Holly Dillin of Western Cross Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, with WC CIAO BELLA, (Xceptshahn x JE Ali Selene), April 16, 2004 - July 15, 2019.
2019 - 2020
WELCOME TO ARABIAN HORSE WORLD ’S SECOND ARABIAN TRAINER AND BREEDER ALMANAC. SELECTING THE RIGHT TRAINER FOR YOUR HORSE IS CRUCIAL. THE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OWNER AND TRAINER IS A LONG-TERM ENDEAVOR WITH MANY SIMILARITIES TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE. AND BREEDERS ARE, OF COURSE, THE SOURCE OF THE HORSES THAT ARE ENTRUSTED TO THE TRAINERS. WE HOPE THAT THE INFORMATION COMPILED BY US ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES WILL ASSIST IN YOUR SEARCH AND DECISION.
INDEX OF BREEDERS AND TRAINERS Ron and Yvonne Copple, Copple Show Horses ........ 2 Eros Arabian Breeders ....................................................... 3 Travis Hansen, Travis Training Center........................... 4 Kristin Huntsberger, Western Cross Ranch................ 5 Nan Harley, Dreym Bay Farm .......................................... 6 Patti Meier, M&M Arabian Enterprises..........................7 Janina Merz, Om El Arab................................................... 8 Kim Morgan, Kim Morgan Arabians LLC ...................... 9 Rory O’Neill, O’Neill Arabians LLC ................................ 10 Dennis Wigren, RO Lervick Arabians ............................11
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2019 – 2020
COPPLE SHOW HORSES RON AND YVONNE COPPLE OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON “We have a combined 40 years in business,” says Ron. “My most notable horse is my Canadian National and Scottsdale Champion Half-Arabian western horse STLA C Im Fondau (C Our Zeus x DR Fonda Color). “My proudest moments have been watching my amateurs win their first National titles, and then I have to say the unanimous 2015 U.S. National Half-Arabian open western title.
COPPLE SHOW HORSES Mailing Address: 9141 178th Avenue SW Rochester, WA 98579
“Every western trainer has been an influence on me, whether that’s good or bad. “My strengths are my work ethic and patience. I appreciate the opportunity to do something this cool every day. My worst days — I don’t have any. My best days are when the young horses figure things out. “If and when I have a problem with a horse I consult Greg Harris or Stanley White III. “I didn’t choose Arabians, they chose me.”
Barn Location: Olympia, WA
Ron: (253) 381-3871 Yvonne: (360) 389-7871 email: email@example.com www.coppleshowhorses.com
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2019 – 2020
EROS ARABIAN BREEDERS EROS ARABIAN BREEDERS PARTNERS INCLUDE: ARABIAN SKYY, LLC; J & J ARABIANS, LLC ; KLEIO ARABIANS, LLC ; MORRISIENNA FARM ARABIANS; AND THORNEWOOD FARM, LLC. EROS: The ancient Greek god of love. Indeed, it is the love of the straight Egyptian Arabian horse that serves as the foundation for Eros Arabian Breeders. Formed in 2017, this passionate group, with more than 64 combined years of experience, recognized the urgent need for outcross blood in this country and stepped up to fill the void. “Importing two stallions from the Royal family of Qatar was no small feat,” exclaims Lisa Cifrese, managing partner. Although the stakes were high, and the challenges many, importing both Authentic Ibn Nawaal and *Khamiis Al Waab certainly proved worth the effort and risk. Authentic Ibn Nawaal, known globally for his beauty, athleticism, and incredible pedigree, traces in his tail female line to the elegant mare Dahmah
Shahwaniah. Eros Arabian Breeders has been honored to bring Authentic Ibn Nawaal to the country that bred his elegant mother, AK Nawaal. We recognize that breeders have a choice when it comes to deciding on a stallion; it’s impossible to imagine a selection that would prove more perfect than Authentic Ibn Nawaal. For 2020, he will stand with Select Breeders Service, Inc., an industry leader in stallion management. And with equal excitement, we introduce the striking young stallion who also made this journey — *Khamiis Al Waab, pictured below. Sired by the magnificent stallion Barraq El Aliya, Khamiis’s pedigree reads like a who’s-who in Egyptian breeding: Salaa El Dine, Ansata Halim Shah, Al Adeed Al Shaqab, Prince Fa Moniet, El Thay Taghreed. With limited showring experience, Khamiis was named Grand Champion Straight Egyptian at the Riverboat Parlay Arabian Show, and was 2019 U.S. Egyptian Event Champion Three-Year-Old Straight Egyptian Colt. In genotype and phenotype, this exotic stallion serves as a superb outcross for American breeders. For 2020, *Khamiis Al Waab will stand with Ted Carson Arabians in Allgood, Alabama. *Khamiis Al Waab (Barraq El Aliya x Teema Al Zobara), 2019 U.S. Egyptian Event Champion Three-Year-Old Straight Egyptian Colt. EROS ARABIAN BREEDERS For further information contact: Lisa Cifrese (609) 577-1976 email: Authenticibnnawaal@gmail.com www.authenticibnnawaal.com
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2019 – 2020
TRAVIS TRAINING CENTER TRAVIS HANSEN PAYSON, UTAH “I have had more than 30 adventurous years with Arabians,” says Travis. “My notable horses have been WH Northern Yankee, WH Justice, WH Patriot, and Eternety. “My notable wins include Brazilian National Champion Gold Filly, U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt, unanimous Scottsdale Champion Junior Colt, World Cup Gold Stallion and a variety of other National wins and Scottsdale Champions. “My training influences are Vickey Bowman, Alfredo Ortega, Steve Heathcott and Greg Hazlewood.
“My strengths as a trainer are that I understand and have empathy for the horse and my client. I am straight-up honest and passionate about the horses and those in their lives. “I am best at understanding the horse and developing a rapport with the horse. I do not like dishonesty. “My worst days are days without my family, horses and dogs. “My best days are sitting at our new ranch surrounded by the things and people I love. “If I needed help with a training problem I would call Greg Hazlewood or Steve Heathcott. “I chose to make Arabians a part of my life because the breed makes great family horses. I love their spirit, their charisma, their intelligence and beauty.” “I chose Travis Hansen to train my horse because of his enduring experience with the Arabian horse in a variety of settings, from riding high in the mountains to capturing wins at the highest level of national and international competition,” says McKay Stirland. “He is truly a horseman.”
Travis and *L A Karat (WH Justice x LA Kalahari), 2019 Arabian Breeders World Cup Top Ten Senior Stallion. TRAVIS TRAINING CENTER, INC. Payson, Utah 801-376-3820 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.travistrainingcenter.com
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2019 – 2020
WESTERN CROSS RANCH KRISTIN HUNTSBERGER, TRAINER WEATHERFORD, TEXAS “I started training a few months after I graduated high school under Jim Lowe,” says Kristin, “so I’ve been in business about 18 years. “I have been so fortunate to be around so many incredible horses over the years. I even had the opportunity to breed one horse of my own who went on to be a National Champion Country English Pleasure horse, KHA Phreeze Phrame (Phi Slama Jama x Debt To Pleasure). “Ted Carson has been the biggest training influence in my life. He is a very knowledgeable horseman, and I learned some incredible skills from him.
“If I need help with a training problem I would call my sister who is a Quarter Horse/Paint trainer. When I’m having trouble with something, I talk to her about it because she has a different perspective than I do, and sometimes that’s what it takes. “I chose to make Arabians a part of my life because when I was a kid I went to the barn one day and there was this barely trained little chestnut horse that had been recently gelded that nobody else wanted to ride. I didn’t have a horse to ride so he was my only option. He was probably not the best first horse for a kid, but I loved him and have been hooked ever since.”
Kristin and WC Ciao Psyche (Padrons Psyche x WC Ciao Bella).
WESTERN CROSS RANCH Holly Dillin, Owner 8200 Floyd Ct. Weatherford, TX 76087 Cell (817) 994-0918 email: email@example.com
Kristin Huntsberger, Trainer Cell (805) 217-8403 Stephanie Fortune, Breeding Manager Cell (563) 508-8495 www.westerncrossranch.com
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Why I chose Kristin Huntsberger as my trainer — “Kristin is a wonderful teacher — with both human and equine students,” says Barbara Hughes. “She has a gift of teaching the ABCs. Only when the basics are in place does she challenge and encourage her horses and riders to get better and better. As a result, the horses I have entrusted to her care are happy and do their jobs to the absolute best of their ability. As a plus they look fantastic! Always beautifully groomed and conditioned, soft and supple. I can’t say enough great things about Kristin. She does wonderful work, always with energy, passion, humor, and attention to detail. My horses love her and I do too!”
2019 – 2020
DREYM BAY FARM NAN HARLEY NEWNAN, GEORGIA In my more than 30 years in the business, my notable homebred horses have included DB Butch Cahzidy – Top Ten Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure, DB Wouldnt ItBe Nice – National Champion HalfArabian Hunter Pleasure JTR Choice Rider, Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure JOTR, and DB Moondance – Top Ten Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse and Top Ten Half-Arabian AWPA Maturity. “The foundation of my Half-Arabian breeding was Sundance Kid V,” says Nan. “Every foal that I have gotten from him has been exceptional. Now that I
DREYM BAY FARM Craig & Nan Harley 1500 JD Walton Road Newnan, Georgia 30263 770.252.2705 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dreymbayfarm.com
own my own stallion, Possesion PGA, pictured below with Rob Bick. I have worked to acquire Sundance daughters to breed to him as that seems to be the best cross. PA Maya and PA Lillith are prime examples. Of my own breeding, DB Crystal Possesion will be in the ring next year. She is by Possesion and out of the National Champion mare, PA Cassara Dancer. I also have another on the ground this year, DB Charmed Possesion. “Possesion stands at RBC Show Horses, LLC. You can get information about him and my other horses for sale at Dreym Bay Farm. “My breeding goals are to breed beautiful and functional horses that excel in the showring in whatever discipline they choose. I want my horses to have sound dispositions and to be easily trainable. “My worst days are when I have a sick horse. Nobody wants that! Fortunately, it happens rarely. “My best days are those I spend working with my babies. It always amazes me how their little personalities develop and how quickly they learn. “If I needed help with a breeding decision I would call Rob Bick. He has advised me well so far, and I hope he will continue to put up with my questions. “I chose to make Arabians a part of my life because I love horses in general but there is something unique about the Arabian horse. They connect with people on a much deeper level than other horses and they try harder to please. I’ve never experienced that with another breed.” “I purchased our Beautiful DB Moonshine Kid (Sundance Kid V x DB Annillusive Moon) from Nan Harley because of her successful breeding program of western pleasure prospects,” says Suzanne Kelsey Acevedo. “We are excited to be showing him in the Half-Arabian maturity and AWPA at the Nationals!”
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2019 – 2020
M&M ARABIAN ENTERPRISES PATTI MEIER BURLESON, TEXAS Futurity Colt in both countries. His dam, MM La Bonita (EF Kid Curry x HM Shatala), was also Top Ten Canadian Futurity Filly and Top Ten U.S. AOTH Mare. “My breeding influence would have started with adding straight Egyptian blood to my domestic mares for more type. Marie Lett helped me early on with my breeding program, but Kim Morgan has really helped me to choose stallions that bring the traits that my mares are weakest in. ‘No horse is perfect.’ “My breeding goals are to combine type with function. Halter type that can go on to be performance horses. “My worst days are when I see a horse show and not receive their due because of who the other owners or handlers are in a class. “My best day is having a foal born that embodies your hopes when you bred the stallion and mare. “For breeding decisions I discuss my thoughts with my farm manager, Rogelio Arellano, and Kim Morgan. We always make decisions together. “I chose Kim Morgan to train my horses because she understands they have a life after halter in performance. She uses training methods so they can fulfill that goal as well as having a successful halter career.”
“I have been the owner of M&M Arabian Enterprises since 1975. I chose to have Arabians in my life because I wanted a palomino mare after I graduated from pharmacy school,” says Patti Meier. “I went to look at her and bought five mares. A week later I bought a Fadi daughter, Heritage Cherie, and the rest is history. “My most notable horses would be MB Scatman (The Atticus x Tammena), my straight Egyptian stallion, who was probably the most successful main ring western pleasure stallion. “Of my homebred horses, MM Zhivago (Eden C x MM La Bonita), pictured below with Kim Morgan and myself, was my first Canadian National Champion Stallion AOTH and Top Ten U.S., as well as Top Ten
M&M ARABIAN ENTERPRISES Owners: Patti Meier & Ernie Nighswonger Farm Manager: Rogelio Arellano Burleson, Texas 817-929-9239 email: MMArabs@sbcglobal.net www.mmarabs.com Tr a i n e r & B r e e d e r A l m a n a c > 7 < Wo r l d
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OM EL ARAB JANINA MERZ SANTA YNEZ, CALIFORNIA “Om El Arab was founded in the Black Forest of Germany in 1970 by my parents, Sigi Siller and Heinz Merz,” says Janina Merz. “We moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in California in 1984 where my mom continued breeding our horses. I joined her in 1998 upon graduating from college and have been at the helm of our breeding program since my mom’s passing in 2016. “There are many notable horses that have come from our breeding program but the most famous is El Shaklan. He and his ethereal dam, Estopa, can be found in many of the pedigrees of so many champions and champion producers around the world. If one looks closely at the pedigrees of many of the current show horses, Estopa can be found not
OM EL ARAB Janina Merz - Owner Ben Merz - Farming Division 1900 View Drive Santa Ynez,CA 93460 805.688.6958 email: email@example.com www.omelarab.com
just once, but often several times in a single horse. “Notable horses from our program are Sanadik El Shaklan, Om El Shahmaan, Om El Bellissimo and Om El Al Azeem. They have all been head sires at our farm. Om El Sinon, the current World Cup Gold Champion Stallion, and Om El Shawan, Region 2 and Region 1 Champion Colt, are our young rising stars. Om El Erodite, pictured below, made a name for herself recently by breaking the record as the highest selling yearling filly of all time, . “My breeding goals are to continue producing beautiful, athletic, and kind horses that can compete at the highest level in the show ring, and contribute to the betterment of the gene pool. It is very important to me that the horses we breed are useful riding horses as well. “Life and death on a breeding farm are closely entwined. We celebrate the birth of a foal, and we hope that this new life will be fulfilled to its highest potential. These days are the best days. We are there at the beginning of life with its infinite possibilities, and we must also be there at the end of life. For me it is important that each horse knows how loved it is and that it is not alone when it is their time to go. We have a huge responsibility as breeders to take care of each horse we create and for me that means seeing it through to the very end. Those days are the worst, but it is an honor to be there for them. “I learned a long time ago from my mom that breeding horses is partially knowledge but mostly instinct. When I need help with a breeding decision I sleep on it, and somehow the right answer presents itself.”
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2019 – 2020
KIM MORGAN ARABIANS LLC KIM MORGAN PILOT POINT, TEXAS “I have been a trainer and a breeder for 40 or 50 years,” says Kim. “My notable homebred horses include Megga Starr (*Besson Carol x AR Belle Starr), owned by Claude and Nancy Joerg. I have had many National and Scottsdale winners. “Gene LaCroix has had an influence on me as a trainer because he taught me how to be a horseman. As a breeder, *Besson Carol had the greatest influence; I really loved that horse. He was beautiful, kind, and sired athletes. “My strengths as a trainer are that I love and value my horses and customers. I am best at teaching horses
to trust and perform. I do not like time constraints. “My breeding goals are to produce beautiful halter horses who can go on to have a career under saddle. “My worst days involve any illness or injury of animals in my care. “My best days involve newborn foals. Also developing horses from youngsters to maturity. “If I needed help with a training problem I would talk to my husband, he helps me sort it out. Why as well as how! “I chose to make Arabians a part of my life because Arabian horses are very soulful, beautiful, and smart. They bless my life.”
Herb Meites and Kim Morgan with WS Center Stage (AA Apollo Bey x Stage Fright).
KIM MORGAN ARABIANS LLC (940) 453-3248 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.arabsbykim.com
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2019 – 2020
O’NEILL ARABIANS, LLC RORY O’NEILL SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA “I have been involved with Arabian horses since I was a child,” says Rory, “training horses for about 27 years, and in business for myself with O’Neill Arabians for 13 years. “A few of the most notable horses I have had the pleasure of working with are the AHW “Aristocrat” National Champion Mare Amelia B, also the great stallions Kharben and Dakar El Jamaal. “I was fortunate to have been able to show the
Rory with SF Sir Real (*Sir Fames HBV x Veronica GA). O’NEILL ARABIANS, LLC 29208 N. 148th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Rory O’Neill: 602-821-7151 Suzanne O’Neill: 602-321-7731 email: email@example.com www.oneillarabians.com
great Amelia B and her champion offspring such as Arabian Breeder Finals Gold Champion Azalea LBA and Avalon LBA. “I have been fortunate to work with many great trainers over my years of training Arabians. There is one man by far that influenced me the most since the age of eight — my great friend and superb horseman Rob Bick; he taught me many of the horsemanship skills that I use training horses everyday. “I feel my best strength as a trainer of halter horses is being able to treat both horse and owner with respect and fairness to achieve our goals. “I am best at connecting a methodically-trained and prepared halter horse with its owner/handler. “I do not like vegetables! “My worst days are the days spent away from my wife and three dogs. “My best days include friends, family, my pups and Arabian horses. “If I need help with a training problem I, of course, would call Rob Bick, and I do! “I choose to make Arabians a part of my life because they have afforded me a life of world travel, great friends, longtime relationships and many great moments and laughter. I have been fortunate.”
“We have chosen to use Rory and O’Neill Arabians because of his hands-on approach to the horses,” say Ron and Laura Armstrong. “He personally conditions, schools and shows each horse. They have also assisted us in successfully marketing horses as well.”
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2019 – 2020
R.O. LERVICK ARABIANS DENNIS WIGREN, MANAGER AND TRAINER STANWOOD, WASHINGTON In my over 40 years in business, my notable horses have been my first National Champion Cygn Ofthe Zodiac (Cytosk x Matalove), Monrovia X (Barbary x MI Kauai), Bonapart (AAF Kaset x Bold Love), Penny From Heaven (Ariston x Pacific Miss), and currently ROL Fire Lily (Afire Bey V x Singularcylection), the 2019 Canadian National Unanimous Champion in Open and AAOTR 40 & Over English Pleasure! My training influences have been Jeff Lee, whom I started with, Steve Metcalf, Ron Palelek, Ray LaCroix, Gene LaCroix, and Ken Davis. “My strength as a trainer is my versatility in many disciplines — English, western, halter, hunter, driving, and show hack. “I am best at communicating with clients and buyers and marketing horses for sale and breeding. “I do not like being unprepared or disorganized in
Dennis with 2017 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Futurity Filly Ruminas Firecracker (Undulatas Nutcracker x Rumina Afire). R.O. LERVICK ARABIANS Dennis Wigren, Manager/Trainer Tague Johnson, Breeding Manager Julie Jones, Office Manager P.O. Box 699, Stanwood, WA 98292 (360) 652-0108 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rolervickarabians.com
training or showing horses, or being behind in projects. “I try not to remember my worst days; I put them behind me and move forward, try and find the positive in everything. “My best days are watching clients having success in the showring, realizing how hard they have worked to get there. Selling three horses in one day. Vacations are not bad either — work hard/play hard. “If I needed help with a training problem I would call ... depends on the division — I’ve never been afraid to ask for help. Rick Gault most recently helped with some issues. In the past Gene LaCroix has also been available — always willing to take the time to help. And thank you to everyone else who has been willing to assist when I have asked over the years. “I chose to make Arabians a part of my life because I am attracted to the versatility of the breed.” Why I chose Dennis to train my horse — Judy Mittenthal says, “I met Dennis when I decided to get my first Arabian in 2002. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, besides love it and ride western. I wasn’t even thinking I would show. I had a HalfArabian as a kid that I did 4-H with, and I always dreamed that someday I would own a purebred Arabian. Being new to Arabians, Dennis was always someone I trusted to give me good advice. I didn’t buy my western horse from him, but he always kept in touch over the years. He was the one that told me I needed to just go and watch at U.S. Nationals to see what showing was about. I went and just watched with the ‘Lervick group’ even though I didn’t have a horse there. I fell in love with a two-year-old purebred English prospect that was one of his ‘up-and-coming’ babies. I purchased ROL Fire Lily from him in 2008 right after Nationals. Dennis is still someone that I can always trust and is always there for me. I believe in the Lervick breeding program and know Dennis is the right fit for me.”
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2019 â€“ 2020
WC CIAO BELLA 04/16/2004 - 07/15/2019
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2019 – 2020
iao Bella, Italian meaning “Hello Beautiful,” was so fitting for one of the most beautiful Arabian mares in the world with a show record to prove it, making her the Most Nationally-Titled Halter Mare in North American History with 16 National Titles, 9 Regional Titles, 6 Arabian Breeders World Cup Titles, including 2013 Gold Supreme Champion Senior Mare ATH and 2012 High Scoring Senior Mare (tie) and highest movement score of any mare. Exquisite in every way, she had it all! Bella had the ability to absolutely own the ring — that special charisma and presence that commands your attention and takes your breath away. Not only was she an incredible show mare, she was an outstanding producer as well, making the AHW Aristocrat list at the age of nine. She has produced 15 foals who have accumulated multiple Scottsdale Championships, Breeder Finals Bronze
Champion, multiple National Top Tens, multiple Regional Championships and multiple World Cup titles in halter and performance. Royally bred with bloodlines to Ali Jamaal, Bey Shah, Khemosabi and Port Bask explain the strength her pedigree has to produce winning get. Ciao Bella’s legacy will live on through her sons and daughters here in the U.S. and overseas. She was truly a once-in-a-lifetime mare, and I was incredibly blessed to have bred, owned and shown her for 15 years. She was my “heart” horse and I will miss scratching her withers as we walk side by side bringing her in from the pasture to her stall everyday. And that gorgeous face that stopped visitors in their tracks when they walked down the barn aisle. She took a little piece of my heart with her and I will be forever grateful that she was in my life. – Holly Dillin, Western Cross Ranch
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2019 â€“ 2020 CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF WC CIAO BELLA
WC CIAO DANTE by Renaissanse, Two-time National Top Ten hunter horse.
WC CIAO PSYCHE by Padrons Psyche, the most look alike Bella offspring. His limited number of get shown are winning on the Regional and National level.
WC CIAO BELLISSIMA by Renaissanse has produced two beautiful and tall foals that we are looking forward to getting in the ring.
WC CIAO MAGNIFFICOO by Marwan Al Magnifficoo has a heart the size of Texas! 2019 Scottsdale High Point Purebred as well as multiple Regional wins.
WC CIAO MAGNIFFICAA by Marwan Al Magnifficoo, Regional Champion Halter filly now producing incredible foals in Qatar.
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2019 â€“ 2020 CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF WC CIAO BELLA
WC CIAO BELLINA by Vitorio TO, National, Regional, and Scottsdale winner.
WC CIAO MATTEO by *Pogrom, stunning from the day he was born, gorgeous western horse. Scottsdale winner.
WC CIAO VITORIO by Vitorio TO, Scottsdale and Regional Champion Hunter pleasure horse, an incredible mover.
WC CIAO DOLCE by *Kanz Albidayer. She has the most incredible head of any Bella baby and is a World Cup winner. We are very excited to add her to our broodmare band.
WC CIAO ADELINA by *Kanz Albidayer. Regional and World Cup winner. So sweet and loving, starting her performance career soon.
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2019 – 2020 CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF WC CIAO BELLA
WC CIAO MILANO by Ever After NA. Tall and gorgeous, he will be a top competitor in the 2020 AHPA.
WC CIAO FIA by AJ Portofino, Breeder Finals Bronze Champion Junior Filly and Regional Winner.
WC CIAO MILA by Versace, Regional Halter winner. We are anxious for her to start under saddle and to see what incredible foals she will produce.
WC CIAO LUCCA by Halyr Meia Lua. The word “WOW” comes to mind when you see this colt in action. We cannot wait to see what his future holds.
WC CIAO FRANCESCA by Royal Asad. Stunning in every sense of the word. She loves herself as much as we lover her! Look for her in the showring next year!
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YOU BE THE JUDGE
YOU BE THE JUDGE b y C in dy Re ic h
I am writing this with my iPhone deep in African bush, so bear with me. This is another one of those classes where a mare would have to stand first or last, because she is a completely different type from the other three mares.
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The photographs do not have to be professional, but must be a high quality profile picture where the horse fills the whole frame. All feet and legs must be visible. It is preferable that the horse is standing relatively square. Anyone can submit a photo for this feature. Any age from yearlings to aged horses are accepted. Horses do not need to be clipped. Simply include the photo along with age and sex of the horse, and email to: email@example.com.
In this series, we invite readers to submit a photo of their horse to be included in a recurring conformation evaluation. Noted International Arabian judge Cindy Reich will place each class and explain her thought process. The horses are not identified, but ranked in order from 1-4. Test your judging skills and see
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YOU BE THE JUDGE
I have chosen B, the bay mare, for her balance, structural correctness and type. Certainly mare B has more length of neck, although she is a bit heavy in the crest. B has a totally acceptable head with a smaller muzzle, although C is drier in the head, potentially wider across the forehead and wider in eye set. But itâ€™s hard to penalize B when in profile, versus a mare looking into camera. B is much more balanced with a shorter, stronger back, stronger loin and greater length of croup and hip. B easily has the best shoulder in the class with the most correct slope. Her shoulder is also long and her heartgirth is deep. B has excellent hind leg angulation from the profile. In the photo, she appears to be standing underneath herself slightly and is also tied in below the knee.
Mare C is just longer everywhere, especially in her topline. While C does have good length of hip, her croup is shorter and very rounded to the tailhead. She is long in the hind cannons and is somewhat upright in her stifle. However, her good femininity and breed type helped propel her to second place.
Mare A is stronger over the topline than C. However, her neck is short and heavy, with almost no visible attachment to a rather upright shoulder. This is confirmed in her short, upright pasterns. A is also slightly masculine in appearance. However, A has excellent tendon/ ligament attachments and short cannons.
Mare D is completely lacking in balance. She is very long in the body, coupled with an upright shoulder. While D has good length of neck, it is underslung at the base. D does have reasonable length of hip and croup with just a small turn over the croup with a high set tail. She has good muscling down the outside of her thigh. She needs more angulation to her hocks. She does have good tendon and ligament attachments.
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foaled in the grey Ibn Fakhri, he oldest of them was under his who is also known 1952 out of Helwa, chief sire me beca m.” Ibn Fakhri racing name “Koraye Cairo. Five of his Hamdan Stables in farm stud ate priv at the tnut Ibn Mahasin, of which the liver ches orted sons were exported, Egyptian stallions imp first the of one was foaled in 1965, dam Mahasin, breeder. Through his ate priv a by any to Germ k and was thus not h stallion Skowrone he traced to the Polis term was not yet but at that time, the “straight” Egyptian,
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e) han x Haide *Naomi (Yatag foals (all d produced six in the Unite chestnuts) by General States, sired ard, her son Grant’s *Leopher grandson Anazeh, and ington *Nimr. Hunt i in 1888, *Naom ted impor at what he purchased a “strong” consideredwas offered price, but that price three times d in the n after she arrive . Huntingto United States breeding built his entired this program arounholding mare. The man be Randolph *Naomi mayn. Huntingto
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This month we feature Padrons Psyche, the perfect link between 20th and 21st century Arabian breeding.
This incredible stallion played a major role in elevating the popularity of his Dahman Shahwan family — not only in
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Now 29 years old, he has sired more than 1,200 foals, and established himself as a sire who worked with mares across a broad spectrum of bloodlines. He has more than earned his retirement and TLC.
This account is far from complete, but it illustrates two important aspects. Besides giving an idea of the vast international impact of Lenita’s breeding program, it also shows that Ali Jamaal was a stallion who was able to “nick” with mares from very diverse backgrounds. Lenita also didn’t shy back from breeding his descendants to each other, doubling and even tripling Ali Jamaal in a pedigree, with excellent results. But she also took care to introduce outcross blood from time to time, adding new bloodlines to the pool. The result is one of the most genetically diverse breeding herds in the world, which is yet defined by a type all its own and, perhaps most significantly, clearly set apart from today’s fashionable bloodlines. Apart from a little Padrons Psyche blood through WH Justice and Enzo in recent years, the Meia Lua horses are, for the most part, prime outcross material. The blood of Gazal Al Shaqab, which is so prominent among today’s show horses, is entirely absent; but there is a relationship in that Ali Jamaal was a paternal half-brother to Gazal’s sire Anaza El Farid. The combination between the two has already produced great horses for other breeders, such as ROE Lateef, Abha Qatar, Abha Myra and her son Fadi Al Shaqab. There is unlimited potential there. While it is a pity that the Meia Lua breeding program will not be continued, it is also perhaps inevitable, because it was Lenita’s unique creation. It would be hard, if not impossible, for anyone to follow in such footsteps. It also provides the opportunity for other breeders to share in Lenita’s vision. She has created treasures which, in the right hands, will create more treasures. Lenita may be gone, but she has left a legacy that is very much alive, with all the qualifications to continue and enrich the Arabian breed for many generations to come.
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FROM THE ARTISTS ALFRED DE DREUX
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lfred De Dreux (1810 - 1860) was a successful French painter who enjoyed a stellar career as an equine painter. His family was friends with Théodore Gericault (see February 2018 issue), and, with the encouragement of his uncle, Alfred became his pupil, later studying under Léon Coigniet. Like his masters, he loved riding and
chose horses as his primary subject. His depictions of Arabians are vivid and lifelike – his brushwork sensitive to the sheen of their coats, each sinew and muscle rendered with the highest fidelity. Through his passion for horses he garnered praise and recognition and received commissions from illustrious patrons including King Louis-Philippe, Emperor Napoléon III, and later English nobility.
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ARABIAN AMBASSADOR AM SHAHRAZAD: CUTTING HORSE BY KATHY LACHAINE ARABIANS ARE WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR PROWESS IN ENDURANCE SPORTS AND FOR THEIR GRACE IN THE SHOWRING. LESS FAMILIAR ARE THOSE DISCIPLINES WHERE ARABIANS ARE QUIETLY COMPETING IN OPEN VENUES, DEMONSTRATING THE VERSATILITY THAT IS A HALLMARK OF THE BREED. IN THIS SERIES, WE MEET THOSE AMBASSADORS OF THE ARABIAN BREED. THIS MONTH WE HEAR FROM NAVID KHARRAZI WHO CURRENTLY COMPETES WITH HIS PUREBRED ARABIAN MARE, AM SHAHRAZAD (AM GOOD OLDBOY x VESELKALUVTOPOLKA), IN OPEN CUTTING COMPETITIONS. HOW DID ARABIAN HORSES
herd and your horse has to keep that cow from returning to the herd. You have 2.5 minutes to show the judges what your horse can do. The idea is for the horse to have full control of the cow. Usually a competitor can cut 2.5 cows in 2.5 minutes. That means two cows that you work fully and a third cow that is a bit rushed. Once you cut the cow out of the herd you are not allowed to cue the horse with your hands, and
MY HALTER HORSE
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Both my wife and I love horses, and one day we were babysitting our nephew while the rest of the family went to an event. We did not know the event included a horse auction by Al-Marah Arabians for the benefit of Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT). My wife received a phone call from her aunt telling her that she had bought an Arabian horse for her. That was our start. We still have that gelding, and we consider him the king of the barn — he is 26 years old now. DESCRIBE CUTTING EVENTS.
BUCKED ALL THE WAY TO THE OTHER END OF THE ARENA. I WAS HOOKED.
cueing with legs is limited as well. Once you give the cow to the horse, the horse takes over and you lock yourself in the seat and do your best to stay out of your horse’s way. I have heard it said that cutting is the only equine discipline that the horse does all the thinking. It is the most exciting ride anyone can ever have.
HOW DO THEY DIFFER FROM AN ARABIAN BREED SHOW?
H O W D I D YO U D I S C O V E R
Cutting is a cattle event based on ranch work. You must separate one cow of your choosing from a
For long as I can remember I always wanted to be a great
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rider. One day my trainer, Lee Bolles, a long time Arabian cutting trainer and Al-Marah Arabians head trainer asked me if I wanted to try my hand at cutting. He warned me that cutting is addicting, and I might not want to run alongside my horse or go around circles anymore. I gave a halfhearted ‘yes’ while we were going into Al-Marah’s enclosed arena. We put my halter horse on a cutting flag for the first time. A cutting flag is a training tool that helps teach the horse to follow a target. Needless to say it was not a pretty sight, since neither one of us knew what to expect. My halter horse turned tail and bucked all the way to the other end of the arena. I was hooked. After that I immersed myself in anything and everything cutting and have not looked back. I have to say, getting a halter horse to cut taught me a great deal about horses and cutting. He had a heart of a lion but not the equipment/ conformation for that level of athletic work. Today, my National Champion mare AM Shahrazad (AM Good Oldboy x Veselkaluvtopolka) has only competed in cutting, and I have never seen any reason to ask her to do anything else. My first Arabian did more traditional events; I showed him at halter in
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“The cow has just made a quick, fast turn,” says Navid, “and Shahrazad has rocked way back on her hind legs to block it. I am thinking, ‘Oh…, stay with her, stay with her — Push, Push!’ Push is because of how you ride a cutting horse with your stirrups home and short, sitting all the way back, pushing on the horn to avoid interfering with the horse. AM SHAHRAZAD (AM Good Oldboy x Veselkaluvtopolka) is great at reading cows, much better than I am, even overriding my cues if necessary to catch them.”
an open-class horse or a horse that has won $25,000, which means he/she has had more cutting experience. In a normal/usual cutting competition there are many divisions to keep the playing field level for everyone from beginners to advanced. HOW COMMON ARE ARABIANS IN CUTTING? AT T H E L O W E R A N D U P P E R L E V E L S ?
local shows at first and then the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Our results were not too bad for an amateur. We also competed in some of the western pleasure events locally as well. H O W E A SY I S I T T O “ T RY O U T ” C U T T I N G ? I S T H E R E A N AV E N U E F O R N O V I C E S T O PA R T I C I PAT E ?
W H AT T Y P E S O F H O R S E S D O YO U R O U T I N E LY COMPETE AGAINST?
Quarter Horses are the common breed these days, but there used to be many Arabian horses that competed in cutting. In my local shows, where I usually participate, I am the only person that rides an Arabian. So, I guess the answer is NO, they are not very common.
The best thing to do is to watch a cutting competition, like at the Scottsdale Show, so you can HOW ARE ARABIANS SUITED TO CUTTING? ARE see what the goal is, then contact a cutter who uses T H E R E A N Y PA R T I C U L A R C H A L L E N G E S T H E Y FA C E ? Arabians. There are few of us around, but most of us This depends on the Arabian. Even in the Quarter are very willing to let you try out one of our finished Horse world not all horses make it as a cutter. It is a horses or let you bring your horse for an introductory very intense discipline, and the session with the flag. At our horse must be very athletic, farm (On A Wing And A I HAVE HEARD IT SAID THAT physically durable, and Prayer Fine Horses) we mentally strong. I have had a usually let folks come out and CUTTING IS THE ONLY EQUINE few horses that I started in try the cutting flag to get a DISCIPLINE THAT THE HORSE cutting training that I ended up little better feel for what the selling because they showed ride is like. Clinics are always a DOES ALL THE THINKING. IT IS that it was not for them. They good idea because you get to THE MOST EXCITING RIDE are not able to handle the see different levels of abilities. mental side of working cattle Cutting competitions are ANYONE CAN EVER HAVE. at that level. Like all other normally based on a horse’s disciplines there is a type of winnings and the rider’s conformation that suits this discipline as well. You winnings, and that levels the playing field. For want an Arabian with a short back, good and strong example, a class called $5,000 novice horse is for hind quarters to be able to stop under him/herself. horses that have not won more than $5,000 during The advantage I see with the Arabians is their smarts. their time as a cutter, so you won’t compete against
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W H AT K I N D S O F C O M M E N T S H AV E YO U G O T T E N F R O M T H E QUARTER HORSE EXHIBITORS AND JUDGES?
I’ve received all kinds of comments about riding an Arabian — some good and some funny. The one I loved was from one of the herd holders at one of the local shows. We were looking to breed Shahrazad to a Quarter Horse cutter, and they knew the stud, so I had asked them questions about him. I overheard him and his wife talking, and he said, “that little grey is very cowy.” I enjoyed that coming from him. He is also the president of that club and a long-time cutting trainer. Of course, I have to say, you get looks when you are the only Arabian rider and the only grey horse in the crowd, but this club that I cut with is full of very nice folks. Always helpful and kind. That is one of the reasons I go back every chance I get. Another comment that sticks in my head was the first time I went to another cutting club in Phoenix. I was nervous about being in a new place. It happened that the cattle were very runny that day, and my first cut was no different. The cow ran hard and fast, and Shahrazad matched her. She was fast with huge stops to the point that I had to stop her which made me lose some points, but I was worried she might hurt herself. After the run, I had multiple people that I did not know come
up while I was cooling her down saying things like, “I thought to myself what is that guy going to do on an Arab, and then she started. WOW, I have never seen
I LIKE THAT IT’S
ABOUT DOING THE JOB, NOT HOW YOUR HORSE LOOKS.
an Arab move that fast and go to the ground that hard.” I was also told, “you got cheated — she should have received a better score.” That made my day. Of course, these groups are affiliated with the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), which is not a breed group. You can cut on anything, almost, and they are okay with it. I like that it’s about doing the job, not how your horse looks. W H AT D O YO U E N J OY M O S T ABOUT CUTTING?
There isn’t a ride like it, especially when everything falls into place. It has all the elements of all other disciplines rolled into one, no two cows are the same. You must be at your best, and sometimes that means just sit quiet and let the horse do his/her thing. Once in the ring my mare and I are a team and she knows exactly what to do when facing that cow. That is an awesome feeling and I can tell that she is enjoying the challenge too.
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D E S C R I B E YO U R M O S T MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WITH AN ARABIAN HORSE.
Little did we know that our first Al-Marah Arabian foal would become a Champion cutting horse and spur the creation of On A Wing and A Prayer – Breeders of Fine Horses. Fast forward to 2007, and we entered AM Shahrazad into her first Nationals and ours. Our only expectation was to make it through the classes and do the best we could. AM Shahrazad proved herself as a cutting horse that year by taking home a National Championship and Reserve Championship in cutting. It was a fantastic feeling to see and feel Shahrazad cut that well and with that much confidence. Since then she has proven herself repeatedly. Her accomplishments include two more National Top Tens in 2014, five Region 7 Cutting Championships, and four Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Championships. Her most recent accomplishments include Reserve Championships in the Open and Non-Pro Cutting classes at the 2019 Scottsdale Arabian Show. AM Shahrazad has also competed against Quarter Horses and won. She is proof that the Arabian horse has the versatility to do anything. People live a lifetime waiting for a horse like AM Shahrazad and we consider ourselves fortunate that she has been a part of our life from the day she was born.
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Selecting the right trainer for your horse is crucial. The successful partnership between owner and trainer is a long-term endeavor with man...
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Selecting the right trainer for your horse is crucial. The successful partnership between owner and trainer is a long-term endeavor with man...