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Contents Issue 4 • Volume 48, No. 9

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by Theresa Cardamone

Cover Story: Halyr Meia Lua—Existing Loudly At Royal Arabians

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The 1st Arabian Gelding Spectacular

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Leaders Of The Times: Eleanor Hamilton

by Christy Egan

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by Theresa Cardamone

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Today’s Halter

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Maghnus Z … Leading The Way

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Living The Rae-Dawn Lifestyle

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2017 AHT Readers’ Choice Awards

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2017 APAHA Awards

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Today’s Saddle Seat Equitation

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Horse Show Friendships: Nancy O’Reilly and Krystal McCulloch

Cover Story: Beloved One NA+: Siring The Next Generation At Beloveds Farm

by Theresa Cardamone

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Irwin Schimmel—The Comeback Kid

by Kara Larson

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Today’s Hunter

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For Real … Rob Bick And Caralyn Schroter, Horseman And Horsewoman Of The Year

by Mary Kirkman

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Region 12 Spotlight Cover Story: Possesion PGA+//

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2018 Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Preview

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In Memoriam

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Comments From The Publisher

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Calendar Of Events

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Index Of Advertisers

by Sarah Jayne Johnson

F E A T U R I N G

HALYR MEIA LUA

On The Cover: HALYR MEIA LUA (Ajman Moniscione x Halya De Jylbert), owned by Royal Arabians.

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STALLION POWER

LIFE INTHE FAZT LANE (Vegaz x River Dance NA)

Region 11 Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse Nominated: AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Sire AEPA Enrolled Sire Scottsdale Signature Stallion Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Standing at: CHRISHAN PARK Chris Wilson | 417-761-2031 Chris@ChriShanPark.com

AFFLICTION (Mamage x PSI Love U)

Top Ten AEPA $100,000 Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity Scottsdale Unanimous Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse Nominated: AHA Breeders Sweepstakes Sire AEPA Enrolled Sire Standing at: LOWE SHOW HORSE CENTRE Jim Lowe | 805-444-8583 loweshowhorsecentre@gmail.com

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Publisher Lara Ames Managing Editor Charlene Deyle Advertising Account Executive Tony Bergren Lesley Blain Mazur Contributing Editors Mary Kirkman Theresa Cardamone Contributing Writers Christy Egan Sarah Jayne Johnson Kara Larson Production Manager Jody Thompson Art Director IT Support Specialist Anthony Ferguson Print & Web Design Wayne Anderson Melissa Pasicznyk Sales Assistant Hannah Freitag AHT Abroad Representative Mieke Opsteyn Office Manager/ Accounts Payable Sara Thomas Accounts Receivable Deb Trebesch

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Comments From The Publisher

All Aboard! Inspiring Today’s Youth In the Arabian industry, most of us recognize that our young people are the future of the breed. Whenever adults look around and worry about the price of horses, the number being bred—you name it, all the concerns that afflict every breed—we have only to check out Youth Nationals for an immediate infusion of confidence and excitement. And while I see mostly the show horse world, I’m sure that this phenomenon crosses over into the other pursuits that are home to Arabians. That’s our horse and those are our young people, so of course it’s positive. With that in mind, one of the most important challenges we face as a breed is attracting more young people. That’s why I’ve been especially pleased with a new way that Arabian Horse Times has been able to help. As most of you know, we launched a new publication, Envision, this year. It is designed to highlight the beautiful, positive role Arabian horses play in the lives of their human companions. AHT has always included these stories as it was able; Envision focuses on them, and we hope it is as joyful to read as it is to put together. You might ask, what does that have to do with “Youth”? More than any of us expected! I’ve been amazed to hear from owners and trainers how useful Envision has already been in attracting new families to their programs. In an era when we’re looking for inspiration for our next generation, there is plenty out there to encourage us, and Arabian horses lead the way. It’s easy for those of us who have been in Arabians for a long time to worry about its future, so let’s ask ourselves what we can do to improve things. It often comes down to promoting our breed to people outside of our community. The catch is, not everyone has the means to do much of that. AHT’s Envision is designed to help. If you have a farm or are a member of a barn, how about bringing a horse to your local school, or inviting a class, a school, or a Boy or Girl Scout troop out for a field trip? For the cost of shipping, you can have the latest Envision sent to you, so that you can share it with everyone in your local community. All it takes is for one child to fall in love with an Arabian horse, because that’s how we’ll ensure the breed for the future—by adding one young person at a time. Envision is here to help.

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Existing Loudly At Royal Arabians by THERESA CARDAMONE Bred in the tropics of Brazil by Lenita Perroy, Halyr Meia Lua carries evidence

such confidence are the three phenomenal Halyr daughters imported from

of his heritage in his surname, which identifies him as a product of Perroy’s

Brazil. Of special interest are the full sisters Bianca AL and Andrea

famed Haras Meia Lua. Originally imported to the United States on a two-

AL, who are continuing to impress the Royal Arabians team more

year lease, Halyr Meia Lua is now proudly owned by and standing at Royal

each day. Their dam is the exotic FA El Shawan daughter, Giuliana

Arabians in Scottsdale, Arizona … the hub of the active Arabian horse industry in

El Shawan. “Seeing what he is bringing to the table so consistently, one foal

North America.

after the next, combining only the strengths from his pedigree is beyond impressive. And there could be no better pairing of horse and owner than that

Royal Arabians’ manager of sales, Travis Rice, sees Halyr as a “benchmark in

of Royal Arabians’ Cindy McGown and Mark Davis and Halyr Meia Lua.”

the breeding of the Arabian horse for countless years to come.” He believes in the stallion as a perfect outcross for nearly any bloodline. “He is existing

Prior to his importation, Halyr Meia Lua won the 2013 Brazilian National

loudly and with a purpose beyond measure,” Travis

Gold Champion Junior Colt title as a yearling, an homage to his exceptional

avers. Ample reason for

conformation, type and presence. Those qualities come as no surprise based on his intensely international pedigree. Halyr is sired by Ajman Moniscione, who also had tremendous success as a yearling, winning the 2004 European Reserve Champion Stallion title and the Best Head award at the World Championships in Paris. That abundance of type can be attributed to crosses to Padron on the top line of both of Moniscione’s own parents’ pedigrees.

Halyr Meia Lua’s dam, Halya De Jylbert, provides another double-dose of Arabian type, this time through Ali Jamaal and El Shaklan. Her sire, Jylbert De Wiec, carries Polish blood; the Bask sire line through Monogramm, but he is out of a Ludjin El Jamaal daughter. On the distaff side, Halya is out of an Ali Jamaal daughter who is out of a daughter of the great El Shaklan. The combination of bloodlines is a harmonious blend of the best from the past that has created a contemporary treasure-trove for discriminating breeders.

Halyr Meia Lua has proven to be a popular and productive sire in Brazil, a trend that continues now as he serves the Arabian industry in Ameri-

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ca and soon in Europe and the Middle East. He is serving an outstanding book

destined for greatness. A word that is so overused in our industry is

of outside mares from great breeding programs in addition to the star lineup of

AMAZING, but I truly cannot use any other word for what this horse is doing

mares from Royal Arabians. His future appears limitless.

as a sire. The foals are amazing, and he hasn’t even scratched the surface of his breeding career yet! Halyr Meia Lua is shining like the whole universe is his,

Rodolfo Guzzo is a renowned horseman around the world and the halter

and we are beyond honored to be a part of this exiting chapter in the breeding of

trainer at Royal. His enthusiasm over Halyr Meia Lua’s future is palpable

Arabian horses.”

when he says, “Since day one he gave me this feeling. This feeling that he was

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2016 Grey Filly | Out of Giuliana El Shawan (by FA El Shawan) Bred by Agropec Leopoldino Ltda | Proudly Owned by Royal Arabians & Silver Box Southwest, LLC

Cindy McGown & Mark Davis, Owners Scottsdale, Mesa & Rio Verde, AZ

www.RoyalArabians.com 480.361.6926 | info@RoyalArabians.com

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2016 Grey Filly | Out of CER Belissima (by FA El Shawan) Bred by Agropec Leopoldino Ltda | Proudly Owned by Royal Arabians

Rodolfo Guzzo, Halter Trainer | 619.200.6464 | rguzzo@royalarabians.com Travis Rice, Sales & Marketing | 614.315.3682 | trice@royalarabians.com

Justin Cowden, Performance Trainer | 775.901.3029 | jcowden@royalarabians.com Amanda Fraser, Breeding Manager | 480.347.8955 | fraseraj85@gmail.com

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2017 Grey Filly | Out of Giuliana El Shawan (by FA El Shawan) Bred by Agropec Leopoldino Ltda | Proudly Owned by Royal Arabians & Agropec Leopoldino Ltda

Cindy McGown & Mark Davis, Owners Scottsdale, Mesa & Rio Verde, AZ

www.RoyalArabians.com 480.361.6926 | info@RoyalArabians.com

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Out of MC Adoniia (by Adoniis) Proudly Owned by Rae-Dawn Arabians, Murray & Shirley Popplewell | www.raedawnarabians.com

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The 1st Arabian Gelding Spectacular Held on Saturday evening, March 17th at the Carousel Charity Horse Show in Scottsdale, AZ, the evening was electric with excitement and anticipation for this new and innovative class spotlighting some incredible geldings and their amateur owner handlers. Designed to highlight 2-year-old geldings, the Arabian Gelding Spectacular gave them a place to shine with big prize money and an incentive to breeders. It was chosen to take place at one of the most respected all-breed shows in the country, The Carousel Charity Horse Show. The show committee and board of directors were wonderful in including this class, and their efforts in making this happen are greatly appreciated. The class showcased the geldings in both traditional halter and liberty, highlighting their athletic abilities. The surprise judges were three of the most well-respected horsemen in our industry: Bob Battaglia, Eileen Verdieck and Vicki Humphrey. We thank them for their knowledge and service. The crowd was a huge part of the excitement and cheered their favorites on—we thank everyone for their enthusiasm. After awarding a top six, the top three then performed a 1-minute liberty. Beautiful trophies by Wendy Morris-Tank and a total of $10,500 was awarded. We thank our contributors, Royal T Arabians, Cedar Ridge Arabians, GRK Farms, Rae-Dawn Arabians, Doug Leadley, Stevie Mathias, Midwest Training Centre, Kendra Murdock Wells, Ricardo and Kimmi Rivero, Mark Logan, Paul and Sabrina Glans, Joni Hegel, Christine Voliva, Pat and Amy McGinnis and Patti Scheier—without them, we could not have made this happen. We thank all participants and look forward to making this an annual event to showcase our incredible geldings!

$5,000 Gold Champion VEROC PCF (SF Veraz x Majoretta), owner Katie Russell

$2,500 Silver Champion MARINO V (Vitorio TO x Amber Aice), owner Anthony Marino Jr.

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$1,500 Bronze Champion RKGG SEZANS EMINENCE (Eminence PS x Aviara Rose), owner Kim Rivero

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Leaders Of The Times: Eleanor

Hamilton

by Christy Egan

Top left, clockwise:

CMS LITTLE SIERRA and Rod Matthiesen | HEZA FIRE WALKER and Eleanor Hamilton BUILT BY PEPPY and L ance Scheffel | HESA ARTFULL ZEE and Gary Ferguson EAF COLONELS LIL LADY and Pam Rose Eleanor Hamilton has won numerous awards, especially over the last decade. Named APAHA Amateur Working Western Rider of the Year in 2007 and 2012, she also won the APAHA Distinguished Service Award in 2012. In 2015, Eleanor’s Arabian Farm was named APAHA Breeder of the Year. In 2017, she was honored by them for breeding the 2016 Half-Arabian Working Western Horse of the Year, Built By Peppy (Little Sorrel Peppy x Fae Zee Princess), a horse she still owns. Yet, after more than 35 years as a breeder and exhibitor, Eleanor still readily

and fondly harkens back to her beginnings as the daughter of pioneer ranchers in the Sandhills of Nebraska. “We did everything with the horses at the ranch,” Eleanor remembers. “We rode them to work cattle, to work the fields and to get us kids to school in all kinds of weather. I will always breed and own horses with sound conformation and great, people-oriented dispositions. Also, my Arabian horses will always be working horses first. It’s critically

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Top: EAF HESA LITTLE WHIZ and L ance Scheffel Middle: ART BY HESA and Rod Powell Bottom: EAF HEZA WIZARD+ and Ken Eppers

important that they be honest, hard-working athletes. This is the foundation and backbone of my breeding.” Her program was off to a great start with the *Muscat son Crown Musc+ in the 1980s, a solid and reliable sire and her first, fine show horse. Then, Eleanor’s Arabians welcomed the Xenophonn son and breeding sire, Hesa Zee+/ in 1995. Equally successful as a producer of national winning purebreds and Half-Arabians, Hesa Zee+/ passed in 2015, but has remained an important part of Eleanor’s program. At the 2018 Scottsdale Show, Hesa Zee+/ was the sire of multi-Scottsdale Champion, Art by Hesa; Scottsdale Reserve Champion, Zee Fire Ball and Scottsdale Top Ten winner, Kissed Inthe Mist. Eleanor’s Arabians is expecting (via frozen semen) eight Hesa Zee+/ foals this spring with Arabian and Quarter Horse mares. Hesa Zee+/ youngsters will arrive at the Minnesota farm, just north of Minneapolis-St. Paul, from early March through April. “Hesa Zee+/ put us on the map,” Eleanor notes. “I believe he will keep us there. He’s still a great sire for us and provides that priceless bloodline mix of *Muscat and Xenophonn that gives our horses top athletic ability and ‘people savvy’. We are breeding his daughters to both Arabian and Quarter Horse sires.” In accepting the Arabian industry’s kudos and respect for her nationally competitive, award-winning reining, cutting, working cow and pleasure horses, Eleanor Hamilton is always quick to point out that her horses are successfully ridden and enjoyed by professionals, amateurs and horsemen of all ages, from small children to ladies of her venerable longevity. “I’m 82 now and I still ride every weekend (and do reining patterns and stops!). It’s not an isolated incident that my good, Hesa Zee+/-bred gelding Heza Fire Walker (x Fire Musc+) carried me to top ten honors in the U.S. and Canada four times between 2013 and 2015,” she notes proudly. “Then he went on to be ridden by Madison Rose to reserve national championships at Youth and Canadian Nationals. That success was topped off by her younger brother, Justin, who rode him to both of their first national championships in Canada last summer! I think my horses can be nationally famous and still get the kids to school in a snow storm … and I like that very much!” Eleanor’s Arabians Breeding Manager is Mark Coombs. Eleanor’s horses are trained at home by Rod Matthiesen and sent out for training to Gary Ferguson, Pam Rose and Lance Scheffel. Visit Eleanor’s website for further information on breeding and sales; she would be happy to visit with you. n Ar abian Horse Times | 23 | Volume 48, No. 9, Issue #4


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by THERESA CARDAMONE

The panel of mare and filly judges were biding their time in the stands while the stallions sparkled in the Scottsdale sun. To a man, their eyes were riveted on the striking bay trotting past them like a freight train. His powerful motion was embellished by his natural, erect tail carriage, curvaceous neck, pricked ears and bold eye and attitude. The rest of the spectators were likewise

Beloveds Earth Angel (Beloved One NA+ x Magnums Angel JD+)

captivated as Pat

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Dempsey’s Beloved One NA+ made his entrance, with Ted Carson flying along as his wingman. Twice named Junior Champion Stallion as a yearling, Beloved One NA+ earned his Legion of Honor in only three shows as a 2-year-old in 2015. It was an incredible year for “Beau,” during which he was named the unanimous Canadian National Champion 2-Year-Old Colt before adding the United States National Reserve Grand Champion Junior Stallion honors to his list of accomplishments. The following year, he added the

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Region 10 Champion Stallion title to his coffers, a complementary honor to his unanimous Region 12 championship in 2015. In each case, his captivating presence was on full display, daring the onlooker to glance away, even for a second.

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Beau’s first offspring to reach the show ring have done so with

Pat Dempsey’s concern over issues of integrity within the breed

great success. Beloveds One Blessing is the reigning Region 12

and the lack of demand for horses in general influenced her to

Champion Yearling Filly, while Beloveds Earth Angel wears two

leave all of her mares open in both 2017 and 2018. She has been

crowns for Region 15, both the 2017 Arabian Breeders Sweep-

inundated with demand for breedings to her stallions—Beloved

stakes Yearling Championship and the Open Yearling Filly

One NA+ (Ever After NA x Margarita Psy, by Padrons Psyche),

Championship. Blessing is out of Rohara MarcAlyssa, who is also

Beloved Call to Glory (Gazal Al Shaqab x JP Extreme Obsession,

the dam of 2016 Canadian National Champion Yearling Filly,

by JP Obsession) and Beloved Marcangelo BF (QR Marc x Mag-

Beloved Joy to Behold. Angel is out of five-time Top Ten Mag-

nums Angel JD+, by Magnum Psyche)—who will all continue

nums Angel JD+, who is out of a RSD Dark Victory daughter.

to stand at stud under the care of Ted Carson. Pat would like to know that horses already on the ground are finding good homes

In 2017, Beau had three exceptional chestnut sons born at

and that great strides are being made by the breed to ensure all

Beloveds Farm and they are all presently in training with Ted

of its shows operate ethically. Until those standards are met, her

Carson. Beloveds Archangel is a full brother to Beloveds Earth

horses, will speak for themselves as they continue to enjoy their

Angel, Beloveds Marc One is a full brother to Beloveds One

fabulous surroundings in Lady Lake, Florida at Beloveds Farm.

Blessing, and Beloveds Behold is out of triple-National Champion and twice Reserve National Champion, Valori TRF+, one of the best daughters of DA Valentino. All three colts are pointing for summer show debuts on the Southeast regional circuit. Beloved One NA+ was part of Beloveds Farm’s 2018 Scottsdale contingent, which will likely be the final group of the farm’s horses to make the February trip to the desert. For the past 40 years, Ms. Dempsey has been patronizing the Scottsdale show. However, the predictability of the outcomes in most of Scottsdale’s open halter classes has given her pause. Already disenchanted with the lack of integrity in the breed organization at the national level—with its blackout scoring and admitted rule-breaking—Pat would rather continue supporting the Regional shows and associations in the future. She also plans to send horses to the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas, which operates under a more accountable, point-based scoring system.

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Scottsdale Champion Half-Arabian Junior Gelding S c o t t s d a l e C h a m p i o n H a l f - A r a b i a n 2 -Ye a r - O l d G e l d i n g Presented by Sandro Pinha

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HALTER Essentially a breeding class, each horse is judged on its correctness of conformation, its movement, or “way of going” and those desirable qualities which he or she might pass on to offspring.

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Ted Carson @ BUTLER FARMS TRAINING CENTER WHITE OAK, NORTH CAROLINA

The amateur performance divisions are strong. How do you suggest getting more amateurs involved in showing halter? The owners in each division are very different. The performance amateurs are very hands-on owners compared to many of our breeders/owners who enjoy the horses in a different way. Even the money classes bring a lot of horses and yet, so many of these the owners prefer handlers to handle the horses vs. them doing it themselves. It’s different, but still a good way to own an Arabian horse. AOTH vs ATH … At the Scottsdale show, the only ATH classes are Signature Stallion and Sport Horse classes, the rest AAOTH. Would more ATH classes help increase entries? When you talk numbers of entries in anything, it has to be relative to the number of registrations per year and if this is a quality-based class. The other thing with the money classes is people show up in big numbers for these classes. What are your horses destined for after a halter career? Each horse has their own path. We ride those that can or breed the young stock. It is important to breed horses that can do other jobs. Why breed for a halter horse? Do what you love; it’s what I love. What one thing would you change about halter classes? More moving, less standing. Breeding

horses have to be evaluated on much more than 90% stand-up. What have you done to introduce the Arabian Halter horse to new people to get them involved? We work hard every day to educate all kinds of owners or interested owners. If you do something from the heart, it becomes contagious. What would you do to grow the Class A and Regional halter classes? Numbers and percentages are what they are. The business has changed and we all need to adjust; stop looking at what was and see what the future is.

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Braden Davidson THE ARABIAN ELEMENT OTTAWA, CANADA & SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA The amateur performance divisions are strong. How do you suggest getting more amateurs involved in showing halter? If we want to increase amateur halter participation, then halter exhibition must become more “user/amateur friendly”… we are at the point where we can’t afford to have to choose either a “performance horse” or a “halter horse”… the splintering of our horses is a big impediment to growing our amateur halter classes. Our adjudication system needs to shift towards rewarding a complete Arabian horse, period. Emphasis on the center ring statue stand must also be alleviated. It’s very rare that the performance horse can compete with their amateur owner in halter, not because they are any less quality, but because the halter arena requires a different style of horse. We must all align our focus on breeding (and rewarding) a “complete horse”, as this should be the standard across the board: a horse that is extremely beautiful, tractable, and also a horse that is incredibly gifted athletically. This is where we will be able to make all ends meet and gather both worlds back with one horse that is able to be enjoyed in the same arena, shown by amateurs, like it should be. AOTH vs ATH … At the Scottsdale show, the only ATH classes are Signature Stallion and Sport Horse classes, the rest AAOTH. Would more ATH classes help increase entries? The Scottsdale show is an amazing showcase of the finest Arabian horses—there is not a single horse show in the world that holds a feather to this perennial Arabian horse event. All the people who make this show such a success and an event for us all to enjoy deserves endless thanks and praise. I don’t believe adding more classes will increase amateur halter participation. What will, in my opinion, is the ability for our horses to conform to a standard; a standard we set as a global Arabian horse community, and a standard that must be adjudicated expertly. The “standard” must be a horse that exhibits both beauty and athleticism (judged to a “complete” standard). I think adherence to a global standard would also generate confidence in gaining enthusiasm from those who would otherwise overlook halter exhibition. What are your horses destined for after a halter career? The answer to this is answered in the next question. Why breed for a halter horse? This is an interesting question, and I’m sure one that would get many different answers. I don’t think one should solely “breed for a halter horse”. But rather, we should be breeding an Arabian horse taking into consideration all aspects of the horse and its future. Our industry, while becoming so specialized, has splintered into

breeding many different types of Arabian horses… while this specialization has elevated our breed with great qualities, it has blurred our focus on breeding the complete Arabian horse and not sacrificing type, athletic ability and tractability. I think by encompassing all those traits into breeding decisions, the career choices are unlimited for the horses we breed. I actually believe we’ve regressed our Arabian horse breed in some aspects these past years. Each aspect of our industry continues to chase a certain trait/characteristic while sacrificing so many important qualities. We’re forgetting about breeding a “complete” horse, and we’re forgetting about the whole horse. Re-aligning our vision as breeders, to produce the best Arabian horse, should be the ultimate goal. Perhaps breeding to keep, rather than breeding to sell, should be the mentality we get back to. What one thing would you change about halter classes? More emphasis/rewards on the completeness of the horse, not focusing on “just the head.” Remove the need to stand the horses like statues in center ring, so they can be evaluated in a more relaxed way, allowing more people with confidence to exhibit their own horses. What have you done to introduce the Arabian Halter horse to new people to get them involved? I don’t necessarily introduce people to the “halter horse” per say. I introduce people to Arabian horses. Inviting them to the farms, to get up close and personal with the horses; see the mares with their babies. Allow them to interact with and touch, the horses in a relaxed, no pressure environment. I believe horse shows are the worst place to introduce new comers to the Arabian horse breed. The shows are intimidating, everyone is busy, and many times newcomers don’t get the one-on-one personal conversing that leads to better understanding the horses and the Arabian horse lifestyle. What would you do to grow the Class A and Regional halter classes? See answer to question #2.

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Grant Krohn KROHN SHOW HORSES LINDALE, TEXAS AOTH vs ATH … At the Scottsdale show, the only ATH classes are Signature Stallion and Sport Horse classes, the rest AAOTH. Would more ATH classes help increase entries? I think having only ATH classes would increase the number of entries immensely. I believe the AOTH or AOTR classes at any show decrease the number of entries. What are your horses destined for after a halter career? I train all performance disciplines in the Arabian breed, therefore, the horses that I show in halter also have a future as a performance horse in whichever discipline they fit into. Why breed for a halter horse? I never breed for a halter horse. I believe that the Arabian horse is beautiful, and we should all strive to breed the prettiest horse we can, but our horses also need to have athletic abilities that go beyond the halter arena. What one thing would you change about halter classes? I would make every amateur halter class ATH. I would eliminate every AOTH or AAOTH class from every show. The number of horses entered in the halter classes would grow, and the more any discipline grows is great for our breed. What have you done to introduce the Arabian Halter horse to new people to get them involved? I think more than introducing the Arabian halter horse to

new people is just to introduce the Arabian horse to them. Once people fall in love with the Arabian, then introduce them to all the disciplines throughout our breed and show them how unique the versatile Arabian horse really is! I have been a part of several lesson programs where we try to get people to come out and ride and enjoy Arabians as much as I do. I think everyone needs to have some kind of lesson program that gets people in the door. It is all our jobs to help grow the Arabian breed! What would you do to grow the Class A and Regional halter classes? I believe that if you want to grow, it must be from the ground up. In this case, the class A shows. There needs to be incentive for people to want to show their horse at the local level. Whether it be a cash prize, memorial trophy of some kind, or anything that gets people’s attention and makes them want to bring their horse and compete.

Darla Miles MILESTONE ARABIANS BASEHOR, KANSAS AOTH vs ATH … At the Scottsdale show, the only ATH classes are Signature Stallion and Sport Horse classes, the rest AAOTH. Would more ATH classes help increase entries? Yes, I think it would. A person that owns a great horse may not have the ability to show; that would allow that person to have another amateur show their horse. What are your horses destined for after a halter career? Hunt or western performance classes.

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Why breed for a halter horse? We breed for both halter and performance. What one thing would you change about halter classes? I love the comparison judging; I would hate to be a judge and have to use the point system. What have you done to introduce the Arabian Halter horse to new people to get them

involved? I think our industry tries to promote all disciplines, and combined classes helps with crowd participation. I love to watch park and have a beautiful halter class thrown in there, particularly in Scottsdale during some of the evening classes. What would you do to grow the Class A and Regional halter classes? Combine the regions; and I think futurity classes at regionals help promote more entries.

Gina Pelham HARAS LA CATALINA ARGENTINA Though feeling unqualified to answer the provided questions, AHT feels her following comments worthy of printing; a breeder who wants to see the Arabian flourish. In my country I promote new breeders by selling them good breeding mares at rock bottom prices and lending them some of my stallions; but only to people I know and trust! I consider it very important to widen the base of breeders to increase competition numbers.

Suzanne Perkins FARM AFFILIATION: ARABIANS INTERNATIONAL CAVE CREEK, ARIZONA What are your horses destined for after a halter career? A performance career. Why breed for a halter horse? Beautiful horses always have the edge, even in the performance arena. What one thing would you change about halter classes? The new system of not announcing the individual scores is a big improvement and having the individual placements of each judge lined up and announced is much better. What would you do to grow the Class A and Regional halter classes? Offer significant prize money.

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Murray and Shirley Popplwell RAE-DAWN ARABIANS SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA AND SASKATOON, CANADA The amateur performance divisions are strong. How do you suggest getting more amateurs involved in showing halter? Make it fun and get rid of the professional amateur. Make tiered amateur classes like the performance classes: Novice, Amateur and Semi-Pro. AOTH vs ATH … At the Scottsdale show, the only ATH classes are Signature Stallion and Sport Horse classes, the rest AAOTH. Would more ATH classes help increase entries? No, AOTH is the fairest. What are your horses destined for after a halter career? The next stage of their life, breeding or performance. Our horses are doing halter until they can do performance. Even in halter, movement and conformation must support the performance. Why breed for a halter horse? That’s a good question, what is a halter horse? We breed Arabian horses and they better have a form to function. They do halter until they are ready for their next stage of life.

What one thing would you change about halter classes? Change the bad wrap halter gets. These are the best bred, best fed, best cared for, and the least abused horses in the industry— they are the breed’s future. Why does it get such a bad wrap? What have you done to introduce the Arabian Halter horse to new people to get them involved? Participate in the Scottsdale Farm Tours. What would you do to grow the Class A and Regional halter classes? Amateur classes already have become more competitive. I think amateur owner classes are the thing that will bring more amateurs. The professional amateurs are very intimidating for some to show against. These amateurs are demanding pretty hefty pay compensation for showing and this discourages the true amateur.

Maddy Winer SIMPLY SPOTS ARABIANS The amateur performance divisions are strong. How do you suggest getting more amateurs involved in showing halter? I think we can get more amateurs involved by offering sizeable purses for AOTH classes at a regional and national level. AOTH vs ATH … At the Scottsdale show, the only ATH classes are Signature Stallion and Sport Horse classes, the rest AAOTH. Would more ATH classes help increase entries? It would be worth a try, but I think it is extremely important to focus on the AOTH classes to level the playing field. What are your horses destined for after a halter career? 22-time National Champion Maghnus Z is destined to do anything he wants once he retires, as long as this includes relaxing trail rides and tons of carrots! Why breed for a halter horse? I’d breed for a halter horse because I believe a conformationally correct horse will be able to also perform well under saddle, thereby proving the extreme versatility of the Arabian horse. What one thing would you change about halter classes? I would really like to see U.S. Nationals go back to a fivejudge system.

What have you done to introduce the Arabian Halter horse to new people to get them involved? I have many non-horse acquaintances that I have introduced to our Arabians at various shows and they are all fascinated by the beauty, athletic ability and overall talent of our Arabian horses. They begin to understand why I am so attached to our horses for a variety of reasons. What would you do to grow the Class A and Regional halter classes? Again, I believe that offering substantial purses would get many more people to qualify their horses at Class A shows in order to compete for those purses on a regional and national level. It has always worked for the Quarter Horses and Reining Horses, so why not for Arabian Halter horses?

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2017 North American National Halter Leaders Includes U.S., Canadian and Youth National Halter Championship Champion and Reserve wins. No Showmanship.

OVERALL LEADING HORSES by number of wins Owner

1. Maghnus Z

3 championships, 1 reserve

Maddy and Jay Winer

3. Ebony By Valentino

3 championships

Stella Bella Arabians LLC

2. She Be A Rockstar

Grazia TG

4. VSH Dominic 5. Dom Perignon LL

Ensync FMA

6. C est La V Fyre Me Up

GS Neapalotan RCG

HS Hearttoheart

Unforgettable J

2 championships, 2 reserves 3 championships

2 championships, 1 reserve 1 championship, 2 reserves 1 championship, 2 reserves

2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships

Greg Lymer Jill Nelson

Texie Lowery Jeffrey Frahm

John and Cynthia Moore

Keith and Maureen Krichke Donna Wright

Cedar Ridge Farm

Stella Bella Arabians LLC Lawrence Jerome

ARABIAN LEADING HORSES by number of wins Owner

1. Ensync FMA

1 championship, 2 reserves

John and Cynthia Moore

Fyre Me Up

2 championships

Donna Wright

2. C est La V

GS Neapalotan RCG Unforgettable J

3. Bey Monet TRJ

Leander PA Maybelline WA

2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve

Keith and Maureen Krichke Cedar Ridge Farm Lawrence Jerome Ross Danielson

Keith and Maureen Krichke Edward and Laura Friesen

HALF-ARABIAN LEADING HORSES by number of wins Owner

1. Maghnus Z

3 championships, 1 reserve

Maddy and Jay Winer

3. Ebony By Valentino

3 championships

Stella Bella Arabians LLC

2. She Be A Rockstar

Grazia TG

4. VSH Dominic 5. Dom Perignon LL

6. HS Hearttoheart

7. Davincis Ebony GA

Ruminas Firecracker

2 championships, 2 reserves 3 championships

2 championships, 1 reserve 1 championship, 2 reserves

2 championships 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve

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Greg Lymer Jill Nelson

Texie Lowery Jeffrey Frahm

Stella Bella Arabians LLC

Perry and Suzanne Perkins Debra and Ken Smith


ARABIAN OVERALL LEADING SIRES by number of winners

by number of wins

1. Vitorio TO 8 1. Vitorio TO 12 2. Bey Ambition 6 2. DA Valentino 8

3. DA Valentino 5 3. Bey Ambition 7

4. Afire Bey V

3

4. Magnum Chall HVP

5

Marwan Al Shaqab

3

Enzo

4

Enzo

Truse

3 3

5. Eden C Gitar MF Majesteit

4 4

4

ARABIAN LEADING SIRES by number of Arabian winners

1. Bey Ambition

6

3. DA Valentino

3

4. Eden C

2

by number of Arabian wins

1. Bey Ambition

7

Vitorio TO

4

Marwan Al Shaqab

3

2. Vitorio TO 4 2. Eden C 4 Marwan Al Shaqab

Excalibur EA

Hariry Al Shaqab Spitfyre VF Stival

Van Gogh AM

3

3. DA Valentino

2

Spitfyre VF

2

3 3

2 2 2

by number of Half-Arabian winners

by number of Half-Arabian wins

1. Vitorio TO 4 1. Vitorio TO 8

2. Truse 3 2. DA Valentino 5

3. Afire Bey V 2 3. Gitar MF 4 DA Valentino

2

Magnum Chall HVP

4

Enzo 2 4. Truse 3

OVERALL U.S. AND CANADIAN NATIONAL LEADING HALTER TRAINERS

Top Ten included

by number of winners

1. Bruno Guiraldelli

13

4. Joe Alberti

9

Sandro Pinha

13

Jeff Schall

9

Steven Heathcott

Andrew Sellman

2. Michael Byatt

3. Keith Krichke

13 13 11 10

Austin Colangelo

5. David Boggs

Alcides Rodrigues

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9 8 8


OVERALL LEADING OWNERS

ARABIAN LEADING OWNERS

by number of winners

by number of winners

1. Oak Ridge Arabians

4

1. Oak Ridge Arabians

2. Orrion Farms LLC

3

2. Orrion Farms 3

Murray and Shirley Popplwell Perry and Suzanne Perkins

3. Al Shaqab-Member Qatar Foundation

Robert and Janene Boggs Jeffrey Frahm Lawrence Jerome

4 3 2

Steve and Darla Miles

Steve and Darla Miles

2

Maddy and Jay Winer

Keith and Maureen Krichke

2

Pegasus Arabians

2

2 2

2

OVERALL LEADING BREEDERS

HALF-ARABIAN LEADING OWNERS by number of winners

3

1. Perry and Suzanne Perkins

6

3. Al Shaqab-Member Qatar Foundation

2

Sally Bedeker Ross Danielson Lawrence Jerome Live Oak Arabians, Inc.

Steve and Darla Miles

Oak Ridge Arabians Pegasus Arabians

Perry and Suzanne Perkins

Robert & Dixie North Family Trust

2

ARABIAN LEADING BREEDERS

1. Murray and Shirley Popplwell 2. Todd and Glena Weegens

2

2

2. Stella Bella Arabians LLC

by number of winners

2

2

2

2

Stella Bella Arabians LLC

Lawrence Jerome

2

Laura Koch 2

Keith and Maureen Krichke

Pegasus Arabians

3. Al Shaqab-Member Qatar Foundation

4

2

Laura Koch 2 Midwest Station II, Inc.

Murray and Shirley Popplewell

4

4 2 2 2 2 2 2

by number of winners

1. Murray and Shirley Popplwell

6

Ross Danielson

2

2. Al Shaqab-Member Qatar Foundation

Lawrence Jerome Steve and Darla Miles Oak Ridge Arabians Pegasus Arabians

Robert & Dixie North Family Trust

2 2 2 2 2 2

2 2 2

HALF-ARABIAN LEADING BREEDERS by number of winners

1. Todd and Glena Weegens

4

Perry and Suzanne Perkins

2

2. Live Oak Arabians, Inc.

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Maghnus Z … Leading The Way WITH MADDY WINER Maghnus Z was the winningest North American National halter horse in 2017, a feat over some outstanding horses. What does this mean to you? This is amazing, but honestly, I was shocked and ecstatic when I was told what Maghnus had accomplished. I am extremely honored every time I enter the ring with Maghnus, as he absolutely loves his job and never seems to tire of performing in the ring as he blows and snorts and trots over the moon when he enters. He thrives on cheers from the crowd and seems to live for that moment. To see Maghnus recognized this way is one of my proudest moments and one I will never forget! Can you share with our readers how Maghnus Z came into your life? I first saw Maghnus Z at Tulsa when he was 5-years-old and he and Joe Alberti won U.S. National Champion Stock/Hunter Gelding. Once Joe came back to the barn, I asked him about this horse that immediately stole my heart. Joe said he was for sale and the rest as they say, is history. Our first show was Scottsdale where Maghnus Z and I were unanimous champion H/A Gelding AOTH. Just imagine a stock/hunter winning against those high trotting saddle/pleasure geldings. I was over the moon and Maghnus became that once-in-alifetime horse for me! What has Maghnus Z accomplished in his lifetime and is there a win that stands out above the others? He is a 22time U.S. and Canadian National Champion and Reserve. He has also won the Triple Crown, winning Scottsdale, U.S. and Canadian National Champion Gelding AOTH. I believe our proudest moment is when Maghnus won U.S. Supreme National Champion H/A Stock/Hunter Gelding. When Joe led him into Ford Truck Arena for the overall championship, Maghnus put on a magnificent show. He just owned the ring that day and won against a highly competitive class of incredible geldings. I’ll never forget how I felt that day! Maghnus Z and Joe seem to have a special bond; what makes this relationship so strong? Joe has cared for Maghnus since his late 2-year-old year. When others didn’t think this gangly gelding was of any merit, Joe knew he was special. Maghnus adores Joe and kicks his game up

Magnum Chall HVP x The Sweet Rose, by Amurath Baikal

another notch when Joe shows him, yet he always seems to be more careful when I’m on the lead. What are your plans for Maghnus Z in 2018? We will let Maghnus decide. Right now, he is enjoying his welldeserved time off. What would our readers be surprised to learn about Maghnus Z? One of the reasons I feel that Maghnus has had a long and successful career and always hits the ring like it’s his first time, is that after U.S. Nationals, Maghnus gets turned out daily and has a good six months every year to just be “a horse.” He loves being turned out, so that is what he gets. As you can imagine, he is the KING and everyone at Chestnuthill Arabians treats him as the special horse he is, but I think he really enjoys my visits with an endless amount of carrots! No matter who I might show from now to forever, Maghnus Z will always be my horseof-a-lifetime. Thank you, AHT, for recognizing Maghnus Z this way. n

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OSE ET R S WE THE PX M CH ALL HV MAG NU

22X NATIONAL AND RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION

We are proud and honored to announce

Maghnus Z+// as the Winningest Halter Horse in 2017 with more wins at the National level than any other halter horse in North America, both Purebreds and Half-Arabians. Owned and shown by Maddy and Jay Winer Exclusively shown to every Open Championship by Joe Alberti of Chestnuthill Arabians

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Topping the charts in 2017... (Includes U.S., Canadian and Youth National Halter Championship Champion and Reserve wins)

• Rae-Dawn named Leading Breeder & Owners of Halter Winners • Bruno Guiraldelli named Leading Halter Trainer • Bey Ambition named Leading Halter Sire (Results compiled by Arabian Horse Times)

Merriam-Webster defines lifestyle as, “the typical way of life of an individual, group or culture.” Over the last twenty-plus years, Shirley and Murray Popplewell have developed and nurtured what they like to call the “Rae-Dawn Lifestyle” at their Arabian horse breeding farms in Saskatoon, Canada and Scottsdale, Arizona. Central to the lifestyle is, of course, the Arabian horse and— as Murray is quick to point out—the people that gravitate to them. While it is true that the Arabian breed is a common denominator that draws together people from all walks of life, the addition of the Popplewell’s renowned hospitality and attention to every detail beckons many of those people into the Rae-Dawn lifestyle. “Our success centers around being ourselves,” says Murray, “We’re not trying to pretend that we are anything other than what we are. I think some people recognize that honesty and the genuine feeling we have for the horses and are attracted to us.” “We have always been under the impression that if you can be a good host and treat people with honesty and integrity, good things are reflected back on you,” he continues. “That’s the big thing. The horse industry has to be built on honesty and integrity, that’s what it’s all about. We’re just being ... continued Ar abian Horse Times | 21 | Halter • 2018


ourselves and creating a breeding program that can offer horses people want to own at a very reasonable price so that others can enjoy them the way we do.” And, enjoy their horses the Popplewells most certainly do. They are completely “hands-on” owners, meaning they have cleaned their share of stalls and still do other daily tasks in addition to being experienced amateur handlers who love to show and win with their horses. Rae-Dawn

performance horse, with a 2017 Scottsdale class win in a year culminating in a top ten at the Canadian Nationals in Open Western Pleasure competition in his first national appearance under saddle. Bey Ambition’s Murray & Shirley Popplewell and Family offspring have enjoying the 2018 Scottsdale Show. brought armfuls of ribbons and trophies to their owners all over the world and earned him the prestigious honor of being voted the APAHA Halter Sire of the Year. His homebred daughter, RD Marciea Bey, the 2016 U.S. and Canadian National Reserve Champion Futurity Filly, is from another homebred, 2010 U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly and 2012 U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly, RD Marciena (QR Marc x NW Siena Psyche).

Bey Ambition scored more 2016 United States national championships with his progeny, including his daughter, Beloved Gracious Lady, who won the U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly title before also winning her class at the 2017 World Championships in Paris—earning the only straight 20s for movement in the process to capture the Best Movement Female award. The Shirley Popplewell with Reserve Champion Mare AAOTH RD Lavinya (*Marwan Al Shaqab x RD Marciena) and Murray Popplewell with natural ability of the Bey Ambition offspring to Champion Mare AAOTH RD Magic Moments (Bey Ambition x GF move and perform under saddle was evident in the Simply Magic) at the 2018 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Western Pleasure division, where RD Habanero, a maternal half-brother to RD Marciena, was named horses have achieved countless national and international the 2017 U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure honors, both in-hand and under saddle. Prominent among AAOTR Jackpot and, most recently, the 2018 Scottsdale them is Rae-Dawn chief stallion, Bey Ambition (Regal Champion Western Pleasure AATR 40-59 and 2018 Actor JP x Bey Shahs Lady, by Bey Shah), a multipleScottsdale Champion Western Pleasure AAOTR 55 & national champion halter horse—and now a successful Over. Ar abian Horse Times | 22 | Halter • 2018


Both Murray and Shirley had big wins in amateur halter competition at Scottsdale, with Murray Popplewell bringing home the 2018 Scottsdale Champion Mare AAOTH title with RD Magic Moments (Bey Ambition x GF Simply Magic)—the second time in a row it has been won by Bey Ambition offspring! Reserve Champion Mare in the class went to Shirley Popplewell and RD Lavinya (Marwan Al Shaqab x RD Marciena). In the previous year, the Scottsdale Champion Mare AAOTH was RD Siena Serenade (Bey Ambition x NW Siena Psyche). As current as they are amongst contemporary owner/ exhibitors, Shirley and Murray Popplewell are highly regarded breeders who celebrated their 20th year in the Arabian horse industry in 2017. They keep an image of what they see as a “complete horse” with form to function in mind, which helps them to maintain clarity in their breeding decisions, whatever the current trend or the tendency toward excess of a particular trait might be at the time.

breeding for the market—the quicker you can get them out and exposed to people, the sooner they might have the chance of selling and moving on to a new home.” Often that “new home” becomes an introduction to the Rae-Dawn lifestyle for the lucky buyer. An open, trusting atmosphere for visiting and for viewing the horses is a key piece of that lifestyle, whether at home or in the barn area at horse shows. Arabian enthusiasts are welcomed to the many open barns, presentations and barbeques that the Popplewells host. Their enthusiasm and knowledge, which they are willing to share, is appreciated by old timers and newcomers alike. The community feeling extends to the diverse staff of the farm. Manager/trainer Bruno Guiraldelli is completely committed to the Rae-Dawn horses, and his dedicated staff can always be counted upon to take care of every detail of the horses’ care.

“The hardest thing we have to do as breeders is stay true to what we feel is the ideal Arabian horse,” Murray states. “We try to breed to stallions that will offer something new to our mare and yet double up on the mare’s strong points. That’s the way we approach it.” At Rae-Dawn that sometimes means finding a daughter of a great stallion or a mare from a program which meets their standards and can contribute to the improvement of their program. One example of that foresight is the Popplewell’s recent acquisition of Madora MI (Allegiance MI x Melody MI) at the 2018 Marquise Auction in Scottsdale. From the famed Mulawa Stud in Australia, Madora MI represents many generations of thoughtful breeding by the Farrell family. The Popplewells are striving to create horses that can win in world-class breeding classes before moving on to a new facet of life under saddle. “Yes,” says Murray, “We do feel there’s got to be life after halter. Halter is one of the easiest, quickest ways to get your horse into a show ring to promote your program, and maybe in North America we push them too much. At the same time, if you are

MADORA MI

(Allegiance MI x Melody MI) purchased at the 2018 Marquise Auction.


Bruno sets the pace, managing his team and working endless hours beside them to achieve enviable results. Bruno not only manages the entire farm, he presents the Rae-Dawn show string to many of their greatest victories. Recently, Bruno posted an incredible win with one of RaeDawn’s recent acquisitions, Giana Leah PCF (Polidoro FC x Aliyah Vision PCF), a stunning product of Sam Peacemaker’s PCF Arabians. At the prestigious Scottsdale All-Arabian show—billed as the World’s Largest Arabian Horse Show with over 2,400 entries—the jubilant Rae-Dawn entourage celebrated as Giana Leah PCF was named the 2018 Scottsdale Junior Champion Filly, with Bruno on the lead. It is a cinch that Murray and Shirley Popplewell will continue to spread the joy that their passion and love for Arabian horses ignites. That passion and love will continue to stoke the flames of the future for the Popplewell family as they nurture the Rae-Dawn lifestyle for a score of years to come.

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Bruno Guiraldelli with 2018 Scottsdale Junior Champion Filly Giana Leah PCF (Polidoro FC x Aliyah Vision PCF). Bred by PCF Arabians.


SCOTTSDALE RESULTS... RD MAGIC MOMENTS (Bey Ambition x GF Forever Magic) First Place Classic 5 Years & Older Mares AAOTH with Murray Popplewell GIANA LEAH PCF (Polidoro FC x Aliyah Vision PCF) First Place Arabian Classic Yearling Fillies of January 1 – April 15 with Bruno Guiraldelli Arabian Classic Junior Filly Champion with Bruno Guiraldelli RD ASHALEENA (Marsal Al Shaqab x RD Dukessa) First Place Arabian Classic Yearling Fillies AAOTH with Murray Popplewell Reserve Champion Arabian Classic Junior Filly AAOTH with Murray Popplewell RD ENTAYVIA (Equator PASB x Mi Morena) Second Place Arabian Classic Yearling Fillies AAOTH with Shirley Popplewell RD LAVINYA (Marwan Al Shaqab x RD Marciena) First Place Arabian Classic 3 & 4yr Old Mares AAOTH with Shirley Popplewell Reserve Champion Arabian Classic Senior Mare Championship AAOTH with Shirley Popplewell RD YAZZMANI (Ever After NA x Summersmagicdream)

RD HAVANNA (Hariry Al Shaqab x RD Siena Serenade)

Top Ten Arabian Classic 2yr Old Colts of April 16 – December 31 with Bruno Guiraldelli

Second Place Arabian Classic 3 & 4yr Old Mares AAOTH with Murray Popplewell

RD MOMENTUM (Emerald J x RD Magic Moments)

Top Ten Signature Championship Classic Three Year Old Mares ATH with Murray Popplewell

Top Ten Classic Yearling Colts of April 16 – December 31 with Bruno Guiraldelli

RD LADY MAGNUM (Magnum Psyche x Bey Shahs Lady)

PCF CRYSTAL VISION (PCF Vision x MCA Afire Beylee)

Top Ten Arabian Classic 5 Years & Older Mares AAOTH with Shirley Popplewell

Top Ten Arabian Classic 8 & Older Mares with Bruno Guiraldelli

Top Ten Signature Championship Classic 4 Years & Over Mares ATH with Shirley Popplewell

Unanimous Champion Arabian Classic Senior Mare AAOTH with Murray Popplewell Top Ten Scottsdale Signature Championship Classic 4 Years & Over Mares ATH with Murray Popplewell RD MARZELLA (QR Marc x Jazella FA) Top Ten International Arabian Breeders Classic 2 Year Old Fillies with Bruno Guiraldelli SONG OF RASHEEM (FA El Rasheem x Psong of Padron) Top Ten International Arabian Breeders Classic 4 & 5 Old Mares with Bruno Guiraldelli RD LUANNA (RD Dynamo x Enchanteress) Top Ten Arabian Classic Yearling Fillies of April 16 - December 31 with Bruno Guiraldelli RD AVONNYA (Spitfyre VF x Alanna) Top Ten Arabian Classic 2yr Old Fillies of April 16 – December 31 with Bruno Guiraldelli Top Ten Signature 2yr Old Filly ATH with Shirley Popplewell RD TESORO (Ajman Moniscione x RD Marciea Bey) Top Ten Signature Auction Championship Yearling Colts/Geldings AOTH with Murray Popplewell RD KAYENTA (Stival x RD Lady Magnum) Top Ten Signature Auction Championship Yearling Fillies AOTH with Shirley Popplewell RD DARICHO (A Jericho x RD Windarra) Second Place Arabian Classic Yearling Geldings with Bruno Guiraldelli



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ARABIAN HORSE MOMENT OF THE YEAR Om El Erodite selling at the Marquise Invitational Auction BEST TEAM SPIRIT Stachowski Farms PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Howard Schatzberg SHOW OF THE YEAR Scottsdale All Arabian Horse Show ARABIAN HORSE CARETAKER OF THE YEAR Ashlee Alfreds – Rae-Dawn Arabians ARABIAN HORSE MARKETER OF THE YEAR Royal Arabians

FAVORITE AHT ADVERTISEMENT OF THE YEAR Christy Higman Youth Nationals spread – July issue, designed by Brandy Phillips AHT AD DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Jenn Trickey

FAVORITE AHT EDITORIAL OF THE YEAR Following Traditions: Michael Whelihan, Born A Horseman, June, by Beth Ellen Hunziker FAVORITE AHT COVER OF THE YEAR December: Inception, owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, photo by Howard Schatzberg FAVORITE CALENDAR MONTH OF THE YEAR (DEC. 2016-NOV. 2017) September: Gitar MF, Adandy Farm, photo by Stuart Vesty

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OVERALL SIRE OF THE YEAR Sundance Kid V - owned by James Frank and Sara Chisholm PUREBRED HALTER HORSE OF THE YEAR Hariry Al Shaqab - owned by Al Shaqab HALF-ARABIAN HALTER HORSE OF THE YEAR VSH Dominic - owned by Texie Lowery PUREBRED SADDLE SEAT HORSE OF THE YEAR Inception - owned by Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. HALF-ARABIAN SADDLE SEAT HORSE OF THE YEAR CF Jimmy Neutron - owned by Burrline LLC PUREBRED HUNTER HORSE OF THE YEAR TS Virtuoso - owned by Terra Sano Ventures LLC HALF-ARABIAN HUNTER HORSE OF THE YEAR Lightning McQueen - owned by Katie and Joe Russell

HALF-ARABIAN WESTERN HORSE OF THE YEAR Caliente Virtuoso - owned by Robin Porter PUREBRED SPECIALTY HORSE OF THE YEAR (Driving, Side Saddle, Show Hack, Native Costume) Noble at Midnight - owned by Burrline LLC HALF-ARABIAN SPECIALTY HORSE OF THE YEAR (Driving, Side Saddle, Show Hack, Native Costume) Nutcracker Sweet PF - owned by Juliette Dell PUREBRED WORKING WESTERN HORSE OF THE YEAR TA Khalil - owned by Buckshot Farms HALF-ARABIAN WORKING WESTERN HORSE OF THE YEAR Whoa Dam It - owned by Myranda or Athena North

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YOUTH HUNTER/SHOW HACK Peyton Randle RISING STAR Josh Shino PROFESSIONAL HALTER Grant Krohn YOUTH/ADULT AMATEUR HALTER Lara Ames


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APAHA 2017 BREEDER OF THE YEAR TIM AND MARTY SHEA

It is a special moment for Marty and I, as we are recognized as APAHA Breeder Of The Year. It is always a challenge to make decisions each year as we study and plan our breeding program. For over 25 years we have relied on Afire Bey V and IXL Noble Express as our foundation sires. Now with Inception, the Shea Stable/Maroon Fire breeding program has reached the level that we have aspired to. Thank you for the great honor. —Tim Shea

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APAHA 2017 ARABIAN SADDLE SEAT HORSE AHT READERS’ CHOICE 2017 FAVORITE COVER OF THE YEAR

IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire, by Afire Bey V

U NA N I M OU S 2 0 1 7 U. S . NAT IO NA L C HA M P IO N A E PA A R A B IA N HO R SE T I M E S $ 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 A R A B IA N S A D D L E SE AT F U T U R I T Y

Thank you to everyone for recognizing Inception with two great honors. The support we have received has been overwhelming. The future looks bright for the Arabian English horse. Thank you Howie Schaztberg for the incredible photo that graced the December AHT cover. MAROON FIRE ARABIANS & SHEA STABLES Dave & Gail Liniger | Castle Rock, Colorado Tim & Marty Shea | St. Clair, Michigan | sheastable@aol.com 810-329-6392 | www.afirebeyv.com Contact Ashton Kiesner for breeding information | 865-556-0412

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2017 APAHA Professional Hunter/Show Hack of the Year ~ Liz Bentley With deepest gratitude, I thank you for the honor of Professional Hunter/Show Hack of the Year. To be recognized among so many of my favorite horsemen and women is exciting and humbling, and I am truly grateful. Thank you to Tamara Hanby, Troy Peterson and Tamar Titanium for the ride, and to Tamar Arabians for breeding such great horses. Thank you to all of my clients who allow me to train and show their horses and spend my days with the very best souls on earth. And, thank you to my family, and all of our “adopted” family, for always supporting and understanding my passion for the horses.

Li z

IIB Farms, Liz & Dave Bentley 25689 Oak Hill Lane, Oronogo, MO 64855 417-529-3784 or 417-825-0178 • iibfarms@ckt.net

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APAHA H/A HUNTER HORSE OF THE YEAR 4 -T I M E N AT I O N A L C H A M P I O N

LIGHTNING MCQUEEN CRS

s r e k c i St The e s r o H r e p u S

“Thank you, Cynthia Burkman and the entire Burkman Centre team, for making “Stickers” the superstar that he is! Stickers has continued to thrive under Cynthia’s leadership—this is his second time winning the H/A Hunter Horse of the Year Award—we are so very thankful to own such an incredible horse. And thank you to Sticker’s AMAZING fan club … he loves all the clapping, cheering and fan support! WHAT A HORSE!!! —Katie and Joe Owned by: Joe and Katie Russell | Santa Ynez, CA Ar abian Horse Times | 59 | Volume 48, No. 9, Issue #4


Thank you to the Arabian horse community, for these two special awards. I love the Arabian horse and the people who surround them, and feel so lucky to wake up every day and do what l love. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for all of your love and support, and a special thanks to the staff at CRA, Midwest Training Centre, and Stackowski Farms—without you, none of my success in the show ring would have been possible. All the best to everyone in 2018. Love, Lara

2017 APAHA AWARD WINNER Amateur English and Youth/Adult Amateur Halter

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A PA H A 2 0 1 7 Y O U T H E N G L I S H RIDER OF THE YEAR

Rex White

I couldn’t have asked for a better 2017 show season. I would like to thank my Mom for always making sure the horses are at their best and ready to show, and my brother, Zach, for making me stay ahead of the game. They have always been supportive of me in and out of the show arena. I also want to thank all of the trainers and owners who believed in me enough to let me catch ride their wonderful horses. A special thank you to my John White Stables family for everything. Without the support of everyone around me, the success I’ve had would not be possible. — Rex

John W hite Stables

ZACH WHITE 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Youth English LISA JO WHITE 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Professional Instructor

L isa J o W hite | W oodstock , I llinois | 815-245-2585

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Sophie Yih and CF Bella Luna, 2018 Scottsdale Champion Saddle Seat Equitation JTR 14 & Under

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Presenting for the Senior Equitation Divisions …

Kendall Rickert Emily Pate Vegaz Showgirl

CCF

(Vegaz x Ginger's Dance)

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Honoroll

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(IXL Noble Express x Helen Hayes X)


Emily Pate What makes showing in a saddle seat equitation class more exciting or fun for you as compared to a pleasure class? I really enjoy all disciplines that I do while competing. However, with equitation, it’s exciting to show the whole package. Both horse and rider need to be in sync, and all the hours that go into perfecting that equitation ‘look’ really pays off when you have a clean class.

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What activities do you do outside of the show ring that you think help when you’re competing? Competing and riding is most of my activities. I ride year around and practice at least twice a week to stay in the saddle. The passion I have for horse riding goes a long way when practicing at the barn, but I also work out at Lifetime Fitness to keep myself in shape. What do you do to overcome your pre-class jitters? I listen to my favorite music that hypes me up! Getting that extra boost of confidence really helps with those pre-class jitters.

How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? I pick out points in the arena that will help me know where to stop and start a new transition, and I envision myself doing the pattern over and over again in my head.

In equitation they say that perfection is in the details. What are some you really pay attention to when preparing for an equitation class? I really concentrate on my facial expressions. I don’t want to look like I am angry when I ride, so I keep reminding myself to look “sassy and confident!”

Kendall Rickert

What makes showing in a saddle seat equitation class more exciting or fun for you as compared to a pleasure class? Equitation classes are about you and your horse being a team. It takes more than just any rider getting on any horse and posing. It’s about each rider, their horse, and their ability to perform as a team to outshine everyone else. There’s no day coats or fancy suits to get you seen by the judges. It strictly relies on your level of confidence to prove to the judges that you are the best. What it all comes down to, is the big picture of you and your horse, followed by each little detail in your form. Each gait on the rail work and every stop and start in a pattern is a test of your ability to work together. What activities do you do outside of the show ring that you think help when you’re competing? Other than riding three or four times a week, I like to workout at Lifetime Fitness. I enjoy participating in their workout and yoga classes with my friends, or just running on the treadmill. What do you do to overcome your pre-class jitters? I usually don’t let nerves get to me, but before each of my classes, I like to listen to my music. I have a Spotify playlist consisting of songs that help me get excited and determined to go out and do my best.

How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? Me and the many instructors and trainers that I have worked with have come to the conclusion that I have pattern phobic. Preferably, I would like to pretend that patterns don’t exist until the second I am walking into the arena after the rail work to do it. I have been working for the past couple years to get over this phobia of mine, and let’s just say, I have not gotten over it yet. Preparing for these patterns usually consists of me practicing it multiple times on a lesson horse, followed by my show horse. Usually we call it a day if I’ve at least gotten each part of the pattern right at some point during all the times I attempted to do it. Somehow, I manage to get that all out of my head by the time I need to show, and complete very well executed patterns. In equitation they say that perfection is in the details. What are some you really pay attention to when preparing for an equitation class? My biggest issues are the small details that I tend to let my focus get away from while I’m showing. Things such as keeping my chin up, looking around my corners, and making sure my toes are pointing forward, are some of the small things that get away from me. However, I’ve really been working hard on these to become habits, so I don’t have to think about them anymore. I also spend a lot of time making sure that my presentation is perfect. It’s important to me that my hair, makeup, formal attire and tack are looking as perfect as they can.

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Sophie Yih

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What activities do you do outside of the show ring that you think help when you’re competing? I sing and play the piano. The mental part of this helps me with riding, because like music, you have to do many things at once. When I’m singing or playing the piano, I read the music (notes, tempo and rhythm) and pay attention to what my body (mouth or hands) are doing. When I am riding, I need to pay attention to my body position, communication with my horse, and what my horse is doing. I also work out at a gym and boulder to improve my overall strength. What do you do to overcome your pre-class jitters? I don’t really get nervous. I am just excited to be able to show! How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? Practice, practice, practice … and more practice! In equitation they say that perfection is in the details. What are some you really pay attention to when preparing for an equitation class? I visualize what I should look like in my head, imagining where each of my body parts should be, but I also make sure my appearance is neat and clean and my back number is straight!

Jonathan Ramsay, Instructor

What traits do you think it takes to be a top-notch equitation rider? It takes a lot of drive and determination, as well as patience. One must understand form to function to become an effective rider and make a beautiful presentation in the arena.

Lots of riders get nervous before their equitation patterns or classes. What do you do to help them overcome these nerves so they don’t hinder their performance? We only practice one pattern at a time so there is no confusion. When the rider understands that the pattern is designed to show off their skills, I find they don’t get so caught up in every step or a missed point and end up making it flow and keep on going. I like my riders to get in the arena early, so they can start getting a feel of the class and step the tempo. What do you think makes a great equitation horse? One that has all the patience in the world but when called on, can open up and have a presence that can show off the rider’s talents. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to an equitation rider? Riders that are so concerned about their form, that they forget to ride and that the horse is their partner in the arena. It does not matter how pretty you sit if you can’t guide your horse around the arena to make a stand-out presentation. What is one thing you would love to see happen in a saddle seat equitation class? Riders switch horses; see who can really feel out a horse and present it.

Stachowski Farms | San Marcos, California

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Hadley Ames What makes showing in a saddle seat equitation class more exciting or fun for you as compared to a pleasure class? I like the challenge and the focus it requires. What activities do you do outside of the show ring that you think help when you’re competing? I do All-Star cheerleading which helps with core strength and having to learn the choreography is really helpful when memorizing patterns. What do you do to overcome your pre-class jitters? I try to keep things in a realistic perspective, do my best and learn something from it. How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? I walk it again and again, even on my way to the warm up. In equitation they say that perfection is in the details. What are some you really pay attention to when preparing for an equitation class? I really try to focus on my hands.

Stephanie Davisson, Instructor What traits do you think it takes to be a top-notch equitation rider? Being a successful equitation rider takes a lot of qualities, including poise, elegance, strength and focus. However, the trait that I think is most important in an equitation rider is grit. Equitation is taxing both physically and mentally, and the top riders have to have the desire to push through that and still enter and exit the ring with an “I’m your winner” attitude—no matter the ride. Equitation is an art and is similar to acting. You’ve got to portray that it is effortless, when in reality, it is the hardest you’ve ever worked. It’s not for the faint of heart and takes more grit than anything. Lots of riders get nervous before their equitation patterns or classes. What do you do to help them overcome these nerves, so they don’t hinder their performance? I like to make sure that the rider knows and is confident in themselves. I can help as much as possible, but ultimately, it’s just them and their horse. Equipping my riders with all the tools they need is all I can do to make sure they aren’t hindered by their nerves and rather can use them to their advantage. Plus, hours of pattern practice never hurts. What do you think makes a great equitation horse? A high neck, smooth gaits, and a good mouth are traits of a good equitation horse, but what makes a great one is their ability to turn it on and still stay relaxed. Nothing is more exciting to me than a horse who can show all through their pattern, yet still halt and stand quietly in their transitions. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to an equitation rider? Equitation is about polish. My biggest pet peeves are crooked numbers, messy buns with fly-aways, and wrinkly or ill-fitting suits. If you want to be on top, you’ve got to look the part. What is one thing you would love to see happen in a saddle seat equitation class? I would love to see another class where the top few riders change horses and have a work-off. This really puts their skills to the test and shows who is the best horseman, not just the prettiest posture. That’s what equitation truly is, horsemanship.

Cedar Ridge Arabians | Jordan, Minnesota

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Beginning her 13 & Under career …

Haley Waldschmidt & Casse-Noisee

MA

Buckeye Champion Walk/Trot Equitation

(Undulata’s Nutcracker x Paris Hilton, by Apollopalooza)

Region 14 Reserve Champion Walk/Trot Equitation

Youth National Reserve Champion Walk/Trot UPHA

12561 St. Rt. 44 | Mantua, OH 44255 330.274.2494 | info@stachowski.com

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Haley Waldschmidt What makes showing in a saddle seat equitation class more exciting or fun for you as compared to a pleasure class? It is more challenging because I have to focus on the horse and me. What activities do you do outside of the show ring that you think help when you’re competing? I play piano. It helps me with posture and focus. What do you do to overcome your pre-class jitters? I play with Cassie in the cross-ties while she gets ready. Her silliness calms me down. How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? I haven’t had the opportunity yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

Trained by Stachowski Farms | Mantua, Ohio

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Lana Trautman

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How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? First, I walk the pattern to choose my points. Next, I go through the entire pattern in my head, predicting potential problems and how to mitigate them. In equitation they say that perfection is in the details. What are some you really pay attention to when preparing for an equitation class? Something I focus on and still need to work on is turning my shoulders in the corners. It is important to look open to a judge at all angles, and even if you are straight going around a corner, it can appear as if you are turning to the outside.

Leah Beth Golladay, Instructor

What traits do you think it takes to be a top-notch equitation rider? Determination, a good work ethic and showmanship! Getting to the top in the equitation arena isn’t something that happens overnight. If a rider is serious about getting there, they will have to put in the time and the work, in and out of the show ring. The showmanship is the icing on the cake! A top equitation rider must be able to command attention in the ring with their confidence and presence.

Lots of riders get nervous before their equitation patterns or classes. What do you do to help them overcome these nerves so they don’t hinder their performance? Practice! The more times you go through the motion, the less nervous you’ll be! What do you think makes a great equitation horse? Smooth gaits and a game attitude are important, but it really depends on the rider. There’s no perfect equitation horse, but there is a perfect equitation horse for every equitation rider! It’s our job as trainers and instructors to help make the right match! What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to an equitation rider? I really like to see points awarded to riders who are getting the most out of their horses and have great form! I want to see the horse framed up and marching around the arena; I think the horsemanship aspect of equitation is important. I guess my pet peeve would be a rider “posing” on their horse, sacrificing the horse’s form for their own!

Golladays @ Kiesner Training | Louisville, Tennessee

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VHTC

A Tradition of Elegance Emily Nitz - 1988

Jeanne Flohr - 1995

Lea Clinton - 1995 & 1998

Jessica Clinton - 1998

Alaina Blake - 2004

Anna Rayborn - 2007

Emily Moore - 2010

Lindsey Claire Farnie - 2009 & 2011

Jenny Lau - 2013

Emily Moore - 2014

Raven Gropp - 2015

Raven Gropp - 2015

Isabella Templeton -2016

Elaina Roeder - 2017

Sydney Rice - 2017

Looking to 2018

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Vicki Humphrey What traits do you think it takes to be a top-notch equitation rider? Being a top-notch equitation rider requires the following: • Natural ability or the drive to overcome a lack of, with hard work and long hours • Hard work and long hours either way • A good attitude • Willingness to take direction • Ability to handle pressure • Ability to turn in a performance and willing to put on a winning face regardless of errors and problems • A supportive parent or other rich relative willing to buy horses, equitation suits, pay training, hotel rooms, entries and plane tickets • A great instructor (who your wonderful relative is also willing to pay) • A suitable horse (who your wonderful relative …) Lots of riders get nervous before their equitation patterns or classes. What do you do to help them overcome these nerves so they don’t hinder their performance? We sing Old MacDonald had a Farm ... and add lots of unusual animals. What do you think makes a great equitation horse? A great equitation horse is tall and necky, game with some motion that is balanced and forward, but without too much hock that throws the rider too high out of the saddle. They need to be able to lead a group of horses willingly and do patterns sensibly. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to an equitation rider? An equitation rider with cheap parents … just kidding! It is an equitation rider who is not willing to put in the hours and work it takes to be great. My absolute biggest pet peeve is a rider on his phone while I’m warming up their horse. A huge missed opportunity to learn something about riding their horse. What is one thing you would love to see happen in a saddle seat equitation class? I love to see an equitation class when more than one rider steps up to the plate and there is a need for a work off.

Vickey Humphrey Training Center | Canton, Georgia

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Starting off 2018 with a one-two punch!

Elle Browne &

Lovem And Leavem (Charmed and Bewitched x CL Bay Love)

Scottsdale Unanimous Champion H/A Country English Pleasure JOTR 14 & Under Scottsdale Reserve Champion Saddle Seat Equitation JTR 14 & Under

Proud parents Jennifer and Bill Browne

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AKS Farms, LLC | Alexis Scott 8984 Blue Street | Norwalk, IA 50211 515.371.5073 | www.aksfarmsllc.com


Elle Browne What makes showing in a saddle seat equitation class more exciting or fun for you as compared to a pleasure class? I️ like the competitive part of it, and that it is more challenge than pleasure. What activities do you do outside of the show ring that you think help when you’re competing? Practice all the time at the barn. What do you do to overcome your pre-class jitters? I like to listen to music before a class to help with that.

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How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? I️ run the pattern over in my head and sometimes practice it on my horse before the session begins. In equitation they say that perfection is in the details. What are some you really pay attention to when preparing for an equitation class? My hands, keeping my legs still and right shoulder down.

Alexis Scott, Instructor

What traits do you think it takes to be a top-notch equitation rider? The riders who rise to the top of the saddle seat equitation division are some of the most talented riders in the industry. They have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them truly exceptional horsemen and women. Saddle Seat at its core is about communication, adaptability and performance under pressure. These top-tier riders are so in-tune with their equine partners, that they are able to communicate with the horse effortlessly and adapt to the horse while in the ring, so as to maximize performance. They know their horses inside and out to the point where they are operating as a single unit. These riders are easy to spot because they have an air about them that exudes confidence and calm. They are thrilling to watch and extremely difficult to beat when they’re truly “in the zone”. I believe that any rider who really has a passion for the sport and wants to put in the effort, can rise to this level. It’s not an easy journey, but the reward is worth the blood, sweat and tears it takes to get there. Lots of riders get nervous before their equitation patterns or classes. What do you do to help them overcome these nerves, so they don’t hinder their performance? Nerves are something a rider never really loses, but I think the mental game is what sets the great ones apart. When Shaun White won his gold medal this year at the Winter Olympics he was under a tremendous amount of pressure. A reporter asked him what he was thinking before his final run, and his answer was so on point, “It’s what I do, it’s what I love, and I thrive under the pressure.” I use my own success in equitation and the journey it took to get there as inspiration for my riders. I went through a mental shift, where instead of doubting and fretting over things that I knew would be fine, I embraced my abilities and my passion, and decided to let go of the negativity and enjoy the moment. “This is your passion and your moment; own it,” I remember telling myself. From then on, I was able to thrive on the pressure and the drama, much like White did, rather than let it get in my way. When the kids finally learn to accept that this is their moment and own their abilities, that’s when they can cross that bridge from good to great. The approach I take is based around positivity and confidence building. My kids are extremely talented, and they will put enough pressure on themselves as it is. My mission is to show them that they can decide to take those nerves and that excited energy and turn them into something spectacular. What do you think makes a great equitation horse? Equitation is as much about the horse as the rider. The total package that the horse and rider presents is as unique to each individual as their eye color. Truly great equitation horses are hard to find because they not only have to be physically striking, forward moving, game in the ring, and built correctly to suit an equitation rider’s frame; they also have to be mentally capable of performing with an equitation rider. They must be patient, kind, forgiving, calm, confident, graceful, assertive and commanding, just like their human partners. A great equitation horse will be hard to miss in the ring, because they have the same attitude and “super stuff ” that the great equitation riders have. I have been lucky enough to experience one of the greatest equitation horses of all time, Conway, in my opinion; with not only myself, but also my own rider. He was everything I would want in an equitation partner, and I look for his qualities in the equitation horses I choose for my own riders.

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to an equitation rider? As a trainer and instructor, it’s my job to take negatives and turn them into positives. That being said, the biggest difficulty I have throughout the teaching process usually doesn’t reside in the rider, but rather in their support system. The approach I take is centered around positivity and communicating the belief that the rider holds the key to their own success, and when the support system around the rider (i.e. parents, friends, siblings, etc.) focuses on the negative aspects of a ride, it is hard to silence that noise. I teach my riders that they can choose to let that noise go and rise above it, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t extremely difficult. When a rider of mine has a successful ride but comes in second, the last thing they need to hear is how they got robbed or cheated out of a win. Every rider is accountable and should hold themselves so. No ride is completely perfect, and there is always room for improvement; that is the mentality that makes riders great, and it’s extremely important that everyone on the team is on the same page.

What is one thing you would love to see happen in a saddle seat equitation class? All seriousness aside, I would love to see a situation where instead of a ride-off between the equitation riders, the judges call in the trainers to perform the ride-off. I know it’s far-fetched, but hey, if you can’t do it yourself, how are you going to teach someone else?

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Isabella

Valentina

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Isabella and Valentina Perricone

EQUITATION

Saddle Seat

What makes showing in a saddle seat equitation class more exciting or fun for you as compared to a pleasure class? Isabella: There is nothing like putting on your Tux for an equitation class. There is something about it that makes you feel special! Valentina: In equitation, it’s all about you and the way you present yourself and your horse. I love how you can have more attitude! What activities do you do outside of the show ring that you think help when you’re competing? We both do spinning and boxing. Spinning strengthens your legs and is great cardio, while boxing is an all-over physical strength training workout. What do you do to overcome your pre-class jitters? Isabella: I really don’t get nervous. I just think about my class and how I want to ride and look and try and accomplish that.

Valentina: I get nervous sometimes because I put tremendous pressure on myself at times as I’m a perfectionist. If I’m nervous, I listen to music and think about the ride I’m going to have. How do you prepare to complete a perfect pattern? We practice the pattern, we walk the pattern, and we go over it again and again in our heads or sit up at the ring and visualize doing it.

In equitation they say that perfection is in the details. What are some you really pay attention to when preparing for an equitation class? We both make sure we are put together to perfection, from our hair and makeup, to our suits. Then it’s “chin up, heals down, hands even and stretch tall.” Hopefully, everything else falls into place.

Christy Higman-Clements, Instructor What traits do you think it takes to be a top-notch equitation rider? It takes a lot of hard work and determination. Lots of riders get nervous before their equitation patterns or classes. What do you do to help them overcome these nerves, so they don’t hinder their performance? I teach them the importance of proper breathing, to focus on the task at hand, and most of all, to be confident in their abilities. What do you think makes a great equitation horse? Obviously, they have to be built properly, have the appropriate manners, and ultimately, they have to enjoy their job. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to an equitation rider? I can’t stand a rider that poses. My riders need to RIDE! What is one thing you would love to see happen in a saddle seat equitation class? Have riders switch horses.

Christy Higman-Clements Training | Miami, Florida

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Elizabeth Pizzonia What traits do you think it takes to be a top-notch equitation rider? I could spend a lot of time on each one of these traits, but for my riders it would be dedication! Staying focused! Setting goals! Dedication! Did I mention dedication? It’s so important to be truly dedicated to this sport and what you are trying to achieve as an equitation rider. Lots of riders get nervous before their equitation patterns or classes. What do you do to help them overcome these nerves so they don’t hinder their performance? I work very hard with my riders, making sure they are mentally prepared for rail and pattern work. If they do become nervous, I ask them to mentally dig deep inside them and show the judges what they have worked so hard on. After all, it is their time to shine! What do you think makes a great equitation horse? Aside from uphill carriage and smooth gaits, I want an equitation horse that is eager to work, has a good mind and that is geared up to show. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to an equitation rider? Every time I step in the middle to teach, I want my riders engaged and dedicated to the lesson. So, if they are riding just to go through the motions and are not truly excited to ride, I don’t want to waste my time, the horse’s time or the parents time. What is one thing you would love to see happen in a saddle seat equitation class? Work offs and exchanging horses.

Ocala Equestrian Academy | Ocala, Florida

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Saddle Seat


Horse Show Fr i e n d sh i p s

Dr. N an c y O ’ Reill y and Dr. K r y s t al M c Cullo ch

Nancy and Krystal aboard Kappa and Supa, both making top ten in the 55+ class at the 2017 U.S. Nationals.

How did you become so close? Did horses bring you together? Nancy: We knew each other for years and were connected by Drury University in Springfield, MO. We had a mutual friend, Jackie Warren, who is an artist and professor at Drury. She lives part time in a small village in Italy and loves to invite friends to share and enjoy her passions for the country. I was lucky to be invited along with eight beautiful women, and Krystal was among those beauties. We knew each other, but became close due to our similar doctorates, sense of humor and crazy way of seeing things. That was the start to a great friendship. She shortly introduced me to horses after that. I love animals and horses quickly became my passion—there was no holding me back. I bought my first horse and showed him in the Liberty class. We went reserve and I was hooked. I began riding and started showing and driving horses. The numbers grew quickly. Horse shows are fun, but when you find best friends, it’s even better. I can say without a doubt, horses saved my life and my good friend Krystal brought great joy and fun back into my life. Love that woman!

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Krystal: We had known each other for years, but when we went on a journey to Italy together, we connected on every level. I came to love Nancy’s spirit! When we returned, she started riding that summer. I jumped on Team Nancy and the Arabians have solidified our friendship.

What makes your friendship so strong? Nancy: It’s about trust, honesty, comfort and safety. It’s about being with someone who does not judge or leave you when the tough stuff and darkness comes. And we all know it will come. Krystal knows I will be there for her and I know she will be there for me. Friends are forever. Krystal and I, we are stuck with each other. Krystal: I can say anything to Nancy because she loves me unconditionally, and it goes both ways. She gives me the best reality checks with kindness and intelligence. I need no caveats or disclaimers, because she gets me, and I get her. Of course, we have known each other in past lives … I was probably her slave in Ancient Greece.

You both have traveled the world; together, do you have a favorite trip or moment? Nancy: Yes, we have; great places. Italy and Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Mexico, and last but not least, Africa. Funny stories would fill pages; one of them being in a Mosque and getting into the ‘No Women Allowed’ section, and then being escorted away in a golf cart because we were improperly dressed. Africa, oh Africa. Krystal could tell it better than I.

It was much different than I had expected, as this was my third, the first two elegant with exquisite lodging and modes of transportation. This safari was on horseback. I had ridden Arabians around in circles, not open land and surrounding jungles. Krystal and I shared a camp tent with a much smaller tent behind, containing a hole dug in the ground with a toilet seat perched on a pile of dirt. Our showers were in another tent, being a large bag of water above our heads to wash our very dirty and sore bodies. I had bitten off more than I could possibly chew. Krystal and I laughed often about “dying in Africa.” We didn’t, but we can and will, tell stories of all of these and other adventures which there will be many. Machu Picchu is next on the list, as well as other fun trips to New York or Arizona. I am game, and I know she is too.

On safari, from l-r: Krystal, her husband, James Cox, Nancy, and James’ sister, Judy.

Krystal: Oh yes! The semi-arrest in the mosque in Abu Dhabi when we became lost and tried to enter the men’s area. The fashion police were not smiling at us, and we were trundled into a golf cart and deposited outside on the front steps. Riding camels in the Empty Quarter in the UAE was a hoot. Africa was craziness; we were chased by elephants, swam the horses across crocodile-infested waters, went through all the painkillers the guide had, then demolished the vodka.

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We decided to go tandem skydiving. After loading and unloading from a plane with questionable engine trouble, we board their only other plane and take off. Nancy jumps first and I follow behind, enjoying a leisurely float to the ground—ethereal, silent and so beautiful. My guy and I land easily and I inquire, “Where's Nancy?” They point skyward, and I see her flipping and flopping in the sky as she somersaults all the way to earth. They land two minutes later, Nancy very pleased to be back on terra firma. —Krystal

What makes horse shows so special for the two of you? Nancy: An easy question. I love the horses and I love the people who love the horses. I think we can agree, horse people are the very best and most special people. I am happy that one of those is Krystal, who just makes it so much more fun. Krystal: The horses, the competition and hanging. I love the horseshow bubble … watching all the classes and hooting for Nancy, my friends and favorites.

Krystal aboard 2015 U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Native Costume AAOTR Second Sight.

Who is the organizer between you? Nancy: Krystal. She’s great. I have ideas, but it’s great when someone likes the details; love that for sure. Thanks, Krystal, for being you. Krystal: Oh, moi. I live for logistical coordination! Good thing Nancy is up for anything. We plan to hike to Machu Picchu in Peru next year for the summer solstice.

What is your favorite thing to do at a horse show? Nancy: The whole thing. Watch, ride, visit and plan the next great adventure. Krystal: Show those Arabs! Or watch and cheer for someone you love who is showing. I also like to win … winning is good.

What is the funniest thing you have ever done to each other at a horse show? Nancy: The horse show in New York … constant pranks. Krystal’s really quite devious at times. Krystal: Yes, the NYC show. I cannot tell, it cannot be printed.

What is one thing you do together at a show? Nancy: Support each other, watch each other’s back, show up and be there. Krystal with Nancy aboard 2017 Arabian U.S. Open Bronze Champion CSP Hennessy in Central Park.

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Krystal: For sure, it is the support, the sisterhood. Rail coaching is right up there. Nothing makes me smile more than going by the stands and Nancy telling me, “more snaffle, or get off the rail, or move out faster!”

What are your similar personality traits? Nancy: We are both extremely smart and high achievers. We want to live life to its fullest and a must is adventure. Humor and care of others is huge. She’s got a big heart and it just pounds away helping others. She cares deeply about others. Krystal: Disgustingly intelligent, freaky-nerdy so. Competitive and high energy. Big emphasis on quality and general love of life and people. I do think Nancy’s heart is the biggest ‘evah.’

What is your favorite show to attend together? Nancy: Simple for me … it’s Scottsdale. Scottsdale is the show and Nationals is the tell. Any horse show is better when Krystal comes. She came to Norco for my first horse show and I rode Cey Hey—what a hoot. Krystal: Nationals, baby. It’s all about the silver trophy. Nancy’s first show at Norco, I flew out to see her ride. Coaching from the rail, I said “go” because she had her correct lead. She thought I said “no” so she stopped. We have now perfected “yes” and “no.”

What else do you do together? Nancy: Travel parties and plan how to make a better world.

Krystal’s smart and savy, and a great business consultant and advisor. Krystal: The usual … eat, shop, travel (we were in Mexico for New Year’s Eve this year). Do some “think tanking” for the future. I want to attend one of Nancy’s retreats on women’s issues that she holds with her daughter, Regan. She has a lot more going on in the world than me, and I plan to continue to learn from her.

How would you describe the other? Nancy: Krystal is beautiful, athletic and tenacious as hell. She has a personality like no other and has a caring, loving heart and soul beyond description. She is trustworthy and brings light and love to those she meets. It is an honor and privilege to know her. I love that Krystal is my best friend. Krystal: Nancy is a class act; brains and beauty wrapped in a package of dynamite. She is the kindest woman I know, and her commitment to her beliefs and her tenacity are exceptional. She is exceptional, and I love her to pieces—she is my bestie! *** We both wish to thank our trainers who help us: Shannon Beethe, Jim Lowe, Chris and Shan Wilson. You are so good to us and our horses.

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I RW I N

S C H I M M EL

The

Comeback Kid by KARA LARSON

There’s a common thread amongst the outpouring of support for Irwin Schimmel these past few months. In the close-knit Arabian horse community, when one of our own takes it on the chin, we have a way of uniting in the wake and realigning our collective perspective. It’s been a challenging time for Irwin, but through hundreds of Facebook comments, letters, texts, and phone calls, he has felt the community of the Arabian horse envelop him. These outside voices and their words now serve as a chronicle of Irwin’s resiliency, his fighting spirit, and his new identity as the ‘comeback kid’. Because just after the 2017 U.S. Nationals, Irwin was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and then developed an offshoot disorder called Chronic Inflammatory

Proficient Fire


Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP). The former is a

wouldn’t be where he is today for another year at least, but

rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks

having built a life on determination and drive, Irwin wasn’t

the nerves—and the latter is a neurological disorder

about to take that projection to heart.

characterized by progressive weakness and impaired sensory function in the legs and arms. Simply put, CIDP is

It wasn’t easy for Irwin to stay away from the farm for

considered the chronic form of GBS. A post on the Prestige

three months—and with a mind like his, the limitations

Farms Facebook shares, “He literally lost all ability to move

of his physical self didn’t quite match up to his mental.

and use his legs, which was accompanied by extreme pain

Irwin shares, “Even from the hospital bed, I talked to the

and burning in his limbs.”

farm every day. I have a fellow who has worked for me now for about 30 years and I can really depend on him

For three months, Irwin was hospitalized and fighting to

with the horses.”

regain his ability to walk, all the while overcoming vexatious infections like pancreatitis and other setbacks on his journey

Between his tried-and-true staff and his devoted family,

to recovery. With time, promising days began to come more

Irwin was surrounded by support and positivity and

frequently—and more good days led to more farm talk. After

strength—a perfect environment for a comeback. Three

all, Irwin has big plans for the 2018 breeding season. Anyone

months after Irwin entered the hospital, he got to go home

who knows Irwin will tell you, ‘that sounds about right,’

to Vancouver, WA. Days later, he was finally able to make

because his mind, ambition, and goals are not characteristics

his first trip out to his beloved Prestige Farms, twenty

easily quelled. In the beginning, his doctors told him he

minutes away in Hillsboro, OR.

Empress Of Bask

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Prestige Farms Then & Now ...

The oldest of four boys, Irwin grew up on a small Oregon dairy

farm with a workhorse. “That’s how we made our spending money,” Irwin begins, “We had a decent acreage with some pretty good timber on it, and there was a little mill not too far, so we’d take the timber, put it in the trailer, and take those over there when we had spare time from farming.” Pamela Schimmel, Irwin’s wife of 53 years, shares a different kind of anecdote with that same workhorse from Irwin’s childhood, one that

Irwin Schimmel, Kendal Spencer and Pam Schimmel.

prompts a curiosity in her about his interest in horses altogether. She admits, “I never thought my husband would get into horses because that old logging horse named Tony almost killed him. They were riding double going down a hill, no bridle or anything, and he ended up getting trampled. So Irwin is a survivor.” If we’ve learned anything from Irwin’s story, it’s the value of resilience and persistence—qualities that have helped him and Prestige Farms

“I would like to thank my grandpa for no matter what I chose to do, whether it was soccer or horses, he supported me and believed in me. He has taught me so much about life and he is the best grandpa! I am so grateful for you Papa ... I love you.” — Kendal Spencer

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Multi-National Champion Dancealot Left: with Irwin and Theresa Schimmel Middle: with trainer Michael Whelihan Bottom: Irwin and MSU Afire Blazon

“I can’t imagine a world without my Grandpa Schimmel. He has always been around to give advice and lend an ear to this day. Some of my favorite memories by far, have been taking trips with him, when he tells me stories and offers me life lessons. I know that Grandpa will support me in almost any situation, as well as deliver me his honest opinion on a variety of topics. I know for a fact, he has attributed to my success as an individual and I could never thank him enough for that. Grandpa, I am lucky to have a role model like you and I am beyond grateful for everything you do for all of us grandkids. I will always remember and cherish every mile in the passenger seat, every word of advice, and every joke you played on me. Thank you for everything, Papa, I can’t wait for our next adventure no matter how large or small.”

— Love, Brooke Schimmel

find success. Irwin shares, “I want to be the best I can be and do the best job I can. I live my life day to day and do what I can with what I’ve got. I’m not out there to set the world on fire, I’m just out there to have fun and help other people and enjoy it.” Thinking about the happiness and wellbeing of others in the horse industry is key for Irwin, who shares that some of his best friends are in the Arabian horse business. “It’s truly an extended family. I have so many friends; it is just unreal,” says Irwin. Pam believes a lot of Irwin’s compassion for fellow horsemen finds its source in hoping to pay it forward, in a way. She shares, “Irwin loves to help other people who love our industry. I have seen him come down on price just so a particular person who wanted to show and couldn’t afford it got a chance to enjoy what his kids loved so much.”

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Irwin adds, “We’re not concerned with how much money

be the best Prestige crop yet, crediting the depth of

we can get out of these horses, because very rarely do

his outstanding mare collection. As a testament to his

we get big bucks out of a horse. We get plenty to operate,

program, Prestige Farms was also humbled and proud to

but we don’t go out there to try to get $100,000 for every

be recognized as a semi-finalist by the APAHA as a 2017

horse. We make the prices so people can afford them.”

Breeder of the Year.

This is an important aspect to the Prestige Farms way—

Over the years, Irwin has enjoyed driving his horses to big

breeding quality, yet affordable horses, horses that pop up

wins, breeding and selling some incredible Arabian horses,

winning all around the country with new owners. It’s an

and watching his children and grandchildren experience

objective that gives way to trainers and owners coming

their own successes in the show ring. Certainly, there are

back to him year after year in search of the right horse.

countless significant moments to think back on, but for

Oftentimes, they find the perfect mount—because with 40

Irwin, the real joy comes in sharing special memories with

years of careful breeding, Irwin can read a bloodline with

his family—and having fun all the while.

the best of them. “What I tell the kids when we go in is let’s have a good ride It’s been a journey filled with honest trial and error,

and do the best we can. And if we don’t have enough, next

studying bloodlines, trusting instincts, and simply seeing

time we’ll have enough. The biggest thing is having fun.

what works. And this boiled-down, straightforward

Winning is great, but having fun is more important. And

approach has served Irwin right. Coming into the

you don’t have to win to have fun.” ■

2018 season, he feels more confident than ever it will

Noble Dynasty PF and Cole Schimmel.

“Honestly, I don’t know if I could thank my grandpa enough. From being in the fields on the farm bailing hay, to being in the show ring, I’ve been so fortunate to grow up on a farm, learn what hard work is, and how to be successful. He has taught me to not stop dreaming, because with the right mind set, you can accomplish anything. I love and thank you for everything you have done to help me and for me.” — Cole Schimmel Ar abian Horse Times | 93 | Volume 48, No. 9, Issue #4


Family ... kids & grandkids

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“Every little girl grows up looking up to her dad, but I’ve never stopped. I know there’s no such thing as a perfect dad, but you come pretty close. I hope one day I can show you just how important you are to me. Thank you for being a loving shoulder to cry on when my heart has gotten broken, and a hand to high five to celebrate when I achieved a dream.” — Theresa Schimmel Spencer

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National winners bred by Prestige Farms

Eternal Fire PF JK Heiristocracy

My grandfather is one of the most supportive persons I have ever met. With eight grandkids who all have different interests ranging from racing cars and playing soccer, baseball and gymnastics to horses, he always makes an effort to come and support us whenever we have a game, race or meet. He has driven up to Seattle to watch my sister compete, then driven back down to Portland to watch my cousin play baseball. My grandfather will, and has done so much, to help each one of his kids and grandkids pursue their goals and dreams; I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without the support he has given and the lessons he has taught. For that, I am extremely grateful. Thank you, Grandpa. — Kade Spencer

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Nutcracker Sweet PF


Block Buster PF Thunder Struck LR

Tommy Bahama PF

Flirtacious Fire PF

Marchine Gun Fire PF

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National winners bred by Prestige Farms

Drivin Me Nuts PF

Hot Pursuit PF

Sure Fire Redemption

Hinged In Heaven

Uncle Cracker

Thank you to my family, friends, clients, staff and the entire Arabian horse community, for your prayers and support during my illness. It is overwhelming; more than I can ever express. — Love, Irwin

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IN FOAL TO

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Irwin Schimmel & Family P.O. Box 814 Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Irwin 503-367-4997 Office: 360-256-9432 www.PrestigeFarmsLLC.com

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Congratulations, Irwin and Prestige Farms, on your great success as breeders! We look forward to seeing what will be next!

Bred by Prestige Farms - Sired by Baske Afire AFIRE ON WALSTREET PF ALL REVVVED UP+ ATOMIC FIREBALL PF+/ BASKE ANGEL FIRE BL MEMORY BURNIN RING AFIRE CANT CONTROLLER PF DA DEBONAIR DA VINCI CODE DCISIONS DCISIONS PF DIVA AFIRE MA FLATTERY AFIRE FOREVER BASKE PF

FYRE AND BRIMSTONE GLACIER FIRE GOODIE TWO SHOES GSF SIRIUS FIRE HIGH SOCIETY FLING HOT RODDER PF IN THE LINE AFIRE MACHINE GUN FIRE PF MARCOPOLO PF MARGARITA ROSE PF MEAN MACHINE PF MIZ KATARINA BASK PF MIZ SHOW BIZ

NOTHING COMPARES PISTOLERO PF PROFICIENT FIRE QUARTERBACK SNEAK PF RADIO ACTIVE PF READ ALL ABOUT IT ROCK N ROLLER PF ROL FEELIN GROOVY SHAKEN RATTLEN ROLLEN SHES HIGH MAINTENANCE STREET ROD PF TRYST CCF TURBO AFIRE

Strawberry Banks Farm Barbara Chur, owner | Brian Murch, trainer, cell: 716-983-3099 716-652-9346 | East Aurora, New York | info@strawberrybanksfarm.com www.StrawberryBanksFarm.com

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BASKE AFIRE

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... a long history with Irwin Empress of Bask and Irwin Schimmel

Irwin ... a great breeder, competitor, mentor and friend. He has been part of the Stachowski program for many years—he’s a family member!

Empress of Bask and Jim Stachowski

Congratulations, Irwin, on your success breeding to Nutcracker’s Nirvana. I’m excited to see them under saddle and in the show ring. Best of Luck!

Thank you, Irwin, for being a diligent supporter of both the Arabian breed and Stachowski Farm.

JJ Montego Bey and Irwin Schimmel

—Shawn Stachowski

Mantua, Ohio • San Marcos, California • Scottsdale, Arizona

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—Jim, Peter and the entire staff at Stachowski Farm


Block Buster PF

JK Heiristocracy

Noble Dynasty PF and Cole Schimmel

They say “it takes a village ...�; no truer words were ever spoken. Irwin Schimmel is a village unto himself! He is the breeder, promoter, owner, Dad, client, Grandpa, trainer, showman, cheerleader, and most importantly, our friend. His influence in the Arabian industry is unparalleled. We are grateful to have him in our lives. Noble Vision PF

Vicki, Jesse and the entire staff at Vicki Humphrey Training Center

Vicki Humphrey & Jessica Clinton DeSoto Canton, Georgia | 770.335.6194 | VHTC@VickiHumphrey.com www.VickiHumphreyTraining Center.com

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Irwin ... a great breeder, a great supporter, a great inspiration! First he chose

Bred by Prestige Farms - Sired by Afire Bey V ABSOLUTELY AFIRE AFIRES CENTURIAN AMBITIONS AFIRE BARACUDA BEY BARRINGTON BEY+/ BB RUBY AFIRE ETERNAL FIRE PF FLIRTACIOUS FIRE PF HEAD OVER HEELS

NEWS FLASH OH BEY B REIGN AFIRE RUMORR HAS IT SHES A HOTTY SIMPLY SINFUL SURE FIRE REDEMPTION TT WISDOMS FIRE

And now, he was quick to breed to

Congratulations, Irwin, on a successful breeding program that the entire ind ustry loves and respects. It is breeders like you who have been an inspiration and mentor to so many. Wi th the basis of breeding for pedigree, along with individ ual characteristics, the Arabian horse has a bri ght future. We appreciate your choosi ng Afire Bey V and Inception to use in your pro gram. We eagerly await the arrival of your firs t Inception foals. Thank you for your suppor t of the industry and the friendship that we have come to cherish. — Dave & Gail Liniger Tim & Marty Shea

Unanimous National Champion IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire Contact Ashton Kiesner for breeding information | 865-556-0412

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Thank you, Irwin, for be ing such an inspiration to us. It is always a pleas ure to have you visit the farm and share your thoughts on the direction you are taking yo ur breeding program. You have always been a supporter of the Arabian horse and what it does for family and friends. Your smile is infect ious and everyone can feel your love for the horse. We are thrilled to see you coming back strong and ready to share your new foals with us. — Roger, Linda and Denn is and the entire Lervick sta ff.

Roger & Linda Lervick P.O. Box 699, Stanwood, Washington 98292 | 360-652-0108 | 800-669-2745 Trainer, Dennis Wigren: 360-202-5934 cytosk@whidbey.net • www.rolervickarabians.com

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+ SF Specs Shocwave x SF Sweet Elegance 2012 U.S. National R eserve Champion A rabian English P leasure 2010 U.S. National R eserve Champion A rabian English P leasure Junior Horse

Thank you, Irwin, for yo ur years of support to the Arabian industry. It is an honor to recognize you as one of ou r leading breeders

.

I am proud that you have selected Aftershoc as one of the sires for use in your successful breeding program. You are an inspiration to all of us who are pursuing our own breeding programs in the hope of being as successf ul as you have been. Chase and I wish you all the best as you continue producing future champions for Prestige Farms and the ma ny clients that turn to you for a winner. — L A Flynn

Standing at: CHASE HARVILL TRAINING CENTRE 27109 South Creek Drive | Magnolia, TX 77354 281-252-6228 | chtrncntr@aol.com Trainer, Chase Harvill: 480-338-0865 Breeding Manager, Mandy Harvill: 480-338-0863 Owned by: L A FLYNN Alpharetta, Georgia www.chaseharvill.com

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It has been an honor to sp end time with you and your family over the years — it’s been fun! You have contrib uted so much to the Arabian horse over the years; we love the passion and energy that you bring to it and your family. Love, Dick, Lollie and La

ra

Theresa Schimmel Spencer Mia Schimmel

Dick, Lollie & Lara Ames | Jordan, Minnesota www.Cedar-Ridge.com

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Lori Conway CONWAY ARABIANS CHATFIELD, MINNESOTA

More recently people seem to be breeding for hunter horses; what do you think lead to more careful consideration in breeding hunters? Our farm has always bred specifically for hunters, particularly with our Arabian/DHH crosses, but to specifically breed for a purebred hunt horse is a relatively new development in the Arabian breed. I agree that oftentimes, hunters are a by-product of not producing an English or western horse. I think that the Arabian breed in general, is a natural hunter horse and is very easy to produce with a wide variety of bloodlines. Their carriage, attitude and movement lend themselves to excelling in the hunter division. The AHPA has brought more awareness to hunters and their marketability. We can hardly keep a hunter in stock at the farm, and that is a good thing. What do you look for when you are buying a young hunter horse or prospect? I have to have a balanced, full bodied, well moving attractive horse. Straight tails, big dark eyes and clean, straight, thorough moving horses are a must. The attitude must exude a positive demeanor and project a horse that is fun to ride. The profile must be able to fit in a horizontal picture frame, not a vertical one. Some judges like a more traditional mover but breeding and preference has led to some more animated hunt horses. Do you have a preference? I am definitely a more traditional moving hunter person. I don’t like heavy footed, high moving horses. I want my hunters to be connected to the rider’s hands. Neither a draped rein or a tug-of-war between the horse and rider is very appealing. I like ground covering strides in all the gaits and a smooth, mannerly horse that looks easy to ride.

Hunter attire was a topic of conversation for a while; do you think attire should influence how the horse is judged? It shouldn’t “influence” how the horse is judged, but it should adhere to the class specs. I personally am traditional in my preference in that area too, but I don’t mind anything that falls within the rules. How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? I think the AHPA has already affected the number of hunters being bought and sold across the country. It is an opportunity to earn some money, compete within the horses’ peer group and get a lot of recognition that the hunters have not had in the past. Conway Arabians is excited to be involved with the AHPA and have horses enrolled in this class for 2018!

Mark DePaolo, DVM ALL STAR EQUINE PILOT POINT, TEXAS How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? I feel that the AHPA classes have generated a bunch of excitement for the hunter pleasure division, just like the AWPA has for western. There will no doubt be more entries in the Junior Horse and Maturity classes by adding the AHPA Futurities. It gives horse owners an additional reason to send their young horses to U.S. Nationals, and be given the opportunity to have their horse pay its own way! I am proud to support my hunter customers by being a sponsor of the AHPA classes. Ar abian Horse Times | 114 | Volume 48, No. 9, Issue #4


Tamara Hanby TAMAR ARABIANS WEATHERFORD, TEXAS TRAINERS: TROY PETERSON, JOSIE GILLESPIE AND CODY GILLESPIE More recently people seem to be breeding for hunter horses; what do you think lead to more careful consideration in breeding hunters? The hunter pleasure division has grown considerably and become one of the largest classes at many horse shows. This leads to a higher level of competition and new quality which then leads to specialization. To have a national quality hunter that’s going for the top two spots, you must be a big step above the rest which leads to breeding for national champion quality of which are slightly different than the other divisions. What do you look for when you are buying a young hunter horse or prospect? In buying a young hunter, I want a great moving horse with a free shoulder and headset, and a horse that steps up well from behind.

How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? I absolutely love the AHPA classes and I feel they will bring a higher level of excitement and focus to the hunter pleasure division.

Dan McConaughey MCCONAUGHEY TRAINING CENTRE HUDSON, WISCONSIN

More recently people seem to be breeding for hunter horses; what do you think lead to more careful consideration in breeding hunters? Competition. The hunter pleasure classes are probably the most competitive classes based on the exhibitor numbers and quality of horses. What do you look for when you are buying a young hunter horse or prospect? A good moving horse with a strong back end, shapely neck and pretty head. We ride Arabians for a reason, they need to be beautiful to stand out. Also, a good attitude; you can’t get far with a horse that doesn’t like his/her job. Some judges like a more traditional mover but breeding and preference has led to some more animated hunt horses. Do you have a preference? A good moving horse is a good moving horse as long as it fits the criteria of a hunter. If they are a big moving horse that moves softly and effortlessly, I do not feel they should be penalized. Hunter attire was a topic of conversation for a while; do you think attire should influence how the horse

is judged? Hunter pleasure should be somewhat conservative, but at the same time you need to be seen. I think you just need to be tasteful and stick to the guidelines of the division. How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? I think adding the AHPA classes will improve the marketability for our young hunters. Who doesn’t want the chance to win prize money?

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Jonathan Ramsay STACHOWSKI FARM SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA More recently people seem to be breeding for hunter horses; what do you think lead to more careful consideration in breeding hunters? I think the hunter discipline, as well as all other disciplines, have become more specialized and this has moved people into breeding for a specific caliber of hunter horse. What do you look for when you are buying a young hunter prospect? Some things that I look for in a young hunter horse is their freedom of motion and ability to have a big striding, open shoulder. A well balanced, athletic horse that is willing and trainable always helps for success in the show ring. I also look for a longer, well placed neck out of the shoulder with a pretty face. Some judges like a more traditional mover but breeding and preference has led to some more animated hunt horses. Do you have a preference? I think quality is more important to me, whether it’s being a more traditional hunter or more animated. I really don’t have a preference. I appreciate a good mover and I think that can come in both the traditional fashion and in our more animated movers. Hunter attire was a topic of conversation for a while; do you think attire should influence how the horse is judged? This has been a very hot topic for some time now and I think showing has always been about the overall picture; however, I don’t think attire should influence how a horse is judged as much as it has become. I

think some things about hunter should stay more traditional such as the tan breeches being lighter than your coat and not a lot of bling, but that being said, hunter is the only discipline that is having this much controversy about staying so traditional. The newer coats don’t offend me, and I think so long as the overall picture of the attire and the horse is well put together, it shouldn’t affect how a horse is judged in the ring. How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? I think the new classes are going to be good for the discipline. It will allow for the younger horses to have another class, or for trainers to have the opportunity to bring more horses. I also think it will continue to influence breeders to breed for hunter horses and open up the market.

Jada Reed REED TRAINING STABLES CHILLIWACK, BC CANADA More recently people seem to be breeding for hunter horses; what do you think lead to more careful consideration in breeding hunters? All the classes in our industry are becoming more and more specialized; hunters are no exception. I think breeders are going to breed to lines that have a more hunter style mentality, build and movement. If you’re breeding for country/English, you probably would want a hotter/high energy horse and the same with western, getting a horse with the right “western way” of thinking. With hunters, I’m looking for a happy horse that is an oily mover with good energy but not really hot or too lazy. I need to be able to compete with a lot of quality horses out there, so there needs to be breeders out there for hunter trainers to select from . What do you look for when you are buying a young hunter horse or prospect? Quality, size, athleticism and pretty. They need to look like a hunter; free in the shoulder and strong motion behind with an uphill canter.

Some judges like a more traditional mover but breeding and preference has led to some more animated hunt horses. Do you have a preference? I like a horse that matches its motion, meaning the front and back are equally athletic. Fluid motion is more important to me. A horse that could cross over between MR hunter and SH hunter is my ideal. Hunter attire was a topic of conversation for a while; do you think attire should influence how the horse is judged? I

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really love show clothes ... it’s a problem, ha-ha! I don’t think it should matter what you wear as long as you are turned out tidy. But if you’re sticking with a conservative(ish) color scheme, I don’t think you should be penalized either. You must have something to stand out; obviously, your horse should be the number one thing, but in a sea of bay and black horses, sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra.

How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? I think the APHA class will pull out more quality horses when judging correctness in standing relaxed, and motion not in a hunter frame. It looks like it will be a fun class too!

Katie Russell FARM AFFILIATION: BURKMAN CENTRE SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA

More recently people seem to be breeding for hunter horses; what do you think lead to more careful consideration in breeding hunters? The hunter division yields the highest number of entries in most shows. Last year at U.S. Nationals, the H/A Hunter Pleasure Open class was the largest at the show. Consequently, the hunter division has become extremely competitive. You can no longer take a horse who couldn’t make it in the western or country arena and “make it a hunter”. The competitive Arabian hunter horse is a well put-together, ground covering mover with a beautiful frame—that is what hunter breeders are breeding for now. What do you look for when you are buying a young hunter horse or prospect? A great mover! Some judges like a more traditional mover but breeding and preference has led to some more animated hunt horses. Do you have a preference? Just a great mover!

Peggy Weems FARM AFFILIATION: STEWART PERFORMANCE HORSES JUNCTION CITY, OREGON More recently people seem to be breeding for hunter horses; what do you think lead to more careful consideration in breeding hunters? Over the years, the competition has gotten much stiffer. In the past, there were very few outstanding individuals, but now a reject from another discipline is up against larger, more athletic horses.

What do you look for when you are buying a young hunter horse or prospect? My trainers, Doug and Kristi Stewart, have developed an amazing knack for finding horses that are very competitive and also well suited for their clients. I totally rely on them to find a safe, athletic partner for me. Some judges like a more traditional mover but breeding and preference has led to some more

Hunter attire was a topic of conversation for a while; do you think attire should influence how the horse is judged? Hunter attire should be suitable to a hunter and not distracting. How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? The AHPA classes debuting this year at Nationals are fantastic. I would predict that it will encourage more breeders to breed hunter horses and attract more hunter owners—exciting!

animated hunt horses. Do you have a preference? I don’t like too much animation, but the best hunters are soft, athletic movers. My Half-Arabian hunter is so comfortable to ride, that I feel like I could trot all day. Hunter attire was a topic of conversation for a while; do you think attire should influence how the horse is judged? I don’t like us to get too far away from a traditional look. While the judging shouldn’t focus on attire, a nice clean package is going to help the overall impression. How do you feel the additional AHPA classes being offered will affect the hunt discipline? Well, these added incentive programs have helped other disciplines; it will be interesting to see how this develops with the hunters.

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2017 National Hunter Pleasure Leaders Includes U.S., Canadian and Youth Nationals Hunter Pleasure Champions and Reserves.

OVERALL ARABIAN & HALF-ARABIAN LEADING HORSES by number of wins Owner

1. Vertuoso

2 championships, 1 reserve

North By Northwest LLC

Gentlemans Quarterly

1 championship, 2 reserves

Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc.

2. Cecilia CA

Lady Marmalade WA

3. About Last Knight

Absolutely Loded

Cocoa Motion DM London Town

Lightning McQueen CRS

Moonstone Beys Zecret Starstruck LOA

1 championship, 2 reserves 1 championship, 2 reserves 2 championships

2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships

Tom and Leola Hansen

North By Northwest LLC

Arianna Bell and Norrie-Shan Fyfe Alana Chanelle Becker

Ashley and Kimberly Toye Gary and Peggy Weems Katie and Joe Russell

Laura and Emily McDowell Jenna Hansz

ARABIAN LEADING HORSES by number of wins

1. Absolutely Loded

2 championships

Alana Chanelle Becker

2. Amnestey

1 championship, 1 reserve

Jill Nelson and Janene Boggs

Moonstone Beys Zecret DA Scovereign

Memory Maker HPF

Odysseh Alita JA STLA Shaya

2 championships 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve 1 championship, 1 reserve

Laura and Emily McDowell Emma and Jody Freeland Freewill Farm LLC

Marla Koob and Marni Britton North By Northwest LLC

HALF-ARABIAN LEADING HORSES by number of wins Owner

1. Vertuoso

2 championships, 1 reserve

North By Northwest LLC

Gentlemans Quarterly

1 championship, 2 reserves

Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc.

2. Cecilia CA

Lady Marmalade WA

3. About Last Knight

Cocoa Motion

DM London Town

Lightning McQueen CRS

Starstruck LOA

1 championship, 2 reserves 1 championship, 2 reserves 2 championships

2 championships 2 championships 2 championships 2 championships

Tom and Leola Hansen

North By Northwest LLC

Arianna Bell and Norrie-Shan Fyfe Ashley and Kimberly Toye Gary and Peggy Weems Katie and Joe Russell Jenna Hansz

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OVERALL LEADING SIRES by number of winning get

by number of wins

2. Mariachi WA

2. Sundance Kid V

1. Sundance Kid V

6

3. KM Bugatti

3

Millennium LOA

4. Armani FC Baske Afire Da Vinci FM Justify

MHR Mobility Shah Azim

8

3. Armani FC

3

4

1. Mariachi WA

3

7

Baske Afire

2

Couturier

2

Justify

2

KM Bugatti

2

3

Millennium LOA

2

Proximus CA

2

Shah Azim

3 3 3 3 3 3

Versace 3

LEADING ARABIAN SIRES by number of Arabian winning get

1. Sundance Kid V

6

3. Da Vinci FM

2

2. KM Bugatti

Mariachi WA MHR Nobility Millennium LOA

Shah Azim

3 2

by number of wins

1. KM Bugatti

3

Shah Azim

3

Mariachi WA

3

2 2 2

by number of Half-Arabian winning get

1. Armani FC

Mariachi WA

by number of wins

2

1. Mariachi WA

2

2. Armani FC

5 3

Couturier 3 Proximus CA 3

Versace

3

OVERALL U.S. AND CANADIAN NATIONAL LEADING HUNTER TRAINERS

Top Ten included

by number of winners

1. Sally Randle

6

3. Cynthia Burkman

4

2. Wendy Potts

Justin Cowden

Caralyn Schroter

5 4 4

4. Yvonne Copple

3

Lisa Monaghan Powell

3

Cheryl Fletcher Jonathan Ramsay

Jennifer Schmitt

Kristi Stewart Jennifer White

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OVERALL LEADING OWNERS by number of horses

1. North By Northwest LLC

2. Katie and Joe Russell

5 3

3. Jill Andrews 2 Kendall Carkhuff

2

Tom and Leola Hansen

2

Shannon and Donna Chudzicki

2

OVERALL LEADING BREEDERS by number of horses

1. Conway Arabians, Inc.

3

2. Sandra Arabsky or Herman Steunenberg

2

Pegasus Arabians

Brett and Marjie Becker Frank and Sara Chisholm

Lisa Dawn Ethell Live Oak Arabians, Inc.

Neufeld Family Rosalie Stephens

3 2 2 2 2 2 2

ARABIAN LEADING BREEDERS by number of horses

1. Brett and Marjie Becker

2

Lisa Dawn Ethell

2

Frank or Sara Chisholm Rosalie Stephens

2 2

HALF-ARABIAN LEADING BREEDERS by number of horses

1. Conway Arabians, Inc.

3

2. Live Oak Arabians, Inc.

2

Pegasus Arabians

3

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2017 APAHA Hunter/Hack Amateur of the Year Winner ROL

Peggy Weems

O Whata N ight +//

&

(Out Of Cyte x ROL Angel Eyes)

Scottsdale Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 60 & Over

Scottsdale Reserve Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over

DM

London Town+// (Pension CAHR x Premier Property)

Scottsdale Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure AATR 60 & Over Scottsdale Reserve Champion H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over

I would like to thank my trainers, Doug and Kristi Stewart, and all of the support staff it takes to make this possible; breeders, Diana McClaskey & R O Lervick, grooms, Erin & Lindsay, and all the medical professionals who keep my horses and myself ready to compete at this level. Our 2018 show year is off to an amazing start!

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HOTT MAGNUM FV & SAVANNA BOTHA

TAMAR DOC HOLLYWOOD & OLIVIA MONTPETIT

Scottsdale Champion HA/AA Hunter Pleasure JTR Walk/Trot 10 & Under

Scottsdale Champion Hunter Seat Equitation JTR 14 & Under

2012 Half-Arabian Gelding Offered for your Consideration

RD AZEEM & NORA SHAFFER Scottsdale Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 15-18 Select Rider 2012 Arabian Gelding Offered for your Consideration

AVATAR PA & CATHY RAHIMI

HHF VUDOU & BROOKE LAMOTT

Scottsdale Reserve Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 40-59

Scottsdale First Place Hunter Seat Equitation JTR 14 & Under

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by MARY KIRKMAN On Sunday night, February 25, 2018, at the APAHA Awards Dinner,

To be nominated for an APAHA Award, one must be a leading show

the organization confirmed what anyone who pays attention in the

ring contender, and in the competitive Arabian world, that usually

breed has known for a long time: Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter, of

means a professional trainer specializes in one discipline. Bick and

RBC Show Horses, are consummate horsemen. The pair, who have

Schroter defy that stereotype; since the early 1990s, they have ranged

been training partners since 1992 and married since 1994, were

near the top of just about every main ring

honored as 2017 Horseman and Horsewoman of the Year.

division except working western and jumping, which require space and equipment that their Smithfield, N.C., farm

And that wasn’t all. Rob also nailed

does not accommodate. English, country, driving,

Professional Western Horseman; Grant Krohn,

western, hunter,

assistant trainer at RBC for five years, was

halter—they do it all, as well as develop young

named 2017 Professional Halter Trainer of

horses. That’s right: not just performance, but

the Year; long-term clients Frank and Sara

halter as well. At the national level. Successfully.

Chisholm, of Palmetto Arabians, were inducted into the Hall of Fame as Breeders; and the

“It’s like an athlete that plays a lot of sports and

Chisholms’ beloved senior sire, the late Sun-

is really good at all of them, versus those that

dance Kid V, was cited as 2017 Overall Leading

concentrate on one thing,” Chisholm explains.

Sire. His purchase, Frank Chisholm states

“Those that put all their effort into one discipline

definitely, would not have happened without

are probably going to be more dominant in it than

the aid of Rob Bick.

someone who tries to do it all.”

Given Bick and Schroter’s record of accomplishment, it’s fair to

Bick and Schroter didn’t set out with a game plan to remain diverse, but

wonder why their trophy case isn’t stacked with awards like this

at this point, they wouldn’t have it any other way. As Bick celebrates

(previous, and frequent, APAHA nominations netted only two titles,

his 36th year in the breed and Schroter nears three decades, they agree

Schroter as 2003 Western Pleasure Female Trainer and Bick as 2014

that it has preserved their business and their sanity.

Horseman of the Year). Those who know the couple observe that the truest reason they are uniquely qualified as “Horseman” and “Horsewoman” is also why the awards have been elusive.

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Much of their success today traces to their early history in the breed. Caralyn, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, invested time in top organizations, while Rob, who was born in Montana but acquired much of his Arabian education in California, circulated among some of the most skilled horsemen in the business. From Murrell Lacey, he learned how to start a horse, and from Ray LaCroix, how to put on an elegant finish. (LaCroix also polished his riding skills; after growing up a self-taught bareback rider, Bick had spent his early professional years in halter). At the same time, he absorbed critical pedigree knowledge during the breed’s golden 1980s, observing firsthand the rising young stallion *Padron and his rival, SR Nadom; working with Glen Wilson, who selected Bey Shah, and at Nicasio Valley, where the stallion stood; assisting Dick Adams, who was developing Fame VF; and now and then opening his own operation. He and Caralyn met when he was transitioning from LaCroix’s operation to his own place; Ray hired her to replace him. Schroter, meanwhile, had a sound background herself, starting in Canada with Pam Zimmerman and then signing on with Mike Whelihan at Pinnacle Arabians during the era of landmark English stallion Zodiac Matador. By the time Rob hired Caralyn away from LaCroix in 1992, they both had a world of experience, and when the economics got thin here and there, their ability to work in a variety of divisions paid the bills. But it was more than that. “I don’t think I could do just one discipline,” Rob says. “I’m a little ADD—I have to kind of go from one to the other. It helps to stay fresh.” “It’s the challenge of changing balance, mindset, everything, from the different disciplines,” Caralyn, the more cerebral of the two, reflects. “One of the biggest joys I have at a horse show is being able to walk into the reining pen and have friends, and then to school horses at night with the English guys, and then with the hunter people and the western people, and then go hang out with the halter people. I think it’s an advantage to have an open mind and always be willing to learn, to go to others and learn. It keeps me interested and challenged all the time.” That said, it doesn’t explain how their barn breaks down from year to year in talent. Some years, English horses dominate, while others, western or hunter contenders are ascendant. Their roster of champions over the year is eclectic, too numerous for a definitive list, but a

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sampling would include, in western pleasure, U.S. National Champion Junior Horse May Dancer V, as well as national titlists PA Kid Khan and Possesion PGA, who have gone on to become significant sires; in English, DA Trinidad; and in country, Beyberry Fyre. In halter, during a definitive decade at Dolorosa Arabians (how they landed in North Carolina in 1996), Rob started multi-national champion Afire Storrm and showed the mega-sire DA Valentino as a yearling. Some of Caralyn’s favorites are national champions CBS Top Dog (western), PA Lucchese Always (hunter pleasure), and Steel Strike (English, costume), as well as national reserve champion CP Neon Riot (country and driving). And BP Meditation Bey will always be special. Rob led her to a U.S. National Top Ten in Futurity Fillies, and Caralyn added U.S. and Canadian National Top Tens in Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse before the mare went on to become a foundation producer in the Palmetto Arabians program.

“One of the biggest joys I have at a horse show is being able to walk into the reining pen and have friends, and then to school horses at night with the English guys, and then with the hunter people and the western people, and then go hang out with the halter people. I think it’s an advantage to have an open mind and always be willing to learn, to go to others and learn. It keeps me interested and challenged all the time.” ~ Caralyn Schroter

Although it is not common for trainers to score so well across the board, many horsemen would welcome the opportunity to train a wide variety of contenders; the trouble is that once they make a name in one division, they often are typecast there. Bick and Schroter avoided that primarily by nurturing strong relationships with their clients, many of whom breed Arabians—very good youngsters, pedigreed for different skills, that they start at RBC Show Horses. “Rob and Caralyn have had breeders that are loyal to them,” Grant Krohn says. “Having breeders who trust you as a trainer, and as someone who can look at their program to help them get better, is part of it. Rob is one of the best breeders I know, and his eye for an Arabian horse and his honesty are what I think has kept people coming back to him. [For instance], Frank and Sara Chisholm breed western horses, and there have been others that bred English horses, so Rob and Caralyn were able to sell good horses to [other] clients in their barn and keep many of the best ones in their care.” Frank Chisholm, who was just getting into the business when he met the couple during their Dolorosa years, agrees. “Palmetto Arabians wouldn’t be here without them,” he says succinctly. “They were good assessors of bloodlines and helped me identify good mares.

Caralyn and Multi-National Champion Steel Strike

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[At the awards dinner], I was sitting there thinking, ‘Here we are going into the Hall of Fame as breeders, and the people primarily responsible for it are sitting here at the table with us.’ Pretty much everything I’ve done as a breeder I’ve bounced off Rob and Caralyn.” He remembers the early days of their association at Dolorosa. “They’d sit down and talk about lines and breeding and this and that, and that’s what I was thirsty for—learning more about what I was getting into. If you talked about a horse, Rob had either ridden it or its parents. He had some knowledge about every major horse in the business, and he was someone I could trust.”

Caralyn and Multi-National Champion PA Lucchese Always

That’s just the business end. The real spirit of the operation is the Frank and Sara were not the only ones to feel that way. In 2007, when

character and style of Rob and Caralyn. Clients say that it’s not just

Dolorosa took a breather from the business and Bick and Schroter

the winning at Nationals that keeps them there; it’s the education

founded RBC Show Horses, many of their customers came with them.

that is available. Bick and Schroter are known for their ability to communicate—and while they are individually excellent as instructors,

Over the years, they have discovered other benefits to having so many

when they work jointly with a horse-and-rider team, they can be

avenues for their show ring prospects. As horses, especially young ones,

downright entertaining. It’s hard for an amateur not to learn.

come in for training, they have a selection of pursuits open to them; their talent and suitability dictate the decision. As well, as old stalwart

Their priority, customers say, is not just teaching amateurs to compete.

contenders (or their human partners) change or age through a disci-

It’s teaching them to be horse people, to improve how they relate with

pline, they can easily find another and continue to be competitive and

their horses. Goals far exceed show ribbons, and even decades into

enjoy their involvement. “It keeps their clients engaged,” Chisholm

their profession, Rob and Caralyn continue to examine what they do,

says. “It’s a huge asset to them.”

charting their own growth.

“I have spent a lot of time the last few years working on listening to what my horse says to me,” Caralyn offers, “and listening and watching the people who ride the horses. I feel that I have the ability to translate into words what I need to have a person do.” One experience from Scottsdale illustrates her enjoyment of thinking creatively. She uses ear pieces to instruct some riders, and this time she added music from her iPod. “I said, ‘I need you to listen to the rhythm of this singer’s voice—not the music, but the rhythm—and I want you to soften your body and move to this rhythm.’ And she did and it was awesome. It’s the little things like that, finding out what helps the person to trust themselves, tone down the voices in their head. It’s fun—it’s so fun. Rob and 2017 AWPA National Champion PA Maya

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“Rob and Caralyn have had breeders be loyal to them. Having breeders who trust you as a trainer, and as someone who they can look at their program to help them get better, is part of it. Rob is one of the best breeders I know, and his eye for an Arabian horse and his honesty are what I think has kept people coming back to him.” ~ Grant Krohn

Rob and PA Kid Khan

“It comes down to the individual horse and helping it be the best it can

horses, the ability, the clientele—they bring me better horses and that

be,” she continues. “Physically is a consideration, but to work with a

makes it easier. Great horses make you look really great.”

horse on the learning process and go through the hang-ups they come with is an interesting gig. Had I gone to school, I probably would have

It was especially appropriate this year that the Chisholms, who had been

been a teacher.”

with RBC from the beginning, and Grant Krohn, an integral player for the past five years, were part of that over-the-top Sunday evening.

For Rob, the perspective now is different from his earlier years. In the old days, he says, he was driven to prove himself by succeeding in the ring.

One of the greatest compliments to Bick and Schroter is that Krohn, who

“Now, it’s more about showing off a horse that I have ‘created.’” The filly

left after the 2017 U.S. Nationals to open his own operation, is aiming

PA Maya, who at the 2017 U.S. Nationals was named Champion in the

for the kind of career they have. The son of Blake and Genna Krohn

$100,000 AWPA Western Pleasure Futurity, is a good example.

and brother to trainer Jason Krohn, he has the skills to train in multiple divisions and that is his goal. “What I enjoyed the most about Rob and

“It was a year-long project of me and her getting along, and my figuring

Caralyn was how good they were at training every discipline of horse,”

out how to show her to people,” he says. “She was fairly sensitive. I

he says. “When I went there, I didn’t know how exceptional they were—

enjoyed the challenge—it was more just about showing her off to

there was a wealth of knowledge that I was not expecting.”

people than winning.” As with the RBC clientele, Krohn remains a part of the family. “In Even so, the change in priorities hasn’t diminished his win record. “I

January, Caralyn called and needed extra help for Scottsdale,” he grins.

think they’re winning more, but it’s because I’ve had the opportunity to

“I had one horse I wanted to take, so basically, the first show I went to

have better horses,” he says candidly. “I’ve been fortunate to have the

on my own, I was there with Rob and Caralyn.”

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The awards in February were well-deserved, Bick and Schroter’s industry-wide associates agree, but what they represent resonates far beyond one evening, or even two careers. What has made RBC Show Horses so formidable has benefited not just the trainers and their clients; they illustrate, Chisholm points out, a recipe for the future of the Arabian breed. “Rob and Caralyn are totally dedicated to the Arabian horse,” he maintains. “They have a passion for it that translates through to clients. When you go up there on weekends and you see them with 20 clients, and they’re giving riding lessons to 20-25 people on Friday and then another 25 on Saturday, you’re like, ‘holy cow.’ I want to say, ‘thank you for being so patient and so willing to give of yourself like that.’ [In their barn], there are so many personalities, so many levels of ability, and they have patience with all of them. Within months, they can have the newcomers in a class A show, showing with a lot of confidence.” That may be the essence of Bick and Schroter, but no discussion of them is complete without a comment on their personalities. Sure, Rob is the extreme extrovert, while Caralyn is the more organized, analytical one—but they share a rapport that allows them to thrive on 24/seven contact. A few weeks after the awards dinner, they were still flying high, demonstrating the goofy chemistry that grounds their relationship. Knocking the top out of the Arabian horse Oscars? Rob: “That was a kite ride!” Caralyn: “I’m Canadian; we never had proms in Canada—but it felt like Rob and I were the king and queen of the prom!” Seriously, Frank Chisholm says it best. “They love the Arabian horse, Caralyn and Multi-National Champion Possesion PGA

and they not only get people in, they have a waiting list. They’re the future of the breed.” v

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I could never thank you enough for all of your support and guidance over the past twelve years. I feel so fortunate to have you both in my life. Congratulations on your much deserved awards! Love, Maggie Maggie Barker, Smithfield, NC

Through the joy, the laughter and the tears I am forever thankful to have you both in my life and proud to be a part of Team RBC!! Congratulations on such a tremendous accomplishment!!! Love, Janie Janie Heslep, Smithfield, NC

No words will ever convey the joy that fills my heart when I look back at the past two years spent with you and Vera. I admire your talent, but most of all, your respect and compassion for my mare. Thank you and God bless!

National Reserve Champion

vera wang

Sundance Kid V x Verset Melessa Jenkins, Salineville, OH

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National Reserve Champion

maarching orders Baske Afire x Marry Me

National Reserve Champion

maximum Love

Delovely WF x Olanda

National Champion

pa maya

Possesion PGA x May Dancer V

Rob and Caralyn, You two have allowed us to achieve lifelong dreams. National wins in Hunter, Show Hack and Western! Your talents are many, but your kindness and every day humor make the journey as enjoyable as the achievements. It is never just about the winning, but sharing Jan’s first national championship at the age of 78, was so priceless!

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Multi-National Champion

cbs top dog+// Baskafix II x Top Kat

National Reserve Champion

pa cassara dancer

Sundance Kid V x Cassandra GA

Multi-National Champion

possesion pga+//

Khadraj NA x RA Po Okela Standing at RBC Show Horses

I have known Rob and Caralyn for 20 years, and have shared many happy moments and a few tears. I owe a lot of who I am in the Arabian world to them. Thanks, guys!

Nan Harley, Newnan, GA

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National Reserve Champion

National Reserve Champion

Phi Slama Jama x NDL Anjelica

Vegaz x Ima Dancer Too

tres kool

cp neon riot

George & Debbie Attwood Alexandria, AL

And the awards go to ... two of the most talented individuals who work so hard on behalf of their clients and their horses. We congratulate you both on this wonderful recognition of your accomplishments!

Melinda Roberts Princeton, NJ

Congratulations, Rob and Caralyn, on your many successes this year. Thank you for your amazing work with PA McKoy, WR Khourageous Cadet and WS Last Call!

National Reserve Champion

pa mckoy

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National Champion

National Champion

Sundance Kid V x Magdalena V

Possesion PGA x May Dancer V

may dancer v

pa maya

pa kid khan

Sundance Kid V x Kharrea PGA

From the inception of our Arabian horse experience, we’ve enjoyed irreplaceable memories and overwhelming success with the guidance of Rob and Caralyn. Rob was in the saddle of our first National Champion May Dancer V, then again, thirteen years later aboard her Palmetto Arabians bred daughter, PA Maya, winning the AWPA $100,000 Western Pleasure Futurity. Honestly, it was one of the highlights of our career and representative of the relationships between breeders, owners, buyers and riders RBC has. Congratulations on your ever so deserving APAHA Horsemen of the Year Awards!

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er-rhettee

Love Our Dream Team!

Versace x Magnums Aimee

2018 Top Ten Scottsdale Western Pleasure Junior Horse

Congratulations Rob and Caralyn!!! Awards Well Deserved!!

Judy Crisp & Bill Connor Sebring, Florida 863.446.1438 SCID & CA Clear / Standing at RBC Show Horses 919.202.8384

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Multi-National Champion

pa mayhem+/

Possesion PGA x BP Meditation Bey

We have had the honor and privilege of calling Rob and Caralyn our trainers and friends for the past seventeen years. Through highs and lows, the love and excellent care they have shown our horses is unparalleled. The honors and awards they have been given could not have been more deserving! Multi-National Champion

pa lucchese always++//

Always A Jullyen V x Lily Dancer V

Multi-National Champion

steel strike+/

Appollopalooza x Usandra

National Champion

rc iron man+

Black Daniels x DA Lady Tiffany

Brooke & Debra Hines Macon, GA

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I am so proud to be a part of Team RBC, and beyond proud of both of you for getting the recognition you deserve with your APAHA awards. Your hard work, patience and perseverance have made you the best in the industry. Congratulations!

National Top Ten

ghivago KD

Jullyen El Jamaal x Goddessey Diane Huchet, Newnan, GA

Multi-Regional Champion

dca pilgrim

DA John Wayne x Koweta Reflexxion

Amazing achievements for an amazing team! We are honored to be along for the ride.

National Champion

vincent pcf++/

PCF Vision x Que Psarah McKenna & Meghann Rossomme North Charleston, SC


Multi-National Champion

lady toi+

Matoi x Sultan’s Uptown Lady

We have trained with Rob & Caralyn, off and on, for over 20 years throughout my junior exhibitor career and now as an amateur. I am eternally grateful for their guidance and hard work over the years and their unwavering commitment to the Arabian breed! They partnered me up with a horse of a lifetime, Lady Toi+, who I still trail ride today! Rob & Caralyn were vital in my being able to achieve one of my lifelong dreams of winning a National title in English Pleasure in 2016! Rob has gone above and beyond our expectations with The Muffin Man, and we are so honored and excited to show under the RBC banner!

National Top Ten

the muffin man

My Royale Charm x Eloquent-Godiva Patty & Tiffany Adams Clayton, NC

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National Reserve Champion

tulane loa

Millennium LOA x Roses On Fire

National Champion

pa valparaiso kid

Sundance Kid V x Verginia

National Top Ten

spanish charm

Dakotas Shadow BHR x SC Spanish Dream

National Top Ten

optimistic ariel loa Optimist x Wymsical Jeanne & Allison Contois and Laura Witter Baton Rouge, LA

Rob and Caralyn, thank you so much for helping us achieve our first National titles. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and certainly shared many laughs along the way! Congratulations on your APAHA awards; you certainly are deserving! We love & miss our RBC family!

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National Reserve Champion

wb sirround sound++/ TF Sir Prize x WB Libertarian

Congratulations, Rob and Caralyn! Honest, hardworking, and dedicated to the clients you serve and the horses you train. You are truly inspiring, and we wish you continued success in all you do. Katie and Bella Wiese Tom and Debbie Whelan Winston-Salem, NC

Congratulations to the greatest team ... Caralyn and Rob! Your love for the Arabian horse, your clients at RBC, and for each other, is apparent in all that you have achieved. Best wishes for continued success in the future!

Multi-National Champion

cbs bahznia Bahz x Top Kat

Dorothy Keith Kennesaw, GA

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Rob Bick & Caralyn Schroter | 2379 Creechs Mill Road | Smithfield, North Carolina 27577 | 919.202.8384 | www.RBCShowHorses.com


Possesion

PGA+//

(Khadraj NA+++/ x RA PO Okela)

Standing at RBC Show Horses | www.rbcshowhorses.com Owned by Dreym Bay Farm | Craig & Nan Harley | www.dreymbayfarm.com


EXXHALE

Exxalt x DA Elegantra 2018 Scottsdale 2nd Place Yearling Filly (Jr.) Jeff & Sybil Collins


MAXXTON Exxalt x Marriyah 2018 Scottsdale 2nd Place International Yearling Colt

“From the beginning, we knew this colt was special. Ranking 3rd Leading Halter Sire at Scottsdale with his very first foal crop exceeds any breeders’ expectations. With all confidence, I feel Exxalt will continue as a successful and contributing sire. I’m thrilled with his foals! ~ Ted Carson Excalibur EA × Vesperra For breeding information contact Ted Carson 910-876-7332 | Ted@tedcarson.com www.TedCarson.com

PSYAXXTON Exxalt x MC Psynammon 2018 Scottsdale Signature Champion Yearling Colt ATH

EVEXXA Exxalt x Eve Of Eden 2018 Scottsdale Top Ten Yearling Filly (Sr.)



DA MAXIN DA Prodigy x DA Magnafire by Magnum Psyche

2015 US Reserve Nat’l Champion Western Pleasure Futurity with Dale Brown

DA JIVAGO DA Prodigy x DA Lady Victoria by Sundance Kid V

DA PRODIGY

2017 US Nat’l Top Ten Western Pleasure Futurity with Dale Brown

Versace x DA Love by Padrons Psyche

2014 Canadian Nat’l Champion Stallion

Rocky Point, NC | 910.602.3808 | Facebook.com/DolorosaArabians DA Prodigy is the sire of Western Pleasure Futurity and AWPA National Winners in each of his first three foal crops.


Possesion

Region 12 Cover Story:

PGA+//

by Sarah Jayne Johnson

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n September of 2012, Nan Harley, the face of Dreym Bay Farms,

visited RBC Show Horses in Smithfield, NC, to find her next western ride after the passing of her once-in-a-lifetime horse, Top Dog. Little did she know during this visit, she was going to end up buying another once-in-a-lifetime horse, Possesion PGA (Khadraj NA x RA Po Okela, by Fame VF).

Nan spent the day trying out prospects but did not feel that spark of excitement with any of them. Rob Bick was working Posession PGA whom she loved to watch and was lucky enough to try out. At the time, she felt the stallion was out of her league and was not for sale. However, she was the new owner of Possesion PGA within a week of that ride. A competitor in western pleasure, both in the amateur and open divisions, Possesion PGA steals the hearts of those who he meets. Nan was drawn to Possesion PGA for several reasons, “His color, his soft eye and his tight little ears! He is a beautiful, soft mover and one of the best lopers in the ring. Beyond the surface stuff, he has a great heart! He and I have a relationship that I never thought I would have again with another horse.” Ar abian Horse Times | 4 | Spotlight Futurity • 2018


Top: Possesion PGA and Caralyn Schroter, 2016 Canadian National Ladies Side Saddle Western Champions. Bottom: 2015 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 36-54.

Rob Bick is one of Possesion PGA’s biggest fans and has been training him since the beginning of his show career 11 years ago. Both Rob Bick and Nan can agree, that Possesion PGA is not one of their favorite western horses, but one of their favorite horses of all time. Nan and her beloved stallion have accomplished multiple championships at the national and regional levels. One of her most memorable moments was their first Canadian Nationals. Nan shared how both her and Possesion PGA were nervous and she told him to trust her to take care of him in the class and he listened. They received a Reserve National Championship, but the real prize for Nan was their bonding moment during that class. Possesion PGA’s sweet and trusting disposition is one of the traits which make him such a great sire. According to Nan, “He is consistent in passing on what the mare needs to improve on the foal; shorten backs, lengthen legs, etc. They also seem to get his trainability and sweet disposition. Anyone who has trained a Possesion baby is impressed by them.” Dreym Bay Farm’s breeding program focuses mainly on crossing Possesion PGA with Sundance Kid V. Of this cross so far, 50 percent are national champions and they expect more to come. Clearly there is pure talent being passed down to his babies in a variety of disciplines. Some of his progeny’s accomplishments are: PA Maya, 2017 U.S. National Champion AWPA Futurity; PA Lillith, 2013 U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure Futurity; PA Mayhem, multi-National Champion Hunter Pleasure; and PA San Antonio, multi-National Champion Sport Horse. Right now, Nan owns a couple babies by Sundance Kid V she plans to cross with her sire, “I have three daughters, including the 2017 U.S. Reserve National Champion Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse, PA Cassara Dancer. She had a filly by Possesion in 2016 and has since sold to Gary and Karen Dearth in Corrales, NM. The other two, PA Aurora Rose Dance and DB Scarlett O Tara, are 3- and 1-years old respectively, and will be brought into the program at some point.” Rob Bick could not emphasize enough how special Possesion PGA is to his stable, “He has proven himself in the show ring as an open and amateur horse and is also an outstanding sire. Love, love, love this horse.” Both Nan and Rob Bick are pleased Possesion PGA is finally being recognized as the amazing sire he is, and his book is very full. Nan could not be happier with her second once-in-a-lifetime horse. n


IXL NOBLE EXPRESS X BRASSMIS | Breeders Sweepstakes Sire | AEPA Enrolled Sire | Scottsdale Signature Stallion MN Medallion Stallion | Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Standing at: KIESNER TRAINING | Contact: Ashton Kiesner, 865-556-0412 www.kiesnertraining.com Ar abian Horse Times | 6 | Spotlight Futurity • 2018


Unanimous 2018 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Park

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Proudly owned by Amazing Horse Woman, LLC, Dr. Nancy O’Reilly | www.DrNancyOReilly.com | Vegaz x River Dance NA Chris Wilson 417.761.2031 | www.ChriShanPark.com | Multi-Program Nominated Sire | SCID, EVA, CA & LSF Clear | $2,500 Introductory Stud Fee Ar abian Horse Times | 8 | Spotlight Futurity • 2018


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The Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Preview ...

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A Night In Monte Carlo

he Region 12 Spotlight Futurity celebrates its 12th anniversary this year and the program has grown steadily and attracted universal praise since it began; its public seeing “good” turn into “better” every year.

With its proven record for being at the forefront of “must-attend” events for years, there’s not much that needs changing other than focusing every year on making sure everything remains as strong and solid as it has been. With an expected prize money payout of almost $170,000 this year, and a successful auction every year (last year brought in over $114,000), it’s a futurity with pretty good odds for winning, in more ways than one. So, for those exhibitors who like to win, it remains only to mark your calendars for May 7-12, held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. Over the years, the Futurity has become almost synonymous with the Region 12 Show, and that, proponents say, benefits everyone. The program’s popularity attracts exhibitors that bring other horses as well, resulting in well-populated classes across the board and an insight into Nationals competition. “If you’re going to show anyway, because you love to show horses, why not participate in a program which gives you the opportunity to recoup your investment?” says Charles Moseley, President of the Spotlight Futurity. This year’s Stallion auction will once again be available live and online. With an expected attendance of 400+ on Thursday, May, 10th, it will be the highlight of the show, thanks to the planned night of festivities! With this year’s theme of “A Night in Monte Carlo,” you can bet there will be high rollers and a great time had by all. Additional prizes can be had with a Calcutta for the Spotlight Futurity Western Pleasure 3-4 Year Olds class the following day. The Spotlight Futurity is a fantastic way of promoting the Arabian horse, spending time with the community and receiving returns on your love for the breed.

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It Pays to be in the Spotlight...

2018 SPOTLIGHT AUCTION YEARLINGS $28,778.00 Colts $28,778.00 Fillies 2018 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY YEARLINGS $18,035.00 Colts $18,035.00 Fillies 2018 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY 2-YEAR OLDS $5,600.00 Colts $5,600.00 Geldings $5,600.00 Fillies 2018 SPOTLIGHT FUTURITY 3 & 4-YEAR OLDS PERFORMANCE CLASSES $13,104.00 Western Pleasure $13,104.00 Hunter Pleasure $13,104.00 English Pleasure 2018 SPOTLIGHT 5-YEAR OLDS MATURITY PERFORMANCE CLASSES $6,492.00 Western Pleasure $6,492.00 Hunter Pleasure $6,492.00 English Pleasure

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My fellow Arabian Horse enthusiasts! The Region 12 Spotlight Futurity Board of Directors, Officers and volunteers have prepared another outstanding lineup of Stallion power from around the world for our 12th annual Region 12 Stallion Auction. We hope you will join us Thursday evening, May 10th, at Reeves Arena for “Monte Carlo Night!” We have prepared another memorable event to celebrate our beautiful Arabian horse and our great Region 12. Offspring from previous nominated Arabian Stallions will have the opportunity to compete for prestigious titles in a variety of disciplines and an available prize pool of $169,214. One change to this year’s auction … we have brought back the online auction. Over 50 Stallions and counting will be entered into this year’s auction and we will start bidding online prior to the live event. Each stallion that reaches a minimum bid of $1,000 advances to the live auction Thursday evening. Stallions that don’t go live, will be reopened for bidding on the online version of the auction. You don’t have to be present to bid at the auction. Complete the bidders form and provide the names of stallions you wish to bid on, and we will contact you prior to that stallion’s lot number and take your bid by phone. We couldn’t provide such a memorable event without the help of our sponsors. A special THANK YOU to: FREEDMAN’S HARNESS AND LEATHERS TRIPLE CROWN FEEDS JANUS STUDIOS - JANICE TAYLOR MARKEL INSURANCE - PAGAN GILMAN and LISA SEGER AGENCY Hope to see you in Perry! Charles Moseley President of Region 12 Spotlight Futurity

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LOVE THE REGION 12 CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW? Then we invite you to join us for “Monte Carlo Night” and help support our Region 12 Spotlight Program—which has brought so much excitement and vitality back to Region 12!

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A Jericho Always A Jullyen V Anduril Of Rohan Apalo Arezzo NL Artemas GA ASA Scandalous Affair Authentic Ibn Nawaal Basilio CS Beloved Call To Glory Beloved MarcAngelo BF Beloved One NA Bentley SF Boomerang NA Botswana Coltrane SS DA Jivago DA Maxin DA Prodigy Diesel Smoke CBA El Farid FWF Elite AF Ever After NA Exxalt Gai Monarch (Frozen) H Mobility H Infinite Justice Jaipur El Perseus Kharismatic PGA

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KM Bugatti Life InThe Fazt Lane Majik Of Marwan Major Mac V Mamage Man About Vegas VA Marco Ali Marhaabah Marwan Al Magnifficoo ML Mostly Padron Monticello V PA Kid Khan PA Marco PA McKoy PA Phoenix Kid Patrriot Possesion PGA Psytanium Rohara Majician Royal Asad Scapa Taj Of Rohan Tempeszt Trussardi Ver-Rhettee VJ Royal Heir WC Ali Gazal Zakai (Frozen) Zefyr


PA MCKOY

PA Kid Khan (Sundance Kid V x Kharrea PGA) x Maggie May V (Bravado Bey V x Magdalena V) 2014 Bay Stallion 2018 Scottsdale 2nd Place Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse 2018 Scottsdale Top Five (3rd) Signature Western Pleasure Futurity Championship 2017 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity 2015 U.S. National Top Ten (5th) Arabian Yearling Colt Contact owner: Melinda A. Roberts RBC Show Horses Smithfield NC 919.202.8384

Coltrane SS

(IXL Noble Express x Brassmis) 2012 Black Arabian Stallion Coltrane SS is sired by National Champion Park Horse IXL Noble Express and out of multi-national champion producing mare, Brassmis. Coltrane was selected to complement the Conway breeding program as his potential to be a non-Huck-bred golden cross stallion. AHA Breeders Sweepstakes, Scottsdale Signature, MN Medallion, Region 12 Spotlight and AEPA Enrolled Stallion. Owned by: Conway Arabians | Chatfield, MN Standing at: Kiesner Training Louisville, TN | 865-984-5245 | ashton@kiesnertraining.com

Ver-Rhettee

(Versace x Magnums Aimee) | 2013 Bay Stallion 2015 Region 12 Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Stallion 2018 Scottsdale Top Ten Western Pleasure Junior Horse Breeders Sweepstakes and Region 12 Spotlight Stallion AWPA Enrolled Stallion for 2019 SCID & CA clear Crisp Arabians Co-owned Judy Crisp & Bill Connor Sebring, FL | 863-446-1438 Standing at RBC Show Horses Smithfield, NC | 919-202-8384 Ar abian Horse Times | 17 | Spotlight Futurity • 2018


Man About Vegaz VA (Vegaz x Moonbeam DGL) 2009 Bay Arabian Stallion

Man About Vegaz VA has a great disposition and tries to please; traits he has passed on to his first foal. Shown by Dalton Budd and his amateur rider, Janell Voss, he has never been out of the Top Five at Regional shows or the Top Ten at Nationals. Top wins include: 2015 National Reserve Champion English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity, 2016 Region 14 Champion English Pleasure AATR and 2017 Region 14 Champion Pleasure Driving. Owned By: William and Janell Voss Standing At: Select Show Horses 317-314-3485 info@selectshowhorses.com

Life inthe Fazt Lane

Vegaz x Riverdance NA (A Major Fire x Rio Rita NA) 2012 Bay Arabian Stallion Life InThe Fazt Lane is a 15.1 tall, soft necked 2012 bay stallion sired by Vegaz and out of River Dance NA (sired by A Major Fire). He is Sweepstakes nominated and is enrolled in the AEPA, Region 12 and Scottsdale Signature Stallion programs. He is SCID and CA clear. He garnered the 2017 Regional Championship in Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse and has a very bright future ahead of him in the breeding and show arena. Owned by Nancy O’Reilly and Chris Wilson Standing at: ChriShan Park 2655 East Highwayy AA | Springfield, MO 65803 Info@ChriShanPark.com

Possesion PGA+/

(Khadraj NA+++/ x RA Po Okela, by Fame VF) 2004 Bay Stallion Sire of National Champions: PA Lillith (Western Pleasure Futurity), PA Mayhem (Hunter Pleasure ATR/Open), PA San Antonio+++// (Sport Horse), and PA Maya (2017 AWPA Champion) 2017 Scottsdale Champion Western Pleasure AAOTR/Res. Champion AATR 2016 National Champion Ladies Side Saddle/Res. Champion Western Pleasure AATR 2015 U.S. and Canadian Reserve Champion Western Pleasure ATR Breeders Sweepstakes, AWPA and Region 12 Spotlight Stallion SCID and CA clear Contact: RBC Show Horses | 919-202-8384

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Major Mac V

(Maclintock V x Majors Tiffany GA) 2012 Bay Stallion Major Mac V brings to Varian Arabians the next step in their stallion line that is valuable in all aspects of the Arabian breed. He has sired progeny that is true to his royal heritage, and already enjoys a worldwide following, without having stepped foot in a show ring. And he never will. “In 1959 we purchased Bay-Abi++ as a 2-year-old stallion, and in 1961, he earned U.S. National Champion Stallion, beginning generations of great stallions bred by Varian Arabians. Now 55 years later, we very proudly present Major Mac V, a young stallion that carries the blood of six generations in direct line of Varian-bred stallions, beginning with Bay-Abi++.” ~ Sheila Varian. AHA Breeders Sweepstakes, Scottsdale Signature Stallion, Region 12 Spotlight and AWPA. Bred, owned by, and standing at Varian Arabians Angela Alvarez, General Manager 1275 Corbett Canyon Road | Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 805.489.5802 www.VarianArabians.com

Exxalt

(Excalibur EA × Vesperra) 2014 Grey Purebred Arabian Colt 2017 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt 2015 Scottsdale International Gold Jr. Champion Colt Ted Carson Training at Butler Farms 910-876-7332 ted@tedcarson.com

ML Mostly Padron

(Padrons Psyche × HS Mostly) 2001 Chestnut Stallion ML Mostly Padron is a look-alike grandson of *Padron, with attitude, carriage, mannerisms and stunning charisma to match! A Scottsdale Champion exactly twenty years after *Padron, ML Mostly Padron comes from a long line of champions. Also like his pedigree, Mostly Padron is the sire of multiple champions, including one of the most beautiful fillies of Scottsdale 2016, where his daughter was named Gold Champion Yearling Filly. When shown to visitors, people just fall in love. He makes converts for the Arabian horse, just like *Padron once did. He’s the ideal Arabian horse, an Arabian for Europe, for the Americans, for the Middle East and the Pacific Rim; for our time and for all time to come. Scottsdale Junior Champion | U.S. Nationals Top Ten Yearling Breeders Sweepstakes Colt | Region 12 Stallion Champion | Canadian Reserve and U.S. National Top Ten Junior Stallion | U.S. National Top Ten Senior Stallion Ted Carson Training at Butler Farms 910-876-7332 ted@tedcarson.com

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Beloved One NA+

(Ever After NA x Margarita Psy) • 2013 Bay Arabian Stallion Beloved One NA+ is one of the most exciting young stallions of our time. He achieved his Legion of Honor status in just the first four shows of his career, ending with two titles at the Canadian and U.S. National Championships. “Beau” is sired by Ever After NA and out of a Padrons Psyche and Bey Shah bred mare. His impeccable conformation is highlighted by his tremendous hip, long shapely neck and extremely large eyes. He enjoyed his first foals on the ground in 2016 of whom exceeded all expectations. Shown by Ted Carson, both fillies were crowned Regional Champions at Region 12 and Region 15 in 2017 as yearlings. 2017 Scottsdale Top Ten 4-Year-Old Stallion 2016 Region 10 Champion Stallion 2015 Canadian National Unanimous Champion 2-Year-Old Colt 2015 U.S. National Reserve Champion Junior Colt 2015 Region 12 Unanimous Champion 2-Year-Old Colt 2014 U.S. National Top Ten Yearling Colt

Beloved MarcAngelo BF

(QR Marc x Magnums Angel JD+) • 2014 Bay Arabian Stallion MarcAngelo has the extreme type that wins roses from the get go. From his first step into the show ring at Scottsdale 2016, this colt has been at the top. He won his 2-Year-Old class that year and went on to become the 2016 Scottsdale Reserve Junior Champion Colt. His quality and refinement awarded him an additional Unanimous Championship at Region 12, ending with 2016 U.S. National Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in October. This stallion keeps getting more and more beautiful, and currently stands at Ted Carson Training. 2017 Scottsdale Reserve Champion 3-Year-Old Colt 2016 U.S. National Champion 2-Year-Old Colt 2016 Region 12 Unanimous Champion 2-Year-Old Colt 2016 Scottsdale Reserve Champion Junior Colt 2016 Scottsdale Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (Sr.)

Beloved Call To Glory

(Gazal Al Shaqab x JP Extreme Obsession) • 2014 Bay Arabian Stallion Glory is a “big-time” young stallion who gets noticed and comes by it honestly. Sired by the legendary Gazal Al Shaqab, Glory has all the right parts of a pedigree needed for today’s breeding programs. He is out of a Versace/Padrons Psyche bred mare who won multiple titles in 2015 in both the Regional and National arenas. This family tree of extreme quality shines strong in this young stallion who has all the attitude and presence that turns heads. Standing well over 16 hands tall, Beloved Call To Glory has substance and balance without giving up refinement and type. He is currently in training and stands at Ted Carson Training in North Carolina. 2017 Region 15 Champion Stallion 2017 Scottsdale Top Ten 3-Year-Old Colt 2016 U.S. National Top Ten Junior Colt 2016 Region 11 Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old Colt

Owned by: Beloveds Farm • Patricia Dempsey | Lady Lake, FL • www.belovedsarabians.com Standing with Ted Carson Training at Butler Farms | 910-876-7332 | ted@tedcarson.com

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U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION

( A J A K A RTA X D E S T I N Y V F b y T F P S Y M R E E K H E )

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In Memoriam Al Hadiyah AA (2005-2018) The Arabian horse community mourns the loss of Fazenda Floresta’s magnificent straight Egyptian stallion, Al Hadiyah AA. One of the best sons of the great Laheeb, Al Hadiyah was out of the phenomenal black mare, The Vision HG, one of the most illustrious dams of all time. From the world-renowned breeding program of Ariela Arabians in Israel, Al Hadiyah was twice an Israeli National Champion, first as a foal in 2005 and again as a Junior Colt in 2006. He earned the same titles in those years at the Israeli Egyptian Event. Al Hadiyah became an international champion in 2008 with his Champion Junior Colt title at the Asil Cup International in Germany and was 2009 Austrian National Champion Junior Colt as well. As a senior stallion, Al Hadiyah earned numerous honors including being named Bronze Champion Senior Stallion at the 2012 U.S. Egyptian Event and Reserve Champion 6-8 Stallion at the 2012 Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas. As a sire, Al Hadiyah has graced his foals with his exquisite type and conformation and is the sire of national champions. In 2017, his daughter, Sorella Al Hadiyah, was named the 2017 German National Gold Champion Mare for EOS Arabians. A second gorgeous example of his quality as a sire, Rihanna El Hadiyah, was the 2017 AHO-Breeders Championship Europe Reserve Champion Senior Mare. Another daughter, Zinat Al Doniya, won the Most Classic Head award at the Egyptian Event Europe for Switzerland’s Hanaya Stud. It is through these and other outstanding progeny that Al Hadiyah AA will continue to influence the Arabian breed for generations to come. His reflection will be seen in each dark eye, his elegance will be preserved in each graceful limb. He will forever remain alive in the hearts of his admirers, especially Luciana Fasano and everyone at Fazenda Floresta.

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Calendar Of Events REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

April 23-29, 2018, Region 7 Championships, Scottsdale, Arizona. www.aha7.org May 3-6, 2018, Region 17 Championships, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. www.region17.com May 7-12, 2018, Region 12 Championships, Perry, Georgia. www.aharegion12.com May 18-20, 2018, Region 1 Championships, Del Mar, California. www.aharegionone.org May 30-June 2, 2018, Region 9 Championships, Fort Worth, Texas. www.region9aha.org June 7-10, 2018, Region 8 Championships, Denver, Colorado. www.aharegion8.org June 12-17, 2018, Region 10 Championships, St. Paul, Minnesota. www.region10arabians.com June 16-23, 2018, Region 4 Championships, Nampa, Idaho. www.aharegioniv.com June 19-24, 2018, Region 2 Championships, Santa Barbara, California. www.ahareg2.org June 20-24, 2018, Region 13 Championships, Springfield, Ohio. www.aharegion13.com June 28-30, 2018, Region 6 Championships, Douglas, Wyoming. www.region6aha.com June 28-30, 2018, Region 18 Championship, London, Ontario, Canada. www.region18.on.ca June 28-July 1, 2018, Region 14 Championships, Lexington, Kentucky. www.aha14.com July 4-8, 2018, Region 11 Championships, Lake St. Louis, Missouri. www.aha11.com July 4-8, 2018, Region 15 Championships, Lexington, Virginia. www.region15aha.com July 6-11, 2018, Region 3 Championships, Rancho Murieta, California. www.arabianhorses3.org July 10-14, 2018, Region 5 Championships, Monroe, Washington. www.regionv.com July 11-14, 2018, Region 16 Championships, Syracuse, New York. www.region16.org

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April 12-15, 2018, Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas, Nevada. www.arabianbreedersworldcup.com May 24-27, 2018, Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes, Columbus, Ohio. www.buckeyesweepstakes.com August 29-September 1, 2018, Egyptian Event, Lexington, Kentucky. www.pyramidsociety.org September 13-15, 2018, NSH Finals, Springfield, Illinois. www.nshregistry.org September 26-29, 2018, Arabian National Breeder Finals, Scottsdale, Arizona. www.scottsdaleshow.com September 28-30, 2018, Minnesota Fall Festival, St. Paul, Minnesota. www.medallionstallion.com

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Index Of Advertisers IIB Farms............................................................................................................ 58

A Abel, Allan & Jean........................................................................................... 167 Adams, Patty & Tiffany................................................................................... 141 AHT Boutique.................................................................................................. 109 AHT Website Design.................................................................................. 16, 17 AKS Farms.......................................................................................................... 78 Al Shaqab............................................................................................6Halter (32) All Star Equine................................................................................................. 110 Amazing Horse Woman, LLC...............................................7, 8Spotlight (154) Ames, Hadley..................................................................................................... 70 Ames, Lara.......................................................................................................... 60

B Barker, Maggie................................................................................................. 133 Beloveds Farm........................................................ IFC, 1, 25, 20Spotlight (166) Browne, Elle........................................................................................................ 78 Burkman Centre............................................................................................... 111

C Cedar Ridge Arabians, Inc..................................................................66, 70, 107 Chase Harvill Training Centre....................................................................... 106 Chrishan Park Arabians...........................7, 8Spotlight (154), 18Spotlight (164) Christy Higman-Clements Training................................................................80 Contois, Jeanne & Allison............................................................................... 142 Conway Arabians.............................. 6-7Spotlight (152, 153), 17Spotlight (163) Crisp Arabians...................................................................138, 17Spotlight (163)

D DePaolo Equine Concepts...............................................................................4, 5 Dolorosa Arabians....................................................................... 3Spotlight (149) DreymBay Farm....................................................................................... 135, 145

F Flynn, LA.......................................................................................................... 106 Frierson, Atkinson............................................................................................ 173

H HA Toskcan Sun LLC................................................................ 2Spotlight (148) Harris Arabians........................................................................... 2Spotlight (148) Hegg, Mrs. Mickey.......................................................................................... 173 Heslep, Janie...................................................................................................... 133 Hines, Debra & Brooke................................................................................... 139 Howard Schatzberg Photography...................................................................... 63 Huchet, Diane................................................................................................... 140

I Iniziare Arabians.......................................................................................176-BC

J Jenkins, Melessa ............................................................................................... 133 John White Stables............................................................................................. 61

K Keith, Dorothy.................................................................................................. 143 Kiesner Training........................................................ 74, 6-7Spotlight (152, 153) Krohn Show Horses...........................................................................5Halter (31)

M Maroon Fire Arabians........................................................................ 57, 104, 173 McConaughey Training Centre......................................................................123

P Palmetto Arabians............................................................................. 62, 136, 137 Pate, Emily.......................................................................................................... 66 Perkins, Suzanne & Perry..................................................................4Halter (30) Perricone, Isabella & Valentina.........................................................................80 Power Pusher....................................................................................................... 21 Prestige Farms.......................................................................................98, 99, 108

R R.O. Lervick Arabians............................................................................. 105, 173 Rae-Dawn Arabians............................................................ 24Halter (50), 51, 52 RBC Show Horses................................................ 145, 17-18Spotlight (163-164) Reed Training...................................................................................................124 Rickert, Kendall.................................................................................................. 66 Rohara Arabians............................................................................................... 167 Rossomme, McKenna & Meghann................................................................. 140 Royal Arabians...................................................................................FC, 9, 12-15 Russell, Joe & Katie.................................................................................... 59, 111

S Sahara Scottsdale .............................................................................................2, 3 Select Show Horses...........................................................18Spotlight (164), 168 Shea Stables...................................................................................56, 57, 104, 173 Sichini Training.................................................................................................. 82 Stachowski Farm, Inc............................................. 68, 72, 102, 2Spotlight (148) Stewart Performance Horses............................................................................122 Strawberry Banks Farm............................................................................100, 101

T Tamar Arabians Limited.................................................................................. 121 Ted Carson @ Butler Farms Training Center.26, 1Halter (27), 146, 1Spotlight (147), 19Spotlight (165) The Hat Lady................................................................................................... 173 The Quinn Family............................................................................................124 Trautman, Lana.................................................................................................. 74

V Varian Arabians.........................................................................19Spotlight (165) Vicki Humphrey Training Center.......................................................70, 76, 103 Voss, William & Janell......................................................18Spotlight (164), 168

W Waldschmidt, Haley........................................................................................... 72 Weems, Peggy...................................................................................................122 Whelan Family, The......................................................................................... 143 Wilkins Livestock Insurers.............................................................................. 173 Windabrae Farm...............................................................................................134 Winer, Maddy & Jay.........................................................................19Halter (45) Witter, Laura.................................................................................................... 142

Y Yih, Sophie.......................................................................................................... 68

L Lowe Show Horse Centre.................................................................................... 7

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