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United States of America (AHRA and “To know where you are going, you IAHA). This was the birth of WAHO, as must know from where you come. Gudrun Waiditschka the main achievement of this meeting Knowing something about the history was the creation and naming of the of WAHO gives us a good foundation Gudrun Waiditschka World Arabian Horse Organization. A on which to move forward and into and Debbie Fuentes steering committee was installed that the future.” So said WAHO President worked on the constitution, the bylaws, Peter Pond at this year’s WAHO objectives and purposes of the organization. And at Conference, held in the small coastal town of Terrigal, the first official WAHO Conference in Seville, Spain, north of Sydney, hosted by the Arab Horse Society of in 1972, which was attended by 22 countries, the Australia (AHSA). This is the third time Australia has Constitution was ratified and the first President, hosted the Conference since 1984. WAHO’s history Jay Stream, was elected. Secretary, Treasurer, and goes much further back. Executive Committee members were nominated and WAHO began in 1967, when the Arab Horse approved. The need for a “definition” of the Arabian Society of Great Britain hosted the first ever horse, which would be acceptable to all member conference of international Arabian horse societies, countries, was discussed. At the following 1974 attended by nine nations. In August 1970, the conference in Malmö, the official WAHO definition of AHS hosted a second conference, attended by a purebred Arabian Horse was approved as follows: representatives from 14 countries including the “A purebred Arabian horse is one which appears in any purebred Arabian horse stud book or register Since the establishment of the WAHO listed by WAHO as acceptable.” definition, horses can be freely WAHO has always acknowledged that the Middle East countries are the homeland of the Arabian exchanged between countries without horse and has accepted desert-bred Arabians. being refused registration on the basis of Then, at the 2004 WAHO Conference in Poland, the delegates passed a majority vote to close the pedigree, something that was happening world Arabian stud books to horses which do not trace on every line to horses previously registered all too often in the years before WAHO. A H W > 72 < 0 6 / 0 7. 1 9
Dr. Mark Trela, Vice President of WAHO.
in a WAHO-approved stud book. At the 2007 Conference in Damascus, Syria, this WAHO rule became mandatory. Since the establishment of the WAHO definition, horses can be freely exchanged between countries without being refused registration on the basis of pedigree, something that was happening all too often in the years before WAHO. In this way, WAHO has greatly benefited the Arabian horse, its breeders, and everyone involved. The rise of the Arabian horse would not have been possible without the cooperation of the various registries around the world, and the biannual WAHO conference provides a platform for the discussion of important topics. Today, registration procedures and their adaptations to new laws, as well as issues of welfare and modern reproduction methods, are all within the interest of WAHO. WAHO is not concerned with anything that you can do with an Arabian
horse, such as racing, showing, or endurance. These activities are overseen by other organizations.
This yearâ€™s conference was attended by representatives of 25 WAHO member countries. China was also in attendance, and they will become an official member once their stud book is accepted. The associate members in attendance included Al Khamsa and The Arabian Horse Foundation (both from the U.S.). The long journey to Australia and the resulting costs were clearly reflected in the number of members present. Several countries with a small
Peter Pond, WAHO President.
WAHO approved a set of rules that does not allow the registration of any horse subject to genetic modification, or of any offspring from parents or their gametes that have undergone genetic modification.
Left to right: Dr. Abdul Ghaniy, Director General for the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Center, Saudi Arabia; Abdulla Albraihi, Manager of the Kuwait Arabian Horse Registry; and Nasser Bourisli, Assistant Kuwait Registrar.
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Arabian horse population that have not established their own stud book applied for membership since the last conference or for approval that existing WAHOapproved stud books will take care of their horses. These countries were Albania, BosniaHerzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Ukraine, and Bolivia. Belize canceled its membership due to economic reasons. For the first time in the history of the WAHO, an election for two new consultants to the Executive Committee took place. Karsten Scherling of Germany and Nathalie Weemaels of Ecuador were elected. Some Arab countries have been critical of the change in the
WAHO country registrars at the 2019 conference. FUENTES PHOTO
regards to foals registered per year, as of 2017, the most foals are still being born in the U.S., but Saudi Arabia follows in second place with a difference of only 150 foals. It should be noted that the U.S. figures have been dropping for years, while the Arab countries, Saudi Arabia in particular, are
WAHO visitors were well looked after by these gracious Australian hosts, from left to right: Teresa Edwards, Assistant Registrar of the AHSA; Deb Watson, AHSA Bookkeeper; Lindy Stewart, AHSA Office; Kelly Watson; Ian Watson; Helen Dohan, AHSA Registrar; Leonie Williamson, AHSA Chairperson; and Scott Benjamin of Mulawa Stud.
Coralie Gordon took the listeners on a journey into the past of the Arabian horse, from its first arrival in Australia in the early 19th century.
EC towards a democratically elected EC, because it would not be fast enough. Peter Pond defended the procedure, which was implemented only two years ago and is being used for the first time this year. He pointed out that WAHO has benefited from continuity in leadership over the last 50 years, and rapid changes in the board are often detrimental. It is common at these biannual conferences for every member present to give a report on the development of Arabian horse breeding in their country. This includes the number of foals born, as well as activities such as shows, races, endurance rides, etc. With
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Right: Rosemary Doyle of Doyle Arabians, Bend, Oregon.
stud book organizations to opt for no limit was the risk that a breeder might sue the stud book for trade restrictions. But the EC has repeatedly pointed out that overproduction through unlimited ET foals per mare per year not only has adverse effects on the donor mares themselves, but also on the well-being of the foals and on the entire sales market. The second point of concern are the recent developments in the field of gene doping and gene manipulation. It is feared that genetic modification, which is done at the embryo stage, and gene doping, which is generally done at a later stage, have the
potential to cause damage to our horses individually and to our breed in general. The racing and sport horse authorities such as the ISBC and FEI are equally concerned. WAHO therefore approved a set of rules that does not allow the registration of any horse subject to genetic modification, or of any offspring from parents or their gametes that have undergone genetic modification.
steadily growing. Looking at it from a global perspective, Arabian foals born increased by 15 percent between 2010 and 2017. This increase is due solely to the Arab countries. Something increasingly worrisome for the EC, and critically considered by many members and individual breeders around the world, is the number of foals per mare produced by embryo transfer. The current WAHO rule allows each Registering Authority, at their discretion, to place a specified number limit of foals, or no limit, that they would register per donor mare per year. The only reason WAHO allowed the
Left: The welcome BBQ brought together guests from all over the world. Here, enjoying the evening are, from left to right, Catherine Hollingsworth, Australia; Judy Phillips, United Kingdom; Jeannine Joerin-Hall, Switzerland; Julie Crowe, United Kingdom; Natalie Meredith, AHS Stud Book Committee Chair; and Anne Brown, United Kingdom, past president of the British Arab Horse Society.
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Right, from left to right: Natalie Meredith; Jehangir Rustomjee, Registrar for the Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain, and his wife Navaz Kotwal; Val Bunting, France, WAHO Executive Committee Secretary; and Karin Swanson, United Kingdom.
GuestSpeakers This year’s WAHO conference was notable for a series of excellent guest speakers. Coralie Gordon took the listeners on a journey into the past of the Arabian horse, from its first arrival in Australia in the early 19th century, introducing the first known breeders such as Henry Dangar and his brothers, Sir James Penn
Boucaut, Mrs. Dora Maclean, Elwyn Bligh and her daughter, and many more. Many of these early breeders imported horses from Crabbet Park in England, while others came directly from the Arabian Peninsula or via India. Not least because of the vastness of the country, the Australian breeders were able to breed superb endurance horses, and the Tom Quilty ride is still the highlight of their endurance season. David Gillett continued with the
Through its superb Derivative breeds, Australia has maximized the bloodlines, use, and popularity of the pure Arabian horse like no other country in the world today — an example many other countries could benefit from by copying.
Left: Mary Lou Raulerson, of Florida, with Allan Preston, who spoke on the Arabian “Derivative” breeds.
more recent bloodlines that had been added to these English and Colonial lines. Those which are thoroughly established in Australia are the Polish lines, for example, through Milex (by Exelsjor), who became known as a successful sire in endurance circles, and Ambition (by *Bask). Later many others were added. The first Egyptian-related horses came to Australia in 1970 with the filly Naadirah (Aswan x Napraslina). The first straight Egyptians were the stallions Raadin Royal Star (by ET Crown Prince), who was the sire of Simeon Shai, and Sankt Georg, the sire of Simeon Safanad. The Spanish influence came with Simeon Sa’ar and Amir El
Right: Debbie Fuentes, Registrar for AHA, left, and Arabian Horse World staff writer Cindy Reich.
transmitting infectious disease, although AI does inhibit natural behaviors. It is usually well tolerated by the mares, as is non-surgical embryo transfer. But collecting oocytes is known to be painful for the mare, and the effect of the repeated use of hormones to get multiple embryos in a year is also not well researched. With regards to genetic modification, she said that any damage to equine embryos which may cause pain, suffering, distress, or lasting harm to the resulting foals should be a matter of ethical and welfare concern. It was particularly interesting to
Bottom: Karsten Scherling, newly-elected consultant to the WAHO Executive Committee, left, and Alexander Hofmann, Vice President of VZAP, the German Arab horse society.
note her remark that “Arabian breeders are not afraid of airing and discussing difficult issues. That makes you rare amongst horse breeders.” Dr. Chris Whitton explained how bone fatigue happens in race and endurance horses when subjected to repeated high loads. He emphasized that injuries are not random events out of our control, and that horses in training and competition accumulate bone damage. Risk
Shaklan, both by El Shaklan and out of Marbach-bred mares. Later several El Shaklan-related stock were imported. Other lines, such as the Russians, played a minor role. Allan Preston explained the nine Arabian-related breeds, called “Derivatives,” such as the Arabian Pony, Arabian Warmblood, Arabian Riding Pony, Quarab etc., which AHSA has registered for many decades. This forward-thinking initiative brought income, membership expansion, and introduced new owners to purebred Arabians. Through its superb Derivative breeds, Australia has maximized the bloodlines, use, and popularity of the pure Arabian horse like no other country in the world today — an example many other countries could benefit from by copying. Dr. Madeleine Campbell’s video lecture was on the welfare and ethical issues of assisted reproduction technologies. Some may have welfare benefits, such as AI and shipped semen, with less chance of injury and
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He emphasized that injuries are not random events out of our control, and that horses in training and competition accumulate bone damage.
HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein Al Saleh, Jordan, WAHO Executive Committee member.
factors are too many kilometers and high speeds. However, bone material is highly dynamic, and in the right training environment, even young horses can adapt to increase their resistance to injury. If damage has occurred, periods of rest from training are essential to repair any damage and prolong the sporting career of the horses. Cindy Reich introduced several more or less known procedures
used before and after the birth of a foal: the milk calcium test to predict the time of delivery, the neonatal isoerythrolysis test for any incompatibility of the foal with the colostrum, the IgG test to see if the foal gets enough immunoglobulin from the colostrum. (Read more in this monthâ€™s Stud Farm Diaries on page 130.) Especially interesting and new to many was the Madigan Squeeze Technique for reviving dummy foals, which we were able to practice later with a large toy foal. Various ways to wean a foal concluded the presentation. Julie Fiedler gave a lecture on the effect of social media with regards to horses, welfare, and social license. In social media, horse sports are often under attack from the public. Social media can ruin the reputation of a sport, incur financial burden to repair trust, it can cause loss of spectators, sponsors, etc., and may lead to a sport governing A H W > 78 < 0 6 / 0 7. 1 9
body or even government intervention. Horse sport therefore should be proactive by finding ways to make horse welfare decisions more quickly and building a relationship with the public to strengthen its own resilience. The last announcement, before President Peter Pond closed the meeting, came from Princess Alia Al Hussein, who invited us all to the next WAHO Conference in Jordan in 2021. The sustained applause showed clearly that everyone is looking forward to meeting again in Amman!
World Arabian Horse Organization
INFORMATION COLLATED FROM WAHO REGISTRY ANNUAL REPORTS FOR THE YEAR 2017 and/or 2018 “Exp/Imp” = number of horses exported/imported. “TS imp/exp” = Whether or not Artificial Insemination & Transported Semen (imported / exported) are permitted “ET” / “Multiple Annual ET” = Whether Embryo Transfer is permitted and if yes, whether more than 1 foal per mare per year is allowed. NF = Naturally carried foal.
2017 FOALS 2018 FOALS
Algeria Argentina Australia + others Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Belgium Belize Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay Bulgaria Canada Chile + Peru China (applying) Colombia Croatia Cuba (applying) Czech Republic Denmark Ecuador Egypt Estonia Finland France Germany, Luxembourg Hungary Iran Iraq Israel Italy Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Lithuania Morocco Namibia Netherlands New Zealand Norway Oman Pakistan Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland Syria Tunisia Turkey UAE UK+Ireland, GR&MT U.S.+ Mexico, Panama Uruguay Venezuela
approx 195 346 557 112 5 246 357 0 310 32 182 239 approx 10 36 6 90 10 98 47 1700 4 3 1486 632 approx 30 1200 20 750 927 0 54 5 1340 23 50 5 723 33 164 64 5 230 42 603 under 25 636 52 242 3008 5 22 24 564 448 88 19 646 454 approx 1800 1081 389 3153 457 11
269 464 117
1 175 4
MICROCHIPS no info YES Optional YES YES YES YES NO YES YES NO YES YES YES YES no info YES YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES no info YES NO NO NO NO YES YES YES YES NO YES optional YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES YES NO YES YES YES YES NO YES NO
EXP/IMP TS IMP./EXP. ET? 0/2 19/3 16/3 49/44 0/3 30/44 218/109 0/0 47/6 13/7 no info 1/16 0/many 0/0 3/0 no info 4/11 no info 0/10 167/54 1/4 0/6 ?/269 145/41 no info 2/10 0/25 no info 179/108 0/0 9/14 0/5 72/176 no info 15/20 8/6 7/84 8/44 57/41 5/17 8/10 11/171 0/1 129/24 no info 140/219 no info 4/40 120/628 no info 0/10 8/4 27/0 37/64 41/47 0/5 7/1 38/8 33/6 348/323 160/86 449/33 41/2 0/0
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES YES YES YES NO YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES/NO NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES no info YES/NO NO NO YES YES YES YES YES NO NO YES YES NO NO YES YES YES NO YES YES NO NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES NO NO YES YES YES no info YES YES YES YES YES YES YES/NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
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MULTIPLE ANNUAL ET? PASSPORTS no info yet YES (5) YES (no limit) YES (no limit) N/A YES (3 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) N/A YES (no limit) N/A YES (no limit) YES (no limit) N/A YES (2 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) no info NO (1 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) YES (no limit) YES (2 ET + 1 NF) N/A YES (no limit) YES (no limit) YES (5 ET + 1 NF) no info N/A YES (no limit) NO (1 ET + 1 NF) YES (3 ET + 1 NF) N/A YES (no limit) N/A YES (no limit) N/A NO (1 ET + 1 NF) N/A YES (3 ET + 1 NF) YES (2 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) NO (1 ET + 1 NF) N/A YES (no limit) N/A NO (1 ET + 1 NF) no info YES (no limit) YES (no limit) NO (1 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) YES (no limit) NO (1 ET + 1 NF) NO (1 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) YES (2 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) NO (1 ET + 1 NF) N/A NO (1 ET + 1 NF) YES (2 ET + 1 NF) YES (no limit) YES (no limit) YES (no limit) YES (no limit) YES (no limit)
YES YES exports only YES YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES YES NO YES no info YES YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES exports only YES N/A YES YES YES YES YES on request YES exports only YES YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO
SHOWS/RACING/ENDURANCE 2/300/18 2/0/12 80/10/496 3/?/several mainly racing 6/26/12 5/11/17 pleasure riding 196/12/35 2/26/16 30/0/numerous all breed 2/0/10 1/0/0 1/0/6 0/1/9 4/0/2 2/0/25 3/0/endurance with all breeds 2/0/12 4/twice a week/4 1/0/15 1/0/12 9/many/many 9/?/several no info 10/35 weeks/12 0/2perweek for 11mos/0 6/?/? 200/60-80/many no info 2/0/7 0/10/2 5/36/4 2/?/? 3/60/3 2/3/5 7/869/11 2/0/19 5/20+/25+ 5/0/100+ 4/0/30 2/130/1 no info 5/196/6 no info 6/152/13 20/0/15 7/132/several 9/26/10 1/1/no info 3/0/10 1/0/4 8/0/100 8/0/12 1/?/? 1/1/9 2/8/0 4/378/15 0/2479/0 10/175/75 30/30/80 343/129/61 70/1/18 0/0/0
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Simeon Stud NEW SOUTH WALES
Simeon Stud, Australiaâ€™s biggest and most prominent stud farm for straight Egyptian Arabians, is situated in the outskirts of Sydney. Since 1956, Ruth and Peter Simon, with daughter Marion Richmond, have been breeding purebred Arabian horses.
Far left: Marion Richmond, owner of Simeon Stud and hostess extraordinaire. Above: IMMESMERIZE (Imtaarif x Bint Mareekh Amir) who was imported from the U.S., tails back to Bint Deenaa, the dam of Anaza Bay Shahh, a mare highly valued at Simeon Stud.
It was in the 1970s to early 1980s, when Marion set out to seek horses with Egyptian blood in Europe. Among others, she found two straight Egyptian mares, a Kaisoon daughter (Mohema), and a liver chestnut filly, 27 Ibn Galal-5 (Ibn Galal x 10 Hosna) from Babolna Stud in Hungary. Without doubt, the Babolna-bred mare 27 Ibn Galal-5 1974 (often wrongly written as 27 Ibn Galal V), was the most successful of the lot, and the only one whose line is still maintained at Simeon Stud today, with a family that counts about 30 head. Of her five daughters, three created their own branches: Simeon Safanad (by Sankt Georg), Simeon Simona (by Asfour), and Simeon Sukari (by Asfour). Two of the younger homebred chief sires, Simeon Shifran and Simeon Shanun, are tailing to this line. In addition to these mares, the stallions Asfour, Anaza Bay Shahh, and Imperial Madaar were imported. Asfour 1984 (Malik x Hanan) of Dr. Nagelâ€™s breeding, developed into her foundation stallion. Most of the present broodmares carry his blood, often not just once. Asfour offered refined type with huge eyes, fine nostrils, small ears and lots of charisma. He also had fine black skin and exceptional movement. Imperial Madaar (Imperial Madheen x Ansata Nile Mist) added height and length of body, while U.S.-bred Anaza Bay Shahh (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Deenaa) gave body conformation with excellent hindquarters, legs and feet; his blood can still be found in some of the A H W > 80 < 0 6 / 0 7. 1 9
clockwise from top left:
The stallions SIMEON SHIFRAN (Asfour x Simeon Shavit), SIMEON SHANUN (Imperial Madaar x Simeon Safran) and SIMEON SEIFAN (Simeon Shifran x CM Moussameh), and the mares SIMEON SEIS (Imperial Madaar x Simeon Se) with foal, and SIMEON SAADA (Asfour x Simeon Safanad).
mares. Today’s chief sire, Simeon Shanun, has all three foundation stallions in his pedigree in three successive generations. Marion has always been very fond of the bloodlines “behind” Asfour and Imperial Madaar such as the stallions Hadban Enzahi, Ghazal, Morafic, and the mare Maymoonah (Hadban Enzahi x Malikah). She traveled Germany extensively in search of these lines and finally found CM Moussameh and Mussallah 1996 (Montasar x Mohebba Bint Maymoonah). In 2000, Simeon Stud and Albadeia Stud of the late Nasr Marei exchanged horses. From Australia to Egypt traveled Simeon Safir, a full sister to Simeon Sadik,
together with the stallion Simeon Sharav. In return, Simeon Stud received the beautiful Ibtehag Albadeia, four-times Egyptian National Champion, accompanied by Wed Albadeia, who was by Nasr Marei’s favorite stallion Farid Albadeia. Of these lines, Simeon Marei has been retained for the breeding barn. Here, at Simeon Stud, the WAHO group was looking at five generations of homebred horses, and the “type of horse” Marion Richmond is looking for became evident in front of our eyes. Fortunately, Marion Richmond has never been influenced by fashion — she bred what she liked. And it is refreshing to see that none of her horses were taken “to the extreme.” They are solid, sound mares, with beautiful faces, deep in the chest, with good legs — and judging from their gentle behavior, when all the WAHO guests invaded their paddocks and pastures — they have a good character, something which is very important to Marion Richmond. A H W > 81 < 0 6 / 0 7 . 1 9
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One of the biggest Arabian horse operations in Australia — if not the biggest — is Mulawa Stud. It is subdivided into four facilities: The original part called “Mulawa” is situated in a suburb of Sydney. Here, the training and conditioning of the show horses takes place. It is also the venue for presentations such as for the WAHO guests and the Mulawa Open Day. Across the road, at “Ambition,” is the performance center where the sports horses are trained. In the Upper Hunter Valley, the breeding operation is situated at “Alabama.” Here, the broodmares are accommodated, the foals are born and weaned, until they come to the Mulawa training facility. The retired horses and family mounts live in Tasmania. For almost 50 years, the Farrell family has run Mulawa stud. They were the pioneers of introducing Polish bloodlines to Australia when they imported the U.S.-bred stallions Ambition (*Bask x Bint Ambara), and later Warranty (*Aladdinn x Wizja). Each stallion made a lasting contribution to Arabian horse
breeding in Australia, as they had 100 and more foals each, and inspired many breeders to include Polish bloodlines in their breeding program. Mulawa has also imported several important mares with Polish blood over the years, among them was Euni (*Bandos x Eunice), a full sister to Eukaliptus. Euni was imported in foal to Dr Nagel’s stallion Jamil, producing a chestnut colt named Vision. Vision became a very important sire of his time. Mulawa’s breeding program has produced or owned a total of ten Australian National Champion Mares. Later famous show horse bloodlines followed from which today, the homebred Mulawa chief sires, Klass (TS Al Malik x Karmaa), an Australian National Champion in both halter and under saddle, and Allegiance MI (Magnum Forty Four x Audacia) were produced. left: The stallion ALLEGIANCE MI (Magnum Forty Four x Audacia), and Didier Thievent from Switzerland. below: The
stallion KLASS (TS Al Malik x Karmaa), an Australian National Champion in both halter and under saddle.
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Of the approximately 20 mare families at Mulawa, the one of Karmaa (Kaborr x AN Marieta) is the most prominent. In 1986, the Farrells bought Karmaa from Jay Stream. She created her own dynasty and founded the most successful mare family in Australia. A few of the highly successful show horses of this family are: Klassical Devotion MI (Klass x Mulawa Kiara), Australian National Champion and 2017 Ajman Show Gold Senior Mare; and Mulawa Karismaa (Magnum Psyche x Karmaa), Australian and East Coast Champion Mare and dam of the Australian Champion Stallion Konquest MI; and the colt Kavalle MI (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Karess), an Australian Champion and U.S. and Canadian National Reserve Champion Stallion. His dam, Karess (Magnum Forty Four x Mulawa Kara Mia MI), was Australian National Top Ten Senior Mare in 2019. She was shown at the WAHO presentation, and this classic bay mare with exceptional movement deserves mentioning here, together with her dam, the Karmaa daughter Mulawa Kara Mia MI (by GLF Apollo). Among the stallions out of this line, there is the son of Karess, Kharacter MI (by Advise). The already mentioned chief sire Allegiance MIalso belongs to Karmaa’s family. Another lovely mare is the chestnut Parada (by Magnum Forty Four), Australian National Champion Senior Mare in 2012, who is tailing back to Dzina (imp. U.S.) 1972, another foundation mare at Mulawa, just as the filly Klassical Fame MI (by Klass), this year’s Australian National Gold Champion Junior Filly. Mulawa has always aimed to breed beautiful and functional horses, producing beautiful, versatile athletes that give pleasure to their owners, wherever they are.
mare MULAWA KARA MIA MI (by GLF Apollo x Karmaa).
second from top:
CHANCE TO DANCE (Magnum Fourty Four x Mulawa Chance) was Australian National Silver Champion Senior Mare in 2018.
second from bottom:
PARADA (Magnum Forty Four x Presence), Australian National Champion Senior Mare in 2012.
KLASSICAL FAME MI (Klass x Forever Fame), this year’s Australian National Gold Champion Junior Filly.
The mare MI KLASSIQUE (Klass x Mustangs Magnum).
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Ripplebrock Arena VICTORIA
Several smaller breeders from Victoria joined a group presentation at the wonderful Ripplebrook Arena. Two ponies immediately caught my eye for their prettiness and their cheeky expressions: Kathmar Park Strikes Back and Keira Park Cascade. They are Arabian Ponies and Arabian Riding Ponies, respectively, and it was easy to imagine them being lovely children mounts. The influence of Future Farms was visible in two horses, sired by two maternal half-brothers: Cheri Amour (by Crave FF) and Voyager W (by Sir Charmed FF), Voyager W, being 2018 Australian Silver Champion Yearling colt, is owned by the Bellchambers. However, the eye catcher was the gentle 24-year-old fleabitten grey gelding, Kathmar Park Maverick (Mash x Zareefa), owned by Katherine McMahon and Margaret Parker, led by a little boy. His lifetime achievements were seven
Australian Championships, and he was the first purebred gelding to take both the halter and saddle titles. After his successful in-hand and under saddle career he became a “kid’s pony”
KATHMAR PARK STRIKES BACK (Trincada Strike x Kathmar Park Miss Defy), Arabian Pony.
KEIRA PARK CASCADE (Karlana Say Farewell x Keira Park Amber), Arabian Riding Pony. bottom left:
VOYAGER W (Sir Charmed FF x Amira Mulahn), 2018 Australian Silver Champion Yearling colt.
KATHMAR PARK MAVERICK (Mash x Zareefa), has seven Australian Championships, the first purebred gelding to take both the halter and under saddle titles.
competing in lead rein and handler classes with the then sixyear-old Matthew Parker and finally retired in 2013. One year later, he was honored with the WAHO Trophy to acknowledge his role as an Ambassador for the Arabian breed. A H W > 85 < 0 6 / 0 7. 1 9
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South Serenity Farms VICTORIA
Although Belle O’Connor was involved with Arabian horses for around 30 years, South Serenity Farms is a rather new enterprise, founded in 2014, when Peter Wayne and Belle joined forces. The result is a state-of-theart facility for boarding and breeding. They provided their indoor arena for other breeders to join in and show their horses to the WAHO audience. One of South Serenity’s premier horses is Mystica Abbas by LC Prince Magnum and out of a Marwan Al Shaqab daughter, who was shown under saddle. Bred by Mystica Arabians, Belinda O’Conner saw him for the first time as a yearling — and knew he was something special. “I was just blown away with his bloodlines, and he was such a special colt. I saw so much potential for Abbas as a breeding sire and future show horse,” she said. He has won multiple titles so far, culminating in Champion Novice Dressage at the recent Australian National Championships in March 2019. Also one of his get was shown, a lovely bay filly named Abbstella out of a Desperado daughter. Mikinda Magic Flirt out of predominantly Crabbet lines was one of the foundation mares at South Serenity and also used to breed partbred Arabians with “special color” such as the palomino colt Exavier SSA. One of the highlights was to see Maximilliano 2010 (Guliano x Mustang Magnum), bred by Mulawa Arabians and owned by Shane Edward. He is a masculine and athletic stallion, and was 2019 Australian National Silver Champion Senior Stallion. Yet, the best came last, Gai El Jullyen 2000 (Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai Fantasha) gave his final public appearance in front of the WAHO crowd. He has a very impressive show career. As a yearling he was Scottsdale Champion, then was sold to Australia and kept on winning and gained several
top: MYSTICA ABBAS (LC Prince Magnum x Princess of Marwan
[by Marwan Al Shaqab]), 2019 Australian National Champion Novice Dressage horse. middle: ABBSTELLA (Mystica Abbas x Bremervale Estelle [by Desperado]). bottom left: MAXIMILLIANO
(Guliano x Mustangs Magnum), bred by Mulawa Arabians and owned by Shane Edward, 2019 Australian National Silver Champion Senior Stallion.
GAI EL JULLYEN (Jullyen El Jamaal x Gai El Fantasy) gave his final public appearance in front of the WAHO crowd.
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national titles, both in halter and under saddle. Combining the blood of Ali Jamaal and Bey Shah you wouldn’t expect anything less. But his even greater strength lies in the breeding barn, where he has sired over 120 offspring.
Krishlah Arabians VICTORIA
About 1.5 hours northwest of Melbourne, not far from Ballarat, you will find Krishlah Arabians of Olivia Cleary and her parents, Sharon and Max Warke, and sister Shona Young. Much to the photographers’ delight, the horses were presented in their outdoor paddock. Best “model” was Vitorious KA 2013 (Vitorio TO x Breathless), a bay stallion with lots of presence, who also presented his first foal crop with Vitori KA, Volt KA and Valori KA. The blood of Crave FF was also present at Krishlah, for example in the yearling filly Pshania KA (Pshalomar x out of a Crave FF daughter). She was one of my favorites and was 2019 Australian National Silver Champion Yearling Filly a couple of weeks after our visit, while the 2008 Crave FF daughter A’Diva took the title of 2019 Australian National Bronze Champion Mare. A’Diva is one of the broodmares at Krishlah and a deep-bodied, well-moving mare. Another Crave FF daughter is Sia KA (out of Vaya), the 2018 Australian Bronze Champion Yearling Filly. Due to Krishlah’s strict gelding policy, Vitori KA has already been gelded, while Volt KA may have the quality to become a breeding stallion — time will tell. His dam is the first-born daughter of A’Diva, A’Real Diva by SF Sir Real, a leasing stallion at Future Farms. Some of Krishlah’s geldings have collected show ribbons en mass — such as Georgio KA (by Crave FF), who has eight National Champion, Silver and Bronze titles of various categories to his credit. Another foundation mare at Kirshlah was Avondale Special, who was bought in 1999. This chestnut mare was of true Aussi breeding, including such greats as Ralvon Pilgrim and Sindh in her pedigree. She delivered two fillies for Krishlah Arabians, Breathless and Vaya, both by two different sons of SK Shakla Khan, a grandson of El Shaklan. Breathless became the mother of Vitorious KA, while Vaya is the dam of Sia KA. Another SK Shakla Khan granddaughter, Avondale Fanfare, is the dam of A’Diva.
VITORIOUS KA (Vitorio TO x Breathless).
middle: VOLT KA (Vitorious KA x A’Real Diva KA). bottom:
A’DIVA (FF Crave x Avondale Fanfare), 2019 Australian National Bronze Champion Mare.
These stud visits certainly gave a good overview about recent Arabian horse breeding in Australia, and needless to say, we were always welcomed with true Aussi hospitality and food. Being part of a rather small group of visitors was rewarding for each of us, and so it was even more appreciated that our hosts undertook all the effort to show us their precious horses, especially where they had to travel quite a huge distance. Therefore my thanks to all our hosts, whether mentioned here in detail or not, for showing us their horses! A H W > 87 < 0 6 / 0 7. 1 9
The Australian venue provided a relaxed atmosphere for guest speakers, animated discussions of issues facing the breed, and fabulous farm to...
Published on Jul 15, 2019
The Australian venue provided a relaxed atmosphere for guest speakers, animated discussions of issues facing the breed, and fabulous farm to...