Arabian horse articles

"M" Is for Mares

By Linda White

Jacque Patterson’s first date with Rod Thompson was a visit to the boarding stable to see Mac Keff, the Arabian park horse she had been showing. “As Rod took photos of me and the horse I told him about my dream of someday having an Arabian horse farm,” she remembers. “After we were married I put my dream on hold to raise our children, but when they had left home we began looking at Arabians. Rod and I went to several farms, and at Vicki Humphrey’s open house we saw PS Afire Chief, who had been 2006 U.S. Reserve National Park Champion. He was gorgeous! We looked at each other, walked over to Vicki and told her we wanted to buy him.

“Later in 2007 we purchased Baskghazi, a Baske Afire son who became a 2010 U.S. Top 10 Open English Pleasure Champion for us. That year we added the 2009 U.S. National English Pleasure Futurity Champion: The Renaissance (ML Afire Dream x Fire Essence, by Pro-Fire). In selecting mares for the three stallions, I’ve tried to find individuals who would give something back without sacrificing anything. They need to be pretty, of course, structurally sound and a little taller, with plenty of length of leg.”

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2013 33rd Annual Egyptian Event

By Linda White

The Egyptian Event has become the world’s largest celebration of the Egyptian Arabian horse. What began modestly in 1980 as a showing of horses, rather than a horse show, today attracts enthusiasts from six of the earth’s seven continents. A true labor of love, the Egyptian Event is held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. each year, effectively spotlighting the rare Egyptian Arabian and his ancient heritage as has no other equine event in history.

The Event, as it has come to be called, is a collaborative effort has great intrinsic, aesthetic, ![|float:right caption:no][1]entertainment and financial value. One example of that last-mentioned is the straight Egyptian and Egyptian-related Arabian breeders’ incentive programs that attract more participants every year. Payouts at the 2013 Event totaled $157, 284. The Egyptian Breeders’ Challenge alone paid out $85, 950, and futurity classes paid out $61,690. Ah, but that’s not all. Thursday evening’s EBC Live Auction raised $165, 500. And that’s not counting the proceeds from the silent auction.

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2013 Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes

By Linda White

Every year, Ohio’s Buckeye Sweepstakes offers everyone who attends it a refreshing newness that belies its seniority. There is always something exciting going on at the Buckeye, and the possibilities seem endless. The Arabian horse show’s size may have waxed and waned since its 1963 beginnings, but the high quality it attracts has remained constant. Like a brilliant-cut gem, the many-faceted event still glistens with the light of the Arabian horse. The Buckeye is as lustrous today as it was decades ago. And as Show Manager Cindy Clinton reflected, the 2013 Buckeye celebrated its future at least as much as it did the past. She was eager to share details.

“This was our 50th anniversary,” she began. “Because this year’s Region 9 show was held at the same time, we did lose a few of the larger, older stables, which meant that unexpectedly, we had premium stalls available on the front row. Well, the young trainers stepped right up and paid the extra fee to be on the front row. In fact, within a few hours of our announcing that the stalls were available, we were sold out!

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2014 Silverama and Region 14 Championships

By Linda White

All 50 states--even Hawaii and Alaska--are represented in the Arabian Horse Association’s 18 Regions. Hawaii is included with southern California in Region 1, and Alaska joins Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana in Region 5. Western and eastern Canada, respectively, constitute Regions 17 and 18, but the Region 14 Championships has become one of North America’s largest Regional shows. In 2014 and 2013, more than 500 horses came to the Region 14 Silverama pre-show, the Bill and Betty Zekan Memorial Youth Show, and the Region 14 Championships that followed. Very few shows can boast those kinds of numbers.

“And it looked even bigger, because they’re buying more stalls,” said longtime Region 14 Show Manager Cindy Clinton, who also oversees stabling. “We sold close to 900 stalls this year: nearly 400 extra stalls for tack, hospitality rooms, dressing rooms, and so on. Region 14 may be the only Regional that hasn’t raised our fees. This year, the Horse Park raised their prices, so we had to raise the cost of a stall $10 or $15, but that’s the first time we’ve raised them in the 20 years I’ve managed the show. We try to keep people’s costs down.

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49th US National Arabian and Half-Arabian National Championships

By Linda White

The 2015 US National show program weighs four pounds. That alone should tell the tale. The US National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championships has become a very big deal: one of the three largest horse shows on earth, irrespective of breed. A US National title is a much sought-after, unarguable gauge of quality and value - not to mention the perfect marketing tool.

For the past eight years, Arabian folks have been bringing their finest to Tulsa, Oklahoma. “In it to win it” may be a cliché, but that’s exactly what every individual is thinking about. They may be in the cab of a luxurious, high ticket horse van, or pulling a humble, tag-a-long 2-horse trailer, but they all have a dream in common as they pass through Expo Square’s main gate: winning a 2015 US National Championship. At the gate stands the 76-foot Golden Driller, an avatar of the halcyon days of Oklahoma’s oil boom; a gaudy, towering figure from an earlier age. The enthusiasts who brought 1,782 horses onto the show grounds this year - up from last year’s number - are all about what tomorrow will bring.

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2015 Egyptian Event

By Linda White

On June 2-6, 2015, the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) in Lexington, Kentucky was filled with the excitement, sights and sounds of the 35th Annual Egyptian Event. This now world-famous celebration of the Egyptian Arabian horse has been held at the KHP annually since 1981. The Pyramid Society, sponsor of the Egyptian Event, was organized in 1969 by a nucleus of committed breeders whose common goal was to preserve, promote and perpetuate the rare Egyptian Arabian horse. Today, 46 years later, the Pyramid Society’s influence extends globally.

The show has grown and metamorphosed over the years, but one element has remained constant: the Egyptian Event continues to be as much a showing of horses as it is a horse show. The gathering provides a unique opportunity for Egyptian Arabian horse breeders everywhere to showcase their finest, in a context where good sportsmanship, zeal, generosity, and passionate commitment to their collective passion are foremost. Competition is keen; good-natured rivalries develop; significant prize monies are won; and the Event draws participants and Egyptian Arabian devotees from six of the earth’s seven continents!

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2015 Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes

By Linda White

A map of the 360-acre Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds shows Building 12, the coliseum, looking small and insignificant among the sprawling grandstands, race tracks, and lakes. For Arabian horse people, however, the old coliseum is filled with 52 years’ worth of memories: memories of the Ohio Buckeye Sweepstakes. Examples are endless, but longtime Buckeye patrons treasure the indelible image of horseman Bob Hart, Sr., bursting through the in-gate on *Aramus (Nabor x Amneris, by Amurath Sahib), who wasn’t just white; he was silver. For many, *Aramus remains the most beautiful horse they ever saw.

What about the versatility class at the 1976 Buckeye, when Gene La Croix, in a motor cycle helmet, jumped the *Bask son Bomarc, and Sheila Varian held up a hula hoop, bedecked with paper streamers, to create a private “dressing room” for Gene while he changed into his chaps and cowboy hat! Remembering all those glorious Buckeye champions who went on to become national champions can bring more than a few tears. That was back in the day, but the Buckeye is still held at the same place, over Memorial Day weekend. And the Buckeye is still the show where timeless memories – and national champions – are made.

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2015 Silverama and Region 14 Championships

By Linda White

![Lizzie Dearing wins it all in her first

lead-line class. Another protege

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34th Annual Egyptian Event: Perfect Timing

By Linda White

Since 1980, the first week in June, the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Ky.’s premier tourist attraction, has come alive with a horse show that is unlike any other: the Egyptian Event. This year the excitement, enthusiasm and prize payouts were over-the-top. Although horse numbers dipped somewhat, members’ and enthusiasts’ passion for and commitment to the Egyptian Arabian horse were in the stratosphere. At Friday evening’s live auction, competitive bidding by breeders from Egypt, Qatar and the United States saw a halter worn by iconic Egyptian Arabian stallion Nazeer sell for $230,000. (Ed. Note: Nazeer was the most influential Egyptian sire in the 20th century; he never left Egypt.)

That $230,000 halter was part of the “Gleannloch Farms: The Legend and the Legacy," fundraiser auction and gala, held at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel. Texas breeders Douglas and Margaret Marshall, as beloved as they were influential, collected hundreds of gorgeous, one-of- a-kind items during their world travels. Friday morning’s Gleannloch Legacy Showcase Auction and Breakfast, a prelude, was held at historic Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction center near the Kentucky Horse Park.

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49th Annual US National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championships

By Linda White

Like a character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the US National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show has taken on a life of its own. This latest incarnation will create delightful new memories because once again, the combined efforts of the US National Show Commission, the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), and show management are far exceeding the ordinary.

This competition is our breed’s most relied-upon barometer of excellence; every change and update reflects the interests and current needs of the Arabian horse community. Kelsey Berglund, AHA’s National Events Coordinator, outlines some of the changes exhibitors will see this year.

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A Magical Connection

By Linda White

At a small, outdoor Kentucky horse show a few weeks ago, a solemn little boy in clean, well-pressed, albeit second-hand hunt clothes and a shiny new helmet rode into class after class with his flea-bitten grey Arabian mare. When they lined up he would lean forward slightly and speak to her, tenderly stroking her neck. When the judge came up to them in the lineup during their first class, she asked the child if his mount was an Arabian. The small boy quietly replied, "Yes, sir. She is a purebred Arabian. She is 21 years old, and she is my best friend."

The judge, a lump in her throat, only smiled. She knew that when "child safe" is added to any horse's credentials, his desirability and value immediately increase, and buyer numbers seem to multiply exponentially. Since the horse-and-human partnership was forged thousands of years ago, the unique, somehow almost symbiotic relationship between the two species has thrived. Tme after time, century after century, over the roughly 6,000 years since the Arabian horse was domesticated, his intelligence and intuitive knowingness have expanded the comradeship into a profoundly meaningful, even redemptive, influence for adults and children. Correctional facilities widely use Arabians in therapeutic programs to assist prisoners in reentry into life as productive members of society.

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A Time to Dance

By Linda White

Finite time, or chronos, is measured in minutes, hours, centuries and millennia. The other kind of time is kairos, or immeasurable time: God’s time. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 categorizes time, reminding us in verse 11 that God has made all things beautiful in their time. We can record our Arabian horses’ age, height, weight and number of offspring, but his timeless beauty and supernatural intelligence are incalculable. So are the joy, richness, and sense of purpose he adds to our lives. Thus, the Arabian horse embodies both the measurable and the immeasurable.

Horses must have fascinated Homo erectus for a very long time, because those drawings of horses on cave walls in Europe and Asia are at least 35,000 years old. Some archaeologists have suggested that the crude renderings may have been ceremonial talismans for a successful hunt. Talismans for good luck snaring rabbits and grouse? Maybe, but a human being’s running after (and actually catching!) a fleeing horse, or even hoping to catch one, seems pretty unlikely. The old and slow probably did land on our ancient forebears’ dinner tables, but the swift, graceful creatures also fired his imagination, as they have done ever since.

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Allan Ehrlick, Unquenchable

By Linda White

![Allan Ehrlick - Canadian Equestrian|float:left caption:yes][1]We live in a world that venerates its athletes. And star athletes become immediate heroes, idolized by fans young and old, in the four corners of the earth.

Allan Ehrlick has been that kind of star athlete most of his life: a hero in the eyes of more fans than he could ever imagine. A motion picture about him would resemble a 1950s Biblical epic, with a cast of thousands. An Oscar-worthy story line would be salted with all the diverse, spine-tingling adventures and achievements that have filled Ehrlick’s earthly journey to date.

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Andrea Wolfe Wins An Arabian Horse!

![Desert Ghlory (by Baskghazi)|float:left caption:yes][1]I grew up having a huge admiration for the beauty, strength, and energy that horses possess….but was never able to get involved with the sport due to other commitments and life choices. Then...about two years ago I drove past a barn offering riding lessons and decided it was about time I started pursuing this lifelong dream.

The barn I had passed was Tiara Arabians. And within six months...lessons turned into leasing a horse... Leasing turned into buying a horse...and then the competition bug hit. Life hasn't been the same for my Half-Arab and I since then.

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Arabian Halter: The Eye of the Beholder

By Linda White

![Khemosabi - great champion and

sire - Photo by Polly Knoll|float:right caption:yes][1]Beauty is an ever-changing concept. For example, those clunky, slab-headed, tiny-eyed horses we see in ancient Sumerian bas-reliefs don’t begin to resemble today’s sleek, gorgeous Arabian horses. We find the florid, fleshy females in Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens’ (1577-1640) paintings far different from actress Audrey Hepburn’s sleek, black-and-white splendor at Ascot Racecourse, in My Fair Lady (1964). Fifty years later, our idea of “beautiful” seems to change with every click of the mouse.

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Arabian Horse News Archive

August 17, 2015


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Arabian Horse Trainer: Mary Trowbridge

By Linda White

 *We share the hurried rush of life, love, loss and death that our horses bring us,

honoring them for their brave hearts, their courage, and willingness to give. 

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Arabian Horses Today: Webcast

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Arabian Racing Comes of Age

By Linda White

Today, Arabian horses are racing on five continents. Arabians bred in the United States are contributing to Arabian race breeding programs all over the world. Purses at major Arabian horse races offer hundreds of thousands of dollars, rivalling those of famous Thoroughbred races. Support for Arabian racing continues in the United States, but ironically, funding and participation are coming increasingly from the place where the breed originated: the Middle East.

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Arabian Racing: Purses in the $Millions

By Linda White

This just announced: a $1 million bonus will go to the winner of the 2015 Qatar Triple Crown for racing Arabians. This is a huge show of support for the global promotion of Arabian racing. First of the new Arabian Triple Crown’s Arabian races will be run during the inaugural Qatar Goodwood Festival, coming up July 28 through August 1, 2015. A stunning £2m in prize money will be offered in the 5-day celebration’s eight key races; that amount could be increased year by year. Total prize monies for the week will exceed £4.5m. A recently created 10-year partnership between Qatar and Goodwood Racecourse, in West Sussex, England, represents one of the largest sponsorships British racing has ever seen.

![qatar arabian race|float:left caption:no][1]The second jewel in the Qatar Triple Crown for Arabians will be October’s Qatar Arabian World Cup, held during Qatar Prix weekend at Paris’s Hippodrome Longchamp. Beautiful Longchamp, inaugurated by Napoleon III in 1857, is considered France’s temple of racing. The Qatar Arabian World Cup, will be run on Sunday, October 5th. Its existing $1 million purse, and its inclusion in the Triple Crown, makes it the most important race of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend. The third jewel is the H.H. Emir Sword Festival Grade 1 Stakes race, which will be run during the H.H. Emir 24th International Equestrian Sword Festival in Doha, Qatar in 2016.

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Arabian Sport Horses: You Name It, They Can Do It

By Linda White

![|float:left caption:no][1]Arabian horses are unrivaled in beauty, but they bring a whole lot more than good looks to their partnership with mankind. We are continually discovering talents to add to the remarkable list of performance disciplines at which Arabians, Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians excel. More than a dozen years ago, “sport horse” was applied to a body of disciplines in which Arabians have long competed successfully; only the “sport horse” designation was new. What is a sport horse?

The term “sport horse” can apply to horses of any breed or combination of breeds, registered or unregistered. At open shows, owners of unregistered and mixed-breed sport horses are encouraged to provide breed information and parentage, if known, on the show’s entry blanks. Regardless of breed, the successful sport horse is athletic and built to last, with a willing nature and an eagerness to perform what is being asked of it.

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Arabian Trainers’ Gallery: Vicki Humphrey

By Linda White


“I’ve had a funny life,” she begins. “I have always loved horses, but when I was a little girl, I had a very specific dream, and it had nothing to do with horses. I wanted to be Grace Slick, and sing “White Rabbit” on the stage at Woodstock.”

 

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Arabians In Endurance: Nobody Does It Better

By Linda White

The Arabian horse’s ability to meet and conquer arduous physical challenges has elicited awe ![Djubille, Brenda White rider|float:right caption:yes][1] among us feeble humans since ancient times. Little has changed in the intervening 5,000 years since Assyrian warriors rode their Arabian horses onto the battlefields of the Ancient Near East. Arabians are invariably among the top finishers in today’s all-breed competitive distance rides, and the “why” is no mystery.

From the time some prehistoric nomad discovered an orphaned newborn filly on the steppes above the Syrian plateau and decided she was too pretty to eat, Arabian horses and their human partners have prevailed in the harshest, most inhospitable conditions. They cross vast distances with minimal rest, food and water. The breed’s makeup has served it well: dense bone, economic body size and weight, long shoulder, deep heart girth and huge nostrils that allowed for maximum air intake. His well-constructed feet and legs were durable as iron, and his bravery and acute native intelligence made him unique. We marvel at astonishing stories of Arabians who carried their masters thousands of miles over harsh terrain, often in wartime. Those tales of Arabian horses’ lifesaving courage under fire are not myth and legend; they are matters of fact.

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Count Federico Zichy-Thyssen (1935-2014)

By Linda White

When Count Federico Zichy-Thyssen went to Britain to study at the University of Cambridge, he took his horse with him. A lifelong horseman, he bought his first Arabian in Argentina when he was 18, and fell in love with the breed. Whether he was steeplechasing in England; competing with his Arabians in the show ring; breeding winning Arabian race horses; or riding across his thousands of acres of Argentine ranchland, his love for Arabian horses, and all things equine, were known and respected the world over.

“Count Federico was a unique, impressive individual: larger than life,” Judith Forbis remembered. Judith and her late husband, Don Forbis, founded Ansata Arabian Stud more than 50 years ago. Ansata-bred Egyptian Arabians figures prominently in the 40-year-old Zichy-Thyssen Arabian breeding program.

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Cowboy Culture

By Linda White

With a 10-gallon hat, a fast horse, and a six-shooter on his hip, the American cowboy – or Hollywood’s version of him, anyway – galloped into our culture long ago. Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger, Wild Bill Hickok, Bret Maverick, Ben Cartwright and his boys on the Ponderosa; Wyatt Earp, Marshall Matt Dillon, of Gunsmoke fame …. They were our heroes, and we were their faithful sidekicks. Ever after, when adults and children take up horseback riding, they yearn to ride on a western saddle, and dress like the cowboys they idolized. Fashions come and go, but a cowboy hat, chaps, a saddle pad and a western saddle are still de rigueur for any western outfit.

Ironically, the saddle we call “western” was never a product of the Golden West. Those high pommels (front) and cantles (rear) were devised to provide a secure seat for armored knights in the Middle Ages, jousting, and riding off to the Crusades. The longer stirrups were developed because bending an armor-clad knee was almost impossible for a knight, mounted or afoot.

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Endurance and Limited Distance (LD) Riding

by Stephanie Meza

Aptly called the sport of a million steps, Endurance riding is a competition that challenges horse and rider to complete a 50-100 mile (80-160km) course in one day.

Limited Distance (LD) rides are 25-35 miles (40-56 km) long, and any rides under 25 miles (40 km) are generally considered a training or introductory ride.

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Arabian National Breeder Finals

By Beth Ellen Hunziker

![Arabian National Breeder Finals Trophy|float:left caption:yes][1]FRIENDS AND FAMILIES ENJOYED THE ARIZONA SUN AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BREED IN THE WORLD - THE ARABIAN - at the Fifth Annual Arabian National Breeder Finals, September 30 - October 3, 2015 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Once again, the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (AHAA) hosted the star-studded international event, which drew horses and people from around the world. Scottsdale is the unrivaled capital of the Arabian breed, thanks in large part to the efforts of the AHAA, which has assumed a leadership role in the community with their innovative concepts, teamwork and support of the industry on a global basis.

The mission of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona is to support all breeders and owners of Arabian horses. They have been extremely successful in achieving that goal through efforts such as the Arabian National Breeder Finals. This show has grown rapidly over the past five years and it has already become an important international event. This year, many people flew from the All Nations Cup show in Germany, directly to Arizona for the Breeder Finals. Although these travelers might have been jet lagged, that didn’t seem to stop them from attending the show or any of the great open houses and parties held by Scottsdale breeders.

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Happy Trails

By Linda White

The little dun Half-Arabian gelding may not look like much in the stall, but his credentials are more impressive than most horses of any breed can boast. Made Ya Look, as he is registered, has carried his riders to six gold medals in the Special Olympics. His owner, Nathalie Green, purchased him from his breeder as a 4-year-old in 2002, the year she launched T.R.A.I.L., the Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc. of Louisville. The operation is now called TRAIL Therapy Horses.

Ellie Rinehart-Troutman bred Made Ya Look. Troutman and her husband own Windy Meadows Farm, in La Grange, Ky. “We bred my daughter's palomino Shetland pony mare, Dawn, to our clients’ beautiful Traditio son, R-A Kuasar,” she explains. Her clients, Karen and Linda Hoeschele, had bought R-A Kuasar in 1993. A willowy bay stallion of pure Polish bloodlines, R-A Kuasar is out of the Negatraz daughter, Moderna (x *Mortissa, by Trypolis.) He was bred by Mosica Arabians and registered by Rose and Art Taylor, who bought his dam in foal to Traditio for their R-A Aloha Arabians.

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How To Read A Pedigree

by Arlene Magid

For many people the study of Arabian pedigrees is an endless source of fascination, and for serious breeders it is a requirement. Still, terminology remains puzzling. When asked about the dam line of a mare, this writer has heard owners reply "oh, she's out of Khemosabi++++/". Actually, if Khemosabi++++/ is her maternal grandsire, the correct way to describe the pedigree is to say that the mare's dam is by Khemosabi++++/ (out of is a term reserved to describe what mares have produced). Also, since Khemosabi++++/ is a stallion, he cannot be the "dam line" of the mare--the dam line is the females listed descending from the mother of the mare herself. Her "dam line" would trace to a mare like Bint Sahara, for example.

By the time one tries to learn all the correct words for pedigree analysis, one's head can be spinning. Taproot mares, family strains, plus symbols before and after names--it seems to be a foreign language, and one for which a translation dictionary cannot be bought in a local bookstore! For our example of a pedigree we will use that of the late, great Huckleberry Bey++, who was the leading halter and performance sire at the National shows for a number of years and whose sire line is still prominent today through his sons who have been leading sires as well, most notably Afire Bey V, the breed’s all time leading sire of champions.

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Jessica Clinton: Born To Succeed

By Arlene Magid

2011 Arabian Professional Horsemen’s Association Up and Coming Trainer of the Year Jessica Clinton didn’t want to become a horse trainer. “At Youth Nationals”, they do these questionnaires, and ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ I remember specifically that one year I wrote ‘not a horse trainer.’”

Jessica was born to be a horsewoman. Her father, Jim Clinton, was a very successful breeder of Arabian and Half-Arabian performance horses. Her mother is the highly successful trainer Vicki Humphrey who has been winning National titles since she was a junior rider. But Jessica wanted to be an artist; she studied fine art and painting at college after showing successfully as a youth rider (although she preferred riding horses at a dead run through the forest rather than showing, she was a National Champion equitation rider). As an adult amateur, Jessica won the $5,000.00 Platinum Performance High Point Award with Bey Berry Love and was U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian Park AOTR in 2007 with Excels High Fashion, a mare she’d selected herself, purchased and for whom she had done all the training.

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Keeping the Show Horse in Top Health

By David Mikosz

Doing well in the show ring is not just about getting around the ring with as few mistakes as possible. It also means taking an Arabian horse in the ring that is in top health inside and out. Without daily quality care and nutrition a horse cannot perform its best in any discipline.

Wading Through the Sea of Information

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Rancho Soñado: Where Dreams Come True

By Linda White

If you were at the 2015 US National Championships midweek, it’s likely you walked through Tulsa Expo Square’s huge River Spirit Building, admiring exhibitors’ inviting, well-appointed stalls and hospitality setups. If you went by Dick and Nan Walden’s Rancho Soñado stalls, we’ll bet you did a double-take at all the loot they had won already: several trophies topped with those familiar, sculptured bronze horses; a bunch of 2015 US Top 10 plaques, and all the ribbons, US Top 10s and higher, festooning the stall drapes. And this was only mid-week!

Rancho Soñado took home three 2015 US National Reserve Championships and eight US Top 10s, with six horses showing. The Waldens and their Rancho Soñado team were even more successful at the 2015 Canadian National Championships. With five horses showing, they won two 2015 Canadian National Championships, one Canadian National Reserve Championships, and 19 Canadian National Top 10s in trail, both Open and AAOTR. All but five were won in trail: Romance V (Maclintock V x Ravvens Skylark) was 2015 Canadian National Top 10 in both Sport Horse In Hand, Open and ATH, both hunter and dressage type. Waldens purchased the black mare at two from Sheila Varian, her breeder.

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Reining Horses

By Linda White

![Hillbilly Quixote at the 2011

Scottsdale show|float:left caption:yes][1]Reining brings cheering crowds to their feet at every horse show that offers the thrillingspectacle. A modern version of the contest cowboys invented on the open range of yesteryear, reining today is a crowd-pleasing demonstration of skill and agility that is unlike any other discipline in the equine lexicon.

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Remembering Sheila Varian

By Linda White

“Sheila dealt with death as she did with life: she met it head-on”

- Judy Von Duyke

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Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter: Shaping the Future

By Linda White

*Our gifts make us unique among animals:

not just figures in the landscape, but shapers of the landscape.

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Ryan Show Horses

By Linda White

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who give, and those who take. John and Christine Ryan are solidly in the “givers” category, as their many friends and admirers will tell you. “John and Christine always give far more than they take,” marvels Mary Trowbridge. “Johnny is one of my very dearest friends, and one of the best souls I know.”

If pressed, Johnny Ryan will concede the point. “Christine and I have been very involved in giving back to the industry, motivated by our passion for the Arabian horse and the Arabian horse industry,” he admits. “Neither of us is the type to sit around and complain. We’re dedicated professionals, proactive in addressing problems and finding solutions.

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Second Annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show

By Linda White

Opportunities come along all the time; it’s recognizing and taking advantage of them that’s the trick. A couple of years ago, a group of Arabian horse people were sitting around at the Registry offices in Colorado, tossing around ideas for ways to promote the breed.

“We decided it would be fun to showcase our Arabians at a place we had never been,” Arabian Horse Association President Cynthia Richardson remembers. “Not long after, we received a press release from USEF about a show in New York’s Central Park that was being organized. That got our attention. Here was a concept, and a place, that were new and unfamiliar to the Arabian world. This might be the opportunity we were looking for.

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Smoky Mountain Park Arabians - A Dream Fulfilled

By Arlene Magid

Few breeding farms can claim National winners from their first foal crop, and even fewer have half of their first foal crop win National titles. Smoky Mountain Park Arabians achieved both of these rare distinctions at the 2011 U.S. Nationals, when two very talented three year olds won titles in the Country Pleasure Futurity class. Named Reserve National Champion Country Pleasure Futurity was Tempani SMP (A Temptation x PS Alympia), and Chief Inspiration SMP (PS Afire Chief+ x S A Pasafire) was Top Ten in the class. Both horses are “cousins” as PS Alympia and PS Afire Chief+ are full siblings!

The story of Smoky Mountain Park Arabians began back in the early 1970s, with a horse crazy teenage girl and a very special gelding. Jacqueline Thompson, then known as Jacqueline Patterson. “I first met Mac Keff, who was then 15 years old, when I was a counsellor at a YMCA camp and he was owned by the camp director. He was a very talented athlete-had done gymkhana work and was supposed to hold a barrel racing record for the entire state of Florida,” recalls Jacque. “I owned a half Thoroughbred mare and had a few riding lessons but usually rode bareback. The camp owner offered to trade Mac Keff for my mare. I loved riding him, he was a challenge but was an incredible athlete.”

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Stachowskis: A Formula for Success

By Linda White

In 2013 Jim Stachowski was inducted into the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horsemen’s Association (APAHA) Hall of Fame. He won the APAHA English/ Saddle Seat Trainer of the Year awards in 1995, 2010 and 2011, and all four 2010 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure, Junior Horse divisions. He and his older brother Peter have won, or trained clients’ Arabians and Half-Arabians to win, hundreds of national titles in the decades since they launched Stachowski Farms, in Mantua, Ohio.

Jim just won the 2014 Fine Harness World’s Grand Championship at the Kentucky State Fair with Nutcrackers Nirvana, a Saddlebred stallion he and his wife, Shawn, bought in 2011. Jim has won fine harness world’s championships before, but a world’s grand championship is one of only three such honors the venerable show has been awarding annually since 1891. That kind of professional achievement in both the Arabian and Saddlebred worlds is unprecedented.

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Steve Heathcott: Catching the Stars

By Linda White

![Hey Hallelujah as a baby|float:left caption:yes][1]Steve Heathcott has two gifts. Both have put a unique spin on his career. Neither gift can be taught, learned or copied, making Heathcott’s achievements as an Arabian halter trainer and showman providential, somehow. His success is the result of his application of those gifts, plus his passion for Arabian horses, his innate talent, and more than 30 years’ experience. The horse- and football-loving kid from Taft, California continues to dazzle ‘em in a dozen countries, on five of this Earth’s seven continents.

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Teaching Tips From "The Coach"

by David Mikosz

Week 1:

FROM THE COACH: "If your horse is cantering too fast, do increasingly smaller circles until you feel him slow down then reward him by going straight. Repeat each time he speeds up. He will soon figure out cantering slow is easier than doing circles."

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Team Kiesner

By Linda White

Whether the classroom is real or metaphorical, the best teachers always seem to have both an educated and an intuitive understanding of how to impart lasting information to their students. The finest Arabian horse trainers too are imbued with those gifts, one acquired, the other God-given. Joel and Ashton Kiesner are perfect examples. Together, they have guided hundreds of pupils, both horse and human, to undreamed-of heights. Their success reflects their combined knowledge and experience, fueled by an abiding love for, and commitment to, the Arabian horse. Ashton is quick to own her lifelong obsession with them. Her husband grew up in the Arabian business, as did she, but Joel was in his early 20s before he settled on training Arabians as his life’s work. Still, at one point, wearying of the job’s undeniably mundane elements, Kiesner began to question the significance of what he was doing.

“I told myself that there are people out there doing important, life-changing things that actually help people in real ways,” he explains. “I thought, ‘Training horses just isn’t very important.’” Finding himself at an impasse, he considered pursuing art, his other lifelong passion.

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The Arabian Horse: Halter & Breeding Competition

By Beth Ellen Hunziker

![Halter Champion Stallion SF Veraz|float:right caption:yes][1]Why an Arabian horse?

I always think it’s fun to look at the tests that ask you to answer a few questions and it will reveal which pet is perfect for you. Are you adventurous? Do you like to travel to exotic places? Do you find pleasure in great beauty? Do you value intelligence, kindness and loyalty? Do you like variety in your life? If you answered yes to these questions, you should consider owning an Arabian horse!

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The Importance of the Pedigree

by Arlene Magid

The importance of understanding Arabian pedigrees before one breeds is best summed up in a statement from the noted breeder William States Jacobs (who was active in the 1940s and bred some excellent horses, including the National winner sires Imaraff and Raffi). He said: "Whatever is in the pedigree will come out. Nothing else can." This simple statement could alternately be said to be the eleventh commandment for Arabian horse owners: "Know thy horse's pedigree." Pedigree expertise can help with selection of show horses, make breeding programs more successful, and can be the edge needed to clinch a sale of a horse or a breeding.

Many people believe it is unnecessary to deeply analyze the pedigrees of horses they are considering for purchase strictly for show use as riding animals. However, much can be learned about a prospective show horse purchase from its ancestry. Did the horses in the nearest generations remain sound for a number of seasons in the show ring? Are they known winners in the division in which the horse being considered is trained? If they have won in the show ring, how many horses did they compete against? (The author knows of someone who was sold a "park horse" that had "won" in single horse classes--the dam's pedigree was all hunt pleasure and western pleasure winners, and the park mare was not bred for the class in which she performed).

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The Varian Arabians' Influence

By Linda White

Whether you log onto the Varian Arabians website for the first time or the three-hundredth time, you find yourself drawn, like Alice Through the Looking Glass, into the vital global presence of Varian Arabians. As you browse through page after page of information and images, you begin to understand that this is a portal: a door into the unique world Sheila Varian created for her horses, for herself, and ultimately, for Arabian horses and the world-wide Arabian horse community.

Over the last three years, as the gravity of her mortal illness became apparent, Sheila and Angela Alvarez worked up a long-turn plan for the breeding program’s future, revisiting Sheila’s original goals and aspirations, and any tailoring to meet the present day. A plan was in place for Alvarez, who joined the team 30 years ago, to carry on the unique stewardship and commitment to the horses, ideals and people that were always Sheila’s modus operandi. Integrity, wisdom, compassion and devotion - and an insatiable hunger for knowledge and understanding have characterized everything Sheila did.

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The Whites: Knights in Their Own Right

By Linda White

![Stan Morey, Stanley White Jr., Zachary White

and Stanley White III|float:left caption:yes][1]Three horsemen named Stanley White: father, son and grandson, pass across the Arabian horse landscape like bright stars, illuminating the lives of countless breeders, Arabian owners and exhibitors, and the Arabian horses they love. The Whites’ positive influence has continued, unbroken, for more than 60 years.

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