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QR Marc QR x Van Alyssa Marc x Van Alyssa Dam of Beloved To Behold Dam ofJoy Beloved Joy To Behold (by Vitorio (byTO) Vitorio TO)

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Michael Byatt Arabians—Generations of Greatness ... by Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone



Cover Story: Lawrence El Gazal by Theresa Cardamone


2015 U.S. And Canadian Nationals Leading Sires


2015 U.S. And Canadian Nationals Top Ten Stallions & Colts


2015 Leading Regional Arabian Yearling Breeders Sweepstakes Sires, Owners And Breeders


Inaugural Arabian & Half-Arabian Regional Breeding Challenge Cups Awarded at 2015 U.S. Nationals


Women In The Industry: Cindy McGown with Theresa Cardamone


A Story of Royalty … A Story of Loyalty—Afire Bey V (1985-2015)


Leaders Of The Times: VJ Royal Heir by Anne Stratton


Women In The Industry: Lori And Nicole Lawrence


Mac Baske (1991-2015)


IXL Noble Express+ … A Worthy And Proven Successor by Christy Egan


The Arabian English Performance Association Futurities by Mary Kirkman


Al Shaqab


2016 Trainers Directory


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In Memoriam


Comments From The Publisher


25 Things You Don’t Know About …


Guest Editorial: Things To Look Out For In IRS Audits Of Horse Activities by John Alan Cohan


Faces & Places


Calendar Of Events


Looking Ahead


Index Of Advertisers

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Lawrence El Gazal

(Gazal Al Shaqab x Lara El Ludjin), owned by La Movida Arabians.

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From The Publisher I love December. You look back at what you’ve accomplished in the year gone by and you make plans for what is coming up. New young prospects are coming into the barn to begin training and there are breeding choices to be made for the next season. That can be so exciting, because you never know which decision, which selection, will yield the next superstar. It is also a great time to evaluate your needs and skills, and to purchase a new horse for next year or sell one who no longer fits your level of competition. Or, if you are a breeder, to buy a new mare or to identify the ones who have done their job in your program and sell them to other breeders.

This is not just a great holiday season, it’s a time to take stock of where you are in your Arabian horse involvement, celebrate your achievements, and if you want to, make changes to reach new goals. What is especially great about 2015 is that, in my opinion, we’ve seen positive changes in the Arabian horse industry. I’ve seen confidence returning to owners and breeders. No breed in the equine community is “home free” in our battle for the leisure dollar, but we have a great breed, with a wonderful history and a lot of potential for the future. Arabians have had a bright and hopeful year, and I am looking for more to come. These are exciting times.

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2008 Bay Stallion SCID/CA Clear AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire Minnesota Medallion Stallion


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By Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Individuals and isolated events have often been the catalyst for far-reaching effects that completely altered the course of human history. In the annals of the Arabian horse, the real change agents are those who have shaped the face of the breed through their ideas and actions. No one will deny the importance of the moment when Dr. Eugene LaCroix first saw Bask in Poland or when Daniel Gainey laid eyes on Ferzon at the side of his dam. Judith Forbis journeying to Egypt to begin her Ansata collection and Tom McNair’s elegant promotion of Morafic and his exquisite daughters were moments that changed the direction of the Arabian industry.

Kaborr x Edjora

Ferzon & Gai Parada

Morafic & Tom McNair

To become a Master at any craft, first one must become a student. Michael Byatt has a thirst for knowledge beyond the typical. He is an astute man who strives for excellence in all areas of life, including his lifelong passion for Arabian horses. The first stage of development as a breeder or a trainer is the establishment of a base of knowledge, drawn from the masters of that field. The Master teachers who most inspired Michael were among the most creative and innovative thinkers the breed has ever seen. Consequently they were also among the most successful. He absorbed as much as he could from the experiences of his many incredible teachers. The depth of talent in the horsemen and breeders of that era was unsurpassed, all contributing to the wealth of knowledge he was banking toward his future. The year was 1994. And 1994 would be the year that Michael was able to take the magic learned from the Masters and mix it with his own creativity, experiences, and inspiration in a moment that would profoundly affect the Arabian market, show ring honors, and even the physical look of Arabians in modern breeding programs all over the world. Michael Byatt had selected a group of foundation mares for Al Shaqab Stud, at that time directed by Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani. Sheikh Hamad had been hired and empowered by his patron, HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, to create a nucleus of breeding stock that would be used to preserve and improve the Arabian horse, a cultural treasure. The horses Byatt chose were an auspicious group, including the incomparable 1982 U.S. National Champion Mare Kajora, who was open at the time. continued ...

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It was then that fate played a

OFW Magic Wan. With his

hand, allowing Michael Byatt

dedication as a breeder and

the opportunity to alter the

his skill as a trainer, Michael

course of Arabian horse history.

Byatt is a true horseman who

Kajora was cycling and had to

understands everything it

be bred. Michael and noted

takes to create a champion.

horsewoman Eileen Verdieck advised Sheikh Hamad that

Michael’s superior eye and

the beautiful straight Egyptian

knowledge of bloodlines

stallion he had admired, Anaza

developed along with his

El Farid, would be the perfect

talent. He came up in an era

choice for Kajora. It was from

of extraordinary horsemen

this collaborative effort that

and horses. As the horses of

Gazal Al Shaqab emerged to

that era began to age and be

create a male dynasty of world

replaced by the next genera-

and national champions the

Box Office x Bint Jabar

likes of which has never before

tions, Michael Byatt emerged with a new “make and shape”

been seen. So dominant is the sire line that Gazal founded,

of the Arabian horse; a balanced horse with a harmonious

it has changed the phenotype of the winning Arabian show

build. Length of leg, back, and neck were in balance, and Ara-

horse worldwide, and appears in the pedigree of almost every

bian breed type was evident in increasingly sculptured heads

modern champion.

and splendid silhouettes. Gazal Al Shaqab was created as an homage to both the aesthetic and the athletic.

Michael Byatt has always believed in beauty and balance when it comes to horses. From the time he was a teenager,

Over the years, various sire lines have been dominant and

Michael was in love with the Arabian horse and began to

then receded as a new line came into play. Very few sire lines

make his mark as a competitive horseman. From the thousands

have been able to survive whatever surprises life threw their

of trainers that have shown Arabian horses in America, only

way, be it war, recession or changing trends. However, the line

a very few have won the “Trainer’s Triple Crown.” Michael is

founded by Nazeer not only survived, it has thrived. Nazeer

one of those few, having guided Silfaun to the U.S. National

is prominent in nearly every modern Arabian pedigree, both

Champion Western Pleasure title, JA Rave Review to U.S.

straight Egyptian and those of other strains. It happened

National Champion English Pleasure honors and many U.S.

because he was a prolific progenitor of Arabian type, the trait

National halter champions to their wins, including Gazal Al

paramount in the standards of the breed. It happened because

Shaqab’s magnificent son, Marwan Al Shaqab and his son

he sired a slew of sons all over Europe and into America who continued ...

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Anaza El Farid x Kajora

were able to pass that trait and other highly desirable traits on Michael & Marwan Al Shaqab

to such a degree; many of them founded their own dynamic branches of the line. From Morafic to Anasata Ibn Halima, Aswan to Ghazal, Hadban Enzahi to Ramses Fayek, the impact has been staggering as the bloodline has taken root all over the globe. Any single one of those sons has been able to establish what one would think of as the entire legacy. No one could predict that there would be a stallion born whose legacy would eclipse those fixtures of the breed. Yet, then came Gazal Al Shaqab, whose brilliant “make and shape” shows, to an almost utter perfection, the influence of Michael Byatt. Gazal is the total sum of the parts of his lineage, a physical, living pedigree that can be seen in his carriage, his motion, his elegant neck and his gorgeous head. According to Byatt, that transparency of pedigree, being able to see the ancestors’ traits reproduced in the living horse, is the true sign of a stallion’s potential to breed on. The sire line of Gazal Al Shaqab, has blanketed the world over the last ten years, running rampant over the competition. In another decade, it may very well be that with one look over the shoulder there will be no competitor in sight.

Already laden with world and national champions, the Gazal sire line boasts a deep arsenal of stallion power that has continued to build unabated. Without question, Marwan Al Shaqab mounts the most serious challenge to his sire for his position on this planet. He is assuredly the Horse of the Century in everyone’s minds to such a degree, it goes without saying. This should come as no surprise, since Marwan signaled his acceptance of the mantle of heir-apparent when he was named 2001 World Champion Junior Stallion while his father Gazal Al Shaqab won the 2001 World Champion Senior Stallion honors. For a staggering seven straight years, Marwan Al Shaqab was named the Leading Sire at the World Championships in Paris, an honor now held by his own son, QR Marc.

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Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame

Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba

Michael Byatt’s influence and abilities as a breeder can be seen at farms and in show arenas all over the world, with many of the horses that he has had a hand in breeding earning the coveted title of World Champion. A decade ago, Sheikh Hamad and Michael added to the collection of mares at Al Shaqab Stud with a sensational group that included the gems OFW Mishaahl and White Silkk. From those two mares were produced not one, not two, but three Junior or Senior World Champions; the full brothers Kahil Al Shaqab and Wadee Al Shaqab, and the majestic Hariry Al Shaqab, all sons of Marwan Al Shaqab. Due to the magic of shipped semen, embryo transfer, and the relative ease of international equine travel, Marwan has been used heavily all over the globe. Consequently, he is in the pedigrees of a huge percentage of winning, contemporary show horses, with countless champion offspring and many seasons of production ahead of him. What makes the Gazal Al Shaqab sire line so very special is its rare ability to create both a dynamic male line and a group of daughters who can carry forward their sire’s finest qualities. They are equally important as male line progenitors and as the sires of future broodmares. While on lease to Poland, Gazal Al Shaqab sired some of the most beautiful mares ever produced at Janow Podlaski or Michalow State Studs, which is an incredible achievement. World Champions Pianissima and Emandoria are two notable examples. With contributions on both sides, Gazal Al Shaqab’s name appears in a huge percentage of Arabian pedigrees, just as legendary sires Nazeer, Skowronek, Bask, and other greats are also seen.

Gazal Al Shaqab x Pianosa

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Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda

Michael Byatt’s influence has had a multi-generational impact time and time again. He facilitated the sale to South African Willie Brown of the Padrons Psyche daughter OFW Psylhouette, who was in foal to Marwan Al Shaqab upon Michael’s recommendation. The breeding was repeated the following year, resulting in the dazzling Eks Alihandro, who later earned the titles of unanimous Menton, All Nations Cup, and World Champion. Michael bought the lovely Marwan Al Shaqab daughter Abha Myra from Marieta Salas and later sold her to Orrion Farms for whom he showed her to a U.S. Reserve National Champion Junior Filly title. Only the magnificent World Champion Pianissima placed above her. As the co-breeder of Abha Myra’s 2008 foal, Michael had suggested crossing the mare with Besson Carol, a stallion that he knew very well. Michael owned Besson and had shown him to numerous major titles including U.S. and Canadian Reserve National Champion and unanimous Scottsdale Champion Stallion. Michael had also shown Besson Carol’s sire Parys El Jamaal to his own U.S. National Champion Stallion honors. continued ...

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He is confident and capable, with as good a grasp on human nature as he has on breeding horses. In short, Michael Byatt is as complete a package as the horses that he knows and loves so well. When Michael led the Marwan Al Shaqab son OFW Magic Wan to victory as the 2015 United States National Champion Stallion, the win represented the third Gazal generation OFW Magic Wan & Michael Byatt in Tulsa, 2015

that he has shown to the highest honors. Magic Wan was a reproduction of the incredible traits and qualities that were

The result of that cross was the gorgeous World Champion

instilled in Gazal Al Shaqab, honed to an even finer degree

Stallion Fadi Al Shaqab. In an incredible exhibition of

of excellence. More importantly, in a startling show of

continuity and continued excellence, Michael was at the

genetic power, Magic Wan shared the spotlight with not

end of the lead of the horses behind the horse, this time

one, but two offspring who also earned 2015 U.S.

Fadi Al Shaqab.

National Championships!

Michael purchased the Besson Carol daughter HB Bessolea

The dynamically exciting National Champion Yearling Colt

for longtime client Susan Taylor. Bred to Marwan Al Shaqab,

Magic Mystery Z was the image of his sire and a huge favorite

she produced an amazing set of full brothers. Baanderos was

of the crowd, while the beautiful Makayah earned her title

both a World Champion Junior Colt and World Champion

of U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly with a grace and

Senior Stallion. His brother, Baahir El Marwan, became

charm all her own. These two represent the fourth generation

a U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion. Michael had

of Gazal that have been nurtured to their full potential by

started the show careers of both of these great champions as

Michael Byatt and are a perfect example of the power of

yearlings. U.S. Reserve National Champion Futurity Filly and

Gazal to influence both sides of the pedigree with equal

Scottsdale Grand Champion Mare, GC Echlectica, a beau-

amounts of glory.

tifully structured mare, was bred to Marwan Al Shaqab. The result was the triple United States National Champion Aria

It was with this result in mind, the continued development of

Impresario, another example of the multi-generational vision

generation after generation of increasingly fabulous Arabian

that Michael Byatt shares with the world.

horses, that Michael and Sheikh Hamad’s original breeding decisions were made. That dynamic blueprint has proven to

The accomplishments of the 2015 show season demonstrated

be the foundation for three more world-class generations. It

the potency of the seeds that were planted by Michael Byatt

is the formula for successful breeding programs all over the

and Sheikh Hamad, which continue to dictate the winning

world. It is why Michael Byatt is considered to be one of the

line up in show after show in America and beyond. It was the

architects of today’s modern Arabian horse.

culmination of many years and collaborations with a wide variety of dedicated breeders, and speaks to Michael’s ability to work across breed strains, cultures and personalities. Michael is a man with a tremendous depth of infectious charisma, who easily pulls people to him, learners and master teachers alike.

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Gazal Al Shaqab Ă— Lara El Ludjin

Moatasim Al Salhiyah x ZT Mathal

The year 2015 opened brilliantly for Michael Byatt and his MBA team at the Scottsdale International Breeders Classic in February. Michael led Hanaya Stud’s gorgeous El Khaled to the Straight Egyptian Stallion Championship. A rare son of Ansata Sinan who descends from Nazeer through Morafic and The Egyptian Prince, El Khaled had previously been named 2011 Gold Champion Stallion at the Frankfurt Egyptian Cup and 2010 European Egyptian Event Gold Champion Colt. Nayla Hayek, who has been breeding Arabians at her Hanaya Stud for forty years, teamed up with Byatt again to sweep the senior titles with a win by ZT Aaminah in the Straight Egyptian Mare Championship, her triumphant show debut. The striking bay daughter of Moatasim Al Salhiyah and ZT Mathal was beautifully shown by Byatt, and will most certainly garner many more victories in the future for Nayla Hayek’s Hanaya Stud. continued ...

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Ansata Sinan x Shahirs Abriel

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WH Justice x Djasira Princess Psytadel

The Scottsdale season continued to unfold with significant victories for Michael Byatt Arabians and its clients. Michael showed the exquisite Aj Djamilja to the Scottsdale International Breeders Champion Mare title for the Ajman Stud of Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman. A mare of ethereal beauty and elegance, she has two strong crosses to Padrons Psyche, first through her sire WH Justice and also through her dam, Djasira Princess Psytadel. Many of Michael’s charges used their Scottsdale class wins as a platform for national and international honors later in the year. GC Le Marais parlayed her strong showing in Scottsdale into a 2015 Canadian National Championship. Abha Qalams won her class at the Scottsdale Classic, catapulting her to a Silver Championship in Las Vegas and a Silver World Championship in Paris; and Scottsdale Classic winner Magic Mystery Z rode his triumph all the way to a United States National Yearling Colt Championship, but not before he, too, “beat the house” in Las Vegas. Held in April, the Arabian Breeders World Cup was the first opportunity for Magic Mystery Z to build on his Scottsdale success, and he did so in glorious fashion, with a much talked-about victory that ultimately led to his National Championship in Tulsa. Owned by Dr. Mario Zerlotti, the son of OFW Magic Wan and Marys Diva set the crowd into a tizzy with his spectacular, electric presence, near perfect conformation and incredible show attitude. Abha Qalams used the same springboard, cashing in on her Scottsdale win by earning the Las Vegas Silver Champion Mare title for the Al Shahania Stud of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. Their standard-bearing “Golden One,” Barzan Al Shahania, previously represented Al Shahania in Las Vegas. A grandson of Gazal Al Shaqab, Barzan won the Arabian Breeders World Cup Supreme Junior Champion Stallion honors in 2012 and was a U.S. National Champion Junior Colt in 2011 and U.S. National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt in 2013. continued ...

Stival × NW Siena Psyche

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Ashhal Al Rayyan x Asrar Al Rayyan

The roots of the enduring friendship and association of Michael Byatt and Sheikh Hamad stretch back to 1993, when they teamed to win the Supreme Champion Stallion title with Sabiell at the first Egyptian Event. Fast forward to June 2015, and Michael was once again leading horses to victory at the Egyptian Event USA for Sheikh Hamad, now the director of the historic Al Rayyan Stud. Rayyana Al Aliya, by beloved World Champion Ashhal Al Rayyan and from the Al Adeed Al Shaqab daughter Asrar Al Rayyan, waltzed away with the Egyptian Event USA Gold Champion Mare honors. In doing so, she brought the Byatt/Sheikh Hamad partnership full circle from their early beginnings. Al Rayyan and Byatt made a repeat trip to the winner’s circle when he led Nawaal Al Rayyan (Ansata Sokar x Nadrah Al Rayyan) to the Gold Champion Filly title, with stablemate and paternal half-sister Sahla Al Rayyan (Ansata Sokar x Sundos Al Rayyan) bringing home the Bronze Champion Filly title. It was a terrific outcome for the mares of Al Rayyan, and a sweetly satisfying show for both Michael Byatt and Sheikh Hamad. continued ...

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Ansata Sokar x Nadrah Al Rayyan

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By Jeff Wallace and Theresa Cardamone

Hannah Byatt has been accompanying her father, world-renowned horseman Michael Byatt, to Paris for many years. The City of Light is truly in her blood. Hannah kindly agreed to share some of her thoughts with us on the occasion of her twenty-first birthday. “I first visited Paris when I was about 13,” she said, “on the way to the Menton horse show. I believe my dad won the Filly Championship with Miss El Power JQ at Menton that year. There are so many things I love about Paris—the flea market, the fashion, and this restaurant, Le Gran Venise, which is my favorite.” Hannah is an accomplished tennis player who can visualize herself as a college professor in the future, although she remains wide-open to all opportunities. She credits her parents for exposing her to many wonderful things, and her father for his generous nature. “I am still ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ in some ways,” Hannah continued. “And my dad is a really great gift giver. He is very thoughtful about it and takes the time to make each gift meaningful. Here I am, turning 21 in Paris! I’ve always idolized my brother, and he went to Las Vegas for his 21st, so I thought I would do the same. I am so happy that I am spending it here in Paris instead!” Friends and family describe Hannah as a “dynamic, glamorous, funny, team-playing Glamazon” who equally enjoys a gift box from Hermes, Chanel or Dominos. With a fascination for Versailles and Marie Antoinette, Hannah has always been captivated with French culture and is, of course, a great fan of Paris. “I can imagine myself living in Paris one day,” Hannah mused. “With the love of my life … my cat, Donald!”

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Michael Byatt Arabians did not stop at victories on the distaff side. MBA trainer Austin Colangelo showed the 2015 Egyptian Event Gold Champion Stallion Phaaros to his popular win. By ZT Faa’iq and out of Bint Atallah, Phaaros is owned by the international partnership of Alfala Stud (Saudi Arabia) and Alfabia Stud (Italy), who also happen to own the Silver Champion Stallion, Sabeh Al Salhiyah (Ansata Nile Echo x Mareeka). With the gratifying outcome of the Egyptian Event under their belt, the Michael Byatt Arabians team geared up for a championship season that would prove to be a stunning success. continued ...

ZT Faa’iq x Bint Atallah

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The 2015 Canadian Nationals yielded a rich haul for MBA and their jubilant clientele. Polidoro FC claimed the Canadian National Champion Stallion title for his delighted owner/breeders, Stuart and Sue Larsen of Falcon Crest Arabians. Polidoro is a son of six-time National Champion DA Valentino and the spectacular World Champion Abha Palma, a Marwan Al Shaqab daughter bred by Marieta Salas of Spain. Polidoro FC had previously garnered the titles of 2014 U.S. ational Champion Stallion 4-5 Years, 2013 U.S. National Futurity Colt and 2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt, amassing an enviable show record at such a young age. continued ...

DA Valentino x Abha Palma

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Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica

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Marwan Al Shaqab x HED Caramba

The fiery GC Le Marais took Canada by storm, an unstoppable force on her way to winning the 2015 Canadian National Champion Mare crown for Al Shahania Stud. By the incomparable Marwan Al Shaqab and out of GC Echlectica, GC Le Marais gave a mind-blowing performance, peaking at the perfect moment under the careful guidance of MBA. Al Shahania and Michael connected for yet another Gold Championship with a Marwan offspring, this time the Canadian National Champion Yearling Colt honor won by Heyman Al Shahania, whose dam is HED Caramba, the 2006 Canadian National Champion Two-Year Old Filly and multiple-Scottsdale Champion. The ownership team of Michael Byatt Arabians and Joey Canda won the Canadian National Champion Yearling Filly title with Del Adora, who boasts a double-Marwan pedigree. Her sire is the Marwan Al Shaqab son ZT Marwteyn and her dam is the Marwan granddaughter, GC Seasons of Love, by Aria Impresario.

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ZT Marwteyn x GC Seasons Of Love

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There is nothing quite like the U.S. National Championships. For Michael Byatt, the memories of victories past united with the present to create a perfect storm of magical moments. In 1997, Parys El Jamaal and Michael emerged with the United States National Reserve Champion Stallion title for owners Ray and Nora Tatum. Parys fulfilled every expectation as a show horse and as a sire. His daughter, 2001 Canadian National Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Serenata El Jamaal produced over twenty foals, including 2007 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Filly True Desire LL; while another Parys daughter, 2003 U.S. National Champion Junior Mare Shalina El Jamaal was the the dam of Marhaabah, the 2013 United States National Champion 8 & Over and Reserve National Champion Senior Stallion. Parys El Jamaal continues to have a strong presence in the modern show ring. At the 2015 World Championships in Paris, Aj Azzam completed his Triple Crown yearling season with a Gold Champion Yearling Colt win. In doing so, he provided a striking example of the value of the Marwan Al Shaqab daughters, as his dam Ysadora is the result of Marwan Al Shaqab crossed on a Parys El Jamaal mare. continued ...

Ali Jamaal × FF Pavielle

Parys El Jamaal × Shahlina

Marwan Al Shaqab x Shalina El Jamaal

Parys El Jamaal × MP Serenata

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Parys El Jamaal Ă— Classic Krystall

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Besson Carol × Abha Myra

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One of Parys El Jamaal’s most important contributions to the breed was siring 2001 U.S. and Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt and multiple Scottsdale Champion, Besson Carol. A great favorite at Michael Byatt Arabians, Besson Carol has sired his own impressive list of enduring champions including 2013 Gold World Champion Stallion Fadi Al Shaqab, Scottsdale Champion and Canadian Top Ten Majolicaa and her sister Majalina. Besson Carol’s get continue to pile on wins, as evidenced by his son Megga Starr’s U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure Select AATR title in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2015.

Besson Carol × Majalis

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Besson Carol × AR Belle Starr

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Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude

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OFW Magic Wan x Marys Diva

Jubilant owners, veteran horsemen, and Arabian enthusiasts of all kinds crowded the Michael Byatt Arabians stable area after the United States National Championship Finals in Tulsa, Oklahoma in October. OFW Magic Wan had just won the title of 2015 United States National Champion Stallion for Haras Sahara of Brazil, and the celebration was truly heartfelt. Magic Wan is the perfect channel for the genetic power of his sire Marwan Al Shaqab. Out of the Magnum Psyche mare Magna Prelude, OFW Magic Wan is a double-Bask and double-Bey Shah conduit of greatness, combining outstanding motion and classic Arabian type. He served notice that the title was to be his with previous wins as the 2010 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt and 2008 U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt. Magic Wan also served notice that he was a sire to be reckoned with.

Even more impressive than his own 2015 win is the fact that OFW Magic Wan sired two other U.S. National Champions in the same year that he earned his title. His son Magic Mystery Z was an unstoppable force in earning the U.S. National Champion Yearling Colt title for Dr. Mario Zerlotti, while Magic Wan’s daughter Makayah was named U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly. Makayah’s dam, Maria El Besson, is by Besson Carol. It was a tremendous achievement for the stallion, his offspring and the MBA team. The improbable odds of one man showing a stallion and his son and his daughter to United States National Championships in the same year are eclipsed by the fact that in this case, those horses represented the third and fourth consecutive generations that Michael had shown to their titles.

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All roads may lead to Rome, but in the opinion of Arabian horse enthusiasts, the most important ones lead to Paris. There each November, the finest Arabians on the planet compete for the coveted title of 2015 World Champion at the Salon du Cheval. Abha Qalams followed her earlier triumphs in Scottsdale and Las Vegas with a breathtaking performance that earned her the title of Silver World Champion Mare for Al Shahania Stud in a field stacked with other World and National Champions. By the WH Justice son Alfabia Damascus, Abha Qalams is out of the Marwan Al Shaqab daughter, Abha Mudira. continued ...

Alfabia Damascus x Abha Mudira

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OFW Magic Wan x Maria El Besson

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Ajman Moniscione Ă— DL Marielle

Al Shahania also won the Bronze World Championship with Luigi on the lead of Tom Oben. Luigi is a crowd-pleasing colt with magnetic presence; a great representative of his sire, Kanz Albidayer. He previously won the European Silver Champion Yearling Colt title, with a Bronze win at the All Nations Cup and Gold Championships at Vichy and the Tulip Cup. Kanz Albidayer stands at Michael Byatt Arabians and is owned by the Albidayer Stud. He is a multiple-international Gold Champion by Ajman Moniscione and the Marwan Al Shaqab daughter DL Marielle. Her dam line traces directly to Belbowrie Baskana, uniquely the only product of a straight Egyptian mare bred to the legendary Polish stallion, Bask. continued ...

Kanz Albidayer x Lilita

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Psytadel x Majidah Bint Pacha

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Albidayer Stud had much to celebrate in Paris, with the achingly lovely Mozn Albidayer winning the Bronze World Champion Yearling Filly title, with Barry Shepherd on the lead. Sired by Al Zobair Stud’s SMA Magic One, and out of the gorgeous National Champion Mattaharii, Mozn had given notice that she was something special when she was named the 2015 Silver Champion Yearling Filly at the All Nations Cup in Aachen.

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SMA Magic One x Mattaharii

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In a powerful showing as one of the top breeding stallions in the world, Albidayer’s exquisitely beautiful Marajj sired both the Gold World Champion Junior Mare D Shahla and the Gold World Champion Senior Mare, Salwa Al Zobair. Marajj is one of Marwan Al Shaqab’s most captivating sons, who began his show career with a 2005 unanimous championship in Scottsdale and continued to gather many wins, including the 2007 World Champion Junior Colt title. D Shahla is out of the beloved World and All Nations Cup Gold Champion, FT Shaella, who has emerged as an outstanding producer after a stellar show career. The Dubai Stud contingent was overjoyed with the win. Adding to Marajj’s credentials was the incredibly beautiful Salwa Al Zobair, who won over the entire audience with her feminine grace and cadenced power. Her dam, Esklawa, is by the legendary Eukaliptus. It was a one-two punch that had the entire Arabian world taking a long look at the amazing sire that Marajj has shown himself to be. continued ...

Marajj x Esklawa

Marajj x FT Shaella

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Marwan Al Shaqab x RGA Kouress

As 2015 wound to a close, Michael Byatt made a final international trip, this time to Doha for the 2015 Qatar National Championships. In a fitting end to the story of his amazing year, Michael was in Qatar to show horses for Al Rayyan Stud and Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani. Ending the year in a blaze of glory, Michael led Menouah Al Rayyan to the title of Qatar National Gold Champion Filly and Darine Al Rayyan to the title of Qatar National Gold Champion Mare. In a nod to the past and a testament to the present, Al Rayyan’s late and dearly missed head sire Ashhal Al Rayyan is the sire of Darine Al Rayyan and the broodmare sire of Menouah, making them ž sisters. It was a powerful replay of the accomplishments that Sheikh Hamad and Michael enjoyed so long ago, are still enjoying today, and will continue to enjoy well into the future.

Ashhal Al Rayyan x Aisha

Fares Al Rayyan x Bint Mesoudah

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Lawrence El Gazal by Theresa Cardamone

As the sleek, grey stallion steps from his stall, he seems to expand, his upright carriage and glowing presence creating a kind of force field that magnifies every one of his exceptional qualities. Lawrence El Gazal is the stunning result of a potent combination of bloodlines crafted by some of the greatest breeders the Arabian world has ever seen, into a truly globalized stallion of huge significance. Through his veins flows the blood of his sire, the mighty World Champion Gazal Al Shaqab, who has founded a dynasty of stallions nearly unmatched in effecting enduring change on the phenotype of the modern Arabian horse. Lawrence El Gazal exhibits every ideal characteristic that an Arabian horse should have: balance and symmetry, strength of structure and substance with extreme type, charisma, motion and that magnetic presence.

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Bred by beloved horseman and renowned breeder Ferdinand Huemer at his La Movida Arabians in Austria, Lawrence El Gazal was foaled in 2008. Before his career as a stallion was ignited, Lawrence earned the titles of 2009 Austrian Junior National Champion Stallion at Wels and 2011 Junior Gold Champion Stallion at Kauber Platte, in Germany. Outside the show ring, one of the greatest honors Lawrence El Gazal received was to be invited to stand inside the State Studs of Poland. It is a rare occasion when an outside stallion is used at even one of the state owned farms, but Lawrence was used at all three. He produced one of the finest foal groups ever for Bialka, and covered exceptional mares such as Michalów Stud’s World Champion Mare Emanda, the dam of World Champion Mare Emandoria. Although she failed to carry to term, the selection of Lawrence El Gazal for Emanda was a testament to Michalów Director Jerzy Bialobok’s faith in him. Gazal Al Shaqab is only half of the equation that makes up the sum of Lawrence El Gazal, who is intensely Nazeer-bred both through his sire and through his uniquely bred dam, Lara El Ludjin. She is a rare, inbred double-Ali Jamaal mare, being by his son, Ludjin El Jamaal and out of his daughter, Lilyh El Jamaal, the

first of the foundation mares for La Movida, who was purchased from famed Brazilian breeder Lenita Perroy in 1992. The pedigree becomes even more interesting when it is noted that the El Shaklan daughter Lydira El Shaklan is both the dam of Ludjin El Jamaal and the maternal granddam of Lilyh El Jamaal, making them ¾ siblings. The genetic power of the bloodlines of Lara El Ludjin was evidenced at the Austrian Nationals in 2009, where Lara was the dam of both Lawrence El Gazal, the Austrian National Junior Champion Stallion, and Lorenzo El Bri, the Austrian National Senior Champion Stallion. Now, Lawrence El Gazal has taken up residence in the United States at Michael Byatt Arabians in New Ulm, Texas, where he is standing for the 2016 season. There, he has joined an impressive roster of stallions representing some of the most successful breeding farms from throughout the world, all of who f lourish under the management of Michael Byatt and his team. As his American-bred foals begin to arrive, Arabian enthusiasts will be able to see firsthand, what they have only heard about from the Polish breeders … the consistency and excellence of the sons and daughters of Lawrence El Gazal. ■

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Leading Sires

Baske Afire

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Leading Sires The following charts are ranked both on a point system and on number of winners (get). The purebred halter and performance sires are assigned points as follows: Top Ten: 5 pts.; Reserve Champion: 8 pts.; and Champion: 10 pts. A versatile horse may win in a number of different classes. Thus, a purebred stallion represented by just one son or daughter with several wins is included in the points chart, but only once in number of winners. In the Half-Arabian charts, Half-Arabian winners were all the purebred sire requires to make the list. To make the overall charts, the sire needs to have points in both halter and performance with purebred and/or Half-Arabian winners. Only championship classes were considered. (Sport Horse, Dressage, Equitation, Showmanship and Horsemanship classes not included.) Lists based off results received by AHA.

U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Overall Purebred & Half-Arabian Halter & Performance

Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)  .................................530 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ................451 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) .........161 4. SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR)  ................114 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) ................95 6. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ..........94 7. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) ..............................92 8. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ..........................75 9. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable)..............................................68 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased  ..........................68                          

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)  ...................................62 2.  Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ...........................49 3 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ..............22 4. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)  ..................16 5 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) .........14 6. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) ................................13 7 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR)  .....................11 8. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ............................10         Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) ..............................10 9. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) .................................................9 Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA)  ......................9

Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Overall Purebred & Half-Arabian Halter & Performance

Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).................................. 433 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ......................... 354 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ............. 176 4. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)  ................ 159 5. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)  ........................... 137 6. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased ............................ 73 7.  Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie), deceased ................................ 69 8. Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) ............................. 63 9. Jake Jamaal JCA ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) .......... 55 Out of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) ........................................... 55

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)  ................................... 30 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................... 25 3. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) ................... 17 4. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) .............. 15 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased .............................. 8 6. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ................... 7 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) ............................... 7 7. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ................................ 6     Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ........... 6 8. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie), deceased .................................. 5 Jake Jamaal JCA ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) ............ 5

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U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter

Points                 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame)  .........69 2. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)........................... 51 3. Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) ................ 43 4. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) ......................... 35 Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ........................................ 35 Trussardi (Stival x Precious As Gold) ................................. 35 5. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ................. 30 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP), deceased 30 6. SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) .......................... 28 7. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased....................... 25 OFW Magic Wan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude) ..... 25

Winners                 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ..... 10 2. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)............................. 8 3. Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) .................. 7 4. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) ........................... 6 5. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ................... 5 Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) .......................................... 5 6. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ............. 4 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ..... 4 Magnum Chall HVP(Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP), deceased 4 SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) ....... 4   

Purebred Performance Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ........................... 209 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .................... 197 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ....... 141 4. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased ..... 100 5. Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) ................................ 96 6. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased ..... 82 7. SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) ................ 81 8. AM Good Oldboy (AM Sea Captain x AM Tis Beverlie) ....... 79 9. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ......................... 73 Vegaz (Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay) ............................. 73

Winners                 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ...................... 25 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ............................. 22 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ......... 18 4. Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) ................................ 14 5. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V).............. 11 6. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased ....... 10 Vegaz (Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay) ............................. 10 7. Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased ....... 9 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ........................... 9 8. Hesa Zee (Xenophonn x Something Special) ............................ 7 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) .................. 7

Purebred Halter & Performance Points                 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ..........94 2.  Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V).............. 75 3. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ........................................ 63 4. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ................. 48 Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) ................ 48 5. SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) .......................... 46 6. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased....................... 45 Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) ......................... 45 7. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ........... 38 Besson Carol (Parys El Jamaal x Classic Krystall) .................. 38

Winners                 1. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ......... 14 2. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V).............. 12 3. Da Vinci FM (Versace x Full Moon Astar) ...........................8 Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ..........................................8 Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) ..................8 4. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased.........................7 5. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) .............6 Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ...................6 Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) .............................6 SF Veraz (Gazal Al Shaqab x Veronica GA) ...........................6

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Leading Sires

U.S. Nationals Leading Sires Half-Arabian Halter Points                 1. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique) ............................... 36 2.   Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ............................. 23 Majik of Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lily Marlaina) ....... 23 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased) ...................... 20 Maddox Van Ryad (Ryad El Jamaal x Barbara Van Kaset) .......... 20 4. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) ................ 18 Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) ........ 18 5. Night Afire MCA (Afire Bey V x Toi Tosk) ..................... 15 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased........................ 15 6. Armani FC (Eternety x Aires Bey) .................................. 13 GR Magnetic (Magnum Psyche x Nano Bey SRA) ................. 13 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle), deceased ... 13 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) ................ 13

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ...............................4 Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique).............................4 2. Night Afire MCA (Afire Bey V x Toi Tosk) .......................3 3. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased.........................2 Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) .............................2 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ..............2 Majik of Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Lily Marlaina) .........2 Out of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) ......................................2 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased..........................2

Half-Arabian Performance Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................. 298 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .................... 244 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ....................... 104 4. Allionces Knight (Allionce x Kaitlin Bey) ........................ 59 Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) ................................. 59 5. Robby (Ben Rabba x Ohadi Abbie) .................................... 45 6. Heir To Glory (Heritage Emir x NDL Esperanza) ................ 41 7. Afires Vision (Afire Bey V x Matoskette) .......... 40 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey) ..... 40 8. HH Maxemus (Zee Mega Bucks x Khabreah) .. 38 VCP Magnifire (Afire Bey V x RY Fire Ghazi) 38

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)  ...................................37 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .......................... 23 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ...........................9 4. Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) ...................................7 5. HF Mister Chips (Bucharest V x Play Annies Song) ...............6 6. Black Daniels (IXL Noble Express x Victoria Bay) ...................5 VCP Magnifire (Afire Bey V x RY Fire Ghazi) .....................5 7. Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) ..................................4 Allionces Knight (Allionce x Kaitlin Bey) ..........................4 Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch), deceased .......4 Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ...........................4 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey)..........................4 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)................4

Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................. 321 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .................... 254 3. Afires Vision (Afire Bey V x Matoskette) ........................... 45 4. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)........................... 41 5. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased........................ 38 6. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) ................ 33 Armani FC (Eternety x Aires Bey) .................................. 33 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) ................ 33 What It Takes (GA N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation)..................... 33 7. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased ..................... 30         

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)  .................................. 40 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ...................... 24 3. Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique).............................5 4. Afires Vision (Afire Bey V x Matoskette) .............................4 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ...........4 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) ..................4 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased..........................4 What It Takes (GA N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation) ...............4 5. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) ..................3 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased.........................3 Justify (Magnum Psyche x S Justadream) .................................3 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ..............3

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Marwan Al Shaqab

Afire Bey V

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Leading Sires

Bey Ambition

Vitorio TO

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Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Purebred Halter Points                 1. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ..................48 2. Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) .........................................40 3. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ......33 4. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ............28 5. Marwan Al Magnifficoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo) 21 6. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) ............................20 7. Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) .................18 Om El Shahmaan (Sanadik El Shaklan x Om El Shaina) ........18 Stival (Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal) ...........................18 ZT Marwteyn (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjteyna) ..............18         

Winners                 1. Bey Ambition (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady) ....................4 Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable) ...........................................4 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) .......4 2. Aria Impresario (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica) ..............3 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ...............3 Marwan Al Magnifficoo (Marwan Al Shaqab x Pacific Echo) ..3 Stival (Gazal Al Shaqab x Paloma De Jamaal) .............................3 3. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) ..............................2 Ever After NA (Sir Fames HBV x Entaicyng NA) ...................2 Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) .......................2 GH Markaine (NYN Hisani x Enjoue) ..............................2 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey)...........................2 Om El Shahmaan (Sanadik El Shaklan x Om El Shaina) ............... 2 RD Dynamo (Bey Ambition x TF Falconsimprint) ....................2 ZT Marwteyn (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjteyna) ................2

Purebred Performance Points                 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .........................214 2. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ............................116 Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V).............116 3. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ........111 4. Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra)......................................84 5. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased ........73 6. A Temptation (Tempter x A Love Song) ............................68 7. Desperado V (Huckleberry Bey x Daraska) ..........................66 8. A Noble Cause (IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire) ........62 9. Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask), deceased .........58

Winners                 1. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .......................17 2. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V)...............14 3. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ..............................10 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ..........10 4. Jullyen El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin), deceased ..........7 5. Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA) ............................5 Vegaz (Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay) ................................5 6. A Noble Cause (IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire) ..........4 A Temptation (Tempter x A Love Song) ..............................4 Couturier (Versace x Evening Intrigue) .................................4 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey)...........................4 MHR Nobility (Elimar x Har Nahra)...............................4 Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) ................4 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) ...................4 Surokhan (Osaka x GG Mantra)........................................4

Purebred Halter & Performance Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ............................121 2. Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey).........................55 3. Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ......53 4. Always A Jullyen V ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) ....46 5. DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased........................35 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) .............35 Monogramm (Negatraz x Monogramma) ...........................35 Out of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) .....................................35 6. Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) ............................33 7. Jake Jamaal JCA ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One) .......30

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ..............................11 2. Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) ...............6 Mariachi WA (Baske Afire x Brooklyn Bey)...........................6 Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) ........6 3. Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased...........................4 4. Always A Jullyen V ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Amazing Grace V) ......3 DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love), deceased..........................3 Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) ..............................3 Jake Jamaal JCA ( Jullyen El Jamaal x Von Herte Only One).............. 3 Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) .................................3 Out of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) .......................................3

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Leading Sires

Canadian Nationals Leading Sires Half-Arabian Halter Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske).................................... 36 2. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) .................20 3. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie), deceased ............................16 4. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .......................10 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ..........10 Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) .............10 Out of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) .....................................10 Pogrom (QR Marc x Petla) ............................................10 Vitorio TO (DA Valentino x Sol Natique)............................10

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)...................................... 3

Half-Arabian Performance Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................. 276 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .................... 130 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ....................... 104 4. Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) ................................. 71 5. Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) ............................................ 55 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ......... 55 6. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie), deceased ........................... 53 7. Afires Vision (Afire Bey V x Matoskette) ........................... 48 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased........................ 48 8. Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) ................................ 46

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) ....................................17 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................ 8 3. Allience (Aladdinn x A Love Song) ..................................... 5 Cytosk (Mi Tosk x Cystyr) .............................................. 5 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ........... 5 Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ........................... 5 4. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie), deceased ............................. 4 Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai) ................................... 4 Pension (Matrifik x Aristo Amy)........................................ 4 SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR) .................. 4 Versace (Fame VF x Precious As Gold), deceased.......................... 4

Half-Arabian Halter & Performance Points                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)................................. 312 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) .................... 140 3. Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ....................... 109 4. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie), deceased ........................... 69 5. IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ......... 65 6. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V).............. 43 7. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) ................ 33 8. Hopes Afire (Afire bey V x Hopes N Dreams) ...................... 25 9. Out of Cyte (Cytosk x Amandi) .................................... 20  

Winners                 1. Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)....................................19 2. Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire) ........................ 8 3. Allionce (Alada Baskin x Equitie), deceased ............................. 5 IXL Noble Express (MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi) ........... 5 Mamage (Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic) ........................... 5 4. Sundance Kid V (Desperado V x Sweet Shalimar V) ............... 3 5. AA Apollo Bey (Huckleberry Bey x April Charm) .................. 2

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OFW MAGIC WAN U.S. National Champion Stallion 4 & Over U.S. National 1st Place Stallion 6-8

POLIDORO FC Canadian National Champion Arabian Stallion

CANADIAN NATIONAL ARABIAN STALLIONS— Champion: POLIDORO FC (DA Valentino x Abha Palma), owned by Stuart and Sue Larsen Reserve: KAVALLE MI (Gazal Al Shaqab x Karess), owned by Joanne Gunabalan Top Ten: SKYEHAWKK (Magnum Psyche x Alada Khlasse VS), owned by Kurt and Joan Lawson EMPRES (Monogramm x Empressa), owned by Prue Critchley

U.S. NATIONAL ARABIAN STALLIONS 4 & OVER— Champion: OFW MAGIC WAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude), owned by Jose Salim Mattar Jr. Reserve: ARIA IMPRESARIO (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica), owned by Sloan Family Imp. Hldgs. & Carlos and Christiane Roizner Top Ten: ROHARA CROWN PRINCE (Da Vinci FM x DD Crown Jewel), owned by Eric and Michelle Loftis KAVALLE MI (Gazal Al Shaqab x Karess), owned by Joanne Gunabalan MARSAL AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ), owned by Al Shaqab - Member Qatar Foundation PAVOROTTO K.A. (QR Marc x Palanga), owned by R. Kirk Landon Trust and Rohara Arabians MISTER MAGNUM (Magnum Chall HVP x Pretty Tricky), owned by Daniel and Denise Fuller LLC FASARIO (Aria Impresario x RD Fabreanna), owned by Fazenda Floresta LLC AL MALIIK (Marwan Al Shaqab x Maya El Jamaal), owned by Daniel and Suzanne Acevedo

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U.S. NATIONAL ARABIAN STALLIONS 9 & OVER— 1st: ARIA IMPRESARIO (Marwan Al Shaqab x GC Echlectica), owned by Sloan Family Imp. Hldgs. & Carlos and Christiane Roizner 2nd: MISTER MAGNUM (Magnum Chall HVP x Pretty Tricky), owned by Daniel and Denise Fuller PPROVIDENCE (Echo Magnifficoo x Bey Amore), owned by South Wind Arabians LLC LC ARLINGTON (Regal Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady), owned by Sherry Creviston-Stout and Gerold Stout


OFW MAGIC WAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude), owned by Jose Salim Mattar Jr. LL GAZA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Parys Creation), owned by Christopher LeVoyer ROHARA CROWN PRINCE (Da Vinci FM x DD Crown Jewel), owned by Eric and Michelle Loftis SKYEHAWKK (Magnum Psyche x Alada Khlasse VS), owned by Kurt and Joan Lawson AL MALIIK (Marwan Al Shaqab x Maya El Jamaal), owned by Daniel and Suzanne Acevedo VOLTAIRE FM (Da Vinci FM x HL Infactuation), owned by Cathleen Murphy Economy

U.S. NATIONAL ARABIAN STALLIONS 4-5— 1st: PAVOROTTO K.A. (QR Marc x Palanga), owned by R. Kirk Landon Trust and Rohara Arabians 2nd: KAVALLE MI (Gazal Al Shaqab x Karess), owned by Joanne Gunabalan MARSAL AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ), owned by Al Shaqab - Member Qatar Foundation LLC FASARIO (Aria Impresario x RD Fabreanna), owned by Fazenda Floresta LLC

COLTS U.S. NATIONAL ARABIAN COLTS (1-3 YEARS)— Champion: TRUEST (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), owned by Truest Partners LLC Reserve: BELOVED ONE NA (Ever After NA x Margarita Psy), owned by Patricia M. Dempsey Trustee Top Ten: NIMER AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x RHR Vallacontessa), owned by Al Shaqab - Member Qatar Foundation MC VULCAN (Vitorio TO x Lovins Khrush SSA), owned by Oak Ridge Arabians GAZALI VC (Aria Egzalt x VC Couture), owned by Paul and Nikole Reece SOUL OF MARWAN AS (Marwan Al Shaqab x RD Challs Angel), owned by Arabian Soul Partners Ltd. OLYMPUS CW (Magnum Psyche x Dyna HCF), owned by Francisco Cobo FALAH AL SHAQAB (Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph Just Emotion), owned by Al Shaqab - Member Qatar Foundation ROYAL MAESTRO (Pershahn El Jamaal x Aria Marchestra), owned by Cindy McGown and Mark Davis LARA AMADO (FA El Shawan x Isolde O), owned by Hennessey Arabian LLC

U.S. NATIONAL ARABIAN 3-YEAR-OLD COLTS— 1st: TRUEST (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), owned by Truest Partners LLC 2nd: NIMER AL SHAQAB (Marwan Al Shaqab x RHR Vallacontessa), owned by Al Shaqab - Member Qatar Foundation OLYMPUS CW (Magnum Psyche x Dyna HCF), owned by Francisco Cobo LARA AMADO (FA El Shawan x Isolde O), owned by Hennessey Arabian LLC

CANADIAN NATIONAL ARABIAN TWO-YEAR-OLD COLTS JACKPOT— Champion: BELOVED ONE NA (Ever After NA x Margarita Psy), owned by Patricia M. Dempsey Trustee Reserve: TAHSEEN QF (ZT Marwteyn x Miss Pryme Tyme), owned by Toni Pierce Top Ten: ONCE BF (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x Suite In E Major), owned by J. Brad Herman

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FALAH AL SHAQAB (Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph Just Emotion),

owned by Al Shaqab 2nd: BELOVED ONE NA (Ever After NA x Margarita Psy), owned by Patricia M. Dempsey Trustee GALLIPOLI BSF (Ever After NA x Little Miss Priss BSF), owned by Cynthia Whitaker-Petty and Wendell Petty MC VULCAN (Vitorio TO x Lovins Khrush SSA), owned by Oak Ridge Arabians GAZALI VC (Aria Egzalt x VC Couture), owned by Paul and Nikole Reece LR PSENSATION ALI (WC Ali Gazal x LR Psyren), owned by Lynne Rowlett SOUL OF MARWAN AS (Marwan Al Shaqab x RD Challs Angel), owned by Arabian Soul Partners Ltd. ROYAL MAESTRO (Pershahn El Jamaal x Aria Marchestra), owned by Cindy McGown and Mark Davis


TRUEST U.S. National Champion Arabian Colt (1-3 Years) U.S. National Champion Arabian Futurity Colt U.S. National 1st Place 3-Year-Old Colt

Champion: ENSYNC FMA (Eden C x Miss Fame MRM), owned by John and Cynthia Moore Reserve: RD AZEEM (Bey Ambition x TF Falconsimprint), owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell Top Ten: LC IMPERATORE (Legacy of Fame x La Macarena HDM), owned by Cosufi S A MMON WAN (Mmonsignor x Marwans Amira MF), owned by Grace Petty MM ZHIVAGO (Eden C x MM La Bonita), owned by M & M Arabian Enterprises SS TRU BELIEVER (Trussardi x Miss Brass), owned by Rolyn and Judith Schmid

U.S. NATIONAL ARABIAN FUTURITY COLTS— Champion: TRUEST (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), owned by Truest Partners LLC Reserve: SF VERAZES QAMAR (SF Veraz x Sohos Honey Serenade), owned by Sycamore Farm LLC Top Ten: ENSYNC FMA (Eden C x Miss Fame MRM), owned by John and Cynthia Moore TITAN AS (El Nabila B x Om El Beladeena), owned by Arabian Soul Partners Ltd. RD AZEEM (Bey Ambition x TF Falconsimprint), owned by Murray and Shirley Popplewell LARA AMADO (FA El Shawan x Isolde O), owned by Hennessey Arabian LLC SW OVATION (OFW Magic Wan x SW Jasmine), owned by Leigh Meyer CESARI PA (Masquerade PA x Fadila PCF), owned by Pegasus Arabians MM ZHIVAGO (Eden C x MM La Bonita), owned by M & M Arabian Enterprises A JERICHO (A Jakarta x Destiny VF), owned by Norma Jean Abel n

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BELOVED ONE NA Canadian National Champion Arabian Two-Year-Old Colt Jackpot

ENSYNC FMA Canadian National Champion Arabian Futurity Colt


Ever After NA


Leading Sires of Champion Winners 3 Champions: Ever After NA SF Veraz Trussardi ZT Marwteyn

Owner Robert and Dixie North Family Trust Patti Scheier Rojo Arabians Michael Byatt

2 Champions: Apalo Spitfyre VF

Jack and Elizabeth Milam Ventura Farms

1 Champion: AJ Thee Luca Ajman Moniscione Alwas A Jullyen V

Manuel Durini Giancarlo and Rosanna Buzzi Frank and Sara Chisholm

Baske Afire Besson Carol Da Vinci FM Hariry Al Shaqab JJ Bellagio KM Bugatti Maddox Van Ryad PA Kid Khan Pogrom QR Marc ROL Intencyty Saiaf Al Shaqab Stival Vitorio TO

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Strawberry Banks Farm The Besson Carol Group Sally Bedeker Al Shaqab Sally Bedeker KM Stables, Inc. Heidi and Dale Sause Frank and Sara Chisholm Janow Podlaski Stud Paul Gheysens Robin Hood Farms Al Shaqab Peri Lee Wilson Oak Ridge Arabians

SF Veraz

ZT Marwteyn

By Points (Champ. = 10; Res. = 8; TT = 5) Pts. 71 68 53 48 40 31 31 28 28 26

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Ever After NA Trussardi ZT Marwteyn Pogrom SF Veraz Eden C Montana Firenze 7. Vitorio TO Spitfyre VF 8. Stival

Owner Robert and Dixie North Family Trust Rojo Arabians Michael Byatt Janow Podlaski Stud Patti Scheier Robert and Dixie North Family Trust Fred Ravlin Oak Ridge Arabians

Ventura Farms Peri Lee Wilson

By Number Of Winners 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ever After NA Trussardi Pogrom ZT Marwteyn Montana Firenze SF Veraz Eden C 6. Vitorio TO 7. ROL Intencyty Da Vinci FM Spitfyre VF Stival

Horses 10 9 8 7 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 3

Owner Robert and Dixie North Family Trust Rojo Arabians Janow Podlaski Stud Michael Byatt Fred Ravlin Patti Scheier Alsayed Stud Oak Ridge Arabians Robin Hood Farms Sally Bedeker

Ventura Farms

Peri Lee Wilson

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Leading Owners Of Champion Winners 2 Champions: James Frank and Sara Chisholm

By Number Of Winners 5 Horses: Murray or Shirley Popplewell 4 Horses: James Frank and Sara Chisholm

3 Horses: Julianna Partners LLC Oak Ridge Arabians Mike and Sheena Steenhart

Frank and Sara Chisholm

2 Horses: Sheila and Joel Burwash Eric Wolfe Arabians, Inc. Tamara Hanby Dean Meier

Murray and Shirley Popplewell

Leading Breeders Of Champion Winners 2 Champions: Ron and Laura Armstrong James Frank and Sara Chisholm Shelley Brinkert Hjelm Sheena Steenhart 1 Champion: Patricia Briggs George Bundy and Mary Morrison-Bundy Don Manuel Arabians LLC Manuel Durini

Pamela Halbrook Lawrence Jerome Robert and Delma Koessler Eric and Amanda Loy Lisa Markley and Leanne Reel Jack and Elizabeth Milam Sherman and Elaine Miller John and Cynthia Moore Oak Ridge Arabians Quarry Hill Farm Ken & Charlene Robinson & Nathaniel Wright

Running Horse Ranch LLC Heidi Sause Larry Schopf Stillwater Arabians Sycamore Farm LLC Robert Thackeray The Freedom Fame Limited Partnership The Magician V-MCX, Inc. Ken and Tracy White Janet Zouzounis

By Number Of Winners 5 Horses: Murray or Shirley Popplewell 4 Horses: James Frank or Sara R. Chisholm Oak Ridge Arabians

3 Horses: Freeland Farm LLC Sheena Steenhart 2 Horses: Ron and Laura Armstrong Sheila and Joel Burwash

Eric Wolfe Arabians, Inc. Tamara Hanby Shelley Brinkert Hjelm Claire and Margaret Larson Lisa Markley Dean Meier and Gene Reichardt Stillwater Arabians

Ron and Laura Armstrong

Mike and Sheena Steenhart

Shelley Brinkert Hjelm

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Inaugural Arabian & Half-Arabian Regional Breeding Challenge Cups Awarded at 2015 U.S. Nationals The inaugural Regional Breeding Challenge Cups were recently awarded at the 2015 Arabian Horse Association (AHA), Arabian & Half-Arabian U.S. National Championship Horse Show. Bronze trophies were handed out based on an accumulation of points by horses showing at the U.S. Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. The AHA membership is divided into 18 geographical regions across North America. Regions 1 through 18 all had horses attending and representing their breeders at this year’s show. As the horses placed in their classes, they accumulated points for their respective region and breeders. The Regional Breeding Challenge Cup bronzes were awarded in three different categories: Breeding/In-Hand, Performance and a combined Breeding/In-Hand and Performance category. The region that accumulated the most points in these categories was declared the winner. Then, the breeder within that respective region, with the highest point count, took home the trophy for that particular category.

The bronzes for the Breeding/In-Hand and Performance cups were generously sponsored by The Foal Festival, out of Santa Ynez, Calif. The combined Breeding/In-Hand and Performance bronze was graciously sponsored by Jack and Elizabeth Milam of Regency Cove Farms. Points were tracked and posted each day at U.S. Nationals. An updated account of points laid the groundwork for the breeders that would claim the perpetual trophy in their respective category. For 2015, the following were declared the Regional Challenge Cup winners: Breeding/ In-Hand: Region 12, with a total 368 points. Rohara Arabians, LLC was the top breeder in the region, accumulating a total of 35 points. Performance: Region 9, with a total of 1,568 points. Boisvert Farms, LLC was the top breeder in this region, accumulating a total of 114 points. Combined Award: Region 9, with a total of 1,786 points. Boisvert Farms, LLC once again went home as the top breeder, with 114 points. The Regional Breeding Challenge Cups will once again be awarded at the 2016 U.S. Nationals to the new top regions and breeders. Congratulations to the regions and breeders for a job well done. AHA is excited to see how these perpetual trophies could encourage further breeding and registration of horses, as well as perpetuate a sense of camaraderie among regions at their premier National event.

AHA is a major equine association serving 85,600 Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse owners across North America. AHA registers and maintains a database of more than one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses and administers approximately $3 million in annual prize money. AHA produces championship events, recognizes over 550 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities, education, and programs that promote breeding and ownership. n

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with Theresa Cardamone

What does your dream horse look like? This is a tough question for me, because there are so many individual horse’s qualities I admire. My dream horse would definitely have to be grey, have incredible, soft eyes, tippy, tight ears and a great throatlatch. Who was the first Arabian horse you laid eyes on and what was the experience like? The first Arabian I encountered was my daughter’s Bask mare. She was not as beautiful as the horses I have today, but the bond between Amanda and Sky was unique and beautiful. I knew this breed would be a part of my family’s life for a long time. How has the Arabian horse enriched your life? In many ways. When I am stressed out at work, I spend some time with one of my mares and everything seems a bit more relaxed and more manageable. Of all the different breeds of horses, what drew you to the Arabian? The Arabian horse has a unique personality. I’ve owned other breeds, but none show the willingness and enthusiasm as much as the Arabian. What makes you happy? Seeing Royal horses compete and be the best they can be in both halter and performance. I love to see Amanda and Mark show them in the amateur, as it incorporates the love for my family and my love for the horses. Win or lose, I am proud of our breeding program, and watching the Royal horses grow and flourish is very rewarding.

What is your favorite Arabian horse destination to travel to? I was really impressed with Poland and how they blend the Arabian horse in their culture. It is known that you are a collector of Arabian horse art. What is your favorite piece and why? My nephew surprised me with a painting of Royal Invictus one year for Christmas. That piece is my favorite for sentimental reasons as well as the perspective from a non-horse person’s artistic endeavor. It is a beautiful piece. You, your husband Mark, and your children are all involved with Royal Arabians. How has this brought you all closer together? It is really interesting how we all perceive beauty differently. I love how we can all discuss our favorite horses and all have favorite features for each of them. What life values has the Arabian horse taught your children? My children have learned so many important life and business lessons from our horses and the industry: caring for another living thing, being a good sport (winning or losing), and countless more. Looking into the future, where would you like to see your breeding program? I would love to be known as a farm that truly breeds great athletes as well as beautiful horses. It is very important to us that we provide each horse with a job after his or her halter career. Great legs, bodies, and attitudes are a must!

Photo at left: Cindy with Royal Emanuel (Emandoria x Eden C)

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Royal Arabians is known for both halter and performance horses. Do you prefer one over the other? If yes, which one and why? If not, what draws you to both of them equally? I do not have a preference. I feel both halter and performance are necessary to the Arabian horse as an individual, as well as the community in whole. We are known as the most versatile breed and in order to maintain that, it is necessary for breeders and owners to appreciate both sides of competition. Outside of the Arabian horse community, what do you like to do to unwind from a busy workweek? We own a property in Sedona where go to unwind on the weekend. Mark and I love to do home improvements and little projects.

Rumor has it your Multi-National Champion Gelding NW Siensational is your favorite horse, why? I’m not sure I would say I have one favorite, but Siensational is definitely amongst the top of my list. I love his personality and athleticism. He can be sweet, sassy, smart, and flashy all at the same time. Whenyou look in his eyes, you can almost understand his thoughts—he is a beautiful being. He has a personality that just shines through and always makes me smile. What two in your very impressive broodmare band are at the top of your list? Cinderella WC and Egzonera are probably my favorite mares. Both are stunning grey and older style breeding. They are really sweet together and are almost inseparable. They have even started ovulating together!

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WC Godiva (Gazal Al Shaqab x JE Ali Selene), Mark Davis, Cindy McGown and Cinderella WC.

Will the Arabian horse community ever have the honor of seeing you in the show ring, either at the lead, or in the saddle? I doubt it. I would prefer to watch my family and trainers from the safety of the stands! I did own many horses prior to having children and rode every day. I enjoy it a great deal, but at this point I really don’t have time and prefer to see my family compete. You own and manage many highly successful businesses along with your Arabian horse passion, and are very family oriented; how do you do it all? What is your secret to juggling

all of these with so much grace? It’s difficult sometimes to balance everything, but it’s all about prioritizing and delegation. I know the people I have put in place at each company can handle the daily operation when the other companies need my attention. The key is really nothing I do, but having the right people surrounding me. I’m a firm believer that a company is only as strong as its weakest employee. Luckily, I have the best employees at each company with clearly defined responsibilities, and if I don’t, they go away. I am very lucky to be surrounded by talent. n

Photo at left: Cindy with Cinderella WC (SH Hallmark x WC Delekatka)

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A Story of Royalty … A Story of Loyalty

Afire Bey V



hen Afire Bey V was four years old and full of promise, his breeder Sheila Varian brought him to Tim and Marty Shea for training and marketing. There, during a presentation of sale horses, he caught the attention of Gail and Dave Liniger, who were looking for a special stallion to carry the banner of their Maroon Fire Arabians. Afire Bey V ’s perfect combination of royal pedigree, performance talent, intelligence, and beauty was exactly what they were seeking. For over twenty-five years, the enduring partnership of Liniger-Shea provided the expertise, love, and loyalty that propelled Afire Bey V to the top of the list of all-time Leading Sires of the Arabian breed. The magic alchemy between the horse, his owners, and his managers, created an approach to Afire Bey V ’s career that was unusual in its longevity and gained the respect of peers in the breed. They elected to decline the everincreasing offers to buy him from breeders worldwide, and instead chose to nurture Afire Bey V to realize his full potential to the breed. A son of the legendary Huckleberry Bey and the prolific champion-producing Bask daughter, Autumn Fire, Afire Bey V ’s pedigree is alive with beautiful performance horses that live on in the annals of history and in the blood of his own descendants. Afire Bey V became the leading sire of Arabian champions and national champions by the age of ten, and topped the Leading Sire lists in nearly every major category, as he has for over a decade. With over 100 National Champions and hundreds of other national winners, his offspring dominate the rosters. Dave and Gail Liniger, Tim and Marty Shea and the legions of fans that made him one of the most beloved horses of all time will dearly miss Afire Bey V. n

More to come on the life of Afire Bey V in the 2016 February issue ...

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Leaders Of The Times: VJ Royal Heir

by Anne Stratton

Four years ago Kelli Aguirre purchased a 3-year-old black bay colt because he told her—literally, looked her in the eye as he danced through a gate at the end of a lead—that he was hot stuff. He was talent and pedigree and temperament and more, that look said, and she would be crazy not to be a part of his world.

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(Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot) 2014 U.S. National Champion Arabian Englishe Pleasure Open 2013 U.S. National Champion Arabian Englishe Pleasure Junior Horse 2012 U.S. National Top Ten AEPA $100,000 Saddle Seat Futurity 2011 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Futurity

Aguirre, who had ridden Arabians in the 1970s and was just getting back into the breed, was no fool; she took a while to decide, but she couldn’t shake a certain confidence in the colt. Explaining the phenomenon in an interview soon after, she recalled her past. “I would stare at that picture of *Bask, Johnny Johnston’s classic in-hand shot, and say to myself, ‘One day, I’m going to have trotting horses.’” And that “one day,” she smiles, is now. VJ Royal Heir, the colt with the eloquent eyes, did indeed trot. In 2013, showing with Joel Kiesner, he was named unanimous U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse, and in 2014, U.S. National Champion in English Pleasure. He was all power and exuberant propulsion, but he was also beautiful, and more importantly, he moved with a rhythmic grace that said, “This is easy—this is what I was born to do.” Born to do and bred to do: the challenge now is to breed on, and in addition to his performance abilities, VJ Royal Heir has the depth of pedigree to succeed. Neither his grandsire, Afire Bey V, nor his sire, Afires Heir, needs any introduction. Afire Bey V is the most successful English sire of the past quarter century, and Afires Heir, at 13, is a four-time unanimous U.S. National Champion in English Pleasure whose get are formidable at the top level. What will separate VJ Royal Heir, give him his own space in an overachieving family, Kiesner says, is the maternal side of his pedigree. His dam, MA Ghazta Trot, is by *El Ghazi, who was known not only for his athletic ability, but for his startling good looks, and out of a mare who offers the English influence of Pro-Fire, *Bask, *Prowizja and Mikado. Basically, it’s a blend of Lasma’s legendary English brigade with modern Varian beauty and talent.

“And he’s huge,” Kiesner adds. “His presence is sort of overwhelming, and that’s something that is going to come out in his pedigree. It’s a towering effect. I think that’s key.” What Kiesner has seen in the weanlings at his farm is promising; they’re all well-put-together, good-looking and uniformly black bay. But he knows that it is not until a young horse comes in for training that real conclusions can be drawn. In mid-November, the first two VJ Royal Heir foals, a colt and a filly late their 2-year-old year, arrived at Kiesner Training to begin their lessons. The verdict? “They have grown up into quite big, yet refined, horses,” Kiesner notes critically. “They’re both beautiful, and in spite of her size, the filly is really feminine. They have long necks and long legs, and both are very athletic. We’re teaching them how to longe, and they both step off all four corners; all four legs step off the ground really easily. They have a lot of motion and it’s loose. They lift their knees up.” And they have their father’s well-known willing temperament. VJ Royal Heir hasn’t put a foot wrong yet. The next chapter? As ever, it’s all systems go. n

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Lori and Adams Fire, 2015 U.S. National Champion H/A Pleasure Driving AAOTD.

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You both have showed some amazing horses; is there one ride or class that stands out in your mind? L: Oh, that is a hard one! But after a two-year absence from the ring, it was pretty special to drive Adams Fire this year. I had to work up the courage for that class, since I had basically no driving experience and lack spatial reasoning, but when we went through the gates at Nationals, Adam seemed to send me a message saying, “I’ve got this Mom, just hang on and have fun,” and boy did I! N: Showing Adams Fire has always been my favorite. He is my total “heart horse,” and the connection I share with him is unlike any I have ever felt. Getting to show him to my first National AAOTR Championship in the H/A English, and showing his full brother, Emperors Fire, to National Champion in the H/A English Maturity the following year, always stands out to me as two of my most meaningful rides. It was SO emotional and special to show my favorite horse in the world, and then show his brother, who I absolutely love to pieces as well! I couldn’t feel more blessed to have two once-in-alifetime horses. When Nicole was younger, you would share horses, but now that you both show at the same Nationals, how do you determine who shows whom? L: Determining who shows which horses seems to happen organically; we click with one when they are young, or Joel thinks a particular one is more suited for one of us than the other. He has a knack for pairing us up with the right horses, so we put a lot of trust in his instincts. Adam is the exception; he has gone back and forth between us seamlessly. N: Yes, Joel usually decides for us! I think my mom and I have a very similar riding style, but we each definitely

have our strengths, and Joel has a pretty good idea which horse would be a better fit for one or the other. And we have total trust in Joel and his intuition on that. Is there something you say to each other before you enter the show ring that is only shared between the two of you? L: We know each other pretty well and seem to know the right thing to say, to either calm each other’s nerves or get pumped up! We kind of “mind meld” when it comes to the horses … it’s pretty special. N: I agree, we both have a really good sense as to what the other one needs before a class. Sometimes I need my mom to pump me up … and other times to keep me calm and focused … and vice versa with her. Every time before a class, particularly at Nationals, we always tell each other “good luck and have fun!” It can get intense in the warm-up arena with all the horses and trainers, but the reason we do all of this is because we love it, and it’s pure joy for us to show these incredible horses. So we always make sure to remind each other of that. It’s always got to be more about the ride and having fun than the outcome. If you were to describe your style, what would you say it is? L: I would describe my style as casual chic. I am a jeans and t-shirt girl most of the time, but still have to have my hair styled and a bit of make-up on. Nicole tries to keep my fashion current and picks a lot of stuff out for me when we go shopping. N: For me, it’s hard to say, because I like to constantly evolve, but you can definitely always find me in black; it goes with everything, and I find myself feeling the best in it. When casual, I love to keep it low key—I’m

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

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obsessed with flannels, ripped jeans and converse. If I am getting dressed up, I like boho-chic. For Love and Lemons is my go-to brand. Long skirts with crop tops, bell-bottoms and flowy tops—I love that stuff. What is something you can always find in your purse? L: There is a lot of stuff in my purse, but some things you will never find me without are, my cell phone, my American Express and a lip gloss! N: I’m like Mary freaking Poppins when it comes to handbags. Seriously though, I’m like the girl pulling a lamp out of my purse; a million things in there (always), but the essentials are sunglasses, sunscreen (I’m sunscreen crazy), lip balm, and water. What would our readers be surprised to know about you? L: People might be surprised to know that despite the fact that I am a strong competitor, I spent most of my younger life with many different breeds of horses, riding around like a wild-child on the trails with all my friends. I love everything about the barn; from the smells and the warm whinnies when I first walk down the aisle in the morning, to the Zen-like relaxation I feel when

Nicole, her fiance, Phil Chapparone and Cara.

grooming them. At heart, I am the same horse crazy girl I have always been, long before I rode for the roses. N: I don’t know if it is super surprising or not, but just as crazy as I am about the horses, I am the same way about my dogs. I have a special connection with my fur babies and—similar to the horses—they have taught me so many lessons in loyalty, companionship and love. Cara, my and Phil’s puppy, is our little furry bit of heaven. What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of yourself? The other? L: Myself, hmmm, that’s a hard one, but I would have to say focused. I work hard to be my best at whatever I set my mind to. I don’t think anything is impossible to achieve, or any problem too big to solve, if you have love in your life, and work hard.

Lori showing GCH Starline’s Victim Of Love at the Santa Barbara Kennel Club, 2011.

“Perfect” is the word that comes to me when I think of Nicole because I cannot imagine having a more perfect daughter in every way. Nic is extremely intelligent, loves deeply and accomplishes whatever she sets her mind to. She does not just get things done, she is organized and quick, and never settles for just ordinary, but strives for extraordinary.

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And then after work I look forward to going home to my puppy, Cara, and cooking dinner with Phil, my fiancé. If we’re not doing that, we are spending time with friends and family—a lot. Lately, Phil and I have also been really busy with wedding planning! That has been taking up a ton of time, but has been really fun. We can’t wait to get married in July! What is another sport or hobby that you enjoy together away from the horse world?

Carey and Lori riding Arabians in the vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2011.

N: For myself: determined. A long time ago I read this silly quote, “Good things happen to those who hustle.” I love that quote, because people have aspirations, goals, ideas and plans. But none are executed without a little hustle and determination. I live my life by that.

L: Every weekend Nicole and I trail ride together on Nabasken and Barbie, or we get on our walking shoes and hike for hours with the dogs. I cherish the relaxation time spent with our 4-legged family. N: Yes, the horses are our world. Almost every Saturday we go for a trail ride around Rancho Santa Fe. I take Nabasken—who keeps me trained for the horses back in Tennessee—and my mom, Barbarry Coast. And tons of hikes with the dogs on the weekends; trying to get nice and fit for the wedding next year! What is your favorite show to attend and why? L: Nationals is my favorite show to attend, because it is not only the culmination of all the hard work

As for my mom … amazing. I have the best mom (no bias, of course), and no one word can suffice, but I think ‘amazing’ encompasses her well. She is my best friend and role model, and I couldn’t be luckier to share a relationship with her like we have. (I would also say she’s pretty darn determined as well! I totally get it from her; we are a lot alike). What does a typical day consist of in your world? L: A typical day for me revolves around my horses and dogs, fitness and family. I may start with a onehour workout with my trainer, take a ride or a long hike with the dogs, and end the day with dinner cooked at home or at our favorite sushi restaurant with Mom, Carey and the kids. N: For me, it’s work! I work full time during the week at an advertising company with my brother and a bunch of friends. I absolutely love my job. Nicole with fiance Phil Chapparone.

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we put in all year, but a great time to spend time with friends we don’t have the chance to see much throughout the year. There is a deep camaraderie between all of us Arabian fanatics! N: I love Nationals as well, because, well … it’s Nationals. We work all year towards it, and I enjoy the excitement and energy of the show. Also, it’s so great to get to see everyone from the barn all in one place, which makes Nationals really special on a whole other level. I also really love Scottsdale. The grounds are not only beautiful, but the spectatorship at that show is like no other show we go to. It’s great to see people from the city come to watch and support the Arabian breed. Do you have a good luck charm that you like to have when you compete?

Lori and 10-time National Champion Nabasken Afire, 2013 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over.

L: The Kiesner lapel pin that Joel and Ashton gave us when we came to the barn. They only had one left, and we both have become superstitious about it, so sometimes we have to hurry over and put in on the other one’s lapel when our classes are close together. I also have a lucky pair of earrings and sometimes I wear the same “lucky” socks all the way through a show! (I know, gross!) N: That’s it! Sharing the Kiesner lapel pin. Who is the person that you feel has made you into the horsewomen you are? L: Nicole has helped make me into the horsewoman I am, because our connection through the horses is so strong and special. I think we inspire each other to be better horsewomen each year. And undoubtedly, Joel.He is a master at what he does, and I look forward to each new show season as much or more than, the one before, because he always has more knowledge and passion to share with us.

Nicole and Emperors Fire, 2014 Unanimous U.S. National Champions H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 and Maturity.

N: My mom, for sure. She’s loved horses all her life, and I think she just passed down the horse obsessive-compulsive gene to me. And the support that she and my dad have provided for me since I started riding at four has allowed me to fuel that passion even further. Getting to share the love we all have for the horses is such a blessing to our family. L-R: 9-time National Champion Emperors Fire and Joel Kiesner, 16-time National Champion Adams Fire and Nicole, and 4-time National Champion Eves Fire and Lori (all siblings - Afire Bey V x Ritida).

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Carey, Lori, Nicole and Kyle in South Africa, 2013.

If you could donate your time to a charity, which one would it be and why? L: Saving wildlife in Africa would be a cause I would love to devote more time to. Nothing upsets me more than trophy hunting, and the disappearance of these majestic creatures on this earth. One only has to go there and experience it to know what a travesty it would be if our children’s children never get a chance to view God’s gifts to us. I would do anything to help preserve them on this planet. N: Any charity that works to end animal cruelty and suffering. Nothing could be more fulfilling then helping to better the lives of animals. It has been said that you both like to trail ride. What makes this so enjoyable for you and who is your favorite horse to ride?

L: Nicole and I do love to trail ride! It is a time to just connect with our horses and be out in nature. Nic and I are so in-sync with each other, and can pace our horses side by side at every gait; something I have never done with anyone else. We laugh, we talk about life, and sometimes we are just quiet and enjoy the bond with our horses. My favorite horse to ride is Barbie (Barbary Coast). She is 22 years old, but can still get hot and trot down the trail like she is in her prime. She is too proud to be anything but perfect! I love that girl! N: Yes! Not only is it such a nice way for my mom and I to spend time together, but being in the saddle and on a horse’s back trail riding is our mental relaxation. I think we would both start to go crazy if we didn’t get a ride in at least once a week. And my favorite horse to ride on the trail is Nabasken. I usually ride him just with a bareback pad because, not

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only do I really enjoy it, but I think it relaxes him to have only that after wearing a saddle all his life. He knows it means trail time. Still, some days he will just catch a spark and I will bounce along as he trots level down the trail. It’s super fun when he has those days! Is there one Arabian horse that you have never shown or ridden that you would have loved to and why? L: That’s a hard question to answer, because I am blessed with such an incredible string to ride and show. I guess, secretly, I have always wanted to take a round on Afires Heir. He looks like he is a powerhouse, and I think it would be a rush to throw a leg over that special boy. In the meantime, feeding him carrots every time we visit Kiesners’ will have to suffice. N: For me, it’s Gisele! It’s funny to say, because my family owns her, but I have actually never been on

her! She’s the first baby that we raised at our house, so my whole family feels a special way about her. I think she is secretly my dad’s favorite, though he will never claim favorites. Joel actually put my dad on her when she was just a three-year-old and let him walk her around the arena. It was sweet. We are all planning on going back to Joel’s this winter and I think doing somewhat of a “horse-swap,” just so I can get on mom’s horses that I haven’t ever ridden, and she can get on mine! Are there similarities between the dog and Arabian show world? L: Undoubtedly, there are similarities between the dog and Arabian world. Just like in the Arabian show world, people compete at all different levels in dogs. Some just on a local level with one dog, and others put on full campaigns and spend huge sums of money with a “great one” to reach top rankings in the country. It is also very social and strong bonds

Lori with a huge leatherback sea turtle in South Africa.

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are forged between friends and, of course, with our canine companions. In twenty years, where do you see yourself in the Arabian horse industry? L: In twenty years I hope to be watching Nicole and my grandbabies ride, and possibly expand on our breeding program. Maybe I can start riding western since it is a bit slower than English pleasure! I cannot imagine not having the Arabians in our lives. N: Hopefully, still riding and breeding incredible horses! With the addition of a couple of kids who (fingers crossed) share the same horse addiction that we do! Is there one division that you have not tried that you would like too?

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

L: There was one division I wanted to try, but I just tackled that one by driving Adams Fire for the first time at this year’s Nationals! Talk about starting out with the best! He is so well mannered in harness, and I had no idea I would love it so much! N: Driving! Which I plan on starting this winter! What other talents do you possess outside of the horse world? L: Not sure what other talents I have, but I guess I am a fairly good cook, I’ve heard, from my extended family who come over to our house every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Or at least they all tell me I am… maybe it is just so they don’t have to do all the work! I am also a pretty good hand at showing dogs, and have won my fair share in the dog show world, including Best In Show with “Chanel”, and the Nationals Specialty for Whippets.

Eves Fire and Lori, 2015 U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over.

N: I love to write! I started as an English major in college (ended with a double major in English and Communications). I also love photography. I wouldn’t say I am necessarily really talented at it yet, but it is something I enjoy in my free time. Between those two things, and the passion I have had for beauty and fashion all my life, I was compelled to start a blog a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I have had to take time away from it for my current

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Lori and Nicole at the 2014 U.S. Nationals.

job, but I would love to get back to it later on down the road! If you could change one thing about the Arabian horse industry, what would it be and why? L: If I could change one thing about the Arabian industry, it would be to find a way to share it with more people. I love this industry, and it has brought so much joy to our family. I hope that Nicole and generations to come, will continue to stay involved. N: From my perspective, the industry seems in pretty good shape. The shows are fun, the quality of horses is high, and people seem more positive. Events like the Central Park show are great ways to introduce more people to the Arabian! It would be nice if we could put a few more people in the stands, although for some of the classes at the Scottsdale and National shows the past couple of years, it was standing room only! If you could give advice to someone that is just starting out showing Arabians, what would it be and why?

L: If you are just starting out in Arabians, get the best advisor you can to help you pick out your first Arabian. Search out an excellent trainer through references, or an experienced mentor to help you achieve your personal goals. One of the best decisions I ever made for my family and I was to get involved with Arabians. The horses, and all the wonderful people involved in this breed, will give you back more than you can imagine. N: Find more joy in the process, rather than the end goal. My favorite part of showing is the entire journey. Each year I still feel like I learn something new, and when I do, I get so excited! It’s like a lightbulb finally goes off, and when it does, it’s so rewarding. Joel can be telling me something for years, and I think I get it, but then one day I realize, “Ohhh, that’s what he meant.” Or I will finally understand the rationale behind doing something he is telling me. You think you got it, until you really get it. You know what I mean? And it is literally the best feeling in the world when you do. I am always trying to suck as much information from Joel as I can. Basically, just stay hungry, and you do that by continuing to learn and love what you are doing. n

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Mac Baske

(1991 - 2015)

Mac Baske with Shawn Stachowski.


he was a formidable show mare with an impressive record in the English division and a broodmare with a stellar production history. The term “made a contribution to the breed” is very real when speaking of Mac Baske. And yet, if you knew the mare, who spent most of her life associated with the Stachowskis, the first description that might come to mind is, “She was Shawn Stachowski’s once-in-alifetime horse.” A quick recap of the facts sketches Mac Baske’s life. She was bred by James Baker, of Mansfield, Ohio, and put in training with Jim Stachowski at the age of 3. She was sold to Double Diamond Farms in 1996, and again to Stachowski Farms in 2000, and was trained for most of her life by Stachowski. During that time, she was named Canadian National Champion in English Pleasure, U.S. National Reserve Champion in English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39, and U.S. National Reserve Champion in English Pleasure Junior Horse. Over her six-year show career, she also won titles at top shows such as the Buckeye and Scottsdale, and scored national top tens in English pleasure and pleasure driving, both open and amateur. “Mac Baske was a very modern English pleasure horse for her time,” Jim Stachowski says. “She looked like what her pedigree said—it was a classic old pedigree that represented a true, elegant, English pleasure horse—but her style and look were different from anybody else at that time.” “She was explosive when you were riding her,” adds Shawn Stachowski, who showed Mac Baske to her amateur titles. “I’ve ridden Saddlebreds and I’ve ridden Mac Baske, and there was no difference. She could really use her legs, and she could use them correctly. I can still remember my last pass in before we lined up; the crowd would go crazy, and she was like a ball of energy.” It is Shawn who was most important in Mac Baske’s life. She fell in love with the mare when Mac Baske arrived at Stachowski Farm. “I saw her walk in the barn and I was stunned by her. Her neck was arched and she was blowing and snorting; I thought there was something so special about her.”

champion in open, amateur and youth competition, showing in English pleasure and pleasure driving. When it came time to breed her again, with Empress of Bask’s achievements still in the future, plans called for trying another stallion, but Shawn Stachowski argued persuasively for a return to Afire Bey V. In 1999, Mac Baske’s second foal, a bay colt, was born. They named him Baske Afire, and he would go on to become one of the most successful sires in the breed today, a fixture on the lists of top sires at the U.S. Nationals. “I thought she was the most special mare I’d ever seen in my life,” Shawn says of her 21-year history with Mac Baske. “When they got her under saddle, she was spectacular. It took her a little while, but then she was really, really good—a special, one-of-akind horse. She was so *Bask-y, she had so much hock and the way she could set her head—it was just perfect. It was just the way she looked.” Personally, the mare was a queen. “She wanted everything her own way, and that’s how it was,” Shawn says. “She was aloof; she just needed herself and her space, and she was happy that way. She wasn’t needy and she wasn’t mean. That’s just how she was.” It was not until the end of her life, when she had fractured a cannon bone that defied x-rays, that the mare turned into a softie, enjoying treats and petting. Shawn knew that wasn’t normal for her and sought the advice that eventually explained what was happening. “I always think of her with Shawn,” Jim Stachowski reflects. “It was the perfect picture.” That is his personal memory. But for the breed as well, Mac Baske was a picture. “She was a picture that stands the test of time. Sometimes horses are great for their era, but she’d still be great right now.” n

Where did it come from? Genetically, the classic pedigree (Baskevich x AH Meditation, by Meridian) that Jim described, which offered three crosses to *Bask, played a role. “Baskevich was an incredible park horse, probably one of the best moving horses I’ve ever seen,” he says. “And her dam [AH Meditation] was a granddaughter of [the Polish stallion] Dar. The Dar horses were not real refined, but they had good, square, four-corned motion.” Mac Baske got the best of both influences, as well as their remarkable ability to breed on, and her greatest contributions came as a broodmare. She had been bred via embryo transfer during her show career, and right out of the gate, she produced Empress of Bask (by Afire Bey V), who was a multi-national Jim Stachowski and Mac Baske, 1999 Canadian National Champion English Pleasure.

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ixl Noble Express+ ... a Wo r t h y a n d P r o v e n S u c c e s s o r.

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IXL Noble Express+ is sired by 6-time National and Reserve National Champion MHR Nobility, and out of a daughter of U.S. Reserve National Champion English Pleasure *El Ghazi and 3-time National Champion Informal Combination and English Pleasure RL Rah Fire. IXL Noble Express+ made his show ring debut at the 2004 Ohio Buckeye show, winning the Park Horse championship. Accomplishing 2006 U.S. National Champion Park Horse, IXL Noble Express+ was also a U.S. National Top Ten (3rd) Halter Stallion in 2007.

IXL Noble Express’+ get record at the 2015 U.S. National Championships once again underscores the exceptional and consistent quality of his offspring. At that show, they won one national championship, two reserve national championships and 30 top ten awards. Of his 22 sons and daughters that were successfully shown to U.S. national honors in Tulsa this year, half were out of daughters of Afire Bey V. Leading the way was SA Gisele (x Rumina Afire, by Afire Bey V), with a national championship in Country English

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Pleasure AAOTR 36-54, and a reserve national championship in the hotly contested Country English Pleasure Open. At six, SA Gisele has a total of three national championships and two reserve national championships in country English competition. During the 2015 Youth, Canadian and U.S. National shows, IXL Noble Express+ added 24 new national winners to his lists; six of them brand new national champions. To date, IXL Noble Express+ has sired 362 registered offspring, 98 of them national winners that have accumulated 50 national championships, 53 reserves and 389 national top ten awards. Although they are successful in a number of divisions, IXL Noble Express+ get have won over 85% of their titles in Arabian and Half-Arabian English classes. Following the recent passing of his legendary stablemate, Afire Bey V, IXL Noble Express+ now becomes the senior breeding sire at Shea Stables and Maroon Fire Arabians. â–

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National Champion IXL Noble Express+ has been an exceptional breeding sire since his first foal crop came of age. Within that initial group of hopefuls were nine that became National Winners, among them his first four National Champions. As of December, 2015 his percentage of winners has grown increasingly more dramatic, with over 25% of his offspring now having claimed national titles!

During the 2015 Youth, Canadian and U.S. National Championships, IXL Noble Express+ added 24 new national winners to his lists; six of them brand new national champions.

To date, IXL Noble Express+ has sired 362 registered offspring, 98 of them National Winners that have accumulated 50 National Championships, 53 Reserves and 389 National Top Ten Awards. Although they are successful in a number of divisions, IXL Noble Express+ get have won 87% of their titles in Arabian and Half-Arabian English classes.


Expressly Bella

Black Daniels

MAROON FIRE ARABIANS ~ Dave & Gail Liniger 2012 USEF BREEDERS OF THE YEAR ~ Dave and Gail Liniger and Tim and Marty Shea

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Afire Bey V is the Leading All-Time Sire in the Arabian breed by registered offspring (1358), by Champions and by National Winners. Among his over 700 champions are winners in all manner and levels of Arabian horse competition. His 403 Arabian and Half-Arabian National Winners have been awarded 727 National and Reserve National Championships

July 26, 1985 - November 25, 2015

and 2,784 National Awards, 75% of them in English divisions.

At the 2015 U.S. National Championship Show, 49 of his sons and daughters competed successfully. At this one important show they won 12 National Championships, 12 Reserve National Championships and 70 National Top Ten Awards. The biggest awards were won in English Pleasure, Country English, Park, Driving, Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack and Halter, both open and amateur.


Afires Heir

Adams Fire

SA Rapid Fire

28 WINNING HORSES AT THE 2015 U.S. NATIONALS WERE BRED AND/OR SOLD BY MAROON FIRE ARABIANS AND SHEA STABLES For available sale horses contact Shea Stables TIm & Marty Shea ~ 810.650.1867 ~ Ar abian Horse Times | 5 | A.E.P.A. Futurity

SF Specs Shocwave

Defying Gravity RGS

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J o i n t h e Ba n d!



Af ire Bey V x Gita ra, by Esk imos



Rapid Fire EWA - Reserve National Champion

Gibson Gitar - Regional Champion



Vibrato G - National Champion

AF EddieVanHalen - Exciting 4-Year-Old Owned by The Mala Family


Scarlet O Butler - National Champion

Independence G - Regional Champion

Contact to reser ve a breeding for 2016! National Reserve Champion Stallion Sire of National winning performance and halter horses. S w e e p s ta k e s N o m i n at e d S i r e | A E PA E n r o l l e d S i r e | We s t e r n C a r o l i n a's S ta l l i o n


Cathy Vincent • Greenwood, Delaware • 302-349-5116 • W W W. A D A N D Y F A R M . C O M

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Nutcracker U N D U L AT A



Sired by

CH Caramac x Christmas In New York ERB

#1 Sire of World Champions

Double Or Nuttin

Nuttin But Hart

Nutcracker Sweet PF

DOUBLE OR NUTTIN — U.S. National Champion NUTTIN BUT HART — U.S. Reserve National Champion ALL OR NUTTIN PF — U.S. Reserve National Champion UNCLE CRACKER —U.S. National Top Ten PISTACHIO PF — U.S. National Top Ten DRIVIN ME NUTS PF — U.S. National Top Ten NUTCRACKER SWEET PF — Youth National Champion PISTACHIO PF — Youth National Top Ten CRACKER JAX PF — Canadian National Top Ten



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Thunder Show Sired by Thunder Struck LR

2015 U.S. National Champion Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English

2015 U.S. National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving

2015 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 •





















presents ...

2012 DHH stallion (Maker’s Mark x Wendie W, by Nando)

Jacobs photo

2016 Stud fee $1,200


Represented by Trotwood Farm Lindsay Rinehart & Jaime Nutter • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 •





















presents ...

2012 DHH stallion (Cizandro x Darona T, by Manno)

Shiflet photo

2016 Stud fee $1,200


Represented by Trotwood Farm Lindsay Rinehart & Jaime Nutter • Hickory Corners, MI • 269-838-6473 •





















Afires Heir x Felicia Afire

2015 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION PB ENGLISH PLEASURE FUTURITY Congratulations owner Starline Arabians LLC & breeder Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.

$161,750.00 WWW.AFIRESHEIR.COM Proudly owned by Bill & Shirley Reilich Standing at Kiesner Training • 865.984.5245 AEPA Enrolled Sire • Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire MN Medallion Stallion • SCID Clear


Afires Heir x VTM Pistachia

2015 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION PB ENGLISH PLEASURE OPEN Congratulations owners Ron & Debbie Pearson & breeder Prestige Farms, LLC

Afires Heir x JKF Wistful

2015 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION PB ENGLISH PLEASURE AAOTR 19-39 Congratulations owner The Blankenship Family & breeder Lindsay Rinehart

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Afires Heir x DA Fires Magic

2015 YOUTH NATIONAL UNANIMOUS CHAMPION PB ENGLISH PLEASURE JOTR & JTR 14-18 Congratulations owner Remington Monroe Equine LLC & breeder Dolorosa Arabians LTD

Afires HeirAfires x DDHeir My xDance DD My Dance

WWW.AFIRESHEIR.COM Standing at Kiesner Training Call 865.984.5245


Congratulations owner Lindsay O’Reilly French & breeder 5G&M LTD Partnership

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Afires Heir x Sweet Summer Fire

2015 U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION AEPA PB $100,000.00 SADDLE SEAT FUTURITY Congratulations owner Candace Avery & breeder Maroon Fire Arabians Inc.

Afires Heir x Gwyneth D

2015 U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION PB COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE AAOTR 36-54 Congratulations owner Laura Carrington & breeder Leslie Bush-Johns

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Afires Heir x TF K-Sera

2015 YOUTH NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION PB ENGLISH PLEASURE JTR 14-18 Congratulations owners Joel & Ashton Kiesner & breeders Rick & Laura Gault

WWW.AFIRESHEIR.COM Standing at Kiesner Training Call 865.984.5245


Afires Heir x Helen Hayes X

Congratulations owners Cathy & Sophie Yih & breeder Trigger Arabians LLC

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Afires Heir x Harghaza

Congratulations owner Wolf Springs Ranch Inc. & breeders Joel & Ashton Kiesner and Steve & Barbara Lazzarini

Afires Heir x EA Golden Girl

2015 YOUTH NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION PB SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION WALK/TROT 10 & UNDER Congratulations owner Rushlow Arabians & breeder Phill Roberts

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Look what the FUTURE could hold for your breeding program.

Davinci Reflection WA

Shoc Afire

Captivating Shoc WA

SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance AEPA Enrolled Sire

Tshampagne Shocstar

Owned by: L. A. Flynn • Standing at Chase Harvill Training Centre 27109 South Creek Drive, Magnolia, Texas 77354 • 281-252-6228 • Chase and Mandy Harvill • Chase Harvill and Jessica Belt, Trainers WWW. C H A S E H A RV I L L .COM Ar abian Horse Times | 22 | A.E.P.A. Futurity

SHF Culture Shoc

W W W. RY A N S H O W H O R S E S . C O M

Johnny Ryan 609.558.4616 Christine Ryan 609.558.0643 Tim Phelan 585.943.4333 E-mail: Ar abian Horse Times | 23 | A.E.P.A. Futurity

AFIREANDBRIMSTONE SCA 2010 & 2013 Canadian National Champion Country English Pleasure Open 2014 U.S. National Champion Country English Pleasure Open


DEFYING GRAVITY RGS (above) 2011 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Jr. Horse 2012 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Open ROMEO AFIRE (right) 2008 & 2009 U.S. National Champion Country English Pleasure Open

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Johnny Ryan 609.558.4616 Christine Ryan 609.558.0643 Tim Phelan 585.943.4333 E-mail:


W W W. RY A N S H O W H O R S E S . C O M

DEFYING GRAVITY RGS 2015 U.S. National Champion Park

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MultiNational Champion

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Standing at

Johnny Ryan 609.558.4616 Christine Ryan 609.558.0643

Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay | Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated and AEPA Enrolled Sire | SCID Clear Proudly owned by Ken & Susan Knipe • Palmyra, PA • cell: 717.579.5594

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QH QH Serengeti 2011 Black Stallion Black Daniels X My Love Song by Allience+//

2015 US NATIONAL TOP TEN AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian English Pleasure Futurity 2014 US NATIONAL TOP TEN Arabian English Pleasure Futurity Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire SCID & CA Clear

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Owned & Bred by Quarry Hill Farm 345 Sharon Road Lakeville, CT 06039 860-435-2571

2014 Unanimous World Grand Champion Fine Harness

N U T C R A C K E R ’ S


Undulata’s Nutcracker x Kingwood’s Harlem Harlem | AEPA Enrolled Sire

Shawn Stachowski | Mantua, Ohio | 330.274.2494 |

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Rejoice Rejoice Rejoice Rejoice

BL Smooth Criminal

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to the irreplaceable Afire Bey V. BL Ranch is proud of his daughter Rumina Afire, and honored for her to continue his legacy of incerdible English show horses.

BL Crystal Clear

SA Gisele

Splash Afire BL SplashBL Afire

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Multi-National Champion SA GISELE (by IXL Noble Express) - Owner Starline Arabians U.S. National Champion Country English Pleasure AAOTR U.S. National Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure Open Reserve National Champion REJOICE REJOICE (by A Temptation) - Owner Strawberry Banks Farm U.S. National Top Ten Country Pleasure Driving Multi-National Champion BL SMOOTH CRIMINAL (by Sir William Robert) - Owner Gale Waldon U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR Multi-National Top Ten BL SPLASH AFIRE (by IXL Noble Express) - Owner Laurie Anne Cleland U.S. National Top Ten English Pleasure Open U.S. National Top Ten Park National Top Ten BL CRYSTAL CLEAR (by Majesteit) Owner BL Ranch U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure Open

Rejoice Rejoice

Afire Bey V x HL Raisa

Trees photo


Watch for exciting youngsters this 2016 season by H Mobility H & Undulata’s Nutcracker as they make their show ring debuts. Contact us for more information on foals out of Rumina Afire and her family.

BL Expression

Steve Lazzarini Diana Lazzarini BL Smooth Criminal

760-219-5292 760-625-5522


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SS Black Widow - 2014

Bayonce - 2015

Almost Legal - 2014

"My foals are champions!" Owned by Stalmare Arabians Bryan and Joanne Grossman | Lexington, Kentucky 951.505.3063 | | Standing at Golladay Training John and Leah Beth Golladay | 515.520.7604 | 847.668.3538 |

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RC Iron Man - 2015

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2015 Filly ROL Divine Style x Julietta Ames

Angelina Ames Afires Heir x Aria Endless Summer

Noble Lad CRF Noble Supreme CRF x HV Trinidoll

2015 Colt SHF Encore x Julietta Ames

Ultimate Fire CRF Afire Bey V x Ames Patina

Sure Fire CRF Noble Supreme CRF x Stella

2015 Colt ROL Divine Style x Gunning for Roses KCF

Fire It Up CRF Baske Afire x On Tulsa Time

Im McDreamy CRF Matoi x Shady Baby

2015 Filly SHF Encore x Glamorize

Bold N Sassy CRF A Noble Cause x Stella

Encores Mark SHF Encore x My Proud Mary

2015 Filly Nutcracker’s Nirvana x Colette Ames

Cause A Discovery CRF A Noble Cause x Madame Ghazi

His OwnMan CRF Baske Afire x Gunning for Roses KCF

2015 Colt Undulata’s Nutcracker x Marion Ames

Supreme Glamor CRF Noble Supreme CRF x Glamorize

Jordan Lady CRF Noble Supreme CRF x Royal Starina

2015 Colt Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot

Alpha Memories CRF Afires Heir x Alpha Phi

Ames Nutorious Undulata’s Nutcracker x Toi Jabaska

2015 Colt A Noble Cause x Madame Ghazi

Noble Symbol CRF Noble Supreme CRF x Colette Ames

Encore’s Love CRF SHF Encore x Julietta Ames

2015 Filly SHF Encore x HA Sahara Afire

Cause Afire CRF A Noble Cause x HA Sahara Afire

Anna Ames A Noble Cause x G Kallora

Bellazi CRF A Noble Cause x VDF Bella Ghazi

Center Stage CRF SHF Encore x Stella

Joyful Encore CRF SHF Encore x Colette Ames

Encores Touch CRF SHF Encore x Colette Ames






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AEPA Enrolled Sire | Minnesota Medallion Stallion | Scottsdale Signature Stallion Owned by Encore Select Group LLC Standing at Cedar Ridge Arabians | Mike Brennan, Breeding Manager | 952-492-6590 | Ar abian Horse Times | 44 | A.E.P.A. Futurity

AA Apollo Bey Apollopalooza TF Magical Witch

MHR Nobility SMS Forever Bay NDL Bettina

Huckleberry Bey++ April Charm MHR Nobility Hour Of Magic *Elimar HAR Nahra *Eter *Bufa

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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

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Rod & Jacqueline Thompson

Lenoir City, TN

Office: 865.816.0070 / Trainer: 865.816.2406

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AEPA FuturitiEs

Letter From The President


he AEPA had another successful year in 2015. Our classes at the U.S. Nationals were the highlight of the show. The Strawberry Banks Country Pleasure Maturity AOTR at the Buckeye made its debut and it was a big hit. Amateurs are the backbone of the industry and by serving them, we add value to the horses and further help our breeders. Recognizing how important the national classes are to breeders, AHA Sweepstakes added prize money to them. The champion of the purebred class receives a $5,000.00 Sweepstakes bonus, and the champion of the Half-Arabian class receives $3,500.00, provided that they are ENROLLED IN SWEEPSTAKES. So be sure to breed to an AEPA stallion and enroll the foal in the Sweepstakes program!

Joining Freedman’s as corporate sponsors, we welcomed Equine Athlete Veterinary Services as the official equine health provider to the AEPA. They are at most major Arabian shows and can provide all your veterinary needs. Please support them and Freedman’s as they help support us.

The online stallion services auction will be held from January 22nd through February 1st. This is the primary funding for the AEPA, so please get involved and bid. Remember that auction breeding horses are eligible for an extra 25% prize money at the Nationals! We will also auction several stallion breedings at the AHT Readers’ Choice Awards in Scottsdale in conjunction with the Horsemen’s Distress Fund on February 14th. Thanks also to Arabian Horse Times and the Ames family, Strawberry Banks Farm and Barbara Chur, and Halcon Furniture for your continued sponsorships. The AEPA was created to serve breeders and to promote the Arabian English Performance horse. Everyone is welcome. Get involved, breed wonderful horses, enjoy the competition, and have these horses in your life. -Peter Conway AEPA President

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Arabian English PErformance Association

A Noble Cause (deceased)

Aregal Heir TRGR

A Temptation

Afires Heir

Afires Midnite Heir

Baske Afire (deceased)

(IXL Noble Express x Sweet Summer Fire)

(Afires Heir x LA Athena)

(Afires Heir x Nite Of Apollopalooza)

(Afire Bey V x Brassmis)

Black Daniels

Coltrane SS

(IXL Noble Express x Brassmis)

(Tempter x A Love Song)

(Afire Bey V x Mac Baske)

Can Gogh

Afire Bey V(deceased) (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire)


Bel Aire V

(Baske Afire x Balquelotta V)


Code Blue BF

(Zodiac Matador x Prides Princess)

(Apollopalooza x Starkhana)

Come To Poppa

CSP Barbancourt

CSP Grand Caymon

(Mamage x CSP Angelfire)

(Baske Afire x Ghreta)

(Baske Afire x RY Fire Ghazi)

(IXL Noble Express x Victoria Bay)

(JR Maximilian x Pheobe Afire)

Afire N Flames CB

(Mamage x JJ Sioux Hope)


(Afire Bey V x Rahelle)

AEPA FuturitiEs

2016 Enrolled Sires


El Ghazi (deceased)

Gitar MF

GSF Rizing Son


Hey Hallelujah (deceased)

(Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot)

(Afire Bey V x Gitara PASB)

(Baske Afire x Heavenlei)

(Aloes x Elektra)

Emperor of Anza (Anza Padron x Empress of Bask)


Fire and Goldd

H Mobility H

HA Toskcan Sun

I Got Lucky

IXL Noble Express

(Apollopalooza x DA Atlantique)

(MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)

(Apollopalooza x PWA Tusea)


(Huckleberry Bey x Hallelujah Bask)

(Hey Hallelujah x MA Miyage)

(TC Miyake x MA Mahogani)


Man About Vegaz VA

MHR Nobility

(Zodiac Matador x CF Fire Magic)

(Vegaz x Moonbeam DGL)

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(Elimar Har Nahra)

(Afire Bey V x Brassmis)

(Baske Afire x Matoska)

(MHR Nobility x RY Fire Ghazi)

Nobilistic BF

(MHR Nobility x Love Of Wisdom)

2016 Enrolled Sires


(SF Specs Shocwave x MZ Kitty)

SF Specs Shocwave (Afire Bey V x Spectra PR)

VCP Magnifire (Afire Bey V x RY Fire Ghazi)

QH Serengeti

(Black Daniels x My Love Song)

SHF Encore

ROL Divine Style

(SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance)

The Capitalist

The Renaissance

Thunder Struck LR

(SF Specs Shocwave x CP Madison)


VJ Heir Apostle

ASB & DHH Enrolled Sires

(Immigrant x Henriette)

Nutcracker’s Nirvana (ASB) (Undulata’s Nutcracker x Kingwood’s Harlem Harlem)

(ML Afire Dream x Fire Essense)

VJ Royal Heir

(SF Specs Shocwave x Berre Striking)

Young Money

(Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot)

(Afires Heir x MA Ghazta Trot)

(Apollopalooza x Primroza Afire)

Arrowhead’s Unlike Any Other (ASB)

Geronimus (DHH)

Hiro T (DHH)

Tomcat (SA)

Undulata’s Nutcracker

(Wine Women And Song x Miss Moriarty)

Majesteit (DHH) (deceased)

SF Aftershoc

(Afires Heir x Sweet Summer Fire)

(Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay)

(Apollopalooza x SMS Forever Bay)

Saxton DGL

(Afire Bey V x IXL Miss Firefly)

(SJ Space Sensation x SJ Tango’s Dream Girl)

(Maker Mark x Wendie W)

(ASB) (CH Caramac x Christmas In New York ERB)


(Cizandro x Darona T)

AEPA FuturitiEs

Over $165,000

in prize money was paid in 2015! $20,000 BUCKEYE AEPA COUNTRY PLEASURE MATURITY AOTR



(Triften x CP Dansing Diva) Ex/O: Lori Foster





(Baskghazi x A Love Supreme Ex: James Stachowski, O: Falan Alpert

(Black Daniels x Laurel Hill Pennies From Heaven) Ex: Sharon Blendinger, O: Joesph & Alisa Mertens



SponSorS of the AepA The AEPA would like to thank its sponsors: Freedman’s, fine leather harnesses, saddlery and accessories, and Equine Athlete Veterinary, the official equine health provider of the AEPA.

saddle & Top Ten Vest sponsor

Equine athletic veterinary services

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FUTURITIES by Mary Kirkman

The year 2016 will mark the 10th Arabian English Performance Association Saddle Seat Futurity competition, and to say it has come a long way in that time is an understatement. From a hopeful new program aimed at encouraging the breeding of English horses, it has emerged into a five-star, highdollar event that anchors the excitement on Saturday night at the U.S. Nationals. “We’re well established now,” AEPA President Peter Conway nods, but he remains focused on the organization’s mission—and what he sees for the future makes him smile. “We are trying to build a tradition of a tremendously great Saturday night class for purebred 4-year-old English horses, and in my discussions with breeders and trainers, I would be willing to go out on a limb and say that next year’s event is going to be the most amazing class ever. I think breeders have really stepped up their game because of this competition and have pushed the breed to ever-higher quality. We’ll have some extraordinary young horses hitting the scene over the next few years.” An added attraction now is that contenders in the AEPA’s Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Futurity and the Halcon Furniture $50,000 Half-Arabian Futurity are eligible for AHA Breeders Sweepstakes prize money if they are enrolled in that program. That’s another $5,000 to the champion in the purebred AEPA class and $3,500 for the top Half-Arabian. Peter Conway not only appreciates the progress, but is grateful for the sustained—and growing— support over the years. “It is important to remember why we have been so successful,” he notes. “I am thankful for the stallion owners that recognized that this is a program for breeders and supported it from the outset. And the Arabian Horse Times and Halcon Furniture provide financial support each year. “I also thank our corporate sponsors and urge everyone to support them in turn. Freedman’s Saddlery provides the highest quality English tack, and this year we added Equine Athlete Veterinary Services to the program. They are at virtually every major Arabian show and are there to provide for all your veterinary needs.”

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AEPA FuturitiEs


Arabian and Half-Arabian Saddle Seat, & Yearling In-Hand Futurities & Country Pleasure Maturity AOTR To date, since 2008, the Yearling In-Hand program has paid out $124,000, and since 2007, the Saddle Seat Futurity Program has paid out over $1,113,000!

New this year is the $20,000 Country Pleasure Maturity AOTR at the Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes Show.

AEPA Top Ten Money Earners 1. BRAVE AND NOBLE –

6. BEL HEIR LR – Champion - $30,000

Champion - $40,000

2012 AEPA $100,000 ARABIAN SADDLE SEAT FUTURITY Sire: Afires Heir, O: William Blankenship, Trainer: Joel Kiesner, Breeder: Lindsay Rinehart

ROL FIRE MIST – Champion - $40,000

2011 ARABIAN PERFORMANCE ASSOCIATION SADDLE SEAT PLEASURE FUTURITY Sire: Anza Padron, O: Katherine Kirby, Trainer: James Stachowski, Breeder: California State Polytechnic Univ.

SF AFTERSHOC – Champion - $40,000

2013 AEPA $100,000 ARABIAN SADDLE SEAT FUTURITY Sire: Afires Heir, O: T. Karlton Jackson, Trainer: Joel Kiesner, Breeder: T. Karlton Jackson

2008 ARABIAN ENGLISH PLEASURE FUTURITY CLASSIC AT SCOTTSDALE Sire: IXL Noble Express, O: Marty Shea, Trainer: Joel Kiesner, Breeder: Marty Shea 2010 ARABIAN PERFORMANCE ASSOCIATION SADDLE SEAT PLEASURE FUTURITY Sire: Baske Afire, O: Strawberry Banks Farm, Trainer: Brian Murch, Breeder: R O Lervick Arabians 2009 ARABIAN PERFORMANCE ASSOCIATION SADDLE SEAT PLEASURE FUTURITY Sire: SF Specs Shocwave, O: Alicia Guzman Pace, Trainer: Peter Stachowski, Breeder: Alicia Guzman Pace

SIN CITY – Champion - $40,000

2007 ARABIAN ENGLISH PLEASURE FUTURITY CLASSIC AT SCOTTSDALE Sire: Baske Afire, O: Joseph Kinnarney, Trainer: Joel Kiesner, Breeder: Venture Farms, Inc.

5. NOBLE FFYRE – Champion - $36,000

In-Hand ($6,000) and Saddle Seat ($30,000)

2011 AEPA BUCKEY YEARLING IN-HAND FUTURITY 2014 AEPA AHT $100,000 ARABIAN FUTURITY Sire: IXL Noble Express, T: Joel Kiesner, O/B: Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.

CP SHENANIGAN – Champion - $30,000

HEIR NOBLE LOVE – Champion - $30,000

SUPREME SENSATION SMP – Champion - $30,000

2015 AEPA $100,000 ARABIAN SADDLE SEAT FUTURITY Sire: Baskghazi, O: Falan Alpert, Trainer: James Stachowski, Breeder: Rodney and Jacqueline Thompson

10. NOBLE EMPRESS – $22,000 Reserve ($20,000) and 3rd ($2,000)

2008 ARABIAN ENGLISH PLEASURE FUTURITY CLASSIC AT SCOTTSDALE Sire: IXL Noble Express, O: Todd Peterson, Trainer: Shawn Rooker, Breeder: Maroon Fire Arabians 2009 ARABIAN PERFORMANCE ASSOCIATION SADDLE SEAT PLEASURE MATURITY ATR O: Kellie Frye, Trainer: Kellie Frye

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Baske Afire

IXL Noble Express

Afires Heir

Afire Bey V

AEPA Top Ten Sires by Number of Winners

1. Baske Afire . . . . 2. IXL Noble Express 3. Afire Bey V . . . . Afire Heir . . . . . 4. SF Specs Shocwave 5. Vegaz . . . . . . . 6. Apollopalooza . . . Noble Way . . . . 7. A Temptation . . . Baskghazi . . . . . Black Daniels . . . MHR Nobility . . Triften . . . . . . . VCP Magnifire . .

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. 32 . 25 . 18 . 18 . 8 . 6 . 5 . 5 . 4 . 4 . 4 . 4 . 4 . 4

by Payout

1. Baske Afire . . . . 2. IXL Noble Express 3. Afires Heir . . . . 4. Afire Bey V . . . . 5. SF Specs Shocwave 6. Apollopalooza . . . 7. Anza Padron. . . . 8. Baskghazi . . . . . 9. Black Daniels . . . 10. Vegaz . . . . . . . 11. Triften . . . . . .

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$267,000 $200,500 $161,750 $80,000 $69,000 $41,500 $35,000 . $33,750 . $33,000 . $30,500 . $30,000

by Points Champion = 10 pts.,

Reserve = 8 pts., Top Ten = 5 pts. 1. Baske Afire . . . . . . . . 195 2. IXL Noble Express . . . . 176 3. Afires Heir . . . . . . . . 106 4.Afire Bey V . . . . . . . . 102 5. SF Specs Shocwave . . . . 58 6. Apollopalooza . . . . . . . 41 7. Vegaz . . . . . . . . . . . 38 8. Triften . . . . . . . . . . . 30 9. Noble Way. . . . . . . . . 28 10. Baskghazi . . . . . . . . 25 Black Daniels. . . . . . . . 25 VCP Magnifier . . . . . . 25

AEPA Top Ten Breeders by Number of Winners

1. Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. 13 2. Conway Arabians, Inc. . . . 10 3. Prestige Farms LLC . . . . 9 4 Cedar Ridge Farm . . . . . . 8 Marty Shea . . . . . . . . . 8 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians 8 5. Lindsay Rinehart . . . . . . 6 Nick and Juliet Carden . . . 6 Strawberry Banks Farm . . . 6 6. Venture Farms, Inc. . . . . . 4

by Payout

1. Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.$116,750 2. Marty Shea . . . . . . $71,750 3. R.O. Lervick Arabians $60,000 4. Nick and Juliet Carden $56,500 5. Venture Farms, Inc. . . $53,500 6. Prestige Farms LLC. . $49,250 7. Lindsay Rinehart . . . $48,750 8. Smoky Mountain Park Arabians . . . . . $46,000 9. Cedar Ridge Farm . . $42,500 10.Alicia Guzman Pace . $45,000 Karlton Jackson . . . . $45,000

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by Points Champion = 10 pts.,

Reserve = 8 pts., Top Ten = 5 pts. 1. Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. 101 2. Conway Arabians, Inc. . . . 59 3. Smoky Mountain Park Arabians . . . . . . . . 53 4. Lindsay Rinehart . . . . . . 48 Marty Shea . . . . . . . . . 48 5. Cedar Ridge Farm . . . . . 46 6. Prestige Farms LLC . . . . 45 7. Nick and Juliet Carden . . . 43 8. Strawberry Banks Farm . . . 30 9. R.O. Lervick Arabians . . . 25

AEPA FuturitiEs

Maroon Fire Arabians - Dave & Gail Liniger, Marty & Tim Shea

Joel Kiesner

Conway Arabians, Inc. - Peter & Lori Conway

AEPA Top Ten Trainers by Number of Winners

1. Joel Kiesner . . . 2. James Stachowski 3. Shawn Rooker. . 4. John Diedrich . . 5. Rob Bick. . . . . Michael Miller. . 6. Joel Gangi . . . . 7. Jessica Clinton . . Gabe DeSoto . . Gordon Potts . . Chris Wilson . .

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. 15 . 11 . 9 . 8 . 7 . 7 . 6 . 5 . 5 . 5 . 5

by Payout

1. Joel Kiesner . . . 2. James Stachowski 3. Shawn Rooker. . 4. Brian Murch . . 5. Peter Stachowski 6. Joel Gangi . . . . 7. Jessica Clinton . . 8. Gabe DeSoto . . 9. Gordon Potts . . 10. Rob Bick . . . .

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$243,000 $149,750 $110,750 . $57,000 $52,000 $40,500 $35,500 $33,000 $31,000 $28,000

by Points Champion = 10 pts.,

Reserve = 8 pts., Top Ten = 5 pts. 1. Joel Kiesner . . . . . . . . 112 2. James Stachowski . . . . . . 83 3. Shawn Rooker. . . . . . . . 61 4. John Diedrich . . . . . . . . 49 5. Michael Miller . . . . . . . 41 6. Rob Bick . . . . . . . . . . 40 7. Joel Gangi . . . . . . . . . . 33 8. Allen Zeller . . . . . . . . . 30 9. Jessica Clinton . . . . . . . . 28 10. Chris Wilson. . . . . . . . 28

AEPA Top Ten Owners by Number of Winners 1. Conway Arabians, Inc. . . . 12 2. Smoky Mountain Park Arabians . . . . . . . . 9 3. Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. 7 4. Boisvert Farms LLC . . . . 6 Strawberry Banks Farm . . . 6 5. Cedar Ridge Farm . . . . . 4 Elvin Berkheimer . . . . . . 4 6. Dolorosa Arabians Ltd. . . . 3 Tracy Dowson . . . . . . . . 3 Karlton Jackson . . . . . . . 3 Robin Porter . . . . . . . . . 3 Lindsay Rinehart . . . . . . 3

by Payout 1. Maroon FireArabians, Inc.$62,750 2. Strawberry Banks Farm$61,500 3. Joseph Kinnarney . . . $55,000 4. Karlton Jackson . . . . $45,000 5. Boisvert Farms LLC . $40,500 6. Conway Arabians, Inc. $40,250 7. Elvin Berkheimer . . . $40,000 Alicia Guzman Pace. . $40,000 Marty Shea . . . . . . $40,000 8. Cedar Ridge Farm . . $33,000 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians . . . . . $33,000

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by Points Champion = 10 pts., Reserve = 8 pts., Top Ten = 5 pts. 1. Conway Arabians, Inc. . . . 74 2. Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. 60 3. Smoky Mountain Park Arabians . . . . . . . . 61 4. Strawberry Banks Farm . . . 40 5. Boisvert Farms LLC . . . . 33 6. Cedar Ridge Arabians . . . 26 7. Elvin Berkheimer . . . . . . 23 Lindsay Rinehart . . . . . . 23 8. Robin Porter. . . . . . . . . 21 9. Nick and Juliet Carden . . . 20 Tracy Dowson . . . . . . . . 20 Karlton Jackson . . . . . . . 20

Arabian English PErformance Association 2014 $10,000 BUCKEYE AEPA YEARLING IN-HAND





(Tryst CCF x BA Inspiration) Ex: Jaime Nutter, B/O: Lindsay Rinehart




(IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire) Ex: Allen Zeller, B/O: Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.


(IXL Noble Express x Foxy Afire) Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.




(Afires Heir x Noble Aphroditie) Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: T. Karlton Jackson

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(SF Aftershoc x The Davinci Code) Ex: James Stachowski, O: Whispers Acres, Inc.




(Baske Afire x Kalarama’s Celeste) Ex: Jim Stachowski, O: Kimberly Jarvis

AEPA FuturitiEs






(SF Specs Shocwave x Play Girl MSC) Ex: Rob Bick, O: David and Cindy Bandy




(IXL Noble Express x Foxy Afire) Ex: Allen Zeller, O: Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc





(Afires Heir x JKF Wistful) Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: William Blankenship




(Anza Padron x CP Dance Card) Ex: James Stachowski, O: Katherine Kirby

(Undulata’s Nutcracker x Ames Deja Vu) Ex: James Stachowski, O: 6D Ranch Ltd.





(Baske Afire x Firlite DGL) Ex: Brian Murch, O: Strawberry Banks Farm

(IXL Noble Express x Mystic Bey V) Ex: Jill Sherman, O: The Martin L. Sherman Jr. Family Trust


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(IXL Noble Express x Hidee Afire) Ex: James Shea, O: Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc.




(Baske Afire x OCT Tassahara) Ex: Andy Sellman, O: Claire and Margaret Larson







(SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance) Ex: Peter Stachowski, O: Alicia Guzman Pace

(Apollopalooza x PWA Tusea) Ex: Juliet Carden, O: Nick and Juliet Carden





(IXL Noble Express x Sweet Bravada Bey V) Ex: Joel Kiesner, O: Marty Shea

(Baske Afire x Las Veghaz) Ex: Shawn Rooker, O: Joseph Kinnarney


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O n e fa r m . . . O n e g oa l . . . T h r e e G r e at S ta l l i o n s

ENGLISH P E R F O RM A N C E National Champion Hey Hallelujah | National Champion A Temptation | Leading Sire Baske Afire BAS KE AFI RE ... OVERAL L L EADING S I RE OF 20 15 U.S . & CANADIAN NATIONAL PUREBR E D & H ALF-ARABIAN HALTER & PERF ORMANCE W IN N E R S OVERAL L L EADING S I RE OF AEPA WINNE R S Breeding and Sales information

Strawberry Banks Farm Barbara Chur, owner | Brian Murch, trainer, cell: 716.983.3099 | Nicole Ferrell, breeding manager 716.652.9346 | East Aurora, New York |

Baske Afire 2 /2 2 /1999 - 12 /14/2 015

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Baske Afire. It has been our joy to have been “owned by him” for 8 years. We are proud of this legendary stallion whose great breeding abilities will be with us for a long time to come. Thank you to all of those who bred or purchased Baske Afire get and special thanks and congratulations to all who have had the fun of showing and winning with them in the show ring. Although Baske Afire is no longer with us, we will enjoy watching him live on through his foals. We will miss him terribly! — Barbara Chur and the Strawberry Banks Team.

A Royal Love - VJ Royal Heir x The Empress NA

Princess Buttercup - Royal Heir x Ames Tierra, by Matoi



Uptown Funk SOF - VJ Royal Heir x Honolulu City (ASHA)

Owned by Southern Oaks Farm | Kelli Aguirre, Jupiter, FL | | Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated Sire | Region 12 Spotlight Sire | AEPA Enrolled Sire Standing at Kiesner Training, Louisville, TN | | Barn: 865-984-5245 | Joel’s Cell: 865-556-0413 | Ashton’s Cell: 865-556-0412

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Chauncey Flemings, Trainer • 303.718.0859

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DA VALENTINO x HL INFACTUATION 2010 STALLION • CA/SCID CLEAR SHELLBIRD, INC. Michele Pfiefer, President • 970-456-5177 Chauncey Flemings, Trainer • 303-718-0859

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Always in the ribbons!

Victorey Pass DDS (GR Psyches Rey x DDA Fames Victory) 2006 Half-Arabian Gelding


Show record highlights:

Multi-Youth National Champion, Reserve and Top Ten Hunter Pleasure U.S. National Reserve Champion and Top Ten Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse and Side Saddle Scottsdale Champion and Reserve Halter Gelding and Side Saddle Multi-Regional Champion Hunter Pleasure AOTR/AAOTR and Side Saddle



(El Nabila B x HSE Naomi) 2003 Arabian Western Pleasure Gelding


Youth National Champion Western Pleasure 14-18 2015 & 2014 Canadian Reserve National Champion Western Pleasure 13 & Under 2015 & 2014 Youth National Top Ten Western Pleasure 13 & Under 2015 & 2014 Unanimous Regional Champion 2015 Regional Reserve Champion Western Pleasure AATR 2014 Youth National Top Ten Western Pleasure 14-18 C O N TA C T F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N

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





















See him at Scottsdale in both the halter & performance arenas! Eden C x Miss Fame MRM, by Sir Fames HBV out of a daughter of FS Ritz

Beginning his performance career with J.T. Keller

2015 Canadian National Champion Futurity Colt 2015 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt 2014 Unanimous Canadian National Champion 2-Year-Old Colt 2014 U.S. National Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Colt 2014 Las Vegas World Cup Gold Supreme Champion Jr. Colt 2014 Scottsdale Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated | Scottsdale Signature Stallion | MN Medallion Stallion | SCID & CA Clear Proudly owned & bred by Four Moore Ranch, John & Cynthia Moore | Bluff Dale, TX | Standing at JT Keller Performance Horses | Grandview, TX | 715-928-2813 | Ar abian Horse Times | 174 | Volume 46, No. 7


Khadraj NA x RA Kela, by Magnum Psyche AHR 616271 • CA and SCID CLEAR



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Two-Time World Champion





Sire of International Champions



(Kahil Al Shaqab x Pustyna Malwa, by Ekstern) 2-Year-Old Filly

(Kahil Al Shaqab x Mesalina, by Ekstern) 2-Year-Old Colt



Bred & owned by Michalów State Stud

Bred & owned by Michalów State Stud


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Scottsdale Stallion Halter Presented By David Boggs

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Why Showtime Training?

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Kordelas x Marieta

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NE X T S TO P . . .

Join us on Thursday Evening February 18, 2016, at WestWorld for our SALE HORSE PRESENTATION We are accepting select horses for show and sales offerings ..., contact Jim or Peter Stachowski for information. JIM STACHOWSKI: 330-603-2116 • PETER STACHOWSKI: 330-620-0194

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6 National Championships 10 Reserve National Championships 44 National Top Ten Awards


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Toskcan Sun



(Baske Afire x Matoska)

Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure with Jim Stachowski Owned by: HA Toskcan Sun LLC Scott & Michelle Harris, Helen Lacey Reed


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California Sage



Congratulations to Toskcan Sun’s FIRST foal to show at Nationals ... FIRST National Champion!

(HA Toskcan Sun x Colorado Sage)

Unanimous Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity with Jonathan Ramsay MANTUA, OH • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA WWW.STACHOWSKI.COM

Owned by: Harris Arabians Scott & Michelle Harris

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(SF Aftershoc x The Davinci Code)

Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse with Jim Stachowski Owned by: Whispers Acres, Inc. Tod, Mary and Michelle Wawzysko




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Boltz Afire


(Baske Afire x CP Dansing Ghazi)

Champion Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse with Jim Stachowski MANTUA, OH • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA

Owned by: Bruce and Sherry Layne

W W W . S TAC H O W S K I . C O M

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(Baskghazi x A Love Supreme)

Champion AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian Futurity with Jim Stachowski Owned by: Hillary Alpert


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(Black Daniels x Laurel Hill Pennies From Heaven)

Champion AEPA Halcon Furniture $50,000 Half-Arabian Futurity with Sharon Blendinger MANTUA, OH • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA W W W . S TAC H O W S K I . C O M

Owned by: Joseph & Alisa Mertens

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(Vegaz x A Blessing)

Reserve Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse with Jim Stachowski Owned by Remington Monroe Equine LLC STACHOWSKI FARM INC. JIM STACHOWSKI: 330-603-2116 • PETER STACHOWSKI: 330-620-0194

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(Nutcracker’s Nirvana x Afires Quintina)

Reserve Champion H/A Country English Pleasure Futurity with Anna Boylan Owned by: Helen Lacey Reed MANTUA, OH • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA W W W . S TAC H O W S K I . C O M

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(LC Arlington x Caramac’s First Lady)

Reserve Champion H/A Country English Pleasure Junior Horse with Jonathan Ramsay Owned by: Dremul Enterprises, Inc. STACHOWSKI FARM INC. JIM STACHOWSKI: 330-603-2116 • PETER STACHOWSKI: 330-620-0194

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(Baske Afire x Undulata’s Lady Delight)

Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over with Jim Diver Nominated Readers’ Choice H/A Saddle Seat Horse Of The Year MANTUA, OH • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA W W W . S TAC H O W S K I . C O M

Owned by: Norma and John Diver

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(Baske Afire x Kalarama’s Celeste)

Reserve Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity with Katherine Kirby

Shenanigan CP

(Anza Padron x CP Dance Card)

Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with Katherine Kirby



(Afire Bey V x Singularcylection)

Reserve Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with Katherine Kirby

Owned by: Kirby Arabians LLC


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Bling Bling VSH

(Majesteit x Starrita)

Reserve Champion H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over with Cynthia Hauetter Stachowski

To Me


(SF Specs Shocwave x Darkadia)

Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over with Cynthia Hauetter Stachowski


Owned by: Cynthia Hauetter Stachowski

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(Afire Bey V x Rimone GW)

Reserve Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure Futurity with Sharon Blendinger Owned by: Brittany & Stephanie Sutton

Mattaleine (Afires Heir x Mattamercie)

Top Ten Arabian Park Open with Peter Stachowski Owned by: Sarah Ann Hopkins


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(HF Mister Chips x Caramar)

Top Ten H/A Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity with Lesley Blain Owned by: Lesley Blain MANTUA, OH • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA W W W . S TAC H O W S K I . C O M

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Shoc Afire


(SF Aftershoc x Veghaz Showgirl)

Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Futurity with Peter Stachowski AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE Owned by: Joy Buck


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(Black Daniels x My Love Song)

Top Ten AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian Futurity with Peter Stachowski MANTUA, OH • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • SAN MARCOS, CA W W W . S TAC H O W S K I . C O M

Owned by: Quarry Hill Farm Rae Schwarz

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Betsi Ross


(Baskghazi x Tizi Melu)

Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse with Ashley Roberts Owned by: Don & Joanne Nitz STACHOWSKI FARM INC. JIM STACHOWSKI: 330-603-2116 • PETER STACHOWSKI: 330-620-0194

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A lejandro

Multi-National Champion Half-Arabian Park Horse


2015 … Unanimous Buckeye Champion ATR Unanimous Canadian National Champion ATR Unanimous Canadian National Champion Open Unanimous U.S. National Champion Open U.S. National Reserve Champion ATR

(VCP Magnifire x Ginger’s Dance)

Thank you, Matt Siemon, for the ride; breeders Nick and Juliet Carden of Graystone Farms, and sire owners Kim and Steve Munro. Lastly, to my BFF, Kim Hillsamer, and husband, Mark, for all of your support and love! —Bill

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Things You Don’T Know AbouT … 1. The first horse I ever rode or handled was … a Karadjordge

stud colt that I bought from Lacey Arabian Center. I was about eight or nine at the time. The first time I showed him, he somehow managed to kick me in the chest when we were going in the ring. This was the horse that made me want to learn about training horses.

2. My happiest moment with a horse is … every time I get to

handle one. I love seeing them being born—seeing them when they’re wet and unfold. It’s like being handed a blank canvas to work with. I love seeing them start from scratch and watch them progress and bloom into what they are meant to be. Nothing can really touch that.

3. The first ribbon I ever won was … with the Karadjordge

son at Daha in Vallejo, CA. I was fourth out of 6 or 7 horses. I think it was a pity ribbon for getting kicked and drug for 30 feet!

4. My first influence in the horse industry was … Murrel Lacey, when I was a really young kid. Then I went to Star World as a groom’s apprentice. We all know those names: Gene LaCroix, Raymond, Tim Flannigan, Bobby Phillips.

5. The first breed of horse involved with was … Arabians, because of the black stallion books.

6. The age I got involved with horses was … eight. 7. The first thing I do when I get to the barn is …walk through, check everyone and feed them mints.

8. The last thing I do when I leave the barn is … same as above.

Chauncey Flemings

15. My favorite division to show in is … halter, and if I could have a driving horse, I’d love that, too.

16. In my free time, I like to … kiss my girl. 17. Horses have taught me … everything—patience; to nurture and be nurtured.

18. My top vacation spot is … anywhere that Michele and I are together.

19. Few foods make me happier than … hot sauce or bubble gum ice cream.

20. Without horses, I would be … I have no idea. Can’t even imagine it.

21. The piece of tack or equipment that I can’t live without is … treats for the horses.

22. My childhood dream job was … what I am living now. 23. My favorite breeding bloodline is … Bey Shah and Padron. 24. My biggest pet peeve is … people who lie and cheat. 25. The most

influential person in my life is … there’s three of them—my three boys.

9. The greatest horse I’ve ever ridden is … Orans Adagio. 10. The most gratifying part of my job is … when it starts to click for the horse; that lightbulb moment.

11. My favorite restaurant is … Red Rooster in Denver for their breakfast.

12. My favorite non-horse hobby is … collecting cars, especially vintage Mercedes-Benz.

13. My favorite genre of movie is … suspense. 14. When someone asks me, why Arabians, I say… is there any other horse?

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2016 Trainers’ DIRECTORY



Michael Carpio ROYAL ARABIANS 9720 E Cactus Rd Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 Ph: (770) 653-6526 Email: Website:

Ashlee Alfreds ALJASSIMYA FARM 5125 Happy Canyon Rd. Santa Ynez, California 93460 Ph: (713) 492-6485 Email:

Services: Marketing, Training and Showing Arabian and Half-Arabian Halter horses. Show Record Highlights: Multiple National, Regional and Scottsdale wins.

Services: Halter Training and Conditioning.

COLORADO Chauncey Flemings SHELLBIRD, INC. 0295 CR 262 Silt, Colorado 81652 Ph: (303) 718-0859; (970) 456-5177; (970) 876-0933 Email: Website:

Justin Cowden ROYAL ARABIANS 1660 N. Lindsay Rd. Mesa, Arizona 85213 Ph: (775) 901-3029 Email: Website: Services: Performance Training • Showing • Management Show Record Highlights: 2015 Scottsdale Champion Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse2015 Scottsdale Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Hunter PleasureMultiple Regional Championships in the Hunter Pleasure and Show Hack Divisions Multiple National Top Tens in the Hunter Pleasure and Show Hack Divisions

Services: Halter Training & Conditioning • Breeding • Mare Care • Stallion Management Show Record Highlights: Championships at both U.S. and Canadian Nationals, along with numerous Regional Championships. International experience.


Rodolfo Guzzo GUZZO WORLDWIDE LLC @ ROYAL ARABIANS 9720 East Cactus Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 Ph: (480) 361-6926; (480) 361-6928 Email: Website: Services: Guzzo Worldwide, LLC is an elite Arabian horse training facility, specializing in training, conditioning, marketing and breeding services worldwide. Show Record Highlights: Working his way up the industry’s ladder, Guzzo started out by conditioning and training horses at farms such as Caetano and Fernando Fabrini’s Haras Fabrini in Brazil. Following his time there, he worked with trainers in the United States to polish his innate abilities. Since then, he has become one of the most respected sources in the world for marketing, breeding and showing expertise.

Cathy Vincent/Alayna Mala ADANDY FARM 13450 Adandy Farm Ln. Greenwood, Delaware 19950 Ph: (302) 349-5116 Cathy’s cell: (302) 236-6665; Alayna’s cell: (413) 552-7716 Email: Website: Services: Sales, Breeding and Training Arabians and National Show Horses in English, Hunter, Halter, Western and Driving with an emphasis on amateur riders. Show Record Highlights: The Adandy Farm team has produced dozens of National Champions in Open and Amateur, both in Performance and Halter!

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John Rannenberg ROHARA ARABIANS P.O. Box 110 Orange Lake, Florida 32681 Ph: (352) 266-6446; (352) 591-4661 Fax: (352) 591-1683 Email: Website: Services: Breeding • Training • Marketing Show Record Highlights: National Champion Arabians and HalfArabians in the halter, English pleasure, western pleasure, country English pleasure, hunter pleasure and park divisions, for both open and amateur to show.


Vicki Humphrey/Jessica Clinton/Gabriel DeSoto VICKI HUMPHREY TRAINING CENTER 734 Roper Rd Canton, Georgia 30115 Vicki’s Ph: (770) 335-6194; Gabe’s Ph: (520) 668-9552 Email:; Website: Services: Training • Lessons • Breeding Show Record Highlights: Multi-National Championships


Tish Kondas/Carla Schiltz SHOWTIME TRAINING CENTER 93 Boone Rd. Newnan, GA 30263 Ph: (770) 252-3300 Cell: (678) 427-0595 Fax: (770) 252-3099 Email: Website: Services: Performance and Halter Training • Lessons • Sales • Breeding. Showtime Training Center has become one of the premier Arabian/Half-Arabian and Saddlebred training facilities in the country. Specializing in English, Western, Hunter, and Driving disciplines. Show Record Highlights: Multiple national and regional championships along with having a successful youth/amateur program. Tish has been named Saddle Seat Female Trainer and “Totally Tops” trainer of the year in the English division. Carla has trained multiple national and regional champions in Western.

Shawn and Carmelle Rooker ROOKER TRAINING STABLE 14042 Iroquois Woods Fenton, Michigan 48430 Ph: (810) 629-6169; Fax: (810) 629-5730 Shawn’s cell: (810) 348-7155; Carmelle’s cell: (810) 241-9246 Email: Website: Services: Breeding, Sales and Specializing in all facets of training including: Park, English Pleasure, Country Pleasure and Driving. We also have an excellent youth and amateur program. Show Record Highlights: Multiple National and Regional Championships. Lindsay Rinehart TROTWOOD FARM, LLC 15780 South Kellogg School Road Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060 Ph: (269) 838-6473 Email: Website: Services: Trotwood Farm focuses on producing the best Arabian and HalfArabian halter and performance horses. We offer a full Breeding, Training and Riding Lesson Program. Show Record Highlights: Multiple National Championships won in Futurity, Driving, Side Saddle, English, Country, Costume, Show Hack, Halter, Western, and more.

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Tom Theisen/Katie Garland CONWAY ARABIANS, INC. Address: 18080 Cty 2 Chatfield, Minnesota 55923 Tom’s Ph: (404) 304-9955 Katie’s Ph: (804) 339-2337 Email: Website: Services: Breeding • Training (Western, Hunter, English) • Sales ShowRecord Highlights: Multiple National Championships and Reserves in English Pleasure, Country English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Show Hack and Reining. Multiple Regional wins.

David Boggs/Nate White/Alcides Rodrigues/Dagmar Gordiano MIDWEST P.O. Box 10 Rogers, Minnesota 55374 Ph: (763) 441-6466 Fax: (763) 441-6001 Email: Website: Services: Breeding • Training • Marketing Show Record Highlights: Countless national and international champions. Team Midwest and their clients are currently the largest importer and exporter of Arabian Horses in the United States.

John and Leah Beth Golladay GOLLADAY TRAINING @ CEDAR RIDGE ARABIANS 20335 Sawmill Rd. Jordan, Minnesota 55352 Ph: (515) 520-7604 Email: Website: Services: Performance Training • Lessons • Sales • Breeding Show Record Highlights: Numerous Class A, Regional and National wins.

Sarah Paripovich SARAH PARIPOVICH TRAINING 4459 Braddock Ave NE Buffalo, Minnesota 55313 Ph: (612) 718-9530 Email: Website: Services: Training and Lessons for Arabian and Half-Arabians, specializing in Western and Hunter and offers one-on-one training of both adult and youth amateur riders • Conditioning • Sales Show Record Highlights: Numerous National Champions and top ten horses. Nominated for the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman Association Western trainer of the year.

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Jeff and Jerry Schall SHADA, INC. 22630 Sugar Bush Road Elk River, Minnesota 55330 Jeff: (612) 308-8006 Jerry: (612) 865-9202 Email: Website:

Peter & Jim Stachowski STACHOWSKI FARM, INC. 12561 State Roue 44 Mantua, Ohio 44255 Ph: (330) 274-2494; (330) 274-3898 Email: Website:

Services: Training & Conditioning • Breeding • Marketing Show Record Highlights: Numerous National Championships


NEBRASKA John McCarty MCCARTY LTD. 10808 Rainwood Rd. Omaha, Nebraska Ph: (405) 834-3152 Email: Services: Performance Training • Lessons • Sales • Breeding Show Record Highlights: Numerous Class A, Regional and National wins.

OHIO Matthew Siemon SIEMON STABLES, INC. 9311 lower Valley Pike New Carlisle, Ohio 45344 Ph: (937) 849-1487; (937) 849-1535 Email: Website: Services: Training • Showing • Breeding • Marketing We are dedicated to the Arabian horse and their owners—we love what we do.

John & Christine Ryan/Timothy Phelan RYAN SHOW HORSES, INC. 1384 Bon Ox Rd Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 Ph: (609) 558-4616 Email: Website: Services: Training • Showing Open & Amateur • Sales • Consulting Standing at stud: Vegaz—National Champion English; Sire of National Champions Aspecial Jullyen V—National Top Ten Western Jr. Horse Show Record Highlights: John Ryan—2015 U.S. National Champion Arabian Park Open, 2014 U.S. National Champion Arabian Country Open, 2013 Canadian National Champion Country Open, 2012 U.S. National Champion Arabian English Open. Christine Ryan—2013 Canadian National Champion H/A Gelding S/H, 2014 U.S. National Top Ten H/A Country Jr. Horse, 2015 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Western Pleasure Jr. Horse. Timothy Phelan—2014 U.S. National Champion Arabian Country Driving Open

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Joel and Ashton Kiesner KIESNER TRAINING, INC. 3418 Miser Station Rd. Louisville, Tennessee 37777 Ph: (865) 556-0412; Fax: (865) 984-5256 Email: Website:

Josh and Jennifer Quintus COLONIAL WOOD TRAINING CENTER 8762 FM 455 E Pilot Point, Texas 76258 Ph: (940) 686-5141; Fax: (940) 686-5484 Email:; Website:

Services: Specialize in Arabian and Half-Arabian English/ Country/Park, Equitation, Driving, Hunter/Show Hack • Breeding • Buying and Selling high quality Arabian Horses. Trainers and Breeders of the best Arabian English horses, we help achieve goals between horse and rider and teach riders to ride and compete at a high level. Show Record Highlights: Many years of success in the Open, Amateur and Jr. exhibitor divisions. Cortney Downey SMOKY MOUNTAIN PARK ARABIANS 1558 Muddy Creek Road Lenoir City, Tennessee 37772 Ph: (865) 724-6547 Fax: (865) 986-2856 Email: CortneyDowney@ Website: Services: Training • Breeding • Sales Show Record Highlights: 2015 U.S. National Top Ten AEPA Arabian English Pleasure Futurity, 2015 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity, 2015 Region 14 Unanimous Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure, 2012 World Champion Morgan 3-YearOld English Pleasure, 2012 Grand National Champion Morgan 3-Year-Old English Pleasure Stallions & Geldings

TEXAS Chase Harvill/Jessica Belt CHASE HARVILL TRAINING CENTRE 27109 South Creek Drive Magnolia, Texas 77354 Ph: (281) 252-6228 Chase’s Cell: (480) 338-0865 Jessica’s Cell: (610) 392-3291 Email: Website: Services: Performance/Halter Training • Sales Show Record Highlights: Numerous U.S. National, Canadian National, Scottsdale, Regional, and Class A Championships.

Services: Training • Showing • Lessons • Sales Show Record Highlights: Josh Quintus is a respected Judge and was the 1997 Western Horseman of the Year. He has accomplished National honors in Halter, Western, English, Driving, Hunter Pleasure and Hunter over Fences. Josh has a foundation of over 18 years experience in the Arabian horse industry. He is competitive and knowledgeable with an established and respected reputation. JT Keller JT KELLER PERFORMANCE HORSES LLC P.O. Box 576 Grandview, Texas 76050 Ph: (715) 928-2813 Email: Website: Services: Breeding • Training • Clinics • Sales • Amateurs welcome! Show Record Highlights: Multi-National and Regional Championships in Western Pleasure. Michael Byatt MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS 7716 Red Bird Road New Ulm, Texas 78950 Ph: (979) 357-2614; Fax: (979) 357-2613 Email: Website: Services: Breeding • Training • Marketing Show Record Highlights: Numerous National and International Halter Championships.

WISCONSIN Andrew Sellman ARGENT FARMS, LLC 92 County Road F River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 Ph: (715) 425-9001; Fax: (715) 425-9027 Email: Website: Services: Breeding • Training • Marketing Show Record Highlights: Multiple National and International Halter Championships. Halter Trainer of the Year, Handler of Excellence, Totally Tops Champion, Overall Leading Trainer by number of wins and number of winners and #1 Purebred and Half-Arabian Leading Trainer. n

Things To Look Out For In IRS Audits Of Horse Activities by John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for violation of the public trust, failing to comply with congressionally issued subpoenas, and misleading the public over IRS practices of targeting conservative groups in audits. The last time Congress tried to remove a public official via impeachment was in 1876, when Secretary of War William Belknap was impeached on allegations he had helped himself to war funds. He resigned under pressure from President Grant. IRS agents are often viewed with disdain by people subjected to audits, especially in the horse industry, because agents frequently do not understand the intricacies of breeding, racing or showing. When conducting audits of horse ventures, revenue agents usually rely on an IRS tax audit guide pertaining to this field. The guide is loaded with “gotcha” questions and prejudicial commentary. For example, the guide states: “Many of the taxpayers who potentially fall under the provisions of IRC section 183 with respect to horse and cattle activities have been involved in such activities during their youth. These taxpayers have grown up on farms or had close relatives who operated farms. Other taxpayers had unfulfilled childhood aspirations to be involved with such activities, but circumstances prevented participation. As adults, these taxpayers have achieved the financial wherewithal which permits participation.” If you are audited in connection with your horse activity, your auditor will be looking for the following red flag situations: 1. Sales of animals through atypical sources. 2. Bartering that may account for some sales; swapping of equipment or services for breeding stock. 3. Use of multiple bank accounts with reliance on the bank records for reporting purposes. The IRS thinks this lends itself to misreporting due to exclusion of some records. Revenue agents also watch for transfers to or from savings, money market, and investment accounts. 4. Lack of a business plan. 5. Personal expenses deducted as farm expenses. This is the most common form of misreporting among farmers and ranchers. 6. Inability to document how much time was devoted to the activity and whether the taxpayer was an active participant.

Revenue agents need to understand that the horse industry is dynamic, and that various elements in the economy may dramatically tilt a taxpayer’s activity toward profit or loss. Changes in supply and demand for the particular animals can run the prices up or down. An oversupply of animals can push prices down. The weather impacts on profits as well, with drought, flood, heat spells and blizzards that can result in feed cost increases, reduced availability of grazing pasture, or there can be unexpected casualties or illnesses. Casualties and diseases can affect long range efforts to rebuild markets. The IRS guide also asks revenue agents to watch out for taxpayers who conduct more than one activity, and to take into consideration the “material participation test.” The manual states that if a taxpayer is engaged in a full time occupation outside of the horse activity, that raises a question of how the taxpayer has sufficient time in which to “materially” participate in the activity. If the IRS finds that you are not materially participating, it could deny you the right to deduct losses against outside income. If you are audited, it is helpful if you can show that you are either making a profit in the activity or that you are in the middle of a profitable year, or at least that your losses are declining. Sometimes it can be important to have an expert witness prepare a report explaining how external circumstances contributed to losses, or to discuss the quality of pedigrees and businesslike methods demonstrated by the taxpayer. It is usually prudent to have an experienced taxpayer representative handle the audit on your behalf. The main consideration in any audit concerning horses or other farming activity is whether the taxpayer has an honest intention of engaging in the activity with a view towards making a profit, rather than as a hobby. This is shown by objective, as well as subjective, evidence. Many of my clients have been successful in withstanding IRS scrutiny because they have made it a point to get professional legal guidance early on. n John Alan Cohan is an attorney representing people in federal and state tax disputes, IRS appeals, and Tax Court litigation, and is a long-standing author of a legal advice column published in numerous industry magazines. In addition, he advises organizations on compliance with newly enacted laws and regulations. John is also author of the book, Turn Your Hobby Into A Business—The Right Way. He can be reached at: (310) 278-0203, or email at

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FACES & PLACES T he A n nu a l A r abia n Horse A s sociat ion C onvent ion… was held November 18-21, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Okla. The Convention brings together over 260 delegates from Arabian horse clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Attendees are given the opportunity to attend committee meetings and have direct input in the decisions that affect the breed we all love and care for. It also is a great educational venue, having multiple forums and seminars on topics ranging from “The Ever Evolving Horse Industry” to “Future State: The New AHA Website and Business Engine.” Keynote speaker, Philip Anderson, gave a wonderful, interactive presentation during the general session about engaging each generation of Arabian horse enthusiasts as we strive to make AHA stronger going into the future. A great time was had by all who attended the President’s Banquet, featuring live music; and AHA President Cynthia Richardson gave out the year-end President’s Award, National Service Volunteer Award, Regional Service Awards, and Club Excellence Awards. ■

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Arabian Horse History

The Art Of

Jerry Sparagowski with Mary Kirkman

Jerry Sparagowski came of age as a photographer in the early 1970s, just as the Arabian breed in North America was entering its Golden Age. His career seemed to fall into place naturally: he picked up a camera because “it looked like fun” and he drove himself to be good at it. And he’d always loved horses, so he attended a horse show. It just so happened that the show was the 1970 U.S. Nationals. The rest is history. Looking back now, selecting his preferred photographs, he admits that over the years his

priorities have changed. That they all have to be technically correct is a given; however, he has come to value catching the history of the Arabian breed in some shots as much as he appreciates the artistic look in others. When asked for his best pictures, he observes that some of his selections will not be his most stunning work. But all of the images will have meaning—for beauty, for accuracy, for insight into a horse or person. They are a record of the Arabian horse breed and its world as he has seen it in 45 years of looking through the lens.

Here are Jerry Sparagowski’s thoughts on his favorites.

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*Ansata Ibn Halima, c. 1973 This was a very important picture to me. It was one of the first times I ever did a black background, and I somehow missed seeing the window in the back. When I saw what had happened, I didn’t really like it. But Judi Forbis did. The first time she saw it, she said, “That’s it. This looks exactly like Ibn Halima.” She said she’d never seen one that looked so much like him. That pushed me. In a way, it was pretty much the start of my career. Ar abian Horse Times | 231 | Volume 46, No. 7

Judi Forbis leading *Ansata Ibn Halima into the ring, 1973 This one I include just because it’s pure history. It was at a show at Pin Oak in Houston. Someone had provided the money to bring in several of the best stallions in the breed, and it was a phenomenal lineup. This is the only time I can remember ever seeing Judi in the ring with Halima, so it is special to me. On my first visit to Ansata, which was my first visit to an Arabian horse farm, I knew photography and I knew horses, but I didn’t know how to photograph horses. She taught me and gave me my start.

Tom McNair and *Morafic, 1973 This is another from Pin Oak, and another that is not included for artistry. It’s history. At that show, someone had the idea of photographing three great Nazeer sons together—*Ansata Ibn Halima, *Morafic and *Talul—and I did get some shots, but there were so many people around that it was chaotic. Afterward, I commented about it to Tom and he said, “Doesn’t matter, Jerry. Twenty years from now, it’ll be history and nobody will care.” And he was right; that’s how it played out. Tom McNair and *Morafic were a team, and this is what they looked like in the ring.

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Fathers and Sons, Ferzon and GaiParada (1982), and *Ansata Ibn Halima and Ansata Ibn Sudan (1978) I’m including these because they look simple, but they’re very hard to get. You need to show each horse at his best at the same time, but you also need them to be mirror images of each other so that the heritage is easy to see. And you’re working with stallions, which is a challenge in itself. These were all important horses, representing two of the best known breeding programs in the United States: the foundation sire of Ansata and one of his top sons, and the most famous sire at Gainey Arabians, and his finest son.

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*Bask and Dr. LaCroix, 1979 Mike Ferrara commented once that he’d been told by famous nature photographers that when you’re shooting a picture, always turn around and look behind you; there may be something better going on there. I thought it was a little silly at first and then I realized that I’d been doing that my whole career. This is a good example of it. This was taken not long before *Bask died. Barbara Spring, who owned the *Bask son Fire Wind, had asked if she could have a photograph made of the stallions together. I don’t recall that ever having been done before, but Dr. LaCroix said yes, and he would handle *Bask. I doubt the other people on the farm at the time really knew what was going on. We got some pictures of them standing together, and then I took a few of Barbara with Fire Wind. And when I happened to look over my shoulder, this picture is what I saw. I wheeled around and fired off a quick shot; as I recall, I took only this one image. As you can tell from the shadow roll *Bask has on and the shadow on Dr. LaCroix’s face, that is not a staged picture. If it were, I’d have lighted it differently. But the look in Dr. LaCroix’s eyes was genuine—he loved that horse so much. That’s what they looked like that day, and to me, that’s who they were.

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Bay-Abi and Sheila Varian, 1982 This is another picture that to me expresses the real nature of a relationship between a person and a horse. These two weren’t new; we saw them all the time. But I wanted to get at the true ease, the connection, between Sheila and Bay-Abi. At the time, as I remember it, we were trying to “rebrand” Sheila. She’s always been the consummate cowgirl, and this was to show a different side of her, which is why she’s wearing a silk shirt. What it became, though, was a major historical picture of two icons. This was a few years before Bay-Abi died, and at that time, he stayed out in his pasture all the time, which is where this was taken. I climbed up a telephone pole and shot down, and I told her, “Just look at him, just be together.” They were so natural. She’s relaxed, he’s relaxed. His eye is actually closed, which I thought made it even better.

Khemosabi, “Helping Hand,” 1982 This was used so much that it is kind of Khemosabi’s signature picture. I shot it for Mike Villaseñor when Khemo stood at Nabors-Villaseñor. We were trying to get a body shot out in a huge field, and a girl was holding the lead. Everything was going fine until all of the sudden, Khemo flipped his head and the lead shank just shot out of the girl’s hand and flew up and landed over his shoulder. We all were just frozen out there: Khemosabi, a stallion, was loose. And then the girl reached her hand out and he looked right at her—and I just took the picture.

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Anwar Sadat, Gleannloch, 1975 History isn’t always horses. This was taken in late 1975, when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visited NASA in Houston and then came to Doug and Margaret Marshall’s farm in Spring, Texas. I did a lot of work for them, and they wanted me to photograph his visit. I should add that at the time, I was pretty much involved in my own life and I doubt I had any idea how big a deal it was not only that Sadat was in this country, but that he was at someone’s farm. Also, this was before the Camp David Accords, so while he was important, he was not yet the world statesman he would become. I had to be cleared in advance by the Secret Service, which I was, and I was issued a green lapel button, which allowed me access to anything on the farm except the private office where Sadat and the Marshalls had lunch. Even so, if a Secret Service person told you to do something, you did it immediately or you wouldn’t be there. As I recall, part of the afternoon’s entertainment was an old western shoot-out—and talk about security people being on the muscle! For quite a while, I stood about six or seven feet from Anwar Sadat, which is when I shot this picture. I don’t know when I’ve ever been quite so impressed with a man. There was an aura about him; he was very presidential-looking. You knew you were in the presence of someone very different, something beyond famous or well-known. He was just incredibly impressive, and very gracious the whole time. After Sadat left, the Marshalls had a tent set up and provided food for everybody who had worked the event. I sat down next to the head of the Secret Service and we talked. He told me that the security they had there was more than he’d seen for any American president. They were making very sure that nothing happened. And then he told me that he was taking off on a new assignment—for the next 30 days, he would be traveling with some guy named Jimmy Carter. Three years later, of course, President Jimmy Carter would orchestrate the Camp David Accords, which led to a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and won both Sadat and Menachem Begin a Nobel Prize.

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Almost all the Comet daughters in the world, 1986 By 1986, there were only about a dozen or so daughters of the Polish sire Comet left in the world and Ventura Farms owned nine of them, so this was a very rare moment. All the mares are wearing fish line halters, and you can’t see it, but their handlers are flat out in the grass next to them. What you also can’t see is that the chestnut mare on the left has a foal at her feet, with someone stretched out on top of it to keep it down. We had an ATV at the other end of the field with a big sheet of black plastic, and when I signaled, it came barreling straight at us—but none of the mares was looking at it! I could feel it getting close to me before, all the sudden, the mares all looked and I got a couple of shots and that was it.


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The Lasma Sale V Mares at the quarry, 1982 This is a big picture to me just because of what we had to do to get the shot. There are 26 mares—all of the horses in the sale—in that photo. It took three days of planning and just about every employee at Lasma East to get it done. The scene was an old quarry, and not only was it remote, but the water was deep and the drop off from the cliff was a long way down. We had the maintenance guys hack a path down the hill, and then everyone walked the horses down there. Fortunately, they had one that you could lead everywhere and the rest of them followed. There are probably 15 people in that picture, all lying on the ground, holding horses, and a lot more out in the trees to either side. The mares were wearing halters made out of fish line; their regular halters were lying in the grass next to them.

I was out on a raft in the water, with two guys on either side who had poles to keep us lined up. On the opposite bank from the horses, Ray LaCroix and a bunch of Lasma’s young guns were in the back of a pickup with all sorts of equipment to get ears, and we had to time it just right, when all the horses were ready and looking. When I gave the signal, the guys drove off in the pickup and shot off a shotgun, popped fire extinguishers, waved black plastic and honked the horn. I took about seven or eight pictures, and this was the only one that had all the ears up. Then everyone stood up and put the mares’ regular halters on and walked back up the hill. We’d had no idea how the mares would behave—it could have gone really badly, no matter how much we’d planned—but they were all just fine.

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No question, Jerry Sparagowski’s career has been devoted to Arabian horses ever since it began. But every now and then, he pointed the camera in another direction. Here are a few of his favorites in other breeds. My two Triple Crown winners Secretariat, 1989 I shot Secretariat at Claiborne Farm, where he stood at stud for his entire life. This was taken just a few days before he died.

Affirmed, 1999 This was shot at Jonabell Farm, in Lexington, Ky. Affirmed was older then, and I was struck with how he was so used to just doing a job. He was very easy to handle; we could put his feet anywhere. When we broke out the black plastic to get ears, I think the guy holding him was a lot more surprised than he was.

Rambo, with Olympic rider Heather Blitz, c. 2004 Rambo was an Olympic-caliber dressage horse that just blew me away. Heather Blitz was kind of a young pup then; she is now one of the best in the business, and was Team USA’s alternate rider at London in 2012. In this picture, Rambo is performing the piaffe (basically, trotting in place). What you can’t see is that just to the left, there was a pasture of mares and they all came running over. To watch him get pretty stud-like and still keep up the piaffe, as the steam was rising from his coat, was an amazing feeling.

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Jabar Cathedral Shot, 2004 I love this picture of two old mares (one’s 30 and the other is 28, I think) with Jerry Modlin. We had been shooting the mares in a field, using a fire extinguisher, and when I was walking away, I looked up the hill and saw that the mist from the fire extinguisher had drifted up into the trees. I told Jerry to take the mares down the hill and walk back up, and he did. This is what we got.

*Probat This is another one of my “look behind you” shots. I was trying to get *Probat loose in his pen at Meadow Wood Farm, and I had a horse set up in the barn right in front of him. We were going to run the horse out while *Probat was trotting down the rail and he would look at it, but that morning, he wasn’t doing a whole lot. We had stopped and I started walking away, while everybody else was walking to him, when I turned around and saw this. I told everybody to just stop, and guessed at the exposure—it was pure guess. And then I hollered to run that horse out of the barn and they did, and *Probat popped up and looked. I love the shot.

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The Gentle Touch, 1990 This one was at Ansata, after it moved to Mena, Ark., and I was getting ready to shoot there the next day. It was late afternoon when I saw a horse with his head out of his stall, and the lighting was beautiful. I knew that Bonnie Lestikow and her husband, who was the trainer there then, had a little girl, so I asked Bonnie if she would bring her daughter there the next day at that time and have her wear a cute little white dress. We gave her daughter that bunch of grass, the horse stuck his head out, and we had it. What makes it special to me is that I’d known Bonnie for so long, beginning with when she cared for *Bask at Lasma, and this was 20 years later. It was just our little Arabian world twirling around.

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Poland: Line Of Mares, 1984 I love this picture. It was taken in the clock tower barn at Janów Podlaski; I wanted to shoot in it as soon as I saw it. For this picture, though, there wasn’t actually enough space, and I didn’t like what it looked like when I was on the ground. So, I climbed up on top of a stall and stood on the bar, which was about six or eight inches wide, and leaned back against the wall of the barn. What doesn’t show in the picture is that the whole time I was taking the picture, the horse in the stall was chewing on my pants—I was scared to death he was going to pull me off. This was an impressive group of mares. One, I think the second or third one from the right, was one of the most incredible mares I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, I can’t remember who she was, and no one I’ve asked can either.

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Poland: The Farrier Shop, 1984 To me, this is the best horse photograph I’ve ever taken. It’s become my signature shot. I was in Poland, shooting the catalog of the Polish Ovation Sale for Lasma, at the same time they had a crew there filming “The Arabian Horse of Poland.” It should have been hot and sunny that day, but instead it was cold, drizzly, miserable and kind of dark by late afternoon, which was when Kris LaCroix came over and said, “They’re through shooting in the farrier shed. Do you want to get some shots while the lights are still up?” I said sure, although I’d never even seen it before, and didn’t know it was so small (it was tiny). The film crew had left their lights set up—you can see them on a beam at the top— but that’s about the only artificial help there was, and even with that, it was very dim. I put my wide angle lens on and buried myself against the back wall and just guessed on an exposure; I pushed it as much as I could. But I needed something to get the stallion’s attention. Theresa Cardamone, who was Terry Gregory back then, was there to look at horses and she was watching us work, so I asked her to help. I stripped the cellophane off a pack of cigarettes and told her to go outside the window and when I gave the signal, crinkle it.

Jerry Sparagowski and *Padron.

What was amazing was that just as she went out there, the sun came out. The stallion, Ernel, looked at Terry rattling the cellophane, and I took four or five quick pictures. Then the sun went back behind the cloud and never came out again—and in my opinion, the lighting and shadows in that picture are pretty much what makes it. When I got home, I was so anxious to see how it came out, what the grain structure was, that for the first print I didn’t change a thing. And it was letter perfect; it’s never been printed as well as it was that one time. I decided to keep it special and Kris agreed. Very few people have it. It’s been printed only about five or six times. Funny thing, I actually got into an argument once with a lady who knows horses. She thought that it was not really a photograph. She said it was a painting. My answer was, “See that signature on it?” ■

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Mary Kirkman Where did you grow up? Born in Los Angeles, grew up in Atlanta. Now living in Louisville, Ky. Were horses a part of your childhood? Yes, but not hands-on. My father owned Standardbreds and drove them in races as a hobby, back when amateur drivers were fairly common. Also at the time, Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds used the same tracks—they just rotated their dates—so I grew up in both because we spent a lot of time at the track. Please tell our readers how you came to be involved in the Arabian horse business. (It is a great story!) It was pretty serendipitous. I was on Dr. Armand Hammer’s staff at the Occidental Petroleum Corporation in Los Angeles, and was considering how I could somehow get back into horses, although I was thinking Thoroughbred racing. In the fall of 1981, as Dr. Hammer was walking through the office, he said, “Does anybody know what thrush is?” I said something completely un-technical like, “Basically, it’s foot rot.” The next thing I knew, a pile of pedigrees hit my desk. Dr. Hammer had been in Poland, where he’d bought the stallion *El Paso and six mares, and within days, I had been assigned as his horseperson. Can I just say, I knew nothing about Arabian horses? I couldn’t even pronounce their names. I was a little bemused; it was only seven horses and it wasn’t racing, but it was horses and therefore it was fun. Plus, I liked learning about the Arabians. Three months later, in February, we all went to Scottsdale, and I got there the day after Dr. Hammer. I was to meet him at the Lasma sales. When I pulled up at the Arizona Biltmore, one of the bellmen asked if I was in town to

buy horses, and I replied that I was with Occidental Petroleum; we were just observing. I’ll never forget it. He laughed and handed me a copy of the morning newspaper—which had a front-page headline that read ‘Armand Hammer spends 2-point-something million dollars on Arabians.’ Within two years, we were at 150 horses and counting. Is there a particular memory of your days at Oxy Arabians that you would like to share? There were many, mostly good, that are repeatable. Some are special. One would be sitting in the grass up in the Santa Ynez Valley while *El Paso grazed beside me; he was such a sweetheart, a very kind and gentle stallion that I am so happy to have known. Or a trip to Poland with Dr. and Mrs. LaCroix in June 1985. Anyone who’s gone to Poland, particularly before the Iron Curtain fell, will remember that it was like stepping back in time. Add that to the difference in their way of life and ours, and a visit there was kind of like Alice-through-the-looking-glass. That time with Dr. and Mrs. LaCroix was a real gift; not only were they wonderful people just for who they were as individuals, but our visit came soon after the Polish Ovation Sale. The state studs threw open all the doors—every Arabian they had was available for us to see. The second night, we stayed at Janów Podlaski and there was a furious storm that knocked out all the electricity. When it was time for us to turn in, Director Krzysztalowicz picked up an old silver candelabra and led the way up the stairs to the guest rooms. Mine was a small affair, very spare except for floor-to-ceiling lace

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curtains (handmade, I would assume) and a photograph of the old park horse, *El Mudir. It was pitch black outside, and I was kind of feeling my way around when there was a knock at the door. There was Director Krzysztalowicz, who very solemnly handled me the branch of candles and bowed. I remember lying in bed and listening to the wind howl, watching the candles flicker and the curtains float in a draft, and thinking, “Here I am in the darkest night I’ve ever seen, on the Russian border, so far from L.A. that it’s like I’m in another world.” And knowing for sure that I was at the beginning of something that would be one-of-a-kind important in my life. What differences or similarities have you found between the Arabian horse community and the people who favor other breeds? I can speak only for the ones I’ve worked in or had a chance to observe, which would be Arabians, Saddlebreds and Thoroughbreds. Here are my impressions, for what they are worth. The Arabian breed, from what I’ve seen, seems to put more emphasis on being a community of people than the others. I think this is because, as so many people have told me that I’ve lost count, one of the best things about being in Arabians is the people they meet. That said, the Saddlebred people seem to hang together the most effortlessly. That may be largely because they are a smaller group; it’s easier to know more of your associates there. Also, its priority is overwhelmingly performance—only young horses are shown in-hand, and comparatively, not many of them. So, there are inherent priorities common to just about everyone. The Thoroughbred folks, meanwhile, are so famously splintered that many are advocating government regulation. That’s not to say that they don’t like each other; there is remarkable collegiality there, especially among professionals. But the involvement of much more money on many levels, along with many more interest groups (not just owners, trainers and breeders, but also racetrack owners, commercial sales companies, the media, etc.), lends a whole new world of headaches. The common denominator is that when you get past those who own horses for the bragging rights, and there are some in every breed, the majority of those in all three

are passionate about their horses. No matter how it looks to the outside world, a lot of people have a lot of love for their horses. Tell us how and when you came to be affiliated with Arabian Horse Times. I was producing and writing a video magazine about Saddlebreds, and I had just enough time to write maybe one article a month on the side. The Times was looking for someone to do a new piece called “Presenting the Personalities,” and Linda White, who wrote for AHT then, suggested me. Your stories are expressive and bring your subjects to life. Have you always enjoyed writing? First, thank you for the kind words. Second … h’m. Good question whether writers ever really enjoy writing. I’ve been comfortable writing for as long as I can remember, and then a professor I respected immensely in college made me a fanatic about it (just ask the proofreader and designer on a story I really care about; it’s a wonder they don’t take out a contract on me). The attraction is the story. Given the amount that has to be written every month, it’s obvious that not every article is going to knock your socks off; sometimes the assignment is just to convey information and make whatever is special about a subject clear. But then there are the stories that just really turn on the lights, and when one of those works, it’s exhilarating. You were the recipient of the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for best editorial. What does that mean to you? I’m very grateful, of course, no question. Since I’m not a fiction writer, though, I can’t get too la-di-dah about it; before I can write a good story, someone has to have one, and I’ve been fortunate to have good opportunities. What pleases me most have been the stories selected for those awards. Not always, but usually, the awards pieces I’ve been involved in have been profiles of people, and the most rewarding ones are not just those with the most exciting lives, but the ones who are willing to open up about the less sparkly stuff as well. Or, in other words, real life. In some cases, that has meant they had to trust me to know that they are vulnerable and to protect their feelings. When they do that, it gives a story

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Photo credit: Pat Willits Mary with *El Paso.

unusual depth, and I think readers respond to it. We’re all human. Nobody goes through life without some challenge and heartache, and you have to be impressed with those who overcome it. What do you like the best about writing for AHT? Easily, the connection with the people in the breed. How do you think your friends would describe you? Most would say I’m getting more eccentric (that’s the kindest way I can put it) with every passing year.

There’s not enough space to explain that, particularly as I’m still figuring it out myself. Is there anything you regret or wish that you could have a “do over” on? Realistically, just the standard “if I knew then what I know now” stuff. Could have done a lot of things better, but that wouldn’t have been me. I’ve always been a mix of very bright and very dim.

What is one of your “guilty pleasures”? I’m a Twitter freak. Not to tweet much, just to keep up with the breaking news in global racing and to follow a handful of really wise people (weird as it sounds, there are a few). My guilty pleasure is that I follow a hilarious barn cat named Gator Kitten. He makes me laugh.

What makes you happy? The same things that make everyone happy, such as good times with loved ones, world peace, etc. Autumn in Kentucky. Many different types of music; the right music can make you feel like you’re in heaven when the world around you is going to hell. Basically, the “when the stars align” stuff, which is my term for when everything comes together and works perfectly for something good. That makes me happy.

Do you have any life goals that you are still seeking? To get more in tune with the universe.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Wiser, I hope. Couldn’t hurt. n

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Better For Having Known Him


by Mary Kirkman

Ask any top trainer today who their role models were from early in their career, and it ’s likely that w ithin a cer tain age range,

many of the lists will include the name Red Beyer. But for some fans now, “Red Beyer” may be hard to place. So, for a trip into horsemanship — and some persona lities wor th remembering—A HT

ventured into histor y. W ho was Red Beyer, and why do so many talented horsemen who knew him regard him with such respect?

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1959 U.S. National Champion Stallion Synbad, who also won at top shows in English pleasure, stock horse (reining), combination and driving. Red Beyer up.


acts alone sketch Red Beyer’s early achievements in Arabians. He got into the breed in 1954, and within a couple of years, he was at the top of the game. The first of the U.S. National Champion titles as they are known today were awarded in 1958, and that year, Beyer led the 3-year-old colt Synbad to the U.S. National Reserve Championship in stallion halter. In 1959, Beyer authored a clean sweep, winning U.S. National Champion Stallion with Synbad and U.S. National Champion Mare with Lallegra. And on Haj-Amin, he won the show’s Three-Gaited Stake (what is now called park), although it was not yet designated a national title.

A year later, Beyer led Imarfa to the crown as U.S. National Champion Mare and rode Sahra Bint Sabba to the three-gaited championship. And in 1964, he was on the lead when High Fashion won the U.S. National Championship in Mares (and he rode her to the title in junior park, although that too was pre-national status). He also showed Sparkles to the newly-official U.S. National Championship in Park, defeating the reigning U.S. National Champion Stallion, *Bask. And there were other titles, a steady parade in nearly every division and across a wide swath of the country, first for Cedardell Farms Arabian Stud and then for Jay and Dorothy Stream’s Greengate Arabians and a

photos provided by Helen Mosley, Susie Rosencrans, Peggy and Dick Selk, and Arabian News.

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handful of others. And brief ly, later in his career, for private clients in his own barn. When IAHA announced a new award called the Legion of Merit in 1960, the first horse to earn it was Synbad, Beyer’s signature stallion. Perhaps what illustrates his ability better, though, is the fact that of the four horses who received the recognition in that first round, Beyer also trained the next two highestpoint names as well, Imarfa and Sahra Bint Sabba. During his heyday, Beyer also retired the prestigious King Farouk Challenge Trophy at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, winning for Cedardell over three consecutive years, two times with one mount and the third with another.

1959 U.S. National Champion Lallegra, with Red Beyer and her national championship trophy.

Longtime Arabian horse breeders Dick and Peggy Selk, who still maintain horses with Jeff Schall at Shada, remember a story they were told early in their Arabian involvement that alerted them to Red Beyer’s skill. It happened in 1954, when Beyer came to Cedardell. Every spring, farm owners Warren and Emma Buckley put on an open house for the Northern Illinois Arabian Horse Activity Club, and that year, pretty much everyone who attended was curious to see their new trainer. Warren Buckley had found him training Thoroughbreds for Chicago’s competitive racing scene, so no one had any reference for his show talent.

Presentation of the first Legion of Merit Award, to Synbad: IAHA (AHA) President Burr Betts, left, with Red and Bobbie Beyer.

To make the afternoon more exciting, the young man led out Akmet, a horse with a reputation as a nasty head case. He was at Cedardell only because Warren was convinced he had potential as a stock horse, but already he had put two experienced riders in the hospital. This afternoon, murmurs of “Call the ambulance” rippled through the crowd, but Akmet offered no objection as the tall, lanky redhead stepped up into the saddle. “[We were told that] Red worked Akmet through sliding stops, rollbacks, figure eights and all the stock horse maneuvers,” says Peggy Selk. “Then he got off, took off the bridle, and went through all those maneuvers again without it.” When the Selks met Beyer in 1962, he gave them a tour of the barn, introducing them to many of

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For Cedardell, Red Beyer retired the Pennsylvania National Horse Show’s King Farouk Challenge Trophy.

Cedardell’s horses and, to their amazement, pointing out not only each one’s good points, but also matter-offactly discussing its defects as well. They were horses, he seemed to be saying, and as with humans, no one was going to be perfect. The challenge, maybe the fun, was in understanding the balance of who they were.

Red and Bobbie Beyer, 1943

Red Beyer had two loves in life: his wife, Bobbie, and the horses. They defined his priorities

What was his unique ability? No one can put a finger on it, but everyone knew where it came from. Red Beyer had two loves in life: his wife, Bobbie, and the horses. They defined his priorities and his horizons, and ultimately, were the foundation of his achievements.

and his horizons, and ultimately, were the foundation of his

First, Bobbie—The Love Story “You didn’t say Mr. and Mrs. Beyer,” Dick Selk observes. “You just said Red and Bobbie. Everybody knew who you were talking about.” Depending on who is narrating, Joseph E. “Red” Beyer met Mary Grace Isabelle “Bobbie” McGlynn, a pretty trick rider who could sit a horse as well as he did, at a rodeo, a trail ride or one of Chicago’s famous riding stables. They were both from the area; he was born in Des Plaines in 1917, and she arrived in 1919. Her family discouraged the relationship, but in 1942, Red had different ideas.

achievements. As Bobbie later told their friend Helen (Ittner) Mosley, she and Red were sitting on her mother’s front porch one morning when he stood up to (she thought) leave. Instead, he said, “If you’re coming with me, you might want to put on a dress.” When she asked what he had in mind, he replied that they could go to the Justice of the Peace and get married. The subject had never come up prior to that, but she hurried in to don a dress and they were married in Skokie, Ill., on February 6, 1942.

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U.S. NATION A L CHA MPION SYNBAD No story on Red and Bobbie Beyer is complete without a profile of their Synbad, one of the most popular and accomplished horses in the breed during the 1950s and 1960s. Synbad was a gift from Warren and Emma Buckley at Cedardell Arabians—Red’s selection from what was offered to him—about a year into his employment. The 1959 U.S. National Champion Stallion and 1958 reserve, Synbad also was a Scottsdale Champion Stallion, as well as Champion in English Pleasure and Stock Horse. Perhaps more importantly for the present, he was an immediate success as a sire, and his name is still seen in pedigrees today. Red and Bobbie Beyer’s view of their responsibilities as Arabian horse breeders is evident in how they handled Synbad: they kept his stud fee reasonable and made him available to everyone. According to The International Rider and Driver of February 1961, they felt that “It is easy to prove a good horse a good sire by breeding him to top mares. It is a bit harder to prove a great horse a great sire by breeding him to everything that comes down the pike.” They believed Synbad was up to the task, and he was. Due to the demands of being Cedardell’s trainer as well as Synbad’s manager, Beyer, who had previously leased the stallion to Cedardell during his show career so that the farm could receive the credit for having bred him, leased the stallion to Denise Borg’s Four Winds Farm from 1965 through 1967. From 1967 through 1970, Synbad was leased to Ittners’ Arabians, where he saw much of his best success. Finally, in 1970, the Beyers sold their high profile stallion to fund the purchase of a farm in Missouri. However, Beyer enjoyed two last hurrahs with Synbad before they parted company. Oklahoma City, 1969. Gladys Brown Edwards called Red Beyer and Synbad “the hit of the show.”

In 1968 and 1969, special “Living Legends” presentations were scheduled at the U.S. Nationals to highlight the most famous stallions in the breed, and Helen Ittner (now Mosley) was asked if she would bring Synbad to the show. Though she’d ridden the stallion at previous events when Red wasn’t available, she asked him to do the honors this time. In 1969 especially, when they carried the flag, Red Beyer and his most revered horse—the pair of veterans—dazzled the crowd. Gladys Brown Edwards reported that they were “the hit of the show.” “They brought the house down every time they flew around that arena,” remembers Mosley. “And when they slid to a stop, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

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After the ceremony, the newlyweds blew their only $1.25 on hamburgers and Cokes—and then faced the fact that there was a war on. Bobbie lived with Red’s mother while he served as a mechanic in the Army. When he returned, their life assumed the pattern that would distinguish it for the rest of their lives. “They were almost always together and agreed on nearly everything,” Mosley, who met them in 1961, says. “A casual visitor might think Bobbie loved him more than he did her and that Red played the dominant role, but that wouldn’t tell the whole story. Sure, Red made a lot of their major decisions. After all, his career was their life. But they were partners in every way. If she felt strongly about something, he’d hear her out, and they’d come to a mutual agreement. And anyone looking for real trouble only had to say a less-than-complimentary word to or about her.”  “She asked him once if he wanted to have children,” says Susie Rosencrans, who knew the Beyers from the late 1970s on and remained a close friend until Bobbie’s death. “And he replied, ‘Well, we can have horses or we can have children.’” They chose horses. Rosencrans smiles as she recalls their lifestyle. “They would grab their old horse trailer and truck and off they’d go to a show. With no children, they traveled a lot. It was always to do with horses—they always took horses.”

Oklahoma City, 1968. Synbad and Red Beyer, together again.

And although Bobbie did not ride professionally, she never lost her touch. “Red would say, ‘Bobbie, get on that horse and show me what it can do,’” Rosencrans remembers. “And pretty soon, it would be doing exactly what he wanted it to do. “It was a fabulous life,” she concludes. “Never diamonds, never furs, but love and respect. She gave everything for Red; he offered her any clothes, anything she wanted, but she said, ‘No, we’ll just have our horses.’”

And His Other Love—The Horses “How he ever got so good with horses …” Peggy Selk ref lects, searching for a strong enough word. “If you believe in reincarnation, he was just born knowing horses.” “He was very kind to his horses, and I think he was very consistent with them,” notes Crete Harvey, who at the time maintained a breeding operation in Illinois. “He wasn’t showy; he was just quiet and went about doing what he did.” And the horses responded, she chuckles. “At a horse show, Red would get on a horse and say, ‘I’ve only ridden him once or twice,’ and then he would go in and win. It’s possible,” she adds skeptically. “Often it was a young horse. … But he said it so often.” Beneath the knowledge was genuine caring. “He was one of the guys who was all for the horses,” Dick Selk says. “He would help the other young trainers coming up. Maybe at a show a guy would have a really nice horse but wasn’t doing something right, so Red would go over and show him what he needed to do, and then the guy would go in the ring and beat him. Bobbie would say, ‘Red, what were you thinking?’ And he’d just say, ‘It was a good horse and I wanted to give it its best chance.’ And if someone was honest and trying, he’d give them a hand.” Bob Battaglia remembers that the Beyers’ kindness was instrumental in his own commitment to Arabians. A young star in Saddlebred competition, he was amazed at his first Arabian show to find that each horse could show in a variety of classes—and he was especially impressed with Red Beyer, who showed Sparkles to wins in the halter, western and English pleasure classes.

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“He was an all around horseman and a wonderful man,” Battaglia says, and adds that Red and Bobbie took him under their wing at horse shows, offering him their friendship and expertise in a breed that was new to him. “He and Bobbie were the most wonderful and generous people I’ve ever met.” Battaglia also was intrigued with how Red showed his horses. “He would never use a whip,” he notes, but qualifies that the horses didn’t stand up back then as they do today. “They would kind of pick up their necks and their heads, and their ears would come forward. Red would stand there in front of the horse and spin a watch fob, and of course, the horse would look at it and put its ears up. He never used a whip, but he did use props. That really caught my attention.” Sparkles

High Fashion

“Red was a calm, compassionate guy,” Harvey says. “He wasn’t flamboyant. He wasn’t showy. He was a quiet, kind soul, and you could feel it.”

Beyer also considered other ways to improve the showing of Arabians. “Nobody really made show halters back then,” Dick Selk recalls of the late 1950s and early 1960s. “People were showing in heavy, nylon, Quarter Horse-type halters. Red thought ‘Our Arabians are really pretty; we need to show their heads off more,’ so he got venetian blind cord, thin and strong, and he made his own halter. All of the sudden, his horses were out there in these halters and you could see their beautiful face. And thereafter, someone got the idea of making show halters.” Helen Mosley remembers how comprehensive an education could be available just in knowing the Beyers. “There were many evenings when Red, Bobbie and I sat up until 3 a.m. talking bloodlines, conformation and personalities,” she says. “Red never actually gave me ‘lessons,’ but I probably learned more from him than anyone else in my life.” And she remembers, from early in their friendship, watching Beyer train a young mare in the round pen. The filly had done something wrong and Beyer had disciplined her more sharply than usual (while he employed a whip as a training aid, he was not known to overuse one). What followed caught Mosley’s attention. “He commanded her to come up and put her head over his shoulder, as all his horses did,” she says. “None of that was surprising, but then he took her head in his arms and caressed her for several minutes while telling her she was a good girl and he loved her, but she’d done wrong, and he’d had to correct her.”

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That sort of relationship with horses was what Dick and Peggy Selk recall from their visits to Cedardell. “At night, he’d walk into the barn and pet the horses,” Dick says, “and so many mares would come over just for him to touch them. ‘I foaled out your dam,’ he’d say, ‘and her dam …’” But it is Peggy who offers the most graphic portrayal of Beyer’s devotion. It happened when a river flooded Cedardell’s mare barn, which was situated in a low-lying area. The farm employees refused to brave the swirling water to evacuate the mares, who were panicking as it rose up against their bellies. So Beyer swam in alone, again and again, to open the doors and guide the horses out. Crete Harvey’s son Doug remembers his own impressions of Red Beyer, culled from encounters at horse shows when he was a boy, killing time with his brother while his mother showed. “He always took the time to stop and ask how we were doing. … Out of all the trainers, I remember him.”

Lowering The Curtain On An Exceptional Career

When Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company chose a centerpiece for a 1961 promotional campaign, it chose Marmion, bred by Cedardell Farms Arabian Stud and trained by Red Beyer.

Through the 1970s, Red Beyer consulted at Cedardell, which was then under new ownership, and ran his own farm, until finally time caught up with him. He and Bobbie sold their barn to Susie (now Rosencrans) and Lin Strait, who built a home on the property for them and welcomed as much advice as Red wanted to give. And then at last, a decade later, Red’s health deteriorated and Bobbie was forced to admit him to a veterans’ nursing facility. Faithfully, she visited him three times a day, no matter what the weather (and Missouri storms more than once landed her in a ditch). Friends through the years knew the couple had enjoyed their cocktails, but so complete was her dedication that Bobbie gave away all the Jack Daniels in the house. She said that she couldn’t take a chance that she would ever be impaired when she drove to see Red. On October 13, 1993, Red Beyers passed away at the age of 76. Bobbie had him buried about a half mile

from her home, and until she entered assisted living, continued to “visit him” everyday. She remained sharp as a tack, chatting regularly with Rosencrans and other friends, until she died at 93 on March 29, 2012. “You hear about ‘made for each other,’” ref lects Peggy Selk. “Theirs was a lifetime commitment.” Putting Red Beyer in perspective now, perhaps Doug Harvey caught the essence of his appeal— both his extraordinary ability and, fundamentally, his character. “Red was a calm, compassionate guy,” Harvey says. “He wasn’t f lamboyant. He wasn’t showy. He was a quiet, kind soul, and you could feel it. Animals and people both would come right up to him and not have to worry (if a dog doesn’t like somebody, you’d better listen). People like that go quietly through life and have an impact on a lot of lives, but you just don’t hear a lot about it. And, on top of all that, he had the talent with a horse.” ■

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How would you describe your style of design and marketing? That’s a great question. I’d like to think it’s versatile—while maintaining a clean, sophisticated, and modern look. I’m a typography lover, and firmly believe that a great set of fonts can do wonders for a single sheet of paper. More often than not, after I find the perfect combination of type, the rest of the design comes together pretty naturally.

posters for a handful of barns to use in their set-ups at Nationals this year—it’s been a busy couple of months!

What design have you done in the Arabian horse industry that you are most proud of ? Oh man, that’s tough. Currently, the design I’m most proud of I actually haven’t printed yet. I’ve been staring at the file on my desktop for a couple of months now, and am just waiting for the right opportunity to put it to use. A spread I did for Youth Nationals this year held a bit of sentimental value. I used to be a nanny for one of the riders, and watching her compete all these years has been so wonderful. I really wanted to put something together that was exceptionally meaningful for her final year as a youth competitor. For the opening page, I used a photo from her first Youth Nationals, with her first horse, and first big win, with a very fitting Winston Churchill quote—one of my favorites to date. I also designed about forty

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Emily with Brandon Flood.

How long have you been associated with the Arabian horse industry? I have been involved in the industry since I was eleven. After two years of lessons with a local riding program, we were ready for our first horse. My mom made a call to a family friend, who directed us to our first trainers in Scottsdale. Little did she know … !

creative inspiration, best friends, and even a husband! The memories created over the past sixteen years in and out of the show ring have been immeasurable. I am now lucky enough to have clients in the same community, and love creating for those who are just as passionate about this industry as I am.

What has the Arabian horse industry provided for you? Too many things to count— life lessons,

How do you like to spend your time away from work? When I’m not in the office at Shutterfly

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Emily with JB Surfs Up.

(I work there full-time as a Custom Production Designer), or freelancing at home, I like to be outside. I love hiking, camping, and mountain biking. My parents have a pint-sized cabin in Lake Tahoe, Calif., that has been in the family since the 60’s, so I like to head up there for a couple weeks during the summer to escape the Arizona heat. And of course, I’ll head out to the barn any chance I get! If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? Creativenturous—does that count? n

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O’The Classic Mac ac StableS tableS Pattern for Developing The Contemporary Horseman by Brook Matthiesen

Jerry and Bonnie’s 300-acre O’Mac property in Red Wing, Minn.


to win.

any across the Arabian horse industry aspire to be good “horsemen” in addition to national champions. It comes from valuing higher standards to put the best interest of the horse, the sport, and the breed before an individual’s gain and desire

A horseman has been described as a skilled equestrian who cares for and manages horses; someone who is a life-long student of the horse, doesn’t cut corners, and doesn’t take the path of least resistance in training, handling or husbandry. Horsemanship defines a certain character, approach, lifestyle, and even a brotherhood.

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Jerry McRae and Roufer, 1972 U.S. National Stock Horse Champion.

Horsemanship Powerhouse

If there were ever a pattern to follow for developing dedicated horsemen and horsewomen, the former Minnesota powerhouse O’Mac Stables program would be top of mind to many. Jerry and Bonnie McRae owned O’Mac Stables in Red Wing, Minn., from 1971 until their retirement in 1996, and developed scores of national champion horses and riders—but more importantly, built horsemen out of its trainers, youth, and amateur riders, many of whom continue to compete today, along with their children. Some even went on to become trainers themselves including Crystal McNutt, Hoyt Rose, Pam Rose (Scalzo), and Carol Ellerman Reynolds.

“We prided ourselves on teaching riders to be horsemen instead of puppets,” says Jerry McRae. Brian Dingman, a former O’Mac youth rider, explains, “Jerry was determined we got it right—in and out of the show ring. He built thinking riders who were expected to actively participate in the entire spectrum of owning and showing a horse.” Equally as impressive, are many of the O’Mac horse trainers who continue to train or ride including: Larry Hoffman, Jody Hoffman (Trygstad), Rod Matthiesen, Mark Bucher, Peggy Meacham (Eblen), Lisa Steiner, Stacey Busswitz, John Diedrich, Shawn Hingeveld, and the late Donald “Don” Fletcher and Patricia “Pat” Barrick.

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With more than 130 head of horses in training—mostly Arabians but also some Morgans, Appaloosas, and Quarter Horses— O’Mac employed several trainers at any given time. O’Mac trainers were known for getting a horse broke gimmick free, and for being versatile—from swinging a leg over a stock horse (now called reining) to driving a horse in a 4-wheel cart. Jerry himself won national titles in stock horse, driving, and trail, and even won his first title while working eighthour days as an industrial electrician and training horses until midnight. Some trainers say it was a place where you were “all in,” and others say it was a lifestyle rather than a job. “The greater good was bigger than each individual part,” said Rod Matthiesen, a former O’Mac trainer who has trained at Eleanor’s Arabian Farm for nearly 30 years.

Influencing An Industry

Between trainers, youth and amateur riders, it was just behind Lasma Arabians for putting horsemen into the industry. And it was the largest Arabian training stable that specialized in stock horses and stock seat equitation (now called reining seat equitation). O’Mac’s impact also extended to youth, amateurs and trainers who competed against

Top: O’Mac trainers Jerry McRae, Mark Bucher and Rod Matthiesen visit with client William “Bill” Dudley at the 1986 Spring Sioux Falls, SD show. Middle and Bottom: O’Mac headed to shows with up to 60 horses in three brown and yellow semis and up to three other trailers.

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O’Mac Stock Seat Equitation students Kressi Tiziani (West), Jenny Winter, Stacie Vennewitz (Dosdall), and an unknown rider at the 1987 U.S. Nationals in Albuquerque, NM.

those who rode at the farm—from admiring their precision and top-notch presentation, to pushing them to be better competitors themselves. “I admired the team spirit, camaraderie, and work ethic,” said former horse trainer Sharon Potter. “His horses and riders set the standard.” “Watching them inspired me to be better and try harder,” says Sara Gehrig-Woodman, a youth competitor in the region and now a client of O’Mac alums Hoyt and Pam Rose. “I emulated my youth program after O’Mac’s— creating both successful horsemen and riders,” said Lori Conway, Arabian judge, former trainer, and co-owner of Conway Arabians.

A Small City

The farm spanned 300 acres—some considered it a small city—which included a race track, paddocks, hay ground, miles of fencing for beef cattle and horses, and a complex of employee-built barns

connecting the 150-stall training and breeding facilities under one roof. The property included two houses, one for Jerry’s mother and sister and the other for Jerry and Bonnie’s family. Jerry and Bonnie’s basement was converted into a dormitory that could house at least 15 people staying for the summer or weekends to ride. “I always wanted to work for the average person, but the average person can’t typically afford multiple hotel room stays to take lessons, so we opened our house to people so they could further learn,” says Jerry. While Jerry’s domain was the barn, Bonnie’s was the household where she completed entries for all horses and riders, did the farm’s bookwork, cooked daily meals for employees and guests, grocery shopped every day, and hosted up to 30 additional people in her house on any given day. Additionally, Bonnie did chores around the farm, including baling

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A co-worker made the buckle that Jerry wears every day. The name O’Mac comes from the Gaelic surname prefix “O” which means “property of ” and the phonetic spelling of the McRae name.

Western Committee was instrumental in getting Arabian reining into the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) in the mid to late ‘90s, which allowed the Arabian division to be judged and governed by NRHA rules.

O’Mac youth earned their farm jackets through hard work around the farm and at shows.

hay, driving tractors and semis, and even showing in the earlier days. Bringing 60-plus horses in three brown and yellow semis, several trainers, and more than 20 equitation kids to a local show was the norm. “We had the entire back row of the barn at the St. Paul fairgrounds and we kept the two wash racks busy with just O’Mac horses,” says Bonnie McRae. “There were a few times where we realized on day two of the show that we forgot a horse at home.” “We sometimes compared ourselves to a traveling band of gypsies living out of the trailers and sleeping in the stalls,” said Scott Monico, former O’Mac student. “But I felt like I was part of something bigger than myself. It was a huge deal for a kid.” With Jerry’s driving force and a twinkle in his eye, O’Mac helped put the Arabian working western horse on the map. And his work on the Working

So how did the O’Mac approach leave such a legacy and create several generations of horsemen and women?

Lesson 1: No Special Treatment

Of all the talented riders at O’Mac, coming from Canada, the Midwest, and as far away as Texas, not a single person received preferential treatment or got a pass from the O’Mac way, which included plenty of character building activities and manual labor—not even Jerry and Bonnie’s own children. “It was about as egalitarian as anything I could imagine,” says Joe McRae, Jerry and Bonnie’s oldest child. “And it’s why we developed camaraderie rather than a desire to beat one another—it was a shared experience.” Those shared experiences included everyone helping with hay, chores, painting and mending fence, clearing thistles from pastures, and cleaning stalls. Inside the barn, everyone was bound to the same two rules: You must be able to saddle your own horse, and get on without help. Each meal was followed by taking turns doing dishes and each night the order for taking showers was

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determined by a coin flip. If someone was late for morning chores, they were greeted by a cold glass of water in the face, and other infractions like leaving a hose on meant a trip to the slimy cow pond or water tank. O’Mac was a place where your farm jacket was earned rather than purchased. This writer still has her jacket, as do other former O’Mac riders. It was just as much work earning and, therefore, equally meaningful as the national championships that followed.

Lesson 2: A Strong Work Ethic Builds Character To Overcome And Persevere

O’Mac is known for instilling a strong work ethic in its riders and Jerry is known for continually pushing and challenging his students. “You had to earn Jerry’s respect, but it was worth doing so,” says Kathy Monico, breeder, and mother to two O’Mac students from 1982 to 1994. “He didn’t give compliments often and you worked for every one.” At seven years old, even I learned a key life lesson from Jerry about having pride in your work, even when performing seemingly insignificant tasks. All O’Mac staff and students were expected to clean the 150-stall barn each Saturday and Wednesday morning. Because I was one of the youngest on the crew at that time, I was assigned the job of opening and closing stall doors for shavings carts and sweeping the aisles. Being the trainer’s kid, I was trying to show the group I could work hard and be part of the group. At one point, Jerry walked by and pointed out spots I had missed while sweeping. He told me to have pride in my work by doing the best job that I possibly could at all times. While slightly embarrassed at the time, I took that statement to heart. It has had a great impact on my life. Even Terry Holst, O’Mac’s farrier for nearly 15 years, understood the O’Mac drive to perform at the highest levels with a shared pride in what you’re able to accomplish. “I shod at least 70

head each week—and most were in shoes all year,” Terry said. “If you cut corners, that’s when you ran into problems with Jerry.” Few learned the lesson of perseverance as well as rider Dingman who was diagnosed with GuillainBarre Syndrome, a condition where the immune system attacks the nerves and can cause paralysis. “At my lowest point, I was on a respirator for 11 days in 1980 and was paralyzed to the point where I could only blink my eyes, shares Dingham. “My greatest accomplishment—in part thanks to Bonnie and Jerry—was to learn how to walk again, build strength and coordination, and show equitation at the 1982 U.S. Nationals.”

Lesson 3: Respect The Animals, People And Process

Many know the benefits of working with horses, especially the lesson kids learn while taking care of another being. It teaches responsibility, respect and to think beyond yourself. “You learned to be humble, how to be gracious and how to be a good human being,” says former O’Mac

Jenny Winter and Ann McRae show off their loot to Bonnie McRae and trainer Peggy Meacham (Eblen) at the 1986 Canadian Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

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Mike Monico and Stacey LeCuyer with Jerry McRae’s Corvette at junior prom.

student Mike Monico. “Above all else, you learned a respect for the animals, other competitors, and for the industry.” While Jerry could passionately tell someone his opinion, he and Bonnie were equally as kind to their O’Mac family, including paying for Larry and Jody Hoffman’s honeymoon, both of whom worked at O’Mac at the time of their wedding, and letting Mike Monico take Jerry’s prized Corvette to junior prom more than 250 miles away with fellow O’Mac student Stacey LeCuyer.

Lesson 4: Be A Life-Long Student

Jerry’s program built thinking riders who solved problems rather than simply being passengers atop a horse. One teaching method Jerry used was to have his students watch others, something he spent many hours doing as well. “I would stay up overnight at big shows, just watching the people who were winning school their horses,” says Jerry. “I always encouraged riders to watch because you can learn so much, including

what to look for. You develop an awareness.” Being a student of the O’Mac program also meant you rode multiple horses a day—not just your own—and you performed all the work involved with owning and showing a horse. “I learned when to back off and when to push through, and how to concentrate on my own ride versus concentrating on others,” says Amy Fitzgerlad (Machek), a former O’Mac student. “When you were on a horse and you got yourself into a problem,” Mike Monico adds, “you were expected to get yourself out of it, which meant being able to think your way through a problem to find a solution. Jerry would provide guidance but he wasn’t going to do the work for you.”

Lesson 5: Play Just As Hard As You Work

For all the work that was going on, there was just as much fun, practical jokes and shenanigans, including: Cow pond and water tank dunks, buying pie and ice cream at the Pantry Restaurant for everyone if you fell or were bucked off, TP’ing houses, racing golf

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carts, group trail rides on the bluff, cruising Red Wing in Jerry’s Corvette, tubing down the Cannon River, water fights (that Jerry almost always started), re-arranging others’ stall decorations, and late night strawberry pilfering from the neighbor’s patch. “To this day, the kids think they were stealing the neighbor’s strawberries, when in fact, I would tip him off when I heard the kids talking about it. One time, I talked him into pretending to bust the kids while they were taking strawberries and scare them with a shotgun, but each time, Bonnie and I would pay for the strawberries that were taken,” Jerry says laughing. Another time, at an outdoor Minnesota show, the trainers and students played a game of touch football in the muddy show arena after the day’s classes were rained out. “The show committee turned off the arena lights at dusk, but we didn’t let that stop us. Our parents and others lit the arena with their vehicles’ headlights so we could finish the game,” says Monico. Former O’Mac trainer Larry Hoffman shares his most fun memory there, “During a particularly snowy winter, we were afraid the barn roof would collapse if we didn’t clear the snow off. In doing so, we realized the roof was a gigantic slide. We took the rest of the afternoon off and attached lunge lines to pull ourselves back up and slide down again.”

Influencing A Generation Of Riders

Today, Jerry and Bonnie own more than 400 acres just a few miles from the old O’Mac site. They keep busy with 7 horses, more than 150 head of cattle, and three dogs.

No one knows how many national championships or regional wins O’Mac trained horses and students achieved. No one kept tally because winning wasn’t as important as the experience, life lessons, and education from giving it everything you’ve got—and persevering.

“I learned a level of responsibility that has allowed many successes throughout my adult life,” says Carrie Bateman, a former O’Mac student. “Best of all, it instilled in me a passion for horses that continues strong 25 years later and one that I am fortunate enough to share with my own child.”

“It’s pretty special to work harder than you’ve ever worked for something and then have it pay off,” Joe McRae said. “It gave me tons of self-confidence as I ventured off into the world. I felt like I could handle anything.”

As Jerry points out, it all was achieved without gimmicks, short cuts, drugs, or being involved in the politics. “You will only do what you can accept in your own mind.” n

The same sentiments are echoed by many other students who believe their O’Mac education influenced them far beyond an equine education or that period in their lives.

For more information about Jerry McRae and O’Mac Stables, read the Arabian Horse Times article “Trainer Tribute—Echoes of the Past” in the February 2002 issue, and follow the “O’Mac Stables Alumni and Friends” Facebook page.

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Barn Cats

W hat t o R ememb eR a b o u t t h e u n s u n g h e R o e s o f t h e h o Rs e I n du s t Ry by Mary Kirkman

It is a safe bet that the majority of Arabian people are really more than that—they’re animal lovers. In addition to their horses, most wouldn’t live without smaller four-footed companions. Dogs travel well as their sidekicks, and cats, while part of the household, also serve as barn staff. That’s right, staff. Any owner, breeder or trainer who maintains a barn either has cats there, or needs them, for rodent control. These days, more humans are coming to understand that working cats need care just as house pets do, and with winter on the horizon, this is a good time to take a look at the basics of care for good barn mousers (yes, you can dump a cat in a barn and forget it, but that’s rarely best for it or you). For more information, we went to veterinarian and horseman David W. Jones D.V.M., who specializes in cats, and Tammy Siers, coordinator of the Kentucky Humane Society’s Working Cat Program. Here’s what they told us.

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To feed or not to feed?

“One of the first things we need to dispel is that you don’t need to feed them,” Dr. Jones says bluntly. “People think, ‘If I feed them, they’ll quit catching mice.’ That’s just a myth. We see a lot of city cats that love to hunt, and they’re fed every day. If it’s in a cat’s DNA to hunt, it will, but not all of them will.” “With cats, it’s not a matter of eating,” Siers agrees. “[Catching prey] is a game.” She has a useful response when she hears the misconception, which typically comes from farmers who aren’t personally familiar with cats, but are considering using one to deal with rodents. “I just say, Do you hunt? Yeah. Do you eat breakfast before you hunt? Yeah. Do you hunt better if you have breakfast first? Yeah. Well, the cats do too.”

What do you need to know about feeding?

Unless a cat has trouble keeping weight on (in which case, it pays to choose a high calorie cat food, especially in winter), it is where and when you feed that is most important. “A barn is a fairly safe place,” Dr. Jones notes, “but when people leave food out, that attracts raccoons, possums and coyotes. So, either feed cats on a once- or twice-a-day basis and take up the food in between, or feed them in an area where they can be enclosed. Most people just put a bowl of food out in the alleyway, and that can be a big mistake.” While raccoons and possums are less deadly for cats than coyotes, he adds, they are especially unwelcome in a barn because they carry parasites that can be damaging to horses.

What about water?

That’s easy: it’s always important. Don’t just trust a cat to find it. Provide it. In winter, when bad weather can limit a horseman’s time in the barn and water can easily freeze, making sure it is available should be a priority. “You need to be checking their water daily,” Dr. Jones says. “Older cats especially can’t go without water; they have poor kidney ability as it is, and if you take the water away, it turns into a crisis.”

How do you protect your barn cats from predators?

There is one easy technique that is very effective, Tammy Siers says, but chuckles because it is almost embarrassing to mention (particularly when thinking of a top-of-the-line show barn). “Any scent of human will keep the coyotes away,” she says. “So, for instance, if you urinate in the barn, close to the cat’s crate is good, or in doorways. Or you can collect scraps of hair from a hairdresser, put them in cheesecloth bags and hang them around the barn—anything with the human scent.”

Do your working cats need shelter within the barn? It depends on the barn. What is most helpful is that the cat doesn’t have to live outside in the off-hours. Siers notes that when the KHS Working Cat program places barn cats, they require a large enough

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structure to cut winter winds; a dog house alone and exposed, for instance, is not enough. “We have special instructions for extreme weather care,” she says, and adds that high summer temperatures are as important to consider as freezing winter ones. In extreme heat, cats need to be able to find relief, such as near a fan or in a shady, well-ventilated area, because heatstroke is possible. For winter, if a tack room or office isn’t available, a small space bounded by stacked straw bales is good. Many cats head for a hayloft, so this is especially easy. Some owners offer a shelter that can easily be made out of large Rubbermaid® bins, with doors cut and a lining of straw provided (instructions are provided on the internet). The key there is to place the bin in a secluded area, out of the elements, and make sure it has a second entry/exit. Siers points out that the optimal location is anywhere high, as coyotes usually don’t climb.

Should barn cats wear collars?

This is a particularly relevant question today, as suburbs are growing out and around agricultural property. “If it’s in a rural area, I don’t recommend it,” Siers says. This is because collars, like nylon halters, are rarely “break-away,” should the animal catch them on anything. “In town or in a neighborhood, you need a collar and tag to alert people that it’s not a stray and that it has had its vaccinations.”

What is best? One barn cat or many?

It depends on how large the barn is, as a larger one can more easily accommodate multiple animals. But even so, cats typically are territorial individuals, and it pays to be aware of the feline hierarchy before adding more. “If a cat is really unhappy, it isn’t going to stay,” Dr. Jones says. “They’ll leave, just disappear. If you have a situation where there is enough pressure, say a dominant cat, that’s what is going to happen.” When more cats are added, Tammy Siers recommends using the procedure the KHS Working Cat program does. “When we place a cat in a barn, they must be crated for at least two weeks prior to release in order for them to acclimate to their new environment,” she says. “We bring a four by three-foot crate for them, and put it where they will be fed everyday—that lets them know ‘this is where I need to stay to get food and water.’ And it gives other animals time to acclimate with them [through the crate bars] before the new one is loose. “We also try to place them in pairs,” she adds. “In the shelter, before they leave, we put their crates next to each other and if they get along, we try them together in a crate. We’ve found that when they get along, they tend to stay longer [when they are transferred to the barn].”

And what about dogs?

“[Most horse people] have dogs, too,” Dr. Jones nods. “Usually the cat can figure out how to handle the dog, but you need to consider that.” The optimal scenario is for cats to scope out the resident dogs from the safety of their crate during their introduction period. Ar abian Horse Times | 272 | Volume 46, No. 7


What veterinary care do they need?

“Before you even add a cat to a barn, you need to have it tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) because if you get that in a population, you have a problem,” says Dr. Jones. “Then you also need the same basic vaccinations all cats should get. I would vaccinate also for things that we don’t necessarily vaccinate city indoor cats for because outdoor cats, especially unneutered males, will travel. “Parasites also can be a problem, so take a composite fecal sample and have it tested or just do a regular de-worming. There are certain products that prevent fleas, offer heartworm prevention, and deal with roundworms and hookworms. Revolution® is what we usually use, and it is across the board—ear mites, fleas, heartworm and some intestinal parasites. “But with barn cats, you have to be able to get your hands on the cat,” he points out, “and that can be a problem, as not all barn cats want to be touched. Then, you have to deal with it orally.” The easiest solution for horse owners, Siers says, is to ask their equine veterinarians if they will provide basic small animal care for the cats while they are there to treat the horses. All in all, Tammy Siers says, cats are the preferred pest control systems in barns. She recalls one barn owner who told her that after her barn cat died, she elected just to put out poison. Months later, she realized that there were no longer any birds around the barn; they had experienced secondary poisoning. That’s when she called the Working Cat program for help. The best argument for many barn owners to choose cats, however, came from an agricultural teacher who once observed to Siers, “I learned as a small child, the two things you need in your barn to control your rodents are cats and snakes,” he said. “They’re the only effective things.”

David W. Jones D.V.M. received his veterinary degree at Ohio State University, after doing undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University. A lifelong horseman, he became interested in Arabians while helping on endurance racing crews during vet school. His background includes both small and large animal service; one of his earliest professional positions was on the staff at Lasma East when it was located at Paramont Farm in Prospect, Ky. He opened the Cat Clinic, an all-feline practice, in Louisville in 1984.

Yes, snakes are effective too—but barn cats are a lot more popular. n

In addition to her work with the Kentucky Humane Society, Tammy Siers, who earned a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from Eastern Kentucky University, is the coordinator of the Transfusion and Transplantation Service at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She loves all animals (but dogs and cats most), and now provides a home to 12 cats, many with special needs. Siers became program coordinator of KHS’s Working Cat effort in 2012, a year after it began. The program has placed more than 400 cats in barns and businesses within a 50-mile radius of Louisville, Ky., and has been prof iled in several national magazines. Ar abian Horse Times | 273 | Volume 46, No. 7

In Memoriam Majesteit (1994-2015)

Words cannot express the impact this majestic Saddlebred-Dutch harness horse stallion has made on the Half-Arabian show horse and in our hearts. Majesteit gave beauty, motion, and pure magic to his offspring. His get and grand-get can be seen in multiple disciplines and have accumulated countless National titles. The loss of this impeccable sire is a great one. He truly offered the show horse world another perspective on the word “greatness”. Majesteit is deeply loved and truly missed by his owners Lindsay Rinehart and Jaime Nutter of Trotwood Farm.

Allionce (1990-2015)

Allionce+/ was the youngest stallion to first achieve National honors in both halter and performance. His show career included championships in halter, English pleasure and informal combination at Scottsdale and Canadian & U.S. Nationals, all under the direction of Jim Lowe. His accomplishments after 1996 were made with sight in only one eye due to a fungal infection. His accomplishments as a sire were no less than in the ring. Improving on the mare, his foals have accumulated more than 50 National Championships in many divisions—both halter and performance—with wins as recent as Canadian Nationals 2015. Standing in the USA until 2007 and then Canada, he left a positive influence in the Arabian breed internationally. Allionce will be missed by many and cherished through his quality lineage. He was owned by Toni Wessell of San Fernando, CA from 1992. Some horses leave footprints on your heart forever; Allionce was one of those horses.

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

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September 15-17, 2016, NSH Finals, Springfield, Illinois. September 30-October 2, 2016, Minnesota Fall Festival, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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


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Index Of Advertisers A


Adandy Farm .......................................................................6-7AEPA (108, 109)

Maroon Fire Arabians ........................................ 101, 4-5AEPA (106, 107), 277

AHA of AZ ............................................................................................... 15, 169

Michael Byatt Arabians...........................FC, 17, 18, 1-40MBA (19-58), 59, 60

Agricon Logistic .............................................................................................. 217

AHT Boutique..................................................................................................100 AHT Subscriptions ....................................................................... 48AEPA (150) .......................................................................... 61, 61AEPA (163) AHT Marketing ...............................................................62-63AEPA (164-165)

McCarty Ltd. .......................................................... 36-37AEPA (138, 139), 205 Midwest .............................................................................................8, 9, 176-181

N Nonesuch Farms ..............................................................36-37AEPA (138, 139)

Al Shaqab ..................................................................................................176-181


Argent Farms ...................................................................................................2, 3



Quarry Hill Farm ......................................................................... 31AEPA (133)

Beloveds Farm .............................................................................................IFC, 1


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

BL Ranch .........................................................................38-39AEPA (140, 141)

Pay-Jay Arabians .............................................................................................. 276

R.O. Lervick Arabians .................................................................................... 276 Ranch O Flynn .............................................................................22AEPA (124)

C Castro, Bill .......................................................................................................206

Reilich, Bill & Shirley ..................................................... 16-21AEPA (118-123)

Chase Harvill Training ................................................................22AEPA (124)

Rohara Arabians .................................................................................... 284, IBC

Conway Arabians ....................................................................102, 1AEPA (103)

Royal Arabians ................................................................................................... 16

Cedar Ridge Arabians ....................................42-45AEPA (144-147), 184, 185

Risen, Nancy & Bob........................................................................................ 175

Church Hill Arabians...................................................................................... 276

Rooker Training Stable ................................................... 33-35AEPA (135-137)

Crescent Creek Farm .................................................................... 33AEPA (135)

Ryan Show Horses .......................................................... 23-27AEPA (125-129)



Delsan Arabians LLC .................................................................. 40AEPA (142) Dolorosa Arabians ....................................................................................... 10, 11

E EAC Equine LLC ........................................................................28AEPA (130) Encore Select Group, LLC ............................................ 44-45AEPA (146, 147)

F Four Moore Ranch .......................................................................................... 174

Frierson Atkinson ............................................................................................ 276

G Golladay Training........................................................... 40-41AEPA (142, 143)

H HA Toskcan Sun LLC..................................................................29AEPA (131) Harris Arabians..............................................................................29AEPA (131)

Harris, Geraldine............................................................................................. 277

Hegg, Mrs. Mickey ......................................................................................... 276

Hennessey Arabian Horse Partners, LLC .................................. 30AEPA (132)

Hobnail Farm ....................................................................................................... 7

I II B Farms ........................................................................................................ 175

Sarah Paripovich Training .............................................................................. 172

Seehorse Video ................................................................................................. 279

Shada, Inc............................................................................................................. 7 Shea Stables ................................................................ 4-5AEPA (106, 107), 277

Shellbird, Inc. ........................................................................................... 170, 171

Showtime Training Center ..........................................28AEPA (130), 182, 183

Shuster Arabians ........................................................................... 35AEPA (137)

Siard Arabians ..................................................................................................207

Singing Hills .................................................................................28AEPA (130) Sleep Inn Scottsdale ........................................................................................ 278 Smoky Mountain Park Arabians ............................46-47AEPA (148, 149), BC

Southern Oaks Farm ....................................................................................... 168 Stachowski Farm................................ 29AEPA (131), 32AEPA (134), 186-204

Stalemare Arabians ....................................................................... 41AEPA (143) Strawberry Banks Farm........................................................ 64AEPA (166), 167

Swanson Investments, LLC ........................................................... 8AEPA (110)

T The Abel Family ..............................................................................................8, 9 The Hat Lady .................................................................................................. 277

Tomasoni Training ...................................................................................207-211 Trotwood Farm ........................................................ 13-15AEPA (115-117), 173

Trowbridge’s Ltd........................................................................... 30AEPA (132)

J JT Keller Performance Horses ........................................................................ 174

Tutto Arabi................................................................................212-216, 218-220



Kiesner Training .............................................................................................. 168

Vesty, Stuart .................................................................................. 34AEPA (136)

Knipe, Ken & Susan ....................................................... 26-27AEPA (128, 129)

Vicki Humphrey Training Center .....................................9-12AEPA (111-114)



La Movida Arabians .........................................................................................FC Leo Arabians ............................................................................................ 210, 211

Wilkins Livestock Insurers ............................................................................. 277

Willowbank Farm ........................................................................... 8AEPA (110)

Woods’ Western ...............................................................................................282

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