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Cover Story: Hariry Al Shaqab—The White Prince Of Al Shaqab by J. Wallace with T. Cardamone




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On The Cover:

Hariry Al Shaqab

(Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk), owned by Al Shaqab.


Start Spreading the News: The Inaugural Arabian U.S. Open In Central Park by T. Cardamone


The Art of Aja by J. Wallace and T. Cardamone


The Third Annual Arabian Foal Festival—Fun In The Sun! by T. Cardamone


Meet The Personalities: Jim And Sally Bedeker


The 34th Brazilian National Championships by T. Cardamone


Close-Up On History: *Delmar by T. Cardamone


A Judge’s Perspective: Leslie Connor


Guzzo Worldwide & Royal Arabians—Joining Forces by M. Stirland


Meet The Faces Surrounding AHT: Jeff Wallace with T. Cardamone


World Travels with Jeff Wallace: European Summer Tour Of 2015


2015 Polish National Championships And Pride Of Poland Sale by J. Wallace and T. Cardamone


2015 Sport Horse Nationals—Champions Of Sport In The “City Of Oaks” by A. Toye


A Judge’s Perspective: Wendy Gruskiewicz


The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic—Stirring Up The Action In Las Vegas by C. Egan


NSH Finals 2015—33 Years In The Making by S. Reitter


A Touch Of Style: Gregor Aymar by J. Wallace and T. Cardamone


Egyptian Event Europe 2015— Great Atmosphere, Great Horses, Great Fun! by T. Cardamone with J. Wallace


Chantilly 2015—Echoes Of The Past, Promise Of The Future by T. Cardamone


2015 World Championships, Salon du Cheval, Paris by T. Cardamone


Sponsorships—A Win-Win For All by K. Larson


Caretakers Of The Breed


In Memoriam


Comments From The Publisher


Faces & Places


Guest Editorial: Are We Marketing The Arabian Horse Correctly? by D. Adams


Amateur Spotlight


Amateur Spotlight


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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Another Avenue For Arabians I’ve been to a lot of Arabian horse shows in my life, but on Wednesday night, September 23, I went to one that was different from any other I’ve attended. That was the Arabian U.S. Open in Central Park. Yes, I know, Central Park may not be for everyone; it was certainly not inexpensive for those who competed there and the logistics of stabling horses in New York City are not simple. But that said, a horse show in Central Park offers publicity value that is unbelievable. For those who don’t know exactly what Arabians were doing in the Big Apple, we were part of the Second Annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show, which ran from September 23rd through the 27th. The Arabian competition was sponsored by Aljassimya Farm, of Doha, Qatar, and included four under-saddle and six halter classes. On view were hunter pleasure, western pleasure, country English pleasure and native costume, as well as yearling and junior colt and filly, and senior mare and stallion halter events. Then, at the Sunday matinee, September 27, there was an informative exhibition of Arabian sport horses, featuring hunters, jumpers and dressage contenders. And there were some terrific horses on both days. What made the show so amazing (and valuable), however, was its outreach to the public. A friend of mine who exhibited horses there told me that when they were walking their horses to a practice session, they were stopped by a group of Chinese visitors, who asked to have their photos taken with the Arabians. They told my friend that they had had no idea that Arabians were so beautiful. I am sure that was just one of many similar occurrences. New York is home to 8.5 million people and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in this country. When you show in Central Park, you never know who might be in the stands or simply walking by. Is the Arabian U.S. Open for everybody? No, admittedly not. But is it good for the breed? For sure it is. We need something for everyone, and it offers a unique entrée to a segment of the public, both domestic and international, that eventually might buy an Arabian horse. I want to thank AHA and Aljassimya for making this year’s U.S. Open in Central Park possible. It was a great experience—there was definitely magic in the air, and I can’t wait till next year!

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Balenciaga+/, better known as ‘Chris’ to all who loved him, was destined for greatness. Bred by Chris and Karen McLamb of McLamb V Arabian Farm, LLC of Dunn, North Carolina, Chris was sired by the immortal Versace. His dam, the Half-Arabian ABD Black Hills Gold, was out of Bey El Jamaal, by the great Parys El Jamaal. His life was nothing short of spectacular. He began his show career with Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter at RBC Show Horses, being named the 2009 Region 15 Half-Arabian Yearling Colt/Gelding Breeders Sweepstakes Champion. At a very young age, he was leaving his mark with all who met him. He had that aura about him. Chris’ performance career started in the fall of 2010, when he returned to Rob and Caralyn’s and it soon became apparent that his calling was in western pleasure. Rob stated that Chris was supple and easy to train. He quickly became a barn favorite. It was determined early on he would be Rob’s H/A western futurity horse for the 2011 U.S. Nationals, and since he had halter training, he would also do the halter futurity. The 2011 U.S. Nationals was what dreams are made of. As luck would have it, the H/A Western Pleasure Futurity was scheduled to the same day as the Halter Futurity. Rob was concerned for Chris, as it is no small feat for a three-year-old to handle two large championship classes in one day. But Chris persevered and his versatility shined through. Not only did he earn a top ten in the H/A Western Pleasure Futurity, but later was named U.S. Reserve National Champion H/A Futurity Gelding In-Hand. In 2012, Zac Powell, of Powell Training Center, approached Rob looking for a very special superstar for clients, John and Sandy Zuccarini. Sandy needed a horse that would be her final “hurrah” in the show world. Rob knew he had just the horse in Balenciaga+/. Zac knew Chris was just the horse from watching one simple video, and purchased Chris, sight unseen by the Zuccarinis. Ever the gentleman, Chris made an impact on Sandy as soon as she met him by placing his nose in her chest and breathing in deeply, as if to learn everything about her. This was something he had always done, even as a yearling. Zac and Chris hit the ground running in 2012 with numerous Class A and Regional wins, including Region 14 Unanimous Champion H/A Western Pleasure Junior Horse. As 2013 approached, Zac, John, and Sandy discussed a campaign for Chris’ final junior year, and they were not disappointed. Zac and Chris were named Scottsdale Reserve Champions in the H/A Western Pleasure Junior Horse, having won their qualifying class earlier in the week. This was followed by earning Buckeye Champion, Region 13 Unanimous Champion, and Region 14 Unanimous Champion. Chris’ strong Junior Horse career was followed by an equally strong career in the bridle. In 2014, Chris and Zac earned a top ten at Scottsdale, were Buckeye Champions, Region 13 Champions, Region 14 Reserve Champions, and Canadian and U.S. National Top Ten—all in only his first year in the bridle. In 2015, Chris was only getting stronger. Taking the show ring by storm, Chris earned Buckeye Champion, Region 13 Champion, and Region 14 Reserve Champion. But Chris and Zac’s grandest moment came this year at the 2015 Canadian Nationals, when they were crowned Reserve National Champions in the Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Open. It was a defining moment for this incredible team. Throughout his amazing show career, Chris was always a pleasure to be around, for his trainers, his owners, and the rest of his “team.” He was never in a bad mood and just simply loved to be loved. His best friend was Zac and their love for each other was evident to everyone around them. Chris would always watch Zac intently as he walked around the barn, and would nicker loudly when he called his name. Zac had stated, “He was a great, once-in-a-lifetime horse! I will miss him so much; he was just the nicest horse to be around in every way.” Chris past away suddenly at Powell Training Center on Saturday, October 3, 2015, with his best friend and trainer by his side. His loss is monumental to all that knew and loved him. If you ever had the opportunity to be in his presence, you were blessed.


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A meaningful existence is love. For us, breeding is more than a career, it’s a calling – it’s our love. BY BRODERICK LEVENS

On Thursday, October 15, 2009, Mohammed Al Sulaiti was introduced as the new Manager of Al Shaqab’s Breeding and Show Department. Among numerous directives, Mohammed was tasked by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Chairman of Al Shaqab’s Board, to preserve the Arabian breed at its highest level, with the aim of making a positive and lasting contribution to the future of Al Shaqab’s breeding program and the Arabian horse breed. Mohammed believed the appropriate course of action was to address Al Shaqab's breeding strategy. His objective was to focus on the future, to breed a new generation of worthy successors from the mare families that were proving capable of consistently reproducing their most ideal conformational characteristics and quality. Along with Abdulla Al Kuwari, we set about making an honest evaluation of the entire herd, and determined the families that should be developed. We then addressed the desired characteristics we believed we needed to introduce into the breeding program and set out on a worldwide exploration to find and secure specific horses that exhibited them and that descend from families who were without a close pedigree relationship to the families we had committed to developing.

To safeguard the objective, some general parameters were put into place. We would inspect every horse and breeding program with an open mind and not measure the Al Shaqab horses and breeding against those that were considered. We would not discriminate against any bloodline or horse, even with regard to the straight Egyptian bloodlines. Show ring results would have no bearing upon the selection of any horses or bloodlines—since Mohammed’s appointment, show ring results have no influence on the breeding decisions made at Al Shaqab. We believe the shows serve to judge the horses and that many factors contribute to accomplishing or not accomplishing a championship, and by and large, these factors are of no consequence when making breeding decisions with the intention to preserve and/or improve upon the quality and conformation of the two horses being mated. And perhaps most importantly, we would scrutinize the past; the history of the horses and their pedigrees. These became compulsory tools to guide our evaluation process. Our study and travels have affirmed our belief that a breeding program is judged by history. Specifically, it’s the horses reproductive value, and their ability to reproduce their idealistic conformational characteristics and quality with consistency. With this in mind, our work will eventually become history too, and we will be judged by our effort to preserve the Arabian breed at its highest level through successive generations. Ultimately, time will determine if our decisions truly meet the objective, but today the purpose of this endeavor has become our benchmark and we work every day with the intention that history will judge our efforts to be the hallmark of the Al Shaqab breeding program.

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The evaluation of the mare families is an ongoing process. We began with an assessment of the foundation mares and determined which— along with their sons, daughters and grandchildren—had proven capable of consistently reproducing their idealistic conformational characteristics and quality. The male representatives of the accepted mare families are considered to offer an advantage. The valuable heritage of any mare family can quickly and easily be infused into the herd through a stallion, but not just any stallion, only a stallion that meets our criteria.

Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 1995 stallion


(Kaborr x Edjora) 1979 – 2002 mare

Marwan Al Shaqab

(Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza

Fame) 2000 stallion

Little Liza Fame (Fame VF x Kathaza) 1987 mare

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(Ruminaja A r Alisayyah 1987 – 2006 li x Imperial Sayyah) straight Egyp tian mare & Hadban A l Shaqab

Collaboration and cooperation have proven essential in guiding the past and present leaders of Al Shaqab. These activities are embedded in Al Shaqab’s history; Gazal Al Shaqab was leased to the Polish State Studs of Janow Podlaski and Michalow, and Marwan Al Shaqab was leased to SES Planes for his first breeding season. In our effort to make a positive and lasting contribution to the breed and with a growing number of valuable stallions, we committed to expand upon our history and launched the stallion leasing program.

Al Adeed Al ShaqabAlisayyah) 1995 straight Egyptian stallion dar

(Ansata Halim Shah x Sun

Hadban Al Shaqab

(Ashhal Al Ra

yyan x Sundar

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yptian stallion

We were determined to collaborate and cooperate with dedicated breeders who also cultivate the highest standards of welfare and husbandry, and

Mohammed Al Sulait

i, Dr. Jody Cruz, and Abdulla Al Kuwa ri.

in 2010 our aim introduced us to, among many others, Dr. Jody Cruz, of Rancho Bulakenyo, U.S.A. Rancho Bulakenyo was established in 1975 and is among the few premier straight Egyptian breeders remaining in the United States. We value Rancho Bulakenyo for their group of mares representing consistency of phenotype, high quality and athleticism, in addition to the long passed and proven horses they carry in the immediate generations of their pedigrees. We leased Hadban Al Shaqab (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Sundar Alisayyah), a 2001 straight Egyptian stallion to Rancho Bulakenyo for the 2011 to 2013 breeding seasons. During his lease, Hadban was welcomed by the American straight Egyptian breeding community and was bred to a number of outstanding mares. His first Rancho Bulakenyo-bred daughter, Beyond Imagination RB (x Justmyimagination, by Orashan), was named the 2013 Egyptian Event World Class Reserve Champion Yearling Filly. During his lease, Hadban captured an impressive quota of prestigious show titles, including 2012 Egyptian Event Gold Champion Stallion and Highest Scoring Horse; Region 2 Unanimous Champion Stallion and U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion Eight Years and Older. Hadban was the first straight Egyptian stallion to obtain U.S. National halter honors in eighteen years. We elaborated upon our cooperation with Rancho Bulakenyo when we leased a second stallion, the last son of Alidaar (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Magidaa), Lebinon Al Shaqab (x Lamia Al Shaqab by Ansata Hejazi), a 2010 straight Egyptian stallion. Lebinon stood at Rancho Bulakenyo for the 2014 and 2015 breeding seasons and his first foals perfectly represent the conformation and quality that our purposeful

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cooperation was attempting to perpetuate.

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Hadban Al Shaqab

Alisayyah) (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Sundar lion 2001 straight Egyptian stal

Nahlat Al Shaqab

(Hadban Al Shaqab x Najoa Al Shaqab, by Marwan Al Shaq 2015 filly ab)

Beyond Imagination RB

(Hadban Al Shaqab x Justmyimagination) 2012 straight Egyptian mare Bred and owend by Rancho Bulakenyo.

Qais Al Shaqab

(Lebinon Al Shaqab x Bint Nile Moon) 2015 straight Egyptian colt

Thibah Al Shaqab

ana Al Shaqab) (Hadban Al Shaqab x Sult e mar n 2007 straight Egyptia

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Magd Albadeia

(Rashdan x Bint Ma khsous) 1995 straight Egyptia n stallion

Semha Albadeia

udat Albadeia) (Magd Albadeia x Zaghro e mar n 2002 straight Egyptia d Stu ia ade Alb by Bred Owned by Al Shaqab

Nashwah A

l Shaqab (Magd Albadeia x Nouf Al Shaqab ) 2014 straight Eg yptian filly

Naasa Al Sh

aqab (Magd Albadeia x Na wal Al Shaqab) 2013 straight Egyptia n filly. Bred by Al Shaqab. Owned by Albadeia Stud

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Our charmed collaboration with Dr. Nasr Marei of Albadeia Stud, Egypt, effectively began with the 1994 purchase of Sundar Alisayyah, a daughter of the Albadeia bred mare Imperial Sayyah (Kayed x Malakat Al Gamal). In 2012, after a visit to Albadeia Stud, we entered into a bespoke cooperation with the purchase of Semha Albadeia (Magd Albadeia x Zaghroudat Albadeia), a 2002 straight Egyptian mare and the lease of her sire, the 1995 straight Egyptian stallion Magd Albadeia (Rashdan x Bint Makhsous). Magd Albadeia’s old but pristine ancestry is relatively devoid of close breeding and would serve to rejuvenate the pedigrees at Al Shaqab. Magd Albadeia exhibits sound conformation, bold correct movement and tail carriage, all of which he’d proven to reproduce consistently along with long well-shaped necks and a confident show-style attitude. It is with great honor that Al Shaqab’s breeding is incorporated into Albadeia Stud's historical program (established in 1935). Naasa Al Shaqab (Magd Albadeia x Nawal Al Shaqab [Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Hazmia Al Shaqab (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Dalilat Albadeia)]), a 2013 straight Egyptian filly, and a splendid fusion of Al Shaqab and Albadeia breeding, has traveled to Albadeia Stud in appreciation of the lease of Magd Albadeia. We are also elated to announce the lease of Bariq Al Shaqab (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Wahayeb Al Shaqab), a 2011 straight Egyptian stallion, to Albadeia Stud for the 2016 and 2017 breeding seasons.

2015 Straight Egyptian Colt (Bariq Al Shaqab x Amora Al Kariim by

PVA Kariim)

Bariq Al Shaq ab

(Al Adeed Al Sh

aqab x Wahayeb

Al Shaqab) 2011

straight Egyptia

n stallion

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Like Sundar Alisayyah (dam of Al Adeed Al Shaqab and Hadban Al Shaqab), Kajora, (dam of Gazal Al Shaqab) and Little Liza Fame, (dam of Marwan Al Shaqab), OFW Mishaahl (Mishaah x OFW Balarina), 2002 mare, has propelled the future of Al Shaqab’s breeding. She is, unquestionably, the most significant contributor to the new generation, primarily through her World Champion sons, the full brothers Kahil Al Shaqab and Wadee Al Shaqab, by Marwan Al Shaqab.

OFW Mishaahl

(Mishaah x OFW Balarina) 2002 mare

Sultanat Al Shaqab

(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl)

Entesar Al Shaqab

(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2007 mare

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2014 filly

Masroura Al Shaqab

(Wadee Al Shaqab x Shahirat Al Shaqab)

2014 filly

Remal Al Shaq ab

(Wadee Al Shaq ab

x Pilar) 2014 filly

Wadee Al Shaqab

(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW

Mishaahl) 2010 stallion

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At just seven years of age, Kahil Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl), a twotime World Gold Champion, is the sire of two World Gold Champion Yearlings and one Silver Champion Yearling from his first two foal crops—among numerous other winning offspring— placing him among the leaders of Al Shaqab’s new generation proven to consistently reproduce their quality and ideal conformational characteristics. Of all the horses representing the new generation, Kahil

Kahil Al Shaqab

has been given the greatest

(Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2008 stallion

opportunity to demonstrate his siring ability. Having been leased to Janow Podlaski State Stud in Poland, for the 2012 and 2013 breeding seasons, Kahil sired many outstanding foals. Following the birth of Kahil’s first Janow-bred foal crop in 2013, Director Dr. Marek Trela stated, “The next decade will belong to the get of Kahil Al Shaqab in Poland.” A remarkable compliment, considering Janow Podlaski was established in 1817 and is among the oldest and most influential breeders ever.

Kahlah Al Shaqab

(Kahil Al Shaqab x Aleysha Al Nasser) 2012 mare

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Pustynia Kahila

a Malwa) 2013 filly (Kahil Al Shaqab x Pustynn w State Stud. halo Mic by Bred and owned Yearling Filly on mpi Cha rld Wo d Gol 4 201

Al Jazeera

Kahil Al Shaqab x Alhasa) 2013 filly Bred and owned by Janow Podlaski State Stud. Mohammed Al Sulaiti, Dr. Marek Trela & Abdulla Al Kuwari with the Janow Podlaski bred & Al Shaqab owned Kahil Al Shaqab daughters Empusa and Ceranova.


(Kahil Al Shaqab x LC Primavera) 2012 filly. Bred by Mohammed Al Sulaiti and owned by Aljassimya Farm. 2013 Gold World Champion Yearling Filly

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White Silkk (Dakar El Jamaal x KH First Prize), a 2003 mare, has also made a significant contribution to the new generation through her sons, Hariry Al Shaqab and Hadidy Al Shaqab, a 2011 stallion by Gazal Al Shaqab. Hadidy has shown enormous siring potential with the arrival of his first three foals. The birth of every foal is an exciting event and the arrival of a promising colt, one that represents the highest level of quality and who exhibits the ideal conformational characteristics of his family, is a foal to celebrate. Makin Al Shaqab, a promising Hadidy son from Rasha Al Shaqab (by Al Zeer Al Rayyan – tail-female to Malvina), evokes the quality and conformation we seek from the new generation, and together with his paternal siblings, symbolizes a valuable indication of Hadidy’s breeding ability. Makin Al Shaqab traces in tail-female line to Malvina (Balaton x Mirnaia), 1991-2013 mare, who was bred by Tersk Stud in Russia and imported to Al Shaqab in 1992. With just two retained daughters, Shahirat Al Shaqab (by Al Adeed Al Shaqab, and the granddam of Makin Al Shaqab) and Batalah Al Shaqab (by Marwan Al Shaqab), Malvina established a wonderful family and left a fine legacy. Perhaps Makin Al Shaqab will prove himself to be capable of consistently reproducing his idealistic quality and conformational characteristics, offering an advantageous opportunity to extend Malvina’s family through a male representative.

White Silkk

t Prize) (Dakar El Jamaal x KH Firs 2003 mare

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(Hadidy Al Shaq

(Gazal Al Shaqab x

2015 Filly

ab x Khansa Al

Hadidy Al Shaq ab


White Silkk) 2011 sta


2015 Filly

(Hadidy Al Shaqab x Sharifa Al

Makin Al Shaqab Rasha Al Shaqab and Makin Al Shaqab

(Hadidy Al Shaqab

x Rasha Al Shaqab) 2015 colt

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Hariry Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk), a 2010 stallion, is unique among all of the Al Shaqab stallions. Most horses are the sum of their parents, their inherited characteristics are immediately identifiable and attributable to their mother or father. But not Hariry. He is one of those truly rare horses that equates to greater than the sum of his parents. Hariry has inherited the very best conformation of his entire pedigree, a pedigree that comprises of many of the breed’s most highly accomplished breeding and show horses.

Hariry Al Shaqab

ite Silkk) (Marwan Al Shaqab x Wh 2010 stallion

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Latefa Al Shaqab

(Hariry Al Shaqab x Aliaa Al Shaqab) 2014 filly

(Hariry Al Shaab

2015 Colt

x Cleopatra Al Sh


Bahja Al Shaqab

wgirl) (Hariry al Shaqab x WN Sho 2014 filly

Shatha Al Shaqab

(Hariry Al Shaqab x Eman Al Shaqab) 2014 filly

Najma Al Shaqab

(Hariry Al Shaqab x WN Star Dynasty) 2015 filly

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Johara Al Shaqab (Imperial Mahzeer x Sahaba), a 1998 straight Egyptian, is an elegant and harmonious mare, epitomizing the exotic type and refinement that has brought so much appreciation to the horses of Egyptian lineage. As a breeding mare, Johara and her family have proven to consistently reproduce her quality and ideal conformational characteristics, an invaluable ability that has enabled her to single-handedly found a dynasty. Through her son, Farhoud Al Shaqab, the influence of Johara is now well infused into the Al Shaqab breeding program.

Amwaj Al Shaqab

(Safir x Johara Al Shaqab ) 2003 straight Egyptian mar e

Wahayeb Al Shaqab

Al Shaqab) (Ansata Selman x Johara e mar n ptia Egy 2005 straight

Wijdan Al Shaqab

waj Al Shaqab) (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Am e 2007 straight Egyptian mar

Bariq Al Shaqab

(Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Wahayeb Al Shaq ab) 2011 straight Egyptian stallion Leased to Albadeia Stud, Egypt

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Johara Al Shaqab

(Imperial Mahzeer x Sahaba) 1998 straight Egyptia n mare

Amina Al Shaqab

(Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Amwaj Al Shaqab) 2010 straight Egyptian mare

Jaziah Al Shaqab

(Ansata Nile Echo x Johara Al Shaqab) 2012 straight Egyptian mar e

Sedrah Al Shaqab

(Magd Albadeia x Wahayeb Al Shaqab) 2014 straight Egyptian filly

Jalelat Al Shaqab ina Al Shaqab) Am (Ansata Nile Echo x n filly 2014 straight Egyptia

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Farhoud Al Shaqab (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Johara Al Shaqab), a straight Egyptian stallion born in 2008, was named the 2010 Egyptian Event Champion Colt and Supreme Male. Farhoud was initially identified as a potential successor to his valuable heritage. Having inherited his parents quality and most idealistic conformational characteristics, Farhoud easily met our criteria and has since established himself among the leading breeding stallions at Al Shaqab. Of all the Al Shaqab stallions, Farhoud is the most reliable for consistently siring his extreme head type. He has also proven to contribute his conformation and look—a look that is significantly influenced by his dam, Johara Al Shaqab—which has produced a collection of accomplished show horses at prestigious shows around the world.

Layali Al Shqab

(Farhoud Al Shaqab x QR Annah Ferrari) 2011 mare

Farhoud Al Shaqab

ara Al Shaqab) (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Joh lion 2008 straight Egyptian stal

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2015 colt

a Myra) (Farhoud Al Shaqab x Abh

Raniah Al Shaqab

(Farhoud Al Shaqab x Rahema Al Shaqab ) 2013 straight Egyptia n filly

Tibrah Al Shaqab

(Farhoud Al Shaqab x Two m Hiddiyya) 2012 straight Egyptian filly

Kahraman Al Shaqab

(Farhoud Al Shaqab x VA Ahlam) 2013 straight Egyptian filly

Shaqab Victoria Alctoria II HPS) Vi x Al Shaqab


2013 filly

Fayyad Al Shaqab

(Farhoud Al Shaqab x Ghala Al Shaqab) 2013 colt

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Jenny and Peter Pond have made annual visits to Al Shaqab for the past twenty years. They are intimately associated with our breeding program and when they leased Jadaan Al Shaqab (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Torfa Al Shaqab by Al Adeed Al Shaqab), a 2006 straight Egyptian stallion, we were intrigued. Peter is the President of WAHO and like us, he and Jenny have been avid lovers and students of the breed since childhood. Their Forest Hill Stud, located in Australia, was established in 1968 and today, like Al Shaqab, represents an extensive collection of outstanding horses carrying a vast array of the world’s bloodlines. Their blending of these bloodlines and phenotypes has resulted in remarkable quality and consistency. The fact that they chose Jadaan and bred with him so successfully, is a testament to their knowledge and skill. The quality of the Jadaan offspring bred at Forest Hill Stud has generated worldwide breeding interest. This year Jadaan was bred to mares located in Qatar, across Europe, the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand along with Al Shaqab mares.

Jadaan Al Shaqab

Al Shaqab) (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Torfa lion 2006 straight Egyptian stal

Halimas Liberty Jane

(Jadaan Al Shaqab x Halima

s Liberty Song) 2013 filly

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Halimas Jadaans Drea m

(Jadaan Al Shaqab x Halima

s Desert Temptation) 2013 straight Egyptian filly Bred by Forest Hill Stud and owned by Al Shaqab.

Halimas Jasaria

(Jadaan Al Shaqab x D'Amours El Sabriaa) 2012 filly

With Jenny & Peter Pond,

Richard Sharman and Jadaan Al Shaqab.

Halimas Jasama

Rusima) (Jadaan Al Shaqab x Bint stallion n ptia Egy 2012 straight

Halimas Miricle

Halimas Jaddani


(Jadaan Al Shaqab x Halimas Suddani) 2013 straight Egyptian filly and owned by Al Shaqab. Stud Hill t Fores by

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(Jadaan Al Shaqab x Halima s Desert Facination) 2013 straight Egyptian colt

With Jadaan Al Shaqab’s relocation to Forest Hill Stud, Australia became a frequent destination and presented us with the opportunity to investigate the Australian breeding programs. On our first visit with Greg, Julie and Jane Farrell of Mulawa Arabian Stud, we encountered Klassic Harmony MI (Klass x Fames Harmony), a 2009 mare and at that time, a yearling and the reigning East Coast Champion Filly. It was love at first sight. She bounced, snorted and threw her tail over her back. Her head type was exquisite; her conformation almost perfect. We knew she could be bred to every one of the Al Shaqab stallions and we

Klassic Harmony MI

(Klass x Fames Harmony) 2009 mare, Bred by Mulaw a Arabian Stud and owned by Al Shaqab

procured her immediately—it was as simple as that. During that visit, we also had the privilege of meeting

2015 Colt

sic Harmony MI)

(Marwan Al Shaqab x Klas

Karmaa (Kaborr x AN Marieta), a glorious mare and a paternal sister to our own Kajora. Like Kajora, Karmaa has founded her own extraordinary family and this year we are pleased to welcome another Karmaa descendant at Al Shaqab. The Farrell’s generously allowed us to lease Mae Marie (TS Al Malik x Karmaa), a full sister to Klass (who is the sire of Klassic Harmony MI), and in February she foaled a superb filly by Marwan Al Shaqab, whom we have named Karmaa Al Shaqab, in honor of our appreciation for Karmaa, her family and the impressive contribution she has made to the Arabian horse breed.

Karmaa Al Sh aqab

(Marwan Al Sh

aqab x Mae Mar

Al Shaqab Mae Marie & Karmaaqab x Mae Marie) (Marwan Al Sha

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Marion Richmond, with her parents Peter and Ruth Simon, established Simeon Stud in 1956 and today,

Marion Richmond & Abdulla Al Kuwari.

it's among the most famed and accomplished straight Egyptian breeding programs in the world. We’ve spent days with Marion, enjoying her hospitality and bonding over our deep-seated mutual interest in horses and breeding. Eventually we procured Simeon Sumaq (MB Mayal x Simeon Sibolet), a 2005 straight Egyptian mare of great value to us. Simeon Sumaq idealistically represents her pedigree and like Magd Albadeia and the Rancho Bulakenyo mares, we expect Simeon Sumaq will transmit the valuable attributes of her particularly old pedigree that is relatively free of close breeding. We also thought highly of Simeon Sohaar (Simeon Shifran x Simeon Sanaa), a 2012 straight Egyptian stallion. When Simeon Sohaar was purchased by Jaroslav and Martina Lacina of the Czech Republic, we entered into an agreement that will allow Al Shaqab to be among the first to breed to him in 2016. It is our hope that the incorporation of Simeon Sumaq and Simeon Sohaar, with the sound conformation that they exhibit and represent through the generations of purposefully bred horses before them, will make a profound impact at Al Shaqab.


Sohaar (Simeon Shifran x Simeon Sanaa) 2012 straight Eg yptian stallion Bred by Simeon Stud and owned by Jarosla v & Martina Lacin a.

Simeon Sumaqt)

n Sibole (MB Mayal x Simeo tian mare yp Eg 2005 straight Al Shaqab. by d ne ow d an d Bred by Simeon Stu

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Form To Function. To us, good conformation, harmonious form and correct function, is Arabian breed type. Our search for these important attributes led us to Sheila Varian of Varian Arabians, U.S.A. What an honor it is to call Sheila our friend. Sheila established Varian Arabians more than 60 years ago and we believe her pioneering spirit has enabled establishments such as Al Shaqab to become

With Sheila Varian and Desperado V.

what we are today. We are so very pleased to bring Kaliska V (Audacious PS x Kashmir V), a 2012 mare, and Maya V (Sanadik El Shaklan x Marigold V), a 2001 mare, to Al Shaqab. In Maya V we are especially grateful to have such a precious descendant of Bachantka (Wielki Szlem x Balalajka). Born in Poland in 1957, Batchantka now boasts nine successive generations at Varian Arabians.

Kaliska V

(Audacious PS x Kashmir V) 2012 mare, bred by Varian Arabian s and owned by Al Shaqab.

Siri V

(Hariry Al Shaqab x Santa Barbara Juell V), 2014 fi Bred and owned lly by Varian Arabian s.

Maya V

x Marigold V) . (Sanadik El Shaklan owned by Al Shaqab Varian Arabians and by 2001 mare, bred

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(Nagadir x Korona) 2005 stallion Bred by Gestut Gut Alemich Owned by Al Shaqab.


(Nagadir x Korona) 2005 stallion Bred by Gestut Gut Alemich Owned by Al Shaqab .

Another of the world’s breeders to successfully merge beauty with form and function is Silvia Garde-Ehlert of Gestut Gut Alemich, Germany. Silvia began breeding in the late 1960s with horses from the Tersk Stud in Russia and quickly emerged among the leading breeders of Russian bloodlines. Diademah (Nagadir x Dalia II), a 2010 mare descending from multiple generations of Gestut Gut Alemich's breeding, was purchased in 2012 and with her first foal, produced the 2015 Berlin Cup Silver Champion Filly, Bayan Al Shaqab (by Fadi Al Shaqab). In 2014 we returned to Gestut Gut Alemich with the specific intention to buy and acquired Alischa SGE (Nagadir x Aida), a 2013 filly; Korona (Koronec x Miss Ambernado), a 1997 mare; and Korona’s son Kohinoor (by Nagadir), a 2005 stallion. The first Al Shaqab-bred Kohinoor foals are due in 2016.

Bayan Al Shaqab

ah), 2014 filly.

(Fadi Al Shaqab x Diadem

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JJ Domyla

Many of the finest Arabian horses have found their

) inique by Magnum Psyche (Faraa Al Shaqab x JJ Dom Mayed. 2013 mare. Bred by Haras Owned by Al Shaqab

way to South America and we set out to inspect these horses and their descendants. Our 2009 visit with Joaquin and Fernando de Santibañes of Haras Mayed in Argentina, introduced us to their extensive group of high quality, well-conformed Magnum Psyche daughters and resulted with the lease of Faraa Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x GW Natorious Star), a 2007 stallion. During his two seasons at Haras Mayed, Faraa obtained the title of Argentine National Champion Stallion and was bred, predominately, to the

Vanity Rach

daughters of the living legend Magnum Psyche, siring

(Mister Eros HX x Vanity VF)

nearly 100 registered foals and multiple Argentine

2006 mare Bred by Rach Stud. Owned by Al Shaqab

National Champion offspring. Jamil Saliba and his sons Paulo and Ricardo, founded Rach Stud, located in Brazil, in 1985 with the acquisition of the finest mares of Polish breeding from the United States and Poland. We consider Rach Stud to possess the largest and most important collection of these bloodlines and during numerous visits continuously found ourselves drawn to the descendants of Vanity VF (Gwydion x LS Vareena), 1986 mare. Today Al Shaqab is the very proud owners of the double Vanity VF granddaughter Veridiana Rach (Voltaire Rach x Valentina Rach), 2011 mare, and a superb daughter of Vanity VF herself, Vanity Rach (by Mister Eros HX), a 2006 mare. Murilo Kammer, of Haras Aratinga, Brazil, is an impressive breeder. A glimpse at the long list of Haras Aratinga bred international champions, perhaps more than any other Brazilian breeder, is a noteworthy

Veridiana Rach

(Voltaire Rach x Valentina Rach) 2011 mare Bred by Rach Stud. Owned by Al Shaqab

testimony. Haras Aratinga was established in the 1980’s, with a famous collection of Scottsdale and United States National Champion mares. Today the breeding program is in its 5th generation and we were eager to obtain the blood of MFA Exoticaa (Echo Magnifficoo x MFA Huckle Honey Bey – a daughter of the Varian bred Huckleberry Bey), a 1994 mare. Emmanuella K (by Nijinsky K), a 2002 daughter of MFA Exoticaa, was procured and we leased MFA Exoticaa’s granddaughter, Kyra K (Nijinsky K x Donata K) who produced a much hoped for filly in Mahasen Al Shaqab, by Marwan Al Shaqab.

Emmanuella K

ticaa) 2002 mare. (Nijinsky K x MFA Exo ned by Al Shaqab Ow . ga Bred by Haras Aratin

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Adnan de Jylbert (Jylbert de Wiec x Aryelle El Ludjin) 2010 stallion, inherited the look of Ludjin El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Lydia El Shaklan), and it was this look that captured our attention when we procured him in 2012. Adnan de Jylbert was bred by “Master Breeder” Lenita Perroy of Haras Meia Lua, Brazil. Lenita’s thirty year old breeding program is typically associated with Ali Jamaal and his revered contribution to the

Adnan de Jy lb

ert (Jylbert de Wiec x Aryelle El Ludji n) 2010 stallion Bred by Haras M eia Lua. Owned by Al Shaqab

breed. Today, more than a dozen horses of direct Haras Meia Lua breeding reside at Al Shaqab and it is the young Adnan de Jylbert

With Lenita Perroy & Ali Jamaal.

who is proving to make a notable contribution. From two crops of just five foals, Lulua Al Shaqab (x Zaafarana Al Shaqab by Marwan Al Shaqab) and a 2015 Filly (x Marwa Al Shaqab by Marwan Al Shaqab) are among the best of all the foals born in their respective seasons.

Lulua Al Shaq

ab (Adnan de Jylbe rt x Zaafarana Al Shaqab) 2014 Filly

(Adnan de

2015 Fillyb) qa


wa Al Sha lbert x Mar

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Marsal Al Shaqab (by Marwan Al Shaqab), 2011 stallion, was perhaps the most anticipated foal of his season, the first to be born from Miss El Power JQ (Power World JQ x Elkada Sahibi), 2007 mare. Back then we had high hopes for the production of Miss El Power JQ. Today she has confirmed her position with a succession of outstanding sons and daughters effortlessly representing the standard defined by a new generation.

Miss El Power JQ

Sahibi) (Power World JQ x Elkada 2007 mare

Moneer Al Shaqab

(Marwan Al Shaqab x Mis

s El Power JQ) 2014 colt

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Marsal al Shaqab

s El Power JQ) (Marwan Al Shaqab x Mis 2011 stallion

Isabelle C

(Marsal Al Shaqab x Scarlet Ribbons C, by Ames Charisma) 2014 Filly, bred and owned by Rhoda Coleal.

Al Anood Al Shaqab

(Kahil Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ) 2012 filly

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Abha Myra (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba), 2003 mare, was bred by Marieta Salas of SES Planes, Spain. SES Planes was established in 1965 (known at that time as SES Rotes), and was the first breeder to utilize Marwan Al Shaqab. Abha Myra is from that first Marwan foal crop and from our observation of Abha Myra’s son, Fadi Al Shaqab (by Besson Carol), 2008 stallion, and 2014 World Gold Champion, we have noted a remarkable reproductive resemblance with Marwan. Like Marwan, Fadi has demonstrated an extreme ability to consistently reproduce his most desirable characteristics and that much sought-after Marwan quality. While Fadi and Marwan sire differing conformational characteristics, they none the less share this most desirable ability, an ability that has set Marwan apart and established his title as one of the most influential breeding stallions in recent history. These observations have led us to suspect that Fadi, too, could fulfill such a role and perhaps in time take a place of equal merit to that of Marwan’s breeding contribution.

Abha Myra

(Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT

Fadi Al Shaqab

(Besson Carol x Abha Myra) 2008 stallion

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Ludjkalba) 2003 mare

Falha Al Shaqab

aqab Falah Al ShEmotion) st Ju x Josephs

ab (Fadi Al Shaq

(Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph

s Just Emotion) 2014 filly

2013 stallion

Al Farida Al Shaqab

(Fadi Al Shaqab x Aleysha Al Nasser) 2013 filly

Nazir Al Shaqab

(Fadi Al Shaqab x Adhaba 2015 colt

Al Shaqab)

aqab Mashkora Al ShShaqab) Al a rw Ma x Shaqab

(Fadi Al

2014 filly

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l Shaqab has been breeding the world’s finest Arabian horses for long enough to have created a dynasty. The Al Shaqab name is synonymous not only with excellence, but also with the expectation that the newest generation will somehow eclipse the near perfection of their forefathers. When Hariry Al Shaqab was foaled at Al Shaqab in 2010, he was the physical representation of a pedigree that boasts 15 national champions. As if a master-painter had utilized just the right amount of each colorful bloodline, he emerged as a masterpiece of the Al Shaqab program. Hariry Al Shaqab is statuesque, with a dynamic presence that is awe-inspiring. His elegant topline, regal carriage, and chiseled head are the perfect accent for his latent masculinity. His extravagant front end takes the breath

away. Hariry combines his perfection of form with a powerful athleticism that makes him the most complete stallion available. With attributes anchored in every line of his pedigree, Hariry Al Shaqab has staked his claim as the unique progenitor of the grey gene of his sire, Marwan Al Shaqab. World Champion and twice-U.S. National Champion Stallion among many other titles, Marwan Al Shaqab has proven to be a sire of great sires. He consistently raises the quality level of his offspring way up, even as he lets the strengths of the mares play through. Prior to Hariry, Marwan sired world champion full brothers Kahil Al Shaqab and Wadee Al Shaqab, both progenitors of the bay look of Marwan—Polish and American breeding with a Nazeer sire line. There are many other champion

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sons and daughters to validate Marwan’s credentials as the most influential sire of current times, some would say, the “Sire of the Century.” Through the contributions of his international champion dam White Silkk, Hariry takes that potent formula one step further. “Hariry Al Shaqab is unique among all of the Al Shaqab stallions,” says Al Shaqab Breeding and Show Manager, Mohammed Al Sulaiti. “Most horses are the sum of their parents, their inherited characteristics are immediately identifiable and attributable to their mother or father,” he continued. “But not Hariry. Hariry is one of those truly rare horses that equates to greater than the sum of his parents. Hariry has inherited the very best conformation of his entire pedigree, a pedigree that comprises many of the breed’s most highly accomplished breeding and show horses.”

Honors and titles are certainly a measure of success, but it is in producing the next generation that a stallion’s mettle is taken. Hariry’s first foals show exceptional promise. Knowledgeable breeders from around the globe have chosen Hariry to elevate their programs, and he has not disappointed. One example is Oak Ridge Arabians’ exquisite grey filly Wieza Magia, out of Poland’s Wieza Mocy, arguably the most popular and successful Arabian show mare alive today. Recently, Hendrik Mens welcomed a grey Hariry Al Shaqab filly to the herd at Al Nasser Stud in Qatar. Out of the magnificent producer Ftoon Al Shaqab, the new filly is a maternal half-sister to the popular stallion Kanz Al Nasser.

The list of breeders investing in Hariry’s potential reads like a Who’s Who and includes Sheila Varian, who brings decades of wisdom into her choices. Her Hariry filly Siri V has two additional lines Indeed, in Hariry Al Shaqab to Ruminaja Ali through the finest elements of every her dam Santa Barbara line of his pedigree are Juell V, a descendant represented in a harmonious from the strong dam blend that could be the line of the black Bask most pre-potent source of daughter, Spinning perfection the world has yet Song. Steve and Darla seen. From the silver grace of Miles have welcomed a Sonoma Lady (1985) and to 2015 colt (Hariry Al Shaqab x Cleopatra Al Shaqab). dynamic son of Hariry the power of Kajora (1982), to their collection at Milestone Arabians. The young to the haunting eyes and elegance of Ali Jamaal (1990) prince is out of Legacys Treasure, herself a daughter of and the balance of Aladdinn (1979), Hariry Al Shaqab Legacy of Fame, with crosses to Padron and El Shaklan. takes exactly what he needs from each of his ancestors and polishes that element until it is uniquely his. He follows his sire Marwan Al Shaqab, grandsires Gazal Al Shaqab and As Hariry’s foals begin to compete in show rings around the Dakar El Jamaal, and great-grandsire Echo Magnifficoo world, they will have a lot to live up to. Hariry Al Shaqab’s as a U.S. National Champion or Reserve. A generation splendid pedigree equates to one thing in terms of trial by further back, top ten stallion El Hilal is indicative of the competition. Undefeated. That sums up Hariry Al Shaqab’s high quality that infuses his pedigree. With seven Canadian meteoric show career in a single word. Not only undefeated, National titles, ten U.S. National champion titles and eight Hariry hasn’t lost in three years of tough competition against U.S. National reserves represented in his blood, Hariry Al the finest horses on the planet, for the most prestigious titles Shaqab is a super-concentrated source of excellence for offered around the world. On each and every occasion, he many of the world’s finest mares. has proudly borne the banner of Al Shaqab to victory.


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As a yearling in 2011, Hariry Al Shaqab started out his show career with a Gold Champion Colt award at Citta Di Castello in Italy. The following year, he was the unanimous 2012 Scottsdale Champion Colt in his American show debut, followed by his first United States National Champion Colt title later that year. He repeated his U.S. National Champion Colt win as a three-year old in 2013, this time by unanimous vote of the judges. Hariry Al Shaqab showed for the first time in the Senior Stallion division at the 2014 Arabian Breeders World Cup, where he was named ABWC Gold Champion Stallion. He was also the 2014 Arabian National Breeder Finals Gold Champion Stallion, again by unanimous vote. In 2015, Hariry Al Shaqab has continued on his path to greatness. Returning to the scene of his first major victory, he was the unanimous choice as 2015 Scottsdale Classic Champion Stallion. Not content having dominated

show rings in America, Hariry took Europe by storm, emerging the 2015 Menton Gold Champion Stallion, again by unanimous vote of the judges, this time with his European escort, talented Italian trainer Giacomo Capacci, handling. Hariry Al Shaqab’s passport has Paris written all over it, and there is no one who would begrudge him his claim to the title of World Champion. As the pages of the calendar turn swiftly to the end of the year, the eyes of the Arabian public will be firmly fastened on the spotlights of Paris. There, they will flock to see Hariry Al Shaqab explode into the arena, demanding the complete attention of all who are there to witness his domination. As ever, he will captivate the crowd with his fire, his grace, and his pure perfection. When the spotlights dim, Hariry Al Shaqab will leave the ring as his relations did before him, the Champion of the World. â–

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"I want to be a part of it, New York, New York." —Frank Sinatra New York City dazzled as it played host to the Arabian breed at the first annual Arabian U.S. Open, which kicked off the five-day Rolex Central Park Horse Show. Under a canopy of stars and surrounded by the glittering Manhattan skyline, Arabian horses took center stage in Central Park to demonstrate their unique qualities to a worldwide audience. Just as Arabians were the first domesticated breed, so too should they be the ones to open the show for other breeds, most of which trace back to the desert Arabian. “It was an opportunity to showcase our Arabian horses to a new audience on a truly world-class level,” said Arabian Horse Association President Cynthia Richardson. “We were held to the same standards of excellence as all of the other participants, including Olympic competitors. Everyone was over the moon about what it meant for the Arabian horse.” 70 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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When the idea to add an all-Arabian day to the show was first floated, funding had to be secured. Bart Van Buggenhout manages Aljassimya Farm for Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani of California and Qatar. Recognizing the potential for the breed, Bart carefully vetted the idea, then took the proposal to Sheikh Jassim, who was intrigued enough to come meet the show organizers and see the venue. One look was all it took. The Arabian portion of the show was underwritten in its entirety for six years. Bart explains, “Sheikh Jassim is dedicated to taking the magic of the breed to new audiences. He sees the value in presenting our Arabian horses at small, intimate events that are designed to provide a gateway into the breed for new owners. The small classes don’t overwhelm the audience; they feel like they can be involved and pick the winner. Having a spectacular setting like Central Park is a key ingredient for this type of showcase event.” Arabian Horse Times publisher Lara Ames added, “This was one of the most magical shows that I have ever been to. How many shows can you go to in the world, where you have the backdrop of the beautiful city and Rolex and Range Rover as sponsors? This may not be a show for everyone, but this is the best exposure the Arabian breed has had in a long time.” Exhibitor Kim Jarvis agreed. “This was one of the best events our breed has been a part of in decades,” she said. “It was an honor and a privilege, and all the Jarvis’ hearts beamed with pride to be included in this wonderful showcase. The magic of Central Park ran through everyone’s veins. It surely is an event not to be missed—so mark your 2016 calendars now!” Ten Arabian classes were offered to show the beauty of the horse both under saddle and in-hand. Halter classes were interspersed with ridden classes that demonstrated a range of potential uses for Arabian horses. Judge Lisa Blackstone attests to the caliber of the entries, stating, “Every horse

shown deserved to be on that stage. This show will never have large numbers, but quality over quantity is preferable as we introduce the Arabian horse to the public.” Amateur owners were specifically invited to show, because it is unusual for owners to ride their own horses at other world level breed competitions. Cynthia described the result, “Beautiful young ladies in the country class, in their stylish habits, their big, beaming smiles, the trotting action … it was an incredible visual to take away—the usefulness of the horse, the fun that is had in participating. The great relationship between the Arabian horses and their riders was well demonstrated.”

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Fforget-Me-Not), who had not been seen in public since 2012. She captured the Silver Champion Mare honors with Michael Byatt on the lead, and will be competing in Paris later this fall for the World Platinum Championship.

The exhibitors were universally elated just to have the experience of showing in Central Park. Many had gone to great expense to participate in what is sure to become one of the most important events of the Arabian year. Winning the first Arabian U.S. Open Gold Championship for Yearling Fillies was Verdette J, bred and owned by Larry Jerome of Wisc. and shown by Jeff Schall. By Saiaf Al Shaqab and from MM Starlite Jullyen, the sight of the elegant miss wearing her champion’s garland under the spotlights was exhilarating. Sheikh Jassim not only supported the show financially, he brought some of his finest horses to compete for the titles. The Gold Champion Yearling Colt was, fittingly, Jalal Aljassimya (WH Justice x Annaiss), bred and owned by Aljassimya Farm. Jalal was perfectly presented by Giacomo Capacci, who flew in from Italy to do the honors. Aljassimya also brought a treasure, the ethereal 2011 World and U.S. National Champion Mare CR Jasmeenah (WH Justice x


Gold Champion Junior Filly was Edens Manderley, a two-year old daughter of Eden C and Rebecca R, proudly bred and owned by Shelley MacMillan of Georgia, and shown by Ted Carson. Gold Champion Junior Colt was SF Verazes Qamar (SF Veraz x Sohos Honey Serenade), also shown by Ted Carson for breeder/owner Sycamore Farms of North Carolina. Carson’s enthusiasm for the event was contagious. "The commitment of Sheikh Jassim to enable the Arabian horse to have a presence in the New York show is an unparalleled act of generosity, foresight, and dedication to this great breed that everyone who loves the Arabian horse should take to heart and emulate,” he said. “It allowed our horses to be promoted to a fresh audience on a stage unlike anything I have ever experienced in over 20 years of presenting horses … I honestly felt like I was walking into the Super Bowl or World Soccer Cup.  It simply has the WOW factor.” Winning the Gold Champion Mare award was the ultrabeautiful 2014 U.S. and Canadian National Champion Mare, Valentinos Angel MI (DA Valentino x Always An Angel). Artfully shown by Andy Sellman, she was bred in Australia by Mulawa Arabian Stud and is owned by HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. Sellman also handled the Gold Champion Senior Stallion, Om El Al Azeem. Bred and owned by Sigi Siller and Janina Merz at Om El Arab International in California, he is sired by Al Lahab and is from Om El Beneera, a direct daughter of the fabled Estopa. “Sigi and I were incredibly honored to have Om El Al Azeem invited to show,” said Janina. “He and

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Andy Sellman rose to meet this magnificent occasion in such a very special setting. We especially want to thank Sheikh Jassim for sponsoring this event and creating a new and exciting venue in which to showcase the beauty and versatility of the Arabian horse.” Sellman summed up his feelings, “It was a real honor to show in Central Park with such great horses. The whole experience was incredible and very well organized. It is exposing the Arabian horse to a whole new audience in a beautiful way. I would definitely participate again.” Gold Champion Hunter Pleasure was the jet-black Klint Black, who earned previous titles as Canadian National Champion Western Pleasure and Arabian Sport Horse National Champion Stallion. Klint, a son of Desperado V and Windsong Bey, is bred by Suzanne Eves, owned by Flois and Cindy Burrow, and was beautifully ridden by Wendy Shelton. The Country English Pleasure Gold Championship went to the aptly named Noble Grace, a daughter of IXL Noble Express and Gina Afire, who has motion built into her entire pedigree. Noble Gracce was bred by Maroon Fire Arabians and is owned by Springwater Farms Arabians of New Jersey. Carol Skeuse-Hart was in the irons. Judge Blackstone considered the class to be one of the highlights of the show. “It was a privilege and an honor to serve as a judge at this show,” she said. “Watching these Volume 46, No. 5 | 73

performance. Closing out the show and winning the Gold Championship for Native Costume was a horse who epitomizes the finest qualities of the Arabian: beauty, talent, stamina and longevity. Bred by Jayne Solberg and owned by Hawk Haven Farms of Connecticut, he was ridden, to the delight of the crowd, by a beaming Cathy Vecsey. A direct grandson of both Bask and Serafix, being by The Chief Justice and out of Overlook Seratifa, this grand ambassador of the breed could not have better illustrated the durability and usefulness of the Arabian horse.

beautiful horses, seeing the New York skyline and beautiful moon as a backdrop was breathtaking. But, walking the line in the country English class was inspiring! Every rider had huge grins on their faces, having the time of their lives! I'm not sure anyone really cared what ribbon they got. Rather, they were all there in the spirit of camaraderie to showcase this beautiful breed. It felt ‘bigger,’ more important than a horse show in that respect.” Exhibitor Brooke Marie Jarvis described her feelings as she rode in the shadows of the Manhattan skyline as “joy, happiness, pure pleasure, and euphoria!” The Gold Champion Western Pleasure Horse was Monticello V, a gorgeous son of Jullyen El Jamaal and out of Mosquerade V. Bred by Varian Arabian; Joe Reser rode Monticello V for owner Lesley Farms in a beautiful


Vecsey considers her gold championship ride on HL Sanction to be a highlight of her life. “It was incredible to be able to bring Sanction to compete at such a high level, and he really rose to the occasion,” she said proudly. “It was a special memory of a lifetime for me, especially considering he is 26 and I have had him since he was four. The whole two days were surreal to me, I felt like I was ‘part of the band’ with a backstage pass! The camaraderie was incredible; everyone had packed lightly so there was a lot of sharing of forgotten items, and rooting for each other. It’s been a long time since I had so much fun!” It took a huge team to mount the whole production. International Equine Group, led by Mark Bellissimo, stuck their necks out to put all the pieces together, from striking the original deal with Donald Trump to use the ice rink and working with the Central Park Conservancy, to constructing and deconstructing the site with mini equipment that could handle the small paths and tight spaces. The finest footing was brought from the stockpile where it is stored, and then restored for next year. Michael Stone, also from IEG, facilitated everything, with

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Jim Wolf doing the same on the media side. The AHA team was there in full force under the guidance of Show Manager Glenn Petty. The constraints of Central Park limit the number of horses that can be on the grounds at one time to 50. They are vanned over from their base at the U.S. Equestrian headquarters in New Jersey during the night, housed in stables set up on a Central Park ball-field, and reloaded immediately after the day’s program is over, allowing the next day’s participants to rotate in. All told, it was a fantastic team of professionals who each did their part to make the night so special. Bart Van Buggenhout and Project Consultant Michelle Kelly were the unsung heroes of this event, with Bart promoting the idea not only to Sheikh Jassim, but also to many of the competitors who chose to bring their horses. Both were a constant presence at the arena and back at the barns, observing everything and making notes for next year. “I am very pleased,” Bart said as we watched the horses loading on to one of the vans after the show. “We had over 100 passers-by who bought tickets, and many more who watched from the sidelines. The live feed drew thousands of viewers from all over the world. We have work to do to make next year’s show even better, but I think it is safe to say that the first Arabian U.S. Open was a huge success.” Volume 46, No. 5 | 75

ARABIAN U.S. OPEN RESULTS Wednesday, September 23, 2015 ~ 06:00 PM

Arabian Senior Stallion Gold Champion OM EL AL AZEEM (Al Lahab x Om El Beneera), shown by Andy Sellman for owner Om El Arab International. Arabian Yearling Colt Gold Champion JALAL ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Annaiss), shown by Giacomo Capacci for owner Aljassimya Farm.

Arabian Senior Mare Gold Champion VALENTINO'S ANGEL MI (DA Valentino x Always An Angel), shown by Andy Sellman for owner HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Saud. 76 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Arabian Yearling Filly Gold Champion VEDETTE J (Saiaf Al Shaqab x MM Starlite Jullyen), shown by Jeff Schall for owner Lawence Jerome.

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ArAbiAn Senior StAllion HAlter GOLD - OM EL AL AZEEM (Al Lahab x Om El Beneera), B/O: Om El Arab International SILVER - MIRACLE OF MARWAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Majalina), B: Ray & Nora Tatum and Michael Byatt, O: Miracle Maker Group BRONZE – MAIHAB (True Colours x Abraxas Moonbeam), B: Abbasiyah Stud, Inc., O: Faisal Muhammad ArAbiAn Junior ColtS 2-3 YeArS GOLD - SF VERAZES QAMAR (SF Veraz x Sohos Honey Serenade), B/O: Sycamore Farm LLC SILVER - FALAH AL SHAQAB (Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph Just Emotion), B/O: Al Shaqab – Member Qatar Foundation ArAbiAn YeArling ColtS GOLD - JALAL ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Annaiss), B/O: Aljassimya Farm SILVER - IJ BELLATORE ( JJ Bellagio x TR Scarlet Ginger), B/O: Isaac and Jessica Taylor ArAbiAn Senior MAre HAlter GOLD - VALENTINO'S ANGEL MI (DA Valentino x Always An Angel), B: Mulawa Arabian Stud, O: HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Saud SILVER - CR JASMEENAH (WH Justice x Fforget-Me-Not), B: C A Ratcliffe, O: Aljassimya Farm BRONZE – GEMELLIA (Piber x Georgia), B: Michalow State Stud, O: G. Marcella Haensch ArAbiAn Junior FillieS 2-3 YeArS GOLD - EDENS MANDERLEY (Eden C x Rebecca R), B/O: Shelley MacMillan ArAbiAn YeArling FillieS GOLD - VEDETTE J (Saiaf Al Shaqab x MM Starlite Jullyen), B/O: Lawence Jerome SILVER – XXPECTATIONS (Excalibur EA x MC Psynammon), B/O: Cecil & Frances Butler and Jeff & Sybil Collins ArAbiAn CountrY engliSH PleASure GOLD - NOBLE GRACE (IXL Noble Express x Gina Afire), B: Maroon Fire Arabian, Inc, O: Springwater Farms Arabians SILVER - CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS PA (Bucharest V x Autumn Tapestry), B: Wikel Arabians, O: Sally Wheeler Maier BRONZE - BASKE ALARM (Baske Afire x VF Fires Alarm), B: Valleyfield Farm, O: Donald and Corrine Allen ArAbiAn WeStern PleASure GOLD - MONTICELLO V ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Mosquerade V), B: Varian Arabians, O: Lesley Farms LLC SILVER - HOLDIN ACES (Arezzo NL x Hollygolitely DDF), B/O: Joelle and Robert Wright BRONZE - MPA KHARIANNE (Khadraj NA x MPA Noritake), B: Karen and Andrew Wilson, O: Flois and Cindy Burrow ArAbiAn Hunter PleASure GOLD - KLINT BLACK (Desperado V x Windsong Bey), B: Suzanne Eves, O: Flois and Cindy Burrow ArAbiAn nAtive CoStuMe GOLD - HL SANCTION (The Chief Justice x Overlook Seratifa), B: Jayne Solberg, O: Hawk Haven Farms LLC SILVER - EQ ESCALADE (Bucharest V x Allurience CG), B: EQ Training Center LLC, O: Dr. James Blevins and Kimberly Butler BRONZE – SQUEEZEBOX (IXL Noble Express x MF Afires Joy), B: Kimberley Kay Munro, O: Ronald Doerrer

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Arabian Country English Pleasure Gold Champion NOBLE GRACE (IXL Noble Express x Gina Afire), shown by Carol Skeuse-Hart, owner of Springwater Farms Arabians.

Arabian Western Pleasure Gold Champion MONTICELLO V ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Mosquerade V), shown by Joe Reser for owner Lesley Farms LLC.

Arabian Hunter Pleasure Gold Champion KLINT BLACK (Desperado V x Windsong Bey), shown by Wendy Shelton for owners Flois and Cindy Burrow. 78 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Arabian Native Costume Gold Champion HL SANCTION (The Chief Justice x Overlook Seratifa), shown by Cathy Vecsey, owner of Hawk Haven Farms LLC. n


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FACES & PLACES Ji m a nd Peter St ac how sk i of St ac how sk i Fa r m, g r a ciou sly host t he A r a bi a n Hor s e A s soci at ion’s R e g i st r at ion C om m is sion f a l l me e t i n g a nd Bre e der s For u m i n Ma nt u a , Oh io. The Registration Commission holds two meetings hosted by breeders in different parts of the country as a way for it to meet and discuss ideas and concerns with breeders everywhere. On Saturday, September 19, around 50 people gathered for a wonderful presentation of Arabian and Half-Arabian show horses with detailed explanations of pedigrees and characteristics from Jim Stachowski. Following lunch, the Breeders Forum took place with a lively question and answer session which included long-time breeders Dr. James and Jeanne Rooker, as well as newer breeders. The open sharing of ideas and information was a great boost for all who attended. n



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AFIRES SOLDIER (Afire Bey V x Werina, by Manno) Bay Half-Arabian Gelding AFIRES SPELLBOUND (Afire Bey V x LBC Nobelinda, by MHR Nobility) Bay Arabian MACKINAW EXPRESS (IXL Noble Express x Brassmis, by Brass) Black Bay Arabian NOBLE BAKARI (IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire, by Afire Bey V) Bay Arabian NOBLE FX (IXL Noble Express x Foxy Afire, by Afire Bey V) Black Bay Arabian NOBLE REVERENCE (IXL Noble Express x Renee Afire, by Afire Bey V) Bay Arabian NOBLE REVERIE (IXL Noble Express x Radiant Afire, by Afire Bey V) Bay Arabian SPARTACUS AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Rimone GW, by Manno) Bay Half-Arabian Gelding

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2013 Fillies BOKARA AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Noble Blossom, by IXL Noble Express) Chestnut Arabian AFIRES REJOICE (Afire Bey V x Joleen WB, by MHR Nobility) Bay Arabian GOLDD STARR (Fire and Goldd x Afires Starr, by Afire Bey V) Chestnut Arabian GOLDD STREAK (Fire and Goldd x Vee Gates, by Majesteit) Chestnut Half-Arabian NICOLETTE AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Her Nobility, by *Elimar) Bay Arabian STARLIGHT AFIRE (Afire Bey V x JKF Sashay, by Hucks Heritage V) Chestnut Arabian SWEETEST FIRE (Afire Bey V x Sweet ‘n Nutty, by Undulata’s Nutcracker) Bay Half-Arabian

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NOBLE REIGN (IXL Noble Express x Radiant Afire, by Afire Bey V) Bay Arabian Gelding NANNETTE AFIRE (Afire Bey V x Noble Jenna, by IXL Noble Express) Bay Arabian Mare

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The Third Annual ArAbiAn FoAl FestivAl


Quintessential California sunshine graced the 3rd Annual Arabian Foal Festival at its beautiful new location in Los Olivos, a quaint town within the Arabian-rich Santa Ynez Valley. Having outgrown its old home due to the popularity of the event, this year world-renowned equine veterinarian Doug Herthel and his wife Sue hosted the Foal Festival at their lovely facility.


With two years under its belt, the Foal Festival has built its foundation for the future. As co-organizer Bart Van Buggenhout said, “The baby is growing up well! Last year, I still had some doubts, but I feel very confident in the growth and future of the program after this year. Passersby stopped in and stayed for some time. Some went to the show office for more information. Greg Gallùn, who with his wife Nancy and show manager Michelle Kelly making up part of the organizing committee, agrees, “Seeing the parking lot overflowing and the attendance at ringside quite active was really gratifying. There was a true feeling of happiness in the air. It reminded me of the era when exhibitor parties were held at our shows, and win or lose, we really were interested in each other’s opinions and take on the show.” The outdoor venue, flowers and friendly atmosphere drew many passersby. Driving past on the rural highway, people noticed and pulled in to check out what was happening … one couple swore that they had been searching for a new home, and the atmosphere at the Foal Festival made them feel as if they had found it. Van Buggenhout explains the draw, “Newcomers are intimidated by big indoor shows. The Foal Festival is in a small arena, with no more than five horses per class and no pressure; it makes it interesting for the audience. They can pick the winner and here, the judges explain their placings. At big shows, with 20-30 horses in a class, it is not understandable to newcomers. New people can only be attracted when they aren’t overwhelmed. Here, there are no big expense issues … it is you and your horse … an entry level show.” Longtime breeder Sigi Siller, who moved her Om El Arab stud farm to the Santa Ynez Valley from Europe, is a huge proponent of the concept. “I definitely believe that grassroots shows like our Foal Festival will stimulate growth in our breed,” she said. “Normal shows have become too expensive and complicated for small breeders to attend,” she continued. “They do not feel like they have a level playing field with the big farms. Also, the small breeder has lost the marketability of the horses they breed. Hopefully, this kind of concept will give our industry a boost for the better.” The first day of the strictly amateur event included in-hand, or halter classes, offered in two divisions, Novice Handler and Amateur Handler. Once a handler accumulates a certain amount of points via wins, they are moved up to the Amateur category to ensure an even playing field for all entries. Horses were also required to be new to showing, with checks in place to make certain that none had a clear advantage. Three excellent judges, Shawn Crews, Lisa Markley and Bill Melendez, did a phenomenal job, going out of their way to be supportive, and attentive to all participants. They gave far more of themselves than a

judge typically does by explaining their rationale for their choices in a true learning environment. Lara Ames has been a horsewoman all her life, and is also the publisher of AHT. She was impressed with what she saw. “I would love to see shows all over the U.S. doing this,” she said. “I feel it really gives the small breeder a chance. This was a great event, where everyone felt equal. Yes, big farms participated, but with amateur handlers. The show awarded a large breeder and a small breeder award to honor both.” Siller gives us insight into how a big farm like Om El Arab participates. “We prepare our horses at home on the farm for the show. They do not have to be sent away to trainers because only real amateurs are showing them.” It is the perfect way to introduce the foals to the outside world. She continues, “They present themselves in a very 100 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

happy and relaxed manner. No hard stand up is asked from them. In our case, the girl who handles the horses every day and feeds and takes care of them was showing them. You could just see that they loved her and trotted in the most proud and trusting way.” The innovative classes struck a positive chord with Ames also. “I loved the trail in-hand class on Sunday. What a great way for all to feel like they can get a piece of the pie; and $6,500 to first! It was only for geldings, so a great way to showcase them.” That class had novice and amateur divisions for yearlings and two-year olds. In the future, there will be a class for three-year old horses ridden over simple obstacles, such as a bridge or gate to complete the three-year cycle. Once the horse reaches the end of the cycle, they leave the program, making way for the next year’s foal crop to enter. New this year was the Breeder’s Challenge, an opportunity for breeders to think outside their own programs to understand their neighbors’ motivations. Santa Ynez Valley breeders each donated a stallion service into a pot, and were able to draw one that was not their own in return. The ‘challenge’ is to work out how best to use it. One year is given to get a mare in foal and a report explaining the rationale of the breeding decision must be relayed at the following Foal Festival. The resulting foals are eligible for dedicated prize money. Buggenhout recalls, “The interesting thing was watching the reactions when people made their selection from the pot. Some were obviously very happy, some kept a poker face to our amusement. Next year will be a special year because the first Breeder’s Challenge foals will be shown.” Prize money is a big factor, too. The Gelding Futurity is a huge success and the cornerstone of the program. The gold champion earned $4,000, with $2000 to silver and $1,500 to bronze. There are plans for a yearling-gelding auction, where all proceeds would go for future prize money. Since new people and backyard breeders are the market for geldings, it gives opportunities for them to have fun and succeed. There are plans to add a live feed to the show for 2016, especially if the location can remain the same, as it provides a perfect visual experience that could promote sponsorship opportunities. Greg Gallùn can see the benefit to the breed as a whole, “If owners and potential breeders can take part in a show that is not only inclusive and fun, but also offers high quality horses,” he said, “I personally feel we will see renewed interest in the breed. Time will tell … we have, from its inception, tried to include owners and breeders that may be reluctant or unsure about competing in big shows. We really hope that all people who show in or attend this event feel welcomed and appreciated.” From the smiling faces seen all around the grounds, everyone felt welcome, indeed.

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Board member Bart Van Buggenhout with judges: Lisa Markley, Bill Melendez and Shawn Crews.

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Austin Gallun with the judges, receiving a Foal Fest handler award.

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Junior Colts/GeldinGs noviCe ChAmpionship—

Gold: OM EL BELLAMI (WH Justice x Om El Bellona), B/O: Om El Arab International Silver: MOJA VI SRM (ZT Magnanimus x Viva Marwan), B: Sheila Stewart, O: Santiago Ramirez Bronze: NUGGHATS AMIR (Nugghat VF x Alada Flamin Fortune), B/O: Cindy Bevier Hodges

Junior Colts/GeldinGs AmAteur ChAmpionship—

Gold: PROMETEUSZ (FA El Shawan x Pianissima), B: Janow Podlaski/Gallún Farms, O: Janow Podlaski Silver: SHAHEEN C (Stival x Silken Sable), B/O: Gallún Farms Bronze: THE SEEKER V (Audacious PS x Satine IA), B/O: Varian Arabians

Junior Fillies noviCe ChAmpionship—

Gold: OM EL JUSTADORABLE (WH Justice x Om El Shahmaandura), B/O: Om El Arab International Silver: NOOR EL NIL SMF (Magestic Noble SMF x Ansata Nile Starlight), B/O: Silver Maple Farms, Inc. Bronze: A LOVES PREMIRA (IA Ambassador x Alasting Love VF), B/O: Dianne Peitak

Junior Fillies AmAteur ChAmpionship—

Gold: JENAN ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Redwood Lodge Saffiqa), B/O: Aljassimya Farm Silver: ARWA ALJASSIMYA (Besson Carol x Athina El Jamaal), B/O: Aljassimya Farm Bronze: MONYAT ALJASSIMYA (Monther Al Nasser x RP Miss Surprise), B/O: Aljassimya Farm

Colts FoAl/WeAnlinG ChAmpionship—

Gold: MISRAH ALJASSIMYA (Om El Bellisimo x RP Miss Surprise), B/O: Aljassimya Farm Silver: OM EL BERTIGO (Baha AA x Om El Benecia), B/O: Om El Arab International Bronze: MONTASIR ALJASSIMYA (Monther Al Nasser x Aurora Aljassimya), B/O: Aljassimya Farm

Fillies FoAl/WeAnlinG ChAmpionship—

Gold: JAZANAH ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Billy Jean Baps), B/O: Aljassimya Farm Silver: SIHR ALJASSIMYA (S.M.A. Magic One x Show Blessed), B/O: Aljassimya Farm Bronze: CHARIS RBV (Hariry Al Shaqab x Jakhara Jamal JCA), B: RBV, O: Karen Cunningham

sAntA Ynez hAlter ChAmpionship—

Gold: NABIL AJF (El Nabila B x Om El Soraya), B: Aljassimya Farm, O: Ronald York Silver: MAHZEER AJF (Monther Al Nasser x Dubravka), B/O: Aljassimya Farm Bronze: SHAH AJF (Monther Al Nasser x Om El Shadream), B: Aljassimya Farm, O: Ann & Tony Pejsa

trAil in-hAnd noviCe hAndler A ChAmpionship—

Gold: NUGGHATS AMIR (Nugghat VF x Alada Flamin Fortune), B/O: Cindy Bevier Hodges Silver: JASIR ALJASSIMYA (ZT Marwteyn x CR Jasmeenah), B: Aljassimya Farm, O: Ashley Dillard Bronze: MISSBAH AJF (Monther Al Nasser x RP Miss Surprise), B: Aljassimya Farm, O: Travis Burnett

trAil in-hAnd AmAteur hAndler A ChAmpionship— Gold: PRISTYNA (Stival x EVG Pilahr), B/O: Gallún Farms

Junior trAil in-hAnd noviCe hAndler b ChAmpionship—

Gold: MATTAR AJF (Monthar Al Nasser x Bint Shaia), B/O: Aljassimya Farm Silver: OM EL SADIKI (Om El Al Azeem x Om El Shaheera), B: Om El Arab International, O: Sophie Mertz

Junior trAil in-hAnd AmAteur hAndler b ChAmpionship—

Gold: LETISHA (FA El Shawan x BHF Shahs Lullaby), B/O: Gallún Farms Silver: MON AMIEE (Eden C x WCA Mon Cherie), B/O: Gallún Farms Bronze: MONTHAR AJF (Monthar Al Nasser x Bruma Bahamas), B: Aljassimya Farm, O: Nancy Hunsicker

produCe oF dAm ChAmpionship—

Gold: BILLY JEAN BAPS (A.S. Sinans x A.S. Imaani), B: C. Mevr. Vanhie, O: Aljassimya Farm

Get oF sire ChAmpionship—

Gold: WH JUSTICE (Magnum Psyche x Von Sher-Renea), B: Wendell Hansen, O: Equid Systems, Ltd. Silver: MONTHER AL NASSER (Ansata Hejazi x Aliah Al Nasser), B: Al Nasser Stud, O: Aljassimya Farm Bronze: SYMBOLIC SMF (Magistic Noble SMF x Shaboura), B/O: Silver Maple Farms, Inc. 104 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES


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Pts. Awarded: Champion = 9 pts., Reserve = 4 pts., 3rd Place = 1 pt. HANDLER Gold: Silver: Bronze:

Yvonne Van Stiphout Jennifer Brawley Austin Gallún

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SIRE Gold: Silver: Bronze:

WH Justice Monther Al Nasser FA El Shawan

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SMALL BREEDER Gold: Gallún Farms Silver: Silver Maple Farms, Inc. Bronze, tie: Cindy Bevier Hodges Bronze, tie: Diane Peitak

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LARGE BREEDER Gold: Aljassimya Farm Silver: Om El Arab Intl. Bronze: Varian Arabians

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Gold Champion Junior Colt/Gelding Novice OM EL BELLAMI (WH Justice x Om El Bellona), bred and owned by Om El Arab International.

Gold Champion Junior Colt/Gelding Amateur PROMETEUSZ (FA El Shawan x Pianissima), bred by Janow Podlaski/GallĂşn Farms and owned by Janow Podlaski.

Gold Champion Junior Filly Novice OM EL JUSTADORABLE (WH Justice x Om El Shahmaandura), bred and owned by Om El Arab International.

Gold Champion Junior Filly Amateur JENAN ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Redwood Lodge Saffiqa), bred and owned by Aljassimya Farm.

Gold Champion Colt Foal/Weanling MISRAH ALJASSIMYA (Om El Bellisimo x RP Miss Surprise), bred and owned by Aljassimya Farm.

Gold Champion Filly Foal/Weanling JAZANAH ALJASSIMYA (WH Justice x Billy Jean Baps), bred and owned by Aljassimya Farm.


Gold Champion Santa Ynez Halter NABIL AJF (El Nabila B x Om El Soraya), bred by Aljassimya Farm and owned by Ronald York.

Gold Champion Trail In-Hand Novice Handler A NUGGHATS AMIR (Nugghat VF x Alada Flamin Fortune), bred and owned by Cindy Bevier Hodges.

Gold Champion Junior Trail In-Hand Novice Handler B MATTAR AJF (Monthar Al Nasser x Bint Shaia), bred and owned by Aljassimya Farm.

Gold Champion Junior Trail In-Hand Amateur Handler B LETISHA, right (FA El Shawan x BHF Shahs Lullaby), bred and owned by GallĂşn Farms.

Gold Champion Produce of Dam BILLY JEAN BAPS (A.S. Sinans x A.S. Imaani), bred by C. Mevr. Vanhie and owned by Aljassimya Farm.

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Jim And Sally Bedeker G EM I N I AC R ES EQ U I N E ~ C AV E C R EEK , A R IZO N A & M O R R I S, I L L I N O I S



How did your love for the Arabian horse come about? In the late 80s, our transportation business was expanding into California. After spending some time there, we fell in love with the area and decided to purchase some acreage in the Temecula area. This area happened to be wine and horse country at the time. After our arrival, we were invited to an open house and presentation at an Arabian horse farm. We fell in love with the spirit of the Arabian and purchased our first horse on that day. By the end of that year, we owned 4-5 horses and the rest is history.


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“ We love to be with the horses in their natural environment, out at pasture enjoying the lush green grass and suns hine .”

How many years have you been in the Arabian horse business? About 25 years now. To date, what has been your most gratifying moment in the horse business? We greatly enjoy the breeding aspect of the Arabian industry. Researching pedigrees, waiting with excitement through the gestation and enjoying the foals as they grow up are all very gratifying moments for both Sally and I. With that said, the highest level of gratification we can receive is when one of our Gemini-bred babies is sold and goes off to win with their new owner, a Scottsdale Championship, National Championship, or a prestigious award of that caliber. For us it is not about selling the horse and making the money, it is about watching new owners enjoy their Gemini-bred horse, live the Arabian lifestyle, and win great prizes! One of the most recent examples of this would be Artemas GA; he was bred by us, bought by great friends and clients, Stella Bella Arabians, and went on to become the Scottsdale Champion Arabian Classic Colt this year with Rodolfo Guzzo. Artemas was also the Arabian Breeders World Cup Champion Yearling Colt before he began his European tour where he has also been very successful—a very gratifying moment for Sally and myself as breeders indeed! Who is your all-time favorite horse and why? This is hard to narrow down to just one, as we have been fortunate to have many wonderful horses throughout the years. I would have to say that Goddess of Marwan is at the top of our list. As a weanling, she was stunning and highly sought after. Many people were placing offers and attempting to purchase her, but Sally and I came out on top and purchased this young filly. In our eyes, Goddess of Marwan raised the bar for the price on weanlings and she was worth every penny. She was only shown a few

Goddess of Marwan times and won unanimously each time, including the 2006 U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly. Goddess of Marwan was our first very high caliber show horse and will always have a special place in our hearts. What is the perfect day for you two? We love to be with the horses in their natural environment, out at pasture enjoying the lush green grass and sunshine. Nothing completes a day more, than walking out to the pastures and simply watching them. We have many acres of pasture at our Illinois facility where the mares and their foals roam. Gemini has bred some amazing horses over the years. In 20 years from now, what would you like the Gemini breeding program to be known for? We hope Volume 46, No. 5 | 111

“ We greatly enjoy the breeding aspect of the Arabian indu s tr y.�

Special Moments (Da Vinci FM x Full Moon Astar) and Sally & Jim Bedeker. to continue improving the Arabian horse, increasing the Arabian type and producing correct conformation. I thought about this question quite a bit and reflected on where the Arabian horse was in the 1970s compared to where they are today. It is really quite impressive how far the Arabian horse has come. We hope to continue that positive improvement and stay at the forefront of extreme Arabian type. What is the main focus of your new facility in Arizona? In short, this facility was designed to be a marketing center for the Arabian horse. It can easily be broken down into 2 parts:

ZA Primaverah and Jim Bedeker.


1. We strive to create an atmosphere that matches the extraordinary Arabian horse. We want to present our Arabian horses in an environment that matches the luxurious and inviting lifestyle that the Arabian horse



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represents. If you go to purchase a Mercedes Benz, the dealership will not show you the car in a gravel parking lot; our Arabian horses should be presented in an environment that is as memorable as the horses being presented. Boating enthusiasts congregate at the Yacht Club and golfers enjoy their Club House after a round of golf; Gemini Acres Equine is the destination for those who love the Arabian horse, to enjoy a drink, hors d’oeuvres and to be entertained by them. 2. The second part to our Scottsdale facility is a strong vision of ours, but is still in the working stages. I would love to see high-end production auctions held here. To many people, equine auctions have a negative connotation, a place to sell the less desirable horses. To me, auctions can be so much more than that. They can

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be exciting and fun. They can be a wonderful place for breeders to sell their best horses and get the highest dollar. Look at the Barrett Jackson or Pride of Poland, both very well run auctions with wonderful outcomes and very high-end products to sell, cars and horses alike. Done right, I strongly believe this could be a great event for our breed. The facility in Arizona has held some amazing events; why do you feel it is so important to have these events and invite the general public to them? Without exciting events that are open to the public, how do we expect to introduce the Arabian horse to new people? We have a long-term vision for Gemini Acres Equine and the Arabian breed as a whole. Our goal is to acquaint the general public to beautiful Arabian horses and the lifestyle that goes along with them. Our Farm Manager, Taylor Mason, not only has a strong background with the Arabian horse, he also has great experience in the hospitality world. Together, these wonderful talents give us an upper hand in taking care of the guests and clients of Gemini! We believe that if you treat people right and show them a good time with the Arabian horse, those who have a passion for the animal will come back and join our Arabian community. How many foals do you have coming in 2016? We have 22 expected foals for 2016. It is a large foal crop and we are very excited for all that is to come! Can you share with us some of the foals you will be expecting in 2016? JJ Bellagio has proven himself as a very successful producer with a great emphasis on type. We have given him some of our best mares for the 2016 foal crop and have very high hopes for the outcome.

Ebony By Valentino and Jim Bedeker.

Gemini Acres Equine breeds and owns both Arabian and Friesen horses. What is your favorite characteristic about each of the two breeds and why? Spirit and type are at the top of my list for the Arabian horse. They are such an artistically created animal—truly a thing of beauty—and I cannot get enough of them. The Friesen horse has the most regal appearance, especially the stallions. They are a very personable horse as well. Every time I walk up to the fence of their pasture, they come running up to greet me! ■


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by Theresa Cardamone

As the chill of winter begins to take hold in the Northern Hemisphere, Arabian aficionados are happy to flock to the other side of the world to attend the annual Brazilian Arabian National Championship events. A five-day affair, the Brazilian Nationals showcases the finest Arabians Brazil has to offer, competing in a wide range of disciplines. Halter, performance, dressage, cross-country, and Arabian racing will be featured. 116 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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Of interest to many exhibitors is the fact that a new judging system will be used to score halter classes this year. According to longtime Brazilian breeder and owner Paulo Jamil Saliba of Rach Stud, “Last year, they used the European scoring system, but the majority of breeders and exhibitors voted for the return of the familiar comparative system, again with five judges, excluding the highest and the lowest scores, following the American system. Overall, the European system was not a comfortable fit, it just doesn’t look like Brazilian Nationals!” Saliba’s family has been instrumental in the development and recent resurgence of Arabian racing in Brazil and he serves as the Racing Director of ABCCA, the national racing association. There are two stakes races planned at the Jockey Club of São Paulo during the Nationals. “Yes, like the last two years, we will run two important races, the Grand Prix Nacional do Cavalo Árabe, for males and females, and the Grand Prix Arabian Ladies, of course, just for mares,” Saliba explains. Racing provides an exciting added dimension to the Nationals schedule. Brazilian breeders produce a significant percentage of all purebred Arabians foaled each year. Brazilian-bred horses have found new homes in the most significant breeding programs all over the world. Brazilians have developed a variety of the disciplines in which they can enjoy their versatile horses. And they have a National Championship event where each of those disciplines is showcased to its best advantage. There in November, the 2015 Brazilian National Champions will be revealed to an eager, global audience. ■

Champion race horse All Pol Rach (Polonez x After The Rapture, by Aristo Kossack) and Paulo Saliba.

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elmar holds a special place in the annals of Brazilian Arabian horse history. Bred in the United States by Delta Arabians, Delmar made a name for himself as one of the greatest broodmare sires Brazil has ever seen, when he was imported to South America by Dr. Aloysio Faria to stand at his Fazenda Fortaleza. Dr. Faria is greatly admired for his ability to select horses that would breed on, and Delmar fulfilled that promise. Every breeder knows the value of the maternal grandsire in their horses’ pedigrees, which is why *Delmar’s daughters are treasured producers for astute breeders all over the world, such as Mr. and Mrs C. R. Watts at their Halsdon Stud in England, where the blood of *Delmar is much appreciated.

Olivia K, bred by Murilo Kammer in Brazil and now owned by Johanna Ullström of Belgium, is the perfect example of the level of quality the daughters of Delmar produce. Olivia K is a daughter of Borsalino K and AF Nadia, a daughter of Delmar.

A son of the Russian-bred United States National Champion Stallion *Marsianin, himself a son of Aswan out of the incredible *Magnolia, *Delmar’s mother was Love Melody, the product of two other U.S. National Champions, *Aladdinn and Bask Melody who carry strong lines to Ofir. His pedigree structure, blending Nazeer with Ofir, is as successful now as it was then, as evidenced by superstar mare *Wieza Mocy who brings Nazeer through her sire QR Marc, and Ofir through her dam. *Delmar’s legacy continues to grow in Brazil, where he is often seen in the pedigrees of champions. Sometimes he makes a clean sweep of it, as happened in 2012 when two of his maternal grandsons, Farah Al Ventur (x AF Fanola) and Aladin LA (x AF Hanolina) were named Brazilian National Champion Junior Colt and reserve, respectively. The *Delmar daughters are as refined and lovely as their late sire, who passed in 2010 at the age of 26. California breeder, Carol Steppe, wrote about seeing him when she visited Brazil some years ago, “His presence, beauty, and perfect conformation (at age 21) just thrilled me to the core of my being. Dr. Faria joined us as we then watched in utter awe as they brought out one *Delmar daughter after another with perfect bodies, gorgeous faces, shapely necks, and tiny throats. When they turned them loose, those mares gathered themselves into some of the best moving horses I have ever seen.” n

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A JUDGE’S PERSPECTIVE Leslie Connor with Jeff Wallace Could you give us a brief history of your judging career; number of years as a judge, some of the prominent shows you have judged, and all the countries you have judged in? I have been judging horses for many, many years. I have had my card in the Arabian division of USEF (formerly AHSA) since 1975! I now hold cards in ten divisions and to date, have judged over 250 approved shows in eleven different countries on five continents. More than 40 of them were national or regional championships. In addition to the United States and Canada, I have judged in: Sweden, Great Britain (3), France, Belgium (2), The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia (3), Brazil (3), and South Africa. Highlights of my career judging Arabians include the U.S. Nationals five times, the Canadian Nationals twice, the Arabian Nationals of Sweden and Australia, and now for the second time, the Brazilian Nationals! Can you tell us what you are most looking forward to this year while judging the Brazilian Nationals? The exciting challenge of evaluating extremely high-quality Arabian horses! Will you be judging both the halter and performance? Yes, both. When judging a halter horse in a breeding class, what is the most important function you look for? I believe the most important function of Arabian horses— including halter horses—is ultimately, the ability to be ridden or driven in some capacity. Be it for pleasure or 120 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

show, I think the breed should be producing horses with structurally sound conformation, and in particular, good legs and feet, that will enable them to go under saddle or in harness successfully. So, when I judge a halter horse, I am also thinking along these lines. It’s always “form to function.” In the halter world, there is a lot of emphasis put on taking the stress off a horse. When you have a horse presented to you, do you find it important to be presented in a stress-free manner? Of course I do! I think we all want to see a horse who is not showing signs of intimidation, and who exhibits a confident, proud, and happy demeanor. I love a horse whose presentation says, “Look at me!” When you watch a horse on a loose lead walk in an in-hand class, what are you looking for? I really pay a lot of attention to the horses when they walk on a loose lead because during that time, I can really “see” them as they “are.”  I look for overall quality, substance, and balance, and how they stride forward, both front and hind. I take special note of how the neck is set on, their coupling, and how smooth they are over the topline when they are relaxed, because these areas can be made to appear quite different in the stand-up! In a performance class, if a horse makes a mistake, but clearly was the best horse, how do you handle the mistake in your placing? I showed horses for over thirty years (both in halter and performance), so I have experienced innumerable situations that resulted in my horse making a mistake. From sudden noises, to things

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being dropped over the rail right in front of my mount, or being suddenly cut off by another entry, etc., etc., I am fully aware of all that can happen that is beyond the control of the rider and/or the horse. So, if the obviously “best” horse in the class shies briefly, or breaks gait for a stride or two, either because he is just really “trying” hard, or because of some other disruption, and he recovers quickly, I will penalize him very little, if at all. I would never place a horse that is inferior in many respects over a horse who is superior and who makes a mistake. Now, if the superior horse really acts up, he would have to be penalized accordingly. What is the best advice you can give an exhibitor or owner that is competing at their first Nationals? I would say to them, to feel a great sense of accomplishment that they have qualified to show in a national event, to try their best, enjoy the moment and, win or lose, always exhibit good sportsmanship! As a judge, what is your biggest pet peeve? Two of my pet peeves concerning the halter ring are, first of all, having a handler who repeatedly circles his horse at a canter, constantly snatching it, and is unable to get his horse to trot for more than a stride or two. Secondly, it often happens that when I ask a handler to walk straight away for a few steps, and then trot straight to the rail, he (or she) doesn’t walk at all, and trots away at such an angle that I can’t possibly see how the horse tracks! I will ask them to try again, but if they ignore my request a second time, I have to assume that the horse has a problem they are trying to conceal.

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What would most be surprised to know about you? I am a HUGE sports fan—I watch lots of ATP events (especially when Rafael Nadal is playing!); I watch every St. Louis Cardinals game (when I am in town); most of the Chiefs’ games, and I watch lots of college football and basketball! What is your proudest judging moment? I would have to say my proudest moment judging was when I stepped into the ring in Freedom Hall in Louisville to judge my first National class, and both my parents were there supporting me. But as for thrilling and exciting moments I have had judging, there are too many to count! I am so fortunate to get to do something I love very much! n Volume 46, No. 5 | 121


Are We Marketing The Arabian Horse Correctly? Why ‘Commoditization’ Is The Dirtiest Word In Our Vocabulary by Dick Adams

A product or service becomes “commoditized” when a vendor’s specific offering (relative to quality and value) is perceived as almost indistinguishable from many others. And, when the market is soft, this “commodity” expands into a more broadly, populated and generalized product that has minimal positive marketability. Commoditization is why some produce is sold by the pound and not by the piece. Beef producers sell their “commodity” by the market bearing pound, while cattle bloodstock breeders sell the individual for its appraised quality related to its productive value. 122 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

In our Arabian horse business, the act of making a product or service easy to obtain by unintentionally making it as uniform, plentiful and affordable as possible, can generate a loser’s mentality. At that point, the cost (not the quality) of the product becomes the determination. As a result of innovative technology, easily available education and the simple fact that many products and services are similar, the majority of Arabian horse products and support services become commoditized

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and, therefore, widely accessible, but not in demand. Support providers (trainers, veterinarians, farriers and promotional entities) all have credible but similar services to offer. Often, instead of clearly establishing value to the client (while maintaining a high profitability), the service provider reduces the cost and, ultimately, the service and/or quality of the service. In this process, the end product, most often, does not reach its maximum ability for either the client or the vendor. This is what I refer to as being client and vendor “benign”; not positive - not negative. But because little (if anything) is actually accomplished, the analysis of cost and time expenditure could show that it was actually negative to both the client and vendor. Why, because the Arabian horse “product” is a fluctuating value. For instance, over a continuous three year period of time, an Arabian colt will reach a number of value points where (for that period) his value is maximum as relative to his optimum show and marketability. If he is not appropriately and successfully shown or marketed, his value might go down; or drop below the appreciable cost/profit point. The additional expenditures in training, board and husbandry, and promotion will exceed the increase in his market value. Therefore, in the world of traditional Arabian horse product selling, the market, often, believes that (relative to current economics) your equine product and/or service costs are too high. Relative to supply and demand, the supply is there and the demand is attracted to the lower cost. Even when your product or service is superior to your competitions, prospective buyers, still, tend to “commoditize.” They understand that they can rationalize and, therefore, leverage the argument that there are many similar, basically uniform, plentiful and affordable product/services available. They do this in order to make the price/fee an issue, ultimately resulting in price concessions and profit margin erosion on your part. Why is this tactic such a common occurrence? Most marketers/vendors use the same decision making processes and utilize “traditional” sales methods and techniques that generate similar responses in buyers. Investopedia (a premiere resource for investing education, personal finance, market analysis and free trading simulators) describes a “commodity” as being: “A basic

product/good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type.” A product (Arabian horse) that is “…interchangeable with other commodities of the same type.” Therefore, a majority of the Arabian horse product is certainly interchangeable and therefore a commodity. And, relative to the current market’s strength, a possible 85% of Arabian horses do not reach the ideal marketable value sought by the seller. Investopedia goes on in stating: “Commodities are most often used as inputs in the production of other goods or services.” This means that the Arabian horse is the “hub” of many collateral products and services. Service providers (farriers, veterinarians, trainers) and vendors (feed stores, tack stores, promotion services) are all dependent on the economics of the prime product; the Arabian horse. So, from this base, let’s establish the Arabian horse as the primary commodity. The quality of a given horse/ commodity may differ slightly, but it is essentially uniform across producers. When it is effectively appraised for value, an Arabian horse must also meet specified and perceivable minimum standards, also known as a basis grade. But, with the current economics in play, let’s refer to this as a “liability” grade. At what point does the commodity have a negative value or present a liability to the owner? What is the “water-line” separating profit from loss? To correctly analyze the market, we must identify and develop an understanding of the play of affecters and effecters! • An “affecter” is a stimulant that produces a change in or influences something. • An “effecter” is the result or change that has occurred. To accomplish this, we can perform a simple economic impact analysis to examine the effect of an event on the socioeconomics as felt in a specified geographical area, ranging from a single neighborhood to the entire globe. It usually measures changes in the values of business revenue, business profits, personal wages, and/or jobs. It will show you how the commodity is “pushed down” Volume 46, No. 5 | 123

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from the top when the economy fluctuates. It never quite recovers each time. The goal to benchmark success, is to separate your product from all others! That means, your product must go beyond being perceived as just another “quality” commodity to being better (or ideally) the best of its class or category. And in doing this, you must establish your product as a premier value. Smooth process/service and superior product equal superior results! But, in doing so, you must be able to survive and pass through the wormhole of time and expense in developing your product. What I refer to as the wormhole is the period of time that (realistically) would be necessary to maximize a horse’s/product’s outreach potential, to the most advantageous demographic. Too often, clients are disappointed with the results of months of expenditures paid to entities that have pledged to do their best to attain client pleasing results. For the most part, the time is similar to the description of the theoretical feature of time that would be, fundamentally, a “shortcut” through the space/time continuum, a wormhole; moving from one point in space/time to another point without crossing and enduring the wide space between. In the fields of Arabian horse promotion and marketing, a wormhole is, also, a theoretical feature of time that would, fundamentally, be a “shortcut” through the statistical valued space/time continuum that should create positive results, but does not. Well, this pattern of space/time continuum does not exist within the Arabian horse promotional and marketing realm. No short cuts (through time) that have the ability to produce positive growth and value improvements. In essence, a promotional/marketing wormhole would be that significant expanse of time where little or nothing positive has occurred, and there is no indication that your product’s conditions were improved. A horse goes into full training, and after three or four months, there is little or no positive and constructive improvement. The three to four months of no or minimal progress is the wormhole period. A three to four month period of trustful “blind” anticipation where you expect to reach your goal.


So, you will need to create a product/service approach that can pass through the wormhole of the production processes to clearly defined client benefits/results. Benefits/results that are readily seen by the client as well as others! A product that will be of maximum qualitative value to the client and both quantitative and qualitative to you, the vendor. Noteworthy: The multi-breed equine markets are affected by the broader economy. When economic times are good, certain “commoditized” areas of the horse market usually see healthy growth or sustainability. When economic times aren’t so good, those same parts (commodities) don’t tend to do too well. The economy affects the overall horse market and impacts two of its major segments in an especially noticeable manner: breedings and sales. • Breeding Starts. Breeding starts are tracked by the number of new breedings that begin in any particular month of the calendar year. In a strong economy, people are more likely to buy breedings and in a weak economy they’re less likely to do so. Breeding starts are key indicators of a healthy equine economy and they affect related markets such as training, horse sales, vendor services and products, and the quality of equine related employment itself. • Horse Sales. Horse sales, in general, are normally directly tied to an economy’s health, and rise and fall with economic activity. As the economy slows, the supply of discretionary spending and venture investments tend to become more restrictive. As money becomes harder to come by, fewer horses successfully pass through the market. With restrictive discretionary spending, we clearly see fewer buyers available. A greater supply of product and economic recessionary conditions, coupled with a lower demand for the product, generally forces prices downward. So, until the economy improves to a much higher ceiling or personal limit to discretionary spending by the Arabian horse “lover,” the current producer must break out of the condition of commoditization to prosper! And today, we must consider the influences of the international market place. ■


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Joining Forces Guzzo Worldwide & Royal Arabians

by McKay Stirland Time and talent often bring change—evolving into a significant single and inspiring force. Royal Arabians, LLC and Guzzo Worldwide, LLC are joining forces, collecting the abilities of extraordinary owners, international halter and performance trainers, and beautiful Arabian show and breeding horses. “It is a remarkable adventure,” says Cindy McGown, owner of Royal Arabians, located in Mesa and Scottsdale, Ariz. “Combining the efforts and abilities of both companies creates a broader base of strength and resources, with superior services to both companies’ many excited clients.”

Rodolfo, Natalia and Giovanni Guzzo. “I think Guzzo Worldwide joining forces with Royal Arabians is a natural transition into a distinct greater and deeper force,” states Rodolfo Guzzo, owner of Guzzo Worldwide at Royal Arabians. “You can almost see the excitement at the farm. Our group of halter and performance trainers combine so much experience and talent, that the present and future are boundless. We are excited to work together with Cindy and her team.”

Mark Davis and Cindy McGown.

Cindy McGown grew up the oldest child in a very poor family living in San Bernardino, Calif. “We didn’t have much of anything,” remembers Cindy. Today, Cindy is a highly successful entrepreneur who currently owns seven businesses in the diverse industries of aviation, property management and investment, construction, manufacturing and music. As with many Arabian enthusiasts, Cindy’s connection with the Arabian horse began with her daughter. “From birth, Amanda loved all animals. However, once she could talk, Amanda wanted a horse more than anything. And so Sky Fire came into our lives—our first Arabian. She was Amanda’s best childhood friend.” By 2005, what started with Amanda and Sky Fire had bloomed into a thriving adventure. With the foresight and commitment Mark Davis and Cindy McGown are known for, they purchased their first farm in Mesa, Ariz.—now known as Royal Arabians. “We love Mesa,” smiles Cindy. “It’s a little removed from the bustle of Phoenix and fits our lifestyle perfectly.

Amanda and Sky Fire.

“It is a remarkable adventure; combining the efforts and abilities of both companies creates a broader base of strength and resources, with superior services to both companies’ many excited clients.” —Cindy McGown

“I think Guzzo Worldwide joining forces with Royal Arabians is a natural transition into a distinct greater and deeper force.”

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We also enjoy Sedona, when time permits; though time often doesn’t permit. With seven successful businesses, it’s difficult to break away.” Captivated by what Cindy says are “the most beautiful of horses with the most interesting personalities,” Cindy and Mark purchased their second farm from North Arabians on Cactus Road in Scottsdale, Ariz. Currently under construction, Royal Arabians Scottsdale is renovating, remodeling and redefining the farm and Royal Arabians. “When we purchased the Scottsdale farm, Rodolfo Guzzo and his team were here,” says Cindy. “I already knew Rodolfo; he had successfully shown halter horses for us. While watching Rodolfo and his staff prepare and train horses on a more frequent basis, an idea began to form. Why not join forces—my team and Rodolfo’s team together?” Cindy remembers. “When Cindy approached me with the idea of an association of our two companies, I was excited,” states Guzzo. “Her team included halter trainer Michael Carpio and performance trainer Justin Cowden—two very talented and accomplished trainers. Associating

Guzzo Worldwide trainers João Carlos de Souza and me felt like the right step.” Joining forces with Royal Arabians is worlds away from Rodolfo’s start with Arabian horses. At 15, Rodolfo’s father took his son to an all-breeds horse show in São Paulo, which included the Brazilian National Arabian Horse Show. “All the horses were beautiful,” he recalls. “But my eyes found a beautiful chestnut mare who was totally different from all the other horses at the show. She was unique, an Arabian—and all of a sudden I was in love with a breed of horses that would change my life in ways I could never imagine.” Later in the week, Rodolfo and his father returned to the show. Says Guzzo, “I just couldn’t stop thinking about those Arabian horses.” While watching the stallion class, Rodolfo recalls seeing Lyphard, a 4 year old *Padron son imported from the United States. “Look at that horse,” Rodolfo told his father with growing excitement. “He is amazing—he is so beautiful, so refined and yet so masculine at the same time.” Though it was his first horse show and his first glimpse of an Arabian stallion, Rodolfo recognized excellence— and the Guzzo eye for which he would become famous,

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L-r: Chamo, Joao Carlos Silvestre de Souza and Rodolfo Contatto Guzzo. picked out its first National Champion Stallion. Rodolfo’s passion had been ignited. In Brazil, young Rodolfo worked at Haras Fabrini, gaining discipline and experience. Training at Najib Aude’s Haras Santa Gertrudes, Guzzo exceled with determination, developed an acute horseman’s sense and uncovered a reservoir of talent and abilities. At Haras Gertrudes, Guzzo showed his first Brazilian National Champion, the 7-month-old colt Shaklan’s Padron NA. It was November, 1988 and the win launched Guzzo onto the national stage. It was a national win that would be followed by many more national and international championships worldwide with at least one national champion every year since 1988. Now, some 25 years later and traveling across the world, Rodolfo Guzzo has become an extraordinary and successful horseman and a worldwide marketing guru. His international success in the show ring is equally matched by his marketing abilities—from closing the sale of the quintessential sire Padrons Psyche, to the discovery and development of the magical black mare RH Triana, with a host of breeding stock and show horses in between.

Guzzo Worldwide at Royal Arabians is fortunate to have the skills of another trainer and conditioner from Brazil: João Carlos de Souza. At the early age of 12 years, João Carlos began his long-time association with Arabians. “I started out cleaning stalls and washing horses,” he remembers. His early training landed João Carlos a position as an assistant to the farm’s reproduction veterinarian. Though he enjoyed working with the veterinarian, João Carlos realized that his first love were the show horses. In 2001, João Carlos was again in the show barn, “conditioning and training some of the most beautiful horses in the world,” he describes. It was then that Luciano Cury, President of the Arabian Horse Association of Brazil and owner of one of the premier farms in Brazil, engaged João Carlos. Honing his skills at Haras Boa Vista, João Carlos emerged a significant talent, with the gift and abilities to condition, train and present first-class Arabian show horses. After five years with Haras Boa Vista, Guzzo realized João Carlos needed to be part of Guzzo Worldwide. Today, he continues to prepare, train and present some the most beautiful Arabians in the world. Whether it is Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Tulsa, Uruguay, Chile,

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Joao Carlos Silvestre de Souza

Michael Carpio

Ecuador, Jordan or his home country of Brazil, João Carlos can be found “in the trenches,” doing everything and anything to ensure the horse’s best entrance and presentation. “It is such an honor working here in the United States,” beams João Carlos. “I work with the world’s finest Arabian horses with Rodolfo. I truly love my work.”

Byatt—a consummate horseman. For six incredible years, I travelled the world with Byatt, showing amazing horses and associating with some of the greatest stallions: Marwan al Shaqab, Gazal al Shaqab and the straight Egyptian stallion Al Adeed al Shaqab.”

João Carlos’ enthusiasm is more than matched by Royal Arabians’ halter trainer Michael Carpio. Essential to the success of Royal Arabians and a vital part of the new association with Guzzo Worldwide, Michael began his adventure with Arabian horses when he was seven years old and living in Georgia. “Our neighbors had Half-Arabians and Crabbet bred horses,” he recalls. “I started out riding English pleasure and joined 4-H. By 10, I knew I wanted to show halter horses. I practiced on our family horses, pretending I knew what I was doing. I’m sure they thought I was a little— perhaps a lot more than—odd. But I loved it and odd or not, I was determined to turn those horses into show horses.” At age 14, Michael’s opportunity to work with “real Arabian show horses” came from Bob Fauls of Chapel Farms and Chris Anckersen. “Working with Bob and his horses was critical to my career,” admits Carpio. “Through Bob’s stallion Dakar El Jamaal, I met Michael

Prior to his arrival at Royal Arabians, Carpio worked with the talented trainer Andy Sellman. “His professionalism and attention to detail is remarkable,” shares Carpio. “Andy is a great friend and cares deeply about his horses.” During those rare moments when Michael is not on the end of a horse’s lead or walking away with a championship, he enjoys friends, football, soccer and his Rottweiler dog, Pharrah. When asked what piece of advice he might give, Carpio is quick to advise, “The horses come first—no matter what. The happiness and excitement they generate deserves no less than to be reciprocated by their caretakers and trainers.” Royal Arabians’ performance trainer Justin Cowden couldn’t agree more. Born and raised in Gardnerville, Nev., Justin’s family were prominent cattle ranchers. “My grandfather was an avid Arabian horse lover and breeder with mostly polish and *Bask-bred horses. As I small child, I can remember mares in his pastures sired

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by *Gdansk, Bask Clasix and Negatraz. I was always pretty much hooked on Arabian horses, especially after he gave me my first Arabian, a small bay *Bask granddaughter,” recalls Justin smiling. Growing up, Cowden became a serious, all consuming horseman. Active in 4-H and FFA, he often showed locally in all-breeds shows. In high school, Justin purchased his first show quality Arabian and hit the Class A and regional circuits, doing everything by himself. Like many, Justin started out as a groom in exchange for help with his own horses. Grooming his way up to assistant trainer for Cari Thompson, Justin had little hope of being anything but a trainer. He was consumed, committed and intense. He had been bitten by the Arabian horse bug and in Justin, it had become an infection of epic proportion. “In 2010 and after junior college, I had the opportunity to apprentice for Ricardo Rivero in Scottsdale, Ariz—a gifted horseman. I learned a lot from him,” states Cowden. Though he enjoys showing in the halter arena, Justin ultimately gave in to his passion for the performance arena. In 2012, Justin and Cari Thompson again joined together, training horses out of Battaglia Farms. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” says Justin. “Then, as soon as you get comfortable, something different comes along. For me, that ‘something different’ was Royal Arabians.”

Working with the quality performance horses of Royal Arabians has been very uplifting and successful describes Justin. “We have so much quality, with a fantastic clientele. Every day I do what I love to do. It is a great quality and quantity of life.” With many regional, Scottsdale and national accomplishments in almost every division including western pleasure, hunter pleasure, show hack and even halter, it is simple to understand why a smile is always on his face and his excitement contagious. “If I had to define my specialty, it would probably be hunter pleasure and show hack. They are such fun classes to show in and the competition and quality is the highest it has ever been. And, I love to have fun!” With all the fun, energy and comings and goings, the two companies needed someone to keep it all together and maintain everyone and everything on track. The perfect person was found in Pam Donnelly. “She is essential to our team and to all of our success,” agree Rodolfo and Cindy. “We could not be more fortunate to have her.” With generous doses of enthusiasm, a broad spectrum of international talents, and a commitment to excellence, the Royal Arabians and Guzzo Worldwide team is unconditionally a single, significant and inspiring force. There is little doubt that their joining forces will be as perhaps Aristotle said best, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” ■

Pam Donnelly

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(Da Vinci FM x Goddess Of Marwan)

A R A B I A N M A R E S A A O T H with Benjamin Bassichis A R A B I A N 4 - 5 Y E A R O L D M A R E S with Rodolfo Guzzo U.S. National Reser ve Champion Yearling Filly Unanimous Grand Champion Junior Filly Scottsdale Reser ve Champion Senior Mare Owned by: STELLA BELLA ARABIANS Michele and Benjamin Bassichis • Dallas, TX • W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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Ebony By Valentino


(DA Valentino x CF Mamies Night Out)

H / A S A D D L E / P L E A S U R E M A R E S A A O T H with Benjamin Bassichis H / A S A D D L E / P L E A S U R E M A R E S 3 & O V E R with Rodolfo Guzzo 2-Time Supreme U.S. National Champion H/A U.S. National Champion Futurity H/A Supreme Scottsdale Champion H/A Mare 2011 & 2012 AHT Readers’ Choice H/A Halter Horse of the Year

Owned by: STELLA BELLA ARABIANS Michele and Benjamin Bassichis • Dallas, TX • W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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

2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup Silver Champion Colt In Las Vegas 2015 Scottsdale Yearling Colt Championship 2015 Menton Most Beautif ul Head Award Strohen 2015 International Gold Champion Junior Colt West Coast Cup Belgium Bronze Champion Yearling Colt

Now standing at SCHOUKENS TRAINING CENTER in Belgium, Europe. Owned by: STELLA BELLA ARABIANS Michele and Benjamin Bassichis • Dallas, TX • W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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(EKS Alihandro x Dubravka)

Bella Lillian


(JJ Bellagio x Goddess Of Da Vinci)

Owned by: STELLA BELLA ARABIANS Michele and Benjamin Bassichis • Dallas, TX • W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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Ciao Bellina






(Vitorio TO x WC Ciao Bella)


By 5-time National Champion VITORIO TO, and out of the most nationally titled halter mare in North American history, WC CIAO BELLA+/. ARABIAN FUTURITY FILLIES with Rodolfo Guzzo Owned by: Holly Dillin WESTERN CROSS ARABIANS & PINTOS (817) 994-0918 Cell W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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Three Times Alady


(Aria Impresario x PF Just Peachy Keen)

H A L F - A R A B I A N 2 -Y E A R - O L D F I L L I E S with Rodolfo Guzzo Proudly owned and bred by: Perry and Suzanne Perkins 805-895-2138 • • Santa Barbara, California W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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(Aria Impresario x RD Fabreanna)


A R A B I A N 4 - 5 Y E A R O L D S TA L L I O N S with Rodolfo Guzzo 2014 U.S. National Reser ve Champion 4-5 Stallion 2014 U.S. National Supreme Reser ve Champion Senior Stallion 2012 Brazilian National Champion Colt 2012 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Classic 2-Year-Old Colt

Owned by: Luciana Fasano FAZENDA FLORESTA W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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(FA Al Shawan x Bhonytha ATA)

Brazilian National Champion FOR BREEDING INFORMATION please contact Guzzo Worldwide LLC at (480) 361-6926 Owned by: Luciana Fasano FAZENDA FLORESTA W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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A R A B I A N F U T U R I T Y C O LT S with Rodolfo Guzzo Owned by: HARAS SANTA CECILIA Francisco Cobo • Quito, Ecuador W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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(Magnum Psyche x Dyna HCF)




A R A B I A N 3 -Y E A R - O L D F I L L I E S with Rodolfo Guzzo

Owned by: VALLEY OAK ARABIANS Manny Vierra • Brentwood, CA W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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(Emigrant PASB x SFA Wind Chime)




CAHR (Spitfyre VF x M S Summer Solstice)

A R A B I A N G E L D I N G S A A O T H with Natalia Nieves A R A B I A N 3 -Y E A R - O L D G E L D I N G S with Joao Carlos Silvestre de Souza National Breeder Finals Arabian Reser ve Champion 3 & Over National Breeder Finals Arabian Bronze Champion Senior Gelding AOTH

Owned by: Natalia Nieves GUZZO WORLDWIDE LLC Scottsdale, AZ W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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Jiuliusz De Wiec SI R E



(Debowiec x Jiullya El Jamaal)

Arabian National Breeder Finals Unanimous Champion Stallion FOR BREEDING INFORMATION please contact Guzzo Worldwide LLC at (480) 361-6926

Owned by: POMEROY ARABIANS LTD and ENZO LTD Bred by: Lenita Perroy W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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(JJ Bellagio x Duchess Of Marwan)

A R A B I A N 2 -Y E A R - O L D F I L L I E S with Rodolfo Guzzo Owned by: GEMINI ACRES EQUINE W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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(JJ Bellagio x Dark Angel GA)

A R A B I A N Y E A R L I N G C O LT S with Rodolfo Guzzo Owned by: GEMINI ACRES EQUINE W W W . G U Z Z O A T . C O M

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How did you come to love the Arabian horse? I was a very unusual child, who preferred adult company to that of other kids my age. Even then I was a verbal person, with many opinions that I wanted to share. We lived in a little oilfield town called Seminole, OK, and to go to Oklahoma City, we had to drive down a two-lane highway, past a well-appointed little horse ranch with a big sign declaring that it was “Massay’s Arabian Horse Ranch.” The owners also taught dance classes for kids, which I attended. Mrs. Massay brought the February 1972 issue of Arabian Horse World magazine into the studio to show me, and I was hooked. I simply fell in love with the horses in the magazine. I soon bought a subscription, and devoured it every month. I particularly remember the Friendship Farms inside front cover and facing page, and another ad of Ibn Rayat, a flea-bitten grey horse who was a performance champion. To this day, I still love that color, which Cedar Ridge Farm’s new imported mare *Perfirka wears so beautifully. You are a history book when it comes to pedigrees, how did this come to be? Ironically, I am very allergic to horses, which made it impossible for me to fulfill my dream of becoming a top rider. I couldn’t brush, and bathe, and hug the horses, but I would go to the shows nevertheless, and study my magazines up in the stands. Breeders and the art of breeding horses fascinated me, and I extended my reach into that world by brazenly phoning people to ask them questions about their horses. In those days, pre-answering machine, people always answered their phones if they were home and were unaware that a kid with a list of questions a mile long was on the other end of the line! I would come home from school and retreat upstairs to make calls, continuing to learn more with every conversation … I learned a lot about bloodlines that way. Once the trips to see the actual animals were added in, I did become somewhat of a pedigree expert, even at such a young age. At 14, I visited Ansata, learning to see the living pedigrees that the horses were. Judi was so tolerant of me, we still laugh about it. But although I may have been somewhat annoying, it was clear that these breeders recognized and fed my passion. One day, I turned to a photo in my magazine and said to my grandfather, “We need one of these.” Soon after that, I leased an Egyptian mare and when I was 16, we took her to be bred to one of Bentwood Farms new imports, and I cemented my friendships with those breeders as well. So my early influences were heavily Egyptian. After I graduated from Baylor University, I went to interview for a position at Lasma working for Gene and Dr. LaCroix … my

knowledge of pedigrees got me that job. That was when I started learning the Polish pedigrees as well and became a student of breeding programs all over the world; long before the word globalization was coined. Once you have learned a skill like that, it becomes easier to add more layers. Today, pedigree learning and knowledge comes very easily to me. When you are away from the Arabian horse world, how do you like to spend your time? Well, presently I am very immersed in the Arabian world, which makes me very happy. I am not one of those people who say, “I am tired of talking about horses,” but consider what I do to be a privilege as well as a pleasure. There have been times in my life when I have been much less involved and turned my attention to new endeavors. The Arabian business in America had taken a downturn, and around 1987 I accepted an offer to go to work for the Decter family, who made mannequins and other visual display products. I was grateful for the opportunity to learn the visual merchandising industry. I later, in February of 1994, struck out on my own, buying a fax machine and setting up The Jeff Wallace Company in the kitchen of my modest apartment in LA. It quickly grew into a very profitable venture and I expanded to New York as well, doing business with Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and other top retailers. I returned to another old love from my youth, the dog show world. In the mid-90s, I watched CH. Salilyn’s Condor, a gorgeous English Springer Spaniel, win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. For the next ten years, I showed sporting breeds, before circling back around to the Arabian industry. How long have you been involved in the Arabian business? 43 years. What is your best moment in the Arabian business? Several “best” moments come to mind. At 25, I went by myself to Poland on behalf of Dr. LaCroix to interview Director Krisztalowicz. Deplaning in Warsaw, the pathway to the terminal was lined with uniformed, armed guards and I thought, “Well, this is serious.” It was such a different and interesting atmosphere. But, I am a fearless traveler. I got to Janów, and the now-late Director and Anna Stefaniuk (who still works there) took me on a tour. When they turned to me after a while to say, the tour is finished, I blurted out, “No, it’s not! Where are Pilarka, and Arra, and Etruria, and…?” The Director turned to Anna and said, “This kid knows our horses as well as we do.” Anna and I still laugh about that. They took me back to a small eight-stall barn that had big double doors that

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opened from the center. It was misting rain as they opened the doors, and this big, beautiful grey mare came bursting out of those doors. It was one of those moments that take you by surprise, when tears come bursting forth, I just could not believe how gorgeous she was. She must have been about ten years old, and as Director Krisztalowicz leaned back on his cane, she danced around him, flirting with him, running up and snorting right into his face as he smiled over at me. He was so proud of her—it was his idea to bring her sire Palas to Poland, and she was proof of the great value of that decision. It is her son, *Ecaho, who is the sire of Michalów’s leading broodmare, Emanda and Janów’s leading broodmare, Palmeta. In 2003, Michael Byatt showed Marwan Al Shaqab to the U.S. National Championship for Junior Stallions. There was a moment when Marwan stood up on the rail, just before he turned to walk to the judges—he was so incredibly beautiful, I could not stop the tears that sprang to my eyes. He was the most exquisite stallion I had ever seen. He behaved like a king, so regal. In my mind he is the King. I witnessed Fire Music win the U.S. Mare Championship in an incredible class of some 70 or so mares when she was only three years old. The next year, I got to see her win again when she returned to take the Open English Pleasure Championship. Fire Music was one of my favorite *Bask daughters, along with Amurath Bandiera and FF Summer Storm. Those mares live on in my heart and in my memories. Lastly, seeing *Wieza Mocy enter the arena at the Las Vegas Arabian Breeders World Cup in 2014 was incredible. Watching Judge Shannon Armstrong with her jaw dropped to the ground was another memory I will never forget. What a spectacular mare. She more than honors the Legends in her pedigree that came before her. How did you come to be involved with AHT? After 22 years of running The Jeff Wallace Company, I decided to get back into horses. Because of my deep interest in pedigrees and breeding, I thought there might be a place for me in the industry. When a possible job at Arabian Horse Times was mentioned to me, I thought that I would be a good complement to the staff that was already in place. Meanwhile, I had become better acquainted with David Boggs, whom I only knew peripherally before that, when I called him out of the blue to recommend that he tune in to the live feed of the Polish Nationals to see *Wieza Mocy, who had taken my breath away. As we all know, she ended up coming to America about a year


later. David is the one who recommended me to Lara Ames, and she hired me. I am the first to say that, being an employee is usually not my cup of tea, especially after running my own business for so long. But I certainly do enjoy working for Lara. I love the fact that she is a risk taker, is open-minded, and is a quick decision maker. She has given me the greatest job I have ever had. I hope that I have done as much for the magazine as they have done for me. What is your greatest accomplishment in life to date? My dad was a really big deal in our community when I was growing up. He was an impressive man, adored by everyone, generous and charitable; and as his oldest son, I found him very intimidating. I can remember being told, “You are so spoiled, Jeff !” which I believed at the time. But at age 29, when I bought that fax machine and started my business all on my own, I found the confidence to do whatever it took to succeed, and I realized that I inherited those qualities from him. About four years later, the business was generating about $7 million a year in sales and my dad came to see my new house in LA. My proudest moment was when he put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Congratulations, Jeff, your fax machine is printing money and you can now afford yourself !” You compare the Arabian U.S. Open in Central Park to the Westminster Dog Show. Why? Having shown dogs, I know that the Westminster dog show held in Manhattan every February is watched by the entire world. That show, with its television coverage, catapulted dogs and dog shows to the forefront of the public on a worldwide basis, and is responsible for an increase in the number of dog owners nationwide. In the same way, the Arabian horse will be showcased in Central Park. That iconic setting, where so many memorable events have been staged, is the perfect venue to display our breed. Who can forget Barbra Streisand’s amazing concert, or the ongoing memorial to John Lennon that is Strawberry Fields? How wonderful that this new Arabian horse show will be a part of Central Park’s heritage and receive that kind of validation and notoriety. And how wonderful that one man, Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani, made this happen for all of us to enjoy. I hope that it will become, over the years, what Westminster has become to the dog world. Do you have any concerns regarding the Arabian breed? When I interviewed Madame Chazel earlier this year, she said something that caught my attention. She said that she had “felt the nudge of the Middle East,” and I knew exactly what she meant. It was when the Middle


Eastern breeders came knocking on Europe’s door, saying that they wanted to be a part of the Arabian experience there. It was an indication that the world was globalizing, which fascinates me, including the Arabian horse. The Arabian horse is now global, and I think it will be difficult to survive if you aren’t aware of that and connected to it in some way. The reason for the Summer Tour was to connect the Arabian Horse Times to Europe and Europe to it, to connect the magazine to the Middle East and the Middle East to it, and have all four corners of the world know Arabian Horse Times, know its value and its possibilities … and I believe we accomplished that, or at least got the ball rolling. I don’t like the blame game. Every industry on this planet has gained and lost due to the globalization of the world. The Arabian horse breed is no different. It isn’t necessary to blame people. This is something so much more powerful than one person or a group of people. We have to accept that the act of globalization has readjusted everything for all of us. The Europeans have found a way to go forward, they found a way to involve everyone, and understand that of course, the Middle East has seemingly unlimited funds, and a lot of small breeders don’t, but they’ve come up with ways to accommodate that. Events like Chantilly hold two shows, one open to the world and one limited to European entries. I really applaud that kind of effort, rather than complaining. Wonderful breeders are coming out of the Middle East. These are true breeders, not just collectors. I think that we have to accept globalization, and the good and the bad that we feel comes with it and not run around blaming others. Rather, applaud those that are accepting where it is today, and coming up with ways that work for what it is today. That is what I really respect. I am worried that in America, negative people seem to be more concerned with who may be gaining something that they think takes something from them. If you look up a description of living in the human condition, we all have self-agendas, we all manipulate, we all do those things. It is part of being a human. Why sit around and talk about all of that when it is a fact of life. It’s been happening, I’m sure, since caveman days. Europe is made up of countries the size of our states, and people that speak multiple languages. They have had to adjust constantly to huge things like wars and changing boundaries. They have had to learn how to negotiate and get along. We have had it so easy in America. We all speak the same language; we don’t get dragged into conflicts that cross our borders. I admire that Europe tries to unite. Those cultural differences influence the way people think and the way they live.

The breed is full of amazing people here in America and abroad as well, and it is never going to go away. It is stronger than any of us. It will survive, and I am thrilled to be connected to something so resilient. In addition to Europe, I loved being able to visit so many other countries: Egypt, Sharjah, the UAE, Israel … I really love that part of the world as well. I can tell you there are some big announcements coming from Arabian Horse Times, because we plan on representing the globalization of the Arabian breed. We will embrace that, and help the breed survive. That is the wave of the future, and it is already the Now. What was the best part of the Summer Tour? I can hardly pick a favorite part. There were so many magical moments. Visiting Mohsen El Gabry in Egypt, with the silver mares under the lights at night on a green lawn; at Albaydaa the sunset and peacefulness, the smell of the horses and the sound of them eating, it was just a perfect moment. Another touching moment was when I visited Frank Spönle, was walking down the barn aisle, and saw FM Gloriaa’s stall and went in to visit her on my own. She is the epitome of femininity and grace and I often recall that moment. I loved Israel, the people, the food, the hospitality and, of course, the horses. When I saw Sofiya AA at Ariela Arabians, I was awestruck. She is a real beauty with stretch and size—one of the most gorgeous horses I have ever seen. Chen Kedar is breeding a shockingly high level of quality horses there. And the potato salad that Chen made was just second to none; I would go back for the potato salad alone! I went to visit the Schoukens in Belgium, always a pleasure because they are such focused, hard workers and genuinely nice people. As I came down the driveway, I saw a beautiful bay mare out grazing with her foal. I knew it was Pinga … and it touched me to see her out in the field, being a happy horse. But the most special moment of all was when I was sitting on the plane, about to return to America, full of emotion, and I realized that I would not have changed a moment of the last four months. It was absolutely perfect. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If I am fortunate enough to still be above ground, that really is enough. Life is such a gift. For me, it is progress, not perfection. I once worked with Sotheby’s, and a very wise Mish Toorkowsi, their in-house rock-and-roll and rare coin expert, listened to my concerns about what I should do with my life. He said, “Jeff, why don’t you just let the wind carry you?” And I believe that if I am still living and breathing in five years, the wind, as it always has, will deliver me to the next right place. n

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World Travels with Jeff Wallace

Seeing The World Through The Eyes Of The Arabian Horse Now that summer is turning into fall, it is time for me to go back home, and my head is full of reflections and memories of the final two months of the inaugural Arabian Horse Times Summer Tour. If it is possible, these last two months have been even more incredible than the first two. I have been to so many different places, experienced many different cultures and customs, tasted new foods and been immersed in a variety of languages. And as I absorb the total experience, I realize what a dream come true it is to be seeing the world through the eyes of the Arabian horse. As a young boy, growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I knew nothing of the world at large. It was through the pages of Arabian horse magazines that I learned that the world was a big place. The stories and beautiful photographs of amazing horses imported from exotic locations transported me to new worlds in my imagination. I would devour each new issue. I remember the ads for Gleannloch Farms, particularly their incredibly exquisite stallion *Morafic, imported from far away Egypt. I would imagine myself there, seeing in real life what I could then only read about. With my dreams becoming reality—at the invitation of Raphael Curti and Mr. Ahmed El Talawy—I spent a whole week actually visiting the incredible breeding farms near Cairo; Omar Stud and Albadeia, El Farida, Albaydaa and Al Gabry, learning more about the straight Egyptian bloodlines and seeing the proof of their breeding programs in their gorgeous horses. *Bask was another of my dream horses. His homeland, Poland, was a mystery then, shrouded as it was behind the Iron Curtain. This summer, I was in Poland witnessing a record breaking sale and seeing the latest Polish treasures. My dreams of *Serafix and *Silver Drift, from the legendary breeding programs of Lady Wentworth and her mother Lady Blunt were reflected in my lovely visit to Aja Arabians, out in the English countryside. Yes, my dreams certainly are coming true and providing me with so much opportunity to grow.


When I was maybe 19 or 20, we went on a family trip to Innsbruk, Austria to go skiing. It was new and unusual for my family and me. I remember being in the gondola, on our way up to the mountaintop, and having the amazing experience of noticing the differences from what I was used to back in Oklahoma …especially the foreign languages. I was mesmerized, hearing four or five different languages being spoken, some of which I had never heard before. I can even remember a rush of excitement as I recognized how much of the world there was yet to know. I was incredulous, and the last two months have been like that for me. During the Summer Tour, I was never interested in doing what I normally like to do when I travel. I usually enjoy treating myself to a fine hotel and availing myself of whatever that place has to offer. But that is not how I felt on this tour. This summer, it was my pleasure to stay in people’s homes with them, staying up late and talking horses in the kitchen. The comfort of people’s homes is aligned with the comfort that my 40+ years of accumulated knowledge brings me. I am grateful for it, and amazed that my passion for the breed never left me. As a result, I know that I am capable of discussions with people who have been breeding horses that long and longer. And that means the world to me. I am so grateful to the Summer Tour sponsors and Lara Ames. As a man who has been intrigued with the globalization of the whole world on every level, your gifts have brought me a new awareness of the current palette of the Arabian horse. What I truly hope is that I can now take what this Summer Tour has provided and become as valuable to Arabian horses as Arabian horses have been to me. Through this experience I want to be a giver, not just a receiver of knowledge and awareness. Your gifts held a greater value, and were not just philanthropic. What I gained will be disseminated to the widest possible audience and your homes and stables will live in my heart forever.

Chantilly – France Part of the joy of attending so many Arabian events is the company that I keep at them. I so enjoyed a night out in Chantilly with Dawn Martin and Barry Shepherd, and new friend Robin Riviere who runs his training barn, E2R Training, out of the Albidayer facility in Beaucaire, France. The time spent relaxing and unwinding between events gives us all a chance to know each other better. I recall another wonderful evening in Chantilly, this time with Frank Spönle and Elisa Grassi, and the Bassichis family. There is something deeply satisfying about bonding over a meal. I also thoroughly enjoyed time spent in conversation with Mario Matt. Being face to face with people that I ordinarily communicate with by phone or email, provided a new level of understanding between us.

Christine Jamar

When I received an invitation to the judges’ dinner, I was delighted to attend. Being able to sit and talk to legendary European breeders and judges like Christine Jamar, and Madame Chazel is always such a pleasure, and leads to fantastic dialogs and sharing of information. Christine Jamar and trainer Frederik Van Sas had a great show, winning two gold championships with home-breds Paris J and Mississippi J. Congratulations to ALL involved with this amazing team and the horses they breed and present. I really enjoyed sitting at the table of Malcolm and Jane Hickford of Aja Arabians, laughing and chatting, and cheering on the horses. They sure know what they are doing! Their use of Gazal Al Shaqab sire line stallions, mostly on daughters of WH Justice, has given them amazing results and many a trophy too. All three of their entries were a strong testament to solid, sound, and wise decisions and choices being made by folks that do their homework through the generations; and to the talents of Frank Spöenle Show Training, who expertly presented the winning Aja show string at Chantilly 2015.

Robin Riviere, Barry Shepherd and Dawn Martin.

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Koenraad Detailleur & Family – Belgium

The view from the kitchen of the Koenraad Detailleur Family.

It was an unimagined pleasure to enjoy a coffee and good conversation with the Koenraad Detailleur family and Murilo Kammer in “the kitchen” of their beautiful Belgian home. The peace that is felt there is due not only to the tranquil surroundings, but to the warm energy of the people who live there. The architecture and appointments, the juxtaposition of old and new, adds to the setting both visually and as an additional layering of atmosphere. The farm is full of beautiful horses with classic European bloodlines. And beyond all of that, I am a huge fan of the Daughters Detailleur!

Darby Farm – Belgium Johanna Ullström has an amazing collection of horses stabled at her beautiful Darby Farm. Her farm has become the destination for many horses whose owners live in countries very distant from Europe. Because Johanna is the most dedicated, knowledgeable person on the planet, her level of care and commitment is second to none. It is easy to see why people trust her with their living treasures—at Darby Farm, people know their horses will be well cared for. It is a joy to walk into the barns and be able to see so many famous horses. For example, Marajj, Albidayer Stud’s son of Marwan Al Shaqab is standing there. With a long siring record of champion get, time has been kind to this very special horse and him to it. Another example is Chiara K, an ethereal and exquisite grey mare from the very finest K breeding of Murilo Kammer. His stallion, Borsolino K, also makes his home there. Johanna and Jeremy are two of my favorite people, and I thoroughly enjoyed their company. They are always there for me as visitor to Europe, making sure that I have everything I need.


Euskara at Darby

World Travels with Jeff Wallace

Janów Podlawski Stud – Poland After taking on some hefty projects in Chantilly for our Aachen issue, I had to cut my planned visit of several days down to a mere day and a half as duty called. I was disappointed, as this year marks my 30th anniversary since my very first visit to Poland. The Championships were interesting this year as some of the heavy hitters were on the bench. However, there were some gorgeous entries and subsequent winners, and the Pride of Poland Sale was beyond amazing. On a side note, many years ago, Doctors Lynn Smith and Doris Ragsdale left Scottsdale with two beautiful and bigwinning fillies to start their breeding program, Tevkah and Bey Serenade, of course, and the rest is history. I would absolutely have loved to do the same with Pustynia Kahila and Galerida—what stunning and beautifully bred fillies those two are. Oh well, we can always dream! Cathy Schoukens flashed me a big smile during the sale and said, “Ward Ward Bemong just bought Georgia for Athbah and she gets to live with us in Belgium so we can take good care of her and love her for the rest of her life!” I thought, ok, that right there is what lives in the core of us who truly put the horse first, no matter what. If you are always willing to do it this way, then everything else should simply fall into place. I am not sure I have ever seen a finer example of that theory than I did that night with the Loving Georgia Gesture.


The Mystery Man with


Janow mares Piniata and Euzona with breeders and handlers.

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Aja Arabians – England Malcom and Jane Hickford put on an amazing fourhour presentation of the generations created and developed by the Hickford’s over the last twenty or so years. I love spending an afternoon this way. I saw two weanling EKS Alihandro fillies that were so spectacular and special, my jaw just dropped open—I was in complete awe. Their dams, Aja Aphrodite and Aja Carina, are both WH Justice daughters and are two of the finest producers the Hickfords have ever bred, although Aphrodite now belongs to the Ajman Stud. Carina is also dam to Gold Champion Yearling Filly Aja Carrera. Sitting around the kitchen table, next to the huge fireplace, with the smell of bacon and coffee, in a room permeated with Arabian horse passion is the finest that life can get for me. The Hickfords are two people I never tire of being around and with, they are just simply amazing folks.

Lipley Hall

The entrance to Aja Ara


Frank Spönle and Elisa Grassi – Germany Frank, Elisa and family, welcomed me as a part of their extended family. It was through them that I was able to rent an apartment in Geldern, and thus become neighbors. They are people that are very easy to like, love, and respect. I learned things from all of them it seemed like, every day of the four months I was there. They are incredibly hard workers, loyal to clients, wonderful parents, and great friends to me. They even threw me an “end of the Tour” dinner. I deeply appreciate their friendship, and truly miss them and those beautiful kids. Francesco and Virginia Sponle.


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Gregor Aymar – Germany

Gregor was another neighbor of mine in Geldern, and became an unexpected, great friend. I did not know him when I arrived, but we had a brotherly energy between us that felt really good. He has a great sense of humor, and is a great talent. Such a good person! He really made life in Germany fun. I enjoyed every minute of palling around with him. I am certain that he will be a friend forever.

Egyptian Event Europe – Belgium The whole event was typical of the European show season, with a beautiful setting nestled against the ruins of an old castle, with festive tents to provide seating around a grassy show ring. The casual elegance promotes opportunities to catch up with fellow Arabian enthusiasts, and to celebrate each other’s success. Every now and then a beautiful win accompanies a beautiful winning horse and the entire scenario for a few moments seems simply perfect. In very deep competition, the Gold Champion win of Salma Al Bawady was just that—absolute perfection down to every single detail. Bred and owned Al Bawady Stud’s Salma by Al Bawady Stud of Giza, Egypt, and Al Bawady, Gold Champion Filly. beautifully presented by Tom Schoukens. Many congratulations to everyone and a simple heartfelt thank you for showing us all, for a few minutes, the perfect passionate moment involving the Egyptian Arabian horse. Even the competition seemed happy about that win. Time suspends itself when so many people share the joy of the Arabian horse in such a joyous, celebratory way. It really touched me.

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Cairo – Egypt I spent an amazing day at the Pyramids with Raphael Curti and Geoffrey Hourseau. Thank you both, very much for such a historic and unique experience. No words can really describe the experience of being at the Pyramids. They were amazing, and I loved the Sphinx as much or more. I couldn’t stop staring at it, she looked oddly familiar, like someone I had once worked with, or something. Very puzzling (Ha)! It was fun to learn there were once gold caps that were stolen off the pyramids. My cranky camel tried to bite my foot, which made me want to go back in the car where human beings belong. I remind myself of Woody Allen’s character in Manhattan when he says, “I’m really only happy when my feet are on cement.” It was really cool that Raphael organized that for me. Both he and Mr. El Talawi told me how important it was to them that I experience Cairo itself, not just the horses that live there.

Jeff with Raphael Curti.

Omar Stud – Egypt Mohamed Omar Omar is a very bright and interesting horseman. He is a unique and captivating man who is very proud of his horses. As well as being a breeder, he is a judge part of the time. Omar has a super cool two-story stable; I have never seen anything like it, with a ramp for the horses to reach the upper level. An amazing farm and horses! Thank you Omar!


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Albadeia Stud – Egypt

Jeff with Nasr Marei

I am in love with Cairo and really appreciate the efforts of Raphael Curti for orchestrating such an interesting and educational trip. What a treat to see the city of Cairo surrounding this oasis of great horse breeding and management in the city center. I have been following Nasr’s family’s breeding program for a long time, as well as noting his personal passion for Everything Arabian, and lastly, his global judging career. Many important and beautiful straight Egyptian horses wear the respected name of Albadeia. Sitting with Nasr Marei during the presentation of his marvelous horses, we discussed the priceless sons and daughters he has resulting from the time Ariela Arabians’ Laheeb spent at his Albadeia Stud. Nasr Marei is a grand gentleman who represents an elegance very similar to that of Director Jaworowksi of Michalów State Stud in Poland. Both are every inch the gracious gentlemen, and both are wonderful contributors to our breed.

El Farida Stud – Egypt “Imperial Baarez is coming out soon! He has always been one of my all-time top five most beautiful stallions, just like Patron.” That is some of what I posted on my facebook page, I could hardly contain myself ! What a gorgeous and glorious stallion bred by the finest of straight Egyptian breeders in America, the late Barbara Griffith of Imperial Egyptian Stud. Now this breed treasure resides in Cairo—what a treat for me to see him. The management at El Farida is filled with passionate, bright, young guys who care for the beautiful horses. I was especially taken with Mazin Albidayer, a beautiful, American-style bay halter stallion who is a son of Marajj and Mattaharii, dam also of Gold Champion Yearling Filly Mozn Albidayer.

zn Albidayer.

Gold Champion Filly Mo

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El Gabry Stud – Egypt

Mohsen El Gabry

Raphael Curti took me to meet one of Egypt’s finest breeders, Mohsen El Gabry. We saw some really beautiful mares, with great foals sired by prominent stallions. The fresh mango and Mohsen’s adorable grandson were the perfect additions to the collection of straight Egyptian horses. Thank you to Mohsen for an interesting visit. Mohsen bred Wasfeyya El Gabry, now a fabulous addition to the Hanaya mare band. I loved the two Salaa El Dine daughters that were presented; they were just spectacular. They were confident, feminine Arabian mares, a pair of Cleopatras, come to life.

Al Baydaa Stud – Egypt Sadly, it was my last night in Cairo. What an amazing and educational experience this has been. I was so happy to be with dedicated and passionate breeders, alive and on-fire with the straight Egyptian Arabian horse. It was just what I enjoy most in life—Everything Arabian. Moaiz Albaydaa is bred and owned by Mr. Ahmed El Talawi and Ms. Mai Bozuber at Albaydaa Stud. His dam, Magda Sakr, was simply one of many gorgeous mares that just kept coming, one after another in the presentation of some of Albaydaa’s breeding stock. There were far too many beautiful mares to mention them all. There is nothing more special than when two breeding greats give us a son to move forward with, just as *Bint Mona did with *Morafic, resulting in The Egyptian Prince, and *Ansata Bint Mabrouka with both *Morafic and *Ansata Ibn Halima, giving us Ansata Shah Zaman and Ansata Ibn Sudan, respectively. There is a timeless elegance in following great breeders and great breeding. The first foals from Moaiz were born in 2014—please follow them, as they will surely make their marks. I had amazing hosts, and was treated so generously. The farm they are building is unfolding and is incredible. They are putting a lot of thought into their breeding program, and Raphael is a great asset. They are making smart choices, and they respect the act of choice making seriously. Impressive. Mr. El Talawi’s young son reminded me of myself at that age, so passionate about his father’s horses. He had so much knowledge in his head. He is a young gentleman—impressive, and full of information. It pleased me to see this.


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Al Bawady Stud – Egypt I was treated to one of the most potent evenings of my time abroad on the last day I was in Cairo. The straight Egyptian horse, I have said my entire life, attracts the world’s finest people; Ahkmed and Adel Abd El Razek simply reinforced that belief. It is a spectacular property, reached by a meander down a rickety road, only to come upon an oasis. So welcoming. After a stunning presentation of Egyptian beauties, representing generations carefully crafted over a thirty-year period, we all sat down to an authentic Egyptian buffet of many things delicious. It was a spectacular final evening to a magnificent trip. I want to say a special thank you to Ahmed and Adel for such an elegant event and to Adel especially, for coming home early from London to make that magic happen. Finest father/son team ever. They covet and preserve the precious old dam lines of the EAO. Their breeding program is based on the EAO in its focus, direction, and goals. I was humbled that they really cared what I thought.

Salzkotten Festival – Germany I am pictured here with the show’s organizer, Roland, who has done a fabulous job. It was a great show, and was well supported by major European trainers and horses. As it turned out, it was the end to an incredible summer. I’ve been so revved up with passion and excitement, it took Frank Spönle to bring me back to earth with, “Jeff, the Summer Tour is over! It’s time for you to take a break and go home.”

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AND PRIDE OF POLAND SALE by Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Each year, eager lovers of the Polish Arabian horse, flock to one of the breed’s most famous and revered settings, the barns and fields of the State Studs of Poland. The festivities surrounding the Polish National Championship show and annual Pride of Poland auction, held at Janów Podlaski, also include the “living pedigree” breeding parades, held at Michalów, Bialka and, of course, Janów.


Pepita, highest selling horse at Pride of Poland Sale.

Best in Show trophy

There is a feeling at Janów that is not replicated in other places, a connection of horse and man so deep, it is rooted in the very land itself. There is timelessness, despite the beckoning presence of the landmark white clock tower barn that is the symbol of the stud. It is here that Poland’s finest Arabian horses vie for the annual championship titles and where well-heeled bidders come to purchase a treasured mare.

The Sale

Children from Sieraków State Stud playing with Konik (Polish primitive horses).

This year, the whole place was abuzz over the sale of Lot 1, the 2014 Polish National Champion Mare, Pepita. There had been a good bit of anticipation prior to the auction, due to her memorable win last year. She received the extremely high score of 94.5, including six 20s while earning the gold over Georgia, another mare being offered by the State Studs at the auction. Ironically, Georgia had won her class by an even higher score of 95.17 with seven 20s, before being named Silver Champion behind Pepita! Such a dramatic win sets Pepita up as one of the favorites for Aachen and Paris, an attractive lure for buyers. The stage was set for a record“Number girls” with Scott Benjamin.

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Special Awards ... breaking night with interested parties from all over the world expected to be present. And the buzz began. It couldn’t have been scripted any better. Several prominent Middle Eastern breeders were represented, some with the owner in attendance, some by proxy. The undercurrent of expectation was that Pepita, a daughter of Ekstern and the Eukaliptus daughter Pepesza, would make her new home somewhere in the desert countries. The Pride of Poland sale is staged with a VIP seating area on one side of the display arena, and general seating on the other side. People were scanning the VIP section, trying to identify potential bidders. The crowd drew their collective breath in anticipation, as Pepita entered the ring. 1.4 million euro later, Pepita was sold by Janów Podlaski to the “man in the pink shirt, with a backpack,” sitting in the general admission. The crowd was stunned. A new record had just been set for an Arabian mare sold in Poland, but it was not to any of the expected bidders. The Arabian community is fairly tight, with many occasions where paths cross and relationships are nurtured, but no one seemed to know him. At one point, a rumor ran around the room . . . it was a new Iranian breeder making his first foray into a public setting. Next, some people professed that he was a Lebanese businessman living in Saudi Arabia. Others were convinced that he was the proxy for an Israeli partnership. It still remains a mystery as, of this writing, Pepita’s new owner has yet to be revealed. And what about Georgia? The gorgeous 21-year old daughter of Monogramm and the Palas daughter Gizela, was sold to Athbah Stud, who eagerly stepped up to provide this great mare with her next loving home. That was an important consideration for manager Ward Bemong. Georgia has produced incredible offspring, beginning with her very first foal, Galilea, the 2005 Polish National Champion and World Champion Mare. Galilea, in turn, has produced Galerida, the 2014 World Gold Champion Filly. Georgia will spend her days in the company of the many other treasures of Athbah currently residing at Schoukens Training Center in Belgium. Another very wise purchase was Wieza Roz, a deep chestnut daughter of the fantastic sire Ekstern, who has generated a wealth of valuable daughters. This time, he was crossed on a Laheeb mare, Wieza Babel, who is a granddaughter of 1977 U.S. National Champion mare Wizja. This is the same dam line as Michalów State Stud’s international champion Wieza Mocy, currently being shown by David Boggs while on lease to Oak Ridge Arabians. Dana Al-Meslemani gave 270,000 euro to acquire Wieza Roz for her Al Thumama Stud.


Best Head, Parmana.

WAHO Trophy winner Palmeta, with Marek Trela from Janów Podlaski Stud.

Best Movement, Lawinia.

Judges, l-r: Marianne Tengstedt, Denmark; Deirdre Hyde, United Arab Emirates; Helen Hennekens van Nes, Belgium, and Murilo Kammer, Brazil.

In a poignant moment, Al Zobair stud bought the 11-year old Gazal Al Shaqab daughter, Pistoria carrying a foal by Vitorio TO, who has served two seasons in the State Studs on lease from Janey Morse in America. Pistoria is a daughter of Monogramm and a granddaughter of the gorgeous Palestra, whom Al Zobair had purchased in the 2001 sale and who recently passed away. Although they had retained daughters of Palestra, Al Zobair came to bring her granddaughter Pistoria, daughter of Polish National Champion mare Palmira, by Monogramm, home to continue Palestra’s legacy. They paid 625,000 euro to Michalów, which added to a dazzling total.

This year, the beautiful Palanga dazzled as the Silver Champion Mare. As a young filly, she was Ekstern’s first representative to light up the show ring and she emulates her famous sire with her incredible attitude and presence. Her mother, Panika, is a daughter of Eukaliptus who was purchased by Athbah Stud a few years ago. Ekstern has been a very successful cross on Eukaliptus daughters for the Poles, and Palanga is a great example of that. She exemplifies the best qualities of her sire: his compact, correct body, superior carriage, and dynamic motion blended with the stretch, refinement, and length of neck of her dam.

There have been high bidding years, such as when Kwestura brought 1,125,000 euro in 2008 or when the stallion Bandos sold for $609,000 USD in 1982, and there have been low years when astute buyers were able to add to their herds without breaking the bank. This year, the Pride of Poland auction grossed a stunning 3,995,000 euro, by far the record. When the results of the silent Summer Sale are added in, 4,598,500 euro changed hands, a ringing endorsement for Polish Arabian horses.

The Gold Champion and Best in Show was the elegant Piniata, from the world famous “P” line of Janów Podlaski. A daughter of American-bred U.S. National Champion Stallion and Silver World Champion Stallion Eden C, who was also used by the State Studs, Piniata is out of the magnificent bay beauty, the 2012 World Champion Mare, Pinga. Pinga, like her daughter Piniata, was a force to be reckoned with every time she entered the show ring, and was herself the Polish National Champion Filly and Best in Show in 2005. Pinga’s dam Pilar and her grand dam Pipi, a direct daughter of the immortal Pilarka, provide further links in what is arguably the most accomplished branch of the most accomplished mare line in the world.

The Championships The Polish National Championship horse show is always a beautiful mixture of culture and heritage. With small Polish breeders and each one of the State-owned studs competing against each other, a friendly competitive spirit is often in evidence. Judging panels seem to do their job holistically here, where certain elements less tangible than those that appear on the scorecards seem to be given heavier weight than at other venues. For example, if a mare has produced a good daughter or son, there may be deference given for that achievement if the mare is herself shown. To the educated public, it sometimes seems like silver is the new gold.

In addition to Vitorio TO and Eden C, other visiting stallions have left and continue to leave, fantastic offspring in Poland that are now reaching the show ring. Kahil Al Shaqab duplicated his overwhelming success as a sire at the earlier Bialka Spring Show with two gold national champions. Pustynia Kahila is a dark bay, Kahil Al Shaqab delight, from the Ekstern mare Pustynna Malwa. She walked out

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Parade ... of Paris the Gold World Champion Yearling Filly in 2014, before earning her Polish Gold Champion Junior title this year. In the Arabian world, Pustynia Kahila is the hottest thing since sliced bread. Breeders from all over are lining up in attempts to lease her, seeing her as the next Wieza Mocy, just as Wieza Mocy has become the new Pianissima and Emandoria. Pustynia Kahila is a shining example of the profound effects of the now legendary Gazal Al Shaqab sire line, a brilliant and bay branch descending from the immortal Nazeer.

Janow Podlaski Stud breeding manager Anna Stefaniuk and chief of grooms Artur Bienkowski.

Paris, the elegant grey yearling Kahil Al Shaqab colt, is out of the Ecaho daughter Palmeta. Ecaho, a Polish National Champion Stallion, is an own son of the stunning Etruria. Palmeta earned a Polish National Championship of her own, topping it off with the title of Best in Show in 2012. Paris was the 2015 Gold Champion Junior Colt, a repeat of his win earlier this year at Bialka. Paris is destined, due to his looks and good breeding, to warrant a permanent stall in the Janów Podlaski stallion barn. Polish National Gold Champion Stallion Cefir is notable for several reasons. One, he is a beautiful representation of his double-Monogramm pedigree being by Eryks, a son of Gazal Al Shaqab who is out of a Monogramm daughter and out of Celina, who also carries Monogramm on her sire line. Secondly, Malopolska Hodowla Roslin, Ltd. privately owns Cefir, making it one of the rare occasions when the national stallion championship was won outside the State Studs. It is heartwarming to see the successful expansion of Polish breeding into the private sector.

Parade presentation of Amiga with colt Amarillo, by Pogrom.

The Silver Champion, Barok, is a young stallion of note, sired by visiting stallion Om El Bellissimo who carries a double dose of the blood of the magnificent Estopa. Barok’s mother, on the other hand, provides two close-up crosses to Bandola, the first named “Queen of Poland.” There will be a keen eye kept on the unfolding of this young stallion, who could be of considerable value to all three State Stud farms as a future breeding horse. As the summer turns to autumn and the show calendar dwindles to the remaining few venues, some of the Polish show horses prepare to carry their honors to Aachen for the All Nations Cup and then on to Paris for the World Championships. With an amazing group of horses scheduled to compete from all over the globe, the competitions should prove to be among the highlights of the year for every exhibitor, Poland included.

Parade presentation of Perespa with filly Pregola, by Vitorio TO.



Gold Champion Senior Male CEFIR (Eryks x Celina), owned by Malopolska Hodowla Roslin Ltd.

Gold Champion Junior Male PARIS (Kahil Al Shaqab x Palmeta), owned by Janów Podlaski Stud.

Gold Champion Senior Female and Best in Show PINIATA (Eden C x Pinga), owned by Janów Podlaski Stud.

Gold Champion Junior Female PUST YNIA KAHILA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Pustynna Malwa), owned by Michalów State Stud.

Senior Male Championship—

Junior Male Championship—

Senior Female Championship—

Junior Female Championship—

Gold Champion: CEFIR (Eryks x Celina), B: Bialka/PL, O: Malopolska Hodowla Roslin Ltd./PL Silver Champion: BAROK (Om El Bellissimo x Baida), B/O: Janow Podlaski/ Bronze Champion: GIRLAN-BEY (Pesal x Gracia Bis), B: Niewierz/PL, O: Kristoffersen/SE Gold Champion: PINIATA (Eden C x Pinga), B/O: Janow Podlaski/PL Silver Champion: PALANGA (Ekstern x Panika), B/O: Michalow/PL Bronze Champion: ELLISEINA (Galba x Ellissara), B: Michalow/PL, O: Polska AKF/PL

Gold Champion: PARIS (Kahil Al Shaqab x Palmeta), B/O: Janow Podlaski/PL Silver Champion: WOJ (Empire x Waranga), B/O: Michalow/PL Bronze Champion: WIRON (Kabsztad x Wirka), B: Chrapkowski/PL, O: Kustra Lech/PL Gold Champion: PUSTYNIA KAHILA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Pustynna Malwa), B/O: Michalow/PL Silver Champion: PRUNELLA (Abyad AA x Pradera), B/O: Janow Podlaski/PL Bronze Champion: CELITA (Lawrence El Gazal x Cella), B: Bialka Stud/PL, O: Malopolska Hodowla Roslin Ltd./PL

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Jerzy Białobok

Anette Mattsson

Guy and Christine Demeersseman Jamar.

Marek Trela

Tom Schoukens

Hilke de Bruycker, Al Thumama Stud.

Bassam Al Saqran

Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani

Catharine Schoukens, Murilo Kammer and groom

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Fahad Abunaief, Al Muawd Stud.

Andrew Nolan, auctioneer

Pride of Poland Top seller, Pepita, € 1.400.000.

Auction list ... Pride of Poland Top Ten sellers … Wieża Róż, € 270.000.

Pepita, € 1.400.000 Pistoria, € 625.000

Wieża Róż, € 270.000 Wkra, € 260.000 Wasa, € 252.000

Altamira, € 250.000 Adyga, € 130.000

Georgia, € 105.000 Ganga, € 88.000

Berenika, € 75.000

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A JUDGE’S PERSPECTIVE We n d y G r u s k i e w i c z


Wendy GruskieWicz

Wendy and Danielle Hebler with Riften+++//, double National Champion at Sport Horse Nationals in 2015 and double Reserve National Champion in 2013.

You have had a lot of success in the Arabian Sport Horse and Dressage divisions. Do you believe that the fundamental training techniques of dressage are important and can benefit horses of all disciplines? Yes, without any doubt, dressage principles and training will benefit any horse in any division. Dressage is not a mystery. The word in its simplest form is a French term meaning “training.” The goal of all dressage training is to make a horse more balanced, supple, and obedient to the aids, so his form will be more beautiful and his useful life prolonged. Sounds like a good thing for Arabian hunter pleasure and show hack, doesn’t it? For many, many years I have stood with one foot in each ring—sport horse/dressage and Arabian

main ring. Myself and my clients, consistently show and win with our Arabian dressage horses at the open (all breed) United States Dressage Federation dressage shows. Most of our dressage horses have shown in the Arabian main ring as halter, hunter pleasure, side saddle and even English pleasure horses. Many are currently living a dual career. Our barn is not unique in this aspect, many others exhibit in both rings at the same show. Our current superstar Riften (Triften x Rina), was a regional champion English pleasure and pleasure driving horse. He is now a Sport Horse National Champion in Carriage Drive and Ride, and Sport Horse In-Hand with top tens in dressage. He is currently competing at second level. Volume 46, No. 5 | 179

Wendy receiving the Region 14 Sport Horse Trainer of the Year award with her husband, Mike.

Good horses are good horses, and good training is good training, regardless of the division entered. As I judge or attend shows, I see many examples of good dressage training by our sport’s top English and western trainers. Just this year, when I attended the Ohio Half-Arabian Horse Show in Springfield, Ohio, I witnessed a stunning display of


horsemanship. Early one morning out in the field, an English trainer was schooling his horse from the ground. As this gentleman gathered the double reins and tapped his horse’s haunches, the horse engaged his hind legs, sat down, elevated his withers and began to perform an amazing piaffe! The goal of piaffe in dressage is to ask the horse to carry more

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weight on the hindquarters and elevate the front end for a more elegant performance—the same as an English horse. When judging Arabian and Half-Arabian hunter pleasure horses, what is important to you and what in your opinion makes a national champion stand out from the rest of the class? When I step into the ring to judge a class of Arabian hunter pleasure

And English show hack? Having been involved with show hack both as an exhibitor and a judge since the class first migrated down to the States from Canada in the mid-80s, I have seen many changes. The quality of the horses now exhibiting in the class has improved ten-fold. However, I believe there is a serious misunderstanding as to how the gaits should be performed. Show hack is the ultimate expression of a well-trained athlete.

WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ horses, I always refer to our USEF Arabian division rule book for judging directives. The rules were written for a reason and as a judge, I believe it is my job to uphold those directives as closely as possible. The USEF rules direct hunter pleasure horses to show in a more rectangular frame than English horses, with the neck carried lower with less arch. The strides at each gait should be long and sweeping, covering the ground with great economy. Horses that are high headed or behind the vertical are to be severely penalized. Some of the more current problems I see in the ring with hunter pleasure horses is the tendency for riders to hurry the horse, running them into an un-cadenced gait, and the habit of riding off the rail to the extent that I am being circled so closely that I am unable to actually see the horse perform. Trust me, if you have a good horse I will find you on the rail. At the end of the class, it is the total package that will win the national championship—a high quality athlete with a long stride, consistent gaits, effortless transitions, and a happy expression, being well ridden in a traditional manner.

All ten gaits should be performed with both lateral and, especially, longitudinal suppleness. The correctly trained horse will lengthen his topline for the extended gaits and compress his topline in the collected gaits. An extended trot is not a strong trot. In any extended gait, the horse must track up or overstep his front hoof print with the hind. Horses that are “locked” into a headset or frame are not able to do this. I suppose the thing that irritates me the most about many show hacks today is the collected walk. Most riders seem to believe collected means slow. That is not the case. In a correct collected walk, the rhythm and tempo remains the same as a normal and extended walk. The energy from the hindquarters should be directed upwards, resulting in shorter steps with increased flexion in the knees and hocks—a marching gait. The horses are capable of doing this, the riders don’t let them. What makes a winning show hack performance? An elegant horse and rider performing flawless transitions that demonstrate obedience, fluidity and both lateral and longitudinal suppleness. I expect to see an overstep at the extended walk, trot and canter.

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Wendy judging Canadian Nationals in Regina.


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Having judged for over 30 years, what trends have you seen in the hunter pleasure and show hack divisions, and what are your thoughts? I was there when the hunter pleasure and show hack divisions were born, and have been very interested in the evolution of these classes. The biggest change has been the depth of quality in the horses competing. The original hunter pleasure classes were a mish mash of western horses that didn’t like to jog slow, English horses without enough game and any show horse that didn’t fit into another category. Most Arabian trainers wouldn’t be caught dead in breeches and tall boots. My, my, my, how times have changed. Today, the hunter pleasure classes are arguably the largest and most competitive at the majority of our Arabian shows. Most of our breed’s top trainers now don their breeches and boots to exhibit some outstanding quality horses. The class is most assuredly not just a class for horses that can’t do anything else! Trends have come and gone, such as exhibitors trying to bling up their performance with shiny fabrics and untraditional trim. The look of the class has started to gel and become more uniform. I think some current negative trends that are surfacing are horses ridden with too big a “hook”in their necks on too soft a rein and the problem of over-shod horses. Some Arabian hunters naturally move with a little more loft to their stride, while others move with a flatter stride, but over shod horses moving in a trappy or labored way are not good examples of hunters. Trending in show hack, in my opinion, is the tendency to see more and more action associated with the class. This is fine and the class allows for that, but we always need to remember that at least some part of this class is based upon dressage principals. The quality of gaits and transitions need to take center stage. This is not a “country pleasure costume” class. In dressage, riders only earn the right to wear the shadbelly coat at Prix St. Georges and above.

What made you want to become a regional/ national accredited judge, and what advice would you give to those interested in starting the judging process? I think it’s important that we have horseman as judges. Ever since I graduated with an Equine Degree from Ohio State University, I have trained Arabian horses. Having sat on park, English, hunter, show hack, western, working hunter, dressage and even a couple of trail and reining horses, gives me an understanding and appreciation for what I evaluate in the show ring. I believe that the showmanship class is just as important as the park class and that pinning eleventh place is just as important as pinning the champion. In the end, I suppose one of the reasons I have worked through the system to become a regional/national judge is self-serving. I really enjoy looking at Arabian horses! I still start and end each show with an adrenalin rush, excited that I actually get paid to do what I love. What is the most memorable show you have judged and why? It has been an honor and a privilege to judge so many wonderful shows over 30+ years. Most memorable were U.S. Nationals in Freedom Hall and always Youth Nationals. The first time I ever exhibited at a U.S. Nationals was in Freedom Hall, so judging there on the green shavings at one of the last nationals to be held there was both nostalgic and exhilarating. I have been lucky enough to judge our Youth Nationals on two occasions. It’s always humbling to see the incredible talent and raw excitement of our youth riders and handlers. I have a strong memory of judging a Half-Arabian show hack class where my three top horses came down the rail almost side by side. It was a moment in time where all three were outstanding. I was able to simply pick which one I liked the best. That doesn’t happen often, but it did in that one moment win time. n

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Stirring Up The Action In Las Vegas!

by Christy Egan

2015 marked the second year of high stakes reining for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses at the Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic. For eight years, top horses and riders from all over the world have gathered in Las Vegas, Nev., in the fall, to compete for money, prizes and prestige. This time there was over $500,000 on the line and those who attended agreed … it was one of the toughest, most competitive

reining shows in years. The High Roller ran from Friday, September 11th through Sunday, September 20th at the South Point Equestrian Center, Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas’ premiere horse event center. The fourth largest NRHA show in the world, the HRRC show used nearly all of the giant facility’s 1,200 stalls and kept its rings busy with activities through ten solid days. With 2,478 recorded draws, nearly all divisions at this year’s show were up in entries, particularly the youth group. Encouraged and inspired by the brand new Youth Team Tournament offered by the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC), a prominent sponsor at all of the Brumley shows, nearly 60 young people signed up for the competition, including almost 20 in the Short Stirrup division, drawing much attention at the show and getting the young riders very excited and enthusiastic about the new competition. The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic Youth Tournament competition combines Quarter Horse and Arabian/Half-Arabian youth riders into Olympic-style, four-man teams. Each team must include riders


Youth Tournament Gold Medal Team, l-r: Reeboks Reerun and Campbell McLeod; Dun Its Legacy and Riley Cachat; West Coast Hick with Kaela Ranhoff, and Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld.

Youth Tournament Silver Medal Team, l-r: Nics Wimpy with Raeanna Thayn, Great Grullo Pine with Kelly Carson, Spot Me Perfect with Courtney Yohey and Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld.

from these four categories to compete: 10 & Under Short Stirrup, 13 & Under Youth, Youth Arabian/Half-Arabian (this rider can be any age youth rider) and 14-18 Youth. There were a total of 17 such teams at the High Roller this year competing for $15,000 in scholarships. The Gold Medal Team members won $2,000 each in scholarship money and consisted of: Dun Its Legacy and Riley Cachat, Reeboks Rerun and Campbell McLeod, West Coast

Youth Tournament Bronze Medal Team, l-r: GS Red Corvette with Peyton McGowan, Nics Wimpy with Raeanna Thayn, Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld and Boomen Hale Bopp with Ashley Lynch.

Hick and Kaela Ranhoff, and the Half-Arabian, Black Jack Jerry (Black Jack Olena x Sage Hill Karla) with Paige Neufeld. Lucky Cee Blair carried Caroline Buchanan to the individual Gold Medal and $3,500 in scholarship money; Courtney Yohey won the individual Silver Medal and $2,500 on Imasmartlittlecheese, and Vintage Neptune and Kate Buchanan won the Bronze individual and $1,000. The youth classes, which ran Saturday and Sunday on the

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was third in the 2014 Scottsdale Reining Futurity Classic and top ten in both the Reining Futurity and Junior Horse at the 2014 U.S. National Championships.

Paige Neufeld with Black Jack Jerry.

Madison Wigen with Khaarga Escobar Slik.

first weekend, culminated in an awards ceremony and a pizza party with Bingo and lots of prizes on Sunday afternoon. All of the teams will hopefully be back at the Wild Card Reining Challenge, a new Brumley show held at the same South Point Equestrian venue May 25 through 29, 2016, to compete for an another $15,000 in scholarship money. On Wednesday morning, the ARBC Arabian Futurity for purebred horses took over the South Point Arena and competed for $30,000 in the ARBC Level 1 and Level 4 divisions. Crystal McNutt rode TA Olyvia (Kordelas x Halali Olympia, by Enferno (*Bask)) to the Level 4 win and $9,820.80 for owner Paige Neufeld. TA Olyvia, a pretty, grey Pure Polish mare, just finishing her first year of show pen reining, was 2015 Youth National Top Ten in Reining JOTR 14-18 and Top Ten Reining Seat Equitation JTR 14-18, Region 7 Champion Reining Junior Horse, and—most impressively—the winner of the 2015 Scottsdale Reining Classic Futurity. What a great record for her first nine months of competition! In second, winning $7,638.40 was EAF Hesa Wizard (Hesa Zee x RV Muscana, by Crown Musc (*Muscat)), ridden by Ken Eppers for owner Timothy Williams. EAF Hesa Wizard


Third, and the winner of $4,364.80, was SDR Muscadore (The Golden Sun x Muscelusive, by MHR Muscateal (*Muscat)), shown by Ty Suratt for owner Rochelle Grothaus. SDR Muscadore also won the Level 1 for $6,239.40 with Ty and the Arabian Level 4 Non-Pro with Rochelle, for a total of over $10,600 in take-home prize money for this competition. Reserve honors in the Level 1 Open and $4,159.60 went to Jessica Bein, owner DU Kharnival (TA Khalil x Tamarcarnivalofroses, by Neposzar (Maryk)), a Polish-Crabbet mare that was the Region 1 Champion Reining Junior Horse earlier this season. “I had a really good time with DU Kharnival at this show,” says Jessica Bein. “She’s a paternal half-sister to a horse I showed here last year. I bought her for myself and then, like a lot of trainer’s horses, she kept getting short-changed for my time in the training barn. Still, she showed like she schooled—hard to find in a mare. She’s well-bred, talented and she overcame the fact that she did not know everything with a good mind and a willing attitude. In the

Crystal McNutt with TA Olyvia.

show pen we hung up in a lead change and she trotted out of a roll-back, but she really tried and she did well. I hope her new owners will breed her one day after she retires from showing. She’s the kind of mare that’s honestly got what it takes to be a great broodmare.” DU Kharnival’s sire was also shown at the High Roller this year. TA Khalil (Algonkwin x TA Khedannaa, by Khemosabi), was ridden to the win in the High Roller Reining Classic II Level Non-Pro Breed Restricted by owner Cori Vokoun of Buckshot Farms, and to the win in the High Roller Reining Classic 1 Open by Tyson Randle. A 12-year-old stallion and an excellent sire, TA Khalil was the 2015 Region 10 and Scottsdale Reining Champion ATR, a U.S. National Top Ten Reining in open and amateur, and a U.S. National Champion in the Reining Futurity 5 & Under. “We brought TA Khalil to the High Roller for the competitive environment they provide,” says Vokoun. “There’s good judging, good footing and a good ring here. I like the High Roller for many reasons, including its six week lead over the U.S. National Championships. We brought all of our favorite reiners here … our best! We have a nice mix of Quarter Horses, Arabians and Half-Arabians.

Tyson Randle with TA Khalil.

There were a number of classes that were offered and excellent opportunities to run different reining patterns. The stabling, the convenience of the hotel, the restaurants … this is one of our favorite shows of the year. It’s just a great, great show for so many reasons. TA Khalil is really a fine ambassador for the Arabian breed. He won all of his classes at the High Roller and he’s one of my favorite reining horses of any breed—one of the most talented horses I have ever ridden.” The ARBC moved the $45,000 Added Open HalfArabian Futurity to Friday evening this year, a nice perk for the Arabian and Half-Arabian community that supports it, and appreciates the prestige a Friday evening time slot offers. Consequently, the group competing included an outstanding number of reigning champion and national winning Half-Arabians from all over North America. Top horse in the Level 4 Open section was Ima Smart One (Im Genuinely Smart AQHA x MVA Scarlet Orzel, by Sir WM Drute (*Eter)) with John O’Hara up for owner, and fiancé, Kimberly Tillman. John posted a 218 to take home $9,748.62. A four-year-old chestnut gelding, Ima Smart One is a 2015 Scottsdale top ten in the H/A Reining Classic Futurity. His noted dam, MVA Scarlet Orzel, was both a U.S. National Champion and a Reserve National Champion in Open Reining, as well as 3-time Scottsdale Champion Open Reining Horse.

Ima Smart One with John O’Hara and Kimberly Tillman.

“I showed both his sire and his dam,” says John O’Hara. “Ima Smart One is only four and has a long career ahead of

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him. I am really looking forward to taking him to the U.S. Nationals. We’ll have six horses at that show, all reiners. Ima Smart One will be in the H/A Arabian Reining Futurity and the Junior Horse. He has the build, the style and the quality. Add to that a good mind and you have the makings of a great athlete.” There was a tie for second place in the Level 4 between Andrea Fappani on Amanda Brumley’s talented youngster, TS Mae Gossip (What It Takes x Janie Mae Gossip, by Hollywood Gossip AQHA (Hollywood Dun It)), and Randy Dooley on owner Misty Steinhauer’s BJ Young Gun (Colonels John O'Hara with Ima Smart One. Smoking Gun AQHA x Here She Comes, by Another Hero). It was TS Mae Gossip’s first time in the show pen and his first score was a 216, a good mark, as evidenced by the broad smile on his rider’s face when Andrea made his exit. TS Mae Gossip’s sire What It Takes, is a U.S. National Champion Reining Futurity 5 & Under, Champion Reining Open and 2006 Scottsdale Reining Futurity Classic Champion. BJ Young Gun was a 2015 Scottsdale top ten in the H/A Reining Futurity Classic. Both took home $6,789.22. Crystal McNutt rode Dunit My Way RA and Dunit On Fyre RA for owner Vallejo III Ranch LLC, and Chocolate Valentine for owner Joe

Randy Dooley with BJ Young Gun.

Andrea Fappani with TS Mae Gossip.

Frizzell to top tens and into the money, taking home over $8,500 between the three. Earlier in the week, Dunit On Fyre RA with Audrey Hart up, won the ARBC Half-Arabian Non-Pro, and she also rode Dunit My Way RA to fourth in that same class. Dunit On Fyre RA was the 2015 Scottsdale Champion H/A Reining Horse, and Dunit My Way RA was Region 1 Champion H/A Reining Junior Horse. Reserve in the Non-Pro went to Stephanie Todd and Lena Nu Way (Lena Talks Cash AQHA x Forever Jewel, by GF Forever Magic (Magic Dream CAHR)), a Scottsdale Top Ten H/A Open Reining Horse and 2015 Scottsdale Reserve Champion in the H/A Reining Hackamore/Snaffle Bit. Lena Nu Way also took top ten in the Level 4 Open and 3rd in Level 1 with Natalie Weichel up.

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In the Level I division of the ARBC Half-Arabian Open, Preston Kent placed champion and reserve with the half-brothers—out of Noble Duchess, by Vaguely Noble

2015 Canadian National Top Ten H/A Open Reining Horse about six weeks ago. There were a number of exciting new additions to the 2015 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic. Besides the World Para Reining competition where physically challenged riders from all over the world competed with courage, talent and fortitude while eliciting tears and cheers from the enthusiastic crowd, there was the USEF Open National Reining Championship, rife with talented, mature world class reining horses. The $8,000 plus prize money for first place in that went to Andrea Fappani, who posted a 229 on Custom Spook. This year, in lieu of the West Coast Breeders Auction, there was the incredible Hudson-Valentine Las Vegas Style Longhorn Auction on Saturday night that, honestly, drew a standing-room-only crowd, including many reining folks from the show next door. Everyone was dressed to the nines (Texas-style). 61 head of Longhorn brought $844,300. High-selling heifer was Utopia, a two-year-old that sold for a solid $115,000, based mostly on the distance between the tips of her horns for her age.

Preston Kent with SH Rockin Reminic.

Preston Kent with SH Playin It Cool.

The Lucas Oil Open Derby was the week’s highlight, featuring runs by Hannah Shafer with TA Mozart. some of the best reiners in the world. It took a score of 232 to win the almost $15,000 grand prize. Even with 15 spots available for money winners, it took a 220 score or better to get any sort of check!

(*Muscat)—SH Rockin Reminic, by Reminics Bullseye AQHA, and SH Playin It Cool, by Buenos Partee Dude AQHA. Preston’s 213 run with SH Rockin Reminic placed him in the Level 4 money as well, for a total of $18,280.32! “It was great to have an opportunity to show off the two half-brothers in the same class,” says Preston. “Playin It Cool is five and his younger brother Reminic is four. It’s great to see the influence of the two good Quarter Horse sires on each of Duchess’ sons.” SH Rockin Reminic was

There was so much going on and so much to see and enjoy, that occasionally folks slipped out to also enjoy the casino gambling and entertainment; the eight restaurants and the spa and pool at South Point. Of course, you had to time it so you didn’t miss anything at the horse show, but fortunately, it was only a three-minute walk down the hall, making it easy to take advantage of absolutely everything. “I knew from the beginning, that the 2015 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic was going to be a very special

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event,” says show organizer and manager, Amanda Brumley. “This show would not be possible without my wonderful, supporting sponsors and my incredible team … all of the people I am blessed to work with, who never let me down and listen and support all of my crazy ideas! Without these amazing people, the BMG events would not enjoy so many positive blessings. Once again, this year I spent a great deal of time talking to Quarter Horse riders, owners and breeders, who want to get involved with the ARBC. They are looking to lease or buy Arabian mares to breed to their stallions or are interested in purchasing young, Half-Arabian reining-

bred horses of good quality and top pedigrees. It’s exactly the response the ARBC wants. Thanks to everyone who competed in this division, thanks to those with Arabian and Quarter Horse stallions who recently signed-up with the ARBC program, and thanks to the youth riders who joined our first ARBC Youth Tournament teams. I am so proud of all of you, Arabian and Quarter Horse youth, for your dedication to your horses, your inspiring sportsmanship and your extraordinary talent. I am delighted to say that I have seen the future of reining this year, at the High Roller Reining Classic and it is brilliant! See you all in 2016!”

Ty Suratt with SDR Muscadore.

Ken Eppers with EAF Hesa Wizard. John O'Hara wiht Ima Smart One.

Randy Dooley with BJ Young Gun.

Andrea Fappani with TS Mae Gossip.


TA Olyvia with her entourage.

Arabian Level 4 Open Champion TA OLYVIA (Kordelas x Halali Olympia), with Crystal McNutt for owner Paige Neufeld.

Arabian Level 1 Open Champion, Level 4 Open Top Ten and Level 4 Non-Pro Champion SDR MUSCADORE (The Golden Sun x Muscelusive), with Ty Suratt and owner Rochelle Grothaus.

HRRC ARBC Futurity Arabian Level 4 Open Champion: TA OLYVIA (Kordelas x Halali Olympia), Ex: Crystal McNutt O: Paige Neufeld; Reserve: EAF HESA WIZARD (Hesa Zee x RV Muscana), Ex: Ken Eppers O: Timothy Williams; Top Ten: SDR MUSCADORE (The Golden Sun x Muscelusive), Ex: Anthony (Ty) Suratt O: Rochelle Grothaus; DU KHAROUSEL (TA Khalil x Tamarcarnivalofroses), Ex: John O’Hara O: Leona and Petra Dries; TA MARCELLA (Kordelas x Marieta), Ex: John O’Hara O: Edward and Judith Koehler; TR WHATA HOTTIE (What It Takes x PAF Tohottohandle), Ex: John O’Hara O: Leona and Petra Dries; PICANTE JULLYEN V ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Precious V), Ex: Gary Ferguson O: Rancho Sonado LLC. Arabian Level 1 Open Champion: SDR MUSCADORE (The Golden Sun x Muscelusive) Ex: Anthony (Ty) Suratt O: Rochelle

H/A Level 4 Open Champion IMA SMART ONE (Im Genuinely Smart x MVA Scarlet Orzel), with John O'Hara for owner Kimberly Tillman.

H/A Level 1 Open Champion SH ROCKIN REMINIC (Reminics Bullseye x Noble Duchess) and Reserve Champion SH PLAYIN IT COOL (Buenos Partee Dude x Noble Duchess), with Preston Kent for owners Sage Hill Arabians and Kate Snodgrass.

Grothaus; Reserve: DU KHARNIVAL (TA Khalil x Tamarcarnivalofroses), Ex/O: Jessica Bein; Top Five: MAXS GIRL RA (HH Maxemus x Marliera), Ex: Tye McDaniel O: Richard Ames; PICANTE JULLYEN V ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Precious V), Ex: Gary Ferguson O: Rancho Sonado LLC.

HRRC Half-Ar abian ARBC Futurity H/A Level 4 Open Champion: IMA SMART ONE (Im Genuinely Smart x MVA Scarlet Orzel), Ex: John O’Hara O: Kimberly Tillman; Reserve: TS MAE GOSSIP (What It Takes x Janie Mae Gossip), Ex: Andrea Fappani O: Amanda Brumley; Top Ten: BJ YOUNG GUN (Colonels Smoking Gun x Here She Comes), Ex: Randy Dooley O: Misty Steinhauer; DUNIT MY WAY RA (Hollywood Dunit x Minding Ps and Qs), Ex: Crystal McNutt O: Vallejo III Ranch LLC; DUNIT ON FYRE RA (Brennas Golden Dunit x Fyre In The Skye), Ex: Crystal McNutt O: Vallejo III Ranch LLC; SH ROCKIN REMINIC (Reminics Bullseye x Noble Duchess), Ex: Preston Kent O: Sage Hill Arabians; CHOCOLATE VALENTINE (Chocolate Volume 46, No. 5 | 193

Arabian Level 4 Open Reserve Champion EAF HESA WIZARD (Hesa Zee x RV Muscana), with Ken Eppers for owner Timothy Williams.

Arabian Level 1 Open Reserve Champion DU KHARNIVAL (TA Khalil x Tamarcarnivalofroses), with owner Jessica Bein.

Chic Olena x Melarkie), Ex: Crystal McNutt O: Joe Frizzell; DUNMINDING PS AND QS (Hollywood Dun It x Minding Ps And Qs), Ex: Brian Welman O: Richard Ames; LENA NU WAY (Lena Talks Cash x Forever Jewel), Ex: Natalie Weichel O: Stephanie Todd; BJ SPOOKS LIL GUN (Spooks Gotta Gun x Czars Fire Bug), Ex: Tyson Randle O: Michelle Deroch. H/A Level 1 Open Champion: SH ROCKIN REMINIC (Reminics Bullseye x Noble Duchess), Ex: Preston Kent O: Sage Hill Arabians; Reserve: SH PLAYIN IT COOL (Buenos Partee Dude x Noble Duchess), Ex: Preston Kent O: Kate Snodgrass; Top Five: LENA NU WAY (Lena Talks Cash x Forever Jewel), Ex: Natalie Weichel O: Stephanie Todd.


H/A Level 4 Open Reserve Champion TS MAE GOSSIP (What It Takes x Janie Mae Gossip), with Andrea Fappani for owner Amanda Brumley.

HRRC Tam ar ack R anch Futurity Arabian Level 4 Non Pro Champion: SDR MUSCADORE (The Golden Sun x Muscelusive), Ex/O: Rochelle Grothaus. H/A Level 4 Non Pro Champion: DUNIT ON FYRE RA (Brennas Golden Dunit x Fyre In The Skye) Ex: Audrey Hart O: Vallejo III Ranch LLC; Reserve: LENA NU WAY (Lena Talks Cash AQHA x Forever Jewel), Ex/O: Stephanie Todd; Top Five: BSF MARIETTA (Were Dun x AQR Sonatina), Ex: Cori Vokoun O: Buckshot Farms; DUNIT MY WAY RA (Hollywood Dunit x Minding Ps and Qs) Ex: Audrey Hart O: Vallejo III Ranch LLC. n

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Congratulations ... ARBC H i gH R olleR R eining C lassiC Youth Tournament Winners!

Gold Team

$2,000 each, l-r: Reeboks Reerun and Campbell McLeod; Dun Its Legacy and Riley Cachat; West Coast Hick with Kaela Ranhoff, and Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld.

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Silver Team

l-r: Nics Wimpy with Raeanna Thayn, Great Grullo Pine with Kelly Carson, Spot Me Perfect with Courtney Yohey and Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld.

Bronze Team

l-r: GS Red Corvette with Peyton McGowan, Nics Wimpy with Raeanna Thayn, Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld and Boomen Hale Bopp with Ashley Lynch.

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Individual Results

Gold $3,500: Caroline Buchanan with Lucky Cee Blair Silver $2,500: Courtney Yohey with Imasmartlittlecheese Bronze $1,000: Kate Buchanan with Vintage Neptune

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Competition will be held at: The Wild Card Reining Challenge, May 25th-29th, 2016. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals awarded for Team and Individual competition. Gold Medal Team Members: $2,000 each Individual Gold: $3,500, Individual Silver: $2,500, Individual Bronze: $1,000

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NSH Finals 33 Years In The Making by Stephanie Reitter


his year marked the 33rd anniversary of the National Show Horse Finals, September 17th-19th in Springfield, Ill. This show was created to honor, preserve and celebrate the integrity of the Half-Arabian/Half-Saddlebred horse. As in past years, the event did not fall short in offering its exhibitors a variety of classes (including purebred Arabians), entertainment and great times to be had by all.


One of many highlights at the show is its ability to give back and provide a fun experience for everyone. One of the most popular, the UPHA Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 class offers scholarships for the top ten riders to put towards their choice of higher education. In addition to having multiple disciplines for all ages, the latest new feature added to the show in recent years has gained in popularity. Referred to as the Arabian/National Show Horse Community Tournament Championships, many think of it as Academy Classes. It was created to introduce potential new owners to the delight

and experience of owning and showing an Arabian or National Show Horse. This class allows riders to gain experience in horse control, the show ring, and understanding the importance of basic horsemanship and equitation, while also being able to take advantage of the exciting and fun horse show environment. If you were unable to attend this year’s NSHF, mark your calendars for the 34th National Show Horse Finals coming to Springfield, Ill., in 2016. It is promised that you will not be disappointed in the class offerings and social events. n

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AmAteur Spotlight ... MARTA BUDD DIMEGLIO

What are the similarities between yourself and your horse? Confidence, poise, determination, charisma and a sassy attitude! Both of my mares give their best every time I ride, whether it’s inside or outside of the show ring. They are true show horses who love what they do. They know the moment we hit the ring and that’s when they really shine. What makes you happiest? Spending time with family and friends. Add riding into the mix, and that’s what I call a perfect day! What do you most value in your friends? Honesty and loyalty. Your horses? Their heart. With each and every ride, they are constantly improving and giving their all. Which living person do you most admire? My dad; he has seen it all, done it all, and has the stories to prove it! He constantly shows me what it is like to really live life to its fullest. What is your motto? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”    If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be and why? That’s a tough one. I absolutely love my life and wouldn’t change it for the world. However, if I could be anyone, I would choose to be Garth Brooks. I know what it’s like to be at one of his concerts—in the crowd—and I would love to be able to see it from his view point.


What is your most treasured memory with the Arabian horse? I was at the Canadian Nationals, waiting for Harry Cooper to announce the national champion in my junior exhibitor western pleasure class. I was waiting by the rail, talking to Kitty White. I remember her looking at me and telling me to get ready. I laughed and said I was happy I went top ten! When they announced my name as champion, I was completely shocked! Kitty was smiling with that “I told you so” grin. The memories of being in the winners circle with my parents and Stanley White are priceless.   What is your very first memory with the Arabian horse? My brother Keith and I were in a bicentennial parade when I was three years old. I was hooked from that moment on.

If you could show one horse from the past who would you show and why? Countess Vanessa. I remember seeing her show in Louisville, and thinking how much fun it would be to ride her.  If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? It would be able to give us all more time. You can never have enough time doing what you love and spending time with loved ones.   What is the most memorable piece of show ring advice you’ve ever received? “A horse can only run as fast as you can ride!” What would be your ultimate dream job? To ride my wonderful group of horses and get paid for it! What do you love most about showing Arabian horses? The people in the Arabian industry. I have made so many lifelong friends and connections, my life wouldn’t be the same without this wonderful group people.  Who has had the biggest influence in your involvement with Arabians? My family. I grew up on a horse farm and have been around horses my entire life. We are a family of horsemen and I love the opportunities I’ve been afforded because of our involvement with Arabians. What piece of advice would you give to the 10-yearold version of yourself? Enjoy being young, don’t rush through your youth. The 40 year old version of yourself?  You are exactly where you are meant to be. What have you learned from riding and showing that has helped you in other areas of your life? I have learned to always persevere and enjoy every ride. This philosophy extends into all areas of my life—never give up and always live in the moment. It won’t come again, so you’d better enjoy it while you’re in it!   Special thanks and appreciation to: Nathan Brown, without your love and support none of this would be possible. Steve White, you are truly amazing and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with you. Stanley and Kitty White, I am so fortunate to have you in my life. Mom and Dad, thank you for giving me the opportunity to ride such wonderfully talented horses.  I am truly blessed. n

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A TOUCH OF ST YLE Gregor Ay ma r by Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Gregor Aymar is in hot demand as an equine photographer and graphic designer based in Geldern, Germany. He has made his own way, having no formal training in the arts of design or the photographic industry. Through talent, determination, a good upbringing, a fine university education, and a deep love for the Arabian horse, he mastered the craft in an extraordinary way.

Lange, another German. Frank’s taste in horses, his knowledge of the work of caring for them … how to be a horseman, he shared with me. He also modeled how to run a horse business. I would observe him to pick up interesting things. Heinz Stöckle also had a direct influence. I meet a lot of interesting people and can learn something new every day.

What does your dream horse look like? Breathtaking.

What makes you happy? I am happy when daily life and work goes well. Sometimes you can happily impress yourself! Maybe a week without a phone in a special setting! But truly, sitting outside in the evening, looking at mares in the field makes me very happy.

Who was the first Arabian horse you ever laid eyes on and what was the experience like? It was Petsarahhh, an Abdullahhh daughter, who was, I believe born in America at Lasma Arabians in 1985. She was the All Nations Cup Reserve Champion Mare in the early 90’s. I was 14 or so, and she was feminine, so pretty, refined, and just special. If you could resurrect any two horses, who would they be and why? Kubinec and Estopa. Estopa was the ideal Arabian mare and probably would still be today. Kubinec brought a lot of quality to European breeding and his inf luence is still much in evidence in Europe today. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? The Arabian is my entire life; private, business, and passion. My involvement makes me travel the world and meet new people every day from many continents. Do you prefer the desert or the ocean? I prefer a water place in the desert, an oasis or vadi. Who have your mentors been in the Arabian horse business? Frank Spönle for sure, and also Christine

Name a handful of Arabian mares alive today that make you weak in the knees. Pianissima … FT Shaella is one of them, as well as Emandoria.

Tell us a little about the beautiful white mares who live in your stables and pastures. One of my favorite mares is Alaskaa, by Windsprees Mirage who is by Thee Desperado. Alaskaa is out of a daughter of PR Krystl Prince, a son of Padrons Psyche. Another favorite is SA Bint Saskia, a daughter of the great Saskia RJ who is sired by Psytadel. After great results in 2014 and 2015, both of them are back in foal to EKS Alihandro for 2016. Another mare that is of great breeding value for us is LVA Talula, by Khidar out of multiple champion mare LC Tornita, who is by Padrons Psyche. Talula is bred to double-World Silver Champion, Ascot DD. What part of breeding Arabian horses lives deep in your soul? I try to breed horses that are typey, but still real horses. I breed to challenge myself, to please myself. I enjoy it. For me, the main purpose is not money making. I try to breed quality that is competitive in shows. But even if I had a great horse, I would prefer to sell it to a different owner to show. I

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am too involved in the business, know too much of its politics ‌ my horses probably would do better owned by someone else. What is your favorite horse destination to travel to? Cairo. It is a world of its own. I also enjoy visiting the Emirates. Dubai is a nice place to be. It is a combination of modernity and culture. Although there is no deep sense of history because it sprang up overnight, you still feel the Arabic atmosphere. There is a collection of great horses in that area in a density not found many other places on earth. I also love Italy. Aside from the great horses, there are great people and great hospitality, culture and fantastic food. People are friendly, happy and easy going. There is a beautiful landscape, no stress or pressure; in Germany we are maybe on top of things too much, make things too complicated. What two characteristics do you like most about the Arabian horse? They are very sensitive horses with strong characters. Pretty yes, but it is more than that. I have some embryo transfer mares of different breeds, they handle differently than the Arabians. It is not pleasant to work with them. 206 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

What is your favorite part about foaling out mares? The day after, when you can go to sleep! Actually, it is the moment when the baby and mare talk to each other for the first time. Of course you want to see the result of your breeding decision, too. Name representatives that come to your mind for the following cues: Breed type: Fa Moniet Tail carriage: WH Justice The perfect body: Sanadik El Shaklan Carriage: Kwestura Perfect Arabian horse: Imperial Baarez / Pianissima Where did you go to school or how did you learn your craft? I am a self-taught designer, photography as well. To be any kind of photographer, you have to have taste, must know a good shot from bad, and also how to stage a shot. People without taste, who lack sensibility, will not be successful. We can tune and improve our taste, but if there is no inborn taste, you can never learn it. You can learn by noticing what people like and don’t like; try it yourself and develop your style.


What made you choose design (or photography, etc?) I always wanted to turn my passion for horses into my future life and work. That is what I have been doing for 20 years or so. I founded Eyecatcher during my days at university, where I studied marketing management for agriculture—looking for a link to a future with horses! I enjoyed seeing the photographers at work at the shows from the time I was 14 or 15. Where do you get your inspiration? In general, I get my inspiration from the horses because I enjoy them. Travel also inspires by opening your eyes; you see things like new art or a beautiful landscape that you might try to recreate later. What is your favorite part of what you do? I like the fact that I am doing what I like to do; travel, horses, people. Do your subjects speak to you? Some horses do speak to me by their expression, that’s what you want to capture. It is the essential part of a great photo— great atmosphere and a great expression. Great horses give you what they have, and you want to capture it. The same thing is true in creating an ad … great ideas come from great horses.

shooting in Egypt at night. I also love the horse, so it was special. What three photos from other photographers do you love? A Vesty shot of Pianissima in the barn aisle at Janów of her head and neck—only a silhouette really; a Van Lent Sr. taken in England of Om el Azadik on a hill during a thunderstorm, and a Vesty of Pyro Thyme tied to a wall. What is one thing you would do to change the business for the better – you have fifteen minutes to give one answer… I would like to see the pursuit of money not be at the core of everything that happens in the breed. I wish that things were handled with more respect and responsibility.  Tell us about an unforgettable moment. Peter Gross holding his stallion Mahfouz as he was beginning to die.  Why is photography so inherent to the breed and the business? It is because promotion is nearly as important to our world now as the horse itself.  n

How do you overcome “designer’s block”? I put it away and try again later, or the next day. I work best in the early morning. If nothing is happening, you have to stop trying. How do you see yourself 10 years from now? I hope I am enjoying this business as much then as I do now. Tell us three amazing moments you’ve had as a photographer: QR Marc in Dubai, out in the desert. I had no studio lights, no smoke machines—just a Pakistani man throwing sand in the air, and several jeeps to give light. Lady Veronica and FT Shaella in the evening in the desert, together in Dubai. Lastly, Imperial Baarez,

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by Theresa Cardamone with Jeff Wallace The Arabian summer show circuit is held in grassy presentation rings on historical properties all over Europe. Organized on behalf of the Pyramid Society Europe by the Family Oben, the 2015 Egyptian Event Europe was held at Pietersheim Castle in Lanaken, Belgium on August 29th and 30th. It fully lived up to its slogan: Great Atmosphere – Great Horses – Great Fun! Umbrella tables and VIP tents provided comfort and excellent viewing for all in the bucolic setting. Judges from Italy, Poland, Syria, Denmark and Belgium reflected the diversity of the participants.


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The ambiance and structure of the European shows is much different from typical American events. The outdoor settings and relaxed atmosphere encourages a friendly environment that promotes community among the exhibitors. At the same time, spectators get a closeup, ground-level view of the horses. The feel is festive and more collegial than competitive, although clearly each farm wanted to bring home the gold. Nayla Hayek has been a dedicated breeder of straight Egyptian horses for over 30 years. Her Hanaya Stud dominated this year’s event, emerging as the Best Breeder in Europe. Hanaya’s Wadad Zamani was the perfect combination of grace and power as she swept the highest awards, earning Gold Champion Mare, Best Egyptian Arabian and High Score of Show honors. A tall, necky, moving machine with a beautiful face, Wadad Zamani is a daughter of Laheeb, out of an Israeli desert-bred mare, Zena Al Buraq. Homebred stablemates Hanaya Khalid (Gold Foal), Hanaya Farfoura (Silver Yearling Filly) and Hanaya Labid (Bronze Yearling Colt) added to the Swiss farm’s impressive roster of wins under the expert guidance of Frank Spönle. Al Danat Stud also had a splendid show, bringing both gold championships for yearlings home to Kuwait with offspring of their stallion Shamekh Al Danat. Shamekh has a pedigree of nearly straight Ansata breeding. Ezz Al Danat, who is out of the Sinan Al Rayyan mare Shalwah, won the Yearling Colt title, while his paternal half-sister Shaikha Al Danat scored the gold for Yearling Fillies. She is out of the Badir daughter Badrah Al Danat.

who is bred and owned by Al Baydaa Stud. Sired by Jamil Al Rayyan, Fady Al Baydaa is out of Magda Saqr, who also carries a tail-female line of Ansata blood. High-spirited celebration was in evidence when Salma Al Bawady won the Junior Filly Gold Championship for owner/breeder Al Bawady Stud, also from Egypt. A daughter of Hilal Al Nakeeb and out of Maha Al Khaled, she is a graceful grey who beat out a strong class for the win. Raya Al Rayyan (Ansata Sokar x Nadrah Al Rayyan) won her class and was Bronze Champion Yearling Filly for Al Rayyan Stud while Darine Al Rayyan, won her class and the Silver Senior Mare Championship in a splendid tribute to her recently deceased sire Ashhal Al Rayyan. Always a threat with their deep pool of sensational horses, Dubai Stud earned the award for Best Breeder, Worldwide. The Egyptian Event Europe fulfilled its promise to produce the finest show horses and a splendid venue in which to display them. As the weekend drew to a close, exhibitors were already looking forward to the next time they would gather together in another idyllic setting designed to showcase their common passion … the straight Egyptian Arabian horse.

Bred and owned by El Farida Stud of Egypt, the Gold Champion Stallion was Baarez El Farida, a grey son of Imperial Baarez and out of the El Habiel daughter Nour Saqr, who has a strong tail-female line tracing to generations of Ansata’s finest broodmares. Egypt scored again with the Junior Champion Colt Fady Al Baydaa, Volume 46, No. 5 | 209

Best Breeder, Europe award goes to Nayla Hayek’s Hanaya Stud.

Best Breeder Worldwide, Dubai Stud.

Three Arabian enthusiasts solving the world’s problems ... one horse show at a time.

International Breeder & Judge, Nayla Hayek.

International Breeder & Judge, Nasr Masrei.

International Breeder & Judge, Claudia Darius with Jeff Wallace.


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Champion Senior Stallions— Gold: BAAREZ EL FARIDA (Imperial Baarez x Nour Saqr), B/O: El Farida Stud (EG) Silver: FRASERA DUBAI (Phaaros x Frasera Mashara), B: Dr. Santoro (IT), O: La Frasera (IT) Bronze: ZAIN AL DEAN (Laheeb x Jowhara Al Okab), B/O: Abu Feysal Champion Senior Mares— Gold: WADAD ZAMANI (Laheeb x Zena Al Buraq), B: Osman Al Kasisi (IL), O: Hanaya Arabians (CH) Silver: DARINE AL RAYYAN (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Aisha), B/O: Al Rayyan Stud Bronze: LUJYAN AA (Nader Al Jamal x Lamis AA), B: Ariela Arabians (IL), O: RB Arabian Stud (IL) Champion Junior Colts— Gold: FADY AL BAYDAA ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Magda Saqr), B/O: Al Baydaa Stud (EG) Silver: AL PASHA OONY (Ezz Ezzain x Menat Allah Oony), B/O: Oony Stud Bronze: ASAYEL RASHIQ (Frasera Mashar x P.S.E. Rasheekah), B: Az. Agr. Il Palazzotto (IT), O: Asayel Stud (KW) Champion Junior Fillies— Gold: SALMA AL BAWADY (Hilal Al Nakeeb x Maha Al Khaled), B/O: Al Bawady Stud (EG) Silver: D OMNIA (Frasera Mashar x Royal Emira), B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE) Bronze: D FERYAL (Frasera Mashar x DF Faaiqs Farida), B/O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE) Champion Yearling Colts— Gold: EZZ AL DANAT (Shamekh Al Danat x Shalwah), B/O: Al Danat Stud (KW)

Silver: NASEEM AL RASHEDIAH (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Nabaweyyah Ezzain), B/O: Al Rashediah Stud (BH) Bronze: HANAYA LABID (Laheeb Al Nasser x ZT Assfashikha), B/O: Hanaya Arabians (CH) Champion Yearling Fillies— Gold: SHAIKHA AL DANAT (Shamekh Al Danat x Badrah Al Danat), B/O: Al Danat Stud (KW) Silver: HANAYA FARFOURA (Kenz Al Baydaa x Bint Fariha Magidaa), B/O: Hanaya Stud (CH) Bronze: RAYA AL RAYYAN (Ansata Sokar x Nadrah Al Rayyan), B/O: Al Rayyan Stud Champion Foals— Gold: HANAYA KHALID (Kenz Al Baydaa x Imhajaa), B/O: Hanaya Arabians (CH) Silver: SAOUD AL HADBAN (Kais Al Baydaa x LV Salysha), B/O: Wolfgang Thoma Bronze: PSE RIYAAZ (Royal Colours x PSE Kyarah), B/O: Prestige BVBA (BE) Best Straight Egyptian 2015— WADAD ZAMANI (Laheeb x Zena Al Buraq), B: Osman Al Kasisi (IL), O: Hanaya Arabians (CH) Best Head Male— KENZ AL BAYDAA ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Kareemah Saqr), B: Al Baydaa Stud, O: Hanaya Arabians (CH) Best Head Female— WANABA (OR Walkir x DC Manaba Moniet), B: Martini Brizo, O: Luciano Zenti

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Gold Champion Senior Stallion BAAREZ EL FARIDA (Imperial Baarez x Nour Saqr), bred and owned by El Farida Stud.

Gold Champion Senior Mare WADAD ZAMANI (Laheeb x Zena Al Buraq), bred by Osman Al Kasisi and owned by Hanaya Arabians.

Gold Champion Junior Colt FADY AL BAYDAA ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Magda Saqr), bred and owned by Al Baydaa Stud.

Gold Champion Junior Filly SALMA AL BAWADY (Hilal Al Nakeeb x Maha Al Khaled), bred and owned by Al Bawady Stud. 212 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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Gold Champion Yearling Colt EZZ AL DANAT (Shamekh Al Danat x Shalwah), bred and owned by Al Danat Stud.

Gold Champion Yearling Filly SHAIKHA AL DANAT (Shamekh Al Danat x Badrah Al Danat), bred and owned by Al Danat Stud.

Gold Champion Foal HANAYA KHALID (Kenz Al Baydaa x Imhajaa), bred and owned by Hanaya Arabians.

Best Straight Egyptian of 2015 winner WADAD ZAMANI (Laheeb x Zena Al Buraq), bred by Osman Al Kasisi and owned by Hanaya Arabians.

Best Head Male winner KENZ AL BAYDAA ( Jamil Al Rayyan x Kareemah Saqr), bred by Al Baydaa Stud and owned by Hanaya Arabians.

Best Head Female winner WANABA (OR Walkir x DC Manaba Moniet), bred by Martini Brizo and owned by Luciano Zenti. n


by Theresa Cardamone

The setting for the Arabian Horse Organization’s (AHO) annual event in Chantilly is truly a step back in time. Embraced by the historic palace of the same name, the grounds, like the building itself, are remarkably French. Meticulous gardens and immaculate green lawns provide the perfect backdrop to the festivities. The atmosphere is both regal and joyous as Arabian breeders from all over Europe and the Middle East present their best in this finest of venues. 214 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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Two discreet shows, the AHO Breeders’ Championship Europe and the AHO World Cup, take place. Scheduling the European-focused Breeders’ Championship back-to-back with the International draw of the World Cup creates a sense of pride in the participants at both shows. The high concentration of beautiful horses that filled the rosters of each was a testament to the success of that strategy. Christine Jamar should be lauded for her success as the owner/breeder of both the Gold Champion Filly and the Gold Champion Mare of the Breeders’ Championship. She has mastered the art of evolving contemporary horses from her fantastic foundational bloodstock from 37 years at her Jadem Arabians.

title was the elegant Aja Carrera, a daughter of ZT Marwteyn and Aja Carina, bred and owned by Malcolm and Jane Hickford of Aja Arabians in the UK, and shown by Frank Spönle. Like Jamar, the Hickfords are European breeders with decades of experience and success behind their decisions. The AHO World Cup resulted in an impressive roster of international champions. Gold Champion Yearling Filly was Mozn Al Bidayer, a splendid daughter of SMA Magic One and the gorgeous Mattaharii. She represents the merging of the type and attitude of

Jamar’s Gold Champion Mare Mississippi J, a daughter of QR Marc out of Magnificent Lady J, carries a strong dam line rooted in the Bask/Comet cross, flavored with the right amount of exotic infusion from QR Marc. Gold Champion Filly Paris J, by Jadem-bred Emerald J and out of Palabra, has a tail female line to the magnificent Pilarka. Frederick Van Sas presented both champions. Stealing the hearts of the crowd, along with the Gold Champion Yearling Filly Volume 46, No. 5 | 215

Padron, with the form and function of Bask. Bred and owned by Albidayer Stud, Mozn Al Bidayer was beautifully presented by Barry Shepherd. Gold Champion Filly was Deem AM, by Abha Qatar and out of the WH Justice daughter Abha Opalina. In a hotly contested battle, Deem AM edged out Zennyatta for the victory on behalf of HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Saud. Gold Champion Mare Salwa Al Zobair, emerged triumphant in a very strong class. By Marajj and out of the Eukaliptus daughter Esklawa, Salwa Al Zobair is yet another champion to blend the modernity of Al Shaqab breeding through her sire with a strong Polish dam line that includes the incredibly beautiful Eskapada.

Gold Champion Colt Aja Wictor.

Amaar Al Nasser, by EKS Alihandro, has a tail female infusion of the greatest mares in Russian breeding including Pesnia and Taktika, to add to his Egyptian blood. He wowed the judges, walking out the Gold Champion Yearling Colt with Glenn Schoukens leading. Gold Champion Stallion ES Harir is linebred to both Padron and Bask. A son of AJ Dinar, who is by WH Justice, ES Harir is out of TS Magnums Magic, by Magnum Psyche. This young stallion holds great promise for owner Al Saqran Arabians. No less impressive was the Gold Champion Colt Cadance PA, a double-Versace bay also owned by Al Saqran, who dominated the male division with a Midas touch. As the four-day event drew to a close, it was clear to all, that through scrupulous breeding practices and unflagging dedication, European and Middle Eastern breeders continue to set new standards of excellence in creating the world’s finest Arabian horses.


Gold Champion Yearling Filly Mozn Al Bidayer.

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Gold Champion Stallion MAHDER AL JAMAL (Nader Al Jamal x Mahity El Jamaal), bred by Jean Mattens and owned by The Madher Group.

Gold Champion Mare MISSISSIPPI J (QR Marc x Magnificent Lady J), bred and owned by Christine Jamar. Volume 46, No. 5 | 217

Gold Champion Colt AJA WICTOR (Emerald J x JB Wizcaya), bred and owned by Malcolm and Jane Hickford.

Gold Champion Filly PARIS J (Emerald J x Palabra), bred and owned by Christine Jamar.

Gold Champion Yearling Colt WORTEX KALLISTE (Shanghai EA x Mirwanah Kalliste), bred and owned by Kalliste Arabians.

Gold Champion Yearling Filly AJA CARRERA (ZT Marwteyn x Aja Carina), bred and owned by Malcolm and Jane Hickford.

AHO WORLD CUP— Gold Champion Stallion E.S. HARIR (AJ Dinar x TS Magnums Magic), bred by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Majid Alqassemi and owned by Al Saqran Stud.


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Gold Champion Mare SALWA AL ZOBAIR (Marajj x Esklawa), bred and owned by Al Zobair Stud.

Gold Champion Colt CADANCE PA (Cavalli x Donatella), bred by Pegasus Arabians and owned by Al Saqran Stud.

Gold Champion Filly DEEM AM (Abha Qatar x Abha Opalina), bred and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud.

Gold Champion Yearling Colt AMAAR AL NASSER (EKS Alihandro x Reema Al Nasser), bred and owned by Al Nasser Stud.

Gold Champion Yearling Filly MOZN AL BIDAYER (SMA Magic One x Mattaharii), bred and owned by Albidayer Stud. n Volume 46, No. 5 | 219

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Salon du Cheval Paris NOVEMBER 28 -DECEMBER 6, 2015 by Theresa Cardamone

The title of World Champion, earned at the Salon du Cheval in Paris, has always held a significant prestige in the Arabian community. In recent years, that high regard has skyrocketed due in large part to the globalization of the industry. For example,

European horses were traditionally relatively unknown to most American breeders,

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Wearing the title of World Champion means inclusion in a select group of some of the finest Arabian horses ever bred. To gain entry into that elite group is at the top of the list for many owners and breeders. It equates to an elevation of the horse in the public consciousness that positively impacts the owner, the breeder and the handler in their future endeavors. It is a status symbol that never goes out of style. This year, the field of entries will be packed with horses from all over the world that have legitimate claims to the titles. To add to the excitement, this year newly crowned United States National Champions will be subsidized by a generous sponsorship to ensure their ability to participate. An American contingent in Paris is another step in strengthening the international network of the Arabian horse. The stage is set for the eyes of enthusiasts from all over the globe to turn once again to the spotlights of the Salon du Cheval, where a new roster of winners will take their places as Champions of the World. â–

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AmAteur Spotlight ... CAROLYN LESLEY What is your first memory with the Arabian horse? I will never forget my mom showing me pictures of her and my grandfather showing Arabians at Madison Square Garden. I must have been 5 or 6 at the time and that’s when the seed was planted in me. What year did you get involved with the Arabian horse? My love for horses goes back to before I can remember. They have always been part of our lives as my mom grew up riding and showing Arabians and Saddlebreds. We’ve always had horses and I got my first Arabian in 1982. What inspired you to come back to the Arabian horse world? While working in Arizona this last winter I was excited to visit my lifelong friends Carrie Fritz, Leslie Sommer and Dru Cederberg at the Scottsdale Horse Show. We have been friends for 30 years but haven’t seen each other in ages as I had been out of the Arabian horse community for 17 years. My intention was to stop by and reconnect with friends one afternoon since I was in town. My “afternoon visit” turned into a week, and by day two I knew I had to have another Arabian and be a part of this world again. By the end of the week, my mom and I purchased Chase The Dream from Natalie Jones and Cynthia Burkman. What makes you happiest? My happiest moments have always been with my horses … anything that has to do with them; cleaning stalls, grooming, washing, grazing them, etc. Just being with them gives me a peace that only they can give. Do you and your horse have similar personalities? My horses, Monticello V (Cello) and Whata DocBar TR (Teddy) are both kind, gentle and intuitive. I am inspired by my horses and aspire to have their character and personality traits. They are both truly a joy to be around, I could only hope people would ever feel the same about me!


If you could show one horse from the past, who would it be and why? Without hesitation, that would be Chase The Dream. He wasn’t just an amazing horse that passed too soon; he was significant in changing my life. He brought my mom and me back to this wonderful Arabian family and he left us too soon. What do you value most in your horse world friendships? Authenticity. Trust. Laughter. Words don’t express how deeply important my friends in the horse world are to me. They aren’t just my ‘horse friends;’ they are my very best friends anywhere. These women are part of my everyday life. Horse people are different … and I mean that in a good way. There’s a bond with these friendships like none other. What does it mean to share your passion for the Arabian horse with friends and family? This spring my mom, Mary Lesley, was diagnosed with an incurable cancer. When we purchased the horses this spring, we did not know she

and who cares about your horse as much as you do. Align yourself with a support system that shares your values, your passion for the horses and whom you can count on. If your horse isn’t happy, you won’t be happy either. What have you taken from your horse experiences and applied to your everyday life? These last seven months have been profoundly life changing for my mom and me. To be able to go to a horse show and laugh, love our horses and be with friends, despite what life has thrown at us, is something to cherish. I remind myself every day how blessed I am, no matter where we may be.

was sick. The joy we have had together showing this past few months, and the time we have spent together with the horses will always be the greatest blessing I have been given. Chase unexpectedly passed away on June 2nd, 2015, the same day we received another grim medical report from the doctors about my mom. We were devastated and heartbroken. Leslie Sommer, Carrie Fritz, Holly Westmoreland and Jennifer Schwing, were determined to help find us another horse. A true gift from God arrived in a phone call from Michele and Joe Reser, who said, “I know the timing is difficult, and I don’t know your schedule, but if you could come out and meet a horse we have, he’s really special.” My mom and I left the hospital two days later, flew to Indiana, met Monticello V, and instantly fell in love. Despite her diagnosis, my mom has been able to watch me show Monticello at Region 14, and also to a Unanimous Canadian National Championship. My mom’s determination and strength are proof that the horses, in her words, ‘are worth living for.’ We have been given a gift by these amazing animals and are profoundly grateful for it.

When you are not spending time with your horses, what are some of your favorite activities? Surprise, when I’m not with my horses, I’m with my four dogs, working in the yard and hiking. My fiancée, Dan, and I both travel for work a lot, so when we are home, we enjoy it, our animals and our family. What would be something that would shock others to know about you? I can operate a forklift. My family business, Noel Lesley Event Services, Inc. is the General Contractor for the NFL, and for two months out of the year, I work in an office trailer and use a Portalet®! Where do you see your involvement with Arabian horses 15 years from now? It is my hope that in 15 years, Lesley Farms, LLC is having an impact on breeding extraordinary performance horses. n

What is the most memorable show ring advice you have ever received? From Michele Reser, “Enjoy your ride, this is about you and your relationship with your horse, have fun.” And from Leslie Sommer, “GET OFF THE RAIL!” Who has been your biggest influence in your involvement with Arabian horses? Julie Wrigley. I’ve had the privilege of watching her show and breed horses that have changed the industry. She is brilliant and thoughtful, and her advice continues to inspire me. What advice could you give someone that is just getting involved in showing horses? Find a trainer that you respect Volume 46, No. 5 | 233

Ella Hampton with Strikes So Sassy.


Sponsorships A Win-Win For All by Kara Larson


hen 12-year-old Ella Hampton boarded the plane to Albuquerque, N. Mex., this past July from her hometown in Indiana, she felt a great deal of anticipation. This would be her second year competing at Youth Nationals—a show that epitomizes a youth rider’s show season. “I felt so lucky that I had the opportunity to compete there again,” Ella begins. “I rode in five classes. I made all my cuts, including the UPHA Challenge Cup, got top tens in all and was even awarded the Sportsmanship Award of the 13 & under age group.” Beyond the ribbons and tangible accolades Ella brought home from Youth Nationals this year, her experience holds far more depth and meaning in other places, from other people. “My favorite part was after the 13 & under equitation class Tuesday night. I had an amazing ride, but it was so close on the judges’ cards that I ended up 3rd. In the paddock, Juliette Dell made a beeline straight to me. She introduced herself, then said, “You looked amazing out there. I love watching you and your horse. You are a great rider!” I was shocked! I love Juliette Dell and look up to and admire her. I was blown away by her kindness. That night I even got four more instant messages on my Facebook from other trainers who saw the class and thought I was amazing! The kindness and support from others was so touching. I didn’t expect anyone to notice me.” In the grand story of Ella’s riding experiences, this was a momentous night. She will remember this ride

as a brilliant source of confidence, memories, and honest joy. Arriving at this pinnacle of an evening, however, was anything but typical. It began with an idea to obtain sponsorships to balance the extensive costs of showing horses—an idea that Ella’s mom, Jenny, uses for her other children. Ella shares, “My brother plays all the traditional sports; they have many local and national sponsors, so there is a very minimal cost to play those sports. With horseback riding, there is nothing and it is very expensive. I help with lessons and horse camps at the barn, but that isn’t enough.” In order to compete at this level, Jenny knew they had to do something to keep Ella riding and showing horses. So, Jenny put together a sponsor pack and together, she and Ella went to local businesses to get sponsors. And they were successful. Ella offers, “I know many riders that are excellent, but are held back by the cost of the sport. Sponsorships help kids like me excel and reach our goals while competing. It also draws awareness to this sport. We need more businesses and people to help sponsor riders. It will only help grow the sport.” Even with local sponsors behind Ella, the cost to attend Youth Nationals was still sizable and unresolved. That’s where Emme Moore, Jenny Lau, and the Hollywood Toi Foundation (HTF) came into the picture. “I reached out to them about being a horse show sponsor because they took something

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tragic and turned it into something amazing that helps others. I love how they are searching for youth riders who have the spirit and showmanship of what this sport is about. Emme and Jenny had a vision and worked hard to see it come true. My mom always says, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”


We need more people to help support, mentor and sponsor youth riders.” Emme and Jenny knew that this was a great idea. Emme shares, “Our main goals for the Foundation ultimately lie in giving back to and bettering the Arabian horse community. We really want to pay it forward to the people who make our community

such a great one. Ella showed such character when approaching us and we could tell how dedicated and passionate she is. On top of that, her trainer Kellie Wendling, had nothing but positive things to say. Ella is exactly the kind of kid we’re looking to support.”

to sponsor her. Hearing that made all of the hard work we’ve put into this seem like nothing. It made me think about how much Hollywood Toi helped me believe in myself. And the fact that we were able to do that for Ella made me really happy.”

At the time Ella contacted Emme and Jenny, HTF had two scholarships in place for the 2015 Youth Nationals: one for the Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Equitation 14-18 champion at Youth Nationals and one for equitation riders who demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship and passion to the sport. “Ella opened our eyes to a fantastic opportunity,” starts Emme. “We know showing can be financially stifling, and planned to help kids afford to continue doing what they love, but we had originally planned on doing so through a crowdfunding platform. Ella’s request showed us the possibility of also helping kids through sponsorship opportunities, and we couldn’t be more pleased that she’s received our first sponsorship!”

It all comes back to how much it meant to a 12-yearold horse-loving girl from Indiana. “Without their sponsorship, I wouldn’t have been able to go Youth Nationals this year. It is very expensive and an honor to go; I will never forget their kindness and generosity! I hope to pass it on someday. It is a great feeling to know they support me and believe in me. How can I not believe in myself ?” n

Jenny connected with this opportunity to sponsor Ella on a personal level. “This foundation may have been founded off of tragic events that occurred at Youth Nationals last year, but Emme and I have had some of the best times of our lives at that show. Our experiences showing there have helped shape us into who we are as people today. Not only through the competition itself, but the sense of togetherness and community is so amazing.” She adds, “I hope that Ella has every opportunity in life to succeed and show the world what an amazing young woman she is. If giving her a sponsorship helps her get there, then we couldn’t be more grateful to her for including us on her journey.” For Jenny and Emme, HTF was created to support the kids in the industry who are true sportsmen and give a positive outlook into the future of the industry. And in Ella, Jenny is confident they found such a girl. “Ella is the embodiment of that person, so in supporting her, we are doing exactly what we wanted from the beginning. We got a text from Ella’s other trainer, Kellie Budd, after we told Ella that we were going to help sponsor her, saying how Ella believed in herself more, knowing that we believed in her enough

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Caretakers O F T H E BR EED

The horse business is one that takes many hands to be successful. Our caretakers in this industry are definitely the backbone to a farm’s operating success and their horses being prepared for work and show. It is without a doubt, that our stables would not be able to operate as smoothly and efficiently without their help. Our caretakers are an asset to our business; paying the utmost attention to detail while ensuring our special horses and clients have the topnotch care and attention they deserve. While their job can be very strenuous at times, constantly having horses, their co-workers and horse owners depending on them, it is a job they cherish, as you will find out from those ahead. Arabian Horse Times would like to recognize and thank every caretaker in our industry for the hard work, dedication, and long hours that are put forth to make sure our horses are happy, healthy, and at their best.


Jennifer Brawley ALJASSIMYA FARM 4 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... being part of the process of helping a sick or injured horse on the path to recovery. Even more, is being part of keeping them from getting sick or injured! The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... was recently trotting the 2015 Gold Champion Colt Misbah Aljassimya into the ring at the Arabian Foal Festival! I have cared for Misbah since he was foaled, and we made our show ring debut together. We learned to trust each other—that was meaningful. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... is the weanling filly, Sihir Aljassimya. She has so much heart, intelligence and confidence at this young age that it amazes me. Just look her direction and she will trot past with her head high and her tail up, commanding all the attention. In 10 years, I see myself ... continuing further into breeding management. I will be collecting the stallions and inseminating the mares at 100 Oaks Ranch in 2016, that give rise to the foals of tomorrow! In the horse industry, I most admire ... Sheila Varian, for how she changed the view of how both the Arabian horse and women are seen in the horse industry.

Mark Coombs

ELEANOR’S ARABIAN FARM 32 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... doing what is best for the horse. My first priority is the health and care of the animal and making sure they receive what they need. I am grateful to be able to work at a great farm and run a successful breeding program. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is having the honor of taking care of Hesa Zee for almost 20 years. He was a great stallion who taught me that stallions can be gentlemen and kind hearted. Caring for him allowed me to experience an once-in-a-lifetime horse. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Hesa Zee, who stands out above all the many great horses I was lucky to have worked with over the last 32 years. How many stallions can you pull out of the show ring to breed at a moment’s notice then tack then up and make it into the next class? In 10 years, I see myself ... still handling the breeding and next generation of Hesa babies working for Eleanor Hamilton. In the horse industry, I most admire ... Eleanor Hamilton; an amazing lady who, no matter what the situation, trusts me to put the care and safety of her horses as my first priority. Her knowledge and talent with horses is an inspiration to everyone who has had the honor of working with her. Volume 46, No. 5 | 239

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SILVER LANE TRAINING CENTER 20 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... doing my best every day, but still striving to get better. I try to put 110% into my job, and always keep learning. If we expect the best out of our horses, they deserve nothing less than the best from us. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is tough! It would have to be when one of the horses I regularly care for and get ready, Verucci, went Unanimous National Champion. There was such a sense of pride to see him in the roses, the happiness on the owners face and know I was a part of the dream! My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... a hard one. I don’t think I can pick just one. When you get to take care of so many amazing horses, they each attach themselves to your heart in a different way. They all have their own quirks and personalities that you bond with. In 10 years, I see myself ... hopefully, training and showing with the big boys (and girls, of course)! My dream is to be able to keep doing what I love for a living. Life without horses is no life at all. In the horse industry, I most admire ... my boss, Vickey Bowman. Amazing talent, honest and hardworking. She always puts the care of the horses first and foremost, and has a heart of gold. If I became half the horsewoman she is, I would consider that a great success.

Victoria Faulkner IRVINE TRAINING 5 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... paying attention to detail. Observing the horses on a daily basis, recognizing anything that our trainer needs to be made aware of to help him do his job better, and keeping the horses in our care healthy and happy. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is getting to know each horse individually. You can learn so much about horses by simply spending time with them outside of the daily expectations they are subjected to. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... a HalfArabian hunter pleasure gelding in training this year named TheMastarrsMiracle (“Shrek”). He taught me how to adjust the methods I’m familiar with to accommodate different types of horses in order to make progress with them. In 10 years, I see myself ... training and showing Arabians. When I began working for Irvine Training, I had no experience with Arabians. Since then, I have completely fallen in love with the breed. In the horse industry, I most admire ... the amount of dedication and devotion I have seen demonstrated in the Arabian industry. The love and passion people have for this breed is infectious! 240 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Denise Fuller

CHESTNUTHILL ARABIANS 33 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... the dedication, passion, honesty and integrity I give all horses entrusted to my care. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... was seeing WV Maltese Falcon++++// achieve his Legion of Masters at the age of 6 years old. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... I have many past and present favorite horses, but my most favorite is WV Maltese Falcon, because I have been his caretaker and trainer since he was 6 months old, to his current age of 16. We have been thru it all! In 10 years, I see myself ... right here at Chestnuthill Arabians with Joe Alberti and our amazing clients, sharing our passion and dedication to the Arabian. In the horse industry, I most admire ... Rick Moser, as an all-around trainer, from my early years in this industry and presently as an amazing farrier. And Joe Alberti, not just as a very talented trainer, but because he is just as dedicated and passionate about our Arabian breed as I am.

Ken Gust

VICTORIA CROSS FARM 39 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... my work ethic. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is imprinting foals, watching them grow, and watching my daughter and son-in-law work with them. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Freedom Crier, my buckskin Quarter Horse gelding and one of my favorites, because he was well trained and very gentle. CSF Dynasty was another favorite because he was an extremely good-natured and handsome Arabian stallion that we bred and raised. In 10 years, I see myself ... 10 years older. In the horse industry, I most admire ... Levi Beechy, Keith Krichke and Paul Reece, for their abilities with horses. My son-in law and daughter, Paul and Nikole Reece, for their ability to choose stallions for their mares, and my daughter for her video editing skills.

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Sydney James ADANDY FARM 10 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... the success of the horses I help take care of. All the hard work and late nights are made so much more worth it when you can watch a horse that you personally took care of trot out of the ring with a set of roses. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is simply being there to see a horse grow. Although it isn’t one single experience, I can’t compare anything with the feeling of witnessing a horse over time, and being there from the start to see how they mature and succeed throughout their life. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Gitar MF. Although I was not around during his days as a show horse, he is still such a stunning animal that always leaves an impression, from the time I was just visiting the farm as a kid, to now when I get to work with him on a daily basis. In 10 years, I see myself ... still very much involved with the horses and the Arabian breed. I would not be the person I am today without the bond that has been created with these horses, and would not trade it for the world. In the horse industry, I most admire ... Cathy Vincent. Since the time I first sat on an English horse, I’ve watched her push me and everybody she meets, to do the best they can, and help them to accomplish more when they need it. She is an excellent teacher and role model.

Nancy Jenks CEDAR RIDGE ARABIANS 35+ YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... cleanliness. Before I start my day, the arena is dragged, all my equipment is organized, and I have a plan for what I want to get accomplished. It is the foundation of a good work ethic. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... taking care of TA Mozart—I feel very honored to be a part of this horse’s life. Loping him at the end of each day is one of the most relaxing, joyful parts of my job. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Matoi; a huge personality with motion and character in a small package. A living legend in my eyes. In 10 years, I see myself ... hopefully, still startiing colts till I can’t swing a leg over. I still see myself here at CRF as I just love doing my job, but would have to reconsider if I won the lotto, LOL! In the horse industry, I most admire ... Dick Ames. I have never met such a hard-working man, who at 86 still visits the barn every morning and afternoon. Who is present, involved and still rides. A very prideful person who provides such a beautiful facility for us to work at. 242 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Jose Manuel Luquin Jimenez JADE CREEK ARABIANS 15 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... delivering on my commitments, getting the best out of every horse, and being loyal and truthful. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... has been to show at Scottsdale and Region 2 for JCA. It means a lot to be trusted to do a good job presenting JCA Horses. It is also very meaningful to care for such amazing animals and learn from them. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... is a tough question, all of them are my favorite! I have the pleasure of training and caring for many JCAÂ horses and I cannot pick just one. In 10 years, I see myself ... still being a part of the JCA family of people and horses. In the horse industry, I most admire ... Manny Lawrence, because he has allowed me to be the best I can be. He has also allowed be to be a part of the entire process, from training to showing and the general care of all the JCA horses.

Emily Johnson ADANDY FARM 7 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is watching horses go from birth to the show ring. Watching horses grow, learn and finally hit the show ring is the most meaningful experience to me. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Gitar MF. His heart and charisma and that of his babies just inspire me. In the horse industry, I most admire ... how supportive everyone is towards each other. No matter what, our industry is a close-knit family that sticks by each other’s side through thick and thin.

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Genna Krohn

OAK HAVEN ARABIAN HORSE FARM LLC 35 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... the care Oak Haven gives the horses entrusted to us by our clients. We care for them like they would themselves. I especially enjoy caring for the pregnant mares, having been there for (just about) every birth. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker is caring for the babies. I love being there when they are born. I don’t have to teach them anything, I just get to play with them. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... wow, that’s a hard one. We have so many wonderful horses here. I think my favorite right now is EF Kid Curry. He is beautiful, sweet, full of personality and a gentleman to handle. In 10 years, I see myself ... still right here, caring for our horses, and managing the breeding and foaling of every mare. I feel fortunate to wake up on this beautiful farm, look out at horses in the pasture and then be able to go do the things I love here everyday. In the horse industry, I most admire ... my husband, Blake Krohn. If you know him, you know he is smart, artistic, honest, and hard working. He loves God, his family, our farm and this business. Not many people know more about Arabian horse pedigrees and show records.

Jerry Modlin ROHARA ARABIANS 50+ YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... how to recognize horses as an individual and have the ability to look at a group of horses and identify specific needs as they arise for each horse. People have asked me why I work with horses, and I say because I can! The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... was caring for Padron. I developed a close relationship working daily with Padron for over 10 years. He taught me patience, compassion and how to truly listen to a horse. He enjoyed crowds, but in his own space he needed a person he trusted. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Padron. He had a bit of a reputation, but I found him to be a kind horse with high intelligence. He was the greatest horse I ever worked with. At the end of every day, I could ask myself what he taught me that day, and reflect on what I had learned. In my opinion, horses like Padron, and other mature breeding stallions, from the day they are weaned, are typically kept as solitary animals. The only interaction they have is with the people that care for them. We as caretakers must recognize those needs and make sure they are cared for and met. In 10 years, I see myself ... 10 years older and still at Rohara Arabians … call me! In the horse industry, I most admire ... Karl and Roxann Hart, for their contributions and commitment to the breed. Also John Rannenberg, a true horseman. I like that his horses work for him out of respect, not fear. 244 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Sean Murphy

MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE 9 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... my work ethic. It’s something that my family has preached at me since I was young. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is when Falah Al Shaqab was 2015 Scottsdale Reserve Junior Champion Colt. It was the first time I had cared for a horse that had a big time win. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... I’m going to go with two here. The first is Voltaire FM. He was my Grandpa Murphy’s horse before he had passed. We just shared a special bond with him. The second is LD Pistal. Not only is he a living legend, he has a perfect temperament. In 10 years, I see myself ... hopefully, as a head trainer. In the horse industry, I most admire ... my aunt, Cathy Murphy Economy. She was the one who instilled in me the passion, love, and knowledge of the horses I have today.

EricaGARLANDS, Reszitnyk LTD. 10+ YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... making sure all of the horses I am tasked with caring for are looked after with equal attention to detail; they are looking their best before entering the arena, at home or a show; and each horse is treated as an individual with individual needs. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is just being able to care for horses that are truly the top athletes in their sport, and to connect with amateurs and trainers alike that share the same passion for the Arabian horse that I do as a caretaker. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Vangelista, because she’s the first horse during my time with the Garlands that has come along from an un-broke 2-year-old, to a Reserve National Champion in 2014. She has taught me so much, through watching, about the process of training a successful Arabian. In 10 years, I see myself ... continuing to care for these magnificent horses with the pride and appreciation of being able to see them enter the arena looking beautiful. I plan to continue to learn and grow with each new horse that is placed in my care throughout my career. In the horse industry, I most admire ... the trainers, assistant trainers and grooms, because to be in this industry, it truly is a team effort. Seeing so many people working collectively to make these shows possible and get these horses looking their best for the show ring is very inspiring.

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Margaux Rodrigues MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE 20 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... being able to improve a horse, especially if he or she is average, and making them the best they can be—that’s where the challenge is. But most important to me, is having a bond with the horses that I care for and that they are happy. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... was having the responsibility of bringing *Pogrom back home to Poland. It meant a lot to me that David Boggs and Janów trusted me to bring him home safe. It was a very exciting, but emotional trip for me. *Pogrom and I had an amazing bond—he is very special to me. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... it is hard to mention one name, especially having the opportunity of working with so many great ones. They are all very special to me, but if I had to mention one that I miss a lot and who left us way to soon, it would be DA Valentino. In the horse industry, I most admire ... my husband Alcides Rodrigues. Not only do I think he’s an amazing halter trainer, he is a great horseman, which I believe is the most important thing. We make a great team

Neto Sanchez

ROOKER TRAINING STABLE 8 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... taking great care of all the horses, whether it be bathing, grooming, lunging or riding them. Transporting and taking care of their other needs: wrapping legs and walking them, are also important. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... was helping in taking care of a horse who was near death and seeing him back in the show ring! My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Prosuasion, because I was the one who started working him as a baby and was blessed to be able to watch him go on to be a multi-national champion! In 10 years, I see myself ... riding horses at shows and winning on horses that I actually started! In the horse industry, I most admire ... Shawn Rooker, because I love the compassion he has for the horses and the drive he has to be the best!


Hanlie Scott

VICKI HUMPHREY TRAINING CENTER 40 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... the quality of my work and the bond that I have with the horses in my care. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is seeing a real difficult horse become easy to work with. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... to name a few: Revelation, Mary’s Gift, Ultra Afire, Summerheat and Admiral Spirit. All of them had unique personalities. In 10 years, I see myself ... hopefully, retired on a game farm. In the horse industry, I most admire ... any person that works hard to reach the goals that they set for themselves.

Porfirio Sevilla JADE CREEK ARABIANS 16 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... the trust that I have been given by JCA to care for their many horses, and my ability to recognize and deal with any issues that may arise. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... are assisting with the foaling process and being witness to the next JCA champion. I also like the fact that JCA has allowed me to present horses at our annual Santa Ynez Foal Fest. I have shown 3 to championships. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Brandon Bey JCA, because of his attitude and presence. I was very lucky to be with Brandon for both his national championships in 2005 in Canada and the U.S. In 10 years, I see myself ... still with JCA and caring for the horses. In the horse industry, I most admire ... the intelligence of the Arabian horse and how willing they are to please. I take great pleasure in training and watching each and every horse become special.

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Bernardo Villela GEMINI ACRES EQUINE IN THE HORSE BUSINESS SINCE 13 YEARS OF AGE The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... is growing a relationship with a horse. It feels great to see a horse follow you without being asked, and when he rubs his head on you, it gives a tingle down your spine. My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... Da Vinci FM. His personality is great—although he’s a stallion, he is very calm and friendly. In the horse industry, I most admire ... the fact that horses have been in our lives for so many years. Wherever man has left their footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoof print of a horse beside it.

Ashley Ziliak ALJASSIMYA FARM 4 YEARS IN THE HORSE BUSINESS I pride myself on ... developing patience when working with the foals and learning how to deal with the “bumps in the road,” as they learn to understand what we are asking and expecting of them. The most meaningful experience I have had as a caretaker ... was my first experience showing at the Foal Festival this year with Jazanah Aljassimya. I was so nervous! But, by focusing on Jazanah, since it was her first time too, I conquered my fears and we won Gold in the Filly Foal Championship together! My favorite horse I have ever worked with is ... RP Miss Surprise! She is one of Aljassimya’s WH Justice daughters, here at 100 Oaks Ranch. Every morning she watches for me to arrive and greets me with a nicker and a horse “kiss” to show appreciation for her breakfast and everything we do for her. In 10 years, I see myself ... I see myself predominantly in the foaling department, providing care for mares and their foals—this is my passion. The long, late hours are worth it. Watching a beautiful Arabian mare with her new foal never gets old. In the horse industry, I most admire ... Debra Schliem (100 Oaks Ranch) and Bart Van Buggenhout (Aljassimya Farm). Both have been the best boss/mentor I could ask for. They share their years of experience with me and challenge me in the best way possible. I appreciate them so much. n 248 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES



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In Memoriam Michael George Sypolt (1930–2015) On August 26th, a great gentleman and a wonderfully gentle man, Michael (Kayo) George Sypolt, 84, passed away due to cardiac heart failure. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Sypolt, his brother Ted (and family), and his cherished children: Karen Sypolt (Paul Jester), Carla Meador (Todd), Traci Soward, Michael Sypolt (Sabine), Steven and Christopher Blincoe, as well as loving grandchildren Kyle and Nathan Jester, Katie Ryan, Michael Meador, Jessica Sypolt and Anna Soward. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him deeply. Michael was born in Fruita, Colo., a town about 15 miles south of Grand Junction on the banks of the Colorado River, to Hershal and Ruth Sypolt. He moved to Pacific Grove as a young boy and later spent the rest of his childhood in Modesto, Calif. He joined the Navy, spending time on a minesweeper during the Korean War. Over the years he remained in touch with those who were with him on the USS Endicott and he was a member of the USS Essex Association. He graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Accounting, receiving high honors. Mike began his successful career in accounting with Arthur Anderson and many good years were spent building his reputation in public accounting as he built his own firm, Sypolt Accountancy Corporation, later to merge with Moss Adams. Eventually he pursued many different business ventures including Normac and Weststar Cable. For the last fifteen years, Mike and his wife Mary owned Sypolt Insurance Services, Inc., a company well-known to Arabian horse owners all over America. Sypolt Insurance has always been a California company and writes insurance for all horse breeds.


Mike and Mary were married in 1987 and they shared a genuine, mutual passion for the Arabian horse during their entire 28year marriage. In 1995 they bought the purebred Arabian mare Sabriina ( JJ Saber x Spring Fancii, by BOH Bit Obask). She produced seven foals for them, all of them sired by stallions that were owned by Varian Arabians, where the Sypolt’s horses have been stabled for many years. One of them, MM Sabe, sired by the Varian’s great Desperado V, is still showing and has accumulated 27 National Championships, 12 Reserves and 58 National Top Ten awards. Sabriina has recently passed on, but several of her daughters, especially Sabiine, are still producing beautiful purebred foals for the Sypolts. “Mike thoroughly enjoyed the horses,” Mary says. “He loved them and used to ride, years ago when we were first going together. He went to most of the horse shows with me and we travelled everywhere as a couple. He was very interested in the horse shows and all of the equine activities.” Mike enjoyed life immensely, with great joi de vie. He was a gentleman and loved spending time with friends and family, great food and particularly great wines. He was a consummate host—interesting, compassionate and kind. He is missed by everyone who knew him. A celebration of Michael George Sypolt’s life was held on Saturday, September 12th, in Citrus Heights, Calif. At this time, Mary Sypolt is continuing as President with Sypolt Insurance, and plans to continue owning, breeding and showing Arabian horses through Varian Arabians. n

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October 17-18, 2015, Region 9 2-Day 60-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship, Decatur, TX. Contact: Cheryl Edmondson, 940-453-0910.


OCTOBER October 17-18, 2015, PMHA Fall Harvest One-Day Show I and II, Lexington, KY. Contact: Evette Moody, 937-623-7934. October 24, 2015, Field Of Dreams Sport Horse & Dressage One-Day Show I and II, Livingston, MT. Contact: Elizabeth Dagnall, 406-368-2355.

NOVEMBER November 1, 2015, The Fall Sport Horse Spooktacular, Apopka, FL. Contact: Carlie Evans, 352-215-0710. November 6-8, 2015, American Cup Championship A and B, Scottsdale, AZ. Contact: Mary Kanaga, 623-334-5219. November 26-28, 2015, AHAF 46th Annual Thanksgiving, Tampa, FL. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. DECEMBER December 3-6, 2015, Desert Classic All Arabian Show, Scottsdale, AZ. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. December 3-6, 2015, NTAHC Shootout, Glen Rose, TX. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903-872-7279.

ENDURANCE/ COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE October 24, 2015, AHDRA Big River 55-Mile Endurance Ride, Wyanet, IL. Contact: Jen Allen, 815-303-1958. October 24-25, 2015, AHDRA Big River 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride I and II, Wyanet, IL. Contact: Jen Allen, 815-303-1958.

November 13-14, 2015, Blackwater Boogie 50- I and II, and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, Milton, FL. Contact: Diane Hawthorne, 850-374-1403. November, 14, 2015, Lead Follow @ McDowell Mtn. Park 30-, 50- and 75-Mile Endurance Ride, McDowell, AZ. Contact: Jodie Dukerich, 602-579-0130.


October 23-31, 2015, U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Contact AHA: 303-696-4500.


November 27-29, 2015, Salon du Cheval, Paris World Championships. Contact:

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Acevedo Arabians ................................................................. 20Guzzo (146), 147

IntArah Dream Embryo Performance Auction ........................................ 10, 11

Adandy Farm ...............................................................................................12, 13

Agricon Logistic ..............................................................................................225

AHT Boutique................................................................................................. 252 AHT Digital Subscriptions .............................................................................. 53 AHT Stallion Issue ........................................................................................... 16

L Leo Arabians ............................................................................................220, 221 Lesley Farms ................................................................................................66, 67


AHT U.S. Nationals Coverage ..............................................................254, 255

Mala, Alayna...................................................................................................... 12

Aja Arabians....................................................................................................... 93

Maroon Fire Arabians .........................................................................96, 97, 253

Alistar Arabians ................................................................................................. 69

McNeely, Shirley................................................................................................ 56

Alvey Performance Horses ................................................................................ 60

Mesoam LLC .......................................................................................... 174, 175 ................................................................................................. 115

Al Shaqab ................................................................................................... FC, 52

Mala, Alicia........................................................................................................ 13

McLamb V Arabian Farm LLC.....................................................................8, 9

Aljassimya Farm ................................................................................................. 5

MD Group ......................................................................................................... 12

Ames Reining Horses..............................................................................184, 185


Arabian Reining Breeders Classic ...........................................................196-199

Nieves, Natalia ...............................................................................16Guzzo (142)


Om El Arab .....................................................................................................2, 3

Arabians International.................................................................................14, 15 Beloveds Farm .............................................................................................IFC, 1 Beverly, Martha.................................................................................................. 59 Boylan-Cooper, Jeanne Marie, Anna & Colleen ................................57, 58, 60

Brian Welman Training Center..............................................................184, 185

Brumley, Amanda ............................................................................................ 195

Burrow, Flois & Cindy ...................................................................................... 68

C Cedar Ridge Arabians .............................................................................108, 109

Chipman, Millie ................................................................................................ 12

D Desert Heritage Magazine ..............................................................................227

E Enzo Ltd. .......................................................................................17Guzzo (143)


O P Pay-Jay Arabians .............................................................................................. 252 Perkins, Perry & Suzanne ............................................................ 11Guzzo (137)

Pomeroy Ltd...................................................................................17Guzzo (143)

Psynergy Enterprise Developments LLC ..................................................14, 15

R R.O. Lervick Arabians .................................................................................... 252 Regency Cove Farm............................................................................................. 7

S Sans, Mieke ............................................................................................ 260, IBC

Setting Sun Stables ............................................................................................ 68 Shea Stables ..........................................................................................96, 97, 253

Showtime Training Center ......................................................................... 54-61 Silver Stag Arabians LLC ...........................................................................12, 13

Fappani Performance ....................................................................................... 195

Smoky Mountain Park Arabians .................................................................... BC

Finca de Albuquerque.............................................................................. 174, 175

Stella Bella Arabians............................................................6-9Guzzo (132-135)

Fazenda Floresta .............................................................. 12-13Guzzo (138-139)

Springwater Farms............................................................................................. 79

Frank Sponle Show Training ......................................................................82, 83


Frierson Atkinson ............................................................................................ 252


Ted Carson @ Butler Training Center ............................................................. 69 The Hat Lady .................................................................................................. 253

Gemini Aces Equine ....................................................... 18-19Guzzo (144-145)

Tutto Arabi..............................................................................222, 223, 226, 228

Guzzo Worldwide, LLC ................................... 6-20Guzzo (132-146), 147, 148



Valley Oak Arabians ......................................................................15Guzzo (141)

GRK Farms .................................................................................................80, 81

Haras Santa Cecilia ...................................................................... 14Guzzo (140)

Harris, Geraldine............................................................................................. 253

Harris, Pamela ................................................................................................... 61

Hegg, Mrs. Mickey ......................................................................................... 252

Tyler, Elizabeth ............................................................................................56, 59

Verona 2015......................................................................................................224

W Western Cross Arabians & Pintos ............................................... 10Guzzo (136)

Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc...................................................................... 253

World Arabian Horse Championships ...........................................................229

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