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INSIDE

ARAB HORSE COUTURE VOLUME II APRIL 2015

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TRANSITIONS

Riding in the Classical Way on Your Beautiful Arabian Horse Written by Jean Paul Guerlain

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BEAUTY IN BLACK

A TIMELESS FASHION TALE OF CLASSIC BLACK Introducing “JAVA” & LUCIE PRSALOVA

Photographed by NAVID Cover Model Lucie Prsalova

LA DULCE VIDA ARABIANS Charley & Martha Suarez Plantation, Florida Cover Photo by NAVID

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EMPORIO ARABIANS

AN INTERVIEW WITH OWNER & COVER MODEL LUCIE PRSALOVA Photographed by NAVID Palm Beach, Florida

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THE HOUSE OF AJMAN Written & Photographed by Myriam Dat

AN OASIS IN THE DESERT

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ARABIAN HORSE FINE ARTISTRY Featuring Mauro Malacarne, Italy

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MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

CASH - THE LIFE BLOOD OF ANY HORSE BUSINESS Written by Bob Valentine, Ph.D.

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AN EQUINE LAW PRACTITIONER

EQUINE ACTIVITY LIABILITY ACTS & DANGEROUS LAND Written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law

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“THE ADVENTURERS”

THE LOST ART OF TRAVELING IN STYLE Photographed by NAVID

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So it’s that time of year again.... new life slowly emerging from winter’s blanket. And, as the Winter coats of the Arabian horses shed to reveal their majestic silky forms, new foals arrive to personally bring the message...SPRING is here! Time for change and the cycle of life to start again...”BREEDING SEASON”. So in the spirit of this, we at Arab Horse Couture Magazine would like to introduce the Birth of a New Luxury Lifestyle & Fashion magazine for the Arabian Horse, its enthusiasts and the people who share their love and life with the gift we call “The Arabian Horse”. We hope you enjoy this “New Look” at life with the Arabian Horse as much as we did bringing it to you.

Your Publishers, Laura J. Brodzik

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uerlain is a French perfume house, amongst the oldest in the world. The House of Guerlain was founded in 1828 when Pierre-Francois Tascal Guerlain opened his perfume store in Paris. Jean Paul Guerlain is fourth generation Guerlain and the last family master perfumer. Jean Paul currently works as a consultant for Guerlain and continues to travel the globe to develop new fragrances. Arab Horse Couture is extremely pleased and honored to feature a bi-monthly column written by Jean Paul Guerlain. In the past, in addition to his role as master perfumer for the House of Guerlain, Jean Paul also accumulated World Championships in Dressage and Carriage Driving. Jean Paul will be sharing his extreme talent for training and his love of horses with the readers of Arab Horse Couture.

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T R A N SI T ION S

Riding in the Classical Way on Your Beautiful Arabian Horse Written by Jean Paul Guerlain Dear Arabian Horse Lovers:

is willing to give to allow an upwards transition, he thinks he must pull back to get the downward transition. In fact, in the movement when the rider is closing and holding with the hand in the half-halt, he must already be thinking of giving and riding his horse forward into the walk. Pulling on the reins without giving will cause the horse to balance on the rider’s hands, resulting in either the horse diving on the forehand into an abrupt, choking walk or halt or simply pull more against the rider’s hands to get away from too much pressure on his mouth. After giving a little half-halt which signals to the horse... ‘something is coming’, be ready. The rider establishes solid contact on the reins. Then he sits and drives with the seat and lower legs against a steady passive hand. The half-halt serves also to regain the correct frame if it was lost.

Transitions are some of the most important and most difficult exercises in all of riding. To appreciate their importance, one need only think of how many transitions are in dressage tests and that they are scored as separate movements. The horse, through a quiet dialog, must learn correct, balanced and fluid transitions with a tactful rider that may stretch over many months. In this dialog, the rider must patiently explain to the horse what he expects and desires in response to his aids. The rider must develop the horse mentally and physically through patient repetition. All transitions include a preparation phase in which the horse is engaged and energized, a giving of the aids at just the right moment and allowing a phase where the next gate is ridden forward. In the preparation, the horse must stay engaged with impulsion and suppleness. The rhythm before and after the transition must be clear and constant and all transitions must be ridden forward. One of the difficulties with all transitions is the timing of the aids and clearly understanding how much preparation is needed. That is, how many half-halts should be given and how long before the desired transition. To develop the communication with the horse, it is important to repeat transitions frequently and to perform them at specific points throughout the arena. For example, if we wish to make a transition at B, we need to find out where we need to begin to prepare for the transition. That will vary with the horse, the rider and the degree of warm-up or other distractions.

To ride the transition, the rider should drop his heels, thus bringing a little more weight into the saddle in a pleasant way for the horse. The rider should be careful not to lean behind the vertical with the upper body because this hurts the back of the horse. The rider’s legs should stay quiet on the side of the horse. We ride the horse forward into the walk and do not pull the horse back out of the trot. Give the reins but do not lose contact. From the Walk to the Halt. Unlike the other transitions, we will discuss the downward transition from the walk to the halt before discussing the upward transition from the halt to the walk. This is because the quality and engagement of the halt are essential for a good upward transition and this quality is obtained through a proper downward transition to the halt. The correct aids for the complete halt start with the half-halt and then the rider lowering the heels. This brings the rider’s weight into the saddle and signals the halt. The steady holding, but not pulling rein, completes the halt and then softens immediately almost at the same time. The weight aids for the halfhalt are often misunderstood. Lowering of the heels brings the correct amount of weight into the horse’s back in the correct vertical position. Leaning back drives the seat into the saddle too much and sends the horse forward because of the pain the horse feels in his back. Once in the halt, let the horse stay in the halt for ten seconds and praise the horse.

From the Walk to the Trot. The transition into the trot can only be as good as the walk before it. Every gait should be ridden not for itself, but as preparation for the next transition. It is very difficult to progress the horse into a trot from a listless lazy walk. It is far easier to allow the horse to trot from a walk that is engaged and energized. The aids (the seat, hands and legs) are then a signal to the horse that speaks, “Okay, now you may go”. The aids begin with both seat bones, both legs and then with the hand allowing the horse to go into a trot. The key issue is to give forward with the hand without losing the contact. The rider must keep the reins ready to make slight adjustments and must receive the forward movements from the hind leg over the back withers, neck, poll and mouth into the hand. If the rider gives with the reins too much, the horse may fall onto the forehand or raise up the head and hollow the back.

Until next time, have fun with your best friend, the Arabian horse. An expression in an Arabian proverb: “For so long as people love horses, the gods will love people”.

From the Trot to the Walk. The transition from the trot to the walk is the first downward transition. The downward transitions are always more difficult because while the rider

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tiful Arabian gelding for Christmas. I knew he was one of the most beautiful horses I had seen and I began to research the Arabian horse. It was a subtle beginning.

ture is the lovely and talented model Lucie Prsalova photographed with “The Ethereal Black Stallion” EA Java (True Colours x Alize by The Elixir), a Straight Egyptian stallion owned by Charley and Martha Suarez of La Dulce Vida Arabians located in Florida. Arab Horse Couture would like to share an interview with Martha Suarez that is moving, insightful and a true success story of dedicated breeders within the Arabian horse industry.

In 1999, we attended our first Egyptian Event show from where we

“It was for the usual reasons that we fell in love with the Arabian Horse. I loved them dearly as a child and could not have a horse of my own. When we moved to Florida in the 1980’s, we chose a horse community called Plantation Acres and my husband, Charley, bought me a beau-

Imtaarif was crowned Supreme Champion of the show that year; an impressive win for an underdog stallion owned by a very small breeder. We immediately looked for this stallion and found his owners, Rose Breeze Arabians located in Florida, and from then we began our journey with the Straight Egyptian Arabian horses.

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purchased a grey Straight Egyptian stallion and a black Straight Egyptian filly. I also fell in love with a beautiful stallion by the name of Imtaarif (Imperial Imdal x Taarifa).

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I began to research the Straight Egyptian Arabian bloodlines with their heritage so rich and their highly rare decedents of the Bedouin horses. I knew it would be a privilege to preserve these precious bloodlines. In 2002, I brought my Nabiel gelding, RF El Shaddai, to The Egyptian Event show. Without any experience regarding the showing of horses, we entered him in nine classes—both Halter and Performance. He won all of them, including the Supreme Champion Halter Gelding and Most Classic Arabian titles along with Amateur Owner Champion Gelding with me as his handler. It was truly an amazing experience plus truly a testament to the bond of man and horse. It was clear to me the intelligence and willingness to please attitude the Straight Egyptian horses possess, that includes not only their beauty but they are a loyal companion as well.

We purchased our first mares, Amurah, Amira Neveen, Mageenaa, Tabia and BB Bint Gameerah—all mares with amazing Egyptian bloodlines. We bred them to Imtaarif and began our breeding program with the high hopes of some day going to The Egyptian Event and showing them. The key to a successful breeding program was to begin with top quality bloodstock I was told. We initially purchased from breeder Karen Henwood, the beautiful Amira Neveen and Amurah. We were fortunate in obtaining a Shaikh Al Badi daughter and a highly sought after Ibn Morafic daughter. The beautiful Imtaarif proved to be an amazing cross for our mares and sired many Champions for us.

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Initially, our first colt born was Impresionante LDV (Imtaarif x Amurah). He proved to be an amazing stallion himself winning countless Egyptian Event titles and was undefeated as a Futurity and World Class Stallion at The Egyptian Event from age three to six years old until he sold to Amman, Jordan. Impresionante LDV has also been successfully shown and has earned countless wins at the Jordan National Championships as well as the Middle Eastern Championships—his most recent win in 2014. Impresionante LDV truly suited his name, which means ‘impressive’ as that was my first thought after seeing him as a newborn. We’ve had some great moments at The Egyptian Event over the years, but 2006 was a particularly wonderful show. Impresionante LDV won the FourYear-Old Straight Egyptian Stallion class that year… unanimously. He was our first colt as breeders. You can image how Charley and I felt. Then, Diamante LDV (Imtaarif x Mageenaa) won the Two-Year -Old World Champion class and was the Reserve Junior - 23 -

Champion Colt. Soon after that, Diamante’s older brother, Parys LDV (Imtaarif x Mageenaa) won the Three-Year-Old Straight Egyptian Colt class. This all happened at one show! What an incredible testament to our breeding program. We were ecstatic! All three stallions went on to win in the show ring. La Dulce Vida Arabians has competed at The Egyptian Event as well as Class A shows and has been very successful with our Straight Egyptian horses; disproving that Straight Egyptian horses cannot compete in Class A shows. Our horses have size, beauty and movement as well as sweet and loving temperaments. We have proven with our stallion Imtut (Imtaarif x AK El Sanaa), who was Western Pleasure Champion at The Egyptian Event in 2014, that a stallion can show under-saddle as well as be successful in the Halter ring. Our last competition was at the 2011 Egyptian Event with our stallion Sharif Emir PG winning Reserve Champion Four-Year-Old Stallion and our April 2015 - ARAB HORSE COUTURE April 2015 - ARAB HORSE COUTURE


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senior stallion, owned in partnership with Rose Hill Arabians, the beautiful Gatsby CC who was the Senior Supreme Champion Stallion and Reserve Supreme Champion Stallion earning the highest scores of the males at the show.

visited and purchased a beautiful black Straight Egyptian colt by EA Java. Mr. Moses also purchased two lovely Straight Egyptian fillies by AF Cassidy to begin his breeding program.

We are no longer showing as we have found it difficult in today’s market to compete. I believe this is a true fact for the small breeder in the Arabian horse business. I fear for the Arabian horse industry as the small breeder is finding it harder to make ends meet and to compete in the industry with many factors such as expenses, politics and marketability. I believe there are many great champions sitting in small paddocks today; however, sadly without the opportunity to be shown or even sold for their true value!

Our farm is now promoting six stallions including WS Thee Antar, EA Java, Gatsby CC, Sharif Emir PG and Ansata Suleyman plus our newest acquisition, the gorgeous Alaa Jabbar MAABSHA.

We have had success in promoting and selling our foals as many of our clients are repeat customers. We have sold our horses, internationally, to the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America as well as exporting the first Straight Egyptians to the Cayman Islands. Just recently, our Straight Egyptians were exported to Jamaica to Mr. Peter Moses of Warwick Castle in Jamaica who April 2015 - ARAB HORSE COUTURE

They are a stellar group of stallions with Arabian type and presence and exquisite bloodlines. At a time when extreme Arabian type is so sought after internationally, La Dulce Vida Arabians has put together an incomparable stallion collection. Our stallions are proving themselves in the breeding shed producing beautiful foals and disproving the myth that a great sire must be a Halter champion. The majority of our stallions have not been shown but are proving themselves simply because of their type, beauty and bloodlines and of course, research regarding compatibility to the mare.

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To advise a new breeder today, I would suggest that they not be influenced by show wins but by what the stallion has produced. In addition, careful research is needed and most importantly, the mare’s bloodlines as well as production record, as the mare is so very important and is key to a successful foal. Temperament, conformation, type and beauty are so very important and one must try to find all of these—not an easy task to do. Our stallions have amazing temperaments and each has his special traits and qualities. Our stallion EA Java (True Colors x Alize) is a perfect example of a consistent sire. He is ‘The Ethereal Black Stallion’, tall, beautiful and so impressive—a true powerhouse! However, his greatest attribute is his sweet and loving personality. EA Java is consistently stamping his foals with his amazing personality but yet very bold and fearless foals; perfect for the show ring. Among other attributes of his foals is amazing type and refinement along with conformation and height. The icing on the cake is their amazing movement, tail over their back’s and the signature ‘Take a Look at Me’ attitude! - 27 -

We are so very happy with EA Java’s foal crop and have sold his foals to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Brazil, Jamaica and the USA. We are retaining three of his daughters for our breeding program and have clients with several outstanding stars. The horses give back so much. They are a great deal of work and you do have to market them…properly. I believe a good marketing strategy is important along with good photos and video. This is easy to say but very expensive to have. I do think we need a new method of marketing our horses. Less glitz and glamour and have the horses in a natural state. Most clients want to see the fancy pictures and artistic videos! We are guilty of such as that is what the market demands but I would be happy to see a change. I believe the Arabian horse industry is at a crossroads in the United States and especially in the Straight Egyptian breed. Many overseas buyers do not want to buy certain bloodlines due to old myths. This has become a dilemma as our gene pool is very small and this discrimination will leave us with only a select small group of horses. April 2015 - ARAB HORSE COUTURE April 2015 - ARAB HORSE COUTURE


I have hope and faith for the future and I believe everything in life does not come easy. Our hope for the future at La Dulce Vida Arabians is to concentrate on the promotion of our breeding stallions and their foals. It takes sheer determination, love and hard work to breed these inspiring animals and after sixteen years, we have had many good and bad times as well as many tears of joy and happiness. It has been a great journey and we have met some wonderful friends. You have to do this for love, not for ribbons or recognition or ego. It’s really about love.� La Dulce Vida Arabians Charley and Martha Suarez Plantation, Florida Tel: 954-709-8513 | 954 326-9853 info@ldvarabians.com www.ldvarabians.com HOME OF THE FINEST STRAIGHT EGYPTIAN ARABIANS April 2015 - ARAB HORSE COUTURE

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Where does the name Lucie Prsalova come from?

Shaqab sired stallion and his new babies.”

“My name comes from the Republic of Czech. I was born in a small town, Prerov, about four hours west of the Capital city of Prague.”

“The philosophy of the ranch is to help maintain the population of these rare horses, even rare by Arabian breed numbers, with emphasis on both pheno and geno type.....it’s more about quality than quantity.”

When did you first become interested in Arabians?

Why Egyptian Arabians? “As a small girl, I always loved fairy tales and folk tales, things like unicorns, witches and fairy’s.....I also had a love for nature and animals “The Straight Egyptian Arabian horse for me is not only more unique such as seahorses, monkeys and especially the unique or different. As in its look but also in its history and legends, and as I said, I’m a sucker a young adult I got to spend time with a friend of mines horses in for tales and legends. They also tend to have a certain trait in their Italy, especially a big beautiful black Arabian stallion called “ Blask “..... spirit and character that I love about them, it makes them have large Arabians were a blend of unicorns, seahorses and magic, I was hooked.” personalities...... never a dull moment...lol.” Tell us about Emporio Arabians.

What bloodlines do your horses carry?

“Emporio Arabians was created at a point in my life that I was finally “When I first started purchasing my foundation mares, I found that able to have a chosen lifestyle and be able to get back to my life’s loves. most of the horses I was attracted to had Ansata, Imperial or Morafic We are a small boutique ranch located in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. lines like his sons, Dalul and Shaikh Al Badi. They tend to have the We specialize in the breeding and showing of Straight Egyptian Arabi- right balance of old world and modern day characteristics in their look ans with the exception of a couple purebred horses like our *Gazal Al and build.” April 2015 - ARAB HORSE COUTURE

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What would you like your legacy to be in regards to the Arabian horse? “I guess any breeder would always love to have a history of breeding legends and to have contributed to the history and future of these amazing horses. But I would be happy knowing that in some way our horses and their offspring went on to not only produce great horses but to know others got to experience the amazing lifestyle that comes with sharing your life with these horses.” At what age did you start modeling? “I was very young when I was first approached for modeling. It was actually at a swimming competition that I was approached by a scout for the Elite Look of the Year. At the time, I used to compete on a national level for my school. It was about a year later when I was 14 years old that I was shipped off to Milan to start my career.” Who are some of the companies you have shot for? “I have worked for many companies and magazines. I would say the most notable ones are.... Armani, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana lingerie, Nivea, Polo and magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan.” What is the most unusual photo shoot you have done? “You know people always think that photo shoots are these smooth, well organized events and actually they are pretty chaotic most of the time and you always end up with unusual moments. But I would say a recent campaign I did for Belvedere Vodka that we shot in Vienna where the whole shoot was done under water. We had to wear full couture dresses and heels while dancing the tango with my partner in a full tuxedo in a huge tank with emergency divers feeding us air and making sure the hidden weight belts kept us in place.” You must have traveled all over for your work....where was your favorite place and why? “I have been blessed to experience a variety of cultures and food all over the world so it’s so hard to just pick one. But I would have to say for the perfect balance of nature, location, culture, food and the people ......Thailand, Australia and Dubai would definitely be on my top five locations.”

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So when you’re not on some glamorous location or set, what do you do?

I think most people would find it hard to think of you mucking out stables....do you find that you get stereotyped a lot?

“When I’m not drowning in a tank in Vienna?...lol...I am at home on the ranch with my mini zoo of creatures, usually mucking out the stables or feeding one of them. And whatever time I have left, I love volunteering with my animal charities”

“I think people stereotype people regardless of what they do, far less if they work in a certain field or look a certain way.”

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Tell us about the charities you volunteer with and why?

ties and models to donate their time to shoot an upcoming Gallery exhibition of these talented people with actual rescue “There are a couple charities that I enjoy volunteering for. One animals from shelters and adoption agencies across America. is for a charity called ‘FASHION TAILS‘. It helps homeless This photographic medium will tour the States raising money animals and other shelters and charities. It was founded by and awareness for the rescue and rehab of these homeless aniEva Danielle, a great friend of mine, who is a Fashion Designer mals. Fashion Tails has also helped create “No Kill“ policies in by trade. Eva was able to get the top photographers, celebri- many counties.”

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So you obviously love animals....what other animals or pets do you have?

So what is the next step for Emporio Arabians?

“Yes, total animal nut....I have obviously my horses, but I also have Giant Flemish Rabbits, a Marmoset monkey, three Mini Dachshunds, a flock of sheep, two barn cats and a barn owl. “

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“The breeding program will be expanding soon and I will be standing a couple of stallions at Stud. But I hope to be showing the horses in the Halter divisions.”

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So when should we expect to see you in the Halter arena? “Well, I first need to be trained and I am still hoping I can learn under some great trainers (hint hint if you see this), but possibly as soon as this year’s Egyptian Event. ;)”

For additional information regarding Emporio Arabians, please contact: emporioarabians@gmail.com

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Ajman is one of the seven Emirates that constitute the

United Arab Emirates. Under the guidance of the Ruler of Ajman, His Royal Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi and the Royal Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, similar to its close neighbor Dubai, Ajman is progressing forward with massive strides. Not long ago and notably at the World Arabian Championship Horse Show held in Paris in December, the lesser known United Arab Emirate, Ajman, demonstrated its great knowledge in the success of breeding Arabian horses. In 2011, all efforts created by the Crown Prince of Ajman, promotion of the prestigious Purebred Arabian heritage and recognition of Ajman Stud, were rewarded. Through the Ajman Stud, His Royal Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi has shown his skilled horsemanship and he is able to develop his interest in equestrian sports whilst showcasing his Country as well. Ajman Stud is a fabulous domain located 30 minutes outside the Capital. It was founded approximately fifteen years ago and Ajman Stud is subject to constant improvement by its owner. The entrance to the property is flanked by two sandy colored cob turrets, which provide in the air that of a fortress. A palm tree lined avenue leads to the buildings. On either side, there are sand paddocks where horses play and look for shade from the desert heat under the huge shelters. Each paddock has provisions of ample forage for these majestic animals. At the entrance to Ajman Stud, harmoniously adorned by pots perched on Corinthian capital columns, is a fabulous fountain of an elegant Purebred Arabian bronze. The first building leads into a u-shaped court that houses 14 box stalls on either side. Showering areas, farrier and a veterinary clinic equipped with the latest technology to provide appropriate reproductive treatment as well as surgery are also included in this court. An equine swimming pool and horse walker complete these beautiful appointments that serve to prepare the horses for the show ring. Show events are foremost and are the specific discipline His Highness Sheikh Ammar desires his breeding operation to pursue as well. A museum is located on the Ajman Stud grounds. The structure surrounds the awards the Stud has garnered in the Middle East as well as globally. The museum is extraordinary and a delight for visitors. It is entirely dedicated to the successes of Ajman Stud and its Arabian horses.

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The top stable at Ajman Stud is where His Highness Sheikh Ammar’s favorite Arabians reside. This is an enchanting place to view; an oasis of peace for the horses. There are big airy boxes with bars on the doors so that the horses can look outside and see what is going on.

was crowned JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPION at the World Championship in Paris in December of 2011.

The square yard is lined with boxes and there are further boxes in the middle which have the same two decorated towers that are at the entrance of the property. There is yet another magnificent statue, this time of an arabian foal, standing on two steps decorated with arabian mosaic, showcasing the local craftsmanship.

His Royal Highness Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid AL NUAIMI is used to receiving awards, but this year he was rewarded the ultimate prize, the one every breeder dreams of. In fact, the home bred AJ SAWAHI, a pure product of AJMAN STUD is also a WORLD CHAMPION.

On the box doors we can read: ESCAPE IBN NAVARRONE D, AS NATSIR-APAL, BESS FA’IZAH, LS SIBERIA, PSYCHE AMBER GEM, DESKA HJE….. There are so many prestigious tittles as there are prestigious names and it really gives visitors a thrill to be amidst that many champions. It would be wrong not to name AJ SAWAHI, a fabulous bay filly, a daughter of MARWAN AL SHAQAB and LR SIBERIA SA, who

The doors of the stable close and we discover the lifesize statue of the stallion ESCAPE IBN NAVARRONE D who is guarding these treasures.

This fabulous filly that was born right here, in the sands of the desert of its ancestors, seduced the judges thanks to her amazing conformation--unusual for such a young filly. She oozed charisma and gentleness and we predict and certainly wish this magnificent progeny of AJMAN STUD a great future. We are grateful and thank SHEIKH AMMAR BIN HUMAID AL NUAIMI and Mr Khalid GHANEM MUBARAK for the brilliant visit.

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AR A BI A N HORS E F IN E A RT IST RY Featuring Mauro Malacarne - Italy

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auro Malacarne was born in Brescia, Italy in 1962 where he currently resides and works. After graduating from Art School, he continued his studies in Milan attending the “European Institute of Design” of the upper Commercial Art and Illustration school. Mauro is a graphic illustrator with a passion for design and sculpting horses and dogs. The two mediums grew together until they became a profession. For nearly twenty years, Mauro has been working with breed associations and magazines plus his own fieldwork. At the same time, he accepts a number of portraits commissioned by owners, horse breeders and dog lovers--both Italian and foreign. Featured in his works is the constant pursuit of anatomical detail and expression, which makes each piece unique and recognizable.

In recent years, his trophies were presented at International Arabian Horse Shows of the utmost importance, such as: Egyptian Arabian Horse World Championships – Rome, Italy Ajman Arabian Horse Show – Ajman, UAE Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship Menton, France Vichy International Arabian Horse Show - France Deauville International Arabian Horse Show – France

You may reach Mauro Malacarne at the following email address or by visiting his website: mauro@animalsportraits.com animalsportraits.com

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MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS CASH – THE LIFE BLOOD OF ANY HORSE BUSINESS! Written by Bob Valentine, Ph.D.

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very business has a profit pencil, but no business has a cash pencil. What does that mean? What it means is, profit is an accounting opinion and cash is fact. You can fool yourself and others about your profit, but you can’t fool anyone about your cash. You can under or over report your profit by moving expenses and income to a different reporting period. But, you always need to know if you have enough cash to pay your help, pay yourself, purchase your feed in two weeks and make that truck payment on the 15th of the month. In a horse business, more so than most other businesses, budgeting and cash management are both extremely important. Cash flow is king in a horse business. However, planning your cash flow is easier said than done, especially if you’re not a numbers person. If you are going to succeed in business, mastering basic cash flow projections is a must. You can be profitable and still have poor cash flow, simply because the cycle of cash in and out of your business is rarely synchronized. A good management system makes sure you know how much cash is fact. The equineGenie management system, with its builtin artificial intelligence, is on top of your cash requirements every day.

be either a cash generator or a cash consumer. Unfortunately, management by the ‘bottom line’ is generally linked to ‘checkbook management’, which results from using accounting software as your management system. ‘Checkbook management’ doesn’t afford you the opportunity to truly manage your business because it doesn’t connect what is really happening in your business’s financials; hence the ‘checkbook management’ trap. Running your business out of your checkbook is a path to going out of business – unless of course, you have an infinite source of money. You might have checks, but just having checks doesn’t tell you if you have enough cash to stay in business. An MBA by baptism of fire can be more expensive than going to the Harvard Business School. It will certainly cost a great deal more than a good management system like equineGenie. An example of poor cash management is purchasing the ‘best’ truck and horse trailer when something that requires less cash will do the same job. If you purchase the ‘best’ truck and trailer without good cash management you probably will not be aware that the extra cash required is really needed for some other financial obligations that are more important. And, by-the-way, your ego always has a lousy Return on Investment.

Getting started measuring and managing cash is a big stumbling block for most people. The first thing you need to know is that your projections don’t have to be, and probably will never be, 100 percent accurate. It’s one of the reasons many business owners hesitate working through this process. But, it is possible to simplify the process. A good management system like equineGenie will do it for you. Most horse people are great with horses and do a good job managing their horse tasks and activities. But, caring for your horses is not a cash positive activity and you had better have the cash to be able to afford to care for them. It is not your horses’ fault if you are a poor business manager. Most horse people have had little to no business training and depend on their accountant or accounting software for management. Bythe-way, an accounting course does not qualify as business training. An accounting course only adds to your business tool box. The only thing accounting does is teach you to record your income and expenses in the right accounts. One major financial tool missing when you depend on accounting is measurement and management of your cash requirements. Most people think recording their financial transactions is all they need to do. Don’t get me wrong, you need accounting for filing your taxes and occasionally to satisfy your banker. If you stop and think about what is really required to manage your business, you quickly realize it is much more than accounting software can provide. You need a management system that will analyze your financials for you and help you project your future cash requirements so you can make good business decisions.

There are several ways to measure and manage cash in your business. A good management system will provide a Statement of Cash Flows and a Statement of Projected Use of Cash. Your Statement of Cash Flows reports how your income and expenses change over a defined reporting period. That period can be as short as each day. The equineGenie management system reports your cash changes daily. Cash flowing into your business usually comes from one of three activities - financing, operations or investing. Cash flowing out of your business usually results from expenses or investments. Cash flow is a good indication of a business’s financial strength and solvency. Profitable businesses can go bankrupt due to the lack of cash. Think about that, and if you don’t believe it give me a call! There is another cash measurement that is beyond the scope of this article. It is Discounted Cash Flow that is used to measure the potential of an investment such as purchasing a new horse for use in your business to grow your revenue. If anyone is interested, call me.

Unfortunately, the majority of horse businesses are managed by only measuring the ‘bottom line’. Your ‘bottom line’ is important and had better be positive more often than not, or you won’t be in business long. And, your ‘bottom line’ ties directly into your cash on hand. Your ‘bottom line’ can

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Have you ever thought about cash in a physical sense? Cash is not just the money you have in your checkbook, or the available funds on your credit cards. Cash takes on all shapes and sizes. Inventory is cash at rest – and if it is there too long it is lost cash (spoilage, stolen, damaged). Your hay, grain, bedding, saddles, bridles and bits, etc., all represent cash – and hopefully not cash at rest. Remember; keep your assets and inventory at a minimum and working for you at all times. A good management system will monitor your supplies on hand, their rate of consumption, their stocking level and the time it takes to replenish them. A good management

system will tell you when to purchase more. A good management system like equineGenie will make sure you always have enough on hand, but never too much – thus preserving your cash. In a previous article I had discussed the ‘waterfall’ consequence of a financial transaction and the affect it has on your business and how an understanding affords you the opportunity to make better business decisions. If we analyze the hay purchase transaction again you can see where cash is involved in the ‘waterfall’ and how equineGenie tracks your cash flow.

Hay Purchase – Financial Transaction ‘Waterfall’ Illustration with Cash Measurement

The take away is every business starts with some kind of financial transaction and if you understand the ‘waterfall’ consequence of a financial transaction and its use of cash you will be far ahead of the majority of your peers. Uunderlying the success of any horse business and the management system you chose is your commitment to keep your system current and use the information it provides to assist you in making good business decisions. Believe me; you need a horse business management system! But, purchasing one if you do not have the ‘business discipline’ to keep it current and use it is a bad business decision, and probably not the management system’s fault! If you dedicate the same discipline to your business as you do to your horses you will be in good shape financially or at least know what needs to be done to ‘fix’ your business.

To be successful in a horse business does not require a finance education, but it does require business discipline and an understanding of what your financials are telling you. This understanding will enable you to make better business decisions. A good Horse Business Management System will do the calculations for you and analyze and report the results with comments or suggestions. A good Horse Business Management System will save you valuable time you can then use to improve your business. I encourage you to investigate how equineGenie not only helps you manage and care for your horses and manage your business operations and support your customers, but helps you be financially successful.

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A N EQ UINE L A W PR A C T IT IO NE R

EQUINE ACTIVITY LIABILITY ACTS & DANGEROUS LAND Written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law Julie Fershtman is one of the most experienced Equine Law Practitioners in the USA. A Shareholder with the firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, based in Michigan, she has successfully tried equine cases before juries in four states. She has also drafted hundreds of equine industry contracts and is a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys. She has spoken on Equine Law in 28 states, including the nation’s largest equine industry conventions. For more information, please visit: fershtmanlaw.com - equinelaw.net - equinelaw.info Several EALAs include an exception for a “dangerous condition of the land.” For example, Michigan’s EALA states at M.C.L. § 691.1665:

GEORGIA - Muller v. English, 472 S.E.2d 448 (Ga. App. 1996). Plaintiff, a highly experienced rider and fox hunter, was injured when she was kicked by a fellow fox hunter’s horse during a fox hunt that co-defendant sponsored. The plaintiff asserted that three exceptions applied under the Georgia EALA, including land having a “dangerous latent condition” for which no conspicuous warning signs were posted. The lower court denied a motion for summary judgment but certified the case for immediate appeal. In an extensive analysis, the appellate court reversed the lower court’s denial of summary judgment. As to the “dangerous latent condition of the land” exception, the court rejected a rather inventive argument by the plaintiff that the fellow competitor/co-defendant’s kicking horse within the fox hunt qualified as a “dangerous latent condition.”

Section 3 does not prevent or limit the liability of an equine activity sponsor, equine professional, or another person if the equine activity sponsor, equine professional, or other person does any of the following: (c) Owns, leases, rents, has authorized use of, or otherwise is in lawful possession and control of land or facilities on which the participant sustained injury because of a dangerous latent condition of the land or facilities that is known to the equine activity sponsor, equine professional, or other person and for which warning signs are not conspicuously posted. Emphasis added. It should be noted that the intent of these laws is that the “conspicuous warning sign” be a sign identifying the particular condition of the land, not the generalized EALA “warning” sign.

Not Dismissed/Issues of Fact TENNESSEE - Jordan v. YMCA of Middle Tenn., 2010 Tenn. App. LEXIS 616; 2010 WL 3853301 (Tenn. App. 2010) (unpublished). Plaintiff, before departing on a trail ride, was thrown from his assigned horse. Evidence showed that construction was taking place in the area. The defense argued that construction activity, regardless of how close in proximity it was to the stable, occurred in the open and could not qualify as “a dangerous latent condition” under Tennessee’s EALA. Nevertheless, the court found a genuine issue of material fact as to whether this activity qualified as a “dangerous latent condition” that was known to the equine activity sponsor or equine professional for which conspicuous warning signs had not been posted.

Case Dismissed GEORGIA - Mays v. Valley View Ranch, Inc., 730 S.E.2d 592 (Ga. App. 2012). Plaintiff, a summer camp student, was injured when a portion of a hitching rail separated from its posts and fell over on her. Plaintiff argued, among other things, that the hitching rail was a “dangerous latent condition of the land” about which the defendant camp knew or should have known. The Court rejected these arguments. MASSACHUSETTS - Duval v. Howe, 2005 Mass. Super. LEXIS 467 (Mass. Super. 2005) (unpublished). Plaintiff rode her horse on the defendant’s premises when one of defendant’s horses, known to be aggressive, entered the premises and began fighting with plaintiff’s horse. Although plaintiff’s complaint merely asserted that the defendant was “negligent,” at oral argument plaintiff argued that defendant was liable under the “dangerous latent condition of the land” exception of the Massachusetts EALA because a gate on defendant’s property had allegedly fallen into disrepair, allegedly allowing the aggressive horse access to plaintiff and her horse. The court disagreed; it reasoned that even assuming a gate, a manmade structure, could qualify as being “of the land,” plaintiff failed to allege that her injuries resulted from such a “dangerous latent condition.” Alleging “negligence” in her lawsuit was insufficient.

KENTUCKY - Swanstrom v. Seadler, 2010 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 859; 2010 WL 4294684 (Ky. App. 2010) (unpublished). Plaintiff, an equine veterinarian, visited defendant’s farm to sedate a horse in its stall. Soon after, the horse reared and collapsed onto the stall door. The door then fell on plaintiff. Among the theories plaintiff asserted was the “dangerous latent condition of the land” exception in Kentucky’s EALA, and although the trial court dismissed the claims, the appellate court found that issues of fact existed under that exception. The case was remanded. SOUTH DAKOTA - Nielson v. AT&T Corp., 597 N.W.2d 434 (South Dakota 1999). Plaintiff’s decedent was galloping along an easement area of land maintained by AT&T but unaware that the utility had dug a trench across the riding path area. Her horse tripped, and she was thrown, sustaining fatal injuries. Her estate sued AT&T claiming that it failed to fill the trench and that it failed to warn riders of it. The Court did not address whether the plaintiff estate stated a claim under the “dangerous latent condition” exception of the South Dakota EALA because immediate issues focused on whether AT&T could derive any benefit from the EALA (it could not).

OHIO - Allison v. Johnson, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 2485; 2001 WL 589384 (Ohio App. 2001) (unpublished). The plaintiff, while watching a horse being led toward a pasture gate, was injured when the horse bolted backwards into the gate and caused fence rail boards to pop out of a bracket and strike her in the face. The court rejected the “dangerous latent condition of the land” exception based on evidence that the defendant landowner could not have known of a dangerous condition.

This article does not constitute legal advice. When questions arise based on specific situations, direct them to a knowledgeable attorney.

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