Breyer Makes A Model of Arabian Mare Carinosa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2001 Contact: IAHA (303) 696-4500

The release of Carinosa+/ by Breyer Animal Creations marks the second time that a horse owned by Ruth and Bert Husband of Murrieta, Calif., has received this honor. The Husbands owned the recently deceased Arabian stallion, Khemosabi++++// (Amerigo x Jurneeka), who became a Breyer model in 1990.

Carinosa+/ was as talented at winning championships as she was at passing on her Arabian type and athleticism on to her prize-winning offspring. In the span of a few years she won championships and top tens in halter, pleasure driving and English and western pleasure. After earning the Legion of Honor and the Legion of Supreme Honor from the International Arabian Horse Association's Achievement Award Program, Carinosa+/, who was out of *Caliope, became the best-producing daughter of *Serafix.

"Khemosabi++++// was everybody's horse, " said Ruth. "But Carinosa+/ was my favorite. She had a wonderful nature and the most wonderful eyes. She would just talk to you with those eyes."

Ruth remembers seeing her as a 3-month-old foal at John Rogers' ranch in Walnut Creek, Calif., and thinking she was nice. It's wasn't until Carinosa+/ arrived at the Husband's farm as a 6-month-old weanling that the two bonded.

"We just adopted each other," said Ruth. Later as she watched Carinosa+/ at her first show as a 2-year-old, she recalls feeling as anxious as a mother at her daughter's first debut. "Jeff Wonnell showed her in driving and I was a nervous wreck, but she was fine," said Ruth. Later, Carinosa+/ went on to capture a U.S. top ten in English pleasure.

In addition to all her championships, Carinosa+/ was an exceptional youth horse. All of the Husband's three sons showed her. Ruth has photos of her youngest son Bobby showing Carinosa+/ when he was 7 years old.

"My children used to tease me because she was a chestnut and I had red hair," said Ruth. "Since we had mother and daughter hair, I said I was going to show her, and my son said, 'This is a horse show, not a circus.' "

Ruth, who left the showing to her husband, sons and trainers, was the worker bee behind the scenes, driving the tractor--"I was a Jeff Wonnell-trained truck driver," she said--and doing the prep work. "I would groom Carinosa+/ and get her ready and then cheer for her."

Carinosa+/ was as successful a broodmare for the Husbands as she was a show champion. She produced 13 fillies and colts sired by such famous stallions as Tornado, Jurdino and the famed Khemosabi++++//. According to Arabian Legends by Mary Carpenter, Carinosa+/ had seven national champion offspring to her credit.

Carinosa+/'s impact on the breed is impressive. She has more than 200 grandsons and granddaughters, many of whom followed their granddam's hoofsteps into the show ring. In 2000, the Arabian Horse Trust recognized Carinosa+/ for her contribution to the breed by inducting her into the Hall of Fame.

Today the Husbands own one of Carinosa+/'s last offspring, Khaliope. The 17-year-old broodmare is due to foal this June. "Khaliope is by Khemosabi++++//, so we are really looking forward to this foal," said Ruth.

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