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American Shagya Arabian Verband Newsletter March 2011

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Officer of the Hussars - Theodore Gericault

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ASAV President’s Corner We have begun the 2011 season and it looks bright for ASAV. The Board of Directors has scheduled most By Kilian Dill events for the year. Our main focus this year will be promotion and growth.

have been speaking with manufacturers/vendors of endurance & horse products for either donations or discounted purchases. The plan is to sell off these items in various raffles at these events. Already we have come to agreement with the manufacturers of Easy Boots and endurance gloves. This fund raising & promotional concept is bound to expand.

Our registry continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. If we could measure the registry growth in terms of DNA testing performed, we pass with flying colors. Our end of the year (2010) bill from the University of Kentucky for the DNA testing of our horses in the registration process totaled about $800. That says it all. The registry continues to expand.

Once again, ASAV will have a National Meeting. This will be six years in a row that ASAV has assembled this event for its membership. The meeting for 2011 will be at Amara Farms in Morgan Hill , CA. Amara Farms is owned by Carolyn Tucker and is the home of Oman. Becky Hart will be our featured speaker. The California Hussar Regiment will put on a horsemanship display. Also invited to attend are Jeremy This year we made an effort to bring in Reynolds and Potato Richardson. The member's dues as early and quickly as event commences on April 29th and possible and we have succeeded. The ends on Sunday May 1st. number of renewals by the end of January equals those through the middle ISG will also consider our application of last year. Surprisingly, we have for membership this coming Septemmany new members and we continue ber. The situation looks very promisto bring them into the organization. ing. We look forward to an excellent recruiting year. Sincerely, An emphasis this year will be promotion. We had an excellent display/ booth set up at the Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides meeting this past January (see story within the newsletter). At that meeting, ASAV also provided PNER with several raffle items, one being a breeding to Odin PFF. We also had a presence at the AERC meeting, where we presented an award to Kristen Camper. ASAV became a proud Silver Sponsor of AERC; this gives us name recognition in the endurance community. Another National meeting ASAV where plans to obtain a promotional booth is the AHA Sporthorse nationals. Look for our booth at this event in Kentucky.

Kilian Dill ASAV President NW Director

Inside this issue: President’s Corner


Endurance News


Hussar Article


O’Bajan Article Addendum


International News


2011 Annual Meeting


CA SCID Update


Membership Stories


Jumpstart Update


In Memory


Jumpstart News Release




Contact ASAV


the office. Lifetime Member, Darlene Steven felt it was necessary to give up her duties as Treasurer, stating her family and farm needed to be her priority. Darlene remains on the BOD as a founding member of ASAV and we thank her for her dedication to the organization.

As ASAV continues to grow, it has become necessary to delegate the business of the organization. A Finance Committee has recently been appointed to create a formal budget for each Message from the Vice President year and provide an oversight to ensure that everything is running smoothIt seems like yesterday Karla and I were finishing up the translation of the ly on a current and regular basis. All O'Bajan article. A few days ago we fine current information, address and fees tuned another article from our Hungari- are listed on the website. an friends about the Hungarian Hussars which we think you will really en- Don't forget to nominate your horse in joy. Now it is March and we are getting the Awards program. We cheer your performance efforts but cannot reward ready for the National meeting next you unless your horse has been enmonth in California. Our membership tered into the program. drive gathering renewals and new members has been productive. Ride smart! Valerie Bullock The Treasury officer has recently For the last two events of the year, we changed and we welcome lifetime ASAV Vice President will try a new fund raising concept. We member, Elisha Morehead who will fill Region 2 BOD

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Endurance News Another great distance riding season for two Shagyas, SA Te Jat and WineGlass Debonair

tition miles to over 1,300 miles, and he superstar. He just completed his very has completed every ride he‘s started first 75 miler, came in 6th and the 5 in. ahead of us were very seasoned horse and rider teams. For 2010, Chris and WineGlass Debonair placed as reserve champion in the My story. It took almost a year of many AERC Heavyweight Division for the tears from me, numerous meltdowns Midwest Region, 7th in the Heavy(for both of us), a few too many resweight Division for the Upper Midwest cues from my husband at some trailEndurance and Competitive Rides As- head, my husband saying ―that I needsociation (UMECRA) and 6th in endur- ed to find him another home‖ before he ance for the Partbred division of the was able to compete at his first ride. Arabian Horse Distance Riding Associ- Fortunately for me after a night of cryation (AHDRA).. Debonair achieved a ing, my husband would change his ―Best Condition‖ awards in a limited mind and he would say ... ―he can stay, distance event this year. we will try some more. Not sure if it was because I looked so terrible from Finally, Hungarian Bikaver, which we crying all night or he felt bad for JoJo. consider--being Hungarian--to be an honorary Shagya, reached the 2,000 After I brought him home (even though mile threshold for distance competitive my husband really didn‘t want me to) I riding this year. started doing a little digging and discovered much about his history. We These are wonderful horses that enjoy didn‘t know just how much and for how being on the trail and challenge of dis- long he had been abused, how many tance riding. homes he had been through and who eventually trained him. We found out Marty Power and 12 year-old SA Te he had spent just about a year with the Jat completed 580 miles this year in breeders of my older Polish Arabian From Rescue ... To Remarkable distance riding, 520 of which were in and this is where his luck started to The story of my little rescue boy, Josada endurance rides. This brought Te Jat‘s by Holly Rouska change, but he still had so much to total distance riding competition miles April 2008 ... I went to look at a used overcome. But they were able to really to over 3,500. Te Jat received the saddle and came home with a horse tell us about his life. ASAV award for reaching the 3,000 mile threshold, and that award with the but I wouldn‘t trade Josada for anypicture of Marty and Te Jat is certainly thing in the world. I don‘t think anyone He came from a breeder in the Sisters, ever plans to ―rescue‖ a horse but here OR area. Absolutely wonderful Polish a favorite! I am, 2 years later and have a little Arabian bloodlines and sold as a stalFor 2010, Marty and SA Te Jat placed AERC Lifetime miles for Shagyas 5th in the AERC Lightweight Division th for the Midwest Region, 8 in the No. AERC # Miles Name Owner Name Region Breed Lightweight Division for the Upper Mid- 1 H38009 1,955 MJL Olivia Monique Vincent CT Shagya west Endurance and Competitive 2 H39410 1,415 KS Rubin Katherine Voyer PS Shagya rd Rides Association (UMECRA) and 3 3 H36683 1,360 SA Te Jat Marty Power MW Shagya in endurance for the Partbred division H34338 1,355 Piatti+/ Rebecca McCarty NE Shagya Cross of the Arabian Horse Distance Riding 4 Association (AHDRA). Te Jat 5 H31673 1,315 Ramona AF Patricia Betts NW Shagya achieved two ―Best Condition‖ awards 6 H42348 1,240 LC Nobelest Michael Elias SW Shagya in endurance this year as well. 7 H38047 1,165 Janos Stephanie Fine MT Shagya Chris Power and 7 year-old WineGlass 8 9 Debonair completed 555 miles this 10 year in distance riding, 470 of which were in endurance rides. This brought Deboniar‘s total distance riding compe-








Potato Richardson



Wineglass Omni Roger Rittenhouse



SMR Garcon


Shagya Cross

Potato Richardson

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Endurance News (cont.) lion prospect. This is where he would endure 6 years of hell. From being twitched (ears and nose) to being loaded with an electric cattle prod, plus I think they really slapped him around and I am sure there is so much more that don‘t know. Then the breeder got him back. He was a very mean, not broke or gelded. They enlisted the help of Jerry & Nancy Buell, of Buell Arabians and Jerry worked miracles over the next year. At this point JoJo was doing well and had been seen by a little neighbor girl who wanted to buy him, never owning a horse, let alone an Arabian, plus one that had been abused, not gelded and not trained until he was six, they had their hands full. She was soon diagnosed with Brittle Bone Disease and could not ride so JoJo spent the next year reverting back to his old ways in the pasture. The family knew they needed to sell him and his tack and this is where I come into the picture ... that darn classified ad for the saddle! I looked at the saddle but not for long, my attention was on JoJo. We communicated back and fourth with the family for a few weeks and I had said I would try and find a home for him. Soon however, he was at our home although I was still looking for a permanent home, maybe not looking too hard at this point. Another few weeks passed when they brought us his papers and a bill of sale.

band did not want. My husband had been volunteering at the out check. He had been talking about us all morning and how proud he was of us. This gal told me ... ―I know who your husband is and I know exactly who you and this horse are‖ (at this point she did not know our names), she continued on to tell me the wonderful things he had said about JoJo and how far he had come.

Bandit Springs, July 2009, 30 mile ride

He was a tired little guy. We started the 2010 season in May with the 25 mile LD at the Prineville Ride. Then we did a 50 at the Sunriver ride in June and he did so well. We really had our tack, food and electrolytes worked out by then. We rode the 50 at Bandit in July and then we decided to try a slow 75 at Oregon 100 ... well it wasn‘t too slow. I am so very proud of my little JoJo. He was the smallest Arab there with the biggest heart and at times set a pace as fast as the big guys. I learned that 75 miles is much more difficult than 50. He did get tired and sore about half way through in his rear hocks/hind end but we did the first 25 miles in 3 hours and had lots of deep sand so we slowed it down. I even had my moments of crankiness. I had a total of 5 vet checks, 3 out checks

Next was the 30 mile LD ride Bandit Springs. We had a few challenges that morning, almost pulled before we started but I am to blame. I camped right near the starting line so he watched the 100 milers, 80 milers and 50 milers all leave camp. This sent him into a huge wild panic attack. We couldn‘t even tack him up so 20 minutes past our start time and very colorful language I had decided that I should pull, but my husband decided that he needEven though his abuse had stopped a ed attitude correction... it worked, I couple of years before, I don‘t think he think he had gotten so worked up he was truly rescued until he came into couldn‘t function. He calmed down our lives. I believe we rescued his soul. enough for me to throw his tack on, get on and head down the trail. Out of May 2009, our first endurance ride, around 40 riders we came in 20th. He Oregon 100, September 2009, First 50 mile ride The Prineville Ride. We did the 25 mile had so much energy. LD and I cried for most of it because I about 20 miles from camp and 2 in was so proud of him. I got to the out August came and we did the 30 mile camp, I was more organized than I check and someone asked me how LD at the Santiam ride. He was so have ever been. At first I thought the many rides he had done. They were hard on me wanting to go, he exhaust- vet check holds were too long but JoJo amazed to hear this was his first. I ed me so we tried our first 50 mile ride really needed them and recovered well even said this is a horse that my husat the Oregon 100 in September 2009. after each one. He took his electrolytes

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Endurance News (cont.) like a trooper, ate, drank and pooped really well. There were a few times that I think he also got a little discouraged too so we changed it up which also helped him from getting sore, canter a bit, walk, then trot and repeat then he soon caught on and did this himself.

been out on the trails at night. There were a few times that I think he also got a little discouraged too so we changed it up which also helped him from getting sore, canter a bit, walk, then trot and repeat then he soon caught on and did this himself.

them pet him over the fence but he sure lets me hang all over him. Every morning my husband takes him out to the pasture and every morning I ask him how is JoJo ... and he says ―he is just perfect!‖ Holly & Les Rouska, Terrebonne, OR Proud Owners Of Priceless Art, 19 year old Polish Arabian, Malavasia, 5 year old Shagya Arabian filly and Josada, 11 year old Polish Arabian ...and I can’t forget Chief, my husband’s 13 year old Mustang/ Quarter horse.

We went as fast as we could on our last loop leaving camp at 6:00 pm with just 12.5 miles to go. At about 7:30 pm I braced myself for Author's note; Josada is a Pb Arabian from Polish lines. Even though he is not a ShA we thought this a little rodeo before I turned on a wonderful story of devotion, courage and the headlamp but once again he was commitment. Because of his Polish ancestry and surprised me. I can just picture their genetic infusion to the ShA, it speaks to the same qualities in our breed. what his expression was from what I saw of the back of his years and the tilt of his head ... I turned it on and he perked his head up, ears straight forward Horus Learns Distance and he looked right down where by Kilian Dill the headlamp was shining and must have thought ... ―wow I can see!‖

As darkness was upon us we walked down a rocky hill until we hit common trail (part of the loop back to camp) that we had ridden 2 times before so I felt comfortable trotting in the dark with just This ride is basically flat so they tend to the small light from the headlamp. The use the same muscles. Changing pac- last 5 miles I leaned as far forward as I Kilian and Drena Dill’s horse es throughout is important. He showed could to get the most light on the like a champ at all of the vet checks ground and off we went down the trail. and I could have even showed for BC I just kept saying to my boy ―please Horus is second from the left. Dean is but I did have a couple of "B" scores don't fall.‖ riding him. Fall City! Linda, Dory, Dean on my card so I decided not to and on and Nikki! Of course I'm there, Fires Sunday we found out that I had better He may always have concerns with his ears got in the shot! scores than some of the folks that mouth, ears and hind end. We use a came in before me. hack-a-more, no rear leg straps on his blanket and no leg wraps on the rear JoJo was a little tired that Sunday and I legs after a ride. He has had to adjust The Leibgard (palace officers) on Shagyas. They guarded the Emperor and Empress of Austria/ was a bit sore. I was supposed to start to wearing rear interference boots but Hungary before WWI. at 6:00 am but they had so many 100 always lets me know at the vet and 75 milers, they didn't want them to checks how much he hates them start at the same time so they changed with his stomping. We continue to the 75 milers to 7:00 am. I knew I learn and grow together. would be coming in in the dark so I Since JoJo came to live with us he borrowed a headlamp from a fellow has always been the first to come rider and held off turning it on until I in from the pasture to my husabsolutely needed it as we had not band‘s whistle. Just last week our practiced with it and neither of us had neighbor girls said he won‘t let

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Endurance News (cont.) AERC Convention March 4-6, 2011 by Kilian Dill

and vendors alike. Attached is a photo of me speaking with veterinarian Michael VanNoy. Dr. VanNoy developed APF (Advance Protection FormuThis year‘s AERC convention was held la) that is now marketed throughout the world. Dr. VanNoy tells riders that the in Reno, Nevada. ASAV has always participated in the AERC convention as Dill's horses were the guinea pigs for the early product formulation, as Mike far back as I can remember. Once again, ASAV is a proud Silver Sponsor was our veterinarian in the San Francisco Bay area. I also took the opporof AERC. As a result, we receive a tunity to visit with additional vendors number of benefits and were recog(EasyCare, Advanced Biological Connized throughout the event. cepts, etc.) who pledged to donate items for the various raffles that ASAV During the awards banquet, ASAV is will be holding. I was delighted to learn always on the schedule to present a ―Shagya Breed Award‖. A plaque (or from vendors and riders that they knew of ASAV and indicated that we are very plaques) is presented to a member active in the endurance field. earning AERC High Points and High Mileage. This years winner is Kristen Camper riding Lily Creek Dancin. Kristen could not attend to accept the award in person.

AERC awards banquet

The plaque awarded to Kristen Camper

With the exposure, recognition and experience gained at both the PNER and AERC National Meetings, ASAV is poised to participate in several other meetings throughout the year. These meetings promise increased publicity and improved fund raising for ASAV.

The AERC meeting is filled with numerous seminars and vendor shows. It provides ASAV with an opportunity to interact and communicate with riders AERC High Mileage/Point Award

Don't forget to nominate your horse for the 2011 awards!

Kilian Dill speaking to Dr. Michael VanNoy

Michelle Detmer on SA Tucana

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Endurance News (cont.) ASAV at the PNER 2011 in Portland, Oregon by Denis Atam ASAV participated in the 2011 PNER (Pacific North-West Endurance Riders) Conference from Jan. 21st until Jan. 23rd, 2011, Portland, Oregon as one of ASAV at the PNER 2011 in Portland, Oregon—by Denis Atam: ASAV participated in the 2011 PNER (Pacific North-West Endurance Riders) Conference from Jan. 21st until Jan. 23rd, 2011, Portland, Oregon as one of the event exhibitors. The ASAV booth attracted a lot of visitors, who inquired about: - Shagya-Arabians - ASAV as Organization & Registry in North America & Canada - Shagya-Arabian Breeders - specifically in the North-West & Canada - ASAV Jump-Start-Program - The forthcoming ASAV Annual Meeting end of April in California - and much more ... The following brochures & handouts were available at the ASAV booth: - Overview about Shagyas - ASAV as Organization for the Registration of Shagyas and Shagya Outcrosses - ASAV Publications and previous Newsletters - ASAV Jump-Start Program 2011 - Shagya Calendars & Pictures - Other Publications & Printouts

ASAV had a large flat-screen monitor, where several slideshows continuously were shown. The pictures about the National Stud Babolna and the Babolna Shagya-Arabians attracted the highest attention. It was again interesting to see people walking by and stopping to watch the slide show or video and then further inquiring about the Shagya-Arabians and subsequently ASAV. The ASAV Studbook was available and received also a lot of attention & kudos. Some of the visitors never had seen a Studbook before.

ASAV received multiple inquiries, where Shagyas can be found, standing at farms & ranches of ASAV members & breeders in the Pacific North-West region. ASAV gave references to related inquires.

As in previous years, we had several people signing up for a membership with ASAV, and several ASAV members renewed their 2011 membership during the event. We received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement.

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Hungarian Hussars in North and South America Ildiko Mohammed-Ziegler# # Gedeon Richter Plc., H-2510 Dorog, Esztergomi út. 27., Hungary Zsuzsanna Reményi# # Ilona Zrínyi School, H-2510 Dorog, Bécsi út. 45., Hungary

Pulaski (Kazimierz Pułaski in Polish) (2,3). The Hungarian major wrote to Benjamin Franklin a request: as a professional soldier, volunteered his services as a commander and organizer of light cavalry. Major Kovats was brigadier general and commander-in-chief of Washington's cavalry. Those days Pulaski's cavalry was poorly trained. In 1778, Pulaski proposed a plan for the formation of a training division of hussars. Michael Kováts was named colonel commandant of the legion on April 18, 1778 and he was finally given the opportunity to train Pulaski's cavalry(3).

immigrants who were in the United States at this time (mainly immigrants of the Hungarian War of Independence in 1848), 800 served in the Union Army” (2,3) Among them were forty officiers of which seven reached the rank of general(2). Col. Charles Zágonyi arrived in the USA

The origin of Shagya Arabians is connected to the history of cavalry. They are rooted from purebred desert Arabians more than 200 years ago, resulting from selective breeding and performance testing when the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy needed a superior cavalry On February 2, 1779, the legion marched to South Carolina to join the forces of mount(1). General Benjamin Lincoln. During the long march smallpox took its toll: only History is often suprising and 150 soldiers arrived in Charleston. In the unforeseeable. For illustration some battle on May 11, 1779 in Charleston, examples are collected here on South Carolina, Colonel Michael Kovats Hungarian hussars (cavalry men) who lost his life in the war for American fought for freedom and some of them independence. He was buried there (2,3). influenced the history of the cavalry in In his memeory, the American Hungarian America. Federation established a medal(5).

The Colonel Commandant Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom(4)

Col. Com. Charles Zagonyi (cca. 1863, photographer Mathew Brady from Ref(7)).

in 1851. After joining the army, General Fremont appointed Zagonyi to organize and command an elite unit known as the Body Guard or the Jesse Fremont Guard (6) whom he dressed in black velvet. During the Civil War, Zagonyi and Tivadar Majthenyi served in the Western Department of Fremont(2,3). His charge became known as "Zagonyi's Death Raid" that occurred “on October 25, 1861, when his force of 300 charged Springfield, Missouri, riding headlong into a Confederate ambush. Although out On 12th April, 1861 Confederate General numbered ten to one, Zagonyi's men P. G. T. Beauregard opened fire on Fort routed the Confederates and occupied Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Springfield” (2,3, 6). Carolina and with this attack the Civil War Col. Com. Michael Kovats de Fabriczy, painted by started. It was Lincoln’s War for the ”Camps named after Hungarian officers (4) Zoltan de Beyne (from Ref ) Union, and against slavery: North against distinguished in the Civil War were: Camp Asboth, Camp Rombauer, Camp South. Michael Kovats de Fabriczy served under Utassy and Camp Zagonyi. Fort the direction of the Polish count Casimir Of approximately 4,000 Hungarian “Colonel Michael Kovats was an American military hero of foreign birth to be remembered with the Polish Pulaski, the German Von Steuben and the French Lafayette, who believed in the cause of American independence and were willing to give their lives to help attain it.”(3) Under the direction of the French Duke Lauson, one hundred and forty Hungarian hussars served during that time(2).

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Hungarian Hussars in North and South America (cont.) Mihalotzy, located in Chattanooga, to Turkey after the capitulation in Tennessee was named after Colonel Vilagos. Geza Mihalotzy, who was killed in an In 1851, he moved to the USA. As the ambush nearby(3).” Chief Engineer of New York City he Commemorati constructed several buildings. He ve plaque of participated in the Civil War (1861-1965) Gen. Sandor Asboth in as a volunteer. He was a military Keszthely on commander in September of 1864 when the house in he was seriously wounded. which he was born (from Ref. (9))

Alexander (Sandor) Asboth was born in 1811 in Keszthely to a Lutheran family. It is interesting that his father, Janos Asboth was a teacher in Georgicon (Georgikon)(8-10). Georgicon was the first institution in Europe for the higher education of agricultural knowledge. It was established by Count George Festetics in 1797 whose family was famous for horse breeding. Even now, Georgicon is a significant center for the education of hyppology, stud farming, sporthorse breeding and riding(11). Janos Asboth was recognized for his knowledge of farming. After 1806 he was named the agricultural leader of lands and director as an employee of the Count(8-11). Alexander Asboth studied at the Mining Academy of Selmecbanya and the Institutum Geometricum in Pest. He finished the latter in 1834. Until 1848 he worked as a Chief Engineer in Buda, Temesvar and Nagybecskerek. He participated, for instance, in the building of the Chain Bridge in Budapest that was the first bridge in Hungary, and the regulation of river Lower Danube (AlDuna). During the Hungarian War of Independence in 1848/49 he participated in the fights in the southern part of the country as a captain under the leadership of Gen. Antal Vetter and later in the general staff of Gen. George Klapka. He was promoted to lieutenantcolonel under Minister of War Gen. Klapka. Lajos Kossuth entrusted him with the leadership of Military Devision of the Governing Presidential Office. He personally escorted Kossuth to his exile

In March of 1966 he was appointed the ambassador of USA in Argentina, from October of 1867 he was the ambassador in Urugvay as well. After his death he was buried in Buenos Aires in the Old English Cemetery. On 23rd October, 1990 his mortal remains were transferred to Arlington National Cemetery.

recruiting committees of the German, English and French armies found him inadequate due to his weak build and poor eyesight(2,14). Arriving in New York in 1864, he enlisted in the Lincoln Cavalry in September. He was 18. He was a part of Sheridan's troopers, in the First New York Lincoln Cavalry Company L. He spoke three languages: German, Hungarian, and French, but very little English(2,13). He served for eight months, although he never participated in any fight(2,14). After he was demobilized, he became the employee of the journal “Westliche Post”. He was almost dismissed but the owners realized the paper was popular because of the vivid reports of Joseph Pulitzer. Signiture of Mr. Joseph Pulitzer (from Ref. (13))

In 1872, Pulitzer purchased a share in the Westliche Post and then he merged the journal with “St. Louis Dispatch” as “St. Louis Post-Dispatch”. Later he sold it and bought the famous “New York World”. Joseph Pulitzer established modern journalism. Those days the independence of a newspaper was new. His basic principle was that “the journalist should not invent interesting stories but the journalist should discover news that are inherently interesting within themselves”. He offered Columbia University's president, Seth Low, money to set up the world's first school of journalism in 1892(13,14). Several Hungarian officers participated in commanding the colored regiments of the Union Army. Peter Dobozy was one of them. He was the organizer of the 4th Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment and Lieutenant Zimandy of the 4th Colored Infantry Regiment(2,3). “The Zsulavsky brothers: Lieutenant Emil Zsulavsky, Colonel Ladislaus Zsulavsky and Lieutenant Sigismund Zsulavsky all served in the 82nd Colored Infantry Regiment.”(3) A unique path of life for a hussar: Joseph Pulitzer was born in 1847 in Makó as a son of a Jewish merchant(2,13). He really longed to be a soldier, but all the

Many people know that the Statue of Liberty “was a joint effort between America and France and it was agreed upon that the American people were to build the pedestal, and the French people were responsible for the Statue and its assembly here in the United States.(15)” Unfortunatelly, fund raising for the pedestal was going very slowly. However, it is not well-known that Joseph Pulitzer opened up the editorial pages of his newspaper, “The World” to support the fund raising effort. “Pulitzer used his newspaper to criticize both the rich who had failed to finance the pedestal construction and the middle class who were content to rely upon the wealthy to provide the funds. Pulitzer's

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Hungarian Hussars in North and South America (cont.) campaign of harsh criticism was Notes successful in motivating the people of 1As can be seen on the plaque, the name of Col. Janos Czetz is writen also in Armenian because he had a mixed Armenian, Hungarian and Szekely (i.e. Easter Transylvanian Hungarian) origin. America to donate.(15)” In his last WILL, Joseph Pulitzer left a significan amount of money to his Foundation and established the wellknown Pulitzer Prize, which is an American award of much prestige and nobility, and is offered for excellence in journalism, musical composition and literature. The first prizes were awarded in 1917(13,14).

References 1) Shasa Gornic, Ildiko Mohammed-Ziegler: Fascinated by Horses for a Lifetime – Mihaly (Michael) Fadlallah el Hedad, ASAV Newsletter, p. 6, Spring, (2010). 2) Jozsef Vecsekloi: Hungarian hussars for the freedom of America (Magyar huszárok Amerika szabadságáért), Rider Magazine (Lovas Magazin), p. 38, 3, (1985). (in Hungarian) 3) Cleveland State Univeristy: Hungarian Americans and Their Communities of Cleveland, in Ser.: Cleveland Ethnic Heritage Studies,

Col. Janos Czetz or Czecz. (in Argentina Coronel D. Juan Fernando Czetz(16,17)) was born 8th of June, 1822 in Gidófalva, Transylvania. He finished the Theresianum Military Academy in Bécsújhely. In 1848 he made lieutenant and served in the Ministry of War, in the army of Lazar Meszaros. Later he served under General Joseph Bem (originally Józef Zachariasz Bem in Polish) as interim lieutenant-general. He played a significant role in organizing the army of Transylvania. For his merits proved in the battle in Sibiu (Nagyszeben), on 16th May, 1849 he was appointed a general. After the capitulation in Vilagos he left Hungary. In Hamburg he published his memoir on Bem‘s fighting in Transylvania. He lived in Paris, Turkey and later in Switzerland. Here he worked at the railway constructions of Mont Cenis. In 1859, Col. Janos Czetz organized the first Hungarian legion in Italy. After the conclusion of peace in Villafranca, he settled down in Argentina with his Argentinian wife, J. M. Rosas (who was the younger cousin of the formal dictator). There he established a military cartographic institute. From 1865 he had significant organizing role in the war against Paragvay. He established the Military Academy (Colegio Militar) in Buenos Aires and he was the director of this institution for 25 years, until he retired in 1895. Meanwhile he was the leader of the water settlement in Ente Rios region for ten years(16,17).


Col. Czetz was on friendly terms with Sandor Asbóth. He died in Buenos Aires, on 6th September, 1904. In 1998 an commemorative plaque was made by Yengibarjan Mamikon in Budapest, and 4)

First California Hussar Regiment:

Recipients of The Colonel Commandant Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom. American Hungarian Federation (2003 - 2007), retrived on 2011-01-17.


Bethanne Kelly Patrick: Col. Charles Zagonyi, Hungarian Cavalryman Led A DeathDefying Charge Into History


Charles Zagonyi: and

8) Alexander Asboth: 9) Ezra J. Warner: “Generals in Blue: Lives of the Union Commanders”, LSU Press, (1964) 10) Biography of Sandor Asboth (in Hungarian): 11) Rider’s life in Keszthely and the short history of the Georgicon Riding School (A keszthelyi lovasélet és a Georgikon Lovasiskola rövid története) (in Hungrian) 12) Commemorative plaque for Gen. Sandor Asboth (A. S. tábornok emléktábla)

13) Joseph Pulitzer at 14) Sandor Friderikusz: Friderikusz on-line on Pulitzer prize (in Hungrian): 15) History of The Statue of Liberty at 16) Colegio Militar de la Nación Argentina: 17) Life of Janos Czetz:

placed on the house in which Sandor Cavalry in particular owes a debit of was born. gratitude to the Hungarian hussars. Commemor ative plaque of Janos Czetz in Budapest, on the house in which he was born (from Ref. (8)).

As evidenced in this article, the Hungarian peoples are connected with cavalry. The New World, a ’melting pot’, benefited from the sacrafices of individuals from many nations during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The US

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O’Bajan Article Addendum compiled by Denis Atam ASAV received a lot of positive feedback about the Special Edition Newsletter (Winter 2010/2011), where ASAV published a comprehensive article, submitted by Ildiko Mohammed-Ziegler & , Dr. med. vet. Shasa Gornic, about the O‘Bajan family. Even that a thorough research was made, when the information was carried together and subsequently complied, a few – but minor – inaccuracies occurred, which however were spotted by our knowledgeable international readers, amongst we have true Shagya-Arabian experts. We did not want to miss to publish the correct information related to the O‘Bajan article – see below:  According to the information we received, the mare 209 Kuhaylan Zaid was born in 1933. Different databases/sources have a different birth year recorded, however it is believed that the year 1933 is the correct one.  The same is true for Kuhaylan Zaid — his correct birth year should be 1923  Sultan was not exchanged for Sven Hedin, it was Koheilan IV  Aydana‘s sire, Beau and Bajar are not brothers, because Beau is the son of Bajar. Pamino and Beau therefore are half-brothers.  The foundation of the sire line (O'Bajan line) took place in Hungary, not in Paris.  Note: A few of the pictures, which were used, are lithographs made by a professional designer. Either no original pictures existed or the available pictures could not be used, because they were protected by copyright. In addition we would like to add a few pictures related the O‘Bajan family, which we received after the article was published.

O'Bajan Basa

O’Bajan XXIV


About the authors Dr. med. vet. Shasa Gornic is both a veterinarian and a graphic artist. He was born in 1966 in Cegled, Hungary. He started to draw intensively at the age of 6. As he wrote about himself:

My maternal great-grandfather was a Croatian noble man, a landowner and stockman who spent his life with breeding farm animals. After the World War II he decided to move with his family – including my grandmother (born in Gorican, Croatia) – and all his animals to Hungary. In his chosen homeland he continued breeding. He was proud of his beautiful animals, especially, the traditional Hungarian gray cattle's and his horses were prized regularly. It was said about him by the time of fairs he brought his most beautiful stallions and mares, cows and bulls for service to the market. He fixed such high prices that none ever wanted to pay for those animals just to stand there and show how beautiful his animals were. I still could see the residue of his breed during my early years and I was deeply impressed by his Arabian and Nonius-type horses. My parents told me that I am somehow the reincarnation of my greatgrandfather: my enthusiasm about horses and my basic character is very similar to him. When I was asked at the age of 4 what I would work I replied "a veterinarian". As I got to know my grandfather from the family legendry, especially from my mother‘s memories, I feel myself close to him. Shasa graduated at the University of Veterinary Science in Budapest (now it is the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the Szent István University) in 1990. Simultaneously he studied at the College of Fine Arts in Budapest and he graduated as a graphic artist in 1992. He worked as cartoon graphic artist in the Studio (called Pannon Studio) of the famous filmmaker, graphic artist, book illustrator and politician Mr. Marcell Jankovics until the period that followed the collapse of the previous system. He won some competitions and also a scholarship to study painting and graphic art in Italy for a year.

Please allow me to tell you how I fell in About 10 years ago he returned to veterinary science, he started to work in a love with horses. Veterinary Hospital in Budapest where

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O’Bajan Article Addendum (cont.) he specialized himself for the treatment of large ungulate mammals, especially for the traumatology of horses (surgery). He is not a breeder but the happy owner of a beautiful Shagya Arabian.

More about Ildiko Mohammed-Ziegler at

About Ildiko Mohammed-Ziegler :

O‘Bajan XXIV and Karl Hemmers‘ son, Michael — Austria.

Last but not least a more personal picture, which kindly was shared by Karl Hemmer.

I was born in 1972 in Budapest. I showed interest in chemistry in my early teenage. In 1990 I was placed second at the National Study Competition in the section of Chemical Analysts of Foodstuffs. I graduated at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1996 (M. Sc.) and I became a Ph. D. student. I also worked in Erez Thermoplastic Products, Israel in the QC lab for about two months in 1995. In March, 2000 I defended my Licentiate Thesis (a scientific title in Sweden) at the Lulea University of Technology, Sweden where I spent 13 months by the scholarship of the Swedish Institute. In July, 2000 I obtained BA as a marketing manager at EDE-Hungary (Collage) in Budapest (it was also a simultaneous study). In Dec, 2000 I defended my Ph. D at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. I spent few years in the research area. From 2004 I have been working in Gedeon Richter Plc. I still participate in research work. I am a happy mother of a girl (8 years) and a boy (4 years).

O'Bajan XIII - Dr. Walter Huber taken 1975 in Babolna

Meanwhile my hobby became the historical research of the CVs of some interesting / considerable people, and the history of some considerable technical achievements. I also had some presentation in this area and I also was prized for a work on such article. Shasa drew my attention to the area of horse breeding and we started to work together on the history of Shagya Arabians. He asked me to help in writing a chapter in a book as I have experience in publishing. Pamir

Jaffar—member O'Bajan family Owner Zsolt Debreceni

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International News SALAZAR S, GERMAN LICENSING WINNER by Verena Orgis, translated by Irene Noll

SALAZAR S by Betty Finke

At the central licensing of the ZSAA (Breeding Association for Sport Horses of Arabian Descent) in March 2010 in Hessia, SALAZAR S impressed the Approval Committee with his wellbalanced and elastic gaits at all paces. He showed an uphill canter and scope, cleverness and fast forelegs in free jumping, and stayed cool and collected throughout. He was praised as a solid, type stallion with plenty of bone and good riding horse points: elegant neck, big sloping shoulder, harmonious topline, large round quarters and long gaskins. Salazar S gained the highest number of points of all 33 stallions presented. On this occasion the Orgis family was awarded the FN silver medal for many years of quality breeding. The dam of Salazar S is the VZAP premium and Elite mare SAHBEL by Bajar, who produced 11 wonderful foals, three of which are now licensed stallions. Her sire Bajar is held in high regard by warmblood breeders. We quote the homepage of Nordhof Studfarm (, where Bajar was stationed. ―BAJAR was the most significant ShagyaArabian stallion in Sport Horse breeding. The grey was Shagya-Arabian European Champion and after Ramzes the most successful Arabian progenitor in sport. Bajar counts as the best Shagya Arabian in years. There are 23 approved stallions amongst his

progeny, two of which are used by the Holstein Breeding Association. With Ghazzir (ShA), Babel (ShA), Bachus (out of a Holstein mare), White Girl (Trak.), highest winning German Event horse, and Bouqet (AA), Bajar erected a monument to himself. He produced many licensed stallions for Arabian and Warmblood breeding and also exceptional jumpers who won €228,022.00 in their lifetimes. His son Bachus (own winnings: €58,826.00) is a sought after sire in Holstein and Belgium (Zangersheide). Bajar is regarded as an outstanding horse in Warmblood breeding. This is in spite of the fact that the ShagyaArabian breed only comprises about 2000 head of breeding stock worldwide. In relation to this, the number of successful Sport Horses with ShagyaArabian blood is incredibly high.‖

awarded the prize for breeding of the Ministry for Agriculture.

SALAZAR S by Betty Finke

Two more events of autumn 2010 are worth mentioning: Salazar S made a guest appearance at the famous Trakehner gala evening in Neumuenster and has been re-invited for 2011. And his presentation for licensing at the renowned Brandenburg Main Warmblood Stud of Neustadt/Dosse was crowned by his approval for Central German Sport Horse breeding. Salazar S is CA-clear. We and the children are very fond of Salazar. He is sweet and easy to handle, quiet and obedient. At shows he has shown no nerves at all when confronted with fire, flapping banners and mock sword fights. He‘s a really cool guy!

SALAZAR S by Bild-Report Wagner

The sire of Salazar S is SHAGAN, an international champion, advanced jumper, marathon and hunting crack. He has four licensed sons, several premium daughters and spread between Brandenburg and Bulgaria many excellent get. His progeny has size, bone, correct conformation, exceptional gaits and can jump. Shagan is CA-clear. In August 2010 Salazar S completed his ZSAA stallion performance trials in Kreuth, South Germany. He was trained and ridden by our 17 year old daughter Vivien. He gained the second highest number of points in this tough test and was best Shagya. On this occasion the Orgis family was

Carriage Update from Germany —Family Anton Straub (compiled & translated by Denis Atam)

The following are photos from a traditional carriage event at the Starnberger See, as part of a noble

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International News (cont.) hunting society. Participants came from Italy, Switzerland, France, and Poland, just to name a few of the countries represented.

The distance was 17 km (approx. 11 miles). The course took us through a national forest using wonderful trails along the Starnberger See (Lake) at a reasonable fast trot.

In order to participate and have a chance to win the competition, it is imperative that every detail is accurate and as authentic as possible —> see the fur of the fox at the back … however, in this particular case, an imitation fox fur was used as a real one would have gone too far.

decisions when breeding in order to avoid breeding two carrier animals together. These conditions and SCID are recessive conditions which means that horses carrying one gene are not affected. Mating two carrier animals together can result in 25% affected foals, 50% carriers and 25% clear (non -carrier) offspring. The Board feels it is important for members to utilize the availability of these tests in order to avoid producing affected foals. Although testing will cost money it is a small amount in comparison with the cost of a dead foal. Carrier animals will not be discriminated against in any way, there is nothing wrong with them and providing other carriers are not mated to them no affected foals will be born. Many members have already commenced testing their herds, some have requested that the results be available online for other members to view and this service will soon be available.

Foals conceived from two parents which are tested clear (non-carrier) for LFS will be assumed to be clear by the Society and will not require testing for The bridal couple enjoyed the fantastic LFS providing the ride from the church in Maria Thann to Society is in receipt of the LFS test the castle/palace Syrgenstein. results for the parents. The same will apply if both parents are clear for SCID or CA.

About 10,000 visitors and spectators were at the event. Our Shagyas did not show any sign of being nervous.

The Arabian registry is now man- All test results submitted to the Society dating tests in Australia will be treated confidentially unless the reprinted from the The Arabian owner of the horse at the time of test-

Horse Society Ltd.

REGULATION CHANGES (November2010) The Board has become increasing concerned at the number of Lavender Foal (LFS) and Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA) Arabians. Apart from the considerable expense to members who lose these foals there is the emotional heartache as well. DNA testing is now available in order to determine the carrier status of horses, this testing can assist members in making informed

ing authorizes the results to be published on the online studbook. All the screening tests are DNA tests, done using hair samples. SCID testing – at the moment this can only be done in USA or Holland ( but the Board are again examining the patent preventing the test being performed in Australia LFS testing – this is being done at many laboratories around the world including Holland, Elizabeth Macarthur (Sydney)

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International News (cont.) (brendon.o' tion to stand at stud that year.

and as from end November University of Queensland (organize through the Society in the same way as normal DNA typing) CA testing – this is being done at many laboratories around the world including Holland and as from early next year University of Queensland. To date, the test has been indirect but a better test has been developed which will be commercially available early in 2011 and this will be utilized by Uni of Qld

Testing Arabians in Australia In an attempt to encourage members to test horses at the time of registration there will be a discount offered on DNA if LFS &/or CA testing is done at the same time as the DNA for registration. The fee for LFS is $60 & CA $60 at Uni of Qld, the normal DNA fee is $70 but this will be reduced to $60 if LFS &/or CA is performed at the same time. As from 1st August 2011  All Purebred Arabian mares to be used in Embryo Transfer or Ovum Transfer programs must have their SCID, LFS & CA test results on file with the Society before they will be approved for use in such a program. Carrier mares will still be issued with an ET permit.  All Purebred Arabian foals born using frozen semen (Australian or Overseas) will require testing for SCID, LFS & CA prior to registration with results submitted to the Society. Carrier animals will still be registered.  All Purebred Arabian Stallions/ Colts to be nominated for use at stud for the first time in Australia will require testing for SCID, LFS & CA prior to approval of nomination with results submitted to the Society. Carrier animals will still be approved for use at stud.  Any Stallion/Colt whose owner authorizes publication of the SCID, CA & LFS results on the online studbook will receive free nomina-

News from South-America (Venezuela & Columbia) – from Gertrud von Fedak (Oct. 2010) – translated by Denis Atam:

horse flu surprised us and we had to treat all our horses with vitamin C shots and a few even with antibiotics. Fortunately a girl studying veterinary medicine stopped by – her name is Mariela and she helped us tremendously. She was working very hard. In addition she took over the organization during the part of the event, when the horses were shown – everything went perfect. Elisabeth Mendez, who is my assistant, prepared a nice brochure and took care of all aspects of the business during the show. Now you are probably asking – what was the outcome & result of our horse sales event?

We were able to sell six of our horses and we were really pleased with the results, especially under consideration of the weak economic situation we have in Venezuela. It is quite an Dear friends, investment together with the recurring costs to keep a horse these days. ToI‘d like to tell you how yesterday‘s day‘s buyers are well aware of those horse sales event went. It was a rainy facts. In May 2011 we are planning to day to begin with – everything grey. At organize another horse sales show. around 10 am the sky cleared and the My plan is to keep only horses to be remaining day turned into a wonderful used for carriage in order to be used sunny day until the evening, when we for Ivis (my husband‘s) hotel operation had an exciting rain storm again. Dur- (Mission). In addition I‘d like to keep ing the day there was a calm and three mares of good quality to enjoy & steady wind, which was pleasant to continue breeding great Shagyaenjoy. The last tasks were completed Arabians. such as the installation of microphones & the PA-system, the tables, a bar All the best to my dearest friends! where drinks such as whisky, beer and Saludos rum were offered. In addition we had Gertrud von Fedak small platters of appetizers, which were passed around. A few of the interested buyers came a long way in order to attend the event. When we started the show at 2 pm, all horses Shagya/Lipizzaner Horse Tour – were shown together – this was an Eastern Europe 2010 exciting moment for every horse enby Chris Evans thusiast. We spend a lot of time & effort to ―polish‖ our horses during the last weeks, in order to present them in This past August my family and I took a three week vacation to explore the the best possible way. Our grooms homeland of our Shagyas. Every locaincluding myself, cleaned our horses tion had its own charm and none of the every day prior to the event. Unfortustays were long enough! nately two days before the show the

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International News (cont.) Reluctant to leave the equine paradise at Babolna the next stop was still eagerly anticipated. Budapest is an impressive, beautiful city that has an intriguing mystique. The Palace setting on the hill overlooking the Danube must be one of Europe‘s greatest. Gellert Hill is just south of the Palace with the best views of the city. Gellert spa with the thermal waters is located here and there are many other springs/spas around the city. Some of these baths The city of Vienna, is to us, the most and pools date from the times of Turkbeautiful city in the world. And the ish rule, and have the ancient exotic Spanish Riding School is the epitome charm you would imagine. One could of an equestrian interest destination. spend at least a week and be thorTherefore while we landed in Vienna, oughly engrossed by the Hungarian this special place was to be the grand capital but we had to move on after finale, not the introduction. Our first three days. Within an hour of Budastop was Bratislava, just across the pest we had a pleasant morning and border in Slovakia, an hour away. This early afternoon at the Kisber stud of medieval city was enchanting and ex- Andrea Janaszik, seeing her horses in tremely pedestrian friendly with cobble- training and strolling in her spacious stone streets and superb cafes, bars pastures, visiting with friendly foals and and restaurants. broodmares. Hungarian hospitality at its best ! From here we drove under 3 hours to see the riding and training facility at Topolcianky. The site is in a well manicured garden park. Visitors can watch either in the riding hall or outdoor arena where trainers work with Warmbloods, Lipizzaner's, Shagyas and the Hucul, a pony native to the Carpathians. Gyor is on the way and is an excellent place to stay from which Babolna is less than 30 minutes away. The variety and quality of restaurants is superb with shopping and quaint streets reserved for pedestrian traffic only. We reached Babolna and checked in to the Imperial Hotel, situated right in the center of the Stud Yard . The accommodation was of elegant quality and meals are available a short walk through the beautiful grounds and then across the street next to the Museum. Guests are welcome to walk through the stallion and training barns. The broodmares and their foals have pasture and loafing barn that is a 15 minute walk from the Hotel.

We had too brief a stay along the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Europe - one of the prime vacation areas. Crossing the border into Croatia the terrain becomes hilly and picturesque all the way to Zagreb. While not as overwhelmingly impressive as Budapest, Zagreb is an enchanting city to walk with great bars, cafes and dining. We unfortunately missed the Shagya Stud farm near Cadjavica in the Croatian area of Slavonia, but its great to know that

Shagyas are still being bred in the original "homeland" of the famous Shagya stallion Lapis. We will make Cadjavica a must see on the next occasion.

From Zagreb driving West to the Adriatic an extremely modern highway literally cuts through the southern extension of the Alps. Countless tunnels, some over 3 kilometers long, finally bring you out from the mountains with a breathtaking view over the Adriatic Sea at Rijeka. Just a short drive around the bay gets you to the sophisticated town of Opatija, surely one of the Mediterranean‘s jewels, yet largely unknown to North Americans. The best comparison might be a ―mini Monaco‖. From the beaches, lined with bars and cafes, our Villa was a kilometer walk up the mountainside through almost tropical gardens and pathways between elegant homes. Great walk down – not so much fun going up…… but what a view ! And by sheer luck, a meal on the Main street along the beaches was simply one of the most delicious ever ! With local red wine that I could only wish was available back home……. (Novigrad Merlot…. if you can ever find it, let me know where!). Back to horses, the original home of the Lipizzaner is an hours drive to the North West at Lipica. Originally founded to produce the excellent horses for the Austro Hungarian Empire, Lipica later came under Yugoslav rule and was probably saved from ―extinction‖ by President Tito. More recently. as Yugoslavia broke up, Lipica came to be under Slovenia. Although in a differ-

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International News (cont.) ent country Lipica has continued to be the source for outcross blood for the Austrian stud. Additionally it has replenished the supply of mares for Austria after disease outbreaks decimated the herds at Piber. Interestingly, many Shagya lines go back to Lipizzaner's as both breeds were developed almost simultaneously Under AustroHungarian direction.

While 30 years ago we were able to rent Lipizzaners for breathtaking gallops into the mountains, now visitors are only able to reserve riding lessons. Both Justin and Stephanie had an hours lesson booked, and it was no picnic. They asked for something more suitable to their extensive riding experience and they both came back in a sweat ! Riding two stallions that have been used in past dressage demonstrations they had the thrill of a lifetime.

the Spanish Riding School. Again tours are possible along with free choice walking to see the stallion barn and early training facilities. Many broodmares are nearby although many are out of view in summer, high on mountain pastures.

In conclusion this ―horse tour‖ was a superb cultural tour for all of us. I would recommend it to any horse lover...and to any non horse person as well. Leave out the Studs and the trip and locations are still sensational. Back to our starting point, Vienna is Comprising a circle in the countries of simply one of the most incredible cities Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, in the world with Imperial palaces in- Slovenia and back to Austria, only the cluding the Belvedere, Schonbrunn foray to Topolcianky strays from the and the Hofburg which also houses the basic ―circle‖. All included the odomeWinter Riding Hall of the Spanish Rid- ter showed 2000 kilometers. Accoming School. The architecture includes modation for 5 people averaged 100 the Baroque, Gothic and still present dollars per night. Only the Adriatic Villa are signs of former Turkish dominance. was more expensive but we all need a The list of sites to see include the ―treat‖ sometime! Opera House, the City Hall, St. Stephens cathedral and so much more. As a horseman, seeing the historical The pedestrian street Graben takes stud farms and riding schools of Eastone down the center of all this splenern Europe is very satisfying. Many dor and then just around the corner is breeds originated or developed in this the arched entrance to the Hofburg. corner of Europe so whether one is Here the traffic is stopped regularly so dedicated to the Shagya, the Lipizzanthat uniformed grooms can safely lead er, the Arabian or even the Byerley their immaculate charges across the Turk (captured at the siege of Buda) of street from the Stallburg (stables) to Thoroughbred origins, our visit was to their waiting riders in the Winter Riding the home of much equine history. To Hall, home of the famous performanc- see the continued breeding, training es. and appreciation of these treasured animals is rewarding and gives hope for the continuance in a world too often neglecting living creatures.

Nearby the town of Trieste, now "occupied" by the Italians since the end of World War II, can be an easy excursion as its literally ―down the hill‖ along the coast, only a 10 minute drive from the Stud. After visiting the immense Postojna caves and the Medieval castle Predjama, we drove through endless fields of grapes, going North, and re-enter Austria. The traditional old Austrian town of Graz was the base from which we planned to see the Lipizzaner Stud at Piber. With the end of the Austro Hungarian Empire, this was the location selected to continue the breeding of the Lipizzaner for the exclusive use of

chocolate Sacher Torte.

Training occurs most days so the horse enthusiast can spend hours at Morning Training mesmerized by what they witness below the palatial chandeliers in the Riding School. For breaks, or for lunch after the ―classes‖, you can sit in the outdoor courtyard sipping Viennese coffee and the sinful double

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ASAV 2011 Annual Meeting - Sponsored by Amara Farms and Carolyn Tucker the U.S. in 2010. Becky is a three time World Champion Endurance Rider with more than 20,000 career miles. She has won two U.S. National Championships, two AERC National Championships, two Race of Champions and two Tevis Cups plus several best conditions including approximately 65 first place and 45 best condition awards on the same horse! She will speak about the World Equestrian Games and preparing and competing in endurance. This will be a casual presentation with time for personal questions.

Six Annual ASAV Meeting - April 30 in Morgan Hill, CA (just south of San Jose) It will be a fun day of Hungarian food and festivities including ASAV meetings and socials during the weekend. If you‘re interested, call Carolyn, at Amara Farms in Morgan Hill, (408) 779-6555 or check out the ASAV web site at

Theme for the day is the ―Hungarian Heritage‖ bred into our Shagyas over several generations. ASAV is the only registry dedicated exclusively to the ANGLO SHAGYA. Also, tentatively planned is a demonstration by Crescendo‘s Trainer on laying a horse down and working the Frank Bakonyi will give a talk lasso rope . The Hussar horses ALL and the First California Hus- had to know how to do this...they sar Regiment will give a ridwould lay down an entire raiding party ing demonstration - with 8 to in the tall grass and the as the enemy 10 mounted horses. All hors- approached they would get up and es and riders will be in full costume! The Hussar horses include four Oman offspring. Highlights include:

Becky Hart will give a talk about her position as the Chef d‘Equipe for the U.S. Endurance team during the first ever World Equestrian Games held in

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CA SCID Update CA SCID Update The following was inadvertently omitted from the spring newsletter. We do our best to accurately incorporate the stories from our members into the newsletter but sometimes we miss the mark. Our apologies from the newsletter staff. Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 07:24:11 -0700 [updated– Tues, 8 Mar 2011] From: Subject: Re: CA update for ASAV newsletter To:; Chris, I have just about negated myself out in reference to those that think the testing is not valid for Shagyas. Since August 2010, the VGL laboratory at UC Davis, California under Dr. Cecilia Penedo and her assistant Dr. Leah Brault, has identified the causative mutation for CA which moves the former marker based screening test to a more fully developed DNA test. Their findings were published in January 2011 and have been posted at the VGL website and the AHA Arabian Foundation website. In the past there have been questions about the accuracy of the indirect marker scanning test. As compared to the new DNA test now in use, the older test had an accuracy of 97%. The identified DNA causative mutation has been included amongst the markers used by UC Davis since September 2009. All samples submitted prior to that date have already been retested free of charge and the owners notified of any change in status if applicable. All laboratories affiliated with UC Davis are now using the DNA test for CA. Dr. Distl at Hannover University who had been conducting his own independent testing is also now using the recently

identified mutation for the DNA test for CA.

CA and their CA status will be published. Owners of breeding mares are encourSeveral laboratories in both the USA aged to test voluntarily. and Europe have already formulated All DNA testing has to be done on partheir own in-house testing with the new entage verified DNA samples to CA direct DNA test: Vetgen in the USA ensure that the results and Dr. Van Haeringen VHL lab in the are unequivocally related to the corNetherlands. F.O.A.L. also offers a rect horse combination SCID-CA test at a discounted price. German Registry VZAP (19 April The existence of CA has been proven 2010): to be in the Shagya bloodlines. Volun- On the 19th of April the following message was posted on the German Aratary testing should be encouraged by bian Horse Registry and Society webthe Shagya Registry. As a minimum site: requirement all Arabian blooded breeding horses should be required to At the members meeting of the VZAP on the 17.04.2010 in Bad Hersfeld it have a CA DNA Test prior to acwas concluded that with immediate ceptance for siring/producing foals which are to be registered as Shagyas, effect, all new proposed breeding stalapplicable also to the use of transport- lions and mares are to be tested for CA (Cerebellar Abiotrophy). Already ed semen both residential and importregistered breeding mares and staled. This will avoid further introduction lions, must submit a test result before of CA carrier lines into the Shagya 31.12.2011. The test results of albreed. Now that the definitive DNA ready tested horses are recognized. Test is available, all breedable Shagyas should be tested within a givSwiss Registry (27 March 2010): en time limit. 5.2. Cerebellar abiotrophy test (CA test) From 1.1.2011 every Swiss Here are outlines of three different yet Studbook registered stallion that is similar time frames for CA testing as used for breeding must submit the designated by various Purebred Arabiresults of a CA-test. The test is an Registries: done by the studbook. The owner declares in writing that he The Netherlands (28 May 2010): agrees with the publication of the The in-house test at the Van result. Haeringen genetics laboratory is now The costs are for the owner. available; the following mandatory acFor breeding mares testing is voluntary tions are in effect: but highly recommended. All newborn foals will be tested for CA and SCID at the same time DNA Offspring from CA-free parents need parentage verification is done. The not be tested. results will be permanently entered Once the CA-test is available from in the horses' passport for life. the laboratory that performs the All new breeding stallions will be man- SZAP DNA parentage verification, datory tested for CA (and SCID but all foals that are tested for DNA parthis was already mandatory) and entage will be CA tested at the same carriers will not receive a breeding time. license. The owner declares in writing that he agrees with the publication of the All currently existing breeding stallions result. will not be granted an extension on their license until they are tested for The costs are for the owner.

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CA SCID Update (cont.) The particular test needs to be confirmed by the appropriate laboratory. The confirmation is obtained by the SZAP Studbook. IMPORTANT NOTES: CA-test for stallions: The CA test for Swiss breeding stallions will be mandatory from the 1st of January 2011, however, it is recommended to test as soon as possible. Since virtually all of the stallions have a reserve sample existing in our lab, no hair sample is needed. The test will be performed with existing reserve samples. This eliminates the veterinary costs. Tests must however be ordered through the SZAP stud book. CA-test for foals The CA test is offered through our laboratory since the 3rd of February 2010 in cooperation with UC Davis, University of California. Therefore, all newborn foals born in 2010 will be tested. The test is done simultaneously with the DNA parentage testing and by automatic order of the stud book. CA-test for breeding mares For mares a voluntary CA-test is recommended. Since for virtually all of the Swiss registered mares a reserve sample is kept in our laboratory, no hair sample is required. The test is made on the basis of the existing reserve sample. This eliminates the Veterinary costs. The test must be ordered through the SZAP stud book. Descendants of CA-free parents need not be tested. Obviously it is cheaper to test one mare than all of her offspring, Surely with the above ground work done, the Shagya Registry should be able to take steps forward towards CA testing. The validity of the present test-

ing obviously is not the real reason for not testing. Lisa Goodwin-Campiglio

clear. But it is now possible to identify both affected and carrier animals with the aid of the indirect DNA-marker test.

*************************************** The following is a translation by Irene Noll of a mass circular distributed in 2010 by the VZAP, Germany:

This test is offered by the following German laboratories:

LAB 1: Veterinary College Hannover Buenteweg 2, 30559 Hannover Information on CA-Testing for ownTel:0511-95360 ers of breeding stock registered Fax:0511-953-8050 and/or to be registered with the sociation of Breeders of the Arabian Contact: Prof. Dr. Ottmar Distl horse (VZAP, Germany) Tel:0511-826-8875 or 0511-953-8875 According to the motion passed at the annual general meeting of the VZAP LAB 2: GeneControl Grub GmbH on 17th April 2010, all newly registered Senator-Gerauer-Strasse 23, and/or re-registered breeding stock 85586 Grub must be tested for cerebellar abiotroTel.:089-9441969-0 phy (CA) as from 2010. Those horses Fax: 089-9441969-501 which are already registered must also be tested and the results must be submitted by 31st December 2011. In laboratory 1 (Veterinary College Hanover) the test results contribute to Cerebellar Abiotrophy of the horse is a further investigation of this illness in genetically transmittable neurological Germany. defect in purebred Arabians most prob- In laboratory 2 (GeneControl) the test ably of autosomal recessive nature i.e.: is carried out in co-operation with a both sexes can be affected and both partner laboratory in the USA.. sire and dam must be carriers for the disease to manifest in the offspring. Sample taking and/or logistics should Shortly after birth, affected foals apbe arranged in detail with the laboratopear quite normal but after a few ry chosen. The breeder and/or stallion weeks or months they begin to show the first symptoms of the onset of owner is in all cases requested to sign nerve cell deterioration in the cerebel- the result in order to corroborate the lum. Affected foals display an array of match of sample to horse. motoric disturbances to varying degrees, including dizziness, ataxia, head tremor (increasing, for example, PLEASE NOTE that the registering when the foal wants to drink or eat), process (including provision of foal hyperactivity, difficulty with getting up and/or backing up. There may also be papers) may be held up if a copy of the test results is missing. We do not respatial coordination problems, including collisions with objects or other ceive results directly from the laboratohorses. Because of their limited useful- ries. You must send them in to us as ness and because of the heightened soon as they are there. risk of accidental injuries, affected animals have to be euthanized sooner or later, irrespective of the course of the illness. The exact genetic cause of the clinical symptoms is at present un-

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From Our Members A Cougar in Indiana by Michelle Detmer What do you think? If someone would have told me a week ago, that they thought there was a cougar in Switzerland County, Indiana, I would have thought they were absurd, but.... I went out to feed the horses Friday night as usual. It was just before dark. About 5:30-40pm. I had fed all the horses. Then, I filled a bit of water in a bucket for Blue to drink. He wasn't in the barn with me so I called for him. He came running in but wouldn't drink. He was shaking and whimpering. Making a noise like he was trying to talk to me. He looked like he'd seen a ghost. He went back to the door and looked out towards the woods behind the baler shed. I got worried because I never seen him this scared before.

ing the screaming noise. It could have been running away from the screaming noise. But then again, it didn't look like it was running scared. Just easily loping along. It came to the point where I could get a full side view of it and it looked like a big coyote. It had a long tail. I looked for my dog. Normally, when I would see a coyote out in the field like this Blue would go and chase it off into the woods. But Blue wasn't behind me any more. He was up by Juanita's barn apartment watching from a distance. The animal came to where it was directly across from me in the field just behind those blue barrels I have out there. (they are blown over now.) It turned and faced me than laid down. Or crouched down. It was nearly dark and hard to tell. Even so I could tell it was staring right at me. I was afraid to move. But I eventually took a step over towards the barn door and started hitting it and hollering "get!" It eventually stood up. And loped off to the left and towards the woods. Not like it was scared of me but more annoyed of my noise and presence. I finally figured it was safe and went back in the house.

made me even more afraid to go out alone in the dark now. And this summer/spring/fall I had been doing some late evening and almost night like riding through my woods just to get a ride in after Allen would get home from work through the week. I think I will still do it but look UP in the trees more and be more watchful. What do you think?

Texting for the Horse Person

OOH - Out of Hay LAS - Lost a Shoe FOMHL - Fell Off My Horse Laughing FTC -- Forgot the carrots MIHA -- Mare's in heat, again LWW -- Lesson Went Well MSMBO - Mud Sucked My Boot Off HIMB - Hay in My Bra PIHH - Poop Induced Half Halt UD - Unplanned Dismount I was hoping it wasn't a person. So I MMM - Master Manure Mucker hollered, "Who's out there?" To my OOM - Out of Money surprised I was answered back with MHTS - More horses than sense the most blood curling, demonic BAHHFDP - Bought another horse, scream I had ever heard. And it soundhusband filed divorce papers ed close. Just between the woods and GBBF - Got board bill, fainted the shed. The horses all put there GFBF - Got farrier bill, fainted heads up and turned around. The dog Still trying not to believe it was a couHRHCF - Husband realized horse was still shaking. And I was looking for gar. But there were three things that costs, fainted a place to hide. I thought I could run stuck out at me making me believe it SLH - Smell like horse into the tack room of my horse trailer couldn't have been anything else. Peo- HTNHFH -Hiding the new horse from and lock it from the inside. ple say coyotes can make a scream. hubby First off, I've heard coyotes yelp and WWFNS - Will work for new saddle I didn't hear any movement. So I just holler and all the noise they make and AROGC - Arena rained out - going stood there. I thought for sure it was it's scary but it never sounded like this! crazy some mad, crazy person. I yelled Blue has never been afraid of coyotes SSB - saddle sore butt again, as meanly as I could, "Get out and he always chases them off. This ALIGAR -At least I got a ribbon of here!" It screamed back again. he was afraid of and had the chance to NLT - No lesson today Sounding as if it was even closer. I chase it off but instead cowered away. have never heard a scream like this in Secondly, I know bobcats can make a R2R - Ready to ride my 35 years of life. It was so ear pierc- human like scream. But I'm pretty sure HGR - Have a great ride! ingly loud, long and mean! Half human, the animal I saw in the field was the half animal, all demon. My heart was in one that did the screaming and it had a my throat and I was scared to death. long tail. Bobcats have a short stubby But I thought if it was an animal comtail and are smaller than what I seen. ing at me I needed to make a lot of And third, it laid down or crouched noise. So I started kicking the big barn down and stared at me. I don't believe door and hollering, etc. Then I seen an a coyote would do that. animal loping across the field from the direction I heard the screams. I wasn't Hopefully I'll never see it again. But it's sure at first that it was what was mak-

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ASAV Jumpstart Program Update… My True Companion by SW Daniel

. . . Over the Rainbow Bridge

Dante LCR x RH Scarlette Onfire He is becoming quite the young man and is smart, sweet, and starting to think highly of himself ! Christy Johnson

Aerial (Hungarian Bravo x Arriva Carolyn Tucker ) May 1987 to March 2011 When I think of Aerial, I remember that I hardly ever trained her much, she always seemed to understand what was needed and did it mostly on her own. All the other horses loved her and she had a gentle way with them. She was a beautiful mare, a good mother and would always show off herself and her babies to the people that came to visit.

With Jacqueline Debets and son

Enjoying the sun

Dark B o n f i r e

Farewell Dear Friend The following equine souls recently crossed over the rainbow bridge. Our hearts go to their ‗person‘ and all who knew and loved them.

SA Zubenelgenubi - Daunna Sellers January 1983 to March 2011 Zube was the first horse I ever bred. He is not a Shagya (had never heard of the breed at that time) but Arabian with 1/16 Tennessee Walker via his mom, Jubanisab. In his early years, he and Elisha were out winning county fairs and Arabian classes. During his later years he was the schoolmaster with a penchant for licorice treats. Here Zube, Elisha Morehead and Katy Meyer (his rider) are showing walk trot lead line in 2009.

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ASAV 2011 Jumpstart News Release The American Shagya Arabian Verband, INC. Jump Start 2011, is a continuation of the successful Jump Start Program of the preceding years, which ASAV offers to its members and mare owners as a promotional plan to invigorate the Shagya Arabian breeding program in North America. This promotion will rejuvenate a national Shagya horse breeding program and further create a fund raising campaign for ASAV. The owners of purebred Arabian Mares, Thoroughbred and Warm Blood mares should be interested in an outcross to a Shagya stallion, as the breed has a centuries old record of producing sport horses that have won FEI events and Shagya blood can be found in many stud books around the world. The Anglo Shagya cross is particularly appealing to those seeking a hunter/jumper with great talent and the conformation of the Thoroughbred, but the mind of a breed known for its quiet, calm demeanor. These are the many advantages of incorporating Shagya blood into a sport horse breeding program. ASAV has a registry book for the Anglo Shagya, a cross that is the exact same breeding as RAMZES, the progenitor of the “R” line, illustrious in dressage and grand prix jumper lines. His dam was a purebred Shagya,”Jordi”! The purebred Arabian mare owner will be interested in producing a half-Arabian sport horse eligible for the AHA Sport Horse classes and at the same time producing a foal that is taller, has more substantial bone and has exceptional gaits. These foals may also be eligible for purebred Shagya registrations. *Oman was licensed for breeding by the ISR after completing the 100 day test in the U.S. and his breeding can be found in many U.S. horses. In the past few years, a number of Shagya purebred stallions have been imported from Europe and the breed numbers are finally on the rise in the U.S. The Shagya is an excellent choice for anyone desiring a mount that is versatile and will excel in many disciplines. It has the ability to succeed in dressage or jumping and if one wants to simply hack out on the trails, one could not have a better companion, that the noble and loyal Shagya ArabiThe desired agility, hardiness, stamina and frugality of the Bedouin an. They are simply amazing horses, unique among the horse world and horse, as well as its Arabian type, beauty and amiable character was kept. that is confirmed by anyone who is fortunate enough to own their However, the Shagya has improved sport horse qualities: increased bone, SHAGYA! a longer more sloping pelvis, prominent withers, improved coupling and a better top line. Shagyas are not just large Arabians, nor are they imitation Warmbloods! Shagyas must be seen to appreciate their elegant and free-flowing movement, coupled with their proud, yet steady, down to earth, workmanlike temperament. They have charisma and animation, but are very calm and not flighty. They are so eager to learn that it is a pleasure to train them, as they normally attempt whatever they are asked to do. The year was 1789! The Austria-Hungarian monarchy desired an elite horse that would be useful as a cavalry mount. This ideal horse would be prepotent for its type, and thus could be used to improve other native breeds. This new war horse was created by crossing quality mares with desert Arabian stallions, mainly from Syria. And what a success! The so called Araberrasse Horse, later known as the Shagya Arabian breed was born. They are definitely a breed and NOT a strain of the purebred Arabian, as recognized by WAHO.

The commanders of the state stud farms were able to select breeding stock from superior mares and stallions and even these prospects were subjected to rigid testing. Mares and stallions had to pass 480 mile rides in ten days across plains, forests and mountains. Most stallions sire 90 foals or more, before even being considered as chief stallions. The army took the less desirable horses for their remount horses. Eventually stud farms such as the Babolna State Stud in Hungary, defined the Shayga‘s sport horse qualities and genetic strength through effective culling. During the 1930‘s the Hungarians bred as many as 3000 Shagyas annually and they were known as the elite horse of Europe. Judicious line breeding and out crossing to purebred Arabians about every four or five generations assures genetic predictability. This rigorous selection, coupled with the progeny testing, produced a classic genetic prepotency that is still holding true to this day. The stud books have survived for MORE than 200 years. The breed was severely depleted during WWII but is now beginning a comeback. A purebred Shagya gelding, HURGARES, WON THE 100 MILE 2006 WEG ENDURANCE RACE IN A TIME OF SEVEN HOURS. Endurance riders are recognizing the this breed for it‘s prowess, and many are appearing in international endurance records. Even with only a 4000 world-wide population, the breed has an excellent record in competitive events, including the European Warmblood 100 day stallion test! In 1982, the Shagya stallion, Koyano, by Neron, actually won a 100 day test, as did Nasrullah, the sire of the Lily Creek import stallion, *DANTE.

SARVAR PFF Shayga Stallion

Mare owners can find the JUMP START booklet with photographs of the stallions being offered by going to:

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Advertising Kamour Kublai Khan Kabu-Khan Dahoman XXXIX-10

Amurath Saskia Dahoman XXXIX 352 Mersuch XX-5

Licensed 2006, Stallion Performance 2007 Born: 2002, Measurements: 158/187/19.5 cm Breeding fee: € 500.00 Breeder and owner: Kathrin Maltzahn

Kabu-Khan (CA-clear) Kabu-Khan is an attractive, masculine example of the Shagya-Arabian breed, displaying charm, Arabian type and sporting inclination. He passed his character test with ―well bal© Irene Noll anced, safe‖ and was ridden in his performance trials by a thirteen-year-old. His sire, Kublai Khan, was German licensing winner in 1999, reserve in his performance trials in 2000 and was awarded the FN gold medal. His dam has a much sought after outcross pedigree. Both sire and dam are bay. Kabu-Khan is experienced in sport and has been competed by children. His foals are noble, charming and true to type. Shagya-Araber-Gestuet Eichenhof, Lindenstr. 11a, D-14662 Wutzetz, Germany – ¾ of an hour from Berlin-Tegel airport Tel.: 0049 33235 21635 or 0049 172 9329091 email: /

Shagya-Arabian Elite Stallion "ODIN" from Austria Gray, 16 h (161 cm), approved (Koerung) 2002 in Stadl Paura, Perf.Test (HLP) 2003 in Stadl Paura with 114.1 pt. Accomplishments: 2008 - International Champion in Topolcianky 2010 - Reserve European Champion in Stadl Paura with 9.09 pt. Received highest score of all participating horses at the show with type 3x 10 , head 3x 10 pt.

Odin (O Bajan)

Omar (O Bajan)

O Bajar Marzalla Koheilan IV

Koheilan IV-15 334 Tobrok-29

He is a flawless, tall stallion with a lot of type and excellent movements (walk 3x 9 pt., trot 2x 9 & 1 x 8 pt. in Stadl Paura). He did excel in dressage (lateral movements, counter canter, excellent extended trot) and is a very good natured and easy to handle riding stallion. Well behaved and good manners with the farrier, easy to load and haul.

Price: 14,000 Euro Information: Eng. MEINDL Rudolf Tel: 0043/676/319861

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ASAV Contact Information/Board of Directors: ASAV Corporate Mailing Address: ASAV - American Shagya Arabian Verband 15918 Porter Road Verona, KY 41092, USA Email: ASAV Registrar: ASAV - American Shagya Arabian Verband 15918 Porter Road Verona, KY 41092, USA ASAV Membership Services: ASAV - American Shagya Arabian Verband 95 Maple Drive Waverly Hall, GA 31831 USA ASAV Treasurer: ASAV - American Shagya Arabian Verband 15918 Porter Road Verona, KY 41092, USA ASAV Newsletter Submissions:


Kilian Dill


Valerie Bullock

BOD Founding Member: Daunna Sellers BOD Founding Member: Darlene Steven BOD at Large (International Contacts): Denis Atam Regional Directors:*

(information about regions below)

Region 1 North:

Donna Coss

Region 2 South:

Valerie Bullock

Region 3 Pacific: Region 4 West:

Kilian Dill

Carolyn Tucker

Secretary: Registrar: Treasurer: Membership Chair: Promotions Editor: Newsletter Editor: Web-Master:

Karen Bish

Daunna Sellers

Elisha Moorehead

Valerie Bullock

Donna Coss

NL Committee

Denis Atam

Youth-Program: Breeding Committee:

Kesleigh Lehman

Daunna Sellers

Irmi Atam

Darlene Steven

Kilian Dill


*ASAV-Regions: Region 1 North:

New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan ,Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, Massachusetts, District of Columbia

Region 2 South:

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, West Virginia

Region 3 Pacific:

Washington, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Iowa, Oregon, Nebraska, Idaho, Canada*

Region 4 West:

California, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii Kansas Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri

Canada: Chris Evans is the Canadian Liaison to the ASAV BOD

ASAV Newsletter Spring 2011  

The ASAV Shagya-Arabian Newsletter Spring 2011 Edition.

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