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Editor's Notes By Stephanie J. Corum

I suspect you noticed in the February issue that there were no stats. Well, it was because there were only a couple of races so I decided to wait until the March issue. So here we are with the March issue and you will notice that there are still no stats at the back of the magazine. The magazine receives its statistics from the Arabian Jockey Club (AJC) who in turn receives them from Equibase. Unfortunately, when I requested the stats from the AJC, they had not received any 2017 races from Equibase. And because it was press time, I decided not to wait so there are no stats in this issue. I feel confident, however, that we will be back on track for April. As I announced in my "Editor's Notes" from February, Backside Racing is taking shape. If you didn't notice already, check out the inside front cover to see our offering for 2017. There are a limited number of shares available, and we already have people interested. If you want to get involved there is no time to waste. We plan to be ready to run when Delaware Park opens. There are some big announcements coming from Arabian Finish Line in the next couple of months. We will be taking the next steps in expanding the Finish Line brand. I recently heard a year-old start-up company say that if they didn't expand they would fail. They felt that they couldn't be complacent and stay with only what they had. They had to keep pushing forward and expand into other venues so that they didn't (as the old saying goes) "put all their eggs in one basket". That is my plan with Arabian Finish Line. The magazine itself receives many compliments. It has expanded its coverage, look and readership. But because we are such a small industry, it is not sustainable by itself. So we are expanding into additional areas that will be announced very soon. All of our expansions will continue to promote Arabian racing and provide additional advertising opportunites to spread the word about our great sport. STALLION GUIDE CORRECTIONS The information listed for Norphe on the cover should have read "Leading Living Sire Standing in the U.S." In addition, Sand Tiki Special stands at Welcome Arabians, 8461 County Road 128, Floresville, TX 78114. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.

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If you follow my column, you know that I often write stories about owners, trainers and others in our industry. I have never (hardly ever) intended to be offensive or insulting, although there have been times that people have misinterpreted my good natured, tongue-in-cheek, sense of humor. Even Billy Lewis thought I was being disrespectful when I said that he couldn't train a billy goat. I had to publish a retraction and inform my readers that Billy, in addition to his many other skills, was an accomplished goat trainer. It took me a long time to realize that trainers are a very sensitive group (especially when they haven't brought home a winner in a while). Bill Waldron never thought I was funny. In addition to stories, I've been doing quite a few profiles lately. When I undertake such a task, I typically give that person a call and conduct an informal interview. Although I start with a pretty good idea about what I want to say, talking to someone allows me to get the facts straight, helps connect the dots or provides insights that I might not have been aware of. My goal is to provide an interesting and semi-factual column to fill a page or two in this magazine. I'm not looking to create a sensational exposé or scandalous report. There's enough crazy drama going on around us today. (I also do not write about politics). All this brings me around to the story and profile that I'm not going to tell

you about. I wrote it, but things sort of went off course before the final version went to Stephanie for print. It all began innocuously enough with an informal interview. I was going to retell a story from days gone by and wanted to make sure I got the facts straight. It was one of those stories that maybe wasn't so funny at the time for the people involved, but now with the passage of time is sort of amusing. The interview went well, just a friendly chat about old times. Later, I got an e-mail from the person I interviewed asking me to call them about the story. When I called them back they asked me "what exactly are you going to say?" I told them that although I had a draft, I never really knew exactly what I was going to say until right before deadline, after I slept on the story for a few days, and made final changes before I sent it in. I assured them that I was not going to write anything inflammatory and told them in general what I was writing (which was pretty much what we had talked about). "Maybe you shouldn't say such and such about so and so", they responded (they actually were more specific with " such and such about so and so" being representative of what I was writing about as well as the heart of my story.) "Can you send me the draft?" they asked. "How do you politely say no" I thought 7 • Arabian Finish Line • March 2017

to myself. "Why don't you write about 'this and that/ instead?" they quizzed. "Well, I guess I could" I replied. "OK, great!" they said. "When you do, could you please send me the draft before you print it?" So, that's my story about my story. If it wasn't so close to deadline, I'd start from scratch. I have an interview set up for next week, but that's not going to help me now. However, I have another reason for writing this. Vicki and I will be attending the Darley Award weekend soon. In addition to enjoying the festivities, I will be on business. Seriously. With voice recorder in hand I will be conducting interviews with anyone I can corner who has a story to tell. I really want to talk to you about "such and such and so and so". If you want, we can also get into "this and that". But no, I won't send you a draft. ∞ A while back I made a reference to our last KA Czubuthan "prospect". Last fall he was four, so we figured it was about time to do something with him. Up until then he was Vicki's pet, and although he'd been fussed over and handled quite a bit, he'd not been ridden. I don't know for sure, but over

the years I guess we've started and conditioned more than a hundred young horses. Although it had been a while, I figured it was like riding a bike.

to mount him in the ring. I think the operative word here is "tried". It came back to me that riding a bike wasn't always so easy.

Like many of the Czubuthan young'uns we've raised and trained, this boy has inherited his daddy's "spirited nature". If you've ever been around Czubuthan or one of his get, you know that "spirited nature" is a euphemism for (add your own words). Let us just speak of his intelligence, strength and willfulness.

Now several months later my ankle is just about healed. Although I am grateful for the AARP discounts I receive at motels, I realize that hitting the dirt hurts a lot more than it did when I was younger.

We started him like we always do, first on an lounge line learning voice commands, then with a saddle and bridle, and this case (out of caution) with sand bags in the saddle getting used to the weight and the banging around. I spent a session mounting him in the stall, and in all aspects, once he figured it out, he did fine. Vicki told me to be careful and not hurt myself (or the horse). Perhaps I should have been more cautious when I tried

The weather is good and we are back in the ring working our gelding on the lounge line. I'll let you know when I get back on my bike.

Czorzelost, out of Corall (by TC Tomyr) learning the baics. Photo courtesy of the author.

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Shock Wave Therapy for Treating Musculoskeletal Injuries in Horses: The Hows and Whys In last month’s Equi-Tech article, I wrote about the regenerative effects of platelet-rich plasma on damaged tendons and ligaments. So I thought, let’s continue along that vein in reviewing current treatments for tendon injuries. Extracorporeal generated shock waves have been used for medical therapy on the human side over 20 years ago to help disintegrate those dreaded kidney stones. Today, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has become an emerging technology for the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal injuries in horses. So what is a shock wave? It is basically a sharp change of pressure (that occurs within a narrowed region) and density that travels as a wave front through some type of medium. This pressure disturbance can carry mechanical energy with it as it travels through the medium. Ok, so now that you understand how a shock wave is generated, let me explain shock wave therapy. The Extracorporeal (from outside of the body) Shock Wave Therapy machine functions to generate high-intensity shock or pressure waves which are pulsed to a specific site within an injured tissue…basically pressure waves generated acoustically. Now I know you are thinking…’why in the world would I want to transmit high energy waves into injured tissue after you just said it was initially used to disintegrate kidney stones…so wouldn’t that just make matters worse?’ Well, it might but that would depend upon the type of shock wave being used. Shock waves travel nearly unchanged through fluid and therefore soft tissues of the body. They exert their effects only when there is a change in acoustic impedance along their path (it hits something that has a different density) and the wave will either be reflected, refracted, transmitted or dissipated. Shock waves are characterized by the

positive pressures and short rise time (time it takes for the shock wave to build up) which are responsible for the direct or positive shock wave effect and the tensile wave (when the positive pressure falls to a negative pressure) which provides the indirect or negative shock wave effect. When the shock wave energy is released, it will create compression and shear loads on the surface of the material with the greater impedance. This interaction between compression and shear force results in what is commonly referred to as cavitation. In other words the formation of bubbles or cavities occur when the energy is released and when these cavities collapse or implode, it causes local stress to that area; the collapse leads to further generation of shock waves. This is thought to be the main mode of action on why shock wave therapy works to assist healing of tissues. There are two fundamentally different types of shock wave. One is Radial, Dispersive or Soft shock wave and the other is Focused, Hard or Lithotripsy shock wave. The latter is the type of shock wave that is used for kidney stone disintegration and will not be discussed in this article. Soft shock waves can be generated with two systems. An air compressed system or an electromagnetic system. In the air compressed system, as the name suggests, compressed air is used to generate shock wave. This machine usually requires an air compressor and the shock wave generation is referred to in terms of pressure (bar). The electromagnetic machine uses alternating magnetic fields to create the shock wave. These machines require an electricity source and the shock wave generated is described in actual energy in milijoules (mJ). Shock waves are divided in terms of their energy content and despite some controversy, the following are generally accepted among most users of the machine. • Low – up to 0.09mJ/mm2 • Medium – up to 0.28mJ/mm2 • High – over 0.6mJ/mm2

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General Treatment settings for: • soft tissue injuries: 0.075 mJ/mm2 • chronic injuries and small bone lesions: 0.15 mJ/ mm2 • sore backs: 0.30 mJ/mm2 • OCD and factures: 0.45 mJ/mm2

ment inflammation or injury), navicular syndrome, stress fractures, bucked shins, bowed tendons, sesamoiditis, ring bone, and back pain, just to name a few. In addition, it is thought that the pressure waves may help physically break down or move hematomas or fluid from a lesion to allow healing to occur.

The depth a concussive shock wave can reach depends on the force at which the shock wave is produced. The higher the input energy, the deeper the shock will travel and the more energy will be transmitted into the tissues. The frequency (pulse rate frequency or PRF) of the shock wave must also be taken into consideration. The higher frequencies (14+hz) are described as producing less sensation and the lower frequencies (8-12hz) are believed to be more painful. Studies have shown that the lower frequencies (0.5hz-5hz) cause much less cavitation during treatment whereas high frequencies (above 5hz) cause many more cavitations which increase in number with increasing speed/frequency. However, I must point out that increasing frequency increases the number of cavitations but not the size of those cavitations; only energy delivery per mm (pressure) can do that! Since we are on frequency, let me mention that increasing frequency affects the depth of wave penetration (lower frequency waves travel further).

Even though ESWT is considered a safe non-invasive tool, it cannot be used without some precautions. As with all therapies, treatment is critical to the proper location…you must be target specific. Also, you need to use it long enough to make a difference….So the question is…how long is long enough? Results and usage time will depend on the experiences of the person doing the treatment. There are some things we do know not to use it near: 1) malignant tumors, 2) if the fetus is in the treatment area, 3) if a epiphyseal (bone growth plate) plate is in the treatment area. Some other concerns with the use of ESWT is the possibility of creating bone micro-lesions or micro-fractures and the local analgesic affect. Although some research has shown that there are no bone lesions present after treatment, the analgesic affect (although this is a good result) can predispose some horses to re-injure themselves after treatment because they do not feel pain. Other studies have observed that using the ESWT on a normal tendon leads to its disorganization of matrix and changes in collagen levels, thus exposing non-injured tissue should be avoided. It is clear that we need to have a better understanding of the biological effect of shock waves on tissue and bone but because we can see the effectiveness of shock wave therapy in its application in the treatment of tendons, ligaments and bones on horses, this can be considered as another positive therapeutic tool to add to our horse health and welfare arsenal.

Shock wave therapy effects fall into three broad categories: 1. Destruction of tissue 2. Healing 3. Decreased pain What needs to be remembered is that the effects happen at high to low energy levels. For example, high levels = damage + healing + pain relief; medium levels = healing + pain relief; low levels = pain relief. Although the exact mechanism by which shock wave therapy stimulates healing is unknown, theoretically the shock waves can increase cellular division, stimulate and accelerate the healing process, increase vascularization in soft tissue and on the tendon-bone junction, and stimulate bone cell synthesis. Because of these, ESWT can be used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions such as desmitis (liga10 • Arabian Finish Line • March 2017

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Football is the biggest sport in America by a county mile, but the past season was more about hand-wringing for the National Football League than end-zone celebrations. When the stage was rolled out for the trophy presentation following the New England Patriots’ comeback Super Bowl win in early February, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was welcomed into Houston’s NRG Stadium with a howl of boos that professional wrestling villains spend lifetimes trying to generate. It was a high-profile reaping of what the league had sown over the course of several years. The sport has never been more woven into the nation’s cultural fabric than it is at this moment. It has also never been under more scrutiny, and the reasons why look awfully similar to the complaints people have about horse racing. Let’s run down a sampling of the list… - The schedule has become bloated. - Leadership appears inept at best, antagonistic at worst, and almost certainly plays favorites. - Bad behavior appears rampant among players. - Concern over player safety and longterm health has never been higher, and solutions coming from the top ring hollow. - Rules put in place aimed at protecting players appear rather knee-jerk and are watering down the on-field product, with inconclusive returns on actual safety improvements. - Fan bases in certain markets don’t

feel confident their team will stay in town, while other cities show little interest in the franchise they have. Pair all of that with the ever-growing list of alternatives for entertainment in a digital age, and the ratings juggernaut began to show a wobble during the 2016 season that launched a fleet of think-pieces pondering what’s going wrong with the NFL. Does any of this sound familiar, racing fans? It has been a long while since horse racing occupied the national consciousness to a degree anywhere close to the NFL’s market share today, but there is always something to be learned from observing one’s contemporaries. Professional football's status as a potential collapsing supernova is a road our sport has already been down, but how the NFL handles the various fires it needs to put out is still a worthwhile case study for horse racing’s decision-makers to keep the sport from continued marginalization. The issues are not apples-to-apples, but as I laid out, the two sports have more in common than meets the eye. I was recently reading the book “But What If We’re Wrong?” by Chuck Klosterman, which examines how we look back on history, and what parts of it survive to become part of the canon of a particular topic. Then, he uses that baseline to ponder what parts of today’s culture decades and 11 • Arabian Finish Line • March 2017

centuries from now. Klosterman dedicates an entire chapter to the NFL, and how history will remember it, given the fairly recent breakthroughs regarding the longterm health of players and how the risk of serious debilitating injury will be accepted by the mainstream ultracasual fan, now that the sport is being marketed beyond the hardcore base. Could a sport built around inherent danger (and plagued by all the other things I listed) sustain itself long-term in its current form when the people watching are not there for the danger? Horse racing, of course, is not built around aggression toward competitors like football, but the element of risk for the human and equine athlete is there every time a foot goes in the irons (along with all the other things I listed). Nobody’s there to see it, but the ground can hit as hard and do as much long-term damage as any linebacker. Klosterman presents two popular theories for the future of football, along with the author’s own, and none of them say “yes.” The theory I found to be of the most interest came from noted football historian Michael MacCambridge, which suggests that football will survive, but not in it’s current form. Following is a passage from “But What If We’re Wrong?” explaining the theory:

“The less incendiary take on football's future suggests that it will continue, but in a different shape. It becomes a regional sport, primarily confined to places where football is ingrained in the day-to-day culture (Florida, Texas, etc.). Its fan base resembles that of contemporary boxing—rich people watching poor people play a game they would never play themselves. The NFL persists through sheer social pervasiveness—a system that's too big to fail and too economically essential to too many micro-economies. “The game itself is altered for safety. ‘As a natural optimist who loves football, I can only really give one answer to this question, and the answer is yes. I believe that football can and will still have a significant place in American culture in a hundred years,’ says Michael MacCambridge, author of the comprehensive NFL history America's Game. ‘That said, I suspect it will be a less violent game than it has been in the past. And this would be in line with the changes throughout American spectator sports—and society at large—over the previous century. In the 19th century, in baseball, you could throw a runner out on his way to first merely by pegging him in the back with the ball while he was hurrying down the first-base line. That age of bare-knuckles boxing and cockfighting and football as organized

mayhem eventually changed to reflect the sensibilities of the modern era. So football will continue to change over the next century, and so will protective football equipment.”

My favorite stories to read and write are the ones where the mood stays light, and it takes a lot for me to get bold enough to venture into the investigative realm.

Does any of this sound familiar, racing fans?

That said, I realize failing to address the herd of elephants in the room only leads to broken furniture - or in this case, a regional sport, primarily confined to places where the game is ingrained in the day-to-day culture, where its fan base resembles that of contemporary boxing—rich people watching poor people play a game they would never play themselves.

Much of the discussion in the preceding paragraphs has been about athlete safety, but consider the racing industry’s dialogue over the past decade – Would it be that difficult to Mad-Lib phrases like “drugs,” “marketing,” “cooperation,” or “decent business practices” into that passage and end up with something that looked awfully similar? I attended this year’s Eclipse Awards, and one of the common themes among several acceptance speeches was an urging toward media producers and consumers to stop putting a focus on unflattering topics, one calling them “scandal of the week” stories, like when a trainer gets popped for a drug overage. Instead of expressing a desire to address and correct problem areas, I heard industry leaders, even some in the media itself, condone pushing those uncomfortable things to the side and focusing on the good the sport can do. I’ll admit, I myself am a “features” guy.

We need to pay attention to football because whatever horse racing did, or didn’t do, at the same fork in the road left it in the margins, and refusing to looks its challenges in the eyes will only drive it further down the food chain into the realm of Greyhound racing and jai-alai, and perhaps even deeper into bare-knuckle boxing and cockfighting. Our industry’s history of putting its head in the sand on big issues has turned those molehills into potential mountains in a lot of familiar spots. The least we can do is watch this with intent. Let’s see what someone else does at the same fork in the road and learn from it. Maybe it’ll help find our way back.

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Arabians In Art A Passion for Art: An interview with Fine Artist Erna Goudbeek By Gina McKnight www.gmcknight.com From Holland, Erna Goudbeek paints gorgeous paintings that move, dance, and inspire. She captures the beauty of each creature, painting in a signature style that is soft and elegant. From muted tones of desert landscapes, to majestic birds and gallant horses - all seem to entice you to the canvas. GM: Growing up in Holland with beautiful scenery and native fauna, you were inspired at an early age to create breath-taking masterpieces. What is the key to capturing the essence and spirit of wildlife in its native habitat? EG: When I was growing up as a child, I lived in the centre of a city, but I was very fortunate to have parents that ensured I learnt about nature. We used to cycle and walk in the nature, visiting nature reserves to see wild birds and animals in their natural habitat. Also as most children do, I had a succession of family pets. When I met my partner Brian, we decided to look for a house, and in 2002 we settled in a small German village just over the border from Holland. We found that we had settled in the middle of a preservation area for wild birds, and there is also a large amount of wild deer. In that same year, I decided to become a full time artist, leaving my job at the NATO Base in Holland. In this little village where we live, surrounded by nature and wildlife, I find the inspiration I need to create my oil paintings. Here, I feel like I’ve gone back in time yet finally have come home and settled down. When I am not travelling to shows, exhibitions or fairs, where I find a great deal of my inspiration, you can find me in my studio, where I can work peacefully, just painting. GM: You are a natural talent. Are your parents/family supportive of your creative endeavors? EG: My parents have always been extremely proud and supportive of me. They would surprise me and my partner by turning up at shows in Holland where I was ex-

hibiting. Unfortunately, my dad passed away in October 2014, but I feel so blessed that he was still with us to see three of my most significant achievements in my career. It made my parents so very proud when I was chosen to represent Holland as an artist at the International Falconry Festival in Abu Dhabi, and also when I was invited to exhibit my work at the Mara’ee in Bahrain in March 2014. There I was introduced to the King of Bahrain, who bought some of my paintings. During my stay in Bahrain, I also got the wonderful news that one of my oil paintings was selected for the David Shephard Wildlife Artist of the Year 2014 exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. My mother continues to be very proud of me, and I am sure my dad is watching over me. He told me to keep painting and I will certainly do that! GM: Sincere thoughts of your dad. Your family certainly has played a role in your creativity. Falconry, horses and more all show your passion for life. Do you have a favorite piece from your collection? EG: It is very difficult to choose an individual painting. I always put my heart and soul into every painting that I create. They have all something special in them. I am a perfectionist, after every painting that I finish, I always feel that I could it better. As I said, I don’t have a favorite painting, but if I have to choose my best one… that will be my next painting! GM: It’s always exciting to visit an artist’s studio; all the paints, colors, and aromas of a work in process. Describe your studio…. EG: My partner built an extension to the house, which is

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my studio, where I can paint quietly. Attached to the gallery there is a small conservatory with a glass roof. In the summer I sometimes see the squirrels on the roof looking at me when I am painting. That is so nice to see. The pride of place is a large wooden table that I work on. I also give lessons once a week to a small group of people. It is very satisfying for me to see how they have progressed over the years and their feeling for art now. GM: Your studio sounds peaceful and serene. Do you have a muse or other inspiration to get you going in the morning and to your studio? EG: I can’t say I have one muse; I have several. One in particular is my partner Brian. He always motivates me to move forward and supports me with everything I do, especially with new projects. Another muse is a beautiful horse, waiting for me on panel to bring alive in my gallery. As I have grown as an artist, I still feel heavily influenced by my teacher Mr. Guust van den Noort. Unfortunately, he passed away in November 2012, but I feel he is always with me. He is also definitely my muse! When I need it, I just think of his last words… “I believe in you and you will get there, just keep painting with your heart”. My dad will always be my muse. I think of him every single day. He was so proud of my achievements. I am also most at peace while listening to beautiful music or just the sounds of nature around me when I start to think about painting. GM: Your art truly shows your passion and dedication to beauty. What are you currently creating? EG: I am currently working on two commissioned paintings, a Bird of Prey with two chicks and another beautiful Arabian horse. GM: Where are you currently exhibiting? EG: At the moment, most of my collection is on display in a

gallery in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. GM: Is there a specific artist who has inspired your creativity? EG: Certainly, while working with other painters in Almelo, Holland, I studied with my teacher Mr. Guust van den Noort, he was a Dutch old Master! When he was young he in turn studied with a Master of the school of Den Hague. He gave me a great gift; the confidence to paint, he always told me that I was a natural talent. This in turn gave me the will to develop my own technique. I believe by just following my inner artist, feeling at one with my work, I could experiment with different styles and techniques. Alas, I am also a perfectionist, and I am never satisfied. I strive with each piece to get better, become the best artist I can be. I also get inspired when I see work from the old Masters, for example Rembrandt, he was a unique painter. I love the impressionistic oil paintings from the Masters of the school of Den Hague, for example Maris, Roelofs and Mesdag. GM: As an artist with great success, do you have advice for novice artists? EG: Never give up on your passion! Love what you do, because it is who you are. No matter if you are formally trained or self-taught, keep painting with your heart. Work hard, we all have to. It all takes time, but if you really want to succeed, you will! More about Erna... Erna Goudbeek, born in 1966, grew up in Almelo, a town in the province of Overijssel in Holland, a place where her

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love of painting began. Her once hobby became a true passion, giving us the magnificent internationally recognized oil paintings we see today. From a successful career at the NATO Base to working full time in her studio and gallery in her home in Neugnadenfeld, a small village in Germany, Erna has grown as an artist developing a unique, captivating style. She has evolved into the one of the best loved nature artists of this time, influenced by her love of the natural world, the impressionistic oil painters of the School of Den Hague and deftly guided by her now deceased mentor, a Dutch old Master. His recognition of her natural talent steered her present techniques, inspiring her and giving her the conviction to progress to where she is today. “It feels like I’ve gone back in time and have finally come home; here I have settled down”, surrounded by nature and wildlife, she finds the inspiration she needs to create. Erna’s admiration of nature and wild animals are the life force of her work; evident in the captured soul of her subjects on panel, like the purity and grace of an owl, or the strength of a horse or dog, the intensity of the hunt and stare of a bird of prey. It’s their passion for life that is the same passion with which she paints, bringing their existence to such lifelike skill, one could believe you are watching its life unfold before you. When painting, Erna feels she expresses her true emotional self. She knows she has been successful when she sees that same depth of emotional response in the eyes of those who view her works.

Responses to Erna’s latest works have garnered a dedicated following, and she has engaged with some challenging projects worldwide, most recently with Royal commissions in the Middle East. Notably; Abu Dhabi 2011, where she was invited to the International Festival of Falconry in Al Ain (UAE), representing the Netherlands with two paintings as a finalist in the art competition. Bahrain 2014, invited along with only two other artists to Mara’ee in Bahrain exhibiting work that caught the attention of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, to whom she was introduced. London 2014, one of her oil paintings was selected for the David Shephard Wildlife Artist of the Year 2014 exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Bahrain 2015, International Art Fair Bahrain. Erna’s work continues to inspire, and her fan base grows year on year, not only for the unequalled work in capturing nature but also for her commitment and passion to the subjects she portrays. She can be contacted for commissioned works by email and her works can be viewed on Facebook and her website. e-mail : ernagoudbeek@hotmail.com e-mail : erna.goudbeek@tonline.de www.ernagoudbeek.com FB: Erna Goudbeek/ Oil Paintings Erna Goudbeek Instagram: oil_paintings_ erna_goudbeek Contact: www.ernagoudbeek.com ernagoudbeek@hotmail.com or erna.goudbeek@t-online.de Instagram: oil_paintings_erna_goudbeek FB: Erna Goudbeek or Oil Paintings Erna Goudbeek

2017 Graded Stakes (as approved by GSC) January 14, 2017 Mar. 4, 2017 HH Sh. Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Hcp., Gr 1, (Amethyst Jewel 1st Leg of the Triple Jewel) 4 yr old & up, $50,000 guaranteed, 7 furlongs, Sam Houston Park, Texas. Apr. 1, 2017 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Cup, Gr 1, 4 yr old & up, $100,000 guaranteed purse, 1 1/16 miles, Santa Anita Park, California. July 8, 2017 HH SH. Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Hcp. Gr. 1, (Emerald Jewel, 2nd leg Of the Triple Jewel) 4 yr old & up, 6 furlongs, $50,000 guaranteed, Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, California. July 29 2017 Delaware Park Arabian Derby, Gr. 2, 3 & 4 yr. olds, $30,000 guaranteed, 1 ¼ miles, Delaware Park, Delaware. Aug. 5 2017 Delaware Park Arabian Oaks, Gr. 2, 3 & 4 yr. old fillies, $30,000 guaranteed, 1 1/16 miles, Delaware Park, Delaware. Sponsored by Cre Run Enterprises LLC. Sept. 2, 2017 Buzz Brauninger Arabian Distaff Hcp. Gr. 1, F&M 3 & up, with Preference given to 4 yr olds and up. $45,000 guaranteed, 1 1/8 miles, Delaware Park, Delaware. Aug 19, 2017 Delaware Park Arabian Classic Hcp., Gr 1, 3 & up, with preference given to 4 yr. olds and up. $50,000 guaranteed, 1 ¼ miles, Delaware Park, Delaware. Sept. 4, 2017 HH Sh. Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Hcp. Gr. 1, (Diamond Jewel, 3rd leg of the Triple Jewel) 4 & up, $50,000 guaranteed, 1 mile, Monmouth Park, New Jersey. Sept 23, 2017 Delaware Park Juvenile Championship Fillies Stakes Gr. 3, 3 yr. old Fillies, 1 mile 70 yards. $20,000 guaranteed, Delaware Park, Delaware. Sept 30,2017 Delaware Park Juvenile Championship Stakes Gr. 3, 3 yr. olds, 1 mile 70 yards. $20,000 guaranteed, Delaware Park, Delaware.

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RACING PARTNERSHIPS 101 The Experience Owning a share of a racehorse can be one of the most thrilling experiences of a lifetime. Being in the paddock as your horse gets saddled for his race, exchanging thoughts and strategy ideas with your trainer and your jockey, sitting in an owner's box as the race is run, and, of course, getting your picture taken in the winner's circle are emotions that can't be described with words. Watching your horse cross the finish line first and feeling that exuberating rush is something that only the owner of a racehorse can understand. Aside from owning your own professional sports team racehorse ownership provides the most direct involvement with and access to, the athletes. The Expenses Racehorse ownership can be costly. The expenses can add up rapidly, and there's no certainty of income or profit. Therefore, it's important to manage your own expectations so there are no unanticipated and uncomfortable surprises. Every horse in training at the racetrack will incur monthly bills from the trainer, the vet, and the blacksmith. There may also be a bill for vanning if your horse needs to move from one racetrack to another or to/from a farm. These expenses will vary from racetrack to racetrack and from trainer to trainer. Generally speaking the higher profile the racing circuit, the more lucrative the purses, the more successful the trainer, the higher the costs. Markup A very common question about partnership groups is why they include a markup on the share price of their horses. It's a fair question. However, markups are included in practically every bit of commerce being conducted everywhere in the world. Without a markup the company would be working for free; and nobody does that. Additionally, the partnership provides additional value above and beyond the horse. It incurs advertising costs so that other partners can be brought together thereby enabling you, as one partner, to be able to get involved for a fractional share. Additionally, they'll spend many hours interacting with the trainer, the vet, the racetrack coordinating the horse's career and then communicating that back to the partners. Managing a horse can be a full time job. As such, it's fair to compensate the manager for his/ her time and expertise. The Risks Make no mistake, racehorse ownership can also be one of the most risky endeavors you'll ever undertake because it is extremely speculative. There is absolutely no guarantee whatsoever that your horse will turn a profit. In fact, the vast majority of racehorses do not, and there's no guarantee that you horse will ever win, or even race. Injuries and luck play a very big part of the game. Before making the decision to become a racehorse owner it's crucial that you fully understand the risks and are comfortable with them. You should only commit funds that you're in a position to, in the worst case scenario, lose 100%. The endeavor should be viewed as an entertainment expenses and never a vehicle for profit. While profit and return on investment always possible, they are never guaranteed. The Benefits Whether you own 100% of a horse or 1% of a horse, the thrill, entertainment, 18 • Arabian Finish Line • March 2017

and fun is the same. Like most people, unless you're extremely well off, owning and racing a horse is out of your league. However, fractional ownership by means of a racing partnership is the most straightforward approach, allowing many individuals and families to share the costs while experiencing all of the fun. Managers take on all the headaches of assembling and organizing the partners, paying the bills, communicating with the trainers and vets, coordinating the partners on race day, etc. thereby allowing the partners to focus on the fun. Have Fun Owning and managing a racehorse is no less labor-intensive than any other business. There are bills to pay, licenses and accreditations to be obtained, and decisions that need to be made. There is a great deal of time and communication spent between the owner, the trainer, the vet, the vanning company, etc. Frequently racing decisions need to be made, sometimes on short notice. Logistics and coordination in terms of training, racing, and transportation are also vital. None of this is fun. One of the very great benefits of fractional ownership is that the manager handles all these duties. The partners need not spend time and energy with the business side of the game. They'll have more time to spend on the racing (fun and enjoyable) part of the ownership experience. Photos by Steve Heath.

Arabian Racing’s

Black Stallion

KD Kalhoun Pedigree: KD Kalibor x Belvedere Hartyna, by Baharr Race Record: 7 wins, 8 placings. 6/35(7-4-4) Sire of race winners. (photo age 6. Visit him at Mandolynn Hill Farman exceptionally kind stallion and more beautiful than ever)

Kan You Run Pedigree: Wiking x Kenia, by *El Paso Race Record: 15 wins, 16 places. 55(15-7-9)2-2 Sire of race winners.

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RB Nash Dominates in the $30,000 Texas Six Shooter Plus S.

Coady Photos.

The horse shortage became very apparent when the individual races, the Texas Six Shooter and Texas Yellow Rose, did not fill individually. As a result, the races were combined and rewritten as the Texas Six Shooter Plus S., at 7 furlongs, for horses that had nominated and sustained to the original races. Only 6 horses entered, headed by probable 3-year-old Darley Champion RB Nash. He set a pressured pace from the inside and was set for a long drive with Quick Sand AA through the stretch. He held sway to win by 1 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:32.80. The winning jockey was Ernesto ValdezJimenez. Quick Sand AA was easily second over the filly Ruby AA. RB Fired Up, Spook AA and Madjic Vaz completed the field. RB Nash (Nashwan Al Khalidiah x R B Sand Storm, by Burning Sand) is bred and owned by Dianne Waldron's Rosebrook Farm. The place and show horses are both owned and bred by Joe and Betty Gillis. The top 5 horses were all trained by leading Texas trainer Jernesto Torrez. This was the first start of the year for the leading 3-year-old colt. To date his record stands at 2/9(6-2-0)3-1, $77,370. Last year he won the Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Championship S. (G3) and the DIAR Texas Lone Star Futurity. 21 • Arabian Finish Line • March 2017

HARC Update By Evie Tubbs Sweeney I feel very privileged to be the USA representative for the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) for a couple of reasons. First, as in any boutique sport, the future lies in growth. The premise of HARC to diversify lines in an inarguably shrinking gene pool is not only correct, but foresightful for the future of the Arabian racing sport. So fundamentally I agree with it from a business development perspective. Secondly – and more importantly – I have always seen it as the perfect entrée at the perfect time for bridging the unnecessary gap between the Arabian horse show world and the Arabian racing world. We know we 1) Need more runners; 2) Need more new people to racing; and 3) Need more racehorses being bred to fill races and stay competitive in the global market. The Arabian show horse market is our lowest hanging fruit. They are already vested in the breed; passionate about the breed; capable of comparable fees in showing; and have well-established breeding programs. Additionally, the show world – like the racing world – is becoming more globalized by the day, and therefore make breeders on other continents more accessible than ever before. It simply becomes a marketing function of successfully reaching them.

on the track, but have now made even bigger strides as stellar broodmares. Three days after I return home from Scottsdale, I will be heading to Abu Dhabi for the HARC General Meeting on Sunday, March 4th, where we will come together in global purpose to discuss how to make the initiative even stronger, more far reaching and more impactful in 2017. The next day, we head to Al W’rsan Stable for The Monarch Celebration, acknowledging 30 glorious years of Monarch’s impact on the Arabian breed. It will be a fitting end not just to our HARC General Meeting, but to my two week trip that begins at the biggest Arabian horse show on earth. When all the parts work together, everyone wins. And that’s what HARC represents.

Next week, I head to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show where I’m becoming known as the “Arabian racing gal” in the show circles. Never a better compliment! I know of nearly a half dozen large breeders whose interest has been piqued through the HARC Arabian Racing Forums last year, and I anticipate many conversations with others next week as well. They are intrigued by the sport as a whole, but the HARC element offers added incentive because their current breeding program is obviously HARC-eligible, in that they are not modern racing lines. Why not race a three-yearold athletic gelding that isn’t suitable for the halter arena and is simply standing in a paddock? Who knows what new diamonds will be uncovered with some experimentation? Some of the best racing lines in the 70s and 80s were from stallions that successfully sired both show horses and racehorses. Like *ahem* Monarch AH. It’s entirely possible. No doubt Monarch AH is the torchbearer of the HARC initiative. And for good reason. His progeny were successful 22 • Arabian Finish Line • March 2017

The Arabian Jockey Club Proudly announces New Inductees to The racing Hall of Fame and Tent of Honor RACING HALL OF FAME Stallion - TH RICHIE Breeder: William J. Shively Raced by: Dianne K. Waldron Present Owner: Sheikha Alyazia Bint Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Mare- WIBWILCCA Breeder: Teisen Auto Co Ltd. Raced by: Daniel or Claudia Spears Present Owner: Jon Henningsgard

Randi Clark photo

TENT OF HONOR KATHY SMOKE Britton, Michigan Contributions to Arabian Racing: Breeder; Owner; President of the Arabian Jockey Club; Chair of the Arabian Racing Commission; pioneered Arabian Racing in Michigan; contributed to Arabian racing internationally by working with the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing. Steve Heath photo

JANE TEUTSCH Hempstead, Texas Contributions to Arabian Racing: Breeder; Owner; pioneered Arabian Racing in Colorado; breeder of many stakes winners, including Darley Horse of the Year, Paddys Day

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NF Proof+/ 1985 - 2013 4/22(14-5-1)D+8 Bay • 15.1 Hands

Stud Fee: $2,500. Frozen semen only.

Arabian Racing Hall of Fame Stallion

Broodmare sire of Darley Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Leading 4-Year-Old Colt EASTER MAN. Congratulations to Joe and Betty Gillis! Still a leading broodmare sire in the U.S.

Anne Seymour 850.859.2808, seyvilla@embarqmail.com

(Falina Des Fabries x Rein Danse by Wiking) Race Record: 4/24(6-5-1)5-2; Darley Champion 3 Year Old Colt, Multi Graded Stakes Winner, U.S. Turf Record Holder Equally outstanding as a sire, producing incredible, muscular get with great temperaments, intelligence and density. Built for both racing, endurance and sport horse stock, his impact continues. Congratulations to Howie Rubin and MY THUNDER BOLT (THE LAST DANSE x FRENCH TWIST) 3 WINS, 4 SECONDS, 4 THIRDS MY AURORAS ECHO - 3 Year Old Filly (THE LAST DANSE X DOYA JUANA DANCE, by JUAN DE SHAWN) - Available for purchase!

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u.n:told stories of horse life

By Steve Heath

The First Horse Whisperer John Solomon Rarey (1827-1866) John Rarey, a native of Groveport, Ohio, was an important figure in the rehabilitation of abused horses during the 1850's. He tamed his first horse at the age twelve, and his method of rehabilitation is outlined in the article entitled “Rarey Technique”. The Rarey technique is a method of calming horses that became vicious and fearful of humans due to abusive handling or other traumatic events. Rarey began by tying one of the horse’s legs up with a strap so that he could not stand on it. This gave him control over the horse and quickly tired the animal. Then Rarey would gently lie the animal down on a comfortable surface. Once the animal was on its side Rarey would use his weight, concentrated at a strategic point such as his head, to keep the animal from rising. Doing so showed the horse that it was safe with him by touching and stroking it on all parts of its body. As a result the horse learned that it could be safe with Rarey and that with relative ease could be demonstrated that it did not need to protect itself from most humans. As word of his gift spread, Queen Victoria of England summoned Rarey to Windsor Castle in 1858 to work with one of her horses. The Queen watched as he demonstrated and was amazed at his skill. She paid him a hundred dollars. Then the call went out to find the most ferocious horse in England. The London media found a stallion named Cruiser, once the fastest race horse in the land. Cruiser wore an eight-pound iron muzzle to stop from savaging the stable boys. His owners kept him for breeding and to make it safer for the humans involved, they planned on blinding him. Against all advice, Rarey went into the stall where no one dared to go and shut the door. He emerged three hours later leading Cruiser, without his muzzle, and gentle as a lamb. The owner was so impressed that he gave Rarey the horse. Rarey brought Cruiser back to Ohio who died in 1874, outliving his new owner by nine years. Cruiser became more than just a horse. He became part of Groveport, Ohio's history. To this day, the Groveport Madison High School's mascot is a horse and their tag is "Go Cruisers!".

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leads the way!

RB BURN, winner of World's Richest Arabian Horse Race

bred by Rosebrook Farm RB BURN!



H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown Gr1PA ~Abu Dhabi €1.2 Million Purse PHOTO BY DEBBIE BURT





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...once again DARLEY NOMINATED for Top Owner and Top Breeder in USA for year 2016!

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Darley Nominations

Our winners at the racetracks including multiple win/places in Graded Stakes, have earned Cre Run and connections seven Darley Award Nominations for 2016... Including nominations for DARLEY CHAMPION OWNER, & DARLEY CHAMPION BREEDER.


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See the 2016 Darley nominees and learn the basics of racing partnerships.

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See the 2016 Darley nominees and learn the basics of racing partnerships.