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CONTENTS Issue #3. 2017


IN MEMORIAM Stanley White, Sr. The Arabian horse industry lost a true horseman and gentleman on April 3, 2017, with the passing of Stanley White, Sr. He left a legacy that shows no signs of abating with children and grandchildren picking up the reins with much success.

By Susan Bavaria On the cover: Flora ElmColone and her mare Mannos Delight. Photo by Stuart Vesty,

WHOA Secrets to Successful Short Trailer Trips These short trips can be made safer for both horses and drivers by looking at what causes injuries or incidents and using checklists for trailer maintenance and best driver practices.

By Marsha Hayes Putting Pieces of the Puzzle Together:

Management to Promote Relaxation

The relaxation piece of the puzzle is one of the most elusive and frustrating training elements to establish because it can’t be MADE to happen. It can only be encouraged and promoted.

By Jessica Cole



IN EVERY ISSUE 8 President’s Letter 10 EVP Letter 13 Corporate Partners 16 Jibbah Jabber 22 Praiseworthy/Achievement Awards 30 AHYA 52 3 FAVES: Chris Culbreth 74 AHA Listings 77 Advertisers Index 79 FOCUS Life 4

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IMPACT Meet Your VP: Deborah Johnson VP Deborah Johnson has taken the AHA mission to heart to introduce new people to the breed and encourage more people to enjoy the Arabian horse.

By Linda Carroll Beloved Survivors How Debbie Fuentes and Allan Ehrlick rose above illness to set an example of how to live a life with humor, grace, elegance and an indefatigable positive outlook.

By Susan Bavaria



GET INVOLVED Follow the Convention Game Learn how to make a change within YOUR association!

By Susan Bavaria Gather Your Team! Horse judging team basics.

By Susan Bavaria

HERITAGE AHA National Shows Retrospectives Youth Nationals: A retrospective of the Ring of Dreams.

Canadian Nationals: Canadian Pride through the ages.

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THE NOW Youth of the Year 2016: Flora ElmColone Flora ElmColone exemplifies the adage “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

By Sarah Evers Conrad The Arabian Breeders World Cup Not just a horse show, the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas is an event you don’t want to miss!

By Julian McPeak


Arabian Horses Are the Best Therapists

What she had was love: love for her horse, love from her friends and a horse that has helped her recover from her life threatening health issues. Congratulations Lynne and Victor!

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DEAR MEMBERS: This letter is all about why we spend time with our horses. To quote Winston S. Churchill “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” And there is probably no other horse that lives that statement as much as the Arabian horse because their heart and loving spirit make them one of the most engaging of breeds. I would like to relate to you a couple of experiences I have had recently that bring forward the power of the horse, most specifically the Arabian horse. At a recent Regional show, I met a nice lady who was so excited that she was going to show her horse in native costume. (We hear that a lot in a show office.) This one was different. Her name is Lynne Ciallella, and her horse’s name is Victor. Lynne hadn’t shown in about 40 years, and she had been working toward this goal for a long time. You see, Lynne has a long list of health issues including a massive heart attack, then Stage 3 colon cancer diagnosed eight days after the heart attack. She went through radiation and six months of chemo, which left her with neuropathy in her hands and feet, That means she can’t really feel her hands or her feet very well. This is where the story gets interesting. Her self-created rehabilitation was to sew her own native costume and go and show her beloved Victor at a horse show. The closest one was actually a regional show, and her plan was to get qualified and show at the Regionals. It took her a year to recover, create the costume and ride well enough to show — all without a trainer but a lot of supportive people. Her costume was beautiful and very authentic in design; her horse was wonderful and her support group amazing — all 25 of them! After her classes, they gave her a bouquet of flowers and spent over half an hour taking photos with all of the people around Lynne and Victor. You will notice I didn’t mention if she placed or went on to Issue 3. 2017

Regionals. Because, as I stood watching them with their friends and family, I realized that it really is not important to this story. What she had was love: love for her horse, love from her friends and a horse that has helped her recover from her life threatening health issues. Congratulations Lynne and Victor! Another group that is helping make lives better and using Arabians, is the Warrior Horse project. This was started by a family who has been on the front lines of childhood leukemia. Ryan Melendez has been fighting Very High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since 2015 and is LIVING despite having cancer. As I understand it, while in the hospital, his family was talking about how lucky they were to have horses in their lives and what could they do to help bring horses to the many children who spend so much time in the hospital. They couldn’t really bring the horses into the hospital easily, so they came up with a program called the Warrior Horse. The way it works is if someone nominates his or her horse to be a Warrior Horse, when that horse receives $1,000 in donations to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society on behalf of that horse, the horse is then paired with a child, and it becomes that child’s “Warrior Horse.” The child, if healthy enough, can come and meet the horse and follow it through its career as a show, recreational riding or simply much loved horse. What a wonderful way to bring Arabians to a new and deserving group of children. The show season has started in earnest and many regional shows have already been held. Recently, I attended the Registration Commission meeting and open forum. Sherman Ranch in Pleasanton, Calif. generously opened their doors to allow the Commission to meet and hold its forum at their ranch. What a beautiful facility! It is so wonderful to see three generations working together to continue to build continued on page 9


Life at AHA: An Update

AHA has also taken over the processing of the Canadian Registry’s work. The Canadian Registry will continue to exist but the processing of their registration work will be done by AHA as a contractor to them in Denver.


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DEAR MEMBERS: Over the last few months, a lot has been going on at AHA. Our ongoing project that we call Future State has been modernizing how our members interact with us, and we have moved into the membership stage. Over the next few months we will be working on all things membership, including an updated Membership renewal format, creating and enhancing website pages using a new shopping cart, and developing a new Membership Home page, new Club Member Renewal pages, new membership renewal emails and new membership reports. Over the past couple of months IT has been preparing too for the national event season. This year’s preparation has been more challenging than normal as we retrofit our website and our in-house applications to work with Multiview — AHA’s new financial software. And as you should know by now, Modern Arabian Horse has become Arabian Horse Life and is now available to all members. This change has been very well received. Feedback is both encouraged and appreciated. In the Marketing Department, Julian McPeak has left to join USEF, and Mikayla Boge was promoted to replace her as Senior Director of Marketing. It is also sad to announce that Susan Bavaria, who came back to be the editor in 2010 and has worked 26 years for us, has announced her retirement effective May 31. Our best goes to Julian and Susan. There has also been a fair amount of travel going on. In particular, one trip stands out that took Debbie Fuentes, AHA Registrar and Senior Director of Registry Services, and myself to China. This was an all-expense paid trip by the Chinese, primarily Dynasty Arabians, so AHA could offer guidance and assistance to the Chinese in establishing an Arabian Horse Center and also promote U.S. horses going to China. It was an eye-opening trip, and we could not have been treated with better hospitality, Issue 3. 2017

finding China to be a ripe market for Arabian Horses. We had meetings ranging from the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing to the head of the Communist Party in Shenyang, a town of 8 million. We were received graciously everywhere. The takeaway was that the Chinese horse enthusiasts love the Arabian horse and want to spend money on Arabian horses from America. AHA has also taken over the processing of the Canadian Registry’s work. The Canadian Registry will continue to exist but the processing of their registration work will be done by AHA (in Denver) as a contractor to them. Therefore, all Canadian registry work should now come to AHA’s address. Much time has been spent since last August on a dispute with the Purebred Arabian Trust (PAT) over ownership of the HRS Software that AHA developed at a cost of $2.8 million. We were scheduled to go to court in July but at this writing mediation led to a 75 day “time out” to see if the two parties can agree to adapt to changes affecting our interaction brought on by modern technology. This has been very time consuming on staff and certainly diverts much needed money from breed promotion. Let’s hope the PAT and AHA can reach an amicable solution. We are honored that our Judges and Stewards Commissioner, Stan Morey, has been selected by the USEF to head a new ad hoc Licensed Officials Study Committee to look at the way our licensed officials are both selected and trained. He will be working with this committee over the next few weeks to evaluate ways to modernize the process of regulating and licensing officials. Show season is now upon us. The National Events staff will be offering an app this season that will be able to keep exhibitors informed in a timely manner for such things as: • Posting updated schedules • Promoting sponsors continued on page 9


DEAR EDITOR: Love the new magazine. Everything one needs is right there — and just the right size.

Best wishes, Mickey Hegg, Ireland DEAR EDITOR: Not only do I love the new name for the magazine, but the whole new format delights me. Please continue stories on the "old timers," those really were the ones who made the whole organization. They were not in it for what they could GET, but gave because of the love the Arabian horse.

Dorothe Fisher, Billings, Montana

FAREWELL THERE’S ONE WORD THAT SUMS UP MY 26 YEARS working for the Arabian Horse Association — gratitude. When I answered a classified ad in The Denver Post in 1988 for a publications manager (after putting out to the universe that I wanted to find a job related to animals), I could not imagine the journey I would embark upon for the next quarter century. When I drove up to my first national event — the Snaffle Bit Futurity/Maturity — I felt a little starstruck just watching a horse being longed. Horses! Live! I didn’t understand pedigrees or heritage, bosals or bridles, amateurs or professionals. However, so many kind people who were passionate about their horses would educate me through the years. I stood with vets at P&R stops for national endurance rides in Montana and Kentucky, chased down champions in the paddock after their victory lap to snap a photo for a web update, always asking question to enhance my knowledge as an “Arabian horse observer.” French writer Honore de Balzac said, “There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower.” I saw that over and over in the discipline shown by both professionals and amateurs who commanded such presence in the ring with graceful, elegant riding, their horses trained and gleaming, performing with such heart. I will always consider it a highlight of my career that I was able to see the most beautiful and talented horses in the world shown by men and women at the pinnacle of their careers. Thank you for all you have given me through the years.


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their breeding program. As with all of our Commissions, Committees and Boards, the Registration Commission is a dedicated and hardworking group of people with the future of the Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse at the forefront of their minds. I know that the Arabian Community is one of the most generous and giving of all ( just like our horses). I have singled out two groups, only because I have been near them, I know that the Arabian is being used at the Iron Horse Farms in their Therapeutic Riding program and in the GAIT program in Temecula. (I know I have missed many great programs.) This month, I challenge you again to contact your Regional Director, or one of your local clubs, and give a day or even a few hours to help them with their events. I promise you that the memories you will take away from your time as a volunteer will stay with you for a lifetime. Sincerely,

Nancy Harvey, AHA President


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• Displaying patterns that will be utilized •P  osting sectioning one hour before the sessions start so that trainers and grooms do not have to run to the show office to determine sectioning • Judges biographies •G  eneral show information (vet phone number, live streaming link, results link, etc.) •N  otifications that alert people to important, critical show information • I nformation regarding special events or major announcements In addition we will or have been interacting with our sister organizations through meetings at the National Pedigreed Livestock Council (NPLC), American Horse Council, and USEF, among others. These meetings allow AHA the ability to take advantage of the experience of other organizations and to benchmark how AHA compares. These are just a few of the activities we have been dealing with here in Denver. Sincerely,

Happy trails to you! Susan Bavaria, Managing Editor Modern Arabian Horse & Arabian Horse Life Magazines, 2010-2017

Glenn T. Petty, Executive Vice President Issue 3. 2017

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By Susan Bavaria

No Grander Trainer in the Business:

The Legacy of Stanley White, Sr. 1936 - 2017

Born in Waverly, Va., White has an early memory of being caught in the barnyard at 2 or 3 years old trying to climb and ride the family’s 30-year-old mule. He also told his mother that he didn’t have to go to school because he was going to grow up to be a horse trainer. William Peebles of Wakefield, Va., father of horseman Robert Peebles, emerged as a mentor when White was 6 or 7 years old. Peebles saw the boy’s natural affinity and took him to what White referred to as “Saturday night sales.” Peebles promised White a pony if the boy would train it, and thus his professional career began. When White was 9 years old, Peebles took him to see the wild ponies at Chincoteague Island, which enthralled the youngster’s insatiable desire to learn as much as he could about horses. “I would watch how the stallions kept control of the herd. When they needed to change food, I’d pay attention to how one horse would lead while the stallion drove from behind, how one would grab the other on the neck to make them do things.” Word spread as Peebles told everyone he had a “boy who could break horses” and White kept a steady stream of business going throughout adolescence and high school, breaking and training horses one and two at a time. “I think Stanley’s early experience with the Chincoteague ponies and William Peebles set the course of his life,” said Bazy Tankersley of Al-Marah Arabians. “He had no experienced horseman in his area to teach him and had to THINK about what he was doing.” “They used to ship mustangs east and sell the big ones to work in logging and the skinny ones for 5 cents a pound. 10

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THE ARABIAN HORSE INDUSTRY LOST A TRUE HORSEman and gentleman on April 3, 2017, with the passing of Stanley White, Sr. He left a legacy that shows no signs of abating with children and grandchildren picking up the reins with much success. His enduring career has spanned decades, yet he worked for only two owners before going into business for himself. His career has touched some of the most intriguing people within both the general equine and Arabian horse industry.

That’s how I got my first horse which I trained and sold as a pleasure horse,” said White. Meanwhile, he married his high school sweetheart Kitty Brown, and the two began raising a family.

Al Marah “I always had an image of the perfect horse in my mind,” said White, “and when I saw an Arabian, that was it.” Peebles had brought several Arabians onto his farm, one of which was bred by Tankersley, who was then located in Bethesda, Md. As the world of horses goes, White eventually met her, and she asked him to come work at Al-Marah since her longtime trainer Harold Brite was retiring. White expressed concern that he didn’t know enough to show. “Anyone you want to work with, I’ll send you,” said Tankersley, so the White family packed up and moved north. At that time, there were close to 750 horses on the farm. Young Stan White Jr. remembers “two of every breed including Przewalski and Tarpan horses.” They also kept about 40 zebras on the property when the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., underwent renovations.

Excerpted from an article that first appeared in Modern Arabian Horse, February 2008

Right — Queen Titania shown by Stanley White Sr.


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Left — Three generations of Whites

Opposite — Stanley and Kitty, 1989


Walter Farley’s daughter, Pam, attended a girls’ school in D.C. and was a friend of the Tankersleys. She told her father that there was a man at Al-Marah who “rode just like Captain Heyer,” a horse trainer and performer with the Ringling Brothers circus. “Dressage riders rode in the circus back then,” said White. “When he performed in center ring, they closed the other two down so everyone could watch him.” White and his wife traveled to Sarasota, Fla., winter home of the circus, where Heyer taught him classic dressage training, techniques. “He taught me how to put finesse on a horse.” Walter Farley became a good friend of the Whites through the years, attending horse shows with them in Michigan and Florida. During the early 80s’ heydays, Farley lent a certain cachet to parties as a regular guest at Grandeur Arabians in Citra, Fla. Tankersley delivered on her promise, and White learned to drive four-in-hand in New York from a professional who trained carriage horses for the Queen of England, a skill he put to good use driving a team of Al-Marah Arabians at

the Washington International Horse Show. He also worked with Glenn Randall Sr., who helped train famous palomino “Trigger,” as well as horses for “Ben Hur” and “The Black Stallion.” White also cites Rocky Romano as the person who taught him pressure points and “how to get into a horse’s mind.” A favorite memory from his 8-year tenure at Al-Marah was the time he dressed in colonial white wig and waistcoat to ride *Count Dorzaz at the George Washington University football game. After a touchdown, he “ran up the field at full tilt and did a 40-foot sliding stop, which ripped up the grass so much the grounds crew had to stop the game to re-sod the field.” Tankersley said, “You can’t talk about White as a horse trainer without talking about his wife, Kitty, because he will be the first to say that she is his best critic and can put her finger on any problem.” “I’ve probably judged more classes than anyone,” she said. Stan, Jr. calls her “the driving force behind all of it.” Grandson Stanley III said he doesn’t remember a go by anyone in the family that didn’t have Kitty in the stands and at the in-gate offering support. “It’s been a wonderful life,” she said. “I’m just as thrilled to see a new horse go into the ring today as I always have. Of course, you want everyone in the family to win first place because there’s so much pressure and they work so hard. I just say ‘let’s make the best of today because tomorrow there’s always another show.” White III attributes his grandfather’s longevity and success to the fact that “He always took the time to stop and talk or help someone if they needed it. It didn’t matter who it was.” Tankersley believed that Celebration photo with Western Pleasure ‘07 Champion Arabian duo White was the “best all-around Amazing Fame V and White Jr. trainer the Arabian horse has Issue 3. 2017

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today, expert in so many disciplines. Anybody can ride his horses, and he is always watching, reading and learning. He’s the consummate Virginia gentleman, tells his customers the truth and gives them his all when they have horses in training with him.”

Left — Stanley White Sr. with *Asadd++ at the farm.

Lancer Arabians White had planned to go into business for himself, but on a trip to Chicago, a friend asked him to stop and visit Don and Jean Ford in Howell, Mich., as a favor. “I told them I wasn’t really interested in working for somebody else and that in my opinion, I wasn’t good enough to win championships with the horses they had,” said White. “Don said, ‘sell them all but my stallion Skordonas and start over,’ so my family moved to Michigan, we dispersed the whole herd and started over.” The Whites spent 12 years at Lancer Arabians through the 1970s, when White made several trips overseas to Poland, Egypt, Russia and Czechoslovakia, first to inspect horses with Ward Howland from the Arabian Horse Registry of America and then to buy. On one trip, he saw a young weanling colt “come flying out with the 12

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look of eagles.” He told Ford when he went back that he found a colt that could be a national champion. “Ford didn’t want another colt, but agreed to go back to Cairo and take a look. At that time, everyone was intrigued with *Nazeer bloodlines, but I preferred the Sultan get because he produced pretty arched necks. I didn’t want to get too excited about this horse because I was afraid they wouldn’t sell him, so we moseyed around a bit. When we got back to the hotel, Ford told me ‘if you like him that much we’ll get him.’” So, they brought home *Asadd++ (Sultan x Amani). “If you find one horse in a lifetime that you really love, you’re extremely lucky,” said White. For him, that was *Asadd++ who won national championships in stallion halter (1975) and English pleasure (1979). “They didn’t have so many halter classes back then. If you went national champion, you were a real hero.” At Grandeur Arabians, White bred and raised the second of his favorite horses, Half-Arabian mare Bette G+//, a multinational champion in driving and English pleasure which was by his third favorite horse, Khat+++, a Khemosabi++++// son.

Right — Stanley White Sr. with Bette G+//

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Dale Chavez Western Saddle I choose to show in a “Dale Chavez” saddle. I have found that these saddles are of the perfect weight, shape and feel that I like to have while I am competing. Many of the other show saddles I have tried have proven to be too heavy. This makes them harder on my horse’s back and harder on the person saddling them. Somehow Dale has figured out how to minimize weight, while still maintaining quality and strength. The close contact design of the fenders and skirts makes it easy for me to feel my horses. He keeps coming up with innovative and attractive designs, which make them stand out in the show ring. All our Junior and Amateur riders show in them as well. For the quality and look of these saddles, Dale has also managed to keep the price reasonable and has provided excellent service when repairs or other issues have arisen. 18

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By Chris Culbreth A section covering products used by our national level trainers in the Arabian horse community.

Chris Culbreth posses with the Pressure Ice system.

“Highest quality and attractive to look at,” says Culbreth.

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Tom Howe Custom Bits

One of the most valuable tools in our barn is our Pressure Ice Cold Therapy System. Over the years, we have used ice boots and other systems to help keep our horses comfortable and sound. Finally, Schneider’s has come up with a system that does the job in a reliable, safe and affordable way. Previous systems that we have experienced have been unreasonably priced and were cumbersome and awkward to use in my opinion. Not to mention that they needed constant repair. After two years of continuous use, my Pressure Ice System has never needed repair and has proven to be highly effective. The unit is lightweight and extremely mobile. Using the lightweight surcingle and battery operated device, means that the system moves with the horse and the risk of harm to the horse or unit is nearly nonexistent.

I am fortunate to have a diverse collection of western show bits. I usually gravitate toward the ones that Tom Howe has made for me. Just about anything I can dream up, Tom can make. In addition, he makes them look great. I have always been impressed with the turnaround time when I have ordered something new. Tom understands proper balance and what areas of the bit require a little extra attention to make them safe and reliable. Reasonably priced, of the highest quality and attractive to look at, are just some of the things I have admired about these bits. Chris Culbreth of Culbreth Equine Training and Management, LLC, has been training horses since 1979. He is a liscened judge officiating internatinally and he lives in Scottsdale with his wife, Michele.



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2016 Youth of the Year Flora ElmColone By Sarah Evers Conrad

Flora and her mare Mannos Delight Opposite — Flora and gelding at Arroyo Arabians in Santa Ynez Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure horse Magniffique owned by Katie Fisher-Burnett.


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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”


hese words from author and leadership expert John Maxwell truly exemplify the AHA 2016 Youth of the Year, Flora ElmColone, whose drive, heart, and compassion have led her to excel in a variety of ways in her life thus far. These words from Maxwell also speak to ElmColone’s leadership and dedication to educating and helping youth, both inside the horse industry and outside of it. Every year, the AHA selects the Youth of the Year from a pool of outstanding youth members who showcase exemplary achievements and contributions to the Arabian horse industry, to AHA, and to his or her community. Each winner serves as an ambassador for the Arabian breed and the association. Debbie Price, the Youth of the Year Selection SubCommittee Chair, presented the award to ElmColone at the 2016 AHA Annual Membership Convention in Tulsa, Okla. “This year one candidate distinguished herself with her passion for the Arabian horse breed, with her desire to help youth and to bring people in the industry together, and above all, her perseverance in every aspect of her life,” said Price during the ceremony. ElmColone, a soon-tobe 18-year-old from Santa Ynez, Calif. has spent the past few years serving as a leader in AHYA, showing her Half-Arabian/HalfDutch Harness mare, Mannos Delight (Manno x Aymber Ffire, by Khaffire), and expanding her horizons in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. She serves as a shining light for others as she pursues excellence in academics, sports, the creative arts and her passion for the Arabian horse. ElmColone got her start with horses before she can even remember thanks to her mother, Kelly Elm, who is the trainer at Arroyo Arabians, an Arabian lesson

and boarding barn dedicated to helping amateurs in the English, hunter, western, and equitation divisions. ElmColone started officially showing at age seven and got her first horse at age nine, a gelding named Psychic Power (Padrons Psyche x Honeicomb, by Krakov). Unfortunately, at the young age of 13, ElmColone experienced the devastating loss of her beloved gelding. For her 14th birthday, her parents surprised ElmColone with the Arroyo Arabians-bred Mannos Delight, or MD for short. ElmColone calls her big, high-necked gray mare “a little girl’s dream horse” due to her beauty and powerful movement. The pair have been showing in country pleasure and saddle seat equitation under the tutelage of her mother, however her journey with MD hasn’t always been easy. “It was actually really difficult in the beginning transitioning because my old gelding was just the perfect kid’s horse,” ElmColone shares. “At first I thought it was my fault and that I wasn’t doing something right, but over the past almost four years, we’ve completely bonded. She’s helped me grow as a person, and I think I’ve helped her grow as well. I’ve grown to just love her personality instead of trying to change it.” For ElmColone, it’s never been about the ribbons. “It’s more about getting to have the experience of going in the show ring and knowing that I had the best ride that I could have,” she says. ElmColone first foray in leadership was at age 13 when she joined the AHYA Board as Region 2 Director, and she served in that position from 2013 to 2015. She was then elected as AHYA Secretary on the Executive Board. In 2016, ElmColone, who had a dream of becoming AHYA President, was elected into the position. She says joining AHYA was the “greatest decision Issue 3. 2017

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Top to Bottom — Taking a lesson at three years old; Proudly presenting her ribbon after a 10 and Under class at Earl Warren Showgrounds; Posing with a horse at the Little Big Riding School in Santa Ynez.

I’ve made” and credits it with helping her to learn how to communicate her thoughts clearly and concisely and to not be nervous with adults, even when it means soliciting donations for a Region 2 silent auction, in which she raised $2,700. ElmColone was totally hooked by her first AHYA meeting and through the mentorship of then-president Camille Waechter. “I just remember being so inspired by the things that they were doing,” says ElmColone. “They were talking about making changes to a lot of things that happened at shows, and I thought it was such a cool thing to be able to have that voice and really be able to make a difference in the shows that we participate in.” “For those wanting to get involved with AHYA, I would say absolutely do it. 100 percent!” she adds emphatically. “Not only is it experience for you and your future, but there are lifelong friendships and memories.” One of those memories was attending the 40th Annual American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) Symposium in Wakefield, Mass. along with AHYA Vice President Kate Lewis of Region 11. Both girls served as ambassadors for the Arabian horse industry. Her focus as president has been to help young children get that “starryeyed look” for Arabians and to help bring new youth into the industry and on to the AHYA board, just like others did for her. She has noticed that more freshmen and sophomores have become interested in serving on the AHYA board as of late. Not only has ElmColone helped lead youth in the Arabian industry, but she also serves as president of the Future Educators of America at 24

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her school. This role involves helping fourth grade science students at her local elementary school every other week. This is in addition to internships she has held in seventh and eighth grade classrooms. She recently graduated from Santa Ynez High School and will be studying at her dream school, the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall with the goal of landing a position after college as a middle school history teacher. Her advice for youth in the horse industry is to not compare yourself to other riders. “Everyone is at a different skill level, and everyone has different capabilities, and you can only do what you’re capable of,” says ElmColone. “You don’t want to make it something where you’re torturing yourself trying to beat someone, because then it doesn’t become what it’s supposed to be about, which is the love of the horse.” ElmColone’s other interests include playing on the varsity tennis team before she graduated, working at the local florist, enjoying nature and writing. Her writing includes short stories and her own songs, which she likes to play on the guitar or piano. She has composed more than 200 songs and attributes her love of writing and music to her father, Ron Colone, a writer who has a background in music. She says most of her friends would describe her as the “oddball unique one.” “I like to do my own thing most of the time. You can usually find me in a tree on a mountain just thinking or doing some writing. It just kind of turns out that I am a very busy person simply because I have such a wide variety of interests, and there’s always had to be some sacrifices along the

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Socializing with her aunt and two of the farm’s fillies in the front pasture of her farm in Santa Ynez.

For those wanting to get involved with AHYA, I would say absolutely do it. 100 percent!” she adds emphatically. “Not only is it experience for you and your future, but there are lifelong friendships and memories.”

way, but I try to keep as many of my passions in my life as possible.” You may spot ElmColone this year at Arabian Youth Nationals or other shows as she tries to still fit in showing while being a full-time college student. During the ceremony, ElmColone was awarded the Youth of the Year perpetual trophy, a personalized woodcarved form photograph sponsored by Cottage Craftsman, as well as a $1,000 scholarship from AHYA. In addition, Emily Barker from Region 1 was awarded a $500 scholarship sponsored by All Things Equine as first runner-up, while Tessa Kimbler from Region 6 was named second runner-up. “Our past winners have been outstanding ambassadors for the breed and have gone on to represent us exceptionally well, not just in the Arabian horse industry, but in the equine industry as well,” said Price. There is no doubt that ElmColone will do just that as she “knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” for the next generation. Issue 3. 2017

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F CUS Life

In each issue of Arabian Horse Life, we will feature member submitted photos to celebrate the love and dedication our members have for their purebred and part-bred Arabians! To submit your hi-res photo, visit:

Submitted by Ashlee McMullin

A beautifully turned out Arabian is always something to smile about!

Submitted by Serena Kuebler What a pretty pair!

Submitted by Suzanne Maloney From jumping to mainring, to reining - Arabians truly CAN do it all!

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Life! cus o F HA’s on A e r ’ you

Submitted by Denni Mack A lovely photo of Denni and Al Marah Fight Fair!

Submitted by Judy Quinn of Matt Seimon’s stepdaughter and the mare, Fable Aphrodite *re-run with correction

Submitted by Whitney West 28

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A true testament to the bond between Arabians and kids!

Arabian Horse Life Magazine Mini-Issue: Issue 3, 2017  

The Arabian Horse Association's (AHA) revamped member magazine, Arabian Horse Life (AHL) is due to hit mailboxes the beginning of July. Now...

Arabian Horse Life Magazine Mini-Issue: Issue 3, 2017  

The Arabian Horse Association's (AHA) revamped member magazine, Arabian Horse Life (AHL) is due to hit mailboxes the beginning of July. Now...