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rated, it can be a volunteer judge and it can happen during lunch breaks. We need to build up to a National Academy division. IF we focus on these two things, I think our Industry can grow. You can’t sell a commodity without a consumer. And it is our job to mold these young riders into future consumers and supporters of the Arabian industry.

Suzann Vince

Iniziare Arabians with Ted Carson @ Butler Farms • White Oak, NC What is the main focus of your farm or breeding operation? I have always loved competing with my horses in the breeding classes, because I believe that conformation and very valuable bloodlines going back the full five generational timespan is crucial to having success in the breeding end of this industry. I think it is far too easy for new people who are drawn to the mystique and beauty of the Arabian horse to purchase a young prospect that they are drawn to or that a trainer steers them towards, but they forget that they need to take the time to really study the horses that came before that particular purchase, because those ancestors are paramount to what will crop up in their first generation of foals. I see this happen time and time again and well intentioned owners are disillusioned when the foal of their dreams is less than what they hoped for. Like any other passion in life regarding horses, you should study and educate yourself about the characteristics that you might not want to breed on and this can only be done by asking questions to those in our industry who are willing to share in your passion and who want you to succeed. I have been involved with the Arabian breed since 1978 and started out as an amateur rider. If any of my current fillies turns out to have what I believe they possess, in addition to their beauty which is athletic ability, I would love to consider showing again under saddle, even though I am not in my twenties or thirties anymore. Why do you think the Southeast is such a strong territory for the Arabian horse? Through my exposure of having my horses in residence at Butler Farms since 2013, I have met amazing people

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who are into all facets of competing, whether it be as an amateur halter handler, a western pleasure rider, or an owner who prefers to have their horse professionally shown. The Southeast territory, in my humble opinion, has some of the most dedicated, passionate, competitive horses and owners that I have ever had the extreme pleasure to be around. We all seem to share a camaraderie that is very genuine, very supportive and very informed, no matter what discipline grabs our hearts. I live in the PNW now, but I was Southern born and every time I go to any of the shows in the Southeast, I am reminded how special the Southern people are to be around. The competitors are focused, intently going for the prize, but when they get a second or a third, a top ten or nothing at all, I see how gracefully they take the happenings of that particular day and take that home, build on it and come back even more determined to better themselves at the next outing. For me, that is very inspirational and very special. How important are futurity programs, and particularly, the Spotlight Futurity program? I think that Region 12 has made the Spotlight Futurity program the best in the industry and it is solely because of the dedication to make the Stallion Futurity Auction be one of the most exciting and revered auctions in the industry. People from states far away value and appreciate the quality of the stallions offered to breed to which more often than not, succeed in producing foals that are as competitive as anywhere in the country. There is a true palatable excitement in the air during the Spotlight Futurity Auction at Region 12 every year, and all of us look forward to seeing the resulting foals compete as yearlings and two-year-olds in the breeding classes and as older entries in the performance classes. The Region 12 Spotlight Futurity is an amazing venue of future promise that keeps everyone who participates in either buying a breeding to a nominated stallion or purchasing a resulting foal the following year. There is appreciation for the hard work that it took to create the program and the very passionate work it takes to sustain it year after year after year. How do you promote new people into the Arabian horse industry? I just open my mouth and show my enthusiasm, which has never waned in the over 45 years I have spent having horses in my life (30 of those being with the Arabian breed). I try and share my knowledge with others which has only been obtained from others mentoring me along the way. Sometimes when I mention certain horses from the past to new people, I see their eyes widen and a smile comes their face, giving my heart a very nice feeling to know that in a small way I am hopefully adding to the excitement and wonderment of their newly found enthusiasm for the Arabian breed. I can attest that once these beautiful creatures take hold of your heart, I honestly believe that you never truly can step away from them, whether your participation is current or you have gone on to do other things. In 2016, what has been your proudest moment with the Arabian horse? This is a very easy question to answer. In May, 2015, I made my annual pilgrimage to Butler Farms to visit my filly, H Bella Bellezza H, who I purchased from Frank Hennessey in the

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Arabian Horse Times - Vol47 No2 - Issue #7  
Arabian Horse Times - Vol47 No2 - Issue #7