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Contents Issue 12 • Volume 44, No. 7
The Mare With A Future As Bright As Her Past
by Anne Stratton
Cover Story: Hariry Al Shaqab
by Anne Stratton
Leaders Of The Times: VJ Royal Heir
2013 U.S. And Canadian Nationals Leading Sires
Presenting The Personalities—Shirley And Charlie Watts, Halsdon Arabians, Part II
2013 U.S. Nationals—The Grand Finale Of The Arabian Show Season
Eleanor’s Arabian Farm Open Barn & Seminar
The 2013 AHA Convention
by Kara Larson
by Mary Kirkman
by Kara Larson
by Anne Stratton
204 2013 Arabian Horse Times Most Beautiful Baby Contest Winner: Taj FF
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ON THE COVER:
Hariry Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk), owned by Al Shaqab.
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AHT Barn Mascot Photo Contest Winner
AHT Victory Pass Photo Contest Winner
Amateur Spotlight: Natalie Alves
Comments From The Publisher
A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas
Calendar Of Events
Index Of Advertisers
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In the Arabian horse community, December traditionally has been a month in which many of us make our breeding decisions, so that is what has been on my mind lately. In the past few years, many of us, waiting for the market to get better, have put off breeding our mares until conditions improve, and as a result, we’re now told that breeding is down. The indicator for this, we are told, is the downward trend in registrations. For those of us who enjoy performance competition, that is scary, because the show horses of today won’t last forever and the show horses of tomorrow aren’t created overnight. If so few horses are being produced now, where will we find our performance superstars in the future? That made me think. Do the statistics tell the whole story? Yes, we all know breeding is down—but is it down as much as our numbers reflect? I’m not sure. I know a lot of people who either do not register their foals or wait until the horses are 3 years old and showing talent of some sort. Perhaps some breeders want to look as if everything they breed is successful, so they register only the good ones. Or maybe they feel that a registration fee is wasted if a horse winds up in competitions which do not require it. Countering that argument, of course, is the fact that registering a foal up to the age of 6 months costs only $100, and past the age of 2, that fee rises to $350. If you’re playing a numbers game, maybe you save enough $100 payments to absorb a few at $350. The bottom line is that the statistics can be misleading, and if some breeders are using the registration figures to make decisions that affect the supply of horses in the future, we’re in danger. What do you think? Would it help if we structured our registration fee schedule to provide stronger incentives for people to register foals soon after birth, rather than waiting until later? Should we raise the penalty substantially for late registration? Let me know your thoughts.
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A living reflection of glory. Born of the desert wind — prized by princes and pashas — he is beautiful and brave — noble and kind.
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s i r e o f T o d ay ’ s s T r o n g e s T e n g l i s h s h o w h o r s e s Proudly owned by Bill & Shirley Reilich • Standing at Kiesner Training • 865.984.5245 • www.AfiresHeir.com AEPA Enrolled Sire • Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire • MN Medallion Stallion • SCID Clear 10 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
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The Mare With A Future As Bright As Her Past
Honey’s Delight Rb by Anne Stratton
With the level of quality in the mare championship at the 2013 U.S. Nationals, the owners of the winner admit frankly that there were several entries who might have won. For Neil Braverman and Jeff and Rich Sloan, majority shareholders in Masterpiece Arabian Partnership LLC—owners of Honey’s Delight RB— that made her trophy all the sweeter. “Getting to and through her class was an extraordinary compliment to her ability,” notes Greg Gallún, who was on the lead for the victory. “Her class, in my eyes, was the toughest class of the horse show. There were four or five national, Scottsdale, or World Cup champion mares participating in that event, and Honey was kind of that new girl on the block.” The 5-year-old Honey’s Delight RB may have been a fresh face at this year’s Nationals, but her qualifications are sound. A daughter of JJ Senor Magnum, from the NV Sure Fire mare Honeymoon Flip, she was last year’s Brazilian National Champion Young Mare and champion at Region 3 this summer. Before she annexed the national championship, she prevailed in Wednesday afternoon’s preliminary for 4 and 5 Year Old Mares as well. Jeff Sloan recalls that they were alerted to the mare’s potential by Rodolfo Guzzo, who trained her in Brazil, and they followed her for several months before purchasing her at this year’s Arabian Breeders World Cup Show in Las Vegas. She was sent to Gallún to prepare for a campaign that eventually would lead her to Tulsa. 14 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
In the frenzy of excitement that followed Honey’s win, it would be forgivable to overlook her breeding credentials, but in fact, her capacity as a broodmare equals her remarkable ability in the ring. What has she produced so far? At the 2012 Brazilian Nationals, she not only won her own classes, she also won Produce Of Dam. Two of her fillies topped their preliminaries and then went first and second in the Junior Jr. Filly Championship; Esperanzza Al Ventur was the winner, with Delight’s Divah RB reserve. At this year’s All Nations Cup in Aachen, both fillies again won their classes, and Esperanzza Al Ventur went on to be named Gold Champion among Yearling Females. She capped off her year in Paris at the Salon du Cheval, where she was named Silver Champion Filly. What is impressive about the two fillies is that they are not only by different sires, but by stallions of radically different heritage. Esperanzza’s sireline traces from FA El Shawan to Marwan Al Shaqab and on to Ruminaja Ali, and offers El Shaklan and Furno Khamal as well. Delight’s Divah RB, meanwhile, is by Ajman Moniscione, which features a generous dose of *Padron blood through such standouts as WH Justice and Magnum Psyche (giving Delight’s Divah Magnum Psyche on both sides of her pedigree). Honey’s Delight RB already has proven that she is of value to the Arabian industry in the United States not only for her worth in the show ring and as a broodmare, but also because her personal charisma inspires commitment from new owners in the breed. Neil Braverman can
Jeff Sloan, Honey’s Delight RB and Neil Braverman.
testify to that: he was prominent in Quarter Horses before the Sloans interested him first in a colt named FA El Rasheem, and then in the promising young mare from Brazil. When FA El Rasheem was sold to Dubai Stud (“an iconic sale,” says Sloan), Braverman pinned his hopes on Honey’s Delight for his maiden voyage at Nationals—although, given his experience at the upper levels of another breed, he was smart enough not to expect too much too soon. And then, suddenly, he was heading for the ring, lining up for a photograph with a national champion for the most revered title in her division. The fun part is that Honey’s Delight RB is so young. Her owners realize that the world, literally, can be their playground—and they are not the only ones. An early fan of the mare is prolific breeder Larry Jerome, of Jerland Farms. “She is an incredible individual,” Jerome says, “but the biggest thing is that she transmits who she is. I think she is going to be one of those horses who is going to make an impact in the breed—and as breeders, we have to realize that we can choose all the great stallions in the world, but we have to appreciate these great matriarchs. I believe Honey and her progeny are going to be highly sought after.”
With that kind of success under their belts, the team of Braverman and Sloan is strong—and intent on continuing to make an impact on the Arabian breed. “We feel like we are a global partnership,” says Braverman of Masterpiece. Their goal now is to find more Honey’s Delights. “We are looking globally to find the best horses there are out there. We want the best of the best—not second best, but the ones that look to us like winners.” Reflecting on the story of this year’s U.S. National Champion Mare, Sloan smiles. “I’ve been privileged to be involved with some of the best horses in the world,” he says, “and one of the challenges when you have horses of that caliber is that you can have a hard time keeping them in the program; there is always someone who is willing to pay a big price for them. For me personally, one of the things that is very thrilling about Honey’s Delight is that we’ve made a commitment to keep her as a cornerstone mare for our breeding program. She will stay with us.” The Masterpiece partners share their view of the future. “This is not the end,” they promise. “It’s just the beginning. And we have no doubt that the best is yet to come.” n Volume 44, No. 7 | 15
2013 All NAtioNs Cup Gold ChAmpioN Filly, AACheN & 2013 BrAziliAN NAtioNAl ChAmpioN sired by multi-National Champion FA el shawan and out of multi-National Champion
2013 World ChAmpioNships silver ChAmpioN yeArliNG Filly, pAris
Owned by Athbah Stud • HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2013 U.S. NatioNal
2013 U.S. NatioNal ChampioN mare 4&5 Presented by Greg Gallún
Sired by *JJ Señor Magnum Out of Honeymoon FHP
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2013 National Champions
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Cover Story: Volume 44, No. 7 $7.50
by ANNE STRATTON
His name is Hariry Al Shaqab and for Qatar’s Al Shaqab, he is the heir apparent to his sire,
the legendary Marwan Al Shaqab. Adjectives like “breathtaking,” “glorious” and “historic” float in the air when Hariry is discussed. His name, which means “silk” in Arabic, was originally a tribute to his dam, White Silkk, but it also has become a true reference to his own smooth-as-silk elegance. It is hard to fault him—at 3, Hariry is undefeated in the show ring and the sire of two foals so promising that his book for 2014 nears 150 before the year even begins. “Hariry is the future of Al Shaqab,” says Mohammed Al Sulaiti, Breeding and Show Manager. “As an individual he meets our highest criteria, and we rank him equal among the most accomplished of all the Al Shaqab stallions. Ultimately, in our program, Hariry will be judged against and have to prove himself amongst the other Al Shaqab-bred and -owned Marwan sons of notoriety. However, we are convinced by our assessment and believe that Hariry holds one of the main keys to our future. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Chairman of Al Shaqab’s Board, encourages us to enable each Al Shaqab bred horse to reach their potential and we are most grateful for his dedication and support and that of the Al Shaqab staff and partners.” Hariry Al Shaqab demonstrated his potential early. As a yearling, he was named Gold Champion Colt at the Citta Di Castello Show in Italy; as a 2-year-old, he was Scottsdale Champion Junior Colt (unanimous), and at the U.S. Nationals last year, he was U.S. National Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (unanimous) and U.S. National Champion Colt. This year, showing with David Boggs, he opened at the Iowa Gold Star Futurity Show as Champion Stallion, with four ‘20’ scores from the judges. “I want the world to know how important and special this colt is,” says Boggs, who adds that showing Hariry to 2013 U.S. National Championships in Colts (unanimous) and 3-Year-Old Colts was a pleasure. “He’s one of the most perfect Arabians I’ve ever seen. He’s without question one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ horses, a ‘living bronze.’” What is it about Hariry Al Shaqab that gives him the edge in competition? “In our opinion, it is Hariry’s almost perfect conformation, his type and quality that set him apart,” says Sulaiti. “That has enabled his show ring success.” 32 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
“He combines the best of all worlds in the true sense,” Boggs confirms. “He has extreme type, true and correct conformation, and is a perfect 20 for shoulder, neck and levelness of hip and topline.” Hariry’s pedigree indicates that this is not unexpected. Marwan Al Shaqab’s across-theboard excellence is known globally, but White Silkk also played an important role. “Her quality and conformation made her, in our opinion, a suitable candidate for Marwan,” Sulaiti recalls. “As an individual, White Silkk exhibits the finest characteristics of the many national champions found in her pedigree.” And some of the breed’s best known national names reside in White Silkk’s pedigree. Her sire, Dakar El Jamaal, is a U.S. National Champion Stallion who is the son of a U.S. National
Champion Stallion (Ali Jamaal) and a Canadian National Champion and U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare (Sonoma Lady). White Silkk’s dam, KH First Prize, is by Echo Magnifficco, a U.S. National Champion Stallion. “Echo Magnifficco has one of the greatest shoulders and neck in all the world,” Boggs says. “We attribute a lot of Hariry’s shoulder and scope to him.” Then there is Marwan Al Shaqab’s heritage of national awards. His sire, Gazal Al Shaqab, is a U.S. National Reserve Champion and the grandson of dynasty-builder Ruminaja Ali, a U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt and U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion. Gazal’s dam, Kajora, was a U.S. National Champion Mare, and her sire, Kaborr, a U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion. On
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his dam’s side, Marwan offers a cross-section of national champion ancestors as well. He is the son of Little Liza Fame, a Canadian National Champion Futurity Filly and U.S. National Reserve Champion in Western Pleasure Junior Horse; she is the daughter of U.S. National Champion Stallion Fame VF, whose sire, Bey Shah, was a U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion. On her dam’s side, Little Liza Fame traces to Aza Destiny, a Canadian National Reserve Champion Stallion. At nearly every step of every generation, Marwan reflects national championship credentials.
weanling, this filly has one of the longest well-shaped necks I’ve ever seen. And she has her daddy’s big dark eyes and a lot of charisma.”
And Hariry? “He has the Marwan charisma, character, sassiness and spice—his sons and daughters are amazing show horses,” Boggs says. “Hariry is really the whole package, and he’s white. He’s got the color in fashion.”
At this time, plans call for Hariry Al Shaqab to remain in the United States. “We are very pleased with our cooperation with Midwest,” says Sulaiti, who looks forward to the coming year. “Al Shaqab expects six 2014 Hariry foals, and with frozen semen now in Qatar, he will breed the lion’s share along with some of the finest mares from Al Zobara Stud, Al Nasser Stud and Al Naif Stud.”
As importantly, Hariry Al Shaqab is proving that he can breed on. His first two foals were born this year. A colt, Akram Al Shaqab, is from the Enzo daughter QR Annah Ferrari, and a filly, Bushrah Al Shaqab, is out of World Champion Victoria II HPS, by RSD Dark Victory. “Much to our delight, both foals exhibit Hariry’s look and conformation,” Sulaiti says. “With such a diverse pedigree, we wondered how Hariry would reproduce, but these two foals have proven he is capable of breeding what he is. Like his sire, this trait will make him a reliable and, therefore, valuable breeding stallion, in our program at least.” Bushrah Al Shaqab is at Midwest. “She is exquisite,” Boggs enthuses. “I see the same attributes that I see in Hariry—a particularly short back, well laid-back shoulder, and for a
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Hariry also reflects his sire’s temperament. “At Al Shaqab, Marwan and his children are cherished for their humble and charming demeanor that is accentuated by an enthusiastic but polite zest for life,” Sulaiti offers. “Hariry is no different, and we can see that he has passed this endearing characteristic to his first two foals.”
“They’re very dedicated breeders who I’ve respected for years, and to have Midwest play a part in presenting their horses around the world is an honor and a privilege. The team from Al Shaqab are extremely supportive, they love their horses and they attend and support all the major shows. They’re great for the horse community worldwide.” For those involved with Hariry Al Shaqab, the young stallion is the gold standard. “He makes our job an experience of great pride and joy,” Boggs says. “He’s an ethereal masterpiece of an Arabian horse, and I predict he’ll be one of the all-time great Arabian sires in history.” ■
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VJ Royal Heir by Kara Larson
horses in his pedigree and create your own horse, I think VJ Royal Heir would be that horse.”
VJ Royal Heir (Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot, by El Ghazi).
With a pedigree as English as they come, VJ Royal Heir (Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot, by El Ghazi) has the line of supreme potential in the show ring. And this potential is lived up to every time the 5-year-old stallion trots into the arena. He wears his supreme line of champions and producers in every high step that he takes, in every f licker of his ears as something catches his eye, and in every championship ribbon he takes home. For proud owner Kelli Aguirre, VJ Royal Heir is a dream. “I think he IS his pedigree. I have heard from so many people how much he resembles the horses from his lineage. If you could take all the great things from the 60 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
This amalgamation of traits is the explanation behind the ease in which he performs in the show ring. Winning the 2013 Unanimous U.S. National Champion Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse, everyone in Ford Truck Arena was on Royal Heir’s team as he owned the show ring. Aguirre shares, “As I have said many times, he is perfectly conformed to do his job. He has a long, stretchy, upright neck that allows him to have so much softness and flexibility in the bridle. With a short back and extremely long legs, trotting around the ring looks effortless for him. Honestly, he doesn’t even look like he is working because all of the moving parts simply come together through years of careful breeding to enable him to be the best English horse ever bred.”
And in the breeding side of what VJ Royal Heir has to offer, Aguirre addresses what she has seen in his babies so far. “I see him in all three of the babies that I have had the pleasure of having at my farm. I think because he wears his pedigree, we are seeing in his offspring the same. All three are out of dams that have no similarities in breeding whatsoever, and yet each of the babies resembles one another. They all three have beautiful faces and big eyes and long, stretchy, shapely necks just like their father. They are big and long legged and look to be talented babies.” Beyond the aesthetics, Kelli shares, “They also all have wonderful dispositions and are extremely bright and trainable. They are people-loving horses just like Royal Heir.”
VJ Royal Heir at the 2013 Arabian Celebration Show, Joel Kiesner up.
A stallion that is proving himself in and out of the show ring, VJ Royal Heir gives Aguirre much to be proud of and look forward to, especially in terms of the excitement he inspires. “There are so many exciting things about owning this stallion that I don’t know that I can name just one. If I had to pick something, it would be people’s response to him. It’s the passionate way that they talk about him and look at him—the same way that I felt about him when I first saw him as a 3-year-old.” Kelli builds on this, saying, “You see a horse that is the most perfect horse you’ve ever seen with the neck and the size and the
short back and the beauty and charisma, and it just takes your breath away. From there, you can only hope that others will see that one day, too. Right now, sharing him with the Arabian horse world is the most exciting thing for me.” A bright stallion with a pedigree, a budding show record, and a promising breeding future, VJ Royal Heir will spend his precious time off multi-tasking in both the training and breeding realms of the Arabian industry—an industry in which he has boundless potential and, at the moment, no limits in sight. n Volume 44, No. 7 | 61
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Leading Sires 2013 U.S. AND CANADIAN NATIONALS
The following charts are ranked both on a point system and on number of winners (get). The purebred halter and performance sires are assigned points as follows: Top Ten: 5 pts.; Reserve Champion: 8 pts.; and Champion: 10 pts. A versatile horse may win in a number of different classes. Thus, a purebred stallion represented by just one son or daughter with several wins is included in the points chart, but only once in number of winners. In the Half-Arabian charts, Half-Arabian winners were all the purebred sire requires to make the list. To make the overall charts, the sire needs to have points in both halter and performance with purebred and/or Half-Arabian winners. Only championship classes were considered.
Purebred Halter Points 1. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased .......................136 2. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) .....109 3. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ...........108 4. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ...................56 5. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar)...........................48 6. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ..........................................43 7. Besson Carol (Parys El Jamaal x Classic Krystall)....................38 8. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) ............................35 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ..............35 9. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .........................31
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Winners 1. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ........................16 2. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) .............10 3. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar).............................8 4. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) .....................7 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame).........7 5. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ............................................5 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle).................5 6. Audacious PS (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious) ...........................4 7. Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey) ..............................3 Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) ....................3 Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) ....................3 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) .........3 Marhaabah (Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal) ..................3 QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams) ........................3 SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) ..............................3 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ...........................3
U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Performance
Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ......................263 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)..............................163 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) .........108 4. Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) ..................................99 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) ................88 6. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) ..................82 7. A Temptation (Tempter x A Love Song).............................78 8. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch) deceased........73 9. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ...........................68 10. Kordelas (Monogramm x Kabala) ......................................63
Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................34 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................19 3. Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) ..................................14 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ...........13 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) ...............11 6. A Temptation (Tempter x A Love Song).............................10 Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) ..................10 7. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................8 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ...........................8 8. AM Good Oldboy (AM Sea Captain x AM Tis Beverlie) ...........7 Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch) deceased ..........7
Purebred Halter & Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ......................284 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)..............................168 3. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame).....125 4. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ...........113 5. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) ................110 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .........................91 7. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ...................64 8. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar)...........................58 9. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)...............55 10. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ..........................................53
Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................35 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ................................20 3. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) ..................13 4. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) .............11 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .........................11 5. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) .............................9 6. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) .....................8 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ................8 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) .........8 7. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ............................................6 Pryme Thyme (Negatraz x Touch A Spice) .............................6
Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).............................. 117 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ......................... 92 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ......................... 56 4. Shaddofax ( Justafire DGL x R Colette) ............................... 38 5. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) ............................ 33 6. Monogramm JD (DS Major Afire x WCA Mon Cherie) ........... 30 7. Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) ....... 28 Majik Of Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lily Marlaina) ........ 28 8. Bucharest V (Huckleberry Bey x Bachista V).......................... 23 Eccentric Valentino (DA Valentino x Amelia B) .................. 23
Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).................................. 9 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ........................... 5 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased .......................... 4 4. DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ........................ 3 5. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar)............................. 2 Eccentric Valentino (DA Valentino x Amelia B) .................... 2 Gitar MF (Afire Bey V x Gitara PASB) .................................. 2 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ................................... 2 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................ 2 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle)................. 2 Majik Of Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lily Marlaina) .......... 2 Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) .............................. 2 Volume 44, No. 7 | 65
U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ......................232 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)..............................207 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic).........................106 4. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade)..................................64 5. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) .....................................51 6. What It Takes (GA N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation) ...............43 7. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ..........................41 8. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) ...............40 9. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask), deceased ..........38 10. JR Maximilian (Apollopalooza x Matariaelle Girl)...................33 LBA Lode Star (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia) .......................33
Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................28 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................24 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)...........................11 4. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) .................6 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................6 5. Krewe (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade) ....................................5 What It Takes (GA N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation) .................5 6. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) .......................................4 Justafire DGL (Afire Bey V x MC Justa Kate) .........................4 LBA Lode Star (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia) .........................4 VCP Magnifire (Afire Bey V x RY Fire Ghazi) .......................4 Vegaz (Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay) .................................4 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased............................4
Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)..............................324 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ......................237 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .......................115 4. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) .........................111 5. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ........................61 6. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song)Â ....................................59 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ..........................59 7. Jake Jamaal JCA ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) ........48 8. Bucharest V (Huckleberry Bey x Bachista V)..........................43 Shaddofax ( Justafire DGL x R Colette) ...............................43
Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................35 2 Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................25 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)...........................12 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ...........................9 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) .............................6 6. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) .......................................5 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ..........................5 7. Armani FC (Eternety x Aires Bey)......................................4 DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ........................4 Jake Jamaal JCA ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) ..........4
Purebred & Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ...................... 521 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).............................. 492 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ....................... 206 4. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ....................... 197 5. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)......................... 164 6. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ........................ 127 7. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)..... 125 8. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ........... 113 9. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) ................ 110 10. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) .............. 80
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Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................ 60 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................ 55 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ......................... 21 4. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ......................... 20 5. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)........................... 17 6. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) .......................... 14 7. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin) .................. 13 8. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) ........................... 12 9. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ............. 11 10. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) ............... 10 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) .............. 10
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Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points 1. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ........................53 2. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady)....................51 3. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) .............25 4. Audacious PS (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious) .........................24 5. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ..........................................20 NYN Hisani (Marwan Al Shaqab x NYN Imara Versace) ............20 Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) ....................20 6. Bey Jullyen ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Bey Shahs Lady).....................18 Marwan Al Magnifficoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo) 18 7. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ..............15 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) ..........................15 Spitfyre VF (TF Psymreekhe x Red Flame BRSB) ....................15
WinnersÂ 1. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady)......................8 2. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ..........................7 3. NYN Hisani (Marwan Al Shaqab x NYN Imara Versace) .............4 4. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ...............3 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ................3 Marwan Al Magnifficoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo) ...3 Spitfyre VF (TF Psymreekhe x Red Flame BRSB) ......................3 5. Audacious PS (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious) ...........................2 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ...................................2 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................2 KM Bugatti (Versace x Sanegors Lady D) ..............................2 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) ............................2 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame).........2 OFW Magic Wan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude) .........2 Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) ......................2 Volume 44, No. 7 | 69
Purebred Performance Points 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ...................... 159 2. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ......... 101 3. Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska)........................... 89 4. A Temptation (Tempter x A Love Song)............................. 81 Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra) ...................................... 81 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ......................... 65 6. DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ...................... 56 7. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) ............... 51 8. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) .................................. 48 9. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)........................... 44
Winners 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................ 10 2. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ............. 6 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) ................. 6 3. A Temptation (Tempter x A Love Song)............................... 5 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ........................... 5 4. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).................................. 4 Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska)............................. 4 DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ........................ 4 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................ 4 Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) .................................... 4 Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra) ........................................ 4
Purebred Halter & Performance Points 1. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .........................70 2. DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ......................64 3. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) ..................................53 4. Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) .................................51 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ..........................48 6. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ................................43 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ..............43 7. Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) ....................40 8. Amir Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Luz Se Fe) ...............................30 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) ..........................30 9. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) ......................................28
WinnersÂ 1. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................6 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle).................6 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ...........................6 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ..................................5 DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ........................5 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ...................................5 3. Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) ............................4 Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) ....................................4 Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) ......................4 4. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) ....................................... 3 KM Bugatti (Versace x Sanegors Lady D) ..............................3 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) .........3
Half-Arabian Halter Points 1. Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ................................. 31 2. DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ...................... 23 3. Fausto CRH (Magnum Psyche x FHF Xantal) ...................... 18 4. Regal Basque (La Basque x Gay Gazelle) ............................ 16 5. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ........................ 15 6. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) ...................................... 10 Armani FC (Eternety x Aires Bey).................................... 10 Brace ( JA Magnificat x Hililla) .......................................... 10 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ........................... 10 RS Hollywood (Odysset SC x Psyches Melody C) .................... 10 SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) ............................ 10 70 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
WinnersÂ 1. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) ........................................ 2 DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ........................ 2 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ................................... 2
Leading Sires Half-Arabian Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)..............................104 2. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ...........................97 3. Ariberry Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm)...................69 4. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) ..............................................64 5. KRA Afire Works (Afire Bey V x Princesse Cognac) ...............51 6. Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) ...................................45 7. Afires Vision (Afire Bey V x Matoskette) .............................44 8. D A Napitov (Napitok x Sun Lady) .................................43 9. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................40 10. AE Excel (Huckleberry Bey x Forever Mi Love) .......................38 Nobilistic BF (MHR Nobility x Love Of Wisdom)...................38
Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)..................................7 2. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) ................................................6 3. Ariberry Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm).....................4 KRA Afire Works (Afire Bey V x Princesse Cognac) .................4 Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic).............................4 4. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ..........................3 Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) .......................................3 D A Napitov (Napitok x Sun Lady) ...................................3 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) .............3 Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) .....................................3 Nobilistic BF (MHR Nobility x Love Of Wisdom).....................3 Pension (Matrifik x Aristo Amy) ..........................................3
Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) .............................. 112 2. Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ................................. 39 3. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) ...................................... 35 4. Brace ( JA Magnificat x Hililla) .......................................... 33 5. Armani FC (Eternety x Aires Bey).................................... 28 6. Hucksbar (Hallelujah Huck x Slow Dance) ............................ 20 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA)Â .......................... 20 7. RKA Desperados Kid (Desperado V x Katya V) ................ 15
Winners 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).................................. 8 2. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) ........................................ 3 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ................................... 3 3. Armani FC (Eternety x Aires Bey) ...................................... 2 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................ 2
Purebred & Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).............................. 155 2. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ......................... 94 3. Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) ................................. 90 4. DS Major Afire (Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia) ...................... 87 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) .......................... 68 6. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie) ...................................... 63 7. Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) .................................. 53 8. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) .............. 43 9. Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF) .................... 40 10. Brace ( JA Magnificat x Hililla) .......................................... 33
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The Most Powerful Blood ... The Most Powerful Breeding Program ... Maroon Fire Arabians& Shea Stables
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ixl Noble Expre MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi
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Presenting The Personalities
Shirley And Charlie Watts, Haldson Arabians, Part II by MARY KIRKMAN
The first thing you need to know about Shirley and Charlie Watts’ breeding program at Halsdon Arabians is that Shirley, who is its guiding force, is breeding for a good horse. Yes, her homebreds must satisfy high standards of Arabian type—no question— but also, they must be capable of holding jobs. Watts has been a horsewoman for much of her life, used to riding her horses as well as breeding them, and she knows temperament and conformation as thoroughly as beauty and type.
Last month, AHT prof iled the owners of Halsdon Arabians. This month, we take a look at its world class horses and the breeding program that has made it famous.
Unlike many people in Arabian horses today, Watts did not intend to become a breeder. She slipped into it naturally late in the 1980s, and more seriously as the 1990s got underway. It all began when an equine advisor asked if she had ever thought of having a stud farm. At the time, with her riding horses comfortably occupying a nearby “yard,” she replied, “No, actually, I haven’t. Don’t think I’d really like one.” But intrigued, she remarked on the suggestion to Charlie, and unexpectedly, he replied, “Why don’t you? It would be a good idea.” “So, we started buying and we built the stables,” she says. “I still had my own little yard, my riding horses, and I bought a couple of stallions that I put there. And I went to America, had a look around, and bought a couple of very nice mares. It just sort of went on from there.” “Went on” is an understatement; today’s Halsdon Arabians encompasses 700 acres of lush Devon countryside and is home to nearly 300 horses. “The original intent was to have 20,” Watts says dryly. “I’m not good with math.” From the start, she has pursued her vision of a horse, adding and blending bloodlines from various other programs as her knowledge grew and her taste developed. Signally, although her preferences have run closest to the Polish program—she has purchased regularly there for more than 20 years and leased stallions to the state studs—other ancestries are prominent in the program as well. Straight Egyptian, Russian and Gainey horses all play roles at Halsdon. While the pedigrees have evolved over the years, Watts’ methods have remained basically the same. “I just watch the horses and see what they produce,” she says simply. “I would say that most of the mares are Polish, so I do watch what the Poles do. I look to see what
needs to be corrected and which stallions can eradicate the weak points. It was a huge learning curve, to realize what I liked and then to see how I could achieve it, and then to search for the right horses to do it.” Her travels led her not only around Britain, but through Europe, to North America, on to South America, and eventually to Australia. “I got to see how different they were,” she says, “what they wanted in America and what you want in Europe—what they asked for.” Always, she saw not only how the horses looked, but also how they moved. Watts is straightforward in evaluating the results of the crosses she tries, and when some don’t meet expectations, she wants the foals to be able to find work as riding or driving horses outside the Arabian
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show ring. So, from both a practical and a personal standpoint, it is rare that she repeats a match several times unless it confirms its promise early on. What she is able to do that many breeders are not, is give all the foals time and space to grow up. That is helpful, she observes, because often the lines she selects do not mature quickly. The predominantly Polish foals especially take a few years to reach their potential, and there she has all the patience necessary. Establishing The Foundation: The Stallions The seeds for Halsdon Arabians as more than just a collection of Shirleyâ€™s riding and show horses were sown in 1986, when she and Charlie attended the European Championships in Ostend, H alsdon a r abians
Belgium, and were introduced to Pilarka, already a World Champion Mare (1983), and Penitent, Polish National Champion Stallion (1985). The two entries from Janów Podlaski were named champion mare and stallion that year. Immaculately grey, both Pilarka and Penitent represented the famous ‘P’ line of descendants from the broodmare Piewica, and they drew her attention to the Polish breeding program. Watts dove into educating herself, beginning with not only the Polish bloodlines, but also the stud masters’ practices. Over time, she and her husband began adopting some of the techniques at Halsdon. In particular, they noted how the youngsters, who ran together in pastures by age and gender during the day, gathered at night in barns which were vast open rooms, with feeding troughs lining the walls. Each yearling and 2-year-old knew his or her place on the wall, and trotted there for dinner before sleeping on the thick straw. (It was in looking at this that Shirley first noticed the offspring of a stallion who impressed her to no end. She couldn’t miss the quality
of Piechur’s foals, standing one after another on the wall of one of the barns.) And she studied the ‘P’ line, factoring in that although Pilarka and Penitent shared a tail female ancestry, they were different in the rest of their pedigrees; the overall concept was beauty and type, but the sources were nearly all different. Significantly, each shimmered with personality, and at the trot, they floated effortlessly over the ground with the economic grace of a truly athletic Arabian. They were the sort of horses she wanted to breed. At the time, Penitent and Pilarka were not available, but the Wattses were undeterred. In 1989, the young stallion Platoon HT was located in the Netherlands, and he became the first member of the ‘P’ family to make a contribution to Halsdon. Platoon was a mix of Polish and Russian blood, which in certain lines, with the transfer of horses surrounding World War II, was essentially the same thing. His sire, Pedent, offered a pedigree that included Palas, two crosses to Negatiw, Bandos and, through the dam line, Piewica (in short, he had enough type for an army). His dam, Padan, reflected a mix of Dutch, Russian and Polish blood that added another cross to Piewica’s dam, Wlodarka, further enforcing that influence. In 1990, flying the Halsdon banner, the 3-year-old Platoon HT was named British National Champion Junior Male. And he proved his worth right away, when his son, Mehdar, was 1994 British National Champion Junior Male, and his daughter, Hidden Charm, was the 1996 U.K. International Champion Junior Female. Next came the horse who would become Shirley’s favorite—Piechur, who was 12 when he came to Halsdon. In addition to the youngsters they first had noticed, the Wattses had been impressed by the parade of Piechur’s daughters on display at the 1990 Polish National Show (including Premiera, who was Champion Junior Filly that year). It was not long before they pursued the stallion to Weatherford Farms in Texas, where he was at the time.
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The Banat son Piechur was out of the Bandos daughter Pierzeja, who was a granddaughter of Piewica. He had compiled an excellent racing record during his initial four years in Poland, so his soundness and conformational quality were not in question, and in the United States he had proven his beauty and type as well, earning a U.S. National Top Ten in stallion halter. In his first four years at Halsdon, Piechur added an All Nationals Cup Championship, a European Reserve Championship, and titles in the U.K. and Sweden. Then he focused solely on his stud career—and his growing role as Shirley’s riding horse. He would remain her darling until his death at the age of 33. “He was a wonderful companion,” she says. “I used to ride him, and he was such a gentleman. There wasn’t a mean bone in his body.”
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He was also an outstanding sire of mares. Among his daughters was Ernestyna, who produced Ekstern, Polish Junior and Senior National Champion Stallion, and winner of the 2000 Triple Crown as a Senior Stallion (Champion at the All Nations Cup, European Championships and World Championships). “The daughters were really lovely,” Watts nods, “and what Piechur did with us was sire the most wonderful broodmares—he was a very, very important stallion.” Unfortunately, a past Halsdon manager sold many of the Piechur daughters and granddaughters without the Wattses’ realizing in time the consequences to the long-term breeding program. However, there would be more from the ‘P’ line at Halsdon, namely the stallion Pilot, a striking bay son of Fawor and a grandson of Pilarka through his dam, Polish National Champion Mare Pipi. Watts had spotted him when he was still on the track in Poland, but was unable to acquire him until the Gucci sale of 1993. He had been named Polish National Champion Junior Stallion in 1988, and in 1996, representing Halsdon, he won international championships in both the U.K. and Sweden. “He’s incredible,” says Watts. “He couldn’t be more Polish if he tried.” The Poles thought so too, leasing him twice to serve as a breeding stallion at Janów Podlaski. “You have to know what you are doing with such a strongly Kuhailan stallion,” Watts notes, and adds that she has not yet achieved the special level of beauty she loves in Pilot’s Polish foals (despite the fact that, a stunning individual himself, he has been a leading sire at the British Nationals). He has been responsible for some “terrific” horses, though, and is a reliable source of performance ability. So at the last Pride of Poland Sale, she purchased a Pilot granddaughter to introduce his attributes another way. The 4-year-old Pietra, by Eden C, was top five at the Polish Nationals as a yearling and is out of Pepina, a half-sister to 2013 U.S. National Champion Stallion Pogrom. “She’s really, really lovely to bring into the breeding program.”
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The next purchase to have an impact on the Halsdon program was the outcross stallion Simeon Sadik, by Asfour and out of the Sankt Georg daughter Simeon Safanad, purchased from Marion Richmond at Simeon Stud. The knockout black 6-year-old with the dishy, exotic face was already famous and sought after before Watts, who was accompanying Charlie on a Rolling Stones’ tour of Australia, went to check him out. She thought he was one of the most beautiful horses she’d ever seen and asked for a price. For Halsdon, he would be named Reserve Champion Stallion at the Salon du Cheval (1997), European Championships (2000), and the All Nations Cup (2000, 2003). “I don’t know if people ever knew this, but he had the most wonderful movement,” she says. “He was very smooth, and his movement was sort of rounded—he had this great lift, with spring. People used to go on about his head all the time, yet his conformation was beautiful, really beautiful. You could see the lovely body he’d give [to his foals], and of course, they mostly have his eyes and the kindness of his nature. He was a really, really sweet horse. And he was very playful.” She grins. “Some people gave it a different name, but I said he was playful.”
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She adds that in her program, on the whole, Sadik was most successful when bred to straight Egyptian mares, with the exception of one Polish mare. Where he really stood out was in his granddaughters, who play an important role in the program now. The stallion also gave her a friendship that she enjoys to this day. She laughs as she recalls an incident that happened after his purchase. “We were at a luncheon in Argentina, and the woman sitting next to me said, ‘Have you heard about these crazy people who have just paid $1 million for Simeon Sadik?’” Watts says. “And I said, ‘Yes, I have.’” Finally, in 1997, Watts purchased Gai Radiant, three times a U.S. and Canadian National top ten in western pleasure. By U.S. National Champion Stallion Gai Parada (also U.S. National Champion in Pleasure Driving), the typey grey is out of Zee Radiance, and offers a beautiful, sculptured face and a heritage of beauty and performance ability. “We had some lovely fillies by Gai Radiant,” she says. “I used him on anything that needed a bit of prettiness, which he gave.” Over the years, most of his daughters were sold, and the old stallion is now retired.
The Basics Of A Breeding Program: The Early Mares At the same time that Halsdon was assembling a world class roster of stallions, it was putting together an exceptional broodmare band as well. The results were apparent immediately: by 1994, three of six finalists at the British National Show were Halsdon-bred. In the early days, Watts searched for mares worldwide. Some of her earliest came from the United States, including LM Breathless, SF Hidden Jewel, Krona, Focus Seneca and Gai Beisha, representing a variety of bloodlines. And there was the amazing 1994 import SHF Pearlie Mae, who was selected World, European and All Nations Cup Champion Mare for Halsdon, as well as winning at a number of other shows. Some of the mares Watts purchased were unproven, credentialed by stellar pedigrees and strong physical presence, but many others came with a staggering array of national and international championships. Nowhere was this more true than in the group she acquired from Poland. In general, but not exclusively, she focused on the familiar ‘P’ line and also on Michalow’s revered ‘E’ line, which traces to the historic mare Estokada (Amurath Sahib x Saga).
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Pikieta (Probat x Platyna, by Czardasz) was already Polish National Reserve Champion Mare (1987) and World Reserve Champion Mare (1988). For Halsdon, she would continue to win awards, culminating in the 1997 title of All Nations Cup Champion Mare. Pikardia, by Alegro and out of Pilarka’s celebrated daughter Pipi, was named British National Reserve Champion Mare, but that wasn’t the reason she became of her owner’s favorites. In an Arabian Horse Times article at the time, Watts commented that Pikardia was endearing because her attitude toward life was so unfailingly positive and happy. Egina, from the ‘E’ line, was by Palas, and out of the Burkan daughter Estrada. She had been named 1986 Polish National Junior Champion Mare, and went on to earn a European Reserve Championship and All Nations Cup Reserve Championship for Halsdon, as well as championships in the U.K.
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The straight Egyptian mare Tiffaha ( Jamil x Taghreed) also came aboard. Bred by Dr. Hans Nagel, she was a European and World Champion Mare, as well as a Swiss and Israeli Champion, when she came to Halsdon in the late 1990s. And there were many others, including Ansata Justina, Ceretonia, Donia, Efebia, Egala, Eloranta, Evitaa, Imperial Imphayana, Leila, Palestryna, Persenkowka, Prymka and Passada, Rihahna, Wioleta—the list goes on. Then as now, Pilarka was always Watts’ inspiration. Appropriately, the mare did finally make it to Halsdon. On one of her earliest trips to Poland, Watts had tried to buy Pilarka, but the Poles would not part with her. In 1990 they did, however, to Paolo Gucci, for whom she was named British National Champion
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Mare and Best in Show at the age of 17 in 1992. But then she fell on hard times; Gucci’s Millfield Stud experienced financial troubles, the herd had to be rescued, and in 1997, many became available through a dispersal auction.
when she got old—she could be very imperious, and would strike at the ground if things didn’t go her way. She was just a wonderful girl.”
For Watts, it was unforgettable. “I think everybody knew we wanted her and let us bid on her,” she says. “She was down-at-heel, but she was very arrogant. She still retained her greatness, even though she’d fallen so low and looked so terrible because of bad management. When Izabella [Zawadska, one of the foremost Polish breeding specialists in the world] came to visit her, she cried when she saw her. We kept a rug on her for quite a while, but she never, ever lost her arrogance. She would look side to side to say, ‘Are you watching? Are you watching?’” Thankfully, Pilarka recovered her conditioning and lived a happy life at Halsdon. “She’d kill for chocolate,” Watts smiles. “She would shake you upside down to see what came out of your pockets! (These horses have such wonderful characters, don’t they? I could talk all night about them as people.) She developed quite stallion-like qualities
Halsdon Arabians Now Thirteen years into a new century, Halsdon has evolved with the generations of horses. Its signature cream-colored barns are covered with vines, as green as the surrounding fields. Urns of colorful flowers accent each structure’s entrance, and inside, across wide aisles, the stalls are sizeable, with bars from chest height to allow occupants to socialize with each other. Most offer windows to the outside world. Paddocks and wide, rolling pastures are home to horses that move with fluid ease, full manes flowing and tails plumed. Some of the old stalwarts are still in residence, though retired (Pilot is 26, Gai Radiant 23). Others were lost only recently: Pikieta died in March 2010 and Egina later that year. Piechur passed away in September 2012, followed by Simeon Sadik in December. And Platoon HT was lost only months ago. “It’s hard to describe what I want, but I know that now we are beginning to really get it,” Watts says. “I work very much on instinct, and of course, pedigree, what’s gone before. I like to see a pedigree that’s got beauty all the way through. There’s an awful lot of emphasis on getting an exaggerated head, and I’ve got a couple of them myself, but I wouldn’t buy one just for its head. It has to be good enough on everything else as well.”
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On the whole, her preferences are easily understandable. “I’m looking for lovely big, wide eyes, with lots of expression,” she says, “and a very graceful neck, good legs and a good body. And they really must move. They must open up their shoulder and bring their hind legs up underneath them—a horse that is going to be a good ride, you know, very forward-moving.” And there are some traits which for her would stop a mating in its tracks. “I just won’t use a weak back,” she reports. “The horse might have a beautiful head, but what would be the point? I’ve worked hard to get these good bodies.” She also breeds for temperament. “I want the typical Arabian temperament,” she says. “You know, kind and very gentle. We’ve had horses that have come here that were lunatics when they came to us, but it doesn’t take that long to get them back.” She laughs when she remembers one such head case. “He followed the same routine that the other horses have, and today, I made him a cup of tea with sugar and he lapped it up out of a teacup. Those are the moments—I love them—that are very necessary with horses.”
At present, she has several stallions on the roster at Halsdon. A glance at each pedigree reveals the tapestry of continuing influences in the program, as well as the fresh new contributions. HS Etiquette (Simeon Sadik x Etenta, by Monogramm), 1998 grey, 2005 European Champion Stallion. “He’s very, very much like his father,” Watts says. “But he has movement like you see in Ekstern and Monogramm. His conformation is perfect.” Polon (Ekstern x Pianosa, by Eukaliptus), 2005 grey stallion, bred by Janów Podlaski Stud. “He’s about to go back to Poland for the season,” Watts notes. “He’s very laid back, but just like Ekstern in his movements—you get him to trot and it’s wonderful.” Polon’s top female representatives at Halsdon now are the fillies HS Farnaz (x Farida Halsdon) and HS Pachouli (x Peczora). Preferans (HS Etiquette x Preria, by Ararat), 2005 bay stallion, bred by Janów Podlaski Stud. Watts likes what she is seeing in his foals, and she is especially enthusiastic about his dam, Preria, a Pilarka granddaughter through Pipi. “He was such a dear little chap, very sweet, very
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friendly,” she recalls of when she first got to know Preferans in Poland. “He goes from a standstill into this incredible, powerful trot. He reminds me of his grandfather, Simeon Sadik—not as exotic, but he has got his eyes. He might be out in the show ring next year.”
Lothar El Nyhl (Nyhl El Jamaal x AF Lissa, by Delmar), 1999 grey stallion, bred by Antonio Carlos Francisco. “Lothar’s had about 98 percent success getting type,” Watts says. “He’s been wonderful on the Polish mares. The mare’s beauty comes through, but he makes a very subtle difference that gives even more type in the head. He gets better as he gets older. When I first saw him, he was in the field, grazing away, and they just put a rope around his neck and led him in. He’s such a gentleman.” Today, Lothar El Nyhl is best represented in the Halsdon broodmare band by HS Baheya (x Bint Bolyvia), Dhalka Serondella (x Rezella), HS Emniya (x Emilda), HS Pavia (x Palba), HS Mademoiselle (x SHF Pearlie Mae), HS Minette (x Parys Mist), HS Petite Fleur (x Pieta), HS Portia (x Pernacja), and HS Audace (x Amra).
Lumiar Amadeus (RSD Dark Victory x CA Sabrina, by Sabal), 1990 grey stallion, bred by Baseterra Agropecuaria Ltda. He is the 1996 Brazilian Champion Stallion, 1991 Brazilian National Champion Junior Colt (unanimous), and 1999 U.S. National Top Ten Stallion. “Some of his most beautiful foals took two years to become so beautiful,” Watts offers, “but they always have had the most wonderful conformation and spirit, very fiery, like he is—he doesn’t suffer fools gladly—but with the most wonderful character. We’ve got some beautiful mares now, and without fail, he gives them a bit of athleticism and the most wonderful necks and bodies. You might not think their heads are perfect, and yet in time, some are developing into very beautiful heads, with his huge, dark eyes. Everybody is really knocked out by him. He’s just such a beautiful horse.” Lumiar Amadeus’ next generation in the Halsdon program is best seen today in his daughters HS Aurelia (x Asra Salaa), HS Divine (x La Diva HJ) and HS Sumatra (x Sweet Khassal).
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WN Star of Antigua (Monogramm x WN Antigua, by GG Samir), 2002 grey stallion, bred by Wayne Newton. “He is such a gorgeous horse—a fleabitten grey with a huge eye,” Watts says. “I saw his dam [1991 U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare and 1989 Canadian National Champion Mare WN Antigua] in America; she was very beautiful.” WN Star Of Antigua’s brightest youngsters in the Halsdon program now are HS Fifinella (x Hafati Futurista, by Lumiar Amadeus), HS Miesque (x Parys Mist), HS Pearl Star (x HS La Perle, by Lothar El Nyhl), HS Pretence (x Preria) and HS Rosamunda (HS Ramira, by Simeon Sadik), and his colt from La Diva HJ is turning heads with his upright, look-at-me attitude.
Alfabia Ajib (Phaaros x Vishar Farhana, by Cas Jabbar), 2005 grey stallion, bred by Alfabia Stud. Alfabia Ajib reinforces the longstanding Egyptian influence in the Halsdon program, offering two crosses to Ruminaja Ali in the sire line and two to Imperial Imdal through the female side. He is currently on lease to Watts. “He really does a very good job,” Watts says. “He gives enormous eyes, and I picked mares with longish necks for him. We had some lovely foals—particularly from Gelgelah Albadeia and her daughter HS Greta, who both had beautiful fillies, like twins.” Ferryt (Wachlarz x Fortissima, by Fawor), 1998 black stallion, bred by Michalow Stud. “Ferryt has the most wonderful conformation and is used here by people who appreciate lovely conformation,” Watts says. “He has lovely movement and his head is of the old fashioned type.”
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HS Alembard (*Eukaliptus x Albula), 2000 bay stallion. “We’ve had so many others, we haven’t been able to use him much,” Watts says, “but I have friends who have bred to him and been very pleased. He’s a smashing horse, with great conformation, great legs, and beautiful eyes.”
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The Broodmares Of Today As Watts states, Halsdonâ€™s broodmare collection is, for the most part, Polish-based. A thumbnail list would include, among others, Abula (*Fawor x Algeria), Andromeda (Eldon x Aneksja), Agusta (Piaff x Albigowa), Amra (*Eukaliptus x Albigowa), Baja (Pamir x Bajeczka), Biruta (Ekstern x Balada), Egna (Eukaliptus x Egzotyka), Elandra (Monogramm x Erlanda), Elgina (Ekstern x Egina), Entima (Ekstern x Etalanta), Etnologia, Grobla (Wachlarz x Gryzetka); Hekla (Premo x Harpia), Pampa (Gazal x Palestryna), Peczora (Emigrant x Permiera), Pernacja (Ekstern x Pertubacja), Pieta (Gazal x Pilar), Pinta (Ekstern x Pilar), Preria (Ararat x Pipi) and Sarbia (Ekstern x Samura). But there are many others as well, some doing outstanding jobs. World Champion Gelgelah Albadeia (Imperial Madori x Anhar Albadeia) represents the Egyptian influence, and the daughters of Simeon Sadik also figure strongly in the array of Halsdon-bred mares in the program now. A selection of those includes:
HS Bellisima (Simeon Sadik x Baija), 1999 British National Junior Female Champion HS Cinderella (Simeon Sadik x Ceratonia), 2004 European Reserve Champion Yearling Filly HS Greta (Simeon Sadik x Gelgelah Albadeia) HS Ramira (Simeon Sadik x Rihahna), 2004 World Reserve Champion Filly HS Talullah (Simeon Sadik x MA Tatia), dam of HS Tann, one of the top filly prospects for the future, by Al Adeed Al Shaqab HS Tessa (Simeon Sadik x Lumiar Tosca) HS Divine (Lumiar Amadeus x La Diva) HS Jessenia (Lothar El Nyhl x SF Hidden Jewel) HS La Perle (Lothar El Nyhl x SHF Pearlie Mae) HS Shadiyah (Lothar El Nyhl x Shadra NA) Dhalka Serondella (Lothar El Nyhl x Rezella, by Amal) HS Empress (FT Wuotan x Egna)
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With a herd that large, Watts does not comment on every mare, but she cannot help bubbling with observations as various names are ticked off through the lists. “Abula is a daughter of [the legendary] Algeria,” she notes. “She was a Polish National Champion Mare, and is very Kuhailan—beautiful Kuhailan. She is very strong, just like Algeria. I liked hearing the stories of Algeria, how the mares would all rush out to the field and then wait to let her go first. They always wanted her to lead. “And Jessenia—I would say she is one of our best broodmares,” she continues. “Whichever stallion we bred her to, whether we got a colt or a filly, she would produce something that was useful. They were either pretty enough to show, or they would be in endurance or racing. She is lovely. “And Sarbia—she’s a black bombshell!” Watts laughs. “She’s wonderful—she’s such a trotting machine—she loves it. She’s so charming, it’s like ‘I don’t know when to stop.’ She is very elegant. She just needs to get a bit older; you can’t push them.”
Four mares, known as the farm’s “four roses,” always will stand out for their ethereal elegance. Emilda (Pamir x Emanacja, by *Eukaliptus), bred by Michalow Stud, was a Polish National Champion Junior Mare and twice Polish National Reserve Champion Mare. Maesta (Partner x Maskotka, by *Bandos), bred at Bialka Stud, was named 1999 British National Champion Senior Mare and Supreme Overall Champion. Due to an injury, she cannot breed, but her sheer Arabian type and presence are symbolic of Watts’ standards. SHF Pearlie Mae, one of Watts’ early stars, remains luminous even in her later years, and she has left a filly to take her place: HS La Perle, by Lothar El Nyhl. And Shadra NA is an *El Shaklan-bred mare who is the dam of HS Shadiyah, by Lothar El Nyhl— another light for the future. Then there are the show horses, most notably at present Etnologia (Gazal Al Shaqab x Etalanta, by Europejczyk), Silver Champion Mare at the 2013 All Nations Cup and top ten at this year’s Salon du Cheval; and Alfabia Akiabara (ZT Marwteyn x ZT Ludbectra, by Ludjin El Jamaal), a 2-year-old who was Silver Champion Junior Filly at the All Nations Cup this year.
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Into The Future Watts smiles when she reflects on the number of horses at Halsdon. In the beginning, she avoided being a breeder because she knew she would not want to sell what she bred. She has gotten over that, she says. Sort of. She still wants to secure the best future possible for every Halsdon horse. “I don’t really have a problem with selling the horses that are going on to do some discipline,” she offers, “because there are riders, endurance riders especially, who generally keep a horse all its life. They usually want just one or two, because they put a lot of effort and money into it. I always get them to ride the horse, and if that horse doesn’t go well for them, I suggest another one. The horses are part of our family and we put a lot of effort into making them as well-behaved as possible, so why should they go to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing?” Over the years, horses sold from the Halsdon program have compiled an enviable record in an array of professions. Of late, Halsdon’s representation in the Arabian main show ring has been somewhat limited as new crops of homebred foals are growing up; the farm’s headliners have been purchased from other breeders. Watts observes that that will probably change soon, as her youngsters mature: it is time to reintroduce other breeders to the Halsdon program. That does not mean she will run a show barn, however. She prefers to entrust her candidates to Tom and Glenn Schoukens at Schoukens Training Center in Belgium. “I think they’re very good,” she observes. “I’ve been to their place, and they have a really good team of young people. They know their jobs.”
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Now and in the future, though, the guiding principle at Halsdon Arabians is not the show ring, fame or fortune. It is about the human relationships with the horse—the Arabian horse. Watts reflects on some of the horses who have come to the farm over the years, and how life at Halsdon has calmed them, given them a day-to-day pleasure that has become apparent in their trusting personalities. “It’s not rocket science, is it?” she smiles. She remembers the one who loves to slurp tea from her teacup. “They feel the love and kindness that you feel. And I love horses.” ■
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2013 U.S. Nationals—
The Grand Finale Of The Arabian Show Season by KARA LARSON
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t the 47th annual U.S. Nationals, new ideas, premier horses, exciting classes, and growing support turned the show into a positive and unique event. Standing as one of the biggest and certainly one of the most important Arabian shows of the year, U.S. Nationals delivered on past promises and future potential as the best of the Arabian show industry came together in Tulsa at the end of October. With numbers reaching nearly 2,000 horses, the show brought together Arabian horses, trainers, amateurs, owners, and breeders from all around the world to appreciate and compete for a national championship. With this high prize on the line, everyone brought their top show string, their game face, and most importantly, an excitement and anticipation unique to this end of the year “last chance” horse show. Show Chairman Bill Hughes offers his take on what made this year’s U.S. a step in the right direction for the show. “I think my main takeaway was that it was an excellent show. I can’t understate the fact that I think it just had a whole different feel to it. It’s becoming more of an event, rather than just a horse show. We’re a positive group and we’ve got some good people on our side. This year, the professionals worked hard, the decorations were great, and the new backdrop in Ford Arena really sped up the presentations while still offering a wonderful place to showcase those horses and their wins.” Bill continues, “There were a lot of things that the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund people did that helped. We had an event on Wednesday night where we showcased private treaty horses and we had stallion stations and I’ll tell you, it was packed. People had a nice party and I understand that a lot of horses were sold. We also had the new feature of ranch sorting and we expect about 20 teams ended up with, I think, 46 or 47, which is very exciting.” As these new events and many more changes broke the show out of its mold, the Arabian horse remained at the core of the show’s concern while the people worked hard and played hard. And as positivity and an upbeat attitude spread throughout the Tulsa fairgrounds, a new chapter began in the grand novel of the Arabian horse. So, in an attempt to summarize the magnificent marathon that is U.S. Nationals, the upcoming pages chronicle the defining moments of the show, the perspective of a few judges, the charitable efforts of the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, and a few wins that made this year’s U.S. a truly special one.
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Another major breeder of today, Frank Chisholm of Palmetto Arabians, offers his take on breeding in reference to U.S. Nationals. “We think of U.S. as our litmus test to measure how well our breeding program is doing. If you’ve got horses that are going to nationals and performing well, it’s really a good indicator of how successful your breeding decisions are and whether you have a good breeding stallion. Based on how things went this year, we’re pretty pleased with where we are.” Of his favorite win of Sundance Kid V’s get, this honor awarded to the Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity champion PA Lillith (Possesion PGA x Lily Dancer V) with Stanley White III up, Frank states, “Lily Dancer V is one of Sundance’s daughters and Lillith was one of our favorites coming up. So, at the show this year, we went over to congratulate Stanley and the owners, and Stanley informed us that it was the first national championship of his career. I was stunned to hear that because I’ve seen him in the winner’s circle so many times, and Stanley and Stanley White Jr. have always been really big supporters of ours, so it meant an awful lot to us that Stanley had won his first national championship on one of our horses.”
Stanley White III and PA Lillith.
BACK TO THE BEGINNING Before we jump into the coverage of this finale event, one influential group of Arabian horse enthusiasts must be offered the gratitude they have afforded themselves. Without our loyal breeders, who continue to bring new life into our industry year after year, our beloved Arabian horse, our memories, and our U.S. Nationals would become an unrealized and unfulfilled dream. So, as we extend a big thank you for their grand visions of creating the next great horse, we too revel in the knowledge and love they have for the Arabian horse. As for the breeders responsible for making the 2013 U.S. Nationals a reality, the top five Leading Overall Sires for the show were Afire Bey V, owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, Baske Afire, owned by Strawberry Banks Farm, Versace (deceased), formerly owned by Rojo Arabians, DA Valentino (deceased), formerly owned by Stone Ridge Arabians, and Mamage, owned by Beth Jupp. Your efforts are much appreciated by all involved with the Arabian horse! 98 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Katie Garland and ROL Divine Style.
U.S. Nationals One of the recent additions to the U.S. Nationals is the $100,000 AEPA Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity class. This year’s class, full of amazing 4-year-old Arabian English horses, was one of the most exciting and impressive classes of the show. The top two horses were the same two who took home champion and reserve in last year’s Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity, Heirs Noble Love and Joel Kiesner, and ROL Divine Style and Katie Garland. As we focus in
“You Had To Be There” MOMENTS OF THE SHOW
If you happened to see a grinning man walking around the Tulsa fairgrounds wearing his filly’s national championship ribbon in the collar of his sweater, you may already know the story of champion yearling filly Donna Molta Bella SRA. Dan Grossman was certainly proud of the filly he and his wife, Maureen, bred and raised. A deserving and surprised couple, the Grossmans had a vision just over a year ago to breed Valentino and a Falcon daughter named RD Fabreanna. And this came in the form of an embryo purchase to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
on Katie and “Duke,” the dynamic pair was quite a sight both in and after the class had finished. As Katie stood on her 4-year-old English horse’s back in the middle of Ford Truck Arena after being called Reserve National Champion, their trust in one another took center stage. Katie shares, “Going reserve national champion is such an honor and doing it on the same horse two years in a row in one of the biggest classes in the show is truly a dream come day for six weeks leading up to the show, David would send a new video or text report. Her pedigree is royal with her sire, 6-time national champion DA Valentino, and her dam RD Fabreanna, also a national champion. Obviously, the breeding was very outstanding, but as all breeders know, that alone does not ensure greatness. She is the total package and then some!”
In reference to the amazing win, Dan shares, “I was thrilled. Thrilled maybe isn’t the right word. I was ecstatic that we had finally bred a horse that produced a national champion. And the best part is that St. Jude’s Hospital benefitted out of it.” Grossman adds, “To brag, yes I’m going to brag, she had the highest score a female has ever had at the U.S. Nationals—391.5. So, to be honest, we couldn’t sleep that night! We were just on Cloud 9.” Maureen adds, “The thrill of seeing her win two national championships as a yearling was absolutely awesome. She was special from day one with a beauty and perfect conformation that just kept getting better. We have had lots of horses shown by David Boggs at nationals, but he had never communicated as frequently and as enthusiastically prior to this nationals as he did about Donna Molta Bella SRA. Every other
Dan and Maureen Grossman with Ed and Marie Horton at the Valentino Book Signing at the AHT booth.
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Morgan Kelly and MM Sabe.
Jessica Medved and SA Sophsticated Lady.
true. It has always been my dream ever since I was a little girl to show and train English horses and now I can say I’m truly living the dream! Every time I show this horse, it is the best feeling in the world. As soon as I hit the arena, a smile comes on my face and I can’t stop! Duke gives me 150 percent every time we show and we leave it all out there.”
a national championship can say that it isn’t an easy thing to do in any regard. It takes a lot of time and dedication to come out on top of all of the great competitors. With Sabe and I, it only feels more special since I have won national championships with him as a 13 & under rider, 14-17, and now as an adult in 18-39.”
The versatility of our Arabian horse is certainly something to boast about, and especially at the premier level, we have wonderful examples of this range of talent. For Morgan Kelly, her horse MM Sabe exemplifies what the Arabian horse is capable of in and out of the show ring. With Morgan, Sabe was Champion Arabian English Show Hack AAOTR, Reserve Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD, and Top Ten Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English AAOTR. Additionally, with trainer Larry Hoffman, Sabe took home Champion Arabian English Show Hack Open and Reserve Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Open. On his show, Morgan offers, “He was a pretty busy boy at the show, but he loves it! I feel that he is so pretty and makes whatever he does look so effortless. He also genuinely has a great time showing and was getting kind of bored with only doing country, so adding show hack and driving gave him something new to learn and keep it fresh.”
In Tulsa, the Half-Arabian Park Championship fills up the seats in Ford Truck Arena, puts a smile on everyone’s face, and showcases some of the most talented horses in the U.S. and beyond. After Jessica Medved took home the amateur park championship with SA Sophisticated Lady, she was set to head into the show ring with the big boys for a chance to win the open championship. Jessica shares what it’s like to ride the special and well-known mare. “Sophisticated Lady is a blast to ride. She is a true show horse. When she gets into the ring, I can just feel that she loves it. Sophie has a huge heart, and will give everything she has when she performing. Sophie is also very sassy, very high energy, and sometimes just does what she wants! She keeps me on my toes.”
Morgan’s family purchased Sabe 10 years ago, so these wins add to their special journey together as a truly dynamic horse and rider pair. “It is hard to pick a favorite class with Sabe because I always enjoy it, but driving would have to be my favorite from this year. It was our first year driving and going reserve our first time out was amazing!” Morgan adds, “I think that anyone who has won 100 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
And in the unbelievable and well-deserved outcome of the class, Jessica shares, “Winning the Half-Arabian Open Park as an amateur was unreal! I never thought that it would happen. We gave it everything we had—it was probably one of our best rides ever. There was a lot of emotion when they called us champion, bringing it to five national championships in the open for Sophie! The competition could not have been better. There is no greater feeling than trotting out of the ring with the crowd cheering and winning a unanimous national championship on a once-in-a-lifetime horse!”
Pawel Kozikowski, David Boggs and Marek Trela.
A SUPREME STALLION: *POGROM He won Scottsdale. He won Vegas. He won Nationals. Polish stallion *Pogrom finished his 2013 season in the U.S. undefeated and is leaving a great legacy behind as he heads home to Poland. Marek Trela of Janów Podlaski State Stud in Poland, shares his appreciation of this special stallion. “This stallion is very important for us and after his wins in Scottsdale and Las Vegas, he was for sure one of the favorites to bring home the U.S. National title, which made the whole thing even more stressful for me. Ultimately, David had a great show and Pogrom showed a, not only perfect standup, but also great movement. His points from the class were the highest in U.S. Nationals history, so we hoped for good results in the finals.” Trela adds, “Pogrom’s victories in the USA have made him well known in the Arabian horse scene and everyone is now awaiting future shows, and watching his offspring and hopefully, their successes. Pogrom’s trilogy in the USA was possible due to the very professional promotion, training, conditioning, and showing by David Boggs and the great staff of Midwest Training Centre. For me, the last two years are filled with many great moments, big emotions, and new friends; all because of our big bay boy Pogrom.”
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Katherine Kirby and CP Shenanigan.
KATHERINE KIRBY Up-and-coming amateur Katherine Kirby proved her show ring prowess as she took home three national championships in some of the toughest amateur classes of the show. Her powerful Arabians, especially CP Shenanigan, have already shown much promise, and for Katherine, it’s a dream come true. On her amazing success at this year’s Nationals, Katherine shares, “I showed our junior horse ROL Lets Dance for the first time ever at U.S. Nationals in the Arabian country English pleasure 19-39 class. It was only about a month before nationals that we decided to enter her in the class, and with the combination of Ashley Robert’s training and Dance’s willing heart, we won amongst a sea of beautiful horses. I was filled with so many emotions because she truly gave me all she had and she’s only five. I also showed CP Shenanigan in the English pleasure maturity and the English pleasure amateur division, which were on the same day. It was such a short amount of time between classes, so I was a little worried, but my trainer Jim Stachowski knew he could do it. To win both of them unanimously was a true reflection of “Shane’s” stamina and talent. It was definitely a nationals to remember!”
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A MOMENTOUS MARE: HONEY’S DELIGHT RB The 4 & 5 Year Old Mare class was one of the most competitive classes of the show and Honey’s Delight RB came out victorious. Up against successful mares like Valori TRF and JJ La Baronesa, Honey’s Delight RB and Greg Gallún took the class with a stunning performance. On the experience leading up to this win, Greg shares, “We were only able to take her to Region 3 to qualify her for U.S. Nationals and to be honest, she was in suspect condition due to arriving just weeks before from Brazil. We all had an interesting perspective going in because we knew of the fantastic depth of the horses that were going to be there; not only in her age division, but in all ages—there were some really formidable mares to go up against. So, with Honey, we knew she had great potential, but we went with the goal of having fun and doing the best we could.” With all this in mind, the emotion behind Honey Delight’s win was heightened and even more impressive. Her win became that of a mare whose future was promising; her big moment coming much sooner than anyone had anticipated. And Honey didn’t stop there. As she was crowned the title of U.S. National Champion Mare, friends and family poured into the arena, shouting and smiling with genuine joy—a contagious sight. In a field of wonderful mares, Greg offers, “We were ecstatic with how she was received as a relatively unknown mare in the United States. She got great marks from the judges in a great class as we were respectful of the quality that was there. It was humbling; I mean that was a beautiful class. We were fortunate to end up in the top spot.” For Greg and the ownership, it wasn’t necessarily a question of if Honey’s Delight would be a National Champion Mare, but when. So in her amazing U.S. Nationals debut, she simply realized her goal earlier than anticipated. Honey’s journey to the championship, however, started long before her regional qualification. For owners and partners, Jeff Sloan, Rich Sloan, and Neil Braverman, Honey is truly a special horse. Jeff Sloan shares, “I’ve been aware of Honey’s Delight for a little over a year, tracking her career since she was 2012 National Champion Mare in Brazil. And, of course, I saw both of her daughters go junior national champion filly at the same time in a record-setting competition, also in Brazil. I even remember when Guzzo posted a photo of her on Facebook© in her national championship class in Brazil, and I remember
Greg Gallún and Honey’s Delight RB.
feeling that this mare was really something special. When I heard that she might be available, I jumped on it—I remember the moment clearly. It was a very quick decision for us. We’re very thankful that Guzzo brought her to our attention and gave us the opportunity to own her.” Part owner, Braverman, was thrilled with the win as well, adding, “I was surprised—everybody was surprised that Honey was embraced so quickly, and it was truly a special time for me. I knew this was a great mare and we could expect great things, including national titles with her, but we just didn’t expect all of this success in such a short period of time—obviously we’re thrilled.”
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Inside The Halter Division one of this year’s Halter Panel Judges, Joe Polo, offers some insight into the halter realm of the 2013 U.s. nationals. A respected judge and stand-up guy, Joe was happy to share what it is really like to judge the most important show of the year. AHT: Have you judged U.s. nationals before? JP: This was my first time. AHT: Did it meet your expectations? JP: it did. The quality of the horses was supreme, the management was excellent, and stan morey really kept tabs on how we were doing to make sure everything was running smoothly regarding the judges. i want to give stan accolades for being a great asset in the judging community and in overseeing the judging system in which we’re currently operating. AHT: since it was your first time judging, what did you think made it different from the other shows that you’ve judged? JP: For me, it was the historical part—it’s the U.s. nationals. There’s just so much history, and it was such an honor to judge it. AHT: Did you feel more pressure because it was U.s. nationals? JP: There wasn’t as much pressure as there was a building anxiety. i wanted to get to Tulsa and get started; the anticipation of being able to judge it was exciting. AHT: Do you prefer judging halter to other disciplines? JP: i love it all. of course, i showed halter, so i truly enjoy that, but on the performance side of it, there are just so many great horses to see. At nationals, we had the opportunity to watch just a few performance classes and there was such a high quality of horses. We didn’t get to see a whole lot, but the little bit we did see was just incredible.
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AHT: The iPad system seemed to work well this year. JP: Yeah, the iPads helped. We had one situation on Thursday night that created a few challenges, but the exhibitors, the judges, and everybody else made the best of the situation. With the points system the way it is, the iPads certainly make it a bit more efficient. AHT: Talk about the amateur halter versus the professional handlers at the show. JP: There were definitely some great amateur horses. in particular, there was a gelding from Florida that showed with rohara—just a wonderful horse that won quite a bit. There were so many good amateurs that did an excellent job. However, i must say, that i think it really became evident to me, that after judging nationals this year, i would rethink the process of judging the amateurs using the point system. i think we should keep the point system for the open, but maybe go back to the comparative for the amateurs. AHT: Do you have anything else that you want to address about the show? JP: i would like to say that whether you agreed or disagreed with my assessment, in the end, the best horses rose to the top of the classes and each horse had an honest assessment.
TrAiner DAviD Boggs With 21 national championships, David calls this year’s U.s. nationals “the show of a lifetime. There’s no doubt that all of these were special; when you win a national championship, it is so dear to your heart because this is not an easy feat. This is the olympics for the games that we play. it is a dream come true, i am pinching myself every day and thanking God every day.” David begins with the Polish treasure, *Pogrom. “one of the most significant wins was with *Pogrom. He completed the third jewel of his triple crown here in the United states; he was never beaten. it is just an amazing journey. it was very special to have this horse in the United states and to win with the breeders and the owners from Poland made it very memorable. He is a fabulous, fabulous horse, and of course, a show horse, but my seven year old son Jake can lunge and groom him; he is as sweet as can be.” Considering another very special and internationally owned stallion, *Hariry Al shaqab, David relishes in the
promise and potential of this winning Arabian. “Another dynamic show horse is Hariry from Al shaqab in Qatar. A son of marwan Al shaqab, he was Unanimous national Champion Junior Colt. He is one of the most beautiful Arabians i have ever seen in my life. i believe he will become the replacement for marwan in many people’s eyes. He is stunning, just a portrait of classic beauty, perfect balance, type, athleticism; he had the crowd on their feet for his unanimous national champion victory. i am excited to go forward with him as we aim towards Las Vegas and the future of this great horse.” other big wins included sultan orA in the Arabian 2-Year-old Colt class, Kharisma m in the Arabian Futurity Filly class, and so many more. Grateful of every opportunity to expand the success of midwest Training Centre, David would like to acknowledge every win at the show as the incredible gifts they are. And for every special moment shared with each owner and amateur, he thanks his midwest family.
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2013 U.S. Nationals Show Results
Arabian stallion Adult 4 & over Champion POGROM (Qr marc x Petla), shown by David boggs for owner JanĂ“w Podlaski state stud Farm.
Arabian Colt (1-3 Years) Champion HARIRY AL SHAQAB (marwan Al shaqab x White silkk), shown by David boggs for owner Al shaqab member Qatar Foundation.
Arabian stallion 8 & over Champion MARHAABAH (marwan Al shaqab x shalina el Jamaal), shown by Andrew sellman for owner The marhaabah Legacy Group.
Arabian stallion 6-7 Champion FSF DAKAROS ENCHANTER (Dakharo x enchantingly shai), shown by Chris Anckersen for owner Ann riles.
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Arabian stallion 4-5 Champion POGROM (Qr marc x Petla), shown by David boggs for owner JanĂ“w Podlaski state stud Farm.
Arabian 3-Year-old Colt Champion HARIRY AL SHAQAB (marwan Al shaqab x White silkk), shown by David boggs for owner Al shaqab member Qatar Foundation.
Arabian 2-Year-old Colt Champion SULTAN ORA (Vegas DPA x raherra), shown by David boggs for owners Carlos and Christiane roizner.
Arabian Yearling Colt Champion TRUSE (Trussardi x Juliah b), shown by Austin boggs for owners robert and Janene boggs.
Arabian Futurity Colt Champion POLIDORO FC (DA Valentino x Abha Palma), shown by michael byatt for owners stuart and sue Larsen.
Arabian stallion AAoTH Champion SPITFYRE VF (TF Psymreekhe x red Flame brsb), shown by owner mike steenhart. Volume 44, no. 7 | 115
Arabian mare 4 & over Champion HONEY’S DELIGHT RB ( JJ senor magnum x Honeymoon FHP), shown by Greg Gallún for owner masterpiece Arabian Partners LLC.
“I always love the U.S. Nationals. It is the finale for the year and this year was certainly a top quality show with great quality horses—getting a top ten really means something. Our eight horses all placed in the top ten, and we had two reserve champions in there as well. Breeding-wise, a Bey Ambition baby, went reserve champion in the futurity western in a really tough class. We continue to aim for the performance market as Bey Ambition’s babies are four years old now, so stay tuned!”
—Murray Popplewell, rae-Dawn Arabians
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Arabian Filly (1-3 Years) Champion DONNA MOLTA BELLA SRA (DA Valentino x rD Fabreanna), shown by David boggs for owners Dan and maureen Grossman.
Arabian 3-Year-old Filly Champion RASIKA (Aria impresario x marrissah), shown by Ted Carson for owner neverland Arabians LLC.
Arabian 2-Year-old Filly Champion BADIAA AL SHAHANIA (marwan Al shaqab x majalis), shown by michael byatt for owner Al shahania stud.
Arabian Yearling Filly Champion DONNA MOLTA BELLA SRA (DA Valentino x rD Fabreanna), shown by David boggs for owners Dan and maureen Grossman.
Arabian Futurity Filly Champion KHARISMA M (DA Valentino x Kharmel br), shown by David boggs for owners Anthony marino sr. and Anthony marino Jr.
Arabian mare AAoTH Champion KHARISMA M (DA Valentino x Kharmel br), shown by owner Anthony marino Jr. Volume 44, no. 7 | 117
Arabian Gelding Adult 4 & over Champion DC BENEDICT (besson Carol x Z LooK), shown by Andrew sellman for owner rica mendel.
Arabian Gelding (1-3 Years) Champion OCTAVIUS NA (ever After nA x Psylk obsession), shown by rodolfo Guzzo for owner michael bills.
Arabian Gelding 8 & over Champion DC BENEDICT (besson Carol x Jusst one Look), shown by Andrew sellman for owner rica mendel.
Arabian Gelding 6-7 Champion FIDENZIO (enzo x Wn infinity), shown by Greg GallĂşn for owners Diane and Jennifer Lavallee.
Arabian Gelding 4-5 Champion ALLESIO (besson Carol x mFA Annies song), shown by David botha for owner michael byatt.
Arabian 3-Year-old Gelding Champion BLACK OPZZ (Aria impresario x miss enzo Jb), shown by Jeff schall for owner shuster Arabians LLC.
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Arabian 2-Year-old Gelding Champion SHAQS LEGACY MH (maserati Wr x Legacys Treasure), shown by owner Jeff schall.
Arabian Yearling Gelding Champion OCTAVIUS NA (ever After nA x Psylk obsession), shown by rodolfo Guzzo for owner michael bills.
Arabian Futurity Gelding Champion CONVICTION CA (sF Veraz x Denalia), shown by Ted Carson for owners Kentley and W. Kent Dean.
Arabian Gelding AAoTH Champion FIDENZIO (enzo x Wn infinity), shown by owner Jennifer Lavallee.
“For us at Al Shaqab, Hariry represents our goal of breeding a worthy successor to both Marwan Al Shaqab and Gazal Al Shaqab, Hariry’s sire and grandsire. With Gazal a 2005 U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion, and Marwan a 2003 and 2005 U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion—unanimous on both occasions—Hariry’s win, a second national title in consecutive years, couldn’t be more gratifying.”
—Mohammed Al sulaiti, Manager at Al shaqab
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U.S. National Champion English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over with Lori Lawrence
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U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with Nicole Lawrence
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Inside The English Division The English panel at U.S. Nationals gets to choose the winners of some of the most exciting classes of the horse show. And for trainer and judge, Mike Miller, the show lived up to this proposed excitement in the talented and athletic horses that filled Ford Truck Arena.
warm-up times keep getting shorter and shorter! In the class, I thought she came in really good and our first direction was great. I felt she got a bit strong the second direction, but what a great horse!”
AHT: Was this your first time judging at U.S. Nationals? MM: Yes, this was my first time judging a national show, let alone U.S.! It was an honor and a thrill to judge such a wonderful group of horses. In many cases, there were more wonderful horses than placings available. AHT: What was your favorite class/part of the show? MM: My favorite part of the show was the junior horse and futurity classes, both purebred and Half-Arabian. I love to see the fresh, talented young horses, and this year there were some great ones. AHT: What did you think of the competition from your perspective in center ring? MM: Overall, the quality of horses and level of presentation was incredible. Our panel made a real effort to differentiate between the divisions and I feel we were able to find beautiful, top quality horses that performed within the class specifications for each division.
TRAINER JOEL KIESNER Two recent additions to U.S. Nationals are the Arabian English Pleasure Association’s English Saddle Seat Futurity classes which award $100,000 and $50,000 for purebreds and Half-Arabians, respectively. AEPA Member Joel Kiesner shares, “I get so proud of our breed and our English horses when I watch these classes. They really showcase our English horses in such a neat, different, interesting and exciting way. I think it’s great. For the second year in a row, they might be some of the best classes of the show.”
TRAINER SHAN WILSON One of the classes you simply cannot afford to miss at U.S. Nationals is the Arabian English Pleasure on Saturday night. And this year’s champion was a mare so beautiful and talented that few could deny her winning performance. Here is what Shan Wilson had to say about Expressly Bella: “Well first of all, she is beautiful and I feel privileged to train her. One of the things I really like about Bella is that she knows her job and gives 100%. You don’t have to push her at all. Sometimes she can be a little strong, but I much prefer that over a horse being a little lazy. I think that Bella tries so hard that we keep reminding ourselves to not mess with her too much. Our
With a pattern in the first “cut” of the class and just rail work in the final, the system of the class is very unique and lends itself an exciting and beneficial advantage for many breeders and prospective owners. “We’re thrilled with the results of it. When you watch that four-year-old class, you know those horses are ready, they’re trained, and well, they’re beautiful. It really shows the range of English horses that we’re currently breeding. There is a good representation of a lot of different lines and you look at those horses trotting in of all different bloodlines and you see some really remarkable horses; I mean, remarkable horses. We’re obviously thrilled for the class, and think it’s really exciting for the breed, too.”
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U.S. Nationals And when Joel gets asked why U.S. Nationals is such an important show, he simply replies with, “Come on, really?” But soon, he follows up with, “It’s the only place they give out those silver trophies, and because of that, it means a lot. And it’s the end of the year; it’s your last crack at whatever it is you’re wanting to do. At U.S. Nationals, it’s everybody—everybody shows up. There’s not one horse that’s missing and you know that it’s going to be the best of the best and I just love that. To me, nationals is like climbing Mount Everest every year. It’s my biggest challenge and it’s a lot of work, but I love it.”
Splashdown WB and Joel Gangi.
“The most meaningful win for me was the Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity Championship on Splashdown WB. Walter and Barbara, owners of Splashdown, are my oldest clients. They have been breeding horses for about 25 years and although they have won reserve national champion with their get several times, this was their first U.S. national championship. It was truly a very special win.”
GREAT EXXPECTATIONS: A PUREBRED CHAMPIONSHIP The Arabian park championship is one of the must-see classes at U.S. Nationals. A class with past winners like Matoi, Apollopalooza, Aequus, and so many more greats, it is a class with historical significance and excitement. This year’s winner, Exxpectations, ridden by Strawberry Banks trainer Brian Murch, was a true vision. Murch shares, “He was just—great. I haven’t actually ridden that horse under
Taking the whole U.S. Nationals into consideration, Joel had several big moments on some very big horses. For the second time, Joel and his wife, Ashton, were first and second in the country junior horse. Also, in the purebred AEPA class, they finished first and third. “For that class, horses leave one at a time according their order. So, when we were standing there and there was only three horses left, it was great fun and super exciting; she did such an awesome job and it’s just fun to see and be a part of.” Two more big wins came on VJ Royal Heir and Emperors Fire, the latter being earned through a legendary work-off between Joel on Emperor and Jim Stachowski on Nutcracker Sweet PF. Joel shares, “The work-offs, they’re nerve-wracking, but I’ve been on both sides of it. The scales can tip your way or the other, and they tipped my way this time, so that was great. You can’t ever reproduce the amount of adrenaline and excitement that you get when you find out that they’re about to call you out again for the work-off. It’s just incredible. It raises the game, for sure.”
Exxpectations and Brian Murch
saddle since he was a three-year-old when I showed him in the purebred English futurities. Since then, I have driven him for the last four years. But this past winter, I decided I was going to ride him a little bit again. He felt great and had improved in his suspension and his stride, so I decided that park was maybe going to be a good class for him.” As a former country English pleasure and driving horse, winning national championships in the latter, Brian brought Exxpectations to two other shows this past show season as a park horse before continuing on to U.S.
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Nationals for a shot at the national championship. On the winning ride, Brian shares, “I think he got better as the class went on. When we reversed, he got better, and then, in the final trot, he was probably the best he’d ever been. He is really fun because he’s good with his ears, he wears a pretty tail, and he’s got a great cadence about him.” Owned and bred by Barbara Chur of Strawberry Banks, she bought the mother from Empress Arabians and he’s sired by the great A Temptation, so Brian is proud to call Exxpectations “home-grown.” Over the years, Brian has been privy to a fortunate connection to A Temptation English horses, “I’ve been fortunate to ride several and they all have been really nice. With Exxpectations, he’s just one of those that has such a presence about him—like his dad. He’s just a blast to ride, and you don’t have to go 90 miles an hour. He seems to find the speed that’s good for him and he totally enjoys what he does; just a happy horse. He’s also got an incredible attitude. He can be as quiet as any horse, but yet, when it comes time to work or to show, he has so much expression and he’s got some snort to him, which needless to say, you’ve got to have!”
Besides this significant win in the park, Brian is very proud of the rest of the success Strawberry Banks enjoyed at the horse show as well. “One other big win came with Princess of Bask who I won the pleasure driving with. She’s a great horse—another one that likes her job. Horses are fun when they’re athletic, but it’s even more fun when they’re pretty like that. Barb was also reserve champion with her in the amateur driving class. It was a fun horse show because we took eight horses and they were all at least top ten. Additionally, they were all horses sired by our stallions and the majority of them were horses that we bred, so that was really exciting.” TRAINER GORDON POTTS Showing at U.S. Nationals inspires anticipation, excitement, and in the quiver of the reins, nerves. But for Gordon Potts, there are ways to make this high pressure show more palatable and enjoyable in the midst of amazing competition. “Whether it’s purebred or Half-Arabian, the quality level of horses, the horsemanship, and the training was incredibly high at this year’s U.S. Nationals. And every year it gets tougher. You may do well all year, but at
LORI LAWRENCE As one of the top English amateurs in the Arabian show industry, Lori Lawrence had an unforgettable U.S. Nationals, bringing home 4 National Championships, 1 Reserve and 1 Top Ten. On her favorite moment of the show… This is really hard to answer, because each win was special for a different reason! To have Eves Fire step up and win National Champion with me in the 40 and over a second time in two years in an amazing class, and then to watch Nicole capture a unanimous win with her younger brother Emperors Fire was very, very special. Then there was Nabasken Afire, a true legend in my eyes before he ever belonged to us. It was such a deep class, with so many young stars, and I decided to ride my veteran for just the pure joy and privilege of being astride such an outstanding animal. When they called out his number for champion, I was overtaken with emotion. The tide of emotion only built when I coaxed Joel into riding his final victory lap, evoking a standing ovation and many tear filled eyes. On family… As a family, our horses have always been part of who we are. Carey and I had horses before we had our kids! As a family, it is indescribably special to share, observe, and participate every step of the way, from babies to wearing the roses at U.S. Nationals—it doesn’t get any better!
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Americanbeautie and Gordon Potts.
Nationals, anything can happen. Everybody is there and they are primed and ready. Plus, the weather is different. Very rarely do we show in a cold environment and it changes the horses. And we can’t leave out the pressure of the show ring—believe me, those horses feel that. It’s like someone performing in a play or giving a presentation, and the animal senses the elevated stress. There is that added degree of pressure, so when you add these things together, it makes a difference. So many people go to nationals and it’s difficult because of these changes.” Gordon continues, “So, one of the things we try to do all year long, both as a professional and with our amateurs, is try to make everything consistent. When the preparation is the same, the people and the horses are more comfortable with what they’re doing. So when the pressure does get dialed up, or the weather changes, or whatever might happen, they have that foundation to fall back on.” And once the nerves pass, Gordon believes that the joy of showing and truly enjoying this unique hobby can take center stage. He offers, “In any type of equestrian endeavor in terms of showing, the ultimate goal is to get to the point where you’re comfortable and you can actually go into your class and enjoy it. That’s the way it is with Americanbeautie for me—I know her well and I look forward to showing her and it never gets old. She’s such a special individual and I have confidence in her and I know what she’s going to do, so I just go out there and I enjoy it. There are times I win and there are times I don’t, and that has its own pressure when you have a horse that has won as much as she has, but by the same token, I always look at it as I would rather be showing her than showing someone else.”
SF Aftershoc and Vicki Humphrey.
“U.S. Nationals was a defining moment in the breeding department for VHTC and LA Flynn. SF Aftershoc is an English pleasure producer, as well as performance horse. His pedigree, most notably the double Promotion, is unparalleled in the English gene department. We were thrilled to see his first three foals shown under saddle win two national championships and one reserve in the two classes shown, fulfilling all our expectations!” —Vicki Humphrey, Vicki Humphrey Training Center U.S. Nationals Coverage continued on page 144 Volume 44, No. 7 | 131
3 1 … A Year to Remember 0 2 “Our immense thanks to Sally Randle for training both us and our horses to great success in 2013!” Mar k & D ebbi e Helmi ck
Fanfare WF+/ (Desert Heat VF+/ x WF Fantazzia)
U.S. National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Select AATR with Dana Bechtel U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open with Sally Randle Canadian National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open with Sally Randle Canadian National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 13 & Under with Peyton Randle Scottsdale Top Ten Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR Bred and Owned by: WILDFLOWER FARMS MARK AND DEBBIE HELMICK
SI Dreammaker+// (Amir Dowa Shamis x Cutters Blue Angel)
U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western AAOTR with Debbie Helmick U.S. National Top Ten H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western Open with Sally Randle Canadian National Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western AATR with Debbie Helmick Canadian National Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western Open with Sally Randle Canadian National Top Ten H/A Western Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over with Mark Helmick Canadian National Top Ten H/A Western Pleasure AATR 40 & Over with Mark Helmick Scottsdale Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western AATR with Debbie Helmick Scottsdale Reserve Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western Open with Sally Randle Scottsdale Reserve Champion H/A Western Pleasure AATR 40 & Over with Mark Helmick Owned by: WILDFLOWER FARMS MARK AND DEBBIE HELMICK
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and a great show season!
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SF Aftershoc celebrates his first three U.S. National winning get to enter the performance arena! Congratulations to Jim Stachowski and Gabriel DeSoto on their stellar performances, putting this great sire on the map!
CAP TIVATING S HOC WA
U.S. National Champion H/A Country English Pleasure Futurity
DAVINCI REF LECTION WA U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure Futurity
S HF CULTURE S HOC
U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure Futurity
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Open to the public for 2014: $4,000.00/ $500 discount if booked by January 31, 2014 AEPA Enrolled Sire SCID Clear
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BONF IRE ROF
2-Time U.S. National Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure with Vicki Humphrey Owner LA Flynn
S A RAP ID F IRE
U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Pleasure Driving AAOTD with owner LA Flynn
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A F I R E S I REN AND LES LIE GARVIS I N T H E I R N AT I O N A LS DEBUT AND WEARING ROS ES! U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity
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SHF C U LT U R E S HOC
U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure Futurity with Gabriel DeSoto Owner Stephen Timme
CARRI E B R A D S H AW
U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country English Pleasure Futurity with Gabriel DeSoto Owner Vicki Humphrey
Congratulations, Gabriel, on your debut for VHTC, garnering two National Reserve Championships with two 3-year-olds making their show ring debuts as well!
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S F WHOZ WHO
U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure with Jessica Clinton Owner Pam Harris
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M ANDA L AY B AY
U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Park Horse with VickiÂ Humphrey U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Park AAOTR with owner Cathy Vecsey
H L SAN C T I O N
U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Mounted Native Costume with Jessica Clinton Owner Hawk Haven Farms LLC
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E XCE L S H I G H FA S H I O N U.S. National Top Ten H/A Park AAOTR with owner Cloe Iverson
J USTAFI R E C O N N E C T I O N
U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity with Jessica Clinton for Diamond Hill Arabians LLC
EXCEL S HI GH FA S H I O N
J U S TA F I R E CO N N ECT ION
J A M USTA F I R E
U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over with owner Art Bartlett
VSH AM E R I C A S S W E E T H E ART
U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 with owner Jennifer Woodward
J A MU S TA F I R E
V S HA MER I CA SSWE E T HE AR T
CSP M I ST E R V E G A Z
U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure Junior Horse with Jessica Clinton for Dr. Lori Foster
PANT S O N F I R E
U.S. National Top Ten H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with owner Cloe Iverson
CS P MI S TER V EGA Z
PA N TS O N FIR E
J A CASI N O R O YA L E
U.S. National Top Ten HA Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity with Lea Dearing Congratulations to new owner, Sandra Goldberg! Agent Christy Clemmens J A CA S I N O R OYA L E
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U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Select AATR with Jeanne Johnson Congratulations to new owner, Madie Tucker! Agent Tara Carpio
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U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with owner Jennifer Woodward
R EA DY A I M A F I R E J
N O BL E S AINT NVF
EV G TR I DA N
N O BL E DY NAST Y P F
S F A F TER S HOC
MR . MAY HE M
E VG T RI D A N
U.S. National Top Ten AEPA $100,000 Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity with Jessica Clinton for Dr. Lori Foster
NO B L E D Y N A S T Y P F
U.S. National Top Ten AEPA $100,000 Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity with Gabriel DeSoto for Prestige Farms LLC
SF AFT E R S H O C
U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure with Vicki Humphrey for LA Flynn
M R. M AY H E M
U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Futurity with Gabriel Desoto for Tracy Dowson
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So much to be thankful for …
Unanimous U.S. Reserve National Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity Unanimous Arabian Celebration Champion H/A English Pleasure Maturity AAOTR Unanimous Region 12 Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR
“Thank you Vicki, Jessie, Gabe, and all of VHTC, for another exciting, fun-filled and successful year! Most of all, thanks to my wonderful husband for all his love and support!” —Leslie Garvis Volume 44, No. 7 | 143
U.S. Nationals Coverage continued from page 131.
2013 U.S. Nationals Show Results
AePA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian saddle seat Futurity Champion HEIRS NOBLE LOVE (Afires Heir x noble Aphroditie), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner T. Karlton Jackson.
Arabian english Pleasure Champion EXPRESSLY BELLA (iXL noble express x Colorado sage), ridden by shan Wilson for owner Karen mahan.
Arabian english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion VJ ROYAL HEIR (Afires Heir x mA Ghazta Trot), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner Kelli Aguirre.
Arabian english Pleasure AAoTr 40 & over Champion NABASKEN AFIRE (Afire bey V x nabaaska), ridden by Lori Lawrence, owner of starline Arabians LLC.
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Arabian english Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion CP SHENANIGAN (Anza Padron x CP Dance Card), ridden by owner Katherine Kirby.
Arabian english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion CP SHENANIGAN (Anza Padron x CP Dance Card), ridden by owner Katherine Kirby.
Arabian english Pleasure Futurity Champion AFIRE N FLAMES CB (baske Afire x Ghreta), ridden by owner Cynthia burkman.
Arabian Country english Pleasure Champion BONFIRE ROF (baske Afire x sing For Joy), ridden by Vicki Humphrey for owner Lee Ann Flynn.
Arabian Country english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion AFIRES STYLE (Afire bey V x LbC nobelinda), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner i Ask LLC.
Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion AFIREANDBRIMSTONE SCA (Afire bey V x Flames Lullaby), ridden by owner susan Knipe. Volume 44, no. 7 | 145
Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion BRIMSTONE B (Afire bey V x Jr Claudette), ridden by owner Lester martin.
Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion CEY HEY (Hey Hallelujah x CP shiraz), ridden by owner Gabrielle sitomer. 146 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes
Arabian Country english Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion ROL LETS DANCE (Afire bey V x singularcylection), ridden by Katherine Kirby for owner steve Kirby.
Arabian Country english Pleasure Futurity Champion SPLASHDOWN WB (mamage x sofabulious Wb), ridden by Joel Gangi for owner W b Arabians.
Arabian Country english Pleasure select AATr Champion CSP HENNESSY (Ds mick Jagger x mHr martinna), ridden by owner brian Galbraith.
Arabian Park Horse Champion EXXPECTATIONS (A Temptation x eA Candy Girl), ridden by brian murch for owner strawberry banks Farm.
Arabian Park Horse AAoTr Champion GSF AMBIENZE (Apollopalooza x PWA Tusea), ridden by owner Juliet Carden.
Arabian Pleasure Driving Champion PRINCESS OF BASKE (baske Afire x berry Fancee), driven by brian murch for owner strawberry banks Farm.
Arabian Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion EXPRESSLY BELLA (iXL noble express x Colorado sage), driven by mallory mahan for owner Karen mahan.
Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Champion DANCE TONIGHT (scrimmage x Dancing rain X), driven by Joel Kiesner for owner Janet stevenson. Volume 44, no. 7 | 147
Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion CP TRIPLE SPEC (sF specs shocwave x beaujaleis), driven by Carrie Fritz, owner of shamrock Farms LLC
Arabian Ladies side saddle english Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.
Arabian Ladies side saddle english AAoTr Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.
Arabian Ladies side saddle Western Champion AMAZING EDITION (Amazing Fame V x mCA Cherish), ridden by michele betten for owner Joe betten.
Arabian Ladies side saddle Western AAoTr Champion KJR LEXINGTON (Kar elfire x sylkin), ridden by owner Hannah beall.
Arabian Western Pleasure Champion ZEFYR (sundance Kid V x Pattrice), ridden by Jody strand for owners Laura Koch and bert sanders.
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Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion KHOSMOPOLITAN MD (Khadraj nA x Luck Wood Have it), ridden by Jody strand for owner David Teigen.
Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion MEGGA STARR (besson Carol x Ar belle starr), ridden by Claude Joerg for owner Paperchase Farm.
Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion VERTIGO CF (Versace x bint Alianna), ridden by owner Gail Grubb.
Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion VALLEJO MOON BEAM (rohara moon storm x Vallejo buckle Up), ridden by owner Audrey Hart.
Arabian Western Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion MAN INTHE MOON DL (rohara moon storm x safires Wild rose), ridden by owner Diana Friesz. Volume 44, no. 7 | 149
Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Champion PA LILLITH (Possesion PGA x Lily Dancer V), ridden by stanley White iii for owner miriam Pockrus.
Arabian Western Pleasure select AATr Champion MAN INTHE MOON DL (rohara moon storm x safires Wild rose), ridden by owner Diana Friesz.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Champion TS HERMOSO GIRL (C A Hermoso x bJ outragous Girl), ridden by Wendy Potts for owner Kim snodgrass.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Champion DA SOVEREIGN (sundance Kid V x DA Faith), ridden by elizabeth bentley for owner ii b Farms.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion JOH CASSIS (bastgne x Ps Camille), ridden by owner Thomas Hansen.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure 36-54 AAoTr Champion JULLYANNA ( Jullyen el Jamaal x Adelaida V), ridden by owner Lisa ethell.
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Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion DA SOVEREIGN (sundance Kid V x DA Faith), ridden by brook bentley for owner ii b Farms.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity Champion HS EDGE OF EDEN (eden C x Kouray), ridden by Cynthia burkman for owner High star Farms LLC.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure select AATr Champion FANFARE WF (Desert Heat VF x WF Fantazzia), ridden by Dana bechtel for owners Debra and mark Helmick.
Arabian english show Hack Champion MM SABE (Desperado V x sabriina), ridden by Larry Hoffman for owners morgan and Cynthia Kelly.
Arabian english show Hack AAoTr Champion MM SABE (Desperado V x sabriina), ridden by owner morgan Kelly. Volume 44, no. 7 | 151
Arabian mounted native Costume Champion TURN IT UP (baske Afire x morgan Le Fay), ridden by Julie Daniel for owner Ashley Abraham.
Arabian mounted native Costume AAoTr Champion BRILLIANT LEE (Apollopalooza x Vivacious Leigh), ridden by owner Caitlin stayduhar.
Arabian reining Horse Champion NOBLES TOP GUN (Vaguely noble x sH sharloni), ridden by nathan Kent for owner David Kent.
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Arabian reining Junior Horse and reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under Champion AM REIGNING STAR (Am Good oldboy x Am Lady Delaine), ridden by Crystal mcnutt for owners Joe and Debbie Frizzell.
Arabian reining Horse AAoTr Champion LD TSUNAMI (oH Kornerstone x in bens image), ridden by Katie Harvey, owner of KGb Texas marketing/Public relations, inc.
Arabian reining Primetime non-Pro AAoTr Champion CR KOJACQUE (Cr Kiyev x Cr Fulluv magique), ridden by owner edward Koehler.
Arabian reining intermediate non-Pro AAoTr Champion TA GALLIPOLI (Kordelas x Gloria AHsb), ridden by owner Jennifer Hardy.
Arabian reining Limited non-Pro AAoTr Champion TA HERMES (Kordelas x Hulanka PAsb), ridden by owner shannon oâ€™neal.
2Arabian reining rookie non-Pro AAoTr Champion BELIZARBI (esmet Arbi x Aer belizama), ridden by Dan Vokoun for owner buckshot Farms.
Arabian Trail Horse Champion ABIUNCE (Abiento x TL Glory sunshine), ridden by Lou roper for owners Whitney and elaine richardson. Volume 44, no. 7 | 153
Arabian Trail Junior Horse and Trail Horse Futurity Champion CA AFLAME OF FIRE (Flame ison x shez mi Toi), ridden by Lou roper for owners James and Joanne Callan.
Arabian Trail Horse AAoTr Champion RVR AUTHENTIKHEMO (Khemosabi x Authenticgorgious), ridden by owner margaret Lucas.
Arabian english Trail Horse Champion BAHIMS THUNDER (midnight bahim x AJ raquimoniet), ridden by Dawn Leonard for owner Katie White.
Arabian reined Cow Horse Champion TR ZEE MEGAFIRE (Zee mega bucks x Afire of Gold), ridden by Jamie Peters for owner Traci moseley.
Arabian reined Cow Horse ATr Champion PRECURSOR (Cable Cowboy x Pretty Gal), ridden by owner nicole belleau.
Arabian Working Cow Horse Champion CIMMARRON SUNRISE (Cimmarron bey x Hawaiian Dancer), ridden by Kathy braden for owners Larry and Penny nace.
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Arabian Working Cow Junior Horse Champion KORDELAS NAHLAH (Kordelas x bintzaris rosa), ridden by matthew Howell for owner Linda Anne Helo.
Arabian Working Cow Horse AAoTr Champion KHEMO KOPY (Khemonada x Tiffany GF), ridden by owner Kelly Harmon.
Arabian Cutting Champion KHEMANDERS BREEZEE (Khemander Kody x Zee Winstar), ridden by Tommy Wayne West for owner michelle Chouteau.
Arabian Cutting Junior Horse and Cutting Futurity Champion KODYS KOPPER FLAME (Khemander Kody x Cinnamonn bay), ridden by John Garland for owner Deni Grissette.
Arabian Cutting non-Pro Champion VG TSATINE (broadway Tstar x Lads Amelia), ridden by Toni Trego for owner Vango Arabians.
Arabian Cutting novice Horse Champion ZEE KATS MEOW (Xenophonn x Kat Afari), ridden by Wesley Larkin for owner madelena Camacho-Larkin. Volume 44, no. 7 | 155
Inside The Western Division Trainer Jody STrand in Jody strand’s second year with Zefyr in the Arabian western pleasure division, everything seemed to be falling into place leading up to the 2013 U.s. nationals. “everybody loves him and they always have—he’s a popular horse, and just remarkable. He’s got so much quality and is so good-gaited, but this year, they didn’t post the cards because of the Calcutta in the championship, so not knowing exactly where we stood made for an interesting twist in the final.” Zefyr also made an appearance in the Wednesday night sales and stallion Presentation where he showed off his famous hand gallop and left everyone in the stands in awe of his beauty. “i think a lot of people saw him during that stallion presentation and he really made a stir. The next few days, people were coming up to me saying, “oh my goodness,” and “He is absolutely wonderful,” so i think that that really started people talking about him. He also sold for the most money at the Calcutta, so everybody was
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very positive about him and i was just hoping he would go into the final and give me the ride that i needed.” And when it came time to show in the final, Jody shares, “He was good in his cut, but he was spectacular in the final. so, at the point when i lined up, i felt really good about it and couldn’t have been happier and been more proud of him. He had a couple transitions from the gallop down to the lope that were really, really good; he just felt like the crowd favorite and it ended up that he was, as we took home the viewer’s choice ribbon! everybody was rooting for him, so that certainly made me feel good.” but with this support and love for Zefyr comes something that isn’t often considered in these high-stake situations— pressure and expectations. “i told my wife i don’t think i have ever shown a horse where i felt as much pressure as i did showing him; just because of everything leading up to that, but then he probably gave me one of the better rides i have ever had in my career, so it was incredibly worth it.”
U.S. Nationals As Zefyr’s name was called out for unanimous champion, Jody won his first Arabian open Western Pleasure Championship—something that was definitely on his bucket list. “Honestly, i was really pleased and proud of the performance and enough so that no matter what happened, i was really proud of him. but when i won, i was thrilled to death. And to do it unanimously and with such a good ride—it was perfect. it was one of those times where i was so excited about the performance and that he stepped up and won it was just an adventure; the whole thing quite surreal.” it is important to note that on the day Jody won this championship with Zefyr, he had already won one championship and one reserve just a few hours prior. “it was actually the show of my career. i showed in three classes that day, i was reserve in the Half-Arabian Junior Horse, saturday morning; saturday afternoon i won the Arabian Junior Horse, and then saturday night i won the open, so out of three classes i was champion in two of them. i definitely went to bed that night going “Wow.” it was quite a day.” KaTie Harvey and Ld TSunami This pair took home the top prize in the Arabian reining Horse AAoTr Championship, a win that Katie sees as a perfect finish to a very special journey. Katie shares, “This was the first year that i was in the AAoTr-only class, competing against so many amateurs that i have a tremendous amount of respect for. Tsunami or “Cutter” is a special horse that has also been our 9-year-old son’s walk/jog horse this year. The fact that he was able to care for our son in those classes and then turned around to take me to a national championship in such a competitive division was extremely rewarding.” A true horseman always sees room for improvement, and Katie is no exception as she offers, “i was happy with our national championship performance, of course, but my last run could have been stronger. i think that nerves got to me a little bit and i rushed things. but anytime you win something like this, you can’t help but be thrilled. Gordon Potts has done a fantastic job with Cutter this year and i am so appreciative of his dedication as well as the help of Tyson randle. Together, they have helped me improve my riding and ensure my horses are the best they can be.” Along with her trainers, Katie has a crew behind her that shared in the joy of her win. “it
meant a lot to have the support of the team in my barn and just as special, the support and encouragement of so many of my friends in the reining divisions. it’s a unique community. everyone knows what it is like being out in the pen all by yourself, and i find the camaraderie very welcoming and i appreciate the friendships that have grown out of it.” This win being her second amateur national championship in reining, Katie was also awarded the Half-Arabian intermediate reining championship last year on Hollywood spin Doctor. but ultimately, Katie realizes there are things far more important than the ribbon you take home. “even more than titles, i focus on working to continuously improve my performance in the pen and my scores. The rest will take care of itself. That’s the beauty of reining. everyone walks into the pen with the same score. What you do with that is up to you. i’ve had to learn a lot on how to present my horse and still have a ton left to learn.” reining is a division on the growing end of the industry. it is also a division that showcases the unique versatility of the Arabian horse. Considering what she thinks of its progress at U.s. this year, Katies adds, “i think the reining division is making huge strides. With the move from age divisions to experience-based leveling, i think we are encouraging more people to get involved and to be successful showing on all levels.” U.S. Nationals Coverage continued on page 164. Volume 44, no. 7 | 157
(Kordelas x Bintzaris Rosa)
2012 U.S. ReSeRve NatioNal ChampioN aRabiaN WoRkiNg CoW JUNioR hoRSe & FUtURity 2012 aNd 2013 RegioN 9 ChampioN WoRkiNg CoW JUNioR hoRSe 2013 CoWtoWN ClaSSiC ChampioN WoRkiNg CoW JUNioR hoRSe Owned & Bred by: Linda Anne Helo 229 Forest Drive, Crowley, LA 70526 Tel: 337-788-4002 E-mail: email@example.com
Trained & Ridden by: Matthew Howell Circle M Bar D Training Center 20289 Hwy 1062, Loranger, LA 70446 Tel: 985-878-3655
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Zefyr+// ~ Owner Equidont Arabians U.S. National Unanimous Champion Arabian Western Pleasure KhOSmOPOlitAN mD ~ Owner Bev & Dave teigen U.S. National Champion Arabian Western Pleasure Jr. horse & U.S. National top ten Arabian Western Pleasure maturity zEES A DAllAS COWBOy ~ Owner Jill mohr-lochner U.S. National Reserve Champion half-Arabian Western Pleasure Jr. horse & U.S. National top ten half-Arabian Western Pleasure maturity KhANt WAit J ~ Owner larry Jerome U.S. National Champion hA/AA Futurity Gelding in-hand & U.S. National top ten hA/AA hunter Pleasure Futurity WA AUtUmN GOlD Owner Valerie Rinehart U.S. National top ten hA/AA Western Pleasure AAOtR maturity & hA/AA Western Pleasure Junior horse
mOONShiNE J Owner mike Van handel U.S. National top ten hA/AA Western Pleasure AAOtR 19-35
JUStA COlt FORty FiVE Owner Susan Walsh U.S. National top ten Arabian hunter Pleasure Futurity
C SiR tySON Owner Barb Connolly U.S. National top ten Arabian hunter Pleasure AAOtR maturity & Arabian hunter Pleasure Junior horse
JUEll Al VERAz XX Owner larry Schopf U.S. National top ten hA/AA hunter Pleasure Futurity
KAlyPSO JUllyEN V Owner Alan Gudgeon U.S. National top ten Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity
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Sundance Kid V x Pattrice Multi-Program Nominated Sire • SCID Clear Proudly owned by Laura Koch & Bert Sanders Standing at Strand’s Arabian Stables 3625 Alice Rd, Toddville, IA 52341 319.393.4816 • mobile 319.360.5997 firstname.lastname@example.org www.Strandsarabians.com Volume 44, No. 7 | 163
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2013 U.S. Nationals Show Results
HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure 4 & over Champion EBONY BY VALENTINO (DA Valentino x CF mamies night out), shown by michael byatt for owner sally bedeker.
HA/AA mare stock/Hunter 4 & over Champion VEYONCE (Versace x moonrose Delight), shown by Andrew sellman for owners Jay Krusenstjerna and barbara sink-Krusenstjerna.
HA/AA Filly (1-3 Years) and 3-Year-old Filly Champion SHES STILL JAMMIN (monogramm JD x she be Adiva Kbs), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owner midwest station ii, inc.
HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure 7 & over Champion JB HOMETOWN HOTTIE (baske Afire x Petite sweet), shown by rodolfo Guzzo for owners J. Perry and suzanne Perkins.
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HA/AA mare stock/Hunter 7 & over Champion VEYONCE (Versace x moonrose Delight), shown by Andrew sellman for owners Jay Krusenstjerna and barbara sink-Krusenstjerna.
HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure 4-6 Champion EBONY BY VALENTINO (DA Valentino x CF mamies night out), shown by michael byatt for owner sally bedeker.
HA/AA mare stock/Hunter 4-6 Champion TCR EXOTICA (Versace x TCr shes Got Leggz), shown by owner Pat mcGinnis.
HA/AA 2-Year-old Filly Champion BENI TG (DA Valentino x rohara mademoiselle), shown by rinaldo Longuini for owners Todd and Glena Weegens.
ROXANN HART Rohara Arabians certainly had a good show at this year’s U.S. Nationals, bringing home 10 National and Reserve National Championships and more than 30 Top Ten awards. “Shaddo Magniphied, shown by Joe Alberti, was just fabulous. He won three national championships—the futurity, amateur, and open—and he’s only three years old.” Other impressive wins came with Half-Arabian gelding Maghnus Z,
who won two championships and one reserve, and Net Worth LOA, who won the Half-Arabian Show Hack with John Rannenberg. On this year’s National quality, Roxann offers, “I do think that the quality of the horses is increasing, both in the halter and performance arenas, and we should all pat ourselves on the back for that. Both venues are getting stronger and better—great quality overall.”
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HA/AA Yearling Filly Champion BPA VENUS (sF Veraz x bPA Daisy Dukes), shown by Jerry schall for owners Linda Pawlowski and roger Perry.
HA/AA Futurity Filly Champion SHES STILL JAMMIN (monogramm JD x she be Adiva Kbs), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owner midwest station ii, inc.
HA/AA mare saddle/Pleasure AAoTH Champion JB HOMETOWN HOTTIE (baske Afire x Petite sweet), shown by owner J. Perry Perkins.
HA/AA mare stock/Hunter AAoTH Champion VEYONCE (Versace x moonrose Delight), shown by owner Jay Krusenstjerna.
HA/AA Gelding saddle/Pleasure 4 & over Champion VSH DOMINIC (majesteit x o Katie), shown by Andrew sellman for owner Texie Lowery.
HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter 4 & over Champion MAGHNUS Z (magnum Chall HVP x The sweet rose), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owners maddy and Jay Winer.
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“After 45 years, I was able to fulfill my dream of showing in and winning the H/A Mare Saddle/Pleasure AAOTH at the age of 75. Physical ails had me considering cancelling my class, but after visiting a chiropractor, I decided to go ahead. At the moment that I took a hold of Hottie, I wasn’t even sure I would be able to run. Hottie and I took off and she was amazing! She stayed right with me, even as I was gimping into the arena, and she showed like the champion she is!” —Perry Perkins, National Champion with JB Hometown Hottie
HA/AA Colt/Gelding (1-3 years) Champion SHADDO MAGNIPHIED (shaddofax x ZA magnumoiselle mTC), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owner Amelia Hruban.
HA/AA Gelding saddle/Pleasure 7 & over Champion VSH DOMINIC (majesteit x o Katie), shown by Andrew sellman for owner Texie Lowery.
HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter 7 & over Champion HOTROD HEWEY (bucharest V x Lorraine o’Lee), shown by James michael neal for owner Andrea mcGowan.
HA/AA Gelding saddle/Pleasure 4-6 Champion D M FIREPROOF (baske Afire x one Hundred Proof ), shown by Jesse saldana for owner molly silbernagel. Volume 44, no. 7 | 167
HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter 4-6 Champion MAGHNUS Z (magnum Chall HVP x The sweet rose), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owners maddy and Jay Winer.
HA/AA 3-Year-old Gelding Champion SHADDO MAGNIPHIED (shaddofax x ZA magnumoiselle mTC), shown by Joseph Alberti ii for owner Amelia Hruban.
HA/AA 2-Year-old Gelding Champion THE GODFATHER ORA (Vitorio To x sH sebella), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owners richard and Justine Goodrow.
HA/AA Yearling Colt/Gelding Champion THE BIG BOPPER ORA (Vitorio To x she be Adiva Kbs), shown by Alcides rodrigues for owner oak ridge Arabians.
HA/AA Futurity Gelding Champion KHANT WAIT J (Khadraj nA x societys Gossip), shown by Jeff schall for owner Lawrence Jerome. 168 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes
HA/AA Gelding saddle/Pleasure AAoTH Champion VSH DOMINIC (majesteit x o Katie), shown by Kiayn Lowery for owner Texie Lowery.
HA/AA Gelding stock/Hunter AAoTH Champion SHADDO MAGNIPHIED (shaddofax x ZA magnumoiselle mTC), shown by owner Amelia Hruban.
LARRY JEROME “What brings me back to U.S. Nationals every year is simply the fact that I love horses. I’ve been a horse nut since my mother read my first Walter Farley book to me. They have been my passion forever. I get very excited about my breeding program— I want my horses to be athletic and beautiful. I want people to want to own them. I’m always out there looking to improve and trying to create the next great horse. At a show like U.S. Nationals, it’s thrilling for me to watch horses win and compete, whether I’ve bred them, they are sired by our stallions, or connected to our breeding program; it’s an adrenalin rush for me. It’s also the thrill of going there and seeing all the people that I really only get to see a few times a year. We’re very close friends, even though we don’t talk to one another on a daily basis—the horse business builds these relationships. It’s that exuberance, that enthusiasm that you feel when you see somebody sitting across the way that’s your friend and your competitor, but you still love them. We come because of the horses, but it’s all the other things that go along with it—the opportunities, the doors that are opened, the people that you meet that really make this business special.”
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and only 6 years old! Magnum Chall HVP x The Sweet Rose
2013 U.S. National Champion H/A 4 & Over Stock/Hunter Gelding 2013 U.S. National Champion H/A 4-6 Year-Old Stock/Hunter Gelding 2013 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Stock/Hunter Gelding AOTH AHT Readers' Choice Nominee for H/A Halter Horse
Thank you to Joe Alberti and Rohara Arabians, for the great care and handling of Maghnus. You have made our dreams a reality!
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Reserve Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54
Toi SupReme cRF with lara aMes
Reserve Champion HA/AA Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54
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Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39
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Top Ten HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD Top Ten HA/AA Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54
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CW Knoxville Rush
Toi Supreme CrF
Merry Magnifire with John Golladay
Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse
MSU afire Blazon with John Golladay
Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure
with Stephanie ReitteR
Top Ten HA/AA Native Costume AAOTR
with lauRie huSband
Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Select AATR
Sa the gaMBler with KaRa laRSon
Top Ten HAAA Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-35
SheS all that ora with John Golladay
Top Ten HA/AA English Pleasure Futurity
Shock and awe dSf with John Golladay
Top Ten HA/AA Country English Pleasure
toi SenSation crf with John Golladay
Top Ten HA/AA English Pleasure Junior Horse
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Top Ten HA/AA Pleasure Driving
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Inside The Hunt And Show Hack Division Hunt and show Hack Panel judge Juli GoderLarson shares her opinions on the 2013 U.s. nationals from the pivotal perspective of center ring; a far more influential position than where spectators sit on the rail. if you’ve ever wondered what a judge has on their mind at U.s. nationals, read on. AHT: What did you think of the competition, generally speaking? JGL: The competition was very deep and amazing—such beautiful horses. The Arabian body and motion lends itself more toward the hunter division, so we’ve got so many wonderful horses to select from. it was just great. AHT: Have you judged U.s. nationals before? JGL: This was my fourth time judging nationals. AHT: What is it like judging the U.s. nationals? Do you get nervous? JGL: Judging at U.s. nationals means that you really have to pay attention to detail. You know what’s on the line for these people—it’s a big investment for them to come, it’s the culmination of a year’s work for people, things like that. so, it’s a lot of responsibility in center ring. AHT: since you’re a trainer as well, do you feel like you have a better or more experienced eye because of that? JGL: As a trainer, my job is evaluating horses all the time, so in some ways that helps me as a judge. i am able to making decisions quickly because i have a trained eye and constantly evaluate my own horses. TrAiner Wendy PoTTs As one of the top hunter trainers in the country, Wendy Potts of Freewill Farm compliments the judging this year at U.s. nationals, talks about her gratifying wins at the show, and hits on a minor superstition of her own. With two national championships and two reserves of her own this year, Wendy enjoyed winning both the purebred and Half-
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Arabian hunter pleasure classes in the same year for the first time in her career. Her amateurs also enjoyed many wins in the incredibly competitive hunter division. As Wendy considers what it took to get to this point, she insists that she is never about to take a national championship or even a good ride for granted. “i don’t take anything for granted, ever,” she shares. “in fact, i’m super superstitious. i won’t let anyone write a horse’s name next to a cut they haven’t made yet on the schedule. And if someone does, i make them take it off. i’m really lucky to be able to do what i love and be able to have all these really, really nice horses. U.s. nationals is the culmination of so much and nothing is a given.” You might be thinking, what does Wendy Potts have to be superstitious about? Her success and wins are the products of hard work and good horses—something she has established over the years. “A national championship is always gratifying. maybe in a different way than it used to be, like when i was younger. i think when you’re trying to establish yourself in the beginning, being in the industry and especially being female, it means a lot to keep your faith up there and do well. And i think now that i’ve been doing it a long time, it’s really special because i have a lot of clients that i’ve had for a really long time. The fact that i’m still picking good horses for them and they’re still doing as well as i am, is particularly gratifying. so, winning those roses truly never gets old; it never gets less exciting. i’m always seriously over the moon happy to make my cuts!”
2013 U.S. Nationals Show Results
AePA HA/AA Halcon Furniture $50,000 saddle seat Futurity Champion A THOUSAND STARS (baske Afire x Kalaramaâ€™s Celeste), ridden by James stachowski for owner Kimberly Jarvis.
HA/AA english Pleasure Champion TOI SLAMTASTIC CRF (matoi x Fantasy Watch), ridden by John Golladay for owners Janice and Laura morton.
HA/AA english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion EMPERORS FIRE (Afire bey V x ritida), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner starline Arabians LLC.
HA/AA english Pleasure AAoTr 40 & over Champion EVES FIRE (Afire bey V x ritida), ridden by Lori Lawrence, owner of starline Arabians LLC.
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HA/AA english Pleasure AAoTr 19-39 Champion CF JIMMY NEUTRON (baske Afire x sheâ€™s A mystery), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.
HA/AA english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion EMPERORS FIRE (Afire bey V x ritida), ridden by nicole Lawrence for owner starline Arabians LLC.
HA/AA english Pleasure Futurity Champion DAVINCI REFLECTION WA (sF Aftershoc x The Davinci Code), ridden by James stachowski for owner Whispers Acres, inc.
HA/AA Country english Pleasure Champion STARBUCKS BF (Afire bey V x Haute Chocolate), ridden by Joel Gangi for owner boisvert Farms LLC.
HA/AA Country english Pleasure Junior Horse Champion GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS (VCP magnifire x Twin Cities), ridden by shawn rooker for owner mary Catherine snodgrass.
HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion S JUSTA FLASH ( Justafire DGL x Lorece), ridden by Deborah Holden for owner Cornerstone ranch LLC.
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HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion KF LORD OF THE DANCE (KF mark’s majesty x river Dance nA), ridden by mike beethe for owner Alexandra Vinck.
HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion SAL MINEO BF (mamage x Clover Hill’s blazing Luck), ridden by Amanda Purdin standish for owner boisvert Farms LLC.
HA/AA Country english Pleasure select AATr Champion PRINCE JAMES SF (baske Afire x Captivating style), ridden by owner Jamie Costanzo.
HA/AA Country english Pleasure AAoTr 19-35 Champion THE TRASHMAN (Allience x Petra C), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.
HA/AA Country english Pleasure Futurity Champion CAPTIVATING SHOC WA (sF Aftershoc x Captivating style), ridden by James stachowski for owner Whispers Acres, inc.
HA/AA Park Horse Champion SA SOPHISTICATED LADY (Ae excel x Cathedral bells), ridden by owner Jessica medved. Volume 44, no. 7 | 179
HA/AA Park Horse AAoTr Champion SA SOPHISTICATED LADY (Ae excel x Cathedral bells), ridden by owner Jessica medved.
HA/AA Pleasure Driving Champion BUGZY MALONE (majesteit x Luv Potion), driven by Craig Willett for owner A & m Arabians LLC.
HA/AA Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion PAPA RHAZI (el Ghazi x mama Jazz), driven by owner beth Jupp.
HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving Champion AMERICANBEAUTIE (Afire bey V x Kelly Le brock), driven by Gordon Potts for owner shamrock Farms LLC.
HA/AA Country Pleasure Driving AAoTD Champion THE TRASHMAN (Allience x Petra C), driven by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.
HA/AA Ladies side saddle english Champion SF BLONDE AMBITION (Cologne x my Formal Lady), ridden by Christy Higman Clements for owner malou Corrigan-Perricone.
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HA/AA Ladies side saddle english AAoTr Champion ALL DOLLED UP EA (Hucklebey berry x Dutch Dolley), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.
HA/AA Ladies side saddle Western Champion CAPT JACK SPARROW PGA (starof Fame V x Peppys Dainty Queen), ridden by Danielle stock for owner remington monroe equine LLC.
HA/AA Ladies side saddle Western AAoTr Champion HHF RADIOACTIVE (Chubasco x syn sera Lee), ridden by owner Justine Ameye.
HA/AA Western Pleasure Champion LETS GET LODED (LbA Lode star x Aura spring), ridden by brett becker for owner sally Leonardini.
HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion ZIPINUPASTORM (rohara moon storm x Zippo Pine bubble), ridden by bob Hart Jr for owner Chris schmidt.
HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion THE BLACK PEARL G (ima Fancy scotch bar x Fa-stara), ridden by owner Peggy splawn. Volume 44, no. 7 | 181
HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion SHEZA LODED LADY (LbA Lode star x Aura spring), ridden by owner Jamie Leonardini Gotelli.
HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr 19-35 Champion SHEZA RISING STARR (TA rising starr x Lenas Kachina), ridden by owner rebecca Fulkerson.
HA/AA Western Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion TAMAR CHIARO DI LUNA (mais shah x Tamar Lady sunshine), ridden by Amy Peterson for owner Troy Peterson.
HA/AA Western Pleasure Futurity Champion ROCKED AND RELOADED (Poco Van star Two x Candy Girl V), ridden by Joe reser for owners michael and Debbie Knapic.
HA/AA Western Pleasure select AATr Champion STLA C IM FONDAU (C our Zeus x Dr Fonda Color), ridden by owner Diane Franklin. 182 | A r A bi A n Hor se T i mes
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Champion VIVIENNE LR (Knight invader x KJ Déjà Vu), ridden by Wendy Potts for owner north by northwest LLC.
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Champion EDWARD CULLEN ( Jr maximilian x Undulata’s High Fashion), ridden by marggie rushlow-roberts for owner mary Gallagher Kuras.
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 55 & over Champion FSF DUDLEY (oKW Firecracker x Vanity’s summer bouquet), ridden by Jeanne Lampe for owner Jessica Lampe.
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 36-54 Champion VSH LOLLIPOP (majesteit x DW emirs Deelite), ridden by owner sharon Fant-True.
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr 19-35 Champion SS JACK DANIELS (standing room only x Jordanelle), ridden by owner shea Urgitus.
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure AAoTr maturity Champion MAYBELLINE CA (noble Way x Abeline), ridden by rachel schieffelbein for owner Conway Arabians, inc.
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Futurity Champion HE BE A BADAZZ ( JrA Azul x she be noble), ridden by nestor Gonzalez for owner Fortun Arabians LLC. Volume 44, no. 7 | 183
HA/AA Hunter Pleasure select AATr Champion EDWARD CULLEN ( Jr maximilian x Undulata’s High Fashion), ridden by owner mary Gallagher Kuras.
HA/AA english show Hack Champion NET WORTH LOA (Krewe x Worthy Decision), ridden by John rannenberg for owner Linda musso.
HA/AA english show Hack AAoTr Champion ALL DOLLED UP EA (Hucklebey berry x Dutch Dolley), ridden by Katie burr, owner of burrline LLC.
HA/AA mounted native Costume Champion PRINCE LOA (Krewe x sultan’s Final Dawn), ridden by michelle Pease-Paulsen for owner L. David Pease.
HA/AA mounted native Costume AAoTr Champion SECOND SIGHT (Afires Vision x silver Fantasy PV), ridden by owner elizabeth Ann Pizzonia.
HA/AA reining Horse Champion PAULIS EUROPENA (Pauli o Lena x Francheskaa), ridden by Tyson randle for owner michelle Deroche.
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HA/AA reining Junior Horse and reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under Champion GONE N DUNIT RA (brennas Golden Dunit x marliera), ridden by Crystal mcnutt for owner richard Ames.
HA/AA reining Horse AAoTr and Primetime nonPro AAoTr Champion CR DUDLEY DUN RIGHT (Hollywood Dun it x bay Zalla), ridden by robert miller for owner Zelda Conley.
HA/AA reining intermediate and Limited non-Pro AAoTr Champion SH COOL DUDE (buenos Partee Dude x noble Duchess), ridden by owner Diane Comeau.
HA/AA reining rookie non-Pro AAoTr Champion HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD (Hollywood White x Tikis song), ridden by owner Christina Fahrenholz.
HA/AA Trail Horse Champion ALADA PROMISE (Alada baskin x Promise To be Dunn), ridden by mike Haus for owners ed and Yvette DePriest.
HA/AA Trail Horse Junior Horse and Trail Horse Futurity Champion TECQUILA SUNRISE (easy otie Whiz x Comanche rose), ridden by Lou roper for owner Karen Gavin.
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HA/AA Trail Horse AAoTr Champion SH DOCS BUCKAROO (bardon Docs mocha x Kdar Holliwanna), ridden by megan Callan for owners James and Joanne Callan.
HA/AA english Trail Horse Champion SH DOCS BUCKAROO (bardon Docs mocha x Kdar Holliwanna), ridden by Lou roper for owners James and Joanne Callan.
HA/AA reined Cow Horse Champion SMART LITTLE KHEMO (Wr Lena x Khemo Khitten), ridden by Jamie Peters for owner Traci moseley.
HA/AA reined Cow Horse ATr Champion CHEX MY MEMORY (ima Peppy Chex x CF memory), ridden by madelena Camacho-Larkin for owner Andy Camacho.
HA/AA Working Cow Horse Champion COCO POLENE (shahcolate bey mA x Hema), ridden by Andy Camacho for owner madelena Camacho-Larkin.
HA/AA Working Cow Junior Horse and Futurity Champion SIN DERELLA WP (Trick r Treat x rockys Filly), ridden by owner Andy Camacho.
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U.S. Nationals KATie BUrr Coming home with 5 national championships in the divisions of show hack, driving, side saddle, country pleasure, and english pleasure, Katie burr experienced a U.s. nationals for the record books. “This year’s nationals had extremely deep competition, so to be named national champion in 5 out of the 7 classes i showed in was a huge achievement for myself as an amateur as well as extremely humbling. it takes a wonderful team of people and horses to have success at such a competitive show.” HA/AA Working Cow Horse AoTr Champion COCO POLENE (shahcolate bey mA x Hema), ridden by owner madelena Camacho-Larkin.
As the breeder of many fine english horses that Katie herself shows, burrline Arabians showcased The Trashman and spenderella this year in Tulsa. on the subject of riding horses she is responsible for breeding, Katie offers, “it’s very rewarding breeding and showing a horse that i have been a part of from the start, particularly when they are successful in the show ring. i find that breeding my own show horses is very fulfilling because it is something that i created with qualities that i have in mind to make a great show horse. i try to breed horses that i would ultimately like to show and that carry qualities i find important in a show horse. sometimes that doesn’t always work out, but when it does, it’s very exciting as a breeder.”
HA/AA Cutting Champion WILL HE BOOGY (Faantastiko x sterlings Gold Lace), with Jeffrey Wilms, up, and HA/AA Cutting non-Pro Champion with owner robyn meyer.
HA/AA Cutting novice Horse Champion LJB SHOOTING STAR (Lenas Jewel bars x Zee Winstar), ridden by Tommy Wayne West for owner michelle Chouteau.
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Continuing the magi magiC C
Introducing the MAGICIAN V, 2009 Arabian Stallion (Audacious PS x Maya V, by Sanadik El Shaklan), Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes, Scottsdale Signature Stallion and Minnesota Medallion Stallion. L ook in g f or war d t o an exci t in g 2 014! Fir s t year in the main ring, he was 2013 Canadian National Reser ve Champion, 2013 Region 10 Champion, 2013 Arabian World Cup Reserve Champion Four-Year-Old Stallion and 2013 Scottsdale Top Ten Stallion. SCID/CA /LFS Clear. Owned by The Magician V-MCX Inc. | Leslie Bartlett, email@example.com | Shada Inc., 763-441-5849, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.shadainc.com | CONtACt FOR 2014 BReeDING INCeNtIVeS AVAILABLe. “There has been lots of emphasis lately on crazy-looking heads and extreme this and that. In the end, it all comes back to that old Gladys Brown Edwards horse that everybody wants—a well balanced horse that looks unquestionably Arabian in its silhouette every time you look at it.” —Arabian Horse Times, 2013, Issue 3
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Courtney, Heartfelt congratulations on your double honors at the 2013 U.S. Nationals winning Reserve National Champion Futurity Trail Horse and Reserve National Champion Jr. Trail Horse. These are the first National Champion titles for both you and Chaps. Your wins have special meaning for all of us. Chaps was the first foal bred by Rancho Soñado, the first foal we ever saw being born, and the first foal you have started and taken all the way to Nationals! Your love, courage and perseverance have taken you to these honors. You have put your heart, soul and talent into horsemanship from the start. Your dedication has taken you to the top of your profession as a national contender at the age of 34. All your years of cleaning stalls and grooming to pay for your lessons and horses have culminated in this. Your highest standards of humane and positive training make you a tremendous role model for other young people as well as for your peers. You’ve “given back” all your life. We are so proud and thankful to have you in our lives and the lives of our horses! With our love and gratitude, Nan & Dick
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The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund At U.S. Nationals
t its core, U.S. Nationals is about unity. Bringing together the best Arabian horses, trainers, exhibitors, and breeders from around the world to Tulsa, Okla., we celebrate the abilities of our horses through honest competition. We catch up with friends we see so seldom, at exciting events we’ve come to look forward to, like the Wine Walk, and new events that really made an impact, like the Wednesday night Sales and Stallion Presentation. Events like these, outreach programs done prior to the show, and the Arabian Western Pleasure Calcutta were events conceptualized and carried out by a couple of very determined individuals. For Trainer Mary Trowbridge, the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund has a very clear job to do. “While the AHDF is a separate charitable arm, unconnected financially to any of our other Arabian organizations, it has purposefully been built to be available to any Arabian horse community member. It is essentially an AHA member service in that it is available to any member in good standing with the Arabian Horse Association during times of unexpected crisis, but it also has a second charge in its bylaws, as it was 194 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Facing page: Meeting an Arabian for the first time. Right: Tulsa kids enjoying Arabian horse handpainting.
also designed to promote the horse and our community, and educate people about this breed. There’s no question in my mind that we have the best, most giving, most diverse community of people involved with the Arabian horse—I don’t think there’s any other community of horsemen like it around, and it comes very naturally to all of us to promote it.” Planning for this year’s expanded events for the AHDF began literally as last year’s horse show finished, and many people jumped in over the course of the year to help make the events fly. About six months before the show, Mary Trowbridge and Becky Nash, the AHDF Fundraising Chairman, got in contact and partnered with the Tulsa Junior League (TJL). This group of established and wellconnected women is affiliated with multiple different charities within the community of Tulsa, so their influence and volunteer help was greatly appreciated in conjunction with bringing the Arabian horse out into the public of Tulsa. Becky shares, “Earlier this year, Mary and I were talking about how we can do outreach in the community to expose the Arabian horse. And the thought was to share our horses to reach out to the community and do some charitable work with them. In Tulsa this year, we really wanted to show the community what a great horse and event we have in U.S. Nationals, and that in return for their community support of the show, we are invested in giving something back to Tulsa.” With their partners on board and a plan beginning to take shape, the scope of their undertaking began to appear. “It was obvious that we were going to need a LOT of help,” Mary laughs. “Luckily, we ended up having angels in both of our immediate circles. Holly Azevedo is a client of ours who entered through our lesson program, and went
to her first Nationals last year, where she was top ten in the hunter select class, and with an extensive corporate background, she volunteered to help us all the way through the show, which was a Godsend. She managed all of the details for me with the TJL and the Outreach events, as well as helping Becky with the rest of the week’s events. We ended up visiting five charities the week before the horse show: The Little Lighthouse, an organization for mentally or developmentally disabled children, which ended up being just the best day of the year for me; and then we went to two community action program projects, which the Junior League runs at two of the local elementary schools. We followed that up with horses taken to an afterschool program that The Junior League also runs and then also to a foster children placement home, which is the spot in Tulsa where children go after they’ve been removed from a family situation. That was probably our toughest visit by far, because all of the children there come from a variety of different situations and they’re at a holding facility just basically waiting to either get placed, adopted or fostered.” She goes on to explain the visits a bit further. “The Junior League was crucial to the success of the Outreach. Besides identifying the charities, helping with media contacts and press releases, and providing volunteers for each event, they went a step (or ten!) further when they purchased “Black Stallion” books for all of the younger children and presented them to each child that fit the age range. The first hands-on interaction was when we took the horses to the school to meet the kids, and then for the second interaction, the kids came back through the Tail program the first weekend of the horse show. When they came to the show, each child went to one of the horse barns and read their favorite page to a horse.” Mary Volume 44, No. 7 | 195
First annual “A Night With Arabian Horses” sales and stallion presentation.
continues, “I believe we had about 300 kids that went through the horse T.A.I.L. literacy project with the “Black Stallion” books, and we figured that we had hands-on with over 650 kids.” “I ended up with 14 horses at the show, and six visits off the grounds scheduled in the four days before the show started, so it was obvious I was NOT going to be able to do as much as I wanted to. Luckily, our phenomenal group of horse trainers and owners all stepped up to take over that part, so we had great volunteers who were instrumental in pulling the whole pre-show outreach work off. Among them, and forgive me if I forget even one of you, were: Karla Jackson, Josh and Jenn Quintus, Corky Sutton, Carrie Fritz, Leslie Doran, Pepper Proffit, Meg Casey, Ken and Kathy D’Auria, Russ Brown, Crystal McNutt-Brock and Mike Brock, Jr., Mike and Terrie Budd, Carla Moffitt, Brian Galbraith, Lester Martin, and Gail Grubb. And taking everyone, horses and people alike, to each visit, were Pat Trowbridge and Matt Conway, who both made sure, as always, that everything came off without a hitch. It surely would not have happened without all of these great people and many more!” Beyond bringing our horses to schools and charities and offering T.A.I.L. programs for outside community members to feel welcome at the show, there were three major events put on by the AHDF in its effort to support the Arabian horse community, promote the breed and hold fun, meaningful events as fundraisers. Becky Nash has been in charge of the Friday night Wine Walk since its inception, and this year, with a challenge on the mind, she decided to attempt to plan something for the dark night of the show, Wednesday night. As the night unfolded, 30 plus sales horses of all venues—trail, reining, western, hunter, English, and halter horses—were presented for a couple of minutes by their owners or 196 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
their trainers with a description read off by Mike Neal and Josh Quintus. As the opportunity arose for members of our own community to enjoy an exciting time and view sale horses in one spot, there was also great success in bringing the outside public into the venue. Markel Insurance donated money for outside advertising in Tulsa newspapers, and a new breed promotion flyer to hand out, while Hennessey Arabians donated dollars for the bright red, Arabian Horse Ambassador, jackets and coolers that the volunteers and horses wore during their outings around Tulsa and at the show. An added bonus was the help from KGB Texas’ marketing department to assist the AHDF and the TJL in the week before the show to get the horses and volunteers to the news stations in town, resulting in great pre-show publicity as well as subsequent visits during the show. “When Bert Sanders and Laura Koch, owners of Zefyr, heard about the evening, they got excited along with everyone else, and took it a step further,” reports Becky. “A couple of nights after I first approached them, they called me up to see if they could sponsor a favorite band of theirs to entertain during the event, and did just that, paying for the band’s time, travel and accommodations to get to us from South Carolina to Tulsa.” The band added incredibly to the excitement of the evening, arriving just as the sale horses finished their presentations and put on a concert in the pavilion—a perfect ending to a successful evening. Mary offers, “Everybody had a really good time; it was a tremendous evening. We had 11 stallion bars during the gala where each stallion owner came up with a signature cocktail drink and everybody got a few free drink tickets. Each stallion owner decorated their bars and put out their own information on their stallions, fun promotional items and literature.” As for the brains behind the evening, Becky Nash shares, “I’ve had really good feedback. The only thing I think I
Live entertainment at the busy Friday night Wine Walk.
would do differently is probably to have fewer horses. I ended up having more horses than I thought I was going to have.” Becky continues, “And the biggest challenge was in getting the word out for the event. Once people get to nationals, they don’t read their e-mails, but it was still well attended. In the end, I think people loved it. They loved the idea of the diversity of all the different horses that were in the sale and the venue in the pavilion; the music, the food and the stallion part. It was all very positive.” The proven Wine Walk also showcased Friday night, brought the staples of past years back as well as some new additions. As live music from a jazz trio from Tulsa played, Arabian legends, A Temptation, S Justadream, Spyrit, and NDL Pericles, were present, and people were able to see them up-close while they connected with old friends and met new. The inaugural Arabian Western Pleasure Calcutta was the final major event from this year’s U.S. Nationals, taking place on Saturday night with some very worthwhile prizes at stake. Some great items, including national championship spurs, top ten coolers and hats, were sponsored by many Arabian enthusiasts, including: CSC Ranch (Chad and Susan Abbott Chance, Shamrock Farms (Leslie Doran and Carrie Fritz), Robin Porter’s Crescent Creek Farm, Frierson Custom Suits, Show Season, Woods Western. Purina Feeds even donated a ton of feed to a random top ten winner. Most exciting, however, were the two top prizes for champion and reserve—the reserve prize a hunting trip to Canada to the Budd Family hunting camp in Canada, and the first prize seven days at a very exclusive condominium resort on Waikiki Beach, donated by Larry Jerome and his family of Jerland Arabians. On his choice to donate this trip, Larry shares, “When you give a gift, you want something that you would want
for yourself. When my wife and I were young and just married, we’d been struggling to raise a bunch of little kids, so when we had an opportunity to take our first trip, it was always my dream to go to Hawaii. When I went there, I kept saying to myself, if I could only own something here—that would be my dream, my ultimate goal—and it took me 25 years to do it, but I was able to acquire something. We purchased this for our family and friends, and I felt that the Calcutta was a perfect opportunity to share something that is really special to me.” To top off his donation, Larry went the final step and flew in, directly from Hawaii, over sixty fresh Hawaiian laiis that were presented to the top ten, champions, owners, show officials and judges Saturday night. As months of hard work culminated into a wonderful and meaningful U.S. Nationals, Mary, Becky, and all of their loyal volunteers take a breath after a big year, and yet, look forward to bringing everything back next year as they continue to build something in which the Arabian community can be proud. Mary adds, “One of the things I want to stress is that the show commission and AHA have been tremendous partners for the HDF and they have helped us every step of the way. Glenn Petty, Lance Walters, Stan Morey—all of these people and many more, have been advocates and supporters of our efforts. U.S. Show Commission Chair, Bill Hughes, has been a huge proponent and behind the Horsemen’s Distress Fund since the very beginning. When we first started doing events at nationals, I guess it’s been about five years now, nobody was doing these kind of events, and Bill stepped up to the plate and made it happen and spoke right up for us. Each year, AHA has really assisted the HDF in putting on fundraisers at their premier events. In return, what we want the AHDF to do is to make those events better and more fun through some real meaningful fundraising. I think both things have come to fruition.” ■
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Eleanor Hamilton hosted one of her much anticipated Open Barns and Seminars on Saturday, November 9th, at her farm in Rogers, Minn., a short, easy drive north of Minneapolis-St Paul. Eleanor has been offering these “good excuses for a get-together” in November every few years since the 1990’s. This one attracted over 300 people from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania and western Canada, and honestly, it was the best one to date.
for the Open Barn gathering. Certainly, his influence throughout Eleanor’s Arabians broodmare band will continue to be profound.
Conversely, in 2009 Eleanor brought home the Quarter Horse breeding sire, Little Sorrel Peppy, a son of Peppy San Badger, a major foundation sire for the King Ranch in Texas and an NCHA and AQHA Hall Of Fame Sire. In 2005, Peppy San Badger was voted the #1 Cutting and Reining Quarter Horse Grandsire. Open Barn Eleanor has been carefully visitors had the opportunity collecting special Quarter to see Little Sorrel Peppy, Horse mares for a decade to Eleanor’s bloodstock, watch breed to her great, Arabian the weanlings and yearlings reining sire, the Xenophonn Eleanor Hamilton and Hesa Zee+/. play in the paddocks, and to son, Hesa Zee+/. Sires of ride some sale horses. As always, there was a good selection these mares read like a “Who’s Who” of top AQHA sires, of finished open Arabian and Half-Arabian reiners, including Peppy San Badger, Mr Melody Jac, Colonel amateur and youth horses, and a number of pleasure and Dark Glo, Coyote Colonel and Tuf N Busy. For his part, trail horses to try and consider for purchase. Several horses Hesa Zee+/ is famous for his national winning reining found new homes over the weekend. sons and daughters, including winners of over $125,000 in National and Scottsdale Arabian and Half-Arabian The party began at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, though Reining futurities, and Hesa Zee+/ futurities. The farm’s some folks came by even earlier. Coffee, welcoming original foundation sire, Crown Musc+ (*Muscat), passed chitchat and a relaxing walk through Eleanor’s on to greener pastures recently, but his stall (which will barns started the day off. The Open Barn pig roast, remain empty in his honor) was beautifully decorated
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Hoyt and Pam Rose and family.
famous statewide, with marvelous accompanying dishes and desserts followed for all in attendance. It was, as always, a huge favorite with the crowd. After lunch, the enjoyment continued with a Seminar/Clinic, featuring top reining and working Western trainers: Hoyt and Pam Rose, Gary Ferguson and Eleanorâ€™s in-barn trainer, Rod Matthiesen. Highlights included a reining demonstration with Matthiesen and multi-national winner, CMS Little Sierra, and an appearance by Hesa Zee+/, who looked and seemed to feel half his 25 years. Nearing the end, there was a drawing for a Hesa Zee+/ breeding, a late afternoon gathering of the remaining crowd for a photograph in front of the barn, and more time to sip coffee, visit, and talk pedigrees. Late in the evening, Eleanor was still smiling. Sheâ€™s a lady who knows how to enjoy herself and throw a really great party!
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AHA Convention by Anne Stratton
The Arabian Horse Association held its annual convention in Lexington, Ky., November 19-23, 2013. The first two days were devoted to board and committee meetings for members, while an array of social activities were available for other attendees. Wednesday eveningâ€™s Welcome Party, hosted by Region 14, signaled that business would begin the next morning for everyone. The primary purpose of the convention was the consideration of 21 resolutions affecting AHAâ€™s rule book and the election of officers, commission and committee members to fill openings created by those whose terms were ending. Fifteen of the resolutions were approved, four were defeated and two were referred to committees for further action.
AHA President Cynthia Richardson emphasized that the resolution represented the organizationâ€™s effort to be inclusive. As the scoring system has gained acceptance, there also has been a recognition that at smaller shows especially, the comparative method could reduce time and cost. In addition, there was a desire to open the door for other shows to return to affiliation with AHA, and there had been indications that this resolution could facilitate that. Resolution 20-13 was approved, to go into effect when approved by USEF.
Resolution 2-13 dealt with amateur ownership of horses,
The resolutions represented a cross-section of business for AHA. Some related to clarification and minor changes in the sport horse, western, working western, cutting and equitation divisions, and a few proposed significant alterations, most of which were well debated. The ones which drew the most interest were as follows.
and sought to reduce costs for amateurs and therefore increase participation. According to its original proposal, horses entered in amateur owner or junior classes would have to be registered in the name of the competitor, a member of his/her family, or the names of no more than two unrelated owners, with each holding USEF amateur cards. If either owner had a family member who is a professional, neither could show the horse in amateur owner or junior owner classes. The resolution was referred to the Amateur Committee for further discussion.
Resolution 20-13 allowed shows beneath the regional
Resolution 6-13 adopted an Achievement Leveling
and nationals level to apply for permission to use a process other than the Arabian Scoring System in halter classes. Such shows would submit to AHA the type of system they wanted to use at least 60 days in advance of competition, and approval, if obtained, would be for one year only. No matter what method used, the classes had to follow the procedures specified in the rule book. Finally, when using the comparative system with one or two judges, the judges would have to explain their decisions.
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Program to expand the Select system. It redefined the categories for amateurs, youth and open to include Select, Choice, Elite and Primetime, with an additional designation for Youth to cover Walk/Trot/Jog. In reining, the designations will be Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro, Limited Non-Pro, Rookie Non-Pro, Primetime Non-Pro. Point requirements for each category will be posted on the AHA website by December 1 of the year preceding the competition year,
and for AHA-recognized shows, use of the new classes is according to their need and scheduling. The resolution was approved and will become effective when approved by USEF.
Resolution 4-13 would have tightened regulations on
the transfer of horses. Aimed at minimizing the frequent transfer of horses that allow some amateurs virtually to borrow (although technically own) a horse for a show, thus providing a loophole in the purpose of the regulation, the resolution required that the sales be legitimate and imposed penalties if they were not. It was debated extensively in various committees, with significant points made, and of 12 committees which considered it, only one approved it. The resolution was defeated.
Resolution 5-13 would have changed the shoeing
requirements for horses in Country English Pleasure to allow only a maximum of one pad, no more than onequarter inch thick, and a simple keg-type flat shoe. It was defeated. Other resolutions of interest included 21-13, which raised AHA adult membership fees to $40 per year, or $105 for three years, effective April 1, 2014.
In his remarks to convention attendees on Friday evening, Executive Vice President Glenn Petty outlined some of the major issues currently facing AHA. He reported that the organization Executive Vice President Glenn Petty has been conferring and Past AHA President Myron Krause. with other major show horse breed organizations who are confronting the same problems, in an effort to plan solutions. While some developments can be daunting, such as increased competition from disciplines which do not require registration, other news is positive. Sanctioned show events and distance events saw an increase in participation over the past 12 months. And to minimize any loss that might occur when Arabian aficionados take part in disciplines which do not require breed registration, AHA has formed relationships with the organizations which sponsor them (driving, western, ranch sorting, etc.). Critical to AHA’s success in the future, he said, is a new website, which will be a significant investment, and for which AHA has
AHA President Cynthia Richardson presenting Allan Ehrlick $500 to AHA of Eastern Canada for Breed Promotion and Community Involvement.
received grants from the USA Equestrian Trust. The new website will be more user-friendly, offering business applications such as registrations, as well as improved promotional value. He warned that further attention to “upgrading our infrastructure” in the promotional realm would not be inexpensive, but the organization is working to defray costs over time. Once the new website is secure, this will be the focus in AHA’s outreach. In addition to the business of the convention, attendees were offered a battery of social activities, from tours of horse farms—not only famous Thoroughbred operations, but Stalemare Arabians as well—and various dinners and luncheons. On Friday evening a tour of the Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park, followed by dinner at historic Spindletop Hall, drew a crowd despite the chilly weather. Convention-goers also were treated to tastings at the upscale Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, but they didn’t need to get “in the mood” to have a good time. With more than 300 people on hand, the 2013 AHA Convention was one of the largest in recent years, and enthusiasm was in the air. n
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2013 Arabian Horse Times Most Beautiful Baby Contest Winner:
Taj FF Every year, the Arabian Horse Times Baby Contest draws in proud owners to share with us the cream of their crop and, as usual, the entrants did not disappoint. This year’s winner came from Freeland Farms of Fort Wayne, Ind. Here, the owners of great stallions like Shael Dream Desert, Psyignify FF, and Icon FF, take pride in breeding beautiful Arabians and offering them a very special and nurturing life. This particular foal, just 8 weeks in the photo, was unnamed at the time, yet had unquestionable potential. Farm manager Pam Jump offered some insight into the life of the foal that was to be named Taj FF, saying, “He was very friendly and playful and also very proud of himself—he pranced a round with head held high and great tail carriage. He was very much like his dam, RH Triana, extreme in the neck with a charismatic attitude. He had wonderful movement from his sire Enzo—a true Black Beauty. And he was undoubtedly a future champion; everyone that saw this colt said he was special.” And yet, the story doesn’t exactly flourish into a happy ending as one would hope. Pam shares, “Mr. Freeland was very ill at the time of Taj’s passing, so we did not tell him because he loved the colt so much. The nice thing is that we feel the colt was in heaven when Mr. Freeland arrived there.” Freeland Farms owner, Dick Freeland, was so very fond of this young horse, and even though both foal and Dick have now passed, the beauty of each of their lives deserves to be shared. So, as we congratulate the beautiful foal in the photo, we too offer a memorial for the wonderful Arabian breeder who conjured up the breeding, fawned over the young colt, and up until the very end, truly loved the Arabian horse. n 204 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
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AHT Photo Contest Winner:
Harley, by Prue Critchley
Ask any Arabian rider, handler, owner, breeder, and trainer, and it is easy to say that the Arabian horse is the most important part of their barn life. However, a close second goes to our barn “mascots.” Whether it is your trusted Jack Russell or perhaps a more exotic animal like a peacock, these are the members of the barn family that truly set each and every farm apart from one another. The reaction to Arabian Horse Times’ Barn Mascot Photo Contest was swift; the photos poured in, and one particular photo came out on top. The winner, Prue Critchley, reigns from Manitoba, Canada, and is the proud owner of both animals in the photo. Prue shares this story: “I am a Pug called Harley. So named because I am fast and exceedingly beautiful! While my family was moving into a condo, I visited my grandparents in the country. I so enjoyed being here with my Granny and Grandad, and there was so much to see and do that I decided to stay with them on a permanent basis. We live at Bartongate Arabians in Manitoba, Canada. Life here revolves around the horses—particularly the stallion, *Empres++. Yes, I know he’s very beautiful and has many show wins,
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including Canadian National Champion Sport Horse Stallion, but I just like him because he is so quiet and sweet—he and I are best buds!
“In the photo you see, it happened when family came for a visit. I asked them if we could do a photo shoot for the Barn Mascot contest—I just knew everyone would be looking at me and wishing they could take me home! I asked if they could get Empres to back up a bit for our photo; I didn’t want him to take up the whole picture! “I am part of the *Empres team; in fact, the leader of the *Empres team. “I am the ambassador for *Empres at shows and wear a bandana with his logo to prove it. We have been to a number of dressage shows where *Empres has been champion training level, 1st level and 2nd level. I greet visitors to his stall, and so long as everyone tells me I am the most gorgeous creature they have ever seen, I am happy. I hear them remarking about the beautiful disposition, short little head, tiny muzzle, big eyes, little ears, lovely topline, wonderful legs … the athleticism, the pedigree, the quality—and I just know they are talking about me!” n
AHT Photo Contest Winner:
For those of us who are lucky enough to show our Arabians, there is no sweeter reward than exiting the arena on a well-deserved victory pass. As you trot out victorious, you and your horse become one unit—the hard work is behind you and the only thing that matters is that moment. This is a moment that warrants recognition. In the first ever “Victory Pass Photo Contest,” the winner received over 1,500 likes and over 200 shares. This winner comes from Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada, and the story behind this photo exemplifies everything the Arabian Horse Times was out to find in this contest. Regan Threinen shares the story of her winning photo. “All my life I’ve always wanted to own and ride a country English pleasure horse. With an unfortunate occurrence, ‘Pokie’ surprisingly walked into my life. He was purchased at an auction by my grandma and given to me for Christmas. She believed that I always needed
two show horses and since my hunter horse had become ill, I needed another horse to show. She purchased the beautiful and eyecatching EZ Polkatrot. Without knowing how to ride country English pleasure and not having any help from a trainer, Pokie and I had to learn everything on our own. Trial and error became our best friend. After a year and a half, I gained the courage to enter Pokie in the Western Canadian Breeders Show. This was my first time showing in the Breeders so I didn’t expect to receive much as there were many other talented and experienced riders in the competition; I just thought the experience would be great to have under my belt. Pokie and I entered 3 classes altogether and to my surprise we came out with 2 championships and 1 reserve. I was thrilled! I didn’t think that we, as a team, could pull that one off, and I had been a nervous wreck! I’m so proud of Pokie! The following August I entered us into the Canadian Nationals. What a great experience! I’m so glad we found Pokie!” n
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Natalie and Shake It Up Baby+// (Afires Vision x Gaelic Fantasy), multi-Regional and National Champion and Reserve in H/A Show Hack, Country Pleasure, Side Saddle and Native Costume divisions.
What do you most value in your friends? Your horses?
Trust and respect are the traits I value most in anyone. Without either, no relationships work to their full potential, and that goes the same for my horse and me.
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What is your most treasured memory with the Arabian horse? 2013 Scottsdale and Canadian Nationals. Stella and I had an amazing experience at both and I can’t wait to be back to Scottsdale in February, as it’s my favorite show.
If you could show one horse from the past, who would you show and why?
Mor Gold, my dad’s first Arabian that he owned for 26 years before we put him down at 30 years of age. He was the first horse I ever rode and the first Arabian I fell in love with. Ridden by my dad in endurance races and trail ridden all of his life, we were often told he was much too beautiful to have never seen a show ring.
What is the most memorable piece of show ring advice you’ve ever received? Smile, everyone likes to see a rider enjoying themselves.
What do you love most about showing Arabian horses?
The high level of competitiveness and the Arabian horse circuit community—it feels like a second family.
Who has had the biggest influence in your involvement with Arabians?
My dad has had the biggest influence in my love of the Arabian horse. Thanks to him, I have never walked outside of my house without seeing a barn full of horses. He bred me my first Arabian, Lukas, when I was 3 years old, my second biggest influence. We grew up together and learned everything the hard way, but he’s who I have to thank for the rider I am today.
What piece of advice would you give to the 10-year-old version of yourself? The 40-year-old version of yourself?
I would tell the 10-year-old me that the 4-H years paid off. The 4-H shows, the open breed shows, the local events, all of it. I would tell myself that there couldn’t have been a better or more humbling way to do it than to work your way up with the horse your parents bred for you, even if he takes off a lot. I would tell the 40-year-old me to never forget how happy the Arabian horse makes you.
2013 Scottsdale H/A Native Costume ATR Champions.
What have you learned from riding and showing that has helped you in other areas of your life?
It has taught me patience and hard work above all, but also competitiveness. I work towards everything I do and I don’t settle for average. I know that anything great comes from working hard for it. A little competitive streak has driven me to be the best I can be in whatever I do.
Special thanks and appreciation to:
My parents, Antonio and Tamara, for the incredible support and for loving it as much as I do. My sister, Rebecca, for having someone to share this amazing experience with. My trainer, Brenda Driediger, for pushing my horse and I farther than I thought possible and always being our biggest critic as well as our biggest fan. My barn family, for the laughs and endless encouragement, and every horse I’ve had the opportunity to show along the way. They’ve taught me something that words can’t teach, something more fulfilling than anything else in the world and for that I am truly thankful. n Volume 44, No. 7 | 209
Dick Freeland (1937-2013)
Dick Freeland of Freeland Farms in Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away peacefully in October of this year at the age of 76. The owner of one of the most successful Pizza Hut franchises in the nation, Dick will be most remembered for his strong faith and enormous outreach to the community, as well as to those who worked for and with him. His philanthropy and generosity to countless causes—individual, political, religious—will remain his legacy for generations to come. With all of his success, Dick remained a humble, affectionate man who understood that he was merely a steward of the fruits of his labor. From his childhood, Dick had a love for horses, resulting in the establishment of Freeland Farms, comprising of 72 gorgeously landscaped acres with rolling pastures, ponds, barns, an indoor arena and numerous buildings. Again, Dick merely thought of himself as a steward of all his horses and his farm. Above all, his prime concerns were for the well being of his horses, their dayto-day care, compassionate treatment, thoughtful breeding practices, and integrity with dealings in the industry. Freeland Farms is the proud owner of the stunning RH Triana, successful stallions Shael Dream Desert, Psyignify FF, and Icon FF, among many others. As for the breeding program, Freeland Farms built its reputation on breeding and marketing some of the world’s finest Arabian horses from the bloodlines of: Ever After NA, Bey Shah, Magnum Psyche, and of course, their own stallion, Shael Dream Desert. To those who had the privilege of knowing him and those whose lives he touched, Dick will be sorely missed. He was loved and respected by so many! But his faith comforted him with the knowledge that we will all be together again.
Clarence Dale Henriksen (1928-2013) As a member of the Arabian Horse Society of Iowa, as well as the Arabian Horse Association, ‘Dale’ Henriksen cared very deeply for the Arabian horse. Born in Audubon County, Iowa, he led a life full of farming and family, receiving many awards for the former. Over the years, his farming operation consisted of cattle feeding, crops, and hogs. In 1957, he was honored as a Master Swine Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers. As for his involvement with the Arabian horse, it was in 1964 that he and his wife, Ruth, began raising Arabian horses. Today, the Henriksen Arabian breeding program has achieved national recognition and remains very competitive at a national level. The Henriksen Arabians website boasts, “In an era when it sometimes seems that only bigname owners, following trendy, high-dollar programs, can make a mark on the Arabian breeding industry, Henriksen is a refreshing contradiction. In its 43 years of operation, the small Iowa nursery has turned out national and regional champions, both purebred and Half-Arabian, and has found a market not only in the United States, but internationally as well. Amazingly, it has achieved this status without straying far from the roots it put down in the 1960s.” And through this small breeding farm came great success with the late stallion Justtice, promising show horses in both performance and halter, and a passion for quality Arabian horses. Beyond building up Henriksen Arabians, Dale thoroughly enjoyed family and living a life full of friendship and involvement in the community. He, as well as his father and brother, were among the original shippers in the Audubon’s Operation T-Bone. Dale and Ruth were also honored as, Outstanding Farm Family of 1985, at the Audubon Chamber of Commerce Banquet, and Dale received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award at the Audubon County Farm Bureau Banquet in 2010. Not only was Dale involved in his community, but also cared deeply for his immediate kin. He adored his grandchildren, attending their activities religiously, and leaving fond memories with his family. 210 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
In Memoriam Zoraladdinn (2000-2013)
An accomplished Arabian stallion owned by Jenna Ball and Val Sylla of Westridge Farms, has passed—a horse that has forever changed their lives. From a strong bond in and out of the show ring, Jenna shares her journey with the chestnut stallion. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a very special Arabian stallion, Zoraladdinn (Zortann x Exceladdence). Although these things never come easy, I will say that we are all fortunate to have such a close knit and supportive Arabian community. We have received more kind words and genuineness than we could have ever imagined. From the day Ladd was born, he began to touch the lives of many. He was the most honest and talented horse I have ever had the privilege of working with. When he entered a ring, you couldn’t help but notice him (that may be his mother being biased). He carried my mother to her first top ten at U.S. Nationals, and that is a moment I will never forget. He also ended his career as Canadian National Reserve Champion in the western youth division with another very special young lady—he will also live on in her heart forever. Carrying the American flag with Ladd this year in Canada along side Natalie Hunt and her wonderful stallion, Dancing to Victory, is a another cherished moment. I hold all of our memories very close to my heart, and I look forward to working with his offspring. Love you always and forever Ladd.
MD Dynasty Of Fame (2006-2013) Multi-national champion MD Dynasty Of Fame was born July 6, 2006. This beautiful black bay colt resembled his sire, Starof Fame V, and was out of the great producing mare, Anas Star Fire. Margot and Hal Weber owned this special, young stallion. Hal shares, “Dynasty came to Shada, Inc. for training as a yearling and that is where we first saw him. What was so impressive about him was his gentle disposition and his big, soft eyes. When we went to see him a year later, that same great disposition, soft eyes and loving attitude were still there. We knew then he was the one to purchase and from there we brought him to trainer, Stanley White III. Born into greatness, Dynasty became a great western horse and with no doubt, lived up to his name. Dynasty and Stanley won regional championships at 9 and 12 three years in a row, a Scottsdale championship, and U.S. National Reserve Champion as a junior horse in 2011. I waited 40 years for a great horse to ride and in 2013, all within six months, Dynasty and I won Region 10 and Canadian National Champion Western Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over. Dynasty was also unanimous Canadian National Champion Ladies Side Saddle. His successful career was just starting. The day he died, he still gave you those big, soft eyes. He was oneof-a-kind who could be trusted with any little child, loved people and the people who met him loved him back. Dynasty will be missed, loved, and always remembered.” Volume 44, No. 7 | 211
A Leg Up Burn Injuries In Horses by Heather Smith Thomas Burn injuries can be very devastating. David Wilson DVM, MS (University of Missouri) says the burns he has seen in horses have all been from barn fires, though there can be other types of burns such as friction burns or chemical burns. “With a barn fire you often have smoke inhalation, which may or may not be a significant issue. It can be potentially very serious, however, if there is enough damage to result in lung edema,” he says. “Fluid loss must be dealt with in burn injuries, so we often give the horse IV fluids. If the lungs have been damaged by smoke inhalation, however, the fluid therapy can make it worse. When there is smoke inhalation along with a burn injury, it can be a very difficult situation. You can easily kill the horse by giving too much fluid; it contributes to more lung edema and the animal basically drowns,” he explains. “A burned horse may also get corneal ulcers (from damage to the eyes). Cardio-vascular aspects are also significant because there is so much fluid loss. Immediately following the burn, vaso-constriction of vessels occurs to help control bleeding. The vasoconstriction is then followed by vaso-dilation, resulting in fluid loss from the burn wound,” says Wilson. The initial evaluation of the injury is crucial. “Fortunately many burns are not very deep. They are often just 1st and 2nd degree burns. First-degree burns are generally not much more significant than a mild sunburn, but may be painful because in 1st and superficial 2nd degree burns, the nerves are still fully functional. In a deep 2nd degree burn, however, some of the nerve endings are destroyed and the horse may not appear to be in pain,” he says. There may be areas that don’t look as bad, but are very painful because the nerves are still very active. Superficial burns (1st and 2nd degree) will eventually heal but a 3rd degree burn, where all the skin is gone, 212 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
cannot heal except by growing in from the edges of the wound or by skin grafting. “What differentiates a superficial burn from a 3rd degree burn is the depth. Superficial burns don’t involve the basal layer of the epidermis. If you lose that layer, there is nothing left to regrow. This lengthens the healing process,” he says. “If a large area is just a superficial burn, it will heal, but if the burns are deep 2nd degree burns, or if they are 3rd or 4th degree burns (where tissues beneath the skin have also been damaged) this has a very poor prognosis. A barn fire injury may involve a large area of the body, and if there’s more than 40 to 50% of the body affected there will be many issues to deal with, even if they are not all deep burns. Whenever you have that much of the body affected, there will be significant f luid and protein losses. The protein losses through the skin are hard to replace, especially if the horse develops pulmonary edema.” First and superficial 2nd degree burns can often heal nicely with normal wound management. “You just try to keep them clean and soft. We often use silver sulfadiazine antibiotic cream on those. This keeps the area moist and helps the horse feel better. The deeper wounds, however, develop a coagulated mass of protein and collagen, and this is called eschar. It can actually form a pretty good bandage as long as it stays there, like a scab. You don’t want to remove those crusts, because they give protection for the wound,” he explains. Within a relatively short time, however, the burn starts to heal and the newly formed cells migrate under the eschar/scab and lift it off the burn bed. Once that starts lifting off, bacteria can get under the eschar. One of the big problems with a burn is pain and itching. The horse wants to rub on everything and chew on the wound. “As it starts healing and itching, the horse can completely destroy the wound. The horse won’t
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feel anything in the deep 2nd or 3rd degree burns, and may stand there and chew the burned tissue or rub on something until the wound is much deeper than it was originally. The edges where the nerves are still intact will be very painful and itchy and the horse wants to chew and rub it,” says Wilson. “Once the horse gets past all the physiological effects of the immediate burn injury, you are often managing it like any other wound. The problem is that you are usually dealing with a much bigger wound than if it was a wire laceration or a cut. The wounds are so much bigger, with exposure of underlying tissues to bacteria. Those tissues can’t hold fluid, so any fluid that is produced in the wound just leaks on out. You have a hard time keeping these wounds soft and bacteria-free, and keeping the horse from scratching at them,” he says. These horses often have to be put on pain medication. “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as phenylbutazone (“Bute”), Banamine or Equioxx are often used to control pain. “We sometimes use Reserpine which is a long-term sedative and a mild analgesic. Acepromazine is another agent that is not necessarily a great pain reliever but it helps relieve anxiety,” he says. Both of these drugs can keep the horse relaxed and relieves some stress. “Butorphanol is a controlled substance that we sometimes use for controlling pain. It’s a morphine-like drug. You can’t keep a horse on this type of drug for very long, but you can cross-tie the animal, cover the wounds so they are not exposed, and the horse will feel better. But when large areas of the horse are affected, it’s hard to cover everything. Then you are looking at using some of these injectable drugs that can give some pain relief and anxiety relief,” he explains. A high pain level can retard healing because it is a serious stress. “Also, if a horse is in significant pain, even if he’s cross-tied, he will figure out a way to get to the wound, and this will be a problem,” says Wilson. There are many protective coverings that can be put on burn wounds. “Equine amnion is commonly used, mainly because it can be fairly large. This is the
membrane that surrounds a newborn foal, and it has a skin-like texture. It is very flexible/pliable and can move with the horse. It also has a lot of growth factors in it that help wound healing. It’s a good barrier, to keep the wound covered. Equine amnion is used for covering many types of wounds, but it is especially useful for burns because of its large size,” he says. The amnion membrane doesn’t have to be fresh. It can be stored, refrigerated, in a mild antibiotic solution like chlorhexadine. “Veterinarians often cut it in strips and use it for distal limb wounds, for instance. When you are dealing with the entire amnion it can be a very big surface covering, so it would be nice to get it fresh—if someone happened to have a mare foaling when you needed it,” says Wilson. You might need a bigger collection than most people would have on hand. “The amnion membrane may last at least 2 or 3 days, but in some instances it may last longer than that if you can keep the horse from bothering it. If the horse is in a clean environment and not moving around too much, and the wound is not infected, the amnion covering may last a lot longer. The more the horse moves, the more potential infection there is, and the more drainage from the underlying wound. The drainage will lift the amnion up off the wound bed. If the amnion gets settled in place fairly well, and sticks down, it may stay there for quite awhile,” he says. Sometimes cadaver skin is used as a temporary cover for a serious burn wound. The cadaver skin would have to be meticulously collected and prepped to avoid contamination which could be a source of bacteria and infection of the burn site. It works like a bandage, for a while, until the body rejects it. “The goal is to keep the wound covered until you can get past the first couple of weeks. If you can get past that crucial time, you’ll have more success when grafting the area, for instance. You need to have a good, healthy granulation bed before a graft will ‘take’. Hopefully, the horse has some large healthy areas of skin (donor sites) to remove (the top layers) for grafting,” he says. Often the donor skin is only partial—a split thickness and meshed, so it will stretch—which allows for a small Volume 44, No. 7 | 213
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amount of healthy skin to cover a larger area. If the horse is burned on the topside you could take skin from the belly, chest, or neck areas to graft onto the wound. The donor site will be raw until it heals, so you must keep it clean and medicated as well. “Using a split-thickness graft allows you to maintain a protective layer of skin at the donor site, with just the superficial layers removed. Once you mesh that top layer, it can be expanded to cover a fairly large area,” says Wilson. The grafted skin, being only the top layers, is never as tough and resilient as normal skin, and also lacks the sweat glands, oil glands, etc. that are part of the more basal layers of the skin. “The grafted skin is more fragile and never as good as the original. There is a collagen layer and it will be fairly tough, but it won’t have near the hair concentration as normal skin. Thus the grafted area will be more prone to superficial trauma and sunburn,” he explains. If the graft is over the saddle area, you may not be able to ride the horse. If there is significant loss of skin in that area, you could have a long-term problem because tack would put pressure on fragile areas or scar tissue. The horse might be able to live a normal life, but might not be rideable. “It depends on the area involved, and how large it is. You might be able to do some creative padding and work around it, but if the whole area under the saddle was affected, it would be difficult to have the horse comfortable wearing a saddle, and the pressure and rubbing might create breaks in the grafted skin,” he says. The horse might do fine as a broodmare or stallion, unless the genitalia are affected. “Depending on how much scarring there is, and where, you might have trouble getting a stallion to mount mares for breeding (or AI collection) because he may have so much scar tissue on his side that there’s not enough flex and give.” Normal motion may be impaired or be uncomfortable. Each case will be different, depending on how large and deep the initial injury was, and how well the horse deals
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with the injury. “Some horses are stoic and handle it, while others never seem to get comfortable. The more they self-mutilate, the more problems you might have,” he explains. Even if the horse heals, the fragile skin (if it had to be grafted) will always need some extra protection—from flies, sunshine, and cold weather if the horse has less hair on those areas. Owners also need to be aware that it can take a long time for some of these injuries to “recover” and get as good as they are going to get. “It won’t be easy, because the horse will be in a lot of pain at first, especially during the first month of the healing process. Then the horse may become so ingrained in thinking that you are going to hurt him (with treatments) that this becomes a more permanent issue for the horse. The silver sulfadiazine is a watersoluble cream and seems to be the best medication for a large burn because it seems to be soothing and gives some pain relief. We also use Aloe Vera gel sometimes on these wounds,” he says. If a young horse is burned, there may be issues with contractures as the animal grows, if there was extensive scarring. But on the flip side, the young body is very good at remodeling itself. “Young animals heal much quicker and better than older ones, which is an advantage,” says Wilson. Another issue is nutrition. “Some of these burned horses will have a problem with weight loss. They lose a lot of protein, and also it takes more energy and nutrients to heal a serious burn injury,” he says. “Owners need to be aware that they may need to add fats to the diet for higher feed concentration. They may need to increase the grain, increase the fat content of the diet, and/or increase the quantity and quality of the hay. A middle-aged gelding normally doesn’t need grain or high quality hay, but if he’s trying to heal from a burn injury he may need good alfalfa and more grain than normal. You need a more concentrated and better ration than you’d typically need for that individual,” he explains. The body needs more calories and nutrients in order to heal, and to replace the protein losses from the exposed tissue. n
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February 17, 2014, Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice Awards, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: AHT, 800-248-4637. February 20, 2014, Gemini Acres Production Sale I, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Chris Barter, 602-501-9877.
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS March 23-24, 2014, Region 2 Sport Horse & Dressage Offsite Championship, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631.
SHOWS DECEMBER December 14, 2013, Holiday Hoorah I One Day Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. December 15, 2013, Holiday Hoorah II One Day Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640. JANUARY January 10-12, 2014, Houston All Arabian Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. January 11, 2014, Show Your Horse All Arab A and B One Day Show, Katy, Texas. Contact: Nannet Read, 352-278-2004. January 24-26, 2014, Sierra Empire, Norco, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101.
February 1, 2014, SFHA Combined Arab & HA/AA Qualifier One Day Show, Miami, Florida. Contact: Marjorie Joy Carr, 305-246-1041. February 7-9, 2014, Jubilee Of Breeds, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. February 13-23, 2014, 59th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Judie Mitten, 602-978-1342. February 23-24, 2014, Central FL Arab Winter Classic, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Contact: Cheryl Tobey, 912-658-8561. MARCH March 13-16, 2014, Cowtown Classic, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 14-16, 2014, Missouri All Arabian Show, St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Ryan Chambers, 314-717-7683. March 15-16, 2014, Ocala 19th Annual Amateur Show, Ocala, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. March 20-23, 2014, Alamo Arabian Fiesta, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. March 27-30, 2014, Rally In The Valley A and B, Eugene, Oregon. Contact: Heather Engstrom, 541-689-9700. March 28-30, 2014, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 28-30, 2014, Alabama All Arab A and B, Rainsville, Alabama. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. March 28-30, 2014, The Arabian Celebration A and B, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. March 29-30, 2014, Beat The Heat All Arab Show, Queen Creek, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. APRIL April 4-6, 2014, Fiesta Del Mar A, Del Mar, California. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. April 4-6, 2014, Magnolia Classic A and B, Gonzales, Louisiana. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815.
April 4-6, 2014, Western Carolinas Spring Show A and B, Pendleton, South Carolina. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. April 11-13, 2014, Lone Star Classic, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Ann Lang, 512-452-1492. April 12, 2014, Sunflower Arab I A and B One Day Show, Wichita, Kansas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 12-13, 2014, Pacific Rim Arabian Sport Horse Show, Elma, Washington. Contact: Renate Cowan, 360-807-4217. April 13, 2014, Sunflower Arab II A and B One Day Show, Wichita, Kansas. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 13, 2014, Fairfield Sport Horse & Dressage One Day Show, Denton, Texas. Contact: Charlene Lynch, 214-403-0460. April 25-27, 2014, Aim At The Hood Sport Horse A and B, Boring, Oregon. Contact: Karen Bragg, 503-682-4982. April 25-27, 2014, Border Bonanza A and B, Kansas City, Missouri. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683.
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January 4, 2014, Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of My Way 25- and 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Bumble Bee, Arizona. Contact: Jodie Dukerich, 480-515-1500.
*Go to ‘www.arabianessence.com or www.ecaho.org for international shows and information. Correction: On page 170 of the Vol. 4, No5AAA issue, incorrect ownership was provided from the show committee. 2013 Arabian Horse Celebration Arabian Senior Stallion 6-8 Years Old Champion Marwan Al Magnifficoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo), is owned by John Blincoe.
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A Abel Family, The ............................................................... 46, 47 Aguirre, Kelli ..........................................................12, 122, 123 AHT 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards ........................................57 AHT Subscriptions .................................................................192 Al Saqran Stud .......................................................... 8, 9, 50, 51 Al Shaqab ...................................................................FC, 42, 43 Aljassimya Farm ........................................................................ 5 Ames Reining Horses ....................................................... 22, 23 Arabian Horse Association of Arizona .................................. 36 Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund .................................. 28, 29 Argent Farms ..................................................................... 94, 95 Athbah Stud .............................................................................16 B Beloveds Farm .................................................................. IFC, 1 C Cedar Ridge Arabians ........................................ 26, 27, 173-175 Charles Amato Equine Interests LLC ..........................170, 171 Chattooga Ridge Arabians .............................................110, 111 Circle M Bar D Training Center ...........................................158 D Dearth, Dr. Paul & Carole ..................................................... 13 Dearth, Gary ........................................................................... 13 F Flynn, LA ....................................................................... 134-136 Frierson Atkinson ...................................................................217 G Gallún Farms, Inc. ............................................................. 16-20 Garvis, Leslie .........................................................................137 Goodrow, Richard & Justine .................................................. 54 Guzzo Worldwide LLC ................................................. 104-109 H Halsdon Arabians .................................................................... 93 Haras Los Palmares .......................................................... 48, 49 Harris, Pam ............................................................................139 Hat Lady, The ........................................................................217 Helo, Linda Anne ..................................................................158 I I Ask LLC ............................................................................. 126 J Jackson, Karlton............................................................... 11, 127 Janów Podlaski Stud .......................................................... 40, 41 K Kiesner Training ................................................. 10-13, 120-127 Kiesner, Barbara & Richard .................................................... 13 Kim Morgan Arabians, LLC .................................................. 62 Koch, Laura ................................................................... 162, 163 L L & B Farms ..................................................................223-IBC Liberty Meadows......................................................................21 Lowe Arabians..........................................................................59
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M Marhaabah Legacy Group, The ............................................111 Marino Arabians ............................................................... 52, 53 Maroon Fire Arabians ................................................ 72-76, 217 McNamara Performance Horses............................................216 Michalow Stud .................................................................. 44, 45 Midwest ....................................................................... 7-9, 37-56 Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders, Inc. ......................218, 219 O Oak Haven Arabians .....................................................223-IBC P P & S Enterprises ...................................................................216 Pay-Jay Arabians .....................................................................217 Pearson, Ron & Debbie ...........................................................11 Perkins, Perry & Suzanne .............................................. 104-107 Prestige Farms LLC .......................................................... 24, 25 Q Quarry Hill Farm ...................................................................216 R R.O. Lervick Arabians ...........................................................217 Rae-Dawn Arabians .............................................................. 2, 3 Rancho Sonado .......................................................................193 Randle Performance Horses...................................................132 Reed, Helen Lacey .................................................................. 12 Reilich, Bill & Shirley ........................................................ 10-13 Riles, Jerry & Ann .................................................................110 Royal Arabians .........................................................................56 Ryan Show Horses ...................................................................58 S Sage Performance Horses........................................................ 63 Sanders, Bert ................................................................. 162, 163 Seehorse Video .......................................................................199 Shea Stables ................................................................ 72-76, 217 Simply Spots Arabians ...........................................................172 Smith, Nancy & Roger............................................................ 13 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians LLC ..................................BC Starline Arabians ........................................................... 124, 125 Stone Ridge Arabians ................................................................ 7 Strand’s Arabian Stables ................................................ 159-163 Strawberry Banks Farm..................................................... 30, 31 T The Brass Ring, Inc. ......................................................170, 171 The Magician V-MCX Inc. ........................................... 189-191 The Masterpiece Arabian Partners, LLC ......................... 16-20 Tiegen, Bev & David .............................................................161 Timme, Stephen .................................................................... 138 V Vicki Humphrey Training Center ................................. 133-143 W Weegens, Todd & Glena ..........................................................55 Wildf lower Farms ..................................................................132 Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ............................................217
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