The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center in Pomona, California is an integral part of the California State Polytechnic University campus. It’s also a place where thousands of people saw their first Arabian horse at the famous Sunday Shows, part of the Cal Poly Arabian horse tradition for decades. On October 5th and 6th, the Arabian Horse Center will open its doors for a splendid weekend of fun and festivities for Cal Poly friends, supporters and alumni!
Marshall and Rae Paige Schwarz have been breeding quality, purebred Arabian horses in the *Bask tradition for over a decade. Their superbly pedigreed Arabian performance horses have the athleticism and motion; beauty and tractable, trainable temperaments that are universally sought after by English horse trainers and breeders. The Schwarz’s motto, “Quality not Quantity”, is personified by the exceptional horses foaled each spring at the family’s Connecticut farm
Letterman jackets and varsity letters have long been a tradition of the American high school experience. Whether it’s from track and field or basketball, earning your letter and wearing it proudly is a rite of passage but until recently, equestrian student athletes were left out of these acknowledged ranks.
They come from California, the West Coast and all over the United States, Mexico and Canada, the annual visitors to Sheila Varian’s Summer Jubilee weekend. The attractions are many. There are always seminars and clinics, delightful live entertainment, wonderful weather (complemented by California food and wine) as well as the real stars of the show … Varian’s magnificent Arabian horses.
On June 15th at Churchill Downs, Valiant Boy SBFAR, 2012 Darley Horse of the Year, and jockey Joe Rocco Jr arrived at the Churchill Winner’s Circle Saturday night following the race amid enthusiastic applause from sponsors and owners, and much jockeying for position by well-represented print and broadcast media.
For the second consecutive year yearling purebred and half-Arabian colts and fillies will compete for Canadian National Championship trophies and roses. Prize money amounting to $40,000 will be offered in four yearling Canadian National Championship classes. As in 2012, qualifications have been waived and a full Top Ten is to be awarded, with prize money for Champion, Reserve and the entire Top Ten.
In 2011 the President of the UAE Cup Race became the first Arabian race ever run under the iconic twin spires at world famous Churchill Downs race track. In 2012 the same race won a berth for Arabian runners on the card at Pimlico on Preakness Day, a first for that track as well.
The North Central Working Western Celebration Show is not simply a brand new horse show making its debut appearance at the Simon Arena in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, June 20th through the 23rd, it’s a brand new concept as well! Show manager Sandy Woerle, who conceived and organized this celebration of the Working Western horse, calls it a “Perfect Storm.”
Want to get a head start on a brand new, Arabian horse show winning streak? Check out the Region 13 Show in 2013! Go for 13 in 13!! This year’s Region 13 Championships and concurrent pre-show will be held from June 19th through the 23rd at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio.
The Varian Arabians’ Summer Jubilee, held annually in August at the ranch in Arroyo Grande is a summer highpoint for horsemen attending from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. Equal parts seminars, sale horses and stallion presentations, gathering and entertainment, the Varian Experience is unique in the horse industry.
“My best mare, my dream horse, had serious problems and nothing was working,” says Carla Odetto of Performance Equine Nutrition™. “I brought in veterinarians. We tried X-rays and injections. They couldn’t find the problem. My trainer’s solution was to ride her more but that didn’t help. She just got into better shape and took longer to settle down and work. I tried dozens of saddle pads; switched from one saddle to another. My mare had hypersensitive skin and was constantly sore backed. Her muscles were tight and rigid. We would have a greatwork and then suddenly, she would come apart violently. She was angry; I was frustrated.”
North American Arabian Regionals take their cue from the Region 7 Championship Show, always the first regional of the show season. Held annually at the WestWorld Show Facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, this year’s Regionals will kick off with the ASHO4U pre-show on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24th and 25th, immediately followed by the Region 7 Championships held Thursday through Sunday, April 25th through the 28th. One of the larger Arabian Regional shows, Region 7 frequently attracts between six and seven hundred horses.
In its second year under the auspices of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and in conjunction with the Arabian Racing Cup, the 26th annual Darley Awards, the “Oscars” of Arabian horse racing, were something all modern Arabian horse events aspire to … glamorous, exciting and spectacularly international. The Darley Awards’ banquet, replete with beautiful flowers, elegant fine dining, covered tables and chairs and a talented and professional “mc”, was held March 10th at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Houston