The Vision HG
by Betty Finke
Ariela Arabians of Israel suffered a triple blow this year, losing their foundation mare The Vision HG as well as The Vision’s oldest son, Al Maraam, and her three-year-old daughter, Nile Farah AA, within only a few weeks’ time.
The Vision HG, bred by Hamilton Gates in the U.S., was not only one of the most significant daughters of Thee Desperado, but one of the most important mares in straight Egyptian breeding worldwide, whose influence now extends far beyond straight Egyptians. Out of Belle Staar by The Minstril, she was a double Minstril granddaughter and had inherited the black coat that frequently appears in this line. Imported to Israel as a filly, she had a successful show career, being named Israeli Junior National Champion Filly in 1996 and Israeli National Champion Senior Mare twice in succession, in 1998 and 1999. But she will be remembered first and foremost as an exceptional broodmare, and especially as a dam of first class stallions. Her eldest son Al Maraam (by Imperial Imdal) became an international sire, leaving his mark in many countries as well as at his home farm. He was followed by Al Lahab, by the Imperial Imdal son Laheeb. Al Lahab, who was exported to Germany as a young horse, is one of the most successful straight Egyptian show horses, being named World Champion Stallion at Paris in 2006, All Nations Cup Champion Stallion twice, and winning Gold Champion titles at Menton and the Dubai International Show, among others. He has also proved a hugely successful sire, his get winning many titles themselves. The combination with Laheeb that produced Al Lahab would prove one of the most successful nicks for The Vision HG, also producing Al Hadiyah AA, Israeli National and Asil Cup Champion and a successful sire for La Movida Arabians in Austria; Al Raheb AA, Silver and twice Bronze Champion at the Israeli Nationals; Al Wahab AA, Silver Champion Colt at the Israeli Egyptian Event; and Ariela Arabians’ broodmare Al Halah AA. But The Vision HG produced excellent offspring with a broad variety of stallions, not all of them straight Egyptian. Her daughters that became treasured broodmares for Ariela Arabians include Al Baraqai AA (by Baahir), grandam of the stallion Baha AA (Al Ayad x Al Baraqaa AA), now in the U.S. and a winner both at the U.S. and the European Egyptian Event, and Al Amal AA (by Halim Shah I), who produced the stallion Abyad AA, leased to Janow Podlaski, and is now a treasured broodmare at Eos Arabians in Germany. International The Vision sons include the black Al Hakim (by Muhajjal) in Germany, Al Ghazali AA (by Gazal Al Shaqab), and Aeneas AA (by ZT Marwteyn) in Austria. But the brightest star among them is surely Ariela Arabians’ own white Al Ayal AA (by Al Ayad), who has already proved his worth as a sire in Europe and has won champion titles in Germany, Holland, the U.S., and the Middle East. In her final year, two precious fillies of The Vision HG were born: the bay My Vision AA (by Jyar Meia Lua), already a title winner at the Israeli Nationals, and the black straight Egyptian Al Sharoura AA (by Nader Al Shamal AA). They, along with their older half siblings, will assure that the family of The Vision HG lives on.