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Contents Issue 2 • Volume 45, No. 9

Hariry Al Shaqab




2014 Breeders of National Arabian Champions And Reserve Champions


Leader Of The Times: Baskghazi by Kara Larson


Cover Story: Truest by Anne Stratton


Presenting The Personalities: Bart Van Buggenhout with Jeff Wallace


Women Around The World: Marty Shea with Jeff Wallace


1985 Polish Ovation Sale … Remembered by Jeff Wallace


The Majesty Of Ajman by Jeff Wallace


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


The Fountain Of Youth by Katharine Trask


Illuminating His Path To Greatness—Hariry Al Shaqab


“A Field Of Arabians” Gains A Sequel With Al-Marah Arabians Clermont Homecoming by Elizabeth Kaye McCall


A Judges Perspective: Dick Adams with Jeff Wallace


Hollywood Toi Foundation—The Beginning Of Something Beautiful by Kara Larson


The Big Picture … Endurance Edition by Kara Larson


2015 Scottsdale Preview—Past Success Inspires Innovation by Kara Larson


Women Around The World: Lisa Luton with Jeff Wallace


Honoring Rose Taylor: Her Life With The Arabian Horse with Kara Larson


The Arabian Horse—Poland’s National Treasure, 5th Excerpt by Zenon Lipowicz and George Zbyszewski


Futurity Programs—Big Strides In 2015 by Kara Larson


Denver’s Holiday Hoorah One Day Horse Show— Festivity and Fun On A Budget by Catherine Cole Ferandelli


The 2014 Brazilian Nationals—Celebrating 50 Years by Rogerio Santos


The Future Of Lesson Programs In An Urban World by Kara Larson


In Memoriam

Futurity Reining

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2 futurity reining Arabian And Half-Arabian Reining … A Breeder’s Perspective And More by Christy Egan

On The Cover:

Truest (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), owned by Truest Partners.



In Memoriam


Comments From The Publisher


A Leg Up by Heather Smith Thomas


25 Things You Don’t Know About Me …


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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From The Publisher

Horses And Charity—A Win/Win Situation I just got back to Minnesota from Scottsdale, where I attended the farm tours put on by During the tours, my parents and I, along with the John and Sharon Ames family, hosted a fundraiser on New Year’s Eve for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit. It was a chilly night in Scottsdale, but inside the tent we set up for our guests was magical. We had both horse and non-horse people in attendance. On this evening, both communities came together and raised more than $200,000. It was great for the hospital and for the children who suffer from cancer, but it was also important for the Arabian horse community, bringing in newcomers and some from other breeds into our fold. The farm tours and fundraiser were both great ways to introduce families to the Arabian breed. I encourage all of you who have horses, to get involved with a local charity and do your part, both to help the charity and the breed. Your mission is only to introduce people to the Arabian horse and the delight it has brought to you and the people close to you. How? There are so many ways! You can host an event at your farm, donate a horse or a breeding to be auctioned off for charity, donate a lesson package, or more. The choices are endless, whatever you can think up. If any of those options are beyond your means, please consider donating magazines or a subscription. I can tell you from my own experience that it is hard to find someone that does not fall in love with an Arabian horse, and this is a great way to share the Arabian horse with a cause that is near and dear to your heart. Everyone benefits!

Lara Ames Lara Ames Publisher


Be ringside to enjoy Apalo’s return to center ring on the first weekend of the Scottsdale Show. Make an appointment to see him in person, following the International classes, and discuss his important role in your breeding program.

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Joining Forces with the ARBC "The ARBC has given those of us who show Arabian reining horses, another opportunity to demonstrate our breed's abilities to a wider audience. Brumley Management has created and runs, the finest event at the finest venue in the country. It's a highlight of mine and my clients' show season." —Tyson Randle, NRHA Professional, Scottsdale, AZ

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Scottsdale Yearling Fillies

with Andrew Sellman Sir Marwan CRF x Exotic Angel AB

Trained by Argent Farms 92 County Rd. F, River Falls, WI 54022 | (C) 715.760.2466

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Thank You

... to all who gave so generously to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital at the Ames' New Year's Gala! The Abel Family Butch Ames Dick and Lollie Ames John and Sharon Ames Ronnie Ames Tom Ames Arabian Horse Assoc. of Arizona Arabians International Arabian Soul Partners LLC Scott Bailey and David Cains Bob Battaglia


Bob and Janene Boggs Delsan Arabian LLC Paul and Ann Emerson Eureka Construction Fazenda Floresta Tamara and George Fiscus Darcy and Bill Flood Robert and Jan Hart Highland Pride Arabians Maureen Horton Bob and Pat Husband Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone Knoff

The Marino Family Jerry Miller Midwest Training North Arabians Mike and Christine Pastiak Psynergy Enterprise Developments Royal Arabians Sands Chevrolet/Dave Kissell Sue and Steve Sidles Karen and Craig Stull Peg and Gene Tonsager


The Tale of...


Aria Jamina & Aria Elita | Justify x BK Tamina ~ 2008 Mares

Once there were two sisters. In fact, they were twins! ArIA JAmInA and ArIA ElItA were tall and elegant sisters. throughout the land, they were awarded roses and ribbons for their great beauty. From their very first foal crop, Aria Jamina and Aria Elita produced amazing sons and daughters who are now already National Champions! Watch as this Tale of Two Sisters continues with their spectacular offspring at the 2015 Scottsdale Show. Thank you to the owners of these offspring for believing in them, we wish you great success and happiness.


ArAbiAn Horse Futures 2014 Aht tOp 5 BrEEDEr OF nAtIOnAl nAt nA AtIO FuturIty WInnErs Presenting Aria Jamina and Aria Elita’s First Foals &

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Dakharo x Aria Jamina - 2011 2014 Canadian National Champion Futurity Filly and Canadian National Champion Mare, AOT AOTh Owned by h hal & Margo Weber


DA Valentino x Aria Elita - 2011 2014 Canadian National reserve Champion Futurity Colt Owned by Arabian h horse Futures


DA Valentino x Aria Elita- 2011 2014 Canadian National Top 5 Futurity Filly Owned By Lori Watson

Future champions...

DESErT quEEN AF Stival x Aria Jamina - 2013 Owned by Brad herman h

LEVANTE Stival x Aria Jamina - 2014 Owned by Wally Alvarez

ESTELITA AF Trussardi x Aria Elita - 2013 Owned by Arabian h horse Futures

MCF Tru ELATION Trussardi x Aria Elita - 2014 Owned by k keith & kristi k h hainy

In Waiting... Aria Jamina x Van Gogh AF due in 2015 Announcing... Aria Elita x Kahil al Shaqab embryo available through the IntArah Dream Embryo Auction Aria Elita & Aria Jamina - Owned by ArABIAn hOrsE FuturEs Ken and JoAnne White: 519-853-3780 | tracy White: 218-390-0102 | E-mAIl:

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the sire ... Nominated Breeders Sweepstakes AEPA Enrolled Sire


TITLEIST BF Nobilistic BF x PWA Tusea 2011 Gelding • Owned by Boisvert Farms 2014 National Champion Country English Pleasure Futurity

GIRL NEXT DOOR BF Nobilistic BF x Roomate LOA 2009 H/A Mare • Owned by Sarah Jeu 2013 Canadian National Champion H/A Country English Pleasure JTR 18 & Under Multi-National Top Ten Winner

MEGATROPOLIS BF Nobilistic BF x Clover Hill's Blazing Luck 2009 H/A Gelding • Congratulations to new owners, Ellis Arabians 2014 U.S. National Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure Jr. Horse 2013 Canadian National Champion Country English Pleasure Jr. Horse 2012 U.S. National Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure Futurity

Contact us for breeding and sales information.

BOISVERT FARMS, LLC Scott & Susan Purdin Amanda Purdin Standish & Rhein Standish 630 Louisiana Avenue • Baton Rouge, LA 70802 farm: 225.933.6109 • Volume 45, No. 9 | 33

Clover Hill's Blaszing Luck


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Afire Phantom BF - 2005 mare by Afire Bey V Sparkafire BF - 2005 gelding by Afire Bey V Blaze Afire BF - 2005 gelding by Afire Bey V

Job JF - 1996 Gelding by Defiancce

Megatropolis BF - 2009 gelding by Nobilistic BF

Broadway King BF - 2011 gelding by Nobilistic BF

Sal Mineo BF 2008 gelding by Mamage

Natalie Woods BF - 2008 mare by Mamage

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In breeding Arabian horses, the journey begins with great amounts of research, an understanding of strength in traits, bloodlines, and potential crosses, a revisit to past successes and failures, and once all of this is behind a breeder, only intuition and hoping for the best inspires a final decision. With all of these factors occurring before the foal even becomes a reality, it is clear that breeders take a great risk every time they pair two horses in hopes of creating the next superstar. We honor the most winning breeders of 2014. As Arabian National wins amounted over the year for the most excellent horses in the show ring, a select group of breeders stood out in their breeding choices, their hard work, and their unique intuition to create a worthwhile Arabian show horse and exceptional individual. It is their efforts that help to continue this great breed and we are grateful for their love and allegiance to the Arabian horse as the top breeders of 2014. â– 36 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Top Breeders of 2014 U.S., Canadian, Youth and Sport Horse National Purebred Arabian Champions and Reserves 14 Champion or Reserve Winners Bazy Tankersley 7 Champion or Reserve Winners Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. 6 Champion or Reserve Winners Cedar Ridge Farm Varian Arabians 5 Champion or Reserve Winners Susan Fyfe R.O. Lervick Arabians 4 Champion or Reserve Winners Calif. State Polytechnic Univ. Empress Arabians Katharyn Hart Claire and Margaret Larson Murray and Shirley Popplewell Prestige Farms LLC Marty Shea 3 Champion or Reserve Winners J. Frank and Sara Chisholm Michigan State University Miller Arabians Strawberry Banks Farm Mark and Valerie Sylla Tom and June Yahola

2 Champion or Reserve Winners Larry and Kelly Alcorn Richard Ames Sandra Arabsky and Herman Steunenberg Brett and Marjie Becker H R and Martha Bell Donald and Ann Benson Robert and Janene Boggs Michael Byatt Nick and Juliet Carden Desert Winds Arabians LLC Richard DeWalt Dolorosa Arabians Ltd. DST Arabians Patty Feola Edward and Laura Friesen Marilyn and Francis Gannon Alicia Guzman Pace Tamara Hanby High Star Farms LLC Live Oak Arabians, Inc. Mulawa Arabian Stud Pty. Ltd. Pegasus Arabians Lindsay Rinehart Shawn and Carmelle Rooker Carol Steppe S G and Sandra Swanson Taylor Arabians Les and Diane Van Dyke Richard, Gail and Anne Whitaker Julane White and Vicki Shula Ken and Tracy White Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc.

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Dear John and Leah,

W e look for ward to joining

force s w ith y ou on y our ne w endeavour. Thi s i s a ver y e xciting time for all . We thank you for all the success you have provided us over the last few years and look for ward to the future. All the best in 2015! Love,

Dick, Lollie and Lara Ames

Jordan, Minnesota | Scottsdale, Arizona

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Leaders Of The Times: February Calendar Feature

by Kara Larson

Baskghazi (Baske Afire x RY Fire Ghazi).

From the very beginning, Baskghazi (Baske Afire x RY Fire Ghazi) of Smoky Mountain Park Arabians has shown brilliant promise. In the show ring, he boasts a top ten in the English pleasure futurity at Scottsdale in 2008, and a top ten in open English at U.S. Nationals with Tish Kondas in 2010. Baskghazi’s extremely long, upright neck, great legs, attitude, and extreme trot, have aided his success in becoming an accomplished sire. With confidence in these attributes and how they are being passed along to subsequent generations, owner Jacque Thompson still finds great excitement in 42 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

owning this 11-year-old stallion. “The most exciting part, is the joy of seeing his unique consistent stamp placed again and again on his babies. They have a particular look with lots of beauty, talent, and pizazz. Excellent English conformation with great hocks, short back, and trainable attitudes are the common traits among his offspring. Also common among our clients who have bred to Baskghazi is that they genuinely love their resulting foals. They call each year with glowing reports. Most tell me that their Baskghazi babies are the best their mares have ever produced.”

Clearly, Jacque is quite the proponent of the Baskghazi progeny. Year after year, she is more and more impressed by his ability to pass along quality, beauty, and talent. Baskghazi as a sire has amazing statistics. In his first four foal crops, 30 percent of his get are U.S. National award winners, Regional winners and Class A Champions. The oldest get of Baskghazi are now old enough to be shown in the futurities and Junior English Horse, as well as being incredible halter horses. But from his growing list of successful get, does Jacque have any favorites? She laughs, “Favorites? I have many. Topping that list right now is Supreme Sensation SMP, who we bred and is now owned by Kim Jarvis. He was reserve in the three-year-old English Futurity class at U.S. Nationals this year with Jimmy Stachowski in the irons. Also among my favorites is Quintessential Fire, Region 12 Reserve Champion Country Junior Horse owned by LA Flynn and shown by Vicki Humphrey. Both are from Baskghazi’s early foal crops and the fact that they are still young and performing so well underscores Baskghazi as a breeding stallion.”  Beyond these individual stars, Jacque is able to take a step back to consider Baskghazi’s potential to resonate with many owners for years to come. Jacque states, “Baskghazi has lots to offer! You know about the quality his offspring exude. You have seen the motion in the ring and depicted in photos, but what you can’t see is the trainability. The Baskghazi get trainability is proven by trainers the likes of Jim Stachowski, Joel Kiesner, Vicki Humphrey and Tish Kondas, as well as the Smoky Mountain Park Arabians’ current trainers, Cortney Schafer Downey and pro ten trainer, Quinton Des Fountain.” And it is this trainability that takes Baskghazi’s potential greatness into the realm of reality. This reality inspires a whole new set of goals and hopes for the future. Jacque reveals that the first has to do with inspiring confidence. She shares, “One goal is to continue to help people with their Baskghazi young stock. We want to support them with a plan we use that allows the consistency of the Baskghazi get to become great show horses as adults. In our start-up years at Smoky Mountain Park, we have been proving Baskghazi with a variety of mares that in turn produced consistently from a variety of pedigrees. It is great that people with Baskghazi get are being rewarded financially as good investments. Baskghazi get continue each year to increase and develop their talents to be top quality show horses and now also as wonderful breeding horses.” On to the second goal. This one focuses on believing in this stallion and acting on this belief. Jacque shares, “Associated with the first goal is to continue standing

Supreme Sensation SMP (Baskghazi x A Love Supreme), 2014 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure Futurity with Jim Stachowski.

Baskghazi at public stud—allowing his great bloodlines to become part of their breeding and show programs. Though Baskghazi is a relatively young sire, early career wins in the halter division include purebreds, Baskadonis SMP and Baskathena SMP, and Half-Arabians Baskghazillionheir SMP and Negligee SMP.  Jacque adds, “Baskghazi’s pedigree has 4 crosses to *Bask, creating get as Bask did, get that can win in both halter and performance. His bloodlines also include Afire Bey V, El Ghazi and Huckleberry Bey. We are convinced by the proven success of the Baskghazi get in the halter divisions, that breeders who bring their halter mares to him will create as *Bask did, a horse that will win championships in halter and performance. For this reason, in 2015 we are offering discounts as incentive to breed to one of the best producing stallions in the nation.” With big goals to aspire to and the talent, conformation, and vitality to back it up, Baskghazi continues to boldly extend his reach as a premier Arabian stallion. And for this, Jacque is incredibly grateful. She is also grateful for the promising and winning progeny, and the wonderful people who have supported Jacque and Baskghazi along the way. She shares, “We appreciate our early supporters like Becky Upchurch whose Half-Arabians, Chilled to Perfection and Baske Ghazelle, by Baskghazi have both been winning in the show ring since 2011.” And in a nod to the future, Jacque adds, “We are very excited about the future of Baskghazi and welcome all owners and breeders to share and become part of the Baskghazi heritage.” n Volume 45, No. 9 | 43

Sired by Trussardi (Stival x Precious As Gold) Out of Marlene Dietrich (Marwan Al Shaqab x Bey Fireeshah)

Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich by Marwan Al Shaqab SCID & CA Clear Breeders Sweepstakes & Scottsdale Signature Nominated Owned by Truest Partners, LLC Jeff Sloan and Tony Shooshani Standing at GallĂşn Farms, Inc. Santa Ynez, CA 805.693.0083 WWW.GALLUNFARMS.COM

SCID & CA Clear Breeders Sweepstakes & Scottsdale Signature Nominated Owned by Truest Partners, LLC Jeff Sloan and Tony Shooshani Standing at GallĂşn Farms, Inc. Santa Ynez, CA 805.693.0083 WWW.GALLUNFARMS.COM



For a horse who hasn’t been in the ring much, Truest is causing a bit of a stir. Through the fall, there has been a noticeable hum of curiosity. “Is that the colt at Greg Gallún’s? I’m hearing good things …” “Great pedigree.” “I saw back east last summer …” “Well, he’s growing up! You have to see him now.” Volume 45, No. 9 | 49

Gallún nods at the “you have to see him” assessment; he has had the colt since August, when Truest Partners Tony Shooshani and Jeff Sloan purchased him from Silver Stag Arabians, and in just six months has watched him mature steadily. The typey bay always has been a nice horse, he notes, but now he’s on track for wow. “He looks exactly as a young stallion should,” Gallún says. “He’s elegant, beautiful, leggy, and his neck and shoulder are absolutely incredible—actually, his quality level is absolutely incredible. But he’s still a young man; he’s not an overdeveloped, overblown individual. He has a little maturing to do, but in a positive way.”


Even for Gallún, describing Truest is a tricky business. As others are finding, words don’t seem to tell the whole story, particularly in an industry that hurls adjectives around like lightning bolts. With Truest, it is not that each word isn’t true; it is that they don’t go far enough. Gallún resorts to known commodities: names that appear in the colt’s pedigree. “He’s the next generation of Stival,” the trainer says, “and he’s like Marwan, the next level.” Understanding the colt’s pedigree also helps to explain his quality (and illustrates why, as a breeding stallion, he will command attention). Bred by John Brown and Robert Williams at Rojo Arabians, he offers a roadmap of historic bloodlines. Noticeably, he offers two crosses to Gazal

Al Shaqab; his sire, Trussardi, is by the Gazal son Stival, and his dam, Marlene Dietrich, is by Marwan Al Shaqab, also a son of Gazal. And his granddams? None other than Precious As Gold, who in addition to being a U.S. and Canadian National Top Ten Mare, produced not just Trussardi, but the mega-breeding stallion Versace as well; and one of Bey Shah’s top daughters, Bey Fireeshah, U.S. National Champion Mare and Futurity Filly. Bey Fireeshah was out of a heroine of the early 1980s, U.S. National Champion in English pleasure and pleasure driving, Bint Miss Fire (herself a daughter of national champions). “He really represents his pedigree phenomenally well,” Gallún remarks. Before he was acquired by the partners, Truest began his own career in the show ring. A bit gangly and coltish, he notched a top five at Region 12 as a yearling, exhibiting enough potential to catch the eye of Delaware horsewoman Cathy Vincent, who recruited client Merrilee Lyons to buy him. Over the next year with Vincent, he recorded championships at the Buckeye and Region 14, and along the way, attracted the attention of trainer Keith Krichke, who called Jeff Sloan. Sloan, known for putting together innovative partnerships on top horses, asked for more information and Krichke got it; he visited Truest in person and got on the phone with a clear message—“You need to look at this horse.” Sloan, sorting through his list of clients for who might be a good match, settled on Los Angeles real estate developer Tony Shooshani, new to the business but enthusiastic and blessed with good instincts. Just a few months before, in Las Vegas, Shooshani had approached Sloan to say that he liked his style, recognized his success and wanted to be a partner when the right opportunity came along. Truest, Sloan felt, might be the right horse. When he considers a horse, Sloan says, he always thinks of what handler is the best match for that

individual, and given Truest’s style, he enlisted Greg Gallún, with whom both he and Shooshani already kept horses. Sloan then made arrangements to personally evaluate the colt in Delaware and invited Greg and Tony to join him. Before he got on a plane to see Truest, however, Gallún did his homework. For background, he called a few well known horsemen who had judged the colt recently. “Every one gave not just a good report, but a glowing report,” he recalls. “One nationally-known judge said, ‘It’s not like he’s just a good horse; he’s the best one I’ve judged in the past few years.’” What Gallún found when he got to know the colt is that the quality reaches through the bloodlines and the conformation, all the way to his persona. “Truest is a good man,” he smiles. “He’s very sincere, no drama. You don’t hear him in his stall, he’s a hard worker and he’s a real gentleman. I don’t know Trussardi, but he seems like a solid citizen, and that’s what Truest is like.” All of which, he grins, is in contrast to Stival. “I love Stival and he’s an amazing horse, but he’s very alpha; you always know where he is on the ranch. Trussardi mirrors Stival in that the general framework is the same, and personality-wise, Truest is really quite a bit more like Trussardi.” Truest also represents a highest-profile illustration yet of Tony Shooshani’s growing commitment to Arabians. Shooshani, who was born in Iran but has lived most of his life in the United States (his home now is only five doors from where he grew up), was introduced to the breed only by the merest chance of a six-degrees-of-separation situation. But the truth is, his attraction is rooted in a fundamental fact of his life. He loves beauty, elegance and performance—the perfect framework for an Arabian horse breeding program. Before Arabians, however, came cars. In a word, Ferraris. Shooshani has filled a (large) garage with them. Not surprisingly, he has long done business with Ferrari Beverly Hills, where he became

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friends with General Sales Manager James Del Pozzo—who, it happens, has a brother named Philip: the same Dr. Philip Del Pozzo who, in partnership with Brent Stone, bred U.S. National Champion Stallion Enzo. Enzo, who was shown by Greg Gallún, stood at Gallún Farms for most of his career before recently moving to Michael Byatt’s operation in Texas. Two years ago, Philip DelPozzo showed Shooshani a photo of the four-legged Enzo, which led to Shooshani’s meeting the stallion in person, and the rest is history. Tony decided that there was room for more than one “Enzo” in his life (he already owned the four-wheeled version, a pivotal model in the evolution of the Ferrari lineup); he purchased part interest in the stallion and began to assemble an Arabian herd that would rival his automotive collection in quality. Today, in addition to Enzo and Truest, he is an owner or partner in nearly two dozen mares and foals, spread out from California to the Middle East, with the number of foals expanding exponentially. They may be new to his life, he relates, but they already have staked out their territory in his heart. “I’ve bonded with all my horses,” he says. “With them, I’m at peace. I’m happy—I love them. They’re perfect, they represent everything that I love.” And they are also something he shares with his son; last year, in his first time showing, Shooshani’s son Tyler and Joi El Jiuliusz won their class unanimously. Shooshani’s Arabian interest is comprehensive, addressing both breeding and showing. “The horses we are breeding with Philip and Brent are all high level; I can’t wait to see the babies,” he says. “And then with Jeff, we’re buying what we feel are the most important horses in the breed, starting with Truest, and now RH Triana, with certainly other select individuals in the future.

“You have to own the best,” he continues. “If you want to do something, do it right and do it at the highest level you can. That’s why I’ve been searching and making sure that the horses I get involved with are the best.” And Truest, the colt who is coming into his own? Photographer Stuart Vesty, who shot the youngster last spring and then again in January, can testify to his quality. “The first time I met him, he was a little immature,” Vesty says. “Now, I’m impressed with how much confidence he has; he just carries himself with a lot of dignity. He likes himself, and that makes me like him even more. There are qualities that a horse will reproduce, and I think that attitude is one of them.” In fact, in his estimation, Truest went from a really nice colt to a young stallion Vesty would consider breeding to. “I think he will breed exactly what he is,” say Greg Gallún. “I don’t think he will be a mysterious breeding horse. I think he will produce length of leg, do an incredible job of setting the shoulder and neck, and he has great carriage. For anyone who needs that, this horse is going to be right in their wheelhouse.” He looks ahead. “I have nothing but the highest aspirations for Truest,” he says. “I think he will be an ultra-successful show horse, but as a breeding horse, I think he is going to go a long, long way.” Tony Shooshani has a broader agenda. “I just want to share him with the world,” he says. “I think no one has really seen him the way he is now, so I’m excited for the world to see him—to see what an amazing horse Truest is.” ■ Look for Truest next in center ring at Scottsdale, showing with Greg Gallún in the Three-Year-Old Colt class.

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“I was introduced to Arabian horses by Dr. Philip Del Pozzo and Brent Stone, and the initial partnership in the world-renowned stallion, Enzo. From the very beginning I knew I wanted to be associated with only the best quality Arabians. I am fortunate to be able to collect vintage Ferrari automobiles, and I learned that in any market like this, it is important to be associated with only elite quality, and I am applying this same philosophy to how I approach my Arabian horse endeavor. I want Cavallino Arabians to be known for owning, showing, and breeding the finest Arabians in the world, and I feel we’ve gotten our program off to a great start, beginning with Enzo and a few select mares. Since then, I have included the young dynamic stallion Truest as well as the iconic mare RH Triana in partnership...and while I know Cavallino Arabians is off to a great start, it’s only just the beginning of the journey.” ~ Tony Shooshani ~


Left: Tony pictured with son, Tyler & Enzo Right: Tony & Tyler with mare Rhavenna

CAVALLINO ARABIANS PROUDLY OWNS: ENZO* (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) EDISSON* (Enzo x Monica PGA) HERMEZ E (Enzo x Natalia K) JOI EL JIULIUSZ (Jiuliusz De Wiec x Enjoi E) RHAVENNA (Magnum Chall HVP x Rachael Ann) TRUEST* (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich) RH TRIANA* (ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF) *Owned in Partnership

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What do you envision for the Arabian breed 10 years from now? It is clear that the universal Arabian horse was once a combined athlete in many performance disciplines and had the looks to win in the show ring. Today, that standard is being chopped up to create a very specialized horse for competition. There is no Arabian racehorse anymore that would make it to the World Championship in halter, neither a World Champion halter horse that would make it to be a Tevis Cup champion in endurance. This is a fact, and the practice will continue to grow as breeders and trainers are professionally pushed to extreme limits. Further, I truly feel that only the top 10% of the market today has value and that these are also the only ones being promoted at the competitions in halter, performance, race, and endurance … controlled by professional handlers. Frankly, our breed is controlled too much by professionals and our organizations like AHA and ECAHO do not do enough to help promote the remaining 90%, including encouraging the true amateur and backyard operator to have fun and be a part of this Arabian horse breed. The consequence is clear: professionals travel around the world scanning and picking out the few top 62 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

quality individuals and taking them to their facility to train, show and market. They make a good living out of it through training and sales, and leave the leftovers to the breeder. The breeder had to breed in numbers because only every 1 in 10 or 20 foals will give you that one top horse the trainer searches for, a fact! But after breeding two to three years, the smaller breeders are happy to sell that one super product for a good price so they have money to feed those horses at home that the professional trainers don’t want! This is the reality now, and the first reason why breeding is in decline and lots of small breeders just quit. It is not because they don’t like to do it anymore, or that they lost their passion for it, but because they are forced to it for financial needs! The reality is, the good ones are marketed, promoted, and sold overseas. They show there, breed there, die there ... lost to the local blood pool. Breeders’ programs are now in decline. Sorry to say, but 15 to 20 years ago, the quality at the Egyptian Event in USA / Europe was astonishing. Nowadays, if you want to see the same quality as then, you need to go to Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi, Egypt, Israel … a total shift has happened. Middle Eastern horses are far superior to anything bred and competing in Europe or

Bart during an Aljassimya Open House.

the USA. That’s the reality in the Straight Egyptian, and now also in the general purebred Arabian lines. For a few years in a row now, the Scottsdale Champion filly was placed where in the World Championship? Only Poland, through sheer numbers, seems to be holding up. If the great sires of the past, Morafic, Ibn Halima, Padron, Bask—without whom the breed would not have developed—were to exist today, these sires would be sold to the Middle East at the age of one! The breeding in the Western world depends on Middle Eastern kindness to share their top stallions. This has been gladly done, (Marwan Al Shaqab for an example). But still, everyone is blind to the fact that good breeding comes only 35% from the stallion and 65% from the mares. The Middle East is smart ... they do not share mares! That is what the near future is, and over ten years from now, the breed will be easily dominated from the roots where it came from. Breeders such as the Marshalls, Kelloggs, Gaineys ... all the greats from this country … these people owned horses for a joy, and were committed to preservation rather than

the gain of coin because of desperation of survival. In those days, the organizations where run by such people, people who had no commercial interest. Unfortunately, many in those organizations now do have commercial interest, which makes our world more centered around professionals than hobbyists. How many halter shows in the U.S. are truly amateur, not professional amateur, or over qualified amateur, but really amateur? What is the percentage of professional shows versus amateur shows? The professional and semi-professional scene for which all this show organizing happens is, at the most, a few thousand strong. The real amateur scene in this country could be 365 million strong! That’s a giant market unexploited right now simply because there is nothing really available for these hobby people to do with their horses if they would own one. America and Europe need to understand they do not need to export at all. They need to just reinvent themselves. Better to close their borders and let it all grow again from the bottom up! Start with the regionals and lowest levels and build it back up. For every professional competing at the top, there should be 30 amateurs competing at the bottom. Now that’s a healthy pyramid! Not the other way around! Volume 45, No. 9 | 63

You know why you all love American football or soccer so much? Because it’s played by millions, in every little club in town, even on the corner of the streets! And you know from these millions, only a few become pros, but these pros do make a living now and do have a fan club and do have television … all because now the millions from the street want to see how the real boys do it! More money is spent on the thousands of small clubs around, than on the few top clubs, maybe 10 dollars to 1 dollar. In our Arabian horse industry, we spend zero dollars to every 10 dollars, and then we complain that nobody comes to see our shows! Tell me about the first time you saw Ansata Halim Shah and Ansata Hejazi. What did you see in each of them and how do they play a role in breeding horses for you today? I think Ansata Halim Shah has been largely undervalued as a stallion in the USA. He was a top sire without question, one of those that could breed colts and fillies in equal quantity and quality. He was consistent in

producing strong bodies, well laid back shoulders, and amazing tail sets with thick, long, bone that stands high. He also produced eyes; incredible eyes, and eye sockets. And above all, predictability ... he was homozygous grey. Ansata Hejazi was much like his father, but brought a touch more stretch and athletic ability. I was lucky to have him in my care for almost a year at Al Rayyan Farm. His greatest charm was when you took him out of his box, he grew … he grew effortlessly next to you, becoming an incredible horse, a horse you would want to mount and run off to battle on, a horse you could face your worst enemy with—without fear. But once back inside, he turned gentle, respectful and friendly. Hejazi was a good, solid friend. How would you like to see your contributions as Aljassimya Farm manager impact the breed over the next decade or so? Sheikh Jassim has put me in a very

Aljassimya’s Gold Champion Yearling Filly with Giacomo Cappaci.



privileged position. We need to be successful in breeding great horses that can be used for show, but also with the needed athletic ability to do more than just that. Further, we need to market and promote the Arabian and lead our organization, which contains many professionals and individuals, through the safest possible waters to a general success. Aljassimya Farm is built on team spirit, not individuality. Each member is needed, respected, and given opportunities. This is what Sheikh Jassim wants, and I see to it that it happens. Our bigger hope is that we can inspire young people to venture into this business, a scary but gratifying future. We hope our horses inspire people to want to own them and to join us in the general Arabian horse community on all its levels. We hope to be a good solid example, earning respect and deserving of the success we earn by hard work, determination and dedication.

Bart enjoying his assistant role to photographer Emma Maxwell.

When I look at the pedigrees of the some of the mares and stallions you have chosen for your program ,I see the mare Saskia RJ frequently popping up. Please tell me why. Saskia RJ was one of my childhood heros! I loved her, and I am so thankful to have had her in my care, too, for a while. Saskia is probably one of the mares—competing with Estopa—that produced the most World Champions in direct line over the last 25 years and especially the later years. Most people look at stallions; I always look at mares. I will never love a stallion unless I love his mother! Saskia RJ is like Estopa, Ansata Bint Bukra, the P line from Janów, or the E line from Michalów, she is right there at the top for me. The Wayne Newton program was loosely based on a layering of beauty, generation after generation and quite successfully. Is the focus at Aljassimya similar to the WN program? I do think that Aljassimya has the classic style and looks that Wayne Newton was looking for with Aramus, GG Samir, and Arnet Perlane in its early days. However, I think Aljassimya puts more into searching for great mares who come from mares that have proven themselves with consistency in reproducing. Tell me a little about Ashhal Al Rayyan as a horse and as a sire (I am very fond and respectful of this horse). Ashhal Al Rayyan is one of those once-in-a-lifetime horses. I knew him beginning when I worked at Al Rayyan when he was just a year old. He went through a rough baby time with some illnesses. He was this young colt, very gangly and out of balance, skinny and with a tendency to self-destruct. Luckily, he grew out of all of that with the necessary help

Bart with the legendary Ali Jamaal.

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Bart with Kris Johnston winning the 2014 Arabian Foal Festival Futurity Gelding with Jafar AJF.

Bart with the 2013 Arabian Foal Festival Best Large Breeder winner.

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and care. I worked with many horses, was responsible for hundreds over the years, but very few of them really knew me other than as a guy who checks on them, handles them, shows them. But Ashhal knew me—I knew him too, but I think he is the only horse ever to know me—who I was, who I became. I grew from a boy to a man with him having been my best friend, so you can imagine this horse is beyond special for me. As a sire, he had three crosses to Ansata Halim Shah close up, but with more refinement, movement, and attitude. Judi Forbis would not want me to say this, but OK, she will forgive me … Ashhal maybe was one notch up, but he could have never been what he was without Ansata Halim Shah. Ashhal produced a certain look, he produced everything Halim Shah did, but with more leg underneath, more snort and blow, and a touch of self-destruct in some cases, but I loved that about his foals. His babies just popped out with glaring eyes saying, “here I am, and I’m coming to give you trouble!” I had a wonderful time with them. You are contributing in a major way for California breeders with the Aljassimya sponsored Foal Show. What is your hope behind this project for all American breeders and owners? My major hope is that a new market can be developed for the middle range horses. We want to put good geldings and the $10,000-35,000 range fillies back on the market with a purpose. These horses make great family horses. The foal show was developed with the idea of making a family event where people would be attracted by cute babies, with a simple way of presentation, and with a good educational background as the judge explains what he/she is doing. All this would be at no cost for the breeder or participant beyond entry fees. No professional training/handling fees and so on, it’s a do-it-yourself event. Right now, the few do-it-yourself people are still a bit weary and scared. We need to set up some workshops for them and help guide them into a routine of conditioning and caring for their horse in a better way. It takes up a lot of time, but its work that needs to be done on a local basis. People are too much involved on the national and international scale these days, and not enough with community work. The foal show is a fun way of changing that into a new habit. Furthermore, it brings the local breeders a bit closer together; a must because together you can do so much more. What characteristics most impress you in a horse? First of all, I like a complete horse—correct build, well balanced,


and sound moving. This needs to be topped off with big black eyes, nice ears, and thick, long, tail bones that carry straight. It needs to be a horse with the ability to be a good breeding horse. Some top show horses make poor breeding horses and vice versa, so be careful with that. Which characteristics can you not live with? Straight shoulders, small eyes, and crooked tails. If you could bring two horses back to life, who would they be and why? Ansata Sinan was one of those that I really loved; not a correct horse but very pretty, who proved to sire well (his colts were better than his fillies). I don’t think he was given the right chances in life and was wasted in some ways to the breed in general. Ashhal Al Rayyan is in bad shape now and probably will not live long. He was a top sire and could have done much more than what he did. I wish more people could have seen, admired, and loved this horse. He was very special, and I miss him. Bart, please share your most memorable show ring moment and what horse it was with. The show was in Qatar. It was the International Stallion class: me and Ashhal Al Rayyan versus Michael Byatt and Al Adeed Al Shaqab! Michael won, but we sure gave him a serious run for it! The crowd loved it, and was supportive. There

Bart with longtime breeder Sigi Siller of Om El Arab International in an award winning moment.

were a few other top stallions in the class, but the battle was just between us really. I loved it. What three breeders do you look back and admire today that were in business during your first few years in the breed? Judith Forbis, Dr. Nagel, and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Khaled Al Thani. Do you prefer the ocean or the desert and why? I like both. They are lonely, barren places, full of hardship,

The Arabian Foal Festival Team: Michelle Kelly, Robin Hopkinson, Bart and Jenn Trickey.

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Aljassimya’s win in Paris 2014 with their World Champion Yearling Colt Ghazwan Aljassimya.

Enjoying a win at Menton.

challenge, and surprise, but also full of peace, quiet and rest. We could not live without either one of them— that’s the beauty of it. Describe the thrill of the win with Ghazwan and Minwa in Paris and what each of the two mean to the future of Aljassimya. Minwah and Jasmeenah where nice wins and both deservingly so. I was especially happy for my boss and for Aljassimya as a whole to be on the map with good horses. We had two world champions in three years’ time, which was amazing. Ghazwan Aljassimya, yes, this was a very special win. 68 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

A winning moment from Scottsdale 2014 for Team Aljassimya.

Since I started working with Sheikh Jassim, we discussed for hours and hours on the phone about breeding and possible successful combinations. The plan to buy Athina El Jamaal, Ghazwan’s mother, was made during those discussions. I saw an advertisement for her, and told Sheikh Jassim that she could be a nice, solid broodmare to do the combination we had discussed and mapped out. We were looking for an Ali Jamaal daughter or granddaughter to breed back with to Marwan. So Sheik Jassim bought her despite some contrary advice of others. I shipped the mare to Zerlotti and bred her to Marwan Al Shaqab as planned. Unfortunately, the combination


only happened once because Marwan Al Shaqab was on limited use. We shipped the pregnant recipient mare to California and Ghazwan Aljassimya was born. As always, at first I was disappointed that it was a colt! But in the end, he is a World Champion colt and only the third baby born at Aljassimya since the start of my employment. So yes, this was an amazing win. I needed some time to realize its impact and now, a few months later, I am really only just realizing the extent. Ghazwan set the bar, and he set it rather high. Who knows, maybe a filly would still have been better!

We started with several, but we are narrowing down now. Time goes quickly, next year we are already breeding our first group of Justice daughters, going to stage 2.

Please tell me a little about your plans to increase the use and, therefore, value of the Arabian colt/gelding? Maybe 80% of all people who get involved with horses start with owning a gelding. They are the most affordable and most comfortable to handle and get involved with. They are such incredible marketing tools, yet they are not being used to the full extent of their potential. Therefore, the Foal Show board started the gelding futurity, which will be a consistent growing and changing program. From last year to now, we have come up with some different ideas. It should help the owners of these geldings to better prepare them for a life under saddle. Normally these boys stand in a pasture till they are three, and then they go through a rather violent change in life to become a performer. This program makes a bridge between the two, and gives these boys something to think about from a young age on. The program is designed for each and every one to participate, and to make the access as big as possible. I think there lies the secret of our geldings ... they could turn our business around if we would appreciate them more ourselves.

What is your favorite non-horse destination and why? I’m still searching and will continue to do so. I enjoyed India, Thailand and Jordan ... still more planned.

Describe your thoughts and feelings when you recently looked at the young crop of fillies bred by Aljassimya and what that says to you about your future? I feel confident that we are on the right track to achieve what Sheikh Jassim was envisioning. I am happy that I get to achieve some personal wishes alongside those goals. We will be able to do it in less time than I was first thinking it would take to be there with our full-blown program. For me, the definition of a breeder is someone that finished his third generation of crosses, and with it accomplished his/her own look and type of horse. So 95% of the people today who say they are breeders would not qualify to my specification. With Aljassimya, the first base was to create a combination of WH Justice produce that could be crossed with carefully chosen dam lines.

Why is the Nazeer sire line so powerful today with so many separate branches? I think Nazeer could be named the horse of all times. He was a brilliant sire, one with the ability to make sons and daughters with equal qualities. Not many stallions can. We would be nothing without him today. It seems the modern Arabian horse starts with him.Â

What is next? A cup of black coffee, preferably from the Valley Grind, and everything life has to offer beyond that ... I will let you join on your next visit. n

Bart traveling abroad and enjoying good times with his mother.

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S T. C L A I R , M I , U S A


with Jeff Wallace

hea Stables has had wild success in the Arabian horse business over the last thirty-plus years. Tim Shea made a name for himself as a dominant trainer and exhibitor in the English pleasure and park disciplines. The Arabian community was in strong support when he dipped into the halter division, winning the U.S. National Champion Mare title with Ericca, by Tempter (Cognac x Tonki) x Elegant Crystal (*Aladdinn x *Elkana), who was also a national champion in English pleasure. Standing beside Tim throughout his career, Marty Shea has handled the business and breeding side of the enterprise, quietly managing and guiding Shea Stables to the top of the list of long-term successes with integrity and excellence. When, where and how did you first enter the Arabian breed? I was always a horse nut as a kid. I was constantly riding the arms of the sofa, making believe it was a horse. I always begged my dad to take me to the riding stables on Woodward Ave. in Detroit just to see the horses, starting back in 1966. When I was around 25, I was at the Michigan State Fair and saw two guys riding two grey Arabians that took my breath away. I fell in love with them and began to research the breed, eventually finding an Arabian to buy for myself. In what ways do you see beauty in the Arabian horse, and how does it touch you? Being a breeder first and foremost, it always touches me to see a foal born. It is then that you can see the proof of breeding success. I also enjoy letting the horses out on Monday morning when they are full of themselves after a day of rest. If you hadn’t been involved with Arabian horses, what would you have done with your life? I can’t even imagine an alternative. It was always horses! I hated the idea of being only a housewife; I wanted to be a full life partner in my own future. Tim and I have that kind of life, and have built Shea Stables together over the years. Arabian horses are everything to me, and besides, horses smell good!

When you hear the name *Bask++, what instantly comes to mind? *Bask++ was correct and trainable, and able to pass on his best traits when crossed with a variety of bloodlines. I loved his high set neck and big, round nostrils, his softness, and quality. He was extremely athletic and charismatic with fantastic motion. He captivated the industry and was the catalyst for elevating it to glamorous heights. Same question for Bay El Bey? Bay El Bey had a special personality, and a sparkling attitude. As the sire of Bey Shah, Huckleberry Bey and Barbary, he was a kingmaker. For us, that sire line exists through the Bay El Bey and Bask grandson, Afire Bey V… who is a direct son of Huckleberry Bey. Afire Bey V has been the number one sire in the Arabian breed for the last seventeen years. Now, his sons and daughters dominate the breed. What is it like to have a loyal and supportive client like the Liniger’s for so many years? How do they benefit? How do you and Tim benefit? And how does the breed overall benefit? Dave Liniger has a great eye for quality horseflesh and has the very best business instincts. The Linigers are a huge benefit to the breed, and have been so for nearly 30 years. Their commitment to breeding great horses has produced too many national champions to count. Dave is positive, upbeat, and knows how to partner well. He allowed Tim and I to be creative artists, crafting purchases, sales, and breeding choices. He is not a micro manager. Gail and Dave have been our loyal customers since 1988, but beyond that, we are family. Our relationship is based on honesty and trust. What that gives us is continuity and stability, and it makes for a good nights’ sleep! But we work hard to show our respect for their support and for their investment of time and money. What is it like to be associated with and in the presence of such powerful producing stallions? Afire Bey V was a great opportunity for us. He creates a Volume 45, No. 9 | 71

Marty Shea riding Afire Bey V.



presence of nobility and, for me, a sense of profound gratitude. He has been a huge contribution to the breed. He ramped it up to a completely new level. It is an honor to have been in the position to present the Linigers with Sheila Varian’s horses. Afire Bey V was one of them, sent to us by Sheila to start under saddle, and it was love at first sight for Dave and Gail. Purchased by them from Sheila, I have been with him for nearly his whole life and am very attached. He is a fantastic sire—so dominant, and has produced so many great English Pleasure horses. This horse really gave back to the breed, and so many breeders appreciate and use him. We have secured our future through marketing his offspring, and now IXL Noble Express has joined his ranks as a great performance sire, how he was bred to be. He is a great cross for Afire Bey V daughters. You are a saleswoman extraordinaire in the Arabian world. I know this, because I was once a contented customer myself! Discuss what it is like to be on the firing line of sales, year after year, in the Arabian horse business. It can be a roller coaster ride! But despite the ups and downs, the Arabian horse has

M A R T Y always come through for us. Through a combination of skill, determination and luck, we have been able to market fantastic horses. I won’t kid you, even with a great product, it isn’t easy to go with the economic f low. I get it done by being in the barn and office and on top of things constantly. I attend all the major events such as Scottsdale and the Nationals to market in person; I make cold calls and even warm calls! I utilize the new social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. I’m very grateful to have been in this business all of these years. It is a great feeling to sell a horse, and to have that horse go on to be successful. Everybody walks away happy. Discuss the benefits of you having found Brassmis and Ritida, both for you and for them. These mares have brought me great joy and success as a breeder. They produce for their discipline some of the finest athletes in the world. Ritida was selected as a young filly in Holland, mainly because of the way

she blew out of the stall! She is a granddaughter of legendary Saddlebred stallion Harlem Globetrotter. Bred to Afire Bey V, she produced many National Champion English horses for me. Brassmis is a purebred mare that I bought sight-unseen through a Cedar Ridge auction one Sunday, bidding from my seat in the back of a church! These mares have created financial security for us, and are a great reason to visit Shea Stables. I learned to focus my breeding efforts, and not to stockpile. When bred to Afire Bey V, Brassmis produced Afires Heir ... for four consecutive years the U.S. National Champion in English Pleasure. She is also the dam of U.S. National Champion Mare Afire Storrm. If you could resurrect a horse to bring back to life, who would that be and why? Comet … because of his impact on performance pedigrees. He was a gorgeous mover, and produced gorgeous movers. Comet was only eleven when he died; it is staggering to think of what might have been had he been able to produce more offspring. It would be great to have the blood of Comet to blend with today’s *Bask++ and Huckleberry Bey-bred mares. Of course, I would also appreciate

S H E A the opportunity to have Ali Jamaal’s dam back in my hands! I bought her in an auction for only five thousand dollars, then sold her to the Bergrens where she left her mark on the breed. Do you like to cook? If yes, what is Tim’s favorite of your dishes? Yes, I cook for the family every night; Tim, my daughter Diane, and my grandson, Adam. Nothing fancy, just basic home cooking. Tim’s favorite meal is steak and gravy with mashed potatoes and green beans. We love to eat at home, it is an important part of our day. How has your grandson altered your perceptions about life? Adam was born with developmental differences that are a challenge, but having him in our family has made us see the world in a deeper, more compassionate way. He is such a loving child, with a vibrant love of life. Our grandson is the apple of our eye who has opened us up as human beings. ■

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For decades, buyers from around the globe have flocked to the Polish Prestige sale (now the Pride of Poland sale), the only opportunity for breeders to purchase mares from the Polish State Stud farms. The mystique of importing a horse from Poland was amplified when restrictions from the communist government were put into place. The Soviet Union had a stranglehold on the Poles, and U.S. planes were banned from landing in Poland. Nevertheless, international breeders made their annual pilgrimages to the Polish countryside, hoping that they would be the successful bidder. Only once in those many years have the Poles conducted an auction of their horses outside of Poland. Exactly 30 years ago, the mares of the State Studs were presented at auction without reserve, as Lasma Arabians hosted and managed the Polish Ovation sale in Scottsdale, Ariz. To be certain that the horses would be in the best possible condition for the sale, Lasma sent top show groom Kay Daniels to Poland the prior year to lead the conditioning team. During the summer of 1984, renowned photographer Jerry Sparagowski, and Lasma trainer Ray LaCroix, met in Poland to shoot photos for the sale catalog. By then, Kay’s team had each horse in

superb condition. The horses were captured in images that drew heavily on their heritage, while displaying their potential for the future. When the horses and their attendants arrived in Scottsdale in time to acclimate for the February 1985 sale, they drew the focus of all Arabian breeders. The Lasma Sales Center featured a spectacular auditorium and a huge stage, custom made for presenting horses both in-hand and under saddle. On this occasion, a backdrop had been created that emulated the historic architecture of the farms in Poland. Stretched across the stage like a glimmering necklace were the twenty-one mares that would be offered that night. The directors of the various state stud farms were introduced, and in true Polish style, the auction began with a toast and a shot of Polish vodka. One by one, the mares disappeared offstage, leaving only one gleaming silver-white in the spotlight … Lot 1, the exquisite *Penicylina. *Penicylina was a product of the magic cross of Palas (Aswan x Panel) on a *Bandos (Negatiw x Bandola) daughter, in this case, Pentoda (*Bandos x Piewica). After an admirable career on the



racetrack in Poland, *Penicylina had produced outstanding offspring, including Polish National Champion Junior Mare Pektyna. The bidding opened at a cool million dollars, with David H. Murdock emerging the victor after a spirited flurry of bids from several others. When the sawdust settled, “Penny” was headed to Murdock’s Ventura Farms. The final sale price of $1.5 million stood as a record for a Polish Arabian horse until 2008. In 1986, *Penicylina was named U.S. National Champion Mare. Despite the gap of thirty years since the historic Polish Ovation sale, *Penicylina’s influence is still being felt. She will be represented in this year’s Pride of Poland sale through her great-greatgranddaughter, Piera (Eden C x Pelota).

The experiment of bringing the mares to America was paying off.

The experiment of bringing the mares to America was paying off. *Penicylina was not the only horse to bring over a million dollars, Lot 2, *Diana PASB (*Probat x Dewiza) went for $1.2 million to Jim Paliafito. In all, the Polish horses sold for over $11,000,000 … an average of $565,000. Despite that incredible total, the venture was never repeated. This year, interested breeders from around the world will return to Poland for the 2015 edition of the Pride of Poland auction, hopeful that they will return home with the next National Champion. n


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Breeding Arabians—

WHAT’S GOING ON? PART II by ANNE STRATTON When confronting issues that are challenging, it is always tempting to look back and debate decisions of the past that may (or may not) have contributed to the situation of today—or in other words, indulge in “could-a, should-a, would-a.” What is more productive, though, is understanding how certain actions affected the breed, and what they tell us needs to be considered as we go forward. Currently, job one for any horse breed, not just Arabians, is to interest the public in equine sports and activities. In a world of more leisure activities than our grandparents and great grandparents could have conceived, that is not as easy as it was when Roy Rogers and Trigger appeared on television weekly. Attracting new people to the breed is important because we need a market for our horses, and it is no good saying, “Breed only as many as we need today.” To get enough good horses to supply today’s show rings, we need to breed even more, which means we need more buyers at every level. Just as importantly, we need to breed the best Arabians possible, because while numbers seem to be declining, quality certainly hasn’t. Some issues stand out from our past as playing crucial roles in how things are today, specifically transported semen and embryo transfer, which became legal in the early 1990s. Looking back, some breeders argue now that transported semen was destructive to the industry; by allowing mares to stay at home, it cut not only income from mare care at breeding farms, but severely reduced traffic (and therefore sales) at the farms. And by allowing access to top stallions without a mare’s ever having to travel, they point out, it has resulted in a diminished gene pool. Also, collateral damage has been that unknown local stallions have little chance to emerge in the marketplace, which used to happen because mares whose owners didn’t want to send them away typically used local (often unknown) sires. And embryo transfer? Critics argue that it allows repetitious use of the finest mares, further limiting the future gene pool. So, really, what has happened and what does it mean? For more thoughts, AHT consulted the Arabian Horse Registry and several longtime breeders, some of whom, representing a consensus of what we heard, are included here.

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Transported Semen We went to Debbie Fuentes, AHA’s registrar and senior director of membership. Presently, about one third of foals registered were produced as a result of transported semen, she reports, up from 13 to 15 percent when the Registry began tracking in 1995. In 2014, the use of transported semen rose to about 35 percent, but Fuentes points out that 2013 was an amnesty year (when AHA allowed unregistered horses to register at reduced fees) and many owners left registering horses until December, which meant that much of the paperwork was processed in January 2014. The resulting uptick in registrations overall, she notes, reflected a corresponding increase in transported semen horses.

But that is an average. What about in practice? How can you ignore, for example, all those Afire Bey V sons and daughters in the English division? Over the past 30 years, only 21 percent of Arabians have a competition record at an AHA-sanctioned event, Fuentes observes. “We have a number of people who breed for other reasons,” she says. So, while the show ring may see recurring names, the breed as a whole remains more diverse. Overall, that is reassuring for the breed: there are still a myriad of bloodlines to use in producing

She emphasizes that since all of the amnesty foals were older, they do not serve as indicators of how much breeding actually went on in the year prior to their registration. (In 2013, the Registry registered 3,282 horses, of which 155 were with amnesty, while in 2014, 3,489 horses were registered, 300 by amnesty.) Has the use of transported semen drastically reduced the Arabian gene pool because headline stallions get the lion’s share of the mares? That is not clear, although it is an easy assumption to make if your involvement is only in the show ring, where there are dominant sires. The numbers, however, do not tell that story. “When we do our stallion-tomare ratio, we see an average of one stallion to 2.5 to 2.8 mares,” Fuentes says. Debbie Fuentes


Arabians. However, there are many activities at which the breed excels and some bloodlines are known to specialize in particular ones. Fans of those pursuits might hear some names more often than others, which may be where the perception of a smaller gene pool arises. In main ring

showing, for example, that is especially true, and in this article, we recognize that concern. So, what has been the impact of transported semen on show horses? We went to our panel of breeders.

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Arabians Ltd.’s manager Shawn Crews (center right, black jacket) and owner Judy Sirbasku, receiving the 2014 Ambassador’s Award at the AHBA World Cup Show. Over the past five years alone, Judy Sirbasku’s Arabians Ltd. has affirmed its commitment to the breed by registering 120 foals (in the name of Rock Creek Arabians, the operation’s breeding division). Manager Shawn Crews remembers the debate over the adoption of transported semen, which provides context when weighing what has happened since.

being able to send semen around the world by FedEx®. Now, when we help develop business plans for newcomers, we tell them to plan on their fillies bringing in 90 percent of their income and not to forecast revenue from their colts. With high quality mares, our clients have sold their share of top breeding and show colts around the world—but as we explain in the very beginning, don’t count on it. 

“From a business standpoint, transported semen has greatly diminished the value and market for promising young colts,” Crews says. “That is the price we had to pay for

“Because people can breed to many of the most popular stallions in the world with frozen semen, they opt out of the hassle of owning and having a young


breeding stallion at home, with the financial investment and risk that comes with stallion ownership. Also, you need to consider that a large number of new people that are involved with Arabian horses today might not have been so attracted to horse ownership if it entailed owning a breeding stallion. In fact, I’ll bet many would not be involved today if shipped semen were not an option. So, there are pro and cons with both scenarios.” That is the business side. But there is another consideration as well, Crews adds. “From a horseman’s standpoint— and Judy always thinks of the horses’ comfort and emotional happiness first—if you really love the horses, then you realize how beneficial transported semen is for the care and transport and wellbeing of our horses. The biggest negative before transported semen was having to ship mares, many times with newborns by their sides. Now, I can’t imagine letting some of our mares go off around the country, being trailered, handled by people they don’t know, living in new places; the most stressful thing for a horse is to be moved somewhere. So, transported semen has been really beneficial to the lives of the horses.” At Toskhara Arabians, Dick and Christine Reed have bred both in numbers (they registered 144 horses between September 30, 2009 and October 1, 2014, second only to Haras de Cardenas) and on a reduced basis (nine foals this year, six in 2014). Dick served on AHA’s board from 2009 to 2013, and now, while he is conversant with the past, he focuses on improving the future. “To me the issue is, how do we encourage a broader use of genes?” Reed says. “There aren’t very many foals

being born overall, and there is a huge concentration among the handful of currently-popular stallions. So, how do we encourage a broader use of stallions?”

“...we tell them to plan on their fillies bringing in 90 percent of their income and not to forecast revenue from their colts.” - Shawn Crews At the same time, he recognizes the delicate balance between breeding and marketing. “Breeding is not just a random event that you want to encourage,” he says. “In my opinion, it goes a step further into the market for foals, and [right now] that discourages people from breeding unless there is something you can say about the foal that is going to make it attractive. That takes you back to highly-promoted stallions.” Additionally, he observes, if a breeder is looking for substantial money—and offers horses deserving of it—he has a far greater chance of achieving it if he is affiliated with a top marketing and/or training operation. All of that conspires to discourage breeders who want to be small and creative, but have to mind the bottom line. To a great extent, he indicates, you have to be breeding Arabians for the love of it, because

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mega-bucks don’t grow on trees. If your goal, however, is to produce good, sound horses with futures and not go broke doing it, he sees hope on the horizon. “The market

“For the first time, I’m getting calls from people who want to lease or buy broodmares, so that is an indication that people are beginning to think there is an opportunity to sell foals.” - Dick Reed is improving for Arabians,” he says. “One of the areas we’ve been quite successful in is horses we have bred in endurance. People used to be able to expect to buy a good endurance horse for $1,500 off the track, but it has gotten a lot more popular and the number of horses available has gotten a lot less.” Toskhara does not offer proven endurance horses, which go for very high prices due to Middle Eastern demand, but he says they can reliably move horses suited for the sport at prices that come close to covering their costs. That is key in Toskhara’s survival and success. Over the years, the farm has developed a reputation as a resource for horses suited to a variety of disciplines (one of its


well known graduates is TA Mozart, twice a Scottsdale Reining Futurity winner and now a breeding stallion in the sport, one of the fastest-growing segments of the show ring). By focusing on quality, conformation, soundness and ability, the Reeds find that their mares adapt well to a variety of stallions, from the ‘in’ halter names to performance specialists in such divisions as reining, hunter, sport horses and endurance. The story is the same in the performance market as well, he notes. “If you have a horse that is trained—and I’m not talking about a proven show horse, I mean a horse that you can ride and people can see that it behaves itself and can be trained—you can get $6,000 for it. That’s where the market is right now. That’s not enough to attract a lot of breeders back into it because it costs you more than that to get there.” But there is that glow on the horizon. “I don’t think there is any question that there is more breeding interest than there has been,” he says. “For the first time, I’m getting calls from people who want to lease or buy broodmares, so that is an indication that people are beginning to think there is an opportunity to sell foals.” It is only logical, he observes. “The massive peak of breeding ended in the early 1990s. Those horses are now 20 or older, so most are out of production, right? Every year after that, the number of foals being produced has declined. This year there will be something like 3,000 foals produced, and if you think of the number of people who live in the U.S., that is not a lot of foals to supply even a declining show, race, endurance and ‘I like to have a companion horse around’ market. It has to turn around.”

Embryo Transfer The data is fairly clear for embryo transfer. “Of the 3,489 horses registered in 2014, 349 were by embryo transfer,” Debbie Fuentes says. “That’s 10 percent. That’s the highest it has ever been, but remember, 2013 had the special amnesty. Usually, it is about eight percent.”

than we’ve ever done. I think it is good, because in most cases it’s being used to preserve or blend outcross blood for many different programs. For instance, we’re doing more embryos with the non-Egyptian breeders [in addition to the farm’s straight Egyptian clientele].”

She can be even more specific. “Overall, we see an average of 1.5 foals per mare, so one embryo transfer for some, two for others. Most had one or two, a handful had three, and a smaller handful had four, five or six.”

In one instance recently, the owners of a popular young stallion came to the farm to select outstanding mares with proven production to breed, via embryo transfer, to their stallion. “They wanted him to have babies out of straight Egyptian mares in his first crop,” Crews explains. “They thought it would help him. You might say that’s expensive,

“We do embryo transfer,” Shawn Crews says, “headed up by our longtime breeding manager, Stephane Robillard. We have the luxury of an ET lab and on-farm transfer program. Again, Judy and I are not comfortable with our horses going up and down the road [to veterinary facilities for the procedures]. Most of the mares that warrant ET are our older, cherished girls that we are trying to perpetuate their bloodlines—not the kind that would travel well.”  But is embryo transfer, as a procedure, beneficial to the breed? Overall, yes, she says. “Because there are fewer new stallions coming along, I think it helps us in preserving some of our genetic pools, or in producing more of particular genetic families that we don’t have much of. Most people are using it to strengthen the gene pool or to add to it or diversify it. There really aren’t many abuses; yes, we all know some famous mares that are doing four or five embryos a year, but embryo transfer isn’t that easy. And if a mare is that great, then it is mostly positive to have more of their offspring.”  The use of embryo transfer also offers more genetic outreach, as well as another revenue stream, she adds. “We’re doing a lot more in selling ET rights

Dick Reed and Kordelas.

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but then, they didn’t have to buy those special, rarely bred mares. And with embryo transfer, after the commitment to the client is honored, the mare can still be bred for the farm. A win/win!”

should pay for each succeeding one. If the mare is that good, there is a lot of money going into it. It would help fund AHA and discourage too much of it because, once again, it cuts down on genetic diversity.”

Crews relates one special example of the benefits of embryo transfer. Last year, the farm lost the last producing daughter of Bint Magidaa, dam of Ruminaja Ali, and then a revered old daughter of The Minstril, Miss Maggie Mae. But they had three recipient mares carrying embryos from the two stars, and all (“Hold our breath!” Crews says) are now close to term.

He adds that although there are not that many mares producing multiple embryos, it is something that needs to be monitored because it does not take many to total up to a noticeable percentage in a fairly small foal crop.

“That is the miracle of embryo transfer,” she continues. “It will be many years before we really know if this has been the right step for the breed. But I think we will see that Arabians are different than any other horses. Judy and I hope that with a little help from science, we will strengthen the Arabian breed, so that its genetics can be used to influence all the others in the future.”   At Toskhara, Dick Reed notes that he is “okay with embryo transfer.” “There are a lot of practical reasons why people use it,” he says. “Usually it is because they can’t have a foal from a certain mare any other way, such as when a mare has a breeding-related injury. These breeders usually want only one foal. The multiple foals tend to be that you have some hot mare that has just won some major championship and you sell embryos. You make a lot of money out of it and you pay the Registry only a minimal fee. So, I say the more foals a mare has, the more owners


Next month, we consider the future: in breeding Arabian horses, what do we need to keep from the past? And where should we think about incorporating change? n

“Judy and I hope that with a little help from science, we will strengthen the Arabian breed, so that its genetics can be used to influence all the others in the future.” - Shawn Crews

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The Fountain Of Youth by KATHARINE TRASK

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Off the dusty freeway, down a two-lane road, inside a square dirt arena, it bubbles true. Melanie Weaver found it two years ago, and since then, she’s made the pilgrimage northward from Los Angeles weekly— religiously—to get her fix. Not that she was looking for it. That’s how it works, you see. Growing up a buck-toothed, impossibly skinny kid in 1960s Independence, Mo., she’d loved horses for as long as she could remember. She had plastic horses instead of Barbie dolls, and since her single mother could never afford real ones, kind neighbors (who’d taken a shine to the little blonde stick) regularly took her with them to shows on the Arabian circuit. She’d sit, mouth all agape at creatures she could only dream of riding. And back at the barn, when she thought no 126 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

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one was looking, she’d run her long fingers through their manes, imagining them in the wind. And she’d whisper her dream to the wind, hoping it’d carry true. Time marches on impossibly fast. The little earthquakes in our lives shift ground and bury the most beloved of things. The little blonde stick grew up. She went to work in the movie industry. She met a wonderful man and married him. She gave birth to a son. And in the service of all these “normal” things, she quietly swallowed the little dream, thinking she’d forget about it in time. Ah, but that’s not how dreams work, you see. They may get swallowed, but they stew. They fester. Somewhere, deep down in the gut, they wait. So when, at 53, Mel travelled to watch the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show with friends and met Arabian horse trainer Tamera Burkman there, it leapt from her throat, like an eruption, before she could grab it back. “I want to do this!” The bustle of the barn stopped. Everyone could see Tammy sizing her up. A tilt of the head, a slight setting of the jaw. It’s the same look she has when she’s sizing up a new colt. It can be a little unsettling, and I didn’t blame Mel for shifting her feet a little. The dream was already out in the open, you see. There was a giant throbbing DREAM in the room and it hung in the air now, naked. Vulnerable. Un-apologizing. And then slowly the smile came, tumbling, spilling across Tammy’s face. “Well, okay,” she said gently. Her eyes twinkled ever so slightly, as though she knew she had a big

trotter in the baby pasture and just couldn’t wait for it to grow up and get broke. You see, Tammy couldn’t see the successful 53-year old makeup artist, the mother of two, the complete novice who had never even ridden hunter. All she could see was the 8 year old buck-toothed kid, reaching to touch the mane. And so, it began. Mel started training with Tammy at Ta Da Equine. She’d stay on the farm and take lessons every chance she could. She fell in love with the art; she learned to keep her heels down. And that fall, when U.S. Nationals came around, that same twinkle came back to Tammy’s face. “How about U.S.?” The DREAM shivered for a second. That year at U.S. Nationals—Mel’s very first A circuit horse show ever—she rode Wind Fire VO and went top ten in hunter select. The next year, she went top ten hunter select at Canadian Nationals on HS High Caliber, and a month or so later—her second U.S. Nationals—she went Reserve National Champion on Wind Fire VO, and U.S. National Champion on HS High Caliber, damn near slipping off his back from weeping. That’s what happens when a dream comes home, you see. It’s messy. And wet. And wonderful. And so while the television cameras, the show photographer, the strangers in the stands saw a 54-year-old woman balling her eyes out atop a big bay Half-Arabian, her friends and I saw something else … a little blonde, buck-toothed kid, wrapping her hands in the mane. There is a fountain of youth, and it bubbles true in Los Alamos, Calif. n

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“A Field of Arabians”

Gains a Sequel with Al-Marah Arabians Clermont Homecoming by ELIZABETH KAYE MCCALL


On January 5, 2015, television personality Dr. Anna Marie [Chwastiak] will never forget standing in a sea of green grass framed by curtains of Spanish moss, when 13 of Al-Marah Arabians’ broodmare elite got turned loose for the first time at their new home in Clermont, Fla., after a 2,000 mile journey from Tucson, Ariz., while Lake Nellie sparkled in the afternoon sun. “Being out in that field was breathtaking. I knew at that moment, Bazy Tankersley was looking down and smiling at Al-Marah Arabians Clermont,” said Dr. Anna Marie, host of RLTV’s healthy-living show Your Life Redefined and well-known health expert many came to know on The Weather Channel. “Her legacy lives on,” she reflected, about Al-Marah Arabians’ late founder and the mother of Mark Miller, who hosted, emceed and choreographed a day that drew more than 500 people to the worldfamous farm now home in the Sunshine State.

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TOP LEFT: Mark Miller set the stage for a memorable day explaining “What Makes an Al-Marah Horse,” promptly directing head trainer Kassie Barteau to remove Al-Marah Prince John’s leg wrap to reveal leg attributes he looks for.

TOP RIGHT: Owner and emcee-for-the-day Mark Miller, gets a moment to watch and listen, as trainer Greta Wrigley explains the making of a dressage horse aboard Al-Marah Create ABet, a 2010 daughter of AM Chance Command++++// x AM Designing Princess.

BOTTOM LFT: Al-Marah trainer Kimberly Nelson-Dyke, entertained the crowds with a few modified reining renditions to Christmas music (she was in the new dressage arena) aboard AM Star OfTheSea (AM Good OldBoy+ x Carmel-ByThe-Sea).

BOTTOM RIGHT: Far from the football field, The University of Central Florida’s official mascot Knightro and his horse “Pegasus” delighted hundreds of spectators at Al-Marah’s Homecoming after somehow appearing from inside the barn. Ssssh … his actual name remains a secret.

Reminiscent of the mainstream-friendly traditions Bazy made synonymous with the world-famous farm in her lifetime, Mark’s expertise from years in the entertainment side of the horse industry (he owned and operated Arabian Nights in Orlando for 26 years) turned the arrival of the final horses from Al-Marah’s former home in Tucson, into an event few will forget. “There were a lot of people I knew through other walks of life,” described Mark, whose well-honed leadership and creative talents have earned honors like Florida’s Osceola County Humanitarian of the Year Award. “To be able to share this with people like that was a treat.” 138 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

From Mark’s opening, “What I Look For In A Horse,” conformation clinic, to the up-beat pas de deux freestyle dressage exhibition that head trainer Kassandra (Kassie) Barteau and Mark’s stepdaughter Keeley Clark performed aboard the stallion and mare duo AM Chance Command++++// (AM Power Raid+++/ x Al-Marah Chanel) and AM HeyYou Star++++// (AM Good OldBoy+ x AM Dream Playmate), the day featured plenty of national champions and reserves in nonstop exhibitions, barn tours, and good ole’ Southern barbecue. The surprise appearance of The University of Central Florida’s official mascot Knightro and

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Just moments before they were released on a count of “one-two-three” and galloped the lush pasture (moving as one like birds in flight), Al-Marah’s broodmare elite lined up with handlers who escorted them from their first steps onto the 78-acre farm and new Al-Marah headquarters, now their home in Clermont, Florida.

his horse “Pegasus” drew cheers and an immediate lineup for photo ops. (While Pegasus’ real identity is pledged to secrecy, he materialized from inside Al-Marah’s T-shaped barn.) “I’ve known Mark on and off for many years,” said 3-time Female Dressage Trainer of the Year Greta Wrigley, who explained the making of a young dressage horse for the Homecoming crowd, while riding Al-Marah Create Abet (AM Chance Command++++// x AM Designing Princess), a 2010 mare she’s already landing 75+% training level dressage scores with. “I think Mark hit the jackpot today with the weather, the music and the horses,” described the Gainesville, Fla.-based trainer, after her demonstration. “Mark’s been around horses his entire life. His biggest thing is to just do a good job, they’ll [horses] come along at their own speed, and it’s got to stay fun for everybody,” explained Greta, who holds USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. “His other thing is that the horses be treated fairly and keep that attitude that makes the Al-Marah Arabians such people horses. They love people.” Recalling the enthusiastic crowd that swarmed around Create Abet, Greta described, “I was a little bit worried about her. She had a wheelchair in front of her and three kids crawling up her legs. And, she just stood there.”

The Homecoming reached its crescendo, when the caravan of Al-Marah’s A-list broodmares slowly proceeded down the gently sloping entrance to the 78-acre farm with the pomp and ceremony of a presidential motorcade. Timed to perfection, the “girls” arrived right on cue, following the stallion presentations that brought spectators to the fence like magnets. (Al-Marah will stand 10 stallions in 2015.) “The thing I’m going to do most differently from Mother is marketing,” said Mark, whose treasure trove of equine knowledge and gift for entrancing the public with horses, unmistakably shaped The Homecoming and what became a living sequel to the book “A Field of Arabians” written by Susanne and Jake Page about the late Bazy Tankersley and Al-Marah Arabians. “I drove 730 miles each way to come,” said horse show manager Marie Taylor, who traveled 12 hours from Dinwiddie, Va., with her three granddaughters to reach Florida for The Homecoming. “This is historic. It’s something that will go down in the books as part of our Arabian history and I wanted to be here to support Mark and the whole Al-Marah family. I wanted to be part of it,” added Taylor, whose granddaughters all own Al-Marah Arabians. Marie, who manages events like the Heritage Arabian Sport Volume 45, No. 9 | 139

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Horse Show at Virginia Horse Center, got the added surprise of being chosen as one of the individual handlers for the arriving broodmares as they first stepped foot onto Al-Marah Clermont’s 78-acres and were led into the lakefront pasture. “It was such an honor when Mark asked me to be part of that group,” shared Marie of her part in the procession of broodmares parading one-by-one past excited onlookers, while each trailer emptied, until all were assembled in the field. “She was looking around, of course, because of the large crowd that was there [hundreds of people were lined up against the pasture fence], but she very much had that presence all the Al-Marah horses have about them. She’d never met me before and I’d never met her, but she was a perfect lady and walked in very majestic.” On the count of “three,” Marie and the other handlers slipped the halters off the broodmares as one. “Turning loose the 13 mares … that was a bit unnerving,” Marie remembered. “But, they watched us. They knew exactly where the handlers were. They circled us, I think twice, and then took off around the 140 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

pasture. That was quite a picture to see, with their manes and tails flying.” A moment worthy of an Oscar award, the bearers of Al-Marah’s next generation galloped as one, like a flock of birds, in a fitting tribute to the herd privately owned by only three families in 200 years. Mark reflected on the landmark day in his life. “I wanted to share the beauty of these horses when we first turned them out. I figured they would put on a show and they did,” he shared. “They were as gorgeous and as wonderful as I’d hoped they would be. I had three generations of mares in the caravan. AM Warrior Princess (AM Power Raid+++/ x Al-Marah Ironlady) and her daughter AM Principle Power and her granddaughter Al-Marah Tiffany, a national champion yearling.” Amazingly, Mark drove to Tucson before The Homecoming and personally hauled one of the vans of broodmares to Florida himself. “They’re my family,” he reflected. “Now that they’re in the pasture, I can see them whenever I look out the office window.” No doubt, Bazy is smiling down on them too. ■

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TOP LEFT: More than 500 people joined a moment in Arabian horse history for the Homecoming Celebration in Clermont, Florida. In true Al-Marah tradition, entertainment, education, and refreshments were part of the mainstream-friendly festivities. TOP RIGHT: Mark Miller, Elizabeth Kay McCall, and his lifelong pal and fellow Horse Tales Literacy Project co-founder, Tim Farley, Walter’s son, standing in front of the new gold and green paint job the barn got in traditional Al-Marah colors. Mark likes the gold as the dominant color. He mentioned that Bazy preferred the reverse, with green being the primary one. BOTTOM LEFT: Al-Marah Damascus (AM Ben Dream+ x AM Shining Sword), apparently got wind of the caravan of mares about to arrive from Tucson for the grand finale of the Al-Marah Homecoming Celebration. “Ladies, I’m awaiting,” says the 2009 heir to AM Ben Dream who will enter training and stand at stud in 2015. (Kassie Barteau, left, Mark Miller, center, and Keeley Clark right, pictured.) BOTTOM RIGHT: The excitement at The Homecoming Celebration neared its crescendo with the presentation of stallions immediately before the broodmares arrival.

Mark Miller not only completed the move of Al-Marah Arabians from its longtime Tucson, Ariz., home to a new headquarters in Clermont, Fla., with December’s aptly named “Homecoming Celebration,” he scripted a living sequel to the 2010 book by Susanne and Jake Page about his mother, the late Bazy Tankersley, and a world-famous Arabian herd first gathered in the Arabian desert 200 years ago by Abbas Pasha in 1815. Volume 45, No. 9 | 141



A DA M S with Jeff Wallace

Please tell me about your beginnings with the Arabian horse. I was born into a purebred cattle breeding family (Registered Polled Herefords). We had horses that we used primarily to move cattle to and from various grazing areas. My father sold a young bull and a group of heifers to another breeder who made partial payment with an unregistered Half-Arabian gelding. I never acquired proof or knowledge of the authenticity of the Arabian blood, but I did develop a perception of why this gelding was functionally much better than all the other kids’ horses in our community—I was convinced that it was the Arabian blood, and that was all that mattered! The “seed of perception” was planted. How would you like to be remembered as part of the fabric of the Arabian breed? With the Arabian horse we have a unique breed; a breed that has a highly functional quality and ability … not a functional quality and ability that has been categorized as a ‘ breed’ of horse. I would like to be remembered as a champion of that philosophy, and as an impactful breeder who innovated and inspired for both the beauty and versatile functionality of the Arabian horse, both in and out of the show ring. If you could bring two horses back to life, who would they be? I would bring back the two Arabian stallions who were clearly, the most impactful sires of the North 142 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

American Arabian Horse breed: The iconic Polish bred *Bask, for what he did to improve and diversify the function of the Arabian horse, and the legendary *Ansata Ibn Halima, for the huge contribution he gave to the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse. Both were owned and cared for by breeders who had exceptional promotional abilities, but more importantly, a true love and personal affection for them. I would also bring back Fame VF! Please tell us about the year you discovered the Arabian horse. Figuratively, with the Walter Farley books, literally, when my father gave me a Half-Arabian filly in the late 1960s. Please describe your most memorable win and the horse you were showing. Two highly memorable wins: With Fame VF: he was the “dark horse” that the controlling politics vigorously denied and grossly underestimated! His humble origin and continuing story could be considered the greatest stallion promotion of the historical Arabian breed. Why would I make such a grand statement? Because he was put in a position where he bested the odds of absolutely every aspect of the political machine of the “golden era” of the Arabian horse. He became and still is, the “template of hope” for the small breeder! The Fame VF “story” is proof that if you have a superior product and you are thoughtful, innovative and cannot be

intimidated, you can beat the political makeup of bias and prejudice.

the spectrum of the one-horse owner, to major international breeders.

And Morneesaa: she was a 3/4 Egyptian Ibn Morafic filly who I was privileged to show to the Championship in a 102 entry Western Pleasure Snaff le Bit/Hackamore Futurity Championship at a huge Santa Rosa Show. She was also reserve champion at the Santa Barbara Western Pleasure Futurity. She was one of the first of the era of soft and smooth western pleasure horses.

My most meaningful relationship would be with Pat and Bob Radmacher, and the group of Fame VF breeders. The Fame Family was a franchise group of the working class who developed into an exceptionally efficient, competitive and forceful entity in the Arabian breed’s show and market domains. The interesting quantifier to the Fame VF Program was that its huge successes occurred after the mid 1980’s over-production “glut” and “crash” resulting from the 1986 Tax Revision Laws.

Is judging horse shows important to you? If yes, why? Of the utmost importance! Shows are the quantifiers for both the competitive market and the competitive emotion. A show’s results have a twofold reaction: first, they offer a “real-time” immediacy that will project the quality and credibility of the competition itself. This is very important to the continuation of the individual show and to future shows in general. If we are to build interest, it has to come from positive expressions and successes in the public realm. Our shows must become a much more serious social choice for the discretionary interest of both audience and participant. It is very important that the judging be at its very best! Secondly, excitement with credibility! That is what the exhibitors and spectators enjoy and appreciate at the moment and, most importantly, take home with them. If the exhibitors are treated with a high degree of positive respect and appreciation from the show and judge, it will increase growth. As a judge, I have the ultimate responsibility to send a strong image of knowledge, credibility and propriety to the breeders, exhibitors and spectators.

What changes in the industry would you like to see today? I have a degree in Political Science/Constitutional Law. Political Scientists tend to approach and analyze issues from the pragmatics of the socioeconomic rule of law. Constitutionalists approach and interpret the validity and the credibility of that law. We have many misinformed members within our show community who campaign for the concept of a “level playing field.” They would like the higher end of the field “lowered” to their level. This approach is extremely counterproductive because it restricts improvement and growth beyond the status quo. The correct approach to “leveling the field” is to bring the quality of the low end up. By bringing up the lower end, we create more positive socioeconomic energy for the middle tier product; something we do not seem to have in our current economics. It also stabilizes and grows the upper tier, and it greatly reduces the dilemma of the liability horse that can’t be sold or given away.

What horses in your lifetime have made you weak in the knees? I have always been most affected by the beauty of an exquisite mare who just seems to be overwhelmed with herself and her specialness! Tell us about some of your most meaningful client relationships and how they have affected your business. I have been very fortunate to have had clients spanning

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I would like to see: • The restructuring of the AHA Bylaws, through a thoughtful amending process. It’s the “American Way!” • The restructuring of the Regional concept. • The AHA allow more Tenth Amendment-type powers for individual Regions and local clubs. Let the clubs determine what form of judging to best benefit their prosperity. • I would like to see more specific specialty instruction and accreditation for judges. Give the judges who have the greatest passion and quality to judge great opportunities to acquire education. The vast majority of judges are highly ethical, but possibly half are lacking knowledge essential for the most accurate adjudication (of class specifications and rules) and evaluation of the entries! • I would like to see more thoughtful show selection of judges relative to a higher order of discipline expertise. As a knowledgeable breeder, why would I feel comfortable with a lesser qualified person’s “opinion” of what was right or wrong with my horse. All I really want is a placement. I would like never to see: • The vested interfered with by the non-vested. Stay in your wheel-house! • Any of the dreams of our Arabian horse “Family” taken away because they don’t agree with a non-vested ruling majority. We need to re-think all areas that demean and demoralize. Basically, it has been proven that the numerical Category Scoring Systems can be demoralizing to many who should be encouraged! I feel no need to criticize beyond what is absolutely necessary. • Most breeders are faced with two challenges relative to participation in the show ring: 1.) Cost. The cost/reward balance is not there. 2.) Credibility. We would see many more entries if the perception of ring credibility was higher. Example: In North America, we have a judges cadre that is sanctioned by the AHA, USEF and CEF. The AHA’s Education Evaluation Commission and Commissioner do a very good job of educating its judges, but most of the time spent (in educating) is much too generalized over the many diverse disciplines of our show class schedules. I would like to see more optional education available. We need to approach each judge with the available knowledge that they (as an individual) need in a manner that they (as individuals) will understand. Name your 3 favorite performance horses of all time and why? Hallelujah Bask had great ability and an even greater heart. She was the embodiment of the ideal park horse 144 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

mare. She and Brian Murch were spectacular together. And then she went on to produce the great Hey Hallelujah (by Huckleberry Bey). Little Liza Fame was the National Champion Halter winner that my SavannaH Farms Partner Bill Melendez trained and showed so successfully, and we used to demonstrate (and definitively prove) that Fame VF halter champions had the tractability of mind and body to be superior performance individuals, and that the non-halter Fame VF sons and daughters had great value as performance horses. Little Liza Fame went on to produce the Living Legend Marwan Al Shaqab. Amazing Fame V (and Stan White Jr.) went on to put a “period” on the point of Fame VF being a great performance sire. What three men in the Arabian industry have been mentors to you? My greatest mentor to my successes in the Arabian horse domain was my father. He was a very strong leader within his community and State. He bred cattle with a scientific and “street-wise” intellect that was much more thoughtful than any stockmen of his era. When it came to the realm of competition, I would credit my Martial Arts Master for instilling within me the definition of masterful physical and mental technique and execution.

Dick Adams and LBA Lode Star (Fame VF+ x LBA Anastasia, by Barbary+++)


As to people from within the Arabian breed, I have always respected the work and accomplishments of Bob Hart Jr., Sheila Varian and Judi Forbis. What is the worst Arabian fault for you and their greatest attribute? Worst Fault: Front feet maladies! Genetically, Man is the only difference in the inherent processes involving natural and artificial selection. While natural selection allows the environment to act as a screening system that will cull and allow only certain distinctions to pass, we (man) have the power and technique to have a significant effect on the developmental process of certain traits or characteristics. The casual exploitation of artificial selection has allowed for certain traits (detrimental to an individual’s survival) to be tolerated. This can be noted in the abnormal hoof development as seen in the concave anterior hoof wall and high heel of the compressed “club” foot. This is a syndrome! It is the collection of traits that, without corrective and counteractive shoeing techniques, would greatly contribute to chronic unsoundness and a severe decrease in survival ability. A condition that when physically corrected, often allows for an individual to appear more aesthetically “correct” and more appealing as a breeding and/or show animal. This malady is unseen in wild horse herds, simply because those afflicted would have become the least vigorous for survival and therefore, reproduction. “Beast of burden,” “service animal” or “living art”; no matter what the term, purposeful use is the intent of selective breeding. Greatest attribute: Human nature has instilled within man the love of beauty and the need for therapy! The Arabian horse is the approachable “beauty” that when you hug it, you can count on it hugging you back. The Arabian horse has the undeniable lure of its physical and emotional beauty, creating the strongest feeling of emotional partnership. If you were not a horseman, what career path would you have taken? My father’s best friend was a District Court Judge. That is where the Political Science/ Constitutional Law education came in, and the judicial approach to evaluating positive and negative. What living show horse do you admire most? Halter or performance. Marwan Al Shaqab and Afire Bey V, because of what they, their progeny, and their stewards: Michael Byatt, Al Shaqab, et al … Tim and Marty Shea, Maroon Fire Arabians, et al have done for the breed. Name three breeders (alive or deceased) that you admire most. Judi Forbis, Sheila Varian and Dr.

Eugene LaCroix. All three programs had their own uniqueness and are still very relevant. When and how do you see beauty in the Arabian horse and where does it touch you inside? To me, the most beautiful image is the ethereal white Arabian mare with full mane, a long full forelock floating around her huge dark eyes and a full tail, expressing her appreciation of herself. She loves herself and wants you to fall in love with her. A typical beautiful woman thing! When you hear the name *Bask++, what instantly comes to mind? Without hesitation, the icon of the North American horse—and not limited to just the Arabian breed. No other sire has contributed more to the quality of the versatile equine and its broadest use, than the great *Bask—no sire from any breed. Do you prefer the ocean or the desert? And why? I have spent many days in the Sonoran Desert, and while I certainly appreciated its beauty and respected its dangers, its dangers and beauties were able to be anticipated and dealt with. The ocean is much different. I’ve spent a significant amount of time kayaking off the Pacific coast of Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. I’ve seen fog so thick I could feel its heaviness creep in and envelop my kayak to point zero visibility. I’ve sat the low of ocean swells and actually had dolphins swim above my head in the rise of the swell next to me. I’ve had whales spout within 100 feet. I’ve seen the dorsal fin of a Great White riding the crest of a 10 foot swell off the Atlantic coast of Brazil. While the desert has its more subtle exciters and dangers, the ocean offers the gifts of surprise, danger and astonishment! Describe your perfect Arabian horse. My “perfect” Arabian horse is the mare or stallion that has the beauty, attitude and conformational quality to score 20s across the board on the most knowledgeable and correctly astute panel of five judges, and unanimously win the North American English Pleasure Triple Crown under the most qualified panels of English pleasure judges—now, that would be a breed changer! If you could perfect horse show judging, what would that look like for you? Here is the simple answer: educate and nurture our judges to excellence! Relative to judging, what is your “pet peeve”? To assume that a judge has the knowledge that is essential to make an accurate evaluation, is a huge affirmation of trust! We must understand that it is objective knowledge that lends to credibility, not subjective accreditation! ■ Volume 45, No. 9 | 145


The Beginning Of Something Beautiful by KARA LARSON

Emily Moore and Jenny Lau

Lightly put, it is unfortunate when a foundation is born out of tragedy. However, for Emily Moore and Jenny Lau, the Hollywood Toi Foundation (HTF) is so much more than that. In the pair’s inspiration to form the foundation, they propose, “Most people probably look at the name “the Hollywood Toi Foundation” and assume its sole purpose is to commemorate Hollywood’s memory. While honoring Hollywood was a huge factor in the foundation’s establishment, we also really wanted to give back to the community that rallied to support us in the wake of our loss.”

The tragedy of Hollywood Toi’s passing just after he and Emily Moore were adorned with the national championship roses in the Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 at the 2014 Youth Nationals was, up until it occurred, unimaginable. And yet, the girls were met with an incredible amount of support and love from the Arabian horse community. Moore shares, “We received countless calls, texts, Facebook messages, and comments from our Arabian horse community giving us their love and support. This meant the world to us. We were both hurting more than we knew possible, but feeling the love and care coming out of the community absolutely floored us. So, we started the Hollywood Toi Foundation to not only honor Hollywood for everything he had done for us, but also to honor the people that did so much for us when he left.”

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Lau and Moore have two main goals for the Foundation. The first focuses on ensuring a long-standing and influential presence in the community. “It’s all very exciting for us because every day we come up with new ideas for HTF projects and get giddy about it all over again. Our main theme seems to be to keep ‘raising’ … raising general awareness for the breed and raising financial support for those in our community.” Lau adds, “Currently, we have a scholarship in place for saddle seat equitation riders. Our next goal in the ‘financial support’ department is to help those that are less financially able to keep doing

what they love in showing horses. Specifically, we are in the process of developing a solution to send kids to Youth Nationals that would otherwise be unable to go. We hope to accomplish this by crowdfunding through another very large goal of ours: The HTF Community app.” This bridges into the second goal of the Foundation—one that looks to motivate the reach of the Arabian community while utilizing new methods of technology. Moore reveals, “The HTF Community app is being developed in hopes of bringing this amazing community even closer together. As of right now, there are several features of the app: the ‘Foundation Feed’, the ‘Community Feed’, the ‘Gallery’, the ‘Crowdfunding’ page for kids, the ‘Penny Savers’, and the ‘Ask Forum’. Moore continues, “Ultimately, our hope is that the app will encompass the idea of Facebook, Instagram, Kickstarter, Groupon, and FAQ all in one for the Arabian horse community.” The pair is proud to share that they have already received much support for the Foundation, which they chalk up as yet another testament to the incredible Arabian horse community. Since its inception, The Hollywood Toi Foundation has raised almost $3,500, and with this money, they have plans to do several things this year. Beyond plans to launch the app in early 2016 and to award a Hollywood Toi Memorial Trophy, Lau discloses, “We will be awarding a saddle seat equitation competitor with The Hollywood Toi Scholarship. This scholarship will go to a nominated youth for being an exemplary sportsman in our industry. This scholarship was inspired by the riders in Emme’s class at Youth who all rallied together to support us in our time of need.” The Hollywood Toi Foundation calls for your support. Through their newly launched website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, they pride themselves on being incredibly accessible and open to sharing their own passion of the Arabian horse and its deserving community. In closing, Moore offers, “We want to thank everyone who has supported us in establishing The Hollywood Toi Foundation. An extra special thank you to Vicki Humphrey, for all of her help and advisement throughout the process, and to our parents for their undying support! We would also like to thank everyone who has already ordered a t-shirt (which can be found at, and to Justin Polk for the generous donations made by his company, Bling Bracelets.” n


V I S I O N S T A T E M E N T:

Milestone Arabians was founded with family strength, integrity and love. At its core, it is a place where you are encouraged to believe in success! If you can dream it, you can achieve it!

Steve and Darla Miles

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VALLDEZ Valerio x AW Fortune NGold 2012 Chestnut Gelding

SCOTTSDALE 2015 Open with Jeff Schall AOTH with Whitney Miles

2014 U.S. National Champion Arabian 2-Year-Old Gelding U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Overall Juvenile Gelding Scottsdale Signature Unanimous Champion 2-Year-Old Arabian Gelding Canadian National Reserve Champion Arabian 2-Year-Old Gelding MN Fall Fest Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding 2013 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Yearling Gelding U.S. National Reserve Champion Juvenile Gelding Canadian National Champion Yearling Colt/Gelding Iowa Gold Star Champion Arabian Yearling Colt/Gelding Iowa Gold Star Reserve Champion Arabian Auction Colt/Gelding MN Fall Fest Champion Auction Yearling Colt/Gelding MN Fall Fest Champion Yearling Medallion Colt/Gelding

Maleeka Magnum (Magnum Psyche x Temptation T)

SCOTTSDALE 2015 Senior Arabian Yearling Fillies with Jeff Schall

Temptres T

(*Pogrom x Temptation T)

Milestone Arabians is honored HRH Prince Turki Bin Sultan Al Saud has chosen Temptres T. She represents another exceptional daughter from our Elite Broodmare, Temptation T, and will be a wonderful addition to his program. Thank you to everyone at Shada for their support and guidance. Elk River, MN 763-441-5849 |

Andy Carroll The Miles Family welcomes our most recent member to Milestone Arabians. We are looking forward to Andy sharing his expertise while leading us to excel!

Whitney Miles As parents, we are unbelievably proud of our daughter, Whitney. Her enthusiasm and dedication to the Milestone Arabian farm is invaluable. It is such an exciting time of the year as we are experiencing the results of all her hard work. No matter the challenge, Whitney’s commitment remains steadfast throughout the entire year, from breeding, to foaling and showing. She truly remains at the center of all our success! —Steve and darla

WE INVITE YOU to come and share in the excitement at Milestone Arabians, as we anticipate amazing foals from the following crosses: Hariry Al Shaqab x AW Fortune NGold Hariry Al Shaqab x Sweet Tease Hariry Al Shaqab x Temptation T Hariry Al Shaqab x Alia Psyche IA Hariry Al Shaqab x Legacys Treasure Magnum Psyche x Cerenephantasy Magnum Psyche x AW Fortune NGold

*Pogrom x Sweet Tease ROL Intencyty x Satin Chall LL ROL Intencyty x Marvilosaa ROL Intencyty x Carinosaa QR Marc x AW Fortune NGold QR Marc x Temptation T Van Gogh AM x Sweet Tease

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Picture Endurance Edition BY KARA LARSON


MEET THE KIMBLERS. They call Aberdeen, South Dakota, home. Carl and Kelly introduced their four girls to a life with horses—something that proved an excellent and rewarding endeavor for the entire family. A journey filled with 100-mile trails and races in Uruguay, Australia, France, and Abu Dhabi, the Kimbler’s version of “family time” has become an extreme and exciting affair. Their horses are well-trained and well-loved, and in every ride, they exemplify the endurance of spirit, stamina, and courage that the Arabian horse has possessed for thousands of years. Through the life and rides of the Kimblers, we see a world of possibilities with the Arabian horse—a big picture that deserves a thoughtful visit.

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heir horse story begins when Carl was a young boy growing up in the Florida Keys. From a young age, he dreamt of grand endurance rides—long distances and incredible stories—the allure of an excursion so few get to experience. And more impressive yet, he longed for one of the biggest ones out there. The Tevis Cup. This 100-mile mammoth of a race is strenuous, testing top riders and horses from all over the world; it is prestigious, issuing deserved clout to those skilled enough to finish it; and lastly, it is conceptually profound, carrying great weight in every step before, during, and after the race. Carl’s dad, a truck driver, often stopped at a feed store in Miami and picked up the local horse magazine. In one particular issue was an article on Tevis. Carl was transfixed by this race and it inspired him to ride his mare Wendy for hours every day in preparation. Finally, he mustered up the courage to ask his parents to take him to California for this 100-mile endurance race. He begged his mom and dad to take him, assuring them that he and Wendy could surely complete this challenging trail as he rode her for hours everyday. However, being the voices of reason, his parents knew that it wouldn’t be possible. They explained that they didn’t have a trailer, and the trek from the Florida Keys to California was an extraordinarily long one. Alas, his Tevis dream was temporarily unattainable. Fast forward. Still very interested in horses and now married and building a family, Carl and wife, Kelly, bought their oldest daughter Kirsten her first horse. As the family bounced around to different shows, got a new horse and a new trainer, the Tevis snuck its way back into to the Kimblers lives once more. There was, once again, an article about the Tevis Cup that caught Carl’s eye and reminded him of his boyhood dream. This time around, Carl had a new thought. Why not attempt this famous ride together as a family? With the goal of the famed race dangling ahead— perhaps as a carrot seemingly just out of grasp—the Kimblers developed a world around endurance. But it started small.


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I. Like Bees To Honey Kelly describes Kirsten as a young girl drawn exclusively to horsey toys, and when she learned to read, she managed to locate every horsey book in the library. Soon, the infamous phrase “I want a pony” came into play and when the family moved to Aberdeen, S. Dak., the move was made much easier when she found out there was a horse stable in their new neighborhood. Kelly jumped at the opportunity to sign her up for lessons when they had an opening and, from this small start, a previously slumbering passion for horses was shaken awake—given a fresh beginning in the prairieland. “That stable at the front of our neighborhood happened to be an Arabian farm and when we finally bought Kirsten her first pony, it was an Arabian,” Kelly shares. “After showing for about a year, Kirsten expressed her dream of going to Nationals. We sought out a trainer that had been successful, and with her help, we found the perfect show horse.”

As Kirsten and the family were increasing their involvement in the show realm, Carl once again stumbled upon an article about the Tevis Cup. Although he hadn’t thought about the race for many years, they found it nearly too perfect that they ended up choosing Arabians—the best breed for endurance. The Kimblers decided not to ignore these chance occurrences. Their first endurance ride was in June of 2002. “We attended this first race to observe and volunteer at the vet checks. We wanted to get a feel for the sport and see if it was something we could do as a family. The camaraderie and athleticism of the horses was incredible—we came away from that weekend more determined than before to get started down the path to Tevis and beyond.” Kelly adds, “We found Carl a horse that winter and they started training right away. Mostly indoors in the arena and then outside as the weather allowed. Our first competition was in May of 2003 and it was quite the experience! We were definitely hooked.”

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Show horses and endurance horses coexisted for the Kimblers for some time. However, it became difficult to devote time, energy, and funds to both sports. “For a long time, we did both showing and endurance riding, but as we got more horses and the younger girls started riding, it did get a little overwhelming. So we talked to the girls and they decided to focus on endurance. And that was perfect timing as the FEI young riders division was just being developed in the USA and they wanted to compete in this division. I would say everyone was on board.”

II. Tackling The Tevis Four years after volunteering at that first ride, the Kimblers finally felt they had the horses and the training to make their first attempt at Tevis. “In early 2006, we sent our entries into the Tevis office—it was finally happening. From that point, we just had to keep the horses healthy and on a training program that would, hopefully, be successful.”


As Carl, Kirsten, and Kelsey journeyed to California to tackle the race that inspired it all, they hoped for the best, but understood that anything could happen. Alas, they were there. They were ready to be a part of something big in the endurance world. In the outcome of the race, Carl and Kelsey completed, but Kirsten got pulled at 85 miles. Kelly reminisces, “What a wonderful experience we had at Tevis that year. Everything was exciting and there were so many great horses and riders. What an exciting and emotional finish, covered in Tevis dirt and maybe a little teary, Carl had finally earned his buckle and a boyhood dream was fulfilled.” Even though their first Tevis was incredibly successful, the Kimblers knew that this was only the beginning of brilliant races. Kelly shares, “We got into the sport with the goal of Tevis, so after achieving this goal, we sat down and developed new goals.”

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These goals included national championships, national and regional award categories, and the newly developing FEI Young Riders International division. The Kimblers based these goals on what each of the girls wanted to do and considered the other numerous activities in which they were each involved. “We have always encouraged the girls to be active in things outside of horses and surprisingly, their interests were very different from each other.” Kelly adds, “Debate (Kirsten), Ballet (Kelsey), Student Senate (McCamey) and Gymnastics (Tessa), have been the high school activities that the girls focused on. One activity outside of horses that they have all been interested in is distance running, another life-long sport. They have all been in 4-H and the horse project; it is a great way to learn even more about horses!”

III. Meet The Girls These four have some impressive statistics. The oldest three, Kirsten, Kelsey, and McCamey, have all been selected as the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award Overall Winner in years 2007, 2010, and 2014. With a better than average completion rate at Tevis, Tessa, Kelsey, and McCamey completed the Tevis this year on horses trained completely by them—all as young riders as defined by USEF (between the ages of 14-21). Kirsten, the oldest, was very involved in helping start up the Young Riders International division as an active member of USEF. She was a charter member of the USEF Youth Council, eventually becoming Chair of that group. She also was the Youth liaison for many of the USEF endurance committees and AERC-I. Kirsten was nominated by AERC for the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award and was selected as the overall winner in 2007. As overall winner, she was nominated for USEF Junior Equestrian of the year and was selected for that as well. She rode in all North American Young Riders Endurance Ride (NAYRER) competitions starting in 2008 in Colorado. This summer ride became

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the Kimbler’s next big goal as all the girls hoped to be a part of this fun group of riders aged 14-21. In 2008, Kirsten finished the ride year winning the Featherweight 100-mile national championship. “What an amazing accomplishment and credit to her dedication for endurance riding. She really helped to pave the way for Young Riders in the United States and helped open doors to being a part of the International Endurance community,” says Kelly.

you completed, the satisfaction in that success, and everything you learned.

One-On-One With Kirsten AHT: How do you feel when you’re competing in an endurance ride? Kirsten: SORE! But that’s a given for an endurance ride. Whether competing or on a training ride, I’m happy I’m riding and love seeing the unique and beautiful things in nature from the back of a horse. But when we are moving too fast to appreciate the scenery, I love that too, because I believe it feels akin to what flying would feel like. But if I had to nail down what’s different from a race or training, it would be the strategy; the little decisions you make all day that add up to your successes and failures in your race, and seeing what both you and your horse are capable of that day. And at the end of the race, if

AHT: How has the Arabian horse impacted your life? Kirsten: Arabians have taught me so many things, but one that both Arabians and endurance has taught me is delayed gratification. You put in many hours on the front end, for the delayed gratification of the competition. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and patience that any horseman or horsewoman can attest to.


AHT: What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your journey with the Arabian horse? Kirsten: Gosh, the most important thing. I guess I think of our Arabians as a part of me and my future. I wouldn’t be who I am without them and I wouldn’t have the future that I imagine for myself.

Kelsey, the 100-mile rider. She won the AERC National 100-mile Junior Award twice and set the record for the most 100-mile rides for a junior in one season at five total. She started riding in the FEI Young Rider division after that, and hasn’t

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done as many 100-mile rides as the championship distance for the Young Rider division is 75 miles. So she focused on that distance and became incredibly successful. First winning the Gold Medal and Best Conditioned (BC) at NAYRER in 2009, she followed up by earning a spot on the first team USA to go to the Young Rider Endurance World Championship in 2011. That team finished 4th place in the world. Then in 2012, she won the Silver Medal and BC at the North American Junior/Young Riders Championship (NAJYRC). She did this on different horses, but all were owned by the Kimbler family and trained by her. She is still the only USA Young Rider to ride her own horse in a World Championship. In 2012, she was the only Young Rider to make the short list for the Endurance World Championship. She was nominated by AERC for the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award in 2010 and also was the overall winner and selected as the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year. Kelly adds, “Kelsey will be focusing on Dental school for the next couple years, but is as determined as ever to get back to the 100mile rides. She loves the distanc, and future goals include a 1,000-mile Tevis buckle, and all the big 100-mile races!” One-On-One With Kelsey AHT: What is your favorite horse memory? Kelsey: Galloping across the desert in Abu Dhabi! AHT: How has the Arabian horse impacted your life? Kelsey: The Arabian horse has given me opportunities to travel the world and see cultures and views that I would have never gotten to see. AHT: How do you feel when you’re competing in an endurance ride? Kelsey: At times it feels like you are f lying—wind in your face with the beautiful landscape blurring by. Other times, it’s not so great. Like when you are riding and the weather changes from sunny and 60, to 30, while you’re out on a loop and get caught in a freezing rainstorm in your t-shirt. No matter what happens during the race though,

Kelsey nothing can replace the feeling of accomplishment of successfully completing an endurance race with our amazing Arabians. AHT: What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your journey with the Arabian horse? Kelsey: To believe in yourself and to be a lifelong learner.

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Kimbler Family Stats: 11,690 endurance miles (includes LD and Foreign miles)

238 starts, 202 completions, for an 85% completion rate 30 100-mile completions (includes foreign miles and Tevis exchange horse)

All miles on

33 horses with 63 different horse and rider combinations.

11 of which are Kimbler horses, the other

21 horses owned by 13 other people who entrusted the girls with their horses.


McCamey, the traveler; making friends wherever she goes and all the while, being quite a fierce competitor. She was born with the love of speed, but knows when to go slow. She had an amazing start in endurance, joining her sisters on the trail when she was just 10 years old. She was the youngest rider to compete at the NAYRER in 2010 and a member of silver medal team for Central with two of her sisters. Everyone she meets on the trail or in camp becomes part of her endurance family, so now she has family all over the world. She was the youngest rider to make the long list for the Endurance World Championships in London in 2012, was the alternate for the 2013 Young Rider World Championship in France, and was also one of the first FEI Young Riders to attain elite status here in the United States. In 2012, she was the top Young Rider in the United States winning the USEF Brunjes Trophy in honor of Kathy Brunjes, a big supporter of the Young Rider Program in the USA. In 2013, she ended the year 7th in the FEI World Rankings. She trained a horse for Tevis in 2012, then offered him to an Australian rider in exchange for a horse for the Tom Quilty, which is what started her overseas riding. In 2013 she rode at the Tom Quilty and finished in 9th place out of 245 horses, and 2nd in the Best Conditioned Judging (Pat Slater Cup). Also in 2013, she went to Uruguay for the Pan American Endurance Championships and was the top finisher for the Young Riders from the USA. This year she trained her horse for Tevis alongside two of her sisters and earned her first Tevis Buckle on her first attempt. Recently, she too, was nominated by AERC for the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award and was selected as the overall winner. One-On-One With McCamey AHT: What is your favorite horse memory? McCamey: Completing the Tevis. Even though it was the most exhausting ride I have ever done, it gave me the most accomplished feeling. We did all the training on our own without any help from anybody, so when we all finished, it was almost surreal. Three young riders/sisters from South Dakota—I don’t think anybody would have bet on that happening.

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AHT: How has the Arabian horse impacted your life? McCamey: The Arabian horse has taught me so many things, but I think patience would be number one. Everything isn’t always going to go your way, but you have to keep trying and never give up on the horses that got you to where you are now. AHT: How do you feel when you’re competing in an endurance ride? McCamey: Endurance has many emotions. It is fun, stressful, exciting, and competitive, but the most important thing, is all the positivity that comes from it. There is no better feeling than being on the trail with an amazing horse and just being able to enjoy the ride. AHT: What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your journey with the Arabian horse? McCamey: I’ve learned how to be a team member and to trust the horse you’ve trained. If you have a positive attitude, you will always have a good ride. That mentality is with me all the time, not just at rides.

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Kelly Kimbler shares, “When I think of endurance, I don’t think of the

awards or success, I think of how close we are because of it. We spend most

of the summer together in close living

quarters, traveling and competing all

over North America and more recently, around the world. It has broadened the girls’ horizons and given them

dreams to fulfill and goals to attain. It has taught them responsibility in

a time when kids don’t really have a

lot of that. They have learned to care


about something other than themselves. It gives us great pride when they accomplish their dreams.”

age of eight and has more LD (Limited Distance) miles than the rest of the family and has never been pulled—except for her only international ride, the Tom Quilty. Tessa was given a horse to ride at the Tom Quilty as part of McCamey’s exchange, so she would be the youngest to have gotten the opportunity to ride overseas. This year she trained her own horse for Tevis and her sister Kelsey was her sponsor on a very successful day for the Kimbler girls, all three finishing. Kelly shares, “We think maybe a record, for siblings and young riders aged 14-21 without a parent sponsor.” Tessa, the youngest and possibly most athletic, has split her time up between high school sports and endurance. While she is a great gymnast, she also has lettered in track and cross-country, and has also taken up soccer, making the JV team in her first season. She started riding endurance at the


Tessa is considering attending the Air Force Academy in Colo., so she will be focused on her grades and sports in hopes of being accepted to that program. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to be an equestrian in the Air Force Academy—talk about horses opening doors,” offers a proud mom.

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One-On-One With Tessa AHT: What is your favorite horse memory? Tessa: When I flew up on Shorty’s neck as we were cantering along … I was holding on for dear life when out of nowhere, she just stopped, I fell to the ground, and she just started eating. AHT: How has the Arabian horse impacted your life? Tessa: Arabs have helped me learn responsibility and they have kept our family close together. We even get to bring our dog to rides and one time, we brought our kitten. AHT: How do you feel when you’re competing in an endurance ride? Tessa: I feel very lucky, like me and my horse are invincible. AHT: What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your journey with the Arabian horse? Tessa: That they are crazier than me! My family says I go a million miles an hour then just crash. It seems like the Arabians can go a million miles an hour … forever!

IV. The Big Picture In the end, Kelly sees what horses, and more specifically—endurance—has done for her family, at present, and in their respective futures. Their big picture is beautiful and boundless. She shares, “When I think of endurance, I don’t think of the awards or success, I think of how close we are because of it. We spend most of the summer together in close living quarters, traveling and competing all over North America and more recently, around the world. It has broadened the girls’ horizons and given them dreams to fulfill and goals to attain. It has taught them responsibility in a time when kids don’t really have a lot of that. They have learned to care about something other than themselves. It gives us great pride when they accomplish their dreams.” ■

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Design Team MEET THE AHT


Tony started at AHT in January 2004. Primarily, Tony is a Graphic and Web Designer. His days consist of creatively combining typography, graphics and photos into amazing designs and layouts for AHT advertising pages, editorial, websites, e-mailers (e-blasts) and print and multimedia projects. However, his days also include some project management with a bit of IT support and social media. A designer for 16 years since graduating college in 1999, Tony’s first job was as a Graphic Designer with Suel Printing/The New Prague Times Newspaper. Beyond his work life, Tony focuses on making his days as fun, exciting, and fresh as possible. With his wife of 15 years, Christa, and his two sons—Lucas (11) and Marcus (8), Tony spends his time in a wide array of hobbies. He loves playing video and board games, reading fantasy and science fiction books, i.e. Game of Thrones, watching postapocalyptic or epic science fiction movies, fishing trips with friend, and spending time with family. And why design? Tony has always loved art. He offers, “My mom inspired me with crafts and drawing my whole childhood. My father repaired and owned some of the first computers. I fascinated over them and ‘geeked’ out over the technology behind them. So when it came to a job choice, Graphic Design fused my too passions.” A few random facts about Tony: “I can build a computer from just parts. I hope to own a castle someday. Could even be a small one—Neuschwanstein Castle or Alcazar of Segovia—I’m not picky. One of my favorite activities is going to amusement parks and riding roller coasters; I love a good thrill ride. I have ridden more than I can count all over the USA. And I love to volunteer for my kids. I am currently Cub Scout Den Leader, Webmaster and First Lego League (Robotics) Volunteer. I also have Wanderlust; I love new and amazing places. I hope to travel the whole world someday! And finally, I am fascinated with science and space. I watch “Cosmos” then go outside after dark and look up. Try counting the stars. Then think how each shining star is a Sun with it’s own planets. Think about that!”



LE AH MATZKE Leah Matzke has been a student of art since picking up her first crayon. She since has found a passion in print and web design, which was the emphasis of her college years and most of her professional career. She still enjoys drawing (especially dogs and horses) in the evening with her 5-year-old daughter Natalie. Although media work and staying on top of the most recent technology is her specialty, she also enjoys living in small town Minnesota, where she and her husband Benjamin raise four children and share their love of the outdoors and God’s creatures (they care for a Shetland pony, Arabian mare, 2 dogs, 3 goats, and 5 Angora rabbits). Leah shares, “One of the most fun experiences I ever had with a horse was bareback riding with a friend in a lake near Litchfield, Minn.—the horses loved the cool of the water in the summer heat; I loved the way the mane and tail waved like seaweed and that feeling of weightlessness the moment they step off the bottom. It was a splashing, snorting good time!”


MELISSA PASICZNYK Melissa has grown up and lived in Minnesota her whole life. However, someday she hopes to move south where she can ride outside year round without worrying about getting out of the driveway because of snowfall. Her starts in the industry began like this: “I grew up with horses, and actually I was on a horse before I was even born, as my mom rode while she was pregnant with me. So you could pretty much say horses are in my blood!” Melissa adds, “We did a little bit of 4-H and WSCA open shows with my first horse and Arabian, Lucky (Lucky For Raj+) before jumping into the Arabian circuit in 1988.” Today, Melissa owns three horses—RL Santionio Gold+//, Hollywood Bad Boy GP, and OWE Echowind+//. She has shown multiple disciplines over the years, but her heart lies with the reining division. Let’s get to know Melissa a little more with some random facts. She shares, “I love the color purple, dark chocolate, candles, rocks, artwork and butterflies! I’m a total cat person … even though I have three amazing Australian Shepherds, which make my life crazy most days, but I couldn’t think of living without them. I’ve been engaged to Mike Monico since 2007, and most people think we are already married, but we’re not—we just haven’t gotten around to setting a date or planning a wedding!” Her journey at AHT began in June 2014 as a Graphic Design intern, and after the completion of her internship, she was offered a full time position. Melissa shares, “I’ve always had some type of creative streak in me—fortunately for me, I’ve been able to make a career of it. My favorite kind of design would have to be pottery and working with clay. I would love to have a potter’s wheel at home to create different types of pots and pottery.” Volume 45, No. 9 | 167


WAYNE ANDERSON Wayne Anderson grew up around horses. Both his grandfathers had work horses and he shares that Grandpa Anderson used to have a pony at the farm when he and his family came to visit. As for the Arabian horse, Wayne started going to Arabian horse shows in 1970 with friends. His first Half-Arabian came in 1973. He found himself drawn to the versatility—he enjoyed showing western, English, and driving. Their loving personality and their intelligence he finds amazing. As for his beginnings in the design world, Wayne was an art/business major in college and always enjoyed the graphic art best. His first full time job was at a newspaper in the art department. Wayne says, “I love the challenge of coming up with a new design/concept for each ad.” And in combining two things that Wayne is very passionate about, 2015 marks 25 years at Arabian Horse Times. “What better job than to do ads for something that I love. Working with clients who have the common bond and love of the Arabian is perfect.”



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FEBRUARY 12-22, 2015 The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has history and will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. It is prestigious and celebrated as one of the top horse shows in the world. This reputation stems from a show commission that is anything but lax, and from the sensational group of horses and horsemen that participate, to the non-horse and horse community of Scottsdale who attend, making this show an elaborate and exciting ‘must-do’ event. Beyond all this, there are always new things to look forward to at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. So, as the 2015 show quickly approaches, what does the show commission have planned for this year? Taking place February 12-22, one of the new components of the 2015 show is a new and improved high point program. No longer necessary to enter or pay a fee to take part in the new program, it is categorized by junior exhibitors, adult amateur exhibitors, and overall horse points. These are further broken down by age and class division, offering many category possibilities for exhibitors. Considering further the prize benefits available, the prize money total reaches well over an incredible $1,500,000 this year. Nearly $600,000 of this colossal total comprises the prize winnings for the 2015 Scottsdale Signature Stallion classes, an impressive amount and incredible opportunity for the elite group of stallions in the Signature program. The rest of the prize money comes from the divisions of halter, performance, dressage stakes, freestyle liberty, the Gambler’s Choice class, youth scholarship classes, and the prominent reining classes of the show.

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Quick Facts For The 2015 Scottsdale Show: Event: 11 Days Attendance Expected: ~ 309,000 Horses Entered in Competition: Over 2,200 Shopping Expo: ~ 300 Commercial Exhibitors Website Exposure: ~ 74,670 visits/month Economic Impact to City of Scottsdale: Over $57,879,005

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2015 S cottSdale P review Beyond this, Scottsdale focuses a great deal on charity work. Executive Director of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, Taryl O’Shea, shares, “We have two main charities for the show: March of Dimes and Cox Charities. We also have many smaller charities that will receive between $5,000 and $10,000.” Scottsdale is a show that brings in more than 300,000 people and 2,200 horses into WestWorld each year. Numbers like these rightfully call for incredible shopping opportunities, countless events and exhibitions every day, and the chance to see the most beautiful and talented Arabian horses in the world. Special events include: Behind the Scenes Barn Tours, an Ice Cream Social that takes place on February 14, at 1pm, a presentation about the ‘Essential Elements of Horsemanship’ by Lee Smith, a Wells Fargo Reining Demonstration, ‘Sport Horse Basics’ from Phillip Kast, a dog costume contest and race, and so many more worthwhile events. The 2015 Scottsdale ‘Schedule of Events’ is a must-have so no events are missed! Throughout the week, many distinguished farms will present their top stallions and sale horses both at WestWorld and offsite at their respective Scottsdale farms. A few unique events include the AHT Readers’ Choice Awards on Monday, February 16, the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction held on Wednesday, February 18, at 6pm, and International halter classes. Another distinctive feature of the show has to do with the astonishing level of competition the reining division has. One of the most competitive Arabian reining horse shows in the country, Scottsdale has much to offer for this unique and growing sport. Taking home the championship in the alwayspopular Celebrity Slide reining exhibition or in any of the exceptional reining classes rouses a great deal of prestige and respect. There is no

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2015 S cottSdale P review denying that Scottsdale certainly delivers in the reining department. In the Reining Futurity Classic, $150,000 in prize money is up for grabs for purebreds and Half-Arabians. Other opportunities include the Limited Futurity and the Non-Pro Futurity, the Non-Pro Derby, which is offering over $45,000 in prize money, and lastly, the Short Stirrup class is back for kids 10 and under. In between classes, seminars, and parties, premier shopping from over 300 vendors and an international cuisine court can be found. In terms of what types of shopping is available, Commercial Exhibitor Coordinator Reita Lathrop shares, “The shopping expo has a variety of shopping to fit everyone’s budget, from high-end custom made diamond jewelry, furs, fine art, household items, clothing, custom saddles, and show apparel, to t-shirts and coffee mugs. Everyone can go home with something!” These aspects of the show are sure to impress the adults attending, and there are plenty of youth events to keep the kids entertained as well. The Youth Exhibitor Party occurs on Sunday, February 16 at 6pm, where, “all the youth Arabian exhibitors and friends are invited to join in on the fun and excitement that this event has to offer,” says O’Shea. “Another youth and public event is PaintA-Pony. March of Dimes will run this event, which is sponsored by John and Sharon Ames. The first 400 kids will get to paint a ceramic pony at the show for free.” The 2015 Scottsdale show aims to impress, draw in new people, and inspire all to appreciate the community of the Arabian horse. From barn tours, educational seminars from experts, meeting beautiful Arabian horses, youth events, gala parties, more than 300 vendor booths, and lastly, incredible competitions, Scottsdale will not disappoint. ■

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sAddlE sEAt EquitAtion wAlk/trot Jtr 10 & undEr with hAdlEy AmEs Country English PlEAsurE wAlk/trot Jtr 10 & undEr with hAdlEy AmEs TOI FABULOUS CRF Matoi x Fantasy Watch

hA/AA English PlEAsurE AAtr And AAotr 40 & ovEr with lArA AmEs H A LT E R


Sir Marwan CRF x Exotic Angel AB

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DUNMINDING PS AND QS Hollywood Dun It x Minding Ps and Qs

ha/aa ReiNiNg FuTuRiTy claSSic wiTh BRiaN welMaN MAX DUNIT RA

HH Maxemus x She Dun Slid

ha/aa ReiNiNg FuTuRiTy claSSic wiTh cRySTal McNuTT MAXS GIRL RA

HH Maxemus x Marliera

aRaBiaN ReiNiNg FuTuRiTy claSSic wiTh cRySTal McNuTT NSPIRING FORTHE TOP Nobles Top Gun x Nspiring Jazz

aRaBiaN ReiNiNg FuTuRiTy claSSic wiTh BRiaN welMaN PROPER ETIQUETTE RA HH Maxemus x Minding Ps and Qs

aRaBiaN ReiNiNg FuTuRiTy claSSic wiTh BRiaN welMaN RUN AND DUN

Hollywood Dun It x Runaround Patasue

ha/aa ReiNiNg FuTuRiTy claSSic wiTh BRiaN welMaN WHERES WANDA RA

Colonels Smoking Gun x Minding Ps and Qs

ha/aa ReiNiNg FuTuRiTy claSSic wiTh BRiaN welMaN

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Zee Gunslinger

(Al-Marah Matt Dillion +/ x Zee Arlene) 2011 Arabian Gelding, ready to show reiner.

Proudly Offer For Sale LJ Denver

(Al-Marah Matt Dillion +/ x Mild Beauty) 2014 Half-Arabian Gelding

LJ Maverick

(Al-Marah Matt Dillion +/ x Mild Beauty) 2013 Half-Arabian Gelding, Reining prospect.

LJ Marshall

(Al-Marah Matt Dillion +/ x Mild Beauty) 2011 Half-Arabian Gelding, ready to show in reining. Successful in Sport Horse and has been started over fences.

LJ Cheyenne

(Al-Marah Matt Dillion +/ x Mild Beauty) 2012 Half-Arabian Mare, Reining prospect.

For sales information, contact Dayna Wright at (949) 463-3930 or Videos available at Why not breed your own? Cooled semen always available. Contact Gary Ferguson at or Linda Jacobs at 20 ScottSdale | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Beethe Arabians, LLC Shannon Beethe 480-203-1394 • Julie Daniel 801-647-4336 27814 N 44th St., Cave Creek, AZ • Volume 45, No. 9 | ScottSdale 21

The one-stop shop for buying and marketing your horse. We have a one-of-a-kind database that provides access to a collection of horses in a variety of divisions and price points. Guaranteed immediate feedback and consistent hands-on support. Visit our current, interactive website at: Americas Nxt Topmodel (The Nobelest x Western Cabernet)


O H Toskafire+/

(Afire Bey V x Tosk Bey)

(A Temptation x Cinnamon Afire, by Afire Bey V)

2008 Bay Half-Arabian Mare 2014 U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Open, AAOTR and Maturity.

2007 Grey Arabian Gelding U.S. National Top Ten Country Pleasure Open and AAOTR, U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Junior Horse and Maturity; Scottsdale Champion Country Pleasure AAOTR and Scottsdale Reserve Champion Country Driving AAOTD.

2006 Bay Arabian Stallion U.S. National Champion Ladies Side Saddle, U.S. and Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse, and National Top Ten Country Pleasure Maturity, AAOTR and JTR.

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Cool Brees WB (Mamage x Alexandria WB) 2009 Chestnut Arabian Gelding. Regional Top Five English Pleasure Junior Horse and Country Pleasure Junior Horse, AAOTR and Select. Charles In Charge (A Noble Cause x MHF Appoljacks) 2008 Bay Arabian Gelding. Super sporty Country Pleasure horse. Ready for 2015 season. Small Town Shocker

Cool Brees WB appearenCe (Allience x Karedin Kameo) 2009 Bay Arabian Stallion. Big and fancy Country Pleasure prospect. heIr raId (Afires Heir x Ring Girl) 2007 Bay Half-Arabian Gelding. Scottsdale Top Ten H/A English Pleasure JTR and JOTR. small ToWn shoCker (SF Specs Shocwave x The Small Town Blues) 2008 Chestnut Half-Arabian Mare. Regional Top Five H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse and H/A English Pleasure AAOTR. magneTIC effeCT (VCP Magnifire x Coyote Ugly) 2009 Bay Half-Arabian Gelding. Region 7 Top Five Country Charles In Charge Pleasure Junior Horse.

Magnetic Effect

BaefIre (Baske Afire x MHR Hawaii) 2009 Bay Arabian Gelding. Big and flashy Hunter Pleasure prospect sky’s afIre (Afriendly Fire x An Autumn Sky) 2008 Chestnut Half-Arabian Gelding. Regional Top Five H/A Country Pleasure Open. nadIne afIre (Afire Bey V x MA Nobella) 2009 Bay Arabian Mare. Fancy Country prospect. Appearence

alITle sumpn sumpn (Infenitee x Presumed Innocent) 2006 Black Half-Arabian Mare. Scottsdale Top Ten H/A Country Pleasure Junior Horse and Regional Reserve Champion Country Pleasure JOTR.


ha samsson (Ortel x Samborzel) 2000 Chestnut Arabian Gelding. Regional Top Five Hunter Pleasure AAOTR. dr rossI aem (DA Valentino x Belle Song HVP) 2008 Chestnut Arabian Gelding. Exceptionally handsome, flashy and dynamic Hunter gelding.

Sky’s Afire

amerICan gIgalo lC (The Nobelest x Satan’s Clover Club Dancer) Heir Raid 2005 Bay Half-Arabian Gelding. Currently started in Hunter. Canadian National Top Ten H/A Country Pleasure Junior Horse and Scottsdale Top Ten H/A Country Pleasure JOTR.

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Mercy Mercy Me (Apollopalooza x Perfect Attendance)

2006 Chestnut Half-Arabian Mare Grand National Champion NSH English ATR Youth National Top Ten H/A English 14-17 Youth National Top Ten H/A Park Available For Purchase

Midnight Heiress (Afires Heir x Blackpatent Pumps)

2010 Black Arabian Mare Competing in 2015 Arabian Country Pleasure Junior Horse

Owned by: River Run Farms, LLC Scottsdale, AZ

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Elegant Expression+/ (Afire Bey V x Express Yourself)

2000 Bay Half-Arabian Mare U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Side Saddle English Scottsdale Champion H/A Side Saddle English U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A County Pleasure Select AATR Scottsdale Champion H/A Country Pleasure Select U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country Pleasure AAOTR 36-54

O H Toskafire+/ (Afire Bey V x Tosk Bey)

2006 Bay Arabian Stallion U.S. National Champion Ladies Side Saddle U.S. and Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse U.S. National Top Ten Country Pleasure Maturity, AAOTR and JTR Available For Purchase

Beethe Arabians LLC Shannon Beethe 480-203-1394 • Julie Daniel 801-647-4336 27814 N 44th St., Cave Creek, AZ •

Owned by: River Run Farms, LLC Scottsdale, AZ

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U.S. National Champion Euphoria LR HA English Pl Junior Horse

Canadian National Champion Garrison DGL HA Hunter Pleasure Open

U.S. National Champion VSH Lollipop HA Hunter Pl 55 & Over

Canadian National Champion VSH Dominic HA English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over HA Gelding Saddle/Pl AAOTH HA Gelding Saddle/Pl Open

U.S. National Champion VSH Dominic HA Gelding Saddle/Pl Open U.S. Reserve National Champion VSH Dominic HA Gelding Saddle/Pl Grand Championship HA Gelding Saddle/Pl AAOTH U.S. Reserve National Champion MA Mystatic Motion HA English Pl Futurity U.S. Reserve National Champion Glitterati RS HA Hunter Pl AAOTR 36-54 U.S. Reserve National Champion O Me O My HA English Show Hack Open

Canadian National Reserve Champion VSH Dominic HA English Pl AATR Youth National Champion Majestic High HA Country Pl JTR 13 & Under Youth National Champion JS Little Dutch Girl HA Native Costume JTR 13 & Under Youth National Champion Stop Th Presses HA Hunter Pl JOTR 14-18 Youth Reserve National Champion Stop Th Presses HA Hunter Pl JTR 14-18

Immigrant x Henriette • Black Saddlebred/DHH Stallion • Stud fee $1,500 Lindsay Rinehart • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 •

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It is time to turn up the volume on the impact a certain magnificent KWPN Dutch Harness horse—who is actually fifty percent American Saddlebred in blood—has had on the world of Half-Arabian show horses. The sire of this unique and amazing horse was an American Saddlebred (ASB) stallion bred in America, originally by the name of Callaways Mardigras, who in turn was sired by the black World Champion Harlem Globetrotter and out of a Will Shriver daughter. Once in Holland, the stallion was renamed Immigrant, and when bred to a Dutch Harness mare, produced His Majesty of Trotwood—Majesteit. The true uniqueness and great value of Majesteit is in the blend of his heritage he represents with his half ASB and half Dutch Harness pedigree. He simply brings it all, beauty and trot, as his abilities as a super sire are beyond amazing. The sons and daughters of Majesteit are quite famous for their beauty, talent and trainability—covering all bases from this magnificent and one-of-a-kind horse. Most famous is his daughter Ritida, owned by Marty Shea of Shea Stables, Michigan. Marty shares, “As the #1 dam of National Champion Half-Arabian English horses such as Adams Fire and many more, the great Ritida certainly gives credit where credit is due, to her amazing sire for his important role in just who and what she has become and that is not just a great broodmare, but one of the world’s finest horses of any breed. Tim and I have so much respect for this wonderful mare.” There are others such as Ima Cool Cat CB, winner of 19 national championships and reserves, who with all his inherited pretty, has dazzled the halter arena, making Majesteit a sire beyond the performance ring. The numbers are racking up with just how many amazing direct progeny are winning the biggest awards offered. Consider VSH Dominic, AHTimes Readers' Choice nominee and winner of 22 national championship and reserve titles to date. In 2014, VSH Dominic took the performance and halter arena by storm winning National Champion in both Half-Arabian English Pleasure 40 & Over and H/A Saddle/ Pleasure Gelding AAOTH and Open, at the same show! He is a perfect example of Majesteit producing talent and beauty, but also trainability, as a 40+ rider showed him to victory. Majesteit is also unique in his versatility as a breeding horse. He has produced champions in all disciplines: Bugzy Malone, 2013 Scottsdale and U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure Driving; the aforementioned Ima Cool Cat CB and VSH Dominic in halter, as well as CF Coming Up Roses, U.S. National Champion H/A Saddle/Pleasure Mare and 2-time Reserve National Champion Country

above: Multi-National Champion Adams Fire right: Ritida, #1 dam of H/A national winners 28  Scottsdale | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

VSH Dominic (Majesteit x O Katie)

Pleasure. In the English division he sired the 2014 U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse and Reserve H/A English Pleasure Futurity winner. In the world of hunters he sired Garrison DGL, the 2014 Canadian National Champion in Open, and Stop Th Presses, Youth National Champion—both nominees for the AHT Readers’ Choice Half- Arabian Hunter Horse of the Year! At the 2011 U.S. Nationals in halter alone, Majesteit sired the Open H/A Saddle/Pleasure Gelding 7 & Over Champion (VSH Dominic), H/A Saddle/Pleasure Mare 7 & Over Champion (CF Coming Up Roses), H/A Stock/Hunter Gelding 4 & Over Champion (Ima Cool Cat CB), and H/A Stock/Hunter Gelding 3 & Under Champion (Mai Oh Mai). There are many more winners sired by Majesteit, but this amazing story is now a book more than an advertisement. Just how many horses can support a statement such as this? Not many! Even as a grandsire through Ritida, of legendary show horses such as Adams Fire, Emperors Fire, and Eves Fire, as well as the grandsire to National Champion Show Hack, Glory Got Game, by the beautiful Savirene B (by Majesteit), his potency continues. It is time for all of the world to know the vast impact Majesteit has made on the Half-Arabian show horse world! It is beyond monumental—it is a story of true greatness. His specific accolades will leave you speechless when seen in true black and white: #1 U.S. National Non-Arabian Leading Halter and Performance Sire (by points) #1 U.S. National Non-Arabian Leading Sire (by number of winners) #1 Canadian National Non-Arabian Leading Halter and Performance Sire (by points) In the end, it is the uniqueness of his breeding that has created a sire second to none. Trotwood is proud to offer to the world the greatest Half-Arabian show horses of all time. Let Majesteit create the beauty, motion and pure magic for you that he so generously offers the Half-Arabian show horse and everyone involved. Garrison DGL (Majesteit x Gina Afire)

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Youth, Amateur, Open Saddle Seat Hunt Seat Western Futurity Five Gaited Show Hack Side Saddle Driving Equitation Halter

Lindsay Rinehart • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 • 30  Scottsdale | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES



NAME PENDING Thunder Struck LR x Noodle Half-Arabian Filly

EVELYN LR Thunder Struck LR x Ellaghant Arabian Filly

BOOGIE MAN LR Thunder Struck LR x Nottalooza Arabian Colt

SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking , by HBB • Stud fee $1,500 Lindsay Rinehart • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 • Volume 45, No. 9 | Scottsdale  31

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Royal Dornach

Sophistication at its finest exemplifies luxury living with classic design and lavish elements in this 25,000-square foot gated masterpiece situated on 200 feet of river and golf course frontage with a six-car garage. Owned and lovingly restored by one of the country’s foremost entrepreneurs for his own personal home in an exclusive gated golf course community with another gate around the estate, offering the utmost private lifestyle in the exclusive St. Ives Country Club – what could possibly make 101 Royal Dornach Drive even grander? In addition to amazing breathtaking views and complete ultimate privacy, this prestigious nine-bedroom estate has eight-full baths and three-half baths. Privately located off the main floor is the master suite with a large sitting room, master bath and enormous walk-in closets. The two-story foyer with dual floating winding staircases has a breathtaking approach that leads to the grand salon. You’ll find a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and a large vaulted keeping room with a two-story towering stack stone fireplace. The home is equipped with an elevator to all 3 levels. The terrace level features a family room, second kitchen, custom bar, billiards room, card room, exercise room and a home theater. The estate is ideal for hosting lavish social gatherings but still gives you the intimate feel of elegance and home. While the estate’s features are something to boast, another feature that makes it one of a kind is its location in the St. Ives Country Club, just a 15-minute drive from Downtown Atlanta. With a reputation for being the most exclusive country club in the area, it features a 45,000-square-foot clubhouse that overlooks the Tom Fazio designed, championship golf course. Members can also enjoy a pool and pavilion, which includes flat screen televisions, a built-in tiki bar and WiFi access. This masterpiece estate provides an ultimate haven for privacy in an amazing area of Northern Atlanta. This 2-acre estate is offered at $5,100,000

Marilyn Hoffman THE ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR REALTOR Marilyn Hoffman was the first Texas broker known to have a $100,000,000 home for sale. Her most famous sale was a $20,000,000 Midwest estate that she listed, sold and closed for full price in 24 days. This 35,000 sq. ft. home was the largest home and the most expensive sale in the state. This estate was previously listed with another international broker for $13,000,000 and did not sell. Marilyn also sold Charbonnet, a 35,000 sq. ft. home in Louisiana, also the largest home sold in that state. Setting records has been her style. Marilyn was awarded the Superstar Award for setting the world record in real estate sales. To accomplish this, she sold an 18,000 sq. ft. estate in Dallas to cosmetics queen, Mary Kay Ash, sold Lee Trevino’s Dallas estate, and sold Lee his new home. She also sold the largest home in Fort Worth, to the new owner of the Texas Rangers.

Marilyn is offering Meadowland, the former La Croix Kentucky farm, with 82 acres, a 13,000 sq. ft. home, 48 stalls and an indoor arena for $3,900,000. Not too many brokers can claim they have sold the largest and most expensive homes in multiple states, but Marilyn certainly holds the record: • • • • • • • •

Summer Wind Farm with a 24,000 sq. ft. home, was the largest home sold in the state of Kentucky. A 20,000 sq. ft. home in Oklahoma for Cowboy Bill Watts, the world champion wrestler. The Fox Ranch in Colorado, home of a 150,000 sq. ft. log home, reported to be the largest private residence in the country. The most expensive penthouse sold in Dallas, at $9,750,000, and Marilyn sold it in 79 days to the most famous Texas oilman. Brantley Manor, the largest home sold in South Carolina, after it had been listed for 4 years with local brokers. The Georgia sale for Hall of Fame Baseball player, Dale Murphy, set the record for the county. One of the largest estates in Texas, the Willow Bend estate of Prince Hans von Sachsen-Altenburg, the Duke of Saxony. An $11,000,000 estate for $10,875,000 to the CEO of one of the world’s most famous foreign corporations.

MARILYN HOFFMAN | HOFFMAN INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES, INC. DALLAS | 214-698-1736 | LEXINGTON 859-523-2812 | ATLANTA 404-414-0690 | LONDON, UK 44-203-05-14025 MONACO 800-93498 | SAUDI ARABIA 966-8111-04-3807

Marilyn has also sold some of the finest ranches in the country, including the sale of Ted Blanch’s famous Double Diamond Ranch, a 2,000-acre Hill Country estate with an 11,000 sq. ft. main home and 19 additional homes. She sold the Clearfork Ranch, site of the Cattle Barons Ball, the world’s largest benefit for the American Cancer Society, which Hoffman International Properties has been a major benefactor to, contributing over $206,000 to the Cattle Barons Gala auctions, including a donation of a Millennium daughter that sold for $24,000.00.

At the International Gold Awards in London, Hoffman International Properties was awarded two awards, “Best International Broker” and “Best American Broker”. In addition to great marketing, Hoffman International provides luxurious guest accommodations for out of town clients while they are in town to look at properties. The Dallas corporate headquarters is Bossom Manor, a 1920’s historical Elizabethan estate with a two bedroom guest house for clients. The East Texas office is a 100-acre Arabian horse ranch with a three bedroom guesthouse overlooking a private lake, and in Lexington, Kentucky, clients stay in the former Wrigley villa. No other real estate company in the world provides such lavish accommodations for visiting clients. Marilyn Hoffman has been a major contributor and supporter of many local and national charities. When Dallas had the Rodeo Drive Block Party for the National Kidney Foundation, Marilyn went to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and obtained over $100,000 in donations, including a $26,000 donation from international designer, Bijan. Marilyn has also been a major contributor to Chuck Norris’ Kick Drugs Out of Texas Charity, donating three horses to the charity auction, including a Las Vegas Champion colt purchased by Norris. Marilyn has donated over 100 Arabian horses to various charities and is responsible for bringing many new Arabian horse owners into the industry, including Michael and Rachel Wilmet, who purchased their first Arabian that Marilyn donated to the International Safari Gala in Reno. Marilyn lives in Texas at the Blue Moon Ranch, home to her 63 Arabians, including 3 Magnum Psyche sons: Absolut Magnum, last year’s Reserve National Champion Gelding; MGM Royal Heir and Marilyn’s recent acquisition of Picasso GA, a full brother to Van Gogh AM. Marilyn will be showing Andrello PCF at Scottsdale this year, a Scottsdale Reserve Champion Colt, and will be shown in Hunter Pleasure Futurity with Chris Culbreth. Marilyn took four horses to Nationals last year and all won Top Ten or Reserve National Champion.

Marilyn sold this $11,000,000 estate for $10,875,000 to the CE0 of the most famous Japanese corporation.

This Austin estate features a 9,000 ft.+ Italian villa on 16 acres, complete with furnishings for $9,995,000.

Last of the Texas Dynasties, 238 acres with a 4-story 16,000 sq. ft. mansion, 325 seat theatre and conference center and barn offered for $7,500,000.


This is one of Scottsdale’s most elite estates. Designed and conceived by one of the country’s foremost entrepreneurs for his own personal estate, this 18-acre estate was designed for grand scale living and entertaining, with huge entertainment areas, and extensive landscaping with a park-like setting with emerald green paddocks, studded with trees, and all watered with a computerized water system. The main home has 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and 6,000 sq. ft. of custom brick construction.

MARILYN HOFFMAN | HOFFMAN INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES, INC. DALLAS | 214-698-1736 | LEXINGTON 859-523-2812 | ATLANTA 404-414-0690 | LONDON, UK 44-203-05-14025 MONACO 800-93498 | SAUDI ARABIA 966-8111-04-3807

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For outdoor entertaining, there is extensive terraces, and a tiki bar overlooks the fountained lake with bridge, pool, tennis court, saloon and guest house.

Party lounge in the show barn.

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There are extensive garages and storage buildings for the serious car collector, and the equestrian facility features a brick 8-stall clean air barn, several paddocks with white PVC fencing, hot walkers and extra land, providing room for extra facilities.

Offered at only $10,000,000.

MARILYN HOFFMAN | HOFFMAN INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES, INC. DALLAS | 214-698-1736 | LEXINGTON 859-523-2812 | ATLANTA 404-414-0690 | LONDON, UK 44-203-05-14025 MONACO 800-93498 | SAUDI ARABIA 966-8111-04-3807 Volume 45, No. 9 | Hoffman InternatIonal ProPertIes 7


We say it that way because there is only one. Located in the verdant heart of the Ozark Mountains, this home is a unique legacy property. Built to stand for centuries with 4,000 tons of rock—hewn and fitted, stone by stone, as master masons have done since the second century, BC. Inside … solid oak. Solid cherry. Solid walnut. Carved, sculpted, and molded into 13,000 sq. ft. of museum-quality construction, built by one of the world’s great lumber barons for his own personal country estate. The Dromborg is 100 acres worth of forested mountainside privacy. All within minutes of a major university and three Fortune 500 corporate campuses. The Dromborg is a dream made manifest. The realization of a lifetime of hard work, with a vision. In ancient Nordic, it translates as, “Dreams the size of mountains”. Completed in 2008, the Dromborg’s design aesthetic is inspired by Scottish castles of the 13th century. Classical motifs were also incorporated, as was often the case with historical European designs. The larger statement speaks to contemporary, yet timeless values: vision, hard work, and audacious dreams. Beautifully nestled in Northwest Arkansas, revel in the 300-degree panoramic view overlooking the Ozarks. Flying in? Have your pilot file a flight plan to KFYV. The Dromborg is located less than a country mile from the 6,100 ft. runway at Fayetteville’s Drake Field.  Offered at $15,000,000.

2015 Scottsdale Contenders Good Luck Everyone And Have FUN!

Earthquake Arabians is located in beautiful Northern California. TRAINERS: Tamara Collins and Megan Jenkins 3141 Morgan Territory Rd., Clayton, CA 94517 Tamara 707-386-7771 | Megan 951-347-3776

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Sofia Kavanaugh

Delirious PGA+// Starof Fame V+/ x Fames Delight Contending In:

H/A Hunter Pleasure JOTR 14-18 H/A Hunter Seat Equitation Not To Jump 14-18 2014 Youth National Top Ten H/A Hunter Pleasure JOTR 14-18 2014 Scottsdale Reserve Champion Hunter Seat Equitation 14-18 2013 Unanimous Canadian National Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure JOTR 13 & Under 2013 Canadian National Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure JTR 13 & Under

Temptastic A Temptation x Beyberry Charades Contending In:

Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR & JOTR 14-18 2014 Scottsdale Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure JOTR 14-18 2014 Scottsdale Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR 14-18 2014 Diablo AHA Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR 18 & Under 42 ScottSdale | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Shes Still Jammin Monogramm JD x She Be Adiva KBS Contending In:

H/A Hunter Pleasure JTR

Ashley Glasser



Knight Invader x Kelliza Contending In:

H/A Hunter Pleasure ATR 2014 Youth National Top Ten Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 14-18 2014 Unanimous Region 3 Champion Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR 2013 Scottsdale Top Ten Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR Volume 45, No. 9 | ScottSdale 43

Erica Mark A Time To Dance+//

Apollopalooza x Dancing Rain X Offered fOr Sale Contending In:

Hunter Pleasure JTR and JOTR 14-18 2014 Unanimous Scottsdale Champion 2x 2013 Unanimous Canadian National Champion 2013 Scottsdale Champion 2012 Youth National Champion 2012 Unanimous Scottsdale Champion 2x 2011 Canadian National Champion


Apollopalooza x Petra C Offered fOr Sale Contending In:

H/A English Show Hack JTR 14-18 and JOTR 18 & Under H/A Mounted Native Costume JTR 14-18 and JOTR 18 & Under 2014 Youth National Top Ten Native Costume 2014 Scottsdale Top Ten English Show Hack 2014 Scottsdale Top Ten Native Costume 2013 Scottsdale Reserve Champion 2013 Canadian National Champion 2x 2011 Canadian National Champion 2010 Canadian National Reserve Champion 44 ScottSdale | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

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"Aftershoc is producing English horses as a rule, rather than an exception to the rule—a game changer for the English division!" —Vicki

SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance • AEPA Enrolled Sire Owned by: L. A. Flynn • Standing at: Vicki Humphrey Training Center Canton, Georgia • 770.740.8432 • 46 SCOTTSDALE | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES


SF Aftershoc x White And Black National Reserve Champion to Davinci Reflection WA

Despicable Me SF Aftershoc x Veghaz Showgirl National Top Ten

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WELCOME TO “THE RANCH OF OUR DREAMS!” Nan and Dick Walden are dedicated to breeding, training and showing versatile Arabians and Half-Arabians for you to cherish. We have show and companion horses in almost every discipline; many do several. They are raised with love, turned out daily in green pastures and will try their hearts out for you.

Call us for your next dream horse! 520-398-8328 • 520-879-7408 or Camren Gerner 520 879-7408







2014 was a year to celebrate with two Two Triple Crown National Champions Seven National Championships 23 National Top Ten Honors 16 USEF National and Regional Horse of the Year Titles

Call us for your next dream horse! • 520-398-8328 or 520-879-7408


(Jullyen El Jamaal x Precious V) 2010 Arabian Bay Stallion

Exceptional chance to own a royally bred performance stallion with a kind, willing personality! PJ has beautiful conformation with lines to Princess Bask and Bask for working western and reining. Show him Sport Horse too. Suitable for open and amateur. See him at Scottsdale with Chris Culbreth in Western Pleasure Jr. Horse.


(Audacious PS x Ames Victoria, by Magnum Psyche) 2013 Arabian Bay Geldiing Fancy and sweet youngster with lovely movement, neck and tail carriage! “Vee” is halter broke with good manners. Give him some time and love and he will be a star!


Two older, well broke registered Arabians suitable for kids or amateurs. (Not picured)

FRANCES CAUSEY AND CHICAGO CHAPS RS (Jullyen El Jamaal x SC Chipawa Chinks) 2008 Bay Gelding

Congratulations to Frances Causey on the lease of this outstanding Western gelding who is already a double Futurity/Jr. Horse National Trail Champion. Frances will be enjoying him right here where he was born and bred in Amado, Arizona at Rancho Sonado.

STACY & BRIDGET SMITH AND COLDPLAY KID (Sundance Kid V x Balakardika) 2005 Arabian Grey Gelding

Congratulations to Stacy and Bridget Smith, purchasers of Coldplay Kid aka, “Kirby”! We know he will have a loving home and continued great training and care with you and Jill Mitchell.

SANTA YNEZ FACILITY 1475 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 AMADO, ARIZONA FACILITY Camren Gerner, Az resident trainer - 520 647-4494 P.O. Box 7 • Sahuarita, AZ 85629 3155 W. Elephant Head Rd, Amado, AZ 85645

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Versace Da Vinci FM Full Moon Astar

HS GALILEO Jullyen El Jamaal WH Julliet WHK Antiffany Bey

CA / SCID Clear Nominated Stallion: Scottsdale Signature AHBA World Cup, Las Vegas Breeder Finals, Scottsdale AHA Breeders Sweepstakes 50 SCOTTSDALE | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

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lease tell me about your beginnings with the Arabian horse. I started with Arabian horses back in my teenage years. I was riding the jumping circuit and my brother got an Arabian horse that really interested me. From then on, my parents only bought us Arabians and we began showing them. Their personalities intrigued me and I was hooked!

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LISA LUTON remembered in the Arabian breed industry as a person who brought many kids into the world of horses—Arabians, to be specific. I love the fact that I’ve coached kids from their very first ride on a horse to their very first national championship. If you could bring two horses back to life, who would they be and why? The first one would be our stallion Attica Bay. He was a West Coast-bred horse with racing bloodlines. My dad bought him while he was recovering from a tendon injury. The next year he went on to win many stakes races and held the track record for 6 furlongs. We retired him from racing at 7 years old and decided to turn him into a show horse. My brother, Rob Luton, trained on him for the winter and his first year under saddle he was a regional champion in the hunter division, with my sister Nikole Luton, up. He ended up being the top ten hunter horse and went on to sire many great horses for us. Please tell us about the year you discovered the Arabian horse. It was my 13-year-old summer. Their beauty intrigued me and their intelligence was what I found most interesting. My mom and dad were wonderful horse people and they had a gift for picking out some of the best. Please describe your most memorable win and the horse you were showing. It was with Attafyre, a


horse that I bred, foaled out and raised. It was his first win and it brought me to tears. Is judging horse shows important to you? If yes, why? I think that horse show judging is important; very important! I believe it keeps growth in the industry and interest in the breed.  What horses in your lifetime have made you cry? I had two full brothers in a western class and it was a class A show where the judge gave his reasons. He picked out our two as examples of great breeding, and horses that would most likely be competitive at nationals that year. My eyes welled up with tears and I felt a great sense of pride and accomplishment at that moment. Tell us about some of your most meaningful client relationships and how they have effected your business. I’ve had many meaningful client relationships in my life, but one that stands out is a former high school teacher of mine, Bud Logue and his wife, Jan.  They’ve been with me for 22 years and have become a part of our family. They are wonderfully supportive and their love of their horses and their breeding program is truly inspiring.  I’ve also coached some pretty awesome kids who have pushed me to up their game, consequently upping my game! They’re always a great inspiration and their youthful enthusiasm is refreshing.


Name your 5 favorite performance horses of all time and why? Attica Bay. My first horse to win a national title and the foundation of our family’s involvement in the Arabian industry. Attafyre. Our first foal by Attica Bay and one of my favorite western horses of all time. Matafyre. Attafyre’s dam and a producer of many great horses in our program right now. I’m very grateful to Bud and Jan Logue for pursuing the purchase of this wonderful mare. Allionces Knight. A stunning depiction of an Arabian performance horse. We have several of his offspring and they’re all talented and trainable.

If you could take a trip around the world, what 10 places would you stop? If I could take a trip around the world I would stop in Italy, Spain, Greece, Sweden and Thailand. What is your favorite Gene LaCroix memory? Watching him show AA Apollo Bey at the Buckeye one year. He was quite a showman! What living show horse do you admire most, halter or performance. Sophisticated Lady. She’s in the top end of the spectrum as far as show horses go! Name 3 breeders (alive or deceased) that you admire most. Bud and Jan Logue, Sheila Varian and The Brusally Ranch. ■

Sophisticated Lady. Her performances are breathtaking and unparalleled. She’s truly one-of-a-kind.

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Rose Taylor with *Khadraj NA.

Honoring Rose Taylor: Her Life With The Arabian Horse with KARA LARSON

Rose Taylor touched many lives in the Arabian horse community. She was a remarkable breeder, an enthusiastic spectator, and a valued supporter of this breed for many years.

Beyond that, Rose led a life filled with deep friendships and beautiful Arabian horse related experiences. The people she touched will forever smile at the memories they shared with a very generous Rose. A few of them warmly reminisce in the following pages.

David Boggs: I met a wonderful and exuberant lady named Rose Taylor in 1992 through my dear friend, the late great judge, Billy Harris, and from our working friendship, began Rose’s search for the finest Arabians in the world. Rose would use these exquisite purchases to establish the foundation of her beloved RA Aloha Arabians. Just as much as I love the amazing memories I have with her, I also enjoyed the beginning of her life story. Years before we met, Rose, her husband Art, and her then trainer, all worked in a casino in Nevada. Her father was one of the original founders of UPS, and her inheritance was set up as such that it didn’t pay until late in life, so Rose and her husband both worked very hard for most of their lives.   From the minute Rose set out to build a foundation stock for her Arabian horse program, we purchased the very finest the breed had to offer at that time—this was very important to Rose. We became very close friends and I have fond memories of each travel, each purchase, and special times spent with Rose at her home in Hawaii. I was able to help her find some truly remarkable horses, making her program one respected by all. I helped Rose collect amazing daughters of *Padron, Bey Shah+, and Fame VF+. And later, I was the agent on her purchase of 1987 U.S. National Champion stallion Fame VF+ himself.  


Another stallion that was instrumental to Rose and RA Aloha was *Khadraj NA. I located this famed stallion in Rio De Janeiro and together, we flew to Brazil. At first sight, Rose fell in love with *Khadraj NA and quickly imported him to join her breeding program in America. Some of the brilliant mares purchased by Rose were RD Shahara Bey, who Rose bought as a yearling the night before I showed her in Scottsdale. Additionally, Rose had one of the most noted daughters of Padrons Psyche, U.S. National Champion Mare, JBK Mystic Fawn. Rose also purchased several top horses in Brazil and Argentina and formed a great friendship with Fernando de Santibanes and Pole Levy, the owners of legendary sires, Magnum Psyche and Almaden, respectively. Rose, you were a great inspiration in my life and a terrific ambassador for the Arabian horse. I truly respect the contributions that you made to this unique and precious breed; not just in the distinguished horses you bred, but your generous philanthropy to support the industry which will remain forever.

Brad Gallún: Rose Taylor passed away quietly on January 1, 2015, after a brief illness. Although Rose passed quietly, she didn’t live that way. Entering the Arabian horse world in the early 1990s, she and her husband, Art Taylor, got their first Arabian in a partnership with some Canadian friends in a show hack horse. When Rose understood that his training was interrupted during winter months, she did the only logical thing she could do; she bought a 40-acre, 70-stall facility with an indoor arena so his training wouldn’t be interrupted. We all know what happens with empty stalls … Rose began to fill them. Rose and Art celebrated their first U.S. National Championship in the Futurity Filly class with the Fame VF daughter, Karalisa, and the die was cast. Rose began collecting some of the most beautiful and credentialed Arabian horses in the world: JBK Mystic Fawn, RD Shahara Bey, Khadraj NA and, of course, U.S. National Champion Stallion Fame VF; all national and Scottsdale winners. In 2005, Rose embarked on a new journey with the Arabian horse when she acquired Adams Fire, Nabasken Afire, and Sister Christian RA, all multiple champions at Scottsdale and nationals in English pleasure. Rose often said that Nabasken Afire’s win in Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky., was the most exciting win of her life with Arabian horses. Rose thoroughly enjoyed the excitement and high-level competition of that particular class; she also appreciated the unique distinction of winning the last Arabian National Championship class in that historic arena. Rose was an avid sports fan—a season ticket holder for the Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks. Recently, Rose travelled to Nashville, Tenn., to watch her Coyotes defeat the Nashville Predators in the NHL playoffs. Rose loved her sports! Those who know Rose will remember her as being outgoing, outspoken, and thoroughly in love with the Arabian breed and the friends she made from all over the world who shared her love of the Arabian horse. Rose’s perfect day would be spent with her horses and all of her good friends at a show, followed by a bit of Kettle One Vodka and dinner at Mastro’s, then on to watch her team play.

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Rose would be so gratified by the outpouring of love and loss so many have expressed since her passing. The Arabian breed has lost one its greatest supporters and most popular and memorable characters; she leaves an indelible impression on all who knew her. Godspeed, Rose. — Brad and Holli Greg Knowles: Rose Taylor was one of those breeders that loved the Arabian horse for every reason, whether she was in the barn at her farm, or at the U.S. Nationals, she was always totally involved in the moment. When watching one of her top halter horses or one of her amazing performance horses do their thing, Rose was in the middle of every moment. She was a breeder, a supporter, a benefactor, and for sure, a true lover of, the Arabian horse. Rose, for all of us who knew you, or those that never had the pleasure, thank you so much for helping the Arabian horse on its amazing journey. Through the horses you bred—with those difficult to pronounce Hawaiian names—your legacy is set. Rose, safe travels, I know you’re still coming to the next “Big Show.” Patti Kossmann: I find it interesting how circumstances and events lead you to places and people in your life. And I will always be grateful for all the good and trying circumstances that brought me and Rose into each other’s lives.

Greg Knowles with Ames Jasmine.

Our love for the horses, especially our love for Ames Jasmine, started our connection, but it grew into so much more. I knew nothing about hockey, but Rose helped me learn the game and I came to love hockey as much as she. And we had some fun times! She liked getting to the games by a certain time as we would get to our seats by going down into the hallways of the arena—something very few ever got to do. Some of the players would be kicking a ball around warming up and she so loved talking to her “boys” as she would call them. I really liked seeing how happy that made her and how nice the boys were to Rose. Rose loved bringing joy to others and she never forgot a birthday. She did so many nice things for me that I will forever be indebted to her. I appreciate all the experiences, all the fun, and all the things I learned from Rose. There are countless stories I could tell about my time with her. She will forever be in my heart and I can only hope she is looking down from the heavens and proud that she was a great influence on the person I am today. I can never repay her for her kindness and love. Until we meet again, as one of our hockey seat neighbors said to me, “Rose is holding our seats and the last one there brings the popcorn.” I love you, Rose, thank you.


Walter Mishek: Rose Taylor touched the lives and hearts of Arabian breeders around the world. Her love of the Arabian horse was only surpassed by her love of her fellow Arabian friends. Rose’s dedication, passion, love and tenacity will be missed by all. Thank you, Rose, for fulfilling the dreams of many and creating a better world for the Arabian horse.

Joel and Ashton Kiesner: Rose Taylor was one of the most kind and generous ladies we’ve had the pleasure of knowing. It was an absolute thrill for us when we were told that she wanted us to find her an exciting English horse. Knowing that she was a longtime lover of the Arabian halter horse and had been very successful with her horses and breeding program, we knew we had to find a special horse. Rose bought Nabasken Afire and shortly after that, Adams Fire—two of the most winning and arguably the most exciting purebred and Half-Arabian English horses ever. We have some really special memories with Rose Taylor; she was one-of-a-kind, and no doubt loved all disciplines of the Arabian horse and the community. Rose, you will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Joel Kiesner and Rose Taylor with Nabasken Afire

Terry Holmes: I am very saddened by the passing of Rose Taylor. I am honored to have spent some great years with Rose and her late husband, Art. Rose truly loved Arabian horses and left a great legacy to the breed through her breeding program and support of her cherished Arabian. I will miss Rose, as will our Arabian community. Aloha, Rose, and now enjoy your special time with the great Fame VF in greener pastures. ■

Terry and Melissa Holmes

Art and Rose Taylor

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Not long ago, futurity programs were novel affairs. Their beginnings stem from the Arabian Horse Association and eventually, as they became private, club-run futurities, they would change the Arabian horse world forever. The first to pay out prize money that is still in existence today is the Medallion Stallion program in 1981, organized by the Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders Association. Since then, many of the subsequent programs have looked to Minnesota for inspiration. With time and growing numbers, the programs flourished in reputation and significance until they served as a “coming out” for three-year-old halter horses. As quality, select youngsters entered the Arabian show and breeding scene, nominating your potential champion in your choice of program offered incredible incentive to breeders. Today, these programs and their affiliated shows have rapidly become some of the most anticipated competitions of the year. And here we are in 2015, coming off a year where over $2,000,000 was paid out through these programs. It is safe to say, that futurities have changed the game. Eleanor Hamilton, who is tied for the #1 spot in the top ten performance futurity breeders list, has a reputation of excellence in breeding the best of the best. “It’s been a surreal trip for this country girl from Nebraska,” Eleanor laughs. “The proudest moments come from watching the success others have showing horses sired by your stallion to big national and futurity wins. Not only has Hesa Zee+/ provided the best in our business with winning horses, he’s also sired daughters that are now producing big time winners.” She also owns the #5 leading performance sire, Hesa Zee. On this incredible stallion, Eleanor shares, “Hesa Zee+/ (Zenophonn x Somthing Special) was the horse


that my trainer Rod Matthiesen and I started talking about ‘way back when,’” says Eleanor Hamilton, of Eleanor’s Arabians. “We began our working western breeding program with the *Muscat son, Crown Musc+ in the spring of 1990, when the farm was five years old. He was a great beginning. We picked Hesa Zee+/ up and brought him home from Canadian Nationals in 1985 where he was Canadian Reserve National Champion Open Reining. The first foal sired by Hesa Zee+/ and born at Eleanor’s was Zee The Gem+, 3-time National Champion Reining Amateur. Hesa Zee+/ has sired Canadian and U.S. National Champions and Futurity Reining winners of well over $125,000 in prize money. “The futurity programs are critically important for the Arabian reining horse,” Eleanor says. “We need classes where our 3- and 4-year-olds can test their skills against their age group. We have a slow maturing breed in a competitive sport that takes years of practice. The futurity money lends excitement and creates incentive and attention.” Bill and Shirley Reilich, owners of Afires Heir—the #2 Leading Futurity Purebred Performance Sire—couldn’t be more pleased with the feats of their English stallion. And because Afires Heir is an English horse, the Reilichs are especially pleased with the effectiveness and value the AEPA Futurity is proving to have. They share, “The AEPA in particular, features English horses, and Afires Heir is very much an English stallion, winning 4 national championships in English himself. It allows a futurity specifically focusing on the English pleasure horses. That’s what he does; that’s what he produces, so it’s really big to have that futurity.” These two also see the futurities as the ideal place to showcase their incredible stallion’s get. “The

young futurity horses have the opportunity to prove themselves and it is truly a great marketing avenue for people to see these horses, to sell them, and to place them with owners that can successfully go on and show them.” This marketing platform the Reilichs have found so beneficial for Afires Heir, can work for anyone. “Futurity programs have certainly served as an excellent marketing platform for premier breeders. I know people that showed Afires Heir horses in the futurity this year that told us, “Well, we sold them! We need more of them because they’re selling really fast!” So it’s definitely a good marketing platform. We’re excited about the coming year. We have some really nice three-year-olds that are going to be in the U.S. Nationals futurity, and last year’s futurity champion is certainly going to be back in the ring.”   Tied for the #5 spot in the list of top halter futurity breeders in 2014, Ken White, who owns Arabian Horse Futures with wife Joanne and daughter Tracy, values their ranking and also, the promise of the futurity programs all over the U.S. Ken offers, “By our name, Arabian Horse Futures, we think futurities are where we have to look for the future. The futurities are important for that reason and also, we feel they are important for our horses.” One of the reasons Ken believes futurity programs make up the future of the Arabian industry is because of their ability to even the playing field for the small breeders out there. “I think futurity programs also give grassroots or small breeders a chance. In my opinion, these people are the key to the future of the Arabian horse, shares Ken. “So, the futurities give

them an opportunity to nominate their horse, and whether they show it or sell it and watch someone else show, it gives them something back. Beyond the 10 % of the total winnings, their breeding program will get recognized right alongside the bigger breeding programs of today.” Ken also recalls one particular example of an influential stallion that got its starts in the futurity game. “If you look back at how futurity programs have made a major impact on the future of the breed, you just have to look back at Ruminaja Ali, who the Bergrens purchased as a young colt.” Ken adds, “He went national champion futurity stallion and look at the impact—sire of Ali Jamaal and Anaza El Farid (sire of Gazal Al Shaqab), and the list goes on and on. So today, when we can look back and see a stallion of this magnitude gain recognition from a futurity win, it puts into perspective the weight of futurity programs as a whole. He was a sire from a small breeder and now, he’s made one of the biggest impacts on the whole breed because of that.” Tying for the #4 spot on the list of top futurity breeders of champions, Thirteen Oaks Arabians, a farm built by Ed and Maureen Horton, boasted a beautiful year of meaningful wins. And even though Ed passed away a little over a year ago, Maureen has carried on the respected Thirteen Oaks name with poised integrity. She shares, “Thirteen Oaks Arabians has been in the breeding business since the 80s. We have

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always been a small operation breeding an average of four mares a year. Our goal was always to produce beautiful functional horses. I think we upped the stakes when we bought two incredible mares for our breeding program. DA Shahnia (Bey Shah x Khasmir) a beautiful mare with grace and presence, and Sol Natique (Solstice x Natique by *Naborr), another beautiful mare with a an exquisite neck and delicate throat latch.” These two mares, along with their daughters and granddaughters, have produced an astounding number of national champions, including 5-time national champion Vitorio TO and U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Soltire TO. Between these two and the long, impressive list of other winning horses, Maureen shares that the one common thread is that they are all entered into various futurity programs. And she is grateful for their existence. “The greatest reward for us as breeders is to have tangible evidence that our energy, hard work, and bringing two individuals together to produce an awesome foal worked!” worked She adds, “One way to market these awesome foals was to participate in various futurity programs. We selected Scottsdale Signature, Sweepstakes and Region 12 Spotlight Futurities, not only to show our horses, but to promote our breeding program and sales, and use a great venue to present our horses to potential breeders, buyers and exhibitors.” Futurity programs also inspire Maureen to consider the future more readily. “My goal for 2015 is to hopefully expose Soltire to a lot of people and breeders who might be interested in breeding their mares. His brother Vitorio is currently leased to


Michalów Stud in Poland, which is an incredible honor to us as breeders. It is so special to think that he’s from our program—we bred him.” Maureen continues, “And I think Soltire is going to follow in his footsteps. He is a grey edition of Vitorio and we want people to see him! He is standing at Krichke Training in Michigan and he will be in Scottsdale, which is exciting as well.” Another big futurity winner is A Jakarta, owned by Aude Espourteille of Deor Farms, tying for the #7 spot in the top ten leading purebred halter sire list. Proud of her winning stallion and appreciative of the role that futurities played in his success, Aude shares, “The Arabian horse futurities are a great way to not only promote the Arabian horse, but to include breeders to participate more, with the resulting foals being able to win prize money! It motivates the mare owners to breed to our stallion, A Jakarta, as his resulting foals have won major championships in these shows and win money!” Aude also believes that futurity programs are the markers of hope for the future. She adds, “For us, the Arabian horse futurity programs are great ways to promote your stallions and we believe these programs are the future of the Arabian shows!” After hearing from some of the prominent futurity breeders of 2014, one question comes to mind: what is the best part of the successful and prominent futurities available today? The answer is not any one thing. Each one holds promise for young horses. Each one has the ability to open new doors for small breeding programs. And each one is wonderfully unique and exciting. The upcoming pages feature some of the top futurity programs out there today.

I O W A G O L D S TA R FUTURITY For those who have attended, the experiences tied to the Iowa Gold Star Show are all incredibly positive. This show is exciting, and one of the reasons for this is in its fun, themed atmosphere; one year it was pirates, another it was the Old West, last year it was a circus-like “Under the Big Top.” This show knows how to have fun and this has proven contagious. So much so, that people have traveled from all over the country just to let loose and enjoy their friends over show weekend. And, if they participate in the Gold Star’s Futurity, maybe win prize money— typically, more than $150,000 is on offer—in the bargain.

be nominated for a fee of $100. Classes include halter (yearlings, 2- and 3-year-olds), country/English pleasure (open and ATR), junior western pleasure (horses 5 and under), western pleasure (open and ATR), hunter pleasure (open and ATR), and junior hunter pleasure (horses 5 and under).

Maldonado, who shares management duties with Kim Matthias, knows the value of futurities; she and her family have participated in them for years, including Iowa, Minnesota and Scottsdale. “It’s really been a huge return on investment for I O W A G O L D S T A R F U T U R I T Y us, whether we breed or buy a horse that’s futurity nominated. SEPTEMBER 3-7, 2015 I think it’s good, especially for breeders who spend quite a DES MOINES, IOWA “So, in addition to great horses bit of money trying to create and good friends and options the perfect animal and then, to win prize money, we try to make sure it’s a fun show hopefully, some day they end up in the winners circle and that people want to come to,” says co-manager Jessica get a little bit of payback for their hard work.” And the Maldonado. “We know that you have lots of options.” Iowa Gold Star aims to help them make it happen. On the serious side, the Iowa Gold Star offers both halter and performance futurities, for which stallions are nominated annually at a fee of $500. Mares may

In 2015, the Iowa Gold Star is looking at some monumental changes. Maldonado shares, “There will be some exciting announcements coming soon!”

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S C O T T S D A L E S I G N AT U R E FUTURITIES As the Scottsdale show rolls go to the live auction will be into its 60th Anniversary open for bidding until Sunday, this year, the total in prize February 22 at 3pm (Please payouts amounts to over $1.5 note: we will not be doing million. Nearly $600,000 of on-line bidding this year). this colossal total comprises You can elect to have your the prize winnings for the stallion(s) go directly to the 2015 Scottsdale Signature live auction by guaranteeing a Stallion classes. This denotes minimum bid of $1,700.” something special about the incredible opportunity for A breeding from each 2015 the elite group of stallions in Nominated Scottsdale the Signature program. Taryl Signature Stallion will be O’Shea, Executive Director of auctioned off. The successful the Arabian Horse Association SCOTTSDALE SIGNATURE FUTURITIES bidder for each stallion will be of Arizona, shares, “The live eligible to compete in the 2017 SSS Auction will be held Auction class. All the money FEBRUARY 12-22, 2015 at WestWorld in the South raised at this auction is used SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA Hall Wednesday, February for future prize money payout 18th, 2015 at 6pm. We will for all eligible SSS get. have a Scottsdale Signature Stallion promotional booth set up at the Wendell Arena; bidders can go to the booth Taryl adds, “Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be to place bids on all stallions. Stallions NOT reaching a part of the largest prize money payout program in the the $1,700 bid by Tuesday, February 17, at noon will Arabian industry! All bidders are required to register in NOT go to the live auction. All stallions that do not advance; to fill out a form, visit our website.”

T H E M I N N E S O TA A R A B I A N HORSE BREEDERS FUTURITY The Minnesota Arabian Horse we advertise our stallions and M I N N E S O TA FA L L F E S T Breeders Fall Festival will the way we advertise our show, OCTOBER 2-4, 2015 reach 35 years in 2015. Now, breeders have an incredible that’s a milestone. MAHB opportunity to be successful.” S T. P A U L , M I N N E S O T A President Greg Brown reflects on what sets the show apart Brown bases a great deal of the as a premier showcase of Arabian horses. Brown show’s success in one word—innovation. From innovation shares a distinguishing aspect of the Arabian Futurity in the performance maturity, nationally competitive show Program—one of the reasons for its longevity. “In one horses, a world-class auction, the opportunity to take home word—opportunity. Here, you have the opportunity to sizable winnings, innovative and fresh events, charitable breed the best stallion in the world, whether it’s halter efforts, and a sense of community for all involved, the or performance. You have the opportunity to realize a MAHB Fall Festival is an exclusive, exciting, and enduring return on that investment, both in the show ring and in horse show. “One of the things that we’ve recognized is the marketplace. And lastly, you have the opportunity the increased role of performance horses, that there’s a lot for great exposure in our program. Given the way that of owners with nice stallions who perhaps don’t consider 262 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

them competitive in the yearling, 2-year-old, maybe even 3-year-old halter programs. But they’re producing very attractive, capable performance horses. That’s one of the changes we’ve made from 2013 to 2014: we’re rewarding any of our past auction horses. “We will give babies that resulted from auction breedings, a 25 percent override for any top five in our performance sweepstakes classes,” he explains. “We’re encouraging folks to not only bring the horses in as halter yearlings in the Medallion class, but also to bring them back in a performance class.” Last year, he reports, roughly 75 percent of entries were in performance, and the new incentives are a powerful reason for owners to sign up performance sires in the Medallion Stallion auction.

The Minnesota program offers up to 100 top stallions from all over the country, and auctions breedings during the club’s Minnesota Fall Festival Horse Show, which also hosts its futurity classes. “If you play in the futurity game, and you come to our auction and breed to one of our stallions, we want you to get a return,” says Brown. “The show’s prize money ranges for first places, well over $10,000. So if somebody buys a breeding, pays a trainer and brings a horse to a show, at least they have a chance within a select group,” he says. “It’s not open competition; it’s a select group. They have the opportunity to get their investment back, or most of it, just for coming to the show. And I mean it’s like instant gratification—these are yearlings providing the biggest payback at our show.”

AHBA WORLD CUP When the AHBA World Cup is for amateur handlers only, Show, with its futurity, burst are classes for Yearling Fillies, upon the scene in 2006, it Yearling Colts, 2-Year-Old attracted attention from around Fillies and 2-Year-Old Colts. the world and quickly established itself as a must-do for halter The Arabian Horse Breeders breeders, owners and exhibitors. Alliance (AHBA) offers the Originally designed for just 25 AHBA Legacy Futurity and nominated stallions, the futurity the AHBA Futurity. Through AHBA WORLD CUP has since been expanded to these, multiple opportunities are more than 30 nominees, a list given to both amateur handlers APRIL 16-19, 2015 that includes many of the top and stallion owners to win L A S V E G A S , N E VA D A sires in in-hand competition. outstanding cash awards year Prize money is accrued from the after year. The AHBA Stallion AHBA stallion service auction, Auction is held online and a nomination fee of $500 per stallion each year, and consists of the Arabian community’s leading stallions. The futurity classes’ entry fees. Included in the futurity, which support of great breeders, owners and amateur handlers

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make the auction a huge success each and every year. Riyan Holte shares, “In 2014, total cash prizes awarded by the AHBA Futurities was $145,000 at The Arabian Breeders World Cup Show in Las Vegas—the most exciting International Arabian Horse event in the country.” To break down the two futurity programs further. The AHBA Legacy Futurity Legacy Futurity is open to any mare in foal to an AHBA Legacy Futurity Nominated Stallion. ATH classes are offered to Yearling Fillies, Colts and Geldings. This is held in conjunction with the Arabian Breeders World Cup Show. Mares must be officially nominated before December 31st of the breeding year, and the prize money comes from the Mare Nomination fees collected prior to the birth of the eligible foals. In this futurity, over $21,000 was awarded to Legacy Futurity winners in 2014. The second program is the AHBA Futurity. The breeding services purchased through the online AHBA Futurity Stallion Service Auction allow you to participate in the AHBA

Futurity classes. Classes are offered to Yearling and 2-YearOld Fillies, Colts and Geldings. This one is also held in conjunction with the Arabian Breeders World Cup Show, classes are Amateur to Handle, and mares (one or two) must be officially nominated before December 31st of the breeding year. However, there are a few more rules for this one. Each AHBA Futurity Nominated Stallion can have a maximum of two (2) foals nominated: one (1) mare nomination is allowed for the purchaser of an Auction breeding and in addition, if the final purchase price in the Auction is $2,500 or more, then one (1) additional foal may be nominated by the AHBA Futurity Nominated Stallion owner. The second aspect is that nominated foals resulting from AHBA Vegas Stallion Service Auction breedings are eligible to participate in two separate AHBA Futurity classes. Classes will be held for the nominated foals in each of their yearling and 2-year-old calendar years. AHBA prize money will be provided (equally) for each of these two years of competition. And in prize money, this futurity awarded over $124,000 to Futurity winners in 2014.

S I LV E R S I R E F U T U R I T Y The Silver Sire Breeders, Inc., is the governing body of the “West Coast’s Oldest Amateur Futurity.” The Futurity was founded in 1989. Originally, only offspring of stallions standing in Nevada were eligible to show; however, a few years ago the decision was made to solicit breedings from all Arabian stallions in order to broaden the reach of the program. The growth since that decision was made has been staggering, including the growth of mare nominations in 2014 by nearly double the amount in 2013. 

Silver Sire is motivated by the promise of drawing in breeders and quality horses. How do they do it? Paul answers, “The rules for Silver Sire are simple and we are constantly looking for ways to include more horses and amateurs in the competition. We pioneered rules that give credits the following year on mares that lose their foals both in the Open and the Auction.”


There are many opportunities within Silver J U LY 7 - 1 1 , 2 0 1 5 Sire. The first is the Silver Sire R E N O, N E VA D A Open Futurity. Nomination to the Open Futurity is available The Annual Silver Sire Halter to any registered any registered Purebred any Futurity Show is held in conjunction with the Region Arabian mare bred to any Purebred Stallion, not just the 3 Championship Show each July in Reno. Silver Sire Auction Stallions. The resulting foal of a nominated mare Breeders, Inc. offers opportunities to compete in an Open may compete in classes offered by Silver Sire. The mare Futurity and an Auction Futurity for Fillies, Colts and nomination fee is $165. The Silver Sire Open Futurity Geldings. Board President Paul Richied knows what it takes awarded $21,780 in cash prizes to Yearling Fillies, Colts to make this booming futurity a reality. One of the major and Geldings and 2- and 3-year-old Fillies, Colts and reasons—the incredible group behind the scenes. Paul shares, Geldings in 2014. “We have a great board of directors that allow the program to grow with innovative ideas. I am truly blessed to have such a The second is the Silver Sire Auction Futurity. The hardworking board that makes this small program work!” Breeding services purchased through the online Silver Sire 264 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Futurity Stallion Service Auction allow you to participate in the Auction Futurity classes. Classes are offered to Yearling Fillies, Colts and Geldings. Yearlings eligible for the Auction Futurity may also compete in the Open Futurity if the mare had been previously nominated. A stallion owner who donates a Purebred Stallion Service to the annual Silver Sire Breeders, Inc. Stallion Service Auction, will be issued (upon sale of the service) a “Right to Show” certificate, usable the following year, that would allow them to participate in the Auction Futurity classes as well. All “Right to Show” certificates are transferable. The

Silver Sire Auction Futurity awarded $28,890 in cash prizes to Yearling Fillies, Colts and Geldings in 2014. The vision and execution of Silver Sire features something unique for all involved. “Silver Sire is looking for ways to help the Arabian breed. We do not charge the stallion owner to donate if the stallion meets a very broad criteria.” Paul continues, “Bottom line, Silver Sire is a very successful program that was willing to change at a time in our industry when change was needed. And Silver Sire is fun! We even serve our judges a margarita in the ring!”

A E PA F U T U R I T Y Everything that the Arabian English Performance Association (AEPA) aims to accomplish resides in their bright and unassuming vision for the future. Their vision reads: “We are at a time in our breed that the future can be shaped. Our future can be whatever we dream it to be. Envision a future that has new owners enthusiastically breeding, buying, and showing Arabian English horses. Huge prize money will generate publicity, add interest, and attract new participants. The judging will be transparent, the results traceable. Most importantly, people will brag to friends and strangers about our wonderful Arabian horses and the exciting things they do with them.”

in the breeding year). This is an amateur owner class for Country English Pleasure horses. Complete rules and class specifications will be posted on the AEPA website.

A E PA F U T U R I T Y B U C K E Y E S W E E P S TA K E S M AY 2 1 - 2 4 , 2 0 1 5

A hallmark from the beginning was that its founders had in mind high principles for English-type horses. Not only does the system reward winners handsomely—$100,000 in the purebred class and $50,000 for Half-Arabians—but also, in the aspect of judging, the system requires numeric scores comparing a horse’s performance to an English performance standard. This provides transparency and a way for the viewing public to understand better, the requirements and talents of the English disciplines. According to its manifesto, which lays out the organization’s philosophy, its objectives are “cadence, delivery, responsiveness, expression, manners, quality and Arabian English type,” and judges look for movement, carriage, mental attitude and Arabian English type.

Within the futurity, more than COLUMBUS, OHIO 60 sires are nominated, and the minimum bid at its auction is $1,000; stallion owners agree to U. S . N AT I O N A L S buy their horse’s service if it does not attract a high enough bid, and OCTOBER 23-31, 2015 attention has been paid to secure funding for the long term. Another TULSA, OKLAHOMA innovative aspect is the AEPA “With the AEPA class, I know Saddle Seat Futurity, now held at for sure that ripples are felt the U.S. Nationals, offering classes for 4-year-old Arabian throughout the entire Arabian horse community,” says and Half-Arabian English contenders. Additionally, Buckeye AEPA President Peter Conway. “It affects everything from 2015 will debut the AEPA Strawberry Banks Country breeding decisions to buying, purchasing breedings to a English Maturity. The class will pay out $20,000.00 in prize particular stallion, buying mares, to then selling prospects. money and is open to all 5- and 6-year-old horses that were All of that happens because of that particular class, and it sired by AEPA stallions (stallions must have been enrolled has a big impact across the board leading up to the class.”

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ARABIAN REINING BREEDERS CLASSIC FUTURITY “The format of the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) is very similar to the highly successful and extremely popular NRBC event, and with this program as its template, the ARBC has set its sights on becoming the Arabian reining version of what the NRBC is to Quarter Horses and Paints,” says Amanda Brumley, manager for the ARBC. “The ARBC has high hopes to follow in the footsteps of the NRBC, creating a viable, successful promotional platform for breeders and showmen.

enrollments being allocated as prize money.


Brumley adds, “Stallion owners who enroll their stallions this year will have their offspring be eligible for enrollment this fall. The foal owner doesn’t have to enroll until the foal is actually born and there is a generous time frame throughout the weanling year. Once enrolled, a foal stays eligible, whether or not his sire continues to be involved.”

Due to the late start in 2014, the ARBC has waived all R E N O, N E VA D A 2015 will mark the 7th year late fees for foal enrollment. of the High Roller Reining 2014 foals can still enroll in Classic, which is currently ranked at number four in the 2015 for $250 up until September 1st. Brumley states, NRHA Leading Events (as of 2013), after only five short “We are also offering a one-time enrollment of $750 for years in existence. In 2015 the show will offer prizes and deceased or no longer viable stallions who have frozen cash payouts of more than a half million dollars! The show semen available. See enrollment terms for details. Only runs eight days and will be including a NRHA approved enrolled foals are allowed to compete as 4- and 5-year$77,000 added ARBC Futurity for Arabians and Halfolds in the ARBC starting in 2018.” Arabians. The ARBC will also offer a $30,000 Youth Scholarship Program, followed up by a similar Scholarship Stallion owners pay an initial nomination fee, then an Program and High Point prize for breeder, trainer, owner annual enrollment fee due on February 1st of each year. and youth to be awarded at the 2015 Scottsdale Arabian Stallion owners also assist in the promotion of the ARBC Horse show. There is also a plan to connect the two shows by informing mare owners about the ARBC, using its by offering large prizes for those exhibitors who compete logo in their advertising, distributing ARBC information and win at both shows! to mare owners, and mailing ARBC nomination forms to the owners of each live foal at the time they provide a ARBC stallion and foal enrollments began last year in Breeders Certificate. Stallions are promoted by the ARBC 2014, and by 2018, all horses competing in the ARBC through the website, national and international advertising, must be enrolled in the program as that is when the ARBC press releases, brochures and materials distributed at major program money kicks in with 70% of all stallion and foal events, as well as in the annual ARBC Stallion Registry.


REGION 12 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY The Spotlight Futurity offers a tremendous stage for all its participating breeders. With the goal of constant evolution on their docket, the Spotlight Futurity has received rave reviews and grown at a dramatic rate since it began eight years ago. But for Board of Directors President Charles Moseley, the key to their success is that the board, volunteers, and participants aren’t looking back. They’re looking forward.

exhibitor party hosted with Region 12 featuring live entertainment will follow the Spotlight Futurity Auction, which has over 55 stallions already confirmed and nominated, and there is also a Western Calcutta class for 3-4 year olds. A percentage of the proceeds of this inventive Spotlight Futurity class will go to support the Region 12 youth.

The Region 12 Spotlight also places a great deal of its focus on progress. New to the As the 2015 class payouts amount Spotlight Futurity website is a to over $125,000 at the Region Sales Opportunities page that 12 Championships, the Spotlight features progeny of stallions in Futurity looks to match this total the program and breedings that with an amazing set of events. are for sale. Charles offers, “There One of these is a presentation is no charge for this service, but REGION 12 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY I think it is noteworthy. We aim by Cynthia Culbertson, part of the Spotlight Futurity to help those who participate in M AY 4 - 9 , 2 0 1 5 Educational Series sponsored by our program.” He adds, “Another Markel Insurance. In its third area we are working in concert P E R R Y, G E O R G I A year sponsoring education with with Region 12 is with our the program, Charles shares, sponsorships. Custom packages “Cynthia’s presentation is titled, “Romance and Reality— are available that offer on premise, print, and digital the History of the Arabian Breed and its Relevance marketing opportunities with both organizations.” Today”. She holds a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University and currently This futurity is creative. And from this creativity and serves on the board of The Pyramid Society. This is innovation, the Spotlight Program is one of the fastest definitely an intriguing topic and we look forward to growing and most notable futurities in the country. Charles hosting Cynthia and her ideas.” offers, “It is unique in that it offers distinction awards for stallions and breeders. The Stallion of Distinction winner Other events include a rights holder meeting, the Stallion will receive a free nomination into the program the following and Breeder of Distinction Awards, sponsored by Hennessey year. Furthermore, owners who nominate their stallions to the Arabians, Palmetto Arabians, and Victoria Arabians, and some program can also nominate one of their foals for the auction recently added sales opportunities for breedings and offspring classes. The Spotlight Program is committed to fulfilling the of the Spotlight Futurity Nominated Stallions. A joint needs of breeders, owners and exhibitors across the industry.”

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2014 Futurities -

OVER $2,000,000 I N PAY O U T S Futurity F uturity classes and shows included: both halter and performance, Scottsdale Signature Stallion, AHBA World Cup, Ohio Buckeye, Region 12 Spotlight, MN Breeders, Iowa Gold Star, Breeder Finals, Silver Sire, the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC), Canadian Nationals, and U.S. Nationals. To make the Overall Sire and Breeder lists, both must have winners in halter and performance. All information based off results provided by show committees.

Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA)

Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)

2014 FUTURITY TOP TEN LEADING LIVING PUREBRED OVERALL SIRES By number of winners 1. Ever After NA 2. Bey Ambition Sundance Kid V 3. IXL Noble Express SF Veraz 4. Eden C 5. Afire Bey V 6. Magnum Psyche 7. KM Bugatti 8. Audacious PS Justify


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Owner Robert and Dixie North Murray and Shirley Popplewell J. Frank and Sara Chisholm Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Patti Scheier Alsayed Stud Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Haras Mayed KM Stables, Inc. Varian Arabians DST Arabians

Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)

Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady)

Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis)

2014 FUTURITY TOP TEN LEADING LIVING PUREBRED HALTER SIRES By number of winners 1. Ever After NA Vitorio TO 2. Bey Ambition 3. Trussardi 4. Eden C SF Veraz 5. ZT Marwteyn 6. Marwan Al Magnifficoo 7. A Jakarta Audacious PS Magnum Psyche PCF Vision

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Owner Robert and Dixie North Oak Ridge Arabians Murray and Shirley Popplewell Rojo Arabians Alsayed Stud Patti Scheier Michael Byatt John Blincoe Deor Farms Varian Arabians Haras Mayed Prince Saud Bin Sultan Bin Saud Al Saud

2014 FUTURITY TOP TEN LEADING LIVING PUREBRED PERFORMANCE SIRES By number of winners 1. Baske Afire 2. Afires Heir Sundance Kid V 3. IXL Noble Express 4. Afire Bey V 5. Hesa Zee 6. KM Bugatti What It Takes 7. Nobilistic BF Noble Way Vegaz

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Owner Strawberry Banks Farm William and Shirley Reilich J. Frank and Sara Chisholm Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Eleanor Hamilton KM Stables, Inc. Silver Spurs Equine and Kit Hall Boisvert Farms LLC Conway Arabians, Inc. Kenneth And Susan Knipe

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Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)

2014 TOP TEN OVERALL FUTURITY BREEDERS By number of winners 1. J. Frank and Sara Chisholm 2. Cedar Ridge Arabians 3. Murray and Shirley Popplewell 4. Pegasus Arabians 5. Robert and Dixie North Family Trust 6. Lawrence Jerome Lindsay Rinehart 7. Varian Arabians Victoria Arabians LLC 8. Barbara Sink-Krusenstjerna

2014 TOP TEN HALTER FUTURITY BREEDERS 18 15 12 9 8 7 7 6 6 5

2014 TOP TEN PERFORMANCE BREEDERS By number of winners 1. Cedar Ridge Farm Eleanor Hamilton 2. J. Frank and Sara Chisholm 3. Conway Arabians, Inc. 4. Prestige Farms LLC 5. Tamara Hanby 6. Boisvert Farms LLC Buckshot Farms Maroon Fire Arabian, Inc. Marty Shea The Brass Ring, Inc.


By number of winners 1. McDonald Arabians 2. Murray and Shirley Popplewell Pegasus Arabians 3. J. Frank and Sara Chisholm 4. Oak Ridge Arabians Robert and Dixie North Family Trust 5. Cindy McGown and Mark Davis Hennessey Arabian LLC Ken and Tracy White Lawrence Jerome Stonewall Farm Arabians LLC

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1. J. Frank and Sara Chisholm 2. Cedar Ridge Farm Conway Arabians, Inc. Murray and Shirley Popplewell 3. Eleanor Hamilton Janice McCrea Wight and Alex Chrys Joseph Bradley Herman Pegasus Arabians Tom and Earleen Walter 4. Amanda Solie Boisvert Farms LLC Buckshot Farms Lindsay Rinehart Lon Matthias Mark and Valerie Sylla Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Oak Ridge Arabians Shawn Stachowski Thirteen Oaks Arabians Willow Tree Arabians

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Denver’s Holiday Hoorah One Day Horse Show

Festivity and Fun On A Budget by Catherine Cole Ferandelli The world of Arabian horse show competition includes all sorts … professionals, amateurs, breeders and more. It is a living, breathing animal of sorts needing constant fortification to provide a welcoming invitation. This invitation must always extend itself to a diverse audience of devotees. And it must replace those who have moved on to other horizons.

budget. Certain criteria was a must: these one day horse shows had to retain the integrity of AHA judging, follow USEF policies, promote our breed, and provide local Arab show competitors with an event worthy of appealing to beginners and professionals alike.

When the Great Recession hit several years ago, most of us had to take a hard look at our situation in terms of budgeting horse show competitions. How many “A” rated shows could we pay for? Could we afford regional shows, Scottsdale, U.S. Nationals? Could we even afford to show at all? Our passion for the Arabian horse remained intact, but our funds had suffered. As a result, many of our horse shows lost significant support. Some shows have even cancelled and not returned. With smaller numbers came a closer examination of how our horse shows could survive with smaller numbers in competitions.

The concept of a one day horse show has been around for countless years through different breed events, riding clubs and horse enthusiasts. Many of us have fond memories of our first horse shows. Often, this is a local all-breed horse show with annual year-end high point awards. These and similar competitions continue to serve the equine show community productively and positively.

At the same time, the Arabian breed needed to show itself to a widening audience. An audience that might want to compete at horse shows, but perhaps didn’t have the funds to truly campaign a horse. An audience that wanted to qualify for a regional show, but didn’t have the time or money for much travel. And a horse show event that could provide experience for new AHA judges. These challenges were some of the building blocks used to create the foundation for the AHA One Day Horse Show. A few years ago, several individuals put their heads together with the goal of creating a quality, one day horse show that would fill these needs, yet could operate on a ‘shoestring’ 284 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

This is how the AHA One Day Horse Show idea was born.

Arabian horse enthusiasts Jim Hitt and Leslie Lockard have been long time affordable horse show advocates. Creating a one day horse show that would promote the Arabian horse with AHA rules was the challenge. These horse shows needed to allow competitors to qualify for regional and national competitions, all the while keeping costs down. Fancy equine facilities are expensive to let, and show staffing yet another formidable cost. Prizes must also be purchased. Could all of these things be economically accomplished for show management while enabling competitors to enjoy and attend a qualifying show at significantly less cost? These questions and more created the format for Denver’s Holiday Hoorah One Day Horse Show. This horse show was founded in 2011 and has grown in size every year since. AHA rules for One Day Horse Shows are quite specific, yet flexible. For example, while The Holiday Hoorah One

Day Show (“HH”) covers two days, each day is an approved AHA One Day Show. Saturday’s horse show is a Region 8 qualifying show, and Sunday’s show is a Region 6 qualifying show. Both shows also offer open all-breed classes.

alone the same day. One Day Shows are a great way to bring new AHA judges into the fold.”

How much does it cost to show at Holiday Hoorah I and II? The 2014 show premium offered $10 class entry fees. Other fees (office and judges fees) total less than $30. If Themed as a holiday event, the “HH” shown is decorated you are not an AHA member, you would add a nominal with Christmas gaiety. Candy canes are handed out as single event fee. With this it is quite possible to compete prizes. Wreaths and tinsel adorn the show area. While in several classes for less than $100 in total fees. Jim says, there are stalls available for overnight stays, one also has “Our goal with Holiday Hoorah One Day shows was to be the option of hauling in, showing and driving out. Indeed, able to bring forward the best venue for our local audience many One Day Shows are held at facilities with no stabling. here in the Denver area. We wanted to expose more folks Again to keep costs down. to the Arabian horse and at the same time, provide a horse show of interest to all breeds. This horse show lends itself to The “HH” show quickly became more than a ‘bargain fantastic preparation towards bigger events. Several of our basement’ regional qualifier. Held at the renowned National open all-breed classes Western Events will have 16-18 entries. Center in Denver, Some of our Arabian the show was quickly “Our show gives a wonderful opportunity classes will have as realized as a great many as 10 entries. opportunity to prepare to show in a quality arena with a number of Our show gives a for bigger, upcoming quality competitors at cost nearly half of a wonderful opportunity events. Co-show typical multi-day USEF approved show. It’s a to show in a quality manager Jim Hitt, arena with a number explains, “The Holiday great value with a great return.” of quality competitors Hoorah Shows I at cost nearly half and II not only serve of a typical multias AHA qualifying day USEF approved show. It’s a great value with a great shows, they also serve as a warm-up show to help prepare return. Plus, the holiday decorations and atmosphere give Paint and Quarter Horses for the National Western Stock it a wonderful aura during a time of year long considered Show, a sixteen day competition many consider the Super outside the Denver horse show season.” Bowl of its kind.” All breed classes mingled within Arabian and Half-Arabian classes expose many outside the Arabian Along with Holiday Hoorah I and II, how many AHA horse circuit to our breed and its incredible versatility. The One Day Horse Shows go on across the country? “HH” undeserved reputation of our breed (‘Those crazy Arabs!’) Show Manager and AHA Director of Competition Leslie is replaced with admiration and respect. There are great Lockard, says, “We started with 20 One Day Shows in horses within all breeds. The Holiday Hoorah show seeks 2011. 2012 had 40+ One Day Shows. 2013 doubled to 80 to please both Arabian enthusiasts and all the breeds which shows and 2014 kept up the pace with 80 One Day Shows. choose to show here.” We have enjoyed true enthusiasm in developing the AHA One Day Horse Show concept and are proud to offer a While the Holiday Hoorah and other AHA One Day great way to raise awareness of the Arabian horse through Horse Shows do not have USEF endorsement, they follow these smaller, affordable competitions.” n the organizations’ practices and policies. All judges are AHA approved and many are new to obtaining their small ‘r’ judging card. Jim says, “We can lower our show costs by The Holiday Hoorah I and II One Day show is held hiring small ‘r’ judges, plus offer them the opportunity to annually the second week of December at the National build ring experience at a horse show with many different Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. If you’re in the area, events. Not many new judges have the opportunity to judge come join the festivities! reining, trail and pleasure classes all in the same show, let Volume 45, No. 9 | 285


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The Future Of Lesson Programs In An

Urban World by KARA LARSON

2014 has brought forth a major milestone—over half of the world is urbanized. Access to nature, rural activities, and a life with horses are more foreign entities than ever. However, that does not mean that horses are no longer necessary. As horse riders, owners, breeders, and lovers, we understand the brilliant possibilities and depth of a life with horses. But where does this lifelong love begin? Many of our existing trainers and amateurs began their journey with the Arabian horse in a lesson program. Offering a solid base to build upon, these programs encourage an amazing amount of growth with every lesson. So, it worked then, but will it work today? We have some knowledgeable interviewees that wholeheartedly believe it will. From the perspective of five individuals who have been involved with lesson programs in one way or another, we get an inside look at why the lesson program must and will endure.


Lyric Laughlin Phillips Respected instructor Lyric Laughlin Phillips grew up with a passion for the horse. She began training and instructing at a very young age (just 12 years old), and through the success of national championships in saddle seat equitation, hunter, and western pleasure, Lyric proved herself an excellent trainer and instructor. Her wisebeyond-her-years persona has translated well into new endeavors as a clinician and on-call instructor traveling to numerous farms to help raise the amateur bar. What are some of the potential benefits for younger people who want to take lessons? Physically, the ability to “understand” and control reflexes and the ratio of strength, balance, flexibility, and timing will help a child excel into an athlete with a well-rounded physical and mental base that can be applied to any sport. But once introduced, they will ride! Young children can learn enormous amounts about patience, confidence, assertiveness, self-control, concentration, kindness, communication, perseverance, practice and love. Not to mention the perceptiveness they acquire to guide them through which skill to use when! What are some of the benefits for older people who want to take lessons? Riding is healthy for any age. We can all become better listeners and I do mean to the horse; an instructor teaches everything from their point of view! It’s a sport that is all about communicating and listening to them. The perfection and evolvement of that skill seems to be more fascinating with age. An adult rider with many personal demands has a hobby to escape to. An “aged” rider who might be retired has something to look forward to. From the weekly riding lesson to planning mini vacations around a show schedule. All the while keeping them vested in staying physically fit to be able to guide the real (equine) athlete to their potential.

and national championships and ride-offs among your own students. Also great horses you had the opportunity to work with. However, the beauty of being an instructor is the personal growth you see in students that shape their life outside of the arena every day! Have you worked with other breeds? What are your thoughts on the Arabian as a lesson horse, specifically? Yes. Arabians, Saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, Quarter Horses, Morgans. I’m a fan of any “great” horse or “teaching” horse! The advanced skills you can teach on an Arabian definitely have to be commented on. I must say my beginner horse is an Arabian. The advanced bridle work you can teach is endless! They will explain pressure, round, forward, impulsion, and most importantly, when they are wearing themselves properly and when they are not! What would you say to the parents considering, but apprehensive towards, riding lessons for their kid? To go and observe a beginner lesson. I have had dozens of students cancel for injuries; but none from riding ... all from other sports! I think kids become well-rounded, driven, empathetic little listeners. Who doesn’t want to cover those bases with a quick and fun riding lesson? There are lots of hobbies and activities and sports that any person could choose to engage in. Why would you put horses and riding ahead of these? It’s a sport that the entire family can travel, play, compete, and enjoy together with their equine/barn family learning life lessons together!

What types of personal growth have you seen as an instructor? I could write a novel on this question! Riding takes an enormously diverse set of skills that are not normally wrapped all in one person. Successful riding forces a rider to be a well-rounded, compassionate, and assertive listener that takes and gives their cues from a wealth of perceptive instincts. They must be aggressive and the next second sensitive. Anger and frustration are useless! They must accurately read a situation that changes by the second and know when to make them and when to let them. I have seen hundreds of people young and old incorporate and/or tone down personality traits that have helped them to become successful inside and out of the arena. What is the most gratifying experience you’ve had as an instructor? I don’t think I can answer this one! I have worked with ages 2 to 85, and the entire spectrum of abilities and disabilities. The obvious highlights are world

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As years passed and I became one of the “older girls,” the joy of Saturday morning lessons never dwindled. I met some of my best, lifelong friends during my years at Saqqara. As we grew older together and turned into teenagers, our Saturday morning lessons doubled as our opportunity to catch up, discuss school, bad dates, etc. I’m blessed to say we are all still friends today and have shared all of life’s ups and downs. It was also time my family spent together, and I will always be thankful for the family time that horses have given us and parents who have been so supportive.

Jessica Maldonado The current show director of the Iowa Gold Star Futurity, Jessica Maldonado grew up riding in a lesson program. She believes in their ability to inspire. Even more, she maintains that the Saturday morning group riding lessons are the reason she is still involved today. How did being in a lesson program impact your early experiences riding horses? I truly think the lesson program I was a part of as a young girl is the reason I am still involved with Arabians today. It was completely by chance that I began taking lessons with Lori Ross at Saqqara Arabians when I was just seven years old (my dad’s co-worker actually recommended Lori). I took a mixture of private and group lessons, but the group lessons were what really inspired me to try harder and harder, while also having fun. Group lessons were every Saturday morning, and I vividly remember each Saturday morning I spent growing up! They were the best days at the barn because they were full of lessons with a different group at each hour, usually based on age or skill level. When I was walk-trot age, Lori had an incredible group of older riders, including equitation national champions like Kelly Hein and Christa Anderson Beeler. I was so fortunate to get to watch their hard work and determination growing up, and it taught me what skills I needed to be successful on the national level.


Why do you think lesson programs are important? I think they are important for not only the technical riding skills you learn, but also the personal life lessons that are taught at the barn as well. Dedicating yourself to a routine lesson schedule teaches young riders about determination, hard work, and even sacrifice as the teenage years try to distract you from spending as much time at the barn. Lori also taught us to care for our own horses, so I was out there in the freezing Iowa winter or the sweltering Iowa heat to get my horses out, even if it was just a quick lunge. The other intangible benefit of a lesson program is the friendship it creates. Having other riders your age at the barn creates amazing camaraderie and team spirit, even if you are competing against each other in the long run. Chris Estling, Chelsea Donovan, and I showed together all throughout our youth careers. Although the placings would switch around, we were always happy for each other whenever someone won. We even attempted (and usually failed miserably) a couple triple victory passes! For kids who have had little to no exposure to the horse, do you think that lesson programs are a good place to start? Absolutely! Lesson programs are the perfect way for kids with no prior exposure to horses to get their feet wet and get “hooked” like so many do. It also helps ease parents’ nerves by letting their kids take lessons and work up to the point of owning a horse slowly, so they can feel good about their purchase when they know they are ready. Purchasing a horse can be daunting anyway, so it is helpful if parents have been able to see that it is a true interest of their child and not just a passing phase. Can you describe your favorite lesson program memory? My favorite group lessons were when we got to switch horses! We normally rode our own show horses, but Lori always stressed the importance of actually riding in addition to just equitation skills and would sometimes have us all switch. Not only did this make us better riders, but also enabled us to share horses when fluke things happened and someone had a sick or hurt horse and needed qualifications. What values and life lessons does riding instill in a young person? Riding teaches a young person patience, respect, dedication, integrity, determination, and so much more. You learn at a young age to put the horse’s needs before yours. If it was cold out and my horse got sweaty, I had to throw a cooler

on and walk him before I could do anything else. I also had some tricky horses during my walk-trot years and got a lot of brown ribbons. I never gave up and got my once-in-a-lifetime horse a few years later that took me on to roses. But I truly think the most important thing that riding teaches young riders is sacrifice, as you get older and learn to balance priorities. As a teenager, life can be full of distractions! Horses kept me focused and helped me navigate those teenage years by reminding me how lucky I was to have something so special.

Jessica Bein Jessica Bein was last year’s APAHA Professional Working Western Award winner. More than that, she is a proponent of the power of a lesson program. With horsemanship at the center of her program, Jessica allows each rider to experience all disciplines and encourages them to choose their destination in the industry. What are some of the potential benefits for younger people who want to take lessons? Young riders are generally like little moldable sponges because their muscle has not been trained yet. Muscle memory is an incredibly important component to a rider’s success. Therefore, if you have a young rider with the desire to ride, you can put

them in the right position and their muscle remembers that position, creating the “it’s like riding a bike” moment. Youth riders trust you and lack the ability to assess risk, so they are easy for you to push them to the limit. What are some of the benefits for older people who want to take lessons? Adult riders are another story. Most adults have a romanticized vision of how they expect their riding career to unfold. Their timeline is set to make certain achievements tangible in a specific amount of time. Now, I am a goal-oriented person, so I love to coach a goal setter; however, sometimes the body does not learn at the same rate as the mind does. Unlike children, adult muscle already has an opinion, such as, but not limited to, the lack of dexterity in the Achilles tendon. In particular, women who have worn heels have trained their Achilles tendon to tighten, which is a stark contrast to the lengthened “heels down” position desired. Often, adult riders spend more time overcoming physical challenges, but they do have the ability to take a lesson and work in the concept in their head at home. I’m huge on positive imagery, so I always send my out-of-state clients home with “mental homework,” which may include (for reiners) “visualize yourself turning the corner, building smoothly, and driving to the end of the arena...” Since the brain is a muscle, they can technically work on training their brain and, if done correctly, are able to apply it upon their return.

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As for the specifics of mental exercise that horse riding offers, what can you say from an instructor’s perspective? When I teach, I feel like I have to fully explore the concept and explain it to each learning style. I’m a ‘words of affirmation’ person, so people that appreciate verbal affirmations respond well to me. Unfortunately, not everyone learns the same way, and even though naturally, people appreciate being told when they do something right, that doesn’t mean that is their learning style. Some people are solely motivated by winning! So instead of saying, “that looks good when you go that speed” to a ‘words of affirmation’ person, you would need to say, “that is the speed they are looking for in the show arena.” Same concept, “go this speed,” different delivery. If you don’t speak the language of the rider, it doesn’t matter how correct the trainer’s words are, they just don’t sink in. So for me, the benefit of teaching is fully clarifying the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ and I feel like it makes it easier for me to apply. What life lessons do you see being learned by your students in riding horses? As a parent, I feel like some of the best lessons that my child learns from riding are compassion, discipline, and a good work ethic. She learns that how she treats a horse creates a response in the animal. When she makes the horse feel good, she gets better results whether that be riding, showing or just the sweet face meeting her at the stall door. I can’t duplicate that for her; I can only introduce her into a good opportunity or situation. Discipline and good work ethic speak for themselves and the barn just presents an opportunity for her to learn these things without me barking orders at her.

Deb McGuire With almost 40 years of hands-on experience with the horse, Deb McGuire of Performance Plus Arabians has served as the catalyst for a lifelong relationship with the Arabian horse for many. Her incredible ability to teach is seen in the success of her students and her love for the horse is seen in the great care she reserves for each of them. What are some of the potential benefits for younger people who want to take lessons? Physically, I think it helps with coordination and it is much easier to learn when they are younger. Mentally, kids can overcome their fears and helps them focus. Emotionally, they learn that horses can sense what the rider is feeling and will respond to them. What are some of the benefits for older people who want to take lessons? Mentally, I believe that most of all, they learn to communicate with the horse and must be intuitive to that feeling when riding. Some controlling people learn that they can’t control the mind of the horse, which makes it a challenge to find that mutual respect. What types of personal growth have you seen as an instructor? Over many years, I have learned from my students that not everyone learns the same. Positive


criticism is the most effective and patience has always been an ongoing strength from instructing. What is the most gratifying experience you’ve had as an instructor? There have been many … watching each student excel on different horses, some winning national championships, others going off to be on a college team, and some just to trail ride and care for their companions. The most gratification comes from knowing that I could be part of their beginning and learning experience on an Arabian horse. There are lots of hobbies and activities and sports that any person could choose to engage in. Why would you put horses and riding ahead of these? Unlike any other sport, you have an unpredictable animal that you learn to depend on and they depend on you. When the bond is there, life feels so complete. To excel in this sport, it takes lots of practice time. The benefits you receive are the joy and beauty of nature, being with a magnificent animal, the Arabian horse, and making them your partner in and out of the show ring. What life lessons do you see being learned by your students in riding (and showing) horses? Riding will teach communication, patience, perseverance, cooperation with others, sportsmanship, physical strength and coordination, mental attitude control, loss, love, and joy!

Alicia Ward As an Equestrian Science major at Stephens College, Alicia Ward has 20 years of experience teaching riding. Her visionary Scottsdale Riding Club combines a knowledge of yoga and genuine respect for the horse. What are some of the potential benefits for younger people who want to take lessons? Riding lessons are an excellent way for young people to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. Physically, riding lessons help children develop balance, rhythm and coordination. They learn body awareness. They learn to follow directions. They learn that there are rules that need to be followed. The physical challenge of learning how to ride is often complicated by the mental aspect. Attention spans are not always limitless. Many children don’t always comprehend terminology or concepts of technique. Riding lessons can challenge students’ vocabulary and intellectual development. They become more aware of their own body as well as their horses body. They learn to feel. They learn nuances and subtleties. Emotionally, horseback riding teaches children to interact with others with compassion and respect. It teaches them to control their emotions and to problem solve. Horseback riding encourages children to work hard not only physically, but also in cultivating relationships. Riding lessons teach lifelong skills. Volume 45, No. 9 | 315

What types of personal growth have you seen as an instructor? I have taught riding for over 20 years. I have always been gifted with beginner riders. As a young instructor I was primarily teaching children. I now also have a great group of middle-aged women who are rediscovering themselves and the “little girl” in them that always dreamed about horses. In my own attempt to age gracefully, I have made health and wellness a priority in my life. I have earned a certification for instructing Yoga. I have a passion for fitness and enjoy lifting heavy weights. I have also come to the realization that a person does not need to compete in order to be successful. I value the time on my yoga mat. There is not a “Yoga National Championship” or any sort of competition coming up. I love setting goals in the gym and working towards them. I do not have to compete in fitness competitions in order for this to be important in my life. Many people feel the same about riding and are happy to learn and grow as riders and horsemen without the need for competition. The more I continue to educate myself in these disciplines outside of riding, the more I realize the need for fitness and wellness within the equine community. My Equifit program provides riders a sport specific exercise plan unique to each individual’s needs and goals. I love sharing these passions with my students. I enjoy watching my students become healthy and happy. Have you worked with other breeds? What are your thoughts on the Arabian as a lesson horse, specifically? As an Equestrian Science major at Stephens College, I was exposed to the world of American Saddlebreds. I spent a couple summers teaching in the community riding program at Stephens where the lesson horses were mostly American Saddlebreds. There was, however, a big chestnut gelding known as “Red Arabian” that was a favorite among all the students—a true ambassador. All lesson horses are a breed of their own. I believe the Arabian horse makes the best lesson horse because of their ability to connect and to adjust to many different riders. They are great teachers and truly connect to each of their students. Good lesson horses often “read” a rider better than an instructor does. If we listen to our lesson horses, they will tell us what our riders need. Many times what a student needs most is a beautiful, forgiving friend. That is what makes the Arabian horse so unique. What would you say to the parents considering, but apprehensive towards, riding lessons for their kid? I would tell them to bring their child to the ranch for a “free introductory lesson”. I would tell them that it would be a great way for them to check out our program and it would allow me to assess the child’s readiness for lessons. During the lesson, the child will learn how to properly groom and tack the horse. We will spend riding time on the lunge line where the focus will be on basic terms and basic control. The parent will see the child fall in love within the first ten minutes. They then watch them become educated,


confident, and disciplined within the space of that first hour. What parent doesn’t want that for their child? There are lots of hobbies and activities and sports that any person could choose to engage in. Why would you put horses and riding ahead of these? Horses and riding are a lifelong activity, a healthy lifestyle. You can enjoy the company of a beautiful creature and community of likeminded individuals. Our horses are our workout partners one day and our therapist the next. Our sport enriches lives and encourages wellness. What life lessons do you see being learned by your students in riding (and showing) horses? My students are embracing life lessons on a daily basis. They learn to care for a living being. They learn to work hard and keep a schedule. I tell them to care for your horse like it belongs to someone you love. They learn how to problem solve when things are not going their way. To make adjustments and to embrace change. They learn to set goals and to be accountable. They learn to be responsible and gracious. They learn to be humble and never stop learning. Most importantly, they learn to love. n

A Celebratory Occasion ... THE INDUCTION OF

Howard Kale AND







Howard Kale Jr. When Howard Kale Jr. went on a trip to England and Poland in the 1960's, he went with his father, Dr. H.F. Kale Sr., as well as with Dr. Eugene LaCroix and his son, Gene Jr. Dr. Kale and Howie, as the young man was now referred to, came home with two very special mares, *Eskadra and *Dornaba. In 1966, *Dornaba became the first Triple Crown winning halter mare in North America, setting a new standard for the Arabian mare in the U.S. On this same trip to Poland, the LaCroixs purchased a bay stallion by the name of *Bask, who would also revolutionize the Arabian breed in the States.

Russian Arabian horses in America. Howie's foray into the horses of Tersk Stud would bring about the importation of stock like we had never seen before. The story of the acquisition of the great *Muscat alone, will captivate you for hours. After being told no, and no, and no again, Howie's persistence in Russia paid off and *Muscat came to the U.S. Howie brought in many gorgeous Russian Arabians; his grueling efforts just to get them registered a story in itself. The spectacular Aswan daughter *Nariadnaia, her Nabeg son *Nariadni, future U.S. National Champion Stallion *Marsianin, as well as the stunning bay Arax daughter *Magnolia, who at 20 years of age dazzled the Scottsdale All Arabian crowd in the broodmare class, are a part of a list that continues to fill with rare treasures.

In 1967 and at Howie's request, Tornado, the two-year-old son of *Bask, was on his way to Washington and like most of Howie Kale's decisions when picking the next "right horse", the choice of Tornado was dead on and he became the top producing son of the immortal *Bask. Tornado, not by chance, but by design, was out of the Crabbet-bred mare *Silwara, who carried the blood of Raktha, sire of the Kale stallion, *Silver Drift.

Howie, his parents before him and daughter, Joanna, after him—as great writer and breed historian Mary Jane Parkinson calls them—are authentic, and for the last 76 years have been outstanding breeders of superb Arabian horses.

In 1977, Howie laid the cornerstone brick of what would become KARHO (Kale's Arabian Organization), which added a new dimension to the breeding and marketing of

We welcome Howard Kale Jr. into the Arabian Horse Times Hall-of-Fame with tremendous respect for all he has contributed to our beloved breed.


*Bask It has been more than half a century since *Bask arrived in the United States, boney-thin from a long ocean voyage. Plenty has been written about how Lasma Arabians’ Dr. Eugene LaCroix ventured to Poland in the fall of 1963, searching for a horse who resembled the ones in his Adolf Schreyer paintings. LaCroix’s son Gene, who went with him, remembers that it took little time to find what they were looking for: *Bask was the fifth or sixth horse they saw at their first viewing. “It was a no brainer,” he says. “He just looked like what a great horse should be.” *Bask would ignite a revolution in the Arabian breed. He recovered from his journey and quickly compiled a show record: 1964 U.S. National Champion Stallion, 1965 U.S. National Champion in Park, and 1967 U.S. National Reserve Champion in Formal Driving and Formal Combination. After that, he watched his sons and daughters win national titles. In his career, the dark bay stallion sired 1,050 foals, a notable achievement particularly for a horse who was eight before he welcomed his first get, who was not heavily bred early on, and some of whose activity predated the use of artificial insemination. His direct sons and daughters would win 57 U.S. National Championships, 47 U.S. National Reserve Championships and 318 U.S. National Top Tens— at shows where far fewer classes were offered than are today. And that was just the U.S. Nationals. More titles were logged in Canada.

As late as the 2003 U.S. Nationals, the last year for which figures were calculated 1, the win statistics for *Bask-related horses were stunning: 80 percent of all national championships 78 percent of all national reserve championships 85 percent of all purebred national championships 100 percent of purebred English Pleasure Division championships 80 percent of purebred halter placings (champion, reserve, top ten) 88 percent of purebred Western Pleasure Division placings (champion, reserve, top ten) 100 percent of national championships and reserves in the Western Pleasure Division Why was *Bask so special? For one thing, he could breed just about any mare of any bloodline (with the exception of straight Egyptians, who did not come to him in appreciable numbers) and sire a superior foal; for another, his ability to breed beautiful athletes gave his foals a wide range of opportunity in the show ring. He also is revered because his get as a whole—not primarily his sons or just his daughters—routinely became outstanding breeding horses. And he was the first stallion to have a significant commercial impact on the breed. It was largely *Bask get in the 1970s who set the price structure that would frame the Arabian breed for the future. His overall impact? “In every breed, there has been that special stallion,” reflects Gene LaCroix, “but I don’t think, comparatively, there has ever been a stallion that has had an impact on a breed like *Bask had on Arabians.” 1*Bask, One Moment In Time, by J.L. Hardesty, published by

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A Leg Up Growth Rates In Foals by Heather Smith Thomas Foals grow swiftly during the first months of life. Genetics, feed and environment all play a role in growth and skeletal development. W.B. (Burt) Staniar, PhD (Assistant Professor of Equine Nutrition at Penn State) has studied the growth of foals all over the world. “The research we’ve been conducting focuses on the foals’ first 2 years of growth, and how nutrition provided by pasture and supplements influence that growth,” says Staniar. “In addition, we are paying more attention to how other variables, such as date of birth, age at weaning, and when animals enter training, will affect the growth pattern, and ultimately the athletic potential of the animal.”

“I’ve done a lot of work examining growth patterns. The long-term growth pattern for horses has already been well defined. I think of this as their genetic potential, and there are some significant breed differences in that curve, but it’s basically a sigmoid curve. The foals grow in utero—a bit slowly at first and then go through a period of exponential growth just before birth. After the foal is born it continues to grow very fast for a while (fastest growth is during the first few weeks after birth) but as the animal reaches maturity, the growth slows and then reaches a plateau. This is generally how all things grow, whether bacteria or mammals,” he says.

One of the main issues regarding growth is trying to avoid various developmental problems that can occur. From a research standpoint, and also a management standpoint, we need a definition of growth. What kind of growth are we looking for? Do we want rapid growth? Maximum growth? Slow growth? What kind of growth will meet our objectives? “I think our objectives in raising a horse are to maximize the opportunity for that animal to realize the athletic potential that’s a part of its genetics,” says Staniar. “Optimum growth is what we’re looking for, but defining that is difficult. It may be different for each individual— and the end result is often 2 to 5 years down the road. It’s hard to determine how growth at 3 months of age will influence what a foal will be at 3 years of age,” he explains.

“We are also trying to understand short-term patterns of growth. Long-term patterns are genetic whereas shortterm patterns are affected by seasons, environment, etc. The latest NRC update has a good growth curve that does a nice job characterizing the growth of horses of many breeds. This data was mainly from Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, etc. and maybe lacks some of the pony and draft breeds, but does a relatively good job of characterizing growth rates,” says Staniar.

At many of the breeding farms Dr. Staniar worked with in the past, broodmares and foals are kept on pasture at all times. Some mares are brought into stalls for foaling, but most foal out in the fields. “One thing we pay close attention to, in the research we’ve been doing (and for the health of the animals), is trying to sort out the relationship between the environment and the animal. By environment I mean the pasture, climate and all the things that surround and affect the animal and its physiology. One of the things we are able to do here is to look at the physiologic mechanisms that are a basis for the pasture/animal relationship,” he says. 320 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

But there are also some periods during growth where this doesn’t really fit, due to the short-term growth patterns. These short-term patterns are separate and apart from the genetic patterns, and involve what we might call the environmental influence (nurture versus nature). “How does temperature, available feed, weaning, etc. affect patterns of growth, for instance? These environmental influences are probably more important to the horse owner raising foals—in the day-to-day care and management of the foal—than are the long-term growth patterns. So that’s what our research is focused on,” he says. There are a number of questions. “One of these is how date of birth affects the foal. If it’s born in January versus April, does this influence the pattern of growth?

A Leg Up We’ve found that the short-term pattern is very different for the foal born in January versus the foal born in April. Conditions in which they are growing up are very different, at different ages. The tricky thing is the intersection between the age of the animal and its potential for growth, and the environment it’s in at that particular time (feed available, temperature, and so on),” he explains.

the young horse to drop off in growth at weaning, for instance,” he says. “Depending on the breed and the objectives of the owners, foals are weaned as young as 3 months of age to as old as 9 months. While there are numerous variables to consider, one of the most important is the environment into which you are weaning the foal. If a January foal is weaned in the middle of a hot summer— when pasture conditions are poor—this may have a negative impact on growth. By contrast, an April-born foal, weaned in early fall (when pasture may go through a fall growth phase), will likely continue a strong pattern of growth” he says.

“When you compare the growth of foals born in January to those born in April, the April foals are growing more rapidly at a young age because they are born into a more nutrient-rich environment, with green grass. Foals born earlier will obviously be heavier at that time of year because they are a month or more older, but they By 6 months of age a considerable portion of the foals’ diet didn’t grow as fast at that young age.” The researchers is already provided by study the relationship pasture. “The manager between the pasture needs to pay attention and the animal, looking “You don’t want to hinder the growth to both the horses at growth rate, to see and the environment, how they can match up rate; you just want to maintain the and consider how best where the animal is and genetic potential and long-term growth to fit the horse to its its ability to grow. environment to optimize curve, with as few deviations as possible. health and performance,” When talking about You try to smooth out the slows and he points out. growth in foals, we need to differentiate spurts, and plan ahead for proper feed “We still see a decrease between weight and and management.” in growth during height. “Weight is what weaning, because the we refer to when talking animals are stressed about cattle or other somewhat, and though conditions for forage in October livestock species. Weight is not so important in horses. It may be at a high, from that point on the pasture quality plays a role and is one of the factors we look at, but I am declines as we move into winter,” he says. Environmental more an advocate of looking at withers height because conditions change and the foal’s body starts to conserve it’s a closer measure of skeletal development in young energy for thermal regulation (to keep warm) and for horses,” says Staniar. building a winter hair coat. There’s not as much energy put toward growth. It’s getting colder, pastures are Many of the major breeding farms measure withers declining in quality, and all the signals to the animal height, but you won’t find a growth curve for withers are that the environment is changing and it needs to get height in the NRC recommendations. There’s not ready for winter. much research that’s looked at growth patterns in terms of withers height, even though it’s what we most “In all the growth data I’ve looked at, there’s a decrease often measure. in growth rates in the winter months, with February usually being the lowest for horses raised in the northern “There are still questions we have no real answers for. hemisphere,” says Staniar. “The young horse’s body is We think we want a smooth growth curve in a young conserving energy for other purposes and decreasing horse. We think this is best because we don’t want large growth rate. But the decrease at this time represents an deviations in the short-term patterns. We don’t want Volume 45, No. 9 | 321

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opportunity for us as managers. If you realize this will occur, you can provide the animal with more energy, and an environment that doesn’t allow the growth to decrease quite so much,” he says. You can counterbalance some of the negative effects of that first winter for the weanling and make up for some deficiencies in the environment. For example, it’s an opportunity to provide better quality hay so there is more energy available to the foals. “The thing that’s interesting is that if a foal really drops off in growth (such at weaning, when he’s stressed and especially if forage availability and temperature are less optimal as well) with all of these stresses happening at once, he makes up for it later. The more an animal decreases growth at this point and conserves energy (putting it toward maintenance instead of growth), when spring comes and there’s good grass again, the more the animal tries to catch up,” he says. This growth spurt is called compensatory growth and it happens in all species. The more the young animal decreased growth through that first winter, the more likely there will be an even greater increase in growth the next spring. And it is this type of growth spurt that has been indirectly linked with developmental problems in the growing skeleton. If you can compensate for the decrease in growth during winter and be thinking about it in spring (not complicating a growth spurt by feeding high energy feeds at that time), this can smooth out the peaks and valleys of the young horse’s growth and potentially help minimize some of the risk for DOD (developmental orthopedic disease). “This bumpy pattern of growth may or may not be detrimental. In extremes, it might be, because it may play a role in skeletal abnormalities. There is some work from the 1940’s and 50’s that looked at wild horses’ patterns of growth. The young ones grow slower in winter and speed up in spring. These are normal cycles,” says Staniar. On the other hand, fast growth in a wild horse might not be as extreme as that of a domestic youngster on lush pasture in Kentucky, or one that’s being fed grain and other concentrates to push for faster growth in order to get it ready for showing or early training. Wild horses mature more slowly in a natural environment.


“We must be careful in making a comparison of wild horses and domestic horses, in regards to what we expect from our top athletes,” he says. Subjected to completely natural conditions (harsh winters and intermittent nutrient levels or shortage of available feed), a horse might not be able to develop full potential as a top athlete. “Some of these areas are exciting in our research right now. If a person is raising young horses, he/she should be paying attention to growth rates, measuring weight, and skeletal development. You could do this as often as every 2 weeks, but at minimum I’d recommend taking measurements about once a month. A weight tape isn’t as accurate as a scale, but can be a good estimate if you’re just looking for changes. There are also some good equations available for weight estimations, for growing foals,” he says. There are some problems that can occur in foals if we try to maximize growth, and some foals (either due to genetics and/or environment) tend to grow too fast anyway. The first step in dealing with this is awareness. If in your breeding decisions you’ve chosen a large mare and a large stallion and you expect that the foal is going to grow rapidly, you should closely monitor that foal’s growth. “There’s a perceived connection between rapid growth and developmental problems. So this is something we want to minimize. The mistake some people make is to take the animal off energy altogether to try to halt the rapid growth. It’s more important to look at the big picture, and the growth of that animal and what your objectives are over the first 2 years—and how you can try to moderate some of those short term changes,” he says. “You don’t want to hinder the growth rate; you just want to maintain the genetic potential and long-term growth curve, with as few deviations as possible. You try to smooth out the slows and spurts, and plan ahead for proper feed and management,” he explains. “If you bred a mare and stallion that both grew very rapidly and both showed signs in the past of some kind of DOD (developmental orthopedic disease), you’d

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have to be even more careful. This match-up could be a disaster waiting to happen, but maybe you went ahead with this breeding because those individuals were extremely successful in the discipline you are interested in for the foal. So you gamble. If you are aware of the problems, however, when that foal hits the ground you would be doing everything you can to reduce the risk of it getting DOD,” he says. If you can deal with this on a day-to-day basis, you can probably reduce the risk by paying close attention to growth and moderating the spurts. “You would not feed that foal a lot of high-energy feed. You would closely monitor how rapidly it’s growing, how much nutrition it’s getting from the dam, and how to feed accordingly. There is some evidence that moderate exercise might also be beneficial for these foals, to help regulate growth and aid proper development,” says Staniar. If you pay close attention to that animal, and know it is at risk, you might be able to catch any problems early on, and avoid short-term deviations in growth patterns. “As milk production in the mare decreases, or you are getting ready to wean, this may be the time to creep feed with something that’s not a high energy feed— something more like you’d feed an adult horse that’s not growing. This kind of feed would not provide as much energy as the typical young foal might eat in a creep feed. You could choose something lower in protein and energy,” he explains. Then as you wean, and the foal is adjusting to a nonmilk diet, this supplemental feed can help ensure that he doesn’t have nutritional stress at weaning time. “Choose a low stress weaning strategy. Follow up with this kind of feed through winter so the weanling maintains growth (rather than dropping off too much) and then when spring arrives pay close attention to what he’s eating.

How much time will this yearling be spending out on pasture with access to high energy lush grass?” Maybe the yearling doesn’t have access to pasture and you are feeding good quality hay but not one with high energy density. “This way you could maintain a smoother growth curve. As you manage that animal, you have some influence on growth even though you have no control over temperature changes in winter/ summer. You can pay attention to the type and quantity of feed, and the environment you are keeping him in. You have control over the nutrition, and also the other management aspects such as exercise,” says Staniar. You may think that if the foal, weanling or yearling is out in the field, it’s getting exercise, but if it’s living by itself it may not get as much exercise as it would if it were running around with a buddy. “If you look at a field of 10 mares and foals, the foals all play together. If there’s just one mare and foal, they don’t run around as much. This kind of exercise is important developmentally. Maybe you could take the mare and foal for a walk, or pony the foal while riding the mare,” he says. “There are also ways to exercise a weanling or yearling. It shouldn’t be anything extreme—because you don’t want to overdo it—but make sure they get a proper amount of exercise. The young horse’s muscles and skeleton are all making decisions for growth based on how much and what kind of stress they are under. This stimulates how much they grow and how much extra-cellular matrix the bones should lay down,” he explains. Exercise is crucial for building strong bones. You walk a fine line, which requires moderation instead of extremes, in order to strengthen the growing tissues rather than damaging them or not giving them enough stress to optimize their growth and strength. n

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In Memoriam Magalad (1989-2014) “He was wonderful on the ground, just a little feisty when you got on him,” begins trainer Bob Battaglia. “It took me two years to get him broke, but when he was broke, he was pretty incredible. Way ahead of his time.” From the ages of 4 to 14, Magalad was in training with Battaglia. And through these years, Bob has two standout memories with this incredibly special horse. The first focuses on a pivotal moment in the beginning of their journey together. Bob shares, “When I got Magalad in training, I was told by many people that he was untrainable and would never win anything. At his very first horse show, I went to do a reverse canter and he just threw himself on the ground. So in that class, I found out what they were talking about. I told Jack and Janet Roberts that I thought he was a great horse, but I also thought he had some problems to work through. Obviously, they were well aware, but I asked that they give me a year or two and I guaranteed that he would be a national champion.”   For most, this was a tall order. However, Battaglia believed in Magalad. “He was just such an unbelievable horse. And he actually turned out to be amazing.” In Magalad’s case, amazing translates into 14 national championships and reserves in the divisions of park, English, informal combination, and driving in the open with Battaglia and in amateur classes with owner Janet Roberts. On this feat, Battaglia adds, “The best part was that Janet was able to ride and show him herself because that was her dream.”    There is one other great memory that Battaglia has of this amazing grey gelding. And this memory focuses on a much higher achievement. Battaglia reminisces, “The greatest memory of Magalad is our win in Canada. I remember they had just changed the ruling to allow workouts in the classes, so I had a feeling they would call for one in the Open English Pleasure. Before the show, I had prepared him by jogging 10 miles a day so that he would be in phenomenal shape. And so we entered the class and it was a winner-take-all, one-go class and I rode him hard knowing that they were going to have a workout at the end. I wanted people to think that Magalad wasn’t going to have anything left. As expected, the judges did call a few of us out for a workout. I tapped him with the whip and he knew what I expected of him. It was everything we had prepared for. He knew I meant business and he gave me one of the most exciting and fantastic rides of my life. He was so extraordinary. He got a standing ovation and won unanimously. He was truly Mr. Personality, and anyone who knew him knew he was an Arabian horse.”



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Arabian And Half-Arabian Reining … A BREEDER’S PERSPECTIVE AND MORE by CHRISTY EGAN Reining is addictive. There’s a reason why the sport grows like Jack’s Magic Beanstalk in the breeds where it is discovered, planted and nurtured. It’s a delicious combination of good riding and horsemanship combined with thoughtful planning and long hours of serious practice for horse and rider. The right horse is, as always, the key ingredient. It must be physically strong, very agile and have a laundry list of good attributes, both mental and physical. You can search for and buy the good ones, or you can have the thrill and satisfaction of breeding your own. Either way, the rewards run the gamut from sheer delight and satisfaction within the work, to big money at the end of the horse show rainbow. There are not a great many people breeding Arabian and Half-Arabian horses for reining, but those that do are excited and vocal about the future of this Arabian industry niche. Dick Ames, a producer and founder for both the Scottsdale Reining Futurities and last year’s recently launched ARBC (Arabian Reining Breeders Classic), is passionate about reining. “My family has been in the business of horses for generations,” Dick says. “My great grandparents arrived in America with their champion Percheron Draft horses in 1874. My immediate family has been breeding purebred and Half-Arabian horses since the early 1970’s. I believe that reining is the best class in Arabian competition today. Unlike a lot of horse showing, reining is easy to understand, easy to explain to newcomers, and it’s a class where the judges are visibly and readily accountable. There are fewer politics and it’s a point per category event with subtraction for faults.” Technically the sport sounds great, but truthfully … it’s the thrill of the action that keeps both horsemen and bleacher cowboys coming back for more. Breeding for those high performance superstars and coming up with a winner takes thought and perseverance. Breeders must look carefully within Arabian bloodlines for the finest high performance athletes and search out horses suitable for reining. There are mental traits beyond the simple ability to perform the maneuvers, including work ethic, delight in the skill; the courage to try and the will to succeed. Cori Vokoun of Buckshot Farms, Lincoln, Neb., understands this challenge and has worked hard breeding Arabian reiners for years. “We started with good, sound Polish Arabian foundation stock and we bought some of the Magness Arabian horses when they dispersed,” says Cori. “Dr. Ralph Johnson used to breed his good Arabian mares to Hollywood Dun It and we bought a number of those youngsters to show. We had good success. Horses like Dun Scootin+//, 11-time Half-Arabian Reining National and Reserve National Champion helped Buckshot Farms get noticed. Eventually we bought the Hollywood Dun It son, Were Dun.” Were Dun was a great cross for Arabian mares, just like his famous sire. A talented horse with great substance, Were Dun was pretty, with big eyes and a shapely neck, giving him appeal in a breed where talent wants to be complemented by beauty. He produced reining and pleasure horses with class and ability. Were Dun sired national winners like BSF Starbuck+// and Were Dun Johnny. The stallion has been well represented at the Scottsdale Reining Futurities every year, with offspring there from the first year in 2005 to the most recent. Were Dun Johnny was the 2014 Half-Arabian Futurity Reining Champion.

Above Top: Arabian Reining Horse Association president Eleanor Hamilton. Above Center: All Maxed Out RA (HH Maxemus x Marliera) and Andrea Fappani, 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Reining Futurity Classic and ARBC Futurity Classic Champion for owner Cotton McNutt. Above Bottom: Buckshot Farms’ premier Quarter Horse sire Were Dun, consistently sires Half-Arabian Futurity Reining winners, making him a leading overall sire of Scottsdale Futurity winners by payout. Right: Were Dun Johnny (Were Dun x BSF Fiona), under the tutelage of Crystal McNutt, entered the reining futurity scene in 2013 and slides into second as an overall and Half-Arabian money earner ($48,739) with his championship win at Scottsdale and taking reserve at the ARBC in the open—an extraordinary achievement. Owned by Susan LeFevre-Friedman. 2 ScottSdale Reining | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Left: Arabian Futurity Classic Champions What It Takes and Tyson Randle have both excelled, Tyson as a Leading Trainer of winners and by payouts, and What It Takes siring reining futurity champions. Below Top: Buckshot Farms’ Arabian stallion TA Khalil. Below Center: TR Texas T (Ima Dun Kid x Portena) continues to reign at the top with the most money earned overall and in the Half-Arabian futurities with $49,200. Owned by the Dennis and Linda Clark Limited Family Partnership, this impressive mare still remains in the spotlight, winning the 2014 U.S. National H/A Reining Horse Championship with Crystal McNutt. Below Bottom: Brian Welman holds his position as the Leading Trainer of Arabian Futurity Reiners with payouts over $100,000, while his mount Fyre In The Skye (Hesa Zee x Sarabask), 2-time Scottsdale Futurity Champion, remains the top Arabian futurity money earner with $45,000. Sold to John and Susan Mekeel in 2014.

“It’s hard to choose what you get to keep when you breed horses,” admits Cori with a wry smile. “You really have to plan on getting both the good and bad from sire and dam. We personally use horses for breeding that we enjoy showing. We’ve bred to get more of the best of what we know to be good.” Buckshot Farms is headed to the 2015 Scottsdale show with trainer Silvio Domingues and 14 horses— reiners and pleasure horses. Included is recently acquired Arabian reining stallion TA Khalil (Algonkwin x TA Khedannaa) NRHA LTE $17,160. A U.S. National Champion and Reserve in the Reining Futurity and two-time Scottsdale Reining Futurity Reserve Champion, TA Khalil is a Scottsdale Service Auction Stallion. “It took me awhile to find the purebred Arabians I wanted to breed and show reining,” says Cori. “They are unique. With the Scottsdale Reining Futurities and the High Roller ARBC in Las Vegas, there are many opportunities to show reining. The Short Stirrup classes at Scottsdale this year have 12 entries! At any age, you can find multiple classes to show Arabian reiners.”

The ARHA And Scottsdale’s Reining Futurities At the 2015 Scottsdale Futurities, in addition to some great prize money, there are a number of fine award saddles available (thanks to generous, much appreciated sponsors). Consequently, the highest scoring Arabian and Half-Arabian Non-Pro rider and horse 9 & older will be awarded a saddle on the final Friday or Saturday evening. The new 2015 High Point Amateur Program will recognize the top AAOTR with the prize of a one-week stay in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Points will be determined at the 2015 Scottsdale show, one regional competition of the rider’s choice and at the 2015 U.S. Nationals. Entry forms and fees are due March 15, 2015. Complete details are at the Scottsdale Reining office. Phyllis LaMalfa also noted that the Celebrity Slide will be back by popular demand on Thursday evening, about 5 p.m. at Ring 5, followed by a big party at the new Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) tent. Competing celebrity trainers are scheduled to include Mary Trowbridge, John Rannenberg, Jody Strand, JT Keller and Jessica Clinton. The ARHA (Arabian Reining Horse Association) Scottsdale Reining Futurities have paid out over $1.3 million in prize money since its inception in 2005. Overall top money earner in the event so far is TR Texas T, a black Half-Arabian mare sired by Ima Dun Kid out of a predominately *Baskbred mare. Bred by Wolf Springs Ranch, owned by Dick Ames and trained by Brian Welman at the time of her wins, TR Texas T won $49,200 at the Scottsdale Futurities. Two horses have won the Scottsdale Futurity twice, Fyre In The Skye (Hesa Zee+/ out of a *Bask/*Serafix/*Raffles-bred mare) and TA Mozart (*Monogramm and *El Paso pure Polish bloodlines). The leading overall sire in the Scottsdale Futurities is the Arabian stallion, Zee Mega Bucks (Xenophonn x Somthing Special) with 10 winners. Zee Mega Bucks was bred by Miller Arabians and is owned by Russ Brown. His full-brother, Hesa Zee+/, also bred by Miller Arabians and owned by Eleanor Hamilton, is 2nd in the Top Five leading Scottsdale Futurity Sires by payout. Leading overall Scottsdale Futurity Sire by payout is Buckshot Farm’s Quarter Horse stallion, Were Dun, sired by Hollywood Dun It. Hollywood Dun It is the leading Quarter Horse Sire of Half-Arabian Scottsdale Futurity winners by number of winners (9). This legendary Quarter Horse stallion was owned by Tim McQuay. When asked what mares crossed particularly well with Hollywood Dun It and his bloodlines, McQuay just laughs. Volume 45, No. 9 | ScottSdale R eining 3

“We were so lucky with Hollywood Dun It,” says Tim. “We bred so many different mares, Quarter Horses and Arabians. They all did well. He sired open horses, non-pro, and kid’s horses. He was just a unique animal.” A great many horsemen made their reputation and their fortune riding and breeding Hollywood Dun It sons or daughters. Regarding Reining breeding sires, the Arabian equivalent of Hollywood Dun It would probably be the great Xenophonn (Bolero++ x Farviews Kamal). Owned by Miller Arabians for over half his life, Xenophonn was a great cutting horse champion and the leading all-time Arabian sire of Working Western horses. Longtime ARHA President, Eleanor Hamilton, based much of her 30-year breeding program for reiners on Xenophonn. “My Arabian program features *Muscat breeding through his son, Crown Musc+ and Xenophonn bloodlines through a number of his good daughters and his son, Hesa Zee+/, my best sire,” says Eleanor. “Hesa Zee+/ no longer stands to outside mares, but we continue to breed him at home. We plan to present him at a party this year at the U.S. Nationals in Tulsa to celebrate his life and achievements. Hopefully, many of his offspring and their owners will be there to see him and wish him well.” In recent years, some of Eleanor’s best, older Quarter Horse and Arabian stallions have passed on. She is currently testing some new, young Arabian stallions as possible sires. Some of her best Arabian mares were bred in 2013 and 2014 to young, up-and-coming Quarter Horse sires. The first foals are very promising … just ask Tammye Hutton of Hilldale Farm, breeder of Wimpys Little Step (NRHA $7 Million Dollar Sire) and Nu Chex To Cash (NRHA $2 Million Dollar Sire). “I met Eleanor Hamilton a few years ago, and when she expressed an interest in breeding her stallion Hesa Zee+/ to one of my mares, I recommended Rondas Tio ($80,000 producer) and she agreed. The resulting colt is a ‘cherry red’ sorrel with flaxen mane and tail and lots of chrome. Both he and the Chexamillion colt out of Eleanor’s winning reining mare Lady Muscana are very popular with visitors. They pick them out immediately as their favorites. The sorrel is finer boned than the bay, but they both are very pretty, great-tempered and full of potential.”

The ARBC At Scottsdale And Las Vegas The ARBC (Arabian Reining Breeders Classic) is planning a large tent and presence right on Ring 5 this year at Scottsdale. It’s set on the little hill just south of the Reining office and designed on two levels, so that horsemen and fans can sit at nice tables on comfortable chairs with a great view of the ring. There is a Handicapped access ramp, and coffee, drinks and snacks are served throughout the day. Additionally, the ARBC is hosting a great party with a buffet on Thursday evening following the Celebrity Slide. The ARBC’s first annual High Point awards, combining Arabian and Half-Arabian reining wins from the Las Vegas High Roller show and the 2014 Scottsdale show … plus the ARBC Youth Scholarship announcements, will top off an evening of fun, friends and reining. ARBC Manager, Amanda Brumley, is excited about the program’s first venue at the Scottsdale Arabian Show. “In addition to the ARBC’s Futurity High Point prizes, there are ancillary awards that we will be presenting to High Point Non-Pro, Open and Youth winners, as well as Scholarship awards,” says Brumley. “Our booth will provide a meeting place where people can enjoy the reining competition, the company, and obtain more information about the ARBC. There‘s lots of room, heaters for occasional chilly mornings, shelter from the desert sun and maybe some rain! There, we will advocate the sport of reining, provide refreshments and encouragement, and talk about breeding and showing reiners.” Pertinent to stallion involvement, the ARBC is on a stallion enrollment campaign and has now agreed to sign up aged stallions (and those recently deceased with frozen semen) for a modest $750 fee. Contact the ARBC directly for complete details. After the Scottsdale show, the ARBC looks forward to the High Roller Reining Classic, September 11-19, 2015. Save the dates! When discussing strategy used to find the right stallion or mare to create a foal with reining potential, comments are generally less scientific than you’d expect. It’s true that longtime breeders have favorite, tried and true bloodlines, both Arabian and Quarter Horse. Still, trainers and breeders alike, repeat sentiments that simply site crossing champion reining stallions with champion reining mares. NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani suggests that a neophyte might find a good, older mare that is sound, still reining and possibly taking care of kids in the ring. “It’s obviously based on what you can afford,” he notes, “but there are fine Quarter Horse and Arabian mares out there doing their job that would make good broodmare prospects and get a new breeder started in the business.” n 4 ScottSdale Reining | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Above Top: Zee Mega Bucks ‘reins’ supreme as the Overall Arabian Leading Sire in number of purebred futurity winners and payouts of over $106,000. Owned by Russ Brown of Diamond B Training. Above Center: McQuay’s Stables’ Hollywood Dun It, sire of Were Dun, remains the overall non-Arabian leader in number of Half-Arabian Futurity Reining winners. Above Bottom: Hesa Zee, owned by Eleanor Hamilton, proves he is a successful sire of Futurity winners and brings in the money for his get.

The 2005-2014

SCOTTSDALE AND ARBC REINING FUTURITIES— To date, since 2005, the Scottsdale Reining Futurity Finals has paid out over one million *($1,308,801.32), and the ARBC, over $80,000 in its first year. Payouts provided by ARHA and are Championship Payout figures only only. Owners and Trainers listed at time of win.

TOP TEN OVERALL MONEY EARNERS— 1. TR TEXAS T - $49,200 – Champion ($40,000) and 3rd ($9,200) 2008 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC; 2007 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Richard Ames, T: Brian Welman 2. WERE DUN JOHNNY – $48,739 – 2-time Reserve ($11,000 & $7,739) and Champion ($30,000) 2013 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC (Res) 2014 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC (Ch) 2014 ARBC H/A FUTURITY CLASSIC LEVEL 4 OPEN (Res) O: Susan Lefevre-Friedman, T: Crystal McNutt 3. FYRE IN THE SKYE - $45,000 – Champion ($20,000) and Champion ($25,000) 2009 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC; 2008 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Richard Ames, T: Brian Welman 4. HOLLYWOOD PLAYBOY - $42,000 – Champion ($40,000) and 6th ($2,000) 2006 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC - O: Fieldcrest Farms LLC, T: Crystal McNutt 2005 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC - O: Ronald Scott and Carolyn Gipson, Trainer: Gordon Potts 5. TR SKID MARK - $40,520 – Champion ($36,000) and 7th ($4,520) 2010 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC - T: Tyson Randle 2009 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC - T: Matt Mills O: Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. 6. JSN WHIZZEN - $40,400 – 6th ($4,400) and Champion ($36,000) 2012 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC; 2011 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Jensen Arabians, Inc., T: Crystal McNutt 7. DIAMONDS A SHINING – Champion - $40,000 2005 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Joe Betten, T: Crystal McNutt 8. CR DUDLEY DUN RIGHT – Champion - $36,000 2007 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Robert and Devin Miller, T: Steve Schwartzenberger TA MOZART - $36,000 – Champion ($16,000) and Champion ($20,000) 2012 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC; 2011 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Kimberly Tillman, T: John O’Hara TUCKS FOR BUCKS – Champion - $36,000 2009 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Catherine and Robert Walther, T: John O’Hara Original Scottsdale Futurity Foundation Sponsors, l-r: Dick Ames, Eleanor Hamilton, Joe Betten and Tom Redmond.

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TOP FIVE ARABIAN MONEY EARNERS— 1. FYRE IN THE SKYE - $45,000 – Champion ($20,000) and Champion ($25,000) 2009 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC 2008 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Richard Ames, T: Brian Welman 2. TA MOZART - $36,000 – Champion ($16,000) and Champion ($20,000) 2012 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC 2011 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Richard Ames, T: John O’Hara 3. ALL MAXED OUT RA - $27,859 – 3-time Champion ($16,000, $7,712 and $647) and 4th ($3,500) 2013 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC (4th), O: Richard Ames, T: Brian Welman 2014 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC, T: Andrea Fappani 2014 ARBC ARABIAN FUTURITY CLASSIC LEVEL 4 OPEN, T: Andrea Fappani 2014 ARBC ARABIAN FUTURITY CLASSIC LEVEL 4 NON-PRO, T: Cotton McNutt O: Cotton McNutt 4. WHAT IT TAKES – Champion - $25,000 2006 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc., T: Tyson Randle 5. MINDING PS AND QS - $24,200 – Champion ($20,000) and 3rd ($4,200) 2007 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC 2006 SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Richard Ames, T: Brian Welman

TOP FIVE HALF-ARABIAN MONEY EARNERS— 1. TR TEXAS T - $49,200 – Champion ($40,000) and 3rd ($9,200) 2008 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Richard Ames/Mindy Peters? (2/20/08), T: Brian Welman 2007 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Richard Ames, T: Brian Welman 2. WERE DUN JOHNNY – $48,739 – 2-time Reserve ($11,000 & $7,739) and Champion ($30,000) 2013 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC (Res) 2014 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC (Ch) 2014 ARBC H/A FUTURITY CLASSIC LEVEL 4 OPEN (Res) O: Susan Lefevre-Friedman, T: Crystal McNutt 3. HOLLYWOOD PLAYBOY - $42,000 – Champion ($40,000) and 6th ($2,000) 2006 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Fieldcrest Farms LLC, T: Crystal McNutt 2005 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Ronald Scott and Carolyn Gipson, T: Gordon Potts 4. TR SKID MARK - $40,520 – Champion ($36,000) and 7th ($4,520) 2010 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC, T: Tyson Randle 2009 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC, T: Matt Mills O: Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. 5. JSN WHIZZEN - $40,400 – 6th ($4,400) and Champion ($36,000) 2012 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC 2011 SCOTTSDALE HA/AA REINING FUTURITY CLASSIC O: Jensen Arabians, T: Crystal McNutt 6 ScottSdale Reining | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

TOP FIVE OVERALL OWNERS— by Number of Winners 1. Richard Ames 2. Buckshot Farms 3. Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. 4. Timothy Anderson Joe Betten

14 10 8 6 6

by Payout 1. Richard Ames 2. Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. 3. Joe Betten 4. Buckshot Farms 5. Timothy Anderson

$212,203 $86,880 $74,884 $61,171 $60,275



By Payout 1. Richard Ames 2. Kimberly Tillman 3. Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. 4. David Kent 5. Cotton McNutt

By Payout 1. Richard Ames 2. Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. 3. Joe Betten 4. Susan LeFevre-Friedman 5. Timothy Anderson

$103,331 $39,350 $25,000 $24,500 $24,360

$108,872 $61,880 $64,884 $48,739 $48,400



by Payout 1. Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. $156,498 2. Richard Ames $125,812 3. Buckshot Farms $120,431 4. Ronald Scott and Carolyn Gipson $73,535 5. Joyce Borchardt $69,200

By Payout 1. Joyce Borchardt 2. Richard Ames 3. Toskhara Arabians LP 4. Bazy Tankersley 5. Dusty Morgan

$69,200 $61,331 $49,550 $38,532 $28,490

TOP FIVE HALF-ARABIAN BREEDERS— By Payout 1. Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. $137,903 2. Buckshot Farms $101,843 3. Ronald Scott and Carolyn Gipson $73,535 4. Crown Ranch $65,220 5. Richard Ames $64,481

Above: Tom Redmond and his Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc., earns the title of leading overall and Half-Arabian Breeder, having bred a winner or two in the reining futurities 9 of the 10 years and bred the top earning horse TR Texas T, for a total in winnings of over $155,000. Left: Joyce Borchardt holds her title of Leading Arabian Reining Futurity Breeder this year, with winnings of over $69,000. Volume 45, No. 9 | ScottSdale R eining 7

TOP FIVE OVERALL TRAINERS— by Number of Winners 1. Crystal McNutt 2. Tyson Randle 3. John O’Hara 4. Brian Welman 5. Jim Anderson Kim Diercks Matt Mills

26 21 15 13 5 5 5

by Payout 1. Crystal McNutt 2. Tyson Randle 3. Brian Welman 4. John O’Hara 5. Steve Schwartzenberger

$286,231 $224,405 $211,728 $177,880 $59,980



By Payout 1. Brian Welman 2. Crystal McNutt 3. John O’Hara 4. Tyson Randle 5. Nathan Kent

By Payout 1. Crystal McNutt 2. Tyson Randle 3. John O’Hara 4. Brian Welman 5. Steve Schwartzenberger

$103,856 $71,312 $61,360 $53,875 $25,800

TOP FIVE OVERALL SIRES— by Number of Winners 1. Zee Mega Bucks 10 2. Hollywood Dun It (deceased) 9 3. Were Dun (deceased) 8 4. Hollywood White 7 5. Kordelas 6

Owner Russ Brown AQHA - McQuay’s Stables AQHA - Buckshot Farms AQHA - Forgotten Lane Farm Toskhara Arabians LP

$214,919 $170,530 $116,520 $107,872 $59,980

by Payout 1. Were Dun (deceased) $107,228 2. Zee Mega Bucks $106,117 3. Hollywood White $79,208 4. Hesa Zee $77,388 5. Hollywood Dun It $63,284 (deceased)

Owner AQHA - Buckshot Farms Russ Brown AQHA - Forgotten Lane Farm Eleanor Hamilton AQHA - McQuay’s Stables

by Payout 1. Zee Mega Bucks $106,117 2. Hesa Zee $77,388 3. Kordelas $57,730 4. HH Maxemus $40,027 5. Jaborrs Impack $38,940

Owner Russ Brown Eleanor Hamilton Toskhara Arabians LP Stacey Grandon & Lisa Kirkpatrick Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc.

TOP FIVE PUREBRED SIRES— by Number of Arabian and Half-Arabian winners 1. Zee Mega Bucks 2. Kordelas 3. Jaborrs Impack AM Good Oldboy Hesa Zee

10 6 5 5 5

Owner Russ Brown Toskhara Arabians LP Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. Bazy Tankersley Eleanor Hamilton

TOP FIVE HALF-ARABIAN SIRES— by Number of Winners 1. Hollywood Dun It (deceased) 9 2. Hollywood White 7 3. Were Dun (deceased) 8 4. Tucknicolor 4 Brennas Golden Dunit 4

Owner AQHA - McQuay’s Stables AQHA - Forgotten Lane Farm AQHA - Buckshot Farms AQHA AQHA - John Rivard/ Remedy Ranch

by Payout 1. Were Dun 2. Hollywood White 3. Hollywood Dun It (deceased) 4. Ima Dun Kid 5. Brennas Golden Dunit

$107,228 $79,208 $63,284

Sire’s Owner AQHA AQHA AQHA - McQuay’s Stables

$61,468 $50,907


Above Left: Crystal McNutt’s abilities as the Overall and Half-Arabian Futurity Reining Trainer, speaks for itself through her continuous yearly wins and astounding $286,231 in payouts for her clients and their horses. Above right: Kordelas’ get continues to win in the futurity reining division, making him an Arabian leading sire in number of winners and payouts.

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Th e L e a d i n g A r a b i a n R e i n i n g S i r e

Zee Mega Bucks (Xenophonn x Somthing Special, by Gay Apollo++)

2014 AHT LEADING REINING SIRE Overall sire by winners Overall Arabian sire by payout -- $106,117 Sire of Purebreds by winners Sire of Purebreds by payout -- $106,117 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION ARABIAN REINING FUTURITY HORSE


What's Your Slide? TA Giovanni (Kordelas x Gloria)

2003 Purebred Bay Arabian Stallion

Canadian National Champion Reining Open Canadian and Youth National Champion Reining JTR Canadian National Champion Western Pl. JOTR & JTR Scottsdale Champion Non Pro Reining Derby 2015 Stud Fee: $1,500 Multiple Mare Discount Available • Shipped Semen Available

What Whiz That

(Who Whiz It, by Top Sail Whiz x Chic Out Mamma, by Smart Chic O'Lena) 2005 AQHA Palomino Stallion

NRHA Money Earner AQHA Point Earner in Reining and Halter AQHA World Show Finalist in Reining

2015 Stud Fee: $1,500 Multiple Mare Discount Available • Shipped Semen Available

Bueno Sis Starlight

(Bueno Chexinic x Lena Sis Starlight) 2003 AQHA Bay Stallion

NRHA Money Earner AQHA Point Earner in Reining AQHA World Show Qualifier

ARBC Nominated Stallion 2015 Stud Fee: $1,500 Multiple Mare Discount Available • Shipped Semen Available

Owned and Standing at: Silver Aspen Ranch 38912 172nd Ave SE • Auburn, WA 98092 • 253-833-5243 • Trainers: LaRae Fletcher Powell • Cheryl Fletcher • Jaime Smith • Skylar Powell

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You’re Invited!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 ~ 6:00 p.m. held at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld of Scottsdale, to the ARBC

Celebration Party, hosted by Cedar Ridge Arabians

Everyone Is Welcome! Festivities include: ARBC High Point Award Presentations ARBC Youth Scholarship Presentations Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show ~ Reining Futurity Finals Draw Party and Calcutta Meet & Greet with NRHA Professionals, Breeders & ARBC Sponsors Dinner and Beverages will be served and are FREE!

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Come by our booth at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show February 12 - 22, 2015. Located by the Reining Arenas For more information contact Amanda Brumley (602) 316-6782,

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2015 Scottsdale Contenders DUNMINDING PS AND QS Hollywood Dun It x Minding Ps and Qs

HA/AA Reining FutuRity ClAssiC witH BRiAn welmAn

NSPIRING FOR THE TOP Nobles Top Gun x Nspiring Jazz

ARABiAn Reining FutuRity ClAssiC witH BRiAn welmAn

PROPER ETIQUETTE RA HH Maxemus x Minding Ps and Qs

ARABiAn Reining FutuRity ClAssiC witH BRiAn welmAn


Hollywood Dun It x Runaround Patasue

HA/AA Reining FutuRity ClAssiC witH BRiAn welmAn


Colonels Smoking Gun x Minding Ps and Qs

HA/AA Reining FutuRity ClAssiC witH BRiAn welmAn ____________________________________________________

MAX DUNIT RA HH Maxemus x She Dun Slid

HA/AA Reining FutuRity ClAssiC witH CRystAl mCnutt

MAXS GIRL RA HH Maxemus x Marliera

ARABiAn Reining FutuRity ClAssiC witH CRystAl mCnutt

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Dunminding Ps and Qs

Maxs Girl RA

Wheres Wanda RA

Proper Etiquette RA

Nspiring Forthe Top

Run And Dun

Owned by Dick Ames


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Things You Don’t Know About Me … MICHAEL CARPIO

 1. The f irst horse I ever rode or handled was … a horse named Lucky with Doris Cherry.

2. My happiest moment with a horse was … seeing Dakharo win National Champion Stallion—he was breathtaking.

3. The f irst ribbon I ever won was … showing our Strike

daughter in hunter showmanship at 4-H and we won against all the warmbloods!!

4. My f irst influence in the horse industry was … growing up, my neighbor across the street bred Crabbet Arabians.

5. The f irst breed of horse involved with was … Arabian.

6. The age I got involved with horses was … 8 years old.

7. The f irst thing I do when I get to the barn is … make sure all the horses are good and say good morning to everyone.

8. The last thing I do when I leave the barn is … same story at

the end—make sure all the horses are good and say good night to everyone.

9. The greatest horse I’ve ever ridden is … Marwan Al Shaqab on

trail rides down the road. It was a great escape on an incredible horse!

10. The most gratifying part of my job is … seeing the babies learn to trust people and understand their training in a positive, happy manner.

11. My favorite restaurant is … Fogo de Chao.

12. My favorite non-horse hobby is … football.

13. My favorite genre of movie is … intelligent Comedy 14. When someone asks me, why Arabians, I say … they are the smartest, of course. 15. My favorite division to show in is … barrel racing.

16. In my free time, I like to … spend time with friends. 17. Horses have taught me … patience.

18. My top vacation spot is … hmmm, I need to find one of those! 19. Few foods make me happier than … orange juice; is that a food?. 20. Without horses, I would be … I am scared to think of that! 21. The piece of tack or equipment that I can’t live without is … really, I believe you can live without anything ... training horses requires your mind above all else.

22. My childhood dream job was … an Architect.

23. My favorite breeding bloodline is … Ali Jamaal.

24. My biggest pet peeve is … right now, I’m over-texting. I’d rather you just call me! 25. The most influential person in my life is … my mom. 354 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

In Memoriam LaVon Hansen (1924-2015)

Born in 1924 in American Fork, Utah, LaVon was the only child to her parents, LaVon and Jonathan Bennett. She married her husband of 71 years, Wendell Hansen, in 1944. Together, they had 13 children: Candy, Randy Cindy, Carla, Colleen, Camille, Charee, Brian, Cheer, Bruce, Regan, Troy, and Travis. From here, they had 60 grandchildren and 91 grandchildren. LaVon was blessed with many talents and gifts; cooking and playing the piano would be at the top of the list. She has been given countless awards, titles, and honors throughout her life: My Fair Lady, Runnerup to Mrs. Utah, and American Fork’s Woman of Achievement Award, just to name a few. She leaves a bold legacy of unconditional love and a life of joyful service. Her positive, upbeat brilliance will be sorely missed for years to come.   In the horse world, LaVon also had a reputation as a bright and inspiring person. She wore bold, impeccably matched outfits proudly, at show after show. She was wonderfully recognizable, loved to chat with anyone and everyone, and had a truly free spirit. Beyond her excellent persona, the horses that she and Wendell bred garnered a great deal of respect. Among their most famous contributions is WH Justice, a sire that remains one of the top sires of all time. 

Veronica Jochens (1936-2015) Veronica Jochens was a lovely friend and longtime supporter of The Pyramid Society. Someone very passionate about the Arabian horse, she spent 40 years collecting and marketing equine art. Veronica’s son, Kevin, has many incredible memories of his mom and he is very grateful for that. He reminisces, “There are so many, I can’t separate out one single memory, but more the totality of the experience growing up around her. Being taught about horses, how to ride, going to shows … We traveled what seems now, like hundreds of thousands of miles together. She taught me a lot about horses and art, two of her particular loves, but much more about life and being a good person as well as being a good horseman and judge. And Kevin believes that his mom’s legacy is a living one—one that continues to be written even after her passing. He shares, “She showed at the greatest horse shows of her time, and judged them as well, and as such, made a significant impact and contribution to the Arabian breed she loved so dearly. But I think if we were to be able to ask her, she would say her greatest pride would be in her three grandchildren, whom she cherished and nurtured. I see her in them every day, and I’m grateful for that.”   Kevin adds, “Mom showed us all how to live, setting an example we all will strive to maintain, and, in the end, she showed us how to face impending disaster with class, dignity, and a courage I will always remember.”

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REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS March 21-22, 2015, Region 2 Sport Horse & Dressage Offsite Championship, Burbank, CA. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. April 23-26, 2015, Region 7 Championship, Scottsdale, AZ. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 4-9, 2015, Region 12 Championship, Perry, GA. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. May 7-10, 2015, Region 4 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Nampa, ID. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 27-30, 2015, Region 9 Championship, Fort Worth, TX. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 27-31, 2015, Region 1 Championship and Pre-Show, Del Mar, CA. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 262-355-9101. 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 18-21, 2015, Region 13 Championship, Springfield, OH. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 19-23, 2015, Region 2 Championship, Santa Barbara, CA. Contact: Joyce Ann Schroeder, 805-432-6890. June 20-27, 2015, Region 4 Championship, Nampa, ID. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. June 24-28, 2015, Region 14 Championship, Lexington, KY. Contact: 937-962-4336. June 27-28, 2015, Region 3 Sport Horse Offsite Championship, Elk Grove, CA. Contact: Annette Wells, 530-344-1706.


July 2-5, 2015, Region 11 Championship, Springfield, IL. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. July 2-3, 2015, Region 6 Championship, Douglas, WY. Contact: Claude Clark, 406-388-3364. July 2-5, 2015, Region 15 Championship, Lexington, VA. Contact: Marilyn Norton, 715-514-5478. July 3-4, 2015, Region 18 Championship, London, Ontario. Contact: Pam Worts, 519-681-3943. July 7-11, 2015, Region 3 Championship, Reno, NV. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. July 7-12, 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 20-25, 2015, Region 17 Championship, Calgary, Alberta. Contact: Marion Enders, 403-227-0538.

SHOWS MARCH March 7-8, 2015, Ocala 20th Annual Amateur A and B, Newberry, FL. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. March 12-15, 2015, Cowtown Classic A and B, Fort Worth, TX. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. March 13-15, 2015, Missouri All Arabian Show, Lake St. Louis, MO. Contact: Ryan Chambers, 314-717-7683. March 19-22, 2015, Rancho CA Spring Show A, Burbank, CA. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631. March 20-21, 2015, Alabama All Arabian A and B, Andalusia, AL. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. March 20-22, 2015, MAHA Spring Fling, Winona, MN. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. March 26-29, 2015, Rally In The Valley A and B, Eugene, OR. Contact: Heather Engstrom, 541-689-9700. March 26-29, 2015, Alamo Arabian Fiesta A and B, San Antonio, TX. Contact: Patty Liarakos, 210-912-8679. March 27-29, 2015, Golden Gate Arabian Show, Santa Rosa, CA. Contact: Nancy Goertzen, 559-625-2631.

March 27-29, 2015, Western Carolinas Spring Show A and B, Fletcher, NC. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. March 28-29, 2015, Beat The Heat All Arabian Show, Queen Creek, AZ. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. APRIL April 3-5, 2015, Green Country Spring Fling A and B, Tulsa, OK. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 3-5, 2015, Magnolia Classic A and B, Gonzales, LA. Contact: Beth Walker, 225-772-6815. April 3-5, 2015, Arabian Springfest I A and B, Gifford, IL. Contact: Region 11. April 11-12, 2015, Pacific Rim Arabian Sport Horse Show, Elma, WA. Contact: Nancy Harlan, 253-797-1914. April 11-12, 2015, Sunflower Arabian I and II A One Day Show, Wichita, KS. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 16-19, 2015, 9th Annual Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas, NV. Contact: 480-471-1715. April 17-19, 2015, AHBAO Spring Classic A, Eugene, OR. Contact: Heather Engstrom, 541-689-9700. April 17-19, 2015, Lone Star Classic, San Antonio, TX. Contact: Ann Lang, 512-452-1492. April 17-19, 2015, Annual Magnolia Spring Classic A and B, Perry, GA. Contact: Nancy Baker, 828-305-4023. April 17-19, 2015, Virginia Arabian Show & Futurity A and B, Lexington, VA. Contact: Kelva Alexander, 540-351-0010. April 18-19, 2015, Iowa Spring Show A and B, Cedar Rapids, IA. Contact: Region 11. April 18-19, 2015, Central FL Arabian Spring Classic, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Contact: Cheryl Vandeusen, 386-566-4820. April 21-22, 2015, ASHO4U, Scottsdale, AZ. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. April 24-26, 2015, Border Bonanza A and B, Sedalia, MO. Contact: Ruth Charpie, 816-765-5683. April 26, 2015, Royale Ranch Sport Horse & Dressage Show, O’Fallon, IL. Contact: Janet Corvallis, 618-344-5595. April 26, 2015, BAHA Spring Blast Open One Day Show, Shelbyville, KY. Contact: Lorie Henderson, 502-477-1018. April 30-May 3, 2015, The Mayfest Challenge, Fort Worth, TX. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279.

Calendar Of Events MAY May 1-3, 2015, Red Bluff Arabian Horse Show, Corning, CA. Contact: Sharon Richards, 916-645-2288. May 1-3, 2015, Sahara Sands Spring Classic, St. Paul, MN. Contact: Mary Tronson, 763-755-1698. May 1-3, 2015, Empire State Arabian Spring Show, Syracuse, NY. Contact: Gaylon Medley, 315-626-6790. May 7-10, 2015, Treasure Valley Classic, Nampa, ID. Contact: Ginny Kelsch, 208-884-3071. May 7-10, 2015, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit, Spanaway, WA. Contact: Renate Cowan, 360-807-4217. May 8-10, 2015, NIAHAC May II Show, Springfield, IL. Contact: Ryan Chambers, 314-717-7683. May 14-17, 2015, Diablo Arab Spring Show, Elk Grove, CA. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. May 14-17, 2015, NYS Horse Breeders Show, Syracuse, NY. Contact: Tari Weston, 315-701-9378. 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 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 21-24, 2015, Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, OH. Contact: Jean Hedger, 937-434-6114. May 22-24, 2015, AHC of CT Horse Show, West Springfield, MA. Contact: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061. May 23-24, 2015, Iowa Memorial Weekend A and B, Des Moines, IA. Contact: Region 11. May 27-31, 2015, Illinois/Arab Inc. All Arabian Show, Springfield, IL. Contact: Region 11.

May 29-30, 2015, NC PAHA Arabian Show, Hughesville, PA. Contact: Patricia McQuiston, 570-924-4836. 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. JUNE June 2-6, 2015, The Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: www. June 3, 2015, Region 8 Lead-In Show, Denver, CO. Contact: Jo Anne Read, 303-648-3261. June 9-10, 2015, Region 10 Pre-Show, St. Paul, MN. Contact: Leesa Berhow, 715-294-3092. June 17-18, 2015, Region 2 Pre-Show, Santa Barbara, CA. Contact: Joyce Ann Schroeder, 805-432-6890. June 17-21, 2015, Region 13 Pre Show A and B, Springfield, OH. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. June 20-22, 2015, Region 4 Pre-Show, Nampa, ID. Contact: Patricia Ann Hough, 253-847-8842. JULY July 1, 2015, Region 11 Pre-Show A and B, Springfield, IL. Contact: Nancy Harvey, 626-355-9101. 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 18-25, 2015, Youth Nationals, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact AHA: 303-696-4500.

August 10-15, 2015, Canadian Nationals, Brandon, Manitoba. Contact AHA: 303-696-4500. September 16-21, 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.


February 20-22, 2015, Qatar International Arabian Horse Show, Doha, Qatar. Contact: February 26-March 1, 2015, Australian National Championships, Victoria, Australia. Contact: March 5-7, 2015, Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival, Sharjah, UAE. Contact: 971-65311155 or March 19-21, 2015, Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, Dubai, UAE. Contact: June 13-14, 2014, Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship, Menton. Contact: http://www. August 14-16, 2015, Polish National Championships, Poland. Contact: http://www. September 25-27, 2015, Aachen National Championships and All Nations Cup, Aachen, Germany. Contact: November 27-29, 2015, Salon du Cheval, Paris World Championships. Contact: *Go to or www.ecaho. org for additional international shows and information. Visit for a calendar view of these dates. Volume 45, No. 9 | 357

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Abel Family, The ......................................................................................... 10, 11 Acevedo Arabians ..................................................... 52-53Scottsdale (222, 223) AHT Boutique........................................................... 60-61Scottsdale (230, 231) AHT Giving Back .............................................................................................. 41 AHT Global ................................................................................................. 16, 17 AHT Marketing ........................................................ 58-59Scottsdale (228, 229) AHT Past Issues ................................................................................................. 76 AHT Scottsdale ............................................................................................22, 23 AHT Subscriptions ................................................................. 63Scottsdale (233) AHT Websites .................................................................................................. 353 AHT World Cup Preview................................................................................128 Ajman Stud ................................................................................................ 77, 112 Al Shaqab ..................................................................................................129-132 Albrecht Spanish Arabians ............................................................................. 358 Aljassimya Farm................................................................................................... 5 Al-Marah Arabian Horses ......................................................................134, 135 Ames Reining Horses....................................19-24Reining (345-350), 351, 352 Arabian Breeders World Cup ...................................................................29, 281 Arabian English Performance Association .................................................... 278 Arabian Expressions .................................................56-57Scottsdale (226, 227) Arabian Horse Association of Arizona ..........................................................280 Arabian Horse Futures ................................................................................30, 31 Arabian Reining Breeders Classic ................... 14, 15, 12-13Reining (338, 339) Argent Farms ................................................2, 3, 20, 21, 170, 1Scottsdale (171) Arrowhead Farm .............................................................64Scottsdale (234), 235


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Cavallino Arabians ......................................................................................54, 55 Cedar Ridge Arabians ........... 10, 11, 20, 21, 38, 39, 17-19Scottsdale (187-189) Country Inn & Suites by Carlson .......................................... 32Scottsdale (202) Crystal McNutt Performance Horses........................................ 11Reining (337)


Delsan Arabians LLC .......................................................................................40 Deor Farms...............................................................................................272, 273 Diamond B Training Stables ....................................................... 9Reining (335) Dolce Cavallo Arabians ........................................................................... 114, 115

L Las Rosas Arabians...................................................................................... 25-28 Loftis, Eric & Michelle ......................................................................... 366, IBC Luton Training Center ....................................................................................238


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Nathan Kent Performance Horses ............................................. 14Reining (340) New Year’s Eve Auction .................................................................................... 24 North Arabians .........................................................................................252-256


Oak Ridge Arabians ........................................................................................8, 9 On Fire Arabians ............................................................................................. 368


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Haras dos Faveiros ...................................................................................286, 287 Haras JM ...................................................................54-55Scottsdale (224, 225) Hazlewood Arabians LLC.................................................................................. 7 Hegg, Mrs. Mickey ......................................................................................... 358 Hoffman International Properties, Inc. .........................1-8Hoffman (203-210) Huss Performance Horses .......................................................... 15Reining (341)


Terry Holmes Arabians ............................................ 50-51Scottsdale (220, 221) The Hat Lady .................................................................................................. 359 Thirteen Oaks Arabians.................................................................................. 275 Trotwood Farm .......................................................... 26-31Scottsdale (196-201) Truest Partners LLC .......................................................................... FC, 44-48

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Vicki Humphrey Training Center ........................... 46-47Scottsdale (216, 217) Voss, Janell & William ...................................................................................... 61


EAC Equine ...................................................................64Scottsdale (234), 235 Earthquake Arabians ..................................................41-44Scottsdale (211-214) El Tino Partners ...................................................................................... 288-292 Eleanor’s Arabians ........................................................271, 326, 1Reining (327) Elite Equine Marketing ............................................22-23Scottsdale (192, 193) Equidont .................................................................... IFC-1Scottsdale (170, 171) Etchandy Farms ............................................................................................... 133


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At The Heart Of Honest Success, There Is

Trust, Commitment, And Hard Work.


ony Steiner has been a part of the Arabian horse industry since attending his first Arabian Nationals as a youth in 1976. Growing up in Minnesota, he saw the evolution of the Arabian halter horse through many of the breed’s premier breeding horses and programs. This beginning sparked a passion and a desire to learn everything about the Arabian halter horse. Through years of hard work and commitment to the breed, Tony became a compassionate and dedicated individual with a signature way of training, breeding, and presentation of Arabian halter horses. His experience and training style carried over into the show ring as Tony garnered top awards at the National, Regional, Scottsdale, and International level. He also holds the prestige of handling the youngest horse ever to be named supreme champion in Argentina. While Tony treasures each of these accomplishments, his passion lies in something even more important that he hopes to leave the Arabian world. From his perspective as a leading halter trainer, he takes pride in being able to transfer his abilities into the hands of amateur handlers. Working with amateurs and enhancing their abilities to show the Arabian halter horse has become something of a trademark for Tony—something that does not always come easily to horse trainers. His amateurs have attained top awards at regional shows and national events as well as top amateur futurity shows Minnesota Fall Festival, Iowa Gold Star, and in Scottsdale Signature classes. Many other handlers have experienced their first horse show or won their first blue at a Class “A” show—equally important feats. For Tony, one highlight was one of his handlers being named APAHA Junior Halter Showman of the Year for their efforts at Youth Nationals. 364 | ARABIAN HORSE TIMES

Through promoting a sense of community and building a relationship with the horse, Tony’s mission as a horse trainer goes beyond the desire to receive major accolades. In his training, the horse’s future remains at the forefront of concern—an integral part of the program. And this proves as asset as countless halter horses trained by Tony have gone on to have long and successful performance careers. Another aspect of horse training that Tony’s lifetime experience has afforded him is his ability spot a potential champion. He is inspired by the possibility of finding some of the very best horses out there and then developing their careers. A few of his discoveries have been the straight Egyptian stallion, The Elixir, top sire Express Male, all-time leading NSH sire Sting Ray, all-time leading harness horse Bey Fire Express, leading sire of national champion half-Arabian halter horses Color Of Fame and national champion lC Simply Radiant. Most recently he has brought Skoroneek IA + to the Arabian horse worlds attention by being winning the bronze championship at Scottsdale and us national champion 8 and over stallion. For all your needs in training, showing, lessons, evaluations, breeding, and marketing of the Arabian horse, contact Tony Steiner. Through all the years and all the evolution that the Arabian halter horse has seen, the one quality that has not changed for Tony is his love of the Arabian horse. Being entrusted with the livelihood and future of these incredible animals and working every day to develop a relationship between horse and owner, Tony’s system of trust, commitment, and hard work makes every day at the barn a day in which he can be proud.

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