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 Oh Baby!  If These Arabs Could Talk

Last month, on a whim and some encouragement from a fellow Arabian owner, my daughter decided to show her gelding Beaufier in an open show consisting mostly of thoroughbreds and warmbloods.  Her friend Emma was showing her mare, Simplicyty.  Both horses are 18.  The decision to show Beaufier was made less than 12 hours before the classes, and Simmy has been struggling with Cushing’s Disease for over a year.   To make a long story short, Simmy received a Second and Beaufier a Third in a very large class, and then both went on to ribbon in the Top 5 in the next class. They were the only Arabs.
    Aside from my obvious mother’s pride for my daughter, it again shows that with a judge looking at the quality of the horse and not just the breed, Arabian horses are indeed highly competitive.  This point is further emphasized in the May/June issue of International Arabian Horse, a magazine published by the IAHA.  In the article, “On the Go”, author Karen Karvonen highlights ten versatile Arabians.  After reading this article there is little doubt that Arabians (who thousands of years ago were used as war horses for their speed and courage), are up to the challenge of almost any task given them.
    Here is a summary of these ten horses:  Al-Marah Quebec, a “show horse” in the truest sense of the word as he performs twice a night, 365 days a year at the Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction in Orlando/Kissimme, FL.  Then there is MHR Questa, a 20 year old half Arabian Therapy horse at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Khandi is a trick horse who used to behave badly and now is a role model for troubled kids.  Think an Arab too hot for police work?  Think again!  Benjamin Too not only handles crowd control, but helps with rescues as part of a sheriff’s posse.  For relaxation he wins in Show Hack and enjoys endurance rides.
    Pocos Glitter N Gold pulls a carriage, not in the country, but in downtown Denver, showing tourists the sights.  He is also a Regional Champion Trail horse.  Mentor AA lives up to his name by helping teach juniors the art of Distance Riding.  19 year old Sani enjoys Parades; her favorite being an award winning member of a five horse rodeo drill team.  She also enjoys helping her owner log recreational trail miles.
    IAHA’s last three are Proud Ruler, a kind and gentle lesson horse who started his career as a snorting halter horse; XT Tarik a 16.1h Anglo/Arab working cow horse who is as quick as his smaller Quarter horse companions; and last but not least BAB Razmatazz, a Champion Endurance horse who does double duty as a Dude Ranch horse.  From 5 years olds to experienced riders, he adjusts for each.
In fact, the IAHA got so many responses about versatile Arabians, not all could be listed.  Here are the names of other worthy mounts:  Cuttin Zees, Fire Away Bay, Firelaina, Little Fashion Anne, Matina, Nepha Kiyara (21 years old), Shahi (29 year old lesson horse), Sebpis Legacy, Tonytu+, and TS Black Tie.

If you would like to know more about these fabulous Arabians and the owners who love them, or to receive the “Arabian Horse” magazine contact the AHA at 303-696-4500 or by email at info@arabianhorses.org.  Our thanks to AHA and Karen Karvonen for an interesting and informative article.
 

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