karalisa), shown by Blake Messerli for owner John Simmons.

Arabian Yearling Colt/Gelding Champion DA VILLE B (Da Vinci FM x MS Teaa), shown by Douglas Burger for owner Bergren Family Arabians.

Arabian Breeding Supreme Championship ATH Champion DE BEER (Marwan Al Shaqab x Karalisa), shown by Jason Tackett for owner John Simmons.

Arabian Yearling Filly Champion JUSTIFIABLY SO DCS ( Justify x K Alexia), shown by Dan Whitt for owner Cheryl Dulac-Sepulveda.


Arabian Junior Colt and 2-Year-Old Colt Champion DA MITRI B (Da Vinci FM x Oh Glory B), shown by Douglas Burger for owner Bergren Family Arabians.

Arabian Stallion 5 Years Old & Over Champion MR AMES CRF (CRF Brass x Toi Jabaska), shown by Richard Simkins for owner Cedar Ridge Farm.

Arabian Mare and 5 Years Old & Over Mare Champion SUZANNA MPA (Versace x Fortune In Gold), shown by James Michael Neal for owners Joe and Kathleen Monroe.

Arabian Mare ATH Champion ODELIA (Odyssey SC x Bea Doll), shown by owner Jeff Heinzl.

While long-time Show Manager Cindy Clinton is quick to give credit to everyone else, most Region 14 members and show attendees know the kind of hard work and dedication it takes from Clinton to successfully pull off the second largest Class A show in the country. Part of that success comes from the show committee’s attitude about making a profit. “Even during these economic times, the Buckeye board has always stressed not worrying about making money, just don’t lose money. With this kind of thinking we have been able to not raise any fees to the exhibitors,” she says. What are some of Clinton’s other secrets? Staying organized, even though she manages three major shows. “I try to work on each show separately. It is hard to not confuse the different ideas for the different shows. However, I use lots of notepads. Each show or project I am working on has their own notepad. I also carry a small notepad if I go somewhere to write down information and then transfer it to the correct notepad.” However, Clinton doesn’t operate in a vacuum, and some of this year’s greatest help came from C. Jarvis Insurance Agency. “They took it upon themselves to place gift baskets at the box seats of our gold package holders, and KD Acres donated a bottle of fine California wine to our front-row sponsors. Several different companies and friends made the baskets possible with water, jelly beans, chocolate, pads of paper and pens, hand sanitizer, dog bowls, and many other necessities to help our guests enjoy watching the show,” she says. Other support came in the form of DVDs provided by the Buckeye show management and Lisa Blackstone. Titled “A Complete Horseback Riding Beginners Kit,” the DVD has information targeted to both kids and adults. Clinton highly recommends it and says more can be obtained through www. “You just might know some of the stars on this DVD, and I assure

2010 OHIO BUCKEYE you it is never too late to learn something. This is a great website for our kids to enjoy and to refer newcomers to the breed,” she says. Clinton says all the work board members and other volunteers do really helps the show come off without a hitch, but the most important thing is less tangible. “The most important thing I receive from my show committee is support. They support me in almost everything I do. Yes, they help with the physical labor, but the support I receive from them is the most important thing to me,” she says.

Arabian Gelding Champion PSUPERSTITION (Psyncopation x RAS Mirranda), shown by James Michael Neal for owner ACL Partnership.

Arabian Gelding AAOTH Champion MAGNETIC BEY (Magnum Psyche x SL Krystal Bey), shown by owner Elaine Finney.

AEPA Arabian English Futurity Yearling Champion NOBLE BACCARAT (IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire), shown by Tim Shea for owner Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.

Arabian English Pleasure Champion A NOBLE CAUSE (IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner Cedar Ridge Farm.

Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion TRIBBIANT (Triften x TNT Arizona), ridden by Mary Trowbridge for owners Frances and Christina Nardi.

Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR Champion AFIRES REIGN (Afire Bey V x Matoskette), ridden by Katie Harvey for owner KGB Texas Marketing/PR, Inc.

Arabian English Pleasure JTR Champion PHEOBE AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Primroza), ridden by Brooke Marie Witter-Jarvis for owner Kimberly Jarvis.

Arabian English Pleasure Extravaganza Champion GALA DE BASKE (Baske Afire x Gala De Cognac), ridden by James Stachowski for owners Scott and Michelle Harris.

Two Very Special Awards This year’s memories of the Buckeye also include special ones for Katie Harvey who was presented with the Joyce Heiman white flower memorial blanket upon winning the Half-Arabian Park Horse Amateur to Ride Championship aboard Hot As Afire. Heiman, who passed away this past year, was a Region 14 show regular, always in the stands cheering on her husband, Paul. The Half-Arabian Park Horse class was always one of her favorites, especially on the occasions when the multiNational Champion winner Supreme Decision was in the ring. “It meant the world to me,” says Harvey of the special white rose memorial blanket. “I was extremely honored and touched by the entire family and all that Joyce meant to the Arabian horse world. I have always admired Paul and his unwavering support and love for the Arabian horse. I never miss a class I know he’s riding in, because he inspires me and everyone else who watches.” On Sunday night, during a special ceremony before the evening session, Roger and Venita Proffit were inducted into the Region 14 Hall of Fame. Involved in various leadership roles for nearly three decades, Roger and Venita have both been horse enthusiasts since they were children. Venita’s first horse was an Arabian while Roger grew up with working horses and obtained his first as “payment” for starting two Arabian colts. Since then, Roger

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Arabian Country English Pleasure Champion QH TALLULAH (Hey Hallelujah x Especialley), ridden by James Stachowski for owner Quarry Hill Farm.

Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Champion ROMEO AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Flames Lullaby), ridden by Carol Skeuse-Hart for owner Springwater Farms.

Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion CSP AMERICAN IDOL (DS Mick Jagger x Merlot CSP), ridden by Gordon Potts for owner CA Century Ltd.

Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Champion BROWN EYED GIRLZ (Apollopalooza x Quintina), ridden by Katie Burr for owner Burrline LLC.

“They have really been instrumental in bringing back the Buckeye Show,” says Clinton. While the recognition for those many years of volunteering her time do mean a lot to Venita, it is a labor of love for the entire family. “This is what we do for recreation,” she says, “and we are able to do it as a unit. So, it has kept our family together, and it is fun and rewarding work.” The live feed provided by Jenn Trickey, Seehorse Video, and the many web-streaming sponsors was well watched, but it still doesn’t compare to being there. Culbreth described the show this way. “Even though the schedule was long and classes often went late into the night, it was a blast. Thanks to a very professional show committee under the expert leadership of Show Manager Cindy Clinton, the event appeared to run without a hitch. From the first class of the show to the final park class, it was non-stop excitement.” Want to be a part of it next year? Watch for the show’s premium book, available in February, 2011!

Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR Champion THE WAY SHE MOVES (Baske Afire x Heavenlei), ridden by Michelle Wawzysko for owner Whispers Acres, Inc.

Arabian Park Horse Champion EMPRESSARIO DF (Maestro DF x Daca La Empress), ridden by Shawn Rooker for owner Elvin Berkheimer.

2010 BUCKEYE SWEEPSTAKES SHOW May 27-30, 2010, Columbus, Ohio Results provided by Ohio Buckeye Show Committee.

Purebred Halter Arabian Breeding Supreme Championship ATH Champion: DE BEER, Ex: Jason Tackett, O: John Simmons. Stallions

Arabian Stallions Championship - Champion: DE BEER, Ex: Blake Messerli, O: John Simmons; Reserve: DA MITRI B, Ex: Douglas Burger, O: Bergren Family Arabians. Arabian Park Horse ATR Champion BL IAM A BELIEVER (Meistermind x Baleek), ridden by owner Katherine Tuttle.


Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Champion RDA MIDNIGHT BLUE (Sundance Kid V x RDA Pfancy), ridden by Amber Wesolowski for owner Dianne Wren.

Arabian Junior Colts Championship - Champion: DA MITRI B, Ex: Douglas Burger, O: Bergren Family Arabians; Reserve: DA VILLE B, Ex: Matthew Bergren, O: Bergren Family Arabians.

2010 OHIO BUCKEYE Arabian Yearling Colts/Geldings - Champion: DA VILLE B, Ex: Douglas Burger, O: Bergren Family Arabians. Arabian Stallions 5 Years Old & Over - Champion: MR AMES CRF, Ex: Richard Simkins, O: Cedar Ridge Farm; Reserve: GHS PADRO EL ARMANI, Ex: Debbie Kaufman, O: Steve or Paula Hart. Arabian Stallions 3 & 4 Years Old - Champion: DE BEER, Ex: Blake Messerli, O: John Simmons; Reserve: AEROSPOSTALE, Ex: James Michael Neal, O: Joe or Kathleen Monroe. Arabian Colts 2 Years Old - Champion: DA MITRI B, Ex: Douglas Burger, O: Bergren Family Arabians. Arabian Stallions ATH - Champion: DE BEER, Ex: Jason Tackett, O: John Simmons; Reserve: DA VILLE B, Ex: Matthew Bergren, O: Bergren Family Arabians. Mares

Arabian Pleasure Driving Champion CARD SHARK (Baske Afire x Las Veghaz), driven by James Stachowski for owner Great Bend Ranch.

Arabian Pleasure Driving ATD Champion CARD SHARK (Baske Afire x Las Veghaz), driven by Karen Root for owner Great Bend Ranch.

Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Champion JDM RAIN DANCE (Hucklebey Berry x JDM Pentoia), driven by Gordon Potts for owners Lori and Chelsea Cantero.

Arabian Country Pleasure Driving ATD Champion ROXBURY (Hucklebey Berry x Parting Glance), driven by Terry Diver for owner Norma Diver.

Arabian Western Pleasure Champion KHONTROVERSY PGA (Khadraj NA x Enfenee), ridden by Gordon Potts for owners Lori and Chelsea Cantero.

Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse and Extravaganza Champion DANCIN TO VICTORY (RSD Dark Victory x Talons Pride), ridden by Thomas Garland for owner Barbara Lynn Hunt.

Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR Champion KHONTROVERSY PGA (Khadraj NA x Enfenee), ridden by owner Lori Cantero.

Arabian Western Pleasure JTR Champion LAUREL STARR (LBA Lode Star x Muskadot), ridden by owner Sarina LaBold.

Arabian Mares Championship - Champion: SUZANNA MPA, Ex: James Michael Neal, O: Joe or Kathleen Monroe; Reserve: ODELIA, Ex: Jeff Heinzl, O: Jeff Heinzl. Arabian Yearling Fillies - Champion: JUSTIFIABLY SO DCS, Ex: Dan Whitt, O: Cheryl Dulac-Sepulveda; Reserve: ABD MOVIE STARR, Ex: James Michael Neal, O: Patricia Zboch. Arabian Mares 5 Years Old & Over - Champion: SUZANNA MPA, Ex: James Michael Neal, O: Joe or Kathleen Monroe; Reserve: ODELIA, Ex: Jeff Heinzl, O: Jeff Heinzl. Arabian Mares ATH - Champion: ODELIA, Ex: Jeff Heinzl, O: Jeff Heinzl; Reserve: HMT KARISSIMA, Ex: Cindy Hallett, O: Marwood or Cindy Hallett. Geldings

Arabian Geldings Championship - Champion: PSUPERSTITION, Ex: James Michael Neal, O: ACL Partnership; Reserve: MAGNETIC BEY, Ex: Terry Holmes, O: Elaine Finney. Arabian Geldings AAOTH Championship - Champion: MAGNETIC BEY, Ex: Elaine Finney, O: Elaine Finney; Reserve: MMONET, Ex: Lori Watson, O: Lori Watson.

Arabian English Performance Association AEPA Arabian English Futurity Yearlings - Champion: NOBLE BACCARAT, Ex: Tim Shea, O: Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.; Reserve: CHA-CHING CA, Ex: John Diedrich, O: Conway Arabians, Inc. Purebred Performance English Pleasure

Arabian English Pleasure Championship - Champion: A NOBLE CAUSE, Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: Cedar Ridge Farm; Reserve: EMANNUEL, Ex: Brian Murch, O: Strawberry Banks Farm. Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship - Champion: TRIBBIANT, Ex: Mary Trowbridge, O: Frances and Christina Nardi; Reserve: AIR OF TEMPTATION, Ex: John Ryan, O: Kelly and Bill Burland. Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR Championship Champion: AFIRES REIGN, Ex: Katie Harvey, O: KGB Texas Marketing/PR, Inc.; Reserve: A NOBLE CAUSE, Ex: Lara Ames, O: Cedar Ridge Farm. Arabian English Pleasure JTR Championship - Champion: PHOEBE AFIRE, Ex: Brooke Marie Witter-Jarvis, O: Kimberly Jarvis; Reserve: INDEPENDENCE DAY HS, Ex: McKenzie Jones, O: Don or McKenzie Jones.

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2010 OHIO BUCKEYE Arabian English Pleasure Extravaganza Class - Champion: GALA DE BASKE, Ex: James Stachowski, O: Scott and Michelle Harris; Reserve: GSFTRULEE, Ex: Shawn Rooker, O: Kimberley Kay Munro. Arabian Country English Pleasure Championship Champion: QH TALLULAH, Ex: James Stachowski, O: Quarry Hill Farm; Reserve: BONFIRE ROF, Ex: Vicki Humphrey, O: Lee Ann Flynn. Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship - Champion: CSP AMERICAN IDOL, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: CA Century Ltd.; Reserve: ROL FIRE MIST, Ex: Brian Murch, O: Strawberry Banks Farm. Arabian Hunter Pleasure Champion GSF LORDOF THE RING (Bravado Bey V x Crimsonn Bay), ridden by Natacha Lesburgueres for owners Deborah Voyt and Scott Bloomfield.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Champion PA METRIK BEY (Triften x BP Meditation Bey), ridden by Caralyn Schroter for owner Edward Wood.

Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Championship - Champion: ROMEO AFIRE, Ex: Carol Skeuse-Hart, O: Springwater Farms; Reserve: MBF BURNING SPRINGS, Ex: Susan Bailey Schramm, O: Susan Bailey Schramm. Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Championship - Champion: BROWN EYED GIRLZ, Ex: Katie Burr, O: Burrline LLC; Reserve: SPIRIT AFIRE, Ex: Alexa Cohn, O: I ASK LLC. Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR Championship - Champion: THE WAY SHE MOVES, Ex: Michelle Wawzysko, O: Whispers Acres, Inc.; Reserve: BB NOBLE HEIR, Ex: Gabrielle Scheidler, O: Susan or Gabrielle Scheidler. Park

Arabian Park Horse Championship - Champion: EMPRESSARIO DF, Ex: Shawn Rooker, O: Elvin Berkheimer. Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Champion WISDOMS WIT (Kas Miad x Wisdom Peak), ridden by owner Tia Day.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Champion PA METRIK BEY (Triften x BP Meditation Bey), ridden by Jenny Lynne Wood for owner Edward Wood.

Arabian Park Horse ATR Championship - Champion: BL IAM A BELIEVER, Ex: Katherine Tuttle, O: David or Katherine Tuttle; Reserve: WHISKEY GLOW, Ex: Chelsea Knoop, O: Ann or Chelsea Knoop. Side Saddle

Arabian Ladies Side Saddle - Champion: RDA MIDNIGHT BLUE, Ex: Amber Wesolowski, O: Dianne Wren; Reserve: DA TRIPOLI, Ex: Beth Ann Graves Osbourn, O: Silver Star Arabians LLC. Driving

Arabian Pleasure Driving Championship - Champion: CARD SHARK, Ex: James Stachowski, O: Great Bend Ranch; Reserve: FA BELLA ROSA, Ex: Chad Judy, O: Jennifer or Bill Childers.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR Champion BF PICASSO (NV Congo x Desperados Rose), ridden by Kaitlyn Garland for owners Thomas and Dawn Garland.

Arabian English Show Hack Champion DA ULTIMATUM (Hucklebey Berry x PA Ultimate Charm), ridden by Beth Ann Graves Osbourn for owner Silver Star Arabians LLC.

Arabian Pleasure Driving ATD - Champion: CARD SHARK, Ex: Karen Root, O: Great Bend Ranch; Reserve: TOP BRASS CRF, Ex: Richard Ames, O: Cedar Ridge Farm. Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Championship Champion: JDM RAIN DANCE, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Lori and Chelsea Cantero; Reserve: MISTER MATRIX, Ex: Chad Judy, O: Empress Arabians. Arabian Country Pleasure Driving ATD - Champion: ROXBURY, Ex: Terry Diver, O: Norma Diver; Reserve: AUGUST ENGINE, Ex: James Bammel, O: Strawberry Banks Farm. Western Pleasure

Arabian Western Pleasure Championship - Champion: KHONTROVERSY PGA, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Lori and Chelsea Cantero; Reserve: ZEFYR, Ex: Kathleen Beck, O: Chaos Arabians LLC.

Arabian Mounted Native Costume Champion DA ULTIMATUM (Hucklebey Berry x PA Ultimate Charm), ridden by Beth Ann Graves Osbourn for owner Silver Star Arabians LLC.


Arabian Reining Horse AAOTR Champion THE DANSE (WA Salute x Elsadanse), ridden by co-owner Jessica Sund for co-owner Caralyn Van Spronsen.

Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse Championship - Champion: DANCIN TO VICTORY, Ex: Thomas Garland, O: Barbara Lynn Hunt; Reserve: SABRINA WA, Ex: Rick Gault, O: Edward or Laura Friesen. Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR Championship Champion: KHONTROVERSY PGA, Ex: Lori Cantero,

2010 OHIO BUCKEYE O: Lori and Chelsea Cantero; Reserve: SL CAPACCINO, Ex: Michael Knapic, O: Michael and Debbie Knapic. Arabian Western Pleasure JTR Championship Champion: LAUREL STARR, Ex: Sarina LaBold, O: Sarina LaBold; Reserve: GUINEVERE RL, Ex: Sara Price, O: Ray or Lynn Price. Arabian Western Pleasure Extravaganza Class Champion: DANCIN TO VICTORY, Ex: Thomas Garland, O: Barbara Lynn Hunt; Reserve: TA PRELUDE, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Shamrock Farm LLC. Hunter Pleasure

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Championship - Champion: GSF LORDOF THE RING, Ex: Natacha Lesburgueres, O: Deborah Voyt or Scott Bloomfield; Reserve: MONTELEONE LOA, Ex: Lisa Monaghan Powell, O: Monteleone Partnership.

HA/AA Mare Champion A FIRE INSIDE (Baske Afire x Mystical Fire JDR), shown by Terry Holmes for owner Elaine Finney.

HA/AA Mare ATH Champion A FIRE INSIDE (Baske Afire x Mystical Fire JDR), shown by owner Elaine Finney.

HA/AA Gelding Champion DA CHILL FACTOR (Triften x Chills And Thrills), shown by Mary Trowbridge for owner Ryan Cotton.

HA/AA Junior Gelding Champion BATISTAA (Sol Berry Bey x Merri Poppins), shown by owner Dan Whitt.

HA/AA Colt/Gelding ATH Champion DA CHILL FACTOR (Triften x Chills And Thrills), shown by owner Ryan Cotton.

HA/AA English Pleasure Champion SA RAPID FIRE (Afire Bey V x PF Lady Cameo), ridden by Vicki Humphrey for owner Lee Ann Flynn.

HA/AA English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion RA SONOFAPREACHRMAN (Revival x Afire Love VF), ridden by Jessica Clinton for owner Angie Ballard.

HA/AA English Pleasure AAOTR Champion DA SLIM SHADY (Triften x Bey Diva), ridden by Carrie Cada for owner Judy Cada.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Championship Champion: PA METRIK BEY, Ex: Caralyn Schroter, O: Edward Wood; Reserve: EMERICCA, Ex: Melanie Murch, O: Strawberry Banks Farm. Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Championship - Champion: WISDOMS WIT, Ex: Tia Day, O: Jerry or Tia Day; Reserve: SUPERSTITION SCA, Ex: Beth Hageman, O: Beth Hageman. Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Championship Champion: PA METRIK BEY, Ex: Jenny Lynne Wood, O: Edward Wood; Reserve: WWW BREATHLESS, Ex: Janet Wojcik, O: Janet Wojcik. Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR Championship - Champion: BF PICASSO, Ex: Kaitlyn Garland, O: Thomas and Dawn Garland; Reserve: AVATAR PA, Ex: Bailey Wikel, O: Pegasus Arabians. Show Hack

Arabian English Show Hack Championship Champion: DA ULTIMATUM, Ex: Beth Ann Graves Osbourn, O: Silver Star Arabians LLC; Reserve: MR GS RINGMASTER, Ex: Vicki Humphrey, O: Lee Ann Flynn. Mounted Native Costume

Arabian Mounted Native Costume Championship Champion: DA ULTIMATUM, Ex: Beth Ann Graves Osbourn, O: Silver Star Arabians LLC; Reserve: BB NOBLE HEIR, Ex: Gabrielle Scheidler, O: Susan or Gabrielle Scheidler. Reining

Arabian Reining Horse - Champion: SAS SEA N RED, Ex: Mary Loden, O: Eric or Pamela Stowe; Reserve: THE DANSE, Ex: Jessica Sund, O: Caralyn Van Spronsen or Jessica Sund. Arabian Reining Horse AAOTR - Champion: THE DANSE, Ex: Jessica Sund, O: Caralyn Van Spronsen or Jessica Sund.

Half-Arabian Halter Mares

HA/AA Mares Championship - Champion: A FIRE INSIDE, Ex: Terry Holmes, O: Elaine Finney; Reserve: MI MIDNIGHT CHARGE, Ex: Dan Whitt, O: Darlene or Mike Setser. HA/AA Mares ATH Championship - Champion: A FIRE INSIDE, Ex: Elaine Finney, O: Elaine Finney; Reserve: MI MIDNIGHT CHARGE, Ex: Anthony Whitt, O: Darlene or Mike Setser. Geldings

HA/AA Geldings Championship - Champion: DA CHILL FACTOR, Ex: Mary Trowbridge, O: Ryan

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Half-Arabian Performance HA/AA English Pleasure JTR Champion WCF MATA HARI (Zodiac Matador x Refina), ridden by Michelle Wawzysko for owner Whispers Acres, Inc.

HA/AA English Pleasure Extravaganza Champion ERA THRILLICIOUS (Baske Affire x Koriche), ridden by Shawn Rooker for owner Robin Porter.

English Pleasure

HA/AA English Pleasure Championship - Champion: SA RAPID FIRE, Ex: Vicki Humphrey, O: Lee Ann Flynn; Reserve: COOL NIGHT, Ex: Tish Kondas, O: Toni Mulford. HA/AA English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship Champion: RA SONOFAPREACHRMAN, Ex: Jessica Clinton, O: Angie Ballard. HA/AA English Pleasure AAOTR Championship Champion: DA SLIM SHADY, Ex: Carrie Cada, O: Judy Cada; Reserve: GOOD VIBRATIONSS, Ex: Carrie Fritz, O: Shamrock Farm LLC. HA/AA English Pleasure JTR Championship Champion: WCF MATA HARI, Ex: Michelle Wawzysko, O: Whispers Acres, Inc.; Reserve: A WILD FLING, Ex: Olivia Kern, O: David or Olivia Kern.

HA/AA Country English Pleasure Champion AMERICANBEAUTIE (Afire Bey V x Kelly Le Brock), ridden by Gordon Potts for owner Shamrock Farm LLC.

HA/AA Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion SF SHES AFIRE (Baske Afire x Shes Real Bad), ridden by Shan Wilson for owner Christena Ferran.

HA/AA English Pleasure Extravaganza Class Champion: ERA THRILLICIOUS, Ex: Shawn Rooker, O: Robin Porter; Reserve: RH BIG TIME, Ex: Ryan Strand, O: Glen True. HA/AA Country English Pleasure Championship Champion: AMERICANBEAUTIE, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Shamrock Farm LLC; Reserve: BASKE AFIREBALL, Ex: Vicki Humphrey, O: Lee Ann Flynn. HA/AA Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship - Champion: SF SHES AFIRE, Ex: Shan Wilson, O: Christena Ferran; Reserve: THE TRASHMAN, Ex: Robert Bick, O: Burrline LLC. HA/AA Country English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Championship - Champion: AMERICANBEAUTIE, Ex: Carrie Fritz, O: Shamrock Farm LLC; Reserve: TOI STORE CRF, Ex: Robin Porter, O: Robin Porter.

HA/AA Country English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Champion AMERICANBEAUTIE (Afire Bey V x Kelly Le Brock), ridden by Carrie Fritz for owner Shamrock Farm LLC.

HA/AA Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Champion ALL DOLLED UP EA (Hucklebey Berry x Dutch Dolley), ridden by Katie Burr for owner Burrline LLC.

HA/AA Country English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Championship - Champion: ALL DOLLED UP EA, Ex: Katie Burr, O: Burrline LLC; Reserve: NET WORTH LOA, Ex: Anna Conway-Zaffke, O: Conway Arabians, Inc. HA/AA Country English Pleasure JTR Championship Champion: HCA LYNARD SKYNARD, Ex: Devin Lally, O: Frank and Kriss Lally; Reserve: APHRODISIAC, Ex: Matt Huke, O: Matt Huke. Park

HA/AA Park Horse Championship - Champion: ERA THE BIG TICKET, Ex: Carmelle Rooker, O: Dan or Laura Cross; Reserve: HOT AS AFIRE, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: KGB Texas Marketing/PR, Inc. HA/AA Park Horse ATR Championship - Champion: HOT AS AFIRE, Ex: Katie Harvey, O: KGB Texas Marketing/PR, Inc.; Reserve: ERA THE BIG TICKET, Ex: Laura Cross, O: Dan or Laura Cross. Side Saddle

HA/AA Country English Pleasure JTR Champion HCA LYNARD SKYNARD (Baske Afire x Rhapsody By Blue), ridden by Devin Lally for owners Frank and Kriss Lally.


HA/AA Park Horse Champion ERA THE BIG TICKET (Apollopalooza x Amazing Grace RR), ridden by Carmelle Rooker for owners Dan and Laura Cross.

HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle - Champion: THE BIG OH, Ex: Raegan Knotts, O: Hazelbank Inv.; Reserve: ZA MAGNUM MASQUERADE, Ex: Beth Ann Osbourn, O: Beth Ann Osbourn.

2010 OHIO BUCKEYE Driving

HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving Championship Champion: CSP RED HOT, Ex: Ryan Strand, O: Brian Galbraith; Reserve: CRYSTALBLUEPERSUASION, Ex: Brian Murch, O: Deborah Griffith. HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving ATD - Champion: CSP RED HOT, Ex: Brian Galbraith, O: Brian Galbraith; Reserve: VHS ENCORE, Ex: Bud Hillsamer, O: Bud and Kim Hillsamer. Western Pleasure

HA/AA Western Pleasure Championship - Champion: IMA ROCK STAR, Ex: Joe Reser, O: Greg and Drew O’Shanick; Reserve: ONE KNIGHT STAND, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Sally Conrad Beyer. HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse Championship Champion: IMA ROCKIN N ROLLIN, Ex: Joe Reser, O: Brian or Susan Wheeler; Reserve: HE BE JEEBIE, Ex: J T Keller, O: Lori and Robert Cantero.

HA/AA Park Horse ATR Champion HOT AS AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Sparkling Royalty), ridden by Katie Harvey for owner KGB Texas Marketing/ PR, Inc.

HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle Champion THE BIG OH (Hucklebey Berry x Springside Wild Fortune), ridden by Raegan Knotts for owner Hazelbank Inv.

HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving Open Champion CSP RED HOT (Mamage x The Vintage Rose), driven by Ryan Strand (shown) and ATD Champion with owner Brian Galbraith.

HA/AA Western Pleasure Champion IMA ROCK STAR (Poco Van Star x Rocky Rhoda II), ridden by Joe Reser for owners Greg and Drew O’Shanick.

HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion IMA ROCKIN N ROLLIN (Poco Van Star Two x Kickin N Screamin), ridden by Joe Reser for owners Brian and Susan Wheeler.

HA/AA Western Pleasure AAOTR Champion IMA STARBUCK (Poco Van Star Two x Sweet Rewards), ridden by owner Leon Barber.

HA/AA Western Pleasure JTR Champion PCYCHEDELIC (Cytosk x AH Calico), ridden by Alex Plemmons for owner Andrea Plemmons.

HA/AA Western Pleasure Extravaganza Champion THE GIRL NEXXT DOOR (Exxpectation x Starry Spumoni), ridden by Gordon Potts for owner Shamrock Farm LLC.

HA/AA Western Pleasure AAOTR Championship Champion: IMA STARBUCK, Ex: Leon Barber, O: Debra and Leon Barber Jr.; Reserve: THE GIRL NEXXT DOOR, Ex: Leslie Doran Sommer, O: Shamrock Farm LLC. HA/AA Western Pleasure JTR Championship Champion: PCYCHEDELIC, Ex: Alex Plemmons, O: Andrea Plemmons; Reserve: VANITYS SHAHEEN, Ex: Jordan Holtvogt, O: Pamela Brooks. HA/AA Western Pleasure Extravaganza Class Champion: THE GIRL NEXXT DOOR, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Shamrock Farm LLC; Reserve: HE BE JEEBIE, Ex: J T Keller, O: Lori and Robert Cantero. Hunter Pleasure

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Championship - Champion: WP VANUATU, Ex: Beth Ann Graves Osbourn O: Silver Star Arabians LLC; Reserve: EA WORDS OF WISDOM, Ex: Chad Judy, O: Empress Arabians. HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Championship - Champion: FSF DUDLEY, Ex: Tammy Hawkey, O: Jessica Lampe; Reserve: ZIMMFRARED, Ex: Casandra Banks, O: Gary or Karen Veronneau. HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Championship - Champion: DANA LUCKY DEVIL, Ex: Jodi Harbron, O: Jodi Harbron; Reserve: WMF SWEET ADVENTURE, Ex: Pamela Brooks, O: Pamela Brooks. HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Championship - Champion: EA WORDS OF WISDOM, Ex: Marla Ruscitto, O: Empress Arabians; Reserve: FSF DUDLEY, Ex: Jessica Lampe, O: Jessica Lampe. HA/AA Hunter Pleasure JTR Championship Champion: RAZZAMATAZ PE, Ex: Bailey Wikel, O: Pegasus Arabians; Reserve: BUTTONS AND BOWS PE, Ex: Tory Wikel, O: Pegasus Arabians. Show Hack

HA/AA English Show Hack Championship - Champion: GHAZIS DUTCH WARRIOR, Ex: Tish Kondas, O: Pamela Harris; Reserve: THE ONE EYE LOVE, Ex: Vicki Humphrey, O: Bill and Gisele Corder. Mounted Native Costume

HA/AA Mounted Native Costume Championship Champion: HS TOMMY HILFIGER, Ex: Katelyn Thomas, O: Katelyn Thomas; Reserve: CA GABRIEL, Ex: Lesley Blain, O: Lesley Blain. Reining

HA/AA Reining Horse - Champion: PAULIS EUROPENA, Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Michelle Deroche; Reserve: CHEX ORO MIO, Ex: Lee Mancini, O: Kathy Monico.

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2010 OHIO BUCKEYE HA/AA Reining Horse AAOTR - Champion: WONDERFULLY DUN NVF, Ex: Toni Dunker, O: Toni Dunker; Reserve: PAULIS EUROPENA, Ex: Michelle Deroche, O: Michelle Deroche.

UPHA/Equitation/AHA UPHA Open Challenge Cup JTR 17 & Under - Champion: Lifeinthefastlane CMJ, Ex: TARA HASSINGER, O: Tara Hassinger; Reserve: FSF Fyngoud, Ex: OLIVIA KERN, O: Olivia and David Kern.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Champion WP VANUATU (Oran Van Brandy x Stelladora), ridden by Beth Ann Graves Osbourn for owner Silver Star Arabians LLC.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Champion FSF DUDLEY (OKW Firecracker x Vanitys Summer Bouquet), ridden by Tammy Hawkey for owner Jessica Lampe.

UPHA Arabian Breed Walk/Trot Challenge Cup 10 & Under - Champion: EA Crown Prince, Ex: ELAINA ROEDER, O: Elise and Elaina Roeder; Reserve: Toi Diva CRF, Ex: FAITH ROBBINS, O: Michael, Lori or Faith Robbins. Saddle Seat Equitation JTR 17 & Under Championship - Champion: Funky White Boy, Ex: BROOKE MARIE WITTER-JARVIS, O: Sandy and Stuart Vesty; Reserve: Sufis High Command, Ex: WYATT BUDD, O: Mike or Terri Budd. Walk/Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 10 & Under Champion: Toi Diva CRF, Ex: FAITH ROBBINS, O: Michael, Lori and Faith Robbins; Reserve: EA Crown Prince, Ex: ELAINA ROEDER, O: Elise and Elaina Roeder.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Champion DANA LUCKY DEVIL (Bacardi Afire x Promises PR), ridden by owner Jodi Harbron.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 Champion EA WORDS OF WISDOM (Phi Slama Jama x Pearl Of Wisdom), ridden by Marla Ruscitto for owner Empress Arabians.

Western Seat Equitation 17 & Under - Champion: GT Sunfire, Ex: DONNIELLE BAASE, O: Carolyn and Donnielle Baase; Reserve: JD Cruise Control, Ex: MAKENNA ROOKER, O: Jennifer McVoy and Dawn Moat. Walk/Trot Western Seat Equitation 10 & Under Champion: Moondoggie, Ex: COLE RESER, O: Kim Jenkner; Reserve: Tag Along Ryobi, Ex: GARRETT KNAPIC, O: Michael and Debbie Knapic. Walk/Trot Hunt Seat Equitation On The Flat 10 & Under - Champion: GSA Baystone, Ex: CHARA KELLEMAN, O: Felisha and Todd Kelleman; Reserve: Relience, Ex: RACHELE CATE, O: Rushlow Arabians. AHA Saddle Seat JTR 17 & Under Medal Class Champion: Rockafella B, Ex: KIIRA HARKINS, O: Kristin Harkins; Reserve: Funky White Boy, Ex: BROOKE MARIE WITTER-JARVIS, O: Sandy and Stuart Vesty.

HA/AA Hunter Pleasure JTR Champion RAZZAMATAZ PE (Picazso x Neeltljemaria), ridden by Bailey Wikel for owner Pegasus Arabians.

HA/AA Mounted Native Costume Champion HS TOMMY HILFIGER (Versace x Sabahs Fancy Lady), ridden by owner Katelyn Thomas.

AHA Hunter Seat Not To Jump Medal Class Champion: Prince Paso, Ex: NIKKI BURNS, O: Nikki Burns; Reserve: TCF Babe Ruth Express, Ex: MARIA EVA DECAPITE, O: Kim and Maria Eva Decapite. AHA Western Horsemanship JTR 17 & Under Medal Class - Champion: GT Sunfire, Ex: DONNIELLE BAASE, O: Carolyn and Donnielle Baase

Walk/Trot Walk/Trot English/Country English Pleasure 10 & Under - Champion: HES THE BERRIES, Ex: Kendall Rickert, O: Matthew or Sara Siemon; Reserve: JC PHILADELPHIA, Ex: Kara Burkley, O: Matthew or Jodi Huke. Walk/Trot Western Pleasure 10 & Under - Champion: MOONDOGGIE, Ex: Cole Reser, O: Kim Jenkner; Reserve: TAG ALONG RYOBI, Ex: Garrett Knapic, O: Michael and Debbie Knapic. HA/AA Reining Horse Champion PAULIS EUROPENA (Pauli O Lena x Francheskaa), ridden by Gordon Potts for owner Michelle Deroche.


UPHA Open Challenge Cup JTR 17 & Under Champion TARA HASSINGER, owner of Lifeinthefastlane CMJ (Take Heart x Hot Flashez TSA).

Walk/Trot Hunter Pleasure 10 & Under - Champion: RELIENCE, Ex: Rachele Cate, O: Rushlow Arabians; Reserve: JUST N NUFF, Ex: Alexis Kiesner, O: Ashton Kiesner.

2010 OHIO BUCKEYE Leadline Leadline Equitation 2-6 - 1: SRF Spring Loded, Ex: LAKELY LUTON, O: Ricki Luton; 1: Brilliance V, Ex: ALYSSA BROWN, O: Carrie and Todd Brown; 1: BBT Chinook, Ex: TAYLOR SMITH, O: Catherine Ballard; 1: GA Moulin Rouge, Ex: CAMERON JAMES HERVEY, O: Dana Goldsmith-Hervey; 1: Marc My Words, Ex: TIMBERLY GARDNER, O: Katherine Gardner; 1: Moondoggie, Ex: GRANT RESER, O: Kim Jenkner. ■

UPHA Arabian Breed Walk/Trot Challenge Cup 10 & Under Champion ELAINA ROEDER, owner of EA Crown Prince (Hucklebey Berry x Ming Jade).

Saddle Seat Equitation JTR 17 & Under Champion BROOKE MARIE WITTER-JARVIS on Funky White Boy (AA Apollo Bey x CF Delightful Encounter), for owners Sandy and Stuart Vesty.

Walk/Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 10 & Under Champion FAITH ROBBINS, owner of Toi Diva CRF (Matoi x Glamorize).

Western Seat Equitation 17 & Under and AHA Western Horsemanship JTR 17 & Under Medal Class Champion DONNIELLE BAASE, owner of GT Sunfire (Afire Bey V x GT Sunshine Rose).

Walk/Trot Western Seat Equitation 10 & Under Champion COLE RESER on Moondoggie (Rohara Moon Storm x Fersure), for owner Kim Jenkner.

Walk/Trot Hunt Seat Equitation On The Flat 10 & Under Champion CHARA KELLEMAN on GSA Baystone (Nivarion x Victoria Clasix), for owners Felisha and Todd Kelleman.

AHA Saddle Seat JTR 17 & Under Medal Class Champion KIIRA HARKINS on Rockafella B (Baske Afire x Wishes), for owner Kristin Harkins.

AHA Hunter Seat Not To Jump Medal Class Champion NIKKI BURNS, owner of Prince Paso (L Paso x Yesterday’s Love).

Walk/Trot English/Country English Pleasure 10 & Under Champion HES THE BERRIES (Hucklebey Berry x Baskins-Belle), ridden by Kendall Rickert for owners Matthew or Sara Siemon.

Walk/Trot Western Pleasure 10 & Under Champion MOONDOGGIE (Rohara Moon Storm x Fersure), ridden by Cole Reser for owner Kim Jenkner.

Walk/Trot Hunter Pleasure 10 & Under Champion RELIENCE (Allience x Intheheatofthenight), ridden by Rachele Cate for owner Rushlow Arabians. J ULY 2010 | 263

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September 11-12, 2010, Region 11 Competitive Trail Championship, Kimmundy, Illinois. Contact: Laura Hardway, 217-382-3377. September 18, 2010, Region 4 Endurance Championship, Brothers, Oregon. Contact: Jannelle Wilde, 541-849-2460. September 18-19, 2010, Region 14 Competitive Trail Championship, Chillicothe, Ohio. Contact: Cathy McClure, 419-622-4041.

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OCTOBER October 2-3, 2010, Region 9 Competitive Trail Championship, Quitaque, Texas. Contact: Alice Yovich, 817-460-8111.



AUGUST August 6-8, 2010, Varian Arabians’ Summer Jubilee, Arroyo Grande, California. Contact: 805-489-5802; SEPTEMBER September 4, 2010, Quarry Hill Farm Open House, 12:00 p.m.-4 p.m., Lakeville, Connecticut. Contact: 860-435-2571;

REGIONAL SHOWS & CHAMPIONSHIPS JULY July 21-24, 2010, Region 16 Championship, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. July 28, 2010, Region 18 Last Chance Show, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Crystal Green, 705-440-9456. July 29-31, 2010, Region 18 Championship, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Crystal Green, 705-440-9456. AUGUST August 2, 2010, Region 17 Pre-Show, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. August 3-8, 2010, Region 17 Championship, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. August 6-8, 2010, East Coast Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-878-1447. August 7-8, 2010, Region 4 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. August 14-15, 2010, Region 3 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Rancho Murieta, California. Contact: Kelly Denison, 530-666-1363. SEPTEMBER September 5, 2010, Region 18 50-Mile Endurance Championship, Finch, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Nancy Zukewich, 613-728-9628. September 10-12, 2010, Pacific Slope Dressage/ Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Burbank, California. Contact: Carol Dabney, 909-624-5711. 266 | AR ABIAN HORSE TIMES

AUGUST August 4-5, 2010, Eastern Arabian Horse Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-878-1447. August 6, 2010, Gold Coast Classic, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. August 6-7, 2010, Arabians In Motion Sport Horse Classic, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. August 6-8, 2010, WAHA August Show, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. August 7-8, 2010, Gold Coast Amateur Show, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. August 7-8, 2010, Annual Magnolia Summer Sizzler, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. August 11-13, 2010, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, Missouri. Contact: Lenard Davenport, 417-888-0686. August 14-15, 2010, Daffodil Arabian Summer Show, Puyallup, Washington. Contact: Lisa Gardner, 253-843-2748. August 15, 2010, Dog Days Arabian Dressage, Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Contact: Anne Cizadlo, 218-349-3452. August 19-21, 2010, Wyoming State Fair, Douglas, Wyoming. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307. August 19-22, 2010, AHAM Summer Show, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Sara Ressler, 248-922-0148. August 22-September 5, 2010, New York State Fair, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-695-1332. August 27-29, 2010, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon. Contact: D. Roxanne Hood, 831-637-8510. August 27-29, 2010, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul. Minnesota. Contact: Steven Pooch, 651-642-2314. August 27-29, 2010, Central Piedmont Arabian Horse Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. August 28, 2010, Cowboy Capital Arabian Cutting, Glen Rose, Texas. Contact: Judith Dickerson, 972-291-2781. August 28-29, 2010, Fall Festival Arabian Horse Show, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710.

August 28-29, 2010, OHAHA Fall Show, Willminton, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. SEPTEMBER September 2-6, 2010, Iowa Fall Classic, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. September 3-5, 2010, AHASC Fall Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. September 3-5, 2010, Fall Arabian Classic A and B, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. September 3-6, 2010, WMAHA Fall Classic, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. September 4-5, 2010, Arabian Adventure NJ Series, Augusta, New Jersey. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-878-1447. September 4-5, 2010, Silver Spur All Arabian Show, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-655-1536. September 9-11, 2010, Autumn Classic Arabian Show, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. September 9-12, 2010, SAAHA Silver Bucket I, Tucson, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. September 9-12, 2010, AHABC Annual Fall Frolic, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. September 10-12, 2010, ABU All Arabian, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. September 11-12, 2010, Pennsylvania NW Summer Classic, Harlansburg, Pennsylvania. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. September 17-19, 2010, Colorado Fall Charity Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307. September 17-19, 2010, Music City Arab Show, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. September 18, 2010, Saskatchewan Fall Classic, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Contact: Erin Frischke, 306-725-4425. September 18-19, 2010, MAHA Fall Classic, Winona, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. September 18-19, 2010, Indian Arabian Pro Am Show, Rochester, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. September 19, 2010, Rancho CA Fall Show, Temecula, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. September 22-25, 2010, National Show Horse Finals, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Cynthia Clinton, 937-935-1753. September 30-October 1, 2010, Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Art Byrd, 918-363-7747. September 30-October 3, 2010, Eastern States Exposition II, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Carol Keller, 413-205-5016. OCTOBER October 1-3, 2010, Diablo Fall Fling, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631.

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October 1-3, 2010, Oregon Fall Classic, Eugene, Oregon. Contact: Heather Engstrom, 541-746-4375. October 16-17, 2010, Pacific Rim Arabian Fall Classic, Elma, Washington. Contact: Lanora Callahan, 360-832-6076. October 19-20, 2010, NC State Fair Horse Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Dale Barnett, 270-227-2063. October 23-24, 2010, PMHA Morab National Championship, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486.

August 14-15, 2010, Horse And Rider I and II 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Contact: Beverly Gray, 435-783-3435. August 21, 2010, Buckskin Challenge 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Pocatello, Idaho. Contact: Kara Yost, 208-251-5272. August 22, 2010, Rock River Charity 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Utica, Illinois. Contact: Anthony Troyer, 815-539-7375. August 28-29, 2010, Abi Khan Challenge 50-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Waynesville, Ohio. Contact: Mickie Newnam, 937-232-9256.

NOVEMBER November 5-7, 2010, Western Carolinas Fall Show, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. November 6-7, 2010, Arabian Sport Horse Challenge, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. November 11-14, 2010, NTAHC Shootout, Glen Rose, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. November 12-14, 2010, AHAA Fall Festival A and B, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. November 12-14, 2010, Dixie Gulf Panhandle Ruff Out, Baker, Florida. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. November 24-27, 2010, AHAF 41st Annual Thanksgiving Show, Tampa, Florida. Contact: Sally Dunn, 561-784-4632. November 26-28, 2010, AHASFV 40th Annual Thanksgiving Show, Burbank, California. Contact: Sue Todd, 805-646-5703.

SEPTEMBER September 4-5, 2010, Old Salem 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, Idaho City, Idaho. Contact: Elizabeth Bivens, 208-466-4906. September 4-6, 2010, White River Fall 55-Mile and 50-Mile I and II Endurance Ride, White Cloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. September 9-11, 2010, Big South Fork I and II 50-Mile and III 55- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Oneida, Tennessee. Contact: Eric Rueter, 865-986-5966. September 18, 2010, Oregon 100 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Brothers, Oregon. Contact: Jannelle Wilde, 541-849-2460. September 18, 2010, Virginia City 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Virginia City, Nevada. Contact: Connie Creech, 775-882-6591. September 18, 2010, Tin Cup Springs 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Luther, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. September 18, 2010, Cracked Oats Crunch 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Chillicothe, Ohio. Contact: Cathy McClure, 419-622-4041. September 28-October 2, 2010, Owyhee Canyonlands 50- and 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Oreana, Oregon. Contact: Jannelle Wilde, 541-849-2460. September 30, 2010, Alabama Yellowhammer Pioneer 55- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Heflin, Alabama. Contact: Tamra Schoech, 770-554-1545.

DECEMBER December 3-5, 2010, Gulf Coast Christmas Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279.

DISTANCE/ COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE JULY August 1-7, 2010, Shore To Shore 50-Mile Endurance Ride I-VII, Oscoda, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. AUGUST August 1-7, 2010, Shore To Shore 50-Mile Endurance Ride I-VII, Oscoda, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. August 7-8, 2010, Pink Flamingo Classic I and II 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Cascade, Idaho. Contact: Sally Tarbet, 208-890-8899. August 7-8, 2010, Pink Flamingo Classic I and II 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Cascade, Idaho. Contact: Sally Tarbet, 208-890-8899. August 7-8, 2010, Oak Openings 50-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Swanton, Ohio. Contact: Cathy McClure, 419-622-4041. August 14, 2010, Eastern High Sierra Classic 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Bridgeport, California. Contact: Suzanne Ford Huff, 775-783-9608. August 14-15, 2010, Pioneer Cabin 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Bismark, North Dakota. Contact: Juli Muscutt, 406-449-8639.

OCTOBER October 1-2, 2010, Alabama Yellowhammer Pioneer 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Heflin, Alabama. Contact: Tamra Schoech, 770-554-1545. October 2-3, 2010, Pine Marten Run 50Mile Endurance Ride I and II, Rapid River, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. October 9-10, 2010, RAHA Rally 50-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Escondido, California. Contact: Robert Insko, 760-789-1977. October 14, 2010, AERC National Championship 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Patrick, South Carolina. October 16, 2010, Foothills Of The Cascade 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Molalla, Oregon. Contact: Janelle Wilde, 541-849-2460. October 16-17, 2010, High Desert III and IV 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Weeks, Nevada. Contact: Judy Jewkes, 702-267-2587. October 21-22, 2010, AHA National Open 35Mile Competitive Trail Ride I and II, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500.

October 23-24, 2010, AHA National Open 25and 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. October 23-24, 2010, AHA National Open 75and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. October 30, 2010, AHAA 25- and 50-Mile Halloween Endurance Ride, Fountain Hills, Arizona. Contact: Lancette Koerner, 480-655-9434. October 30, 2010, Big River 60-Mile Endurance Ride, Keithsburg, Illinois. Contact: Christopher Power, 217-648-2974. October 30, 2010, Blackwater Boogie 25- and 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Milton, Florida. Contact: Diane Hawthorne, 850-374-1403. October 29-30, 2010, Spook Run 50-Mile Endurance ride, Henryville, Indiana. Contact: Lois McAffe, 812-294-1776. October 30-31, 2010, Big River 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride I and II, Keithsburg, Illinois. Contact: Christopher Power, 217-648-2974.

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

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS August 6-8, 2010, 32nd Polish National Championship Show, Janow Podlaski Stud. Contact: 48-22-8606539, September 24-26, 2010, All Nations Cup and German National Show, Aachen, Germany. Contact: VZAP, 49-5113881180,; October 21-24, 2010, El Zahraa National C Show and 13th International Championships, El Zahraa, Egypt. Contact: Ahmed Hamza, 202-22983733,; November 17-21, 2010, 29th Brazilian National Arabian Horse Show, Indaiatuba (Campinas) – SP, Brazil. Contact: 55.11.3674.1744; December 4-5, 2010, Chilean Breeders Cup. Contact: M. Trinidad Del Campo, December 10-12, 2010, World Championships, Paris, Nord Villepinte. Contact: Alice Wermus, December 16-18, 2010, 7th Sharjah National Arabian Horse Festival, Sharjah, UAE. Contact: 971-65311155,; *Go to or, for additional international shows and information.

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Upcoming Online Auction Schedule: Cedar Ridge 2-Year-Old Online Auction July 24th through August 4th ___________________________

AHT Online Auction IV September 11th through September 9th ___________________________

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It’s Almost

Tulsa Time! U.S. Nat ionals Pre v i ew Coming in

S e p temb er Contenders Advertise your contenders, and let everyone know who the competition is!

Amateurs All full-page, color advertisers

in September will receive a

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National winners will also receive discounts* on ads placed in the November 2010 U.S. Nationals Coverage issue!

If you advertised in the September or October preview issues and you win, your winner’s ad will cost: $395 per page* for U.S. National Champion $495 per page* for U.S. National Reserve Champion $595 per page* for U.S. National Top Ten *For each page purchased for a national contender in the September and October 2010 issues of the Arabian Horse Times, you will receive the same number of pages in the November 2010 issue at the discounted rate, based on your horse’s winnings.

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LOOKING AHEAD SEPTEMBER 2010 U.S. NATIONALS PREVIEW Tulsa Time! Let everyone know who the competition is!

AMATEURS The biggest classes, the greatest influence. All amateur advertisers are featured in our largest annual editorial feature. (Pictured, Robin Porter, the 2009 AHT Readers’ Choice Award’s Amateur of the Year.)

YOUTH NATIONALS SHOW COVERAGE Cool kids, the coolest coverage — of one of the greatest shows on Earth, from the greatest Arabian horse magazine on Earth!

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LOOKING AHEAD OCTOBER 2010 BRAZIL The horses. The people. The nationals. The farms. The party. All in the Arabian Horse Times.

TULSA MARKETPLACE Got horses for sale? Sure you do! Check out our special pricing and placement for full-page sales lists in the October Times. Everyone at U.S. Nationals will get a copy! Ask about extra copies of your sales list to pass out as yers.

REGION 10 DIRECTORY Full regional show coverage and directory.

CANADIAN NATIONAL COVERAGE Results from the 2010 Royal Red. Promote your winners!

Kandi Menne or John Diedrich

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Minnesota Fall Festival Great People,

Awesome Horses, Big Fun and Huge Money Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders Fall Festival October 1- 3, 2010 St. Paul, Minnesota

Over $260,000 is scheduled to be paid out at the 2010 Fall Festival!

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Index Of Advertisers A ABCCA .............................................................25-27 Arabian English Performance Association .... 264, 265 Arabian Expressions .............................................. BC Arabian Horse Times’ Beautiful Baby Contest ........ 219 Arabian Horse Times’ Facebook ................................ 30 Arabian Horse Times’ Online Auctions................... 271 Arabian Horse Times’ U.S. Nationals ............. 272, 273 Arabian Horse Times’ Website ................................ 111 Arabian Horse Times’ Youth Nationals ........... 274, 275 Arabians International ................................................. ............60-61Gold Star (196, 197), 65Gold Star (201) Arbuckle’s Acres .............................75Gold Star (211) Argent Farms, LLC .......................................IFC, 1-3 Avila Arabians ....................................................... 121 B Barter, Chris ....................... 22-23Midwest (158, 159) Britomar Ltd. ...................................38Midwest (174) Burkman Centre .............................................112-120 C Captive Winds Arabians ......................................... 68 Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc........................................... ................................. 18-21, 98, 99, 77Gold Star (213) Conway Arabians .............................................. 22, 23 D Deor Farms......................... 36-37Midwest (172, 173) Diedrich, John ................................71Gold Star (207) Dol Rae Arabians ...........................64Gold Star (200) Don Manuel Farms ............ 34-35Midwest (170, 171) E Eleanor’s Arabians .................... 87, 69Gold Star (205) Enchanted Acres, Inc............................................. 268 Equid System Ltd............... 12-13Midwest (148, 149) F Faulkner’s Saddlery, LLC ...................................... 270 Ford Brook Farms, LLC .................68Gold Star (204) Freeland Farms ..................78-79Gold Star (214, 215) Frierson’s ................................................................ 269 G Gemini Acres .....................10-11Midwest (146, 147), 20-21Midwest (156, 157), 28-31Midwest (164-167) Grand Arabian Farm ............................................... 66 Guzzo, Rudolfo ..............................70Gold Star (206)

H Halbrook Arabians ............. 46-47Midwest (182, 183) Haras Dos Faveiros.........................70Gold Star (206) Haras La Catalina ..........................75Gold Star (211) Haras Mayed .......................... 6-7Midwest (142, 143) Haras Sahara Arabian Horses ........................... 28, 29 Haras Vanguarda ................ 14-15Midwest (150, 151) Heartland Ventures, LLC ...................................... 268 Hegg, Mickey ........................................................ 269 Henricksen Arabians ......................74Gold Star (210) Horseshoe Lake Arabians... 44-45Midwest (180, 181) I Iowa Gold Star ...................................................... 135 J Jacobs, Linda & Bill .......................67Gold Star (203) K Kirkendall, Allen & Debra ................................ 60, 61 Krichke Training Center .............................FC, 54-69 L Linear Rubber Products, Inc. ................................ 269 Lurken, Lucky & Raegen ..60-61Gold Star (196, 197) M Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc..................................... 268 Matthias, Bonnie ..............................48Midwest (184) McNally, Mike................................70Gold Star (206) Midwest................8-11, 136, 1-48Midwest (137-184) Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders, Inc................ 278 MJ Classic Arabians ................................................ 79 O Oak Ridge Arabians .................................................... ..16-19Midwest (152-155), 26-29Midwest (162-165), ............... 39Midwest (175), 42-43Midwest (178, 179) P Pay-Jay Arabians ................................................... 268 Pine Crest Arabians........................65Gold Star (201) Prairie Gem Stables ........................73Gold Star (209) Prestige Farms, LLC ......................................... 14, 15 Q Quarry Hill Farm .................................................... 45 R R.O. Lervick Arabians .......................................... 269 Rae-Dawn Arabians .................................................... ................................66Gold Star (202), 250, 280, IBC

Ranch of Cherry Creek ......................................... 268 Rancho Las Potrancas ................................................. .. 24-25Midwest (160, 161), 32-33Midwest (168, 169) Randy Sullivan’s Training Center .......................... 218 Remington Monroe Equine LLC ..................112-120 Rick Gault Training............................................77-86 Rooker Training Stable............................................ 24 Royal Arabians ................... 36-37Midwest (172, 173) S Shada, Inc. .......68Gold Star (204), 75Gold Star (211) Showtime Training Center ................................ 12, 13 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians ....................... 12, 13 Southwest Farm Services ....................................... 269 Stachowski Farm ............................................... 16, 17 Stone Creek Arabians............................................ 269 Stone Ridge Arabians ............. 8-9Midwest (144, 145) Strand’s Arabian Stables ......31-44, 72Gold Star (208) Stranger Creek Ranch, LLC ....................................... ...........................................62-63Gold Star (198, 199) Sugar Hill Farm, LLC ............................................. 69 Susan’s Arabians & Pintos ...... 80Gold Star (216), 217 Sypolt Insurance Services, Inc. ............................. 270 Szymanski, Jessie ............................................... 62, 63 T The Bellagio Group, LLC... 22-23Midwest (158, 159) The Encore Select Group .................................. 20, 21 The Hat Lady ........................................................ 268 The Marhaabah Legacy Group.................................. 7 Topline Arabians ..................................................... 67 Twin Creek Farms ..........................64Gold Star (200) Twin X Arabians ............................................... 64, 65 V Vallejo III ..................................................................5 Van Dyke, Les & Diane ..... 40-41Midwest (176, 177) W Walter, Tom & Earleen ..................76Gold Star (212) Whiterock Ranch, LLC ............................. FC, 58, 59 Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ........................... 269 WindRiver Fence .................................................. 270 Windsong Ranch ...........................71Gold Star (207) Wunderbar Arabians ............................................... 81 J ULY 2010 | 279


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