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Women Around The World: Judy Sirbasku with Jeff Wallace


Cover Story: Kareema Sakr—For The Love Of A Mare by Jeff Wallace


Privilege Arabians by Jeff Wallace


The 2015 Egyptian Event Preview


Leaders Of The Times: A Jericho by Kara Larson


A Tribute To Izabella Zawadzka—An Undisputed Authority by Jeff Wallace


2014 Darley Awards In Hollywood—Unforgettable, Once Again by Evie Tubbs Sweeney


Mediterranean And Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championships, Menton by Jeff Wallace


The Dazzle Of Dubai by Jeff Wallace


2015 Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Show


Sharjah International Arabian Festival


Women Around The World: Janene Boggs with Jeff Wallace

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A Night Of Legendary Vision And Promise by Kara Larson

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A Judges Perspective: Ferdinand Schwestermann with Jeff Wallace


A Touch Of Style: Ally Nelson with Jeff Wallace


Jason Krohn—Making His Own Mark by Anne Stratton


English Pleasure—A Q&A With Today’s Leaders by Anne Stratton


A Touch Of Style: Cat McKenna with Jeff Wallace


Canadian Junior Equestrian Of The Year … Natalie Alves by Kara Larson


Show Apparel: Presenting The Perfect Picture by Anne Stratton


A Capsule Look At Hunter Pleasure And Show Hack by Anne Stratton


Bay Area Equine Vet Camp by Linda Rimac Colberg


Net Worth LOA Wins Top Equine Athlete Award by Kara Larson


Meet The Personality: Howard F. “Howie” Kale by Mary Kirkman


Breeding Arabians—What’s Going On Here? Part IV by Anne Stratton


The Man Who Loved Horses—The Life And Lasting Influence Of Walter Farley, Part I by Mary Kirkman


In Memoriam


Comments From The Publisher


Faces & Places


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Guest Editorial: You And Arabian Horse Economics by Dick Adams


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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me …


Amateur Spotlight: Gabrielle Aguirrre


Calendar Of Events

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Horses are in my blood. Since 1874, when the Ames family first came to America with their prized Percheron draft horses, we have bred champions. Over forty years ago, my parents, Dick and Lollie Ames, established Cedar Ridge Arabians and began a relationship with the Arabian horse that continues to this day. Our horses have earned countless championships and national titles in performance and halter. Our commitment to the breed extends outside the show ring, with Arabian Horse Times being a culmination of my personal effort to provide the Arabian community with the platform it needs to promote the breed that it loves.   While it is true that there are other publications throughout the world that do a great job in satisfying their local, targeted readership, the time has come for one journal to step out and declare itself as a member of the global community. Just as my family expanded its love for horses to include the Arabian, so must the Arabian Horse Times continue to expand its reach and impact in a way that includes horse lovers and breeders the world over.    In many countries, the Arabian is showcased almost exclusively in halter classes, and beautifully displayed in local publications that concentrate on breed type and standards. Those magazines are crucial to their constituencies, and a boon to the breed, but lack the context to include performance in their pages. Imagine the possibilities when, in some corner of the world, someone opens an issue of Arabian Horse Times to see a fantastic English pleasure horse trotting across the pages; a reining horse demonstrating its talents, or an elegant western horse moving confidently on a natural drape, all of which illustrate the depths of the relationship that can exist between Arabian horses and the people that love them.   The world is changing as globalization brings us in closer contact with other nations and inter-connects us with each other in new and amazing ways. As the publisher of Arabian Horse Times, I intend to embrace that change by declaring my commitment to continue to produce a truly global publication that honors Arabian traditions and expands the horizons of the breed between its two covers, every month of every year. 

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2015 EGYPTIAN EVENT CONTENDERS Our sincerest gratitude to our amazing group of clients who have entrusted Arabians Ltd. with their very best. Thank you for being a part of our story - a love story - and traveling the road to happily ever after. F AGA KHAN RCA (Thee Desperado x Scarlet Madinah RCA) owned by Arabians Ltd.

F BELLA SANAA CHA (Bellagio RCA x Moonlight Mishaa) owned by Dash & Louise Crofts | Crofts Haven Arabians F BINT BINT ASILA RCA (Mishaal HP x Bint Asila RCA) owned by Arabians Ltd.

DSA ONYX (Bellagio RCA x DSA Thee Asseefah) owned by Jerel Kerby | Dogwood Springs Arabians FARASHAH RCA (Bellagio RCA x Bint Bint Farsa) owned by Charlotte Ables & Tara Odom | Magdala Arabians ILLA FARIHA MAGIDAA (Bellagio RCA x Bint Fariha Magidaa) owned by Arabians Ltd. F LADY MALIKAH RCA (Bellagio RCA x Serendipitys Lady) owned by Serendipitys Lady Syndicate F LALO RCA (Thee Desperado x Lola SIG) owned by Arabians Ltd. F MALYLLA SHA SHAAA (Thee Infidel x Alixirs Sha Shaaa) owned by Jim & Jill Spizale | J&J Arabians and Desert Haze Arabians MANTIS SIG (Mishaal HP x Thee Phoenixx) owned by Stacey & Eric Mlak | Signature Arabians MARAAM AL JOOD (Marajh KA x RSL Faith) owned by Mohamed Jaidah | Al Jood Stud MISHAALA BELLE RCA (Mishaal HP x Desperados Belle RCA) owned by Mishaala Belle Syndicate F NADIRS KAMEELA (Ramses Mishaal Nadir x Preciouss Secret) owned by John & Jeri Merryman | Merryman Arabians NAFILA DESTINA (Thee Desperado x SRA Nafila) owned by Jenny Cranfill F PRINCESS NADIRA RCA (Ramses Mishaal Nadir x Nafilas Princess RCA) owned by Arabians Ltd. PRINCESS PETRONELLA (Bellagio RCA x Queen A Hearts RCA) owned by Mary Drysdale | Drysdale Arabians QAYSAR AL JOOD (Alixir x Rhapsody In Black) owned by Mohamed Jaidah | Al Jood Stud F SAHRA ROSE (Alixir x The Sultry Rose) owned by Patty & John Paige | Running Like the Wind Arabians F SC HARMONY (Bellagio RCA x AA Melina) owned by Carolyn Busch & Sharon Redman | Busch Arabians & Sharmel Arabians F SEQUELS PRINCE RCA (The Sequel RCA x Mishaals Kiss RCA) owned by Arabians Ltd. F THEE SHAAA SHADID JJ (Thee Desperado x Alixirs Sha Shaaa RCA) owned by James & Jill Spizale | J&J Arabians and Desert Haze Arabians F


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Jim and Judy Sirbasku.



WAC O , T E X A S , U S A with Jeff Wallace

How did you get started in the Arabian horse business? My husband got us into the horse business for tax purposes. Jim ran into David Gardner at the country club and David had overheard Jim talking about how he just sold an apartment building, but didn’t want to give the government any money on it. David suggested that he invest in horses. Jim thought that he must be crazy and said that he would have to run it by his accountant first. David said, “Who is your accountant?” It turned out that they had the same accountant, so they made an appointment and visited him. That’s how Jim got started in the business—strictly for tax purposes. He bought three mares and I had no idea he purchased them! He was always investing in something, and over dinner one night, I casually asked if he had invested in anything recently. He said, “Yes, matter of fact, I have. Horses.” I said, “Horses? What kind of horses?” And he said, “I don’t know. What do you mean, what kind of horses?” I laughed and said, “Well there are different kinds of horses like there are different kinds of dogs. Who did you buy them from?” He simply said, “David,” and I asked, “David Gardner?” He then asked me, “How do you know David Gardner?” Well, I used to go to all the horse shows here in Waco, Tex., because they were free and something to entertain my son with, and that’s where I saw the Egyptian Arabian horse when David Gardner was running Bentwood at the time and he was riding and driving and showing horses. I went to every horse show they ever held there, and he was so nice and he let me pet the horses. So that must have been when you started going out to Bentwood and feeding your horses? Right, because all of the horses were out there. We’d go out there and it was magical for me. It was like therapy. I would lose

myself in those horses. Their personalities are so fascinating. I was honored every time those 900 lb. animals would come to me for a treat. Looking back now, what did those moments give you in your heart when you would get out of your car and walk over and connect with the horses? Well, it gave my life a new dimension. First we are their caretakers; I took that responsibility seriously. At that time, my son was in college, my daughter was a teenager, and now I had another reason for getting up in the morning. I really enjoyed it; it gave me something to do. Did you feel a strong connection to the horses? I did. But I was afraid of horses at first because I’m a city girl. I had gone horseback riding a few times and I was always fearful that they would just take off with me. I wouldn’t go in the pastures unless Jim was with me because the horses would gather around me and it was a little scary! I loved them, but I was afraid of them at first. Soon, my horses would leave the pack when they saw my car coming. They would run down to the bottom of the pasture and wait there by the fence for me to park my car. There were quite a few mares in that pasture, but mine was the only one that came running down to the fence line. What do you attribute to your long-standing success in the Arabian horse business? I would have to begin by mentioning the Gardners. Jim was the business part while David was the horse expertise. So that’s why it would evolve into a business partnership and lifelong friendship. We learned so much from David and Marian and we became such good friends, the four of us. We travelled together, we went to dinner together, we went to each other’s homes—we just enjoyed their company.

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One learning experience came through David when he syndicated Ruminaja Ali; Jim and I were very much a part of that. After that, we had all these Ali babies coming. To introduce outcross bloodlines for Ali, David and Jim purchased a group of mares from Australia. That’s when they began their partnership that would evolve into what today is Arabians Ltd. We wanted to form a company that would help newcomers get started as breeders, and would also provide the client services and continuing education that was not available at all at that time.

Judy with long time friends Marian & David Gardner.

Judy and Dr. Hans Nagel at their Egyptian Event book signing.

We learned a lot by also going to horse shows and watching David show—it became a big part of our life. We always talked about the fact that if Jim ever retired from business, horses would be something the two of us could do together forever. And how about Shawn? I met Shawn on one of my first visits to Bentwood, so she has been involved with this group and my horses since the beginning. Only once in 37 years, did she leave the farm. This was years ago when she was just beginning her career. Shawn loved to show, but at that time, naturally, David got all the super stars. I had this little mare named AR Gypsy Rose who we bred to Ali Jamaal just after he went U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt and was still with us in Waco. She got pregnant and had a little filly we named Bint Gypsy Rose. When she was born, David called Shawn because she loved AR Gypsy Rose. He told her about the filly and said that if she would come back to Texas, that baby was hers. He said, “You can have her and train her and show her.” Shawn and Bint Gyspy had an amazing friendship. I was so proud of those two, and win or lose, enjoyed watching them in the ring every time. That’s how we got Shawn back. Do you prefer the desert or the ocean? I like the ocean. I like water. My house is overlooking Lake Waco, and I have a condo in the Caymans right on the water. Water soothes my soul, the same way that horses do.

Premonition RCA (Thee Desperado x Mishaals Kiss RCA), 2012 Egyptian Breeders Challenge Champion Colt. Bred by Judy.


Describe the deep sense of pride that you felt as owner of the legendary stallion Thee Desperado. That’s a tough one. I don’t really want to say that I was proud that I owned him because he owned me; he owned us. In my mind, you don’t own these horses—they own you. I was


proud to have him standing in my barn, proud to have him in my pastures, so proud that people wanted to come and see him. That’s what made me proud. Wouldn’t you agree that most people in this breed, regardless of what they have bred, had a tremendous respect for him as a near perfect example of an Arabian horse? That’s a given. Everybody thought he was the most beautiful thing they’d ever seen. That’s why he has

sons and daughters all over the world, because he reproduces himself so beautifully. He is an absolutely magnificent horse. He was kind of our glue, too. He brought this wonderful group of people together. Horses like that breathe new life into things. They draw new people in and infuse new excitement, don’t you think? What I’ve heard people say is that they were amazed at his longevity. He was as popular the first

Judy and her beloved stallion Thee Desperado.

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year we stood him at three years old, as he was with his last mares at age 24. He was kind of like a movie star with this lifelong career—there aren’t many horses that can do that.

Tell us a little bit about your Arabians Ltd. staff and what they mean to you. I think I have the best team in the world! They’re loyal, they work hard; but in turn, I take very good care of them.

Tell us the moment you knew that your life was going to be driven by your passion for the Arabian horse. When Jim and I built our farm and our first mares walked off the trailer, I knew this is how I wanted to spend my life. Once we became more knowledgeable,

Tell us about being a loving grandmother. Is that love similar to the love you have for you horses? My little granddaughter, Zoey, is a sweetie pie, and she loves the horses. She’s nine years old and she has a little gelding at the farm; it’s a joy to watch.



we began to introduce and educate newcomers to our Egyptian horses. Many people have gone on to become big breeders through Arabians Ltd., and I think that’s pretty neat.

“Horse” was one of first words she said as a baby. She comes to my house which is filled with pictures of horses and roses and she would go around saying, “horses, horses!”

Judy and Shawn receiving the 2014 Breeders World Cup Ambassador Award for Thee Desperado.



Shan Mishaal RCA (Mishaal HP x Bint Asila RCA), a 2012 colt bred by Judy.

She also fed her gelding carrots! It was so cute when they would bring the horse up to Zoey and she would hold the carrot up, the horse would take a bite, and then she would take a bite of the same carrot! What does your dream Arabian horse look like? Desperado. Why did you choose the straight Egyptian Arabian over the other strains? I was fortunate to fall into meeting the Egyptian horses first. I think my life would have been quiet different had I started with another breed or bloodline of Arabians. At that time, I didn’t know there were other types of Arabians. Looking back, I know it was a ‘right place at the right time’ encounter. Describe what it’s been like being a breeder, owner, exhibitor, and boss. Breeding is what I truly love about the business. Pairing the mares up with different stallions to see what you can produce and if you get a winner, not changing it. You breed that mare to the same stallion year after year. That’s the fun part.

As a boss, I couldn’t do this without the Arabians Ltd. team. When you lost Jim, was there a point where you made a conscious decision to go forward? Well, I knew that was what he would want me to do. He would never want me to give up on anything, so I knew I had to carry it on, even though he wasn’t here to be with me and help me. It was something I had to do for him. If you could resurrect two horses, who would they be and why? For stallions, Thee Desperado and Mishaal. For mares, it would be the little black filly I bought, Aliashahm RA, and Bint Magidaa. Tell us why tears come to your eyes when you hand out awards at your annual client weekend. Because they make me feel so proud of what they’ve accomplished and have worked so hard for to attain these awards. It just makes my heart feel so good to see them get those, because they deserve them. n

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Kareema Sakr (El Habiel x Maha Sakr)

For The Love of A Mare by JEFF WALLACE

Kareema Sakr is one of the most shockingly beautiful and treasured straight Egyptian mares in the world today. She was simply born this way and this has never changed. Kareema Sakr was bred by famed breeder Omar Sakr, who to this day, still owns her dam and grand dam, as this blood remains beyond precious to Omar and his highly soughtafter breeding program. In 2002, and for no small sum, another wonderful breeder entered the picture, and that is Kareema Sakr’s owner, Mr. Talawy of Al Baydaa Stud, also in Egypt, who purchased this future queen at just two weeks of age. From that day forward, the royally bred Kareema has fulfilled Mr Talawy’s


every dream and then some. Her three children fathered by the magnificent straight Egyptian sire Jamil Al Rayyan have left the Arabian breed awestruck, not only with their haunting beauty, but by the line formed around the globe of those desperate to own them after each of their births. Fellow Egyptian breeder, Nayla Hayek, of Hanaya Stud in Switzerland, is grateful to claim ownership to two of the three Faberge’ eggs, the stunning and refined stallion Kenz Al Baydaa, and his feminine, elegant and younger sister Kamla Al Baydaa. Thirdly, their full brother, Kais Al Baydaa, who still remains in the hands of his breeder Mr. Talawy to this very day, is one of the most successful straight Egyptian young stallions of today. His extreme

Kenz Albaydaa ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Kareema Sakr)

type and overall goodness has drawn not only fans from all over the world, but show ring accolades such as World Champion Egyptian Colt in Rome and 2012 European Egyptian Event Champion Colt, always at the end of the talented showman Raphael Curti’s lead, and always after claiming success as the two exit the ring. Kareema Sakr has gifted her children with her gorgeous and glorious head type which she comes by naturally from her magnificent breeding. The females behind Kareema, such as Alidarra and her Imperial Madori daughter, Maha Sakr, are world-class mares. Her tail female line to Babson, Ansata, and Glorieta mares Sabrah, Ansata Sabiha and Ansata Serima hail from the same tail female line as 1980 U.S. National Champion Mare Fa Halima, a full sister to Ansata Sabiha, all coming together behind Kareema Sakr, enabling her to be the dazzling beauty that she is, as well as to pass it on so very freely. On Kareema’s sire’s side, are the two genetic chestnut breeding giants *Magidaa and Ansata Jellabia, both dam to a string of outrageously important

Kais Albaydaa ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Kareema Sakr)

horses such as stallions Nabiel and El Hadiyyah, who also have great influence in the unique look and quality of Kareema Sakr. Not long ago, it became time for Mr.Talawy to send his precious Kareema to the new home of Privilege, the pride and joy of Raphael Curti and partner Philip Looyens. They had been asking for the management of this now entitled Queen of Egypt for quite some time, but treasures such as Kareema are hard to let go of. Yet, it was the obvious, right thing to do. There is, of course, dual love and admiration between her new managers and herself, and in 2016, Kareema will have foals by world champions and legendary global sires Marwan Al Shaqab and Al Adeed Al Shaqab, the latter she will carry.  When Kareema steps in front of the camera lens or is simply outside during the day at play, she always leaves those in her life with the deepest feeling of appreciation for the love of a mare. ■

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Egyptian Event Stallions: Kings Of The Nile JUNE

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Held at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ken., the 35th

Annual Egyptian Event will boast world-class halter and performance competition, superb shopping, expert-led seminars, live and silent

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Sponsored by Markel Insurance, the 2015 education seminars and clinics will feature the foremost experts in breeding, health, marketing, and showmanship. The Egyptian Event houses an amazing opportunity to meet legendary horses and the influential people who own them. If shopping is of any interest, the vendors offer jewelry, tack, art, and more. Also on the schedule are some incredible parties, socials, horse presentations, and barn tours. One of most special of these is The Pyramid Society’s Annual Gala & Fundraiser, which will be held at Spindletop Hall this year. Another important aspect of the show is its ability to present the Egyptian Arabian horse. Every class, presentation, party, and positive experience simply enforces how important the Egyptian Arabian is to the breed on a global level. All major halter-based breeding programs today use some percentage of Egyptian blood as it provides tremendous amounts of both type and tail carriage—two traits so important to the true look of an Arabian horse. The Egyptian Event’s site shares, “Come feel the desert wind blowing across the heart of horse country at the world’s most celebrated showcase of the Egyptian Arabian horse. It’s more than just a horse show, it’s an event!” ■

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Leaders Of The Times: May Calendar Feature

A-JERICHO by Kara Larson

A Jericho (A Jakarta x Destiny VF).

The brilliance of A Jericho begins in his lineage. This 3-year-old Arabian stallion is a son of the magnificent A Jakarta, an *Ali Jamaal grandson, and on the dam’s side, Destiny VF, a mare that hails from the wonderful Padrons Psyche. So, what does this amount to? It proves that A Jericho has a foundation as firm as the ground beneath his hooves. On this impeccable pedigree, Aude Espourteille, a friend of the Abel family and owner of A Jericho’s sire, A 68 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Jakarta, offers her take on what A Jericho’s lines might say about him as a show horse and future breeding stallion. “For me, the greatness originates in the exotic type coming from Gamaar, *Ali Jamaal and Ferzon, along with the excitement of the elegant Bey Shah, that is exemplified through A Jakarta. The grand dam of A Jakarta, Gai Chardonnay, is a full sister to national champion, Gai Parada. Specifically, through these bloodlines, A Jakarta exudes type, refinement, a long neck, and the fountain tail that has somewhat been lost in

the Arabian breed. A Jakarta then passed the traits of his bloodlines to A Jericho, the next generation of A Jakarta and all that came before him.” Trainer David Boggs adds, “It is a tremendous honor to show horses for the Abel family, specifically A Jericho, as I had the pleasure of showing his sire, A Jakarta, as a yearling as well. Both father and son represent the highest level of quality while exhibiting exquisite breed type. These are horses whose lineage includes two legendary stallions, Bey Shah and *Padron, both phenomenal show horses and breeding stallions that I had the pleasure of managing and living with. A Jericho embodies all of the great qualities these horses stood for. I feel blessed to have A Jericho in my life today and look forward to watching a bright future unfold for this very impressive colt.” Thinking back to 2013—a remarkable show season for A Jericho—as a yearling, he was crowned Scottsdale Champion Signature Yearling Colt, ABWC Silver Supreme Champion Yearling Colt, ABWC Gold Champion Futurity Yearling Colt, and there was one more extraordinary win on the horizon. Following A Jericho’s magnanimous World Cup performances, A Jericho produced a great deal of excitement and accrued many purchase offers from respected owners and breeders. In spite of all the great amounts offered, the Abel family followed their heart and decided to keep A Jericho—a choice that established their goals and confidence in his future. It was also at the World Cup that David Boggs expressed interest in the colt for U.S. Nationals. So, as it came time for the 2013 U.S. National Championships in Tulsa, A Jericho, shown by David, was adorned United States Reserve National Champion Yearling Colt. Although he was tied for first, the champion edged by A Jericho with half of point in the movement category. Aude reflects, “That is my favorite memory of A Jericho so far … that moment when he was announced U.S. Reserve National Champion Yearling Colt.” After this unmistakably successful year with a string of incredible wins, A Jericho’s stardom began to rise. The colt spent 2014 standing at stud with Midwest Training and Stallion Station, in both Scottsdale, Ariz. and Elk River, Minn. In this time, the young stallion bred some of the finest mares the world has to offer, including hand

selected mares from the breeding expertise of Aude, David, and the Abel’s as well. From embryos to leasing mares, this stallion has a great opportunity to influence the breed in a really positive way. Expanding the breeding goals of Allan and Jean Abel, David offers, “The Abel’s are emerging as very astute breeders. Small breeders are precious in this industry and something we need more of. It is a pleasure for me to be involved with them on a breeding level as well as a showing and marketing level. They are a real gem in the Arabian horse industry.” With his first foals arriving in May, 2015, the next generation of A Jericho is just around the corner. On the promise of his bright future, Aude shares, “A Jericho has bred some incredible mares, including U.S. National Champion Mare *Wieza Mocy, and we are excited to see what he can produce! Plans are to continue showing him and his foals.” With unlimited confidence of impacting the Arabian breed in the future, Aude adds, “With his exotic type and style, we hope he continues to stamp this through his foals.” n Volume 45, No. 12 | 69

A Tribute To Izabella Zawadzka An Undisputed Authority by Jeff Wallace

Young girls from countries all over the world dream of a future surrounded by horses, and Izabella Zawadzka was no different. The daughter of a Polish cavalry man, Izabella was raised on stories of horses, which carried through to her adult life. When she became employed by the agency that oversaw the breeding of Arabian horses at the Polish State Stud Farm, her passion for horses in general was brought into full focus on the Arabian breed.

esteem. Her personal grace and charm were both genuine and effortless. Her depth of knowledge was developed through hands-on experience with the horses and honed by her encounters with horsemen from around the world. She was a lifelong learner, and a true believer in sharing what she knew.

Izabella Zawadzka had an amazing intuition that impacted her decisionmaking. Izabella and other astute horsemen were aware of the Known as the First impact that was being Lady of Polish Arabian made in Europe by horse breeding, the progeny of *Estopa Izabella’s position and (Tabal x Uyaima). She authority as breeding suggested that Poland inspector at the Polish import frozen semen Izabella and Monogramm. Horse Breeding from *Estopa’s stunning Department of the State Stud Farm Managing grandson, *Sanadik El Shaklan (*El Shaklan x Office, supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Mohena) from Om El Arab International, adding and soon after, asking her to be in charge of the a combination of new and foundational Egyptian Arabian State Studs, was unusual, and led to bloodlines into the Polish gene pool as they had her male colleagues treating her as a respected done with the legendary son of Aswan, Palas. The peer. Izabella’s keen intelligence, passion, and splendid *Eukaliptus (*Bandos x Eunice) daughter, diplomacy earned her that respect. All whom she Emigrantka (x Emigracja), who was bred and graced with her presence held her in the highest owned by the Michalów State Stud was one of


Izabella zawadzka

It was with a very sad heart that I learned of Izabella’s passing. I will miss our dinners together when I visit Poland. There is a huge void in my heart knowing that one of the greatest, and yet most humble of all women leaders in breed history has left us. I am already missing her so much. However, I know that Izabella is now at peace and has joined all of her favorite horses who left before her. May she rest in peace for eternity. —Sigi Siller What a great loss for the world. Izabella had a wealth of knowledge about life and the Arabian horse. She possessed uncommon grace and wisdom. We should all aspire to be more like her. —Shannon armStrong No one loved Arabian horses more than she did nor did anyone know more about them. Izabella was a true scholar and a very beautiful lady. In a person’s life, there are those few that shape a part of your life ... Izabella was one of those people for me. —Sheila Varian

the mares chosen for *Sanadik. That foal grew up to be the legendary *El Dorada, who earned championships all over the world. She was the 2002 Polish National Champion Mare after earning the Champion Junior Filly title two years earlier. Other honors included a U.S. National Champion Senior Mare award in 2006 and a Salon du Cheval World Bronze Champion Senior Mare honor at 14 years of age in 2012. She was also responsible and involved in all major decisions, ideas, actions and developments which happened during the next 30 years in Poland, including the creation of the two new Arabian Horse Studs in Kurozweki and

Izabella with Pesal.

Bialka, the Polish Ovation Sale in 1985, and the import of Palas, Probat and Monogramm. Izabella had enduring friendships, and traveled the world as a true Ambassador for the Polish Arabian. Her quest for knowledge brought her to farms around the globe. Aude Esporteille of Deor Farms remembers such a visit fondly; “We were so honored to have Izabella visit us years ago, here at Deor Farms. She came to see *Esencja (Aquinor x Estebna), a full sister to *Elkana++, who had just foaled a filly by Aicyng. Izabella loved her horses. They were precious to her, and she always told me she hoped the breeders and buyers of Arabian horses worldwide, loved them too! She was very happy to hear that *Elkana++ returned to Deor Farms to live out her years with her sister *Esencja! Izabella … pure class and lover of Arabian horses … La Grande Dame of Poland!”   Izabella Zawadzka will live on in the fond memories of all who knew her, perhaps even more importantly, in the future generations of the magnificent horses that she helped to create in the Polish State Studs. ■

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2014 Darley Awards In Hollywood— Unforgettable, Once Again


The sun was setting on Hollywood Boulevard, adding an appropriate tint of pink to the sparkling light. Over 700 guests from around the world were greeted at the Dolby Theatre by clicking cameras, television crews, and reporters interviewing guests as they made their way down the Red Carpet to crowds of onlookers, gawking in amazement at the festivities and global audience representing virtually every continent, drawn together by Arabian horse racing. Every detail of the evening followed the feel and quality of the Academy Awards, much in thanks to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival, who sponsored the entire weekend of festivities to a level difficult to believe unless experienced first-hand. The stage, lighting, hosting and video production created an ambiance that made guests feel profoundly proud to be associated with this explosive, global rising of Arabian racing. Inside the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards, the evening proceeded with announcements of the 2014 Darley winners in each category: Lazur Hess – 3-Year-Old Colt of the Year Love to Dance – 3-Year-Old Filly of the Year RB Champagne Taste – 4-Year-Old Colt of the Year Our Princess – 4-Year-Old Filly of the Year Valiant Boy SBFAR – Older Horse of the Year Ms Dixie – Older Mare of the Year Kirsten Swan – Jockey of the Year Lynn Ashby – Trainer of the Year Dianne Waldren – Breeder of the Year Guy Neivens – Owner of the Year 72 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

2014 Darley Horse Of The Year, Valiant Boy SBFAR. CD / Reed Palmer Photography

Dolby Theatre General Manager Ed Murphy, and point contact for the Academy Awards, expressed his delight in working with the Darley Awards for the second year in a row. “The Oscars are the standard by which all award shows were judged,” he said. “So, for the 28th Annual Darley Awards, I think we are doing really well. This is the second year we’ve done the Darley Awards, and we’re looking forward to the third, the fourth and so on.” And then it was time for the big reveal … 2014 Darley Horse of the Year. “Oh wow,” said Sawaya as she slowly opened the envelope on stage. “The 2014 Darley Horse of the Year is… Valiant Boy SBFAR.” Sharon Clark, racing manager for Valiant Boy (Darweesh x Thumb Print), accepted the award, talking about the journey he had taken them on, expressing thanks to his current owner and breeder, HH Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, along with his previous owner Guy Neivens, who owned the horse until last March. She gave much credit to his trainer, Lizzie Merryman and handler, Liz Collard, and concluded with thanks to the horse.

Breeder of the Year Award winner, Dianne Waldren.

“Then there is Valiant Boy himself,” she said. “If you happened to see him run at the Dubai World Cup, you know we were second. Of course, we wanted to win. But what you did see is a horse with tremendous heart, who put in a run of a lifetime, after 161 days of not racing. It really is an honor to just be around the horse. We talk about the heart of the Arabian. Tonight, he has the biggest.” ■ Volume 45, No. 12 | 73

Menton JUNE

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Mediterranean And Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championships by Jeff Wallace

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On the 13th and 14th of June, the eyes of the Arabian horse

community will turn to the stunningly beautiful city of Menton,

perched on the spectacular southern coast of France. Over the course of nearly a quarter century, this idyllic site has become synonymous with excellence, as breeders from throughout Europe and

the Middle East send their finest horses to compete for the coveted

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An international judging panel will select six champions by gender and age group in addition to the coveted specialty awards, including Best Breeder and Best Owner. The result of earning such a prize is to be recognized as a dominant force amongst the leading Arabian enterprises in the world. Menton has earned its position as one of the premiere venues for exhibiting Arabian horses by embracing changes in the pulse of the business, and providing a welcoming atmosphere for all. This year, a new trophy will be given to the mare whose produce score the highest total points during the run of the show: Best Dam in Show. In truth, there should be an additional special award for Best Madame in Show ‌ the honor going to none other than Madame Christianne Chazel. It is Madame Chazel who organized the first Menton show in 1991 and it is to her that all thanks for its successful run should be directed. It is due to her rare gift of being able to relate to people from many different cultures, that breeders and owners choose to bring their top entries to Menton every year. And she has forged relationships with Middle Eastern breeders by including them in discussions about the establishment of events that showcase the horses of the desert countries. Madame Chezal has followed a formula of her own making, duplicating her success in Paris as the organizer of the Arabian World Championship Horse Show at the Salon du Cheval. Which stallion will emerge as a Gold Champion this year? What mare will take home that inaugural Best Dam award? Which yearlings will blow everyone away with their beauty and promise? There is only one way to find out. Take advantage of the economy of the moment and book a flight to the south of France. Next stop, Menton! â–


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The Dazzle Of

Dubai by Jeff Wallace

The Arabian horse has long been the catalyst for creating communities of

enthusiasts who quite literally come together for their mutual benefit and for

the love of the breed. It happened nearly 40 years ago, when so many of the prominent breeders began to congregate around Scottsdale, Ariz. Arabian horse lovers could attend the All Arabian Horse Show and take advantage of

the opportunity to visit many different breeding and training farms. It was possible then to visit Lasma, Karho, Chauncey’s and so many others, all in a

single day. The breeders surrounding Dubai have replicated that model at a higher level half way around the world. And once again, it is the power of the

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Gold Champion Senior Stallion EMERALD J and his son, Gold Champion Junior Colt GALLARDO J.


ome to the tallest man-made structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai is a sparkling city that offers comfort and luxury in a most accommodating and welcoming way. The 12th annual Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, held in the city center, allows visitors from all over the world the opportunity to explore the urban delights, while being able to strike out in any direction to visit the prominent stud farms. The Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, Ajman Stud, Albidayer Stud, Al Zobair Stud, Al Hawajer, and so many others, circle the city like precious jewels, home to some of the most magnificent breeding programs and bloodstock collections in the world today. Seeing the fabulous producing Marajj at Albidayer Stud and then the glorious, gorgeous twosome, Najdah Al Zobair and Star of Al Zobair hanging their breathtaking heads over their stall doors vying for the carrot in my hand, put a lump in my throat and left me weak in the knee. The homebred stock at Ajman Stud was nothing less than spectacular and too numerous to mention. The quality level is that of Santa Ynez Valley, Calif., in the 1970’s and 80’s— simply spectacular. 

The achievements of the Middle Eastern breeders have changed the breed profoundly in a very short period of time. With heartfelt intent, intelligent choices and the means to support their dreams, these breeders have set a new standard that continues to rise with each passing year. The deep passion that drives their success is their cultural connection to the horses, which represent the history of their families and their countries. The quality of the horses on each of the farms is quite amazing, almost breathtaking to behold and uniformly excellent. To see the finest equine representatives from each of the programs gathered together in the heart of the city to vie for the six championship titles was truly a sight to behold.   The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship offers Yearling, Two & Three Year Olds, and Over Three Years Old titles for Colts/Stallions and Fillies/ Mares. The show enjoys the sponsorship and patronage of many significant individuals, most notably Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al

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Gold Champion Senior Stallion EMERALD J (QR Marc x *Emandoria), owned by Al Muawd Stud.

Silver Champion Senior Stallion AJA JUSTIFIED (WH Justice x Aja Beneja), owned by Ajman Stud.

Gold Champion Junior Colt GALLARDO J (Emerald J x Gomera J), owned by Al Muawd Stud.

Gold Champion Yearling Colt D AASEF (Marajj x Lumiar Bint Balzac), owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud.

Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance. Everything about the setting and the amenities of the venue ref lects the prominence placed on the event by the people of Dubai. This year, the winning horses received an array of beautiful ribbons, trophies, and awards along with prize money totaling a whopping $4 million USD.

years ago and was perfectly presented in Dubai by Frank Spöenle in what was only her second show ring appearance. In the meantime, she has produced notable offspring for Ajman Stud, which has earned her the love and respect of people of all cultures.

Among the most captivating horses to appear this year was Badawieh AA (Laheeb x Bahiha), the ethereal straight-Egyptian beauty who brought home the gold championship for older mares. She is the beautifullybred jewel of the broodmare band of the Crown Prince of Ajman, HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi’s Ajman Stud. She debuted for her former owners as a Junior Champion Yearling Filly over ten

A tall, elegant creature, Badawieh AA is intensely linebred to Nazeer (Mansour x Bint Samiha) with multiple crosses to *Morafic (Nazeer x Mabrouka) and *Ansata Ibn Halima++ (Nazeer x Halima), with a powerful tail female line to Ansata Nile Mist (Ansata Ibn Sudan x Falima). It is clear that the potency and value of these bloodlines, with their shared Babson heritage on the tail-female line, have been handled very carefully over the intervening years. The result is an attar of the finest elements of foundational Egyptian breeding, Volume 45, No. 12 | 79


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Gold Champion Senior Mare BADAWIEH AA (Laheeb x Bahiha), owned by Ajman Stud.

Gold Champion Junior Filly D SHAHLA (Marajj x FT Shaella), owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud.

Gold Champion Yearling Filly MOZN ALBIDAYER (S.M.A. Magic One x Mattaharii), owned by Sheikh Mohammed Saoud Sultan S Alqassimi.

Ajman Stud’s AJ SAYEDA (Vervaldee x Sweet Caroline LL).

condensed into a spectacular package that carries those qualities forward for future generations.

breeding stock from America years ago and has never turned back. Her fortuitous lease of the then-unknown Ekstern (Monogramm x Ernestyna) from the Polish State Stud elevated her program to the top of the list of those to be reckoned with. *Emandoria, with Frank Spöenle, as well, was last year’s Gold Champion Mare in Dubai, under the ownership of Ajman Stud. 

In an amazing coup, the Al Muawd Stud, owned by the Sons of Abdullah bin Muhammed Al Sybaiee, captured the gold championships for both the Stallions and the Junior Colts with Emerald J (QR Marc x *Emandoria) and his gorgeous son Gallardo J (x Gomera J, by Ekstern). While primarily Polish in lineage, the intentional infusion of Egyptian blood into Emerald J’s pedigree has resulted in a magnificent stallion that is capable of passing on his best qualities, while complementing those of the mare. The “J” in both of their names represents the breeder, Christine Jamar of Jadem Arabians in Belgium. A canny and courageous breeder, Christine imported a handful of

The experience of visiting Dubai and soaking up its essence far exceeds expectations. The intent and commitment by the breeders and owners to perpetuate the Arabian horse is nothing short of inspiring. For those who experienced all Dubai has to offer, it is a guarantee that they will eagerly await their next opportunity to return to the cradle of the Arabian horse. ■ Volume 45, No. 12 | 81

AbuDhabi Int er nationa l A r a bi a n Hor se Show F E B R U A R Y 11 - 1 4 , 2 0 1 5

by Kara Larson

Held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championship was an event like no other. With approximately 4.5 million in prize money, this show is one of the most prestigious shows for the Arabian horse in the world. This is quite a unique event where one can experience Middle East hospitality, enjoy the beauty and charisma of the Arabian horse, and meet people from all over the world!


Abu DhAbi Show Stallion Championship Gold Champion AJA JUSTIFIED (WH Justice x Aja Beneja), O: Ajman Stud Silver Champion IM BAYARD CATHARE (Padrons Immage x Shamilah Bagheera), O: Oman Royal Cavalry Bronze Champion SH-HAB AL HAWAJER (Marajj x Iiluminate), O: Dr. Ghanem Mohamed Obaid Alhajri Colt Championship Gold Champion SQ KUWAITI (JJ Cohiba x JJ Diamond Of Marwan), O: Al Saqran Arabian Horse Stud Silver Champion D HAJES (SG Labib x Nefertarji), O: Al Riyadh Stud Bronze Champion LORD EL SHAWAN (FA El Shawan x Lady Serenada), O: Abdulla Rashed Khusaif Binkhusaif Alnuaimi

Gold Champion Stallion AJA JUSTIFIED (WH Justice x Aja Beneja). Owned by Ajman Stud.

Yearling Colt Championship Gold Champion RIYADH AM (Abha Qatar x Dana Al Mohamadia), O: P. Abdullah Bin Fahad Bin Abdulla Bin Mohammed Al Saud Silver Champion RAOUD ALBIDAYER (S.M.A. Magic One x DL Marielle), O: Sheikh Mohammed Saoud Sultan S Alqassimi Bronze Champion D AASEF (Marajj x Lumiar Bint Balzac), O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud Mare Championship Gold Champion PANAREA BY PALAWAN (WH Justice x Palawan), O: Ajman Stud Silver Champion SALWA AL ZOBAIR (Marajj x Esklawa), O: Shaikha Nour Khalid Abdulla M. Althani Bronze Champion GHANADIR AL ZOBAIR (MCA Magnum Gold x Thoraya Al Zobair), O: Sheikh Ahmed Abdulla Mohd Althani

Silver Champion Stallion IM BAYARD CATHARE (Padrons Immage x Shamilah Bagheera). Owned by Oman Royal Cavalry.

FillY Championship Gold Champion D REEM (Ajman Moniscione x Kastilia M.A.F.), O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud Silver Champion AJ SAWARI (Marwan Al Shaqab x Siberia SA), O: Ajman Stud Bronze Champion NAJDIYA AL ZOBAIR (Eden C x Najdah Al Zobair), O: Shaikh Sultan Mohamed Abdulla M.A. Althani Yearling Filly Championship Gold Champion AYAT AL MUAWD (Wadee Al Shaqab x Silver Design), O: Al Muawd Stud Silver Champion SAMA AM (Eden C x Sara Al Mohamadia), O: P. Abdullah Bin Fahad Bin Abdulla Bin Mohammed Al Saud Bronze Champion D SAFANA (Marajj x FT Shaella), O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud ■

Bronze Champion Stallion SH-HAB AL HAWAJER (Marajj x Iiluminate). Owned by Dr. Ghanem Mohamed Obaid Alhajri. All show pictures taken by Erwin Escher © 2015 Erwin Escher

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by Kara Larson

Under the generous patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the 16th Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival  was held at the  Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club  in association with  Emirates Arabian Horse Society  and  its main sponsor, Sharjah International Airport.


Sharjah FeStival

Stallion Championship Gold Champion PEACE FROM THE DESERT (Marwan Al Shaqab x FS Penelope), B: King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Center, O: Al Khalediah Stables Silver Champion AJ BARZAN (Vervaldee x PA Pryme Times Legacy), B: Ajman Stud, O: Shaikh Khaled Faisal Khaled Sultan Al Qasimi Bronze Champion SH-HAB AL HAWAJER (Marajj x Illuminate) B/O: Dr. Ghanem Mohamed Obaid Al Hajri Colt Championship Gold Champion GALLARDO J (Emerald J x Gomera J), B: BVBA C. JamarDemeersseman, O: Al Muawd Stud Silver Champion D KHATTAF (Royal Colours x D Jowan) B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud Bronze Champion SHADI AL KHALEDIAH (F Shamaal x Layan Al Khalediah), B: HRH Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, O: HRHP Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Yearling Colt Championship Gold Champion BARJASS AL ZOBAIR (S.M.A. Magic One x F.M. Gloriaa) B/O: Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Al Thani

Mare Championship Gold Champion TEHAMA BALLALINA (Tehama Na Sidaqa x JJ Shai Majestic Queen) B: L. Ferguson O: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani Silver Champion EL SAGHIRA (Galba x Emira) B: SK Michalów Stud, O: Ajman Stud Bronze Champion KAHIELAT KHALID (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Deserree), B: Al Qasimi Stables, O: HH. Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi Filly Championship Gold Champion DELIGHT’S DIVAH RB (Ajman Moniscione x Honey’s Delight RB) B: Adriana Espindola De Moura, O: Alsayed Stud Silver Champion MARYSE OS (Ajman Moniscione x Shak Shakira) B: Karin Merkel, O: Beluga Arabians Bronze Champion NAJDIYA AL ZOBAIR (Eden C x Najdah Al Zobair) B: Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Ali Althani O: Sheikh Sultan Mohamed Abdulla M.A. Althani Yearling Filly Championship Gold Champion AJ ADAB (AJ Mardan x Anette Moniscione) B/O: Ajman Stud

Silver Champion RIYADH AM (Abha Qatar x Dana Al Mohamadia) B/O: Al Mohamadia Stud

Silver Champion RAZAN ALBIDAYER (S.M.A. Magic Ome x Qamar Albidayer) B/O: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qasimi

Bronze Champion RAOUD AL BIDAYER (S.M.A. Magic One x DL Marielle) B/O: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qasimi

Bronze Champion D SAFANA (Marajj x FT Shaella) B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud ■ Volume 45, No. 12 | 85

Janene and Bob Boggs with Bint Bey Shah.




hat does your dream horse look like? A very kind-hearted and smart man was once asked that question. His reply was, “Every breed has their dream horse. You have to be able to appreciate them for who they are and what they are capable of doing.” I agree with him. Who was the first Arabian horse you laid eyes on and what was the experience like? We grew up on a small farm outside of Lincoln, Neb. My parents worked extremely hard and taught us that you get what you work for, and so we have never been afraid of physical work, for myself, and my sisters. My father worked a fulltime job during the day and on nights and weekends, farmed land, for both our family and for others around us. My family leased our first Arabian mare to have a foal and since my sister and I wanted to ride and show, first in 4-H and then in the local NE shows, that is the horse we had to work with. After trying to show a mare, with a foal at side who was back at the stalls, we decided that didn’t work so well. So my sister and I purchased our own Arabian geldings. We raised money by babysitting (at that time $.50/hour), pulling dandelions ($.25/5 gallon bucket), cleaning the barn, stacking hay, putting up fence; working very hard to come up with $1,000 each. My gelding, Dar Es Salaam, was sired by Azraff, and he went on to be top ten open halter gelding at the Canadian Nationals in 1979. I showed him myself—a very big honor for me. And so it began. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? It has allowed me to travel all over the world and meet people who have become a very important part of my life. Do you prefer the desert or the ocean? As I get older, I prefer warm weather, so wherever that takes me.

Who have your mentors been in the Arabian horse business? Those people that have common sense and who are honest at what they do. The general population would probably be surprised if I actually named them, but I believe these mentors know who they are, and I appreciate all their knowledge and friendship they have shown me. Name a handful of Arabian mares alive today that make you weak in the knee. What characteristics make you go weak at the knees? Is it show-ring wins? Is it the personal friendship they offer to you? Is it how they have contributed to this industry for generations? It would go without saying that Bint Bey Shah is the matriarch of our place. She is the leading living producing Arabian mare according to AHA Datasource. Still, with just this small category to offer, if you add in all the foals she has had that have been exported in utero, you can add a dozen more to her credit. Bint Bey Shah was our first foal born where we live now, in 1994. She is 21 years young and we have kept three daughters to breed after ‘Binty’ decides to just grace us with her presence. There are a lot of beautiful mares, you just need to decide what makes you weak in the knees. What makes you happy? As I get older (let’s say more mature) … a peaceful day, honest people and a very good friend … oh, and a good glass of wine to share with them. What is your favorite horse destination to travel to? For me, a favorite destination is one that I can fully vacation at; no work, being able to sleep in and sunshine.

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What two characteristics do you love most about the Arabian horse? Compassion and unconditional friendship. How is it different raising a son than raising a daughter? It is always easy to have a double standard and I am no different than any other parent. We were very lucky that as young children, Austin

JAN E N E and Olivia wanted to be involved with the horses, but in different disciplines—Austin in halter and Olivia in performance—and excelled. We never pushed them to participate; they had to “want” to, because as you know, this industry is hard and you have to work 24/365, and it’s very expensive. There are some things you cannot teach a person. I believe common sense is one of those

characteristics and I believe both Austin and Olivia have that. They excelled in school, in sports and now, as adults, need to find their own paths in life. You never stop being a parent, all we can do is give them guidance and support when they ask. What has been your most challenging competition? Long before there were specialized horses in each

BOGGS division, the Arabian was known for its versatility. A show called, The Arabian Horse Pentathlon, was developed to showcase just this. It was held in June 1981 in Oklahoma City. It was for purebred geldings and one amateur owner handler per horse. All horses, 278 entries, had to show in halter and then pick four different disciplines to complete their participation.

Janene with TM Tenacious.



Janene with her sisters Jill and Jennifer.

Professionals were allowed on the grounds, but could not ride, school, prepare or groom the horses. The owner had to do everything with their horse. My horse, Shoom Serabruk, was a big handsome chestnut horse with a star, strip and snip and two hind socks, and was extremely athletic. My divisions, other than halter, were English pleasure, western pleasure, driving and costume. This was long before we had English and country English, AAOTH/R and age splits. Your gelding had to be an honest and well-conformed horse. Not to say that this was not an extremely competitive show, because it was. The overall winner took home prize money, plus a big bronze of Bask and a lot of other prizes. At the end of every day during the show, the accumulated scores were posted and you could see where every horse was placing. The show committee thought the overall winning horse would have about 1,300 points. At the end of the show, we had won with a total of 1,805 points. Shoom Serabrook was a fantastic horse, winning unanimous in

the halter, champion is English pleasure and driving, reserve champion in costume and top ten in western pleasure. Unfortunately, this was the only year this show happened. It really showcased how hard owners worked to be able to compete and how hands-on each participant was. It would be interesting to see how many entries there would be today in this type of show. What was it like walking the fields of the State Studs of Poland for the first time? It was amazing—the number of horses and the ease at which they are cared for. Horses are very smart and it showed. What is it like to walk through life with the same husband, best friend, and business partner for so many years now? When you have been together as long as Bob and I have, we go through phases, like everyone does. Having been through the trials of medical issues allows a person to see who you were, who you are now and what might be for the future. I think now, I look at life in a much more realistic way.

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Olivia, Bob, Janene and Austin Boggs.

What was it like to attend so many foreign shows before many Americans did? How have you seen these shows change? Going to foreign shows was interesting many years ago, and still is. I think every country believes they are the best, do the best and have the best. The world is a relatively small place and the Arabian horse has made it such. There is so much to value with everyone, if we just open our eyes to it. Probably the horse shows have changed the most; the style of showing has changed so much. Each country has very good trainers and can bring their special touch, but in the end, if you stay true to your convictions, you use what you want and let go of what you don’t.

given yourself ? Be the person that makes you happy … then surround yourself with the people that make you happy. Pick your battles … some things you cannot change and some aren’t worth changing; those situations will take care of themselves. It’s cliché, but don’t judge a book by its cover … spend time with people and draw your own conclusions; you may be very surprised. I sure have been.

A good Arabian horse is good, wherever it is bred. If its natural beauty makes you smile, then you will see it in years down the road as it influences the breed in a positive way.

Are you dazzled by QR Marc as a horse and a sire? Tell us a bit about him. If a horse can make the hair on your arms stand up, just by being in their presence, then you are dazzled. I’m not talking about seeing them in the show ring, all primped and polished, but seeing them in their stall or outside doing what they want to do; looking regal just by “being” is what the Arabian is supposed to do. That’s what QR Marc does.

If 25 years ago, you would have had the ability to see into the future, what advice would you have

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FACES & PLACES She a Day s At Qu a r r y H i l l Fa r m …

in Lakeville, Connecticut, were held on Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, 2015. This two-day clinic with Tim Shea consisted of 12 horses and riders each day, taking 45-minute lessons. With riders from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the horse breeds ranged from Morgans, Arabians, and Half-Arabians, to Saddlebreds, in the disciplines of saddle seat and hunt. Beyond Shea’s expertise, there were several members of Quarry Hill Farm that also played a huge role in making this event a great one. This list includes owners, Marshall and Rae Paige Schwarz; Bill Bohl, manager and trainer, and finally, Kevin Dwyer, also a trainer. Thrilled with the success of clinic, Rae shares, “This was the third year Tim Shea has come to Quarry Hill Farm. He is a master horseman who is able to articulate to the rider what he or she needs to do to get the horse to perform to the best of its ability. Tim is patient and kind and approaches each horse and rider-team thoughtfully. We had over 25 auditors each day who came to watch and learn from a master. We hope he’ll return again next year!”

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The Heart of Arabian Soul

Alfredo and Rodrigo grew up in Mexico City; close friends who shared a mutual love of horses. Alfredo became intrigued with

Arabian horses specifically through

pleasure and endurance riding. They both decided to take a closer look

at this intriguing breed by attending what they knew to be a showcase

event, the annual All Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale, Ariz.


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Pitonisa AS

nce that decision was made, everything just seemed to fall into place. The quality of the horses far exceeded their expectations. From their seats in the grandstand, they had a great vantage point to absorb the show. It wasn’t long before a certain two-year-old colt entered the arena and stole their hearts while being beautifully and respectfully shown by Sandro Pinha. After the class, they followed the horse back to the barn to get a closer look. They soon realized that Sandro was a kindred spirit, and they accepted an invitation to visit with him and his partner Gil at their farm, Arabians International, there in Scottsdale, where everything Arabian goes on all year long. Thus began an incredibly successful relationship based on trust, friendship, and a common love of the Arabian horse. Alfredo and Rodrigo returned to Mexico, where they founded Arabian Soul Partners Ltd. and brought in additional investors. They named Arabians International their exclusive agent in the U.S. and began to learn more about the breed and what bloodlines they wanted to perpetuate. Arabian Soul horses would be true to type and sound of mind. They would be beautiful and trainable. They would be the foundation for a program dedicated to taking Arabian breeding to the next level of excellence.

Sandro and Gil run their business in such a way as to ensure a true feeling of family. Clients root for each other’s horses, and develop a sense of community wherever they gather. It was a perfect climate to cultivate a fledgling enterprise, and springboard it to the top of the Arabian industry. Sandro has a breeder’s mindset for horses whose pedigrees promote elevation of the breed standard, coupled with a trainer’s keen eye for a top show horse. Consequently, he can give holistically considered advice to his clients, which allows them to benefit on several levels. The horses win in the show ring, the breeding stock outproduce themselves, and the genetic blueprint is secured for the next generation. In just their first five years, Arabian Soul Partners have begun to accomplish their goals at a record pace. Last fall, they sent their first homebred entry to the U.S. National Championship show in Tulsa. When the results were in, those two yearlings stood above the rest. Soul of Marwan AS (Marwan Al Shaqab x RD Challs Angel) exploded into the public eye, emerging as the 2014 U.S. National Supreme Champion Junior Colt 3 & Under. Soul of Marwan holds the promise of tomorrow. His long, upright, elegant neck and dry, chiseled head enhance his Volume 45, No. 12 | World Cup 7

perfection of form and balance. It was an incredible win from the first foal crop bred by Arabian Soul. In a display of pure happiness and enthusiasm, one of the partners leapt into the arena, and straight into the arms of Sandro Pinha; literally jumping for joy! No fluke, Soul of Marwan has continued his winning ways in 2015, earning the Scottsdale championship for two-year-old colts, and title of 2015 Scottsdale Champion Junior Colt. Astute breeders from all over the country have embraced this young stallion to such a degree that his book for 2015 is completely full. Pitonisa AS (Ever After NA x Psyches Amber Dream) is one of the rare horses who draws a crowd wherever she goes. Whether horsemen or not, people find her sweet, yet fiery temperament and exquisite beauty completely captivating. Some fans travel to shows specifically to see her, young girls especially. She has found her way into the hearts of the partners, who feel a close connection to this vibrant young mare. In Tulsa, Pitonisa AS was crowned 2014 U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly and U.S. National Reserve Supreme Champion Junior Filly 3 Years & Under. She has also continued her winning ways in 2015, being named 2015 Scottsdale Junior Champion Filly and Champion Two-YearOld Filly, as well as 2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup Silver Supreme Champion and Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. Pitonisa AS is a tremendous source of pride for the partners, and a tremendous source of excitement for the breeders who will own her foals. She is now being bred via embryo transfer to Marwan Al Shaqab for Oswaldo Bello Biava and to QR Marc for Cedar Ridge Arabians. 8 World Cup | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Among the Arabian Soul Partners horses currently lighting show rings on fire is the electrifying young stallion Titan AS (*El Nabila B x Om El Beladeena), purchased from breeders Michael Weinstein and partners at only two weeks of age. He is featured on the cover here in a gorgeous Kelly Campbell photograph. Titan AS has extreme type, punctuated by his wickedly beautiful head. A gleaming, burnished copper, he dazzles as he moves around the ring. He is the perfect complement to Soul of Marwan AS, each stallion representing a very different breeding plan. Titan AS waltzed away with the 2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup Gold Supreme Junior Stallion Championship and Champion Three-Year-Old Stallion titles with Sandro Pinha handling. He earned 12 different scores of a perfect 20 in the process. Titan’s first offspring are already on the ground, and the partners could not be more ecstatic with the results. He is consistently producing type, big, beautiful, black eyes, and tons of presence and attitude. On the horizon for Arabian Soul Partners is the grand opening of their state-of-the-art breeding facility, currently under construction in Mexico. That site will be the home to all of the breeding stock, with the show horses remaining in Scottsdale at Arabians International. By following their formula of careful, thoughtful, selective breeding, the Arabian Soul Partners will continue to produce horses that preserve valuable bloodlines, while creating the show horses of tomorrow. And in keeping with their familial spirit, the bonds of friendship forged in this endeavor will continue to nourish the hearts of the Arabian Soul Partners. â–

The Arabian Soul Partners and trainer Sandro Pinha.

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THE 2015 ARABIAN BREEDERS WORLD CUP by Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Las Vegas, more than any other city, is the U.S. counterpart to the manmade metropolitan centers that have sprung up in the deserts of the Middle East. Lavish and luxurious, a place of hopes and dreams, a glittering oasis that promises good fortune to those who journey there, Las Vegas is the setting for the annual Arabian Breeders World Cup Horse Show (ABWC). Designed as an event that showcases successful breeding programs from around the world, a win in Las Vegas has become among the most coveted titles in the Arabian industry.

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Sponsors Murray and Shirley Popplewell with Ambassador Award winner Sheila Varian.


he dynamic team who form the ABWC Show Committee has addressed every aspect of the event from both a spectator and an exhibitor perspective. Stepping into the cool venue from the glare of the outside world, visitors proceed down a welcoming aisle lined with sponsors’ banners. The mood is upbeat; from the neon lights, to the lively music piped throughout the hall. Vendor displays entice the crowd to shop for whatever they might want, in seeming competition with the one-armed bandits waiting in the casino next door. By the time they reach the elegant trappings of the arena and the individual farm displays, people are ready to enjoy the horses that have come to the competition.   By teaming up with the Board of Directors for the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance (AHBA), the


show committee has parlayed its tireless efforts to produce a world class event that, according to Public Relations/Media Coordinator Riyan Rivero, “celebrates the Arabian horse and the lifestyle that comes with it. Every detail is considered, every exhibitor heard, and every opportunity for improvement is implemented… A foundation for the ABWC has been built from its inception with local TV stations, newspapers, and radio personalities to inform and welcome the Las Vegas community. Local news shows provide coverage of the event in live broadcasts from the showground. This year, we took a horse to the set of Channel 13 KTNV Valley View Live Talk Show!” Through networking efforts like these, the show has become an event that is as eagerly awaited each year by the local population as it is by the Arabian world.


If Las Vegas itself can be considered “over the top,” so too can the quality of horses that gathered for the 9th Annual Arabian Breeders World Cup this year. The deck was stacked with World Champions, U.S. and Canadian National Champions, Scottsdale Champions, and International Champions, all vying for a piece of the spotlight. The horses, breeders, owners, exhibitors, and spectators came from all over the world, as did the international panel of judges. Connie Cole-O’Brien and Richard Petty (USA), Emrys Jones (UK), Reinaldo Da Rocha Leao (Brazil), Colleen Rutherford (Australia), and Karl-Heinz Stöckle (Germany), contributed their opinions using the European style of scoring. The international f lavor of the show was highlighted during opening ceremonies, as each represented country’s f lag is paraded into the center of the arena to create a united line of horsemen that emphasizes the all-encompassing reach and harmony inspired by the Arabian horse around the world.

Handler of Excellence Award winner Ted Carson.

The incredible quality of the horses was showcased in class after class, culminating with the crowning of Sultan Al Zobara (Gazal Al Shaqab x Inra Al Shaqab) as the Gold Supreme Champion Stallion. Bred by Al Zobara Stud of Qatar, and owned by Al Saqran Stud of Kuwait, The Arabian Soul Partners and trainer Sandro Pinha.

Tony Bergren, Greg Knowles and David Boggs.

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Pegasus Arabians' Dean and Terri Wikel, 2015 Breeders Cup Award winners.

UAE, and the USA, Sultan Al Zobara was making his American debut in Las Vegas. Impeccably shown by David Boggs, this spectacular stallion epitomizes the characteristics of the contemporary Arabian. A combination of straight Egyptian breeding and the Polish influence of his grand dam Kajora who traces back to the desert through the taproot mare Gazella, Sultan Al Zobara is both the exquisite type and elegance of his Egyptian roots, and the substance, stretch and power of his Janów Podlaski heritage. In a reverse of that formula, the Gold Supreme Champion Mare boasts a primarily Polish pedigree with several crosses to *Bask, sprinkled with Crabbet and Egyptian breeding. RH Triana (ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF) won with a captivating performance that had the crowd fired up in appreciation. Also masterfully shown by David Boggs, RH Triana’s obsidian coat gleamed beneath the lights. Like a snake charmer coaxing a


cobra to dance, Boggs encouraged the mare to strike her pose, her graceful neck stretching to impossible lengths. Bred by Robin Hood Farms, Inc. and owned by Triana Holding LLC, RH Triana has become the black swan that every breeder desires.   In addition to showcasing mature breeding stock, the World Cup offers attendees a glimpse into the future of the Arabian breed. Consistently, young horses whose pedigrees reflect a blending of the best blood from many international sources won the top honors. Among them, Titan AS (El Nabila B x Om El Beladeena) stood out as the Gold Supreme Champion Junior Stallion. Shown by Sandro Piñha for owners Arabian Soul Partners Ltd., Titan AS combines the best of Russian and Egyptian breeding with a tail female line to the great producer *Estopa. On the distaff side, Gold Supreme Champion Junior


Gaurav Walia and his partner Soniya of Aldebaran Arabians.

Bob Boggs with Angie and Dayne Sellman.

l-r: Jack & Elizabeth Milam of Regency Cove, Lisa & Harry Markley and Marcy Meyers & Angela Olson.

Dan Grossman and Tony Bergren.

AHA Registrar Debbie Fuentes.

Bob Battagalia with Taylor Mason & Chris Barter of Gemini Acres Equine.

Casey Campbell of Wingate Training Center and clients.

Patricia Dempsey of Beloved Farms with friends Chandler Marks, Debbie Harden-Vigus, and Jerry Sparagowski.

Troy White.

Irina Stigler.

Jeff Wallace and Francesco Sponle.

Bob and Janene Boggs.

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Braden Davidson and Ally Nelson.

Psynergy Partners.

Mare, Elle Flamenca (Ajman Moniscione x Allamara MA) carries a dam line to Belbowrie Baskana (*Bask x *Anhar), the only *Bask daughter produced from a straight Egyptian mare; a formula that worked as well nearly forty years ago as it does today. Ted Carson showed Elle Flamenca for Jeff and Sybil Collins, which contributed to his overall selection as the Handler of Excellence at this year’s show. The Gold Supreme Champion Yearling Colt Magic Mystery Z (OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva), was shown by Michael Byatt for owner Zerlotti Genetics, and the Gold Supreme Champion Yearling Filly Aria Athena (WH Justice x Jawharra), was shown by Greg Gallún for owner Athena Partners LLC.

Francesco's 1st birthday with his parents Elisa Grassi & Frank Sponle.

The World Cup also honors the high point breeder with a special award, the Breeders Cup, won this year by Dean Wikel of Pegasus Arabians. The show also developed the Ambassador Award to acknowledge someone for special achievements. Sponsored by RaeDawn Arabians, the honor went to a true icon of the Arabian breed, Sheila Varian. Sheila’s foresight and integrity have made her an invaluable contributor to our breed, and she was enthusiastically applauded as she stepped into the center ring to accept her award. The show was also the venue for remembrances, including a stirring tribute to the recently deceased U.S. National Champion Stallion Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) given by Jeff Wallace to his humble and emotional owners, Lucky and Raegen Lurken, who purchased him as a yearling. Sandro Pinha, David Boggs and most importantly, Gil Valdez, have all three loved, shown and supported this fiery chestnut throughout his 14 years.    For once, what happened in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas. Rather, the success of the event should be broadcast loudly to the world at large. Show Manager Taryl O’Shea believes that,“the World Cup is a unique show that brings together the best horses from around the world in the electric atmosphere of Vegas. There is nothing like it.” On that, we can all agree. Once again, the Arabian Breeders World Cup drew the best in the business to Vegas, luck was a lady and everyone enjoyed the game. Until next year, viva Las Vegas! Continued on page 40 World Cup








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What Happens In Vegas Is Heard Around The World!

Whether you’re a world traveler or a modern day breeder and entrepreneur, The Las Vegas Arabian

Breeders World Cup has become the place to be in April to witness many of the breed’s best horses in the world compete.

The competition at the Arabian Breeders World Cup has achieved elite status and 2015 delighted all with the quantity of quality; from the amateur and owner handlers, to the crème de la crème of professional trainers from around the globe … the show ring dazzled with the best of the best. There was the promise of the future in the yearlings, and the well decorated senior competition; the most beautiful Arabian horses in the world bringing their “A” game, and waiting for that important call of, Open the Gate! A stellar team of judges, extraordinary competition, dedicated breeders and enthusiastic spectators witnessed a show of shows at the 2015 World Cup in Las Vegas. The quality and depth of the competition rivals any top show in the world—to win gold at the Breeders World Cup, you must bring your best—and Team Midwest brought their best to Vegas! For the second year in a row, Team Midwest took home the prestigious Gold Supreme Championships in both the Mare and Stallion divisions.

A total of five Gold Supreme Champions, one Silver Supreme, one Bronze Supreme, and multiple class championships, as well as the top ten honors awarded, assured Team Midwest gathered more major titles at the show than any other team at the event! Gold Supreme Senior Champion Stallion *Sultan Al Zobara, was bred by Al Zobara Stud of Doha, Qatar, leased by Al Sagran stud of Kuwait and the UAE, and presented by David Boggs. This young superstar stallion has already amassed an amazing show ring presence, being named World Champion of Paris in 2012. On target to follow in the hoof prints of his illustrious pedigree, the future for Sultan Al Zobara knows no limits. The World Cup Gold Supreme Champion Senior Mare was awarded to the “Black Swan” RH Triana, a favorite darling of show ring audiences. Triana was guided to gold by David Boggs, and her career is expertly guided by Jeff Sloan. Triana is proudly owned by the partners of Triana Holdings: Norm Pappas, Jamie Jacob, Tony Shooshani, Neil Braverman, and Jeff Sloan. M IDW EST • 1

The Arabian Breeders World Cup is also the perfect setting for enjoying the camaraderie of friends in a venue that is prime for appreciating and evaluating these priceless gems that are treasured around the world. The excitement and energy at the World Cup was electric. When each class entered the arena, hearts were pumping and hopes were high. As the gate opened for the Senior Stallion class, the crowd responded to the entrance of the beautiful and charismatic Art Dekko TT with an approving roar. Like a Schreyer painting come to life, Art Dekko wowed the judges. As owner Jeff Sloan and family, applauded the showmanship of David Boggs, Art Dekko stood at the top of his class amongst the finest of competition. Spectators enjoying the ATH division were rewarded by seeing horses of the highest caliber, and wellschooled, polished presentations by the exhibitors. The Midwest family often found themselves in the winner’s circle and the remarkable young star Vitorio TO found his offspring MC Vulcan, MC Vitoria and Chantilly Lace ORA awarded the highest honors of their divisions.


The Arabian Breeders World Cup is an event created by breeders for breeders. As breeders, Team Midwest was well represented by Vitorio TO who is owned by Janey Morse of Oak Ridge Arabians, and on lease until the fall of 2015 to the famed Michalów State Stud in Poland. In addition to siring two Gold, a Silver and a Bronze Champion, he also sired eight additional World Cup top ten winners and was named High Point Sire of this prestigious Breeders Event. In addition, Oak Ridge Arabians’ Janey Morse was named and awarded one of the top five breeders of the show. Another significant World Cup Gold Champion victory won by Team Midwest was the Freestyle Liberty Championship. Imperious NA was presented to this popular victory by Alcides Rodriques and Colton Jacobs for his young owner, Mr. Jake Boggs. Part of the fun and personal fulfillment of showing horses through Midwest are the deep and meaningful friendships that grow between all involved … breeders and owners, handlers and support staff. Everyone celebrates; dreams come true. David Boggs stresses the importance of team and salutes with special thanks: Nate White, Alcides and Margaux Rodrigues, Dagmar Gordiano, Colton Jacobs, Sean Ronan and each member of TEAM Midwest, when he says, “It is because of your neverending commitment, hard work and love of the Arabian horse, that our clients and horses are able to continue to achieve the highest honors at every show we attend! “YOU are the best of the best!”











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Vitorio TO x Lovins Khrush SSA OLD Supreme Champion ATH Stallion/Colt



Vitorio TO x Angelinaa JD Supreme Champion ATH Mare/Filly OLD



Vitorio TO x Raherra Silver Supreme Champion ATH Mare/Filly

Vitorio TO x Raherra Reserve Champion AHBA Futurity Yearling Filly



Vitorio TO x TF Falconsimprint Bronze Supreme Champion Yearling Filly

Vitorio TO x Kharalisa BPA Top Five Junior Colt of 2013 B



Vitorio TO x Kharalisa BPA Top Five Junior Filly of 2014 A

Vitorio TO x Savannah Psyche T Top Ten ATH 1 & 2 Year-Old Colt



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Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude Managed by & standing at Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. Pleasanton, TX 830.569.8913 Sweepstakes Nominated Sire SCID & CA Clear Proudly owned by Jose Salim Mattar Haras Sahara, Brazil

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OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva


Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. Pleasanton, TX | 830.569.8913

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OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson, by Besson Carol | 2012 Filly | U.S. National Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Owners Michael Byatt & Psynergy Developments LLC

OFW Magic Wan x Gaillye, by Jullyen El Jamaal 2014 Filly | Owner Jose Salim Mattar

OFW Magic Wan x RHR Magnolia Bay, by Magnum Psyche 2015 Filly | Owner Running Horse Ranch 36  World Cup | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

OFW Magic Wan x Amora B, by Eternety | 2015 Filly | Owner Running Horse Ranch

Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude, by Magnum Psyche Managed by & standing at Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. Pleasanton, TX| 830.569.8913 | Proudly owned by Jose Salim Mattar Haras Sahara, Brazil

OFW Magic Wan x HB Bessolea, by Besson Carol 2012 Mare | Owner Umberto Bonini

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OFW Magic Wan x Hafati Julianna, by RSD Dark Victory U.S. National Reserve Champion 3-Year-Old Filly 2011 Mare | Owner Gary Kehl

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OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson, by Besson Carol Las Vegas Breeders World Cup Bronze Supreme Champion Filly 2012 Filly | Owner Al Shahania Stud

OFW Magic Wan x Bridal Brocade, by RD Ariel 2012 Filly | Owner Zerlotti Genetics 38 World Cup | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

OFW Magic Wan x RHR Vallacontessa, by DA Valentino 2012 Filly | Owner Dalia Arabians

Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude, by Magnum Psyche Managed by & standing at Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. Pleasanton, TX| 830.569.8913 | Proudly owned by Jose Salim Mattar | Haras Sahara, Brazil

OFW Magic Wan x OFW Jewelee, by Padrons Psyche 2011 Stallion| Owner Felix Cantu

OFW Magic Wan x KBT Kharra Mokha, by Magnum Psyche 2015 Filly | Owner Luciano Cury

2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup Results Las Vegas, Nevada

Senior Stallions Supreme Championship


Gold Supreme Champion Senior Stallion (Gazal Al Shaqab x Inra Al Shaqab) Bred and owned by Al Zobara Stud

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Silver Supreme Champion Senior Stallion (Stival x Precious As Gold) Bred and owned by Rojo Arabians


Bronze Supreme Champion Senior Stallion (TF Psymreekhe x Red Flame BRSB) Bred by Ventura Farms ~ Owned by M G Steenhart


MISSION WR (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x ATA Psyches Psong), B/O: Mark or Valerie Sylla; ART DEKKO TT (Audacious PS x HC Amareea), B: Dale and Gloria Hotchkiss, O: Art Dekko Partners LLC; STTARDOM ( Justify x Afire Star), B: DST Arabians, O: Adam Richart; PA PASCHAL (Om El Shahmaan x Paris To Rome), B: J. Frank or Sara Chisholm, O: Al Sayed Stud; MAXIMO OFA (Marajj x Minstrils Pearl), B/O: On Fire Arabians; EL CHALL WR (Magnum Chall HVP x Major Love Affair), B: Donald Camacho Jr., O: Grupo Farms.

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Senior Mares Supreme Championship


Gold Supreme Champion Senior Mare (ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF) Bred by Robin Hood Farms, Inc. ~ Owned by Triana Holdings LLC




Silver Supreme Champion Senior Mare (Alfabia Damascus x Abha Mudira) Bred by Ganaderia Ses Planes S L ~ Owned by Al Shahania Stud


Bronze Supreme Champion Senior Mare (DA Valentino x Always An Angel) Bred by Mulawa Arabian Stud Pty Ltd. ~ Owned by Al Mohamadia Stud


LUXEMERE JIZETTE (KM Bugatti x TA Jihana Bey), B: Todd Roberson, O: Al Saqran Stud; JP EXTREME OBSESSION ( JP Obsession x Mystika Psyche), B: Jack and Suzanna Perry, O: Patricia Dempsey Trustee; AJ DINARA (AJ Dinar x HS Dancing Queen), B: Ajman Stud, O: Bassam Al Saqran; BH BEIJINGS VELVET (Beijing BHF x BH Versaces Velvet), B: Robert or Judith Burton, O: The El Rasheem Group LLC; CHHINA DOLL (Da Vinci FM x Belles Princess), B: Karen and Craig Miller, O: Keith Krichke and North Family Trust; ORCHID EL JAMAAL LRA (Ajman Moniscione x Serenata El Jamaal), B/O: Ron and Laura Armstrong; MARMARRA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Cinderella WC), B/O: Al Shahania Stud.

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Junior Stallions Supreme Championship


Gold Supreme Champion Junior Stallion (El Nabila B x Om El Beladeena) Bred by Psynergy Enterprise Developments LLC and Om El Arab LLC Owned by Arabian Soul Partners Ltd.




Silver Supreme Champion Junior Stallion (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich) Bred by Rojo Arabians ~ Owned by Truest Partners LLC


Bronze Supreme Champion Junior Stallion (WH Justice x Psierra) Bred and owned by Aljassimya Farm


BANYAN AC (Beijing BHF x TF Psynergy), B/O: Andrew and Christine Steffens; BAHA EL SHAKIR (Shakir El Marwan x HB Bessolea), B/O: Taylor Arabians; OM EL BENICIO (WH Justice x Om El Benecia), B/O: Om El Arab International; ERROWE (Eminant x AFA Sienna), B: Judith Carter, O: Deor Farms; SHAHEEN C (Stival x Silken Sable), B: Rhonda Coleal, O: Gallun Farms, Inc.; MC VULCAN (Vitorio TO x Lovins Khrush SSA), B: Ross or Marjeanne McDonald, O: Oak Ridge Arabians; SF VERAZES QAMAR (SF Veraz x Sohos Honey Serenade), B/O: Sycamore Farm LLC.

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Junior Mares Supreme Championship


Gold Supreme Champion Junior Mare (Ajman Moniscione x Allamara MA) Bred by Markelle Arabians ~ Owned by Jeff and Sybil Collins




Silver Supreme Champion Junior Mare (Ever After NA x Psyches Amber Dream) Bred by Lisa Markley or Leanne Reel ~ Owned by Arabian Soul Partners Ltd.


Bronze Supreme Champion Junior Mare (Abha Qatar x BHF Dark Angel) Bred and owned by Desert Horse Partners LLC


JR FRANCESCA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Valori TRF), B: Claire and Margaret Larson, O: Joanne Gunabalan; ERYLLE MEIA LUA (WH Justice x Erynne El Perseus), B: Maria Helena Perroy-Ribeiro, O: Sandhu Arabians; JUDE ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Toscana PGA), B/O: Aljassimya Farm; LADY FADORA PA (Cavalli x Fadilla PCF), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; NIRAH MEIA LUA (WH Justice x Niceya El Perseus), B: Maria Helena PerroyRibeiro, O: Al Shahania Stud; ARIANNA CS ( JJ Bellagio x Duchess Of Marwan), B: Chris Barter or Scot Mason, O: Stillwater Arabians; GHAZALA AL SHAHANIA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Majalina), B/O: Al Shahania Stud.

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Yearling Colts Supreme Championship


Gold Supreme Champion Yearling Colt (OFW Magic WA x Marys Diva) Bred by Luciano Cury ~ Owned by Zerlotti Genetics




Silver Supreme Champion Yearling Colt (JJ Bellagio x Duchess Of Marwan) Bred by Sally Bedeker ~ Owned by Stella Bella Arabians LLC


Bronze Supreme Champion Yearling Colt (WH Justice x Annaiss) Bred and owned by Aljassimya Farm


SHARAF AL SHAHANIA (FA El Rasheem x Marwan Cristal RCA), B/O: Al Shahania Stud; DAVINCIS PRODIGY (Da Vinci FM x Amety B), B: Running Horse Ranch LLC, O: Sally Bedeker; AMEER AL AJMAN LRA (Ajman Moniscione x Serenata El Jamaal), B: Ron or Laura Armstrong, O: TJ Arabian Horse Partners; ZAKAI (WH Justice x PGN Zimazing Grace), B/O: Nathaniel Newton or Judith Perry; IJ BELLATORE ( JJ Bellagio x TR Scarlet Ginger), B/O: Isaac or Jessica Taylor; CAPTAIN AMERIKA PA (Grand Commandd x Miss Amerika), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; JAZZAA ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Toscana PGA), B/O: Aljassimya Farm.

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Yearling Fillies Supreme Championship


Gold Supreme Champion Yearling Filly (WH Justice x Jawarra) Bred by Oak Ridge Arabians ~ Owned by Athena Partners LLC




Silver Supreme Champion Yearling Filly (Ever After NA x Margarita Psy) Bred and owned by North Family Trust


Bronze Supreme Champion Yearling Filly (Vitorio TO x TF Falconsimprint) Bred and owned by Murray or Shirley Popplewell


MOONSTRUCK DA (Rodan Ltd x Verily PCF), B/O: Dazzo Arabians LLC; QR LIZETTE (QR Marc x QR Tutta Bella), B: Vicki Doyle or Louis Doyle, O: Zoutekreken NV; BAHJET ALJASSIMYA (FA El Rasheem x Billy Jean Baps), B/O: Aljassimya Farm; JAMAICA NA (WH Justice x Falcons Love Note BHF), B/O: North Family Trust; CARESSABLE NA (Ever After NA x JFN Captive Love), B: North Family Trust, O: Silver Box Southwest LLC; L.L. MY KHART (L.L. Khartoum x L.L. My Dream), B/O: Alfredo Hasbun; ARIA FLORENZIA (Montana Firenze x Amos TS), B: TS Partners, O: Wade or Barbara Hill.

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Gold Champion Stallion/Colt ATH

(Vitorio TO x Lovins Khrush SSA) Bred by Ross or Marjeanne McDonald ~ Owned by Oak Ridge Arabians


Gold Champion Mare/Filly ATH

(Vitorio TO x Angelinaa JD) Bred by Ross McDonald ~ Owned by Oak Ridge Arabians


Gold Champion Freestyle Liberty

(El Chall WR x Promises Psy) Bred by North Family Trust ~ Owned by Midwest Station II, Inc.


WORLD CUP ATH Stallions/Colts – Silver: STTARDOM (Justify x Afire Star), B: DST Arabians, O: Adam Richart; Bronze: CESARI PA (Masquerade PA x Fadila POF), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; Top Ten: CAPTAIN AMERIKA PA (Grand Commandd x Miss Amerika), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; MAXIMO OFA (Marajj x Minstrils Pearl), B/O: On Fire Arabians; RD MOSELLO (RD Dynamo x Gysselle), B/O: Murray or Shirley Popplewell; EXPLORER SA (Exxcalibur EA x Que Serah Serah), B/O: Peter or Trina Kurzhales; HS NYSSA JIULLYEN (Jiuliusz De Wiec x Olivyen XX), B/O: Laura Harris and Glenn Shearer; ESCAPADE SA (Escape Ibn Navaronne-D x Que Serah Serah), B/O: Peter or Trina Kurzhales; ROYAL SOLARO (Royal Invictus x Extravagant Star), B/O: Cindy McGown and Mark Davis. ATH Mares/Fillies – Silver: CHANTILLY LACE ORA (Vitorio TO x Raherra), B/O: Oak Ridge Arabians; Bronze: RD DYANNA (RD Dynamo x Alanna), B/O: Murray or Shirley Popplewell; Top Ten: RHR DUQUESA (DA Valentino x Duchess Of Marwan), B: Roger and Stephanie McMahon, O: Randy and Marsha Meyer; EMAHLEE IA (Ecaho x Enzos Passion IA), B: Richard Dewalt, O: Jocelyn Hazlewood; LADY FADORA PA (Cavalli x Fadilla PCF), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; SHAKIRA WA (Magnum Chall HVP x Classique Design), B: Edward or Laura Friesen, O: Sharon Day; TRESOR PA (Masquerade PA x Secret Wish), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; TR MISHAAHSMADONA (Mishaah x WN Madona), B: Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc., O: Jason Bescoe; ROYAL MAGIC MELODY (OFW Magic Wan x Sace), B/O: Cindy McGown and Mark Davis. Freestyle Liberty – Reserve: TRESOR PA (Masquerade PA x Secret Wish), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; Top Ten: L.L. HONEY DREAM (Bey Shahdow TGS x Touch A Dream), B/O: Alfredo Hasbun; Sidon SMF (Ali Saroukh x Shaboura), B/O: Silver Maple Farm, Inc.; AVIANNA (Aria Impresario x Alieah), B/O: Kimbell or Susan Johnson. AHBA Futurity 2 Year Old Colts – 1st: NADEEM AL GAZAL (Armir x Ana Eliandra), B: Desert Wind Arabians LLC, O: Ricardo Rivero; 2nd: PHOENIX EEA (Shanghai EA x Psycily), B: Enzo Ltd., O: Enzo Ltd. or Equus Arabians; 3rd: MARZAL (Selket Marque x Miss Justina SWF), B: Chandler Marks, O: Nmotion Equestrian LLC; 4th: CHIANGMAI EEA (Shanghai EA x Cristal El Pershahn), B: Dr. Philip Delpozzo or Brent Stone, O: Enzo Ltd. or Equus Arabians. AHBA Futurity 2 Year Fillies – 1st: RD MARCIEA BEY (Bey Ambition x RD Marciena), B/O: Murray or Shirley Popplewell; 2nd: RAH TOPAZ (Rahere x Magnums Caress), B: Janice McCrea Wight and Alex Chrys, O: Janice McCrea Wight; 3rd: FANTASHIA PA (Freedom PA x Cayanne PA), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; 4th: BELLADONA PA (Masquerade PA x Fadila PCF), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; 5th: CHALLS GLORY (Magnum Chall HVP x Gameelah KA), B: Wark, Young and Cleary, O: Dertell and O’Cleary.

AHBA Futurity 1 Year Old Colts – 1st: AMEER AL AJMAN LRA (Ajman Moniscione x Serenata El Jamaal), B: Ron or Laura Armstrong, O: TJ Arabian Horse Partners; 2nd: OM EL AIDAN (Om El Al Azeem x Om El Amelia), B: Janina Merz, O: Om El Arab International; 3rd: ZAKAI (WH Justice x PGN Zimazing Grace), B/O: Nathaniel Newton or Judith Perry; 4th: BLACKJACK ORA (Vegas DPA x Diva De Valentina ORA), B/O: Oak Ridge Arabians; 5th: DONATTO AC (Selket Marque x Dar Heartbreaker), B/O: Andrew and Christine Steffens; 6th: RD RITANI (Bey Ambition x SB Marina), B/O: Murray or Shirley Popplewell; 7th: DIAMOND E (Eden C x Marizsa), B/O: James and Gilda Ferguson; 8th: A ARES (A Jakarta x Athena VF), B/O: Norma-Jean Abel; 9th: VICE ROY PA (Freedon PA x Lilly Rose), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; 10th: FAISSAL AL JUDE (Da Vinci FM x TA Jihana Bey), B/O: Al Jude Stud. AHBA Futurity 1 Year Fillies – 1st: AMBITIOUS LMA (Bey Ambition x Vivacious), B/O: Harry or Lisa Markley; 2nd: PRINCESS RAHERRA ORA (Vitorio TO x Raherra), B/O: Oak Ridge Arabians; 3rd: PROMISE ME ROSES NA (Grand Commandd x Promises Psy), B/O: North Family Trust; 4th: WILHELMINA BEY SWF (Selket Marque x Natalia Bey), B/O: Stonewall Farm LLC; 5th: CAMEO PA (Freedom PA x Miss Amerika), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; 6th: PRIMA ALURINA M (Shanghai EA x Shaw Blessed), B: Miller Arabians and Arlene Padilla, O: Trevor Miller and Arlene Padilla; 7th: LADY KARAT (L A Karat x TR Lady Sanadik), B: Travis or Stephanie Hansen, O: Dwain Mendenhall. AHBA Legacy Yearling Colts – 1st: A ARES (A Jakarta x Athena VF), B/O: Norma-Jean Abel; 2nd: RD BEY DREAMER (Bey Ambition x San Jose Javiera), B/O: Murray or Shirley Popplewell; 3rd: CAPTAIN AMERIKA PA (Grand Commandd x Miss Amerika), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; 4th: CATANZARO (Rohara Extrem Justice x MC Satine), B: Jennifer Lybarger, O: B. David Cains; 5th: RKGG EVER VERSI (Ever After NA x BE Phoebe Di Aprile), B/O: RKGG Arabians. AHBA Legacy Yearling Fillies – 1st: RD ALAYNA (Ever After NA x Bey Shahs Lady), B/O: Murray or Shirley Popplewell; 2nd: DANA CABRIA (Grand Commandd x Famess Serenade), B/O: Dale or Wyona Worthington; 3rd: QUE SYRAH (Om El Bellissimo x MSU Syrah), B/O: Psynergy Enterprise Developments LLC; 4th: PROMISE ME ROSES NA (Grand Commandd x Promises Psy), B/O: North Family Trust; 5th: WILHELMINA BEY SWF (Selket Marque x Natalia Bey), B/O: Stonewall Farm LLC; 6th: PRINCESS POGROM LRA (Pogrom x Callisto LRA), B: Ron or Laura Armstrong, O: Arabian Park Arabians LLC; 7th: PAULLINA (Pogrom x Achantae), B/O: Fairview Farm; 8th: MIA IZZABELLA (A Jakarta x A Ultimate Melode), B/O: Debra Pingle; 9th: PIEATRA (Pogrom x Donatella), B/O: Pegasus Arabians; 10th: DAHLIA SA (Pogrom x Miz Magnolia V), B/O: Sharon Redman. ■

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INTARAH ARABIAN DREAM EMBRYO AUCTION A Night Of Legendary Vision And Promise by Kara Larson


he 2015 IntArah Dream Embryo Auction was truly a night to remember. With notes of eras past, it was a throwback to legendary times at Lasma auctions like the Bask Classic years ago. This auction lived up to the reveries we all carry for the future of the Arabian horse. On this point, the IntArah group, comprised of Luciano Cury, Mario Zerlotti, and Greg Knowles, offers, “The 2015 IntArah Dream Embryo Auction in Las Vegas will be an event remembered for decades. The elegant evening and overwhelming success of the Auction brought many of us home to those magical memories of the Arabian auctions of yesteryear.”

exuded an air of lavish magnificence surrounding premier breeding opportunities. The aristocratic bloodlines of incredible mares and captivating stallions melded as one in each unborn foal offered. Some of the crosses included a potential foal by: QR Marc and Valori TRF, Marwan Al Shaqab and RD Marciena, and Vitorio TO and Luxemere Jizette. And this is just a taste of the pedigree royalty encapsulated by this auction. With a total of 18 unborn foals sired by and out of the finest pedigrees available in the world and 6 embryo rights to some of the International community’s most elite mares, this was a most impressive event.

Held in the expansive showroom at South Point Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 18th, during the 2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup Show, this auction

Adding to the ambiance as well as the success of the evening, was the enthusiastic and fine-looking crowd. Dressed to the nines and bubbly with enlivening


excitement, the breeders, trainers, owners, and enthusiasts filled the cozy and posh showroom—a beautiful event that emanated Las Vegas panache in every way. From the round booths, wonderful food, and dramatic lighting, to the vibrant auctioneering abilities of Greg Knowles, the evening certainly wowed. And alongside the elaborate show, this event allowed abundant breeding opportunities. Great breeders sold and bought, and the auction rang in a total of $1,450,000 ($60,400 being the average sale price per lot). On the success of the evening, the IntArah group shares, “An Embryo Right to one of the most celebrated and beloved Arabian mares of our time, RH Triana, was the high selling consignment at $200,000. The incredible success of the first IntArah Embryo Auction in Brazil (2011) sparked great interest in an auction here in the United States. With the outstanding average sale price of $56,000 per lot, The IntArah Dream Embryo Auction in Brazil truly was just the beginning.” The IntArah group is also exceedingly grateful for the support they have received thus far. “The IntArah Group offers its most sincere gratitude to the breeders who consigned their very best to the Dream Embryo Auction, and to the Arabian community for their outstanding contribution to the breed. We salute the consignors, the successful bidders and the Arabian community for making The IntArah Dream Embryo Auction one of the most exciting events of the year.” When asked where they are going from here, the IntArah group emphasized that it has ambitions of being a leader in the marketing industry. “Through the highest breed promoting vehicles like future auctions that emulate the great one just held in Las Vegas, to an embryo auction for the performance world, as well as auctions held in the high deserts of the Middle East, we hope to globalize the embryo auction concept. We believe this is an idea that does nothing but strengthen the breed overall and the value of the finest beauty and quality available.” One of biggest proponents of the evening was David Boggs. As his clients spent well over $500,000 on embryos in the auction, he deems the evening a wonderful success. “We were thrilled to see a group of people bring back to this industry what we so enjoyed

in the 80s and 90s in the Arabian breed. It was a funfilled night where people left their cares at the door and enjoyed not only great horse opportunities, but an opportunity to see friends and family and revel in the camaraderie built around the passion for the Arabian horse. And the quality of offerings was amazing! We felt that we were not only supporting the efforts of the IntArah group, but also the industry as a whole. We look forward to the quality to come from these resulting embryos, and to the next auction. We believe in this concept.” The goals of IntArah travel far past the quality of the embryos offered. With the added incentive of acting as stewards of every sale made, the IntArah group hopes to assist their buyers with support and advice if desired. By providing promotional tools, IntArah will ensure the success of their buyer’s investment and the growth of their knowledge within the industry. In closing, the group offers, “Let the unfolding concepts from IntArah be a part of your Arabian horse dreams.” ■

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The Leading Sire at the ABWC in Las Vegas. Congratulations to all his winning get. Aljassimya Farm is proud to have provided the foundation for this success in the USA. by Magnum Psyche ex Vona Sher Renea by El Sher-Mann owned by Equid System Ltd. | leased by Aljassimya Farm in 2012, 2013, 2014 contact: |

2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup

Silver Supreme Champion Yearling Colt with Rodolfo Guzzo



( JJ Bellagio x Duchess of Marwan, by Marwan Al Shaqab)

STELLA BELLA Michele and Benjamin Bassichis Stella Bella Arabians 4515 Dorset Road Dallas, TX 75229


Michele Bergsma and Kahil Al Shaqab in Paris, 2014.

How old were you when the Arabian horse found you? Tell us what that experience was like. I grew up with Arabian horses. Since I was very young, my family bred them in small quantities only as a hobby, but my father’s side have been involved with horses for 5 generations. As a little kid, my bond with this animal was very strong ... there wasn’t anything like the excitement of being with the horses. Sometimes I was punished by my parents because they were afraid I would get hurt, but I was not afraid at all to handle them. I think I lived the dreams that many kids do at night!

As a passionate Italian, does the Arabian horse live deep in your soul? Arabian horses are definitely living in my soul ... since I can remember; it was my dream, it has been my life project. It is what I breathe every day; this creature is what fills my life with happiness. Tell me who your idols were when you were a young boy in this breed. I did not have any specific figures as idols, though I always admired overseas trainers who developed Arabians as a business, because as a young boy in Europe, it was still mainly a hobby and not a profession, or at least something that you could

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live off of. I dreamed of having a big farm; training and conditioning horses to bring them to the top; promoting and sharing with the world some of the best stallions and expressing my own ideal Arabian horse with breeding, until it became a reality for me. How have these mentors influenced who you have become today? The influence was massive! I worked hard to achieve my dream. What horse and handler did you see win that excited you more than any other time in your life? The 2007 World Championships in Paris … Michael Byatt and Marwan Al Shaqab. How did you know for sure that you wanted to be a famous halter trainer? I never thought I would be a handler, so for sure had no idea about becoming a famous one. What was your experience like in America? What did you learn that you took back to Italy with you and has been beneficial to your career? More than anything, I met special people who helped me develop new techniques and an ultimate training procedure. In a professional setting, I

EKS Alihandro, Prince Abdulaziz and his son Prince Turki of Athbah Stud.

learned and grew knowledgeable in the skills of training and how to manage a breeding and foaling operation; communications, relations with clients, marketing and PR. Who is your favorite cook and what is your favorite meal? My mother and her homemade pasta. What kind of car do you drive? What do you love about it? Unfortunately, I’m not a car or engine admirer. I drive anything that gets me to places, but nothing that gets me excited.

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How do you approach the arrival of a new horse, and how do you decide that horse’s future? The arrival of a new horse at the farm is always something special. At Giacomo Capacci Arabians we move forward, inspired by a project that is created after an evaluation with the owners. After that, whether it be in training, breeding or marketing, we make sure that all the details are precisely accurate so that the project we have in mind is the best for all involved.

Athbah Stud’s Shirin By Aisha, Champion 2-Year-Old Filly at Menton.

Tell us a little bit about your current staff at Giacomo Capacci Arabians. My staff is everything! It is the engine of Giacomo Capacci Arabians. We are a group of nearly 20 people, many of whom who have been with me since Giacomo Capacci Arabians’ inception. I’m fortunate that my team is very close to each other and this, I believe, is very important to getting great results like we have had in the last 5 to 6 years.

We know you have been very fortunate to now have some wonderful longterm clients. Tell us a little bit about those clients, how they have helped you and how you feel you have helped them. At Giacomo Capacci Arabians, our relationship with our clients is based on trust, common respect, and team work. We have been very fortunate to have kept our clients through the years since establishing Giacomo Capacci Arabians, for which we have much pride in. This ref lects how our company has embraced its clients’ needs and dreams and has transformed them into a truly enjoyable reality. We offer our customers dedication, hard work, commitment, professionalism, and last, but not least, success! n

Al Shaqab’s Kahil Al Shaqab, Junior Champion Colt at 2 years of age at the Al Khalediah Championship.

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Marwan Al Shaqab

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(Anaza El Farid x Kajora)

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Gazal Al Shaqab

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Kahil Al Shaqab

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Hariry Al Shaqab

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(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl)

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Wadee Al Shaqab

Sultan Al Shaqab

Hadidy Al Shaqab

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(Amir Al Shaqab x Abha Al Shaqab)

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(Phaaros x Frasera Mashara)

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Shamekh Al Danat © Gigi Grasso

(Ansata Halim Shah x Sundar Alisayyah)

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Frank, Francesco, Virginia and Elisa.




hat does passion for everything Arabian horse feel and look like to you? My life is pretty much everything Arabian. My house has paintings and sculptures of Arabian horses everywhere. My daily work is about Arabian horses. Frank and I are busy thinking “Arabian” most of the time. Some of my best friends are in the Arabian horse world. Through the Arabian horse, I have met great people, had great experiences, great happiness and sometimes great disappointments too, but I guess this is just life. The Arabian horse changed my life completely. When I met Frank I was working in the marketing office of a big company in Italy that had nothing to do with horses. My life changed quiet a lot since then, and I would do it again. Where were you and how old when you saw your first Arabian? Describe the experience please. My father had horses all his life, though he did not start with Arabians. He had some warmbloods, and one day he decided to breed one of his mares to an Arabian stallion. The resulting foal was so different from all he had bred before that the decision to start breeding purebred Arabians was made really fast. I grew up with horses. I remember my dad letting me ride an older mare around my grandpa’s farm while he was cleaning the stables. I was maybe 6 or 7 years old … and loved it.

your family? It’s great to stand in the winner’s circle with the horses and people you love. It’s the result of much team work involving lots of people. It’s the reward of dedicated and passionate work and the vision of great clients we are lucky to do the job for. Describe your dream horse. As you know, and as we have discussed a few times, I like pretty horses! I like very pretty horses! My dream horse? White, pretty face, elegant—I love the WH Justice look. When he was with us, I loved looking at him, he was such a sight! He could very well represent my dream horse. Name two or three horses on your farm that you feel a personal connection to and what does that look like, if you know what I mean. The most personal connection I had with a horse was with Vervaldee. When I worked in Italy at Fontanella Magic Arabians, and I saw him coming off the truck the first time, I fell in love with him. If you had met him, you would know what I mean. That was Vervaldee’s thing! Each and every person that met him felt the same. There was something special about him, something that touched your soul. He was one of the most handsome and sweet horses I’ve ever met. I spent hours with him at the farm in Italy.

What are your favorite ingredients to cook with? Being Italian, pasta is my favorite dish. Ingredients? Everything tastes good with pasta, doesn’t it?

There are, of course, others I feel particularly close to. Bess Fa’Izah was the one bringing me to tears in Paris a few years ago when she won the Senior Champion Mare title. She is a special mare for all of us.

What does it mean to you to stand in the winner’s circle with a beautiful horse, an amazing client and

What makes you happy in life Elisa? My children … above everything else!

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What is it like to be Italian? I love it! Being Italian is a combination of many things; it’s loving history (you see history in every corner), it’s loving good food, nice weather, nice clothes. It’s being stubborn, passionate, determined … I love Italy and I love Italians.

E LI SA What horse shows do you enjoy the most and why? I really enjoy Aachen. The quality there is so high, the atmosphere can still get very exciting, and I think it is one of the very few non-political shows. The best wins, period. Have you ever thought about judging? No! Is raising a daughter different from raising your son? How? Very much! Virginia has always been

a very girly girl; she’s always been a very well mannered little person! We travelled the world with her, and she’s always been amazing. Francesco is just wild.

GR ASSI Now that he has started walking, he is driving us all crazy. Let’s see how traveling with him will be … Do you love dressing your kids up for events that you attend? Oh yes! I love shopping for children clothes. Where does your passion for design come from? I think I always had it. My college education was in advertising and public relations. I studied in Milan

Elisa with daughter Virginia.



imagine not having horses in my life. I love to see my kids growing up having horses around. They both love them, and I hope they will continue loving the Arabian horse just as mom and dad do. Do you like doing someone else’s laundry or just your own? Well, Jeff, I don’t mind doing someone else’s laundry … I did before as you know! Why? You need some help with yours? Do you love foaling out mares? If yes, what about it do you love? Luckily we have a wonderful and incredibly devoted person at the farm that foals out mares, so it’s not my job to do, but I remember doing it with my dad for many years. Spending nights in the stable with him waiting for the foal to come. Fighting with my mom because I should have gone to bed and to be fresh for school the day after, but I always managed to sneak out and sit in my dad’s car and go with him. I loved watching babies coming into the world. Photo by Bukra

Elisa with Emandoria at the 2013 World Championships in Paris.

for 4 years and loved it! I got to know some very creative people there. I never could have dreamed of putting my work and my passion together! Is it not the best thing?

Have you ever shown a horse? What was it like? This will make you very jealous! I did, yes! I showed Badawieh AA to the Champion Amateur Mare win at the Egyptian Event Europe in Lanaken a

What qualities did you see in your mom as a young girl that you try to exhibit yourself as an adult woman? I always say that if I can be half as good with my kids as my mother was with us, I’ll be very happy. I have a wonderful mother. She had me when she was only 19 years old. She’s my mom and my best friend. She is a great woman and a great mother. She is so devoted to her kids. We are all grown up now, but she still worries for us like she did 30 years ago. And besides being a great mom, she is the best grandma I could wish for my kids. Do you have heroes? No. One of the “side effects” of growing up is that you often lose that naive side children have. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? Horses enrich my life in every possible way. I love my job, I love being involved with them. I could not

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few years ago. That was so much fun! Thank you to Sheikh Ammar’s kindness in letting me take one of his best mares to an amateur show (I don’t know how many would have done it), and thank you to the staff at Frank Spoenle Show Training who helped me get ready for it. I had a blast! Funny thing about it, is that Virginia hated it! She clearly thought that it is Dad’s job … not Mom’s!


If you could bring two horses back to life who would it be and why? For sure, Vervaldee would be the first one! I would bring him back to life, healthy and sound and keep him close to us! The second one would be El Shaklan. I’ve heard so much about him, and he is so present in many of my favorite pedigrees, that I would love to see him in person. n

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FACES & PLACES F P K id s Day At M idwe st Tr a i n i n g C ent re


AVID AND JAKE BOGGS OPENED THE MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE FARM GATES and welcomed the students of Camelback Desert School on Thursday, March 26th. Perfect weather, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, pony rides and a presentation of some of the world’s most famous horses created memories that the students of Camelback Desert School will never forget.

“ “Jake and I host these fun “Kids Day on a Horse Farm” to offer back a small token of our appreciation to Camelback Desert School to say thank you for all the goodness and excellence in teaching they bring to Jake and all the children in our community. Specifically, teachers Ms. Morton, Ms. Burnstein, Ms. Khalil, and his second grade teachers Ms. Petterson, Ms. Levasseur and Coach JJ Jackson. Their dedication and commitment to the wellbeing of all in their care is heartfelt by all the parents. We were delighted to see so many parents and family members of the children attend this special event. We offer a special thank you to Ally Nelson for an amazing job of organizing. The children loved the Arabian horse … this was the highlight.” —David Bogg Boggs

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A JUDGES PERSPECTIVE Fe rd i n a nd S c hwe s te r m a n n Judging The 2015 USA Egyptian Event

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hat led you specifically to the Egyptian Arabian horse? My grandparents in Switzerland had horses; heavy coach horses. These were not the type of horses I had in mind. Since early childhood, I was fascinated by the history and the beauty surrounding the Egyptian Arabian horse. These were the horses that mesmerized me. I was fascinated by the important historical role the Egyptian Arabian horse played during the times of the great Pharaohs and also the way the Bedouins of Arabia were carefully breeding for mounts with great courage and endurance. Encouraged by the success of early U.S. and European importations, I travelled to Egypt and brought home three carefully selected mares, namely Teebah, daughter of famous Kout El Koloob by S.E.A. Maddah, Julia by Ibn Akhtal, and WardShah by Adeeb.

That was the beginning of our breeding program that started in Switzerland in 1989. Describe your most favorite place in your home country of Switzerland. My most favorite place is Brig, in the county of Wallis where I spent my childhood. The town is famous for Stockalper in the mountainous region, at the foot of the Simplon pass, known for Napoleon’s passing across the alps. The ski resorts Saas-Fee and Zermatt, were only a short travel away from home—great skiing and mountain hiking. Describe the influence that your judging assignments have had on how you see the world of Arabian horses. When judging, I am able to experience the various types and quality of horses in many regions of the world, like the Middle East, Europe and UK. That led to my firm belief that type is the one word that expresses the degree of similarity to the standard of physical perfection

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FERDINAND SCHWESTERMANN of the breed. So, judging at shows gives me a great insight into the standard of the breed in that particular country. Even so, I am aware of the fact that some outstandingly beautiful representatives of the breed are never shown.

The impact of Nazeer has been beyond profound in breeding programs all over the world. Why do you think that is? Nazeer, a dominant stallion, had a great influence on the breed and has left behind some great sons that in turn have influenced the breed further. Just think about Morafic, for example, and the legacy he has left behind.

Tell us a little about the history of Egyptian Arabian horse breeding in Germany. What are your thoughts on the early breeders of that country? In Germany there were, and still are, outstanding breeders that have established breeding programs that last today. Also, visionaries like Dr. Kranz and Dr. Nagel, helped the Egyptian Arabian horse in Germany; especially after importing some outstanding horses from Egypt, such as Hanan or Nadja, and Hadban Enzahi. What is your favorite Arabian horse show destination and why? My most favorite Arabian horse show destinations are the Egyptian Event

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Europe in Lanaken/Belgium, and the European Championships, an ECAHO title show, in Verona/Italy. Verona is a great place to experience art, music, fashion, great food and excellent wines, together with the most beautiful representatives of the breed. The Egyptian Event Europe in Lanaken is the show in Europe for straight Egyptian Arabian horses; an experience no one should miss. If you could resurrect any two horses, who would they be and why? The stallion Morafic, because of the great impact he had on the breed, and the mare Yosreia, who influenced the breed in a great way.

Erwin and Annette Escher with Ferdinand.

What does your dream horse look like? My dream horse is Morafic, He embodies my vision of the Arabian horse closest. Have you spent any time in the deserts around the world, and if yes, do you like the desert? Yes, I have been able to spend some time in the desert, be it in Jordan, Egypt, the U.A.E. or in the KSA. The desert is a fascinating place, yet very much alive and still so deadly. I like the desert. Who have been your mentors? Please name a couple and tell us about them. Dr. Kranz from the Weil-Marbach state stud in Germany, Dr. H. Nagel of Katharinenhof, Germany, and Judith Forbis of Ansata Arabians. By talking to them, I have gained some insight into their breeding programs. This enabled me to further my breeding program as best as possible. Their input of the breed is of enormous value and I am forever thankful for their support granted to me and the breeders around the globe. What does it mean to be Swiss? I am proud to be Swiss and I am proud of our historical past. To date, we are known for our punctuality, strive for perfection, and our discipline. These traits make most Swiss people very reliable. Also, economically speaking, the Swiss are a nation to be reckoned with, for example, the pharmaceutical industry and the nutrition giant, Nestle.

Ferdinand and Janette Schwestermann with Karen Kasper (middle), at the 2011 Doha, Qatar WAHO conference.

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Ferdinand and Janette Schwestermann with Nasira, DHS Hadiyah and Ma-Ajmala.

What quality do you most deplore in Arabian horses? What is your most favorite quality? What I deplore most in the Arabian horse are a very poor tail carriage, small eyes and a heavy neck. That leads to the conclusion that I look out for great tail carriage, a big, round eye and an elegant neck.

over the world attend the Egyptian Event Europe in Lanaken. What has been your greatest achievement in life? My greatest personal achievement in life is my intact family and our two sons, Mark-Anthony and Steven. n

Will you cast a horse aside with poor legs? I will not necessarily cast a horse aside with poor legs, but definitely will give it the corresponding marks/points. Tell us about your involvement with the Annual European Egyptian Event and are you happy with how it has evolved? I, together with my wife, have been involved with the annual Egyptian Event Europe since 2003-2005 in Baden-Baden, Germany, and since 2007 to present in Lanaken/Belgium. I am very pleased the way this stand-alone show for the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse has evolved over the years. It has become the window of the breed for the European breeders, and we are very happy that every year so many visitors from all


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held an open house event at their farm in Smithfield, North Carolina, on April 18, 2015. With clients, peers, and newcomers from the area in attendance, Rob and Caralyn feel that it ended up being a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere full of fellowship. The quality of horses and the star of the afternoon, Butternuts (the baby mini-donkey), made the event an especially unique affair.

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You And Arabian Horse Economics The Socioeconomic Short Course by Dick Adams

So, What Is Socioeconomics? While economics is the study and analysis of the processes governing the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services, socioeconomics is a disciplined “science” that studies and explains how economic activity affects and is affected and formed by social influences and processes. Simply put, socioeconomics analyzes how societies fluctuate (progress, stagnate and regress) because of the expression of local, regional and/or global influences. The effects and affects of social interaction; cause and causation. And excellent examples of socioeconomic patterns are clearly displayed within the international Arabian horse community. Few “products” are so influenced in such a diverse global behavior of emotionally influenced economics. To understand this is to prosper.


o most of us, the word “economics” has a very compelling intimidation to it. It suggests a host of bureaucratic and political equations and accounting situations, all directly affecting our well-being, yet out of our control. While on a daily basis, we deal personally with the economics of life in our communal society, Arabian Horse “economics” are actually much more complex. Complex, but no magic or special scoping science to it, just pragmatic reality; the reality of making the right choices. Arabian Horse economics are controlled by both broadly generalized and clearly specific socioeconomic segmentations. To understand how both the general and specific segmentations interact and relate to your program’s personal goals and positive development is the key. All this will take is an appropriate and logical approach based on certain understandable social and economic principles: socioeconomics. 180 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Functional Arabian horse socioeconomics is the pragmatic reality of understanding and dealing with the challenges, issues and problems that exist in our integrated national and international associations with the Arabian horse. Understanding and dealing in a thoughtful, reasonable and logically analytical way. It is a process of understanding the interaction between the product within (and the product of) an established and superseding socioeconomic environment. It is the understanding of the product that has internal marketability within its domain, and credible potential outside of its domain. Therefore, it can be analyzed diligently to develop intrinsic product value and product potentials. So, Arabian horse socioeconomics must be understood as the concept of interaction between an inclusively established society (such as the international Arabian horse community) and how a specific colloquial entity or event within that society can influence an economic

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fluctuation affecting that society. Results from the Scottsdale, Las Vegas, U.S. Egyptian Event, U.S. Nationals and Paris shows, would be examples of event results both positively and negatively influencing the global Arabian horse community and its social balance. Also, within Arabian horse socioeconomics, we find that relative to the global breeding in-hand (Halter) “community”, the distribution of discretionary spending has become much more unequal. The Arabian horse patrons’ income inequality has become a strong deterrent to competition and breeding involvement. Just how does the breeder and/or competitor with limited means compete with the unrestricted assets and developable politics of many global breeders? The answer is clear, produce the best!

From The Broadest Approach The year 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of the announcement of the end of the recent recession (2009) and the beginning of the “economic recovery.” While the U.S. Government declares a progressive recovery, the adjusted median household income (MHI) as indicated by the February 2015 MHI of $54,510 was 0.9 percent lower than the median of $54,992 in June 2009, the end of the recent recession and beginning of this “economic recovery” period. The U.S. Census Bureau published report (February 2015) stated that the inflation adjusted median household income was $54,510; as compared to $53,093 in February of 2014. Statistically, not much of a notable improvement ($1417/2.6%), but when we look at the 2015 median income, compared to the 2007 numbers of $56,436 (the year prior to the entrance of the latest recession), we see a 3.5 percent decline. This being significant as it indicates a sluggish and almost stagnant exit from recessionary conditions. The real median household income averaged $50,781 from 1964 to $54,510 in early 2015, ranging from a low of $43,558 in 1967 to a high of $56,895 in 1999. Unfortunately, to make things more difficult, since the recession ended, consumer prices have increased by 9.5 percent, indicating a significant financial “headwind” relative to any changes in median annual household income. So, while the costs of producing the solvent Arabian horse product continues to rise, neither the general economics of the producer nor the general value of the product have. The cost-of-living index has shown

a continued rise in the amount that consumers need to spend to reach a certain level or standard of functional quality. The cost-of-living index would ref lect changes in the prices of specific horse related goods and services, such as feed, bedding and vender services that are directly purchased in the marketplace. But, a complete cost-of-living index would go beyond this to, also take into account changes in other governmental, regulatory or environmental factors that affect the horse owner’s well-being. This is a socioeconomic dilemma for the Arabian horse “business!” So, while the general economy was thriving to a prosperous peak in the fifteen year span of prime developmental years (1986 through 1999), the Arabian Horse “economy” was tanking. Yet, contrary to their Arabian horse involvements, during the period between the late 1980s and through the 1990s, we saw many investors show a sharp contrast within their individual/personal economic mobility (ability to raise or lower their economic status). While their “real” professions were thriving, their horse “businesses” were deteriorating. The problem this created was that many horse “businesses” were provided false socioeconomic status in the form of a self-subsidized life support that only prolonged an often negative existence. While, in the “real” business world, the duration from start-up to failure of the majority of small business was two to three years, the average small Arabian horse “business” refused to throw in the towel. For many, this went on for a decade or more. Some Arabian Horse Domain analysts would argue that many of the “diehards” were more recreational hobbyist than businesses. My argument with this approach would be the fact that many incorporated and declared their horse entities as a tax advantaged business with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), with the clear intent to profit and prosper. Another aspect of socioeconomics is “socioeconomic status (SES).” A socioeconomic status is the measure of the economic and sociological combined total of a person’s or entity’s work experience and of an individual’s or entity’s economic and social position in relation to others. And, yes, “politics” could be described as both a positive and negative component affecter. Volume 45, No. 12 | 181

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To Begin With The Arabian horse “community” covers the complete spectrum of status. Most members of the Arabian horse community would rather (simply) deal with fitting into their personal and individual relationship with the Arabian horse. They are not interested in the arduous task of aggressively attaining and maintaining a higher level of economic success. They simply love their Arabian horse(s)! Unfortunately, for many, the primary reason for this self regard is the overriding effect that the general economy has on the average Arabian horse “lover’s” ability to sustain an economic “lifestyle” that will allow them to finance a more desirable ownership involvement. Take my word for it, less than desirable economics is the prime reason for the decline in breeding and showing. It even has a clear effect on the most simplistic ability of just owning an Arabian horse. So, while the desire to own, breed and show an Arabian horse might be strong, often it is not strong enough to over-ride the good judgment to not over extend your finances. That is the premier dilemma affecting Arabian horse “economics” in a nutshell! Therefore, we must understand the socioeconomic status (SES) of the aspect of the Arabian horse community that we, as individuals, want to be involved with.

But, Let’s Go Further Than That Let’s look at “economics” and how it relates to the future of the Arabian horse, and how it will affect your program. Economics simply defined, is a quantitative social science designed to analyze the production, distribution and consumption of products and vendor services. One of the practical focuses relative to Arabian horse economics is developing a clear understanding on how economic agents perform. An economic agent can be a specific person (industry expert or faux-expert), company (both positive and negative breeding/training entities), or organization (progressive or dysfunctional breed associations/societies) that has an influence on the Arabian horse economy by producing, promoting, buying or selling product or service. It is necessary to understand how economic agents interact with the domain, and how they affect the qualitative performance of that domain. This is the actual analysis of the statistical/quantitative 182 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

research product and how understanding actual data/facts will create successful qualitative strategy.

Let’s Start Here You can NOT save your way to prosperity! Usually, when a business begins to feel economic pressure, its first reaction is, naturally, to cut expenses. Sure, this can accomplish an almost immediate form of financial relief in the form of less expenditure. The problem with this is that this method does not provide any relative infrastructural improvement. The entity’s underlying framework does not improve. What it actually does is restrict improvements; many that could have increased revenue producing capabilities and potential. So, while you feel the relief of less “out of pocket” expenses, you will, also, feel much less “into pocket” revenues. Nothing gets better to the noticeable point of improving your future. In fact, as the benefits of reduced promotion and/or quality production decline, so will your ability to sustain even your disappointing former quality. Therefore, while “You can NOT save your way to prosperity,” you CAN wisely RESTRUCTURE! This can be done by aggressively and quickly eliminating or down-sizing your liabilities. Even the best managed programs have liabilities. The difference is that the better the program, the stronger the economics; allowing for the liability to be carried. Stop your economic nonsense! So, how do you identify your liabilities? Everything, has qualities and, therefore, everything has an analytical and diagnostic capability. Understanding the methods of evaluation (to their most definable logic) will both identify positive/valuable qualities that might be hidden to your subjective eye, and negative/valueless characters that support a liability. I use the serious process of “triage” to determine the priority of value the evaluated has to the entity. This analytical approach will categorize and prioritize each horse, each employee, each product and each expenditure, creating a “programmed” approach with much more effectiveness and efficiency. So, put more thought into your personal Arabian Horse Economics and start thinking socioeconomics! The payoff will be both positive and motivating. ■


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orse Tales Literacy Project (HTLP—formerly Black Stallion Literacy Foundation) is a non-profit organization comprised of educators, other non-profits, businesses, volunteers and staff, promoting literacy through the winning combination of live horses and books by Walter Farley. The program is based on the classic Black Stallion books and the natural connection between children and horses.

Beyond the field trip to Sandspur, the first graders get two books to take home, Little Black and Little Black Goes To The Circus. Both the fourth and the fifth graders get the novel, The Black Stallion, with the fifth graders also getting, The Black Stallion Returns. The school receives a copy of the movie for their library. Julie Daniel offers, “In addition to what HTLP plans for the day, we presented a horse that represents each of the character horses in the book, The Black Stallion. And we also show a costume horse to spice it up!” Southwest Director of the HTLP, Marty Croissant, shares, “I would like to recognize Mr. and Mrs. Wikel for their continued support of our program. They have incredible hearts. This is our fourth year at Sandspur and they always do an incredible job. The gift bags with goodies and lunch, are donated by them. I could not do this program in Scottsdale if it wasn’t for them and their staff, their volunteers, and folks like you who give so much to the program.”

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A TOUCH OF ST YLE Ally Nelson How would you describe your “style” of marketing and design? Simple, clean and meaningful. I love clean lines, a large striking photo, and a powerful text piece to back it up. Who has had the biggest influence in your involvement with Arabians? There have been many people who have impacted me throughout my years in this industry, but I must say it is not the people who influenced and inspired me most; it is the horses. I have been lucky to have had some great horses in my past, present and, hopefully, more to come in my future. Each has inspired me in a different way. The most recent horse was the multi-national champion Shes Still Jammin. I had the luxury of owning her as she moved from her halter career into a performance career. She was my little Ferrari and there was nothing I loved more than taking her for a spin! Another important horse is MPA Giovanni. After college I worked at an equine vet hospital in Scottsdale running the anesthesia for all the surgeries. Gio stayed for months in the hospital; I was his nurse and he was my special patient. He persevered and, without his strong will to live, kind nature and I like to think a little love from me, life could have easily went another direction for him. He taught me so much. To this day I still get a little teary eyed thinking about him. It is near impossible for me to be in the presence of the amazing Arabian horse and not feel greatly inspired to push harder, learn more, and give back to the community!

How do you relax? As the mother of two young precious boys, my ideas of “relaxing” have changed. Before motherhood, relaxing to me was laying out on the beach of a tropical island, however, nowadays it’s more like Saturday mornings at the baseball fields watching the smiles on their faces as they run for home base! All is right in my world when my boys are happy. As the owner of a new public relations company, what do you hope to provide to the industry? I have noticed in our industry that many breeders, trainers, and owners do not have the need to hire a full-time marketing manager, however, they do not have the time to get it all done themselves. This is where I come in. Social media, website management, event planning, annual marketing plans; I help them with all that they need. As much or as little as they need, I’m here to support them. Each client has a different goal for their marketing, and it is my job to help them create a plan that best suits their needs and execute it. Describe yourself in three words. Loyal, passionate and competent.

What have you given the Arabian horse industry? As I am exiting my 20’s this year, I like to think I have given the Arabian horse industry the passion of a young girl who eats, sleeps and breathes Arabian horses. I believe that my years of giving to the Arabian horse industry are just beginning, as I am now venturing into the world of business ownership with Ally Nelson PR. I plan to have much, much more to give. What has the industry given you? I don’t know many people who can say that their career, hobby, and passion all reside in the same place. I am so fortunate to say that mine do—the Arabian horse industry.

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Ally and 5x National Champion DC Magum Storm, owned by Royal Arabians.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Without doubt, my boys, Brayden and Drew! The beauty of this achievement is that it keeps on giving. Every day they amaze me and I could not be more proud. Do you thumb through non-horse magazines for ideas? All the time! Interior design magazines would be my first choice with fashion magazines following.


Where does your inspiration come from? Good music, my great friends, my loving husband ‌ all things positive in my life inspire me to achieve more and work harder. As a creative, how do you see the world? The world is exactly what you make of it! I am a huge believer in the power of positive thinking. To me this world is beautiful, full of opportunity, and calling my name!


Tell us about juggling being a wife, a mother, and a professional. I have learned to be flexible. I am a very organized person, I love structure and l always have my daily planner with me. With that said, I have learned and am still learning to go with the flow. Being a mother always comes first; often that means working late nights and answering emails on the go. What is your secret recipe for juggling with ease? It comes down to staying true to my word. If that means I work long hours to get the tasks completed that were promised, I do. I sleep well at night knowing that my to-do list has been fully checked off. What about the relationships you have with your clients gives you the most joy? I love the close one-on-one relationship I have with each of them.

Watching the success of my clients gives me so much joy! Scottsdale this year was a great example. There were two moments that are now burned into my brain. The first was watching the Royal Arabians-bred yearling filly win her section in international fillies. Royal Valtina is a second generation-bred Royal horse and a true testament to the dedication and expertise of Royal Arabians. Arabian Soul also had so much success at Scottsdale this year. Watching their excitement and enthusiasm as they jump over the wall to greet their Scottsdale Champions Soul of Marwan AS and Pitonisa AS for a win picture was epic! I spend a great deal of time assisting in the marketing of all my clients’ horses; it is easy to be heavily invested in each one of them! n

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W hel i h a n A r a bia n Fa r m s Open Hou s e


hosted over 60 local amateurs, trainers, and horse enthusiasts at their farm, Whelihan Arabian Farms in Eatonville, Wash. People came from Oregon, Washington, Canada, and as far away as Alberta. Beth shares, “We really felt great about the event. We really wanted to do something special for the clients, for the community, and for the Arabian horse. People who attended absolutely loved it; we have had amazing feedback. We sold one filly before it started, one at the sale, and one more pending a vet exam. So many people were very eager to ride and try horses, and Mike spent a lot of time with each potential customer, helping them ride the horses and giving them some basic instructions. It was great to see! The people were very enthusiastic and it was a great vibe.” She adds, “All in all, it was a huge success. We enjoyed it so much that we are looking forward to our next one in 2016!”

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Jason Krohn Oak Haven Arabians by Anne Stratton “For a young trainer in this business, it’s really hard to climb the ladder,” reflects Jason Krohn, of Oak Haven Arabians in Lindale, Texas. “At what point does the business decide that you’re not one of the young guys anymore, but just one of the guys?”

So, pressure? Yeah. I think that gave me the extra drive I needed; I didn’t want to let my family down.” What did he do? “I worked really hard, kept my head down—just worked, win, lose or draw.”

The statistics say that Krohn, now 29, Gradually, he made his mark. The has reached that point. In 2014, when training program he inherited Arabian Horse Times examined the included 25 to 30 horses; now his records from the national shows— string numbers 87. Owners have come U.S., Canadian and Youth Nationals, to believe in him. “I don’t think I ERA Gal Gets Around with Jason Krohn. tabulating English open, amateur thought necessarily that ‘I’m there,’” and junior competition—Jason Krohn was the overall he says, recalling when he looked around and realized (Arabian and Half-Arabian) leading open trainer by how much the operation had grown. “But I thought I number of wins. was on my way. The wins started to come. For a young trainer, that can justify a 24/seven, 52 weeks a year schedule. Krohn, who was born into the Arabian industry, never expected anything less than a heavy workload, but to see it pay off is, he says, more than gratifying. “My path was different from anyone else’s,” he says, meaning other young trainers starting out. “My dad basically gave me the business. He had built a strong business, and had a solid breeding program in place, so that we could produce our own good horses. That’s really helpful, because when you’re young, a lot of people who might have a great horse don’t think of you to send it to. We’ve had to breed our own to get us—well, me, specifically—on the map.” His family situation might have helped in the beginning, but it came with its own set of pressures. “My dad had devoted his whole life to this business; not only that, but it supported his family—and we’re a big family,” says Krohn. “It was an immense amount of pressure. I was really scared that I wasn’t going to do a good job, and I’d run this business into the ground. 4 English | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

“It’s not my wins that tell me I’m getting there (although, they do make you feel good),” he adds. “It’s that this is an amateur business, and to tell you the truth, my amateur wins have been the ones to tell me I’m doing the right thing. If I can produce national championships for my customers—and I don’t mean with me showing those horses in the open, I mean for them—that’s almost been more of a landmark for me in my career than anything else.” To achieve this, Krohn shows almost year-around. The only month he has free is November, and then he is on the road shopping for horses. The Oak Haven breeding program is kicking into gear (the second national champion of his career was homegrown), but, he says, it is still early for a performance program with its lofty goals. In the meantime, demand in his barn is significant, and often his clients are looking for young horses priced reasonably that he can develop for them to show or sell at a profit. It is challenging, he admits, but he likes it that way— especially when it all comes together, as it did in 2014. ■

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A Noble Cause

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A Breeding Program Looking to the Future.


Baske Afire x I'm Miss New York

Voodoo Child

Baske Afire x Only Girl In Town

"Breeding HIGH QUALITY foals with EXTREME MOTION, ENGLISH PEDIGREES, and WILLING, GAME TEMPERAMENTS is our goal and our industry's future."

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Baske Afire x Only Girl In Town

2015 Foals SF Aftershoc x My Norma Jean EA (Hucklebey Berry x Mahoganyy) SF Aftershoc x Undulata's Chick Chat (Undulata's Nutcracker x My Magical Mood) Baske Afire x Undulata's Chick Chat (Undulata's Nutcracker x My Magical Mood) SF Aftershoc x Zalika MV (Mamage x Kaybette) SF Aftershoc x Bothered and Bewildered (Charmed and Bewitched x Only Girl In Town) SF Aftershoc x Rumina Afire (Afire Bey V x HL Raisa) SF Aftershoc x The Phantom Lady (The Phantom Man x Worthys Take a Bow) SF Aftershoc x Only Girl In Town (Only Man In Town x Dixie Land Darlin') SF Aftershoc x JB Rose Afire (Baske Afire x Cactus Rose JK) 2014 Foals SF Aftershoc x Only Girl In Town (Only Man In Town x Dixie Land Darlin') SF Aftershoc x Only Girl In Town (Only Man In Town x Dixie Land Darlin') Afire Bey V x Only Girl In Town (Only Man In Town x Dixie Land Darlin') Afires Heir x Zalika MV (Mamage x Kaybette) Afire Bey V x Undulata's Chick Chat (Undulata's Nutcracker x My Magical Mood) SF Aftershoc x Im Miss New York (I'm A New Yorker x Sabrina Supreme) SF Aftershoc x The Phantom Lady (The Phantom Man x Worthys Take a Bow) Afire Bey V x Berry Fancee (Hucklebey Berry x Eugeria) SF Aftershoc x JB Rose Afire (Baske Afire x Cactus Rose JK) SF Aftershoc x Ultra Afire (Afire Bey V x EW Ultima)

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Dreams Are

For Living ...

A mother, a trusted friend, and a beautiful person whose life is built on never compromising integrity. You are my inspiration to live life to its fullest. Always there with love, patience and kindness. Your “Shannon-isms” are priceless, your smile infectious, and what a thrill to own a steed that has been “Shannon-ized”. So many dreams have become realities because of you. You have created memories I, and all those close to you will cherish for a lifetime. Celebrate your Uniqueness and Always believe in Magic. May all the joy you give others follow you throughout your life. —Your Friend

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We are honored and excited to be embarking on this journey with a great group of people around us. Thank you for entrusting us with your horses! A special thank

you to Cedar Ridge Arabians and the Ames Family for this opportunity; there is not

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is everywhere!

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Watch for Bel Aire V at the Buckeye, Region 13, Region 14 and Canadian Nationals! 2014 Buckeye Champion Stallion AOTH 2014 Region 14 Champion Stallion AOTH and Top Five Country English Pleasure Open and Select 2008 Scottsdale Top Five Country English Pleasure Junior Horse 2008 Pacific Slope Champion Stallion 2008 Whittier Champion Country English Pleasure Junior Horse and Champion Stallion Owned by: David C. Matlack, DVM Bloomington, Indiana 765-967-6640 • 28 English | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Bel Aire V

Bred by Sheila Varian with two lines to Huckleberry Bey++, three lines to Comet and six lines to *Bask++, and with five national champion English horses and mares in his pedigree, it is no wonder that Bel Aire V, an English champion himself, is also siring English champions.

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Just about everyone who has followed the English pleasure division since the Arabian breed’s heyday in the 1980s will tell you that it’s changed. A lot of classes have evolved since then, grown and diminished, segued into slightly different styles. But English, more than any of the traditional show ring disciplines, has altered its performance—even adding divisions to accommodate the various possibilities of what you might see in the ring.

In 1980, the talk of the English Pleasure U.S. National Championship was FF Summer Storm, a mare whose trot was so smooth and seamless that one glance at her left an observer thinking, “What a pleasure she must be to ride.” There was no country English pleasure at the time, and the penultimate Saturday night class, park, had just recently begun to break level with real consistency. Who could forget the gutsy little gelding Orans Adagio, who waved his legs at all four corners? When he was really cranked, he could look like a Daddy Longlegs on a hot tin roof. The crowd loved him. But as the decades passed, all that trotting got higher and higher. Country pleasure was created, which accommodated the English style as it had been known previously, while the current English contenders exhibited much loftier motion. And the park horses? The class became so acrobatic that it grew smaller; relatively few horses have the conformation and athletic ability to make it work. The ever-moreexciting English pleasure contenders assumed the job of closing shows. So, where are we now? How do we see the many roles open to English horses? AHT consulted an array of specialists in the division for their opinions. And for a walk down memory lane, we asked them for their memories too: what national champions in the English division do they remember best? Here is what they told us.



SHANNON BEETHE Beethe Arabians • Cave Creek, Ariz.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure and park horse? The main differences between


LORI CONWAY Conway Arabians • Chatfield, Minn.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure and park horse? Attitude. Motion.

English, country and park are motion, manners and intensity.

Delivery. Style. Carriage.

Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true?

Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? Park is still an awesome class, because you have a couple

The lines are a bit blurred between English and park right now. However, a true park horse does tend to prevail as the winner in the park division, as a true English horse prevails in its respective divisions. Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? Money always motivates! If more prize money were

offered in park to try to build it back up, people would likely participate and bring their great horses.

Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? The majority of the halter horses are

not bred to perform in the saddle seat division. Therefore, they are not suited for saddle seat conformationally, just as many of the saddle seat horses are not bred to perform in the halter arena, and conformationally are not competitive in there. When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? Overall

conformation, upright neck, good bloodlines, athletic motion.

What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? It has created a great venue

for young English/country horses and a huge motivation to breeders.

individual horses that make the class exciting and fun to watch. Unfortunately, it has also become a class for misfits (horses that don’t walk, are unruly in the manners department, etc.). Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? That is true. A saddle seat horse

is angular, leaner and is more “boney” in their body structure than most breeding/halter horses are. The hunter/western type structure is typically smoother and “beefy,” which lends a better look without tack on them. When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important? These are in no order,

just how they come into my mind. Long neck with a long poll, great shoulder, straight legs, short cannons with long forearms. Oily and flexible, uphill, straight tail, big eye. Charismatic, confident, bold, cocky. Has eye appeal and pedigree. Most important is natural carriage and attitude. What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? It has united a group of

trainers, breeders and owners to work together and do what is best for the future of the English division. It brought $100,000 purebred and $50,000 Half-Arabian classes to the U.S. Nationals.

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What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? It is the ones with “extremes” that

stand out in my mind. MHR Nobility—extreme drive from behind, like a speed boat taking off, leaving everyone behind in its wake. Orans Adagio—every step looked so effortless, and what a fun ride to be sitting on. Zodiac Matador—attitude, attitude, attitude! Mamage—balanced, round, a sports car. Afires Heir—loose, high, oily, happy. Heirs Noble Love—poetry in motion. Black Daniels—square, beautiful, hot rod. Vegaz—up, up and away. Matoi—the little horse that could and did!


to for guidelines within our class specifications, a solid group of quality English stallions to breed to, and of course, a new and exciting futurity class at U.S. Nationals that has inspired a new wave of breeding for the next great Arabian English horse. It has given breeders an incentive to breed as nice of an English horse as possible. And it’s a money class, so it’s more appetizing for people to feel like they’re getting some of their investment back in the show ring. What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? I have a few. I would have to say

Matoi, Afires Heir and Nabasken Afire. These horses were brimming with ability and talent, and in the show ring, their energy and personality were incredible. MICHELLE HARRIS Harris Arabians • Temecula, Calif.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? A country pleasure horse

should trot level; manners are of utmost importance, with a flat footed walk. An English pleasure horse should trot above level, still be a pleasure at all gaits, and have cadence. A park horse should have an exaggerated trot, with extreme impulsion. Today we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? I

believe our park classes have become horses that tend to not fit in the English pleasure class, because they don’t stay cadenced and aren’t well mannered.

JOHN GOLLADAY Golladay Training • Jordan, Minn.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? The distinction

between disciplines comes from motion, impulsion, manners, attitude and conformation. Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? (We understand that the rules differentiate, but what do you see in the show ring?) We’re not breeding the horse that does it all

anymore. Our breeding has become far more specialized and division-based. And because of that, I think we’re seeing horses bred for a specific purpose. It’s simply the way we’ve evolved in this industry.

When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? I like an oily shoulder, good legs, and an

upright and nicely shaped neck.

What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? It’s given us a model to look


Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park MICHELLE HARRIS


division? Park horses are so extreme that I expect the class will

be smaller if we put true park horses in it.

division. Those judges made a huge impact on the business with one class’s pinning.

Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? I do believe this to be true. I believe

Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? Unfortunately, as a judge, you have to pick your winners

it is a shame that we have chosen type over conformation and motion. Halter classes should be a podium to show our English pleasure prospects, to assist breeders on making informed breeding decisions. Sport Horse has their own halter classes. Maybe it’s time to have halter classes for the English division? I know we have tried this with the AEPA, but what if we made it part of nationals, like the AEPA performance class? When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? I look at

the individual—the type, conformation and motion. I also look through the pedigree to see if the sire and dam have had progeny that have been successful in the English division. Most important: a beautiful Arabian, with a high-set neck; a laidback and free-moving shoulder; a great hip for impulsion; and great hocks.

What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? The AEPA is such an

important program for the English division, first for the payouts to allow you to recoup some of the money you’ve put into training, and also for a breeder to evaluate what is successful.

What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? I would have to say HA Toskcan

from what is in the class. It has to be the responsibility of all participants—owners, trainers and judges—to put the most effort into knowing the difference between divisions, putting the horses in the right divisions and judges penalizing them when they don’t. It is the only way all divisions will survive.

Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? We have specialized our breeding

programs to accentuate our specific requirements and desires. We no longer breed for a versatile horse who can do many jobs. The pedigrees that produce a western horse are not the same pedigrees that produce an English horse. Halter horses are bred for beauty above all else, and as a result, motion has been sacrificed. They rarely produce English motion. It is without question, however, that the English horse who is also beautiful and the halter horse who is also trotty is what we would all like to see. When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? Attitude,

quality, balance first. A neck that can bridle, a good step behind, loose shoulder, short back, and a straight tail. Quality is most important. VICKI HUMPHREY

Sun. He is beautiful, has great conformation, and his motion is strong in front and in his hocks. His temperament is personable and trainable, and his progeny are carrying on those same attributes! VICKI HUMPHREY Vicki Humphrey Training Center • Canton, Ga.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? As a judge, I often have to

look at my card to tell if I’m judging a country or an English class. The specs are clearly stated in the rule book, and if we follow the criteria and penalize English horses in our country classes even if they are the best horse in the class, we will preserve our English division and our park division the same way. I watched very good judges judge a show last year when the first class of the show had several overly ambitious, English trotting horses in the pack. They were well trained and great quality, but too much. They did not get ribbons. I watched the horses get reset, trainers get quiet and soft, and the entire rest of the show, the horses looked like they fit the

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What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? Mandalay Bay stands out as a great


example of a park horse that meets all the criteria for the division. He has balance front and back, and extreme motion without sacrificing cadence. He wears his bridle quietly in frame. He wears his ears from start to finish, and carries a high, animated tail. He has been a national champion in park 11 times because he possesses all the qualities asked for in the park division. JOEL KIESNER Kiesner Training • Louisville, Tenn.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? It is a difference in degree of

collection, elevation and animation. Collection and elevation go hand in hand. So, start with a country horse: they are collected, round in their back and their neck, and they must be soft in their mouth to a degree that when you ask them to collect, they don’t get animated. They stay very relaxed. Their collection doesn’t reach a point that their rear end drops below their wither very much at all, other than a rounded and soft back, and they don’t put a lot of effort in the propulsion of the rear end.

The English horse is the next step up. It’s going to have more collection, more elevation in the front end, and more engagement in the rear end. That, then, creates a bit of an uphill look. When you ask a horse to do that, it’s harder for them, so we often see those horses working a bit harder at the trot and the canter, and often they have more animation in those gaits. Even at the walk, they’ll have a bit more animation.

has a lot of attitude and seems smart—those are all things that please me too. And then pedigree is your insurance, because all these different pedigrees act in certain ways. What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? I think, with the current bloodlines

available, that the best is yet to be seen. The English/park horse that stands out in my mind hasn’t been born yet, and that’s what excites me most.

Q&A The park horse has even more animation. It may not have a ton more elevation, but it will have more animation than the English horse, and hopefully more brilliance.

Brilliance is a gradual increase through the three; each class should be an elevation from the next. That being said, the same horse might be able to win each of those classes, depending on how they are ridden and presented. When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? I like them

to be built like an English horse. That is, have a tall neck, soft muscle, and a flat neck (not round) that goes into a big, tall wither that’s a little higher than the hip. That means that they have a little shorter hind leg; long, soft pasterns; and I like a lot of bone. It can be refined, but I like length of bone and I like to see it, because sometimes when bones are too small, they don’t hold up as well. I also like a nice angle to the hip. That’s all the stuff that makes my eye happy. But, if a horse goes out, lifts its head up, trots high, does it in a balanced way,


JASON KROHN Oak Haven Arabians • Lindale, Texas

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? The demeanor of your horse

and its motion.

Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true?

I think we are hearing that because a lot of times, people are showing their horses in both the English and the park. I don’t particularly agree with that; I think we should just do one or the other, but I have seen English horses be successful in a park class. That’s because true park horses—with the demeanor, the energy, and the motion in front and behind— are few and far between. Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? We’re going to have to stop showing our horses in

both, and make it more specialized. And the biggest thing is, just as we breed specifically for other classes, we’re going to have to breed specifically for more park horses.


saddle seat trainers, riders and judges need to acknowledge two things: we all love trot and we all love to win. Because audiences and judges love trot, it is very enticing to bump a park horse into English. But is it appropriate? It is only appropriate if the horse is truly a pleasure to ride. Judges get wrapped up in a trot that may be pleasing to the eye, but is it a pleasure to ride? If so, great! If not, it probably is not an English pleasure horse. Last year I watched an obvious crowd and judge favorite throw her rider in the qualifying class. Yes, she was a joy and a delight to watch, but she clearly was not a pleasure to ride that day. The solution is definitely not to make a park pleasure division—the last thing we need is another division! What we need are audiences, trainers, riders and judges that hold the breed to the standards and rules of competition. This is a great question and it deserves a lot of conversation.

Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? We, as a breed, have gotten so

specialized in our breeding that the old Polish performance horses are not being used in the bloodlines for halter lines anymore. The trend our breed has taken is that halter horses are bred very specifically to be pretty and have type and quality, with an exotic head and fine bones; that horse doesn’t need to go on to be a performance horse in a later arena. For us in English pleasure, it’s more functional. We need them to be pretty, but at the same time, we would sacrifice some of that for function.

Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? The park horse division originated from the

tradition of a Sunday ride in the park on your flashiest mount. It is a show-off class for the peacocks of the show ring. It has always been a small division, but it does seem that it has dropped in prestige. This is unfortunate and not alltogether clear to me why.


When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? Hind end

and neck. In a 2-year-old, I want to see one that has a long, high-set neck, with a good, smooth hip, and I want it to be powerful from behind and lift up with its shoulder. It doesn’t necessarily have to trot big—it just has to lift up out of its shoulder and drive well off its hind end. I don’t want to see an angular, pointy hip, because when someone is on its back, it won’t have the strength it needs to sit down, tuck underneath itself and drive from behind. DAVID MATLACK D.V.M. Siemon Stables amateur rider • Bloomington, Ind.

Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true?

There is a very blurry line between English and park, and it is not good for the breed. If we want to attract newcomers, we should have distinct divisions that show our breed in the best light and have clear-cut competition standards. To understand and possibly remedy this situation, I would suggest that the

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We may have been a little too quick to drop action classes due to small size. Dropping the separate classes for mares, geldings and stallions has taken some of the excitement out of the championship classes. As a young kid, I remember running through the aisles at the Buckeye, gathering up all my friends to go watch “park studs,” where we would see the likes of *Aramus and Banduke battle it out. But we also wouldn’t miss the park mares class, where we watched Rawar and Ambra trot their hearts out. It was not unusual in the championship to see the girls beat the boys. Formal driving and formal combination were other important action classes, and going for the Triple Crown of action classes was always exciting to watch. Perhaps the AEPA could look into this question and implement programs and prize money for park. Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? In this issue I am unabashedly old

school. Back in the day, all the top farms bred for champions in both halter and performance. It was the formula for success for such notables as Al-Marah, Gleannloch, Lasma and Varian. Even the small breeders, amateurs and juniors showed their good stock in both. The Legion of Merit was highly coveted when half the points came from halter and half from performance.


What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? Comment, with Sheila Varian in the

irons, was one of the greatest English show horses of all time. He was 1978 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure in a huge and hotly-contested class, and then came back in 1980 and 1984 as the U.S. National Reserve Champion Park Horse. BRIAN MURCH Strawberry Banks Farm • East Aurora, N.Y.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? The difference between country and

English is how crisp and strong the horse is from behind. A horse that is stronger and more brisk behind is going to have crisper motion. In country, I want to focus on how relaxed and


It was good for the breed. It meant a horse was bred to be beautiful and correct, i.e., a halter horse, as well as trainable, willing, sound and athletic, i.e., a performance horse. Breeders did not always hit their mark, but it was the standard that was strived for and that era produced some of the greatest champions and producers of all time. It was good for business. It ensured that an Arabian was a beautiful athlete. Crowds went nuts when a champion halter horse came back in the ring under saddle or in harness. I am thinking of such great stallions as *Bask, *Aramus, Raffon, GaiParada, *Asadd, Khemosabi and Huckleberry Bey. And there is nothing more gorgeous than a national champion mare under saddle: *Dornaba, Fame, Dancing Flame, Fire Music, *Elkana and Ericca come to mind. The trend away from this started in the late 1970s in a very different climate. Such wildly popular stallions as *Aladdinn, *Muscat and *Padron had such enormous books, so that it did not make economic sense to detract from their breeding commitments with a performance campaign. But times are different now, and perhaps it is time to reconsider going back to basics—breeding for beautiful athletes.


pleasant a horse is in doing its job; it should be smooth and effortless. In my opinion, our industry is at a very crucial point right now in terms of the two. To me, it boils down to this: when a horse is trotting quick and crisp, dropping its hind end, elevating in front, trotting level or above—it isn’t a country horse. The reality is that there aren’t as many park horses as there once were, but there still are good ones. An English horse and a park horse should both show huge suspension in their stride, and a park horse should be all about brilliance. I’d like to add that I think, unfortunately, cadence is sometimes being ignored in favor of speed. A class is not a race. I don’t mean there shouldn’t be an extension of stride in the strong gaits, but it shouldn’t be about who’s getting around the ring the fastest.

Q&A Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? Maybe add money to it? I have to recall the last

year we were at Louisville (2006). If I’m not mistaken, there were 20 or 22 horses in the park class. That was the year that a lot of money was raised for it, and everybody came out of the woodwork. Joel Kiesner won it on IXL Noble Express, I was reserve with A Temptation, and look at who was in that class—Afires Vision, Aequus (late in his career), All Staar, MD Aquarius, Young MC, Sir Magni Feke, Mandalay Bay (early in his career) and Ballience V. Since then, the numbers have been up some years and down others, but it doesn’t seem to be as important a class, so maybe the money helped. At the same time, though, I’d guess that there may be some English horses who could be park horses, but are just being shown in English.

What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? When I think back over the years, if

I have to select one, it would be FF Summer Storm. That mare would still be in the class of the horses we see today in terms of her motion and her beauty. Today, the shoeing rules are so much different that a lot has changed, but I think we’d still be impressed. She did it with ease. And I’ll just toot A Temptation’s horn as another horse that always impressed me. The year before I came to Strawberry Banks, I judged the Buckeye, and that was the year Tim Shea won the Junior English with him. I’ll never forget it—he gave me goose bumps.


It is hard to say what has caused the shift in attention from park to English, and there are probably several factors. Honestly, I think some of it might be that over time we are moving further away from the *Bask years. He probably sired more park horses than anyone else.

Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? It’s true. The style of halter horse

has changed. That being said, there are a heck of a lot of nice hunter and western type horses that are being produced by halter stallions, which in today’s world are equally as great athletes. I hope one day we can get back to a halter stallion that can produce English horses as well. When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? I look for

a high-set neck with a great throatlatch, a laid-back shoulder, and long pasterns that follow the shoulder. Then, of course, a short back and low hocks. With all of that, you hope that they will have a lot of motion, a fluid stride and good suspension.

What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? I think since its inception, it

has had a great impact. I have been involved since the start and am on the AEPA board. It’s a great program that has held its own, and is healthy and strong. I believe that there are a lot of people out there who, when they are considering breeding, want to breed to a horse in the AEPA program (and if the stallion they like is not in the program, they feel he should be). Now the western people are doing it, and I hope they have success too.

SHAWN ROOKER Rooker Training Stable • Fenton, Mich.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? All three of these classes should have

the quality of motion and frame of a saddle seat division horse. What should separate these classes is the amount of impulsion with which an individual performs and is exhibited. Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? (We understand that the rules differentiate, but what do you see in the show ring?) I do think this is true. I think our English

pleasure horses are being over-ridden.

Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its

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luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? Top trainers are going to have to show their high-


end English horses in the park division to bring it back to the prestigious class it is meant to be. Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? This is true. The reason is that

breeders are not breeding for the motion of a saddle seat horse; they are breeding for halter type. When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? I look

for a horse with natural, round motion with out collection. A youngster with a long neck and athleticism will have an easier time doing its job, therefore, producing a happy individual. Most important is attitude (willingness to work/heart), and quality. What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? A huge impact. More people

(owners, exhibitors, breeders) are seeing horses perform individually and getting educated on what an English/saddle seat horse should be.

What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? Excluding my own, i.e.,

Apollopalooza and Gotta Wear Shades, I would say Joel Kiesner’s mare, Heirs Noble Love. Her balanced way of going and attitude, without being over-ridden to get motion, make her a standout individual.

In the English division, I’d like to see judges put more emphasis on the way the horses are addressing the bridle, as opposed to how high they’re trotting. For instance, I’d definitely tie a horse that’s trotting a little lower, but really flowing into the bridle—soft, but with a lot of position and great expression— over a horse that is trotting high but chinning on the bridle and looking hurried and hassled. Unfortunately, I think that a lot of times, the opposite is happening.


TIM AND MARTY SHEA Shea Stables • St. Clair, Mich.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? Rather than discuss the differences,

I’d rather just say that I think there are a lot of horses who can be moved around—there are English horses that could be in the park horse division and some country horses that could be in the English division. If a little bit of that happened, it would help all three of the divisions. Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? (We understand that the rules differentiate, but what do you see in the show ring?) It is not just the English and park divisions;

we hear a lot about how high the country horses are trotting too. I think we need to consider what is happening in all three divisions. The problem is that in any saddle seat division, the horse that is committed to its position is the one that stands out, and usually the horse that is committed to its position is the one that’s moving the strongest. And any exhibitor wants to stand out.


At the country level, I’d also like to see the horses more rated and relaxed when they’re cantering. In my opinion, they’re cantering too hot; I’d like to see more of the old-fashioned “canter in a bushel basket” style; soft, slow and real comfortable.

If we did all of that, it would not be easy to confuse country with English or English with park.

Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? To have a better park horse division, we need more

numbers, and if some of the English horses would move in there—the ones that actually fit there—I think it would help. Year before last, Brian Murch showed a beautiful grey horse, Exxpectations, and won the park at U.S. Nationals. He wasn’t a freak with his legs, but he had a really quality trot, wore the bridle, and had beautiful expression. If the judges would award more horses like that, it would add luster to the park horse division. When they’re just awarding how high they’re going, it doesn’t end up being a pretty presentation.

Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? I think that’s true and it really

saddens me. I went to my first U.S. Nationals in 1971 and almost all of the halter horses were showing in performance too, even the Egyptians (*Asadd was national champion English pleasure). There was a respect for the fact that the horse had to do something.

And the horses were different. Now, the halter horses have to be rounded, with no withers. The “no withers” is the most telling thing, as is the tight and prominent loin, which is not conducive to athleticism. In most performance horses, you can see the structure. We also have all the emphasis on the head, and anytime you emphasize one thing too much, you get out of whack. The number one breeder in this country over the past 50 years, to me, has been Sheila Varian—and she keeps things in balance. She wants correct horses that look like Arabians, and they have to be able to do a job. They don’t have to be English horses, but they have to be athletic enough to do something and they have to think right. She brings in all kinds of different bloodlines and breeds for all kinds of different divisions. At Shea Stables, that balance has been our hallmark. We don’t want to breed athletic, English-type horses that you have to ask what breed they are. If you get too far off center, where are you going? When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? I like to


every class in his life. Now, the real question is: okay, so he’s a stallion, but is he a breeding horse? In a very short time, that’s becoming very obvious: last year at Nationals, he sired the futurity champion, the junior champion and the open champion. AMANDA PURDIN STANDISH Boisvert Farms • Erwinville, La.

Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? I

do see horses being cross-entered, and the same horses can be similarly successful, but I think that the horses with extreme motion—the true park horses—are winning.

Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? I think they are still exciting classes. I do see a drop

in numbers because I don’t think people are breeding as much for English anymore; that’s really the problem. You have to breed more park horses to have more entries, and it takes such an extreme horse to do it that there just aren’t that many. And it’s quality over quantity. As long as they still have good quality, that’s what really counts. Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? I think both have gotten more extreme

in their respective divisions, so it is harder for English horses


see a colt that has a bony, loose look. I don’t like to see a tight bodied, tight-loined type of horse. You’re looking for a great neck, great movement, straight tail, straight legs, quality head and neck, and most of the athletes I’ve seen in any breed have a long shoulder and a high wither.

What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? I think that one of the things

is the presentation in the AEPA’s Saddle Seat Futurity class. It allows people to look at the horses one at a time, and it lets the horses really shine because they’re out there by themselves. It also puts more emphasis on the breeders, the sires and the dams, because they are announced. And it’s a showcase for young horse trainers, which is very important. With the presentation, young trainers have a chance to go out there and shine. What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? To me right now—and I’m biased

because Marty and I bred him—it’s Afires Heir. He was undefeated in his lifetime; he was first on every judge’s card in

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to be successful in halter. Also, many halter horses have longer careers now, so that by the time a successful halter horse is done showing halter, it is almost too late to start training it.

on the ability to move out of their own way. Of course it’s much different in the Half-Arabian divisions, where it is split between saddle and stock type.

When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? I look at

When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? What is most important to look for? Structural

them conformationally, and when I evaluate my own babies, I like to turn them loose. When you do that and shake them up, you can see how they carry themselves naturally. I look for the ones that carry themselves in the English frame without tack.

What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? It’s made it more exciting;

things we all look for are universal. A natural saddle seat carriage, a high, shapely neck with a flexible throat latch, a hind stride that is far reaching, and a well laid back shoulder.


it’s a great class to watch and great for drawing people to the English division.

What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? I’d have to go with Mandalay Bay.

He’s the epitome of a true park horse.

TOM THEISEN Conway Arabians • Chatfield, Minn.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? All three divisions

should carry themselves in a stylish manner in my opinion. The country pleasure and English pleasure horses should both give an impression of ease and a pleasure to ride. The English pleasure horse will have more impulsion and motion than the country pleasure horse, and will be ridden in a more energetic fashion. A true park horse should be the ultimate athlete with maximum impulsion, suspension, elevation, and motion. Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? (We understand that the rules differentiate, but what do you see in the show ring?) I do think that is often true these days.

Having said that, I think true park horses are a rarity today. It’s more than just trotting high for me. What we are oftentimes lacking today is the suspension of some of the great park horses of yesteryear. Red Tape, Reign On, Orans Adagio and other park horse greats all had that extra spark, that indefinable charisma that showed the audience they were there to entertain and they sure thought a lot about themselves.

Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? It saddens me that this is in fact true.

I show hunter horses as well and love them, but the saddle seat horses are superior athletes. If we are breeding form to function, our winning halter horses should hypothetically be saddle seat type horses. I believe the reason is that too much emphasis has been placed on pretty faces and not enough



A few things I personally look for are: long forearms that are set a bit forward on the shoulder; legs that are either straight or even toed out a bit; a high, straight tail. I obsess about the underside of the neck and how it comes out of the shoulder much more than the top side. Most of all, I look for an attitude, a natural “look at me” attitude. I love the saying, “That will be a great horse if he wants to be.” What impact has the Arabian English Performance Association had on the saddle seat division? I think the AEPA has had

a great impact in several ways. By adding substantial prize money, it’s added importance and excitement to the saddle seat division. It has also given individuals incentive to breed, adding more saddle seat prospects to a much needed market. The crowd support in the added AEPA classes is proof that this was much needed and appreciated.

What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? I’ve sure been lucky and have seen

many great ones. The one performance I will never forget is when Red Tape won the Canadian National Championship in

Park with Mary Trowbridge. Five strides into the arena the crowd got behind him. I have never seen a horse respond to a crowd the way he did that night. The more the crowd cheered, the bigger he got. He had so much suspension, both he and Mary had lots of air time. It seemed like all four feet were in the air longer than they were on the ground. That horse knew he was the bees knees and obviously loved the attention and admiration he got that day.


MARY TROWBRIDGE Trowbridge’s Ltd. • Bridgewater, Conn.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? Attitude and ambition level.

The park horses are the overachievers that are trying to put their legs over the moon. The English horses are an exciting ride and they’re achievement oriented, but they’re not as explosive—they’re not as driven and ambitious. And the country horses are the ones you should be able to ride all day. They have gaits that you can ride as long as you want to. Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? (We understand that the rules differentiate, but what do you see in the show ring?) There is a lot of difference, and I

we need to remember that, just because these horses have the ability to be in park, they shouldn’t automatically be thrown into that class from the get-go. We have to keep in mind long range goals as we build horses for the park division.

think there always has been. What you do not see in the park division anymore are the horses that used to exhibit flamboyant motion because of (let’s just call it) gait deviations—but really, soundness. We used to see a lot of those horses in the park division because, quite frankly, we didn’t know better as trainers, exhibitors, owners and judges. Today we know a ton more about equine soundness, horsemanship and training than we did 10 years ago, let alone 30 or 40.

So, overall, I don’t think it’s the prestige that is missing; it’s the numbers. And those are missing in general, because all the English horses are specialty athletes. It takes a lot to keep them sound, happy and consistent. It’s a different venue from western and hunters—not completely, because the basics are the same, but the intensity level is different.

The reason people are saying there isn’t much difference is that for the most part, all of the [high action] English horses you see in the ring today are cadenced and pretty darned sound. Whatever show you are at, you really don’t see unsound horses in the English division—or many other divisions—any longer.

In your opinion, what is the difference between a country, English pleasure, and park horse? The difference should be the flight

of their legs, and where they lift them to, naturally. However, today, we have horses with English motion winning in country, so it is becoming harder to differentiate between the divisions.

Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? I think the prestige is still there. The fact is that in

Today, we often hear that there is little difference between our English pleasure and park divisions. Do you think that is true? (We understand that the rules differentiate, but what do you see in the show ring?) It doesn’t seem that there is much difference

Q&A the past a lot of the horses that were exhibiting in park weren’t moving correctly and, as mentioned above, weren’t sound. They went in the division because, as well as the true park horses, it was the place for the flashy, unusual looking movers. We also have to recognize that only a small percentage of the horses we breed is going to be able to exhibit at the park level. We have to understand that park is a very high school class that is the pinnacle of what a horse should be able to do, and

MICHAEL WHELIHAN Whelihan Arabian Farms, LLC • Eatonville, Wash.

today between the two divisions, however, the English horses tend to carry a bit more speed, as they are required to strong trot and hand gallop in the show ring.

Years ago, park was the most exciting, high-action class at a show, but with fewer participants now, it has lost much of its luster. How do you think we can bring prestige back to the park division? I think simply getting back to what a true park horse

was intended to be would be a great place to start. They should

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have a high, lofty, deliberate motion and be presented in a pleasurable fashion.


Today we do not see many breeding/halter horses that go on to compete in the saddle seat division. Do you think this is true, and if so, what is the reason? Typically, the lines of breeding that are

successful in the halter arena lend themselves to the western and hunter divisions.

When looking for a 2-year-old saddle seat prospect, what are your guidelines? The guidelines start with breeding of the prospect,

as well as doing business with honest, reputable people.

What is most important to look for? I would look for an upright neck, proven breeding in both parents, flat muscles and a pretty face. Good tail carriage is important as well. What impact has the Arabian English Pleasure Association had on the saddle seat division? I believe it has had a very positive

impact on the saddle seat division. It has provided additional classes offering lots of prize money, and that encourages exhibitors to breed and show horses at the highest level. We need more of that.



What national champion purebred English or park horse stands out in your mind, and why? Zodiac Matador, because of his

attitude and overall flexibility. He was also a great sire and contributed a lot to the English divisions. â–

English Performance Leaders 2014 National English Performance Leaders

Includes U.S., Canadian and Youth National English Champion and Reserve wins. AEPA Saddle Seat Futurity, English Pleasure, Country English, and Park Horse classes. Open and amateur/junior classes only.

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Noble Supreme CRF Volume Control Nutcracker Sweet PF Ames Celebration House of Blues JSN Manhattan 5. Afireandbrimstone SCA REA My Allience Sal Mineo BF

Overall Arabian & Half-Arabian Leading Horses by number of wins Owner 3 championships, 1 reserve Cedar Ridge Farm 2 championships, 2 reserves Debra Booher 3 championships 6D Ranch Ltd. 2 championships, 1 reserve Kara Larson 2 championships, 1 reserve Laura and Nora Shaffer 2 championships, 1 reserve Jennifer and Emily Schwing 1 championship, 2 reserves Kenneth and Susan Knipe 1 championship, 2 reserves Gregg and Nancy Shafer 1 championship, 2 reserves Boisvert Farms LLC Arabian Leading Horses by number of wins

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Noble Supreme CRF Ames Celebration Afireandbrimstone SCA BL Iam A Believer GSF Revolution Heir Force One Mandalay Bay ROL Lets Dance Roxbury SA Gisele Tikket To Fame

3 championships, 1 reserve 2 championships, 1 reserve 1 championship, 2 reserves 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships Half-Arabian Leading Horses by number of wins

1. Volume Control 2. Nutcracker Sweet PF 3. House of Blues JSN Manhattan 4. REA My Allience Sal Mineo BF 5. Emperors Fire Extreme Hearthrobb Khraave SA Sophisticated Lady

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English Performance Leaders Arabian Overall Leading Sires by number of wins

by number of winning get 1. 2. 3. 4.

Afire Bey V Baske Afire Afires Heir IXL Noble Express Mamage

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Afire Bey V Afires Heir IXL Noble Express A Noble Cause Baske Afire SF Specs Shocwave

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1. Afire Bey V 2 A Noble Casue Afires Heir IXL Noble Express 3. SF Specs Shocwave 4. Baske Afire Hucklebey Berry

by number of Half-Arabian winning get

by number of Half-Arabian wins

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Baske Afire Afire Bey V Mamage Matoi Pension

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Overall Leading Breeders by number of horses 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Cedar Ridge Farm Live Oak Arabians, Inc. Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Prestige Farms LLC R O Lervick Arabians Marty Shea Shawn Stachowski Boisvert Farms LLC Cal Poly Pomona Lindsay Rinehart


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Arabian Leading Sires by number of Arabian wins

by number of Arabian winning get 1. 2.

1. Afire Bey V 2. Baske Afire 3. A Noble Cause Afires Heir IXL Noble Express Mamage

Baske Afire Afire Bey V Mamage Allience Pension Turn It Up

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Arabian Leading Breeders by number of horses 7 7 6 6 5 4 4 3 3 3

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Half-Arabian Leading Breeders by number of horses 1. 2.

Live Oak Arabians, Inc. Cedar Ridge Farm Prestige Farms LLC Shawn Stachowski

5 3 3 3

Overall Leading Open Trainers

Overall Leading Owners

(Top Ten included) by number of wins 1. Jason Krohn 2. Matthew Siemon James Stachowski 3. Joel Kiesner Gordon Potts 4. Jessica Clinton Joel Gangi

by number of horses

14 12 12 9 9 8 8

Arabian Leading Open Trainers

1. 2. 3. 4.

7 6 6 5 5

(Top Ten included)

Matthew Siemon Jason Krohn James Stachowski Joel Gangi Gordon Potts

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by number of horses

Half-Arabian Leading Open Trainer by number of wins

Starline Arabians LLC Boisvert Farms LLC Debra Booher Cedar Ridge Farm Kirby Arabians LLC Kara Larson Oak Haven South Arabians LLC

Arabian Leading Owners

(Top Ten included) by number of wins 1. Joel Kiesner 2. Jason Krohn James Stachowski 3. Jessica Clinton Gordon Potts

1. 2.

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Oak Haven South Arabians LLC Debra Booher Cedar Ridge Farm Highland Pride Arabians, Inc. Kirby Arabians LLC Starline Arabians LLC

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Half-Arabian Leading Owners

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Boisvert Farms LLC Lindsay O’Reilly French Kara Larson Remington Monroe Equine LLC Starline Arabians LLC

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Things You Don’t Know About Me … Raymond Mazzei

1. The f irst horse I ever rode or handled was … when I was seven or

eight, my father would take me to a riding stable in Detroit where I grew up, and I would ride a rented Saddlebred for an hour; I was petrified but determined.

2. My happiest moment with a horse was … winning Supreme

Champion at Santa Barbara in California in the halter stallions class with the imported Polish Pyrrus. I remember saying, “You don’t know how much I want this.”

3. The f irst ribbon I ever won was … winning the first Joanna Phillips

Perpetual Head class at the Whittier Lions show in Pomona, Calif.

4. My f irst influence in the horse industry was … a top cowboy,

Roy Carpenter. He taught me some hard lessons. I remember asking him, in my early twenties, “Roy how do I become a horse trainer?” He looked at me and seriously said, “You ruin a lot of them.” Thinking back, he may have been right.

5. The f irst breed of horse involved with was … Quarter Horses and Appaloosas. 6. The age I got involved with horses was … in my early twenties was when I became serious about Arabian horses. 7. The f irst thing I do when I get to the barn is … I talk to my long-time helper, Ramon, and ask which mares are in heat, then I plan my day.

8. The last thing I do when I leave the barn is … lock my office and look at the newest babies. 9. The greatest horse I’ve ever ridden is … I really loved a horse I trained, rode and showed many years ago, Comar Bay Brummel. He was a great western horse and he took great care of me.

10. The most gratifying part of my job is … the constant search for a great breeding stallion, the testing of breeding ideas, and waiting and hoping you could be just a little right.

11. My favorite restaurant is … I don’t really have a favorite restaurant; I’m very picky, so I eat at home or health food markets; boring but that’s me.

12. My favorite non-horse hobby is… going to certain clothing stores in L.A. or traveling to Porsche dealers and looking at cars. 13. My favorite genre of movie is … I love old movies from the thirties and forties, gangster and musicals. 14. When someone asks me, why Arabians, I say … I like exotic, original, and history—an easy way to talk about Arabian horses. 15. My favorite division to show in is … halter. 16. In my free time, I like to … go to the gym and clean my truck and car. 17. Horses have taught me … patience and made me a more responsible feeling person. 18. My top vacation spot is … no question, the city Vienna. 19. Few foods make me happier than… chocolate. 20. Without horses, I would be … selling Porsches or other exotic cars. 21. The piece of tack or equipment that I can’t live without is … a training halter with a captive chain. 22. My childhood dream job was … being a cowboy. 23. My favorite breeding bloodline is … a mix of good solid stylish Polish mares of contemporary breeding with a great and proven Egyptian stallion that also has modern style and proven ability in crossing outside of straight mares.

24. My biggest pet peeve is … narrow minded ideas when it comes to breeding; not being open to change. 25. The most influential person in my life is … my father. On the other hand, I can honestly say, all I am, my mother made. Volume 45, No. 12 | 245

A Touch of Style


Cat with her gelding HK Cats Carrera at the 2014 Arabian National Breeder Finals. What is your “style” of marketing, photographing and designing? I am known for creating clean, modern, relevant designs with a touch of whimsy and fun. Each client will have a slightly different aesthetic and brand identity, and it is important that my work reflect their goals. I work closely with them to determine what message they want to convey in the ad or photograph and then design around that.


It is my job to make information easily accessible to viewers, while also being visually appealing. I strive to create ads and images that will cause people to stop and look—then read. Each client is unique and each campaign, shoot and design reflects that uniqueness. At the end of the day, I am in the customer service industry first and foremost, and I always push to create ads and images that speak to and inspire clients, readers, and viewers.

Who has had the biggest influence in your involvement with Arabians? This is a very tough question… There have been lots of incredibly influential people in my life with Arabians; I don’t think I can pinpoint just one! It definitely all started with my very first trainer, Deb Nelson, who took a young and incredibly quiet girl (I know it’s hard to believe) who had an interest in horses and showing 4-H, and turned her into a confident and successful horsewoman. She offered me a lot of incredible opportunities and I will always be thankful to her. From that point forward, I have built a strong family of people in our Arabian horse community who consistently push me to stay committed to what I love and continue my growth both professionally and personally. What have you given the Arabian horse industry? The Arabian horse and the Arabian horse community have given me more than I ever imagined. Every day, I try to repay that debt by being professional, timely, open and honest. I have experienced almost all aspects of the Arabian horse community: trainer, client, horse owner, photographer, designer, advertiser—you name it! My experiences help me relate to every client’s perspective and I love that I can be of value to friends throughout our community. Whether that be for new young trainers starting out or breeders looking to give themselves a bit more exposure, I really enjoy being a sounding board for clients and friends, and take pride in the part I’ve played in creating such events as the ArabHorse Farm Tours during my time at Arabhorse,

Cat and good friend Joanna Kale.

which continues to introduce hundreds of people to the Arabian horse every year. What has the industry given you? A career and life that I am grateful for every day. I have loved the Arabian horse since I was a very young girl, and the end goal has always been to have these wonderful animals in my life… little did I know the path I would follow would not only allow that, but the opportunity to travel the world, have a network of friends who support me unconditionally, and the opportunity to spend my days creating images for a subject that means the world to me. I wake up every morning with sincere gratitude. How do you relax? I have recently become a horse owner again. I was horseless after college as I was finding my way. Having one special horse back in my life is my ultimate relaxation. Even if it’s just going to the barn to curry and feed treats, the stresses of the day melt away and I am once again that little girl who fell in love with the Arabian horse. I also enjoy throwing BBQs and having friends over. Sometimes we even combine the two by having BBQs at the barn! It’s a great way to introduce my non-horse friends to the Arabian.

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trainers and owners making more of an effort to reach out to the community around them; reaching out and inviting newcomers to meet the horses and to ask questions. The 60th Annual Scottsdale Show just concluded and I can’t tell you how many incredible people I saw stop throughout the show to let spectators pet their horses, ask questions and give kisses to soft warm muzzles. This is what makes our community special and this is what will continue to help it grow. Do you thumb through non-horse magazines for ideas? Every day. I have stacks and stacks of magazines all over the house. I also live on Pinterest and other designer communities.

Cat and longtime boyfriend Danny Bassett. How has your past informed your present? I could write a book! My past was built on hard work in the barn, day in and day out. You finish when the work is done. You don’t leave until the stalls are clean and the horses are fed. This required dedication has carried forth in my career and I am thankful for growing up in an environment that enabled me to sweat and struggle for what I wanted. Great rides and ribbons weren’t given, but earned. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Becoming a woman my parents can be proud of. There will be lots of noteworthy moments in my life, but at the end of the day, this will always be my greatest achievement and something I will continue to try and accomplish daily. What are the three most positive things you’re seeing in the industry today? The people. The horses are amazing, but our community is what makes this little world so amazing. I love seeing


Where does your inspiration come from? Absolutely everywhere. Magazines, movies, other designers, books, ref lection time at the barn—you name it! The other designers and photographers in our community are a constant source of inspiration. As a creative, how do you see the world? I try to find something beautiful in everything. My friends sometimes get annoyed because I will always try to find that pretty silver lining in everything (even if they just want me to agree and complain with them for a bit!). There is so much magic and beauty in the world, we just have to keep our eyes and hearts open to it. Explain how you got involved with Arabians as a child? Sheer luck. I met my first horse trainer through a 4-H group and she happened to have a Half-Arabian that she used for lessons. I later leased and then bought that amazing mare. Tell us about your gelding. What is his name and what does he mean to you? My gelding (as she swoons…). I purchased him as a yearling and had the opportunity to rename him. I bought him as my performance horse so it was only fitting to name him HK Cats Carrera, my sports car. I specifically wanted a gelding

so that I could just enjoy him as a performance horse without the temptation to breed. He is a constant joy in my life. In regard to photography, who inspires you? Who do you look up to? There are just too many to name. I am fortunate to call many of my photography idols in the Arabian horse community friends. I really admire artists who have a unique point of view. Artists who can see magic where others cannot. I also reach outside our community for inspiration and have befriended many nonequine photographers. I really love surrealism photography and conceptual photography, so Brooke Shaden is one of my favorites. Do you relate to the breeder, the trainer, or simply the enthusiast when it comes to Arabian horse? I relate to all three. I used to train when I was younger, so I have a very strong understanding of that world and everything it

Cat with her dear friend Anette Mattsson. entails. I have been an enthusiast since I could say the word “horse.” I have never been a breeder, but I did work at a breeding farm and watched the joy of foals coming into this world and listening to the dam’s first nicker at the new life beside her. It’s something very special. n

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Natalie Alves C a n a d i a n J u n i o r E q u e s t r i a n O f T h e Ye a r with Kara Larson


t began with a letter. A letter from the President of Equine Canada, Al Patterson. It read, “We would like to inform you that you have been selected by our Awards Committee as the winner of Gillian Wilson Junior Equestrian of the Year for 2014. Junior Equestrian of the Year Award is given annually to a junior equestrian athlete who has excelled in equestrian competition for the current year while demonstrating exceptional talent, horsemanship, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport, vision and mission of Equine Canada.” Along with the title, Natalie was also invited to attend the Annual Convention Awards Gala, Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. For 17-year-old Natalie, this news was incredible. She shares, “I was in shock! Arabian equestrians have not often been awarded outside of the breed sport division in Equine Canada. I attended the gala in 2014 as well, when my incredible mare, Shake It Up Baby +//, won the EC Half-Arabian Horse of the Year Award. And I thought to myself, ‘This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!’ To find myself surrounded by some of the most successful horsewomen and horsemen in Canada for a second time in two years was unbelievable!” Tamara Alves, Natalie’s mom, was understandably thrilled for her teenage daughter. “This award spans all breeds, all disciplines, and all juniors in the entire country—and our little AHA girl won it! The past recipients have included hunter/jumpers, dressage riders, and reining riders among others. In the past 20 years, I believe Natalie is only the second winner from the Arabian horse world!” The Gillian Wilson Junior Equestrian of the Year Award was created in honor of Gillian Wilson, the Technical Director of Canadian Equestrian Federation (now Equine Canada), from 1977 until her retirement on December 31, 1992. Each winner holds the award for one year, retains a trophy, and receives $1,000.

There is a great deal that goes into winning this award. Beyond equestrian excellence, the EC considers volunteer service, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport, vision, and mission of EC. Natalie has worked hard to excel in all of these areas. She offers, “To live up to one of these four requirements is an accomplishment, so to balance all four has been a challenge, but also so rewarding.” Because of this, there is no doubt that Natalie is deserving of this award. As a multi-regional, national, and Scottsdale champion in multiple disciplines, she has earned her Rider of Excellence, participating in over 20 recognized categories. A 5-year honor student, Natalie graduated early in January 2015 with a GPA of 4.0. She has been recognized by her club and region with youth scholarships in 2014, and a volunteer trophy for youth service. A proud Canadian, Natalie was a flag bearer at Region 4, Youth Nationals and Scottsdale, and has continually promoted the Arabian breed at every opportunity. As an avid volunteer within her local club, the AAHABC, for the past three years, Natalie also became a Youth Vice Director for Region 17 in 2014. In terms of sportsmanship, Natalie’s outlook is refreshing. “I think it’s vital to our breed to be constantly setting an example in and out of the show ring that your growth as a rider and relationship with your horse is more important than any ribbon. Your relationship with the people you compete with speaks volumes to the welcoming community the Arabian breed has to offer.” Natalie adds, “With the welfare of the horse paramount, Equine Canada is a diverse, accessible, and united organization that excels in all aspects of equine sports and activities across Canada and abroad. The vision and mission of EC is so uniquely diverse in how they truly value the equestrian experience from grassroots to elite performance, and overall in the promotion of healthy and Volume 45, No. 12 | 251

Brenda Driedger and Natalie Alves.

happy horses to represent Canada. Coming from a small community where my first horse was born and raised in my backyard to competing internationally with incredible athletes, I have been humbled to represent both ends of the spectrum.” Equipped with this wide range of knowledge within the Arabian world, Natalie feels like winning this award shines a positive light on the Arabian horse and their abilities in a broader sense. “To be named the EC Junior Equestrian of the Year means so much to my dedication to the Arabian breed. It isn’t often that an Arabian equestrian wins a national equestrian award. This honor is not only a testament to the hard work I’ve put into my own equestrian career, but to the Arabian show circuit, and of course, Brenda Driediger’s youth program! I feel a great honor not only in receiving this award, but in being able to represent the Arabian breed nationally.”


As Natalie brought home this award, she was able to reflect on her journey with the horse and everyone who has supported her along the way. “I would like to thank my parents, Tony and Tamara Alves, for their unconditional support in helping me to pursue my dreams. Their love of the Arabian horse was evident before my sister and I were born. At the age of two, my parents bred both my sister and I Arabians that we could grow up and learn to become horsewomen with. Thank you to my sister, Rebecca, who I am so grateful to have spent all these years showing from 4-H to nationals with. It wouldn’t be the same experience without sharing it with her!” Natalie adds, “Thank you to Brenda Driediger, my trainer for the last five years. She has truly shaped me into the rider I am today which is so much more than training my horse for me. Brenda doesn’t just train horses, she trains

riders, and for that I can thank her endlessly for the independence and strength she has given me. Finally, I want to thank Stella (Shake It Up Baby+//), for sharing this amazing journey with me. Every single ride on Stella is an absolute blessing and I can’t express how lucky I am for her to have come into my life. She truly is the reason for my success over the last five years.” As for her future with the horse, Natalie believes this award has already impacted the way she views the Arabian horse in her big picture. “My future with the Arabian horse has definitely been changed! One thing I learned while in Ottawa at the EC Gala was how much more the Arabian horse needs to be promoted outside

the Arabian community. Being an advocate of the breed is so much more than having success in the show ring. It’s important to reach out to the less experienced riders who are only just becoming equestrians and introduce them to Arabians. I think receiving this award has been so incredible because I’ve been able to share the honor with so many different groups, including my community, Driediger Farms, my friends and family, my local club, the All Arabian Horse Association of BC, and the Arabian breed itself. I hope that in receiving this award, it has shed some light on the dedicated equestrians, competitive circuit, and caring community the Arabian breed has to offer to every type of rider.” The award will also have an impact on her future in a more tangible way. As Natalie heads to university in the fall to study Graphic and Digital Design and Professional Communications, she plans to use the $1,000 toward tuition costs. Natalie shares, “I graduated this January and have been spending my time at my farm at home and riding with Brenda before I attend university. I’m really excited to pursue a career that will be able to incorporate my love of Arabians.” At the heart of it all is Natalie’s relationship with her beloved mare, Shake It Up Baby+//. In Natalie’s eyes, she has already surpassed every expectation possible. “Stella has made every dream I’ve ever had come true. Together we hold five Scottsdale championships, 12 Regional championships, and five National championships in three show seasons.” Beyond continuing to show Stella, next on the list is her beautiful western gelding her family owns, Vargas JCA++/, from Jade Creek Arabians. Natalie also looks forward to starting two babies that her family bred. “Both are beautiful black bay fillies by Black Daniels, the equally athletic and gorgeous English stallion owned by Bryan and Joanne Grossman.”

Natalie and Shake It Up Baby+//

At the end of the day, Natalie loves the Arabian and dreams of a life that involves them. “Although I’ve worked hard academically to give myself every option at university, it is very important to me that I attend one locally so I may continue riding and competing. This truly is a lifelong passion and my love of the Arabian horse only grows with every new opportunity.” n

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ne thing new spectators notice when they attend a horse show is that the exhibitors are not wearing jeans and tee shirts. Are these distinctive clothes strictly necessary? Probably not, but this is a horse show. They elevate the tone, and more importantly, they serve the purpose of presenting “the right picture” to the judge. And there is no horse so good that that is not considered helpful. How do you make sure that you’re dressed to maximize your potential when showing a horse? We started with one of the people these outfits are meant to impress: a horse show judge. Corky Sutton, who officiates in a variety of divisions, says that one of the key considerations in choosing a good habit—beyond ensuring that your outfit complies with the rules of the division it is meant for—is to make sure that while it helps an exhibitor stand out, it does not distract the judge from gauging a performance. “I know these ladies love all the sparkle and bling they’re wearing now,” she says, “but it can get a little distracting when there’s so much of it. The horse and rider should complement each other, but you don’t want the rider to overwhelm the horse.” The western division is particularly vulnerable to this danger, she points out. “What bothers me most is all of the stuff on the chaps. It’s mostly in the amateur division; the professional division isn’t doing much of it. The amateurs are putting a lot of fringe down their legs, and unfortunately, their legs often are not very quiet. They look bouncy, and the horse doesn’t look very smooth or soft.” The other common denominator, professionals say, is fit. Each division has its own look, but its signature clothing has to work for both style and comfort. “In hunter, a well-fitting coat in a conservative color is the best way to go,” says trainer Sally Randle, “with fitting hunt breeches, clean boots and a well-fitting helmet. You have to keep in mind that it’s the overall picture. When a judge is looking at a number of horses in the ring, it’s a f leeting moment; if a helmet is over a rider’s eyes or a coat is too big, the picture does not look clean and crisp.”

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Sutton agrees that hunt, and show hack as well, are very traditional, but adds that the division lately has allowed a few subtle changes. “We’re starting now to see a few different skins on the boots,” she notes, “but basically, the boots themselves don’t change. They are still fitted and traditional, and you won’t see any colors other than black, brown and even a dark navy.” In the elegant English division? Again, it is about fit. “In saddle seat, if the sleeves or the pants are too short, you don’t present yourself as well as possible,” offers trainer Christy Higman Clements. “It doesn’t have to be a $5,000 suit; it can be a second-hand suit, but it has to fit properly and be ‘of this era,’ not what was proper, for example, in the 1970s. I don’t mind some bling


when it’s appropriate, but I think the children can get away with more than the adults.” In the western division, fit comes first, says trainer Liz Bentley, and the look needs to be traditional. “You don’t want to conf lict with your horse by wearing too much bling,” she cautions. “I ride a couple of stallions who are blingy enough on their own! I like fringe because it is traditional, and studs down my chaps. For an amateur, I can see one row of a little star-studded bling down the chaps.” There is more to it than just personal preference, she explains. “The rule of thumb is that you want

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What type of apparel do you specialize in? English riding apparel—saddle seat/hunt seat. We also provide men’s and women’s professional attire.

the eye of the judge to go from the top of your hat, down your leg and back to the front of your horse. If there is a lot of material that’s shiny on your thigh, the eye of the judge stops there. It goes back up to the hat and then back onto the horse behind you. (You have to sit in the right form for the same reason; you want the judge dialed in on that triangle that goes from your hat to your horse’s nose to your toes.) It’s also the same with your saddle pad. I always try to have at least a concho on the back of the saddle pad, because it stops the eye from going off the back of your horse.”

What type of trends are you seeing this year? When it comes to fashion, I like to go against the grain. If everyone is doing it, I think you need to venture off and be unique. Trends can be shortlived, and if everyone is doing it, then they will all look the same; I think we have all seen enough of that! A classic design with exceptional fit is always in fashion. DeRegnaucourt Ltd. is doing some very unique details on coats, vests and pants that make them truly one-of-a-kind for every individual customer. There are only so many fabric suppliers, and if another provider produces a garment in a particular fabric, our objective is to never have anyone duplicate your unique design. It’s the small details and combinations of fabrics, along with the cut and styling of the garment,

At the end of the day, everyone agrees, it’s all about keeping the judges’ eyes on the competitive team. For more thoughts on the subject, AHT asked show apparel professionals for their views.

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that keep our customers from ever having “the same coat” or “the same suit” as anyone else in the show ring. What is one thing with your apparel that you can do to stand out from the rest? More importantly, I think it is what not to do! Our obligation to our customers is to have continual feedback from judges in the venue the customer is showing. We always advise our customers to be aware of their audience and to know what image they are trying to project to that audience. It is critical that the choice of fabric, design and styling are appropriate for not only the individual, but also the horse. A big, bold horse with an


aggressive rider (that has a great figure) can pull off a much edgier look. That same look would be an utter disaster on the wrong person or the wrong horse. The division you are showing in is also something that must be considered. While country pleasure should be treated as more soft and subtle, English pleasure can be more bold and powerful, again keeping the size, stature and presence of the horse and rider in mind. I don’t feel that “standing out” is something that you need to achieve in a particular garment. It is more important that you create an image for the horse/rider combination, so that they are coupled as one. You want the

overall picture to impress, not to draw attention by shocking the crowd.

feel comfortable with, as you will be working closely with them throughout your show career.

What advice could you give to someone purchasing a new outfit? Consult your trainer! Your trainer will have opinions on what they feel is appropriate, and your turnout is a direct ref lection on the farm that you show with. Next, select a provider that understands the rules and guidelines set by the breed of horse you are showing and the division you are showing in.

What is your biggest pet peeve in the show ring today when it comes to apparel? A fragmented picture of horse, rider and the clothing. I have witnessed people gasping on the sidelines when they see riders who have made selections that do not suit their figure, or who don’t seem to have considered the horse’s color, division or ability. The icing on the cake is going overboard (and I mean expensive) to create an alarming mess! There have recently been a few ensembles (that I can assure you were not inexpensive) put on a phenomenal horse and wrider, and the class was half over before I realized the color of the horse, let alone had the opportunity to evaluate the horse’s performance. You never want to create a look that would be offensive or gaudy. You would be better off to alter an old standby and let your performance stand on its own merit.

Next, look in the show ring and research who is making the garments that suit your personal taste, then follow the trainer’s guidelines, and present an overall image of a champion. Once you have done that, be sure to thoroughly vet that company to be sure that they are not only capable of making you a quality garment, but that they can and will service your needs at shows and/or via online technology. Once you have done all those things, it comes down to who you

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service is the first thing that comes to mind. We at Show Season value our image in the industry. We have been a sponsor with the Arabian Horse Association for many years. We want every client to have a good experience, but we are not without error. However, how we resolve an issue speaks to our integrity. Secondly, we have a long history of dressing riders for the ring. There is a lot to know before you start the selection process of fabrics—a new or seasoned rider, the trainer’s taste, or who already has that fabric that you may be showing directly against.

Show Season

Scottsdale, Ariz. (480) 998-7256 What type of apparel do you specialize in? Show Season specializes in custom English, western and hunt attire for the show ring. This has been our core business for more than 30 years and remains our only focus: “Do what you do best and ignore the rest.” What type of trends are you seeing this year? Trends are always fun to see each year. They keep the show ring on its fashion toes, as our fabrics are chosen from runway and menswear collections. Colors are “stepping it up” for contrasting coats, as well as vest and shirts, in English and also in western. It’s a show, and people like to feel confident and well dressed. Show Season is ready to make that a reality for each and every client. What is one thing with your apparel that you can do to stand out from the rest? Customer


What advice could you give to someone purchasing a new outfit? This is an investment, much like your horse and its training. You have selected this as your sport of choice, so do it right! If this is your first outfit, start with a basic style

and accessorize up from there. Consider it your “little black dress.” After a few shows or another year, step it up with a trendier look; building off your garments will expand your wardrobe so that you have something for every show, class or ring. What is your biggest pet peeve in the show ring today when it comes to apparel? Peeves? We aren’t here to judge, only to provide what the client wants. Everyone has an individual idea, and as long as it fits the criteria of the rules, it’s a go. Otherwise we would all just look the same and that just doesn’t work for a competition. n

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oday, hunter pleasure and show hack combine old equestrian disciplines with a relatively new presence in the Arabian breed’s main ring show world. It might be surprising to some that they have not always been on the breed’s show calendar. Working hunters (over fences), of course, have been traditional, but the pleasure class, on the flat? No. It was first held at the U.S. Nationals in 1985; show hack followed in 1986. Since then, the jumpers, working hunters and hunter hacks have migrated to the Sport Horse Nationals, while the hunter pleasure and show hack horses have remained in the main ring. Over the years, observers say, main ring Arabian hunters have found their own style, based on the historic “Thoroughbred” way of going, but refined for the Arabian’s looks and talents. “We’ve learned what the ideal should be,” notes John Rannenberg, who has competed in the division since its inception. “In the beginning, there were a lot of variables as to what it took, but we have raised the bar in quality and athletic ability, as well as refined our training and developed our eye. Now, there are a lot of Arabians and Half-Arabians who fit the frame and character for it.” A really good hunter, he adds, can bring a very good price in the market. Show hack demands an excellence not immediately apparent at first glance. It is not just doing the gaits at the judges’ request; it requires razor-sharp precision in its gaits, and immediate, seamless transitions as the horse is asked to lengthen or collect. “It takes a lot of discipline, concentration and a unique kind of horse not only to go through the series of gaits as they are asked to, but also to do it in a show atmosphere,” says Rannenberg. “You have to be on point, not miss a beat, be consistent and very fluid. It’s almost like a really good dressage horse, in that it looks effortless. It’s all about the connection between the horse and rider.” Bottom line? The division’s focus on talents that come naturally to Arabians and a rapport between horse and rider may be the foundation for its continuing appeal. For more information, AHT talked to reputable horsewomen who specialize in the field of hunter pleasure and show hack, and who are currently showing in the division.


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Arianna Bell

KENO HILLS STABLE, CANADA 13 years in Arabians Where did you come from? What impact has that had on your involvement with the Arabian horse? I come from a small town called Ardrossan, outside Sherwood Park, Alberta. There is a large group around the area that plays a huge role in the Arabian breed, so living near such a dedicated and involved group of individuals has shown me many different sides of the same coin. It has been a blessing to get to know them. What makes a good hunter/show hack trainer? A good hunter/ show hack horse? A good hunt trainer is a trainer who cares more for you and your horse than anything else, and knows you and your partner for your strengths and weaknesses as a team. A good hunt horse is your best friend. They travel just as far for you with their heart as their hooves go over the rails. They’re attentive and behave, but always have the spark of mischief that gives them the attitude for their job. Name one horse that was never shown in the hunter/show hack division that you would love to have the opportunity to train and show in hunter pleasure/show hack. When I was little, I rode a horse we called Patches. He was a fantastic horse and had such potential. He was also at Keno Hills, and taught me irreplaceable lessons as a growing rider. What is your biggest pet peeve with the hunter/show hack division today? My biggest pet peeve in the hunt division today is that it is so small! It is always great to see a big

Tamara Collins EARTHQUAKE ARABIANS LLC, USA 22 years in Arabians Where did you come from? How has that impacted your involvement with the Arabian horse? I grew up in a town named Vacaville about an hour away from San Francisco. At the time, it was a small town that lived up to its name, there was nothing but fields and cows. So naturally, my mom decided I should learn how to ride. After one lesson, the instructor had my mom convinced I was a natural and she suggested we adopt this 19 year old flea bitten grey Arabian mare. On my next lesson I was surprised with a horse! This was not just any horse,


turnout for such a wonderful division! I encourage more people to enter this division. It is a challenge and so much fun! How is division-specific breeding affecting the hunter division? Division-specific breeding has produced a lot of great bloodlines perfectly suited to the division, and horses beautifully suited to their job and sport. However, there is also always room for more bloodlines of any kind, as hunt is a very diverse division and is always excited to gain new additions to the circuit. Who is your all-time favorite hunter or show hack horse? My all-time favorite hunt horse has to be Khanquistador, out of Surokhan and Lady-Malik. He’s my own horse and my very best friend; he would sprout wings to get us over a fence if he had to. He works so hard for me, and we’ve grown so much through the years, so much so that no other horse could ever replace him for me.

my Arabian mare put up with everything that a kid with no previous knowledge could dish out; I have been in love with the breed ever since. What makes a good hunt/show hack trainer? A good hunt/ show hack horse? I think a good hunt/show hack horse needs to easily connect their hind end with their front end. With that said, their gate should look effortless, not mechanical. They should be able to have motion, yet cover ground, and no hunter horse is complete without having the right neck; it should come high out of there shoulder, but also have length. What is your biggest pet peeve you see in the hunt or show hack division today? I actually truly enjoy watching our hunt/show hack horses. I think breeding has really evolved the talent in these disciplines. I guess if I had to name a pet peeve, it’s when English horses win show

hack without truly demonstrating each gait, and by gait I mean the walk. How is division specific breeding affecting the hunter division? I honestly don’t think we have been specifically breeding for hunter horses in the past, but placing horses in that category when they don’t fit in others. Recently, I have noticed that many people are looking for incredible hunters and the pool to pick from is on the small side. In turn, I think it is motivating people to start breeding specifically for the hunter division because of the demand. Who is your all-time favorite hunter/hack horse? I am biased. I love our hunter A Time To Dance+//. She took my breath away the first time she trotted out from around the bull pen. If I had to choose a second, I have always loved Vivienne LR; I’ve watched her for years, and I just think she has the right amount of motion, a beautiful neck, and beautiful face.


Where did you come from? How has that impacted your involvement with the Arabian horse? I was born, raised, and still live in Walnut Creek, Calif., in the heart of horse country in the foothills of Mount Diablo, known for excellent endurance trails for horses. My community has greatly inspired my involvement with the Arabian horse. In the summer of 2012, after attending an equestrian summer camp with friends from school, I had an idea to create an equestrian club as a way to meet new friends and bring together families in our school community and in the Bay Area who share a love for horses. In September 2012, I founded the Bay Area Equestrian Club, a non-profit, student-led, equine-focused club. I spend my free time collaborating with Bay Area Equestrian Club mentors and Jr. Board members to develop the Bay Area Equine Vet Camp, a summer camp for students interested in equine veterinary medicine; developing innovative ways for Bay Area Equestrian Club to introduce and expose underprivileged Bay Area youth to the joy of horses; and helping to rehabilitate rescue horses. What makes a good hunt/show hack trainer? A good hunt/show hack horse? A top hunt trainer must be truly passionate about Arabian hunter pleasure. Working smarter, not harder, is key. He or she must be able to not only create an equine athlete, but also successfully maintain

the horse to allow for career longevity, which is just as important as developing a competitive horse. A great trainer is fun, supportive, reasonably strict, and skillful at matching the horse and rider as a team. A standout hunt horse must love what he or she does, be consistent, and deliver an exciting and memorable performance in the show ring.

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Name one horse that was never shown in the hunt/show hack division that you would love to have the opportunity to train and show in hunter pleasure/show hack. I look forward to training and showing the future offspring of my mare A Time to Dance+//. I plan on breeding specifically to produce high quality Arabian hunter pleasure show horses.

How is division specif ic breeding affecting the hunter division? Breeding specifically for hunter horses will have a positive effect on the hunter division, resulting in higher quality hunters. It is exciting to see owners seeking out hunter stallions for their mares and breeding specifically for hunters.

What is your biggest pet peeve you see in the hunt or show hack division today? My biggest pet peeve in the hunt division today is wry tails. A wry tail diminishes the overall picture of the hunt horse. There is nothing I like more than a straight tail with nice carriage on a beautiful hunter!

Who is your all-time favorite hunter/hack horse? My mare, A Time to Dance+//, aka Cupcake, is my favorite purebred hunter horse! WD Noble Ladd, aka Sprout, is my favorite Half-Arabian hunter horse.

Wendy Potts FREEWILL FARM, USA 44 years in Arabians Where did you come from? What impact has that had on your involvement with the Arabian horse? I was born and raised in a residential neighborhood in Southern California. The closest my horses ever were was 30 minutes away. That meant that when I was younger, I could only ride on weekends, except in the summer. What makes a good hunter/show hack trainer? I think what makes a good “anything” trainer is someone with a true love for horses, talent, a good work ethic and a structured personality. How is division-specific breeding affecting the hunter division? It’s wonderful! The quality of hunters has gone way up. It used to be that hunters were everything that didn’t make English or western horses. Today, people actually breed for hunter horses.


Who is your all-time favorite hunter or show hack horse? I am so lucky to have had so many! I feel truly blessed. However, anybody that truly knows me realizes that in the horse world, NDL Pericles will always be the love of my life.


National Hunter/Hack Leaders Includes U.S., Canadian, Sport Horse and Youth Nationals Hunter Champions and Reserves. Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, and Hunter Hack classes. Open and amateur/junior classes only.

by number of wins

Overall Arabian & Half-Arabian Leading Horses

1. Maybelline CA 2. About Last Knight 3. CF Badras Symphony Fidenzio 4. Al-Marah Jessica 5. BCR Midnitecowboy Brilliant Lee He Be Jeebie HS High Caliber Ladys Dance Malieka Odysseh Alita JA Oration PA Julius Caesar Psax Fifth Avenue RD Nevaska Rollin Doubles

by number of wins 1. Fidenzio 2. Al-Marah Jessica 3. BCR Midnitecowboy Brilliant Lee Ladys Dance Malieka Odysseh Alita JA Oration PA Julius Caesar RD Nevaska

by number of wins 1. 2. 3. 4.

Maybelline CA About Last Knight CF Badras Symphony He Be Jeebie HS High Caliber Psax Fifth Avenue Rollin Doubles 5. Artikulate DM Geez Louise EC Cause To Celebrate SMF Annie Get Yourgun Stop Th Presses

3 championships, 1 reserve 3 reserves 2 championships, 1 reserve 2 championships, 1 reserve 1 championship, 2 reserves 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships

Owner Rachel, Laurie and Dale Enns Arianna Bell and Norrie-Shan Fyfe Jennifer Schwing Diane and Jennifer Lavallee Al Marah Arabians LLC Sarah Moor and Peyton Randle Caitlin Stayduhar Kori Lynn Kelley High Star Farms LLC Becker Stables, Inc. Julie and Hannah Feldman Marla Koob and Marni Britton Stephanie and Ricci Desiderio Bill Doughty and Alexis Starer Gordon Walter and Loren Hart John and Sheryl Yochum Laura Lynn Dickert

Arabian Leading Horses 2 championships, 1 reserve 1 championship, 2 reserves 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships

Half-Arabian Leading Horses 3 championships, 1 reserve 3 reserves 2 championships, 1 reserve 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve


Ricci Desiderio Jeanne Miller Debra and Maggie McCarthy Cindy Tobeck Karen and Amelia Stroud

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Overall Leading Sires by number of winning get 1. Justify 2. Majesteit 3. Afire Bey V Baske Afire Sundance Kid V 4. Cytosk Heir To Glory Jullyen El Jamaal Mariachi WA Matoi MHR Nobility Millennium LOA Odyssey SC Surokhan

by number of wins 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

1. Justify 2. Afire Bey V Baske Afire Majesteit Sundance Kid V

7 5 5 5 5

Leading Arabian Sires by number of Arabian winning get 1. Justify 2. Sundance Kid V 3. Afire Bey V Jullyen El Jamaal Mariachi WA Matoi MHR Nobility Millennium LOA Odyssey SC Surokhan

by number of wins 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

1. Justify Sundance Kid V 2. Afire Bey V Bremervale Andronicus Enzo Mariachi WA Millennium LOA Odyssey SC

by number of Half-Arabian winning get

by number of wins

1. Baske Afire

1. Baske Afire Noble Way


5 5 3 3 3 3 3 3

4 4


Overall Leading Open Trainers by number of wins

(Top Ten included)

1. Cheryl Fletcher 2. Kristin Hardin 3. Cynthia Burkman Wendy Potts Tom Theisen 4. Jenna Ball Elizabeth Bentley Jada Reed

Arabian Leading Open Trainers by number of wins

8 6 5 5 5 4 4 4

(Top Ten included)

1. Elizabeth Bentley Cheryl Fletcher Kristin Hardin 2. Jenna Ball Marjie Becker Cynthia Burkman Jada Reed Stephanie Sage

4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3

Half-Arabian Leading Open Trainer

(Top Ten included) by number of wins 1. Cheryl Fletcher 2. Wendy Potts Tom Theisen

4 3 3

Overall Leading Owners by number of horses 1. Jamal and Jennifer Anderson Arianna Bell and Norrie-Shan Fyfe Conway Arabians, Inc. Ricci Desiderio Bill Doughty and Alexis Starer Jill Nelson Ashley Toye Gordon Walter and Loren Hart

Overall Leading Breeders by number of horses 1. Conway Arabians, Inc. 2. Cal Poly Pomona DST Arabians Susan Fyfe High Star Frams LLC Pegasus Arabians R O Lervick Arabians Varian arabians Laura Wood

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Arabian Leading Breeders by number of horses

3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

1. Cal Poly Pomona Susan Fyfe Varian Arabians

2 2 2

Half-Arabian Leading Breeders by number of horses 1. Conway Arabians, Inc. Laura Wood

2 2

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A Time to Dance +// 5x National Champion • 4x Scottsdale Champion AHT Readers’ Choice Arabian Hunter Horse of the Year

Taylor Alyssa Lai & A Time to Dance+// will compete in Arabian Hunter Pleasure 13 & Under 2015 Youth Nationals 2015 Canadian Nationals A Time to Dance+// was recently acquired by Bay Area Equine Vet Camp, LLC. Offering a limited number of embryos available for purchase.

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BAY ARE A EQUINE V ET CA MP A S u m m e r Tr e a t Fo r A n i m a l L o v e r s A n d A s p i r i n g Ve t e r i n a r i a n s by Linda Rimac Colberg

“Giddy up and get a head start in veterinary medicine!” That’s the message from Bay Area Equine Vet

Camp Director Shanna Gage Lai, who manages the intensive seven-day, equine-focused summer camp designed for middle and high school students and college undergrads. Now in its second year, BAE Vet Camp is the only camp of its kind in Northern California, and a welcomed camp option for horse lovers who are interested in the science of veterinary medicine. Vet Camp was developed by Lai and her daughter Taylor, 13, both accomplished equestrians who want to offer students an alternative to the more traditional equestrian camp—one focused on equine medicine, rather than horseback riding. Designed in collaboration with noted veterinarian, specialist surgeon, author, and camp mentor Jamie Textor, DVM, PhD, Vet Camp offers students up close and personal, hands-on experiences in the real world of veterinary medicine through workshops, facility tours, mentor presentations, guest speakers, and independent and team projects.

Photo by Shanna Gage Lai

Based in Walnut Creek, at the Bay Area Equestrian Club Stables in the shadow of Mount Diablo, campers will be on the go, traveling to the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; Stanford University Red Barn Equestrian Center; Peninsula Equine Medical Center; University of California, Berkeley; Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek; and Sherman Ranch in Pleasanton. They will meet professional cowboy and champion saddle bronc specialist Nick LaDuke; avid equestrian and attorney Amara Morrison; Bay Area Vet Camp attendees, l-r: Mikayla Perrin, Andrea Biban, Taylor Alyssa Lai, Lauren Breach, Caden Hernandez and Mimoli Uehara with Jamie Textor, DVM, PhD. teacher and youth advocate Carlee Scheinfeld; architect and author Cathy Remick, who will help students design an equine medical facility or equestrian center; and Lauren Locke, with African Conservation Experience, an organization that places students and volunteers on wildlife conservation projects in southern Africa.

“It’s important to us to offer the full educational experience, along with the fun and camaraderie of the summer camp experience,” says Lai. “So we’ve incorporated STEM [science, technology, engineering & math] into the week, as well as art, writing, music, and yoga and Pilates for equestrians.” Students will learn about horse breeding and racing; meet rescue horses and learn about their rehabilitation; research and debate controversial veterinary issues; and try their hand at driving a pony cart. An added plus, says Lai: students can use their hours spent at BAE Vet Camp on their academic résumé and college applications for veterinary school, which require practical and clinical experience working with a veterinarian. “This year we’ve planned some extra fun activities—I’m personally very excited,” says Lai. “Camp mentors Kevin and Martina Keith are bringing several exotic animals—including monkeys, baboons, and a pot bellied pig—to demonstrate how to interact and handle exotics. And, we’ve recently acquired a beautiful purebred Arabian mare, A Time to Dance+//, a five-time National Champion. Campers will meet her and her trainer, Tamera Collins Grinton, and learn about the veterinary and training needs of a highly competitive, top equine athlete. This is truly a rare opportunity.” n Visit the BAE Vet Camp website,, for more details and registration; and check out the 2014 BAE Vet Camp movie. Bay Area Equine Vet Camp August 1-7, 2015 8am–5pm Bay Area Equestrian Club Stables, Walnut Creek, CA Commuter $2,000 • Residential $3,000 • Registration closes July 15, 2015 925-922-2908 • • 278 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Net Worth LOA

Wins Top Equine Athlete Award by KARA LARSON

When a winning Arabian show horse gains recognition outside the show ring, it makes for a special occasion worth sharing. And for Net Worth LOA, a horse owned by Linda Musso and trained by John Rannenberg, this honor came in an unexpected prize. While at the recent Arabian Celebration at Canterbury in Newberry, Fla., representatives of HORSE GYM USA® were impressed by the health and fitness of the Half-Arabian Country Pleasure horse. Showing in the amateur division with Musso and the open with Rannenberg, Net Worth LOA won all four classes in which he competed. Rannenberg was surprised and thrilled with the award for his client and the talented horse. He offers, “The representatives from HORSE GYM USA® asked the judges to pick the one horse at the show that exuded quality, condition, look of health, and had the best performance of the show. They were looking for the total package—an outstanding athlete. When they made the announcement, I didn’t know anything about it, but Linda and I were delighted to hear that Net Worth was the winner.” The official title of the award is, HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete, and for Musso, the award is incredibly special. As client of Rohara Arabians and John Rannenberg for a number of years, Musso and Net Worth have a bit of history taking home big prizes. The handsome, bay gelding and Musso have been paired together for about three years and just last year, they were reserve national champions. On the subject of the duo’s journey to this point, Rannenberg shares, “It has been a progressive uphill climb. Musso has worked very hard and she is extremely dedicated to perfecting her skill.” Net Worth LOA is in training with Rannenberg at Rohara Arabians in the Ocala, Fla. area, but Musso lives in Birmingham, Ala. She often takes lessons with Jennifer Fernambucq in Birmingham at a Saddlebred horse farm. Fernambucq and Rannenberg collaborate to set up a complete training program for Musso and Net Worth. Musso, who has MS, says, “Horseback riding gives me the reason to get up on the days that I don’t feel well. It is a love therapy. There are many days that I cannot ride, but just being in the stall is therapy.” Musso added that riding has helped her get stronger and has helped tremendously with her balance. When asked about the fitness program that helped Net Worth LOA win the HORSE GYM USA® Top Equine Athlete Award, Rannenberg says, “The fitness really comes from consistency, including the care, feeding, grooming, and overall health of the horses. They are all worked really consistently, and are treated like athletes.” Rannenberg certainly knows a thing or two about consistency. 2015 marks his 30th year with Rohara Arabians, where successful equine athletes like Net Worth continue to develop. Musso and Net Worth LOA were at the Arabian Celebration to qualify and prepare for the Region 12 Championships in Perry, Ga. From there, Musso hopes to compete at the U.S. Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. in October. ■ Volume 45, No. 12 | 279


Howard F. “H Howie” Kale by MARY KIRKMAN

*Muscat and Howie Kale.

The story of Howard F. “Howie” Kale Jr. and the breeding program he did so much to develop is too large for a single magazine article. For a description of the horses which made it famous and the intricate pattern of their bloodlines over the years, please see “Karho International—Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence,” by Joanna Kale, which appeared in Arabian Horse Times in February and March 2014. Here, we take a closer look at Howie Kale, the dynamic second generation in a family that was at the forefront of the Arabian industry in the second half of the 20th century.


For some Arabian enthusiasts, the name Howard Kale might have come out of the air last year when the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Cup in Las Vegas—and perhaps even this year, when Arabian Horse Times inducted him into its Readers’ Choice Hall of Fame. Who is Howard Kale? some asked, while others scratched their head because the only Kale they knew was a pretty young blonde woman from Scottsdale. Still others furrowed their brows and murmured, “He was really somebody back in the day, but I thought he got out when the market crashed …” As Mark Twain once noted, however, “The report of my death (substitute “getting out”) was an exaggeration.” Howard Kale may have flown under the radar in the Arabian industry for more than two decades, but he never left the breed. Horses are in his blood, just as the role he has played in the development of the Arabian horse in North America is part of history.

Tornado, through the one he based on *Muscat and *Nariadni, and now watches his daughter, Jennie, take it forward with such names as HK Marcello and HK Krystall.

Kale—referred to most of his life as “Howie,” because his father, Dr. Howard F. Kale Sr., was also a well-known horseman—has a remarkable story, and most of it has been publicized through the years. At the age of 20, a year after the Berlin Wall was erected, he traveled behind the Iron Curtain to Poland for an early importation of horses; as an amateur, he showed Arabians to national championships in open competition (he was the first to win the Triple Crown of Scottsdale, Canadian Nationals and U.S. Nationals); and in the 1970s, he was one of the first to travel to Tersk Stud in Russia, where he convinced officials to sell some of their top horses. And since the Russian studbook was not recognized in the U.S. at the time, he translated it and shepherded it through the Arabian Horse Registry’s approval process—just in time to win more national titles (another Triple Crown, actually) with one of the stallions he had imported. He began his commitment to breeding in the program his father created, from the headliners *Silver Drift and

But it is safe to say that he marched to the beat of his own drummer. Howie himself will admit that he’s not terribly interested in “human events.” (Asked what it was like in Poland in 1962, he tries to accommodate, but the memory banks which are an amazing resource on so many other topics come up dry; he was so focused on Arabians that the best he can do is mention the horse-drawn wagons that populated the roads.)

Those are only the documented highlights. Just as interesting is the personality behind it, and who he is has never been as obvious as what he has done. “Dad is the quiet person in the corner who observes everything,” says Kale’s daughter Joanna (“Jennie”). “To be honest, he doesn’t understand people; there is a lot of kindness and naiveté about my dad.” Not, she might add, naiveté about finances; in the 1970s and ’80s, when many were overspending, Howie Kale was one of the relatively few who were able to balance a full-on emotional commitment to the breed with a business perspective (it helped that his graduate education was in genetics and finance). That in itself was no small feat.

Jennie smiles that several years ago, a cartoonist captioned a sketch of her father with “brooding intellectual purist.” “I think it was meant snarkily,” she chuckles, “but my dad liked it so much that he framed it and hung it on his wall.” The thing is, she says, her father is rather shy, which may have played into his early affinity for horses, a connection which rapidly grew in significance. “Some people find their passions early in life,” Jennie notes. “That’s how it was for Dad.”

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The Making Of A Horseman Ask Howie Kale today who were the greatest influences in his life, and first on his list are his father and mother. “Fortunately, I had a gift from Dad. He said, ‘If you’re going to do something, learn to do it right and then get better.’” Dr. Kale, he recalls, was one of the few physicians to publish his home phone number; Howie can recall being packed into the car to accompany his dad on house calls. “If you needed help, he was available. Those things are important; they’re a commitment to excellence.” And then there was the memorable situation after Howie, possibly in a misplaced desire to honor his father, considered becoming a doctor himself. “You’re the captain of your own ship,” the senior Kale said bluntly. “Whatever you choose to do, be sure that it is something [for which] you are willing to pay the price it takes to be the best in the world.” Howie took the advice and ran with it. “My success is really based upon the inspiration of the Arabian horse,” he says. “It inspired me to make that commitment, and to excel and push myself further than anything else. As 282 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Dad said, I took it seriously. I really wanted to breed the best horse that had yet been bred and then make it better. And no price was too great.” However, his father also told him not to make Arabians his principal source of income, so he chose finance instead. In the early days, it provided his living, and when a window of time opened in which breeders could readily prosper in the industry, it provided a framework for his efforts. The two Kales with the same name became very close over the years, but they were different personalities. In contrast to his son, Dr. Kale was known for his ease with people. Jennie believes that horses were the original bridge between them, a shared activity from the time Howie was a boy. In the current Kale family, the immense friendship between father and daughter is apparent, but even so, Jennie smiles as she reports how the conversation is likely to go when she asks her dad to accompany her somewhere. Howie, who never really had hobbies (horses pretty much consumed him), usually is game,

she says, but perplexed. Take, for example, a recent peach festival she invited him to attend. “Why are we going?” he inquired. “We’re having bonding time,” she replied patiently. “I don’t know what that is.” “Never mind, I’ll pick you up at 7 and we’ll figure it out.” For all of that—and it’s all true—if you sit down with Howie for a conversation now, he may be reserved, but he also possesses an unmistakable personal

charm. Want to go back in time? His memories are enthralling, chapter and verse recollections of horses, conformations and pedigrees, people and events—and on the issues which involved him, such as the approval of the Russian studbook, he recalls the pivotal human drama behind the scenes. More interested in the future? His passion today, a concern for the Arabian horse to come, reveals a real integrity and commitment to the breed.

Into The Past Poland, 1962. It was a landmark trip for Dr. Kale and Howie, Dr. LaCroix and Gene. The group stopped in England first, where Dr. Kale purchased *Silver Drift from the estate of Lady Wentworth (“for more money than he’d ever spent on a horse in his life,” Howie notes). Then, in Poland, they added *Dornaba and *Eskadra, while Dr. LaCroix bought *Gwozdawa and, most notably, the stallions *Bask and *Bajram (as Howie recalls it, the more impressive horse at the time was *Bajram, but that would change after the first foal crop from the two stallions). Neither doctor could afford *Naborr, so they convinced Anne McCormick, back in Scottsdale, to buy him, and the ethereal white stallion was in the shipment of horses that sailed to America in early 1963. By the mid-1960s, *Dornaba would be named U.S. and Canadian National Champion Mare and U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure. “We were constant companions and traveled many miles together,” Howie recalls. “She was the first horse ever to win the Triple Crown and she gave me constant rewards for all our efforts.” A few years later, Dr. Kale purchased a 2-year-old *Bask son, out of the Crabbet mare *Silwara, from Dr. LaCroix. Tornado was the next step in the Kales’ Arabian breeding program—the perfect complement to their growing band of *Silver Drift mares.

But what would be the next step from there? By the early 1970s, already using Crabbet and Polish, the two most prolific influences in the U.S. at the time, they turned to the Arabian world on an international scale, scoping out what was being bred and attending the inaugural WAHO conference. “We spent six weeks in the U.S., Egypt, Spain, Poland and England, looking for a stallion,” Howie recalls, “and we came home empty handed.”

* Silver Drift

It was not until October 1974, when he was on a business trip to London, that he saw a glimmer of the future. He threw in a side trip to Poland, where he was impressed by a new arrival from Tersk Stud named Namiet. Intrigued, he recalled that *Naborr, although imported from Poland, had been bred in the Soviet Union, and that the best Skowronek son, Naseem (grandsire of both *Silver Drift and *Naborr) had gone to Russia. But beyond that, he knew little about “Russian” horses.

How he proceeded next reveals an integral fact about Howie Kale. “Dad has always been fascinated with how things work and why they work that way,” says Jennie. “He lives in the world of finding the greater ‘why.’” That is not, it turns out, as rarefied as it might sound. “He can’t recreate it if he doesn’t understand it. He has often said, ‘I want to understand everything I know.’ That’s fundamentally what makes him such an exceptional horseman.”

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Howie went straight to London’s legendary equine bookstore, J.A. Allen. “I said to Mr. Allen, ‘Give me everything you have about Arab horses in Russia,’” he recalls—and emerged with a set of Russian studbooks, a dozen other books (mostly in Russian), and a Russian dictionary. “Going to Russia was unthinkable then,” he says, and yet, that is what he set out to do. A visa would not have been available in the U.S., so he applied for one while he was in London, and through one of the banks he was dealing with, began the process of obtaining an invitation from the Soviet Ministry of Agriculture. In June 1975, it all came together and he boarded a plane to the USSR via London. “Take good care of


yourself,” was all his parents said. (As long as he was so breezily sure of himself, for some reason no one really realized the import of what he was attempting.) An hour into the plane ride from London to Moscow, he had a revelation. “Hey, dummy,” he said to himself, “this plane is going into the Soviet Union, and they don’t like Yankees there.” Now he chuckles at himself. “And then a James Bond movie started to play, and the last hour of that flight, I had convinced myself that I wasn’t getting off the plane. I was going to go home and do a better job of organizing things; no one at our State Department even knew where I was.”

Jennie and Howie Kale.

When he arrived, however, he had no choice. The airport, grey concrete with barred windows, looked like a jail, and the path to it was lined with soldiers carrying machine guns. He was shuffled through customs, transferred to another plane, transported to Pyatigorsk, and at last, picked up by a limousine with no interior handles on the doors. Well into the evening, tired and hungry, he was deposited at Tersk. “God takes care of drunks and damn fools,” he notes dryly, “and I don’t qualify as a drunk.” It took time to develop his relationship with the Russian horsemen, but over the next five years and 29 trips, he did it. At first he had to convince them of his knowledge and genuine desire to learn more. “It turned out, the tradition of European horse buyers was that they went from farm to farm, and farms showed which horses were for sale and buyers took that one and that one,” Howie explains. “The Russian horsemen were just delighted when they found that someone really wanted to learn about what they were doing.” Around the 12th trip, in a pasture of about 100 mares and more than a few people, Director Alexander Ponomarev quizzed him to identify each horse—and Howie was virtually letter-perfect. He had not only become acquainted with the mares, he had studied their pedigrees for the source of every attribute and flaw. (Later, when asked about Kale in an interview, Ponomarev replied, “We have the greatest respect for Mr. Kale. He knows Arabian horses as Beethoven knew music.”) It took four trips for Howie to complete the translation of the Russian studbook and negotiate his first

purchases. They were all, he says, horses of a higher quality than the stud routinely sold. “I told them, ‘I believe your best horses can be successful for me and for you, but only your best horses are good enough,’” he recalls. “‘If what I take is second class, that will be your reputation in the world, and I’ll pass. I can help you build a market, but you have to give a little to get a return. I have no intention of raping Tersk stud.’” In that 1976 importation, among the best known were *Nariadni, who would become one of KARHO’s key sires, and *Pristan, *Napitok and the mare *Pesenka, all of whom would win national titles. As time went on, he became friends with the Russian horsemen. And he was polite to the bureaucrats, but he never lost sight of where he was and who he was. Somewhere around the 10th trip, he recalls, the Assistant Minister of Foreign Trade jibed, “Well, how’s the Yankee capitalist today?” “Just great thank you,” Howie responded, “and I sure hope we can agree on some horses today, because that’s about all we could possibly agree on.”


Triumph: *Muscat In those heady years, Howie imported, literally, enough high quality horses to populate any number of farms. One, however, stands out through time: the bright chestnut stallion with the question-mark blaze on his face and the nearly flawless conformation, *Muscat. When Howie first laid eyes on him in 1975, he knew he was looking at a next step for the Kale breeding program. He also knew that the Russians were well aware of what they had; they weren’t selling at any price. The story of how *Muscat came to the United States has been told before, but it is such fun that it bears repeating. For one thing, it was Howie’s finest foray into the realm of James Bond. After two years of being denied by the Russian horsemen, he at last insisted on a meeting with the top people, including the Minister of Agriculture, where he explained that *Muscat was the horse that could make them immediately world famous. “If not money, what do you

want more than you want *Muscat?” he inquired. The head of horse breeding, who was from the Orlov trotter world, knew an opportunity when he saw one. The U.S. was the home of the best Standardbred trotters in the world; he wanted two stallions with impeccable bloodlines. Howie nodded, came home and made plans. Through Joe Santarelli at Mersant, whose father had assisted the Kales in the importation of *Silver Drift and whose son handles their equine import/exports today, he made contact with Harold Dancer, whose brother was one of the most successful drivers in the harness sport. And he went into research mode, learning the best farms and bloodlines in the country. Several months later, he hosted a Russian delegation on a tour of farms, ringing the cash register as they made the most of their time in America. “They were supposed to be here five days,” he says wryly. “It wound up being 10.” In the end, they settled on two sires with top pedigrees, to the tune of more than $1 million in today’s money. *Muscat




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To facilitate the exchange, Howie turned to Robbie den Hartog, the veteran European horse trader who managed Kossack Stud, which Howie had set up in the Netherlands to serve as an intermediate stage in Europe. The two men were friends as well as business associates, and it was Robbie’s son, Robbie den Hartog Jr., who accompanied Howie when *Muscat began his journey to America.

chestnut stallion, and on the Polish side, the American trotters: Centennial Way, the son of a Standardbred Triple Crown champion and a Hambletonian winner, and Lindo Hanover, whose pedigree was so stellar it could have been etched in gold. With everyone satisfied, papers were exchanged, several toasts of vodka were poured, and at the midpoint of the bridge, lead ropes were exchanged.

In the snowy, freezing dusk of January 7, 1978, they parked their truck next to a bridge in Terespol, Poland, across the Bug River from Brest, Belarus, where another horse van waited. As the light faded, one horseman from each vehicle hiked swiftly across the bridge to check the horses waiting in the trucks: on the Russian side, a lone

Howie led *Muscat, whose papers identified him only as a chestnut stallion bound for Kossack Stud, to the van den Hartog had idling. As quickly as the horse was comfortable, they were off on a nerve-wracking race across Poland and East Germany. Neither relaxed until they cleared the checkpoint into West Germany early the next morning.


“I didn’t know what could happen,” Howie says. “*Muscat could have been taken at any time.” Hence, he had insisted that the transfer be made in the indistinct hours at the end of the day and the drive be made at night. It was the most cover they could hope for. And in the end, when there was a snafu with their papers, he had to offer his last $100 bill to bribe an East German border guard. Given all the effort and expense it took to get the stallion, it is fair to ask: was there a point at which he would have walked away? What price would have been too much? Typically, Howie, for as much as he loved *Muscat, had done his homework. “He was going to start at a $2,500 stud fee and we thought he would breed 100 mares a year,” he says. “That gives you an annual gross that says it’s a workable deal up to $1 million. I was not independently wealthy; my horses had to feed themselves (and me) if it was going to work. “In fact,” he adds, “it was the Russian horses and being able to make those deals that made a horse professional out of me.” Nearly a week later, he and *Muscat landed in New York. Howie was required in Scottsdale, so he sent his most trusted assistant to ride with *Muscat across the country. One of their early stops was at Grape Tree Farms, a renowned Saddlebred establishment in Kentucky, and the van ran late. “I called a couple of times to make sure he’d gotten there safely,” Howie recalls, “and I’m sure the guy who answered the phone thought I was some crazy horse lover who thought his horse was his baby. And then about 15 minutes later, he called me back and said, ‘Young man, if I owned that horse, I’d be concerned too. I don’t know a damn thing about Arab horses, but that’s the prettiest sumbitch I’ve ever seen in my life.’”

That was January of 1978. One year later, in January 1979, the Arabian Horse Registry finished *Muscat’s registration, along with a host of Russian horses owned by Howie and others who had followed his lead. No one had any idea how close to “all in” he was at that point, he says; he had steadily imported the best horses he saw, content that there was legal precedent for their registration—but the lengthy battle over their registration pushed him to the limit. *Muscat would go on to be the first stallion to win the Triple Crown, the second such titlist for the Kale family, and Howie was there to lead him. Was it thrilling? “Absolutely. It was the completion of five years of monumental effort with the Tersk-bred horses,” he says, but observes diffidently, “however, he was, like, my 10th national champion, not my first. I have never glorified victory.” Then he is compelled to add, “But God, I hate to lose. I don’t have to feed my ego with the great victory at whatever, but I can’t stand losing.” Legendary announcer Harry Cooper would recall that Howie told him, “It certainly is important for [*Muscat’s] reputation. The world now has its proof—but I took home the same horse I brought. It’s just a horse show. What’s really important is his get yet to be born.” In fact, it affirmed the legitimacy of the Russian Arabians to the industry. Even horsemen who had little interest in using Russian lines were hard put to doubt *Muscat’s quality and conformation. He was the genuine item, and while that did not mean that everyone dropped their own breeding programs to jump on the Russian bandwagon, it announced that the horses were worthy additions to the North American Arabian landscape.

Weathering The Storm With the acceptance of their studbook, Russian horses became the hottest new ticket in the business, and the Kales (by then known as KARHO, for Kale’s ARabian HOrses), like everyone else, enjoyed the rising tide of success. As a college student, Howie had designed the ideal Arabian breeding and marketing facility; now, 12 years later, he built it—“an arabesque palace for the housing and care of great horses”—in Scottsdale. They were at the top end of the business, so it was appropriate that they selected property on Bell Road, between Lasma and what became Paradise Park, the home of the Scottsdale Show. For the next few years, importing and breeding horses, staging high-dollar auctions and thriving in the show ring, Howie rode the crest of the wave. A procession of outstanding horses came out

under the KARHO banner, among them such names as *Nariadni, *Najada, Amber Satin, Amber Silk, *Naturel, Mag and Muscastar. However, his financial education told him it couldn’t last, and in 1984, he acted on his reservations. Actually, he says, his concern was about more than just the realization that what goes up eventually comes down. “Mostly, I just didn’t like the game,” he recalls. “Frankly, as the world changed and the horses were toys for entertainment, I became disenchanted. I asked myself, ‘Did I do this for the horses or for the money?’ The horses won again.” He sold 80 percent of KARHO to partners and turned his focus to a ranch in Black Volume 45, No. 12 | 289

Canyon City, about 45 miles north. The plan was to live there, breed horses and hold an annual production sale. What he didn’t figure on was his KARHO partners’ going under when the breed faltered in the tax reforms a couple of years later. Still a signatory on too many notes, he was left the last man standing. Perhaps the hardest thing of all was that while *Muscat had been syndicated, Howie still owned 55 percent, which he had to sell to pay the operation’s debts. “That still hurts to thivnk about it,” he says, his voice thickening. Still, other things were going on in his life. At the opening of the decade, Howie had married the love of his life, Sandy Cousens, and in 1985, they welcomed their daughter, Joanna; collectively, that was a seismic change in Howie’s life that reoriented his priorities. In the early 1990s, when he moved his family to the Black Canyon ranch, most people assumed that he had succumbed to the declining Arabian market. In fact, it was about putting Sandy and Jennie first. Looking back, Howie is clear about his financial success in the 1980s—and the ensuing crash. The economic situation

of the late 1970s, when inflation was rampant, encouraged the kind of spending and speculation that fueled the Arabian horse industry, he says, making it possible for breeders such as himself, with his knowledge and his entrée into a country with outstanding horses, to flourish. “For 10 years I got to buy every great horse I wanted throughout the world,” he says. “I got to exactly where I wanted to be. I had 75 of the greatest mares in the world, and I had the great stallions of the world; that was my dream come true. It was designed to be that way, to produce 50 or so foals a year, and have the capacity to out-produce all the farms in the world—to be able to produce the top 10 every year.” And then the economic crash of the late 1980s turned the right time into the wrong one. Looking back, he takes comfort in his motives. “I did it for the horses; they are more meaningful than the money,” he says. “I stated very plainly about the Russian horses: ‘It is my belief, hope and fondest dream that they will contribute to better horses in America. The purpose is not to breed Russian horses in America, but to breed better horses in America.’ And that dream came true.”

From Then Until Now The years after the 1980s, while low-key, were uneventful compared to the first five decades of Howie Kale’s life. They were anything but dismal; the ranch at Black Canyon was an idyllic home for his and Sandy’s daughter. “Jennie grew up in a relatively drug and crime free environment in a small town where children received personal attention from teachers and neighbors,” he says. “She was more protected than she ever realized, and she had a good time. Her school horse was [1975 Canadian National Champion English Pleasure] Bint Elba, a daughter of the first horse I imported from Poland, as a yearling, in 1963. We wanted to make sure she wasn’t hampered in her development, but also was not overly exposed.” Although he continued his financial activities outside the horse industry, Howie Kale and his family (Dr. and Mrs. Kale always were part of the operation) did not get out of the Arabian business. They retained about 20 broodmares and bred whatever the market supported until Jennie reached her teens. Then, mindful that she needed more competitive schools and more opportunity, they sold the property and returned to town. ( Jennie would go on to earn two Bachelors’ degrees at Arizona State University’s Barrett Honor College and a Masters from Thunderbird School of Global Management in International Marketing, graduating cum laude from both schools.) 290 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

The time especially has reflected the real priority of Howie Kale’s life—his family. “It took me 37 years to find Sandy,” he says, and laughs. “I’m even fussier about women than I am horses. She is fantastic—brilliant, honest, committed, straightforward and kind. Few things are sure in this world, but one thing is: it’s both of our choices to be married to each other. That commitment was made, and it’s there. Like they say, ‘happiness is being married to your best friend.’” He is clearly pleased that when Jennie grew up, the long association with horses had made its mark. She not only had enjoyed showing, but she had her father’s commitment to breeding. She took KARHO’s history seriously, and stepped easily into the role of heir apparent. As time went on, Howie put his experience at her disposal, imparting not only what he had learned over the years, but more importantly, his philosophy of breeding horses, or more correctly, co-creating life. “My personal view is that we are created as an expression of a just and loving God force,” he says. “We are granted the co-creatorship, but we are also born with a blank slate. We must learn it and earn it. We live in the eternal now moment, and the choice is yes or no! What do I choose to do? That’s the co-creatorship. You must exercise your co-creatorship with responsibility and respect.”


HK Marcello

Together, Howie and Jennie have maintained the Kale international presence. Five years ago, they leased two stallions, HK Krystall and HK Marcello, to Tersk Stud. “That was not by accident,” Howie says. “It was time to give back: I made the Russian horses world famous, but they also made me world famous. I could not have bred the level of horses I have without their contribution; the horses from Tersk have added a great deal to my life.”

When he finished at Tersk, HK Marcello returned to Zerlotti Equine in Texas, and at the government’s request, HK Krystall went on to stand at Białka Stud in Poland. “It’s tragic that current economics in the horse industry will not allow Jennie to be a horse breeder,” he says. “She’d be damn good at it. HK Krystall is an example of that. Poland lost a lot over the years to war and greed. Volume 45, No. 12 | 291

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It makes my heart happy to be able to send a stallion who traces in every tail female line to Mammona back to Poland—and they are very pleased now with his first foals. It’s even more special since my daughter bred him. I’ve told her, ‘You can always love your horses, but you’re in the position Dad was before that golden time in the late 1970s and early ’80s. You have to make your living somewhere else and then enjoy your horses.’” In 2009, Jennie took over management of the KARHO program. In the beginning, however, it was not just because it was her passion; it was necessary because her father had been diagnosed with cancer. Through four surgeries and a debilitating round of chemotherapy, he was forced to put his own health first. Finally, this year, he was declared free of the disease.


Asked how he felt about the experience with illness that is usually a jarring wake-up call, Howie replies with the same thought (and tone) that he would when discussing a pedigree, and with just the slightest overtone of wonder. “I’m amazingly okay with it. You do what you have to do, you diligently exercise your co-creatorship and wherever it goes, I’m all right; if this is the end, I’ve had a great trip. “I don’t have any fear of dying,” he observes. “Maybe some of that is a gift from the horses. For 50 years I’ve outlived almost every great horse I’ve ever owned, and that’s life.” His voice softens. “That’s life. That’s the way it works. It doesn’t mean that a piece of you doesn’t go with each one of them, but I’ve learned that lesson in spades. So, I also accept it for me. I deal with today in good faith.” Then there is the final clarity. “Horses don’t meditate or make excuses or whatever. They live each day as it is, do their best and deal with it.”


Into The Future Particularly with Jennie in charge of things, Howie is no longer driven to a 24/7 level of participation in Arabian horses. His commitment for their wellbeing, however, is permanent. These days, he is most concerned about their future. “Play with horses all you want,” he says, “but when it comes to breeding them, please build the knowledge to know what you are doing, because they aren’t toys. They are living beings. “I am critical of horse lovers pretending to be horse breeders, saying, ‘I like this best,’” he says. “No. When it comes to the conformation, structure and function of the horse, you are not allowed an arbitrary opinion. You are only allowed a derivative knowledge of what serves the horse best. The great horsemen in the 1700s and 1800s dedicated their lives to learning and describing it. Our modern sciences of biophysics and biomechanics confirm their definitions. “Every piece of that horse came from somewhere,” he continues. “My philosophy of breeding plainly states that an Arabian horse breeder never creates any genetic material; they only select from and recombine what exists in the sire and dam. What half comes forward is the most important, but what half got left behind is too. The ‘dink’ and the superstar are the fulfillment of the same promise, just opposite sides of the same coin.” Specifically, he loves a pretty head as much as anyone, but he is deeply concerned that too many breeders, not being horsemen themselves, do not understand function—why —why some conformational attributes are — nonnegotiable. “By emphasizing only a beautiful face, they are losing much quality and structure in the rest of the horse,” he says. “To the horse, good sound functional legs are much more important than a pretty head.” By the same token, breeding for specific performance disciplines to the point that it alters the Arabian’s natural structure he finds, is equally damaging. “The Arabian is

and should be the world’s best riding horse, unspecialized for a particular purpose,” he says. “It has been the standard of excellence for hundreds of years. So, why are many now denigrated by other horsemen? Shame on us. “The whole world is chasing the extreme, and that’s what I’m worried about,” he concludes. “The quality of structure and function of a great horse is what has been so revered for all these years, and we’re thoughtlessly chasing a pretty head. Human beings abdicating the responsibility of co-creatorship can ignorantly create disaster. Dog lovers and dog shows have destroyed most of the working dog breeds—is that the fate of the Arabian horse?” While he is concerned for Arabian horses, Howie finds his personal life at the moment hard to fault. “I’m surrendering a little to the years—mostly gracefully,” he reflects. “But the ‘have-to’s’ of the world are pretty much off my back. To a large degree, I can pursue whatever interests me, and that I enjoy greatly. Sandy and I have never been happier. Jennie is a great joy and has matured into a wonderfully bright and competent being, doing her thing. She’s off and running. And so, the world is good.” Recently, he adds, he was at lunch with Jennie and his fortune cookie read, “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” He laughs. “My wants have been greatly fulfilled, and I’ve had a lot of experience. “People want to stop when KARHO was grand and everything was bright and shiny,” he muses. “But it’s more than that. Where strength and character and integrity come into play and are tested is when you’ve reached the pinnacle and you start to come down the other side. Life is not all about reaching the high. It’s about being able to survive, whatever truth you’ve spoken: to be able to watch your dream torn down and not be overly bitter, not to be broken by that. Dented yes, broken no. There is power in the gifts of wisdom and experience garnered over the years. There is peace in living them fully, in quiet dignity.” n

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Breeding Arabians—


If you have been following over the past few months as we have studied what is happening in the U.S. Arabian horse breeding industry these

days, you’re probably ready to draw some conclusions. Or, more likely, you already have. Nevertheless, for the sake of ending the series, we will here.

Is our breeding industry “ down,” as seems to be assumed?

That depends on how you look at it. By numbers, yes. Clearly. But there are two things to be understood there. One is that the numbers from which that conclusion is drawn reflect the amount of registrations in a given year. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that breeding is down. At a time when the average age of the performance horse in main ring showing is rising, particularly for amateur and juvenile riders, it also is clear that such activities as endurance riding, dressage, and all-breed sport horse competitions reflect growing participation by Arabians. Most don’t require breed registration to participate, so at the moment, it is not easy to track the number of Arabians and Half-Arabians being bred for those venues or to predict the number that will be in the future. The question, then, is, are we actually breeding too few horses, or are we seeing a substantial number of individuals now aimed not at main ring showing, but at disciplines which don’t always require breed registration? AHA already is moving not only to better understand what is happening, but also to increase registration, the organization’s Registration Commission Chair, Denni Mack, points out. “The Sweepstakes program has been revamped and hopefully will encourage people to breed and register,” she says. “[Since] it is paying in endurance, that will encourage people to buy registered horses.” And if sport horse showing continues to grow within the breed, that too could increase the number of horses registering in order to compete in its classes as well as, or instead of, the all-breed level.

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comfort. So, yes, we might conclude that we need more breeders for the main ring.

The best advice we received was to look at the lifestyle of the public today when planning the future of the breed.

There is a perception that although we have fewer show horses, they are superior to those in previous eras. Is that true? The majority of the top horsemen we spoke to agreed. “Better” is a subjective judgment, but professionals who have observed Arabians over the decades maintain that the ones in the ring now are generally better than those of the past and that the level of training expertise has improved as well.

What can we do to encourage more people to own and breed Arabian horses? The time also is coming when AHA will be able to offer improved statistics on how many horses actually are being bred, versus how many are being registered. “We are getting to the point where we can start to track that with the stallion reports,” Mack says. “They are now back online and they are required. We now have a method of seeing how many foals result, since every mare bred has to be reported, but not what happened. So, we know we won’t get it all, but now we have a means of checking on them, and that is the intention. The following year, we can see what happens and we’re going to follow up to see exactly why they aren’t being registered.” But that will clarify only whether or not the perception of “too few” Arabian mares being serviced by stallions is true. For main ring enthusiasts concerned about the coming shortage in show horses, such reassurances as “plenty of horses are being bred, they’re just going to endurance or dressage (or several other activities)” is cold


Times have changed since the 1980s; everyone we spoke to agreed on that. Many were doubtful about the future of horses (not just Arabians) in today’s society, where not only the number of recreational opportunities has increased, but also the population in general has changed in the last half-century. No one was throwing in the towel yet, though. The best advice we received was to look at the lifestyle of the public today when planning the future of the breed. Fifty years ago, there were more people with their own small farms and some level of equine expertise than there are now. It is doubtful that there will ever again be a large number of owners with the desire and the resources to set up comprehensive stallion-andmare operations at home, but that does not mean that there can’t be a new group of people who enjoy owning breeding stock. It just signifies that in selling to a new generation of enthusiasts, we often will have to provide the services they will need: equine care and management, as well as experienced and honest advice.

So, certain aspects of the business, such as stallion management, likely have changed forever. We may bemoan the loss to the gene pool of the lesserknown neighborhood stallions (whose twist on bloodlines may nevertheless have been important to the whole), but the idea of many small breeders with one or two stallions at home does not find much traction these days. “The technology is so great now that I don’t think it would be worthwhile to breed a stallion at home,” offers Al-Marah Arabians’s Mark Miller, and he is echoed by many others. “If I were a small breeder and had a stallion I wanted to breed to

the public, I’d probably put it with a large farm.” Al-Marah, which was founded 73 years ago by Miller’s mother, Bazy Tankersley, has been one of the industry’s most prolific producers, and still plays an important role, particularly in the sport horse community. It is worth noting, Miller adds, that in the sport horse and general interest crowd, it is not uncommon to see people breeding one or two horses at home. “People can fall in love with mares,” he says, “and what do you do then? You want her to have a baby. So, we have a lot of small breeders who breed because they love their mare.”

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They are motivated not by the market, he says, but by enjoying the process, perhaps raising, training, riding and showing their own horses. That parallels an obvious phenomenon in the horse industry today, not just the Arabian breed: the amateurs are the biggest engines of commerce and competition, from the small home barn of trail horses to keeping show horses with top professionals.


What about the economics of it? What can we say to new breeders for the main ring? We heard again what everyone knows: the best horses will always sell, usually quickly and for substantial prices. But emphasis is on “the best.� There aren’t, relatively speaking, that many at the highest levels, which is what drives the prices.

And if the breeder wants to see a return on investment at the earliest date, the best possibility

appears to be to target halter, where competition begins at the youngest age. But as in any breeding endeavor, the potential for a successful sale depends on the quality of the foal bred.

Where do we go from here?

Perhaps the most important thing is to stop looking back. The days of the easy money 1980s are gone, as are most of the great breeders. The era of Bazy Tankersley, Dan Gainey, Dr. Eugene LaCroix and others—the gifted guiding lights of another time—have passed. “In terms of breeders, things evolve,” observes Mark Miller. “Things are never the same. People who just want to be breeders, who live and breathe it, are rare.” But perhaps the world those luminaries bred for (where people usually owned horses because they loved them, not just to win prizes and rarely as a fast track to windfall profits) is worth trying to reestablish. In some parts of the horse breed, it is already happening. One longtime breeder and marketer we spoke with observed that many of her buyers are purchasing horses to keep forever. They ride them, show them, love them, consider them companions— whatever they purchased the horse for, they do with it. “You don’t see many of our horses being offered for sale,” she remarked. “People love them.” Such owners are ambassadors for the breed, often luring their friends into horse ownership simply by making no secret of their own enjoyment. Does that fill main ring show barns for the future? Candidly, no. But the entire issue of breeding, beyond producing a horse or two for your own family’s enjoyment, hinges on attracting

“People love them.” Such owners are ambassadors for the breed, often luring their friends into horse ownership simply by making no secret of their own enjoyment. new people to the breed and having an inventory of horses to sell them. What we heard is that overall, while there is little likelihood of highdollar profit, astute breeding, good management and savvy marketing can allow an owner to cover all or most of the cost of breeding horses. Denni Mack, who has been breeding Arabians for 45 years, proves that one can still produce and market horses profitably and be positive for the breed. “I’m not making a fortune, but I have had a renewal of the ‘missionary spirit’ of yesteryear,” she says. “By using my own stallions the majority of the time, it can be profitable. And I want people to love these horses as I have.” For anyone willing to answer the challenge and breed Arabians, either for the first time or in greater numbers, the final question seems to be how best to market them. For a start, Arabian Horse Times asked a selection of main ring owners and trainers how they do it. Check out “Marketing The Arabian Horse Today” in last month’s issue on page 214. ■

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The Life And Lasting Influence Of

Walter Farley PART 1




e was the pied piper of horsedom. Ask owners in any breed how they came to love horses, and the chances are that fairly regularly you will hear two names—Walter Farley and the Black Stallion. Ask that question in the Arabian industry and the answers are like the refrain of a familiar song, even today, 74 years after The Black Stallion was published. In books, and later in film and on television, Farley’s inspiring stories are some of the most famous in children’s fiction. But for as well-known as the Black Stallion and his young friend Alec Ramsay are, how many of us knew Walter Farley? Yes, we saw the world through Alec’s eyes; we flew across hot desert sands, explored the American West, discovered the Everglades, and raced the world’s fastest horses on the back of the Black. We flashed down the stretch in the Kentucky Derby and the Hambletonian with the stallion’s sons and daughters. But who dreamed all that up? It is not surprising that the creator of the Black Stallion was no desk jockey, despite his profession. Revealingly, his personal stationery bore the original title page drawing of the Black’s head, nostrils flared, eyes fiery; no less intense was Farley’s sprawling handwriting, sweeping over the page with sure energy. The fact is that for his 74 years on earth, he never stopped learning about people, animals, and the subjects that interested him, and that kind of passion is magnetic. Add it to his love for horses, and Walter Farley’s amazing role in the lives of young people comes into focus. It all started on a long-ago day when he was just a child himself … the day he first dreamed of owning a horse.

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FIRST, THE FACTS Walter Farley was born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1915. Far from being a country boy, as his knowledge of horses might indicate, he was raised mostly in New York City, where his father was an assistant manager at the Roosevelt Hotel. While that might not seem promising for one who loved horses, in reality it provided a great place to grow up, full of everything a boy needed—even horses. New York was very different back then. Hack horses were readily available, and riding trails snaked through Central Park and several outlying areas of the city. At National Guard Squadron A’s Armory, on Madison Avenue between 94th and 95th Streets, the local cavalry (lately back from World War I, where 80 of them had fallen at Flanders and Ypres), offered horse shows and exciting indoor polo matches. And horse racing flourished on three tracks; Belmont Park alone was command central for the country’s racing establishment. Although horses were his passion, young Walter loved other sports as well. An avid tennis player, he once battled his own brother, Bill, in Madison Square Garden for the New York State Amateur Championship. Another favorite was track; he rode the subway to Brooklyn’s Erasmus High School to be on its outstanding track team, and after transferring to Mercersburg Academy in 1931, he participated there in the sport as well. Walter’s ace-in-the-hole for equestrian experience, however, was his uncle, a professional horseman who proved most valuable because he wasn’t an enormous success as a racing trainer. Consequently, the boy learned the basics in an array of different disciplines, including Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, jumpers and dressage. Summers with his uncle were an ongoing education, often taking place in some pretty lofty classrooms. When they were schooling harness horses, they were at Syracuse, which in the 1920s hosted the earliest Hambletonian, trotting’s premier race; when they were running Thoroughbreds, headquarters was Belmont. Walter handled horses, watched great horsemen, saw fine horses. By the time he was in high school, he had begun writing The Black Stallion. If that sounds like a fast-track career, it was—and it just got faster. From Mercersburg, Farley went on to Columbia University, majoring in journalism. There, one of his professors was acclaimed children’s author Mabel Robinson, who twice had had books in the “Top Five” 302 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

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for the Newberry Medal, the most prestigious award in young people’s literature. She encouraged him to polish up The Black Stallion and offer it for publication; as she was published by Random House, perhaps she even suggested that he go there. When he graduated from Columbia, he did. At that time, Random House, now the world’s largest English-language publisher of general trade books, was little more than a dozen years old, and not yet the empire it would become. The stylized little house that has always decorated its books was more than a logo. It was the company’s real-life home. “My dad always said he walked in to an editor and dropped [the manuscript] on her desk,” recalls Steven Farley, the author’s oldest son. “It was all the innocence of youth,” Farley himself once said, and then added, “or just plain bravado.” It was no small feat to be accepted, however; since its entry into the children’s market in the 1930s, Random House had been making a name for itself. It offered the young writer a hefty advance, and he never looked back.

PRELUDE TO STARDOM Walter Farley sometimes said that because of his writing, he never had to work for anyone else, but facts reveal that that statement is true after he published his first book. For one thing, he held many jobs during his school years, most of them at the Roosevelt Hotel, which had opened in 1924. The education there, from the standpoint of observing people, was nearly as good as his equine experience with his uncle. “He worked in the Grill Room,” relates Steven Farley, mentioning the hotel’s fashionable bar and restaurant. “Well-to-do, high-powered executives drank there regularly and my dad knew all of them. When they would go missing on some alcoholic binge, he was the one who was sent out to track them down.” Visions of late, dark nights in the Bowery loom in the imagination. With contacts like that, it was not hard for Walter’s father to route him into a job as a copywriter at the advertising firm of Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn, which, at first, was tough going. Young copywriters were not given the choice products, and the man who would immortalize fiery stallions and exotic locales spent his time devising the most effective way to present women’s girdles. It got better, though. When business sent him to South America, he enjoyed the travel, soaking up the different cultures, meeting people, and writing. Always writing. The South American trip yielded a novel about polo, although he never got around to publishing it.

had him. They exhibited a lot of the horses—champions all—jumpers, 5 gaited horses, mares and colts. ... It certainly is a paradise for anyone who loves horses!” And there was Kellogg’s movie star, Jadaan, who had accompanied Rudolph Valentino in “Son of the Sheik.” “He’s pretty old,” Farley noted, “24 years of age, but still looks beautiful!” On the West Coast, Walter boarded a freighter for Hawaii, and then another for Tahiti, and another back to Hawaii— once again, writing as he went. That trip resulted in a book called Larry and the Undersea Raider, the only non-animal novel in his repertoire. The plot centered around two children in Hawaii and ended with the Japanese invasion. When he offered it to his publisher, however, they turned it down because at the time, Japan had not invaded Hawaii. After Pearl Harbor, it was rushed into print. Walter Farley’s travels continued, but for the next five years, they were courtesy of the United States Army, both in the Fourth Armored Division and with Yank, the Army’s weekly magazine, which at the height of its operation enjoyed a circulation of more than 2.5 million copies and a readership of more than 10 million. It was written and edited by enlisted men, but some of those writers were pretty talented: his associate on a tour of duty in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands was Dashiell Hammett, the

And then Random House wrote the check, and the advertising job was no longer necessary. A new decade had begun, but war, already raging in Europe, was hovering on America’s horizon. It was not hard for him to foresee that sooner or later, he would be wearing a military uniform, and if he wanted to travel, the time was right. Walter bought a car and headed out across the country. One of his goals at the time, he later told his wife Rosemary, was to find some Arabian horses. He did, but not until he reached California, where, on May 19, 1940, he attended one of Kellogg Ranch’s Sunday afternoon presentations. “King John, a pure white horse—quite large for an Arabian—is the pride of the lot,” he wrote about the experience. “But if I only

“Coop” where Walter did his writing when the family was at the farm in Pennsylvania.

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mystery writer best known for The Thin Man. As reporters, the two flew with the crews on bombing raids over Japan, an assignment undertaken by newsmen in both theaters of the war and noted for its terror. As usual for Farley, he kept up his fiction writing. The Black Stallion had proven an enormous success, and there was considerable demand for a sequel, so during his service, he completed The Black Stallion Returns. “The body of the book was written in the Aleutians,” Steven notes, and adds dryly, “He chose to write about the desert.” In 1944, Farley was assigned to New York, where Yank was edited, and it was at an anniversary party for the magazine that he met a young model from the John Robert Powers Agency. Her name was Rosemary Lutz. “I thought he was great. He was an attractive young man,” Rosemary, who died in 2013, recalled in a 2006 interview which first appeared in Arabian Horse Times. A soft-voiced woman, she was more low-key than her outgoing husband—and, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh who had studied political science, she was considerably more than a stunninglybeautiful image that wore clothes well.

Farley with his Standardbred, Bonfire, after whom he named the lead equine character in his The Blood Bay Colt and The Black Stallion’s Sulky Colt.

Rosemary didn’t envision that she would marry Walter Farley, but she did accept a date with him. They went riding on a bridle path in Central Park, and married in May 1945. He resigned from the military the following year. The new Mrs. Farley supported Walter’s desire to write. “He was a storyteller. He loved to write,” she said. She understood his enthusiasm for the worlds he could create. “The only horse book out there was Black Beauty, and he thought the horse shouldn’t talk. He wanted to write adventure, something with vigor. That’s why the Black Stallion.” The problem was that his editor, while sympathetic, was pragmatic. “Your desire to devote yourself exclusively to writing after the war is perfectly natural, but I know of only one writer of teenage books who has managed to come pretty close to what you’re after,” Louise Bonino wrote to him on February 8, 1945. “Even he admitted to me once that if he were to depend on book royalties alone, he wouldn’t be able to support his family. The last thing in the world I’d want to do would be to crush an extremely worthwhile ambition, but I would feel remiss both as a friend and as a publisher if I didn’t caution you to do some careful arithmetic before you decide to burn your bridges.” Farley never was particularly good at math. He burned the bridges.

Farley with renowned trainer Captain William Heyer, head of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus’ equestrian division.


THE METEOR CALLED THE BLACK STALLION With the future uncertain, however, neither Walter nor Rosemary was shortsighted about the challenges they might face—but at the same time, they wanted to start a family. Their answer was for Rosemary to purchase a small farm in Pennsylvania. It would be a good place for kids to grow up, they thought, and if they ever really ran out of money, they could grow their own vegetables to eat. As it turned out, Rosemary’s income was needed only to carry them through the initial period while Walter reestablished the Black Stallion. “It was a phenomenon when the books took off as they did,” Rosemary observed of the royalty checks. Because of the wartime paper shortage, print runs were not large,

and in fact, the family now owns only one copy of the first edition of The Black Stallion. “That was a copy Walter had given to his old sixth grade girlfriend.” The early dedication pages of Walter Farley’s books record the progression of his life. The Black Stallion was “To Mother, Dad and Bill.” The Black Stallion Returns, copyright 1945, was “To Rosemary and the boys and girls who asked for this sequel.” Son of the Black Stallion, in 1947, recognized Mabel L. Robinson “and all the boys and girls whose letters of encouragement and suggestions made possible this book.” In 1948, the year the Farleys welcomed their first child, the dedication is simply, “For Pam.” In turn, each Farley child—after Pam came Alice, Steven and Tim—was welcomed in print.

Oldest daughter Pam was Farley’s soulmate in horses.

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THE GOOD LIFE By the 1950s, there was no stopping the Black Stallion phenomenon. According to the New York Times, a 1949 offer by Walter to give a horse to the boy or girl who sent in the best name for a black filly drew 47,000 letters. “Black Minx” became The Black Stallion’s Filly, which came out three years later. Eventually Walter and Rosemary Farley acquired a winter home in Venice, Fla., where the children spent the school year before heading back to Pennsylvania for the summer months. Tim recalls the tradition of “Mom and the girls” taking the train to Florida, while “Dad and the boys” drove the station wagon down. It was a real boys-roughing-it scenario. “We got to spend time together eating peanut butter and crackers. You know those cheese- and peanut butter-filled crackers? Those and Doublemint® gum, heading down the road. And Dad chewing tobacco.” In those days, like New York, the west coast of Florida was considerably different than it is now. “It was magical,” Steven recalls succinctly.

For all its remoteness—because of its solitude—Venice, Fla., was a haven for writers and artists, including several well-known names, some of whom became friends. With so many accomplished neighbors, there was less notoriety associated with any one in particular. “My dad knew he had a name,” Steven acknowledges, “but he was a regular guy. His friends were regular people. He was very friendly; liked to go out and talk to people. Writing can be a lonely profession. When he had a bill to pay, like the power or something like that, he would often go out and pay it in person, just to be out around people.” One of the area’s attractions was that it was the winter home of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, and a lot of circus people retired there. Walter’s circle of friends included tiger trainers, trapeze artists, and an array of performers with a variety of backgrounds to keep his fascination with people working overtime. A particularly close friend was Captain William Heyer, who headed the circus’ equestrian division, specializing in dressage and high school training.

“It was pretty wild and wooly,” Tim amplifies. “It was a great habitat for sea life and wildlife. We moved down there partly because it was out in the middle of nowhere. That area was pretty quiet. We had three ponies, horses, dogs, a Great Dane.” The Great Dane, Thor, was a story in himself. “When I was born, my dad came home with a puppy,” Tim remembers. “My mother said the puppy was more work than me; she was ready to strangle him. Then [my dad] would take off and go on his book tour.” “I couldn’t figure out why he did that,” Rosemary admitted, “but finally I realized that he wanted to think that we would be safe so that he could go.” Eventually Thor had his own book, The Great Dane Thor, Farley’s only canine novel. The Great Dane Thor was a member of the Farley family.

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Walter with the Arabian stallion AM Little Luzon, whom he acquired from Bazy Tankersley in the 1960s.

But as much fun as he might have had living there, Farley also worked hard. With four children to feed, he poured out a steady stream of writing, usually rising at 4 a.m. to make use of the quiet time. “He had a routine,” Steven says. “My dad always said you can’t look at it like you’re going to write a whole book. You have to look at it like ‘I’m going to get a page done today.’ Hopefully you do more than that, but you look at it from what will add up after several days. Sometimes when we were little, he would bring us up to his office, and when he’d finish a book, we’d sit on his lap and type out ‘the end.’” No matter what, Walter had a standing date with Rosemary at the drug store every morning for coffee at 10:15. Later, she would recall that Venice was “a little tiny town and everybody in town would stop for coffee in there at 10:30.” “That was how we started the library,” she recounted, deftly switching the topic from the


personal to something she considered more important. “We started talking that Venice should have a library— the Women’s Club had one and was giving it up. We said to the guys at the morning coffee that we ought to get a library, and we did.” Today the Venice Public Library is the home of the Walter Farley Literary Landmark, a collection of Farley memorabilia and information honoring his work. By the early 1960s, it might have seemed that life for Walter Farley and his family was golden. The doors of the horse world—including those in Arabians—were opening for him, and his books were acclaimed worldwide. But as in any good story, fortune does not smile forever. A version of this article appeared in AHT in 2006. Next month we’ll continue with the life and influence of Walter Farley. n

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AmAteur Spotlight ... GABRIELLE AGUIRRE

What are the similarities between yourself and your horse? We are both determined. We put in everything we have in an effort to perform at our combined maximum ability. What do you most value in your friends? Your horses? I value honesty most in both my friends and my horses. Which living person do you most admire? I don’t admire one person most, but two specific people in my life. I admire my parents because of the effort they have put into providing my siblings and I with the lifestyle we live, and for making sacrifices to allow us to pursue our own opportunities. If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be and why? I would be Joel Kienser, so I could ride countless amazing horses. What is your most treasured memory with the Arabian horse? My first national championship on my five year old mare, Collect Call, in the Half-Arabian English Walk/Trot. What is your very first memory with the Arabian horse? When I was two years old, my grandmother sat me in the saddle and I screamed and cried, but when they went to take me off, I refused and held on to the horn for dear life. If you could show one horse from the past, who would you show and why? The only horse I’ve dreamed about showing is still alive. Sophisticated Lady looks like the most fun and exhilarating experience ever!


What is the most memorable piece of show ring advice you’ve ever received? Joel always tells me that I need to remember all of the tools in my toolbox when I hit the ring. I always remember this when I am stuck in a

situation, because that way I know that I always have resources to solve the problem. What would be your ultimate dream job? I would love to become a vet and work the Arabian show schedule, so that I would still be able to work and compete in a community that has always been a part of my life. What do you love most about showing Arabian horses? I love the connection I have with my horse. They are so intelligent, that they can sense what I feel and adjust their behavior.

I have experienced my fair share of wins and losses and even though the wins are the most uplifting, the losses have taught me the most. They have taught me to be persistent, because with enough determination, anything is possible and success is around the corner. Special thanks and appreciation to: I would like to thank my family, my horses, my trainers, and the Kiesner family, for their constant support and motivation. n

Who has had the biggest influence in your involvement with Arabians? My mom and grandparents, because they instilled their contagious passion in me, which has been a part of our family for many years. What piece of advice would you give to the 10-year-old version of yourself ? Work harder than you ever thought possible, because one day your dream may be attainable. What have you learned from riding and showing that has helped you in other areas of your life?

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In Memoriam Magnum Chall HVP (2001-2015) Often described as, “The One and Only,” 2001 crimson stallion Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) was immensely loved by his owners Raegen and Lucky Lurken of Rochester, Minn. He was also an Arabian horse who boasted great success inside the show ring, winning 2003 Scottsdale Unanimous Champion Stallion, 2004 U.S. National Junior Champion Stallion, 2005 Canadian National Junior Champion Stallion, and 2005 Brazilian National Champion Stallion. Beyond these striking wins in the show ring, Magnum Chall had a most impressive breeding career as well. He was the sire of a Scottsdale Champion Filly five years in a row from 20052009. Some of his most prominent get include Shakira WA, Spechall WLF, RD Challs Angel, D Caprio PA, Ultimate Chall HVP, Pschalla, Freedom PA, Challs Dream Girl, Satin Chall LL, and many more. And into the next generation, Magnum Chall’s daughters are proving to be amazing producers as RD Challs Angel is dam to 2014 U.S. National Champion and 2015 Scottsdale Champion Soul of Marwan AS, who is also shown by Sandro Piñha. On the imprint this stallion has left on the Lurken family, Lucky shares, “Magnum Chall has been everything to us. We took great pride in watching Sandro Piñha and David Boggs show him to National Champion wins in Brazil and in America. We loved every minute of watching our grandchildren love all over him. It is safe to say for Raegen and I both, Magnum Chall HVP was a cherished member of our family. We are deeply saddened by his loss.”

Dignity ER (2009-2015) 2009 gelding Dignity ER (Denali BHF x VH Starlight) was owned by Sarah Day Medina, and from the very beginning of her time with this charismatic horse, she knew he was special. Sarah reflects, “From the moment he was born, Dignity was a pistol. He was so full of life, full of himself and always ready to show off. He is a paternal brother to my retired show gelding Pseltic Star who won a lot and gave us some of my best show years. We always told Dignity he had some big shoes to fill! I’ll be darned if he didn’t win everything his brother won! Many regional championships, Reserve National Champion Open Gelding, Unanimous Scottsdale Signature 4-Year-Old Gelding and most recent, 2014 U.S. National Champion Amateur Gelding. He will always be my all-time favorite horse to run in the ring with and who never let me down with his trotting and snorting!” Through years of show ring success, superior care, and priceless memories, Sarah acknowledges those who made it possible, sharing, “We are extremely grateful to Team Krichke for the outstanding care they gave Dignity ER during his show career and while at their farm.” She adds, “Dignity will be sorely missed, forever in our hearts and very hard to replace. He has a full sister that is due to have her first foal by Eddison any day now, and that, hopefully, will enter the show ring in his place.”


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June 26-29, 2015, Saddle Seat Riding Clinic, William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri. Contact: Gayle Lampe, 573-592-4395. August 7-10, 2015, Saddle Seat Riding Clinic, William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri. Contact: Gayle Lampe, 573-592-4395.


May 16-17, 2015, Region 8 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: Evelyn Ann Huff, 505-437-0977. May 17, 2015, Region 18 50-Mile Endurance Championship, Millbrook, ON, Canada. Contact: Michelle Bignell, 705-932-2314. May 27-28, 2015, Region 1 Championship and Pre-Show, Del Mar, CA. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 262-355-9101. May 27-30, 2015, Region 9 Championship, Fort Worth, TX. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 28-31, 2015, Region 1 Championship, Del Mar, CA. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. May 29, 2015, Region 4 Dressage 4th Level & Up Offsite Championship, Auburn, WA. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. May 30-31, 2015, Region 5 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Auburn, WA. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. May 31, 2015, Region 14 Hunter/Jumper Offsite Championship, Aiken, SC. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. June 4-6, 2015 Region 8 Championship, Denver, CO. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 10-14, 2015, Region 10 Championship, St. Paul, MN. Contact: Leesa Berhow, 715-294-3092. June 12-14, 2015, Region 13 Dressage/Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Edinburgh, IN. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039.

June 13, 2015, Region 1 50-Mile Endurance Championship Ride, Decanso, CA. Contact: Jennifer Bishop, 760-518-7065. June 18-21, 2015, Region 13 Championship, Springfield, OH. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 19-21, 2015, Region 2 Championship, Santa Barbara, CA. Contact: Joyce Ann Schroeder, 805-432-6890. June 19-21, 2015, Western Canadian Breeders Championship, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Sproule, 306-752-4240. June 20-21, 2015, Region 10 Sport Horse/ Dressage Offsite Championship, Waukesha, WI. Contact: Nancy Miller, 608-825-9986. June 23-27, 2015, Region 4 Championship, Nampa, ID. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 25-28, 2015, Region 14 Championship, Lexington, KY. Contact: 937-962-4336. June 26-27, 2015, Pacific Slope H/J & Carriage Driving Offsite Championship, Elk Grove, CA. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706. June 27-28, 2015, Region 3 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Elk Grove, CA. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706. July 2, 2015, Eastern Canadian Breeders Championship, London, ON, Canada. Contact: Pam Worts, 519-681-3943. July 2-3, 2015, Region 6 Championship, Douglas, WY. Contact: Claude Clark, 406-388-3364. July 2-5, 2015, Region 11 Championship, Springfield, IL. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. July 2-5, 2015, Region 15 Championship, Lexington, VA. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. July 3-4, 2015, Region 18 Championship, London, ON, Canada. Contact: Pam Worts, 519-681-3943. July 7-11, 2015, Region 3 Championship, Reno, NV. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 7-11, 2015, Region 5 Championship and Pre-Show, Monroe, WA. Contact: 253-847-8842. July 8-11, 2015, Region 16 Championship, W. Springfield, MA. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. July 21-25, 2015, Region 17 Championship, Calgary, Alberta. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. July 31-August 2, 2015, East Coast Championship, Lexington, VA. Contact: Pamela McDermott, 770-728-4383.

September 6, 2015, Region 18 Sport Horse & Dressage Championships Offsite, Campbellville, ON, Canada. Contact: Dan Cross, 519-483-2239.

SHOWS MAY May 13-15, 2015, Zia Classic A and B, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: Evelyn Ann Huff, 505-437-0977. May 14-17, 2015, NYS Horse Breeders Show, Syracuse, NY. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-701-9378. May 15-17, 2015, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, CA. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 15-17, 2015, AHACO Arab Show A and B, Eugene, OR. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. May 15-17, 2015, ARK Arabian Victory Challenge Show A and B, Texarkana, AR. Contact: Alan Harmon, 501-330-2272. May 15-17, 2015, NJ HAHA A and B, Allentown, NJ. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. May 16, 2015, Utah AHC May Madness One Day Show, South Jordan, UT. Contact: Dayle Dickhaut, 208-234-0157. May 16-17, 2015, NMAHA May One Day Show I and II, Verndale, MN. Contact: Mary Smith, 859-489-3145. May 21-22, 2015, IEAHC Memorial Day Classic A and B Show, Spokane, WA. Contact: Lisa Kolke, 360-687-2256. May 21-24, 2015, Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, OH. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 22-24, 2015, SCHAA Arabian Show, Temecula, CA. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. May 22-24, 2015, CAHC Spring Show A and B, Denver, CO. Contact: Farra Baker, 303-355-7633. May 22-24, 2015, Spindletop Spring Arabian Show, Katy, TX. Contact: Charlene Lynch, 214-403-0460. May 22-24, 2015, AHC of CT Horse Show, West Springfield, MA. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 22-24, 2015, The Badger Classic, Jefferson, WI. Contact: Pamela Scoggins, 217-369-7753. May 23-24, 2015, MAHA Spring One Day Show I and II A, Billings, MT. Contact: Becky McAllister, 406-861-4929. May 23-24, 2015, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B, Des Moines, IA. Contact: Region 11. Volume 45, No. 12 | 313

Calendar Of Events May 27-31, 2015, Illinois/Arab Inc. All Arabian Show, Springfield, IL. Contact: Region 11. May 28-29, 2015, Arabian Sport Horse Celebration and R4 Qualifier, Auburn, WA. Contact: Kaye Phaneuf, 503-651-3037. May 29, 2015, Aurora 4/5 Qualifier A and B Show, Ponoka, AB, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. May 29-30, 2015, NC PAHA Arabian Show, Hughesville, PA. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. May 29-31, 2015, Comstock Spring Fiesta A and B Show, Carson City, Nevada. Contact: Shannon Johnson, 775-750-0237. May 29-31, 2015, Showtime 2015, East Lansing, MI. Contact: Sally Epps, 920-992-3293. May 29-31, 2015, Palmetto Sport Horse Classic, Aiken, SC. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. May 29-31, 2015, Virginia Arabian Show and Futurity A and B, Doswell, VA. Contact: Kelva Alexander, 540-351-0010. May 30-31, 2015, Aurora Arabian Summer Show, Ponoka, AB, Canada. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538. May 30-31, 2015, SAHA Spring Icebreaker, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Contact: Chantelle Dawn Rutledge, 306-483-2434. JUNE June 2-6, 2015, The Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: June 3, 2015, Region 8 Lead-In Show, Denver, CO. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 5-7, 2015, Gold Coast Classic, Watsonville, CA. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. June 5-7, 2015, Eastern Classic, Hamburg, NY. Contact: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907. June 6-7, 2015, Medallion II A and B Show, Wilmington, OH. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 6-7, 2015, AHAEC Summer Sizzler, Western Agriplex, London, ON. Canada. Contact: Pam Worts, 519-681-3943. June 9-10, 2015, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, MN. Contact: Leesa Berhow, 715-294-3092. June 11-14, 2015, WA Midsummer Classic A and B, Monroe, WA. Contact: Bonny Braden, 425-338-1431. June 11-14, 2015, Blue Ridge Arabian Classic A and B, Lexington, VA. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. 314 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

June 11-14, 2015, Hoosier Horse Classic, Edinburgh, IN. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 12-14, 2015, The Alberta Classic A and B, Ponoka, AB, Canada. Contact: Aldona Tracey, 780-986-6731. June 12-14, 2015, NJ HAHA Classic, Allentown, NJ. Contact: Joan Mitch, 610-914-7008. June 17-18, 2015, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, CA. Contact: Joyce Ann Schroeder, 805-432-6890. June 17, 2015, Region 13 Pre Show A and B, Springfield, OH. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 20, 2015, Summer Salsa One Day Show A and B, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6823. June 20-22, 2015, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, ID. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 21, 2015, Summer Salsa Sport Horse and Dressage One Day Show, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: Tara Turner, 505-832-6823. June 24, 2015, Region 14 Silverama, Lexington, KY. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. June 25, 2015, Tulip Festival Show, Richmond Fairgrounds, Richmond, ON, Canada. Contact: Lisa McGowan, June 25-26, 2015, Pacific Coast Arabian Sport Horse Classic, Elk Grove, CA. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706. June 25-27, 2015, AHANE 61st “BIG MONEY” Arabian Show, West Springfield, MA. Contact: Lurline Combs, 603-627-8645. June 27-28, 2015, PA Junior Amateur Games I and II One Day Show, Centre Hall, PA. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. June 27-28, 2015, Island Classics Arabian Horse Show, Victoria, BC, Canada. Contact: Gerald McDonald, 250-722-2150. JULY July 1, 2015, Region 11 Pre-Show A and B, Springfield, IL. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. July 1, 2015, Markel Firecracker Classic, Lexington, VA. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. July 2, 2015, Region 18 Last Chance, London, Ontario. Contact: Pam Worts, 519-681-3943. July 5-7, 2015, Region 3 Last Chance Qualifying Show, Reno, NV. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288.

July 6, 2015, Region 5 Pre-Show, Monroe, WA. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. July 8, 2015, Region 16 Hunter/Jumper Qualifier, West Springfield, MA. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. July 9-12, 2015, Great Arabian Get Together, Randolph, MN. Contact: Leesa Berhow, 715-294-3092. July 10, 2015, Road Runner Sport Horse Qualifying One Day Show, Tucson, AZ. Contact: Rosemary Gordon Panuco, 520-797-6921. July 11-12, 2015, OVAHA Summer Sizzler II A and B, Springfield, OH. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. July 30, 2015, Eastern Arab Horse Show, Lexington, VA. Contact: Pamela McDermott, 770-728-4383. AUGUST August 6-8, 2015, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO. Contact: Lenard Davenport, 417-725-3864. August 8, 2015, Southern Cross Cutting Summer Spectacular One Day Show, Foster, OK. Contact: Kristina Garland, 940-580-0383. August 15-16, AHAM Summer One Day Show I and II, Mason, MI. Contact: Sara Ressler, 248-922-0148. August 21-23, 2015, Heritage Arabian Classic I A and B, Wakefield, VA. Contact: Marie Taylor, 804-314-5216. August 23, 2015, ASAAD Summer Fun One Day Show, Valparaiso, IN. Contact: Melanie Schuhmacher Forbes, 219-671-2461. August 27-30, 2015, CRAA Summer Spectacular Arabian Show, West Springfield, MA. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. August 28-30, 2015, Annual Magnolia Summer Sizzler, Perry, GA. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. August 28-30, 2015, New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-561-1634. August 29-30, 2015, OHAHA Fall Show A and B, Wilmington, OH. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. SEPTEMBER September 3-7, 2015, Iowa Fall Classic and Gold Star Futurity, Des Moines, IA. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. September 4-6, 2015, Fall Santa Barbara Show, Santa Barbara, CA. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101.

Calendar Of Events September 4-6, 2015, WMAHA Fall Classic, Mason, MI. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. September 4-6, 2015, Silver Spur All Arabian Show, Hamburg, NY. Contact: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907. September 5, 2015, CAHC Southern Division One Day Show @ Latigo, Elbert, CO. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. September 5, 2015, Milestone Summer Show, Campbellville, ON, Canada. Contact: Cheryl Smith-Ehrlick, 905-854-0762. September 11-13, 2015, ABU All Arabian Show, Springfield, IL. Contact: Laurie Persson, 920-568-9073. September 18-20, 2015, CAHC Fall Show, Castle Rock, CO. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. September 19-20, 2015, Ringside Sport Spectacular, Lake St. Louis, MO. Contact: Ryan Chambers, 314-717-7683. September 25-27, 2015, Diablo Fall Fling, Elk Grove, CA. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372.

September 25-27, 2015, Arabian Fall Classic, Eugene, OR. Contact: Heather Engstrom, 541-689-9700. September 26-27, 2015, Equine Ventures Unlimited Arabian Fall Classic One Day Show I and II, Mt. Vernon, MO. Contact: Lenard Davenport, 417-725-3864.


May 29-31, 2015, AHDRA Endure 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride I, II and II, and 50-Mile Endurance Ride I and II, Chandlerville, IL. Contact: Christopher Power, 217-648-2974. August 8, 2015, Santiam Cascade 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Sisters, OR. Contact: Anna Sampson, 503-829-6002. October 15, 2015, Foothills Of The Cascade 50-Mile Endurance Ride, Molalla, OR. Contact: Anna Sampson, 503-829-6002.


July 18-25, 2015, Youth Nationals, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact AHA: 303-696-4500.

August 16-22, 2015, Canadian Nationals, Brandon, Manitoba. Contact AHA: 303-696-4500. September 15-20, 2015, Sport Horse Nationals, Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact AHA: 303-696-4500. October 23-31, 2015, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact AHA: 303-696-4500.


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Abel Family, The ......................................................................................... 10, 11 Adandy Farm ......................................................... 16, 17, 2-3English (192, 193) AHT Arabians of the Southeast..................................................................... 168 AHT Boutique.........................................................................................266, 316 AHT International Coverage ........................................4-5WorldCup (98, 99) AHT Marketing .......................................................................................... 61, 92 AHT Subscriptions ......................................................................................... 322 AKS Farms.................................................................................. 35English (225) Al Khair Stud...............................................................................12Privilege (46) Al Mohamadia Stud .................... 6-7Privilege (40-41), 14-15Privilege (48-49) Al Nasser Stud ............................................................................................IFC, 1 Al Shaqab .................................................................................................169-172 Al Zobara Stud ....................................4-5MW (116, 117), 56World Cup (150) Albaydaa Stud ..........................................8-9Privilege (42, 43), 12Privilege (46), ............................................................. 16-17Privilege (50, 51), 24Privilege (58) Alfabia Stud .................................................................................10Privilege (44) Aljassimya Farm........................................................................................... 5, 151 Arabian Celebration .......................................................................................... 32 Arabian Reining Breeders Classic ..............................................................62, 63 Arabian Soul Partners ....................................................................................... 93 Arabians International.....................................................2-3World Cup (96, 97) Arabians Ltd. ................................................................................................19-21 Argent Farms LLC..........................................................................................2, 3 Aria International .............................................................. 10-11MW (122, 123) Ariela Arabians ............................................................................18Privilege (52) Arrowhead Farm ................................................................ 6-7English (196-197) Art Dekko Partners LLC ................................................. 10-11MW (122, 123) Athbah Stud ............................................................................................324, IBC

Kiesner Training ................................................... 12-15English (202-205), 244

B Bautista Vach Stud.......................................................................13Privilege (47) Bay Area Equine Vet Camp LLC .................................................................. 276 Beethe Arabians .............................................................. 17-21English (207-211) BL Ranch .................................................................................... 34English (224) Boisvert Farms .............................................................. 32-33English (222, 223)

C Cedar Ridge Arabians ..................8-9English (198, 199), 52English (242), 243 Chestnuthill Arabians .................................................................................66, 67 Conway Arabians .........................................................................31English (221)

D DeRegnaucourt Ltd.................................................................................256, 257 Dreamco Arabians .......................................................................................22, 23

E Earthquake Arabians ....................................................................................... 276 Elite Equine Marketing LLC.....................................................21English (211) Eyecatcher Advertising & Photography ........................................................... 59

F Flynn, L.A. ....................................................................22-23English (212, 213) Four Moore Ranch ..........................................................................................2, 3 Freewill Farm ................................................................................................... 267 Frierson Atkinson ............................................................................................ 316

G Giacomo Capacci Arabians ...................................................... 156-161, 324-BC Golladay Training........................................................................26English (216)

H HA Toskcan Sun LLC............................................................... 30English (220) Hegg, Mrs. Mickey ......................................................................................... 316 Hennessey Arabian Horse Partners............................................11English (201)

L Las Rosas Arabians......................................................................................14, 15

M Markel .............................................................................................................. 316 Maroon Fire Arabians ...................................................190, 1English (191), 317 Matlack, DVM, David ..................................................28-29English (218, 219) Midwest ................................................ 8, 9, 111, 4-12MW (116-124), 125, 126

N North Arabians ................................................................... 94, 1World Cup (95)

O Oak Haven Arabians ....................................................................................... 189 Oak Ridge Arabians .............................................................. 8-9MW (120, 121)

P Pay-Jay Arabians .............................................................................................. 316 Privilege Arabians...........................................FC, 33, 34, 1-24Privilege (35-58)

R R.O. Lervick Arabians .................................................................................... 317 RB Arabian Stud .................................................... 8, 9, 20-21Privilege (54, 55) Regency Cove Farms ........................................................................................... 7 River Run Farms LLC ...................................................17-20English (207-210) Rooker Training Stable .............................................................. 10English (200)

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V Van Dyke, Les & Diane ..............................................................................12, 13 Vicki Humphrey Training Center ...16English (206), 22-23English (212, 213)

W Weihburg Collection ...................................................................22Privilege (56) Whelihan Arabian Farms ............................................ 24-25English (214, 215) Wilkins Livestock Insurers ............................................................................. 317

Z Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. ..............................................33-39World Cup (127-133)

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