Arabian Horse Life Magazine Mini-Issue: Issue 5, 2017

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CONTENTS Issue #5. 2017 On the cover: Zefyr+// (Sundance Kid V x Pattrice) owned by Laura Koch and Bert Sanders of Equidont Arabians and stands at Strands Arabians in Toddville, Iowa. Photography by Julie Patton

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IMPACT Brain Matters Educate yourself about concussion and its symptoms.

By Linda Carroll

WHOA Feeding Your Horse Right No Matter the Climate As the weather changes, so do your horses’ nutritional requirements. You can maintain your horses’ digestive health by ensuring that they receive a proper diet throughout the various changes in the climate.

By Debra Powell, PhD

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AHA Performance Futurity/ Maturity Looking to earn some money while showing? You can by competing your Arabians and Half-Arabian/AngloArabians in Futurity or Maturity classes at U.S. Nationals.

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By Stephanie J. Ruff


IN EVERY ISSUE 12 President’s Letter 14 EVP Letter 18 Praiseworthy/Achievement Awards 24 Jibbah Jabber 28 AHYA 30 Corporate Partners 72 Stallion Directory 76 AHA Listings 78 Advertisers Index 79 FOCUS Life 4

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Putting Pieces of the Puzzle Together:

Part 3

Adding training exercises to your schooling to help create a more balanced, engaged, and biomechanically correct horse.

By Jessica Cole 4 Faves: Scott Powell A section covering products used by our National-level trainers in the Arabian horse community.


HERITAGE Bob Battaglia: From The Past To The Future A born horseman, Bob Battaglia has always “given back” to his breed, and as a resource of knowledge and experience, he’s like an open library.

By Mary Kirkman

THE NOW Riding Through Fear & Anxiety Whether you have been thrown by your beloved horse, or are starting to realize you’re not invincible, we have some tips for conquering that creeping fear.

By Sarah Evers Conrad Arabians Again Dominate the 2017 Tevis A field of 172 horse and rider pairs started the historic ride and 92 crossed the finish line in the 24 hour time limit. Here are just a few of their stories.

By Marsha Hayes


Celebrating Milestones While Embracing the Future DEAR MEMBERS:

The plan is to have the Annual Convention include seminars and programs that will help our members learn from other members. We are all in this together, and if we work with each other we will be successful.

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Wow — we are already to Fall! This year has flown by, and it has been one for the record books. We have had the 25th Annual Youth National Championship Show, the 60th Annual Canadian National Championship show, the 15th Annual Sport Horse Nationals, our ever expanding Distance Nationals, our horses are running in stakes races all over the country including the recent Diamond Jewel of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed al Nahyan Cup (Gr.1) and our U.S. National Championship, a show that is now on its 51st year. I stop and pause at how much time and effort goes into producing these events and what a wonderful group of horsemen that attend and enjoy these events. Traveling around the country, I get a sense that we are a family united in our love of the Arabian horse. As I said in a previous letter to you, one of my focuses during my time as President is to reach out to the youth of our industry that we lose due to many factors. Sometimes that loss is short term and the youth members return as adults, but other times it is permanent. I believe there are many reasons for this but one may be as simple as communication. When youth go away to school, they may not even know that there are opportunities near the school to join a club or work at an event, meet and spend time with new Arabian horse loving friends. To that end, I am starting a project to create a way to link college students with local clubs. My vision for the program is to have an internship-type opportunity for college students; both Agriculture and nonAgriculture, to actually work at events and either get college credit and/or payment. The desired result of this program is twofold, one to help find the new judges, stewards, and event staff of the future, and two, to give a link for the college-aged youth to Arabian horses. I, myself, embarked on my journey with the Arabian horse via a route similar to this, and it opened doors and opportunities for me that I know I would not have pursued had that program not been available. The average age of our licensed officials is over 50, and if we do not create some kind of pipeline for new officials and event producers, Issue 5. 2017

the events we so love will be gone. There are many opportunities for young adults to make a living in the horse business that do not require them to be trainers or even riders. I still must remind you again about change‌ change is inevitable, and ongoing. As an association, we MUST embrace our changing place in the world. We MUST also celebrate creativity. The creativity to expose the Arabian horse to new people, and to keep those people involved. The creativity to see that our Arabian horses can help people in many ways, as the friend you see for your weekly lesson, or the horse that helps a person overcome health, emotional or physical challenges. The Arabian and Half-Arabian, more than any other breed, is uniquely suited to a deep bond with their humans. Don’t forget, we all ARE the Arabian Horse Association, and therefore we are all ambassadors to the public via Discovery Farms, TAIL (Total, Arabian, Interactive, Learning) tours, Equine Affair attendance, social media promotion and interaction and demonstrations at other events. Remember, creativity will be the key to our success. We will be celebrating some of this creativity at our Annual Convention in Denver, November 15-18. We have scheduled presentations by our own members on subjects to help you, our members, expand your skills. We will have a programs on how to use social media to reach new people, make your shows/events fun, how to run a mini-convention, just to name a few. The plan is to have the Annual Convention include seminars and programs that will help our members learn from other members. We are all in this together, and if we work with each other we will be successful. If we work against each other, we will surely fail. Good luck to all and remember to enjoy the ride!! Sincerely,,

Nancy Harvey AHA President

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Sport Horse Nationals: A Year to Remember DEAR MEMBERS:

This year’s Arabian and HalfArabian Sport Horse Nationals, held September 5-10, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C., at the Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Horse Complex, was memorable for several reasons. This is our specialized Nationals that started 15 years ago to feature the disciplines of Sport Horse In-Hand and Under Saddle, Carriage Driving, Hunter Jumper and Dressage classes. Originally these disciplines were a part of our U.S. Nationals, but with time the numbers grew too large to be shown together, and the new event was formed. Currently, this show rotates in odd years east of the Mississippi and even years west. Next year it will be in held in Nampa, Idaho. This year’s show started off with a very smooth move-in of horses into 715 stalls. We had a couple of rainy spells, but one occurred all during the night, one before the show started and one during the competition. Rings adapted quickly, and we had great footing. Sport Horse In-Hand and Under Saddle classes and Carriage Driving classes were indoors with Hunter Jumper in one outdoor ring and Dressage in three outdoor rings. All the disciplines included great numbers of entries with the newest, Western Dressage, also having impressive numbers. AHA was blessed to have a very dedicated Show Commission and staff who worked all year planning the show. I did want to say that one of our Show Commissioners, Gary Hooghkirk, wasn’t able to attend this year for health reasons. We wanted him to know that he was missed, and his input leading up to the show was so appreciated. We wish him the best! Every large show generally has a challenge, and this one was no exception. All along we had been watching Hurricane Irma and we felt very reassured when the models started to show it moving west. That came crashing down Wednesday afternoon, Day 2 of the horse show, when I received a call from our tent contractor. You see, we had filled all the stalls the facility had under permanent roof, and we had built a super tent structure, a 30,000 square foot clear span Haucher Tent, under which we had put 150 stalls. That call didn’t go so well. Lafayette Tent, one of the nation’s largest, told me they had to take the skin off the tent. I said that would be no problem, the show should be over by about 6 p.m. Sunday night. They said I didn’t understand. Their crew would be there at 1 p.m. on Thursday to start removing the skin. I explained 8

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the storm was going west; they explained there were three models showing it going directly over Raleigh. After a lot more discussion, they explained they would be happy to leave it if AHA would sign an agreement accepting any and all responsibility for their $400,000 tent. Because leased equipment is not generally covered under General Liability insurance, AHA could not accept that liability. They explained how a similar tent had blown away in Louisiana in the past when they gambled. Immediately after this conversation, we met with exhibitors being displaced and then later held a meeting with all exhibitors. With only a few exceptions, all exhibitors cooperated in moving to the covered ring, which had been used for schooling only. The N.C. State Fairgrounds threw in a huge number of staff to pretty seamlessly start moving exhibitors 30 stalls at a time to the covered ring. They had 30 stalls that they initially put up and then moved the remaining stalls 30 at a time, so that when horses left the tent they had stalls already set up to move directly into. This started at 8 a.m., and at 1 p.m. the tent company was removing the tent’s skin. Helping with this were other exhibitors who gave up tack stalls to friends so that 60 stalls could be used in the permanent barns. It wasn’t just the “refugees,” as the tent folks referred to themselves, affected, but all exhibitors were because of the loss of a schooling area and some schedule disruption because of times the tent exhibitors were scheduled to show in the morning. But in the end, I cannot say enough about the positive attitude exhibited by all who were affected. There was some anxiety expressed in the overall exhibitor meeting on Wednesday, but it all worked. By the end of the show, I was inundated by exhibitors expressing compliments on how it all worked out. So, I have to give a huge SHOUT OUT to all those affected for working with the show management to make a bad situation better. At the end of every Nationals, we offer a survey to exhibitors. The same will be for this show. I encourage all exhibitors to respond and let us know your thoughts. We will also be accepting RFP’s from interested venues for 2019 and forward. If anyone has a venue you would like to be considered, I would encourage you to have them contact AHA for venue basic requirements in order to bid. Sincerely,

Glenn T. Petty Executive Vice President


Remembering MAGIC DREAM WE LOST THE “GREAT MAGIC Dream” this year. Greg Knowles writes, “I can’t tell you how incredibly broken hearted I am. In 1992 Lisa Markley and I found the great Magic Dream as a weanling in Vancouver, Canada.” He was at the farm of his breeder Joanne Campone. Greg and Lisa begged, borrowed, and stole to convince Joanne to allow them to create the Magic Dream Partnership, a partnership made up of small breeders primarily in the Northwest. Together, they were charged with managing and promoting a very special young black bay colt by


the great Ali Jamaal who would eventually become, with his amazing tight tippy ears, an icon of the breed. He has left us with many great, great foals. At this time, Greg is sure Magic has over seven hundred registered foals, many National Champions and producers of National Champions. For everyone who knew Magic Dream, he took them on an incredible adventure, whether from afar or as someone who cared for him everyday. “To Lisa Markley I’m sorry for your loss,” writes Greg. “No one, and I mean no one, loved or was devoted to Magic more than Lisa. To the Strydom’s, I can’t thank you enough for your care and stewardship of Magic these last years.” Greg can’t begin to describe what Magic meant to him. The stallion put Greg on the map; he kept them in business while they built their business. Because of Magic, Greg met people from all over the world. “There will never be a day I don’t think of him, and what he has done for me,” writes Greg. “Arabian Expressions is the Farm that Magic Dream built. Rest under your favorite tree my dearest friend. You have done and meant so much to so many.”


Magic Dream (Ali Jamaal x The Dreamspinner) 1992 – 2017


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IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART that we announce the passing of Maclintock V. Maclintock’s legacy is a special one. He was discreet in his leadership role; yet represented the central bridge to Sheila’s dream for the future. He did not electrify crowds with a big

Maclintock V (Desperado V x Marigold V) April 4, 1993 – August 22, 2017

presence and bold trot; it was his slow, soft jog and an inside smile that unfailingly touched audiences. His show ring appearances were nominal; yet his sons and daughters sprinkle the earth as they wade through tall grasslands, sort cattle, scale mountains, and work tirelessly for their people. And in the midst of it all, he quietly and unobtrusively delivered the key to Sheila’s vision, the future of Varian Arabians: Major Mac V. Thank you, Maclintock, for showing us your quiet, unassuming leadership, for gracing our days with your innate joy, for being the hero to Sheila’s dream and the champion to our hearts. Your legacy will never be forgotten… and now you have your wings.

*ZT MAGNANIMOUS “*ZT MAGNANIMUS CAME FROM the hoofprints of legends to take his place among the greats of the Arabian breed who are his forebears,” according to Arlene Magid. “He is the best of all possible worlds, a superb combination of the very best of Russian, Polish, Egyptian, Spanish and American breeding. I think this should read “He traces also to the National Champions Magnum Psyche and *El Shaklan.” His ancestry includes the National Champion Stallions Padrons Psyche, *Padron, *Bask++, Bay-Abi++, Khemosabi

ZT Magnanimous (AB Magnum x ZT Shakmontelite) 2001 – 2017

++++/ and *Aladdinn. He traces also to *AN Malik, the all time leading Spanish sire of National winners, and four times to the ethereal National Champion sire Ferzon. ZT Magnanimus is from the same dam line as the exquisite World Champion Mare and international gold champion producer *ZT Sharuby. His impeccable heritage guarantees genetic strength.”

*HADIDI HIS NAME MEANS “THE IRON One.” Bred during the final years of Egyptian breeding powerhouse, Gleannloch Farms, no one realized just how much of an impact *Hadidi would have for generations to come. He was sold at the Final Legacy Sale as a two year-old to Ida Louise Arsenault and exported to Italy. From that point on, Hadidi became a horse for all nations. He garnered prestigious titles in all corners of Europe, rapidly gaining worldwide fame and becoming a significant sire. His name can be seen in the pedigrees of some of today’s most revered individuals. At the age of seven, he was brought briefly to the United States to capture the the title of U.S. Egyptian Event Supreme Champion, and then returned to Europe where he was crowned World Champion Stallion at the Salon Du Cheval, Paris. At age 11, Hadidi took the highest honor in Aachen as All Nations Cup Supreme Champion Stallion. In 2009, breeders Joseph and Gail Mailloux purchased Hadidi and brought him back to the

*Hadidi (Norus x Hebet Allah) 1990 – 2017

United States with the intention of reintroducing the stretch, scopeand presence for which Straight Egyptians from the Gleannloch-era were known.” “We saw him at a presentation during a show in Europe,” says Gail Mailloux. “I have never been struck in awe so completely as I was by that horse. He was sixteen hands of the most balanced, classic Arabian I had ever seen. I stand by that to this day. We closed the deal and shorly thereafter, Hadidi was loaded on flight back to the United States for good.” Hadidi produced hundreds of foals during his lifetime, many in Europe, but did leave behind a new generation to carry on for him in the United States. He was actively breeding until the time of his passing at twenty-seven years of age. Issue 5. 2017

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By Scott Powell A section covering products used by our National-level trainers in the Arabian horse community.

Scott Powell is the Darley Champion Racehorse Trainer in 2013 and 2016. He along with his wife Lori breed, train and race horses out of their Quarter Moon Ranch in New Mexico. Learn more about them and their horses at

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 1000XP ATV This is a great exercise tool we use for conditioning here at the ranch. We’ve basically attached a long upright pole to the back of the machine that holds the lead rope. After a little familiarization, the horse learns to follow the machine at a walk, trot or gallop. This allows us to work any horse from an unbroke youngster to a seasoned veteran at any speed we choose and over any terrain. It also comes in handy when rounding up the herd to bring them in!

ICE CUBES Just plain ol’ ice cubes. This is an essential part of all of our therapies for pre- and post-racing. We teach all of our horses to quietly stand in ice water. We’ve also massaged it over problematic areas on the horses body. It’s the best natural anti-inflammatory on the planet.

NIAGARA EQUISSAGE MESSAGE BLANKET It delivers a unique ‘Cycloid Vibration Therapy’ (CVT) using either a hand massage unit or via a massage pad, which is secured around the horse’s body. This provides a deeply penetrating yet gentle 3-way massage which helps with recovery time, circulation, lymphatic drainage and general wellbeing of the horse. The horses love it!

DIGITAL STOP WATCH And finally, the digital stop watch. I couldn’t recommend any certain brand as we’ve had several. The bottom line in racing (or endurance or going cross country or doing stadium jumping) is that the clock doesn’t lie. Not only do we time our own splits at the track, we have several distance runs marked on our track here at the ranch with observation points. Tracks are a little different, but our footing stays pretty consistent at the ranch so that we can get a good feel on how a horse is progressing. Issue 5. 2017

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By Marsha Hayes Photography by Ron Osborn


rossing the finish line at 10:00 p.m., Tennessee Lane on Auli Farwa, 17-yearold chestnut gelding, claimed a win at the 2017 Tevis. The iconic 100 mile, point-to-point endurance ride over the Western States Trail once again showcased the superiority of the Arabian horse. Third place finisher, Jeremy Reynolds on Treasured Moments, a bay seven-year old mare, took the Haggin Cup, the Cup Committee’s selection as the horse in most superior condition out of the top ten finishing horses. Auli Farwa, owned by Rusty Toth and ridden by Lane, battled fiercely with Monk, ridden by Lindsey Fisher for the win. Monk finished 12 minutes behind Lane after leading much of the course. The event marked Auli Farwa’s eighth Tevis completion and he was awarded the Haggin Cup in 2015 with Jenni Smith aboard.


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Auli Farwa and Tennessee Lane canter beneath the ceremonial finish line to claim the 2017 Tevis Cup. The win brought the 17-year-old gelding’s endurance completion record to 15/15, 100 mile events and 59/59, 50 mile rides.

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A field of 174 horses started the ride at 5:15 a.m. from camp at Soda Springs, Calif., a new starting point due to exceptional rain and snowfall near Squaw Valley Ski Resort where horses traditionally cross Emigrant Pass. The popular ski resort remained open past the 4th of July this year, and their snow pack set records. The excessive snow prompted ride volunteer and local historian, David Allen to observe, “No wonder the Donners had problems.” Ride Director Chuck Stalley devised alternate routes well in advance to circumvent the problems caused by the lingering snow. Veteran rider Terryl Reed assessed the new section of the trail, which added Duncan Canyon, as “harder than the original, but better,” a conclusion shared by winner Lane. Ninety-two riders completed within the 24 hours allowed for a 52.8 percent completion rate. Extremely hot weather days before the ride subsided, and ride day saw temperatures mercifully drop by 15 degrees. The ride drew entries from eight countries as well as multiple states. Lisa Bykowski, riding the oldest competitor — 26-year-old gray gelding PI Mercury (Merc) finished 74th before returning home to Columbia,

Below: Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments receive the 2017 Haggin Cup, marking Reynolds’ third Haggin win. Reynolds also won the Tevis Cup in 2004 (tie), 2007, and 2011.

Md. Much of the ride’s drama occurred late into the full-moon night as horses accepted the challenge to beat the clock and win the coveted belt buckle. Sixty of the 92 finishers timed in after 4 a.m. and 31 of those crossed the finish line with less than 30 minutes left on the event clock. The six Junior Riders at the 2017 Tevis had a 100 percent completion rate, especially welcome after last year when no Junior Rider completed. This 62nd Tevis allowed Erin Glassman, of Hutchison, Kan., the opportunity to complete her first 100 mile event and her first Tevis. She crossed the finish line at 5:05 a.m. in 91st place on her 13-year-old bay HalfArabian mare, PS Arikaree Bask (Rio). “The whole event had an electricity to it. It was intense,” she said. Was Glassman ever worried about those time cut-offs? “I did worry a little, but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, and I thought of those who rode before me, in years past.” Glassman felt her best moments were those seeing Rio come out of the vet checks with good scores. “The finish was emotional for me. Rio and I trained and have done 50s, Issue 5. 2017

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but I had never asked Rio to do 100 miles and seeing what she did for me, willingly, really touched me.” Many of the 2017 Tevis riders, including winner Lane and latenight-finisher Glassman, expressed gratitude to the volunteers who worked to allow them to ride through history and experience the challenge which led to a complete bonding with their horses. “Traveling alone in the dark, Rio and I became one being,” recalled Glassman. Lane described the moment she truly connected with Auli Farwa as “flowing like water down the trail.” This event is open to any equine or mule, registered or unregistered, but is truly dominated by Arabian blood. Tevis continues to serve as a proving ground for the breeding of sound, superior athletes, possessing good temperament and the capability to bond with their human partners. Even after nearly 24 hours in the saddle and little or no sleep, Glassman professed, perhaps with a slight exaggeration, “I could do this everyday. Could I win the lottery please?” But with her final question, she spoke for all who accept great challenges with their horses, “Really, how lucky are we?” Marsha Hayes writes about horses and the people who love them for a variety of equine publications. Her work has been featured in The Equestrian News,, Arabian Horse Life, several breed journals and The Huffington Post. For over 50 years she has feed, cared for, ridden and just hung out with her horses in both Kansas and New Mexico. 20

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With only 10 minutes to spare, Erin Glassman and Rio cross the timed finish line to complete their first 100 mile event and their first Tevis.

“Traveling alone in the dark, Rio and I became one being,” recalled Glassman. Lane described the moment she truly connected with Auli Farwa as “flowing like water down the trail.”


F CUS Life Submitted by Ashlee McMullin Getting involved with Arabians is a great way to meet new friends!

Submitted by Cathie Roberts Up and over!

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 Deb Burke No one could say no to this!

Submitted by Rachael Ball Focused and on point!

Submitted by Nicole Phillips A perfectly pretty pair!

Submitted by Tara Adhikari The best friends are the kind you can be silly with!

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