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by Jeffrey Wintersteen
Valley Oak Arabians recently lost two foundation horses that were not only loved by owner Manny Vierra and his staff at Valley Oak Arabians, but also internationally recognized for their contributions to the Arabian breed.
Valley Oak Arabian chief sire, *Emigrant (Ararat x Emigrantka by *Eukaliptus) passed away at 28 years of age. Foaled in 1991 at Michałów State Stud in Poland, he was the product of two Polish National Champions, and was hailed as future progenitor of the Saklawi I line in Poland. Just as importantly, he came from the famed Michałów E family of champions, and was half-sibling to *El Dorada. *El Dorada won U.S. National Champion Mare for Valley Oak Arabians. As for *Emigrant, he raced 22 times over two seasons at the track in Warsaw and then went onto to be named Polish National Champion and European Champion Stallion. After a long and successful career standing at stud in Poland, Manny was able to negotiate for him to come to the U.S.
“He was such a gentleman,” states Manny. “I am really blessed to have been able to purchase him and be a part of his life. I think when it is all said and done, *Emigrant will be remembered as one of the great breeding horses of our time.” *Emigrant’s get, particularly his daughters, are revered around the world by elite breeders. *Emigrant leaves behind two sons at Valley Oak Arabians: two-time Polish National Champion *Gaspar (out of Gaskonia by Probat), Empire VO (out of Afire Chime VO by Afire Bey V), and the beautiful daughters *Euscera (out of Elcantara by Pamir), Exquisite VO (out of SFA Wind Chime by Fame VF), Enchant VO (out of *Epima by Ekstern), and Envision VO (out of *Halima by Ekstern). In addition to his sons and daughters, *Emigrant will continue to make a contribution through frozen semen both in the U.S. and Australia.
Valley Oak Arabians also mourns the passing of SFA Wind Chime, who was universally revered as one of the very best daughters of Fame VF. Manny was completely captivated by her eyes and presence, and after a long negotiation with the Hearst family, he was able to bring her to Valley Oak. The 1994 bay was Scottsdale Reserve Champion Mare, Canadian National Champion Futurity Filly, and U.S. Reserve Champion Futurity Filly, but perhaps it was her contribution as a broodmare that was most significant, with all eight of her foals born at Valley Oak Arabians. SFA Wind Chime’s large liquid eyes, incredible charisma, blow and snort made her an instant favorite of any visitor at Valley Oak. She leaves behind a trio of incredible daughters at Valley Oak: Afire Chime VO (by Afire Bey V), Exquisite VO (by *Emigrant), and Ever Chime VO (by Ever After NA).