Introduction by Mary Jane Parkinson
By this time, those “wonderfoals” who entered breeders’ lives last spring have all four legs under control and are loping circles in the pastures, practicing their slow and fast canters and their high trots, learning to respond to a tug on a halter rope, play fighting with their pasture mates, and taking flat-down sunbaths whenever the notion occurs. Astute breeders will see qualities of their dams in each one and note her valuable contributions to temperament and conformation. So often we forget how foals got to this comfortable and joyous spot in life. Who gave them life? Who managed their foaling? Who taught them their good manners? Who disciplined them for sly little nips and kicks? Who kept them close when they were the least threatened? Their dams, those patient ladies who carried them for 11 months, delivered them with a welcoming nicker, fed them regularly, and guarded them from all harm.
As is the tradition, Arabian Horse World honors all Arabian mares this issue, and gives lifetime recognition to those who have produced four or more champions by labeling them Aristocrats. This year, we celebrate 18 new Aristocrats and six Aristocrats who have added to their status by producing more champions.
If there’s an Aristocrat in your stables, give her an extra carrot or apple to show your appreciation and respect. And to remind her what a special lady she is.
Grey mare foaled 1946
Sire: Abu Farwa (Rabiyas x *Rissletta)
Dam: Daanaseyn (*Raseyn x Raidaana)
Bred by Munsons, Inc., Costa Mesa, California
Owned by Bill and Sunny Snider, Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Michael (by Raffey), stallion
Irisheyna (by Aah Abu), mare
Janeyna (by Haj-Amin), mare
Gin Dhandi (by Imagin), gelding (pictured)
“Abuseyna was of old-time Crabbet bloodline, which crossed well with most stallions,” say Dr. Jim and Jeanne Rooker. “Michael belonged to Lois Selby who helped get Arabian racing started. ‘Big Gin’ was shown at first as a stallion and then made a high-quality gelding. We showed him for Bill and Sunny Snider of Canada, and they went on to show.”
A Fancy Miracle
Chestnut mare foaled 1991
Sire: *Sasaki (Nagasaki x *Safia)
Dam: *Medina Azahara (Garbo x Grazalema)
Bred by Jack M. and Adrienne P. Watkins, Winter Haven, Florida
Owned by Lank and Karen Havice, Williston, Florida
Magnum Psyche (by Padrons Psyche), stallion
Merveille (by Padrons Psyche), mare
Quetzalli (by Padrons Psyche), stallion
Sovereignn (by Padrons Psyche), stallion
Supreme Psyche (by Padrons Psyche), stallion
“A Fancy Miracle (*Sasaki x *Medina Azahara by Garbo) is the queen of Magnum Arabians as the dam of world renowned Magnum Psyche,” says Karen Havice, Magnum Arabians. “Magnum Psyche is a multi-U.S. National, International, and Scottsdale Supreme Champion, and the leading sire in Arabian horse history.
“Fancy’s magnificent daughter, Merveille, is a 2012 full sister of Magnum Psyche and a Scottsdale Champion. Like her dam, Merveille already is proving to be a stellar producer herself, being the dam of the 2017 Scottsdale Silver International Champion Yearling Filly, La Reve.
“Magnum Psyche’s full brothers, Quetzalli, Sovereignn, and most recently, 2012 stallion Supreme Psyche are all champions.
“Magnum Psyche’s youngest full sisters, Psyches Fancy, a 2016 filly, and Mireya, a 2017 filly, already are turning heads. We expect that they will be included in this impressive list of Fancy’s progeny.”
Bay mare foaled in 2004
Sire: *Sir Fames HBV (Ffamess x Cajun Lady HCF)
Dam: Entaicyng NA (Aicyng x Bint Bay Beau)
Bred by Robert L. or Dixie L. North, Ramona, California
Owned by Jason Blackburn and Erinn Latham of Blackburn Arabians, Cave Creek, Arizona
Bint Eurphoria (by Baha AA), mare
Briani GS (by Brioni Carol), mare
Marwteyns Euphoria (Angelica GS) (by *ZT Marwteyn), mare
Psyleste GS (by Padrons Psyche), mare
Born in 2004, Euphoria NA (*Sir Fames HBV sired by Ffamess out of Entaicyng NA by Aicyng) has been an incredible asset as a broodmare.
“All who have had the privilege of seeing Euphoria NA, are quickly captured by her beauty,” says Erinn Blackburn. “Her head is sculpted and chiseled like that of a classic Arabian mare should be. Her neck is long and shapely with a beautiful bend and perfect throat latch. She moves just as a proud mare should, her hesitated, strong trot glides to every turn with her neck and tail held high and proud. She knows she is special. She has no problem stopping mid-stride to snort at her audience to keep them captivated by her presence. It is so rare to have a mare stamp each foal with such extreme Arabian type every single time … she has yet to ever let anyone down with any foal she has produced.” Jason adds, “Euphoria and her foals are what ignited me into helping Erinn achieve her Arabian breeding dreams.
“Euphoria NA’s foals have etched her name in the history books as a mare of great distinction. Euphoria NA is beloved by all who see her and her foals. She is simply beautiful. She is simply graceful. She is simply lovely. She is simply Aristocratic.”
Bay mare foaled 1952
Sire: Amidore (*Ferdin x *Rossana)
Dam: Izmir (Sikin x Kirah)
Bred and owned by Michigan State University Dept. of Animal Science, East Lansing, Michigan
Nadya (by Zari), mare
Shalid (by Shalimar Gillette), gelding
Doretta (by Shalimar Gillete), mare (pictured)
JR Dorinda (by Shalimar Gillete), mare
“Idora’s sire and dam were given to Michigan State University by W. K. Kellogg,” say Dr. Jim and Jeanne Rooker. “We had owned a half sister we really liked, so we leased Idora to show and breed. When we had to keep letting her girth out, we knew she was in foal. Nadya was U.S. National Top Ten at two years then IAHA changed the rules; mares must be three years. Nadya won many halter and park classes. Pictured is Champion Park Horse at Washington International and the Crabbet Cup, Doretta. She was a class act. She was twice Top Ten Western Pleasure, and won championships with all five of us. Both mares won Legion of Merit.”