Arabian Horse Times Vol. 42, No. 11

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Contents Volume 42, No. 11 22

Pogrom—The Modern Face Of Poland by Mary Kirkman


2012 Scottsdale Purebred Leading Sires


2011 Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards by Kara Larson


Working Western—Works In Progress by Linda White



The Reining Program Of Cedar Ridge Arabians by Kara Larson


What Works—Marketing The Arabian Horse by Mary Kirkman


Following In Their Footsteps … Bob And Austin Boggs by Mary Kirkman


Leaders Of The Times—Bey Ambition by Christa Beeler


2012 Regional Judges


Coming Attraction: The 2012 Ohio Buckeye Show


Equine Law Today—Defamation In The Horse Industry by Mike Beethe, Esq.

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On The COver:

Pogrom (QR Marc x Pętla), owned by Janów Podlaski Stud. See cover story on page 22.

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Comments From The Editor


An Amateur Lifestyle by Kara Larson


Time For Your Close-Up—Juliette Dell


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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Comments From The Editor

When you are committed to the Arabian horse community, as Arabian Horse Times is, that means that you often do a lot more than just publish a magazine. In that respect, we are best known for our Readers’ Choice Awards and support of the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, and our support of horse shows and good causes, but that’s not what I’d like to address here. Last year, we also launched a search for ideas and solutions to the problems facing our industry. Our work isn’t finished. It fell victim to the demands of a frenetic show season, logistics, and the biggest challenge of all: deadlines in our magazine business. We held two seminars focusing on issues that affect our Arabian horse community. One seminar was held in Wisconsin and another took place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The topics that were discussed included everything from the ins and outs of Arabian horse ownership, reversing declining registrations, developing new promotional programs to how to improve our U.S. Nationals, as well as increase additional revenue for the show. We are still tabulating the opinions and ideas that our participants advanced. And yes, once again, we proved that the people who own, breed and exhibit Arabian horses know best. Perhaps not every idea is viable, but we heard some remarkable out-of-the-box creativity. In the meantime, to those who were kind enough to help us out: we are working on incorporating a lot of your ideas in how we plan our upcoming editorial, and we will continue our efforts in promoting the Arabian horse domestically and internationally.

Kevin N. Ludden Editor

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Ideas are the beginning ... At Stachowski Farm, we consider ourselves among the most innovative thinkers in the Arabian horse industry. IdeAS are the building blocks to success–we are always looking for new ways to promote our clients’ horses through marketing, the show ring and the breeding business. Through our creative thinking, IdeAS form into a plAn for our clients. Many times it starts at the very beginning–finding the perfect mare to match with a top notch stallion … and years later, training, marketing, promoting, and showing the resulting foal in the show ring. Ours is not a short-term commitment. Through hard wOrk, talent, and a dedicated staff, Stachowski Farm puts the plan to work for their clients to make the buSIneSS of showing and marketing Arabians and Half-Arabians an exciting and resounding success! At the 2012 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Stachowski Farm matched 28 Arabians and Half-Arabians to new owners in 16 different states and Canada while competing at the show to bring home 6 Championships, 7 reserve Championships, and 26 Top Ten awards.

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Stachowski Farm offers you three great Training and Marketing locations: Mantua, Ohio San Marcos, California Scottsdale, Arizona

With three locations in the United States and connections in South Africa, Brazil and beyond, Stachowski Farm truly participates on an international playing field. This in turn gives our clients the broadest range of opportunities for showing, marketing and breeding possibilities.

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TRAINING ... Jim and Peter StachowSki Together, Jim and Peter Stachowski have developed Stachowski Farm into the worldclass facility it is today. Both have numerous National Championships and major awards to their credit and have been recognized by the Arabian Professional Horseman’s Association for their accomplishments. Sharon Blendinger A major asset to Stachowski Farm, Sharon is a fabulous all-around trainer with National and Regional Championships in multiple divisions. She competes equally well in a flat or hunter saddle and heads up the Hunter Pleasure and Show Hack division at the farm. Sharon enjoys working with amateur riders and seeing their hard work pay off when they accomplish their riding goals. 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 Scottsdale, Regional and National levels. gaBe deSoto As Gabe is the first one on the horses’ backs, he is involved with the Stachowski Farm horses literally from the ground up. 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. His experience with Stachowski Farm has helped develop Gabe into one of the country’s up and coming trainers.

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STACHOWSKI FARM celebrates another successful event at the 2012 Scottsdale All Arabian Show with 28 horses sold to new owners in 16 different states and Canada. The annual event has become the source for top show horses. As we congratulate this year’s buyers, we are already planning for next year! Contact us now to be part of our success!

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VITO VALENTINO Ken & Karen McComb, Indiana

AIR OF TEMPTATION Jon Peters, California

DANCIN IN THE DAARK Sandy Schroter, Canada

PAF HOLLYWOOD TOI Michael & Vicki Lau, Colorado

MAN ABOUT VEGAZ VA Robert Occhifinto, New Jersey



MEAN MACHINE Kimberly Jarvis, Ohio

HOT WHEELZ GM Lissa Tehan, New York

TL MAGIC PRANCER Judy Stubblefield, Texas

DREAM OF LOVE Janette Kahwaji, Arizona

KYSS SMA Tami Dubois, California

SF NITRO SHOC Sam & Vicky Dazzo, New Mexico

HA MACSAMILLION AFIRE Yvonne Metcalfe, Canada

EXPRESSION OF BASKE Sue Davis, California

CL SWEET ESCAPE Stephanie Landvater, Vermont

BUGZY MALONE A&M Arabians, Arizona

CJ GOOD-GOLLY DOLLY Renee Ramirez, Arizona

ALL THAT JAZZ WF Lesley Johnson, California

POKER FACE Diane Varley, New York

N TRIGUE BMA Anita Hill, Utah

WOODY HAYES Lori Foster, New York

STF LIGHTNING STRIKES Wendy and Arielle Fisher, Pennsylvania

A TEMPTING GRACE David & Allison Zimmerman, Canada

HOLLISTER Debbie Antignoli, Illinois

HOUSE OF BLUES Laura Shaffer, Minnesota

MJM FANTASY AFIRE Linda Schieffer, California

AL PATINO CRF (Stachowski Farm agent) Arianna Farha, California


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Purebred English Pleasure BASKE ALLIENCE (Baske Afire x Miss Allience) 2004 Bay Gelding SF SWEET INSPIRATION (SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance) 2007 Bay Mare

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Purebred Country English Pleasure DANTE AFIRE (Afire Bey V x DA Desireeble) 2009 Chestnut Gelding ERA HORACIO (Baske Afire x Pavlova X) 2007 Chestnut Gelding EXTRAORDIN HEIR (Afires Heir x Gwyneth D) 2007 Bay Gelding GOBLET OF FIRE CCF (Afire Bey V x JR Briar Rose) 2007 Grey Gelding HS JUSTATEMPTATION (A Temptation x HL Justalusion) 2003 Grey Stallion MATTALIVIA (Mattaffair x Tobachette) 2007 Bay Mare MISSTAFIREBEY (Afire Bey V x EE Miss Barbary) 2009 Bay Mare

Baske allience

MIZ KATARINA BASK PF (Baske Afire x Mz Kitty) 2007 Bay Mare MIZTER TECTONICS VA (Triften+ x Miss Margeaux V) 2008 Bay Gelding NOBLE BLISS (IXL Noble Express+ x Brandie Afire) 2007 Chestnut Mare NOTORIOUS AFIRE VA (Afire Bey V x LBC Noble Spirit) 2008 Chestnut Gelding WIZE BEYBE (Afire Bey V x Wize Berry) 2008 Bay Gelding

Purebred Hunter Pleasure Hs Justatemptation

AFIRE BE BRASS (Afire Bey V x Misschievoos) 2008 Bay Gelding GALAS PRINCESS (Hucksbar x Gala De Cognac) 2009 Grey Mare KNIGHTZ ON BROADWAY (The Chosen One x El Balam) 2004 Black Gelding MOVED TO TEMPTATION (A Temptation x EE Miss Barbary) 2008 Bay Gelding POWER IMAGE DF (Kashmir DF x Daca Lovely Image) 2000 Bay Gelding

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Half-Arabian English Pleasure ALI HOT TAMALI (Ali Fire x The Fix) 2007 Chestnut Mare CARAMEL CHIPS LOA (HF Mister Chips x Caramar) 2009 Chestnut Mare LATOIYA BF (Matoi x Movie Maker) 2004 Bay Mare LUDICRIS (Baske Afire x Precisely Poppy) 2007 Bay Gelding MOJITO FIRE (Ali Fire x Captivating Style) 2007 Chestnut Mare

Latoiya BF

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE (Baske Afire x Believer’s Eighties Lady) 2006 Chestnut Mare RIFTEN (Triften+/ x Rina) 2005 Bay Gelding SHOCQUILLE ONEAL (SF Specs Shocwave x Ring Girl) 2008 Bay Gelding

Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure ASTATICA (Baske Afire x Shes Real Bad) 2006 Bay Mare

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BARACUDA SF (Baske Afire x Diana O’Lee) 2004 Bay Gelding BLACK TIE AFFAIRE+// (Apollopalooza x Reindance FSF) 2002 Dark Bay Gelding EARTH WIND AFIRE (Afire Bey V x PF Lady Cameo) 2006 Bay Gelding PROMMENADE (Toi Trouble x Fantasy Talk) 2001 Chestnut Mare JJ SPECIAL EDITION (Baske Afire x Endless Legacy) 2005 Chestnut Gelding SUGAR MOUNTAIN (Baske Afire x Kelly Le Brock) 2006 Chestnut Gelding

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THE INTIMIDATOR (My Alybi x Cynfully D'elicious) 2002 Chestnut Gelding

Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure CURTIS LOEW (Baske Afire x Aladdins Tapestry) 2009 Bay Gelding

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T h e b e s T w ay T o w i n . . .

Summer Temptation

FSF Marwans Roshan

RS Angelina

RA Sonofapreachrman

SUMMER TEMPTATION (A Temptation x CL Summer Heat) 2007 • She has a great mind, is eager to please and has strong, cadenced, high trotting motion! STAARDOM (Baske Afire x All Staar)


2004 • 2011 Unanimous Buckeye Champion JOTR. Big English horse with a long, upright neck, making it effort-less to bridle. Tons of presence with a show horse attitude.

LV Springloaded

MOUN FIRE (Afire Bey V x Mounlighting) 2005

A mare with extreme trot and lots of expression. Great addition to any breeding program. Top Ten Futurity or Country division.

CHIHULY (Baske Afire x UF Starfire’s Salute) 2004 • Extreme neck and great hocks! Region 9 Champion. He is ready to take any adult or youth to the winners circle in Country. FSF MARWANS ROSHAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x

Enchantingly Shai) 2005 • A stunning combination of quality and motion. Has won in both Country and Hunter.

RS ANGELINA (Ballience V x Rivas Black Label) 2004 • Beautiful Country horse for any youth level rider. Very sweet and eager to please.

Moun Fire

Lets Talk Trash BF

RA SONOFAPREACHRMAN (Revival x Afire Love VF) 2005 • National Reserve Champion, spectacular son of Revival! Flashy and fun. LV SPRINGLOADED (Maple Hills Hot Spots x Chase the Clouds) 2000 • Wonderful Amateur or Youth horse, does unparalleled equitation work. LETS TALK TRASH BF (Mamage x Movie Maker) 2008 • “Lucy” is a promising young Country horse with a proven heritage. She has a good work ethic, is well-balanced, easy to bridle, and has beautiful motion! MAMAS BOY VH (Mamage x Only Girl In Town) 2007 • Great English/Park prospect. This horse is quiet, and easy to handle with a huge trot. Champion in his first show.



Mamas Boy VH

... geT here firsT!

The Situation

Ahearts Afire Ld

Spotacular Cyte ROF

Apollos Starlight

THE SITUATION (Sir William Robert x Afire Love VF)

2007 • When this horse trots through the in-gate, you will have a winning “situation”! Ready for an Amateur or Youth!

DOUBLE OH SEVENN (Hucklebey Berry x Mahoganyy) 2000 • 2011 Youth National Reserve Champion Show Hack. Multiple wins in Country and Show Hack!

BRASS BETTY (Brass x MHF Appoljacks) 2007 • A great horse for the discerning buyer, with a “Who’s Who” pedigree! AGF A MAJOR SURPRIZE (A Major Fire x Ocean View) 2001 • National Champion Country horse, ready for an Amateur or Youth rider. Double Oh Sevenn

AHEARTS AFIRE LD (Baske Afire x TF Queen Ahearts)

A Noble Gesture

2004 • Harley is all quality! He is a winner in Country and Halter.

SPOTACULAR CYTE ROF (Cytosk+++/ x Hot Spot+)

1999 • 7-time National Champion Show Hack, Country and Side Saddle. Would make a great first horse to own for an Amateur or Youth.

APOLLOS STARLIGHT (AA Apollo Bey x Callaway’s Light the Way) 2002 • Beautiful Apollo Bey daughter. Proven winner in English Pleasure Open, as well as Top Ten at Youth Nationals. A NOBLE GESTURE (MHR Nobility x Sultan’s Captive Lady) 2003 • Huge trot, tons of hock and lots of forward, but gentle enough for the greenest rider.

Brass Betty

AN ENCORE (Aploz+// x WS Fandango)

An Encore

2002 • Encore is sure to take any Amateur to the winners circle!

HC BOISTEROUS (Hucks Connection V+/ x Balquenette V) 2005 • This big and bold son of Hucks Connection V is ready to set the world on fire in Amateur or Youth.

AGF A Major Surprize

HC Boisterous

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The Modern Face Of Poland by mary Kirkman in retrospect, the decision to breed Qr marc to the Polish mare Pętla (pronounced “Pent-la”) was easy—a no-brainer. even, perhaps, inspired. but in reality it was a leap of faith, the vision of an experienced horseman. When the bay colt who would be known as Pogrom dropped into the straw of a Janów Podlaski foaling stall on April 30, 2009, he was a wild card. Dr. marek Trela, the stud’s director and the man who planned the breeding, had high hopes, but he knew there were no guarantees. nearly four years later, when he was asked if the colt lived up to his expectations, he had his answer. “maybe it was more than what i hoped,” he said. “He is what i was dreaming of.”

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Cover Story Pogram—The History So Far it was only four years ago that marek Trela decided to commit one of the best representatives of Janów Podlaski’s famed “P line,” Pętla, to the young stallion Qr marc, who stood at Jadem Arabians in belgium. marc, to be fair, was a question mark at the time: a U.s. national reserve Champion Yearling Colt, he was regally bred, but he was just 3 years old and had been imported to europe only the year before. owned by Paul Gheysens, of Knocke Arabians, he could boast promising results from his initial foal crop in the United states, but how he would work with the carefully-bred Polish mares was yet to be seen. “Honestly, i had no expectations because we just didn’t know,” recalls Christine Jamar, who owns Jadem Arabians and manages Qr marc’s career. “We were just hoping that it would work well with Polish blood.” on the night of April 30, 2009, their questions were answered. At Janów’s stable no. 1, the foaling barn, Pogrom arrived. “He was one of the heaviest foals ever born, and we needed a really strong groom to hold him on the scale,” Trela recalls with a smile. “He was 56 kilograms,

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123.5 pounds! if you see a newborn foal that big—and strong, correct and pretty—that means that something important has happened.” The question of whether Qr marc would be instrumental for Polish breeders disappeared that first season. “He did work well with the Polish mares,” Jamar says. “i have Polish foals at my farm, mr. Gheysens had good results, and they had good results at michalów as well as Janów. marc brings refinement, elegance, beautiful eyes and beautiful ears. They all have beautiful, small ears and beautiful eyes.” An international judge, Jamar happened to be booked for the opening show on the Polish calendar. The June 2010 event provided Pogrom’s first show ring experience, and Jamar has clear memories of seeing him in his debut. “it is always very exciting in Poland to see the first show,” she says. “You see all the yearlings come out for the first time. They all react [to the competition]; one is a little scared, one is really great and so on. Pogrom showed unbelievably—he was ‘wow.’ He was very impressive, and i just thought, ‘that’s the one.’ i made him junior champion and the best of the show. He was very balanced, with a lot of attitude.”

Cover Story Two months later, when the flashy colt entered the ring at the Polish Nationals for the first time, he attracted attention. Showing with Gerard Patty, he nailed the silver medal in the Junior Championship for Colts. But in December, at Paris’ Salon du Cheval, he did not fare as well. His connections shrugged that he simply did not appeal to the show’s panel of judges, and as things would turn out nearly a year later, it appears not to have mattered. David Boggs, standing on the rail in Paris, was making plans for the colt’s future. “I first laid eyes on Pogrom in Paris, at the Salon du Cheval, where he made a brilliant entrance into the arena,” Boggs recalls. “He took my breath away at that first meeting, and he still makes my heart beat fast when I see him in motion.” He quickly consulted fellow horseman Gerald Kurtz, who knew Dr. Trela, about the likelihood of acquiring the youngster for Midwest’s powerful stallion roster.

purchased Elandra PASB for himself and a group of partners at the 2005 Polish Auction. They had established an impressive record, watching Elandra be named Scottsdale Champion Mare and U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Mare, Piaff go on to a U.S. National Top Ten in Stallions, and Pianissima and Emandoria be crowned U.S. National Champion Junior Mare. “David and I have a history dating back to 1982,” Sloan notes. “We won our first show in Paris together in 1985 with a yearling filly, and over time, we’ve done a lot of exciting things together. When he had the opportunity to do this lease on Pogrom, I think he saw it as a good business decision to include me, but also it was in the spirit of my love for the Polish horses.”

“I went to ask Dr. Trela if it would be possible,” Kurtz recalls, “but I knew it would be difficult. At that time, Pogrom was already a champion, he was heading toward being Polish National Champion—and it was clear that Janów had no other horse who could beat him.” As feared, the young stallion was not for sale, but when Boggs left Paris, the idea of a lease was a possibility for the future. Nine months later, Pogrom returned to competition in Poland. He had matured over the winter and had even more presence as he bid to surpass his earlier silver medal. Now on the radar of serious fans, he was scrutinized with extra care as he entered the ring for his 2-Year-Old class. But the evaluations remained stellar: showing with Pawel Kozikowski, Pogrom decked his competition; Judges Sylvie Eberhardt (Germany), Ali Shaarawi (Egypt) and Allan Preston (Australia) selected him for the winning ribbon. And against heavy competition in the Junior Championship, he came away with the Gold Medal— sending the buzz which had surrounded him for more than a year into overdrive. At that point, Dr. Trela agreed to a two-year lease and David Boggs got on the phone to Jeff Sloan at Aria International, which had overseen the lease of several Polish luminaries—among them Pianissima, Piaff, Emandoria—over the past seven years. Jeff also had

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Cover Story

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Gazal Al shaqab Little Liza Fame magic Dream CAHr Kouream De ment

PoGrom 2009 stallion Visbaden Pętla Petra

Trela, for his part, observes that he believes the United states is the best place for Pogrom at the opening of his breeding career. The director’s only regret is that Pogrom will not have an opportunity to prove himself on the track, but he adds that the stallion has been broken to saddle and is likely to be ridden when he returns to Poland after his time abroad. “once the agreement was signed, the news traveled very quickly,” boggs reports. “Pogram was a sensation with the huge crowd that gathered to meet him at the midwest Gala on the scottsdale ArabHorse Farm Tour over new Year’s. Here is a horse who had just arrived on American soil and cleared quarantine before the new Year’s presentation. no one had seen him, but from that point through the scottsdale show, he sold over 100 breeding rights. it’s amazing. “This is the next giant in my life,” he continues. “it’s that top one percent of quality—a great individual— along with correct pricing and incentives, and a great marketing team behind him. it’s the whole package with Pogrom. He gives me goose bumps every day; he’s a phenomenal horse. He will absolutely join the line of lightning bolts such as magnum Psyche, DA Valentino, LD Pistal and Aria impresario!” 26 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

naftalin Presnia Pepton Pestka

Anaza el Farid Kajora

Fame VF Katahza

Ali Jamaal

The Dreamspinner Kouros

rawhides Amenda Topal

nepriadwa nabeg


bandos Pemba Probat


That Gilt-Edged Pedigree students of Arabian bloodlines know the value of the Polish breeding program: 400 years old and counting, through wars and upheavals, it has maintained its exacting standards even as individuals both equine and human have come and gone. most significantly, matings are planned not just for the individual that will result, but for that horse’s contribution in generations to come. And so it was with Pogrom. Qr marc’s sire line—he is a son of marwan Al shaqab and grandson of Gazal Al shaqab—is one of the most popular in the world, known for its trademark type and beauty, and familiar to nearly all Arabian breeders. marc’s full pedigree is cosmopolitan; there is no one “straight” influence, but rather generous representations of proven lines from three primary sources—egypt, Poland and “domestic” north American. The egyptians Anaza el Farid, Ali Jamaal and ruminaja Ali are easily recognizable, as are the predominantly Polish Kajora, Fame VF, Kaborr and bey shah. in the United states, however, the presence of such names is not unusual. it is Pogrom’s damline, in combination with Qr marc, that offers his potential for contribution to the gene pool here.

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When Marek Trela chose QR Marc, he may have been gambling on the young stallion, but he knew that the bloodline crossed well with the Polish mares. “I was trying to find the right mare for him,” he says, “and the mare I chose is a great producer, especially of sires (we have four or five from her who were very strong). She is a correct mare, with a very big black eye and a very good pedigree.”

“The ‘P line’ was re-introduced after the Russians stole many of Janów’s horses in World War II,” elaborates Scott Benjamin, of Benjamin Equine. A student of Polish bloodlines who has lived and worked in Poland, he now serves as auctioneer for the annual Pride of Poland Sale. “It came from Piewica, a mare that the Poles purchased in the early 1950s. She is six generations removed from Pogrom.”

The story of Pętla is an important one in the development of the Polish program. “Pętla was a very interesting cross,” Trela says. “We were trying to go back to the pedigree of Kuhailan Ajuz, which was lost in World War II. The idea of sending Pętla’s mother to Bábolna to be bred to Visbaden, a Russian-bred stallion on lease there, was Director Krystalowicz’s ( Janów’s longtime director and Trela’s predecessor, who served from before the war until the 1990s). We were trying to get a stallion to continue that line; we didn’t succeed with a stallion, but we did with the mare. Pętla is really a very good, strong producer.”

Benjamin sketches the individuals in Pogrom’s damline. From Piewica came the ethereal grey *Bandos daughter Pentoda, most identified in the United States as the dam of U.S. National Champion Mare Penicylina. “Pentoda was very correct and well constructed, a classic Polish mare,” he says. “She is probably best known for her Palas daughters, who went all over the world, but the daughter who stayed in Poland really made her name. That was Pestka, by Probat.” Pestka, like her sire, was a bay. “She was very pretty— incredibly pretty for her time in Poland,” Benjamin says.

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“Very exotic face, smooth topline, typical Probat long neck (not a lot of shape, but very good length). she left a lot of really good fillies in the program; she was bred to Pepton four times and eukaliptus three, i think, so they took her back on the old negatiw line.” That, in fact, highly intensified the influence of negatiw a few generations back in Pogrom’s tail female: both Pepton and eukaliptus, like Pentoda, were by *bandos, who was by negatiw.

the naftalin son Visbaden, while the Hungarian mares transported to Poland were covered by eukaliptus.

The next step in the line was Petra, Pogram’s granddam. “she was one of the Pepton daughters,” benjamin continues. “Pepton was a super athletic horse, one of the best race horses in the history of Polish racing, and a Polish national Champion stallion. He had incredible conformation and great length of neck. Petra was a young mare, very correct— she was certainly a very good horse and well constructed— but probably not the most exotic for her time.”

Pętla, he says, emerged as the “superstar” of the foals resulting from the trade. “she is very much a combination of her pedigree,” he offers. “she has the big, brawny build of her sire; she’s very wide through the chest, very ‘broody,’ typical of what the Poles wanted to bring back in through Visbaden. And she got the huge eyes—huge, black, gorgeous eyes—from his grandsire, Arax. she also has a really good shoulder, very good conformation, and a neck that sets on really high (although it’s not as long as you might expect, considering all the length of neck in her pedigree through her damline). but she has always thrown length of neck.”

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“Visbaden was of racing descent,” says benjamin. “He was a big, strong, Arax kind of horse with huge eyes and fantastic build—very three-dimensional, with a big chest, huge width through the stifles, very correct. He was really a handsome horse, with lots of style.”

Cover Story That set the stage for Pętla’s most impressive foal. "Everything about Pogrom’s pedigree is right,” he concludes. He views Pogrom’s potential in North America. “Many of the great Polish stallions that have come in lately have been classically Polish, plenty high in quality,” he says, “but maybe they haven’t been modern enough for what the world is seeking right now. That’s not the case with Pogrom. He has that exotic flavor, through Marc, with the structure of the Polish pedigree, plus those huge eyes of his mother. He is the whole package—that ideal phenotypic expression of his pedigree.” The Significance Of Pogrom In The U.S. And The World In light of what did Pogrom has to offer, it is fair to ask why Janów Podlaski did not retain the stallion for its own use this early in his career. “Our calculation was to give him a chance to be shown and used in America,” says Trela. “I think this is the right place for this horse. Americans know the value of the strong, correct horse—one fit to be a riding horse, but who also has the beauty of the show horse. He is an extremely valuable horse for us, and I would like for him to have as good a show record as possible and the kind of promotion he deserves. I know that America (and Midwest) are the places which know these values and have the kind of taste I have.” “I thought that was a splendid, splendid idea,” Christine Jamar, who has observed Pogrom’s career with interest, says. “David is doing a very good job with him; I saw him there and I fell in love with him again—I bought immediately three breedings. Pogrom is really a stallion, and this is what you need for the future. Marek is a breeder, I am a breeder, and we appreciate quality.” What are the most important qualities American breeders should look for? “The bloodlines,” she replies. “Those Polish bloodlines are so important because the Polish have been so selective. Many people don’t realize how important. You would breed to Pogrom for his body, for his refinement and because the background behind the stallion is wonderful.” “I think his significance for the U.S. is that, in spite of the fact that he is Marwan line, he brings a lot of ‘old world’ back to our gene pool,” says Scott Benjamin, and points out that with no *Padron in his pedigree, Pogrom can be an effective outcross for many North American mares. “He represents an opportunity to change the breed in a positive way, like Magnum Psyche and Marwan did.” Even though Pogrom came to North America as primarily a halter competitor and sire, his pedigree, with its

conformation, physical strength and willingness to train offers the potential for contributing to the performance arena as well. “The performance market also needs an outcross,” Benjamin nods. “Pogrom’s pedigree is built on solid athleticism. Visbaden was introduced into Hungary for his structure and his athleticism, not for his beauty; they already had beauty. Pepton was all about structure and athleticism, and even Probat was useful in performance—his horses here were great western pleasure horses for years, easy to work with and good-minded. All of that is in Pogrom’s pedigree. And there is one thing many people never appreciated about the *Bandos horses: they weren’t always the fastest on the track, but they would give and try harder than about anyone. They would give you more, every time.” In addition, Benjamin says, Pogrom represents size. “I think his sire, Visbaden, is the first time that the Poles have introduced a stallion outside of their own program who actually has length of leg. We need that, because people are getting taller; they need horses with size.” For Jeff Sloan, Pogrom offers a renewal of ties with Poland, which Sloan feels is an asset to any program. “I grew up with the mystique of the Polish program,” he says, “but I had never been there until 2005. We need the ongoing exchange between Poland and the U.S. with respect to the horses. I love the mystique of the Polish program in American now.” For Marek Trela, Pogrom’s significance lies in his wellrounded contribution to Arabian breeding programs. “Many people are breeding for nice faces, and many don’t care for the other qualities of the horse,” he says. “The Polish breeding program tries to combine the Arabian type, beauty and charisma with the performance ability. That’s why Pogrom is so important for us. He is a strong, good-looking horse, a combination of beauty, type, power, athleticism, and trainability. He is what everybody needs; otherwise we will have bred horses that are just for show, and we don’t want to do that. We’re trying to prove that Polish horses are not only pretty—not only beautiful and typey—but also correct, strong and good riding horses.” And Then There Is That Name Perhaps it was a measure of the attention Pogrom attracted when he came to the U.S., but his arrival in Scottsdale hit the mainstream press as well as Arabian publications—and the standard media noted not only his extreme Arabian Volume 42, No. 11 | 29

Cover Story beauty, but introduced a note of controversy as well. Why such a name as Pogrom, some of the news outlets intoned, given its association with the Holocaust persecution of the Jews? even fans too polite to mention it wondered, and Aria international’s Jeff sloan admits to having had reservations at first. “i’m Jewish,” he says. “i lost family members, so it is not particularly pleasant to me. but no one in Poland had any intention of using the name in any derogatory way. if they had, it would be different, but they didn’t.” As it turns out, the name suffers in translation. in modern Poland, the word “pogrom” makes a daily appearance in newspapers, especially in sports coverage of successful athletes, and is largely understood as “invincible force” or “invincible hero.” “i was very surprised [at the controversial reaction],” says marek Trela. “Here, this word is popular and in use in sports, or any other competitive events or military reports, and is

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also very traditional. in fact, ‘pogrom’ has to do with the scale of the victory of one team over another. The last thing i would have wanted to do is hurt somebody. especially in a country like Poland we know what the Holocaust was—no one needs to tell us.” He remembers when Pogrom was born, standing in the old foaling barn in the cool silence of a spring night, waiting to make sure that all had gone well. The memory is indelible: the big colt rose, steadied himself and nudged his mother for his first meal, already at ease with himself and his world. Trela smiles. “i said to the groom, ‘He will be a pogrom of his competitors.’” Into The Future originally, plans called for Pogrom to begin showing this year as his breeding commitments gained momentum. but when the breeding career went from zero to 60 in no time—or more precisely, 100-plus in his first two months

Cover Story here—the agenda had to be rewritten. “U.S. Nationals is our goal, and then Scottsdale 2013,” says David Boggs. “There is always good news and bad news when you get that number of breedings. The horse is going to be busy, and it’s really hard to condition stallions exactly the way you want them to be when you have the breeding going on, especially if you’re working with a young horse. So, the focus is on breeding now.”

breeders know what a gem they have and the opportunity they have. He’s going to be a significant player in the leading sires of the future. You’ll see that when these foals hit the ground.” ■

Jeff Sloan reflects on his association with Polish horses, and how Pogrom differs. “Historically, Poland has put up the mares and we’ve contributed the stallions,” he says, and names Monogramm, Gazal Al Shaqab and QR Marc. “There is that hybrid vigor that occurs when you cross the homogenous gene pool of mares there with these outcrosses. It worked very well. Now, with Pogrom, American breeders have access to a stallion that is a direct product of the Polish breeding philosophy and genetics."

e-mail from David noting his lease to the USA. I was very

Breeders of Arabian horses over the past half-century take a longer view; in Pogrom, the cycle of Polish/American equine relations comes full circle. Beginning with *Bask in the 1960s and carrying on through the early 1980s, Polish stallions traditionally came to this country, where they found a rich pool of domestic mares—and again, the hybrid vigor was valuable for savvy breeders. As he observes Pogrom’s promising beginning, Marek Trela is making plans for two years down the road, when the stallion will return to Janów Podlaski. Instead of chafing at the delay, he is using the time to prepare. “I know what kind of mares we will breed when he gets back home,” he smiles, “but many of them are still growing up.” In the meantime, Pogrom will be busier than he has ever been in his young life. “He is an unparalleled representative of all the great beauty and power that is everywhere in his royal heritage,” says David Boggs. “We predict that he’ll be the next great sire in a line of remarkable importance, and we expect him to take his place very quickly as one of the leaders in the United States and around the world. “It is truly an honor to represent this genetic giant for the fine Arabian horse breeders of Poland,” he continues. “I look forward to presenting Pogram here in the United States––as a show horse and as a source of some of the most important blood this breed has ever known. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. He’s only here for two years and

The International Appeal Of Pogrom “The first time I heard about Pogrom was through an excited about him, and promptly called David to ask to be his representative in Brazil. “Later on, I attended the 2012 Scottsdale Show, and during a ‘chocolate party’ at Midwest Training Centre, sponsored by my dear friend Luciana Fasano, I saw Pogrom in person and fell in love with him. Dark bay, tall, elegant, impressive masculinity and with tons of type, this young stallion should make his ancestors proud. He should carry on the charisma and beauty from both sides of his pedigree, which generously offers the blood of the great Marwan Al Shaqab through one of his most beautiful sons, QR Marc, and the gracious influence of Pętla, with her Polish/Russian bloodlines. “I’m honored to be Pogrom’s representative in Brazil. The first 10 breedings that David allowed me to sell for the first semester of 2012 were purchased in the first day I offered them. Three of the most important breeders and producers of champions in our country—Haras JM, Haras dos Faveiros and Haras 4 Estações—had made their reservations promptly. “I’m pretty confident in the reproductive skills of such a special horse, with his impressive and consistent genotype. I salute this Polish National Stallion. May he have many more ribbons to come.—Reinaldo da Rocha Leão, Brazilian Breeder, Judge and Consultant for Fine Arabian Horses “What I saw first was a photo of him, and I just thought, ‘Wow, what an exciting horse!’ It wasn’t even a conformation ‘body shot;’ it was his head. I liked the pedigree, and then the next photo I saw of him was a body shot—and then I really liked him. “We bred two of our best mares to him. One is Ames Mirage, who has produced Ames Charisma, Sir Marwan CRF, Ames Image and Ames Celebration, and the other one is G Kallora. When I finally saw him in person, they brought him out for Dick and Lara and me, and we just stood there with our mouths open. He is just one beautiful horse! He’s big, he’s tall, he has a neck that won’t quit, he’s exotic and he’s a nice mover. I truly just like the horse.”—Lollie Ames, Cedar Ridge Arabians

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2012 Purebred Leading Sires

Points and Winners tabulated as follows: Halter Classes: All classes counted. Champion – 10 pts. reserve – 8 pts. 1st Place – 7 pts. 2nd Place – 6 pts. Top Ten – 4 pts. Performance Classes: only championship classes considered. Champion – 10 pts. reserve – 8 pts. Top Ten – 4 pts. Overall Charts: A purebred sire must have a winner(s) in both halter and performance to be considered for chart. Classes not counted: Dressage, sport Horse, equitation, showmanship/Horsemanship, Gambler’s Choice.

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Purebred Halter PoiNTS

171 DA Valentino

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

153 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)

99 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP)

93 Ever After NA

(Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA)

75 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

74 Bey Ambition

(Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady)

74 Da Vinci FM

(Versace x Full Moon Astar)

71 Aria Impresario

(Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica)

68 Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

61 Audacious PS (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious)

• DA Valentino •


24 DA Valentino

11 Bey Ambition

16 Marwan Al Shaqab

10 Da Vinci FM

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

(Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)

(Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady)

(Versace x Full Moon Astar)

14 Magnum Chall HVP

9 SF Veraz

13 Ever After NA

8 Aria Impresario

12 Sir Fames HBV

8 Magnum Psyche

(Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP)

(Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA)

(Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

(Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA)

(Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica)

(Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

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Purebred Performance Points

176 Afire Bey V

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

138 Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

130 Versace

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

112 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x sweet shalimar V)

94 Cytosk

(Mi tosk x Cystyr), deceased

86 AM Good Oldboy (AM sea Captain x AM tis Beverlie)

78 Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin)

66 Apollopalooza

(AA Apollo Bey x tF Magical Witch), deceased

60 Bucharest V

(Huckleberry Bey x Bachista V)

58 AM Double Dream (Dreamazon x CF Gai Fantasia)

• Afire Bey V •


21 Afire Bey V

7 Jullyen El Jamaal

14 Versace

7 Khadraj NA

13 Baske Afire

6 A Temptation

12 Sundance Kid V

6 Apollopalooza

10 AM Good Oldboy

6 Brass

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

(Desperado V x sweet shalimar V)

(AM sea Captain x AM tis Beverlie)

9 Cytosk

(Mi tosk x Cystyr), deceased

7 IXL Noble Express (MHR nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)

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(Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin)

(Ponomarev x Khatreena nA)

(tempter x A Love song)

(AA Apollo Bey x tF Magical Witch), deceased

(Bask x tsanar)

6 Jake Jamaal JCA

(Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte only one)

Half-Arabian Halter PoiNTS

73 DA Valentino

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

38 JRA Azul

(Gazal Al Shaqab x Airiya)

29 SF Aftershoc

(SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance)

27 DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia)

25 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)

23 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP)

21 Meistermind

(Huckleberry Bey x Bask Memory)

21 Royal Dutch Star (The Prophecy x Basks Royal Tessa)

20 Hukam Maj

(Marwan Al Shaqab x Dinamaj)

20 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey)

• JRA Azul •


5 DA Valentino

2 DS Major Afire

3 Baske Afire

2 Hukam Maj

3 Da Vinci FM

2 IXL Noble Express

3 Mariachi WA

2 SF Aftershoc

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

(Versace x Full Moon Astar)

(Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey)

(Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia)

(Marwan Al Shaqab x Dinamaj)

(MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)

(SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance)

2 Desert Heat VF (Fame VF x MCA Matilda Bay)

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Half-Arabian Performance PoinTS

112 Afire Bey V

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

100 Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

82 Mamage

(Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)

56 Allience

(Aladdinn x A Love Song)

52 Krewe

(Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade)

48 Apollopalooza

(AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased

48 Saladins Allon (Safire x Khala Crescent)

48 The Heat Ison (Wisdom x Petraza)

46 Cytosk

(Mi Tosk x Cystyr), deceased

38 Allusion AOF (Allionce x Flaring Fire)

• Baske Afire •


16 Baske Afire

4 Ariberry Bey V

14 Afire Bey V

4 Krewe

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

(Huckleberry Bey x April Charm)

(Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade)

8 Mamage

4 Matoi

7 Apollopalooza

4 Millennium LOA

6 Cytosk

4 Triften

5 Allience

4 Zee Mega Bucks

(Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)

(AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased

(Mi Tosk x Cystyr), deceased

(Aladdinn x A Love Song)

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(Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai)

(Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF)

(Matrifik x Tender Mercies)

(Xenophonn x Somthing Special)

Purebred Halter & Performance PoinTS

182 Afire Bey V

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

175 DA Valentino

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

167 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)

142 Versace

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

120 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)

117 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP)

111 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

84 Enzo

(Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane)

82 Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin)

76 Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika)

• Marwan Al Shaqab •


25 DA Valentino

13 Magnum Psyche

22 Afire Bey V

13 Sundance Kid V

18 Marwan Al Shaqab

13 Khadraj NA

17 Magnum Chall HVP

12 Sir Fames HBV

17 Versace

10 Enzo

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

(Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)

(Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP)

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

(Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

(Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)

(Ponomarev x Khatreena nA)

(Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

(Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane)

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120 Afire Bey V

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

118 Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

39 DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia)

36 Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF)

33 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)

25 Royal Dutch Star (The Prophecy x Basks Royal Tessa)

23 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

20 Da Vinci FM

(Versace x Full Moon Astar)

16 Versace

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

12 Out Of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi)

12 SR Ultimate (Millennium LOA x Ulana)

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18 Baske Afire

3 DS Major Afire

15 Afire Bey V

3 IXL Noble Express

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

(Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia)

(MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)

5 Millennium LOA

2 Out Of Cyte

4 Da Vinci FM

2 Versace

(Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF)

(Versace x Full Moon Astar)

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(Cytosk x Amandi)

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

Purebred & Half-Arabian Halter & Performance

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302 Afire Bey V

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

256 Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

248 DA Valentino

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

167 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)

158 Versace

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

140 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP)

134 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

128 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)

100 Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

94 Da Vinci FM

(Versace x Full Moon Astar)

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37 Afire Bey V

14 Da Vinci FM

31 Baske Afire

14 Magnum Psyche

30 DA Valentino

14 Sundance Kid V

19 Versace

13 Khadraj NA

18 Magnum Chall HVP

13 Sir Fames HBV

(Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

(Versace x DA Love), deceased

(Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

(Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP)

(Versace x Full Moon Astar)

(Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)

(Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)

(Ponomarev x Khatreena nA)

(Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)

18 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)

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he third annual Arabian Horse Times readers’ Choice Awards, held in scottsdale, Ariz., on February 16, 2012, invited some of the most talented and well-respected horsemen of the industry to the monterra At WestWorld for good food, great friends, and a celebration the Arabian horse. “i thinkbyit’s about Line the camaraderie, the excitement of the evening, and offering the first gathering spot of the season,” says Greg Knowles, who emceed the event. “it’s almost like the kick-off party to the year ahead and it’s one of the few times when the industry can come together to celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of the most talented people involved.” A red carpet and photo area outside of the restaurant welcomed guests, who arrived wearing outfits considerably dressier than their normal horse show attire. “i must say that everyone in this industry cleans up very nicely!” observes event photographer eric mendrysa. “i think that the majority of the people in that room, including myself, are much more comfortable in our barn attire, but it was great to witness the transformation in the exhibitors and trainers. so many times we only get to see the jeans and boots side of our fellow competitors. This evening was yet another representation of the class and style this amazing group of individuals brings to the industry.”

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2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners by Line

Jim Lowe accepting on behalf of Shawn Getty-Lowe. Lowe Show Horse Center – Favorite Advertisement

Mary Trowbridge with husband, Pat and Lindsey Knight. Pat’s Story Favorite Editorial Story

Luciana Fasano with John Diedrich. Al Hadiyah AA Favorite Front Cover

Lissa Tehan and Barbara Chur. The Grand Dams of Strawberry Banks Farm - Favorite Calendar Month

Stuart Vesty Photographer Of The Year

Mickey Hegg and Lollie Ames. Youth Nationals – Show Of The Year

Corky Sutton Judge Of The Year

Jeff Schall with John Diedrich. Shada, Inc. – Best Team (Farm) Spirit

Audrey Zinke with husband David. Im The Real Deal – Purebred Working Western Horse

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Olivia Pakula Hollywood Blockbuster – Half-Arabian Working Western Horse

Shannon Beethe accepting for Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. ROL Trade Cycret – Purebred Specialty Horse

Michelle Pease-Paulsen accepting for L. David Paulsen. Prince LOA – Half-Arabian

Hillary Hoffman GJR Shameful – Purebred Hunter Horse

Brooksley Sheehe Everlastin Love – Half-Arabian Hunter Horse

Brett Becker accepting for the Whitaker Family. Onyx A – Purebred Western Horse

Kayli Fortun accepting for Remington Monroe Equine, LLC. Capt Jack Sparrow PGA – Half-Arabian Western Horse

Leah Beth Boyd Starr Llight – Purebred Saddle Seat Horse and Rising New Star

Jim Stachowski accepting for Norma and John Diver. ERA Moonlite Serenade – Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse

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2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners by Line

David Boggs accepting for Oak Ridge Arabians. Vitorio TO – Purebred Halter Horse

Jim and Sally Bedeker. Ebony By Valentino – Half-Arabian Halter Horse

Josh Quintus Western Trainer Of The Year

Vicki Humphrey Saddle Seat Trainer Of The Year

Tyson Randle Working Western Trainer Of The Year

Andrew Sellman Halter Trainer Of The Year

Wendy Potts Show Hack/Hunter Trainer Of The Year

Rob Bick Versatile Trainer Of The Year

Chloe Holmes Youth Exhibitor Of The Year

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Amanda Purdin Adult Amateur Of The Year

Roxann Hart Rohara Arabians – Breeder Of The Year

Ward & Marva Ferguson, Hermann Blaser and Roxanne & Jeff Schall accepting for Lawrence Jerome and Indira Van Handel.

Khadraj NA – Sire Of The Year

Once again, the AHT Readers’ Choice Awards Dinner featured an auction in support of the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, so that the evening not only honors outstanding performance, but also takes care of those in the community. This year, the array of generously donated lots ran from a host of useful articles and services for horsemen, to selections such as a breeding to the American Saddlebred stallion Nutcracker’s Nirvana, tickets to the Broadway production of “War Horse,” and a bronze sculpture. When the last bid had been taken, $33,750 had been raised for the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. “The Times was the very first one to step up and produce an event at their own cost with all proceeds going to the Distress Fund,” notes AHDF board member Mary Trowbridge. “With the wide array of people that come together for the event, it has become the uniting factor that brings us back to reality. The reason we all come together is because we love the Arabian horse, and that’s really the message that the Fund wants the people to always remember. Our success at this event is really the doing of the Arabian horse and the community that surrounds it. Every single one of those donations shows how much people care about the horses and their fellow horsemen, and are willing to put in the effort to help when the chips are down.” On the Awards program, there was one segment simply titled, “Introduction of Special Guest.” For those in attendance, this guest, 15-year-old Lillie Brown, shared her inspiring story of how her love of her Arabian gelding, Windborne Maestro, sustained her through a harrowing bout with cancer. Her mother, Heather, and sister, Vivien, accompanied her at the Dinner. Volume 42, No. 11 | 53

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“it was such a fun and exciting evening for us,” says Heather brown. “We were shocked at first because we had no idea how big the event would be. We were finally able to meet mary Trowbridge after countless by Line phone calls, and the people from the Arabian Horse Times who brought us out for the event. What an amazing group the Arabian horse community is. even though we really had no idea what to expect, we ended up having such an amazing time! “being able to share our experience was really special,” she continues. “everyone knows a teenager who loves horses, so being able to show that Lillie is just that, humanizes the situation and our family. Lillie has come so far in her short lifetime, and it has been great to have the support and love of mary and the Arabian community. “There are really no words to describe everything that mary has done for us,” she adds. “she has gone so far above and beyond. When she called and offered to help us in the beginning, we only had our Arabian gelding, so i had no idea why she was reaching out to us. i said no at first, but eventually i came around. she has been financially wonderful and incredibly persistent through everything. Her pivotal commitment brought on the support of a much larger group—the Arabian community as a whole. i really cannot believe how much the Arabian horse community has reached out to us. everyone in this tight-knit group has been kind, giving, and helpful.” At the presentation of the Awards, their honorees further endorsed the breed and its people, as one after another, they recounted their appreciation, often referencing favorite horses and pivotal events, creating a narrative for the evening that surpassed its initial expectations. Uniquely, the readers’ Choice Awards recognize not only the horses, owners, trainers and breeders, but also the stories, writers and photographers who record their

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achievements. Mary Trowbridge, whose time is split between training horses and working with AHDF, also writes a column for AHT, and won the category of “Favorite Editorial Story of the Year,” with “Tales from the Equestrian Underbelly—Pat’s Story.” “That was such a testament to Pat and her grace under pressure,” she says. “It was really a special thing to be a part of, and I’m glad that everyone else got to appreciate her story and her love for her Arabian. “I can honestly say that the Arabian is the best breed of horse, with the best group of people, in the equine industry,” she adds. “No other breed offers a passion so great in all walks of life. Cultures come together through the Arabian horse and are immediately on equal footing. It’s fun celebrating and caring for the horse we love, and through events like the Readers’ Choice Awards, the people and the horse are highlighted and serve as a prime example of everything the Arabian horse can do.” “It is great to see how much support has grown for the Readers’ Choice Awards over the past few years,” observes Wayne Anderson, a longtime senior designer at Arabian Horse Times. “The support from our readership is simply overwhelming, and I think the awards are a great way to celebrate our community and, of course, the Arabian horse.” In fact, the underlying purpose of the Readers’ Choice Awards is simple: to bring the Arabian community together. “Our industry is a mixed one,” says Greg Knowles, “but this is a night that everybody comes together and enjoys the talents and reputations of their fellow horsemen.” “The night had a great energy and the attendance was just—wow!” says Arabian Horse Times publisher Lara Ames. “It was truly an honor to pay respect to the people of the industry and the hard work they do. At the end of the day, it’s all about the common love of the Arabian horse, and that’s what makes the Readers’ Choice Awards such a special affair.”

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A special thank you to the sponsors of boisvert Farms, LLC C. Jarvis insurance Agency, inc. iowa Gold star Futurity

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mike Ferrara Photography Paul Glans—Legends Cadillac schneider saddlery show season

the 2011 AHT Readers’ Choice Awards

“Beyond being an overall fun evening, The Readers’ Choice Awards is important in that it allows our peers to recognize the people and horses they feel have excelled in the industry. We are proud to sponsor an event that brings great people together and helps a very important cause—The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund.” —Amanda Purdin, Boisvert Farms, LLC

“Sponsoring the Readers’ Choice Awards is just one way that we can give back to the Arabian horse community that has given us so much in return. In addition to it being a great event, we also get to support the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund—that’s why we do it.” —Melissa Holmes, Show Season

“The Readers’ Choice Awards was a natural fit for us to sponsor as we proudly support Arabian Horse Times magazine and give much due credit to our many loyal customers within the Arabian industry.” —Paul Glans, Legends Cadillac

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Congratulations To The Following Winners Of The 2011 AHT Readers’ Choice Awards! Favorite Advertisement featured in the 2011 AHT Lowe Show Horse Centre, September AA, designed by Shawn Getty-Lowe Favorite Editorial Story Of The Year in AHT Trainer Confidential—Tales From The Equestrian Underbelly: Pat’s Story, by Mary Trowbridge, July Favorite 2011 AHT Front Cover July—Al Hadiyah AA, owned by Fazenda Floresta and photographed by Shira Favorite AHT Calendar Month Of The Year August—The Grand Dams Of Strawberry Banks Farm, owned by Barbara Chur and photographed by Stuart Vesty

Purebred Western Horse Of The Year Onyx A, owned by Richard, Gail and Anne Whitaker Half-Arabian Western Horse Of The Year Capt Jack Sparrow PGA, owned by Remington Monroe Equine LLC Purebred Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year Starr Llight, owned by Tom and Elizabeth Moore Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year ERA Moonlite Serenade, owned by Norma and John Diver Purebred Halter Horse Of The Year Vitorio TO, owned by Oak Ridge Arabians

Photographer Of The Year Stuart Vesty

Half-Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year Ebony By Valentino, owned by Sally Bedeker

Show Of The Year Youth Nationals

Rising New Star Award (Trainer Under 30 Years Of Age) Leah Beth Boyd

Judge Of The Year Corky Sutton Instructor Of The Year Lisa Jo White Best Team (Farm) Spirit Award Shada, Inc. A/HA/AA Sport Horse Of The Year O Lordy, owned by VWV Venture, Inc. Purebred Working Western Horse Of The Year Im The Real Deal, owned by Audrey Zinke Half-Arabian Working Western Horse Of The Year Hollywood Blockbuster, owned by Olivia Pakula Purebred Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume) ROL Trade Cycret, owned by Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. Half-Arabian Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume) Prince LOA, owned by L. David Pease Purebred Hunter Horse Of The Year GJR Shameful, owned by Matthew and Jody Hoffman Half-Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year Everlastin Love, owned by Phillip and Brooksley Sheehe

Western Trainer Of The Year Josh Quintus Saddle Seat Trainer Of The Year Vicki Humphrey Working Western Trainer Of The Year Tyson Randle Halter Trainer Of The Year Andrew Sellman Show Hack/Hunter Trainer Of The Year Wendy Potts Versatile Trainer Of The Year Rob Bick Youth Exhibitor Of The Year Chloe Holmes Adult Amateur Of The Year Amanda Purdin Breeder Of The Year Rohara Arabians Sire Of The Year Khadraj NA, owned by Lawrence Jerome & Indira Van Handel

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Khadraj NA

“The Jerland team would like to express our deep appreciation to all who supported our grand old man Khadraj NA. It is indeed a privilege to own and be able to care for him. It is with gratitude we thank all who had a part in furthering his career, and to all those who have recognized the impact he has made on the Arabian industry. At 22 years of age, Khadraj spends his days in his large paddock where he has an opportunity to watch his children and grandchildren at play. He loves visitors and can still put on a show. Thank you again, to all who have, and still support him.” —Larry and Shelley, Mike and Indira, Hermann, and families. Owned by: Jerland Farms

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B r eeder O f T he Ye ar

Rohara Arabians

Roxann and Karl, You've spent over four decades creating exceptional Arabian horses through your foresight, determination and commitment. You have not only enriched your lives, but have had a major impact on people and breeding programs throughout the world. Congratulations to both of you on your second AHT Readers' Choice Breeder Of The Year award—a true tribute to the hundreds of amazing horses that carry the name Rohara. Sincerely, Team Rohara RohaR a aR abians P.O. Box 110 Orange Lake, Florida • 352-591-4661 • • Volume 42, No. 11 | 59

Halter Trainer Of The Year

Andrew Sellman

“As I reflect on receiving this award, I am very grateful. It is special because it is nice to be recognized for being good at what I love to do. To the people who made it happen—my clients, staff, Arabian Horse Times and its readers, and especially Angela Larson, I thank you for this great honor.” —Andrew • 715-425-9001 • 60 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Rising New Star Award

Leah Beth Boyd

You have come a long way lady! Congratulations, Leah, on this great accomplishment. Your future looks very bright and we are very proud to have you on our team! All the best and love, Dick, Lollie, and Lara Ames

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Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year

ERA Moonlite Serenade Thank you ...

~ Mom and Dad, for all your support and the great horses I have received over the years. ~ All of you who voted for “Tator”. ~ Terry, for always supporting me, even when I messed up in a class. ~ Arabian Horse Times for this great award program to acknowledge great horses and their owners. ~ Most importantly, Jimmy and Peter. For 30 years now, both of you have made things happen for myself and my family that most people can only dream of. Thank you, both, you are the best, and you have the greatest help and most awesome clients. ~ To all the assistant trainers and grooms at the farm—without all of you, we would not be the winning team that we are today. Tator would also like to thank all of her fans and friends that brought her carrots. Keep them coming in 2012! — Jim Diver 62 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

Judge Of The Year

Corky Sutton

Congratulations to Corky Sutton on winning the Readers’ Choice Judge of the Year Award! Corky has dedicated much of her life to her love of the Arabian horse, always striving to bring the very best horses to the winner’s circle. It is rewarding for her family to see her receive this wonderful recognition for a job well done. —Edwin, Sean and Jamie Lynn Hy W y nne Farm Edwin & Corky Sutton • 56 Buell St, Akron, NY 14001 716-542-9841 • Volume 42, No. 11 | 63

Versatile Trainer Of The Year

Rob Bick

“I would like to thank the readers of Arabian Horse Times for making it possible for me to win this award. My clients are very instrumental in my success, and they provide me with extremely talented horses to train—I would not have won this award without them. “I also want to give a special ‘thank you’ to Caralyn. Every day we get to wake and share our passion for the Arabian horse. This is such a dream for me, and I thank you for being a part of this wonderful journey.” —Rob RBC Show hoRSeS, LLC Rob Bick & Caralyn Schroter • Smithfield, North Carolina • 919-202-8384 • 64 | A R A Bi A N HoR Se T i meS

Purebred Western Horse Of The Year

Onyx A

Thank you, Brett, for your continued dedication and for guiding Onyx A to such great accomplishments in his young career, 2011 U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure Open at 5 years old! Looking forward to Onyx’s continued success. —The Whitaker Family

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Purebred Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year

Starr Llight

“Thank you to everyone who supported, cheered and voted for Starr Llight this year, it made an unbelievable year unforgettable!”

2011 U.S. National Champion Arabian English Pleasure Open with Leah Boyd and Reserve Champion Arabian Park AAOTR with Elizabeth Moore 2011 Youth National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure JTR & Top Ten Park JTR with Emily Moore Awarded Pegasus Award and Finalist for USEF Horse Of The Year

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Half-Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year

Everlastin Love The Sheehe family wishes to express their thanks to all those who voted for Everlastin Love ("Eddie") and Brooksley for this award. To Rohara Arabians, Karl and Roxie, thank you for 25 years of continued support, mentoring, and friendship. To John Rannenberg, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for having bred and trained "Eddie", our all-time favorite horse. And to, "Eddie", thank you for all of the breathtaking moments in the ring—you will always be our Everlastin Love. TsHAmpAgne Ar AbiAns LLC Miami, Florida Volume 42, No. 11 | 67

Favorite AHT Calendar Month

Strawberry Banks Farm

“Thank you for choosing ‘SBF Mares’ as the winning Calendar Month photo. All credit goes to the beautiful mares themselves and to Stuart Vesty for his great patience helping us create this memorable photo!”

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Working Western Horse Of The Year

Im The Real Deal +/

Mu lt ipl e Nat iona l , R e giona l a nd S co t tsda l e Wins, inclu ding: 2 011 U. S. Nat iona l Cha mpion Rein ing Open 2 011 U. S. Nat iona l Reser ve Cha mpion Reined Cow Open 2 011 Reg ion 1 Cha mpion Rein ing Open 2 011 Reg ion 7 Cha mpion Rein ing Open 2 011 Reg ion 7 Reser ve Cha mpion Reined Cow Open

Congratulations to Im The Real Deal+/ and his trainer, Crystal McNutt, for an amazing year in the show ring. — Audrey M. Zinke, owner and breeder For breeding inquiries, please contact: Audrey Zinke, 626-966-7722, • Crystal McNutt, 602-708-8883 Volume 42, No. 11 | 69

Show Of The Year

Youth Nationals Championship Show Thank you to all of those who sponsor us!

See you all July 21-28, in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

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"We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately." ~Ben Franklin

Special appreciation goes to the mayor of our village, “Mr. T!”

“The words, thank you, don't seem to convey how fortunate I am to have an amazing family that consists of Pat, Lindsey, Mike, Matt, Ali and Michele behind me, as well as our wonderful group of clients and friends. Life would not be the same without you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” ~ Mary T. Pat & Mary Trowbridge Trainer Lindsey Knight • Matt Conway 236 Henry Sanford Rd, Bridgewater, CT 06752 860.354.8926 Volume 42, No. 11 | 71

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Calendar Photo of the Year “Thank you to my friends, clients and their beautiful horses, for making my life as much fun and rewarding as it is … and to ALL of you who are never in the shot, but always MAKE the shot, this award is for US. Thank You!” —Stuart w w w.Vest st u@ vest • 330 -995-48 0 0 72 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes

AHT Readers' Choice

A d u l t A m a t e u r O f T h e Ye a r

Amanda Purdin Thank you first to my parents. I started this journey as just a little girl who wanted to ride horses. You both have helped me achieve so much more than I could have ever dreamed. Thank you for being so supportive of me and what I love. Secondly, thank you, Joel. You've taught me so much more than how to ride a horse. You've taught me to trust and believe in myself every day; thank you for never giving up on me. Finally, to my husband Rhein. Thanks for pushing me to do things that I didn't know I could and for always having more confidence in me than I have in myself. I am so lucky to be able to share the horses I love with the person I love. Thank you so much for always being there for me. —Love, Amanda

Boisvert Farms, LLC Scott, Susan and Amanda Purdin 630 Louisiana Avenue • Baton Rouge, LA 70802 farm: 225.933.6109 • Volume 42, No. 11 | 73

2011 US National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-35 2011 US National & Canadian National Top Ten Arabian Hunter Pleasure 2011 Canadian National Top Ten Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 18-39 2011 Region 10 Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 (Unanimous) and AATR 18-39 2011 Buckeye Sweepstakes Reserve Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39

Sam would like to thank everyone that has be a part of his life - The Hoffman Family, Rick Nab, Stephanie Sage, JT Keller, Brian Scoggins, and Katie Beck

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APAHA Horseman’s Award and AHT Readers’ Choice Award Winner WoRk ing W esTeR n TR A ineR of THe Y eAR

TysonRand le

Thank you to all our clients, friends and peers for the great honor of being named Working Western Trainer Of The Year. Congratulations to our clients on their Scottsdale wins. We look forward to an exciting and successful year. — Sally & Tyson Randle

Total Scottsdale Earnings $48,800

Chic Magnet Dreamn Bout Chics x Dakaree

Owner: Jennifer Earles HA/AA Reining Horse Futurity Finalist

Dun Waltzin

Walla Walla Dun It x Francheskaa

Owners: Bryan and Cheryl Nelson Champion HA/AA Reining Horse Futurity Tyson & Sally Randle Earnings $30,000 30200 Magic Dog Circle, Kiowa, Colorado 80117

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Smoking Gun

Colonels Smoking Gun x SA Phantom Gale

Owner: KGB Texas Marketing Top Ten HA/AA Reining Horse Futurity Earnings $5,150

Just N Style Black N Style+// x Bint Myraa

Owner: Tim Anderson Reserve Champion Arabian Reining Horse Futurity Earnings $8,500

Hollywood Spin Doctor

Hollywood White x WBA Lucinda

Owner: KGB Texas Marketing Top Ten HA/AA Reining Horse Futurity Earnings $5,150

Tyson & Sally Randle 30200 Magic Dog Circle • Kiowa, Colorado 80117 (303) 693-7296 •

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by Linda White Whether we are sitting on the horse or enjoying the show from rail side, the obvious connection between horses and riders in working western competition is unlike anything else in our frame of reference. We can’t take our eyes off the successive teams’ individual performances. What drama, what excitement and suspense they create! Can this trail horse get through the obstacle without faltering? Oops, that’s a cagey steer! Will it make a fool of this handy little mare and her rider? We wonder. How can this pair ever execute a decent sliding stop when they’re traveling at that speed? We can memorize the USEF’s rules and specifications for Arabian and HalfArabian working western horses, but in no way will that prepare us for the experience.

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Working Western

The Arabian Reining Horse Association’s Celebrity Slide, introduced at Scottsdale in 2010, is a good illustration. Its premise is this: “Find a group of a half dozen or so willing participants from other show disciplines who have good basic riding skills, assign them to a reining trainer for a few sessions of intense training, and let them compete against each other.” Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? As top riders in other disciplines can attest, riding a reining horse, a cutting horse, trail horse, reined or working cow horse isn’t as easy as it looks. Any of those efforts gives the expression, “That’s quite a handful!” a whole new meaning. Tyson Randle was 9 years old the first time he competed in Arabian reining with his purebred Azraff grandson. Keith Leger had started the horse, but the boy and his gelding learned to rein together. When Randle was 15, he and his gelding won 1989 U.S. National Reserve Champion Stock Horse honors, and a U.S. National Top Ten in the open division. That success was a taste of what was to come. The adult professional Tyson Randle, the horses he trains, and his amateur riders earn lofty scores on the “World’s Finest” list. What appeals to him about reining? “I was a running back in college, and played high school football and basketball. I have always been an athlete,” he explains. “To me, the working western, and especially reining, is the most sport-like of all the disciplines. Reining has always appealed to me because it is a one-on-one competition, and the scores make it quantifiable. Reining is black-and-white; there is no grey. “When we have a good go, the horse should get 99.9% of the credit. When we check the rules, we see that the number one criterion is that the horse be ‘willfully guided.’ If a score is questioned, it’s easy to explain why it was given. Horse and rider have to work as a team, but the horse has

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to be ‘willfully guided.’ There has to be a connection, with the rider guiding, but not forcing the horse, to perform the maneuvers willingly. “My father, B.J. Randle, has Arabians, so I grew up with the breed. They are smart, responsive horses that can be athletic. Anybody who does reining understands that because the Quarter Horse world is larger and more geared toward the working western disciplines, it’s considered the major leagues of reining. A true reiner of any breed is quiet, willing, and a slower thinker. Quarter Horses tend to be slower thinkers, and more forgiving—maybe ‘compliant’ is the word. That’s why we have so much fun with HalfArabian/Quarter Horse crosses. In them we get the best of what we look for in both breeds.”

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Working Western This is Randle’s fourth year to have NRHA judging credentials. “I thought it would help make me a better trainer,” he replies, “It has done that, and right off the bat, I was asked to judge major events in the United States, Canada and South America! Reining is also very popular in Europe, and I hope to someday go to Italy, Germany and other European countries. Reining is so exciting, in part because the sport is popular worldwide. That gives us so many options.”

Muscateal won every reining class he entered, including the 1995 U.S. National Arabian Reining Championship.

David and Audrey Zinke and their family have had Arabian performance horses for more than 20 years. “I never was lucky enough to have a horse of my own when I was growing up,” Audrey explains, “but every day after school and during the summers I would beg to ride the neighbors’ horses, or go out to a local riding stable to ride and care for their horses. Our pastor owned an Arabian farm that we visited often, and Arabians soon became my favorites.

With McNutt, Im The Real Deal was the 2006 U.S. National Reining Horse Futurity Champion, 5 and Under; the 2007 Canadian National Reserve Champion Arabian Reining Horse; 2008 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Reining Horse; 2009 U.S. National Reserve Champion and 2010 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Reining Horse. In 2011, Im The Real Deal was U.S. National Champion Arabian Reining Horse and U.S. National Reserve Champion Reined Cow Horse. He also won the 2012 Scottsdale Arabian Reining Championship, and he was

“Our first Arabian was a dapple grey gelding named Bru Pacific. Our daughter Heidi’s first show with him was at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara, where they competed in western pleasure. Rick Nab, who was judging, later became her equitation trainer and good friend. Heidi and Bru Pacific won a 1993 Youth National Top Ten Western Horsemanship title. With the guidance of Wendy Griffith, who was then at Ventura Farms, Heidi began showing Bru Pacific successfully in hunter pleasure as well. During this time Heidi would fly to Scottsdale for reining lessons with her mentor, the late John Slack.”

“In 2004 we sent his 3-year-old son Im The Real Deal (MHR Muscateal x Kheyarraberribeyv, by Huckleberry Bey) to Crystal McNutt. This was especially fun for us, because Heidi and Crystal used to compete in the same classes. Heidi always looked up to Crystal, and we all have great respect for her, both as a person and as a trainer.”

the late John slack Mhr Muscateal


The Zinkes purchased MHR Muscateal (*Muscat x MHR Princess Bask, by *Bask) in December 1993. “John Slack and Rick Nab had suggested he would be the perfect horse for Heidi, and he was. They had many reining and equitation wins, including a 1994 Youth National Top Ten in Arabian Reining JTR 14-17. With John Slack, MHR

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Working Western named the 2011 AHT Readers’ Choice Purebred Working Western Horse Of The Year. “It was an incredible honor for Im The Real Deal, and we are grateful to Arabian Horse Times for the wonderful evening,” says Zinke.

Crystal MCnutt and iM the real deal

Trainer Crystal McNutt says, “I showed Im The Real Deal as a 5-year-old to win the purebred reining futurity. He’s a fun horse to be around because he wants to please and he has a good work ethic. The futurities are the biggest thrill for me. Bringing young horses like Im The Real Deal along to the point where they are competitive is really satisfying. Another exciting aspect is fitting amateurs with the right horses. “Training a good reining horse is about trust. I train Quarter Horses and Arabians, and every horse is different. Staying current and keeping up with or ahead of your competition is probably the biggest challenge,” continues McNutt, whose first national win was for a 1982 U.S. National Top Ten Stock Seat Equitation title. She was 5 years old. “Not losing your edge is the key. The greatest thing about reining is that the high level of competition makes you want to keep getting better and better, and losing only strengthens your resolve. There is no resting on your laurels, even for a minute.” Im The Real Deal is only beginning his breeding career this year, because no one wanted to distract him from his reining work. “The horses are my joy,” Audrey Zinke tells us. “We watch in amazement as they perform, and get misty when our horses (very often ones we have bred) perform. The working western classes are so thrilling!”

events. “I rode and showed Morgans and Saddlebreds too, because my parents never said, ‘no’ to me,” she offers. “Working western is a part of my life. We put every Arabian on the trail with my husband’s Paint gelding, because the trails help keep them fresh. I still start all my own horses. My mother and I, working together, used to start all of our Paints and Quarter Horses. She and grandfather, Ray Roskam, had matching Palomino parade horses in the 1940s, and Mother was the 1946 Prescott Rodeo Queen. She quit riding only a few years ago and gave her horse away. She was 78 at the time.

Tracy Dowson of Black Tie Ranch also finds reining thrilling. Her parents raised Paint horses during the late 1960s and 1970s, so Dowson grew up with horses. She took lessons from Kathy Knill Meyer and many others, showed 4-H, in breed shows, and competed in rodeo

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Working Western “Trail is my working western discipline of choice,” Dowson explains. “I start getting nervous days before a national show. When I compete on that level, I memorize and even sleep with the pattern. “Arabians are extremely agile and willing,” she asserts. “Partly because of the Bedouins’ relationships with their horses, Arabians probably have a closer association with humans than any other breed. The horses always pay attention to their humans. If they are to be successful together, the humans need to pay more attention to their horses.” Dowson showed Paint horses until the mid-1970s, when what she recalls as the “peanut roller” frame became popular. “I try to let the horses tell us what jobs they want to do. Sometimes, that goes beyond bloodlines and physical characteristics; it’s what interests the horse that is important. The working western divisions and trail, in particular, appeal to me because the scoring is objective: the horse either goes through the course willingly, or it doesn‘t. The individual rankings are not somebody’s subjective opinion. “Where will we go from here because our breed has become so specialized?” she wonders. Dowson points out that equestrian competition is the only sporting event in which both genders compete equally. “Horses are the great equalizers,” she observes. “Both mental and physical preparedness are essential to every horse’s and rider’s success.” Dowson and her husband enjoy watching their son Roy show. “When children compete, it gives them so much selfconfidence and shapes who they are.” tracy DoWson

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Cedar Ridge Arabians’ Dick Ames amazes and delights audiences because of the obvious enjoyment he experiences when showing his horses. Ames is a lifelong horseman who bought his first Arabian in 1965. “That was back in the days of John Rogers and *Serafix,” he remembers. “I was working construction, and I would go through the ads, looking at Arabians for sale. One day I saw an ad for a Half-Arabian Palomino for sale at JimJac Arabians, in Indiana, that was sired by their *Serafix son. “I called and bought the horse over the telephone, rented a U-Haul horse trailer, and bought a brand new Chrysler to pull it. They put a trailer hitch on the car at the U-Haul lot, and off I went to pick up my horse. “Jim Gulley, who owns JimJac Arabians, had a pawn shop, so I went into the shop, paid for the horse and headed home. I had no trainer. I took my new Half-Arabian Palomino to a Class ‘B’ local show, where Lyman Orcutt was judging. He placed my horse first, but somebody protested the placing because it was against the rules to show a Half-Arabian stallion. I didn’t know any better, and I guess Lyman never looked under the horse. “The Arabian breed does everything. They will do anything we ask of them, in almost any class, and they are much prettier to watch than any other breed. Originally, people tried to compete in reining with whatever they had. Today, we pay much more attention to breeding good reining prospects. This has become an Olympic-level sport, and the competition gets stiffer every year. “Reining is exciting to watch,” continues Ames. “Quarter Horses excel as reiners—no argument there—but in the nine years or so since we started the ARHA and the futurities for 4- and 5-year-old Half-Arabians and then purebreds, the sport has improved 1,000%. Non-

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horse people don’t understand halter, or many of our performance classes. They ask, ‘Why did that horse win?’ With reining, everybody can see if one horse makes a mistake, or when one horse executes the maneuvers, and when they don’t. There are no politics in the working western disciplines, and reining is exciting for horse people and non-horse people to watch. “I got into reining when Mark Bucher came to work at Cedar Ridge and suggested it. My kids talked me into buying a $3,000 gelding who was blind in one eye as a reiner I could learn on. Mark then bought me a grey reining mare. I was standing on the rail with Tom McNutt, Crystal’s father, the first time Mark rode the mare into the ring. He went off pattern immediately, but he never knew it … until he ended up on the wrong end of the arena.”

“Breeding and Training the Ultimate Reining and Western Pleasure Horses” is Eleanor’s Arabian Farm’s slogan with good reason. Eleanor Hamilton is a lifelong horsewoman who charms her audiences every time she rides into the ring. Like Dick Ames, Joe Betten and Tom Redmond, Hamilton is one of the sport’s strongest proponents. Hamilton helped create and implement the Half-Arabian and purebred Reining Futurities at Scottsdale. She also supports efforts to expand interest in reining more often than many people realize. Growing up on a cattle ranch with working western horses kindled her interest. “My first Arabian was a little mare I bought at the Hi-Fashion Sale. That’s where I met Mary Jane Schroeder, now Mary Jane Brown and her mother, who had consigned the mare. I brought the mare home and my husband, Harold, rode her several times and loved her. Then she died unexpectedly. That was the last horse Harold ever rode. “Rod Matthiesen came to work for me in 1985, and from then on, reining has been our primary focus.” Hamilton’s all-time favorite reining horse is Hesa Zee. Hesa Zee (Xenophonn x Somthing Special, by Gay Apollo) has multiple U.S. and Canadian National titles in open and AAOTR reining. He has headed the Eleanor’s Arabians breeding program since purchasing him. A foal of 1988, Hesa Zee shares top billing with Crown Musc (*Muscat x Crown Juel, by Silver Baron), now 30. Both stallions are still getting mares in foal.

Keeping on pattern is a good idea anytime, but what is the biggest challenge the discipline has created for Ames? “Keeping more money in the bank than I take out of it!” He laughs. “Seriously, I would say that Cedar Ridge’s biggest challenge is to breed better horses than the competition.”

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Working Western “We look for good temperament in any horse, but in our breeding program, after all these years, we know it’s there. Rod rides them all as 3-year-olds, and they might seem to be bopping along, relaxed, but they’re learning, and wearing a curb comfortably by the time they’re ready to go to a show. We have had good results crossing Hesa Zee and Crown Musc back and forth for purebreds, we’ve had good results crossing both stallions on Laddinns Fire mares, and Hesa does well on *Muscat daughters. We stand several Quarter Horse stallions for Half-Arabians, and keep 12 to 15 Quarter Horse mares. “And I’m getting better,” she adds. “I’ve ridden all my life, but these days I go to the farm every Saturday, ride two or three reiners and maybe a western pleasure horse or two. I have learned how to ride better. I’m more knowledgeable about technique and know how to ‘fix’ a problem in a class. My greatest challenge, I suppose, is finding time for leisure, which is what the horses are for me. I work fulltime, and as the company we founded 40 years ago has grown, I’m doing more and more. “We raise Half-Arabian and purebred Arabian reiners and since the futurities and incentive programs continue to grow, the Half-Arabians are becoming very noticeable. Quarter Horse reiner people are beginning to breed for them; we get inquiries from AQHA mare owners all the time. We have kept a few colts as possible replacements that we’re bringing along now, so by the time I run out of sires I’ll be too old to care!” kevin simmons and eleanor Hamilton WitH art By Hesa.


We doubt that very seriously. What has been Hamilton’s greatest thrill lately? “Watching Kevin Simmons win the 2011 U.S. National Arabian Reining Championship AAOTR 40 & Over with Art By Hesa (Hesa Zee x Artymusme, by *Muscat). Kevin does all his own work: trains his own horses.” Simmons, an Ontario Province resident, is happy to discuss Art By Hesa and her breeder. “Lucy,” as I call her, is very hot. When I bought her as a 3-year-old in 2008, she had been started, but she was not happy at all to be wearing leather. Eleanor told me my job was to get this mare to enjoy what she was doing. “At first that was easier said than done, but as I worked her and rewarded her, she kept getting better. Now, she is still quirky, but she is high energy, and she has more raw athletic talent than any horse I’ve ever seen. She has learned to turn on and turn off, so when a class is over she stands, drops her head and walks out quietly, ears forward. I have several more Hesa Zee offspring as well. They are so eager that they’ll get ahead of you if you aren’t mindful. They all like the deeper ground, and when they hit the ground, they know how to stop. “Eleanor Hamilton is so special,” he says. “When you meet her she makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the world. She is so hospitable. When she urged me to come down to the farm the first time, the first thing I saw when I got off the plane was a lady standing there, holding a sign that said ‘Simmons.’ My wife is an Eleanor, too, so we call our farm ‘Eleanor’s Arabians East.’” When Kimberly Tillman was 12 years old, her parents bought her an Arabian gelding she competed with in hunter and jumper classes. What drew her to Arabian reining? “I have always loved a good challenge,” she

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Working Western concedes, “and reining looked like it would be a lot of fun. I also like the fact that you either do well, or you don’t.

kimberly tillman and ma Windsong

“I believe that two things contribute to Arabians’ and Half-Arabians’ success in this division. The first is that we are breeding horses to compete in the reining division specifically, based on conformation, bone structure and good-mindedness, and a strong, athletic look. Secondly, we have really advanced our top-notch reining trainers. They are taking these babies from start to finish and proving that they can be very successful in reining.” Tillman cites a trainer she especially admires. “John O’Hara is my mentor and someone I highly admire as a true horseman. I have watched horses John has started and finished. He truly turns out some of the best-minded, talented finished show horses I have ever ridden.” If John O’Hara is the trainer she most admires, who is her favorite working western horse? “I have several favorites, but the one I most admire and am all about is TA Mozart. He is one of the most talented purebred stallions I have ever been around, and I love him for his heart and dedication.” TA Mozart (Kordelas x Marieta, by Arbil) won the 2011 and 2012 Arabian Reining Purebred Futurities at Scottsdale with John O’Hara; and the 2011 U.S. National Reserve Championship in Arabian Reining Junior Horse. “The greatest thrill the working western division has given me,” Tillman adds, “is the opportunity to breed some really good Half-Arabians that have won over $35,000 in this division. It is so exciting to see them born and dream about the day they will compete at the Scottsdale Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity Classic.”

related to the sport itself,” Tyson Randle replies. “The biggest obstacle is that the sport is changing so fast. For example, the two horses that won reining at Scottsdale last year as 4-year-olds came in 6th or 7th and 12th or 13th this year. Horses and riders keep getting better and better. This was the reining futurities’ eighth year at Scottsdale. That first year’s winners would probably not even make the top ten this year. I already have a couple of horses that would beat the horse I won with at Scottsdale this year. It’s a never-ending battle to stay ahead of your competition. There are so many good horses now, and so many good trainers. That’s what I love about the sport.” ■

The working western disciplines are demanding and difficult to master. What about these disciplines presents competitors their greatest challenge? “The constant changes

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The Reining Program

of Cedar Ridge Arabians by Kara Larson Ben There Dunthat RA

Brennas Golden Dunit x Minding Ps And Qs

Although the Arabian horse isn’t stereotypically known for its prowess in the reining arena, esteemed owner of Cedar Ridge Arabians Dick Ames is looking to alter this idea. It is through careful breeding and exceptional training by Brian Welman and Crystal McNutt that the

Cedar Ridge reining program has won its spurs as a growing force in

the Arabian reining industry. As the program builds horses, riders, and an impressive reputation, the imminent alteration of the perception and future of the Arabian reining horse becomes a tangible reality.

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All Maxed Out RA

HH Maxemus x Marliera

Trainer Brian Welman, who has a reputable history with his own successful training center, has spent the past several years contributing his talent and knowledge with the Cedar Ridge reining program. According to Welman, this program, under the watchful and wise eye of Dick Ames, is truly making its mark in today’s modern Arabian reining scene. “Arabian reining has changed so much in the last ten years. The horses have become considerably more competitive, but like a good breeding program should, Cedar Ridge is evolving right alongside the industry,” says Brian Welman. “I have been riding for Dick for seven years now, and it’s incredible to see where it is today.” Where years ago if a horse wouldn’t work as a pleasure horse or anything else, a person might try to turn them into a reiner. Now they are more specialized and we are breeding truly talented horses. As a successful breeder, horseman, and one of the strongest influences in the course of the Arabian horse industry, Dick Ames shows a great deal of commitment and pride in Arabian reining and the direction of his promising program. “I believe that reining is one of the

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least political classes in the Arabian show industry and it’s also one of the easiest to understand from the point of view of new people coming in,” shares Ames. “We have a versatile horse in the Arabian breed and it’s important that we’re able to showcase that. And if we want new people in the industry, I think reining will make happen faster. It’s fun to watch, and with support and enthusiasm, reining could generate more exposure and excitement for the Arabian horse.” Form meets function on the training end of the program, where a corresponding confidence in the creation and maintenance of some of the best reining horses in the country exists in the trainers. Brian Welman believes that the reining program, as it grows and becomes successful, is different from many in the fact that it has effectively changed ahead of, or at the same time as the evolving Arabian horse industry. “When you’re buying a reining horse from Cedar Ridge, you’ll know that they will be on track and exceptionally prepared to perform well starting with the Scottsdale futurity class and thoughout the year,” shares Brian.

Cedar ridge reining Program

All Maxed Out RA

HH Maxemus x Marliera

Gone N Dunit RA

Brennas Golden Dunit x Marliera

Dun With Style RA

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Cedar ridge reining Program

Ben There Dunthat RA

Brennas Golden Dunit x Minding Ps And Qs

Before the training and show schedule can be considered, it all starts with the breeding expertise of Dick Ames. As an efficacious breeder of the Arabian horse for many years, Dick’s knowledge of good lines and worthwhile crosses translates well into the reining realm of the industry. “In reining, conformation is most important. The horse needs to be naturally strong in the hindquarters, correct in the hocks, and have the brain to make it all work.” The goals of the Cedar Ridge reining program are simple; however, it is the journey to this big future that holds the trials and hard work one faces in this Arabian industry. As the spearhead of this growing and encouraging program, the confident and honest Dick Ames serves as the strong voice of promise for the Arabian reining industry. “We’re looking to make better horses and riders in the reining circuit,” says Ames. “There’s a long way to go, but just like anything else, it can be what we make it. And really, I’m confident in the direction that it’s going.” ■

“We’re looking to make better horses and riders in the reining circuit,” says Ames. “There’s a long way to go, but just like anything else, it can be what we make it. And really, I’m confident in the direction that it’s going.”

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MARKETING the ArAbiAn horse

Talk to any group of Arabian horse people, and the chances are that at some point, the subject of marketing will come up.

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T DESIGN Before the economic uncertainty, the challenge was to interest new generations of people, far removed from the farm and overloaded with leisure options, in Arabian horses. After 2008, everyone vented their horror at the tightened finances. But four years later, the industry is still here, life goes on and horses still need to be sold. So AHT went to a selection of professionals and breeders to find out how they are making the sales these days, and what they think of the current marketing economy for Arabian horses.

Across the board, everyone says the market for the highest-quality show horses is strong; those great ones, halter and performance, will always find a home and they will rake in the dollars doing it. In the halter ranks, the international market, with its significant European, Middle Eastern and South American contingents, has been a saving grace. “There is a worldwide market,” David Boggs, of Midwest in Rogers, Minn., says. This year, however, he is bullish on the industry as a whole. “There has been a resurgence and great enthusiasm, I think, starting in 2012. The Scottsdale Show was a great example of that.” Halter horses can begin changing hands as foals, but performance horses typically are more attractive to buyers at age 4 or 5, when they have begun training and a career as an amateur mount is in view. Performance trainers say that the days of selling young prospects before they enter training—once the way sharp horsemen acquired potential superstars—have all but disappeared. The important message this year is that while the paradigm has changed, sales are picking up. “I think the market is on an upturn,” says Larry Hoffman, of Hesten Park, in Hastings, Minn. “I think we’ve made it through the belly-slide. We see it in the activity we’ve had in people calling and looking for clients, and in our own clients wanting to step up to another level of horse.”

He is not alone in that opinion. “I always go to Scottsdale with hopes of the market being good and setting the tone for the year,” says Rob Bick, of RBC Show Horses in Smithfield, N.C. “This year, I think it was pretty good—there were a lot of shoppers and some buyers. Last year, there were a few shoppers and no buyers, and last summer, it seemed pretty dry. But this spring, it seems a lot better.”

“We are having a very, very good spring,” agrees Gary Dearth, of Pine Ridge Arabians, in Corrales, N.M., but he adds a caveat that is echoed by many others. “What we’re selling are trained, finished show horses in the prime of their career. It’s not across the board; it’s the very best show horses and people are willing to pay for them.” Through the last few years, navigating the difficulties of the shifting financial picture, many horsemen have taken a long, hard look at how they sell horses and what is important in securing new faces for the Arabian community. “I think there is a market out there, and there are new people that are interested,” says Larry Jerome, of Jerland Farms, in Barron, Wis. “But one needs to be cautious when selling a horse to a new client. You have to listen to what they want and what they can afford, and don’t get them in over their head so that it turns into a bad experience. Most people buy a horse because they want to ride. Let the other things grow from there.” Again and again, we heard the advice: treat clients and especially new people well, be fair and open and

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REACH honest, leave room for everyone to make a profit—lay the foundations for a stronger industry. And at this point in time, when many people have suspended breeding, we found several breeders and trainers in the performance ranks, despite little expectation of a quick financial return, putting their money where their mouths are. They’re breeding horses for the future. “I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years there isn’t a shortage of horses again,” says Vicki Humphrey, of Vicki Humphrey Training Center, in Canton, Ga. “I’m breeding horses right now because I think that by the time that they’re 4 years old, things will be ready to roll.” At Smoky Mountain Park Arabians in Lenoir City, Tenn., trainer Mike Miller confirms that owners Jacque and Rodney Thompson are breeding for the future, focusing on the English pleasure division. They are envisioning having a strong inventory ready as the market recovers. “We’re doing a little more breeding on our own,” nods Larry Hoffman, “because most of us who look at this industry 24/7 realize that with breeding down, there will be a shortage of available animals here in a couple of years. I think the smart people will be very selective about what they breed, but could come out real well in three to five years.” The speed and strength of the recovery is still a question mark, but for horsemen, a few trends are emerging: people have become more comfortable with spending their disposable income (“which is basically what this is,” one notes). And as the average age of performance horses increases—the case in the all-important amateur sector— replacement horses have to be purchased. Photographer Stuart Vesty travels the world recording images of Arabians and observes the markets on a global level. Abroad, that generally means he is photographing halter horses, but at home he breeds primarily English horses, so his involvement is comprehensive. Maybe, 102 | A R A BI A n HoR SE T I MES

he says, there is a silver lining in the past few years of difficulty. With the dollar having to go farther, some breeders are being more careful about their breeding decisions. “You geld stallions who aren’t suitable for breeding,” he points out, “but just because a mare has a uterus does not mean you have to breed her; that should never be the case.” If that is the message of the economic downturn, it will be beneficial to all. To start the ball rolling, we offered our participants their choice of five questions: What have you found to be your best markets for selling horses, and why? When you are selling a potential superstar, what do you do to make sure you get the best sale possible, and can you offer tips to others? Do futurities and prize money play a role in the way you sell horses? Do lesson programs play a role in the way you sell horses, and if so, how? In your marketing, how important is a horse’s pedigree? Many of them, while focusing on one question, also provided background on others, because successful marketing is not really a simple process. Be real, we said. Tell us what works for you.

BoB Battaglia Battaglia Farms • Scottsdale, Ariz. The best marketing happens by word of mouth and repeat buyers. I don’t know that there is a way to get “word of mouth” out. It just happens—people watch your horses perform in the ring and out (the warmup pen), the way your riders perform, the way you treat your riders and customers and how friendly you are. Those are things you have to be careful about. Someone is always watching. When I want to sell a horse, first of all I put it on the website. I get a good, professional video made and

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pictures taken, and put together all of the information (the horse’s pedigree, show record, etc.), and have it all ready in a folder if somebody asks about the horse.

At a horse show, I have a sales book (and it says right on it, “Sales Book”) that we put out so that people who walk by can thumb through it without feeling intimidated. There is also a picture frame that continually changes pictures of all the sales horses. People can see if there is anything there they’re interested in, and if there is, then they’ll stop and talk to me. What I’ve observed is that a lot of new people are intimidated by the bigger barns and trainers and breeders. They may be interested in something, but to a point, they want to figure it out themselves. What I’ve seen happen numerous times is that one person won’t buy, but they’ll tell a friend and the friend does. I’ve had lots of calls, especially for the kids’ and equitation horses. It’s amazing—the kids that are interested know the horses inside and out, and they’ll ask if a particular horse is for sale or if I have something that fits in their wish book. I give them a little information and then ask them to have their parents call me. People know the horses that I have in the ring; they’re always trained, and the riders are schooled so that when they go in the ring they are always very competitive. That’s where word-of-mouth comes in. Just make people aware of what’s out there. You can’t sell something if no one knows it is for sale. You must advertise.

Rob bick and caRalyn SchRoteR Rbc Show horses Smithfield, n.c. Rob Bick. We’ve found that people don’t want to buy a horse unless it is in the show ring or looks like it is ready to

go in the ring right now, so we get the horses to the show ring. We sold two at Scottsdale this year and six more right when we got home to contacts that I made at the show. They were horses that were far enough along that there was no guesswork left; that’s where the best prices stack up. It also helps to take sale horses to a show a distance away so that they are new thing to the people in that area. That way, it’s not like, “Oh, we see him every weekend, we know who he is, we don’t want him.” Also, if people saw a horse have one bad class somewhere at a local show, they have it stamped in their head that that horse does that in every class, when that’s not the case. For example, if we have a kid’s horse who’s been doing okay, and the kid ages out and needs to sell the horse, we probably aren’t going to sell that horse in the same region that the kid showed it in every year. Everyone has seen it; it’s old to them and not exciting. For the high dollar ones, winning a good show is the best way to get a good price. I took DA Valentino to a show, he was a big hit, he won a regional, and then we got 20 phone calls. You sell a horse like that for a lot of money, but until he goes to a show these days, you can have a hard time selling him.

david boggS Midwest • Rogers, Minn. The first task you do to begin marketing your Arabian is to get an accurate and fair assessment of the value of the horse. When we market horses for our clients at Midwest, we discuss not only their goals, but what the fair market value is before we begin the sales process. This protocol is because getting the best sale is not about getting the highest price. Breeders and owners/sellers have to be reasonable when Volume 42, No. 11 | 103


REACH marketing and leave room for a youngster to appreciate in value, and for the person who buys him to have a chance for his/her return on investment. At Midwest, we have seen some of the best purchases/sales of horses sell two and three times. Think of it this way: you’ve speculated and bought a good quality colt for $30,000 or $40,000, and eight months later he turns into a Scottsdale contender and his value doubles. The person who purchased him from you still has a chance to sell his investment, because at the $80,000 range, his buyer will have room to grow if that colt does indeed go on and do well. And as a young stallion, the horse can continue to appreciate in value.

clinics where we showcase the show riders. That makes it easy for people to see their old lesson mates going on to the show ring. Seeing these older girls being successful lets the newer, younger ones see that it is feasible for them to do too. We also do two fun shows a year at the barn, and showing there is the first step for them before stepping up to the show horse level.

The key is that you have to know the market, know what range your horse should be in. When sellers price horses out of their range, those horses simply don’t move.

Another helpful way to let them feel the excitement of showing is that in the step up program, we have horses that are more like show horses—many of them are our retired show horses—so the students get to feel what it’s like to ride a “hotter” horse, more like what they would be showing. And I encourage all of them to come to Youth Nationals, whether or not they are ready to show. That show has such a different feel; just being there and seeing the great horses and kids motivates them to ride harder and take the next step.

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Cedar Ridge Arabians • Jordan, Minn. Leah Beth Boyd, Trainer. We have a large lesson program—on average, about 50 lessons a week—which is becoming an effective way to sell horses from our breeding program. The kids start riding, and once they get older and more experienced, we have what we call a “step up program.” In that, they start taking a couple of their lessons a month with a show trainer (John Golladay or me). When they’re ready to buy a horse, we first check what we have and if we have something that fits the bill, then that helps to sell it. If we don’t, then we search for an appropriate horse elsewhere, but either way, it helps the industry. In the past two years, we’ve sold eight to 10 horses to students in the program.

Conway Arabians • Chatfield, Minn. Peter Conway. I think there are two different kinds of marketing that we do in Arabian horses. One is marketing within the Arabian horse community, and the other is to market to people that have never been exposed to Arabian horses before. Lori is particularly good at that. That’s a personal kind of connection, where you steer conversations in the direction of Arabian horses, and you talk about them enthusiastically; you get people interested and invite them out. This happens not infrequently with us—someone she has met or talked to in some other venue becomes interested in Arabians and comes to spend time at the farm. And it is not infrequent that they will decide to become involved. Because we’re a full-service facility, we can teach them how to interact with Arabians (how to raise them, ride them, compete with them, etc.).

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The latest example was when Lori blew out her knee and was incapacitated for a period of time. She was talking to her surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, and the next thing you know, his whole family is now into Arabian horses. It began just from conversations. So, I urge people, to whatever extent they can, to get their acquaintances excited and interested in horses. Invite them out. Try to get them involved. It works.

Julie Daniel-aDams Daniel Training Center • Riverton, Utah Because my business is geared toward youth and amateur competitors, I have found success in that market. I develop youth and amateur exhibitors and take pride in my ability to match the right horse to the right youth/ amateur rider. The “superstar” is typically marketed differently than other quality individuals. Although we all use social and digital media to promote our sale horses and it does play a huge role, I believe that that is only one tool in the tool box. Another important tool (if not the most important) is open communication with other trainers in our industry. The top trainers support one another, and because of that we are able to market “superstars” to each others’ clients. Futurity and prize money would be attractive to a potential buyer when considering quality junior horses, and obviously it would make it easier to market that individual. Unfortunately, top junior horse talent doesn’t come along every day. I don’t believe prize money plays a role any longer when a potential buyer is considering a horse. There was a time when you wouldn’t consider a non-sweepstakes nominated horse. That is no longer true. My expertise is in performance horses and it has become exceedingly more apparent that good breeding yields not only good conformation but athletic ability as well.

The leading sires are producing both halter champions and performance champions. It goes hand in hand.

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Pine Ridge arabians • Corrales, N.M. I’m not sure it’s so much that we bring our markets in as that we go out to them. But that’s the way it always has been for us, given our location. That’s what horse shows are all about. We breed horses, raise them, train and show them so that we can sell those individuals and others like them. This market is extremely tight and competitive; you have to have competitive show horses. It’s more difficult now to market really good quality performance horses—for us, primarily English and western pleasure horses. That market has always been driven by quality and success; there are very few “smoke and mirrors.” A horse either can do it or it can’t. (The top end will always market, but that hasn’t changed over the 40 years that my family has been doing this.) In this market, I don’t think that untrained prospects are selling well at all, but that’s not all that different than it’s ever been. We’ve never been successful at selling a yearling prospect, nor have we really tried very hard because the difference in value between a yearling and a 5-year-old is enormous. It is better for us to raise them to training age. The western babies start at 3 and the

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One of the things that had helped us a great deal was that with the horses we owned that we were confident would be successful, we could show them and win enough Sweepstakes money to defray the cost of showing them. When that program was changed dramatically, that just stopped; the pay-by-point system now doesn’t pay very well. That has made it significantly more expensive to carry horses for a few years. It’s too cost prohibitive.

Roxann Ha HaRt Rohara • Orange Lake, Fla. In the business since the 1960s, Roxann Hart has sold numerous horses at the top end of the market, (QR Marc’s transaction when he was a 2-year-old was one of the highest ever recorded in the industry), and she is a veteran of the major syndications of the 1970s and 1980s. She has exported foundation breeding stock around the globe to 18 countries. If I truly believe that a horse is a superstar, I never advertise it for sale. I choose my venues very carefully, because if you can get great photos, the horse speaks for itself. A key to marketing anywhere is photography; if you aren’t totally satisfied from every angle of a picture that you’re going to use, you need to go back and do it again. One method that I have found effective is that I call an appropriate person, tell them that I have a superstar, and invite them to come and see the horse. However, I hardly ever do that, so that if I do, they know it’s real. You can’t appear to be anxious. You have to paint a picture of something that is rare, collectable. There 106 | A r A BI A n HOr SE T I mES

should be a strategy of how you wish to portray this individual. You have to show that it is elite—not good, not great, but elite. The other thing too is that if your horse truly is elite, you need to be sure that you’re putting it in someone’s hands that will bring it forward. You want to sell or entrust it to someone who is going to help that horse become everything it can be.

LaRRy HOFFman Hesten Park arabians • Hastings, minn. In this day and age, our main goal is training amateur-quality national level horses, and that is where we gear our marketing. I think the internet has been a godsend to all of us. YouTube® gives us instant access to videos on horses, which is probably one of the best things that has ever happened to marketing horses in general. We’ve definitely restructured our pricing, but we’ve also had some animals who’ve restructured up. Because they were such quality individuals and had really no major holes, people were willing to take the gamble and pay for the sure thing. But I think the key in the market now is to present an honest animal at a fair price (maybe it has issues, but you’re open about them). When someone looks at a horse we’ve got that we’ve shown for years and taken to national titles, we’ll give them the instruction book with that horse and we’re available on the phone for questions. There’s no reason not to do that. The more upfront we can be with our buyers, the better they’ll feel about what they’re buying. We all know there’s no animal out there that is the perfect horse. Our goal is to make that information available to our buyers, so they feel comfortable that “this is what I need to do to maintain this horse at the level he’s been going.” That’s what makes people feel comfortable about purchasing high-end horses and going on with them.

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The best advertising anyone can have is word-of-mouth if you have satisfied buyers out there. That’s what makes people feel positive about the industry and that’s how you have return clients.

Vicki HumpHrey Vicki Humphrey Training Center • Canton, Ga. It seems that most of the horses we’ve sold in the past few years have been 4-year-olds, in full bridle, ready to show— prospects, maybe shown once or maybe they’ve been in a futurity—for amateurs who want to get on them and go, but they want them to be new horses. When people bring us 4-year-olds to sell that aren’t in that position, even though they may be a little more mature, they’re behind the eight ball and much harder to market. I think the market is in transition now. It’s very hard to sell the middle-level horses. Many people just put them in online auctions and the Addis sales to get what they can for them. Those sales are good for the person who wants to sell a horse and doesn’t know what to do with it, and for the buyer who is getting a $25,000 horse for considerably less. But they’re not great for those who are trying to continue to breed and support the industry, or those who are trying to sell a horse for a reasonable price, because you can’t breed, raise and train a $25,000 horse and make a profit. (If that sounds like a complaint, let me clarify that I’m not complaining about the fact that those sales exist. They are providing a service and if it wasn’t needed, they wouldn’t be used.) A couple of years from now, I’m sure it will all change. Right now, the balance of supply and demand is off, but eventually there won’t be any more “give-away” horses. This is very similar to what happened in the 1980s after the tax laws changed. When the time came that you couldn’t find a great show horse, people started breeding again and prices went back up.

kim JarVis

C. Jarvis Insurance Agency Inc. • Solon, Ohio Professionally as an equine insurance agency, I have found that intelligent horsemen, breeders, and owners have always been the best market for selling horses and promoting the Arabian breed. By this I mean one has to be savvy and business oriented enough to recognize the quality, division, and potential of their horses and price them accordingly. Honestly representing the horse and yourself goes a long way to ensuring many more sales. When one does this, room is allowed for the new owner to have the potential to make money, and/or have success in the show ring or breeding shed. By utilizing such tools as online auctions, advertisements, and specialized training/ breeding programs, you can extend your marketplace infinitely. As a result, our office has had the luxury of seeing a lot of horses change hands to the benefit of all involved, both domestic and internationally. As a buyer and seller of Arabian horses myself, every horse that has been put on my sales list and even some that weren’t for sale have been sold and have gone on to be happy and successful with their new owners. There were many occasions I could have held out for the biggest and best sale, but I find it gratifying to see the buyers enjoy the successes of their new endeavor, whether it be monetarily, recognition in the show ring, or a simple smile on their face.

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Jerland Farms • Barron, Wis. I’m a firm believer that you need to rely on your own ability to market horses, and not on others to do the job for you. It’s fine to expect trainers to assist you, but remember that they have multiple clients and multiple horses to help. If you are going to bring a horse into the world, you have an obligation as a breeder to find the best home for it so that it’s a rewarding experience for you, the horse and buyer.

Don Manuel Farms • Elkton, Fla. Peter Kessler. At Don Manuel, we get a lot of inquiries directly because of a combination of things, such as we’ve already marketed somewhere, so our name is known, or someone has seen a photo on our website. Even our Facebook™ page has been an indirect tool; people might see a horse there and mention it to a professional who becomes an inf luential party in a sale. Networking is important.

I believe the world is your market; there are opportunities for different horses in different parts of the world, but you have to be real in evaluating your horses. For example, if you are focusing on producing English horses, you’ll probably not be looking to sell horses to Europe and the Middle East. I view what I do as global, and whether the horse goes to Australia, Brazil or Minnesota depends on what the horse is and does best. When you price a horse, price it where the buyer feels comfortable buying the horse, make sure that you’re comfortable selling it at that price, and price it so that if they are able to double their money on the horse, that’s okay. If you price it so that there is no option to make money on it, you shoot yourself in the foot, because we all know that only a certain percentage of these babies are going to be superstars. Try to keep it a positive experience for the new buyer. As a person who came up through the ranks and didn’t have much, I think that people have to feel successful, and if they don’t, they quit. You have to feel that you have a chance.


We also work with agents such as Sandro Pinha, who has done a very good job for us; I know that I can’t do as good a job as a good marketing agent can. His opinion is going to carry a lot more weight, and that’s worth the commission you pay. An agent you’ve worked with also will get to know your quality and standards, and then when you have a promising horse, they’re in a position to communicate with potential buyers. However, when I call an agent like Sandro, I know that what I’m selling has to be spectacular; he isn’t going to get behind anything but the top Arabians. Has it worked? Our top sellers over the past few years have been RHR Marcedes, a Scottsdale and Canadian national champion, who went to Salim Mattar in Brazil; DM Valencia, who won the auction class for Dan and Maureen Grossman; and DM Versacianna, who went to Mystica in Australia.

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Furioso Farm • Murrieta, Calif. In recent years, giving halter lessons has really helped me sell horses. I’ve given seminars in Europe and Israel, and they have helped my sales because they put me in contact with different groups of people than I’ve known before.

Stonehedge Farm llC • Metamora, Mich. Alicia Pace. Pedigree is very important. Some breeders are quite specific about breeding only within certain bloodlines—straight Egyptian breeders, for example, or those who breed only pure Polish. A few people can be pretty dogmatic, but often that’s because they are familiar with the older bloodlines and know what combinations of pedigrees are most likely to give them what they want.

I travel to different parts of the world as a consultant, not just on breeding, bloodstock and young horses, but on halter showing for amateurs, halter trainers in other countries, and farm staff (when a farm’s staff learns how to start a horse correctly, they can later send them out to trainers better prepared). I teach people by explaining why the horse reacts, why he raises up, why he looks at the handler, why he backs off scared, and how to make him come toward them. If they know what they are looking to the horse to do, then they are on their way to learning how to stand up a halter horse. That doesn’t mean that you’re teaching them how to be a halter trainer; you’re teaching them what to look for, choreographing them with certain movements so that if a horse is trained, he’ll respond to those cues. Also, people need to make sure that whoever is training their horse is a legitimate and talented trainer. It is the owner’s responsibility to understand that this trainer is doing his job. By taking my seminars, they know instantly when they watch a halter class who’s got the horse trained and if the horse is responding. I’ve found that the people who are hands-on, who actually touch the horses—they don’t just watch them and clap for them—are the ones who stay motivated and are willing to spend money.

Pedigree is an important marketing tool because it’s the thing that first attracts people, what piques their interest. But as responsible breeders, we have to look at the stallion and look at the mare. Is combining these two individuals, the horses standing in front of us, going to produce what we’re after? Making choices based on pedigree alone in the hopes that something in the ancestry will overcome anything lacking in the horses themselves is a recipe for disaster. Sometimes people breed for the wrong reasons. This stallion may be a son of the latest show ring superstar, but we should breed to him only if the horse backs up the pedigree. We can look at genotype all day, but if the phenotype doesn’t back it up, the outcome isn’t going to be what we hoped for. Pedigree is a good, sound, safe place to start, but when all is said and

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REACH done, we want to breed a beautiful horse with a good work ethic, correct conformation, athletic talent and a pleasant, willing disposition.

Tim and marTy Shea Shea Stables • St. Clair, Mich. Marty Shea. Afire Bey V has been the key for us. He has been our ticket to marketing horses more easily than most. His owners, David and Gail Liniger, are able to advertise on him—and, really, his offspring and their successes are the best attraction. Right now, we’ve found that very few people in the industry are breeding, at least in the performance divisions. A few years ago, we were booking 120 to 130 outside mares a year, new paying customers, to Afire Bey V, and while he is still breeding, it is not on that scale now. With the Linigers’ mares and our own, though, we are breeding as much as we ever have. If we don’t, we’ll have no product, so we’re working on the expectation that the market will come back. And when it comes back, we’ll have a full inventory. We think the supply is going to diminish enough that the breeder who has good horses is going to be ahead of the game. For our promotion, the internet has been great for us, with our website. We do three or four major mailings a year, flyers with a “Hi, friends, come and visit, come and ride” letter attached. Now we’re doing Facebook™ and that seems to draw interest. (I don’t know that it really sells horses, but people have fun with it, especially if you put baby pictures on.) Tim and I usually show a yearling every year at the Buckeye in the AEPA halter class, but that’s it for our showing. We focus on going to the Nationals, Scottsdale and the Buckeye and spending time talking to people. We keep our name out there. 110 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I mES

JiM and Peter StaChowSki Stachowski Farm inc. • Mantua, ohio Jim Stachowski. Before you can sell a superstar, you have to breed one. We put in a lot of thought and observation, and carefully study pedigrees, before selecting the right mare and breeding her to her perfect match in a stallion. Too many people breed their mare and wonder why they can’t sell the foal. We make recommendations and guide our clients and future clients on how to properly breed a mare to her best advantage so that she produces the best possible foal. That’s why we bring out young superstars every year. Once you’ve bred a star, the horse will sell itself.

Mary trowbridge trowbridges Ltd. • bridgewater, Conn. Our best market is the one we build from the bottom up. For the past 18 years we’ve been focusing on bringing new people into the industry through outreach programs in the farm, advertising in the area, and most recently and notably, our lesson program. On the one hand, it might seem like it takes extra effort, but on the other, the easiest sale you’ll have to make is the one where you’re dealing with people who have a refreshingly new appreciation for the Arabian horse and everything that goes with it. Every year, we host at least one open house at the farm where we don’t advertise to the horse public. We advertise to the area people, so that we’re sure that while we’re getting horse people in, we’re also getting people who are close by and who are interested and exploring a new venue.

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This approach also allows us to sell middle level horses. We can move all levels of horses. Actually, the most difficult horse for us to find is a reasonably priced, very well trained horse who is suitable for a beginning rider—not a novice, but not an absolute beginner—who will move up. These are usually the older show horses. We have turned several of the horses who were part of our show string five or 10 years ago into semi-retired school masters for the people coming in. There’s a great foundation there for us as lesson-givers and trainers. Once we get people into those horses, it’s fairly common for them to say, “I love the process of this. Let’s get a young one to bring on.”

maybe a little shocking—something that people will talk about, to make people grab the magazine and say, “Did you see?” You have to educate people to look at it more than once. Make them feel they need to do something quickly or it will be gone. n

Stuart VeSty Stuart Vesty Photography • Aurora, Ohio Regardless of what kind of horse—halter or performance—you’re trying to market, you need to present it as if it is the next best thing, and that requires thought, proper training and conditioning, and quality photographs. And if possible, a short video that interests potential buyers enough that they want to hop on a plane and come see your horse. In other words, you have to go about it with a red carpet feel. There are a lot of nice horses out there, and you have to make yours special. Being a photographer, I see a lot of good horses. I hate the phrase “a picture says 1,000 words,” but I do believe that a bad picture says a lot more. That never helps you. A good picture has to have a little sex appeal and a little intrigue, and if it is in a magazine, it has to make a reader stop to find out more. When they f lip by you, you’re done. Good design helps too. (I don’t do ad design, but there are plenty of talented designers out there.) The ad has to be simple and intriguing, and

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Afire Goddess+// Toi Bask O H

(Toskabi x Tosk Bey) 2005 Arabian Bay Gelding Scottsdale Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse Scottsdale Top Ten Show Hack Open Countless Regional titles in Country Pleasure Open, Country Pleasure AAOTR/JTR and Show Hack Gorgeous, upright, elegant gelding.

(In The Lineafire+/ x Philyra) 1999 Arabian Bay Mare 2011 Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure ATR 2011 Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD 2011 Canadian National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Driving Open Canadian National Champion Pleasure Driving Countless other National titles Exciting, versatile and fun mare.

JKF Noble Intentions

(MHR Nobility x El Milagro’s California Capers) 2001 Half-Arabian Chestnut Gelding U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian Country Pleasure Open U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR Scottsdale Top Ten Half-Arabian Country Pleasure Open Scottsdale Top Ten Half-Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR Phenomenal attitude, stand-out looks, exceptionally dynamic.

Elegant Expression+/

EVG Julieus

(Saladins Allon+ x Bey Julie Anne) 2003 Arabian Bay Gelding 2012 Scottsdale 1st Place Hunter Pleasure Open 2012 Scottsdale Top Ten Hunter Pleasure Open Canadian National Top Ten Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Regional Champion Hunter Pleasure JTR Countless other Regional titles in Hunter Pleasure Open and Amateur Beautiful, elegant, athletic gelding. Excellent attitude and a pleasure to work with and ride.

(Afire Bey V x Express Yourself+//) 2000 Half-Arabian Bay Mare National Champion English Pleasure AAOTR National Top Ten English Pleasure Junior Horse Scottsdale Champion Country Pleasure AAOTR National Top Ten Country Pleasure Open Once in a lifetime kind of horse! A true SUPER STAR!

Lord Of The Ring+++//

(Fabricius x Philyra) 2002 Half-Arabian Chestnut Gelding 2010 Canadian National Champion Sport Horse Gelding In-Hand 2010 U.S. National Top Ten Hunter Pleasure 18-39 2010 Canadian National Top Ten Hunter Pleasure AAOTR & AATR 2009 Canadian National Reserve Champion Dressage Open & ATR Countless other National titles in Hunter Pleasure and Sport Horse.

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Following in their

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parents’ footsteps as trainers. It is well

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runs in the family. When trainer Bob Boggs was a child, he noticed that his friends were not always keen about gathering at his house, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why: a visit to the Boggs farm included working in the barn. Fast forward one generation, and Bob’s wife, Janene, realized that their son Austin faced the same situation. However, as history repeated itself, at least it stuck to the facts—neither Bob nor Austin Boggs lost any friends or their love for horses. Like his father, Austin chose to pursue a career in Arabians, and he too began as a trainer.

Bob Boggs won his first national championship in 1980 (his first reserve had come in 1979) and his first top halter award in 1983, when he showed Arn-Ett Perlane to the title of U.S. National Champion Stallion. More would follow, an astounding collection as the years went on.

In 2006, Austin, who already had collected reserves and top tens, scored his first national victory when he led O O Ive Been Spotted to the Youth National In-Hand Stock/Hunter Type Gelding 17 and Under Championship. To date, he has accounted for seven national championships, six national reserve championships, and an array of top tens. Horses, Arabians in particular, have always been a passion, says Austin, who began showing when he was 10 and is now 19. “I didn’t think right away that I wanted to train horses, but showing was something that I enjoyed a lot,” he recalls. “I decided that I really wanted to be a trainer when I was 16. I was coming up on 18, and had to decide if I was going to train or be an amateur and go to school.” It was his decision to make, he notes. “My parents always kept a positive attitude about anything I

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Following Their FooTsTeps … BoB & Austin Boggs wanted to try,” he says. “If it was with horses, they were happy, but if it wasn’t, they were still happy.” The time was right. His father, who had become well known for the family’s breeding program and was in demand as a judge, was ready to cut back on training and showing. “He was always more interested in the breeding anyway,” Austin notes. “It was an opportunity for me to start showing more and work my way into it.” That he was suited for the career seemed apparent. As early as 2005, at the age of 12, he had turned heads when he showed open for the first time. Everyone still smiles over DR Gilty Pleasures, the ultimate “family horse.” At Scottsdale that year, Bob Boggs was unable to show the Half-Arabian mare Austin known around the barn as with Dotty. Austin showed her to Amenety unanimous wins in her Mares 4 & Over JTH and the Halfin 2001. Arabian Fillies and Mares JTH Championship, while Janene accompanied her to unanimous titles in the adult amateur ranks. But—open? Janene recalls a barrage of Bob and “Can I show her, Dad? Huh? Arn-Ett Can I show her, please?” She Perlane in and Bob owned the mare, and at the end of the day, they 1987. figured, their horses were about having fun. So, yes, Austin could show her.

shoulder. It was pretty exciting.” With Austin, DR Gilty Pleasures nailed down the title in her Stock/Hunter Type Mares 4 & Over, a class of 18 entries that featured not only some of the breed’s top halter showmen, but five national champions as well. Then it was on to a unanimous championship in Half-Arabian Senior Mares, and finally, the 4-year-old mare and her 12-year-old handler were reserve in the Scottsdale Half-Arabian Supreme Championship. At 18, Austin closed out his amateur years with the APAHA Junior Halter Handler of the Year Award, which was announced in February 2011, just as he began his first year as a professional. What is so alluring about what is, basically, a 24/7 job that can be unforgiving and pressure-filled? Some

“That was the first big ‘wow’ moment,” she recalls. “He barely came up to Dotty’s

Austin with DR Gilty Pleasures at the 2006 Youth Nationals.

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Following Their FooTsTeps … BoB & Austin Boggs of it, he says, is that pressure—the sheer “you have to perform” aspect of the job. But it is not just the short periods in the show ring that draw him; it is the broad picture which has to come together. “For instance, the 5-year-old stallions last year, the first year I was a professional,” he says. “I’m showing in the open stallions at Scottsdale with a potential contender [WH York]. We’d purchased him [as a yearling] and resold him, and people had forgotten about him. He was kind of coming from nowhere; we were bringing him back out and it was going to be his time to shine. And it really was. He was unanimous second in the class.”

Bob and Austin at the 2004 Ohio Buckeye Show.

And at this point, he knows how the competitive pressure works. “On the morning of the classes, I’m not so much nervous as focused on what I have to do to make the horse look the best. It’s not up to us anymore; it’s those

three or five people in center ring. I’ve just got to go and give them everything I’ve got and show them that I have the best horse on that day.” It is natural to assume that an already-well-known name like “Boggs” would pave his way, but in reality, he says, it has not made the process easier. For one thing, there is the natural expectation that he will do well no matter what, but that, he notes, is old news; it was the same when he was in amateur. He has learned to regard it all as one more motivation, not the least because his achievements ref lect on his father. “There is always the thought that I have to be able to do it because he should have been able to teach me,” Austin says, and shrugs. “I try not to think about it much. You can only do what you’re able to do, and my parents told me that from the start. “My sister doesn’t feel it,” he adds thoughtfully, “maybe because she shows in performance. But I started off showing halter, which is what my dad and uncle have based their businesses on. My personal thoughts were that those were huge shoes to fill— what they’ve been able to accomplish in their careers.”

Bob and PR Morisa at the 1984 U.S. National Championships.

The Boggs Family: Olivia Bob, Janene and Austin.

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Austin at age 5.

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Following Their FooTsTeps … BoB & Austin Boggs So, at this stage of his developing career, how much input does his father have? “My dad has taught me,” Austin says, “but I’ve also been privileged to learn from other trainers and many people that we’ve showed horses for. As far as the business and trying to be a business person, I’ve learned pretty much all of it from my parents—the breeding, the pedigrees, everything.” Asked if he still gives his son advice, Bob Boggs laughs. “Do any 19-year-olds go to their father for advice? Maybe it’s the other way around; maybe we go to him for advice. But, seriously, yes. Sometimes. He doesn’t know it all, but he tries hard. That’s a little bit of our character, to be diligent about what we’re doing and seek help when we need it to get through.” This year, when Austin went to the Scottsdale Show, he carried a significant amount of responsibility. Bob wasn’t able to be there early in the week, so it was up to Austin to see that the barn met its own high standards. As the show unfolded, so too did memories that will last a lifetime. “We’d brought down a 2-year-old gelding named TKS Oh My Gatti, by KM Bugatti,” he says. “Everything that has gone on with him has pretty much been

because of me. The people that owned him called me, I went out to see him, and I showed him the first time, when we got him qualified. I brought him home, conditioned him myself and trained him. And he was champion in the Scottsdale Signature Stallion 2-Year-Old Gelding Championship. That was amateur-to-handle, so I didn’t show him, but he won almost $11,000 for the people. He was a product of what I was able to do in the past year—in one year, take a yearling gelding from the pasture to winning Scottsdale his 2-year-old year. It was a lot of fun.” At U.S. Nationals eight months later, he led TKS Oh My Gatti to a top ten in the Yearling Geldings class. With his record growing each year, he now faces an annual schedule that takes no prisoners: Scottsdale, the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas, the Egyptian Event, and an array of regional shows in addition to the Canadian and U.S. Nationals. And, when appropriate, international events. For his parents, the fact that Austin has seen the real side of the business is critical. “There is a lot more that goes into this business, as everybody knows, than just showing a horse and being in a spotlight,” says

Bob with LH Garcia.

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Janene, Austin and Bob Boggs.

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Following Their FooTsTeps … BoB & Austin Boggs Janene Boggs. “Some days you’re very excited about it, and some days you go, ‘Well, are you sure you want to do this?’ At least growing up on a farm has allowed him to see different aspects of this business, what else goes into it. He’s not scared of hard work (if you are, this is not the place for you). And he knows, as Bob always said, if you’re scared to do something, you won’t get anyone else to do it either. So if you ask somebody to do something for you, you’d better know exactly how to do it, have done it yourself, and be prepared to do it again. There are long days, but there are rewards that go with it.” “I think along the same lines as my parents,” Austin says of his approach. “So far, they’ve been successful. For me to look at it and say ‘I don’t think that would work’ would be kind of foolish.” Bob smiles when he recalls the world in which he made his name. In 1984, when he led LH Garcia to the U.S. National Championship for Futurity Colts and PR Morisa to the title in Futurity Fillies, he was facing

classes of 80 entries—and both of his winners represented “small” owners who had bred their champions. Today’s smaller industry now allows less time and opportunity for a young trainer to develop his skills. “This is a difficult business,” he observes. “You have to be a horseman and develop your horse sense; you have to do more than just train. You have to breed horses, sell horses, you have to learn how to judge and evaluate horses—you need to know the horses inside and out. It’s the breeding end that supports the training. There is no other way to say that. Our good broodmares took care of our father and mother before us, and we’ve done a lot training horses, but the breeding end for us is the foundation. And that’s where Austin’s foundation will be. “There’s nothing like watching your child succeed, that’s for sure,” he adds, “especially when they work hard to get what they are after. That’s the best thing we can teach our kids—not necessarily success or defeat, but how to compete and play the game.” n

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Leaders Of The Times: April Calendar Feature

Bey Ambition by Christa Beeler


(am-bish-uhn), noun. An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame and the willingness to strive for its attainment Shirley and Murray Popplewell, of Rae-Dawn Arabians in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Scottsdale, Ariz., did not start out with the ambition to achieve great things in Arabian horses; they just wanted a few pleasure horses to ride. But after seeing an Arabian show horse, they were struck by the beauty and presence of the breed and quickly had six horses to feed. Many of them were mares that they bred to top Arabian stallions, thinking that they would sell for big bucks. That didn’t happen right 130 | A R A BI A n HoR Se T I MeS

away, but by continually refining their breeding program, choosing mares of *Bask heritage, and using only the top Arabian stallions in the country, success came. In 2007, many Rae-Dawn horses were winning big titles in the show ring. However, they still were not standing a stallion of their own. A trip to the 2008 Las Vegas World Cup Show changed that. The farm’s trainer, Claudinei Machado of Brazil, pointed out a young stallion named Bey Ambition, who was making his debut at the show. A son of Regal Actor JP and the Bey Shah mare Bey Shahs Lady, the alluring bay was named World Cup Junior Champion Stallion in his age group and Top Five in the Junior Stallion Supreme Championship. The Popplewells bought him

Bey AmBition

from owner/breeder Lucy Whittier and took him home to Canada. Four months later in Regina, he added the titles of Canadian National Reserve Champion 2-YearOld Colt. Bey Ambition had the quality—and record—to back up his growing reputation, and the story had just begun. In 2009, in the hands of Machado, he won the title of U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt.

came the Canadian Nationals, where Bey Ambition was crowned National Champion Stallion and a host of RaeDawn’s other horses scored top honors as well. “In 2011, I had some of the best performances of my career,” recalls Claudinei Machado. “We achieved three Canadian National Championships, two Canadian National Reserve Championships and one top ten.”

After that satisfying show season, the Popplewells evaluated the foals that had been born in Bey Ambition’s second crop. This Having announced himself time, the most promising crosses to the world, Bey Ambition appeared to be to daughters of took the 2010 season off to Magnum Chall HVP, Concensus, mature a bit and focus on his Magic Dream CAHR, Falcon BHF, breeding career. “We made a Ecaho, Utrillo NY and El Nabila B. plan to cross Ambition with From this group came RD Texcello mares who had the finest Bey (x Enchanteress, by Utrillo pedigrees we could find over NY), who took top ten honors in the next four years,” says his 2012 Scottsdale International Murray Popplewell. “We Arabian Yearling Colts class and wanted to see what crosses Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady). SSS Arabian Yearling Colts AHT; worked best with him and and RD Bravatti (x RD Fabreanna, then continue to breed along by Falcon BHF), who won the Scottsdale Yearling Colts those lines.” AOTH Champion honors with Shirley Popplewell. From the stallion’s initial foal crop, born in 2010, it “Bey Ambition has taken our farm to the level that it’s at emerged that the most notable individuals were from today,” says Murray. “It’s to his breeder that we are thankful, daughters of Falcon BHF, Padrons Psyche, Baywatch that she had the foresight to put two great horses together. V, LF Fifth Avenue and Marwan Al Shaqab. Many We found him as a 2-year-old, showed him, bred him, sold came to the show ring in 2011, the year that their sire his babies to some very prominent people that had success, returned to competition. and from there it’s been a wild and exciting ride.” Bey Ambition opened the year at Scottsdale, taking And, it appears, the fun will continue into the future, the title of Champion 5-Year-Old Stallion, and just as as the farm is anxiously awaiting this year’s foals, whose significantly, the show welcomed his offspring. RD lineage will reflect Hafati Express, Versace, Padrons Habanero (x NW Siena Psyche, by Padrons Psyche) Psyche, Legacy of Fame, DS Major Afire and Marwan Al started things off by winning the Scottsdale Championship Shaqab. “As you can see, we have carried through with our for Junior Colts AAOTH and his preliminary, both four year plan and bred Ambition to many mares from a unanimously. RD Dynamo (x TF Falconsimprint, by variety of the very best bloodlines,” Murray says. Falcon BHF) was top ten in his Yearling Colt class, and RD Alotta Ambition (x HL Infactuation, by LF Fifth Shirley Popplewell, who is responsible for the breeding Avenue) was named Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction and foaling operations at the farm, offers an additional Reserve Champion Yearling Filly. perspective. “When we’re foaling the mares out in the spring,” she says, “whether a foal turns out to be a That was just the start. RD Habanero went on to the champion in the show ring or a champion in someone’s Las Vegas World Cup, where he was named Reserve heart (a good companion), we’ll never be disappointed.” n Champion AHBA Futurity Colt ATH. Then, in August, Volume 42, No. 11 | 131


Regional Judges


May 30-June 3, 2012 • Del Mar, Calif. Duane Esser – All classes Jeff Lee – All classes Corky Sutton – All classes James Hitt – Working Western TBA – Dressage/Sport Horse


June 6-9, 2012 • Denver, Colo. Lori Conway – All classes Brian Scoggins – All classes Lisa Jo White – All classes


June 20-24, 2012 • Santa Barbara, Calif. Kim Morgan – All classes Mary Trowbridge – All classes Rick Moser – All classes Lisa Skalski – Working Western

June 13-16, 2012 • Ft. Worth, Texas Richard Wright – All classes Lisa Blackstone – All classes Terry Holmes – All classes Kathleen Callahan-Smith – Working Western Frank Craighead – Cutting




July 10-14, 2012 • Reno, Nev. Leon Matthias – All classes Margaret Rich – All classes Margo Shallcross – All classes


June 16-23, 2012 • Nampa, Idaho Scott Benjamin – All classes Karen Homer Brown – All classes Gary Dearth – All classes Chris Kozlowski – Reining/Reined Cow/ Working Cow Van Greenwell – Cutting


July 6-14, 2012 • Monroe, Wash. Paul Kostial – All classes Rick Maxson – All classes & Trail Richard Petty – All classes & Carriage Pleasure Driving


June 22-24, 2012 • Lincoln, Neb. Chris Culbreth – All classes John Power – All classes Mike Miller – All classes


April 26-29, 2012 • Scottsdale, Ariz. Shannon Armstrong – All classes Laura Doran – All classes Cathy Vincent – All classes Mary Jane Brown – Working Western Suzy Balenseifen – Hunter/Jumper Sonja Vracko – Dressage/Sport Horse


June 14-17, 2012 • St. Paul, Minn. Gary Dearth – All classes Chuck Mangan – All classes Cory Soltau – All classes Leo Fourre – Reining


June 27-July 1, 2012 • Lexington, Ky. Scott Brumfield – All classes Donnie Bullock – All classes Jody Strand – All classes Candace Zeier – All classes J. Ashton Moore – Dressage/Sport Horse Kail Palmer Miller – Carriage Driving


July 4-8, 2012 • Lexington, Va. Bruce Bates – All classes Steve Lieblang – All classes Kim Morgan – All classes William Fairchild – Working Western Arlene Rigdon – Sport Horse/Dressage Dr. Paramjeet Chopra – Dressage Diana Cappellanti – Sport Horse/Hunter


July 5-8, 2012 • Springfield, Ill. Lewis McKim – All classes Eric Wolfe – All classes Cathy Murphy Wright – All classes

July 11-14, 2012 • Syracuse, N.Y. Elizabeth Bentley – All classes Van Jacobsen – All classes Susan Witte – All classes Donald Barnes – Dressage TBA – Hunter/Jumper TBA – Sport Horse






May 7-12, 2012 • Perry, Ga. James Brown – All classes Rebecca Fleck – All classes Chris Culbreth – All classes Kay Meredith – Dressage Diana Cappellanti – Sport Horse/ Hunter/Jumper

June 20-24, 2012 • Indianapolis, Ind. Laura Doran – All classes Brian Murch – All classes Gene Reichardt – All classes Janet Henderson – Sport Horse/ Hunter/Jumper Ida Anderson-Norris – Dressage

July 31-August 4, 2012 • Red Deer, Alberta, Canada Lori Conway – All classes Brian Scoggins – All classes Deborah Johnson – All classes & Reining/Trail Monique Hubbs – Working Hunter/Jumper Donna Longacre – Sport Horse/Dressage

July 16-21, 2012 • London, Ontario, Canada Rick Moser – All classes Lizann Barlett – All classes Joseph Polo – All classes Don Barnes – Sport Horse Show Hack/Dressage Robyn Baechler – Sport Horse

s e s r o H t Grea s e m i T t a e r G &

Are Always At

the Ohio Buckeye! Buckeye Sweepstakes – NSH Districts – May 24-27, 2012 – Columbus, Ohio

Exciting New Changes in the “Extravaganza Program!”

2012 Judges: Rick Moser, Buck Grass and Josh Quintus

Contact for additional information: Show Manager: Cindy Clinton (937) 962-4336


Show Chairman: Roger Proffit (740) 967-7258

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Coming Attraction:

The 2012 OhiO Buckeye ShOw “If a horse is talented enough to win a championship at the Ohio Buckeye, and then go on to be a national champion in that class, it is entitled to be on the cover of the Buckeye Sweepstakes prize list,” says Ohio Buckeye Show Manager Cindy Clinton. “It is so nice to call some of these people and tell them that we would like to honor their win by putting their horse on our cover. Some are truly thrilled.” The prize list offers a glimpse of how many national champions were made at the Buckeye last year: Clinton reports that for the first time, it required both the front and back covers to fit them all in. Now facing its half century—the show was founded in 1963—the Buckeye 2012 is an ever-evolving production. “We have made changes this year to the Buckeye Extravaganza Program, known as the ‘slot’ classes,” notes Clinton. “Previously we had a separate class for this. However, with its being junior horses, we are going to include this program in the Junior Horse Championships. This will make it easier for the horse not to have to show in an additional class. However, you still have to pay to play. You do not have to enter in advance; you can enter at the show by paying the entry fee and signing the form that says you want to participate in the program. The entry fee for this program is $1,100. One thousand dollars of each entry will go into the prize money pool of the junior horse class you enter. Placings for this program will be paid to the first- through fifth-place horse entered in the program. This prize money is in addition to the regular class prize money, but you are only eligible if you pay into the program. “We have awarded over $100,000, so don’t miss out!” she adds. “If you have an English or western pleasure junior horse, either purebred Arabian or Half-Arabian, you need to be at the Buckeye with this horse. We are hoping that with these changes, more will be able to participate in this program.” 134 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Another innovation at the show this year is the use of the “Horse Show App.” This new service, which was developed by Lisa Blackstone, debuted at the Region 14 Championships in 2011 and was used at the Youth and U.S. National Championships. Available free as a download to anyone with internet access, it is a virtual show program, providing the current schedule, class entries, stabling, vendors, judges cards, and class placings. “Besides these practical aspects, the hallmark feature of the App permits the users to vote on their favorite horse in designated classes, much like ‘American Idol,’” says Clinton. “Audience participation adds excitement to the spectator experience and brings more people into the stands. Come ringside to the Buckeye and vote on your favorite horse! Cloud Nine is sponsoring the awards for not only the Favorite Horse classes, but also for the Buckeye Amateur High-Point Program and the Cloud Nine ‘Every Ninth Class Award.’” Another new program this year is the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association High-Point Program. “We felt it was only appropriate that the Buckeye offer this to our exhibitors,” says Clinton, “and we are so excited about it that we paid to double the points you will receive while participating at the Buckeye.” Details of the program are available at Some features at the Buckeye this year are the popular highlights of past seasons. One is the Arabian English Performance Association (AEPA) Arabian Yearling class, a prize money program for breeders of future English

performance stock. “This is not like a halter class that most of us are used to, even though it is shown in hand,” Clinton notes. “These yearling Arabians are sired by stallions nominated to the AEPA program, which was created in order to ensure future English performance horses. They are individually scored on front-end motion, back-end motion, carriage, Arabian type, legs and feet, and saddle seat conformation. This is not only a very exciting class, but hopefully one that is educational as well. “And as usual, we are hosting the National Show Horse District Championships and the Show Horse Alliance classes,” she says. “We like to show our audience something a little different than they are used to seeing at the other shows.” Another returning attraction is the Progressive Party on Friday during the afternoon to evening break. “We hope that by shortening the schedule, we will have more time to party,” Clinton says, and smiles wryly. “We took out a lot of classes this year; however, as soon as that was announced, we were asked to add select classes—so when someone asks why we have so many classes, the answer is that it is because you asked for them!” “Being exhibitor friendly is one thing we are very proud of. I feel the secret to the Buckeye’s continued

success is that we have surrounded ourselves with the best people we can—not only national judges, but experienced staff that exhibitors have come to know and count on to make their horse show as enjoyable as possible.” Arabian Horse Global will again provide the live stream for the Buckeye at no charge, a well-appreciated service for those unable to attend the show. “We also have several different sponsors and/ or Friends of the Buckeye that want to ensure our success,” Clinton says. “For example, C. Jarvis Insurance Agency has provided baskets of goodies at the box seats for the last couple of years for our Gold Stalling Package holders. We are fortunate to have had wine donated by KD Acres (the Atwood Family), and, of course, we have had Schneiders Saddlery’s support for as long as I can remember. We really appreciate the generosity some have shown to help make us a success. “The Buckeye is about making national champions and offering new, innovative programs that keep things exciting,” Clinton says. “We know how hard it is to show horses in this economy, and we are very appreciative that so many choose the Buckeye.” n Volume 42, No. 11 | 135

Defamation In The Horse Industry by Mike Beethe, esq Everyone deserves the right to have their reputations protected from false statements. This right is often of great importance and value in our community. With the relatively small size of the horse industry, one’s reputation is often his or her best asset. The law of defamation grants each person protection of their valuable reputation, and violation of these laws can result in significant damages. Defamation can occur in many different situations. In some cases, when a business relationship comes to a close, the parties involved do not end on the best of terms. Also, competition can bring out the worst in people. Often hurt feelings or a disappointed outcome will result in bad things being said by one party about another. Sometimes, people just like to gossip and spread rumors about others. In certain cases, those statements could fall into the category of defamation, resulting in liability of the person making the statement.

What is Defamation? Defamation is an intentional false communication which injures a person’s reputation or good name. Defamation occurs in one of two forms: libel or slander. Generally, a defamatory statement made in a written or permanent form, such as a newspaper, magazine or correspondence, will be considered libel. An oral communication, such as a conversation or radio broadcast, is slander.

Elements of a Defamation Claim Defamation claims are based on each state’s laws. Generally speaking, in order for a plaintiff to prevail in a lawsuit alleging defamation, he or she must establish the following: 1. The defendant intentionally made a false and defamatory statement; 2. The statement concerned the plaintiff; 3. The statement was made to at least one third party; and 4. The statement caused harm to plaintiff. 136 | A r A bI A n HOr SE T I mES

Burden of Proof The plaintiff bears the burden of proof in a defamation lawsuit. That means that the plaintiff (the defamed person) must prove each and every element of defamation to the court or jury in order to prevail and earn a judgment against the defendant.

Public Figures Versus Private Individuals In addition to variations in state law, the level of proof required of the plaintiff in a defamation suit varies depending upon how the court classifies the plaintiff, either a public figure or private individual. If a private individual asserts a defamation claim, that private citizen must prove that the defendant made the defamatory statement and that the defendant “knew or should have known” the statement was false. On the other hand, if a public figure brings a defamation suit, their standard of proof escalates. In order to prevail, the public figure must establish “actual malice” on the part of the defendant. Actual malice, in this context, means that the defendant made a statement, having actual knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly disregarded the statement’s truth or falsity. Thus, the standard of proof for a public figure is clearly much higher and much more difficult to prove than that of a private individual.

“If a private individual asserts a defamation claim, that private citizen must prove that the defendant made the defamatory statement and that the defendant “knew or should have known” the statement was false.“

Defamation in the horse inDustry

The definition of “public figure” varies depending on the jurisdiction and each individual situation. Generally, public figures are famous people, those who have assumed a prominent role in society. Recent court decisions have held, however, that there can be public figures within certain circles or industries. For example, in the horse industry, the courts could consider some people as public figures, for the sole purpose of the horse industry, based upon their prominent role within this industry. Each court will determine a person’s status on a case-by-case basis. For example, a court could hold that a nationally-known trainer, owner or breeder raised their status to that of a public figure, if well enough known in the industry.

Defenses to Defamation Even if the plaintiff can prove the elements required for defamation, the defendant will enjoy protection from liability because of certain recognized defenses.

Truth/Justif ication. Truth is an absolute defense to

claims of defamation. While a statement may certainly hurt a person’s reputation, if the statement is true, the court will not hold the defendant liable. Keep in mind, however, that truth rarely presents a simple matter. In defamation cases, many factual issues will arise, such as what exactly the defendant said and if the statement was grounded in truth.

Absolute Privilege. The reporting or relaying of statements made in a judicial proceeding will not cause liability, provided the defendant accurately reports or relays the information.

purpose. Such comments must be made in complete honesty, without malice, and based upon true facts. Provided the defendant meets the above requirements, that defendant will have a defense to defamation.

Example - The Aggrieved Buyer Buyer buys from Seller a high-quality, expensive western pleasure horse. After Buyer gets the horse home, Buyer cannot settle the horse down and the horse will not perform as it did when Buyer tried out the horse. Buyer, extremely unhappy with his purchase, asks Seller to take the horse back. Seller denies return of the horse, and during a telephone conversation tells Buyer that if the horse is handled and trained properly, it will perform and win. Buyer, insulted by Seller’s statements, proceeds to tell several people that Seller drugs her western horses in order to win in the show ring and to sell them. The rumor spreads quickly, and Seller has to defend himself to several people, including customers. Did either Buyer or Seller defame the other in this matter? Buyer claims that Seller defamed him by stating that if the horse was trained and handled correctly that it would perform and win. Buyer took that as a direct attack on his ability to train horses. In the example presented above, however, the Buyer will not prevail, as the statement was never made to a third party. Remember that Buyer had the obligation to prove each and every element of defamation. Since all the elements of defamation were not established, Buyer will likely not prevail.

“Truth is an absolute defense to claims of defamation. While a statement may certainly hurt a person’s reputation, if the statement is true, the court will not hold the defendant liable.”

Invitation/Permission. If a

party consents to, authorizes or invites the defamatory statement, the defendant will have a valid defense.

Constitutional Privilege. Every person possesses

the right to free speech. This right remains, even if a comment or statement contains derogatory information, provided it pertains to matters of legitimate public

Seller claims that Buyer defamed her by telling others that she drugs her western horses. Based upon the facts presented above, Seller probably would have a good claim for defamation against Buyer, as all of the elements of defamation have been established. Note, however, that if Buyer can prove that Seller did drug her horses for showing or selling purposes, Buyer will have the defense of truth to Seller’s defamation claim.

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Conclusion The horse industry often contains emotionally-charged individuals. While this can often be a good thing, it can also create problems. When a relationship in the horse industry dissolves, disappointment, insult and pain can often cause the parties involved to make statements regarding others, regardless of the truth; sometimes despite the truth. Before such statements are made, think carefully. Derogatory and untrue statements can often result in liability for defamation. 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 widely-published author on equine law topics, and has been a featured speaker at the National Equine Law Conference.

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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 You can also visit his website: 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 Hoops To Horses—My Journey From The Court To The Show Ring by Kara


This period of the year marks a crucial time for myself and other amateurs who are working to get in some last-minute practice for the upcoming season. What needs work before the next show and the prospective plan for both horse and rider is being contemplated in every barn across the country. As for me, my school year is finally winding down, and with only a few weeks left, I find myself yearning for summer. Recently, I have caught myself daydreaming of trail rides in the barn pasture, not to mention my favorite summer activity—horse shows. And yet, I am always brought back to reality. Pinned to my college commitments, the stress is mounting, but so is my unwavering anticipation of the finish line. I was able to get a small taste of a horse show in late March, and with this trip, I’ve officially shifted into horse show

Kara Larson and Ghazpacho, 2011 Region 10 Half-Arabian English Pleasure ATR Champion.

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An Amateur Lifestyle mode. Just as school takes up most of my time now, not long ago, another activity of mine consumed a great deal of my precious time—basketball.

As I began to drift further from basketball, my competitive drive turned to a sort of cool aloofness that, in hindsight, probably wasn’t ideal. This new take-it-as-itcomes attitude I had did manage to come with benefits though. My understanding of perfection and winning had changed, and thus, my feelings in the adult division in the horse show world changed for the better. Although the spark of drive and spirit is still definitely within me, I have found with age a way to effectively channel it in a more useful manner. And now that I’m just playing in the intramural realm, basketball is fun again. Winning is definitely not a concern, but it’s really a relief to have a primary focus on horses. I haven’t felt like I could give 100% of myself to a single activity my entire life, and now that I can, I’m ready to put in the ride time so that I can truly understand the complexities and idiosyncrasies of riding an Arabian horse with poise and self-assurance.

As a kid, I did it all. I played volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, track in the spring, and softball in the summer. Through all of these sports, I kept up with my riding as best I could with the amazing support of my parents. Looking back, this much activity and running around seems like a nightmare, but I couldn’t imagine cutting any one of these out of my life. Over the course of my childhood “Acting as the vehicle and then teen years, however, I realized I had to let certain for my personal growth sports go. It was never easy, as both a rider and but sacrifices had to be made respectable person, the to make room for riding— Arabian horse has taught something that made me happier than anything. First it was me so much about the softball around the 9th grade world and the person I (a sacrifice that caused my dad want to be.” to not speak to me for a short period of time, but all returned to status quo in no time). Track At one point in my life, I was able to do it all. went next midway through high school (let’s just say that Volleyball, basketball, track, softball, horses … I wasn’t all that bummed that I sprained my ankle and anything my heart desired. However, as the years then quietly made a figurative run for it). Volleyball ended f lew by, compromises had to be made. Some of these after my senior year of high school, and this left only one cuts have been personal choices, while others have sport remaining—basketball. This and riding were my been more on the lines of inevitabilities. Regardless of two real favorites, and onto college I went with hopes of type, the things that have been “let go” have left room keeping them at the forefront of my life. for the most important part of my life—the Arabian horse. What horses have done for me, who they have I soon found out college basketball was different from the helped me become as a person, and people I have met sport I knew in high school in every way imaginable. On in the process are simply irreplaceable parts of my life. the upside, I met great friends, developed a good work Acting as the vehicle for my personal growth as both ethic, got to do some regional traveling, and acquired a rider and respectable person, the Arabian horse has some decent team gear in the process. However, over taught me so much about the world and the person I the course of two years, it had become something that want to be. These benefits and experiences will always I hardly recognized. The fun had fleeted, and I was outweigh what I have given up over the years, because beginning to lose my competitive drive and passion for where would I be without horses? n the game I once loved.

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What is one thing most people do not know about you? most people in the Arabian horse community do not know that i sing and act. i love being in musicals and plays, and i usually do one or two a year. Within the past year, i played sarah brown in “Guys and Dolls” and Diana morales in “A Chorus Line.”

What is the most important quality you look for in your show horses? When i am searching for a show horse, the quality i look for is a good attitude. i have learned that if a horse has a bad attitude it can be a huge struggle no matter how gifted a horse is.

If you could show one horse from the past or present, who would it be and why? erA moonlite serenade. she is amazing, and her performance at this past U.s. nationals was breathtaking!

What are your favorite classes to watch and why? Any junior horse or futurity class, because i love seeing all the young horses in our industry. it is always an exciting thing to which i look forward!

What motivates you to show the Arabian horse? Why? i absolutely love the Arabian horse community. i have made so many friends through showing, and it is such a huge part of my life.

How did you become involved with the Arabian horse breed? i became involved with the Arabian horse breed

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through my oldest sister Kira. she started showing horses before i could even walk; so, i had always been around horses and horse shows.

Who is your all time favorite show horse, and why? blaze n berries. i rode him to multiple national championships and reserve national championships. He has been the best horse i have ever had. i started showing him in 10 & under, and he was retired after my last year of 13 & under. He was so reliable and did such a great job of taking care of me at such a young age. “blaze” taught me so much and has always been a major part of my life.

What is the most memorable show-ring advice you have ever received? When i was at Youth nationals in my last year of 13 & under, someone told me to take a deep breath right before i entered the ring. i know that sounds so simple, but it really makes a big difference! i just felt all my nerves go

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Most embarrassing moment at a horse show? It was my first equitation class at youth nationals. I totally messed up my pattern, and it was just horrible. I wanted to cry!

What is your favorite horse show, and why? youth nationals is my favorite horse show! It is definitely a highlight of my year. I love getting to see all of my friends, and the competition is something that I think about and prepare for all year. I have amazing memories from youth nationals; it is such a special show for the youth riders.

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Diagnosing Mild Lamenesses And Gait Irregularities by Heather Smith Thomas Sometimes a horse may be a little sore, lame or slightly off in his gait after being ridden. The rider wonders whether it is a structural lameness or something due to saddle fit, rider balance, or other factors. Overall, it seems like a relatively minor issue—but diagnosing it can be a major frustration. Is it a temporary soreness or the beginning of something more serious? “Owners or riders sometimes look to the veterinarian, chiropractor or acupuncturist for an instant answer, but that may not be possible,” says Duncan Peters, D.V.M., Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “Some horses with a slight gait irregularity or soreness may take awhile to decipher. Even though we have some nice diagnostic tools, it may take trial and error.”

Checking All The Possibilities “Most of what we see, in gait irregularities, is manifested as poor performance,” Peters explains. “The horse used to be able to do a certain thing and now is not doing it as well, and we need to figure out why. A history of the horse can help. Has the horse moved to a different trainer? Does it have a new farrier? Has the rider changed saddles or is he/she using a different bit or new equipment on the horse? Has the horse been moved to a different stable, or has the footing changed? There are many factors that need to be considered in the history. The veterinarian should talk with the owner, the trainer, and see what’s already been tried.

pounding the ground. One may make you feel like you are heading downhill continually.)” Some horses also have a stride length difference, yet they still perform well and are able to do their job. “We need to make sure that the horse is in the proper job that will allow him to perform at his best,” Peters says.

“Owners or riders sometimes look to the veterinarian, chiropractor or acupuncturist for an instant answer, but that may not be possible,” says Duncan Peters, D.V.M., Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “Some horses with a slight gait irregularity or soreness may take awhile to decipher. Even though we have some nice diagnostic tools, it may take trial and error.”

“By the time we, as veterinarians, get to see some of these horses, the owner may have already changed the shoeing or had a chiropractor, acupuncturist or massage therapist work on the horse. Maybe they’ve had a saddle fitter look at the tack.

“Some gait abnormalities, such as you might find in a group of dressage horses, may be due to something conformational.” He points out that a horse with a club foot, or one who is just slightly more upright on one foot while having an under-slung heel on another, will have an uneven stride and yet might not be uncomfortable; some even do very well and do not need to be corrected. The farrier might actually make things worse if he/she tries to make it perfectly correct.

“Many horses have a gait abnormality and still perform very well,” he adds. “It may be ‘normal’ for that particular horse. (A person who rides a number of different horses will find that they move differently. One may have a lot of bounce and suspension, while another one feels like it’s

“The abnormality may be something you need to manage, rather than just ignore, but you don’t need to ‘fix’ it,” he says. “We also see this situation with old injuries that have healed, leaving the horse with an imperfection in gait. He may have had a suspensory injury, then moved

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A Leg Up into a different career. If you watch him go, he may drop down a little more on one fetlock and there may be a change in the way he canters on one lead versus the other. But that’s just the individual horse and may not be something you need to deal with.

General posture can give clues. “Does the horse always want to rest one leg or another, or stick a front leg out farther?” he inquires. “Subtle things, like whether the horse will shift weight from one leg to another, can tell you something.”

“Another common situation is a horse that’s had an injury in the sacroiliac area—the so-called ‘hunter bump,’” he says. “When you watch these horses from behind, they are abnormal as they travel. There’s a dip and hitch in the gait. If you ride them, they tend to throw you one direction or the other; you feel like you are dropping off to one side. The horse may give the rider a sore back. An old injury like this will produce a gait irregularity, but that horse is able to perform just fine.”

In the hands-on examination he looks at the horse’s mouth, palpates the head and neck, and sees how the horse reacts to bending/moving/manipulating the head and neck. “This must also take into consideration the horse’s disposition,” he says. “Some horses don’t like to be touched or manipulated. So you have to figure out whether this is truly irritating/sore to the horse, or just the horse’s personality.

And then there are the problems caused by the rider or the fit of the tack. “Some gait irregularities are due to the rider, if he/she is not riding balanced,” says Peters. “The trainer or instructor may get on the horse and not be able to feel any kind of problem, but the rider is having trouble keeping the horse balanced or making a turn in a certain direction. This may be more of a rider issue than a problem with the horse.” Some horses change when the rider or trainer is changed, and may go on without any more problems. You may not always be able to pinpoint what made the difference. The veterinarian’s evaluation should first look at the history. “Perhaps there was a specific incident where the problem began,” he says, “or maybe it came on gradually or f luctuates back and forth. We may spend a lot of time trying to determine if there were any changes that may have correlated with the development of gait abnormality.”

The Physical Examination And Evaluation “Then, a really good physical exam should be done,” Peters says. “It’s not just a matter of watching these horses go. You need a good hands-on exam, from front to back, top to bottom. This involves checking the mouth and head, and watching the horse’s posture. Also watch to see how the horse carries himself, even at the walk. Observe the things he will do or won’t do—whether he will stretch down, or bend, with normal movement of a horse that can move around freely. If the horse is very rigid or resistant when standing on the end of a lead rope, not wanting to interact, this gives me reason for concern.”

“I palpate through the withers and put pressure through the back, trying to get extension and flexion—and lateral movement—of the back, withers and neck, and see what type of response the horse gives. The inherent disposition, and how sensitive or ticklish a horse is, will make some difference in the response. I can make any horse appear to be sore or uncomfortable. You can’t just put pressure over the back and say this horse is sore in his back. You need to use other aspects of evaluation as well—such as watching the horse standing and moving freely, and seeing how he moves on the longe line and with a rider. “I like to go down over the topline, over the croup area, all the way to the tail,” he says. “I pull on the tail and see how the muscles respond from one side or the other. I watch the horses’ reaction in righting themselves when pushed from one side or the other. I look for subtle neurologic problems; some horses with gait irregularities may have EPM or a structural problem like arthritis in the back or neck, or a developmental problem like a narrowed spinal column.” Palpation involves going down each leg and then flexing it. “I evaluate the range of motion, and check for any abnormalities in terms of soreness or swelling,” he says. “This may give me an idea of something to look for when I watch the horse move. “Palpating to check for soreness is something that comes with experience,” he explains. “You develop a technique to determine this. The examiner has to be careful, systematic, and consistent, because if you apply too much pressure you can make any horse respond with pain. Volume 42, No. 11 | 145

A Leg Up Some horses are more sensitive. If you put pressure over the suspensory ligament, one horse may react, and if you use that same amount of pressure on another horse, it may care less. Some are more pain tolerant. But you can still see if the horse reacts differently on one side or the other. If a horse seems sensitive or touchy, I go to the other side and palpate, to see if the response matches. “I use hoof-testers as part of my physical exam, and check all four feet to see how they react. I examine the shoes, to see if there’s more wear on one side than the other, and how the shoe is positioned and whether or not this may be a factor in gait abnormality. If a horse has a shoe that’s

“Palpating to check for soreness is something that comes with experience,” he explains. “You develop a technique to determine this. The examiner has to be careful, systematic, and consistent, because if you apply too much pressure you can make any horse respond with pain.” a size smaller on one front foot than the other, this may be a concern, as can a heel that’s higher on one foot than the other. This could be the reason for gait abnormality. “Some owners have videos they send to me, prior to my looking at the horse,” he says. “They have videos of them working the horse, or showing it, to illustrate when the horse wasn’t quite right. Those videos can be helpful. “After the physical exam, I watch the horse travel on a longe line both directions. I watch how he carries himself, from one side to the other, and how he carries his head and neck—how relaxed he looks, and how comfortable. I note whether the back muscles are soft and relaxed, how the horse places his feet, etc. Sometimes you can tell from the tracks on the ground how much the horse is overstepping the front track with the hind feet. “I watch to see if the horse wants to pull on the longe line—pulling to the outside of the circle to go more in a 146 | A r A BI A N Hor Se T I meS

straight line—or is comfortable bending around the arc of the circle?” he continues. “In many instances the horses that want to pull to the outside are doing that because they don’t want to bend. “You relate that to what you saw in the physical exam. That horse didn’t like to bend to the left when I tried to bend his neck, for instance. When he travels in a lefthand circle, he’s trying to pull the handler to the outside of the circle and this is another clue about why he is having a problem with his gait. “I watch him, then do individual flexion texts, flexing the lower and upper leg on all four legs. I think flexion tests can help, when used with everything else. Some horses look just fine on the longe line, and then you flex the legs and maybe the left front lower leg flexion will change their way of going. It can give a hint of what might be wrong and can help me in trying to decipher whether the gait abnormality is true or not. “If I go through the whole series of tests and everything is symmetrical and the horse seems to be moving fine, and I can’t determine the gait abnormality, then we longe the horse with the saddle, to see if there’s any change related to that,” Peters says. “I had one horse with a skin condition, and he showed no problem when we longed him. Then we put the saddle on the horse and he moved completely different because he was so sensitive. This was the rider’s complaint; the horse would walk out okay, but the minute he started working, he was uncomfortable.” Some of these things can be very subtle and unless you try different things, you don’t discover what is wrong. “If everything looks good with the horse saddled, we put the rider on the horse. The gait may change with a rider during certain movements. The complaint may be that the horse doesn’t seem to be able to reach over, going from left to right in a lateral movement. So we watch for those things with a rider on the horse. “If the horse is not showing any lameness, we may not be able to do a block to see if that improves it,” says Peters. “But we might go ahead and do x-rays to see if there might be some chronic concern that’s starting to show. The horse can’t really tell us what bothers him until it really bothers him. No matter how good we are at detecting a problem, we can’t find it until it gets to a certain point—when the horse can’t tolerate it anymore.

A Leg Up We’ve all heard of horses that are very stoic and others that are wimps. There’s a difference in tolerance levels. But we have methods available for more extensive diagnostics, if the owner wants to go that direction. Some horses with very subtle gait changes, or something in the history or the physical exam that alerts you to a problem, might benefit from radiographs or bone scan (nuclear scintigraphy), and if it’s specific enough, we may do a MRI on that area. If there’s swelling associated with a soft tissue problem, we can use ultrasound to see if there are irregularities.” From a diagnostic standpoint, the examination can be very conservative or very aggressive. It is the same with treatment. “If the rider feels something is ‘off ’ every now and then, maybe the best thing to do is give the horse time off,” he says. “You may not always need more technology to figure out what it is; maybe it just needs a chance to heal. Rather than giving the horse three days off, try 10 days or two weeks and see if that helps. With most sprains or strains, if you take the pressure off, they take care of themselves with a little medication and rest for about two weeks. It’s similar to what we do when we sprain an ankle. If we give it some time and a little rest, it usually heals just fine. “Sometimes we are limited in options, however,” he says. “Maybe there’s a show coming up that the owner really wants to go to, or maybe he/she just wants to know what the problem is. They don’t want to just rest the horse and do nothing. This necessitates communication between the owner and veterinarian regarding how much the owner wants to do, and the time frame or rush to get the horse over the problem. “Some owners at that point try to do something less conventional regarding treatment,” he says. “They may bring in a chiropractor or an acupuncturist to help with a subtle gait abnormality by treating more of the whole horse, versus treating something specific like a torn ligament. You wouldn’t need an acupuncturist for that type of injury. But if the horse’s gait starts to get stiff when he’s worked more than three days in a row at a certain level, a chiropractor or acupuncturist may be able to help. There are many ways to approach a problem, and it may take a team effort to figure it out and help the horse.” The horse may have a sore back and the rider decides to get a new saddle, but that may not be the answer. “As

another example, owners have given injections in joints, without improvement, and then a chiropractor worked on the horse and the horse changed dramatically,” Peters offers. “It may take awhile to hit the key area, and you may get there by a circuitous route to sort things out. “If I determine what I call ‘an area of interest’ abnormality, such as a stiff neck, during the physical exam or when watching the horse move,” he says, “I focus our diagnostics on this area to determine if enough change exists to explain the poor performance of the horse (such as the owner’s complaint that the horse is reluctant to turn in that direction). Based on our diagnostic findings we can then come up with a treatment or management plan.

“If the horse is not showing any lameness, we may not be able to do a block to see if that improves it,” says Peters. “But we might go ahead and do x-rays to see if there might be some chronic concern that’s starting to show. The horse can’t really tell us what bothers him until it really bothers him. No matter how good we are at detecting a problem, we can’t find it until it gets to a certain point—when the horse can’t tolerate it anymore. ”

“As a veterinarian, if I see something that tends to direct me toward one specific area, then it’s a matter of talking with that client and deciding how far we want to go with this, from a diagnostic standpoint,” says Peters. “We may find a number of these areas that we need to explore further, in order to determine the extent of the poor performance. With many of these subtle problems, you need to utilize a f low chart to try to determine which pathway to take. This is how I try to approach it—very carefully and systematically, with adequate time.” n

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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. 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 3-6, 2012, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Velma Boodt, 918-284-7505. May 4-6, 2012, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Red Bluff, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 4-6, 2012, CAHC Spring Show A and B, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. May 4-6, 2012, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. May 4-6, 2012, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 4-6, 2012, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. May 9-13, 2012, AHANM Zia Classic Show (A/HA/American Saddlebred), Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 9-13, 2012, Great Plains Arab Classic A and B, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. May 10-13, 2012, AHASFV 49th Annual Arabian Horse Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 10-13, 2012, AHABC Classic A and B Show, Rancho Murieta. Contact: Geri Burnett, 604-531-8726. May 10-13, 2012, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 11-13, 2012, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-253-4937. May 11-13, 2012, Treasure Valley Classic B, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 12-13, 2012, Region 10 Youth Round-Up, Winona, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 17-20, 2012, Alamo Arabian Fiesta, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 17-20, 2012, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. May 17-20, 2012, 57th AHACO Arabian Horse Show, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. May 18, 2012, NJ HAHA Hunter Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008.

Calendar Of Events May 18-19, 2012, Northern Minnesota Arabian Horse Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Debbie Raszler, 701-725-4692. May 18-20, 2012, ARK Arab Victory Challenge A and B, Texarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. May 19-20, 2012, NJ HAHA A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 19-20, 2012, Old Dominion Summer Fun Show, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Janet Beehler, 804-586-1647. May 20, 2012, AHA Indiana Spring Classic One-Day Show, Rochester, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066. May 24-27, 2012, Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Cindy Clinton, 937-962-4336. May 25-27, 2012, Spindletop Spring Arab Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 25-27, 2012, The Badger Classic, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-253-4937. May 25-27, 2012, Arabian Horse Club of CT, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 25-27, 2012, SCHAA Arabian Show, Temecula, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. May 25-27, 2012, IEAHC Memorial Day Classic A, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 25-28, 2012, MAHA Horse Show A and B, Billings, Montana. Contact: Becky McAllister, 406-861-4929. May 26-27, 2012, Comstock AHA Desert Spring A and B Show, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Shannon Johnson, 775-750-0237. May 27, 2012, Region 1 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Temecula, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. May 26-28, 2012, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B Show, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. May 30-31, 2012, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June June 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.

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Calendar Of Events 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 All 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 All-Breed 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.

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may 5-6, 2012, MNDRA I 25-Mile Competitive Trail ride, Orrock, Minnesota. Contact: Theresa Meyer, 763-753-5236. may 5, 2012, Biltmore Challenge 50-, 75-, and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. may 5-6, 2012, Washoe Valley I and II 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Gina Hall, 775-849-0839. 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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