Backyard War Mares

Desert scene in a German backyard: the grey Kaidalana (Kaisoon x Dalila) and her bay sister Kaidarana with their daughters. Polska taken on the day she turned 30. by Betty Finke I first met Annelies and Günther Gaede in 1986. They lived not very far from where I live...

A Windy Day on the Hills

Velvet Shadow (Bey Shadow x Nasim) in 1979 with that special colt. Velvet Shadow (Bey Shadow x Nasim) in 1979 with that special colt. Ermine Shadow (White Lightning x Velvet Shadow), none too pleased with the weather. Ermine Shadow (White Lightning x Velvet Shadow),...

The Making of a Queen

A young Aliha (Indian Silver x AK Attallah) in the rain in 1981. Aliha and Emma Maxwell at the 1992 European Championships. Aliha in 2004, at the age of 27. Story and photographs by Betty Finke Great breeders differ from the majority in that they are not afraid to...

The Admiral, the Witch, and the King

Admiraal (Emerald J x Haniyyah) winning at Aachen in 2018. Hexe (Siglavy Bagdady VI-8 x Jowziah) at Ostenfelde in 1978. King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, who imported the mare Murana I in 1816, riding his Arabian stallion Bairactar. “A thoroughly modern colt, but also...

History Unfolding

Gazal Al Shaqab at Michalow in 2003. Gazal Al Shaqab at Michalow in 2003. Pianosa and Pianissima at Janow Podlaski in 2003. Pianosa and Pianissima at Janow Podlaski in 2003. Story and photographs by Betty Finke I have been to Poland and visited its state studs several...

Encounters with a World Champion

Rumak on the rampage at the 1991 British Nationals. Rumak on the rampage at the 1991 British Nationals. Rumak with his last owner, Michael Harris, in 2000. Rumak with his last owner, Michael Harris, in 2000. Story and photographs by Betty Finke After more than 45...