by Denise Hearst

The year 2016 was a year of growth for Arabian Horse World, as we found new ways to talk with you. We expanded our digital presence with the acquisition of ArabHorse.com and with the additions of on-the-ground interviews from shows around the world through Arabian Insider in Europe and here in the U.S. with the charming Rory O’Neill, bringing you great conversations with breeders, owners, and trainers (if you missed them on our Facebook page, you can catch them at www.arabianhorseworld.com). There is much more to come at Scottsdale!

And soon we will be launching Arabian Horse World’s new website, filled with unique and educational content and fresh ways for our advertisers to show you the fruits of their love and labor.

Of course, the ever-present Internet plays a huge role in our lives, with a staggering amount of content flying at us every day. But it is important to consider the sustainability and long life of print as well. In these quiet moments with the written word we have the chance to look inward and consider the deeper aspects of breeding, loving, and caring for Arabian horses. It is here that Arabian Horse World truly makes its lasting mark on the breed, as we not only keep the history alive, but also honestly and unflinchingly discuss topics that are crucial to the breed’s future (please see our series on the USEF rule changes and the ramifications on the halter division).

In 2016 we introduced our “Small Breeders, Big Results” series. So far we’ve heard the inspiring stories of breeders Jessie Szymanski-Hoag and her father Frank Szymanski, Lisa Markley, Donna Hentges, and Marlene Rieder. And in this issue, we are encouraged by the creative and intuitive thinking of breeder Joel Desmarteau, plus the huge impact the Whitaker family has made in our performance divisions, as told in this issue’s cover story.

And we’re proud to announce another new series devoted to the art of breeding, debuting in the February 2017 issue: “Arabian Horse Breeding in the World Today,” in which we will feature Padrons Psyche, and visit with those who have enhanced the breed we love — Bob and Dixie North.

We are grateful to have this voice and long view of our breed, and we look forward to telling new stories in a positive and influential way, and to connecting with you through features that inspire us.

So here’s to 2017. We are honored to have you along for the ride.