Written and illustrated by Arabian horse breeders, December’s prize was 2 copies of a beautiful, keepsake children’s book. This book is a perfect gift for those who love animals and a feel-good story about Peanut, an adorable tiny horse! AND, just in time for Christmas (and the arrival of her grandchildren) the Arabian Horse Global December prize winner was Carol Johnson.
Carol started with Arabian horses in 1979 in Kansas and Nebraska when she showed horses in Halter and rode Hunt Seat as a teenager. When she retired to South Carolina in 1998, Carol brought eight of her Arabians with her, including a Half-Arabian Pinto colt sired by RA Hot Every Nite. She admittedly loves “birthing the babies” and currently has five young colts on the property to handle. At seventy, and still going strong, it sounds like her hands are full! Her Arabian operation, J’Arab Farm is located just west of Greenville, South Carolina in Dacusville. Carol describes her husband Fred as being tolerant of her Arabian horse passion, patient and indulgent.
“I am on the Board of Directors for the Western Carolina club and I ran the All-Star Stallion Amateur Futurity last year”, says Carol. “We had 61 stallions entered and there were 35 weanling and yearling competitors in 2012. Paybacks are great and our club is progressive and member oriented. Our shows are held in Clemson, South Carolina and we have both a spring and a fall show. The All-Star Futurity is held in November.”
Pictured are Carol’s three great-grandchildren. Brady, the oldest, asked for a cowboy hat and boots so that he could ride a horse last summer, pleasing his great granny to no end. The kids are sitting on Carol’s foundation mare Besqua Dia (TC Kharpe Diem), a 16-year-old Arabian mare with classic Arabian temperament. She’s produced eight foals for her breeder-owner Carol Johnson and J’Arab Farm.
“I saw the information on the ‘Peanut’ book in the AHA Magazine and I thought at the time that I needed to find out how to order it for my great-grandsons Brady and Mason,” says Carol. “My great-granddaughter Rylee is just nine months and too small to read. The kids are just as horse-crazy as I am. In fact, I am sending you a picture of them from last summer having their first ride on an Arabian! We received the books on December 22nd, just in time for Christmas!”
Arabian Horse Global sends serious kudos to author L.K. Havice and illustrator Brandon Bessey. Peanut, The Tiny Horse got rave reviews on Amazon and at this writing was nearly out of stock. Called the “perfect book for horse crazy kids aged 5 to 7”, the book has great illustrations, a great moral (it isn’t how BIG you are, it’s how BIG your actions), and featured the Arabian horse in fabulous fashion. Get on Amazon and order copies for your grandchildren TODAY!!