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Contents Volume 42, No. 12 32
Cover Story—VJ Royal Heir by Mary Kirkman
Get To Know The Breeders—Sigi Miller
Showtime Training Center by Mary Kirkman
The 2012 Arabian Breeders World Cup by Kara Larson
Arabian Horse Trainers Of Today by Mary Kirkman and Linda White
Rising Stars by Linda White
Leaders Of The Times—KA Odysseus by Christa Beeler
The Undeniable Influence— Arabian Mares by Linda White
A Tribute To The Moms Of The Arabian Horse Industry The 2012 Egyptian Event—A Preview by Linda White
Equine Law Today—Buying And Selling Horses At Auction by Mike Beethe, Esq.
Comments From The Editor
Faces & Places
Time For Your Close-Up—Cathy Vecsey
On The Table—Recipes For The Arabian Horse Lifestyle
An Amateur Lifestyle by Kara Larson
Trainer Confidential by Mary Trowbridge
A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas
Calendar Of Events
Index Of Advertisers
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Comments From The Editor
In this month’s issue, you are going to find some new columns. Before I tell you about them, let me say that we are very proud of our core group, which includes the monthly “A Leg Up,” Heather Smith Thomas’ care and management advice, and “An Amateur Lifestyle,” by Kara Larson; and our professionals, Mary Trowbridge (“Tales From The Equestrian Underbelly”), Tommy Garland (“Know Your Horse”) and Sheila Varian (“A Lifetime With Arabians”), who run periodically. With this issue, we’re expanding to include a few more. Obviously, we are aware that while the Arabian horse is the heart of our industry, the people around the horses are vital too. I can’t tell you how often our writers, when asking interview subjects what they enjoy most about owning horses, hear “getting to know other horse people.” So, this month we are introducing a battery of new columns for Arabian horse people. Look for “Get To Know the Breeders” (p. 38), “Faces & Places” (p. 76), and “On The Table” (p. 178). At Arabian Horse Times, we’re thinking that it’s time we made our world smaller—while at the same time, expanding our horizons. We’d like to make it easier for you to enjoy not only your horses, but also your fellow Arabian horse enthusiasts.
Kevin N. Ludden Editor
2012 Scottsdale Leading Sire of Arabian and Half-Arabian Halter Champions 2011 U.S. Nationals Leading Sire Of Arabian Halter Champions StONe Ridge ARAbiANS dan and Maureen grossman www.MidwestArabian.com
C h ie f i n s pir at io n sMp PS Afire Chief x S A Pasafire, by Afire Bey V
U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity with Mike Miller
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CONSISTENT QUALITY, RELIABLE RESULTS
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Champion, A National Treasure
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DaviD Boggs and the sloan family thank the breeders who have endorsed our confidence by purchasing breedings. *Stadnina Koni Jan贸w Podlaski *Rohara Arabians *Cedar Ridge Arabians *North Arabians *Marino Arabians *Joy Horses *Midcrest Farms *Cindy Fleming *Judy Faust *Pam Halbrook *Pam Bauerlein *Leslie Harpur *Don Peeler Wendell Hansen Richard De Walt *Don Olvey *Royal Arabians *Christine Jamar *Janice Wight
*Arabians International *Misheks Arabians *Gary & Holly McDonald *Russ McDonald *Milt & LeeAnn Davis *Darrell Coker *Peter & Sheila Stewart *Tony Bergren *Ken & Donna Topp *Ed & Lara Friesen *Stephanie Poole *Marlene Rieder *Kris Bartle *Ed & Maureen Horton *Liz Alward Marsha Thompson *Bob & Kathy Wasylyk *Toni Pierce *David Cains - Stonewall Farms
*Peter Kessler *Holly Dillon *Jay Allen Robert Burbeck *Mulawa Arabians *Dean Meier Greg & Jocelyn Hazlewood Wendy Brown Steve & Darla Miles Bob Battaglia Elizabeth Lusia Abbott Don Camacho *Jose Alves Filho - Haras JM *Jairo Queiros Jorge & Estela Jorge - Haras dos Faveiros *Brasilia Machado & Flacia Torres - Haras 4 Estacoes *denotes multiple breedings
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It's part of
our plan ... At Stachowski Farm, we consider ourselves among the most innovative thinkers in the Arabian horse industry. By encouraging young trainers of today, we are looking forward to a great future for the Arabian industry.
Jon Ramsay Jon heads up Stachowski West in San Marcos, California, where he has assembled an outstanding group of horses and clients. Jon and his clients give Stachowski Farm a West Coast presence, providing the farm and clients the advantage of nationwide opportunities in showing and marketing. Jon is great with the amateur and junior riders, and together with them, has Stachowski West bringing in top awards at the National level.
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for the future! Our Rising Star trainers have gotten attention from the leaders in the industry. We share in the excitement of seeing them rise to the top. We invite you to come visit and meet Jon and Gabe.
Gabe DeSoto Gabe is involved with the Stachwski Farm horses at all levels of their training. He has a broad range of experience working within the Arabian horse industry over many years, and heads up the Scottsdale annual marketing event in Arizona. At Stachowski Farm, Gabe has developed into one of the country’s up and coming trainers.
330-274-2494 • Mantua, OH • ScOttSdale, aZ • San MarcOS, ca JiM StacHOwSki: 330-603-2116 • Peter StacHOwSki: 330-620-0194 • www.StacHOwSki.cOM
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Supreme Gold Champion Senior Stallion Champion Stallion 6-8 High Score of the Show Owned by Bellinger Arabians
BARZAN AL SHAHANIA
Unanimous Supreme Gold Champion Junior Stallion Champion Colt ~ 2010 Section A Owned by Al Shahania Stud
NOFT Al NAYFAT
Unanimous Supreme Gold Champion Yearling Filly Champion Filly ~ 2011 Section C Owned by Al-Nayfat Stud
HA LADY FREYA
Supreme Top Ten Yearling Filly Reserve Champion Filly ~ 2011 Section A Owned by Jayne and James Howell
EMARRA MONISCIONE SWF
Champion Filly ~ 2011 Section E Owned by Azienda Agricola Buzzi Giancarlo
Supreme Top Ten Yearling Colt Top Five Colt ~ 2011 Section A Owned by Cindy Morgan
J AMES BONDD
Supreme Top Ten Yearling Colt Champion Colt ~ 2011 Section B Owned by Jerland Farm & Cedar Ridge Arabians
Top Ten AHBA Futurity Yearling Filly ATH Owned by Jerland Farm
SHIMMERING STARR TA
Supreme Top Ten Mare Reserve Champion Mare 6-8 Owned by Cedarbrook Arabians
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Stival x NW Siena Psyche
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Ajman Moniscione x Eagleridge Passionata
INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCORE AWARD FOR TYPE
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Enzo x Silken Sable
Congratulations to breeder of Eden C, Rhoda Coleal of Coleal Arabians, on being named a Breeder of Distinction at the 2012 AHBA World Cup.
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GALLÚN FARMS IS PROUD TO HAVE THE HIGH SCORING HORSE OF THE SHOW FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS!
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"Thank you so much to Greg Gallún and everyone at Gallún Farms, for making this win in Vegas happen. J Ames Bondd is a very special colt to us. Not only does he have an amazing pedigree, but it has been such a privilege to own a horse in partnership with Larry Jerome. Larry's enthusiasm and care towards this horse has been amazing, and we can not thank you enough. We look forward to a bright future and are super excited for the ride.” ~ Love, Dick, Lollie, and Lara
MPA Giovanni x Ames Mirage Proudly owned by Jerland Farm & Cedar Ridge Arabians
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Chancellor MW x Poetic Psyche
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Congratulations to breeder Brent Stone on being named a Breeder of Distinction at the 2012 AHBA World Cup.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THEIR 2012 WINNING OFFSPRING INCLUDING THE SUPREME GOLD CHAMPION JUNIOR & SENIOR STALLIONS
Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane
Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal
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Congratulations to breeder Larry Jerome of Jerland Farms on being named a Breeder of Distinction at the 2012 AHBA World Cup.
Thank you to Jerland Farms for the opportunity and trust to care for Gio and present him this year in Las Vegas. He inspires us daily. Da Vinci FM x Glitzy
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by Mary Kirkman The first challenge Kelli Aguirre faced when she got back into Arabians was finding standout performance horses who were beautiful by breed standards. Like many who show horses as a junior rider, she had dropped out for college, marriage and children, and it wasn’t until her husband arranged a trip to the 2000 U.S. Nationals that she realized how much she had missed her childhood passion. But she was surprised to find an industry that was getting comfortable with the idea that only halter horses were truly beautiful; performance horses were allowed to abide by the old maxim, “Pretty is as pretty does.” Aguirre didn’t buy it. She had always loved highoctane English horses who were fun to ride, but at the same time, she appreciated her parents’ primarily Egyptian breeding program, where drop-dead gorgeous heads were the order of the day. She clung to the idea that Arabians could be both, and over the next several years, assembled a broodmare band that proved her point. That set the stage for the colt who walked into her life last year at Showtime Training Center in Newnan, Ga. Even if Aguirre hadn’t fallen in love with VJ Royal Heir, she might have lost her heart to his pedigree. It is a classic mix of the stout, old-time bloodlines that propelled Lasma
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to the forefront of the breed in her youth, with today’s influence of user-friendly, good-looking Arabians based on the Varian program. He was her kind of horse. She remembers a video she had seen of Royal Heir as a yearling. “I freaked out,” she says, “because he had the most spectacular neck. If a horse can already move and has the pedigree to trot, and then if you have the neck coming straight up out of the shoulder, with a nice hook, and he can look straight through the bridle—to me, that’s spectacular.” At the time, the colt belonged to a partnership of Kondas’ cousin Debbie Reber and Showtime clients Jeff and Linda Knight, who had purchased him from breeders Julane White and Vicki Shula. When Aguirre saw nothing more of him, he faded from her memory—until an afternoon in the spring of 2011. “I had driven up to Showtime to ride, and gotten there late in the afternoon,” she remembers of the critical few minutes that changed her Arabian program, “and Tish pulled out this colt. I think, probably, I stopped breathing for a few seconds. He was the most spectacular thing I’d
ever seen. Ever. He was on a lead line, not even in long lines; he didn’t have a piece of tack on him. I didn’t need to see the horse in tack—you could see what he was bred and built to do. When he took off at the trot, his whole behind squatted down low to the ground and his front end came up in the air—and yet he still had his head and neck straight up in the air, trotting around loose on the lead line. It was so natural for him!”
emphasizes. “Without a doubt, he has the bloodlines to back up the talent, and the beauty is obvious when you look at him. He is the longest-legged, shortest-backed horse I have ever seen, and everything he does is very natural to him because he’s bred to do it. Not only does he look like his pedigree—which is fantastic, because you are breeding what you actually see in the pedigree—but he has gotten the best of everything.”
Kondas recalls a similar experience when she first had laid eyes on the colt. He was just 5 months old at the time. “I called Jeff [Knight] and said, ‘I just touched the horse of my lifetime, I’m pretty sure. I’ve won a lot of national championships and had a lot of wonderful horses, but this colt is going to be on the cover of the Times. He’s that good.’ We got the deal done, and it’s a good thing we did, because Joel Kiesner called the next day and wanted the colt.”
VJ Royal Heir, she reflects, offers not only another level in the evolution of English horses, but another step in her own story, which began in the 1970s. “I would get the magazines and look at the Lasma horses and the national champions,” she recalls. “I would stare at that picture of *Bask, Johnny Johnston’s classic in-hand shot, and say to myself, ‘one day, I’m going to have trotting horses.’ It’s funny how you come back to your roots.” ■
And so, three years later, Kelli Aguirre was having her own lights-on moment, as Kondas led Royal Heir out of the arena. “It still gives me chills to think about it,” Aguirre says. “He turned around and looked at me and gave the biggest snort, with his tail flipped over his back. I said to Tish, ‘The second you start breeding to this colt, I want to buy 10 breedings.’ He has so much charisma and selfconfidence that he could look arrogant, but he doesn’t have that demeanor. He is such a sweet, good-minded horse on top of everything else.” From that time on, VJ Royal Heir, known to his friends as “Big Brown,” was constantly in her thoughts. When Kondas asked if she’d like to buy him, Aguirre’s mind nearly went into gridlock in a frantic effort to accommodate him on her payroll, which at the time featured an array of broodmares, foals, and six or seven horses in training. “All I could think was ‘this is the opportunity of my lifetime, and I have to make it happen,’” she says. “I told Tish right that minute that I would take him and there was never a second thought.” With VJ Royal Heir just 4 years old, Aguirre, Kondas and the Showtime entourage can point only to his potential. His show ring career is beginning without haste (last year he logged a U.S. National Top Ten in the English Pleasure Futurity) and with an eye toward the future. It is the looks and the pedigree that are fueling his initial season at stud. “I want the pretty, but I want the talent too,” Aguirre
That Picture-Perfect Pedigree VJ Royal Heir’s sire line is pure modern English talent: he is by the Afire Bey V son Afires Heir, four times a unanimous U.S. National Champion in English Pleasure open and junior horse, and out of Brassmis, who offers her own strong contribution. By Brass, one of the most accomplished broodmare sires in the breed, she is from a daughter of MHR Nobility, a three-time U.S. National Champion in Park. Royal Heir’s dam side is equally important. His dam, MA Ghazta Trot, is by El Ghazi, who was known not only for his athletic ability, but for his startling good looks (when he appeared in the walking ring at the Warsaw track the September he was offered for sale, international buyers fairly ran across the lawn to see him up close). He offers the robust Polish bloodlines of Celebes and Aloes, combined with the exceptional beauty of *Bandos. To match that, MA Ghazta Trot’s dam carries blood historic in the English division through Pro-Fire, a son of the U.S. National Champion park horses *Bask and *Prowizja, and Mikado, an early U.S. National Champion in park for Varian Arabians. The net result is a mix of the old—the Polish lines and Lasma’s standard-setting park brigade—with the modern influence of Varian athleticism and beauty.
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HEAVENLEI SENT (Baske Afire x Heavenlei, by Comoshun) 2009 Bay Filly Beautiful and talented! A full sister to The Way She Moves, 2008 U.S. National Champion Country English Pleasure Junior Horse. Heavenlei is just started in lines. MANNHATTAN (Hey Hallelujah x Maggdalina, by Magnum Psyche) 2009 Grey Gelding Mannhattan was 2011 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian 2-Year-Old Gelding and Reserve Champion Scottsdale Signature Stallion 2-Year-Old Gelding. By Hey Hallelujah and out of Maggdalina, 4-time National Champion Mare. Mannhattan has a great attitude and loves attention. A beautiful head and a long refined, shapely neck makes this gelding special. High quality hunter potential. Just started under saddle.
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ENCHANTED MELODIE (Hey Hallelujah x EA Candy Girl, by Hucklebey Berry) 2009 Chestnut Filly Country English performance prospect. Started in lines. Great, upright neck. Beautiful, bright chestnut with flaxen mane and tail. A FIREFLI (Baske Afire x A True Love, by Tempter) 2009 Bay Filly 3 year-old filly by National Champion producer Baske Afire. A True Love, A Firefli's dam, is a full sister to National Champion English Pleasure Horse A Temptation. Just started in long lines. VISIT OuR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL SALE HORSES AND VIDEOS.
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Justify x Glor ia Apal
Lighting the Future
Jack and Elizabeth Milam are pleased to announce their full ownership of Apalo! 2 0 1 2 A B WC S i lv e r S u p r e m e C h A m p i o n S e n i o r S tA lli o n 2 0 1 2 S C o t t S dA le i n t e r n At i o n A l ArABiAn BreederS ClASSiC C h A m p i o n S tA lli o n
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Get to Know the Breeders
sigi siller Genotype vs. phenotype: which do you rely on most when planning a breeding? When I plan a breeding, my main focus is on the exterior of the horse or phenotype, because I rely on my instincts and feelings. I have to look at the horses to make my breeding decisions. For example, I have never bred to a stallion I have not personally seen. Having said that, my breeding program at Om El Arab is based upon the very best genotype one can ever wish for, the Century mare *Estopa. She obviously had the very best genotype, which is proven in the history of her descendants. She has dominated the breed like no other; therefore, genotype is important to me also.
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when breeding horses, how does form to function fit into your decisions? which is most important to you? Form to function is very important in my decisions. My horses have very good bodies and very correct legs. We make sure to put every breeding stallion under saddle. The stallions we showed have all been very successful in the show ring.
whose advice do you seek when making breeding decisions? I have a partner in my breeding business, my daughter, Janina Merz. She was practically born into this breeding program. Her birth year is the same year as *El Shaklanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Friends who know me so far back remember that when they visited me on my first farm in the Black Forest in Germany, I was
sigi siller pregnant with Janina while *Estopa was pregnant with *El Shaklan. Janina and I talk about which mare we breed to which stallion. We share the same taste and ideas about what we want to achieve in our breeding program. There is great harmony in our breeding decisions, which translates into first-class babies.
how prominently does the international marketplace figure in your breeding decisions? The international marketplace plays a huge role in our breeding program, not so much in that it influences our breeding decisions, but
in that we are very lucky that the taste, especially in the U.S., has shifted toward the breeding goals I have had from the very beginning 42 years ago. Our main business always was and is at present exporting our beautiful Arabian horses.
If you had your choice of any Arabian mare in the past 100 years to use in your breeding program, who would it be? It goes without words that my all-time favorite mare was and always will be the wonderful *Estopa. She has done so much for the breed. *Estopa descendants are utilized in every country on six continents around the world. *Estopa passed on in 1993 but is still strongly represented in my breeding program. Every one of our breeding animals carries at least one or more lines to her.
If you had your choice of any Arabian stallion in the past 100 years to use in your breeding program, who would it be? If I could go back and pick my favorite stallion to infuse my breeding program with, it would be Nazeer.
In your opinion, what stallion or mare that is no longer living had the most overall influence on the Arabian breed? The stallion who had the most influence in my opinion is Nazeer and the mare is *Estopa.
In your opinion, who has been the most influential breeder of Arabian horses in the last 20 years?
The most influential breeder of Arabian horses in recent years, particularly in the modern show ring, is in my opinion Al Shaqab.
Where do you see the Arabian horse industry in five years as it pertains to breeding? It appears that the trend in breeding goes more and more toward very typey individuals. Hopefully, breeders will not lose sight of good structure, legs, and disposition.
When not breeding Arabian horses, what are your favorite pastimes? My breeding program needs my energy 24/7. There is not much time left for activities other
*Estopa than that. The good thing is that I can combine favorite things even when I am busy with my horses: visiting with friends and family; traveling to cheer on horses I bred; reading; walking; and brainstorming new ideas for the betterment of our breed.
Sigi with her daughter, Janina.
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Beijing BHF x GA Mi Grandlady, by Minotaur+
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Ever After NA x Captive Love JNF by Padrons Psyche
*Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Scottsdale Signature Stallion MN Medallion Stallion IA Gold Star Stallion AHBA Futurity Stallion Silver Sire Enrolled www.NorthArabians.com For breeding information contact North Arabians Robert North 619.992.9832 Mike McNally 760.500.0792
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Ever After NA x Cajun Spyce KBS by Padrons Psyche
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Ever After NA x Psylaila by Psymadre Owned by Janet Aston
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*Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Scottsdale Signature Stallion MN Medallion Stallion IA Gold Star Stallion AHBA Futurity Stallion Silver Sire Enrolled
El Chall WR x Promises PSY by Padrons Psyche Owned by Midwest Station II
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Al Raheb is returning to the Middle East. We invite you to come see him and his exotic offspring.
Owned by: Al Fawaz Arabian Stud Muhsen Onallah Israel
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2011 Egyptian EvEnt
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The operative term at Showtime Training Center, in Newnan, Ga., is longevity. Although the operation is just five years old, it has an old soul; it began coming together years ago, as trainers Tish Kondas and Carla Schiltz evolved in their professions. What resulted is a place where horses last through careers that are measured in doubledigit numbers, and clients come, find a home, and settle in for the duration. That amounts to a lot of horsemanship, national championships, memorable rides and fun times. And that’s exactly the way everyone wants it. An exploration of Showtime Training Center, you realize right away, begins with Tish Kondas, who has developed most of the clientele. She and Schiltz are partners as well as business colleagues, but like the high-action English horses she trains, Kondas is the more forceful one, comfortable in the public domain. “I’m way more laid back,” laughs Schiltz, “and that, I think, works in
our favor. I kind of roll with things and keep everything moving at a good pace, and make sure everything is organized—try to make her job easier. I think we balance all that stuff out pretty well.” The farm itself is the first example of the long term relationships common at Showtime; it is leased from Jackie Demps and Bill Clettenberg, who have been associated with Kondas since 1995. “She had a Top Contender mare that I showed in country at Louisville in 1996,” Kondas says, “and here we are, after many years, she has built a farm and I’m working out of it. Jackie and Bill are not only great friends, they are more like family.” Located half an hour from Atlanta’s Hartfield Jackson International Airport, Showtime is a pretty, if unpretentious, property. Two lofty pine trees mark its entrance, and visitors are greeted by white-fenced turn-
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out paddocks and a muted-grey barn, edged by flower beds that blaze with color in the spring and fall. most hospitable, however, are the equine faces extending curiously from the stall windows (six-time national champion Cool night, now retired, watches diligently for Kondas’ arrival every day). While the farm is attractive, its real beauty is not only in its looks, Kondas notes. “Tim shea once said, ‘Don’t ever let the outside of your barn be prettier than what you’re riding on the inside,’” she says, “and our barn is outstanding on the inside.” Usually about 50 show horses are in residence at showtime, with the remaining 14 stalls consigned for broodmares and youngsters. over the years, the operation has been home to a number of english luminaries, including the multi-national champions PF emotion, WP rosanna orana and the horse who remains Kondas’ special friend, Cool night. This season, the head-turners are a vanguard of youngsters coming off regional awards and bound for nationals, among them Lady marmalade rTA, Double Platinum and VF Playing With Fire. And those are just the ones most talked about; at the recent region 12 show, 20 showtime entries came home with 15 championships and reserves. on any given day, any horse can grab the limelight—and one who does with increasing regularity is the young stallion VJ royal Heir. standing his first season at stud, he has barely begun his show career, but his obvious quality and pedigree are ramping up his profile with anyone who meets him in person.
6-Time National Champion Cool Night and Tish Kondas.
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The dream for both Kondas and schiltz when they opened their own facility was to provide a comprehensive program of Arabian and Half-Arabian horse activities. Technically, Kondas does the english divisions, show hack and driving, while schiltz covers western and hunter— although each reports that these days, they
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are enjoying learning the other’s disciplines. Many of their customers have expanded with the opportunities and now show in more than one discipline, having added western to their originally English agenda. It helps that the farm is usefully designed: with a 100-by-140 foot indoor arena, an outdoor ring, and both indoor and outdoor round pens, it accommodates a variety of training needs while allowing Kondas and Schiltz to remain in close proximity. That is essential, because they are each other’s best grounds people and most demanding critics. Where It All StArted Tish Kondas grew up in a horse-oriented family, riding Saddlebreds and Morgans in Ohio and showing in class A competition with her mother and her cousin, Debbie Fredericks, who was also her riding instructor. Early on, experienced horsemen began telling Mrs. Kondas that her child had potential. “This girl has something special,” they said. “You need to get her somewhere.” So, at the age of
12, with only a pony to ride, she was enrolled in a clinic with the legendary equitation coach Helen Crabtree—and thought her ship had come in when Mrs. Crabtree stopped the clinic, sorted through the crop of leggy Saddlebreds and their willowy riders, and informed everyone that the kid on the pony had the perfect leg on a horse. Kondas’ training skills were developed early, working with the horses her family could afford. With a middle-class background, she rode an assortment she characterizes as basically “giveaways or cheap.” It was her mother who led her into Arabians, and initially, used to the jazzy Saddlebreds, she was not impressed. But that changed as she got to know the breed. “They really made you work a lot harder,” she says. “An Arabian makes you train twice as well. We have to do so much more to get that posture—we don’t get the extra length of foot, so we have to do a lot more laterally and use our legs more to get the desired effect.” Volume 42, No. 12 | 51
Showtime training Center Her parents might not have been able to supply her with top horses, but they were supportive; when she decided she wanted to train horses as a career, they built her an 18-stall barn, and at the age of 18, she turned professional. not many years passed, though, before she realized that although she had a full barn and was paying the bills, she needed to know more about her craft. in 1992, friends got her an interview with Vicki Humphrey, and for the next 15 years, she honed her skills at Vicki Humphrey Training Center in Canton, Ga. one of the leading english specialists in the country, Humphrey proved to be not only an employer but also a mentor, and Kondas rose steadily through the ranks. in 2000, she won her first national championship, aboard PF emotion in Half-Arabian Park, and in 2002, she was named APAHA saddle seat Female Trainer of the Year, an award for which she since has been nominated repeatedly. Then, in 2008, the same year she was selected Noble Splendor and Carla.
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“Totally Tops” as a trainer in the english division, she and Carla schiltz opened showtime Training Center. As Kondas was focusing on training english horses in ohio and Georgia, schiltz was following a similar path on the West Coast. Her first mentor was western horseman rick Gault, whose facility was near her home. “He’s the one who originally got my sister, Kristen, and me into Arabians, and he taught me everything i knew,” schiltz says. “i worked for him for 13 years in the state of Washington , and then he left and we started our own training business. i did all the western, and my sister did all the hunter.” The schiltz sisters even shared a horse; the purebred gelding noble splendor, to whom Carla attributes their first real spotlight in the industry. He accompanied them to five national championships before they ultimately sold him to the Dell family.
Showtime training Centre Four years into their venture, Schiltz and her sister, like Kondas, realized that although they were successful, they needed more education in their field. They shuttered the business and went to work at Petroglyph for a year, learning from Greg Harris, before moving on to Texas, where they accepted positions with Gordon and Wendy Potts at The Brass Ring. For Schiltz, it was a rewarding tenure, an intense concentration in the western division that prepared her for the next step in her life. A couple of years later, she got to know Kondas and the plans for Showtime were born. The ApproAch To horsemAnship Kondas and Schiltz may train in different disciplines, but the basic principles of their approach are the same. Growing up, they didn’t ride “made” horses, or even horses with obvious, fabulous talent; they had to listen to their mounts, watching for the cues that would unlock what made each one tick. Now they do get in wildly-talented prospects, but the technique of paying attention to the individual lingers. “Some of my most winning horses have been those diamonds in the rough,” Kondas explains. “Vicki used to tell me, ‘what we love the most about you is that you think every horse is going to be a national champion, and a lot of times they are, because you believe it.’” Jeanne Kowalczyk, whose PF Emotion accompanied Kondas to her first U.S. National Championship, nods. “I think you could say that about her. Tish could train anything to a national championship; I’ve seen her take horses who weren’t very bright and can’t have been easy, and make national champions out of them.” It is the challenge that fires Kondas’ drive. “I pride myself on having an individual program for each horse and rider,” she says. “I believe training is the balance between physical and psychological sides of a horse.” PF Emotion was a psychological challenge when Kowalczyk brought her to Vicki Humphrey Training Center in the spring of 2000, but it became clear within days that the 6-year-old mare and Tish Kondas were a natural fit. By fall, when Emotion appeared at Louisville in Half-Arabian park, the pair were a sensation; as they exited the ring, tri-color flying, the crowd leapt to its feet in a standing ovation. Kondas had channeled the mare’s
PF Emotion and Jeanne Kowalczyk. quirky energy into a pursuit that worked for her, and the result was a horse who practically danced through the show ring for 10 years, racking up five national championships and six national reserve championships in both park and English pleasure, open and amateur. “‘Quit’ was never part of her vocabulary,” says Kowalczyk, who now maintains the mare in retirement. “She had one of the longest-winning careers in park horses, carefully guided by Tish.” At Showtime, the basic technique is consistency in managing and training a horse. “We take an old school approach,” Kondas says. “No short cuts. You don’t just rinse a horse off; you groom it thoroughly, curry it, and rub it down to make a great coat. You take a horse out to work, you walk it around first, check for lameness, run your hands down the legs before the leg wrap goes on. And when we need to, we try different things. We’re about having a program open enough to be unconventional, to be able to try whatever works for that animal.” Talking about what is most important, the word “selfcarriage” emerges often, because in her view, the well-
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trained horse is one who is able to perform naturally and comfortably, in the correct frame. “ninety-nine percent of my horses go around in a smooth snaffle for their work bridle, and a mullen mouth with a smooth bradoon for their full bridle. This is mainly because my legs, hands, and timing are going to create the best form, “she says. “The goal is for my horses to have self carriage— their withers and ribcage are elevated, their hind leg engaged, and they look through the bridle.”
2011 Region 12 Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse SF Whoz Who.
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2007 U.S. National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Pleasure Driving WP Rosanna Orana with Tish.
An IntegrAl PArt Of the equAtIOn: CustOmers “I watched Tish with Vicki as a very young girl,” recalls Showtime client David Bandy. “I had a horse with Vicki at the time named Oran Van Boom, and probably the best I ever saw him show was when Tish had him in Lexington, Va. That’s when she caught my attention, and I thought, ‘I’m going to get that girl on another horse of mine one of these days.’” It would be 10 years before Bandy fulfilled that promise, but when his homebred WP Rosanna Orana blasted through the in-gate at Louisville with Kondas in the irons, it was worth the wait. It was 2006, the show’s last year in Freedom Hall, and the U.S. National Championship for Half-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horses pitted the acrobatic Rosanna against Adams Fire. In a raise-the-roof competition, the filly finished reserve to Adams Fire and became one of the “buzz horses” of the week.
“It was pretty thrilling to have that capacity crowd roaring for your horse,” Bandy admits. WP Rosanna Orana would go on to a national reserve championship in pleasure driving, and in 2009, the U.S. National Championship in Half-Arabian Park AAOTR before taking off for a few years to be a mother. It might not have happened, Bandy points out, without Tish Kondas. An Arabian/Hackney pony cross, the stylish black Rosanna was a bit on the petite side. (She would eventually mature at 14.2.) “Pretty quickly, you knew she was special,” he says, “but you can have something special and unless it is a certain size, many trainers won’t want to bother with it. Tish stepped up to the plate and expressed interest in her from the beginning, so I sent Rosanna to her as a 4-year-old. “It’s always important that a trainer likes your horses,” he observes thoughtfully. “If they don’t, you’re probably
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2011 Region 12 Champion Half-Arabian Pleasure Driving No Apollogeez with Tish. GWF Valentino, 2010 Buckeye Top Eight Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse.
not going to do very well. The thing about Tish is that she didn’t decide that she liked or disliked my horse by who the owner was; she let the horse tell her. That says a lot. she took this little mare that not a lot of people were interested in initially, and created a great show mare that everybody was interested in when all was said and done.” The successful horse stories are in public view. What might not be so apparent is the camaraderie of showtime’s clients, who typically number 15 to 20. They come from as far away as boston, and at times, California and Canada, to as nearby as Athens, Ga. Discussing them, Kondas remains a little amazed at the level of their support for her. There are numerous examples of sight unseen horse purchases that worked out like VJ royal Heir and more, something that makes her grateful because with animals, nothing is ever guaranteed. “she’s very conscious of what she’s doing, how she treats her clients and how she takes care of her horses,” says David bandy. “Her business nature, her treatment of clients, is first class. i hope to have another with her in the future.”
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Slow Gin Fizzz, 2007 U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse with Carla.
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Collect Call with Kelli Aguirre.
Jonni Rocket+//, 2008 Canadian National Reserve Champion with Colleen Boylan. Half-Arabian Country Pleasure horse Double Platinum and Tish.
“I give equal time to everybody,” Kondas offers. “It doesn’t mean you have the better horse or you have more money. That’s just how I treat it.” That seems to level the playing field, and the barn is known for its warm social life and the moral support of the amateurs’ and owners’ show experiences. “They all accept that sometimes things go perfectly, better than you expected, and sometimes, not so much,” Kondas says. “But everyone knows that each of those other people has probably been there or is going through whatever they are. They rise and fall together, and that is kind of a little pact that we all make. When you use the word ‘family,’ I feel very much the loyalty and a feeling that doesn’t exist in a lot of businesses.” Tish aboard Cabana Boy SOF, Arabian Country Pleasure Junior Horse.
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Showtime training Center For her clients, that extends to taking her advice even when it means that sometimes they give up rides on their own horses. “You want to make a horse amateur friendly,” she explains, “but you have to take care of these animals. You don’t want to make it so amateur friendly that they lose confidence or start making mistakes. They occasionally need some open classes to refresh them to stay competitive. if you and the amateur can share them, that’s ideal. but my people are very open to the idea that if a horse needs to be an open horse for a year or more, that’s what we do. i find that most people enjoy watching their horses show as much as they enjoy showing themselves ... And i Love To show! “every person in this barn is about the horse: that’s the ticket,” she emphasizes. “Yes, everyone wants to win. Who the heck would spend this kind of money and do all this if they didn’t? but the idea is that what is best for the horse is best for them. even if you don’t win, to be in the show ring in that kind of company is pretty thrilling.” Tish aboard Yes Its True.
Gardenia Afire, 2008 Region 15 Top Five Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR with Jackie Demps.
Jama Ghazi, 2008 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Country Pleasure Open with Tish.
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Invictus JB+/, 2009 Scottsdale Champion Open Park Horse with Tish. 2008 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Park Horse Heir Strike with Tish.
2011 Youth National Champions.
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A New DimeNsioN—VJ RoyAl HeiR This year marks a change for showtime Training Center. Primarily a show barn, the operation is expanding to include standing a stallion. An Afires Heir son, Kelli Aguirre’s VJ royal Heir is out of the *el Ghazi daughter, mA Ghazta Trot, who is from a Pro-Fire daughter—bloodlines that exhibit classic physical strength and ability, accented by several sources of elegance and beauty.
“This horse is the perfect personification of his pedigree,” Kondas says. “He has the length of neck of Afires Heir, the stretch and expression of an *el Ghazi, and the impulsion of a Pro-Fire. Aesthetically, he’s just statuesque; i think he’ll appeal to a halter community as much as the performance community. He’s kind, he’s brilliant, he’s extremely athletic. He’s like having Christmas everyday.”
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Showtime training Centre At the moment, plans call for VJ Royal Heir to appear at the Arabian Horse Celebration before going on to Tulsa for the AEPA Futurity, and then target Scottsdale in 2013. Kondas looks forward to that—and yet, her voice takes on a different tone when she speaks of Royal Heir’s breeding career. “We’re getting a lot of calls on him, and I hope he turns into an amazing breeding horse,” she says. “He’s proud, like a horse who knows he’s special. I think, on the timeline of horses and horsemen, it’s his time. There is so much in his pedigree to carry on, I think he can do it. If I were an artist drawing a horse, I couldn’t improve on Royal Heir.”
Kondas considers Showtime’s growing reputation. “I think it’s in your blood,” she reflects. “I always wanted to be better.” But there is a nascent mellowness that is beginning to flavor the whole enterprise. “I don’t want to say you learn to enjoy the journey or enjoy the ride, but you really do. As you get older, it’s like I’m as excited when I put the surcingle on a horse for the first time as I am when I make the final victory pass.” ■
Into the Future Undeniably, VJ Royal Heir represents part of Showtime’s next step forward. With the farm’s show reputation thriving, Kondas and Schiltz are beginning to address what else they want, and that includes more for their clients. In addition to the variety of options— English, country, driving, show hack, western and hunter—they plan to add such amenities as seminars and possibly a public riding club. (Many of their lesson horses are good enough to be shown.) The key to reaching those goals lies in the fact that although Kondas enjoys the higher profile, the operation of Showtime is a joint effort. “We kind of push each other,” she says. “I’m probably more the person who doesn’t want to be second. (I won’t lie.) But we listen to each other. Bottom line, the horses are happy and they’re turned out well. Even if we’re at a small show, we give our people the extras. You do the little extra things because it matters.” Schiltz smiles at the “bottom line” observation. “It’s definitely the horses for me,” she says. “The animals are what make me do this every day. We are fortunate to have a great group of clients; everybody gets along fantastically and is super easy to work for, and they’re talented riders. It just makes the whole thing run pretty great.”
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S H OWT I M E t ra i n i n g ce n te r
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Staying together is success. — Henry Ford".
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Lady Marmalade rta 2012 and 2011 Region 12 Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure with Tish Kondas
Phi Slama Jama x OFW Elyzabeth Southern Oaks Farm Kelli Aguirre Jupiter, Florida 64 | A r a bi a n Hor se T i mes
2012 and 2011 Scottsdale Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse 2012 Scottsdale Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR
Sir Fames HBV x KA Dream In Color Southern Oaks Farm Kelli Aguirre Jupiter, Florida
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Jonni Rocket+// "Thank you to my best friend, Jonni Rocket+//, and our incredible trainer, Tish Kondas, for the most wild ride of my life ... he will forever be park trotting in our hearts."
"Tish, You are simply the best...we are so grateful for all you've done for not only our horses, but for all of us. We appreciate your and Carla's dedication, hard work, and the support you always give to everyone. Thank you, thank you, thank you ..." All our love, The Boylans
Standing Room Only x Waneyna Jeanne Marie & Anna Boylan, and Colleen Cooper Andover, Massachusetts
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Nobles Diva 2012 and 2011 Region 12 Champion Arabian Park Horse with Tish Kondas
2010 Scottsdale Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR with Colleen Cooper IXL Noble Express x Quintara Afire Jeanne Marie & Anna Boylan, and Colleen Cooper Andover, Massachusetts
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pF Tonka Toi 2012 Region 12 Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Park with Tish Kondas
Matoi x PF Emotion
A Noble Pass 2012 Region 12 Champion Arabian Show Hack with Tish Kondas
2010 U.S. National Champion Arabian Show Hack with Tish Kondas 2010 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Show Hack AAOTR with Colleen Cooper 2008 Canadian National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Junior Horse with Tish Kondas IXL Noble Express x SP Passing Fancy Jeanne Marie & Anna Boylan, and Colleen Cooper Andover, Massachusetts
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Ghazis Dutch Warrior
2010 Buckeye Champion Half-Arabian Show Hack with Tish Kondas U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Half-Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR with Pam Harris
El Ghazi x Rimone GW
Connected To Huck 2011 Region 12 Top Five Arabian English Pleasure with Tish Kondas 2011 Region 12 Top Five Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR with Pam Harris
Hucks Connection V x Infatuation LTD
ws Beyonette Numerous 2012 wins in Arabian Western Pleasure Open and AAOTR
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vF Playing With Fire 2012 Region 12 Champion Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR with Betsy Haas 2012 Scottsdale Top Ten Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR and AATR with Betsy Haas 2011 Youth National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure JOTR 14-17 with Maris Castang
Bask Flame x VF Elegant Miss Proudly owned by: Steve & Betsy Fojtik-Haas Ingleside, Illinois
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Won For The Road HF Mister Chips x Byzance
Jeff and I have been very fortunate to have had many great horses in our life. We would like to thank Kelli Aguirre on her purchase of VJ Royal Heir. We wish Kelli all the best on her ventures with VJ Royal Heir! From the first day VJ Royal Heir came into our lives, we knew he was something special. We look forward to watching his amazing talent in the years to come. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Linda
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Apollopalooza x Admirals Night Flame
Seventh Star Arabians Jeff & Linda Knight Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Region 15 Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Country Pleasure Driving with Tish Kondas Buckeye 1st Place Half-Arabian English Pleasure with Tish Kondas Volume 42, No. 12 | 71
Numerous 2012 wins in Half-Arabian English Pleasure Open and AAOTR 2011 Region 12 Top Five Half-Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR with Jessica Tolson Stacks
Manno x Exceladett
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Rebecca Tolson and Jessica Tolson Stacks Pendleton, South Carolina
2012 and 2011 Region 12 Champion Half-Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR with Elizabeth Tyler 2012 and 2011 Region 12 Reserve Champion HalfArabian Country Pleasure AATR with Elizabeth Tyler 2011 U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR with Elizabeth Tyler
Afire Bey V x Evitaa Elizabeth Tyler and Shirley & Walter McNeely Elberton, Georgia
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Cool Night+// & Tish Night Of Roses x Encore Souffle
6-Time National Champion in Half-Arabian English Pleasure Open and Pleasure Driving
"Thank You for all of the amazing rides!!! You are the most honest, gifted, and kind horse any trainer could be privileged to have. Thank You Toni for entrusting him to me, he is truly a once in a lifetime!" â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tish
"Thank you, Tish, for the exciting and successful show career you have given us with Cool Night. You are not only an outstanding trainer, but also a wonderful friend. We appreciate all you have done, and are still doing for Cool Night." â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Toni Toni Mulford Rockford, Illinois
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PF Emotion PF Emotion was a beautiful filly, born on my husband’s birthday in 1994, by Promotion and out of a Night of Folly daughter. Early on, she exhibited her huge trot and show horse attitude. Initially she was trained under saddle by Ashton Kiesner, and then for 10 years by Tish Kondas. In 2000, she began her amazing journey by winning the U.S. National Park Horse Championship, accompanied by a standing ovation. One of the kindest and most generous of horses, she won numerous national and international championships over a 10-year show career. She had a tremendous work ethic and desire to please; “quit” was never in her vocabulary. She was guided by Tish through one of the longest-winning careers in park horse history. —Jeanne Kowalczyk
PF Emotion also has produced incredible offspring. Two are now ready to begin challenging the best in the country, and are available for purchase: PF Emotion Afire, 2006 bay mare, by Baske Afire PF Toi Dancer, 2007 bay mare, by Matoi (a full sibling to PF Tonka Toi)
Promotion x Four S Fire-Away Winning a National Championship takes Style, Desire, and Emotion ... this mare had it all! Please direct inquiries to Paradox Farm Telephone: 864.489.3921 www.paradoxfarmandkennel.com
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he Opening night gala Of the 2012 arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas was held on April 19 at the 1-Oak Nightclub located in the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Great camaraderie and a common love for the Arabian horse combined to create an unforgettable night of fun, friends, and entertainment.
1. John Diedrich and Tony Bergren; 2. Christine and Andrew Steffens; 3. Kelly Charpentier, Lara Ames and Judy Mitten; 4. Kelly Campbell, Eric Mendrysa and Amanda Frasier; 5. Nancy Gallún and George Zbyszewski; 6. Kim Jarvis and Tommy Zapp; 7. Carlos & Christiane Roizner and AJ Marino; 8. Dixie and Robert North; 9. Greg Knowles and Riyan Rivero; 10. Lela Reynolds, April Visel and Austin Gallún; 11. AJ Marino and Nate White. ➔➔ For more World Cup photos visit www.ahtimes.com/events/photo/
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C a l i for n ia fa r m tou r
he California arabian breeders Celebration tour our was held from april 23-27 in the Santa Ynez Valley of Central California. This annual event included tours of the following Arabian horse farms: Silver Maple Farm, HB Arabians, Day Dream Arabians, Om El Arab, Gallún Farms, El Capitan/Linjawi Arabians, and Valley Oak Arabians. The event served as a great opportunity for guests to see some of the best Arabian breeding stock in the world while enjoying a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. DAy DrEAm ArAbIAns
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Day Dream Arabians—1. Emphasis DDA and Troy Smith. Gallún Farms—2. Barzan Al Shahania with Austin Gallún; 3. Carol Steppe with MPA Giovanni; 4. Enzo and Bruno Ghirardelli. Om El Arab International—5. Sigi Siller with Ben and daughter Janina Merz, granddaughter Sophie and Om El Beneera; 6. WH Justice and Viktoria Tauschke; 7. Stuart Vesty and Carol Steppe. ➔➔ For latest news and events visit www.ahtimes.com
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Congratulations to Mr. Salim Mattar on your purchase of the World cup Supreme Gold Champion Senior Mare And to breeder Judy Faust on this accomplishment. ~ A special thank you to Riyan Rivero and Sandro Pinha.
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Congratulations to breeder David Zouch Ross & proud owners Anna & Robert Wiechmann on the Vegas debut of this special colt.
Marwan Al Magnifficoo x WC Xceptshahnal
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The 2012 Ar abian Breeders A World Cup by K a r a L a r s o n
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he Ar AbiAn breeders World Cup, now in its sixth year, is quickly gaining recognition as one of the paramount Arabian horse events on the annual worldwide calendar. With more than 250 entries and a record number of spectators and patron sponsorships, the international-style show proves that entertainment and quality can coexist at an Arabian horse show. From April 19-22, 2012, the Las Vegas south Point Hotel and Casino offered a glamorous and engaging venue for some of the industry’s finest trainers, breeders and spectators. many of the best Arabian halter horses in the world spent their days and nights in the equestrian Center of the all-inclusive hotel. With that kind of top competition, every class felt like an event that was great to be a part of, and in such an accommodating setting, you really could not go wrong.
“The World Cup really shows how fun and engaging halter can be,” says show Director scott benjamin. “everyone can appreciate the beauty of an Arabian halter horse, and with the mixture of international and American styles, it has become a great celebration of the breed we all love and appreciate.”
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InternatIonal appeal— and More
one of the defining elements of the World Cup is the international inf luence that it incorporates, which is apparent in its scoring system, its audience and its judges. This year, the judges were scott brumfield (UsA), bolivar Figueiredo (brazil), Holger ismer (Germany), Paul Kostial (UsA), Fanie maritz (south Africa), and renata schibler (switzerland).
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“because we include international judges and a corresponding scoring system, the World Cup has become a show that the international audience is familiar with and enjoys being a part of,” says Jeff sloan, Chairman of the Arabian Horse breeders Alliance, which hosts the show. “That’s a powerful thing. bringing in an international presence is consistent with our mission at the Arabian Horse breeders Alliance and what we’re aiming to achieve in today’s Arabian breeding market.” “i think that the World Cup totally revived the business,” offers sigi siller, owner of om el Arab international and one of the founding members of the World Cup. “The foreign judges were a nice addition, and i really like the open system used. These aspects allowed people that don’t know the horses and politics of the U.s. show circuit to be a part of the show.”
The World Cup is different from many shows, and yet, its proponents say, its goal is universal. “We really just want to stimulate breeding,” states scott benjamin. “This is an elite show that brings together some of the best Arabian horses in the world. right in the thick of the breeding season, that offers a place for people from all over the world to come together to exchange ideas and discuss the future of Arabian horse breeding.” sandro Pinha offers an endorsement from a trainer’s point of view. “every year, this show gets better and better with quality that is truly second to none,” he says. “in north America today, there is a big change in the breeding of Arabians and it’s ref lected in this show. breeders are really adhering to Arabian type, and this venue allows breeders to promote and showcase their horses in a different style of show that appeals to the global market of the Arabian industry.”
1. 2012 World Cup judges: Scott Brumfield of U.S.A., Holger Ismer of Germany, Renata Schibler of Switzerland, Fanie Maritz of South Africa, Bolivar Figueiredo of Brazil, and Paul Kostial of U.S.A.; 2. Scott Benjamin and Sandro Pinha.
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1. Experiencing the stallions hands-on in the Stallion Showcase.; 2. A Thank You gift from South Point to the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance.; 3. Jeff Schall and MPA Giovanni enjoying the crowd.
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New This Year—The sTallioN showcase A new event added to the breeders World Cup schedule in 2012 was the stallion showcase, which allowed the presentation of five distinguished stallions to the Las Vegas crowd. As the lights went down in the arena, a spotlight was shone on 2005 U.s. national Champion enzo, 2007 U.s. national Champion Pyro Thyme sA, 2010 U.s. national Champion el nabila b, 2005 U.s. national Champion Futurity Colt mPA Giovanni, and international champion WH Justice. “The idea came from an old event called stallion row,” says benjamin, “and with the presence of WH Justice, we wanted to reinvigorate the idea. With such a special horse back on U.s. soil, we thought it would be a nice ‘welcome home’ gesture. As for the others, we wanted to limit the presentation to past World Cup winners and stallions that were older and established. This event was based on the promotion of our Arabian horse, and in the end, it was about offering an opportunity for our own people and for people who don’t know anything about the Arabian horse.”
The stallion showcase included a very special highlight. “We wanted everyone to be able to experience the greatness of the Arabian horse up close,” benjamin explains of the decision to add a hands-on dimension for the audience. “seeing and touching the stallions is always risky, but in the end, that’s what people are going to remember most. This presentation was different, exciting, and really facilitated our goals of bringing new people in while celebrating the owners and horses of the industry.” All the stallions impressed the crowd and WH Justice was appropriately welcomed home. The 13-year-old grey, handled by Andrew sellman, put on a show as he trotted around the ring and then pawed at his contemporaries. “Justice is a dominant horse,” notes sigi siller, who leases the stallion. “He is also incredibly intelligent and perceptive, and loves to be a part of whatever is going on. it was wonderful to see him in the presentation.”
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Roses And excellence The Gold winner of the Yearling Colt supreme Championship was Grand Commandd, owned by bob and Dixie north and handled by sandro Pinha. it was a great title for the yearling, but his journey to the roses wasn’t an easy or healthy one. between the scottsdale show and Las Vegas, he spent six weeks in the hospital, missing training and losing some of his “bloom.” “He wasn’t in his best condition for the World Cup,” north concedes, “but he was starting to feel really good, so we were optimistic about his recovery and chances. He is a very unusual colt. He has such a beautiful head, body and trot, and in today’s market, we think he has a great future. With the horses being bred today, we’re hoping that he turns out to be one of the leading sires in the world.”
World Cup show veteran Greg Gallún enjoyed another successful year, bringing home three Gold supreme Championships, six class championships, one reserve championship, and six top tens. one of his wins was with the esteemed stallion eden C, who obtained the highest score of the show with six perfect 20s, which earned him the title of Gold supreme senior stallion. midwest station i and Austin boggs brought 25 horses, one of which Austin showed to a reserve Championship in senior breeding stallions 4 Years old. “LC Athens is really a special horse,” says the young showman. “He is so charismatic and always fun to show. i know that this will be one of the most memorable wins i’ll ever have because he’s such a great horse and the World Cup is a great show.” Austin was honored with the Handler of excellence Award for this year’s show. “That was a really special award to win!” he smiles. “it’s always great to be recognized in the Arabian industry—just a cool moment for me.” other awards presented at the show were the breeders Cup, for excellence in breeding, which went to michael byatt, and the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, whose recipient was Dr. Aloysio Andrade de Faria, of Haras Fortaleza in brazil.
1. Austin Boggs was the recipient of the Arabian Breeders World Cup Handler Of Excellence Award. 2. Awarded to the most successful breeder of horses exhibited at the show, the Breeders Cup went to Michael Byatt.
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1. Andy Sellman, WH Justice and Wendell Hanson; 2. Greg GallĂşn; 3. Austin Boggs; 4. Spectators enjoying the show; 5. Gary MacDonald; 6. Joao Rodrigues; 7. Angie Larson; 8. Issac Taylor; 9. Jordan Simons; 10. Gil Valdez; 11. Rodolfo Guzzo.
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The Vegas Challenge As the Arabian breeders World Cup is put on to enhance the Arabian horse lifestyle and advance breeding, scott benjamin calls attention to the very essence of the show. “The World Cup challenges the mentality of the ‘right’ Arabian horse show,” he says. “it helps us all to think about why we do this, and what we want in a horse show. it’s very important to showcase and celebrate the Arabian breed, and in Vegas, we’re able to do this while entertaining and engaging a wide array of Arabian enthusiasts.” bob north offers that the show points the direction for the Arabian horse in the future. “This show has been successful in changing the attitudes of how we show halter horses in the U.s.,” he says. “This idea has spread worldwide and has really become a monumental thing in the industry. more people are attending the show than ever, and having it in Las Vegas certainly doesn’t hurt. Having everything indoors allows us to control the environment, create a glamorous atmosphere, and put on a show with class and style for the Arabian industry. it’s a perfect showcase for the Arabian horse.”
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1. Futurity yearling Filly atH CHampionsHip
Champion ta miss Honey Bee (mPA Giovanni x rA Khompassion), bred and owned by Debra Tierney, UsA reserve Champion ajadore (Ajman moniscione x Cerenephantasy), bred and owned by steve and Darla miles, UsA
2. Futurity yearling Colt/gelding atH CHampionsHip
Champion morning after aF (ever After nA x Psylaila AF) bred and owned by Janet Aston, UsA reserve Champion imperious aF (el Chall Wr x Promises Psy) bred by robert & Dixie north Family Trust, UsA. owned by midwest station ii, UsA
3. Futurity two-year-old Filly atH CHampionsHip Champion nyah Joy ia (enzo x Alia Psyche iA), bred by richard DeWalt, UsA. owned by robert & Dixie north Family Trust, UsA
reserve Champion Jp extreme obsession (JP obsession x mystika Psyche), bred by Jack and suzanna Perry, UsA. owned by Adam Perry, UsA
4. Dixie North receiving the cup for Gold Supreme Yearling Colt Grand Commandd.
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1. Futurity two-year-old Colt atH CHampionsHip
Champion rahfayel (rahere x magnums Caress iA), bred and owned by Janice mcCrea Wight, UsA
reserve Champion status rl (ever After nA x belindaa), bred by Leslie Lurken, UsA. owned by Hector Flores, UsA
2. mare/Filly atH supreme CHampionsHip
Gold supreme Champion mystica antasia (WH Justice x LL Albufera) bred by stoneridge Arabians & oak ridge Arabians, UsA. owned by robert & Dixie north Family Trust, UsA silver supreme Champion Giada dona (Lumiar Amadeus x Jade LL), bred by robert & Dixie north, UsA. owned by William and Catherine bensyl Trust, UsA bronze supreme Champion msu syrah (el nabila b x msU serendipity), bred by michigan state University, UsA. owned by Psynergy Programs, inc. (Lessee), UsA
3. stallion/Colt atH supreme CHampionsHip
Gold supreme Champion Kwest For Fire (Kabsztad x shahfiraa), bred by Athbah stud Ltd., UsA. owned by Heidi Wood, UsA silver supreme Champion rHr Heir of marwan (marwan Al shaqab x LC Psychesheiress), bred by roger and stephanie mcmahon, UsA owned by Karinn Panuccio, Australia bronze supreme Champion Victorious ld (DA Valentino x Queen Adiamonds) bred and owned by Les and Diane Van Dyke, UsA 4. WH Justice and Pyro Thyme SA.
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1. Cox CommuniCations arabian Freestyle liberty Gold Champion ms amber afire (Ds major Afire x marrissah), bred by m A shatila, UsA owned by Janet Zouzounis, UsA
2. yearling Filly supreme Championship
Gold supreme Champion and Junior Filly of 2011 (sect. C) winner noft al nayfat (Ajman moniscione x eagleridge Passionata), bred by Cindy mcGown, mark Davis, and Greg & nancy GallĂşn, UsA. owned by Al nayfat stud, Kingdom of saudi Arabia silver supreme Champion and Junior Filly of 2011 (sect. b) winner evening song ia (ever After nA x Cajun spyce Kbs), bred by richard DeWalt, UsA. owned by north nierenberg LLC, UsA bronze supreme Champion and Junior Filly of 2011 (sect. D) winner Faraah aC (marhaabah x Heart of Gold AC), bred and owned by Andrew and Christine steffens, UsA ToP Ten Jullye al gazal xx (sF Veraz x beautiful Juell V), bred and owned by Larry schopf, UsA Victoria principal m (Vitorio To x Diamond of Versace), bred and owned by Anthony marino and Anthony marino Jr, UsA emarra moniscione sWF (Ajman moniscione x PC scarlett Lace), bred by stonewall Farm Arabians LLC, UsA. owned by Azienda Agricola buzzi Giancarlo, italy ajadore (Ajman moniscione x Cerenephantasy) bred and owned by steve and Darla miles, UsA ha lady Freya (Chancellor mW x Poetic Psyche), bred by Timothy and stefanie Poole, UsA. owned by Jayne Howell, United Kingdom Fai al shaqab (marwan Al shaqab x Victoria ii HPs), bred and owned by Al shaqab member Qatar Foundation, Qatar aijzaah rCa (Ajman moniscione x Tr Aleksandraah), bred by Christopher and Pamela Geye, UsA. owned by Jack and elizabeth milam, UsA
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1. Yearling Colt Supreme ChampionShip
Gold supreme Champion and Junior Colt of 2011 (sect. A) winner grand Commandd (beijing bHF x GA mi Grandlady), bred by Linda mehney and Keith & maureen Krichke, UsA. owned by robert & Dixie north Family Trust, UsA silver supreme Champion and Junior Colt of 2011 (sect. C) winner Khaja J (Khadraj nA x Promise V), bred owned by Lawrence Jerome and indira Van Handel, UsA bronze supreme Champion and Junior Colt of 2011 (sect. A) 2nd place winner marvellous Xceptshahn (marwan Al magnifficoo x WC Xceptshahnal), bred by David Zouch ross, Australia owned by Anna, robert and roseanne Wiechmann, UsA ToP Ten J ames Bondd (mPA Giovanni x Ames mirage), bred by Cedar ridge Arabians, UsA. owned by Cedar ridge Arabians and Lawrence Jerome, UsA
2. Junior mare Supreme ChampionShip
Gold supreme Champion and Junior Filly of 2010 (sect. b) winner rh triana (roL intencyty x sylviah WLF), bred by robin Hood Farms, inc., UsA. owned by Freeland Farm LLC, UsA silver supreme Champion and Junior mare of 2009 (sect. b) winner patriciaa (marwan Al shaqab x Patrina De Parys), bred by Harold & Dolly orr and michael byatt, UsA. owned by mohammed bin Faisal Alsaud, saudi Arabia bronze supreme Champion and Junior Filly of 2010 (sect. A) winner oula aljassimya (marwan Al shaqab x el sanadika iA), bred and owned by Al Jassimya Farm, Qatar ToP Ten h embrace h (besson Carol x embra), bred and owned by Hennessey Arabian LLC, UsA Saadiya Ca (Justify x Lady Zoe Hadidi), bred and owned by Daneisha brazzle, UsA
invictus pCF (PCF Vision x en Vogue FA), bred and owned by sam Peacemaker, UsA
Stivalery BJ (stival x V exotic enchantress), bred by me. And mrs, e. J. Jones, Great britain. owned by mohammed Al subaie, saudi Arabia
Supreme Justice ora (WH Justice x LL Albufera), bred by stoneridge Arabians and oak ridge Arabians, UsA. owned by oak ridge Arabians, UsA
hlp Felicity of laman (Laman HVP x Fellicity serondella), bred by Carlos roizner, Uruguay. owned by Franco and Fabiana Vara, Argentina
Soul of gazal SF (Gazal Al shaqab x Veronica GA), bred by Patti scheier, UsA owned by oswaldo bello biava, UsA
gp parys hilton (stival x GP Paradisa), bred by Charlene, roland and Dorothy Williams, UsA. owned by mohammed Al subaie (Lessee), saudi Arabia
halan e (Hermez e x Gai Jullye), bred by brent stone, UsA. owned by brent stone and Keith & maureen Krichke, UsA Wh Kourage (L A Karat x WH rosella nA). bred by Wendell Hansen, UsA owned by regan and robin Hansen, UsA emperian C (enzo x Gwendolyn C), bred by rhonda and rhoda Coleal, UsA owned by Gary bossow, UsA
Kharalisa Bpa (Khadraj nA x rhapsody in Gold), bred by bP Arabians LLC, UsA owned by Daniel and Fabiana Pastorino, Uruguay hCF Kamillah (marajj x Alada mistique), bred and owned by bruce morgan, UsA
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1. Junior Stallion Supreme ChampionShip
Gold supreme Champion and Junior Colt of 2010 (sect. A) winner Barzan al Shahania (stival x nW siena Psyche), bred by ruth and michael Doe, UsA. owned by Al shahania stud, Qatar silver supreme Champion and Junior Colt of 2010 (sect. b) winner Francessco (Dakharo x Francescaa), bred by michael byatt and bill and nan bensyl, UsA owned by mohammed bin Faisal Alsaud, saudi Arabia bronze supreme Champion and Junior stallion of 2009 winner Freedom pa (magnum Chall HVp x bey Unforgettable), bred by brent stone and ron Thompson, UsA. owned by owner Pegasus Arabians, UsA ToP Ten Fm ti Sento (WH Justice x Psity of Angels), bred by James swaenepoel, belgium. owned by mieke sans, UsA Sir marwan CrF (marwan Al shaqab x Ames mirage), bred and owned by Cedar ridge Arabians, UsA montana Firenze (Ajman moniscione x Fabrices Destiney), bed and owned by montana Henke, UsA majd al rabi (magnum Chall HVP x seleket obsession), bred and owned by rabi Arabian Horses, UsA momentum Wr (stival x ATA Psyches Psong), bred by mark and Valerie sylla, UsA. owned by regan and renae rohl, UsA Delajandro (WH Justice x Dormeza) bred and owned by Les sekut, UsA ucello J (mPA Giovanni x Khenya PGA) bred and owned by Lawrence Jerome and indira Van Handel, UsA
2. Senior mare Supreme ChampionShip
3. Senior Stallion Supreme ChampionShip
silver supreme Champion and senior mare 5 Years old winner miss Giovanna (mPA Giovanni x miss America i) bred and owned by Duane and Patricia Dieckman, UsA
silver supreme Champion and senior stallion 4 Years old winner apalo (Justify x Gloria Apal), bred by DsT Arabians, UsA. owned by Apalo Group LLC, UsA
bronze supreme Champion and senior mare 4 Years old 2nd place winner JJ la Baronesa (magnum Psyche x nV Angelica), bred by London Derby sA, Argentina. owned by mayed sA, brazil
bronze supreme Champion and senior stallion 12 Years & older winner lD pistal (magnum Psyche x Halana), bred by Allen and marian Corrow, UsA. owned by Carlos and Christiane roizner, Uruguay
Gold supreme Champion and senior mare 4 Years old winner marcaaysa Fa (Qr marc x Jamaara FA), bred by Judy and bill Faust, UsA. owned by Judy Faust, UsA
ToP Ten WC Ciao Bella (Xceptshahn x Je Ali selene), bred and owned by Holly Woods Dillin, UsA Jakhara Jamaal rBV (Jake Jamaal JCA x Dhara Van ryad), bred and owned by Karen Cunningham, UsA Giada Dona (Lumiar Amadeus x Jade LL), bred by robert and Dixie north, UsA. owned by William and Catherine bensyl Trust, UsA l4r lamala (Laman HVP x JAT el mmala), bred by Juan Folle Algoarta, Uruguay. owned by Carlos roizner, Uruguay psierra (Padrons Psyche x GWb Ptara) bred by Gregory brown, UsA. owned by Al Jassimya Farm, Qatar alia psyche ia (Padrons Psyche x Focus Alianna), bred and owned by richard DeWalt, UsA Shimmering Starr ta (Lm boardwalk x starrina), bred by Linda reed, UsA owned by Cedarbrook Arabians LLC, UsA
Gold supreme Champion and senior stallion 6-8 Years old winner eden C (enzo x silken sable), bred by rhonda and rhoda Coleal, UsA. owned by Dona bellinger, UsA
ToP Ten rhr heir of marwan (marwan Al shaqab x LC Psychesheiress), bred by roger and stephanie mcmahon, UsA owned by Karinn Panuccio, Australia lC athens (regal Actor JP x Genevieve C), bred by Lucy Whittier, UsA. owned by The Athens Partnership, UsA masquerade pa (Armani FC x Cazsandra), bred by Wikel Arabians, UsA. owned by Pegasus Arabians, UsA Vegas Dpa (eF Kingston x Angelina DPA), bred by Janel and Kristi Hopp UsA. owned by oak ridge Arabians, UsA lamon hVp (Don el Chall x Padrons Love song), bred by Haras Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltda., brazil. owned by Carlos roizner, Uruguay SW el marwan (marwan Al shaqab x Fantastica HVP), bred by Greg and Veronica Cowdrey, UsA. owned by eyad Abdullah mashat, saudi Arabia ao Breeze (Aclsic raff x mosha Khaitlyn), bred by Debra morgan and Kathleen Galovic, UsA. owned by Debra morgan and morgan millner, UsA
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Cathy Vincent, her family, and Adandy Farm have been familiar faces on the East Coast and National Arabian show circuit since 1967, and at their current location in Greenwood, Delaware since 1975. This longevity and a lifelong dedication to the Arabian horse and its people have forged Adandy’s sterling reputation for integrity, hard work and care. “It took some real effort to put together the farm in Greenwood, but it was worth it,” Cathy says. “Adandy has always had stallions standing at stud and offered training and lessons, but the farm has grown up over the years. When we started here, we had 18 stalls, a wash rack and a tiny arena. Today we have 60 stalls, a large arena, a new breeding facility, and numerous outbuildings." "We stand Citationn and The Firelord for Merrilee Lyons and have our own, two-time Canadian Reserve National Champion and multi-top ten Halter Stallion Gitar MF. We ship semen and offer frozen semen for both Gitar and The Firelord. There’s a great deal of satisfaction and pride in having your own stallion and producing a few good foals each year.” Over the last decade, Cathy has made changes and carefully focused on quality and care. Today, the farm only trains a show string of 25 and does not haul more than 10 horses to a show. She’s brought serious focus to customer service in her training and her coaching. “I am delighted with our current group of amateur and junior riders,” Cathy says. “The mood at Adandy is up-beat, supportive and happy. We have over a dozen outside riders, evenly split between youngsters and adults. We have seniors too, and they’re among the best riders anywhere.” “Horses take real thought, time and attention. So do people,” Cathy muses. “It’s critically important that the people and the horses in my care thrive and grow. Trainers, breeders and horsemen... we all represent the Arabian breed every day.”
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Arabian Horse Of Today by mary Kirkman and Linda White
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We see them in the show ring, and if we have horses with them, we see them in the barn. Trainers are everywhere in the Arabian horse industry, selecting and fitting the horses for the ring, matching riders and handlers they have instructed to horses theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve schooled, and generally making it easy for owners and amateurs to enjoy showing Arabian horses. Any trainer will tell you that the job requires a host of qualifications; teaching horses to do what is required of them is just the bestknown one. They also have to know animal care, have at least a smattering of agricultural knowledge, and be able to run a businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; not to mention that a degree in psychology is golden for working with nervous amateurs and owners.
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Trainers Of TOday
All that said, a trainer’s success depends on what he or she can accomplish with a horse, and that means how well they read and work with the animals. How many of us really understand what goes into that? it is more than just walking into a barn and asking a horse to stand quietly, or slapping on a saddle and trotting out over-level. What do they think about when they start to train a horse? How do they correct problems? At AHT, we thought it wouldn’t hurt to appreciate that expertise—and also, allow the trainers to share their techniques with people who care for their own horses at home.
have.’” He smiles. “Well, i have a basketball, but i’m not playing in the nbA. maybe that horse would be happier in another division.”
so, we assembled a selection of today’s top trainers, offered them their choice of two questions, and asked for useful information. The questions were: When you have a new horse in to train, how do you determine the mental and physical approach that will best suit the horse, or in other words, how do you spot its strengths and weaknesses? or, what piece of equipment or process do you find yourself using the most often?
And she summarizes another opinion we heard often. “Arabians are really good souls and i love them,” Vincent says. “There’s no horse who’s a good horse without a little bit of Arabian blood in it.”
We were inundated with information. it is worth noting that time after time, we also heard that sometimes working with the owner is the single most important factor in making sure the horse reaches its potential. Perceived problems with horses often aren’t the horses’ fault. Arabians, many of the horsemen said, are remarkably able and willing to work; when they encounter a roadblock with a horse, it is often that the horse needs to be in a division that suits its mental and physical capabilities better.
Michael Carpio Argent Farms River Falls, Wis.
“i think there are very few Arabians who cannot be trained to do something,” observed ryan strand, an opinion echoed by many of his colleagues. “one problem—and this is huge in any breed—is that sometimes owners expect a horse to do something that it just isn’t built to do. in cases like that, i’ve sometimes asked, ‘Why do you think it should be, say, a country horse?’ and heard, ‘That’s the equipment we
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“it’s not always the horses’ fault,” Cathy Vincent agrees. she points out the flip side of the show ring’s having become more competitive: it is harder for horses to muddle through a division. Those who are not well suited to it are at too much of a disadvantage. “it’s our fault for putting these horses on a level that some of them can’t be. Look at the competition! it’s amazing.”
Want to learn more about how Arabians are trained? Here is how some of the top trainers in the breed today responded to our questions.
Trying to make a horse understand what you’re teaching him requires patience—patience and persistence. i didn’t realize i had that much patience in me until i started training, but i had to learn quickly. What i do is let them be who they are. i love to school young horses, trying to make them understand what i want, and watching them learn. i have learned from the great horsemen in my life, namely michael byatt, Andy sellman and Chris Anckersen, that the key to training, and ultimately to show ring success, is preparation. Paying attention to all the aspects of training, conditioning, diet and the horse’s health leads to a winning formula in the ring. i have been blessed to have worked with some of the greatest horses in the
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flex them to the 10 and 2 positions, where you leave them for five minutes and then relieve them and go to the other side and repeat it. That just gets them to be relaxed and removes the fear factor. My biggest training tool is never to get the horse fearful, because once they’re fearful, they’re never going to be as soft. I was told a long time ago by Stan White Sr. that the horses have to lope and jog true, and I’ve lived by that. They’re not going to give you as much from their body when they’re nervous and “locked up” (not that all horses are great movers, but you don’t want to take a great mover and make it a bad mover). So, I keep the horses very relaxed, very comfortable and very trusting.
Michael Carpio world on their way to national, international and world championships. All of this required time, patience, and hardworking team effort from all sides.
If I get one in that has trouble with trust issues, then I take it through the bitting process, get it going forward, and then just put in a lot of miles loping. I’ll use a training fork, or sometimes a straight rein and a draw rein combination—that’s another Stan Sr. type of set-up— and, again, a lot of loping or jogging with nothing ever to intimidate them. You allow them to make their mistake (horses are no different from us; they’re going to make mistakes), and then you show them the right way. But you have to be careful when you correct them. If they
Lastly, caring for a horse properly and keeping him happy should be your first priority. Taking the time that particular horse needs to teach him and get him to trust you, being very patient and consistent with him, and nurturing him through the hard places, is the way to succeed.
Tommy Garland Horsemanship Powhatan, Va. When I’m starting a horse, or if I have one with a problem, I do a lot of bitting to get them to understand to be soft. Basically, that means I bit them “side to side,” or
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make the mistake and you get into them hard or really overcorrect them for it, then the next time they make the mistake, their reaction will be 10 times worse. it gets to the point that they’re so worried about making a mistake that they’re not even thinking about the job you’re asking them to do. Horses have feelings. i treat them the way i would want somebody to treat me. if i can’t treat them the way i expect to be treated, then i’m doing something wrong.
Tyler Irvine Irvine Tr aining Knoxville, Tenn. Although i have methods that i have learned from other people and from my own experience that i like to lean on, i’m careful not to approach every horse with a specific arrangement of methods and style. i’d rather get to know the horse and try different things with it to see what’s going to work the best. once i have an idea of what that is, then i
just adopt that method or style every day. i become whatever the horse needs me to be in order to perform his job. With a horse that comes in already trained but with a specific problem, then i continually address the issue in ways that don’t frustrate or confuse the horse. We do different sets of exercises to work the body and the mind and come up with a plan. say, the horse needs to use his hind end better. i might not ride him around in a circle for the entire training time; we might ride out in the pasture and walk up a hill to strengthen that back end. or if he has trouble bending to the left, maybe it’s asking him to bend to the left several different times in several different ways, without caring what it looks like, just concentrating on ironing out the wrinkles. When i’ve done that enough that i feel like he’s not having any difficulty doing what he needs to do, then i can put him back in a main ring training situation and implement the changes with what he already knows. if the problem still exists, then i know to try a different approach.
Tish Kondas Showtime Tr aining Center Newnan, Ga. Whether i’m evaluating a horse for potential or assessing a problem with one, i like to go to my long lines, with a smooth snaffle. i’m going to let those horses carry that
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bit for a period of time and let them put their head in a natural position for them. It may be forward and it may not be the most attractive thing, but we can work on that at the right time. First, I’m probably going to watch the horse from back to front and worry about the motion last. With some horses, for example, I roll them over, not like a hunter per se, but very deep and low and round, so that the back stays round and hocks don’t get behind them. Then, as we go on, I alternate the position of my lines, maybe do an open draw or maybe a straight rein that day, and I’ll also adjust the height of the rings. After a little while, when I cluck to that horse and position it, I’m going to know: Do they jump off their feet? Do they get panicked with pressure? If they do, then I back off. Or do they step right on up? Maybe they don’t carry their necks perfectly, but you can develop that. You want a nice, balanced, even cadence. That’s going to tell me, do I use a straight rein? Where do I position the lines? How much pressure is the horse going to handle? Do I spend time just cantering it? You might think that a lot of the ones that are afraid of the bridle are ornery, but really they just don’t know; it’s a lack of knowledge. The biggest thing is to be able to see all parts of the horse, as well as the whole picture. A horse like VJ Royal Heir, for example, is so gifted through the neck that it would be easy to be so enamored with that, that you could easily forget about the back end—and you don’t want to forget about the back end, because once it’s doing its part, you will see twice as much everywhere else.
Keith Krichke Krichke Tr aining Center Vicksburg, Mich. When I go to evaluate a horse, I’ll find something that
can get their attention, but without scaring them. That could be a garbage can lid, a plastic bag, whatever is a little bit different. Then I’ll hold it up in front of the
horse and see just where he puts himself. Some will snake
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out and put a hook in their neck, and if they can do that, then i generally can train them to do it also. i see what their look expresses, where they position their neck, what they do with their loin area when they tighten up—that’s the look that in the long run we want to achieve. This is also a good way to see what their attitude is going to be like. Are they bold about approaching what you have in front of them? Are they going up to it and sniffing it? or do they want to run away? After that, it’s up to me to train them, move their body’s position around, teach them to use certain muscles and respond to different stimuli. my goal is to achieve that same look, but in a confident way, not in a frightened way.
R aymond Mazzei Furioso Farms Temecula, Calif. The first thing i do when i get a new horse is to groom him—to go over his belly, legs, face, ears, under his tail, and all over him with a soft brush. How the horse reacts and accepts or becomes agitated by what i’m doing tells me right away what i’m dealing with.
i then work him on a line in both directions. Does he resist going forward, is he fearful, or is he eager? What is his attitude when i put on a little pressure? Honestly, i like to maintain my human advantage through mindful mental and physical manipulation of his behavior. Why does he behave the way he does? Which equipment shall i use on him? How slowly or how quickly do i want to proceed? Horse-human interaction is usually give-and-take, but horses are greedy. They will take advantage of a show of kindness and really push it, so you have to set limits. There has to be a difference the horse can understand in how you treat him. Then when a horse is rewarded, he really gets it. And ‘punishment’ can be a sharp vocal reprimand or loud noise. The real key lies in knowing what you’re looking for; what do you want? reward him when he does what you want. Don’t pick at him and demand and demand, with no letup. He has to understand when what he’s doing is good. Lead the horse into the good behavior that will be rewarded.
John McCarty McCarty Ltd. Omaha, Neb. For me, a horse’s mental and physical strengths are in direct proportion to its age. They all mature at a different rate, and some are going to be mentally smart, sharp and easy to be around, while others won’t be. To me, the basics always pay dividends. With a young horse, one of my best first exercises is to see how it leads and train it to lead correctly. That’s pretty straight forward;
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This is also a helpful tool with problem horses. It is just a lesson in respect that some of them may have never had. With a problem horse you are going to have disagreements, and it is important that you don’t “lose” those disagreements. This is an easy procedure to win and it sets a precedent that you can build on.
Justin McManus Cortese Ar abians Middleville, Mich. When I’m working with a new horse, I try to find the holes, or lapses, in its training by going back to square one. By going back to the basics—getting to know the horse over a little period of time on real basic stuff—I can usually find the things that were passed up or need to be reinforced. It helps me determine the mental capacity of a horse, and is a good way to start confidence building. And it also gives us time to get used to each other in a way that is not really stressful, because we’re going back to the beginning and building something.
John McCarty it’s about where the horse should be (at your shoulder) and not ahead of you and not behind you—those are easy boundaries to set. Then, when they figure out that there’s a comfortable place to be on a lead, they begin to learn that as their training progresses, there will be a comfortable place to be in a frame, whether it’s under saddle or in harness. That’s an important concept, and it transfers on some level. The leading exercise also gives you a gauge of how quickly a horse learns, how much pressure it might take (are they skittish about having pressure applied to them? extremely sensitive and won’t take pressure? or are they kind of dull?), and how it reacts to you (will it lean on you, or move off of you?).
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Mike Miller Smoky Mountain Park Ar abians Knoxville, Tenn. i use a good leather surcingle with plenty of rings. The first thing i do with a new horse is take it to the arena or round pen and turn it loose, so that i can see how it moves and what its natural frame is. i teach it to wear a surcingle and get a feel for wearing a snaffle bit. i have a collection of probably 200 bits, but i keep coming back to the same snaffle; most of my horses wear the same bit. And it’s important that the bit fits the horse’s mouth. i find that most bits are too wide for an Arabian’s smaller muzzle. We then do a series of fitting exercises with a single rein. Where is the horse most comfortable carrying its head? What is its attitude? Those are some of the things that help me discover the discipline where this individual will be happiest and most successful. most of the horses i train were bred and raised here, but i sometimes get in a horse with training issues or problems. i have found that i will either be able to break the cycle of inappropriate behavior and develop new pathways of response, or i will not.
Mike Miller horse with stubby, vertical pasterns is not going to have much motion. but more than anything, i look at the horse’s eye. it can tell a lot about that horse’s intelligence and motivation.
When i first get a horse into the barn, it may take weeks to really evaluate its potential.
All the horses i train were born and raised here at strawberry banks Farm. many times you see certain horses that need a slightly different approach. most are mature and ready to start training, but then there are others that are not mentally or physically ready, so i just turn them back out for a few more months. Then, when i bring them in the next time, they are more ready to go to work.
some of the first things i look at on a new horse are the shoulder, how is his neck set on, are his hocks well letdown, and how long and how flexible are his pasterns? A
sometimes we’ve all been fooled by a horse that looks like he’s not going to bridle, or has marginal motion, but with some added time and building up of strength, he becomes
Brian Murch Str awberry Banks Farm East Auror a, N.Y.
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a horse, the most important score is Arabian type, and the biggest part of Arabian type is attitude— carriage—how they carry their tail, how they move and how much presence they have. This is what makes the Arabian horse so special. Through the training process, the horse will tell you how far it can go. I don’t think anyone can look at a horse and say, ‘That’s how I’m going to train the horse.’ They are living creatures that have their own opinion, their own mind. At the end of the day, everybody does things differently, and I think that trainers now have gotten smarter about the way that they train. We’re not really training them by making them do something they don’t understand, and that makes it easier.
Brian Murch an over-achiever and does well in the ring. If I can say one thing about training Arabians and Half-Arabians, the process is much slower today than it was even five to seven years ago. We’re giving these horses much more time to develop.
Sandro Pinha Ar abians International Scottsdale, Ariz. Before I get a horse in, I go to its breeder or owner’s farm and evaluate it. The best way to see a horse, in my opinion, is to see it at liberty—see how it carries itself, how confident it is. To me, attitude is 40 to 60 percent of the horse. What is the first thing you see in a horse? Its movement and its presence. When you are scoring
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Jim and Peter Stachowski Stachowski Farm, Inc. Mantua, Ohio Jim Stachowski. We look at the horse in its stall, on a lead, and on a lunge line to assess its movement and temperament, and to figure out how long it will take to train the horse to its full potential. From the time the horse arrives, we want to get it into the best possible training program with consistent, daily work that will be easy for the horse to understand, and will allow it to succeed. of course, horses arrive in many different stages of training, from finished horses to horses that have never been ridden. no matter
Peter Stachowski what the level of training, it is important that every horse have a good foundation of basic ground work, so we start there. From our initial observation through a solid foundation of groundwork, we can begin to clearly see what that individual will need to develop to its highest level of success Peter Stachowski. When a horse first arrives, i like to talk to the person who has been working with it previously. i want to know what kind of training or activity this horse has experienced, as well as its habits and temperament. i check the horse out physically. Does it have the correct conformation for the job? i also look at the shoeing, have its teeth checked, and generally inspect this individual to see if there are any faults or defects that would hinder its success. if the horse is green broke, i start working it in the lines to get a feel for its ability and temperament. That also lets the horse become accustomed to its new
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environment. Within a few days I can begin to evaluate the horse’s carriage, gaits and ability. If it is under saddle, I’ll ride it in a snaffle and martingale to get an idea of what it knows, and its level of training. Does the horse understand leg aids? Is it supple in the bridle? Once I know these things I can establish a training program. Should this horse go back to long-lining or go forward under saddle? Through this process of learning what the horse has done in the past, studying its physical traits and movement, and working with it, first in the lines and then under saddle, I can understand what the horse knows and what it needs.
helps them find their balance, and staying off their backs helps them learn how to distribute their weight. It’s less hectic for the horse and me to train them at the speed that fits them. Every horse is different, and I only have one opportunity to do it right.
Ashley Roberts Cynimar Farms Lenox Township, Mich. I typically like to know the pedigree of a horse when I see it for the first time. I study their conformation. I look for a long, upright neck, a short back and a smooth topline. I want a horse that wants to work, that’s willing to go forward. I evaluate them on a lunge line to see how they move, but a horse can always fool you. They may not look like much now, but if they have the right pedigree, the motion may come. I just chip away at it. They may be timid the first couple of weeks. I start with light shoes without pads, teach them how to long line and carry themselves comfortably, to wear a bit, to steer, go to the rail, and respond to pressure. I do a lot of ground work before I get on. So many young horses don’t know where to put their feet, so I break almost every horse to drive. Driving
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tell a lot by their pedigrees and where they came from. i’m training a significant number of horses whose dams i trained, and pretty quickly, you start realizing how to handle them. Having said all that, let me add one rule that i never forget: there are always exceptions to every rule. each horse is an individual.
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Ryan Str and Liberty Meadows Tr aining Center R aymore, Mo. To me, when you get any horse in, you’re going to have a lot of information just from the horse’s background. is it a 3-year-old out of the field who doesn’t lunge, wear tack, lead very well? Has it been in training before, and if so, for how long? (if it has, i’ll talk to the previous trainer to see what’s been done with the horse.) How old is it? That tells you a lot about how much strength it has.
i have one piece of equipment that i ride pretty much everything in, and that’s the smooth snaffle. it doesn’t teach the horse to resist, and i am able to get them to concentrate more on my legs instead of what is in their mouth. overall, i am able to teach them frame and rate much faster with a smooth snaffle. When i have a problem, the solution that works the best for me is to teach them to move off of my legs and bending. i use several lateral exercises to loosen their shoulders, rib cage and hips. These techniques
The first thing we do is look at its overall condition—feet, weight, etc.—and then put it on a lunge line to see how sound and how fit it is. Then we put together what we see and the information we have, and begin training from there. in my experience, you’ll figure out a horse’s strengths and weaknesses as you go along. You also can start to
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will make your problem horse softer, and usually much happier. After the horse is more comfortable, then I go back to teaching them my program. When I lift the reins up slowly and tighten my legs, if the horse doesn’t soften and round up, I keep tapping with my legs, or supple them until they soften. I teach that to all of them. If they are not soft and comfortable in their face, they are not going to move correctly. And if I’m riding one in the curb, I’m basically using the same concept as with the one in the smooth snaffle. If I start picking the reins up slow off a soft drape, I can just tighten my calves up and they automatically know to soften, round their back, lift their shoulders and start to frame up. It has worked on 99 percent of the horses that have learned my program. I figure that once you can get them soft in the smooth snaffle, you can get them soft in just about anything.
Isaac Taylor Taylor R anch Ar abians Payson, Utah I start every one the same way and just go slow with it, and then gauge its mental capacity. If they pick things up quick, you can go a little faster, and if they take a little longer, you slow down. And then I make sure that they physically can handle what I’m asking them to do—that’s part of taking things slowly to start with. I just cater to each individual, instead of doing a “one size fits all” for every horse. When I have a horse that comes in from another trainer, I start it over with the basics. You have to re-teach them what you want them to do, because if you just try to pick up where somebody else left off, you don’t really know what the horse knows or doesn’t know, and then you bring out the problems. If you start them over at step one and teach them what you want them to do, they tend to pick things up and progress a little more quickly.
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Over time, if it looks like we have a problem that isn’t working out, I might try something else—maybe a different bit or equipment or shoeing. It’s all about just trying different things to see what makes the horse comfortable. In my experience, the horses will let you know when they are happy.
Mary Trowbridge Trowbridges Ltd. Bridgewater, Conn. I could survive as a horse trainer with a smooth snaffle, a set of regular reins that could also be draw reins, one martingale, an English saddle and a western saddle, and a bitting rig with long lines, because I do a lot of long lining both inside and outside of the arena. I’d say the
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i like to think that i am the most important thing in the mix, but what i’ve found is that if i make these horses feel good, and am consistent with what i’m asking them to do, they become trained. but that doesn’t mean that i don’t have to sort through things, or that a horse doesn’t have a behavioral problem that i have to figure out before i decide that it has a physical problem. Generally, though, once i get them put together and to where they know what i’m asking and what the right response is, then i can discover what’s going on in their response and how they give it.
smooth snaffle is my go-to piece of equipment, because to me, anything a horse needs to know is not about the equipment. it’s about the response of the horse to the rider’s command, and the balance and the aids. if i have a problem with a horse, i’ve found that usually the horse is just not responding correctly to moving away from pressure. i can usually take care of that on the ground, just by body awareness and groundwork with the horse, how i lead them, how they stop, how they follow me, follow my upper body, that kind of thing. if i have to think about sorting through bridles, i’m finding more often that i’m dealing with a physical problem, so i work through what has and hasn’t been done. it might start with shoeing, or teeth, or suppling, chiropractic issues, muscling, or intestinal digestive health.
Mike Van Handel Jerland Farms Barron, Wis. We don’t get outside horses. We have horses that are Jerland-bred and raised, that we have known since birth. We bring them in the summer of their 2-year-old year and decide which ones look like futurity candidates. because Jerland’s breeding program is more than 25 years old, we have gotten away from
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any silliness or unwilling traits. Our youngsters tell us what they want to be. Most of our prospects become halter horses, hunters, or western horses. We do lots of ground work, taking our time and observing each individual. Sometimes, if we don’t have enough stalls for our finished show horses, they may go back outside. When they come in the next time, we help them find their niche—and then the fun starts! There is nothing sadder than seeing a horse being forced to do a job. We want a horse to do its job happily and willingly. Every horse has its own personality; so, as I evaluate each horse I ask, “Who is going to be riding this horse?” We send some halter or western horses and hunters out to different trainers. If this is a horse that will be going to a trainer, or one I’m going ride and show, I look for a stronger personality. If my wife is going to be riding and showing it, I look for a more laid-back individual. For example, we have an older mare who has taken a little girl from walk-trot to hunter pleasure. She is forgiving and eager to please, and she understands her job perfectly.
Cathy Vincent Adandy Farm Greenwood, Del. When I have a horse with a problem, the first thing I do is get off the horse and go to my long lines; I tend to
be able to get more done on the ground. I’m a believer in starting them on the ground and teaching them as much as I can that way; so, if they have a problem under saddle or anywhere, I go back to the long lines. I also soften up the bits. I tend to go to my big, old, fat D-ring snaff le, so that if I’ve aggravated them, I un-aggravate them. Then I do lots of f lexion and lots of slow groundwork. Long story short, I back them up and make them forget what’s happened and go back to the basics. n
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What is your most treasured horse show memory? My most treasured horse show memory would have to be when I was about 14 and my dad was out of town on business and would not be home in time to get us to the show. So, my mother stepped in and drove the motor home with the tag-along trailer to Region 15 through the Washington, D.C., Beltway traffic. There was much drama, sweat and tears that went into that trip. Luckily, we never had to back up, and Dad was able to have the awning on the side of the motor home repaired! Looking back, I am amazed at the lengths my parents went to so that I could show. I was by no means competitive in any of my classes and getting a ribbon was a rarity, but they still supported me 100 percent.
What motivates you to show the Arabian horse? My motivation for showing Arabian horses is the pure intelligence that I see in their eyes. My soul is completely happy when I am in my barn and those eight heads are looking at me with those soft, dark, beautiful eyes, and ears tipped forward at attention. At that moment, I know I can see all the way into their souls and the view is beautiful beyond description. No other breed can match the Arabianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level of devotion and intelligence.
Who is the most influential person to you in the Arabian horse industry? Why? The most influential person in the Arabian breed today is the owner who writes the check every month. Without this person, there is no industry regardless of how many talented horses and trainers there are in the world.
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What is the most important quality that you look for in your show horses? The most important quality to me in a show horse is heart. I want to ride the horse that will love its job as much in the last trot as it did when it came blowing through the gate. A horse with heart is willing to please and learn its job, and for years have fun doing that job.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? If I could have one superpower, it would be to undo tragedy, and reverse situations that cause so much pain and suffering to friends, family and all animals.
Are you a collector of anything? If so, what?
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Do I collect anything? Russ would say horses and cats, but those who have seen my closet would definitely say shoes! They are my friends, and I love each and every pair.
Very few people realize that I grew up as a filthy, dirty farm kid who refused to wear shoes all summer and spent my days building hay cabins of grandeur (from hay I helped bring in), and jumping from the top of the barn into the manure pile for fun. I mean, the boys did it, so why not? I loved growing up in an agricultural community where the county fair was the event of the year. My first job was an egg washer for my brother’s chicken business, and I got paid a generous one-cent-peregg to wash the poop off.
What is your favorite class to watch, and why? My favorite class to watch is Half-Arabian Country, both amateur and open, at Nationals. The classes are so deeply competitive that it is fun to see a class where the top four horses on each judge’s card could be different. It is also spine-tingling to see a horse give the performance of a lifetime and emerge the clear-cut winner at such an intense level of competition. Watching horses and riders give 100 percent, riding for all they are worth to win and making it look so effortless—that is such an exceptional skill!
If your horse were a celebrity, who would he/she be? Why? If Mandalay Bay were a celebrity, he would be very similar to Peyton Manning. Mandalay lives his life under the radar—has a low-key existence at a small farm just hanging out with family and friends, trains with enthusiasm every time he goes to the arena, and likes his life orderly and simple—but when he gets his tail down, feels the coat tails, sees the arena and hears the noise, buckle up and hang on, because it is going to be an amazing shot of adrenaline to go through a class with him! Showing is a game to him and one in which he is very confident of his play book. You can pretty much count on him to deliver when the lights come up in the arena and it’s game time. When it’s over, he is very happy to go back to his simple life and enjoy every morning in his field, followed by his pre-lunch nap, his post-lunch nap, and a timely dinner. Life is good! It would be nice, though, if he also got Peyton’s contract!
What is the most memorable show-ring advice you ever received? The most memorable horse show advice I have ever received comes from my very special friend, Bill Rodgers, who felt compelled to give me one last bit of advice right before the park championship in Tulsa. “Now you tune out the music and the noise, and just focus on your horse and your job. And put a smile on your face. I don’t want you to go around this ring looking like you are having labor pains! Do you understand me?” Enough said!
What is your favorite horse show?
My favorite horse show is the Buckeye. It has been my favorite show since I started going in 1979. My excitement would prevent me from sleeping, even when I wasn’t showing! My family would take out the motor home and we would go for the week just to watch the spectacle! To this day, I love to go there and enjoy the nostalgia, warmth and camaraderie.
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Rising Stars by Linda White
Destiny has a funny way of following us around. We can beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning
hooks, but we can’t outrun our destiny. brandon Flood had a career all mapped out. His father, bill Flood, was an Arabian horse trainer, so until
he got to high school, brandon’s life revolved around Arabian horses. in high school he played football and baseball, and discovered girls. by the time he graduated, he knew what he wanted to do. He headed up i-17 to Prescott, Ariz., and enrolled in embry-riddle Aeronautical University’s
four-year aviation course. He was going to be a pilot. He lasted a year.
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“When I left, Dad told me I would come back to a life with Arabian horses,” says the younger Flood, who now is integral to the training program at Bill Flood Arabian Show Horses, in Queen Creek, Ariz. “He was right. It was a perfect fit. I had found out when I was a kid that patience was the most important element when you train Arabians. When I get a horse in, I really don’t have any expectations. If it takes three months, okay, but it will take as much time as it takes to develop him into a wellbroke, happy pleasure horse. “I never say, ‘Okay, this horse is going to be a ….’ Whatever this horse is going to be, that’s his job. And I have to be brutally honest with the horse and with myself. Dad has always told me, ‘If you have a problem, it’s probably you, and not the horse.’ I have to find a way to communicate that the horse understands. And I have to deal with the horse I have, not the horse I wish I had. “I went to ASU and graduated with a degree in history. I’ve been training Arabians and Half-Arabians since 2006. At Scottsdale the first time I showed professionally, I went Top Ten in open western, junior horse with a mare I had taught from scratch. I was joyful! That Top Ten was a validation that I was doing something right. But you can always get better, and I am constantly striving to do better today than I did yesterday.”
Jenna Ball Flood keeps a barn of about 20 horses, most of which belong to amateurs. He trains horse and riders in western, hunter or English pleasure. “I really like it when I do all the ground work and they respond and understand. Whenever I teach a rider I say, ‘You want to do this because ... ’” Jenna Ball, who trains at Westridge Farm, in River Falls, Wis., is the third generation of her family to work with Arabians. The horses have been a part of her world, literally, her entire life, and she knew she wanted to train them from the time she was 10 years old. As a youth rider she showed on the class “A,” regional and national levels, consistently earning Top Tens. Her first national Top Ten came on her Arabian gelding JAS Tucson in western pleasure at both Youth and Canadian Nationals. “Tucson was special,” she says. “He taught me so much and gave me the confidence to work with many different types of horses—challenging horses that taught me even more.”
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Jonathan Ramsay After graduating from high school, ball sought out and had the opportunity to work with some of the leading trainers in the industry, including ron Copple, J.T. Keller, Tommy Garland and brett becker. she learned from all of them, and is quick to acknowledge the impact they have had. “i’m lucky to have learned from some of the best in our industry,” she says. “Their hard work, patience and skills with their horses, clients, and staff are the qualities i work to include in my barn every day. i’m very fortunate, because i have a beautiful farm to work out of and everything i need, including a family that supports me every step of the way.” The past couple of years have been memorable for ball, as she was 2010 Canadian national reserve Champion in Ladies Western side saddle on one of Westridge’s foundation stallions, Zoraladdinn. in 2011, she and “Ladd” went Top Ten at the U.s. nationals in the discipline, while her client and mother, Val sylla, rode
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the stallion to a Top Ten in Western Pleasure AAoTr. Jenna is proud of her mom, who also was 2011 U.s. national reserve Champion in Hunter Pleasure AAoTr maturity with Kijan el Jullyen V, another stallion that Jenna rode to a Top Ten at Canadian nationals in Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse. she’s excited to see more of her amateurs compete on the national level this year. When asked about her abilities as a trainer, Jenna says, “if i have a gift, it’s that i want both my horses and amateurs to be happy. i work hard to communicate carefully with both horse and rider, so that when it comes time to go in the ring, that horse and rider are really a team.” When Jonathan ramsay, of stachowski Farms in mantua, ohio, chose Arabian horse training as his life’s work, his family supported his decision. His mother, Cynthia marlow ramsay, trained Arabian horses. Her parents, Frank and norma marlow, raised Arabians in ontario Province, and Jonathan grew up on a dairy farm; his father, Dwight ramsay, breeds and shows purebred Guernsey cattle. Topping off Jonathan’s credentials are a lifetime of experience and a college degree in agriculture with a minor in business. “i’m lucky to be doing this,” he states. “i treat each horse as an individual. This helps bring out its best aspects
and builds confidence and trust. I love to work babies from the ground up. My favorite disciplines are saddle seat, hunter and show hack. We have a strong amateur and youth program here, with participants from 5 to 55 and over, and I especially enjoy putting horse and rider together. One of my riders won a 2011 national championship in country English pleasure 55 and Over with her mare. The rider is 68 years old— chronologically, anyway.
“I am a problem-solver. I can’t always fix a horse, but I have managed to rehabilitate horses people said couldn’t be ridden. The key is to be patient, and to take the time to build up the animal’s trust.”
with belonged to a lady in Tucson. She had me ride and show her country English pleasure gelding. When I was 16, I went to Scottsdale and saw the Arabian cutters and working cow horses.
“I love to ride horses!” is Gabe Desoto’s response when asked why he trains Arabian horses for a living, as he does now at Stachowski Farms. “I seem to have the ability to figure out every horse; I guess I’m very intuitive. When I was 8 years old, I was timid around horses. Then my mother asked if I wanted to ride. I said ‘Yes!’ and that was the beginning. When I was about 11 years old, I read a book Reining, by Al Dunning. I told Mother about it and she arranged that during summer breaks, I would work with Mr. Dunning. I learned so much from him.
“I learned from everybody, admired everybody, and learned a lot from the late Chuck Kibler and his wife, Judy, who is so wonderful! I learned how to start a colt, how to work with the babies, and what hard work really was. The people I have to thank most are Jim and Peter Stachowski. Early one morning about 3 a.m., I was working a horse in Wendell Arena in Scottsdale. Jimmy was there, and walked up to me to ask who I was. He called me every month. Finally, I came to work for Stachowskis in January 2011. I’m so grateful for the opportunity they have given me.”
“I’ve worked with several other breeds: Quarter Horses, Hackneys and Saddlebreds. The first Arabian I worked
Leah Beth Boyd, who trains at Cedar Ridge Arabians in Jordan, Minn., has ridden all her life. She started
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showing in western walk/trot when she was 7 years old. “Then i started bugging my parents for an Arabian,” she remembers. “i took riding lessons, improved my skills and learned from different coaches and riding instructors. i showed class ‘A’ and thought briefly about enrolling in the University of Kentucky’s equestrian studies program. instead, i majored in agriculture, with a minor in economics. i wound up not finishing college, however, because the pull of the horses was so strong. Leah Beth Boyd
“When i decided i wanted to be an assistant trainer, my parents, Jeff and sandy boyd, were just happy that i had found something i wanted to do with my life,” she continues. “i’m in a unique position. i have insights to offer amateurs and youth riders because i have exhibited in both realms. Here at Cedar ridge, John Golladay and i come from different backgrounds. every horse is different, and sometimes one approach works better than another. “We have a strong lesson program here, and when the kids advance far enough, they move on to us. i tell my riders to take their time, to be patient, to wait for the right horse to come along. Are my dreams coming true? i am 26, and now i think about things that never occurred to me. i’m continually setting new goals and dreaming new dreams.”
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“There are many roads to Rome,” Scott Golladay told his son John. “You have to find the one that works for you, and go with it.” Scott Golladay had grown up having horses, and started training professionally after college. By 1983, when John was born, his father was training in the Arabian industry full time. “I grew up with an appreciation for the *Baskbred horses,” the younger Golladay explains. “I spent my childhood looking through old Arabian horse magazines and looking up to Lasma. My dad’s best friend, the late John White, gave me many opportunities and opened doors for me. I went to college at the University of Utah. I had worked for J.T. Keller, and he passed the word to Joel Kiesner that I was good with colts. One day Joel called and asked me to come to work for him. I left school that day and drove east. “Four years at Joel’s gave me an extreme education. I had some natural ability when I went to Joel’s, but it took some polish for me to earn Joel’s respect. His style and attention to detail helped me begin to develop a style of my own. I met my girlfriend, Leah Beth Boyd, showing horses; Tom Moore was instrumental in bringing us to Cedar Ridge, where we could expand our knowledge and widen our horizons. I am extremely lucky to have had horsemen like Tom, Joel Kiesner, J.T. Keller, John White and my dad believe in me, hire me, and recommend me. “What do I do best? I get along with young horses very well. Horses are simple creatures, and I like being around babies because they’re so refreshing. When we start a horse, our goal is always to keep it fresh, balanced,
soft and fluid. I watched SA Rapid Fire win the 2004 U.S. National Half-Arabian Junior Horse Championship one year. He was like a tidal wave that never broke. He just kept climbing and climbing. I wanted to be around people and horses who could do that.” “When I told people I wanted to be a horse trainer, they asked, ‘How will you make a living?’ Is that even a profession?’” Nicole Spinella, of Keepsake Arabians, in McDonald, Penn., was a city girl, but she was always drawn to horses. As a little girl growing up in Wolcott, Conn., she would beg her parents to take her to a little pony-riding place nearby. “They bought the lesson program for me, and after my parents talked to the trainer there, they bought me
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mother said, ‘if that’s your dream, go for it.’”
Katie Garland a little Quarter Horse—with no vet check. she had navicular disease, so we learned a lot quickly. Then an Arabian came into the barn, and my mother fell in love with its beauty. They bought me an Arabian, and i started showing.
Katie Garland’s father, Tommy Garland, has trained Arabian horses all her life, and her grandfather, the late Thomas Hunter Garland, trained horses, too. “i love Arabians,” she says, “and i started showing lead-line when i was 4 and 5 years old. i advanced to walk-trot when i was 8, rode western, hunter and english, and started training when i was in high school. This was all i ever wanted to do.” she now is on the staff at Tommy Garland Horsemanship in Powhatan, Va.
“i have a four-year university degree in psychology as a fallback, but i knew i wanted to train horses. i have been with Debbie reid at Keepsake Arabians for the last four years. We have mostly hunter people and a lesson program. i really enjoy the kids, and we do everything—fun things that keep them interested. i won 2010 U.s. and Canadian national Top Tens in Ladies side saddle and english, and a 2010 U.s. and 2011 Canadian national Top Ten in Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse.
“i have learned all of Dad’s techniques, and i put at least 100 percent into everything i do. i’m unrecognized, but everybody needs one good horse to get the public’s attention—to raise their awareness. i have a good work ethic, and i’ll go the extra mile; i’ll do whatever it takes to reach a goal. Dad is known for his work with young horses, and i have absorbed his approaches. i have learned to say, ‘i don’t know what this horse is going to be,’ but i can usually tell by working a horse until i find out where he is going to excel.
“i am very blessed. Debbie reid knows how to run a business and i learn so much from her—and from my mother. When i told her i wanted to train horses my
“breaking horses is something i can do because i know my dad’s method of developing a horse,” she adds. “When he thought i was ready, he gave me a horse
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to break by myself from scratch. And I did it. I have found out you can learn things from one horse that will help you with another horse.” “I’ve always loved horses,” says Lindsey Knight, co-trainer with Mary Trowbridge at Trowbridges Ltd., in Bridgewater, Conn. “My greatest thrill is to teach people to connect with animals; that’s pretty much why I get out of bed in the morning.” Growing up in Concord, Mass., Knight started riding hunter/jumpers at age 3. When she was 9, her family purchased her first Arabian from Mary Trowbridge, and she rode at Trowbridges Ltd. until she went off to Skidmore College, in Saratoga, N.Y. But the equine involvement did not stop there: Skidmore yielded not only a degree in psychology, but also four years of polo, equestrian sports and part-time work at a veterinary clinic in the area. By the time she graduated, it was hard for her parents to be surprised when she announced that her career would be training horses. “My parents are the reason I became a horse trainer,” she says, “because they allowed me so much opportunity as a kid. Any door that I could find to go through, they let me do it. Basically, they’re the best people on the planet.” Knight spent a few years working in South Carolina and for Joel Kiesner before returning “home” to join the Trowbridge crew in 2004. There, she not only
Lindsey Knight trains horses and shows, but also teaches 25 to 30 riding lessons. She and Trowbridge work well together. “We’re honest and open with each other, and we push each other,” she says. “But she always has had my best interests at heart, meaning that she’s given me the opportunity to ride great horses and have access to great clients. She’s allowed me to grow as a trainer; that’s really the heart of it. She’s my best friend.” That kind of support has helped Knight build a resume that includes a U.S. National Reserve Championship in Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure on Kreme Dela Krewe and an array of top tens in tough divisions. In 2008 and 2011, she was nominated for the APAHA Rising Star Award. “Every single time I get on a horse, I think about how to make it better,” she reflects. “At the end of the day, I really love horses. That’s probably why I love to train; it’s a process that never ends. You never get all the way there. You never learn everything or know everything, which makes it really fulfilling.” ■
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KA Odysseus by Christa Beeler
look at any information I had. Two days later, he showed up on my doorstep and said, ‘Do you think they’re worth it?’” That was the beginning. Jerad and Christi found 10-month-old KA Odysseus in Scottsdale with Shada, Inc. They put their new model of ownership into action, dividing the expenses of raising, showing, and promoting this great, young colt. The adventure was successful. In 2005, KA Odysseus was the Sahara Sands Champion Colt and the Region 10 Champion Colt. He was named a Canadian National Top Ten Three-Year-Old Futurity Colt in 2007. The Pedens are focusing this year’s efforts on their yearling colt, Atlas JP (KA Odysseus x Madonna K). At the young age of 82, Perry is excited to see this yearling colt hit the show ring. “I never thought investing in Arabian horses would lead to all this excitement, this many years later,” says Peden.
Many people love the striking beauty of the Arabian horse, but don’t ever think they could own something that exquisite. However, in 2005, Jerad and Christi Cooper of Stranger Creek Ranch set out to change that. They put together a plan to sell shares of ownership to a bay Arabian colt named KA Odysseus (Odyssey SC x Ellure A) and recently his sire, Odyssey SC.
Deborah Hodge of Rain Dancer Arabians is another shareholder who has found success in the show ring. She owns Pallas Athyne CA (KA Odysseus x Madonna K) who in 2010 was the Champion Yearling Auction Filly at the Minnesota Medallion Futurity, winning almost $19,000. Pallas Athyne CA went on to win top ten honors at Scottsdale as a 2-year-old. “It has been fun showing her with such success,” says Hodge. “Athyne showed with the Shada family when she was younger, and then I took her home to mature. Now I get to show her as an owner/handler, and it’s been an enjoyable experience. I am anticipating showing with Shada again for her futurity year; they have been good to Athyne and our family.”
Perry and Juanita Peden were the first partners. “Perry is a man of encouragement for this program,” said Jerad. “I met Perry because he needed a farrier for his granddaughter’s Quarter Horses. So, I headed out to help. I told him, ‘If you want to make money in horses, you have to do it with Arabians.’ He said he wasn’t interested, but would take a
Right now, Deborah is heading back to the breeding barn. She’s expecting a KA Odysseus foal out of a beautiful Spanish bred mare. “Odysseus has an upright neck; short, typey head; good hip; and broad, laid back shoulder. He improves on any mare; so, I can’t wait to see the babies when they hit the ground this spring,” shares Hodge.
KA Odysseus (Odyssey SC x Ellure A).
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Pallas Athyne CA (KA Odysseus x Madonna K).
Odasia KVA (KA Odysseus x Nastasia). 6-week-old, 2012 purebred filly.
Partners Perry and Shelby Williams of Kaw Valley Arabians had Quarter Horses and were avid trail riders when they met Jerad. “We had always heard how crazy Arabians were, but after our first experience with them, we knew differently,” states Perry Williams. “Jerad had an Arabian gelding that he was getting ready to break. After three rides, we, as amateurs, were able to ride him. After two weeks, we loaded him up and headed out for a week-long trail ride. His endurance was amazing. When we got to the top of a big hill and he was dripping with sweat, we weren’t sure he was going to make the whole ride. However, he took a rest and then just took off again. He was like that the whole ride, and we have loved Arabians ever since.” The Williamses sold off some of their Quarter Horses and bought a few mares to breed to KA Odysseus, and as soon as the babies hit the ground, they were so impressed that they immediately bred back to him. “Once we saw the babies, it really wasn’t a question of us breeding back to him. We just couldn’t resist; they were so beautiful,” says Williams. “When we are out on the trails, people will yell from the river in their canoes,” continues Williams. “‘Hey, that’s a beautiful horse.’ In a group of 20 trail horses, they are always pointing to our Arabian. It’s kind of fun, and we hope to bring that fun to others. We want to breed babies that bring joy to others, whether in the show ring or on the trails.” The newest members of the KA Odysseus family are Mindy and Taggart Cowart. “I had just put down my Quarter Horse stallion that I was planning to use in our breeding program when I met Jerad Cooper at Equifest,” recalls
Orryon KVA (KA Odysseus x Iced Moka). 3-week-old, 2012 Half-Arabian colt.
Mindy Cowart. “He was washing his stallions next to some mares, and I thought that was brave, especially with an Arabian stallion. I had always wanted to learn more about the show world, but it was intimidating. Yet, here was a man that was willing to teach us about it. “These people are more than business partners, they are family,” continues Cowart. “We could not have jumped into the show world without all the support and shared expenses. I get to live one of my dreams because of the way this ownership is set up. I’m so thankful for it, and we can’t wait to have Odysseus babies of our own!” “This makes owning a great stallion affordable to the average, beginning horse lover who otherwise may never experience this great Arabian breed,” Jerad Cooper explains. “By dividing the costs, providing free lessons and training, and helping with many other things, we are able to draw new people into the breed and make showing and breeding an enjoyable and fun experience for the entire family. Stranger Creek Ranch has a family-oriented philosophy. At shows, everyone chips in to help get all the horses ready before they show and then cheers each other on during the classes. “The athletic KA Odysseus has proven that his gentle demeanor and loving temperament are passed on to his offspring,” continues Cooper. “Many of them have been broke to ride by novice riders, and their owners find them to be the most easily trainable horses they’ve ever owned. Also, Odysseus has very dominant genes and throws all his best aspects. We want to produce a higher level of quality in every baby and continue to improve the Arabian horse breed overall.” n Volume 42, No. 12 | 159
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acque Patterson Thompson’s first date with rod Thompson was a visit to the boarding stable to see mac Keff, the Arabian park horse she had been showing. “As rod took photos of me and the horse, i told him about my dream of someday having an Arabian horse farm,” she remembers. “After we were married i put my dream on hold to raise our children, but when they had left home, we began looking at Arabians. rod and i went to several farms, and at Vicki Humphrey’s open house we saw Ps Afire Chief, who had been 2006 U.s. national reserve Champion Park horse. He was gorgeous! We looked at each other, walked over to Vicki and told her we wanted to buy him.
Chief Inspiration SMP (PS Afire Chief x S A Pasafire, by Afire Bey V), owned by Smoky Mountain Park Arabians.
“Later in 2007, we purchased baskghazi, a baske Afire son who became a 2010 U.s. national Top Ten in english Pleasure for us. That year we added the 2009 U.s. national Champion english Pleasure Futurity Colt: The renaissance (mL Afire Dream x Fire essense, by Pro-Fire). in selecting mares for the three stallions, i’ve tried to find individuals who would give something back without sacrificing anything. They need to be pretty, of course, structurally sound and a little taller, with plenty of length of leg.”
The broodmares of the Thompsons’ smoky mountain Park include daughters of *el Ghazi, AA Apollo bey, mHr nobility, Afire bey V, Cytosk, A Temptation, HF mister Chips, VF Premonition and Khouros. “i am breeding what pleases my eye,” Thompson adds. “Last fall we took three of our first foal crop to the national futurity; they won two U.s. national Top Tens and a 2011 U.s. national reserve Championship. i feel so blessed that we’re getting that kind of consistent quality. Why those bloodlines? i have been drawn to Afire bey V and what he has done for the breed.” barbara Chur and her late husband, neil, bought their first mare, a HalfArabian, in 1979 and soon bred her. “she was the mare that convinced us to breed Arabian horses,” says Chur. “she was so amazing with that foal that we knew we had to continue. We decided we would breed purebred english performance horses. “The mares are so-o-o romantic,” she continues. “Who can resist feeling romantic when you see that? When selecting a stallion i try to look at what
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will complement that mare. I stand three amazing, national champion-siring stallions: Baske Afire, A Temptation and Hey Hallelujah. Each one passes on specific breeding traits, so I pick the one that will add the characteristics a particular mare needs.” Strawberry Banks Farm in East Aurora, N.Y., has long been a source for national caliber performance and halter prospects and bloodstock. Strawberry Banks Farms’ Grand Dams, from left: Generations of mares Elegant Crystal, Solina, Ericca, Flames Rhapsody, and To Love Again. have produced national winners. The couple purchased A Love Song (*Bask x *Elkana, by Aquinor) as a yearling at Deor Farms. Her offspring have won 10 national championships. Dancing Love is another of Strawberry Banks’ *Bask daughters. Now 32, she is out of Habina, the national winner-producing mare. “Dancing Love is not producing any more,” Chur offers, “but when I look at her, she brings back wonderful memories of the days when *Bask’s daughters were winning all the English classes at U.S. Nationals.” Fifteen years ago, when Murray and Shirley Popplewell went to some friends’ Arabian farm to look at mares, they began to breed their own memories. “They had several for sale; that got us started,” states Murray Popplewell. “We thought it would be easy! We would buy mares, breed them to champion stallions, and they would produce the best babies—babies people would want to buy for good money.” He chuckles at their naiveté.
Rae-Dawn Arabians’ RD Fabreanna (Falcon BHF x GF Simply Magic).
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The Undeniable inflUence— When Claudinei Machado came to train at Rae-Dawn Arabians, the picture changed. Popplewell describes the transformation. “Claudinei told us, ‘You can’t breed champions out of these mediocre mares.’ I bought TF Falconsimprint (Falcon BHF x Padrons Imprint) in Scottsdale. That August she was 2002 Canadian National Top Ten 2-Year-Old Filly. She has produced six registered foals for us.” TF Falconsimprint’s winning offspring include RD Dynamo, a 2011 U.S. National Top Ten Yearling Colt by show ring superstar Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shah’s Lady), whom they bought in 2008. “We added GF Simply Magic, a Magic Dream CAHR daughter, in 2004,” Popplewell continues. “We bred her to Falcon BHF and her 2006 filly, RD Fabreanna, was 2007 U.S. National Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Filly. Two years later she was the U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Filly, and in 2010, she became the U.S. National Reserve Champion Junior Mare. “We both fell in love NW Siena Psyche, so we bought her embryo. The resulting QR Marc filly was 2010 U.S. National Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling. We had reached our goal of breeding a national champion! “Our next goal is to breed and still own a national champion when it wins the title!” In 2003 Don and Janey Morse bought their first Arabian horse, a stallion, and by 2006, they had a breeding program at Oak Ridge Arabians. Together they collected daughters of Marwan Al Shaqab, Bey Shah, FS Ritz, Justafire DGL, Baske Afire, WN Ultimate Star, Padrons Psyche, Magnum Psyche, Falcon BHF and others to complement their stallions: Vitorio TO, Fausto CRH, Vegas DPA and Giovanni Chall MTC, whom they co-owned.
Oak Ridge Arabians’ Raherra (Rahere x Dyna HCF).
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“Don and I felt that we knew which mares worked for us,” Morse explains. “Now, being around them helps give me peace. Having lost someone I loved and adored, who was so devoted to the mares and foals, I feel such kinship with them. Don loved Vitorio TO and the last mare we bought together, Almanara DT, is now in foal to him.” Morse now has 30 broodmares, and would like to keep 12. “And
ArAbiAn MAres I’m excited about an amazing, good-minded Fausto CRH colt we have who shows great promise as a performance and halter prospect.” Fausto CRH, at Oak Ridge since 2006, has been a sure winner for Morse’s grandchildren, who earned 2010 and 2011 Youth National Top Tens in Western Pleasure aboard him. For more than 35 years Larry Jerome has been breeding generations of champion Arabian horses at Jerland Farms. Jerome is very clear about his breeding objectives. “I look for mares that will be genetically compatible with producing beautiful, functional offspring. It’s great when you breed a beautiful horse, but after a halter career that typically lasts only a few years, what is the horse’s future life going to be? I want to breed Arabians that will have a lifetime of use. “For example, Promise V, a 1990 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Filly, has given us offspring that have received multiple national honors. One of her foals is Khaja J (by Khadraj NA), who was chosen 2012 Silver Supreme Champion Colt at the Las Vegas World Cup. This youngster moves fantastically and has an incredible mind. He is the total package, and genetically, he will pass on this excellence. “Promise V has the kind of ‘snort and blow’ I observed years ago in the Gazon daughters at Lloyd and Evelyn Burton’s. I fell in Porcelain Bey (by Bey Shah) and her filly Porcelain J love with the Arabian type those mares (by MPA Giovanni), of Jerland Farms. exemplified. I bred a mare to Gazon in 1977 and she produced a very special individual that became my foundation mare. So yes, I look at phenotype, but I also look at genotype. Some bloodlines are not compatible with what I’m trying to achieve. “I’m excited about our mares’ longevity and consistency. In fact, I’m more excited today than I have been in a long time. The oldest MPA Giovanni daughters are now producing performance and halter offspring. I have four phenomenal Half-Arabian Khadraj NA colts, three of which are out of full sisters by MPA Giovanni. I know I have a market for these colts.”
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The Undeniable inflUence— When Eric Wolfe moved his training and breeding operation to Apopka, Fla., in 1991, he brought along a lifetime of knowledge, experience and show ring success. Wolfe’s passion for high octane English performance horses is well known. A popular judge, he has also shown a number of halter horses—some of which he bred—to national titles. “Some of the foals we’re raising are the third and fourth generation we’ve bred,” he says. “Exquisitely Bold, by Bold Ladd ORA, has produced eight fillies and one colt for us. She’s out of Chal Royal Jabask, a GG Jabask daughter I used to show for Jim Gillespie and his family. Exquisitely Bold’s daughter Magnums Valentine, a black, has produced two fillies and a colt. The gelded colt, Ghazzali EWA, became a 2011 U.S. National Top Ten 3-Year-Old Gelding. Valentoria EWA, her black daughter by DA Valentino, is a U.S. National Top Ten 2-YearOld Filly. (The “we” refers to himself and Sue Rothman, his partner of 21 years.) “Magnums Valentine is in foal for 2012 to Trussardi, the colt I showed to his 2010 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt title. Majorette EWA, Magnums Valentine’s daughter by DS Major Afire, is also expecting a 2012 Trussardi foal. I’m also partial Magnums Valentine and her filly Valentoria EWA, by DA Valentino, owned by Eric to Trussardi because I showed Wolfe Arabians, Inc. his dam’s dam, Autumn In Gold, as a yearling and 2-yearold. In 2007, we bought GA Cameo because her dam was closely line-bred to Promotion, who was a national [reserve] champion park horse [and national champion in formal driving]. We bred GA Cameo to Afires Heir in 2008 and kept the filly, Princess Heir EWA. “Our *Muscat daughter, La Scatta, produced many champions, including First Heir EWA, Altimatum EWA, and Rapid Fire EWA, who was 2005 U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse.” Arabian mares have played a major role in Raymond Mazzei’s life. “Years ago, when I was in my 20s,” he remembers, “I showed my Egyptian mare (Babson, top and bottom) in Most Classic Head at Pomona. She won the class and a
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ArAbiAn MAres perpetual trophy, which was a big deal because Most Classic Head was more of a breeding class in those days. “I showed a lot of horses for Bob Stratmore, including the *Serafix daughter SX La Quinta. She was a 3-year-old when I showed her to a 1976 U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare title. In 1978, I bought Comar Bay Brummel, an Azraff son, and bred the Babson Egyptian mare to him. He was intensely linebred to *Mirage on the bottom, and seemed to cross best on Egyptianstyle mares. “Now, 40-something Raymond Mazzei with Egzotyka (Probat x Elana). years later, history repeats itself. Look at today’s most successful pedigrees and see what combinations work. I had 10 straight Egyptian mares, and another group that were Russian and Polish/Russian. They were all good mares and I bred them to proven sires. To me, a proven sire is one that has consistently sired champions. He may sire one or two superstars in his lifetime, but does he consistently sire champions who then pass on their high quality? The same goes for mares. For me, a proven broodmare is one that consistently produces better than she is. “As a breeder, I must go forward. I use the past as a foundation for creating something better. When I bring in a stallion, I breed him to all different kinds of mares, and then I cull. I keep only the best offspring for breeding. With a mediocre stallion or mediocre mare, I’m only going to create more horses—not more good horses. “When I hit a home run, that horse will be remembered, but you can’t just look at a baby and say, ‘Oh, that filly is going to be a superstar!’ Let’s see how she grows up. “My ancestor, Filipo Mazzei, was the King of Poland’s personal equerry. Filipo said, ‘From the seeds of the past springs the harvest of the future.’ n
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A Tribute to the
Moms Of The Arabian Horse Industry
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A TribuTe To The MoMs of The ArAbiAn horse indusTry
In honor of Motherʼs Day, ARABIAN HORSE TIMES would like to pay tribute to the heart of the Arabian horse industry—the moms. Without them, we wouldnʼt be the people we are today. Thanks to all the moms for the love that you have shown us and for the love that you continue to express. Volume 42, No. 12 | 171
A TribuTe To The MoMs of The ArAbiAn horse indusTry “my mom and i share a special passion—a love for horses. i’m so thankful to be able to share this with my mother; she has taught me everything i know and has made me the person i am today. she has been my backbone through it all—she has always been there for me, from entering the ring gate to leaving the ring gate, good ride or bad. she has been my mentor. she has made me a stronger person in every aspect—raising me to be the best i can be. “mom has always said, ‘All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl,’ and i have ever since. To share this has been incredible. i love you so much, mom!” —Cassie
Cassie LeFever and her mother, Teresa
“being involved with the Arabian horse has kept us close and supportive of each other. We spend so much time together and always will because of our passion and love for Arabians.” —Kayli
Cheryl Fortun and da
“some people may know us better as Cup (her) and Dixie (me). mom and mike Lamb are business partners at Lamb show Horses and she is also an agent for Kim Jarvis. Arabian horses and horse shows are our weekends, vacations, and everything in between. since 1986 or so, we’ve shared in the journey of learning, winning and losing. mom doesn’t know how to ride, but she is always there watching me on the rail when i show—having never missed a class since i started riding. our new-found favorite is the scottsdale show, when we can spend 10 whole days with mike and the crew in the desert. We love our horses and our friends in the Arabian business.” —Dixie
Michele McNett Ziemer and her mother, Diane
“We’ve been traveling to horse shows together for over 15 years, starting with 4-H and open shows and more recently to many regionals and nationals. i can’t imagine being at a show without the support, compassion and dedication of my mom, and i feel very lucky to share my love for the Arabian horse with her!” —Betsy ther, Judy
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A TribuTe To The MoMs of The ArAbiAn horse indusTry “As far as the passion Brittany and I share, it’s what we do together—how we always move at the same moment and think the same thoughts with the horses and how we plan all our free time to travel and play together with them. It’s the late-night snack runs and the early morning rides at the shows, the practice rides at home together, and the sunlight shining down on the footing in the arena. Through the triumphs and tragedy, we are one.” —Mitzi
Brittany Marshall and her mother, Mitzi
r daughter, Jessica
Judi Anderson and he
Lori Foster and her mother, Diane Varley
Jenna Ball and her mo
“My mom has been an Arabian horse enthusiast for over 30 years. (she has 30+ years of Arabian Horse Times magazines stacked in her basement to prove it!) She introduced me to horses at a young age, and has been my biggest supporter and travel companion ever since. Although she does not compete, she is very knowledgeable in every discipline. She is a great source of feedback. You can find her in the stands at all hours of the day (and night, after the show has ended), because she rarely misses a class, whether it is a class A show or Nationals, and I love her for her dedication!” —Jessica
“I am a fifth generation horse person; my great-great grandfather started the family in Saddlebreds. My grandmother and mother followed, so I guess you could say I inherited the horse gene. In 1967, my grandmother purchased her first Arabian, Ed-Mar Alfour, a Reserve National Champion Futurity Stallion, and the rest as they say is history. My mom, grandmother, and I showed together on the Arab “A” circuit until 1990 when we took our first horse to U.S. Nationals where my mom and I have shown yearly since 1996. Showing as a family is all I’ve ever known, and I’ve loved every minute of it. My mom and I can talk on the phone every day about the horses, having a tendency to annoy those around us. The most nervous I get at any show is watching my mom; I want her to do so well. The love of horses and competition has given my mom and I a very special bond—she is my best friend.” —Lori
“Having my mom and best friend by my side through this journey is something I will cherish forever. We love introducing new people to the breed together. Arabians are just so honest in what they do. We love helping people understand how special the Arabian breed is and sharing what they can bring to an owner’s life—athleticism, beauty, and performance.” —Jenna
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A TribuTe To The MoMs of The ArAbiAn horse indusTry Jeff mcAlpin and his mother, nancy, have spent the last three decades as a dedicated team! With nancy having been involved with horses at a very young age herself, Jeff had no choice but to join his family’s hobby of going to horse shows. Their partnership started with a couple of “grade” horses from the local sale barn, then grew to a few more gentle horses and a shetland pony. Later, who would ever have guessed the neighbors at the hobby farm had some of the greatest Arabian “show horses” in the country in their front pasture!
Jeff McAlpin and his mother, Nancy
Jeff and his mother continue to travel many miles showing their “beautiful” Arabian horses. many, many special lifelong friendships in the Arabian world have been made over the past 35 years. Along with showing, raising, and breeding Arabians, Jeff and nancy enjoy saddlebreds as well. nancy’s dream to combine both worlds led them to find the beautiful U.s. national Champion Half-Arabian Filly and scottsdale Unanimous supreme Champion HalfArabian she’s still Jammin. mother, Nancy
Austin Gallún and his
“most people know that i am a bit of a momma’s boy. she has been such an inspiration throughout my life and continues to inspire me every day with her dedication to not only the Arabian horse, but also to her family. in recent years, our shared love for the breed has brought us even closer together. i am thankful every day to have such an amazing mother, and i hope to one day be as good of a spouse, parent, and person as she has been and continues to be.” —Austin
Lisa, Reserve and Jean, Champion in same
“my mother used Arabian horses to teach me humility, kindness, self-discipline and responsibility, along with so many other life lessons. We shared the best times of our lives in the barn, on trail rides, and in the show ring. Arabian horses provided the backdrop of an idyllic childhood, and they continue to anchor a lifelong friendship between my mother and me.” —Lisa r mother, Jean
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A TribuTe To The MoMs of The ArAbiAn horse indusTry “My mom, Dixie Dunn, and I have shared our love for Arabian horses over the past 25 years. From the very beginning days of 4-H and showing out of a trailer, to my most recent top tens at Canada, we have been a team! She has been the consummate horse show mom— cleaning tack, mucking stalls, acting as head cheerleader, making sure everyone (horse and human) is happy, healthy, and sound. “What started out as support for her horse-crazy daughter has turned into enthusiasm that she now shares equally
Dixie Dunn and her daughter, Stacey
r, Carrie Cada
Judy and her daughte
with me. Breed promotion, camaraderie, the thrill of competition and the simple gratification of motherdaughter time and knowing that Arabians are horses to treasure, keep us going year after year. In 2009, Dixie started her equestrian jewelry business “Be Dazzled by Dixie.” Her growing business allows her to attend shows all over the country, cheer me on, and enjoy the company of our amazing Arabian horse community. “I don’t think that either of us could ever have imagined, more than two decades after my first ride on an Arabian, how much this amazing breed and community would shape our lives.” —Stacey
“My mother, Judy, passed to me the “horse gene.” She has been there for every part of my horse show days. She has secretly bought me tickets to go look at horses to buy; and has helped pick out every horse that we have ever bought. In the beginning, she would haul my horses, we would do the set up and unloading together, and she would help groom my horses and help me get ready for my classes. She is my rock and my support at the shows. Without the horses, I know we would not spend nearly the amount of time together as we do. It is such a blessing to get to share this passion with her.” —Carrie
“Emily and I have always had a love for horses. At the very early age of 7, our venture began with lessons for Emily at Cedar Ridge Arabians, and to this day, she looks forward to every ride. We both fell in love with the Arabian—such a gentle, intelligent and energetic breed! With her passion to compete, we soon were looking to buy an Arabian horse that was the perfect fit for Emily and her riding skills. We enjoyed learning about the breed and what it takes to own a horse. Emily had a very successful first year on the show circuit, and as a mother, I was thrilled to watch her grow as a rider and succeed in the show ring. We look forward to many more! “Emily’s sister Lauren shares her passion of Arabian horses with her support for Emily. She enjoys learning about the horses and watching Emily compete—she is her biggest fan!” —Mom
Jane Pate and her daughters, Lauren and Emily
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A TribuTe To The MoMs of The ArAbiAn horse indusTry “Three generations of the Arabian horse is embedded in our veins. This is our life. This is what we know. This isn’t just a weekend or summer event for us. Horses are who we are, what we know, and what makes us up. it’s our oxygen that keeps us breathing and the blood that keeps our heart pumping. if there is one thing that these animals have taught us, and we have taught them, it is unconditional love, strength and trust. We never for one moment take them for granted. They are a gift. We are very lucky to have the horses, and we are incredibly lucky to have each other. Thank you, mom and nannie. i love you more than words could ever say. The opportunities you have given me are beyond what any little girl could ever imagine. not only did this little girl become blessed with horses, she is also very blessed to have the two most incredible women in her life! We are a team, always and forever!” —Jennifer
“my mother had horses all her life, and she is the one who introduced me to the Arabian horse as soon as i was born. in fact, she was planning on getting her horse ready to show at U.s. nationals when she found out that she was pregnant with me. (sorry that you had to miss out on that show mom!) i was so blessed to have Arabian horses throughout my childhood. my mother effortlessly related life lessons back to the horses, and it was always much easier to understand that way. Whether it’s going out to the barn to practice on the show horses, running out at 2:00 a.m. to see a foal being born, or just going on a midnight trail ride to chat about life, my mother and i still have the horses to thank for our super close relationship. our lives are built around Arabian and Half-Arabian horses and the passion we share for them. i couldn’t imagine it any other way! i love you, mom, and i am so grateful for the life you have given me!” —Tess
Jennifer Pavlick, her grandmother, Patricia Burchard, and mother, Susan Burchard-Murray
r mother, Cynthia
Tess Piotrowski and he
Cassidy Raymond and her mother, Kim
“i like having my mom at the shows with me. she goes with me in the warm-up pen, she is always on the rail cheering for me, and she is my biggest fan.” —Cassidy
“i don’t think i would be able to get through the day without my mom! she’s the most supportive person i know, and she’s always there for me after a class, whether it was good or bad. i’m really lucky to have her at every show with me.” —Emily
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Elizabeth Moore and
her daughter, Emily
A TribuTe To The MoMs of The ArAbiAn horse indusTry “My mom is not only my mom, but my best friend in the world. Some of the best times I have had in life have been when we are together, and most of them involve our of love and passion for the Arabian horse. At horse events, my mom is always my biggest cheerleader. She is always very supportive, and win or lose, she always tells me I was a champion in her eyes. Love you, Mom! You are simply the best!” —Lara
Lara Ames and her mother, Lollie
phanie Douglass Jessica Maldonado, Ste en Walter and their mother, Earle
Colby and Skylar Powell and their mother, LaRae Fletcher-Powell, and grandmother, Donna Fletcher
Adam Rickart and his
“Unlike the stereotypical “horse show mom” who chases you with lipstick and bobby pins, we have been lucky to have a mom that has been a constant friend, travel partner and supporter through our show career. She has always treated us like equals and valued our opinions on our horses and their careers, even during our youth years. Every summer, our dad had a big project at work during Canadian Nationals, so mom would load us into the Chevy Suburban and drive us to Canada so we could still compete. It was a special girls’ trip that we will always cherish. Today, our family breeds and shows Arabians, and it has truly become a family affair. Our mom is an integral part of it, and we greatly appreciate everything she has done (and continues to do) for us. Horse shows wouldn’t be the same without our family there to share it with, and we never take that for granted.” —Jessica and Stephanie
“I feel that my mother and I have a very special bond, and the Arabian horse is one reason for that. I would have never known anything about horses if it wasn’t for her. She was always the one to take me to shows when I was younger, to the barn for lessons, to talk horses, look at the new issue of the Times, etc. Our passion only gets stronger for the Arabian horse, and I couldn’t be more proud to call her my mother!” —Adam
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On The Table
Recipes For The Arabian Horse Lifestyle These days, we hear a lot about “the Arabian horse lifestyle.” In reality, that’s just a fancy term for all the shared experiences, the fun, travel and friendships that people who own or exhibit Arabian horses can enjoy. We all know that many of those great times involve shared meals, where friendships are nurtured. At shows, they might happen at restaurants worldwide, but away from the show ring, equally great times can be found at home with our barn friends and customers. So, AHT is starting a new column: On The Table, a monthly selection of reader-submitted recipes that are sure to please at all those equine events.
For the inaugural On The Table, we’re starting with entertaining visiting clients and prospective buyers. You’ve just shown your guests your best foals, and now you’re heading in for a long, lazy evening and a great dinner at home. Here are two drop-dead-delicious options, one a bit casual and the other more elegant (your choice, depending on your taste and your visitors’), along with a crowning-glory dessert. Your guests will see that you not only know horses—you are a world-class host. Now, make a salad, select the wines and head for the kitchen. Bon
Ravioli with Arugula and Pancetta Recipe by Andrea Carlstrom
1 lb. cheese ravioli 6 oz. thinly-sliced pancetta, chopped 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes 3 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 cups arugula 1/2 cup basil leaves, sliced 2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
Bring large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Add ravioli and cook about 7–9 minutes until tender. Drain. In a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently until crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove, place on a paper towel and pat dry. Drain the oil. Add tomatoes to the pan, along with the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook until tender. Add the arugula and 1/4 of the basil, and cook until wilted, about 30 seconds. Stir in the butter and melt. Add the ravioli and cooked pancetta, and toss until coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with more basil before serving.
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Asian Glazed Lamb Chops with Roasted Poblano and Caramelized Onion Risotto Recipe by John Ryan
For 6-7 lamp chops Spice Rub for Lamb Chops: 1 Tbsp. paprika 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. coarsely-ground pepper 1 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground allspice 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Asian Glaze: 2 Tbsp. canola oil 2-3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh ginger (peel it first) 2-3 Tbsp. finely chopped garlic 1 light Tbsp. Asian chili garlic sauce 3/4 cup honey 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce (use low sodium soy or the glaze could be too strong) To make the glaze, heat the oil in a small pan. Add the ginger and garlic, and sautĂŠ until soft. Add the chili garlic sauce and sautĂŠ 1 minute. Do not add too much chili garlic sauce, since it is very hot. Add the honey and soy, and cook until the honey melts. Set aside until you are ready to grill the lamb chops. Preheat your grill to 450-500 degrees. Spray a little olive oil on the lamb chops and rub the spice rub on both sides. Place the lamb chops on the grill for 2-3 minutes and then turn them over. Apply 1/3 of the glaze and grill 2-3 minutes more. Turn the chops again and apply another 1/3 of the glaze. Grill another 2-3 minutes, then turn them one final time and apply the remaining glaze. Grill 1 minute more and then serve. (I like my lamb chops medium rare to medium; cooking time can vary depending on thickness.)
Risotto: 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 sweet onions, such as Vidalia or Mayan Sweet 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 3 Poblano peppers (the smaller the pepper, the hotter it usually is) 1 cup Arborio rice 1 cup sherry 4 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese Heat the oil in a large pan. Slice the onions and cook until they are caramelized and golden brown. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook until absorbed. Set aside. Roast the peppers in the oven until the skin is dark and cracking off. Do not overcook. Once the peppers are cool, peel off the skin and remove the seeds. Coarsely chop the peppers and set aside. Melt 2-3 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a deep pan. Add the Arborio rice and cook until most of the butter is absorbed. Add the sherry and cook until absorbed. Risotto must be cooked in stages, so you need to add the chicken broth 1 cup at a time and cook until each cup is mostly absorbed and the rice gets fluffier. After the rice has absorbed the chicken broth, add the Parmesan cheese and mix until melted. At this time, you can fold in the onions and the Poblanos. I like the sweetness of the onions combined with the mild spice of the peppers. You can modify the amount of peppers you add to your own personal taste. Note: Leftover risotto can be made into cakes. Make a patty out of the risotto and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up. Dust with flour, dip in a beaten egg and then roll in Panko breadcrumbs. Pan fry the cakes until golden brown on both sides. They come out crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.
Lemon and Chocolate Tart Recipe by Andrea Carlstom
3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 5 Tbsp. butter 1/4 cup ground almonds 1/4 cup golden superfine sugar 1 egg, beaten Chocolate curls, mint leaves or raspberries to decorate
Filling 4 eggs 1 egg yolk 1 cup golden superfine sugar 2/3 cup heavy cream Grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
Sift the flour and unsweetened cocoa into a food processor. Add the butter, almonds, sugar and egg, and process until the mixture forms a ball. Gather the dough together, press into a flattened ball and place in the center of an 8-1/2 inch, loose-bottom tart pan. Press evenly over the bottom of the pan with your fingers, and then work the pie dough up the sides with your thumbs. Chill for 30 minutes. Prick the dough base lightly with a fork, then line with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15 minutes, or until the dough no longer looks raw. Remove the weights and paper and return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until the pastry is firm. Let cool. To make the filling, whisk the whole eggs, egg yolk and sugar together until smooth. Add the cream and whisk again, then stir in the lemon rind and juice. Pour the filling into the pastry shell, and bake for 50 minutes or until set. When the tart is cooked, remove the tart ring and let cool. Decorate before serving.
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that crackles with energy and enthusiasm from start to finish. First-time visitors to the Egyptian Event congratulate themselves as they quickly discover what brings people back year after year: nowhere else on earth can they have as much fun, enjoying and learning about the Egyptian Arabian horse. The Event, which is sponsored by The Pyramid Society and attracts thousands of Arabian fanciers from around the world, has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park every year since 1981. This year’s edition will take place June 4-9. “At the end of each year’s Event, I find myself already looking forward to next year’s,” says Pyramid Society President Henry Metz, who has attended the show for the last 20 years. “The Egyptian Event has become the world’s leading showcase for the straight Egyptian Arabian. And now we have a live feed that will showcase these horses not just in Kentucky, but all around the world.” One reason the Event maintains its appeal, he adds, is that each year it evolves. “We, The Pyramid Society membership and Board of Directors, are constantly making changes and improvements and bringing in new ideas that will keep people’s interest. This year we’ll be introducing two new concepts.
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“The first is the Heirs Apparent, a program that will benefit 3- to 5-year-old, up-and-coming stallions just beginning their careers. Most of them will be here competing anyway; participation as Heirs Apparent will give their owners another occasion to present their young stallions to an appreciative audience. “Our second new concept, the Golden Scarab Sweepstakes, will give breeders the opportunity to promote and market their straight Egyptian and Egyptian-sired yearlings and 2-year-olds. The Egyptian Breeders’ Challenge Futurities’ payouts have exceeded $1,000,000 since they began; we foresee that the GSS will allow us to watch the next generation of straight Egyptian sires and dams as they come forth.” The Egyptian Breeders Challenge, for eligible straight Egyptian Arabians, is one of the event’s marquee programs. More than 60 enrolled EBC stallions make up the program, which is benefited by a live auction that is one of the Event’s enjoyable social occasions; this year’s function is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. in center ring at the Covered Arena. Mare owners who purchase stallion services can bring the resulting offspring to the Egyptian Event to compete for big money— the aforementioned $100,000-plus in 2012! The EBC amateur-to-handle classes are great fun for exhibitors and
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World Class Show Horses - And More
The Egyptian Event’s week is packed with classes, all of which are famous for their world-class competition. But the show is equally well known for its heavy emphasis on educational offerings and social gatherings, geared to all ages. Take a look at what’s in store this year.
The seminars, clinics and demonstrations, which are sponsored by Markel Equine Insurance, are complimentary to all members of The Pyramid Society who present their membership cards. Non-members may attend for $12 each or $40 for the Tuesday through Friday four-seminar package.
Tuesday, June 5th, 11 a.m. (after morning classes).
Monday, June 4, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. “Amateur
Thursday, June 7th, 8-9 a.m. “equine and Canine
showmanship: Keys To success” clinic with Jill Girardi Thomas of Jill Girardi Thomas Training Center, in the Covered Arena. Complimentary to attendees of the egyptian event.
Tuesday, June 5, 8-10 a.m. “more Than Just A Pretty Face: Using the reference Handbook of straight egyptian Horses, Vol. Xii” seminar with Keri Wright and Joe Ferriss, in the Patron’s Lounge.
Wednesday, June 6, 8-10 a.m. “The saluqi: Coursing Hound of the Desert” seminar, with mary beth rogers of the society for the Perpetuation of the Desert-bred saluqi. in the Patron’s Lounge.
Thursday, June 7, 8-10 a.m. “Horse of the Desert,
A 21st Century Diet” seminar, with Laurie Lawrence Ph.D., Chair of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Animal science. in the Patron’s Lounge.
Friday, June 8, 8-10 a.m. “born of the Desert
Wind, origins of Arabian Type,” with Joe Ferriss, of brownstone Farm, in the Patron’s Lounge.
Saturday, June 9, 8-11 a.m. The 2012 Pyramid
society breakfast, membership meeting and Lecture, sponsored by Al shaqab, member of the Qatar Foundation, in the KHP museum and Theater. Presenters will be Cynthia Culbertson and sandi olson, authors and co-curators of the Gift From the Desert exhibit at the international museum of the Horse. open to Pyramid society members and honored guests; advance reservations required.
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“Youth showmanship Clinic,” with Dana Coffey, UseF “r” judge, in the Covered Arena. if classes run late, clinic will be conducted in the open Arena behind the Covered Arena.
massage Therapy Clinic,” with mary Ann Watts, Certified equine and Canine massage Therapist, in the Covered Arena.
Friday, June 8th, 7 p.m. Youth Pizza Party at the embassy suites.
Parties And Galas
Wednesday, June 6, 5 p.m. barn parties are an
egyptian event tradition beloved by members, guests and visitors alike. This year’s moveable feast begins Wednesday at barns 5-7 at 5:00 p.m.; on to barns 1-4 at 6:15 p.m.; and continuing to barns 8-12 at 7:15 p.m. everyone in attendance is invited to meet people and horses, and enjoy egyptian Arabian breeders’ hospitality.
Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m. newcomers’ meet and
Greet, sponsored by The Pyramid society’s membership Committee, in the south end of the Covered Arena. newcomers are invited to meet The Pyramid society’s staff, board of Directors and Trustees, and to learn more about the organization. rsVP is requested.
Friday, June 8, 7 p.m. “An Arabian night in black and White” Gala and Fundraiser, sponsored by salayel, at the embassy suites. This year’s elegant, dress-up evening of fine dining, special presentations and shared experiences will also include a live and silent art auction and fundraiser. Tickets are $125 a seat if reserved before June 6, or $150 thereafter. black and white attire. reservations required.
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spectators, and the young horses’ demonstrably tractable temperaments add value and prestige to an ATH win.
annual Silent Auction, which offer a wide array of gift items and useful equipment.
Another popular fundraiser is the Event’s Kalkata Stakes, which is sponsored by Talaria Farms and open to everyone, horsemen and spectators alike. The Kalkata involves classes 47 (2-Year-Old Futurity Colts) and 48 (2-YearOld Futurity Fillies), which take place Friday morning at 10:15 a.m. in the Covered Arena. Participants may bid throughout the week to “own” one of the contestants and compete for the prize money—$500 seed money in each competition from Talaria Farms, added to the proceeds of the bidding. Sixty percent of the pot goes to the champion colt and filly, 30 percent to the reserves and 10 percent to The Pyramid Society. The excitement is tremendous and the paybacks are substantial, which ensures interest and cheering for favorites.
And finally, in addition to the show classes, fundraisers and payout programs, the Egyptian Event’s educational and social offerings pepper the week’s calendar. From the opening ceremonies to the championship finals, the 2012 Egyptian Event has something for everyone—it has an illustrious heritage to live up to, and this year, it is expected to deliver as usual. n
Another user-friendly stop on the calendar is the Event’s Guided Stable Tour on Thursday afternoon, designed to help newcomers and spectators get acquainted with the Egyptian Arabian community and its horses. Those interested gather at the show office at 12:45 p.m. for a walk through the barns, where they meet trainers, breeders and exhibitors and observe the horses in their temporary quarters. And an always-applauded draw for spectators and horsemen is the ongoing vendor area and
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Equine Law Today— Buying And Selling Horses At Auction by Mike Beethe, esq Although auctions provide a viable means for the transfer of ownership, the popularity and quality of horse auctions have waxed and waned throughout the years. In the late 1970s and 1980s, auctions provided a valuable means for marketing horses, followed by a lengthy absence of quality auctions. Today, many people are again using auctions to market and purchase quality horses. Just like any other horse sale business, however, certain precautions need to be taken to produce a successful transaction. This article will take a look at some important aspects for buyers and sellers in an auction setting.
Determining If An Auction Is Right For You
Buying or selling a horse at auction carries different risks and rewards than doing so in a private transaction. If you sell a horse at auction, you have the obvious risk of not knowing the price your horse will bring at auction. Although certain precautions can be taken to ensure you do not receive substantially lower price than your horse’s value (i.e., a reserve amount), you still run the risk of having your horse valued significantly lower than what you believe is the horse’s value. With this being said, a properly promoted and noticed sale usually produces a fair market value for your horse.
if buying the horse privately. The unsure nature of an auction also contributes to lessened due diligence. Potential buyers cannot be sure if they will purchase the horse, and may not wish to incur a great deal of expense for pre-purchase examinations. However, despite some additional risk when buying a horse at auction, buyers may be able to purchase a better horse for the money.
Sales Brochures—Terms and Conditions
All sales brochures or catalogs contain terms and conditions. Not only must the potential buyers research the horse (see following), they must carefully review the brochure to identify what warranties are included or have been waived by the seller and auction company. Prospective buyers must thoroughly review these terms and conditions prior to the auction. The key provisions in this section will include the warranties which accompany the horse in the sale. Most commonly, all warranties are waived by the buyer when purchasing the horse making it essential that buyers do their homework before the auction.
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Another area of particular interest is the terms of sale provision. Specifically, this section will identify the different types of payment accepted by the seller and auction. Terms are rarely allowed in auctions, and charging a sale to a credit card often incurs an additional fee by the auction company. Potential buyers should also check to see if they are required to take possession and responsibility for the horse immediately following the sale. Buyers should know and be prepared for their immediate obligations after a purchase.
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Consignment Agreements All sellers considering consignment to an auction should carefully review the consignment agreement or contract. This agreement will contain the terms of the seller’s agreement with the auction company, as well as the terms under which the seller agrees to sell the horse. The agreement will contain the consignment fee and/or commission incurred by selling the horse at the auction, as well as the ramifications of imposing a reserve amount on the sale. Sellers should note that some auctions impose a penalty or increased fee if the horse does not sell at the auction. Additionally, some auction companies do not allow for a pre-auction sale and require that the horse must actually sell through the auction. All of these provisions are important in evaluating the use of an auction for your horse.
Buyer’s Due Diligence “Due diligence” is a term used in business transactions which basically means that the parties have researched the impending transaction to ensure that they have full knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the transaction, as well as the subject of the transaction. In this case, it means that the potential buyer has thoroughly researched and evaluated the horse. Buying a horse at auction is no different than buying a horse from an individual; as the price increases, so should the amount of research. While auctions do not lend themselves to a great amount of due diligence, a potential buyer should not skimp on the due diligence when the price mandates proper investigation. At the very minimum, the following steps should be taken prior to purchasing a horse:
can vary greatly. One person may go to an auction with a mind to buy a show horse, while the next person may want to look for a good investment. While each of these goals is valid, each Buyer’s actions at the auction will differ greatly. Identification of your goals at the beginning of your auction experience can greatly improve your results.
2. Determine If You Need Assistance
Unless you have significant experience in the horse industry, buyers should seriously consider enlisting the assistance of an expert, such as a consultant or trainer. The expert will likely assist the buyers in discovering any defects with the horse. The expert will also help the potential buyers evaluate the type of auction they are attending. If the auction has a reputation for problem horses, the trainer can help identify those horses and steer the buyers away from them.
3. Try Out The Horse
Buyers should thoroughly “try out” the horse before purchase. This includes riding or handling the horse as you intend to use the horse after purchase. Undoubtedly, this test ride will present several questions about the horse, which should be addressed with the seller. This is a critical step in auction situations. Obviously, the try out will vary greatly depending upon the intended use of the horse, existing knowledge of the horse, and the potential purchase price of the horse.
“Auctions create a useful and valuable method for transferring ownership of horses. Before buying or selling a horse at auction, you should make sure that the auction is right for you.”
1. Identify Your Goals
Horse auctions are addictive, making it easy to get caught up in the events of the day. Buyers should identify their goals and objectives of going to the auction, and stick to those identified goals. These goals
At public auctions, potential buyers may not be able to thoroughly test the horse due to time constraints or other potential buyers wanting to test the horse. You should test the horse to the extent permissible and also watch other people try out the horse. This will give you an idea how the horse reacts to different situations and riders. Additionally, watch the handling of the horse before and after you try the horse to see how the seller (or the seller’s trainer) handles the horse. Volume 42, No. 12 | 185
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4. Research The Horse
You should always research a horse you intend to purchase at auction. As the dollar value of the horse increases, so should the research. On an expensive show or breeding horse, the potential buyer should attempt to confirm the horse’s history by contacting previous owners or trainers. If the horse comes from outside of your geographic area, contact someone you know in the horse’s area to see if the horse has any bad habits. This can prove especially helpful in buying an older show horse, who could possibly have undesirable ring habits. You can make contact with these people in advance of the sale, increasing your knowledge of the horse prior to sale day. If the seller claims the horse has an extensive show or reproduction record, contact the applicable breed registry to verify such assertions. Again, in an auction setting, this research usually occurs well before the auction. Potential buyers should target their potential purchases well in advance of the sale and begin their research and background checks before attending the auction.
5. Pre-Purchase Exam
Research regarding the horse’s health takes you part of the way to verifying the horse’s history. There is no replacement for a veterinarian pre-purchase examination. Especially in an auction setting, you must balance the cost of the pre-purchase examination with the cost of the horse. Nearly every auction requires the buyer to waive all warranties of health and soundness. Thus, the buyer bears the burden to identify all problems prior to purchase. In some cases, veterinary exams and reports are kept on file by the auction company, and made available to potential buyers. If such information exists, potential buyers undoubtedly should review the information. Usually, however, veterinary exams are not performed by sellers at auction. Thus, the potential buyer must carefully evaluate the situation to determine if a veterinary pre-purchase examination is necessary.
Sellers’ Representations At Auction As with any sale, all sellers should ensure the correctness of all information provided to potential buyers. This includes (but is not limited to) the horse’s breeding, show record, health history, training background, breeding ability, nominations, and eligibilities. Just because a horse sells at auction with large disclaimers,
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it does not mean that the sellers can lie about such information. Several court cases exist where a court awards damages to a buyer where a seller made misrepresentations, even when there had been waivers and disclaimers signed by the buyers.
Conclusion Auctions create a useful and valuable method for transferring ownership of horses. Before buying or selling a horse at auction, you should make sure that the auction is right for you. Sellers need to be aware of the risks and costs associated with the auction. Buyers also need to evaluate the benefits and detriments of buying at auction, as well as conduct proper due diligence to ensure they purchase a horse suitable for their needs. If buyers and sellers follow the proper steps, it will assist in a successful auction experience. n Mike Beethe is one of the nation’s leading equine law practitioners. His practice also focuses on real estate, health care and corporate transactions and litigation. Mike has received an AV-rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory predicated on his legal expertise and professionalism, and is recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer by Law and Politics. His firm, Comitz|Beethe, PLLC was recently recognized as the #1 Arizona Law Firm with 25 or fewer attorneys by “Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business.” Mike is also a widelypublished author on equine law topics, and has been a featured speaker at the National Equine Law Conference. Mike is also an experienced horseman, earning countless national championships in 10 different disciplines, and has three times been named Amateur Exhibitor of the Year by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association. Mike is a National/Regional certified judge for Arabians, and has judged multiple regional and national shows. Mike is a founding partner at Comitz|Beethe, PLLC, in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information about equine law issues, please contact Mike at (480) 998-7800 or email@example.com. You can also visit his website: www.cobelaw.com. Disclaimer This article provides general coverage of its subject area. It is provided free, with the understanding that the author, publisher and publication do not intend this article to be viewed as rendering legal advice or service. If legal advice is sought or required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. The author and publisher shall not be responsible for any damages resulting from any error, inaccuracy or omission contained in this publication. © March, 2012. All rights reserved. This article may not be reprinted nor reproduced in any manner without prior written permission by the author.
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An Amateur Lifestyle My Final-Summer Bucket List by Kara
i am free. From school, that is. my fourth year of college has concluded, and now, i look forward to my last traditional summer vacation ever. i am definitely ready for this break; however, it seems like a lot of pressure to make sure that i take advantage of the final time i get a three-month hiatus from reality. i need to make a conscious effort to enjoy every day to the fullest. but how will i accomplish this goal? Well, if there’s one thing i’m good at, it’s making lists, so i believe that’s where i should start. Completing the lists i make tends to be a separate situation altogether, however, i promise to hold up my end of the deal this time around. The first item is simple: ride. ride often, ride with appreciation, and ride with a sincere understanding of the beautiful animal i am so lucky to be involved with. Although i’ll be a few hours away from three of my horses in south Dakota, i will have one to ride as often as i please in minnesota, which is better than none! For me, riding will always be the best stress-relieving, mind-clearing, and enjoyable part of my day, so its existence on my summer list is crucial. The second item is to teach another person something on horseback that is genuinely beneficial. in my 16 years of riding, i have had so many people—my trainer Deb Helberg, Lori ross, my new trainers at Cedar ridge, barn friends, fellow competitors, and other exhibitors and trainers—who have inspired me greatly. i hope to be able to offer something back to someone else through example and in the way i treat my horses. it would be a shame not to pass on something from my years of riding to another Arabian enthusiast, so that’s one of my top priorities of the summer.
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The third item has to do with horse shows and remembering the essence of showing Arabians. This summer, i hope to learn from every class and every show i am able to attend. i want to treat every class as if it is my last. When i enter the arena, i aim to look as though my horse is the easiest in the world. even at the end of a class, when fatigue kicks in and my reins are slipping through my fingers and my back is cramping up, i will try to hold a steady, poised façade. but my fight to the finish, partly fueled by adrenaline, is why i love showing. it’s a thrill every time i go into the ring to “put on a show” and enjoy the talent of my Arabians time after time. i want to spend my horse show time wisely this summer, always remembering why i love this sport of showing so much.
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The fourth item is to find one really great horse-related story and share it with everyone I know. Whether it is a tale of inspiration, physical strength, or overcoming the odds, horses have a way of facilitating miracles for those who are in need of them. As Arabian owners are well aware, our horse has the ability to move mountains, and as a writer, I want to seek this sort of story out. So, if you have a story lead for me, please share!
This summer, I hope to establish this greater bond of trust between my horses and me.
The sixth item doesn’t necessarily need to happen, but if it does, I wouldn’t object for story purposes. Since the first time I fell off, at the age of 8 or so, I’ve been on my journey toward “cowboy status.” This pinnacle status refers back to an old story from my youth, when I was told that I would become a cowboy after I fell off a horse a total of nine times. I am currently at six times, so if I happen to chalk up another fall, I will only be two The fifth item on my summer list has to do with creating away from the coveted title. So cross your fingers! Or a deeper bond with my horses, growing with them, and wait, maybe don’t? Well, if I do get bucked off, or better in the process, gaining trust in and out of the show yet, gracefully fall off ring. As I’ve grown as (preferably on soft ground) a rider and person, I’ve with no serious injury—I’m come to understand that “I hope that this summer allows just that much closer! trust is something that me to grow as a person, writer can never be undervalued and rider. In my last summer I hope that this summer in connecting with an vacation ever, I really can’t allows me to grow as a Arabian horse. Sure, person, writer and rider. In there will always be the afford to miss out on such my last summer vacation aspects of timing, training a beautiful opportunity for ever, I really can’t afford to and practice hours, but growth and understanding of miss out on such a beautiful ultimately, gaining trust is opportunity for growth and one of the hardest things what I want to make out of my understanding of what I to accomplish. It’s also life. I hope to meet new people, want to make out of my life. one of the most incredible enjoy my horses, and not take a I hope to meet new people, and experience-altering moment for granted.” enjoy my horses, and not aspects of horse riding— take a moment for granted. when there is a mutual trust between horse and rider, the connection between Hmm … perhaps I’ll extend this last-summer the two becomes stable, concrete, and above all, unified. philosophy into how I live the rest of my life. Yes, that And when trust is achieved and maintained, riding and might be just the ticket. n showing will only improve with the stronger connection.
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Equestrian Und e r be l ly Story by mary Trowbridge
Just Keep Going i’ve been working on coming up with something scintillating to write about for the last six weeks. sometimes, believe it or not, there just really isn’t anything that interesting happening in a horse trainer’s life. excitement and innovative thoughts about reinventing and perfecting circles can occasionally be hard to come by, just as in any other job. Certainly, sometimes our world is just brimming with interesting twists and turns, but when this job gets redundant, man, does it live up to the definition of the word. When this happens, one of the earliest skills i learned was how to put my head down, lean into the wind, and “ just keep going.” my first job in what my dad used to call disbelievingly “this horse business of yours” was working for bill bohl at the primarily Polish breeding farm, sir William. bill was and remains to this day a phenomenal mentor, and many people in the industry got their start with him. A patient gentleman with a ridiculous joke always at his fingertips, bill is also religious about routine, consistency and fairness, whether he is dealing with horses or people. 190 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes
When i went to work for bill in 1978, the farm foaled out anywhere from 30 to 40 foals a year, almost all by mr. and mrs. rubin’s two well-known Polish stallions, *etiw and *sambor. *etiw was a classically beautiful, ivory white son of negatiw who came about as close to the Gladys brown edwards drawing as any horse i’ve known. beauty was his strong point—his foals, all grey as he was homozygous, were easily recognizable for their beauty, type and charisma. And they inherited one more, slightly less desirable trait from their sire— they saw ghosts. everywhere. And occasionally, were chased by them. They came by it honestly. *etiw, too, had a number of worries that kept him awake in the dark hours before dawn. For instance, you could never wash him with soap and water with him facing so that he could see the suds. He would literally depart the premises, regardless of the incentives in place to make him stand his ground, rather than face the sight of the dreaded white suds. i decided eventually that he thought we had hosed off his hair and what he saw was his hide disappearing down the drain.
Attempting to clip him with anything, anywhere, was like stepping into the ring with Muhammad Ali—three seconds into the first round and you were out, and never saw it coming. There wasn’t a blacksmith alive that ever got his foot up on a shoeing stand in front of him to clinch a shoe. And as with many of our Proud Breed, he was also terrified of water, but his fears were more overriding than most.
have simply survived what he was sure was quicksand waiting to swallow him alive. *Sambor would lick his lips, eminently satisfied, content to finish the hour at a sedate walk as if nothing had ever happened. It remains amazing to me to this day how fast *Sambor could make that walker go with that rope in his teeth while pulling a 1,000-plus pound horse behind him at a dead run.
*Sambor, National Champion Polish Race Horse as well as a national-winning park horse, was *Etiw’s polar opposite. He had none of *Etiw’s concerns; he was a bold, boisterous horse that had a fabulous sense of humor and literally no fear. Signature Kuhailan in type, *Sambor’s foals were athletic, forward and game, as was their sire. At the time I arrived on the scene at Sir William, many of the foals we had to work with were sired by *Etiw, out of *Sambor daughters. One of my favorite memories of *Sambor and his trademark sense of humor revolved around a normal farm routine. Every morning, as soon as the 70 or so stalls were cleaned on the farm (which meant by 9 a.m. at the latest), the first order of business would be for us to put *Etiw and *Sambor out on the hot walker together, absolutely whenever weather permitted and sometimes when it didn’t. Most of the time, this would be an uneventful routine, unless it was just after a good New England rain. As the last drop was falling, we apprentices would be sent out to sweep the walker clean of puddles before putting the studs on. As I said, on most days, it was an uneventful occurrence—but on the days when the glimmering wet dirt shimmered in that morning sunlight, as soon as *Sambor heard the click of *Etiw being hooked to the walker, he would grab that rope in his teeth and take off like Seabiscuit, dragging the shiny white, quivering mass of equine manhood through the mud at ever greater speeds. He’d go for at least 10 or 12 rounds before letting go of the rope; once he got going, it mattered not a bit what you did to stop them, since he was his own power source. By the time he was finished, *Etiw would be covered in mud and panting, showing the whites of his eyes, relieved to
“Most of the apprenticeship positions at Sir William revolved around grooming, lunging, stall cleaning, bedding and sweeping (by hand, three times a day, approximately 75 yards of aisleways).” Most of the apprenticeship positions at Sir William revolved around grooming, lunging, stall cleaning, bedding and sweeping (by hand, three times a day, approximately 75 yards of aisleways). But for those of us that he deemed serious enough, Bill would eventually assign a project horse to break and train. I didn’t realize it at the time, but he spent that time evaluating each potential horse trainer’s personality for quite a while before pairing us with a horse that he knew we would learn from. I can still remember his laugh the day he decided which horse I would get. “I think Mary needs to break Hot Dog,” he told my fellow apprentices, Jack Crawford and LaVerne Neel, and breeding manager Paul Volume 42, No. 12 | 191
Gotthard, not long after i arrived. For some reason that escaped me, this was highly entertaining for Jack, Paul and LaVerne, and bill turned a signature red, the color his many friends know well when he’s telling one of his favorite jokes. He always laughs right before the rest of us get the joke. i didn’t get the joke at that point, so off i went to the turn out lot as directed, where four varying shades of brownish-grey 2- and 3-year-old geldings stood dozing among the burdocks in the sun at the front of their three-sided shed. it was easy to pick Hot Dog out of the pack from their description—“He’s the one with no pigment around his eyes and his mouth.” i walked up, scratched his neck, slipped my halter over his nose and around his neck … and just as the buckle clicked, he woke up and realized his head was trapped.
reached an understanding. After two days, i announced proudly that i had him conquered, so off we all went to make the journey leading across the outdoor ring to the arena for the first lunging lesson. i realized i’d made yet another heinous error in judgment as soon as his front feet cleared the door. At 8:30 in the morning, with the morning dew heavy on the grass, the glimmering light and wide open space was too much for Hot Dog, and i found myself fjording behind him across the outdoor arena as if on water-skis. i held on valiantly, foolishly—stubbornly, some might say—until we reached the end of the outdoor ring, where i face-planted in a puddle as he veered left around the arena and disappeared at a dead run, rope slapping his sides. He ended up about as far away from the center of the farm as a horse could possibly get, about a mile straight up the mountain that was at the back of the property. by the time i reached him, on foot, about an hour later, he was covered in black flies. it’s amazing how nature can be an incentive for a horse to learn to lead back down the hill, and for a cocky young apprentice to begin asking for help.
“Just like any good horseman, Bill knowingly paired me with the horse that was going to help my development as both a person and a trainer.” in an indescribable second, he turned and dragged me, determined to not let go, right through the wall of the shed, leaving a girl and horse silhouette that was worthy of a road runner and Coyote cartoon clip. Two smoking rope burns later, i gave in and went and asked for help from my fellow apprentices, and we finally managed to corral him and get him into a stall. For the next few days, i got to spend quite a bit of time going in and out of the stall and leading him around inside. He was sired by *etiw, out of a *sambor daughter who traced on her tail female line to the dam of the legendary park horse Ambra, so strength, speed, fear and flight all vied for dominance. He was kind and wanted a friend, though, so soon it seemed to my young mind that we had
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Just like any good horseman, bill knowingly paired me with the horse that was going to help my development as both a person and a trainer. Hot Dog proved to be a great athlete, and was one of *etiw’s best english horses. He was forward and bright, but ultimately required more patience than any horse i’ve ever worked before or since. After those first two experiences i learned to ask often for help, which bill gave, yet again, in his signature way that made you wait for the most important part of the lesson. regardless of what we would be working on, after some basic rules to follow, his most common instruction was, “You’re doing good—just keep going.” now, at first blush this kind of support would seem wonderful, and it was. but after a while, as Hot Dog would careen around the arena, jumping from left to right at the slightest provocation, or darting unexpectedly out the
side door of the arena into the blacktopped barn aisle rather than perform one more revolution around the FrightHouse that was the indoor arena, that advice seemed lacking. Frustration built, to say the least. I was sure there was some secret to conquering the flight instinct that inhabited my grey friend with the pink mouth and eyes. There had to be a trick, or five, that would magically make him more interested in what I wanted than in what horrified him outside.
“Ultimately, after many frustrating months for both of us, I began to recognize the fruits of consistent work. As he taught me patience—and balance—I taught him courage, and the next year we hit the show ring with great success.”
Ultimately, after many frustrating months for both of us, I began to recognize the fruits of consistent work. As he taught me patience—and balance—I taught him courage, and the next year we hit the show ring with great success. The culmination of our horse shows together came at Scottsdale the following year, where Bill Addis and Stan Morey spied him working, and went home from the show with him. I was proud that Hot Dog went on to be a successful show horse for Jerry Campbell and his family for many years after that, before finally succumbing, one night in his stall, to a stroke. Our private supposition was that he finally met a real ghost. A decade later, when I received my first Horsewoman and Saddle Seat Trainer Awards from the then-Trust
Horsemen’s Awards, Bill and his advice were the ones I
thanked first. It was seemingly simple advice that can be
hard to follow when one is faced with frustration, fear of failure (or ghosts), lack of patience or lack of inspiration, but it is necessary for survival, whatever profession you
are in. Ultimately, it’s the best advice I’ve ever received, whether it be for training horses or living life: “You’re
doing good … just keep going.” You won’t get anywhere doing anything without it. n
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Wound Care For Horses, Part One Various Types Of Wounds Need Different Care by Heather Smith Thomas Horses are fight or flight animals and notorious for injuring themselves. There are many types of wounds, from abrasions and bruises to puncture wounds and lacerations. Proper care as soon as possible after the wound occurs can often make a difference in how swiftly or completely it heals, and whether it becomes a careerending or life threatening situation. David Wilson D.V.M. Diplomate ACVS, Professor of Equine Surgery at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., says wounds are usually categorized by site—whether they are on the head, body or lower limbs, since these affect the horse in different ways and must be treated differently.
This category includes anything from slices to blows, and may involve eyes, ears, mouth, sinuses or brain. The horse may stick his head through a fence or may be kicked in the head, or go over backward and strike his head. “Slices can occur when going through doorways, hitting the head on the top of a trailer, or anything else that peels off skin,” says Wilson. “If there’s no bone involvement, I tell people that no matter how old the wound is, no matter how ugly it looks, they should try to have it closed up.” The horse’s head heals well, due to excellent blood supply, and most head wounds can be sutured unless too much skin is missing. “We often say that if wounds are more than a day old, they generally can’t be sutured because of contamination or dead/damaged tissue,” he explains. “If wounds are contaminated with manure and dirt, even very fresh wounds should not be immediately sutured, but this is not necessarily the case with head wounds. I’ve successfully sutured head wounds that were more than a week old; you usually don’t lose those flaps like you do when suturing other parts of the body.” The biggest problem with head wounds is that they may extend into the sinuses or mouth. “The sinuses underlie the bone from the top of the eyes to halfway down the 194 | A R A BI A N HoR SE T I MES
nose,” says Wilson. “Sinus involvement complicates repair and recovery, as does the condition of the underlying bone that’s been injured. If it’s in two pieces, you can usually wire or suture those back together. If it’s shattered, the repair may involve muscle transpositions to cover the defect in the bone.” Tia Nelson D.V.M., veterinarian/farrier, Helena, Mont., notes that horses are both amazingly tough (sometimes surviving in spite of tremendous odds) and very fragile. “Blunt trauma to the head can cause all sorts of injuries, from death to just the equivalent of a human black eye with swelling and bruising that needs only minimal care and time,” she says. She once treated a horse that collided with a guy wire for a power pole while being ridden bareback by a child. The horse pulled back and flipped over, throwing the child clear (and unharmed), but hit the side of his face.
“The biggest problem with head wounds is that they may extend into the sinuses or mouth.”
“The wound became emphysematous (air bubbles in tissues under the skin),” Nelson recalls. “The owner was concerned because it sounded like Rice Crispies® crackling when she touched his head. He’d done enough damage that we were concerned about possible fracture of the nasal bone, and kept him on antibiotics and bute for awhile. We kept his hay and water up off the ground so he wouldn’t have to lower his head, which would have increased the swelling.” After two weeks, the swelling resolved. Any swelling on the lower part of the face creates risk for suffocation if the nasal passages are occluded, since the horse can’t breathe through his mouth. Snakebite on the nose/face can quickly kill a horse, just from the swelling.
A Leg Up If you frequently trail ride or camp where there are rattlesnakes, Nelson recommends taking along two pieces of regular garden hose, six to eight inches long. “These can be inserted into the nostrils [after lubricating the ends with moisture] if the horse is bitten or has had any severe trauma to the front of the face and it’s swelling,” she says. “Make sure the hoses extend up to where the bone begins.” The bony part of the face will hold the passages open; it is the soft tissue below the bone that will swell. Eye injuries, or any wound near the eye or lids, should be seen by a veterinarian to make sure the eyeball itself isn’t damaged and that the lids can close normally. “If the eyelids can’t close, the horse is at risk for losing the eye because it will dry out,” says Nelson. “A laceration through the lid should not be left to heal by itself.” “Lid lacerations can be severe and require immediate attention,” says Wilson. “Often they can be sutured, though you may have to move some skin to close the defect.” Corneas can be sutured, and cornea grafts may be necessary to cover or protect the cornea. Long-term results range from loss of the eye to a simple scar with no sight loss. Ear wounds can be challenging; underlying cartilage damage can be a complicating factor. “Cartilage does not heal well because it doesn’t have a good blood supply,” says Wilson. “The affected cartilage may need to be cut away and may affect the final appearance of the ear. Once the traumatized tissues have been removed, ear lacerations can be sutured like any other wound. If skin or cartilage was lost, however, skin-sliding techniques may be needed to move skin to the site, or skin grafts utilized to minimize scar tissue. If scar tissue develops, the ear may lose mobility and the horse won’t be as cosmetically pleasing.” Lip wounds can also be difficult to repair. Often the injury will be in the corner of the mouth if the horse catches it on something and splits it upward, or it may be a puncture wound into the mouth. “Due to saliva and constant movement while eating, these wounds may not heal well on their own and need to be repaired,” says Wilson, and adds that they may require a three layer closure, which means separate suturing of the inside of the mouth, the subcutaneous tissues, and the outside skin, to keep saliva from getting into the layers and breaking down the suture lines.
Cuts on the tongue may result when a horse steps on the reins and jerks his head up, is tied with bridle reins and pulls back, or falls and hits his head and bites his tongue. The cut is usually across the tongue rather than lengthwise and can often be sutured. “A cut tongue should be repaired, if possible,” says Wilson, “but if all else fails and you have to amputate the tongue, the horse seems to get along fine.” These horses learn how to maneuver food in the mouth. Many times you just find the scar, or the horse may have part of the tongue missing, and you don’t know when it happened. A cut tongue will bleed profusely because of its abundant blood supply, but once the bleeding stops you may not be aware of the injury unless you look in the horse’s mouth. “Most of the blood supply is on the bottom,” says Wilson. “A large portion of the top
Definitions A bruise is a surface injury that doesn’t break the skin but may cause damage to the muscle underneath, resulting in swelling due to bleeding under the skin or lymph seeping from the injured tissues. Applying cold water immediately after the injury can help prevent or reduce swelling, since this slows the circulation and constricts the small blood vessels. An abrasion is scraped skin. It may bleed or ooze a little if the top layer of skin is removed. A soothing ointment can keep the area soft as it heals. An incised wound is a clean cut or slice. If the cut is deep, it may bleed profusely if veins or arteries have been cut. A laceration is a cut with torn, irregular or jagged edges. Healing may be slow, due to extensive tissue damage. A puncture is a small-diameter hole made by an object that penetrates the skin and deeper tissues. There is always risk for damage to underlying tissues if the puncture is deep, and risk for infection if it closes up on the outside and leaves a pocket of contamination inside.
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“Cuts on the tongue may result when a horse steps on the reins and jerks his head up, is tied with bridle reins and pulls back, or falls and hits his head and bites his tongue. The cut is usually across the tongue rather than lengthwise and can often be sutured.”
Tongue injuries sometimes occur in driving horses, when people put the lines on the hames or hang them on the harness without unclipping them from the bit. If the horse catches the lines on something while being led to or from what they are pulling, the jerk on the bit may cut the tongue.
“Upper body wounds generally heal [without affecting the horse’s performance], no matter what you do—even if they are huge and ugly,” says Wilson. “Exceptions include puncture wounds that enter the abdomen or chest, and these are life threatening. They are probably the most
Keeping Flies Off With a large wound, the horse is at risk for “fly strike” (flies laying eggs in the wound, with maggots hatching and migrating under the skin). “The thought of maggots in wounds is disgusting, but some veterinarians use medical maggots to clean out dead tissue,” says Tia Nelson D.V.M. The movement of maggots may also stimulate the living tissue, helping it heal faster. This is probably nature’s way of cleaning/healing some types of wounds. “Personally, however, I’d rather stimulate the tissue with gauze and clean water,” she says. “Flies can be kept away from an un-bandaged wound by using a product like Swat® around the wound, or something that contains DEET,” says Nelson. “Products containing pyrethrins knock the flies down, but they come back. DEET can cause some skin irritation, but will keep the flies off. Frequency of application will depend on how soon the flies return; if it rains and the next day the flies are back, you’d have to repeat it sooner.”
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life-threatening injuries for the horse.” A laceration or puncture that enters a body cavity, such as a horse being impaled on a metal fence post, may damage internal organs.
Nelson has put down several horses that were tied to metal T-posts and pulled back, lunged forward and onto the top of the post. She tells of one horse that pulled a post over, then rushed forward and jammed it into his body between shoulder and chest wall, and it came out behind his shoulder blade. Because the post went through the muscle attachments and didn’t puncture the chest cavity, the horse lived. An armpit injury is also serious. If a horse gets halfway over a fence and is stuck, or gets a wire between the upper limb and the chest and takes off running, the wire in the armpit may sever all the muscles and enter the space beneath the shoulder blade, which can act like a bellows when the horse moves, explains Wilson. The open space sucks air into the wound, forcing it underneath the skin. Air migration through the subcutaneous tissues of the body (emphysema) creates tiny bubbles that crackle when pressed. The horse looks like a marshmallow for a couple weeks, and then the swelling gradually resolves as the air is resorbed by the tissues. Most upper body wounds, from the elbow or stifle upward, will heal nicely and generally won’t affect limb function. For faster healing, the skin may be laid open and need to be sutured or stapled if found in time. Nelson has a mare she adopted as a yearling after the animal nearly cut off a front leg. “This was a horrible injury but healed well,” says Nelson, “even though the wound was a week old when I got the filly, and could not be repaired. We did a lot of cold water hosing to keep it clean.” Some body wounds look horrific because so much skin has peeled off, but they still heal with very little scarring. “On the other hand, a tiny little puncture on the lower leg can end a horse’s career if it goes into a tendon,” says Nelson. How big and terrible a wound looks is not necessarily an indicator of how damaging it will be.
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Wounds on the upper leg are often not as potentially serious as wounds on the lower leg. There are no muscles below the knee or hock, no buffering tissue between the skin and the tendons, ligaments, bones and joints. Wilson says the biggest mistake horsemen often make is in not recognizing the severity of wounds over a joint or tendon sheath.
“Wounds on the upper leg are often not as potentially serious as wounds on the lower leg.” “The future soundness of the horse may be at stake,” says Wilson. “Often, if the wound is open and draining fluid, the horse may not be in pain if no other structures are affected.” The lack of pain or lameness can be deceptive. It is always wise to have a veterinarian look at any wound, but especially if it is near a joint. The wound can be treated with lavage, cleaned and closed before inflammation and infection become established. Degloving wounds (the skin peeled off) can be difficult to deal with, such as on the hind cannon when the horse kicks through a fence and gets a leg caught at the hock. As he struggles to free himself, he strips the skin and possibly the underlying tendons from the cannon bone from hock to fetlock joint. “Any time there are large portions of bone exposed, there is risk for having the outer shell of the bone dry out and die, and the wound won’t heal until the dead bone is removed,” says Wilson. The horse will usually recover but it may take six months to a year for full recovery. Generally, wounds on the front of the leg are not as worrisome as wounds on the back; the major tendons, ligaments, blood supply and nerves are all at the back of the limb, he explains. Lacerations over knees and hocks are difficult to treat. “These joints are almost impossible to immobilize,” says Nelson. “Horses tend to panic if you try to cast these joints when they wake up and find they can’t flex the limb. If a horse lacerates an area where there’s a lot of motion, be prepared for months of recovery. They will heal, but it takes a long time.”
Heel Bulb Lacerations
“Anything that involves the coronary band will probably alter the future hoof growth in that area,” says Wilson.
Tetanus Whenever there is a break in the skin and bacteria enter the underlying tissue, the horse should have a tetanus booster within 24 hours if his annual vaccinations are not up to date. “Tetanus bacteria are ubiquitous in the environment, and horses are very susceptible,” says Tia Nelson D.V.M. You don’t always know when the horse might have an injury that could introduce this pathogen. A tiny puncture could end up killing the horse. If a horse has boosters in the spring against tetanus and gets injured later in the summer, he does not need another booster, and wouldn’t need antitoxin. The annual toxoid vaccination gives long-lasting protection. Antitoxin, by contrast, gives very temporary protection and can also be dangerous. “It can in some instances cause disease that affects the liver and can kill the horse,” explains Nelson. “It’s much safer to keep the toxoid vaccinations up to date.” Heel bulb and coronary band injuries may be due to wire cuts or sticking a foot through a metal barn wall, slicing the side of the foot when the horse pulls it out. If blood and nerve supply to the foot are affected, this may compromise the horse’s future athletic ability and may slow healing. “With this type of injury we almost always bring the horses in to the clinic and place them under anesthesia so we can thoroughly evaluate and clean the wound, and make sure joints and tendon sheaths are not involved,” says Wilson. “We then try to close the wound and apply a foot cast to keep it immobile. Wrapping the foot will not stabilize it enough. The more movement that occurs at the coronary band, the more it will be damaged, increasing the likelihood for abnormal hoof growth in the long term.” Nelson says it is difficult to immobilize other joints of the leg, but the hoof is easy to put in a boot cast to hold it still, so that it can heal without a big scar. “I’ve had some very nasty heel bulb lacerations that healed without any scarring of the hoof wall,” she says. “They heal nicely if they are sutured immediately and cast. We can suture coronary bands back together.” n Volume 42, No. 12 | 197
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November 14-18, 2012, AHA Convention, Denver, Colorado. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500.
May 31-June 3, 2012, Region 1 Championship Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 5-9, 2012, Region 8 Championship Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 7-10, 2012, Region 9 Sport Horse Championship, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 13-16, 2012, Region 9 Championship Show, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Margo Shallcross, 830-980-5072. June 14-17, 2012, Region 10 Championship Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-17, 2012, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 15, 2012, Region 10 55-Mile Endurance Championship Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9937. June 16, 2012, Region 10 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9937. June 19-23, 2012, Region 4 Championship Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Cindy Reid, 805-610-9079. June 20-24, 2012, Region 13 Championship Show, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Janice Decker, 317-861-4814. June 22-24, 2012, Region 2 Championship Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Jeff Reichman, 805-300-3153. June 22-24, 2012, Region 6 Championship Show, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420. June 28-July 1, 2012, Region 14 Championship Show, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Cynthia Clinton, 937-962-4336. June 30-July 1, 2012, Region 3 Arabian Sport Horse Championship Show Off, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Kelly Wilson, 530-383-4935. 198 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
June 30-July 1, 2012, Region 4 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. July 5-8, 2012, Region 15 Championship Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Martin Kleiner, 717-507-5474. July 5-8, 2012, Region 11 Championship Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. July 6-15, 2012, Region 5 Championship Show, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Hough, 253-847-8842. July 10-14, 2012, Region 3 Championship Show, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 11-14, 2012, Region 16 Championship Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. July 16-21, 2012, Region 18 Championship Show, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-657-6133. July 17, 2012, Eastern Canadian Breeders, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Danielle Donald, 905-813-9308. July 31-August 4, 2012, Region 17 Championship Show, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. August 3-5, 2012, East Coast Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. August 10-12, 2012, Region 2 Sport Horse Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. September 7-9, 2012, Pacific Slope Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101.
MAy May 30-31, 2012, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. JuNe June 1-3, 2012, Showtime 2012, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. June 1-3, 2012, Virginia Arabian Horse Show A and B, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 2-3, 2012, NC PAHA A and B Show, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. June 4-9, 2012, Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Anna Bishop, 859-231-0771. June 7-10, 2012, WA Midsummer Classic A and B, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Betty Engleman, 360-425-7798. June 8-10, 2012, Eastern Classic, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 9-10, 2012, Medallion I and II, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114.
June 13, 2012, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-15, 2012, Shenandoah Valley Classic A and B Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 14-17, 2012, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 15, 2012, NJ HAHA Classic Hunter Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 15-16, 2012, Region 12 Youth Jamboree, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. June 15-17, 2012, Alberta Classic A and B, Ponkoka, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Aldona Tracey, 780-986-6731. June 16, 2012, Golden Gate Arabian Dressage, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Sue Plasman, 530-695-0509. June 16-17, 2012, NJ HAHA Classic A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 16-17, 2012, Shenandoah Valley Championship A and B Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. June 17, 2012, AHANM All-Breed Training Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6832. June 17-18, 2012, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 20, 2012, Region 13 Pre-Show A and B, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 20-21, 2012, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 21, 2012, Region 6 Pre-Show A and B, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Jean Fredrich, 701-725-4420. June 22-24, 2012, Finger Lakes Arab Summer Festival, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. June 23-24, 2012, Region 10 Sport Horse/ Dressage Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 27, 2012, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 28-29, 2012, Pacific Coast Arab Sport Horse Classic, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Kelly Wilson, 530-383-4935. June 28-30, 2012, AHANE 58th Annual Arabian Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. June 29-30, 2012, Arabians In Motion Sport Horse Classic, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. June 30-July1, 2012, CAHC Estes Park Show, Estes Park, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261.
July July 4, 2012, Markel Firecracker Classic, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 217-563-2487. July 6-8, 2012, Flagstaff All Arab Show, Flagstaff Riding Center, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. July 6-8, 2012, Great Arabian Get-Together, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. July 8-10, 2012, Region 3 Last Chance Qualifying Arabian Show, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 11, 2012, Region 16 Hunter/Jumper Qualifier, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. July 18, 2012, Region 18 Last Chance Show, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Danielle Donald, 905-813-9308. July 27-28, 2012, AHABC Junior and Amateur Show, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. August August 2-3, 2012, Eastern Arab Horse Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. August 3, 2012, Gold Coast Classic, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. August 3-5, 2012, Daffodil Summer Show, Payallup, Washington. Contact: Linsey O’Donnell, 253-988-4265. August 3-5, 2012, WAHA August Show, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. August 4-5, 2012, Gold Coast Amateur Show, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. August 9-10, 2012, Region 2 Sport Horse Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. August 17-19, 2012, Erie County Fair, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Charlotte Jaynes, 607-546-7373. August 24-25, 2012, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Roxanne Hood, 831-637-8510. August 24-25, 2012, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Leo Fourre, 612-501-3456. August 30-september 2, 2012, Reichert Arabian Celebration, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Kristen Fisher, 940-498-4292. August 30-september 3, 2012, Iowa Fall Classic, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-586-9073. August 31-september 2, 2012, Silver Spur A ll Arab, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907. August 31-september 3, 2012, WMAHA Fall Classic, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114.
september september 1, 2012, One Day Show At Latigo, Elbert, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. september 6-9, 2012, State Fair Of Texas, Dallas, Texas. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. september 7-9, 2012, Annual Magnolia Summer Sizzler, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-817-0359. september 8-9, 2012, AHBAN Fall Show A and B, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Gary Tachoires, 775-852-3011. september 13-15, 2012, National Show Horse Finals, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. september 14-16, 2012, American Heros Arabian Classic, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. september 14-16, 2012, AHABC Annual Fall Frolic, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. september 15-16, 2012, MAHA Fall Classic, Winona, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. september 15-16, 2012, Indiana Arabian Pro-Am Show, Rochester, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066. september 19-22, 2012, The Arabian Horse Celebration, Louisville, Kentucky. Contact: 480-585-0739. september 20, 2012, Autumn Classic Arab Show, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. september 21-23, 2012, CAHC Fall Show, Castle Rock, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. september 27-28, 2012, Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Velma Boodt, 918-284-7505. september 28-30, 2012, Diablo Fall Fling, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. september 28-30, 2012, Arabian Fall Classic, Eugene, Oregon. Contact: Heather Engstrom, 541-689-9700. OctOber October 6-7, 2012, Pacific Rim Arabian Fall Classic, Elma, Washington. Contact: Lanora Callahan, 360-832-6076. October 6-7, 2012, AHANM Chili Roast AllBreed Training Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6832. October 6-7, 2012, Arabian Sport Horse Extravaganza A and B, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marie Taylor, 804-314-5216. October 26-28, 2012, Halloween Spooktacular Classic, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. NOvember November 8-11, 2012, NTAHC Shootout, Glen Rose, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. November 30-December 2, 2012, Gulf Coast Christmas Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279.
EndurancE/ CompEtitivE trail ridE June 9, 2012, NASTR 50- And 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Dayton, Nevada. Contact: Gina Hall, 775-849-0839. June 15, 2012, Southeast MN 55-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9937. June 15, 2012, Southeast MN 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9937. June 23, 2012, Prairie Smoke 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Bismark, North Dakota. Contact: Debbie Kolegraf, 701-258-6347. June 30, 2012, Renegade Rendezvous 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Naches, Washington. Contact: Gail Williams, 509-865-3246. september 7-8, 2012, Big South Fork I and II 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Oneida, Tennessee. Contact: Eric Rueter, 865-986-5966. september 9, 2012, Virginia City 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Virginia City, Nevada. Contact: Gina Hall, 775-849-0839. October 6, 2012, Red Rock Rumble 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Connie Creech, 775-882-6591. October 13, 2012, RAHA Rally 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Ramona, California. Contact: Margie Insko, 760-789-1977. October 13-14, 2012, RAHA Rally 50-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Ramona, California. Contact: Margie Insko, 760-789-1977.
NAtiONAls eveNts July 21-28, 2012, Youth Nationals, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. August 20-25, 2012, Canadian Nationals, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. september 25-30, 2012, Sport Horse Nationals, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500. October 19-27, 2012, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-696-4500.
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