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“Very early on in my story with Arabians, I found that they occupied my thoughts all the time.”

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eregrine Bloodstock, in the famed Kentucky bluegrass outside of Lexington, is situated on part of the historic Overbrook Farm. It is indescribably beautiful, and home to over 200 horses, including Quentin’s and Mark’s Arabians as well as those belonging to clients. “We are full time Arabian breeders,” says Mark. “We’re very proud to be a part of the Arabian horse community and hope that whatever contribution we can make to the breed as a whole is a tiny payback for all that it has given us.” We asked Mark and Quentin to tell us about their lives with Arabian horses. How were you introduced to Arabian horses? Mark: My interest in Arabians started in 1977 when I was introduced to the horses by three friends in Australia. I was on the periphery as they showed their Arabians at the many agricultural shows in Australia at the time. I became obsessed with the vision of what the Arabian horse is, the history of the horse and the travels of the first Europeans going into the desert to find the horses that are the basis for our horses today. Seeing the great horses at the time in Australia cemented my future in Arabian horses. Quentin: It was in the middle ’70s when, purely by chance, I accompanied a friend to one of Australia’s most famous Arabian breeding farms. A flaming red stallion, with flowing mane and tail, was led out for A H W > 12 < 0 3 . 1 9

us to inspect, then turned out on the far side of a small paddock. He snorted and pranced, then trotted directly towards us with an incredible, airy gait, seemingly suspended in flight at each step. The horse was World Champion, Ralvon Pilgrim. I was hooked. How did you know that this horse belonged in your life? Mark: Very early on in my story with Arabians, I found that they occupied my thoughts all the time. As I saw more horses and learned to separate them in my mind as to their positive and negative aspects against the ideal, I wanted to be more involved. They became part of my life when I was a teenager and have been my life ever since. Despite the emotional roller coaster that comes with being responsible for any living animal, my resolve to have these horses in my life has never waned. Quentin: My response to this magnificent horse was so visceral, so completely engaging that it simply seemed inconceivable that my future would not involve or revolve around Arabian horses. What does it mean to you to be able to share this interest or passion with your partner? Mark: Back to the people who introduced me to the Arabian … Quentin was one of those people. It is this interest, this common obsession, that has drawn us together, and that we work on together, every single

day. Although we have some different areas of interest, we are able to exchange thoughts and ideas, discuss the direction we want the breeding program to go and make breeding decisions, tackle the daily issues of care and myriad other issues that go into making a life with Arabians function. In what ways have Arabians enhanced your life? Mark: Arabians are responsible for all that we have and all that we do. We have traveled the world because of them, in search of them and the desire to know more about them. We have met wonderful breeders who have become our friends from all parts of the world. The horses have provided us with a lifestyle that we do not feel we could have any other way. Quentin: My study of Arabian horses has taken me to many lands, and I have met many wonderful and knowledgeable people. I have also been privileged to “meet” some extraordinary Arabian horses who, through their natural desire to communicate, have allowed me to see the world through their eyes, to see into their souls. I have been immeasurably enriched by this contact.

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(*Gazal Al Shaqab x *Killara by *Fairview Klassique)

What is the Arabian’s role in your daily life or career today? Mark: We are involved in the daily operation of the farm, 24/7/365. We are responsible for the care of all the horses right : “Mark and I have an intense interest in ‘all things Oriental’ and over two lifetimes have amassed quite a collection of bronzes, carpets and paintings which now feature prominently in our home,” says Quentin.

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Peregrine Bloodstock

Our Life with the Arabian Horse, with Quentin Naylor and Mark Wharton of Peregrine Bloodstock

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eregrine Bloodstock, in the famed Kentucky bluegrass outside of Lexington, is situated on part of the historic Overbrook Farm. It is indescribably beautiful, and home to over 200 horses, including Quentin’s and Mark’s Arabians as well as those belonging to clients. “We are full time Arabian breeders,” says Mark. “We’re very proud to be a part of the Arabian horse community and hope that whatever contribution we can make to the breed as a whole is a tiny payback for all that it has given us.” We asked Mark and Quentin to tell us about their lives with Arabian horses. How were you introduced to Arabian horses? Mark: My interest in Arabians started in 1977 when I was introduced to the horses by three friends in Australia. I was on the periphery as they showed their Arabians at the many agricultural shows in Australia at the time. I became obsessed with the vision of what the Arabian horse is, the history of the horse and the travels of the first Europeans going into the desert to find the horses that are the basis for our horses today. Seeing the great horses at the time in Australia cemented my future in Arabian horses. Quentin: It was in the middle ’70s when, purely by chance, I accompanied a friend to one of Australia’s most famous Arabian breeding farms. A flaming red stallion, with flowing mane and tail, was led out for A H W > 12 < 0 3 . 1 9

us to inspect, then turned out on the far side of a small paddock. He snorted and pranced, then trotted directly towards us with an incredible, airy gait, seemingly suspended in flight at each step. The horse was World Champion, Ralvon Pilgrim. I was hooked. How did you know that this horse belonged in your life? Mark: Very early on in my story with Arabians, I found that they occupied my thoughts all the time. As I saw more horses and learned to separate them in my mind as to their positive and negative aspects against the ideal, I wanted to be more involved. They became part of my life when I was a teenager and have been my life ever since. Despite the emotional roller coaster that comes with being responsible for any living animal, my resolve to have these horses in my life has never waned. Quentin: My response to this magnificent horse was so visceral, so completely engaging that it simply seemed inconceivable that my future would not involve or revolve around Arabian horses. What does it mean to you to be able to share this interest or passion with your partner? Mark: Back to the people who introduced me to the Arabian … Quentin was one of those people. It is this interest, this common obsession, that has drawn us together, and that we work on together, every single


“Very early on in my story with Arabians, I found that they occupied my thoughts all the time.” day. Although we have some different areas of interest, we are able to exchange thoughts and ideas, discuss the direction we want the breeding program to go and make breeding decisions, tackle the daily issues of care and myriad other issues that go into making a life with Arabians function. In what ways have Arabians enhanced your life? Mark: Arabians are responsible for all that we have and all that we do. We have traveled the world because of them, in search of them and the desire to know more about them. We have met wonderful breeders who have become our friends from all parts of the world. The horses have provided us with a lifestyle that we do not feel we could have any other way. Quentin: My study of Arabian horses has taken me to many lands, and I have met many wonderful and knowledgeable people. I have also been privileged to “meet” some extraordinary Arabian horses who, through their natural desire to communicate, have allowed me to see the world through their eyes, to see into their souls. I have been immeasurably enriched by this contact.

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KATA A NA

(*Gazal Al Shaqab x *Killara by *Fairview Klassique)

What is the Arabian’s role in your daily life or career today? Mark: We are involved in the daily operation of the farm, 24/7/365. We are responsible for the care of all the horses right : “Mark and I have an intense interest in ‘all things Oriental’ and over two lifetimes have amassed quite a collection of bronzes, carpets and paintings which now feature prominently in our home,” says Quentin.

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and only then, once you feel assured that you have a clear vision of where owning an Arabian horse may fit into your life and it still feels right, go shopping. Mark: To Quentinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer I only want to add that in addition to gaining the knowledge, set limits and purchase the best possible horse within your budget. It is much better to purchase one better horse than two lesser ones. With which of your Arabian horses do you feel the closest and why?

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(WH Justice x Lady Love BSF by Marajj), owned by Robin Hopkinson and standing at Peregrine. here, and all the challenges that brings, from daily health to keeping the bills paid. Peregrine offers services to outside clients covering most aspects of management and care. We presently oversee more than 200 Arabian horses of our own and for clients. Quentin: My special interest is in reproduction, and in the spring, I am fully involved in foaling and the care of subfertile and special needs mares, and of course the ongoing challenge facing any breederâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the constant reevaluation of the herd and the matings which might progress our vision in the next generation.

Mark: I am a mare person. I love the mares and the possibility of what they can contribute. I cannot say there is any one individual that I prefer over another, but as I walk through the fields and each mare comes up for a scratch, I appreciate all that each one has to offer. With breeding we have been able to make leaps forward with each mare family we have. It is not always the same contribution, but it has value in the characteristics that are passed forward. That being said, I have great appreciation for the young stallion Kataana (*Gazal al Shaqab x Killara by *Fairview Klassique). We were quite impressed with his first foal crop and bred him to a larger group of mares the next season. We are very impressed with his ability as a sire. We have bred to many of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great breeding stallions; Kataana has the ability to be one of the great ones. He gives us great type without sacrificing conformation and movement, and that is very important to us. Quentin: I am a sucker for stallions. I think that you can form a relationship with a stallion that is more complex and rewarding than most. It goes without saying that my closest relationship was with my Australian and U.S. National Champion Stallion, *Fairview Klassique (Amir El Shaklan AHSA x Kreoluka). Although he died in 2009, he will always be

What would you say to someone who is contemplating purchasing an Arabian? Quentin: Talk to as many people as you can about their horses and the life they share. Go to events and shows to see what kind of horse you prefer and which disciplines you find of interest. Think about the commitment. Owning an Arabian horse, or any horse, is entering into a 24/7/365 day kind of partnership, whether you are a hands on caregiver or not. Then, Scenic farm photos by Quentin Naylor

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in my heart. He was beautiful, charismatic, demanding and always a challenge. He never stopped communicating, and he expected you to pay attention to what he was “saying.” To be with him was like enjoying (or not) time with your closest friend. I have a special bond with three of his descendants, a son, Arktik, whom I rescued at seven months from a bad situation, and two grandchildren, the exceptional and regal mare Persimonn and our dynamic and commanding senior stallion Kataana. What is the most meaningful moment or experience you have had with an Arabian horse?

“My response to this magnificent horse was so visceral, so completely engaging that it simply seemed inconceivable that my future would not involve or revolve around Arabian horses.”

Mark: There are many memorable experiences in more than 40 years with Arabians. Seeing Ralvon Pilgrim (Rikham x Trix Silver) on his return to Australia after winning International Champion Stallion. Being part of the team at Simeon Stud for the first Australian National Champion Mare 27 Ibn Galal 5 (Ibn Galal x 10 Hosna). Showing *Fairview Klassique to 1993 Australian National Champion Stallion and then 1997 U.S. National Champion Stallion. Showing the aged stallion *St. Simon (Benjamin x Sabrina) in Brazil and then being mobbed by the crowd, in a good way, as he exited the ring. Purchasing *El Shaklan (Shaker El Masri x *Estopa) for Count Federico Zichy-Thyssen followed by Anaza El Farid (Ruminaja Ali x Bint Deenaa), *Ludjin El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x *Lydira El Shaklan), and *Imperial Madheen (*Messaoud x Madinah). Seeing Ali Jamaal (Ruminaja Ali x Heritage Memory) as a two-year-old at a show in Houston. Poland — everyone needs to go. Getting to know *Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) and *Marwan Al Shaqab (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) in intimate detail. Recalibrating my eye after seeing many of the most beautiful heads in the Middle East. Going out into the desert to understand better how these horses survived at all. The birth of each and every foal. Quentin: This pretty much sums up my fascination with and love of the Arabian horse: There is nothing to compare to the thrill of seeing an animal so beautiful and charismatic that it commands your attention, from which you dare not look away because you might miss something, an experience so intoxicating that you forget where you are and what you are doing. A H W > 15 < 0 3 . 1 9

ONAPAR (*Parys El Jamaal x Padrona Bey) and her 2018 colt by Kataana


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NAAMIBIA (Audacious PS x Naadi by *Fairview Klassique) 2016 grey filly. Tall and elegant with free and elastic movement, Naamibia will be a great representative of her family in any pursuit that demands elegant, athletic, and correct movement such as hunter pleasure and endurance. Priced at $8,000.

PEREZ (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Parla by Zambizy) 2013 dark bay stallion. Class A Champion and Scottsdale Top Ten. Sired by World Champion and significant sire from a superior Polish dam line. Perez will make a consistent sire of elite show horses and a very eye-catching western pleasure stallion. Priced at $30,000.

KHODJA (OFW Magic Wan x Kirrah by *Fairview Klassique) 2015 bay mare. A beautiful young mare with a stellar pedigree of 4 generations of National Champions from the U.S., Australia and Brazil. Khodja is correct, with great femininity, a beautiful head and a very personable attitude. Priced at $10,000. She can be bred to U.S. and World Champion *Hariry Al Shaqab.

UNNAMED 2018 BAY COLT (Kataana x Angelina de Jamaal by *Soho Carol). A beautiful and complete colt, double Ali Jamaal in pedigree, who will be competitive at the highest levels in halter and he is nominated for U.S. National Futurity. He is a CA carrier. Priced at $15,000. NURYI (Amir Al Shaqab x Nurya by *Fairview Klassique) 2014 grey stallion. Tall, elegant, and with lots of motion, Nuryi is a Class A Junior Champion and a Scottsdale Top Ten in halter. Priced at $12,500.

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UNNAMED 2018 BAY FILLY (Kataana x Maara El Jamaal MH by *Dakar El Jamaal). This tall, elegant filly of international halter quality has a very beautiful head and excellent movement. She should mature to around 15.2 hands and will present an imposing figure in the showring. Priced at $40,000.

KATOOMBA (Barzan Al Shahania x Kirribilli by *Fairview Klassique) 2017 bay filly. This filly is tall and elegant with excellent movement. She could be shown open or amateur in halter. Show filly priced at $12,000. ANGELINA DE JAMAAL (*Soho Carol x Palomara by *Barich De Washoe) 2005 chestnut mare. Full sister to dam of Stival, Angelina De Jamaal is an excellent broodmare in her own right, is correct with good type and an excellent body, and can be bred to quite a variety of stallions with consistent results. She is offered with a breeding to Kataana, the sire of her excellent colt from 2018. She is CA positive. Priced at $5,000. DARIENNE (*Fairview Klassique x Dalena by Cognac) 2008 grey mare. A big athletic mare from an impressive family of highly athletic horses, and with good movement herself, Dalena can be bred to produce performance and halter. She is offered with a breeding to Kataana or Infinite Justice. Priced at $5,000.

Mark Wharton · +1.859.221.5094 · Quentin Naylor · +1.859.983.5329 info@peregrinearabians.com · P.O. Box 12212 · Lexington, KY 40581

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Profile for Arabian Horse World

Cover Story: Our Life with the Arabian Horse  

with Quentin Naylor and Mark Wharton of Peregrine Bloodstock

Cover Story: Our Life with the Arabian Horse  

with Quentin Naylor and Mark Wharton of Peregrine Bloodstock