Royal Arabians is pleased to welcome back well known Arabian horseman, trainer and manager, Leo Hansen. Hansen worked for the farm in a trainer-manager position during its inception several years ago and is now returning to manage where everything began, at the first property in Mesa where many of the Royal training and show horses are currently stabled.
“I will be co-managing Royal Arabians with Amanda Fraser,” says Hansen. “The show farm will be my primary focus. There is a lot to do, conditioning and prepping horses for the show ring and the marketplace. Amanda has her hands full at the newer facility where the broodmares and babies are housed, about 45 minutes south of the Mesa operation.”
This year Royal Arabians’ roster has grown to 50 horses, 18 of them brand new foals. Their broodmare band has become one of the finest anywhere over the past five years. The family is currently utilizing the world’s most highly respected Arabian breeding stallions and consequently, the Royal foals over the past few years are on the “A” list for anyone seriously in the market for world class quality Arabian Halter and bloodstock prospects. They are also one of the industry leaders in the sale of embryo opportunities and have a great many quality mares in this program.
The son of Arabian horseman and legendary bit maker Don Hansen, Leo Hansen has been a Scottsdale area Arabian horse trainer and manager since 1976 when he came to the area from California to work for Mr. Chauncey at Tom Chauncey Arabians. Hansen has figured prominently in the training and accomplishments of many legendary Arabian show horses, including Kaborr, National Champion Stallion Halter and Western Pleasure, Aladdinn Echo, Scottsdale Reserve Champion Halter Stallion and multi-national Stallion Halter Top Ten, and Mi Toska, National Champion Pleasure Driving and Halter Mare. At the famous annual Scottsdale show and at the national level, Leo Hansen’s lifetime listing of winners in multiple divisions numbers in the hundreds.
“Leo brings so many years of industry experience to the farm,” says Amanda Fraser. “We have been growing so rapidly and we really need a strong, experienced manager at the Mesa facility. For my part, I am delighted to be able to depend on Leo and to focus my attention and my heart on the broodmares, foals and breeding operation.”