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Cover Story: Aljassimya Farm—The WH Justice Legacy by Emma Maxwell Presenting The Personalities: David Boggs, Part I by Jeff Wallace with Theresa Cardamone

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Jalal Aljassimya

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Pianissima (2003-2015) by Jeff Wallace


Women Around The World: Kelli Aguirre


Women Around The World: Hilke Cecile De Bruycker with Jeff Wallace

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Pitonisa AS … The World Is Watching by Jeff Wallace

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Leaders Of The Times: Pscore by Anne Stratton


Close-up On History: Coy Kyd And Gary Ferguson—Born To Be Wild by Mary Kirkman


Giacomo Capacci Arabians—A Celebration Of Ten by Jeff Wallace


The Unsinkable Jamie Gray by Mary Kirkman


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34th Annual Minnesota Fall Festival by Anne Stratton


5th Annual Arabian National Breeder Finals by Riyan Rivero


Presenting The Personalities: Ben Bassichis with Jeff Wallace


Women Around The World: Christine Jamar with Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone


Women Around The World: Dawn Martin with Jeff Wallace


Close-Up On History: Robin K—The Taking Of Paris by Theresa Cardamone


Presenting The Personalities: Nasr Marei by Jeff Wallace with Theresa Cardamone


Presenting The Personalities: Mario Matt with Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone


2015 All Nations Cup— For The Love Of Aachen by Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone


The Life Of Psy … From Rescue To All Around Horse, Part II by Catherine Cole


2015 South Africa Saddle Seat Invitational


Arabian Horse Times 2015 Beautiful Baby by Monika Dobrun


The Daughters Of *Bask by Jeff Wallace


The ABC’s Of Horse Syndications by John Alan Cohan


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From The Publisher I grew up in Arabians and have been privileged to enjoy not only the horses but also horse people all my life. That is one reason I care so much about the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund; it has been near and dear to my heart since its inception. No one organization can fix everything when one of us suffers an illness, accident or catastrophe—but we certainly can try to lighten the load for each other.

For the past several years, AHT has donated time, effort and technical expertise to raise funds for the Distress Fund. We’re proud that through our Readers’ Choice Awards Dinner, various fundraising books and online auctions (and more), we have been able to attract over $100,000 for AHDF, and we are dedicated to helping that figure rise. This September, when Bill Melendez’s son, Ryan, was diagnosed with leukemia, we were all reminded of how important supporting each other can be. Ryan touched the heart of the Arabian community. His mother, Kristal Melendez Raiger, maintains the informative Facebook page “Praying for Ryan Melendez” to keep his many friends up-to-date on his fight with the disease, and I encourage everyone to help this very worthwhile cause. Remember, it is not only what has been donated that has been important to them. It may be even more important that Ryan simply know how many people in the Arabian breed stand behind him in facing what he is going through. In speaking with AHDF’s Mary Trowbridge the other day, she reminded me of an important fact: for every Ryan, who is well known, there are many more of our colleagues who face difficulties that need AHDF’s help. At Arabian Horse Times, we understand how important it is to pull together, and we want to do our part. We urge everyone to join in. Donate what you can so that when horsemen need a helping hand, AHDF is able to reach out to them.

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Angel Of Jericho • 2015 filly (A-Jericho x Lady Aria ORA) A Jakarta x Destiny VF Nominated AHA Breeders Sweepstakes, Silver Sire Breeders, AHBA World Cup, Scottsdale Signature Stallion SCID, CA, LFS Clear For breeding information, contact: David Boggs • 612.328.8312 Nate White • 563.663.7383 Judi Anderson • 612.328.1057

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Aljassimya Farm The WH Justice Legacy

WH Justice (Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher-Renea) BY EMMA MAXWELL

by Emma Maxwell z photos by Avalon Photography, Aljassimya has completed Gigi Grasso Farm and Emma Maxwell a whirlwind four years

since its name first flashed up on the big screen in Paris as owner of the 2011 World Champion CR Jasmeenah (WH Justiceor x Fforget-Me-Not). SheikhAlJassim Khalifa Sheikh Jassim BinFor Khalifa ThaniBin of Aljassimya Farm, Doha, the role supreme of breeding the finest al Thani, owning oneQatar of the world’s examples of Arabian an important preserving an Arabian marehorses by WHisJustice, was just aone, signpost to his centuries of tradition and excellence. create breeding future direction. The following year inTo 2012, WH aJustice


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started a three-year lease by the U.S. in collaboration towards that goal. It means selection above all, first of with Aljassimya Farmstock that expanded influence the the original breeding and then his amongst theinnext country of his birth.destined Sheikh Jassim and the his bedrock manage,r generations of stock to become ofBart the VanFrom Buggenhout, recognized be ain breeder note,beit stud. the first three crops ofthat foalstoborn 2015,of it can seen thatenough Aljassimya Farm has started to develophorses the classic is not to have a collection of beautiful from look that will become their hallmark. varied sources, but to have a vision of Aljassimya Farm’s “look” and to follow this vision with complete dedication,

WH Justice was the first stallion chosen to be a herd sire and making all decisions in favor of its long term goal. his legacy is complete at the farm with his oldest daughters already producing champions and a host of younger

Om El Aisha Aljassimya (WH Justice x Om El Aliha)

CR Jasmeenah (WH Justice x Fforget-Me-Not) Aljassimya Farm’s goal is to be the breeder of a daughters from the worlds top female families just waiting balanced, classic which strikes a chord with to take their turn.Arabian Just as exciting as the daughters, for which all Arabian breeders and famous, never goes out of Farm is WH Justicehorse is unsurprisingly Aljassimya fashion. allbred recognize see it, and thesons Jalal proud toWe have one of ithiswhen mostwe complete young Aljassimya. A tallbrought and perfectly pale grey standing ovation by WHbalanced Justice when he colt with an outstanding frame to Stallion add to his exquisite head won the All Nations Cup Championship as and a free athletic trot, Jalal Aljassimya started his career with senior stallion made it clear he is the embodiment of a win at the Las Vegas World Cup in the yearling colts. On his Arabian type in the eyes of the world. In 2015, he has

way to Europe from California he paused to take the Gold Champion Yearling Colt in New York in September. Shown

maintained his powerful influence and was Champion by Giacomo Capacci for the first time in New York he is now Sire of the Arabian Breeders hoping World Cup show in in Las in Tuscany with Giacomo, to follow the footsteps Vegas, as well as sire of thethe Gold ChampionFarm Mare bred at 2014 of Ghazwan Aljassimya, Aljassimya the All Nations Cup.Yearling Most recently, World Champion Colt. he was sire of all four champions at Deauville, Aljassimya Farm being Like all the homeofbred Aljassimya Farm, Jalal the proud breeder one,horses Jeryanfrom Aljassimya (x Psierra, Aljassimya also has the strength of the female by Padrons Psyche), sold to new owners Flaxman side of his family. His dam Annais brings in the type of her Straight Arabians of Holland.

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Jaal Aljassimya (WH Justice x Annaiss)

Sahm El Arab (WH Justice x Om El Excella)

Jalal Aljassimya (WH Justice x Annaiss)

At this year’s Salon Du Cheval World Championship, three of the four Aljassimya Farm entrants will be by WH Justice. CR Jasmeenah will return to the ring with Tom Schoukens in the Platinum Senior Mares competition, while Om El Aisha Aljassimya and Jalal Aljassimya represent the first of the homebred youngsters. Along with the fourth entrant—returning World Champion Minwah (Kahil Al Shaqab x LC Primavera)—these horses display the Aljassimya Farm type that it is passionate about. The white filly Om El Aisha Aljassimya (x Om El Aliha, by Om El Al Azeem) is the epitome of Arabian charm with her tiny muzzle and alert expression. An ultra feminine filly, she was not shown as a yearling. Instead she spent a year growing up in California before she stepped onto the show scene for the first time at the 2015 Mediterranean and Arab Countries Championships in Menton, where she won her class with 20’s, awarded for both type and head. Her taking of the Silver Championship title makes her ready for the show ring a second time in Paris with Giacomo Capacci.


Om El Aisha Aljassimya is not just a satisfying result from the farms first breedings, but a gateway to the future with a strong heritage on the female line of her pedigree, the key to all breeding programs. Born as a result of a partnership with Om El Arab International, her dam is a daughter of the first Arabian U.S. Open Champion Stallion in Central Park, New York, the Al Lahab son Om El Al Azeem. Her granddam Om El Shaina is one of the loveliest daughters of Estopa and is granddam of the star of Om EL Arab International Om El Excella by Al Lahab. Om El Shaina is just one of the families that Aljassimya Farm has been selecting horses from, creating a depth of quality in bloodlines to stand the test of time. One grand daughter produced in partnership now belongs to the farm, Om El Anisah Aljassimya, while the first few foals expected in 2016 are from Sahm El Arab (WH Justice x Om El Excella) a very promising colt with a powerful pedigree and the first of the next male generation to be used.

Jouraith Aljassimya (WH Justice x Om El Soraya)

Jaweesh Aljassimya (WH Justice x LR Valita)

Other beautiful examples of homebred WH Justice daughters are growing up at the farm carrying the blood from the Om El Arab dam lines: Joweidah Aljassimya, from the Om El Shaina dam line, and in 2015, a beautiful first filly was born, Jouraith Aljassimya, from Om El Soraya (Om El Bellissimo x Om Al Sariyana, by Al Lahab). Learning from the successful conjunction of these lines with the Egyptian lines of Al Lahab (Laheeb x The Vision HG), led to the next breeding stepping stone and the 2014 winter arrival of Al Ayal AA (Al Ayad x The Vision HG), leased for two years from his owner, Ariela Arabians. Truly a “Vision in White”, this exquisite stallion’s first foals are due at 100 Oaks in 2016. The Aljassimya Farm breeding program is managed by 100 Oaks Ranch, LLC in the Santa Ynez Valley of California, a region with over 50 years of prominent Arabian breeding fame, lending it to be known as the Valley of the Arabian Horse. The main body of the Aljassimya Farm breeding herd is managed here and

WN Jawahir Aljassimya (WH Justice x WN Aprils Love)

visitors are welcome to come visit on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, during the annual farm tour that takes place after the Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas. It is an amazing opportunity to visit a unique area of Arabian breeding excellence where one can be inspired and educated by a variety of different breeders who live there. Basing its breeding program with 100 Oaks has enabled access to a range of American bloodlines that create some new golden crosses for WH Justice. A historic breeding venture was the lease of mares from Wayne Newton’s Aramus Arabians. A special cross resulted with WH Justice and WN Aprils Love (Bremervale The Jedi x WN Antigua), bringing the family of the legendary WN Antigua to a new generation with WN Jawahir Aljassimya and WN Janim Aljassimya. A second female line to the Wayne Newton program comes through Minwah, the 2013 World Champion Yearling Filly, owned by Aljassimya Farm since she was a foal.

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Jaleelat Aljassimya (WH Justice x Palais de Dakar)

Jawzahr Aljassimya (WH Justice x Petronella SRA)

Jude Aljassimya (WH Justice x Toscana PGA)

There are also WH Justice daughters at Aljassimya Farm from famed American bloodline royalty. Khadraj NA daughter, Toscana PGA, a granddaughter of RaffoletaRose (the dam of Fame VF), is dam to three retained daughters, the oldest of which is Jude Aljassimya. Jaleelat Aljassimya out of Palais de Dakar, traces to Palitra, the dam of Ponomarev; Jawzahr Aljassimya, out of the Bey Shah daughter Petronella SRA, and Jaweesh Aljassimya (x LR Valita, by DA Valentino) have all the front, both in neck and attitude, you would associate with those lines. From Redwood Lodge Saffiqua (RL Artique x RL Saffron), an Australian family of note, two beautiful WH Justice daughters have arrived including Jenan Aljassimya. Currently, the only WH Justice daughters old enough to produce for the young program were acquired. RP Miss Surprise (WH Justice x Nefertarji, by Laman HVP) has made an incredible start to her breeding career, while bravely overcoming a broken leg. Her legacy at the farm is


certain; led by the amazing 2014 bay filly Mai Aljassimya, by FA El Rasheem. Aljassimya Farm is in no hurry to show, and certainly not overshow any of their late born foals, so this filly will not be presented to the public until 2016. Her 2015 colt, Missrah Aljassimya, by Om el Bellisimo, made his first public appearance at the Santa Ynez Foal Festival where he trotted his way to the Gold Champion Colt Foal title with amateur handler Jennifer Brawley. Miss Surprise RP has also produced very well with Monther Al Nasser (Ansata Hejazi x Aliah Al Nasser), including two fillies, the grey Monyat Aljassimya and a chestnut, Mahienour, exquisite future examples of the Justice/Monther cross. Monther Al Nasser is now owned by Alajssimya Farm and will be kept exclusively for use within the farm’s own program. His daughters are also growing up with incredible refinement, huge eyes and a balanced square structure. The sire line of WH Justice will also continue to feature at Aljassimya Farm through his homebred sons. The

Mai Aljassimya (FA El Rasheem x RP Miss Surprise, by WH Justice)

RP Miss Surprise (WH Justice x Nefertarji)

current figurehead is Jalal Aljassimya (x Annaiss, by Ansata Nile Echo). One of the most complete sons of his sire, he is immediately recognizable as an Arabian from 400 paces, and has an excellent deep structure and big ground covering trot. Bronze Champion at his debut in Las Vegas and then Gold Champion Yearling Colt on a stop over to Europe in New York, Jalal Aljassimya is now with Giacomo Capacci and will make his European debut in Paris, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ghazwan Aljassimya, the Aljasimya Farm bred 2014 World Champion Yearling Colt. Like all of the homebred horses, Jalal Aljassimya is also a result of the strength of his female side of the family. His dam Annais, brings in more of the strongly linebred straight Egyptian type of her sire Ansata Nile Echo, plus the international show style of her multi-champion dam Ass Windi, a direct daughter of the legendary World Champion and broodmare Saskia RJ. Several other WH

Jazanah Aljassimya (WH Justice x Billy Jean BAPS)

Justice sons are potential homebred sires of the future including the full brother of Jalal, Jaal Aljassimya. The Saskia RJ family is one of the major tap root dam lines of Aljassimya Farm, with four more females tracing to her through the foundation mare Billy Jean BAPS (AS Sinans Pacha x AS Imaani). Her WH Justice daughter Jazanah Aljassimya is just one of these, and she represented the farm at the Santa Ynez Arabian Foal Festival in 2015 winning Gold Champion Filly Foal with amateur handler Ashley Ziliak. Encouraging amateur handlers is another of Aljassimyas Farms interests, and 20 of Europe’s top amateur handlers will be coming to Paris as guests of the farm to enjoy seeing the breed that they love. We welcome everyone who loves the Arabian horse to visit with us at the Aljassimya Farm booth in Paris and talk with any member of our team! â–

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Al Ayal AA (Al Ayad x The Vision HG)

Monther Al Nasser (Ansata Hejazi x Aliah Al Nasser)

Welcome to our Open House • Saturday, April 23, 2016 Hosted at 100 Oaks Ranch LLC, Santa Ynez, California.


FACES & PLACES R oy a l A r a bi a n s & G u z z o Wor ld w id e L L C were host to nearly 250 people at their Friday Night After Party following the Arabian National Breeder Finals’ last class of the evening. Located at Royal Arabians, cocktails, appetizers, and great company was shared by all, and a select group of beautiful Arabians were presented by Michael Carpio, Rodolfo Guzzo and Justin Cowden. It was a wonderful event to end a beautiful horse show and enjoy the Arabian community! n

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David Boggs Part I



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To those who don’t know you, how did you get involved in the Arabian horse business? I was born into a family that loved Arabian horses. My father began in approximately 1950 with the Gainey breeding program and I was born in 1957, so the family was already underway. I am the second youngest of eight children; my brother Bob is the youngest. So, the Arabian horse has always been a huge part of our life, in fact, a way of life. The eight Boggs children all had family chores and duties, and we all helped out at the horse farm. My father also worked in the dairy business as an outside income, so he relied on his children to help with the feeding and cleaning—it was all hands on deck with all of the family participating.

My father was raised in the horse business, with his father owning or brokering many different breeds of horses. My grandfather was a veterinarian, so Bob and I are fourth-generation horsemen. — David Boggs

Tell us about the family dinner table as you were growing up. There was never really a choice, you either ate it or you didn’t eat. I could never learn to enjoy eating liver, so I ate very light those nights! At what age did you start showing, and what was one of your first major wins? I began showing in the early years as a member of our local 4-H and saddle clubs. I simply just couldn’t wait to graduate from school and surge full speed into my life’s dream of horses. I was one of those horse crazy kids all of my life (and still am). I was constantly doodling, designing the Midwest stall curtains on my schoolbooks. I remember showing the movie “The Proud Breed” to my History class, and I remember my senior English teacher purchasing her first horse from me! I graduated in ’75 and began training horses at Dean Longquist’s Arabian farm, which was located relatively close to my father’s, but had more available stables. Dean was an Arabian breeder who was involved in the partnership that owned the *Bask son, Fire Chief. I wanted to begin a training center, so I leased a building from him, and that’s how I started Midwest. As soon as brother Bob graduated high school, he joined me and we created a dynasty together. My greatest win, my greatest love, was and still is, *Padron. Bob’s was Arn-ett Perlane, and we presented them in back to back years (1982 & 1983) to U.S. National Champion Stallion titles. The same year that Bob and Perlane won, I presented Bask Calonett to National Champion Mare for lifelong friend Walter Mishek. Reflecting back on other great stallions in the early years of our careers includes: Tom

Don & Shorty Boggs Chauncey’s Kaborr, Mizan Taj Halim, Thee Desperado, Echo Magnifficoo, Almaden, LH Garcia, Legacy of Gold, Legacy of Fame, Kharben and *El Shaklan—all national champions. How did the name of Midwest Trainer Centre come about? When I started training at Longquist’s farm just after I graduated; it was actually Dean who helped me name Midwest. If I remember correctly, California, Minnesota, Texas, maybe Florida, were the most Arabian-populated states, but Minnesota was right up there. Back then, Minnesota Volume 46, No. 6 | 25

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boasted the largest Arabian horse show in the world, The Minnesota All Arabian Show. They say the halter classes were the size of those of Scottsdale; I’m not certain, but they were darn close. There would be 40, 50, 60 yearling fillies competing. The show was a major stepping stone on the path to the United States National Championships. What drew so many horses to the Minnestoa All Arabian Show? What were some of the great horses that you can remember who came there to compete? The show was always well-run and popular, but it was unique for being the birthplace of the “Supreme Champion Halter Horse” award, a prize that was later replicated in Scottsdale and at other high-profile shows. In short, the Supreme title was so significant, that if you planned on taking a run at National Champion Stallion, you needed to stop in Minnesota. In 1977, before he won at the Nationals, Lady Anne Lytton made Gai Parada the Minnesota Supreme


Champion. I can recall the great Russian stallion *Muscat winning the Supreme Champion award under the judging of Ms. Gloria Lonigan of Australia, and my boy *Padron, judged by Colonel Pat Maxwell. I believe I still have a photo of Princess Therese de Bourbon, who judged the exquisite daughter of Ansata Ibn Sudan named Illizzi to be the first mare to win the Minnesota Supreme Halter Horse title. Please share with our readers a history of your family and what their involvement has been with you and the Arabian horse? There were four girls and four boys; we were a large, Catholic family. There were always kids and kids’ friends around the Boggs home. It always seemed like there was a holiday going on, and there was always plenty of good food and good cooking to go around. Growing up in a large family was a blessing and a great time. Older brother, Jim, was in the construction business; he did most of the building of the farm. He was instrumental

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in the designing and the building of both Midwest facilities. Bob and I would give him ideas, he would bring his colleagues in and look through different magazines and books, he helped us design the buildings of the farm, and then built them. Sister Sandy is the eldest. Our brother Jim has now gone to the Lord. He was the first son born and Judi was his twin. Next came brother Tom, who worked with Jim in the construction business. Sister Judi is a cornerstone. I don’t know if we could operate without her. She has been the breeding manager for 25 or more years, and she enjoys communicating daily with the Midwest clients. You know when working with breeding mares, everybody’s mare is the most important; you have to field many types of calls, and Judi does it very well, with patience and grace. She especially enjoys the communication with new clients. In addition, there is an intense volume of paperwork involved with the importation and exportation of horses and frozen semen, and she’s really good at it. It’s also a blessing to have someone on board for so long that I trust completely. Judi’s involvement allows me time to be creative and do the things that I need to do and still maintain this end of the business. It’s a huge responsibility that we don’t take lightly.

Bob and David Boggs in their 1980’s trademark blue polka dot shirts and white ties.

What was your family’s breeding program based on, and in what capacity were you involved? Though originally maintained offsite at rented facilities, my father purchased the property that subsequently became the original Midwest Station One when I was in the second grade. He was primarily interested in the Gaineybred horses. My father loved Ferzon and Raffles—he loved pretty, typey Arabian horses. As a young lad, my father was raised in the horse business, with his father owning or brokering many different breeds of horses. My grandfather was a veterinarian, so Bob and I are fourthgeneration horsemen. My father wanted Arabians that were useable horses, but bred for type and beauty. That was paramount to him. Garis (Niga x Galatina, by Ferzon) was the main foundation sire. He also used the blood of Gamaar, who was his three-quarter brother. My father’s junior sire was a Gamaar son named Nitness, born in 1969, who, if I remember correctly, was my first top ten stallion. The Boggs program also included the stallion HH Heritage, a

David Boggs and Ferzon at Gainey Arabians.

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David Boggs and Kaborr winning World Champion. son of Farazdac, a straight Egyptian. Garis and Gamaar were both by Niga, who was Polish, from the Witez II sire line, and they were both out of Ferzon daughters.

Tom Chauncey, Shorty Boggs and David Boggs.


Tell us how it felt to go to Paris many years ago and win World Champion Stallion titles twice in four years. Kaborr was the first American horse to win there, to my knowledge, and for me, it was a wow! I had never been out of the country; Mr. Chauncey leased a 747 for six people and six horses and away we went! It was simply amazing. The plane had a staircase where you could go down to check on the horses, and then back up to have a gourmet dinner. My friend, Joe LaBruzzo, was there with me, he was one of the Chauncey trainers, and he and I were both pop-eyed, like kids in a candy store, just for the opportunity to attend. I remember the landing of the plane, filmed by French television crews, of the American horses coming for the Salon du Cheval. Every part of it was very special—the show and the excitement. Many people in Europe had not seen patent leather show halters, and they didn’t do the clipping and styling that we did to our American horses. When Kaborr was announced

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World Champion Stallion, they cut the lights in the arena, spotlighted him—which was very unique—and then played the national anthem of the United States. It was an incredible moment. When I tell you that I returned just four years later with the gorgeous black stallion Mizan Taj Halim to win a second World Champion Stallion title, you can only imagine how that felt. My male ego right now is telling me I’ve said enough! Bob Stratmore was a big mentor to you, correct? A big mentor, a great friend, and to this day I have enormous respect for him. I met Bob through Billy Harris, who was a dear friend, and who was very close to Tom Chauncey. I met both of them in the late 70’s during the Scottsdale show. Mr. Chauncey and I became friends, and each year we kept the Midwest show-string at one of Mr. Chauncey’s farms, the Manor, at Karho when he owned it, and at American Farms. When Padron was two, Billy, who was a consultant to Bob, told him that there was a curly haired kid that needed to handle his horse. So Billy and I flew on that first journey to Walnut Creek to meet Bob.

Tom Chauncey, David Boggs and National Champion Kharben.

David Boggs and *Padron in Scottsdale.

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formal registration or registrar, and helped them set up stud books. He and Dorothy were close friends with Mr. Chauncey, so I enjoyed the great privilege of having dinners with them, being able to listen and learn; it was an amazing opportunity for this young lad.

David Boggs, Billy Harris and Bob Boggs. Billy Harris was a huge mentor for you as well? He was a great horseman. Billy had the brain, mind and heart of a horse; he knew what horses thought and why. Even with his handicap, he would ride reining and trail; it was unbelievable how gifted he was. And he had a special way of teaching and expressing that to his many national champion equitation students. He was as close as a second father could be to me. Anyone else in those early years? Yes, Mr. Chauncey, Dick Ames, Jay Stream and Gene LaCroix. Jay’s demeanor was very matter-of-fact. As all three of these men had, he had great integrity. Jay could have been a President of the United States—his work ethic was fair, but very strong. That was why he was able to be the President of WAHO for what seemed like forever, and could bring many countries to the Arabian horse global registry. Jay traveled the world over, and together with his lovely wife, Dorothy, was an ambassador of our breed. If there were an Ambassador’s Award only given once, to me, it would belong to Jay and Dorothy Stream. Jay traveled to places where nobody had ever gone before, countries like Syria and others that had no


Mr. Chauncey was the biggest supporter of the Arabian horse auctions. He always enjoyed front row seats, so the many years that I tagged along with him, I always got a great seat. He could also be a funny man. One year he set up Tanya Tucker as my date for the Lasma auction, and she loved champagne. Whenever a horse was bought, they would bring out a bottle of champagne, and I remember Tanya once saying, “Oh, Mr. Chauncey, I don’t have any champagne left,” and he said, “OK sweetie,” and bought the next lot and they brought the bottle to her. We had a lifetime of fun! The auction didn’t really ever start until Mr. Chauncey sat down. He was so enthusiastic, and he believed so much in quality and was never afraid to pay a high price for a great horse. I visited Lasma Arabians for the first time with Mr. Chauncey, and as I said earlier, it was like arriving at Walt Disney World. My lifetime hero of training and marketing is Gene LaCroix. I still believe he created the wheel. Gene opened the doors for young people like me who emulated him in regards to marketing, with his amazing approach to presentation, and flair of staging. Gene gave a lot to the creation of the Arabian horse market and he deserves, to this day, much more credit than people give him. The day you beat Don DeLongpre in Scottsdale for Junior Champion Filly was the day I remember people’s surprise, because Don “shouldn’t have been beat.” He had the Elkin x Bianca daughter, Elektra. She was two, and yours, One Exception, was a yearling by your

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father’s stallion Garis. One Exception went Junior Champion and Don’s was reserve. I remember thinking later that must have been a big turning point. That was enormous; it was my first time attending Scottsdale. The year was 1975. I remember Mr. Larry Thornhill was judging and he seemed so serious. Again, the feeling of arriving at Disney World was upon me when our truck and trailer finally pulled into Scottsdale; I couldn’t even imagine such a place. Driving down Bell Road and seeing the great Lasma and all the other big names was beyond my comprehension. We had our little three/four-horse stall set up, with bed sheets for decorations. I drove the truck, groomed, clipped, and bathed—everything was done ourselves. Then it was a fast shower and back to the horse show. I felt really blessed, because I also won Grand Champion Gelding that year with Shaitan, an Azraffbred horse. Junior Champion Filly One Exception was a very pretty, dark grey filly with long legs, a long neck, and beautiful eyes. It was an amazing first year, and I’ve never missed a year since. ■

David Boggs and Ron Olson with 1975 Scottsdale Champions Shaitan and One Exception. Top: David Boggs and *Padron.

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Kelli and Collect Call (VF Premonition x Double Trees Lady Of Intrigue).




How did your love for the Arabian horse begin? My love for all horses began at a very young age, and my love and appreciation for the Arabian began when my family purchased a few of them following a short ownership of a Saddlebred. Even as a young person, I could see their beauty and intelligence immediately. What does it mean to share your passion with your daughter? It has meant everything to me. She has a great eye and has acquired a lot of knowledge through the years. She is a fantastic sounding board for me, not that we always agree, but we are both lovers of this breed.

express in words. He was everything that I have ever looked for in an English horse. He is proving himself as a stallion now as well. He has been a dream come true in every way. Believe me, I certainly count my blessings every day. What would be one thing people would be surprised to know about Royal Heir? What a great disposition Royal Heir has. He likes to lay down and take a nap and when he does, his trainer, Joel Kiesner, can go into his stall and sit down on his back.

You have horses in training and also own a breeding facility; how do you balance it all? I do have horses in training and a small breeding farm, and I love that I am blessed to have the opportunity of both. I love the shows and having the horses/babies at home, but sometimes it does make life complicated. I have a very active family life and my family isn’t always supportive of the horses and the time that it takes from my daughter and I, but they tolerate it for the most part. I am relatively organized even though my family thinks I don’t do anything. I have three full-time employees at my farm so it does make my life easier. How many horses do you own and how many foals are you expecting in 2016? I currently own 30 horses. Show horses, mares and babies, and young ones that are up-and-coming show horses. We had five babies this year and are expecting four for next year. What has it meant to you to own the reigning National Champion English horse VJ Royal Heir? It has meant more to me than I could possibly

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KELLI AGUIRRE If there was one horse from the past that you could own, who would it be and why? I honestly can’t think of any horse from the past that I would rather own than Royal Heir or some of the horses that we currently own. The horses of today are extremely athletic and talented and beautiful as well. What are your goals with your breeding program? To breed mares that produce beautiful and athletic babies with Royal Heir, and that are trainable, easy and enjoyable to handle as well. It is apparent you have a very strong relationship with your family; what makes this so special? I do have a strong relationship with my family. It has taken me a long time to incorporate my horses into my family, however. My husband and my children,

Kelli and her son Taylor.

besides my daughter, don’t like the time that the horses consume in our life. I was a career person when my husband married me, so he was surprised when the passion for my horses came back with a vengeance. So I try to bring a happy medium with everything—time with my family and time with my horses. When you are not at a horse show, what are some of your favorite pastimes? I am usually at home at the barn or boating with my family. We do travel and spend time in different places, but home base for all of us is Jupiter, FL.

Kelli and her daughter Gabi.


What is one thing that most people would be shocked to know about you? That I am a relatively shy person. Once I know people well, I am fine, but I don’t like being in front of people or being in a

spend time in every horse’s stall feeding them treats and giving them scratches and the attention they all love and deserve. So, no cell phones, no one to bother me and to be there for as long as I want to be. Your Facebook posts show that you have a love for flying; how many miles do you fly a year and how many of them are for horse events? I had to laugh at the “love of flying” question. I do like to take pictures when I am flying because I am fascinated with the aviation industry and how planes fly and what causes things to happen the way they do, but I actually hate flying. It scares me terribly and even when I try to be brave, I’m not very successful. I am very much a white knuckle flyer. I usually have to knock myself out so I don’t really know or care what is going on. My poor daughter usually has to suffer with me. She takes good care of me! Who is your hero in life? I have looked up to so many people to get to this point. There are too many to name. n

Kelli and her husband Gerry at Kelli’s surprise birthday party.

situation where I don’t know anyone. Also, many would probably be surprised to know that I have a concealed weapons license and that I shoot a handgun pretty well. What is your favorite meal to cook for your family? Holiday meals. I don’t like cooking the every day stuff. So, Thanksgiving and Christmas I love! What is the perfect day for you? Definitely being at a horse show or any horse event with my daughter. It would be a dream to be with my family at a horse event.

Where do you see yourself in the Arabian horse industry 15 years from now? Having accomplished my dreams of breeding great horses as a small breeder and continuing to ride and show. Hopefully, I will be able to obtain the dream all of us have by winning a national championship. What is one thing you like to do to pamper yourself ? Going to the barn and not being disturbed. I like to

Kelli and her parents Mike and Libby Mitchell.

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FACES & PLACES Dolc e C av a l lo A r a bi a n s hoste d it s f i r st Open Hou s e on Friday, October 2nd, before classes commenced at the 2015 Scottsdale Arabian Breeder Finals. Graciously greeted by Erin Naas and Dr. Billa Sandhu, valet parking, a large canopy tent and bar tables and cushioned chairs awaited guests. A wood fire oven with an Award Winning Pizza Chef from Italy served over 140 personal pizzas to guests and attendees. An open bar served specialty drinks and cocktails, amongst them, Noho, the #1 rated hangover prevention drink, to keep guests feeling refreshed for the show day ahead of them. Gourmet desserts followed. With just over 150 guests in attendance, top trainers, owners and breeders, as well as a who’s who of the finance and business world came from the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Brazil and Kuwait to name a few. Globally beautiful horses bred and trained in a family-like environment were presented, with the knowledgeable Mr. Jeff Wallace the emcee for the evening. With plans to continue this tradition annually, we invite you to join us in February for a themed event during the 2016 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it! n



S c hou k en s Tr a i n i n g C enter a nd it s c l ient s c elebr ate d t hei r hu g e A a c hen 2015 suc c e s s at t he a n nu a l Open Hou s e held t he ne x t d ay. Four Gold, two Silver, four Bronze, and two High Score/Public Choice Champions representing eight different owners came from Schoukens’ barn. Visitors and clients gathered at the lovely facility, lining a large, grassy presentation area several deep. It was a great day to see the fantastic show and breeding horses entrusted to Glenn, Tom and Cathy Schoukens by clients from all over the world. One of the most poignant moments was the presentation of Athbah Stud’s Georgia, who at the age of 21 captivated the crowd at liberty. Regally turning her head as if to acknowledge her fans, Georgia delighted everyone by snorting a greeting while flinging her tail over her back. Padrons Psyche, looking spectacular at 27, was led by his beaming attendant to be admired by the eager crowd. Cathy Schoukens expressed her delight in these and other special moments. “Eden C, putting on his One Man Show—what a stallion!” she exclaimed. “And, the Parade with all the champions led around by every single one of ‘the children’ (Schoukens staff ), and I have a lot of children, meaning there were a lot of champions! I only realized then, HOW extremely proud I should be!” n

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What does your dream horse look like? Ha, here I should answer: ethereal, sculpted and divine. But that wouldn’t be the correct answer to give; it is how my dream horse would make me feel. I can recall some moments where I just stood perplexed. Some horses I had the chance to meet gave me instant goosebumps and made me realize why the Arabian horse is the most poetic horse of them all. I understand why there are so many legends written about the Arabian horse. It is the simplicity and complexity in their beauty and the fire within their soul that touches our very essence of inspiration to dream, but sometimes there is that extra, almost magical feeling, and that is what my dream horse feels like. If you could resurrect any horse, who would it be and why? Vashara Ali. He was the very first Arabian horse I owned; a grey straight Egyptian stallion. It was a stormy evening the first night I had the pleasure meeting Ali (sounds like the beginning of a romantic novel, but it isn’t). When he put his head through his stable window, I knew. The other surprise was that two extra legs and a not so horsey face appeared in that same window. A goat. He was stabled with a goat! To resume my novel, I used to ride jumpers a lot, but then had a bad fall and became a scared rider. The owner of the stallion asked me if I wanted to ride him that night. I told him he was mental; I wasn’t gonna’ ride the horse in this weather! Without a word, he started saddling him up. Again, I said I was not planning on riding him outdoors during a thunderstorm. “Get up,” he said. “Trust him.” So I did.

It felt amazing—we were invincible! There I was, riding my first Arabian in a thunderstorm. We bought him that night. That is the night when I fell in love with an equine for the first time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for the long term. Within a year and a half, he died of colic. I would love to ride him one more time upon a late night thunderstorm ... Who was the first Arabian horse you ever laid eyes on and what was the experience like? Freshko. I don’t even know if that’s spelled correctly. He was a stallion at the local riding centre. He was owned by a blonde lady and was a real troublemaker. I think I was around 9 years old at that time and he reminded me of a unicorn. A long, endless mane and as white as they come. Being a proud pony owner at that time, he made my decision for me that when the time came for me to switch from ponies to horses, it was going to be an Arabian. Until then, Harry (my pony) became a mini reflection of Freshko and was the only pony in the riding school with such a long mane. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? Enriched? It changed my life completely! 180 degrees—completely. When I did finally, and unfortunately, grew out of Harry (he was absolutely awesome), and got to buy Ali, I was hooked. After Ali died, I e-mailed every breeder and training center in Belgium to see if I could help them out on the weekends. The sad part is, they all still remember and once in a while, this gets re-mentioned, “Hilke, do you remember when you asked ...” Shsst, please, don’t! Hell,

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H I LKE CÉCI LE DE B RU YCKE R I even interviewed James Swaenepoel for a high school project, which he recalls very well. Either way, fate took me to the Arabian Garden (owned by Philip Looyens and Laura Gosch at the time). I travelled with them during the weekends and that was the beginning of everything. The full turn came with Mayana (BJ Thee Mustafa x Maharani III) and Schoukens Training Center. At that time I was a hotel receptionist. Yes … I know. The hotel closed for renovations for a period of two months, so I needed to work somewhere. Tom Schoukens told me whenever I had the time, I could always come and brush their horses, so I called Tom. I started working there and when the hotel reopened, I went back for a week, only

to return to Schoukens on the next Monday. I’d rather muck stables, brush horses, and drive 60 km on a scooter each day than to stay behind a reception desk. Do you prefer the desert or the ocean? Ocean. What kind of question is this? Is this psychoanalysis? Who have your mentors been in the Arabian horse business? There are many. Every person I meet teaches me something. Name a handful of Arabian mares alive today that make you weak in the knees. Ha! Again … so many. SA Misha Apal, Najdah Al Zobair, Emandoria, Pianissima, El Saghira (every time I lunged her).

Hilke at the Egyptian Event Europe.



2015 Vichy International Unanimous Gold Champion Yearling Filly Jayda Al Rabiand; also Best Foreign Horse and Best In Show, handled by Tom Oben for Al Thumama Stud.

What makes you happy? The first moment between mare and foal. Also, when my horses show well, of course. The sound of coming into the barn in the early morning. Grazing horses in the pasture. Spring. And chocolate, of course. What part of breeding Arabian horses lives deep in your soul? You are continuing a tradition where, in the end, you only play a small part but secretly hope to play a big part. The moment you decide on a certain stallion for a specific mare and wait in excitement to see your work of art eleven months later. Also, it’s not only about the horses, but the people you meet during the process. Some of the greatest individuals I know, I have met because of our mutual passion. I love how breeding Arabians brings so many different people together, striving to the same goal while preserving an ancient tradition. What is your favorite horse destination to travel to? I went to Poland for the first time last year. Without a doubt, the State Studs in Poland. Whoever has been, knows what I am talking about. Even I lack words (which happens very rarely), when I enter those gates. For a well-deserved 2nd place, I have to say my own

country, Belgium. We have some of the best training centres in the world, which house some of the best horses in the world in one place. Let’s not forget our breeders; for such a small country, we made a big impact. What characteristics do you like most about the Arabian horse? Their fire within. The history they reflect. Their ethereal beauty. Their stamina. I don’t know. Every characteristic, I guess. How do you answer this? Why do you love something you love? You just do. Do you have to be told to put on your seatbelt? Back with the psychoanalysis? To answer your question, no. I always put on my seatbelt. Safety first! In regards to design, where do you get your inspiration? In everything. Music. Moments. Poetry. What is it that you actually do-do? I do what I do what needs to be done to do what I do in what I do for that’s the way to do it. Tell us about your role as a graphic designer within Al Thumama. What is your history with that skill? Well, regarding the branding behind Al Thumama, they used Volume 46, No. 6 | 45

to have a logo as flashy as a green marker. You know that horrible black-light green? Yeah. Exactly. They gave me permission to propose a different theme. I wanted a subtle logo that looked classy and would not take the attention away from our printwork. I’m a Disney girl. Like most girls (even when they say they are not) we secretly hope for a Disney-ish life. Al Thumama is owned by Miss Dana Ali Bin Ali Al Meslemani, a young woman with a vision. Her story reminded me of every little girl’s dream of horses, hence the Disney feel. Inspired by Lana Del Rey’s Once Upon a Dream (yes the complete branding of Al Thumama has been based on a song), we rebranded Al Thumama Stud. And regarding my history with that skill, I just do-do. Who lives behind the blue tinted sunglasses? Tell us about her. What’s up with everyone and my sunglasses? It seems like it has become my trademark. About her ... I am ambitious and dedicated to my goals I have set for my life. I am one of the few lucky ones who made my passion my job. I experience everything with a passion and do not believe in mediocre. I am very eager and straightforward. Most of all, and to put it simply, I am a wandering dreamer which explains why I love what I do. Did the dream life you’re living unfold before your very eyes or have you been a woman on a mission? Well, considering I was working in a hotel and left the job for Schoukens Training Center, it surely wasn’t planned. I never expected to be as lucky as I am today. It has been one hell of a journey. Name a profound turning point in your life that you did not see coming. I must say Schoukens Training Center and Mayana. It was an intertwining of events. Mayana was the big turning point though. I remember seeing her for the first time at the Arabian Garden. I remember asking, “Who is this stallion?” Whereupon Philip replied, “That’s Mayana, and it is a she.” That’s the exact moment I fell in love with her. What a big “she” she was.

Hilke with the 2015 Vichy International Gold Medal for Yearling Filly Jayda Al Rabi.


About two years later I told Philip I was looking for a horse; I wanted to buy an Arabian mare. He brought me to this small breeder in Germany where


Hilke with SA Misha Apal (AS Natsir Apal x Nyara JC).

he offered me another mare. In that same field was a huge, bay Arabian mare. “Oh my God, Philip, that’s Mayana!” Obviously, no other horse stood a chance as my mind was made up. Mayana was way out of budget, so I went to the bank and asked for a loan.

finally found her that perfect new home where I know she will never leave the green fields, and where she will be spending the rest of her very beautiful life in Sweden with Kathleen Olsson. n

With a lot of convincing, I got the loan, and that commitment changed everything. Mayana was mine. Nearly every euro of my salary went straight to her. But at least I had my Mayana. She was the best part of my life. She made me completely change my life and lifestyle and become the person I am today. Because of her, I pursued my dreams of working with horses. Time passed and I moved abroad. She is there and I am not. Sometimes even though it isn’t fair, you have to make decisions for the better. Because of being abroad, I could not spend time with her or enjoy her foals. And for me, that’s just the part that I loved most. I owe her everything, for everything I owe her. With this in mind, I decided to sell Mayana, only to a good home, where she can be given as much love as I wish I could still give her. I

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Just as the people of Great Britain flock to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth when she appears before her loyal subjects, or those of Buenos Aires who gather beneath the balcony of their beloved First Lady, Eva Peron, so too, do the connoisseurs of the Arabian horse find themselves drawn into the orbit of Pitonisa AS. While other horses enter the show arena at a frantic pace, Pitonisa draws everyone’s attention by stepping regally through the gate, exclusively escorted by Sandro Pinha. Pausing to survey her audience, Pitonisa is Ginger Rogers to her partner’s Fred Astaire as he accompanies her into the spotlight and leads her into the dance. 2015 U.S. Nationals | 4 | Ar abian Horse Times

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Like a bride embarking on her wedding march, Pitonisa holds every eye, her carriage erect and elegant, her tail flung high up over her back, her loud snort resonating through the electric atmosphere. Perfectly presented by Pinha, Pitonisa was spectacular in Tulsa, winning the 2015 United States National Champion Junior Filly crown, her third U.S. title, having also won the 2014 National Champion Yearling Filly award and National Supreme Reserve Champion Junior Filly. A daughter of Ever After NA and the Padrons Psyche mare Psyches Amber Dream, Pitonisa AS was bred by Lisa Markley and Leanne Reel of Scottsdale, and is proudly owned by Arabian Soul Partners, based in Mexico City. Pitonisa fits right in, as her name is a Biblical term for “fortune teller.” Together, she and Sandro create a team that overflows with the energy and imagery, the same qualities that inspired the works of famed muralist Diego Rivera, also of Mexico City. The match between horse and handler is such a good fit; one of them cannot be mentioned without thinking of the other. And it doesn’t seem to matter where they compete, the result is always the same. In addition to her United States National wins, Pitonisa was the 2014 Arabian Breeders World Cup Supreme Gold Champion Filly in Las Vegas, the 2014 Scottsdale Classic Champion Filly and 2015 Scottsdale Champion Filly. Very soon, Pitonisa and her escort will embark on a journey

to the Middle East to compete for the prestigious titles and vast prize money that will be offered in 2016. Further plans see Pitonisa continuing to Europe for the summer show circuit, with the Gold Championships of the culminating shows of the year being the ultimate goal.   Pitonisa AS has stepped up to meet her destiny and fulfill the promise of her pedigree by taking her name to heart, looking into her own future, and then showing up for that in full measure. With a dam line that runs back to the brilliant *Bask++ daughter, Mi Fire Dream, Pitonisa comes by her rich color, long neck, and stretchy elegance naturally, not to mention several other breed greats that stand behind her. Her extraordinary charisma has earned her a fan base that rivals any rock star. With every fiber of her being, she knows that she is the Queen, as she gathers additional followers wherever she goes. For Arabian Soul Partners, Sandro Pinha, and Pitonisa AS, the position they currently enjoy is one of being on top in America. With multiple U.S. National and Scottsdale honors to pave the way, Pitonisa is poised to take her place among the great international champions of modern times. She will go, she will compete, and she will win, only to return to America, triumphant from her world tour, with even more fame and even more titles; of that there is no doubt, and then she will clearly be “Queen of the World.” ■

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o use an old cliché, the U.S. National Championship Arabian and Half-Arabian Show is Oscar night for Arabian horse people. No matter how much breeders, owners and exhibitors worry through the year about the economy, competition for the leisure dollar and other concerns common to horse breeds today, such cares are parked at the door for 10 days in the fall of each year. From October 23-31, 2015, at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., there was just one thought on everyone’s mind: winning one of the most coveted titles in the world—a U.S. National Championship.

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Statistics for this year’s show indicate that attendance remains strong at the Nationals. A total of 1,780 horses were on hand, including 1,018 Arabians and 762 Half-Arabians. More than 3,300 stalls were used, reflecting the breed’s liberal use of tack stalls and visitor areas, and the total of 3,259 entries confirms that many horses were entered in more than one pursuit. The largest division at the show was Hunter Pleasure, followed by Country English Pleasure, but the largest single class was Arabian Western Pleasure Select AATR, at 54. That was followed closely by Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure (53) and Arabian Country English Pleasure (51). And while spectator numbers were difficult to visualize, given the spreadout nature of the fairgrounds, the show secretary estimated that more than 6,000 individuals were in attendance. Story continues on page 194 ...

Each year, U.S. Nationals is the highlight of our show season. This is the show that we as trainers, our clients and the individuals working for us as caretakers, look forward to all year. We do a lot of pre-planning before the show—everyone is assigned their horses and responsibilities, and we execute on our plan when we get to the show with flexibility being #1 on the planning list! Believe me, we couldn’t be so organized without dedicated employees that not only love what they are doing for the horses, but really go above and beyond for this show and all year long. —James Stachowski

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U.S. National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Working Cow Horse AAOTR with Kathie Hart

U.S. National Champion Arabian Reining Limited Non-Pro AAOTR U.S. National Champion Arabian Reining Intermediate Non-Pro AAOTR U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Reining Primetime Non-Pro AAOTR with Kathie Hart

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U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian Reining Futurity U.S. National Top Ten Half-Arabian Reining Jr. Horse with Audrey Hart

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to the amazing team at Crystal McNutt Performance Horses, for our most incredible National Horse Show! A sincere salute to Dick Ames on his renowned breeding program of whom Dunit On Fyre RA & Dunit My Way RA are proud representatives of!

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WINE WALK This year was the 6th Annual Wine Walk. The first wine walk was conceptualized as an event to bring people together to raise awareness for the AHDF, and I think it has clearly accomplished that goal. It also happens to be one of the only social events at Nationals where everyone is invited and welcome to attend. We are already working on tentative plans for 2016, and are working with the English community in joining the AHDF on Wednesday night. —Becky Nash

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The Midwest stalls were brimming with happiness within the jubilant atmosphere of Tulsa. The glorious black swan RH Triana was shown by David Boggs to the title of United States National Champion Mare for Jeff Sloan and his partners, Aria Quintessa to the U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly honors, and Aria Impresario to the U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion, also for the Jeff Sloan group. They had two more class winners in Aria Qatars Angel (3-Year-Old Fillies) and MD Hibet Allah (6-8 Year Old Mares). All told, 26 United States National Champions, Reserve National Champions, or class winners were presented by Midwest on behalf of their clients. Team Midwest has a familial culture that allows clients to share whole-heartedly in each other’s victories. Todd and Glena Weegens enjoyed the camaraderie of the group as they celebrated Beni TG’s U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Mare award, beautifully shown by Dagmar Gordiano. They also displayed the classical champions from Marino Arabians—no stranger to the winner’s circle, including Yearling Colt Naseem M. Promessaa stood tall and gorgeous for owner Jorge Selume with her second place class win in Yearling Fillies. 2015 U.S. Nationals | 17 | Ar abian Horse Times

Melissa Subjeck had a whole lot to celebrate too, with her two Vitorio TO sons, Valik ORA and Remember the Nyte RMA, earning the Reserve National Champion Yearling Gelding and Reserve National Champion Half/Arabian Two-Year-Old Gelding titles respectively. Midwest’s Alcides Rodrigues showed both to perfection. Multi-national champion Vitorio TO already has an impressive record as a sire of national champions. His wonderful owner Janey Morse has just said goodbye to former United States National Champion Mare, Wieza Mocy as she heads to Paris and then home to Poland. Al Shaqab – Member Qatar Foundation has placed many fantastic horses with Midwest. The exotic and exquisite Leen Al Shaqab was the latest to take home a title, hers being the U.S. Reserve National Champion Junior Mare award. Impressively, she was bred, as well as owned by Al Shaqab, who has become one of the leading breeders in the world. Falah Al Shaqab was another testament to the quality of horses from Al Shaqab, winning in the deepest of competition. Midwest thanks all of their longtime and loyal clientele for the opportunity to show their very special horses and to share in their success. And successful it was. David himself said it best, “Once again, it was one heck of a show!”

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United States National Champion Senior Mare

RH Triana ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF • 03/07/10 • Mare

Triana Holdings, LLC Birmingham, Michigan

Part of the


Managed by Jeff Sloan

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United States National Champion Yearling Filly

Aria Quintessa Trussardi x MC Sophiie • 02/07/14 • Filly

Quintessa Partners LLC Birmingham, Michigan

Part of the


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Managed by Jeff Sloan

United States National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion

Aria Impresario Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica • 04/16/06 • Stallion MULTI-NATIONAL CHAMPION • 2 TIME SCOTTSDALE SUPREME CHAMPION HALTER HORSE

The Impresario Partners Birmingham, Michigan

Part of the


Managed by Jeff Sloan

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United States National 1st Place Winners

* MD Hibat Allah DA Valentino x *Anastasiaa 05/09/09 • Mare

1st Place 6-8 Year-Old Mare Owned by NJ Arabian Horse Ventures LLC

Aria Qatars Angel ABHA Qatar x BHF Dark Angel 04/17/12 • Filly

1st Place 3-Year-Old Filly Owned by Desert Horse Partners LLC

Birmingham, Michigan

Part of the


Managed by Jeff Sloan

United States National Reserve Champion Junior Mare

*Leen Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab x Lubna Al Shaqab 01/01/13 • Filly

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United States Reserve National Champion Half-Arabian 2 Year-Old Gelding

Remember The Nyte RMA Vitorio TO x CF Mamies Night Out 3/22/13 • Half-Arabian Gelding

United States Reserve National Champion Yearling Gelding

Valik ORA Vitorio TO x Star Of Jusitce ORA 4/27/14 • Gelding

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LEADING HALTER SIRES, BREEDERS & OWNERS ONLY TOP FIVE RECEIVED POINTS (6th through 10th place not counted.) All halter classes included. Halter results provided by MICHAEL STEURS.


Sire of Arabians

Sire of Half-Arabians

2. Vitorio TO

2. Ever After NA

2. Majik of Marwan

4. Tussardi

4. Trussardi

1. Marwan Al Shaqab

1. Marwan Al Shaqab

3. Ever After NA

3. Vitorio TO

5. SF Veraz

5. SF Veraz

1. Vitorio TO

3. Baske Afire

4. DA Valentino

5. AA Apollo Bey


Arabian Breeder

Half-Arabian Breeder

2. Oak Ridge Arabians

2. Al Shahania Stud

2. Barbara Sink-Krusenstjerna

1. Al Shaqab

1. Al Shaqab

3. Al Shahania Stud

3. Sam Peacemaker

4. Sam Peacemaker

4. L. Markley & L. Reels

5. Pegasus Arabians

5. Oak Ridge Arabians

5. Robert and Dixie North

1. Todd and Glena Weegens 3. Sally Bedeker

4. Tshampagne Arabian LLC 5. Pegasus Arabians


Arabian Owner

Half-Arabian Owner

2. Patricia M. Dempsey Trustee

2. Patricia M. Dempsey Trustee

2. Walnut Ridge Arabians LLC

1. Al Shahania Stud 3. Al Shaqab

4. Stuart Vesty

5. Truest Partners LLC

1. Al Shahania Stud

1. Tshampagne Arabian LLC

3. Al Shaqab

3. Rohara Arabians LLC

5. Truest Partners LLC

5. Texie Lowery

4. Stuart Vesty

4. J. Perry and Suzanne Perkins

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Champion Arabian Senior Stallion OFW MAGIC WAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude), Ex: Michael Byatt, O: Jose Salim Mattar Jr

1st Place Arabian Stallion 9 & Over ARIA IMPRESARIO (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica), Ex: David Boggs, O: Sloan Family Imp Hdgs & Carlos and Christiane Roizner

1st Place Arabian Stallion 6-8 Year-Old OFW MAGIC WAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude), Ex: Michael Byatt, O: Jose Salim Mattar Jr

3065 1st Place Arabian Stallion 4-5 Year-Old KAVALLE MI (Gazal Al Shaqab x Karess), Ex: Andrew Sellman, O: Joanne Gunabalan

Champion Arabian Junior Stallion TRUEST (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), Ex: Gregory Gallun, O: Truest Partners LLC

1st Place Arabian 3-Year-Old Colt TRUEST (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), Ex: Gregory Gallun, O: Truest Partners LLC

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1st Place Arabian Stallion 2-Year-Old FALAH AL SHAQAB (Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph Just Emotion), Ex: David Boggs, O: Al Shaqab Member Qatar Foundation

Champion Arabian Yearling Colt MAGIC MYSTERY Z (OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva), Ex: Michael Byatt, O: Zerlotti Equine Reproduction Ltd

Champion Arabian Futurity Colt TRUEST (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), Ex: Gregory Gallun, O: Truest Partners LLC

Champion Arabian Stallion AAOTH BECKHAM UA (Magnum Chall HVP x Stayin Aliive), Ex: Paul Reece, O: Paul and Nikole Reece

I am often asked, what do you want the young people that come through your door to learn, and work to add to your legacy in the Arabian horse business? The answer is simple, I want them to be regarded as great horsemen. It is not enough for them to be viewed as showmen; that does not ensure that the horses under their care will be treated with dignity and honor. I hold myself to that standard so if people in this business view me as a horseman, then I have succeeded. Showing Magic Mystery Z and Makayah to their National Championships was significant. In doing so, I have now showed them, their father, their grandfather, their great grandfather, and their great great grandfather to National titles. All of these wins were important and gratifying. —Michael Byatt

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Champion Arabian Senior Mare RH TRIANA (ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF), Ex: David Boggs, O: Triana Holding LLC

1st Place Arabian Mare 9 & Over GEMELLIA (Piber x Georgia), Ex: Ted Carson, O: G Marcella Haensch

1st Place Arabian Mare 6-8 Year Old MD HIBAT ALLAH (DA Valentino x Anastasiaa), Ex: Michael Wilson, O: Manuel Durini

1st Place Arabian Mare 4-5 Year Old BADIAA AL SHAHANIA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Majalis), Ex: Michael Byatt, O: Al Shahania Stud

Champion Arabian Junior Mare PITONISA AS (Ever After NA x Psyches Amber Dream), Ex: Sandro Pinha, O: Arabian Soul Partners Ltd

1st Place Arabian Mare 3-Year-Old ARIA QATARS ANGEL (Abha Qatar x BHF Dark Angel), Ex: David Boggs, O: Desert Horse Partners LLC

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1st Place Arabian Mare 2-Year-Old LEEN AL SHAQAB Champion Arabian Yearling Filly ARIA QUINTESSA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lubna Al Shaqab), Ex: David Boggs, (Trussardi x MC Sophiie), Ex: David Boggs, O: Quintessa O: Al Shaqab Member Qatar Foundation Partners LLC

Champion Arabian Futurity Filly MAKAYAH (OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson), Ex: Michael Byatt, O: Michael Byatt and Psynergy Ent. Developments LLC

Champion Arabian Mare AAOTH GODDESS OF DA VINCI (Da Vinci FM x Goddess Of Marwan), Ex: Benjamin Bassichis, O: Stella Bella Arabians LLC

The 2015 United States National Arabian Horse Show was amazing. It brought out the best group of halter horses we have seen in attendance for a while; particularly the filly and mare divisions, which were loaded with previous Scottsdale and U.S. National winners—really beautiful classes. The upgraded Pavilion arena decorations and seating were appreciated and made all in attendance feel more special. I enjoyed being part of the fundraiser for the AHDF and riding with Jody Strand. And Midwest clients were awarded with 26 wonderful victories, thanks to the tireless efforts of our incredible team: Nate White, Alcides and Margaux Rodrigues, Dagmar Gordiano, Sean Murphy, Kyle Edsall and Colton Jacobs. As the chill of fall sets in, Team Midwest has moved to the Arizona farm and is once again gearing up for an exciting 2016 beginning with the Farm Tours over the holidays. —David Boggs

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Champion Arabian Senior Gelding VINCENT PCF (PCF Vision x Que Psarah), Ex: Grant Krohn, O: Jeanne or Robert Black

Champion Arabian Junior Gelding LLC FABRIZIO (Baahir El Marwan x RD Fabreanna), Ex: Andrew Sellman, O: Stuart Vesty

Champion Arabian Yearling Gelding BOLSHOI ENB (El Nabila B x Om El Beladeena), Ex: Sandro Pinha, O: Psynergy Enterprise Developments LLC

Champion Arabian Futurity Gelding NAZARETH CF (Eden C x MWF Najada), Ex: Ted Carson, O: Amy Caraway

Champion Arabian Gelding AAOTH DC BENEDICT (Besson Carol x Jusst One Look), Ex: Renae Mendel, O: Renae Mendel 2015 U.S. Nationals | 32 | Ar abian Horse Times


Champion H/A Mare Saddle/Pleasure 3 & Over EBONY BY VALENTINO (DA Valentino x CF Mamies Night Out), Ex: Rodolfo Guzzo, O: Stella Bella Arabians LLC

Champion H/A Mare Stock/Hunter 3 & Over BENI TG (DA Valentino x Rohara Mademoiselle), Ex: Alcides Rodrigues, O: Todd or Glena Weegens

Champion H/A 2-Year-Old Filly GRAZIA TG (Vitorio TO x Rohara Mademoiselle), Ex: Austin Boggs, O: Walnut Ridge Arabians LLC

Champion H/A Yearling Filly DAVINCIS EBONY GA (Da Vinci FM x Ebony By Valentino), Ex: Rodolfo Guzzo, O: Sally Bedeker

Champion H/A Futurity Filly BPA VENUS (SF Veraz x BPA Daisy Dukes), Ex: Ted Carson, O: Patti Scheier 2015 U.S. Nationals | 33 | Ar abian Horse Times


Champion H/A Mare Saddle/ Pleasure AAOTH WS CENTER STAGE (AA Apollo Bey x Stage Fright), Ex: Herbert Meites, O: Herbert and Karen Meites

Champion H/A Mare Stock/Hunter AAOTH MISS EBONY GA (Maddox Van Ryad x Ebony By Valentino), Ex: Lance Hipps, O: Hoffman International


Champion H/A Gelding Saddle/Pleasure 3 & Over VSH DOMINIC (Majesteit x O Katie), Ex: Andrew Sellman, O: Texie Lowery

Above: Champion H/A Gelding Stock/Hunter 3 & Over SDR HOT COMMODITY (Afire Bey V x Sultan’s Spirited Rose), Ex: Austin Colangelo, O: Shelley Gomavitz Left: Champion H/A 2-Year-Old Gelding ELASHAHN (AAS-Elishahh x Veyonce), Ex: Andrew Sellman, O: Barbara Sink-Krusenstjerna

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Champion H/A Yearling Colt/Gelding DOM PERIGNON LL (Vitorio TO x Rohara Mademoiselle), Ex: Gilberto Valdez, O: Linda Lane

Champion H/A Futurity Gelding ROHARA FLAMEBOYANT (Majik Of Marwan x Flameworthy), Ex: Joseph Alberti II, O: Barbara Ann Banoff

Champion H/A Gelding Saddle/Pleasure AAOTH VSH DOMINIC (Majesteit x O Katie), Ex: Texie Lowery, O: Texie Lowery

Champion H/A Gelding Stock/Hunter AAOTH MAGHNUS Z (Magnum Chall HVP x The Sweet Rose), Ex: Maddy Winer, O: Maddy and Jay Winer

Being that this was my first Nationals back on my own, there were a few very gratifying movements at Nationals for me. Of course, seeing my farm name up on the stall drapes hanging next to a couple of rose blankets was an amazing feeling, but the best feeling for me personally, was the true appreciation all my clients had for myself and our staff for all the hard work we put in to make the show a success. Knowing that they truly appreciate us and the work we do is by far the most gratifying feeling anyone can have. —Joe Alberti

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17x National and Reserve National Champion 2015 U.S. National Champion H/A Stock Hunter AAOTH with Maddy Winer 2015 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Stock Hunter with Joe Alberti Owned by Maddy and Jay Winer

Make Maghnus Z, our horse of a lifetime, your AHT Reader’s Choice Award H/A Halter Horse of the Year!

Joseph R. Alberti II Ocala, FL : 610.972.9628

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2015 U.S. National Champion H/A Futurity Gelding with Joe Alberti Owned by Barbara Banoff

Joseph R. Alberti II Ocala, FL : 610.972.9628

We give a warm welcome to Barbara Banoff and congratulate her on her first Nationals with us and her first National Champion!

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2 015 U. S . NAT IONA L


(Magnum Chall HVP x Stayin Aliive, by ATA Echo Bey) 2011 Stallion STANDING AT STUD Stud fee: $2,000 $1,500 if booked by December 31, 2015

Special breeding incentives available. Owned by and standing at:

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(Aria Egzalt x VC Couture, by Da Vinci FM) 2013 Colt Stud fee: $2,000

Special breeding incentives available.


(TF Psymreekhe x Donna Gee HCF, by AF Don Giovani) 2015 Colt NOMINATED:

AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Scottsdale Signature Stallion U.S./Canadian National Futurities

For sale or breeding inquiries, contact: V ICTOR I A CROSS FA R M Paul & Nikole Reece • Paul: 989-859-5511 • Nikole: 989-802-9153 • w w

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Fun At U.S. Nationals

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Rohara Arabians

2 015 R e g i o n a L b R e e d i n g C h a L L e n g e C u p a wa R d w i n n e R

Rohara Arabians is proud to be the recipient of the inaugural Halter Breeding Challenge Cup awarded at the 2015 U.S. Nationals. Region 12 breeders earned the most points for Breeding-/ In-Hand classes with Rohara Arabians having the highest point count. Thank you to The Foal Festival of Santa Ynez, Calif. for sponsoring this trophy.

KaRL & Roxann haRT, owneRs 352.591.4661 • 352.266.6445, CeLL • p.o. box 110, oRange LaKe, FL 32681 RohaRa@windsTReam.neT www .ROHARA . C om

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2015 Region 14 Champion maRe

QR maRC x gReTa, by pesaL

Co-owned by RohaRa aRabians and R. KiRK Landon iRRevoCabLe TRusT

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National Top Ten



2015 Region 12 & 14 Champion Stallion

QR Marc x Palanga, by Ekstern

Co-owned by Rohara Arabians and R. Kirk Landon Irrevocable Trust ROHARA ARABIANS • Orange Lake, Florida • 352.591.4661 • • 2015 U.S. Nationals | 47 | Ar abian Horse Times



NaTionaL Champion DOUBLE OR



unduLaTa's nuTCRaCKeR x ingennue

pRoudLy owned and bRed by Linda and vinCe musso biRmingham, aLabama

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NaTionaL ReseRve Champion






2014 u.s. naTionaL Champion 2-y eaR-o Ld FiLLy

maJiK oF maRwan x FLamewoRThy

maJiK oF maRwan x FLamewoRThy

Co-owned by RohaRa aRabians and R. KiRK Landon iRRevoCabLe TRusT ROHARA ARABIANS • oRange LaKe, FLoRida • 352.591.4661 • RohaRa@windsTReam.neT • www.RohaRa.Com 2015 U.S. Nationals | 49 | Ar abian Horse Times



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I really enjoyed judging both the Arabian and H/A Hunter Open and Junior Horse classes at Nationals. It stood out in my mind, because every horse that showed to my team were in superb condition, well trained, well ridden, and performed all gaits as described in the rulebook and desired by a knowledgeable judge.  From an aesthetic point of view, we had to eliminate numerous horses that in the past would have easily been a top ten because of the quality presented to us on a consistent basis. My team felt extremely positive that a higher standard for hunters was determined by our placings and the bar has been raised. The walk was ground covering, the trot was cadenced, and the canter and hand gallop were splendidly executed. Judging hunter and show hack at the 2015 U.S. National Horse Show was an extremely gratifying experience.


It was such an honor to judge at the U.S. Nationals—what a great experience! One moment that stands out for me took place Thursday afternoon, in Class #3059, the Arabian Two-Year-Old Fillies. When a horse enters the show ring and commands everyone’s attention, to where you feel all have gathered for that one moment happened when entry #922, Pitonisa AS, presented by Sandro Pinha entered the ring. It was magical; there was no mistaking who she was, or why she was there. What a dynamic team of horse and handler, which went on to be crowned the National Champion Arabian Junior Filly. I also enjoyed the Futurity classes; they were inspirational for me. To see so many lovely three year olds coming into their own. I was impressed with the quality and depth in some of these classes. A great foundation for future breeding and performance horses on their way in carrying on the legacy of the Arabian horse.


The 3-Year-Old Futurity classes and the Purebred Open English stand out for me as favorites of the show. We have some truly gifted youngsters coming up in the saddle seat classes. The purebred country futurity class winner was a bright fresh star that I can’t imagine we won’t see wearing roses many times in the future. The Purebred Open English was one of the strongest classes I’ve judged in quite a while and pinning the top three was probably the most difficult decision to make in the whole show, let alone filling out the remaining seven. A wonderful class to end a fantastic show!


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The quality of the western horses I judged this year was excellent. Many of the classes were so very deep; I had a hard time putting just eleven horses down on my card. So many were truly deserving of a top ten placing. The futurity horses and open horses were great and the amateurs rode like pros! It was also an honor to judge the adult horsemanship and showmanship, and see the connection between horse and rider/handler.

—VAN JACOBSEN, WESTERN JUDGE I brought home a bucket-full of good memories from U.S. Nationals! The expertise and good nature of the other judges that I was privileged to work with, the great weather and beautiful decorations and, of course, the beautiful Arabian horses and outstanding horsemanship. The hunter pleasure and show hack divisions that I judged were lovely to watch and deep with quality. My favorite among favorites was the Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse class. Each cut had more quality entries than I was allowed to move forward and the final was exceptional. Arabian registration numbers may be down, but it sure looks like the quality has increased!  


2015 Inductees into Judges Hall Of Fame, l-r: Nancy Harvey, Joyce Hablin, Richard Petty, Judy Kibler, Shannon Armstrong and Bill Hughes.

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It was an honor and a privilege to get to judge so many extraordinary Arabian horses at the 2015 U.S. Nationals. I find it difficult to pinpoint one moment that stands out above all others, but if I must choose one, it would be when, after the last championship was awarded on Saturday, I realized that all six Champions that day (and five of the Reserves) were my very own choices! Several classes were very deep, and it’s always a joy to get to evaluate so many highly competitive entries, especially the yearling fillies, because it was a very fine class, and the winner was one of my most favorite horses in the show!


There was a tremendous amount of energy at U.S. Nationals this year which was coupled with a renewed and extremely positive aura. There were some incredible performances by exciting young horses and thrilling rides for some young trainers (or youngbloods in Lowe language). The seasoned veterans, both equine and human, certainly did not disappoint the crowds. But for me, the highlight of my Tulsa experience and of my 35 years of judging will forever be Paul Heiman riding into the Country Pleasure arena. Howie Schatzberg captured his return for a top ten with perfect timing. At that point he had no idea he would soon earn a Reserve National Championship, which is why his look of sheer joy is printed in my mind. I believe that anyone seeing Paul could share that feeling and if they were not a member of our community they would surely want to become part of it. Understanding Paul and his history and then being able to play a small role in creating that one photograph that does not include a rose garland or a ribbon is very rewarding. It will be a reminder about why we choose horses and what is important in life. It being my 5th time, it is always an honor, as well as an awesome responsibility judging at U.S. Nationals.


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Having the opportunity to judge the very first Adult Western Horsemanship class to be held at U.S. Nationals was very memorable for me. I am so glad to see Horsemanship and Showmanship added to our U.S. class schedule. I see it as an opportunity of growth for more amateurs to participate with their Arabian horses. I enjoyed judging all the divisions we were assigned, but my favorite would be the Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse. The A and B sections for this class were the deepest classes I have ever seen. The class was so deep, we had horses go out the gate that in past years, could easily have been top ten. We not only saw quality, but correct movement. In addition, almost every horse showed expression and interest in us as we walked the line. To me, that detail is very telling, and an example of this division moving forward in a positive manner. I came away from the show feeling more confident about the quality of horses being bred and properly trained to compete in this division.  


The Hunter and Show Hack divisions always offer some of the most competitive classes of the show, and this year was no exception. The class that most stands out in my mind is the Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse; a truly breathtaking group of horses full of quality and athleticism. I have great admiration for the turnout of these fine young horses. The attention to training and high quality of care was evident.


My favorite moment and favorite class at the show were one in the same. As I walked down to the gate to call the Open Western Finals on Saturday night, I could feel my heart pounding against my chest. It was the coolest feeling, especially for an Old Sage like me who has had the privilege to judge and call that class several times now. From assessing our group of horses in the sections, I knew that the quality was outstanding so my anticipation level was very high. I could not wait to get them all in the ring and watch them perform. At that point, it was the individual exhibitor’s class to win or lose. It turned out to be the outstanding top ten that we expected with the champion and reserve champion being the highest level of quality in their physical attributes, performances and their soft gaits.  The western division was amazing overall this year with many of the groups having a top four or five horse that could have been named National Champion on any given day. There were very few horses behind the vertical. The lope is moving forward again and the future is bright! 


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(Vitorio TO x Rohara Mademoiselle)

2014 U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly 2014 U.S. National Reserve Champion Supreme Jr. Filly 2014 Canadian National Champion Yearling Filly 2014 Region 10 Champion Filly

Proudly presented by AUSTIN BOGGS Owned and loved by Lori Watson and John Loibl WALNUT RIDGE ARABIANS LLC

A special thank you to Austin, for lovingly and expertly taking care of her, guiding her to her championships and giving me the dream of a lifetime! —Lori MIDWEST STATION I, INC. 612-636-2290

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Proudly owned by Jose Salim Mattar, Haras Sahara, Brazil | For breeding information contact Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. | Pleasanton, TX | 830.569.8913|

Gazal Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab

Little Liza Fame

Magnum Psyche Magna Prelude


Anaza El Farid Kajora Fame VF Katahza Padrons Psyche A Fancy Miracle Bey Shah GA Potra

Ruminaja Ali Bint Deenaa Kaborr Edjora Bey Shah Raffoleta-Rose Aza Destiny Afhar Rahza Padron Kilika Sasaki Medina Azahara Bay El Bey Star Of Ofir Port Bask GA Ryna

Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude

Proudly owned by Jose Salim Mattar, Haras Sahara, Brazil

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OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson

2015 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION FUTURITY FILLY Owned by Psynergy Ent Developments & Michael Byatt

OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva


For breeding information contact Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. | Pleasanton, TX | 830.569.8913| 2015 U.S. Nationals | 67 | Ar abian Horse Times

Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude

Proudly owned by Jose Salim Mattar Haras Sahara, Brazil

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OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva

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Bred & Owned

For information on OFW Magic Wan or Magic Mystery Z, contact Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. | Pleasanton, TX | 830.569.8913| 2015 U.S. Nationals | 71 | Ar abian Horse Times

Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. | 743 Witten Road, Pleasanton, TX 78064 | Tel: 830-569-8913|


LEADING PERFORMANCE SIRES, BREEDERS & OWNERS Champion & Reserve winners only. Ranked by number of horses won.

ENGLISH PLEASURE LEADERS Sires 1. Baske Afire – 14 2. Afire Bey V – 10 3. Afires Heir – 5

Owners 1. Starline Arabians LLC – 5 2. Kirby Arabians – 3 3. Candace Avery – 2 Burrline LLC - 2 Crescent Creek Farms LLC - 2 Lindsay O’Reilly French - 2 Leslie Palmer-Garvis – 2 Vicki Humphrey - 2

WESTERN PLEASURE LEADERS Sires 1. Jullyen El Jamaal – 3 Khadraj NA – 3 2. Rohara Moon Storm – 2 Sundance Kid V - 2

Breeders 1. Vicki Humphrey – 6 2. Prestige Farms LLC – 5 3. Marty Shea – 4

Breeders 1. Varian Arabians – 3 2. Petroglyph Arabians – 2

HUNTER PLEASURE LEADERS Sires 1. Afire Bey V – 2 Always A Jullyen V – 2 Eden C - 2 Mariachi WA - 2

Owners Breeders 1. Sharon Fant-True – 2 1. Frank and Sara Chisholm – 2 Mike & Loren Hart and Gordon & Carol Walter – 2

SPECIALTY LEADERS (Driving, Show hack, SiDe SaDDle, native coStume, engliSh trail) Sires 1. Afire Bey V – 5 2. Baske Afire – 4 3. Alllionce – 2 Allionces Knight – 2 Apollopalooza – 2 Mamage – 2 SF Specs Shocwave – 2

Owners 1. Boisvert Farms LLC – 2 Great Bend Ranch – 2 Rancho Sonado LLC – 2 Shamrock Farms LLC – 2

WORKING WESTERN LEADERS Sires 1. AM Good Oldboy – 4 2. Hesa Zee – 2 Robby – 2 Rohara Moon Storm – 2

Owners 1. Joe Betten – 4 2. Vallejo III Ranch LLC – 3 3. James and Joanne Callan - 2

Breeders 1. Live Oak Arabians, Inc. – 2 Windholme Farm LLC – 2 Larry and Carla Wright – 2

Breeders 1. Eleanor Hamilton – 3 Bazy Tankersley – 3 2. Liz, Bill and Ashley Alward – 2 Richard Ames – 2 Buckshot Farms – 2 Dream Cross LLC – 2 S A Grove – 2 Katharyn Hart – 2 Kimberly Kirk Tillman – 2

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Champion Arabian English Pleasure JK HEIRISTOCRACY (Afires Heir x VTM Pistachia), Ex: Jessica Clinton DeSoto, O: Ronald and Deborah Pearson

Champion Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse BOLTZ AFIRE CA (Baske Afire x CP Dansing Ghazi), Ex: James Stachowski, O: Sherry and Bruce Layne

Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over REBEL LOVE MA (Baske Afire x Love Is Alive), Ex: Leslie Palmer Garvis, O: Leslie Palmer Garvis

Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 BEL HEIR LR (Afires Heir x JKF Wistful), Ex: Amy Blankenship Williams, O: William Blankenship

Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity SD GRACELAND (Vegaz x Empress Of Bask), Ex: Lindsay O’Reilly French, O: Lindsay O’Reilly French

Champion Arabian English Pleasure Futurity DEBONHEIR DGL (Afires Heir x Felicia Afire), Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: Starline Arabians LLC

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Champion AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian Futurity SUPREME SENSATION SMP (Baskghazi x A Love Supreme), Ex: James Stachowski, O: Falan Alpert

Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure KW HERO (Matoi x Berry Elegance), Ex: Joel Gangi, O: Kingswood Farms

Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse BLOCK BUSTER PF (Baskghazi x Afires Quintina), Ex: Jessica Clinton DeSoto, O: Robin Chisolm-Seymour

Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over AFIREANDBRIMSTONE SCA (Afire Bey V x Flames Lullaby), Ex: Susan Knipe, O: Kenneth and Susan Knipe

Winning any National Championship is a thrill and, of course, winning on a home raised/trained horse makes the win even more rewarding. However, the most fulfilling part of being a breeder is seeing a Trotwood Farm bred horse go on and be successful for/with their new owners; bringing joy and turning dreams into reality.

—Lindsay Rinehart It was so exciting to show in the Arabian Country Pleasure Futurity class and win Reserve Champion, but it was extra special because it was on a horse that I bred, raised and own.

—Robin Porter

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Winning this year’s AEPA 100,000 Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity with our home-bred Supreme Sensation SMP, was a moment I will never forget. I had just congratulated my rising star trainer, Cortney Downey, for a great class and top ten when I heard the roar of enthusiastic fans. To my great pleasure I realized one of my Baskghazi babies and Jimmy Stachowski were trotting to claim their championship roses. Smoky Mountain Park Arabians is in business to raise, show and sell national quality show horses. And we are also in business to help Arabian horse lovers realize their dreams. I could not be happier to see Arabian enthusiast and teen owner Falan Alpert, looking so proud holding the bridle of her Smoky Mountain bred national champion. She and Supreme Sensation are, I hope, only the beginning of happy moments associated with SMP, and ten years from now? Well, God willing, still in the winner’s circle!

—Jacque Thompson

Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 SA GISELE (IXL Noble Express x Rumina Afire), Ex: Lori Lawrence, O: Starline Arabians LLC

Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 KW HERO (Matoi x Berry Elegance), Ex: Kristie Shipp, O: Kingswood Farms

Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Select AATR MD TSUNAMI (SF Specs Shocwave x Amberr Fyre), Ex: Leslie Goryeb, O: Leslie Goryeb

Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity CP DANCE TIL DAWN (Vegaz x CP Dance Card), Ex: Katie Burr, O: Burrline LLC

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Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity HA CALIFORNIA SAGE (HA Toskcan Sun x Colorado Sage), Ex: Jonathan Ramsay, O: Scott and Michelle Harris

Champion Arabian Park Horse DEFYING GRAVITY RGS (Afire Bey V x MA Nobella), Ex: John Ryan, O: Cheryl Doran

Champion Arabian Park Horse AAOTR MANDALAY BAY (Promotion x Mi Kaborina), Ex: Cathy Vecsey, O: Hawk Haven Farms LLC

Champion H/A English Pleasure EMPERORS FIRE (Afire Bey V x Ritida), Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: Starline Arabians LLC

It was awesome to have so many Afires Heir get be successful at U.S. Nationals this year. I have known so many of these horses as they have grown up, and I am not surprised by it one bit, because he is such a great sire. His influence on the breed is going to be phenomenal; he produces horses that train well, show well and are sound.

—Joel Kiesner Having bred many past National Champions, Reserve Champions and Top Tens, Dolorosa Arabians is very proud to add to our list of national winners with a couple of first time participants. DA Maxin, the 2015 Futurity Western Pleasure Reserve National Champion, is by our very own National Champion, DA Prodigy. Maxin being one of Prodigy’s first foals, has set the bar high and is a great representation of other up and rising Prodigy foals. We also congratulate another Dolorosa bred horse, DA Gloriana, for winning Top Ten in the Yearling Filly Halter Championship. She is owned by Julianna Partners LLC. We are very excited about the results of our horses, and look forward to what the future holds.

—DeCarol Williamson

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For us at Stachowski Farm, having our clients be excited about showing and breeding their horses is what horse shows are all about, and the AEPA classes does just that. When you get a whole show ring full of young superstars competing not only for a National Championship, but for the added prize money, that is really exciting! These classes put people in the stands cheering for their favorite horse. It’s guaranteed to be the most exciting classes of the show and are very important to our breed. The AEPA’s vision was to add prize money to classes as an incentive for breeding, buying and showing Arabian English horses; in my opinion, it is doing just that. Everyone loves an exciting English horse!

—James Stachowski

Champion H/A English Pleasure Jr Horse DAVINCI REFLECTION WA (SF Aftershoc x The Davinci Code), Ex: James Stachowski, O: Whispers Acres Inc

Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over EVES FIRE (Afire Bey V x Ritida), Ex: Lori Lawrence, O: Starline Arabians LLC

Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 CF JIMMY NEUTRON (Baske Afire x She’s A Mystery), Ex: Katie Burr, O: Burrline LLC

Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity LITTLE MISS STRANGE (Baske Afire x Only Girl In Town), Ex: Lea Clinton Dearing, O: Vicki Humphrey

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Champion H/A English Pleasure Futurity GIRL ON FIRE (Baske Afire x Only Girl In Town), Ex: Jessica Clinton DeSoto, O: Leslie Palmer Garvis

Champion AEPA Halcon Furniture $50,000 Half-Arabian Futurity BAYONCE (Black Daniels x Laurel Hill Pennies From Heaven), Ex: Sharon Blendinger, O: Joseph and Alisa Mertens

Champion H/A Country English Pleasure SAL MINEO Champion H/A Country English Pleasure Junior Horse BF (Mamage x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck), Ex: Joel Gangi, MISSKNOWITALL (Baske Afire x I’m Miss New York), O: Boisvert Farms LLC Ex: Jessica Clinton DeSoto, O: Laurie Husband and Ellen Handel

Having successful progeny continuously succeed at U.S. Nationals and placing our stallions at the top of the performance leader board to represent us year after year is very rewarding. Seeing Afire Bey V, who is 30 this year, do so well for 19 years in a row, and watch his blood dominate in the saddle seat discipline as well, with the likes of sons of Baske Afire, Afires Heir and SF Specs Shocwave. This year, Afire Bey V get that stood out to me were: Adams Fire, in harness, both in the AAOTD and open class, which I was able to head for; Emperors Afire winning the H/A English open class, and Eves Fire winning both the Amateur H/A English and Park (all out of our Dutch mare Ritida). We are also so very proud of the stallion Afires Heir who we bred and is a big part of our program. He was the sire to three English Champions including the 3-year-old Arabian English Futurity Champion and Reserve AEPA Arabian Futurity Champion.

— Tim & Marty Shea

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It is gratifying to hear that most felt the AEPA classes were well run. From the beginning, we wanted it to be more than just the $100,000 prize; we want to create a tradition of excellence. The music, the entrances, the announcing, limiting the final to just 10 horses, and the way we announce winners are all part of that. AHA has really worked with us and been supportive of the concept. Everyone has to be in sync from music cueing to running the gate, and each year we get a little better at it. It also helps that now the trainers know what to expect and make their entrances accordingly. As always, it takes a team. This is a class for breeders. It challenges us to breed better horses. I know that we have revamped and vastly improved the quality of our English breeding stock in order to get competitive. I assume others are too, and that means even more amazing horses in the Finals and in the end they are what make it all work.

—Peter Conway

Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over KREME DELA KREWE (Krewe x Byzance), Ex: Kathleen Dauria, O: Kathleen Dauria

Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 AMERICANBEAUTIE (Afire Bey V x Kelly Le Brock), Ex: Carrie Fritz, O: Shamrock Farms LLC

Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 JAMES BROWN (Mamage x Watch My Success), Ex: Lindsay O’Reilly French, O: Lindsay O’Reilly French

Champion H/A Country English Pleasure Select AATR ELEGANT REVIVAL (Revival x RWValentineKaandi), Ex: Lyric Lefkowitz Hersh, O: Macy and Darby Deak

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Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity CARRIE BRADSHAW (Baske Afire x I’m Miss New York), Ex: Lea Clinton Dearing, O: Vicki Humphrey

Champion H/A Country English Pleasure Futurity DOUBLE OR NUTTIN (Undulata’s Nutcracker x Ingennue), Ex: John Rannenberg, O: Linda Musso

Champion H/A Park Horse GSF ALEJANDRO (VCP Magnifire x Ginger’s Dance), Ex: Matthew Siemon, O: Bill Castro

Champion H/A Park Horse AAOTR EVES FIRE (Afire Bey V x Ritida), Ex: Lori Lawrence, O: Starline Arabians LLC

The relationship between horse and trainer is always special. Picking these youngsters out as weanlings and being the person to start their career as show horses is priceless. Knowing your horses’ mental and physical capabilities, fitting the program to the horse, and staying the course no matter how slow the process, is the key to success for me. Lord Of Fire, 2015 Reserve National Champ H/A English Pleasure Futurity Horse was a GREAT example of this!

—Tish Kondas

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2 0 1 5 U. S .

NationalResults 2 Unanimous National Championships 8 Total National Championships 7 Reserve National Championships 35 National Top Tens




Heiristocracy &

jessica clinton desoto

Afires Heir x VTM Pistachia Ron & Debbie Pearson

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Girl On Fire &

jessica clinton desoto

Baske Afire x Only Girl In Town Leslie Garvis

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Rebel Love



leslie garvis

Baske Afire x Love Is Alive Leslie Garvis

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11-Time U.S. National Champion

Mandalay& Bay Cathy Vecsey

Natio nal R eserve Champ i o n A rab i an P ark O p en w i t h V i c ki H u m p h r ey Promotion x Mi Kaborina Hawk Haven Farm • Russ & Cathy Vecsey

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MissKnowItAll & jessica clinton desoto

Baske Afire x I'm Miss New York Whispering Pines Estate, John and Sharon Ames & Family

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Carrie Bradshaw &

lea clinton dearing

Baske Afire x I'm Miss New York Vicki Humphrey

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Little Miss Strange &

lea clinton dearing

Baske Afire x Only Girl In Town Vicki Humphrey

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Block Buster



jessica clinton desoto

Baskghazi x Afires Quintina Robin Chisolm-Seymour

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A heartfelt thank you to the entire VHTC Team, with special appreciation to Vicki for making this possible; to Hews, Hanlie, Allie, Kelsey and Ashley for their dedicated care and prep; Kim for packing enough sleezys to almost make it through the show; Irwin Schimmel/Prestige Farms for breeding such an extraordinary horse; and finally, to Jessie for always reaching for the stars and sharing this dazzling one with me—love you!


Extraordin Heir &

laura carrington

Afires Heir x Gwyneth D Laura Carrington

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Mr Mayhem &

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U.S. N at i o n al Reserv e Ch am p i o n A r ab i an En g l i sh P l easu r e Junio r H o rse w i t h Gab e D eS o t o Apollopalooza x Ivana Trotalot Penny Carrington

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Bay El Bey Huckleberry Bey Taffona Afire Bey V *Bask Autumn Fire Sparklingburgundy

Baske Afire *Bask

Baskevich Daalda Panama

Mac Baske


AH Meditation Algona


Aloes Algoa

El Ghazi


Elektra Ellora

RY Fire Ghazi *Bask Le Fire Susecion RL Rah Fire Rahalima Raha Melima Delta-C-Mehana

A Pedigree of National Champions or Producers of National Champions U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated • Region 12 Spotlight Stallion • Scottsdale Signature Stallion • WCAHA All Star Futurity • AEPA Enrolled Sire 2015 U.S. Nationals | 99 | Ar abian Horse Times









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Rod & Jacqueline Thompson

Lenoir City, TN

Office: 865.816.0070 / Trainer: 865.816.2406

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Fun At U.S. Nationals

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Lord of Fire Afire Bey V x Ritida



Tonka Toi Matoi x PF Emotion+//


TISH KONDAS 678-427-0595 • CARLA SCHILTZ 253-380-0853 • BARN 770-252-3300 • 493 BOONE ROAD, NEWNAN, GA 30263 WWW.SHOWTIMETRAININGCENTER.NET 2015 U.S. Nationals | 103 | Ar abian Horse Times

Playing With Fire


Bask Flame x VF Elegant Miss


"We are promised no tomorrow, so buy a horse today and get it to Tish and Carla as soon as possible! At age 64, my entire bucket list has become a reality. The support of my Showtime family and friends has been overwhelming during 2015. Dreams do come true; thank you! L OVE , M ARTHA


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Broadway King


Nobilistic BF x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck


Connected To Huck Hucks Connection V x Infatuation LTD




A Temptation x Baloved


Noble Pass


IXL Noble Express x SA Passing Fancy



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Photos by Kelle King Joel’s Cell: 865-556-0413 Ashton’s Cell: 865-556-0412

Afire Bey V x Ritida Starline Arabians, LLC

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Joel and Ashton, Thank you for your guidance in bringing this incredible group of horses into our lives. Your patience, care and commitment to our family and our horses has made this an unforgettable journey. It has been an amazing Ride!!!! Lori, Nicole, and Carey

Afire Bey V x Ritida Starline Arabians, LLC

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Afire Bey V x Ritida Starline Arabians, LLC

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Afire Bey V x Helen Hayes X Starline Arabians, LLC

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Afires Heir x Felicia Afire Starline Arabians, LLC

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IXL Noble Express x Rumina Afire Starline Arabians, LLC

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Ashton, I can’t thank you enough for your hard work, talent and commitment to Tsunami and me. You’ve helped us to achieve a lifelong dream of National roses in an experience that will last forever. ~ With admiration, care and respect, Leslie

Special Thanks to the entire team at Kiesner Training for caring about all the details that separate the good from the great You guys are the best!

SF Specs Shocwave x Amberr Fyre Leslie Goryeb

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Thank you to Kiesner Training for this incredible show season ending with a National Championship dream! You have given myself and my family memories of a lifetime, with more to look forward to! ~ Amy

Afires Heir x JKF Wistful Amy Williams Bill & Nancy Blankenship

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Breeding National Winners For Over 40 Years!

And Proud Of It!

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Ames Charisma x Fantasy Watch Top Ten H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Top Ten H/A English Pleasure Owner, Chaos Arabians


HH Maxemus x She Dun Slid Reserve Champion H/A Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR Top Ten H/A Reining Intermediate Non-Pro AAOTR Top Ten A/HA/AA Western Horsemanship AATR Top Ten H/A Reining Horse AAOTR Owner, Cotton McNutt


Matoi x Fantasy Watch Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure Top Ten H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Owner, Cedar Ridge Farm


Matoi x Alpha Phi Top Ten H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Owner, KGB Texas Marketing/Public Relations, Inc.


Brennas Golden Dunit x Fyre In The Skye Top Ten H/A Reining Junior Horse Top Ten H/A Reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under Owner, Vallejo III Ranch LLC


Hollywood Dun It x Minding Ps And Qs Champion H/A Reining Junior Horse Champion H/A Reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under Owner, Vallejo III Ranch LLC


Baske Afire x Toi Jabaska Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Owner, Rachel Ginter

AMES CAPTIVATOR Matoi x MC Jakita Top Ten Arabian English Show Hack AAOTR Top Ten Arabian Side Saddle English AAOTR Top Ten Arabian Mounted Native Costume AAOTR Owners, Larry and Jody Hoffman

SLIDE N STYLE Black N Style x Marliera Reserve Champion Arabian Western Trail Owners, James and Joanne Callan

AMES CELEBRATION Matoi x Ames Mirage Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Owner, Kara Larson

KW HERO Matoi x Berry Elegance Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Owner, Kingswood Farms

NOBLE SUPREME CRF A Noble Cause x Toi Jabaska Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 Owner, Cedar Ridge Farm

ALL MAXED OUT RA HH Maxemus x Marliera Top Ten Arabian Reining Intermediate Non-Pro AAOTR Top Ten Arabian Reining Horse AAOTR Top Ten Arabian Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR Owner, Cotton McNutt

AMES INSPIRATION A Noble Cause x Justa New Look Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity Owner, Cedar Ridge Farm

The Ames Family | 20335 Sawmill Road | Post Office Box 8 | Jordan, MN 55352 | Tel: 952-492-6590 | Mike Brennan, Breeding Manager | 612-202-6985

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JK Heiristocracy

Tommy Bahama PF

Thunder Struck LR

Hinged In Heaven

BLOCK BUSTER PF (Baskghazi x Afires Quintina) Champion Arabian Country English Jr Horse Owned by: Robin Chisolm-Seymour • Presented by: Jessica Clinton JK HEIRISTOCRACY (Afires Heir x VTM Pistachia) Champion Arabian English Pleasure Owned by: Ron and Deborah Pearson • Presented by: Jessica Clinton THUNDER STRUCK LR (SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking) Champion Arabian Ladies Sidesaddle Owned by: Trotwood Farm LLC • Presented by: Lindsay Rinehart THUNDER STRUCK LR (SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking) Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Owned by: Trotwood Farm LLC • Presented by: Lindsay Rinehart TOMMY BAHAMA PF (Vegaz x A Blessing) Reserve Champion Arabian Country English Jr Horse Owned by: Remington Monroe Equine • Presented by: Jim Stachowski ALL OR NUTTIN PF (Undulatas Nutcracker x Afires Quintina) Reserve Champion HA English AAOTR Maturity Owned by: Lori Foster • Presented by: Lori Foster HINGED IN HEAVEN (Nutcrackers Nirvana x Afires Quintina) Reserve Champion HA Country English Futurity Owned by: Helen Lacey Reed • Presented by: Anna Boylan DRIVIN ME NUTS PF (Undulatas Nutcracker x Made You Look) Top Ten HA English Pleasure Futurity Owned by: Camille Waechter • Presented by: Todd Hickerson ETERNAL FIRE PF (Afire Bey V x MF Elzbieta) Top Ten Arabian Country English Jr Horse Owned by: Mike, Joyce, Laura Micallef • Presented by: Jon Ramsay

Thunder Struck LR

Machine Gun Fire PF

FLIRTACIOUS FIRE PF (Afire Bey V x PF Im Flattered) Top Ten Arabian Country English AAOTR 19-39 Owned by: Mike, Joyce, Laura Micallef • Presented by: Laura Micallef FLIRTACIOUS FIRE PF (Afire Bey V x PF Im Flattered) Top Ten Arabian Country English AAOTR Maturity Owned by: Mike, Joyce, Laura Micallef • Presented by: Laura Micallef DEUCES WILD PF (The Nobelest x Baby Ima Star) Top Ten HA Mounted Native Costume AOTR Owned by: Tammie Dawson • Presented by: Tammie Dawson DEUCES WILD PF (The Nobelest x Baby Ima Star) Top Ten HA Country Pleasure Select AATR Owned by: Tammie Dawson • Presented by: Tammie Dawson HOT PURSUIT PF (Black Daniels x Harghazi Fire CMF) Top Ten AEPA English Pleasure Futurity Owned by: Jenna Neufield • Presented by: Jessica Clinton THUNDER STRUCK LR (SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking) Top Ten Arabian Country Pleasure Open Owned by: Trotwood Farm LLC • Presented by: Lindsay Rinehart MACHINE GUN FIRE PF (Baske Afire x Lady Machine) Top Ten HA English AAOTR 19-39 Owned by: Staci Deregnaucourt • Presented by: Staci Deregnaucourt PISTACHIO PF (Undulatas Nutcracker x VTM Pistachia) Top Ten AEPA HA English Futurity Owned by: Roberta Andreotti • Presented by: Todd Hickerson UNCLE CRACKER (Undulatas Nutcracker x Erinne) Top Ten HA Country Pleasure Driving Owned by: Ann & Bob Knoop • Presented by: Shawn Rooker

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Flirtacious Fire PF

Hot Pursuit PF

Eternal Fire PF

Pistacho PF

Drivin Me Nuts PF

Uncle Cracker

Another exciting year for U.S. National winners ...

Bred By

Irwin Schimmel • 360-256-9432 • Cell: 503-367-4997 P.O. Box 814, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

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2015 Conway Arabians NatioNal ChampioN WiNNers

edge of glory Ca love siCk (VCP Magnifire x Morning El Ghaza++++/)

Canadian National Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 and AATR 19-39 with Anna Conway Zaffke

Noble Way (IXL Noble Express+ x Chamorrita Afire)

(Heir To Glory x Viressa)

Noble reWard (IXL Noble Express+ x Renee Afire)

U.S. National Reserve Champion HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Maturity with Anna Conway Zaffke

Canadian National Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR 40 & Over with Lori Conway

Noble reWard (IXL Noble Express+ x Renee Afire)

Canadian National Champion Arabian Canadian Reserve National Native Costume Open and Champion Arabian Country English U.S. Reserve National Champion Pleasure Jr. Horse Arabian Native Costume AAOTR with Tom Theisen with Lori Conway

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edge of glory Ca (Heir To Glory x Viressa)

U.S. National Reserve Champion HA/AA Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse with Tom Theisen

the future is bright ... 2015 futurity WiNNers

Noble reNdezvous (IXL Noble Express+ x Renee Afire)

salute Ca (Noble Way x Savirene B)

U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Futurity with Tom Theisen

U.S. National Top Ten AEPA Halcon Furniture $50,000 HA/AA English Pleasure Futurity with Tom Theisen

Welcome K atie Garland!

Conway Arabians 18080 Cty 2 • Chatfield, MN 55923 • 507-867-2981 • 507-202-4440 • 507-867-0060 barn • or Tom Theisen at 404-304-9955 2015 U.S. Nationals | 121 | Ar abian Horse Times



Multi-National Champion

Afires Vision x Silver Fantasy PV | Proudly owned by Dr. Krystal McCulloch Chris Wilson: 417.761.2031 | WWW.CHRISHANPARK.COM | Shan Wilson: 417.848.3943

Mamage x CSP Angelfire (Afire Bey V x Barbarys Angel)

Thank you, Shan Wilson and the ChriShan Park team, for your skilled training, expert showing and devoted care of Barbancourt. We appreciate your ongoing dedication and look forward to 2016! ~ Todd & Michelle

Multiple breedings discount if booked prior to December 31, 2015

2015 U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN ARABIAN PARK 2014 U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN ENGLISH PLEAURE JR. HORSE Standing at ChriShan Park Springfield, MO Contact Shan Wilson: 417.848.3943

2012 U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN ARABIAN ENGLISH PLEASURE FUTURITY Owners Todd & Michelle Werts | Follow him on Facebook at:

Thunder Show Sired by Thunder Struck LR

U.S. National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving U.S. National Champion Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English Canadian National Champion Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking , by HBB • Stud fee $1,500 Lindsay Rinehart & Jaime Nutter • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 •

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Lindsay Rinehart & Jaime Nutter • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 •

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Lindsay Rinehart & Jaime Nutter • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 •

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It’s simple ... live your dreams and wear the roses with Copple Show Horses!

Yvonne & Ron Copple

Ron Copple: 253- 381- 3871 • Yvonne Copple: 360- 389- 7871 2015 U.S. Nationals | 128 | Ar abian Horse Times

Blue J

(Khadraj NA x Blue Moon J)

U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity with Ron Copple

Copple Show Horses Inc.

Owned By: Terry & Rachael Schliebe Ron Copple: 253- 381- 3871 • Yvonne Copple: 360- 389- 7871 2015 U.S. Nationals | 129 | Ar abian Horse Times


C Im Fondau

(C Our Zeus++ x DR Fonda Color)

U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure 55 & Over with Diane Franklin

Ron Copple: 253- 381- 3871 • Yvonne Copple: 360- 389- 7871 2015 U.S. Nationals | 130 | Ar abian Horse Times


C Im Fondau

(C Our Zeus++ x DR Fonda Color)

Unanimous U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure with Ron Copple

Owned By: Diane Franklin Ron Copple: 253- 381- 3871 • Yvonne Copple: 360- 389- 7871 2015 U.S. Nationals | 131 | Ar abian Horse Times

Zimmeron PGN x CBS Watusi


Mom & Patsy, Wow! Can you believe we bred a national champion? I sure can’t! You are both such special people. I love you, ladies, with all my heart and can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me and my dreams. You both instilled in me a love of horses from the start (much to Dad’s dismay, although I know he and Papa are smiling down from Heaven right now). Sean and I are beyond excited for your new adventure with the new farm! Here’s to making more national champions that end with the letters RS! All my love, Rebe

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Rick & Laura, Thank you doesn’t seem sufficient enough for what you have both done for my family. In our greatest times of sorrow, we have had a light to look towards in these horses and your barn. The family that has been created in RGT is as special to me as anything in my life. You are both two of the finest people, not only in this industry, but in this world! We are looking forward to many more great times and memories in the years to come. And no, Rick, you’re never allowed to retire; your talent and dedication are second to none! For those that don’t know Laura, make it a must on your to-do list, she’s an amazingly beautiful person, inside and out. With love and gratitude, Rebecca & Stephanie

Mi American Girl RS (Anthem V x Mi Maria)

2016 Foals by Sundance Kid V & RGT Mozart out of Mi Maria (pictured below)

CBS Watusi (pictured above) dam of 2x National Champion Wata Zimple Man RS

REBECCA & STEPHANIE FULKERSON | | Cell 843-670-3036 For information on our horses, contact Rick Gault Training Cell: (336) 471-8822 | |

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Thank You!

Thank you to all of our customers!!

We look forward to 2016. -Randy, Angie, and RJ

Randy and Angie Sullivan 525 Clear Creek Road | Dawson, Illinois 62520 | 217-801-0793 W W W . R A N D Y S U L L I V A N . C O M 2015 U.S. Nationals | 134 | Ar abian Horse Times

Proudly owned by: Tom & Lynda Fosnot Villa Park, Illinois

Nicodemus PF

(Eden C x Desiree BHF)

2015 National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity

Thank you, Sally Randle, for the ride of a lifetime! Looking forward to Scottsdale 2016!

Randy and Angie Sullivan 525 Clear Creek Road | Dawson, Illinois 62520 | 217-801-0793 W W W . R A N D Y S U L L I V A N . C O M 2015 U.S. Nationals | 135 | Ar abian Horse Times

Proudly Trained by:


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Champion Arabian Western Pleasure ZEFYR (Sundance Kid V x Pattrice), Ex: Jody Strand, O: Laura Koch

Champion Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse MONACO JULLYEN V ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Misti Morn V), Ex: Joe Reser, O: Shamrock Farms LLC

Champion Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over Champion Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 KHARRSON (Khadraj NA x Gai Portia), Ex: Gail Grubb, AMAZING EDITION (Amazing Fame V x MCA Cherish), Ex: Michele Blackwell Betten, O: Joe Betten O: Ernest and Gail Grubb

Champion Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 ONYX A (Sundance Kid V x Aliage SSA), Ex: Anne Whitaker Keller, O: Richard, Gail and Anne Whitaker

Champion Arabian Western Pleasure Select AATR MEGGA STARR (Besson Carol x AR Belle Starr), Ex: Madeline Joerg, O: Paperchase Farm

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Champion Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR Maturity RD HABANERO (Bey Ambition x NW Siena Psyche), Ex: Rod Powell, O: Silver Aspen Ranch

Champion Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity DON VINITO (Hi Hello Boy x Vivie En), Ex: Thomas Garland, O: Bruce Miller

Champion H/A Western Pleasure STLA C IM FONDAU Champion H/A Western Pleasure Junior Horse ROCKED AND RELOADED (Poco Van Star Two x Candy Girl V), (C Our Zeus x DR Fonda Color), Ex: Ron Copple, O: Ex: Joe Reser, O: Michael and Debbie Knapic Diane Franklin

Champion H/A Western Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over STLA C IM FONDAU (C Our Zeus x DR Fonda Color), Ex: Diane Franklin, O: Diane Franklin

Champion H/A Western Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 CALIENTE VIRTUOSO (C A Hermoso x Crystal Blue Persuasion), Ex: Robin Porter, O: Robin Porter

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Champion H/A Western Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 WATA ZIMPLE MAN RS (Zimmeron PGN x CBS Watusi), Ex: Rebecca Fulkerson, O: Rebecca Fulkerson and Patsy Singleton

Champion H/A Western Pleasure Select AATR ZIPINUPASTORM (Rohara Moon Storm x Zippo Pine Bubble), Ex: Chris Schmidt, O: Chris Schmidt

Champion H/A Western Pleasure AAOTR Maturity WATA ZIMPLE MAN RS (Zimmeron PGN x CBS Watusi), Ex: Rebecca Fulkerson, O: Rebecca Fulkerson and Patsy Singleton

Champion H/A Western Pleasure Futurity BLUE J (Khadraj NA x Blue Moon J), Ex: Ron Copple, O: Rachael and Terry Schliebe

So many favorite moments! As a trainer … my client winning the H/A Western Pleasure 55 & Over; as a horseman … going top ten in the H/A Country Pleasure Futurity on a horse that no one believed in; as a businessman … winning the H/A Western Pleasure Futurity on a horse I had my clients buy; and lastly, on a personal note … winning the H/A Western Pleasure Open UNANIMOUSLY. It was and is still resonating. —Ron Copple

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He entered the ring and the judges agreed that there was ONLY ONE.




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Thank you to EVERYONE in the stands and at home who cheered for and supported Zefyr+// at the U.S. Nationals for the last three years in a row. Thank you for being a huge part of this special horse on his amazing run! You helped and are a part of history.

Proudly owned by Laura Koch & Bert Sanders

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Sundance Kid V x Pattrice (*Pesniar/*Bask)

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Proudly owned by Laura Koch & Bert Sanders

A special thank you to Laura and Bert for the pleasure of presenting this remarkable horse over the past four years. It has truly been a privilege. ~ Jody Proudly owned by Laura Koch & Bert Sanders Standing at Strand’s Arabian Stables | Office 319-393-4816 | | Multi-Program Nominated Sire | SCID Clear

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“Congratulations to all the Western Pleasure Jr. Horse finalists at this year’s National Championships. The quality of every entry goes certainly undisputed, and I am so proud to have a horse honored in such a collection. Thank you to Strand’s Arabian Stables for Vicario’s humane care, impeccable preparation and beautiful presentation.” ~ Gretchen Love

DA Valentino x Faberge AA, by Magnum Psyche

2015 SCOTTSDALE SIGNATURE STALLION WESTERN PLEASURE FUTURITY CHAMPION 2014 U.S. NATIONAL TOP TEN FUTURITY COLT & WESTERN PLEASURE FUTURITY 2013 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION 2-YEAR-OLD COLT Proudly owned by Gretchen Love For breeding information contact Jody Strand • Mobile 319.360.5997 • SCID & CA Clear Sweepstakes Nominated Sire, Scottsdale Signature Stallion, IA Gold Star Stallion, MN Medallion Stallion, AWPA Enrolled Sire 2015 U.S. Nationals | 150 | Ar abian Horse Times



Jay Krusenstjerna & Barb Sink-Krusenstjerna • Waukee, IA • 515.371.7407 Trained by Strand’s Arabian Stables • Bred by Bobbi Stuckenhoff, Talking Waters Ranch

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Sired by National Champion Arezzo NL

Five 2015 Regional Championships in Open & AAOTR

2015 2x Regional Champion Open & 3x Regional Champion Amateur

Special thanks to Tommy Garland and Company for their impeccable care and training of Aces and all our horses. This year has been a blast! ~ Joelle & Rob

Proudly bred & owned by Joelle & Robert Wright, East Manor Arabians East Nassau, New York, 518 766-2182 • 2015 U.S. Nationals | 153 | Ar abian Horse Times

GP NNL Ultimate Bey x Zippos Michelle

Trained by:

2015 Region 15 & 16 Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Open

Proudly owned by Joelle & Robert Wright, East Manor Arabians, East Nassau, New York, 518 766-2182 •

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Versace x Too Many Roses

2015 Regions 12, 15 & 16 Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse 2015 Region 15 & 16 Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Select AATR

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Hi Hello Boy x Vivie En, by Enzo

Proudly owned by Bruce & Lucinda Miller Blountville, Tennessee

For breeding information contact Tommy Garland at 804.241.1717 Tommy & Dawn Garland | 915 Dorset Road - Powhatan, VA 23139 | 2015 U.S. Nationals | 156 | Ar abian Horse Times

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Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure PA MONTANA ALWAYS (Always A Jullyen V x BP Meditation Bey), Ex: Wendy Potts, O: Carole Ann Vandyke

Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse RENDITIONS (Remington Magnum x C A Flama), Ex: Jamie McGlothlin, O: Sharon Fant-True

Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over RENDITIONS (Remington Magnum x C A Flama), Ex: Sharon Fant-True, O: Sharon Fant-True

Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 RD NEVASKA (Nevada TBA x RD Jada Bey), Ex: Sheryl Yochum, O: John and Sheryl Yochum

Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 PA LUCCHESE ALWAYS (Always A Jullyen V x Lily Dancer V), Ex: Brooke Hines, O: Debra Hines

Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Select AATR PA MAYHEM (Possesion PGA x BP Meditation Bey), Ex: Rachel Pest, O: David, Angela and Rachel Pest

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Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Maturity ARSENAL BV (IA Ambassador x Adelaida V), Ex: Shannon Chudzicki, O: Shannon and Donna Chudzicki

Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity NICODEMUS PF (Eden C x Desiree BHF), Ex: Sally Randle, O: Lynda Fosnot

Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure SIMPLY IRREZISTIBLE (Soldat x Anais Anais), Ex: Jada Reed, O: Jada Reed

Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse LIGHTNING MCQUEEN CRS (Mariachi WA x Jasperina), Ex: Cynthia Burkman, O: Katie and Joe Russell

Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over VSH LOLLIPOP (Majesteit x DW Emirs Deelite), Ex: Sharon Fant-True, O: Sharon Fant-True

Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 JOYRIDE SF (Afire Bey V x Kelly Le Brock), Ex: Alison Pigott, O: Highland Pride Arabians Inc

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Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 ROLLIN DOUBLES (Armani FC X Roligemma), Ex: Nicole Leverett, O: Laura Lynn Dickert

Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure Select AATR GARRISON DGL (Majesteit x Gina Afire), Ex: Sierra Swaffar, O: Paige and Lisa Winter

Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Maturity LIGHTNING MCQUEEN CRS (Mariachi WA x Jasperina), Ex: Katie Russell, O: Katie and Joe Russell

Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure Futurity TOTALLY REDHOT GA (NYN Hisani x Northwest Melody), Ex: Josie Gillespie, O: Cody and Josie Gillespie

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Jada Reed & Simply Irrezistible +/

604.819.5280 | CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA 2015 U.S. Nationals | 164 | Ar abian Horse Times


AKA: “Stickers”

Huge thanks to Cynthia Burkman, Natalie Jones, Taryn Lundquist & Devin Miller, the best team in the business. Love you guys!!! Special thanks to Maegan Friesen of Wunderbar Arabians for selling us this incredible horse!


8001 Happy Canyon Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 Joe & Katie Russell 2015 U.S. Nationals | 165 | Ar abian Horse Times

For your consideration . .

a r o d n a P

U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity


Cavalli x Psyches Princess 2012 Purebred Mare OWNED BY JOANN WILLMS CONTACT:

Cari Thompson Training


U.S. National Champion Senior Gelding with Grant Krohn U.S. National Top Ten Gelding AAOTH with Jeanne Black

2014 U.S. National Jr. Champion Gelding 2014 U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Gelding

2015 Region 12 Reserve Champion Gelding Open 2015 Region 12 Top Five Gelding AOTH

2015 East Coast Champion Gelding Open & AOTH

2015 Scottsdale Signature Stallion Top Ten Gelding Halter ATH

PCF Vision x Que Psarah

Owners Jeanne & Rob Black

Trainers Rob Bick, Caralyn Schroter & Grant Krohn • Office Manager Janie Wasilewski 2379 Creechs Mill Rd, Smithfield, NC 27577 • 919.202.8384 • •

Possesion PGA+ x BP Meditation Bey



2015 Multi-Regional Unanimous Champion Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse & AAOTR Owners David, Angel & Rachel Pest

For your consideration Call RBC Show Horses 919.202.8384

Owner Darci Marshall Odyssey SC x Heartbreaker RA

2015 East Coast Champion Hunter Pleasure Open, AAOTR & AATR





Khadraj NA+++/ x RA Po Okela, by Fame VF

Congratulations to the winners sired by Possesion PGA+ PA Mayhem 2015 U.S. National Champion PA Mayhem ~ 2015 ~U.S. National Champion San Antonio 2015 U.S. Reserve National Champion AOTR PA SanPA Antonio ~ 2015 ~U.S. Reserve National Champion AOTR & Open& Open PA~Lillith 2013 U.S. National Champion PA Lillith 2013 ~U.S. National Champion

Scottsdale Signature Stallion • Region 12 Spotlight Stalliom • AWPA Sire SCID & CA Clear • Standing at RBC Show Horses • 919.202.8384 For breeding information contact owner Nan Harley at 770.252.2705 or

Fun At U.S. Nationals

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Heza Fire Walker Hesa Zee+/ x Fire Musc+

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Western Pleasure AAO 55+ Bred, owned and shown by Eleanor Hamilton

San Jacinto Jullyen V Jullyen El Jamaal x Sweet Klassique V

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Western Pleasure Futurity O: Eleanor Hamilton R: Gary Ferguson.

Heza Fire Walker and Eleanor Hamilton

San Jacinto Jullyen V and Gary Ferguson pictured left and right

Built By Peppy

Little Sorrel Peppy x Fae Zee Princess

2015 U.S. Nat’l Champion HA Working Cow Jr Horse and HA Working Cow Futurity O: Eleanor Hamilton R: Lance Scheffel

Hesa Power Keg

Hesa Zee+/ x Smart Little Sierra

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten HA Working Cow AAO and Open O: Jill Nelson R: Jill Nelson/Kathy Braden

Hesa Ez Buttonn

Hesa Zee+/ x Buttonns and Bows

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Working Cow Horse Futurity O: Sandy Woerle R: Lance Scheffel

EAF Peppylongstocking Little Sorrel Peppy x Mis Suzee

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Working Cow Horse Futurity O: Eleanor Hamilton R: Lance Scheffel top: Built By Peppy & RCC All Odds On Me bottom: EAF Peppylongstocking right: Built By Peppy All with Lance Scheffel

Art By Hesa

Hesa Zee+/ x Artymusme

2015 U.S. Nat’l Champion Reining Primetime Non-Pro AAOTR and Top Ten Reining Horse AAOTR O: Kevin and Eleanor Simmons R: Kevin Simmons

EAF Hesa Wizard Hesa Zee+/ x RV Muscana

2015 U.S. Reserve Nat’l Champion Reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under and Reining Jr Horse O: Tim Williams R: Ken Eppers

Summer Dai

Crown Musc+ x Spring Dai

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Reining O: Shelly or Jill Wolfram R: Ron Matthiesen

Lady Muscana

Hesa Zee+/ x RV Muscana

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Reining O: Eleanor Hamilton R: Gary Ferguson

Oasis Sheza Fixation Hesa Zee+/ x Oasis Chara Pneuma

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Reining Jr Horse and Futurity 5 & Under O: Kevin or Eleanor Simmons R: Kevin Simmons

EAF Colonels Princess CG Colonel Jac x Zees Princess

2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten HA Reining Jr Horse and Futurity 5 & Under O: Eleanor Hamilton R: Gary Ferguson Special Congratulations to: Sheza Cowboy Too, EAF Wild E Quixote, Zee Ricky Bobby and Oasis Zee Zee Top, all 2015 U.S. Nat’l Top Ten Reining Rookie Non-Pro AAOTR

Summer Dai and Rod Matthiesen

from top: Art By Hesa and Kevin Simmons, EAF Colonels Princess and Gary Ferguson, EAF Heza Wizard and Ken Eppers, Lady Muscana and Gary Ferguson

We are enormously proud of our bloodstock and invite you to visit us. Consider our program. It’s ideal for the Western horseman, his work, his pleasure and his family. Hesa Zee+/

Little Sorrel Peppy

Eleanor Hamilton, Owner Rod Matthiesen, Trainer Mark Coombs, Breeding Manager

763.767.1381 1.800.328.9923

Crown Musc+

photos (from top) by Wooldridge, Avalon and Judith



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Champion Arabian Reining Horse TA KHALIL (Algonkwin x TA Khedannaa), Ex: Tyson Randle, O: Buckshot Farms

Champion Arabian Reining Junior Horse and Arabian Futurity 5 and Under TA OLYVIA (Kordelas x Halali Olympia), Ex: Crystal McNutt, O: Paige Neufeld

Champion Arabian Reining Horse AAOTR LD TSUNAMI (OH Kornerstone x In Bens Image), Ex: Katie Harvey, O: KGB Texas Marketing/Public Relations Inc

Champion Arabian Reining Intermediate and Limited Non-Pro AAOTR VALLEJO BEAUTIFULMOON (Rohara Moon Storm x Vallejo Buckle Up), Ex: Katharyn Hart, O: Vallejo III Ranch LLC

Champion Arabian Reining Primetime Non-Pro AAOTR ART BY HESA (Hesa Zee x Artymusme), Ex: Kevin Simmons, O: Kevin and Eleanor Simmons

Champion Arabian Reining Rookie Non-Pro AAOTR SA PRIETTY GOOD (AM Good Oldboy x Prietty Lady), Ex: Tami Ferguson, O: Garrett Ferguson

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Champion H/A Reining Horse CUSTOM GALE (Custom Crome x SA Phantom Gale), Ex: Crystal McNutt, O: Joe Betten

Champion H/A Arabian Reining Junior Horse and H/A Reining Horse Futurity 5 & Under DUNIT MY WAY RA (Hollywood Dun It x Minding Ps And Qs), Ex: Crystal McNutt, O: vallejo III RANCH LLC

Champion H/A Reining Horse AAOTR and Primetime Non-Pro AAOTR CUSTOM GALE (Custom Crome x SA Phantom Gale), Ex: Joe Betten, O: Joe Betten

Champion H/A Reining Intermediate and Limited Non-Pro AAOTR PHANTOM GUN (Colonels Smoking Gun x SA Phantom Gale), Ex: Michele Blackwell Betten, O: Joe Betten

Champion H/A Reining Rookie Non-Pro AAOTR IM GENUINELY OZ (Im Genuinely Smart x MVA Scarlet Orzel), Ex: Marjorie Joy Carr, O: Marjorie Joy Carr 2015 U.S. Nationals | 179 | Ar abian Horse Times


Champion Arabian Western Trail MAGNUMS SHOGUN (Magnum Psyche x Padrons Esperanza), Ex: Michael Damianos, O: Dawn and Shelbee Damianos

Champion Arabian Western Trail AAOTR PRECURSOR (Cable Cowboy x Pretty Gal), Ex: Nicole Belleau, O: Nicole Belleau

Champion Arabian Trail Horse Futurity and Western Trail Junior Horse EL MONACO (El Chall WR x First Pprovidence), Ex: Lou Roper, O: James and Joanne Callan

Champion H/A Western Trail YELLOWSTOAN (Robby x First Class Bluey), Ex: Michael Damianos, O: Judith Ann North

Champion H/A Western Trail Junior Horse and Trail Horse Champion H/A Western Trail AAOTR PARDONN MY Futurity KMA ZIPPED BYAN ANGEL (Los Angeles x FRENCH (Robby x French Vanilaa), Ex: Muna Busailah, Zipped In Crème), Ex: Sterling Bradley, O: Karma Arabians O: Muna Busailah 2015 U.S. Nationals | 180 | Ar abian Horse Times


Champion Arabian Reined Cow Horse SR GET YOUR SHINE ON (Shine On Mahogany x SR Fame And Glory), Ex: Dakota Burnett, O: Sandy Rebalkin-Hester

Champion Arabian Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR SCARLETS REVOLVER (CR Kojacque x MVA Scarlet Orzel), Ex: John Dwyatt Bull, O: John Dwyatt Bull

Champion H/A Reined Cow Horse DUN ITS LUCKY ZEE (Dun It 2000 x Zee Patsy Cline), Ex: Lance Scheffel, O: Laura Hendricks

Champion H/A Reined Cow Horse AATR HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER (Hollywood Dun It x PGN Vanity), Ex: Katharyn Hart, O: Vallejo III Ranch LLC

Champion H/A Limited Reined Cow Horse AATR RS CRIMSON LADY (Crimson N Smoke x Noble Lady Badger), Ex: John Dwyatt Bull, O: John Dwyatt Bull

Champion Arabian Working Cow Horse TAMAR VISIONARY (Neposzar x Balanai), Ex: Eddie Ralston, O: Tamara Hanby

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Champion Arabian Working Cow Junior and Futurity Horse GLA MAHOGANY SUNDANCE (AJ Sundance x JP-Mahogany), Ex: Matthew Howell, O: Greeneline Angus

Champion Arabian Working Cow Horse AAOTR DL CRIMSON BEAU (Blackwind Jafar x MHR Gloria), Ex: Tessa Rae Tate, O: Tessa Rae Tate

Champion H/A Working Cow Horse DUN ITS LUCKY ZEE (Dun It 2000 x Zee Patsy Cline), Ex: Lance Scheffel, O: Laura Hendricks

Champion H/A Working Cow Junior and Futurity Horse BUILT BY PEPPY (Little Sorrel Peppy x Fae Zee Princess), Ex: Lance Scheffel, O: Eleanor Hamilton

Champion H/A Working Cow AAOTR COCO POLENE (Shahcolate Bey MA x Hema), Ex: Madelena Camacho-Larkin, O: Madelena Camacho-Larkin 2015 U.S. Nationals | 182 | Ar abian Horse Times


Champion Arabian Cutting BSJ GOOD N READY (AM Good Oldboy x Gai Patina), Ex: Chris Delmer, O: Cassandra & Pamela Dabella and Stacy Turner

Champion Arabian Cutting Non-Pro VG TSATINE (Broadway Tstar x Lads Amelia), Ex: Madelena CamachoLarkin, O: Wesley and Madelena Larkin

Champion Arabian Cutting Novice Horse AM LORDARTHUR BUCKLAW (AM Seagfreed x AM Buckanirs Lass), Ex: John Garland, O: John and Kristina Garland

Champion H/A Cutting SMOKIN AMBIANCE (The Smart Smoke x HF Farena), Ex: John Dublin, O: Carol Roberts

Champion H/A Cutting Junior and Futurity Horse BUCKSHOT DUNIT AGAIN (HH Maxemus x Slip Sliding Away), Ex: Shellee Kotera, O: Steve and Linda Cohn

Champion H/A Cutting Novice Horse MY GOLDEN GAL (Faris Black Lites x Gals Elizabeth), Ex: Shellee Kotera, O: Nora Herman

Not pictured ‌ Champion H/A Cutting Non Pro RCC REINMAN (Smart Chic Olena x Impacts Reina), Ex: Stephen Grove, O: Stephen Grove 2015 U.S. Nationals | 183 | Ar abian Horse Times

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Champion Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English THUNDER STRUCK LR (SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking), Ex: Lindsay Rinehart, O: Trotwood Farm LLC

Champion Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English AAOTR MM SABE (Desperado V x Sabriina), Ex: Morgan Kelly, O: Morgan and Cynthia Kelly

Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle English LARDA MERCY WH (Hey Hallelujah x Lady Larda W), Ex: Marggie Rushlow-Roberts, O: Krystle and Dennis Howe

Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle English AAOTR SERGEANT PEPPER LOA (Millennium LOA x Haunting Passion), Ex: Quincy Despain, O: Joel and Robin Despain

Champion Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Western TA PRELUDE (Kordelas x Promocja), Ex: Cynthia Burkman, O: Highland Pride Arabians Inc

Champion Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Western AAOTR TA PRELUDE (Kordelas x Promocja), Ex: Alison Pigott, O: Highland Pride Arabians Inc

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Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western CAPT JACK Champion H/A Ladies Side Saddle Western AAOTR SPARROW PGA (Starof Fame V x Peppys Dainty Queen), SOME SHINE AT KNIGHT (Allionces Knight x Ex: Danielle Stock, O: Remington Monroe Equine LLC Redeeming Silver), Ex: Joyce Graef Maggio, O: Elsie Graef and Joyce Graef Maggio


Champion Arabian Pleasure Driving DFA MERCYME (Baske Afire x Jullyna DFA), Ex: Chad Judy, O: Jennifer and Bill Childers

Champion Arabian Pleasure Driving AAOTD SUMMER TEMPTATION (A Temptation x CL Summer Heat), Ex: Mark Paul Himmel, O: Mark and Deborah Himmel

Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving THUNDER STRUCK LR (SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking), Ex: Lindsay Rinehart, O: Trotwood Farm LLC

Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD CP TRIPLE SPEC (SF Specs Shocwave x Beaujaleis), Ex: Carrie Fritz, O: Shamrock Farms LLC

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Champion H/A Pleasure Driving ADAMS FIRE (Afire Champion H/A Pleasure Driving AAOTD ADAMS Bey V x Ritida), Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: Starline Arabians LLC FIRE (Afire Bey V x RITIDA), Ex: Lori Lawrence, O: Starline Arabians LLC

Champion H/A Country Pleasure Driving Champion H/A Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD STARBUCKS BF (Afire Bey V x Haute Chocolate), Ex: A AMERICANBEAUTIE (Afire Bey V x Kelly Le Brock), Ex: Gordon Potts, O: Shamrock Farms LLC Rhein Standish, O: Boisvert Farms LLC


Champion Arabian English Show Hack GLITTERATI (Baske Afire x Klass Actionn), Ex: Chad Judy, O: Great Bend Ranch

Champion Arabian English Show Hack AAOTR MM SABE (Desperado V x Sabriina), Ex: Morgan Kelly, O: Morgan and Cynthia Kelly

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Champion H/A English Show Hack LADYS MAN WH Champion H/A English Show Hack AAOTR HALSTEADS (Mamage x Lady Larda W), Ex: Todd Ehret, O: Dennis and DEVEN (Ariberry Bey V x Halsteads Devon), Ex: Michelle Willa Miller Pease-Paulsen, O: Michelle Pease-Paulsen


Champion Arabian Mounted Native Costume BEG FOR MERCY (Baske Afire x Mattamercie), Ex: Julie Daniel, O: Stacy Plonte

Champion Arabian Mounted Native Costume AAOTR BEG FOR MERCY (Baske Afire x Mattamercie), Ex: Stacy Plonte, O: Stacy Plonte

Champion H/A Mounted Native Costume WICKED FIRE (Baske Afire x Callaway’s Carioca), Ex: Casandra Banks, O: Rachel Ginter

Champion H/A Mounted Native Costume AAOTR SECOND SIGHT (Afires Vision x Silver Fantasy PV), Ex: Krystal McCulloch, O: Krystal McCulloch

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Champion Arabian English Trail Horse RSA Champion Arabian English Trail AAOTR RSA EXXPLOITATION (Exxclaim x Lady Ledez), Ex: Michael EXXPLOITATION (Exxclaim x Lady Ledez), Ex: Kathy Damianos, O: Kathy Fee Pascal Fee Pascal, O: Kathy Fee Pascal

Champion H/A English Trail Horse AJ SENSATIONAL MAGNUM (MR Sensation x WS Magnifikette), Ex: Lou Roper, O: Meadow Rose Arabians

Champion H/A English Trail Horse AAOTR NAPINTIME (D A Napitov x Time To Zip), Ex: Margaret Lucas, O: Margaret Lucas


Champion A/HA/A Showmanship AATH WILD IRISH WILLY (Flamenco Bey V x Irish Precious Rose), Ex: Kendra Ann McConnell, O: Michael and Kendra McConnell

Champion AHA Western Horsemanship AATR DUN WALTZIN (Walla Walla Dun It x Francheskaa), Ex: Amanda Golestani, O: Amanda Golestani

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... story continued from page 10. One big story this year was the ongoing effort to improve the experience for the halter division, and in response to recommendations by the U.S. Nationals Breeding/In-Hand Ad Hoc Committee, the changes incorporated were a big step in the right direction, fans said. “In the past, when you entered the Pavilion, you walked right into the VIP area,” said one observer. “It was a much nicer feel for the everyday guy to be able to come into the arena, grab a high top table, sit right next to the horses, and have a hands-on feel.” There was positive feedback as well on the decorations, the scoring (no problems), and even the food (always problematic at large

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horse show sites). In addition, two judges commented that while nothing is perfect, they were favorably impressed by how the halter trainers handled their horses in the ring. “There was a good vibe,” said another halter visitor. “With only six overall championships awarded, there was a lot of excitement at having many horses in the ring again. It was more like it used to be: when you win, you have something to brag about, and going top ten is really meaningful. You could feel the electricity in there.” At the same time, the performance divisions enjoyed a variety of memorable scenes. Two of the most-watched competitions on Saturday night offered insight into the enduring nature of the Arabian breed. In open western, Jody

Strand rode Zefyr to the black stallion’s third consecutive national championship—the first ever to achieve that distinction—while in English open, Jessica Clinton DeSoto was a glimpse into the future. A second generation horsewoman following in the tradition of her national winning mother, Vicki Humphrey, DeSoto defeated some of the top trainers in the division with a standout ride on HK Heiristocracy. It was nice, said many, to feel the continuity of equine-oriented families. If you were looking for criticism at this year’s U.S. Nationals, the leading candidate was the weather (a little chilly and damp). That, of course, is a non-criticism, as it falls under what insurance agents call “acts of God,” and there has never yet been a horse show venue with flawless weather.

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“He so loves showing,” offers Morgan Kelly, speaking of MM Sabe, who has been her partner in the show ring for 11 years. “He loves it. I think he loves it more now than when he was a baby.”

in the breed. If we had seen his pedigree, we might not even have looked at him.”

That’s saying a lot. In his 13-year show career, MM Sabe has collected 30 national championships, 14 reserves and 22 top tens, some with trainer Larry Hoffman, but most with Morgan Kelly, his partner since her 13 & Under days. Together, they have competed in four divisions: country English pleasure, show hack, side saddle, and country English pleasure driving.

Morgan, just 12 at the time, showed Sabe to two Youth National reserve championships the following summer. “Even at that age, she was incredibly cool,” Hoffman observes. “If I told her to trot at a certain speed a certain length of time, that’s exactly what she would do. She and that horse are both very coachable—and from a trainer’s point of view, that’s what we’re looking for. She doesn’t doubt herself and she doesn’t doubt me when I ask her to do something.”

“He’s very smart,” Kelly explains, “and I think a lot of [the diversity] was that we wanted to keep him guessing at all times. So, when he’d go into a country class and maybe he didn’t have that spark, we’d think, ‘Maybe we should try show hack, to keep it fresh and new for him.’” She laughs. “He hated driving when he was young; Larry broke him to it at 14. And then, after a couple of years, he didn’t like it again, so we quit. He likes to keep you guessing, that’s for sure.”

In those early Youth National shows, they saw what would be MM Sabe’s hallmark through the years, a part of what Kelly calls his love of the show ring. “Those horses would have to go through so many cuts,” Hoffman remembers. “In the beginning, there were lots of beautiful horses, but after a few cuts, everyone was getting a little less beautiful—except Sabe. By the time he hit finals, he would have shown six or eight times, but he would be getting better and better. That is his personality and his work ethic.”

Larry Hoffman remembers the day he and his wife, Jody, discovered MM Sabe at the 2003 U.S. Nationals. “He was 4, and he didn’t make the cut in the country junior division,” he says. But Hoffman was intrigued with the young gelding. “I climbed on, made a couple of moves, and he went from 0 to 180. Jody was like, ‘Get off !’ We didn’t want anyone else to see him.”

Still, not everything was easy. At his first Canadian Nationals, MM Sabe was spooked by the judges stand during the victory pass for his reserve championship. He took off, dumping Kelly into the in-gate. “He was still a baby,” the trainer says. Even so, for quite a while, ringmasters would wait for Hoffman to arrive before approaching Sabe with a ribbon. “Now that he’s older, he’s very accustomed to it. He makes it look so easy, you can forget that when he was 5 and 6 years old, Morgan had to overcome a lot.”

Hoffman laughs now at his good fortune in not checking MM Sabe’s pedigree first. “[His sire] Desperado V is not known for his English horses, but now he’s sired the most winning English horse in the breed, who is now taking aim on most winning horse

MM Sabe’s 30th national championship was especially sweet at the Hoffmans’ Hesten Park. It was not only

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for Sabe himself, but for his young rider as well, who before U.S. Nationals this year, graduated from culinary school and is now targeting a career in hotel or restaurant management. “Morgan has been with us since her walk/trot days,” Hoffman says. “It was so special to put them together.” On Tuesday afternoon, October 27, when Kelly rode MM Sabe into the ring for the English Show Hack Championship, there was a lot of expectation in the air—and a lot of celebration when once again, he brought home the silver national trophy. Did Sabe even notice? Oh, yes, says Larry Hoffman. “You could tell he knew it was special,” he nods. “I think he understood the energy.”

And what of the future? MM Sabe is now 16. “He’ll tell us when he doesn’t want to show anymore, and he’s not afraid to let you know how he feels,” Kelly smiles. “When he doesn’t want to do it anymore, I don’t want to push him—and he loves his trail rides; he’s the best trail riding horse in the barn. I definitely want him to have a good retirement. He’s a keeper. He’s deserves a lot of peppermints.” “He’s one of those horses who touches people,” says Larry Hoffman. “He’s so beautiful and he’s been at it so long and his heart is so big. From a trainer’s point of view, he’s one of those horses that you wait your whole life to have.”

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MANDALAY BAY by MARY KIRKMAN Everyone who has attended the U.S. Nationals since the millennium has heard of Mandalay Bay, the 12-time national champion park horse (six open and six amateur wins, 11 in the United States and one in Canada). Clearly, the horse loves his sport. What most people don’t know is that, literally, he has walked through fire not once, but twice, to achieve that record. The first time was in November 2001, when the bay gelding was a 3-year-old and had been sent by his owner/ breeders, Cathy and Russ Vecsey, to Cedar Ridge Arabians for training in English. As is typical of barn fires, this one began in the middle of the night; it destroyed the structure, but 85 horses were rescued. “Ever since, he has had a really hard time being in his stall at home when a lot of loud noises come around the property,” Cathy Vecsey says. “That probably goes back to the trauma of that night, when he was walking his stall and saw all the smoke and heard all the sirens. On our property, you’d think he’d be safe, but when the weed whackers and garbage truck come by, it’s enough to send him into a fullblown panic. He’s fine if he’s out in the pasture, and he’s okay with thunderstorms. It’s just the automated noises.” For 14 years, fire was an experience Mandalay Bay never had to repeat. From Regina to Albuquerque to Louisville to Tulsa, he assembled his inspiring show career, first in amateur with Cathy Vecsey, and then adding open with Vicki Humphrey. In 2008, he came home to the Vecseys’ Hawk Haven Farm, in Easton, Conn., where he has been worked and trained ever since by Vecsey (who nevertheless calls Humphrey “the wind beneath our wings”). It is the reverse of a champion horse’s usual procedure: in this case, the amateur trains and the professional, Humphrey, drops in to ride at the Nationals. The trophies kept rolling in. In five of the eight years between 2008 and 2015, Mandalay Bay won both the open

and amateur park championships at U.S. Nationals. And then on May 2, 2015, he faced another trial by fire. Vecsey remembers the terror of the night, which she calls the worst of her life. But for heat sensors which had been installed in their barn, everything, including eight horses, would have been lost. As it was, the sensors set off the alarm system in the Vecseys’ home, jolting Cathy and Russ awake and sending them out at a dead run. “We could hear Mandalay Bay screaming and throwing himself against the wall,” Vecsey remembers. “At first it was just the smoke—you couldn’t see a thing.” But then it turned into an inferno of crackling wood and snapping flames. “By the time we came to the last one, there were flames right over her head, and she was rearing and plunging and screaming,” Vecsey says. “We got her out only by the skin of our teeth.” It was over when the fire trucks arrived less than 10 minutes later. “It was mind numbing,” Vecsey says. “We couldn’t even tell which horses we were getting.” Remarkably, all but one came back with clear lungs. Key to their horses’ recovery, Cathy Vecsey says, is how the morning unfolded. She called Mary Trowbridge, an hour away; Trowbridge was at a horse show, but she arranged for a friend to help. “At 6:30 a.m., the vet was there and at 7:30, Kenny arrived with Mary’s trailer,” Vecsey says. “By 8 a.m., Mandalay Bay and the others were on their way to Trowbridge’s.” And the girls who cared for them at Hawk Haven were right behind them. Away from the smelly, burned-out remains of their barn, the horses lived at

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Trowbridge’s Ltd., cared for by their own grooms and ridden by Vecsey in the same routine they had followed at home, until their barn was rebuilt. “Now [Mandalay Bay] seems like he’s back to being his old self,” Vecsey says. “He’s really rather amazing.” Despite the horror—which left her still fighting posttraumatic stress syndrome—Vecsey notes that in the end, since no one died, there have been benefits. “I think I approached the whole year with an entirely different perspective,” she says. “You know all the little stuff that you spend time worrying about? It doesn’t matter. I was just so honored to be able to ride them again, have them be okay. It’s very easy to lose sight of the big picture, and it came screaming back with clarity to me that night.”

When she got on Mandalay Bay in Tulsa, she admits, she got a little choked up. “It’s always a little emotional at Nationals, because we bred him and I was there the night he was born,” she says. “Every time I show him it’s a big deal.” This year, it was just a little bigger. And they were rewarded with another U.S. National Championship in Park AAOTR. Then, on Friday evening, when a full slate of entries trotted into the arena for the open class, she watched Vicki Humphrey and Mandalay Bay add another reserve championship to their record. “Tough little bird that he is, he survived two fires and lived to show another day,” Vecsey reflects. “Literally, five months from the day of the fire, we brought them home. And now six months later, he’s a national champion again.”

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There was also some comment that the spread-out nature of the fairgrounds made it difficult for horsemen and spectators to attend a variety of classes or to mingle extensively, which in a community known for its camaraderie was unusual. But, others pointed out, clearly the desire remains, as seen in Wednesday evening’s Western Showdown, put on by the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund as both a fundraiser and a social event. It drew a big crowd that hailed from all disciplines, and earned high marks from everyone as a highlight memory of the show. The biggest story at the 2015 U.S. Nationals? As it so often has been, it was the quality of the horses. If you were looking for the best of the best, spectators and judges alike agreed that there were plenty of top Arabians to see. n

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This year and last year’s AHDF fundraisers on Wednesday night have exceeded even my wildest expectations. We raised $200,000 last year and $365,000 this year. By bringing people together, we have shown just how much we can accomplish as a community. The AHDF is more than a charity, it’s the glue that binds us all. Fierce competitors in the western arena provided horses that were still showing and even shared horses with each other after a couple of horses weren’t able to compete. Our halter trainers took lessons and worked hard to be prepared for Wednesday and it showed! And remember, Wednesday is the only night at Nationals that the trainers are actually supposed to have off! I know that our horses provide us with much more than just an opportunity to win a ribbon, they give us a reason to be. So many people stepped up this year to sponsor, participate, volunteer, share, etc. it would almost be impossible to recognize them all (but I do have a list if you want it!). We accomplished all of this together and people had fun! When was the last time you saw that many people in the stands? Just as important are all of grassroots events that the AHDF held and so many people worked on at the local level throughout the year, culminating at National.s

—BECKY NASH When I was told that that I was paired with Greg Harris for the Showdown to benefit the AHDF, and that we were riding the “legendary” Capt Jack Sparrow PGA, I just smiled. Wow! How lucky am I! Then the realization that I haven’t shown under saddle in almost 30 years hit me. Needless to say, Greg Harris is a master and his big black gelding is amazing; even with my limited experience level, I was able to get around the ring in good fashion and help the team win. I was totally nervous as I really felt a responsibility to Jack’s owners and to Greg to honor this star of a horse. In the few practice sessions we had in Tulsa prior to the Wednesday class, I had so much fun with the double takes and curious looks from people that are only used to seeing me in the halter arena. It was great. So many people were encouraging and supportive. Great fun from start to finish. My favorite moment was a few days before the class when I was trying to convince myself that this was just a “fun” class and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I was telling Greg Harris that exact statement, when he looked back at me, smiled and said, “Yes, I totally agree, but it is much more fun when you win!” My performance career started and finished on a national level Wednesday night. What fun it was; 15 teams and a room full of supportive, generous people. It was great and I already have the win photo framed and hanging on my wall. What a great statement it made to the whole horse world about what a strong and caring group we are. I have always believed in the phrase “action speaks louder than words,” and the showdown is a perfect example of that. Congratulations to all those involved with the staging of this event—the good that they do is amazing—and to the AHDF for their success! Back to trail riding only!

—GREG GALLUN The evening benefiting the AHDF was absolutely phenomenal. Mary Trowbridge and her committee have done such a wonderful job with running the organization, and it is so nice to see our community come together to help one another.

—ANDREW ANDERSEN Bearing witness to the incredible generosity of the Arabian horse community in coming together to raise money for the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund was a truly inspiring evening and made me feel so proud to be a part of this amazing family.


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The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund has helped people understand that everyone shares the same love for the Arabian, and that where one of us go, we all go! The AHDF has allowed our breed to come together as a whole and allows us to help one another when help is needed. Seeing Alexa Nichols be able to come back and visit and to give back to everyone what had been given to her just a year ago was a very heartfelt moment. It was a special gift to see her and proof that misfortune can just be a moment in the circle of life. Her presence and the life she lives is a huge gift for all of us.

—MARY TROWBRIDGE, PRESIDENT OF AHDF My favorite moment had to be the AHDF western/halter fundraiser class. It was amazing to see EVERYONE come together for a greater cause in the Arabian horse community. Seeing past recipients speak and engaged for current recipients was clearly heartwarming.

—STEVE LIEBLANG If any one thing stands out for me at this year’s Nationals, it is COMMUNITY! I am in awe of the Arabian horse community and their loyal and generous support of the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, and as a member of the Board, it is so gratifying to see. We deserve to be VERY PROUD of our community and support for one another.

—VAN JACOBSEN What a fantastic moment it was and one which will always stay in my heart, when during the Horsemen’s Distress Fund Showdown, I watched Ryan Melendez speak to all of us via video on the Jumbotron. At the end of his inspirational message, he said, “If you don’t win a ribbon, it could be worse,” as he removed his hat and rubbed his bald head. We, as a community that loves the Arabian horse, are so very fortunate to exhibit, judge, promote, staff or attend the Arabian United States National Championship horse show.

—WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Wednesday night’s event benefiting the AHDF is the highlight of U.S. Nationals for me. This year was even more special because of the addition of the halter community. We were so impressed at the work the halter trainers put into their riding skills, some even riding every day leading up to Nationals! Seeing everyone together in the same ring, celebrating and supporting the AHDF is beyond words. The support we receive from the whole Arabian community, whether halter, western or English, makes the months of work leading up to that night worth every minute. We have already started working on next year!

—CARRIE FRITZ Being the first recipient and poster child in the beginning of the AHDF, and standing out catching bids during the fundraiser this year, utterly amazed me at how far it has come. It was very emotional to see everyone else’s enthusiasm and generosity. It was a very emotional and fun evening and I am always honored when I can help in any way. It is a fantastic organization and will continue to be so, because of the people who care.


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by Anne Stratton

November’s calendar horse, the charismatic stallion Pscore, has been called a “bay lookalike of his sire, Padrons Psyche,” and one glance can confirm that. What is more important, however, is that Haras JM’s head sire passes his quality on to his sons and daughters—already, he has a parade of champions. Among them are Sherrize D’Pscore JM, Brazilian National Champion Filly and twice Uruguay National Champion; Venittia D’ Pscore JM, 2013 Brazilian National Reserve Champion Filly; and champion fillies Xaklinna Di Pscore JM, Ursulla Di Pscore JM, Uhdahra Di Pscore JM, Usherrie Di Pscore JM, Ylihandra Di Pscore JM and Zivahra Di Pscore JM. Vegas Di Pscore JM has been named Champion Mare and Xboss Di Pscore JM Champion Colt, while Zax Di Pscore JM is a Junior Champion Colt and Adivah Di Pscore JM a Junior 262 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Champion Filly. They and a host of others offer the solid conformation and beautiful head that have come to mark the Haras JM program. With 26 years of history now, José Alves Filho and Maisa Tucci Alves’s Haras JM enjoys the distinction of having been named the Association of Brazilian Breeders of Arabian Horses (ABBCA)’s Best Breeder and Best Exhibitor at the Brazilian Nationals for 10 straight years, 2004 through 2013. Its horses are known for their wins in both halter, where national titles are routine, and performance, where they are equally successful. Last year, the farm slowed its show schedule to regroup for the Alves’s most important goal yet: to extend the Haras JM breeding program’s influence to the global community. That will feature, front and center, the sons and daughters of Pscore.

Tazzaal Di Pscore JM, 2009 stallion (Pscore x HK La Rosa Aswan).

Venittia D’Pscore JM, 2011 mare (Pscore x Michelle Carol)

Adivah Di Pscore JM, 2015 filly (Pscore x Samara Valentina HVP)

Zivahra Di Pscore JM

One of the first steps was the 2014 establishment of a North American facility, JM Stud Marketing and Training Center in Ocala, Fla., managed by Fernando Poli. “We are delighted to have Fernando and his expertise as a valuable part of the team,” says José Alves Filho. Given their agenda and the range of Poli’s responsibilities, the JM horses also will be entrusted to outside trainers where appropriate. One of Poli’s first high profile moves was to present the Pscore daughter Uhdahra Di Pscore JM at the 45th Annual AHAF Thanksgiving Show in Tampa, where she was named Reserve Champion Senior Mare. But that was just the beginning. “Pscore brings so much to the equation as a breeding sire,” says Alves. “He possesses classic Arabian type

with great tippy ears, prettiness and refinement, a wellset-on neck with a laid back shoulder, strong bodies, good tail carriage, solid feet and legs, and attitude. For me, Pscore is the whole package.” In particular, he notes, Pscore has crossed well on the farm’s Ali Jamaal- and El Shaklan-bred mares. “He has brought those traits mentioned and enhanced the breeding program of Haras JM. That makes him a tremendous asset.” Following up on a decade of winning Brazil’s highest awards is a formidable task, José Alves Filho realizes, but he and his family—and a longtime, dedicated staff—are ready. “Expect more to come in 2016!” n Volume 46, No. 6 | 263


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Close-Up On History:


Gary Ferguson Born To Be Wild

by Mary Kirkman

Ask anyone to name the most memorable event he or she has seen at the U.S. Nationals, and it is a safe bet that many who were around in the 1990s will name Coy Kyd and Gary Ferguson’s 1996 performance in the freestyle reining class on finals night. It was a zany, oddball, impressively skillful and uplifting exhibition— and the audience in Freedom Hall went so wild that it’s a good thing the trainer didn’t need his voice to communicate with Coy Kyd. By the time that year’s U.S. Nationals passed into history, there was as much or more talk about Ferguson and the Kyd as there was about the more traditional Saturday night headliners. Here’s what happened. Coy Kyd, a son of Kyd Bask, out of a The Real McCoy daughter, was a 13-year-old bay gelding who had competed in six divisions during his career. In the heyday of the Sweepstakes and gelding awards, Ferguson’s wife Tami recalls, Coy Kyd was like “a slot machine” at bringing home cash from shows. By 1996, he was focusing on reining and western trail; he’d won the Canadian National Championship in reining the year before, and

when he arrived in Louisville, he was coming off a Youth National Reserve Championship with his owner, Marquesa Cook. With Gary Ferguson, he quickly picked up a U.S. National Reserve Championship in reining. Someone—Ferguson won’t name names— commented that if Coy Kyd just had a better mouth, he might have been pinned champion. Ferguson has no idea if that was the judges’ opinion or not, but he was ruffled enough to

Marquesa and Coy Kyd at Canadian Nationals.

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Coy Kyd at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where Marquesa rode him to the 1996 Region 1 Reining Horse AOTR Championship.

compete with the gelding in freestyle reining, thinking, “To heck with this. I’ll just take the bridle completely away.” To do it, he found a muffler shop near the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center and had the mechanics bend a pair of handlebars, which he fastened to his saddle horn with two hose clamps he’d poached from a radiator. “Then I attached the reins really low, because it’s illegal to show without reins,” he says, “and I went out back and practiced in the far arena for about an hour. Nobody knew what I was doing; they thought I was nuts.” That was all the preparation he and Coy Kyd had. On Saturday night, Ferguson, notoriously a low-key straight arrow, traded his cowboy apparel


for that of a Hell’s Angel biker—sunglasses, bare chest, denim vest, bandana on his head, (unlit) cigarette between his teeth. And Coy Kyd wore a chain around his chest rather than his leather breastplate. When they walked down the ramp to Freedom Hall, Ferguson reaching high to grip his handlebars and Coy Kyd strolling along sedately, the crowd stirred with anticipation, its sound rising. Just inside the in-gate, the gelding flicked his ears forward and glanced around, his face effectively asking, “Is this all for us?” Then their music— “Born to be Wild,” naturally—started and off they went. Up and down the arena, Coy Kyd sailed over the green shavings, circling one way and another, spinning, crouching into a curl when he slid to a stop. The audience was electric. (The

performance can been seen on Youtube now, but the sound does not accurately reflect the manic support of the well-populated coliseum.) Ferguson sat nearly motionless in the saddle, communicating only with his legs and his seat. He didn’t need to do anything else. “That horse was so broke,” he recalls, “and he could do any type of dressage movement. He could change leads at every stride and two-track at the trot and canter. He was one of those horses who you could do anything you wanted with, and I did.” Did Coy Kyd have as much fun as he did? “There’s no doubt about it. His owner spent a lot of personal time with him, and he was like a person, a pet, really, a part of their family. He always knew what was going on, and he knew what he was doing in there. He definitely enjoyed it.”

Gary Ferguson and Coy Kyd in 1995, after he won his Canadian National Championship in Reining.

To no one’s surprise, they won the championship. After the class, Ferguson changed clothes, wiped off the make-up he’d worn, and found a seat on the second level of Freedom Hall to watch the rest of the evening’s classes. No one recognized him—but everyone was talking about Coy Kyd’s performance. “It was one of the highlights of my career,” he reflects now, and chuckles. “Seehorse Video sold so many tapes of it that they actually sent me a check.” And whatever happened to Coy Kyd, the star of the show? “Marquesa Cook worked with him for many years after that, and retired him to a grass pasture in beautiful southern California,” Ferguson says, adding that the gelding had passed his 30th birthday by the time he died. “It was the perfect horse, the perfect owner, the perfect story.” n 1996 U.S. Nationals Championship Freestyle Reining

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A CelebrationByof Ten Jeff Wallace As the clock struck ten in the lobby of the charming Hotel San Michele in Cortona, Italy, a Who’s Who of Arabian breeders and enthusiasts began to spill out the door and into the quaint streets. The inherent beauty of the town, so typically Italian, is warm and welcoming, and a perfect representation of the local way of life. We had gathered in the hotel, a restored 15th century palace, in preparation for our visit to the nearby breeding and training center founded ten years ago by Tuscan native Giacomo Capacci, a young man that we have all come to greatly admire. As we made the short ten-kilometer pilgrimage, our anticipation mounted. We knew we were about to see a battery of stallions that have been and continue to be a game changing collection of some of the finest Arabian horseflesh the world has ever seen or experienced. The horse culture of Tuscany dates back well over three thousand years, to when the Etruscan civilization flourished there for nearly a millennium, ten years before and ten t years after. Their horses were renowned for their speed, as proven in international races, and for their courage and agility in battle, as proven by the Romans, who selected Etruscan steeds to mount the Roman cavalry before eventually assimilating or eradicating nearly all traces of the Etruscan people. Much of the evidence of their once-thriving cities remains buried beneath the rich, Tuscan soil. Rooted in its Etruscan foundations, Cortona, is once again home to some of the finest horses in the world, which can now be found in the fields and stables of Giacomo omo Ca Capacci Arabians. Here, the pastures are dotted with some of the most prized Arabian mares of top breeders from all around the world. They are the mothers and grandmothers of national and world champions or hold those prestigious titles themselves. They are priceless producers; literally holding within them what are sure to be among the next generation of Gold champions. The stallion barn houses a “la corrente” collection of many of the finest stallions on Earth. The potent combination of stellar care and an unbeatable stallion battery has drawn the world’s leading broodmares to Tuscany like a powerful magnet, resulting in a visiting herd of nearly incalculable value.

Ten minutes after setting out from Cortona, we reassembled on the grounds of Giacomo Capacci Arabians. We thought we knew what to expect when the barn doors opened for the highly anticipated stallion presentation, but none of us was truly prepared for the dazzling display that we were treated to. In an almost unbelievable parade of one legendary horse after another, ten World Champions or medal winners emerged, one more beautiful than the next, and all led to their titles by Giacomo Capacci. 2003 World Champion Stallion Al Adeed Al Shaqab, 2013 Gold World Champion Stallion Fadi Al Shaqab, 2001 World Champion Stallion Gazal Al Shaqab, 2014 Gold World Champion Senior Stallion Kahil Al Shaqab, 2001 and 2002 World Champion Colt and 2008 World Champion Senior Stallion Marwan Al Shaqab, 2012 World Champion Junior Colt Wadee Al Shaqab, 2013 Bronze World Champion Junior Colt Sultan Al Shaqab and the undefeated contender for this year’s world title, Hariry Al Shaqab all represented a single owner, the renowned Al Shaqab-Member of Qatar Foundation. That is a whole lot of stallion power and breeding potential to be entrusted to one man and located on a single site. Also on display was Athbah Stud’s exquisite stallion Eks Alihandro, bred by Willie Brown of South Africa. A son of Marwan Al Shaqab who hails from one of the strongest dam lines in European breeding, Alihandro’s family has not only produced this spectacular 2013 World Junior Champion, but also the stunningly undeniable World Champion Mare Robin K. Only five years old, Alihandro has already produced world-caliber offspring who are racking up titles of their own. Athbah manager Ward Bemong could have chosen anyone to escort this great steed through his illustrious career, but it is Giacomo who has earned his nod. Rounding out the roster of ten World titleholders was 2009 Reserve World Champion Colt Maharaja HDM, a gorgeous son of the spectacular World Champion Marajj. To have been immersed within the space of an hour in so much of the breed’s finest horseflesh was to be witness to an historic moment within our breed. It is magical moments like that which are so rare, and so long remembered. Why is it that breeders are willing to entrust Giacomo Capacci with their horses, and therefore with their futures? After all, ten years is a relatively short span of time. One answer to that question may be that as the Arabian breed has globalized, Giacomo has stayed in complete sync with that process. It leads me to wonder, did Giacomo’s strong connection to his core allow him to globalize naturally alongside the breed, without direct intention? His is a true global enterprise, with a client base that spreads to the far corners of the world. Giacomo designed each of the structures that serve the farm, of which I believe there may be ten! The facility boasts a state of the art breeding department and a long track record of successful outcomes, whether they are via the natural process, shipped semen or embryo transfer. It is the perfect compliment to Capacci’s thriving training department that consistently delivers championships to his delighted clients. Giacomo’s staff reminds me of a big extended family. There is a group of handsome young men, deeply tanned and athletic, who care for the horses with a brotherly camaraderie that resonates with the horses and the visitors. It is clear that they are capably managed by a man not much their senior. Every one of the talented staff are real experts in their field, who Giacomo has empowered to ensure that every horse is happy, healthy, and receiving the finest services possible. But he does not do it alone. Longtime girlfriend and business partner Michelle Bergsma plays a significant role in the operation of Giacomo Capacci Arabians, and is a fiercely loyal advocate for Giacomo and their business. She is smart and savvy, and is involved in every aspect of the work. While she prefers to operate behind the scenes, she is aware of every detail of the operation, and is never afraid to speak her mind or offer her guidance. Michelle and Giacomo compliment each other perfectly.

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I am of the mind that what you experience with people in one regard often equates to what you can expect from them in other areas. Once you get a real sense of a person, it is easy to connect the dots and assume that you have seen a glimpse of their true character. Giacomo reveals himself by his incredible hospitality. He has a way of making each and every visitor feel special and catered to. One of his favorite ways to do that is to play host to a home-cooked meal. Giacomo is a passionate and talented chef, who loves to entertain his guests at his long dining table, accompanied by ten chairs. His culinary skills are as excellent as his horsemanship, and on the day that I was there, he served up a delicious plate of prosciutto and melon along with fabulous pasta tossed with sautéed zucchini. It was fresh, and delicious, and tasted of Italy. Ten feet away from the rest of us, a house cat perched at the end of the table, his tail curling in a contented arc. He never took his eyes off of us, using all of his nine lives, if only he had ten! Sharing the bounty of Tuscany with his guests is a particular pleasure that further connects Giacomo to his visitors. To my mind, it is an example of the way that he holistically connects on many other levels as well. Giacomo Capacci entered the world of horses naturally, coming from a family that included a grandfather who raised Arabian horses. After completing his college degree in chemistry, Giacomo surrendered to the desire to make his living doing the one thing that seemed to feed his personal passion, training Arabian horses. He soon realized that he was able to straddle the bridge between training, breeding and marketing, making him as versatile a horseman as the versatile Arabians that he loves. After learning the basics of his trade, a then-18-year-old Giacomo met American trainer Michael Byatt at the World Championships in Paris, which resulted in an offer for Giacomo to come to the United States to work for Byatt at his Texas breeding and training facility. It is there that Giacomo began to truly hone his craft, and he had the luxury of doing it with some of the finest horses in the world. Byatt gave him the opportunity to lead National winners for a variety of amazing owners and breeders, which is how he first came to be known to the representatives for Al Shaqab who show him such strong continued trust and confidence today. Despite the fact that the Arabian business is highly competitive, Giacomo is well respected by fellow exhibitors. He aligns himself with great, passionate people and is widely seen as a good person by others. In fact, it is hard to find anyone who has a bad word to say about him. Bart Van Buggenhout, who manages Aljassimya Stud employed Giacomo’s talents in 2013, Giacomo showed the bay beauty Minwah to the World Gold Junior Champion filly honors for Sheikh Jassim, and recently flew from Italy to New York City to handle Aljassimya’s yearling colt entry in the inaugural Arabian U.S. Open in Central Park Horse Show. Giacomo did not disappoint, masterfully showing Jamal Aljassimya to the Gold Champion Yearling Colt title. Giacomo has a quiet, polite demeanor that makes him extremely approachable, although he is wildly talented and dedicated to his craft. His personal integrity, impeccable work ethic and unique ability to communicate easily with the horses that he handles are his recipe for success in the show ring. When Giacomo’s horses enter the arena, he manages to stay out of the focus of the judges, letting their eyes follow the horse without interruption. His horses stand alertly before the judges, seemingly eager to do their best for him. It is a formula for success that has seen Giacomo lead at least one World Champion at the Salon du Cheval in Paris in each of the last 14 years and has made him a World Champion himself. All of the senses come alive at Giacomo Capacci Arabians. The taste of delicious food, the sound of precocious foals whinnying in the fields, the feel of the sleek coats of the show horses, the smell of the hay in the barn, and the sight of so many magnificent horses in a landscape that is almost too perfect to believe, makes it difficult to assimilate everything at once. There is so much richness to take in during the visit, people need a way to absorb it all as they get ready to depart. And that buffer comes when heading down the road. Just down the street from Capacci’s, there is a gorgeous field of sunflowers that stretches as far as the eye can see. And across the street is a charming Italian espresso bar that is his favorite eatery-his hip, typical Italian lunch spot, where he is a favored local to the proprietors. It is there that one can sit, gaze at the sunflowers, have a cup of coffee, and digest all that has been and heard at Giacomo Capacci Arabians. It is easy to ponder about how the early days of his success have turned into weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into ten years. Now, just as a straight of tens can come in a great run of cards, there is every reason to believe that time will always be on his side.

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Gazal Al Shaqab

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

GAZAL AL SHAQAB (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) bay stallion

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Marwan Al Shaqab

MARWAN AL SHAQAB (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) bay stallion

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Al Adeed Al Shaqab AL ADEED AL SHAQAB (Ansata Halim Shah x Sundar Alisayyah) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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Farhoud Al Shaqab

FARHOUD AL SHAQAB (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Johara Al Shaqab) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

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Wadee Al Shaqab

WADEE AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) bay stallion

Kahil Al Shaqab

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Fadi Al Shaqab

Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

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Hariry Al Shaqab Bred and owned by Al Shaqab

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Sultan Al Shaqab

SULTAN AL SHAQAB (Amir Al Shaqab x Abha Al Shaqab) grey stallion

Hadidy Al Shaqab

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Shamekh Al Danat

SHAMEKH AL DANAT (Ajmal El Kout x Ajmal Sherifa) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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EKS Mansour

EKS MANSOUR (EKS Alihandro x EKS Phateena) grey colt

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Jamil Al Rayyan

JAMIL AL RAYYAN (Ansata Hejazi x Danah Al Rayyan) Straight Egyptian grey stallion


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AJA Angelo

Nadir Dello Jato

AJA ANGELO (WH Justice x AJA Aaisha) grey stallion

NADIR DELLO JATO (Shanghai E.A. x GS Futura) grey colt

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LC Prince Magnum

LC PRINCE MAGNUM (Magnum Psyche x Ludy El Shahller HMR ) chestnut stallion

Maharaja HDM

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Frasera Dubai

FRASERA DUBAI (Phaaros x Frasera Mashara) Straight Egyptian chestnut stallion

Al Ghazali AA

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TF Colours

TF COLOURS (Royal Colours x Nuk Serondella) bay stallion

Salaadine Khazar

SALAADIN KHAZAR (Emir Khazar x Salaamah Bint Iman) Straight Egyptian black stallion

EKS Amir

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EKS Alihandro

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Sabea Al Sahraa

SABEA AL SAHRAA (Koronec x Nouf Al Thalitha) bay stallion

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Vitorino DC

VITORINO DC (Vitorio TO x Kharalisa BPA) chestnut colt

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El Thay Majdy

EL THAY MAJDY (Teymur B x El Thay Magidaa) Straight Egyptian grey stallion

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Celebrating a dream come true! By Beth Ellen Hunziker Imagine if you can a vision of the most lush, beautiful and abundant land possible. Imagine that place filled with exquisite Arabian horses - stallions, mares and foals prancing for the sheer joy of the life they enjoy. Giacomo Capacci, one of the most respected and successful Arabian horsemen in the world, has brought that imaginary vision to life. Even at his youthful age, Giacomo has accomplished more than many people twice his years and it all began with his dream to live and work with Arabian horses. On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, Giacomo Capacci welcomed an intimate group of international guests to his beautiful farm in Cortona, Italy to celebrate his victories at the recent Menton Arabian Horse Championships and the ten-year anniversary of his business, Giacomo Capacci Arabians. Breeders and owners, royal representatives, publishers, artists and writers; many of the most influential people of the Arabian horse community from around the world gathered to celebrate with Giacomo Capacci and his team. As guests arrived and saw the elegant dĂŠcor and exciting part party atmosphere, they felt they were about to witness something very special; something truly spectacular was about to happen. The air was full of excitement and anticipation. The guests mingled and enjoyed the festive tents, white linens, colorful flowers, sparkling crystal and delicious refreshments. The elegant atmosphere was warm and inviting - it was the epitome of Italian hospitality. Giacomo and his team had magically created a lavish fantasy scene - like something from a movie, a play or a novel - it was the perfect setting to present a group of horses no one could imagine - not even in their dreams. The spectacular Arabian horses that call Giacomo Capacci Arabians their home represent the finest breeding programs in the world. Among the star-studded stallions are legends of the breed and their heirs. Most important of all, the stallions who reside at GCA offer uncompromising quality, as well as proven abilities to sire champions and champion producers. To say that among the stallions at GCA are the most important sires of this generation is an extremely bold statement. However, it is true - and, it was substantiated by a presentation that has never been seen before, and will very likely never be witnessed again.

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Giacomo, Michelle and their team warmly welcomed their guests, and then, with perfect precision and timing, the most amazing presentation of horses began. It was like an orchestrated concert. The horses were brought out by groups of families so everyone could see and understand the evolution of the generations these champions were producing. Each horse brought out added to the awe-inspiring experience. National champions, international champions - champions from Menton, the Na Nations Cup and the World Championships of Paris - it was clear to all that the horses at Giacomo Cappaci were the crème de la crème, the finest of the breed. Again, at just the right time, a short break was announced in order to welcome a special guest of honor for the grand finale - Andrea Bocelli, the international mega m superstar and dearly beloved Italian tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Andrea shares a passion for horses and when a beautiful Arabian foal was brought to him to touch, genuine joy illuminated his face. Andrea moved his hands all over the foal - face, neck, shoulders - even its back. The foal behaved very well, standing and allowing Andrea’s gentle touch. The love was clear for all to see. The emotion of the moment was overwhelming - but there was more - the spectacular finale. The title of World Champion at the Salon du Cheval is the highest possible award for an Arabian horse; very few will ever achieve this stature. The honor of this prestigious title sets them above all others and forever earns them a place in history. They are revered as the very best of the best. Now, the guests of Giacomo Cappaci had the unrivaled privilege to stand in the presence and to witness greatness as never before. In the glorious golden moments of dusk, in the beautiful Tuscan twilight, an epic experience unfolded as the eight World Champions at Giacomo Capacci were brought out. One by one, they were presented, until they stood as a glorious group, each one an extraordinary example of the incomparable beauty, auty, grace and aut nobility of the Arabian breed…

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ZT Sharuby (ZT Sharello x ZT Bint Ruby) 2002 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Shaqab. Minwah (Kahil Al Shaqab x LC Primavera) 2013 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Jassimya Farm. Wadee Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2012 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab. EKS Alihandro (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Psylhouette) 2013 Unanimous Gold World Champion, owned by Athbah Stud. Kahil Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x OFW Mishaahl) 2014 and 2011 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab. Fadi Al Shaqab (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) 2013 Gold World Champion, owned by Al Shaqab Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) 2008, 2002 and 2001 Gold World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) 2001 World Champion, bred and owned by Al Shaqab Everyone felt the raw power of these majestic animals as they vied for the guests’ attention and admiration. The magic of the historic moment inspired spontaneous applause from the people as they crowded to get a closer look. Words such as, “stunning, unbelievable, amazing, impossible and unforgettable,” were murmured, while cameras flashed like the paparazzi at a Cannes red carpet film debut. But of course, why not? These are the celebrities, the royalty of the Arabian breed! Like all good things, the presentation of the world champions came to an end. One by one, they left, until the great one, Gazal Al Shaqab, the progenitor of many of these World Champions remained. Gazal deserved the spotlight for himself - even for a moment - before he too was led back to the peace and quiet of his stable. The presentation was completed, but the celebration continued with lively spirits, a five-star dining experience, great music and more conversation. The guests lingered until long after the delicious dinner, talking about the spectacle they had witnessed. It seemed they didn’t want the evening to ever end. Everyone - the horses, visitors and clients - all enjoyed the good vibes, the fun and the relaxed atmosphere that Giacomo, Michelle and the staff created for this unforgettable celebration commemorating the Ten Year Anniversary of Giacomo Capacci Arabians - and a dream come true.

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Jamie Gray by Mary Kirkman

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elling Jamie Gray’s story, it’s difficult not to skew too far into the realm of “Isn’t this heartwarming (or sweet or inspiring)?” It is all of those things, but Gray

It was when she was in her early 20s that the first dark

herself is the furthest one from focusing on

cloud appeared. She suffered

them. She is aware that she got dealt a lousy

a strep infection so tenacious

blow in life and that she possesses unusual strength and fortitude, but her first thought is that she is fortunate. If she says anything about how she lives today, it is that she gets to do what she wants to most: train Arabian horses. That she does it successfully at about

that a test at Johns Hopkins turned into a month-long stay. The infection had resulted in kidney failure; she was next door to death.

every level from safe trail mounts to open and amateur contenders at the U.S. Nationals is evidence of a unique spirit that far outweighs her no-bigger-than-a-minute frame. Now in her mid-30s, Gray offers an impressive background. She grew up on her family’s farm, her youth packed with 4-H activities, “hundreds” of horse shows, endless lessons and an intense study of judging horses. When she graduated from high school, dreaming of becoming an Arabian horse trainer, she hired on with a succession of the breed’s marquee names for more experience, including Cathy Vincent, Mary Trowbridge, Gordon Potts, Tom Scott, Liz Bentley, Tommy Garland and Jim Stachowski. It was when she was in her early 20s that the first dark cloud appeared. She suffered a strep infection so tenacious that a test at Johns Hopkins turned into a month-long stay. The infection had resulted in kidney failure; she was next door to death. Fortunately, her older sister Jody was a donor match and a transplant was possible, but unfortunately, the new lease on life expired a year and a half later. It was dialysis or nothing. “People think it’s pretty awful,” she nods, “but it made me feel so much better that I was thankful I could go there.”

For those who haven’t dealt with it, dialysis, roughly, is a process that does the job the kidneys would do, which is remove waste and excess water from the blood and stabilize certain vital chemicals. In Jamie’s case, it is accomplished via an IV drip into a catheter. That necessitated a big change in her plans. She couldn’t go back to apprenticing, but she could embark on the next step of what she and Jody had had in mind from the beginning, and that was to continue—and grow—the Gray family’s Sultana Stables. If you ask her about it—What the heck? How did you get through it?—she’ll answer, not making too much of it nor too little, with a mix of professional observation (“Working for all those people gave me the most exposure to what I did and didn’t want in my farm”) and medical experience (“Dialysis isn’t so bad; you’re just in a recliner and you can watch TV, go on the internet, whatever …”). What she doesn’t say is that her treatments come at the end of long days because she wants to keep mornings and afternoons free to work horses. That means getting home well after 10 three evenings a week, on days that begin at normal horsemen’s hours, i.e., the crack of dawn. But it has kept her dream alive—over the years, even thriving.

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The Gray Family: Gary, Ruth Ann, Jody, Jamie and Jennifer.

THE HORSES AND THE HORSEWOMAN: SULTANA STABLES As the Sultana Stables website will tell you, Jamie Gray has had state, regional and national champions in hunter, western, English, halter and equitation, and she’s worked with Quarter Horses, Paints, warmbloods and Morgans. You learn something from all of them, she says, but her heart is in Arabians—always has been, all the way back to when she was a child and her parents, schoolteachers Gary and Ruth Ann Gray, fell in love with the breed. The name of their farm, which dates to the 1960s, refers to the desert horses: “Sultana” is a term for the sultan’s wife and a tribute to Ruth Ann.


Gary Gray died prematurely in 1992, when Jamie was 13, Jody had just graduated from high school, and youngest sister Jennifer was 10. They were all avid horsewomen, and running the horse operation with their mother helped them through the loss. “My girls are the strings that kept my heart together,” Ruth Ann Gray says today. Then as now, the family effort worked. Over the transitional years—when Jody became a schoolteacher, running the lesson program in the evening and on weekends, Jamie trained, built her resume and came home, and Jennifer managed the farm, married and had children—the business strengthened its reputation


in the Mid-Atlantic. In 2005, the Grays purchased land in Greenwood, Del., 30 miles south of Dover, and set up the property that is home to Sultana Stables today. Through that time, Jamie Gray steadily crafted a record that proved not only that she was a survivor, but that she was a gifted horsewoman as well. Her list of regional champions in park, western, hunter and halter grew, and then extended to the national level. In 2012, she led the Legacy of Fame daughter Sweet Caroline SKF to the U.S. National Championship in Half-Arabian Mares Stock/Hunter 7 & Over and the reserve in 4 & Over overall, and watched the mare’s owner, Jim Witzal, go top ten with her in the AAOTH championship. Her current star is the HalfArabian gelding Cant Spot Me, who was named 2015 U.S. National Top Ten in the very competitive HalfArabian Park Championship. Now, the barn is full at 22 horses. “Of course, we’d like to add stalls and grow,” Jamie smiles. “We have 10 to 12 horses in full training, and a couple of young ones will be broke next spring. A couple of lesson horses do the local shows and keep the lesson program going—that’s 10 to 15 lessons a week, with more in the summer when Jody is off from teaching. And we do summer camps. “We stand an Arabian stallion and a Welsh stallion, which has brought in a little different group of people, and we have two Quarter Horses in training to show, so it keeps us on the road and into a little bit of everything.” What is their biggest asset? The way they approach what they do. “I try to make the program fit what the horse and rider are looking for,” she says. “We’re not a factory. Some people just pleasure ride or trail ride on the weekend or in the summer, and then there are those showing to the national level.” The mix of pleasure and show riders has been beneficial, she has found. “We promote all of our owners to enjoy their horses,” she says. “The show horses have an off-season, and we do some trail even with them. At the same time, pleasure riders who don’t show get a big kick out of watching the others compete. It’s very supportive.

“The fundamentals of good pleasure horses are similar in all the breeds,” she adds. “Just a few of the finishing touches are going to be different when they get in the show ring. There are slight differences in the riding too, but all in all, a good rider can probably hop on any of those horses and get the job done.” That flexibility applies equally to her horses. “When I was growing up, we had a horse who was bred to be an English horse,” she recalls. “Both parents were park horses—but he turned out to be a champion western horse. Sometimes you see that. Each horse has it own way to be trained.” On occasion that results in having to tell owners that a horse might not be suited to what the person wants. “She is very honest,” Ruth Ann Gray says. “She will not ‘BS’ a customer to show a horse at a level the horse shouldn’t be competing at, even if it would mean more money.” At present, with a nonstop schedule, the Sultana Stables team is regularly knocking off regional titles and increasingly turning to national shows. Jamie Gray knows what it takes to be successful in top competition, because she’s done it since her childhood, but she does not discount the importance of their role in developing a solid contingent at the local and regional levels.

Jamie Gray steadily crafted a record that proved not only that she was a survivor, but that she was a gifted horsewoman as well.

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A young Jamie on Luv.

“It’s exciting to have worked hard to get to the show ring, to get the placings you hoped for, and it’s such a sense of accomplishment to have gotten there. The excitement of competing gets you, and you crave more of it. Even with the long hours and hard work, it’s worth it.”


“The middle bracket sometimes goes unnoticed,” she says, “but it’s the beginning of everything we do in the show business. You have to have it to go on to anything else.”

MAKING “CHALLENGING” ROUTINE Unfortunately, it wasn’t as if once Jamie Gray nailed her dialysis, life suddenly returned to smooth sailing. It didn’t. In addition to her kidney problems, she also endured two bouts with thyroid cancer. As she had with her kidney situation, she went to Johns Hopkins, and once again, the hospital came through— although a three hour surgery turned into a seven hour marathon. “The surgeon said, ‘This is a young woman,’” Ruth Ann remembers. “‘I’m not leaving here till we’ve got it all!’”


Once again, Jamie rebounded. But that, her mother says, is typical. “When I went to pick her up after her kidney transplant, the doctor said, ‘You can resume your normal activities in a couple of weeks,’ and Jamie had this big smile on her face. I turned to the doctor and said, ‘Do you know what she does?’ Jamie was saying, ‘Mom! Be quiet!’” Ruth Ann shakes her head. “She went back to work right away.” Or there was the day Jamie had the dialysis catheter inserted. Though minor, it required surgery, but in Gray parlance, it rated only a “So what?” Jenn picked her up from the procedure, they met Jody in Virginia at a horse show, and they were showing horses the next day. Now, she just deals with what it takes to train and show horses. When she goes on the road to haul horses or compete at shows, she books her dialyses at centers across the country and wedges treatments into her schedule. “I think I’m pretty lucky,” she shrugs. “Some days I’m more tired, and I have to watch being around people with, say, colds because I get sick more easily, but on the whole I live a pretty normal life. And I get to ride horses and go to horse shows.” Actually, she amends, she can do it all because of dialysis and family. “Having family and the farm is the only way I can. We all do it together—we can look at each other and know what is going on in each other’s heads—and if I need to take a day or two, it’s not like everything stops. My sister Jody can pick up some of the training, and she already does all the lessons.” Not only that, but Jenn works at the farm during the day, watching the overall management and preparing horses for Jamie’s training. Her husband, Daniel Grant, oversees farm maintenance (in addition to his non-equine career), and their three children are budding equestrians, the third generation in the family, which delights their grandmother. Ruth Ann, who still teaches, is in charge of the business aspect of the operation and shows as an amateur. “I take lessons from Jamie,” she reports, “and we laugh because she’s like a little drill sergeant when it comes to the horses!” All of the Gray women own records that include regional and national titles.

Jen and Jamie Gray.

“I feel incredibly blessed that I have been able to walk this walk with them,” Ruth Ann says. “The three of them are a great team.” On a quiet evening, Jamie is asked why she does it—despite her health, pursues a career that can be physically and emotionally punishing. She reflects for a moment. “It’s an extreme rush of excitement,” she says, although she’s clearly not an adrenaline junkie. It’s more than that. “It’s exciting to have worked hard to get to the show ring, to get the placings you hoped for, and it’s such a sense of accomplishment to have gotten there. The excitement of competing gets you, and you crave more of it. Even with the long hours and hard work, it’s worth it.” Like most horse trainers, Jamie dreams of the highest honors—and she’s getting there. But like most genuinely happy people, she focuses on each day as it comes, each show ring, each prize. She may not have as many choices in life as she once had, but she has the one she wants. “It’s the Arabian horse,” she says. “Being involved with it every day is an incredible job.” ■

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The Creation of the Next Generation *Kahil Al Shaqab

*Marwan Al Shaqab

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“The Power is in the Pedigree” “The Power is in the Pedigree” As difficult as it may seem to find the finest overall son of Marwan when there are so many, the As difficult it may seem to find the finest overall son of Marwan there are so many, the over choice nowasseems quite clear as 2-Time World Champion *Kahil Alwhen Shaqab is proving over and choice nowheseems quite of clear as 2-Time World Shaqab proving over over again that is capable filling the giant shoesChampion belonging*Kahil to his Al sire, havingisproduced twoand Gold again he is capable of filling Worldthat Champions and one Silver.the giant shoes belonging to his sire, having produced two Gold World Champions and one Silver. As a rightful son of King Marwan, *Kahil Al Shaqab has stepped forth, strengthened by the immortal As a rightful ofShah+ King Marwan, *Kahil Alwho Shaqab has stepped forth, strengthened by the trio: *Bask++,son Bey and *Eukaliptus, dominate the distaff side of his pedigree andimmortal lend trio: *Bask++,credibility Bey Shah+ *Eukaliptus, dominate the distaff side of his pedigree and lend tremendous toand his role as a top who breeding stallion worldwide. tremendous credibility to his role as a top breeding stallion worldwide. *Kahil Al Shaqab left the State Studs of Poland with the aforementioned Gold World Championships *Kahil Al Shaqab left the State of well Poland with the aforementioned Goldthroughout World Championships to solidify his tenure there as aStuds sire, as as champion sons and daughters the Middle to solidify his tenure there as a sire, well as sons and daughters East and Europe. Kahil is young but as already sochampion very important to the future. throughout the Middle East and Europe. Kahil is young but already so very important to the future. The arrival of *Kahil Al Shaqab in America and to the breeding barns of Midwest opens the doors to The arrival Al Shaqab America and totothe breeding barns ofhis Midwest thethe doors a vast groupofof*Kahil incredible maresinthat are certain further substantiate value asopens one of greatto abreeding vast group of incredible mareshis that are certain substantiate his value as one of the great stallions, and further march towardtoa further Kingly reign all his own. breeding stallions, and further his march toward a Kingly reign all his own.




*Marwan Al Shaqab “Leading the Way� *Marwan Al Shaqab, the undisputed King, and his many sons, have ruled show rings around the world for over a decade now. Since *Marwan Al Shaqab was named 3-Time World Champion Stallion in 2001, 2002 and 2008, he has proven that his capabilities reach far beyond the show ring. Marwan has been the Leading Sire of Champions for 8 years in a row now at the World Championships in Paris, having been named Best Sire in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. This year, he was named the leading sire of halter champions at the 2015 United States National Championships, proving further his ultimate power and influence around the world.


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34th Annual

Minnesota Arabian Fall Festival October 2nd - 4th, 2015 by Anne Stratton

This year, the people at the Minnesota Fall Festival demonstrated what the show and its club, the Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders Association, always have been known for, and that is teamwork. That goes back to the beginning of the event’s futurity; in 1979-80, when members founded its Medallion Stallion program, they were competitors for sales and show ring prizes, with their own beliefs and priorities—but they got together to create something positive for the breed. Thirty-five years later, it is still going strong and is the prototype for most of today’s other successful futurities. That come-together spirit is nurtured by the show’s social scene. MAHB President and Show Manager Greg Brown observes that this year’s camaraderie was increased even more because all activities that weren’t in the ring were held in the facility’s main barn. Lounge seating was installed, food was offered, parties were held, and the place was always buzzing with conversation. “There was a sense that we are all in this together,” he says. “It’s a sense of community that continues to be a big part of our show.”


It was particularly apparent this year when amateur handler Rob Kyker was injured. Kyker, who keeps his horses at Shada, and has been the all-amateur event’s number one handler over the years, was forced to seek medical care. Did he sacrifice his record? Not at all. With two days to go in competition, four friends—Angie Sellman, Indira Van Handel, Adam Rickert and Stuart Vesty— stepped up to show his horses, and they all won their titles (including both yearling auction classes).

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“One of the wonderful things about the horse community that surrounds the Minnesota Fall Fest is that people get along really well,” says Andy Sellman. “When colleagues of mine were in need and requested the services of my wife, we were happy to assist, just as they would have done the same for me in that situation.” Winning at the Fall Festival is no easy task. The show may be for amateurs, but it is distinguished by the quality of its horses and its range of exhibitors, which typically includes not only those who work with professional trainers, but also those who don’t. The belief that everyone will get a fair shake is fueled by more than show committee effort. Many observers note that it is


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because area horsemen breed good horses and know what their neighbors are breeding. And most know how to prepare a horse properly for the ring. “This show is about ‘I bred this horse, this is my program and this is what I do,’” says Jerland Farms’ Larry Jerome. “And I think there is a general respect for one another.” Debby Cain, officiating at the Fall Fest in 2015 for the second time, agrees. “It’s interesting to adjudicate the decision-making processes of the breeders,” she says, “and how they move forward in their programs. Minnesotans, in my mind, have always had a great respect for their fellow breeders.”


As usual, there were plenty of good horses. Cain noted that many she evaluated would be competitive anywhere. “I also would applaud that from my viewpoint, there was more consideration being placed on balance and conformation than just the showy head and neck.” Particularly gratifying, she says, was that while the five judges came from different backgrounds and specialties, there was remarkable agreement on the cards. “It was a pleasure to me that all of us had very similar results, confirming that the system rewards the correct horses.” Overall, there was one horse who stood out in everyone’s mind: Jerland Farms’ Unforgettable J, by MPA Giovanni and out of multiU.S. National Champion RH Triana. She won both the Auction and Medallion Yearling Fillies Championships with perfect scores. “She’s one of the best fillies that I’ve ever bred,” says Larry Jerome candidly. “This was her first outing in the show ring, and now she’ll go back to growing up. She has a big career ahead of her. “It’s a breeder’s dream to win here like that,” he adds. “That’s what this show is all about.”

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The show also included special events. In addition to the traditional Medallion Stallion breeding auction, there was a seminar by AHA’s Debbie Fuentes and a “Trainers Got Talent” competition to raise funds for the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. Hoyt Rose and his son, Justin, provided a roping demonstration, Jeff Schall appeared as the shirtless horseman, Nate Soderberg sang (“he sings like an angel,” sighed one listener), and Tom Theisen sang and danced. Theisen was named the winner, and the $17,000 raised was earmarked to help Kyker defray some of his expenses and aftercare costs.


From a facts and figures standpoint, Brown reports that the show’s numbers were down slightly in 2015, probably due to the date conflict with Scottsdale’s Arabian Breeder Finals. “But the number of uses/rides were up over last year,” he says, “and that’s a good sign that people are using their horses.” Which brings up the Minnesota Fall Festival’s role in the industry not only in the production of top horses and talented amateurs, but also as a resource for future professionals. Top halter handlers Ted Carson, Andy Sellman, and Jeff and Jerry Schall, to name few, all got their start as kids at the Fall Festival. Jeff Schall remembers his first year as a professional trainer. At age 18, scrambling to get started, he had two colts he felt could begin making his name. He recruited two amateur handlers (one was his brother, Jerry), and approached the show filled with hope— only to be deflated when he thought his entries underperformed. Before the class was even over, he left the arena. “I thought my dream of having a training center was over,” he relates now with a chuckle. “I went out back and started to cry. And then I heard someone calling, ‘Jeff ! Jeff ! We need you for a picture! Your colts just went champion and reserve!’ So, I had to mop my tears, get over my pity party and be part of the celebration. And the next day, one of the colts won the auction class and something like $40,000. It was a great lesson that you bring your best, show your best, and give your best.” At the Minnesota Fall Festival, the sky’s the limit. n

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Fall Festival Show Results

Results provided by the MAHB Committee.

Auction Yearling Colts/Geldings - Champion: ARTISTRY LD (Stival x Queen Adiamonds), Ex: Rob Kyker, O: Diane and Les Van Dyke; Reserve: DR OCTAVIOUS (Audacious PS x DR Eclipse), Ex: Sarah Brinkman, O: Ann Henriksen Brinkman; Top Five: GAZINOVA AC (PA Gazsi x Miss Staar AC), Ex: Mike Beethe, O: Andrew and Christine Steffens; VICTORY LD (Victorious LD x Rrosealea LD), Ex: Tony Bergren, O: Les Van Dyke; RA SPAAGO (Baahir El Marwan x Felicia Psyche), Ex: Michael Bills, O: Regan and Renae Rohl.

Auction Fillies ATH - Champion: UNFORGETTABLE J (MPA Giovanni x RH Triana), Ex: Indira Van Handel, O: Lawrence Jerome; Reserve: ARIANNA MH (Armando El Aryes x Legacys Treasure), Ex: Mike Beethe, O: Dr. James and Penny Gute; Top Five: TRULI A TREASURE (Trussardi x DA Vincis Starlet ORA), Ex: Jocelyn Hazelwood, O: Dean Meier; SERENITY KM (Ever After NA x PA Falcons Silhouette), Ex: Sarah Brinkman, O: ACL Partnership; BB ANNA MARIA (Apalo x LLC Joyful), Ex/O: Tony Bergren.



2. 1. Champion Auction Yearling Colt/Gelding ARTISTRY LD (Stival x Queen Adiamonds), shown by Angela Sellman for Rob Kyker for owners Diane and Les Van Dyke. 2. Champion Auction Filly ATH UNFORGETTABLE J (MPA Giovanni x RH Triana), shown by Indira Van Handel for owner Lawrence Jerome. 3. Champion Yearling Medallion Colt/Gelding ATH STATHAM Z (Stival x Naes Appolonnia), shown by Michael Bills for owners Duke and Renae Mendel.





1. Champion Yearling Medallion Filly ATH UNFORGETTABLE J (MPA Giovanni x RH Triana), shown by Indira Van Handel for Rob Kyker for owner Lawrence Jerome. 2. Champion Two Year Old Colt/Gelding ATH TRULI A PRINCE (Trussardi x Bella Satinata), shown by Tony Bergren for owners Karen Van Anrody and Jeffrey Heinzl. 3. Champion Two Year Old Filly ATH MARTIYAH BC (ZT Marwteyn x Marcaaysa FA), shown by Stuart Vesty for owners John and Brad Mouw.

Yearling Medallion Colts/Geldings ATH - Champion: STATHAM Z (Stival x Naes Appolonnia), Ex: Michael Bills, O: Duke and Renae Mendel; Reserve: LEVANTE (Stival x Aria Jamina), Ex: Mike Beethe, O: Walter Alvarez; Top Five: DR OCTAVIOUS (Audacious PS x DR Eclipse), Ex: Sarah Brinkman, O: Ann Henriksen Brinkman; MOON CHARMER MTR (Sir Marwan CRF x Corrsica), Ex: Whitney Miles, O: Michael Brennan; BIG AMBITION TRJ (Bey Ambition x TR Concerto), Ex: Jonathan Danielson, O: Terra Sano Ventures. Yearling Medallion Fillies ATH - Champion: UNFORGETTABLE J (MPA Giovanni x RH Triana), Ex: Rob Kyker, O: Lawrence Jerome; Reserve: LLC TYRA (Pyro Thyme SA x Matina TRF), Ex: Angela Sellman, O: Clair and Margaret Larson; Top Five: SHES MAGICAL CRF (Sir Marwan CRF x Exotic Angel AB), Ex: Michael Bills, O: Cedar Ridge Farm;

MAAHRINA (Baahir El Marwan x Madamoiselle M), Ex: Stuart Vesty, O: Im On A Boat LLC; TRULI A DIVA (Trussardi x DM Versacianna), Ex: Jocelyn Hazelwood, O: Dean Meier. Two Year Old Colts/Geldings ATH - Champion: TRULI A PRINCE (Trussardi x Bella Satinata), Ex: Tony Bergren, O: Karen Van Anrody and Jeffrey Heinzl; Reserve: RITZ KARLETON J (FS Ritz x Keepsayke), Ex: Mike Beethe, O: Lawrence Jerome; Top Five: HT ELDORADO (Eden C x HT Love Bandyt), Ex: Whitney Miles, O: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Selk; ONCE BF (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x Suite In E Major), Ex/O: J. Bradley Herman; MAJESTY SCA (Ames Charisma x Odysseys Design), Ex: Johathan Danielson, O: Nora Keating Illerbrun. Two Year Old Fillies ATH - Champion: MARTIYAH BC (ZT Marwteyn x Marcaaysa FA), Ex: Stuart Vesty,

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1. Champion 3 & Over Mare Jackpot ATH PSI MARIE LEVAU (DS Major Afire x FF Abigail Bey), shown by Andrea McGowan for owners Dale and Darlene Hempel. 2. 2-Time Champion 3 & Over Gelding ATH and All Ages Jackpot Gelding AOTH LLC FABRIZIO (Baahir El Marwan x RD Fabreanna), shown by owner Stuart Vesty. 3. 2-Time Champion Saddle Seat Pleasure AOTR and Novice Horse HEIRS TO YOU (Afires Heir x O Suzy Q), ridden by owner Natalie Tetrick.

O: John and Brad Mouw; Reserve: DV VIXXEN (Brixx IA x Sohphira DVF), Ex: Ashlee Shaw, O: Danielle and Randy Shaw; Top Five: AMES GYPSY MOON (Bey Ambition x Ames Mirage), Ex: Caden Cruise, O: Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc.; LEGACY OF LACE WLF (Legacys Renoir x Porcelynn WLF), Ex: Rhiannon Sellman, O: Dr. James and Penny Gute; DESERT QUEEN AF (Stival x Aria Jamina), Ex/O: J. Bradley Herman.

Ex/O: Stuart Vesty; Reserve: RA KYMERA (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x Challese LL), Ex: Adam Rickart, O: Charles and Christine Rickart.

3 & Over Mares Jackpot ATH - Champion: PSI MARIE LEVAU (DS Major Afire x FF Abigail Bey), Ex: Andrea McGowan, O: Dale and Darlene Hempel; Reserve: PARIS J (Bellagio J x DA Flirtashahn), Ex: Rob Kyker, O: Koehring LLC. 3 & Over Geldings ATH - Champion: LLC FABRIZIO (Baahir El Marwan x RD Fabreanna),

Saddle Seat Pleasure AOTR - Champion: HEIRS TO YOU (Afires Heir x O Suzy Q), Ex/O: Natalie Tetrick; Reserve: CP SANTA FE EXPRESS (IXL Noble Express x CP Dance Card), Ex/O: Cassandra Stafford; Top Five: FIRE FIGHTER TED (Afire Bey V x Eclypsse), Ex: Zacharia Stransky, O: Daria Stransky and Lawrence Jerome; CREDENCE CA (Noble Way x


Geldings All Ages Jackpot AOTH - Champion: LLC FABRIZIO (Baahir El Marwan x RD Fabreanna), Ex/O: Stuart Vesty; Reserve: RA KYMERA (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x Challese LL), Ex: Adam Rickart, O: Charles and Christine Rickart.

1. Champion Saddle Seat Pleasure Junior Horse ATR BACCHUS BHA (Mamage x MD Chardonnay), ridden by Mikayla Michels for owners Glenn and Kelly Gilbert.


2. Champion Saddle Seat Pleasure 19 & Over AATR MERRY MAGNIFIRE (Afire Bey V x Gidget Bardot), ridden by Elizabeth Moore for owner Emily Moore. 3. 3-Time Champion Saddle Seat Pleasure 18 & Under JTR, Jackpot ATR and Country Pleasure Jackpot ATR A REVELATION BHA (A Temptation x Westela), ridden by Jenna Tekolste for owner Mary Jo Meier.



Glorious Melody), Ex/O: Laura Rodel; NOTORIOUS AFIRE VA (Afire Bey V x LBC Noble Spirit), Ex/O: Mikayla Michels. Saddle Seat Pleasure Junior Horse ATR - Champion: BACCHUS BHA (Mamage x MD Chardonnay), Ex: Morgan Kelly, O: Glenn and Kelly Gilbert; Reserve: HONOROLL TRGR (IXL Noble Express x Helen Hayes X), Ex/O: Emily Pate. Saddle Seat Pleasure 19 & Over AATR - Champion: MERRY MAGNIFIRE (Afire Bey V x Gidget Bardot), Ex: Elizabeth Moore, O: Emily Moore; Reserve: HEIRS TO YOU (Afires Heir x O Suzy Q), Ex/O: Natalie Tetrick; Top Five: CP SANTA FE EXPRESS (IXL Noble Express x CP Dance Card), Ex/O: Cassandra Stafford; FIRE FIGHTER TED (Afire Bey

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1. 2-Time Champion Western Pleasure AOTR and 40 & Over AATR TANGUERAY MCF (Magnum Psyche x ElJomar The Diva), ridden by owner Anique Weber. 2. 2-Time Champion Western Pleasure Junior Horse ATR and Novice Horse ATR SHAQS LEGACY MH (Maserati WR x Legacys Treasure), ridden by owner Roxanne Schall. 3.Champion Western Pleasure 19-39 AATR KHOSMOPOLITAN MD (Khadraj NA x Luck Wood Have It), ridden by Kelly Teigen Talmage for owner David Teigen.

V x Eclypsse), Ex: Kelly Steinhaus, O: Daria Stransky and Lawrence Jerome; CREDENCE CA (Noble Way x Glorious Melody), Ex/O: Laura Rodel. Saddle Seat Pleasure 18 & Under JTR - Champion: A REVELATION BHA (A Temptation x Westela), Ex: Jenna Tekolste, O: Mary Jo Meier; Reserve: FIRE FIGHTER TED (Afire Bey V x Eclypsse), Ex: Zacharia Stransky, O: Daria Stransky and Lawrence Jerome; Top Five: CP SANTA FE EXPRESS (IXL Noble Express x CP Dance Card), Ex: Nora Shaffer, O: Cassandra Stafford; HONOROLL TRGR (IXL Noble Express x Helen Hayes X), Ex/O: Emily Pate; NOTORIOUS AFIRE VA (Afire Bey V x LBC Noble Spirit), Ex/O: Mikayla Michels. 332 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Saddle Seat Pleasure Novice Horse - Champion: HEIRS TO YOU (Afires Heir x O Suzy Q), Ex/O: Natalie Tetrick; Reserve: HONOROLL TRGR (IXL Noble Express x Helen Hayes X), Ex/O: Emily Pate; Top Five: BACCHUS BHA (Mamage x MD Chardonnay), Ex: Morgan Kelly, O: Glenn and Gelly Gilbert; EXECUTIVE DECISIONN (SF Specs Shocwave x Just On Ice), Ex/O: Roberta Lembke; DONAGAIN DE (Don De Bask x Bolsoya Kaja SH), Ex: Tarah Pyka, O: Katja Wiedrich. Saddle Seat Jackpot ATR - Champion: A REVELATION BHA (A Temptation x Westela), Ex: Jenna Tekolste, O: Mary Jo Meier; Reserve: B SHARP CA (Noble Way x Glorious Melody), Ex: Katie Mahler, O: Jill Odegard.

Country Pleasure Jackpot ATR - Champion: A REVELATION BHA (A Temptation x Westela), Ex: Jenna Tekolste, O: Mary Jo Meier; Reserve: HEIRS TO YOU (Afires Heir x O Suzy Q), Ex/O: Natalie Tetrick; Top Five: CREDENCE CA (Noble Way x Glorious Melody), Ex/O: Laura Rodel; FIRE FIGHTER TED (Afire Bey V x Eclypsse), Ex: Kelly Steinhaus, O: Daria Stransky and Lawrence Jerome; NOTORIOUS AFIRE VA (Afire Bey V x LBC Noble Spirit), Ex/O: Mikayla Michels. Western Pleasure AOTR - Champion: TANGUERAY MCF (Magnum Psyche x ElJomar The Diva), Ex/O: Anique Weber; Reserve: INTENSITY DHA (NYN Hisani x Bea Doll), Ex/O: David Teigen; Top Five: BEYONET WS (Sir Fames HBV x HK Najmenette), Ex/O: Laura Koch; CHANCELLOR CA (Proximus CA x Enchanted Glory CA), Ex: Jane Halvorson, Conway Arabians, Inc.; HEZA FIRE WALKER (Hesa Zee x Fire Musc), Ex/O: Eleanor Hamilton.

Treasure), Ex/O: Roxanne Schall; Reserve: KHALOGNE (Khadraj NA x Porcelain J), Ex: Joe Frizzell, O: Corine Gudgeon; Top Five: BEYONET WS (Sir Fames HBV x HK Najmenette), Ex/O: Laura Koch; OFW JONAS ( Justify x OFW Dark Rose), Ex/O: Peggy Sheldon; INTENSITY DHA (NYN Hisani x Bea Doll), Ex/O: Kelly Teigen Talmage. Western Pleasure 40 & Over AATR - Champion: TANGUERAY MCF (Magnum Psyche x ElJomar The Diva), Ex/O: Anique Weber; Reserve: OFW JONAS ( Justify x OFW Dark Rose), Ex/O: Peggy Sheldon; 2.

Western Pleasure Junior Horse ATR - Champion: SHAQS LEGACY MH (Maserati WR x Legacys 1.


1. 2-Time Champion Western Pleasure 18 & Under JTR and Jackpot 14 & Under JTR HEZA FIRE WALKER (Hesa Zee x Fire Musc), ridden by Madison Rose for owner Eleanor Hamilton. 2. Champion Western Pleasure Jackpot ATR SARATOGA BF (Sir Fames HBV x A Current Affair), ridden by owner Anissa Weber. 3. Champion Western Pleasure Jackpot 14-18 JTR THE ETERNEGIZER (Eternety x CP Azsahib), ridden by Lexi LeFever for owner Teresa Silva.

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1. 2-Time Champion Hunter Pleasure AOTR and 40 & Over AATR TYMES TO TREASURE (Baske Afire x Tymeless Treasure), ridden by owner Sandra Kay Feuling. 2. Champion Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse ATR ENRIQUE C (Eden C x Chanel C), ridden by owner Roxanne Schall. 3. 2-Time Champion Hunter Pleasure 19-39 AATR and Jackpot ATR PROXIMUS CA (Afire Bey V x DA Triffire), ridden by Rachel Schieffelbein for owner Conway Arabians, Inc.


Top Five: KHOSMOPOLITAN MD (Khadraj NA x Luck Wood Have It), Ex/O: David Teigen; HEZA FIRE WALKER (Hesa Zee x Fire Musc), Ex/O: Eleanor Hamilton; KHALOGNE J (Khadraj NA x Porcelain J), Ex: Joe Frizzell, O: Corinne Gudgeon. Western Pleasure 19-39 AATR - Champion: KHOSMOPOLITAN MD (Khadraj NA x Luck Wood Have It), Ex: Kelly Teigen Talmage, O: David Teigen; Reserve: CHANCELLOR CA (Proximus CA x Enchanted Glory CA), Ex: Liz Steffes, O: Conway Arabians, Inc.; Top Five: RAVELLO GF (Maranello x Gemeo Nite Minuet), Ex: Kaitlyn Frenchick, O: Lynda Frenchick; TCHAIKOVSKY TL (MPA Giovanni x WC Tsassi Rose), Ex: Katherine Carlson, O: Robin Mrozinski; DA VILLE B (Da Vinci FM x MS Teaa), Ex: Marni Britton, O: Katherine Peet.

Western Pleasure 18 & Under JTR - Champion: HEZA FIRE WALKER (Hesa Zee x Fire Musc), Ex: Madison Rose, O: Eleanor Hamilton; Reserve: MAGNETIC PERSONALITY (Magnum Psyche x Alada Panache), Ex: Emelia Farago, O: Jacqueline Levendusky; Top Five: HOME TOWN ROMEO (Eternety x Starberry Fame), Ex: Lexi LeFever, O: Teresa Silva; PSYCHE ME UP (Magnum Psyche x Mondria WCA), Ex: Ellie Tvedt, O: Gracie Dougherty; LENNEXX WLF (Magnum Psyche x Elexis SRA), Ex: Paige Nolte, O: Holly Connaker.

Western Pleasure Jackpot ATR - Champion: SARATOGA BF (Sir Fames HBV x A Current Affair), Ex/O: Anissa Weber; Reserve: KHOSMOPOLITAN MD (Khadraj NA x Luck Wood Have It), Ex/O: David Teigen.

Western Pleasure Novice Horse ATR - Champion: SHAQS LEGACY MH (Maserati WR x Legacys Treasure), Ex/O: Roxanne Schall; Reserve: KLALOGNE J (Khadraj NA x Porcelain J), Ex: Joe Frizzell, O: Corinne Gudgeon; Top Five: RAVELLO GF (Maranello x Gemeo Nite Minuet), Ex: Kaitlyn Frenchick, O: Lynda Frenchick; BRITTANY CA (Noble Way x Magatos Way), Ex/O: Katherine Carlson; CHANDLER LD (Stival x Queen Adiamonds), Ex/O: Leann Peuse.

Western Jackpot 14 & Under JTR - Champion: HEZA FIRE WALKER (Hesa Zee x Fire Musc), Ex: Madison Rose, O: Eleanor Hamilton; Reserve: PSYCHE ME UP (Magnum Psyche x Mondria

Western Pleasure Jackpot 14-18 JTR - Champion: THE ETERNEGIZER (Eternety x CP Azsahib), Ex: Lexi LeFever, O: Teresa Silva; Reserve: STAR ATTRACTION JKA (Odyssey SC x Star Ghazin JKA), Ex: Paige Nolte, O: Jeff and Ashley Thistle.



1. Champion Hunter Pleasure 18 & Under JTR HISTORYINTHEMAKIN BMH (SF Sir Real x KA Healani SRA), ridden by owner Brianna Burnham. 2. Champion Hunter Pleasure Novice Horse ATR MAASAI PVF (Maserati WR x Alora Gold NBW), ridden by Roxanne Schall for owners Donald and Ann Benson.

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1. Champion Hunter Pleasure Jackpot 14-18 JTR TAMAR CARTIER ( Justafire DGL x Alsace), ridden by owner Claire Coulter. 2. Champion Hunter Pleasure Jackpot 14 & Under JTR TYMES TO TREASURE (Baske Afire x Tymeless Treasure), ridden by Madison Rose for owners Sandra and Brian Feuling.

WCA), Ex: Ellie Tvedt, O: Gracie Dougherty; Top Five: TCHAIKOVSKY TL (MPA Giovanni x WC Tsassi Rose), Ex: Ambor Mrozinski, O: Robin Morzinski. Hunter Pleasure AOTR - Champion: TYMES TO TREASURE (Baske Afire x Tymeless Treasure), Ex/O: Sandra Kay Feuling; Reserve: VA THOMAS CROWNE (Sir Fames HBV x Champaine N Roses), Ex/O: Cassandra Stafford; Top Five: ODYSSEH ALITA JA (Odyssey SC x Lolita Lane), Ex/O: Marni Britton; ATLANTIS SC (Odyssey SC x Carismreta), Ex/O: Christine Rickart; PR ARAGORN (Brass x Casina Bey SRA), Ex/O: Ashley Poeschel. Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse ATR - Champion: ENRIQUE C (Eden C x Chanel C), Ex/O: Roxanne Schall; Reserve: FINAALI ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Tymeless Treasure), Ex/O: Sandra Kay Feuling; Top Five: JJ REVELATION (SF Veraz x Allie Chat), Ex: Michael Van Handel, O: Jill Lochner; SPYDER TRF (DA Valentino x SR Cozette), Ex: Anique Weber, O: Tangle Ridge Farm; DSD ESTRELLITA (Georgio AF x Dsdstarattraction), Ex: Andrea McGowan, O: Debra Duick. 336 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

Hunter Pleasure 40 & Over AATR - Champion: TYMES TO TREASURE (Baske Afire x Tymeless Treasure), Ex/O: Sandra Kay Feuling; Reserve: MAASAI PVF (Maserati WR x Alora Gold NBW ), Ex: Roxanne Schall, O: Donald and Ann Benson; Top Five: PROXIMUS CA (Afire Bey V x DA Triffire), Ex: Lori Conway, O: Conway Arabians, Inc.; VA THOMAS CROWNE (Sir Fames HBV x Champaine N Roses), Ex: Anique Weber, O: Cassandra Stafford; SUCCESSOR AAL (Odyssey SC x TF Psyches Angel), Ex: Anissa Weber, O: David and Debbie Treadwell. Hunter Pleasure 19-39 AATR - Champion: PROXIMUS CA (Afire Bey V x DA Triffire), Ex: Rachel Schieffelbein, O: Conway Arabians, Inc.; Reserve: PEARL CA (IXL Noble Express x Magatos Way), Ex/O: Mary Grace Nelson; Top Five: VA THOMAS CROWNE (Sir Fames HBV x Champaine N Roses), Ex: Krista Hixson, O: Cassandra Stafford; SUCCESSOR AAL (Odyssey SC x TF Psyches Angel), Ex: Kim Waters, O: David and Debbie Treadwell; ATLANTIS SC (Odyssey SC x Carismreta), Ex: Chelsea Reiter, O: Charles and Christine Rickart.

Hunter Pleasure 18 & Under JTR - Champion: HISTORYINTHEMAKIN BMH (SF Sir Real x KA Healani SRA), Ex/O: Brianna Burnham; Reserve: ATLANTIS SC (Odyssey SC x Carismreta), Ex: Mikenna Laventure, O: Charles and Christine Rickart; Top Five: TAMAR CARTIER ( Justafire DGL x Alsace), Ex/O: Claire Coulter; PR ARAGORN (Brass x Casina Bey SRA), Ex: Alexa Tiziani, O: Travis, Nadine and Ashley Poeschel; SUCCESSOR AAL (Odyssey SC x TF Psyches Angel), Ex: Katie Treadwell, O: David and Debbie Treadwell.

MAHB High Point Youth- Jenna Tekolste Amateur- Roxanne Schall

MAHB Hall Of Fame IXL Noble Express

Hunter Pleasure Novice Horse ATR - Champion: MAASAI PVF (Maserati WR x Alora Gold NBW ), Ex: Roxanne Schall, O: Donald and Ann Benson; Reserve: FINAALI ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Tymeless Treasure), Ex/O: Sandra Kay Feuling; Top Five: JJ REVELATION (SF Veraz x Allie Chat), Ex: Michael Van Handel, O: Jill Lochner; FABIAN TRF (Eden C x RD Fabreanna), Ex/O: Cassandra Stafford; FYRE AWAY CA (Noble Way x Amberr Fyre), Ex/O: Kelly Teigen Talmage. Hunter Pleasure Jackpot ATR - Champion: PROXIMUS CA (Afire Bey V x DA Triffire), Ex: Rachel Schieffelbein, O: Conway Arabians, Inc.; Reserve: PEARL CA (IXL Noble Express x Magatos Way), Ex/O: Mary Grace Nelson. Hunter Pleasure Jackpot 14-18 JTR - Champion: TAMAR CARTIER ( Justafire DGL x Alsace), Ex/O: Claire Coulter; Reserve: HISTORYINTHEMAKIN BMH (SF Sir Real x KA Healani SRA), Ex/O: Brianna Burnham; Top Five: TUSCAN SUN CCF (MCA Prince Marwan x CCF Toskanna), Ex: Katie Mahler, O: Jill Odegard; THE ETERNEGIZER (Eternety x CP Azsahib), Ex: Lexi LeFever, O: Teresa Silva; MACHISMO MS (Maranello x RV Cover Girl), Ex: Rylee Choate, O: Martha and Katherine Swendsen.

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Hunter Pleasure Jackpot 14 & Under JTR - Champion: TYMES TO TREASURE (Baske Afire x Tymeless Treasure), Ex: Madison Rose, O: Sandra and Brian Feuling; Reserve: SUCCESSOR AAL (Odyssey SC x TF Psyches Angel), Ex: Katie Treadwell, O: David and Debbie Treadwell; Top Five: TUSCAN SUN CCF (MCA Prince Marwan x CCF Toskanna), Ex: Gloriana ONeil, O: Jill Odegard; PRUSSIAN SUNDANCE CFT (Sundance Kid V x Prussia DSA), Ex: Alexa Tiziani, O: Lori Corbin and Ashley Corbin-Reedy. n

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The Arabian National Breeder Finals celebrated it’s 5th annual event this past September 30th - October 3rd in glorious Scottsdale, Arizona.

This prestigious show offers the Arabian horse community the opportunity to showcase the very best the breed has to offer in an unparalleled venue. Scottsdale has established itself as not only one of the finest shopping and dining destinations in the world, but as a world-class mecca for the Arabian horse. The Arabian National Breeder Finals presents a unique halter/breeding showcase event that offers prize money and abundant marketing opportunities for breeders and purebred Arabian horse enthusiasts. The annual event is attended by equine enthusiasts from all over the world and is considered one of the most enjoyable social events in the Arabian community. Enjoy the photographic journal on the pages that follow.

Laurelle Photo


The Contributors the show committee

Jay Allen Greg Knowles Sharon Chauncey Siar Taryl O’Shea Janice McCrea Wight Gary McDonald Riyan Rivero David Cains

s p eci a l sp o nso r s

Royal Arabians - Show Title Sponsor

Hennessey Arabians - Breeder Awards

Scottsdale Equine Repro - Weanling Sponsor

Wendy Morris Tank - Championship Awards

Karina Peacemaker - Painting Contribution

Oak Ridge Arabians - Stallion Sponsor Jade Creek Arabians - Mare Sponsor

Coulter Cadillac - Jr Colt Sponsor Bridgelight - Liberty Sponsor

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The Judges Richard Adams Majdi Al Saleh Mario Braga

Jay Constanti Kim Morgan

Mark Owens


ANBF Champion Senior Mare AOTH Gold LADY FADORA PA P Silver JADORE PA Bronze FAMESS LADY ANBF Champion Senior Gelding AOTH Gold CHAOS PA Silver KAYNE E Bronze M S SANTIAGO ANBF Champion Senior Stallion AOTH Gold CESARI PA Silver ROYAL EMANUEL Bronze ALICZARR

The Arabian National Breeder Final’s unique venue, quality competition and fantastic atmosphere offers exhibitors, owners, breeders, trainers, amateurs and juniors an opportunity to SHINE, DREAM, CELEBRATE and CONNECT with one another. . .



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C H A MP ION S H IP RE S ULTS continued Breeders Club Champion Yearling Filly ATH Gold AMBER ANGEL PA Silver MC JASMARA Bronze PIEATRA Breeders Club Champion Yearling Colt/Gelding ATH Gold VALIK ORA Silver CAPTAIN AMERIKA PA Bronze TOKYO PA Breeders Club Champion Two Year Old Filly ATH Gold COVERGIRL PA Silver RAH TOPAZ Bronze BELLADONA PA Breeders Club Champion Two Year Old Colt/Gelding ATH Gold KHALIF SWF Silver MARZAL Breeder Finals Champion Futurity 3 Year Old Filly Gold LADY FADORA PA Breeder Finals Champion Futurity 3 Year Old Colt/Gelding Gold CESARI PA

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CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS continued SSS Champion 3 & Over Filly ATH Gold LADY FADORA PA Silver ELENA ENIGMA SA Bronze CHAFON PA SSS Champion 3 & Over Gelding ATH Gold REGAL ENCORE CCA Silver IDENTITY PA Bronze KAYNE E SSS Champion 3 & Over Colt ATH Gold CESARI PA Silver ROYAL EMANUEL Bronze CUSTOM SSS Champion 2 Year Old Filly ATH Gold MC VITORIA Silver AMBIANCE PA Bronze RAH TOPAZ

SSS Champion 2 Year Old Colt/Gelding ATH Gold MC VULCAN Silver AZIZ PA Bronze MC JASPOURE SSS Champion Yearling Filly ATH Gold AMBER ANGEL PA Silver PRINCESS RAHERRA ORA Bronze MC JASMARA SSS Champion Yearling Colts/Gelding ATH Gold AMEER AL AJMAN LRA TJ Silver POSEIDON EEA Bronze AGERA HA ANBF Egyptian Heritage Champion Females Gold BELLA MAZIN Silver LADY SIMONE AJF Bronze GS SHAHEERAH ANBF Egyptian Heritage Champion Males Gold AA TRUE JUSTICE Silver SHAZAAM Z Bronze AZIZAH SHAHZAAD

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The Arabian National Breeder Finals is the only Arabian horse show in the country that offers an award to the

breeder of every champion. The idea for the award was created in honor of the show’s title, Arabian National BREEDER Finals and has become a treasured annual tradition. In addition to the individual Champion Breeder awards, a High Point award is presented annually to the breeder who achieves the

greatest success with horses shown at the ANBF Show. The High Point Breeder

Award, sponsored by Hennessey Arabians was presented for the third year in a row to Pegasus Arabians. Congratulations to ALL the CHAMPIONS!





ANBF Weanling Champion Filly Gold TRULY MEMORAABLE Silver PSOPHIA LMA Bronze ANGEL OF VITORIO ORA ANBF Weanling Champion Colts & Geldings Gold SICARI Silver POLIMAR Bronze MAREQ MA ANBF Junior Champion Filly Gold LEEN AL SHAQAB Silver ARIA QUINTESSA Bronze LADY VITORIO ORA ANBF Junior Champion Colt Gold VEYRON ORA Silver MC VULCAN Bronze MONECO ANBF Senior Champion Mare Gold PERFIRKA Silver BH BEIJINGS VELVET Bronze KBT KHARRA MOKHA ANBF Senior Champion Stallion Gold EL CHALL WR Silver BAHA AA NJ Bronze ICE STORM SRA

The photo above represents a memorable moment for the ANBF. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Junior Champion Fillies were all represented by Midwest Training Centre.

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The variety of halter/breeding classes at the Arabian National Breeder Finals offer breeders, owners and trainers a venue to showcase their very best. In 2017, exhibitors will be able to compete for thousands of dollars in THREE of the most successful Futurity Programs in the breed; The Breeders Club Futurity, The Scottsdale Signature Stallion Futurity and The Silver Sire Breeders Futurity. In addition to the world class competition, many of the Arabian communities most prestigious breeders and training facilities offer Open Houses, Breeder Forums and celebrations before and after the classes each day. This year’s event provided an international audience for a Breeders Forum at Arabian Expressions with guest speaker Shawn Crews; Open Houses at Dolce Cavalo Arabians, Tara Carpio Training, Arabians International, Midwest Training Centre and Royal Arabians in association with Guzzo Worldwide; a fundraiser at Gemini Acres Equine; and a celebration at McDonald Arabians. The quality competition, exceptional atmosphere, prize money opportunities and availability to visit world class Arabian horse facilities makes the Arabian National Breeder Finals a must-attend event for all Arabian horse enthusiasts! Complete results and show information can be found on line at Official Show Photos by Laurelle Anderson can be found at Article by Riyan Rivero Photos by Riyan Rivero, Laurelle Anderson, Beth Ellen Hunziker, Ally Nelson and Thiago Moraes


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Desert Princes The World Of The

Tahawy Bedouin And Their Purebred Arabian Horses by Kirsten and Bernd Radtke

Nazeer’s desert bred ancestors. The Tahawy Bedouin principles of breeding Arabian horses. Bringing up and training foals. Bedouin racing in Geziret Saoud and Cairo, Egypt. Hunting with falcons and Saluki hounds. Plus much more!

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Ben Bassichis with Jeff Wallace


Ben Bassichis


reeding and showing Arabian horses is a family pursuit that brings great joy to Drs. Ben and Michelle Bassichis and their children Sara, Max and Rebecca. While new to the breed, they have already experienced the thrill of successfully showing their horses, both domestically and internationally, with their exciting young stallion Artemas GA. Stella Bella Arabians is located on the 350-acre B Squared Ranch. The ranch boasts an abundance of rolling hills, ponds, and pastures to accommodate the growing collection of exceptional Arabian horses. It is less than 45 minutes from Dallas, where Ben Bassichis is an award-winning surgeon with a thriving practice.

Who was the first Arabian horse you ever laid eyes on and what was the experience like? Our fairly recent experience with the Arabian horse started in 2013 with a visit to the ArabHorse Farm Tour in Scottsdale. During that late December visit, I will never forget when my daughter and I saw Star Thyme magically float across the turnout. Seeing that beautiful gelding up close for the first time launched our family into the world of Arabian horses.  What does your dream horse look like? The dream horse is one that has very few structural flaws; the embodiment of conformational perfection. However, that alone does not make a true Arabian dream horse. The magic of the dream Arabian horse is the added radiance and charisma intrinsic to the top equines in our breed. A great horse is hard to define, but when they possess that magical quality, it is impossible to take your eyes off them and they leave an indelible impression on you.   What attracted you to becoming a breeder? What part of breeding Arabian horses lives deep in your soul? I would not call myself a true breeder yet, as my breeding decisions from our first year at Stella Bella Arabians are just now starting to grow up. However, it is truly amazing to make important, often painstaking choices, in creating a living being. It is an honor and great responsibility to breed horses and a dreamcome-true to actually create a vision that is reflective of my dream horse. It is an even greater honor to have a ranch where our horses can live a healthy, beautiful life and be able to share that with my children. Please describe the setting at Stella Bella Arabians and tell us why your breeding program is housed there. Stella Bella Arabians is the name of our

breeding program. We are still in the process of completing our facility called B Squared Ranch in Aubrey, on 350 acres in the heart of Texas Horse Country. Beautiful natural terrain combined with proximity to top equine veterinary professionals and the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport, make it an ideal location for us. What is your favorite part about foaling out mares? The excitement of foaling is the culmination of months of planning and dreaming followed by eleven months of gestational waiting. We focus on a healthy, standing, nursing foal with an ability to bond with its mother, tumultuously combined with the much awaited determination of filly or colt, and hopes for the future of joy that the foal will bring to the family. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? Through the Arabian horse industry, we have had the opportunity to meet great people all over the country and the world. We have travelled to new places and experienced novel events with our family and new friends. We have even had the incredible adventure of traveling to Europe to see our colt Artemas GA compete in Menton, France. Sharing this common passion for the Arabian horse has brought my family closer together.   How did you decide what bloodlines to use for your foundation? At Stella Bella Arabians, we started with the desire to create a healthy and complete horse. Well-balanced bodies with good legs bring about an Arabian with beautiful movement and therefore boundless potential. A pretty face that does not possess a well-conformed body, can take multiple generations to correct. A healthy body and legs are the foundations we look for.

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Who have your mentors been in the Arabian horse business? We have met so many wonderful people who have given great advice and steadfast guidance through the short time we have been involved in the Arabian horse industry. We are so grateful for everyone. But we must specifically thank our dear friend and business partner, Carol Steppe. Carol has been such a strong advocate for our fledgling program. From the two horses we bred together this year, with almost five times that many anticipated for next year, she patiently listens and gives thoughtful, wise advice. Her experience, joyful passion, and gracious manner have been an inspiration to our breeding process. In addition, we have welcomed many of her Day Dream horses from California to Texas, and look forward to many more. As relatively new breeders, what has been your experience with joining the Arabian community? We are happy to be a part of the Arabian community—great people with common interests, passions, and goals, who have fun doing it. Do you prefer the desert or the ocean? Well, as we live in Dallas with no ocean in sight, I will have to say ocean.  What is your favorite horse destination to travel to? We really enjoyed going to the Arabian show in Menton, France. The show tents, stables, and competition arena are directly on the beach of the small Mediterranean city. The region is full of exquisite places to travel; museums, history, beaches, culture … and the food is really fantastic. It was even more amazing to share the international horse adventure as a family. So, Menton is my favorite horse destination to travel to—a world class Arabian horse show on the beach in the French Riviera … how can you go wrong? What makes you happy? A wise person once told me, you are as happy as your least happy child (note: I think my wife said that). See my answer to favorite destination and it is clear why Menton has been my favorite show.

Goddess Of Da Vinci (Da Vinci FM x Goddess of Marwan). What two characteristics do you like most about the Arabian horse? Their intellect and engagement with their environment makes them very appealing. This leads to their desire to have human interaction as well as the diverse personalities they often exhibit. I also appreciate their exquisite wide-set, expressive eyes. These are some of the features that make Arabian horses so captivating to me. Name a handful of Arabian mares alive today that make you weak in the knees. Goddess of Da Vinci! Please tell us about the addition of Artemas GA to Stella Bella Arabians. We definitely did not plan on purchasing a colt, however, we got a call that there was a special colt we must see. I could not go out to see him in person, but bought him anyway. The following week when I met him in person, it was one of those amazing life changing moments. It was like electricity—we could not take our eyes off of him! I met a horse that (for me) possessed that wow factor. The black colt is something incredibly special for our breeding program and has been a huge pleasure following him to his national and international competitions.

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What is your future plan for Artemas GA? He will stay in Europe for the near future. He won “Most Beautiful Head” in his class at Menton, and Gold Champion Junior Colt at Strohen, Germany. European shows are definitely different from the U.S. It was important and thrilling for us to have a colt that could win both here and in Europe. His quality reflects his superb and thoughtful breeding, featuring an important lineage of phenomenal Arabians such as JJ Bellagio, Marwan al Shaqab, Aladdinn, Celaddinn, and many more which have culminated in this special colt. It is our honor to cultivate his future.  How did you acquire Goddess of Da Vinci, and what are your plans for her? I will never forget when Gemini Acres in Scottsdale presented the opportunity to purchase Goddess of Da Vinci. The first time we saw her, both Michelle and I had goosebumps from head to toe. We truly fell in love with this beautiful and elegant mare. Following U.S. Nationals, where I will be showing Goddess in the AAOTH, she will come home to Texas to stay for a well-deserved rest. She is one of the friendliest mares we own, and we welcome everyone to Aubrey, Texas to see her in person. She has produced some amazing foals in the past.  We will continue to take advantage of her bloodlines and the character traits that she gives to her offspring.  

2014 filly, SF Marwhambra (ZT Marwteyn x Impres Alhambra, by Aria Impresario).

Why is being a family-run breeding operation important to you? For me, family-run means trying to create something that can be multigenerational. Our Arabian horse business is one we share together as a family where we can bond over hopes, dreams, passion and life. I really enjoy meeting other people who have parents or grandparents that were breeders. I aspire to someday my kids and hopefully, grandkids, speaking fondly of me starting a family legacy that they continue to enjoy.

and universally well–liked, but most importantly to us, she is already a beloved and valued member of our Stella Bella family. Having spent a great deal of time with her since her arrival in Texas, she is not only a very talented horsewoman, but she makes everything fun. At our business, Katie will be wearing many hats over the next few years, including horse conditioning, evaluating performance capabilities, breeding manager, etc. She will help us realize our goal of creating great halter horses, which will lead to great performance horses. My kids can’t wait to get to the ranch to hang out with Katie, and all of our gorgeous Arabians. Once again, in regards to the ‘least happy kid’—with Katie all kids and horses are happy.

What are you most looking forward to for Stella Bella in the next couple of years? The addition of Katie Showers to Stella Bella Arabians has surpassed our expectations. Of course, she is a true professional

Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers around the globe? We are grateful to the many wonderful people who have welcomed us to the breed. n





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AmAteur Spotlight ... TREVOR MILLER It is a great honor to carry forward the influential breeding program my grandparents have spent their life working on.

How long have you been involved with Arabian horses? I am a third generation Arabian breeder and exhibitor. My grandparents started their breeding program over 60 years ago. What disciplines have you and are competing in? I have been fortunate to have competed in a variety of disciplines such as cutting, park, driving, halter, western, English and country English, etc. Currently I am showing in western pleasure, cutting and halter.

Who is your favorite horse you have ever owned? That’s a difficult question, as I have been fortunate to own some very exceptional horses. However, one that stands out was my old Barbary son, Haarah. He was an extremely talented horse with an outstanding show record, but it was his heart and mind that made him my favorite. Haarah was a park horse and a stallion who I began showing when I was 8 years old. Needless to say, he took great care of me! If there was one horse you could have or own, whom would it be and why? Bey Abi. As an individual, he was an excellent horse—correctly built, good eye appeal, and a sound mover. I understand his disposition was excellent, and he certainly produced that in his offspring. Ultimately, it was his contributions as a sire that makes him my choice.

What is your favorite riding style? Truthfully, I really enjoy starting the young horses, conditioning and training them. As a horseman it brings me great joy to bring a young horse along and find where there talent lies. As my granddad would say, after 70 years of training and riding horses, the horses will let you know. You come from a long line of family involved with the Arabian horse; what does it mean to carry this tradition on? It is an enviable opportunity to live my passion and honor my family’s dedication to Arabians. Horses run in my blood, there is never a day that passes that I am not thankful to have them, and I respect and value the influence my family’s breeding program has had on the breed.


Trevor with his grandmother Arlene Miller and her sister, Joanne Crawford accepting the 2015 APAHA Lifetime Achievement Award for Miller Arabians.

favorites—the show arenas are top notch and ample warm up space. Aside from horses, what is some of your favorite hobbies? I also breed and show Doberman Pinschers. What would be one thing our readers would be surprised to know about you? That I do all the ranch work myself: cleaning stalls, farrier work, fence building etc. I also do all the ultrasound work on the breeding mares.

Top left, Trevor at 4 years old. Top right, Trevor with Tanbarks Last Love, 8-time National Champion in Park and English. Bottom, Trevor at 3 years old with his father, Ross Miller, and sister, Heather Corfee.

Have you applied some of your knowledge from your Chiropractic business to your horses? Yes, my knowledge of biomechanics and anatomy has greatly influenced how I evaluate a horse and how I condition my horses.

Purchased as a 2-year-old out of a field, Papa Rhazi displayed great potential. Trained by Trevor and his father, Ross Miller, he was shown to 11 national championships.

How many horse events do you attend a year? I attend approximately 10 events a year, sometimes more.

If there is one person you could thank in this world, who would it be and why? Arlene Padilla. She has been a friend and business partner for many years. She has been supportive beyond words.

What is your favorite horse event and why? I would have to say the Scottsdale show; there is so much quality represented there in all divisions. One gets the opportunity to observe the industry’s best and additionally, the venue at Scottsdale is one of my

How do you see your involvement in the Arabian horse business 15 years from now? I see myself continuing to breed and show horses; I hope to continue to grow in my knowledge and experiences, and ultimately, leave a positive impact on the breed. n

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FACES & PLACES Ja dem A r a bi a n s’ Open Day had nearly 250 eager guests enjoy the hospitality of Christine Jamar and Guy Demeerssman on September 28th, 2015. Christine’s breeding program spans more than 35 years and has produced countless champions that are identif ied by the famous “J” suff ix. Clients and other visitors enjoyed a delicious meal cooked outside under sunny skies where they also saw some of this year’s foal crop out on the grass. The gorgeous indoor arena was lined with tables to accommodate the international audience, who saw a fantastic display of horses who make their home at Jadem Arabians. Some of the stallions standing there were presented, including Al Khalediah’s creamy


FACES & PLACES white El Palacio VO, Luciana Fasano’s Brazilian National Champion AAS-Elishahh; WH York, the ever exciting Excalibur EA and Nofal NK, who wowed the crowd when presented alongside his daughter, Mimi NK, the f irst Nofal NK offspring ever shown, and who had just been named the 2015 All Nations Cup Gold Champion Yearling Filly in Aachen. It was a splendid event, achieved with an elegant graciousness that had everyone looking forward to returning in the future. n

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What does your dream horse look like? What is the perfect Arabian for you? My perfect Arabian is like a drawing of Peter Upton’s, who drew them in his books. The stallions are short in the back with lots of attitude. Upton can draw it very nicely; with the tail up—you can see the expression! A horse that comes in the ring and looks to the public and says, “Here I am!” and trots like hell! This is, for me, my dream.  So, it’s safe to say that Ekstern would represent that? That’s correct. That’s who he really is, and he loved the public. The more they were shouting … the more they made noise, the more he was dancing. The first time I saw Ekstern was in the middle of winter. Freezing, minus 13, or 18, I cannot remember. I went to buy another horse, but then I saw Ekstern flying on the very hard ground, tail up, fat like usual, long hair, and so such charisma! I knew he was from the E line, and I had no blood from this line at that time. Jawarowski, and Jerzy and Urzula Bialobok were there. 

me that I had to show him to promote him. So, we went to England and he got fourteen 20’s! Nobody can believe this. So I called Bialobok and let him know. He called a meeting with Marek Trela because it was a surprise to everybody. Most Polish people believed more in Ganges at that time, but when everyone saw the perfection in him, especially with his blood, both studs used him afterward. Also, Marek Trela’s wife was very happy with the foals some years later, which made me happy.

I said I would like to lease him, but he was not for lease. We offered double the money that they normally got for leasing a horse—forget it. When Urzula saw that I loved the horse, she took me by my right hand into the office of Mr. Bialobok. There’s a wall with the pictures of all the white mares from the Milordka line. She said, “Christine, this is it.” It was what I wanted and I think she felt that I wanted it. So I did everything to get Ekstern. 

Do you think Jawarowski built the E line of Michalów sort of like an architect? He started with Eskapada and he layered. The silhouette of the E line mares still looks like Eskapada! Exactly. Every breeder has something in his mind that he wants to reach, and Jawarowski had that in his mind, and he reached it. It’s like … they are artists. It’s like a painting. You have a lot of colors you can use, but the way you use them, becomes the result. The stallions, the mares … you use those combinations because you want to reach that. Somebody else maybe would use another combination because he has another goal. Janów has a different kind of horse from Michalów. Both studs have an exceptional group of mares. In 1985, the mares of Janów were stronger horses, more classical, you know. At that time, I liked the Michalów horses the most, because they were more feminine, in my opinion. Over the years, the the Janów horses have improved to the modern standards, thanks to director Marek Trela.

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2015 Dubai International Gold Champion Junior Colt Gallardo J and his sire, Gold Champion Senior Stallion Emerald J, with Christine, breeder of both stallions.

Kuhailan blood, yes. And Michalów had more Saklawi. I remember the first time I went to Poland in ‘82, I think, a lot of years ago; I was still with the Russian horses. I visited Spain first, then Poland, Russia, and Egypt, to make up my mind what I liked. When I went to Spain there were some horses I liked, but I was not really excited. Then I went to Poland and was crazy about the Michalów horses. That was 80% of the horses I liked.   I saw Polish-bred Gwizd in Russia. The babies of Gwizd! I fell in love with his babies on that trip and I liked only 30% to 40% of the horses. I was very disappointed, because at that moment the best horses were all sold, most to the States. I was also very disappointed in Egypt. I saw only nine horses 368 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

that I liked and one of them was bought by a friend from Holland. The best horses were also sold there, to the USA. So I decided to breed Polish. But I was young and had no financing possibilities, so I waited until the price of the horses went down in the States. I bought 11 mares and one stallion, Pyrrus, by Bandos. Afterwards, I bought Pegaz, the Palas son out of Pliszka. He was a Michalów-bred stallion. My favorite horses in the face were always Eukaliptus and Bandos. And I was crazy about their daughters! Maybe that’s the same as Jawarowski felt, that’s why I went back to Poland so much. And then Ekstern jumped me from here to there. He jumped over three generations!


You have been breeding for 37 years; how has it enriched your life? It’s my whole life; that’s all it could be. I don’t think about anything else. I go to bed with the horses, and all I’m thinking about is my breeding, about promoting the Arabian horse, thinking about organizing shows. Everything, my whole life is around Arabian horses. And why? They make me happy. Every baby that’s born that I can see (I welcome the smell!) makes me happy. Better than winning in a show, is a nice baby. The Arabian horse obviously lives inside you; yours is a deep-rooted passion. Oh, yes. It’s a passion. Also, I am a person who wants everything to be perfect. It’s difficult, maybe, for other people to live or work with me, because all must be perfect.  My father was the same way. But, to get that goal, I don’t want any risks at all. For me, zero risk goes into everything. So, you do your best to get everything you want and that’s the goal. It’s a passion; some might even say an obsession.  Obsession, yes … WN Fawn Obsession! Tell us about your love for her. Fawn Obsession is one of my favorite mares. I bought her sight unseen, but I recieved good recommendations from people. Then at her first show for me, she came charging into the arena. I was like, “Wow! That is a good mare!” She was so balanced, so elegant, so like a Queen Gambine! The eyes, the way she looks at you … it just throws you. She was very feminine and sure about herself—an amazing mare.   Do you think highly of the blood of Padrons Psyche? I love Padrons Psyche. I saw him for the first time when the people who wanted to buy him asked me to give an opinion. I flew over from Belgium and recommended him to my friend, who bought the stallion. In those days, there was no commission, just a favor for the friend. Later, I organized my first European Championships and invited Padrons Psyche to come to Europe, and my friend was the sponsor, so he brought him to Europe! And that was a big, big thing for Europe—Padrons Psyche coming from the States. And everybody loved him. Many years later when he came to my farm, I remember the first time we had an open house

and we showed him; he was I think, 20. He was dancing like a horse four years of age, and he was spectacular. The people had never seen a horse show in a presentation like he did. They were clapping and Padrons Psyche acted like he was in the show ring. So the more they applauded, the more he danced to the music. Oh, I still get goosebumps! Tell us a little bit about Belgium becoming a big player on the Arabian horse scene. How did that unfold? Belgium, to be honest, wasn’t concerned about the promotion of the horse until Mr. Joseph Peeters from Stoeterij Arabica started organizing shows. He organized the first international show of Europe in Belgium, and the people came from all around. Peeters asked me to continue with the show. The first year, he taught me, and then every year after, I had the horse show at my farm and all the profits went to charity. Because of this, we received free promotion from TV, radio and news, which created huge publicity for the Arabian horse in Belgium, and still does. For the last 20 years, this is what Belgium has done, and it’s not easy to promote an Arabian horse in a country where the market is huge for top show jumping horses. It’s interesting that many people running major breeding and/or training operations around the world today, have gone through Jadem Arabians. That’s correct. Michael Van den Elsken, Philippe Hosay, Peter Wilms, Juan Murilo, Bart Van Buggenhout, Philip Looyens … Michael stayed the longest. He was, a good, good guy. He was 12 years old. I could see him standing at the gate with his father and they asked if I had a job for him. I said, “He needs to learn the horses.” I tell him, I can’t pay, because he has no knowledge. Not a problem. He must study until age 18 in Belgium, but at 16 he wanted to leave the school, so I had a discussion with the school director to let him know that he works at my farm, and that I will check to see that he is learning for school while he works, and he agreed.  Well, you must have a good sense about people because, from travelling through Europe and the Middle East this year, one of the nicest guys met is your trainer Frederick. Frederick came to us he

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wanted to work for me. I am very happy, because I liked the way he worked with the horses. This is for me the most important thing. We don’t have many

Al Muawd Stud, because they have a good breeding program, they have good mares. I helped them to get the stallion, and then they leased Gallardo J. We



training horses at my farm. We have 25 … 30 horses in training, no more. We have four or five people for this. You have to take time, but the horse must stay happy and be your friend. I told Frederick, if the horse is your friend, he will show like it. And the day after, Gallardo J was blowing in the show ring in Dubai!

thought, together we could reach further than alone. In life you have to cooperate and some people cannot do that. But I have always believed in teamwork. A good team is success, and we were good together. The best deal is if two parties are happy. It’s not only about the money, it’s about the feelings also—you have a good feeling.

You must be very excited about the foals of Emerald J, since the rest of the world seems to be. Tell us about him. Emerald J, for me, of course, is special. I had the right to an embryo from his dam, and after two years we finally got a viable one. He was born at Om El Arab International. When I saw Emerald J for the first time he was three weeks old, and I thought he had some potential. He was a nice, cute colt like Sigi described on the phone when he was born. He was good … very correct. Good eyes and everything, but not really special.

If you could resurrect two horses that were not yours, who would they be and why? Bandola would be one. I never met her in life, but what she did … I love that kind of horse. I would have liked to have her in my brood. And who else? Pilarka! My God, I think I still see her! It was the first time we organized the European Championships in 1987. I really would like to have her back with Bandola.

When he was nine or ten months, he came to Europe with a big belly, you know, a weaned foal. But then he started to play a lot in the field and we conditioned him. His head became more and more like a sculpture. So that was, thanks to God, a gift, and he improved so much, so I was very happy. Then he grew up—he was late to mature.

I believe in the Polish mares because it’s a breeding program of more than 200 years. My breeding of pure Polish has existed exactly 25 years. You need to wait a long time to get what you have. I have been a breeder since the end of 70s, when I had Russian horses, but in 1990, I changed everything to Polish in one year. I only kept two horses from before. I had good show horses, but I wanted to go Polish and I had to start from the bottom again. 25 years is needed to have that success.   

So, what was it like to be the breeder of the Gold Champion Junior Stallion and the Gold Champion Senior Stallion? The breeder, and the artist too, I suppose—goal met. That’s what we do, put the mare and the stallion together, then check when the foal’s born; did we do a good job last year or not. Luck plays a part also. I was very happy Emerald J went to

And when you have the passion that you, you can stick it out those 25 years, because you don’t want to anything else. And I think Michalów feels the same. The Monogramm babies were born, I think, 21 years ago, but I’m not sure. So, you need patience, but if you believe in what you are doing and love to do it, that’s the most important thing. n


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Who was the first Arabian horse you ever laid eyes on and what was the experience like? I went to watch an Arabian horse show in Milwaukee when I was young. There isn’t one specific horse that I can recall, but I remember thinking how beautiful they were and how many different things they could do. I found it funny how the handlers looked twisting their bodies around like contortionists trying to get a horse to stick its neck out. 376 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

What does your dream horse look like? A Karen Kasper bronze. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? It has filled my life with joy and opportunities. There is almost nothing better than walking into a barn in the evening when it’s quiet, and you can smell the hay and grain and hear the horses happily munching, or see a group of mares and foals in a paddock and watch the foals play

together. So many people are stuck in an office and don’t get to experience these things on a daily basis! I have met amazing people and travelled the world.    Who have your mentors been in the Arabian horse business? Eileen Verdieck and Michael Byatt. Those two have taught me everything I know about training halter horses, gave me the chance to work in all facets of the industry, and the opportunity to travel the world and work in many interesting places. I met Michael at my first job at Karho, and then also ended up with him at Sandspur. I was working in his office at the time and showing Saddlebreds on the weekends for a friend. One day he was short staffed and asked me to come help get

horses ready for him to school. I remember watching him, and wondering what he was doing and why, because I never really ‘got’ the halter showing thing.   One day I summoned the courage to ask, why he did just this and why did just that. At first the vein in his forehead popped out (anyone who has worked for him will understand what this means), but I told him I was just trying to learn. He started to explain to me his process, and which reaction he was trying to get. I continued to help prepare the horses for him, and just watch how he would proceed from one step to another, sometimes working on just one thing or several at a time. I watched him take horses that had been shown for years and were completely sour and miserable, and

Maliha Bouznika with Dawn.

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turn them into horses that wanted to work for him. The key is ‘wanted.’  He made them want to do it rather than forcing them.   I recall one time at U.S. Nationals where an owner came up and remarked to me that they had never seen their mare come to the front of a stall at a show and stick her head out with her ears up. She had been showing for 10 years, had been through all the major trainers, and they said she would always stand at the back of the stall. They were amazed at how happy she was. He is such a naturally talented horseman, with incredible timing. After he became partners with Eileen Verdieck, she gave me the opportunity to really put to use what I had been learning. She sent me to her overseas clients to prepare horses and train them for her to show, and in the time I wasn’t overseas, I would come back and train


her horses for the Egyptian Event. We worked together quite successfully, and it was a huge learning experience as well. She sent me to Al Shaqab first, and it was there that I trained horses like Gazal, Al Adeed and Marwan as weanlings for their first shows. I always knew they were quite special, but at the time, I had no idea how special and “game changing” those three would become! Do you prefer the desert or the ocean? Ocean. If you could resurrect any two horses, who would they be and why? JA Rave Review, because he was just simply the best; in every way. He was so smart and sweet and beautiful and talented and funny —just a very special soul. He embodied everything an Arabian horse should be. People in the U.S. will know him as he was one of the most successful Arabian performance horses ever. He


was a gelding, so didn’t contribute anything to the breed per se, but I loved him dearly. I was with him for the first few years of what ended up to be an amazingly long and successful career full of national championships. I think I would choose Padron as the second one, for his long lasting influence on the breed which continues to this day. He was at Sandspur when I worked there, and although I was working in the office at the time, I was so impressed by his style, beauty and athletic ability. He has contributed not only winning halter horses, but performance horses as well. If you loved the gelding Rave Review and you rode Saddlebreds, you must also have loved Imperator? Who didn’t love Imperator? He had the most amazing slow gait. I saw him go World Grand Champion once and also was in Freedom Hall the night of one

Dawn with Al Adeed.

DAWN of the most incredible 5-gaited stakes that ever was … his showdown with Skywatch. Skywatch won and Imperator was reserve. They were both such naturally talented and exciting horses to watch. Name a handful of Arabian mares alive today that make you weak in the knees. Emandoria, AJ Sawahi, Najdah Alzobair, Panarea by Palawan, Thee Vision and Mozn Albidayer (I know she isn’t a mare, but she is amazing). Without thinking for more than five seconds, why have Mattaharii and DL Marielle become such treasured breeding stock? They both produced champions for us.

What do you feel lies beneath the magic of Marajj? He was the first Marwan foal to really come to the forefront and kick off the whole Marwan craze, especially in the U.S. He is such a lovely and balanced horse, and although he is a Marwan son, he produces his own look, which is completely different and is very consistent. He has been a great show horse from the start, but I think what amazes people when they meet him is how sweet and kind he is, because what they have seen in the ring is the horse that he has become because of what he thought the trainers wanted from him. He looks like a complete fireball, but when it’s done, he comes back down to earth and wants a scratch or a carrot. For example, in the UAE he had a cat. A typical barn cat that would spend the afternoon in his box or lying on the wall or in the window, where they would watch the show jumpers work in the evenings in the arena opposite

MARTIN to our stables. The cat would wind herself around his legs, and he would gently rub her with his muzzle. People would come to see him and tell me I was wrong when I would tell them this was Marajj. They couldn’t believe it. They expected some crazy stallion, and instead this is what they saw—a naturally beautiful and solidly built stallion who hadn’t had any special conditioning in the past few years, with fine skin, a gleaming coat, and completely clean legs even at his age and with his years of work, just walking over for some attention. Up close, they also seem to be surprised at just how pretty his face really is and how beautiful his eyes are. At our open house this year, rather than bringing him in and letting him trot around and rear and do his show deal (which

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then it comes back in. I should probably not admit this, but I have some dresses or jackets that I bought ages ago. When I’m stuck for clothes for a show, I search through and find something. I still get compliments on them, so I guess that’s good! In fact, the other night I tried one on that I bought when I was 21. I used to wear it a lot, but haven’t in many years. I may make it to Paris this year; we will see … What is your favorite part about foaling out mares? The look in a mare’s eyes when she reaches around to touch her foal for the first time.

Dawn and Safi Al Shaqab (Safir x Poema) in Qatar, 2001, with Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani from Al Shaqab Stud.

was what people expected) we presented him ridden, without a bit or reins, and he bowed at the end to thank everyone for coming. The people just loved it! He just wants to please ... and his foals are the same way. They have very easy temperaments. Also, nowadays when you visit farms, you can go to 100 barns all over the world and without exception, every single one of them will have a batch of mares in foal (or foals by) exactly the same stallion. The one that happens to be “hot” that year. And, of course, a percentage of those foals will work out, but they aren’t unique anymore. Sheikh Mohammed had the opportunity to do that with Marajj, and oversell breedings, but he chose not to, and when the breedings got backed up, he just closed the book on Marajj and brought him to the UAE. So although the “masses” cannot see a ring overloaded with Marajj foals in Europe or the U.S., the few people who got the early breedings (and who are purchasing breedings now) are having foals that they really treasure, especially the fillies.   What two characteristics do you like most about the Arabian horse? Big, beautiful eyes, and their curiosity. You wear really beautiful clothing. Do you prefer buying online or in the stores? Stores. I can’t trust the fit of online stuff. Although, if I find something that fits really well and I really like it, I will wear it for a while then keep it in my closet. It goes out of style …


You seem to be a woman who creates long lasting relationships in the Arabian horse breed. Why do you think that is? I try to be fair and honest and work hard. What is your favorite horse destination to travel to? Paris (show destination), Santa Ynez for the whole horse experience. Scottsdale is amazing and special, but I prefer the way the horses can be kept in Santa Ynez. What makes you happy? Pretty sunset, great glass of red wine, good company, a field full of foals playing. What is your greatest life achievement so far? TBD. What do you think sets Albidayer Stud apart; what makes it unique? Many Middle Eastern (or new) farms are trying to earn instant success in the show ring either through political influence, or through mass production of foals knowing that a small percentage will work out, not caring what happens to the rest. We spend a lot of time trying to select the right stallion for each mare. Of course, not all work out, but we have a reason to do each breeding beyond which stallion seems to be “in vogue” at the time and breeding every single mare to those one or two stallions. And Sheikh Mohammed is very strong in his conviction to do things properly, so when we achieve a win, we know it has been earned honestly and fairly, not because of pressure or through financial influence. For me, this is what sets Albidayer apart. What do you know as a result of living in the Middle East for several years that you would not have known if you hadn’t gone there? How good a shwarma tastes at 2 am after a long night out.


When you were a little girl, what did you dream of doing with your life when you grew up? Working with horses and traveling. I had absolutely no plan as to how this would happen, since the horse business was not as global and varied as it is now, so those two things normally would not have gone together. But as fate would have it, here I am.

and I have had others work for me. I have a complete understanding of every point of view and how each person might be feeling as I have probably been there at one point in my life.

You seem very considerate of other people on your team. What makes you that way and why? I have been involved in every aspect of the horse business. I have been a groom and slept in stalls at horse shows, ridden to those shows in the trailer, or driven the truck that took the horses to the show. I have foaled out mares and fed orphan foals every few hours all night long. I have been a secretary in the office and helped organize auctions. I have trained, ridden, driven and shown in various disciplines. I have worked for others,

At this point in your life, if for some reason you were to leave the Arabian business, what would you do? I would love to cruise the Mediterranean on a huge yacht, being served champagne by handsome men and stopping at various ports and wandering the cities. We can all dream, right?

What is one thing people may not know about you? My natural hair color is light blonde.

How long before you got back on the ship? Ha! I guess that depends on who I met along the way! ■

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Close-Up On History

Robin K

The Taking Of Paris

by Theresa Cardamone

2006 Elran Cup Senior Reserve Champion Mare, Robin K ( CG Balih El Jamaal x Sweet Gypsy Rose).


n Paris in 2006, while groups of admiring foreigners clustered near the famous Mona Lisa, captivated by the beauty depicted before them, other visitors from far away lands were clustered on the rail at the Arabian World Championship Horse Show being held just across town, equally enchanted by the living art they had come to see. Those fortunate souls would have been swept up in the emotion of the moment as the breathtakingly beautiful Robin K, masterfully shown by Phillipe Hosay, was named the World Champion Mare, while the contingent from the Al Khalediah Stables of HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud exploded in a wild celebration of cheers.


2006 Menton Best In Show, Female and Champion Senior Mare

2006 Al Nations Cup Senior Champion Mare

Robin K had just solidified her place in Arabian history by coming to Paris to win that coveted title over the 2004 World Champion Mare, the now legendary Loubna, who had already earned many National, European and gold championships in her storied career, making the win even sweeter for all involved. It was a stunning class, and underlined Robin K’s victory earlier that year at the All Nations Cup in Aachen.

2006 Salon Du Cheval Champion Mare

2007 Dubai Senior Champion Mare

Foaled in 1996 and bred by Murilo Kammer at his Haras Aratinga in Brazil, Robin K was a daughter of Murilo’s beloved herd sire CG Balih El Jamaal, who sadly, passed away recently. Representing the sire line of Nazeer, through Morafic and his great-grandson the legendary Ali Jamaal, with a heavy concentration of Ibn Moniet El Nefous breeding on his dam line, CG Balih El Jamaal infused Robin K with extreme Arabian type. Her dam, Sweet Gypsy Rose, provided a cross-section of strong, predominately Polish and Russian bloodlines, being by the World Champion Menes son, Emperator, and out of the Bey Shah daughter, U.S. National winner NV Gypsy Wind. But it is her highly successful dam line, of which Robin K was the crowning jewel, which is the heart of her success. It feeds back through the Aladdin daughter Afrodite and on to Alhambra, who is also the tail female ancestress of the sensational All Nations Cup and World Champion EKS Alihandro. Robin K was the epitome of classic, exquisite, Haras Aratinga breeding, carefully crafted through the years by Murilo Kammer. Although she left the world far too soon, Robin K’s daughters and granddaughters remain to carry on her great legacy. n

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Nasr Marei by Jeff Wallace with Theresa Cardamone



You represent three generations and 80 years of breeding Arabian horses at Albadeia, and carry the slogan, “Bright Past ‒ Brighter Future.” Who will continue to guide the Albadeia program forward? To be very frank with you, I worry about Albadeia‘s future. Unfortunately, I never got married and have no children to take over, like my father and I did from our parents. My late brother, Hassan, who passed away three years ago and was eight years younger than myself, was my hope to be in charge of Albadeia. He also loved horses and cared about continuing the breeding program. His two sons are willing to carry it on, but they have not yet developed enough passion for, or understanding of, breeding horses like I do. I am schooling them now, and hopefully, they will develop more interest and build up their love of horses enough to be able to continue. This year marks the 80th anniversary of Albadeia and I am full of hope that it will continue after me, for a 4th generation in the family. Can you share one or two of your most memorable childhood experiences with us? I grew up loving horses. My childhood, until I had to go to school, was spent on our farm 50 km north of Cairo. My father was a farmer and managed our agricultural land and

plantation. He already had horses on the farm and I used to spend most of the day around horses. As a family, we moved to Cairo because of schools. Our relationship with our original farm was kept, and we used to spend holidays there. It was then that I started riding horses and my bond with them went up another level. I must say, that I have great memories growing up. I had the most loving and caring parents. Me, my sister and brother, were so lucky to be brought up by them. They, as well as the rest of our larger deeply rooted aristocratic family, had western education in Egypt, England, France and Switzerland. We had a great life. Over the course of time, the city of Cairo has encircled Albadeia in a warm embrace. In what ways has that influenced the development of the farm? I am not so sure about your suggestion of a “warm embrace.” Albadeia today is an oasis in the midst of a concrete jungle. My father bought the property that would become Albadeia in the early 1950’s. There was nothing but agricultural land and some farmhouses around. West of the property were the Great Pyramids of Giza. I used to ride my horses among fields or just cross the road to go to the Pyramids plateau. Urbanization was catastrophic to the area, which should have been Volume 46, No. 6 | 385

kept building-free to respect and honor the Pyramids. Like Albadeia, these amazing edifices are hidden behind ugly buildings. After my father passed away in 1993, I thought of moving my farm to a more suitable place away from the city. However, it was not easy just to leave the family house with all its history and memories. I remodeled the home, stables, landscape, and the horse paddocks, and now I live with my horses in this little oasis. Being a talented photographer, as well as a breeder and judge, what are two or three of the most meaningful photos that you have taken? Photography has been my passion since childhood. So was horse riding, hunting, shooting, and later on, scuba diving. My parents were great supporters and provided me with whatever I needed. My father bought me cameras and warmblood horses for jumping since I was very active in show jumping and dressage. My mother was a great art connoisseur. She taught me the appreciation of

A 2-year-old Nasr.

At 8 years old, hunting and shooting were a favorite of Nasr’s.

Nasr schooling his warmblood mare.

Nasr with his professors at UC-Davis.


art and everything that is beautiful. My photographic experience has gotten polished over the years. I had several subjects that I favored. I have many photos of my parents, family, and friends. I also did, and still do, a lot of landscape and underwater photography. Of course, Arabian horses are one of my favorite subjects. Your understanding and knowledge of the breed has been accumulating for such a long time, and is so deep. Who are two or three people who you enjoy communicating with on that level? In my early years of learning breeding, it was my father and Dr. Mohammed Al Marsafy who were my mentors. I learned a great deal from their experience and vision. Since then, I have communicated and am still learning from scores of breeders from the U.S. and Europe. I never stop learning and enjoy talking and sharing with other breeders.   My assumption is that “tourism is up” at Albadeia, meaning you have a lot of visitors that come through


knowledge. I learn from their experience and insight. I profit from visits by creating new friendships and renewing and strengthening old ones. Visits do not take away anything from me—they actually add to my life. You have received so many awards and acknowledgements in the course of your life, for example the very first Milestone Award presented by the Pyramid Society in its 46 years. What do those honorariums mean to you, and why? I was also honored by AHBA in receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award in Las Vegas during the World The Pyramid Society honoring Dr. Marei with the Milestone Award.

your gates for many different reasons. Have there been any visits that surprised you … meaning unexpected guests, unexpected like-mindedness, or an unexpected outcome? I am blessed to be continuously visited by breeders and horse lovers from all over the world. It is a great and gratifying feeling to be a center of interest by fellow breeders. I recall one special visit. I was attending Scottsdale in 1985 and had the pleasure of being invited by Dr. LaCroix to Lasma Arabians. At that time, he was a legend and his programs in Kentucky and Arizona were very ambitious based on Polish horses. We had a conversation and he expressed his wish to acquire one stallion from Albadeia. I was taken by surprise since he had never been interested in straight Egyptians. I invited him to come anytime to see what we had. He called me in December of the same year and said that he would come within 48 hours and would stay two nights only to choose the stallion. Sure enough, he arrived with his son and trainer on his private plane. He spent the following day at Albadeia and flew out the morning of his second day. He picked up a yearling colt rather than a mature stallion. His choice was Farid Albadeia who turned out to be the most beautiful and influential stallion that Albadeia ever had. The market for Arabians had collapsed after the tax law changes in the U.S. in 1986, and Dr. LaCroix understandably did not proceed with his plan, but this visit has to be the most surprising visit I ever had. What does having so many visitors add to your life, and what does it take away? Visitors enrich my

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Cup in 2013. I am glad and proud to say that I am the only one so far to receive these two distinguished awards. Nothing is more rewarding than being acknowledged by fellow breeders and one’s peers. These are merits that I will always cherish.

feelings may have disappeared over time? To tell you the truth, I used to be somewhat nervous at the beginning of my judging career around 25 years ago, when entering the show ring to judge. I was still building up my experience and wanted to do

NASR MAREI You have judged over 300 Arabian horse shows in your amazing career. After all these years, when you step out into the arena to judge a show, what feelings come up for you every time, and what


a “perfect” job. I knew horses well enough and was capable of assessing and evaluating horses, but doing this in a show and being scrutinized by horse owners, fellow judges, show organizers and the public, was


very stressful. Later on, I was confident enough not to worry. Stepping into the ring, I would be full of trust and anticipation. I do enjoy judging. Besides travelling to places that normally I would not have gone to, seeing some of the best horses around and socializing with other breeders is great motivation to continue doing so. I have no fear anymore and I am very confident, although I feel the stressful lifestyle of a judge more. Whether we like it or not, show results affect the future of the breed. Judges bear great responsibility. I am still being invited to numerous shows, but have started to slow down and now only accept the most important shows. You have announced that you are retiring from judging at the end of 2016. So should I assume that you might be taking up yachting in a landlocked city, or finger-painting a masterpiece?

What lies ahead? Arabian horses have opened my life. I will always be around them and participating in all related functions, such as seminars and workshops. I will continue breeding and traveling. I am blessed that I have many hobbies like photography, scuba diving, and sport shooting, in addition to reading and music; so I am always engaged in some activities. Reducing my judging-related trips will allow me to dedicate more time to my other hobbies. Â Since you have stated that it is important to you to always remain a student and therefore remain in a rendered teachable state, will retiring from judging make room for the pursuit of knowledge in other areas of life? If yes, what might those be? Yes, as mentioned above. Judging is not a full time job, so seeking more experience and knowledge will always be my goal.

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Nasr’s other passion outside of Arabians: fishing and scuba diving.

The Arabian horse business has been evolving into a much more global enterprise than it was when Albadeia was founded. What does that mean for you? This is a very serious question and may need more space to expand on the topic. In summary, globalization of the Arabian horse world has left its mark on the breed. In the past, we had different bloodlines, Egyptian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, American, etc. They were kept apart to a great extent. Now, breeders are using all bloodlines to create their own version of the horse. I call this new version the “Universal Horse.” By doing so, they have enlarged, expanded, and enriched the gene pool which makes


improvement and selection easier and faster. This process has been facilitated by the modern world and globalization. The world has become smaller and communications easier. Freezing, exporting, and exchanging semen made it easier for breeders. So did embryo transfer and horse leasing. Will globalization affect the future of the breed? We will have to wait and see. One alarming example is having two or three stallions’ bloodlines dominating the show scene today. If this continues, differences between the original bloodlines will disappear and we will have only ONE TYPE of Arabian horse! What are your favorite foods? I love Italian and Mexican. I am not a big meat eater, but love cheese and fish.   Did you see the world dominance of the Nazeer sire line coming, or were you surprised by it? I was certain it would be Bask that would dominate, yet it is without question, the several branches of the Nazeer sire line. Would you agree? I do agree. Nazeer’s dominance as a sire line will live forever. Many other horses are also to be considered as landmarks, like Bask, El Shaklan, and more recently, Marwan Al Sahqab and WH Justice. I must say, that pioneer breeders of Egyptian horses in the U.S. have helped in creating the legend of Nazeer. Ansata, Bentwood, Gleannloch, Imperial, St. Clair, Ramses, and many others, have introduced the Nazeer bloodline to the U.S. and then to the rest of the world.   Nasr, due to your depth of knowledge and passion, as well as your many years of experience, do you have a burning desire to expound upon any topic that I have not touched upon? I am somewhat concerned about where the breed will go. Many owners of Arabians now, are not true breeders as defined in the past. Many of them are collectors. Others are show oriented and want only to win, and this desire leads them to buy new horses all the time instead of breeding their own champions. Breeding is a lifetime commitment. It takes decades, and great dedication and financial sacrifices. Not too many do that now, unfortunately. n


Mario Matt M A R IO M AT T A R A BI A NS


with Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Mario and longtime girlfriend, Andrea.

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Let’s be frank right out of the gate; it seems you are successful in everything you do. Is there anything that you take on that you are not great at? It’s hard for me to say that about myself, maybe you have to ask another person to get a better answer. My main job has been skiing for the last 20 years. I was lucky enough to have such a talent and be successful. From when I was a child, I would say that when I start something, or something really interests me, I really try my best and put all I have in it to be successful. One slogan for me is, “No pain, no gain.” Do your approaches to skiing and breeding horses differ, or are they similar? I always set goals. Every person, I think, needs goals to achieve. I work really hard toward these goals. For skiing I prefer this, and it’s the same with the horses. At home, we talk a lot about horses. We try to find the right stallions and most importantly, ensure that they have a good life here. We are open-minded and try to see a lot of horses. It is very important to go outside your program, to see the best; only then can you improve. It was the same for skiing; if you just train alone, or train with other competition that is lower than you, you can’t improve. You need to compete against the best in the world and then you can improve. In skiing, when I had a really good run, it was proven with the time; no one had to decide what it was. At the finish, it was clear. It is different with horse shows. Is there an adrenaline rush factor to being a breeder as well as a skier? Remember back to the moment you knew you had just won that Olympic gold medal. Tell us a little bit about what that was like. The feeling, of course, when I achieved the gold medal, or the first place, is indescribable. It is such an amazing feeling. I worked hard, and have the memories of that hard work. And then, the national anthem is played just for you—it’s incredible.



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Mario wins Gold in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Alpine Skiing, Men's Slalom. Did you dream of being a professional snow skier and having horses as a child? My parents put me on skis when I was only two years old. My first competition— it was a small competition—was in my village when I was maybe three years old. I grew up skiing, and step-by-step, got better and better. With horses, that started also when I was a little child. My dream was always to own a horse. Every time I drove with my parents, if I saw horses at the side of the street, I made them stop so I could go to them and touch them. Yes, it was always the dream, and years later, I pursued this dream. Who was the first Arabian horse you ever laid eyes on? Did you immediately fall in love? It was in Verona and I walked through the fairgrounds and was suddenly where the European Championships were 394 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

being held. I never saw an Arabian horse show before, and that was the first time I saw Arabian horses. I was totally impressed and fell in love with them. It was actually during the break; there was a liberty show. I saw the Arabian horse at liberty and it was totally amazing, because as we all know, the Arabian breed is completely different from all the other breeds. What year did you buy your first Arabian horse? It was the same year. Over the wintertime I was really successful in skiing. I was the leader in the championship, and then I broke my shoulder in an accident skiing. And then, of course, I had enough time. I was just fresh from the European Championship and seeing those horses, so I started going around, visiting some farms, and the same year, I bought my first Arabian horse; it was in 2002.


Mario with Nautis el Perseus.

Did you know from the very beginning that you wanted to be a breeder? No, actually at this time, I was riding them and driving. In 2002, I went to another show in Wels, Austria, and I met Ferdinand Huemer from La Movida. He invited me to his place and I asked him a lot of stupid questions right there at the table, and he told me everything. I bought my first mare, a Fame VF daughter bred by Doug Dahmen. She’s still alive; she’s 23 now, and was one of my best producing mares. It was a couple of years ago that I visited Lenita Perroy in Brazil and there was this little filly, the mother of Niyama that I have now; she was just seven months old. She was just my kind of mare, with extreme quality everywhere. She was very complete with a good body. I also saw her mother and grandmother, which I love; going to another farm and seeing the parents and grandparents and the line of quality. So I decided to buy the filly and she did everything for me. She gave me Niyama to continue the line, and she keeps getting better and better. From spring until now, she has improved so much in the face. With this line, it’s really, really nice to have that. They surprise you so much when you don’t see them for a while, and they have

improved more and just keep getting more beautiful. It’s a good thing to know that it’s not going in the other direction! What does your ideal horse look like? MM Niyama is awfully close to ideal. No horse is ideal. Every horse has mistakes. But for sure, Niyama has many things that I really like, especially her charisma from the Jamaal line and also from WH Justice himself. I think in two or three years, she will be completely white. But then there is WH Justice. I have seen him many, many times, loose in the arena, and every time I get goosebumps. Not many horses are able to do this to me. Name three mares and three stallions, dead or alive, that you’ve seen during your lifetime and just fell head over heels for. Ali Jamaal Marwan Al Shaqab WH Justice

Pianissima Venetzia Jullye El Ludjin

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A surprise waiting for Mario when returning home from the Olympic Games.

really amazing. I was really lucky that I kept her. We had high hopes at one time of selling her, but I’m really happy we didn’t. She is in foal now to FA El Rasheem, and I think it will be the only El Rasheem baby in Europe. She is due in March of 2016. How does the Arabian horse enrich your life? The horses enrich my life every day. Starting in the morning, when they go out in the pasture, the foals are playing. I do a lot of riding inside the arena or on trail rides outside. Of course, we have many, many moments because we do everything ourselves. We are in the stable every getting the work done. I train my horses, start them, break colts, and teach them to halter—everything. What mentors have you had? As mentioned above, when I started, I first came to La Movida, to Ferdinand Huemer. We have a great friendship. I learned a lot in the beginning from him, like what an Arabian should 396 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

look like and how to breed to get the good things. I always had a good eye for animals. When I went to the shows, I could choose for every class the top two or three. I tried in every show to learn that way. I also met Heinz Stockle and we get together at every horse show. He always says what he thinks. I like people like this and I’m the same; always straight about, and very true to what I think. In this business, the horse business, it’s not always so. When people come to my farm to see my horses, I always say, “Tell me what you really think, not just what the owner might want to hear.” I like when everyone is honest and says what they think. And nobody gets hurt. I think it is important to be true. When it comes to foal crops at Mario Matt Arabians, how do you decide who stays and who goes? It’s not easy. I want to keep every horse, but I know that is not


possible. Quality-wise, I know pretty quick how good the horse is, but for us it is really, really important that the horse finds a good home and the new owner takes good care of it. This is a normal thing. I am there when the mare gets bred, I pull the baby out, I help the baby stand up, and a few months later I teach them the halter.

Is there a special moment that you have experienced with horses outside the show ring that you will share with us? Recently I started our stallion Lorenzo El Bri driving. He is by CH El Brillo and out of Lara El Ludjin, a Ludjin El Jamaal daughter. He was really successful in the European shows; European Champion four years ago. I started him driving a couple of weeks ago, and he really did amazing. It shows that halter show horses can be ridden and driven. For me, that is so important, that the stallions also get worked. They need to be kept busy and not just kept in their stall doing nothing. It is a really important thing that the stallions get other work. What are the positive aspects of breeding and showing Arabian horses that you really enjoy? It starts with a lot of thinking and planning for the right stallion. And then when the mare gives birth, it is the highlight and expectations of the breeding are fulfilled. Later, it is when you see them successful at the shows.

Mario with M.M. Esplendida.

If you could change just one thing about this industry today, what would it be and why? I would require more transparency and more honesty. Specifically, I would like to see stricter worldwide controls against illegal doping of horses. I also support the idea of periodic continuing workshops for judges that would result in more consistency in the scoring. n Volume 46, No. 6 | 397


All Nations Cup

For The Love Of Aachen

by Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone


he perfect term to describe the 2015 All Nations Cup is supreme quality. A stunning array of many of the world’s finest Arabian horses gathered to compete on behalf of their breeders, owners and individual countries in Aachen, Germany in late September. Designed as a global showcase for each of the many nations that are represented, a gold championship at Aachen is one of the most coveted prizes in the world.


All Nations Cup

This year, the innovative organizing committee with the support of Karl Heinz Stöckle and Gregor Aymar, gave the venue a “fresh coat of paint” as they worked their magic to update the amenities and public face of

the show while maintaining the traditional elements. The beloved, intimate arena, which allows the audience a close-up look at each entry, was beautifully decorated and included a wonderful new VIP tent,

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Lara and Lollie Ames, David Boggs, Janice Wight and Jeff Wallace.

Above: Brooke Marie Jarvis, Michael Steurs and Kim Jarvis. Below: Albidayer Stud Manager Dawn Martin.

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Lenita Perroy and Paulo Capecci.

Lara Ames, Ted Carson and Jeff Wallace.

Murilo Kammer and Philip Del Pozzo.

Albidayer Stud’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi.

Lorenzo International Horse Show.

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where exhibitors could mingle at the bar or in areas each sponsor decorated with their own touch of style. By making that addition, the organizers gave a nod to the modern market and made Aachen current with other top exhibitions. Like the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre, it brought an “au courant” touch to a historic event.

Jeff Wallace, James Swaenepoel and Gregor Aymar.

Athbah Stud’s HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmad bin Abdulaziz (center).

Kaat Peters and Jane & Malcolm Hickford.


The show’s organizers again, kept the spotlight of success firmly fixed on the breeders with the Nations Cup trophy which is awarded to the country with the highest cumulative total points earned by their representative horses, in addition to individual honors for the horses. This year, that honor went to Poland, who also won the All Nations Cup Breeders Trophy for being the country of origin of the most winners. Arabian Horse Times was also pleased to host an ‘End of the Summer’ champagne party to toast the success of the inaugural European Summer Tour with Jeff Wallace, the generous sponsors and dedicated followers who made it possible. As the flags that festoon the All Nations Cup represent many countries, so too did this year’s roster of nine judges; Renata Schibler, Switzerland; Marianne Tengstedt, Denmark; Dr. Gianmarco Aragno, Italy; Cedes Bakker, Netherlands; Holger Ismer, Germany; Dr. M. Machmoun, Morocco; Richard Petty, USA; Allan Preston, Australia and Luiz Rocco, Brazil. With the classes packed with superb entries, it seemed as if sometimes all the judges could do to separate them was to give the win to whichever of the horses was “on” at that moment, a result validated by the official results and the unofficial audience vote of another new feature – the Vote & Win – generously sponsored by Albaydaa Stud of Egypt, where the public could vote for its favorites and win a total amount of 14.000 Euro. The quality was so deep that only one ANC Gold Championship was won by a unanimous vote. That honor went to Gold Champion Gelding, Aja Adonis. Creating a gelding division was a brilliant move by the organizers, who are responding to a strong European market for riding horses. The top two places in the stallion championship were so close; it took a tiebreaker to separate them. With both stallions holding the same total points, E.S. Harir won the contest for Gold Champion over Equator by scoring a slightly higher

All Nations Cup score for type. E.S. Harir also earned awards as Best Male in Show and the Public Choice Male. Competition was no less stiff at the other end of the male age spectrum. The nine judges agreed on the top two yearling colt contestants, but five selected AJ Azzam as their Gold Champion Yearling Colt, and the other four chose Alexxanderr. The Gold Junior Champion Colt Morion enjoyed a bit more clear-cut of a victory. While he also had five judges select him for the top spot, the other four judges top picks were spread amongst three other horses. The Senior Mare Championship was so tightly contested that class winners Wadad Zamani, the Best Straight Egyptian of the show, and Orfa D’Arab KA, the High Point Mare, were both left out of the medals. Gold Champion Senior Mare was the ethereal FM Gloriaa. Silver Champion Pinga also won the Public Choice award as the Best Female. The yearling filly awards all went to horses shown by owner/breeders; Gold Champion, Mimi NK, Silver Champion, Mozn Albidayer, and Bronze Champion Rewayah Athbah. Rounding out the awards was Gold Champion Junior Filly, another class that could easily have gone to any of the top three, as they were each scored as the best by three of the nine judges. But it was Piacolla who “asked for the win.” In a sensational display, she commanded every eye as she danced her way to the gold. The high-selling lot at the 2014 Pride of Poland auction, her worthy opponents were Silver Champion Elle Flamenca, who was the Gold Champion Junior Mare in Las Vegas earlier this year and Bronze Champion Pustynia Kahila, the 2015 Gold Polish National Junior Champion Filly. The 2015 All Nations Cup provided a wealth of positivity to build upon. The quality of the entries has never been higher, the number of nations participating is increasing, the public has been more engaged, and the commitment to breeders remains constant. This year was nothing short of perfect,

as the hard work of the organizers came to fruition over a magical weekend, thereby lending confidence that this annual event, so dearly loved and respected around the globe, will return next year bigger and better than ever.

Mieke Opstyn, Eline Raes, Charline Vermier and Hilke Cecile De Bruycker.

Wolfgang Eberhardt, Dr. Michael Kersebaum and Dr. Salem Al Barraq.

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Gold Champion Senior Stallion E.S. HARIR (AJ Dinar x TF Magnum’s Magic), bred by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Majid Al Qassemi and owned by Al Saqran Stud.

Gold Champion Junior Colt MORION (Kahil Al Shaqab x Mesalina), bred and owned by Michalow Stud.

Gold Champion Senior Mare F.M. GLORIA (WH Justice x Psity of Angels), bred and owned by Mieke Sans.

Gold Champion Junior Filly PIACOLLA (Enzo x Polonica), bred by Michalow Stud and owned by Athbah Stud.

All Nations Cup A achen Senior Stallions Cha mpionship— Gold: E.S. HARIR (AJ Dinar x TF Magnum’s Magic), B: Sheikh Abdulla Bin Majid Al Qassemi (AE), O: Al Saqran Stud (KW) Silver: EQUATOR (QR Marc x Ekliptyka), B/O: Michalow Stud (PL) Bronze: AJA JUSTIFIED (WH Justice x Aja Beneja), B: Aja Arabians (GB), O: RB Arabians (IL) Senior M ares Cha mpionship— Gold: F.M. GLORIA (WH Justice x Psity of Angels), B/O: Sans Mieke (BE) Silver: PINGA (Gazal Al shaqab x Pilar), B: Janow Podlaski (PL), O: Aljawza Stud (KSA) Bronze: SALWA AL ZOBAIR (Marajj x Esklawa), B/O: Al Zobair Stud (AE)


Junior Colts Cha mpionship— Gold: MORION (Kahil Al Shaqab x Mesalina), B/O: Michalow Stud (PL) Silver: GALLARDO J (Emerald J x Gomera J), B: Christine Jamar (BE), O: Ajman Stud (AE) Bronze: EQUIBORN K.A. (QR Marc x Espadrilla), B/O: Knocke Arabians (BE) Junior Fillies Cha mpionship— Gold: PIACOLLA (Enzo x Polonica), B: Michalow Stud (PL), O: Athbah Stud (KSA) Silver: ELLE FLAMENCA (Ajman Moniscione x Allamara MA), B: Markelle Arabians (US), O: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud (AE) Bronze: PUSTYNIA KAHILA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Pustynna Malwa), B/O: Michalow Stud (PL)

All Nations Cup Yearling Colts Cha mpionship— Gold: AJ AZZAM (AJ Mordan x Ysadora), B/O: Ajman Stud (AE) Silver: ALEXXANDERR (Excalibur EA x AR Most Irresistible), B: Frances Butler and Brandi Carson (US), O: Alsayed Stud (KSA) Bronze: LUIGI (Kanz Al Bidayer x Lolita), B: D. Saelens (BE), O: Al Shahania Stud (QA)

Gold Champion Yearling Colt AJ AZZAM (AJ Mordan x Ysadora), bred and pwned by Ajman Stud.

Yearling Fillies Cha mpionship— Gold: MIMI NK (Nofal NK x Cinnamon Spice VLA), B/O: NK Arabians ( JO) Silver: MOZN ALBIDAYER (SMA Magic One x Mattaharii), B/O: Albidayer Stud (AE) Bronze: REWAYAH ATHBAH (EKS Alihandro x Fedora RG), B/O: Athbah Stud (KSA) Gelding Cha mpionship— Gold: AJA ADONIS (WH Justice x Sanadina), B: Aja Arabians (GB), O: Charlotte Bowskill (GB) Silver: POSTAR (Om El Bellissimo x Pomerania), B: Janow Podlaski (PL), O: Flaxman Arabians (BE) Bronze: BRIERY EDYKT (Emir Ibn Nahaman x GHS Psydiva), B: Mrs. E.A. Hedley (GB), O: J.L. Miller (GB) n

Gold Champion Yearling Filly MIMI NK (Nofal NK x Cinnamon Spice VLA), bred and owned by NK Arabians.

Gold Champion Gelding AJA ADONIS (WH Justice x Sanadina), bred by Aja Arabians and owned by Charlotte Bowskill.

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The Life Of Psy

From Rescue To All Around Horse PA R T I I by Catherine Cole program was slowly building up his strength. During this time, we figured out where he stood in terms of training. From there we developed a plan to move him forward to find him a job.” Psy evolved from skin and bones to a purebred black beauty who just wasn’t satisfied with one job. He is a true reflection of his stellar breeding which includes Desperado V and Padrons Psyche. As Psy starts his late blooming career, we move forward to his life today.

Summer 2015 Preamble The story of Psyon SMA (‘Psy’) and his rescue from starvation was featured earlier this year in the April issue (Issue #4, Volume 45, No. 11).


n summary … Psy, a seven-year-old black purebred gelding, was rescued by trainer Kim Christy in September 2014. At the time, Psy was estimated to weigh about 450 pounds. He was covered with summer sores and living in a small uncovered outdoor pen where he spent most of his time frantically pacing in search of food. He and another mixed bred horse were rescued, both having found loving forever homes. With the help of her partner, equine veterinarian M. ‘Wayne’ McNeel, Kim reflects on Psy’s recovery, “He knew we were there to help him. When we arrived with our trailer and were told he wouldn’t load, he loaded into our trailer easily and happily! He had suffered drastic malnutrition so we had to be very careful with his feed and conditioning program. We spent many hours doctoring the summer sores and rain rot on his back. With the help of a careful feeding program and Core Balance, we were able to see Psy enjoy a slow but consistent recovery.” Kim continues, “Psy was seven years old, but only green broke. A big piece of his conditioning


For over twenty years, Kim Christy Show Horses has trained purebred and Half-Arabians, many of whom make it to national title levels. Kim herself, has an eclectic equine background. “Everything from reining to starting young Thoroughbreds out of the gate, and a whole lot in between,” laughs Kim! Her partner, M. ‘Wayne’ McNeel DVM, whose equine passion is nearly equal to Kim’s, owns several top notch Quarter Horses who excel in cattle sorting. “Wayne is game for anything” muses Kim. “While treating Psy and watching him gain strength and muscle, he suggested we take him to our regular Friday night cattle sorting competition. Originally, we were just giving Psy hauling experience, but to our surprise, he was alert and anxious to get into the pen! He is a regular now at our sorting competitions, making hard core Quarter Horse owners do a double take at the talent of our black purebred Arabian gelding!” Wayne adds, “My practice has treated Arabians for years. Still, I’m from a ranching family out of Wyoming so Quarter Horses are in my blood. Treating Psy on a daily basis got me even more close and personal with the Arabian breed. Despite the neglect and starvation he had endured, his sweet nature and willing attitude prevailed. I have competed on him multiple times at our Friday night sorting and he is always front and center. He loves being the cattle boss! We have won several competitions together and look forward to many more.”

The Life Of Psy

“Psy loves being in the action of the sorting pen, but is actually by nature, a calm and laid back gelding,” says Kim. “When schooling in the barn arena, one always needs to keep a leg on him; ‘whoa’ is definitely his favorite word!” Psy’s sweet, calm and confident nature prompted Kim to put a hunt saddle on him and watch him move forward. His conditioning had paid off such that, what once appeared to be a small, slight purebred, had now evolved to a larger, substantial forward moving hunter type. Kim

explains: “Psy definitely possesses the forward movement and gaits we seek in a hunter. He is a solid 15 hands tall with plenty of substance: a deep hip, long strong legs, a powerful shoulder and a well set neck. All of this makes him a wonderfully balanced riding horse. We decided to add hunter training to his performance itinerary while continuing our Friday night cattle sorting and frequent trail rides. Psy seems to want to show us all he can do!” Already with several prize wins in sorting, Psy entered the Arabian show circuit, making his debut at Southern California Arabian Horse Association’s September Galway Show. “Everyone at our barn was so excited to see Psy in the show pen” Kim chuckles. “We didn’t want to over show him at a one day event so we decided I would show him in open hunter and my amateur client, Vickie Zimmerman, would show him in an amateur hunter class. Vickie and Psy are old buddies by now, so we knew he would be confident with her in the show pen.” The day of the show opened with torrential rain and cooler temperatures. All arenas are uncovered at

Galway, but the show pressed on in the mud and slop. Kim recollects, “Typical of any one day Arabian show, we had classes going on in multiple outdoor arenas. It poured rain off and on all day, not a typical event in drought ravaged Southern California! The show had competition classes ranging from trail to native costume to dressage. Western, English and hunter classes too. Psy’s gentle, kind nature carried him through his first hunter class with flying colors. I showed him in open hunter where he won his first blue ribbon— his very first Arabian performance class, and I’m told he was clearly hands down, the winner. He performed on a light, forward rein happily and fluidly. He had his own little fan club cheering him on. We were so proud of him after all he’s been through!” Today, Psyon SMA is qualified for Region One competition in both the open and amateur hunter. He is also the proud winner of a belt buckle for ‘Best Time In Cattle Sorting,’ and the cash jackpot for ‘One Man Cattle Sorting.’ Through all these life changes, Psy continues to gain substance and even better health. His ebony coat shines and his thick mane and tail are lustrous. Best of all, he loves his life … not only in the competition arena, but on the trail and in the barn where he politely accepts carrots and peppermints from his many admiring fans. “Psy is the great rags to riches horse story,” concludes Kim. “He started out with a great life and met a terrible fate at a young age. I would hope all of us as equine caretakers will take on the challenge of bringing a horse like Psy back to a productive and happy life. The rewards are priceless. Already he has given more to us than we could have ever imagined.” In regards to his future, Psy will continue his cattle sorting with Wayne and Kim. In the Arabian show circuit, his next big stop is hunter pleasure at Scottsdale 2016. With his proud owners at his side, this is just the beginning for Psyon SMA. n Volume 46, No. 6 | 407

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South A frica Saddle Seat Invitational

The 2015 United States Team.


fficially known in South Africa as the Saddle Seat Test Series 2, this year’s invitational was held September 17-19, at the Mistico Equestrian Centre in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The winners were as follows: Three-Gaited Gold (first) went to Team USA and Silver (second) to Team SA; Five-Gaited Gold went to Team USA and Silver to Team SA; and Individuals: Three-Gaited Gold to Cameron Kay and Five-Gaited Gold to Cailin Bridges. The teams were coached by Kelly Kraegel, Sarah Lawson and Kristen Cater.


United States Participants: Three-Gaited: Faith Robbins - Arabians/Saddlebreds Matt Huke - Arabians/Saddlebreds Chloe Deeb - Morgans/Saddlebreds Cameron Kay - Saddlebreds Clara McCool - Morgans/Saddlebreds Five-Gaited: Erin Beever - Saddlebreds Cailin Bridges - Saddlebreds Haley Pullen - Saddlebreds Caroline Rainbolt-Forbes – Morgans/Saddlebreds Ally Poovey - Saddlebreds Laura Plant - Saddlebreds

We asked Arabian participants Faith Robbins and Matt Huke to share their experiences.

Faith Robbins Give us a brief history of how you got involved in riding Saddle Seat Equitation. I began riding horses at age five when we would stay at our home in Colorado. I rode there every summer until age seven when it was decided that I would ride all year round at home in Indiana. I began taking lessons at Select Show Horses and began showing Arabians when I was eight. This included showing equitation along with pleasure classes, but equitation was and continues to be my favorite class to show in. How many years have you competed and who is your instructor? I have been showing for eight years under Select Show Horses, where Kellie WendlingBudd and Dalton Budd are my instructors/trainers. How did you go about trying out for the U.S. Team (who helped you) and what did the tryouts involve? Trying out for the Young Riders team includes writing an essay about your experiences with various horses, submitting a video of yourself riding and completing patterns, and submitting a full record of

Faith Robbins

your accomplishments as a rider. Of course, Kellie and Dalton helped me prepare to be a member of the team, but I also received a lot of help with creating my video from Alexus Cox. How did you prepare for the team event and how many members were there? To prepare for the team event, I began going out to the barn four times a week or more and riding multiple horses each day. In order to prepare myself to show a horse I had only ridden once, which is what I had to do in South Africa, I rode a variety of horses and worked on my ability to adapt to different types of horses. Altogether, there were eleven team members, six five-gaited riders and five three-gaited riders. What other countries participated? This competition was just between us and team South Africa.

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How did they determine the winners? The competition lasted for two days and each day the three-gaited teams and five-gated teams completed a rail work and a pattern. Each competitor received a rail work score and a pattern score which was then added to the team score and the team with the best total scores won.

What was the biggest obstacle in competing in this event? Definitely getting to know the horse you were going to show well enough to complete a rail work and pattern. We were given two horses, one for each day, and one practice ride on them. However, it was an obstacle that was easily conquered because of the preparation put into the event previously and because of the team’s amazing coaches. What is the one moment that stands out in your mind from your travels? There are so many moments I will cherish for the rest of my life, but my favorite moments were the ones I spent with my team. I was so lucky to be on such an amazing team and form so many friendships—it means the world to me.


What did you do when you were not preparing or competing? We were able to go on a safari for a couple of days before going to Cape Town, but for the most part, we were either traveling, sleeping, or just spending time together as a team. Will being a part of this experience possibly prepare you for other events in your life? Yes! It truly taught me what it means to be a part of a team. I learned that in a situation like this, lifting up your teammates and cheering them on is just as important as you doing well yourself. I can’t express enough how amazing my teammates were; we supported each other, we were there for one another when it was needed, and we distracted each other from our nerves with laughter. What is the one moment that stands out in your mind from this experience? Our whole team holding hands at the awards banquet waiting to hear who won gold and then hearing them announce that team USA had won. It was one of my proudest accomplishments and I was so proud of our entire team! What advice could you give someone who is thinking of trying out? I would first say I am so glad they are trying out, because making this team and being a part of this team is truly an honor and a blessing. I would also say not forget that this is truly all about the team; you may have an individual score, but in the end, it is a team score that wins in the end, so support your teammates at all times. Also, this competition can be nerve racking if you let it, but I would say stay as calm as possible so that your mind will be free to focus on working with the horse you are riding. Finally, enjoy your team, these people will be some of the most amazing people you will ever meet, and will provide a friendship that is one-of-a-kind.

Matt Huke Give us a brief history of how you got involved in riding Saddle Seat Equitation. I started riding at Select Show Horses when I was nine. At the

Matt Huke

time, I rode hunters and had never even thought about saddle seat. After a year of showing under the direction of Kellie Wendling-Budd, I decided to give saddle seat and equitation a try. We purchased my first horse, and I was hooked from then on. How many years have you competed and who is your instructor? I have been competing since 2007, and have always been under the instruction of Dalton and Kellie Budd. How did you go about trying out for the U.S. Team (who helped you) and what did the tryouts involve? I had heard about the Saddle Seat Young Riders team from Ellen Beard of Success In Saddles. The application included a five-minute video submitted showing your versatility on many different types of horses, along with an essay. Out of over a hundred

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whoever had the best overall score was declared the winner. What was the biggest obstacle in competing in this event? One of the biggest obstacles I had to overcome was showing a horse in equitation that I had never ridden before. We were given twenty minutes beforehand to familiarize ourselves with these horses, and that was it.

applicants, USEF had to narrow it down to six Three-Gaited riders to represent our country at an international competition in South Africa. How did you prepare for the team event and how many members were there? After receiving my acceptance letter on August 1, 2014, I quickly began riding as many different types of horses as I could. That winter was also spent training for my final year as an equitation rider, so I pushed myself as hard as I could. USEF selected six member to represent our country in both threegaited and five-gaited divisions. Unfortunately, one of the three-gaited members had a conflict and could no longer be on the team. So Team USA was comprised of five Three-Gaited members, and six Five-Gaited riders. What other countries participated? This competition consisted of the United States and South Africa. How did they determine the winners? Each rider was scored both in rail work and an individual pattern. Each team totaled up their scores, and


What is the one moment that stands out in your mind from your travels? Just y being a part of such an elite competition team that was mainly comprised of Saddlebred and Morgan riders is something I will remember forever. Faith and I were the only two people chosen from the Arabian world to be a part of this travelling team. It was a true honor to not only represent the Arabian breed, but to competealongside one of my closest friends and teammates. What did you do when you were not preparing or competing? Before the competition, the entire team and all of our supporters went on an authentic African safari. The safari itself was indescribable, but the memories I shared with my teammates was what truly made the trip amazing. Will being a part of this experience possibly prepare you for other events in your life? This event truly brought out the versatility of each rider, and I think I can apply what I’ve learned to better my riding skills amongst different horses and breeds. What advice could you give someone who is thinking of trying out? The application needs to be very organized. Whenever possible, try to get your classes professionally taped at shows to improve the quality of your video. n


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he winner of the 21st Annual Most Beautiful Baby contest, Duja Athbah, is downright enchanting. At this age, “Jessica,” as she is known at Schoukens Training Center, where she lives, has the world before her. So, Arabian Horse Times went to STC’s Monika Dobrun, one of the filly’s best friends, to find out more about her. Here is what she told us. When you have that horse that makes your heart beat faster each time you see him, you want the best for him and from him. This is how I feel about Ascot DD (Glorius Apal x Lady Nina DD, by Psytadel), a special young stallion that I have had the pleasure to train since he was a yearling. I have watched him grow into a wonderful stallion. His show career has been impressive: Futurity Champion, European Champion and twice World Reserve Champion, to name a few of his successes. While he has proven his qualities as a show horse, it is important that he prove himself also as a sire. Ward Bemong, manager of Athbah Stud, made a decision to prove Ascot’s sire qualities with one of Athbah’s most precious mares, Andaluzja, a sweet daughter of Sanadik El Shaklan (El Photo by Jesse Swaenepoel. Shaklan x Mohena, by Hadban Enzahi) and out of Antwerpia Duja Athbah and Monika Dobrun, (Eternit x Angola, by Palas). This spring Andaluzja foaled Schoukens Training Center a gorgeous little filly that we named “Jessica” because of her extraordinary arrival to this world. While her mother was supposed to be grazing in the field, she decided to foal. Jesse, one of our grooms at Schoukens Training Center and also the man who took the photo with me and the filly in the stable, saw Andaluzja delivering and called the team to come and help. Little Jessica was born in the field, surrounded by our team and with most of the other Athbah mares just looking down on her. She did get a new name after the visit of HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the owner of Athbah stud. He named her Duja Athbah. After her birth, we safely carried her into her stable, where she and her dam could have a peaceful moment together. Andaluzja was in love, and so were all of us! She was more than I ever expected her to be. Because of her way of birth, we keep an extra eye on her just to make sure she will be okay. Being a first born filly by Ascot at our farm, she has a special place in my heart. Every time I walk past the stable, I have to come in and have that cuddle moment. I soon realized she is just like her dad—sweet, kind, trustworthy and simply amazing. She is such a pleasure to be around! She has grown into a gorgeous little filly, with huge black eyes, a nicely shaped neck, amazing attitude, great movement and the most adorable character ever. Whenever some of us went to the field where she was having fun with other foals, we had only to call her by her nickname and she would leave the other horses to come to us. She never cared much if she had to stand alone with her human friends, away from her mom, as long as you were scratching those special places. Even now, a few months later, she still always comes and puts her head in your arms and just enjoys the touch and love from all of us. She is indeed, one of the most loved girls at our farm, and we all have great expectations for her future. 414 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

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by Jeff Wallace *Bask holds a unique position as the catalyst for the expansion of Arabian breeding in America from its early beginnings as a hobby farm industry, to the thriving international enterprise that it is today. Foaled in 1956 at Albigowa State Stud in Poland, *Bask and the other Albigowa horses were later moved to Janow Podlaski. *Bask was considered unruly by the Poles, which made him available for selection by Dr. Eugene LaCroix to cross with his collection of American-bred mares and he was imported to the United States in 1963. Through his sire Witraz, *Bask carried the strong Kuhailan bay sire line of Ofir, which blended perfectly with the Amurath Sahib blood of his beautiful, ultra-feminine


grey dam Balalajka. That potent combination of form and function allowed *Bask to sire feminine and refined daughters that would go on to win innumerable National Championships in both halter and performance. *Bask’s dominance as a sire was announced to the world when a collection of extraordinary mares from his earliest foal crops exploded onto the Arabian show scene. He first set the show world on its collective ear when two of his daughters swept the United States National Champion and Reserve National Champion titles in 1969. The Champion, Fame, was a sculptured bay beauty whose dam, Wirdih Jameel, was a great granddaughter

Above left: Hallelujah Bask. Above: Fame. Left: Dancing Flame.

of the Skowronek son *Raffles. She was hot as a pistol, with a dynamic energy that complimented her exceptional conformation. No less exciting was the Reserve Champion, the blazing hot red chestnut Dancing Flame, the first of the very successful *Bask x Habina cross. It was déjà vu all over again in 1970 when the U.S. Mare titles were once more swept by *Bask daughters. Dancing Flame won the National Championship for herself, after having already been named Canadian National Champion Mare and U.S. Reserve National Champion English Pleasure horse in 1969. The Reserve

Champion was another chestnut, Fire Flame, the first of nine *Bask offspring produced by another Skowronek sire line mare, Aethena. Fire Flame was as athletic as she was beautiful, also earning the Reserve National Championship in English Pleasure the same year. The quality of the *Bask offspring knew no boundaries with regard to color or countries of origin on the dam’s side. Where some stallions need to be bred in a particular way to get the best results, *Bask was able to elevate the quality regardless of those considerations. While it is true that when bred to the more Kuhailan-style mares he usually produced daughters who may have had less

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The DaughTers Of Bask

Amurath Bandeira

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breed type than their *Raffles, Raseyn, Hallany Mistannybred counterparts, it is still a combination that produced National Champions daughters in performance such as Scarlet Lace, Ambra and Afire to name only three. *Bask’s daughter Amurath Bandeira was a glistening grey glamour girl, out of the Hadban Enzahi daughter, Sanacht. In 1974, trainer Gene Reichardt and Amurath Bandeira danced their way into the hearts of the public like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in an innovative and spectacular presentation that resulted in Amurath Bandeira turning the very neat trick of winning both the U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly and U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare titles at only three years of age. When horsemen are asked to name their favorite *Bask daughter, many name her as one of the very best. Belbowrie Baskana was the only *Bask daughter out of a straight Egyptian mare, *Anhar, a granddaughter of Sid Abouhom, who proved her value later as the tail female ancestress of modern international champions Elle Flamenca; the Gold Champion Junior Filly at the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas this year, as well as World Champion and super-sire Marajj. *Bask sired a bevy of flea-bitten beauties who all emanated from Comet daughters or granddaughters and were themselves the producers of extremely valuable breeding and show horses. Swans such as Gardenia, Grenedyne, Granaada, and Garnet hold a unique place in breed history. Not only were they a collection of exquisite mares, their incredible names, given to them at birth by Mrs. LaCroix, further defined their place in history.

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The fairy tale cross for *Bask was the pretty grey Comet granddaughter Susecion. In the early 70’s she produced two amazing daughters for Dr. Fred and Florence Ragland of El Cajon, CA. Fire Music astonished the entire Arabian world

The DaughTers Of *Bask with her incredible beauty. Dr. LaCroix purchased her for Lasma, and showed her to the title of United States National Champion Mare in 1973 at the tender age of three, over a huge class of exceptional mares. It was simply no contest. She had already earned the Canadian National Championship, so it was really no surprise, but no one who saw her show that day has ever forgotten it. Fire Music was as talented under saddle as she was beautiful, being named the U.S. National Champion English Pleasure horse in 1974. With a powerful, foursquare trot and her amazing face looking through the bridle, she was untouchable. Two years later, Susecion foaled a full sister to Fire Music, but this time in bay. Bask Melody was, quite possibly, the most elegant and delicate of all the *Bask mares, with a doe-like quality that was impossible to ignore. When the Raglands called Dr. LaCroix to tell him that she had been born, he jumped in the car and drove to El Cajon, where he purchased her on the spot. In 1976, Bask Melody fulfilled every bit of her promise, winning the U.S. National Championship from a class of 83 champion mares, as her sister before her, with the greatest of ease. There are far too many National Champion *Bask daughters to include them all. Today’s Arabian enthusiasts may never understand the staggering value of the *Bask daughters. It

Dr. Eugene LaCroix with the *Bask daughters, Andalusia, Belbowrie Baskana, Gwyndalyn, Fame and Dancing Flame.

is often said in America that no photograph has ever done them justice, and why that is simply remains a mystery. It is a story set long ago, but which echoes in the blood of so many of the world’s finest modern Arabians. Now, so many years later, horsemen still say that the aforementioned *Bask daughters could easily win today, and should. Isn’t it beyond ironic that when a horse born in Albigowa and died in Arizona, he carried a stud fee in 1979, the year of his death, that matched his original purchase price. ■

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The ABC’s Of by JOHN ALAN COHAN, Attorney at Law

The Tax Court has recognized that horse racing or breeding is a highly speculative venture, but that “an opportunity to earn a substantial ultimate profit in a highly speculative venture is ordinarily sufficient to indicate that the activity is engaged in for profit even though losses or only occasional small profits are actually generated.�

steadily rising and more people wanted to join in earning profits.

The possibility of just one successful racehorse or breeding champion could require purchasing a highly expensive animal or group of animals.

A racing syndicate may take one of several forms. Typically, a specific racehorse is involved, and the manager is usually the owner of the horse. The syndicate members have decision-making powers, such as deciding when the horse will commence its racing career, be gelded, retire for breeding or stud duties, or whether to change the trainer or to sell the horse.

Sometimes a syndicate is formed to pool resources and minimize the risks. Syndication is a way of getting involved in racing, breeding or competing on a much higher level than individual ownership. For the owner-manager, it provides funds with which to purchase a horse that otherwise might be unaffordable. For many years, fractional ownership has been a means of buying into horse racing and breeding opportunities. This was particularly active in the 1980s and 1990s, when horse prices were


There are several kinds of syndicates, but in principle, the people who buy into the deal become co-owners of fractional interests in the racehorse, show horse or stallion, as the case may be.

Purses are distributed to members pro-rata on a monthly basis. In addition to the price of shares, members may be required to pay a monthly maintenance fee. Upon termination of the syndicate, the manager is to divide the proceeds among the members proportionately.

Horse Syndications If a horse is not a successful performer or is injured, each member’s loss is limited to a fraction of the purchase price.

get earnings sooner rather than later, and often may involve a relatively modest investment, depending on the fair market value of the horse.

On the breeding side, stallion syndications are a viable means of buying into a super-stallion and spreading the costs of ownership among a group of investors. With a breeding syndicate, a stallion, whether a retired racehorse or show stallion, may be transferred into a syndicate and syndicate members (co-owners) are entitled to one free nomination per season. Members may choose to sell their annual nominations, and eventually a share in profits should the horse be sold. The entrepreneur who establishes the venture manages these syndicates. Each party is entitled to separately report tax deductions for costs and depreciation.

It is always important to know the qualifications of the syndicate manager, and to check out the pedigree and record of the individual horse or horses involved. Syndicate agreements are usually fairly straightforward documents, but an attorney should always review them.

A syndicate agreement will state whether the horse is or is not insured. Members may obtain mortality insurance, however, on their individual fractional interests. The legal structure of the syndicate is usually a partnership, tenancy in common, or LLC entity.

Tax benefits may vary, depending on the type of agreement. For example, some racing syndicates are structured as limited partnerships, which may have a different allocation of tax benefits than a typical breeding syndicate, but generally, the co-owners may realize tax deductions for depreciation of their fractional interests and for maintenance fees. n John Alan Cohan is an attorney who serves the horse, livestock and farming industries. He can be reached at: (310) 278-0203, or email:

Syndicates entitle people who are new to the horse industry to gradually get started in an activity that could end up to be very rewarding, with a minimal outlay of cash. Some syndicates have a set time frame, such as a year in which the horse will be raced, purse money distributed, and the horse sold at the end of the period. This enables investors to minimize risks,

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In Memoriam

Georgene Holasek, DVM (1942-2015) Georgene Holasek, DVM had a love for horses from her early childhood and acquired her first horse at age fifteen. At age nineteen she married Ward Holasek and helped with the Holasek family farm. At that time, the Rock Isle Farm was mainly set up for dairy farming, hay/ sleigh rides with the Percheron Draft Horses and some horse boarding. Within the first 3 years of marriage, Georgene and Ward were blessed with two sons, Wade and Rick. As a breeder, trainer, competitor, educator, veterinarian and judge, this remarkably talented women has had a great influence in the world of the Arabian horse. She had a God given gift that only a few people will ever experience. Although Georgene is no longer with us, her love, dedication, and vision for the Arabian breed will live on.

Rave Review++// (1986-2015)



Chelsea Knoop first saw Rave Review++// at the 1999 Region 11 show being shown by owner and fellow Tri-Color Farm client Bob Kittredge—and instantly fell in love with the bay gelding. Mesmerized his ring presence, Chelsea got the opportunity to ride him at the show and she spent the next several months watching the video of their ride on repeat. April 2000, the Knoops had the opportunity to purchase the HalfArabian from the Kittredge family and they did so without telling Chelsea. “I went to the barn one day and his stall nameplate had tape over the owner’s names and my name was written on it. I bawled like a baby,” says Chelsea.

“His personality preceded him. He was funny, mischievous, high maintenance, smart, and intuitive; he knew instantly what kind of person you were,” Knoop says. “He loved the show ring. Riding him was like being on the most exciting roller coaster. He had an impressive ability to drop his hindquarters and push off his back—almost making you fall off the back.” During his 28 years, Rave Review achieved a national championship, a reserve national championship, and a dozen additional national top tens in English pleasure, park, driving, and gelding halter. “He was a once-in-a-lifetime horse for me and my family,” says Knoop. “He was the horse that every little girl dreams of. He’s definitely the reason I still ride horses today and have an everlasting passion for the Arabian horse.” The Knoop family would like to thank the Stover family, Bob and Pam Kittredge, and, of course, his long-time trainers and caretakers, Mike and Terri Budd. “You never got off of him without a smile,” Mike Budd said. “From day one, he wanted to be a great horse. And he was!” 430 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES

In Memoriam

CF Coming Up Roses (2004-2015) Krystal McCulloch, “Rosie’s” previous owner, was immediately taken by the HalfArabian mare when encountering her at Chrishan Park in 2012. “Her ever forward ears, exquisite face, and chestnut coloring captured my eye,” says McCulloch. “She was fussy, demanding, and ornery—a typical mare! She always greeted me with a nicker and preferred molasses equine cookies to carrots or peppermints. “Rosie was my entrance into the Arabian show world. She was my first pony, my girl, and my chance to see if I could compete with the ‘big kids.’”

Compete they did. By the Dutch Warmblood Majesteit and out of French Seduction, by Hucklebey Berry, one of McCulloch’s most memorable moments with Rosie was going Reserve National Champion in Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure Select in 2012. “I did not sleep the rest of the night! She made it possible for me to dream big.” Throughout her career, Rosie helped several handlers and riders achieve their dreams in a variety of classes, including: mare breeding saddle/pleasure, country driving, native costume, and country English pleasure, with McCulloch, Shan Wilson, breeder Cindy Crawford, and most recently, carried walk/trot owner Elle Browne. Rosie garnered two national championships, two reserve national championships and eight additional national top tens. “She was fun because of her energy and unpredictability,” says McCulloch. “She was not easy to ride, so she made me a better horsewoman, and I am forever grateful to her for that.”

Balenciaga+/ (2008-2015) Sandy and John Zuccarini purchased Balenciaga+/ sight unseen in April 2012, with the help of their trainer Zac Powell of Powell Training Center, for Sandy’s last hurrah showing. Sandy needed the perfect western pleasure horse and “Chris” fit the bill perfectly. Sandy’s heart was taken on their first meeting when the bay gelding put his nose in her chest and breathed in deeply—his way of learning about a person. Chris’ performance career began in the fall 2010 with Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter of RBC Show Horses, and throughout his six-year show career he achieved two reserve national championships, three additional national top tens, two Buckeye championships, and one Scottsdale win in western pleasure and gelding halter. The Half-Arabian (Versace x ABD Black Hills Gold) was bred by Chris and Karen McLamb, McLamb V Arabians, LLC and he was Karen’s first attempt at breeding a national quality foal. “Zac and Chris’ love for each other was evident in the show ring and at home. Chris would nicker to Zac as he came around the corner of his stall,” shares Karen McLamb. “They were buddies and each other’s friend.” “He was a great once-in-a-lifetime horse for me,” says Powell. “He was the nicest to be around in every way.” n Volume 46, No. 6 | 431

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2015 SHOWS

NOVEMBER November 26-28, 2015, AHAF 46th Annual Thanksgiving Show, Tampa, Florida. Contact: Donna Auber, 330-274-2039. November 28, 2015, AHANC Thanksgiving Weekend One-Day Show, Rancho Murieta, California. Contact: Kathryne Heath, 916-517-8227. DECEMBER December 3-6, 2015, Desert Classic All Arabian Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact: Melanni Hershberger, 480-443-3372. December 3-6, 2015, NTAHC Shootout, Glen Rose, Texas. Contact: Sherry McGraw, 903872-7279. December 12-13, 2015, Working Western Madness One-Day Show I and II, Dekalb, Texas. Contact: Kamber Ulmer, 605-539-1695. December 19-20, 2015, Holiday Hurrah OneDay Show I and II, Denver, Colorado. Contact: Marlene Kriegbaum, 716-628-2640.

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


April 25-May 1, 2016, Region 7 Championships, Scottsdale, Arizona. May 2-7, 2016, Region 12 Championships, Perry, Georgia. May 19-22, 2016, Region 1 Championships, Del Mar, California. June 1-4, 2016, Region 9 Championships, Fort Worth, Texas. June 8-11, 2016, Region 8 Championships, Denver, Colorado. June 9-12, 2016, Region 10 Championships, St. Paul, Minnesota. June 21-25, 2016, Region 4 Championships, Nampa, Idaho. www. June 21-26, 2016, Region 2 Championships, Santa Barbara, California. June 22-26, 2016, Region 13 Championships, Springfield, Ohio. June 30-July 2, 2016, Region 6 Championships, Douglas, Wyoming. June 30-July 3, 2016, Region 14 Championships, Lexington, Kentucky. July 6-10, 2016, Region 5 Championships, Monroe, Washington. July 6-10, 2016, Region 15 Championships, Lexington, Virginia. July 7-10, 2016, Region 11 Championships, Springfield, Illinois.

July 13-16, 2016, Region 3 Championships, Rancho Murieta, California. July 20-23, 2016, Region 16 Championships, Syracuse, New York. July 25-30, 2016, Region 17 Championships, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

2016 SHOWS

FEBRUARY February 11-21, 2016, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. APRIL April 14-17, 2016, Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas, Nevada.


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


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Index Of Advertisers A


Abel Family, The .............................................................................................8, 9

Love, Gretchen .................................................................................150US (200)

AHT Boutique.......................................................................................... 416-423 AHT Digital Subscriptions ............................................................................. 375

AHT Readers’ Choice ................................................................................ 14, 413 AHT Social Media...........................................................................................268

AHT Subscriptions ..................................................................................305, 361

AHT Websites .................................................................................................. 261 Ajman Stud ..................................................................................................2, 3, 5

M Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. ........................................................................... 433

Michael Byatt Arabians...................................................................................260 Midwest ..............................................................................8, 9, 17-24US (67-74) Midwest Station I, Inc........................................................................ 56US (106) Mieke Sans ....................................................................................................... BC

Al Shaqab ..................................................................................................312-319


Albaydaa Stud ......................................................................................... 438-IBC

Prestige Farm LLC ........................................................... 118-119US (168, 169)

Al Thumama Stud .......................................................................................40, 41

Pay-Jay Arabians .............................................................................................. 432

Aljassimya Farm......................................................... FC, IFC, 1, 10, 11, 15, 22


Arabian Soul Partners ....................................................................................... 49

Athbah Stud ..............................................................................................371-374 Avonlea Arabians ...............................................................144-145US (194, 195)

B Beloveds Farm ...........................................................................50, 1-3US (51-53)

C Cari Thompson Training ................................................................. 166US (216)

R.O. Lervick Arabians .................................................................................... 432 Randy Sullivan Training Center...................................... 134-135US (184, 185) RBC Show Horses.............................................................. 167-169US (217-219)

Reed Training ................................................................................... 164US (214)

Region XII Spotlight Futurity............................................................................ 7

Rohara Arabians ........................................................................45-49US (95-99) Russell Arabians ...............................................................................165US (215)

Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc. ............................116-117US, (166, 167), 350-354


ChriShan Park Arabians .................................................. 122-123US (172, 173)

Shea Stables ...................................................................................................... 433

Clanton Performance Horses ............................................................. 86US (136)

Smoky Mountain Park Arabians .........................................99-101US (149-151)

Chestnuthill Arabians .............................................................. 40-41US (90, 91)

Church Hill Arabians...................................................................................... 432 Conway Arabians ...............................................................120-121US (170, 171) Copple Show Horses ..........................................................128-131US (178-181)

E Eleanor’s Arabians ............................................ 172-175US (222-225), 338, 339

Equidont Arabians............................................................. 146-149US (196-199)

F Frierson Atkinson ............................................................................................ 432

Fulkerson, Rebecca & Stephanie ......................................132-133US (182, 183)

G Garlands ............................................................................ 152-157US (202-207)

Giacomo Capacci Arabians ................ 269, 270, 1-32GCA (271-302), 303, 304

H Haras Sahara Arabian Horses ...............................................57-72US (107-122)

Hegg, Mrs. Mickey ......................................................................................... 432

Hidden River Ranch.........................................................................165US (215)

J JT Keller Training ............................................................144-145US (194, 195)


Setting Sun Stables ...........................................................................170US (220) Showtime Training Center ............................................... 103-105US (153-155)

Starline Arabians ............................................................... 108-113US (158-163)

Stonegate Arabians LLC.................................................................. 151US (201)

Strand’s Arabian Stables................................................... 150-151US (200, 201)

Sycamore Farms LLC ..............................................................208US (258), 259

T Tahawy Bedouin Book .................................................................................... 355 Ted Carson Training ................................................ 206-208US (256-258), 259

The Hat Lady .................................................................................................. 433

Trotwood Farm .................................................................124-127US (174-177)

V Vallejo Ranch LLC ....................................................................11-13US (61-63) Vicki Humphrey Training Center .........................................87-98US (137-148)

Victoria Cross Farm .................................................................. 42-43US (92, 93)

W Walnut Ridge Arabians LLC ............................................................ 56US (106)

Wilkins Livestock Insurers, Inc...................................................................... 433

Z Zerlotti Genetics Ltd. ............................................................57-72US (107-122)

Kiesner Training ................................................................106-115US (156-165)

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