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2017

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ARABIAN

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“That gleam of silver, lit from within … ”

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2017 Scottsdale International Gold Champion Stallion.

*Hariry Al Shaqab

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Scottsdale International Gold Champion Stallion World Champion Senior Stallion Qatar International Senior Champion Stallion

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104 Scottsdale 2017 —

The Greatest Arabian Horse Show on Earth!

From the great horses competing in every division under the sun to the number of outside spectators to the excitement of the Marquise Auction — Scottsdale definitely earned that moniker, by Gary Dearth

on the cover:

Expressamo

(IXL Noble Express x Mystic Bey

V by Huckleberry Bey), 2017

Scottsdale Champion Pleasure Driving, pictured with his best friend Kate Candelaria,

at Sandman Inc., San Jose,

California. Photo by Kelly Kenneally. See story on page 73.

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Cover Story: Expressamo

“He’s the best thing that happened to our barn, my daughter, and my grandchildren. These days, kids are so

plugged into their phones and computers, it’s tough to get them outside in a healthy environment.” Meet the

Scottsdale Champion that changed all that for one California family, by Gary Dearth

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Scottsdale 2017 — The View from Center Ring, by Gary Dearth

130

Marquise Invitational Auction

Certainly an evening to remember, harkening back to the glitzy Lasma days when Hollywood stars and

Arabian aficionados were one and the same.

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general

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Moments in Time: The Polish Pioneers

Let us return to a happier time, when Poland first emerged as a serious international contender, by Betty Finke

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Horse Properties Across the Nation

Join us in Region 7 — Arizona, Nevada, and Utah — as we explore equestrian properties, by Wendy Tinker

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Wadee Al Shaqab — The Legend Continues

Al Shaqab has achieved the near impossible, beaten the odds and produced not just one such horse, nor even two, but an entire dynasty of them, by Betty Finke

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Zobeyni Sire Line Part 2 — Mahruss, Rijm, and the Unlikely Brothers

The second branch of Zobeyni’s line is just as extensive as that of Mesaoud, by Betty Finke

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2017 Las Vegas Arabian Breeders World Cup Show Preview

You can’t help but feel a strong sense of togetherness as the lines between barns, trainers, and space blend together in this magical, four-day world.

136

Wit and Wisdom: Alexander Keene Richards

He found the current English horses to be sadly in need of a new infusion of Arabian blood. With that insight, and his study of horses, Richards determined to go on to the desert to see for himself, by Mary Jane Parkinson

138

From the Artists: Edward Troye

140

In Memory of Sundance Kid V

We say farewell to another great sire who in the last decade sired six U.S. National Western Pleasure Champions, by Gary Dearth

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HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival Races at Sam Houston Race Park

Paddys Day impresses again with his Sheikh Zayad Cup win, as well as a classy win by Ruby AA at the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship for amateur riders, by Steve Andersen

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March Racing in Abu Dhabi — Featuring Five Stakes Races

“Mahbooba’s win has left us all enthusiastic about the rest of her career,” by Steve Andersen

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What In The World: Sold! To the Lady in Front! When the gavel fell at $1.55 million, a wave of excitement filled the room, by Denise Hearst

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Stud Farm Diaries:

Rocking and Rolling, Causes and treatments for enteroliths, by Cindy Reich

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Take a step into this 44,000-acre oasis and discover the extraordinary horses that emerged as Gold Champions, by Kristi Hopp

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Thirty-third Punta

del Este Arabian Horse Show

In one of the most charming and exclusive cities in the world, Arabians gather in the new center prepared especially for this event, by Gaston Labadie

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Women of World in June

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WHAT IN THE WORLD

by Denise Hearst

Om El Erodite (EKS Alihandro x Om El Excella) and Mike Wilson on the Marquise Invitational Auction stage.

Sold! To the Lady in Front!

T here were a lot of thrilling moments at Scottsdale this year,

but perhaps none as momentous as when the feminine

grey yearling filly sold for $1.55 million to Pat Dempsey of

Lady Lake, Florida, at the Marquise Invitational Auction. Pat was bidding against several people, not least, Middle Eastern Sheikhs who no doubt thought she’d fold. When the gavel fell, a wave of excitement swept the room. And there were tears, too, from the filly’s consigner, Janina Merz, who, with her late mother, Sigi Siller, bred the filly. Om El Erodite out of Om El Excella, attracted loads of pre-sale interest. Here was a multi-generation Om El Arab-bred filly on her dam’s side, sired by an outcross — the European sensation EKS Alihandro, who is undefeated in his career. The combination of the Om El type with the dazzling showring presence of Alihandro turned out to be magical. We asked Pat how she found the steely resolve to pursue the filly to any lengths. “A week before the sale, my trainer Ted Carson asked me to go see her. There were about 10 of us there for the showing. She was turned loose and she came right up to me and told me who she was.

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Congratulations are directed to Pat Dempsey of Beloveds Farm, Lady Lake, Florida, after her winning bid on Om El Erodite.

“I knew there was strong international interest, and I received offers from some

of those same people for my filly Beloved Gracious Lady (Bey Ambition x AP Sheez Sassy), who was high scoring yearling filly at Nationals last year.” Pat has turned down those offers, and here’s why: “We need to build self-esteem for our own Arabian breeding programs,” she says. “Our horses are paying the price. How are we going to have depth in our classes if we sell our best? “Everyone should read Arabian Horse World ’s January 2017 issue editorial, ‘Make Halter Great Again,’ by Cindy Reich, on page 142. If everyone reads and understands that article, they can decide what to do about it. When a horse can walk along the rail and be a 15 or 16, and then stand up and have a 19.5 topline, you know that halter has become a performance class. “We have to reform by going forward in a strong way. When you know what’s wrong and don’t improve it, whose fault is it? Until we have a basic understanding of

where we are, we can’t improve. That article lays it out perfectly.” But back to the auction. The week before, Pat got a pre-purchase exam done, and lined up insurance. She and Ted agreed that he would do the bidding, but that he wouldn’t start until Pat gave the signal: touching knees. That moment came at $900,000.

A well-known international breeder got in via a phone bid at $1.2 million, and

several others were in also. “At one point Ted froze up,” says Pat. “We’d never talked about money. We hadn’t discussed a limit. I didn’t have a limit, but I hadn’t told Ted. That’s when I took over the bidding. I was so busy trying to figure out where the bid was — it was going so fast — by $100K increments. So I slowed it down to $50K, and that’s how we ended up at $1.55 million. No one knew it would go that high.”

A few days later, Erodite, now known as “Mika,” had a good trip home to Ted

Carson’s farm in White Oak, North Carolina, where she enjoys daily turnout with

Beloveds One Blessing (Beloved One NA x Rohara Marcalyssa). Both are slated to go to Vegas, but Ted and Pat are taking things day by day. “People told me that was one night our industry was united,” says Pat. “Some

Top: Om El Erodite with trainer Ted Carson who will be caring for and showing her in the coming years.

Bottom: Janina Merz, who with her mother Sigi Siller, bred Erodite, congratulates Pat.

c l ients o f Te d ’s came to h is b arn t h e next day and said, ‘It was a real good jolt for all of us, and it was reassuring to feel like breeders are going to be rewarded for their efforts.’ I had never thought about the impact the sale would have on U.S. breeders. At the Dubai show a couple of wee k s l ater, Te d h ear d comments suc h as, ‘The Americans had enough pride to keep her.’ “It was what I needed to do.” See more Marquise Auction coverage on page 130.

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2017 Scottsdale International Straight Egyptian Reserve Champion Senior Male

Arabian National Breeder Finals Egyptian Heritage Bronze Champion Male

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Moments in Time

The

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The year is 1983 and the location is Aachen. Not Aachen as we know it today:

the first All Nations Cup to be held there is still one year away and the show is held

outside in the old equestrian stadium, blessed by brilliant sunshine. An international Arabian show has been held here annually since 1979, growing bigger and better each year. All German breeders go there, with or without horses, including Marbach State Stud with a group of their prized broodmares. Most of the foreign competitors come from neighboring countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark. Many of the horses are of Russian breeding, which dominates the European shows at this time. During the first four years of the show, there were no entries from Poland, despite the fact that Polish horses had been winning World Champion titles at Paris for two years in succession. The year 1983, then, was the year the Polish state studs first made their presence known at Aachen. The horses came from Michałów and Janów Podlaski, including the stallions Set (Etap x Sekwana) and Pepton (Bandos x Pemba), the broodmares Cyrenajka (Banat x Cykuta), Candela (Etap x Capella), and Kabala (Palas x Kometa), and the fillies Zula (Probat x Zazula) and Wendeta (Palas x Weneda). And what a spectacular debut it was! They either won their respective classes, or placed second. The late Dr. Otto Saenger, one of Germany’s leading Arabian horse experts who was one of the judges and did the write-up of the show, commented that Set, who placed second behind a Russian stallion from Holland, should really have won the class

Much has been written about the Polish State Studs during the past year. Most of it has been negative, centering on the recent management changes and their effects. But for now, let us return to a happier time, when Poland first emerged as a serious international contender.

and only failed to do so because he was lame at the time. The Polish horses also started something of a tradition by

winning the Senior Mare Championship, and, in this case, the Reserve title as well. The photograph shows the late Andrzej Krzyształowicz, the stud director of Janów Podlaski who had rebuilt the breeding program after the war, flanked by the mares Candela and Kabala. They placed first and second in their class and went on to win the senior mare championship and the reserve, respectively. The chestnut Candela, bred by Janów Podlaski, who carried away the title of European Champion Mare, was very much the star of the show and to this day remains one of the most beautiful Polish mares I have ever seen. The photo of her standing, incidentally, demonstrates what a posed show horse should look like — not that tense, muscle- and eye-popping frozen stance we have sadly gotten used to these days. That particular madness was just beginning back then. In his report, Dr. Saenger was very vocal in his condemnation of “badly imitated American posing,” pointing out that it is impossible to judge a horse properly that way. He also commented negatively on the amount of shanking that was already going on. This did not apply to the Polish horses, however. Candela, whose conformation and legs outrank almost everything you see at the shows today, was the Arabian mare par excellence. Serenely beautiful when standing still, the moment she trotted out, her tail went straight up in the air and you could see the Bedouin war mare shining through. She was, in a word, stunning, and nothing could stand against her.

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Aachen 1983: A proud and happy Andrzej Krzysztalowicz flanked by Candela (Etap x Capella), left, and Kabala (Palas x Kometa), above, and Candela, the first ever Polish Champion Mare at Aachen, left.

The grey mare is Kabala, bred at Michałów, and second to Candela both in her class and in the championships. She wasn’t anywhere near as sparkly and charismatic as Candela; more of a quiet, unassuming, but simply very, very good broodmare type. And in fact, as a broodmare Kabala turned out to be the real winner. Candela, who was imported to the U.S. in 1990, has no descendants at Janów Podlaski today, nor did any of her produce make headlines. She was a great show mare, but not all show mares automatically make great broodmares as well. Kabala, on the other hand, went on to produce the stallion *Kordelas (by Monogramm), who won at halter, at the racetrack, and in reining, the U.S. National Champion Mare *Kawalkada (by *Penitent), and the beautiful Michałów broodmare Kwesta (by Pesennik). Sixteen years after Kabala’s victory, Kwesta’s daughter *Kwestura would herself be named Champion Mare at Aachen; the first of many such titles for one of the most successful Polish show mares of all time. Just one year after Candela’s and Kabala’s double victory,

the All Nations Cup was held at Aachen for the first time. Since the weather was unfortunately not as wonderful as it had been in 1983, the show was moved indoors. Poland was back in full force, again winning the senior mare championship. The winner this time around was Michałów’s Zazula (Negatiw x Zlota IWA),

another mare whose descendants are still winning in the ring today. Poland also won the All Nations Cup itself; for the first, but certainly not for the last time. The list of ANC Champion Mares from the Polish state studs since then is long and illustrious: Aldara, *Pikieta, Emanacja, *Kwestura, *Zagrobla, *El Dorada PASB, Palmira, *Emandoria,

*Pianissima

first Polish mare ever to win a championship at Aachen. While we can look back into the past, there is no telling what the future may hold in store for the Arabians of the state studs. They were noticeably absent from the ranks of Gold winners in 2016. But I for one certainly hope that the long line of champion mares from Poland will, in years to come, be continued.

and it all began back in 1983 with Candela, the

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Horse Properties

ACROSS THE NATION

Region 7: ARIZONA, NEVADA, AND UTAH

by Wendy Tinker

Horse properties across the United States are as varied in size and shape as horse breeds. Small, tight-knit farms abound in some regions, while sprawling ranches occupy others. Join us on a journey across the country as we peek into the lives and homes of breeders, trainers, and lovers of the Arabian horse, and explore the types of equestrian real estate that are typical of each area.

Our first stop is Region 7, which includes Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Arizona tops the region in the number of purebred Arabian horses registered in 2016 at 341 foals (compared to 35 for Nevada and 79 for Utah). Arizona is also one of the most active states in the country for Arabian horses with a large concentration of Arabian halter and performance trainers. We asked breeders and trainers about why they chose to live and work in Region 7 and here is what we learned. Carol Fensholt Nierenberg and her husband, Stuart, chose to live in Carefree, Arizona, located between the outskirts of Scottsdale and Cave Creek. When asked why, Carol started with the weather — dry and sunny for 300 days per year, and went on to include the arts and cultural scene, the casual vibe, and the horses! “Scottsdale is the epicenter of the Arabian

Carol Fensholt Nierenberg and her husband, Stuart, chose to live in Carefree, Arizona, citing the appeal of 300 dry, sunny days per year.

breed in all the world, and there is a growing community of Baroque horse lovers, too,” Carol said. She especially enjoys the riding opportunities. “There is endless riding –– great trails are found all over, even in the middle of Scottsdale. From our property in the hills, we could theoretically, ride to the Grand Canyon, zigging and zagging through the sandy washes.” Carol and Stu have a beautiful home on 20 acres which is a rare, large property for the area. Most equestrian properties in Scottsdale are one to two acres. The stable that the Nierenbergs built has been included in the Top 20 Most Beautiful Barns in the U.S., and they house Carol’s and Stu’s beloved Arabians, a horde of rescue dogs, and occasionally one of their beautiful Andalusians. Cat McKenna Bassett, a graphic designer specializing in the equestrian community, just purchased her first home in Scottsdale in 2016. “Scottsdale is an extremely livable city, with amenities and activities within 30 minutes from anywhere! Incredible winter weather, perfect for riding, and a summer just made for pool parties,” she said. Unlike Carol and Stu, Cat and Danny Bassett purchased a single family home on a city lot and Cat boards her gelding. “I don’t live in a horse community, but there are still tons of horse properties scattered throughout all of Phoenix and Scottsdale,” Cat said. And, when asked if the value of their home has appreciated, Cat replied that while they have only owned for about a year, the value has already increased slightly.

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“Every time we looked elsewhere, we found ourselves comparing it to what Scottsdale offered. In the end, Scottsdale won,” says Chris Culbreth on his decision to purchase a facility in Scottsdale.

Performance trainer Chris Culbreth and wife Michele have lived in Scottsdale for 17 years and have owned their place since 2011. “We were in a position to purchase our own facility and began the search in earnest. Because our original business was in Temecula, California, we started our search there for a facility. We also looked in Scottsdale, San Antonio, Texas, and Northern California. These were all places where we felt a business could thrive, and were consistent with a lifestyle we would both enjoy. As we were already living in Scottsdale, it remained at the top of the list. Every time we looked elsewhere, we found ourselves comparing it to what Scottsdale offered. In the end, Scottsdale won.” In Utah, breeders and trainers are more thinly spread. Travis Hansen and family have owned and trained Arabian horses in Utah for generations. In fact, Travis’s great- grandpa settled American Fork, Utah, in the late 1800s. The Hansen Ranch is located just south of the Robert Redford Sundance Ski Resort. The Hansen family ranch boasts 32 acres and 60 stalls. “The valley is protected from severe weather. We have four real seasons, which helps to keep parasites at bay and is better for the horses.” Unfortunately, he explained, the city has grown and as prices have risen, property taxes have made it hard to find large farms nearby. “The average horse property is 5-10 acres now, much smaller than it used to be,” Travis said. If you drive South toward Payson from American Fork, you will eventually run into Taylor Arabians. Another longtime resident of Utah, Isaac Taylor and family have owned their 150-acre ranch for about 25 years. With 50 stalls, a racetrack and a

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complete breeding facility, the sprawling Taylor Arabians is well equipped. “Payson is a great little town with some wonderful local restaurants and activities, while maintaining a small town feel,” says Isaac. “The climate is great for horses and the four distinct seasons are good for the horses, especially our broodmares. “The real estate market has stayed fairly strong in our area. As our town grows, property values have consistently gone up,” he adds. To give you an idea of what you can buy for your money in Arizona, we asked realtors to offer their Best Value (most bang for your buck) and Most Incredible (awesome and amazing) listings and here are several we received. Please note that you can purchase horse property outside the Scottsdale area from $325,000 and up.

Scottsdale real estate agent, Jeffery Hall of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s, who began his career in real estate law and now is an active Realtor® believes that Scottsdale equestrian property values are strong. He offered this Best Value home as an example.

Best Value

MLS #5459033 12845 E. Gold Dust Avenue, Scottsdale, is priced at

$1,420,000

offered by Jeffery Hall

Main home has

4 bedrooms/5 baths

at 4,799 sq. ft. Guest house with

1 bedroom and 1 bath at 1,090 sq. ft.

Best Value

MLS # 5534382 26705 N. 142 N Place, Scottsdale, is priced at

$799,000

offered by Kris LaCroix

Premium Location

3 bedrooms/3.5 baths at 3,502 sq. ft.

4 Stalls

1.25 Acres

Four 12’ x 16’ stalls with 24’ runs Masonry built barn with paver aisle On 2.31 acres

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Most Incredible

MLS# 5525314 28345 N. 84th Street, Scottsdale, is priced at

$3,200,000

offered by Pam Stubbs

10-acre commercial horse ranch

Special use permit allows training and boarding

3 bedroom/2 bath home

2 bedroom/2 bath apartment

Most Incredible

MLS #5539834 14705 E. Red Bird Road, Scottsdale, is priced at $2,895,000 offered by Kris LaCroix

Luxurious Equestrian Estate

3 Bedrooms/3.5 Baths 24 Stalls

5,453 sq. ft. residence

5 Acres

24 box stalls with misters

Covered and uncovered arenas Groom stalls, tack rooms, auto waterers and more

Our look at equestrian real estate in Region 7 shows that the market for horse properties in this region is still growing, and all those interviewed felt that the region is very conducive to enjoying the Arabian horse. Join us next month as we start in Regions 1 and 2 in California and then drive South across the country to Region 12.

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Priced below market, this warm, inviting 4,799 sqft Santa Fe/Territorial has country elegance, a Guest House and is a bargain horse property featuring the best in outdoor recreation. Easy access to riding trails and

minutes to WestWorld, world class trainers and minutes to the Loop 101 for any additional Valley events. This property would be a great winter place for show and breeding season!

The home has alder millwork and the doors throughout complement faux painted walls. A natural gas kitchen w/granite countertops has a cozy breakfast nook w/ bay-window looking out to pool area. Gas fireplaces in both LR and MBR. Old Republic home warranty in place and included. The Great Room next to kitchen provides the perfect, intimate family gathering spot. And a Game Room w/fully appointed bar provides wonderful gathering fun for friends and family.”

The acclaimed BASIS school is only a 5 minute walk away • Close to Scottsdale’s finest shopping, services and amenities • This 2.31 AC horse property has a gated, private entrance amply set back from the street w/native plant secluded privacy • The masonry barn features 4 generous 12’ x 16’ box stalls each with 24’ fenced runs • Pavered barn aisle • Tack/feed room Automatic waterers • Stall misters 2 oversized covered outdoor pens with runs • Wash racks with hot water • Covered hay storage 90’ x 90’ arena • 60’ round pen with 12’ x 16’ covered stall.

$1,420,000

Jeffery M. Hall REALTOR®

Russ Lyon I Sotheby’s Int’l Realty 275 E. Rivulon Blvd., Suite 409

Gilbert, AZ

480-390-7490 cell | 480-750-7424 office www.jefferymhall.com www.azluxuryrealestateblog.com/JefferyHall.html

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Wadee Al Shaqab

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

— Helen Keller

Wadee Al Shaqab

Wadee Al Shaqab

by Betty Finke

It is said that lightning never strikes twice. In terms of horse breeding, most breeders can count themselves lucky if they breed one World Champion and top international sire in a lifetime, never mind two. Al Shaqab has achieved the near impossible, beaten the odds and produced not just one such horse, nor even two, but an entire dynasty of them. At its center is the triad made up of Gazal Al Shaqab, his son Marwan Al Shaqab and Marwan’s son Kahil Al Shaqab, an unprecedented case of three generations achieving World Champion titles and international fame as sires of champions all across the world. Success on this scale is, in a word, amazing. And it isn’t finished yet. Whereas both Gazal and Marwan were each one of a kind within their respective generation, the third in line, Kahil Al Shaqab, is not alone. He has a younger brother who has already set out to follow the path mapped out by his older relatives. His name: Wadee Al Shaqab.

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The Legend Continues

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NAWAF AL JOHANI PHOTO

At just seven years of age, Wadee Al Shaqab has already collected an impressive lineup of showring trophies. He was Qatar National Gold Champion Colt as a yearling. As a two-year-old, he was named Al Khalediah Silver Champion, Qatar International Gold Champion, Menton Gold Champion, and to crown it all, World Gold Junior Champion. In his first appearance as a senior stallion in 2014, he was named Qatar International Gold Champion Stallion. Marwan Al Shaqab has sired an impressive number of World Champions, but two full brothers both winning this title are equally as rare as three successive generations doing so. So it is worth taking a look at OFW Mishaahl, the mare who helped to

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bring about this miracle. After all, even if it is easily forgotten today, the bedouin breeders accorded much greater significance to the mares than to the stallions. OFW Mishaahl, bred by Harold and Dolly Orr, was acquired for Al Shaqab by Michael Byatt, who went on a buying trip with Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani back in 2006. She was four years old at the time. “I knew her as a youngster and she was just a big, correct, very elegant looking mare,” Michael recalls. “She wasn’t the most successful show horse, but both Sheikh Hamad and I saw something in her. She had this beautiful long neck, very tall, very athletic. She was the one we both loved. We looked at a lot of horses that trip and she really rose to the top of both my and Hamad’s list. She was just a really handsome, beautiful horse.” One thing she was not, to use a word that is somewhat overemphasized these days, is exotic. “She was a great mover, and there was something about her that told me she was going to be a great producer. With some mares you just have a gut feeling,” says Sheikh Hamad. OFW Mishaahl is proof of the often observed fact that a great producing mare does not need to be a show champion herself. She may not have had the pretty little dished head beloved of the modern

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show crowd, but she had the basic quality and, most especially, she had the breeding. Her pedigree is certainly impressive. Sired by the imposing Canadian National Futurity Champion and U.S. National Top Ten Stallion Mishaal out of the black OFW Balarina by RSD Dark Victory, OFW Mishaahl boasts six crosses to the legendary *Bask, was a double great-granddaughter of Bey Shah and has additional lines to such great names as Khemosabi, *Bandos, *Serafix, and *Naborr. Of these, *Bask, Bey Shah, and *Naborr also feature in Marwan Al Shaqab’s pedigree. Her dam line traces back to the famous broken legged mare Bint Helwa and the Seglawi Jedrans beloved of Abbas Pasha of Egypt, who is said to have acquired all the horses

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of this strain from the Roala bedouins. Many famous horses have come from this family, including World Champion *Carmargue and the popular European sire Ajman Moniscione. Not surprisingly, given the strong presence of Polish blood in her pedigree, she had something about her that recalled the famous Polish Kuhailan mares — fabulous broodmares, though not the type that would win at today’s shows. “It makes sense that Poland ended up using Kahil like they did,” explains Michael Byatt, “because when I look at Mishaahl, she reminds me of some of those beautiful bay Kuhailan type mares that bred such beautiful horses. She wasn’t necessarily the most exotic, but her

GLENN JACOBS PHOTO

Deshawn Parker

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fundamentals were so good, her grace was so good, she was such an elegant horse. I see a lot of her style in Kahil and Wadee, long, graceful, beautiful necks and handsomeness. Just really good horses.” Breed a mare like that to a typey stallion, and you are certain to get results. Most of Mishaahl’s foals have been by Marwan Al Shaqab, and Kahil was the second of them and the first colt. “When Kahil was born he was evidently special,” says Sheikh Hamad. “So once you have a colt like this, you of course try it again. And then you get Wadee, so then it is evident that there is something special on the way.” Asked what he believes OFW Mishaahl contributed to the success formula, Sheikh Hamad points out the similarity between the two parents, proving the old breeder’s adage of breeding “like to like” rather than extremes to each other. “Both Marwan and OFW Mishaahl in their own ways were similar: dark bay, necky, sound conformation, showy attitudes. So it is normal that they are so consistent as producers, but Mishaahl probably fixated the genes to give the consistency in this family.” Kahil shot to prominence as a yearling, when he was named unanimous Gold Champion at the Austrian International Championships. He followed this with a series of wins as a two- and three-year-old, including All Nations Cup Silver Junior Champion, and Gold titles at the Qatar International Championships,

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Menton, and the World Championships. Like his sire before him, he is both a Junior and a Senior World Champion Stallion. A year later, he was leased by the Polish State Studs, essentially unproven as a sire at the time, and the resulting foals, including major winners like Pustynia Kahila and Al Jazeera, firmly put his name on the map as a sire. Compared to a record like this, it is not surprising that Wadee, even if he has been very successful so far, has to date been eclipsed by his more famous brother’s achievements. But Al Shaqab believes strongly in his potential as a sire. So much so that after his junior wins, he was given a major chance as a breeding horse at a specially low stud fee, in order to get more breeders to use him. “We gave him a breeding boost to prove his siring ability,” says Sheikh Hamad, “because we believe that a stallion should always prove himself as a sire before anything else. We are not interested in stallions that are just show horses, because we are first of all breeders!” Opening his book with a special offer was the only chance to give him publicity as a sire, because there simply isn’t very much he can do at home. Al Shaqab manager Santiago Fornieles explains: “Our problem is that we cannot use him too much in our breeding program because we have plenty of Marwan and Kahil daughters. That is why we decided to make him available to the public during 2016 at a very low breeding fee. We feel he needed

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Wadee Al Shaqab

23, August, 2010

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*Marwan Al Shaqab

OFW Mishaahl

*Gazal Al Shaqab

Little Liza Fame

Mishaah

OFW Balarina

Anaza El Farid

Kajora

Fame VF

Katahza

JK Spartan

Mistral Bey

RSD Dark Victory

Balaquina

*Marwan Al Shaqab

Wadee Al Shaqab

OFW Mishaahl

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Belladonna AT, 2015 filly (Wadee Al Shaqab x Om El Bellatrix by Om El Shahmaan), bred and

owned by Al Thumama Stud, Qatar. She was 2016 Gold Champion Yearling Filly, Qatar International, 2016 Top 5 Yearling Filly World Championships, Paris, Top 5 Yearling Filly AHO World Cup, Chantilly, and Bronze Champion Yearling Filly at the All Nations Cup, Aachen.

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Mansour Al Khor, 2016 colt (Wadee Al Shaqab x Rumaitha Al Zobara by Farhoud Al Shaqab), bred and

owned by Al Khor Stud, Qatar. He was 2016 Silver Champion Yearling Colt, Kuwait International.

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FORNIELES PHOTO

Menwah Al Shaqab, 2015 filly (Wadee Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ),

bred and owned by Al Shaqab.

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to have an opportunity of breeding a lot of mares to show the world what we know he has to offer. Now his breeding fee is back to 3,000 euros because the demand was very high from all over the world. We are pretty sure that next year there will be magic Wadee babies all over the world!” There are quite a few of those around already, as well as breeders who are very pleased with the results. “He is very consistent in siring type even with mares that traditionally are not producers of type,” explains Santiago, “so for us he is a key stallion.” No two horses are exactly alike, not even full brothers. Asked in what respects Kahil and Wadee differ, Santiago offers: “Wadee is more refined, has a better head, but has his brother’s charisma and conformation. He is as exuberant as his brother, but maybe even better moving than Kahil.” Given all this, it does not come as a surprise that this year Wadee Al Shaqab is heading back to the international showrings under the guidance of Giacomo Capacci. The time has come for him to prove himself in the showring as a mature stallion, like his brother and sire have done before him. It seems safe to say that very soon now, we will see Wadee Al Shaqab emerge from Kahil’s mighty shadow and turn out to be much more than just the “little brother.”

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FORNIELES PHOTO

ZIGGY PHOTO

Marmar Al Shaqab, 2015 filly

(Wadee Al Shaqab x Magheeda Al Shaqab),

bred and owned by Al Shaqab.

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While Marwan was the obvious heir to Gazal’s crown, we don’t at this point know who will be Marwan’s heir apparent. For some time it seemed a sure bet that Kahil would fulfill that role, but the last word has not yet been spoken. “It is still premature to say which one will be Marwan’s heir,” replies Sheikh Hamad when asked for his opinion. “It is a bit unfair to compare them at this stage. Kahil bred some of the most amazing Polish mares while on lease and did an amazing job, but Wadee did not have that chance yet and was always in the shadow of his brother. I believe Wadee has a great future ahead in the showring, but especially in the breeding arena. Wadee has Kahil’s magic and more, so I feel he will be as important as Kahil or even more.” Only time will tell. There are highs and lows in the lives of horse breeders everywhere, whether they are famous or not. Al Shaqab had to suffer a huge loss recently by losing the mare who contributed so much to this success story, the wonderful OFW Mishaahl. But the story of which she has been such a vital part still continues. Besides Wadee, who is setting out to leave his mark on the world, and Kahil, who already has, there is yet another, younger full brother, and, perhaps even more precious, there are two full sisters. Both are still young, Sultanat Al Shaqab two and a half years old and Hadba Al Shaqab just a yearling. Hadba has already won the Qatar National and International Yearling Filly

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Championships, proving that the girls from this cross can also compete with the best. Certainly both should be valuable broodmares in the future. OFW Mishaal’s last foal was a filly by Hariry Al Shaqab, about whom Santiago says he is “very excited.” Mishaahl may be gone, but the story is far from over. The next thrilling chapter in this ongoing tale will be written by Wadee Al Shaqab as he prepares to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and wow the show audiences throughout Europe. There are exciting times ahead for everyone involved. The Gazal-Marwan dynasty is truly like no other, and it seems doubtful, at least, if we will see anything like this again. But, according to Sheikh Hamad, that doesn’t mean one shouldn’t keep trying. “If we don’t dream about creating another legacy like that,” he declares, “we might as well quit what we are doing and go diving!” It’s a safe bet nobody is quitting, whether going diving or not. Meanwhile, the descendants of Gazal and Marwan remain the ones to beat in the international show arenas; which, it must be said, very rarely happens. These horses are definitely not diving, they’re going higher and higher. The sky’s the limit.

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“…it does not come as a surprise that this year Wadee Al Shaqab is heading back to the international showrings under the guidance of Giacomo Capacci. The time has come for him to prove himself in the showring as a mature stallion, like his brother and sire have done before him. It seems safe to say that very soon now, we will see Wadee Al Shaqab emerge from Kahil’s mighty shadow and turn out to be much more than just the “little brother.”

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ZOBEYNI SIRE LINE - PART 2

MAHRUSS, RIJM, AND THE UNLIKELY BROTHERS

by

Betty

Finke

Mahruss, portrayed by artist Peter Upton from his book The Arab Horse, available through Arabian Horse World.

T he Zobeyni line, originating in Egypt and distributed via Crabbet Park, has two distinct branches: that of Harkan through

Mesaoud, covered in the March 2017 issue, and that of Wazir through Mahruss.

The second branch of Zobeyni’s line is just as extensive as that of Mesaoud. There are many parallels between the two

branches: both trace from one stallion imported from Egypt to Britain, both are found all over the world in large numbers, and both are more frequently seen today in sports competition than in the showring. But as opposed to Mesaoud, the Mahruss line still produced international champions well into the late 20th century. Zobeyni’s other son Wazir is actually the better known and was the most celebrated sire of his time at the stud of Ali Pasha Sherif in Egypt. Two of his sons were directly imported to Crabbet Park: *Shahwan and Merzuk, both foaled in 1887 out of desertbred mares. Neither of them remained there very long. Merzuk was sold to South Africa the same year he was imported, while *Shahwan departed to the U.S. after three years. Neither of them left a sire line, but both are found in most modern pedigrees through their

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top right: Mahruss 1893 (Mahruss x Bint Bint Nura), also known as Mahruss II or Ibn Mahruss, imported from Egypt to Crabbet Park in 1897.

bottom right: The 15.3 hh tall Rijm 1901 (Mahruss x Rose Of Sharon) was Mahruss’s only surviving offspring at Crabbet Park, but made up for that by being hugely influential.

daughters. This is especially true of Merzuk’s only daughter Ridaa, because the larger part of the mare family of Rodania descends through this mare. Like the Zobeyni line, Rodania’s family is present in virtually all modern pedigrees. Not much is known about Mahruss, the third son of Wazir. A year of birth is not listed, but he is said to have died in 1895. Strangely, DataSource does not even acknowledge his descent from Wazir and Zobeyni, but lists his sire simply as “desertbred”. This may well be another result of the often conflicting information and multiple names of the early Egyptian horses. In the case of Mahruss, it

is particularly confusing. The foundation stallion imported to Crabbet Park

from Egypt was a chestnut foaled in 1893, whose name is variously given as Mahruss, Mahruss II, or even Ibn Mahruss. The latter confuses things even more, because a son of this horse was exported to the U.S. and named *Ibn Mahruss! This chestnut Mahruss’s sire was the grey horse also named Mahruss,

whose year of birth is not known. This horse’s sire is listed in DataSource as

a nameless desertbred, but the Crabbet records clearly state that he was sired

by Wazir. Not just any Wazir, but specifically “the celebrated white Seglawi Jedran,” who was sired by Zobeyni. The chestnut Mahruss, who somehow lost his “Ibn” when he was registered in the British General Stud Book, was purchased by the Blunts for 50 pounds when he was three years old and taken to England a year later. He was closely related to his contemporary Mesaoud not just in the male line; his dam Bint Nura was a granddaughter of the flamboyantly marked Aziz, Mesaoud’s sire. Like Mesaoud, Mahruss was a golden chestnut with some roaning in his coat and four white legs, but here the resemblance ends. Evaluating horses on the basis of photographs can be tricky, but enough photos of Mesaoud exist to show that he was clearly the superior individual. There are fewer images available of Mahruss, but it appears that, while his head was quite pretty with especially large eyes, he had a short, thick neck, a straight shoulder, and a short, very sloping croup. As a sire, he was not exactly a roaring success, either. He was only used at stud in 1900, siring just three colts, one of which died early in an accident. Of the other two *Ibn Mahruss, out of *Bushra, was exported in utero to the U.S. He appears to have been a very handsome stallion who had inherited none of his sire’s faults except for a rather short neck, and he founded an important sire line in early American breeding through his son El Jafil, foaled in 1909. El Jafil’s son El Sabok was a U.S. Remount stallion and, according to General Dickinson in the Travelers Rest catalogue, the only stallion of any

breed to successfully complete an official United States Army Endurance Test! The most prominent member of this branch was the stallion Alla Amarward 1935 (by Stambul by El Sabok), a popular sire during the 1940s. His direct

line still existed in the last years of the 20th century, but he appears in modern pedigrees mostly through indirect lines today. For example, his son Wardamar Alla is a maternal ancestor of U.S. Nation Champion Kaborr, the maternal grandsire of *Gazal Al Shaqab. One reason why Mahruss had so few foals appears to have been his fertility; according to Wilfrid Blunt, some of the mares he bred did not get in foal. The Blunts sold him when he was only seven years old, and he subsequently vanished into obscurity. Apparently he sired some good stock for his new owner, but no more purebred Arabians. None of this makes Mahruss a likely candidate for establishing a thriving sire line fully equal to that of Mesaoud. But there remains that third colt he sired, the one colt foal which made Lady Anne Blunt belatedly realize that she may have let Mahruss go to soon: Rijm, foaled in 1901, a year after this sire had been sold. His dam was Rose Of Sharon, daughter of the two desertbred imports Hadban and Rodania.

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Rijm was, unusually for his time, a very large horse who stood 15.3 hh, much bigger than his sire who was just 14.1 ½. He would hardly be considered typey today. He seemed to have inherited his sire’s short neck, and he was of course a chestnut with plentiful white — his dam Rose Of Sharon had quite flamboyant markings. His shoulder and topline were clearly better than his sire’s, and he turned out to be a superb sire. Having parted with Mahruss too hastily, Lady Anne was determined not to let his only son go and consequently refused all offers. Even after she and her husband separated and Wilfrid Blunt got Rijm as part of his share in the stud, she retained the

top: The gelding *Crabbet (Rijm x *Narda II), one of the celebrated endurance horses of his time. He won a 310 mile ride in just over 49 hours.

right to veto Rijm’s sale. In 1915, after Lady Anne had left England to stay in Egypt for good, Wilfrid Blunt finally sold Rijm to Spain. But of the few foals he sired there, none left any descendants. In England, Rijm sired a number of very influential daughters and four noteworthy sons, of whom one, Risfan, was a foundation sire in Argentina. Another is worth mentioning not because of his breeding success, but because of his athletic achievement: The gelding *Crabbet (1909), who was sold to the U.S. as a foal, was one of the best endurance horses of his time. He placed three times in the U.S. Cavalry Endurance Test, on one occasion winning. For this win, he covered 310 miles in 49 hours and four minutes, carrying a weight of 245 pounds. He was one of only two horses who were able to gallop freely the morning after the ride. *Crabbet was a chestnut sabino with a huge white spot on his belly, and he had inherited both a straight shoulder and a short croup from his grandsire. None of this kept him from being a superior athlete. Rijm’s most influential sons were *Nasik (1908) and *Nureddin II (1911). They were full brothers, out of the Mesaoud daughter Narghileh, but it is hard to imagine two horses more different from each other. *Nasik was a bright bay, small and typey, with huge eyes and loads of presence. *Nureddin II was dark chestnut, stood 15.3 hh tall like his sire, with excellent conformation and a rather plain head. Besides their parents, they had only two things in common:

both were immensely influential sires, and both were sold to the U.S. when they were already advanced in age. *Nasik was even more successful in the U.S. than in Britain. At Crabbet Park, he sired just one son of any significance, Rafeef 1917 (out of Riyala), who is found in modern pedigrees through his daughters Nezma and Risslina. Rafeef’s only son of note was *Mirzam 1925 (out of Marhaba), who was never

used at Crabbet Park and was also imported to the U.S

in pedigrees through his daughters, but did not establish a male line. *Nasik’s chief problem at Crabbet Park was his color. The Blunts’ daughter Lady Wentworth, preferred chestnuts to bays, and since *Nasik’s full brother *Nureddin II was chestnut, she didn’t have much use for *Nasik. She solved the problem elegantly by presenting *Nasik, already aged 18 at the time, as a gift to W. K. Kellogg. The cereal millionaire, who had just bought a large number of horses at Crabbet Park, received *Nasik as a throw-in. It was a gift with unexpected consequences, because in California, the old horse finally came into his own as a sire. He sired 36 foals at the Kellogg Ranch and lived to the age of 30, when he was put down only because his back had gone very low. *Nasik’s most significant U.S. sons were the full brothers Farana (1929) and Sikin (1933), out of the Crabbet mare *Farasin, and Rifnas (1932) out of the Crabbet mare *Rifla. While there is a thin sire line tracing to Farana today, he is more frequently found in indirect lines. For example, his son Farawi sired

He can still be found

bottom:*Nasik 1908 (Rijm x Narghileh by Mesaoud) as an old stallion at the Kellogg Ranch. He was far more influential in the U.S. than in Britain.

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above: Aurab 1957 (Aulani x Rabna) strengthened the *Nasik branch in the USA and established a dynasty of performance horses.

the great broodmare Bint Sahara, dam of the very influential sire Fadjur and granddam of the equally influential Ferseyn. Khemosabi, for many years the leading sire in the U.S., was a grandson of both Fadjur and Ferseyn, and bore more than a passing resemblance to *Nasik himself. As for Sikin, his son Nusik established a line of racehorses that were very successful during the early years of Arabian racing in the U.S. However, the vital link in the sire line was Rifnas, in particular through his son Aulani and grandson Aurab. Aurab, foaled in 1957, was a magnificent stallion who, though not “pure Crabbet,” embodied all the qualities Crabbet Park was famous for. As a consequence, his line has become very popular with breeders of the old Crabbet-American lines. Much of this popularity is due to Aurab’s son Ben Rabba, foaled in 1964, although he only narrowly escaped obscurity. He was owned his entire life by Ed Hubbert in California, who used him mainly as a riding horse and rode his “iron horse” many hours across very tough ground. There was initially just one notable Ben Rabba son used for breeding, Benraz, who also has descendants in Europe through his daughter Benraz Faantasy; that apart, Ben Rabba was not widely known. This changed very quickly in the early 1980s. British Arab breeder Beatrice Paine had a dream: She wanted to bring the lost line of *Nasik back to England. Where else to search but California? There she saw Aurab, who was everything she had hoped for, but he was already over 20 years old and not available. In his son Ben Rabba she found similar qualities. He was not really available either, but she succeeded in persuading his owner to lease him

top right: Ben Rabba 1964 (Aurab x Rollicka) in England, aged 23. He was leased specifically to bring the *Nasik line back to Britain

to England for two years. Ben Rabba’s arrival in England was heavily publicized and several breeders of note sent mares to be bred, including the Blunts’ granddaughter Lady Anne Lytton. Not everything worked quite according to plan. Of Ben Rabba’s British foals, too many were exported or, in some cases, gelded too soon. The foals usually started off very promising and then went through an ungainly phase during which they often lost type. They usually “came back” once they matured, but not everyone had the patience, and some colts were gelded that probably shouldn’t have been. His two most significant British sons were atypical in that respect, as they never had an “off” phase. One was Aurabba, bred in 1980 by the Jones family out of Nareena, a Crabbet-Polish mare. He was a very successful show horse and sire, who even sired a Junior World Champion.

bottom: Aurabba 1980 (Ben Rabba x Nareena) was Ben Rabba’s most successful British son in the show ring and sire of a World Champion.

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ZOBEYNI GR. 1844 (BARQ DB X SUNUNAH DB) IMP. TO EGYPT BY ABBAS PASHA WAZIR GR.ST. 1863 (GHAZIEH) ALI PASHA SHERIF *SHAHWAN GR. 1887 (DAHMAH SHAHWANIAH) ALI PASHA SHERIF, EXP. GB/CRABBET PARK MERZUK CH. 1887 (KEHEILEH JELLABIEH) ALI PASHA SHERIF, EXP. GB/CRABBET PARK MAHRUSS GR. (WADNEH KHURSAH) ALI PASHA SHERIF MAHRUSS (MAHRUSS II, IBN MAHRUSS) CH. 1893 (BINT BINT NURA) CRABBET PARK *IBN MAHRUSS CH. 1901 (BUSHRA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. USA (I.U.) EL JAFIL CH. 1909 (SHEBA) GATES/USA EL SABOK CH. 1916 (NARKEESA) THOMSON/USA STAMBUL GR. 1926 (MORFDA) HARRIS/USA ALLA AMARWARD CH. 1935 (MAKINA) THOMAS/USA ALLAZEYD CH. 1941 (ARDITH) REESE/USA ALLA-AL-JEBAL CH. 1942 (ANAH) REESE/USA

Zobeyni - Part II Chart 1

ALLA HANNA CH. 1943 (AMHAM) FUNDERBUGH/USA KONALLA CH. 1944 (KONTESSA LEE) WOLFERMAN/USA EL NATTALL B. 1944 (NATTA) VANDERHOOF/USA RASOULMATTALL GR. 1952 (RASOULMA) BRACKER/USA EL BIERNATT B. 1956 (BIERKA) WHITCOMB/USA MASRUF EL NATTALL GR. 1957 (MASRUFA) WHITCOMB/USA BACARAM CH. 1944 (BABEL) ERDMAN/USA ELRIF CH. 1948 (RIFALDA) SAENZ/USA ALLA JO CH. 1949 (JOANNA) MCKENNA/USA RIJM CH.ST. 1901 (ROSE OF SHARON) CRABBET PARK *NASIK B. 1908 (NARGHILEH) CRABBET PARK, EXP. USA/KELLOGG RAFEEF CH. 1917 (RIYALA) CRABBET PARK *MIRZAM CH. 1925 (MARHABA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. USA FERDILAN B. 1928 (FERDA) KELLOGG NAJUR GR. 1928 (SEDJUR) KELLOGG BARBAROSSA B. 1935 (KASHAN) KURTH/USA ALICANTES GHAZAL GR. 1945 (ALICANTE) PORTER/USA FARANA B.1929 (FARASIN) KELLOGG EL KUMAIT B. 1935 (GHAZAYAT) KELLOGG EL RAHNA GR. 1940 (DIRAHNA) REESE/USA EL RAHNASON GR. 1949 (AMAANA) SUROBED GR. 1951 (NARSEYNA) IBN RAHNA GR. 1952 (MAHI) EL AMAIT B. 1958 (ANAGA) VANDERHOOF/USA CHIANTI B. 1968 (ANDREA) MARI/USA FARAWI B. 1936 (GHAZAWI) KELLOGG NATAF GR. 1948 (INCORONATA) KELLOGG RIFNAS CH.1932 (*RIFLA) KELLOGG GHAZNAS CH. 1938 (GHAZADINA) KELLOGG SAN FELIPE CH. 1941 (RAUN) LANIGAN/USA EL SIRHAN B. 1938 (FERDISIA) KELLOGG EL SIROCCO CH. 1952 (FARYMA) ROBINSON/USA SIR BRONZE CH. 1961 (INDASAFA) MCARTHUR/USA FELIX B. 1965 (BASEYNA) MCARTHUR/USA AULANI CH. 1940 (FOLLYAT) REESE/USA AURAB CH. 1957 (RABNA) HURLBUTT/USA BEN RABBA CH. 1964 (ROLLICKA) MATHIOT/USA, EXP. GB BENRAZ CH. 1971 (AZRAMIN) SOLTAU/USA BENRAZ DAZZLER CH. 1981 (ZABIYAT) FORTUNE/USA COURABBA GR. 1978 (COURONATA) PRITCHARD/USA AURABBA CH. 1980 (NAREENA) JONES/GB AUVATION CH. 1990 (ELVENIA) JONES/GB AUREAZ CH. 1990 (PEARL LADY) SIMPKINS/GB ABLAK CH. 1980 (ROSE FLAME) LILLA LAUQUEN/GB BENMARLAK CH. 1985 (NAMARLA) HERRIDGE/GB MARLAK MAGIC AURA CH. 1993 (ROSA AURA) HERRIDGE/GB SUNLEA BEN RAB CH. *1980 (INDIAN GOLDDUST) GB, EXP. IS BEN SHIRAB CH. 1981 (SHRIPHALA) KIRCH/GB AURELIAN CH. 1981 (ESTRELLA) PAINE/GB ISTFAHAN GR. 1984 (ISTASHRA) PAINE/GB STORMLITE ROYAL CH. 2007 (STORM FANTASY) SHEWARD/GB MARCUS AURELIUS CH. 2001 (FIESTA MAGICA) WHITTOME/GB AL MAURAB CH. 1981 (AL MALIKA) KIRCH/GB NUR AL AIN CH. 1985 (ROSE GUELDER) HAWORTH/GB BEN ZADIR CH. 1982 (ZIADI-SHAIL) REEDER/USA ARRIBBA CH. 83 (MIJ SHAZADI) USA FIRE DRAGON CH. 1983 (MESCCA SULTANA) SIDERS/USA NIGHT DRAGON CH. 1983 (AURZEYA) SIDERS/USA AMBIR DRAGON CH. 1988 (AMBIR ENCHANTRESS) BLOUNT/USA THE NIGHT STAR B. 1989 (OUARZAZATE) SPICHER/USA RABBA BARON CH. 1985 (BAY KAREL) PARDO/USA NAJIH BR. 1985 (NARAH BINT NEZIAH) BOWLING/USA ROBBY CH. 1985 (OHADI ABBIE) COX/USA OHADI BEN RABBA CH. 1985 (OHADI MISS AURAB) COX/USA OHADI INDIAN FIRE CH. 1990 (OHABIE ABBIE) COX/USA TOMAHAWK EA CH. 1998 (BLUE ROSE WH) CANTRELL/USA FAIRVIEWS SHABAOUDII CH. 2004 (OHADI ABBIE) WARD/CAN FV VIVA BEN RABBA CH. 2004 (FV ROSALANE) WARD/CAN FV PAINTED FARWA CH. 2006 (FV PAINTED LADY) WARD/CAN CR SILVER MONARCH GR. 1986 (GF SILVER MYSTERY) CHEER/USA AURTAL B. 1971 (TALAMITA) LEE/USA ZADARAN B. 1987 (RAZYA) BOWLING/USA AUR PATRIOT GR. 1971 (ALYNA) NELSON/USA AURLANE CH. 1982 (FARITA) AUR PRIDE GR. 1972 (ALYNA) NELSON/USA AYA MATIGUA CH. 1974 (ABBI) FISHER/USA AUR SULLA CH. 1974 (SARMA) ALLRED/USA AUR-FIX CH. 1974 (LYTTL MISS) HOPKINS/USA MAGIC AURAB CH. 1975 (*FLYING STORM) LEWIS/USA AURLANI FARWA CH. 1976 (MUFERRA) RUSSELL/USA OHADI AURAB CH. 1979 (RAD SOR) COX/USA AULRAB CH. 1979 (ALARIEHA) MCINTYRE/USA AUR VANITY CH. 1982 (GF SILVER MYSTERY) GOLDEN/USA, EXP. AUS AUL MAGIC CH. 1985 (MAGIC ALARIEHA) WARREN/USA AUL VANITY CH. 2003 (AUR ALEXANDRIA) WARREN/USA AULWAYS MAGIC CH. 2004 (AUR SILVER MIST) WARREN/USA

SIKIN B. 1933 (FARASIN) KELLOGG NUSIK B. 1938 (NUSARA) KELLOGG NUSEYN GR. 1953 (HALLASEYNA) WILLIAMSON/USA BEAU NUSIK B. 1959 (RESHAN AZAB) LUCAS/USA NUSABRE B. 1961 (NEVADA STAR) LUCAS/USA FLAMING SABRE 1968 (SHANIK) LUCAS/USA LAS INTRIGUE B. 1969 (BEGUILE) LUCAS/USA BURGUNDY BLADE 1972 (SHANIK) LUCAS/USA SABRE JET BL. 1972 (BEGUILE) LUCAS/USA SABRE CHANT B. 1977 (FERDHERAMI) SINGLEY/USA

Although he seemed set to become the leading Ben Rabba son in Britain, he was eventually overtaken by Aurelian 1981 (x Estrella), the Ben Rabba son bred and retained by Beatrice Paine, who has winning descendants both in-hand and under saddle and several active male representatives. His son Marcus Aurelius is currently the best-known member of this line in Britain, a horse who has been successful in all sports disciplines. The Aurelian grandson

Stormlite Royal (by the Aurelian son Istfahan, who raced successfully) has the distinction of winning National Champion titles at halter and under saddle the same year. Interestingly, the dams of both Aurabba and Aurelian were themselves of the Mahruss line.

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top right: Aurelian 1981 (Ben Rabba x Estrella) established the strongest branch of Ben Rabba’s line in England, with two sons and a grandson still breeding.

bottom left: Marcus Aurelius 2001 (out of Fiesta Magica) is Aurelian’s best-known son and successful in many performance disciplines.

bottom center: Stormlite Royal 2007 (Istfahan x Storm Fantasy), a grandson of Aurelian and a British National Champion both in-hand (Crabbet) and under saddle.

bottom right: The gelding BRR Aurber Lights 1985 (Aurlani Farwa x Carubi), winner of the Tevis Cup Ride in 1999. His result was 100 miles in 14 hours.

With hindsight, the Ben Rabba venture appears to have paid off. In addition, it helped to spark new interest in this line in the U.S. and practically kick-started Ben Rabba’s breeding career after he returned to the U.S. Aurab’s branch is now the biggest line of descent from *Nasik. Not surprisingly, many of these horses excel under saddle, both in dressage and endurance, and in sport horse competitions. The Aurab grandson Aul Magic was the first Scottsdale In-Hand Sport Horse Champion and is among the Top Ten leading sires of in-hand winners at the 2016 Sport Horse Nationals. Aurab line horses have also won the Tevis Cup on more than one occasion, including in two successive years: The 1999 winner was the Aurab grandson BRR Aurber Lights, and in 2000 the Cup was won by Benjih, a Ben Rabba grandson. *Nasik’s younger brother *Nureddin II had far better opportunities at Crabbet Park. Lady Wentworth preferred him to his prettier brother not only because he was chestnut, but also because of his impressive size of 15.3 hh. With *Nureddin’s help, she hoped to increase the height and the frame of her Arabians. She was so successful in this respect that the persistent speculation arose that certain horses from this line are not actually descended from *Nureddin II, but from a Thoroughbred stallion. As there is no conclusive proof, this is basically a matter of belief; but given *Nureddin’s extraordinary size, it would hardly have been necessary! *Nureddin’s own purity is certainly not in question, plain though he might have been, although he was excluded from the Blue List for precisely this reason. But he was neither the first nor the last plain horse of pure desert breeding, and the decisive factor is that he was bred by the Blunts, who took the question of purity very seriously.

Plain or not, *Nureddin II was a major show champion in his day, taking turns winning with his far prettier contemporary Skowronek. He was clearly an impressive horse with good body and legs, and the head was not as important then as it is today. It was the combination of these two stallions that created the type Crabbet Park became famous for during the mid-20th century: the “Wentworth superhorse,” ideally combining Skowronek’s type and refinement with *Nureddin’s superior conformation and size. *Nureddin II remained a chief sire at Crabbet Park for most of his life until, aged 22, he was imported to the U.S. by Roger Selby in 1933. He sired only four foals in America, none of which had any lasting significance. His entire influence today comes from the offspring he sired while he was still in England.

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ZOBEYNI GR. 1844 (BARQ DB X SUNUNAH DB) IMP. TO EGYPT BY ABBAS PASHA WAZIR GR. 1863 (GHAZIEH) ALI PASHA SHERIF MAHRUSS GR. (WADNEH KHURSAH) ALI PASHA SHERIF MAHRUSS II (IBN MAHRUSS) CH. 1893 (BINT BINT NURA) CRABBET PARK RIJM CH.ST. 1901 (ROSE OF SHARON) CRABBET PARK FAKREDDIN CH. 1909 (FELUKA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. AUS *NUREDDIN II CH. 1911 (NARGHILEH) CRABBET PARK, EXP. USA JERUAN CH. 1920 (ROSE OF PERSIA) POWDRILL/GB, EXP. TERSK *NURI PASHA GR. 1920 (RUTH KESIA) HOUGH/GB, EXP. USA KEMAH GR. 1925 (NANDA) HARRIS/USA KAABA GR. 1925 (OPHIR) HARRIS/USA NURI SHERIF B. 1920 (SHEEBA) HOUGH/GB SHAREER B. 1923 (SELIMA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. TERSK RYTHAM CH. 1929 (RYTHMA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. TERSK RYTHAL B. 1933 (RYTHMA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. NL FARIS CH. 1924 (FEJR) CRABBET PARK RISSALIX CH. 1934 (RISSLA) CRABBET PARK

Zobeyni Part II Chart 2

*COUNT DORSAZ CH. 1945 (SHAMNAR) HANSTEAD, EXP.USA *COUNT ORLANDO CH. 1951 (UMATELLA) HANSTEAD, EXP. USA THE COUNT OF AL-MARAH GR. 1957 (RAFEENA) HANSTEAD, EXP. USA GOLD MOIDORE CH. 1959 (GLEAMING GOLD) MURRAY/GB ALAZIZAT ANITEZ CH. 1964 (ASTREELIA) ENDE/USA, EXP. CAN COUNT MANILLA CH. 1952 (NAMILLA) HANSTEAD, EXP. AUS DESERT PRIDE CH. 1962 (ZADITA) STAUNTON/AUS TAHJIL CH. 1968 (ROSETTA) HAMON/AUS RALVON SUNDOWNER CH. 1968 (TRIX SILVER) MALES/AUS, EXP. USA ASKARI CH. 1969 (FLAMENCO) BLIGH/AUS COUNT CHATAIN CH. 1972 (LADY TANIA) HOPF/AUS COUNT RAPELLO CH. 1954 (RAFEENA) HANSTEAD SAMSON B. 1954 (SAMSIE) HANSTEAD NABOB GR. 1974 (NAXIFFA) HARRISON/GB, EXP. BE PRINCE SARAPH CH. 1976 (PRINCESS ALIA) ARCHER/GB *SA’IKA CH. 1981 (SA’LILAH) ARCHER/GB, EXP. USA SHIFFAL CH. 1981 (SILVER DREAM) ARCHER/GB *SEFFER CH. 1983 (SA’LILAH) ARCHER/GB, EXP. USA COUNT ROLAND CH. 1957 (RITHYANA) ARCHER/GB COUNT HAMISH GR. 1961 (HALFA) STEVENS/GB ROXAN GR. 1964 (BINT ROXANA) STEVENS/GB PRINCE AMLAH GR. 1968 (PRINCESS AMARA) COWARD/GB ISCA GR. 1975 (IMANZADI) COWARD/GB NAXOR B. 1970 (ALGELLA) LINNEY/GB DAWN STAR GR. 1974 (IKHTARA) RICHARDS/GB GALLIARD GR. 1975 (TRYPOLITANKA) THEOBALD/GB THE PRINCE OF ORANGE CH. 1975 (CORN MARIGOLD) THEOBALD/GB THE FROSTED ORANGE CH. 1982 (HOLLY BLUE) HARRIS/GB ELDERBERRY BLUE GR. 1985 (HOLLY BLUE) HARRIS/GB ACORN CH. 1999 (AUGUSTA) THEOBALD/GB *JAZAAN GR. 1976 (JAZIRAH SBEYEL) DOWNS/GB, EXP. USA ROSTRON GR. *1984 (GOLD ROSEIFA) COWARD/GB GHAZU GR. 1965 (FOLLY) COWARD/GB AMYRS GRAND COUNT GR. 1961 (ZAREE) TRIVELLINI/USA AL-MARAH COUNT’S PENNANT CH. 1961 (AL-MARAH DANNA) AL-MARAH SEAHORSE DUKE DORSAZ GR. 1961 (TWIN LAKES MERMAID) WORK/USA

COUNT BAZY CH. 1962 (AL-MARAH RAGTIME) AL-MARAH AM COUNT GARVIN CH. 1964 (AL-MARAH ROSE ANNE) AL-MARAH AM FABULOUS COUNT CH. 1964 (AL-MARAH O RAPTUROUS NIGHT) AL-MARAH AM COUNT RAFLA CH. 1964 (AL-MARAH BINT RAFLA) AL-MARAH AM RAHCOUNT CH. 1965 (AL-MARAH ALEXANDRETTA) AL-MARAH CORANADO GR. 1966 (AL-MARAH RAGTIME) HAFER/USA AM COUNT FAST CH. 1968 (SILVER DIAMOND) AL-MARAH AM COUNT PINE CH. 1971 (AL-MARAH THRICE MINE) AL-MARAH *RANIX B. *1946 (IORANA) SMITH/GB, EXP. USA RANKURRAH CH. 1949 (KURRAH) SMITH/USA AL-MARAH CANADIUS B. 1967 (AL-MARAH TAI) AL-MARAH GARLIUS GR. 1973 (AL-MARAH LADY GARLAND) HOPKINS/USA HERITAGE EMIR B. 1977 (HERITAGE FLEUR) HERITAGE HILLS/USA AM CANADIAN BEAU B. 1967 (AL-MARAH CALIOPE) AL-MARAH AM BEAU TRIOMPHE B. 1976 (AL-MARAH LALALA) AL-MARAH AL-MARAH GARCON GR. 1984 (AM TIS BEVERLIE) AL-MARAH AL-MARAH QUEBEC GR. 1988 (AL-MARAH IRONLADY) AL-MARAH ACE UNIQUE GR. 1974 (ACE GAIL) EHNLE/USA BLUE DOMINO CH. 1947 (NISEYRA) HANSTEAD ROYAL DOMINO B. 1952 (SHAMAL) BLIGH/GB, EXP. AUS SHIEKIE GR. 1962 (MELISSA) SHARMAN/AUS MILDOM B. 1963 (MUTRIF) SHARMAN/AUS DOMANIXY GR. 1971 (WATERNIXY) IBN DOMINO B. 1967 (MUTRIF) SHARMAN/AUS ROYALJAN B. 1968 (MUTRIF) SHARMAN/AUS ARIM B. 1971 (MUTRIF) SHARMAN/AUS TALQUAH JESSE B. 1983 (KEHILAN STAR QUEEN) NICHOL/AUS, EXP. GB TALQUAH JAI B. 1972 (CROWN JEWEL) NICHOL/AUS ROYAL GINDI B. 1973 (MISIK) SHARMAN/AUS BLUE GROTTO CH. 1953 (SHAMNAR) HANSTEAD BLUE HALO CH. 1955 (ALEYA) HALLCHURCH/GB SAN SEBASTIAN GR. 1966 (BARCELONA) SELLAR/GB, EXP. AUS MAGIC HALO CH. 1967 (ROULETTA) TURVILL/GB MANTO CH. 1956 (MIFARIA) LYTTON/GB SAHAR CH. 1961 (SAHIRAH OF THE STORM) LYTTON/GB ARGHA GR. 1964 (ANNABOAM) PEARSON/GB, EXP. AUS MAGIC MANTO CH. 1971 (SILVER CHARM) ARCHER/GB, EXP. AUS NEFEURET GR. 1976 (NAZLI) SOMERVILLE/GB IMPERIAL STAR CH. 1993 (SADAH) PLAISTER/GB KLINTA BASHIR GR. 1996 (STAR SOLITAIRE) BEESTON HALIM CH. 2008 (HADILA) BEESTON/GB BLUE MAGIC CH. 1959 (INDIAN STARLIGHT) WRIGHT/GB, EXP. BRA AF GAROTO CH. 1968 (JUREYN) BR LUDO CH. 1953 (RITHYANA) DIXON/GB BLUE LUDO CH. 1963 (BINT YASIMET) WRIGHT/GB HALMA CH. 1963 (PARTHIA) TIMMIS/GB BACCARAT CH. 1967 (NAKIS) MATHIAS/GB, EXP. NL LUDOMINO GR. 1964 (YEMAMA) WRIGHT/GB AHMOUN GR. 1973 (SHTAURA) COOKE/GB SAKER GR. 1985 (MOULTON STAR) FERGUSON/GB ABU DHAHI GR. 1986 (INDAHLA) COOKE/GB ASRAH CH. 1988 (NALINA) MAY/GB NASHAAL CH. 1987 (NYAHLA OF MELCHET) CONNOR/GB SYLVAN DOMINO GR. 1982 (CANDY FLOSS) EXP. IS *MAGIC DOMINO GR. 1988 (HAMSFAH) BROWN/GB, EXP. CAN LUDREX CH. *1965 (SIRIKIT) WRIGHT/GB LUREX GR. 1968 (YEMAMA) WRIGHT/GB, EXP.NL, EXP. DE PJOTRE VAN DENNENOORD GR. 1978 (NATELLA) NL DONAX CH. *1971 (DARGEMET) PARRY-JONES/GB QUADEHA CH. 1975 (KRYSIA) HITCHINGS/GB ZIRCON NAZEER GR. 1985 (KAZABA) HITCHINGS/GB SUNLEA NASHWAN GR. 1989 (SUNLEA MEL SHARIA) MEZZIAH GR. 1994 (MINUETTE) GOLDBEY CH. 1966 (ABEYA) BUSH/GB, EXP. NL GHIBLI GR. 1966 (YASMINA) TATAM/GB, EXP. BE PEDRO CH. 1974 (DELILAH) PEETERS/BE, EXP. DE EL ZAHIM CH. 1974 (ZHINDI) HUMMEL/DE ZID IBN EL ZAHIM GR. 1997 (ORENA) LUCKSCH/DE EL SANTO CH. 1968 (NISHIDA) WRIGHT/GB WINGED SAINT CH. 1990 (SILVER BLUE WINGS) WRIGHT/GB RAJEYD CH. 1973 (SILVER RIPPLE) ARCHER/GB SILVER GAUNTLET GR. 1979 (SILVER MANTLE) ARCHER/GB PRINCE SADIK GR. 1987 (PRINCESS ALIA) ARCHER/GB NARESH GR. 1993 (ROSE OF BEDIYA) THOROGOOD/GB MARBON MASADI CH. 2006 (MARBON MELISSA) ELLIS/GB, EXP. DE SILVERN PRINCE GR. 1999 (SILVERN IMAGE) SUSSEX/GB

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left: *Nureddin

II

1911 (Rijm

x

Narghileh)

inherited his sire’s size of 15.3 hh as well as a rather plain head, but was a show champion in his day.

right: Shareer 1923 (*Nureddin II x Selima) was one of 25 horses exported from Crabbet Park to the Russian Tersk Stud in 1936, along with his daughter Rissalma.

*Nureddin II is found in today’s pedigrees through numerous daughters and sons, on an international scale. One of his oldest sons, *Nuri Pasha 1920 (out of Ruth Kesia) became a foundation sire for Albert W. Harris in the U.S. He was quite a prolific sire in his day, his sons including Kaaba, the foundation sire of the

Wrigleys’ breeding program. Shareer 1923 (by *Nureddin II x Selima by Astraled) influenced early Dutch breeding through his son Rythal, but had an even greater influence at the Russian state stud Tersk. The 25 Crabbet horses sold to Tersk in 1936 included Shareer himself as well as his son Rytham and his daughter Rissalma. The importation also

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*GOLDEN DOMINO CH. 1962 (CRYSTAL DEW) SCOTT/GB, EXP. USA *BLUE MANTLE CH. 1962 (PRINCESS ZIA) GREELY/GB, EXP. USA YANKEE DOMINO CH. 1966 (ZAMMARA) WHITCOMB/USA AZRAK CH. 1964 (SILENT WINGS) THOMAS/GB, EXP. SA SILVER BLUE GR. 1969 (SILVER SHEEN) THOMAS/GB ABBA BLUE GR. 1974 (DANA) BIGGS/GB BLUE LUCIUS CH. 1979 (LUDOVICI) FAIRHURST/GB SILVER ADMIRAL CH. 1979 (SILVER AATIFA) BROGDEN/GB EAGLESCLIFFE CH. 1983 (DARJELLA) DUFFY/GB SENECIO GR. 1979 (SILVER FAWN) BUCHANAN/GB, EXP. CAN DAHMIR GR. 1986 (AHMAR-I-SHAM) CROSSWELL/GB STARDANCE GR. 1979 (DANCING DREAM) BUCHANAN/GB, EXP. IRAQ GOLDEN SILVER GR. 1980 (GOLDEN LUDO) WRIGHT/GB SHABASH GR. 1989 (SILVER SILK) FARAS LTD/GB IMPERIAL SILVER STAR GR. 1997 (ZAIDAH) PLAISTER/GB BLUE DIAMOND CH. 1964 (AMBRIA) ROBERTS/GB, EXP. NL *ROYAL DOMINION CH. 1964 (PRINCESS ZIA) GREELY/GB, EXP. USA AMYR ROYALTY CH. 1967 (AMYR DOREEN) STONEBACK/USA FARI II B. 1965 (FARETTE) BROWN/GB KING COTTON GOLD B. 1971 (DREAMING GOLD) MURRAY/GB

AFRICAN KING CH. 1976 (AFRICAN QUEEN) MUNDAY/GB

6 BRAVADO CH. 1976 (SHINDRA) CAMPBELL/GB MIDNIGHT GOLD CH. 1976 (ENCHANTMENT) MURRAY/GB MILITAIRE CH. 1977 (ARIA) MURRAY/GB MARESCHAL CH. 1982 (CHARMING SHADOWS) WHITLOW/GB AZAH CH. 1972 (AZARA) MURRAY/GB PHARIS CH. 1973 (ELMIRA) BARCLAY/GB FIRE GOLD B. 1974 (WHITE GOLD) BOWRING/GB MIKENO CH. 1949 (NAMILLA) HANSTEAD MANALIX CH. 1958 (MYOLETTA) LINNEY/GB EL MELUK CH. 1959 (MIFARIA) LYTTON/GB FALOUK CH. 1969 (FARETTE) BROWN/GB, EXP. SA MARINO MARINI GR. 1961 (ROSHARA) LANCASTER/GB AL MALIK GR. 1968 (BRIGHT GLEAM) KIRCH/GB RINGING GOLD CH. 1961 (GLEAMING GOLD) MURRAY/GB, EXP. AUS CROWN DYNASTY CH. 1969 (INCORONETTA) THOMAS/GB SILVER SWORD GR. 1973 (SILVER SHEEN) BOWRING/GB TALIKA RHINEGOLD CH. 1974 (HIMAR) RUSKEY/AUS HALIM B. 1974 (SANTARABIA ARNIKA) RILEY/AUS BIRUBI AURA CH. 1975 (ARABESQUE DESERT JEWEL) HALE/AUS RAJMEK CH. 1961 (RAJJELA) ABEL-SMITH/GB MERCURY II GR. 1964 (RUMANI) LINNEY/GB SIDI BOU SBEYEL GR. 1965 (THE LADY IDAR) GILES/GB SHOMRAN B. 1975 (HALIMA) DUFFIN/GB MIKHAN OF PULPITS CH. 1966 (DRAGONFLY) REYNOLDS/GB MAGNIFICO CH. 1969 (MAGNINDRA) CAMPBELL/GB SHAHID CH. 1970 (SHERRARA) PITT-RIVERS/GB PRINCE MIKESHA CH. 1972 (PRINCESS AMISHA) COWARD/GB RAKSH CH. 1977 (ROXIRA) COWARD/GB, EXP. AUS MIKENO’S PRIDE GR. 1977 (PEARL MAIDEN) LINNEY/GB RIMINI BR. 1953 (MIRVANAH) GREELY/GB RIMMON B. 1981 (GOLD ROSEIFA) COWARD/GB, EXP. USA RIFARI CH. 1941 (RISSLINA) MURRAY/GB SHIFARI CH. 1948 (SHABRYEH) ARMITAGE/GB *RAHAL CH. 1924 (RIM) CRABBET PARK, EXP. USA RASEEL CH. 1925 (RAFEENA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. AUS *FERDIN CH. 1927 (FERDA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. USA AMIDORE B. 1932 (*ROSSANA) KELLOGG FERRAS CH. 1932 (*RASIMA) KELLOGG VALIANT CH. 1948 (TAHARA) THOMPSON/USA ROSSDIN GR. 1933 (*ROSSANA) KELLOGG KUBAISHAN GR. 1949 (GRAN VIA) DRAPER/USA SILFIRE GR. 1932 (SILVER FIRE) CP, EXP. POR LISOL GR. 1946 (DIABOLICA) XELIO CH. 1957 (ISOLADA) JAXAR CH. 1968 (BEM PERFEITA) LUXOR II CH. 1969 (BEM PERFEITA) RISFAN CH. 1912 (RISALA) CRABBET PARK, EXP. ARG

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top left: Silfire 1932 (*Nureddin II x Silver Fire), foundation sire of Arabian horse breeding in Portugal and found in many Portuguese pedigrees today.

top right: Faris 1924 (*Nureddin II x Fejr by Rijm) was the product of two half siblings and inbred to Rijm.

included the *Nureddin II son Jeruan and no less than seven *Nureddin II daughters! In other words, the Russians must have really liked him. Some of these horses were used for the local part-Arabian Tersk breed; in the purebred herd, Rissalma’s blood remains the decisive influence. She was the dam of the great performance sire Priboj, a mainstay of all Russian Arabian pedigrees. And going from the far east of Europe to the far west, the 1932 stallion Silfire (*Nureddin II x Silver Fire) became a foundation sire in Portugal. He is an all-pervading presence in Portuguese Arabian pedigrees, especially since he was the target of heavy inbreeding. The sire line continued chiefly through *Nureddin’s son Faris, foaled in 1924. Faris was out of Fejr, a Rijm daughter, and thus closely inbred to Rijm and Mahruss. His son Rissalix was one of the most important British sires in the mid-20th century with numerous descendants throughout the world today. Most of these trace to his three

bottom left: Rissalix 1934 (Faris x Rissla), one of the most influential British sires of all time and one half of Al-Marah’s “R&R” breeding program.

chestnut sons, *Count Dorsaz 1945 (out of Shamnar), Blue Domino 1947

(out of Niseyra), and Mikeno 1949 (out of Namilla). Smaller branches trace to his bay sons *Ranix 1946 (out of Iorana) and Rimini 1953 (out of Mirvanah), if they still exist. Rissalix was a chief sire at the Lady Yule’s Hanstead Stud, Crabbet Park’s main competitor, and built on the same bloodlines. Through unfortunate coincidence, the owners of both stud farms died at the same time, and both stud farms had to be heavily reduced. This was unfortunate for British breeding, but advantageous for Bazy Tankersley of Al-Marah Arabians, who promptly purchased a large number of horses from both farms. One of them

was the Rissalix son *Count Dorsaz, who became a major star in the U.S

was a cornerstone for Al-Marah’s “R&R” breeding program, which stands for “*Raffles and *Rissalix.” With the Skowronek son *Raffles and the Rissalix son *Count Dorsaz, Bazy Tankersley basically attempted to create an American version of the Wentworth Superhorse, and with some success. *Count Dorsaz lived to 32 years of age and left innumerable descendants; his blood is still an

He

bottom right: *Count Dorsaz 1945 (Rissalix x Shamnar) as an old stallion at Al-Marah. His influence is found in the U.S. and Australia as well as in Britain.

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important part of the Al-Marah herd today, with an emphasis on performance rather than halter. Two stallions of *Count Dorsaz’s male line were also imported to the U.S. much later, the full brothers *Seffer and *Sa’ika (Prince Saraph x Sa’lilah). *Count Dorsaz blood is also strongly present in Australia through his son Count Manilla, who was an Australian foundation sire and heavily used. His line is less numerous in Britain, but there are a few slim branches, and many horses with this blood do well under saddle. In Britain, the Rissalix sons Blue Domino and Mikeno were more important than *Count Dorsaz, Mikeno especially through his daughters. The Mikeno son Ringing Gold became a successful sire in Australia; while there were many Mikeno sons breeding in Britain, they again excelled at producing daughters. Incidentally, the first ever international champion stallion at Aachen was a grandson of Mikeno in the male line: Al Malik (by Marino Marini), who won the title in 1979. But he, too, is found in modern pedigrees only through his daughters.

bottom right: Al Malik 1968 (Marino Marini x Bright Gleam), international senior champion stallion at the first ever Arabian show at Aachen in 1979.

top left: *Seffer 1983 (Prince Saraph x Sa’lilah), a British-bred *Count Dorsaz descendant also imported to the U.S.

top right: Blue Domino 1947 (Rissalix x Niseyra) was the most influential Rissalix son in Britain, with tail male descendants winning international championships well into the 1980s.

middle left: Fari II 1965 (Blue Domino x Farette by Rifari) was

linebred to Faris and a popular sire in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s.

middle right: Ghibli 1966 (Ludo x Yasmina) was exported to Belgium and was a popular sire there and in the Netherlands before being reimported to Britain in the 1980s.

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top: Marbon Masadi 2006 (Naresh x Marbon Melissa), the first straight Crabbet stallion imported to Germany in the 21st century.

middle: Lurex 1968 (Ludrex x Yemama), 1981 International Senior Champion Stallion at Aachen.

bottom: To date the last international winner from the Mahruss line: Zircon Nazeer 1984 (Donax x Kazaba), European and Nations Cup Junior Champion.

Blue Domino, on the other hand, established several active branches through his sons Ludo, Manto, Fari II, and Azrak. Azrak 1964 (x Silent Wings) left only one son before being exported to South Africa, but this was the very influential Silver Blue who sired a large number of sons. At this time, the branch of Ludo 1953 (Blue Domino x Rithyana) is having something of a renaissance in Crabbet preservation breeding through Ludo’s son Rajeyd. Rajeyd’s grandson Prince Sadik sired several stallions including Silvern Prince, one of the most successful ridden Arabians in Britain of all time, and his full brother Binley Prince Salim, who is an award-winning sport horse both in dressage and endurance. A Prince Sadik son, Binley Prince Iqbal, is siring foals in Australia, and another stallion from this branch, Marbon Masadi (by Naresh by Prince Sadik), was recently exported to Germany. He is one of just two 100 percent Crabbet stallions ever to stand in Germany! Several Blue Domino sons were imported to the U.S., including *Royal Dominion, *Blue Mantle, and *Golden Domino, but although they were popular in their time, not much has remained. Following Al Malik, two other tail male descendants of Rissalix won international champion titles at Aachen: in 1981 the senior champion stallion Lurex (Ludrex by Ludo), and in 1985, in the All Nations Cup Junior Male Champion Zircon Nazeer (Donax by Ludrex), who was also a European Junior Champion. A Ludo grandson, Pedro (by Ghibli), was German National Reserve Champion Stallion at Aachen in 1982. Sadly, neither Pedro nor Lurex had much of a chance as sires. Zircon Nazeer proved a highly popular sire in Britain and was the sire and grandsire of many halter winners, but none of his numerous sons was able to equal his success. He was the last showring superstar to come from the Mahruss line. It is impossible to say when, or even if, there will be major halter champions from this line again. In view of the heavy dominance of other lines today, it seems unlikely, but it is not impossible. It would hardly be the first case of an all but forgotten sire line suddenly rising again to prominence. And as far as performance is concerned, it never went away in the first place. That apart, the bloodline of Mahruss is very similar to that of Mesaoud: It is literally everywhere, even if it isn’t evident at first sight. No matter how many other things you pile on top of them — the foundations will always remain.

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(Carver DE x Maloof Habiba) 2005 stallion

Seglawi Jedran of Ibn Sudan. Abbas Pasha blood. 13 generations tail male to Zobeyni.

SINCE

1949

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11th Annual

seventeen twenty

ARABIAN

BREEDERS

WORLD

CUP

SHOW

April 12-15, 2017 South Point Equestrian Complex, Las Vegas, Nevada

BY

MORGAN

MOORE

T he first time I attended the World Cup show at the South Point Hotel and Casino I was captivated the moment

I discovered the exhibitor entrance to the stalls. I knew immediately this was an event unlike any other I had attended before. Opening the unassuming key-only access door was like uncovering a passageway to some other world far away from the lights and melody of coin slot pings, throngs of entertainers, and dice rattles. The door is hidden on the side of a prototypical long, carpeted hotel hallway and when you finally step through

the threshold, that familiar aroma that could only be described as “horse show” envelopes you with notes of show sheen, fly spray, piney shavings, and alfalfa. The setting is notably more intimate in contrast to most shows. There is a single, main hall and every barn is huddled together in what feels a bit like an underground secret lair. However, there are abundant lights hung and the trainers decorate with plants, banners, and stall drapes. You can’t help but feel a strong sense of togetherness as the lines between barns, trainers, and space blend together in this magical, four-day world.

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POOR

ARABIAN

BREEDERS

WORLD

CUP

SCORING

JUDGING SCALE

SYSTEM

AVERAGE

GOOD

EXCELLENT IDEAL

 

BELOW

ABOVE

VERY POOR

POOR

AVERAGE

AVERAGE

AVERAGE

GOOD

VERY GOOD

EXCELLENT

IDEAL

10

11

12

13

14

14.5

15

15.5

16

16.5

17

17.5

18

18.5

19

19.5

20

The Arabian Horse Breeders World Cup is a showcase competition for purebred Arabian breeding classes, conducted in the European style using the World Cup Scoring System, similar to the All Nation’s Cup in Aachen, Germany, and the World Championships at the Salon du Cheval in Paris, France. The show emphasizes a more natural way of showing the horses so that their true Arabian spirit shines. The show features international judges, a mix of the best from America, Europe, South Africa, and South America, with the goal of achieving the highest possible standards of judging.

The spectator entrance is grandiose — a Vegas-themed welcome with large black drapes flanked by banners featuring beautiful horses and a larger-than-life screen playing Arabian- themed footage from advertisers. A red carpet welcome winds through a small, but eclectic series of vendors and finally past the glittering display of trophies and the awards booth. The trophies, too, are unlike any others with a rainbow selection of Moroccan saddles, golden stirrups, Arabian horse busts, and gleaming daggers. Crimson seats cascade down to a small, oval arena dotted with tropical foliage, black heavy drapes, and bright spotlights to draw the eye. The setting is dramatic and it’s hard to imagine a space more capable of bringing together halter enthusiasts, breeders, trainers, and exhibitors. As founding member Bob North describes: “While there are many reasons to attend, one of the main attractions of the show is the way the horses are presented in a relatively small arena with the music and the featuring of the Arabian movement and type. We allow people to sit very close to the horses so there’s a personal interaction between horses and spectators in the ring. This allows spectators to view the horses’ strengths and faults in a detailed view as they are shown.” The show was the first of its kind to be created in the United States. The original purpose of the show as described by Bob North was to create a competition that was “fun and fair.” Ultimately, the founders were seeking to accomplish two goals: “First, we wanted to make it the most fun show to participate in and show in. Second, we wanted to make it fair. We don’t permit any bias so all the participants have an equal opportunity, and I think we have achieved those goals. The World Cup is considered to be among one of the best shows in the world for Arabians.” So just how does a show go about trying to cultivate an equal playing field for all exhibitors? The world cup founders decided to establish a clear standard for perfection to judge all horses against, regardless of a particular judge’s preferences. “Each judge evaluates the horse on six characteristics of the standard of perfection for the Arabian horse. We ask that the Gladys Brown Edwards portrayals of the Arabian horse be used as the standard of perfection. Every horse is judged according to how close the horse compares to the perfect Arabian as exhibited by the Gladys Brown Edwards standard,” says Bob. To ensure that this comparison is calculable, Bob says, “the board created a variation on the European points system and we

added and modified some categories that were being used in Europe at the time. Our system has since become one of the major standards in the world for point system scoring and is now used extensively at many shows in Europe and South America.” True to the name “World Cup” the board seeks to attract a diverse group of exhibitors and horses from many countries. In the spirit of this effort, the board selects judges from North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and South Africa (the final two alternate each year as countries of origin for the judges). The selection is a painstakingly meticulous process to ensure the best are selected. Bob recounts the process in this manner:

“The panel goes through the selection process which takes about a month in the fall. Judges are selected from a carefully chosen pool by secret ballot. Any judge who has been previously used, but did not appear to provide the fairness we look for is removed from the pool for future consideration. Each judge takes a written oath before the show to dedicate themselves to fairness to each and every exhibitor. Also, on the first day of the show the judges are introduced to the spectators and exhibitors in conjunction with the oath. The oath is a reminder to the judges that they be fair for all exhibitors and owners.” As for the fun and endless entertainment Las Vegas offers, Bob says, “The four-day show doesn’t start until 9:00 a.m. and it’s over by 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon with a lunch break, so people can enjoy the benefits and entertainment of being in Las Vegas. This year we are having a live auction of some of the embryo rights to the best horses in the world.” The show doesn’t just offer an exciting venue for competitors seeking to show their horses with trainers, the show encourages amateur participation as well, as Bob notes: “We devote one whole day to amateurs — the first day of the show. We created money classes for the amateur exhibitors through the futurity and legacy programs. So that means that amateurs can compete for major prize money ($20,000 to $25,000 per win in some of the past classes). For the other classes that don’t have the major prize money, we provide some of the best trophies in the world. We have the largest and most dramatic trophies for the amateurs of any show in the U.S.” Bob sums up the world cup experience: “Short, exciting, and fun.” Regardless if you are an Arabian horse show veteran or new to the halter arena, this show offers a variety of events to entertain and empower the amateur, the breeder, the trainer, the owner, and the Arabian horse enthusiast.

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JUDGES:

Leslie Connor

U.S.A .

Terry Holmes

U.S.A.

SHOW

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 9 A.M.

201.

Junior Fillies ATH One and Two Years Old

451.

Champion AHBA Legacy Futurity Yearling Fillies ATH

202.

Junior Mares ATH Three and Four Years Old

203.

Senior Mares ATH Five Years Old and Older

204.

Junior Colts/Geldings ATH One and Two Years Old

452.

Champion AHBA Legacy Futurity Yearling Colts/Geldings ATH

205.

Junior Stallions/Geldings ATH Three and Four Years Old

206.

Senior Stallions/Geldings ATH Five Years Old and Older

401.

Champion AHBA Futurity Two-Year-Old Fillies ATH

402.

Champion AHBA Futurity Two-Year-Old Colts/Geldings ATH

403.

Champion AHBA Auction Futurity Yearling Fillies ATH

404.

Champion AHBA Auction Futurity Yearling Colts/Geldings ATH

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 9 A.M.

101.

Junior Fillies of 2016 — Divided into qualifying sections (A-E) of 8-15 horses each

102.

Junior Fillies of 2015 — Divided into qualifying sections (A-E) of 8-15 horses each

103.

Junior Mares of 2014 — Divided into qualifying sections (A-E) of 8-15 horses each

104.

Senior Breeding Mares Four Years Old

105.

Senior Breeding Mares Five Years Old

106.

Senior Breeding Mares Six to Eight Years Old

107.

Senior Breeding Mares Nine Years Old and Older

108.

Senior Breeding Mares – Broodmares — Must have foaled, nursed, and weaned at least two foals. May be in foal. May be of any age.

Klaus Beste

KUWAIT

Jack Maritz

SOUTH AFRICA

SCHEDULE

Dr. Nelson Moreira

BRAZIL

Irina Stigler

RUSSIA

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 9 A.M.

111.

Junior Colts of 2016 — Divided into qualifying sections (A-E) of 8-15 horses each

112.

Junior Colts of 2015 — Divided into qualifying sections (A-E) of 8-15 horses each

113.

Junior Stallions of 2014 — Divided into qualifying sections (A-E) of 8-15 horses each

114.

Senior Breeding Stallions Four to Five Years Old

116.

Senior Breeding Stallions Six to Eight Years Old

117.

Senior Breeding Stallions Nine Years Old and Older

700.

Freestyle Liberty Championship 2017 IntArah Dream Embryo Auction, The Showroom, 7:00

SATURDAY APRIL 15, 9 A.M.

301.

Mare/Filly ATH Supreme Championship

302.

Stallion/Colt ATH Supreme Championship

OPENING CEREMONIES – FLAGS OF NATIONS

501. Supreme Champion Yearling Filly

502. Supreme Champion Yearling Colt

AMBASSADOR AWARD

503. Supreme Champion Junior Mare

504. Supreme Champion Junior Stallion

HANDLER OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

505. Supreme Champion Senior Mare

506. Supreme Champion Senior Stallion

CLOSING CEREMONIES — AWARDING OF ARABIAN BREEDERS WORLD CUP

AHBA FUTURITY ATH PRIZE MONEY

TOTAL PRIZE PAYOUT TO DATE IS $1,134,788

The percentage of payout is Champion 45%, Reserve Champion 25%, and Top Five 10%.

Arabian Breeders Cup

The Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance is proud to sponsor the

Arabian Breeders Cup, the ultimate honor of the Arabian Breeders

World Cup Show. As a breeder-driven organization committed

to promoting the breeding of the purebred Arabian horse, the

AHBA understands the significance of recognizing the contribution

of dedicated breeders. To honor this commitment, the Arabian

Breeders Cup Perpetual Trophy has been established. The original

breeder that accumulates the greatest number of points with

multiple horses attributed to one breeding program in each annual

event will be awarded the Arabian Breeders Cup.

 

Class

Points

Championship

Points

Placing

Awarded

Placing

Awarded

1

st Place

10

Gold

50

2 nd Place

8

Silver

40

3 rd Place

6

Bronze

30

4 th Place

4

Top Ten

15

5 th Place

2

In recognition of this achievement, the winning breeder will receive a replica of the Arabian Breeders Cup trophy, a companion award, and will have their name and year of achievement engraved on the Arabian Breeders Cup perpetual trophy. The Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance is delighted to honor the breeders that continue to ensure the future and prosperity of the Arabian horse with the Arabian Breeders Cup.

Be a part of the excitement — be a part of Arabian horse history.

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by Gary Dearth

On the cover: Expressamo (IXL Noble Express x Mystic Bey V) and trainer Bob Purtee.

A lthough Jerry Blatt and his family have

been involved in Arabian horses for

many years, their farm Sandman, Inc.,

is a well-kept secret. The success of their stallion Expressamo (IXL Noble Express x Mystic Bey V) is helping to shatter that anonymity. “My dad is really passionate about Arabian horses,” says Jerry’s daughter Nicole Candelaria. “Their beauty is what

hooked him. His passion ignited my children’s interest, too. My youngest daughter, Kate, shares her grandfather’s passion. She loves to go to the barn in the evenings and just spend time with the horses. We have been into Arabians for about twenty-three years, and I’m proud to be dad’s partner in the horses.”

Expressamo

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Sandman Inc. is the corporate name of Jerry Blatt’s ready-mix concrete business, Star Concrete. “They also recycle concrete for base for concrete jobs, and the entire plant is solar powered,” says Nicole. “Everything else is powered by natural gas. The horse shows are my Dad’s escape from the concrete business. He has a motor home that we take to the shows. He loves to barbecue for us and make breakfast for everybody.” Expressamo’s 2017 Scottsdale Pleasure Driving Championship with Sandman, Inc.’s resident trainer Bob Purtee is another in a long list of major wins for the exceptional show horse. Bred by Sherman Ranch of Pleasanton, California, he began his show career with

Gordon Potts. “Expressamo was immature from three to five years of age,” says Gordon. “But he was always very gifted with extreme motion. He was fun to work, because he has a great personality and a lot of guts. I think he got better after he left me because he became physically stronger. I hadn’t seen him in several years and when I saw Bob Purtee show him at Scottsdale this year he looked great. Bob is really doing a nice job with him.” Among many important wins Gordon had with Expressamo, a remarkable show at the 2010 Canadian Nationals stands out. There, he was National Champion in English Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, and English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over with owner/breeder Jill Sherman.

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Left to right: Jerry Blatt, Nicole Candelaria, Kate Candelaria, and Bob Purtee, at their ranch in the San Jose foothills.“I have lived here on the original three and a half acres since 1974,” says Jerry, “and have added several other parcels over the years. We now have one hundred acres, a twenty-eight stall barn and indoor arena.”

Above: Breeder Jill Sherman with Expressamo. Opposite page: 2017 Scottsdale Champion Pleasure Driving Expressamo and Bob Purtee.

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Later, Expressamo’s show career was guided by the Sherman Ranch’s resident trainer Mitch Sperte who showed him to 2011 U.S. National Champion Pleasure Driving and Informal Combination. Mitch describes Expressamo as “extremely game with plenty of endurance. He would never even think about quitting. I really enjoyed training him for a year and a half. And winning two U.S. National Championships was a great experience.” When Expressamo was foaled, Jill Sherman knew he was destined to be a star. “I remember taking him out one day when he was about a month old and I told my Dad that he was going to be a National Champion,” she said. “I don’t think there are very many foals you can say that about. His dam, Mystic Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Miss Leading) produced several National Champions, but none of them were the quality of Expressamo. He has a special place in my heart. I still regret that we sold him, but because we breed we have to sell to make room for others. He was a once-in-a-lifetime horse for me, but he went to a wonderful family who loves and appreciates him.”

Expressamo did indeed find a loving home. “We had admired Expressamo, whose barn name is ‘Sporty,’ for years and never dreamed that we would end up owning him,” says Nicole. “He’s the best thing that happened to our barn and my daughter. It has kept her completely driven and dedicated. Kate showed walk/ trot for a few years, and when she was eight or nine, she decided that she didn’t want to show walk/trot anymore. Because he is a stallion Expressamo couldn’t be shown walk/trot anyway, so Kate started showing Sporty in canter classes. She was the tiniest thing on him. At the shows we attend, the English pleasure classes are 18 and under. In fact, the first time she showed him the class was ATR and she was competing against adults. And she won. We are lucky because Sporty is so well behaved. He just marches around the ring.”

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“It was exciting when we got Expressamo,” says Bob. “Kate was too young at the time to show him, but her older sister Karlie started showing him. Kate is really improving, and she’s very excited to show Sporty in native costume. He will be cool because he’s got such a big canter and hand gallop.” The plan is to show Expressamo at Youth Nationals this year, but Kate will have to choose between horses and her dance competition. She competes in tap, jazz, and lyrical dance. “We do everything that we can so she can do both,” says Nicole. “It helps that she can drive a golf cart up to the barn to ride. Bob makes it easy for her to squeeze in some riding whenever she can.” Bob adds, “Kate is also showing their other stallion, All Afire AOF (Allionce x Flaring Fire), in hunter pleasure. He is just beautiful.”

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Above and right: Kate and All Afire AOF (Alliance x Flaring Fire).

Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Driving A Gospel Song (A Temptation x A Gospel Song) and Bob Purtee.

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Kate on her first Arabian Sunn Dawn (Sunn Bask x Dawna).

 

*ELIMAR

 

MHR NOBILITY

 

HAR NAHRA

 

IXL NOBLE EXPRESS

 

*EL GHAZI

 

RY FIRE GHAZI

 

RL RAH FIRE

EXPRESSAMO

 

BAY EL BEY

 

HUCKLEBERRY BEY

 

TAFFONA

 

MYSTIC BEY V

 

BARBARY

MISS LEADING

MI VALENDORA

Expressamo’s sire IXL Noble Express, left, and dam Mystic Bey V.

While Expressamo has few foals to date, there is proof of his potential as

a sire. “We have a two-year old Expressamo filly out of a The Nobelest (MHR

Nobilty x Bey Aperitif V) daughter that is just dramatic,” Bob says. “She has a

great long neck with lots of style about her. She is very loose gaited and takes

a good step behind. I can’t wait to start working her. I think she is going to be spectacular. A Gospel Song (A Temptation x BA Halle Berry), who was Reserve Champion Country Driving at Scottsdale this year is going to be bred to Sporty as well. We also have a Mamage filly Oh You Beautiful Doll (x Dominatrixx) who will be bred to him in the future.” “So far we’ve been breeding for ourselves,” says Nicole. “We are looking forward to other people using Expressamo in their breeding programs.”

An Expressamo filly.

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For Jerry, who became involved with Arabians in the mid-1990s, the horses have always been a family activity. “We started going to horse shows and started showing in country horse and hunter pleasure,” he says. “Kate started with Forever Yours XLA (Chez x Browns Ganarmus), known as ‘Scooter.’ That mare is 28 now, and still with us – she’s a great little mare. “I started riding about three years ago, and I’ve shown twice; I even drove Sporty in a show! I could barely hold onto him. You might look at him in his stall and he seems so quiet, but when you put a saddle on him and he starts trotting, he just looks like a million bucks. He just comes alive. He has been

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Expressamo with Jerry, top left, Nicole, top right and Kate, bottom.

great with the kids. To be that animated and be so good with a 12-year-old girl is unbelievable. I treasure every day with him. “Lately I’ve been riding a country mare, Dominatrixx (The Nobelest x Debt To Pleasure). I may show again. It’s a challenge, but I need a challenge. You need to keep doing new things in life. “I can’t think about many activities that multi-generations of a family enjoy together as much as horses. My business takes up a lot of my time, but every Sunday we all get together and ride at the ranch. It is gratifying to know that my grandchildren can be brought up in an atmosphere like this and have the opportunity to be outdoors doing something they love. These days, kids are so plugged into their phones and computers, and it’s tough to get them outside in a healthy environment. But Arabian horses make it easy.”

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T he Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Arabian Horse Festival has, in years past, been a five-day affair held in late

January. This year’s schedule, however, was shortened to three days by excluding the flat and endurance racing events. Often referred to as the “Al Khalediah Show,” the festival is named as a tribute to the late Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud, father of HRH Prince Sultan Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It is the first of four title shows governed by the European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations (ECAHO) and marks the start of a whirlwind season for breeders and exhibitors. The four additional title shows include the World Championships, Paris, France; All Nations Cup, Aachen, Germany; European Championships, Janów Podlaski, Poland; and the Middle East Championships, Amman, Jordan. The Festival is held at the Al Khalediah Farm, in the village of Tebrak owned by HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The farm is a 44,000-acre oasis that emerges from the desert sands and is surrounded by rocky mountain peaks.

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While the first two days of qualifying classes boasted some extraordinary horses, the yearling fillies started the Championship classes, and a refined bay beauty Ghadeer AM (AJ Mardan x Ghazalat Al Mohamadia), emerged as the Gold winner. Bred and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud, manager Bruce McCrea could not have been more thrilled. “We are excited that she is now part of the Ajman team and look forward to watching and supporting her. She was amazing in her Gold Championship win and I’m sure there will be many more in her future. Love her!” The influence of Emerald J (QR Marc x Emandoria) dominated the show — he sired both the Silver and Bronze winners, Badawia Al Muawd (x Mistilll Al Muawd), and Dhai Alsakab (x WA Ppriscilla), respectively, both bred and owned by Al Muawd Stud. His powers did not end with the fillies, however. The Gold Champion Yearling Colt was his son General (x ES Mahbuba), owned by the sons of Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Subaie’s Al Muawd Stud, and Bronze was another son, Sultan Alenaya (x Ammona), owned by Tarig bin Mohammed E. Enaya. Edging out the Emerald J colts for the Silver award was Raad Alsayed (EKS Alihandro x Nuzyrma Dinn SA), for breeder and owner Al Sayed Stud.

Kanz Albidayer (Ajman Moniscione x DL Marielle) also sired a Gold Champion — his daughter Mayar IV (x Abha Qawatin), who won in the Junior Mare Championship, bred by Ali bin Hussain bin Ali Smaa and owned by Al Muawd Stud. Ajman Stud owned the Silver winner Aja Carrera (ZT Marwteyn x Aja Carina), bred by M. Hickford. Al Muawd was back in the medals with the Bronze winner Bourhani Sharifa (Ajman Moniscione x Psynesica), bred by Hannelone Bowdeanx.

Always full of thrilling amounts of energy and charisma are the young boys in the Junior Stallion Championship. Gold was EOS Apollo (Lawrence El Gazal x Annou El Woutan), who is a very nice and structurally correct colt. He was bred by Kathrin Hampe- Klingebiel and is owned by Faisal I. Alibrahim. EKS Alihandro scored another medal with his Silver son Gabel Athbah (EKS Alihandro x Meqbilat Athbah), bred and owned by Athbah Stud. Kanz Albidayer added to his list of winners with the Bronze AJ

Bittal (x Eagleridge Passionata). Sometimes the stallions receive all the glory but let’s not leave out the power of a great mare. AJ Bittal’s dam, Eagleridge Passionata, is no stranger to the showring. This stunning, pure white mare actually took Gold honors in 2014 at this exact show. AJ Bittal is bred and owned by Ajman Stud. The Senior Mare Championship is always a favorite. A show-stopper was the alabaster white mare Norma, who explodes into the arena with her huge trot. Sired by the legendary

Gazal Al Shaqab and out of the Polish mare Wyborna, bred in Poland by Michalow Stud and is now proudly owned by Al Muawd Stud. “Showing a mare like Norma is what dreams are made of — surreal,” exclaims her trainer Ryan Jones of Al Muawd Stud. Taking Silver honors is a mare I have enjoyed following for years, OFW Ana, sired by the six-time U.S. National Champion Stallion DA Valentino and out of the great producing mare Hafati Julianna, who also happens to be the grandam of

Top Left: Gold Champion Yearling Filly Ghadeer AM (AJ Mardan x Ghazalat Al Mohamadia), owned by Al Mohamadia Stud, Saudi Arabia.

Top Right: Gold Champion Yearling Colt General (Emerald J x ES Mahbuba), owned by the sons of Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Subaie, Saudi Arabia.

Left: Gold Champion Junior Filly Mayar IV (Kanz Albidayer x Abha Qawatin), owned by Al Muawd Stud, Saudi Arabia.

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EKS Alihandro. OFW Ana was bred by Harold and Dolly Orr of Orrion Farms, and is owned by Al Rajhia Stud. Adding to her accolades as World Champion Filly, European Champion, and Scottsdale Supreme Champion Mare, to name just a few, Abha Palma (Marwan Al Shaqab x Abha Ghazali) took Bronze for breeder/ owner Al Mohamadia Stud. The Senior Stallion Championship was a highlight — with a father and son showdown between Emerald J (QR Marc x Emandoria), and his son Mansour Al Jalawiyah (x Gypsy Love NA).

It was a greatly anticipated return

to the arena for Emerald J and the judges awarded his impressive performance with Gold honors for breeder Christine Jamar and owner Al Muawd Stud. Mansour Al Jalawiyah held his own with

a strong Silver for breeder Al

Jalawiyah and owner HH Prince Salman bin Faisal and HH Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Salman Al Saud. The bold, bay Polish- bred stallion Girlan-Bey (Pesal x Gracja-Bis), a constantly strong competitor, took the Bronze for breeder Michal Bogajewicz and owner Al Washem Stud Keeping with the tradition of previous years, the show closed with a brilliant display of Arabic pageantry. Next we loaded into vehicles for a short jaunt to Athbah Stud, owned by HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, where festivities continued. The barn lights glimmered in the dark night sky, and beautifully crafted Arabic tents, roaring fires, a staging area

with more traditional drums and dancing, all made for a nostalgic scene. We were all in for a special

Gold Champion Junior Colt EOS Apollo (Lawrence El Gazal x Annou El Woutan), owned by Faisal I. Alibrahim, Saudi Arabia.

Gold Champion Senior Stallion Emerald J (QR Marc x Emandoria), owned by Al Muawd Stud, Saudi Arabia.

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Christine Jamar of Jadem Arabians, breeder of Emerald J:

T he Prince Sultan Arabian Horse Festival 2017 was full of excitement and emotion. I was thrilled to see the young offspring

of Emerald J. The hype came with the entrance of Emerald J who was not trotting but flying. Everybody was very impressed and I was so happy to see him perform in such a good condition. When I saw Emerald showing in the past, in my eyes he was always my homebred colt, but Emerald J is not a colt anymore … he is a real stallion now! He is very charismatic and powerful. He won easily, and the second- placed horse in his class was his son Mansour Al Jalawiyah, that I also bred for the Al Jalawiyah family. In the Championships of the yearling fillies, both the Silver and the Bronze Champion were offspring by Emerald J. In the championships of the yearling colts, the Gold Champion and the Bronze Champion were again by Emerald J. You can imagine that I was very tired after the show but also very happy to see that my vision on buying an embryo right from Emandoria and breeding her to QR Marc gave us the horses that are winning in the show with all different bloodlines. Al Muawd Stud did the perfect thing to continue the promotion of Emerald J. We are already looking forward to next year’s edition to see more offspring of Emerald J. It’s a beautiful show, very well organized and the hospitality is great.

Gold Champion Senior Mare Norma (Gazal Al Shaqab x Wyborna), owned by Al Muawd Stud, Saudi Arabia.

treat with the presentation of the “Untamed One,” EKS Alihandro, the reigning World Champion Stallion, coming out to a packed audience. He looked magnificent, with his longtime handler Giacomo Capacci on the lead. The following evening guests visited Milad Equestrian Center, owned by Nasir Alfozan. Milad is a state- of-the-art training and reproduction center. Some clients include Khaled Al Sayed, Hamad Al Rajhi, Al Marri Stud and Al Sadeem Stud, to name just a few. The stage area is impressive, with stadium-style seating in front of the preview area backed by a large display screen. The lineup of horses to be presented was of star quality with names like Eden C, Alexxander, Abha Qatar and other notable champions. An amazing Arabic feast fit for royalty followed the presentation. More fires flared and Arabic singing and dancing went on late into the night. Finally we had to say our good-byes as another unforgettable experience came to an end.

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THIRTY-THIRD

ARABIAN

Punta del Este is one of the most charming and exclusive cities in the world. Actors and actresses from every corner of the globe come every January to enjoy Punta del Este’s glamorous backdrop. Of course, the most elegant of the horse breeds was also in Punta in January. For the first time, the Punta del Este Convention Center opened its doors to the Arabian horse on January 19-20 at an outstanding new facility with an indoor arena specially prepared for this event. The judges were Mr. Richard Petty from the U.S., Mr. Nelson Moreira from Brazil, and Mr. Luiz Eduardo Moreira Caio from Brazil.

HORSE

SHOW

by Gastón Labadie

Breeder’s Cup

Far left: International Show Unanimous Champion Stallion LR Forever Joy (Auteur x LR My Joy), owned by Estancia Las Rosas, and shown by Dejair Souza.

Left: International Show Reserve Champion Stallion LR Echos Of Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x MA Elegant Echo), owned by Haras Los Palmares.

One of the most exciting moments of every Arabian horse breeder is the Breeder’s Cup. Celebrated every year, it is the time of year when breeders feel prouder than usual, the time of the year when they can show their own products and others can witness the results of their breeding decisions. In Uruguay, the Breeder’s Cup and the International show is jointly organized in Punta del Este. Obviously, to participate in the Breeder’s Cup, you must be the breeder of the contender(s). In Uruguay, you can enter four horses in the Breeder’s Cup but only your three highest scores will be used for the Best Breeder Cup. The judging system is by points, as it is in Europe, evaluating the horses from 1 to 20 in Type, Head, Neck, Body and Topline, Legs, and Movement. The main difference between this and other shows in the world where the points system is used is that in this show there is no championship after the classes. The horses enter the ring as usual, divided by gender, and the youngest horse is the first to enter into the arena.

Premium Cup Winner – Best Horse of the Show The horse that gets the highest score is the Premium Cup Winner and Best Horse of the Show. At the end of the show, the top 10 best horses are awarded.

Best Breeder Independently of how many horses a breeder has entered in the show, the three highest scores of each breeder will contribute to the final score for Best Breeder as a result of the sum of points.

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Champion Mare Kharalisa BPA (Khadraj NA x Rhapsody In Gold), owned by Haras Dona Cecilia, and shown by Austin Boggs.

2017 Breeder’s Cup Winners

LR Domenica (Dominic M x Naomi NY), 2014 filly 1st Place and High Score

LR Sicilia (Dominic M x ON Silsila), 2016 filly 2nd Place

LR Altagracia (Excalibur EA x LL Almudena), 2016 filly 3rd Place

Reserve Champion Mare HLP Argiana (Justa Magnum x Aqir Janera), owned by Carlos Roizner of Haras Los Palmares.

Champion Junior Colt ASHVA Samurai (Excalibur EA x ROL Ithadtobeyou), owned by Isha Judd, and shown by Dejair Souza.

Twelve years ago, Laetitia d’Arenberg decided to start breeding Arabian horses at her farm in Uruguay, Estancia Las Rosas. Their worldwide success in the last years has exceeded even the most positive but realistic scenario. Triple Crown winner Excalibur EA, owned by Estancia Las Rosas, has led the way to positioning the Estancia Las Rosas brand in the region, and consequently in the rest of the world. Perfectly managed by Olivia Strauch, the farm has developed a successful breeding program based on honest decisions supported by passion and knowledge. The evolution of quality in their herd is notable as a consequence of incorporating two stallions with different characteristics that eventually complement each other: World Champion Excalibur EA (Shanghai EA x Essence Of Marwan EA), and the stunning bay Dominic M (Da Vinci FM x Rosa La Valentina).

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International Show Champion Junior Filly LR Domenica (Dominic M x Naomi NY), owned by Estancia Las Rosas, and pictured with Olivia Strauch, left, trainer Dejair Souza, and Estancia Las Rosas owner Laetitia d’Arenberg.

International Show Reserve Champion Junior Filly BH Cover Sureña (Cover x BH Sureña), owned by Haras Blue Heaven, and shown by Alfredo Cossini.

At the 33rd Punta del Este Arabian Horse Show, Estancia Las Rosas obtained the Breeders Cup and Premium Cup on the first day of the competition, with a group of three fillies sired by their chief stallions, Dominic M and Excalibur EA, and perfectly shown by Dejair Souza.

International Show

The International Show started off Friday afternoon with the Female Classes and Championships. The 2017 Punta Del Este Champion Yearling Filly was LR Sicilia (Dominic M x ON Silsila), bred by Estancia Las Rosas, and owned by Mario Matt Arabians from Austria. Also bred and owned by Estancia Las Rosas, the grey LR Altagracia (Excalibur EA x LL Almudena) was named 2017 Punta Del Este Reserve Champion Yearling Filly, extending the success of the previous day for Estancia Las Rosas. The highlight of the show was LR Domenica, sired by Dominic M out of Naomi NY, a Quartz NY (Snowshill Ariseyn x Dark Rose PAR) daughter imported from Brazil. This ultra-feminine filly entered into the arena to claim the 2017 Punta del Este Champion Junior Filly title, adding one more ribbon to her personal record. Last year, she remained undefeated winning the 2016 Uruguay Autumn Expo and the 2016 Uruguay Prado Show, obtaining the 2016 Best Filly award, for breeder and owner Estancia Las Rosas. The 2017 Punta del Este Reserve Champion Junior Filly title went to BH Cover Sureña. Bred and owned by Haras Blue Heaven, this filly is sired by the Brazilian imported stallion Cover (AB Magnum x Klaryssa HCF) out of BH Sureña (JJ Fuego Sureño x ZT Faras). The 2017 Punta del Este Mare Championship was defended by Kharalisa BPA

(Khadraj NA x Rhapsody In Gold) who also obtained the roses in 2016. This distinguished mare is always ready to impress every time she enters the arena. Owned by Haras Doña Cecilia, she has already proven her value as a broodmare for owners Daniel Pastorino and Cecilia Fabiana Puig. Kharalisa BPA is the dam of 2015 Scottsdale International Bronze Champion Junior Colt Vitorino DC by Vitorio TO. The Reserve Champion Mare was HLP Argiana (Justa Magnum x Aqir Janera), bred and owned by Carlos Roizner of Haras Los Palmares. In the Male Championships, the sires of Estancia Las Rosas led the way with their chief sire Dominic M, who imposed his style through two beautiful and well-balanced yearling colts. The Champion Yearling Colt Preludio OSB, out of Partyssima OS by Sir Fames HBV, bred and owned by Olivia Strauch; and Reserve Champion LR Prado, out of the Legacy Of Fame grey daughter LR Agata,

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International Show Champion Yearling Colt, Preludio OSB (Sir Fames HBV x Partyssima OS), owned by Olivia Strauch, and shown by Dejair Souza.

International Show Reserve Champion Yearling Colt, LR Prado (Sir Fames HBV x LR Agata) owned by Estancia Las Rosas, shown with trainer Dejair Souza.

International Show Reserve Champion Yearling Filly LR Altagracia (Excalibur EA x LL Almudena), owned by Estancia Las Rosas, and shown by Olivia Strauch.

International Show Champion Yearling Filly LR Sicilia (Dominic M x ON Silsila), owned by Mario Matt Arabians from Austria, and shown by Dejair Souza.

bred and owned by Estancia Las Rosas. Undoubtedly, Dominic M (Da Vinci FM x Rosa La Valentina) is one of the upcoming stars as a sire. Bred by Anthony C. Marino, he has already demonstrated his ability as a sire with his first foal crop at Estancia Las Rosas. An Estancia Las Rosas’ stallion also sired the 2017 Punta del Este Champion Junior Colt, ASHVA Samurai. This time it was a son of European Triple Crown Winner Excalibur EA, also owned by Estancia Las Rosas and bred by Isha Judd. This young colt is out of an Out of Cyte daughter, ROL Ithadtobeyou.

Bred and owned by Estancia Las Rosas, LR Forever Joy (Auteur x LR My Joy by Sir Fames HBV) was unanimously awarded the Gold Medal in the Stallion Championship. His sire, Auteur (Arbiteur x Indira Rose) was owned by Estancia Las Rosas until 2013 when he was sold to Argentina. The 2017 Punta del Este Reserve Champion Stallion was the Marwan Al Shaqab son LR Echos Of Marwan, bred by Estancia Las Rosas and owned by Haras Los Palmares. If I have to sum up the 2017 Punta del Este Arabian horse show in one or two words, I would choose “Visionary” and “Expectations.” “Visionary” in reference to the Estancia Las Rosas team and its undeniable expertise when deciding to buy their chief stallions Dominic M and World Champion Excalibur EA. “Expectations” because the Arabian horse breed needs fresh air. Dominic M has a big presence in Uruguay, but a much brighter future in the world, for everyone who is looking for new bloodlines.

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HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

Races at Sam Houston Race Park

by Steve Andersen

T here is nothing like the comfort

of home, even for a champion

racehorse.

Last November, Paddys Day, the 2015 Darley Award winner as Horse of the Year, was sent to Abu Dhabi for two races. He finished fifth and eighth on consecutive weekends, the only times in a 10-race season Paddys Day was worse than second. Back home, Paddys Day (Burning Sand x AK Loretta, by Virgule Al Maury) resumed racing in the $52,700 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at Sam Houston Race Park on March 4. He won

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by a length for the 12th stakes win of his career. The win confirmed Paddys Day was back to his best form, and left owner and trainer Scott Powell anxious for the rest of 2017. “I was pretty happy with Paddy,” Powell said. Paddys Day has won 17 of 26 starts and earned $344,466. His record is even more impressive when the three career losses in Abu Dhabi are removed from consideration. In his 23 starts in the United States, Paddys Day has been first or second in 22 races.

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Paddys Day (Burning Sand x AK Loretta by Virgule Al Maury) won the $52,700 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at Sam Houston Race Park on March 4. He is owned and trained by Scott Powell of Quarter Moon Ranch LLC., and ridden by Deshawn Parker.

Paddys Day won 5 of 10 starts in 2016 and had a vacation after his return to Powell’s New Mexico ranch. The Sheikh Zayed Cup drew a field of 12, with Paddys Day a big favorite. In his preceding start in the United States, Paddys Day won the President of the United Arab Emirates Cup by 8 1 /4 lengths at Churchill Downs last September. Deshawn Parker, who has won more than 5,000 Thoroughbred races, had the mount on Paddys Day for the first time. Parker had Paddys Day in contention throughout the seven-furlong race, racing within a neck of the leaders after the first quarter-mile. On the turn, Paddys Day was fourth, trailing by a length, but moved to the front with an eighth of a mile to go. Paddys Day won by a length over Easter Man, the leading four-year-old

male of 2016. Easter Man (Burning Sand

x Angel Proof, by NF Proof) finished

10 3 /4 lengths clear of Quick Sand AA (Burning Sand x Triumphs Silkie, by Seyvilla Triumph). Easter Man and Quick Sand are owned by Joe and Betty Gillis of Mississippi and trained by Jerenesto Torrez. From Powell’s perspective, Paddys Day gave a workmanlike performance in the Sheikh Zayed Cup. He wondered

whether the now six-year-old is doing just enough to get the job done. “He’s gotten

a little lazy in his own way,” Powell said.

“I think he’s getting the game a lot better. He thinks, Okay, game on, let’s race. He knows it’s not play time. Let’s get the job done and get it over.” As for a third trip to Abu Dhabi later this year, Powell says a decision will be made closer to the race. The journey is expensive, and takes him away from his ranch. The Sheikh Zayed Cup was one of two stakes on the March 4 program at Sam Houston. In the $41,500 Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship for amateur riders, Ruby AA (Burning Sand x Triumphs Pearl, by Seyvilla Triumph) won her second stakes, and for the fifth time in her career, against a field of nine fillies and mares. Ruby AA, who races for Torrez and Joe and Betty Gillis, won by 18 lengths over the 5-2 favorite, Dream Pearl (Burning Sand x Triumphs Pearl, by Seyvilla Triumph). The Gillis’s bred Dream Pearl, who races for Dorothy Burt, Evelyn Call, Cory Soltau, and Terri Eaton. Dream Pearl, a stakes winner at

Los Alamitos last fall, was favored in the Sheikha Fatima Stakes. Ruby AA was ridden by Lisa Lindbjerg of Denmark. The race brings together amateur riders from throughout the world. Lindbjerg had Ruby AA in front shortly after the start and in control of the race midway through the seven furlongs. Ruby AA led by three lengths after a half-mile and had a 12-length advantage with a furlong to go. Ruby AA has won 5 of 10 starts and earned $64,628. She was third behind RB Nash in the Texas Six Shooter Stakes in her first start of 2017. Last November,

Ruby won the shadwellarabian.co.uk Texas Lone Star Futurity for her first stakes win. The Sheikha Fatima Stakes was not without a bit of drama. The Powell- trained Ivory Shores encountered trouble at the start and unseated jockey Ilaria Saggiomo. “We were real disappointed that our rider fell off in the amateur race,” Powell said. “We thought Ivory Shores could win that race.”

Steve Andersen is a correspondent for Daily Racing Form.

Ruby AA (Burning Sand x Triumphs Pearl, by Seyvilla Triumph) won the $41,500 Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship for amateur riders on March 4 at Sam Houston. She is owned by Joe and Betty Gillis, trained by Jerenesto Torrez, and ridden by Lisa Lindbjerg.

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March Racing in Abu Dhabi

Featuring Five Stakes Races

by Steve Andersen

M ahbooba (Bibi de Carrere x Nevada du Loup by Manganate) needed three

starts in Group 1 races in the United Arab Emirates before she reached the winner’s circle in the $272,479 Emirates Championship at Abu Dhabi on March 19. The win left jockey Tadgh O’Shea as

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enthusiastic about the rest of her career as he was with her win in the prestigious marathon turf race. “She is going to be exciting next season as she is getting better, we hope,” he said. Mahbooba, who races for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trainer Eric Lemartinel, won for the sixth time in her nine-race career in the Group 1

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Emirates Championship, which was run on the final program of the season in Abu Dhabi. Mahbooba won three of her first four starts in early 2016, ending the season with a win in the UAE Arabian Derby. She won her first two starts this season, in December and January, before finishing fifth in the Group 1 Presidents Cup at

Abu Dhabi on February 12 and ninth in the Group 1 third round of the Maktoum Challenge on dirt at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on February 23. A return to turf in the Emirates Championship was one of the keys to victory, along with a clean start in the race at 2,200 meters, or about 1 3 /8 miles, on turf. O’Shea had expressed concern before the Emirates Championship about Mahbooba’s manners at the gate. She had a sharp start and raced just behind pacesetter Abhaar, who won the 2016 Emirates Championship. Mahbooba raced in traffic with a half-mile to go and took the lead in the final quarter-mile, winning by three lengths over Nashmee, one of five runners in the field of nine owned by Sheikh

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Mahbooba (Bibi de Carrere x Nevada du Loup by Manganate), won the $272,479 Emirates Championship at Abu Dhabi on March 19 for owner Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trainer Eric Lemartinel, ridden by Tadgh O’Shea.

Right: The $136,239 Liwa Oasis on March 5, the top sprint of the Abu Dhabi season, was the fourth career win for the five-year- old RB Burn (Majd Al Arab x Burnie Gee PW by Burning Sand), owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE. He is trained by Eric Lemartinel and was ridden by Gerald Avranche.

Khalifa and trained by Lemartinel. “Mahbooba is a very good mare,” O’Shea said. “She has proved again here with an impressive display. She was much happier back on turf after trying dirt last time.” Nashmee (Akbar x Jade des Pins by Octavius) finished a short head in front of Babel D’Aillas (Dahess x Ozana D’Aillas by Kairouan de Jos). “The team had a strong hand obviously, and it is a great way to finish another good season,” O’Shea said. “I am the lucky one to be able to ride all these good horses, but it is a real team effort.” Al Zahir (Madjani x Petite Class by Barour de Cardonne) extended his winning streak to three races with wins in the second and third rounds of the

Arabian Triple Crown. Owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, Al Zahir lost his first three races in France in September and October before winning his final start of 2016 in that country in Toulouse in November. In Abu Dhabi, Al Zahir was the clear winner of both of his starts. The second round of the Arabian Triple Crown was run at 2,200 meters, while the third round on March 19 was run at 2,400 meters, or about 1 1 /2 miles, on turf. The races were each worth $81,743. Al Zahir was part of a field of eight in the third round. Ridden by Jim Crowley for trainer Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, Al Zahir was near the front of the field throughout. Crowley had to steer Al Zahir out of traffic with 300 meters to

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go, but took the lead in the final sixteenth of a mile. “We were in a pocket as the pace kept slowing and then found ourselves boxed in entering the straight,” Crowley said. “I was always going very well, though, and knew once there was a gap he would pick up. He quickened very nicely to actually win pretty easily in the end.” Al Zahir was timed in a course record 2:39.82. Al Zahir won by 3 1 /4 lengths over Darius Du Paon (No Risk Al Maury x Safira Du Paon by Akbar). Darius Du Paon races for Sheikh Khalifa and Lemartinel and was second to Al Zahir in the second round of the Arabian Triple Crown.

In the Liwa Oasis at 1,400 meters on turf, or about seven furlongs, RB Burn rallied from the back of a field of nine to reach contention three furlongs from the finish. Ridden by Gerald Avranche, RB Burn took the lead with a furlong to go and won by 1 1 /2 lengths over Ain Jaloot (Amer x Shoagh by Dormane). “I was determined to find cover for him early on as he can be keen,” Avranche said. “Once, he settled he traveled nicely.” The Liwa Oasis, the top sprint of the Abu Dhabi season, was the fourth career win for the five-year-old RB Burn.

Steve Andersen is a correspondent for Daily Racing Form.

Al Zahir (Madjani x Petite Class by Barour de Cardonne) extended his winning streak to three races with wins in the second and third rounds of the Arabian Triple Crown in Abu Dhabi in March. The races were each worth $81,743. Al Zahir is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, and was ridden by Jim Crowley.

Maisoor (Burning Sand x Ahasen by Saut Du Loup) is unbeaten after nine starts following his win in the $54,495 UAE Arabian Derby. Owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman and trained by Said Al Badi, Maisoor has yet to face a challenge. He won the UAE Arabian Derby at 2,200 meters by seven lengths over Al Tiryaq (Bibi De Carrere x Amalia by Kesberoy). Adrie de Vries rode Maisoor for the first time in the UAE Derby. De Vries had Maisoor in front with more than a quarter-mile to go before taking even more command of the race. “He is a very good horse and has shown that again,” De Vries said. “I was never concerned throughout the race and it was a very easy win from a potentially very smart performer.” Maisoor won his first six starts in Muscat, Oman, in dirt races before moving to Abu Dhabi, where he has excelled in three starts on turf. RB Burn (Majd Al Arab x Burnie Gee PW by Burning Sand), a Florida-bred, won the richest Arabian race in the world in the Sheikh Zayed Jewel Crown last November. The $136,239 Liwa Oasis on March 5 was his first win since November. RB Burn was second in the first round of the Maktoum Challenge on dirt at Meydan on January 5.

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Maisoor (Burning Sand x Ahasen by Saut Du Loup) won the $54,495 UAE Arabian Derby. He is owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman and trained by Said Al Badi. Adrie de Vries rode Maisoor for the first time in the UAE Derby.

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by Gary Dearth

T he reason the Scottsdale Arabian show is known as “The

Greatest Arabian Horse Show on Earth,” is that it is not just a

horse show, but rather an event. One of the first things I saw

at this year’s Scottsdale All-Arabian show was the enormous

banner that proclaimed just that. I don’t think that anyone who attended would disagree. Except for the brief interval of lousy weather the first weekend, it was another outstanding Scottsdale Show. “When the bad weather hit and there was nowhere to work, it was a tribute to Arabian horses and how well the trainers are doing to school in such difficult conditions,” said judge John Lambert. “There were a lot of amateur classes held during that time in a really challenging environment that did great. My hat is off to the trainers, and especially the amateurs, who were able to show with minimal mistakes.” Judge Tim Goggins agreed, “When the weather was miserable and everything

Photos by April Visel, Morgan Moore, Stuart Vesty, Rick Osteen, and Howard Schatzberg

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moved from Wendell Arena to the tent, the horses were still very good even though it was kind of a scary place to show.” Halter judge Lisa Blackstone appreciated the fact that the rain caused halter classes to be moved to the International Arena in the South Hall. “I actually preferred it. When the horses came in the ring, they trotted the length of the ring so we could see the horses trot by,” Lisa said. “Wendell Arena is so huge that the exhibitors lunge them and lunge them, and lunge them, until you finally have to stop watching. In this smaller venue we got to see the horses up close and see them trot at their best.” Judge Van Jacobsen added, “The whole International Arena was very inviting for both exhibitors and spectators. There was less room to run around, which made it more contained.” The mare championship this year was particularly deep. “When I stood back and looked over the entire group of mares in the championship, there was incredible quality and depth,” judge Mike Miller observed. “There were mares in the second line that were easily

Left: Barzan Al Shahania (Stival x NW Siena Psyche by Padrons Psyche), owned by Al Shahania Stud, Qatar, being presented at Michael Byatt’s open house in Scottsdale.

Anything is Possible in A Land of Dreams and Opportunities

by Gastón Labadie And yes, I’m talking about America, but the southern part of it, Latin America. Latin America has always been a land of favorable circumstances for developing almost any project. George and Debbie Stuart Milne have been breeding Arabian horses for the last 30 years in Argentina. They have provided Arabian horses to most of the farms in Argentina, and also to many farms in Latin America. They believed in their breeding program, in their mares and most importantly, in their stallions. Due to external factors, Latin Americans have been forced to adapt and use the local stallions, and this has created unexpected shining stars that would probably never have emerged in other parts of the world. David Boggs was convinced of the immense potential of *SM Azraff, not only as a show horse but also as a breeding horse, so he masterfully guided this

*SM Azraff (Faraa Al Shaqab x LC Psychesfinesse by Padrons Psyche), Gold Champion Senior Stallion and winner of the Sheila Varian Memorial Perpetual Trophy, owned by Haras Maalesh, Argentina, and shown by David Boggs.

stallion all the way, from the very beginning to his first, but not last, international title.

Piecing Together the Puzzle

*SM Azraff is sired by Faraa Al Shaqab (*Marwan Al Shaqab x GW Natorious Star), who was leased by Haras Mayed for a two year period in Argentina. Azraff’s dam, LC Psychesfinesse (Padrons Psyche x Bey Raffinesse), was imported by Diego Lerner from Haras El Dok, and then purchased by Haras Maalesh who brightly bred her to Faraa. *SM Azraff is the result of several decisions, not only made by the breeder, Haras Maalesh, but also by Fernando and Joaquin de

Santibañez by leasing Faraa Al Shaqab, and Diego Lerner by importing this fantastic Padrons Psyche daughter. Last but not least, a big congratulations to Alfredo Cossini, Haras Maalesh’s manager, and Ariel Andino who takes care of every horse at Haras Maalesh as if they’re his own sons.

Champion Classic Senior Mare AAOTH RD Siena Serenade (Bey Ambition x NW Siena Psyche), owned and shown by Murray Popplewell, Saskatoon, Canada, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottsdale Champion quality.” Judge Ross Tarkington felt that any of the top three mares could have been champion. “I really liked Rose Of Gazal APA (*Gazal Al Shaqab x Tiaraa Rose) shown by Greg Knowles. In fact, that mare and Michael Byatt’s and Steve Heathcott’s were outstanding and any of them could have won. That was overall a great group of mares,” he said. Judge Mark Owens agreed, “My top two mares did not go champion or reserve. But the ones that did were great. The overall quality of the mares in the final was just that good.” Not to be outdone by the mares, the stallion championship was also extraordinary. Judge Corky Sutton said, “Both the senior champion and junior champion colt classes were really good. *SM Azraff (Faraa Al Shaqab x LC Psychesfinesse) shown by David Boggs was wonderful and it was close between him and Truest (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich), the Reserve Champion shown by Michael Byatt. But the whole lineup was very good.” Clearly the stallion classes in the International Arena were just as exciting. Judge Lisa Blackstone said, “*Hariry Al Shaqab (*Marwan Al Shaqab x White Silkk) has the snakiest neck I have ever seen. He was amazing. And he was beautifully presented by Michael Byatt. He is the master. I was laughing, Michael was laughing, the

crowd was cheering. It was one of those magical moments where you think ‘Wow it doesn’t get any better than this.’” With all of the controversy that has swirled around the showing of halter horses at our shows of late, the lack of drama in the halter rings this year at the Scottsdale Show is exactly what we needed. “The most interesting thing that I took away from the Scottsdale Show was that it was the cleanest halter ring I have ever been in,” judge Dick Adams said. “It is very important, especially in an era when it seems that the prevailing perception outside of the ring is that halter and breeding in-hand is abusive. I want this negative perception to be gone. I never saw anything that indicated any of the old problems.” Judge Van Jacobsen echoed that sentiment, “I loved how well all of the halter horses we judged were presented. And the exhibitors were always respectful of our requests.”

Bottom left: Champion International Breeders Classic Yearling Filly