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Cover Story: Vitorio TO … Back On American Soil by Jeff Wallace

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Midwest—2016 Scottsdale

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Al Shaqab


10th Arabian Breeders World Cup Preview by Riyan Rivero


A Judge’s Perspective: George Z


Faces Of AHA: Glenn Petty


Mystic Magnolia PF: A Continuing Of Greatness by Jeff Wallace


Leaders Of The Times: Eleanor’s Arabians by Anne Stratton


Women Around The World: Kimberly Douglas


Anna Stojanowska Speaks Her Truth with Jeff Wallace


At Super Bowl 50 With The Denver Broncos’ Thunder by Mary Kirkman


A Touch Of Style: Ziggy Wellens


Rising Stars Of 2016


Amateur To Professional: Hews Oldham


The 2015 C. Jarvis Insurance And AHT Readers’ Choice Awards by Riyan Rivero


2015 APAHA Horseman’s Awards by Chloe Holmes


2016 Scottsdale Leading Sires


Presenting The Personalities: Jerzy Bialobok and Marek Trela by George Zbyszewski


Al Khalediah Horse Show


Beginnings: The Arabian Horse Role In Riding School Programs, Part II by Catherine Cole Ferandelli



In Memoriam


Comments From The Publisher


Faces & Places


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Amateur Spotlight


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Faces & Places


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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Vitorio TO

(DA Valentino x Sol Natique), owned by Oak Ridge Arabians.

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Scottsdale—Beyond The Show Ring I think it’s fair to say that just about all coverage of Scottsdale in February is favorable. This year, though, I think one aspect of it deserves a second look, and that is the awards dinners (APAHA’s Horseman’s Awards and AHT’s Readers’ Choice). Their obvious value as providing recognition for Arabian horses, people and, in the case of the Readers’ Choice, in fundraising, is generally known, and no one would disagree that those are worthy roles. I just feel that this year in particular is worth revisiting. What makes these dinners so special to me is that this is one time that everyone gets together for a social evening, and since one comes at the beginning of the show and the other at the end, there is a slightly more relaxed feel to each. It is wonderful when we can all sit down together, enjoy our community, recognize signal achievements, and even raise money in support of those among us who might need it. For me, this year stands out for its tributes. Two, especially, I will never forget. One was Ryan Melendez sharing his story; Ryan is already known in the breed for his talent with a horse, but what we heard at the Readers’ Choice Dinner was an illustration of the strength and fortitude he has exhibited in battling his illness. It was admirable. Then, at the APAHA Dinner, Tim Shea gave a speech on Afire Bey V and dedicated it to Sheila Varian. As you all know, we lost Sheila very soon afterward, and Tim’s touching words for a woman who meant a lot not only to him and Marty, but to everyone in the room, were amazing. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t express our gratitude for the show of support everyone gave to the Arabian Horsemen’s Defense Fund, traditionally the beneficiary of the Readers’ Choice Dinner. All in all, we raised a total of $63,550 before expenses. On the last weekend of the show, a second AHDF auction brought in $23,794 (the final number is expected to exceed $25,000) to benefit Terry Holmes. I’d like to thank Kellie Charpentier for her work on that, as well as all the great people who continue to donate items and to bid on them. It really takes a village, as they say, and our Arabian horse family is a pretty great village. Bottom line? We all love the competition of Scottsdale, but these two nights were about more than that. These were all about getting together and sharing our special love for the Arabian horse and its community.

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V ictorious


(DA Valentino x Queen Adiamonds)


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B a c k O n A m eric a n So il by Jeff Wallace

It isn’t often that one single Arabian horse embodies so much love and passion from so many people … from so many different places. This bold, bay and beautiful stallion we are about to speak of, Vitorio TO, has earned his high level of fame yet has been handed an abundance of love, just because. The following short story will explain the just because, leaving your warm hearts warmer and your belief in this now global sire rooted in a much deeper level of appreciation.

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When a promising colt is born in America, sporting a rather long neck, beautiful head, brimming with lots of confident charisma, and a bay coloring to boot, he is loved, just because. At the end of David Boggs’ lead, and for wonderful owners, Janey and Don Morse, Vitorio began a winning streak that would rack up multiple national championship titles and create a global level of exposure for him that would stretch from North to South America, to Eastern and Western Europe and beyond. Who knows, probably even 20 kilometers north of Moscow. As a result, he became more loved, just because. Under the astute management of Boggs and all of Team Midwest, Vitorio TO experienced a rather smooth segue from lauded show horse to fulltime breeding horse like greats of the past such as *Bask, ASB Harlem Globetrotter and the immortal racehorse Secretariat. Only a short time later, the American foals of Vitorio began to win while strutting like Mick Jagger around countless show rings and boasting the qualities that this young stud, as well as his sire line of *Mirage coming down through his sire DA Valentino and grandsire Versace, are greatly known for, just because. Responsibility is the hallmark of aristocracy, or so it is sometimes said; just because the Bialobok’s, formerly Directors of the Michalów Stud and two of the most responsible and finest breeders of purebred stock on our planet, started to follow the successes of the young sire, Vitorio. Quite simply, the Bialobok’s are breeders of many four-legged aristocrats, equine and even bovine. Perfect examples of this are the likes of *Emandoria, *Wieza Mocy, Galilea, Emira, and the young and stunning Junior Filly Champions, Pustynia Kahila and Galerida, a rich dark bay and a shimmering silvery grey respectively. So if we always listened when EF Hutton talked, we also perk right up and pay attention, I guarantee you, when the Bialobok’s are watching. This was to bring an abundance of more love to Vitorio, just because. Janey and David, by now a well-oiled team, ink a deal with Poland and Vitorio boards a plane bound for Warsaw. His final destination? Inside Michalów Stud for two complete breeding seasons with their famous mares. With a now heavily Nazeer-influenced herd, Vitorio brought a fresh new sire line while returning some of the qualities of yesteryear, from the 1970s, 80s

and early 1990s. Just visualize a clean and extended throat latch at the end of a long thin high-set neck, a graceful neck that is born out of the perfect angulated shoulder, and this is Vitorio TO. Where some breeders pause only to infuse certain stallions that reinforce past qualities, not just add new and current ones, Vitorio offers the mares of the State Studs both old and new, tried and true. And breeders love him for this, as they should, just because. As Vitorio landed back on American soil just this February, his American born offspring were busy making their “Papa Proud” with landslide victories at the annual Scottsdale All Arabian Horse Show. It seems the bold bay and beautiful stallion that we have been speaking of is destined for a legendary status regardless of the soil on which he stands. However, his American family is thrilled to have their boy come home and now standing on American soil, just because. There is no one better to speak for all members of Team Vitorio than Boggs himself, a forever fan of this glorious and globetrotting stallion. “Being a part of the amazing journey of an equine phenomenon named Vitorio has been one of the most heartfelt highlights of my entire career. “From the moment he was chosen as a yearling, and by two of my very best friends, Don Morse and Dan Grossman, Team Midwest has enjoyed this time of our lives. “Vitorio not only carries the torch for his immortal sire, DA Valentino, but has done it with long lasting strides, the likes of which no man could possibly imagine. Amassing five National and International Championships in halter, then followed by a golden opportunity to stand for two seasons as a chief sire inside the famed Michalów State Stud, Vitorio made his triumphant return during the Scottsdale 2016 All Arabian Show where he trumped industry records as Leading Halter Sire of the world’s largest Arabian horse show in six different categories! Now we proudly welcome Vitorio’s return to the stallion barn of Midwest. I look forward with deep conviction and strong confidence as he returns to the halter arena in the United States of America, his birthplace and mine. Stay tuned!” ■

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It’s gratifying to look around and see so many familiar faces and new ones. That’s a pleasing welcome to an event I know is going to be great. The world of Arabian Horses is an exciting field to work all together, and we’ll continue to meet and bring inspired people in event like this, to ensure the development and the promotion of Arabian Horse all over the world... Irina Stigler.

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Gemini Acres Equine Horses & Hospitality CH A P T ER 2 by A lly Nelson

Some choose the yacht club, others prefer country clubs; for the partners of Gemini, it was the Arabian horse lifestyle that captivated them. The Arabian horse has forever changed and shaped the path of the Gemini family—a path full of emotion, friendship, and devotion, always pursuing perfection in everything they do. As much joy as the Arabian horse brings to Gemini, it is always better when you have someone to share it with, and that is why Gemini focuses heavily on not only the horses, but also the hospitality within the Arabian horse lifestyle. Sharing their prized possessions with others will always be one of the most important parts for Gemini. Gemini has created a sanctuary for their horses, ensuring the royal way of life the horses deserve, and there is no greater pleasure for Gemini, than to open their doors and invite people in. With great excitement, Gemini has decided to create a new tradition at the farm: monthly brunches with the Arabian horse. Reaching out within the wonderful community here in Scottsdale, AZ, and beyond, they look forward to bringing their beloved Arabian horse to many new faces, opening the hearts of their guests to the horse Gemini loves so much and sharing the passionate lifestyle surrounding the Arabian horse. As the humble stewards of the Arabian horse, it is Gemini’s mission to share with others, everything they find so magical about the Arabian.

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Thank you to my family, coaches, friends and teammates who made my experience as a junior exhibitor so incredibly special. I feel honored and grateful to be able to continue following my passion in the amateur division, alongside the horses and people I love so much! —Juliette Dell

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S C OT T SDA L E C HA M PION S T R A I G H T E G Y P T IA N M A R E owned by ruel & virginia gober of dreamco arabians

After a hiatus from the show ring and having just weaned her 2015 foal, the multi-Champion mare returned to the spotlight making her first appearance at the Scottsdale International Show. Makeda DB, one of the most talked about mares in the valley, was presented by Greg Knowles to an enthusiastic crowd and was the winner of the Straight Egyptian Mare class and crowned the Senior Champion Mare! It was incredibly special to see her return to the highly competitive arena after having multiple foals. Makeda loves to show, and sensing it may be her last trip to the winner’s circle, she really turned it on in the finals! Following a short rest in Texas, Makeda will return to her home at Dreamco Arabians. For info on Makeda’s colts contact Shawn Crews -

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The 2016 Scottsdale Unanimous Jr Champion Egyptian Heritage Colt, Lark RCA is sired by the beautiful Bellagio RCA and out of the exquisite champion daughter of World Champion Marajj, Star of Marajj. This special colt represents the genetic magic of the Egyptian-related horse and was bred by the incomparable, Judy Sirbasku of Rock Creek Arabians. He is now lovingly owned by Debra & John Mitchell of CME Arabian Equities.




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DAVID BOGGS Because of all of you, Team Midwest, this has been another “record setting” show for Midwest! On a personal note, seeing Jake step into the halter arena for the very first time gave me a feeling like I’ve never felt before. I have now passed the torch. A special Thank You to the Marinos and Janey Morse, for allowing Jake to present your amazing Anna Marie—she took great care of him! And to Alcides, for a masterful job of coaching. Ar abian Horse Times | 2 | Midwest

NATE WHITE 2015 was an amazing year and we couldn’t have been more blessed. There were some big hurtles, but with that also comes great rewards. 2016 has started off as equally successful and we are thrilled with the results at Scottsdale. Having Midwest named the 2015 AHT Readers’ Choice Marketer of the Year for the second time, was an honor and a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire TEAM at Midwest. We have the greatest group of people; each person, right down to the guys who fix and clean the barns, are so important and it is great to see them enjoy and love what they do each and every day. We are also blessed with the absolute best group of clients which complete our family known as Team Midwest. Together, we all get to live our passion and enjoy the love that is the Arabian horse.

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DAN GROSSMAN Stone Ridge Arabians Midwest is special because it is run by a man that not only knows just about everything there is to know about the Arabian horse, but because he has integrity, compassion, intensity, and the desire to win. Every time he enters the ring, he is determined to win窶馬ot third, not second, just win! Winning and Midwest are tight partners, and have been for decades. We greatly admire the man, David Boggs. Ar abian Horse Times | 4 | Midwest

JANEY MORSE Oak Ridge Arabians I give my forever thanks and love to David Boggs and Team Midwest who have always supported and loved our family and our horses. I love each of you and couldn’t ask for anything more than our friendship and the gift that we share together—the Arabian horse.

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DICK & LOLLIE AMES Cedar Ridge Arabians The highlight of the 2016 Scottsdale Show with Team Midwest was … having Perfirka shown in the 8 & Over Mares and being the class winner. We love her and are so proud to share her with everyone. Our greatest moment was … was watching our daughter Lara trot out of the arena with Perfirka. If anyone knows Lara, they know she loves Perfirka. The Midwest family and team are unique and special, because … our family goes way back with the Boggs family and Midwest. What makes this such a unique situation is that everyone is so supportive of everyone else. When you go to the show or to an event at the farm, everyone has such a great time together. It is very much a social gathering, and the added bonus is that we get to share our love for our horses together.

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DARLA MILES Milestone Arabians The highlight of the 2016 Scottsdale Show with Team Midwest was ... their ability to make you feel special and welcome in every aspect. Steve and I loved seeing David come in the ring with our young colt by Hariry Al Shaqab—it was a big accomplishment for the gang at Midwest to have prepared a colt to show at that level at 7 months of age!   My greatest moment ... were many. To watch the Abel family win the Signature Fillies class was very special, knowing they bred that filly from one of their stallions. Steve and I understand that as a breeder there is no greater accomplishment then to compete in a show like Scottsdale, and win a class of that significance! With that being said, the greatest moment was to watch Whitney Miles enter the ring with a colt we bred by Hariry out of Alia Psyche, and win the Signature Colts class … now that was great! The Midwest family and team are unique and special, because ... the Team Midwest family is truly a team. Although we all love our own horses and want them to compete and excel, I think everyone is just as happy to see the team succeed overall. That is something that is totally unique. Once you have been a part of this amazing group of people, you understand why. When you’re watching from afar, they seem so happy and so united, and it is because they are! We are truly blessed to have been welcomed into the amazing Team Midwest!

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MELISSA SUBJECK The highlight of the 2016 Scottsdale Show with Team Midwest was ... too many to pick just one! My favorite moments include: Jake Boggs at the lead for the first time, taking home the big prize in both the stallion and mare championships, and the Vitorio presentation at the farm that culminated in a “meet and greet” (with a basket of carrots!) for Vitorio’s friends and family. My greatest moment was ... winning the Amateur Half-Arabian Gelding Championship unanimously with my homebred, Remember the Nyte RMA, moments after my friend and teammate unanimously won the Amateur HalfArabian Mare Championship Beni TG. The Midwest family and team are unique and special, because ... they have perfected the sport. With Team Midwest, every horse show is an exciting and enjoyable experience, not only for their clients, but the horses as well. As any spectator can see, Midwest’s horses and exhibitors love to be on the big stage and perform for their fans.

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DAGMAR GORDIANO The highlight of the 2016 Scottsdale Show with Team Midwest was … the last dance of “The Black Swan” RH Triana—she was stunning. Also, the debut of the amazing Kahil Al Shaqab in the U.S.; he was very impressive and a thrill to work with.   My greatest moment was … showing Marsal Al Shaqab and Beni TG to their Scottsdale wins. They are amazing individuals and it was a joy to present them.   The Midwest family and team are unique and special, because … I feel very comfortable like at home. I have great friends there and Midwest is the true meaning of the word ‘Team.’ Starting with the management skills of David and Nate, right on down to the landscape crew and stable cleaners; everyone is friendly and maintains a very positive attitude. Our clients and friends enjoy visiting Midwest.

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ALCIDES RODRIGUES The highlight of the 2016 Scottsdale Show with Team Midwest was ... the whole entire show! It was amazing and we had great results! The special highlight was definitely RH Triana’s Unanimous Senior Mare Championship win, since it will be our last time seeing her in the arena. My greatest moment was ... being named Unanimous Champion with MC Vitoria in the 3-Year-Old Fillies. The Midwest family and team are unique and special, because ... we are united and we all share the same love for Arabian horses. Ar abian Horse Times | 10 | Midwest

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PAM BAUERLEIN Halbrook Arabians The highlight of the 2016 Scottsdale Show with Team Midwest was … how the amateurs swung for the fences and brought home all the big prizes. We (Amateurs) had an amazing run, especially in the Signature classes. What an impressive bunch of handlers and horses! It was yet another tremendously successful Scottsdale show for Midwest all around. My greatest moment was … winning the SSS Three Year Old Fillies class unanimously! I showed our filly, Lady Vitorio ORA to an exciting win. It was my first time showing her, and my first time back in the show arena in a couple of years. More importantly, it was the first time showing since having emergency neck surgery in October. To come back from something so major was even more important than the win itself on a deeply personal level. We’ve had our horses win some great classes before at Scottsdale, but it was my first personal Scottsdale win. This class held an impressive bunch of beautiful and talented fillies and handlers. It is something I will never, ever forget! The Midwest family and team are unique and special, because … of the way everyone supports and cheers on one another. No disrespect meant to any other halter barn, but Midwest is a Team unlike any other. From the staff down to the clients, it’s an amazing bunch of people.

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"Being a part of the amazing journey of an Equine phenomenon named Vitorio has been one of the most heartfelt highlights of my entire career. From the moment he was chosen as a yearling by two of my very best friends, Don Morse and Dan Grossma, Team Midwest has enjoyed the time of our lives. Vitorio not only carries the torch for his immortal sire, DA Valentino, but has done it with long lasting strides like no man could possibly imagine. Amassing five National and International Championships in halter followed by a golden opportunity to stand for two seasons as a chief sire inside the famed Michalow State Stud, Vitorio made his triumphant return during the Scottsdale 2016 All Arabian Show where he trumped industry records as Leading Halter Sire of the World's Largest Arabian Horse Show in six different categories! Now we proudly welcome Vitorio's return to the Stallion Barn of Midwest. I look forward with deep conviction and strong confidence as he returns to the halter arena in the United States of America, his birthplace and mine ... Stay Tuned!" —David Boggs

Our journey with this amazing stallion has been more than we ever could have imagined. From the start, Don knew that Vitorio was special and perfectly named as in Italian, his name means champion! Ironically, seven years later, Vitorio is producing champions at home and abroad for us to love and cherish! My message today is to say thank you to each and every person who has been on this journey with us ~ family, friends, trainers, grooms, breeders, photographers, videographers, writers, barn/farm managers, veterinarians and those behind the scenes in breeding barns and in offices. You are appreciated! To Director Jerzy and Urzula Bialobok of Michalow State Stud, a sincere thank you for seeing something very special in Vitorio and for giving him the opportunity to stand stud at Michalow for two years. Thank you for taking such excellent care of him and for sharing so many of your wonderful mares. My love and prayers follow you now and always. To David Boggs and Team Midwest, my forever thanks go to each of you who have always supported and loved our family and our horses. I love you all and couldn’t ask for anything more than our close friendship and the gift that we share together ~ the Arabian horse. Lastly, it would be remiss if I didn’t extend a huge and appreciative THANK YOU to all who have bred to Vitorio and put their trust in him. Without you, none of his journey would have happened ~ my gratitude is never ending! —Janey Morse

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Purebred Halter by Points

1. VITORIO TO 2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Hariry Al Shaqab Ever After NA Marwan Al Shaqab Trussardi WH Justice Stival Magnum Chall HVP Bey Ambition QR Marc

... 2016 Scottsdale Arabian Show Purebred Halter by Number of Winners

225 168 152 97 97 96 95 87 85 74

1. VITORIO TO 2. 3.

4. 5. 6.

Ever After NA Hariry Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab Trussardi WH Justice ZT Marwteyn Bey Ambition Eden C QR Marc

19 14 13 13 11 11 10 9 9 9

Half-Arabian Halter by Points

1. VITORIO TO 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

DA Valentino Picazso Da Vinci FM Pogrom SF Veraz Arbiteur Armani FC THF Van Gogh Afires Heir Cytosk Truse

97 51 25 17 15 15 14 14 13 12 12 12

Half-Arabian Halter by Number of Winners


4 2 2

Armani FC Krewe

Scottsdale Signature Stallion Halter by Number of Points


3. 4.

Ever After NA Hariry Al Shaqab Pogrom Bey Ambition

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Scottsdale Signature Stallion Halter by Number of Winners



Ever After NA Hariry Al Shaqab Pogrom Stival

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SENIOR STALLION Presented by David Boggs

(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl)

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SENIOR STALLION Presented by David Boggs

(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl)

Owned and Bred by: Al Shaqab – Member of Qatar Foundation


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Falah *

AL SHAQAB (Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph Just Emotion)

2015 U n i t e d S tat e s N at i o n a l C h a m p i o n 2-Y e a r - O l d C o lt 2015 R e g i o n 3 U n a n i m ous C h a m p i o n 2-Y e a r - O l d C o lt 2015 S co t t s da l e R e s e rv e G r a n d C h a m p i o n J u n i o r C o lt 2015 S co t t s da l e C h a m p i o n 2-Y e a r - O l d C o lt Special breeding incentives available. Owned and Bred by: AL SHAQAB Member of Qatar Foundation

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Contact David Boggs or Nate White

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5-YEAR-OLD STALLION Presented by Dagmar Gordiano

Marsal *


(Marwan Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ )

2015 R e g i o n 1 U n a n i m ous C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n 2015 R e g i o n 3 U n a n i m ous C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n 2014 R e g i o n 3 C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n

Special breeding incentives available. Owned and Bred by: AL SHAQAB Member of Qatar Foundation

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(Ashhal Al Rayyan x Enshoda Al Shaqab)

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(ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF)

2015 U n i t e d S tat e s N at i o n a l C h a m p i o n M a r e 2015 A r a b i a n B r e e d e r s Wo r l d C u p G o l d S u p r e m e C h a m p i o n M a r e 2012 A r a b i a n B r e e d e r s Wo r l d C u p G o l d S u p r e m e C h a m p i o n J u n i o r M a r e 2012 S co t t s da l e A r a b i a n J u n i o r C h a m p i o n F i l ly

TRIANA HOLDINGS, LLC Birmingham, Michigan

Part of the


Managed by JEFF SLOAN

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Scot tsda l e Ch a m pion INTERNATIONAL GOLD CHAMPION SENIOR MARE Presented by David Boggs




(JJ Senor Magnum x Honeymoon FHP)

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ARIA PRESTIGE HOLDINGS, LLC Birmingham, Michigan Part of the


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(Al Ayad x Baraaqa AA)

E g y p t i a n E v e n t G o l d C h a m p i o n S e n i o r S ta l l i o n A r a b i a n N at i o n a l B r ee d e r F i n a l s S i lv e r C h a m p i o n S e n i o r S ta l l i o n I s r a e l i N at i o n a l J u n i o r C h a m p i o n C o lt S e n i o r C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n - B e r l i n , G e r m a n y E g y p t i a n E v e n t E u ro p e S e n i o r C h a m p i o n S ta l l i o n E g y p t i a n E v e n t USA U n a n i m ous C h a m p i o n S e n i o r S ta l l i o n Special breeding incentives available.

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Aphrodite (Aria Impresario x Honey’s Delight RB) IMPRESARIO HOLDINGS, LLC

Scottsdale U n a n i m o us Champion ARABIAN BREEDERS STRAIGHT EGYPTIAN JUNIOR FILLY Presented by David Boggs



(Al Ayal AA x Saniyyah RCA)

Owned and bred by ARIELA ARABIANS On Lease to ARIA COLLECTION Part of the


Managed by JEFF SLOAN

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A-JERICHO (A Jakarta x Destiny VF)

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(A Jericho x Adivah, by Bey Shah+) 2016 Colt

Angel OF


(A Jericho x Lady Aria ORA) 2015 Filly


(A Jericho x Anna Marie BHF) 2016 Filly

Owned by THE ABEL FAMILY Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

Nominated AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Silver Sire Breeders, AHBA World Cup Scottsdale Signature Stallion SCID, CA, LFS Clear

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(A Jericho x Gai Daphne) 2015 Filly



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OF JERICHO (A Jericho x Lady Jeanette) 2015 Filly

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(Gazal Al Shaqab x Perforacja)

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8 YEARS & OLDER MARE Presented by David Boggs

2015 A r a b i a n N at i o n a l B r e e d e r F i n a l s GOLD C h a m p i o n M a r e Expecting a 2016 foal by QR Marc !

THE AMES FAMILY Jordan, Minnesota

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SIGNATURE YEARLING COLT Presented by Whitney Miles



(*Hariry Al Shaqab x Alia Psyche IA)


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Scottsdale U n a n i m o us Champion JUNIOR YEARLING COLT Presented by David Boggs



(*Hariry Al Shaqab x Legacys Treasure)

Congratulations to New Owner FELIX CANTU on your purchase of this outstanding colt!





(Calypso OS x SS Royal AT)

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Magic Magnifique x RH Triana

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(Vitorio TO x TM Mona Lisa)

“A very special thank you to Enrique Pacheco, Sean Murphy, and my dear friend Franciso Echeverria.” — Pam Bauerlein HALBROOK ARABIANS Pam Halbrook and Pam Bauerlein Tucson, Arizona

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(Vitorio TO x Kharalisa BPA)



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DA Valentino x Rohara Mademoiselle



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Presented by Alcides Rodrigues


Vitorio TO x Star Of Justice ORA






Vitorio TO x CF Mamies Night Out



MELISSA SUBJECK Lancaster, New York

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PLATINUM PERFORMANCE LIBERT Y – SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! Presented by Alcides Rodrigues & Austin Boggs



(El Chall WR x Promises PSY)

Defending his title once again, at the 2016 Arabian Breeders World Cup ~ Las Vegas



S U P E R S TA R !

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(Pogrom x Rohara Mademoiselle)



MIDWEST STATION II. INC Elk River, Minnesota

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(Marwan Al Shaqab x BHF Anna Tevkah)

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OAK RIDGE ARABIANS Freeport, Illinois


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The 10 th Annual Arabian Breeders World Cup Show April 14th - 17th, 2016 by Riyan Rivero

The Arabian Breeders World Cup (ABWC) event returns to the South Point Equestrian Complex for the tenth consecutive year. The show is a celebration of the Arabian breed and the lifestyle associated with owning Arabian show horses. Worthy of its location on the glitzy Las Vegas Strip, the Equestrian Center is rated as the finest indoor horse facility in the country and hosts some of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. The Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance (AHBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arabian horse. The group is a worldwide community of breeders united in their passion and devotion to the Arabian, promoting thoughtful guardianship for future generations of these magnificent horses. The Arabian Breeders World Cup 2016 plans for another blowout celebration. As one of the world’s premier purebred Arabian horse shows, this international competition garners global entries; over 26 countries are represented annually. The public is invited to this family-friendly, free general admission event. A judged competition, it showcases the natural beauty, nobility, excitement and unique characteristics of the Arabian horse breed while providing a lively and entertaining experience for both breeders and those new to Arabian horses. The five-person panel of internationally renowned judges includes: Cedes Bakker of the Netherlands, Guillermo Concaro of Argentina, Van Jacobsen of the USA, Dr. Nasr Marei of Egypt, Graham Smith of Australia, and George Zbyszewski of Poland/USA. To be certain, the Arabian Breeders World Cup is not the ordinary horse show experience. The tenth anniversary event of this spectacular Arabian horse extravaganza is not to be missed — even if you have never attended a horse show before, you will enjoy this “world class” weekend experience. Presented by the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance, the board consists of Directors: Scott Bailey, Robert Boggs, Jay Constanti, Kimberly M. Jarvis, Lawrence Jerome, Murray Popplewell, Robert North, James Swaenpoel and Chairman, Jeff Sloan. The ABWC show committee members are Executive Director, Phyllis LaMalfa; Show Manager, Taryl O’Shea; Sponsorships/VIP Coordinator, Scott Bailey; Commercial/Corperate Coordinator, Kelly Charpentier and Public Relations Director, Riyan Rivero. n

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April 14th

World rld Cup Amateur to Handle Championships AHBA Legacy & Auction Futurity Championships



April 15th

W World Cup Fillies & Mares Arabian Racing Forum - after classes



April 16th

W World Cup Colts & Stallions AHA Registration Commission Breeders Forum - at lunch Freestyle Liberty World Cup 10th Anniversary Gala 6:30pm | Encore Hotel and Casino



April 17th

Amateur to Handle Supreme Championships Opening Ceremonies | Flag of Nations Yearling Filly & Colt Supreme Championships Ambassador Award Junior Mare & Stallion Supreme Championships Handler of Excellence Award Senior Mare & Stallion Supreme Championships Arabian Breeders Cup Award Presentation

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george zbyszewski

Arabian Breeders World Cup Show 2014.

they show? Do you agree? I wouldn’t say that it depends highly. It is a part of Arabian type for one to carry itself with grace and elegance; it helps to increase the “type” score. As a judge, what advice would you give to amateurs who are showing and presenting horses? Assess your horse and show him/ her to the best advantage. If your horse has a great trot, show it. If your horse has a great neck, show it. Every single horse is different and requires slightly different techniques. Is there one feature or attribute that is especially important to you when judging a halter horse? Balance.

Arabian Breeders World Cup Awards Presentation - 2013.

Is this your first time judging the Arabian Breeders World Cup Show? Yes Over 10 years ago, when plans of the new show in Vegas became public, skeptics predicted that a show designed solely for purebred halter horses using an International score card would never last. Is it surprising to you that it is now considered one of the most important shows in the U.S. halter scene? I never had any doubts about this scoring system. Especially with the separate scores for head and neck. It makes a big difference. Plus, not counting the highest and lowest score in a category makes this system superb. Not counting the highest and lowest judge is not as good. It has been stated by many, that the success (or failure) of a horse at the ABWC is highly dependent on their entrance in the ring when

The AHBA has published the following Vision Statement: “To ensure that judges for all competitions are selected from an international spectrum of respected people and that all competitive endeavors reflect the highest possible worldwide standards and not merely those of a single country.” You have had a great deal of experience judging horse shows outside of the United States; do you feel they have expressed that vision at the ABWC? Yes. I have judged national championships in the USA, Poland, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Columbia and Equator, as well as major shows in Brazil, Australia and Canada. Some of these shows I judged with judges I will be working with in Las Vegas. I think that using judges from other countries increases quality in judging, providing that selected judges are of highest standard, therefore, the AHBA statement is correct.

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Do you have a particularly interesting or memorable judging experience in your 20 years as a professional judge? Judging in Australia and New Zealand is always a great experience. I love the fact that you judge horses in the morning in halter and in the afternoon or next day you judge the same horses under saddle. This is how it should be. Having judged, bred, managed and witnessed halter classes all over the world, in your opinion, what separates the good ones from the great ones? You know that you have a great one in front of you when it comes to the ring. Of course, they have to have flawless conformation, but it is like a model on a runway; all of them are beautiful, but only one catches your eye … the great one. Is there one person that has impacted the way you evaluate horses? Yes, the late Izabella PawelecZawadzka. Izabella had a tremendously positive impact on my life, especially as it pertains to judging horses. She taught me to first look for the positive qualities and attributes in a horse as opposed to immediately seeking their faults. One of my favorite memories of Izabella is from the Arabian Breeders World Cup Show in Las Vegas when she received the AHBA Ambassador Award in 2013. I had the privilege of tending to Izabella during the 4-day event and treasured every minute of it. I asked her if she was interested in seeing one of the Vegas shows on the strip. I warned her that the Shows run very late in the evening, most not beginning before 10pm and suggested it may be too late in the evening to enjoy. Her response was perfect, ‘That’s not too late George, we can go out dancing afterwards.’ n

George on a trail ride in Colorado in 2010.

“Izabella had a tremendously positive impact on my life, especially as it pertains to judging horses.”

George and the late Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka - 2013.

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Glenn Petty

Executive Vice President of AHA

Position and length of time with AHA: Executive Vice President since July of 2008 ~ with AHA: 8 years. How long have horses been a part of your life and how did you get involved with Arabians? I grew up on a beef cattle farm in western North Carolina where I started with a pony, then horses. I grew up a cowboy and actually did rodeo for 6 years while in college, including being a rodeo clown. After graduation from NC State, I became North Carolina’s state horse specialist and later built both NC’s Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr. Horse Complex and the Western NC Agricultural Center. I retired from those positions in 1999. During this time I met my wife Joan, marrying into a hunter jumper family, that farm being 268 acres in Raleigh with 153 stalls, two indoor arenas, and 24 employees, including 39 lesson horses. In addition, Joan and I owned Triangle Farms, Inc., a professional hunter stable which later evolved into Triangle Farms Management which owns and manages major hunter jumper shows today. Joan now manages those. Through this management company, I was running some of the nation’s largest all breed and breed shows. Through some of these, including the Region 12 Championship, I met over the years, major Arabian leadership. It was through my love of the Arabian shows and the contacts I made within the Arabian industry that led me to AHA.


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Can you explain what your typical day is like with your position at AHA? The first thing I try to do is catch up on emails every morning—averaging most days about 150. Many of these then lead to more emails or I am just copied, but I have to read them to insure I don’t need to personally handle them. Next are phone calls, including what seems to average about 3-4 conference calls per week. Then there can be a never ending line of staff at my door “needing a minute” of my time. And of course, meetings, both inside and outside the office are frequent. Annually, I will generally average about 2 dozen plane flights a year. In your time with the AHA, what has been the one moment that stands out in your mind as your proudest? I think the team that we now have at AHA, all the way from senior staff to all levels, is the thing I am most proud. It has taken eight years to get where we are now. What is your involvement with the AHA board of directors? I am an ex-officio member of the board. I also am proud to say I have a great relationship with the board which has also included working with three presidents. Many sister organization EVPs can’t boast of the great relationship I have enjoyed with my board. My philosophy has always been that the president and the board are the chief policy makers and my position is to be the chief policy enforcer. This philosophy has served me well. Having been engaged with other horse breeds, what makes the Arabian horse different from the others? This is a tough question, because all breeds have their unique traits or they wouldn’t be a breed unto themselves. I also have to be careful how I answer because I have to assume many of my friends from sister breeds may see this as well. But first, Arabians are a noble ancient breed that have passed great traits and characteristics to all our American sister breeds. Add to this the people—the owners and breeders of Arabians— who bring passion to the breed. There’s an old saying, ‘Don’t buy a horse you wouldn’t be proud to see its head sticking out of a stall.’ I would paraphrase that to, ‘don’t associate with people you wouldn’t want to be seen hanging out with.’

I love being associated with Arabian owners and absorbing their passion for the Arabian horse. If you could offer one incentive to Arabian horse breeders to encourage them to breed more horses, what would this be and why? When you look at the age demographics of our horses, they’re aging. At some point, demand has to exceed supply. I am starting to hear breeders talking about entering that supply chain again. All breeders need to start paying attention. What is the biggest misconception that you feel most may have about AHA that is not correct? That AHA is going broke. Not so. AHA is a member/registry non-profit organization that is operated as a business. We have normal bills to pay to keep the doors open, a relative steady (yet declining) income, plus we have the ability to control expenditures. This latter is the thing that most members underestimate. We can control expenses when we have to, but it generally means cutting services to some degree. As a result of tight management controls in recent years, AHA has been able to self-fund new initiatives. AHA has virtually no debt except monthly credit cards and a small no-interest loan offered by a company which installed the new HVAC system in the building. We have no debt on our 21,000 sq. ft. headquarters building. When you are not at the office or attending a horse event, what is the perfect day for you? Spending time with my wife. We have a home in Colorado and North Carolina, but we like to travel, too. My wife works hard running 16 horse shows, so when we can “escape,” we love to. What is one thing that you feel the Arabian industry does better than others and one area that you see room for improvement? Actually, I can cover both of these with one answer. First, while we have a wonderful staff team at AHA now, our business technology (IT) has been in the dark ages. But presently, we are in the middle of what we call ‘Future State’ which is bringing our IT into the modern age. Once completed, our members will be able to do so much business on-line which will in turn be less hands-on for

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staff with such automation. In sharing with our sister organizations, I believe AHA will be one of the most—if not the most—modern of our sister organizations. We have about 2 ½ years left until this project is fully implemented, of which I would point out, we’re paying as we go with funds from operations. Where do you see AHA and yourself 10 years from now? I see AHA as a modern equine organization which will have worked hard to rebuild membership

numbers as well as registrations. In order for both of these to occur, we have to have figured a way to re-invigorate youth within our numbers. We will have had to establish value for our horses at all levels. If we can make these two things actionable, then AHA in 10 years will be healthy. As for me, I serve at the pleasure of the president and the board; as long as they are happy and my health is good, I’m married to AHA. We are a family and I love being a part of it. n

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A Continuing Of Greatness by Jeff Wallace

For the more seasoned and serious breeders and enthusiasts of the Arabian horse, it was one of those very special moments, a Magnolia moment after all. One that will not be forgotten by a chosen few ...

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It was a sunny day during the Scottsdale show, earlier this year, when an elegant, stylish and dark bay filly, alongside handler extraordinaire Keith Krichke, became the Junior Champion Filly. A title that is never an easy one to garner due to tough competition all around, it was a mystic and magical moment for breeder/owner Jessie Szymanski-Hoag of Paradise Farm Arabians. The winning filly’s name is Mystic Magnolia PF and here is just how special this win is in Jessie’s own words and why it will remain in the hearts of a close-knit few forever. “Mystic Magnolia PF winning the Junior Filly championship at Scottsdale with Keith was such a surreal moment,” Jessie Szymanski says. “That class was filled with world class quality fillies. Keith and “Maggie,” as she is affectionately called within her intimate family, trotted into Wendel with so much pride and charisma, that you just couldn’t keep your eyes off them. I simply could not be more proud of her, as I am still filled with an abundance of joy. I don’t think I have ever seen my father more excited, it was a very special moment for us and we are so grateful for how it turned out.” You see, it all started when Jessie and her father purchased a select few of the Battle Hill Farm mares carrying the BHF prefix. One very special, indeed, being the stunning Mystic Rose BHF, a daughter of Padrons Psyche and BHF cornerstone mare NV Ali Bey, a National Champion Mare of Brazil and superb producer in both Brazil and in America. Not too long after her purchase and carrying the Paradise Farms Arabian banner, Mystic Rose BHF showed her heart out for Krichke during the 2014 United States National Championships show in Tulsa and was pinned the Reserve National Champion in her mare halter class. Just across the arena, however, and winning a top ten was her spectacular grey daughter, Mystic Love WRR (Beijing BHF, by Falcon BHF x Felisha BHF), in the competent hands of Maureen Krichke, Keith’s lovely and talented wife. This is quite validating of the mare family of whom we are speaking. When you buy into greatness you simply have a better chance than most to create your own layer of magnificence. Most importantly, you have to know how to connect the dots and this most often

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requires an artful team with an experienced leader riding herd. Just so you know, you are absolutely going to love the rest of this story. Actually, the story began in 1989 when doctors’ Dorris Ragsdale and husband Lynn Smith brought two big beautiful and winning fillies home to West Virginia, from the annual Scottsdale All Arabian show. They had just recently established Battle Hill Farm, and the chestnut filly Tevkah (*Muscat x Vietka, by *Nariadni) and the grey Bey Serenade SF (Bey Shah x Brandie Alexandra, by *SR Nadom) founded a breeding program that would have a positive impact on the breeding of Arabian horses in America at the highest of levels. Lynn and Dorris over the next twenty years or so, would make breed history while the man at the end of the lead for the BHF-bred horses for most of these years was none other than Keith Krichke. Later, when the eventual United States National Reserve Champion Mare Bey Serenade SF was bred back to her famous sire, she gifted the farm with a stunning

Mystic Rose BHF

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Count Me In FF with Frank Szymanski, Dave and Jessie Hoag.

grey colt Falcon BHF, who would go on to be not only their herd sire, but a national champion in halter, in the hands of David Boggs. When this special colt became a marvelous grey stallion, he was in turn bred to the aforementioned Tevkah, which produced the United States National Champion Mare Felisha BHF. Felisha continued the legacy when bred to her half-brother Denali BHF (Falcon BHF x NV Ali Bey), producing a bay and nearperfect daughter Dulcinea BHF, who was named United States National Champion Junior Mare the very same year her glorious dam won the title in the senior division, alongside Keith, of course.

RH Inat

The already mentioned third cornerstone of Battle Hill Farm was the big, bold bay Brazilian

Desiree BHF

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National Champion Mare NV Ali Bey, a direct daughter of legendary producer Ali Jamaal and Bey Shah daughter, Mystical Bey. It was David Boggs, who offered this Brazilian jewel to Battle Hill Farm, and they immediately agreed with her having an important position within the program. She would bring them not only Denali BHF, but also Mystic Rose BHF, when bred to Padrons Psyche. When Battle Hill Farm closed its gates for good, Keith highly recommended to Jessie Szymanski-Hoag and her father, Frank Szymanski, who, based on his own long-term involvement with the countless successes of the farm, convinced them to buy into the greatness established at BHF. And so they did. There is no way around it, that is a fact. But could Jessie create another wondrous layer of her own? This is what any knowledgeable person in the breed would ask themselves knowing how difficult this would be.

Silver Laace

Frank had a horse he grew up with and worked at a stable when he was young. Later he passed on his passion for horses to his daughter Jessie. “My dad introduced me to horses when I was in second grade,” Jessie remembers. “He bought me riding lessons, and what can I say? It took off like a wild fire from there.” Nowadays, Paradise Farm is a true family business. “We all are involved,” Jessie says. “My dad, my husband, David, and I foal our mares out. My dad does about 100 acres of hay for our horses while David farms soybeans and corn on his family crop farm.” You know the horses you bought because you really badly want them? Jessie bought Silver Laace, a Sol Debut daughter out of Knight Vision just for this reason. She is not only line-bred to *Bask, with some influence of *Salon, *El Paso and *Ansata Ibn Halima, but also exactly that “white ethereal” beauty Jessie searched for so badly. “She was Reserve National Champion Mare AAOTH in 2012,” Jessie says, “and she has given us two lovely foals so far, my favorite is Crystal Laace PF by Beijing BHF.” Another broodmare is RH Inat, bred by Robin Hood Farms. The dark chestnut mare is by RA Ignite (Khadraj NA x RA Lalani) out of DA Patience (Padrons Psyche x Play Girl MSC), a pedigree full of many well-known breeding heroes like Fame VF, Bask, Padron and Gdansk. “We bought her because she has a great body with lots of substance, awesome ears, and overall, is a really nice mare,” explains Jessie. “So far she has produced four great foals for us.” She continues, “At a certain point we wanted to improve our breeding program and find high quality mares. When the Krichkes introduced us to the Battle Hill Farm breeding program, it stood out to us, as they were winning one national champion title after another. Their horses had quality, substance and movement, so basically, the whole package. Battle Hill’s program was

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like no other, and we were in awe—and still are. Needless to say, we have been collecting mares from their unparalleled program ever since. Once we had the opportunity to purchase Mystic Rose BHF and her daughter Mystic Love WRR, and a few select others, adding their program to ours improved the quality of our foal crops by great lengths, and we are proud and grateful. “This past winter we decided to purchase Felisha Valentine BHF, one of Felisha’s daughters by multiU.S. National Champion Stallion DA Valentino. I have always loved and admired the physical beauty and breeding of Felisha. She is truly magnificent and I think a dark bay daughter of Valentine will make a great addition to our breeding program.

Frank Szymanski

Mystic Love WRR

Felisha Valentine BHF

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Jessie and father Frank Szymanski

Dave and Jessie Hoag

Nicodemus PF

She quickly gave us a beautiful filly by twice World Champion Stallion and this year’s Scottsdale Champion Stallion, Kahil Al Shaqab. I am also looking forward to showing her this year in the amateur mares class at the U.S. Nationals.” “Owning Mystic Rose BHF is a dream come true,” Jessie shares. “I feel so fortunate to own such a special mare. Not only is she magnificent herself, but also she can produce it, and has done so more than once.” At this moment Mystic Rose BHF is the queen of Paradise Farms who resembles the quality of her dam line and expresses all the greatness of her illustrious sire Padrons Psyche. Not only has she herself been extremely successful in the show ring with her numerous national championships, but she has produced a reserve national champion as well, Mystic Love WRR. “One of my all-time favorite show moments was when Keith showed Mystic Rose BHF and Maureen showed her daughter Mystic Love WRR for us in the Supreme Mare Championship at Nationals in 2014. It was so awesome to own two mares in that class, let alone mother and daughter. Mystic Rose ended up winning reserve in that class, as she never looked better. I was so proud of them both.” Quality begets quality, but buying into greatness doesn’t assure you the ability to continue a breeding legacy. With all

these high-class mares, Jessie and her father Frank accepted the challenge of not being only buyers of great horses. They studied, accepted advice, and learned from experienced breeders of the past. Now they have accomplished the rare feat to continue the greatness. One example is the formerly mentioned Denali BHF daughter, Desiree BHF, who produced Nicodemus PF, and was sold to Lynda and Tom Fosnot. This bold trotting bay went National Champion Hunter Futurity at the U.S. Nationals in 2015. But choosing Ever After NA as the sire for Mystic Rose BHF’s next foal was another tremendous idea of Jessie’s. This bay stallion has lines to Bey Shah, Nazeer and *Padron, too, but also added the blood of famous horses like *Muscat, Negatraz and *Aladdinn. “I knew the moment Mystic Magnolia PF was born, we had something special,” Jessie remembers. “She was so extreme with her big dark eyes, little tippy ears, and very dished face—a memory that will last forever.” With this special filly, Mystic Magnolia PF, Jessie SzymanskiHoag and her father Frank have an everlasting memory … that of a sunny day in Scottsdale when they watched the greatness of their own efforts beautifully layered on. ■

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Leaders Of The Times: Eleanor’s Arabians by Anne Stratton

One of the best known operations in the show world today is Eleanor’s Arabian Farm, the reining and western pleasure nursery where breeder Eleanor Hamilton turns out an enviable array of horses who know their way around an arena. Recently, the program has undergone a changing of the guard, as a new generation of stallions steps into the massive hoof prints left by Hesa Zee, who died at 27 last June, and his most frequent purebred cross, Crown Musc. Now, Hamilton addresses the challenge of building on the program that saw her named 2015 APAHA Breeder of the Year. “We still have straws of semen for Hesa and Crown Musc,” she notes, “but we’ll be using them very judiciously.” She has always kept an eye out for new faces, however, and while there will never be another Hesa, her enjoyment in the evolution of her pedigrees is evident. The heirs apparent? First came the correct and charismatic Polish stallion Romanek (Andrzejevo x Cerrah, by Gallup). Three foals are due from him this year, all from Hesa daughters.

“We were looking for a pure Polish horse that was ‘a three-circle horse,’” says trainer Gary Ferguson, who shows the stallions for Hamilton. He’s referring to classic conformation that is expressed in three balanced circles. “Proportionately, he is almost perfect, and he is low in the hock, which we love for reining and working horses. He’s up underneath himself too, and he’s so good legged, good footed. And he has so much hook and curve to his neck—he’s beautiful. This is a great horse to follow Hesa.” Now 8, Romanek, who was bred by Patty Ross, had shown lightly before his purchase, but in 2015 began a serious career with Ferguson in western pleasure, culminating in the Region 6 Championship. He’ll be back in competition this year. San Jacinto Jullyen V, who is 4, is by Jullyen El Jamaal, from the Fairview Klassique daughter Sweet Klassique V. The cross offers the type influence of Ali Jamaal in both the sire line and the tail female, as well as incorporates a quintessential old Varian line to Moska (a Khemosabi daughter out of the BayAbi mare Baychatka).

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ROMANEK (Andrzejevo x Cerrah, by Gallup)

SAN JACINTO JULLYEN V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Sweet Klassique V)

“He was just a big, powerful horse, obviously a pleasure horse, but with his size and his bloodlines, we felt he could continue crossing on working horses,” Eleanor Hamilton reports. “That’s always the game plan.” San Jacinto Jullyen V had barely been off the Varian Ranch when he arrived at Ferguson’s Slide To Win, but the trainer parlayed 45 days of training into a top ten in the National Futurity. The stallion then took two months off for semen collection, buffed up in three weeks and added a top ten in the Scottsdale Signature Futurity. Plans call for him to go to regionals this year and then, again, the national futurity. The blend of the two new sires’ heritage—particularly when crossed onto the Hesa Zee daughters, the other purebred mares, and the Quarter Horse in the broodmare band— promises an ever-interesting future. As much as their looks and ability matter, however, there is another consideration, Ferguson says. Hamilton’s horses are known for their

temperament as well, an asset she has prioritized since her childhood with working horses on a Nebraska ranch. “If Eleanor can’t come to my ranch and ride the horses I have in training, they’re not worthy of the investment,” he says. “Every horse that I have, she rides. The horses that she has are so nice and very trainable.” That includes the high profile futurity horses and, for the first time in April, San Jacinto Jullyen V as well. “Hesa was a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” Gary Ferguson reflects, “but he would not have been what he was without Eleanor and she would not be who she is without Hesa. It was a miracle that they found each other.” The excitement now is in finding the miracles to come. n

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Please explain how your love of the Arabian horse came about. When I was about 10 years old, I saw my first Arabian at the Wisconsin State Fair. I was showing a Thoroughbred at the time, and thought to myself, ‘I need an Arabian,’ after seeing two of them walk by the arena, and the riders looked like they were having fun. How many years have you been involved with the Arabian horse? I bought my first Arabian in 2000 after riding with family friends who bred Arabians in Jupiter Farms, Fla. How did you become involved with Markel Insurance? I was an insurance producer in Nashville, Tenn, for commercial business. My manager thought I should look into insuring horses because I spent a lot of time with horse people. Once I started to look around, I decided I wanted to be affiliated with Markel. After connecting with them, I started as an exclusive horse insurance specialist, and then was eventually hired by Markel to focus specifically on growing and managing the Arabian breed business. What Arabian committee(s) do you volunteer your time with and what is your responsibility to these organization(s)? There are so many great organizations, but I try to focus on a few because of time management considerations. I have volunteered in the past with Region 12, and am helping the director, Lisa Blackstone, market the show, and our special guest this year, Sylvia Zerbini with her Grande Liberte. I have acted as both secretary and director for the Region 12 Spotlight Futurity in the past. I am also a member and remain involved with The Wisconsin Egyptian Arabian Horse Club and

Virginia Arabian Horse Club. I am on The Pyramid Society Performance Horse Committee, and I manage Markel’s partnership with AHDF, which is important to me because of the charitable work they do. We are also developing a new partnership with the APAHA. From your promotion of the Arabian horse to outsiders, what is the best way you see this being done and what would be your dream event to get new people involved? Overall, we need new people, and good educational outreach. The numbers decline each year. Membership and registrations are showing a 13-year trajectory downward. We need to market outside of ourselves. Everyone has a great Arabian horse story to share. Horses do so many great things for people, whether it be a personal sanctuary, or a way to teach responsibility to the younger generation, they make people feel good. Arabians have an ability to connect with humans on a high level. My dream event would be to have an Arabian Expo, parade, or show in Nashville, Tenn. The market is right for our Arabian horse, and we could partner with the Nashville CVB and the CMA. That would be ideal. From a PR standpoint, we need to get our Arabians on national television in New York, on a morning program. Once people see the Arabian horse, they start dreaming. What is your favorite discipline and why? This may seem strange, since I have ridden hunters while involved in Arabians, but I love reining. There is so much comradery there, and everyone is very supportive of one another. I am looking forward to riding in a Markel sponsored clinic with Crystal McNutt. Trail riding is up there, too.

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Nicole and Adams Fire, 2012 U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39.


What does it feel like every day when you get up knowing that you get to do the job that also happens to be your passion? I am fortunate to have a career that involves being around horses daily. There is a fine line, however, between business and pleasure. Insurance is a topic most people do not enjoy talking about, but a necessity. My goal is always to make sure our clients are more educated in insurance once they work with me on any horse, farm or liability policy. Away from the horse world, what activities do you enjoy doing? I love to spend time with my family boating on Lake Michigan, ski, and going hiking with my dogs. Being outside is a priority for me. What is the perfect day for you? Probably a sunny day with fresh powder skiing. I like being out West. Telluride and Jackson Hole are two of my favorite places to be. As a female, what is your biggest obstacle you feel you have to overcome in the horse world? The horse business is a good place for females to be. There should be more of them. Obstacles for me are more tied to narrow-minded thinking versus gender. I think as a breed, we are challenged with individuals that are not open to new ideas. We need to do things differently to remain relevant. What is the perfect vacation for you? Any place my phone might not work! That sounds terrible, but it’s true. The insurance business is a seven day a week job. How many days a year do you travel for work and where does this take you too? When taking a quick glance at my travel calendar, I went on approximately 20-25 trips last year. I primarily attend events and shows that Markel supports as a host, or sponsor. Most of my travel is domestic, but I usually travel out of the country a time or two a year depending on the event. At these events, I am often accompanied by other members of Markel’s Arabian team which include: Deborah Mihaloff Kirshner, Deb Witty, Tami George, Lisa Seger and Pagan Gilman of LSI, and Phyllis LaMalfa of LaMalfa Insurance.

If someone was to describe you, what would they say? Fun and energetic. What can someone always find in your purse? Hotel and airline cards with my travel numbers. I can’t throw them away. What would our readers be shocked to learn about you? My grandfather was the Captain of the Polo Team at the University of Illinois. In ten years from now, where do you see yourself in the Arabian horse world? Still working in the equine insurance space, and spending time with all the good friends I have made through the Arabian horse. One of the great benefits of this job, is all the great people and horses you meet along the way. n

Left: Kimberly and JA Tothemax (Eqynox x Georgah, by Padron), Sport Horse and Hunter Pleasure Champions.

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Anna Stojanowska SPEAKS HER TRUTH with Jeff Wallace

On February 19th of this year, Anna Stojanowska, Chief Arabian Horse Specialist, Director Jerzy Białobok of Michalów Stud, and Director Marek Trela of Janów Podlaski Stud were dismissed from their positions by the current Polish government. They were given no notice. These three dedicated and devoted employees whose lives have always centered around their careers focused entirely on Polish Arabian horse breeding inside the State Studs of Poland changed in this moment—forever; as well as the lives of those all around the world that have been passionate followers of their artistry. In Dubai, on March 19th, exactly one month to the day after their dismissal, I sat with Anna at 10 p.m. as she spoke her truth. I am very honored to have been given this opportunity, representing the Arabian Horse Times.

WELCOME ANNA … Wallace: Please share with us your thoughts; whatever is

and I thought that was my future, not Arabians. This meeting changed my life.

Anna: The situation is very emotional for me. That’s true. I’m

Those 25 years was not only a job, spending 8 hours per day in my office; it was my life. Of course, I had heard some rumors in December that there will be some changes, as the agency still holds the shares of 43 farms, not only stud farms but other farms (we have a dairy production). Since the arrival of new leaders in our government, they have changed half of our directors. From October to the beginning of February, they have changed 23 directors of the farms.

comfortable for you.

working very hard to talk about it in a professional way, leaving out the emotions and not blame anybody for what’s happened. We are not immortal. Nobody promised us that we’ll stay in our position forever, and this is not the case. What hurts me, and what was the most painful for us, is the way they did it.

Wallace: How was that, Anna? Anna: It was just an unexpected situation, I start to work for

Izabella 21 years ago in the agency as her assistant, and after her retirement, took her place. I still remember the first day we met. I was very much involved with the Thoroughbreds,

I was sure that whatever happened, they would never touch the Arabian studs, because there are only 2 or 3 of them, which are really in perfect condition. For many reasons, the financial reason, what they are doing with the breeding.

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Then, on Friday, the 19th, they called me about 11:00, that the president of the agency wanted to see me. My director at this time, he said that they lost trust in us. He said that how could I accept that Pianissima died and I didn’t react on that, that I didn’t act to change Marek, or do something with him. Also, they were not happy with some agreements which Jerzy has signed, leasing the mares from Michalów. They asked me if I want to add something. I was in shock, because one, it’s incorrect. I said, “Do you think that Marek or Jerzy, who were in love with this mare and who created this mare, were happy when she died, and did nothing to help her? Michalów is really on the top of all our farms.

Wallace: In the world. Anna: In the world. All the leasing agreements are perfectly done, so I didn’t even understand this argument. So I left, and then somebody told me that at the same time, at the same moment, they had sent a delegation to Janów and to Michalów to fire both Jerzy and Marek.

Wallace: Someone just told you that? Anna: Yes. I didn’t know. Being two specialists of this

division, and having control of the studs, I didn’t know until the last moment as they did it. At 5:00 p.m., the three of us then start to ask why; show us the real reasons. The first papers, the first documents, appeared after six days! They start to search what they can find. They couldn’t up to then. The same stupid stories about Pianissima came up, and the night they lost the mare Pieta (a full sister to Pinga), belonging to Shirley Watts, also for colic.

Wallace: Will the stud farms go forward, do you think? Anna: I don’t know the answer to this question, really. As I

said, it’s not because I think that there is anybody who cannot be replaced. We are the people which are replaceable.

Wallace: I really respect that answer, because that’s reality. Anna: It is, absolutely. Wallace: None of us are irreplaceable. Someone said to me

once, and it has stuck with me; he said, “There is a beginning and a middle and an end to everything.” What that end is, you never know, but everything has those three things.

Anna: Absolutely. Wallace: When I heard of this, I did think about that, not

in a way of not feeling it deep, but I am impressed that you say that.

Anna: Absolutely. There is only two things. Every change

has to be prepared, and it should be for the better, with respect for the people, which were working for this all their life. Right now, of course, the studs have an excellent staff. They have grooms, they have breeding managers … but there is nobody leading. It is like a train without a locomotive in the front; nobody to pull these trains. One day, all these people will ask what we have to do the next day, or in one month.

Wallace: They will look for leadership. Anna: Absolutely. They need a leader, and those people who

replace us, I don’t have a feeling that they know how to do it. The girl who replaced Bialobok who had 39 years of hard job and experience, was running a tattersall, a school for riding, with seven horses. I don’t know if she really realized that it’s 700 hectares, 600 cows, and 500 horses.

Wallace: Where would that thinking come from? Anna: They were not thinking. They were just searching for somebody who has just a little bit of knowledge about horses, and who is loyal to the new party. That was the important thing.

Wallace: That’s the undercurrent. Anna: Absolutely. The guy from Janów Podlaski, said in his

first interview, that he doesn’t know a lot about horses, but he thinks that it will be his hobby. I’m sure that he didn’t even recognize which one is an Arabian vs. the AngloArabs, because they have both. Janów is an even bigger farm, with 1,800 hectares, 350 cows, and 500 horses.

Wallace: And a Bug River. Anna: And a Bug River, all these things. That’s a huge responsibility.

Wallace: Tell me what the interview with Izabella was like

20 some years ago. What was that day like? Did she ask you a lot of questions, or did she just talk to you? Did you ask her questions?

Anna: It was very special. She believed in me at this time

more then I believe in myself, really. After the first interview, I said, “No, I don’t want to work in Warsaw in an office. I want to go to the farm.” That was my dream. She said, “Okay, then you have a chance to go for two years to our studs. If you decide to stay, you’ll stay, but I want you to know that I’m waiting for you.” I signed a contract at this time, and I was thinking if I should stay or go back. After two years, she said, “I need you back.” I spent half a year more at Janów, and then we start to work together. She was the one who showed me it’s not only just a job, it’s a mission.

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Wallace: What is or was that mission for you?

Wallace: Get the best out of them.

Anna: To preserve the pool of genes, whatever happens.

Anna: Yes, and build a relationship. The funniest stories are

Poland and the state stud is probably the only place on the earth where you can hear, “This horse is not for sale for any money.” That was with Pianissima. This is what hurts me so much, when somebody tries to estimate her value. A woman from Lublin University signed documents stating that her value was 3 million euro. Why 3 million? Why not two and a half, or 30 million? She was never for sale, never! There are several horses which will never be for sale. When they die, we will see their grave here and in the next generations as well. This is the role of the state stud. It doesn’t matter which way the economy goes, and what is the political situation in the country. They should protect the gene pools. This is why the Polish breeding is so strong, and I believe in that, even now.

Wallace: The Polish breeding is so strong because the director ... Director Jaworowski, builds the e-line like an architect builds a great wall; layers and layers. The Bialoboks come in and they preserve that, but they build a bay line.

Anna: I think that the Polish breeding were lucky with the

people. It’s not a virtual thing. It’s the people who built the breeding. It was great directors like you said, Jaworowski, Krzysztalowicz

Wallace: The directors and the horses are very close. They’re one and the same, aren’t they?

Anna: Yes. They are competing in the shows, but also they

support each other very much. Sometimes they are fighting, but even now they are like brothers.

Wallace: They stand for Poland. They stand for the state stud. Anna: They understood that it’s a mission as well. Wallace: Do you have a funny story to tell about them. Anna: Those two guys are completely different. Sometimes

I think that I should have been a psychologist as well, because to work with them during these 25 years, I’ve learned a lot, but I also was the youngest, and I’m a woman. This is a man’s world, even now. Of course, Izabella was the first, and it was not easy for her as well. Marek and Jerzy, they are very strong personalities, and I had to find a way how to work with them and ...

because of their difference. One is more open, the other one shows a poker face.

Wallace: Have they both made you laugh in the past? Anna: They made me laugh and they made me cry many,

many times, but I always feel they support me. They never ignore me, even when I was a young girl, and I gained their respect.

Wallace: Without thinking too hard, name your favorite horse over the 25 years.

Anna: Kwestura. That’s my favorite mare ever, because of

everything. The personality is so important. She was for me always everything Arab.

Wallace: Was it hard to see her sell, or because she went to a great home there was a pride in someone appreciating her?

Anna: Yeah. I remember one spring I came to Michalów, and she had a filly foal at this time, Kasjopeja on her side.

Wallace: By Elvin. Anna: Yeah. The foal was like three or four days old, so Jerzy

ask me if I wanted to see her outside for first time with the newborn baby, and I said, “Yeah, of course.” She was also happy to go out. That was the first time after these three days. They opened the door and they let her out. It was early spring, the sun was shining, and she was so much enjoying the freedom.

Wallace: The beauty, yes. I remember getting a tape from George Z. with Kwestura and Zagrobla. Mike Nichols had already chosen Kwestura. It’s kind of raining between the barns and a little muddy. Kwestura and Zagrobla want in, and they’re trotting, and they’re irritated. There’s a groom at that little side door at the barn. The beauty.

Anna: That was the most beautiful view I ever seen in my life. Wallace: They let Kwestura in, and Zagrobla was pissed. She started doing laps and bowing up. She threw her head, and finally they opened the door, and she just stopped like, “Thank God.” You knew what they were thinking. Those mares are emotional.

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Anna: Very much. I remember the phone call from Jerzy, when we were on the beginning of creating a sale list. He said to me, “I have a proposal. I have an idea to put Kwestura on the sale.” Initially, I said, “No, no way.” He said, “Yeah, but look, she just won a world championship last year. She is 12. It’s the last moment that we can get a good price.” I start to think logically, not with emotions, and we agreed that we would put a high price for her, and there will be no discussion below this price.

My last turn was to Mariusz, her trainer. I said to him, “You should say no. You should say that you need her for a next show. We should block this sale.” He said, “No, I hate her. I hate her. She’s such a strong personality and I can’t be sure if she want to cooperate with me. Every show is just a risk that she says, ‘No, not this time, not this day.”

Wallace: Do you know, every time I would go to Frank and

Elisa’s barn last summer, every mare who has her head in the corner, turns around and comes over ... but not Kwestura. She stays with her head in the corner, and does not turn around and come over to greet you. She could care less.

Anna: I always ask Frank, “Be good for her.” He always says, “Why you don’t ask her to be good for me?”

the people support us. It was the immediate reaction. As I said, it has happened on the 19th of February. During the night I received a message from the people which were really in shock and Jaroslav Lacina, the president; he was the first one who wrote a letter. All these people are really, really supporting us in any possible way.

Wallace: The entire industry. Anna: Yes. You know what? I thought that when it happened,

of course, there will be a group of people which will be sorry and will support us, but also there will be another group of trainers and agents who say, “Okay, now the doors are open, it’s our time to show. The rules laid down by sound management are no longer.” But nothing like that has happened. Even those who were losing to us at the shows, or behind us, they were all standing and supporting us. This is amazing.

Wallace: What would you like to say to those people? Anna: What can I say more than thank you? Right now, every single day I’m surprised.

Wallace: Their time and their hearts …

Wallace: They take really good care of her.

Anna: Exactly. The people who fire us, they thought, a

Anna: I know.

few days of rumors, and then like stone in the water it will disappear, and it will be probably sooner, but nothing like that has happened. It’s months already, and it’s still ...

Wallace: They give her birthday cakes. Anna: I know, I know. I know that he loves her as well, and he respects her, because she deserves that.

Wallace: I want to ask ... will the spring show be held? Anna: I think, yeah, it will be held. It’s a very hard time for

these people, because they never work alone. I was always a head of this office. I feel very sad and sorry, because they called me many time if I can help, but I cannot at this situation, I cannot do it. I cannot go there. What is even more painful for me, I cannot go and see the babies at Bialka, Janów or Michalów. I’m a stranger now, and I don’t want anybody to say to me, “Go, you are not allowed to be there.”

Wallace: Nor do you want to feel like a stranger in a past home.

Wallace: There is nothing like the state stud farms in

Poland, there is nothing like it. There have been great breeding programs, and there are great breeding programs. Will you stay in Poland?

Anna: Yes. We want to stay in Poland, but of course, we need

to find a job, we need to do something. We are not millionaires. It’s easy to see how our life looks like, and all these rumors, all these stories created about money ... but it’s not true. Marek and Jura, they have to leave their houses, because they belong to the studs. We are like beginners with two suitcases and that’s it. That’s our budget.

Wallace: With a lot of life experience and a lot of knowledge. Anna: That’s true. Wallace: Your attitude is pretty amazing. Would you change

Anna: No. Wallace: What has the support been like from ECAHO and WAHO?

Anna: That’s really amazing. It’s hard to find a word how

anything, given this ending? Would you do it all again, your career of 25 years?

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Anna: Absolutely, yes. Even if my life is finished now, I can

say I had a happy life. I was privileged enough to work with my biggest passion. Yeah, absolutely, yes.

Wallace: Who is your favorite grey horse? Anna: Perfinka. Wallace: Your favorite bay horse? Anna: Pianissima, of course, but everybody loves her. She’s

not only a beautiful horse, she had personality. The grey one Etruria, also. I remember her personality.

Wallace: Kenny Rogers wanted that mare so bad, because

she could have been national champion in English pleasure in America, and in mare halter like the Bask daughters were. He wanted her so bad, and like you said, she was not for sale. He even said ... They need to fix their barns at Janów, and, “I’ll fix the barns. I’ll pay to fix the barns, and I’ll fix the fences and all that, if you’ll give me the mare.” But they said, “We’ll fix our barns and fences, and we’ll keep our mare.”

Anna: If you can imagine the dilemma we faced during those years, because the stud became a liability, the government stopped subsidizing them. It was a brutal economy. I remember our discussion with Marek after our first time winning with Pianissima at the world championships. She was a yearling at this time, and during the night the buyers came and offered crazy money.

Then, this was the dilemma, to sell just one horse for a huge amount of money to be sure that the farm, the company, will survive for the next, let’s say, few years, or to fulfill the mission and to keep the Polish genes. At this time we decided the mission is more important. We have to keep her because she’s probably one of the best mares, maybe the best, which was born there. That was even more difficult the last 20 years since these changes happened. At the time when, Mr. Jaworowski was on their duty, they were 90% financed by the government, and now zero. They have to pay contribution to the government.

Wallace: It’s no accident Pianissima came from Pianoso, and Pianosa from Pilarka, right?

Anna: No, for sure.

Wallace: That’s the way Polish breeding happens. When

I interviewed Madame Chazel last November, I asked if she could resurrect two deceased horses, who would they be and why?” She said, “One time I was judging the European championships, and a white Polish mare came into the ring, and at the end of the class, I looked down at my score card and I had never scored her. I forgot to score her. I just gazed at her.” I said, “Pilarka?” “Yes, Pilarka.”

Anna: Wow. When my ex-bosses blamed me and Marek for Pianissima’s death, I was was in pain at this time, because nobody ask, “How does it happen that she was born?” Everybody blamed him that she died.

Wallace: Marek asked for Gazal Al Shaqab, didn’t he? Anna: Absolutely. I remember the time when we were judging together in Qatar, and we saw for the first time both stallions, Al Adeed Al Shaqab and Gazal. I was really impressed with Al Adeed. He won at this time. Marek said, “Look at the bay one.” Later on, we recognized that he’s out of the Polish Kajora.

Wallace: And comes from Elora. Anna: Yes. The pedigree comes from the Polish line. He said at this time, “We need to use him in Poland. We have to have him in Poland.” Like you said, that is not by accident. How does it happen that this guy creates such a beauty like Pianissima? Everybody blames him now why she died.

Wallace: The other thing is, when you look back at Pilarka,

and she had Pianola, who passed away, who was gorgeous. I saw Pipi and Pina. When you look at the production record of Pina, it’s really not ... meaning, sometimes they’re just so hard.

Anna: It is. Wallace: Pina has all these colts, and she has Pianoso.

They know enough to treasure that. My concern is will these treasures be treasured? Will they be understood? Will they be kept? Meaning, Pianoso was bay out of two grays, and different-looking than Pina or Eucalyptus. These are master breeders. They know you take that, you keep that. Lo and behold comes Pianola. I remember when Marek Trela said, “Ghazal to Kajora to Elora.” He knew. He brought her. He co-created with mother nature.

Anna: As you said, it’s so difficult with Pianissima. She was

like a final product. It was really hard to get something better out of her. It was even impossible. Everybody ask, “How many foals does she have left?” “Nine.” “Is anything better than her?” “No.” She was just, like you said, a treasure.

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Wallace: Great breeders will say, “Just keep the daughters,

just keep them. No matter what they look like, you just keep them.” I do think it has been a blessing that Marek has gotten from Pianissima and her daughters, four or five Pogrom fillies. That little collection, you know one day double Piewica, you know one day something will come about.

Anna: Yeah, I believe so. Wallace: Do you wish them well? Anna: I wish well to the Polish breeding, really. When it

happened, the three of us ... We never ask what will happen with us. It was only one concern, absolutely and honestly. What will happen with the breeding? What will happen with the Polish breeding? I hope that my son will have a chance to also see Polish horses winning at the shows.

Wallace: How old is he? Anna: Fourteen. Wallace: What is his name?

Wallace: She embodies her mother and all that’s behind her. Anna: She is very much like her mother. Wallace: I’ll tell you one last thing. Speaking of her mother,

I was spending the day with Director Jaworowski, it was 1985, and Emigrantka and Esklawa were both on their mother’s side. All of a sudden, we walk out, and Esklawa is circling her mother, and Ekstaza was throwing herself on the ground, and they were whipping her on the neck. I didn’t know enough then, but Director Jaworowski says, “Let’s go see the Wieza, son.” I wanted to see Wieza’s Cognac colt, because Doctor LaCroix had sent her back in foal to the colt. He didn’t want to stay, but I didn’t realize. Off we go on the cart. We come back two hours later, and he opens the gates, and a groom comes running with a smile. Director Jaworowski, he says, “She’s okay?” “Yes, she’s okay.” I didn’t know a lot about horses then. We go in, she’s eating, and Esklawa is nursing, as if nothing had ever happened. That was the day I met Esklawa. She was four or five months old.

Anna: Jan.

Anna: Wow.

Wallace: That is your treasure.

Wallace: Those mares revolutionized the Michalów program,

Anna: He’s the best thing to have happened to me in my life. Thanks to him I’m still keeping myself in control, and I’m still alive.

Wallace: Thank you for everything you’ve done for the Polish Arabian horse, and for the breed. We are a collection of people who know exactly what that is and we appreciate it.

Anna: I should thank all those who have been … Sorry. Wallace: That’s okay. Thank you very much, Anna. Anna: I promised you to keep ... Wallace: I expected you to get emotional ... I cry sometimes

over those horses in the oddest moments, meaning ... I walked to Al Zobair last year, and I had two carrots in my hand, but I was talking, I was paying no attention.

Anna: Look at me. I’m judging I don’t know how many shows in a year, and it’s happened to me always, that when some horses appear, I’m crying. Three days ago, when Salwa Al Zobair came to the show ground, I was crying like a baby. She’s one of my favorite mares. I love her.

the daughters of Eucalyptus.

Anna: Absolutely. Wallace: They did. And Salwa, is a vision of that, the carriage. Anna: Yeah. In the history of Polish breeding, there are

always some fantastic stallions which change the breeding, like Eucalyptus, Monogramm, Gazal, Probat, Comet …

Wallace: Nabor. Anna: Nabor. Wallace: You are a delight. Thank you for being willing to do this.

Anna: Thank you very much.

The full, uncut emotional interview can be found here:

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AmAteur Spotlight ... COTTON MCNUTT

How long have you been involved with Arabian horses? My older sister, Crystal, started riding Arabians when I was two. I began riding around the age of five. I competed as a youth rider. I took a break during college and while living overseas (~12 years), but I started competing again when I returned to the U.S. about 5 years ago. What disciplines have you and are competing in? As a youth rider, I competed in a variety of events, but since returning to showing, I have mainly focused on reining with the occasional venture into horsemanship, equitation, and one of my new favorites, limited reined cow.   What is your favorite riding style? Western.   If you come from a long line of family involved with the Arabian horse, what does it mean to carry this tradition on? My dad got my sister involved first with Arabians, and I am very lucky and honored to have her as my best friend and trainer. I love being part of the Arabian industry so I can interact with others that share the same love and passion. It inspires and rejuvenates me.    Who is your favorite horse you have ever owned? If I had to pick one horse, it would be my buckskin Half-Arabian reiner, Miss Maximus, who we call M&M. She is a big girl who sometimes gives me attitude, but she is trustworthy and has helped me really build my confidence in the ring. She has been the horse that has pushed me to learn new things, while at the same time never letting me down. She has been the ultimate

teacher, and we will keep her forever. I cannot wait for her to teach my brother’s daughter, Mackenzie, to ride.   If there was one horse you could have or own, whom would it be and why? Custom Gale. He is a phenomenal reiner who takes your breath away by the way he moves through the show ring. I know this is cheesy, but it is poetic to watch him. I’ve been lucky enough to spin him one time and all I can say is, ‘WOW!’ and thanks Joe Betten (the owner).   How many horse events do you attend a year? I try to attend three events a year: Scottsdale, a regional event, and U.S. Nationals. I wish I could do more, but with work, work trips, and travel with my husband, it is all I can manage.   What is your favorite horse event and why? Reining!! It is an absolute rush. I also like that it is scored, so you know what you did well and not so well each and every time.   Aside from horses, what is some of your favorite hobbies? Spending time with my husband and hairless

Cotton (up) and Crystal, ages 4 and 6.

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Cotton on All Maxed Out RA.

dog, Se Señor Guapo, and friends and family. I also enjoy working out, brunching and reading. What would be one thing our readers would be surprised to know about you? My dad named me after the Cotton Bowl. He is a huge University of Texas fan, and when I was born, the Cotton Bowl was THE game.    If there is one person you could thank in this world, who would it be and why? My sister, Crystal, has taught me everything I need to know about horses. I might be biased, but she is such an amazing trainer—who can prep my horses to fit my skills and quirks, even when I cannot make it to Arizona to practice. She also has a way of keeping me focused, grounded and always laughing.    How do you see your involvement in the Arabian horse business 15 years from now? I would love to be able to continue to compete, breed a few horses a year with my sister, get a judge’s card, and increase my involvement in the different Arabian organizations available that support our industry. n Cotton and Crystal. Ar abian Horse Times | 113 | Volume 46, No. 11



February 7, 2016. Almost 7:00 p.m. EST, 4:00 in Santa Clara, Calif., where the 50th Super Bowl is about to get under way—as soon as the teams are introduced. The Carolina Panthers have taken the field, and now it is time for the Denver Broncos. In a tunnel beneath Levi’s Stadium, television cameras sidle up behind quarterback Peyton Manning, shooting out onto the field over a sea of white-clad shoulders and navy helmets. Up front, a few yards ahead of the players, stands a silver-grey Arabian horse, his face nudged against his owner’s chest. He is at ease, even as blasts of flame from two pyro towers burst in the air above him. The horse’s rider watches CBS’s field technician like a hawk. Wearing headphones, his gaze averted, he has yet even to make eye contact with her. And then he focuses on her and shouts, “Go, Go, Thunder! Thunder!” And from zero to 60, Thunder goes—for a few steps at a canter and then in a full-blown run—through what would be a nightmare for an ordinary horse. Smoke from the exploding balls of fire billows over the field, flags flap on poles and two lines of lithe Denver cheerleaders hold metallic orange pompoms. In the saddle, his rider pumps her arm and yells exuberantly—and Thunder runs, fearless, beautiful and headlong, leading his team onto the field to the deafening roar of nearly 71,100 football fanatics. Unlike everyone else in the stadium, Ann Judge, Thunder’s partner and trainer, cannot really savor the one-of-a-kind emotion of the moment. Her partner is a horse, with a genetically build-in flight instinct, and no matter how well-trained he is, that heritage cannot be discounted. So, she and Sharon Magness Blake, Thunder’s owner and a handler at games, have cultivated detachment. “I love football,” says Judge, “but as long as we’re on that field with a 1,000-pound horse, around people who not only don’t have any understanding of horses, but really aren’t even aware of him a lot of times, we never let our guard down, even in the real exciting games. [I need to] feel everything Thunder is feeling and sense what he is thinking, and tap into what he needs from me. That’s my most important job.” That makes reflection later even sweeter. “I love the pictures,” Judge says. “I’m never surprised, but there is just humble

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Thunder III, symbol of the Denver Broncos, leads his team out at Super Bowl 50. Owned by Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, he is officially Me N Myshadow (Monarch AH x Espoliera, by *Gondolier). Photo by Eric Bakke. Ar abian Horse Times | 115 | Volume 46, No. 11

was doing more showing,” she observes. “But I’ve learned more about horses and honoring them, and how incredibly brilliant they are, from the opportunity I’ve been given to do what I do with the Thunders.”

Photo by Rudy Mendiola.

So, did the human members of the team ever have time to appreciate being on the field for a landmark Super Bowl? They did, but only after taking care of their horse. The NFL does not allow Thunder, who gallops the field at home every time the Broncos score, to do more than lead the team at Super Bowl. After he had done his job, Judge and Blake drove him to his weekend hotel—the historic Red Barn at Stanford University—and bedded him down for the night. Then they returned to the stadium and used their passes.

Broncos 24, Panthers 10!

astonishment when I see them. His eyes are bright and he’s on a loose, draped rein because you don’t have to hold him or guide him. You just kind of cluck to him and off you go—but it’s very controlled. If I want him to go fast, he does, or if I want him to go slow, he does. He’s just so faithful and so secure.”

“The moment the scoreboard went to 0 and they let all the confetti down, I was in some other world,” Judge smiles. “It was a moment I have seared in my heart—I’ll never, ever forget it. It was so joyous, and I felt like I’d been a part of something huge. It was not just that it was the Super Bowl and we won—I felt like because I was the ‘horse girl,’ I had done something with a horse that was spectacular.” n

At Super Bowl 50, there was an added sense of accomplishment. Unlike in his previous Super Bowl appearance or on his home field in Denver, Thunder was given no chance to become familiar with the setting. The day that he might have practiced, the halftime acts had rehearsed for so long that the grass was flat and a machine was aerating the sod. For the 16-year-old Arabian, even the surface he ran on was brand new to him. Judge, who has trained Thunder since he was 3, appreciates his go-forward attitude. An accomplished trainer who operates “a boutique barn” and has shown often at the national level, she took over training the Thunders (there have been three, all owned by Sharon Magness Blake and her husband, Ernie Blake) almost 20 years ago from Tom Hudson. “I thought I was a pretty good horseman when I

Thunder’s duties off the field include such jobs as television appearances, visiting schools, carrying the U.S. flag and more.

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AHT Abroad

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Ziggy Wellens and Hariry Al Shaqab.

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A TOUCH OF ST YLE Z i g g y We l l e n s How long have you been associated with the Arabian horse industry? My journey in the Arabian horse industry started in 2011 after I completed my studies. What made you choose photography? The creation of memories so I can look back at them in the future.   Where did you go to school or how did you learn your craft? I am a self-taught photographer that wanted to learn and improve my skill. When I first started, I read articles, tutorials and watched videos about all the different aspects of photography to learn the technical side of taking a good photograph. After understanding this, I would take my gear and just go out to different locations which provide me with specific settings of light, circumstances and subjects to practice what I have learned. It might take longer to learn everything this way, I am sure, but I am also confident that when you learn a passion on your own pace, you will remember it better in the future.   When it comes to your photography, what would describe your sense of style? I am unsure if ‘style’ would be the right way of naming it, as in the end, I do not want to end up taking similar photographs over and over, but instead, want to improve and bring change as much as we can. I think a strong composition of the subject and good lighting is essential to create an interesting balance in a photograph. I do, myself, like vibrant, colorful photographs with quite some contrast which draws you into the subject. Or, in my black and white photography, I truly love to have the deep blacks contrasting with some bright white highlights, creating interest in the scenery at hand.

Have you been involved with various different aspects of the Arabian horse industry? Please share your road of travel through it. Yes, photography is actually just a hobby of mine, which I have been fortuned with to be able to incorporate into my current job. I have been involved with horses since childhood, mainly Quarter and Paint horses at the time. Always I was wondering if there would be an opportunity to make a career of working with horses. In 2011, after completing my studies, a cousin of mine, Hendrik Mens, the manager of Al Nasser Stud (Qatar), helped me to get in touch with Giacomo Capacci Arabians. It is here where my journey started. I worked with Giacomo as a groom to learn about the Arabian horse, the training, the daily care that is required, and what’s involved in the Arabian horse industry. It is at that moment when the light truly sparked and my interest started blooming to learn more. After half a year, we went to the 2011 World Championships with one of my favorite stallions— and still to this day—Kahil Al Shaqab, who was named World Champion Jr. Colt, making it a truly exciting start of my journey.

Photos by Ziggy Wellens. Right: Amir Al Shaqab

Amir Al Shaqab

Next I wanted to seek opportunities in the U.S., where I was able to get in touch with Robin Hopkinson Equine Management, who at the time was working for Bill and Nan Bensyl of Blue Star Farms; truly lovely people and a gorgeous farm where I stayed for the start of 2012. It is here where my skills once again improved by learning how to prepare the horses for the show in the way of schooling, show clipping, training and more.

Adnan De Jylbert

Having had the opportunity to work with some truly inspirational people in Europe and the U.S., I wanted to explore more and decided to look in the Middle East. I was able to get in touch with Mohammed Al Sulaiti and Broderick Levens of Al Shaqab, who decided to provide me with the opportunity to take care of a selection of their horses. Now I am part of a large dedicated team here at Al Shaqab taking care of over 300 horses.  When you brand something to market, what do you feel is the most important aspect to take into consideration? Honesty. And now I am more specifically talking about the Arabian horse photography aspect, as I think one should do their absolute best to enhance the look of a horse through preparation, training and the use of the best possible light and scenery. However, what I will not do, is make any alteration to a horse’s conformation in the final post-editing. What photographs have you taken in the Arabian horse industry that you are most proud of and is there a favorite Arabian horse that you have photographed and why?

White Silkk


My horse photography is still recent, I would say. However, there are a few special moments that have past, that create that moment when you just look at your screen and say, ‘Wow!’ Some of my photographs of Farhoud Al Shaqab, Ghasham Al Shaqab and Amir Al Shaqab are amongst my favorites so far. As the stallions are located at Al Shaqab, I and the team have a close connection to them, providing us with the ability to capture them in a different way than how they have been previously photographed—showing them at the best time, and choosing the superior location and setting for each individual to ensure the best results.

The Leopard Lacewing Butterfly (Cethosia cyane).

Also in my job, I am responsible of taking care of the mares and their newborn foals. This gives me the opportunity to truly get to know the foals individually. After a short while, the foals will start to get more confident and truly blossom, and this is when one can start to see their individual characters; seeing how they interact with the people, other foals and their mothers, giving me the opportunity to select the best moment and scenery for each individual and truly showcase them at their best. In the end, it is all about taking that special moment and creating a story between the horse and its surroundings. What has the Arabian horse industry provided for you? The ability for me to grow my greatest passion into a career.

Ghasham Al Shaqab

Below: Doha, Qatat.


Little Venice in Colmar, France.

Where do you get your inspiration from? I love to see what other people, outside of the equine industry, are able to create and wonder what the story is behind their photographs—the subject, the location, the photographer. Quite often there will be that special moment, a certain technique or gorgeous effect, which really intrigues me and gets me to try and incorporate this influence in my personal work, to keep improving and reinventing and showcase that story of a moment in time. What is your favorite part of what you do? It’s the whole concept that intrigues me, the progress of creating a beautiful photograph through my personal vision and sharing it with the world I absolutely love. But afterwards, seeing the response it receives can be extremely rewarding and can give me the inspiration to hopefully excel in my next work.  

Left: Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris.

Who would you like to photograph for? There are so many truly extraordinary horses around the world and I would love to get the chance to capture every one of them. Do your subjects speak to you? A hard question to put into words. I do guess, that in a way they do.   What is your perfect day? A busy day.   If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? Passionate … and my colleagues say they TOTALLY AGREE!   How do you like to spend your time away from work? Trying to find interesting places to get my next photograph, either locally or through future travel. n

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Stars OF 2016

In the Arabian business, a young person, especially a rising star,

yearns for the respect, show ring experience, connections, and the

general wisdom that a seasoned trainer has earned. Longing for the days when their star is finally “risen,� these up-and-comers are well

aware of the one thing that makes up for experience—work ethic. In their hopeful journey to the top, these young horsemen are hungry

for respect and success, which fuels the long hours spent in the barn. In a young life that could have taken any direction, they chose the horse world. Vociferous with passion and enthusiasm and try, the

rising stars of 2016 set out to do big things in the evolution of the Arabian breed.

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Michael Carpio Royal Arabians Years in the industry: 20+ Divisions competing in: Halter

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? My next door neighbor had a small Arabian farm. My family bought a gelding and that became the first of many! Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? I showed a little in amateur halter when I was a youth, but started training at a young age, so didn’t do much at the youth and amateur level.  Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? Chris Anckersen really encouraged me when I was a young groom, to start training. I was around 16 and I quickly fell in love with doing it! Working later with Michael Byatt, really solidified my desire to do it at a professional level. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? In college I realized that I didn’t want to sit at a desk. I really enjoyed being outside with the horses and it was the one true thing I was really passionate about.

What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I have never owned a pair of boots or wranglers!   

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Rising Stars

Priscilla Cluff

GRK Farms Years in the industry: 30 Divisions competing in: Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure and Halter

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? I got my introduction to the Arabian horse when I got my first part-Arabian at ten years of age. I fell in love with her loyalty, kindness, and spirit. Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? I showed my first purebred Arabian horse as a youth at the 4-H level. I would go watch the Arabian shows, hoping one day I would be showing there. I did not show long as an amateur, I started giving lessons right away to make money to help pay for my horse. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? I have had a few instrumental people help me along the way. My first trainer, Paula Tomlinson, allowed me to pick up rocks in her pasture in trade for lessons. My friends, the Nottingham family, supported me in 4-H and hauled my horse to and from shows. Billie Heseltine gave me my start as a trainer. Through her, many doors opened for me. Gary Kehl has given me more opportunities than I can count. I’ve been training for him for 15 years and I have loved every minute of it. He is breeding some amazing horses and the future is very bright! Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? I chose to be an Arabian horse trainer because I wanted to do what I love. I know I would work hardest at doing what I love, and it’s true, I do work hard! What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that my husband and I will be celebrating 20 years of marriage this summer. He is very supportive behind the scenes (meaning, usually from home). Also, people may be surprised to know that I play the organ at church and I have a koi tank with about 20 beautiful koi in my basement.

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Justin Cowden

Royal Arabians Years in the industry: 20 Divisions competing in: Hunter, Western and English Pleasure, Show Hack

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? I grew up in a small ranching town in Northern Nevada where my late grandfather was a cattle rancher and avid Arabian horse enthusiast. He bred primarily to Polish and Crabbett bloodlines and gave me my first Arabian mare when I was 5 years old. Even from a super young age I remember being drawn to Arabians for their beauty, athleticism, and unique personalities. A few years later, a large Arabian breeding and show facility was built behind our property by the name of R-A Aloha Arabians, owned by Rose Taylor. It was pretty cool to be able to walk out our back door growing up to see pastures full of Rose’s great Fame VF daughters and their foals. Many of those horses produced some pretty monumental horses in the breed.       Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? I showed locally with 4-H growing up and moved into showing on the Class A, Regional, and National level my last few years as a Youth exhibitor. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? Cari Thompson. I started grooming for her when I was 15 and worked my way up to being her assistant trainer by the time I moved to Scottsdale in 2010. After being pretty much completely self-taught and a little rough around the edges up until that point, she was the one who helped mold me as a horseman and taught me a lot about patience, feel and showmanship. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? Doing anything else wasn’t really an option for me, I always knew that this was a job I could be completely happy with doing long term. I truly love going to work every day and getting to do what I love the most. What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? Both my parents were police officers; my mom even attended the FBI Academy at Quantico. Needless to say, I didn’t get away with a whole lot.

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Rising Stars

Gabriel DeSoto Vicki Humphrey Training Center Years in the industry: 14 Divisions competing in: English

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? Local trainer in Tucson, Vicki Davison, introduced me to my first English Arabian at age 12, and I started showing Arabians from then on.   Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? I did show as a youth a little bit, but never Youth Nationals, just regionals. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? I would say my mother. I loved going to horse shows with her and helping her by working her horse and getting it ready and what not. It prepared me for working for someone and made me appreciate those that have helped me. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? I love the atmosphere of horse shows and

the hard work and dedication I have for this sport is too great to not focus completely on it. What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I had spinal meningitis when I was 7 months old, and as a result, I am completely deaf in my left ear and have about 60-50% hearing left in my right. Hint as to why I say “huh?”

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Anna Filleti

North Arabians LLC Years in the industry: Since I was able to participate in Lead Line Divisions competing in: Almost all aspects of Sport Horse, including Dressage and Jumping. Also Western and Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, Trail and Halter How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? My mother had a few horses including an Arabian since before I was born. So you could say I was born into loving Arabian horses.        Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? Yes, I got my start as a youth at the local non-rated shows around the Baltimore area and also competed at the Arabian shows. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? Dianne Grod. She was the trainer when I was an apprentice at Al-Marah Arabians. She believed in my talent, especially with the young horses, and pushed me to be better every day. To this day she continues to do so, and without her help and guidance I would not be where I am today.   Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? I truly cannot see myself doing anything else with my life and career at this moment. This has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl, and now I am living out that passion. Being an Arabian horse trainer opens my life to new adventures every day. I have been lucky enough to work for some of the biggest

names in the Arabian industry, from Al-Marah Arabians starting as an apprentice in 2007 and being asked to stay on full-time as an Assistant Trainer in 2009. Then moving to California and working as an Assistant Trainer for Kristen Hardin for 3 years with Arabians and also getting some insight of the Open Jumper world. I then took the position as Head Trainer at North Arabians in Ramona, California in 2015, breaking and training the under saddle horses and promoting them to sell.  What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? In high school I studied art and theater. I got accepted to the Californian Institute of the Arts for stage management in theater. After my first year of college, I decided that I truly missed the horses and applied to be an apprentice at Al-Marah Arabians. I still have a love for art and continue embracing that part of my life.   

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Rising Stars

Katie Garland

Garland’s Years in the industry: Showing for 18 and training for 6 Divisions competing in: English, Country, Hunter and Western Pleasure

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? By my dad at a very young age. I can remember watching him ride and train when I was younger. Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? Yes, I have been showing horses for as long as I can remember. I still remember showing SF Georgia in lead line at Youth Nationals in 1998.  Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? I would have to say my dad; without him I would have never been able to do so many of the things I cherish today. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? Ever since I was a little girl watching my dad show, I knew that I wanted to be a horse trainer. I couldn’t think of any other way I would want to spend my days, but with all these beautiful horses. I am living the dream. The Arabian horse industry is like no other, we are all like a close knit family and I couldn’t imagine not having all

of these people in my life—it definitely wouldn’t be the same! What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? Back in high school I was quite the athlete. I ran track, cheered, danced, and rode horses. You name it, I probably did it!

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Nestor Gonzalez Aljassimya Farm Years in the industry: 11 Divisions competing in: Hunter and Western Pleasure

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? I loved horses and got a job opportunity with Cynthia Burkman. Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? No. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? I was inspired by Cynthia Burkman. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? Because of my love for Arabian horses. It’s exciting when people think of Aljassimya Farm they most likely think of their World Champion halter horses, but I have the opportunity to be training their first performance horses.  What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? When I was young I dreamed of being a jockey; I love horse racing, but grew too big!

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Rising Stars

Lauren Grabski Oak Haven Arabians Years in the industry: 13 Divisions competing in: Hunter and Saddle Seat

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? My mom actually introduced me to the Arabian horse. She has always loved horses, and we always owned trail horses. However, she always admired the Arabian breed for their intelligence and versatility and wanted to pursue showing. She met Blake Krohn of Oak Haven and began to get her toes wet and decided that I should come out and ride an Arabian at least once. After one ride on Hucks High Esteem, I was hooked!  Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? I showed as a youth rider starting at around 12 years old. I started showing saddle seat horses first and loved the excitement of English. However, as I got older and developed my skills, I fell in love with the hunter division and the technical aspect of it. I also showed as an amateur for about 4 years while I was working towards my college degree in finance and human resources (a parental suggestion)!  Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? I’d have to say my parents. My dad always told me that “if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” They have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and to do what makes me happy, because life is short. The only thing they wanted me to do before starting a horse career was to go to college so that I would always have a backup plan in case I ever got hurt.  Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? This is my passion. I love all animals and getting to work with the most amazing one every day of my life is truly a blessing. It’s an amazing privilege to form a bond with an animal for a living. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I guess I would say that before being a part of this industry I was not really a people person. However, the Arabian community is such an amazing group of individuals that I have really come out of my shell and formed strong bonds with people. From clients to other trainers, I am so blessed to have the opportunity to know these people and be included in such a great community. 

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Grant Krohn

RBC Show Horses Years in the industry: Born into Divisions competing in: English, Halter and Driving

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? Both of my parents, Blake and Genna Krohn, have been showing horses since they were young adults. I am very lucky and blessed to have been born into horses, but also have parents who understand and share my passion for them.  Did you show Arabian horses at the youth and amateur level? I showed horses growing up as a youth, but once I aged out of youth I became a professional and did not show at the amateur level.  Who was the most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? My father has always been the one who believed in me and allowed me to follow my dreams. Whenever I am in a rut, he is the first one I call and his advice means so much to me.  Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? It is in my blood! It has been what I wanted to do since I was a little kid. I always admired my father when I was growing up that he got to play in the barn all day while I went to school.  What would be one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I really enjoy cooking! I might not be that great at it, but it is a fun hobby! 

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Rising Stars

Jonathan Meyer

Rhapsody in Blue Stables Years in the industry: Since July 13, 1995, with me in my dad’s arms jogging down the aisle on a western horse when I was three days old, so 20 years now. Divisions competing in: Halter, English, Western and Hunter Pleasure How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? My parents are Arabian trainers and have had a show barn since the ‘70’s. Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? Only at the Youth level. As soon as I aged out, I moved right in to being a professional. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? Both of my parents really, they were there every step of the way, and helped me be a better person and a better horseman. They’ve sacrificed a lot for me to take horses to wins at the regional and national levels. They always tried to have good horses for me to train, start to finish, and they’ve put me in touch with some of the best people in our industry. Some of the “greats” have been a big key in helping me develop my program. I’m pretty fortunate to have such a good support network.

Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? It’s incredibly rewarding to work with a horse and rider or handler and see them come together enjoying the time together. Besides, a horse trained to the ultimate level, is truly something great. How many people can say they did something genuinely great in their lifetime? Winning top ten in the U.S. Nationals Futurity Stallions class this past October with SW Ovation was an inspiring event for me. My family owns the horse and seeing Mom and Dad’s excitement as well as his breeders, Charles and LeAnne Moseley, was confirmation I’m in the right profession. What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I’m colorblind! That makes the whole ribbon thing easier.  

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Hews Oldham

Vicki Humphrey Training Center Years in the industry: 9 Divisions competing in: Country, English and Park

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? I was introduced to the Arabian horse by my riding instructor, Cindi Murch. At the farm we were at, there were a lot of different kinds of horses, but for some reason I always was drawn towards the Arabians. Finally, Cindi introduced me to her brother, Brian Murch, and then she brought me to Vicki Humphrey Training Center because it was near our place. The rest is history! Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? I only showed Arabians at the Youth level and decided to go professional this past year when I aged out of Youth. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? There are two people that have been extremely instrumental in me becoming a horse trainer, Vicki Humphrey and Jessica Clinton. Not only because they are the people I really learned how to train horses from, but because

they were the people whom have always wanted to see me do well and exceed at being a horse trainer. It is the trainers that have a million things to do but always make sure they have time to help you and steer you down the right path that make it work. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? There never really was a question about doing something else. There is nothing quite like the Arabian community, the horses and people involved that really showed me there is nothing I would rather be doing. Then once I started riding and working with the Arabian horse I knew this is what I wanted to do.  What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? My parents don’t know a thing about horses, in fact my dad is actually petrified of them. They don’t know where I came from!

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Rising Stars

Nicole Perry

Kiesner Training Years in the industry: 15 Divisions competing in: English, Country, Hunter, Show Hack and Side Saddle 

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? Margaret Rich gave me my first riding lesson. Her farm is mainly made up of Arabians both showing and those retired. I was so fortunate to fall in love with Arabian horses from day one.  Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? I was so fortunate to show at both.  Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? So many people have helped me get this far in my career. My parents have been amazing and so supportive through all my crazy life choices. Kimberly VerHage was instrumental in my move to Tennessee and my move from amateur to professional. The Kiesners have supported me since day one of my professional career. I can’t thank them enough for always having my back. I feel so fortunate to have so many people supporting me.

Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? I went to college to give another career a try. But when I found myself running off to every horse show I could, I realized that horses were my passion and I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I’m pretty much an open book, but I do have to say I’m super excited to be getting married this November!  

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Lindsay Rinehart

Trotwood Farm, LLC Years in the industry: 20 Divisions competing in: Saddle Seat, Halter, Hunter, Western and Specialty

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? From the beginning, I was a horse crazy girl. When I was 6 years old my parents allowed me to take riding lessons. The local farm just so happened to be a Class “A” Arabian show barn and the rest is history!     Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? Yes. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? Horses have always been my drive and passion. When I was younger, I actually wanted to be a wildlife biologist. The more I learned about riding, showing, raising and training horses, the more I became hooked. Horses then became the only thing I wanted to do. The horse industry is tough, especially as a young trainer who isn’t from a horse family or horse trainer’s kid, however, my love and passion has kept me going and the relationships and opportunities I’ve gained through the Arabian horse are priceless.  Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? The Arabian horse is the only breed that you can do just about every type of discipline: saddle seat, driving, side saddle, western, hunter pleasure, halter, jumping, reining, working cow, dressage, and much more! The Arabian horse is a “one stop shop” for many disciplines, I love their versatility and no other breed of horse can offer that versatility all the while being so beautiful! What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I love archery and am a huge bow hunter.  

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Rising Stars

McKenzie Tobeck

Tobeck Performance Horses Years in the industry: 18 Divisions competing in: English Pleasure, Country English Pleasure, Show Hack, Driving, Hunter and Western Pleasure How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? My mom was involved with the Arabian horse when she was young and decided to get back into it when I was a young girl. Since I was already horse crazy, I ended up getting my own horse shortly after she did, and the rest is history.        Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? Yes, even though I always knew I was going to be a horse trainer, I wanted to attend a university first. I showed as an amateur while I completed my Business Degree. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? My parents, Mike Whelihan and Greg Harris. My parents have provided me with unending support, opportunities and guidance, which I am so thankful for. Mike has taught me for most of my life. He has given me so many opportunities and has spent countless hours passing down priceless knowledge to me that I am so thankful for. Greg has also spent a lot of time giving me lessons and teaching me through the years, and has

shown me that there is always time for horse trainers to have fun. I know that without these people in my life, I would not be the horsewoman I am today and I feel so lucky to have had each of them in my life. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? Training horses and helping people achieve their dreams is something that I just can’t stay away from, it’s addicting! Arabian horse training also always offers something new, and no day is the same because you are working with something that is alive. After a lot of thought, I just found that there was no other profession that would make me as excited to wake up every day as this one. What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I love school and learning. Even during summer and winter breaks, I would always have a biography to read or some sort of lecture to listen to. My close friends and family always poke fun at me for my backpack because I take it everywhere with me!

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Alisoun Turner

JT Keller Performance Horses Years in the industry: 16 Divisions competing in: Hunter and Western Pleasure

How did you get your introduction to the Arabian horse? My first experience riding was at a 3-Day Eventing barn on a purebred Arabian. “Holiday” introduced me to the versatility, athleticism and tenacity of the Arabian breed. He has always held a soft spot in my heart. Little did I know, I would be reintroduced to the breed as an adult.   Did you show Arabian horses at the Youth and Amateur level? No, I showed 3-Day Eventers as a youth and all through college. Who was most instrumental in you becoming a horse trainer? My first riding instructor, Martha Galep, taught me that there was much more to horses than just riding. She was tough, strict, and had high expectations. She taught her students to put the welfare of the horses first. She pushed her students to be the best horsemen (or horsewomen) and riders that they could be. Her ability to nurture kids in their love of horses combined with her own dedication inspired me to pursue a career as a horse trainer. Why did you choose to be an Arabian horse trainer vs. another profession? From a very young age I was determined to make horses my career. I was introduced to the Arabian industry after college. As a lesson instructor at Westridge Farms, I was able to combine my passion for horses with bringing kids into the horse industry. While watching the relationship between the Arabian horse and rider grow, I was hooked. I fell in love with their beauty, elegance and intelligence. What would be one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? In my spare time I like to repurpose old furniture and junk. n

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Photography by: Osteen Schatzberg Design by: mickĂŠandoliver

Congratulations to Nester Gonzalez Aljassimya Farm’s young performance trainer on our first win at Scottsdale, in the Arabian Hunter Pleasure Maiden.

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Taking our horses forward as complete Arabians

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Amateur to Professional:

Hews Oldham

Vicki Humphrey Training Center

How old were you when you first started riding? I didn’t start riding until I was 6 years old, which was the age minimum for places around our home to take lessons at. When I was about four, my sister, Hannah, took riding lessons at a farm near our house. I would beg my mom to take me out to the barn every time she had a lesson, and if she didn’t, I would throw a tantrum. She started a “behavior chart,” which was proudly displayed on our refrigerator; if I misbehaved or talked back, no barn for me that week, and if I was well behaved, then I could watch my sister ride. It didn’t take but one time of missing the barn for me to start acting like a little angel … when they were watching, of course! For my sixth birthday, I asked for a horse back riding lesson. My parents found riding

instructor, Cindi Murch, and took me for my one lesson. That one lesson turned into my passion, my life, and my job. Are your parents involved in horses at all? They are not. Growing up in a family which revolved around football and having a dad who is petrified of horses, everybody wonders where I came from, but I think it is the best thing that has happened to me. My parents are both extremely supportive and unbelievably proud of who I have become and what I am doing with my life. They always told me they didn’t care what I did as long as it made me happy and this is it. People often ask, “What do your parents think about you becoming a horse trainer?” and when I tell them how

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trainer.” In my opinion, there is something so special about the Arabian horse that draws you in and I knew I had to be a part of it. Tell us an average day for you at work? There really is no “average” day. Every day is different, whether it is just riding horses, giving lessons, raking arenas, making sure the horses are taken care of, being a vet, or being a psychiatrist, there are no two days that are exactly the same. When you become a horse trainer, you realize very quickly that horse training part is a very small part of the whole. What is something someone would be surprised to know about you? I’m pretty much an open book, but a lot of people don’t know that my real name isn’t Hews, but Harry. My full name is Harry Matthews Oldham IV, so with four of us, my dad goes by “Matt” and I go by “Hews.” What one moment in the show ring would you like to relive and why? If I have to choose one, it would be my win in Arabian Country JTR 14-18 at Youth Nationals my final year. There were so many things that led up to that class and so many emotions that went into it. It was my last class as a youth rider, my last class as an amateur, it was on Saturday evening, and my parents who don’t make it to a lot of horse shows were there to cheer me on. When they called my name as National Champion, my parents got to run into the arena and hold my trophy. There has never been a better feeling. Every star aligned and my hard work paid off. It was magical for me and I will never forget what that moment felt like as long as I live. supportive and how cool they think it is, people are usually shocked, but in my eyes that is what makes them so awesome. When did you know you wanted to be an Arabian horse trainer? I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an Arabian horse trainer. When I was in elementary school and people asked the typical, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” question, I didn’t just say a “horse trainer” I always said an “Arabian horse

What does the Arabian industry mean to you? The Arabian horse industry is my life. I have made some unbelievable friendships and have relationships with people that I would not have dreamed of without the Arabian. It is amazing to take a step back and look at all of the people that it takes, and to see how many people are there to support you and would do whatever it took to see you succeed. I have been so fortunate to be able to call the people in the Arabian horse industry family. I am lucky to be able to meet new people each and every day.

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As a trainer at Vicki Humphrey Training, how have Vicki, Jess and Gabe influenced your life and career? I am very lucky to feel like I am a part of the family. Vicki and Jess are a very, very big part of who I am today, not only in the show ring, but out of it. Just about everything I have learned since day one of becoming a horse trainer has come from Vicki or Jess, and when Gabe came, I received yet another great horseman to help shape me into the trainer I want to be. I believe that they want me to be the absolute best that I can be. I will forever be grateful, and love the family I have become a part of. As you begin your first show season as a trainer, what are you most looking forward to? The fun of seeing what happens and where this industry takes me in life. What are some of the positives you have found about showing/training Arabian horses? The Arabian horse is not like any other. It is their intelligence and the way they go about things that is special. Arabian horse trainers get to work with some of the most unbelievable animals every day. As far as showing goes, I’ve done many different divisions, but there is something about trotting into an arena on an English horse with music playing and people cheering that no one can explain— you have to feel it for yourself. Who else has mentored you in the Arabian industry? Without Cindi Murch, I wouldn’t even know what an Arabian horse was and my life would be drastically different. Cindi saw something in me from the very beginning and was always pushing me harder than everyone else. It didn’t matter if I would come crying to her asking why she was being so much more tough on me, or if my mom wanted to know why she would pay someone so much money for me to ride around in a circle; Cindi always just sat back, rode the storm, and kept pushing some more. After years of riding in her lesson program, she brought me to Strawberry Banks in New York where I met Brian Murch and saw some amazing horses. Cindi then brought me to Vicki’s, which was close to my house, and I was in heaven.

What is the best advice you’ve received from someone in the industry? One time someone told me that everybody has their way of doing things, and everyone’s way might work for them, but I have to find the way that works for me. I have to try new things and put my special touch on things. It is something I think about every day with every horse that I work. Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to be more established as a horse trainer. I don’t know where I will be or how far I will have come, but I just hope to continue to learn and expand on what I know now. I will never know everything and I hope to keep learning forever. n

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the 2015 C. Jarvis Insurance And AHT

Readers’ Choice Awards by Riyan Rivero

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The Arabian community’s most talented and respected breeders, amateurs and professionals walked the red carpet at the 7th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

banquet in Scottsdale the evening of February 14, 2016. Guests were presented with Valentine’s Day roses provided by Strawberry Banks Farm and escorted to the elegant patio of the Monterra restaurant of WestWorld.

The annual event is the perfect beginning to the show season as it offers the

Arabian community an atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration of each

other’s accomplishments from 2015. Attendees shed themselves of their layers of dust after a day on the show grounds and prepare for a coveted evening of great food, 5 star service and social time together.

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This year’s red carpet experience was recorded on the new AHTGlobal Network, sponsored by Coulter Cadillac. Guests took advantage of friendship, family, elegant evening gowns and cocktail attire in photographs they will no doubt treasure for years to come. An honored tradition of the annual event is the live auction that raises funds for the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund (AHDF), the Arabian English Pleasure Association (AEPA), and new this year, the Arabian Western Pleasure Association (AWPA). This year’s auction included breedings to the legendary Baske Afire; National Champions Zefyr, Bey Ambition, Afires Heir, and Klint Black; the late Afire Bey V and World Champion, Gazal al Shaqab. Additional auction items included luxury vacations to San Francisco and Acapulco, fine jewelry. A beautiful painting was also sold to benefit the Hollywood Toi Foundation. The total funds raised were in excess of $71,500. Ryan Melendez delivered an emotional ‘thank you’ speech to all in the Arabian community who—by way of emotional and financial aid—had supported him over the past year, following his diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Later in the evening, the audience was again brought to tears by Tim Shea’s emotional acceptance of the Sire of the Year award for the late Afire Bey V. This year’s Hall of Fame recipient was Marwan al Shaqab. Marwan has been a jewel in the crown of Al Shaqab since his first show in Doha, Qatar, where he was named National Champion Yearling Colt. He was later named World Champion Junior Stallion at the Salon du Cheval. Marwan has been honored multiple times as the Leading Sire of the World Championships at the Salon du Cheval, his sons and daughters having established him as one of the most inf luential stallions of his generation, for owners Al Shaqab - Member Of Qatar Foundation. The 2015 C. Jarvis Insurance/AHT Readers’ Choice Awards was made possible by the generous support of the following: C. Jarvis Insurance Agency, Inc. ~ Title Sponsor Ames Construction/Ames Reining Horses ~ Wine Sponsor Arabian Horse Association of Arizona ~ Event Category Sponsor Coulter Cadillace, Buick, GMC ~ Live Feed Sponsor Hennessey Arabians ~ Sire & Breeder Of Year Category Sponsor Schneiders ~ Industry Professional Category Sponsor Show Season ~ Competitors Category Sponsor Silver Sire Breeders ~ Promotional Category Sponsor Strawberry Banks Farm ~ Rose Sponsor The Ames Family ~ Horse Category Sponsor The Readers’ Choice Awards is unique in its nomination and voting process. Rather than a small committee choosing nominees, the audience serving the community is allowed to cast their vote for their favorites in a very democratic way, regardless of their membership status. Arabian Horse Times and Kimberly Jarvis congratulate all the recipients of the 2015 Jarvis Insurance/AHT Readers’ Choice Awards! The Arabian community has spoken! Your peers have recognized you for your work, commitment and dedication to the Arabian horse—best of luck going forward!

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2015 AHT/Jarvis Insur ance Readers’ Choice Award Winners Favorite AHT Advertisement Of The Year

Arabian Horse Event Of The Year

Favorite AHT Editorial Of The Year

Best Team Spirit Of The Year

Lowe Show Horse Centre, October, designed by Shawn Getty-Lowe

Women Around The World: Sigi Siller, by Jeff Wallace, January Favorite AHT Front Cover Of The Year (Nov. 2014-Nov. 2015) Brandon Bey JCA, Jade Creek Arabians, photographed by Braden Davidson

Favorite AHT Calendar Month Of The Year

September—Beloveds Farm, owned by Patricia M. Dempsey and photographed by Jerry Sparagowski

Chrishan Park

Arabian Horse Moment Of The Year

89-year-old Paul Heiman tipping his hat to a standing ovation – U.S. Nationals A/HA/AA Sport Horse Of The Year

MSU Strike A Pose, owned by Michigan State University Department. of Animal Science Arabian Working Western Horse Of The Year Im The Real Deal, owned by Audrey Zinke

Photographer Of The Year Stuart Vesty

Half-Arabian Working Western Horse Of The Year Dunit My Way RA, owned by Vallejo III Ranch LLC

Show Of The Year

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Arabian Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume)

Judge Of The Year

Thunder Struck LR, owned by Lindsay Rinehart

Irina Stigler

Half-Arabian Specialty Horse Of The Year (Driving, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Native Costume)

Instructor Of The Year Kellie Budd

Arabian Horse Caretaker Of The Year Ramon Ceja – Argent Farms

Arabian Horse Marketer Of The Year Midwest

Arabian Horse Volunteer Of The Year Bart Van Buggenhout

The AHDF Show Down Fundraiser at U.S. Nationals

Americanbeautie, owned by Shamrock Farms LLC Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year

Klint Black, owned by Flois and Cindy Burrow Half-Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year

Lightning McQueen CRS, owned by Katie and Joe Russell

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Arabian Western Horse Of The Year

Halter Trainer Of The Year

Half-Arabian Western Horse Of The Year

Show Hack/Hunter Trainer Of The Year

Zefyr, owned by Laura Koch and Bert Sanders

Ted Carson

Capt Jack Sparrow PGA, owned by Remington Monroe Equine LLC

Justin Cowden

Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year

Rob Bick

HA Toskcan Sun, owned by HA Toskcan Sun LLC Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year Nutcracker Sweet PF, owned by 6D Ranch Ltd. Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year

RH Triana, owned by Triana Holding LLC Half-Arabian Halter Horse Of The Year

Ebony by Valentino, owned by Stella Bella Arabians LLC Rising New Star (Trainer Under 30 Years of Age) Of The Year Lauren Grabski

Western Trainer Of The Year Ron Copple

Saddle Seat Trainer Of The Year Jessica Clinton DeSoto

Working Western Trainer Of The Year

Versatile Trainer Of The Year

Youth Exhibitor Of The Year Sarah Porter

Adult Amateur Of The Year Lori Lawrence

Halter Sire Of The Year

DA Valentino, owned by Dan and Maureen Grossman Performance Sire Of The Year

Baske Afire, owned by Strawberry Banks Farm Overall Sire Of The Year

Afire Bey V, owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. Breeder Of The Year

Lisa Markley Arabians, Lisa Markley Hall Of Fame Inductee Marwan Al Shaqab

Crystal McNutt

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The Linigers and Marty & I, would like to thank everyone for recognizing Afire Bey V as Readers’ Choice Overall Sire Of The Year. It was a special moment as we paid tribute to his breeder Sheila Varian, and to Afire Bey V and the lasting influence he will have on all of our lives and the Arabian breed. — Tim Shea


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From: Date: Feb 14, 2016 at 11:35:30 PM To: Subject: Award Dear Lisa, Congratulations on Breeder of the Year. You truly deserve this. Keep up the good work. You are a shining spirit in the Arabian horse world. —Sheila Varian

I am very grateful and honored that my peers thought so much of what I’ve been working so hard for, and to be acknowledged by them makes me very proud. It’s not easy being thought of as the Breeder of the Year when you only have 3 to 4 foals a year (at most). Thank you, Lisa

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Baske Afire

Thank you ...

I am so happy to have Baske Afire recognized as Readers' Choice 2015 Performance Sire of the Year. Thank you to all who bred or purchased Baske Afire get and special thanks and congratulations to those who have had the fun of showing and winning with them! I look forward to seeing these great representatives of Baske Afire in the years to come! — Barbara Chur

Strawberry Banks Farm

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Lori, Carey & Nicole Lawrence

Thank you to the readers of Arabian Horse Times for choosing me with this honor. Gratitude and appreciation goes to my incredible family, the talented team at Kiesner Training and the amazing horses we all are blessed to have in our lives! Ar abian Horse Times | 173 | Volume 46, No. 11

2015 C. Jarvis ins. agenCy, inC./aHT readers’ CHoiCe awards

Justin Cowden

show haCk/hunter trainer of the Year I am humbled and honored to receive the AHT Readers’ Choice Award for Hunter/ Show Hack Trainer of the Year. As they say, you are only as good as those who are behind you, and I am so fortunate to have such an amazing support system! Thank you, Cindy, Mark, Amanda, and all of my fantastic clients, for giving me the opportunity to train such great horses and be a part of the enjoyment you have with them. Last, but not least, thank you to all the staff at Royal for all you do. I greatly appreciate you all! —Justin


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(MHR Muscateal+ x Kheyarraberribeyv)

2016 Champion Scottsdale Open Reining 2015 AHT Readers’ Choice Awards Arabian Working Western Horse of the Year

Congratulations to Im The Real Deal+// and Crystal McNutt for an exciting Scottsdale! A big thank you to all the AHT readers who voted for him! — Audrey Zinke



3-TIME AHT WORKING WESTERN HORSE OF THE YEAR Owned by audrey Zinke wesT COvina, CalifOrnia Ph: 626-966-7722 arabreiner@aOl.COM

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... to all who have made the Arabian Horsemen's Distress Fund part of the fabric of our Arabian community through fundraisers around the country, big and small. Special thanks to our sponsors, bidders, donors, trainers and volunteers, who made this year's U.S. National's Showdown the Event of the Year!

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Thank You!

Arabian Horse Times, the Arabian Horse Association of AZ, Jarvis Insurance Agency, Inc. and everyone who voted for ChriShan Park for the Readers’ Choice Team Spirit Award! We started in 2014 with our “Catch the Spirit” campaign, and carried that spirit into 2015 and beyond!

Region 11 2015

HOPE Foundation Derby Party at CSP

Scottsdale Valentine’s Day 2015

CSP Girls Weekend January 2015 NIAHAC Mother’s Day Lead Line 2015

ChriShan Park is known for being like family and we enjoy being together whenever we get the chance. Thank you to everyone who recognized our team spirit as we cheer each other on at horse shows across the country! 2655 East Highway AA • Springfield, MO 65803 • Chris Wilson 417.761.2031 • • Shan Wilson 417.848.3943 • Ar abian Horse Times | 177 | Volume 46, No. 11

“On behalf of my family, Argent employees, and customers, I’d like to congratulate Ramon Ceja on his Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice award for “Caretaker of the Year”. Ramon deserves this award; he has a tremendous work ethic and a heart of gold! He treats his horses and co-workers with great respect and I’m extremely proud to have him on my team!” ~Andrew Sellman

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2015 C. Jarvis Ins. Agency, Inc./AHT Readers’ Choice Awards Half-Arabian Hunter Horse Of The Year

Lightning McQueen CRS

(Mariachi WA x Jasperina)

We are humbled and grateful for Lightning McQueen CRS’s (fondly known as “Stickers”) recognition as the 2015 Readers’ Choice H/A Hunter Horse of the Year. We would like to thank all of Sticker’s fans, his beyond amazing trainer, Cynthia Burkman (along with the entire BC team), his breeder, Cortney Downey, and Maegan Friesen/Wunderbar Arabians. Without all of their support and commitment, this award would not be possible. It is a privilege and a thrill, to own and ride a horse like Stickers—we are so thankful. —

Katie & Joe

Owned by: Katie and Joe Russell • Santa Ynez, CA

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I am extremely grateful to AHT, the readers, the Arabian horse, RBC clients, our wonderful staff and my beautiful Caralyn, for making this award possible. With sincere gratitude, Rob

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2015 APAHA


The 2015 APAHA (Arabian Professional & Amateur Horseman’s Association) Horseman’s Awards were, as they always are, a night to remember. It was a night to celebrate the people and farms that have helped polish, perfect, and present the treasure that is our Arabian breed. The Horseman’s Awards always takes place the final day of the Scottsdale show, bringing an end to the previous year, while starting off the next show season with a kindred community. The most beautiful thing about the evening of the Horseman’s Awards is how the love that is shared for the Arabian horse brings all the attendees and supporters together. This year’s dinner and awards ceremony was held on Sunday, February 21, at Monterra, overlooking the WestWorld grounds, and Josh Quintus humorously hosted the event that aims to honor and acknowledge the best of the industry. The iconic bronze Arabians were awarded to people from all aspects of the community: youth and amateurs, professionals and breeders, and the volunteers. Each and every category was filled with the most outstanding individuals from 2015. The awards for this year’s Horsewoman and Horseman were presented to Jessica Bein and Joe Reser. Both winners were admirably applauded for their talents, character, and devotion to the Arabian horse. Another irrevocably important award given during the evening was to Eleanor’s Arabian Farm for Breeder of the Year. Joel Kiesner capped off the evening by being inducted into the APAHA’s Trainer Hall of Fame, who represents an “individual who has reached the pinnacle in a category of the Horseman’s Awards by receiving the award three or more times.” This year also saw the Lifetime Achievement award given to Bob Battaglia. The tribute to him put it best; from “a skinny, quiet kid, named Bobby, that could ride the hair off a horse,” to “an exceptional example of achievement, dedication, and service whose influence is infinite,” there is no better way to describe it than, “the Battaglia way is an inspiration.” The APAHA Horseman’s awards allow us to honors those who inspire us, and it is through the efforts of the APAHA leaders and the event sponsors that this cherished evening is possible. This year was once again, a night of accomplishment, camaraderie, and appreciation for the Arabian horse industry, and the perfect way to motivate the community to continue to aim for excellence in the upcoming year!

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Winners Hall Of Fame Inductee Joel Kiesner (Trainer)

Horsewoman Of The Year Jessica Bein

Horseman Of The Year Joe Reser

Breeder Of The Year Eleanor’s Arabian Farm

Distinguished Service Award Lara Ames

Rising Star Colby Powell

Professional Instructor Vicki Humphrey

Youth & Adult Amateur Halter Stuart Vesty

Adult Amateur English Katie Burr

Adult Amateur Hunter/Show Hack Michelle Pease Paulsen

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Adult Amateur Western Robin Porter

Adult Amateur Working Western Karlan Downing

Amateur Of The Year Michelle Pease-Paulsen

Youth English Juliette Dell

Youth Hunter/Show Hack Anna Redmond

Youth Western Wyatt Potts

Youth Working Western Wyatt Potts

Professional Halter John Rannenberg

Professional Hunter/Show Hack Liz Bentley

Professional Western Joe Reser

Professional Working Western Michael Damianos

Professional English Jessica Clinton

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Liz Bentley

2015 APAHA

Professional Hunter/Show Hack

Thank you! Some of my favorite horsemen are in this division of competition. It is an honor to be nominated with you and to represent you. I sincerely thank everyone who voted for me for this award. Thank you to David, Brook and Jeremy. The sacrifices run deep for my family, and my gratitude to them for their support is immeasurable. Thank you to my clients, their horses and their trust in me. I am grateful and committed to them always. Thank you to Equine Athlete and Dr. Ty Wallis and staff; Jace Ellis Jr., our farrier; and all those who assist and care for our horses each year. This award is yours, too. Every day, I thank God for my health, my ability, and the sheer joy of living this dream.

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Dear Joe, Congratulations on winning these two honors that are so well deserved ...

APAHA HORSEMAN OF THE YEAR & APAHA WESTERN PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR You are a consummate professional, a gentleman, and an extraordinary horseman. Most of all, you are passionate about our horses, and that passion shines through in everything you do. The attention and care that you put into running your business, that dedicates your life to our animals, does not go unnoticed by anyone of us who support you. We support YOU. We are proud to call you our horse trainer, our friend and our mentor. Our horses lives are better, and our lives are better because of you, Joe. Congratluations for being recognized by the industry for something we have always known. Your Setting Sun Family


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“As exciting as it is to be the one wearing the Roses, the thrill of watching young riders mature and grow, both in the ring and out, is most rewarding.” —Vic

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2015 APAHA Horseman’s Working Western Adult Amateur

Karlan Downing

It Was A Very Good Year! Thank you to those who nominated and voted for me. I am so honored to have received this award in a field of nominees each of whom were so very deserving. I would like to thank Sterling and Melissa Barter Bradley, my very talented trainers, who got me and the horses ready; Michael Damianos, my friend and mentor for many years, who put on our Texas trail clinics for the last three years; to Tim Kimura, who helped with lessons and coaching for the past three years; to my loving and long suffering husband Ray Lemaster, who was always there for me when I needed him; and especially to KMA Angelo, KMA Zipped Byan Angel, KMA Rays Knock Out, and PKAMpossibleDream, my wonderful horses who so willingly carried me to success beyond my expectations! A special thank you to Burrline, LLC, for sponsoring this lovely award, I will treasure it forever.


Center photo: Ray and I at the Region 9 ATR/JTR awards where I was the champion high point ATR 40 and Over and Champion and Reserve in both Trail and Western Dressage.

Karma Arabians has been breeding Arabians for over 40 years with regional and national winners in halter, country English, western and hunter pleasure, costume, side saddle, trail, reining, hunter, jumper, dressage and western dressage, sport horse in-hand, under saddle and show hack. We have show prospects for sale. Karma Arabians Karlan Downing and Ray Lemaster 2370 FM 935, Chilton, TX 76632 •


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Scottsdale LEADING SIRES 2016

• Halter Classes: All classes counted (SSS classes included).    Champion – 10 pts., Reserve – 8 pts., 1st Place – 7 pts., 2nd Place – 6 pts., Top Ten – 4 pts.                         • Performance Classes: Only championship classes considered. (SSS classes included). Champion – 10 pts., Reserve – 8 pts., Top Ten – 4 pts.         • Overall Charts: Sire must have a winner(s) in both halter and performance to be considered for chart.                         • SSS Charts: Only SSS championship halter and performance classes counted.                         Classes not counted: Dressage, Sport Horse, Equitation, UPHA, Showmanship/Horsemanship, Gambler’s Choice                        

Vitorio to (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)

PUREBRED HALTER by Points 1. Vitorio TO 2. Hariry Al Shaqab 3. Ever After NA 4. Marwan Al Shaqab Trussardi 5. WH Justice 6. Stival 7. Magnum Chall HVP 8. Bey Ambition 9. QR Marc

Pedigree (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk) (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) (Stival x Precious As Gold) (Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher-Renea) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal) (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

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by Number of winners 1. Vitorio TO 2. Ever After NA 3. Hariry Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab 4. Trussardi WH Justice 5. ZT Marwteyn 6. Bey Ambition Eden C QR Marc

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(DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) (Stival x Precious As Gold) (Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher-Renea) (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjteyna) (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) (Enzo x Silken Sable) (Marwan Al Shaqab x Swete Dreams)

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PUREBRED PERFORMANCE by Points 1. Baske Afire 2. Afire Bey V 3. Afires Heir 4. IXL Noble Express 5. Khadraj NA Sundance Kid V 6. Enzo 7. Kordelas 8. Jullyen El Jamaal KM Bugatti

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire), deceased (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) (Monogramm x Kabala) (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased (Versace x Sanegores Lady D)

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(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire), deceased (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased (AM Sea Captain x AM Tis Beverlie) (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) (Cytosk x Amandi) (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

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HALF-ARABIAN HALTER by points 1. Vitorio TO 2. DA Valentino 3. Picazso 4. Da Vinci FM 5. Pogrom SF Veraz 6. Arbiteur Armani FC 7. THF Van Gogh 8. Afires Heir Cytosk Truse

(DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Versace x DA Love), deceased (Versace x Cazsandra) (Versace x Full Moon Astar) (QR Marc x Petla) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) (Regal Actor JP x Genevieve C) (Eternety x Aires Bey) (Da Vinci FM x KM Melanni Anne) (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) (Trussardi x Juliah B)

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(DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Eternety x Aires Bey) (Huckleberry Bey x Masquerade)

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(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) (GA N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation) (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire), deceased (Eternety x Aires Bey) (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) (Aladdinn x A Love Song), deceased (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) (Matrifik x Tender Mercies)

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HALF-ARABIAN PERFORMANCE by Points 1. Baske Afire 2. Mamage 3. Afire Bey V 4. Armani FC 5. Triften 6. Afires Heir 7. Allience 8. Khadraj NA 9. What It Takes 10. Apollopalooza LBA Lode Star Mariachi WA

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire), deceased (Eternety x Aires Bey) (Matrifik x Tender Mercies) (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) (Aladdinn x A Love Song), deceased (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) (GA N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation) (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased (Fame VF x LBA Anastasia) (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey)

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by Number of winners 1. Baske Afire 2. Mamage 3. What It Takes 4. Afire Bey V Armani FC Khadraj NA 5. Afires Heir Allience Cytosk 6. Millennium LOA Triften

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Jullyen el Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin)

OVERALL PUREBRED & HALF-ARABIAN HALTER & PERFORMANCE by Points 1. Baske Afire 2. Vitorio TO 3. Afire Bey V 4. Afires Heir 5. Ever After NA 6. Sundance Kid V 7. DA Valentino Marwan Al Shaqab 8. Enzo 9. Armani FC

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire), deceased (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) (Versace x DA Love), deceased (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) (Eternety x Aires Bey)

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by Number of winners 1. Baske Afire 2. Afire Bey V 3. Afires Heir 4. Vitorio TO 5. Marwan Al Shaqab 6. Enzo Ever After NA Sundance Kid V 7. DA Valentino 8. Trussardi Versace

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(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire), deceased (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) (Versace x DA Love), deceased (Stival x Precious As Gold) (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased

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eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable)

SCOTTSDALE SIGNATURE STALLION HALTER by Points 1. Vitorio TO 2. Ever After NA Hariry Al Shaqab 3. Pogrom 4. Bey Ambition

(DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk) (QR Marc x Petla) (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady)

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(DA Valentino x Sol Natique) (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk) (QR Marc x Petla) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal)

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SCOTTSDALE SIGNATURE STALLION PERFORMANCE by Points 1. Khadraj NA 2. Baske Afire 3. IA Ambassador Jullyen El Jamaal 4. Eden C

(Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased (Amunition x La Vida Loca) (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased (Enzo x Silken Sable)

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by Number of winners 1. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) 2. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased 3. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske), deceased Cavalli (DA Valentino x Aspyn) Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) IA Ambassador (Amunition x La Vida Loca) Marwan Al Magnifficoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo)

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khadraJ hadraJ na (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA)

SCOTTSDALE SIGNATURE STALLION HALTER AND PERFORMANCE by Points 1. Eden C 2. SF Veraz 3. Jullyen El Jamaal 4. Audacious PS Trussardi

(Enzo x Silken Sable) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious) (Stival x Precious As Gold)

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(Enzo x Silken Sable) (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased (Fame VF x Hal Flirtatious) (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) (Stival x Precious As Gold)

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AmAteur Spotlight ... Isabella Templeton

Who is your favorite horse you have ever owned? It’s hard to pick just one! Of course, my first horse, Jenny, always holds a special place in my heart, but I’ve had several since then that have had such unique personalities and traits. Luke loved to eat his oatmeal off of a spoon, Manny is our “Landshark,” and Perry is our sweetheart. No way could I pick just one. If there was one horse you could have or own, whom would it be and why? I would have to say my current favorite would be Davinci Reflection WA—such a beautiful horse, and who doesn’t love a flaxen mane and tail? Plus, the way she sits down and picks up the

How long have you been involved with Arabian horses? I took my very first riding lesson on an Arabian when I was around eight years old and I’ve been hooked ever since. What disciplines have you and are you competing in? I have shown in western and English, but in recent years it’s been primarily country pleasure and saddle seat equitation. I even ran barrels when I was younger and have participated several times, in an event called the Iowa State Cowgirl Queen Contest. What is your favorite riding style? Obviously, English! The feeling of trotting into an arena is highly addicting. If you come from a long line of family involved with the Arabian horse, what does it mean to carry this tradition on? My mother used to show Arabians as a teenager. I know that she enjoys watching me show, but I think she secretly wants to show again one of these days, and I hope I can be there to see it when it happens! I’m glad I brought her back to her Arabian roots.

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trot gives me goosebumps. I would have to imagine that is quite a fun ride. How many horse events do you attend a year? Since I had the opportunity to show Saddlebreds last year, it really increased the number of shows I attended. It was probably about a dozen! I stayed pretty busy. What is your favorite horse event and why? Hands down, Scottsdale! In February, it’s a sweet escape from the frozen tundra I call home. Aside from horses, what is some of your favorite hobbies? I swim for my high school team and I am the captain of the high school’s synchronized swimming team.

What would be one thing our readers would be surprised to know about you? To make a long story short, I spent several hours in the ER one night after a horse show, getting number magnets out of my nose. If you’re ever looking for a laugh, I will gladly share the full story. If there is one person you could thank in this world, who would it be and why? There are so many people who have helped me throughout my youth career, but I would like to thank my mom and dad. None of this would be possible without their support. How do you see your involvement in the Arabian horse business 15 years from now? The friends I have made over the years in the horse community have been such an integral part of my life, that I can’t imagine not being involved in some way. But the short-term plan is to get a good education and a good job so I can support this crazy habit of mine! n

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Jerzy Białobok & Marek Trela Memoirs of a Comrade by George Zbyszewski

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Jerzy Białobok ~ Jerzy Białobok’s father, Stefan Białobok was a wellknown professor of dendrology at The Polish Academy of Sciences in Kornik, Poland. He cultivated a sub-species of the spruce tree known as the “Białobok-Spruce” (more commonly known in the States as the Colorado Spruce). Jerzy’s wife, Urszula, planted a beautiful display of the Białobok Spruce in front of their home in Michalów that are there to this day. In Kornik, it was a common practice that all work was done by horses. Young Jerzy, therefore, was introduced to them at an early age. As a groom with many years of experience, it sparked Jerzy’s passion for the care and welfare of the horses. This was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with everything horse related. Jerzy attended Poznan University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He applied for an internship at the Polish State Stud, Janów Podlaski, shortly after graduation. Complications with available housing led Jerzy to Ignacy Jaworowski, then director of Polish State Stud, Michalów. He began an internship at Michalów on July 15, 1977.

Jerzy and Urszula

Jerzy expected to move on at the end of his one-year internship, however, he met the young assistant to director Jaworowski, Urszula Laufersweiler on his first day, and the rest, as they say, is history. The way Ms. Laufersweiler tells it, it all started when a nice apartment in the old office building came available. Jerzy and Urszula had been seeing each other for a while, but they were living in separate apartments. They saw an opportunity to move into a nicer place and went to Director Jaworowski to request it. Jaworowski pointed out that the apartment was designed for a family—it was too big for two people. Jerzy promptly replied, “But we’re getting married.” They got the apartment, then they got married.

Jerzy and Izabella

Jerzy and Urszula worked for and learned from Ignacy Jaworowski for years. Jerzy began as a groom, was promoted to chief of grooms, then breeding specialist. He was hardworking and determined; nothing stood in his way. In 1998, Jerzy was nominated to the esteemed position as director. A position he kept with distinction for 19 years. I think that he inherited after Jaworowski a sense of adventure … spirit. Remember, that Jaworowski picked up Monogramm and used him on a huge scale in the Michalów breeding program. No other breeder or director used him once. Like a great student, Jerzy followed his lead on many occasions and took risks with breeding lines that others would only talk about. This is his life … who he is … no questions.



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“This is his life… who he is… no questions.”

Marek Trela ~ Marek Trela was born in Poland, December of 1953. He graduated from Warsaw Agriculture Academy as a veterinarian in 1977. In college, he dated future wife Magda Odechowska, an interior design student also studying in Warsaw. Marek went to the Thoroughbred state stud, Golejewko, in Western Poland to learn how to palpate and ultrasound. He wanted to open his own practice close to Janów because Director Krzysztalowicz expressed an interest in employing him as a reproductive vet at the farm. Marek and Magda rented a small building in the village and Marek started his mobile practice. His stories from those days all include the little Fiat 126p he owned at the time. It was difficult to buy a car in Communist Poland. He ended up with what might be compared to today’s Smart cars—that is to say, it was very small. He was traveling across the country all the time for his mobile practice driving a tiny car through Polish winters. Early on, Magda split her time between the clinic and her own interior design business in Warsaw. She was very successful,

but she soon realized that it was impossible for her to run the clinic in Janów and work part-time in Warsaw. She gave up her professional career and she and Marek started a family. They have two sons, Jan and Antoni. Magda and Marek have only gotten closer over the years. When Marek travels, he calls her several times a day. And anyone lucky enough to have been invited to spend Christmas with the Trelas knows it is like going to a five-star restaurant fiesta—delicious food and exuberant company. Older son, Jan Trela, followed Marek’s footsteps and became a veterinarian. He did his residency at UC Davis in the U.S. and returned to Poland last year. He and his wife, Kasia, and their three children live in Warsaw. Jan is a surgeon with clients in Egypt and the Czech Republic. Antoni got married last month. He likes horses, but did not want to devote his life to them. He now works for a successful advertisement company. When Marek was working in Janów, he spent the majority of his time at the farm. Polish State Stud was his biggest client. Late

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Director Krzysztalowicz liked him a lot and started spending a lot of time teaching Marek bloodlines and breeding concepts. He was slowly preparing Marek to take over. Shortly before he retired, Director Krzysztalowicz asked Marek to promise that he would be “the next” director. Marek knew that he would make much better money in his clinic, but he made the promise and kept it. Marek is a very different man from Jerzy Białobok. He is passionate about everything in his life, where Białobok has been described as, “steady and methodical.” If Marek has an idea, nothing will stop him. He will devote all his time to something new and exciting. Marek’s great passion are Anglo-Arabians. In Warsaw he was a very talented jumper. He rode in Legia, a local club. Janów Stud has a small herd of about 20 Anglo-Arabian mares. Marek always drags his guests to see “his Anglos,” whether they are interested or not. Marek now serves as treasurer in the ECAHO and is the first Polish Vice President of WAHO. w

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Top: Gold Champion Senior Stallion EDEN C (Enzo x Silken Sable), owned by Alsayed Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Middle: Gold Champion Senior Mare PINGA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Pilar), on lease to Al Jawza Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Bottom: Gold Champion Junior Colt ALEXXANDERR (Excalibur EA x AR Most Irresistible), owned by Alsayed Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Males: Senior Stallion Gold Champion EDEN C (Enzo x Silken Sable), B: Rhonda and Rhoda Coleal (U.S.), Owner: Alsayed Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Senior Stallion Silver Champion ABHA QATAR (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba), B: Ganaderia Ses Planes (ES), Owner: Al Mohamadia Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Senior Stallion Bronze Champion E.S. HARIR (AJ Dinar x TF Magnums Magic), B: Sheikh Abdulla Bin Majid Al Qassemi (AE), Owner: Al Saqran Stud – Kuwait Junior Colt Gold Champion ALEXXANDERR (Excalibur EA x AR Most Irresistible), B: Francis Butler and Brandi Carson, (U.S.), Owner: Alsayed Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Junior Colt Silver Champion AJ MARZAN (AJ Portofino x HED AB Maria), B/Owner: Ajman Stud – United Arab Emirates Junior Colt Bronze Champion FUERTE (Shanghai EA x Frymusszka), B: Dobrzynski Jan (PL), Owner: Al Aalya Stud Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Yearling Colt Gold Champion AJ JABRAN (Kanz Al Bidayer x Princess of Justice), B/Owner: Ajman Stud – United Arab Emirates Yearling Colt Silver Champion HARITH AL KHALEDIAH ( Jareer Al Khalediah x Om El Bernadette), B: Al Khalediah Stables (KSA), Owner: Al Sudair Stud - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Yearling Colt Bronze Champion GABEL ATBAH (EKS Alihandro x Meqbilat Athbah), B: Athbah Atud (KSA), Owner: Athbah Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Top: Gold Champion Junior Filly BOURHANI SHARIFA (Ajman Moniscione x Psynesica), owned by Al Muawd Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Middle: Gold Champion Yearling Colt AJ JABRAN (Kanz Al Bidayer x Princess of Justice), owned by Ajman Stud – United Arab Emirates. Bottom: Gold Champion Yearling Filly LOULOU AL NASSER (RFI Farid x Rihab Al Nasser), owned by Al Nasser Stud – Qatar.

Females: Senior Mare Gold Champion PINGA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Pilar), B: SK Janow Podlaski (PL), Owner: Al Jawza Stud (on lease to) – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Senior Mare Silver Champion ANOOD AL NASSER (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Aleysha Al Nasser), B: Mr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al Qayed (QA), Owner: Al Nasser Stud - Qatar Senior Mare Bronze Champion NORMA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Nina), B: SK Michalow (PL), Owner: Al Muawd Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Junior Filly Gold Champion BOURHANI SHARIFA (Ajman Moniscione x Psynesica), B: Bourhani Arabians (DE), Owner: Al Muawd Stud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Junior Filly Silver Champion AJ REEDA (AJ Portofino x AJ Raheda), B/Owner: Ajman Stud – United Arab Emirates Junior Filly Bronze Champion QAMAR RG (Kahil Al Shaqab x Warsa), B/Owner: Al Rajhia Stud– Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Yearling Filly Gold Champion LOULOU AL NASSER (RFI Farid x Rihab Al Nasser), B/Owner: Al Nasser Stud - Qatar Yearling Filly Silver Champion AJ SAWASI (AJ Portofino x AJ Sawahi), B/Owner: Ajman Stud – United Arab Emirates Yearling Filly Bronze Champion EBTEHAL AL KHALEDIAH (Marquis CAHR x Tharwat Al Khalediah), B: Al Khalediah Stables (KSA), Owner: Nawaf Bin Turki Bin Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sudairy – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. n

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Beginnings: Part II The Arabian Horse Role In Riding School Programs

by Catherine Cole-Ferandelli


e continue our reporting of Arabian horse training barns who include riding lesson programs for beginners in their curriculum. This month features two well established training barns who seek to raise awareness of the Arabian horses’ kindness, intelligence, beauty and poise. And while their approach may differ, their goals are similar with the end result being that of a happy partnering between human and horse. Here are their stories ‌

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John White Stables: Lisa Jo, Zach and Rex White

Woodstock, Illinois

Lisa Jo (Lisa) White has trained, showed and judged Arabians horses for over thirty years. Originally an amateur rider, Lisa started her professional career by following her education as a Michigan State University Communications major. “Yes, I was a reporter and television news anchor at a television station in Kenosha, Wis.,” laughs Lisa. While in the television industry, Lisa showed Arabians competitively, increasingly spending more time at her barn. In 1990, while attending the National Show Horse Finals, Lisa met well established professional Arabian trainer, John White, and her whole life changed. Lisa recollects, “John and I not only fell in love, we fell into a uniquely special professional life. John came from a Saddle horse background, and while he loved training show horses and riders, I quickly realized I loved teaching riding lessons and bringing new riders into our world. Kind of the grassroots beginnings of sorts. From there, I left the television industry and became a professional.” Lisa and John quickly became one of most successful partner/couples in the Arabian horse industry. John and Lisa married in 2000 and had two sons, Zachary and Rex, both now exceptional young horsemen in their own right. Tragically in 2008, John was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and in

March of 2009, at the age of 46, he passed away, a victim of the cruel disease that was diagnosed six months earlier. Left a young widow, Lisa sought to carry on their professional legacy. “I always knew I wanted John’s and my training barn to continue and flourish,” Lisa shares. “Still, I knew I had to find another opportunity to bring new clientele to our barn.” The Woodstock community had an active recreational center, but no local Arabian barns offering horse riding lessons. Partnering with the Woodstock Recreation Program in 2010, Lisa was able to connect with other recreation groups. By doing so, she not only was able to promote her riding school business, but add another alternative for youngsters and adults alike, to be introduced to Arabians horses at their own pace. Lisa remembers, “At the beginning of this new journey, I sought advice everywhere I could. The Saddlebred and Morgan barns had riding lesson programs with a natural progression to showing—the Saddlebred with the academy program and the Morgans with their one day barn shows. It seemed to me, this could translate to a similar successful Arabian horse lesson operation. Still, I was told time and time again, your business will take seven years to develop; just stick with it.”

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Today, Lisa describes the John White Stables program, “Our focus is with the English and hunter riding disciplines, though we have the occasional western rider, too. For beginners we offer everything from Trotting Tots (our 3 to 6 year olds taught one on one) to group lessons for both youngsters and adults. We have Summer Riding Camps and year ‘round group and private lessons. Our program begins with the fundamentals of horse care and horsemanship. The top priority is matching one-on-one to make the best experience for human and horse alike. For young folks, this teaches responsibility, discipline and accomplishment. Adults enjoy another social life while realizing these same rewards. Both kids and adults have found us to be an inviting social setting, who now enjoy our newly constructed barn—some choose to hang out with us all day!” Lisa continues, “Our riders who do have a competitive spirit, start by going to the Morgan barn shows. These competitions are a low key preliminary to the Academy shows. We typically have twenty horses in full time training and seven to eight lesson horses, all of which compete in the Academy shows and Arabian show circuit. Our Arabians show locally, regionally (Regions 10 and 11) and nationally, including Arabian Youth Nationals, U.S. Nationals and the National Show Horse Finals. I am proud to say, we at John White Stables enjoy a clientele aged from 3-year-old Trotting Tots to National caliber winning amateurs.” Lisa’s sons, Zach and Rex, are an integral piece of the John White Stables program as well. “They are developing into awesome coaches I’m proud to say,” smiles Lisa. “While I’m equally proud of their horse show wins, Zach and Rex’s patience and teaching skills are truly special to my heart.” Top goals at John White Stables may or may not include showing. Lisa’s goals with every rider are the same, “First, chase your dream. Gain confidence, stick with your goals—be it moving from the trot to the canter or showing at the national level—be responsible, be kind, always keep learning.” John White Stables: Lisa Jo White. (815) 648-4458,

Arroyo Arabians: Kelly Elm, Instructor Santa Ynez, California

Located in pastoral Santa Ynez Valley, Arroyo Arabians has been an Arabian breeding and show barn for decades. Trainer Kelly Elm marvels, “I have just started my 29th year with Arroyo Arabians. Still, the years have brought change, most recently with husband and wife Katie Fischer and Travis Burnett purchasing Arroyo Arabians in 2015. With that change, we realized a new focus: to raise a grassroots awareness locally of our Arabian horses. While the Santa Ynez Valley has a long tradition of legendary Arabian breeding and show barns, there wasn’t an approachable operation for those wishing to meet and learn more about Arabian horses.” Kelly and new owners, Katie and Travis, went to work and established a riding lesson program for beginners of all ages while continuing the operation of the show barn.

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“We strive to create a small community that connects to the larger Arabian horse industry,” explains Kelly. “Our goal is to make the Arabian horse world more approachable, easier for our community to see, seek out, appreciate and enjoy. Everyone starts at some beginning and in the case of horsemanship, that beginning starts with horse care and horse one-onone, and realizing the warm bond our Arabian horses invite and cultivate.” As far as their program goes, Kelly describes it further, “Arroyo Arabians has a fun, yet tranquil, no drama atmosphere which breeds client loyalty. As our lesson program is new, we are starting small with private riding lessons—mostly English and hunter. We look to grow into group lessons with a progression (for those who choose) to competition at the local community shows and on up to even the national level of competition.” Arroyo Arabians plans to continue its long established show barn with its clientele of passionate amateurs and Kelly will continue her other career of judging at the top levels of Arabian competition. In the long run, Kelly envisions a positive future for Arroyo Arabians, “Mario and Antonia Arroyo created Arroyo Arabians from the ground up to breeding and owning legendary Arabians. It seems like a natural progression to bring new life to Arroyo Arabians, and our lesson program seeks to do just that.” Arroyo Arabians: Kelly Elm, Head Trainer. (805) 325-8026, n

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In Memoriam Sheila Varian

Arroyo Grande, Calif.

August 8, 1937 – March 6, 2016 Sheila Varian’s contributions to the Arabian breed far exceed estimation, although some calculations see her influence in at least 70 percent of registered horses today. What is more important may not be found in numbers: it’s in the names of horses that have resonated over her 60 years of Arabian breeding, showing, ownership and enjoyment. Varian—best known to the industry simply as “Sheila”—learned her horsemanship from childhood, understanding first the concept of a good horse and then the bloodlines that backed it up. In the early days, her mother was the pedigree researcher, but it was an expertise Sheila quickly grasped as her horses rose through the record books. She acquired her first Arabian, Farlotta, in the early 1950s, and another, Ronteza, a few years later. Both would be special to her for the rest of her life, but it was with Ronteza that she burst upon the competitive scene when she “won the world” (the Reined Cow Horse Open Championship) at the Cow Palace in 1961. She was the first woman and first amateur to do it, and Ronteza was the first Arabian. That same year, she and her mother purchased three mares from Poland—in advance of the subsequent “Polish invasion”—who would become the foundation females of Varian Arabians. *Naganka, *Bachantka and *Ostroga would produce lines that still ground the farm’s program, nearly 10 generations later. In 1962, Varian served notice that her choice to begin her sire line would also prove exceptional, when she led her 5-year-old Bay-Abi to the unanimous title of U.S. National Champion Stallion in Estes Park, Colo. Two years later, she and BayAbi accounted for U.S. National Top Tens in both English and Western Pleasure as well. That would always be a priority at Varian Arabians: the horses had to be beautiful and possess willing temperaments, but they also had to be useful. Through the decades, Varian horses won national championships in nearly all divisions of the show ring, and when Sheila trained and showed, she accompanied them to the national tri-colors in halter, English pleasure, park and stock horse (now called reining). From Bay-Abi came generational headliners at Varian. The first was his son Bay El Bey, born in 1969 and named Canadian National Champion Stallion; in 1976 came the charismatic Huckleberry Bey, a U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt and U.S. National Reserve Champion in English Pleasure; and then in 1986, there was Desperado V, the outstanding western sire whose progeny numbered nearly 900 foals before his death in 2014. Desperado V’s son Maclintock V carried on a tradition now bequeathed to his young son, Major Mac V. And the line goes on. Throughout her breeding career, Varian was never afraid to introduce other stallions when she felt necessary. In the early years, she patronized *Bask and in 1969 leased Khemosabi. Later, her best known additions were Jullyen El Jamaal and Audacious PS; Jullyen introduced a complete outcross, while Audacious, like some of her other acquisitions over the years, reflected Varian blood (Audacious’s sire, Fame VF, was a Bay El Bey grandson). Significantly, Varian also sold stallions who would have a profound impact on the current Arabian show world for other breeding programs. Afire Bey V, by Huckleberry Bey, would inherit domination of the English division from his sire, while currently the Desperado V son, Sundance Kid V, has shown signs of similar potential in the western division. And there are others. In her career, Varian won many awards, among them, Arabian Horse Trust Breeder of the Year four times; three AHT Readers’ Choice Breeder of the Year Awards; four APAHA Breeder of the Year Awards and induction into its Hall of Fame; the Arabian Breeders Association Lifetime Breeders Award; the AHBA Ambassador Award; and the USEF’s prestigious Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Award for breeding excellence. And in 2003, she was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. A tribute to Sheila to follow in the May issue.

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Calendar Of Events REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS April 25-May 1, 2016, Region 7 Championships, Scottsdale, Arizona. May 2-7, 2016, Region 12 Championships, Perry, Georgia. May 19-22, 2016, Region 1 Championships, Del Mar, California. June 1-4, 2016, Region 9 Championships, Fort Worth, Texas. June 8-11, 2016, Region 8 Championships, Denver, Colorado. June 9-12, 2016, Region 10 Championships, St. Paul, Minnesota. June 21-25, 2016, Region 4 Championships, Nampa, Idaho. June 21-26, 2016, Region 2 Championships, Santa Barbara, California. June 22-26, 2016, Region 13 Championships, Springfield, Ohio. June 30-July 2, 2016, Region 6 Championships, Douglas, Wyoming. June 30-July 3, 2016, Region 14 Championships, Lexington, Kentucky. July 8-9, 2016, Region 18 Championship, London, Ontario, Canada. July 6-10, 2016, Region 5 Championships, Monroe, Washington.

July 6-10, 2016, Region 15 Championships, Lexington, Virginia. July 7-10, 2016, Region 11 Championships, Springfield, Illinois. July 13-16, 2016, Region 3 Championships, Rancho Murieta, California. July 20-23, 2016, Region 16 Championships, Syracuse, New York. July 25-30, 2016, Region 17 Championships, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


April 14-17, 2016, Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas, Nevada. May 26-29, 2016, Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. June 7-11, 2016, Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. September 3-5, 2016, Iowa Gold Star Futurity, Des Moines, Iowa. September 15-17, 2016, NSH Finals, Springfield, Illinois. September 21, 2016, Arabian Open at the Rolex Central Park Show, New York City, New York.

September 29-October 2, 2016, Arabian National Breeder Finals and Silver Sire Futurity, Scottsdale, Arizona. September 30-October 2, 2016, Minnesota Fall Festival, St. Paul, Minnesota.

NATIONAL EVENTS July 23-30, 2016, Youth Nationals, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. August 14-20, 2016, Canadian Nationals, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. September 21-25, 2016, Sport Horse Nationals, Nampa, Idaho. October 21-29, 2016, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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Index Of Advertisers 6D Ranch .....................................................................................................20, 21

A Abel Family, The ....................................................................32-35MW (58-61)

Adandy Farm ...................................................................................................8, 9

AHDF – Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund ............................................... 176 AHT Abroad ................................................................................................... 117

AHT Boutique.................................................................................................222

M Marino Arabians ......................................................................... 48MW (74), 75

Maroon Fire Arabians .............................................................................165, 223 Midwest .................................................. FC, 25, 26, 14-48MW (40-74), 75, 76

Milestone Arabians................................................................38-39MW (64, 65) Mulawa Arabians .............................................................................................2, 3


Al Shaqab ................................................................................18-27MW (44-53)

Oak Ridge Arabians ...........................FC, 14-17MW (40-43), 48MW (74), 75

Arabian Horse Global .................................................................................94, 95


Aljassimya Farm...........................................................................10, 11, 142, 143

Arabians Ltd. ...............................................................................................22, 23 Argent Farms ............................................................................. IFC, 1, 2, 3, 178

Aria Collection .......................................................................28-31MW (54-57)

B Beloveds Farm .....................................................................................IFC, 1, 170

C Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc. ........................ 36-37MW (62, 63), 189, 228, IBC

Chrishan Park Arabians ......................................................................98, 99, 177

CME Arabian Equities ..................................................................................... 23

Courtney, Autumn ............................................................................................ 99

D Dreamco Arabians ............................................................................................. 22

E EAC Equine LLC ............................................................................................. 15 Eleanor’s Arabians ...................................................................................192, 193

F Frierson Atkinson ............................................................................................223

Om El Arab International....................................................................... 166, 167

Paradise Farms ................................................................................................... 92

Pastorino, Daniel & Fabiana ............................................................. 43MW (69)

Pay-Jay Arabians ..............................................................................................223

R R.O. Lervick Arabians ....................................................................................223

RBC Show Horses...................................................................................146, 180 Rhapsody In Blue Stables ................................................................................ 147 Royal Arabians ................................................................................................. 174 Russell, Katie & Joe ......................................................................................... 179

S Setting Sun Stables ..................................................................................190, 191

Shada, Inc............................................................................................................. 7 Shea Stables ..............................................................................................165, 223

Showtime Training Center ..........................................................................15-17

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Starline Arabians ............................................................................................. 173

G Gaudio, Lisa .......................................................................................44MW (70)

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Gemini Acres Equine .................................................................................. 18, 19

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GRK Farms ...................................................................................................... 144


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Subjeck, Melissa................................................................................. 45MW (71) The Hat Lady ..................................................................................................223

H Halbrook Arabians ............................................................................42MW (68)

Tobeck Performance Horses ........................................................................... 145

Hegg, Mrs. Mickey .........................................................................................223

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Van Dyke, Les & Diane ...................................................................................... 7

J Jade Creek Arabians ........................................................................................ 169

K Karma Arabians ............................................................................................... 196 Kazanjian, James ................................................................................44MW (70)


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W Wilkins Livestock Insurers .............................................................................223

Z Zinke, Audrey .................................................................................................. 175

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Lenoir City, TN

Vol 46 No 11 - Arabian Horse Times Issue #4  
Vol 46 No 11 - Arabian Horse Times Issue #4  

April 2016