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Afire Bey V x S S Magnolia

#2 Sire of 2013 Canadian National Arabian Halter and Performance winners by number of points and number of winners. #2 Sire of 2013 Canadian National Half-Arabian Halter winners by points and a leading sire of Half-Arabian Halter winners by number of winners.

A Leading Sire of National Arabian and Half-Arabian winners. A Top Producing Nominated Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes Sire with approximately 25% of his get winning National and Regional titles.

Major Bella VA

Major Love Affair

WV Major Major

Reveille W

Ames Jasmine

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Contents Issue 1 • Volume 44, No. 8

2 Scottsdale


Cover Story: The Gemini Acres Production Sale—A Step Toward The Future Of The Breed


Futurities: Who, What, Why And How They Are Important For The Arabian Industry

2 Scottsdale

The 59th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Preview

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JJ Bellagio (Magnum Psyche x Joyeuse NY), owned by Gemini Acres Equine.


by Anne Stratton

by Kara Larson

38 Scottsdale Scottsdale Destination Guide 2 Freewill


by Anne Stratton

Freewill Farm—Ringing In The New Year The ‘Wendy Way’ by Kara Larson


Arabian Horse Photographers In Focus—Howard Schatzberg

18 Tutto

Verona European Championships

34 Tutto

2013 Paris World Arabian Horse Championships


Leaders Of The Times—Vitorio TO


In Memoriam


Comments From The Publisher


Faces & Places


Amateur Spotlight


25 Things You Don’t Know About Me …


Vet Chat: The 2014 USEF Change by Kara Larson


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

by Mary Kirkman

by Talitha Bakker

by Talitha Bakker

Design by: mickĂŠandoliver Photography by: Emma Maxwell

2013 World Champion Yearling Filly With the of greatest thanks to her breeder Mr Mohammed Al Sulaiti, her trainer Giacomo Cappaci and to everyone who cheered her to her win at the Salon Du Cheval in Paris; the Arabian event of the year. by Kahil Al Shaqab ex LC Primavera by Padrons Psyche contact: | Volume 44, No. 8 | 5

Comments From The Publisher Publisher Lara Ames Operations Manager/Editor Barbara Lee Writers Mary Kirkman Kara Larson Advertising Account Executive Tony Bergren Walter Mishek Production Manager Jody Thompson Senior Designer Marketing Director Wayne Anderson Print & Web Design Tony Ferguson Leah Matzke Editorial Coordinator Proofreader Charlene Deyle Sales/Editorial Assistant Accounts Receivable Karen Fell Sales Associate Kristin Hamway Sales/Editorial Assistant Deb Trebesch © Copyright AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Articles or opinions published by the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times are not necessarily the expressed views of the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times is not responsible for the accuracy of advertising content or manipulation of images that are provided by the advertiser. ARABIAN HORSE TIMES (ISSN 0279-8125) Volume 44, No. 8, January, 2014, is published monthly by AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times, 20276 Delaware Avenue, Jordan, Minnesota 55352. Periodical postage paid at Jordan, Minnesota 55352 and at additional entry offices. Single copies in U.S. and Canada $7.50. Subscription in U.S. $40 per year, $65 two years, $90 three years. Canada $65 one year, $125 two years, $170 three years, U.S. funds. Foreign Subscriptions: $95 one year, $185 two years, $280 three years, payable in advance, U.S. funds. Sorry, no refunds on subscription orders. For subscription and change of address, please send old address as printed on last label. Please allow four to six weeks for your first subscription to be shipped. Occasionally ARABIAN HORSE TIMES makes its mailing list available to other organizations. If you prefer not to receive these mailings, please write to ARABIAN HORSE TIMES, Editorial Offices, P.O. Box 69, Jordan, MN 55352. The publisher is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographic materials. Printed in U.S.A. • P OSTMASTER: Please send returns to Arabian Horse Times, P.O. Box 69, Jordan, MN 55352; and address changes to Arabian Horse Times, P.O. Box 15816, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5816. For subscription information, call 1-855-240-4637 (in the U.S.A.) or 952-492-3213 (for outside of the U.S.A.) Arabian Horse Times • P .O. Box 15816, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5816 • Tel: 952-492-3213 • F ax: 952-492-3228 1-800-AHTIMES •

With the beginning of a new year, I thought I would go back to “the beginning” in my search for ways to help the Arabian industry grow. For many of us, our involvement with horses began by learning how to ride in lesson programs. Some of us knew we wanted to ride Arabians, while others were introduced to the breed because those were the horses who taught them to ride. From there, falling in love was easy! Sadly, it also is easy to see that there aren’t as many lesson programs now as there used to be. We all know that the facility, staffing and insurance costs of running a lesson program are not small, but let’s look at the returns. Lesson programs create activity for farms, and that translates to sales, which translates to more people in the breed. And we all know that we need to enlarge our community. When it comes to suitable candidates for lesson programs, I don’t think it should matter if we’re talking about a halter barn or a performance barn—we need every young child to want to spend time with horses. In the future, they may buy trail mounts or show horses, and while show horses may be more lucrative, there is not only room but a real need for owners at every level of our breed (not to mention horses that belong at each level and must find owners). Most importantly, these new participants might carry on the tradition of making Arabian horses a family activity. So, let’s be real. This is an important mission, but owners, breeders and trainers with facilities already carry significant overhead, and this would be more. I know that AHA is not in a position to offer financial assistance here, so is there a way that everyone can help out? If we don’t bring new people into the community, we won’t have the industry we want in the future. It’s as simple as that. The floor is open for suggestions. Do you have any ideas about how more lesson programs can be funded?

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Good Luck at Scottsdale! To All Get Sired by

6-Time National Champion 2008 Scottsdale Supreme Champion 2013 Leading Sire Of U.S. National Purebred Halter Winners

DA Valentino x HED Caramba

Watch for DM Valencea with Midwest Training in 6-7 Year Old Mares STONE RIDGE ARABIANS • Dan and Maureen Grossman FOR SALES VIDEO CONTACT: Volume 44, No. 8 | 7

Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea


Honoring a glorious past, yet change for the future – exciting our imaginations and igniting our dreams.

The Standard of Scottsdale Excellence. Presented by David Boggs Al SAqrAn Stud ~ united ArAb emirAteS ~ KuwAit

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(IXL Noble Express x Eliza LA) – 2006 Bay Gelding. U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country Pleasure Futurity and Maturity, Youth National Top Ten JOTR and JTR 13 & Under Country Pleasure, and Top Ten Equitation.



(VCP Magnifire x Miss Desdamona) 2008 Grey Gelding. Region 11 Top Five Country Pleasure Junior Horse.



(Marwan Al Shaqab x Bey Atheyna) 2006 Bay Gelding. U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Gelding; ready to win in amateur hunter pleasure.

(Winterprinz AHVS x English Rose RM) 2009 H/A Chestnut Mare. National Top Ten Halter and Regional Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure.


(Clout x Party Pajamas) – 2008 Bay Gelding. 2012 Region 11 Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse and 2013 U.S. National Top Ten H/A English Pleasure Maturity, this gelding is very talented and amateur ready.

(Mastark x Delta Delta Deker) 2005 H/A Chestnut Gelding. 2013 Region 10 Champion H/A Country English Pleasure JOTR 14 & Under and Region 11 Reserve Champion H/A Country JOTR 14-18; 2012 Youth National Top Ten H/A Country English JTR 13 & Under, 2013 Youth Nationals Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure JOTR 14-18 and Top Ten 13 & Under Equitation and UPHA 13 & Under.


Reference Sire - Magnum Psyche


(Magnum Psyche x Simple Pleasures) 2011 Chestnut Gelding. Hunter prospect.

(SF Specs Shocwave x Victoryn Lace) – 2007 Bay Gelding. Ready for amateur country.


(Vegaz x MD China Toi) 2011 Chestnut Stallion. Talented English prospect.


(AA Apollo Bey x Fraska) – 1998 Grey Mare. 2008 Youth National Champion English JTR 13 & Under, 2008 Canadian National Reserve Champion English Park and U.S. National Reserve Champion English Junior Horse.


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AHT Cover Story The Gemini Acres Production Sale— A Step Toward The Future Of The Breed by Anne Stratton

JJ Bellagio (Magnum Psyche x Joyeuse NY)

Ever since they got into Arabians in the late 1980s, Jim and Sally Bedeker have envisioned putting on a sale, but it took building an international breeding program of size and depth, and acquiring a facility in Scottsdale, before they knew they were ready. That time has finally come, and their sale is no small event. In reality, it is more than just a private auction; the way they are doing it represents a turning point for the breed as a whole, and for those who follow Arabians, it is important. Volume 44, No. 8 | 15

Isadora TM ( JJ Bellagio x Isabelle FM) 2013 Bay Filly Bellaria CS ( JJ Bellagio x Dark Angel GA) 2013 Bay Filly

The Gemini Acres Production Sale, scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2014, is significant in three areas that will benefit the Arabian community. Whether or not the farm’s bloodlines fit in every program, the colts and fillies on offer are top class, qualified to do their jobs in the halter ring. Also, the auction will be run without reserves—a gutsy move on the part of the Bedekers that, in a sense, infuses a satisfying pride back into the Arabian sales ring. And finally, the sales facility that is being built for the auction is designed as a venue for future events slated to introduce the public to the Arabian horse. The Bedekers will stage some of those gatherings themselves (including partnering with others in the industry for sales and promotions), and offer the structure to outside organizations whose projects are appropriate. Any way you look at it, more people would be exposed to beautiful horses and the pleasure of the lifestyle that surrounds Arabians. So right now, as February 20 closes in with a rush, Gemini Acres is humming with activity, welcoming a steady stream of prospective buyers who want to see the horses. The Production Sale will offer more than 30 lots of Arabians (mostly yearlings), with a few Half-Arabians and Friesians, and a limited number of embryos. Most of the Arabians are by the farm’s two stallions, Da Vinci FM and JJ Bellagio, although there will be one by Van Gogh AM, also from the Gemini Acres breeding program.


“We’re very pleased that we’re getting a lot of interest over a wide range of horses, not just a couple,” says Jim Bedeker. One of the most talked-about aspects of the sale is the quality of the get from the farm’s younger sire, JJ Bellagio. The farm’s senior sire, Da Vinci, twice a U.S. National Reserve Champion (as a Yearling and a Senior Stallion) and the 2012 Leading Sire of Futurity winners, already has a well-established reputation as a sire of show and breeding horses. Now it is Bellagio’s turn, and those who see his foals say that he is doing spectacularly well. “I just saw three or four of the Bellagio babies the other day and I loved them,” reports trainer Greg Hazlewood. “There was a lot of consistency in them. They’re beautiful—it looks like he is doing a great job as a sire.” Breeder and trainer Isaac Taylor uses the same word. “We were extremely impressed with the consistency of what Bellagio is producing,” he says. He noticed the earliest of the stallion’s get last spring and promptly booked three mares, who are due to foal this spring. “What I saw from him was upright necks with great shape, clean throats, and very short, refined heads.” “Great necks and great tail carriage,” nods Gemini Acres Farm Manager Chris Barter, who co-owns JJ Bellagio

Arianna CS ( JJ Bellagio x Duchess Of Marwan) 2013 Bay Filly

with the Bedekers, “and big eyes, a very small muzzle, and little, tipped-in ears. Legs are never an issue, and both Bellagio and Da Vinci sire size.” Those attributes, he says, are bred in. Bellagio’s pedigree reflects a strong infusion of *Aladdinn and *Bask to complement his Magnum Psyche sire line, and he has been particularly successful with Da Vinci (his most frequent cross), Marwan Al Shaqab, mares of *Bask lineage, and stallions of Padrons Psyche and Bey Shah heritage. Bellagio himself, at 7, is an impressive individual who was a U.S. National Top Ten Yearling Colt (third overall), a Silver Champion at the ABHA World Cup, and a unanimous Region 7 Champion Yearling Colt. “He is a look alike son of Magnum Psyche, with his extreme type and style, and his flowing mane and tail,” observes trainer Ricardo Rivera. In 2013, the farm saw a strong response to the Da Vinci/JJ Bellagio get, selling several for substantial prices. “It’s been a golden cross for us,” says Jim Bedeker, “so I think he can continue that with other mares, given the opportunity.” Right now, the plan is to acquaint more of the Arabian public to Bellagio’s ability as a sire, which is happening daily as February 20th draws closer. “Everybody’s always looking to buy the new superstar—you know, the weanlings-coming-yearlings,” says Chris Barter, “and that’s always going to be the best selling point in breeding horses.” Already the farm has reaped the reward of several offers to represent JJ Bellagio overseas and an increased

Basilio CS ( JJ Bellagio x Goddess Of Da Vinci) 2013 Chestnut Stallion

demand for semen, not to mention the sales over the holiday tour season, as visitors became acquainted with the Bellagio foals. “Pretty’s always going to sell,” Barter grins. “Pretty will never go away.” “Jim and Sally Bedeker have created a wonderful breeding program of international influence,” say breeder Walter Mishek. “The quality of their horses is only superseded by their devotion to making the Arabian industry successful for all. I have had the opportunity to visit and see the great results of crossing Da Vinci FM and JJ Bellagio get, and it is wonderful. Chris Barter has been a great addition to the Gemini program, and their Scottsdale auction is one that I believe everyone should attend and participate in.” And so the Sale approaches. It will reflect the usual Scottsdale glamour, offering cocktails and dinner—but business is its objective. The goal is to sell a horse every three minutes. To help buyers, all the horses have been vet-checked, their records are available, and potential bidders may request information they need which is not automatically provided, or ask that their own veterinarians review the horses. “Gemini Acres is not just a owner, but a true breeder of national and international champions,” notes Ricardo Rivera. “Their program is second to none. This collection of Da Vinci and Bellagio get, as well as the embryos offered from two world class mares, is a rare opportunity and should not be missed.” n

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Lot 4

Satin Doll GA

Magnum Psyche JJ Bellagio Joyeuse NY

Padrons Psyche A Fancy Miracle RSC Carhif Florenz NY

AHR #661338 Chestnut Arabian Filly 3/08/13 Da Vinci FM Goddess Of Da Vinci Goddess Of Marwan

Versace Full Moon Astar Marwan Al Shaqab Amety B

Satin Doll represents a first time opportunity to acquire an exciting new cross of bloodlines. Sired by the exotic Champion stallion JJ Bellagio, a son of International Champion Magnum Psyche, this beautiful chestnut filly is out of the multi-champion young mare, Goddess of Da Vinci, herself a daughter of the great Da Vinci FM and out of the National Champion mare Goddess of Marwan. Combining the bloodlines of JJ Bellagio, Magnum Psyche, Da Vinci and Marwan Al Shaqab, this young filly represents an internationally recognized and marketable pedigree. Her attitude, style and beauty point her destiny towards becoming a great show filly and future foundation mare for both domestic and international programs. She is enrolled in Breeders Sweepstakes and the U.S. and Canadian Halter Futurities.


Lot 6

Deja Vu GA

Versace Da Vinci FM Full Moon Astar

Fame VF Precious As Gold Yahya Matuk Amurath Astoria

AHR #661340 Bay Arabian Filly 4/03/13 Don El Chall Doryzia HCF Hilonia HCF

*Prichal AF Donana *Lyphard *PR Strikette

This gorgeous bay daughter of the great Da Vinci FM offers an exotic and rare internationally-recognized pedigree to the discriminating breeder. This filly could possibly be your next foundation mare or halter contender. She is not only beautiful, but she has her sire’s attitude and style. Da Vinci FM is known for producing gorgeous offspring as well as national champions, and that coupled with Déjà Vu’s dam, the imported Brazilian Champion mare *Doryzia HCF, a daughter of the international champion producing sire Don El Chall, a son of *Prichal, makes her pedigree a rare combination destined to produce classic Arabian beauty and type. A pedigree that offers strength, beauty and correctness. She is enrolled in Breeders Sweepstakes and the U.S. and Canadian Halter Futurities.

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Lot 8

Vincent GA

Magnum Psyche Van Gogh AM Ynazia HCF

Padrons Psyche A Fancy Miracle AF Don Giovani *NV Tayma

AHR #660043 Chestnut Arabian Colt 3/09/13 Psytadel US Claudiaa RA Cool Elygance US

Padrons Psyche Bint Bey Shah Jocool Elysia

A truly RARE offering! This is the FIRST and ONLY Van Gogh AM offspring in the United States! Van Gogh AM, an international exotic sensation and 2011 Bronze World Champion in Paris, his offspring are already highly sought after in Europe. They show extreme Arabian type and beauty. Bred by Gemini Acres Equine and sold and exported to Europe where he went on to garner his international championships, Van Gogh is a son of International Champion Magnum Psyche and Gemini Acres Equine’s foundation broodmare *Ynazia HCF, a National Champion mare herself and producer of international champions. Vincent’s dam, *Claudiaa, has recently been imported from Belgium and is an exotic grey daughter of Psytadel US. Psytadel has established himself as a leading sire of the breed and one of the top-producing sons of Padrons Psyche in Europe. His offspring have won over 100 championship titles around the world. Vincent truly is a “one-of-a-kind” horse for the discriminating breeder. His pedigree will be accepted and coveted world-wide. His show attitude will allow him to show at the top levels. Don’t miss this very special colt.


Lot 11

Princessof Davinci GA

Versace Da Vinci FM Full Moon Astar

Fame VF Precious As Gold Yahya Matuk Amurath Astoria

AHR #659961 Chestnut Arabian Filly 1/5/13 El Nabila B Symphony Of Love HED Caramba

Kubinec 218 Elf Layla Walayla B Magnum Psyche HED Cajun Queen

An opportunity to acquire a young daughter of Da Vinci FM out of the multi-champion mare Symphony of Love, a daughter of the imported National Champion Stallion *El Nabila B, and daughter of the imported National Champion mare *HED Caramba. Her pedigree is solid and comprised of internationally recognized horses. She is a full sibling to the exotic filly Kahilat Al Shahania. This beautiful filly has attitude and style! She is bold and is a beautiful representation of both her sire and dam. A future foundation mare for your breeding program for the domestic and international markets. She is enrolled in Breeders Sweepstakes, Halter Futurities, U.S. and Canadian Halter Futurities, and the Scottsdale Signature Futurity.

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Lot 13

Lleonardo GA

Padrons Psyche Magnum Psyche A Fancy Miracle

*Padron Kilika *Sasaki *Medina Azahara

AHR# 658770 Chestnut Arabian Colt 6/18/12 AF Don Giovani Ynazia HCF *NV Tayma

*Aladd *Wind Charm Bey Shah Bar Syl Baseyna

A chance to acquire a full-sibling to the exotic 2011 Paris Bronze World Champion Van Gogh GA. This is one of two full brothers offered on this sale. Out of the famous Gemini Acres Equine foundation multi-national champion mare *Ynazia HCF, she is also the dam of multiple champions and international champion horses. Lleonardo GA’s other famous siblings include the exotic champion stallions Psequel (Padrons Psyche x Ynazia HCF) and Psource (Padrons Psyche x Ynazia HCF). His pedigree offers the proven blood of his sire Magnum Psyche, and that of AF Don Giovani , Bey Shah+ and *Aladdinn. This handsome young colt offers body, type and attitude. He is upright and sporty with show ring presence. He is ready for the show ring or your breeding program for both the domestic and international markets. He is enrolled the U.S. and Canadian Halter Futurities.


Lot 15

Temptation GA

Versace Da Vinci FM Full Moon Astar

Fame VF Precious As Gold Yahya Matuk Amurath Astoria

AHR #657582 Bay Arabian Filly 3/18/12 Magnum Psyche HED Monserrat Zetyra HCF

Padrons Psyche A Fancy Miracle *Almaden II *NV Ali Bey

Professionally started in halter, this beautiful filly has endless potential in the show ring! Showy and upright with a beautiful face, Temptation’s extreme quality is well evident. It’s no surprise due to the successful cross of Da Vinci FM on the daughters of world-wide champion stallion Magnum Psyche. It is apparent that the cross of these two bloodlines is resulting in exceptional offspring! Imported from Argentina, Temptation’s dam is the beautiful Magnum Psyche daughter *HED Monserrat who is an *Almaden II granddaughter and carries the exotic lines of Ali Jamaal. Temptation’s pedigree is comprised of classic beauty, strength and attitude, top and bottom. Temptation’s internationally recognized pedigree and “look at me” show horse attitude will make her an excellent addition as a halter contender and future broodmare. She is enrolled in the U.S. and Canadian Halter Futurities.

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Heiress of Da Vinci

Versace Da Vinci FM Full Moon Astar

Fame VF Precious As Gold Yahya Matuk Amurath Astoria

AHR #654594 Bay Arabian Filly 5/22/11 Ensignia MSU Sincerely Yours MSU Shagadelic

Concensus Enaria Ohadi Ben Rabba Msu Stolen Angel

A daughter of internationally recognized sire Da Vinci FM, known for passing his classic Arabian type and beauty on to his offspring. Heiress of Da Vinci is a gorgeous bay filly. She was bred with the full intent of creating a pedigree to produce classic Arabian type, substance and quality for years to come. Her dam is a daughter of the Polish stallion Ensignia a son of Polish multi-national champion Concensus. Her pedigree is a combination of strength and beauty with international merit. She would make a lovely show mare or future broodmare for any program. She is enrolled in Breeders Sweepstakes and the U.S. and Canadian Halter Futurities.


Gemini Acres Production sAle i And e veninG in t uscAny schedule of events

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres ~ 5:30 p.m. Sale ~ 7:00 p.m.

Watch for information on previews. Private viewing available.

Interested bIdders may request veterInary InformatIon or prIvate vIewIngs of the sale candIdates by contactIng farm

manager, chrIs barter (602) 501-9877 e-maIl: vIctor rIcIglIano (612) 328-1639 or scott mason (385) 312-5156

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Join the happy horse owners winning today’s biggest titles with CSP-bred horses! With the depth we have in trotting bloodstock, there is no doubt you’ll find something perfect for you in our barn. Stop by our sale center in Scottsdale.

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CSP lucky Day

DS Mick Jagger

Thank you to the readers of the ARABIAN HORSE TIMES for the following nominations: CHRISHAN PARk AHTimes Best Farm/Team Spirit ExPRESSly BEllA AHTimes Best Arabian Specialty Horse & AHTimes Best Arabian Saddle Seat Horse

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CSP Worthy Wager

DS Mick Jagger x MHR Martinna U.S. NATIONAl CHAMPION COUNTRy Pl AATR SElECT Owner Brian Galbraith


CSP Mister Vegaz

Mamage x MHR Martinna U.S. NATIONAl RES-CHAMPION COUNTRy Pl AAOTR 19-35 Owner kathy & Emily Shippee

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CSP Viva la Vida

DS Mick Jagger x Merlot CSP U.S. NATIONAl RES-CHAMPION COUNTRy Pl AAOTR 55 & OVER Owner Barbara Cook Volume 44, No. 8 | 29

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Standing at Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Minnesota Medallion Stallion Scottsdale Signature Stallion

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ABRIEL DESOTO AND JESSICA CLINTON WERE joined in matrimony on November 15th at the beautiful and historic Wheeler House in Ball Ground, Georgia. With friends and family in attendance, many enjoyed this joyous celebration of love between two talented horse trainers. As the venue encompassed true southern charm, it certainly enhanced the joy of the occasion, bringing the romance of young love and commitment into focus. Lovely succulent flower arrangements added to the simplistic elegance of the whole event. Jessica’s one-of-a-kind dress was made by Claire Pettibone and Jess calls it, “the inspiration for the look I was going for—wonderfully vintage!”

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One that we love to share!

6-Time National & Reserve Champion

A TEMPTATION National Quality Show Horses Available ENRICO (A Temptation x EA Candy Girl, by Hucklebey Berry) Enrico is a 6-year-old grey gelding that is a full brother to the 2013 U.S. National Champion Park Horse Exxpectations. 2013 Region 14 Top Ten Country Pleasure Junior Horse. Tall and elegant with a lot of show ring presence—amateur ready. 15.1 hands. An A+ attitude and barn favorite. TEMPTING TANGO (A Temptation x CP Beyberry Tango, by Hucklebey Berry) U.S. National Top Ten in Country Pleasure and Pleasure Driving. 2012 Celebration Champion Country English Pleasure AOTR. This 10 year-old gelding is big, showy and snow white. Very safe in harness for the amateur driver. REMEMBRANCE ROSE (Hey Hallelujah x Remember Romance, by Baske Afire) Super cadenced and balanced along with a great mind! Remembrance Rose will make a fabulous Country Junior horse—perfect for an amateur. Her pedigree is fabulous with many show ring superstars. This 4-yearold grey mare is ready to start her winning show career in 2014.

Strawberry Banks Farm Barbara Chur, owner ~ Brian Murch, trainer ~ cell: 716-983-3099 716.652.9346 ~ East Aurora, New York ~


Leading Sire Of National Winners

BASKE AFIRE CURTIS LOEW (Baske Afire x Aladdins Tapestry, by Forty Secnd Street ERB) Beautiful! Already a National Champion. 2012 U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Country Futurity, 2013 U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian Country Junior Horse. This gorgeous and tall, 5-year-old bay gelding is ready to go again all the way in both open and amateur. Broke to drive. STARTINI (Millennium LOA x Image CSP, by Mamage) National quality Country Pleasure horse for the amateur and youth divisions. Startini is a beautiful 9-year-old bay mare with a super upright neck and carriage; her white socks really make her stand out in the show arena. Championships in Country and Country Pleasure Driving. MAJOR DESIRE GA (DS Major Afire x HL Infactuation, by DS Major Afire) Major Desire is an exquisite National quality halter mare. She has extreme type with true and correct conformation. Her dam, HL Infactuation, is one of the breed’s most beautiful mares.

Check with Brian Murch about young available prospects.


Curtis Loew

Tempting Tango

Major Desire GA

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Futurities: Who, What, Why And How They Are Important For The Arabian Industry


Futurities. We take them for granted now. It’s almost hard to believe that as recently as 35 years ago, the only futurities were the ones run by the Arabian Horse Association (the International Arabian Horse Association in those days). Their competitions, for 3-year-old halter horses only, were a part of the U.S. and Canadian National Shows. In 1981, the Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders Association paid out the first prize money from their newly-organized Medallion Stallion program, but back then, it was a fledgling affair. It grew over the years, but for the industry as a whole, it was not until the turn of the 21st century that private, club-run futurities, many of which looked to Minnesota for inspiration, came on the Arabian show scene. They rapidly became some of its most anticipated competitions. Just for the record, here is the timeline for the rise of futurity competition in North America. AHA’s futurities were founded in 1965, followed by Minnesota’s Medallion Stallions. The Iowa Gold Star came next, more than 25 years ago, but it was suspended for a period and reorganized in 2003. The modern establishment of futurities might be dated from 2002, when Scottsdale introduced its Signature program, which held its first classes in 2004. That opened the floodgates. In 2006, the Arabian Horse Breeders Association held its first World Cup show, with its futurity system, and in 2005, the Scottsdale Reining Futurity issued its first checks to Half-Arabians, following a year later 44 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

with purebred competition. Also in 2006, the Region 12 Spotlight Futurity began a meteoric ascent in the Arabian community. The Arabian English Performance Association wrote its first checks in 2007 for its Saddle Seat Futurity, which took place at Scottsdale, and the following year, held its first Yearling In-Hand competition at the Buckeye. In 2012, they moved the Saddle Seat Futurity to U.S. Nationals and added another high-dollar event, this time for Half-Arabians. And finally, Scottsdale’s popular new fall show, the Arabian Breeder Finals, joined in, announcing its futurity for 3-year-old halter horses, which will issue its first prize money in 2015.

Almost in the past dozen years, futurities have gone from a nice thing to do with (mostly) 3-year-old halter horses to programs that recognize Arabians and HalfArabians, yearlings through 5-year-olds, in both halter and performance. And the human stars for the most part are not the professionals who were on the lead back in the 1960s and 1970s; now, with the exception of the national futurities, they are predominantly amateurs. In the clubrun programs, trainers are seen primarily in the reining competition and the 3- and 4-year-old performance classes. A lot has changed, and by the look of it, the Arabian horse community likes it that way.

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To understand the futurity phenomenon, let’s start at the beginning. In the mid-1960s, it might be presumed that AHA/IAHA inaugurated its halter futurities to promote the breeding and showing of Arabians. But what got the Minnesota breeders started? Cedar Ridge’s Dick Ames remembers when local breeders gathered in the late 1970s to come up with a way to fund prize money at their horse shows. “It was myself, Paul Emerson and Chuck Wildenhauer,” he says, and adds a few others, including Gary Erickson and Milt Strand. “We met at Paul’s house, and guess who the key player was? Donald Boggs, David’s dad. Donny Boggs was a big pusher; he didn’t want any professional trainers involved. The horse market was very, very strong at that time, so we organized a stallion [service] auction, trying to create some cash flow. We didn’t call it a futurity, but basically, it was the Minnesota Breeders’ program. Those meetings would go on far into the night, and they got pretty heated sometimes.”

Dick and Lollie Ames

It all took off from there. At first, Minnesota funded only halter classes, but in time, its success gave the performance fans ideas. “It was going pretty good and we got some money in the pot,” Ames recalls. “I like performance horses, so at one of our meetings, I brought up having a futurity class for the performance end. Well, Donny Boggs went berserk, said we ‘weren’t stealing any money out for that!’” He laughs because, of course, performance futurities were on the horizon, encompassing western, hunt seat and saddle seat. So, what is it about futurity programs, both halter and performance, that has people so revved up? What do they do for the Arabian community? Yes, they pay out prize money, but that can’t be the whole answer. While it is appreciated, it does not typically pay the bills 24/7/365 for longterm horse owners and breeders. To find out more, AHT talked to a selection of people involved in today’s futurities—stallion owners, award winners, program managers and others—to find out more about the singular appeal of these lucrative, popular classes. And to help understand the latest futurity standouts, AHT tabulated statistics and compiled lists, calculating results by number of winners from the following programs: the Scottsdale Signature, AHBA World Cup, Region 12 Spotlight, Minnesota Breeders, Iowa Gold Star, Arabian Breeder Finals, Buckeye AEPA In-Hand Yearling class, and the U.S. and Canadian Nationals. The accompanying charts detail what emerged. All futurity classes, both halter and performance, are included, and in months to come, we’ll check up on the Arabian English Performance and Scottsdale Reining Futurities individually. They’re all part of the package.


Bey Ambition

Ever After NA

Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady

Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA

2013 Futurity Top Ten Leading Living Halter Sires No. Sire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . # of Winners . . . . . .Owner 1. Bey Ambition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 . . . . . .Murray and Shirley Popplewell Ever After NA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 . . . . . .Robert and Dixie North 2. Aria Impresario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 . . . . . .Sloan Family Imp. Holdings and Carlos & Christiane Roizner Da Vinci FM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 . . . . . .Sally Bedeker Marwan Al Magnifficoo . . . . . . . . . . . .10 . . . . . .John Blincoe 3. Magnum Chall HVP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . .Raegen Lurken SF Veraz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . .Patti Scheier Vitorio TO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . .Oak Ridge Arabians 4. PCF Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . .Prince Saud Bin Sultan Bin Saud Al Saud Trussardi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . .Rojo Arabians Shows included: both halter and performance futurity classes of the Scottsdale Signature Stallion, AHBA World Cup, AEPA In-Hand at Ohio Buckeye, Region 12 Spotlight, MN Breeders, Iowa Gold Star, Breeder Finals, Canadian Nationals, and U.S. Nationals.

Aria Impresario

Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica

Da Vinci FM

Versace x Full Moon Astar

Marwan Al Magnifficoo

Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo

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Afire Bey V

Baske Afire

Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire

Afire Bey V x Mac Baske

Sundance Kid V

Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V

2013 Futurity Top Ten Leading Living Performance Sires No. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Sire . . . . . . . . . . . Afire Bey V . . . . . . . Baske Afire. . . . . . . Sundance Kid V. . . . Afires Heir . . . . . . . Khadraj NA . . . . . . Mamage . . . . . . . . IXL Noble Express . . Jake Jamaal JCA . . . Odyssey SC . . . . . . Hesa Zee . . . . . . . . Magnum Chall HVP . Magnum Psyche . . . VCP Magnifire . . . . Vegaz . . . . . . . . . .

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2013 Futurity Top Ten Leading Living Overall Sires No. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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2013 Top Ten Halter Futurity Breeders

2013 Top Ten Overall Futurity Breeders

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . number of winners Murray and Shirley Popplewell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Pegasus Arabians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 J. Frank and Sara Chisholm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sam Peacemaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Oak Ridge Arabians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Rodney and Jacqueline Thompson . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Barbara Sink-Krusenstjerna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lawrence Jerome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Robert and Dixie North Family Trust . . . . . . . . . . 5 Rohara Arabians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Stonewall Farm Arabians LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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2013 Top Ten Performance Futurity Breeders

2013 Top Ten Futurity Breeders of Champions

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Number of winners J. Frank and Sara Chisholm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Eleanor Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Conway Arabians, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Cynthia Burkman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lawrence Jerome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bazy Tankersley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Marty and Tim Shea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Tamara Hanby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Boisvert Farms LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Cedar Ridge Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Nick and Juliet Carden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 R. O. Lervick Arabians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Richard Ames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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Murray and Shirley Popplewell

Peter and Lori Conway

What Is More Important, The Prize Money Or The Prestige? Not unexpectedly, our panel saw the importance of both the money and the increased standing of a successful futurity horse—but each respondent offered a different perspective on the topic. “It definitely makes it more exciting when there’s money on it,” says Murray Popplewell. “But it makes it a lot tougher too, because only the best of the breeders there can compete. There’s not much sense going in if you know you don’t have a chance to get in the top ten. It makes it just the best of the best that are there when there’s money involved.” With his wife, Shirley, Popplewell operates Rae-Dawn Arabians of Saskatoon, Sask., and Scottsdale. They placed first on AHT’s 2013 list of Leading Breeders of Futurity Halter Horses, second overall (halter and performance), and tied for second by number of champions, while their stallion Bey Ambition was the Leading Living Futurity Halter Sire and top ten among sires overall. Peter Conway, of Conway Arabians, Inc. in Chatsworth, Minn., agrees, and takes it a step further. “It motivates people to do better all along the way,” he says. Conway has served on the board of the MAHB futurity, chaired its auction, and is the current president of the AEPA Futurity. He and his wife, Lori, routinely support a selection of futurity programs, and he knows the inspiration of futurities on a personal


level. “They helped me make the decision to purchase a mare this year that I think can be first a show horse and then a great broodmare. I’m already dreaming about how we are going to show her and then breed her, and six years from now we might get a foal that can win that [AEPA] class. So, it affects you for a long period of time before you are actually there.” “The prestige is an important aspect of it, but people compete in open classes without necessarily having to have a prize money component,” notes Jeff Sloan, of Masterpiece Arabians. “So, I think having a shot at a prestigious title and at the same time winning prize money (that helps at least offset the cost of doing it) is pretty compelling to people. It is about the prestige, but in the case of the futurities, there’s no getting around the fact that prize money is a big motivator.” Sloan and his family developed, and are now in partnership with Carlos and Christiane Roizner, on the stallion Aria Impresario, a three-time U.S. National Champion (Yearling, 3-Year-Old and 6-7 Year-Old), as well as 2012 U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion. Impresario placed second on the 2013 List of Leading Living Futurity Halter Sires and top ten overall.

Barbara Chur and Brian Murch

Brian Murch, of Strawberry Banks Farm in East Aurora, N.Y., allows that for some, prize money is not the object, but he does not define the satisfaction of winning as simply the prestige of it. In 2013, Strawberry Banks stallion Baske Afire placed second on AHT’s list of Leading Living Performance Sires and third on the list of Futurity Sires Overall. “I know that Barbara [Chur, owner of Strawberry Banks] has had more fun the last couple of years with our success because, for the most part, it’s been a lot of horses that we have bred and raised here at Strawberry Banks,” he says. “Instead of her having to buy horses, we’ve been showing some that we’ve bred, and that, to her, is huge. We haven’t won the AEPA class with one we’ve bred yet, but I’ll tell you what, we’ve got some coming that I think are capable of doing it. To me, that’s even bigger.” And he does not discount the importance of the prize money, particularly as an attraction for new people to the breed and those for whom it plays a significant role in maintaining their Arabian horse operations. “For a new person buying a horse who hears, ‘Hey, I think this horse has the bloodlines and potential to [do well]’ in whatever particular futurity it is, and then they go and they have that success— they’re hooked. So, I think the futurities are win/win, no matter how you look at it.

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“To me, it all goes back to where this industry started,” he muses. “Then, it wasn’t—and it can’t be—just the wealthy people that are breeding and showing horses. Everybody who has a love for it needs to be able to feel like they can play the game.” Owner-breeder Jim Bedeker, of Gemini Acres Equine in Scottsdale and Morris, Ill., sees both sides. “It seems to bring some excitement because there is prize money with it,” he says, “but I think that prize money means different things to different people. For some, it’s just the idea that they want it; for others, it actually helps pay bills. But the draw seems to be great for it and the futurities continues to grow, so I think it’s a good thing to support.” Bedeker and his wife, Sally, own Da Vinci FM, 2012 Leading Living Halter Sire of Futurity Winners who in 2013 tied for second on the halter list and was top ten overall.

Jim and Sally Bedeker


“The money is essential,” says John Blincoe, of Uniglobe Select Arabians in Scottsdale. He has owned Arabians for most of his life and recently purchased Marwan Al Magnifficoo, who is nominated to several futurities. “I think different forms of profit or income for a breeder or owner are essential. But there is another part of it, and that is futurities bring recognition to young horses and their sires and dams, and to the breeders themselves. When you start seeing a consistency in futurities—a particular sire or mare, or a particular breeder—that, to

me, is important. As a matter of fact, that is one of the main reasons I bought Marwan Al Magnifficoo.” It all had to do, he says, with the Iowa Gold Star and the horses he saw by “M&M.” From a limited foal crop, the stallion had sired an extraordinary number of successful foals (including winners at the Minnesota Fall Fest, where he has been leading sire for three years), and Blincoe was inspired to purchase not only him, but broodmares to complement him as well. That wasn’t his original intention, the breeder says; he had started out to collect mares, not stand a stallion—he’d “been there, done that” years ago with such sires as Gondolier, Fire Alert and *Celaddinn, and he had played a role in the career of Kaborr and advised on the mating which produced Fame VF. Now, it begins again. For Barbara Sink-Krusenstjerna, who in 2013 tied for first as Leading Breeder of Futurity Champions and ranked top ten in Breeders of Futurity Halter horses, the prize money is nice, but mainly because it supports a broader picture that for her is more important. SinkKrusenstjerna and her husband, Jay, operate Stonegate Farms, and for 25 years, she has focused on western performance. It was when she became intrigued with DA Valentino, thinking he might make a good western sire, that she ventured into the halter world.

Barbara Sink-Krusenstjerna

“What I liked most doing, was finding a baby and watching it move, and raising it, getting it through the futurity and the junior classes, and trying to ring that national bell, which we did a couple of times,” she recalls. “And then the natural progress was, can I breed one? That’s the part I’m in now. And I couldn’t even wrap my head around that I could have a national champion halter horse, much less breed one—but the Gold Star was right in my backyard.” Her western trainer remains Jody Strand, while Andy Sellman handles her halter candidates. Over the past few years, futurities have become a favorite venue for her. Her Half-Arabian mare Tequila Rose MTC, bred to DA Valentino or one of his sons, has stamped out successful foals: Gianna Rose, Angelina Rose and Valerro all won at the Iowa Gold Star before going on to national titles, while another Stonegate contender, Gian Paul, followed the same route, but with reserve titles. Another colt, Vicario, has won several national titles, along with top tens in the Scottsdale Signature and Iowa Gold Star Futurities. And she is awaiting the appearance of Anthem V and Sundance Kid V colts in the Iowa Gold Star and U.S. National Western Futurities.

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Eleanor Hamilton

Marwan Al Magnifficoo owned by John Blincoe.

“We’ve utilized futurities regionally and nationally to great success,” she offers. “Some of our nation’s best horses are in these money earning classes and several of these futurities can be tied together into a powerful combination. Obviously, it all starts with the dream of what your mare will do, combined with the attributes of your chosen stallion. But it’s your dream, and if a little luck comes together, you can show for a payback all year.” She considers the evolution of her breeding program and smiles. “My ultimate dream is that my Arabian peers will eventually think of my breeding as a place to stop and look when they’re looking for pretty, correct western prospects. I want to tie the two things together, you know? I think they can be pretty and I think they can work. That’s my goal.” If futurities offer a look at the stallions siring top young horses, who were the big names in 2013? “We’ve been very fortunate,” says Murray Popplewell, owner of the Leading Living Sire of Futurity Halter Winners, Bey Ambition. “He’s right at the top of the pack there.” Even so, the Popplewells already are looking to the future. “Bey Ambition’s babies are just coming of age now, and this is the first year that they could compete in the [AHA] futurity program. He had three champions, or in the championships—like reserve or champion—in both Canada and the U.S. And the nicest thing about that is, he had three that were in the futurity championships in halter, and he also had one that was the western pleasure futurity reserve champion. That was even more exciting, because that’s the first one who’s gone into a performance program.” Popplewell notes that in the past four years, Rae-Dawn has fielded six champions or reserves in futurities, as well as a number of top tens. They especially appreciate the U.S. and Canadian national futurities and


Scottsdale, and have nominated Bey Ambition to the MAHB, the Iowa Gold Star, the Scottsdale Signature and the AHBA World Cup Futurities. Longtime breeder and exhibitor Eleanor Hamilton, of Eleanor’s Arabian Farm in Rogers, Minn., was equally pleased to place second in the listing of Leading Futurity Performance Breeders, and go top ten overall and second in number of champions. And her stallion Hesa Zee was a top ten Leading Living Futurity Performance Sire. Hamilton’s first experience with futurities came in the mid-1980s, when she acquired the stallion Crown Musc. That was around the time she built her training barn, and since then, she has gone on to become one of the foremost breeders of Arabian reining horses in the country. Her most famous stallions have been the late Crown Musc and Hesa Zee, but there have been others as well, both Arabian and Quarters Horses; standing

with Hesa Zee now is the Polish stallion TAF Pennant. Currently, she participates in AHA’s futurities, the MAHB, the Iowa Gold Star, and the Scottsdale Reining Futurities. An accomplished reining competitor, she says that this year, she herself will be showing in the Scottsdale Reining Futurity for the first time. Hamilton reflects on the changes that have occurred in futurities in the past three decades. They have been a major force in the refinement of Arabian reining horses’ ability, she notes. “These futurities have helped breeders see that they need to be serious about breeding reining horses,” she says. Not just any bloodline or body type will do anymore (for instance, horses bred for halter often don’t make the transition to reining because they simply aren’t built for it). “I’ve been really lucky that the bloodlines that I have selected in both the Quarter Horses and the Arabians have worked for me,” she adds.

Afire Bey V, Overall Leading Sire of 2013 Futurity winners.

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Lifetime Memories Nearly everyone had special memories of their futurity involvement. Dick Ames tries to recall his first success in the MAHB futurity, and finally offers that it was probably SG Brass Prince, in the mid-1990s. The gelding would go on to five national championships and three reserves—but Ames, whose passion is performance, has to laugh that his first futurity star was a halter horse. This year, the longtime breeder placed top ten in number of Performance Futurity Winners. Peter and Lori Conway found one of their best memories at the 2013 Minnesota Fall Festival. “They track who bred the horses, no matter who owns or shows them,” Peter says. “Obviously, we have sold a lot of horses in the local and the Minnesota area. So, with other people showing horses that we have bred and with us showing some that we’ve bred, we were High Point Breeder for the entire show. That was a huge highlight for us.” At year end, Conway Arabians was top ten among 2013 Futurity Performance Breeders and Overall, and second for number of futurity champions. Jessica Maldonado, who is co-manager of the Iowa Gold Star, cites a memory from the 2013 show. “We’re very fortunate that we have very good stallions and very good people involved in the Gold Star,” she says, “and the biggest evidence of that is so many of our yearlings go on to win at Nationals (this year, between the purebred and Half-Arabian halter classes, I think over half of them went on to win their class at U.S. Nationals as well). The one that probably was a touching story for most was Truse. Janene Boggs had shown Truse at the Gold Star and won the colt auction class—and then, as I’m sure everybody knows, [her son] Austin went on and won the yearling colts with him at Nationals. So, just a great family story and how the Gold Star really can create national champions.” Thoughts On The Role Of Futurities In The Arabian Community For some stallion owners and breeders, as enjoyable as futurities may be, the first benefit they offer is their early glimpse of rising young sires in the industry. Jeff Sloan remains somewhat awed by the potential that Aria Impresario, a U.S. National Reserve Champion in the Futurity the same year he was U.S. National Champion 3-Year-Old Colt, exhibits. In the first year the stallion’s get was eligible, his son Aragonn was named 2012 U.S. National Champion Futurity Gelding, and the following year, Black Oppz won that title in Canada and added the U.S. National Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding award as well. They were just two of a parade of titlists. And the 2013 U.S. Nationals did not disappoint

MN Breeders High Point Breeder — Brass Memorial Challenge Trophy.

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Frank Hennessey Region 12 Spotlight President

“Our auction is going to be a fun evening—we enjoy each other’s company, and the competitive bidding is just a hoot. We work hard, and isn’t it wonderful to come out for an evening, just to be together and really appreciate the horses that we have here?”—Frank Hennessey

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Jessica Maldonado

either. “Knowing he was third in total national winners,” he grins, “behind DA Valentino and Marwan Al Shaqab! And by percentage of get, he was far and away number one!” He falls silent to appreciate those achievements before continuing, “And all of his wins at Scottsdale over the three years with his babies—I always believed that the horse would be a Scottsdale and U.S. National Champion maker, but I wanted him to prove it himself. That’s the best promotion. So now, he’s moving into that rarified air of not only being a great show horse as an individual, but as a producer of great winners, which I think positions him to have a shot at being one of the iconic stallions. “I think anything that you can do to create more incentive to participate, is something that’s healthy and good for everyone,” Sloan says. “That’s what futurity programs do. They encourage participation, of course, by awarding prize money, and so we participate in futurity programs, really, for that reason. We make sure all of our client horses are entered in three futurities every year.” Futurities will be on the agenda for Marwan Al Magifficoo. Blincoe is enthusiastic about his new charge—as are the owners and trainers who have bred to the stallion. The

descriptions are stellar: “One of the most dominant breeding stallions in the country today” (Gary McDonald, who has several of the stallion’s foals in training and calls them “intelligent, animated, explosive with their show attitudes”) … “The M&M foals have the beauty and athleticism that make a trainer look good, and their superb quality makes them easy to market all of over the world” (Ricardo Rivera) … “I am really looking forward to breeding some of our best show mares to him” (Sandro Pinha, who welcomes Marwan Al Magnifficoo to his show barn, and sees “great type and presence” in the stallion’s youngsters) … and “We’ll breed to him again—we like what we’ve seen by him!” (Mike Neal, who showed an M&M filly to top ten last year in the U.S. National Futurity and one to U.S. National Top Ten among 2-year-old fillies; he’s taking four to Scottsdale this year). Others take a wide perspective on what futurities do for the Arabian breed, their changes over the years, and what they can contribute in the future. “I think the purebred part of the industry has grown a little bit over the last few years, in terms of numbers,” observes Brian Murch, “but I’m thinking that two to three years from now, with the decline in breeding, you’re going to see a drop off. I think futurities can definitely help with that.” In performance, particularly his specialty of English performance, he says the recent change in age for the maturity classes to feature 5- and 6-year-olds, instead of 4- and 5-year-olds, is an improvement of value to the industry as a whole. The horses now will have another year of background in training before extensive amateur showing, which not only will be good for them, but will increase the comfort level of the amateurs who ultimately show them. “At one point, a lot of us felt like there was a certain group of those horses whose longevity was going to be in jeopardy if amateurs showed them that young, rather than giving trainers a little more time with them,” says Murch. “Don’t get me wrong—I know there is that group of amateurs out there who are capable of pulling that off, but that is not everybody. Now, I think, the horses will be more marketable and will have longer careers that the amateurs can enjoy.”

Arabian Breeders World Cup April 10-13, 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada When the AHBA World Cup Show, with its futurity, burst upon the scene in 2006, it attracted attention from around the world and quickly established itself as a must-do for halter breeders, owners and exhibitors. Originally designed for just 25 nominated stallions, the futurity has since been expanded to more than 30 nominees, a list that includes many of the top sires in in-hand competition. Prize money is accrued from the AHBA stallion service auction, a nomination fee of $500 per stallion each year, and futurity classes’ entry fees. Included in the futurity, which is for amateur handlers only, are classes for Yearling Fillies, Yearling Colts, 2-Year-Old Fillies and 2-Year-Old Colts.

Others focus simply on improving the scene for years to come. Peter Conway, for example, is committed to the AEPA program and working on its upcoming stallion service auction, scheduled for March 3. “That is our basic funding mechanism,” he points out, and

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with the sky the limit for the futurity, he appreciates the support of breeders who understand its benefits to the community. “What level do you want to play it at?” asks Dick Ames rhetorically. “You can play in horses like baseball, where you’ve got double A, class A, or major league teams where they pay players millions of dollars to play ball. Some halter trainers are selling horses over in the Middle East for big prices. But in the American public right now, there are not very many players that are going to pay the kind of money that those guys in the Middle East will for halter horses.” Futurities, he indicates, with their financial reward and public exposure for the horses that do well, make it more fun and offer a boost for American breeders.


In the end, say the dedicated breeders, it is all about the horse. “Win or lose, you’ve got to feel good about the horse that you took to the futurities,” says Murray Popplewell, “and you’ve got to be happy with the one that you take home. It’s nice to win, of course. We all like to win, but it’s not the end all/be all. The horse is.” Eleanor Hamilton reflects on her long association with Arabian horses, the fun she has had and the top horses she has bred and exhibited. She can be almost hilariously modest about her achievements, but she is not unaware that she has built a strong, viable program. She doesn’t take it or her horses for granted. “I think it is the responsibility of the well-established breeders to help support some of these programs,” she says simply. “That is just my personal feeling, and if I can, I do.”

The Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders Futurity Thirty-three years old in 2013, the MAHB is the granddaddy of the non-AHA futurities, begun when breeders in every part of the country owned stallions and there was no use of transported semen and no embryo transfers. “Literally, it was ‘bring your mare to our stallion and you’re going to have the opportunity to compete for some real money,’” says Greg Brown, MAHB president. “Over the years, the futurity itself has been evolutionary, and frankly, we’re looking for ways to make it revolutionary as we go forward. “One of the things that we’ve recognized is the increased role of performance horses, that there’s a lot of owners with nice stallions who perhaps don’t consider them competitive in the yearling, 2-year-old, maybe even 3-year-old halter programs. But they’re producing very attractive, capable performance horses. That’s one of the changes we’ve made from 2013 to 2014: we’re rewarding any of our past auction horses.

Greg Brown

“We will give babies that resulted from auction breedings a 25 percent override for any top five in our performance sweepstakes classes,” he explains. “We’re encouraging folks to not only bring the horses in as halter yearlings in the Medallion class, but also to bring them back in a performance class.” Last year, he reports, roughly 75 percent of entries were in performance, and the new incentives are a powerful reason for owners to sign up performance sires in the Medallion Stallion auction. The Minnesota program offers up to 100 top stallions from all over the country, and auctions breedings during the club’s Minnesota Fall Festival Horse Show, which also hosts its futurity classes. “If you play in the futurity game, and you come to our auction and breed to one of our stallions, we want you to get a return,” says Brown. The show’s prize money ranges “for first places, well over $10,000.” “So if somebody buys a breeding, pays a trainer and brings a horse to a show, at least they have a chance within a select group,” he says. “It’s not open competition; it’s a select group. They have the opportunity to get their investment back, or most of it, just for coming to the show. And I mean it’s like instant gratification—these are yearlings providing the biggest payback at our show.”

Minnesota Fall Festival September 26-28, 2014 St. Paul, Minnesota

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Iowa Gold Star Futurity August 28-September 1, 2014 Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Gold Star Think of the Iowa Gold Star Show, held in late August or early September, and for many, the first image that comes to mind is its crazy-fun, themed atmosphere; one year it was pirates, another it was the Old West, this year it will be a circus-like “Under the Big Top.” Iowans, you imagine, must know how to have fun. And they do—so much so that people have traveled from all over the country just to let loose and enjoy their friends over show weekend. And, if they participate in the Gold Star’s Futurity, maybe win prize money—typically, more than $175,000 is on offer—in the bargain. “So, in addition to great horses and good friends and options to win prize money, we try to make sure it’s a fun show that people want to come to,” says co-manager Jessica Maldonado. “We know that you have lots of options.” On the serious side, the Iowa Gold Star offers both halter and performance futurities, for which stallions are nominated annually at a fee of $500. Mares may be nominated for a fee of $100. Classes include halter (yearlings, 2- and 3-year-olds), country/English pleasure (open and ATR), junior western pleasure (horses 5 and under), western pleasure (open and ATR), hunter pleasure (open and ATR), and junior hunter pleasure (horses 5 and under). Maldonado, who shares management duties with Kim Matthias, knows the value of futurities; she and her family have participated in them for years, including Iowa, Minnesota and Scottsdale. “It’s really been a huge return on investment for us, whether we breed or buy a horse that’s futurity nominated. I think it’s good, especially for breeders who spend quite a bit of money trying to create the perfect animal and then, hopefully, some day they end up in the winners circle and get a little bit of payback for their hard work.” And the Iowa Gold Star aims to help them make it happen.


The AEPA Futurities The AEPA Saddle Seat Futurity, now held at the U.S. Nationals, offers classes for 4-year-old Arabian and HalfArabian English contenders, while its companion Yearling In-Hand class takes place at the Buckeye. A hallmark from the beginning was that its founders had in mind high principles for English-type horses. Not only does the system reward winners handsomely—$100,000 in the purebred class and $50,000 for Half-Arabians—but also, it specifies rules for judging that prioritize not extreme action for its own sake, but ideal action for English-type horses. According to its Manifesto, which lays out the organization’s philosophy, its objectives are “cadence, delivery, responsiveness, expression, manners, quality and Arabian English type,” and judges look for movement, carriage, mental attitude and Arabian English type.

AEPA Futurity In-Hand—May 22-25, 2014 Columbus, Ohio Under Saddle—October 17-25, 2014 U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma

More than 60 sires are nominated to the futurity, and the minimum bid at its auction is $1,000; stallion owners agree to buy their horse’s service if it does not attract a high enough bid, and attention has been paid to secure funding for the long term. The accelerated prize money, AEPA President Peter Conway says, has attracted the crème de la crème of young English horses. “Last year’s class was phenomenal,” he observes. “We were in it and we went top ten, which was fantastic—but the winning mare was just extraordinary! It was just cool to see her, to be around an animal of that caliber.” The excitement of the class, and its high-dollar awards (the champion, Karlton Jackson’s Heirs Noble Love, took home $30,000), made it a natural for the Nationals’ Saturday night schedule. “With the AEPA class, I know for sure that ripples are felt throughout the entire Arabian horse community,” says Conway. “It affects everything from breeding decisions to buying, purchasing breedings to a particular stallion, buying mares, to then selling prospects. All of that happens because of that particular class, and it has a big impact across the board leading up to the class.” ■

Heirs Noble Love (Afires Heir x Noble Aphroditie)

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Se r ious Ab out Success If there is one thing you can say about the Region 12 Spotlight, it is that it is constantly evolving. It is not public relations hype to say that it has drawn rave reviews and grown at a dramatic rate since it began eight years ago, but the key to its success is that its managers aren’t looking back. They’re looking forward. HOW IT WORKS The Spotlight Futurity’s funding comes from the sale of stallion services at the annual Region 12 Show in May. At present, the Futurity is made up of approximately 75 stallions, and its board envisions a limit of 100—quality, they say, is the goal, not quantity. Stallions may be nominated for a one-time fee of $500, but each owner must pledge that should no one else purchase his (or her) stallion’s Auction service, he will buy it for a minimum of $500, or $600 to include a second Auction certificate. This means that in the first year, the outlay might be around $1,000, but in years thereafter, the cost would be $500-$600 if the breeding does not sell to another party. The second Auction service can be sold as well, so that potentially, an owner might incur no cost at all in the commitment. A mare is nominated for the year of her foal’s birth at a one-time fee of $100. With the exception of the 3- and 4-year-old performance classes, the Spotlight competition is for amateurs only, and includes an array of events: two Auction halter classes, which pay the highest prize money; five non-Auction halter outings for ages 1 through 3; and six performance classes (hunter, western and English pleasure) for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds. In 2013, the total prize money paid out was $152,276. This year $163,000 will be up for grabs. WHAT’S NEW IN 2014 One exciting aspect of the Spotlight is that every year, something new is incorporated. Last year, it was the addition of a fourth judge who specialized in halter, to assure that entries received not only a fair look, but also one with dedicated halter experience. And 2013 also introduced the Stallions of Distinction and Breeders’ Awards. This year, the headlines in the Futurity’s progression will be the addition of a Silent Auction and the Spotlight Stallion Row.

And, says Frank Hennessey, who is now in his third year as Spotlight president, it also will provide a central headquarters for the Futurity. “We want to have a destination where people can go and learn all about the program, its rules and regulations, the prizes, how it all works and what we want to do,” he says. “We want to create an environment that welcomes people.” “Welcome” is the name of the game. In addition to the presentation arena and stalls, the area also will feature a designated site where stallion owners may meet with breeders and friends for a leisurely chat about the horses. Stallion Row also will be home to a cocktail party prior to the Auction, during which auctioneer Greg Knowles will narrate a presentation of the stallions. When that is finished, those with bids of $1,000 or more will be announced and the action will move to the main arena for the live bidding—which, attendees report, is one big party in its own right. HOW DO YOU TOP THAT ACT? One challenge for the Spotlight board is to keep coming up with ideas that meet with as much success as their previous ones. Hennessey says they already have goals for the future. “We want to draw in more and more people,” he smiles. “So we’re thinking of an outreach program to the community, probably in part through the Spotlight program as well as for Region 12—something like they did at the Nationals, the tours at the show for young people. Kimberly Douglas, our new secretary, is seeing what kind of programs we can put together like that.” WHY CHOOSE THE SPOTLIGHT? There are a lot of incentives, Hennessey says, not the least of which is the group’s sophisticated and computerized money management system, under the direction of CPA Mary Scribner. “We have roughly $600,000 in the bank,” he notes, “and we care a lot about protecting our Right Holders’ money and making sure we do all the right things.”

The Silent Auction of breeding services to all the stallions in the Futurity will be open throughout the week. Everyone who receives a guaranteed bid of $1,000 will be featured in the Live Auction on Thursday night, while the others remain on sale until the show closes.

But that is not the big reason, he adds. Most significant are the people who run it. “Our people have committed themselves to the success of this program, to going way above and beyond,” he says, and offers a quick list: Charles Moseley, Robert Burbeck, Kimberly Douglas, Mary Scribner, and the newest additions, John Rannenberg and Lisa Blackstone, who devised the calculations for the Stallions of Distinction and Breeders’ Awards.

The Stallion Row will offer a new, up-close-and-personal look for breeders at the sires who claim the 15 stalls available.

“We can’t lose sight of the fact that we are all in this together,” says Frank Hennessey. “We have got to work together.”


The Spotlight Futurity offers a tremendous stage for all its participating breeders. This year there is one more! Join us Thursday, May 8th, prior to the Stallion Auction for a live presentation and cocktail party to celebrate the world renowned sires we are proud to have in the Spotlight!

For information on reserving your stallion in the 2014 STALLION ROW or the many other exciting Spotlight Futurity events contact: EVENT COORDINATORS Arden Tilghman or Peri Wilson • 407.402.2116

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PA Valparaiso Kid (Sundance Kid V x Verginia) 2013 Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Reserve Champion Western Pleasure Maturity 5-Year-Old ATR Owner Laura Witter

Moondance Kid BF (Sundance Kid V x Magdalena V) U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Owner Belvedere Farm LLC PA Tantara Always - Not Pictured (Always A Jullyen V x PA Taylor Made) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Top Ten Auction Yearling Filly AOTH Owner Palmetto Arabians PA Kid Khan (Sundance Kid V x Kharrea PGA) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity 3rd Place Western Pleasure 3 & 4 Year Olds Owner Palmetto Arabians

PA Lillith (Possesion PGA x Lilly Dancer V) U.S. National Champion Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity Owner Miriam Pockrus

PA Lisette - Not Picured (Posession PGA x Larissa PASB) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Top Ten Auction Yearling Filly AOTH & ATH Owner Palmetto Arabians PA Locano - Not Pictured (EVG Gentry x Larissa PASB) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Top Ten Auction Yearling Colt AOTH & ATH Owner Palmetto Arabians

P r o u d l y o w n e d b y F r a n k & S a r a C h i s h o l m o f Ti m m o n s v i l l e , S o u t h C a r o l i n a For Sales or breeding information contact Melissa Bradshaw at 843.346.5874 • w w w. P a l m e t t o A r a b i a n s . c o m


PA Milleda (Baahir El Marwan x Milleah) Region 12 Champion Spotlight Futurity Auction Filly with Kentley Dean Owner Palmetto Arabians PA Monaco Kid (Sundance Kid V x Milleah) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Reserve Champion English Pleasure 3 & 4 Year Olds Owner Lee Cary PA Astrella Always - Not Pictured (Always A Jullyen V x RA April Rose) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Top Ten Auction Yearling Filly AOTH & ATH Owner Sara Chisholm

PA Arapahoe Kid (Sundance Kid V x RA April Rose) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Res-Champion 2 Year Old Gelding Owner Palmetto Arabians PA Montecello Always Not Pictured (Always A Jullyen V x BP Meditation Bey) U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Maturity Owner Amanda Robertson PA Donoma (Sundance Kid V x Dreams Of Gold) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity 4th Place Hunter Pleasure 3 & 4 Year Olds Owner Sara Chisholm PA Vinchenza Always (Always A Jullyen V x Verginia) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity 4th Place English Pleasure 3 & 4 Year Olds Owner Palmetto Arabians PA Jonas (Always A Jullyen V x Gai Jullyette) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity 3rd Place Hunter Pleasure 3 & 4 Year Olds Owner Jennette Aubert PA Will I Am - Not Pictured (Sundance Kid V x PA Agracie Girl) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity 4th Place Western Pleasure 3 & 4 Year Olds Owner Shamrock Farms LLC

PA Troubadour Kid - Not Pictured (Sundance Kid V x Tenacite) Regiom 12 Spotlight Futurity 3rd Place Western Pleasure Maturity 5-Year-Old ATR Owner Elizabeth Craig PA Optimus Pryme - Not Pictured (Pyro Thyme SA x Gai Jullyette) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Champion 2 Year Old Gelding Owner Mike & Peri Wilson

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proUD to be liSteD by the ArAbiAn Horse Times mAgAzine aS a leaDNG breeDer of fUtUrity proGraM wiNNerS

StoNeGate arabiaNS, llC. jay Krusenstjerna & barb Sink-Krusenstjerna Waukee, IA • 515.371.7407

Versace x Moonrose Delight 3x 2013 U.S. NatioNal ChaMpioN half-arabiaN Mare, S/h type SUpreMe SeNior MareS aND 7 yearS & oVer with aNDrew SellMaN aaoth with jay KrUSeNStjerNa

in foal to 2013 National Champion Stallion *pogrom foal due May 2014 iowa Gold Star auction Nominated breeders Sweepstakes Nominated U.S. & Canadian futurities Nominated


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DA Valentino x Tequila Rose MTC 2013 CAnADiAn nATionAlChAMpion h/A FuTuRiTy Filly wiTh AnDRew SellMAn 2012 u.S. nATionAl ReSeRVe ChAMpion h/A 2-yeAR-olD Filly

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Hesa Zee+/ reining, working western and performance sons and daughters have won over $125,000 in futurity prize money over the last ten years. Our horses are well known for their outstanding temperament, quality, athletic ability and winning ways.

2013 AHT FUTURITY TOP TEN LEADING LIVING PERFORMANCE SIRE The only Arabian Reining Sire to make the Futurity List!

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top left: Eleanor Hamilton and CMS Little Sierra, 2013 US Nat’l Top Ten HA Reining Intermediate Non-Pro AAOTR and Primetime Non-Pro AAOTR top right: Eleanor Hamilton and Heza Fire Walker, 2013 US Nat’l Top Ten Western Pleasure Select AATR center left: Jill Nelson and Tommy’s Jac Pot, 2013 US Nat’l Reserve Champion HA Western Pleasure AAOTR Maturity

center right: Linda Jacobs and Sheza Melody Jac, 2013 US Nat’l Top Ten HA Reining Primetime Non-Pro AAOTR bottom: Gary Ferguson and Heza My Daddy 2013 US Nat’l Top Ten Reining Junior Horse and Reining Horse Futurity 5 & Un

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Take a Chance. Have a Chance.

MAHB Auction Yearling Colt/Gelding ATH Champion VALLDEZ (Valerio x AW Fortune NGold), shown by Michael Bills for owners Steve and Darla Miles.

MAHB Auction Yearling Fillies ATH Champion MARIA AL MARWAN TRJ (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x TR Concerto), shown by Rob Kyker for owner Ross Danielson.

MAHB Hunter Pleasure AOTR Champion FIERRO VF (Alada Baskin x Fiona VF), ridden by co-owner Katherine Bartlett for co-owner Tangle Ridge Farm.

MAHB Western Pleasure AOTR Champion KHOSMOPOLITAN MD (Khadraj NA x Luck Wood Have It), ridden by owner David Teigen.

MAHB Hunter Pleasure 19-39 AATR Champion TYMES TO TREASURE (Baske Afire x Tymeless Treasure), ridden by Rachael Swanson for owners Sandra and Brian Feuling.

MAHB Saddle Seat Pleasure AOTR Champion PROXIMUS CA (Afire Bey V x DA Triffire), ridden by Rachel Schieffelbein for owner Conway Arabians, Inc.


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Arabian English Performance Association

Save the Date! The annual AEPA Online Auction is March 3rd - March 10 Auction proceeds will be used to fund the AEPA classes. Visit our website for more information.

Be sure and frequent the website for our new MARKETPLACE! List your English performance prospect, breeding stock, or show horse! Any horse sired by an AEPA Stallion can list for FREE. Other listings only $50.00 each. 74 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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2013 Gold Star Champion Half-Arabian Auction Filly Also won her yearling classes at both Canada and U.S. Nationals!


2013 Gold Star Champion Arabian Auction Yearling Colt Also won his yearling class at U.S. Nationals!

Thank you, stallion owners and breeders, who choose the Gold Star Futurity! LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2014

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The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is built and run on the premise of constant evolution. Every year, new ideas and events are slipped into the schedule, making each subsequent Scottsdale more exciting than the last. So, as the 2014 show quickly approaches, what does the show commission have planned for this year? Executive Director of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, Taryl O’Shea, brings up the Youth Exhibitor Party happening on Sunday, February 16 at 6pm, where “all youth Arabian exhibitors and friends are invited to join in on the fun and excitement the event has to offer.” She adds, “Another youth and public event is the Paint-A-Pony. And this year, John and Sharon Ames are sponsoring all of the paint-a-ponies at the show for over 800 kids. On the charity end, we are working with March of Dimes, and Cox Charities this year, which is exciting.”

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“We are so excited to introduce the fabulous new WestWorld to the public and our exhibitors. We have worked for years with the city for these improvements and it is finally a reality. Everything is up this year— horses, entries, patrons, corporate sponsors and expenses! This is going to be our biggest show ever! I always like to praise everybody that makes the show happen, including the volunteers, the exhibitors, my board of directors, and our staff. They are truly outstanding and this year, they are definitely working overtime with the new schedule and the new venue—it’s like starting over. But it is thanks to our great staff and a very talented Board of Directors that we will have another “best ever” show.” —Janice McCrea Wight, President of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona

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P R E V I E W Held February 13-23, Scottsdale is a show that brings in more than 300,000 people and 2,100 horses into WestWorld each year—numbers like that deserve incredible shopping opportunities, countless events, exhibitions every day, and the chance to see the most beautiful and talented Arabian horses in the world. Addressing the events and unique aspects of the Scottsdale show, the show will kick off with ‘Behind the Scenes Barn Tours’ on February 14. From there, the Ice Cream Social takes place the following day at 1pm. Lee Smith is putting on a presentation about the ‘Essential Elements of Horsemanship,’ the public has a chance to meet the 2013 Breyer horse, Sshameless, on February 16, and many more presentations and worthwhile events. Be sure to get a copy of the 2014 Schedule of Events so you don’t miss out on anything the show has to offer! For the changes made to the commercial exhibit area, Reita Lathrop offers, “WestWorld has built a new building called the North Hall which will house the commercial exhibitors all in one shopping area this year along with some exhibitors still out at Wendell. The total number of commercial and corporate exhibitors, along with the food exhibitors is around 300+.” In terms of what types of shopping is available, Reita shares, “The shopping expo has a variety of shopping to fit everyone’s budget, from high-end custom-made diamond jewelry, furs, and fine art, to household items, clothing, custom saddles, show apparel, t-shirts and coffee mugs—everyone can go home with something! We will also have an amazing food court area to satisfy every palate.” Keep in mind that from Thursday, February 13 through Thursday, February 20, the commercial exhibit area opens at 10am daily and closes at 6pm. However, closing time will be extended to 7pm on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22. On the final Sunday of the show, the exhibit area will close at the end of classes.

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P R E V I E W With premier shopping that offers something for everyone, a diverse food court, innovative clinics and events taking place all day, barn parties, auctions, and, of course, being immersed in one of the greatest Arabian horse shows in the world, the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is sure to wow yet again. A show is, by reputation, more than just a horse show; Scottsdale proves it is about seeing friends, enjoying the city, and taking in the lifestyle that surrounds the Arabian horse. A few more aspects of the show that cater to the distinct lifestyle the Scottsdale show has to offer are the AHT Readers’ Choice Awards on Monday, February 17, the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction held on Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm, barn parties and sales throughout the week; International halter classes, and the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards on February 23 at 8pm, just to name a few. Another important trait of the show is the prize money up for grabs. With over 1 million in total payouts, the stakes are more lucrative than ever. Nearly $600,000 of this colossal total comprises the prize winnings for the 2014 Scottsdale Signature Stallion classes, an impressive amount and incredible opportunity for the elite group of stallions in the Signature program. Scottsdale is also one of the most competitive Arabian reining horse shows in the country, and has much to offer for this unique and growing sport. Starting with a reining seminar from leading Italian trainer, Andrea Fappani, on Thursday, February 21 at 5pm, to the always-popular Celebrity Slide reining exhibition and the exceptional reining classes during the week, Scottsdale always delivers. $150,000 in prize money is up for grabs in the Reining Futurity Classic for Arabians and Half-Arabians. Other opportunities include the Limited Futurity and the Non-Pro Futurity, the Non-Pro Derby, which is offering over $45,000 in prize money, and lastly, new to the 2014 schedule, is the Short Stirrup class for kids 10 and under. Bottom line, there is really nothing that is off the table for the 2014 Scottsdale show. You can tour a barn, get the inside scoop on grooming, seek education and techniques from experts, meet a beautiful Arabian horse, paint a ceramic pony, and best of all, watch the versatile Arabian horse in several arenas around WestWorld. ■ Volume 44, No. 8 | ScottSdale 7

Congratulations Sired by


Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Schara

ContaCt us for exCiting a-J akarta get a vailable standing at :

DEOR FARMS Aude Espourteille


Butte Falls, OregOn tel: 602-509-8228 541-865-9302 8 ScottSdale | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

A JERICHO (x Destiny VF) U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt Scottsdale Champion Signature Yearling Colt ABWC Silver Supreme Champion Yearling Colt ABWC Gold Champion Futurity Yearling Colt ATLANTIS FF (x Audrey H JCA) Australia Arabian Horse Club Show Reserve Champion Colt A JAKAAR (x Alady Baskin) Region 4 Champion Gelding U.S. National Top Ten Yearling Gelding OC JAKARTAS FAME (x National Flair) Champion Western Pleasure Jr. Horse Region 4 Top Three Gelding AAOTH MSP ANJELO (x SH Shalia Bey) Region 4 Champion Yearling Sweepstakes Colt A VISHNU (x Vision Of Light) Multi-Champion Western Pleasure FF SRI LANKA (x Bey Shahrada) Region 17 Reserve Champion Yearling Sweepstakes Filly A JAGGER

(x A Ultimate Melode) Region 4 Reserve Champion Arabian Sport Horse Gelding In Hand RD MIKARTA

(x Mi Morena) Scottsdale Champion 3-Year-Old Stallion AOTH A SAMSARA (x Sultans Mahogany) Region 17 Reserve Champion H/A Mare

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WHERE PEDIGREES MATTER! The Prestige Farms’ breeding program is well known for producing some of the finest performance horses in the country. From experience, we have learned which great bloodlines cross with our mares. We are proud to offer talented Arabians and Half-Arabians with proven performance pedigrees full of the who’s who in the industry.

MHR Nobility


SF Specs Shocwave

The Nobelest

Black Daniels



Afire Bey V

Baske Afire

Nutcrackers Nirvana

Undulata’s Nutcracker


Hucklebey Berry x *Dolina, by Bandos

IFT Undulata’s Nutcracker

B Witched

Baske Afire x Gala De Cognac, by Cognac

IFT Mamage

HF Luck Bea Lady

Baske Afire x Play Annies Song (dam of HF Mister Chips)

IFT Undulata’s Nutcracker

Miz Show Biz

Baske Afire x MZ Kitty, by Matoi

IFT Nutcrackers Nirvana

Red Hot Mama

Mamage x Ames déja vu, by Brass

IFT Undulata’s Nutcracker

MD Bellamesa

MHR Nobility x MC Bellasera, by Korinask

IFT Baske Afire

SF Cara Mia

Afire Bey V x Spectra PR (full sister to Specs Shocwave)

IFT Afires Heir

Call for sales list ... better yet, come see them in person! 10 ScottSdale | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

2013 U.S . Nat i o N a l WiNNer S Bred B y PreS t i ge Fa r mS

Noble Dynasty PF MHR Nobility x A Blessing Offered for sale

Flirtacious Fire PF Afire Bey V x PF Im Flattered

Exciting prospects offered for sale ... HALF-ARABIANS Dueces Wild PF

The Nobelest x Baby I’m A Star (Sultans Starmaker)

2009 H/A Chestnut Gelding

Dragon Lady PF

The Nobelest x A Lady At Heart (I’m A New Yorker)

2009 H/A Chestnut Mare

Cracklin Rosie PF

Undulata’s Nutcracker x MWF Elzbieta (Barbary)

2011 H/A Chestnut Mare

Snickers PF

Undulata’s Nutcracker x B Witched (Baske Afire)

2011 H/A Grey Mare

BB Jubilant

Baske Afire x Soft Serenade (Super Supreme)

2007 H/A Chestnut Mare

Noble Dynasty PF

MHR Nobility x A Blessing (Full sister to Baske Afire)

2009 Chestnut Stallion

Cattatonic Shoc PF

SF Specs Shocwave x Catt (JA Magnificat)

2010 PB Bay Gelding

Great And Noble PF

MHR Nobility x HF Luck Bea Lady (Same dam as HF Mister Chips)

2010 PB Chestnut Colt

Marching Orders PF

Mamage x Catt (JA Magnificat)

2010 PB Chestnut Colt

Good Time Girl PF

Hucks Connection V x Goodie Two Shoes (Baske Afire)

2010 PB Bay Mare

Diva Laz Vegaz

Vegaz x Miz Margeurita V (El Ghazi)

2011 PB Bay Mare

Eternity PF

MHR Nobility x Harghazi Fire CMF (Full sister to RY Fire Ghazi)

2011 PB Chestnut Mare

Hot Pursuit PF

Black Daniels x Harghazi Fire CMF (Full sister to RY Fire Ghazi)

2011 PB Chestnut Colt

Guilty Pleasure PF

Baskghazi x Barbarys Truelove (Barbary)

2012 PB Bay Mare


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FOR BREEDINGS, contact: Mike Brennan, Breeding Manager • 952-492-6590 FOR SALES, contact Leah Boyd, Trainer 515-520-7604 • www.Cedarridgearabians.Com

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Earthquake Arabians is located in beautiful Northern California. Please visit with us at TRAINERS: Tamara Collins and Megan Jenkins 3141 Morgan Territory Rd. Clayton, CA 94517 707-386-7771

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Earthquake Arabians would like to present our


A Time To Dance+// Apollopalooza x Dancing Rain X Erica Mark Hunter Pleasure JTR

2x 2013 Canadian National Unanimous Champion 2013 Scottsdale Champion 2012 Youth National Champion 2012 Scottsdale Unanimous Champion 2x 2011 Canadian National Champion 18 ScottSdale | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Good Luck Everyone!


Apollopalooza x Petra C Erica Mark H/A English and Show Hack 2013 Scottsdale Reserve Champion 2013 Canadian National Champion 2x 2011 Canadian National Champion 2010 Canadian National Reserve Champion Tamara Collins and Megan Jenkins • 3141 Morgan Territory Rd., Clayton, CA 94517 • 707-386-7771

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Blondes D O H AV E M O R E F U N !

2013 U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN YEARLING GELDING (3rd in points) MULTI-REGIONAL CHAMPION (Eden C x PF Just Peachy Keen) 2012 H/A Palomino Gelding

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O F F E R I N G T W O , B E A U T I F U L PA L O M I N O H A L F - A R A B I A N S .

Go ahead ... have some fun!

Count Me In


(Magnum Psyche x PF Just Peachy Keen) 2011 H/A Palomino Filly Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated For information, contact:

Phone: +1 (480) 361- 6926 Fax: +1 (480) 361-6928

Proudly owned by: Perry and Suzanne Perkins • Santa Barbara, California

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Sale Horse Presentations


Offering an exciting group of over 50 talented Arabians & Half-Arabians ... INCLUDING: ENGLISH, PARK, COUNTRY ENGLISH, HUNTER AND DRIVING HORSES SUITABLE FOR OPEN AND AMATEUR COMPETITION. Several are already champions ready to take you to the winner's circle!


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Stallion Presentations




National Champion

National Champion

Multi-National Winner


Follow us during the show for updates as we present over 50 exciting show horses ...

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A breeding will be auctioned off to each stallion and the resulting foal will then be eligible for Auction prize money as a yearling and a three year old. A Canen A Jakarta A Noble Cause A Temptation Aja Justified Al Maliik Al Shaheed NA Aliczarr Alis Shaikhin Always A Jullyen V AM Good Old Boy+ Ames Charisma Amunition Andreos AC Anthem V+// Apalo Arbiteur Aria Impresario Art Dekko TT Ascennsion Audacious PS Baahir El Marwan Baciano Barritz SF Baske Afire Baskghazi Beijing BHF Beijon Bellagio RCA Beson Carol Bey Ambition Black Daniels Brandon Bey JCA+ Bremervale Andronicus++/ Brixx IA Cadance PA Couturier Cytosk DA Prodigy Da Vinci FM

Destinyed Valentino DS Major Afire El Chall WR El Nabila B Emphasis DDA Enzo Epic MP Ever After NA FA El Rasheem Faraa Al Shaqab Freedom PA Georgio AF GH Markaine Grand Commandd GW Campaign HA Toskcan Sun Hariry Al Shaqab Hermez E Hey Hallelujah HK Krystall HK Marcello Invictus PCF IXL Noble Express JA Urbino Jaipur El Perseus Jake Jamaal JCA ++// Jericho SWF Jiuliuz de Wiec JJ Bellagio JP Obsession Jullyen El Jamaal Just So Jullyen Justify KA Odysseus Kanz Albidayer Khaberet PGA Khaja J Kharismatic PGA Khash PGA Khontroversy PGA+//

Krusayder Lazaal LC Athens LC Axis Lucciano Maasai PVF Marc Me Famous Marhaabah Mariachi WA Marjestic WA Marsai Mara SWF Marwan Al Magnifficoo Masquerade PA Maximuss Mazkarade Mazziah Megga Starr+// Mi Regalo Di Angelo Mission WR ML Mostly Padron Montana Firenze Monticello V MPA Giovanni Oceanos O Odyssey SC Om El Al Azeem Om El Bellissimo Om El Shahmaan Onyx A Out of Cyte PA Gazsi PA Kid Khan PA Marco Pershahn El Jamaal Pogrom Psax Pstorm Lord Pstrategy Psyche’s Legacy Psymadre Psytanium Psytation EA

RA Karwan Rahere RD Dynamo Rodan LTD Rohara Extrem Justice ROL Intencyty Royal Emanuel Royal Invictus Selket Marque SF Sir Real SF Specs Shocwave SF Veraz Shael Dream Desert Shanghai EA Sharif El Shaklan Showkayce Skoroneek IA SkyeHawkk Spades LRA Spitfyre VF Sshameless++ Stival Sundance Kid V TF Psymreekhe TF Royal Shahbaz The Magician V The Monarc The Renaissance Titan AS Triad RH Truse Trussardi TS Enspired Valentinus TO Vitorio TO WA Mandate WC Ali Gazal WH Justice Wish Maker JCA Zefyr+/ ZT Magnanimus ZT Marwteyn

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Paul Glans General sales ManaGer 480-861-7412

C o u lt e r C a d i l l aC - B u i C k - GMC Located at the corner of 12th Street & Camelback Phoenix, Arizona

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Apollo De Valentino ~ Scottsdale Contender 2-Year-Old Half-Arabian Geldings Open with Midwest Training 2-Year-Old Half-Arabian Geldings AAOTH with Paul Glans

DA Valentino x The Merchant's Sweetheart

A special thank you ... Celebrating a lifetime of enjoyment with our horses and nearly 30 years with the Cadillac industry, I am very aware of the roles that friendship and commitment have played in my life and career. My friends and clients in the Arabian horse community have shown me such incredible loyalty. Indeed, I consider this to be ... one of the greatest measures of my success. As a family we are sincerely grateful.

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ScottSdale arabian claSSic Yearling coltS (jr.) with jordan SimonS Proudly owned by Bittersweet Arabians Phone 406-531-5330 •

Jordan Simons • • 612-710-6730 • River Falls, WI • 28 ScottSdale | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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Let Kierson Farms Riding Academy keep you in TOP Form. “Show Rider Leg Up” Package: • 2 Half-Hour Lessons • One lesson focused on Core Strength and the second Working Overall Horsemanship Mention this ad for the special price of $100 (normally $150)

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Courtney spicer on 2x national reserve Champion trail Horse

Chicago Chaps rs (*Jullyen el Jamaal x sC Chipawa Chinks)

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Owners dick & nan Walden pictured on scottsdale & national Champions stars and stripes sF++/ (allionces Knight++ x starry spumoni+//) & agracie Girl V +++// (sundance Kid V++ x amazing Grace V)

ali Brady, trainer/mgr. 805.450.4244 aB Centre 1475 edison street, santa ynez, Ca 93460 • pictured on national Champion alada Gold (alada Baskin x moonlight an ice)

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S C O T T S D A L E D E S T I N A T I O N S ACEVEDO ARABIANS AHT BOUTIQUE AHT Booth #40 in North Hall AHT READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS Monterra At WestWorld, Scottsdale Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails; Dinner at 7 p.m., followed by Award Ceremony ARABIAN EXPRESSIONS Daily Open Barn (on the show grounds) 9870 E. Jenan Dr., Scottsdale Feb. 18 – JAIPUR EL PERSEUS FORMAL DINNER (INVITATION ONLY) Feb. 22 – CENTER COURT SALE AND JAIPUR EL PERSEUS COCKTAIL PARTY ARABIAN HORSE TIMES AHT Booth at Wendell Arena Tony Bergren, 231-286-6085 / Walter Mishek, 507-837-9127 BITTERSWEET FARMS Daily Open Barn (on the show grounds) Jordan Simons, 612-710-6730 CEDAR RIDGE ARABIANS 10805 North 85th Place, Scottsdale To view sale horses or TA Mozart, call Lara Ames, 612-210-1592 CHRISHAN PARK Shan Wilson: 417-848-3943 Chris Wilson: 417.761.2031 See us in Scottsdale for your next winner • P ermanent Barn Q on the North side of the Equidome’s covered warm up arena. COULTER CADILLAC - BUICK - GMC CTS-Motor Trends Car Of The Year Corner of 12th Street & Camelback, Phoenix Paul Glans, sales manager, 480-861-7412

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A Legacy of National Champions‌

Opening the Door to the Future! HUNTER, WESTERN, ENGLISH, SHOW HACK, SIDE-SADDLE Trainer: Wendy Griffith Potts | ph: 817-563-9035 | | Mansfield, Texas

Freewill Farm Ringing In The New Year The ‘Wendy Way’ by K ara Larson

Wendy Griffith Potts of Freewill Farm began riding at the age of six and has been training Arabian and Half-Arabian horses for over twentyfive years. An accomplished and gifted showman, Wendy excels in the arena’s spotlight, having personally won over 150 national and reserve national championships. She has won 11 Arabian Professional And Amateur Horseman’s Association (APAHA) Hunter/Show Hack Trainer of the Year Awards before being inducted into their Hall of Fame. In addition, she has received 10 Arabian Horse World Totally Tops Hunter Trainer of the Year awards, 2 Arabian Horse Times Readers’


Choice Hunter Trainer of the Year awards, and in 2012, Wendy was awarded the prestigious USEF Equestrian of Honor for the Vaughn Smith Trophy. Wendy trained NDL Pericles+//, who has won more national championships than any other Arabian, as well as the Half-Arabian with the most national titles, Berried Treasure++++//. Both horses earned numerous rose blankets in hunter pleasure, show hack and side saddle. “It’s funny,” Wendy says, “because when I first got out of college I had a really horrible time training on my own. It was hard because I hated charging people. I’d

Freewill Farm do it for free if I could. So when I went to do my billing, I’d think, oh, that’s too much—I can’t charge that much, so I wouldn’t. I was basically going broke, and decided there was no way I could do this for a living. It’s stupid, I thought. All my friends that I went to school with were buying houses, while I was struggling just to keep afloat. But the problem was, every time I went to give up being a trainer, another opportunity came along that was better than the one before.” It’s hard to believe one of industry’s finest trainers had such doubts in her early years, but for Wendy, the choice to stick it out is something that she will never regret. “I’ll be 50 this year and I’m happy that I still love doing this. I love the horses and the people and, of course, I love teaching.” Wendy says that she considers her greatest accomplishment the overwhelming and consistent success of her amateur riders, many of whom have been loyal clients for over 20 years. “The loyalty of my clients means a lot to me” she says. “Most of them have become my personal friends, so I think it is as much the loyalty of friendship as it is the loyalty of clients.” Harboring an amazing talent for finding the perfect mount for each rider, Wendy gives everyone the highest chance for success. Her desire to see others succeed and her passion for sharing knowledge has earned her youth and amateur riders over 200 national and reserve national championships in hunter pleasure, hunters over fences, hunt seat equitation, show hack, English side saddle, western side saddle, western horsemanship, western pleasure, native costume, and country pleasure.

Wendy, NDL Pericles and Jill Contreras.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have had so many “once-in-a-lifetime” horses throughout my career, that it would be hard for me to say which wins were the most special. I actually get the most joy out of seeing my amateurs and youth do well in the show arena. I’ve had national shows with multiple championships, but someone’s “top ten” might be a bigger personal achievement than another person’s national championship, depending on each individual situation. Watching someone achieve a lifetime dream never gets old.”

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Kicking off 2014 in a new barn built by NNW Texas, owned by the Smith family—longtime clients of over 20 years—Wendy finds promise in the fact that she is in a new facility where her vision and her training will afford the success and happiness her hard work has inspired. As one of her longest clients, Sandy Smith weighs in her family’s relationship with Wendy. “We’ve had horses with Wendy since our son was 13 years old, so that’s 22 years now. We landed with her because her honesty and forthright approach resonated after years of bad experiences in the industry. Her talents and abilities were undeniable, but it was her honesty and candid attitude that mattered and ultimately kept us in the business. We kind of got in on the ground floor and have had the pleasure and benefit of watching a promising 26-year-old become what we feel is the industry’s premier hunter trainer.”

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And what has kept the Smiths around? “I think what has really kept us with Wendy all of these years is again, her honesty and the way she cares for the horses. Yes, we have had great success in the show arena, but other trainers can bring you ribbons and awards. The bottom line is, in addition to knowing Wendy could give us an opportunity to compete at the highest level, we trust her implicitly with our horses and their wellbeing. She always puts their interest first. We have

Freewill Farm rarely lived in the same city, let alone the same state, as our show horses, so this trust is huge. We have never worried about Wendy doing the right thing for our horses. The importance of that cannot be overstated.” With big time horses like Vivienne LR+++// and CP Marquis, Sandy and family have a lot to look forward to this upcoming season. “We’re happy to see Wendy have an opportunity to reboot her business in a new facility that can carry her business forward to continued success. After more than 20 years together, the lines can get blurred, but we don’t lose sight of the fact that we owe Wendy a lot. She came into our lives at a time when we were about to give up on the industry. She taught our son Andrew and daughter Brooke how to really ride for the first time. She found and trained some incredibly talented horses that we’ve been blessed to own and show. Without her, we would have never known horses like Smokestak Lightin+++// or Vivienne LR+++//—once-in-a-lifetime horses! The memories and shared experiences of those wonderful horses, fantastic rides, and great successes are all linked to Wendy and things for which our family will always be grateful.”


Another 20+ year client is Audrey Zinke. “We’ve been with Wendy for a long time—a bunch of us have. One of the things we noticed right away is that Wendy has lifelong clients and friends. Many of her amateurs have followed her for years, wherever she goes, and that was a good sign to us. Her clients are dedicated to her.” Audrey’s dedication is based in Wendy’s abilities to bring out the best in every horse and rider team she encounters. “She’s really good with the horses; she

loves her horses. She knows how to bring out their best qualities, and has trained some big national winners for us such as MNM Showdown+// and Fire Danczer+// in not only hunter, but also western and show hack. And Wendy really trains her riders how to ride. When our daughter Heidi was with her years ago, as a 15-year-old, I would see a lot of other kids just perched up on their horses, afraid to do anything. And then when they got into trouble, they couldn’t fix it.” Audrey adds, “Wendy does not allow that. She trains her riders to really, really ride and handle every situation. They have to learn how to find their space in the show ring and how to handle the horse and gain real show experience. I would say that if you truly want to win and you’re willing to work hard, she will get you there.” As for the great success of Audrey’s current favorite horse, multi-national champion WD Noble Ladd+/ (aka Sprout), “Our daughter had quit showing horses to go to dental school, so we didn’t have a horse with Wendy for a while. But then she called us up one day and said, “Hey, there is this really nice hunter prospect called WD Noble Ladd, and what’s not to love about him?” So she sent me a video and, of course, we fell in love with him. He was 3, and it was already June, but Wendy thought she could still get him ready for the hunter futurity at Nationals. And Wendy was right; he was unanimous champion by October.” Audrey continues, “And he’s been unanimous champion the majority of times he’s been out the door. By the age of six, he had five national championships. This year he turns eight, and we are excited to see what he and Wendy can do in 2014!”

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Wendy’s daughter Halle at 2013 Youth Nationals.

“And one other thing about Wendy, not only is she a good trainer, but she’s a beautiful rider. So, when she’s on your horse, it’s just a beautiful picture. Wendy and Sprout make a winning combination and we just couldn’t be happier with how they work together. And, of course, she adores him and he adores her. So what else can you ask for?”


Offering a story of the beginning of a 20-year training relationship and friendship, Karen Lee shares, “I first saw her ride Smokestak Lightin+++// at a local show in California. As she went around the arena, all I could think about was how beautiful that horse and rider were together. She rode the way I dreamt of riding, but how and, more importantly, where would I begin such a quest? About six months later, I shared with my farrier the picture in my head of the dynamic duo, and he said, “Oh, I know who you’re talking about.” He insisted that it was Wendy Griffith, a trainer at Ventura Farms. I made a phone call, and the rest is history. I asked if she trained amateurs and shared with her that I didn’t


know how to ride, but was anxious to learn.” Karen adds, “I knew I was hooked after my first 30-minute lesson, as I couldn’t walk for almost two weeks! The pain was a daily reminder of how badly I wanted to get back in the saddle and continue learning. As it turns out, working with someone as inexperienced as myself, was just one of Wendy’s favorite parts of training. From that point on, I knew it was going to work.” And in her choice of Wendy 20 years ago, Karen couldn’t be more pleased in the friendship and opportunities that have arisen. “Wendy’s children have even coined the name “Uncle Karen” for me, and I hope they never stop!” Karen laughs. “Training with Wendy has worked for me because I wanted someone who cared about my horses, someone who was honest, and someone who, as painstaking as it was, taught me how to ride—Wendy’s heart and soul is poured into every single one of her horses. She wants so much for the amateurs to feel like they can do whatever she can do. She’s great with her amateurs, brutally honest, but great. She wants it to happen and she wants it for you. I admire the fact

Freewill Farm that Wendy does her very best to make the rider and horse a union of one.” As Wendy’s favorite thing is starting from the very beginning and turning something out of nothing, Karen began the journey from a green amateur to a 2-time U.S. National Champion and a 2-time Canadian Reserve National Champion on her amazing horse Khardinal Sin+//. “It’s such hard work, but at the end of the day, I’ll never forget winning U.S. my first time. I almost fell off the horse I was so ecstatic. Wendy was over the wall. The second she made it over to me, tears in both our eyes, I knew she was beyond thrilled, that I, her friend and client, had experienced an unbelievable joy, like she had done so many times before. To this day, I still ride and learn from Wendy. I hope to be doing it another 20 years.”

Wendy’s children, Wyatt, Grant and Halle.

Beyond forming friendships with her clients, Wendy has undoubtedly formed bonds just as strong with her equine friends. An especially beloved horse for Wendy would be NDL Pericles+//, a legendary multi-national champion who was part of the 2013 U.S. Nationals first annual “Hall of Legends.” Wendy calls Pericles, now turning 30, the love of her life. “My kids ride him all the time and I use him for lessons. He still looks phenomenal. That is a horse I definitely have an enormous bond with. Jill Contreras owns him, but I’ve had him ever since he retired. He may still be Jill’s horse and may still be in her name, but my daughter thinks he is her horse. The truth is, which neither of them seem to realize, Perry is my horse!” Wendy jokes.

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“The funny thing is, I’m such a perfectionist, but I don’t ask any more of my clients than I ask of myself. It is not a personal thing and they know that. I expect a lot of my horses and clients because I want to teach them to really ride. So anyone who has ridden with me for a long time knows what to expect. I’m a perfectionist because I want everyone to do their absolute best. Once I see that a client is progressing well, I tend to push them a little harder so they advance to the next level.”


Jamie Gilmore and Wendy.

As for how her kids fit into the picture, Wendy says “People wonder how, with all this going on in my life, I have time for my three children, Wyatt, Halle, and Grant. Certainly having my home and business at the same place makes things a lot easier, and allows the children access to the barn on a daily basis. Two of the three have already started their show careers. Halle had a very successful 2013 Youth Nationals at only seven years of age, winning three reserve national championships and six top tens in three divisions. Wyatt is just starting his show career, and will be showing multi-national champion Spiryt+// in the 13 and under western division at Scottsdale this year. Grant loves coming down to the barn, jumping on the ponies and exploring the beautiful 37-acre ranch. It’s a perfect place for them to grow up.”

As friendship, passion, and hard work serve as the foundational traits of Freewill Farm, Wendy looks to the ways she can continue to improve and grow in 2014. With a new barn full of premier Arabian horses, Wendy looks forward to the promise of the year ahead with the help of assistant trainer Jamie Gilmore and her support team of Darleene, Carlos, Humberto and Ernesto. “I am extremely fortunate to have such amazing horses and am looking forward to focusing on my clients, my kids, and the new Freewill Farm. It’s great because I truly love what I do and that’s never going to change.” ■


One of the most remarkable attributes of Wendy’s program is that she never stops learning. Her training methods continue to grow and evolve with the industry as she constantly pushes herself and her horses to be better. There are many facets to Wendy’s training regimen— especially the attention to detail she poses on her horses and riders. Wendy shares a story, “One client has ridden with me for a while and she brought her husband along for a recent lesson. He had never come with her before, and at some point during the lesson, he left. When she asked him why he left, he answered, “Well I thought Wendy was being so hard on you that I couldn’t watch any longer.” And she replied, “It was actually a very nice lesson—one of the easiest lessons ever!” Wendy adds, 8 FREEWILL | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Celebrating 20 Years of “Horsin’ Around”… T H A N K YOU W E N DY !

Khardinal Sin+// 4-Time U.S. NaTioNal ChampioN

3-Time CaNadiaN ReSeRve NaTioNal ChampioN 8-Time SCoTTSdale ChampioN

h/a hUNTeR pleaSURe JUNioR hoRSe, opeN aNd amaTeUR Owned by: Wayne & Karen Lee

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Hermoso Girl


C A Hermoso x BJ Outragous Girl

2013 U.S. NaTioNal ChampioN aRabiaN hUNTeR pleaSURe 2009 U.S. ReSeRve NaTioNal ChampioN hUNTeR pleaSURe FUTURiTy My Dear Friend Wendy,

Thank You for the unwavering dedication to your

profession. No matter what situation you encounter, you have always been a true professional, a mentor to so many, and a truly wonderful friend. Many thanks to you for the care of the horses we have entrusted to you. Looking forward to more success and fun with Freewill Farm in 2014! As always “Mark Up.” With much love and respect, —Kim Owned by: Kim Snodgrass Bred by: Russ Taylor and Chris Smith Terra Sano Ventures

Allelulia Afire Baske Afire x PCF Brianna

Thank You, Wendy... for 20 years of guidance inside and outside the ring. After 12 long years, it feels great to be back! — Stephanie Roberts and Allelulia Afire

Owned by: Stephanie Roberts 10 FREEWILL | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Thank you Wendy, for 21 years of wonderful memories, fun and friendship! W E L O O K F O R WA R D T O A N O T H E R G R E A T Y E A R W I T H W D N O B L E L A D D + /.




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Stop Th Presses+// (Majesteit x Calista Afire)

mUlTiple NaTioNal, RegioNal aNd SCoTTSdale WiNS iN h/a hUNTeR pleaSURe diviSioNS Owned by: Karen and Amelia Stroud of Austin, TX

Dear Wendy,

7-Time NaTioNal Top TeN

POP ROCKS (Baske Afire x Precisely Poppy)

mUlTiple SCoTTSdale aNd RegioNal ChampioN, ReSeRve aNd Top TeN WiNS iN h/a CoUNTRy pleaSURe, Side Saddle aNd ShoW haCk diviSioNS Owned by: Erin Henehan of Argyle, TX Rider: Amelia Stroud 12 FREEWILL | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

We are grateful for the amazing care you give our horses. They are always happy, healthy and content when they are in your barn and under your special care. We have come to trust and admire your training talents, and are grateful for your kindness and generosity. We wish you much happiness and success and look forward to future years of having our horses with you. —The Stroud Family


Lance Armstrong+// Mamage x Miss Americana

NaTioNal ChampioN h/a hUNTeR pleaSURe FUTURiTy

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“Thank you, Wendy, for everything!” Owned by: Carrie McAninch


Montana Always+ Always A Jullyen V x BP Meditation Bey

2012 U.S. NaTioNal ChampioN hUNTeR pleaSURe FUTURiTy 2013 U.S. ReSeRve NaTioNal ChampioN hUNTeR pleaSURe JUNioR hoRSe “Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.”

Thank you, Wendy Potts, for making our dreams become a reality.  SHOWING AT SCOTTSDALE IN

Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse, AATR 40 & Over and AAOTR 36-54

Owned by: Carole Ann VanDyke

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Hermoso Girl


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2009 U.S. NaTioNal ReSeRve ChampioN hUNTeR pleaSURe FUTURiTy 2013 U.S NaTioNal ChampioN aRabiaN hUNTeR pleaSURe Wendy, We started together because we knew you would get the job done. You did. As time passed, you proved to be the person we could trust the most, and believe without suspicion. You protect our interest as clients, teach us with utter generosity, and care for our horses as if they were your own. You have become our dear friend, our devoted teacher, and someone very special in our lives. Furry, talented, young horses leave here, you make them National Champions, and we have the time of our lives!  —Russ and Chris

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Look for him in 2014 with Wendy! Standing at: Freewill Farm, Texas ph: 817-563-9035 / fax: 817-563-9036 or Contact owner: Heather Cobban

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Alada Baskin x MC Jabaskenade

2x NaTioNal ChampioN 4x ReSeRve NaTioNal ChampioN 12x NaTioNal Top TeN 2x UNaNimoUS SCoTTSdale ChampioN Wendy, thank you for making so many dreams come true. We are forever grateful.” —The Knebel Family Owned by: Kathryn Knebel Bred by: Boisvert Farms


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erona – Italy, the city of the many bridges, crossing the Adige river, the city of the 2nd biggest colosseum in the world and of course the city from Romeo & Julia with the famous balcony! These sights would have been already reason enough to come to this city, however, there are a few hundred people that came to Verona for a whole different reason; the European Championships of the Arabian horse. Judges for this title show were S. Woodhouse from Great Brittain, Mr. Aragno from Italy, Dr. Marei from Egypt, T. Rombauer from Hungary, Mr. Schwestermann from Switzerland and J. Basil from Syria. The competition was high and the quality incredible. Especially the yearlings showed some great prospect for the future. Gold medal winner with the yearling fillies was the this year already very successful Ajmaniah OS (Ajman Moniscione x AB Nastrapsy) – bred by Osterhof Stud and owned by Ajman Stud from the UAE. Silver medal winner was the very typy MM Esplendida (RFI Farid x MM Eluise) – bred and owned by Mario Matt from Austria. The bronze medal went to the big moving Piacolla (Enzo x Polonica) – bred and owned by Michalow Stud from Poland. Others in the top five of the yearling filly championships were SG Wendetta (Psyrasic x SG Wenusia) – bred and owned by Scuderia Groane - and the refined Kalahari (Ajman Moniscione x Kashira) – bred by Wojtowicz and owned by PPH Parys sp. The yearling colts showed a clear winner. The big moving and very refined colt Maestro des Alpes (Marwan al Shaqab x Maya des Alpes) – bred and owned by Otto Berg from the UK took the lead in the class and claimed the gold medal in the final championships. Silver medal winner was Feuer Jade (Ajman Moniscione x Neva bint Volga) – bred and owned by the Vieider family from Italy. The bronze medal went to Galahad Juliver (WH Justice x Baswani) – bred by Laimgruber and owned by Al Baydaa & Mai Stud from Egypt. Others in the top five were Libano MPE (Marwan al Shaqab x Thee Rahiba) – bred by the Manzi family and on lease to Dubai Arabian Horse stud from the UAE - and the showy colt

Martice (Al Justice x Miss Marenga) – bred and owned by Sax Arabians from Germany. The junior filly championship had another Osterhof bred horse on top who is the full sister to the yearling gold medal champion; the showy Nastya OS (Ajman Moniscione x AB Nastrapsy). A great success for both Gestut Osterhof and owner Ajman Stud! The silver medal went to the big moving Perfinka (Esparto x Perfirka) – bred by Bialka Stud and owned by Muawd Stud from Saudi Arabia. The bronze medal went to MZ Djlshada (QR Marc x MZ DJamira) – bred by Zinniker and owned by Schläpfer from the Chech Republic. Others in the top five were ASH Mariella (Monther el Nasser x Alishya) – bred by Arabian Sun Horses and owned by Tabori BKV from Israel - and Orfa d’Arab KA (QR Marc x Axotica) – bred and owned by Knocke Arabians from Belgium. The junior colt championships had a surprising winner. The good moving, typy Dali (Lazaal x Elektra) – bred and owned by the Virga family from Italy - came out of nowhere and took the gold medal away from another Italian participant Jamaal di Mar (Marajj x Calyenna el Jamaal) – bred and owned by Scuderia Groane – who took the silver medal. The Bronze medal was for the good moving Al Marid (Al Milan x Bafra B) – bred and owned by Sax Arabians from Germany. Others in the top Five were the gorgeous Sultan al Shaqab (Amir al Shaqab x Abha al Shaqab) – bred and owned by Al Shaqab, Qatar - and JM Aramis (Stival x Alba Moniscione) – bred by Danesi and owned by Al Aryam Arabians from the UAE. Off it went with the spectacular mare classes. Class winner and gold medal champion was the stunning Emandoria (Gazal al Shaqab x Emanda) – bred by Michalow Stud and owned by Ajman Stud of the UAE. Silver medal winner was Primera (Eden C x Preria) – bred and owned by Janow Podlaski stud from Poland. Bronze medal winner was the big moving Emira (Laheeb x Embra) – bred by Michalow stud and owned by Ajman Stud of the UAE. The top five title was awarded to Psyche Kreuza (Ekstern x Pallas Atena) – bred and owned by Chrcynno Palace from Poland – and Pilarosa (Al adeed al Shaqab x - TUTTO ARABI | 19

Pilar) – bred and owned by Janow Podlaski from Poland. The final championships was off the senior stallions. A line up off some great show stallions. Gold medal champion was the beautiful and typy Shanghai EA (WH Justice x Salymah) – bred by Equus Arabians in Spain and coowned by Asayel Stud from Kuwait. Silver medal champion was the show stopper Im Bayard Cathare (Padrons Immage x Shamilah) – bred by Roques and owned by The Royal Cavalry of Oman. Bronze medal winner was Poganin (Laheeb x Pohulanka) – bred and owned by Janow Podlaski from Poland. The top five honors went to Mascot


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The city of lights, the city of love – however you might want to call it, from November 29 till December 1st it was the city of the Arabian Horse. Hundreds of Arabian horse lovers from all over the world gathered to see the crème de la crème of the Arabian horse breed during the Salon du Cheval in Paris. Over a 150 horses were entered. The judges for this 33rd edition of the World Arabian Horse Championships were Mrs. Claudia Darius & Mr. Manfred Hain from Germany, Mr. Koenraad Detailleur from Belgium, Mr. Murillo Kammer from Brazil, Dr. Francesco Santoro from Italy, Mrs. Renata Schibler from Switzerland and Mrs. Irina Stigler from Russia. Female qualifying classes The show started with the qualifying classes for the females. A spectacular yearling class was up first, divided in group A and B. The A group was clearly won by the very refined and showy Minwah, sired by the young sire Kahil al Shaqab and out of LC Primavera with a total of 92.33 points. Bred by Mohamed al Sulaiti and owned by Aljassimya Farm from Qatar. Minwah was also awarded with the Best Head trophy! Second in this class with a total of 91.42 points was the very typy MM Esplendida (RFI Farid x MM Eluise) – bred and owned by Mario Matt Arabians from Austria. At the third position in this class with only 0.09 points less was the Brazilian bred Delights Divah RB (Ajman Moniscione x Honeys Delight RB) – bred by the De Moura family and owned by Al Sayed Stud from Saudi Arabia. At the fourth position with a total of 90.83 points was SG Wisar (Ajman Moniscione x Wiolett) – bred and owned by Scuderia Groane from Italy. Closing the top five in this class was Patria (Eden C x Palmeta) – bred and owned by Janow Podlaski from Poland. The b-section yearling fillies was again a tough class with the top three scoring very close in points. The final winner of the class was the gorgeous and ultra refined Esperanzza al Ventur (FA el Shawan x Honeys Delight RB) – bred by Haras Arabes de Santa Ventura and owned by Athbah stud fom Saudi

Arabia. With a total of 91,92 points she was too strong for the other yearling fillies. Later in the championships she was awarded with the Silver Medal! Runners up in this class were two fillies, both scoring a total of 91,83 points were the beautiful Najdiya al Zobair (Eden C x Najdah al Zobair) and the showy D Shahla (Marajj x FT Shaella). In the end it was the Al Zobair Stud, Sharjah bred and owned Najdiya to take the lead as she was scoring higher in movement. Third in this class was D Shahla, bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud from Dubai. At the fourth position with 91.08 points was Kahlah al Shaqab (Kahil al Shaqab x Aleysha al Nasser) – bred and owned by Al Shaqab stud from Qatar. Completing this top five with a total of 90.75 points was her stable mate Ghala al Shaqab (Farhoud al Shaqab x Ghalia al Shaqab). The Best Head trophy went to Luluat al Nayfat (Kahil al Shaqab x Muhiba el Naarah) of Al Naifat stud from Saudi Arabia! Next to go was the class of junior female aged two and three years old. Class winner with a total of 91.83 points was the big moving Perfinka (Esparto x Perfirka) – bred by Bialka Stud and owned by Al Muawd Stud from Saudi Arabia. Second in this class with a total of 91.58 points was Mississippi J (QR Marc x Magnificent Lady J) – bred and owned by Jadem Arabians from Belgium. Third in this class with a total of 91.33 points was the incredible Aja Europa (Aja Justified x


HB Marais) – bred by Aja Arabians from the UK and owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman. At the fourth position with 91.08 points was Faraah AC (Marhaabah x Heart of Gold AC) – bred by the Steffens family and owned by Al Khaled Farm from Saudi Arabia. Completing the top five with a total of 90.75 points was the ultra typy Noft al Nayfat (Ajman Moniscione x Eagleridge Passionata) – bred by the Davis family and owned by Al Naifat Stud from Saudi Arabia. Noft was also awarded with the Best Head trophy. This was the second best head trophy for Al Naifat! The B-section of the junior fillies showed a clear winner; The beautiful and this season very successful AJ Sawahi (Marwan al Shaqab x Siberia SA) – bred and owned by Ajman Stud from the UAE, scoring a total of 93.25 points with almost straight 20’s for type and head & neck – earning her also the Best Head trophy! Second in this class with 92 points was Orfa d’Arab KA (QR Marc x Oso Axotica) – bred and owned by Knocke Arabians from Belgium. Third in the class with 91.58 points was AJ Asyad (Marwan al Shaqab x Aja Angelica) – bred and owned by Ajman Stud from the UAE. Fourth with 91.42 points was the typy Alfabia Akiabara (ZT Marwteyn x ZT Ludbectra) – bred by Count Frederico Thyssen and owned by Halsdon Arabians from the UK. Making the Top Five complete with 91.33 points was Euzona (Om el Bellissimo x Euzetia) – bred and owned by Janow Podlaski Stud from Poland. Off it went with the senior mares! Sixteen mares competed in the A-section of this class. All high quality, all world champion worthy. The top three scored very closely in points. Winner of the class was the gorgeous and ultra typy FM Gloria (WH Justice x Psity of Angels) – bred by Mieke Sans and owned by Al Zobair Stud from the UAE. FM Gloria scored the perfect score of all twenties for type, head and neck – which gave her also the well deserve trophy for best head in this class! In total she made an impressive score of 93.16 points! Second in this class with a total of 93.08 points was the big moving Primera (Eden C x Preria) – bred and owned by Janow Podlaski from Poland. At the third position with still 92.92 points was the beautiful Aja Aphrodite (WH Justice x Lovin Psyche SSA) – bred by Aja Arabians and owned by Mystica Arabians

from Australia. Fourth in this impressive line-up with 92.08 points was the very showy and feminine Abilene PCF (Legacy of Fame x Breath of Spring PSY) – bred by PCF Arabians and owned by Brugman Arabians from Belgium. Closing the top five with 91.58 points was Al Princess Aliha (WH Justice x Al Aliha) – bred by Al Hambra Arabians and owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman. Next to go was the last section of senior mares. Former World – and European champions all in one class. Wow! What a privilege to witness this class in the heart of Europe! Winner of the class with a massive total of 93.83 points was Emandoria (Gazal al Shaqab x Emanda) – bred by Michalow Stud and owned by Ajman Stud from the UAE, scoring perfect straight twenties on type, head and neck! It is really hard beating this mare this season as she won already some prestigious shows this year! Emandoria was also awarded with the Best Head trophy! Second in the class with a total of 93.25 points was Layan al Khalediah (Dakharo x Padrons Amour) – bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables from Saudi Arabia. Two mares scored a total of 92.83 points. It was the big moving Pistoria (Gazal al Shaqab x Palmira) –bred and owned by Michalow Stud - who took the lead as she scored more on type, leaving the fourth place to another moving machine; Etnologia (Gazal al Shaqab x Etalanta) – bred by Janow Podlaski and owned by Halsdon Arabians from the UK. Completing the top five with 92.42 points was another Polish powerhouse; Cenoza (Ekstern x Celna) – bred and owned by Janow Podlaski Stud from Poland. Male qualifying classes The Saturday was reserved for the males qualification classes, starting with the yearling colts, divided in group A and B. The group A had only six participants. Winner of this class with a total of 92.66 points was the showy colt Antaris (RFI Farid x Justina) – bred by Osterhof Stud and owned by Ajman Stud from the UAE. Antaris was also awarded with the Best Head trophy! A second place with 91.08 points was Galahad Juliver (WH Justice x Baswani) – bred by Robert Laimgruber and owned by Al Baydaa farm and Mai Stud


from Egypt. Two yearling colts scored the same score of 90.66. Winning on type was Libano MPE (Marwan al Shaqab x Thee Rahibaa) – bred by the Manzi family and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse stud from the UAE. At the fourth place was the Straight Egyptian PSE Al Rakhan (Royal Colours x PSE Mistrez) – bred and owned by Prestige Straight Egyptians. Fifth in this class with 90.25 points was Eternal Wish-D (Ajman Moniscione x Sarai bint Navaronne-D) – bred and owned by Dion Arabians from Belgium. The B-group of yearling colts was won with 91.66 points by the overall very balanced Equiborn KA (QR Marc x Espadrilla) – bred and owned by Knocke Arabians. The second place was for the very showy Nashmi al Hawajer (Marajj x Maniba bint ibn Narav) – bred and owned by Al Hawajer Stud from the UAE. Scoring 91.33 points and securing a third place was the beautiful Kanz al Nasser (WH Justice x Ftoon al Shaqab) – bred and owned by Al Nasser Stud from Qatar. Kanz was also awarded with the Best Head trophy! Another beautiful and typy colt was Prussia MI (Abha Qatar x Parada) – bred by Mulawa Arabian Stud and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud from Saudi Arabia. At the fifth place we found the pretty RP Burj el Arab (WH Justice x Pamira bint Psytadel) – bred by Di Grazia Arabians from South Africa. Next to go was a small group of colts aged two years old. Winner of this class with a total of 92.58 points was Sultan al Shaqab (Amir al Shaqab x Abha al Shaqab) – bred and owned by Al Shaqab stud from Qatar. Second in this class with a total of 91.66 points was the showy Ascot DD (Psytadel x Monogrammed Lady) – bred by Dejonckheere and owned by Athbah Stud from Saudi Arabia. Ascot was also awarded with the Best Head trophy! Third in this class with 91.42 points was another big moving colt; Psyche keret (Khidar x Psyche Victoria) – bred and owned by Chrcynno Palace Stud from Poland. At the fourth place with 90.58 points was SG Karabin (Ajman Moniscione x Wiolett) – bred and owned by Scuderia Groane from Italy. At the fifth place with 90.25 points was LB Hashim (Hassan Ashiraf x OR Elima) – bred by Luca Bertolini and owned by Alice Cappelletti from Italy. The show continued with a class of colts aged three years old. A class who gave the crowd Goosebumps. This was done by a hor-

se who clearly loves the showring. EKS Alihandro (Marwan al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) came in dancing, snorting and blowing – showing off like a king who owned the ring. And he did! With an impressive total of 94.25 points, scoring straight twenties in type, he won his class convincingly, earning also the title for the best head trophy! EKS Alihandro is bred by Elkasun Arabians and is owned by Athbah Stud from Saudi Arabia. Second in this class with 92 points was Peace from the Desert (Marwan al Shaqab x FS Penelope) – bred by King Abdul Aziz Arabian horse center and owned by the Al Khalediah Stables from Saudi Arabia. Third in this class with a total of 91.83 points was AJ Mardan (Vervaldee x Felicia) – bred and owned by Ajman Stud. The fourth place went to another great performer. The charismatic and showy Profender KA (QR Marc x Palanga) claimed the ring and gave a brilliant performance, scoring a total of 90.75 points. Profender is bred by Knocke Arabians and owned by Florentina Arabians from Belgium. Fifth in this class, scoring the same number of points but losing on type was Subhi (Ajman Moniscione x Lady Sorrel) – bred and owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman. Later Subhi was awarded with the Trophée Espoir . After the junior classes it was time for the seniors! Beautiful stallions at the start of their breeding career were presented to the crowd. The A-group put up a great fight for the throne . Winner of the class with a total of 93.92 points was the well balanced and very typy Fadi al Shaqab (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) – bred by Michael Byatt and owned by Al Shaqab Stud from Qatar. Second in this class with 93.25 points was the ultra typy and showy Shanghai EA (WH Justice x Salymah) – bred by Equus Arabians and co-owned by Asayel Stud from Kuwait. Shanghai was also well deserved awarded with the Best Head trophy! Third in this class with 91.5 points was Espressivo (QR Marc x Emocja) – bred and owned by Knocke Arabians from Belgium. Fourth in this class with 90.42 points was Baha AA (Al Ayad x Baraaqa AA) – bred by Ariela Arabians and owned by Avi Arabians from Israel. Completing the top five with 90.33 points was the big moving and very refined Hassan Ashiraf (Amir Ashiraf x CO Pashmina) – bred and owned by Il Paradiso Stud from Italy.


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The last class of the day was the senior stallions group B. Another exciting group of stallions who have won numerous shows all over the world. Now they were all here in Paris, finding out who was the best of the best. And it was a close call! Winning the class with 93.16 points was Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) – bred by the Coleal family and owned by AlSayed stud from Saudi Arabia. Eden was also awarded with the Best Head trophy! Scoring just 0.17 points less and putting up a great performance was Im Bayard Cathare (Padrons Immage x Shamilah Bagheera) – bred by Mr. Roques and owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman. Third in this class with 92.75 points was Abha Qatar (Marwan al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba) – bred by Marieta Salas and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud from Saudi Arabia. At the fourth place with 92.66 points was the beautiful Al Khatab al Thani (Al Batran x Hanan al Thaniya) – bred by the sons of Sheikh Hussain Mohamed Basha and owned by Al Sawary Farm from Saudi Arabia. Completing the last top five of the day with 91.16 points was the showy Om el Bendingo (Sanadik el Shaklan x Om el Beneera) – bred by Om el Arab and owned by Arabian Stars from Italy. Just dropping off the top five was another beautiful stallion worth mentioning. The gorgeous TS Apolo (TS Don Brave x Faimess FHP) – bred in Brazil by Toni Salloum and owned by Haras Royal de Bouznika. Championships & Awards The Sunday was dedicated to the championships and awards. The best of the best returned to the ring to claim the title of titles… World Champion Arabian horse. The yearling filly championships was on first. All of them somehow related to Marwan al Shaqab or Magnum Psyche. What says something about the quality of these stallions but also about how we are slowly narrowing the breed. Yearling filly gold medal champion was awarded to the great Minwah (Kahil al Shaqab x LC Primavera) – owned by Aljassimya farm! The Silver medal was awarded to the Brazilian Esperanzza al Ventur (FA el Shawan x Honeys Delight RB) – owned by Athbah stud. The beautiful Najdiya al Zobair (Eden C x Najdah al

Zobair) of Al Zobair Stud claimed the bronze medal. The junior filly championships was an amazing group of high quality fillies, however there was one that clearly stood out from all of them and was awarded with the Gold medal unanimously! This honor went to AJ Sawahi (Marwan al Shaqab x Siberia SA) of Ajman Stud! The silver medal was awarded to Al Muawd stud for their beautiful Perfinka (Esparto x Perfirka)! Leaving the bronze medal again for Ajman Stud. This time awarded to AJ Asyad (Marwan al Shaqab x Aja Angelica)! A great success for Ajman Stud that later also got awarded with the best owner and breeder award! Off it went with the senior females. Extra excitement here as an extra horse was added to the championships. It was the legendary Pianissima (Gazal al Shaqab x Pianosa) claiming the ultimate title – Platinum World Champion mare. Pianissima looked fantastic. I don’t think there will soon be a mare good enough to challenge her as she is so close to perfection! It was a great joy to see her again in the ring for the very last time. Also the other mares selected for the championships were the crème de la crème. It came very close, but the final winner of the Gold Medal was Emandoria (Gazal al Shaqab x Emanda) for Ajman Stud, earning the last crown for her Triple Crown title! Winner of the silver medal was the extremely type FM Gloria (WH Justice x Psity of Angels) for Al Zobair Stud. Leaving the bronze medal for the just as gorgeous Aja Afrodite (WH Justice x Lovin Psyche SSA) for Mystica Arabians. The yearling colt championships showed the future of the Arabian breed. A variety of bloodlines and within the Top Ten also a Straight Egyptian colt. PSE al Rakhan (Royal Colours x PSE Mistrez) of Prestige Straight Egyptians was awarded The Best Straight Egyptian Male of the show trophy. A great title for such a young colt! I am looking forward seeing him in a few years! The gold medal of the yearling colts went to Antaris OS (RFI Farid x Justina) for Ajman Stud – who had a great show this weekend! The silver medal went to Equiborn KA (QR Marc x Espadrilla) for Knocke Arabians. Leaving the bronze medal to the pretty Nashmi al Hawajer (Marajj x Maniba bint ibn Narav) for Al Hawajer stud!


Next to go was the championships of the junior stallions. All young and potential breeding stallions aiming for the crown. This was given unanimously to Mr. Showman ; EKS Alihandro (Marwan al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) who gave the perfect performance this weekend and who already knew he was there to win, the minute he entered the arena! I believe a bright future is awaiting this special stallion! A great victory for his owner Atbhah Stud, who was celebrating a double victory as their other competitor Ascott DD (Psytadel x Monogrammed Lady) was named Silver medal winner! The final bronze medal went to Sultan al Shaqab (Amir al Shaqab x Abha al Shaqab) for Al Shaqab stud! The last championship of the day was of the senior stallions. Important breeding stallions of the modern Arabian horse breeding were competing for the World Champion title. In between them was also the incredible Baanderos (Marwan al Shaqab x HB Bessolea) of Al Khalediah farm. A gorgeous stallion who could still win anywhere in the world but this time was here to claim his title of Platinum World Champion male. A title well deserved! The gold medal for the World Champion Senior stallion went to the well balanced Fadi al Shaqab (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) for Al Shaqab stud. A gorgeous stallion with a close to perfect body, long neck and super type who also presented himself with a decent trot and combined with his long fairytale mane captured the hearts of many. The silver medal was given to the great showhorse Shanghai EA (WH Justice x Salymah) for Equus Arabians and Asayel Stud. This snow-white stallion had a great fanclub and his exquisite head and type is a hard one to beat! The bronze medal went to former world champion Abha Qatar (Marwan al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba) for Al Mohamadia Stud. Before the end of the show, some awards were given. The Highest scoring female award went to Emandoria (Gazal al Shaqab x Emanda) for Ajman Stud for scoring a total of 93.83 points. The highest scoring male award went to Alihandro (Marwan al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) for

Athbah Stud scoring a total of 94.25 points! The Coupe de France trophy was given to Munir Aladeyat (WH Justice x GH Marwana) for the Royal Cavalry of Oman. The award for Best Egyptian related female went to Pilarosa (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Pilar) Bred and owend by Janów Podlaski State Stud from Poland. The Best breeder of the show trophy was awarded to the Janow Podlaski State Stud from Poland! Breeders of Platinum champion mare Pianissima and many more fantastic horses. The last award was given to the Best sire of the show. An award that has been given to the same stallion over and over again; the great Marwan al Shaqab (Gazal al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) for Al Shaqab stud. Marwan has had a big influence on the Modern Arabian horse breed and also brought some color to the showscene –as there were times the arena was filled with all grey’s! With the World championships coming to an end it is good to reflect the year and to realize how far we have become with perfection the Arabian horse. The quality has never been so high! What I do miss at the World championships are the ridden classes and the gelding classes. There has been ridden classes in the past and seen the turn-up at the European championships in Belgium last year, I think there can be many participants willing to promote the Arabian horse under saddle. The Salon du Cheval in Paris is a great opportunity for this as there are many visitors enjoying the show who are not yet involved with the Arabian horse. I believe it is good when they also see the other side of the Arabian horse; that they are great performers under saddle as well! And the gelding classes. With the market of today, the demand for colts has drastically dropped. Which means that more and more good colts are being gelded. This could be turned into a new market. The market for the Arabian show geldings. There are so many beautiful geldings around and winning the title of World Champion gelding can give a new impulse to the market of today. ❑


World Arabian Horse Championships Paris by Henrike Hoermann


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Arabian Horse Photographers In Focus― Howie Schatzberg

Arabian Horse Photographers In Focus

Howie Schatzberg by Mary Kirkman

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photographer Howie Schatzberg was on the stadium floor at the closing ceremony of the Olympics, the only person specifically assigned to shoot the appearance of an antique stagecoach, which symbolized the transfer of the Winter Games from Nagano, Japan, to Salt Lake City. Stressful? Yes. But then, Schatzberg makes a business of recording those all-time highs; a self-confessed adrenaline junkie when it comes to his profession, he says that is what keeps it fresh. Pressure is a business associate. That night—February 22, 1998—it was nearly pitch black out, the only brightness the Olympic flame, a few spotlights, and the pinpoints of camera flashes in the audience. Worldwide television recorded soaring, inspiring music, but Schatzberg heard only a wall of sound; he would have no cues. He found his spot, though, and he knew the drill. The stagecoach, preceded by three of its outriders, would emerge from behind a boulder and gallop under an arch simulated to resemble the Utah desert. He could see the horses, elegant pinto American Saddlebreds, iridescent white splashed with dark copper spots, in the darkness. And then the outriders’ mounts reared in unison and bolted down the track, heads high and tails plumed, as the roar of the crowd rose in welcome.

reach and broken, but he leapt to his feet, focused his back-up camera and kept shooting.

Schatzberg snapped furiously. He needed to get all of it, but one shot was his personal goal: he was poised to catch the stagecoach as it came through the arch—and then he was mowed down. Literally. One of the CBS camera platforms, pushed by a grip who couldn’t see ahead, plowed right into the photographer, hurling him off his feet. His primary camera was catapulted into the darkness, out of

The photographs he got at Nagano were amazing, and he more than earned his commission. But to this day, he mourns the shot that got away. (He probably wouldn’t say that he is a perfectionist, but his standards are high enough that he can’t quite let it go.) His job, he maintains, is to get that one special photo, whether at an Olympics or in the show ring or on a farm. And 99 percent of the time, he does.


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In The Beginning Howard Schatzberg, now 54, was born in California but grew up in Scottsdale, which put him at command central of the Arabian show horse world right when the industry was flying high. His father was the well-known horse show photographer Jack Schatzberg, his sister rode with Denis Scully, and he knew everyone—the LaCroixes, the Wrigleys, the Kales and others. Mayor Herb Drinkwater, longtime friend of the Scottsdale Show, lived nearby. And although Jack Schatzberg worked in an array of breeds and disciplines, the family kept Arabians on their property near Cholla and Scottsdale Roads. Howie got a head start on his profession by helping his father in the summer from the age of 12. Jack Schatzberg was one of the strictest taskmasters in the industry, but he also was one of the most innovative equine photographers of the era—the first, for example, to use a mobile darkroom, which allowed him to deliver proofs and 8x10s in 24 hours at a time when others took up to a month. Howie worked in the darkroom and did a little of everything else too, including shooting the second ring at shows and helping at farm visits around the country.

Morgan stallion Mastroianni, at Merriehill Farm, with Mark Bodner.

Photo from early in Howard’s career.


“I still have visions of my father holding a reel of film up to the light in the trailer and looking at it,” he says. “I don’t know if you can say this, but he would say, ‘That’s s***!’ He’d say, ‘You’ve got to shoot 100 percent, 90 percent, or you’re not going to make it.’ I had to get the picture; I had no choice. And then when you get it, move on and get a better one.” They worked the western United States—Arizona, California and the Pacific Northwest—as well as Colorado and the state fairs of the Midwest. In those days many of the iconic events, such as Santa Barbara and Del Mar, were open shows, and the younger Schatzberg cut his teeth not only on Arabians, but on Saddlebreds, Morgans, hunter/jumpers and more, which would fuel his career in years to come. He was so involved that he skipped graduating with his high school class, taking a GED to facilitate his father’s summer show schedule. He was not yet 20 when he progressed to the main ring and his own contracts. The first was a hunter/jumper event in Pomona, Calif., but his schedule gathered speed quickly, and as demand grew, so did the caliber of the shows and the level of his skill. “When you’re working with better stock, it makes you look better,” he explains. He had grown up with top Arabians, but now he was looking through the lens at some of the most respected figures in the 1980s saddle seat and hunter worlds—game-changers such as Cynthia Woods’ Saddlebreds, Art Birtcher’s ponies and Kenny Wheeler’s conformation hunters. “When you shot great horses and got a great picture, that shot would be advertised and your name was on it. I was very fortunate to do that.” One of his early landmark photographs was of a promising 3-year-old Saddlebred at the Scottsdale A to Z Show who, he notes, was “the first horse that actually gave me chills.” The big chestnut was CHSky Watch, who would go on to become one of the greatest five-gaited World’s Grand Champions of all time.

Top right: Passing of the torch—Arizona Livestock Show photographer—from father to son. Center right: The Saddlebred Ferrari, shown here with Rob Tanner up in 1986, was one of Howard’s earliest shoots with a top-level horse. Bottom right: Early in Howard’s career - Five-time World’s Grand Champion Five-Gaited horse, CHSky Watch at Scottsdale with Mitch Clark up.

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Over the years, Schatzberg’s business, like his father’s, embraced several breeds and expanded eastward with such fixtures as Denver’s National Western Stock Show, the Illinois, Iowa and Ohio State Fairs, and the Midwest Charity; smaller, but power-packed, venues like the UPHA Chapter Five, the Corn Belt Charity, the Good Samaritan, River Ridge and the St. Louis Charity; and such headliners as the American Royal, the Toronto Winter Fair, and the Lexington Junior League Show. And then there were the premier marquees of the National Show Horse Finals, the Morgan Grand National (for 28 years and counting now) and the World’s Championships for American Saddlebreds, Road Horses and Hackney Ponies. These days, his high profile Arabian appearances are the Celebration and the largest show in the breed, Scottsdale. Now, in a way, he has come full circle: at Scottsdale, his father, now 91, shoots the hunter ring for him.

Top left: Grand National and multi-World Champion Morgan Nobility and Judy Whitney. Center left: Todd Dearth and Midnight Jazz, National Champion Half-Arabian Park Horse. Bottom left: Wild-Eyed And Wicked, 2001 World’s Grand Champion Five-Gaited Saddlebred, with Dena Lopez up. Bottom right: Second Editions Debut and Shan Wilson, National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Open horse.


The Guy In The Ring Schatzberg’s appeal can be traced to a number of things, some of them, on the surface, surprising. Unlike some of his contemporaries, he doesn’t consider himself an artist. He is more a technician, he says—which doesn’t mean he isn’t after stunning photographs, because he is; it simply means that his primary aim is to get the best photograph of his subject at one moment in time, not necessarily the most artistic. “I feel I have a knack to sense where I need to be to get that shot,” he observes. “You have to feel or recognize a horse’s tendencies in the ring—does he have a really balanced trot, do I have to shoot him early, do I have to shoot him late (meaning when is that split second at the height of his motion going to be)? Those decisions you have to make while he’s trotting at you.” And that applies to every horse in a sometimes crowded arena. It isn’t, he emphasizes, only about the headline horses, although he is well aware that his best work of those individuals will be viewed for decades. It is about everybody, and when he defines the Howard and Megan at Scottsdale.

World Champion Morgan HVK Pavarotti with Tom Caisse driving.

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broader nature of his career objective, he offers a key to understanding who he is. “I want to get great pictures of every horse,” he says, “and I feel as good or better when people say, ‘God, thank you so much, I just never have gotten a good picture of my horse.’ There are horses that never win, and those are the people that want pictures—need photos—because they may never get them. Those are the ones I really try to work harder on. It’s really important to make those people happy, and that’s, you know, an important part of this—the horse that maybe never will get a ribbon, never win.” Then there are those historic performances. In the 40-plus years Schatzberg has been photographing horse shows, he has seen a lot of them, but ask him which ones stand out and he struggles. That is just not the way he files his memories. In the end, he concludes that it is not the moment he remembers so much as its emotion, and he offers a few recent examples. One was a year and a half ago at the World’s Championships in Louisville, when the renowned Hackney trainer Gib Marcucci drove a tiny package of black dynamite named Nabucco to the stallion’s third World’s Grand Championship. “The pony was unbelievable,”

Top left: GSF Rizing Son and Amanda Purdin Standish. Bottom left: CHCallaway’s Annabel Allison, 2013 World’s Grand Champion Five-Gaited Saddlebred, with Debby Foley up.


Top center: Top pony trainer Gib Marcucci’s last night, in the ring with three-time World’s Grand Champion Hackney Pony Nabucco.

Schatzberg recalls, “but that was Gib’s last drive, and the crowd knew it.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. At 77, after more than 50 years in the viceroy—most of it at the top of his game—Marcucci was retiring, and he went out with all flags flying. Last year had its share of emotion too, especially when trainer Debbie Foley became one of the few women ever to win the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship. Before the victory pass, the announcer interviewed her, and Foley related the story of how, as a kid, she had sat in the upper rows at Freedom Hall and watched the great trainers of the era compete in the gaited stake. “She had knocked on the door for so many years,” Schatzberg smiles. “If you know her, she’s a tough lady—but she was in tears, sincere. And when you’re 10 feet away from her and you see that emotion, you get caught up in it.” It is not just the moment, but its meaning, that hits him. “At the Scottsdale Arabian show, it might be seeing this kid win a class and knowing it’s the first Scottsdale they’ve ever been at—seeing that emotion, watching everyone run into the ring,” he says. “That’s what gets me. I’m a people person, so those are the moments I remember more than individual horses, although I’ve been fortunate to shoot a bunch of them.”

Top right: World’s Champion Three-Gaited 3-Year-Old Saddlebred Use Your Illusion and Jim Stachowski. Bottom right: Alex Holloway

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In “Real Life” Unlike many photographers, Schatzberg pretty much puts down his camera when he is not in the show ring or on a farm visit. He will shoot his or his friends’ children in their sports or for class photos, that kind of thing, but there are no secondary specialties. When he is off, he trades that single-minded devotion to the image for spending time with his family. With three kids, aged 20, 17 and 4, he draws on his own father’s example and comes up with a remarkably normal (if peculiarly scheduled) family life. His wife, Megan, was an assistant trainer for the well-known Morgan trainer David Rand, so she understands the routine. She holds the fort in Scottsdale while school is in session, and then in the summer the whole family goes on the road, so the children not only learn a work ethic, but also expand their horizons. Traditional vacations don’t play much of a role in their lives. “Howie’s vacation is when he’s at home,” she notes. “He would prefer to be here; he’s one of the only dad I know that actively takes their kids to all of their activities on a fairly regular basis.” “When I’m home, I’m really 100 percent a husband and father,” Schatzberg nods. “I get Jacqueline to school, and after school to riding lessons or ballet, and help out with whatever the others need. If the washing machine were broken, I’d fix it; I’ve done that stuff my whole life. I’m a big-time homebody.” To accommodate that, he schedules his business in circuits, carving out blocks of time in between to be in Scottsdale. In 2013, he did approximately two dozen horse shows, only three of them in Arizona, which put him out of town for more than 20 weeks. The key to making that happen is a trusted staff that includes, Top left: Saddlebred Heirison Ford and Morgan Billig. Center left: Multi-Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure horse Emperors Fire and Joel Kiesner. Bottom left: Multi-Champion Half-Arabian English horse Voodoo Child with Brooksley Sheehe up. Bottom right: Jonny B Good and Patti Carleton.


among others, Megan, who runs the office, and Jane King, who has been with him for more than 15 years and does the printing. King long ago traded the term “employee” for “friend.” “I don’t have to worry about what’s going on at home,” Schatzberg says. “When I come home, I can let down, and without Jane all these years, I would not have been able to do that.” He smiles. “I don’t know if I’m any better than anybody else, but I will put my team against anybody’s.”

Top: Ceonto and Karen Cudmore at the National Western Stock Show. Right: Nutcracker Sweet PF and Juliette Dell, 2013 Scottsdale H/A English Pleasure Champions.

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Magic Touch SMP 2013 Arabian colt


Looking At The Future Four decades into a profession that has seen cataclysmic changes over the past 20 years, Schatzberg, like many photographers, contemplates the rest of his career. He is not near retirement age yet, but that doesn’t matter much; he figures he only will reduce his schedule at some point, not abandon it. In the meantime, the equine photography business becomes ever more challenging. The most significant issue for show photographers now, he says, is the people who shoot over the rail. “I don’t have a problem with mom and dad taking pictures of their kids,” he clarifies. “I think that’s great. But I have a huge problem with other professionals coming to a horse show where there is a contracted horse show photographer, and taking pictures and selling them. Unfortunately, it’s very prevalent, and it’s going to be the downfall of ring photographers if horse show management keeps allowing it to happen.” He adds that he realizes how hard it is for management to police the practice, but feels that most ring photographers would be happy to help. Schatzberg sees a dual approach to the problem. Why don’t the shows, he asks, charge the professionals outside the ring to shoot there? That would help an event’s bottom line. Morgan stallion Ben’s Rhapsody.

Saddlebred stallion Phi Slama Jama, popular sire of Half-Arabians.

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“Evening with Dancing Horses” at the National Western Stock Show.

Or the ring photographers can play their part by contributing pictures for use in social media, a reason frequently expressed by management for allowing outside shooters (although there would have to be some sort of agreement worked out, because the official photographer would have to bring a second person to take marketing pictures outside the ring). “As professional photographers, we need to give more,” he continues. “It’s a tough time for horse shows. We need to maybe sponsor classes, or give photos to all the class sponsors or to the horse show for its website. We need to go to show management and say, ‘What can I do for you?’ It may not be a monetary contribution, but it sure can be images. “We do it,” he adds. “Many photographers are doing whatever they can, but we’d like something in return too. Please, in exchange for what we’re giving you, give us the exclusive rights to photograph your show.”


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Schatzberg looks also at the spectrum of the equine industry and its future, and he is not unpleased with what he sees in Arabians. Like some, he feels that there may be too many divisions now and a few too many classes, but when looking at years to come, he chooses to focus on the quality of its young trainers. (Here, he laughs. The cadre of names that once were considered young guns—the ones that started around the time he did—are now the reigning establishment, no longer the up-and-comers.) He looks at those in their 20s and early 30s, and he likes what he sees. “I think, in the Arabian business right now, these young trainers are awesome,” he says, declining to name names on the record for fear of someone slipping his memory. “I’m really impressed with them.”

The Real Howie So, who’s behind the camera for a “Howie Schatzberg” photo? He would mention quickly that he is not the only member of the team shooting at a horse show. For one thing, he partners frequently with the respected west coast photographer Rick Osteen on larger projects, and for another, at big shows, he fields a crew of young photographers in the stands and auxiliary show rings. Casey McBride, Jason Molback, Rachel Kelley, Jon McCarthy and Shane Shiflet (coming names in the profession, he might

Hailey and Joey Schatzberg.


note) are all on the list, along with the afore-mentioned senior representative, Jack Schatzberg. And there is one critical person who is rarely seen at shows. When the switch from film to digital was taking place, Schatzberg considered how he was going to deliver proofs at horse shows, and he came up with (shades of his father) an innovative new system. It took software designer Richard Rosenheim to make it happen, and what Rosenheim created is state of the art. Schatzberg was the first to upload proofs to his horse show kiosks within minutes after a class and online in hours after each session. Several other photographers have since adopted the process. But who is Howie Schatzberg? He’s that nice guy you see around, Megan says. “He does have such a warm, genuine personality,” she muses. “Every time you see him, he is genuinely happy to see you, whether you’re in the winners circle or you’re leaving the ring without a ribbon, or he sees you outside of the ring. That is who he really is. He loves what he does in everything; he makes it a point to enjoy it and love it and live a happy life.” Schatzberg would not disagree. He knows he has a positive personality. He can get angry, but it’s usually with things like technical processes and traffic jams, rather than people—which, he admits, can drive those who know him

crazy, as he is next to incapable of arguing. Searching for the source of his outlook, he reaches into his childhood, to a grandfather who survived the Holocaust. “He lived in our home after his wife passed away, and he died when I was 16,” Schatzberg recalls. “He had seen the worst this world’s ever seen—and yet, he was okay. He never forgot any of it, but he never held any resentment toward anyone. And I really have always found inspiration in that. I think that is what’s helped me; I don’t get caught up in anything much. This is not life and death. It’s not a cure for cancer. I really just like

to make people feel good, give them, hopefully, a picture that will make them smile.” For him, the concept of family which plays a large role in his life extends to horse shows. “Horse shows are a family thing,” he says. “We’re all in this together, and we all need to help each other. Let’s think positive and keep moving forward. “It’s not that singular photo that defines me or what I do or what I love to do,” he adds. “It’s this whole business.” n

Megan, Howie and Jacqueline Schatzberg.

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AmAteur Spotlight

Diane Comeau

What are the similarities between yourself and your horse? Both SH Cool Dude

and Day Dreamer are easy-going boys. I’d like to think I’m an easy-going person!

What makes you happiest? I am generally a

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your name is called for National Champion. Being around my family–all 16 of us get along surprisingly well! Being around the horse show family. Talking horse pedigrees.

What do you most value in your friends? Your horses? I value that I can rely

on both my friends and horses. I can rely on them for honesty, for fun, and for when I need a listening ear. They both also keep me humble.

Which living person do you most admire?

There are so many people I admire! But the one that stands out the most is Pépère, my grandpa, who is 98 years old and perpetually happy. He loves talking about horses and watching videos from shows. He has such amazing stories and always has jokes and puns to share. He is the epitome of what happens when you just choose to be happy.

What is your motto? “It’s all good!” I believe that

everything happens for a reason, so just roll with it and say, “it’s all good.”

If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be and why? Well I’m sure I could come up with more creative answers, but I am honestly really happy being me.

What are your most treasured memories with the Arabian horse? My first National Championship,

Half-Arabian Park at Youth Nationals, with LBC Isabeaux—I have watched that video over and over again. All of my wild classes with LBC Robert E Lee; my Sunday morning bareback rides at Rookers on Doubley Blessed; getting to know SH Cool Dude and learning to rein.

past English horses, and my upcoming English horses all have such neat personalities; they rise up to the occasion for show time.

Who has had the biggest influence in your involvement with Arabians? Carla Jackson! She has

If you could show one horse from the past, who would you show and why? I was obsessed with

worked out of our facility for years now and she is definitely the driving force. The Rookers as well–they taught me about passion. It’s not just about going out and showing; it’s the fun and time you put into it beforehand that makes the experience whole. Having fun with your horse, organizing the bit wall, applying new softening exercises that you learn on RFD TV. Putting love and pride in what you do makes it a passion.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? Anything but read minds! I’d like

What have you learned from riding and showing that has helped you in other areas of your life? Communication. I have written papers

HF Mister Chips for years! One of my very first drawings that I drew for a trainer was of Mister Chips. A spin on Apollopalooza would be amazing too.

to keep a modicum of mystery in my relationships with people! But if I had to choose one, I would fly. SH Cool Dude and his little brother, SH Playin It Cool, live in Utah, so there has been many a plane ride to go see them. Same with the 8 years I went to Rookers—a few of those years I went monthly—flying without the plane part would just be wonderfully handy.

What is the most memorable piece of show ring advice you’ve ever received? When you make a mistake, do not keep going around the arena with that “shoot I did it wrong” face. Smile and keep riding. A guilty face leaves a guilty trace!

What do you love most about showing Arabian horses? I love the community and I am in love

with my horses! SH Cool Dude is SO smart. Day Dreamer, my

for university revolving around the psychology of showing, showmanship, camaraderie and competition; riding and showing have more parallels to everyday communication than what you might first think! Also, passion in horses has been such a gift. I have learned to create passion in other aspects of my life. Choosing to make things such as school, future career, art, and archery a passion has made me excited about more than just the horse aspect.

Special thanks and appreciation to: My

amazingly supportive parents. I love that horses are something we do as a family. Carla Jackson for making this adventure SO worth it. Rookers for teaching me mounds of lessons (horse and life-related). Gary Millar who lit the initial ‘Arabian horse fire,’ and Preston and Lisa Kent for letting reining be an unforgettable experience. n Volume 44, No. 8 | 231

Leaders Of The Times: January Calendar Feature

Vitorio TO

Vitorio (DA Valentino x Sol Natique), owned by Janey Morse of Oak Ridge Arabians, will stand at Michałów State Stud in Poland for the 2014 and 2015 breeding season. Michałów has used numerous stallions recently from the U.S., but only via frozen semen. This will mark the first time a U.S. stallion will stand at Michałów since Monogramm. The multiple U.S. National Champion son of DA Valentino, Vitorio was used for the first time last season with frozen semen, leaving three foals at Michałów and one at Białka. The foals showed consistent upright, well-set necks, large eyes, and an abundance of type. This initial success prompted Director Jerzy Białobok to inquire about bringing the stallion to Poland for a more concentrated siring effort.


Vitorio’s pedigree also played an important role in this decision. Urzula Białobok, former Breeding Manager and wife of Director Białobok, explains, “I was so pleased with the foals that were born this year by Vitorio, and when I heard that Janey Morse and David Boggs were coming to the farm, I kept telling Jerzy, ‘Ask them, ask them!’ I wanted to see if we could bring Vitorio here. We already have many stallions from the Saklawi I sire line; it was exciting to have an outcross sire line. But what really convinced me was the little piece of Michałów blood in his pedigree from the mares Dagmara and Daszawa. I am a Polish patriot, so this made me love him even more! In the end, I am very, very happy!”

This will mark the first time a sire of the Mirage sire line will stand in Poland. Vitorio is out of the Solstice daughter Sol Natique of predominately Polish blood. Oak Ridge Arabians and Midwest Arabians are extremely excited about this new partnership and the future of Vitorio TO as a sire. We have every faith that Vitorio can follow in the steps of the previous greats used in Poland: Palas, Monogramm, and Gazal Al Shaqab. It is important to note that by the age of four, Vitorio garnered more prestigious awards than most could hope for in a lifetime. Taking home five national championships from the United States, Canadian, and Brazilian National Championship horse shows, Vitorio’s

show ring success can be attributed to his outstanding pedigree. It is this pedigree that also guarantees his future as a premier breeding stallion. In 2013, Vitorio offspring garnered 46 elite titles. From Scottsdale, Las Vegas World Cup, U.S. Nationals, Regionals, Iowa Gold Star, and more, big winners included horses like AJ Manayer, The Big Bopper ORA, The Godfather ORA, Chantilly Lace ORA, Victoria Principal, and *MC Vitorius, just to name a few. As he aims to reproduce himself and now, travels to Poland for a new adventure in breeding, marketing, and showing, the horizon is bright with possibilities for what Vitorio TO will offer. n

Janey Morse with Vitorio TO.

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Things You Don’t Know About Me … Joe Alberti

1. The f irst horse I ever rode or handled was … an appendix gelding. 2. My happiest moment with a horse was … going Reserve National Champion Stallion with Shaddofax. 3. The f irst ribbon I ever won was … last place in Showmanship when I was 5. 4. My f irst influence in the horse industry was … my father. 5. The f irst breed of horse involved with was … Quarter Horses. 6. The age I got involved with horses was … 5. 7. The f irst thing I do when I get to the barn is … have a cup of coffee. 8. The last thing I do when I leave the barn is … check in on my “boys.” 9. The greatest horse I’ve ever ridden is … AS Struttin My Stuff. 10. The most gratifying part of my job is … helping my amateurs achieve their goals. 11. My favorite restaurant is … Olive Garden. 12. My favorite non-horse hobby is … if it doesn’t involve horses I have little interest. 13. My favorite genre of movie is … suspense. 14. When someone asks me, why Arabians, I say … because they are the most beautiful and intelligent horses. 15. My favorite division to show in is … halter. 16. In my free time, I like to … visit other farms and look at horses. 17.   Horses have taught me … everything! 18. My top vacation spot is … anywhere with white sand and 85 degree water. 19. Few foods make me happier than … chocolate. 20. Without horses, I would be … LOST. 21. The piece of tack or equipment that I can’t live without is … draw reins. 22. My childhood dream job was … to be a Lawyer. 23. My favorite breeding bloodline is … Polish. 24. My biggest pet peeve is … ignorance. 25. The most influential person in my life is … my father. 234 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES


The 2014 USEF Change by Kara Larson

Top trainers, owners, breeders, and exhibitors of the Arabian horse are concerned with supreme nutrition, injury prevention, and all around excellent care of their equine athletes. So, in the quest to become better-informed horsemen, all involved with the Arabian should take note of the rule changes for the 2014 season in the USEF Drugs and Medications Guidelines. These easily accessed rules remind us that it is important to be mindful of the changes, seek education about the updates, and, of course, have the horse’s best interest in mind. In order to avoid testing positive and facing the consequences of having awards stripped, prizes returned, and fines issued, the changes in drug rules can be viewed on the USEF website. In the introduction of the “Practical Advice” section, it states, “It is regrettable and true that many violations of the Equine Drugs and Medications Rule result from the failure of exhibitors, owners, trainers, and their veterinarians to familiarize themselves with all new and existing regulations required to be in compliance. This article is written to help you avoid inadvertent violations.” As the guidelines address different issues within the regulations, it provides a list of forbidden substances, the few exceptions to the 12-hour rule, how long drugs remain detectable, caution against herbal/natural products, proper documentation of any therapeutic substance, the responsibilities of veterinarians, and many more useful components of the 2014 changes. In order to constantly re-evaluate the safety and proper care of our horses, the changes “accommodate the best thinking of the trainers, owners and veterinarians. As new drugs are developed to treat horses therapeutically and as other drugs are discovered which allow the unscrupulous trainers and veterinarians to take unfair advantage by administering drugs for which there are no effective tests, each association amends its rules to ensure the fairest completion possible for all participants” (18). In one of the most significant changes for 2014, the shortening to a 12-hour rule, a prominent veterinarian offers his insight into the changes and how they might affect the showing of the Arabian horse. Dr. Brad Hill of Performance Equine shares, “The main difference is in the limiting of the time period in which medications can be administered. No

medications can be given within 12 hours by anyone other than a veterinarian. And there are only a few instances when a vet can give meds within that time period.” Beyond knowing the boundaries of legality within the use of therapeutic drugs, it is also important to consider the best interest of the horse and their own limits. Dr. Hill suggests these changing drug rules should enlist a plan for better preparation in the preventative care in horses and managing them appropriately. Arguably, one of the major issues comes in the over-showing of our equine athletes. So, with stricter medication rules, the wellbeing of the horse is at the center of the concern. Proposing some sound advice for all involved in the show industry, Dr. Hill shares, “In my opinion, it’s important for people to have regular soundness exams at least quarterly, but certainly prior to major competitions. This is to help advise owners and trainers on how fit and prepared their horse is to compete in events and how many classes the horses are capable of competing in without jeopardizing their long-term health. Also, it allows the horses to be managed therapeutically to help prevent minor problems from turning into major problems.” In the end, if the changes in the USEF Rulebook do anything, they should prompt us to consider how we’re caring for our show horses and what we’re doing to make sure they are comfortable and healthy. Dr. Hill adds, “I think people need to be aware of changing rules to avoid disciplinary actions from USEF, as they are becoming more strict with medication rules. I’d also like to stress the importance of soundness exams throughout the year to prevent injuries that keep our horses out of the show ring. Our horses are amazing animals, but they do have physical limitations.” In the knowledge of medication and drug rules, ignorance only breeds great risk for your horse, your awards, and the fairness of competition in the Arabian show industry. In reading the changes in the USEF Drugs and Medications Guidelines, becoming familiar and aware will aid in understanding what is truly best for your Arabian horse. n

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A Leg Up Dealing With Natural Disasters by Heather Smith Thomas No one wants to envision what might happen to their horses if suddenly faced with a flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, earthquake or some other natural disaster, but in some parts of the country, these devastating events are a fairly common reality of life. Horse owners need to be prepared, and have a plan for dealing with these possibilities. Where you live will make a difference in what you prepare for. A horse owner in the Rocky Mountains won’t need to worry about hurricanes or tornados, for instance, but might be threatened by raging wildfire on any dry year. Dr. Rebecca McConnico, Associate Professor (and specialist in large animal internal medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences), Louisiana State University, says the first thing for horse owners to do is find out what the risks might be in their area, and make a plan to deal with any possibilities. “We are trying to educate horse owners in all-hazards training. With just about any situation, there are some things from this program that are critical for responding to any type of disaster situation—whether they are dealing with snow and frozen water or other things that we would never have to deal with down here in the South. The main thing is to identify your resources for the particular situations that might affect you. A lot of information will come from communicating with people in your local area to find out what your resources are as a family, or as a barn, or local group,” she explains. Prevention is the key in some situations, such as barn fires, because once a barn fire starts, you only have a few minutes to save the horses and you probably won’t be able to rescue all of them. There’s less time to respond to a barn fire than to a wildfire coming toward your property, for instance. “The people who live in southern California and other arid western regions that deal with wildfires usually have a plan worked out because they’ve already been through it before,” she says. After having gone through a disaster,

you have more of an idea about what to do for the next one, and may be more prepared than someone who has never experienced this. “It helps to identify your resources. We encourage people to have a partner to work with in case of disaster. A stable owner should have a partner barn; a veterinary practice should have a partner practice in the same town and another one in a different region—in case of a widespread disaster. We try to keep the organized resources within one state, if possible, so we don’t have to worry about interstate agreements or memorandums of understanding, or horse travel between states,” she explains. “You need a plan within your community and within your state. Maybe a tornado takes out your barn and there are several horses injured but you also have 20 other horses that now suddenly need a place to live. If you have a partnering network with another barn or two, you could farm out horses to those barns—where they could be cared for until you get back on your feet and take them back. The buddy system is something people can relate to; they start thinking about the other people they can count on. You never know when you might need that kind of support,” says McConnico. “Have a personal plan for yourself and your family so you don’t have to worry about them. Then you can make a plan for how you’d care for your animals. You want a first aid kit and enough supplies for several days,” she says. For instance if there was need for immediate evacuation— an impending hurricane, a swiftly approaching wildfire, an approaching flood (from a cloudburst upstream), a chemical spill or some other man-caused accident, and you were told you had only X hours to get out—think about what you would do if you only had a short time to get out of your place. “Would you have enough gas in your vehicles, would you be able to hook up your trailer, would your horses load? Make sure you have enough halters and lead ropes, etc.,” she suggests. Volume 44, No. 8 | 241

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The other possible scenario in a disaster situation is that you might not be able to leave for a certain length of time. “Let’s say the roads are closed. Humans will be cared for first, and there might be food drops for people, but animals may not be able to be cared for until the human needs are met. Do you have enough feed and clean water for X amount of days for your horses?” she asks.

someone could get a text message to them saying they found your horse. You can also paint contact information on a horse using paint sticks, like they do at a sale barn, or even clippers to make the numbers in the hair. Spray paint also works, and isn’t toxic because it’s just on the hair and doesn’t get down to the skin. This is probably the quickest and cheapest way to identify your horse,” says McConnico.

Communication is another issue. “What’s your plan for communication if cell phones and electricity aren’t working? In Hurricane Katrina we didn’t have any way to communicate. In any large-scale disaster, you might not be able to use cell phones. Texting worked a little bit, in our situation, but you can’t always count on it, either. If the electricity is out and you don’t have a battery, then what do you do?”

“Down here, many people put their horses up on the levees to graze. When we have a hurricane, people might evacuate and leave their horses behind—spray-painting their name and contact information on the horses. You can braid something like a luggage tag (with contact info) into the mane, but often it will get pulled out. Halters might have information written on them, but if you leave halters on horses, they may get caught on something, yet someone might need a halter to restrain the horse if they do catch it,” she says.

Records are another problem. “Let’s say you had to leave but your horses are in another barn. Do you have your medical records, Coggins papers, etc.? Do your animals have ID such as microchips or a freeze brand or tattoo? The horses in Louisiana are all required to have permanent ID—which can be a microchip, lip tattoo or a brand of some sort. Not everyone has microchip scanners, however,” says McConnico. “If the microchip is on a Coggins form, you should be able to track it through your state veterinarian’s office—if they logged in everything. When dealing with Katrina, we had a lot of rescued horses with microchips, but we couldn’t just send the USDA the microchip number of a horse and have them tell us the owner because some had never been logged into the database. Now they try to keep up with this better,” she says. “It took awhile, and they had to hire data-processing people to log in all this information. So even if your horse has a microchip, it has to be registered. I recently heard about a dog that was euthanized, even though it had a microchip— because the microchip never got registered—and no one knew who the dog belonged to,” she says. “If you are evacuating, but leaving animals behind, you could put a band around the horses’ pastern, with important information. It could have your phone number or contact information for a family member who lives out of state (or somewhere the cell phones might still be working), or where


It’s important to have a water source for horses, if you know a hurricane is coming, or any other emergency in which horses might be stranded awhile. “You can obtain plastic 50-gallon barrels to have on hand, to fill with water when you realize you might need water for horses (or your family) for a week or so. You could fill those, as soon as you realize you might need some uncontaminated water,” she says. If you have hay on hand, put some of it up off the ground if you know there’s going to be a flood. You need a plan for what you might be able to quickly do—to ensure that the horses would have feed and water. “Some people think they need to stockpile a lot of grain, but horses don’t need grain. They can live without grain as long as they have a hay source. If there’s no hay available, however, the horses could live on a commercial ‘complete diet’ product, which many feed companies now market,” says McConnico. “If you want your town or equine group to get organized and prepare for emergencies, plan some meetings or an ‘awareness weekend’ with a big pot-luck get-together. You could break up into groups, with kids and parents involved, utilizing leadership people and experts who have been through some of these situations. You can put a plan together and build on what you have in place already,” she says.

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“Even if your area rarely has big natural disasters, there are always emergencies. Whether it’s a barn fire or an individual horse that needs rescued—or a flood—you need to talk about these things and have plans. It’s important to get together and see who your leaders are and people you could count on. It’s also important to have a list of who has horse trailers. Maybe a farm has 10 horses but only one 2-horse trailer. People need to work with what they have and keep improving readiness and ability to help.” She suggests utilizing FFA and 4-H kids, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. “If you give some of these high school kids a job to do, they can be very enthusiastic and helpful. They may have more time than working parents. Some pre-vet students who need projects may also be interested in helping. In Baton Rouge we have lots of kids clubs and mentoring programs,” says McConnico. There are also some experienced people who have helped with disaster situations and go around the country on speaking tours, working with small groups to help them prepare for these situations. “There may be someone in your town or region who is interested doing this sort of thing. Identify your leadership people and resources. There are plenty of them out there; you just need to find them.” Some people are very willing to help, especially if they’ve gone through a bad situation themselves and want to help someone else. “If you set realistic goals and don’t get discouraged, you can help your community be more prepared.” It’s also wise to find out where the closest large animal technical rescue people are located. Even for an isolated incident like a horse falling into a swimming pool or through the ice on a pond, you might need emergency help. “Recently we had a phone call from an area 3 hours down the coast from us. Several horses were out in a pasture where there was a diesel tank. The pop-off valve came off the tank and sprayed them with diesel fuel. We told the horse owners to call their veterinarian and we gave them the recipe of what they could mix up and use for washing the horses—to neutralize and remove the diesel. Horses covered with diesel could be at risk for eye problems, aspiration pneumonia and other health issues,” she explains. There are people who can help in times of crisis with your horses. “Some have gone through training

for handling horses in these situations. Much of the problem-solving involves networking, finding the people who can help,” says McConnico. “We do this a lot now. For instance, we organized more than 200 people to handle birds affected by the oil spill. More than half the people who cleaned birds were veterinary students and veterinary faculty and staff here at LSU. We started a Facebook page at the Vet School and had a group that people asked to join. From our own resources, within our own state, we were able to provide assistance for thousands of birds. The oil company paid for it, and these people got great experience and employment. Now they are on a list that gets called to go help clean up international spills. It’s amazing how networking, and using social media to network, can help—and this applies to disaster assistance when horse owners need help with equine rescues.” “Dr. Roberta Dwyer at University of Kentucky, discussing the problems in situations where there is no form of communication, suggested On-Star satellite communication. This would be a way to collect the information needed and to get word out that there’s a horse or 50 horses that need assistance, or that there’s someone available who could provide assistance,” says McConnico. “It’s also important for people to understand the ICS (Incident Command System) and the National Incident Management System. Anyone can take these FEMA courses on line and get a certificate (through or understand how it works,” she says. It’s important to have ID on your horses, and also to keep their vaccinations up to date, and Coggins information current. “Maybe you are a month overdue with this, and then suddenly find you have to evacuate your horses and take them to a certain place that won’t let them onto the property unless you can show that they’ve been vaccinated or have a current negative Coggins test. It’s best to have this done on schedule,” she says. It’s wise to keep up with vaccinations because your horses will be exposed to other animals in this scenario. There’s also risk for injury if your horse has to fend for itself during a period of time, so tetanus vaccines should also be current. You want your animal to be in the best situation possible, to survive whatever may happen. n

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In Memoriam Fern Bittner (1935-2013) A manager, judge, and steward of world championship horse shows, specifically Arabian, Morgan, and Saddlebred, as well as all-breed shows, Fern Bittner was a life member of the ASHA, now the United States Equestrian Federation. Calling St. Charles, Missouri home, Fern died on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the age of 78. She is survived by her husband, Groff Bittner, children Stewart and Rhonda, and grandchildren Jane, Jonathan, Charles, Lyndsay, Jessica, Jennifer, Katie, and Samuel. Fern taught at Lindenwood College as the Director of Horsemanship for 25 years, a job that afforded her great experience as she taught saddle seat, stock and hunter seat. During this time she instructed private students to major wins and completely changed the look of the horsemanship program. She was always looking for ways to improve the horse shows held at Lindenwood. As Lindenwood College suddenly closed the doors of its riding department in 1980, Fern ventured into the management side of horse shows. At the time, managing shows was not a job held by many women. Fern, never one to back from a challenge, stepped into her new profession at the Missouri State Fair and soon gained respect for one reason—the horse show ran with the ease and efficiency that became Fern’s trademark. Horse shows across the country were soon availing themselves of Fern’s rare ability to run a show like clockwork, while at the same time keep the show committee and the exhibitor happy. Just a few of the shows that have benefited from Fern’s management are the Missouri State Fair, St. Louis National, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Oklahoma Centennial, Pin Oak Charity, Morgan Grand National and, of course, the American Royal.

GTF Beetlejuice (1991-2013) GTF Beetlejuice was a very special horse, never to be forgotten by those who saw him show. Owner Cindy DeNapoli shares, “The fact that he won nine National Championships was an incredible accomplishment that few have equaled, but the way he did it was what made him memorable. He was one of those rare individuals who was a true “star” in every sense of the word. He knew the difference between practicing and showing and he became a different horse when that in gate opened. He also knew the difference between a small show and a “big” show. I don’t know if it was our energy around him or the size of the venue, but he always became bigger than life at the Nationals. This was great when he was in the show ring, but the rest of the time could be trying for everyone who took care of him! He was a diva in every sense of the word and the outstanding staff at Rooker Training Stable truly deserves medals for their never-ending patience and care when handling him. “‘Beetle’ was originally started by Gene LaCroix, who Shawn Rooker and I purchased him from as a relatively unknown 6-year-old. From that day until his death this past December, he lived and was cared for at Rooker Training in Fenton, Mich. Beetle was never defeated at the Nationals in the amateur division and he won a driving title with Shawn Rooker as well. Shawn and Beetle were the perfect match and I am eternally grateful to Shawn for caring for Beetle after his show career was over. Shawn Rooker, Carmelle Rooker, Jerry Rooker, the Rooker and Moeller families, and the entire staff at Rooker Training, were truly Beetle’s family throughout his life and we all miss him. There will never be another one like him!”


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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. February 23, 2014, APAHA Horseman’s Award Dinner, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact:


March 1, 2014, Region 12 100-Mile Endurance Ride Championship, Williston, Florida. Contact: Valerie Kanavy, 540-933-6131. March 16, 2014, Region 11 Trail and Western Riding Offsite Championship, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Ryan Chambers, 314-717-7683. March 23-24, 2014, Region 2 Sport Horse & Dressage Offsite Championship, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. April 24-27, 2014, Region 7 Championship, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. April 26, 2014, Region 9 50-Mile Endurance Ride Championship, Decatur, Texas. Contact: Carla Jo Bass, 972-617-8233. April 27, 2014, Region 15 26-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Contact: Kim Colket, 610-933-7074.

May 6-10, 2014, Region 12 Championship, Perry, Georgia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. May 9-11, 2014, Pacific Slope Championship, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. May 9-11, 2014, Region 4 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 17-18, 2014, Region 8 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 28-31, 2014, Region 9 Championship, Ft. Worth, Texas. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 29-June 1, 2014, Region 1 Championship, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. June 5-7, 2014, Region 8 Championship, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 11-15, 2014, Region 10 Championship, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. June 14-15, 2014, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburg, Indiana. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 18-22, 2014, Region 13 Championship, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 20-22, 2014, Region 2 Championship, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. June 21-22, 2014, Region 10 Sport Horse/ Dressage Offsite Championship, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Contact: Candy Ziebell, 262-363-3640. June 24-28, 2014, Region 4 Championship, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 26-29, 2014, Region 14 Championship, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 28-29, 2014, Region 3 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706. July 3-5, 2014, Region 6 Championship, Douglas, Wyoming. Contact: Claude Clark, 406-388-3364.

July 3-6, 2014, Region 11 Championship Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Dave Waggoner, 309-338-5128. July 3-6, 2014, Region 15 Championship, Lexington, Virginia. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. July 8-12, 2014, Region 3 Championship, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 8-12, 2014, Region 5 Championship, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. July 9-12, 2014, Region 16 Championship, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. July 18-19, 2014, Region 18 Championship, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-483-2239. July 21-26, 2014, Region 17 Championship, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538.

SHOWS FEBRUARY February 1, 2014, SFHA Combined Arab & HA/AA Qualifier One Day Show, Miami, Florida. Contact: Marjorie Joy Carr, 305-246-1041. February 2, 2014, Winter Fiesta One Day Show A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6823. 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, 43rd Annual Carousel Charity, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. 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.

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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 21-23, 2014, Rancho CA Spring Show A and B, Burbank, California. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 21-23, 2014, MAHA All Arab Spring Fling, Winona, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. March 22, 2014, Desert Classic Sport Horse One Day Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Sebel, 505-345-2244. March 22, 2014, Desert Classic Dressage One Day Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Sebel, 505-345-2244. March 23, 2014, Desert Classic One Day Show A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Siebel, 505-345-2244. March 23-25, 2014, SCHAA Arabian Show, Temecula, California. 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, NW Heritage Spring Show A and B, Monroe, Washington. Contact: Bonny Braden, 425-338-1431. 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, Colorado Classic Horse Show, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Anne Burton, 303-665-3307.


April 4-6, 2014, Arabian Springfest I A and B, Gifford, Illinois. Contact: Region 11. April 4-6, 2014, Magnolia Classic A and B, Gonzales, Louisiana. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. April 4-6, 2014, NCAHA/ODAHA Combined Show A and B, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact: Susan Wagoner, 603-320-9837. 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 Antonia, 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, 2014, Southern Cross Cutting Spring Fling, Foster, Oklahoma. Contact: Kristina Garland, 940-580-0383. April 12-13, 2014, Ozark Heartland Spring Fling Classic I and II One Day Show, Mt. Vernon, Missouri. Contact: Lenard Davenport, 417-888-0686. 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 18-20, 2014, AHBAO Spring Classic A and B, Eugene, Oregon. Contact: Diane LeClere, 541-895-8646. April 18-20, 2014, OHAHA Springtime B, Springfield, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. April 18-20, 2014, BCHAA Spring Show, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Brodie, 604-940-1167. April 19, 2014, Show Your Horse All Arab One Day Show A and B, Newberry, Florida. Contact: Nannet Read, 352-278-2004. April 19-20, 2014, Iowa Spring Show B, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Contact: Region 11. April 19-20, 2014, Central FL Arab Spring Classic, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Contact: Cheryl Vandeusen, 386-566-4820.

April 22-23, 2014, ASHO4U, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. April 24-27, 2014, CRAA Spring Derby Sport Horse Show, Northampton, Massachusetts. Contact: Pamela Turner, 607-739-3341. 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. April 27, 2014, BAHA Spring Blast Open One Day Show, Shelbyville, Kentucky. Contact: Lorie Henderson, 502-477-1018. MAY May 1-4, 2014, Green Country Arabian Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. May 2-4, 2014, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Corning, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 2-4, 2014, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279. May 2-4, 2014, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 2-4, 2014, Empire State Arab Show, Syracuse, New York. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. May 2-5, 2014, Michigan All Arabian, Mason, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 8-11, 2014, AHASFV 51st Annual Show A and B, Santa Barbara, California. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 8-11, 2014, AHABC Classic A and B, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Sandra Mann, 604-532-8766. May 8-11, 2014, Treasure Valley Classic, Nampa, Idaho. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 8-11, 2014, Great Plains Arab Classic A and B, Lincoln, Nebraska. Contact: Deanne Allen, 402-464-4995. May 9-11, 2014, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, Illinois. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753.

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May 9-11, 2014, Hudson Valley Arabian, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 10-11, 2014, Milestone Spring Show, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Smith, 905-854-0762. May 14-16, 2014, Zia Classic A and B, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Lois Seibel, 505-345-2244. May 15-18, 2014, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, California. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 15-18, 2014, AHACO Arab Show A and B, Eugene, Oregon. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. May 16-18, 2014, ARK Arab Victory Challenge A and B, Texarkana, Arkansas. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. May 17-18, 2014, Northern Minnesota Arab Horse Show, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Contact: Janice Barington, 320-587-5825. May 22-25, 2014, Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 23-25, 2014, IEAHC Memorial Day Classic A and B, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Lois Rice, 509-291-3413. May 23-25, 2014, CAHC Spring Show A and B, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. May 23-25, 2014, Spindletop Spring Arab A and B, Katy, Texas. Contact: Charlene Lynch, 214-403-0460. May 23-25, 2014, The Badger Classic, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753.

May 23-25, 2014, AHC Of CT Horse Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 24-25, 2014, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Region 11. May 28-29, 2014, Region 1 Pre-Show, Del Mar, California. Contact: Jean Beck, 559-642-2072. May 28-June 1, 2014, Desert Wine Horse Show, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Vleonica Roberts, 702-721-6610. May 29, 2014, Showtime 18 One Day Show, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 30-June 1, 2014, Showtime 2014, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 31-June 1, 2014, NC PAHA Arab A and B, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836.

May 2, 2014, Biltmore Challenge 30- and 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. May 3, 2014, Biltmore Challenge 25-, 50-, 75and 100-Mile Endurance Ride, Asheville, North Carolina. Contact: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. May 17, 2014, Region 6 50-Mile Endurance Ride Championship, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891. May 17, 2014, Canyon Ferry Lake 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891. May 18, 2014, Region 6 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891. May 18, 2014, Canyon Ferry Lake 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Winston, Montana. Contact: Amy Palmer, 406-458-8891.



March 3-9, 2014, Region 12 50-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship, Milton, Florida. Contact: Christina Kahle Schiro, 850-206-3237. April 12, 2014, Spring Fling @ Sand Hills 25- and 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Cheraw, South Carolina. Contact: Eric Rueter, 865-986-5966. April 26, 2014, Texas Bluebonnet Classic 25- and 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Decatur, Texas. Contact: Carla Jo Bass, 972-617-8233.

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Index Of Advertisers A Acevedo Arabians ........................................... 14-15Scottsdale (92, 93) AHT & Tutto Arabi Collaboration ...................................................213 AHT Boutique .................................... 36-37Scottsdale (114, 115), 254 AHT Scottsdale Guide .......................................................................77 AHT Scottsdale Show Coverage ..............................................250, 251 AHT Subscriptions .............................................36, 39Scottsdale (117) Al Saqran Stud .................................................................................8, 9 Aljassimya Farm ...........................................................................5, 248 Ames, Dick .......................................................................................239 Arabian Breeders World Cup.............................................................76 Arabian English Performance Association ........................................ 74 Arabian Expressions ....................................... 12-13Scottsdale (90, 91) Arabian Horse Association of Arizona .............................................37 Argent Farms ....................................................................................2, 3 Athbah Stud ...........................................................8-9Tutto (146, 147) B Bittersweet Arabians ............................................... 28Scottsdale (106) C Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc. .......................16Scottsdale (94), 236-240 ChriShan Park ..............................................................................28, 29 Cobban, Heather .........................................................15Freewill (135) Coulter Cadillac-Buick-GMC ....................26-27Scottsdale (104,105) Country Inn & Suites by Carlson ............................31Scottsdale (109) D Deor Farms .........................................................8-9Scottsdale (86, 87) DST Arabians ..............................................................................30, 31 Dubai Arabian Horse Stud ..........................................................26, 27 E Earthquake Arabians....................................... 17-19Scottsdale (95-97) Eleanor’s Arabian Farm................................................................70, 71 Encore Select Group, LLC, The .....................................................240 F Fiera Cavalli ...................................................................... 7Tutto (145) Flynn, LA ............................................................................... 256, IBC Freedom Ranch LLC ..................................................................IFC, 1 Freewill Farm LLC .................................. 121, 9-16Freewill (129-136) Frierson Atkinson .............................................................................249 G Gemini Acres Equine.................................................... FC, 18-25, BC Glans, Paul & Sabrina................................26-27Scottsdale (104, 105) Guzzo Worldwide, LLC ................................20-21Scottsdale (98, 99) H HA Toskcan Sun LLC.............................................24Scottsdale (102) Haras Cruzeiro ........................................................3-6Tutto (141-144) Hegg, Mrs. Mickey ..........................................................................248 Henehan, Erin .............................................................12Freewill (132) I Il Paradiso Arabians ................................137, 138, 1-2Tutto (139-140) Iowa Gold Star Futurity .....................................................................75 J Jaipur Initiative, The ..................................................13Scottsdale (91) K Kierson Farm ............................................................32Scottsdale (110) Kiesner Training .................................................... 78, 1Scottsdale (79) Knebel, Kathryn .......................................................... 16Freewill (136) L Lee, Wayne & Karen ....................................................9Freewill (129) Leo Arabians ............................................................................211, 212 Liberty Meadows................................................................................ 14

M Mahogany Hill Arabians ........................... 28-30Scottsdale (106-108) Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. .............................................................248 McAninch, Carrie ....................................................... 13Freewill (133) Midwest ............................................................................................8, 9 Mike Neal Arabian Center, LLC ...............................................IFC, 1 Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders ............................................72, 73 Mulawa Arabians ............................................................................2, 3 N North Arabians.............................................................................38, 39 P Palmetto Arabians ........................................................................66, 67 Pay-Jay Arabians ...............................................................................248 Perkins, Perry & Suzanne ..............................20-21Scottsdale (98, 99) Perkins, Suzanne ..............................................................................120 Prestige Farms LLC ....................................... 10-11Scottsdale (88, 89) Q Quarry Hill Farm .............................................................................248 R R.O. Lervick Arabians .....................................................................249 Rae-Dawn Arabians .....................................................................42, 43 Rancho Sonado .........................................................33Scottsdale (111) Region 12 Spotlight Futurity .......................................................64, 65 Rivero International .....................................................................10, 11 Roberts, Stephanie .....................................................10Freewill (130) Royal Arabians ...................................................8-9Scottsdale (86, 87) S Schmid, Ron & Judy ............................................... 29Scottsdale (107) Schneiders Saddlery .................................................35Scottsdale (113) Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction .....................25Scottsdale (103) Shada Inc. ..................................................................................... 33-35 Shea Stables ......................................................................................248 Simeon Stud ........................................................10-17Tutto (148-155) Sleep Inn .................................................................. 34Scottsdale (112) Smoky Mountain Park Arabians .................................................12, 13 Snodgrass, Kim ...........................................................10Freewill (130) Sotheby’s International Realty .........................................................120 Stachowski Farm, Inc. .................................22-24Scottsdale (100-102) Stone Ridge Arabians ..........................................................................7 Stonegate Arabians, LLC ............................................................68, 69 Strawberry Banks Farm................................................................40, 41 Stroud, Karen & Amelia .............................................12Freewill (132) T Terra Sano Ventures, LLC............. 10Freewill (130), 14Freewill (134) The Hat Lady ...................................................................................248 The Magician V-MCX Inc. ......................................................... 33-35 Thigpen, Carolann ...................................................... 16Freewill (136) U Uniglobe Select Arabians .................................40Scottsdale (118), 119 V VanDyke, Carole Ann ................................................. 13Freewill (133) Vicki Humphrey Training Center ......................................... 256, IBC W Wesche, Karen & Kathryn .........................................15Freewill (135) Westridge Farms ..................................................... 30Scottsdale (108) Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc. ......................................................249 Z Zinke, Audrey ............................................................. 11Freewill (131) Volume 44, No. 8 | 255

Gabe DeSoto: "If his first foal crop is any indication of what the future holds, well, the next generation looks pretty bright, if you ask me!" Vicki Humphrey: "We are back to trainablilty in this double Promotion pedigree of combined talent, tractability and beauty." Shawn Stachowski: "The mark of a great breeding stallion is predictability. Aftershoc is producing with great certainty the traits we desire in top show horses."

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Arabian Horse Times - Vol.44, No.8 January 2014  
Arabian Horse Times - Vol.44, No.8 January 2014