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On The Cover: Pscore—The Leading Sire Of The Haras JM Breeding Program! by Anne Stratton
The Rising Stars Of The Arabian Show Industry
by Kara Larson
by Kara Larson
by Mary Kirkman
The 2013 C. Jarvis Insurance and AHT Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 APAHA Horsemen’s Awards Bob Battaglia—A Study In Inspiration
1 Apparel Show Ring Swagger—What To Wear In 2014
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by Anne Stratton
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Comments From The Publisher
Faces & Places
25 Things You Don’t Know About Me
How To Win
Calendar Of Events
Index Of Advertisers
The ARBC Futurities Leaders Of The Times: Hariry Al Shaqab Breeding And Marketing—Tips On How To Make It Work Why Every Rider Should Practice Yoga
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What Do Our Registration Figures Really Mean? In my travels around the industry, I hear one familiar refrain: “Registrations are down!” We all know that is important, because if our breed is to grow, we will need more horses in the future. If enough of them aren’t bred, then we will be in trouble. Lower figures were understandable after the economic downturn of 2008, but why now? Many of us are beginning to sense a more positive attitude in the breed. So, I got to thinking: is our breeding really down as badly as our numbers reflect? My answer? I am not sure. I know a good number of people who do not register their foals, or even their 3 year olds, until they know if the horse is going to excel at something. Or in other words, until they know that having papers will enhance the horse’s value. There are others who do not want to register any horse that won’t make their breeding program look good. If we have enough people not registering their horses for reasons like these, then what we are seeing may not be so much a decline in breeding as simply a decline in registrations. Either way you look at it, it seems to me to be a financial factor. The way registrations are set up, owners and breeders can wait as long as they like without registering their foals because they haven’t much to lose by doing so. Even if they wait until the horse is 2 or 3 years old, the cost of registering an animal bred domestically will be only $350 to $375, as opposed to $100 to 125 for registering a foal up to six months of age. Our numbers probably would be higher if breeders would register all the horses they breed (which would also be better for the horses). They might do that if there were a significant penalty for waiting. They could register three foals for the price of the one they waited three years on! So, why not make it more cost effective for them to do this by making late registration a lot more expensive than, say, for horses up to one year of age? That would give us higher numbers, which might be a more accurate indication of the Arabian horse community’s commitment to breeding. And that could be encouraging for us all. What do you think?
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Best Of Brazil Best Breeder and Best Exhibitor For 10 consecutive years 2004 – 2005 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008 2009 – 2010 – 2011 – 2012 – 2013 The statistics alone for Brazil’s Haras JM, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary in the Arabian industry, are staggering. It has been the Leading Breeder in Brazil not once, but for the past 10 consecutive years. At its sprawling 500-acre compound in the Monte Mor section outside São Paulo, it is home to 400 Arabian horses in a breeding program that systematically produces national champions in both halter and performance. With 14 stallions, approximately 100 mares, as many as 70 foals arriving annually, and a record of 500 colts and fillies registered, owners Jose Alves Filho and Maisa Tucci Alves acknowledge that their operation is vast. But in their view, that level of commitment is necessary to fulfill their dream of creating horses that have a worldwide impact. “My family is very involved with the breeding,” Alves says. “Maisa likes very much to be involved with the Haras program and activities, and everybody loves the people of the Arabian horse community of the world. Breeding Arabian horses is an amazing part of our lives.” In this case, happiness, along with study, experience and world class horses, has given Haras JM a home not just in Brazil, but also on the international stage. Jose Alves Filho smiles when he describes their goal: “Our plan is to be one of the first studs that all foreign breeders will have in their mind when coming to see horses in Brazil.”
the LEADING SIRE of the HARAS JM BREEDING PROGRAM!
“To construct a breeding program, to earn and maintain a place among the five best breeders of your country—with the objective of selecting and optimizing the genetic standard of your horses—it is mandatory that you work hard,” says Alves. “That means hard work personally and intellectually, with financial dedication and investment.” And there is another complication as a program grows more successful and famous. “We also must resist the offers to sell our best horses. This is a problem often.” A breeding program of more than 70 mares, he adds, must have more than three stallions and also must invest in the purchase of the highest quality horses of each generation, which he defines as about five to seven years.
Asked for his vision of the ideal Arabian horse, Alves is discerning. He likes a tall horse with a long, refined neck, and while he prizes beautiful faces, he does not want to lose a horse’s overall excellence in pursuit of an extreme head (“you can’t ride a head,” he will note). Good legs are a requirement, along with a strong back and croup, and an attractive topline. It is all about balance, he says, the kind which produces not only beauty, but sound, useful movement. With that in mind, Haras JM has assembled a stallion roster and broodmare band of everincreasing quality. Since he found his stride as a breeder and the numbers rose in his program, Alves has collected a well-considered choice of stallions, primarily focused on the historic sires
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Bey Shah, Ali Jamaal, Padrons Psyche, and more recently, Marwan Al Shaqab. He also appreciates Aladdinn, pointing out that while the sire is not known as the source of extreme heads, his trademark correct conformation and fine necks, along with great legs and toplines, are essential parts of the program. Haras JM’s first taste of Aladdinn came through the stallion’s granddaughter SL White Lace, the most important of the farm’s foundation broodmares, and one whose influence remains strong today. Historically, there always has been a most-favored sire, one who may be called a representative step in the program. That individual now is Pscore, an 11-year-old son of Padrons Psyche. To fully understand Pscore’s importance to Haras JM, however, it helps first to know the pattern of bloodlines into which he fits, the design that is increasing the farm’s reputation.
The first lead sire at Haras JM was Style SRA, whom the Alves’ acquired from the United States in 1997. Bred by Dan and Maureen Grossman at Stone Ridge Arabians, Style SRA was a son of Bey Shah, out of Sociallite, by SX Saladin. His pedigree, therefore, included not only the fire and flat-gorgeous beauty of Bey Shah, but also a generous dose of correct conformation and athletic ability from such icons as Bask, Serafix, Huckleberry Bey, and several of the solidlybred old representatives of Crabbet-based American “domestic” lines. Style delivered on all of it. The vibrant bay stallion was 3 when he came to Haras JM, and over the next 10 years, he stamped his foals with his own look and quality, and most of all, his rock star attitude. His foals knew how to show, and they marched through South America’s show rings on a mission to put Haras JM’s name up in lights. Piettra Di Style JM, Llamore Di Style JM, Napoli Di Style JM, Larabeska JM, Mister Style JM, Q Di Style JM and a host of others were all national champions in Brazil and many traveled to the United States and other countries to win further honors abroad. Unfortunately, however, Style SRA had to do all that in an abbreviated career at stud; his premature death in 2007 was heartbreaking for the Alves family. But he left the farm with an enviable collection of mares that would make a strong contribution to the evolution of its breeding program.
SL White Lace
Europa El Jamaal
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The second major influence at Haras JM was already in the stallion barn, although at the time he was at just the beginning of his career at stud. Pscore, who was bred by Lucy Whittier, was 3 in 2006 when Jose Alves Filho purchased him from Bob and Dixie North, of North Arabians. He is a son of Padrons Psyche, from the Bey Shah mare Bey Shahs Lady, thus not only adding Psyche—the new ingredient in the lines—but also reemphasizing Bey Shah.
“We bought Pscore as a baby,” Bob North recalls. “At the time, we hadn’t owned Psyche all that long, and we wanted Pscore as a show horse, to really promote Psyche. His conformation was very good—he was proportioned right, he had a great neck and he was a fantastic mover. All of those were qualities that Psyche had, so he was, if you will, a bay clone of Psyche. He was also a great horse to be around.” Pscore also did his job for North Arabians. In 2006, he was named Scottsdale Champion 3-Year-Old Colt in a class of 25, and later in the year, Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Colt. And then Jose Alves Filho, having heard Rodolfo Guzzo recommend the colt, came calling.
Venittia D'Pscore JM
Vegas Di Pscore JM
“I was attracted by his charisma,” says Alves. “He’s a show horse— very fine, tall, very good body, has the neck, the eyes, the ears and attitude. Each particular one of those is close to perfection. But the charisma of a stallion is very important for me.” With Padrons Psyche in the barn, the Norths had not considered breeding Pscore yet, as his job lay in the show ring, but they were very clear that his long term role would be in carrying on his sire’s line, probably in an international breeding program. With his Psyche-like quality and his influential dam (“he is out of one of the best Bey Shah broodmares in the world,” Bob North says), he would be highly desirable to establish the line in another country. “We knew he had the potential of going somewhere in the world. He was a fantastic representative of Psyche, and we still have a very high regard for him. We’ve seen some of the babies in Brazil when we’ve been there and they look like show horses. He’s an excellent sire.”
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Pscore’s dam line was equally important to Haras JM. Bey Shahs Lady, a U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Futurity Filly, was bred at Cedar Ridge and sold to Lucy Whittier as a yearling. By Bey Shah, she is out of Elegance Of Taask, by Taask, which gives her a cross to Bask both through her sire and her dam. It is a predominantly Polish pedigree, but with important strong references to Raffles and the Crabbet Park program through Tsatyr, Ga’Zi and Comar Azdeyn. When bred, Bey Shahs Lady produced stunning quality. Nine of her registered foals as of April 2014 have achieved national top ten or above honors (and two of the remaining three were born in 2012 and 2013). Pscore’s half-brother Bey Ambition was named Canadian National Champion Stallion, U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt and U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion 4-5 Years Old, and is now a proven sire. Half-brother Bey Jullyen was a
U.S. National Top Ten Senior Stallion, Top Ten Yearling Colt and Canadian National Top Ten Junior Stallion. And full brother Pstrategy is a U.S. National Top Ten Senior Stallion and unanimous Scottsdale Champion 5-Year-Old Stallion. Padrons Psyche, meanwhile, is recognized as one of the most reliable sources of type in the world. The combination with Bey Shahs Lady convinced Jose Alves Filho that Pscore had something to contribute at Haras JM, and when he saw the stallion’s foals, he knew he had selected correctly. They took to the Brazilian show ring with the same sort of regularity seen in their North American relatives. “Pscore is really an international sire,” says Alves. “His pedigree is so amazing in both sire line and dam line. He has a powerful charisma, special type, incredible movement, great neck, short head, and he can fit with many bloodline mares.”
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Xaklinna D'Pscore JM
Yshaklinna Pscore JM
Ylihandra Pscore JM
The foals came, one after another, and the older among them have excelled in the show ring. Among them was Sherrize D’Pscore JM (x Hall Victory IN, by RSD Dark Victory); a 2008 model, she has been named Brazilian National Champion Filly and twice Uruguayan National Champion for owner Princess Laetitia d’Arenberg. Ursulla Di Pscore JM (x Mayka El Jamaal, by Ali Jamaal), has been a Junior Champion Filly, and Uhdahra Di Pscore JM (x Nayda El Jamaal, by Ali Jamaal) was a Champion Filly. Venittia Di Pscore (x Michelle Carol) is among the latest, as 2013 Brazilian National Reserve Champion Filly. Alves points out that many of the characteristics which serve the Pscore get so well in the show ring can be traced clearly through his pedigree. The charisma, the expressive necks and high tail carriage are all traits not only through Psyche’s ancestry, but also through Bey Shah Lady’s heritage of Bask, Tsatyr and Bey Shah. All that said, however, Pscore is known for his extreme Psyche look. Echoing Bob North, Alves remarks that the stallion is reminiscent of his sire in every way except his color. “Some of Psyche’s other sons reflect the influence of their dam,” he offers. “Pscore, on the other hand, resembles his sire very much. He has the elegance, type, beauty and conformation. But his dam’s contribution is seen more in his get. So,
Tazzaal Di Pscore JM
Uhdahra Di Pscore JM
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Usherrie D'Pscore JM
Venittia D'Pscore JM
it is clear that his foals are getting the genetics of both—and that is very important, because all those horses are very important.” Not surprisingly, Pscore has proven popular with other breeders. His daughters have sold well at auction, and with the mounting total of national awards won by his get (such as Sherrize D’Pscore JM), he is attracting an international following. Alves now is making plans for more exposure in Europe and America. This year, several of Pscore’s sons and daughters will be sent to Arizona and Florida to prepare for competition in 2015. Sandro Pinha will be in charge of those in Scottsdale, while Fernando Poli will handle the East Coast string, which will be based at Haras JM’s farm in Florida. “The world must know more about his quality,” Alves says simply. He is confident that his stallion can live up to his billing; the feedback they have received from visitors to Brazil and those who saw Pscore at the Brazilian Nationals last year has been positive, and the stallion has enjoyed significant support from other Brazilian breeders. Presently, Pscore’s frozen semen is represented in the U.S. by Sandro Pinha, and arrangements for Europe are in the plans.
Sherrize D'Pscore JM
Tshakira D'Pscore JM
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2014 Colt (Pscore x Stig Amira Gazal, by Gazal Al Shaqab)
2014 Filly (Pscore x Shannaya Di Magnum JM)
An important development in the Haras JM breeding program has been that Pscore, who is being bred to about half of the farm’s broodmare band, crosses well not only with Style SRA daughters, but also the lines with which Style was most successful, which furthers the concentration on certain characteristics and lines. The Ali Jamaal line has been remarkably successful, not just through daughters of the stallion himself, but through his sons as well. El Nabila B, Magnum Psyche, and more lately, Marwan Al Shaqab, have been especially convincing. As certain bloodlines proved useful and important over the years, Alves carefully introduced representative stallions at the farm, creating options not only for his own combinations and future generations, but also for the use of outside breeders as well.
On the farm’s stallion roster, representing the line of Ali Jamaal, are Yllan El Jamaal, Brazilian National Champion Johrdan El Jamaal, and Brazilian National Champion Jullyani. For Marwan Al Shaqab, there is U.S. National Top Ten and Scottsdale Champion Perignon (who also offers another infusion of Padrons Psyche), and Sir Marwan CRF, Canadian National Champion, Brazilian National Champion and U.S. National Reserve Champion. For Magnum Psyche, the Scottsdale Champion and U.S. National Top Ten Iimagine, and in the spring of 2014, the Marwan grandson Prince Michael MPE, by WH Justice, will arrive from Europe.
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Aladdinn is reintroduced by Laddin BA, while Fame VF appears through his grandson, the late Sir Fames HBV, who is still included via frozen semen. Brazilian National Reserve Champion Mister Style JM is the current generation of Style SRA blood, although Style SRA frozen semen is still used as well, and Brazilian National Reserve Champion Nikolas Psyche provides a second source of Padrons Psyche. Some of those stallions were bred at Haras JM, while others were purchased, but all offer the high level of quality demanded in the program. Nearly all, while used for their physical attributes and their pedigrees, have been tested in demanding show ring competition and acquitted themselves well. The newest influence, Marwan Al Shaqab, has Alves intrigued. He cites the stallion as an important link to Ruminaja Ali, sire of Ali Jamaal. At Haras JM, Alves particularly appreciates the stallion’s contribution of fine necks and throatlatches, and sound, smoothbodied conformation. One stallion with special potential is Perignon, who combines the heritage of Marwan and Padrons Psyche—a double hit of Haras JM concentration. Perignon’s career at the farm began in 2013 with the production of about 20 foals from an array of mares, and Alves was pleased with the results. Based on the stallion’s conformation and stature, he says that Perignon may be important not only as a sire of halter horses, but performance candidates as well. Another source of Marwan blood is Sir Marwan CRF, who also appears to have performance as well as halter potential. The national champion also brings to the table the valuable influence of Bask, through his broodmare sire Brass, and a strain of the celebrated American English pleasure sire Afire Bey V as well. Alves expects to show some of Sir Marwan’s sons and daughters as early as 2015.
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2014 Filly (Sir Fames HBV x Chris El Lethyf)
2014 Filly (Sir Fames HBV x Afire Star)
2014 Filly (Perignon x Mystic Lady HVP)
(Padrons Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady)
STYLE SRA [via frozen semen] (Bey Shah x Sociallite)
MISTER STYLE JM (Style SRA x Jaklanna JM)
JULLYANI (Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Sharise)
YLLAN EL JAMAAL (Ali Jamaal x Acuity)
JOHRDAN EL JAMAAL (Ali Jamaal x Juliet El Ludjin)
PERIGNON (Marwan Al Shaqab x Psychic Karma)
SIR MARWAN CRF (Marwan Al Shaqab x Ames Mirage)
SIR FAMES HBV [via frozen semen]
(Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)
IIMAGINE (Magnum Psyche x RD Kashandra)
PRINCE MICHAEL MPE (WH Justice x Thee Rahiba)
NIKOLAS PSYCHE (Padrons Psyche x Opus Rose JP)
LADDIN BA (Aladdinn x AH Moonlytnroses)
TAZZAAL DI PSCORE JM (Pscore x HK La Rosa Laswan)
TANZZER DI YLLAN JM (Yllan El Jamaal x Pahtria Di Style JM)
SIR MARWAN CRF
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TANZZER DI YLLAN JM
MISTER STYLE JM
TAZZAAL DI PSCORE JM
JOHRDAN EL JAMAAL
YLLAN EL JAMAAL
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Jarytza Di Style JM
In addition to Haras JM’s powerhouse stallion lineup, there are also the mares—the influential “other half ” of every outstanding foal that represents the Alves breeding program. “The mares are as important to the breeding program as the stallions are,” Alves offers. “For long term, we know that we really must bring ‘aristocrat’ mares to our breeding program, mares or daughters of these aristocrat mares.” A steady production of top quality foals demands a collection of top mares that is constantly renewed, he explains, and adds that over the past year alone, Haras JM has purchased 30 new mares.
his band, which turned out to be Gay Shah Rose, Fantasia Castana, Maliks Gay Event, Solar Flair and SL White Lace. It was SL White Lace, however, who would have the most impact. Amazingly, she became his when he was unable to purchase a fancy black Strike filly who had caught his attention, but already had been sold. As a replacement, Cury located SL White Lace, whom they purchased with the assistance of Doug Dahman and Greg Gallún—and the rest is history.
Alves calls the best individuals his “star mares.” After his decision to breed Arabians in 1989, he came to the United States with his friend Luciano Cury to purchase the foundation of
Within four years, all five mares had produced national and international champions, and foals who went on to secure show ring titles. When SL White Lace, who had remained in the U.S. to pursue a show career that netted her titles as U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Mare, arrived in Brazil, she was bred to Ali Jamaal (who at the time
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The Ivory Jully JM
Shannaya D'Magnum JM
was only beginning his career and was not the obvious ‘go-to’ choice he would become). Alves was not particularly acquainted with him, but the mare had come with a breeding to him, so they threw the dice—and SL White Lace’s first foal, born in 1994, was the amazing Europa El Jamaal, who would be named national champion in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, like Style SRA, SL White Lace’s flame had to burn extra bright because she had only a limited time; she was just 9 when she was lost during foaling. But for Haras JM, she left behind Godiwa JM (x Kaali JP, who also offered two crosses to Ali Jamaal’s sire, Ruminaja Ali) and Jarytza Di Style JM, by Style SRA; both became so important in the farm’s program that Alves says he would not part with either. (The potency of
White Lace’s pedigree is demonstrated also by her full sister, Striking Rhapsody, who also became a member of the Haras JM program; she produced the internationally successful stallion Rashid Van Ryad and mare Star Van Ryad, both national titlists in multiple countries.) Another top mare in the program is Hestoriah JM, a daughter of the Aladdinn son NV Sure Fire and Nyska HCF, by Aza Destiny. One of the early homebreds at the farm, she has been the dam of 21 foals. One of Alves’ favorites now is 2012 Brazilian National Champion Mare Piettra Di Style JM (Style SRA x Divine NVC). The dam of Xammour D’Yllan JM, a filly by Yllan El Jamaal, she now is slated to produce foals by Sir Marwan CRF
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and Pscore. Alves expects her to become one of his most valuable broodmares. Another he has high hopes for, both in the show ring and as a broodmare, is 2013 Brazilian National Reserve Champion Mare Shannaya D’Magnum JM, a Magnum Psyche daughter out of Hushahby Bey. Breeders who examine the pedigrees of the Haras JM broodmare band can see the tracery of thoughtful mating—the blending of bloodlines, taking into account the physical characteristics of each horse and his or her ability in the show ring. In a high percentage of the foals, the success is particularly evident, and the certainty of some mares’ contributions lends an extra excitement to some of the crosses. And because Alves, when he
lost SL White Lace, vowed never to have his best mares carry their own foals, his use of embryo transfer simply increases his opportunities for exploration every year. “I always appreciate the mares in my breeding program,” Alves says, and explains the basic principle of his constant search for new faces to add to his band. “To follow the tenets of breeding, we need always to bring some qualities to our breeding program and to see what the other breeders are doing. And we need to learn what the successful breeders everywhere are doing. I understand that if I really want to continue, I have to always add quality of mares and stallions to our program.”
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25th Anniversary At the 25th anniversary of Haras JM (named for Jose and Maisa), it is natural that the Alves family looks back at its accomplishmentsâ€”and more importantly, what the haras means to them.
The property has been in the family since 1963, and for many years also has been home to a breeding program of native Brazilian Mangalarga Paulistas. Alves supported his mother and brother in that, but did not take it to heart as he has the Arabians. It took his sons, in 1989, to convince him to acquire a few Arabians, but after that, it was not long before he became absorbed in creating a breeding operation. He always had been interested in breeding animals and had observed the Mangalarga program, so he knew
that the quickest way to be successful was not to do it haphazardly. With valuable advice from such mentors as Luciano Cury, Lenita Perroy and Paulo Levy, he indulged his passion wisely. Now he is reminded of their accomplishments whenever he looks out to see one of his original purchases, Fantasia Castana, now 34 years old. Happily retired, she remains a symbol of their special journey.
Alves is the first to say that he and Maisa and their family have not done it alone, or even just with well-informed counsel. Twenty-three employees staff their operation, and each, he says, plays an integral role. â€œTo be successful as a horse breeder and exhibitor, we must have a great people team
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to feed, manage, condition, and take care of the logistics of showing. In short, support the horses day and night, 12 months of each year. And to be successful as a horse exhibitor, we must have the support and work with, the best handlers in the country and international handlers as well, to show our horses.” It all begins at home, where Elder Rodrigues manages the farm. “They are a very dedicated part of our success,” Alves says. “Elder has been with us for about 15 years, and actually, he is important in everything we have done—the breeding program, the conditioning of the horses, the decisions of which horses are going to show. Elder is somebody that really is a credit to the organization. He is a very special guy and he means very much to the Arabian horse industry. And his brother, João Rodrigues, is doing a great job on halter shows and performance.” Considering the handlers who have been a part of confirming the farm’s credentials in the show ring, he ticks through a list that includes: David Boggs, Greg Gallún, Andy Sellman, Keith Krichke, Steve Heathcott and Greg Knowles from the United States, and from Brazil, Sandro Pinha, Rodolfo Guzzo, Rinaldo Longini, Fernando Poli, Chiquinho Rego and more. “They have all made contributions to our success,” he says. “We need to say how much we appreciate what they have done for us.” Along the way, Alves also has made a point of “giving back” to the breed he has come to love. For years, he served on the board of the
Associação Brasileira dos Criadores do Cavalo Árabe (the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association), and for the past two and a half, as its president. “It was a pleasure for me to be the president of the association and make my contributions to the community,” he says, and with a shrug that downplays the significant commitment of time it required. Time, however, is not an easy gift for a successful businessman who tries also to be an accomplished horseman. The Alves family is one of only 10 CocaCola bottlers in Brazil, a country roughly equivalent in size to the United States, and Alves manages not only their holdings there, but other pursuits as well. In addition, he is heavily involved in supporting the university in Goiás and São Paulo. The net result is that weekends and other time spent away from São Paulo at their refuge in the country are especially appreciated by the Alves family. It is not just the Arabian horses; it is the ambience of the land, the animals and the people who work with them. “A great part of my life is in this place,” Alves reflects. “I really like the way of life of farmers.” His mother, Lia, has constructed a beautiful home not only for the family, but also to entertain friends from around the world, many from the Arabian horse industry. Visitors who have been there report its easy comfort and unlimited hospitality. Nothing has been left to chance; the Alves family has provided improved housing for their staff and even built a church in which his family and employees may worship.
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“We just like that our guests feel comfortable,” he says simply. “We love our special times with them.” Now, the family looks forward to even brighter things to come with their horses. Their second farm, in Ocala, Fla., is well-established (“a place in the country that is our second home,” he describes it), and they look forward to using it even more when the Pscore sons and daughters arrive there for show conditioning. And next month, the new stallion Prince Michael MPE arrives from Europe. “He’s very refined,” Alves notes, “and we believe he will add another source of quality in our program.” It is that very quality which fuels much of his anticipation for the coming year. “We invite other breeders and owners to visit Haras JM,” he says, enthusiasm bubbling in his voice. “We want you to see the quality of the stallions, the mares and their
offspring that are in Brazil. Each year we do a party at our farm to celebrate the life and the special friendship that we have found in the Arabian horse industry.” Scheduled for after the Brazilian Nationals, the party is known as one of the most enjoyable envents surrounding the country’s most important show, well attended by Brazilians and international horsemen alike. This year, for Haras JM’s 25th anniversary, the word is already out that it will be more beautiful than ever. “We believe that Brazil is a must-see destination for Arabian breeders and owners all over the world,” Alves says. “It is very important that we have the opportunity to show the world the quality of the stallions we have here. We love the Arabian community—it is our community. Arabian horse breeders are always welcome at Haras JM.”
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The Rising Stars Of The Arabian Show Industry
W H AT DOES I T TA K E TO BE A HOR SE T R A I N ER in today’s Arabian show industry? Experience, trusting clients, years of hard work, and a little luck, perhaps? Well, when a new trainer is just getting their start, it is nearly impossible to hit the ground running. They are hungry for great horses, for clients to take a chance on their fresh abilities, and eager to work long days that break a sane person. Their rationale balances on the fact that one day, their names will be on top of the judges’ cards, and that’s enough to keep them in the saddle. We asked some of the new talent of the industry what it might be like to be a new Arabian horse trainer in 2014. 36 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES
Rising Stars _______________________________________
Westridge Farms River Falls, Wisconsin
_______________________________________ What motivated you to become an Arabian horse trainer? Motivation to become an Arabian horse trainer was easy; I’ve been brought up in the Arabian world. My grandparents bred, raised, and trained Arabians. That passion was passed on to my mother, Valerie Sylla, who was also brought up in the breed. I’ve worked with many other breeds, and anyone reading this would probably agree that there is no other horse with as much heart and try as the Arabian. They surprise me every day with not only their beauty, but their athleticism and eagerness to please. What is the most difficult thing you’ve encountered in getting great horses to train and show? How did you overcome this challenge? I’ve been very fortunate in having great horses to train right from the start, which helped put me on the map. I will be forever grateful to our stallion Zoraladdinn, who passed last year. He carried me to my first top ten in the open western. Also to Kijan El Jullyen V, who was Canadian national champion junior horse and U.S. reserve national champion in 2012. When I get a horse in training, whether it has potential to be a national champion or not, it gets treated like one. You can make any horse look the best it can with a proper feeding program, conditioning, grooming and, of course, consistent and positive training. Our team takes a lot of pride in the turn out of our horses and it shows when they enter the ring. I love the challenge of bringing a horse and rider to their full potential. I enjoy the beginning stages and watching them transform into a confident pair together. As a younger trainer, what advantage can you present to your customers? All of us horse trainers work hard and love what we do, otherwise we wouldn’t do it. The hours get long, stress levels are high, and it requires patience, precision, and persistence. But as a young trainer, I still get anxious
and excited for that next show season to start, to showcase what our horses and riders have accomplished all winter long. And that excitement boots right back up after nationals is over and we get home to the youngsters starting for the next season and we get ready to do it all over again. I truly do love what I do and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love these horses and the people that come along with them! Is it important to work under a top trainer before going out on your own? Or is it better to stay working with an established trainer? Why? I do believe working under a successful and talented trainer is an important start to your career. I’ve had the privilege of working under, and with multiple trainers. The key is to work hard, be open minded, and keep your goals in mind. Everyone does things differently, so you need to be respectful of how they train their horses. To truly grasp and learn their way, you need watch, listen, and be patient as you figure out how to work their methods into what you already know. I will never stop learning and adding new tools to my toolbox. I love getting advice from trainers who have been doing this all of their lives. Best down time spent at a horse show is parking on your horse and watching other trainers going around in that arena and seeing the commitment and trust between horse and rider. Working alongside a top trainer also opens doors to many connections with other top trainers. So, when you do go out on your own, these connections can help you in sales, purchasing, and allowing you to feel comfortable confiding in them. We never know when one of us is going to need a favor.
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As a trainer, what is the best part of your job? There are so many reasons as to why this is my dream job. We can sometimes take for granted how much these horses do for us in our lives. For one, going on my third year on my own, Iâ€™ve watched my youth riders develop not only as horsemen, but in their confidence in life skills as well. It is unreal. Horses have brought so many different people together and have created life-long friendships. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to train these beautiful Arabians and cannot wait to see what future years in the business hold for our farm. I am so proud of our clients and their eagerness to go out there and do their best and have fun doing it! We need to keep the fun in the business!
Dalton Budd Select Show Horses Sheridan, Indiana
_______________________________________ What motivated you to become an Arabian horse trainer? My parents are both Arabian horse trainers and growing up, I always knew I wanted to train and be a part of this industry. As a younger trainer, what advantage can you present to your customers? As a young trainer, I think I bring a great deal of enthusiasm and energy to my training program. I have always taken the approach that you can learn something from everyone you meet. I take every opportunity to learn training techniques from the great horsemen that have come before me, but I also enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out creative solutions to everyday training. Thinking on the top trainers past and present, who do you think has helped you the most and how? Iâ€™ve been fortunate to learn from a lot of great people, but Shawn Rooker has been a mentor to me in every step of my career. I can say with certainty, that I would not be where I am today without the time and effort he has invested in helping me. He
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has given me a tremendous amount of guidance over the years, but also encouraged me to develop my own style and technique. Shawn is an incredible horseman, and I am grateful for both his help and his friendship. It seems that there is a shortage of great horses today. What is your opinion? I thought that the 2013 U.S. Nationals was an extremely competitive, high quality horse show. I think the versatility of the Arabian horse is amazing, and I saw a lot of great horses in every division. I donâ€™t feel that there is a shortage, but I do believe that we must keep breeding in order to maintain the same quality of competition that we have grown accustom to. Having educated breeders, high quality mares, and a new generation of talented young breeding stallions, are the necessary components to continue the evolution of the Arabian show horse, but none of this will be possible without the continuation of breeding. As a trainer, what is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is working with incredible horses every day. I enjoy the challenges and successes of training and the camaraderie of working amongst so many other talented horsemen.
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Jessica Clinton DeSoto Vicki Humphrey Training Center Canton, Georgia
_______________________________________ What motivated you to become an Arabian horse trainer? Growing up with my mother being a horse trainer and being around it all my life, I knew I wanted to have horses in my life. I also realized at a young age how much money it costs to ride and show horses and the only way I was going to be able to do so was by being a horse trainer. And luckily I was pretty good at it, so it worked out. What is the most difficult thing you’ve encountered in getting great horses to train and show? How did you overcome this challenge? Being a young horse trainer, people obviously want the older, more experienced, more recognized trainers to show their horses. It can be difficult finding a horse, and then establishing a relationship with the owner to make them comfortable with you showing their horse. For me in the beginning, the clients didn’t mind if I trained their horses, but ultimately, they preferred to have my mother show them, so I would show her personal horses while she rode the customer’s horses. When I got to winning enough with her horses, I got the clients to let me show theirs. As a younger trainer, what advantage can you present to your customers? I am hungry for it, I want it really bad, and I like to do all the work. When you send a horse to me, you’re going to know that I am doing absolutely everything with that horse. I am not going to delegate it to someone else; I’m going to do all the steps myself from the beginning to the finished product. Is it important to work under a top trainer before going on your own? Or is it better to stay working with an established trainer? Why? I think it is very important to work under a top trainer for some time—you should try to work with as many
people as possible. You really need to develop your skills and your style under a top trainer, because on your own, it’s easy to develop bad habits doing your own thing. It seems that there is a shortage of great horses today. What is your opinion? I think that it is just an echo of the economy— breeders that were breeding a lot have cut back, and we’re seeing the results of that now. Honestly, I think it is starting to pick back up, and in the next couple years, there are going to be great horses everywhere. Thankfully, my mother has always kept her breeding program going, so whether we have young horses coming in from the outside or not, we always have a good group of young horses in the pasture coming up. Training and showing horses has become very expensive. What are your ideas on how to lower these costs to get more people to show more often? Nobody is getting rich off of this industry, and horse trainers are a very good example of that. Running a facility is expensive when it comes to help and equipment and repairs on the farm—there really isn’t a way to cut costs without cutting quality. Training costs are what they are because of what we pay out. I think that when it comes to horse shows, people have to be realistic and set goals for themselves. I have clients with a goal of getting to regionals every year.
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They take their horse home for six months out of the year, put them back in training six weeks before a horse show, and then take them to regionals. And that’s their goal for the year. They’re happy with that and I’m happy with that. For others, the goal is nationals, but regardless, I think you just have to be honest with what you can afford and prepare accordingly. One current problem in the industry are the post entry fees, especially in the young horse classes like the futurity and maturity classes. If you aren’t 100% when it comes time for entries and then right before, you decide to go, you have to double the nomination and entry fees. A lot of people don’t want to do that, and I can’t blame them! It’s really hard to definitively say, “this 3-year-old is going to be ready for Nationals,” back in August when these young horses change so much month to month. And I’m not suggesting that we waive the fee, but it just seems excessive. Can you give any suggestions on how to help the breeder sell their horses more cost effectively? Breeders spend a lot of money in stud fees and in raising foals, and they put their heart and soul into picking out mares and matching them with stallions. It inspires a very personal attachment, and when it comes time to sell them, the breeder wants the most amount of money, and I think that’s where they have to be a little bit more realistic. When you’re trying to move young horses quickly, you can’t price them at their finished product price at 60 days in. You have to price them at what they are worth in that moment, and I think that’s hard when you see the potential of what they could be.
Tamara Collins Earthquake Arabians Clayton, California
_______________________________________ What motivated you to become an Arabian horse trainer? My first horse was an Arabian at the age of 9. That horse babysat me while I tried every stupid kid idea in
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the book (most of which now I would consider highly unsafe). I always found it fascinating how horses could learn your good and bad habits. Since that time, I have never wanted to train another breed and I think my biggest motivation was the fact that I love riding. I’d rather be riding than doing anything else, so it seemed like an easy match. As a younger trainer, what advantage can you present to your customers? As a young trainer I am highly motivated to make every horse and rider combination as successful as I can. I’m willing to work the extra hours, try the unconventional ideas, and reach out to peers in order to obtain that goal. Is it important to work under a top trainer before going on your own? Or is it better to stay working with an established trainer? Why? I think both have their pros and cons, but regardless, working for a professional and putting your time into this industry is a must. A successful trainer should have many tools in their toolbox; finding the right tools comes from working for the right trainers. Thinking on the top trainers past and present, who do you think has helped you the most and how? Brett and Marjie Becker have definitely been top supporters of me throughout my career. From humble beginnings, when I thought I knew it all, until now, when I realize you will never know it all and you need good peers along the way to help you figure it out.
Rising Stars It seems that there is a shortage of great horses today. What is your opinion? I think there are a ton of great horses out there, but we are lacking the new “up and comers”—the threeyear-old pool has definitely decreased in size. People just need to start breeding again and have faith in the industry. Training and showing horses has become very expensive. What are your ideas on how to lower these costs to get more people to show more often? There is no doubt, showing is expensive. We help our clients find people to share their horses with to decrease cost. We have plenty of 10 and under riders ready to show and ready to split costs. This can really help our veterans continue to show horses. What are the positive trends you’re seeing in our breed today? I see that people are wanting to show again, and shows are working very hard to make events that are fun and family friendly to bring back the life into horse showing. As a trainer, what is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is teaching. It is fun to watch the progression of both a horse and a rider separately, and to follow them in their journey. I love the clean canvas of a three-year-old that’s starting out—every day is a new accomplishment with new challenges, and the same goes for riders. At the end of the day, it is very rewarding to feel as though you have passed on your education, and usually in return, you will learn something from your student/horses. This is a career with no boring days.
Stephanie Sage Sage Performance Horses Collinsville, Texas
_______________________________________ What motivated you to become an Arabian horse trainer? When I was younger, I didn’t have the money to have
my horses in training. I boarded them at a barn that had a great riding instructor. I loved learning the different methods she taught me on how to school my own horse for shows. That was definitely what got my mind turning about the training part. It happened that my horse was an Arabian (not on purpose, he was just the one I ended up with, and thank goodness!) As I got older, I worked for some very good Arabian trainers during summer vacation and then in college when I didn’t have class. I think when you are passionate about something, Stephanie Sage you are just drawn to it. And that’s how I was about training Arabians. My heart was way more into what I was doing at my job than what I was doing at school, so that’s the direction I took. As a younger trainer, what advantage can you present to your customers? Motivation—being a younger trainer, I am very eager. I am extremely motivated to work hard and do my very best for my horses and clients. Is it important to work under a top trainer before going out on your own? Or is it better to stay working with an established trainer? Why? I think it is critical for young trainers to work under top trainers before going out on their own. You want to soak up as much knowledge as you can from as many different trainers as possible. Each and every top trainer has a different technique. Even though we are all looking to achieve close to the same result, there is such a variety of ways in getting there. Different techniques work for different people, so it is very important to collect as many tools as possible. Once
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you are on your own, you can then pick and choose which tools work for you and at what times. Being on your own does not mean the learning stops. I am continuously gaining knowledge from my peers in this great industry.
industry and the animals we work with as I am.
What is the most difficult thing you’ve encountered in getting great horses to train and show? How did you overcome this challenge? My greatest challenge has been to find a facility that not Thinking on the top trainers only has the quality of horses past and present, who do you that I hope to ride, but also think has helped you the most gives me the ability to gain and how? the trust of clients and the This question is very easy for head trainer. By continuing me to answer. Wendy Griffith Jessica Shaeffler to work for multiple training Potts taught me more about facilities, and finally finding training horses than I ever could the right fit, that is how I was able to find that have imagined. She gave me such a variety of tools perfect match. and really stepped up my game; pushed me and taught me how to push myself, to be the best that I can be. I Is it important to work under a top trainer before don’t watch horses go around anymore (as often) and going on your own? Or is it better to stay working wonder to myself, “how do they get them to look like with an established trainer? Why? that?!” Wendy also allowed me to show some really The best answer to that question depends on where great horses and some tough ones. That really helped you are in your career and what motivates you and me get a ton of experience and put me in front of a lot your peers and clients. If you are able to shine and be of people, which is important in this industry. successful in a large barn, then that is the answer; but if you are feeling smothered by the success of a large As a trainer, what is the best part of your job? barn, then it is better to find a smaller environment. The horses! It is so wonderful to be able to have a That is where most young trainers get stuck—they job that I am passionate about. Horses are incredible don’t get enough chance to ride really nice horses. creatures and I am in awe every day that I walk into the barn to start my “work day.” _______________________________________ Thinking about the top trainers past and present, who do you think has helped you the most and how? At age 15, my first real look at a professional trainer was the combination of Rich Doran and Ali Brady, Culbreth Equine at Doran Show Stables in Pleasanton, Calif. Three Scottsdale, Arizona years later, Mark Stinson, while I earned my degree _______________________________________ at Cal Poly Pomona, was a great help toward my What motivated you to become an Arabian understanding how to maintain a facility of over 100 horse trainer? horses. Just out of college, Crystal McNutt helped I’ve always said to my dad that every day of my me to break out of the box and learn reining, which work is like going to summer camp. That is my real is a discipline that was different and that taught me motivation behind my Arabian horse training: I love to be a stronger and more effective rider when I went horses and more importantly, I love the people I back to training main ring (i.e., pleasure) horses. work with. Those people are as passionate about this Most importantly, Chris Culbreth had the confidence
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Rising Stars and amazing ability to communicate to a rider at any level his exact expectations. I have also had the opportunity to work with Ray LaCroix over this past year. This has been an amazing opportunity. It seems that there is a shortage of great horses today. What is your opinion? Yes, I agree, to a certain extent. This is mostly based upon the high degree of difficulty of performance that we expect from our horses. In point, where one horse used to be trained for and was capable of performing in many disciplines, today, training has become so focused and specialized, with high expectations and competiveness, so that that same horse only has one or just a few missions, in one or just a few disciplines. Training and showing horses has become very expensive. What are your ideas on how to lower these costs to get more people to show more often? Better marketing, better intra-industry cooperation, and better corporate support could reduce costs at every level, which also can lead to better returns on investment. For example, sponsors that will support better prizes will create more pride and accomplishment in the minds of clients and their supporters. As a trainer, what is the best part of your job? Getting to ride horses at a great facility with great people 6 days a week … sitting atop an animal ten times my size, that is willing to learn from and be guided by me is tremendously rewarding and getting that animal to understand is a remarkable feeling … and sharing my clients’ appreciation for the sport is probably the best feeling there is.
Kellie Wendling Select Show Horses Sheridan, Indiana
_______________________________________ What is the most difficult thing you’ve encountered in getting great horses to train and show? How did you overcome this challenge? Starting out, I knew that the best way to develop a
great show string was going to be to cultivate a client base that was new to the Arabian horse industry. A large number of the nationally competitive riders we have today were introduced into this breed by simply starting in our lesson program. I feel very fortunate to have such an amazingly supportive group of clients that have been with me from the very beginning. As a younger trainer, what advantage can you present to your customers? I feel like I have the ability to make a very real connection with all of the students that I coach. I can relate to the way they feel, and I empathize with the stress and emotion that comes with such a highly competitive sport. I believe that by being close to each one of them allows me to influence more than just their show ring performance; I am able to help them with their passion in pursuing this incredible opportunity. Thinking on the top trainers past and present, who do you think has helped you the most and how? I have had many great influences in my life and worked with some Kellie Wendling incredible trainers, but at this point, I would say that Ellen Beard has been the most helpful and influential person in my professional career. Ellen is an incredible teacher, and working with her has helped me to become a more patient instructor and to always try to find a way to coach the positive. As a trainer, what is the best part of your job? Doing something I love—something that I truly care about. No matter how stressful, frustrating, or tiring it can be, I never want to be doing something different. I believe that to do great work, you must love what you do, and I love training horses and riders. ■
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Readers’ Choice Awards Story by Kara Larson
A S T H E 2014 SCOT TSDA LE A R A BI A N HOR SE SHOW
began to unfold this past February, one event opened its doors to acknowledge the efforts and talents of those who shined in the 2013 Arabian horse year.
Held at Monterra at WestWorld on February 17th, the 2013 C. Jarvis
Insurance and AHT Readers’ Choice Awards was a ceremony that recognized and rewarded the top breeders, trainers, caretakers, shows, youth exhibitors,
advertisements, and more. But most importantly, this was an evening built upon the love for the Arabian horse. Co-sponsor of the event, Kimberly
Jarvis of C. Jarvis Insurance Agency, Inc. gives premise to her contribution,
sharing, “The Readers’ Choice Awards is a unique gathering of people that
allows us to celebrate those whom excel in and give back to our industry. Rather than a relatively small committee choosing nominees, the audience serving the Arabian community is allowed to cast their vote for their favorites in a very democratic fashion regardless of their membership status.”
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Readers’ Choice As the Arabian horse community is offered the reins throughout the entire voting process, many feel that the event is made all the more worthwhile. One of these advocates is Bob Battaglia. He offers, “I think that the Readers’ Choice Awards is particularly important because it consists of awards given by the people who are actually involved in the industry and who read the magazines. There is nothing more meaningful than being recognized by your peers and competitors. Although most of us aren’t looking for a pat on the back, it’s always nice to be appreciated and recognized for the things that you do.” Another co-sponsor of the event, Arabian Horse Times, is lead by publisher Lara Ames, who shares, “I think the event this year was our best ever! It might have helped that the weather was perfect and everyone got to enjoy a magical evening at the lovely Monterra. It was our largest event to date and we raised $28,500 for the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund and the Arabian English Pleasure Association.” This year, with the addition of key sponsor C. Jarvis Insurance, Lara is very grateful for their continued support of the event. “I was really honored to have Kim Jarvis and C. Jarvis come on board as a major sponsor. She has been a very dear friend to me and my family and someone I have looked up to for a great number of years.” The event was also supported by Markel Insurance Company, Inc., Arabian Horse Celebration, Show Season Inc., Ames Construction, Schneider Saddlery, and Coulter Cadillac Buick GMC. Also on the list of integral contributors to the evening were the donators of the six incredible live auction items. These people are as follows: Bennett Fine Jewelry, Shawn Stachowski, Barbara Chur of Strawberry Banks Farm, and Swanson Investments LLC. Event photographers Osteen-Schatzberg donated their time and talent, making sure every winner got a photo with their welldeserved trophy. Inspired by the horses, the generosity of the people who love them, and the speeches of the evening, Kimberly offers, “I get pure joy from seeing the winners faces and hearing the excitement expressed in the owners voice while they accept the award of their horse being named
Lara Ames, publisher of Arabian Horse Times.
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“I have been in the Arabian business for over 40 years—through the ups and the downs—and the one thing that is always consistent is the horse. The Arabian horse inspires anybody and everybody that has been involved. I do what I do because of
my love for the breed.” —Bob
Joaquin and Fernando de Santibanes Hall of fame Magnum Psyche
“It was absolutely amazing, very touching, and a big pat on the back for many years of showing and breeding for the betterment of the Arabian breed.” —Joaquin
RCA Half-Arabian English Horse of the Year or a young ambassador of our breed being named RCA Youth Exhibitor of the Year. Camaraderie is a humbling experience that originates from these very events. It sets aside time to share appreciation for our fellow horseman’s abilities and their accomplishments achieved alongside the Arabian horse.” One of the major honors came for Joaquin and Fernando de Santibanes as they took home a Hall of Fame trophy for their historic stallion, Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle). Joaquin shares, “It was absolutely amazing, very touching, and a big pat on the back for many years of showing and breeding for the betterment of the Arabian breed.” Another special moment of the evening came in Bob Battaglia’s merited acceptance of the Inspiration Award. On what inspires him in the work he does for the Arabian horse, Bob shares, “I have been in the Arabian business for over 40 years—through the ups and the downs—and the one thing that is always consistent is the horse. The Arabian horse inspires anybody and everybody that has been involved. I do what I do because of my love for the breed.” Since its origin, the Readers’ Choice Awards has been about bringing those who love the horse and deserve to be recognized into the spotlight. Lara shares, “In my opinion, these events are important to our breed as it gives everyone a chance to get out of the barn and into a relaxed atmosphere with friends. From its conception, I found it very important to have an event that everyone could come to and have a great time while honoring those who have achieved great things in their sincere love for the Arabian horse.” ■
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Readers’ Choice photos by Osteen/Schatzberg
Joe Alberti for Rohara Arabians favorIte aHt a dvertIsement of tHe Year September A, designed by Brandy Johnson
Lori Ricigliano for Gemini Acres Equine favorIte aHt front Cover of tHe Year January—Da Vinci FM, photographed by Lori Ricigliano
Stuart Vesty pHotograpHer of tHe Year favorIte aHt Calendar montH of tHe Year Prairie View Farm, March—Maasai PVF
Carol O’Connor and Janice McCrea Wight for sHow of tHe Year Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
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Greg Knowles Judge of tHe Year
Pat Trowbridge accepting for Mary Trowbridge InstruCtor of tHe Year
Sandro Pinha Arabians International, LLC a rabIan Horse m arketer of tHe Year
Joe Reser Setting Sun Stables best team (farm) spIrIt award
Crank Williams and Ashley Wren a/Ha/aa sport Horse of tHe Year Galileo
Joe Frizzell a rabIan workIng western Horse of tHe Year AM Reigning Star
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Karen Mahan and Shan Wilson a rabIan speCIaltY Horse of tHe Year Expressly Bella
Michelle Pease-Paulsen H alf-a rabIan speCIaltY Horse of tHe Year Prince LOA
Shoshana and Erica Mark and Tamara Collins a rabIan Hunter Horse of tHe Year A Time To Dance
Wendy Potts accepting for North By Northwest LLC H alf-a rabIan Hunter Horse of tHe Year Vivienne LR
Laura Koch and Bert Sanders a rabIan western Horse of tHe Year Zefyr
photos by Osteen/Schatzberg
Olivia Pakula H alf-a rabIan workIng western Horse of tHe Year - Hollywood Blockbuster
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Robin Porter H alf-a rabIan western Horse of tHe Year Caliente Virtuoso
Joel Kiesner accepting for Kelli Aguirre a rabIan saddle seat Horse of tHe Year VJ Royal Heir
Jessica Medved H alf-a rabIan saddle seat Horse of tHe Year SA Sophisticated Lady
Nate White accepting for Jan贸w Podlaski Stud a rabIan H alter Horse of tHe Year Pogrom
Perry Perkins H alf-a rabIan H alter Horse of tHe Year JB Hometown Hottie
Katie Garland r IsIng new star
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Vicki Humphrey saddle seat traIner of tHe Year
Colby Powell accepting for LaRae Fletcher Powell workIng western traIner of tHe Year
Andy Sellman H alter traIner of tHe Year
Sally Randle sHow H aCk /Hunter traIner of tHe Year
Gordon Potts versatIle traIner of tHe Year
photos by Osteen/Schatzberg
Jody Strand western traIner of tHe Year
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Jenny Lau YoutH e xHIbItor of tHe Year
Marty Shea accepting for Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. sIre of tHe Year ~ Afire Bey V and breeder of tHe Year Varian Arabians ~ Sheila Varian
Not pictured: Gene LaCroix favorIte aHt edItorIal storY of tHe Year A Look At A Horseman Series, by Mary Kirkman, May/June
Not pictured: “Sprout” a rabIan Horse Caretaker of tHe Year Rooker Training Stable
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Brian Galbraith with Lester Martin, winner of a dult a mateur of tHe Year
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Lisa and Zac Powell, and Susan Copeland.
Victor and Lori Ricigliano.
Ashlee Alfreds and Austin Boggs.
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Dennis and Linda Clark.
Tanya Volkmer, Robin Porter and Amy Peterson.
Jackie Pakula and Colby Powell.
Rob Bick, Caralyn Schroter and Grant Krohn.
Andy and Angie Sellman.
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photos by Osteen/Schatzberg
Tia Day, Tommy Garland, Lucinda Miller and Katie Garland.
Janice and Jody Strand family, and Joe Frizzell.
McKenzie Tobeck and Beth Whelihan.
Kris Swanson and Marty and Tim Shea.
Stuart Vesty and April Visel.
Jenny Lau with her parents, Michael and Vicki.
Billie Powell, Roxann Hart, Marikate Matthews and Maddy Winer.
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Tyson and Peyton Randle.
Janice McCrea Wight and Lois McCrea.
Frank Hennessey and George Z.
Kyle Connor and Kiayan Lowery.
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Dan and Maureen Grossman.
Denise and Anthony Marino.
Shirley and Murray Popplewell.
Bob Battaglia and Josh Nolan.
John Golladay, Stuart Vesty, Leah Beth Golladay and Richard Tirado.
Claudia and David Pease and Michelle Pease Paulsen.
photos by Osteen/Schatzberg
Michelle and Chris Culbreth, and Jessica Schaeffler.
Jenny Lau, Sophia Handel and Allie Cederberg.
Jason Krohn, Jessica Everett, Lester Martin and Brian Galbraith.
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Jessica Medved and Chloe Holmes.
Katie, Cole and Tracy Burr.
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Joe and Janice Morton.
Lori and Ashley Roberts.
Jason Daniels, April Visel and Austin Garrett.
Jessica and David Bein.
Nancy and Lindsay O’Reilly.
Michelle and Joe Betten.
Koy Moody, Leslie Doran, Carrie Fritz and Katie Harvey.
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2013 Readers’ Choice
ARABIAN SADDLE SEAT HORSE OF YEAR
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have been so supportive of VJ Royal Heir. I would first say thanks to Tish Kondas for having a good eye for a great horse and giving me the opportunity to purchase him. Thanks to Joel Kiesner, the great horseman that he is, who worked so hard and rode him to a Unanimous U.S. National English Pleasure Championship as a junior horse. Then to all the many, many friends that have supported me and my decisions and last but, certainly not least, my family— they know this is my passion and I am at times obsessed, but they have allowed me to pursue my dreams. Included in that would, of course, be my parents, Mike and Libby Mitchell, who started my obsession. Also, to my daughter Gabrielle, who shares equally my love of the Arabian horse. It is fantastic of the Arabian Horse Times to put the Readers’ Choice Awards together every year and I would like to say thanks to Lara Ames and company for this. It is a great honor to have won the Saddle Seat Horse of the Year division—the competition was fierce! Thanks to everyone who voted and supported Royal Heir in the Readers’ Choice Awards! The best is yet to come! — K el l i AGu i r r e
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“His was an amazing journey that led us to a perfect destination. We are grateful for this prestigious award and most of all, grateful to God, for allowing our moments together with you, *Pogrom.” —David Boggs and Team Midwest
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2013 ReadeRsâ€™ ChoiCe
SADDLE SEAT TRAINER Vicki Humphrey
2-Time U.S. National Champion B O N F I RE RO F with Vicki Humphrey Owner LA Flynn
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YOUTH EXHIBITOR Jenny Lau
Firstly, I want to thank my parents for always supporting me and being my biggest fans. Next, I want to thank anyone who has ever given me a lesson— I have learned something from every single one of you; especially Diane Underwood, Rick Nab, Vicki Humphrey, and Jessica and Gabriel DeSoto. You have all contributed to making me the rider that I am today. I also want to thank all of the friends that I have made through showing—you have all been so supportive of me and you all make the whole thing more fun. Last but not least, I want to thank my horses. I literally would not be where I am today without them and I am so thankful to have the amazing horses that I have. Thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far, and thanks to the Arabian Horse Times for everything they do. Volume 44, No. 11 | 69
Thank You Again! Arabian Horse Times Readerâ€™s Choice Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Horse of the Year FOR THE THIRD TIME, WAY TO GO CAL!
We feel so blessed to have Cal in our lives. He has helped create so many wonderful memeories for our family. Thank you everyone for voting it means the world to us! A special thank you to everyone at Colonial Wood you have taken such great care of our special boy. Mike and Robin Porter - Weatherford, Texas - Phone: 352-361-5758 - www.crescentcreekfarms.com 70 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES
“Thank you to the readers’ of the Arabian Horse Times for this award. AHT magazine offers an incredible journal for the Arabian horse, and we salute all of those who work month after month, to give us readers their unwavering commitment. With great pride, I salute my incredible family and team at Argent Farms whose loyalty, dedication and extraordinary love for the Arabian horse allows for our success in the show ring and out. My sincerest thanks,” ~Andrew Sellman Andrew & Angie Sellman and Family 92 County Road F, River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 715.425.9001 www.argentfarms.com
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2013 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN ENgliSh plEaSUrE opEN with ShaN wilSoN 2013 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN plEaSUrE DriviNg aotD with mallory mahaN
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arabiaN horSE timES rEaDErS’ ChoiCE SpECialty horSE of thE yEar Thank you to Bella’s huge supporters, and all of you who have acknowledged how special she is with this award!
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2013 Readersâ€™ Choice
ADULT AMATEUR OF THE YEAR
to all the readers and ever yone who voted for me. It is a great honor receiving this award. Special thanks to Brian Galbraith, Jason and Blake Krohn, and all of Oak Haven Arabians. Without your guidance and support, this achievement would not have been possible! â€” Lester Martin BRIMSTONE B 2013 U.S. National Champion Arabian Countr y English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54
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Tommy, Dawn & Katie Garland Parrish • 915 Dorset Road, Powhatan, VA 23139 • 804.598.3657 • www.TommyGarland.com
I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me for this prestigious award. It is truly an honor and a dream come true. To be one of the youngest in the industry and have such support from everyone is amazing. Thank you to all my clients for entrusting me with their talented horses. Thank you to my husband, my family, and my friends, for being there for me from day one and pushing me to reach my dreams. Without all of y’all, none of this would have been possible. I’ve had some accomplishments and moments I will never forget. Last but not least, ‘Duke’... without you I wouldn’t have some of these memories. The joy you brought me is indescribable. Thank you for being my partner from the start. I love you buddy. Thanks again to everyone who voted and thought I was deserving of this amazing award—it means a lot! ~ Katie 74 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES
NATIoNAl ChAMPIoN ZefyR+// PICTuReD wITh hIS ReSeRve NATIoNAl ChAMPIoN SoN ZeeS A DAllAS Cowboy+ (Zefyr+// x Kings Poco blackburn) Thank you to all the amazing breeders who are choosing Zefyr+// for their breeding programs!
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2013 Readers' Choice Half-Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year
13-Time National Champion • 4-Time National Reserve Champion
Baske Afire x Petite Sweet • 2006 H/A Mare
Thank you To everyone for Their supporT, and To rodolfo Guzzo for your Guidance and paTience. Proudly owned by: Perry and Suzanne Perkins • 805-895-2138 Suzanne@suzanneperkins.com • Santa Barbara, California
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ANN JUDGE 2013 APAHA HORSEWOMAN OF THE YEAR
A special thanks to Ernie and Sharon Magness Blake for helping make dreams come true---for many! “Thanks, APAHA, for this award for which I am both grateful and humbled. Honor the horse ... it’s what I try to do every day and what I will continue to strive to do. My Family: Thanks for making it possible for me to have a carefree childhood, one that allowed me to ride bareback through hot, hazy Indiana cornfields, and that would evolve into a lifelong love affair. My Friends: Thanks for helping me remember to not take myself too seriously—laughter is one of our best training tools. We learn so much better when we are smiling than when we are frowning. My Horses: Thanks for inspiring me. You are continually God’s voice in my ear.”
Please visit my websites and let me hear from you! JUDGES’ CHOICE TRAINING CENTER www.judgeschoicetraining.com
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HORSEWOMAN OF THE YEAR
ANN, SHARON AND THUNDER...
THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME THE MEANING OF PARTNERSHIP “I have loved horses since I was a young girl. Reading every horse book I could borrow from the library helped me survive an abusive childhood. Horses have always been a big part of my challenging, but very lucky life. I have been fortunate to meet many wonderful people in all aspects of the horse business including breeding, showing and racing. And I have also been fortunate to meet many wonderful horses, including
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the “Thunders” … mascots for the NFL’s Denver Broncos. My partnership with Ann started 16 years ago when she began riding the first Thunder (one of the loves of my life) on the field for the Broncos. I knew immediately she was an amazing rider. When the time came to transition to the second Thunder, I learned that Ann was also an amazing trainer. At this same time, Ann also began to train me to ride each of the Thunders at my non-profit events. She took me “back-to-basics” and taught me horsemanship skills and how to form a relationship and bond with my horse. As a result, I was able to realize my own dream of riding Thunder on the Denver Broncos field! She sure makes it look a lot easier
than it really is! Ann and I also have a special partnership that allows us to meet the challenges of taking these Arabian horses into special and challenging events and environments, yet keep them safe and happy. The two Thunders love their jobs, and so do we. I never get over the thrill each and every time Ann takes Thunder down the field after a Bronco score! Being her behind-the-scenes partner enriches my life and helps me to thoroughly enjoy my horses. After years of instruction and riding, it all clicked for me one day when Ann said, “You know, Sharon, it’s all about partnership.” Thank you, Annie, for making me a better horsewoman … oh, and by the way, I have a new goal!”
Sharon Magness Blake
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Horsemen’s Awards by KARA LARSON
erving as the brilliant cap to the Scottsdale show, the Arabian Professional & Amateur Horseman’s Association (APAHA) Horsemen’s Awards brings together our industry’s best and prides itself in, as the program boasts, “honoring outstanding achievement within the Arabian community.” Held this year at the Monterra at WestWorld on Sunday, February 23, 2014, the Horsemen’s Awards lived up to its “Denim and Diamonds” theme as it paid tribute to the hard work and talent in the Arabian horse business while allowing the glitz and glamour of the ceremony to shine through.
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One of the reasons this event is able to happen year after year is Lori Conway, the APAHA Treasurer. Conway offers, “I feel like the Horsemen’s Awards is our “Academy Awards” night for the Arabian breed. I was proud to be a part of the planning and organizing of the event and to have it all come together into such a beautiful, glamorous, and entertaining night was wonderful.”
Conway adds, “The APAHA could not do this event without the support from the farms, businesses and individuals that help out with their sponsorships and donations. It is because of them that the APAHA can make the evening a success.”
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Also an integral part of the evening is APAHA Vice President Katie Harvey. On the special night, she shares, “I think the Horsemen’s Awards are important because they recognize commitment to the breed, achievement, and success. They recognize those that assume a leadership role and truly contribute to the betterment of the breed. They also recognize significant achievements—whether it is wins, breeding success, or successful coaching. I think it means a lot for people to be acknowledged and appreciated by their peers.” One of these great acknowledgements came in awarding judging legend Peter Cameron with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With 885 shows under his judging belt and stories linking himself to nearly every Arabian horseman in the business, Peter entertained the crowd with his quick wit and tall tales of days past. On the Awards, Peter asserts, “It was really a top notch evening.
Peter Cameron accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shirley and Murray Popplewell.
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For me, it was one of the best banquets that I have ever attended. And naturally I would think that, because I won an award, but it was very well managed and I think Lori Conway and the APAHA committee did an excellent job.” Summarizing his many years spent in center ring with some of the most influential people and horses in the business, Cameron condenses a lifetime into: “I was lucky to see the best Arabian horses in the world from the best vantage point in the middle of the ring. Horses have improved every year that I judged, and that I was happy to see.” And in further consideration, he adds, “With great Arabian horses and great Arabian people, I made a lot of real friends, and really, life could not have been any better.” Also honored with Peter Cameron’s presence that night, Conway says, “Acknowledging Peter Cameron and all his contributions to the Arabian breed was a wonderful addition to the evening. His presence at the event, along with his family there to support him, was a great way to close out the ceremony. I am grateful that the APAHA was able to bestow upon him his “Lifetime Achievement Award,” something in which he is incredibly deserving.”
Stan Morey, Bill and Cynthia Richardson and Glenn Petty.
Mary Trowbridge, Richard Perry, Joe Labruzzo, Mike Neal, Kathie Hart, Peter Cameron and Audrey Hart.
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With awards going to the top competitors, breeders, and friends of the breed, Conway believes any event that acknowledges and awards excellence is a good thing—driving individuals to work harder and motivating them to get better and aim higher. As for the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards in particular, Conway shares, “These awards have very high standards. There are strict criteria that must be met by every nominee, and a vetting process that adheres to the nominating criteria of every category of every award. To be nominated is a huge honor and
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each nominee should be prideful that they made the list. However, to win one of those big, beautiful bronzes and to hear your name announced as the winner, knowing that you were voted in by your peers, is especially gratifying and a reason for celebration. And beyond the night of the Awards, I appreciated the hard work and extra effort that the Arabian Horse Times does in organizing our website and overseeing the tech side of the Horsemen’s Awards.” Turning back to the encapsulating effect the Horsemen’s Awards has on the Scottsdale show, Conway adds, “The
last event of the Scottsdale show is always the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards and dinner. It is not often that everyone can get all dressed up in their fancy clothes and come together for a night of ceremony and fun, and we look forward to doing it again next year!” With another ceremony behind us, the wheels are already turning for next year’s event. Harvey says, “Each year, we try and add something different and interesting to the program. We are already working on some changes for next year in an effort to continually improve the dinner and the experience.” n
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Horsemanâ€™s Award Winners
Peter Cameron Lifetime Achievement Award
Mike Neal and Johnny Ryan Hall Of Fame Inductees
Ann Judge Horsewoman Of The Year
Joel Kiesner Horseman Of The Year
Mary Trowbridge Distinguished Service Award
John Golladay Rising Star
Lisa Jo White Professional Instructor
Murray Popplewell Amateur Halter
Katie Burr Amateur English and Amateur of the Year
Michelle Pease Paulsen Amateur Hunter/Show Hack
Audrey Hart Amateur Western
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Katie Harvey Amateur Working Western
Josh Shino Junior Halter and Junior Western
Peyton Randle Junior Hunter/Show Hack
Colby Powell Junior Working Western
Ted Carson Professional Halter
Tom Theisen Professional Hunter/Show Hack
Jody Strand Professional Western
Jessica Bein Professional Working Western
Tim & Marty Shea & Maroon Fire Arabians - Breeder Of The Year
Joel Gangi Professional English
Zach White Junior English
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AMATEUR WORKING WESTERN
Thank you doesn’t begin to describe the gratitude I have for the trainers who help me, the family that supports me, the friends that inspire me and the horses who carry me. Congratulations to every person who celebrates victories, large and small, every day. —Katie
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“After a turbulent start to 2013, I could not be more grateful for the success I had in the show arena. Vallejo Moon Beam is the horse of my dreams, the horse that every little girl dreams of being able to love. I must thank my parents for breeding such an amazing horse; as well as for their constant love, support and guidance. I would also like to thank everyone who voted for recognizing the bond that Beamer and I have. This award is as much his as it is mine. Good luck to everyone in 2014!“ ~ Audrey
APAHA Horsemen Awards
Western Pleasure Amateur of the Year
Rohara Moon Storm+// x Vallejo Buckle Up Kathie & Audrey Hart Afton, Oklahoma • 918 633 3535 email@example.com
2013 U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 with Audrey Hart
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2013 APAHA HALTER TRAINER OF THE YEAR
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the APAHA, my peers, family, clients and friends for this award and for all the support you have given me throughout my career with Arabian horses. I feel incredibly fortunate to go to work everyday with some of the best horses in the world and to work with people who I love and respect. The show ring successes of national and international championships are always enjoyable. But for me, the most important accomplishments are those that benefit our breed. The Arabian horse has given me so much. I hope to repay this by being an advocate for positive advancements and continuing to contribute to our community.
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“I would like to thank our amazing clients who share our passion for the Arabian horse. We’ve made some great memories together! Your enthusiasm and camaraderie truly inspires us. I cannot accept this award without recognizing that Ashton is responsible for our success in equal measure. Her dedication to our horses, clients, and our family is amazing. We both look forward to creating many new memories with all of you!” ~ Joel Joel & Ashton Kiesner • Louisville, Tennessee Joel’s Cell: 865-556-0413 • Ashton’s Cell: 865-556-0412 www.KiesnerTraining.com
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A PA H A
R I S I N G
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John, we would like to congratulate you on your Rising Star award at the Horsemenâ€™s Awards. It has been a pleasure for us to be able to work with you over the last few years. You have a strong dedication and passion for the Arabian horse and the people that surround them. All the best to you and your family in 2014. Love, Dick, Lollie and Lara Ames
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C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S T O M !
TOM THEISEN 2013 APAHA PROFESSIONAL HUNTER/ SHOW HACK WINNER Congratulations Tom, on a well deserved award. We appreciate all you do, and that the horses love you back. — Peter & Lori
MAYBELLINE CA Multi-National and Regional Champion Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure
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B oB B attaglia —a S tudy i n
by MARY KIRKMAN
On February 17, 2014, at the Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards ceremony, Bob Battaglia was presented with the program’s Inspiration Award. It was not the first such honor he has received; over the years, he has been inducted into the APAHA Hall of Fame, been cited as English Trainer of the Year, and been named APAHA Horseman of the Year four times and Saddle Seat Trainer of the Year three times. Not to mention, he and his riders have won between 500 and 600 national championships and reserves. But the Inspiration Award, the one that means he has influenced people in a positive way, is unique. “I think that’s one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received,” he says. “It is a great reward that I did not expect, a very big moment in my life.”
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This is a special time of Battaglia’s life—not the end of his career, but by his own admission, a time that he is recasting his schedule to lighten its demands. Or in other words, a good
time to look back, remember it all and see what it means from a new perspective.
a t humBnail S ketch o f a n h iStoric c areer Old photographs not only recall achievements, but provide a glimpse into a bygone world. In the 1950s, Chicago’s Lincoln Park area was home to a host of public riding stables. Children came from all over to learn to ride, compete in horse shows, and trail ride in Lincoln Park itself, a magnificent green belt stretching along the shore of Lake Michigan. Countless veterans of that era recall legendary midnight rides at breakneck speed through the park on Friday nights. The fierce rivalry between the barns, a half dozen or more of them constructed before the turn of the 20th century, ensured that the young equestrians honed their skills tirelessly. From that
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scene came some of the top names in nearly every saddle seat breed. Bob Battaglia was one of them. In a sense, Battaglia began his training career long before he was a professional. Stable owners often bought cheap horses at auction, trucked them to the barns and put their better young riders on the new, often barely-trained, mounts. A friend of his who also rode in the program recalled that “there would be little bodies flying through the air,” but the children would settle the horses and help them learn their jobs. Many, like “Bobby,” as he was known then, didn’t come with much
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Battaglia capped his juvenile career by winning the 1960 Chicago International Boys Equitation Championship, then one of the most important titles in the country. An old blackand-white picture tells the story: a slender, dark boy, casually elegant in the formal white-tie riding habit of the day, sits so comfortably on a rangy American Saddlebred that it would be excusable to wonder if he’d been born there. From the age of 10, Battaglia knew he wanted to be a horse trainer. Maybe he made that decision one Saturday morning at the barn, or maybe it was when his dad arranged for him to meet a young sensation in the Saddlebred world, a man many horsemen were predicting would be one of the greatest of all time. His name was Tom Moore, and he too had grown up working in a Lincoln Park barn. To this day, Battaglia says Moore is the best horseman he’s ever known. Gai Argosy and Bob.
Heritage Demicent (El Magato x Ala-Arabi Bint Indirza)
financial backing, and worked to support their passion; it was not until Battaglia was well into high school that his parents were able to lease a horse for him, and it was not a superstar. As it turned out, that didn’t matter, because he could make just about any horse look good. “Even when he was a little kid, he was kind of legend in his own time,” observed World’s Champion Saddlebred trainer Dick Obenhauf in a 1997 interview. “He was and still is a natural.”
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The next step for a budding trainer was an apprenticeship with more experienced practitioners, and in Battaglia’s case, he went straight to the top. First came Chat Nichols, and then one of the Saddlebred breed’s most revered names, Lloyd Teater. It was in the twilight of Teater’s career, and by the time he left, Battaglia had risen to be the old horseman’s right hand, effectively running the barn for him. But the future was limited in Saddlebreds, and he had recognized that if he was going to accomplish his goals, he needed to look elsewhere. His next stop, with Dick Leadley at Heritage Hills, provided a clue: Leadley trained Arabians as well as Saddlebreds, and that clientele was growing. In 1972, after 10 years as someone else’s assistant, Battaglia was ready to go out on his own, and with friend Ginger Tadin, he opened Starcraft Training Center, in McHenry, Ill. Their specialty was Arabian horses. They had chosen wisely: their success wasn’t instantaneous, but it was the next best thing. Battaglia won his first national championship that fall with the road horse Heritage DemiCent, and six years later, his first U.S. national championship in English pleasure, with Featurette. One year after that, he put one of his amateur riders, Karla Koch, on Featurette and the pair won the U.S. national championship in English pleasure amateur. No one could recollect that ever being done before. After that, it seemed as if Bob Battaglia’s name was always part of the conversation when Arabian and Half-Arabian English horses were being discussed. Remembering the 35 years that followed Featurette, the dates blur in his mind, but the
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horses don’t. There was a steady parade of top-flight names: Bint Miss Fire (1982 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure); GG Matador (1983 U.S. National Champion Informal Combination); and the remarkable Gai Argosy, who was only 3 when he won 1984 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure. There was Magalad, 14 times a U.S. and Canadian national champion or reserve in park and English pleasure, open and amateur; and Hucklebey Berry, a three-time national champion with others before Battaglia converted him to the amateur ranks and added the title of 2000 U.S. National Champion AOTR to his record. More recently, there has been the stallion Afires Vision, who collected national championships like other horses nab peppermints, scoring at the U.S., Canadian and Youth nationals in pleasure driving, informal combination and pleasure driving open and amateur; and Second Sight, a multi-champion at the U.S. and Youth Nationals in Half-Arabian English pleasure and native costume.
There were many others, hundreds, too many to mention, perhaps too many even to remember. But over the years, there was a steady flow at the highest levels, and as time went on, more and more that crossed easily from the open ranks to the amateur and youth at the same strike rate of success. The dominant trend of the past 30 years has been that owners like showing their own horses, and Battaglia knew how to accommodate that. You have to change, he notes. That’s the secret of lasting. “If you want to stay on top of any game, you have to grow with it.” At the end of the 1970s, Battaglia and Tadin went their separate ways, although they always have remained close friends. He moved to California to open Baywood Park in San Luis Obispo with Randy Shockley. They trained, ran a breeding operation—importing stallions, keeping 30 to 35 broodmares and breeding that many foals every year—bought and sold, even fielded splashy auctions that were the order of the day. But
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Battaglia was never comfortable with that, and had stopped producing big public sales before the downturn in the industry. He left Baywood Park too, and moved to Arizona and then Texas for several years before returning to settle in Scottsdale. That was key in his success, he offers now. “Moving from one place to another was often related to investment,” he says. Although selling horses did generate income (“the horse business has been great to me”), it was his auxiliary interests that made the difference. He was buying and selling property, building and selling houses and farms. Along the way, he also did his fair share of “giving back” to the breed. A quick recap of service reveals that for the Arabian Horse Association, he has been the co-chairman of the Education and Evaluation Committee for eight years, and a clinician at the AHA Judges’ School for that long. He has been Vice Chairman of the National and Regional Classes Committee, and a member of the AHA Judges’ Steering
Committee, the IAHA (now AHA) Yearling Heritage Committee, the Whip Study Committee, and the IAHA and APAHA Hoof Study Committee. He also was Chairman of IAHA’s Professional Horseman’s Committee, as well as one of five people who wrote the rules for the Country English Pleasure division. And for years, he was a Large R judge. To the casual observer, his career was an unbroken upward trajectory. On the ground, living it, it was more humanly challenging. “As any business, you have your ups and downs,” he says. “I’ve had three times in my career when I thought, ‘what am I doing this for?’ Anybody who does anything long enough goes through those feelings. What always brought me back to ‘I really love this and want to do it’ was the horses. That’s why I started in the first place, why I got into the horses, why I rode as a child—I was gung-ho crazy about horses. It didn’t matter what breed—I think there are great horses in every breed. It was something that was an absolute passion of mine, and I just followed it through.”
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the P urSuit o f S ucceSS: k ey a chievementS a nd l eSSonS l earned However one might look at it, Battaglia is one of the great success stories of the Arabian horse breed, the only one of his era who remained at the top of his game consistently for decades. It is worth asking how, in what were often difficult times, he did it, and if what he has learned might be helpful to others. The greatest lesson over the years was not so much learned as confirmed. At least in principle, he knew it from his earliest days of taking every job he could find to support his addiction to horses. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned my whole life is to work hard for what you want,” he says. “Set a goal and get to it, and once you get there, set another goal and get to it. Don’t be afraid to work.”
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But there is one significant qualifier. “The horsemen I went to work for taught me work ethics and how to get the job done, but not at any cost. The horses always came first. There was a limit that you went to and you never abused them—you never just went through the horses. When a horse was either hurt or couldn’t meet the criteria, you put it in that category and then you got another one if you wanted a different discipline.” He recalls Lloyd Teater and how much the old horseman cared about his horses. “The most influential one in caretaking and interaction with your customers was Lloyd Teater,” he says. “He was considered in the Saddlebred business to be the best
caretaker/conditioner and businessman, the way he looked at the horses and the people. Even in his 70s, he would come to the barn every single day and he knew every horse. He may not have worked every horse every day, because I did a lot of it, but he knew their conditioning, what was going on with every horse. He could walk down the aisle of the barn and look in the stall and tell you what was right or wrong with that horse. That was what set him apart from everybody, as far as I was concerned, and I’m talking 50 horses, including outside babies and broodmares. “I remember one Chicago International, during the day, when he had gone back to the hotel to rest, and a fire broke out in the barn. It was a big two- or three-story barn and we were on the main floor, but there was a lot of smoke and firemen had gone up to the second floor. I remember him running back to the stalls in tears, thinking something had happened to the horses.” Here Battaglia chokes up. “He was passionate about them, so concerned that something had happened to them—he was in his 70s, running down the aisle, out of breath. I had to make him sit down and tell him that we were fine. But that’s what I learned: horses come first.” That was just one reason that he always has been known for his patient, kind training style. That was the way he was raised; he knows the science as well as the art of training, and if necessary can call on a whole mental library of different bits and aids. But he didn’t often need it. Time and clear, consistent treatment usually did the trick. Horses responded to him, to his light hands on the reins, to the gentle persuasion of his legs at their sides. With nearly them all, performances in the show ring were partnerships in which they held up their end of the bargain and so did he. Is there any one thing he could pass on to others? He nods. “Many people today don’t run their barns like a business,” he observes. “It’s easy to want to be too friendly. You can be friends with your clients, but there is a line that you never cross. That’s probably the hardest thing to do in the horse industry.” It hasn’t much to do with affection, he adds; many of his clients and former clients are dear friends. It is more about respect. “If they are true friends, they understand that you are running a business and there are certain things you can and cannot do (asking for favors, discounts, things like that). They have to understand that you are trying to do the best possible job for them, because it is a business even if it’s their pleasure. They depend on you to make the right decision to help them.”
Bob with Lissa Tehan during a demonstration.
Looking into the future, he is not happy about the decline of interest in horses in today’s society. Pushed for suggestions as to what the Arabian breed can do about it, he has a few thoughts. The key to engaging the interest of young people now lies in computers, he mentions. Don’t ask him to do much other than surf the net or answer email, but he has noted that there are no equine video games and few DVDs about horses—nothing involving kids in horses the way old western television shows and movies did in his youth. We need that, he says. There are too many other reasons kids don’t have much access to horses these days; we need to acquaint them with what they are missing. But the most important job is to make association with horses an attractive mainstream leisure activity again, and that’s not easy. “Trainers, breeders and horsemen have to get involved in their industry if they want it to go on,” he says. “Get involved in the politics, in their local clubs, in doing more to promote the breed again. You can’t just sit on the sidelines and go to shows. “And, there is a market out there, but you need to think about the horse as more than just a show horse. This horse, in particular, is a family horse who can do anything. You want to open your eyes to the fact that you can’t sell these horses just as show horses. They are trail horses, backyard horses, family horses, and they go in western, English, driving, dressage, jumping—any discipline. That is one thing that AHA is doing, but I don’t think enough people understand that. These horses can do everything; you just have to find out what that is.” Volume 44, No. 11 | 105
the B eSt, t he W orSt a nd W hat i S t o c ome No story about Bob Battaglia is complete without mentioning Russ Vento, his partner of more than 20 years, who died prematurely in 2009. It was Russ, he says, who made so many of his achievements possible. “Russ and I were such an incredible team. He had an incredible passion for people and for the horses.” Together, they selected horses and bred many champions. However, it was a lot more than just their remarkable chemistry in so many fields and their success in horses. Looking back now, Battaglia, who through all the years never stopped learning about horsemanship, realizes that from Russ, he also learned a lot about people and life. Always friendly and certainly charming, Battaglia typically has been somewhat
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reserved; the gregarious Russ, on the other hand, rarely met a stranger. He touched people’s lives. “It was his passion for life,” Battaglia reflects, “for the Arabian horse and even more, his passion for the children and the amateurs in the industry, because he was one himself. There was not a day that he wasn’t concerned about them. He was the first one to jump over the fence if someone was in trouble—to the point that I told him to stop that, he was going to hurt himself. But of course, he never did. “I think now of all the encouragement he gave people. He’d walk by somebody and just give them a smile, tell them they were doing great—even people he didn’t know. He
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was, I think, a great iconic influence on the people in this industry and I’m sorry that the people today didn’t know him like people in his lifetime did, because they’re really missing something.” It was not easy to go on without Russ, he concedes. That, too, has been a learning process. “You just have to pick up the pieces and go. I managed because I knew it was what he would have wanted me to do, what he would have expected of me. It takes a couple of years before you get over a lot of things, and you never are over all of it. It takes only one little thing to bring back a memory and emotions pour out like crazy. “You have to be brave enough to go on,” he adds, “because life does go on. That part everybody says is true: life does go on, but how it goes on is up to you.” So now, he is making changes for his own future. In a position to slow down, he plans to change the focus of his involvement in horses. “Realistically, I’m not exactly the youngest person on the block anymore,” he says dryly. Plans call for him to mentor others, to pass on his experience in selecting the right horses, polishing riding skills, developing strategies—all the components that go into maximizing the Arabian horse experience. It is something he has done for years, and he will do more of it on request. Bottom line, Bob Battaglia is a horseman. Sometimes that term is a convenient synonym for a trainer, breeder or any handson professional in the industry, but in reality, that is probably not accurate. There are plenty of professionals in the breed, many of them very good at what they do, but true horsemen? Not so common. Battaglia makes no value judgments; he doesn’t even think about it. It’s just the way he is. “To me, a horseman is somebody who thinks of the horse first—his condition, his wellbeing, his mental and emotional awareness,” he says. “For instance, when you throw open the door of a horse’s stall, what is the first thing that you look at? It’s, is the horse happy? And then you notice where the urine point is and the manure pile (every horse is different, but almost every one goes in the same place). Have they eaten their feed? Is the water pump working? Have they drunk out of their
Bob explaining conformation traits of the English performance horse with Elle Yes ridden by Tom Moore.
buckets? Are the blankets straight and the straps tight? And this you should be able to assess in about three seconds, if you train your eye as a horseman. The rest comes along with it. It’s a genuine concern for the horse’s wellbeing, physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s no different than with a little child, and you’re taking care of it because they can’t get out of that stall and do it themselves.” So, after all these years, how would he define success? “It’s your reputation,” Battaglia says. “You have to be honest; you can’t misrepresent anything. It comes down to integrity: what do you believe in, and how do you want to be treated? That’s how you should treat everybody else.” n
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Oh ... The Memories!
We Love You, Bob! —Ray and Cindi LaCroix Scottsdale, Arizona
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The Way We Were
Her Days In The Sun
Misty Watercolor Memories
If Only We Had The Chance To Do It Again
Life Was Beautiful Then
Bob Battaglia ... Creator of Wonderful Memories for the Ruscitto family and Empress Arabians. Our connection with you and Russ goes far beyond the Arabian horse industry. Our memories together will continue to light the corners of our minds and the laughter and sheer fun we had will be remembered forever. â€” Lou and Carol Ruscitto
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Afires Vision And Bob Battaglia
Second Sight and Bob Battaglia
Afires Vision and Karen Stull
It’s hard to summarize the impact Bob has had on me. Since becoming my trainer, the facts speak for themselves—we are well accomplished. Sometimes I feel there is no place to aspire to since he has helped me realize even more than I thought possible. He has a special ability to match horse and rider and bring out the best in both. I never worry about a horse that is under the watchful eye of Bob. What I did not count on, was the friendship that I feel towards him. It’s a blend of big brother and best friend. There is the known unspoken, the high expectations, mutual respect, and always wanting and willing to be there for each other. I’m so lucky to have Bob in my life. Thank you, Bob. Karen Stull
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EA Galaxy and Olivia Stull
Bob has changed my life in a variety of ways, but most of all, he taught me to love wholeheartedly. The impact that Bob has had on my relationships with my horses, my friends, my family, even myself, has been tremendous. I believe this came from his method of training— working with the horse to find a style that is best, rather than pushing every horse into a “mold” of how they “should” act. This was one of the biggest life lessons that I needed to learn. Letting people be themselves and loving them for who they are was not particularly natural to me, especially since I grew up in a society that is more judgmental and quick to dismiss others than any other generation. Accentuating and supporting each individuals’ strengths, rather than focusing on the weaknesses, works on a multitude of levels; not only for the individual, but for those around them as well. In a world that is so quick to judge, we need more people who are willing to go against the grain to stand up for what is right. Beyond his undiluted openness, acceptance, and love, Bob is a truly wonderful person. He is, and always will be, someone that I look up to. He is a beacon in the darkness, perpetuating the good and rejecting the bad, whether or not it is the “popular” thing to do. Thank you, Bob, for all that you have taught me and for your unconditional love. You have changed my life in so many ways, and I am incredibly grateful for having you in my life. —Olivia Stull Olivia Stull
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Congratulations Bob On Your Inspiration Award Ours is a friendship measured not in years ... but in decades. A friendship full of kindness, loyalty, respect and loveâ€”as only you and Russ could share. You are an inspiration to the Jarvis family and the Arabian horse community.
C. Jarvis Insurance Agency Inc. Salon, Ohio â€˘ 440.248.5330 www.JarvisInsurance.com
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Dale Harvill, Gai Argosy, Bob Battaglia and Chase Harvill
Gai Argosy and Bob Battaglia
Gai Argosy and Chase Harvill
Bob, Thank you for the time you spent with me and all you have taught me over the last twenty years. Not only did you teach me to love, respect and train a horse, you showed me how to be a complete horseman. Whenever someone compliments me on how well we take care of our horses, you always pop into my head. You are one of the greatest horsemen that has ever lived. Thank you for your love and knowledge. “The horses always come first!” Gai Argosy and Bob Battaglia
—Chase Harvill Magnolia, Texas
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mwf Benedykt and Angela Stanley
Bad BadLeRoyBrown and Angela Stanley
Gold Mein LOA and Angela Stanley
Bob, We’ve had so many wonderful times, both with and without the horses. I have been blessed to consider you my family for the past 20 years. Showing and riding with you is always such a privilege. Your professionalism, talent, work ethic, and ultimate love of horses always makes everyone around you strive to be their best. You give so much to the breed. The Stanley’s are looking forward to many more adventures to come—both in and out of the ring! Love, Angela, Clay, Cole and Harper The Stanley Family
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Favorite people, horses and places. Special memories of the past are the joys of a lifetime.
You and Russ helped me achieve goals that I never thought possible. Thank you for your friendship, support and inspiration. Bob, you are a man of such style and elegance on and off the back of a horse. Best wishes for your well deserved retirement.
Love ... Linda and Vincent Musso Birmingham, Alabama
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Bob Battaglia ... A great friend and mentor! Bob, it has been almost 50 years since my first memory of you showing. It was in Chicago and you were flying around the ring in the formal driving class which, of course, you won. Your attention to detail, sportsmanship and talent never ceases to amaze me. My entire family has always held you in the highest regard, so we are honored to have you as a trusted friend and colleague.
The Arabian horse graces one with the most dynamic, hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated individuals known to man. You, Bob, are the master of this dynasty. Thank you for who you are and ALL that you have done for me. My life has been deeply enriched with you in it. XOXO… Carol Dorin
I am so grateful for you! You have enriched my life in many ways, and I thank you. Much love, Tammi Jay ______________ I am so thankful for meeting such a wonderful person with a kind spirit and generous heart. You always have an open invitation to Montana! —Kelly Paulson
To my dearest and most accomplished friend. I’m so honored to have you in my life—you are an inspiration to us all. —Mateo Figueroa ______________ “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are an excellent leader.” Bob Battaglia is an inspiration to an industry and to all of those around him! —Mike Wood and Roper Curtiss
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Bob, We loved you then. We love you now. We will love you always.
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Bob Battaglia is a true horseman. He has consistently managed his personal and professional lives with candor and dignity. Throughout his career, which has spanned over five decades, his contributions to the American Saddlebred and Arabian horse industries have been innumerable and legendary. His legacy will be the individuals with whom he has shared his wisdom, his talent and his friendship. It has been our privilege to know him as a mentor and as a friend.
Bob and Russ always accompanied us on our travels ... in our hearts and with a Battaglia vest.
At Continental Divide
To Bob, ... a great trainer, equestrian and teacher â€Ś thank you (and Russ) for introducing me to the thrill of Arabians!
In Hong Kong s
In Galapagos Island
At Great Wall Of China In Tibet
Laura M. Harris, DVM and Glenn H. Shearer Scottsdale, Arizona
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Bob Battaglia … An inspiration.
I have taken care of Bob Battaglia’s horses for so long, I
can’t remember when I started. The first time I remember
was at Region 3; Bob and Russ were still in California at the time. This association seemed like a friendship rather than working on horses for a client.
Battaglia Farms was one of the best-run Arabian farms
I have ever worked with and I have worked with a large number.
It was more fun than work; there were so many great horses to care for. This translated into many National Championships—so many I couldn’t count them.
Karen and I wish Bob the very best now and in the future. It has been a great friendship.
Thank you for the years in which you set the standard for us to aspire to.
Your friendship has been the greatest gift.
John M. Sparks, DVM
Paradise Valley, Arizona
River Ridge Farm
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We salute you, Bob …
The Knight’s Reflection, Jeff Lovejoy up 2005 Black Saddlebred Stallion
Heritage Sultan and Bob Battaglia
by The Knight’s Reflection
Bob and Heritage Hills Arabians go back about 40
years; Bob trained some of our horses along with Dick Leadley and Ginger Tadin. I believe that one of Bob’s first national championships was with Heritage
Demicent. We could always count on Bob for honest
Owned by The DeSpain Family
Battaglia bred and trained. Our condolences on the loss of this promising gelding.
appraisal, superior training and great care of our horses. The last horse Bob showed for us was Heritage Sultan, showing him to many championships. He is a great horseman and friend. —Ward Weaver
Heritage Hills Arabians Mesa, Arizona
Thank you for the joy you brought to our lives! Dick and Kit Calafato ~ Spotz Farm Stephanie Sullivan ~ Lotza Spots LLC www.spotzsaddlebredpintos.com email@example.com ~ ph: 858-755-8033
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“A person’s wealth is measured by the friends he has.”
We are blessed and honored to call Bob our friend. He touches peoples’ lives, from the young to the old, and makes an indelible impact on both a professional and personal level. His kindness, generosity and sincerity make him a special person. Thank you for the many great memories, and especially for your friendship for all these years! —Tom and Kelly Blakemore
There are many superlative words that people use to describe Bob and all of them would be true—extraordinary equestrian; outstanding trainer; smart businessman; supportive partner. For me, he is all those and more. He has always had my safety, and the safety and well-being of my horse, his top priority. He is patient and kind and completely supportive in the way he works with my horse and the way he guides me to improve my riding. My husband Jim and I agree: Bob has made such a difference in our lives and we appreciate everything he has done for us. He is more than my trainer—he is our friend. We are so proud of Bob and happy that he is receiving this honor.
Tom and Kelly Blakemore Scottsdale, Arizona
Jim and Debbie Foxworthy Scottsdale, Arizona
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S Justa Flash
Haavana and Gabrielle Sitomer Bred by Bob and Russ
Cey Hey and Gabrielle Sitomer
Justafire DGL with Bob Battaglia
My dear friend, Bob … How do you describe someone that you admire so much for so many reasons? He’s been a good friend through good times and bad—I could count on him always. The confidence he gave me as a rider has been invaluable; he made me believe I could do things that I thought impossible. He instructed me and my horse to do our best. And watching him show! What a showman! I only wish I could be half as good as him as I have told him so many times when he was in the ring, always winning one more championship. He has been a true friend—a confidant, a task master, a believer, a warrior, a gentleman, a giver, a true man for all the right reasons. I am so proud to call him my friend.
What can I say about Bob’s career as a horseman that hasn’t been said by others more than once? He is the absolute, unconditional master. I joined the Battaglia Farms family in 2001, and that’s exactly what I found—a family. Beyond the amazing horses and lessons in horsemanship, for which I will ever be grateful, I found a friend, a mentor, a second home. The first time I took a lesson from Bob, I was so nervous I held my breath. I can still hear him telling me to breathe. Here’s to a man who leaves us all breathless. All my love. All our love, —Gabrielle Sitomer
—Deb Holden Cornerstone Ranch Birmingham, Alabama
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Gabrielle Sitomer & Jason Koy and Family and the entire Sitomer Family Houston, Texas
Cey Hey and Gabrielle Sitomer 2013 u.s. national champion arabian country pleasure maturity
S Justa Flash and Deb Holden 2013 u.s. national champion h/a country pleasure 55 and over
Sometimes people come into your life and make a lasting impression; for me, Bob Battaglia is that person. I have had the pleasure of working with Bob and Battaglia Farms for over 15 years and what a fantastic adventure it has been! Bob’s talents are immeasurable, from teaching a new rider the basics, to making those red rose victory passes—he can do it all. Outside of the show arena, he is a true friend and horseman. Here’s to many more years together filled with roses and smiles! Lou Sichini, Gabrielle Sitomer and Bob Battaglia
Lou Sichini ~ Ocala, Florida www.SichiniTraining.com
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You have been our teacher, our trainer, and our mentor â€Ś
Thanks For The Memories Bob!
Jack, Janet, Magalad and Bob Battaglia
Magalad with Bob Battaglia and Janet Roberts
but most of all, you have been our family. We love you always,
Joel, Robin, Quincy, Kingsley
The DeSpain Family Austin, Texas
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Jack and Janet Roberts Austin, Texas
For more than 40 years,
Many people have come into my life … but Bob and Russ left special memories
within my heart that will remain forever. —Walter Mishek
I have to thank Walter for introducing me to Bob Battaglia. I will admit, I was in awe of Bob’s superlative horsemanship. To this day, it is my belief that there is not a more handsome rider or man with more grace and style in the saddle than Bob Battaglia. I thank Bob for 30 years of friendship through all of life’s ups and downs. I also thank Bob and our dear friend, Russ Vento, for being strong, positive mentors and friends to my daughter Gina throughout her years competing in the English divisions.
Bob, you are the definition of a gentleman With love and gratitude, Beth Ellen Hunziker
Misheks Arabians Waseca, Minnesota
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Bob, Thank you for all that you have contributed to the Arabian horse industry. The Ames Family has very much enjoyed working with you on various projects together. You are a wonderful ambassador to the breed, and we look forward to the years to come! Love, Dick, Lollie, and Lara
The Ames Family Jordan, Minnesota
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Show Ring SwaggeR WHAT TO WEAR IN 2014 by KARA LARSON
You may have the show horse, the trainer, and even the proper tack to be competitive in the show ring, but what about the appropriate show clothes and final touches to bring the whole picture together? For those concerned with giving a judge the impression that you are to be taken seriously, we give you some insight into what judges, trainers, and various clothing outfitters think about each division and how to dress to impress accordingly. As we move into the show ring, there are a few options for the type of show clothes you might want to try. In the custom suit game, DeRegnaucourt Ltd. and President Becky Veltema encourage a classic, signature look. Veltema shares, “DeRegnaucourt Ltd. prides itself in producing garments that create a signature look that becomes unique to a special horse and rider team. This direction has been very successful for us, and we expect that our timeless selections will continue to be popular. The choice of unique, but classic and elegant, will be noticed in the show ring this season, and for all seasons to come.” Another interesting point that Veltema makes is in the selection of one’s outfit. “It is obvious when riders make their apparel selections all about themselves and what they personally like to wear. When the horses color, carriage, and presence in the ring are not considered or made a priority, the horse is lost in the presentation. Many riders way outshine their horse, diminishing the judge’s perception of that horse’s presence 1 | APPAREL 2014
in the ring, rather than noticing the quality the horse brings to the show ring.” She adds, “Additionally, riders who do not take into consideration their build or body type when making color and fabric choices, can make very expensive/beautiful garments look ill fitting, and in poor taste.” Preferring a simple look in terms of the final touches, she adds, “Accessories should be simple and tasteful. There are choices such as a sparkle beret, small flowers, or bows, which are all acceptable. However, more is not better, but rather worse! I know decisions can be tough, but you must decide. It is one of the above, not 2, or 3 or more! Sometimes I see so much going on, it was like everyone in the bar got a shot at putting something in the bun, and it is a disheveled mess. SIMPLIFY!” And if you want to try your hand at some other options outside of custom show apparel, Midwest Saddleseat Consignment Apparel, headed by Jen Nelson and Kristen Dull, might have what you’re looking for. As Nelson considers what 2014 brings, she offers, “In Saddleseat, we have seen a return to navy colored suits. For a while the trend seemed to be away from navy and more towards tan, taupe, and black, but recently the trend has returned to a clean, crisp, and classic navy. Of course the monochromatic look is still holding strong in a shirt/vest/tie combination. Show ring fashion also follows the highly anticipated release of the pantone color of the year. We anticipate that we will see more of the radiant orchid color in the show ring as the year continues, as it is flattering on any skin tone. Bright pops of color and pattern shirts can add to the individuality of a rider. When you switch up a vest and shirt, it can dramatically transform a suit. We believe that the world is a fashion show, and the show ring is your runway, so why not own it!” Nelson shares more on the trends of the 2014 season, offering: “In addition to the return to navy, one trend in 2014 that we have noticed is the number of suits in the gray color family. This color is highly flattering on any age of rider. Charcoals, steel, soft gray with subtle dimension in the fabric have been beautiful. Given the wide variation of tones and shades in gray, it looks good on any color horse.” Nelson adds, “Almost any combination works well as long as the garment is well tailored and it flatters the horse and the rider. When a rider is looking for a new show ring look, at MSCA we
Top TipS Tip 1. Trainer Wendy Potts
does this: “When picking out fabrics for my clients, we usually take swatches out in the sunlight and hold them next to their horse. We will also look at them in a stall (if well lit) to see if the color will show up indoors. One would like to see a nice contrast to the horse's color without being too "loud." It is also important that the color has the right "tone" to go with your horse. For instance, a darker tan coat with gold tones will probably not look good on a grey horse, although it might be beautiful on a chestnut.”
offer an avenue for people to gain a return on their suiting investment.” Another well-established custom outfitter, Show Season, Inc. with Melissa Holmes at the wheel, offers a great deal of options for making a real impact in the show ring. In 2014, Holmes says enjoy the color of the season. “As clients become more open and confident in wearing new colors in the ring, some are going for head to toe color in western. English is also loving the unique shades of taupe, brown, and grey. With the continuing rise of the contrasting coat, the English wardrobe can expand for the rider, giving many options for attire depending on the ring.” The trends that are working for Melissa: “I really love the new paisley fabrics in all shades. They are really showy in the ring and open the door to alternatives to the suit. Equitation riders are stepping up to lighter shades of taupe or grey with monochromatic shirt, vest, and tie in soft hues of pastels.” On the final touches that bring the whole picture together, Melissa shares, “Hats should be cleaned and shaped—remember to pin
o f the
Tip 2. Jen Nelson
for Midwest Consignment shares her pet peeves: “Ill-fitting coats where the shoulders are too large and pants that are too short! The typical trend is having a bell drop of 2-3 inches. Rule of thumb, if you can see the heel of your boot, your pants are too short! Sometimes this occurs because riders are wearing spurs without spur holes in their pants. This is an easy fix that a tailor can do to ensure that your pants are the correct length.” 2 | APPAREL 2014
S e a So n Tip 3. Becky Veltema
of DeRegnaucourt Ltd. says: “Hats. This is where doing everything right and then missing a step makes everything look wrong. Be sure that your hat does not overwhelm your size! Many hats have too large a brim, are too tall, etc. Also be sure that your hat is cleaned and shaped properly at every show.”
Tip 4. Judge Van Jacobsen
offers: “A good analogy comes in the example of a wedding. There’s a reason the bride is dressed in white with all the beautiful sequins and lace— because it’s her day. At a horse show, you’re really there to show your horse, so you should be a part of the wedding party and not draw too much attention to yourself. First and foremost, it’s about the horse.”
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them on with bobby pins through the sweat band. Hair should be in a neat bun, secure and size appropriate. A feminine touch of small accessories creates a beautiful image. Lips and eyes must be enhanced for the ring or the rider will appear very washed out from the lights and great distance in the ring.” She adds, “It’s a show! The audience can really get into a beautiful package out in the ring even when they know nothing about horses or showing. It’s fun to show, and after all, getting dressed is half the fun.” However, before a horse and rider team can hit the show ring with swagger, the hours spent in practice are incredibly important as well. For Colleen Rieder of Rider Up Equestrian Wear, practice wear is the game. Rieder shares, “Though trends may come and go, here at Rider Up Equestrian Wear, we have created a "timeless riding pant." We are happy to say that our multi-disciplined design has withstood changes and will stay ahead of the fashion boom in equestrian garments. Our style is simple and to the point—it flatters the figure, whether it be in women’s or children’s sizes. One can never tire of a garment that fits extremely well and is beyond comfortable.”
In the fit that the Rider Up pants adhere to, Reider talks about the semi-custom fit she can offer. “Due to all of our hard work, we obtained a patent here in the U.S.A. and Europe, knowing full well we would be standing among a flood of “fashion minded riding pants” in the industry. But our garment is very unique as we have the original patented V-waistband. So, whatever year, whatever trend, our fit and style keeps up ahead of the game due to it's originality, and of course our price point—it is very affordable!” Rieder adds, “We lend our market to English, (saddleseat, hunter, dressage), western (pleasure, reining, and trail), Polo, fashion, and even for the motorcyclist.” Within all of these avenues and disciplines, 2014 brings bright colors and patterns for the young ones, conservative colors for all ages, and some more individually customizable options. Rieder adds, “That is the fun of fashion and trends too! We design with excitement in mind and it always works no matter what day, what year, as there is a pant for everyone!”
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Jen Nelson: “Hunt apparel is classic and timeless. The simplicity of the hunt coat requires a well-tailored fit. The trend in hunt has always been traditional. Selecting a fabric that enhances a rider's complexion and hair color is essential!” Wendy Potts: “Hunter attire is still very conservative. Bling really should not be worn. In the hunter seat equitation division at Youth Nationals, it is VERY important that riders not have any bling or even heavy makeup. As far as hunter pleasure, I think the only bling should be on the magnet that holds one's number. Perhaps a couple hairpins could have bling, but I would discourage anyone wearing any bling on their collar or lapel pin.
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Becky Veltema: “The classic suit with conservative appointments will always be a staple look for the show ring, however, I am excited to see the addition of some beautiful coats in colors and patterns in the pleasure division. This fashionable move toward a more unique look helps not only the rider with variety in their wardrobe, but also helps judges distinguish between exhibitors in very large classes. Keeping in theme with “horse show,” I feel it makes the show ring a more attractive venue to spectators who may become future exhibitors to expand our industry.”
As far as light fabric, it should also remain conservative. I think it is fine as long as we remember the rule that states that your coat must be darker in contrast than your breeches. I also think
Van Jacobsen: “In the rulebook, both English and country English use the word conservative. You will see some outfits and think, “oh that’s too much,” with bling or even with head to toe riding suit that is just so light. Of course, there are beautiful day coat combinations that can be conservative and neatly attired. And I’m all for that as long as it is not over the top.” 4 | APPAREL 2014
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it's important that if the fabric has a pattern, one should not be able to discern the pattern from a short distance away. That means you should not be able to see a plaid from across the arena. As far as the sheen of the fabric is concerned, I would also keep it conservative. The hunt coat should certainly not appear to have a satin finish but a light sheen on a conservative coat is certainly acceptable in the Arabian hunter pleasure division.”
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Melissa Holmes: “Texture and depth of pattern are strong from shirt or jacket through the design of the chaps. Clients can select designs that are flattering to both horse and rider. The western outfit is truly a “work of art” with tons of personality that shows the confidence of the rider.” Van Jacobsen: “My pet peeve is being over the top. I’ve seen western horses with so much bling on the whole outfit, including the fringe on the chaps. It goes by you and it’s just too much. When the judge’s immediate attention is drawn to you and not the horse because your outfit shows movement and doesn’t compliment the horse, you’re actually defeating the purpose of getting dressed to show. I get to thinking: “what am I supposed to be looking at here—the horse or the rider?” You’re still wanting to show your horse, not yourself.” n
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The ARBC Futurities by CHRISTY EGAN
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In 2005, three forward thinking Arabian horsemen, Joe Betten, Tom Redmond and Dick Ames founded and funded the Scottsdale Futurity Reining Classic for the Arabian and HalfArabian horse, hoping that the million-dollar plus investment would electrify the sport of reining with Arabians. A decade later, this competition, so near and dear to their hearts, has achieved some lofty goals. The Arabian and Half-Arabian reiner is a different performance horse now, thanks to more astute breeding ”for the job,” new attention and involvement by Quarter Horse breeders and trainers, and lots of recognition and excitement on both sides of the fence. Top Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) and NRHA riders were on hand and in the pen, competing up a storm at this year’s Scottsdale show in February. Winners included top Arabian trainers and some hot, new Quarter Horse trainer faces, like Andrea Fappani, Three-Million Dollar NRHA rider, who stepped up on All Maxed Out RA to win this year’s Scottsdale Futurity Arabian Reining Classic Championship and then rode another horse to third in the Half-Arabian division.
This year’s ARBC classes boast prize money—NRHA Approved $77,000—added in the Arabian and Half-Arabian Open and NonPro 4 & 5-Year-Old Futurities.
the 2015 Scottsdale Arabian show. The Scottsdale Show will also host the “One-Two” Punch $40,000 High Point for breeder, trainer, owner and youth competing in Arabian or Half-Arabian Reining at both the 2014 Las Vegas and 2015 Scottsdale shows.
Building enthusiastically on this stellar participation, success and growth, a group of individuals announced in March the formation of the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic Futurities (ARBC), a next level for Arabian reining competition and with it, a prediction in the rise in futures for Arabian and HalfArabian working western horses. The Futurities will make their debut in a few months, in conjunction with the High Roller Reining Classic Show, September 13-20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The High Roller Reining Classic is currently ranked number four in the NRHA Leading Events (2013). In 2014 the show will offer prizes and cash payouts of more than a half-million dollars. The Arabian reining is slated for midway through the 8-day show. Format for the ARBC is very similar to the highly successful, extremely popular NRBC, with stallion and foal enrollments, soon to be followed by a Stallion Service Auction. Though heavily encouraged through the offering of incentives, it will take a few years for the ARBC to achieve full enrollment, expected around 2018. Meanwhile, horsemen entering horses will do so based on class and judges’ fees alone. There will be NO nomination fees for horses showing in the ARBC Futurities up until 2018. This year’s ARBC classes boast prize money— NRHA Approved $77,000—added in the Arabian and HalfArabian Open and Non-Pro 4 & 5-Year-Old Futurities. In addition, the ARBC is going to award $60,000 for Youth Scholarships divided between the 2014 High Roller Classic and
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Right now, of course, is the time when the smart set among Arabian and Quarter Horse stallion owners are nominating stallions for the ARBC. They wisely know those first born, first entered 2014 foals will be in the lead when the 2018 ARBC Futurity comes around. Arabian and Quarter Horse trainer Brian Welman is a big advocate of the new ARBC Futurity. “I bred a Quarter Horse mare to the Arabian stallion TA Mozart this year,” he admits. “I’m investing in the Futurity. The trick is to get it going, market the horses and develop more futurities. If we want this to work, we all have to pitch in and find sponsors and get involved. Everyone has to be invested in this!” Tyson Randle, also a trainer for Arabian and Quarter Horse working western horses, agrees. “I honestly don’t have a single purebred or Half-Arabian horse that is not a futurity horse,” says Tyson. “Futurity classes create a ton of excitement and
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incentive. In the Quarter Horses, the futurity classes are strictly for three-year-olds. It’s a difficult task to have a new one ready to go every year. There are 15 to 20 futurities in the NRHA all over the country annually and I do two or three. They’ve done a great job and those futurities keep the stud fees higher and the breeding numbers up. The biggest issue with any futurity is the horse power. There’s not a lot of stock to choose from right now and it’s hard to find the right horse. Arabian breeders need more futurities and more horses.” It will come as no surprise to anyone in the Arabian horse industry that more than a little of the impetus and incentive behind the new ARBC comes from Dick Ames and his daughter, Lara, of Cedar Ridge Arabians, in Minn. Dick Ames was an important part of both the Scottsdale Reining Futurity Classic and, long before that, the hugely successful Minnesota Breeders’ Futurity, now over 30 years old and the most successful program of its kind to date.
I wanted to come up with a new
way to promote and spotlight the
Arabian working western horse... — Dick Ames
“It’s pretty simple,” Dick notes. “The NRHA Futurities are the most successful in the horse industry. They developed because the Quarter Horse industry has the numbers to support the futurities and then the futurity money encouraged more folks to breed more horses. That’s what we need for the Arabian breed now.” “I wanted to come up with a new way to promote and spotlight the Arabian working western horse,” Dick adds. “I’ve been heavily involved with the Arabian reining horse for about 20 years. It’s such a great sport … exciting, healthy and easy for the spectator to enjoy and understand. It’s the best class in Arabian horse competition today. The judges are visibly and readily accountable for their scores. There are fewer politics and it’s a point per category event with subtraction for faults. Finally, the whole thing really started to jell for me when I made the decision to buy an Arabian stallion named TA Mozart.” By the end of 2012, TA Mozart had won the Scottsdale Reining Classic Arabian Futurity twice (in 2011 and 2012) and closed the year as the 2012 U.S. National Champion Arabian Reining Junior Horse. Mozart, Dick admits, was “… the best Arabian reining horse I’d ever seen,” and he purchased the striking chestnut as his reining Arabian breeding sire. Then he wasted no time coming up with ways to promote his new found super stallion. “It’s true that TA Mozart is the original inspiration for the ARBC, but it’s already grown larger than my involvement with one stallion,” Dick laughs. “The ARBC is for the sport of reining and the working western Arabian and Half-Arabian … and all of the horsemen who love this hardriding competition and want to do it sitting on an Arabian.” It appears that TA Mozart will have his own bit of the glory. He’s the first Arabian stallion to enroll in the ARBC and it’s a good bet that Ames will be offering incentives and bonuses to competitors riding TA Mozart sons and daughters in upcoming ARBC Futurities. The first AQHA reining stallion to enroll is
I’m Genuinely Smart (Smart Little Lena) owned by Kimberly Tillman of Tioga, Tex. Tillman is offering a 30% breeding discount for Arabian mares! This might start something of a rush among those aforementioned Arabian and AQHA owners to get their stallions entered so that their 2014 foals will be eligible as 2018 ARBC futurity competitors. Meanwhile, the ARBC is full steam ahead with plans to step up and show the entire NRHA what the Arabian and Half-Arabian working western horse can really do. The High Roller Classic is held annually at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue features a hotel, casino, multiple restaurants and horse shows, all under one roof with unparalleled multimedia outlets employed to promote and encourage enjoyment of the events. Show pre-entry and stall deadline is August 19th, 2014. For information go to, www.HighRollerReiningClassic.com. Check out the new ARBC website at, www.ArabianReiningBreedersClassic.com and on Facebook. n
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Leaders Of The Times: April Calendar Feature
by Kara Larson
In all his silvery mystique, gracing the month of April in the Arabian Horse Times calendar is four-year-old stallion *Hariry Al Shaqab. Sired by the enduring Marwan Al Shaqab and out of the mare White Silkk, Hariry has been proclaimed as the indelible future of Al Shaqab. On this affluent farm’s take of their own breeding success, Breeding and Show Manager Mohammed Al Sulaiti shares, “When we make a breeding decision, it is first based upon the conformation of the sire and dam, then we consider any offspring from the sire and dam, their full and half siblings and the siblings offspring—if those individuals exist, because, in our experience, most foals inherit their characteristics directly from their sire and dam.” 142 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Presenting Hariry as a contrary force to this rule, Sulaiti adds, “But Hariry is not like most horses. By our evaluation, Hariry is one of those rare individuals that is greater than the sum of his sire and dam, and even more interesting, has inherited only the very best characteristics of his entire pedigree. His pedigree is something to behold. Comprising of 12 significant international champions, it reads like a wish list of the breed’s highest achieving horses from the past five decades.” Delving deeper into the well of Arabian excellence that precedes Hariry, one encounters layers and layers of impactful horses. “The national champion Ruminaja
Ali is represented twice, first through his world champion and national reserve champion grandson, Gazal Al Shaqab, the sire of three time world champion and two time U.S. national champion Marwan Al Shaqab, but also via his U.S. national champion son and grandson, respectively, Ali Jamaal and Dakar El Jamaal,” says Sulaiti. Continuing further into the branches of Hariry’s 2013 Unanimous U.S. National Champion Junior Colt and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt, *Hariry Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk). existence presents U.S. national reserve champion Bey Shah. On this significant ancestor, Sulaiti offers, “Bey generations. In the next step of Hariry’s emerging future, it Shah’s extraordinary record was further perpetuated by his is clear that David Boggs and the Midwest Training Centre U.S. national champion son, Fame VF, who is in turn the team play an integral role in the realization of Al Shaqab’s sire of U.S. national champion Little Liza Fame, the dam intentions for the young stud. “After inquiring about my of Marwan Al Shaqab.” goals, David presented me with a plan. It was an intelligent and thoughtful proposal encompassing the fact that Al Another big name in the depths of this wish list comes Shaqab is, first and foremost, a breeding establishment, in Canadian and U.S. national reserve champion Kaborr. while acknowledging that we must validate our breeding Sulaiti says, “Kaborr left a lasting influence upon the decisions in the show ring.” breed, most prominently via his U.S. national champion daughter Kajora, a highly praised mare and herself the In further praise, Sulaiti continues, “Hariry is highly dam of three national champions.” valuable to us and we are eager to test his breeding abilities. We knew it would take us many years to accomplish our As the attention focuses in on White Silkk’s line, her breeding goals for Hariry, but with David’s assistance, this pedigree boasts Canadian and U.S. national champion time frame has been significantly reduced. In fact, David Sonoma Lady, who produced Dakar El Jamaal. Lastly, is not only accomplished every request we asked of him, he the Triple Crown Champion Echo Magnifficoo. Sulaiti exceeded the goals we set and in less than half of the time shares, “This prominent stallion rounds out a pedigree we had allocated. So when David asked to show Hariry, that represents nothing but the very best conformation I was pleased to see the realization of our plan coming to and characteristics that the breed has to offer—leaving fruition and to confirm that we are supported by the absolute us to believe that Hariry will consistently perpetuate his commitment of David and the entire team at Midwest.” inherited legacy.” As the silken veil still conceals the silvery colt’s future With a pedigree based in the brilliance of these for now, Sulaiti ends with a testament to the promise of predecessors, four-year-old stallion *Hariry Al Shaqab has Hariry’s propensity as an Arabian stallion. “In essence, we an undeniable appeal exemplified by his undefeated show will continue to focus on breeding and showing, and in record. And as he soars into the breeding realm, it is safe accordance with our goals, we will unveil our greater plan to say that the same success is branching into subsequent for Hariry in due course.” n Volume 44, No. 11 | 143
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Breeding And Marketing Tips On How To Make It Work by ANNE STRATTON
AS WITH MANY GROUPS IN WHICH EVERYONE HAS THEIR PREFERENCES, the Arabian horse community doesn’t agree on every issue. But bring up breeding and marketing, and you find almost universal agreement: we probably aren’t producing enough horses to support a thriving show ring in the future, and boy, marketing can be tough in this age of children staring into computer screens for much of their recreation. Many owners ask, “Is it worthwhile for me to breed my mare? Can I make any money at it?” For more perspective, AHT went to a selection of owners, trainers and breeders and asked for their thoughts. There are ways to be successful, we were told. Yes,
Buying embryos is more expensive, but it does
now are already preparing for the future. One
you might find a partner for a breeding venture in
breeding has gone down—but some savvy breeders prominent horseman who stands stallions at stud reports brisk business—with trainers being many
take a lot of the risk out of it.” Or, alternatively, order to afford better stock.
of his clients. “They’re the ones out there who are
So, while breeding and selling horses is not a
way down, so the demand is high and the [foals]
does appear that a breeder can have a positive, if not
trying to find horses,” he explains. “The supply is are worth money.”
What has gone forever are the days when any horse would sell for big bucks simply because it was an
Arabian. Now, as in the human employment market, a sale horse must have the looks, ability and/or
temperament for a job—any job, from show star all
the way to trail horse—and the seller has to be smart about identifying the best market for the horse. It is routinely said that in order to breed a
successful foal, you must breed the best you can afford to the best you can afford. Since
discretionary income differs from breeder to
breeder, some advisors pointed out that there are
guaranteed infusion of cash to the bank account, it profitable, experience when done right—and that yes, profit can be a part of the picture. And this
is a good time to get started, says Walter Mishek,
because the market is heating up. Mishek has bred, bought and sold Arabians, including horses that
went on to become national champions, for nearly
50 years. “Scottsdale sets the stage for the year,” he points out, “and this year, sales and breedings were very good. Breeders and trainers worldwide are
purchasing halter horses for big time prices, and in
performance, many of the top trainers were looking for horses to purchase for their clients—at top
prices. I think we’re seeing a lot more excitement in the marketplace.”
ways to boost your chances of success without
With that in mind, here is what we heard when we
out there not being used right now,” said one. “You
clients that would help them successfully market a
breaking the bank. “There are some nice mares might lease or borrow a mare, or buy embryos.
asked the question, “If you could offer one tip to horse they breed, what would that advice be?”
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Midwest Rogers, Minn. _____________________________________________________________
One of the most successful halter handlers in the world, David Boggs also stands a roster of stallions that includes many of today’s top in-hand sires. “Breed to stallions that have a production record,” he advises. “We have DataSource today and there is a lot of information out there with the technology we have, so finding out information like that is not hard. Secondly, choose a stallion who is being actively promoted. When a new baby is born and there are new people looking, you want to have the best chance at marketing that you can. A stallion that is being promoted, who has owners that stand behind him, gives an extra boost to the owners of the foals being born.”
Cedar Ridge Arabians Jordan, Minn. _____________________________________________________________ A lifelong Arabian aficionado, Ames grew up in a family that has been breeding Arabians for more than 40 years. Cedar Ridge not only breeds, trains and shows horses, but also regularly conducts public auctions and online production sales. Currently, Ames keeps an eye on the best horses in the industry as publisher of Arabian Horse Times. Her advice to prospective breeder/ marketers? “See what kind of horses you like,” she says. “See what lines cross well with what, and then try to do something similar. Do your research. If you like a stallion, what kind of mares cross best with them? In a mare that you like, what kind of lines cross best with that kind of breeding? Pay attention to breeding.” David Boggs
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They make a real and enduring market. Be straight and honest in how you represent your horses. You will create a long-term business with repeat buyers and strong word-of-mouth referrals.” _____________________________________________________________
Vicki Humphrey Training Center Canton, Ga. _____________________________________________________________
Peter and Lori Conway
Peter and Lori Conway
Conway Arabians Chatfield, Minn. _____________________________________________________________ Peter and Lori Conway are known for their acrossthe-board contributions to the Arabian horse community; their farm is a full-service breeding, training, showing and marketing operation, and both give generously of their time to organizations and programs that support the breed.
One of the most acclaimed trainers in the English arena, Humphrey’s expertise crosses many competitive disciplines, and her experience includes breeding and marketing in addition to training and instruction. “My advice would be to breed the best mare you can get your hands on to the most compatible, quality stallion available,” she says. “They will sell themselves. If you want to market an English horse, breed a champion English mare to a champion English stallion. “Too many breeders try to improve their mares by breeding ‘up,’” she adds. “They have, for example, an average country horse they want to improve upon, so they breed her to an English stallion. While the resulting foal may well be an improvement, it must be marketed in competition with foals out of two champion English horses. That is a marketing problem.”
“Don’t market horses as a way for people to make money,” Peter says, speaking for them both. “Instead, market the benefits of a life with horses. Breed horses that people will enjoy being around and working with, and market them accordingly. The Conway tag line is ‘Bred to move you.’ We mean it literally, as our horses are bred to be ridden, and figuratively, as they will make an emotional connection. “Customers that get involved with Arabians as a way to make a buck never last in the breed,” he observes. “People that get involved because horses improve the quality of life are hooked for all the right reasons.
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halter, he may be very appealing to someone for use in another discipline such as western or hunter pleasure, or simply for a personal pleasure horse. Whereas, if I’ve been pricing my own horse at $75,000, for instance, and he’s not selling, I would need to decide if I want to keep him, or if I need to sell him. If I need to sell, I should consider re-establishing his price to appeal to someone who would consider him useful for $15,000 or so. While it can be difficult to reach this realization, the benefit will be that the horse is placed with someone who can enjoy him and I’m no longer accumulating expense with him.”
Argent Farms River Falls, Wis. _____________________________________________________________
Garlands Ltd. Powhatan, Va. _____________________________________________________________
“The best way to successfully market your horses is to establish a fair and reasonable price for each one,” says Sellman, whose talent in breeding, training and showing halter horses has rewarded him with a top-flight international reputation. “Most well-bred Arabians are of use to someone out there. Bear in mind that the party who feels your horse is of use to them might not be wealthy. Only a very small percentage of horses are worthy of demanding a six figure or higher price tag. Those horses are definably unique for their discipline. “If your horse is bred to be a top tier halter horse but isn’t quite capable of a big time win in
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Garland, who is most recognized for his nationallevel skill with the western horse, is known also for his discipline-crossing horsemanship. When considering breeding for market, he sees not just the individual breeder’s dilemma, but the broader picture of how the Arabian community can make marketing more dynamic for everyone by attracting new people. “It boils down to getting new people interested and being more accessible to them,” Garland says, “and that means going where they are. They’re not going to come to us; we’re going to have to go to functions where they are to introduce them to what the Arabian horse is. We have to develop more of a market for the horses.” He offers thoughts on how to do that. “There are classes we could develop which would help promote selling young horses. I proposed having a sale at Nationals for 2-year-old western-type purebreds who could show the next year at a class for them
Kiesner Training Louisville, Tenn. _____________________________________________________________ A fifth generation horseman, Kiesner is known not only for his talent with a horse—particularly in the English division, where his collection of national championships would fill a vault—but also for his creative approach to making things better. Considering breeding and marketing, before he gets specific, he notes that his comments will relate only to performance horses, where his expertise lies, and not to halter contenders. Then, to begin, he lays the groundwork. “Breed the kind of horse you want to breed,” he says. “If you want to breed a nice horse that might be a sport horse or hunter or various things, that’s great. But if you want to breed an elite English horse, then you have to start with the right raw material. “First, be honest about the quality of the horse you are considering breeding. A lot of times people love their stallion or their mare and they don’t see their weaknesses. If you can’t be honest and recognize where you can improve, then you won’t improve.
at Nationals. That would be the only class they were eligible for; they couldn’t be shown otherwise all year, so there wouldn’t be that much stress on them. And there are other ways to put attractions in—ways to win money and things like that.” The same old way of doing things will not get the results we need, he says. “We have to change the outside public perception of what we do, and make them very comfortable with us.”
“Next, start with the best quality that you can and breed to the best quality that you can. Don’t expect to take an average mare, breed to a good stallion and end up with a really nice product—it can happen, but the odds are that average produces average. It’s better to make sure that you are starting with not only a good horse, but a good pedigree.” How does he define ‘good’ (since not everyone can go out and buy a national champion mare to breed)? “It doesn’t have to be a national champion to be a great broodmare, a national champion-producing broodmare, or one that will make you money,” he replies. “What it takes is a pedigree that will express itself in the way you desire. Let’s say you could have a [he names a prominent English-siring stallion] daughter that doesn’t express trot; well, there’s no point in having [that stallion] in the pedigree unless
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‘where did that go?’ So, you have to know those pedigrees.”
the genetics express themselves by having trot. And you can go down the list; all of these different stallions have their best qualities and all the mares do too. If you are looking at a mare and she doesn’t express her pedigree, then most likely her babies aren’t going to either.” What qualifies as a good pedigree? “I mean horses that have exceptional qualities in there. If you have a pedigree and you don’t recognize anybody in it, maybe it is not a great pedigree. The reason you don’t recognize anybody is because they didn’t have any exceptional qualities that they passed on to anybody else.”
That sort of evaluation is necessary so that a breeder can know when to sell. Here, Kiesner says, honesty again is important, especially when finances are a factor. If a horse’s quality does not qualify it as potentially highend, its owner needs to identify an appropriate job for it. The meter will be running on its care and training as it grows up, and holding out for an unrealistic sale doesn’t enhance the breeder/ owner’s experience.
Fast forward one year, and the foal has arrived. Now what? “Evaluate it to know whether you’re getting what you want,” he says. “When it’s 3 weeks/3 months/3 years (and a lot in between) you’ll know if it’s nice. Part of it is knowing what different bloodlines look like at different ages. For example, I can tell you that Afires Heir babies don’t look as beautiful when they are yearlings as they do later on; there will be people who are fooled and think, ‘oh shoot, this isn’t quite as attractive as I want’— but if the foals look great when they are 3 weeks old or a couple of months old, they almost always come back to it. On the other hand, there are some bloodlines that are beautiful babies, and then when they grow up, you think,
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“A $5,000 to $10,000 horse is in a different market [from what we work in],” Kiesner says. “People don’t come to us for that level of horse. It makes no sense for us to try to market that kind of horse, because we’d be behind in a few months. So, we work with two trainers in our area who do a good job in that area; those are the people who are at his or her barn all day, every day. They will take a horse and when they sell it, give us a percentage, and it works for us because we didn’t put a lot of money into the horse. The key is knowing what you have and marketing it to the right people.”
Dan and Maureen Grossman
Stone Ridge Arabians Bloomington, Ind. _____________________________________________________________ In their more than three decades in Arabians, Dan and Maureen Grossman have owned some of the breed’s top stallions, including Bey Shah and DA Valentino. Longtime breeders, they also have marketed both stock that they have bred and breedings to the stallions they owned. Considering the whole business of successful marketing, Maureen first puts it in the context of the Arabian
horse experience, and then advocates a sound and intelligent business plan. “One, enjoy the ‘ride,’” Grossman says. “The horse industry is diverse. There are so many people to enjoy. There are so many events to participate in. The more you take part, the more success you will have. “Two, marketing a particular horse: we have had great success with marketing stallions and the sale of breedings. Each horse was different, so each plan was extremely different. Each horse had a team that was put together comprised of a trainer, breeding manager, and owner who were all fantastic and focused on the goal. Persistence and determination was the path, and everyone was on board. A lot of thought went into each stallion to create a great plan.” Can she offer examples? Sure. “With Bey Shah, we sold a small number of multiple breeding packages. His book was closed except to these new package owners. Bey Shah was older, so this worked perfectly. And with DA Valentino—a young sprite just winning his first
Dan and Maureen Grossman
national championship—we sold inexpensive single breedings that were re-sellable. This offer was very popular and put him on his way.”
Two other themes recurred in our respondents’ answers which bear repeating. One was that if
prospective breeders want to breed for the show ring, then it goes without saying that they will study the divisions that interest them to make sure they know what type of horses are winning there.
And there was a second, most important, understanding to keep in mind. “A lot of people love to
make the [breeding] decisions,” said one advisor. “It’s all part of the excitement. You just need to
make sure you talk to enough people to do your homework, and get some advice. Use it if you want and don’t if you don’t—but remember, once you’ve bred foals, you’re responsible for them. That’s no small thing. You have to feed them and take care of them until you find them a good home.” ■
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Why Every Rider Should Practice
Yoga by LINDSAY SMITH
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As riders, we constantly seek to develop and improve our ability to communicate physically and emotionally with our equestrian partners. The task at hand is challenging enough, but when you add the butterflies and nerves that many of us take into the show ring, the seemingly simple act of riding a horse can seem downright overwhelming and often humbling. Bending our bodies to the proper position, communicating clearly with our mounts, conquering our nerves and our doubtsâ€”it can seem a physical and mental gauntlet. However, these hurdles that stand in the way of our best rides can be minimized through simple exercises designed to properly prepare the mind and body for the unique challenges of the show ring. By weaving a combination of yoga postures into this relationship, an internal shift toward stillness, quieting of the mind, and a heightened body awareness is achieved. This builds a strong foundation for a more balanced rider and horse partnership.
Yoga is a dynamic marriage between fluidity and strength. When the physical aspect of yoga is combined with breathing exercises, you remain present, find a deeper seat and move in sync with your horse. A rider who is balanced in mind, body, and spirit will instill confidence, symmetry, and focus in their horse. Dedicating a few minutes to key yoga exercises can help open your muscles, improve balance, and focus your mind before your ride. Imagine how tight and stiff your muscles would be if you began a marathon without proper stretching and preparation. Why would riding be any different? The body needs to be prepared for what lies ahead. Riders who take the time to prepare via a pre-ride yoga routine, both mentally and physically, show significant improvement in both the work arena and show ring. They are more focused, relaxed, flexible, and comfortable in the saddle.
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As herd animals, our horses look to us for guidance, support, and a sense of safety. They mirror our emotions and are directly affected by our reactions. Keeping a calm mind and body directly translates to a calmer horse. The next time you’re on your horse, take a deep breath in and completely relax as you exhale. Notice how quickly your horse follows suit. To identify the physical aspect, engage your abdominal muscles to balance and collect him slightly and observe his centerline lift and shorten.
In addition to a calm mindset and sharp focus, riders also need a great sense of body awareness and core strength, which leads to balance. While yoga postures can strengthen and stretch the entire body, I find one of its greatest gifts is in searching out imbalances, tight or instable spots. These all may translate into their riding. This allows the rider to feel where their body is going without having to look, making reaction times quicker, and cues more accurate and quiet.
Furthermore, strength and flexibility go hand-in-hand. Without flexibility, too much strength can lead to stiffness and bracing. Flexibility without strength can lead to an absence of stability and lead to injuries. Our horses feel tension through the saddle and it directly impacts their performance. A consistent yoga routine harmonizes your strength, flexibility and focus.
It is no wonder why pairing two ancient practices— horsemanship and yoga—creates an unstoppable force. Over the next few months, we’ll take a deeper look at yoga postures that will warm you up, cool you down, help you maintain riding stability when you’re away from the barn, and keep you in the mental game.
Lindsay Smith, e-RYT 500, is a certif ied Yoga Tune Up® instructor, YogaWorks 500-Hour Yoga Teacher and physical therapy assistant who specializes in teaching yoga to professional and Olympic athletes. Lindsay’s unique approach to yoga infuses sport-specif ic poses, anatomical awareness, and invigorating breath work. She has coached some of the best athletes in their f ields from the high school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic levels. Working directly with coaching staff, Lindsay’s approach to yoga provides every athlete the opportunity to maximize their performance in their position, and longevity in their sport. Although athletes are Lindsay’s specialty, she also works with individuals of all ages and abilities using her skills and unique point of view to customize an appropriate set of postures to surpass your goals. www.RAWSportsYoga.com Photos by Ray Lundrigan.
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Things You Don’t Know About Me … Jason Krohn
1. The first horse I ever rode or handled was … RIO, Crystal and Cotton McNutt’s old show horse they showed western as youth riders. I rode him for years, and believe it or not, I showed him hunter. One Sunday afternoon, I decided I wanted this little white hunter horse to drive. I had watched dad hook them to the sled and ride it behind them like a surfboard all around the farm. So, I took old RIO and hooked him to the sled and away I went. I went blazing across the front yard and dad came flying out of the house. I turned around and went back to him and after he picked his jaw up off the ground he said, “Well, looks like you did a good job. BUT next time, you should use BLINDERS!” That was my first horse I ever trained by myself when I was 9 years old. 2. My happiest moment with a horse was … in 2009 when I won my
first professional national championship. I was unanimous in the Half-Arabian Country Junior Horse with KRA I’m On Fire.
3. The first ribbon I ever won was … in showmanship or something first,
but the first riding ribbon I won was on Toskafire (the original). It was in 1994, back when you didn’t have to qualify for walk-trot. A customer offered the ride to me halfway through the show in OKC and I didn’t even have a suit to wear. So, Joel Gangi took me in and lent me an old suit of David Heard’s that didn’t remotely fit. But I squeezed into it—the pants were 4 inches too short along with the sleeves— and dad threw me on and I was national champion walk-trot.
4. My first influence in the horse industry was … my dad, Blake Krohn. 5. The first breed of horse involved with was … Arabians. 6. The age I got involved with horses was … 5 years old. They couldn’t keep me out of the barn! 7. The first thing I do when I get to the barn is … head straight for the office. Then coffee, email, and phone
calls that I have missed due to my lack of being an early riser. I do that until the guys finish chores and are ready for me.
8. The last thing I do when I leave the barn is … check the horses and turn off the lights. I can never seem to finish before 8 o’clock, so I am always one of the last ones there.
9. The greatest horse I’ve ever ridden is … gosh, that’s a hard one. I have had the honor of riding absolutely amazing horses, but if I had to say one, it would probably be CSP Hennessy. He is Mr. Perfect and really never ever has a bad day. He is perfect every time you pull him out of the stall. 10. The most gratifying part of my job is … having the most amazing job in the whole world—I mean, the best.
The most gratifying part of my job is making people’s dreams come true. Whether it’s finding the right horse or winning a national championship for the first time and everything in between. The joy that this breed brings people is amazing. I’m just proud to be a part of it.
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11. My favorite restaurant is … Bertie’s. It’s a hole in the wall family diner that I visit every day for lunch. I drag
my customers there regularly.
12. My favorite non-horse hobby is … two things: I love to golf and I love to snow ski. I do them as often as I can. 13. My favorite genre of movie is … comedy—who doesn’t like a good laugh? 14. When someone asks me, why Arabians, I say … Arabians are the best breed there is. They are some of the
most athletic and intelligent horses around. I also tell them that my Arabian horse family is the most amazing group of people I know.
15. My favorite division to show in is … English, of course, but I love a good park horse as well. 16. In my free time, I like to … spend time with the boys playing golf. It seems like free time is getting less and less, but the boys consist of Josh Quintus, Ross Tarkington, and Jim White. And if we’re lucky, the good ol’ Bob Nash. We get together at least once a month, if not every other week, to play golf, drink beer, and lie to each other about how good we are! 17. Horses have taught me … so much. Patience, integrity, and how to listen to them. Through training these great animals, they have helped me become a better trainer.
18. My top vacation spot is … between Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Breckinridge, Colorado; but if I had to choose one, I would totally take skiing.
19. Few foods make me happier than ... Bertie’s taco salad (also known as the “Krohn special”) and a good bowl of cereal!
20. Without horses, I would be … a ski-bum somewhere teaching ski school and ripping up the mountain. But
seriously, without horses, I would be doing something that I didn’t love with all my heart.
21. The piece of tack or equipment that I can’t live without is … my three-point pressure schooling bit. It has allowed me to get so much more out of my horses.
22. My childhood dream job was … my dreams come true; to train Arabian horses just like my dad from as far back as I can remember. That has always been my dream. 23. My favorite breeding bloodline is … the old Bask bloodlines. Mares and stallions that were line bred to Bask are some of the most trainable and talented horses our breed has ever seen.
24. My biggest pet peeve is … everything and anything that is not done my way. I’m a total control freak. Seriously, I’m wound like a top!
25. The most influential person in my life is …my dad. He is such a great teacher. He would let me be
hardheaded and do it wrong and then he would show me how to do it right. He taught me to be firm, but kind with the horses. He would let me fall flat on my face and then he would pick me up and ask me what I learned. He handed me a business that he built from the ground up all by himself. Without him, I would have, and be nothing. He gave me the best horses even when I wasn’t ready and then showed me how to fix them after. He is the greatest man I have ever known. If I could be half the man he is, I would be doing great. He’s my best friend and I owe every bit of who I am to him.
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with Greg Knowles
10. Hitting me in the head with the whip while I’m judging your horse in center ring is probably not going to get you a better placing.
9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
Drama is over the top and always gives me the feeling like we need to hurry or a fire is going to break out. Too much drama for the sake of the judge is never going to get you a better placing. Calling me and asking how my vacation was will probably not get you a better placing. If an amateur is showing in center ring, and they have a famous trainer, leaning into the ring so I know for sure the horse and amateur is with him is probably not going to get you a better placing. The ‘whoa’ handler tends to not help his cause. He who yells ‘whoa’ every two seconds and is way too nervous is probably not going to get a better placing. I had one guy who always wanted to be funny in center ring, like a stand-up comedian. First, he wasn’t that funny, and second, I always felt he wasn’t very serious about showing horses. Probably not going to get a better placing. Sometimes handlers don’t seem to understand that when a judge asks them to trot away, the judge wants to see how the horse tracks from behind. Galloping away crooked probably is not going to get you a better placing. I had one guy, a well-known trainer, walk up to me with an average horse and with a very apologizing demeanor say, “It’s ok, this is a rental.” Probably not going to get a better placing. Having the owner leaning over the rail and drawing a knife across their throat, like a threat, is probably not going to get you a better placing. When I’m walking the line in final review at an important international show, don’t beg. Yelling to me, “Come on Greggie, I really need this,” is probably not going to get you a better placing. I like a great, calm, professional presentation where the horse is in great condition and does everything that the handler asks the horse to do. Every move a handler makes in the arena with his horse is to allow the judge to judge the horse the best he can. As far as the handler, he should try not to even be noticed. After all, it is the horse that is being adjudicated. n
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August 2-3, 2014, Varian Arabians Diamond Jubilee, Celebrating 60 Years, Arroyo Grande, California. Contact: 805-489-5802.
May 6-10, 2014, Region 12 Championship, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. May 9, 2014, Region 6 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact Deanne Allen, 402-540-1763. May 9-11, 2014, Pacific Slope Championship, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. May 9-11, 2014, Region 4 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 17-18, 2014, Region 8 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 25, 2014, Region 1 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Temecula, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. May 28-31, 2014, Region 9 Championship, Ft. Worth, Texas. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 28-June 1, 2014, Region 11 Dressage, Hunter/Jumper & Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Region 11. May 29-June 1, 2014, Region 1 Championship, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. May 31, 2014, Region 4 Dressage 4th Level & Up Offsite Championship, Auburn, Washington. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037.
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May 31-June 1, 2014, Region 5 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. June 5-7, 2014, Region 8 Championship, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 8, 2014, Region 14 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Aiken, South Carolina. Contact: Lynn Daniel-Glover, 478-955-3030. June 11-15, 2014, Region 10 Championship, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 13, 2014, Region 10 55-Mile Endurance Championship Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, ] 507-545-9937. June 14, 2014, Region 1 50-Mile Endurance Championship Ride, Descanso, California. Contact: Jennifer Bishop, 760-518-7065. June 14, 2014, Region 10 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9937. June 14-15, 2014, Region 13 Dressage/ Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburg, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 18-22, 2014, Region 13 Championship, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 20-22, 2014, Region 2 Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 20-22, 2014, Western Canadian Breeders Championship, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Sproule, 306-752-4240. June 21-22, 2014, Region 10 Sport Horse/Dressage Offsite Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 24-28, 2014, Region 4 Championship, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 26-29, 2014, Region 14 Championship, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 28, 2014, Region 18, 100-Mile Endurance Championship Ride, Finch, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Laila Forget, 613-294-0105. June 28-29, 2014, Region 3 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706.
July 3-5, 2014, Region 6 Championship, Douglas, Wyoming. Contact: Claude Clark, 406-388-3364. July 3-6, 2014, Region 11 Championship Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Dave Waggoner, 309-338-5128. July 3-6, 2014, Region 15 Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. July 8-12, 2014, Region 3 Championship, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 8-12, 2014, Region 5 Championship, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. July 9-12, 2014, Region 16 Championship, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. July 17, 2014, Eastern Canadian Breeders Championship, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-483-2239. July 18-19, 2014, Region 18 Championship, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-483-2239. July 21-26, 2014, Region 17 Championship, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. August 1-3, 2014, East Coast Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Pamela McDermott, 770-728-4383.
SHOWS MAY May 1-4, 2014, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. May 1-4, 2014, Michigan All Arab A, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 2-4, 2014, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Corning, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 2-4, 2014, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. May 2-4, 2014, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 2-4, 2014, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. May 2-5, 2014, Michigan All Arabian, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293.
Calendar Of Events
May 4, 2014, Eagle Mtn. Ranch Dessage One Day Show, Arlington, Washington. Contact: Rae Ann Clark, 425-308-0828. May 8-11, 2014, AHASFV 51st Annual Show A and B, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 8-11, 2014, AHABC Classic A and B, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Sandra Mann, 604-532-8766. May 8-11, 2014, Treasure Valley Classic, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 8-11, 2014, Great Plains Arab Classic A and B, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. May 9-11, 2014, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753. May 9-11, 2014, SAHIBA Arab Spring Show, Frankfort, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 9-11, 2014, Hudson Valley Arabian, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 10-11, 2014, Milestone Spring Show, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Smith, 905-854-0762. May 14-16, 2014, Zia Classic A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 15-18, 2014, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 15-18, 2014, AHACO Arab Show A and B, Eugene, Oregon. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. May 15-18, 2014, NYS Horse Breeders Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-695-1332. May 16-18, 2014, ARK Arab Victory Challenge A and B, Texarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. May 16-18, 2014, NJ HAHA A and B, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 16-18, 2014, Parkland Spring Show I, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. May 17, 2014, Utah AHC May Madness One Day Show, South Jordan, Utah. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. May 17-18, 2014, Northern Minnesota Arab Horse Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Janice Barington, 320-587-5825.
May 18-19, 2014, Parkland Spring Show II, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. May 22-25, 2014, Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 23-25, 2014, IEAHC Memorial Day Classic A and B, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Lois Rice, 509-291-3413. May 23-25, 2014, CAHC Spring Show A and B, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. May 23-25, 2014, Spindletop Spring Arab A and B, Katy, Texas. Contact: Charlene Lynch, 214-403-0460. May 23-25, 2014, The Badger Classic, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753. May 23-25, 2014, AHC Of CT Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 24, 2014, MAHA Spring Show I One Day Show B, Billings, Montana. Contact: Becky Mcallister, 406-861-4929. May 25, 2014, MAHA Spring Show II One Day Show B, Billings, Montana. Contact: Becky Mcallister, 406-861-4929. May 24-25, 2014, Road Runner Sport Horse Show I, Tucson, Arizona. Contact: Rosemary Gordon Panuco, 520-797-6921. May 24-25, 2014, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Region 11. May 28-29, 2014, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. May 28-June 1, 2014, Desert Wine Horse Show, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Vleonica Roberts, 702-721-6610. May 28-June 1, 2014, Illinois/Arab Inc. All Arab Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Region 11. May 29, 2014, Showtime 18 One Day Show, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 29-30, 2014, Arabian Sport Horse Celebration, Auburn, Washington. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. May 30, 2014, Aurora 他 Qualifier A and B, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. May 30-June 1, 2014, Showtime 2014, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 30-June 1, 2014, VAHA At The Meadow Show, Doswell, Virginia. Contact: Robin Lohnes, 540-347-2975.
May 30-June 1, 2014, Aurora Arabian Show, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. May 31-June 1, 2014, NC PAHA Arab A and B, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. May 31-June 1, 2014, Comstock Spring Fiesta A and B, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Shannon Johnson, 775-750-0237. JUNE June 2-7, 2014, Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: www.pyramidsociety.org June 4, 2014, AHA Region 8 Lead-In Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 5-8, 2014, WA Midsummer Classic A and B, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Bonny Braden, 425-338-1431. June 6-8, 2014, Gold Coast Classic, Watsonville, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. June 6-8, 2014, The Alberta Classic A and B, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Aldona Tracey, 780-986-6731. June 6-8, 2014, Palmetto Sport Horse Classic, Aiken, South Carolina. Contact: Lynn Daniel-Glover, 478-955-3030. June 6-8, 2014, Eastern Classic, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907. June 6-8, 2014, The Alberta Classic A, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Aldona Tracey, 780-986-6731. June 7-8, 2014, Medallion I A and II B, Wilmington, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 10-11, 2014, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 10-14, 2014, Midwest Charity, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Cheryl Rangel, 847-537-4743. June 12-14, 2014, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 13-15, 2014, NJ HAHA Classic, Allentown, New Jersey. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 18-19, 2014, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 18-22, 2014, Region 13 Pre-Show A and B, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039.
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June 20-21, 2014, Region 12 Youth Jamboree, Pendleton, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. June 21, 2014, Summer Salsa Sport Horse One Day Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6823. June 21, 2014, Summer Salsa Dressage One Day Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6823. June 21-23, 2014, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 22, 2014, Summer Salsa One Day Show A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6823. June 25, 2014, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 26-27, 2014, Pacific Coast Arabian Sport Horse Classic, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706. June 26-28, 2014, AHANE 60th ‘Big Money” Arab Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. June 27-29, 2014, Pennsylvania Arab Junior Amateur Games, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836.
July 12, 2014, Show Your Horse Sport Horse Challenge One Day Show, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Nannet Read, 352-278-2004. July 12-13, 2014, Road Runner Sport Horse Show II, Tucson, Arizona. Contact: Rosemary Gordon Panuco, 520-797-6921. July 12-13, 2014, OVAHA Summer Sizzler IA and II B, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. July 12-13, 2014, Sunrise Summer Classic, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact: Dawn Browm, 506-433-5725. July 17, 2014, Region 18 Last Chance, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-483-2239. July 17-19, 2014, Working Western Celebration, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Sandy Woerle, 651-288-4330. July 31, 2014, Eastern Arab Horse Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Pamela McDermott, 770-728-4383. July 31-August 2, 2014, Missouri State Fair, Sedalla, Missouri. Contact: Lenard, Davenport, 417-888-0686. July 31-August 3, 2014, NRHA Fall Futurity (Arabian and H/A 4-year-old Futurity), St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Sandy Woerle, 651-288-4330.
JULY July 2, 2014, Region 6 Pre-One Day Show, Douglas, Wyoming. Contact: Becky McAllister, 406-861-4929. July 2, 2014, Region 11 Pre-Show A and B, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. July 2, 2014, Region 15 Pre-Show, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. July 4-5, 2014, CAHC Northern Div. Estes Park One Day Show I and II, Estes Park, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. July 6-8, 2014, Region 3 Last Chance Qualifying Show, Reno Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 7, 2014, Region 5 Pre-Show, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. July 9, 2014, Region 16 Hunter Jumper Qualifier, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. July 10-13, 2014, Great Arabian Get Together, Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Contact: Leesa Berhow, 715-294-3092.
AUGUST August 1-3, 2014, WAHA August Show, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Jan Lerud, 715-488-2834. August 2-3, 2014, Daffodil Arab Summer Show, Puyallup, Washington. Contact: Linsey O’Donnell, 253-988-4265. August 8-10, 2014, GAHA Summer Classic, Conyers, Georgia. Contact: Jean Buddin, 228-826-1486. August 9-10, 2014, Arabians In Motion Sport Horse Classic, Lake Oswego, Oregon. Contact: Amanda Howell, 503-639-0249. August 9, 2014, Southern Cross Cutting Summer Spectacular One Day Show, Foster, Oklahoma. Contact: Kristina Garland, 940-580-0383. August 15-17, 2014, Erie County Fair, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Charlotte Jatnes, 607-546-7373. August 16-17, 2014, AHAM Summer One Day Show I and II, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Sara Ressler, 248-922-0148. August 22-24, 2014, Heritage Arabian Classic I A and B, Wakefield, Virginia. Contact: Marie Taylor, 804-314-5216.
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August 23-24, 2014, OHAHA Fall Show A and B, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. August 24, 2014, ASAAD Summer Fun One Day Show, Valparaiso, Indiana. Contact: Melanie Schuhmacher Forbes, 219-671-2461. August 28-September 1, 2014, Iowa Fall Classic, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. August 29-31, 2014, WMAHA Fall Classic, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. August 29-31, 2014, Silver Spur All Arab, Hamburg, New York. Contact: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907. August 30, 2014, CAHC Southern Div. One Day Show @ Latigo, Elbert, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261.
ENDURANCE/ COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE
May 2, 2014, Biltmore Challenge 30and 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. May 3, 2014, Biltmore Challenge 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. May 3, 2014, MNDRA I 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Orrock, Minnesota. Contact: Theresa Meyer, 763-753-5236. May 3-4, 2014, MNDRA I 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Orrock, Minnesota. Contact: Theresa Meyer, 763-753-5236. May 3-4, 2014, White River 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, White Cloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. May 17, 2014, Region 6 50-Mile Endurance Ride Championship, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891. May 17, 2014, Canyon Ferry Lake 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891. May 17-18, 2014, Indy Run 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, Norman, Indiana. Contact: Cindy Young, 502-477-6449. May 18, 2014, Region 6 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891. May 18, 2014, Canyon Ferry Lake 50Mile Endurance Ride, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891.
Calendar Of Events
May 19, 2014, High Desert Classic I 50Mile Endurance Ride, Fallon, Nevada. Contact: Suzanne Ford Huff, 775-783-9608. May 24, 2014, Grand Island 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Rapid River, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. May 25, 2014, NASTR 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Dayton, Nevada. Contact: Gina Hall, 775-849-0839. June 7-8, 2014, Colorado Trail 40- and 60-Mile 2-Day Competitive Trail Ride, Buffalo Creek, Colorado. Contact: Lin Ward, 303-371-6008. June 13, 2014, SE MN 30-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9937. June 14, 2014, SE MN 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Preston, Minnesota. Contact: Dianne Schmidt, 507-545-9937. June 14-15, 2014, White River 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, White Cloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. June 28-29, 2014, Region 18 Local 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, Finch, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Laila Forget, 613-294-0105. July 12, 2014, Mosquito Run 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Rogers, Minnesota. Contact: Peggy Pasillas, 651-450-7959. July 13, 2014, Mosquito Run 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Rogers, Minnesota. Contact: Peggy Pasillas, 651-450-7959. June 21-22, 2014, Hopkins Creek 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, Manton, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hmrick, 260-602-9660. July 5, 2014, AHAM 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Augusta, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660.
July 19-20, 2014, Grand Island North 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Rapid River, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. August 3-9, 2014, Shore To Shore 50-Mile Endurance Ride I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII, White Cloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. August 30, 2014, White River 55-Mile Endurance Ride, White Cloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. August 31, 2014, White River 100-Mile Endurance Ride, White Cloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660. August 31-September 1, 2014, White River 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, White Cloud, Michigan. Contact: Linda Hamrick, 260-602-9660.
July 19-26, 2014, Youth Nationals, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: AHA, 303-6966-4500. August 11-16, 2014, Canadian Nationals, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Contact: AHA, 303-6966-4500. September 24-27, 2014, Sport Horse Nationals, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: AHA, 303-6966-4500. October 17-25, 2014, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: AHA, 303-6966-4500.
*Go to â€˜www.arabianessence.com or www. ecaho.org for international shows and information.Visit www.ahtimes.com for a calendar view of these dates.
CORRECTION: On page 122 of the 3rd issue, Vol. 44, No. 10, the photo of Scottsdale Intl. Arabian Breeders Classic Senior Stallion Champion Edisson, shown by Keith Krichke for owner Stricklin Stone Intl., Inc is incorrect.
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Q Quarry Hill Farm ...................................................................................177
R R.O. Lervick Arabians ........................................................................... 176 Rider Up Equestrian Wear ................................................ 6Apparel (134) River Ridge Farm121 Rivero International ...........................................................................10, 11 Roberts, Jack & Janet .............................................................................126 Ruscitto, Lou & Carol ...........................................................................111
S Sage Performance Horses.........................................................................35 Sanders, Bert ............................................................................................75 Select Show Horses ........................................................................... 44, 45 Shea Stables ............................................................................................ 176 Shearer, Glenn H. ..................................................................................120 Show Season ........................................................................ 3Apparel (131) Sichini Training .....................................................................................125 Sitomer Family .......................................................................................124 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians ........................................................... BC Sotheby’s International Realty .................................................................77 Southern Oaks Farm ................................................................................65 Sparks Arabians ......................................................................................121 Spotz Farm .............................................................................................122 Stanley Family, The ...............................................................................116 Stone Ridge Arabians.................................................................................7 Strand’s Arabians .....................................................................................75 Stull, Karen & Olivia .....................................................................112, 113
T Ted Carson @ Butler Farms Training Center .........................................90 The Brass Ring .........................................................................................88 The Hat Lady ......................................................................................... 176 Tutto Arabi ......................................................................................148-152 Tyson Randle Reining Horses .................................................................88
V Vallejo Ranch III ......................................................................................89 Vicki Humphrey Horseback Adventures ..............................................144 Vicki Humphrey Training Center .............................................. 12, 13, 68
W Watkins Family, The..............................................................................119 Westridge Farms ......................................................................................46 Whelihan Arabians Farms .......................................................................14 Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ...........................................................177 Wood, Mike ...........................................................................................118
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