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Arabian Horse World A look back at some of the horses and events that shaped our world.
by Lucille Shuler and Mary Jane Parkinson
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F i f t y Ye a r s o f
Arabian Horse World A look back at some of the horses and events that shaped our world.
by Lucille Shuler and Mary Jane Parkinson The masthead of the first issue of Arabian Horse World listed Jay Shuler as publisher, Joe Colville as editor and assistant publisher, and Lucille Shuler as associate editor. But anyone who even came near the magazine soon recognized Lucille was far more than that. Lucille was the spark plug of AHW, the eternal optimist, the one that kept the magazine moving, who asked the provocative questions, coaxed and cajoled advertisers, and concerned herself with every detail of the Arabian breed. Then she managed to convert those qualities and activities into a loud, clear promotion for the breed. For decades, Lucille sparked the magazine’s narrative with her impish sense of humor and her good cheer, and breeders and readers related to those qualities.
During the early years of the magazine, Lucille attended every possible Arabian horse club fish fry and hayride scheduled by fledgling breed groups, had fun, and made friends for the magazine. Readers got detailed reports (and laughs) on those activities and believed more in the breed. (Both Lucille and Jay Shuler died in the mid-1990s.) In October 1984, when Arabian Horse World celebrated its 25th anniversary, Lucille prepared a chronicle of the first 15 years. As part of the introduction to her article, Lucille wrote: “a graph depicting the growth of the Arabian horse in America appears rather undramatic until the 1960s, when the line shoots up like a rocket. Arabian Horse World was not only there to document this growth, it was the first horse magazine of any breed to use color illustrations.” Strange, isn’t it, that with a subject as appealing as horses, no one had pictured them in color till World’s founding publisher Jay Shuler got the crazy notion to do so? It seemed to be what everyone had been waiting for. Lucille’s summary, along with Janey Parkinson’s listing of events happening the last ten years of that quarter century, follow. And for our fiftieth anniversary, Janey adds her chronicle of significant horses and events dating from 1985-2009. Enjoy a look back at the past and look forward to the next 50 years. The Arabian breed will only be more admired and become even more versatile as the years go by, and more and more people’s lives will be enriched for knowing the beauty, the pride, and the fun of knowing an Arabian horse.
Mujahid (Sureyn x *Silver Crystal), the first U.S. National Champion Stallion. 2 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
1958 U.S. National Champion Mare: Surita (Sureyn x Bonita) Reserve: Tasliya (Indraff x Temag) U.S. National Champion Stallion: Mujahid (Sureyn x *Silver Crystal) Reserve: Synbad (Julep x Sahra Su)
1959 U.S. National Champion Mare: Lallegra (Imaraff x Bint Abu) Reserve: Ga Nissa (Ga’Zi x Feyn) U.S. National Champion Stallion: Synbad (Julep x Sahra Su) Reserve: Ibn Hanrah (Hanrah x Ronara) Top: The first U.S. National Champion Mare Surita (Sureyn x Bonita).
1960 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Radamason (Al-Marah Radames x Velzore) U.S. National Champion Mare: Imarfa (Imaraff x Marifa) In our first issue 25 years ago, the main feature was “The Polish Arab.” Wenonah Varian, Sheila’s mother, sang its praises in one article, and Burr Betts contributed another: “Disposition is Half the Horse.” The *Witez II line seemed to be the one everyone knew about, so a lot of the copy referred to his get. By the end of the year, *Witez II was in fact in residence (on lease from the Hurlbutts) at Betts’s Circle 2 Ranch in Colorado. Other imports received their due. Friendship Farms had just imported *Nizzam from Holland. On our July cover was *Ghalii, a gift to President Eisenhower from Tunisia. *Ghalii was presented formally at the Eastern Arabian Show, with ambassadors from Tunisia, Lebanon, Libya, and Saudi Arabia present, escorted by Iowa’s Senator Hickenlooper. Up in Maine, the Dows brought over *Oran Van Crabbet from England. And while it would be 18 years before the U.S. registered Arabian horses imported from Russia, our second issue contained a long illustrated article on Russian Arabians. Of course, the greatest number of prominent horses of that time came from either the *Raffles or *Raseyn lines, both of which were imported from Crabbet Stud and considered by the ordinary person as “English.” Yet both were sired by Skowronek, who was bred in Poland. But, imports were just a small part of the 1960 story in World. Then, as now, many “Letters to the World” referred to the Gelding Problem — too many poor stallions, not enough good geldings. And, our “Pro and Con” department was swamped with letters on judging. Gladys Brown Edwards’ “Judge With the Judges,” now so familiar in show programs, was printed in World way back then. The first Judges Seminar was held at Estes Park, Colorado — oh, we were trying to figure that one out, 25 years ago. A report on the Black Bart Endurance Ride out in California said that “out of 19 horses, four were Arabs.” Now, of course, it’s hard to find anything but Arabs on these rides. And an illustrated racing article appeared in the first issue entitled, “Off to a Good Start.” Arabians ran an exhibition race at Arlington
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Top: 1961 U.S. National Champion Stallion Ibn Habu (Habu x Airama).
Park back in 1960, which World covered in person. “Two-and-a-half miles!” we overheard one bettor say. “Why, they’ll break their little hearts!” Arabian Horse World went to the 1960 Scottsdale Show, which was still only two days long. The crowds were so manageable in size that blanket invitations were sent out by the big farms of the day — cocktails at the Astes,’ buffet supper by Mrs. Fowler McCormick, breakfast at Lasma, lunch at the Tweed’s. The show was held on Mrs. McCormick’s property, and she really ruled the roost. (In 1961, those Arizonans drew a deep breath and impressed everybody by having a three-day show!). Burr Betts was president of International, and Gina Manion was secretary. “Mr. Ralph Goodall, International’s executive secretary, finds that his personal business has grown to such an extent that he finds it impossible to continue his position.” But, he was persuaded to stay — for another 20 years, more or less. In 1960, World had an article on Lasma Arabians in Scottsdale. “As this is being written,” it reads, “Gene LaCroix, age 12, is working Hajji Baba in the training ring. Kathy, 11, is also in the ring working. It is 110 degrees.” Dr. Gene was quoted as saying, “Working with the horses teaches the children discipline, control, and fair play, and it gives them the ability to take a beating. If they win once in a while it gives them the necessary drive, but more important is that they are good losers.” So began the first quarter century of this publication.
1961 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Ibn Habu (Habu x Airama) U.S. National Champion Mare: Rominna (Rifage x Dominica) An importation from Poland in 1961 listed *Ardahan, *Mohacz, *Szarza, *Saba, *Caliope, *Bika, *Kochana, *Carmencita El Haifi, and *Sakwa. And in the “Letters” section appeared what is now a historic letter from the Countess de Belalcazar in Spain (now Maria Paz), giving Arabian breeders current information on Spanish Arabians and laying the groundwork for future importations of horses from the country. Lt. Col. Hans Handler of the Spanish Riding School penned an article on “Arabian Horses in South Africa,” and an article on Cuban Arabians also appeared. Maj. Gen. H. H. Twitchell attended an Arabian horse meeting in Germany, and wrote, “Except for the language, there is very little difference between meetings of people interested in Arabian horses whether in Germany or the United States.” John “The Duke” Wayne’s Zayne by Mraff won the western pleasure championship at Scottsdale. Manion Canyon Arabian Farm in Indiana hit the 25-year mark in breeding Arabians. L. W. Van Vleet, who had been such a colorful character in the early Arabian world, died at age 68. And Wenonah Varian sent World a telegram: “Ronteza first Arabian to win Grand Champion Open Reined Cow Horse at San Francisco Grand National Cow Palace Show, top show in America for Reined Cow Horse .…” Forty-eight horses competed. Ronteza was trained and ridden by a very young girl — Sheila Varian. Bazy Tankersley’s 1961 auction was covered by Business Week, and our own report states: “The third Al-Marah auction saw 36 head of breeding stock 4 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d — mares and stallions three years and over — average $3,332 per head, an encouraging figure to Arabian breeders throughout the nation.” Indriffnant topped the sale at $7,900. May 1961 was the “Indraff Issue.” Foaled in 1938, Indraff was already 23 years old, and the popularity — nay, worship — of his sire *Raffles was at its peak. Thus Jimmie Dean, through his long association with *Raffles, was frequently in the news as well. Wrote Bazy Tankersley in an article, “It isn’t really true that Jimmy Dean was born bald-headed, with a mustache, and the shank of *Raffles in his hand.”
1962 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Bay-Abi (Errabi x Angyl) U.S. National Champion Mare: Chloette (*Serafix x Chloeyn) By 1962, World already went to 25 foreign countries — we were rapidly becoming international. Two important articles were devoted to Arabians from overseas. Donald and Judi Forbis authored a four-part article on “The Arabian Horse in Egypt,” and James Hopkins took the Countess Belalcazar up on her invitation to come to Spain, and wrote World’s first Spanish Arabian article. More international news: Gleannloch started its long series of importations with five mares from Egypt, including three Nazeer daughters, and Dr. Howard Kale and Don Chandler imported *Silver Drift, full brother to *Serafix (Raktha x *Serafina), from England. IAHA members took time in 1962 to appoint a committee to come up with rules for National Arabian Performance Championships. The 1962 Oregon All-Arabian Show topped them all for number of Arabian-blooded horses, including Half-Arabs: 385. But, the Colorado Arabian Show at Estes Park, which included the National Halter Championships, attracted the largest number of purebred Arabians ever assembled in the U.S.: 363. In the U.S. for the first time performance was added to the National Championship classes. The same horse won both English Pleasure and Western Pleasure — and placed Top Ten in Halter as well. He was Sur-Neet (Sureyn x Bonita), owned by Jo-Lin Arabian Ranch of California. Fadheilan, bred by Henry Babson and sire of Fadjur, at age 21 was named Champion Stallion of the large Northern California Arabian Show at the Cow Palace shown by Paul Polk of the Jack Tone Ranch. Gleannloch’s Surf (Sureyn x Jubilema) was the first Arabian to win the AHSA High-Point Horse of the Year Award twice.
1963 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Hajababa (Haj-Amin x Ababa) U.S. National Champion Mare: Rahbana (Rabaar x Bahna)
1964 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Bask (Witraz x Balalajka) U.S. National Champion Mare: High Fashion (Julep x Sahra Su)
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Top: 1962 U.S. National Champion Stallion Bay-Abi (Errabi x Angyl). Bottom: 1962 U.S. National Champion Mare Chloette (*Serafix x Chloeyn).
This was the year *Bask became National Champion Stallion — and Top Ten Three-Gaited. Another Lasma import, *Boltonka, was Reserve National Champion Mare and Top Ten Three-Gaited. The Polish Parade had begun. A record 512 entries showed up for the San Fernando Valley AHA Show, and ads announced the “Midwest Circuit — four Class A shows within 22 days and 600 miles: Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.” World was now printing 15,000 copies, by far the largest circulation of any Arabian horse publication. And out in Oregon, 45 Arabian owners banded together for “Second Homer Davenport Memorial Celebration” held in Silverton, Davenport’s birthplace.
Top: 1965 U.S. National Champion Stallion Raffon (Gazon x Vadraff). Middle: 1965 U.S. National Champion Mare *Aristawa (Geyran x Arfa). Bottom: 1966 U.S. National Champion Stallion Petit Jean (Garene x Marza).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Raffon (Gazon x Vadraff) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Arwistawa (Geyran x Arfa) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Mister Storm (Royal Storm x Hasa) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Khususan (Ga’Zi x Kisronna) We published GBE’s “Statistical Sweepstakes of Championships,” in which the top six stallions in number of Championships won were Ibn Fadjur, SynAbaba, Sur-Neet, Zarabo, The Real McCoy and Prince Hallany, all big names in the mid-sixties. The top six mares were Sahara Queen, *Boltonka, Sahara Star, Aabeebe, Lewisfield Nizziza, and *Bint Maisa El Saghira. Norman Harris, son of Albert (longtime president of the Arabian Horse Registry), died at age 71, and *Witez II also died, at age 27, having sired 225 foals. Owner Frances Hurlbutt looked through the 1964 Yearbook and found 537 ribbons awarded to members of the *Witez II bloodline. *Ibn Moniet El Nefous arrived from Egypt, a Greengate import, and Gleannloch announced the purchase of 13 more Egyptians, including *Morafic. Twenty-five Arabians came from Spain to their new home at the Steen Ranches of Nevada. The Registry estimated that there were 23,000 living Arabians in the U.S. and Canada, and registrations for the previous year had totaled 3,539. In the Tevis Cup Ride, seven out of the first nine were Arabians. Bezatal made the 100 miles in 11 hours 38 minutes actual riding time, with three hours 15 minutes compulsory rest time. Six entries smashed previous time records. (Interesting to note that the winning time for the 1984 Tevis Cup Ride was 13 hours and 41 minutes.) And — portent of things to come — Lasma added a line to its ad. It read, “Setting new standards for the breed.”
1966 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Petit Jean (Garene x Marza) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Dornaba (*Naborr x Darda) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: La Flaisan (Rasan x Flaiga) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Miss Century (Ga’Zi x Wahida) By 1966, the Scottsdale Show had gone to five days, and our January Stallion Issue hit a huge 238 pages (no one could believe it). In the 1966 Stud 6 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d Book, Fadjur still topped the list in number of foals sired — 48 — but *Bask was in second place with 32 and Bay-Abi was not far behind with 30. For the first time, two races were included in the National Show schedule but every entry had to be entered in at least one performance class in the show. The races were three-fourths of a mile and one mile.
1967 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Count Bazy (*Count Dorsaz x Al-Marah Ragtime) U.S. National Champion Mare: Indian Genii (Natez x *Serafire) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Sur Deet (Sur-Neet x Milabbisa) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Llana (Ga’Zi x Zaryn) In 1967, World had a “popularity contest” for stallions — the ballot was part of the renewal notice, so no subscriber could vote more than once, for whatever horse he wished (we provided no names). To no one’s surprise, Fadjur won the contest and therefore had his own issue that year. Placings went like this: Fadjur, *Bask, Gazon, Raffon, *Serafix, Bay-Abi, Witezar, Synbad, *Ansata Ibn Halima, *Silver Drift, and Amerigo. In the 1967 Stud Book, Fadjur led as well with 67 registered get; Gazon was next with 42, and then Don Amigo with 37. Only 81 stallions sired 10 or more foals in 1967. Fadjur’s stud fee jumped from $600 in 1966 to $1,000 in 1967. A 1967 Gladys Brown Edwards article was titled “Ferseyn — Still the Head Man” and gave statistics showing that Ferseyn was still the Leading Sire of Champions as of the end of 1966. Indraff was runner-up, followed by *Witez II, *Serafix, Fadjur, Sureyn, Ga’Zi and Rapture. Ed Tweed imported 10 more Polish Arabians, including *Orzel and *Prowizja, and *Orzel went promptly to the track. At the first pari-mutuel race of Arabians in the U.S. at Evangeline Downs, Louisiana, El Gohari by *Moftakhar, owned by Doug Marshall, placed first; *Orzel by *Pietuszok, owned by Tweed, placed second; Arwallany by Hallany Mistanny, owned by I. G. Sewell, placed third. *Orzel tried another race at the track and won. International, which at that time had 5,800 members, ran its first allNational show — that is, the National classes were not tacked onto a regular Class A show given by some association or other. But in order to fill the program, they added 14 regular Class A show classes. It was a three-day show and had three purebred and two Half-Arab National performance classes. The show included the National Cutting Horse Championships and a race each day: half-mile, five-eighths mile and one mile. A new photographer came onto the Arabian scene about this time. His name was Johnny Johnston. Carl Raswan died at age 73, and R. B. Field, granted a few more years, died at age 84. Two little World News items appeared this year: one was titled, “Arabians Used to Build Estates” (we’d be hearing a lot more on that topic from that point on). Another little notice stated that the Arab Horse Society of Great Britain had called a meeting of representatives of several Arabian-owning countries to discuss the question, “What is a purebred Arabian horse?” Thus began the World Arabian Horse Organization.
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Top: 1966 U.S. National Champion Mare *Dornaba (*Naborr x Darda). Middle: 1967 U.S. National Champion Stallion Count Bazy (*Count Dorsaz x Al-Marah Ragtime). Bottom: 1967 U.S. National Champion Mare Indian Genii (Natez x *Serafire).
1968 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Zarabo (Bolero x Rizara) U.S. National Champion Mare: Mi-Fanci (Sureyn x Tuwaisan) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Bar-Drift (*Silver Drift x Bar Bene) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Bint Diana (Rahmoun x Diana) World’s January Stallion Issue was the largest ever published — 308 pages, including 330 advertisers. The Registry’s stud book for 1968 was also the largest it had ever published, and showed Fadjur leading in number of registered get with 38, *Bask 30. A major decision was made by Gleannloch Farms: Doug Marshall decided to sell all of his domestic-bred horses — even his beloved Surf — and go straight Egyptian. The Gleannloch auction broke three records: highest-priced stallion, Surf, $25,000; highest-priced mare, Ronaka, $15,000; and highest auction average, $9,180. We had another article on “The Arabian Horses of the USSR” — by GBE. Russia had just gotten Aswan from Egypt, and Mr. O. Balakshin of the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Agriculture wrote to GBE: “The stallion Aswan will be useful for the Tersk Stud, as the first offspring on the whole create a good impression, although some of them have the defects of their father — long, light cannon bone with tied-in tendon, and lack of muscling on croup. I think that in the future these defects will be eliminated.” (Aswan was by Nazeer and out of Yosreia by Sheikh El Arab.) Wrote Gladys: “It is good to know that Russia is not canceling out its Arabian program as had been rumored.” Pari-mutuel racing at Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Arizona, again found *Orzel and El Gohari leading the pack. But along came Kontiki, and broke the record.
Top: 1968 U.S. National Champion Stallion Zarabo (Bolero x Rizara). Middle: 1968 U.S. National Champion Mare Mi-Fanci (Sureyn x Tuwaisan). Bottom: 1969 U.S. National Champion Stallion Galizon (Azraff x Gay Rose).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Galizon (Azraff x Gay Rose) U.S. National Champion Mare: Fame (*Bask x Wirdih Jameel) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Diplomat (Zelamat x Sunny Acres Mimosa) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Sey Cherie (Aseyr x Noelle) Tenth year of publication. Our January Stallion Issue had grown to 420 pages, and 1969 was to be the last year our business would be located in New York. In November 1969, Arabian Horse World moved to Palo Alto, California. Kimfa (Mustafa x *Iorana) was on the January cover because he sired more 1968 National award winners than any other stallion. The lady who owned *Raffles and *Raseyn until their deaths, Alice Payne, passed away in 1969. The luminary of the day was *Serafix, and our April 1969 issue was devoted to him. But in the Registry Stud Book for 1969, *Aramus had more registered get than any other horse — 42 followed by Azraff and Fadjur with 33 each. The first “stand alone” National Show — that is, without regular show classes to augment the schedule — was held that year, with racing again as part of the program. Equitation classes had not yet been given National stature, but they were included as a “show case” type of class. Perhaps the most significant bit of information in the 1969 issues was the news that Tom Chauncey and Wayne Newton had bought the aged *Naborr 8 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d at the McCormick Auction for $150,000. The next high-selling horse at that auction brought $25,000 (*Pallada). Some thought that six-digit figure was non compos mentis. But some in the Arabian world — Lasma, for instance — heard the message loud and clear. Soon the whole Arabian world would change, drastically.
1970 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Aramus (*Naborr x Amneris) U.S. National Champion Mare: Dancing Flame (*Bask x Habina) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Al Metrabbi (*Morafic x *Sammara) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Happilii (*Ghalii x Happy Talk) The first meeting of the Pyramid Society was held, with Doug Marshall chosen president, Jay Stream vice president (he owned *Ibn Moniet El Nefous at the time), Judi Forbis secretary, and Willis Flick treasurer. That year a record importation from Egypt landed in Toronto — 33 horses, among them *Ramses Fayek and *Zaghloul. At the 1970 Nationals, “Living Legends” *Naborr, Gazon, Ferzon, AlMarah Erka, Surf, Indy, Saki, Fadjur, *Silver Drift, Azraff, and Ga’Zi were showcased in a special exhibit. Bint Sahara, who was featured on a World cover at age 29, had a son (Fadjur), a grandson (Ferzon), and a great-grandson (Gazon) in that exclusive lineup. Also featured on a 1970 cover: Abu Farwa (Rabiyas x *Rissletta), then 30 years of age. *Aramus by *Naborr was chosen National Champion Stallion by both the U.S. and Canada that year. A news item reported *Naborr’s stud fee to be $10,000. In 1970, four *Raseyn sons were still alive. A GBE Championship Sire Line article found the *Raffles line was first, with 467 champions credited to the line. At the International Arabian Horse Sale, Mraff, an 18-year-old *Raffles son, sold for $36,000. Second high was a Comet daughter at $13,000. Jay Stream was selected chairman of a steering committee at the second meeting of the “World Arabian Horse Organization,” charged with turning the loosely organized group into a cohesive unit. Fourteen nations were represented. Henry Babson died at age 94. The Lewisfield Arabian Art Collection was displayed at Madison Square Garden, whence it toured the country. The “Arabian Ranch Trials,” testing Arabian horses for real working ranch skills (an idea of Bazy Tankersley), was held as usual at the Rushcreek Land and Cattle Co. ranch in Nebraska. Southern California held its first sale. High-seller was Sir Lancer (Ga’Zi x Feyn), 1963 Canadian National Champion Stallion, who brought $7,200. Mike Nichols joined the AHA of Southern California and won a Reserve Championship Gelding award with his Mr Harvey by Ferneyn, at the big Santa Barbara show. The AHSA spot-tested for drugs at the Nationals for the first time (it was not yet required) and reported all 20 random tests taken to be negative.
Top: 1969 U.S. National Champion Mare Fame (*Bask x Wirdih Jameel). Middle: 1970 U.S. National Champion Mare Dancing Flame (*Bask x Habina). Bottom: 1970 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Al Metrabbi (*Morafic x *Sammara).
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1971 U.S. National Champion Mare *Serenity Sonbolah (Sameh x Bint Om El Saad).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Ansata Ibn Sudan (*Ansata Ibn Halima x *Ansata Bint Mabrouka) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Serenity Sonbolah (Sameh x Bint Om El Saad) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Dalul (*Morafic x *Dawlat) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Il Muna (*Morafic x *Bint Mona) An outbreak of VEE (Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis) in Texas caused the 1971 Nationals at Oklahoma City to be rescheduled, and the convention to be held in Oklahoma City, too. The only problem was, nobody thought to let Iowa know. Iowa learned of it by reading about it in the magazine! Also, the Youth Team Judging Competition program, devised by Lee Cholak and the late Walter Clark, had finally been approved and was scheduled for the 1971 Nationals. Likewise, the equitation classes were finally given National status — but because of a mountain of scheduling programs the kiddies went into the ring at 2:00 a.m. As if to make up for all the other delays, Sheila Varian rode her Park Horse Mikado so fast she passed every other horse in the ring at least twice. Mikado ended up National Champion. John Rogers had a sale — Virginia Belle went for $46,000 and Silver Dawn for $35,000, both by *Serafix. Mike Nichols bought Silver Dawn, and that same year posed for a World cover, with the stallion Talagato. Ralph Clark at age 29 hired on at the Registry as the new field secretary. Cal Poly finished its 45th year of Sunday shows. Minnesota was credited with having had the largest Arabian show in the world in 1971 — 856 horses. And World gave a cover to *Oran Van Crabbet, the first horse to win three National Championships: Park, Formal Driving, and Formal Combination. “Well over 50 Arabians were at the Turf Paradise, Arizona, track for the winter meet. Kontiki broke the Arabian perimutuel record there by going sixand-one-half furlongs in 1:24 flat. Kemahs Polka by Ofir set a new record at one mile: 1:46.3. Not until 1971 could three-year-old Arabians race, because it was thought they weren’t mature enough until age four. Arabian pari-mutual racing began at Santa Fe Downs, New Mexico. 1971 also stands out in history as the year of Lasma Sale I. High-sellers were Silhoulette by *Bask (full sister to Tornado) for $56,000 and *Gwyn by Comet for $51,000, both bought by Dr. Howard Kale. Lasma revolutionized the auctioning of horses by running the horses down a specially built runway instead of bringing them in like cows to a small square stand. (The next year they would elevate this runway so that everyone could see — unheard of at the time.) The consistently high prices paid for Lasma Sale I horses simply put all other sales in Arabian history in the shade.
1972 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Elkin (Aquinor x Ellenai) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Elkana (Aquinor x Estebna) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Gwalifix (*Gwalior x Serinne) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Silk-N-Silver (Tornado x Silver Sprite) This was Mike Nichols’s year at the Nationals, winning both National Champion Stallion and Mare with *Elkin and *Elkana. 10 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d On page 114 of the August 1972 issue, World informed its readers of the serious inheritable factors appearing in the Arabian breed: cerebellar hypoplasia and CID, although it wasn’t called C.I.D. yet. Dr. McChesney of Colorado State had done extensive research on fatal pneumonia in foals, and noticed that it was more prevalent in inbred herds. The Registry was introducing artificial insemination to the Arabian breed via seven consecutive Arabian farms from 1971-1973. In an early 1972 issue, GBE told us that *Serafix had climbed to the top of the Sires of Champions list, with Ferseyn second, Fadjur third, Indraff fourth, and Ga’Zi and *Witez II tied for fifth. The next such article to appear showed *Serafix still in the lead with 54 champions, Fadjur with 40, Ferseyn with 39, *Bask with 31, and Indraff with 31. By percentage of foals *Serafix was way out ahead with 31 percent champions of all foals registered. Abu Farwa died at age 32, having 274 registered foals. Witezarif (Witezar x Razifa), about 14 hands high, won the Tevis Cup on the 100-Mile OneDay Western States Trail Ride for the third straight year. Formation of the American Endurance Ride Conference was announced, which gave that sport a tremendous boost by recording all wins nationwide and awarding points for year-end trophies. Sir William Farm had a sale and Sam Harrison bought a young colt for $3,500. His name was Samtyr, and he would go on to become one of the best sires in American Arabian racing history. His sire was *Sambor, who was pictured on a 1972 World cover, and who had won three races in Poland, three in the U.S., and at the time of our cover caption, had won 10 championships and four reserves in halter and park at the shows, plus establishing the beginnings of a great career as a sire. National Champion Racehorse Kontiki (Camelot x Almiki), with only one asterisk in his pedigree going back to his great-grandparents (his great-grandam was *Rissletta), won his class of 26 mature stallions at Scottsdale, which included five Polish imports. He also was named Scottsdale Reserve Champion Stallion. But Kontiki blood is rare today — he died three months later of a twisted intestine.
1973 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Khemosabi (Amerigo x Jurneeka) U.S. National Champion Mare: Fire Music (*Bask x Susecion) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Lea Baron (Azraff x Lea Geymette) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: HW Su-Haila (*Bask x Ga Zima) World paid a visit to the Canadian Nationals in 1973, at Calgary. Memorable was the fact that four top contenders for the National English Pleasure Championship failed to enter the class because the PA system failed (or was nonexistent) in the warm-up ring and the class was over before they caught on: Murrel Lacey had brought SX Genii’s Pride from California, Mike Nichols’s *Elkana was trucked from Connecticut, and two more of the entries made the long trip from Florida. “A long way to come for the scenery,” said the owner of one, as he sat glumly on the bus for the sightseeing trip to Banff.
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1973 U.S. National Champion Mare Fire Music (*Bask x Susecion).
Nafa 1448 (*Raseyn x Narasa), age 36, posed for our August 1973 cover with owner Bob MacDonald; she also had her own article. *Serafix, age 24, died of a heart attack. And Dan Gainey announced that he would retire as president of the Arabian Horse Registry of America — 24 years as a director and 14 years as president. In Poland, the American import Electric Charger by *Electric Storm was first on Poland’s list of 41 three-year-old racers. He was bred by Sagamore Park Arabians. (Electric Charger was reported first again the next year on the fouryear-old list.) Don Ford announced that he was getting out of domestic breeds and into straight Egyptians, and held Lancer’s Sale of Sales. Sotep, youngest son of *Raffles, at age 20, sold for $90,000. Down in Texas, the Hawn Arabian Farm had a sale, and Gene LaCroix Jr., was listed as one of the ring men. The Registry reported registering No. 100,000. Stallions in service the previous year, they said, numbered 4,891, and they anticipated 12,194 registrations in 1973. World was now going to 42 countries.
Top: 1974 U.S. National Champion Mare JonSan Judizon (Galizon x Cor-Judy-Jo). Bottom: 1974 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Nabiel (*Sakr x *Magidaa).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Gai Adventure (*Naborr x Gavrelle) U.S. National Champion Mare: Jon-San Judizon (Galizon x Cor-Judy-Jo) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Nabiel (*Sakr x *Magidaa) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Amurath Bandeira (*Bask x *Sanacht) The Lasma Sale II set a record for the price of an Arabian mare at auction: Basquina sold for $117,500; the buyer was Mike Nichols. The sale averaged $30,511 and even in 1974 prompted others to plan their sales with the Scottsdale shekels in mind. The gas shortage was on, and GBE, who covered the sale, remarked that the prettiest sight she saw on the whole trip was a “Have Gas, Will Sell” sign in Wickenburg, Arizona. The first Arabian Horse fair that was nationwide in scope was held in Louisville, Kentucky, but manager Lee Cholak must have wondered if God meant it to be. A tornado ripped to shreds the whole east wing of the Coliseum in Louisville, and a horse barn for 600 horses was also destroyed. Despite such acts of God, the first fair was, on all counts, a fabulous success. It didn’t hurt to have Wayne Newton give a solid hour-and-40 minute musical extravaganza at the Fair — he hired Paul Anka to cover for him in Las Vegas and brought his whole troupe along, at his own expense. He then donated $20,000 besides. Newton also had a sale in 1974 — he sold 36 head for over half-a-million dollars. The Arabian breed had grown so large that for the first time stud books could no longer hold a full year. Stud Book XXI saw *Aramus leading in registered foals with 42, followed by *Bask with 39 and Fadjur 31. In Stud Book XXII, *Bask surged ahead, and would lead from then until his death: *Bask 44, Azraff 37, *Aramus 35. Stud Book XXIII shows *Bask with 53, Azraff 38, and Synbad 31. In Stud Book XXIV, it was *Bask 37, Raffon 35, Fadjur 32, and *Aramus 30.
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d In 1974, *Morafic died at age 18, and Nafa died at age 37. GBE’s statistics on Sires of Champions still showed *Serafix the leader with 60, but *Bask was now in second place with 43, Fadjur was third with 41 and Ferseyn fourth with 39. We began to sense rumblings in the Arabian breed. Yale Freed, then president of IAHA, titled his editorial in World, “What’s Happened to the Fun of Exhibiting?” The gist of it was that owners were letting the pros take over the whole show scene. Letter after letter complained, “What are we doing for our youth?” “What are we doing for geldings?” And we reprinted this paragraph from the Registry’s Bulletin: “What’s ahead for the breed? The number of Arabian horses has tripled in the last five years. If you think the power is in the hands of the ‘big breeders,’ this is simply not so. Only 305 persons own herds of 26 horses or more, whereas well over 28,000 own four horses or less. In determining the outcome of the overall quality of the breed, which may very well be its destiny, it’s the small breeder who shapes the clay.” Modern times had arrived.
1975 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Asadd (*Sultann x Amani) U.S. National Champion Mare: Heritage Desiree (El Magato x Al Marah Countess Sparkle) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Kloi Sinay (Bay-Abi x Gayfaba) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Shafeekah (*Morafic x *Magidaa) Probably January 1, 1975, wasn’t especially different from December 31, 1974, except perhaps — as Paul Woodridge might suggest — a lot of mare owners were looking into foaling stalls more carefully than they had the night before. Those January 1 foaling dates are highly desirable. Scottsdale was Scottsdale and rapidly becoming $cott$dale. The pattern was established. Two preshow sales — Gainey Farms and “Once Upon a Time” — brought some snowbirds in early. Gai-Ballerina (Ferzon x Gai-Louise) was top seller at $95,000, purchased by Mr. Geert Keur of Richmond, British Columbia. At the show, GBE approved of the park horse action exhibited and applauded winner Ibn Prowizja (*Bask x *Prowizja). *Bask’s 20th birthday was partied at the showgrounds; at that time, 20 percent of his progeny were champions. The U.S. Nationals went turquoise and sun and sand, with a move to Albuquerque. Egyptian impact: *Asadd (*Sultann x Amani EAO), the first Egyptian import to become U.S. National Champion Stallion; *Morafic, the sire of National Reserve Champion Mare, National Champion Futurity Mare, and National Reserve Champion Futurity Mare, plus Top Ten Futurity Mare and Top Ten Futurity Stallion. National Champion Mare was Heritage Desiree (El Magato x Al-Marah Countess Sparkle), who won the same at the Canadian Nationals. Five years later, she topped the All-American Sale at Scottsdale at $325,000, purchased by David Murdock. Some research data: *Bask was the leading sire of champions, followed by *Serafix, *Morafic, and *Naborr; *Bask was also the current leader in number of foals registered per studbook; 609 Legion of Merit awards had been earned to January 1975. 13 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
Top: 1974 U.S. National Champion Park High Hopes (Al Fahir x Cerise). Bottom: 1975 U.S. National Champion Stallion *Asadd (*Sultann x Amani).
1976 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *El Paso (Czort x Ellora) U.S. National Champion Mare: Bask Melody (*Bask x Susecion) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Ibn Morafic (*Morafic x *Kahramana) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Other Eden (Tornado x Belinda) The Bicentennial year, and Arabians celebrated and were celebrated. The Great American Horse Race — a bicentennial caper of 2,000 miles, New York to Sacramento, May to September — saw Arabians finish second, third, fourth, fifth, and eighth. Khemosabi (Amerigo x Jurneeka), the “all-American” stallion, became the first double double National Champion, winning both U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallion and U.S. and Canadian National Champion Western Pleasure. Mike Nichol’s sale at his Connecticut farm attracted celebrities, broke records. *Elkana (Aquinor PASB x Estebna PASB) brought the highest price ever for a mare at auction at $185,000. At the back-to-back Sir William Farm Sale, *Perkal (Palas RASB/PASB x *Piersnica), a two-year-old colt, topped at $31,000. The first Nationals in the mint juleps, bluegrass, and white fences of Louisville. Entries were up: 103 in the stallion class, 79 in the mare class, 102 in English pleasure. Lasma tripled with *El Paso (Czort PASB x Ellora PASB) as National Champion Stallion; Bask Melody (*Bask x Susecion), National Champion Mare; and Hask (*Bask x Aethena), National Champion English Pleasure. With this win, Bask Melody scored again for the *Bask-Susecion combination; her full sister Fire Music was 1973 U.S. National Champion Mare and 1974 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure. Late in 1976, there came the Russian Arabian awareness — an awareness sharpened by the knowledge that the Russians had combined Crabbet, French, Polish, and Egyptian bloodlines and that some two dozen Tersk-bred Arabians were in the United States; registration uncertain.
Top: 1976 U.S. National Champion Stallion *El Paso (Czort x Ellora). Middle: 1977 U.S. National Champion Stallion Gai Parada (Ferzon x Azleta). Bottom: 1978 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Comment (Mikado x *Ostroga).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Gai Parada (Ferzon x Azleta) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Wizja (*El Paso x Warmia) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Ansata Shah Zam (Ansata Shah Zaman x Ansata Sabiha) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Hebet Allah (*Morafic x *Soheir II) Sires — Polish, Egyptian, and Russian — were news. *Bask’s breeding fee was upped to $10,000, believed to be the highest in the breed. No questioning his popularity; he was the leading sire in number of foals registered for the ninth consecutive studbook. The Egyptian-bred *Ibn Moniet El Nefous (*Morafic x Moniet El Nefous EAO) was syndicated for $4,000,000. And the muchtraveled, much-loved Russian-bred *Naborr died at Tom Chauncey Arabians at Scottsdale at age 27. Lasma’s one-acre, 4,000-capacity sale center in Scottsdale was launched by an SRO crowd, and Cometego (*Bask x *Prowizja) blew the lid off at $350,000 at Lasma Sale III. Crabbet flavor: at Ascot, the Australian-bred stallion Ralvon Pilgrim (Rikham x Trix Silver), of Crabbet blood, was International Overall Champion. 14 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d End-of-the-year stats on Arabian ownership: total number of horses, U.S., Canada, and Mexico was 147,913. In thousands: stallions, 47; mares, 75; and geldings, 26. The Registry adopted artificial insemination rules after five years of test programs. Jimmy Dean remembers: “I told Dan Gainey (president of the Registry) we’d been doing it for years anyway, so the Registry might just as well OK it. An old country doctor showed me how to do it. That was about 65 years ago. Just needed a cereal bowl and a syringe.”
1978 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Amurath Bandolero (*Ramses Fayek x Amurath Kashmira) U.S. National Champion Mare: TJs Georgie Girl (Al-Marah Canadius x Heritage Fleur) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Keyaf (*Ramses Fayek x *Ramses Amal) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Aristo Cantada (Ariston x Four Winds Melody) We believe this is the year Tom Chauncey began his Scottsdale spending spree. He dropped $293,000 at the Pereira-Ginger Blue Sale, including $150,000 for Mi Toska (*Bask x Toi), the winningest show mare in the United States (including 20 Nationals wins). At the Clay Sale, he left $133,000 for an *El Paso daughter and two Gai Champion daughters. At Las Vegas, the Wayne Newton Arabian Classic and Rodeo and Select Sale was all showmanship, with Wayne Newton opening every session on Markus (*Aramus x Ferzonia), singing “Once in a Lifetime.” Add celebrities Doc Severinsen, Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Also in Nevada, the Arabian Horse Fair in Reno played to a full house. Some global happenings of which we took note: descendants of Wilfrid and Lady Anne Blunt, and of the horses they imported to England to establish Crabbet Stud, gathered at Newbuildings in Sussex, England, to mark the centenary of the Crabbet Stud. Celebes (Witraz PASB x Canaria PASB), chief stallion at Janow Podlaski, died at age 29; he’d been a circus horse and sired his first foals at age 14. Prodintorg auction at Tersk Stud, USSR, topped by a daughter of Aswan EAO/RASB (Nazeer EAO x Yosreia EAO) — a presage of following years: Poputchitsa (x *Pustinia), purchased by Hilde Steinhausen of West Germany for $36,600. Back home in Denver, the Registry registered Arabian number 150,000; and registered 19,000 foals and imports and transferred 23,000 (compared to five years earlier, 1973, when 9,000 were registered and 12,000 transferred). And began reviewing a backlog of registration applications for Tersk-bred Arabians (some from 1963), following acceptance of the Russian studbook.
1979 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Aladdinn (Nureddin x Lalage) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Abha Hamir (Bambu x Garbi) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Ruminaja Ali (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Magidaa) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Amurath Bali (*Ramses Fayek x Amurath Kashmira) The year was celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the start of it all: the first importation of Arabian horses to the United States. The stallions *Leopard and *Linden Tree were gifts to former President Ulysses S. Grant in 1879, 15 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
Top: Wilfrid and Lady Anne Blunt’s Crabbet Stud at Newbuildings in Sussex, England, was the site of centenary celebration, drawing descendants of the famed stud.
and Americans had a wonderful time tracing their Arabians to *Leopard and sharing in the historical aspects of their pedigrees. *Linden Tree had no purebred offspring. A total of 1,351 Arabians had been imported since. The breed lost some special people and special Arabians in 1979. People: Daniel C. Gainey, Dr. Byron H. Good, Clarence Manion, Lady Anne Lytton. Arabians: *Bask who had indeed “set new standards for the breed”; Ga’Zi, who sired all four halter Champions and Reserves at Canadian Nationals in 1967; and Surf, a model of Arabian versatility. World celebrated Arabian mares in 1979 with “The Aristocrats” — a feature for mares that had produced three or more champions or reserves, 1970-1977. Bint Sahara (Farawi x Bint Sedjur) led the parade with 10, then Cobah (Pomona Ahmen x Faradina) with seven, RO Khususi (Hamyn x Fayda) with six, and *Gwadiana (Amurath Sahib PASB x Gwara PASB) with five. In Europe, the first Polish National Show was held with *Eukaliptus (*Bandos x Eunice PASB) the Champion Stallion, and Elewacja (Celebes x Ellora) the Champion Mare. Germany held its first International Show at Aachen. Katun (Aswan EAO/RASB x Kapella RASB) from Belgium was the International Champion Mare, and Al Malik (Marino Marini x Bright Gleam) from England was the International Champion Stallion. We noticed Kaborr (*Naborr x Bint Kholameh) a lot more in 1979. He joined the rare ones: National Champion Stallions who are also National Champions in performance. He did it in Canada, in Western Pleasure, plus U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion, and then went on to the Salon du Cheval, where he was judged European Champion Stallion. Another American Arabian, Ansata Abbas Pasha (*Ansata Ibn Halima x *Ansata Bint Mabrouka), was Reserve to him.
Top: 1979 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Ruminaja Ali (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Magidaa). Middle: 1980 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure FF Summer Storm (*Bask x Zarahba). Bottom: 1981 U.S. National Champion Stallion *Marsianin (Aswan x *Magnolia).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Muscat (*Salon x Malpia) U.S. National Champion Mare: Fa Halima (*Ansata Ibn Halima x Sabrah) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Destyn (Aza Destiny x Karwa) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Amurath Beguile (*Ramses Fayek x Amurath Basksheba) World Champion Senior Stallion: Forex (Ponhaniec x Forexia by Exelsjor) World Champion Senior Mare: Hezina (Jacio x Cartama by Uzacur) World Champion Junior Colt: Maleik El Kheil (El Shaklan x Muneera by Fakhr El Kheil) World Champion Junior Filly: El Masra (Shaker El Masri x Estasha by Shaker El Masri) It was a year of firsts: The first Nations Cup competition, held at Ascot, England, attracted 51 non-English entrants. The Nations Cup went to England. The Registry issued the first permits for embryo transfers, a procedure that offered new hope for older valuable mares who could not carry foals to term, as well as many other uncertain implications for the breed. The first Tersk-bred Arabian became a National Champion when *Muscat (*Salon x Malpia RASB) was not only U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallion, but added Scottsdale Champion Stallion and Supreme Champion at the Minnesota show. The first premiere showings of “The Black Stallion” took the horse-loving public by storm and converted the non-horse-loving.
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d The Registry registered Arabian number 200,000 in February. *Bask was back in the lead in foal registrations after being temporarily bumped from that slot, and he led in the number of sons (15) who sired ten or more foals. At Scottsdale, 34 Arabians brought over four million dollars, and one syndicate share brought $220,000. Four lots went to foreign buyers. The final day of the show was known as “Russian Sunday” with *Muscat as Champion Stallion and *Pristan (Aswan EAO/RASB x Palmira RASB) as Champion Mare. More showmanship from Wayne Newton: The Wayne Newton Sale onstage at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas broke the record for auction prices when the mare WN Mi Kerida (*AN Malik x *Sabiduria) brought $500,000 and a yearling colt, WN Satamiros (*GG Samir x Tinyenaira), brought $265,000. Travelers Rest Arabian Stud at Columbia, Tennessee, observed 50 years of breeding Arabians, one of the longest-lived farms in the U.S. The “older mare” was glorified at the U.S. Nationals when Fa Halima (*Ansata Ibn Halima x Sabrah) at age nine was National Champion Mare. She was the “mother of five” and grandma of 34.
1981 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Marsianin (Aswan x *Magnolia) U.S. National Champion Mare: Rohara Tsultress (Ivanhoe Tsultan x Emenee) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: BF Cimmeron (BF Rageymazon x Gaffi) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: A-May Zing (*Hal Gazal x Lucky Mariah) World Champion Senior Stallion: Abdullahhh (Patron x Psikhea by Arax) World Champion Senior Mare: Pilarka (Palas x Pierzga by Negatiw) World Champion Junior Colt: Baz (Kaisoon x El Gazella by Ghazal) World Champion Junior Filly: Marsala (Garbo x Colima by Uzacur) In Washington, D.C., fourteen Arabians, including Cass Olé, were in President Reagan’s inaugural parade, and got a special salute from him as an Arabian owner. At Scottsdale, Tom Chauncey enhanced his big spender image by spreading around more than $2.25 million at Scottsdale sales. His take-homes included Miss Cognac (Cognac x Serbaya), second-highest-selling lot of the week at $600,000. Auction records were established halfway around the world by Americans when Bob Stratmore paid $350,000 for *Narada (Aswan EAO/RASB x Neposeda RASB) at the Prodintorg auction at Tersk Stud, and added the second- and fourth-highest-selling lots for a total of $820,000. In a non-auction purchase at Tersk, OPL Associates (Occidental Petroleum, Pacific Holding, and Lasma Arabians) paid $1,000,000 for the stallion *Pesniar (Nabeg x Pesnia RASB), one of the top sires at Tersk. This was the first involvement with Arabians for Dr. Armand Hammer (Occidental Petroleum). He obviously liked the association; later that summer he paid $1,000,000 for *El Paso in Poland and brought him home to California. The first Egyptian Event at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexingon, Kentucky, was a gathering of the faithful of the Pyramid Society and their Arabians. Features: a Hall of Stallions (49 inhabitants). Futurity classes, a Saluki show, a horse show, and art exhibit, plus $20,100 in prize money for Futurity classes.
Top: 1981 U.S. National Champion Mare Rohara Tsultress (Ivanhoe Tsultan x Emenee). Middle: 1981 World Champion Senior Stallion Abdullahhh (Patron x Psikhea by Arax). Bottom: 1981 World Champion Senior Mare Pilarka (Palas x Pierzga by Negatiw).
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The first Lasma Yearling Sale at Lasma East in Prospect, Kentucky, energized the industry with a price of $475,000 for Exotika (*Marsianin x MDM Evangeline). We said good-bye to several links with the past. Elliot S. “Jack” Humphrey — longtime manager of W. R. Brown’s Maynesboro Stud established in 1914 — died at age 92. He shopped for horses for Brown in European countries and selected the seven Arabians Brown imported from Prince Mohamed Ali in 1932. Humphrey is also remembered as the rider of *Crabbet (Rijm GSB x *Narda II), the winner of the 1921 300-mile endurance test for the U.S. Mounted Service Cup. In England, H. V. Musgrave Clark, of Courthouse Stud in Sussex, died at 97. He established Courthouse Stud in about 1910 and was the first breeder to use Skowronek at stud. An end-of-the-year study of sires of U.S. and Canadian National Champions showed — no surprise — *Bask in the lead by many lengths with 23, then Khemosabi with seven, and Bay El Bey (Bay-Abi x *Naganka) and *Naborr (Negatiw RASB/PASB x Lagodna PASB/RASB) tied for third place with six.
Top: 1982 U.S. National Champion Mare Kajora (Kaborr x *Edjora). Bottom: World Champion Senior Stallion Gondolier (Palas x Gonagra by Negatiw).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Padron (Patron x *Odessa NSB) U.S. National Champion Mare: Kajora (Kaborr x *Edjora) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: One More Time (*Erros x Ruby Tuesday) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Oui (Fire Wind x Waiferme) World Champion Senior Stallion: Gondolier (Palas x Gonagra by Negatiw) World Champion Senior Mare: Etruria (Palas x Etna by Faher) World Champion Junior Colt: Maklouf (Kilimandscharo x Mabrouka by Hadban Enzahi) World Champion Junior Filly: *Penalba (Kilimandscharo RASB/GASB x *Pionga by Nuri Schalan) Lady Godiva came to Palo Alto — the year of the stallion issue with the nude photo and the resultant flap in letters to the World: “The lady greatly enhanced … “If you plan to continue printing such material …” On the subject of stallions: World noted 15 stallions whose breeding fees were $10,000 or more. Highest was *Salon (Negatiw RASB/PASB x Sonata RASB) at $25,000. In foal registration, it was still *Bask in the lead, followed by *Ibn Moniet El Nefous ( *Morafic x Moniet El Nefous EAO), *Aladdinn, Khemosabi, and Gdansk (*Bask x *Gdynia) in the top five spots. Mares brought in the gold at auctions. TJs Georgie Girl (Al-Marah Canadius x Heritage Fleur), 1978 U.S. National Champion Mare, at $785,000 at Scottsdale, topping all sales; *Bufa (Negatiw RASB/PASB x *Busznica) at $550,000 at the first Nichols-DeLongpré Sale at their Santa Barbara ranch; and *Wersja (*El Paso x Warmia PASB) at $115,000 at the Polish Prestige Auction. In the area of production, Moniet El Nefous EAO (Shahloul RAS x Wanisa RAS) was recognized as the only dam to have two sons on the list of 30 all-time top-siring stallions. On the road, *Penalba (Kilimandscharo RASB/GASB x *Pionga) was big in Calgary (Canadian National Reserve Champion Mare), in Louisville (U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare), and in Paris (European and World Champion Junior Female at Salon du Cheval). For those with unlimited time, money, and energy, there were 462 allArabian shows to be entered in 1982. California had the most; Texas was next. 18 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d World’s first Christmas Wish contest gave first place to a five-year-old boy who wrote: “A flat croup is very important in this business. So this year I am asking Santa for a flat croup for my mom.” His PS: “Dad says that he likes Mom’s croup just the way it is.” *Padron made it two for two when he went U.S. National Champion Stallion. Reserve to him was Zarr-Hassan, who a few months earlier was Canadian National Champion Stallion. Kajora (Kaborr x *Edjora) added to the *Naborr-Kaborr laurels when she went National Champion Mare at Louisville.
1983 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Arn-Ett Perlane (Perlezon x Shadylane Jupiter) U.S. National Champion Mare: Bask Calonett (Cal-O-Bask x El-Disar Sonnet) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Top Contender (*AN Malik x Rho-Sabba) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Wind Fashion (Fire Wind x Athabasca Windala) World Champion Senior Stallion: Mizan Taj Halim (Ansata Ibn Halima x HH April Love by Gamaar) World Champion Senior Mare: Fawor (*Probat x Fatma) World Champion Junior Colt: El Masra (Shaker El Masri x Estasha) World Champion Junior Filly: Siwah (Shammar x Sappho) Scottsdale was knee-deep — at least — in mud. Cars may still be buried in the show grounds parking areas. Cloudbursts and mud did not hinder bidders from raising their hands, however. Tom Chauncey paid $1.5 million for Gardenia (*Bask x *Gdynia), and the late George Huck of Olympia Farms nodded for Scarlet Lace (*Bask x Elsinor Muzuleyna) at $1 million. Eleven major sales at Scottsdale sold 325 horses for over $33 million. The Scottsdale bandwagon effect worked for Champion Mare and Supreme Champion NH Love Potion (Back Street x Sha Baska) who, eight months later, was U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare, and for Champion Stallion Arn-Ett Perlane (Perlezon x Shadylane Jupiter), who went U.S. National Champion Stallion. Another predictor worked in 1983: Buckeye Champion Mare Bask Calonett went all the way to Canadian National Reserve Champion Mare and U.S. National Champion Mare. More glory for *Bask in 1983. He was identified as the all-time top-siring stallion of the breed with 1,039 foals. Fadjur (Fadheilan x Bint Sahara) was second with 779, then Azraff with 500. *Bask was also researched as the leading sire of Canadian National Champions, 1958-1982. The first place in number of foals registered in Volumes 40 and 41 of the studbook went to Khemosabi, followed by *Aladdinn and *Muscat. At Denver in late September, the greeting was “Crabbet is out of the closet” at the Worldwide Symposium on Crabbet Breeding. Breeders and boosters of Crabbet bloodlines from around the world rallied for three days of looking at stallions, listening to oral history talks, studying sire lines through living pedigrees, viewing old films (the garden party presentations at Crabbet, Skowronek at Crabbet, the Crabbet centenary, for a few), and a silent sale. To green pastures in 1983: “The Queen of Poland” Bandola (Witraz PASB x Balalajka PASB) at age 35, Fadjur (Fadheilan x Bint Sahara) at age 30. The Real McCoy (Aarief x Fersara) age 23, Kimfa (Mustafa x *Iorana) at age 27, Asil
Top: 1982 Canadian National Reserve Champion Mare and 1984 World Champion Senior Mare *Penalba (Kilimandscharo x *Pionga). Middle: 1983 World Champion Junior Filly VP Kahlua (Jora Honey Ku x Kahlette), featured on the Septemer 1985 cover. Bottom: 1983 U.S. National Champion Park Scarlet Lace (*Bask x Elsinor Muzuleyna), was purchased in 1983 for $1 million.
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Legacy (Asil Ecliptic x Asil Lyra), and Tornado (*Bask x *Silwara) at age 17. Some good people went on too: Lester Walton, Richard Leadley, and Ed Tweed. At the end of the year, we rejoiced in Scarlet Lace’s triumph — the first mare to win National Championships in Formal Driving, Formal Combination, and Park (twice); and in the victory of Mizan Taj Halim (*Ansata Ibn Halima x HH April Love), European Champion Senior Male and World Champion Senior Male at Salon du Cheval. Then, too, there was the thought of the first foal produced from a frozen embryo at Colorado State University Animal Reproduction Laboratory. Papa is an Arabian. Genetic engineering: truly the new frontier.
Top: 1984 and 1986 U.S. National Champion Park Orans Adagio (*Al-Marah Ibn Oran x Bint Buena Suerte). Middle: *Bask daughters Bonieree and Silhouette were part of a package sold at the Lasma cLassic bringing $3.6 million. Top: Tom and Rhita McNair were named AHSA Horseman and Horsewoman of the Year in 1985.
U.S. National Champion Stallion: AAF Kaset (*Aladdinn x *Kaseta) U.S. National Champion Mare: VP Kahlua (Jora Honey Kx Kahlette) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: LH Garcia (*AN Malik x LH Tasha) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: PR Morisa (*Moatasim x Amurath Finlandia) World Champion Senior Stallion: Amal (Abdullah x Naomi by Darjeel) World Champion Senior Mare: *Penalba (Kilimandscharo RASB/GASB x Pionga by Nuri Schalan) World Champion Junior Colt: Warandes Plakat (Plakat x Barwna by Iridos) World Champion Junior Filly: VP Kahlua (Jora Honey Ku x Kahlette by El Hilal) Scottsdale became Scottsdale Fortnight with 12 pre-show sales, plus three private treaty sales, and one sale during the show. The Lasma Classic rocked the Arabian horse community from coast to coast with Lots 1 and 2. Lot 1 was a package of two *Bask daughters and a *Bandos daughter, all in foal to *Aladdinn; it brought $3.6 million. On Lot 2, the bidding started at $1 million and several who were not too stunned to move quickly carried it on up to $2,550,000. The object of this frenzy was NH Love Potion, 1983 U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare. (A few months later, she was Champion Mare at the Buckeye, and a few months after that Canadian National Reserve Champion Mare.) On the economics of breeding Arabians, we tallied 51 stallions standing at breeding fees of $10,000 or more, topped by *Aladdinn at $35,000. On the volume of breeding Arabians, Registry statistics show 255,514 Arabians in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, with mares outnumbering the stallions approximately 2:1. We lost some dandy sires in 1984: Sotep (*Raffles x Zareyna), *Salon (Negatiw RASB/PASB x Sonata RASB) from Tersk Stud, Hossny (*Ansata Ibn Halima x *Sanaa) in South America, *Fakher El Din (Nazeer EAO x Moniet El Nefous EAO), and Bay-Abi (Errabi x Angyl). New promotional organizations at work in 1984: Star World of Arabians, Inc., which predicts a million-dollar payback at Scottsdale 1985; Arabian Jockey Club, founded for the purpose of awarding prize money in Arabian races; and International Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes for the distribution of prize money at Arabian shows, with more than $5 million in entry fees by March 1984. In Hamburg, Germany, in February, the 11-member European Conference of Arabian Horse Registries considered proposals designed to coordinate and improve judging and showing in Europe. 20 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d In Florida, in June, Tyrix (Samtyr x Dimfixa) won the $50,000 Armand Hammer Arabian Sweepstakes at Pompano Beach — the richest purse ever offered. In Colorado, in July, in an uncommon sharing of space, equipment, and goals, the Arabian Horse Registry of America, the International Arabian Horse Association, and the Arabian Horse Trust packed up their respective files and moved in to the just-completed Arabian Horse Center at Denver. The $6 million Center, built entirely from contributions from the Arabian horse community would house Arabian horse memorabilia, a library, and archives. What else is new near the end of this 25th year? The U.S. Nationals promises prize money totaling $200,000. The Registry projects registration of Arabian No. 300,000 perhaps late in 1984 or definitely in early 1985. And the boys in the lab at Colorado State University are still tinkering. The first embryo transfer twins were born there last spring, the result of splitting a single embryo. Which may speed up registration No. 350,000.
1985 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Strike (*Aladdinn x Gwyndalyn) U.S. National Champion Mare: NH Love Potion (Back Street x Sha Baska) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Ali Jamaal (Ruminaja Ali x Heritage Memory) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: La Duquesa (*El Moraduke x Zortana El Nefous) World Champion Senior Stallion: Carmargue (White Lightning x Velvet Shadow by Bey Shadow) World Champion Senior Mare: Canila (Nil I x Casablanca by Shaker El Masri) World Champion Junior Colt: Sherif Pasha (Ansata Abbas Pasha x Sabbah by Ibn Galal) World Champion Junior Filly: Mel Lianka (Pintor x Galinka by Chajal) At the February Scottsdale sales *Penicylina (Palas x Pentoda) brings $1.5 million at the Polish Ovation from David Murdock; Fyre-Love (*Bask x Dargantka) brings $1.5 million at the Bask Classic ’85 Sale from Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Urbanosky; and Amber Silk (*Muscat x Silk-N-Silver) brings $1.7 million at the Karho ’85 Sale from Joe and Ann Ogden. Tom and Rhita McNair are named AHSA Horseman and Horsewoman of the Year. Ansata Halim Shah is leased to Germany. Hunter pleasure classes offered for the first time at U.S. Nationals. MTC Miz Magnitude (Demetrius x Silver Burch), owned by Kellie Anne Harding of Norco, California, was Champion in the purebred class (24 entries). Soltero Rey (by Port Hallany), owned by Leslie Knill of Littleton, Colorado, won the HalfArabian Hunter Pleasure Championship, a class of 14 entries. International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA) passed new rules regarding halter entries at the National level. Beginning in 1988, horses four years of age and older competing in halter must have been entered, shown, and placed in an Arabian division Class A performance class, or completed rides (competitive or endurance), or raced, or have proof of comparable achievement in country of origin. The year of the “correction” in the Arabian marketplace. Several factors contributed to the drop in the market: overpopulation; (earlier the word was, “If
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Top to bottom: *Penicylina (Palas x Pentoda), Fyre-Love (*Bask x Dargantka), and Amber Silk (*Muscat x Silk-N-Silver), were each sold for over $1 million at Scottsdale sales in 1985.
it walks, breed it”); new tax laws; the revision of the tax code prohibiting speedy depreciations on horses; increase in horse-keeping costs; and deflation. The Registry adopted rules and regulations regarding the use of embryo transfer and criteria for registering the resultant foals. The rules were adopted following six years of study by Registry officials and by owners in a pilot study.
1986 U.S. National Champion Stallion: MS Santana (*Bask x SW Saruchna) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Penicylina (Palas x Pentoda) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Ray Dor Echo (Aladdinn Echo x Ray-Dor Galigai) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: SS Follow Me (*Aladdinn x Contessa-B) World Champion Senior Stallion: Imperial Imdal (Ansata Imperial x Dalia by *Morafic) World Champion Senior Mare: Dschaddah (Hadban Enzahi x Hamdi) World Champion Junior Colt: Pasch-Bianco (Plakat x Fadestah by Jalisco) World Champion Junior Filly: Targuia El Maklouf (Maklouf x Nziba by Dahman) David Murdock of Ventura Farms in Thousand Oaks, California, acquires Lasma’s entire mare herd consisting of over 230 mares and fillies, including 26 daughters of *Bask. Also in the package was the stallion Wizjon. Nagib Audi of Brazil purchases the international sire of champions *El Shaklan (Shaker El Masri x *Estopa). At Audi’s Fazenda Santa Gertrudes, *El Shaklan joined other prominent stallions such as Aza Destiny, Hal Gibby, and SW Bezatiw. In August, we said goodbye to Leon Rubin, founder of Sir William Farm, Hillsdale, New York. At the Polish Prestige Auction, the stallion Enrilo (*Probat x Emisja) was sold for $110,000 to Lasma Arabians Ltd., and the stallion Haracz (Palas x Harmonia) brought $380,000 from John and Peggy Yates. California Arabian racing got a significant boost. Ventura Farms hosted a meeting of the decision-makers in Arabian racing. They all expressed optimism: bigger purses; a new market; a new excitement in the breed; and David Murdock revealed his plan for building a one-mile track and a 50-stall barn at Ventura, and pledged $100,000 per year for racing. Arabians had their first California races in 1962 and have been racing continuously since 1975.
1987 Top: 1987 U.S. National Champion Stallion Fame VF (Bey Shah x Raffoleta-Rose). Middle: 1987 World Champion Senior Stallion Warandes Plakat (Plakat x Barwana). Bottom: 1985 and 1987 U.S. National Champion Park Zodiac Matador (*Bask x RO Fanciray).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Fame VF (Bey Shah x Raffoleta-Rose) U.S. National Champion Mare: Shahteyna (Bey Shah x TW Forteyna) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: JM Esquire (Guarnteed x Tsabet) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: PS Bey Elation (Bey Shah x VP Elation) World Champion Senior Stallion: Warandes Plakat (Plakat x Barwna by Iridos) World Champion Senior Mare: Orinda (Hoekhorst Shriz x Nephrim by Neptun) World Champion Junior Colt: Estasan Ibn Estopa (Ibn Estopa x Bint Estawa by Malik) World Champion Junior Filly: Saskia RJ (Plakat x Barwna by Iridos) *El Shaklan named Brazilian National Champion Stallion. Canadian Nationals canceled, with Canadian National Show Commission members resigning, citing unprofitability of the show and lack of assistance from IAHA among the reasons. 22 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d *Penitent (Partner x Penza) crowned European Champion Stallion. Bandos (Negatiw x Bandola) left for greener pastures. The year of the first Darley Awards. The “Darleys” were created to honor the best in Arabian horse racing — be they horses, owners, trainers, jockeys, or breeders. The awards have evolved into a fancy-dress, elegant dinner party each year, and more categories have been added. Here are the 1987 Darley Award winners: Horse of the Year, Vladin (Mc-Bask x SW Tyncza by *Etiw); Trainer of the Year, John Simmons; Three-Year-Old Filly, Samtyra (Samtyr x Dimfixa by *Dimrak); Three-Year-Old Colt, Charlie Valentine (Samstar x Silverr Dahl by Luloffs Asadd); Four-Year-Old Filly, Bella Joya (Vallejo Macho x Jewel Dear by Joramir), Four-Year-Old Colt, Vladin; Older Mare, Shawna Dew (Juan de Shawn x Tikis Honey Dew by Kontiki), Older Horse, Flaming Tron Ku (Ibn Kontiki x Flaming Emotion by *Mohacz).
1988 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Almaden (*Aladdinn x LA Ambir) U.S. National Champion Mare: Amber Satin (*Muscat x Satin Silver) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: AAF Kadet (AAF Kaset x Hossaviva) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: PR Padrons Jewel (*Padron x CHF Seranata) World Champion Senior Stallion: Ibn Estopa (Shaker El Masri x Estopa by Tabal) World Champion Senior Mare: Aliha (Indian Silver x AK Attallah by Ansata Ibn Halima) World Champion Junior Colt: Poseur (Nrav x GG Mariposa by AN Malik) World Champion Junior Filly: Nisrs Gala (Ansata El Nisr x Naama by Ibn Galal) Arabian racing reached a milestone: the first $100,000 purse for the Arabian Cup Classic. *El Ghazi purchased at the Polish Prestige Sale for $85,000 by Lasma East. We lost breeders Howard Marks and Toik Halberg. A first in Jordan: The Royal Stables of Jordan hosted “The Arabian Horse at Home,” an exhibition of Arabian horses from eight Arab countries, and the first of its kind in the Arab world. One hundred thirty horses were entered at the show, held on the grounds of the Royal Stables. Horses that placed first through third in each class were qualified to compete in major European shows. A single judge system was used. Before the first classes, spectators saw a riding demonstration performed to music and an exhibition of tent-pegging by the Jordanian Mounted Police.
1989 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Exceladdinn (*Aladdinn x Jortaala) U.S. National Champion Mare: La Duquesa (*El Moraduke x Zortana El Nefous) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Kuraafi (Makhsous x Bint Jadi) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Liberty Bey C (Bey Shah x Siiri) World Champion Senior Stallion: Piruet (*Probat x Pieczec by Palas) World Champion Senior Mare: Bint Estasha (*El Shaklan x Estasha by Shaker El Masri) World Champion Junior Colt: Chemam (Nichem x Asmara by El Sham) World Champion Junior Filly: Atlantica (*El Shaklan x Aliha by Indian Silver) Gladys Brown Edwards died in January. With GBE’s death, the Arabian horse community worldwide lost one of its mainstays. She had written and 23 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
Top: Vladin (Mc-Bask x SW Tyncza), 1987 Darley Horse of the Year. Middle: *El Ghazi (*Aloes x Elektra), 1989 U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure was purchased at the Polish Prestige Sale by Lasma East in 1988. He is pictured here on the track in Poland. Bottom: 1988 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Canadian Love (Al-Marah Canadius x Lady Love).
reported for Arabian Horse World since 1963, producing more than 300 features that enlightened, educated, and entertained her readers. Her artistic talents were manifested in her paintings, sculptures, and drawings of Arabian horses. All were lovely to look at and were authentic to the finest detail. GBE traveled the world to learn more about Arabian horses and reported her adventures almost by the hour. She demonstrated the courage of her convictions in her reporting on horse husbandry, horse shows, general treatment of horses, Arabian racing, Arabians in performance competition, and as companion animals. Arabian racing was GBE’s great passion, and she reported in detail on all aspects of breeding and training. Arabian Horse World has sponsored the Gladys Brown Edwards Turf Classics for many years. GBE was (posthumously) inducted to the Arabian Horse Trust Racing Tent of Honor and to the Arabian Horse Trust Tent of Honor Award. Outside the magazine world, GBE authored books on Polish Arabians, the evolution of the breed from warhorse to show horse, equine anatomy and conformation, history of specific breeding programs (e.g., Kellogg), parts of the horse, and the Tersk Arabians. Always, she made us learn and laugh. In a 1989 lighter moment, fans loved the sight of Stanley White Sr. and Jr. as they made a double victory pass as Champion and Reserve National Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure at the 1989 U.S. Nationals.
Top: 1989, 1991, and 1993 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Hucklebey Berry (Huckleberry Bey x Miz Bask). Middle:1989 and 1996 U.S. National Champion Park MHR Nobility (*Elimar x HAR Nahra).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Ali Jamaal (Ruminaja Ali x Heritage Memory) U.S. National Champion Mare: SS Follow Me (*Aladdinn x Contessa-B) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Emperator (*Menes RASB x Ellavia) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: HB Bey Sera (Huckleberry Bey x Kemolisa) World Champion Senior Stallion: Rumak (Partner x Rucasja by Excelsjor) World Champion Senior Mare: Atlantica (El Shaklan x Aliha by Indian Silver) World Champion Junior Colt: Aukubra (Aurabba x Pearl Lady by Bey Shadow) World Champion Junior Filly: Estepa (Ghadames x Esperada by Tabal) Bey Shah is leading overall sire of the Scottsdale show. Leading performance sire is *Bask. Pilarka tops Polish Prestige Sale bringing $215,000 from Paolo Gucci. We bid farewell to Chuck Pollard, ARAC board member and top Arabian racehorse trainer. Rules for transported semen posted. The Board of Directors of the Registry listed rules to be followed for registration of foals conceived by transported semen. Fresh, cooled, or frozen will be allowed to be transported for use with purebred mares provided that stallion owners obtain a permit from the Registry annually; that semen from a deceased stallion must be used within 15 days of the death; that a collection/insemination report accompany application for registration of foals so conceived; that a Transported Semen Registration Application be used for any foal conceived through the use of transported; that a fee of $200 be paid for each annual stallion permit.
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d 1991 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Simeon Shai (Ra’adin Royal Star x Simeon Safanad) U.S. National Champion Mare: Gaishea (Bey Shah x Gai Dream) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Autumn Seance (Gai Seance x Autumn Lace) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Bey Serenade SF (Bey Shah x Brandie Alexandra) World Champion Senior Stallion: Simeon Shai (Ra’adin Royal Star x Simeon Safanad by Sankt Georg) World Champion Senior Mare: Julia Bea (Ponomarev x Nairobi by Aswan) World Champion Junior Colt: Medalj (*Menes x Sadza by Rusazcie) World Champion Junior Filly: Lady Amie (*Padron x Lady Muscata by Muscat) The first Qatar International Purebred Arabian Horse Show held. About 100 entries were placed by judges from Holland, England, and Germany. The first three places in each class were decorated with rosettes, trophies, and prize money.
1992 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Echo Magnifficoo (Aladdinn Echo x SS Magnolia) U.S. National Champion Mare: Bey Teyna (Bey Shah x TW Forteyna) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Fame Maker R (Fame VF x *Inschallah El Shaklan) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Karalisa (Fame VF x Karamore) World Champion Senior Stallion: Emperator (Menes x Ellavia by Stargard) World Champion Senior Mare: Musknitsa (Muscat x Prokaznitza by Arax) World Champion Junior Colt: Shamilah Menestral (Menes x Julia Bea by Ponomarev) World Champion Junior Female: Om El Sanadiva (Sanadik El Shaklan x De La Reina by Kaiyoum) The Arabian breed lost one of its most staunch (and best loved) contributors when Deedie Wrigley-Hancock died. Her parents, Philip and Helen Wrigley were pioneer breeders and they made their Arabians very visible as they made their yearly migration from their home base on Catalina Island to Phoenix to Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Helen Wrigley was instrumental in launching the first Scottsdale show; and Deedie was active in all aspects of the show and related activities — from competing (native costume, western pleasure, and her favorite, cutting) to entertaining, to food preparation, to membership in the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, to buying and selling at the splashy Scottsdale auctions. The stallion Monogramm leased to Poland. In a reversal of usual Polish/ U.S. Arabian horse transactions, Monogramm (Negatraz x *Monogramma) was leased to Michalow State Stud to stand for several seasons. There, aided by the excellence of the Michalow mares, he sired many international champions.
1993 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Kharben (Ben Bask x Khara Mia Mine) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Kawalkada (*Penitent x Kabala) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: BST Dajamaal (Ali Jamaal x Miss Ts Classic) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Gai Anastashah (Bey Shah x Gai Annabelle) World Champion Senior Stallion: Nahbay (*Jamilll x Nika by Aswan) World Champion Senior Mare: Crown Muscosa (*Muscat x Crown Narada by *Nariadni) and Amber Satin (*Muscat x Satin Silver by Tornado) 25 b FIFTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HORSE WORLD
Top: Monogramm (Negatraz x *Monogramma) was leased to Poland in 1992. Bottom: Deedie Wrigley-Hancock (pictured here with her beloved gelding Tasamar), died in 1992.
World Champion Junior Stallion: Imperial Mashhar (Imperial Madheen x Imperial Janaabah by Imperial Im Jasim) and Monitor (Nimroz x Matritsa by Topol) World Champion Junior Filly: Antarctica (Warandes Plakat x Orinda by Hoekhorst Shiraz) Arabian horse No. 500,000 registered. That’s half a million Arabians foaled or imported in the 85 years since the Registry was founded in 1908. First Youth Nationals held. Kids and their horses, their parents, and their trainers trekked to Oklahoma City in the first-ever Youth Nationals. All came home with a higher sense of fairness in competition, an increased appreciation of the camaraderie with fellow riders, and a renewed understanding of the talents of their horses.
1994 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Eternety (*Sharem El Sheikh x Tomboy) U.S. National Champion Mare: Aalusive Bey (JK Amadeus x CA Shahara Zam) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Concensus (Monogramm x Opalesce) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Bey Fireeshah (Bey Shah x Bint Miss Fire) World Champion Senior Stallion: Kubinec (Balaton x Kosmetika by *Muscat) World Champion Senior Mare: Imperial Phanilah (Ansata Imperial x Imperial Phanadah by *Ibn Moniet El Nefous) World Champion Junior Colt: Essteem (Fame VF x Espressa by *El Shaklan) World Champion Junior Filly: Diandra (Rawalpyndi x Hezina by Jacio) First Egyptian National Championships held. The idea caught on. For the 2000 show, more than 150 horses from 25-plus farms were presented, an indication of expanding Arabian horse breeding in Egypt.
Top: 1991 U.S. National Champion Stallion *Simeon Shai (Raadin Royal Star x Simeon Safanad). Middle: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 1999 U.S. National Champion Hunter Pleasure NDL Pericles (Barbary x *Poznan). Bottom: 1995 U.S. National Champion Western Pleasure Rohara Moon Storm (Moonstone Bey V x Rohara Tsultress).
U.S. National Champion Stallion: Legacy Of Gold (Alada Baskin x Khatar Firesember) U.S. National Champion Mare: Ericca (Tempter x Elegant Crystal) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: GA Hal Psyche (Padrons Psyche x Hal Ane Versare) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Magnificoos Jewel (Echo Magnifficoo x Willows Missfire) World Champion Senior Stallion: Piruet (*Probat x Pieczec by Palas) World Champion Senior Mare: Tiffaha (*Jamilll x Taghreed by Shaarawi) World Champion Junior Colt: Taladinn (DWD Tabasco x Winnetka by *Aladdinn) World Champion Junior Filly: Psyches Amber Gem (Padrons Psyche x AK Zabiya by Naibn Moniet) A Registry update. The years 1985 through 1986 represented the largest foal crop numbers ever recorded by the Registry. In 1985, 28,026 foals; in 1986, 28,146 foals. Registry officials estimated that 250,000 to 300,000 Arabian horses were living in the United States and Mexico. The total number of registered Arabians exceeded 510,000. All foals registered from 1991 through 1994 had been parentage-verified prior to registration.
1996 U.S. National Champion Stallion: WN Ultimate Star (Bluesprucetanzeer x WN Forever Love) U.S. National Champion Mare: JBK Mystic Fawn (Padrons Psyche x Tanzeers Supreme) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: SH Phantom Echo (Echo Magnifficoo x QF Laila) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: RD Shahara Bey (Bey Shah x Gigi Jubask)
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d World Champion Senior Stallion: Focus Khemali (Ruminaja Ali x Mi-Coytina by Khemosabi) World Champion Senior Mare: SHF Pearlie Mae (SHF Southern Whiz x Citona by GB Baron) World Champion Junior Colt: G Tamim (*Pilot PASB x Shahteyna by Bey Shah) World Champion Junior Filly: Basara Saiyana M (Mel Nebli x Mel Quelinka by Calero) First Saudi Arabian National Show held. Senior Champion Male was Extream (Makhsous x Glenglade Spice by El Hadiyi), an American-bred stallion, also noted as the sire of the Reserve Champion Junior Female. The show pointed up the growing interest and dedication of Middle East breeders to the Arabian breed and its heritage.
1997 U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Fairview Klassique (Amir El Shaklan AHSA x Kreoluka AHSA) U.S. National Champion Mare: *Europa El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x SL White Lace) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Desert Heat VF (Fame VF x MCA Matilda Bay) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Echo Magnolia (Echo Magnifficoo x Alija Cherie) World Champion Senior Stallion: Hadidi (Norus x Hebat Allah by *Morafic) World Champion Senior Mare: Psyches Amber Gem (Padrons Psyche x AK Zabiya by Na Ibn Moniet) World Champion Junior Colt: ZT Shakfantasy (*El Shaklan x LH Light Fantasy by Bey Shah) World Champion Junior Filly: Deska HJE (Lumiar Amadeus x Soldadeska by AF Don Giovani) A carrier test for SCID developed and marketed. For decades Arabian breeders coped with the uncertainty of the SCID status of their stock. Speculation and gossip damaged the reputations of stallions and owners. Then, in 1997, Vet Gen, a Michigan firm, announced the availability of a test that would give “Carrier” or “Clear” status to each animal tested. The pattern of transmission of SCID is better known and with the test, breeders can make more informed breeding decisions. Richard Pritzlaff passed away on February 5. Remembered as the importer, in 1958, of *Bint Moniet El Nefous (Nazeer x Moniet El Nefous), *Bint El Bataa (Nazeer x El Bataa), *Bint Dahma (El Sareei x Dahma II), *Bint Nefisa (El Sareei x Nefisa), and *Rashad Ibn Nazeer (Nazeer x Yashmak), Richard was adamant about preserving the Bedouin Arabian exactly as it had been for thousands of years at his 3,800-acre Rancho San Ignacio, in Sapello, New Mexico. Ruminaja Ali and Ibn Morafic, two leading straight Egyptian sires, as well as the beautiful Russian Arabian stallion *Nariadni, went to greener pastures. Arabian Horse World moved to the Central Coast of California. The August 1997 issue was the first issue published in Cambria, California, a beautiful coastal town that the magazine has called home ever since.
1998 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) U.S. National Champion Mare: Bey Fireeshah (Bey Shah x Bint Miss Fire) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Falcon BHF (Bey Shah x Bey Serenade SF) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Estoriah (Padrons Psyche x RB Gitana) World Champion Senior Stallion: BJ Thee Mustafa (Thee Desperado x Khalili El Bahar by Raisuli El Pharo)
Top: 1997 U.S. National Champion Stallion *Fairview Klassique (Amir El Shaklan AHSA x Kreoluka AHSA). Bottom: 1997 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Desert Heat VF (Fame VF x MCA Matilda Bay) Bottom: Batyskaf (Pamir x Bajeczka) was purchased for $450,000 at the Polish Prestige Sale by the government of Turkey in 1998.
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World Champion Senior Mare: Targuia El Maklouf (Maklouf x Nziba by Dahman) World Champion Junior Colt: Espano Estopa (Omel Abadan x Malikah Estopa by *AN Malik) World Champion Junior Filly: Nesjla (Kais x Loasa by Veteran) A new preservationist group to refine Arabian breeding. The Sheykh Obeyd Foundation was founded in 1998, its mission to encourage the preservation and production of Arabians that trace in all lines to the Abbas Pasha, Ali Pasha Sherif, Blunt, and Royal Agricultural Society of Egypt. Or, stated another way: foundation stock in Egypt utilized by members of the governing family and/ or Ali Pasha Sherif and/or Ahmed Bey Sennari between about 1850 and 1905; foundation stock acquired by, or certified by, the Royal Agricultural Society during the 1920s; and Blunt foundation stock acquired by Lady Anne Blunt and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt between 1877 and 1913 for their Sheykh Obeyd Stud in Egypt or their Crabbet Stud in England. In the early 1990s, approximately 650 Arabians could be counted as Sheykh Obeyd horses. The first Qatari National Show held at Doha, Qatar. Within a few years, the show expanded to include an international show, show jumping, a flat race, and an endurance race. Batyskaf (Pamir x Bajeczka) sold for $450,000 at the Polish Prestige Sale, purchased by the government of Turkey.
Top: 1990 and 1999 U.S. National Champion Park Matoi (Zodiac Matador x Toi Ellenai). Middle: Druid (*Wojslaw x Dalida) was purchased for $500,000 at the 1999 Polish Prestige Sale by the government of Turkey.
U.S. National Champion Stallion: *Emanor (*Wojslaw x Emanacja) U.S. National Champion Mare: FS Mystique Lady (Padrons Psyche x HS Mostly) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Llewellyn Fawr (Saladins Allon x Gai Acaisha) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: NW Siena Psyche (Padrons Psyche x NV Shanteuse) World Champion Senior Stallion: Galba (Plakat x Gza Gza by Negatraz) World Champion Senior Mare: Victoria II HPS (RSD Dark Victory x Hillah NA by Manzo) World Champion Junior Colt: Eternity Ibn Navarrone D (Ansata Sinan x Navarrone P by El Khadir P) World Champion Junior Filly: Essteema (Essteem x Manascha by Menes) Arabian Reining Horse Association founded. Founders of the group recognized the potential growth of reining competition if a national organization could promote greater opportunities. A few years later, reining was one of the fastest-growing performance areas. Instead of a half-dozen entries, shows had 30 and more entries at the in-gate. Druid (*Wojslaw x Dalida) sold for $500,000 at the 1999 Polish Prestige Sale, purchased by the government of Turkey. Leading sire Bey Shah (Bay El Bey x Star Of Ofir), 1980 U.S. National Reserve Champion stallion, passed away at 23. One of the most influential stallions of his age, Bey Shah is the sire, grandsire, and great-grandsire of countless National winners and National winner producers. *Asadd (*Sultann x Amani), the “Lion of Egypt,” and one of the rare stallions to achieve a U.S. National Championship in both halter and performance (English pleasure), also went to greener pastures in 1999. Imported from the EAO, and sire of 271 registered American progeny, *Asadd sold for $1.5 million at the Lancer Sale of Sales in Ocala, Florida.
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d 2000 U.S. National Champion Stallion: First Cyte (Out Of Cyte x ROL Wild Flower) U.S. National Champion Mare: NW Siena Psyche (Padrons Psyche x NV Shanteuse) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: Extreme Echo (Echo Magnifficoo x Lola Hogan) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Ptasha (Sshameless x GWB Ptara) World Champion Senior Stallion: Ekstern (Monogramm x Ernestyna by Piechur) World Champion Senior Mare: Zagrobla (Monogramm x Zguba by Enrillo) World Champion Junior Colt: AJA Sangali (FS Bengali x Bey Santeyna by Simeon Sanegor) World Champion Junior Filly: Emmona (Monogramm x Emilda by Pamir) Delegates at the 2000 IAHA Annual Convention voted to ban the use of anabolic steroids in show horses. While there are a few legitimate therapeutic uses for anabolic steroids, they are commonly used in a nontherapeutic manner to change the horse’s body composition and potentially enhance its athletic performance. This use may have serious side effects. In horses’ bodies, anabolic steroids produce their effects by mimicking the action of the naturally occurring hormone testosterone. In young, immature animals, testosterone, along with other compounds such as growth hormone and estrogen, is responsible for growth in body size and for sexual development.
2001 U.S. National Champion Stallion: Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF) U.S. National Champion Mare: S Justadream (Justafire DGL x Acquaintance) U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt: EA Echstravagant (Echo Magnifficoo x Mariaah) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: S Justadream (Justafire DGL x Acquaintance) World Champion Senior Stallion: Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora by Kaborr) World Champion Senior Mare: Emanda (Ecaho x Emanacja by Eukaliptus) World Champion Junior Colt: Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame by Fame VF) World Champion Junior Filly: SA Misha Apal (AS Natsir Apal x Nyara JC by Nadir I) Sire and son top leading purebred sires of U.S. Nationals winners. In an Arabian Horse World study, Padrons Psyche and his son Magnum Psyche tied for first place in leading sires of purebred halter winners. Each was credited with siring one Reserve Champion and seven Top Tens. Sire and son top winners at Salon du Cheval. *Gazal Al Shaqab was named Senior Male Champion, and his son *Marwan Al Shaqab named Junior Male Champion. American Arabians showed up in both pedigrees. *Gazal Al Shaqab’s sire is Anaza El Farid, his dam Kajora, both bred in the United States. *Marwan’s dam Little Liza Fame is also American-bred, a daughter of Fame VF, National Champion Stallion. One of the Arabian breed’s most beloved individuals, Khemosabi (Amerigo x Jurneeka) passed away at the age of 33. Khemosabi was not only a U.S. and Canadian National Champion in both halter and performance (western pleasure), he was the sire of 1,250 U.S. registered foals. Mare and Stallion classes at Nationals to be divided. The IAHA Board of Directors voted to split U.S. and Canadian National mare and stallion classes into two age divisions: Junior (three-, four-, and five-year-olds) and Senior (age six and over).
Top: 1997 U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly, 1999 U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly, and 2000 U.S. National Champion Mare NW Siena Psyche (Padrons Psyche x NV Shanteuse). Middle: 2001 U.S. National Champion Stallion Millennium LOA (Bucharest V x Barbary Rose VF). Bottom: 2002 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo).
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The first International Arabian Show was held in Guilford, Surrey, England, under the patronage of HH Sheikha Lulua Al Sabah and Amjed Al-Jaffery. Taking home Stallion Championship honors was *Kordelas (Monogramm x Kabala), while the Mare Champion was Magdalina (Gvizd x Moskwa).
Top: 2001, 2003, and 2004 U.S. National Champion Park Apollopalooza (AA Apollo Bey x TF Magical Witch). Bottom: 2003 U.S. National Champion Junior Mare Shalina El Jamaal (*Parys El Jamaal x Shahlina).
U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion: *Dakar El Jamaal (Ali Jamaal x Sonoma Lady) U.S. National Champion Senior Mare: *Kwestura (Monogramm x Kwesta) U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion: Legacy Of Fame (Legacy Of Gold x Fames Elegance C) U.S. National Champion Junior Mare: S Justadream (Justafire DGL x Acquaintance) World Champion Senior Stallion: Hlayyil Ramadan (Kamar Al Zaman x Haboub by Bahar) World Champion Senior Mare: ZT Sharuby (ZT Sharello x ZT Bint Ruby by Ansata El Mabrouk) World Champion Junior Colt: *Marwan Al Shaqab (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Lisa Fame by Fame VF) World Champion Junior Filly: Johara Al Naif (Ansata Shalim x Al Johara by Prince Fa Moniet) Arabian Horse Registry announced an arrangement with South American countries regarding horses previously rejected by the Registry. Horses from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, previously deemed “impure” were now accepted for registration. Later in the year, the arrangement was cancelled when renewed efforts were made for the unification of IAHA and the Registry into a single governing body for the breed. The Arabian Breeders Association and the Arabian Horse Owners Foundation facilitated the action. We lost one of our top sires when Ivanhoe Tsultan (Ivanhoe Tsatan x Hillcrests Bint Imaraff ) died in 2002. He was owned by the Tsultan Syndicate and made his home at Rohara Arabians at Orange Lake, Florida. Another high scorer in the breeding barn: 698 foals. The Registry approved new rules for the use of oocyte transfer as an acceptable breeding method. The new rules removed the limitation of one registered foal per mare per calendar year produced by embryo transfer or oocyte transfer. A new rule also adjusted the deadline for embryo transfer registration application. Resolution 3-02 was passed. This resolution approved the merger between IAHA and the Arabian Horse Registry to form the new Arabian Horse Association. A major importation brought new, top-quality Polish Arabians to the U.S. Brought to the States by breeder Mike Nichols were *Ganges (Monogramm x Garonna MM), later named 2003 U.S. National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion, and *Kwestura (Monogramm x Kwesta), 2002 U.S. National Senior Champion Mare. Meanwhile, Jeff Wallace brought in *Zagrobla (Monogramm x Zguba), who later became 2003 U.S. National Champion Mare.
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d World Champion Senior Mare: Gelgelah Albadeia (Imperial Madori x Anhar Albadeia by Amir Albadeia) World Champion Junior Colt: Insh Allah (Ashhal Al Rayyan x India by Siam) World Champion Junior Filly: Im Kadidja Cathare (Padrons Immage x Kaura by Azlam) The merger of IAHA and the Registry was completed. After several years of meetings, proposals and counterproposals, and negotiations, the two became one. The new organization, Arabian Horse Association, located in Aurora, Colorado, combines the services and activities of both organizations. The world noted the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Michalow State Stud in Poland. Post-World War II, Polish Arabians were repatriated to Poland and sent to temporary studs, as Janow Podlaski State Stud was nearly destroyed by war action. Michalow State Stud was first occupied in 1953 and horses were transferred from temporary housing. Ignacy Jaworowski was appointed director and developed a breeding program based largely on Arabian type. A successful program, long before the fiftieth anniversary, Michalow had become internationally known for its ability to produce top show horses. Between the years 1965 and 2001, Michalow horses brought in nearly 400 international championships, reserves, and top tens — 47 at Canadian Nationals, 66 at U.S. Nationals, 89 at Polish Nationals, and 21 in All Nations Cup and Salon du Cheval competition. Pennsylvanian Cia Reis won the Pan-American Endurance Championship. Aboard her purebred Arabian Catch A Wave (So-Neat x Cal-Bint Surf ), Cia covered the 100-mile course in 9 hours and 14 minutes, besting a field of 89 riders from seven time zones. First Sport Horse Nationals held. Classes included dressage, hunter, jumper, equitation, in-hand, and under-saddle events. Longtime Arabian horse breeder Sheila Varian was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. One of four inductees chosen, Sheila was selected for the honor from a group of over 400 nominees.
2004 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion: Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) U.S. National Champion Senior Mare: Tai Emerald Bay (Padrons Psyche x Tanzeersvalentine) U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion: *Magnum Chall HVP (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP) U.S. National Champion Junior Mare: Maggdalina (Magnum Psyche x Zolina) World Champion Senior Stallion: Eternity Ibn Navarrone D (Ansata Sinan x Navarrone P by El Khadir P) World Champion Senior Mare: Loubna (Imperial Imdal x AK Latifa by *Ibn Moniet El Nefous) World Champion Junior Colt: Nijem Ibn Eternity (Eternity Ibn Navarrone D x Naravna by Narav Ibn Aswan) World Champion Junior Filly: Pianissima (Gazal Al Shaqab x Pianosa by Eukaliptus) Top breeders of National winners identified. In an Arabian Horse World study of the U.S., Canadian, Youth, and Sport Horse Nationals, Maroon Fire Arabians, Inc. led the pack (as it did in 2003) with 21 horses that racked up 213 points. Varian Arabians came in second with 158 points, and Dolorosa Arabians Ltd. third with 102 points.
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2005 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane).
Varian Arabians observed a milestone: 50 years since the first Varian foal was born. The Golden Jubilee at Varian Arabians at Arroyo Grande, California, celebrated the many aspects of Sheila Varian’s 50 years with Arabian horses, from that first foal to her current standing in the breed — respected, admired, and appreciated for her years of promoting, loving, and breeding Arabian horses. From Farlotta, Sheila’s first Arabian, the love of her life, and a western pleasure champion; to Ronteza’s triumph “winning the world” in Open Stock Horse Stakes at the Cow Palace, the only Arabian in competition and Sheila the first female winner and the first amateur rider winner; to the acquisition of BayAbi, her first National Champion (unanimous 1962 U.S. National Champion Stallion); to the establishment of Varian Arabians, 150 acres of California’s beautiful central coast property; to the early importation of three mares of Polish breeding as foundation stock; and to the siring triumphs of Bay El Bey and Huckleberry Bey and their descendants in show arenas across the country. Varian Arabians is credited with breeding/owning 20 Arabian Horse World Aristocrat Mares.
Top: 2003 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt and 2007 National Champion Senior Stallion Pyro Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW). Middle: The 2006 U.S. National Champion Junior Mare *Pianissima (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Pianosa), left, and the 2006 U.S. National Champion Senior Mare *El Dorada PASB (*Sanadik El Shaklan x Emigrantka). Bottom: 2007 U.S. National Champion Junior Mare *Emandoria (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda).
U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion: Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane) U.S. National Champion Senior Mare: JJ La Estrella (Magnum Psyche x WA Marlaina Lee) U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion: *Marwan Al Shaqab (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) U.S. National Champion Junior Mare: Afire Storrm (Afire Bey V x Brassmis) World Champion Senior Stallion: Escape Ibn Navarrone D (As Sinans Pacha x Navarrone P) World Champion Senior Mare: Galilea (Laheeb x Georgia) World Champion Junior Colt: MA Shadow El Sher (El Sher-Mann x Calyenna El Jamaal) World Champion Junior Filly: Emandoria (Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda) Top breeders of 2005 Nationals winners named. An Arabian Horse World study calculated the top breeders of 2005 Nationals (U.S., Canadian, Youth, and Sport Horse Nationals). Dolorosa Arabians Ltd. toted up enough points to be first place; Maroon Fire Arabians, second place; and third place, Magness Arabians. U.S. National Park Horse winners take home big checks. Thanks to the efforts of Tom Zaffer and his ablackhorse.com, more than $30,000 was distributed to the champion, reserve champion, and third- and fourth-place winners in the U.S. National Champion Park Class. Arabian Horse World presented an original bronze by B. J. Frampton to the Champion Aequus (Sheikh Ibn Shiko x C Me Maroussa). Sweden celebrated the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Swedish Arab Horse Society. At the time of the society’s creation, there were approximately 40 purebred Arabian horses in Sweden.
2006 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion: LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana) U.S. National Champion Senior Mare: *El Dorada PASB (*Sanadik El Shaklan x Emigrantka) U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion: DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) U.S. National Champion Junior Mare: *Pianissima (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Pianosa) World Champion Senior Stallion: Al Lahab (Laheeb x The Vision)
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d World Champion Senior Mare: Robin K (CG Balih El Jamaal x Sweet Gypsy Rose) World Champion Junior Colt: Royal Colours (True Colours x Xtreme Wonder) World Champion Junior Filly: Bess-Fa’izah (WH Justice x Shazon El Kendal) Top breeders of 2006 U.S., Canadian, Youth, and Sport Horse Nationals named. In first place, Varian Arabians; in second place, Maroon Fire Arabians; and in third place Bazy Tankersley. Varian Arabians was also noted as AHW’s all-time No.1 breeder of purebred English performance winners and purebred western pleasure winners. Rohara Arabians celebrates its 40th anniversary. Top owners of 2006 U.S., Canadian, Youth, and Sport Horse Nationals identified in an AHW study. Bazy Tankersley was in first place, her points headed up by three champions and four reserves. Second place went to Bridget and Katie Atwood; third place to Karen and Olivia Stull. An Arabian horse won the Intermédiaire I Division as well as the Perpetual Trophy for the year at the Pebble Beach Dressage Competition, held at Pebble Beach, California. OKW Entrigue (Allience x *Ekspresja), ridden by Patience Prine-Carr for owner Mary Jo Wertheimer, made history as the first Arabian to win either of those honors. The Arabian horse community lost prominent horsepeople Mona Betts and Tom McNair as well as the legendary stallion and sire Alada Baskin (*Aladdinn x Launa Basketu).
2007 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion: Pyro Thyme SA (Pryme Thyme x Holly Onfire JW) U.S. National Champion Senior Mare: Maggdalina (Magnum Psyche x Zolina) U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion: DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) U.S. National Champion Junior Mare: *Emandoria (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda) World Champion Senior Stallion: Dakharo (Dakar El Jamaal x FOF Kharolina) World Champion Senior Mare: Kwestura (Monogramm x Kwesta) World Champion Junior Colt: Marajj (Marwan Al Shaqab x RGA Kouress) World Champion Junior Filly: Layan Al Khalediah (Dakharo x Padrons Amour) A new horse show experience, the first World Gold Cup Show. A new venue (Las Vegas), new judging system (based on European judging practices), abundant prize money, splashy Las Vegas touches (a showgirl, entertainer Wayne Newton, the casinos, and their enticing slot machines and free buffets). Spectators and exhibitors loved the event. Champion Stallion was Dakharo (*Dakar El Jamaal x FOF Kharolina) and Champion Mare was *LL Beauty Dream (Bey Shadow TGS x Touch A Dream). Sheila Varian was AHW’s leading breeder of National winners for the second consecutive year; the straight Egyptian breeding facility Imperial Egyptian Stud closed its doors; Douglas Marshall died; and Dr. Howard Kale was honored for his decades of involvement with the Arabian breed. Remington Steele (Gaffizon x Jordjina) passed away. With a record of many wins in halter and performance in a wide array of disciplines, Remington Steele had also completed the 100-mile Tevis Cup Endurance race and been honored at the Kentucky Horse Park as the most versatile Arabian in history.
Top: 2006 and 2008 U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana). MIddle: Multi-National Champion OKW Entrigue (Allience x *Ekspresja) was the first Arabian to win the Intermediate I Division and the Perpetual Trophy at the Pebble Beach Dressage Competition in 2006. Bottom: 2007 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse Afires Heir (Afire Bey V x Brassmis).
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Top: 2008 U.S. National Champion Senior Mare Major Love Affair (DS Major Afire x HL Infactuation). Middle: 2008 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt Eden C (Enzo x Silken Sable). Bottom: 2008 U.S. National Champion Junior Mare French Psylk (Echo Magnifficoo x Indianne Psylk).
U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion: LD Pistal (Magnum Psyche x Halana) U.S. National Champion Senior Mare: Major Love Affair (DS Major Afire x HL Infactuation) U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion: DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly: Kharrea PGA (*Khadraj NA x Gai Portia) World Champion Senior Stallion: Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame by Fame VF) World Champion Senior Mare: Pianissima (Gazal Al Shaqab x Pianosa by Eukaliptus) World Champion Junior Colt: Baanderos (Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea) World Champion Junior Filly: Abha Palma (Marwan Al Shaqab x Abha Ghazali) Sale prices over the moon again. Selectively, that is. Three Arabians brought dollars reminiscent of the balmy days of the 1970s and early 1980s. In the 2008 Pride of Poland Sale, Kwestura (Monogramm x Kwesta by Pesennik) was offered as Lot A, a placing that caused caused ripples of speculation and moneycounting around the world. She, probably the winningest mare in the breed, didn’t need her titles to sell her to the buying public. All she needed was her name, her pedigree, and her trot, that magnificent floaty motion that carried her through European, World, and All Nations championships on her way to the U.S. National Champion Mare title. She’s returned to the lands of her ancestors, as she was purchased by Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi of Ajman Stud, UAE, who followed her show career and coveted her for several years. He paid $1,700,000 for the beauty, in foal to QR Marc, a top son of *Marwan Al Shaqab, U.S. National Champion Junior Stallion (twice). Earlier in 2008, at a Scottsdale auction, Barbara Chur of Strawberry Banks Arabians at East Aurora, New York, paid a whopping $2,800,000 for the stallion Baskafire, the highest price ever paid for an Arabian stallion at public auction. He’s famous for his pedigree: a rare *Bask son and an even more rare *Bask son out of Susecion, one of the finest combinations of genes ever — a combination that credits Susecion with two National Champion Mares and a son who sired a National Champion Mare. Another Middle-East breeder made news when he paid one of the highest prices in private transactions for an Australian-bred mare who traveled through the United States. Dubai Arabian Horse Stud of the U.A.E. paid an undisclosed seven-figure price for *Simeon Sehavi (Asfour x Simeon Sheba), Australian Champion Mare. She’s a 1999 chestnut mare bred by Simeon Stud in New South Wales, Australia. Almost like a puppy, Sehavi picked out her new owner when Mohamed Al Tawhidi, agent for Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, visited Simeon Stud. She trotted her finest for Al Tawhidi and other guests, then walked directly to him as if to tell him she was his. The Scottsdale All-Arabian Show, famous worldwide, elects not to use the newly adopted scoring system for halter horses. The new system, subject of much debate, requires judges to score horses individually on the basis of points awarded in several categories. Because the Scottsdale Club has decided not to use the new system, Scottsdale halter classes are not recognized under AHA rules. Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the new site of U.S. Nationals. Expo Square at Tulsa facility offered eight work rings, 3,900 stalls, a racetrack, quality
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5 0 Ye a r s o f A r a b i a n H o r s e W o r l d footing throughout the grounds, plus several new facilities. The AHA Show Commission announced that AHA contracted the showgrounds for 2008, 2009, and 2010, with an option for 2011 and 2012. Qatari National Show presented its eleventh show. Prize money was set at $1,500,000. The stallion and sire *Penitent (Partner x Penza) died, as did Marge Moehlman of Three-M Arabians, Newhall, California. Marge bred, trained and showed the stallion Zarabo (Bolero x Rizara) to 1968 U.S. National Champion Stallion. Strand’s Arabian Stables celebrated its 50th anniversary.
2009 Scottsdale Supreme Champion: Magnum Psyche Scottsdale Champion Senior Stallion: Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) Scottsdale Champion Senior Mare: Dulcinea BHF (Denali BHF x Felisha BHF) Scottsdale Champion Junior Colt: Baahir El Marwan (*Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea) Scottsdale Champion Junior Filly: Valori TRF (DA Valentino x Satin Chall LL) The shows in their usual order of march: Scottsdale, Buckeye, Youth Nationals, Canadian Nationals, Sport Horse Nationals, the U.S. Nationals; the same route to glory (Class A, Regionals, Nationals); the ups and downs of rockstars of the breed; the appearance of new equine stars; the intensifying of the international feeling of appreciation of the breed; the excitement of the opening of the Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, in spring 2010. Art and artifacts, the history of the breed, simulator rides on Arabian horses, “tales from the tents,” and much more. This year marked the loss of legendary horsemen and women, including Patrick Swayze and Beverly Sziraky. The AHW golden anniversary. That’s 600 issues of planning, scheduling, selling, research, writing, photographing, designing, computing, interviewing, editing, proofreading, dummying, and evaluating … but most of all, loving this world we share with Arabian horses.
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Published on Oct 29, 2009