Moments In Time: The Flying Dutchman

Story and photographs by Betty Finke Until the early 1980s, Arabian showing in Europe consisted mainly of small breed shows that were intended to help breeders evaluate and select their breeding stock. There were very few international shows. Halter horses were still...

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...