MLAHA Tailings - January 2023

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mud, rain, cold OH MY! PIECES OF THE PUZZLE create the picture the MIRROR A JOURNEY OF family & loyalty



Sue Rich, President

Charleene Naughton, VP

Jean Zabriskie, Treasurer

Rae Rankin, Secretary

Joan Banahan, Director

Cheryl Hansen, Director

Summer Hughes, Director

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As we enter a new year and my last year as President, I have been reflecting on the past few years and how COVID and the increasing costs of everything we need for our families and our beloved Arabians.

It is a challenge and is impacting the ability of many to participate in activities with our horses. It is my hope that we can all reach out to keep our friends and especially our young people involved with horses.

We are looking forward to our 44th Annual Fuzzy Wuzzy show on March 19th. Wow! It’s pretty amazing that we have done this for 44 years. The Fuzzy is an all breed show but we are hope to see more of our Arabian horses make an appearance. Come on out and show - or volunteer if you don’t show. It’s really a fun day. Watch for our website, flyers, and on Facebook for more information. I’m looking forward to seeing you out there.

Our next meeting is January 18 at El Agave Taqueria. 1285 Grass Valley Hwy., Auburn. Join us at 6 pm as we have dinner and make plans for a super fun horse show.

Thank all of you that sent condolences to our family after the passing of our son Dennis. The help our MLAHA board gave at his memorial was wonderful. Our Arabian horses have drawn a remarkable group of friends together.

In closing, I am sadly offering my last horse for sale. Steve and I are aging out as participants in the wonderful world of Arabian horses. Look for info on R Enchanting Joy in this issue.

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| President’s Message |

Our cover image this month comes from Pixabay.

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January 2023 | TAILINGS | 5 January President’s Message 3 HELLO MEMBERS & FRIENDS Sue Rich Gamilah Unbridled 6-9 A JOURNEY OF FAMILY & LOYALTY Patrick Sullivan Perspective 10-13 THE MIRROR Mary S. Corning Horse Events and Meetings 14-15 SPUR HAPPENINGS Training 16-19 PIECES OF THE PUZZLE COMPLETE THE PICTURE Sandy Smyth-Reedy Member Perspective 20-21 RAIN, MUD, COLD - OH MY! Linda Siegel AHA Programs 22 RECOGNITION AWARDS Tailings 23 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2023
Photo courtesy ofSandy Smyth-Reedy
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Photos courtesy of Patrick Sullivan

Journey of Family & Loyalty

The Arabian horse meant so much to the Bedouin people. They would fearlessly take care of the men during battle, help raise the children with love and kindness, and sleep in the tents at night just as a dog would do. They were not just tools or commodities of society, they were members of the family.

It is this idea of family and loyalty that led me to embark on a journey of a lifetime with my mare, Gamilah, a 10-year-old Arabian. Gamilah is one of my best friends, partners, and a member of my family. We have accomplished so much together as a team; from performing countless demos in some of the country’s largest venues to riding from California to Kentucky bridle-less giving back to non-profits. When people look at our story they see all of the accomplishments that we’ve had together and the publicity we’ve received, but I want to share the story that started it all for us. A story that makes the relationship real and raw. And one that personifies the spirit and loyalty of the Arabian horse.

To put this story into context we have to start back at the beginning. Gami was the first horse that I ever started under saddle. When we began, I was six months into my horsemanship journey and knew very little about horses in general; much less about riding and training them. So it was really Gami, who taught me.

It was a very cold and snowy December day in North Texas, during the winter of 2016. I decided to take Gami on a short and easy ride out in the back field for my first-ever ride in the snow. I wanted the day to turn out just like in the movies. Cantering through the snowy field, with a big grin on my face, without a worry in the world. Yet, things didn’t turn out as I envisioned.

As we began cantering out in the open field, I soon realized that I did not have the skill or knowledge to help Gami slow down in this wide open space. So we

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| Gamilah Unbridled |
“An Arabian will take care of its owner as no other horse will, for it has not only been raised to physical perfection, but has been instilled with a spirit of loyalty unparalleled by that of any other breed.”
Alfred Grey, 1845-1926
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just kept getting faster and faster until pretty soon we were galloping around the field like a racehorse around a snow-covered track. With every lap, my frustration grew. With that frustration, grew tension in my body and mind. I was too prideful to use a one rein stop. I wanted that beautiful canter like in the movies and would not stop until I got one.

After what seemed like thirty long and exhausting minutes for both of us, Gami finally had enough. Rounding the bottom corner of the field, she picked her head up and darted straight towards a lowhanging branch in a cluster of trees. No matter how hard I tried to turn her, there was nothing I could do to avoid the branch. I flipped over and landed facefirst on the snowy ground. Not hurt, but incredibly embarrassed, I started yelling into the ground and using language not suitable for children. To make it worse, when I finally looked up, Gami was there, standing quietly looking at me like a Mom telling her son, “told you so.” Probably the most embarrassing part of all of it, was my sister, Nettie, standing in the distance, curled over laughing at what Gami had just

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Photos courtesy of Patrick Sullivan
“We cannot build relationships through pride and ego, but through love and respect for our differences.”
-Patrick Sullivan

done. Just as I was about to get up from the snow, she walked over, grabbed Gami, and told me I was done for the day. Even though I was in my mid-twenties at the time, once a big sister, always a big sister.

Later that evening after some time to decompress, Nettie sat me down and gave me some advice that changed my horsemanship journey forever. It was very simple but very powerful. We cannot build relationships through pride and ego, but through love and respect for our differences. In order to truly understand Gami, I must first put an effort into understanding her wants, needs, and feelings; just as I would with my human relationships. So to start the healing, I must first think about giving her flowers for forgiveness.

After tossing and turning all night, the next morning when I went to see Gami and ask for her forgiveness, I brought her the flowers from our dining room table. Not only did Gami not understand the gesture, Nettie was once again there to laugh at my ignorance for ACTUALLY bringing her flowers. The message was supposed to be a metaphor for how to treat Gami, not a physical action. Still, the message to me was crystal clear. I had to first earn her respect and treat her as a member of my family before I could expect the same in return.

That day was the turning point in our relationship that allowed us to truly become family. We have accomplished more together than I could have ever dreamed of and have a book full of stories together.

Yet, it is a relationship that I still do not take for granted. I continue to work every day to strengthen the bond that we have developed. Just as the legend has it, the Arabian horse will be loyal, spirited, and a member of your family forever; but we must first show them the same courtesy.


Modern Horsemanship’s purpose is providing liberty education around the world, that keeps up with the times and remains modern. Our goal is to provide that education through the youth. We truly believe that the youth are not only our future, but also the future of horsemanship. We’re currently working on creating youth camps and programs completely focused around liberty.

Gamilah Unbridled is their non-profit that helps provide liberty horsemanship education to underprivileged youth and rescue horses. Each year Gamilah Unbridled takes on a different project to help others and promote the power of liberty.

For more information about Patrick Sullivan and Gamilah Unbridled visit https://www. or on Facebook.

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| Gamilah Unbridled |


As I continue to live my life with horses I find myself going deeper into the reflection of my own tendencies. Horses are honest. For the most part, I can see if my horses are sick or well. I know if they are enjoying learning or resisting insistence. I know when they are tired or hungry, when they have spring fever or experiencing winter doldrums. Perhaps on some level, I know my horses better than I know myself.


My teacher would say that he knew all he needed to know about a person by looking at their horse. What are our horses telling us about ourselves?

It’s evident in looking back on the last four decades that my horses, my lifestyle, my knowledge, and even my intentions have changed dramatically. So the most obvious answer from looking in the mirror of the

horse is that everything is changing. Nothing stays the same.


When I was in my twenties my horses were fiery. I would joke that it took 12 years to start my first colt. I ran with renegades in life and in horses. I couldn’t be tamed and my horses showed it.

By contrast, my horses today are much more wise and self-assured. There is a deep sense of wisdom in all of them. They make good decisions and they absolutely exude a loving presence. So… did I get lucky? Or is it that I have changed my entire outlook on life? I am here to tell you it is definitely the latter.

One very common tendency in the horse world (and in life) is over training. Human beings are so highly geared to acquisition and success that quite often they

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As I continue to live my life with horses I find myself going deeper into the reflection of my own tendencies. Horses are honest.

will spend a lifetime trying to succeed. The very sad truth is that striving is often like chasing a carrot at the end of a stick. We strive, push, and try ourselves to death— never truly living our life for the blessing that it is. This too is reflected in our horses' eyes.


Striving for success with horses can actually create a deficit. Too often our focus is on the next flawless ride, the next show, the next chance at a perfect score. This is counterintuitive to horses.

It is not lost on me that when I load my horse into a trailer to go somewhere he has no idea where we are going. He doesn’t know if it’s down the street or across the country. Have you ever considered what life would feel like never knowing what came next?


Throughout my life with horses, my passion has been learning. I spent as much time as I could in clinic environments. I hosted clinics. I drove many miles and spent every summer vacation at away clinics. I wanted to learn everything I could from the masters of my craft. And my craft was horsemanship. I wanted to be the best horsewoman I could be. And I believed that that was because I loved horses. I treasure the many clinics I attended. But today, looking back, I was robbed.

I robbed myself of being totally present with my horse, my teachers, and with myself. What was it that created the atmosphere that transported me from my innate passion for horses to leaving them in the dust of my ambition?

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I became identified with the label of horsewoman. I focused my attention on horsemanship. And although it felt like I was spending time with my horse, oddly enough my attention was elsewhere. I was focused on what I wanted to be (or do). Not on what was right before me. This is a subtle but massive tendency. I am guessing many folks will relate to it. I was focusing on perfecting the haunch turn, rather than seeing the perfection in the opportunity of learning it with my horse.


I am blessed that at this stage of my life I have realized the true gift of living. I see every moment with my horses as a wealth of experience. My barn is my sanctuary. And I don’t say this as a cliché. I can be with my horses anywhere and feel an equal appreciation for the blessing of their company. And guess what? The most dynamic effect has come from this.


As I allow my whole perspective to be appreciation for what is right before me, I see what seems to be miraculous. I see incremental changes in my horses’ abilities. I celebrate each success. Because I am not over training I am not in the way of their natural progression.

Each horse I am with has varying aptitudes and abilities. Each has a different level of experience. For instance, I have a filly that has had a very good and unharmed life. Although she lost her mother at birth, she was provided an excellent nurse mare. She came from an early environment where she was surrounded by other foals and weanlings. At an appropriate age she came to live with me. She has had very little trauma in her life (other than losing her mother). I also have a 20-year-old horse that has held fear and defensiveness all his life. He’s never felt at ease even in his own skin. So seeing changes appear through these very contrasting personalities has been an excellent mirror.

The mirror I am looking in today has nothing to do with what’s next. My past has proven that “The Next” is unreliable. The reflection I see looking back from my horses is now one of empathy, understanding, trust, and faith. The horses enjoy learning and so do I.

No matter the task at hand or the lesson, the horses and I feel fulfilled by the experience. I often walk away shaking my head and whispering, “Wow!” The horses let out a very quiet blow through their nostrils, licking their lips and working their mouths. They come away from the arena feeling successful. Their bodies are not tight from holding tension. They are relaxed. Their minds are full of accomplishment. And their hearts are content with purpose.

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Photos courtesy of Mary Corning

The arena is a place where we all gather to share. They share their willingness and attention. And I respond with the same. These days I do much more listening than training. These days my horses show me what they can do before I even ask. We move forward with every experience. And one of the best parts is we’re not creating the resistance that often causes bad habits. By not forcing outcomes we also don’t have to go back and fix something that we wish we had not created. We simply don’t let those things develop. We won’t ride through something bad to try to come out good.


Today I like what I see in the mirror. Perhaps even more importantly, I am content with what I see. This in no way means that I don’t move forward. As I said, I’ve never progressed more effectively. But I am happy right here, right now. And guess what? So are

my horses. They enjoy life. And this creates a healthy body and an inspired perspective.

After a lifetime of striving to be a horsewoman, I have come to know my horses. In fact, I have also come home to my own self-worth. This worth was not achieved. It was received— in the reflection of my horses’ eyes.

So, I leave you with a question. What do you see in the mirror of the horse looking back at you? What is your horse telling you about your life, your focus, your tendencies? Is this reflection what you truly are? Or is it pointing to a projection of what you might become? This is a valuable inquiry.

May all horses know empathy and compassion. And may they deliver this message back to the world through their honest reflection.

About the Author

Mary Corning lives in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range Mountains. She is an author, consultant, horse advocate, mentor and retreat facilitator. Mary enjoys a diverse yet simple and natural lifestyle. Falling in love in 2012, she became a wife and (step) mom.

Through her book and her practice Mary focuses on real life experience. Her work is based on experiential practice rather than intellectual belief. Mary encourages personal inquiry as a means to uncover hidden patterns. Removing resistance and finding freedom of expression is a cornerstone in Mary’s work. The application for this life-enhancing work is delivered in many varied environments, such as private personal sessions, horse sessions, personal retreats, group seminars and workshops.

Mary is an award-winning author, published journalist and dedicated practitioner. She has been interviewed on radio and podcasts and enjoys candid and authentic discussions. Mary’s book Perfect Practice won the Winnie award for ‘Most Inspirational’ at the December, 2022 Equus Film, Art and Literature Festival.

As a self-created business woman her entire adult life, Mary built and maintained her own horse facility where she hosted clinics, boarded horses and taught horsemanship for 20 years. She then extended her work into human wellness early in the year 2000, when she began offering private sessions and retreats. Mary considers herself a student of the soul. Her passion and inspiration has always come from living close to nature and with her horses.

For more information about Mary, visit her website at or on Facebook www.

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Spur Happenings

January 18

MLAHA Board Meeting @ 6 pm

El Agave Taqueria Auburn, CA

Featured Pick

February 16-26

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Westworld Scottsdale, AZ

March TBA

MLAHA Board Meeting @ 6 pm

El Agave Taqueria Auburn, CA

Club Event

March 19

44th Annual MLHA Fuzzy Wuzzy Open Schooling Show

Triple Crown Equestrian Center Lincoln, CA

April 19-22

AHANC/Pacific Slope Championship

Murieta Equestrian Center Rancho Murieta, CA

April 1-3

Golden Gate AHA 66th Annual Horse Show

Pleasanton Fairgrounds Pleasanton, CA


Diablo Arabian Horse Association

Spring Horse Show

Brookside Equestrian Center Elk Grove, CA

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June TBA

Region 3 Sport Horse Championships Brookside Equestrian Center Elk Grove, CA

July 13-23

Youth and MidSummer Nationals State Fair Park Oklahoma City, OK

July 19

MLAHA Board Meeting @ 6 pm

El Agave Taqueria Auburn, CA

Editors Pick

July 29

The Tevis Cup Western States Trail Auburn, CA

August 16-19

Canadian National Show

Location TBA

August TBA

AHA Region 3 Championships Location TBA

September TBA

Ranch Horse Championships Location TBA

September 11-16 Sport Horse Nationals World Equestrian Center Wilmington, OH

September 20

MLAHA Board Meeting @ 6 pm El Agave Taqueria Auburn, CA

September TBA Distance Nationals Location TBA

October 19-28 National Championships Tulsa, OK

November TBA

Arabian Horse Association National Convention Location TBA

November 15

MLAHA Board Meeting & Officer Elections @ 6 pm

El Agave Taqueria Auburn, CA

Do you know of an upcoming horse related event not listed here? Email mlahanewsletter@ to add it to the list!

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Pieces of the Puzzle Create the Picture

For about two years, I worked at a boarding stable where most horses were fuzzy trail horses that would go out with their owners and cruise down the trail. Hidden in the barn was one show horse, always stalled, always blanketed.

For about two years, I worked at a boarding stable where most horses were fuzzy trail horses that would go out with their owners and cruise down the trail. Hidden in the barn was one show horse, always stalled, always blanketed. Her owner was an older rider that wanted to show, without paying the trainer to do the job for her. Over the decades she had been riding - reiners, pleasure horses, arena, trail, and could do a killer showmanship pattern. I couldn’t tell how old she was, but she had been around for a while and even though she wasn’t a trainer, she knew what to do to win. Every day, like clockwork, she would come out and proceed through the motions of working her mare. When that lovely mare passed, she got a gelding and started right back to doing the same thing with him.

What did I see when I watched Cathy handle her horse? She said, “you need to break up the body parts.” However, she didn’t do it like the colt starters

do. She did it to identify the cue, identify the part of the horse that needed to move. Then if the horse faltered and lost its frame, she would put them back together, soften them up, and do it all over again. She knew what the finished horse needed to do and how these body parts got her to that goal. She would spend hours each day, taking the time to make the horse perfect, and it paid off. She had tons of buckles and not only that, her horse was happy.

Most riders go out, put a leg on a horse, and say, “well, he moved,” without ever developing an understanding of the accuracy of how the horse moved. It takes a certain amount of dedication to understand how to do it and make it work, especially on a horse that doesn’t already have the skill set. In addition, sometimes we have to give up another body part to get the horse to identify what we want and then be ready to go back with a second cue to fix them up again.

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The easiest example is teaching a horse to canter on a lunge line. You ask them to canter and they lean on the line, fall apart, and return to the trot. In the meantime, we are chasing the horse around the pen kissing like crazy to try to get the horse back into the canter. It happens all the time.

What makes far more sense is to teach the horse the canter cue. The horse will bomb around a few strides, hit the lunge line, and then we should allow him to trot and chill out for a minute. Take hold of the line, get him around the corner, and then when we are back in a better place, ask for the canter cue again. Repeat the sequence over and over until the canter happens without bombing off or frantically leaning on the line. This creates our cue. We can then take the time to “fix the horse up” around the corner as a separate command. By the time the horse adds it all together, there is a greater amount of self-carriage and relaxation.

Applying this process to a horse under saddle occurred to me as I swung a leg over this darling grey mare who recently came into my program. Her big black eyes were like an onyx gemstone that you could get lost in and she had the sweetest nature. She had been started as most young Arabians are, bridled up and moving forward. She could be insecure and had a hard time with barrels or poles and was easily distracted by activity outside of the arena. I got on her last night and reminded myself where she needed work.

After a few warm-up laps, flexing her from side to side, making sure she was thinking about me and that her body parts were traveling softly into her face, I aimed for my goal. Even though she didn’t love it, she tentatively stepped over the pole. I identified the

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tension, realigned her body, gave her a second to regroup, and did it again and again, until voilà! We crossed over the pole, tension free.

The secret to making a pole successful in the shortest time possible wasn’t simply getting over it. It was identifying what was significant, stepping into the obstacle, and coming out of it. Her feet were significant. Her head was less significant - a part that could be worked on later. As she approached the pole, she was already worried. I had to decide. Did I say “just kidding” and work on the tension next to the pole? Once her body parts were aligned behind her nose, getting over the pole wasn’t the hard part. What did take a bit of skill was getting back that lovely frame after we stepped over. Once I took a hold of her face to stop, she was still thinking about the pole and jammed her head into my hands. Her head was all over the place and her downward transition was not solid enough that she could be distracted by the pole and execute the next maneuver.

For those of you that ride trail, use this thought

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Photos courtesy of Sandy Smyth-Reedy
“Working on something so finite takes time and a mind to sit there and enjoy tinkering.”
-Sandy Smyth-Reedy

process next time you get to a water crossing. All that it takes to fix an issue is quality time and repetition.

Even with a horse I have prepped to show there is still room for improvement. On the level of a more broke horse, he knows very well how to move all of his body parts. However, when I want to back through the “L” for my trail course, there is no room for error if his hips swing too far. I need finite accuracy, letting him know that just a little leg means moving a tiny amount. My reins might have to help. Later, hopefully, I won’t have to be as descriptive for him to understand. Working on something so finite takes time and a mind to sit there and enjoy tinkering, taking a few laps, and coming back to tinker some more.

Regardless, if you are in the lunge line stage or the broke horse stage, it never hurts to ask for help! If you ask the same thing multiple times and don’t get what you want, there might be a piece of the puzzle missing. Maybe it’s something as simple as holding your reins at a different angle or a split-second release point. Seeking the opinions of someone more skilled than you is the fastest way to improve. Auditing shows or clinics is a helpful way to gain insight into what works and what doesn’t. Putting yourself out there to compete in any capacity is the simplest way to

test your work, go back home, and figure out more ways to improve.

As we all mount up on our horses, with the world spinning around us, we should allow time to slow down with them. Think about the horses’ feet. Can you influence them? Do you know your body well enough for it to paint that picture to the horse? This is not a journey that takes a few sessions. If you really want it, it becomes an obsession. To paint the picture for a broke horse, you will be committed for years depending on time and resources. The reason we never get bored of horses though is that they always have more to offer us.

One day, as I age, I hope to be like Cathy, enjoying each day, working on body parts, and seeing how nice a horse I can make. Even if I didn’t feel like my body could go out for a trail ride, I could still have fun on a horse in the ring, tinkering in the sunshine. Watch the riders with good horses and take what you can from how they handle their horses and you will always have things to work on.


For Sandy, riding is as natural as walking. She first sat on a horse at the age of two and shortly thereafter was taking riding lessons at the local riding stable, but it didn’t stop there. Growing up, her babysitters lived on the property and taught her more than any two legged babysitter could. She played horse tag with her sister galloping through the rows of grapevines, swam with the horses on hot summer days, and sat in the stalls watching the horses eat on days too dreary to ride. The rest is history.

Sandy has numerous accomplishments, all from the back of a horse. She has seen thousands of miles of trail competing in Endurance Riding and Ride and Tie, including a Tevis completion in 2019 and a R&T World Championship first Am/Am team in 2018.

For more information visit her website http://www.

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Mud, Rain, Cold Oh My!

Last month, Dr. Kelli Torrisi, from Auburn Equine wrote an article about preparing your horses for winter and what to do to avoid colic. This month, MLAHA member and longtime contributer, Linda Siegel, gives us a perspective on facing winter with your horses.

What to do with your horses in this intense winter weather is a dilemma shared by many. For those with a horse boarded in a cushy stall, this is not a big concern. For those with horses and no stalls, or more horses than stalls, what to do with a horse in stormy weather is of greater concern.

The blanketing dilemma is an endless discussion with pros and cons on each side. While we won’t solve the issue here, I will tell you what we do at our ranch.

When the temperatures dip we blanket our horses. If it is really windy we consider leaving the blankets off because of the risk a horse will startle and get caught in a strap.

We blanket older horses, thin horses, or horses that may not have developed a winter coat. By this time of year, most of our horses have developed a winter coat and can be left unblanketed. We are sure to provide shelter for our horses that aren’t stalled, whether it’s a run-in or a shed.

If the weather turns cold and harsh, we will most likely blanket them. If one of the horses is shivering, we take immediate measures to warm them up.

Another concern we face on the ranch is when our water ices up. The horses don’t like to drink it when it’s that cold. We top it up with hot water and mix it, providing them with a nice warm drink. We also tend to feed more often, and more of a variety since we are on a hill, and they can’t get out to graze. We add crimped oats, rolled barley, and all-in-one for the seniors, and feed a lot of forage.

Mud can also cause a variety of problems. We all know how much horses like to roll in the mud. We then need to dry them off and brush them out. Mud gets caked in their hooves, and you need to clean them. No wonder we long for the days when we can turn out to pasture on a warm sunny day.

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Recognition Awards


This award recognizes the Arabian or Half-Arabian/ Anglo-Arabian horse(s) for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community to the general public.

The horse must have achieved a unique accomplishment that showcases the breed in order to be eligible. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award, must prepare a letter of particulars along with recommendation letters from a minimum of three (3) AHA members, including their AHA member numbers and submit it to the AHA office by September 1. Please see chapter 22 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.


This award recognizes an Arabian or HalfArabian/Anglo-Arabian Horse(s) for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community in areas of Open competition such as, but not limited to: Open reining, competitive trail,

competitive endurance, combined driving, hunter, eventing, jumping, carriage pleasure driving, working western and dressage. The horse must have received acknowledgement at the higher levels of competition such as, but not limited to: Regional championships, National competitions and International competitions open to all breeds and/or shown progressive and consistent accomplishment within the discipline.

In addition, it must have been acknowledged and promoted that the horse was a representative of the Arabian breed in some form; publications, demonstrations, or other public forums. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award must prepare a letter of particulars along with recommendation letters from a minimum of three (3) AHA members, including their AHA member numbers and submit it to the AHA office by September 1. Please see chapter 22 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.

For more information, contact AHA at www.

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| AHA Programs|
Arabian Horse Association

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Horse Care
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Shows, Clinics, Expos
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R Enchanting Joy

Regal Actor JP x Enchanted Misst K AHR #651630. Born 6/14/2010

Joy is professionally trained for halter and well started under saddle. She is a true 16.0 hands, rich bay, and a love to handle and ride. She is a successful brood mare and with one beautiful foal by The Seeker V. She is full of positive energy to continue her training as a Hunter Pleasure or endurance prospect.

Located in Grass Valley, California

Evaluation of R Enchanting Joy - by Cindy Reich, November 6, 2014

This is a very tall, leggy, statuesque mare. She has exceptional length of neck with a very clean throatlatch. Her head is very pleasant and feminine. She is wide between the eyes with a large, dark, expressive eye, one of her finest features in both size and expression. Her shoulder is very long, well sloped and deep. She naturally lifts her neck and combined with its extreme length and excellent shape gives a very stylish and typey appearance. She has a great tail carriage and show attitude…very athletic and showed great ability to get her hindquarters underneath herself. I believe that this mare will really be valuable as a breeding mare...she combines the best of all the major types within the Arabian breed. This makes it easy to cross her in many different directions. She is a high quality mare that should excel as a breeding mare. Her strength of body, size and extreme length of neck, combined with her athletic ability also make her an excellent performance prospect. Her attitude and carriage as well as neck might skew her towards English. This mare is very eye appealing, striking in her size and stature.”

Joy’s sire, Regal Actor JP, has sired top champions, including Joy’s siblings Bey Ambition, Arbiteur, and Regal Actress.

Joy’s dam, Enchanted Misst K, Regional Championships in Western Pleasure, Country English, Show Hack and Hunter Pleasure.

30 | TAILINGS | January 2023
Price $10,000 Contact
Sue Rich (916) 826-1796 Grass Valley, California
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