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On The Cover: VJ Royal Heir by Mary Kirkman


Showtime Training Center—The Clients Speak Out by Mary Kirkman


Marketing Your Arabian Horse by Beth Ellen Hunziker


2013 Scottsdale Arabian Leading Sires


The Western Pleasure Arabian And Its Following


Liz Bentley—The First Lady Of Western Pleasure by Beth Ellen Hunziker



2012 APAHA Horseman’s Awards by Kara Larson


Clarifying The Rules On Amateur Status—Should We Think About How We Define Amateur? by Mary Kirkman


Leaders Of The Times: Bey Ambition by Kara Larson


Horse Stars Hall Of Fame 2012 by Linda White


Arabian Horse Times Dog Photo Contest Winners


Excerpts From The Arabian Horse—Poland’s National Treasure by Zenon Lopowicz and George Zbyszewski


Step By Step To A Brighter Future: AATR—The Missing Link For Amateurs At U.S. Nationals by Chelsea Wesson



FA El Shawan (2005-2013) by Linda White


Allience (1985-2013) by Linda White


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Equine Law Today—Disclosures Required When Selling Horses by Mike Beethe, Esq.


Comments From The Publisher


Time For Your Close-Up—Chelsea Knoop


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers On The COver:

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Cover Story

VJ Royal Heir by Mary Kirkman

Kelli Aguirre knew she had an extraordinary horse when she bought VJ Royal Heir, but she didn’t really realize what an impact he had on others until last fall. In the arena at U.S. Nationals, where Royal Heir showed to a top ten in the AEPA Saddle Seat Futurity, she heard the comments of the crowd swirling around her. “They were saying, ‘Wow, oh my gosh, who is that? Where did he come from? What’s that horse’s name? That’s Royal Heir,’ she recalls. “And my friend and I both just sat there and smiled. You don’t need to say a word; the horse speaks for himself.” She would hear it all again at Scottsdale, where VJ Royal Heir, due to a minor injury after arrival, didn’t even show. People simply appeared at the Showtime Training Center stalls, asking to see him. “Even if Tish was just walking him down the aisle or schooling him in the arena at night, there were people stopping their horses to watch him. Or standing on the rail, I could hear them calling others and saying, ‘Hey, he’s in the ring now, hurry up and get here.’”


That wasn’t just a proud owner’s opinion. Photographer Howie Schatzberg first saw Royal Heir at the National Show Horse Finals in September. As a purebred, he wasn’t competing, but Schatzberg was asked to do a photo shoot of him under saddle. “I was pretty blown away,” he says, and adds that by that time of year, having shot some of the most exciting Arabians and Saddlebreds in the industry, he is pretty hard to impress. “I hadn’t seen many horses that had his presence and his attitude,” Schatzberg elaborates. “He gave me chills. He was just super exciting, and he made it look really easy. It made me smile, just taking pictures of him. For a horse that didn’t show, he was definitely the talk of the crowd that week. People were coming to my booth and saying, ‘Whoa, who’s that?’” Trainer Tish Kondas had the same reaction when she first saw the colt at the age of five months. “I thought, ‘I’ve touched the horse of my lifetime,’” she says. “I’ve had

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the chance to work with a lot of great ones, and had the opportunity to make some underdogs into great ones, but this colt was just so regal. And he had a really positive attitude; he wasn’t cocky—he just had this look.” For Aguirre, who grew up in Arabians but was just starting her own breeding program, Royal Heir was right up her alley. She first became aware of the son of Afires Heir and the El Ghazi mare MA Ghazta Trot when she saw him as a yearling on a video. “He had that long, hooky neck that he was already using like he knew how to use it,” she recalls, “and it was just set on perfectly, so you knew he was going to be doing something big.” His owners at the time, Jeff and Linda Knight and Debbie Reber, agreed. “He was one of the most outstanding horses I’d ever seen,” Jeff Knight says. “Linda and I had to own him. Unfortunately, we knew that one day, he was going to be a superstar and we’d have to be conscious of the fact that he might not always be ours.” When Royal Heir was 3, that time had come and Kondas approached Aguirre. “She said, ‘I thought you were the right person for him; you could do what needed to be done for him as a stallion and as an English pleasure horse,’” Aguirre remembers. “And she knows that I care about the horses—my horses are my life.” Over the next year and a half, Aguirre watched her young stallion mature physically and, she says, even more mentally. “He’s developed the self-confidence that horses develop when they know what they’re supposed to be doing, and they love what they’re doing and they’re physically perfect to do their job. And he is just a super good-minded horse.” “He’s a sweet soul with a great heart,” Jeff Knight nods. “He doesn’t have that mean bone in him. He was game, and yet he wasn’t hyper. His personality was just as much as everything else on the deal.”

That total package is what is attracting breeders to VJ Royal Heir. Jim Stachowski has booked a breeding and Tim Shea has signed on as well. “His overall silhouette epitomizes the saddle seat discipline,” says Shea, who noticed the horse two years ago and has been watching him ever since. “He has an extraordinary neck, and he has good, strong bone. I’ve just been around him for a little bit, but he seems like a real kind horse.” Showtime client Pam Harris is another on the bandwagon. “The first time I saw him, I thought ‘this the most gorgeous animal I have ever seen,’” she says. “I plan on breeding a couple of mares this year to him, because if he can move them that much further with his ‘pretty’ and his upright neck and his athletic ability, I should be able to get some really spectacular babies.” “I just want it to be good for our breed,” Kondas reflects. “He’s regal and athletic, he has that great temperament, and his first foals are exceptional. This is the real deal. This is what you work your entire life for and dream about.” One hallmark of VJ Royal Heir has been the all-handson-deck devotion of his friends. Knight still bubbles over with enthusiasm when he speaks of the stallion, and for Aguirre, he is that one special horse. “Tish knew I wouldn’t be buying the horse just to flip it,” she says, “and we’ve had offers for him, but he’s not for sale; he’s the horse of my lifetime. If my kids weren’t eating and I couldn’t pay my bills, then obviously things might be different, but as long as I can do it, I will. Why would you sell the horse of your lifetime?” Aguirre considers her commitment. “It’s a huge responsibility financially, mentally, physically, emotionally,” she acknowledges. “But I feel like this is his time and I can’t waste a second. Not a second.” ■

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Showtime Training Center: The Clients Speak Out by Mary Kirkman Just six years ago this October, the Half-Arabian Park final at the U.S. Nationals reflected a curious phenomenon. Five riders in the class—four in the top ten, or nearly one-third—were on horses trained by Tish Kondas. A year later, when she and partner Carla Schiltz opened Showtime Training Center, in Newnan, Ga., those riders all continued as clients. And the ribbons kept coming. Now the operation accounts for approximately 50 horses, with a show string that hits an average of 15 competitions annually. And the young stallion VJ Royal Heir, whose talent and Arabian type are rapidly establishing him as a hot property, stands there at stud. When asked how they have achieved this kind of success, Kondas and Schiltz just shrug. “Ask our customers,” Kondas says. “Let them tell the story.” “Tish and Carla have created, in essence, a horse show family,” says Colleen Boylan, who has been on the roster for more than 10 years. She was one of the 2007 top tens. “We love going to horse shows, because Showtime is a team. We have so much fun.” Of course, it is more than that. Both Kondas and Schiltz are extremely qualified for their work. Kondas, who grew up among Saddlebreds and Morgans before switching



to Arabians, was tagged as a child by observant horsemen (including, in a childhood clinic, the legendary equitation instructor Helen Crabtree) for her ability in the saddle. That translated to a professional career and 15 years at Vicki Humphrey Training Center. Now recognized as one of the top English trainers in the country, she has logged a list of champions that increases exponentially, many now ridden by Showtime’s amateurs. Schiltz, in the meantime, grew up primarily in western and hunter, although her experience, like Kondas’, now spans the show ring. Best known for the national champion western specialist Noble Splendor, Schiltz began her Arabian involvement with Rick Gault, and worked for him for nearly a decade before moving on to Petroglyph and The Brass Ring. “She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever had work for me,” says Gault. “She was able to get on and, in her very first lesson, comprehend what the whole process was trying to be. Some people are inherently natural seated, and Carla was that. Her balance is impeccable, and she has very, very good hands—very quiet, but controlling—and her timing is impeccable. So, she has that great one-on-one with the horse where they pick up exactly what she wants to teach them.” As nearly a dozen Showtime regulars spoke up about why they choose to ride with Kondas and Schiltz, a pattern emerged in their answers. What is important is no one aspect of the operation, they say, but the sum of its parts. Elizabeth Tyler, who has been riding at Showtime for five years, defines the picture. “It’s not about that one ride or one pass,” she says. “It’s about the whole journey.” “It’s the IndIvIdualIzed traInIng.” “I love that Tish trains each horse individually,” says Colleen Boylan. “She adapts the training program to each horse’s needs. I feel very comfortable knowing that our horses are going to develop under her guidance, according to their own timeline.”

Judi Alvey, who grew up with Quarter Horses and whose daughter, Jordan, now rides at Showtime, nods. “A lot of trainers will take a horse and try to make it be what they want it to be, versus taking a horse and finding its true talent and growing that,” she observes. “Sometimes when you do that, you have a horse that may not perform to its fullest potential because it’s not doing the job that it was meant to do or that it wants to do.” When the horses are given the best opportunities to be happy in their jobs, the results are impressive. “I’ve never seen an individual that can get on a horse—including, obviously, the more challenging ones—and make such a difference so quickly,” says Betsy Haas. “And she does it in a way that they love her.” She just tries to keep her work positive, Kondas explains. “What I like to do is say, ‘I’m going to incorporate something new today, but I’m going to follow up with something they’re confident in,’” she says. “I let the horse build on that.” Pam Harris, who began working with Kondas eight years ago, mentions that her Connected To Huck had a

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tendency to “shy and jump and carry on.” Kondas resolved the issue. “It’s not that she took that out of my horse,” Harris emphasizes. “It’s that she’s controlled it so that she lets his natural exuberance come through. He loves to go, but I never have to worry that he’s going to do something foolish.” “Carla has the same patience with the horse,” says Jeff Knight, who owned VJ Royal Heir before selling him to Kelli Aguirre, and who has ridden as an amateur at Showtime for years. “I don’t think a lot of people know that Carla does a lot of groundwork with Tish. They mirror each other’s work ethics, so whether a horse has been training with Carla or with Tish, they actually help each other out every single day. They really have the same mentality with the horses.” “I admire her work ethic—no one works harder!” offers Jackie Demps, whose Blue Moon Stables are home to Showtime Training Center. She has known Kondas since 1992 and considers her a friend and member of the family. “The addition of Carla just made it perfect. It’s truly amazing what they can do with these horses. I have watched so many come in knowing nothing, and end up superstars in the show ring. These horses are number one here above anything. I enjoy having Tish and Carla here and I hope they never leave.” “A lot of the things Tish and I do are similar, starting from the ground up, teaching them the things they need to know before you get on their back,” Schiltz explains. “It’s just taking your time and making sure the horse is confident in his job and that he knows it well enough to go out and be a show horse.” “It’s the horse care.” “Every horse is completely different to them,” says Knight. “Every one is an individual, and everyone is treated with the same love and respect, regardless of how much they cost.”



“They have such a passion for the horses that I never, ever worry about my horses’ care,” agrees Kelli Aguirre, who, with her daughter Gabrielle, rides at Showtime. Aguirre also owns VJ Royal Heir. “They take care of my horses as well as I would take care of them. Never for a second do I think anything—anything—to the contrary.”

talent that attracts her to Showtime. “I’d watched Tish train for years and I thought she was one of the best trainers I’d ever seen,” she says. “She not only has the knowledge of training, but she’s also very good with amateurs; she has patience with people, and can convey what you need to do on your horse. I think that’s fairly unusual.”

“I love that our horses are always perfectly prepared for us,” Elizabeth Tyler says. “I don’t care if it’s just for a lesson at the farm in the middle of winter—they are perfectly turned out, they’re in excellent body condition at all times. There is never a shortcut on the nutrition, the conditioning or the grooming; you can walk into their barn at any time and every horse is in pristine condition.”

“Tish has brought out the absolute best in me,” says Elizabeth Tyler. “She can watch you ride for five minutes and she sees your strengths and your weaknesses. She can tell how much pressure you can handle—or maybe if you can’t handle any, that’s fine too, but she works on the individual.” Even though she has enjoyed a lot of success in the show ring, what rivets Tyler’s interest most is the excitement of pushing her own limits and improving her ability.

Schiltz nods. “We’re really particular about what we feed them and their body weight. We monitor all of it year round. It’s a pride on how they’re turned out and their coats and how they look.” That kind of attention to detail doesn’t translate into taking a lot of time off, but that doesn’t seem to matter to either Kondas or Schiltz. “Tish is my trainer because I’m in Half-Arabian English,” reports Jessica Tolson Stacks. She has known Kondas for “around 20 years, but who’s counting?” “But Carla spends a lot of time with my horse, and she does a phenomenal job; she’s the perfect complement to Tish’s training program. She does a lot behind the scenes that I don’t feel like she gets enough credit for. She spends countless hours, lunging and warming up and grooming, and doing the most detailed clipping—and she expects the same perfection out of the grooms in the barn that she does of herself.” “You can tell how much they adore the horses,” Harris notes. “I know that they take better care than I could give them myself, and as someone who does this for the love of the animal, that’s very, very important to me.” “It’s the InstructIon.” The key element to instruction at Showtime, most of the clients say, is that Kondas and Schiltz can take a rider to new heights of potential—even though the rider might not ever have dreamed that he or she was capable. Sandy Aft, who rides as an amateur and has bred her multi-top ten mare Carolina Kool to VJ Royal Heir, says it is the unique combination of training skill and teaching

“I’ve ridden horses with Tish that there is no way in a million years I ever would have ridden before,” Aguirre offers, and laughs. “She listens to me when I tell her I’m scared or I can’t do this, and she tells me, ‘Yes, you can, I know you can, I’ve seen you do it. I’m not going to listen to you, I won’t hear it.’ The skills that she gives in a ride, the self-confidence that she gives you—there’s nobody else.” “She never gives up,” Colleen Boylan says. “She believes in every one of her riders 125 percent, and if she believes that you can ride a horse, then I have no choice to believe anything different. I feel like we develop as riders and learn things that we might not otherwise, if it weren’t for her persistence.” “They’re great coaches,” Kim Castang, whose daughter, Maris, rides at Showtime, agrees. “They really encourage everybody just to do their best, and if you’re having a problem, they take the time to sit down with you and help you figure out what it is and get you over that hump. For Maris, it’s really easy to talk to Tish and Carla. And for me being a parent, it’s great to have two ladies like Tish and Carla to be mentors for my child.” Jessica Tolson Stacks agrees. “I always watched Tish from afar and I just thought, ‘that woman can ride the hell out of a horse,’ and I looked up to her.” She, too, describes her long-term appreciation of Kondas. “As I got older, I got over the fear of talking to my mentor, and now she’s one of my best friends. Now I feel like I can ride the hell out of a horse too, because she taught me not to hold back.”

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Kondas and Schiltz cite the riders’ commitment as the important ingredient. “I think it’s really important that the riders put in the time necessary to learn how the horse was trained and how to communicate with their animal,” Schiltz says. “I’m very patient and I like to get into stuff and teach them the ABCs, so there’s nothing left out. They know exactly the problems that can arise and how to address them. It just takes time and practice.” It’s the trust, the clients say. “When you feel like you hit a personal wall, and Tish keeps encouraging, I just trust her so much that I think she would never ask me to do something that is beyond my ability, so I must be able to do it,” says Tyler. “Back when I was showing Evitaa, I would just replace my attitude with hers. That’s worked for me so many times and I still use it. It’s amazing.” Kondas is outspoken about her appreciation for that level of trust. “They don’t question my decision making,” she says. “If there’s something—say, a shoeing change, or if I go up to their bridle just as the gate’s opening and I change a curb chain, they never say, ‘Oh, my gosh! What are you doing?’ It’s okay. You see this ‘I trust you, we have this.’” She smiles. “What I see in my riders is they have no limitations. ‘Can’t’ just doesn’t exist for me. They believe it because you believe it, and that is huge for me.”


“It’s the team.” “From the moment I got there, it’s just been amazing,” muses Betsy Haas. “They treated me like I’ve been there for 25 years, and I felt like I was the most important person in the barn. And I have one horse! Other people in the barn have a lot more than one.” Several others echo the observation and mention the level of service they receive. “My son Cameron and I have developed kind of a new family in the Arab industry,” says longtime horsewoman Ellen McGee. McGee, who no longer rides due to a car accident, appreciates that Showtime coordinates with Florida halter trainer Mike Wilson to put their park horse, Fortune In Brass DN, in the ring for halter competition as well. She sees the whole picture. “The barn’s immaculate. Carla is great to work with. Tish can be hilarious, but she still is very much about every horse being treated based on what that horse needs. Everything is customized to each horse.” A point of agreement for everyone is that the group at Showtime is pretty world class. “It’s probably the most supportive group of riders that I’ve ever witnessed at a barn and it’s a true family,” Judi Alvey says. “Even if they’re competing in the same class, they still want the next person at the barn to do well. It’s great.”


On a recent weekend after many of Showtime’s clients had been in to ride their horses, text messages were flying thick and fast. “They were all saying how great everyone looked, how phenomenal the horses were, how much fun everyone had,” Kondas smiles. “Bottom line, it’s the horses.” Curiously, the clients—who have logged numerous national titles with Kondas and Schiltz—mention the show ring awards only in passing. It is all the rest of the Showtime experience that means the most to them, and time and again, what they care about most is their horses. When Alexis Mattingly’s Mercy Mercy Me did not thrive at other operations, Mattingly brought her home to Blue Moon Stables, where the filly had been foaled, and put her in training at Showtime. “She’s grown tremendously under Tish,” Mattingly reports. “She’s conditioned, she’s muscled, and she’s at her top performance now. It took only six to seven months of their care, and Mercy was standing patiently in crossties, conditioned to a point where each muscle was shaped and transformed, and she was a hightrotting and happy show horse. “Tish loves all her horses,” she continues. “In fact, at a horse show last year, a judge said to her, ‘You know why that horse does what she does for you? Because you love

your horses.’ If you want a horse ridden well and taken so well care of that you never have to worry about them, Showtime is the ultimate place for your horse to be conditioned and loved.” Toni Mulford, owner of the multi-national champion Cool Night, who is now retired due to a medical condition, maintains her ties with Showtime. “I decided the best thing for Cool Night was to be with Tish because she just takes the best care of her animals,” says Mulford. “He’s come along so he can be ridden lightly, which she does often. He’s in beautiful shape, and I wouldn’t trust anyone else with him.” “Carla loves these horses so much,” Elizabeth Tyler adds, “and she takes the best of care of them. She’s an awesome person.” And Kondas is the same way, Jeff Knight observes. He has known her since they were youngsters. “I’ve seen her just setting her hand on the horse, reassuring the horse and letting it know it’s doing a good job,” he says. “She is so loyal to the horse. The horse always comes first; it’s not about the win. It’s not about the game. She has been taken advantage of for that by some people, but she always exposes herself to be vulnerable, because she believes that the horse has to come first.” ■

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Lady Marmalade


(Phi Slama Jama x OFW Elyzabeth)

H/A English Pleasure Open with Tish Kondas AAOTR with Kelli Aguirre JOTR with Gabrielle Aguirre


Roundabout Midnite

(Sir Fames HBV x KA Dream In Color)

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Cabana Boy



(IXL Noble Express x Radiant Afire)

Arabian English Pleasure JOTR and JTR with Gabrielle Aguirre

Top Gun

Moonfyre Photography


(Millennium LOA x Guns And Roses)

H/A Country Pleasure Driving AOTD H/A Show Hack Open and AOTR with Kelli and Gabrielle Aguirre Offered for your consideration

Millennium M Phlash (Xtreme Phlash x Dvinaa)

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Tonka Toi


(Matoi x PF Emotion)

H/A Park Horse Open with Tish Kondas AOTR with Colleen Boylan Cooper

Owned by Jeanne Marie & Anna Boylan, and Colleen Boylan Cooper Andover, Massachusetts

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Heir Ride


(Afires Heir x Matally)

Arabian Country Pleasure Junior Horse with Tish Kondas

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M u lt i - N at i o N a l C h a M p i o N

A Noble Pass

(IXL Noble Express x SA Passing Fancy)

Arabian Show Hack Open with Tish Kondas AAOTR with Colleen Boylan Cooper Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR with Colleen Boylan Cooper

Owned by Jeanne Marie & Anna Boylan, and Colleen Boylan Cooper Andover, Massachusetts

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Ghazi Dutch Warrior


(El Ghazi x Rimone GW)

H/A Country Pleasure AAOTR and H/A Show Hack AAOTR with Pam Harris H/A Show Hack Open with Tish Kondas Offered for your consideration

Connected To Huck (Hucks Connection V x Infatuation LTD)

Arabian Park Horse AAOTR and Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR with Pam Harris

Owned by Pam Harris Galax, Virginia

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Double Platinum (Afire Bey V x Evitaa)

H/A Country Pleasure AAOTR and AATR with Elizabeth Tyler

Tornado Warning


(Sir William Robert x Erinne)

H/A Country Pleasure Open with Tish Kondas Offered for your consideration


Major Tom

(AA Apollo Bey x Showtime’s Shanghai Lilly)

H/A English Pleasure Open with Tish Kondas AAOTR with Elizabeth Tyler Offered for your consideration Owned by Elizabeth Tyler and Walter & Shirley McNeely Alberton, Georgia

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Chixx Dig Me (Exxpectation + x Tradition N Ebony)

H/A Western Pleasure Junior Horse with Tish Kondas Offered for your consideration

Argentinaa (Afire Bey V x Evitaa)

H/A Hunter Pleasure JOTR and JTR with Jordan Alvey

Owned by Judi and Jordan Alvey Newnan, Georgia

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Fortune In Brass


(WR Topp Brass x Fortunes Lady)

2011 Scottsdale Champion H/A Gelding Saddle/ Pleasure Type Open with Mike Wilson 2011 U.S. Reserve National Champion H/A Gelding Saddle/Pleasure Type Open with Mike Wilson

Heading to Region 12 for the first time in the AOTH division with owner Cameron McGee showing Fortune for the first time.

Thank you, Tish, Carla, and the whole Showtime Team, for making this dream come true!

Proudly owned by: Cameron and G. Ellen McGee Union City, Georgia

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(Triften +/ x KAZ Baskteena)

Arabian English Pleasure JOTR and JTR with Maris Castang Owned by Maris and Kim Castang Newnan, Georgia

Playing With Fire


(Bask Flame x VF Elegant Miss)

Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR and AATR with Betsy Haas

Arabian Country Pleasure Driving with Tish Kondas Owned by Betsy and Steve Haas Ingleside, Illinois

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S h ow t i m e

Mercy MercyMe (Apollopalooza x Perfect Attendance)

Arabian Celebration Reserve Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Open Offered for your consideration

Owned by

Alexis Mattingly Newnan, Georgia

w w w. S h ow t i m e t r a i n i n g C e n t e r . n e t 493 Boone Road, newnan, Ga 30263 • BaRn 770-252-3300 • Tish Kondas 678-427-0595 • CaRla sChilTz 253-380-0853 40 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

“One thing we can know for certain ... this great land was built on the backs of courageous people and great horses!”

Eleanor Hamilton’s father plowing with borrowed teams in the Sand Hills of Nebraska ca.1920’s

Eleanors Arabian Farm Eleanor Hamilton 1-800-328-9923 763-767-1381

“What a privilege to appreciate and enjoy working with great equine performers and athletes of all breeds!”

by Peppy San Badger 1993 Chestnut AQHA Stallion NCHA Futurity and Derby winner, Peppy San Badger was inducted into the AQHA Hall Of Fame. A foundation sire for the legendary King Ranch program for over 20 years. Now an intregal part of Eleanor’s Arabians’ Half-Arabian breeding program.

for information ~

763.767.1381 1.800.328.9923

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“Great sires lend us their reputations and we are privileged that they graciously take us along for the ride!�

Hesa Zee+/ by Xenophonn 1988 Bay Arabian Stallion Canadian Reserve National Champ Open Reining, 6 National Top Tens Reining Open/AO and Champ IAHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and Maturity Sire of 2007 Canadian National Reining Champion AOTR, 2007 U.S. Reserve National Champion Reining Open, 2008 U.S. Reserve National Champion Reining Futurity, 2010 Canadian National Reserve Champion Reining Open, and Reining Futurity Winners of over $125,000.

Crown Musc+ by *Muscat Great Champion and Sire of Champions We have frozen semen available from Crown Musc+ our premier foundation sire.

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by Topsail Whiz 2007 Sorrel AQHA Stallion 2012 High Roller Reining Futurity Open Derby Champion 2012 Reining By The Bay - Open Derby Champion 2012 NRHA and NRBC - Open Finalist LTE: $117,000

“Take chances and reach out for the best. Life is waiting for you to grab its lapels and holler ... LET’S GO!”

owned by

Silver Spurs Equine LLC

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by Topsail Whiz 1995 Bay AQHA Stallion NRHA MILLION DOLLAR SIRE Total Offspring Earnings ~ $1,500,000+ Equistat’s No. 2 Junior Sire of 2008 and 2009 LTE: $110,225

“Breeding out to leading QH sires in the NRHA with the best of my Hesa Zee+/ and Crown Musc+ ladies. It just doesn’t get much more fun than this! ”

owned by

Silver Spurs Equine LLC

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by Nu Chex To Cash 2006 Bay AQHA Stallion Chexamillion is a son of NRHA Hall Of Fame and NRHA Million Dollar Sire ~ Nu Chex To Cash Sire of 262 money-earners of over $2,659,000 including Lil Joe Cash, 2011 NRHA Open Futurity Champ

“There are better things in life than waiting up all night for a million dollar foal ... I just can’t think of one right this minute!”

owned by F.D. Davis and standing at

Hilldale Farm 46 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

Eleanor Hamilton 2012 APHA Distinguished Service Award Amateur Working Western Rider of the Year Scottsdale Winners Bred By Eleanor’s Arabians Top Ten - Four Jacks, Julies Rocket Man, Come Spin With Me, Heza My Daddy and Reserve Champion HA JR Reining Hack/Snaff ~ Zee Ricky Bobby

“What else can you do that brings you rewards, applause and honors just for having the time of your life! Thanks!”

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Eleanor Hamilton’s father plowing with borrowed teams in the Sand Hills of Nebraska ca.1920’s

“Horses have taught me everything worth knowing. Patience, a good work ethic, and a good attitude. Keep your ears up and your heels ready ... just in case!”

Eleanors Arabian Farm Eleanor Hamilton 1-800-328-9923 763-767-1381

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Congratulations Veracity! GSF

2 0 1 2 U . S . N at i o N a l S R e S e Rv e C h a m p i o N

Lori Taft

A r a b i a n C o u n t r y E n g l i s h P l e a s u r e S e l e c t A AT R

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VF Vanguard x Grandeurs Promise

Excited for 2013 Show Season!

“Thank You, Dwayne, Doug and Marilyn Burger, for the great job you did with Lori and GSF Veracity! Special thanks to Jean Bishop for starting it all!” Owned by: Rick and Heidi Boettner Dwayne and Doug Burger 330-464-5880 | Burbank, Ohio



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2009 Bay Gelding Afire Bey V x Her Nobility by *Elimar Full sibling to Nat’l Champion

2009 Chestnut Mare IXL Noble Express+ x Felicia Afire by Afire Bey V



2009 Bay Colt Afire Bey V x Harghaza by *El Ghazi

2009 Bay Gelding Brave And Noble x Chamorrita Afire by Afire Bey V Half-sibling to Nat’l Champion

Will be shown at the Buckeye

MADIERA AFIRE 2009 Bay Mare Afire Bey V x HH Moriah by MHR Nobility

SWEET STELLA DGL 2009 Chestnut Mare Brave And Noble x Sweet Summer Fire by Afire Bey V Half-sibling to Nat’l Champion

NOBLE FANTOM 2009 Bay Gelding IXL Noble Express+ x Foxy Afire by Afire Bey V Full Sibling to 2011 AEPA Champion

NOBLE RAIN 2009 Chestnut Mare IXL Noble Express+ x Radiant Afire by Afire Bey V Full sibling to Nat’l Champion

NOBLE BACCARAT 2009 Bay Colt IXL Noble Express+ x Bonita Afire by Afire Bey V 2010 AEPA Champion

AFIRES ROSE 2011 Half-Arabian Bay Mare Afire Bey V x Ritida KWPN Full sibling to Nat’l Champions

Will be shown at the Buckeye

Maroon Fire Arabians ~ Dave and Gail Liniger Shea Stables ~ Tim and Marty Shea ~ 810.650.1867 e-mail: 52 | Arabian Horse Times



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Marketing Your

arabian Horse by Beth Ellen Hunziker

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Marketing Your arabian Horse


he Arabian horse industry offers us many opportunities for participation: breeding, training, showing, racing, professional services, or the simple pleasure of ownership. There truly is something for everyone. Yet, there is one aspect about the Arabian horse business that affects us all—marketing! Whether you are a small breeder or large, an international trainer or give riding lessons to children, a veterinarian, farrier, photographer, videographer, graphic designer, writer, groom, or owner—the importance of marketing can not be underestimated. The more successful we are in marketing horses to existing owners and creating opportunities for people to become new owners, the stronger and more vibrant our industry will grow. so how can we be most effective in marketing our horses and the Arabian horse breed? Just as we seek the assistance of experts in the care and management of our horses, it is wise to turn to the experts in the field of marketing and communications for their advice and expertise. The people in the Arabian horse community who have been most successful in marketing their horses or services agree that working with professionals who know and understand the Arabian horse industry, who share their passion and vision has been essential to achieving their goals. They confirm that print advertising such as ads in the Times, stallion cards, brochures, flyers, etc., are strong, effective marketing tools. They also agree that accessibility in marketing is critical, which is why digital media such as websites, e-blasts, Facebook©, and other forms of social media have become an important part of their marketing efforts. These forms of digital media offer viewers access to their products 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. successful marketing requires consistent effort throughout the year. However, key times such as the “scottsdale season” call for an extra effort. With all the open houses, parties, private and open presentations, and of course the show, are all done to showcase scottsdale contenders, market show and breeding horses and promote stallion services. scottsdale is important in terms of Arabian horse competition, but it is also viewed as a critical indicator of the health of our market. The scottsdale market started out this year very strong with halter and performance horses selling in all price

David Boggs

ranges. There were reports of extreme sales topping the $1,000,000 mark—which is always exciting—but there were many more sales in the four, five and six figure ranges. These high to mid-range prices are most important because they open the door for breeders, owners, amateurs, and families to buy great horses for very reasonable prices. it proves that quality Arabian horses are accessible to everyone regardless of budget. We asked some people in our community who were successful in marketing horses, breedings, and services, to share their insights. DAviD Boggs of midwest Training Centre understands the important role of promotion in positioning his business at the highest level. “The printed materials we use such as ads, brochures, stallion cards, presentation lists, etc. are instrumental tools to marketing Arabian horses. People can only absorb and retain so much information while comparing and looking at many horses at many facilities in a short period of time while at scottsdale. These materials afford the buyer a “quiet review” at their leisure to process and evaluate the important details on each horse and assess the potential business benefits. i believe the quality of our presentation accurately ref lects the excellence of our horses and brings buyers seeking that level of quality to our farm.”

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Greg Gallún

Jim Stachowski

grEg gAllún of gallún Farms, inc. is internationally recognized for his success in the show ring and in the marketplace. He acknowledges the continuing importance of the scottsdale market and its influence on the industry. “scottsdale remains the premier Arabian horse event in the world because it offers the greatest concentration of high quality horses. it truly does offer the very best of the best. in addition to selling show and breeding horses, scottsdale is perhaps the number one place to market stallion services. Breeders come to scottsdale to see as many horses as possible and to evaluate the production of stallions, as well as trends in breeding. The current trend i find interesting is breeders’ interest in upcoming young sires. The breeding market is very speculative right now, more so than i think i have ever seen. it seems easier to sell breedings to young unproven stallions than to established sires. This year, young horses generated a lot of excitement and scottsdale offers some of the finest in the breed.” sTACHoWski FArm, inC. is one of the most successful Arabian training and breeding farms in the country. Jim stachowski commented on the scottsdale

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Murray and Shirley Popplewell

market this year, “i think the market is as strong as ever for horses that are trained and presented well. However, i believe our success has been in offering quality horses in different levels of training and in a variety of prices— established show champions, finished horses ready to show, young horses with star quality potential, as well as the services of some of the top breeding stallions in the country. Promotion has been critical to our success in marketing our services and horses. We use the Arabian Horse Times for our print advertising, website, and e-blasts, because they consistently produce a high quality product, they are great to work with, and they are effective in reaching our market. We have worked with Wayne Anderson for years and he does a great job.” murrAY AnD sHirlEY PoPPlEWEll of rae-Dawn Arabians had a fantastic scottsdale show, inside the ring and out. Before, during, and after the show, rae-Dawn actively promoted their farm. “We had a great time at scottsdale. our horses placed very well. in fact, our stallion, Bey Ambition, was the leading Halter sire at the show! in addition, we sold seven horses; two to saudi Arabia, one to Australia, one to south Africa, and three to u.s. breeders. now that

Marketing Your arabian Horse

Tish Kondas

Ambition’s offspring are reaching three-years of age, we are working to create a market for them in performance. As stallion owners, we have learned the importance of promotion for Bey Ambition and his foals. We believe print advertising is still very effective for us. We actively use digital media with our website and e-blasts as well. Even though we are small breeders, the Arabian Horse Times has assisted us in successfully establishing our program around the world.” TisH konDAs of showtime Training Center shared how marketing and working with top professionals has helped her achieve her personal and professional goals. “i’ve been reading the Times since i was a kid. it may sound strange, but the magazine inspired me to dream about my future and a life with Arabian horses. As i worked my way up through the ranks, i watched how successful people marketed and promoted their horses and services and i emulated them. now that i am living my dream, the magazine is a tool i use to make my business a success. vJ royal Heir is a prime example. Having him on the cover of the Times brought him greater recognition within the industry. it did not make him something he isn’t or change him—he is the

Tom Moore

same great English pleasure horse—but the magazine showcased him in a style that i think truly reflects his quality, beauty and talent. i love working with talented, dedicated professionals who share my passion for the horses: the amazing photography talents of stuart vesty, Howard schatzberg and mike Ferrara; Jen Trickey with her superb creativity; and the staff at the Times with their knowledge and personal service, all add up to an experience that has been fun, exciting, and very effective in showcasing royal Heir as a show horse and a sire.” Tom moorE of Cedar ridge Arabians shared his thoughts, “As our market for the Arabian horse has become more global, and at the same time, in recent years buyers have become more selective in their purchases, it is imperative to get information about what you have available out to as much of the target market as possible. Through using the Arabian Horse Times magazine for print media coupled with the timeliness of email blasts, Cedar ridge Arabians has been able to successfully reach their target market. Without this, Cedar ridge could not have had the success we have experienced in marketing our horses in the past few weeks or this past year.”

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base through giving attention to new enthusiasts and introductory level buyers. The tours each winter are a spectacular venue for new people to meet and learn about the Arabian horse in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. in addition, we strongly support the prize money programs of scottsdale, The las vegas World Cup, The Arabian Celebration, iowa gold star and others where owners and amateurs have the opportunity to present their horses, to enjoy the thrill of victory first hand, and even win a few bucks!

David Boggs

miDWEsT TrAining CEnTrE

__________________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horse(s)? By a simple inquiry. midwest has a regularly updated and user-friendly website that highlights our marketing program and features horses we have for sale. in addition, we’re very active on Facebook©, where we provide frequent updates, present individual horses that are currently available, and share invitations to special events. What are your marketing techniques? in my experience, if you want to do a good job of marketing anything, it is most important to know your product well, and to understand current market conditions. Additionally, it is essential to do a good and considerate job of communicating with both buyers and sellers. A must in this process is to put all important and pertinent information on the table. Scottsdale was a great success—how will you continue this forward momentum for you and your clients throughout the rest of this year? momentum continues when it is supported by meticulous and diligent follow-up with those who purchased horses from midwest. And of course our goal is always to represent and offer the very best of our breed. What specific ideas do you have to increase the market for the Arabian breed? We always look to broaden the

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How and what do you and your farm do to attract new people to the Arabian breed? Throughout all of our years in the Arabian horse industry, we’ve invited people of every interest level to visit our farms, through public and private open houses, farm tours, and special events. Today, we’ve augmented this face-to-face fun with modern technology by very aggressively managing our website and our Facebook© presence. How does AHT help you with your marketing needs? By producing a first-class product, and offering exceptional service through a very friendly, helpful and professional team of innovative and creative people whose enthusiasm is contagious!

Leah Beth Boyd

CEDAr riDgE ArABiAns

__________________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horse(s)? We accept horses in training with many different goals. if someone sends us a horse, for the specific purpose of getting it sold, the first thing we do is set up a marketing plan. What specific ideas do you have to increase the market for the Arabian breed? i think the most important factor in increasing the market is to bring new people to our breed! How and what do you and your farm do to attract new people to the Arabian breed? Cedar ridge has a big

Marketing Your arabian Horse of acres of pasture where they drink out of the creek for their water and deal with the mn weather until they are almost 3 years old. They have great minds, strong bones and are hardy individuals. since our costs our lower in raising our horses, and we are able to train and show our own horses and we are able to offer our horses at a reasonable price to the customer. We have been successful with advertising in the Arabian Horse Times and on the social websites. Facebook is great for getting the word out quickly on a horse that is for sale, but you still need to email and post regularly to keep the messages current. showing the horses lends credibility and credentials and both are important in adding value and increasing exposure to the public of what we have to offer. The farm website and sales list is current and updated, but we usually encourage people to come visit and see the horses in person. That works best for us. lesson program. it is a great tool to not only introduce people to the Arabian breed, but also to increase horse sales. once the riders from the lesson program are ready to show, we always look at horses in-house first.

Scottsdale was a great success—how will you continue this forward momentum for you and your clients throughout the rest of this year? We do attend the show

How does AHT help you with your marketing needs? We have had a lot of success advertising horses via web blasts. The Times makes it very easy to get them designed and get it sent out. We always get a lot of feedback.

Peter and Lori Conway

ConWAY ArABiAns, inC. __________________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horse(s)? The only horses that we usually market for other people are those that we have bred or sold. We are a breeding farm that raises, trains, shows and then markets our own product. since we only have a few clients, that primarily show horses that are from our program, it is a rarity to market any outside horses. What are your marketing techniques? We are able to raise our horses in an environment that is a positive for their physical and mental well-being, with fewer expenses then most farms. They grow up outside on 100’s

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and use that opportunity to network with other trainers about what we have at home for sale. Â What specific ideas do you have to increase the market for the Arabian breed? The Arabian horse has to be marketed as a family horse. We need to prove to the public that the blowing, snorting, tail flying Arabian when it is loose in the arena or pasture, is the same horse you can put your five year old kid on and have them ride around and be safe. This is a difficult thing for many people to grasp, but we all know it is true and should be promoted. We need to bring new people into the Arabian breed and when they come, mentor them and treat them fairly. Being honest and forthright about any horse we are selling is our duty and if we want to keep these people involved, it is imperative that we maintain high standards of credibility. Promote the Arabian horse wherever and whenever you can. get the Arabian Horse Times magazine to the schools (buy a subscription for them), submit stories to your local papers about your horses, encourage visitors or club members to come visit your farm. Advertise locally as well as globally. lesson programs that use Arabian horses are also a great way to get people involved. These people become a great resource to market horses to after they get hooked on riding. People need to stop thinking that AHA should be doing something to market your horse. We all need to do our part and talk about the PosiTivE reasons to be involved with the Arabian horse. get involved in your local club(s) and help out or volunteer at their events. We need to reinforce that AnYonE can afford to have an Arabian or Half-Arabian horse and change the perception that you have to be rich to afford one. Yes, there are high dollar Arabian and Half-Arabian horses, but the majority of them are very affordable for everyone. Promote the versatility of the Arabian horse. Clearly there is no other breed that can do as much as the Arabian horse can and we need to let people know that.

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How and what do you and your farm do to attract new people to the Arabian breed? We do all of the above that i listed and: getting kids involved from a young age is the basis for a growing interest in them wanting a lifetime with horses. We invite the pre-school and kindergarten kids at the local schools to come for a field trip and visit the horses and foals. We give them an opportunity to pet them, brush them and get their picture taken with an Arabian horse. We send each kid home with the AHA promotional material that promotes Arabians, the Arabian horse coloring pages and they all get to pick out a ribbon that Conway Arabians has won to take home. The interesting thing about the ribbons is the kids always take the longest ones, not the blue ones, and the u.s. national pink and green ribbons are their favorite. We donate a purebred Arabian yearling gelding to the mn 4-H Horse Association. These kids have three areas they must compete in to win this Arabian horse; the first is to write an essay, which includes what owning an Arabian horse would mean to them and a cost analysis of owning this horse and what their plans are for the future with this Arabian, then they have a personal interview

Marketing Your arabian Horse and the final test is handling this yearling for the judges in a showmanship type setting. The winner is a dedicated youth that i know will take great care of their Arabian for the rest of their life. This is a great way to put good Arabians in the 4-H program and i hope more states and farms will start doing this. How does AHT help you with your marketing needs? The Arabian Horse Times does it all. The magazine and website is informative, and high class; the staff is professional, knowledgeable, and creative.

Roxann Hart

roHArA ArABiAns _____________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horse(s)? rohara has sold to over 19 foreign countries and this year-to-date, has sold 14 horses both in the u.s. and abroad. People can become involved by discussing and visiting farms where the horse would be marketed. Be certain everyone understands the pricing and the commission structure for the sales assistance if not sold by owner. This should be done in the beginning to avoid future problems. What are your marketing techniques? To market is to present for sale. To do this, there are several things that must be in place prior to “marketing”. You must be prepared with good videos and photos, the videos must present the horse to its best advantage. videos should be filmed close up so conformation can be clearly seen. The horse should not be running around like a dot in a dust cloud at the far end of the pasture. The horse should be clipped appropriately and in good condition. You must make the horse look as good as it naturally can look. This video is your tool to the marketing audience. Ask yourself after seeing this video, is this good enough to encourage people to make the purchase? or good enough to get on a plane or drive in a car for further evaluation? if this video is not what you feel your horse best represents, do another picture or video until it represents what you wish to portray. Be ready with the pedigree and knowledge such as show records etc.

To “market” one must educate oneself by visiting other farms, training centers, horse shows, and clinics. You must be able to judge your horse as to price. seek more than one opinion, but the final decision should be your decision. How does AHT help you with your marketing needs? of special note is advertising. if advertising to sell by owner, it is important to use E-blasts and if possible, trade magazines, such as Arabian Horse Times. Choose magazines that have a high subscription circulation to enhance your viewing target.

Larry Jerome

JErlAnD FArm __________________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horse(s)? i am always happy to assist anyone with that horse sired by our stallions or out of our mares. i am not opposed to assisting anyone that wishes help, however, i am most comfortable with horses that i know. mentors are an important part of this industry. i think it is good to align yourself with someone you trust

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What specific ideas do you have to increase the market for the Arabian breed? i enjoy all facets of the Arabian horse industry: performance, halter competition and breeding. many people have an interest in horses, they just don’t know where to begin. i think our biggest opportunity is to encourage our amateur programs and youth. Hands-on involvement are what keep things growing. it is also important to help individuals win. Winning isn’t everything, but everyone likes a piece of the pie. The best way to market your horse is to help someone have this experience. if they can feel some success, they are bound to want more. Human nature make us want to keep the good ones and peddle the others, but the people who have been the most successful in their sales are the people who follow up after the sale and root for the client hoping they achieve success.

and respect. it is also important to realize that usually the best person to get the job done is yourself. The enthusiasm and interest of the owner is what fuels the final result. Believe in yourself. You have to sell your first horse before you can sell your 50th. What are your marketing techniques? Be available. People want to talk to the owners and the breeders. seek out the person that you sense may be reluctant to talk to you because they feel you may not want to talk to them. Advertise. People forget very quickly what your horse did a few months ago. videos and material in hand are ok, but having things on-line is maybe more important today. Scottsdale was a great success—how will you continue this forward momentum for you and your clients throughout the rest of this year? Advertise, attend shows, and support the owners and horses that are part of our breeding program. momentum will only be maintained if you continue to be visual.

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How and what do you and your farm do to attract new people to the Arabian breed? Advertise, compete, support. Be a friend to all, not just the ones in your training barn. invite all to visit your farm and see what you are dreaming about. Encourage youth. Family field trips and school outings kindle the passion for the young dreamer. We are all ambassadors for the Arabian breed, not competitors. How does AHT help you with your marketing needs?  i must really like them … i advertise there. great people … great owner and a great staff.

Jim Stachowski

sTACHoWski FArm, inC. __________________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horses? We encourage anyone to call us to help them plan out their strategy for the year for their breeding, marketing and show programs. What are your marketing techniques? We strive to do everything the best it can be done—training, breeding, and promotion, along with having the best people

Marketing Your arabian Horse working with us. We use advertising, social media, our website, and events to put our services out to the public. our success, hard work, and high standards define our marketing strategy. Scottsdale was a great success – how will you continue this forward momentum for you and your clients throughout the year? scottsdale was a huge success for us during which we sold over 30 horses at the show, including horses to foreign buyers. stachowski Farm also did well in the show ring, winning 18 championships, 9 reserve championships and 36 top ten awards. We continue helping and advising people throughout the year, already preparing them for next year. it is important to us to encourage people to breed and to help them with their breeding decisions to build a strong, quality market for the future. What are your marketing techniques? To provide the best possible service to and give our clients an enjoyable and successful family experience. if it’s fun and positive, they’ll stay in it. How and what do you and your farm do to attract new people to the Arabian breed? We like to work with young people who are interested in a career in the horse business. We don’t care what breeds they have in their past, but if they’re talented and hardworking, we’re very happy to help them find a future in Arabian horses! How does AHT help you with your marketing needs? AHT provides many services that help us achieve our marketing goals, including advertising and our website. Their reputation as being the go-to publication for marketing and show horses fits well with our objectives. They expand our ability to reach new people and make them aware of what we have to offer.

Jacqueline Thompson

smokY mounTAin PArk ArABiAns llC __________________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horse(s)? We like to have our clients send us good photos of the foals they bred that are by our stallions Baskghazi, The renaissance and Ps Afire

Chief+. We include those in our advertising videos and even print media, such as our monthly ads in the Arabian Horse Times. What are your marketing techniques? We have tried several kinds of marketing, and find a broad approach gives us a lot of exposure. We began marketing on the internet with our own site, smokymountainparkarabians. com, and then branched out to become a consistent advertiser in some print media, such as the Arabian breed publications like the Times. We also regularly support shows such as the Arabian Horse Celebration, ohio Buckeye, u.s. nationals and several regionals as Patrons. in addition, we have hosted local clubs at the farm and taken horses to outreach events such as the intrigue Event. We also maintain a library of videos on YouTube™ on the smoky mountain Park Channel that receive a high volume of views. Scottsdale was a great success—how will you continue this forward momentum for you and your clients

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Comments about those ads from our clients and future clients give us confidence that our Times ads are working to educate the public about our breeding farm and keeping them abreast of our horses’ progress in the show ring. AHT helps us reach our target audience of people interested in Arabian horses with quality advertising that gets our message out.

Michael Van Handel

JErlAnD FArm __________________________________________________ How can people become involved with you in marketing their horse(s)? People can become involved with us and marketing their horses in a different way because we are not a training barn, but a breeding farm. We focus on helping people who have become associated with the horses that we bred or that are in foal to or sired by our stallions.   What are your marketing techniques? We focus our marketing in an array of areas. We target the online shopper by using e-blasts, and marketing horses through online classifieds. We target the show enthusiast by putting our horses with well-known trainers and amateurs so that the horses are actually out there and winning. We also work with the youth and 4-H to help match the right horse with the right owner. our website is constantly updated and we strive to present all horses in their best light and do it fairly. throughout the rest of this year? We have been pleased with the response we have had to our involvement at scottsdale and will continue to follow up with the relationships and leads we established there. What specific ideas do you have to increase the market for the Arabian breed? We have purchased the domain,, and are in the process of developing that site for the purpose of reaching new people who may like to become involved in the Arabian horse industry. How and what do you and your farm do to attract new people to the Arabian breed? refer to answer above. How does AHT help you with your marketing needs? AHT has been one of the primary advertising opportunities for smoky mountain Park Arabians.

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What specific ideas do you have to increase the market for the Arabian breed? our horses are special and the more that people know and can see that, the better off we all will be. We will continue to strive to breed a versatile, athletic and beautiful horse that is capable of doing the job asked of it.  n

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Scottsdale Arabian 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: 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           70 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

Baske Afire

Afire Bey V

Purebred & Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points


1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ...................................... 407 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ...........................370 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ........................... 231 4. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 158 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ............................ 148 6. SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) .................. 120 7. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song)        ......................................... 119 8. Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ......................................... 117 9. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)........ 116 10.  Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar)............................... 107 Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin).................. 107

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ........................................ 50 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ............................. 46 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased .............................. 24 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) .. 20 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ................................18 Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar).................................. 14 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ......... 14 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)................. 14 7. Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ........................................... 12 8. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) .................................................. 11 Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) .......................................................... 11 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) ... 11 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) .............. 11 Volume 43, No. 11 | 71

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Purebred Halter

Purebred Performance



1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady)..................... 151 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ..... 150 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ........................... 136 Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) ................... 92 Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar)................................. 83 Audacious PS (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious) .............................. 60 Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ......................................................... 60 7. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) .................................. 57 8. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .............................. 52 9. PCF Vision (Marwan Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) ....................... 50

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.



1. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ..............................18 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)...18 2. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ...................... 14 Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA)..................... 14 3. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar).................................. 12 4. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ........................................................ 10 5. PCF Vision (Marwan Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) ..........................9 6. Audacious PS (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious)..................................8 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) .....8 Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique).......................................8

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)............................ 218 Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ...................................... 188 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)................ 90 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) .................... 82 Kordelas (Monogramm x Kabala) ...................................................76 Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin).................... 72 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .............................. 72 7. Bucharest V (Huckleberry Bey x Bachista V) ............................... 62 Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) ............................................................... 62 8. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ........ 60 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ............................ 27 Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ........................................ 20 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)................. 13 Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) .................... 10 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ...................................9 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .................................9 6. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) ..................................................................8 7. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) ...................................................6 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ...........6 Jake Jamaal JCA ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) ......6 Kordelas (Monogramm x Kabala) .....................................................6 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) ......................6

Purebred Halter & Performance Points


1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)...........................226 2. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 158 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ........................... 140 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ............................. 124 5. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin).................. 107 6. SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) .................... 90 7. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) ................................. 87 8. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) .. 84 9. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) ................................... 82 10. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) .............. 81

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Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ............................ 29 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) .. 20 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ..............................19 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ................................ 14 Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) .................................. 13 Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) .......................................................... 11 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) ... 11 7. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin).................... 10 8. Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) .............................................9 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ................9

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DA Valentino

Vitorio TO

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Half-Arabian Halter

Half-Arabian Performance



1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased .............................. 91 Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique).................................... 55 Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ......................................... 45 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) .......................................... 27 Brandon Bey JCA (Versace x Hushahby Bey) ......................... 22 DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) .......................... 21 Taste Afire (DS Major Afire x WN Taste OHoney)........................ 21 7. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ............................ 20 8. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) ..................................................19 9. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)..........18

Winners 1. 2. 3. 4.

Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ............................................6 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ................................5 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ...............................3 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)............2 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ................2 Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique).......................................2

Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) .........................................174 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ............................ 124 Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch) deceased .. 70 Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) ............................................. 60 Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) ................................................ 50 MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra) ..................................... 46 Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) ............................................ 44 Pension (Matrifik x Aristo Amy) ..................................................... 44 8. C A Hermoso (C A Acierto x Challendon Flame) ...................... 42 9. Afires Vision (Afire Bey V x Matoskette)..................................... 40


Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ......................................... 25 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire).............................. 14 Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased .....8 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ...........6 Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai).................................................6 Pension (Matrifik x Aristo Amy)........................................................6 5. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) ...................................................4 Fire An Ice (Gold N Ali x Tu-Flame) .............................................4 HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) ..................4 Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ...................................4 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .................................4

1. 2. 3. 4.

Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

1. 2. 3. 4.

Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ....................................... 219 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................... 144 Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) ................................................. 69 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)......... 56 Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)................................. 48 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) .......................................... 47 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) .................... 30 Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) .............. 20 TFA Zimsinferno (Shah Azim x Krystal Gale)...................... 20 9. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate)............................16

Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ......................................... 30 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ..............................17 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ...........8 Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) ....................................................5 Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)....................................5 5. Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate)..............................3 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) .............................................3 Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) .................3 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) .......................3 6. QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams).............................2 TFA Zimsinferno (Shah Azim x Krystal Gale).........................2 The Nobelest (MHR Nobility x Bey Aperitif V)............................2

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The Girl Nexxt Door

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"PA Kid Khan to me exemplifies what a Junior Western Horse should be. The class specs state that junior western horses are to be judged on substance, quality, performance and manners. Often confused with bulk, substance merely refers to the ability to perform the task at hand. This horse has the refined muscling and angulation to do his job effortlessly. He exudes quality and his performance exemplary--the true definition of a junior western horse. Guided by his multi-talented trainer and horseman, Rob Bick, we are sure to see greatness from this team." ~ Bill Melendez Sundance Kid V x Kharrea PGA, by Khadraj NA

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The Western Pleasure Arabian And Its Following Questions & Answers From The Industry Leaders In Western Pleasure

Just like every other discipline, Western Pleasure, too, has its devotees. Just as some viewers love the high-energy dance of the English performance horse, there are those that look forward to and enjoy the calm, cool, and collected western pleasure horse. This Arabian is proof that they are not that flighty and erratic creature some claim them to be. They are treasured by their owners for their willingness and adaptability. Learn about and from, some of the industry’s finest, why the Western pleasure horse is popular, where it is going, and why it suits them best.

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Western Pleasure

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Frank and Sara Chisholm Palmet t o a r abians, llC

What attracted you to the western division, and what was your first experience? When we first started in Arabian horses, we were all over the map. We had western, hunter, English, and halter horses. We soon realized that we couldn’t do a good job in all of the disciplines. We loved the laid back attitude, beauty, and athleticism that the western horses displayed. of course, it didn’t hurt that our first stallion was sundance Kid V. It made it very easy for us to shift our concentration to the western division. sundance has done a fantastic job as a western sire and we enjoy watching his get compete whether we bred them or sundance sired them for another breeder.

What has been your most memorable experience in this division, and why? It would have to be watching may Dancer V win the Western Pleasure Futurity national Championship in 2004. We had just started competing at the nationals and it was really exciting for us to win our first national championship. We were in a state of shock and so happy for rob bick and proud of may Dancer V. When did you start and what have been your biggest rewards? We got our first horse in 1999. We didn’t make the decision to grow into a breeding farm until 2003. our biggest award is being named APAHA breeder of the Year this past February in scottsdale. my wife and I don’t show ourselves. our passion is our breeding program. Winning breeder of the Year is the most important award we could receive given our passion for breeding. in breeding a western horse, do bloodlines determine the ability of a western horse? if so, how? You can’t get past bloodlines whether you are trying to breed a western, English or halter horse. The longer I do this, the more attention I pay to bloodlines—rob bick has done a great job of pounding this into my hard head. He is a walking encyclopedia of pedigrees and rbC’s input and advice have helped our foal crops improve each year. We have a great stallion lineup now, with bloodlines of sundance Kid V, Always A Jullyen V, Fame VF, Versace, and Khadraj nA. That’s about as western as you can get.

Rob Bick and May Dancer V, 2004 National Western Pleasure Futurity Champions.

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What is the most successful means in marketing of western horses? boy, I wish I had an easy answer for that. There isn’t much of a market for weanling or

Western Pleasure yearling western horses. buyers want to wait to see how they look when they are more mature and going under saddle. This means you build a 2-3 year foal crop inventory as a western breeder. Having foals by successful western sires and proven broodmare lines is the key when you do market them. It is getting easier for us as we become better known as a breeding farm. our stallions and success of our foals are giving us a reputation as a place to go to look for western prospects. smart buyers are going to look for proven bloodlines and proven breeding programs. That’s what we are trying to achieve at Palmetto Arabians. 

Brandon Flood

F l o o d s h oW h o r s e s What attracted you to the western division, and what was your first experience? The way a great western horse moves, the tack and clothes, coming back to a lope from a hand gallop, nothing is cooler than that. I love working with the horse that epitomizes western pleasure; strong, quiet, intelligent, patient, and willing, beautiful animals. are there changes/improvements you would like to see in the western division as it grows? For the most part, I think the western division has evolved beautifully. We have beautiful Arabians who are talented and fun to watch. The one thing I would like to see change in western is the belief that our horses are too slow and need to go faster. And it’s not the idea so much as the wording. I think what people really mean is, they want horses that are balanced, and a really well balanced western horse can go pretty darn slow if you ask it to. I just don’t want to see really talented, well balanced, well trained horses get knocked because they go “too slow”. And on the other hand I don’t want to see horses pinned for going faster even though the reason they are going faster is because they are not balanced. When did you start and what have been your biggest rewards? I’ve been riding horses since before I could walk, and I started training horses in all divisions for my parents bill and Darcy Flood while I was in college. I really started training full time in 2007,

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and that year I went top ten in the Half-Arabian western junior horse at scottsdale with a mare that I had started myself. my biggest rewards would be when a youth rider of mine went national champion in walk/jog, and when I won the western gelding class unanimously this year at scottsdale and then going top ten in the open as well. What do you enjoy when you are away from the horse world? I really enjoy the outdoors. I like to go backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Also I love to read—I can’t read enough. in breeding a western horse, do bloodlines determine the ability of a western horse? if so, how? Absolutely. Great western horses are not made, they are born. There are certain bloodlines that give you the look, the physical talent, and the mental affinity that create great western horses. Without those three attributes, you will be hard pressed to make a successful western horse. A horse with the right work ethic and patience, along with balance, can make for a well-trained horse and then you add good looks and you have yourself a winner. Easier said than done! Volume 43, no. 11 | 85

Tommy Garland G a r l a n d s lt d.

What is one thing people don’t know about you? I was terribly shy growing up. my wife Dawn was so instrumental in helping me overcome that and occasionally I still deal with it, but over the years, thanks to Dawn, it’s gotten so much easier to talk with people, speak in front of crowds, do clinics, etc. What is your most memorable experience or reward? I used to say it was winning my first national championship with sF Georgia. I won’t forget any of that experience, she was such a special horse and she and I trusted each other implicitly. I recently found and purchased her, and brought her back to my farm to live out her days. she’s 21 now and I always tell Dawn, Georgia is and always will be the ‘other woman’ in my life!

my new, most memorable reward/experience was watching my daughter Katie, win reserve champion last year at nationals with Divine style she started herself. Watching your kids work hard at something they’re so passionate and excited about is a wonderful thing to witness, and I was filled with so much joy for what she had accomplished! I was just another dad, hollering, cheering, screaming and shedding a few tears for his daughter. It was phenomenal and truly a moment and experience I will never forget—ever. What is important / how would you define your relationship with horses? my relationship with my own horses and the horses I have in training is all built on trust, compassion and building confidence. I treat my horses the way I would want to be treated. I think that’s important and it establishes a level of trust that is critical. I don’t use or believe in using abusive methods to get your horse to do what you want them to do. most people look at horses as a means to an end, a commodity. I don’t look at it that way. In our industry and in life, it’s easier to run with the pack but it’s harder to be an individual. I get so excited when my horse and I have accomplished something together.

Tommy Garland and Resstitution, 2010 U.S. National Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Champion.

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are there changes/improvements you’d like to see in different divisions? Honestly, in my opinion, we have forgotten what a good moving horse looks like because it’s become all about ‘the drape’. We have taken all the expression away from our horses by asking them to move slower and in a more mechanical, unnatural fashion. Their ears are pinned and they look pretty darned unhappy. mentally, physically and emotionally, the process of slowing them down and creating ‘the drape’ is very taxing on them because it’s not a natural way to move. When a horse is jogging down the rail, take your hand and cover the front half of the horse and watch how the hind quarters are moving. Then cover the hindquarters and watch the front move. Are the front and hindquarters moving the same? You’ll be surprised by what you see. I think we need to allow our horses to move more freely and move forward a bit.

Western Pleasure In addition, the way we’re asking our horses to move has made it very difficult for the average amateur to ride, much less show. And you know what, those amateurs are getting frustrated and noT showing. I think we all need to give back and there are lots of opportunities and ways for us to do that, regardless of how big or small those gestures are. Amateur riders need our support and encouragement regardless of whether or not they are with a trainer. It can be as little as noticing an amateur having problems and giving a few tips and suggestions to sharing tips on clipping or sharing tack with those less fortunate. I guarantee you, your simple gestures might just make their day and maybe yours as well. Let’s get back to having our horses move more naturally, more forward, freer. That will create happier horses and build a solid foundation on which amateur riders in particular can participate and compete in an equitable, fair manner. by encouraging more amateur participation it helps our organization grow. What do you do when you’re not working with horses? From a hobby standpoint, I’m a big nAsCAr fan, and also enjoy working on old cars and street rods, which is another thing I got from my late father. From a personal standpoint, I’m finally at the stage in my career where I can spend more time with my amazing, fun family and am taking the time to enjoy them. Life is good!

Eleanor Hamilton

e l e a n o r ’ s a r a b i a n Fa r m What attracted you to the western division, and what was your first experience? I grew up on a cattle ranch so, of course, the western division was only natural.

Eleanor Hamilton and CMS Little Sierra.

When did you start and what have been your biggest rewards? I started showing western pleasure in ‘85 - ‘86, and I have been regional champion in western pleasure and reining, and reserve national champion reining. but the real reward is all the wonderful friends I have made during these years. What do you enjoy when you are away from the horse world? Does one actually ever get away from the horse world? I’m always thinking. What would be one thing that people would find surprising about you? When I was about 6 or 7, I could, according to my dad, “put a cow down a gopher hole”. my main summer-time job was riding the pastures, checking the windmills for water and looking for sick animals. I also worked with horses in the hay field, mowing or raking. I rode these same horses to grade school, which was 2 miles each way. What is one western horse that you did not breed or own that you would have loved to? Xenophonn, the sire of Hesa Zee+/.

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all disciplines of riding, but the horses I breed are also best suited to this area. What has been your most memorable experience in this division, and why? 2013 scottsdale, Champion Junior Western horse was the frosting on the cake. Ucello J … not only did we breed him, we own his dam, Khenya, great grandmother, Porcelain bey, his father, Giovanni mPA, and grandfather, Khadraj nA. He encompasses all of the great members of our breeding program. He had a successful halter career and achieved this win after only 3 visits to the show ring. The top of the event was winning a trophy in honor of a great friend and horseman, Chuck Kibler. That brought back a flood of wonderful memories of great horses of years gone by. how would you describe your relationship with your horse(s), and what makes you successful in competition? The Jerome family truly suffers from “horse disease.” It is surely not about making money! Liz Bentley and Jerland Farm’s Ucello J, 2013 Scottsdale Champion Junior Western Pleasure Horse. It’s about what these animals do to you that make you so nervous, so excited, so irrational in your thinking. It is the exhilaration you feel when you win a ribbon that you could have bought for $2.99 and you Larry Jerome only paid $8,000. I love a great horse and I respect and J e r l a n d Fa r m admire the people that have the ability to assist me in making my dreams come true. I think our success is directly related to breeding great horses, but also What attracted you to the western division, and what assembling the team that all works together to achieve was your first experience? I grew up riding and showing the goal. The horse and rider or handler, are only as good western horses though a 4-H youth program. I started as the whole team. Great horses start as babies and are on a Half-Arabian mare. The equipment and clothes built every day. It is not a 3-month training program. were cheaper. I had little financial support from family. I believe our success is not due to anyone individual or It was a low budget project! I also took part in the horse, but the efforts of all. Western gaming activities that were a part of our open shows. Cowboys rode western horses and I also loved roy rogers and Gene Autry! What I learned carried What do you enjoy when you are away from the horse over to my beginning into the Arabian industry. I love world? I have many passions. Jerland Farm is host to a 88 | ArAbIAn HorsE TImEs

Western Pleasure registered Holstein Herd, and a shorthorn beef cattle herd. I am actively involved in the German shepherd world competing both in this country and in Europe. music is a big part of my life. Although I no longer perform professionally, it is still one of my biggest passions. The biggest, however, is my family—my wife shelley, our 7 children and their spouses and our 22 grandchildren. What is one western horse that you did not breed or own that you would have loved to? C A Hermoso.

Rick Nab

m i l aG ro a r a b i a n s What attracted you to the western division, and what was your first experience? When I was a junior rider, I was blessed to show many different breeds of horse in multiple western divisions. Growing up in southern California, with parents who owned one of the biggest tack shops in the United states, the world of western horses was a natural for me. I’ve enjoyed riding and showing Arabians since I was 13 and have always thought the beauty of this breed brings something extra special to all things western. What has been your most memorable experience in this division and why? I have enjoyed too many memorable experiences over the years to isolate just one. I have a lifetime of wonderful memories thanks to having had the opportunity to train, show, and/or coach many, many champions, from Class A through winners of national championships. The keys to my successes are: love of the horse, love of the people, love of the romance that Is the western style of living and riding, and love of my work. how would you describe your relationship with your horse(s), and what makes you successful in competition? I would describe my relationship with horses as a huge joy and blessing. Coaching and judging at every level of competition has provided me with the opportunity to know, to bring together and to observe great horses and dedicated riders, and to take part in the enduring love affair that goes on between we humans and our horses.

Rick Nab

are there changes/improvements you would like to see in the western division as it grows? As a board member of the UsEF, I constantly learn about changes and improvements from each different breed, which I’m always glad to pass along to the Arabian industry. What is one western horse that you did not breed or own that you would have loved to? KJr Lexington +//. I had the pleasure of coaching her from Youth nationals all the way to the U.s. nationals. And he also wanted to put something about AHT naming her the leading national champion winner. Volume 43, no. 11 | 89

Joe Reser with 2011 U.S. National Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion Monticello V.

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s e t t i n G s u n s ta b l e s What attracted you to the western division, and what was your first experience? I started riding western when I was six years old on Arabians. my mom rode English and wanted me to try it one time. I thought it was like riding a washing machine. I went back to my western horse and that is how I got started. What has been your most memorable experience in this division, and why? bringing Ima rock star to the show ring when he was three years old. He was top ten that year and then won his 4-year-old year in Freedom Hall. That was a huge dream of mine, to win in 90 | ArAbIAn HorsE TImEs

Freedom Hall, and it is a horse that I have been around his whole life. It is a true pleasure to ride the best HalfArabian western horse (in my opinion). What do you enjoy when you are away from the horse world? being with my boys, Cole, and Grant, and going to notre Dame football games. What is one western horse that you did not breed or own that you would have loved to? mi –Tiffany— Incredible! excluding pedigree, what do you look for when making a breeding decision for a western horse? Their disposition. You can do a lot with a horse with a willing disposition.

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Kimberly Tillman What attracted you to the western division, and what was your first experience? I am an adrenaline junky and reining just looked like so much fun. When did you start and what have been your biggest awards? I have ridden all my life but just started raising reining-bred horses (Arabians and Quarter Horses) about 6 years ago. John o’Hara has been training and showing my Quarter Horses about 10 years now and he said to me in 2011, “You need to get out there and start showing your horse and have fun with it.” so, that’s when I decided to show in scottsdale 2012 and my mare, blue, and I won the Limited and Intermediate Half-Arabian Derby then we went on to win the U.s. national Half-Arabian Limited nonPro Championship and reserve Intermediate Champion. For my first year out showing Arabians, this was a most exciting experience for me. in breeding a western horse, do bloodlines determine the ability of a western horse? if so, how? This can be a tricky question. I think bloodlines play a big role, and I do look at them and consider them when looking to breed a mare to a stallion. on the other hand, I like to look at horses first, then ask what the pedigree is. This keeps me from judging them first because of what is on their papers. I have taken a chance on young prospects that are conformationally built to perform, but may not have a sire or dam that has been successful in reining. my key to success there has been to put them into John o’Hara’s hands and at that point I rely on him to determine if the horse has natural talent or not.   

excluding pedigree, what do you look for when making a breeding decision for a western horse? I want a strong built machine. Large bone, short back, short cannon bones, a horse that naturally stands under themselves, I want to see a horse when they walk, their hind feet step in the tracks of their front feet. I look for a sloping shoulder and a long hip.    What is the most successful means in marketing of western horses? I have noticed over the past year that sales have really increased. I contribute this to a good marketing plan and having a good product. First, we let all the trainers know what we have for sale. Then I put together a video of the horse and post it everywhere—YouTube™, Facebook©, our website, and email blasts as well.

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Michael Van Handel J e r l a n d Fa r m in breeding a western horse, do bloodlines determine the ability of a western horse? if so, how? When we breed western horses, it helps to be able to look back in their pedigree and see it backed up by generations of horses who have had the ability, frame-of-mind, and beauty to compete in and be successful in the western divisions. There will always be those select individuals who will be great western horses who are not bred to do it, but as a rule, stacking the deck in your favor seems to be a benefit when breeding western horses.

Alexis Van Handel with Jerland Farm’s incomparable Khadraj NA.

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excluding pedigree, what do you look for when making a breeding decision for a western horse? We look at the overall horse. Feet, legs, back, hip, shoulder and back, all play a part in the finished picture of a western horse. They determine how that horse moves and holds himself up in the frame. The physical attributes of the horse are a huge consideration as well as the horse’s mental capabilities. If the horse has the demeanor to want to do his job, he can overcome some physical limitations. These overachievers will turn themselves inside out to please, while the horse that doesn’t like his job won’t even give a 10% effort some days.   What is the most successful means in marketing of western horses? We find that the show ring is the most successful means of marketing horses. People compete to win and when a certain type of horse, be it a bloodline, or a look is winning, that will be sought out and purchased. In the ring, horses can be directly compared side by side and knowledgeable judges are ranking them. If a certain type of horse wins over and over, that horse should be closer to the ideal standard than the ones it beats. We try to put our horses in situations where they can look their best and do well.  ■

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by Beth Ellen Hunziker

iz Bentley’s 2012 landmark ride on the remarkable stallion, Khaberet PGA (Khadraj NA x RA Kela) won them the U.S. National Arabian Western Pleasure Open Championship and earned Liz the title of First Lady of Western Pleasure. The U.S. Nationals may be just a fading memory for some, but Liz Bentley will be forever recognized as the first woman to win this national championship in what was up until now, a male dominated division. How did she do it? “Now that I have had time to process the whole experience, I can be objective about our performance that night,” says Liz. “As a trainer, I am always looking to grow and learn from each ride, assessing what made it a success and what I need to work on. I believe we earned the title that night based on Khaberet’s quality, our performance, and presentation. “There was a couple of things I was able to do that I believe helped me achieve my goal. The Nationals is a long show; it’s physically and mentally hard on both horses and riders. When we are tired, we have a tendency to not be clear and pure in our thoughts. Near the end the show, a good friend reminded me to stay physically strong and mentally stronger. As I prepared to enter the ring with Khaberet on Saturday night, I let go of anything that happened earlier in the week that had not gone as I had planned. This helped me to be calm, quiet, relaxed, and just enjoy being there riding this great horse. “Being calm and focusing on Khaberet helped me to concentrate on our show ring presentation. When I am competing, I try to think of the class from a judge’s perspective. As a judge, I analyze what makes 108 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

certain horses and riders stand out. There are a very small percentage of women competing in the open western division, so most of the riders I see are men. I notice they sit a horse differently, their center of balance is lower; it’s a subtle difference in posture that gives them a look of ease and confidence. As a woman, I have to consciously work on emulating this posture. Most important, I have found when I shift my posture and position, it allows my horse to move in a more balanced way. I believe the result is a presentation that is close to ideal.” Watching Liz Bentley and Khaberet PGA take their victory lap at the U.S. Nationals is etched in our memories. However, what did it mean to Liz Bentley personally and what significance did it have on the Arabian horse industry? “Personally, it reaffirmed the importance of focus and riding in the moment,” said Liz. “I was overjoyed because it was not expected. I had Khaberet for such a short time–about six months–so I didn’t feel the pressure that I had to win it. I knew we could do it, I just didn’t think it would happen so quickly. It was an honor to win that class and a very joyful moment.” Liz Bentley is active in many facets of the Arabian horse industry. Her diverse involvement allows her a unique perspective of our community, which she shared, “This win confirmed what I have always believed and appreciated about our breed. In my experience, the majority of the time our judges reward the best horse. I believe the judges entered the ring that night with a clean slate and no preconceived idea as to the outcome of the class. They awarded the win to Khaberet and me because

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respected by their peers, and every award Liz has received she has earned!” Nancy Risen is the owner of Khaberet PGA. “Khaberet and Liz are a match made in heaven. They bonded instantly and I believe there is nothing he wouldn’t do for her. Liz doesn’t make a horse do something, she makes it want to do something, there’s a big difference. Thanks to Liz, Khaberet is a happy, confident horse, and it shows.” Cori Sampson Vokoun of Buckshot Farms has known Liz Bentley for years and has had several horses in training with her. Cori commented on Liz’s historic victory at the U.S. Nationals, “The fact that Liz was the first woman to win the Arabian open western pleasure championship didn’t occur to me right away. Her winning had nothing to do with her gender. Liz’s talent and work ethic put her on equal footing in the class. She’s one of the best trainers there is–man or woman. One of the things I like best about Liz is that every horse gets 110 percent of her attention–each one is treated the same. They all come to the show equally prepared. And no one can get more from a horse than Liz Bentley, she makes the most of every horse.” he is a great horse and we had a really good ride, not because I am a woman. This is what sets the Arabian industry apart from others–it is all about rewarding excellence. It makes me proud to be a part of this business and our community.” Liz credits much of her success in the show ring to her husband, David Bentley, and acknowledges his unwavering support. Liz also voices her deep gratitude to her clients for entrusting her and Dave with the care and training of their horses. The Bentley’s clients reciprocate the appreciation. Larry Jerome of Jerland Farm, owner of the superstar sire *Khadraj NA, is a big fan of Liz Bentley, “Liz exudes enthusiasm; she and Dave are feel-good people. They do everything possible to make sure the horses are happy and healthy. They are extremely hardworking, honest people, with positive attitudes. The camaraderie among everyone at the barn makes you want to be a part of all the fun. Liz and Dave are talented, conscientious horsemen who are


Cheryl Stubbs met Liz Bentley at a Varian Arabians Open House and was immediately taken with her abilities. “I didn’t know Liz, but I saw her riding a horse and thought, ‘Wow! That girl can ride!’ That first impression stuck and when I had a horse to show, I called her. I am very particular about my horses and I like the fact that Liz is even more particular about the horses than I am. They are treated so well. Liz and Dave are great horsemen and very sensitive to their needs. They may not be the biggest barn in the country, but in my opinion, they are the best!” Diane Athey has had horses in training with Liz Bentley for seven years. “I don’t know anyone who takes better care of the horses than Liz and Dave Bentley. Liz’s horses are well trained and as an amateur, that means a lot. The Bentleys are very hard workers, but they are easy on the horses. Liz helped me with a horse that just was not enjoying his job. She gave him a new job and it made all the difference; he was like a new horse. We could see how happy he was with the change and that happiness resulted in amazing success.” ■

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Combine the blood of two great stallions, with two wonderful mares. Raise and condition properly for a 3 year period. Add halter championships. Sprinkle with dreams and vision. Spice and finish with a great trainer and team. Serve to the Arabian horse community.

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very year, at the conclusion of the scottsdale show, the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association presents an event worthy of the recognition of our Arabian industry’s finest. Held this year at the monterra at WestWorld with the charismatic Josh Quintus as master of Ceremonies, the awards showcased the hard work, dedication, and commitment that the horsemen and women of our Arabian community have to offer. Past APAHA President mary Jane brown speaks on the integrity of the event in correspondence with its evolution through the years. “The Awards were started 21 years ago and through all the changes in our industry, it has remained the pinnacle event for awarding our peers deservingly,” mary Jane shares. “The Horsemen’s awards are still looked on as what would be our “Academy Awards” in the Arabian industry. it’s the kind of event that people go to even if they’re not nominated. The flavor has changed up and down and all around, but the integrity and the prestige have remained.”

The awards feature categories from breeder of the Year, to Distinguished service, to Junior Western, to Amateur english, and every discipline and role in between for the betterment of the Arabian horse. The wide range of outstanding nominees, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the accomplishments in a room full of people deeply involved with the Arabian horse. one of most prominent figures in Arabian horse history was also in attendance—Gene LaCroix. His accomplishment of the Lifetime Achievement Award offered a marriage of the old days of the business with the new. The man whose influence on the Arabian breed is nearly inconceivable, Gene was honored with a video featuring commentary from greats like brian murch, shelia Varian, Dick Ames, and many more. Today, Gene’s personal involvement has reached legendary status, and as he accepted his speech, he described the Arabian horse honorably, and at one point, simply, yet beautifully stated, “The Arabian horse is not a tool, but a treasure.” For the lucky people present at the awards that night, Gene made sure to emphasize that it was the Arabian horse that was to be

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Gallún, and Katie Harvey were some of the biggest contributors for this year’s event. Katie Harvey ref lects on the process of the crew that put this event together saying, “What a lot of people don’t realize is the time and effort that goes into the nominee selection process. each year, we try and refine and improve upon the process. it’s done by a group of people, including the APAHA board, that tirelessly devote ideas, enthusiasm, and time. i think it makes it the best product that it can be. next year, our nomination process will further evolve to include the entire APAHA in the nomination process. We want our entire membership to be involved all the way through and we think this is a way to further achieve that goal. i love watching people come together voluntarily and help produce such a high quality event. everyone has so much on their plates during the scottsdale show and to take the time to dedicate of themselves the way so many do each year really is my favorite part.” This year presented one major change to the event, and that was in the moving of the event to the more convenient monterra at WestWorld, Wayne Anderson presenting a check for $19,855 to the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund which at the end of a long and tiring raised from the AHT Readers’ Choice Awards. scottsdale show, offers people a closer venue with the same prestige the event has always had. mary Jane brown shares the grounds for recognized as the inspiration and sole reason for the great this decision. “This year, our move to monterra made possibilities the Arabian community has been allotted it more convenient and a little easier for people to get in association. mary Jane brown comments on his to. We capitalized on keeping it special, but making attendance and her favorite parts of the evening. “i’m not it a little bit easier and simpler for people to attend. sure if i have one favorite moment from the awards, but Holli Gallún and Katie Harvey, who spearheaded this i think honoring Gene LaCroix was pretty special this for APAHA, and many others, did an excellent job year. especially growing up with him being such an icon of keeping up with some of the traditions we expect in our business and all of us following him. Honoring out of the program while giving it some updates and him was an incredible addition to the awards.” improvements—all while keeping the flavor of the event. i thought they did a fabulous job keeping a good balance, in the behind-the-scenes efforts of the event, a portion which is not always easy to do.” that is often forgotten about, Lori Conway, Holli

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2012 APAHA HorsemAn’s AwArds in her first year of involvement with the APAHA Awards and a nominee herself, Lori Conway shares her unique experience from the evening. “This was my first time being involved with the planning and implementing of the awards, so having people enjoy the night and also, having the evening go off without a hitch was good news. Holli Gallún, Katie Harvey, and i are already talking about next year’s plans. The fact that we had a great turnout, the room looked beautiful, the food was great, and we had some wonderful, new sponsors, just added to the enjoyable evening. i was also honored that the Conway contingent (Peter, Anna, Tom and i) was nominated for awards and i was very happy that Tom Theisen won.” For an awards presentation as big as the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards, the key is collaboration. besides its place as a premier event for the Arabian horse and its people, the event is seen as the ultimate collaboration for the sake of paying homage to our own community; without sponsors and good help, the event would only be an unrealized idea. Yet, every year, sponsors loyally turn up to pitch in and the beautiful, coveted awards are available once again. Lori Conway shares that, “The

APAHA Horsemen’s Awards are about glamour, fun, and a chance to unwind and enjoy a great evening of entertainment and socializing. The high standards that APAHA strives to maintain in all endeavors and the history of the Horsemen’s Awards add to the credibility of each and every nominee and winner. The beautiful bronze trophies and lapel pins are coveted and cherished awards, and winning one is quite an honor. This event would not be successful without all our category sponsors, so my heartfelt thanks goes out to all of them.” of course, at the end of the day, the heart of the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards lies in the Arabian horse. For the nominees, committee members, sponsors, and everyone else who is able to attend the prestigious awards, it is truly a one-of-a-kind evening that not only awards our industry’s finest, but puts their year and career on a pedestal for all to admire and appreciate. As the three key words of the APAHA have always been and still remain, honesty, integrity, and talent, these three serve as reminders of what our trainers, amateurs, breeders, owners, and close friends should be working towards as horsemen and women. Lori Conway adds to this hope, saying, “i feel like the APAHA awards

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encourage everyone to ‘raise the bar,’ whether it is in their own program at home or at the shows. The nominating criteria are strict and the winners have usually been successful in many facets of the Arabian breed, not just in the show ring. regardless of if you won or were just nominated, we are a small community and events like this really focus on, and reinforce, what we are doing right and good for the Arabian breed.” Katie Harvey also comments on the distinct experience of the evening, “i think the APAHA Horseman’s Awards is a special event because it is truly a recognition of achievement by our peers. We are a community of people brought together by the love, promotion, and welfare of the Arabian horse and the Horseman’s Awards is a reflection of that commitment. And in the end, i think it holds us all to a higher standard. it rewards involvement, dedication, and success on many different levels. i think it also gives us something to aspire to while allowing us an evening to come together as friends and celebrate our successes and congratulate our peers.” it is also that coming together for the love of the Arabian that helps the people of its community as well, through the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. During the scottsdale show, APAHA held a Training service Auction where trainers donated one month’s training in support of Frierson Atkinson, and Arabian Horse Times, a consistent supporter, again presented a check for $19,855 with their auction at scottsdale. The APAHA Horsemen’s Awards is an evening of camaraderie, appreciation, fun, hope, and above all, a night to consider what the Arabian horse has done for all of us. A night few will forget, the awards will remain a prestigious mark of what it means to be a true Arabian horseman. ending with a sign-off from past president mary Jane brown, she remains a believer in the message that the awards demand from the Arabian community. “i think the awards serve as a reminder and give everyone a reason to think of staying honest, having some integrity in this business, and when given a choice between something you should or shouldn’t do, they give you a reason to stand up and be the better person for our horses and for our industry. They give us all a reason when faced with a choice, to make the right one.” ■

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Horseman’s award winners

APAHA Hall of Fame Colby Powell Keith Krichke Jim stachowski

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Horseman of the Year Johnny ryan Horsewoman of the Year Liz bentley

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Amateur of the Year murray Popplewell

Amateur English Katie burr

Breeder of the Year Palmetto Arabians

Junior Halter sarah beth Womble

Distinguished Service eleanor Hamilton

Junior English Zachary White

Rising Star Katie Garland

Junior Working Western ryan melendez

Professional Instructor rick nab

Professional Hunter/ Show Hack Tom Theisen

Junior Hunter/Show Hack Jackie Pakula Junior Western Kristen Dearth Professional Halter mike neal Professional English Peter stachowski Amateur Halter murray Popplewell

Professional Western Joe reser Amateur Hunter/Show Hack michele Pease Paulson Amateur Western robin Porter Professional Working Western Jessica bein Amateur Working Western eleanor Hamilton Volume 43, no. 11 | 121

2012 APAHA ProfessionAl

English TrainEr

Peter Stachowski

“I am honored to receive this recognition and award. I have had the privilege to ride extremely talented horses and the pleasure of knowing many owners and clients for years—even decades. Their continued support is invaluable and a very important part of my success. I receive tremendous support from the many individuals at Stachowski Farm as well. I want to take this time to say thank you to our staff for their hard work, dedication and thoughtfulness. And finally, I am grateful to everyone who supports the APAHA Horseman’s Award program.” Peter Stachowski StachowSki Farm, inc. Mantua, Ohio • 330-274-2494 122 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

2012 APAHA

Hall Of fame

Jim Stachowski

Thank you to APAHA for honoring me with induction into the Hall Of Fame. I am grateful for the recognition of winning the English/Saddle Seat Trainer award several years. Thank you to the incredible clients, my staff and family for their support. It is a privilege to be involved in this great industry and I look forward to a bright future for the Arabian horse. Jim Stachowski StachowSki Farm, inc. Mantua, Ohio • 330-274-2494 Volume 43, No. 11 | 123

2012 APAHA

Junior Halter

Sarah Beth Womble I am honored to receive this award. Thank you to everyone whose help made this award possible for me! I especially want to thank my dad, without whom, none of this could have happened. You are the one who got me started in horses and have been the reason for every opportunity that I have received throughout the years. Also, I want to thank my mom for all that she does. You help me in so many ways including making sure I look my best in the show arena and are always my official videographer every time I am showing. Thank you to my wonderful trainers, Tara Carpio, from Belvedere Farm, and Joel and Ashton Kiesner, from Kiesner Training, as well as everyone else who has assisted me along the way. I want to thank all my friends, especially my cool youth peeps, who I can always count on for support and for cheering me on from the stands. Lastly, I want to thank APAHA for providing the opportunity to be a part of these awards. I am blessed to even be nominated and I want to thank everyone who supported and voted for me. I love you all and greatly appreciate everyone who helps make this wonderful journey possible. 124 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

— Sarah Beth

2012 APAHA amateur western of the year

Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who voted for me. There are not enough words to express how honored I am to have been awarded the APAHA Amateur Western of the Year. I would also like to thank my family, friends and trainers for all that they do, without their love and support none of this would be possible. It takes a team to get this done and I have a geat team. A very large thank you to Josh and Jennifer for making this all possible. Robin & Mike Porter CResCent CReek FaRMs Weatherford, Texas • 917.594.7027 Volume 43, No. 11 | 125

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Rising staR

Katie Garland

To win this prestigious award is such an honor. I want to thank everyone who considered me as deserving and voted. To be the youngest Rising Star to ever win this award just makes it that much better. Thank you, APAHA and all of the members, for all of your hard work. I want to thank my parents, because without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. All of their hard work put into the start of my career has made my dreams come true! Another big thank you goes to Gene LaCroix. He has taught me so many things and we share not only a great business relationship, but a great friendship. A huge thank you to Nancy DeLisi and Carol Sandusky for taking a chance on a young and upcoming trainer and purchasing Duke who made my dream of becoming a trainer come true. All of you and the horses have given me memories of a lifetime and moments that I will never forget! Another thank you to all of the trainers I respect so much for their support and great words of encouragement. I will forever remember all of you and the memories that come with knowing you. I am so blessed. I am truly living the dream! — Katie 126 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

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Junior Hunter/SHow Hack

Jackie Pakula

Court Marshall Pa+// 2012 Unanimous Scottsdale Champion JTR 14-17

Watching you grow up has been pure joy. Your strength, determination, compassion, ever-present smile and love of life amaze us. This journey has been fun, exciting and filled with many great surprises. You’re learning that hard work and persistence can pave the way for anything you desire in life. We will always be here for you, this is just the beginning! Love, Mom, Dad, Olivia and Ben

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Hall of fame

Keith Krichke

I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for all the gifts he has bestowed upon me, especially the gifts of my wife Maureen, and daughters Faith Marie & Hope Monet. Special thanks to my wife Maureen and our family, which includes the entire staff at Krichke Training Center. You are the ones that make these great things happen. Also, my most sincere gratitude to all the breeders and owners who entrust us with these magnificent animals, it is your faith in us that allows us to realize the dream, together.

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Congratulations ...

Tom Theisen 2012 APAhA

Professional Hunter/sHow Hack “his horses willingly give their best while performing at the highest level, and are clearly happy. That is the essence of great horsemanship.” —Peter Conway Tom, you know how to apply and adapt your wealth of equine knowledge to each individual horse that you are training—that is wisdom. You instill confidence in horses and riders, treating both with patience, honesty, respect and humor—that is your gift. We’re so happy that you were honored with this wonderful award which recognizes your unique talent and hard work. You’re simply the best! —Dale, Laurie and Rachel Enns “Tom is definitely a trainer that knows how to get the most out of someone, he knows how to push without making you want to quit, and he knows how to motivate, making you feel like you can reach your goals.” — Mary Grace Nelson “Compassionate, caring and class! There is no other like him! Passion for the horse and an inspiration to the owner. There’s no magic, it’s all hard work and dedication with Tom.” —Tom and Arla Kafka “Riding one of Tom’s horses is exhilarating. You’re on a horse that is in peak physical condition, doing a job that it genuinely loves. i am lucky to be one of his riders.” —Anna Conway Zaffke “Tom is loved by both his horses and his riders for his ability to gently train them in reaching their best potential. his riders also appreciate his sharp wit!” —Rachel Schieffelbein “Tom is a gentle yet inspiring soul who has touched the lives of all of us — a gifted teacher to riders and horses alike.” —Mark, Linda, Brian, Eric and Adam Pagnano “Tom is a responsible, caring and honest man. he takes his time, is consistent and fair with both horse and rider, and is an incredibly talented horseman. his calm manner and sense of humor is an added bonus. Congratulations on your APAhA horseman’s Award! —Lori Conway

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Junior English—Zachary WhitE

Thank you, Mom and Rex, for always being there for me, and thank you to everyone who let me ride their very cool horses. Most of all, thanks to those of you who cheered me on all year and then voted for me. It was just the best year ever! — Zach White Lisa Jo White John White StabLeS Woodstock, Illinois • 815.245.2585 130 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

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To all of you who have ridden with me over the years. It’s always been ~ & continues to be ~ a really great ride!


to everyone who voted for me as the APAHA Instructor of the Year

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"It is a great honor to be even nominated with the other renowned breeders chosen for this category. To be voted by the Arabian horse community to receive this award is truly a milestone in our journey that will remain special. We are committed to achieving a higher level of quality in our horses and look forward to a promising future for the Arabian horse." ~ With much appreciation, Frank Chisholm

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Time For Your CLOSE-UP

What is your favorite horse show and why? My favorite horse show would have to be the Scottsdale Show. Besides being a great escape from the New England winters, the staff puts on an amazing horse show that showcases the best of the breed in every division. I love walking from Equidome to Wendell and being able to see some of the most spectacular horses in the world.

What is your most treasured horse show memory? My Arabian Native Costume Open win on Whiskey Glow at the 2010 U.S. Nationals. The pavilion was electric that evening and Whiskey gave me the ride of a lifetime. Winning the class was icing on the cake!

What is the most memorable show-ring advice you have ever received? I would say, to never give up. Show your horse until you line up; you never know what the judges did and didn’t see. As a judge now, I can definitely vouch for this advice. You’re not able to see the entire arena, so mistakes are not always seen. Keep riding through any bobble. 138 | ArAbiAn Horse Times

Who is your all-time favorite show horse, and why? It would have to be Rave Review, my first National Champion mount. He was so much fun to show and always gave 100%. He was a true show horse, and lit up the moment you went toward the in-gate. You knew he really loved to show.

What motivates you to show the Arabian horse, and why? The spirit of the Arabian horse motivates me to show. They are incredible animals and there is no better adrenaline rush than having an amazing and practically flawless ride on one of your own. The people in the industry keep me coming back time and time again also. With my competitors getting better and better each year, I am motivated not only to continue to compete but also to continue to improve myself and the horses my family breeds.

What is the most important quality you look for in your show horse? Attitude. It can overcome almost any conformational flaw. If a horse truly loves his job, he has a much greater possibility at being a contender in the ring. I want a horse who is going to go through the gate with confidence and charisma.

How did you become involved with the Arabian horse breed? My mom found a barn about twenty minutes away to start taking lessons at. That barn happened to be Rushlow’s Arabians, and I’ve been in love with the breed ever since. Our involvement has expanded since my early days of taking lessons into showing, breeding, and now my judging career.

Who is the most influential person to you in the Arabian industry, and why? I think two groups of people highly influence the industry: judges and breeders. In terms of judges, I think Scott Benjamin has influenced the breed by becoming a great crossover judge who is sought after for any discipline in any country. He is one of the most knowledgeable and honest judges I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I believe he is challenging his peers to maintain that level of knowledge and integrity. In terms of breeders, I would say Tim and Marty Shea have revolutionized the English breeding stock. Their deep rooted knowledge in English bloodlines combined with the innovative ways of marketing their young stock, has taken the English horse market to a whole new level.

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Clarifying The


On Amateur Status:

Should We Think About How We Define Amateur?


by Mary Kirkman

he buzz started as the show season opened. “Clarifications,” effective December 1, 2012, had been added to the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s rules governing amateurs, most of which had been in place for years. Suddenly, questions were percolating. One amateur, unsure of her ground, didn’t show at Scottsdale because she wasn’t sure she wouldn’t be protested. Another was protested at a subsequent show for what seemed like a minor infraction—a situation, she observed, that was more about safety than professional activity. So, what is the story on the rule clarifications? Are they really just the same as what we had before, as some longtime professionals say, or has the attempt to make things more easily understood actually altered the situation, as others believe? For answers, Arabian Horse Times asked a variety of professionals and amateurs for their opinions. Some are quoted here, some were off-therecord, and when several agreed on a point, often just one representative comment was included. What emerged as the source of contention in particular were two scenarios. In one, the amateur spouse of a trainer was showing the trainer’s client-owned horses in amateur competition. In the other, amateurs—including, especially, young riders who had graduated from the junior ranks—were unable to defray some equine expenses by working around their trainer’s barn without jeopardizing their new amateur status. (There were other thoughtful comments made regarding amateur status that might deserve discussion, and some are included here, but for purposes of this article, the focus is on the areas cited most often.) Most observers felt that the idea of a trainer’s wife or family showing client horses was a clear violation of the rules, both the letter of the law and its intent. The young 150 | ARABIAn HORSE TIMES

amateur situation, however, elicited consideration; do we need to take a closer look at the opportunities they are offered? There, several said, perhaps we should be opening a dialogue.

Breaking The Issues Down

Three areas of the rule clarifications appear to have incited the current debate: the specification of such tasks as lunging, walking horses and coaching from the rail as activities that amateurs, if they are in the immediate family of or cohabitate with professionals, cannot engage in; the addition of the word “cohabitant” to equate with “married” for amateurs in that sort of relationship with a professional; and the restrictions on a cohabitant or relative of a professional in selling horses or services related to the professional. Non-competitive hands-on involvement “I don’t see how it is fair to classify somebody as a professional simply because they are leading a horse, or lunging a horse,” says Beth Whelihan, who is married to trainer Mike Whelihan. “Lots of people do those things, and it doesn’t make them a professional. In my opinion, whomever is trying to redefine these rules needs to be conscious of what it is they are truly trying to protect. The intent should be to protect amateurs from competing in a ring with others who have an unfair advantage. People making their living training horses, and providing training to others who ride as amateurs, shouldn’t be in the amateur ring. That is really all we need to prevent.” She also sees the downside risk in limiting the amount of hands-on involvement an amateur who is related to a professional can have. “The reality of it is I have raised my children to know that part of having Arabian show horses is getting your hands dirty, and not always just

USEF RUlES running off at the show and playing around while mom and dad pay for everything,” she says. When her daughter, McKenzie, aged out of the junior exhibitor ranks, that option was no longer available to her if she was to maintain amateur status. “Part of it is pitching in and understanding the work that needs to go into this, and so while she was in college, we were saying to her, ‘You can no longer help on our family farm.’” “In reality, the amateur rule doesn’t have anything to do with your level of ability to compete,” explains Bill Moroney, who was instrumental in drafting the regulations. A hunter/jumper trainer, owner and rider for 35 years, Moroney is President of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association and Chair of USEF’s National Affiliates Working Group. “It’s about whether you are acting in a professional manner and being compensated for it. I think there’s an inherent philosophy that if you’re being paid to ride, school, show, or in any manner train a horse, you’re getting paid for a professional service. “With lunging, you have to go back to determine what that person is doing,” he continues. “Lunging done properly is a training tool. So, if I’m out lunging a horse for my trainer, I’m doing my trainer’s job and acting as a professional.” “If you read the rules, they’re pretty clear about what you can and what you cannot do,” offers trainer Larry Hoffman. “Probably the biggest one we see people violating is the coaching rule, where you will see a trainer’s spouse or brother or sister sitting on the rail, coaching amateurs while they’re in the ring showing. If you’re related to that trainer, you can’t. That’s been in the rules forever.”

wife,” Hoffman sighs, “or man and man or wife and wife, however you want to phrase it.” It is a particularly exotic topic now, with the national debate over gay marriage, but in terms of the USEF rules, everyone says, that really isn’t the point. It applies to everyone who is living in a committed relationship with someone else. Enforcement, however, may be another matter. “I look at the cohabiting concept, and very honestly, it’s going to be hard to prove,” cautions Hoffman. “You know, marriage is marriage; that’s very easy to quantify. It’s a legal state. But, with the addition of the cohabitation concept in the rule, I think the first time it’s challenged it’s going to end up in court.” And there, say observers, is where it gets tricky. “Remember, if you’re filing a charge against somebody that they’re showing amateur and you’re claiming they aren’t, the burden of proof is on both parties,” Hoffman says. “That party has to prove, ‘Yes, I am an amateur for these reasons’—but then you, as the filing party, have to be able to say, ‘They are not an amateur for these reasons,’ and be able to substantiate that.” As to the legal concept, if a gay union is protested, some states recognize gay marriage, while others don’t—so who determines the answer? Not a problem, said the USEF in a written response to the question. The interpretation of the rule is its spirit, and is “captured in the ‘living together in a relationship’ and is not intended to be measured by the state laws regarding same sex marriage.”

Yes, but do we need to list every single task? Most agree that having to be so specific is regrettable, but necessary. “In a situation such as this, you need to have a definite line in the sand,” says Kathie Hart. “If there is an emergency situation, that gets a pass. But I think you have to be definite about not handling the customers’ horses.”

Then there is the obvious question: how do you prove that people who live together (cohabitate) are in a “relationship,” and aren’t simply platonic roommates? The USEF’s written response was, “If the individuals are truly roommates and paying for expenses equally, then this would not be a violation, as the individuals would not be living together as would a married, i.e., sharing expenses and responsibilities.”

Cohabitating—the same restrictions as being married “That was the issue for so many years, to try to come up with language that would cover the cohabiting relationships that are long-term and like husband and

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that they are not in violation of the rules,” wrote the USEF. And the Federation could ask for records such as bank statements or W2s. Making money in the horse biz: selling According to the rules, earning a commission on the sale of a horse is a violation for amateurs. “If I’m buying or leasing a horse from an amateur who is making a commission off it and doesn’t own the horse, I’m asking them for a professional opinion,” says Bill Moroney. “Whether it’s a good, bad or mediocre opinion really isn’t the point. They’re providing a professional service to me as a buyer. If it is their own horse [or owned by one of the USEF-permitted connections, such as family], that is no problem, but if they are involved in the transfer of horses by sale or lease and they are receiving a commission, they are providing a professional service.” “This is an old, old rule,” Larry Hoffman notes. “It’s just added new language, as far as the cohabitants and the corporations and so forth, but it’s been enforced forever. Remember, this states ‘accepts remuneration and acts as an agent in the sale.’” He points out that it helps to pay attention to detail in following the rule. “My daughter produced our sales videos for us,” he says. “She contacted the USEF to make sure she could do that and they approved, because she is not receiving remuneration on the sale of the horse. All she is doing is producing a video, and that’s legal within the amateur rules.”

The Letter Of The Law And Its Intent

What emerges is that the issue causing conversation is not necessarily the rules themselves, but their intent, which is founded on the definition of “amateur” for the purpose of showing horses. Should it be all about what money an individual earns in his or her involvement with horses? Or should it more directly address whether the money angle would allow amateurs to increase their horsemanship skills unfairly over those who have jobs outside the industry and can’t put in the time with horses? If it is just the money, then the issues are clear, but if the intent is to discourage unfair advantages, then there is room for debate. And then there are the side effects of each interpretation. 152 | ARABIAn HORSE TIMES

“I am married to a horse trainer, but I have zero desire to ever be one myself,” says Beth Whelihan. “I enjoy riding as an amateur. I work with another business he and I share, and that is where my time is primarily spent. I don’t think that because there are shared financial interests in our farm between Mike and me, that makes me a trainer. With the redefinition of these rules, that is basically what is being said. There are a lot of people in this industry who are involved in a capacity that gives them some financial remuneration, but who are not necessarily professional trainers. There is no consistency in what is being presented with the rule definitions. “Look at what you’re taking away from a family with a single income or a more moderate income,” she adds. “Maybe they want to have their college age daughter (or the mom or whoever is showing the horse) participate in some horse care activities to offset the expense. They’re told that she can’t because that will make her a professional. “I think we need to get back to the bare bones of what it is we’re trying to protect,” she continues, “and let people groom and lunge and do entry level things to help to grow the business—to grow the industry, to grow participation. Let’s try to encourage people helping and being a part of the horse show, and encourage parents telling their kids, ‘Hey, this is an expensive sport and here’s how you can work and be a part of it.’” From the standpoint of money vs. skill, the commission issue doesn’t resonate with her because sales ability doesn’t affect performance skill. “As an amateur, I don’t care if I’m riding around in a ring full of people who just made $200,000 on a horse sale commission,” she says simply. “There are a lot of guys that can sell anything, but it doesn’t mean they can train or show well.” Another point that Whelihan and others question is why amateurs in professional families can show for other barns—and receive up to $300 in nonmonetary remuneration—but cannot exhibit other people’s horses in their own barn. “If you’re an amateur and it’s not fair for you to ride for your own barn, what makes it fair for you to ride for another one?” she inquires. “If you’re doing that, you’re probably doing it for compensation; you’re not doing it out of the goodness of your heart, as you might be at home.”

USEF RUlES Rohara’s Roxann Hart agrees with her. She can’t use the

“I think everyone could get on board with that,” Moroney

recruit others to show in the division—and her trainer’s

classes that they think are right for developing young

partner of one of her trainers to show amateur, but she can partner can exhibit as an amateur for other operations. “I

don’t get it,” she says. “I think if someone has a non-horserelated, full-time job, they should still be an amateur.”

Intriguingly, those with differing opinions on the rules do agree on their desired outcome. “I’m a very firm believer in our amateur owner rules,” says Hoffman. “If we want to maintain a sales base and we want to get new people involved in the industry, they need to feel like they’re

showing against people on a level playing field. And that they’re showing against people who own their horses—

that those people are responsible for paying the bills, and they’re not basically being taken care of by some wealthy person who is using the horses for a tax write-off and

having them shown amateur owner or amateur-to-ride. I think if we go down that road, it just devastates the

amateur owner division, and it devastates our future sales within that division.”

A First Step Toward Bridging The Gap?

One point that attracts everyone’s sympathy is the plight

of young riders who age out of the junior exhibitor ranks, where they could defray some of their equine expenses

by working in a barn. There, the potential for common ground might be easily found.

“There has been some conversation in different groups

says. “If each breed and discipline would create the

professionals, then the home run would be amazing.”

The Big Picture

Kathie Hart acknowledges that she was fortunate to be able to work full-time with her horses as an amateur—

and adds that now, as she maintains reining horses with Crystal McNutt in Scottsdale, she also appreciates the

challenges for amateurs who don’t have that easy access

and abundant saddle time. But, she says, “The rule states that ‘amateur’ strictly relates to getting paid for services

rendered, or remuneration. We should abide by the rule

that we have today, and if we don’t like it, we need to work to get it changed.”

For those who feel strongly enough that changes need to be made, the next step is to contact the USEF’s Arabian Rules Committee. Breeds and disciplines may vote to be exempted from rule provisions according to their individual circumstances and needs.

Changes, Larry Hoffman points out, are how these rules evolve. “Just to give you some history, the amateur rule

used to be that the [trainer’s] spouse was automatically not an amateur,” he says. “That was changed 20 years ago or more.”

about having an exemption for people 18 to 22 years old,

“Definitely we have to follow the letter of the rule,” Kathie

students,” says Bill Moroney. “I believe that is a very good

the rule is what ultimately guides us. There will be some

that are in their college years, where they could be working

Hart says, “but even more than that, I think the spirit of

conversation for people to be having.”

technicalities that might not be covered within the letter

Financially, such a program would allow young riders

night believing that they have done what is indeed right by

of the rule, but in my opinion, people have to go to bed at

to maintain their equine involvement and supplement

the letter and the spirit of the rules.”

help develop the next generation of professionals. The

In the end, say more than one observer, it is all about

occupations and basically support the industry,” might

a few things,” trainer Bob Battaglia reflects, “but it

their income while in college, and it might, he notes,

immediate issue older amateurs, who “pursue mainstream have with competing against “young people, who have the advantage of being able to ride five, six, 10 horses a day,

honing their skills,” would be alleviated by the creation of

a separate division.

doing the right thing. “The new wording does clarify certainly doesn’t answer all of the problems. Frankly,

there is no way to answer all of the problems. If you’re

honest, you’re honest, and if you’re not, you’re not. It’s as simple as that.” ■

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Leaders Of The Times: April Calendar Feature

Bey Ambition by Kara Larson

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Owners, Murray and Shirley Popplewell, with handler, Claudinei Machado, and Bey Ambition.

The month of April in the Arabian Horse Times calendar features Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady), a proven stallion owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell of Rae-Dawn Arabians in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. As the owner of the 7-year-old stallion, Murray gives a concise, yet substantial description of the horse, “He’s a true gentlemen. He really has a great show attitude and an incredible ability to produce consistently.” These are the attributes every breeder hopes their stallion to possess, alas, they are rarities seldom realized. Named the leading Arabian halter sire in points at the 2013 Scottsdale show, Bey Ambition continues his journey toward a remarkable future filled with show ring wins and producing champions with the same talent and beauty that he, too, holds. Purchased in 2008, Murray knew he saw something special in Bey Ambition from the beginning. Having never been shown before, Bey Ambition wowed an international judging panel and crowd at one of the premier halter shows of the year. “We bought him as a two-year-old at the World Cup show in Las Vegas from breeder Lucy Whittier. She’s a great person and she had already done all the hard work in breeding him, which we are very thankful for,” shares Murray. “I thought he was just so distinctly Arabian and a rare find; he won the 2-year-old class there in Vegas. I was just so impressed with his beauty and show ring presence—so much so, that I bought him!”

With a monumental reputation in the show ring, Bey Ambition was taken back to Canada a champion in the Arabian Breeders World Cup 2-Year-Old Junior Stallion championship, a 2009 U.S. National champion futurity colt, and in 2011 alone, he won a Scottsdale unanimous championship in the classic 5-year-old class and a Canadian National championship in the stallion championship. Murray is incredibly pleased with the success of his undeniably gifted stallion, and yet, he believes his greatest contribution is yet to come. Both in and out of the show ring, Popplewell views Bey Ambition’s premier attribute to be his consistency—as a show horse and, as he has already been able to prove in just three foal crops, in his abilities as a breeding stallion. “He really produces even better than himself. In three foal crops— around 60 foals total—he has shown us his abilities as a breeding stallion. He produces great length in the neck and very clean throatlatches and he puts a show attitude and tail carriage on pretty much every foal.” A horse that lives up to his name, Bey Ambition possesses enthusiasm with purpose. Those around him, especially Murray and Shirley Popplewell, also hold a certain desire and drive for the anticipated success that is on the horizon. In his future progeny, his distinct spirit, beauty, and talent will be passed along generation to generation, marking the determination of strong bloodlines and proper breeding for the betterment of the Arabian horse. Murray appreciates the opportunity a horse like this offers an ambitious horse owner like himself, saying, “We’re really pleased to be able to own a horse like this. Right now, our hopes are to keep him primarily as a breeding stallion because he’s produced two national champions already, which is just incredible. We have big hopes for his future, but right now, we’re really enjoying the ride.” n

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Horse Stars Hall of Fame 2012 by Linda White

Late in 2012, the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) jointly announced a thrilling new program: the Horse Stars Hall of Fame. Its inaugural ceremonies on March 8, 2013 featured six Arabians and Half-Arabians among the initial 62 inductees.

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Horse stars

AdAms Fire (Afire Bey V x Ritida KWPN) was first of the six alphabetically. In 2008, he won three unanimous National HalfArabian English Pleasure championship titles: AAOTR with owner Lori Lawrence, and open with trainer Joel Kiesner at U.S., and took home the Youth National Half-Arabian English Pleasure championship with young Nicole Lawrence— an unprecedented feat. He repeated the victory in 2012, again with Nicole. “Adam is a once-in-a-lifetime horse who is as close to perfect as any horse I have ever seen,” Lori Lawrence marveled. “We will treasure his Hall Of Fame distinction.” Adams Fire was bred by Marty Shea.

Afires Heir

Marty Shea bred two of the first six Arabian inductees. The second is AFires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis, by Brass). He with Joel Kiesner aboard, earned the distinction of being the only English Pleasure Arabian to have won four consecutive, unanimous U.S. National championships in the open division in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 for owners William and Shirley Reilich. “It was a great honor to be included with a tremendous group of horses,” stated Reilich. “How lucky could I be?” wondered Shea. “Two horses I bred were recognized among all breeds. Both were sired by Afire Bey V, and trained by Joel Kiesner.” Aequus (Sheikh Ibn Shiko x C Me Maroussa, by Baar Rhythm) became the most successful purebred Arabian park horse in history when he added the 2007 U.S. amateur park horse title to the five U.S. and Canadian national open park championships he


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already had won. That year, Aequus also became the first Arabian ever to have won the open and amateur park horse championships in the same year. bill rodgers, who trained and rode Aequus to those open titles, attended the inaugural event with raegan Pettit, who showed the 19-year-old stallion to the 2007 amateur title. Aequus was recognized as a UseF Horse of Honor in 2007, and honored at the 2008 U.s. nationals in Tulsa, okla. He is owned by Hazelbank investments. Phar aohs Fire (1961-2002) is long gone, but his contributions to the Anne Carlsen Center for Children’s Therapeutic riding program will never be forgotten. He was a 2013 inductee in the Humanitarian category. initially planned for the breeding barn and later to be trained as an english horse, he never really took to either and years later, Pharaohs Fire would find his true calling as a therapy horse who tolerated well, anything that came his way. Adele Harrington explained his history. “Pharaohs Fire suited us perfectly. nothing fazed him. He would

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Starr Llight

stand patiently while people moved around him, and he was especially sensitive to riders with autism; he would remain calm when they got loud or agitated or bounced on his back.” Pharaohs Fire died in 2002 at 41. When starr LLight (reign on x Charm eTA, by *eter) trotted to her eighth national championship, third reserve national championship and yet another national top ten at 2012 Youth nationals, the 16-yearold grey dynamo perpetuated her image as one of the Arabian breed’s all-time leading winners. starr Llight’s success is unique. Throughout her long career, she has consistently taken honors in both park and english pleasure in the open, amateur and junior rider divisions. With her 2011 U.s. national Arabian english pleasure open championship, she became the most winning Arabian english pleasure mare of all time, the second mare since 1988, the oldest mare at 15, and second oldest overall to win the coveted title. starr Llight was bred by De Longpre Arabians and owned successively by LaCroix Lake Geneva, LLC, and Wrigley Arabians. Leah beth boyd purchased her

Horse stars

WR Sonaskada

from the Wrigleys in March 2000 and showed her to her first national wins, beginning with two 2011 Youth National top tens in English Pleasure, JOTR and JTR. Boyd sold her to Tom and Elizabeth Moore in August 2011; her 2011 and 2012 Youth and U.S. National championships, reserves and top tens came under their ownership. Starr Llight also has produced nine registered foals, to date. Starr Llight’s being nominated to the USEF/Equus Foundation Hall Of Fame is such an honor!” said Leah Beth Boyd. “She is a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and to have her recognized in this way, with such elite company, is amazing.”   From 1991 to 2006, WR SonaSkada won 19 national championships, 12 reserve national championships, 53 national top tens and 53 Regional championships and reserves. In 2005 he led the breed in the total number of national championships and reserve national championships won by a horse that was still actively showing. His titles were in open Arabian hunter pleasure and Arabian English side saddle. He also carried

young riders to national championships, top tens and Regional awards in hunter seat equitation. “For a horse to maintain that level of excellence for more than 10 years was phenomenal,” Larry Hoffman, his last trainer, observed. WR Sonaskada’s final owner was Cindy Kelly. He died in 2012. The gala took place at the spectacular Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. Arabian people who attended found both event and facilities unforgettable. “The facility was pretty incredible,” observed William Reilich. “It was delightful!” was Marty Shea’s reaction. “The Horse Stars Hall of Fame is a great idea, the place was sensational, and everything was really first class.” ■ The Horse Stars Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the extraordinary talents of horses, from athletic to humanitarian feats. For more of their amazing and personal stories, go to

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nlike any other creature in the world, a dog’s loyalty knows no bounds and their only goal in life is to love and be loved by you. They are our constant companions, our family and our best friends. They provide us comfort, constant entertainment, and can drag us out of our deepest funks with just a look. We asked you to show us your beloved and most treasured pets, and you responded. You also spoke for who was your favorite, though they are all winners in someone’s eyes!

1st Duffy O’Reilly Nickname: Duffy (The Kraken!)

Photo by Shauna Riley

Age: 12

Most endearing quality: He is the master of the tappy tap dance! But in truth, it is his ability to love unconditionally and never leave your side, no matter what.

Owner: Shauna Riley

Favorite pal: My father.

Best trick: Plays dead at the command of “Bang, bang!”

Favorite accessory: His Christmas bell collar—spreading the joy!

Breed: Bichon Frise/Poodle

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All artwork and photographic images courtesy of the author, Zenon Lipowicz, unless otherwise noted.

A special thank you to Marsha Parkinson for all of her research for this book.

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In ancient Islamic beliefs, the occupation of raising horses was so highly regarded that it earned the keepers the remission of their sins, and money spent caring for a horse was seen in the eyes of God as the equivalent of giving alms to the poor. It was also thought that after their death, horse keepers would be rewarded the same as those who faithfully said prayers all night and fasted all day — heaven’s ultimate reward — a winged, ruby horse.

ABOVE: Cover page from the holy Koran, Le Fatha Premiere du Koran.

In the seventh century, a new era emerged for the horse. Perhaps no where was this more prevalent than in the Middle East, the birthplace of the Arabian horse. In fact, documents from this time proclaimed the Arabian as the bravest, most beautiful horse known to man. The emergence of the religion of Islam was key to the horse’s elevated status. Muslim legend relates that the prophet Mohammed, fled from the city of Medina to that of Mecca and took with him five priceless mares that became the foundation of the most noble Arabian horse breeding families. In ancient Islamic beliefs, the raising of horses was so highly regarded that it earned the keepers the remission of their sins. Money spent caring for a horse was seen in the eyes of God as the equivalent of giving alms to the poor. After death, those people who raised or kept horses would be rewarded the same as those who faithfully said prayers all night and fasted all day — heaven’s ultimate reward — a winged, ruby horse. Arab horsemen paid particular attention to the continuity and harmony of a horse’s conformation. As breeders, they appreciated the wonderful characteristics of the Arabian horse: a short head, expressive eyes, swanlike neck and short back. One ancient verse even goes so far as to describe the proper conformation of a quality horse. "When a noble horse lowers its head to drink from a stream flowing flush with the ground’s surface on which it stands, the horse’s neck ought to bow

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over with such a length so as not to let any of its four legs bend, and allow it to stand, simultaneously firm, on all four of its legs." The Bedouins paid even closer attention to the purity of their horses’ bloodlines. There was an elite group of horses, called "Asil", which were believed to be direct descendants of Mohammed’s five priceless mares. The Bedouins strictly adhered to the rule that these descendants should only be bred to one another. The Asil horses were divided into groups, known as EL HOLMS (which means five). 1. SEGLAVI (also known as SIGLAVI or SAKLAVI) 2. KOHEIL (also known as KOHEILAN or KUHAILAN) 3. MANAKI (also known as MUNIGHI, MU’NIG or MA’NAG) 4. GILFI (also known as DZILFI or DZILFAN)

LEFT: A drawing of a typical desert bred Arabian horse and its Bedouin owner, by J. Kossak.


Bedouins believed a fine horse could only result from the mating of a stallion and a mare of these noble lines. The sire was credited as the most important contributor to the conformation of a foal, with the mare contributing to a lesser degree. Arabs were known for their extremely high standards in selecting a stallion for their mares. They would rather leave a mare open than breed her to a stallion of inferior quality. As soon as a foal was born, it was thoroughly measured and described in detail on its birth certificate. Confirmation of the purity of a newborn foal’s heritage required a testimony of its birth, color and family descent. This certificate contained the horse’s pedigree, signatures of credible witnesses, and seals stamped by the Emirs and the tribe’s Sheikh as well. Mounted on their Arabian horses, Islamic warriors became invincible, conquering the regions that surrounded them. They took all of northern Africa, including Egypt, then Syria, Persia, and the Isle of Rhodes. Before long, they gained footholds in Europe. They conquered Spain and then moved on toward the south of France. Battle after battle, the warriors with their horses blazed a trail, all the way to Poland.

LEFT: A map of Arabia drawn by Count Waclaw Rzewuski.

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THE ARABIAN COMES TO POLAND The Polish people have always had a great love of horses. Situated between Germany and Russia, Poland has had to contend with the volatility of its neighbors for centuries. In the more than 1,000 years of its existence, it is a nation which has rarely lived in peace. With the country’s ever-changing borders, the horse has remained a theme and purpose to which the people of Poland could cling when all else fell away. The precise date that Arabian horses began to be used as breeding stock in Poland is unknown. Among the most logical explanations for the appearance of the Arabian horse early in Poland’s history was the trade business conducted with Middle Eastern countries. Merchants traveled the "Amber Track" to Poland in order to barter goods, including horses, for the beautiful, golden gems. The other explanation for the early introduction of the Arabian horse into Poland was war. For many centuries, the Turkish Empire ruled large regions including Arabia, Asia Minor, and Egypt. From time to time the Turks also invaded European countries. Due to its location, the kingdom most vulnerable to attacks by both the Turks from the south and the Tatars from the east, was Poland. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, Poland extended far into the east with its vast territories, known as the "Wild Fields". These almost uninhabited plains were excellent protection for the invading Tatar squads, which on occasion advanced far enough west that they were confronted by the Polish army. Battles raged over the plains and the small, tough, strong horses of Arabian blood that the Tartars rode, proved irreplaceable for both armies. Muslim tradition dictated that no geldings were to be used in battle. Therefore, the Poles could use all of the horses they captured as breeding stock. They believed these horses were the most useful and surpassed all others with their virtues. When winning a horse from a Muslim, one did not worry about the purity of its blood. It was well known that they would never trust their life to anything but a purebred horse. Thus, for the Poles, the expressions "A noble line horse" or "blood horse" were interchangeable with the terms "oriental horse" or "Arabian horse." The Poles discovered that the high ranking Turkish military officials often rode exceptionally valuable animals. Thus, when an officer was taken prisoner, his mount was considered a highly desirable trophy. Evidence of this is found in the history of the 17th century Battle of Vienna

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when Poland’s King Jan III Sobieski captured Ali Pasha and Sillistrian Pasha. Both men rode splendid horses, but Sillistrian Pasha’s mare was a particularly important bounty of war. For many years she was considered the most distinctive dam at King Sobieski’s stud farm. As time passed, certain ideals about the beauty and conformation of the ideal horse began to emerge in the collective Polish mind. Author Krzysztof Dorohostajski wrote the first books on Polish horses in which his remarks included this description: “The horse can be compared to three animals molten into one: the lion, fox and deer. A horse should be splendid and proud as a lion. Its body must be agile and swift, broad in breast, with strong and well-muscled hindquarters. The horse reminds us of a fox through its light, attractive motion and vigilance. The horse resembles, on the other hand, a deer from the shape of its head, slenderness of neck, length and conformation of legs.” Put all of these images together and the mental picture that emerges describes the Arabian horse. The 16th century was a very important time in European horse breeding. Five stud farms were founded; four of which still exist today. The first, the Marbach stud in Germany, was established in 1573 by Regentschaft von Herzog Ludwig in order to supply horses for the royal house of Stuttgart. Initially, this stud based its breeding program on Spanish horses. Later, Thracian, Holstein, Warmblood and Arabian horse breeding programs were added. The stud continues with their Arabian lines to the present time. The Kladruby stud of Bohemia was the second European stud. Founded in 1579 by Kaiser Rudolf II of Habsburg, it was initially stocked with Spanish and Italian horses. The Kladruby stud is famous as the originator of the Kladruby horse, which has a long history as a carriage horse. Today the Kladruby is used primarily for sport driving. The Kladruby stud continues its breeding programs in what is now the Czech Republic.

A member of the royal Habsburg family founded the third stud, Lipica, in 1580. The Habsburg monarchy controlled both Spain and Austria and it was Archduke Charles, the son of Ferdinand I, who established the stud farm near Trieste, Yugoslavia. The farm originally held Neopolitan, Spanish and Arabian horses. The Lipica stud combined these bloodlines and became famous the world over for the horses they developed which are known as Lippizans. These wonderfully athletic horses continue to be popular and are still used exclusively in the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. At the end of the 16th century, the Danish king, Frederick II, established a stud in Frederiksburgh. Horses selected for its foundation breeding program were of the highest caliber and traced to Spanish, Neopolitan, Turkish, Egyptian, Berber and Polish roots. At about this same time, King Zygmunt August, the last ruler of the Jagiellonian dynasty, established a royal stud.

Ruler of Poland from 1520 to 1574, he was a great lover of horses and housed at his farm Arabian, Spanish, Turkish, Phrygian, and Persian stock. The establishment became famous as the only stud in Europe at the time, to concentrate its primary breeding efforts on the Arabian breed. The history of King Zygmunt August’s Knyszyn stud provides one of the earliest records of Arabian horses in Poland. Accounts from his stud books remark that his horses were of "reliable line" and "certified descent", in other words, Arabian. The Arabian horse became firmly entrenched in Polish history from this time forward. These courageous and beautiful creatures played a vital role in the development of the country and its culture. The rulers and royalty that followed King Zygmunt August also treasured the Arabian horse, so much so that they would travel to dangerous and exotic lands to find the very best representatives of the breed and bring them to Poland.

ABOVE: The Booty of the War, by J. Kossak.

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In recent years, there have been a few attempts to have AATR classes added to the schedule for our United States National Championship Show. These attempts have unfortunately failed, though we were never sure exactly why this was happening. All amateurs seemed to be in favor of these classes, and some exhibitors have opted out of showing at that show when they only have one class with no to little prize money or prizes for placing in it. When Lori Davisson started Promoting Postive Change for the Arabian Breed (yes, still misspelled!) on Facebook, several of us jumped in almost immediately. After some discussion, AATR classes at U.S. Nationals came up again. Lori suggested someone put together


a draft of a schedule including AATR classes. A few of us volunteered, and soon we had a great group. With the help of Melissa Aebly, Jennifer Pavlick, Amy Johnson, Lori Davisson and Lori Foster, we had a great sounding board for our ideas and problems as we worked on ideas. Our initial focus was AATR classes added for hunter pleasure, western pleasure, English pleasure and country English pleasure with no age splits, or the same age splits offered as the AAOTR classes for the 2013 U.S. National Championships. We would also look at adding English and western side saddle AATR and park AATR later, though we have recently heard positive things about the AATR side saddle classes!

During the 2012 U.S. Nationals, however, a new idea surfaced. After recommendations from many, we started looking to constructing a tiered system of AATR classes. For those familiar with the levels of NRHA and AQHA classes, this concept will be nothing new. “Select” would become our bottom tier, and it would be built up from there based on each rider’s national titles (not regional or local). Many thanks to Mary Jane Brown and Stan Morey for their help on getting this idea off of the ground, as well as everyone else who suggested looking way outside of the box. Both have been extremely helpful to us as we work on ideas. It is currently unknown if the tiers or just straight AATR will be chosen. We know that both were discussed by the U.S. Nationals Show Committee in January. Those of us who have been working on this are just happy that we have gotten as far as we have with AATR, and we will be happy to have it included in whichever way seems to work the best.

do well in an open class, they would be eager to have that horse shown in it. There is still a lot of prestige in owning a national champion in an open class, after all! For some exhibitors, open classes were never a feasible option due to scheduling with the current AAOTR classes. With the option of two amateur classes, this will also make those open classes more accessible for some. Yes, owners may have to pick and choose, but at least they will have that option! There will still be some conflicts between select/open/junior horse/maturity/ AAOTR/AATR, but we would be thrilled to give the option to pick which classes to enter for each owner. We have some great horsemen and women in this industry, and we trust them to make the right decision for each horse.

Another concern raised among exhibitors is that adding AATR takes away from the prestige of the AAOTR classes. We all hear “too many classes” referred to a lot for our shows, but we do not see it that way. Adding an AATR class will allow amateurs Naturally, there is opposition to adding AATR. One who cannot afford to concern we have heard purchase a horse of their from many trainers is that own to feel what it is they are afraid they will “Having AATR classes at our like to show a horse at lose their open horses. U.S. Nationals. Instead While this could very well U.S. Nationals would allow the of saying, “They’ll think happen, we have some points to counter that. For breeders of our industry another they don’t need to buy a horse of their own,” let’s many trainers stating this say that, “They’ll have so as a reason, they might, way to showcase horses they much fun, they’ll want for example, have multiple have bred by having an amateur one of their own so they Arabian hunter pleasure can show twice!” It would horses eligible for the open compete on them at a major show also allow some owners class at the show. However, they may only choose one … Having an amateur successfully the opportunity to do a half-lease on a horse. to show in it. While that The true owner could single horse gets to show in show them will help increase still show the horse in two classes, the others and marketability of those horses.” AAOTR, but a friend their owners are still limited would be able to show to one class. If trainers are the horse in AATR. This afraid that no owner will would make the whole show and show season more want to give up showing in one of the two amateur affordable for each person involved. classes so his or her horse can compete in open, perhaps they can make a deal with that client. The possibilities as As for AATR itself, we have a variety of other reasons to what that deal could be are endless! If most amateurs for wanting to see these classes added. The biggest owned a horse that they thought could truly win or Volume 43, No. 11 | 171

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reason for most amateurs is that we would have two adult amateur ranks because she would be down to one class at U.S. Nationals. She goes from the ability to show opportunities to show at U.S. Nationals. For those in JOTR, JTR, equitation and showmanship, to having a of us with horses over five, we simply do not have single AAOTR class. Adding the AATR classes to U.S. that chance right now. The show is expensive, from Nationals could be a link to keeping our youth exhibitors entry fees to stall fees, to hauling to hotels, to eating coming back to our fabulous horse shows. while there. Many of us cannot justify spending that amount of money every year with only one class and Adding AATR could also improve the numbers in one judging panel. It would be nice to have a second AAOTR. All of the previous reasons for adding it could opportunity to have another shot if one had a turn be ones that could help bring exhibitors back to the of bad luck with their horse spooking and ruining a show. The addition of AATR classes might be just the completely nice ride otherwise, which would make us boost we need to get those numbers back to what they less willing to come back used to be! for just one class. If we had another class and another are, no doubt, a shot at making that cut, “Adding the AATR classes to U.S. There number of other reasons we would be happier about the experience. Nationals could be a link to keeping for and against adding AATR to U.S. Nationals. our youth exhibitors coming back to We are thrilled so far by Having AATR classes at the support and positive our U.S. Nationals would our fabulous horse shows.” comments we have heard also allow the breeders of from everyone about this. our industry another way to We would like to thank showcase horses they have each and every one of you bred by having an amateur who has contacted us publicly or privately, from those compete on them at a major show. As it stands, for the at AHA to acquaintances at shows to close friends. Our breeders who are not interested in riding their horses, the group was recently invited to have a meeting with the only option for them at our U.S. Nationals is to have a U.S. Nationals Show Commission to discuss adding trainer on the horses. Having an amateur successfully show AATR to the show. We are excited to have that to look them will help increase marketability of those horses. forward to and hope to have good news to share with everyone in the months to come! In a similar line of thought, there are amateurs that have more than one horse that they could show in a division. If any of you are interested in helping out with this or Having AATR would allow them to show two separate another cause, please join Promoting Postive Change for horses of the same type at the show. For example, if a the Arabian Breed on Facebook. n rider had two Half-Arabian English pleasure horses, they could show one in AATR and one in AAOTR. The Chelsea Wesson has owned Arabian horses for the majority of her life. She has been a dedicated member of the Arabian Riders and Breeders, rider would not have to pick which single horse to take. On the Facebook group’s page, a former Youth Nationals exhibitor stated that she was upset to age-out into the


Inc. club of Region XI for many years and has shown horses through all levels of AHA shows. Chelsea graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in English and currently does online work for local businesses, clubs and farms.

FA El ShAwAn (2005-2013) by linda White

El Shaklan,” says Marlene Rieder. “FA El Shawan spent the majority of his life and career in Brazil, where he proved himself as a national champion stallion many times over. he also proved to be a superior sire. his offspring have already won numerous awards and are continuing to make their impact in many countries around the world.”

Certain Arabian stallions’ influence on the breed extends far beyond the borders of his country of origin. FA El Shawan was such a horse. In his case, in just eight years, with five foal crops on the ground and the 2013 crop just now appearing, he left a mark that will not soon fade away. he was born May 26, 2005 at Marlene and George Rieder’s Foxbriar Arabians in Grovespring, Mo., the first foal of his dam, Foxbriar Shakita (ZT Shakfantasy x Selket Mirror, by Furno Khamal), also bred by the Reiders after purchasing her dam, Selket Mirror, as a filly from Selket Arabians in 1996. Sired by Marwan Al Shaqab, the 2003 and 2005 U.S. national Champion Stallion 3-5 and sire of great renown, FA El Shawan was a 4-time Brazilian national Champion; 2006 Junior Champion Colt, 2007 Champion Colt, 2008 Young Stallion Champion and Champion Stallion in 2010. he then came state-side and was named 2011 U.S. national Champion Stallion 6-7 Years Old, and 2011 ABwC Sr. Stallion Gold Supreme Champion. “FA El Shawan definitely retained the look of his sire, along with the added beauty of his dam’s Egyptian lines through

FA El Shawan’s influence as a sire was cut short by his untimely death, proven by having sired the 2012 Brazilian national Champion Junior Filly Tawany hVP, both the Young Colt Champion Vortex and Reserve hDF lugano, and the Champion Junior Junior Colt Paladino Al Ventur and Junior Junior Filly Eza Al Ventur. Another of his successful progeny is Festywa AlSA (x Festyna SA, by nuzyr hCF), a daughter from the 2009 foal crop, his first. She was 2011 U.S. national Champion 2-Year-Old Filly for owner Carlos Roizner before taking the title of 2012 Canadian national Reserve Champion Mare and 2012 U.S. Top Ten 3-Year-Old Filly for Franco and Fabiana Vara. “we feel so grateful to have played a small part in his short life,” continues Rieder. “we will always remember the day he was born; how amazed we were when we first saw him! we were very fortunate to have bred to him, and to have some of his foals. The FA El Shawan Group and a succession of people contributed to El Shawan’s success. These included Keith Krichke, Rodolfo Guzzo, Bolivar Figueiredo, Greg Gallún and others. As his breeders, we are content in the knowledge that his bloodlines will continue to live on through his offspring.” n Volume 43, no. 11 | 173

ALLIENCE (1985-2013) by Linda White

When Allience trotted through the in-gate, audiences would gasp. His brilliant performances and obvious enjoyment of his task made him unforgettable, not only to everyone who ever saw him, but to everyone whose lives he touched. He died on February 8, 2013, at Shafer Arabians, his home since July 2003, when Nancy and Gregg Shafer purchased him. They had been watching his career since they saw him at the Youngstown Charity Horse Show in English pleasure junior horse. “Peter Stachowski showed him at Youngstown that year,” recalls Gregg Shafer. “I remember thinking he wasn’t an English horse; I thought he had more to give.” Allience did become a 1990, 1991 and 1992 U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Champion, and 1992 Canadian National English Pleasure Champion with Peter, but there was more to come. He garnered 6-time national champion or reserve.

Gregg Shafer and Allience.

Gregory Green bought Allience (*Aladdinn x A Love Song, by *Bask) in July 1990 from his breeder, Strawberry Banks Farm. Thus, his entire show career came under Green’s ownership. “My son, Shane, and I saw him at the 1990 Buckeye with Tim Shea and really liked him,” Green explains. “When he and Tim won the 1990 Region 13 English Pleasure Championship, we bought him on the spot. Words cannot describe how much he did for our family. The day he won his first Canadian national championship with Peter Stachowski was one of the happiest days of my life.” Then came the historic change-up: Allience trotted to the 1992 Canadian National Park Championship with Peter in the irons. With Jim Stachowski, he then won the 1993 U.S. National Reserve Park Horse 174 | ARABIAN HoRSE TIMES

Allience and Peter Stachowski after winning the 2000 U.S. National Park Horse class.

Championship, and in 1994 he was both U.S. and Canadian National Park Champion, and again at the U.S. Nationals in 1995. In 1996 he won the U.S. National Formal Driving Championship. In his final appearance, once more with Peter Stachowski, Allience was named 2000 U.S. National Champion Park Horse. He sired 303 registered foals, many of whom were multiple champions and national champions. His Half-Arabian son REA My Allience (x My Diamond Girl ASB) was just unanimously chosen 2013 Half-Arabian Scottsdale Champion Park Horse with Matthew Siemon. Some of Allience’s numerous national winning get include: Dominience and Invictus JB, national champions; Matinee V, Twist of Fait and Hallelujah Baby, all national champions and reserve champions; Ballience V, Wild Ride, Onyx Hadrian, Relience and Pledge of Allience, reserve champions; and JKF Macgregor, Alicia CA, OKW Entrigue and Alasting Love VF, national champions. Hope Springs Eternal, CL Allicazam, RA Alliza, and Dirty Face are also national champions; and The Trashman and Wasted Nights have been national champions and reserves. When asked why he parted with the illustrious show horse and sire, Gregory Green replies, “I only sold him to the Shafers because I knew they would treasure him.” “And we will never replace him,” says Gregg Shafer. “He was such a clown, such a fun horse to be around! He always wanted to play and he was such an athlete. His offspring are tractable athletes as well who are successful in halter and almost every performance division. It was such a privilege to have him in our lives.”

Multi-National Champion REA My Allience (Allience x My Diamond Girl ASB), the 2013 Scottsdale Champion Half-Arabian Park Horse.

Nancy Shafer has chosen a line from her favorite song, Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young,” for Allience’s gravestone: “I’ll be hoping that I served you well.” n Volume 43, No. 11 | 175

Equine Law Today Disclosures Required When Selling Horses by Mike Beethe, esq Buyers and sellers of horses deal with disclosure issues on a regular basis. Sellers and their agents often find themselves in a situation where they wonder if they should disclose a certain condition or habit to a potential buyer. While some gray area still exists, the law does provide general guidelines to help sellers know how much to tell.

General Rule: Sellers Have No Duty To Disclose

As a general rule, sellers are not required to disclose any condition or habit of a horse to a potential buyer. However, this rule has several exceptions listed below. If one of these exceptions applies to your situation, then the seller must truthfully disclose his or her knowledge regarding a horse defect, condition or vice. If, on the other hand, none of the exceptions apply, then “buyer beware”—the seller has no duty to disclose beyond those stated below.

Exception #1: Contractual Obligation

If the contract for a horse sale includes a disclosure provision, which requires the seller to disclose all existing defects, then the seller must disclose all existing horse defects, and the buyer has the right to rely upon the seller’s representation. For example, if a horse has a history of colic, then the horse seller must disclose that history to a potential buyer when the sales contract includes a disclosure provision. Failure to do so by the seller could result in liability of the seller to the buyer. 176 | ArABIAn HorSe TImeS

Exception #2: Express Inquiry

A seller must answer truthfully all questions a potential buyer asks relating to the horse for sale. For example, if the potential buyer asks the seller whether the horse has had problems with lameness, the seller must disclose all lameness problems of which the seller is aware. Thus, if the seller knows the horse has had treatment for lameness in the past, whether by a veterinarian, trainer or previous, the law requires the seller to inform the potential buyer of such history.

Exception #3: Fiduciary Duty

A fiduciary relationship, in a nutshell, is present in situations where one party puts his or her trust with another party. A common example of this is when a buyer purchases a horse from her trainer. Because of the relationship of trust between the parties in this case, the trainer has a higher duty toward the buyer in the transaction than the trainer would with an uninterested party. Therefore, the trainer must disclose to the buyer all that he or she knows about the horse. If, for example, the trainer fails to disclose a bad habit it knows the horse has in the show ring, then the trainer could be held responsible for the damages.

Exception #4: Known Misperception

While the seller need not protect the buyer in every case, the seller cannot stand by silently while a potential

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buyer incorrectly believes something to be true about the horse. A prime example of this situation arises where the seller tries to sell a show mare which cannot successfully carry a foal. If the buyer tells the seller during the transaction of his or her intent to breed the mare the following year, the seller must clarify the buyer’s misperception that the mare could carry a foal.

“It is the buyer’s duty to take the proper steps to inspect and investigate the horse, as well as ask the right questions in order to place a higher duty of disclosure on the seller.“

the buyer can establish that the seller knew of the dangerous habit but failed to tell the buyer, the seller will be held responsible for the injuries. In addition to these potential legal consequences, sellers who fail to disclose important facts regarding a horse often suffer significant damage to their reputation in the industry.

Exception #5: Fitness for a Particular Purpose

Buyer’s Obligations

Results Of Not Upholding Your Obligations

Ask Many Questions. This element proves critical. Ask the seller about every aspect of the horse, such as training history, show ring problems and habits, health problems, hauling problems, special requirements and lameness problems, just to name a few. Experienced buyers will tailor their list of questions to correspond with the intended use of the horse.

Often times a potential buyer will tell the seller what the horse will be used for if purchased. If the seller knows that the horse should not or could not be used for that purpose, the seller has a duty to inform the potential buyer of the horse’s inability to serve that purpose. A duty of disclosure will be placed on the seller if, for instance, he or she knows that the buyer intends to buy a show horse for a young or beginner rider, but the horse has a habit of getting strong or taking off in the show arena. If this situation arises, the seller must disclose to the buyer the horse’s unsuitability for young or inexperienced riders. The seller should closely follow this requirement. If the seller fails to tell the buyer of the horse’s problem of taking off and the buyer’s child later is injured as a result, the buyer could potentially hold the seller responsible for the injury. The consequences of sellers not upholding their obligations to buyers can be small to very large. It can be as small as being embarrassed on the pre-purchase exam, to as large as having to defend a lawsuit. In a lawsuit, if a buyer can prove that the seller had a duty to disclose a fact which was not disclosed, the buyer may be able to return the horse for a full refund. Additionally, the seller may be required to pay for all the buyer’s expenses in purchasing and keeping that horse. In extreme cases, the court could find that the seller committed fraud, thereby entitling the buyer to payment of attorneys’ fees and punitive damages. Probably the largest fear, however, arises when a buyer gets injured because a seller did not disclose a dangerous habit of a horse. If

When looking to purchase a horse, buyers have the affirmative duty to investigate what they are purchasing. As you can see from the above rules and exceptions, the amount of information the seller must disclose to the potential buyer varies in every case. But these rules also enable experienced buyers to control the level of information disclosed to them by the seller. By taking the proper steps, listed below, a potential buyer can increase the amount of information a seller must disclose about a horse:

Tell the Seller your Intended Use. Once the potential buyer tells the seller his or her intended use, it places a duty on the seller to disclose to the potential buyer if the horse is not suitable for that purpose. This element is essential when purchasing horses for young or inexperienced riders. Try Out the Horse. You should thoroughly “test drive” the horse you intend to purchase. This means riding or handling the horse as you intend to use the horse. Undoubtedly, this test drive will present several questions about the horse, which can then be addressed with the seller. When trying out the horse, Volume 43, No. 11 | 177

EquinE Law Today the potential buyer should ask the seller what the seller did to prepare the horse for the day (i.e., exercising, working, medications). Research the Horse. As the dollar value of the horse increases, so should the research. On an expensive show or breeding horse, the potential buyer should attempt to confirm the history of the horse by contacting previous owners or trainers. If the horse comes from out of your geographic area, contact someone you know in that area to see if the horse has any bad habits. Pre-Purchase Exam. In today’s world of buying and selling horses, a pre-purchase examination is standard. Although asking questions about the horse helps take you part of the way to verifying its health, there is no replacement to a pre-purchase exam. Even if you must balance the cost of the pre-purchase vet examination with the cost of the horse, a pre-purchase examination should be performed because by not performing a pre-purchase examination, you may waive any warranties of health and soundness. Use a Written Contract. A written contract protects all parties when buying a horse, as it identifies each element of the horse sale. The contract will clarify the agreement between the buyer and seller, as well as provide the necessary protections to the parties.


The law imposes a fairly high standard of disclosure on sellers when the buyer acts in certain ways. It is the buyer’s duty to take the proper steps to inspect and investigate the horse, as well as ask the right questions in

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order to place a higher duty of disclosure on the seller. If the buyer follows the proper steps, the chance of buying and being stuck with a lame, unfit or improper horse greatly decreases. n Mike Beethe is one of the nation’s leading equine law practitioners. His practice also focuses on real estate, healthcare 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. Mike is also an experienced horseman, earning countless national championships in ten 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 nationals shows. Mike is a founding partner at Comitz | Beethe, PLLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information about equine law issues, please contact Mike at (480) 998-7800 or mbeethe@, or please visit 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. © August, 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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A Leg Up Managing Foundered Feet by Heather Smith Thomas After a horse has suffered laminitis, the acute phase eventually passes and the horse either recovers or progresses into a chronic state—founder—in which the coffin bone has rotated or dropped. The horse with chronic founder needs continual hoof care and support for the foot, to work toward soundness (if possible) by getting the coffin bone in a more normal position within the foot. Success often depends on having an early, correct diagnosis—evaluating the amount of rotation and whether or not the bone is sinking or displacing to one side. Travis Burns, lecturer and farrier at Virginia Tech (VirginiaMaryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine), says that once a horse has had laminitis, it is more prone to becoming laminitic again. The owner needs to monitor the horse closely, and try to prevent recurring bouts of laminitis. “In dealing with a chronic founder, it is crucial to realign the hoof capsule around the distal phalanx (coffin bone). This means trimming the dorsal hoof wall and trying to keep it parallel to the dorsal surface of the distal phalanx. It is important to monitor these horses’ feet with radiographs a couple times a year, to make sure things are going the right direction,” says Burns. “With most foundered front feet, the coffin bone tends to sink medially. The horse will thus have reduced horn growth on the medial side of the foot. It is important to use radiographs to make sure you have proper alignment from the most distal surface or solar margin of the distal phalanx and the ground. You want to make this is as parallel as possible,” he explains. “The veterinarian should radiograph the feet every 6 months to monitor this. It is unfair for the horse owner to expect the farrier to deal with the foundered feet without help from the veterinarian. Oftentimes, with chronic laminitis cases, the external hoof capsule doesn’t necessarily indicate where the bone is, inside.” You can’t always just eyeball the foot and know where it is.


“I also think it is imperative to use some type of device to reduce the amount of tension placed on the dorsal laminar interface at the breakover point in the foot. You could use a square toe, rocker toe, rolled toe, etc., to help facilitate this,” says Burns. “It’s also good to use sole and frog support, to help the foot grow adequate sole depth. Chronic laminitic horses that have adequate sole depth do very well, but the moment they lose their sole depth they become uncomfortable.” These feet would become very tender, very quickly. “Secondary complications with a chronic laminitic horse include being more prone to abscessing. These feet have a weakened white line (more stretched and open), allowing dirt and debris to pack in there. Often it helps to keep the foot shod, just as a mechanical barrier to keep dirt from getting in there,” he explains. This gives the foot more protection, and also keeps it off the ground and less susceptible to bruising. Some horse owners think founder means the end of the horse, or the end of his working career, but with luck and good team effort, many of these horses return to work. “They may have to change jobs to something less strenuous, but most of them will hopefully return to some level of work,” says Burns. “At the first meeting between the vet, farrier and horse owner, they should sit down and outline goals and expectations so everyone is on the same page. Laminitis is not the end of the world for all horses, but is a costly and debilitating disease,” he says. Prevention is key, and careful monitoring and care afterward—if a horse does founder. It may be a horse that cannot be left on pasture or overfed if he foundered because of grain overload or lush green pasture. n

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Regional championships April 27, 2013, Region 9 50-Mile Endurance Ride Championship, Decatur, Texas. Contact: Vicki Hudson, 281-454-5592. April 25-28, 2013, Region 7 Championship, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. April 28, 2013, Region 15 26-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Unionville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Kim Colket, 610-933-7074. May 6-11, 2013, Region 12 Championship, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. May 10-12, 2013, Pacific Slope Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 12, 2013, Region 16 50-Mile Endurance Championship, Cornish, New Hampshire. Contact: Ruth Ferland, 603-675-6833. May 18-19, 2013, Region 8 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 29-June 2, 2013, Region 9 Championship, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 29-31, 2013, Region 11 Dressage, Hunter/ Jumper & Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. May 30-June 2, 2013, Region 1 Championship, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 6-8, 2013, Region 8 Championship, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 8-9, 2013, Region 6 Offsite Sport Horse Championship, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. June 13-16, 2013, Region 10 Championship, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-16, 2013, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039.

June 18-22, 2013, Region 4 Championship, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 19, 2013, 1st Annual Pacific Coast Breeders Cup ATH Yearling Classes, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Aude Espourteille, June 20-23, 2013, June 13 Championship, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 21-23, 2013, Region 2 Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 22, 2013, Region 10 Working Western Off-Site Championship, Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. June 27-30, 2013, Region 14 Championship, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 28-30, 2013, Region 6 Championship, Rapid City, South Dakota. Contact: Becky McAllister, 406-861-4929. June 29-30, 2013, Region 3 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Kelly Wilson, 530-383-4935. June 29-30, 2013, Region 4 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. July 4-7, 2013, Region 15 Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Martin Kleiner, 717-507-5474. July 4-7, 2013, Region 11 Championship, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. July 5-14, 2013, Region 5 Championship, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. July 9-13, 2013, Region 3 Championship, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 10-13, 2013, Region 16 Championship, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. July 12-14, 2013, Western Canadian Breeders Championship, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Sproule, 306-752-4240. July 17-20, 2013, Region 18 Championship, London, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-657-6133. July 23-27, 2013, Region 17 Championship, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. August 2-4, 2013, East Coast Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Pamela McDermott, 770-728-4383.

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April 20, 2013, South Dakota Spring Show I One-Day Show, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Contact: Heather Swanson, 605-743-2745. April 20, 2013, Show Your Horse All Arabian A and B One Day Show, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Nannet Read, 352-278-2004. April 20-21, 2013, Iowa Spring Show A and B, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. April 23-24, 2013, ASHO4U, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. April 25-28, 2013, CRAA Spring Derby Sport Horse Show, Northhampton, Massachusetts. Contact: Pamela Turner, 607-739-3341. April 26-28, 2013, Daffodil All Arab Spring Show A and B, Payallup, Washington. Contact: Linsey O’Donnell, 253-988-4265. April 26-28, 2012, Aim At The Hood Arabian Sport Horse A and B Show, Boring, Oregon. Contact: Karen Bragg, 503-682-4982. April 26-28, 2013, Border Bonanza A and B, Kansas City, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 26-28, 2013, Mason & Dixon Classic Horse Show, Quentin, Pennsylvania. Contact: Amanda Krall, 717-514-4772. April 28, 2013, Royale Ranch Sport Horse/ Dressage One Day Show, O’Fallon, Illinois. Contact: Janet Corvallis, 618-344-5595. MAy May 2-5, 2013, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. May 3-5, 2013, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Red Bluff, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 3-5, 2013, Colorado Classic Horse Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307. May 3-5, 2013, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. May 3-5, 2013, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 3-5, 2013, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. May 8-12, 2013, Great Plains Arab Classic A, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. Volume 43, No. 11 | 181

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May 9-12, 2013, AHASFV 50th Annual Show A, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 9-12, 2013, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit, Spanaway, Washington. Contact: Susy Birch, 360-540-4425. May 9-10, 2013, Great Plains Arab Classic A and B, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. May 9-12, 2013, AHABC Classic A and B, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Marla Patterson, 604-574-3785. May 10-12, 2013, Treasure Valley Classic, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 10-12, 2013, CAHC Spring Show A and B, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. May 10-12, 2013, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753. May 10-12, 2013, Sahiba Arabian Spring Show, Frankfort, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 10-12, 2013, Hudson Valley Arabian Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 16-18, 2013, Zia Classic A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 16-19, 2013, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. May 16-19, 2013, 58th AHACO Arabian Horse Show, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. May 16-19, 2013, NYS Horse Breeders Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-695-1332. May 17-19, 2013, ARK Arab Victory Challenge A and B, Texarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Erika Studer, 501-747-2900. May 17-19, 2013, NJ HAHA A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 17-19, 2013, Parkland Spring Show I and II, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion enders, 403-227-0538. May 18-19, 2013, Northern Minnesota Arabian Horse Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Janice Barington, 320-587-5825. May 18-19, 2013, AHA Indiana Spring Classic One Day Show, New Castle, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066. May 19, 2013, Eagle Mtn. Ranch Dressage One-Day Show, Arlington, Washington. Contact: Rae Ann Clark, 425-308-0828. May 23-26, 2013, Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. 182 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

May 24-26, 2013, SCHAA Arabian Show, Temecula, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. May 24-26, 2013, IEAHC Memorial Day Classic A and B Show, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Lois Rice, 509-291-3413. May 24-26, 2013, Spindletop Spring Arab A and B Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Sherri Re, 281-513-5745. May 24-26, 2013, The Badger Classic, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753. May 24-26, 2013, AHC of CT Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 25-26, 2013, Road Runner Sport Horse Show I, Tucson, AZ. Contact: Rosemary Panuco, 520-797-6921. May 25-26, 2013, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B Show, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. May 29-30, 2013, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. May 30, 2013, MSU Showcase One Day Show, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 31-June 2, 2013, Showtime 2013, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. June June 1-2, 2013, Arabian and Sport Horse Celebration, Auburn, Washington. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. June 1-2, 2013, Illinois/Arab, Inc. All Arabian Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. June 1-2, 2013, Virginia Arabian Sport Horse Show, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Coleman Smith, 757-876-0989. June 1-2, 2013, NC PAHA Arabian Show A and B, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. June 5, 2013, AHA Region 8 Lead In Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 6-9, 2013, WA Midsummer Classic A and B Show, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Betty Engleman, 360-425-7798. June 7, 2013, Aurora 4/5 Qualifier A and B Show, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. June 7-8, 2013, Aurora Region 6 Qualifier, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. June 7-9, 2013, Gold Coast Arabian Show, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. June 7-9, 2013, Eastern Classic, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907.

June 7-9, 2013, Aurora Arabian Summer Show, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. June 8, 2013, NCAHA Summer Sport Horse One Day Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Marie Taylor, 804-314-5216. June 8-9, 2013, Medallion I A and II B Show, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 9, 2013, NCAHA Summer Dressage One Day Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Marie Taylor, 804-314-5216. June 12, 2013, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 13-16, 2013, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 13-16, 2013, Blue Ridge Arab Classic I A and B, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marie Taylor, 804-314-5216. June 14-15, 2013, Region 12 Youth Jamboree, Clemson, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. June 14-16, 2013, NJ HAHA Classic A and B Show, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 15-16, 2013, Island Classics Arabian Horse Show, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Wendy Don, 250-722-0162. June 15-17, 2013, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 19, 2013, Region 13 Pre-Show A and B, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 19-20, 2013, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 20-23, 2013, The North Central Working Western Horse Celebration, Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Contact: Sandra Woerle, 715-939-0562. June 22-23, 2013, Region 10 Sport Horse & Dressage Offsite Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 26, 2013, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 27-28, 2013, Pacific Coast Arabian Sport Horse Classic, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706. June 27-29, 2013, AHANE 59th Arabian Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. June 28-30, 2013, Arabians In Motion Sport Horse Classic, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631.

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June 28-30, 2013, Pennsylvania Arab Junior Amateur Games, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. July July 3, 2013, Region 11 Pre-Show A and B, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Gary Paine, 641-466-3320. July 3, 2013, Markel Firecracker Classic, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. July 7-9, 2013, Region 3 Last Chance Qualifying Show, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 10, 2013, Region 16 Hunter Jumper Qualifier, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. July 13-14, 2013, Road Runner Sport Horse Show II, Tucson, AZ. Contact: Rosemary Panuco, 520-797-6921. July 13-14, 2013, OVAHA Summer Sizzler I and II, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. July 27-28, 2013, Pas De Deux Arabian Sport Horse A and B Show, Sherwood, Oregon. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. August August 1, 2013, Eastern Arab Horse Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Pamela McDermott, 770-728-4383. August 2-4, 2013, Daffodil Summer Show, Payallup, Washington. Contact: Linsey O’Donnell, 253-988-4265. August 2-4, 2013, WAHA August Show, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. August 9-11, 2013, Georgia AHA Summer Classic, Conyers, Georgia. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. August 18, 2013, ASAAD Summer Fun One Day Show, Valparaiso, Indiana. Contact: Jennifer Dresdow, 260-444-2066.

August 23-25, 2013, New York State Fair, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-695-1332. August 23-september 2, 2013, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon. Contact: Roxanne Hood, 831-637-8510. August 30-september 1, 2013, Reichert Arabian Celebration, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. August 30-september 1, 2013, WMAHA Fall Classic, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. August 30-september 1, 2013, Silver Spur All Arabian, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907. August 31, 2013, One Day Show @ Latigo, Elbert, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. August 31-september 1, 2013, OHAHA Fall Show B, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. August 31-september 2, 2013, Iowa Fall Classic, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073.

EndurancE/ CompEtitivE trail ridE April 27, 2013, Texas Bluebonnet Classic 25-, 50-, and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Decatur, Texas. Contact: Vicki Hudson, 281-454-5592. May 4, 2013, MNDRA I 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Orrock, Minnesota. Contact: Theresa Meyer, 763-753-5236. May 4, 2013, Biltmore Challenge 50-, 75-, and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. May 4-5, 2013, Washoe Valley I and II 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Gina Hall, 775-849-0839.

May 4-5, 2013, MNDRA I 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Orrock, Minnesota. Contact: Theresa Meyer, 763-753-5236. May 12, 2013, Verda Bare Bones 30- and 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Cornish, New Hampshire. Contact: Ruth Ferland, 603-675-6833. May 18, 2013, TAHC Canyon Ferry Lake 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Winston, Montana. Contact: Cheryl Moldenhauer, 406-227-0885. May 18, 2013, TAHC Canyon Ferry Lake 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Winston, Montana. Contact: Cheryl Moldenhauer, 406-227-0885.

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A ABCCA...........................................................................................................8 AHT Digital Subscriptions.........................................................................184 AHT Inc. .....................................................................................................185 AHT Regional Directories .........................................................................136 AHT Subscriptions .....................................................................................192 AHT Valentino Book .................................................................................. 179 AHT Youth Nationals.........................................................................188, 189 Al Shaqab Stud ................................................................................. 194, IBC Aljassimya Farm..............................................................................................7 Alvey, Judi and Jordan ..................................................................................37 Ames Reining Horses ............................................................................97-102 Arabian Celebration .....................................................................................96 Arabian Royalty, Inc...............................................................................20, 21 Arabian Training Center Ca’ di Gianni .............................................140-147 B Beloveds Farm .........................................................................................18, 19 Belvedere Farm LLC ..................................................................................124 Boylan, Jeanne Marie & Anna and Colleen Boylan Cooper ............... 32-34 Burger Training Centre ..........................................................................50, 51 C Caruth Arabians & Half-Arabians ..............................................................49 Castang, Maris and Kim ..............................................................................39 Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc.....................................................................16, 17 Conway Arabians ........................................................................................129 Crescent Creek Farms.................................................................................125 D Dan Lowe Arabians......................................................................................53 E Eleanor’s Arabian Farm .......................................................................... 41-48 F Flood Show Horses.............................................................................104, 105 Frierson Atkinson .......................................................................................184 G Gallún Farms, Inc. ............................................................................ 194, IBC Garlands Ltd. ......................................................................................103, 126 H Haas, Betsy and Steve...................................................................................39 Haras Cruzeiro....................................................................................148, 149 Harris, Pam ...................................................................................................35 Hazlewood Arabians, LLC............................................................................2 Hegg, Mrs. Mickey ....................................................................................185 Hilldale Farm ................................................................................................46 J J.T. Keller Performance Horses ..............................................................94, 95 Jerland Farm ........................................................................................112, 113 John White Stables .....................................................................................130

K Kivstad, Michael & Leslie .........................................................................107 Knocke Arabians..................................................................................142-147 Koch, Laura.................................................................................................106 Krichke Training Center ............................................................................128 M Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. .................................................................52, 185 Mattingly, Alexis ..........................................................................................40 McGee, Cameron and G. Ellen...................................................................38 Midwest ...................................................................................................10, 11 Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders ..................................................186, 187 N Nab, Rick.....................................................................................................131 O Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes Show ..............................................................137 P P & S Enterprises, Inc. ...............................................................................184 Pakula, Jackie ..............................................................................................127 Palmetto Arabians ..........................................................................68, 69, 132 Pay-Jay Arabians .........................................................................................185 R R.O. Lervick Arabians ...............................................................................184 Rae-Dawn Arabians .................................................................. 4, 5, 134, 135 Randy Sullivan’s Training Center ................................................................77 Regency Cove Farms ........................................................................ IFC, 1, 2 Rohara Arabians ..................................................................................... 65-69 S Sanders, Bert ...............................................................................................106 Setting Sun Stables LLC .....................................................................76, 133 Shamrock Farms ...........................................................................................76 Shea Stables ...........................................................................................52, 185 Show Season..................................................................................................81 Showtime Training Center ..............................................................23, 30-40 Silver Spurs Equine LLC ......................................................................44, 45 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians LLC ...................................................... BC Southern Oaks Farm ..............................................................................30, 31 Southern Star Ranch ....................................................................................80 Southwest Farm Services............................................................................184 Stachowski Farm, Inc. ...........................................................12, 13, 122, 123 Stone Ridge Arabians .....................................................................................9 Strand’s Arabian Stables .....................................................................106, 107 Strawberry Banks Farm ................................................................................22 T The Hat Lady..............................................................................................185 Tyler, Elizabeth and Walter & Shirley McNeely........................................36 W Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ................................................................185 Woody Arabian ...................................................................................148, 149

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Reproducing the *Bask Look and Talent

Baske Afire x RY Fire Ghazi, by El Ghazi 4 crosses to *Bask "Baskghazi is a beautiful Arabian stallion with great English motion. As a breeding horse he is very prepotent; after viewing offspring out of a variety of mares, I can see that he is stamping progeny with his quality AND talent. Baskghazi's dam, RY Fire Ghazi was an extremely beautiful English horse and winner at Scottsdale in English Pleasure. Her dam, Canadian National Champion English Pleasure RL Rah Fire, was also very typey. I knew both mares well, as I trained and showed them both. Baskghazi has the best from both sides of his pedigree, and I anticipate that he will make a significant contribution to the Arabian breed." —Gene LaCroix

U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated • Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Scottsdale Signature Stallion • WCAHA All Star Futurity • AEPA Enrolled Sire Lenoir City, TN • 865.816.2406 Trainer Mike Miller • cell 608.332.0701

Arabian Horse Times Vol. 43, No. 11  
Arabian Horse Times Vol. 43, No. 11  

April 2013